Meghan Markle steps out in chic pantsuit alongside Prince Harry at WellChild Awards

On Tuesday, Duchess Meghan joined Prince Harry at one of the most touching events of the year: the WellChild Awards.

The WellChild Awards "celebrates the inspirational qualities the UK’s seriously ill children and young people, along with those who go that extra mile to make a difference to their lives." Prince Harry has been involved with this children's charity for years, but this was Meghan's first time attending the event.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on September 4, 2018 in London, England. The Duke of Susssex has been patron of WellChild since 2007. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the WellChild Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on September 4, 2018 in London, England. The Duke of Susssex has been patron of WellChild since 2007. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on September 4, 2018 in London, England. The Duke of Susssex has been patron of WellChild since 2007. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet four-year-old Mckenzie Brackley as they attend the WellChild Awards in London on September 4, 2018. - The awards recognise the courage of seriously ill children, their families and carers. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on September 4, 2018 in London, England. The Duke of Sussex has been patron of WellChild since 2007. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the WellChild Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on September 4, 2018 in London, England. The Duke of Susssex has been patron of WellChild since 2007. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet four-year-old Mckenzie Brackley as they attend the WellChild Awards in London on September 4, 2018. - The awards recognise the courage of seriously ill children, their families and carers. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on September 4, 2018 in London, England. The Duke of Susssex has been patron of WellChild since 2007. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the WellChild Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on September 4, 2018 in London, England. The Duke of Susssex has been patron of WellChild since 2007. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on September 4, 2018 in London, England. The Duke of Susssex has been patron of WellChild since 2007. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet Jacob Granger winner of Most Caring Young Person Award with his sister Melissa during the annual WellChild Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet 7 year old Matilda Booth during the annual WellChild Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet 7 year old Matilda Booth during the annual WellChild Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.
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For the event, the duchess stepped out in a stylish all black pantsuit ensemble. She paired an Altuzarra suit with a blouse from Deitas and finished off her outfit with a pair of black stilettos, a small black clutch and her signature messy bun. Meghan also wore the sweet pearl and diamond earrings that were a gift from Queen Elizabeth to the awards.

Wearing a pantsuit may be seen as another bold style choice by Meghan as it was previously reported that Prince Harry was not a fan of suits. This is apparently due to the fact that it goes against the traditional royal protocol of women wearing skirts or dresses at formal affairs.

See more of Meghan's protocol-breaking moves below!

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Every time Meghan Markle has broken royal protocol

When she ditched the tights

Wearing hosiery is reportedly an unspoken rule for female members of the royal family, and one that Queen Elizabeth is a stickler for. Meghan Markle defied tradition when she went sans tights for her engagement photos.

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When she spent Christmas with Queen Elizabeth

Meghan Markle made history when she became the first fiancée to spend Christmas with the queen at her Sandringham residence. Usually, events with the queen are reserved for spouses of royals. When Kate Middleton was engaged to Prince William she wasn't given that special privilege and instead spent the holiday with her own family.

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When she wore a messy bun

There's no rule (that we know of) that claims royal ladies must have perfect blown out tresses for all royal engagements, but it's a look we've become accustomed to since Duchess Kate came into the picture in 2011 with her glossy curls and impeccable chignons. 

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When she decided to make a speech at her own wedding

In Britain, traditionally the groom, father of the bride, and the best man make speeches after the wedding. However, the former actress will make a speech at her May 19 ceremony to pay tribute to Prince Harry and his family.

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When she showed PDA with Prince Harry

Royal couples usually refrain from showing PDA in public -- a precedent set by Queen Elizabeth -- but it seems as if Meghan and Harry can't get their hands off each other!

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When she gave an autograph

Royals aren't allowed to give autographs for security reasons, but Meghan Markle made an exception for one 10-year-old girl.

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When she hugged kids

Again, for security reasons, royals are usually required to keep their hands to themselves (handshakes are okay). However, Meghan Markle defied that rule when she gave a group of children hugs while visiting a community center.

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When she wore head-to-toe black

Usually, the dark hue is reserved for somber occasions like funerals or events like Remembrance Sunday Service. In fact, you'd never see Duchess Kate stepping out in an outfit like this for any public appearance.

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When she wore a suit to a black-tie event

Meghan Markle shocked and stunned the world when she showed up to a black-tie affair with an Alexander McQueen suit on instead of a ball gown. While there's no official rule that royals must wear gowns, the move broke from tradition in a major way.

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When she wore a crossbody bag

Holding clutches during public appearances is usually the norm for members of the royal family. Because protocol states you shouldn't offer your hand to any member of the royal family, Kate opts for clutches to avoid any awkward confrontations. However, Meghan surprised everyone when she stepped out in Scotland with a crossbody.

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When she took a political stance

When she appeared alongside Duchess Kate, Prince Harry and Prince William, Meghan Markle expressed her support for the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. It was a surprising moment considering protocol forbids members of the royal family to take sides on political issues.

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Meghan Markle's side bun

She does it again! Meghan rocked a chic side bun during a surprise trip to Ireland, but just like her messy bun, it's an uncommon style for royals to rock.

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