Today was a busy one for Hazza and Megs. They visited “a township near Johannesburg where they will meet with inspiring local youth entrepreneurs and view skills initiatives addressing the rising unemployment challenge faced by youth in South Africa”; attended a reception at the British High Commissioner’s digs; met Graça Machel, widow of the late Nelson Mandela (whom Harry has met before); and popped in on the current president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, and First Lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe.
The Machel meeting seems to have dictated one of the dresses Meghan wore: The blush House of Nonie trench dress (that’s a Canadian brand; it’s about $830 U.S., but there is one on Poshmark for $700, if that discount is your jam) was first deployed in 2018 for a visit to the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition, so Team Sussex must have decided to go with synergy and bring it out again for a chat with his widow. Perhaps Mandela was a noted lover of a trench dress. If that was a must-repeat for her, and it seems to have been, then it really makes me wonder about the choice of yesterday’s very very similar khaki trench from Banana Republic. Knowing this dress was on the docket, why not bring out something visually different for the other event? It has the unfortunate effect of making this one seem less special, and honestly, casual observers might be like, “Oh, didn’t she just wear that yesterday?” I believe she even paired it with the same Stuart Weitzman shoe.
For her earlier event, Meghan picked the Tencel shirt dress from Hannah Lavery, a South African brand that, per Emily Nash at Hello!, made the dress out of leftover fabric to minimize waste. If my conversion is correct, it costs less than $100. It also looks… a bit like a nightgown, like she’s a sleeping cap and a candle in a brass holder away from having Jacob Marley wake her up in the middle of the night. I think it’s great that she’s trying to keep it comfortable and sustainable and lower-priced, but I wish this pick hadn’t compromised crispness.
Both Meghan and Harry spoke at the event. Sussex Royal’s Instagram has Harry’s:
And here’s Meghan’s, from Twitter:
Meghan made a speech without notes, saying she’d enjoyed her time in South Africa. pic.twitter.com/jsSuyFiZdq
— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 2, 2019
Meghan gave a second speech today as well — someone please get her some throat drops for the trip home — and that’s on Sussex Royal as well:
This part in particular seems pointed given yesterday’s lawsuit news: “In a world that that can seem so aggressive, confrontational, and dangerous, you should know that you have the power to change it. […] I have learned from the people I’ve met here, that whether it’s about society’s expectations of masculinity or femininity, or how we divide ourselves by race or faith or class or status- everyone has value, and everyone deserves to be heard and respected. And if you live your life in that way, your generation will start to value each other in ways the rest of us have not yet been able to do so.”
All righty, let’s talk clothes.