Will this be Meghan Markle's year to attend the Met Gala?

By Meaghan Wray

The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts the reigning fashion event of the year, the highly exclusive Met Gala, on the first Monday of each May – and 2019’s ball promises to be a show-stopper. Over-the-top style stars Lady Gaga and Harry Styles have signed on as co-chairs along with the Duchess of Sussex’s BFF, tennis star Serena Williams, so next year would be the perfect time for Meghan Markleto make her debut! Despite a fruitful career in Hollywood, most notably on the paralegal show Suits, she’s never won a golden ticket to the gala.

Meghan was a front-row fixture during various fashion weeks when she was an actress. Photo: © George Pimentel/WireImage

It wouldn’t be the first time a royal attended the storied event. In 2018, fans got to see Princess Beatrice and Charlotte Casiraghi dressed to impress in Alberta Ferretti and Anthony Vaccarello, respectively, for the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & the Catholic Imagination theme. Next year’s Costume Institute exhibit will be “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” based on an iconic essay by Susan Sontag, and the May 6 gala will see guests dressing with its definition as inspiration: "love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration."

MORE: Princess Beatrice and Charlotte Casiraghi reigned at the 2018 Met Gala

“We are going through an extreme camp moment, and it felt very relevant to the cultural conversation to look at what is often dismissed as empty frivolity but can be actually a very sophisticated and powerful political tool, especially for marginalized cultures,” curator Andrew Bolton told the New York Times . "Whether it's pop camp, queer camp, high camp or political camp - Trump is a very camp figure - I think it's very timely."

Though Meghan is generally a minimalist when it comes to her style, it would be quite thrilling for fans to see the duchess in something bold and conceptual! She’d be following in the footsteps of not only young royals like Beatrice and Charlotte but also her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, and her close friend and partner in crime, Sarah Ferguson.

Royals have reigned supreme at Met Galas in the past. Photo: © Getty Images

The People’s Princess wore a silky navy slip dress with lace detailing to the 1996 gala, a design from John Galliano’s debut couture collection, and topped off the look with a multi-strand pearl and sapphire choker. The Duchess of York attended two years later to toast the 50 th anniversary of the Costume Institute gala sporting a strapless velvet column gown with matching shawl.

But more than a fashion moment, Meghan would be supporting her great friend and cheerleader. Serena and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, made the trip across the pond with their little girl Alexis Olympia to watch their friend say “I do” to Prince Harry. And when the royal released her first solo charity project, Together: Our Community Cookbook, the tennis ace was singing her praises on Instagram. This was just a few months after Meghan teared up watching Serena dedicate her Wimbledon game to moms after losing in the finals. Next year’s Met Gala would certainly make for a glamorous reunion!

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