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Well, colour us surprised. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been busy this week, from nephew Prince Louis’ christening, to their first official foreign tour in Ireland as husband and wife. And Meghan’s been looking suited and booted throughout, stepping out in a fabulous array of designers, including Ralph Lauren, Roland Mouret, her favoured Givenchy, and… Emilia Wickstead? For those of us who’ve been following every Meghan-related development, that’s an unexpected addition. And for those who haven’t, let’s break down the significance of this fashion statement.

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British designer Wickstead, who’s previously dressed both Meghan and sister-in-law Kate Middleton, made some pretty distasteful comments following the royal wedding, suggesting Meghan’s Givenchy wedding gown all too closely resembled one of her own bridal designs. She reportedly said “Her dress is identical to one of our dresses. Apparently a lot of commentators were saying, ‘It’s an Emilia Wickstead dress.’” Detect some jealousy, do we?

She went on to critique the fit — particularly cutting words, coming from a couture designer — suggesting her dress was too loose. And if you thought that was bad enough, she didn’t stop there, throwing in her two cents on the hair: “I was like, ‘hold the wisps back — it’s a royal wedding for God’s sake’.”

She later tried to backpedal on her words, saying she was “extremely saddened” at the press reception of her comments, adding she thought the Duchess “looked absolutely beautiful” on the big day.

Whether or not she was speaking her truth, her prior relationship with the Royals means giving voice to such opinions wasn’t the wisest of moves, and you’d be forgiven for guessing she’d burned her royal bridges. But the simple evening LBD Meghan chose for the garden party in Ireland makes more than a fashion statement – it tells the designer and the world she’s rising above the drama. Seems like it’s not just her wardrobe that makes her a classy lady.

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