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Meghan Markle wears an Altuzarra striped dress to begin work with the Commonwealth Youth Forum

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry appeared at Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, today, to begin their work with the Commonwealth Youth Forum together.

Which is lovely, of course. But we all know why youre here: To find out what Meghan wore for the occasion.

We dont blame you – Meghan Markles outfits are always on point. Heres what she wore this time around.

Meghan turned up the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre wearing a vertical striped, button-covered sundress (perfect for the current semi-heatwave were having) by Altuzarra, topped with a blazer, artfully shrobed.

Meghan Markle wears Altuzarra to begin work with the Commonwealth Youth Forum
(Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty)

The dress is by Altuzarra, but is unfortunately sold out in all but one size (blame the Meghan effect). It costs $1,995 (£1,404).

Meghans jacket is by Camilla and Marc. Its the Marguerite Blazer, which costs £491.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Meghan Markle attends a reception with delegates from the Commonwealth Youth Forum during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on April 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
(Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Her black shoes are by Tamara Mellon – theyre the Paramour heels – and her bag is the Avalon Zip Top Crossbody, for only £171 (its still in stock, FYI).

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Meghan Markle attends a reception with delegates from the Commonwealth Youth Forum during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on April 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Meghan Markle attends a reception with delegates from the Commonwealth Youth Forum during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on April 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Meghan Markle attends a reception with delegates from the Commonwealth Youth Forum during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on April 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (centre left and right) arrive for a reception with delegates from the Commonwealth Youth Forum at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 18, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Commonwealth Harry. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
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Prince Harry and his role with the Commonwealth

The Queen, who is the Heasd of the Commonwealth, appointed Prince Harry as a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador on Monday.

A statement from Kensington Palace read: 'In this new role, Prince Harry will highlight and support the work and aspirations of young people across the Commonwealth, on both UK engagements and overseas tours to Commonwealth countries.

Prince Harry speaks during the Commonwealth Youth Forum at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 16, 2017. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: Simon Dawson/PA Wire
Prince Harry speaks during the Commonwealth Youth Forum at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre (Picture: PA)

'HRH will work to create links between young people and youth leaders, and will encourage them to use Commonwealth platforms to address the social, economic, and environmental challenges of their generation.

'HRH has previously undertaken a large number of official visits to Commonwealth countries, most recently to Canada and Australia with The Invictus Games, and in 2016 to seven Caribbean countries on behalf of The Queen.

In this new role, Prince Harry will highlight and support the work and aspirations of young people across the Commonwealth, on both UK engagements and overseas tours to Commonwealth countries. pic.twitter.com/0E1VIdkJVo

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 16, 2018

'The Commonwealth Youth Forum brings together 500 young leaders from across the commonwealth to exchange ideas, develop youth-led initiatives and illustrate the power potential for young people in shaping the future of the Commonwealth.

He attended the opening of the commonwealth Youth Forum at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre in London on Monday.

Following HRH's appointment as a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, Prince Harry will attend the opening of the Commonwealth Youth Forum today at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre in London #CHOGM18pic.twitter.com/6cjKQn84L3

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 16, 2018

At the Commonwealth Youth Forum, Prince Harry said: Her Majesty's commitment has meant that The Commonwealth is a thriving family of nations, a common link between nearly two and a half billion people, and a defender of democracy, justice, and peace.

As I travel around the Commonwealth in my work on behalf of The Royal Family, it is striking to see just how different today's generation of young adults are.

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What will Meghan Markle's title be when she marries Prince Harry?

What royal title Meghan Markle will have has been a topic of debate ever since Prince Harry confirmed their engagement in November last year.

Will she be Princess Meghan? What about Duchess Meghan like Kate Middleton? How about Lady Meghan?

One thing's for sure: when Meghan – whose full name is Rachel Meghan Markle – marries Prince Harry, she will no longer simply be known as 'Meghan Markle'.

Britain's Prince Harry (R) and his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle attend a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 12, 2018. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry on Saturday 19 May (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

While the Royal Family are yet to confirm whether Harry will become a Duke upon marriage, historians have speculated what her name will change to when she marries Prince Harry on 19 May this year.

If Harry retains his current rank – His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales – it's believed Meghan will take on the feminine version of his title, becoming known as Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales.

But if Harry becomes a Duke upon marriage, as he is widely expected to, Meghan will therefore become a Duchess, just like Kate Middleton became Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge upon marriage to Prince William, Duke Of Cambridge.

Meghan Markle wears Altuzarra to begin work with the Commonwealth Youth Forum
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry on Saturday 19 May 2018 (Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation )

Royal Historian Marlene Koenig wrote on the blog Royal Musings that Meghan is most likely to become the Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex if, as it is widely believed, Harry takes the vacant rank of Duke Of Sussex.

'Meghan would be HRH the Duchess of Sussex,' Joenig has previously told Royal Contral. 'Her rank would be a princess by marriage of the United Kingdom, Great Britain and Northern Ireland.'

This view is actually shared by a number of experts who previously predicted the title, that has sat vacant since 1843, would be given to Prince William before he became the Duke of Cambridge.

Other titles available are Clarence and Buckingham.

Meghan Markle wears Altuzarra to begin work with the Commonwealth Youth Forum
Prince Harry is currently busy prepared for his spring wedding (Picture: REUTERS/Joe Giddens/Pool)

Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge – who was just known as Kate Middleton before she married Prince William, Duke Of Cambridge in April 2011 – could also go by the name of HRH Princess William of Wales if she wished.

So why won't Meghan be given a Princess title?

While she will become a princess by marriage, for someone to assume the title of Princess, they must be born into the Royal Family, just like Princess Charlotte is a Princess because of her father's status.

However, if Harry and Meghan were to have children, they would not automatically be called Prince or Princess as there's another layer to the Princess rule.

Meghan and Harry's children would be given the title of Lord or Lady, taking the surname Mountbatten-Windsor – a nod to Prince Philip's family name.

In 1960, the Queen passed a ruling which only entitled the children or the grandchildren of the sovereign to take the title of Prince or Princess.

However, for the grandchildren to take the titles, they must be born to the sovereign's son – not daughter.

In the case of Zara and Peter Phillips, for example, they are the children of Princess Anne. Anne is the Queens daughter and as the children of the monarchs daughter, they do not hold a royal title.

Meghan Markle wears Altuzarra to begin work with the Commonwealth Youth Forum
Zara Phillips, pictured with husband Mike Tindall, is not a Princess as she was born to the Queen's daughter – not a son (Picture: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

All of their cousins are children of the monarchs sons – Charles, Edward and Andrew – so their children do get the royal titles, such as Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

So why are Prince George and Princess Charlotte allowed to carry the coveted titles?

In 2012 – one year after Kate and William married – the Queen allowed all children of William and Kate – her great-grandchildren – to take the Prince or Princess titles too.

The ruling does mean, however, that Princess Charlotte's children are unlikely to be called Prince or Princess, just like Princess Anne's children were not.

Harry and Meghan's prospective children could be upgraded to Prince or Princesses when the line of succession to the throne changes as Prince Charles ascends the throne.

Prince Harry would then likely become HRH The Prince Henry, meaning Meghan would become HRH The Princess Henry.

Of course the Queen may also choose to make an exception for Harry's children, like she did for William.

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