Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on stage during The Fashion Awards 2018 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Photo: Tristan Fewings/BFC/Getty Images
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on stage during The Fashion Awards 2018 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Photo: Tristan Fewings/BFC/Getty Images

Meghan stuns in surprise appearance

MEGHAN  Markle has made a surprise appearance at the British Fashion Awards, taking the stage to deliver a speech about women's empowerment.

The pregnant Duchess of Sussex was introduced by actress Rosamund Pike, and came on stage to present the prestigious British Womenswear Designer of the Year award to her wedding dress designer, Claire Waight Keller, of Givenchy.

 

Rosamund Pike introduced Meghan. Photo: John Phillips/BFC/Getty Images
Rosamund Pike introduced Meghan. Photo: John Phillips/BFC/Getty Images

Meghan, 37, looked stunning in a fitted black one-shoulder velvet gown by Givenchy, with her hair pulled back in a sleek bun.

"It's so nice to see so many familiar faces," she told the crowd.

"As all of you in this room know, we have a deep connection to what we wear. Sometimes it's very personal, sometimes it's emotional. But for me this connection is rooted in, really, being able to understand that it's about supporting and empowering each other, especially as women."

Meghan spoke of her personal connection to fashion. Photo: Joe Maher/BFC/Getty Images
Meghan spoke of her personal connection to fashion. Photo: Joe Maher/BFC/Getty Images

Waight Keller, 44, thanked the Duchess personally in her acceptance speech, describing her as "amazing".

"This woman is so amazing. I got to know Meghan on such a personal level. To have someone like that trust you on such a personal moment in their life … I can't thank you enough because it was the most beautiful moment."

Meghan greeted the designer on stage. Photo: Joe Maher/BFC/Getty Images
Meghan greeted the designer on stage. Photo: Joe Maher/BFC/Getty Images

The designer created the silk boat-necked gown and long billowing veil Meghan wore to marry Prince Harry within St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in May.

 

Meghan wore Waight Keller’s design for the ceremony. Photo: Jane Barlow/Pool Photo via AP
Meghan wore Waight Keller’s design for the ceremony. Photo: Jane Barlow/Pool Photo via AP

Meghan's surprise appearance comes amid reports of simmering tensions within Kensington Palace, with the former actress and her husband believed to be at odds with Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Despite the rumours, Meghan and Prince Harry will join the rest of the family - including Prince William and Kate - at the Queen's estate in Sandringham for Christmas.

 

Guests, including Kendall Jenner and Victoria Beckham, were stunned by the surprise arrival. Photo: Joe Maher/BFC/Getty Images
Guests, including Kendall Jenner and Victoria Beckham, were stunned by the surprise arrival. Photo: Joe Maher/BFC/Getty Images
The pregnant Duchess cradled her stomach. Photo: Joe Maher/BFC/Getty Images
The pregnant Duchess cradled her stomach. Photo: Joe Maher/BFC/Getty Images
She also said fashion had the ability to empower women. Photo: Tristan Fewings/BFC/Getty Images
She also said fashion had the ability to empower women. Photo: Tristan Fewings/BFC/Getty Images


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