The Duchess of Sussex attended the opening of OYW2019 Summit

On October 22, 2019, the Duchess of Sussex attended the opening of "One Young World Summit" (OYW2019), held at Royal Albert Hall in London. The annual One Young World Summit convenes the brightest young talent from every country and sector, working to accelerate social impact. The Duchess is Vice-President of The Queen's Commonwealth Trust, which is partnering with One Young World this year. The Duchess was a counsellor for OYW in Dublin in 2014 as well as in Ottawa in 2016.
Meghan Markle wore Aritzia Babaton Maxwell midi dress and Meghan Markle wore Manolo Blahnik navy pumps
Meghan Markle wore Aritzia Babaton Maxwell midi dress and Meghan Markle wore Manolo Blahnik navy pumps
Meghan Markle wore Aritzia Babaton Maxwell midi dress and Meghan Markle wore Manolo Blahnik navy pumps
Meghan Markle wore Aritzia Babaton Maxwell midi dress and Meghan Markle wore Manolo Blahnik navy pumps
Meghan Markle wore Aritzia Babaton Maxwell midi dress and Meghan Markle wore Manolo Blahnik navy pumps
Meghan Markle wore Aritzia Babaton Maxwell midi dress and Meghan Markle wore Manolo Blahnik navy pumps
Meghan Markle wore Aritzia Babaton Maxwell midi dress and Meghan Markle wore Manolo Blahnik navy pumps
Meghan Markle wore Aritzia Babaton Maxwell midi dress and Meghan Markle wore Manolo Blahnik navy pumps
Meghan Markle wore Aritzia Babaton Maxwell midi dress and Meghan Markle wore Manolo Blahnik navy pumps
Meghan Markle wore Aritzia Babaton Maxwell midi Dress
Aritzia Babaton Maxwell Midi Dress
Meghan Markle wore Manolo Blahnik Pumps
Manolo Blahnik Pumps

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  1. Her husband must be so proud of her! Beautiful on the inside and out!!

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  2. She looks great!

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  3. Meghan has a smile on her face which is not easy in light of what she is going through, but she has risen to the occasion. The color of the dress is beautiful and flattering. I am wondering if she has added extensions to her hair. Definitely her hair is in need of a different style (or stylist).

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  4. This dress needs a belt, I think. Or, alternatively, it needs to be knee-length. Or both.
    Fantastic colour in any case. Not easy to wear, but it works really well with Meghan´s colouring.

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    1. Agree with you Vanessa.

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    2. We black do not take to the word color. Thanks

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    3. I´m afraid I have no idea what you mean, Unknown. Mind explaining?

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  5. Great color on Meghan. The dress could be taken in a bit- I feel like there is too much fabric around her legs. I would have preferred her hair up with statement earrings.

    E.B.B

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  6. She wore this dress last year (nothing wrong with that). i noticed she has been re-wearing previous outfits nearly on all engagements in the last month.

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    1. Yes, she has been re-wearing a number of previous outfits and this is good. Why should one beautiful piece have only one showing? But also beyond that I think this is done in large part to counteract the (often unfair) criticisms of the high cost of her designer wardrobe during the first year of her marriage. Her clothes during her just completed African tour were very low-key and featured some inexpensive pieces.

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  7. Nice, simple dress, best part is the color, I generally don't like purple tones, but it looks great on her, I like this length the best, as it covers her very thin calves. She has the loveliest of smiles, and looks radiant. I would never look down on Manolos, but I wish that she was a little more adventurous on the shoe department, she always wears the same style.

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  8. What a great colour for Meghan! And still looking happy and smiling, even though everything she's been through, and still going through.
    No matter what you think or say about her, I just wanna say: Lots of respect for her!! So many enormous changes in two years, (or a bit longer)... whoah, everyone would have to get used to it. If everyone would give her the time and space she needs, instead of attacking and bashing her... at least, that would help her to feel better and more comfortable.

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    1. Rosalyn, I agree as for the many enormous changes within a short time. But on the other hand - she was nearly 40 years old when she married, she had worked as an actress before. Meghan is really not the poor innocent victim.
      (And: hello thought police! I know you will be at my throat!)

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    2. I totally agree with you Coralie. As much i love Meghan, i think now we're beginning to see the real her behind the acting.

      The good thing about is is her wadrope this year is less expensive than last year 👍

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    3. No, I agree
      Lily T.

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    4. I will certainly not be at your throat Coralie. I totally agree with you. She makes an appearance when it was announced they would take a break. Can you imagine the Queen hugging someone when that person is trying to follow proper protocol, and for those who will say that she is modernizing the royal family. Who gave her the right to do that? Many monarchists who wanted to give her a chance are disappointed and tired of it all.

