The Duchess of Sussex went to see the last of the set of official patronages she recently announced would help define her public life.
Meghan, who is expecting her first child in late April, arrived in her black Givenchy coat, which she previously wore last year on Remembrance Sunday. And she changed up her usual hairstyle — which she usually wears down or in a messy bun — and debuted her first top knot. The sleek look showed off her Dean Davidson “Midi Knockout” stud earrings, which she has worn before.
Her major hair looks are courtesy of her personal hairdresser, George Northwood, who not only styled her chic bun worn for her evening wedding reception, he also traveled as part of the couple’s entourage on their royal tour Down Under in October.
Meghan headed to the City University in London to meet with students and academics from the Association of Commonwealth Universities network. Meghan became patron of the ACU — a role she inherited from Queen Elizabeth — earlier this month.
During her visit, she spoke with Dr. Ephraim Kisangala, a Commonwealth PhD scholar from Uganda, who is studying Public Heath and Health Promotion at Bangor University. They chatted about his thesis on menstrual hygiene management in refugee settlements in his country. “The Duchess was very passionate about our work, I could tell she had a genuine concern for the women we are trying to help,” he said. “She has been to Africa and has also identified the problem herself in the past for the women who are suffering due to the attitudes towards menstruation across the world.”
Meghan has used her voice to challenge social issues around the world. In March 2017 for International Women’s Day, Meghan spoke out about the stigma surrounding menstruation, particularly in impoverished countries such as India, where the girls are shamed for starting their periods.
It came a day after husband Prince Harry, 34, had made his own Commonwealth-based visit when he took part in a roundtable discussion with young leaders from around the world in his role as the Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.