Meghan Markle makes a colorful splash as she joins Prince Harry for her first royal appearance after shocking exit news

What royal drama? Meghan Markle was all smiles as she returned to London to join Prince Harry for the Endeavour Fund Awards on Thursday, marking her first official public appearance since the couple announced their plans to step back as senior members of the royal family.

The duchess, who has been in North America in the weeks since the royal exit was announced, opted for a colorful look in contrast to the rainy weather. As Meghans Mirror notes, the former actress’s bright turquoise midi-length sheath dress — currently retailing for $1,285 — is also a nod to British fashion, having been designed by Victoria Beckham. Beckham attended Meghan and Harry’s royal wedding in 2018 alongside husband David.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompanied by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attends The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 05, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 05, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 05, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 05, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 05, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 5, 2020 in London, England. Their Royal Highnesses will celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges over the last year. (Photo by Paul Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 05, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 05, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 5, 2020 in London, England. Their Royal Highnesses will celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges over the last year. (Photo by Paul Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 5, 2020 in London, England. Their Royal Highnesses will celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges over the last year. (Photo by Paul Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 5, 2020 in London, England. Their Royal Highnesses will celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges over the last year. (Photo by Paul Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 05, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Mansion House in London to attend the Endeavour Fund Awards. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Mansion House in London to attend the Endeavour Fund Awards. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 05, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (2nd-L), Duke of Sussex, and Meghan (3rd-L), Duchess of Sussex attend the Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House in London on March 5, 2020. - The Endeavour Fund helps servicemen and women have the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges. (Photo by Paul Edwards / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PAUL EDWARDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (C-R), Duke of Sussex, and Meghan (C-L), Duchess of Sussex attend the Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House in London on March 5, 2020. - The Endeavour Fund helps servicemen and women have the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges. (Photo by Paul Edwards / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PAUL EDWARDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan (L), Duchess of Sussex attends the Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House in London on March 5, 2020. - The Endeavour Fund helps servicemen and women have the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges. (Photo by Paul Edwards / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PAUL EDWARDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan (L), Duchess of Sussex attends the Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House in London on March 5, 2020. - The Endeavour Fund helps servicemen and women have the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges. (Photo by Paul Edwards / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PAUL EDWARDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House in London on March 5, 2020. - The Endeavour Fund helps servicemen and women have the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges. (Photo by Paul Edwards / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PAUL EDWARDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex delivers a speech during the Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House in London on March 5, 2020. - The Endeavour Fund helps servicemen and women have the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges. (Photo by Paul Edwards / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PAUL EDWARDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (1st-L), Duke of Sussex, and Meghan (2nd-R), Duchess of Sussex attend the Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House in London on March 5, 2020. - The Endeavour Fund helps servicemen and women have the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges. (Photo by Paul Edwards / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PAUL EDWARDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (4th-L), Duke of Sussex, and Meghan (3rd-L), Duchess of Sussex attend the Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House in London on March 5, 2020. - The Endeavour Fund helps servicemen and women have the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges. (Photo by Paul Edwards / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PAUL EDWARDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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Wearing her hair in a sleek low ponytail with a center part, Meghan beamed as she entered with husband Harry, looking dapper in a navy suit and pale blue tie. The couple sought refuge under an umbrella — carried by Harry himself as Meghan grasped his arm — as they arrived to honor wounded and ill service members who have taken part in sport and adventure challenges.

The 38-year-old accessorized her vibrant look with a Stella McCartney Lucia clutch and navy suede Manolo Blahnik heels, according to What Meghan Wore — the latter a bold choice given the rain. She also wore small gold hoop earrings.

The awards show marks one of the couple’s final royal duties, with their last official appearance on behalf of the crown scheduled for March 9.

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Duchess Meghan attends Remembrance Day
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the annual Remembrance Sunday service at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. The armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiegne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - 11am on the 11th November 1918. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - November 10, 2019: (L-R) Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence attend the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on 10 November, 2019 in London, England, held annually to commemorate military personnel who died in the line of duty on the anniversary of the end of the First World War.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - November 10, 2019: (L-R) Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence attend the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on 10 November, 2019 in London, England, held annually to commemorate military personnel who died in the line of duty on the anniversary of the end of the First World War.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - November 10, 2019: (L-R) Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence attend the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on 10 November, 2019 in London, England, held annually to commemorate military personnel who died in the line of duty on the anniversary of the end of the First World War.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - November 10, 2019: (L-R) Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence attend the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on 10 November, 2019 in London, England, held annually to commemorate military personnel who died in the line of duty on the anniversary of the end of the First World War.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the annual Remembrance Sunday service at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. The armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiegne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - 11am on the 11th November 1918. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the annual Remembrance Sunday service at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. The armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiegne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - 11am on the 11th November 1918. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the annual Remembrance Sunday service at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. The armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiegne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - 11am on the 11th November 1918. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
(L-R) Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence attend the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on 10 November, 2019 in London, England, held annually to commemorate military personnel who died in the line of duty on the anniversary of the end of the First World War. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at The Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 10: Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Tim Laurence attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, central London, United Kingdom on November 10, 2019. Remembrance Sunday is held each year to commemorate the service men and women who fought in past military conflicts. (Photo by Dinendra Haria/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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