Well, it is Derby Day here in the states, and Gold Cup, and all such horse-related things. But across the pond it was the Saturday of the Audi Polo Challenge and a very special guest turned up at the field to cheer on her handsome prince charming. Meghan Markle made her debut in the royal box today.
The match benefits Sentebale and WellChild, two of Harry's charities, but I bet it was more than just the cash influx for a good cause that was putting such a bright smile on Harry's face. His striking girlfriend watching from a balcony was putting a spring in everyone's step.
The annual Audi Polo Challenge has been a staple on the royal calendar, and we are used to seeing, or recently hoping to see, another royal heart-throb. The Audi Polo Challenge was played on May 10th in 2009 and Kate was there to cheer William on. The photo-set from that sunny afternoon feature some of the most famous shots of William and Kate in their dating days.
All three royals were out together in 2012 for the Audi Polo Challenge, and goofing around just a bit, too.
Meghan joins a long quasi-royal tradition of girlfriends at the polo field. Girlfriends and royal brides... Heather over at The Fug Girls is hypothesizing that Harry and Meghan are already secretly engaged, which I think is an interesting possibility.
Today was, in many respects, Meghan's royal debut. It is the first "public" event that the couple have attended together, and Meghan was doubtless eager to look her best. She wore a navy day dress with an asymmetrical hemline and carried a polka-dot clutch. She definitely brought the Hollywood glam:
This beautiful frock is by Antonio Berardi. It is the Double-Breasted Sleeveless Dress and is retailing at Saks right now--one sale--for $1,617. It features almost military style button closure, piping, a fitted bodice, and full skirt with the trendy cut-out and an exposed zipper. It is en vogue, kids. This girl plays to win in the fashion stakes.
It got a little chilly, so Meghan slipped on a crisp white blazer which she left around her shoulders, rather than using the sleeves. Meghan is no Kate, and I am betting that the fashion we see from Meghan will be the type that people have been wanting from Kate, but that she just hasn't delivered.
That is not a negative judgment. Kate and Meghan are very different women with very different styles. You can like both, as I do, but I think many expected Kate to shift gears after her marriage and showcase Meghan's kind of style, and there was a lot of disappointment when she didn't. Interestingly, I think that these two women fit their spouse/boyfriend perfectly. William is more buttoned up and traditional, Harry is more of a wild child; Kate's style is more sedate, and Meghan's is more va va voom. It's a healthy balance. I am excited to see more of Meghan, and more of Meghan with Kate at some point. Anyway...Meghan certainly had the smile of a woman head over heels in love...and possibly hiding a sparkly in her dresser drawer? Everyone else is trying to figure out if now is the time to take a break and run for more champagne and Meghan is like, "isn't he playing magnificently?!" Great day. :)
Huge thank-you to James Whatling who has been documenting these polo days for years. It is so fun to get snaps and someone has to make the Saturday a work day for that to happen. Also, if you missed it, I wrote a full post on Kate's visit to the farm this past week, which was published this morning. That is available here.