Meghan Markle stuns in $1,650 dress for first U.K. appearance since stepping back from royal duties

Kate Mendonca
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Meghan Markle is back in the U.K., and she’s as stylish as ever.

The Duchess of Sussex, looking effortlessly chic, was spotted leaving London’s Goring Hotel following a private lunch, while her husband Prince Harry exited minutes later.  

Meghan and Harry are said to be staying at Frogmore House, their U.K. residence, during their stay in England. It’s believed that the couple’s nine-month-old son Archie remained behind in Canada. 

The Duchess, 38, also appeared alongside Harry, 35, at the Endeavour Fund Awards on Mar. 5, marking their first official engagement together since announcing they were stepping back from royal duties nearly two months ago. 

According to the Endeavour Fund’s website, the Duke and Duchess will be at the event to “celebrate the achievements of those injured in service who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventurous challenges after experiencing injury or illness in service.”

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 05, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images).

To attend the event, Meghan and Harry coordinated in head to toe blue, with Meghan appearing in a figure-hugging $1,650 Victoria Beckham dress and suede Manolo Blahnik pumps, and Harry in a matching navy suit.

For her first look of the day, Meghan donned a $2,300 (£1,325) camel-coloured Alex Eagle wrap coat, $869 pearl-embellished Aquazzura pumps, and a classic black purse from Spanish brand Loewe, looked radiant smiling for photos despite the drizzly weather.

Loewe Postal Bag in Black. Image via 24S.

Though her miniature handbag may appear simple, its $1,935 price tag reveals the luxury behind the elegant style. This piece, still available to shop, is a definite investment, but its timeless silhouette guarantees that it can be worn for years to come. 

Not looking to splurge on your next handbag? We’ve rounded a few similar styles at a range of different price points to get the look for less. 

Loewe Postal Bag

Loewe Postal Bag in black.

Meghan’s sleek handbag choice is a has a boxy silhouette and a removable crossbody strap for added versatility.

SHOP IT: 24S, $1,936

Work Satchel

Work Satchel in Black.

An everyday essential made from pebbled Italian leather, this satchel is ideal for a full day at the office with plenty of room everyday essentials, including space for laptops up to 15”.

SHOP IT: Cuyana, $495

Arlie Satchel

Arlie Satchel. Image via Matt & Nat.

A vegan alternative to the many suede and leather handbags, this mini satchel features rose gold hardware and comes with a detachable crossbody strap.

SHOP IT: Matt & Nat, $125

Marc Jacobs Black Little Big Shot Bag

Marc Jacobs Black Little Big Shot Bag in black.

Textured Saffiano leather adds an extra edge factor to this zippered top-handle bag that’s finished with all-black hardware.

SHOP IT: Ssense, $525

Steve Madden Lizard Embossed Faux Leather Top Handle Satchel

Steve Madden Lizard Embossed Faux Leather Top Handle Satchel in Black.

For a subtle take on animal print, this faux snake-leather bag has a dainty strap and a flap closure.

SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $35 (originally $58)

Margaux Mini Satchel

Margaux Mini Satchel in black.

With rounded edges and a curved silhouette, the mini Margaux satchel is a feminine take on Meghan’s boxy version.

SHOP IT: Kate Spade, $248

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