Meghan and Prince Harry have kicked off celebrations for Commonwealth Day – and their new roles at the forefront of the ‘family of nations’ – with a visit to London’s Canada House.
Meghan, who is eight months pregnant, paid tribute to Canadian design in a Erdem coat, teamed with £485 Aquazzura pumps, as she arrived at Trafalgar Square with Prince Harry this morning.
The bottle green wool number, featuring black beaded detail on the cuffs and collar, is a custom piece inspired by a look from Montréal-born Erdem Moralioglu’s Autumn/ Winter 2019 collection.
Harry guided his pregnant wife out of the car and onto the curb, before Meghan put a protective arm on his back as the couple made their way into the building.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are expecting their first child next month, took part in the Canadian spring tradition of making maple taffy (maple syrup cooled on snow to make sweets) as part of a traditional cabane à sucre (sugar shack).
As the couple left, Meghan – negotiating her way down the steps in her 4in heels, holding on to Harry’s arm – was given posies by Asya Karkaria, nine, and Michael McCarthy, eight, both from Ottawa, whose parents work at Canada House.
Asya, who gave a charming little curtesy, said Meghan had asked where she was from and said it was a pleasure to meet her.
Today’s event, hosted by Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Janice Charette, was designed to showcase and celebrate the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK.
During their visit , the couple had the opportunity to talk to groups of young Canadians from a wide range of sectors including fashion, the arts, business and academia, about their experiences as expats as well as opportunities for young people working in the Commonwealth.
Los Angeles native Meghan lived in Canada, described as her ‘second home’, for over six years while filming for legal drama Suits in Toronto and has previously said she feels ‘very connected’ to the country.
The Queen has put Harry and Meghan at the forefront of her Commonwealth duties by making them President and Vice President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, an organisation promoting young people around the world.
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