Meghan champions British female designers during her last official visit to the UK

Meghan Markle donned a stunning red gown by London-based fashion house Safiyaa for an event at the Royal Albert Hall last night – continuing her trend of honouring British female designers during her final official engagements in the UK.  

The Duchess of Sussex, 38, colour-matched her husband Prince Harry‘s military uniform with the vibrant £1,295 scarlet dress at the Mountbatten Festival of Music.

The gown bore a striking resemblance to a blue dress she wore to a state dinner during her trip to Fiji in October 2018 by the same label.

Since her return to London on Thursday, Meghan has delivered a masterclass on diplomatic dressing – championing eight British labels during her and Harry’s last engagements as working royals. 

In conjunction with International Women’s Day, the duchess has also ensured her wardrobe was dominated by female designers, wearing innovative pieces by Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney, to name but a few.

The Duchess of Sussex, 38, continued to honour female British designers with a vibrant red gown from London-based brand Safiyaa at the Royal Albert Hall last night as she attended the Mountbatten Music Festival (pictured leaving with Prince Harry)

The Duchess of Sussex, 38, continued to honour female British designers with a vibrant red gown from London-based brand Safiyaa at the Royal Albert Hall last night as she attended the Mountbatten Music Festival (pictured leaving with Prince Harry)

The Duchess of Sussex, 38, continued to honour female British designers with a vibrant red gown from London-based brand Safiyaa at the Royal Albert Hall last night as she attended the Mountbatten Music Festival (pictured leaving with Prince Harry)

Meghan paired the beautiful gown with a clutch bag from Italian brand Manolo Blahnik, adorned with an embellished clasp (pictured)

Meghan paired the beautiful gown with a clutch bag from Italian brand Manolo Blahnik, adorned with an embellished clasp (pictured)

Meghan paired the beautiful gown with a clutch bag from Italian brand Manolo Blahnik, adorned with an embellished clasp (pictured) 

Meghan, known to cut a stylish figure wherever she goes, once again put Safiyaa in the spotlight last night.

The gown featured a shoulder cape design, back drape detail and a slit around the lower leg.  

Her previous Safiyaa gown bore the same cape style, and sweetly underlined the duchess’s growing baby bump. She and Harry had announced they were expecting 11 days earlier while in Australia on October 15. 

Meghan let last night’s statement dress speak for itself, keeping her accessories to a minimum.

Meghan let the dress speak for itself, keeping her jewellery minimal, and colour-matched her accessories

Meghan let the dress speak for itself, keeping her jewellery minimal, and colour-matched her accessories

Meghan let the dress speak for itself, keeping her jewellery minimal, and colour-matched her accessories

She paired the gown with gorgeous red suede heels by Italian designer Aquazzura, and a satin clutch with an embellished clasp from Spanish fashion house Manolo Blahnik. 

She completed her look with a pair of statement earrings by Irish brand Simon Rocha. Meghan wore her glossy locks straight and sleek, tucked behind her ears to show off the glittering floral jewels. 

Once again she opted for a glamourous make-up look, with smokey shadow and eyeliner and voluminous lashes.

Meghan opted for a glamourous make-up look, with smokey shadow and eyeliner and voluminous lashes

Meghan opted for a glamourous make-up look, with smokey shadow and eyeliner and voluminous lashes

Meghan opted for a glamourous make-up look, with smokey shadow and eyeliner and voluminous lashes

Meghan, pictured with Prince Harry, who wore his military tails, paired the gown with gorgeous red suede heels by Italian designer Aquazzura

Meghan, pictured with Prince Harry, who wore his military tails, paired the gown with gorgeous red suede heels by Italian designer Aquazzura

Meghan, pictured with Prince Harry, who wore his military tails, paired the gown with gorgeous red suede heels by Italian designer Aquazzura

Meghan, pictured with Prince Harry, who wore his military tails, paired the gown with gorgeous red suede heels by Italian designer Aquazzura

Meghan, pictured with Prince Harry, who wore his military tails, paired the gown with gorgeous red suede heels by Italian designer Aquazzura

Earlier this week Meghan wore no fewer than eight UK labels in a matter of hours, including Stella McCartney, Topshop and Victoria Beckham

In one of her last solo engagements as a working royal, Meghan showcased three female designers in one outfit as she spoke with delighted pupils at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, east London on Friday.

Walking up to the school on Friday she cut a stylish and modern silhouette with a white jacket by The Me + Em, a British-based brand which was launched 11 years ago by former advertising executive Claire Hornby.

Meghan's previous Safiyaa gown (pictured) bore the same cape style, and sweetly underlined the duchess's growing baby bump. She and Harry had announced they were expecting 11 days earlier while in Australia on October 15

Meghan's previous Safiyaa gown (pictured) bore the same cape style, and sweetly underlined the duchess's growing baby bump. She and Harry had announced they were expecting 11 days earlier while in Australia on October 15

Meghan’s previous Safiyaa gown (pictured) bore the same cape style, and sweetly underlined the duchess’s growing baby bump. She and Harry had announced they were expecting 11 days earlier while in Australia on October 15

She paired the immaculate £295 fringed jacket with a white top and black trousers which emphasised her figure, and an ivory clutch bag by London-based Korean designer Rejina Pyo, priced £295. 

She finished the look with bi-colour heels from Lebanese-born Jennifer Chamandi.

On Thursday the royal made an unannounced visit to the National Theatre in London, of which she is patron. 

