Meghan Markle cradles baby bump in stunning $2k gown

Meghan Markle has dressed diplomatically for her first evening engagement in Fiji.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were hosted by the President of Fiji, H.E Jioji K Konrote, and First Lady Sarote Knorote at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.

Dressed in a floor length, caped gown by London-based label SAFiyAA, the Duchess – who is currently pregnant with her first child – showed off her sartorial know-how by wearing the exact colour of the Fijian flag.

Meghan Markle dressed in a floor length, caped gown by London-based label SAFiyAA for a state dinner in Fiji. Photo: Getty Images
The Duchess of Sussex cradled her baby bump while dressed in the stunning $2,000 gown. Photo: Getty Images

The gown, known as the Ginkgo cape dress, retails at $2,000 (£1,095) on the designer’s website.

The engagement is part of the couple’s 16 day tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.

In a rare hair move for the Duchess – who is famous for her love of messy buns – she wore her long brunette locks down and centre parted.

The gown, known as the Ginkgo cape dress, retails at $2,000 (£1,095) on the designer’s website. Photo: Getty Images
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex pictured with the President and First Lady of Fiji. [Photo: Twitter/@FijianGovt)

As for the dazzling chandelier earrings, Kensington Palace confirmed to The Sun’s royal correspondent Emily Andrews these are ‘borrowed’ – but it remains unknown whether or not they are from a royal collection.

The engagement came after the Duchess was seen touching down at Nausori airport in Fiji alongside Prince Harry on Tuesday afternoon wearing a stunning, customised version of Australian label Zimmermann’s ‘long sleeve white dress’, teamed with a delicate headpiece by Stephen Jones millinery.

Meghan also wore her favourite pair of Tabitha Simmons ‘Millie’ pumps (AU $1038) and held onto a Kayu Anna Black Straw Clutch (AU $159).

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were pictured earlier in the day arriving in Fiji. Meghan was wearing a white Zimmermann dress. Photo: Getty Images
The couple were later seen on the balcony of the the Grand Pacific Hotel. replicating the Queen’s similar iconic moment in 1953, during her visit to Fiji with Prince Philip. Photo: Getty Images

The couple were later seen on the balcony of the the Grand Pacific Hotel. replicating the Queen’s similar iconic moment in 1953, during her visit to Fiji with Prince Philip. 

The Duke and Duchess will be embarking on a three-day jam-packed programme of appearances in Fiji.

That includes a reception held by The President of Fiji at Borron House and an official welcome ceremony which will mirror in format that of the one attended by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in 1953.

They’ll be treated to dance performances, the presentation of the Tabua, and a Kava ceremony.

With extra reporting by Francesca Specter.

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