Tonight the Duchess of Sussex made an unannounced appearance at the event and shocked everyone because no one was expecting it. 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.

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“It is such an honor to be here celebrating British fashion and British fashion designers in my new home of the U.K.,” Meghan said to the audience who couldn’t stop cheering. “As all of you in the room know, we have a deep connection to what we wear, sometimes it’s very personal and sometimes it’s emotional,” she continued. “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.”

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.

The thing that broke royal protocol was 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.”

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Maybe she can get away with it this time, just because this is not a royal engagement but a fashion one. You wouldn’t see Meghan in a figure-hugging one-shoulder dress for an official engagement with the Queen for example, either.

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