Last night a very pregnant Meghan Markle made an unannounced appearance at the annual British Fashion Awards in London and shocked everyone. She was there to give Clare Waight Keller, the artistic director of Givenchy – the British Womenswear Designer of the Year award. This is the same designer that made her iconic wedding dress. Since her wedding in May, Givenchy has become a go-to for the Duchess, as Alexander McQueen became a go-to for Kate Middleton. Meghan is often seen wearing Givenchy pieces for royal engagements.

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“Good evening, everyone,” she greeted the guests. “It is such a pleasure to be here, celebrating British fashion and British fashion designers in my new home of the U.K. It’s so nice to see so many familiar faces; many of you I’ve known for quite a while and a lot of you that I’ve been able to meet in the past year, so thank you for the warm welcome. As all of you in this room know, we have a deep connection to what we wear. Sometimes it’s very personal, sometimes it’s emotional. But for me, this connection is rooted in really being able to understand that it’s about supporting and empowering each other, especially as women.”

She continued: “When we choose to wear a certain designer, we’re not just a reflection of their creativity and their vision, but we’re also an extension of their values, of something in the fabric, so to speak, that is much more meaningful. I recently read an article that said, ‘The culture of fashion has shifted from one where it was cool to be cruel to now, where it’s cool to be kind.’

“To that point, I feel especially proud to announce tonight’s winner, who, yes, is a British designer leading on the global stage with vision and creativity, but also with incredible kindness, which is why when I met her for the first time 11 months ago, I knew that we’d be working very closely together.” Then Meghan proudly announced: “The winner this evening is Clare Waight Keller.”

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“I can’t even tell you how surprised I am!” she started off and saved her last thanks for Meghan. “This woman is so amazing,” Keller told the audience. “I got to know Meghan on such a personal level and, you know, to have someone like that trust you in an incredible moment in their life is something that is just the most unbelievable honor, and I can’t thank you enough.”

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For the event, she wore an asymmetrical black velvet dress by the French fashion house, stacked gold bracelets, and matching metallic Tamara Mellon sandals. She had her hair pulled back in a slick bun and simple-yet-glam makeup. Meghan broke royal protocol again, this time with her opaque dark nail polish that matched her dress. It’s a sophisticated, popular and winter-appropriate color, but it’s also very rare for royal women. In previous public appearances as a royal so far, Meghan has worn only light nail polish or natural, bare nails – just like Kate Middleton and the rest of the Royal women. According to Queen Elizabeth, anything colored or fake (RIP, acrylics) isn’t cool. In fact, it’s “vulgar,” but she doens’t seem to care much. Plus this was a fashion event, so I’m sure the Queen can forgive her this one.

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