Meghan Markle wears £2,000 dress and £7,000 of accessories to NAACP Awards

Meghan Markle wore a bespoke dress by Christopher John Rogers estimated to be worth £2,000 and £7,000 worth of accessories as she joined Prince Harry to accept the Chairman’s Award at the NAACP Image Awards.

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, also sported Princess Diana’s yellow gold cuff bracelet – which she first sported during her royal tour of Australia with Prince Harry, 36, in 2018 – and her £260,000 engagement ring.

The royal couple, who live in a $14 million mansion in Montecito, Calif., attended the NAACP awards on Saturday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

They accepted an award in recognition of their special achievements and distinguished public service for their work helping a Texas women’s shelter, promoting vaccine equity and establishing community rescue centers.

Meghan Markle wore a bespoke dress by Christopher John Rogers estimated to be worth £2,000 and £7,000 worth of accessories as she joined Prince Harry to accept the Chairman’s Award at the NAACP Image Awards.

The royal couple, who live in a $14 million mansion in Montecito, Calif., attended the NAACP awards on Saturday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium

The royal couple, who live in a $14 million mansion in Montecito, Calif., attended the NAACP awards on Saturday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium

Meghan sported a custom blue-ombre dress with a flowing cape by black New York designer Christopher John Rogers with a custom four-ply silk creation and chiffon bust overlay.

The designer is known for his bold styles and bright looks, with the likes of Adele, Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama previously sporting his designs.

Talk to vogueChristopher revealed he was approached by Meghan a month ago about working together and then had a video call to meet.

“I was immediately struck by her warmth and general demeanor, her sense of ease and confidence. We quickly tackled this idea of ​​revelation. She hadn’t really been out like this in a while. moment.

The royal also sported over £7,000 worth of accessories as well as her £260,000 engagement ring.

Meghan opted for a £930 ‘Celeste’ shoe from Aquazzura. The golden pumps are made of leather and adorned with 105 crystals. A longtime fan of the shoe brand, the Duchess has worn designs from the Italian fashion house on dozens of occasions, including for her engagement announcement.

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, also sported Princess Diana's yellow gold cuff bracelet (left) - which she first wore during her royal tour of Australia with Prince Harry, 36, in 2018 – and her £260,000 engagement ring (left).  Meghan also wore a £5,900 Cartier Love bracelet (right)

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, also sported Princess Diana’s yellow gold cuff bracelet (left) – which she first wore during her royal tour of Australia with Prince Harry, 36, in 2018 – and her £260,000 engagement ring (left). Meghan also wore a £5,900 Cartier Love bracelet (right)

She added an extra touch of glamor with £200 14k gold-plated Alexis Bittar earrings.

Keeping her wrists well accessorised, Meghan also wore a £5,900 Cartier Love bracelet.

Meghan’s NAACP outfit

Dress: Bespoke Christopher John Rogers, £2,000

Jewelry: Alexis Bittar 14k gold plated, £200

Cartier Love bracelet, £5,900

Princess Diana bracelet, price unknown

Engagement ring: £260,000

Shoes: Aquazurra, £930

It’s a design she’s worn on a number of occasions in the past, and was also said to have been a gift from Prince Harry at the start of their romance.

Cartier’s oval band is made up of two C-shaped halves screwed together and the only way to remove it is with a screwdriver, like the 18-carat one provided – a feature said to be inspired by medieval chastity belts.

In a moving tribute to Princess Diana, Meghan sported her late mother-in-law’s bracelet on her other wrist.

The Duchess of Sussex wore Princess Diana’s yellow gold cuff bracelet for the official start of the Royal Australian tour after news broke that the Duke and Duchess were expecting their first baby.

The bracelet adorned with blue cabochons would have been a gift from Prince Harry to Meghan to mark her pregnancy.