      Elizabeth Ann

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    5. @coralie, I think that you are more than entitled to your opinion, and I am sure that many people follow your school of thought, which basically means " you knew what you were getting into, now deal with it" . It doesn't matter how old, or prepared you are, when thousands of people troll about you, spread false rumors, feel entitled to judge your private life, a life that they know nothing about, and a family that you never had a relationship with, suddenly appears just to make money from selling their lies about you, it's hard!!. And it's particularly difficult because when she wasn't the duchess, she could go into the media, and TV, and give her own version, but now she can only follow the directives of her new family. Some people believe that gossiping, and bashing people on social media it's just entertainment, I personally believe that is toxic.
      In a world where you can choose to be anything, please choose to be kind.

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    6. @Elizabeth Ann: They stated that their break will begin mid-November, after they fulfill current commitments which are already scheduled until then (months in advance).
      Royal protocol states that you do not do anything unless the Royal person initiates it. So you do not speak to the Royal unless they speak to you first. You do not hold out your hand to shake unless they extend their hand to shake yours first. I guess if they initiate a hug (and some lesser Royals do) then you hug back, lightly. One Royal doing this doesn't imposition or obligate the other Royals. Each will continue to do as they believe is appropriate. Megan doesn't just hug anyone. Hugging a young person is also a way of showing support and caring.
      Anon 9:13

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    7. @Elizabeth Ann … you‘re right, it‘s an exhausting theatre. But I don‘t want to blame Meghan only. For my opinion Harry is the bigger problem. He‘s a publicity seeker and he‘s the one who is ruthless to his family. Two soul mates have found each other.

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    8. i think there is a cultural difference here. Hugging is a very informal way of greeting people unless you know them. So it will come across as odd behaviour here. Best to take advise and adapt to the new culture instead of criticising.

      unfortunately Americans wants the whole world to bend towards their ideals !
      jules

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    9. Jules, your comment is rude and derogatory towards an entire country. I think your prejudice is showing and it's not very civil.I would never say antything that ugly about British people, perhaps because I know that humans are very similar everywhere. Please educate yourself and park your nasty comments at the door.

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    10. The racist comments in the press have been awful. However I think some of the stress comes from making so many huge life changes within a relatively short period. She hadn’t really allowed herself time to adjust before making another change. I also feel like Harry and Meghan gave isolated themselves to a certain degree which adds to this sense of loneliness.

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    11. Cherry you’re also certainly entitled to your opinion, however, to me, a fellow American, your comments seem a bit harsh as we Americans have a well-founded stereotype around the world as more gregarious, friendly, bold/outspoken. I have been on many trips with groups of various ages where we have discussed the mindset to dial it back given certain country norms, and especially to note what would be odd locally, to Jules I had mentioned that not everyone is like this but to you I say there are more than perhaps you realize. I have also seen many who have reined it in and it is quite over the top. I am reminded of the US guy in the old James Bond movies for how many from here come across- we are a culture of wide open spaces and a can-do meritocracy.

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    12. @3:38, I answered Jules in respect ho her sentence that " Americans want the whole world to bend to their ideals" and that is a very disrespectful affirmation, and not true of a country of 350 million people, is just another stereotype, and yes Americans aren't much different to any privileged westerner, period, but then again the same could be said of many nationalities, I wasn't discussing our social habits either, and talking about those, I think you are totally off the mark, no, we aren't that warm, we can't hold a candle on being affectionate, to Spaniards, Italians, Greeks, Latin Americans etc. In fact we are the nation that invented the personal space, safe distance, and all those rules even in kindergarden about not kissing or even holding hands.....Not sure whether you have met many people outside the US, but I surely have.
      And yes, is rude and to use such condescending tone (like Jules) when talking about another nation.

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    13. Cherry, I have to agree with Anonymous 3:38, I also find your reaction towards Jules a bit harsh.
      It is always difficult to view your country from the outside, but generally, Americans are perceived by most people in the world just like Jules described. It doesn´t mean that every American is like that, or that stereotypical Americans behave like that with a mean intend, but the stereotype is indeed like that: loud, bold, confident, letting people know they´re coming from the greatest country in the world & assuming everyone speaks their language. The political, economic and military dominance in the world has definitely also meant an export of American values.
      I´m writing this not to insult you or anyone, but to give a different perspective that you naturally cannot have yourself, especially if you are in your country and everyone around you has a similar mentality.
      In other words, Americans, as a whole, just aren´t known to be humble, restraint and quiet.

