Meghan Markle Wore a Daring Green Dress to the Commonwealth Day Service

The color and neck details were bold.

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On Monday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended the Commonwealth Day service (opens in new tab) at Westminster Abbey with the Queen and the rest of the royal family. This bittersweet appearance marks Prince Harry and Meghan's final duties as active senior royals. Though the couple did not partake in the procession with the Queen, Meghan gave a wave to the cameras while making her way into the church. The Duchess of Sussex wore an emerald-colored Emilia Wickstead dress and a matching green fascinator by William Chambers; she accessorized with a Gabriella Hearst bag (opens in new tab) and beige Aquazzura heels. Prince Harry, ever so subtle, wore a navy suit with green lining (opens in new tab) on the inside and a green tie to match his wife.

As Meghan walked, her dress, which had an extra piece of fabric hanging from the neck like a cape, flapped in the wind. This standout detail is one of the reasons why Meghan's fashion has been so highly praised. She's not afraid to go outside of the box in choosing a royal-approved yet fashion-forward look. Meanwhile, Kate Middleton opted to re-wear her red coat (opens in new tab) from the Christmas services at Sandringham in 2018.

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This was Meghan's third appearance in public this week, having resided primarily in Canada over the past few months. Previously, Meghan was at the Endeavor Fund Awards (opens in new tab) (March 5), the Mountbatten Music Festival (March 7), and attended International Women's Day events (March 8). We're keeping count of all her activities as the Duchess of Sussex because come March 31, Meghan (and Prince Harry) will officially step back from all their royal duties. And with that, out goes all the royal protocols (opens in new tab) for what to wear. Already, we've seen Meghan reverting back to more casual wear (opens in new tab) like leggings and sweaters.

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If you missed all the royal family tension in January, here's a quick-ish recap. The two announced on January 8 (opens in new tab) that they were going to "leave" the royal family and become financially independent (opens in new tab). Prince Harry and Meghan jetted away (opens in new tab) to Canada. Their dogs moved with them (opens in new tab). The royal family was in turmoil and tried to work things out behind-the-scenes (opens in new tab). The Queen appeared supportive of their resignation (opens in new tab) as active royal members. Prince Harry and Meghan can't use their HRH titles (opens in new tab) anymore. The couple is figuring out ways to be financially independent (opens in new tab). Prince Harry reportedly had a four-hour lunch/heart-to-heart (opens in new tab) with his grandma just a week ago. Last but not least, here's a cute (but old) photo of Archie and Prince Harry (opens in new tab) to get you through this difficult time.

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Marina Liao is the former fashion news editor at MarieClaire.com, where she covered celebrity style (from Meghan Markle to Katie Holmes), fashion trends, and shopping advice, plus conducted original interviews with industry insiders. She's also had many opportunities to write content in other areas such as beauty, food, tech, and even home. Her previous fashion stints include POPSUGAR and Cosmopolitan.