Meghan showed her support for the British high street by wearing a £29 white Topshop blouse with chiffon sleeves. The royal wore the blouse tucked into a pencil skirt by Roland Mouret and carried a £1,450 Loewe handbag – the Queen’s favourite brand. 

In one of her last solo engagements as a working royal, Meghan, showcased three female designers in one outfit as she spoke with delighted pupils at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, east London on Friday (pictured walking up to the school)

In one of her last solo engagements as a working royal, Meghan, showcased three female designers in one outfit as she spoke with delighted pupils at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, east London on Friday (pictured walking up to the school)

In one of her last solo engagements as a working royal, Meghan, showcased three female designers in one outfit as she spoke with delighted pupils at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, east London on Friday (pictured walking up to the school) 

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex posed with school children making the 'Equality' sign following a school assembly during a visit to Robert Clack School in Dagenham

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex posed with school children making the 'Equality' sign following a school assembly during a visit to Robert Clack School in Dagenham

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex posed with school children making the ‘Equality’ sign following a school assembly during a visit to Robert Clack School in Dagenham

Her earrings came from one of her favourite British jewellery labels, Missoma, while her necklace was the £280 Love Pendant from Sophie Lis.

She also enjoyed lunch at the upmarket Goring Hotel before joining Prince Harry for the Endeavour Awards at Manor House. 

As she left the hotel she was pictured wearing a £1,590 classic camel coat by London-based label Alex Eagle, which is made to order in the brand’s Soho studio. She added a pair of towering black stilettos by go-to designer Aquazzura.

Showcasing her ability to mix high street with high end, Meghan chose pieces that ranged from a £29 Topshop blouse to a £950 Victoria Beckham dress.

Stylist Susie Hasler said Meghan's white outfit with statement sleeves is 'very on trend', adding: 'She looked chic, polished but not overdressed'

Stylist Susie Hasler said Meghan's white outfit with statement sleeves is 'very on trend', adding: 'She looked chic, polished but not overdressed'

Stylist Susie Hasler said Meghan’s white outfit with statement sleeves is ‘very on trend’, adding: ‘She looked chic, polished but not overdressed’

On Thursday night she made a resounding public return with a stunning £950 azure blue dress by Victoria Beckham and a Lucia Plexi Clutch by Stella McCartney, who famously designed her second wedding dress. 

Supporting smaller labels, Meghan chose the £9,500 Chi Chi Rose Gold and Diamond Bracelet by Jessica McCormack, and a pair of £95 Gold Snake Hoop earrings by Roxanne First.

However Meghan turned to a Spanish name when it came to her shoes, plumping for tried-and-tested Manolo Blahniks.

On Thursday, Meghan made a splash for her evening engagement of the week with a £950  blue evening dress by Victoria Beckham and a Stella McCartney clutch bag (pictured The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on Thursday)

On Thursday, Meghan made a splash for her evening engagement of the week with a £950  blue evening dress by Victoria Beckham and a Stella McCartney clutch bag (pictured The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on Thursday)

On Thursday, Meghan made a splash for her evening engagement of the week with a £950  blue evening dress by Victoria Beckham and a Stella McCartney clutch bag (pictured The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on Thursday) 

True blue: Meghan enjoyed lunch at the upmarket Goring Hotel before joining Prince Harry for the Endeavour Awards at Manor House last night, pictured, wearing Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney. It was her first outing since the couple's 'Megxit' announcement in January

True blue: Meghan enjoyed lunch at the upmarket Goring Hotel before joining Prince Harry for the Endeavour Awards at Manor House last night, pictured, wearing Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney. It was her first outing since the couple's 'Megxit' announcement in January

True blue: Meghan enjoyed lunch at the upmarket Goring Hotel before joining Prince Harry for the Endeavour Awards at Manor House last night, pictured, wearing Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney. It was her first outing since the couple’s ‘Megxit’ announcement in January

Stylist Susie Hasler, of Styled by Susie, told how Meghan has showed ‘careful consideration’ in choosing to showcase British designers.

She said: ‘Meghan is back – with a fashion statement bang! The Duchess looks radiant, she’s smiley, she’s glowing, and she’s picked her outfits incredibly well to make sure they deliver the right sartorial punch. 

‘Choosing British designers is a careful consideration. Given the furore surrounding her and Harry’s choice to step down as senior royals, she is flying the flag to show that she not only cares about the country, but also about how she’s perceived.

For the glamourous event, Meghan and Harry, looking relaxed, both wore shades of blue as the Duchess showcased her love of British fashion (pictured on Thursday)

For the glamourous event, Meghan and Harry, looking relaxed, both wore shades of blue as the Duchess showcased her love of British fashion (pictured on Thursday)

For the glamourous event, Meghan and Harry, looking relaxed, both wore shades of blue as the Duchess showcased her love of British fashion (pictured on Thursday)

‘It’s poignant that she’s blended high-end looks with high-street prices. If she had stepped out in nothing but designer gear, it would have been deemed bad taste.

‘Her beautiful white outfit with statement sleeves is very on trend. She looked chic, polished but not overdressed. 

‘The gorgeous azure blue dress was a great match for her skin tone. It was more tailored – a continuation to the style of clothing she was wearing before she left for Canada. What’s more, it complemented Harry’s suit – power couple dressing to show they are in union.’

This week Harry and Meghan will join senior royals including the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Commonwealth Day service in London. 

It is thought these will be Harry and Meghan’s last official duties before their royal roles officially come to an end on March 31. 

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