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    14. Well anonymous, I have a very good perspective as I have traveled around the world both on assignment and doing volunteer work in the most underprivileged countries, and yes the USA is a very powerful country, and all the things you list are not untrue, however Jules statement (which could be you, since this anonymous thing can be used a million times) was condescending and ignorant. American values have nothing to do with a person hugging another person, and that is my point, you are reaching in order to excuse a rather nasty comment. Believe me, I feel the same way when people describe other countries with stereotypes and uneducated statements.
      Wish you a good day

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    15. Elizabeth Ann, you are so correct and thank you for saying so.

      Sophia

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    16. Winnie, there were last year calculated to her cloth budget also jewels she got as wedding presents, all her old shoes, even some jewels which were only loans. I am sure her number would be very high even if she wears year around only second-hand.

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  9. She is so beautiful.

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  10. Greet antwerp belgiumOctober 23, 2019 at 11:17 AM

    Nice color suites the duchess but her hair!!!!, she really needs a haircut it looks terrible

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  11. Nice color suites the duchess but her hair!!!!, she really needs a haircut it looks terrible

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    1. 14 or 12 inches of Hair extensions/weave would have been enough to. I think she has 21/22 inches
      -JW

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  12. Jolie silhouette dans cette robe dont la couleur convient bien à Meghan.. Légèrement raccourcie ou même finement ceinturée, cela serait encore plus élégant ; il me semble que ça manque de boucles d'oreilles !!!

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  13. Beautiful color dress, looks great on her. In addition, I find her very appealing.

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  14. Beautiful colour and dress…… and so is Meghan.

    Julie

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  15. Very nice dress here on Meghan, looks perfect for the event. The hair is a bit too much in the face, but othervise beautiful. With regards to the difficult times they are passing through, I think some of the damage could have been prevented by a reality check before; like her friends told her, the press would be horrible and so it is. I am sure they are going to be fine, and I hope that Harry did not create a wider rift with his brother by talking to the media the way he did.

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  16. I love it, when she is wearing bright colours with simple cuts

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  17. Nice color, need a new hairstyle.

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    1. She does not need a hair cut, just less inches of hair extensions, they need to be at the same level with her hair. JW

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  18. I really scratch my head at many of her recent wardrobe choices. This dress strikes me as incredibly unflattering. It's complicated when one is not certain what one's weight will be after having a baby but there are more structured outfits that she could wear that would be so much more flattering. DMP

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  19. Her hair is a little too much and so is her dress.

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  20. The color is gorgeous. I personally don't like the navy shoe with it, but it's better than nude I guess. As for the hair, no. Those extensions should go, they look so artificial. But the smile, perfect!
    Chel

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  21. Her hair style is not good here,sloppy, like drapes.

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  22. I think she looks lovely here. The dress is a nice colour for her and seems to fit well. I don’t know much about hair extensions but this looks like a soft, casual, beachy hairstyle that seems fine for the occasion.
    Regarding the trolls and the nastiness, D. Meghan is just the latest British Royal to suffer in the media spotlight. I remember the press being very harsh towards D. Catherine in the early days of her courtship and marriage. It’s a shame. (V.M.)

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  23. I thought Meghan looked lovely in her purple dress although I wasn’t a fan of navy shoes, in my opinion any other colour would have looked nicer.

    I also have the same problem that I had with Kate, HAIR! I like neat hair. Meghan and Kate both have beautiful hair, but on duty, tie it back.

    As for Meghan hugging the woman on stage, what a beautiful, affectionate moment towards a woman she has met before.

    As an Australian, the Queen is the Head of State and I respect the Queen, her diligence and her long reign however I don’t believe in curtsying to anyone just because of the chance of birth or marriage. A handshake is adequate.

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  24. Love the colors (navy & this shade of purple) together but the execution is messy/unfinished.
    The hug on stage was weird in that context to many on this side of the pond too, especially since the woman introducing Meghan had her hand extended already. If she must hug then shake the extended hand and one arm after the curtesy finished. It would have been smoother and less awkward looking for both but really more kind to the other woman.
    Glo

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    1. Wow, Glo. You people really dissect every single moment in time, I am afraid that this has more to do with the prejudice against Meghan , than any single protocol rule. I have seen Sophie hugging people, Diana doing the same, not to mention queens like Letizia, Rania, even Máxima , and most everybody praised them for their empathy and humanity, but in this instance she only gets subtle attacks, even the whole USA gets politicized because this woman had the nerve to show a little friendliness... come on ladies, at least be honest and don't disguise your tr****g with ridiculous comments.
      Peace out.
      BC

