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Met Gala postponed amid coronavirus outbreak

The Met Gala is the latest high-profile cultural event to be postponed amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Met Gala chairwoman Anna Wintour confirmed in a post to Vogue.com the rumours that the ball would not be going ahead as planned.

“Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, About Time, and the opening night gala, will be postponed to a later date,” she wrote.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Museum of Art also confirmed all events through May 15 will be cancelled or postponed.

“The Museum will remain closed through Saturday, April 4. Additionally, the CDC advised over the weekend that there should not be any gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks. In deference to this guidance, all programs and events through May 15 will be cancelled or postponed,” read the statement.

The gala raises money for the New York museum’s Costume Institute and opens the its spring exhibition, which will also be delayed.

Meghan Markle Stuns in a Red Gown at Mountbatten Festival of Music

Her duties as a senior royal family member might be about to come to an end, but Meghan Markle looked positively radiant as she stepped out in London for the Mountbatten Festival of Music.

Markle appeared to colour coordinate her look with Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, who attended the event at the Royal Albert Hall in his role as general captain of the Royal Marines. Harry wore his dress uniform while Markle turned heads in a vibrant red, caped Safiyaa dress.

The gown retails for around $2600 NZD – take a closer look at it here – and is very similar to the blue Safiyaa dress Markle wore during her pregnancy while attending a state dinner in Fiji in 2018. 

As the couple prepares to step down as senior members of the royal family on 31 March, they have embarked on a number of official engagements.

Last week Prince Harry and wife Meghan were all smiles as they arrived at the Endeavour Fund Awards in London, marking their first joint appearance since their royal exit.

Meghan wore a bright blue Victoria Beckham dress while Harry was matching in a navy blue suit.