How Meghan Markle's British Fashion Awards bracelets were a subtle nod to her close bond with Prince Charles
11th December 2018

She stole the show in an asymmetric, black gown by Givenchy as she presented the award for British Designer of the Year, but you spot the sweet nod to Prince Charles in her look?

The Duchess of Sussex, 37, teamed her floor-length velvet gown with gold strappy heels and gold bangles by Pippa Small, one of which is worth £360.

The royal also wore a pair of Nosheen Stud earrings by the same designer, worth £50.

The Sun's Royal correspondent Emily Andrews said: “What I thought was interesting was her jewellery by Pippa Small.

“Her bangles and stud earrings were made by artisans of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation in Afghanistan, a charity that helps those in conflict areas and is supported by her father-in-law Prince Charles.

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“Meghan wants to wear jewellery and clothes that are both fabulous and have a social conscience.
“And by wearing it at such a high-profile event as last night, she’s ensuring her choices make a difference. Charles will be chuffed!”
Meghan also opted for a dark manicure to match her floor-length velvet dress and it looked sensational.
Typically royal women wear natural coloured nails, often favouring the Queen’s personal favourite shade, Essie Ballet Slippers.

It has been thought that Queen isn’t a fan of colourful nail polish, and it breaks “royal protocol” to have anything other than nude, but this isn’t strictly true.

Emily confirmed that her nails were perfectly appropriate, and said: “There are no rules on what nail polish female royals can wear, it really is a matter of taste.
“Meghan was at a glitzy fashion awards do, dark nails are very in at the moment and so they matched her dress."

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On her wedding day, the Duchess of Sussex chose to keep her nails natural coloured
The Queen is said to be a fan of Essie nail polish in the nude shade of Ballet Slippers
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The Queen has allegedly been wearing the Ballet Slippers polish since 1989.

According to the brand's website, Queen Elizabeth's hairdresser wrote to the brand's owner, nail polish-mogul Essie Weingarten, asking for a bottle of the light pink polish as she didn't want to wear any other.

The subtle shade works well with the Queen's many bright outfits and gloves and Kate Middleton has also become a firm fan.

Last night Meghan showed off her blossoming baby bump in the figure-hugging bespoke dress – designed by Givenchy – and wore her hair slicked back in a signature bun.

The Duchess appeared on stage to present the award for British Designer of the Year to Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy – who designed the royal's spectacular wedding dress earlier this year.

The Givenchy designer thanked the Duchess of Sussex personally in her speech and said: "This woman is so amazing."

Speaking of their close working relationship, Clare added: "I got to know Meghan on a personal level.

"To have someone like that trust you on such a personal moment in their life… I can't thank you enough because it was the most beautiful moment."

Earlier this week, we told you Topshop launches a £35 dress version of its best-selling silk skirts – and it comes in five colours.

We also revealed the best ugly Christmas jumpers available to buy right now.

And we showed you Holly Willoughby’s £19,000 I’m a Celebrity wardrobe, featuring a £1.8k trench coat, a £770 blazer and a £95 white tee.


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