The actress is definitely reinventing the art of royal dressing.

She’s not set to wed Britain’s Prince Harry until May 19, but it looks like Meghan Markle has well and truly been welcomed into The Firm.

The American actress, who will marry the fifth-in-line at Windsor Castle in just a few short months, joined future in-laws Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at the inaugural Royal Foundation Forum this week.

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The panel event marked the first public engagement of the group as a foursome, with the royals opening up about their charitable efforts as part of the Royal Foundation.

The princes and the duchess are patrons of the charity, which was established by William and Harry in 2009, and Markle will also become a patron after her marriage.

 

For the London-based forum, which was held on Wednesday, the 36-year-old royal-to-be departed from her usual sartorial formula of a fine knit and tailored trousers, instead donning a chic wrap dress.

The belted number, by Canadian designer Jason Wu, featured trench-inspired detailing and a sleeveless silhouette, adding a contemporary edge to the typical royal family approach to dressing.

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Markle, who paired the minimalistic number with Aquazzura pumps, opened up about everything from the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements to how she wants to “hit the ground running” after her wedding during the event.

“I hear a lot of people speaking about girls’ empowerment and women’s’ empowerment you will hear people saying they are helping women find their voices,” she said, according to the Daily Mail.

“I fundamentally disagree with that because women don’t need to find their voices, they need to be empowered to use it and people need to be urged to listen.

“Right now with so many campaigns like MeToo and TimesUp there’s no better time to continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people supporting them.”

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Wu’s satin wrap dress, which is sold on Net-a-Porter for Dhs7,730, is likely to go out of stock any second now (as her Strathberry bag did after her first official engagement last year).

So, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite dupes for the understated design. Scroll through the gallery above to find the perfect one…

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