Meghan’s on-message! Duchess wears a £1,900 cocktail dress by a feminist designer as she gives a stirring speech to mark 125 years since women were given the vote in New Zealand
Meghan, 37, wore navy cocktail dress by Gabriela Hearst in New Zealand
Duchess gave speech to mark 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage
Gabriela Hearst’s collections have been inspired by high profile feminists
Meghan had strappy dress altered to add delicate cap sleeves
The Duchess of Sussex is known for choosing fashion with a purpose during her public engagements, and today she did it again in her choice of dress for a significant speech at Government House in New Zealand.
Pregnant Meghan , 37, stunned in a navy cocktail dress by New York-based Gabriela Hearst, modified to include delicate cap sleeves.
The original spaghetti strap dress cost £1,900, (AU$3,430/US$2495) although Meghan’s bespoke version is likely to have come at a higher price.
It’s not the first time Meghan has chosen a piece from Gabirela Hearst, who is known for her sustainable practices and weaving political statements in to her creations.
Previous collections have been inspired by feminists, such as US political activist Angela Davis and Senator Kamala Harris, while she also created a line of handbags as a tribute to working women of the 1940s.
The Duchess previously sported a £1,685 handbag from the trendy New York designer when she paid her first official visit to Sussex with Prince Harry earlier this month.
During her stirring speech, Meghan told guests at Government House: ‘Women’s suffrage is about feminism, but feminism is about fairness.
‘Suffrage is not simply about the right to vote but also about what that represents.
‘The basic and fundamental human right of being able to participate in the choices for your future.’
Meghan’s evening outfit was a marked change from the bargain high street design she sported on arrival in Wellington earlier in the day.
Stepping off the Royal New Zealand Air Force plane in Wellington, Meghan sported an affordable black ASOS maternity dress, costing just £35, teamed with a Karen Walker trench coat.
Throughout the tour, the Duchess has favoured high end labels with suitably eye-watering price tags for her first major overseas tour.
Meghan’s speech on women’s suffrage at Government House in Wellington
Tēnā koutou katoa. We are proud to be able to join you tonight, in celebrating the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in your country.
The achievements of the women of New Zealand who campaigned for their right to vote, and were the first in the world to achieve it are universally admired.
In looking forward to this very special occasion, I reflected on the importance of this achievement, but also the larger impact of what this symbolises,” she said.
Because yes, women’s suffrage is about feminism, but feminism is about fairness.
Suffrage is not simply about the right to vote, but also about what that represents – the basic and fundamental human right of being able to participate in the choices for your future and that of your community.
The involvement and voice that allows you to be a part of the very world that you are a part of.’
And women’s suffrage is not simply about the right to vote for women but also about what that represents.
The basic and fundamental right of all people- including members of society who have been marginalise – whether for reasons of race, gender, ethnicity or orientation – to be able to participate in the choices for their future and their community.
So bravo, New Zealand, for championing this right 125 years ago for the women who well-deserved to have an active voice and an acknowledged vote and for all of the people that this effort has paved for, globally.
We all deeply thank you. In the words of your suffragette, Kate Sheppard: ‘All that separates whether of race, class, creed or sex is inhuman and must be overcome.
The couple arrived in Wellington from Sydney this morning, and were warmly greeted by New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Wellington Mayor Justin Lester.
The couple were quickly whisked away in a silver Mercedes bearing the number plate ROYAL1, and taken to nearby Government House for a traditional welcome which included dances, speeches and a very intimate greeting.
But an official reception was disrupted by a fire alarm following the public walkabout.
The pregnant Duchess smiles after addressing invited guests during a reception at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, today
On Friday she wowed in a tulle Oscar De La Renta dress embellished with a black bird pattern estimated to have cost £10,000.
She’s also sported creations by Roksanda and Brandon Maxwell as well as tens of thousands worth of jewellery and accessories.
The total cost of her wardrobe thus far has exceeded £80,000 and she’s predicted to hit the £100K mark by the time she and Harry fly home on Friday.
What’s on the itinerary for Harry and Meghan’s tour of New Zealand?
Monday, October 29: Wellington and Abel Tasman, New Zealand – The Duke and Duchess will meet young people from a number of mental health projects operating in New Zealand. From Wellington, The Duke and Duchess will travel to Abel Tasman National Park. That evening back in Wellington, Their Royal Highnesses will visit Courtenay Creative for an event celebrating the city’s thriving creative arts scene
Tuesday, October 30: Auckland, New Zealand – Their Royal Highnesses will travel to Auckland, where they will firstly visit the North Shore to dedicate a 20 hectare area of native bush to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. They will then join the Prime Minister to visit Pillars, a charity operating across New Zealand. Later that afternoon, The Duke and Duchess will have the opportunity to meet the people of Auckland on the Viaduct Harbour, before attending a Reception hosted by the Prime Minister at the Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wednesday, October 31: Rotorua, New Zealand – The final day of their Royal Highnesses’ tour will take place in Rotorua. Next, The Duke and Duchess will head to Rainbow Springs to learn more about the centre’s kiwi breeding programme. Later that afternoon, the Duke and Duchess will head into the city for the chance to meet members of the public gathered there
Thursday, November 1: Their Royal Highnesses will return to Auckland that evening, before departing for London the following day.
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