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Rebel royal Meghan Markle and the Roksanda silk-satin maxi dress

The future's bright - the future's Meghan Markle. Prince Harry's fiance, whether unwittingly or by design - (hopefully the latter) - is dragging the royal family kicking and screaming into 2018.

The former American actress attended a Royal Foundation charity event, alongside the three other young royals, this week and quite frankly she stole the show. She went so far as to mention #MeToo and Time's Up during a speech declaring she wanted to dedicate her charity work to empowering women.

A major breach of protocol for any member of the royal family, as it is usually unthinkable for them to discuss anything vaguely political. Corgis, horses, Hunter wellies, yes. Social media campaigns against sexual harassment - absolutely not.

Meghan is set to become a patron of the Royal Foundation - a charity set up by Prince William and Harry - alongside her soon-to-be sister-in-law Kate Middleton, after she marries. She said "You'll often hear people say: 'You are helping people find their voices'. I fundamentally disagree with that because women don't need to find a voice - they have a voice. They need to feel empowered to use it and people need to be encouraged to listen."

Prime Minister Theresa May cracked a joke this week. Several in fact. At a Westminister correspondent's dinner she joked about calling another snap general election, acknowledged her MayBot moniker and even mocked her ministers, saying if Boris Johnson was a smartphone app it would carry the warning "contains adult content".

She described the chancellor Philip Hammond as "a drier, less frivolous version of LinkedIn" and she called the Brexit Secretary, David "Mad Max" Davis. It looks like some of Meghan Markle's empowering spirit has got to the Prime Minister, but do stop now Theresa, this reporter's sides are aching.

And if you witnessed anyone giving a silent whoop of joy whilst scrolling through their Twitter feed this week, chances are they had stumbled across a thread written by Jameela Jamil.

The actress and presenter took to social media to hit back at a "disastrously damaging" Instagram post, which tried to estimate the weights of the Kardashian-Jenner sisters. On her own Twitter account, Jameela lambasted this attempt to reduce women to how much they weigh as "toxic" and devised a clever plan to completely flip the conversation on its head.

Far from stepping on the scales, Jameela chose to demonstrate how she measures her worth by writing across a photograph on Insta Stories: "I weigh: Lovely relationship. Great friends. I laugh every day. I love my job. I make an honest living. I'm financially independent. I speak out for women's rights. I like my bingo wings. I like myself despite of EVERYTHING I've been taught by the media to hate myself about".

In turn this inspired thousands of other women to disclose how much they "weighed". In a series of tweets, women talked about the things they love about their lives and the things they have done that they are most proud of - the degrees they have, the babies they have made, the families they love, the cancer they have beaten, or are fighting.

To celebrate these strides forward in female empowerment this reporter can think of no other garment more fitting than this - the Roksanda Ansari ruched silk-satin maxi dress. It's bright magenta with ruffles, ruching, billowing sleeves and acres of skirt. It's loud, it's brash, it's beautiful.

It breaks every kind of protocol.


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