For a couple who say they moved to America to enjoy a more private life away from the glare of the media, there is little guessing it from Prince Harry and Meghan’s latest red-carpet appearance.
The two former royals made headlines globally after attending the Salute to Freedom Gala at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York last night.
As ever, their ensembles were carefully chosen for the high-profile occasion, which was held to honour American war veterans.
Showing her continued fondness for haute-couture creations, the Duchess of Sussex (40) looked beautiful in a daring, look-at-me red Caroline Herrerra dress from the Autumn 2022 collection that featured a plunging neckline and a dramatic thigh split.
She matched it perfectly with a pair of €800 slingback heels by Giuseppe Zanotti with crystal-embellished buckle detail and approximately €25,000 in jewellery.
But as is quickly becoming the case with Prince Harry (37) and Meghan, the devil is in the details. While the complicated pair may insist that they want to lead fully independent lives with their two young children Archie (2) and Lilibet Diana (5 months), their actions tell an entirely different story and send out lots of mixed messages.
Last night saw the celebrity couple once again emphasising their continued connection with the royal family – despite the turbulence and furore that has ensued following their ‘Mexgit’ in January 2020.
Meghan turned heads by choosing to wear a stunning diamond tennis Cartier bracelet which once belonged to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.
Retailing for around €20,000, it’s worth far more than that given it was once owned by the late royal and was a fitting tribute to the mother-in-law she never met.
And although Harry was stripped of the right to wear his military uniform by Buckingham Palace after stepping down as a working member of the royal family, he still wore a rack of four medals on his tuxedo last night. Clearly proud of his 10 years serving in the British Army, he was pictured wearing his regimental medals on his chest and the KCVO Neck Order and Star on his bow tie. The medal is given by the queen in recognition of distinguished personal service to the monarchy.
Last night saw him handing out medals at the Intrepid Valor Awards to five service members, veterans and military families who are living with the “invisible wounds of war”.
The celebrity couple looked impossibly glamorous and relaxed as they attended the event in New York – but nothing like two people who had fled another country less than two years ago to get more privacy.
Most telling of all was a grainy image taken of the pair which showed them being filmed by a camera crew prior to walking the red carpet. This has sparked speculation that they could be making a new fly-on-the-wall documentary as part of their multi-million-dollar deals with both Spotify and Netflix.
And despite insisting they want to live a normal life away from the media glare, Prince Harry has never been so vocal or given so many interviews in recent months, culminating in the tell-all chat with Oprah Winfrey last March.
Meghan has been no slouch in the publicity stakes either, given that she released a children’s book called The Bench last June, just four days after giving birth to her second baby. The reviews were not kind, to say the least, but this did not stop it from becoming a New York Times bestseller.
Last night, Prince Harry was in very relaxed form as he jokingly told audience members how he was living the ‘American Dream’ after a recent ride in a car shaped like a hot-dog.
He told the audience how it was “wonderful” to be back on USS Intrepid a decade after his last visit.
“A lot has changed since then. Just last week, I went for a ride on the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile – how's that for living the American dream?” he said.