Meghan Markle's $395 flowery dress in family photo expresses her 'sense of freedom' after leaving royal family
After Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday, March 7 -- in which they opened up about a lot of things, including their struggles with mental health and racism, a family picture of them has been released online. Behind the lens of the beautiful picture was photographer Misan Harriman, who shared it on his Instagram page as he wished the soon to become parents. Harriman wrote in the caption, “What wonderful news to celebrate on International Women’s Day! Congratulations my friends, and welcome to the #girldad club H.”
The new family portrait seemed to be shot at the same location where Harriman took the photo selected by the Sussexes to announce their pregnancy in February. For this image, Meghan wore a flowing palm and floral-printed dress, which was from New York-based La Ligne LLC. It’s a label launched by Valerie Macaulay, Meredith Melling, and Molly Howard, and which is “inspired by all kinds of self-expression. Using the line as your guide, there’s a sense of freedom when you’re getting dressed. It looks good any way you wear it.” And, it's very much true as Meghan looked every bit comfortable and happy in it while standing barefoot with Prince Harry while cradling baby Archie.
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As per reports, the ‘Suits’ star's dress was inspired by the model, actress and musician Pyper America. The off-shoulder, tiered maxi dress looked elegant and gave a holiday-like vibe, but it was completely in contrast to what the Duchess of Sussex used to wear earlier as a royal. As a senior member of the Palace, Meghan was mostly seen in bold jewel colors and body-conscious silhouettes. At the time, her grass green Emilia Wickstead cape dress, crimson Safiyaa evening gown, and turquoise Victoria Beckham sheath turned a lot of heads. Also, she was never seen barefoot and most of the time her hair was tied.
However, a year after stepping down from senior royal duties, a lot of things have changed. For instance, the two recent pictures of the couple showed them more carefree and more connected to Mother Earth. Also, in both the images, Meghan was seen flaunting her long, wavy hair, unlike earlier times.
Though the soon-to-be mother's sartorial choices have changed in one year, she still chooses designers whose ethos she supports. Even when in the UK, she used to wear female designers who were in Britain. La Ligne LLC is also run by three women, who initially started it with a focus on classic striped tops. The founders said they “joined forces with one goal: translate the stripe into a collection that would empower women of all ages with effortless self-expression.”
Meghan’s outfit for the CBS special was also talked about a lot. For the bombshell interview, the 39-year-old donned a $4,700 black Armani dress, which was belted above her stomach and featured floral embroidery over one shoulder. To complete her look, she wore some simple suede heels from designer Aquazurra ($695) and a necklace from sustainable designer Pippa Small, a Cartier Love bracelet ($6,550) which is believed to have once belonged to Lady Diana, and blue topaz Birks earrings. But that time, she wore her hair up in a messy bun and went for a bolder, heavier lined eye, coral cheeks, and a pink glossy lip.