Meghan Markle once again proved her fashion prowess while stepping out in Los Angeles this week.
The Duchess of Sussex, 42, ‘ran into’ a TV presenter on Thursday evening and posed for a selfie in a car park.
Opting for a casual California look, the Duchess of Sussex wore an oversized striped linen shirt from Ralph Lauren, priced at $168, as well as a pair of $1,059 aviator sunglasses from British brand Linda Farrow.
Alongside her elegant ensemble, the beaming mother-of-two sported a touch of glamorous makeup and kept her hair in a chic bun.
Meghan shared the “super friendly” conversation and selfie in California with a pop star turned prominent TV journalist well known for her red carpet work.
Meghan Markle cuts a relaxed figure as she smiles for a photo with TV host Jen Su (top right) after ‘running into’ the Duchess in Los Angeles. Jen was partying with friends Melissa Leonard (second from right) and Madison Leonard (left), a Philadelphia socialite and influencer, and her daughter
Jen Su shared the photo and said Meghan was ‘low-key’ and ‘super friendly’
It came just hours after it was revealed she and Prince Harry would be heading to New York for another royal-style engagement.
Meghan looked happy as she stood alongside the three women on Thursday evening, with one saying the mother-of-two was “low-key and super friendly”.
The selfie was with presenter Jen Su, a big name in TV and radio in South Africa who rose to fame after winning Taiwan Idols – a Taiwanese version of Pop Idol – and releasing four albums. Since then, she has regularly attended celebrity events, reporting and appearing on the red carpet.
Ms Su shared the photo on Instagram, saying: “We landed in Los Angeles and on our way to dinner we ran into Meghan Markle. Totally discreet and super nice, pleasant conversation.”
Jen was partying with her friends Melissa Leonard and Madison Leonard, a Philadelphia socialite-influencer and her daughter.
Madison also shared the image with the tongue-in-cheek caption: “Which one is the real duchess?”
The meeting took place shortly after it was announced that Meghan and Prince Harry would return to New York in mid-October for the Archewell Mental Health Summit, the first-ever in-person event hosted by the foundation.
Multiple sources have claimed Meghan is set to announce a new project – insisting it is not a relaunch of her lifestyle blog The Tig. It comes after the Sussexes’ lucrative Spotify deal was dramatically canceled. Ms. Markle has been much more visible on the Los Angeles scene recently, including two nights watching Beyoncé.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be in the Big Apple on October 10 for the event, five months after their “near-catastrophic car chase” through the city.
The Archewell Foundation The Parent Summit aims to help families manage children’s mental health and well-being in the digital age, PEOPLE reports.
The event specifically invited parents who have suffered a loss due to or related to their child’s use of social media.
“Families have engaged with the Archewell Foundation over the past year, building community and seeking solutions,” a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told PEOPLE.
“Together, they are united in their mission to share their personal experiences, data and research to ensure the same thing does not happen to other families,” they said.
Meghan and Harry will also be joined by US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to discuss mental health during a panel moderated by Carson Daly.
The two men — who are no strangers to advocacy work — were in New York in May for the Ms. Foundation Women of Vision Awards, at which Meghan was honored.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will return to New York in mid-October for the Archewell Mental Health Summit, the first-ever in-person event hosted by the foundation. Pictured: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Women of Vision awards in New York in May
The Archewell Foundation’s Parent Summit aims to help families manage children’s mental health and well-being in the digital age, PEOPLE reports.
A statement from the Sussexes’ spokesperson called the incident “a near-catastrophic car chase at the hands of a group of very aggressive paparazzi.”
The spokesperson said the couple, along with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, were victims of a “relentless chase that lasted more than two hours.”
It was suggested that they were trying not to be followed to their location on the city’s Upper East Side.
The New York Police Department later told NBC they did not believe the chase was “near catastrophic.” They described it as a “bit of a chaotic scene”.
Julian Phillips, New York’s deputy commissioner of public information, also revealed that the NYPD had “assisted” the couple’s private security team.
New York Mayor Eric Adams expressed empathy – calling the paparazzi’s actions “reckless” and “irresponsible” – but said he would “find it hard to believe” there was a prosecution at high speed for two hours.
It’s unclear how long Meghan and Prince Harry will stay in New York for their next visit, but they will be in town for World Mental Health Day on October 10.
According to PEOPLE, the couple will participate in a conservation about social media, mental health and how to empower and uplift others.
The entire summit is part of the Healthy Minds Project’s second annual World Mental Health Day Festival, which addresses the mental health crisis.
The topic is near and dear to Meghan and Prince Harry, who have been open and honest about their own mental health struggles in the past.
On the Archetypes podcast last October, the Duchess of Sussex spoke about her own experience getting a referral to see a professional when she was at her “worst moment”.
“I think at my worst moment, finally being connected to someone that, you know, my husband had found a reference to call. And I called this woman,” Meghan said.
“She didn’t even know I was calling her. And she was checking out at the grocery store. I could hear the little beep, beep, and I was like, “Hi,” and I introduce myself and you can literally go, wait, sorry. I am fair. Who is it? Um, and I say I need help. And she could hear the dire state I was in,” Meghan said.
“But I think it’s up to all of us to be really honest about what you need and not be afraid to make peace with that, to ask for it,” recalled the Duchess of Sussex.