Meghan Markle's first solo royal engagement happened 2 months earlier than Kate Middleton's — and her outfit is vastly different

Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesMeghan Markle turned to Givenchy for her first solo engagement.
  • Meghan Markle attended her first solo engagement since joining the royal family four months ago.
  • She opted for a black Givenchy dress with matching Aquazzura heels.
  • Kate Middleton had her first solo event six months after her wedding, and opted for an aqua floor-length gown by Amanda Wakely.

Meghan Markle has had a whirlwind first few months as a member of the royal family, and she just hit yet another milestone by embarking on her first solo engagement just four months after her wedding to Prince Harry in May.

The Duchess of Sussex embarked on her first solo engagement on Tuesday as she attended the opening of the “Oceania” art exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Meghan markle givenchy dressChris Jackson/Getty ImagesMarkle opted for a sleek all-black ensemble.

Markle wore a black, belted Givenchy dress – available in a similar style for $US3,300 – featuring sheer puffy sleeves and a velvet triangular panel on the bodice. She paired the dress with some $US750 Aquazzura black pumps and a $US1,990 Givenchy black clutch.

The duchess also wore her hair in the sleek and straight style she went with for the Coach Core Awards on Monday.

Meghan Markle givenchy oceaniaChris Jackson/Getty ImagesShe’s been experimenting with straighter hairstyles lately.

Markle’s first solo event happened two months earlier than her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton’s

Kate Middleton attended a dinner party supporting Prince Charles’ In Kind Direct charity by herself in October 2011 after marrying Prince William in April 2011.

Kate middleton clarence house in kind directChris Jackson/Getty ImagesKate Middleton went with an aqua gown for her first solo engagement.

Middleton had a very different style approach for her first solo event. She went with a floor-length Amanda Wakely gown in a light shade of aqua. She paired the dress with a half-up-half-down hairstyle featuring her signature curly waves at the ends.

Kate middleton clarence houseHandout/Getty ImagesMiddleton’s first solo event happened six months after her wedding.

Middleton opted for a more formal gown while Markle kept it subtle yet chic, but both duchesses definitely brought their unique sense of style to their first solo outings.

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