Meghan Markle Paid Tribute to Princess Diana With a ‘Calculated Move’ at Her Final Appearance Per Royal Source

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have officially wrapped up their final round of public appearances as senior members of the royal family. Over the past week, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have taken part in a handful of solo and joint outings, concluding their return to the UK with an appearance at the Commonwealth Day service. The Duchess of Sussex, rocked some pretty amazing outfits throughout her stay, including one that paid tribute to Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry display unity in final appearances

Harry and Meghan recently returned to the UK to complete their final round of public engagements on behalf of the crown. Although the pair took part in several solo events, they also teamed up for three royal outings.

In all of their joint appearances, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry choose matching colors for their outfits, a clear sign of unity from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA

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During their appearance at the endeavor Fund Awards, for example, the couple wore complementary blue tones. They also wore the same color red during their visit to the Royal Albert Hall for the Mountbatten Festival of Music.

When they appeared for their final royal engagement, the Commonwealth Day service, Markle wore an emerald green dress and matching hat from designer Emilia Wickstead. Although Harry’s suit was blue, the lining of his coat matched Meghan’s outfit.

The Duchess of Sussex pays tribute to Princess Diana

Speaking of Meghan’s attire during the Commonwealth Day service, her dress was also a subtle tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales. According to Express, Meghan’s dress was very similar to an outfit Diana wore way back in 1982.

It is unclear if Meghan picked the dress to honor Princess Diana, but royal expert Morgan Stewart believes that it was a “calculated move” on Meghan’s behalf.

“She did that. I cannot believe that. That is insane,” Stewart shared. “That is a calculated move. That is a royal mic drop.”

Meghan Markle’s appearance at the service marks the last time fans will see her and Harry alongside other members of the royal family before their exit becomes official. The two will officially leave the royal family starting March 31.

At that time, the couple will start their new lives in North America and will no longer use their royal titles. Like Princess Diana, Meghan will be forced to carve out an existence outside of the ranks of the royal family.

Is Meghan Markle walking the same path as Princess Diana?

Between Meghan’s statement dress and the fact that she is leaving the ranks of the royal family, there is little doubt that similarities exist between Meghan and Diana, who was forced out of the monarchy after ending her marriage to Prince Charles.

“When you pay homage to somebody like that, think about it…Diana and Meghan are both outsiders in the Royal Family,” E! News host Justin Sylvester shared. “They both decided to rebel, they both decided to forge a path for themselves and Diana was one of the most independent women that we have seen in history. Went against the grain, did the damn thing.”

Sylvester added that Meghan paid tribute to Diana at the Commonwealth Day service because she feels like they have walked a similar path.

While the two share some similarities, there are also big differences between them. For starters, Diana was insanely popular among royal watchers, something that Meghan Markle is going to have to work hard to achieve.

Diana also left the royal family by ending her marriage, whereas Meghan has convinced her husband to come along with her. It will also be interesting to see what Harry and Meghan do once their exit becomes official, especially when it comes to their ongoing charity work.

The Sussexes share a new video

While fans are sad to see Meghan and Harry go, the couple recently shared a video of her recent trip to the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Meghan wore a chic navy dress for the event and mingled with students from a variety of disciplines, including environmental studies, health, innovation and technology, and sustainable living.

In the video, which was shared on the couple’s Instagram page, Meghan is shown talking with students and touring the association. The event took place on Monday just prior to the Commonwealth Day service.

With her official engagements concluded, Meghan has since returned to Canada to reunite with her son, Archie Harrison. In the coming months, Meghan and Harry are expected to find a more permanent place to live in North America and will be launching a new charitable foundation.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have not commented on their recent string of public appearances.