Meghan Markle defies royal protocol as she flashes thigh in black-and-white patterned mini dress

The Duchess of Sussex, who has always been a zealous advocate of equality and women empowerment, gave a brilliant speech at the royal engagement in London


                            Meghan Markle defies royal protocol as she flashes thigh in black-and-white patterned mini dress

Meghan Markle might have been celebrating International Women's day with her lovely new dress, but the Queen might not be so appreciative of it. The Duchess was spotted arriving to join a panel discussion convened by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust on Friday, where she might have broken royal protocol all over again.

The Duchess of Sussex looked absolutely sensational as she stepped out to attend the star-studded talk at King’s College London, showing off her long legs in a beautiful gown and blazer combo. The stunning Reiss number, which costs £185 ($240.81), showed off the Duchess' growing baby bump to perfection.

The Duchess of Sussex looked absolutely sensational as she stepped out to attend the star-studded talk at King’s College London, showing off her long legs in a beautiful gown and blazer combo. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex looked absolutely sensational as she stepped out to attend the star-studded talk at King’s College London, showing off her long legs in a beautiful gown and blazer combo. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Meghan, who is carrying her first child with Prince Harry, teamed up the gorgeous dress with a Stella McCartney bag and a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels. However, the bare-legged look might just have cost the pregnant Duchess a breach of Royal protocol, for it has been said in the past to be frowned upon, reports OK! magazine.

The star-studded event, which was designed to bring together activists to discuss pressing issues which affect women today, also saw Annie Lennox and former Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard take to the panel. Meghan's royal appearance came after she was named the Vice-President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.

The star-studded event, which was designed to bring together activists to discuss pressing issues which affect women today, also saw Annie Lennox and former Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard take to the panel. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The star-studded event, which was designed to bring together activists to discuss pressing issues which affect women today, also saw Annie Lennox and former Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard take to the panel. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

It is definitely a huge step for Meghan since the Queen is Patron and her husband, Prince Harry, is President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. “In her role as Vice-President of QCT, The Duchess of Sussex will highlight our partnerships with young people across the Commonwealth, and in particular our work supporting women and girls,” the QCT said in a statement. 

The Duchess of Sussex, who has always been a zealous advocate of equality and women empowerment, gave a brilliant speech at the royal engagement in London. “If things are wrong, and there is a lack of justice and inequality, then someone needs to say something. And why not me?” she said, discussing her own start as a voice for women. 

The Duchess of Sussex, who has always been a zealous advocate of equality and women empowerment, gave a brilliant speech at the royal engagement in London. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex, who has always been a zealous advocate of equality and women empowerment, gave a brilliant speech at the royal engagement in London. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

“It is about global feminism. It is about a parity and equality for all of us,” she went on. “It started at 11 [years old], but it still feels like it’s just the beginning.” Nevertheless, this is not the first time Meghan has celebrated the annual event with a high-profile engagement.

As fans would remember, back in 2015, the former 'Suits' actress delivered a speech at the U.N. Women conference about gender and equality. “Women need a seat at the table. They need an invitation to be seated there, and in some cases, where this is not available, well then… they need to create their own table,” she said then.

Her stunning dress from Reiss showed off her blossoming baby bump to perfection (Getty Images)
Her stunning dress from Reiss showed off her blossoming baby bump to perfection (Getty Images)