Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, just carried out her first solo royal event with absolute grace and panache. Meghan attended the opening of the Oceania art exhibition in London ahead of her tour down under. The exhibit, as per reports, featured artifacts from regions such as New Zealand, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and Australia, where she and Prince Harry are due to visit in October.
For her first solo royal event, the Duchess chose to go for a tight black Givenchy dress with sheer sleeves and paired her look with her signature black pumps, as well as a matching black Givenchy clutch. Meghan seems to have let go of her signature bun and as she chose to wear her hair long and straight.
Although she looked absolutely stunning, the Duchess of Sussex's dress was tight enough to outline one of her nipples and seemingly unaware of it she carried on with the event with full confidence and gusto, despite Prince Harry not being there by her side, reports Hollywood Life.
However, apart from unseemingly baring her nipple in her dress, Meghan also put her pregnancy rumors to rest with the tight-fitted dress that accentuated the Duchess' toned body. There was no sign of a baby bump in the Givenchy dress, which also had a thigh-high slit up the middle and a velvet panel on the front.
During her visit to the art exhibit, at one point, the Duchess couldn't contain her giggles, especially when she was asked to do “hongi”, which is a traditional greeting of rubbing noses. She did hongis with a number of her hosts, including New Zealand’s high commissioner Sir Jerry Mataparae and his wife Janine, along with performers from Ngati Ranana, the London Maori Club, who had been entertaining the party guests.
Oceania is the first major survey of Oceanic art to be held in the United Kingdom, with the exhibition commemorating art from Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. The exhibition spans over 500 years, bringing together about 200 works from public collections. It also marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy which was founded in 1768.
Meghan's first solo outing as a royal comes right after news spread that her half-sister Samantha Markle was planning a visit to London in order to secure a meeting with the Duchess, and talk at length about their father, Thomas Markle' poor health. Samantha has been in Italy with her publicist, Rob Cooper, for some time, but he revealed on Monday that the pair were not quite ready to head back to the states.
"Samantha Markle is coming to the UK. After making numerous attempts in private to arrange a one on one meeting with The Duchess of Sussex to discuss their 74-year-old father’s health, Kensington Palace has refused to respond," he wrote on Twitter. He added, "I fear Meghan may not be made aware of these discreet, attempts and therefore making this public is the only option we have left. I currently have Samantha in Europe with just one short flight away. This DOESN’T need to be public, we would prefer to keep this private. Samantha is coming to the UK this week, like it or not."