All eyes were on Meghan Markle on Thursday (Sept 20) afternoon as she arrived to a special luncheon at Kensington Palace to help celebrate the launch of the charity cookbook Together: Our Community Kitchen, for which she wrote the foreword. With Prince Harry and her surprise guest, her mother Doria Ragland, by her side, the Duchess of Sussex looked the picture of elegance in a simple pleated skirt, turtleneck and crisp royal-blue coat by Canadian design duo SMYTHE.
The designers were thrilled to see the duchess wearing their design for such a meaningful event. "We are always honoured and excited when anyone decides to wear one of our pieces," Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe told HELLO! "What a special occasion - the launch of a cook book that celebrates women, their recipes and the power of cooking bringing people from all cultures together. Meghan looks lovely today."
The outerwear brand has quickly become a favourite of Meghan's, and with three royal appearances to its name, it's safe to say SMYTHE is now one of duchess's go-to designers. She first wore a design by Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe back in January, when she and her husband Prince Harry visited a radio station in Brixton, and later slipped into the brand's Pagoda coat to attend an Anzac Day service in April.
WATCH: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex - and Doria Ragland - arrive at the launch event for Together: Our Community Cookbook. Megan is wearing a coat by @SmytheJackets, top by @TUXEBodywear and skirt by her friend @mishanonoo: pic.twitter.com/wyva7Y6SWB
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Paying a sartorial tribute to her former homeland with the $1,195 Peaked Lapel coat wasn't the only personal touch Meghan added to her ensemble. The California native paired a simple black sleeveless turtleneck from the label TUXE with a coordinating skirt by her close friend Misha Nonoo. The London-based womenswear designer, who was formally married to Prince Harry's Eton classmate, is a key member of Meghan's squad. She is also one of Princess Beatrice's closest friends.
Meghan anchored the look with Sarah Flint's Jay pump, another of the 37-year-old's style staples. She wore her hair in soft waves with layers framing her face and her makeup, which she often does herself, featured a bronzy glow, smokey eyes and a rose-hued lip.
Despite her recent cross-atlantic flight, Doria also looked chic as ever in a beige sweater paired with matching trousers and a pretty beige and orange scarf, while Prince Harry looked dapper in a white shirt, grey sports jacket, blue slacks and brown suede shoes.
Meghan hosted the luncheon to celebrate the authors of the charity cookbook, the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen, who were all greatly affected by the devastating Grenfell Tower tragedy. "I'm so privileged to know you," she told guests during an emotional speech. “I’m so excited to see the projects you’re going to continue doing in your own community, the community at large, and also how you’re going to inspire people globally by sharing your stories and recipes."