To celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8, Meghan Markle visited Harvest Home, an organisation that helps provide housing, mental well-being support, and classes to expectant mothers who have faced challenges including domestic violence, substance use, and homelessness. The Duchess launched a “pop up baby boutique”, hosted a lunch, and made a donation to the charity, according to The Archewell Foundation’s website.
Photos of Meghan at Harvest Home were published on The Archewell Foundation’s website, and a statement read: “As an advocate for women’s rights and supporter of mothers and families in need, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex and the Archewell team celebrated the women of Harvest Home by creating a pop up baby boutique, hosting lunch from a female owned restaurant, and making a donation to the organisation.
“Happy International Women’s day to all of you! Whether donating your time, funds, or helping a woman in your community, let’s all celebrate the women in our lives today and every day!”
On the same day, the Duchess was also spotted leaving brunch with friends at Gracias Madre in Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.
Gracias Madre is a chain based in both West Hollywood and San Francisco and offers plant based Mexican food. It has welcomed many an A-Lister through its doors, including American actress Anne Hathaway.
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Royal watchers were quick to comment on Meghan’s look, with mixed reviews. Many liked her outfit, while others were not fans of some aspects, such as a detail on her trousers, and her shoes.
Instagram user @luxmeagainpreloved wrote: “Love everything about this stunning outfit. The bag. The shoes. It’s all very classic but chic. And any of us can emulate this look at a lower price. It’s a win but I know people will stress themselves to find something wrong.”
User @franceszwei said: “Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex is epitome of elegance, class and timeless chic. What a sophisticated look. She is stunningly gorgeous.” User @rebpat1113 commented: “Chic. Effortless classic look. She knows what she likes and sticks to it. I know not got everyone but she doesn’t theme dress. She likes simple lines and muted colours.”
User @isabelq42 said: “She looks so classic and chic here. The all black ensemble given a pop with the white shoes and bag. Lovely gold accessories. Hair pulled back in her signature low bun. And anyone wondering about the climate in California… it is cold and rainy. And yes, it can be cold with the sun out. Trust me, I live in California.”
However, user @bedenkestehts wrote: “It’s meh. An okayish look. The idea is great, but the buttons on the pants take away the chicness and the shoes aren’t my cup of tea. Overall a solid six out of 10.”
User @jencutrerpartyofsix commented: “I’ve seen this coat several times, including once in person, and the fit always gives me bathrobe vibes.” User @richmondharmeling added: “I hate the buttons down the side of the crops. To me, it takes away from the chic look. I see it in the stores all the time and l immediately hang them back up and move on.”
User @teri_dost wrote: “Too many black pieces – but love that bag! And really hate those shoes.” User @austy_spumante agreed. They said: “I really like this, with the exception of the shoes.”