Meghan’s tribute to ANZACs as she and Harry lay wreath in front of war memorial Sydney’s Hyde Park

Meghan Markle paid a touching tribute to the ANZACs on Saturday morning when she arrived at Sydney’s Hyde Park in a New Zealand designer’s dress.   

On the fifth day of their marathon tour of Australia, Meghan and Prince Harry laid a floral wreath at the foot of the revamped war memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park.

Harry wore a full military uniform to the morning’s proceedings, while Meghan, in perhaps a nod to the alliance between Australia and New Zealand, wore a $2,927AU black frock by New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead.

She also wore a pillbox style hat by London milliner Philip Treacy and paired it with a matching clutch bag.

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Meghan Markle looked sombre as she attended the opening of the enhanced ANZAC memorial in Sydney

Meghan Markle looked sombre as she attended the opening of the enhanced ANZAC memorial in Sydney

Meghan Markle looked sombre as she attended the opening of the enhanced ANZAC memorial in Sydney

Prince Harry got emotional during the opening of new ANZAC memorial as he stood beside his wife

Prince Harry got emotional during the opening of new ANZAC memorial as he stood beside his wife

Prince Harry got emotional during the opening of new ANZAC memorial as he stood beside his wife

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stood side by side as they presented a wreath

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stood side by side as they presented a wreath

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stood side by side as they presented a wreath

Meghan isn’t the first royal to wear an Emilia Wickstead piece. Kate Middleton dressed in a lilac wool-crepe frock to the Global Mental Health Summit less than a fortnight ago. 

But the Duchess of Sussex has a complicated relationship with the designer. 

Following her wedding in May, Wickstead told the Daily Mail the designer Givenchy gown she walked down the aisle in was a rip-off of one of her designs.

She and Prince Harry, wearing military uniform, laid a wreath in honour of fallen soldiers

She and Prince Harry, wearing military uniform, laid a wreath in honour of fallen soldiers

She and Prince Harry, wearing military uniform, laid a wreath in honour of fallen soldiers

‘Her dress is identical to one of our dresses,’ she said.

‘Apparently a lot of commentators were saying, ‘It’s an Emilia Wickstead dress’.’

The designer also went on to criticise the fit of the gown and her hair styling for the big day. 

Despite this, Meghan wore one of Wickstead’s designs in July, a sleeveless, mid-length, black dress.

Wickstead, a New Zealand national, is based in London and is frequently worn by the Duchess of Cambridge.

The couple are in Sydney for the opening of new wings of Hyde Park's War Memorial

The couple are in Sydney for the opening of new wings of Hyde Park's War Memorial

The couple are in Sydney for the opening of new wings of Hyde Park’s War Memorial

Meghan's dress is designed by New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead in perhaps a nod to Australia and New Zealand's alliance

Meghan's dress is designed by New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead in perhaps a nod to Australia and New Zealand's alliance

Meghan’s dress is designed by New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead in perhaps a nod to Australia and New Zealand’s alliance

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at the park with NSW Governor David Hurley, a former chief of the defence force and were welcomed by the Australian Army marching band.

Wearing her hair half up in loose waves and going for a natural makeup look with a hint of blush, Meghan laid a wreath at the steps of the renovated war memorial with her husband under an overcast Sydney sky.

She stood faithfully by Harry’s side as he saluted the cite and bowed for a minute’s silence in tribute of fallen soldiers.

The war memorial, a monument close to Harry’s heart, is being unveiled after receiving a $40million spruce up.

After the opening ceremony, the parents-to-be toured the memorial and the new education facilities inside with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, opened the memorial in 1934 and now Prince Henry, Duke of Sussex, has opened the new wings.

Wearing a New Zealand designer's dress, Duchess Meghan made a touching ANZACs tribute

Wearing a New Zealand designer's dress, Duchess Meghan made a touching ANZACs tribute

Wearing a New Zealand designer’s dress, Duchess Meghan made a touching ANZACs tribute

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