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    2. Oh please BC it was a Youth Leadership Conference not a backyard bbq. Anyone on here experience this from a boss in a board mtg/on stage at a work Conference? or see a Principal do this with a teacher in an auditorium? or Dean with a Professor at a Conference or seminar? - especially for future leaders and where personal space/professional boundaries are concerned in the US or the UK. Maybe in your part of the US those settings would all be appropriate but not in mine. Perhaps a lack of objectivity on your part is the issue.
      Glo

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    3. Nope!! Your statement about a backyard BBQ, and my "part" of the USA, just shows that you are trying to demean others that don't adhere to your thinking. And it shows righteousness and a total disconnect with the real world. Your attempt to portray yourself as a superior person, is a total fail. Maybe you should get back to your fish & chips party.
      BC

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    4. No BC my statement about my "part" of the USA is that in a diverse country of 330 million there are different societal norms. So in my area and travels with trainings throughout the US that physical interaction would have been awkward and inappropriate in that setting but I was leaving room that where you are from it may not, I have not interacted/visited with all 330 million after all. Not superior but clearly an American with a different opinion of an observed behavior than yours.
      After all, you didn't have to respond to my posting, perhaps instead of slamming people as trolls and believing the absolute worst you should take your own advice.
      Glo

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    5. Agree, BC. Well said.
      Mars

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    6. About hugging... do we know who the woman is Meghan is hugging and how good friends they are? We should remember Meghan has been connected with this One Young World at least five years.

      I remember some weeks ago when Meghan hugged woman at SmartWork cloth release and paper wrote how she did against protocol. Actually she was hugging one of her closest friends then.

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    7. Blondiini, while I am not sure of their personal connection, the woman Meghan did this to is Kate Robertson and her body language to me did not communicate “hey this is where we act like close friends”. She is an accomplished British businesswoman who actually co-founded OYW (the Summit’s organization) to draw out and encourage young leadership worldwide. To do this to her, ON stage, while she was acting in a very professional manner again to me seemed very inappropriate, Kate handled it very good-naturedly, most people working with younger ones can roll like that, but Meghan is nearly 40, and has been around PR/public events even OYW for a while. Also would a friend (even a close one) put you in such an awkward unprofessional position in front of a huge event in which you were the architect, co-founder? Mine would not, but others may. If it was about appreciating/honoring her wouldn’t you stand back to publicly join in directing the applause back to her on stage first? Just my thoughts.

      Lastly I would have to go back & look but I thought the Vogue presentation was a much smaller and more informal event in which it seemed Meghan was actually one of the founders/original collaborators, which may have also included interacting with those women benefitting from the collection and possibly needing extra encouragement.
      Again, just my thoughts.
      Glo

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    8. O dear, why does this woman evoke So many controversial reactions?
      Apart from cultural differences, of which there are many between the US and Europeanen countries, I think in an official visit you donot even hug your partner in front of a big audience.
      NB I donot know How to place A reaction otherwise then Anonyymus

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    9. Oops not the Vogue presentation the one I was thinking of was of the SmartWork one outside the John Lewis store. But both had similar dynamics.
      Glo

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  25. OMG... Jules, anonymous, Glo... run for the salts, this woman had the audacity to embrace a subject!!!
    This has never been done, we are under siege by the Americans, Never in history we have seen such atrocious display. I am clutching my pearls right now and about to faint. Please if you want to be so righteous, you must look at other graphic testimonial of others doing the same and being lauded for it. Perhaps another line of attack would be more effective.
    Lady acid.

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    1. Last acid it is not an attack but a cultural observation. See my post above.
      Glo

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  26. She is without doubt a victim of the press, but she didn`t behave like a victim. Many people see that as an insult. Fighting like a lioness is not what is expected. She is really a braveheard. I applaud them for their strengh, Chapeau. They, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan spoke very openly about their feelings and partly helpless situation. It is very difficult not to condemn her for beeing the victim. If she was another person..for example Rosa Parks than the whole thing would be different. I call Rosa Parks because nobody thinks that she was the victim. But there have been so many women who did the same as Rosa Parks. The difference was their background. Rosa Parks was the first women (there were a lot of women who tried) who was accepted as respectable by general public. Another point was as well the times and...

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    1. Sonnenkringel, I really don't understand why you say so. Meghan and Harry are constantly playing the victim. She plays the "R"-card, which is unfair, because most people don't dislike her background or her looks, they dislike her behaviour. And Harry plays the "Mommy"-card. Harry used to be a fun-loving young man. Now he is a "woke" wailer.

