They’re here! This morning, Kensington Palace released photos of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to celebrate their engagement.
Wearing a stunning black gown, Meghan took our breath away. The two photos released were very different; and both photos very different from “traditional” royal engagement photos. In one, she looks very glamorous, relaxing on the floor in her haute couture gown. In the second, she looks like every other girl in love in a casual, cozy sweater.
The photos were taken by Alexi Lubomirski earlier this week at Frogmore House in Windsor.
Meghan wore a stunning black embellished ballgown in the photos, choosing a British based designer named Ralph & Russo for her engagement photo. The dress is from the label’s A/W 2017 collection.
Dress: Ralph & Russo A/W 17 Ballgown
Sweater: Victoria Beckham Cashmere Sweater
Several people have also asked about her nail polish, which we believe is the same Rimmel Gel polish she wore in Vanity Fair. There are several shades of pink that available, here is the most nude option likely selected by Meghan:
Here is our favourite MirrorMeg of her engagement ring, from QVC:
And for the dress? We found these great MirrorMeg options:
We love that Meghan chose a London-based designer for her dress, showing a definite nod to her new home. For those not familiar with the brand, here is a great recap from Harrods:
Under the prowess of Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, London-based Ralph & Russo runs the gamut of haute couture, from its signature red carpet-ready gowns to current, street-style-ready pieces. Playful silhouettes alongside the brand’s ever-glamorous ball gowns and cocktail dresses showcase dedication to innovative design and extraordinary craftsmanship; motifs emerge in a dizzying array of pieces sprayed with glass, crystal and beaded embellishments to tulle flowers, metallic fringe and dreamy feathers. Revered for designs that capture the essence of its muse – the fiercely feminine and empowered woman of today.
What did you think of the looks?
Stunning – oh how I hope Meghan continues to forge her own path because I am loving it. Best engagement photos ever!
They just are, aren’t they?!
Omg, Omg!!! bring the smelling salts, I’m swooning!!! I just can’t get over Harry’s smoldering look in the first picture! He’s a good looking guy but wow, he’s HOT in this photo!!
When I first saw these photos earlier this morning on my phone’s little screen I was really thrown by the b&w photo, where did her left thumb go?? On the little screen it looked as though half of her hand was cut off but now seeing it on a larger screen I can see she has it tucked under her hand.
This is the first time seeing the third photo of them standing together and I think it might be my favorite. It feels as though I’m getting a glimpse of how they are together when no one else is around.
I love the dress! There’s a lot going on with it but somehow it all comes together and just stuns! If this is any indication of Meghan’s style I’m very much looking forward to her wedding dress and to see how she dresses as a royal “woman who works”.
Ralph & Russo could be one interesting wedding dress designer for Meghan!
Okay, gotta say it. Harry looks smokin’ hot in these photos! I’ve never seen such fabulous engagement photos — they capture so much love and happiness and depth of feeling in three shots. Meghan’s look is fabulous — that dress is stunning and perfect on her. And such a gorgeous venue for the shots. Love that she’s turning to British designers in a clear message of support for her new country. And what fabulous choices! So excited for them both and for all that’s ahead.
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE They look soooooo beautiful!!!!
Sandra Yee says
Intimate and gorgeous, you can really feel their love!
Meghan hasn’t put a style step wrong on her royal progress up to now but this for me represents a serious mis-step. To have such a suggestive dress that it can only be rendered modest by careful placement of arms or hands, to have such in intimate seated pose and to top the whole off with an eyes-closed shot is way too much Hollywood for me. I find Harry’s narrowed eyes equally absurd. Get a room people, you’re supposed to be representing a centuries’ old British institution here.
I had wondered as Meghan was driven to the Palace yesterday if she was going to be all right, and by that I meant I wondered how she could bridge the gap between her previous independent Toronto life and that of being inside an English palace. By choosing a photographer and style so far removed from traditional British norms I’m afraid she’s revealed there could be some way for her to go.
The dress itself is fabulous as a fashion item, but it’s use in these settings is too much Hello! glossy spread and it’s design in favour of going bra-less is a step too far for royal decorum. They may have an awful long time ahead to regret these photos.
I have to say how much I enjoy your comments Bertie! We are often at opposite ends of the spectrum but I like the thought you put into your comments.
I believe that the dress has/had a “modesty” panel sown into the bodice because I couldn’t see any body parts of the model either.
I do agree with you though Ralph & Russo would make a very interesting designer for Meghan’s wedding dress, just based on this dress alone.
During the show the dress had no panel on and the model was braless.
It is stunning. For me I think it’s a shame such an expensive garnment was selected. Even if privatly bought, there is a fair amount of animosity within the UK population towards the royals, the use of tax payers money etc. I wish them all the best. They are definitely very much in love, and I hope this love will make everything work out well in the long term.
I love Meghan’s style so much. And this website has been a great source of inspiration. Maybe now more of the clothes will be available in the UK 😀 (shipping from US/canada brans is not that easy with return policy). I live in Edinburgh so I was ecstatic to see the Strathberry handbag!
I have to agree that there is some kind of modesty layer on this. The dress was obviously bespoke, and could have been altered from the model’s. Absolutely nothing is showing. British tabloids are painting the dress a certain way, but that’s not what it is. There’s plenty of coverage and it does not seem suggestive.
Thanks for your comments people, appreciated. I’d picked up on the modesty panel on the dress but am still being old fashioned enough to think It’s still too suggestive that it’s been styled to wear minus bra.
And I think the runway model wore it minus the panel ?
However if Ralph & Russo were the wedding dress designers I could back off demanding the bride wear black, scarlet or bold tartan in order to be different!
Congrats MM!!! You are the “go-to” source for all Meghan related fashion, as it should be!
Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew posed for their engagement picture with Sarah in a gown so Meghan is not breaking new territory. Ralph and Russo ( I love their gowns) are Australians located in the UK. They are not British. Just an FYI.
Absolute gorgeous! What more can I say, except hooray for our American gal!
Valerie Katz says
I love this site. Thank you. If anyone is looking for a replica engagement ring, go to jewlr.com ( a Canadian company that came out with a remarkable replica within hours of the engagement announcement). This ring has a cushion cut center stone like the original whereas the QVC one has a radiant cut for the center stone. Both look very nice. I own the Canadian one and am very pleased with it. The customer service and quality of this ring is excellent. The center stone is 2 carats (a little smaller than the original and comes in all sizes). I am also going to check out the QVC one which will not be available till the end of January but can be pre-ordered. Home Shopping Network did a ring as well and also can be pre-ordered. So did Jewel Candy called the Princess Meghan ring which is available now but has tapered stones on each side instead of round stones. The British Royal Mint is out with a coin cover and House of Windsor coin to mark this special occasion (limited edition of 5,000). One more thing, the opal earrings will be available for purchase in February probably. In the meantime, ETSY dbakerjewelry has a wonderful replica of these opal earrings.
I love these pictures. She has such an easy, unaffected elegance, and they just look so adorable together. This is what love looks like, and I will bet that 50 years from now they will still be totally head over heels. I have always had a soft spot for Harry, and he and Meghan are my new favorites in the royal couples sweeps. I can’t wait for the wedding.
The dress is absolutely gorgeous and both of them look so good in these photos!
Odds are the dress was given or loaned to her. If not, she can certainly well afford it. Remember, this woman has a sizable income of her own. Regardless she looks stunning. She’s an intelligent woman. She wanted to make a statement and look beautiful. Both of which she achieved. And the photos are stunning.