The royals don’t regularly get their knees out, but Meghan Markle proved she and Prince Harry are carving their own rules when she stepped out in a gorgeous tuxedo mini dress on Monday evening.
After spending the day touring Wellington – including a local cafe and beach – the newlyweds dropped by Courtenay Creative to get a taste of New Zealand’s arts scene.
The Duchess of Sussex championed a local designer by wearing the “Leap of Faith” cotton-twill dress by Maggie Marilyn, only she had the look customised as the $670 design originally comes with long sleeves.
She paired the look with navy suede pumps and in true Markle style, a matching navy coat draped over her shoulders.
Earlier in the day, excited locals – and their dogs – were up early to catch a glimpse of the pair as they made their way to Maranui Café. Interestingly, both Harry and Meghan passed on the coffee, with Meghan opting for a tea and Harry sticking to water.
Later, the royals headed down to Abel Tasman National Park, in the top of the South Island, to take in some do the country’s most scenic spots and talk to conservation staff about their efforts in the area.
Day 13: Wellington
Harry and Meghan left Sydney on Sunday to visit the final country on their royal tour, New Zealand.
The Duke and Duchess travelled to Wellington with Invictus Games competitors from New Zealand and were greeted at the airport by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Meghan took the time in the air to change into a black ASOS maternity dress, brown Karen Walker trench coat and black Sarah Flint heels. To suit the windy conditions the Duchess had also decided to wear her air up.
The couple farewelled Australia at Sydney Airport. Meghan looked flawless wearing a BOSS by Hugo Boss Slim-Fit Soft Jersey Dress in dark pink. The dress style Eodora costs approximately $450AUD. She complemented the look with nude heels.
Day 12: Invictus Games, Sydney
Harry and Meghan were back on royal duty in Sydney in Saturday, with Meghan looked relaxed in a laid-back pair of jeans and a $550 long-sleeved crepe knit wrap jacket by Australian designer Scanlan Theodore. She wore a Remembrance Day poppy on the lapel of her top and a pair of black high heels.
The royal couple then both gave moving speeches during the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games. Meghan wore an olive green tuxedo dress, custom-designed by Antonio Berardi, that was more professional than flashy. The colour also seemed to be a nod to the military.
Day 11: Tonga
Eleven days into Meghan and Harry’s royal tour, the Duchess of Sussex was showing no signs of slowing down in Tonga.
The 37-year-old visited the St. George Government Building in Nuku’alofa, and wore a $1,595 green and white long-sleeved striped cotton dress, by Australian designer, Martin Grant. She accessorised with a $1,820 Prada Bibliothèque Bag and a pair of khaki heels.
She later changed into a striking $595 Carys Dress from Veronica Beard for their last event in Tonga, and stepped out in what has been labelled her best look yet, back in Sydney that night.
Arriving at the Australian Geographic Society Awards on Friday night, Meghan stunned in an Oscar de la Renta gown.
Day Ten: Tonga
The Duchess arrived in Tonga in a scarlet dress by Self Portrait on Thursday, but as she and Harry stepped off their plane, eagle-eyed royal watchers noticed she still had the tag swinging off the frock’s midi-length hem.
Aside from the hanging label, the long-sleeved dress – that retails for $628 – beautifully showed off the Duchess’ growing baby bump, and she paired it with black stilettos and a matching clutch.
Day Nine: Fiji
Getting right into the relaxed spirit of island life, the Duke and Duchess stepped out in their most laid-back outfits yet for their visit to the University of the South Pacific campus in Suva, Fiji.
The newlyweds watched a cultural performance on the effects of climate change, before meeting students studying subjects from agriculture to women’s development.
Harry wore a blue Hawaiian-patterned shirt while his pregnant wife Meghan was dressed in a pink silk frock from the label Figure.
The “Frederica” floral wrap dress, as it’s known, sells for $2,877 on retail website Farfetch.
Day Eight: Fiji
Meghan’s wardrobe choices have been carefully followed since she and Harry started their tour in Sydney last week, and on their first day in Fiji on Tuesday, the Duchess was the picture of elegance.
The royal arrived at Nausori airport in a customised version of Australian label Zimmermann’s ‘long sleeve white dress’, teamed with a delicate headpiece by Stephen Jones millinery.
Day Seven: Fraser Island
Meghan and Harry visited Queensland on day seven of their royal tour, following a busy weekend at the Invictus Games.
On arrival, Meghan was dressed in a relaxed red polka dot dress by & Other Stories, which retails for a very affordable $163, and quickly sold out online.
After spending most of the day away from the spotlight, she did join Harry in the late afternoon for a stroll along the famous Kingfisher Bay jetty, and met with some royal fans.
She opted for another comfortable and floaty linen dress for that occasion, this time by American eco-friendly brand Reformation, and finished the look with her Sarah Flint Grear sandals.
Day Six: Sydney
On Sunday, Meghan went for a smart casual look when she attended a lunchtime reception in Sydney with Harry.
The Duchess stunned in a crisp black and white outfit, which included a L’Agence Brea pinstripe blazer (AU $772), layered over a black turtleneck blouse.
She wore a pair of black jeans and her favourite black heels, Aquazurra’s Deneuve bow pumps.
In terms of Australian brands, she completed her accessories with an Oroton Avalon Zip Top Crossbody bag (AU $295) she has used before.
Day Five: Sydney
On day five of their royal tour, Prince Harry was dressed in his full military uniform, whilst Meghan wore a stunning black dress by New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead which retails for $2600, as they attended the opening of the new ANZAC Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park.
Meghan changed into two more outfits on Saturday, first wearing a more casual ensemble – an Invictus Games polo shirt with black jeans from Mother Denim, a white blazer from Altuzzara and the same Tabitha Simmons heels.
Then for the opening ceremony of the games, she was wearing a navy dress, layered with a navy coat and paired with nude heels.
Day Four: Sydney
On day four of their tour, Meghan and Harry kept things cool and casual for their visit to Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach.
The Duchess of Sussex again championed Aussie designers with a $1,615 striped maxi dress from Paris-based Australian label Martin Grant, the same designer who made the trench coat she wore on Thursday and Tuesday.
She later changed into a blue, $2,079 frock by Roksanda Ilincic and swapped her ponytail for a half-up, half-down hairstyle.
Day Three: Melbourne
On their visit to Melbourne on Thursday, Meghan opted for a $1,290 navy dress by Dion Lee, and later changed into a black Club Monaco dress that retails for $518.
Day Two: Dubbo
Meanwhile on Wednesday, Meghan gave a shout out to her good friend Serena Williams by wearing a AU$203 grey blazer from the tennis champion’s label Serena Williams Collection, along with a pair of skin-tight black jeans by Australian brand Outland Denim for her day in Dubbo.
Day One: Sydney
The mum-to-be kicked off her and Harry’s 16-day tour international tour in Sydney on Tuesday with a $1,800 ivory dress by Australian designer Karen Gee.
Later that day, Meghan changed into a pleated, khaki frock by American designer Brandon Maxwell that retails for $2,555.
With additional reporting by AAP
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Meghan was the picture of elegance when she touched down in Fiji alongside Prince Harry on Tuesday afternoon. The 37-year-old arrived at Nausori airport in a customised version of Australian label Zimmermann’s ‘long sleeve white dress’, teamed with a delicate headpiece by Stephen Jones millinery.
She also wore her favourite pair of Tabitha Simmons ‘Millie’ pumps and held onto a Kayu Anna Black Straw Clutch.