The Duke and Duchess of Sussex dazzled on the red carpet last night as they stepped out to celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick military veterans who have taken on remarkable challenges.
Harry and Meghan were at the Endeavour Fund Awards in London’s Draper’s Hall honouring those who, despite life-changing injuries, accidents or illnesses, have excelled in sporting and adventure pursuits.
Meghan, 37, dressed her baby bump in almost head-to-toe bespoke Givenchy, pairing a crisp white shirt with a side-split skirt and box clutch by the designer, which she teamed with £530 Aquazzura ‘Rendez Vous’ pumps.
As they moved around the pre-awards party at Draper’s hall, Harry was heard to tell one invitee: ‘There’s a heavy baby in here.’ For her part, Meghan told one guest: ‘He’s going to be the best dad.’
The engagement comes in the wake of an explosive People magazine article published this week in which five ‘close friends’ of the pregnant former actress spoke out on the ’emotional trauma’ she has experienced as the result of abusive comments on social media and the ongoing public feud with her father Thomas Markle.
One gave an account of how Meghan had done her utmost to support her father, despite him betraying her by co-operating with a paparazzi photographer over staged photoshoots.
After the wedding she reportedly wrote him an emotional letter – which was given almost verbatim to the magazine – asking him to ‘stop victimising me through the media so we can repair our relationship’. He replied, apparently, requesting a photo opportunity.
The group of unnamed friends also voiced their concerns about the effects the strain could well be taking its toll on Meghan and Prince Harry’s unborn child.
‘We worry about what this is doing to her and the baby,’ they said. ‘It’s wrong to put anyone under this level of emotional trauma, let alone when they’re pregnant.’
Another voiced concerns over the ‘global bullying’ Meghan is facing, saying: ‘We want to stand up against the global bullying were seeing (against Meghan). Meg has silently sat back and endured the lies and untruths.’
However some believe Meghan was wrong to ‘sanction’ the article.
Former Buckingham Palace press secretary, Dickie Arbiter, who worked as a media manager for both Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, said he feared the decision had opened a ‘Pandora’s Box’, that would only exacerbate issues, not contain them.
He said: ‘Assuming – and as these sources are anonymous we don’t know for sure – that this was done with her agreement, is has opened a Pandora’s Box, in my opinion. The issue with her father is an open wound and I’m not entirely sure it is the best idea to aggravate that.
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