On Monday, March 9, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will complete the last of their royal duties before stepping out of the spotlight as senior royals and into a different spotlight as very famous ~but normal~ people. This is great news for the couple, but not as great for anyone who craves a good "Meghan Markle at a royal event" outfit. Sad as those of us may be, Markle's green dress at the 2020 Commonwealth Day service — hell, all of her looks throughout the last of her royal appearances — are a beautiful note to end on.
Markle's dress for the service is the latest in what is perhaps the most vibrant string of outfits she's ever worn as a royal. The 38-year-old has usually opted for neutral, earthy tones and classic shapes, with risks coming in the form of an unexpected silhouette here and there. However, walking hand-in-hand with Prince Harry, she wore a fitted, tea-length, emerald green Emilia Wickstead dress with long sleeves, a slit up the back, and a matching William Chambers hat with a large, netted bow.
She accessorized the look with pointed-toe nude pumps from Aquazzura; small silver earrings; and a dark green, round Gabriela Hearst handbag. Lest we forget, her dress included a one-shoulder green cape flowing in the breeze behind her, making her look more regal than ever, if that were even possible. Confirmed: Markle is the monochromatic fashion superhero we don't deserve.
Less than a week ago, Markle arrived with Harry in the UK in a similarly colorful, cerulean, Victoria Beckham dress for the 2020 Endeavour Fund Awards. Later during the weekend, Markle was a vision in red, wearing a long Safiyaa gown with matching fiery pumps and a clutch. This dress also featured a cape extending the length of the dress. As someone who has literally never owned, or even so much as thought about owning, anything remotely resembling a cape or cape dress, I'm simultaneously inspired and fighting the urge to buy at least six of them.
While we may have to say goodbye to Markle's "last hurrah as a senior royal" style, you can help it live on by introducing some BCE (big cape energy) to your own wardrobe. See below for the picks I'm adding to my cart as we speak: