Meghan Markle Sparks Debate with 'Windsor' Dress in Nigeria

Meghan Markle wore a "Windsor" dress during her and Prince Harry's visit to Nigeria, sparking controversy over its perceived nod to the British royal family. The dress has since sold out, with reactions on social media divided over its meaning.

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Meghan Markle Sparks Debate with 'Windsor' Dress in Nigeria

Meghan Markle Sparks Debate with 'Windsor' Dress in Nigeria

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, ignited an online controversy during her and Prince Harry's official visit to Nigeria on May 10, 2024. The duchess wore a blush pink Heidi Merrick gown named "Windsor," which some interpreted as a subtle nod to the British royal family the couple famously left in 2020.

The $1,350 maxi dress, which Markle wore while visiting a school with Prince Harry, has since sold out on the designer's website. The couple was invited to Nigeria by the country's chief of defense staff, its highest-ranking military official.

Reactions on social media platform X have been divided. Some users saw the dress choice as an affront, with one commenting, "But they have been trying to erase the Windsors from their lives completely, but here comes Mrs. Sussex wearing a dress called 'Windsor', haha!!" Another user suggested it was "Done as a snub. DEFINITELY."

Others argued that Markle's dress was being overanalyzed, with one user stating, "Honestly, I think people read too much into this stuff. She wears a dress and suddenly it's a secret message? Maybe she just liked the dress."

The Duchess of Sussex has also faced criticism for not joining Prince Harry on a quick trip back to London to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, which he founded to support wounded and sick service members and veterans.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped back as senior members of the British royal family in January 2020, in a move dubbed "Megxit" by the press. The couple has since relocated to the United States and pursued various philanthropic and business ventures.

The controversy surrounding Markle's "Windsor" dress underscores the ongoing public fascination with the couple and their relationship with the royal family. As one user commented, "Meghan Markle is desperate to have ties to Windsor name... Her strategic marriage and un-strategic moves since then have backfired. Like a dress with the name gives her the legitimacy that continues to elude her!" The debate is likely to continue as the couple navigates their post-royal lives.

Key Takeaways

  • Meghan Markle wore a "Windsor" dress during her Nigeria visit, sparking controversy.
  • The $1,350 maxi dress has sold out on the designer's website.
  • Some see the dress as a subtle nod to the British royal family, while others think it's overanalyzed.
  • Meghan Markle faced criticism for not joining Prince Harry in London for the Invictus Games anniversary.
  • The controversy highlights ongoing public fascination with the couple's relationship with the royal family.