For her primetime interview with Oprah Winfrey, it’s clear that Meghan Markle wants her clothes to do at least some of the talking. Her dress, a stunning silk Armani gown, was chosen specifically for the television special because it features an embroidered lotus bloom, a flower believed to symbolize rebirth and resilience.
She paired the dress with one of Princess Diana’s bracelets, because, per People, “the couple wanted Meghan, who is expecting her second child, to wear the bracelet during the interview so Diana could be with them.” And around her neck is designer Pippa Small’s “Colette” necklace, a gold and aquamarine piece that Meghan wore once before, on the Sussexes’ 2018 royal tour of the Oceania region. Both its unostentatious style, and the fact that the Duchess has worn it previously, suggest simplicity and practicality.
And, as Meghan faces new criticism for wearing earrings gifted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia to a 2018 state dinner in Fiji, the choice to sport an ethical jewelry brand like Pippa Small is a smart one. That said, it’s difficult to know if it was that strategic; news about the controversial earrings broke after the interview was filmed, and Meghan has been a fan of wearing ethical and sustainable fashion since before she even met Prince Harry. (Read Town & Country‘s reporting on the earring controversy