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    2. Coralie - I agree with you. I don´t like their behaviour either. And I don´t mean their conduct or rapport with other people (they come across as genuine and warm). I mind their activism (for a lack of a better word) in the sense that they are politically active and take a strong stance when they had better taken it easy, kept a low profile and taken the back seat in the royal business. That would have been more in line with royal protocol, more appropriate for their position (as their are not really senior royals), more appropriate for Meghan in particular as she had only just entered the royal scene. I don´t think it is right to claim such a prominent position, and to me they have become attention seekers. I was actually very neutral when it came to Meghan, but the Vogue thing in particular has turned me away. That was a huge no for me.
      Also, I`m not really buying the victim thing. Yes, there is a huge media scrutiny, and not always nice. But: she had a background in show business and knew the media; she was well over 30 and able to judge what she was getting herself into; and most of all she cannot say she is a victim while at the same time taking a controversial profile and choosing a very active role promoting her causes and seeking attention for them.
      And lastly, since she didn´t have to be this active and public, she could have focused on settling in her new life, her new role, her new country, her new family. She could have taken the time to adapting to being a new mum, no-one would have held that against her. After a few years, taking on a more active role would have felt much more natural. All her big life changes were by choice, not a single one enforced on her.

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    3. I absolutely understand and appreciate a lot of detailed statements. They behave strangely and the press is no help but not really to blame.

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    4. @ Coralie, your comments must be a reflection of your soul. Very sad.
      Maya

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  27. Glo, oh my!! aren't you so superior!! Umhhhh, I could star a whole diatribe of British stereotypes, but you know, I know better.

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    1. Nope not superior just free (after all I am an American born and bred) to share my own opinion of what would have been inappropriate behavior, even here in the US.
      Glo

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    2. Inappropriate behavior?? Not true. The haters will hate, spread gossip and try to demean people that they dislike, whether be for their political ideas, race, religion, or who knows what.....
      Susanah.

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    3. Susannah again see my post above about where/when that seems inappropriate in certain settings to my experience. How is that even remotely demeaning? As far as the rest, if you are trying to lump me into commenters you point to as “haters...etc.” again see my other comments regarding objectivity and taking your own advice.
      Glo

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    4. Yes Susannah inappropriate behavior, for the setting, to me and many others (not all) in the US. How on earth is that demeaning? If you mean to lump me in with “haters...etc.” I would refer you to my other posts in regards to objectivity and taking your own advice.
      Glo

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    5. Susanah, why do you accuse others of being "haters"?

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    6. Coralie, don’t even start with me. I don’t play your game, always judging and pretending to know people intentions, gossiping and making ridiculous statements... like Meghan is playing the race card.., how do you know? Had she called you and complained? Or is it just voiced in your head?.., for the first time after her engagement both of them gave an interview, nowhere is race mentioned, it seems to me that it’s an issue with you....goodness woman , get a hobby!!!
      Susannah.

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  28. Glo, yes, I will lump you in that category, to say that embracing a young subject is " inappropriate " is just ridiculous, please take a look at many royals doing the same. You will need a better argument to hate on this woman
    Susanah

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    1. Um Susannah if your going to “lump” and find “hate” perhaps know what you’re talking about. The woman Meghan hugged is Kate Robertson who is a British subject, at least 12 years older than Meghan, a very well-educated, professional who co-founded OYW. Meghan making Ms. Robertson look very awkward, as she had her hand extended and, as a British subject, would have curtseyed, is still in my eyes inappropriate. Frankly someone who wants to be the judge of who is and is not hateful should be better informed or else...
      Glo

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    2. Glo, your comment about being appropriate is still ridiculous. Royals continue to embrace their subjects, nothing horrible... yes, you still hating.

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  29. @Coralie ..I´m very thankful for your opinion. It might be possible that Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry are not aware of this view. For this reason they feel that nobody understands them. From their side interviews are a possibiiltiy to bring light in the dark. We can see their blind spot and see as well, that they have no good advice. I do not think, that they are doing that intentionally. They think, that they are very brave when they are touring Australia or Africa with a newborn.
    It is, but to me it seems that the reason for that is just "to fit perfectly in".
    (sorry about my horrible English). The press headline do leave a lot of criticism with the reades. We need some truer and kinder statements.

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  30. MEGHAN IS AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHES BEAUTIFUL TOOO!!

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  31. I saw this documentary of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan and I think they are really brave and they are making a difference !!!

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  32. The Duchess of Sussex looks beautiful. Love the overall look.

    Tala

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