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Meghan Markle makes a colorful splash as she joins Prince Harry for her first royal appearance after shock exit news

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What royal drama? Meghan Markle was all smiles as she returned to London to join Prince Harry for the Endeavour Fund Awards on Thursday, marking her first official public appearance since the couple announced their plans to step back as senior members of the royal family.

The duchess, who has been in North America in the weeks since the royal exit was announced, opted for a colorful look in contrast to the rainy weather. As Meghans Mirror notes, the former actress’s bright turquoise midi-length sheath dress — currently retailing for $1,285 — is also a nod to British fashion, having been designed by Victoria Beckham. Beckham attended Meghan and Harry’s royal wedding in 2018 alongside husband David.

Wearing her hair in a sleek low ponytail with a center part, Meghan beamed as she entered with husband Harry, looking dapper in a navy suit and pale blue tie. The couple sought refuge under an umbrella — carried by Harry himself as Meghan grasped his arm — as they arrived to honor wounded and ill service members who have taken part in sport and adventure challenges.

Meghan wore a bright turquoise Victoria Beckham dress for her first post-Megxit appearance. (Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
Meghan wore a bright turquoise Victoria Beckham dress for her first post-Megxit appearance. (Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)

The 38-year-old accessorized her vibrant look with a Stella McCartney Lucia clutch and navy suede Manolo Blahnik heels, according to What Meghan Wore — the latter a bold choice given the rain. She also wore small gold hoop earrings.

The awards show marks one of the couple’s final royal duties, with their last official appearance on behalf of the crown scheduled for March 9.

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