The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have touched down in Wellington to start their New Zealand leg of their tour. The couple received a traditional Hongi Greeting upon their arrival. Meghan choose a New Zealand designer for her first appearance in the country as a member of the British Royal Family.
Meghan wore Karen Walker ‘Banks Trench’, retailing for £540. This beautifully tailored brown plaid coat features an oversize pointed down collar, ruched peaked shoulders, double-breasted fabric buttons, diagonal flap scallop hip pockets and matching wide cinch waist belt with rectangular buckle. The coat also boasts shoulder epaulettes, a large rear storm flap, gun flaps and pleated rear vent detail held together with a looped button. The trench is cut in a mid-weight plaid suiting and is slim fit.
Meghan already gave us a hint over the past few days of engagements that she may wear Karen Walker when in New Zealand, the Duchess having sported a pair of earrings and sunglasses from the designer on the tour already. This coat actually reminds us of English countryside chic attire, something that might be a piece from Really Wild Clothing Company or Barbour for a day of shooting. This is a perfect timeless piece that can be worn for years to come. We love this trench on Meghan.
This was also the first time we have seen Meghan choose a maternity piece; she wore an ASOS Design ‘Maternity wiggle mini dress’ in black, retailing for a very affordable £44. This black dress has boat neckline, three quarter sleeves with folded back cuff, banded waist with a flared skirt. The rear of the dress has deep plunging v and rear zip. This dress is also available in a range of different colour ways. We suspect she will go down this maternity fashion route more and more as the months go by, and clothing needs to accommodate a growing bump.
You can view the dress here.
During the day, Meghan actually changed the black dress under her coat to a midi length black pencil dress, with white top stitched crew neck and skirt slit.
Meghan was wearing her Sarah Flint ‘Jay 100’ Pumps, retailing for £307. We saw Meghan wear these black suede pointed toe pumps, with contrasting tortoise shell heel, only yesterday at the Invictus Men’s Basketball match.
Meghan accessorised with her Birks Muse ‘Citrine and Diamond Drop Earrings’, retailing for £1,717. These feature 14ct citrine stones surrounded with a halo of 0.35ct diamonds, made in 18kt yellow gold. We first saw Meghan wear these earrings on her Royal Visit to Ireland.
Meghan also accessorised with a thin gold bangle on her right arm.
The Duke and Duchess laid a wreath at a New Zealand war memorial. The Duchess wore a small Royal British Legion Poppy Lapel Pin Small as a mark of respect. If you would like to purchase the same poppy for upcoming Remembrance Services, you can do so here. Money raised by the Royal British Legion goes to help former servicemen and women and their families affected by war.
We liked this look on Meghan for her first engagements in New Zealand, but were a bit puzzled by the change of dress to something almost identical.
You can get Meghan’s Wellington style here:
with thanks to @whatmegwore, @MeghansFashion, @MadAboutMeghan, @sophie_walsh9 (coat info), @UFOnomore (ASOS dress)