Duchess Meghan is beautiful in blue smocked dress during Prince Harry's appearance with James Corden

By Heather Cichowski

Duchess Meghan made a surprise appearance during Prince Harry's special episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden on Feb. 25 to the delight of royals fans when the host and her husband FaceTimed her.

The Duke of Sussex and comedian were visiting the iconic house featured on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air when James asked for Harry's phone so he could call the duchess. The 42-year-old was adamant the Sussexes should move into the house, and wanted to share his feelings with Meghan.

The expectant royal answered the phone absolutely glowing in a blue smocked dress, believed to be the Puffed Sleeve Smocked Dress from Velvet Torch. Her hair was styled in gorgeous waves, parted down the middle and she looked very happy to be enjoying the California sunshine.

The former actress paired her breezy dress with a blue heptagonal pendant necklace.

Los Angeles-based, family-owned brand Velvet Torch specializes in comfortable and playful styles. The dress the duchess is wearing is currently sold out, but retailed for just US$29. We bet there will be a rush on it when it's back in stock!

The summery dress Meghan is thought to have worn. Photo: © Nordstrom Rack

Unfortunately, royals fans weren't able to get a full glimpse of Meghan's baby bump because she was only seen from the head and shoulders on the FaceTime call.

"We were very surprised because we were not aware she had our pieces," Peggy Elizabeth Mares of Velvet Torch told HELLO! Canada about seeing the duchess in the brand. "We can only imagine the number of options Meghan has access to when it comes to fashion, and for her to pick our dress was a dream come true for our family-owned business."

Peggy highlighted the importance of a moment like this during the coronavirus pandemic.

She continued, "We dream of celebrities wearing our clothes but dressing a royal surpasses any of our expectations, and we feel honored to be blessed for this moment. The impact of the 'Meghan Effect' has been so great for a family business, especially during these COVID-19 times that has taken a toll on the apparel industry. This moment has brought the visibility we need to continue to make the type of fashion we love to make."

"We take great pride in locally sourcing and producing our brand in Los Angeles while keeping cost/price affordable for all women," Peggy went on. "Thanks to Meghan shining the spotlight on our brand will hopefully increase our reach to more women who will fall in love with our styles."

If you're searching for a similar style to Meghan's, there are plenty of pretty blue smocked frocks to help you master Meghan's look, including the Free People Paige Denim Mini Dress ($98), which captures the sweet baby-doll shape.

Photo: © Free People

The Sea Eleanor Long Sleeve Dress (US$495) boasts a slightly longer silhouette but keeps the hem frill.

Photo: © Shopbop

There's also the Boohoo Denim Tiered Smock Dress ($32.50), which comes in a denim fabric for more versatility.

Photo: © Boohoo

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The Late Late Show appearance was filmed earlier this month, but the first time royals fans saw the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after they announced they were expecting their second child was on Feb. 22. The couple made a surprise virtual appearance during the Spotify Stream On event, where they talked about Archewell Audio. The pregnant duchess beamed in a lemon printed maternity dress by Oscar de la Renta and Pink Sapphire Cocktail Ring with Diamond Pavé from Canadian brand from Ecksand.

Blue is a favourite colour of Meghan's, just like Duchess Kate, and the Los Angeles-born royal donned the striking hue on a few memorable occasions when she was pregnant with Archie. During royal tour of Morocco with Harry in 2019, the Duchess of Sussex stepped out in a blue eyelet gown by Carolina Herrera. Meghan also wore a dress by the brand to announce her second pregnancy.

Such a memorable maternity gown! Photo: © Getty Images

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