This is why Meghan Markle wore a suit to make her first public speech

By Sharnaz Shahid

Meghan Markle broke from tradition for her first official red-carpet engagement with Prince Harry as she stepped out in an Alexander McQueen suit, shocking royal watchers. To present an award last week at the Endeavour Fund Awards in London, the former Suits actress shirked the usual choice of a gown in favour of cropped cigarette pants, a fitted blazer, cream blouse and sky-high stilettos. Body language expert Judi James has now told HELLO! Online her insights into Meghan's style. "Apart from the confident approach, which I think is being reflected in her clothes, she tends to stick to monochrome," says Judi.

Meghan Markle wearing a tuxedo in the rain with a grey umbrella
Meghan Markle wore a Alexander McQueen trouser suit last week

"The tailoring in the masculine shaped jacket, teamed with tight trousers does two jobs," she added. "It kind of bonds her to Harry. So in a way, like what a lot of celebrities would do, they are dressing slightly similarly with this masculine tone. It's kind of smart casual in a way as well." Commenting on the muted tones, Judi explained: "It's not too attention-seeking. She's not doing the royal thing yet, which will be to wear something really loud and outlandish. So she hasn't gone for that look."

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But it seems that Meghan is carefully selecting her outfits for each engagement, making sure the world doesn't get distracted by her new role. "[The suit] is very business-like," explained Judi. "She is approaching these events in these slightly understated, tailored looks - we know she wants to be an ambassador for charity work and things like that – and human rights. I think that's possibly where she is going with that one, it's slightly Angelina Jolie at work. It's that business-like, understated, 'take me seriously' look."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wearing her tuxedo to her first public speaking engagement
The former Suits actress with Prince Harry at the Endeavour Fund Awards

Since Meghan and Harry announced their engagement at the end of November, the happy couple - who will marry at Windsor Castle on May 19 - have embarked on a number of royal engagements designed to introduce Los Angeles-born Meghan, 36, to royal life. She has managed to win over the crowds with her charm all over the UK, having made visits to Nottingham and Cardiff in the past few months.

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