Meghan Markle’s recent tour of Nigeria was as much a fashion runway as it was a diplomatic mission, each outfit choice sparking debates and headlines. Her series of shoulder-baring dresses not only turned heads but also stirred controversy.

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During her recent tour of Nigeria, Meghan Markle stirred significant public and media attention. This was not just for her engagements but also for her daring fashion choices.

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Meghan is known for her modern and often bold style. Her choice of shoulder-baring dresses throughout the visit sparked a series of controversies and debates on social media.

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From traditional settings to formal events, her wardrobe was critiqued for both its style and appropriateness. This article delves into the five specific dresses that became the focal points of this fashion controversy.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the Lightway Academy in Abuja, Nigeria as part of celebrations for the Invictus Games anniversary on May 10, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the Lightway Academy in Abuja, Nigeria as part of celebrations for the Invictus Games anniversary on May 10, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

The dress was quickly noted for its casual and revealing style. Critics pointed out, “Lady, you are not at a cocktail party. This is a children’s school,” and “Who dresses in a backless dress to a school visit 🤔 yessss a yacht girl 😂😂😂.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the Lightway Academy in Abuja, Nigeria as part of the celebrations for the Invictus Games anniversary on May 10, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the Lightway Academy in Abuja, Nigeria as part of the celebrations for the Invictus Games anniversary on May 10, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

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Additionally, the dress’s inappropriateness in a conservative setting drew further backlash. Meghan received comments like “Sleeveless and backless slinky dress to a school visit where modesty is expected. A country with half the population Muslim and she rocks up half naked flesh exposed. Seriously.” and “Wrinkled, ill-fitting dress. Unkempt, as usual.”

Meghan Markle visits the Lightway Academy in Abuja, Nigeria as part of celebrations of Invictus Games anniversary on May 10, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle visits the Lightway Academy in Abuja, Nigeria as part of celebrations of Invictus Games anniversary on May 10, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a sitting volleyball match for the charity, Nigeria Unconquered, in Abuja, Nigeria on May 11, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a sitting volleyball match for the charity, Nigeria Unconquered, in Abuja, Nigeria on May 11, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Her appearance prompted comments on her physical appearance, such as “Megan looks extremely skinny😮” and “Crazy skinny,” with a mix of concern and admiration, “Love [her] dress but she lost too much weight.” Others called the outfit “So inappropriate.

Meghan Markle attends a sitting volleyball match for the charity, Nigeria Unconquered, in Abuja, Nigeria on May 11, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle attends a sitting volleyball match for the charity, Nigeria Unconquered, in Abuja, Nigeria on May 11, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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The third dress appeared at a formal event. Meghan chose a St. Agni creation, this time a tube dress which was met with harsh criticism. With this look, she wore vintage Christian Dior earrings and nude Aquazurra sandals to match her Cartier bracelet and watch. She also donned her Diamond Hex tennis bracelet and diamond pave bracelet again.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at a Sit Out at the Nigerian Defence Headquarters in Abuja on May 11, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at a Sit Out at the Nigerian Defence Headquarters in Abuja on May 11, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

This time, Meghan received backlash for failing to respect local cultural norms. Observations like “Disrespectful wardrobe for the culture” and “She is too old to keep showing off her shoulders & back” were common. The phrasesWho wears a tub dress to an occasion like this. No respect for their culture” and “Lol Tub dress….no respect at all.” were also written on a social media post showing her outfit.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at a Sit Out at the Nigerian Defence Headquarters in Abuja on May 11, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at a Sit Out at the Nigerian Defence Headquarters in Abuja on May 11, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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This led to comments such as “Dressed inappropriately” and “Put some clothes on miss.” Visible undergarments were also pointed out. This added to the unfavorable reception, “She still hasn’t learned to wear a shaper under her clingy clothes. You can see her underwear lines!!” Another user lamented, “She looks like she is going to a yacht to entertain guests, lol.

Meghan Markle on stage at a Women in Leadership event co-hosted with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on May 11, 2024 in Abuja, Nigeria | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle on stage at a Women in Leadership event co-hosted with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on May 11, 2024 in Abuja, Nigeria | Source: Getty Images

The fifth dress was seen at a State Dinner. In contrast to her previous outfits, Meghan’s Carolina Herrera silk overlay column gown received positive feedback during the state dinner. She paired the look with all of her previously mentioned wrist accessories and added an Aurate necklace to the mix.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the State Governor House in Lagos on May 12, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the State Governor House in Lagos on May 12, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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The elegant yellow gown was complimented with remarks like “Thank god someone had got her an appropriate dress much better. Has been a complete cringe fest!” and “Meghan looks lovely in yellow.

One netizen also tweeted, “Meghan is so beautiful her outfits are so perfect 🤩 anyone on here posting anything negative is just jealous.

Nigeria Chief of Defense Staff Christopher Musa, his wife Lilian Musa, Lagos State Governor wife, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle at the State Governor House in Lagos on May 12, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Nigeria Chief of Defense Staff Christopher Musa, his wife Lilian Musa, Lagos State Governor wife, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle at the State Governor House in Lagos on May 12, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

There were also speculations about her possible pregnancy, with one writing, “Is she going to announce she’s pregnant in this dress?” Another fan simply asked, “Is she pregnant again?

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the State Governor House in Lagos on May 12, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the State Governor House in Lagos on May 12, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

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Meghan’s fashion choices during her Nigerian tour became a significant focal point of discussion. Each of the five shoulder-baring dresses she wore not only showcased her personal style but also ignited conversations about cultural sensitivity, appropriateness, and the expectations placed on figures in the public eye while abroad.

Meghan Markle and Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the State Governor House in Lagos on May 12, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the State Governor House in Lagos on May 12, 2024 | Source: Getty Images

While all eyes were on Meghan during her Nigerian trip, it was just days before that fans were focused on her and her husband together in the United Kingdom. We previously reported that Meghan and Prince Harry briefly reunited in his home country before she set off for Nigeria.

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The secretive meet-up of Prince Harry and Meghan occurred at Heathrow Airport’s VIP Windsor Suite, where Meghan landed solo from Los Angeles before joining Harry, who had been in the UK since Tuesday.

The couple’s brief rendezvous was so discreet that only Harry was pictured at the airport when flying out of the UK. This sparked a flurry of reactions across social media platforms, with the online community chiming in with diverse opinions.

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One user sarcastically remarked, “Pathetic and strategic.” Another echoed, “Acting like they are royalty.” A tweet also read, “Meghan met up with Harry at the Heathrow airport lmaoo [sic] I love this.”

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Another reaction on Twitter noted, “#HarryandMeghaninNigeria and Harry did again. The famous ‘touch and go’ like the last time he was in the UK. Imagine the tabloids finding out Meghan was waiting for him on the airport in the UK.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. | Source: Getty Images

Contrastingly, others expressed support, saying they deserved happiness. Questions about their children’s whereabouts also sparked curiosity and concern. Comments read, “Where are their children, did they get to go with them?” and “Nothing meaningful about them two oh and where are their so called children are they real.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with their children Archie and Lilibet in a video shared on December 12, 2022 | Source: YouTube/Netflix

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with their children Archie and Lilibet in a video shared on December 12, 2022 | Source: YouTube/Netflix

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The purpose of Harry’s earlier arrival in London was to mark the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, a cause close to his heart. During his stay, he attended several events related to the competition. This included a thanksgiving service. Harry expressed how “great” it was to be back in the UK, a sentiment that resonated with many of his supporters.

King Charles and Prince Harry during a visit to The Nek, a narrow stretch of ridge in the Anzac battlefield on the Gallipoli Peninsula on April 25, 2015 | Source: Getty Images

King Charles and Prince Harry during a visit to The Nek, a narrow stretch of ridge in the Anzac battlefield on the Gallipoli Peninsula on April 25, 2015 | Source: Getty Images

However, news outlets reported that Prince Harry had no plans to visit the King of England during his stay. “In response to the many inquiries and continued speculation on whether or not The Duke will meet with his father while in the U.K. this week, it unfortunately will not be possible due to His Majesty’s full program,” a spokesperson for Harry announced.

King Charles and Prince Harry attend the "Our Planet" global premiere at Natural History Museum on April 4, 2019 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

King Charles and Prince Harry attend the “Our Planet” global premiere at Natural History Museum on April 4, 2019 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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The statement further explained, “The Duke of course is understanding of his father’s diary of commitments and various other priorities and hopes to see him soon.” According to a report, King Charles III had resumed a packed schedule as he returned to his public royal duties.

Prince Harry and King Charles attend the "International Year of The Reef" 2018 meeting at Fishmongers Hall on February 14, 2018 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and King Charles attend the “International Year of The Reef” 2018 meeting at Fishmongers Hall on February 14, 2018 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Meanwhile, royal experts suggested that Meghan’s decision to skip the London Invictus Games festivities was calculated. Her preference for visiting Nigeria, where she anticipated a more welcoming public reception, was a move to foster positive PR rather than risking potential public disapproval in the UK.

Meghan Markle and Samantha Cohen at a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Samantha Cohen at a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England | Source: Getty Images

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The decision underscores a tactical approach to her public persona and engagements, especially considering the critical voices she has faced from some British royalists who have not fully embraced her.

Meghan Markle and her assistant Amy Pickerill during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, United Kingdom | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and her assistant Amy Pickerill during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, United Kingdom | Source: Getty Images

During their last joint appearance at St. Paul’s Cathedral for the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the couple encountered a polarized reception. While some cheered for them, others also booed them.

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The memory of being booed, despite the presence of cheers, has evidently left a lasting impression on Meghan, influencing her current travel decisions and public engagements.

Meghan Markle at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Public relations guru Lynn Carratt spoke about the nuances of this decision. She noted that Meghan’s presence in the UK could also potentially overshadow the Invictus Games.

Carratt pointed out that allowing Harry to attend the London events alone ensures that the focus remains on the Games and his involvement without the additional media circus that might accompany Meghan’s presence.

Harry and Meghan are particularly focused on promoting the Invictus Games and engaging with local military communities in Nigeria. The couple’s arrival in the country was part of a meticulously planned visit that underscores their ongoing commitment to global humanitarian and advocacy work.

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