Meghan Markle, 37, has had a busy royal schedule recently, just weeks away from welcoming her first baby with husband Prince Harry, 34. Today the Duchess of Sussex visited students and academics from the Association of Commonwealth Universities. For the occasion, Meghan highlighted her blossoming baby bump in a head-to-toe black ensemble. Wearing a floaty black skirt with layered pleats, the Duchess teamed her elegant look with a black jumper and tailored mid-length coat.
Meghan’s coat is a Givenchy number and is one the mum-to-be has worn before.
For the Remembrance Service in November 2018 Meghan wore the coat buttoned up over a midi dress.
This time however, Meghan wore the jacket over a long flowing skirt which featured flute pleats.
She accessorised with large studded diamond earrings by Dean Davidson.
The studs have a price tag of £133.
Meghan completed her outfit with a neat ballet bun.
The bun became the Duchess’ trademark hairstyle last year, and the wife of Prince Harry has since experimented with the style.
The former Suits star completed her ensemble with a pair of pointed nude court shoes and natural, pretty makeup.
With a sweep of subtle rouge on her cheeks an a pale pink lipstick on her pout, Meghan displayed her natural features.
She added lashings of mascara and heavy lines of kohl to top it all off.
The Duchess’ visit today was to mark the start of her new patronage at the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
By bringing universities, academics and students together from around the world, the ACU aims to advance knowledge, promote understanding, broaden minds and improve lives.
Dr Joanna Newman, chief executive and secretary general of the ACU, said earlier this month, when Kensington Palace announced Meghan was succeeding the Queen as the ACU’s patron: “The Duchess shares our passion for the transformational power of higher education, and Her Royal Highness’s support will help champion higher education as a force for good in the Commonwealth and beyond.”
The ACU is one of the world’s oldest international university networks.
It manages international scholarship schemes, including the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships – that offer life-changing educational opportunities.
The network also urges universities to address key policy challenges such as climate resilience and peace and reconciliation, and promotes the role of universities in delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals.