Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are officially back on British soil together for the first time since relocating to Canada and stepping back as senior royals. After their matching blue umbrella moment, which looked straight out of a scene from The Notebook, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex painted the town red for the Mountbatten Festival of Music over the weekend.
For the occasion, Harry dressed in a suit, while Meghan looked incredible in a red cape dress, matching red suede heels and a red clutch. Her hair was down and pulled behind her ears.
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 07: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Mountbatten Festival of Music at Royal Albert Hall on March 07, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Prior to the event, Meghan visited students at Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, Essex ahead of International Women’s Day. In addition to giving a moving speech to students, the mother-of-one also shared a little more about how her and Prince Harry’s 10-month-old son Archie is doing, revealing that he’s on the cusp of a major milestone: walking.
Though she unfortunately didn’t go into too much detail, Meghan said Archie has “started trying to walk,” before saying that having her son “changed my life.”
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50 years ago, women in Britain won the right to equal pay. That monumental moment began with one courageous and inspiring group of women in a factory in Dagenham, England. In 1968, facing a pay settlement that declared them less skilled than men, the sewing machinists of the Ford Motor Company walked out on strike. In the face of great pressure, they stood firm, and two years later the UK Parliament was forced to pass the Equal Pay Act, protecting and supporting working women ever since. To mark International Women’s Day, The Duchess of Sussex visited Dagenham to meet with Geraldine Dear, one of the strikers, and spend time with students at the Robert Clack Upper School to meet the town’s next generation of female role models, and talk to young women and men about the women who inspire them. • “Being in Dagenham is incredibly profound. Because as you can see with Geraldine and the other women who had the strength to really stand up for something that they knew needed to be done. This is the best example of no matter how small you might feel, how low you may feel on the ladder or the totem pole, no matter what colour you are, no matter what gender you are, you have a voice, and you certainly have the right to speak up for what is right.” – The Duchess of Sussex A lifetime advocate and campaigner for gender equity, The Duchess joined a special assembly to celebrate this remarkable local story, as well as recognise the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of all women around the world. #InternationalWomensDay #IWD2020 #EachForEqual Photo © The Duke and Duchess of Sussex / Chris Allerton
The small update comes just one day after Meghan said that Archie, who the couple left in Canada with a nanny for the week, “is into everything” these days.
If these recent appearances have proven anything, it’s that the world has really missed Meghan and Harry.