Meghan has worn the stunning gold bracelet with blue stones on several occasions, including during her first royal tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Meghan also sported her £271,000 engagement ring, originally designed by Prince Harry and court jewelers Cleave and Company using a stone from Botswana and two smaller stones from Diana’s collection.

Meghan Markle, Tamika Johnson and NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson at the 53rd NAACP Image Awards Show

Meghan Markle, Tamika Johnson and NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson at the 53rd NAACP Image Awards Show

Meghan also sported her £271,000 engagement ring, which was originally designed by Prince Harry and court jewelers Cleave and Company using a stone from Botswana and two smaller stones from Diana's collection.

Meghan also sported her £271,000 engagement ring, which was originally designed by Prince Harry and court jewelers Cleave and Company using a stone from Botswana and two smaller stones from Diana’s collection.

Harry proposed to Meghan in November 2017 with the shimmering ring featuring a solid yellow gold band – however in 2019 images revealed the design had been altered to incorporate a thinner band which was set with multiple pavé diamonds all around.

Shortly after their engagement, Prince Harry opened up about the design process behind the ring, explaining that he chose each element to ensure it perfectly matched the tastes of his bride-to-be.

‘The ring is obviously yellow gold because it is [Meghan’s] favorite and the main stone itself which I bought in Botswana and the little diamonds on either side are from my mum’s jewelry collection, to make sure she is with us on this crazy journey together,” said he declared.

Meghan called it “incredible”, explaining: “All about the thoughtfulness of Harry and the inclusion of [Princess Diana’s stones] and obviously not being able to meet her mother, it’s so important for me to know that she’s a part of that with us.

“It’s incredibly special to be able to have this [ring], what kind of links where you come from and Botswana, which is important to us. It’s perfect.’

NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson recognizes Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex with the President's Award

NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson recognizes Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex with the President’s Award

NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson at the 53rd NAACP Image Awards Show is pictured presenting the award

NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson at the 53rd NAACP Image Awards Show is pictured presenting the award

The couple accepted the award for their work helping a Texas women’s shelter, promoting vaccine equity and creating community rescue centers, Harry first wanted to address the conflict in Ukraine after the invasion from Russia this week.

“We would like to thank the people of Ukraine, who urgently need our continued support as a global community,” he said to a room full of glamorous Hollywood stars and dignitaries.

His speech to Hollywood celebrities, such as Daniel Kaluuya and Jennifer Hudson, came as Ukrainians in Kiev were under siege for a third consecutive night and Russian troops entered the second city of Kharkiv.

The Duke also said he was grateful to have been honored by the NAACP and that he and his wife were meant to be together to help others despite their supposed differences.

“I think it’s safe to say that I come from a very different background to my amazing wife, but our lives have come together for a reason.

Meghan opted for a £930 'Celeste' shoe from Aquazzura.  The golden pumps are made of leather and adorned with 105 crystals.

She added an extra touch of glamor with £200 14k gold-plated Alexis Bittar earrings.

Meghan opted for a £930 ‘Celeste’ shoe from Aquazzura. The gold pumps are made of leather and adorned with 105 crystals (left)

“We share a commitment to a life of service, a responsibility to fight injustice, and a belief that those most often overlooked are the most important to listen to.”

The Duke and Duchess have often flaunted their union as that of a wealthy prince meeting a woman of humble beginnings, despite the fact that Meghan often enjoyed luxury as a child with estranged father Thomas Markle.

Saturday’s ceremony is their first major Hollywood event since stepping down as royals while rubbing shoulders with host Anthony Anderson and dozens of stars.

Upon receiving their award, Megan said, “I couldn’t be prouder that we’re doing this work together.”

“We moved to California, my home state, shortly before the murder of George Floyd.

“For black America, those nine minutes and 29 seconds transcended time, evoking centuries of our unhealed wounds.

“In the months that followed, as my husband and I spoke with the civil rights community, we committed ourselves and our organization, Archewell, to enlightening those who advance racial justice and progress.”

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