The 5 messages in Meghan’s Oprah interview outfit

In a teaser clip released on Monday 1st March, we got a first glimpse of what to expect from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Prince Harry is shown saying “My biggest fear was history repeating itself”, while images of his late mother Princess Diana appear on screen. Oprah echoes back a statement suggesting Meghan had described her experience with the press in Britain as “almost unsurvivable”. A further taster, released on Thursday, shows Meghan accusing ‘The Firm’ of ‘perpetuating falsehoods’.

The Oprah interview is a big moment for the Sussexes – and on 7th March we will get to see the full two-hour broadcast.

But one thing we do know now is what the Duchess chose to wear for the occasion; a television-ready outfit with some meaningful details. Here is everything you need to know…

1. The Armani dress 

Meghan’s dress is the £3,300 ‘long triple silk georgette dress’ by Giorgio Armani. In black matte fabric, it features a botanical applique design on one shoulder, a selection likely made while considering that the Duchess’s upper-half would get the most screen time. The relaxed overall silhouette can be seen when the camera pans out, revealing more of the set, the garden of the couple’s Montecito home.

Meghan has previously worn workwear pieces from the Emporio Armani line, during her time in the Royal family, and has spoken in the past about how she is a fan of Armani’s makeup range. But this is the first time she has worn the Italian designer’s mainline collection – Armani, too, has had a busy weekend, having dressed Renée Zellweger at Sunday’s Golden Globes, as well as streaming his autumn / winter 2021 collection from a virtual Milan Fashion Week.

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Harry and Meghan with Oprah


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2. The symbolic floral embellishment

Meghan’s Armani dress features a lotus flower design – specifically chosen for its symbolic meanings of purity, rebirth and enlightenment. The lotus flower is an emblem of revival, and is considered proof of a determination and will to live. A spokesperson for the Duchess told The Telegraph that The Duchess understands that a lotus seed can withstand thousands of years without water, able to germinate over two centuries later.

3. Diana’s bracelet

The other feature to note from this outfit was the jewellery. Meghan has a stack of three bracelets on her left wrist including a diamond tennis bracelet which belonged to Princess Diana. This particular bracelet was worn by Diana for one of her last ever public appearances before she died, to a performance of Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall in June 1997.

Meghan has worn pieces from her late mother-in-law’s personal jewellery collection on several key occasions in the past. For her wedding reception in 2018, she wore Diana’s aquamarine ring, and on a Royal tour of Australia and New Zealand she wore Diana’s butterfly earrings. Her engagement ring, also, features two diamonds originally taken from this bracelet.

It was a particularly poignant choice in this context, though, as her husband made reference to “history repeating itself”.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day, 2018. The Duchess wears a ring that belonged to the late Princess Diana


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day, 2018. The Duchess wears a ring that belonged to the late Princess Diana

4. The Cartier Love bracelet

Another of the bracelets on Meghan’s wrist for the interview is her Cartier Love bangle. Prince Harry also has one, and was spotted wearing it in September, in a video to encourage Americans to vote in the presidential election.

Designed by Aldo Cipullo in 1969, the Cartier Love bangle is supposed to be worn as a symbol of enduring and everlasting love.

Meghan wears a Pippa Small necklace for the interview


Meghan wears a Pippa Small necklace for the interview

5. The Pippa Small necklace

Meghan completed her jewellery look with earrings by Birks, a Canadian brand, and a necklace by British designer Pippa Small, reflecting the countries which she has previously called home.

The choice of Pippa Small is particularly interesting, and could be seen as a nod to Prince Charles. The designer has collaborated with the Prince’s charitable foundation, Turquoise Mountain since 2008, supporting and training local artists.

The fashion editor’s verdict…

This outfit will likely represent the pinnacle of Meghan’s return-to-the-spotlight fashion campaign – appearances in the last fortnight have built up to this, and included the re-wearing of a custom Carolina Herrera dress for her pregnancy announcement portrait, and a newly-purchased Oscar de la Renta minidress for an interview with Spotify Stream On. 

But this, with Oprah, is the couple’s first sit-down television interview since their 2017 engagement talk with the BBC, and the first time they have been interviewed about their decision to step back from their formal Royal roles in 2020.

In the last four years of intense public scrutiny, Meghan has shown time and again that she has learned to use fashion as a storytelling tool. With this particular appearance, the outfit backs up the communication; the Duchess is showing that she has finally regained some control of the narrative.

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