The Duchess of Sussex is no stranger to homages and all kinds of signals encrypted in clothes, and has repeatedly taken an example from her late mother-in-law.
Since Meghan Markle officially joined the royal family on May 19, 2018, after marrying Prince Harry, she has been constantly compared with the Duchess of Cambridge, then with her late mother-in-law, the Princess of Wales. And this is not an accident: Sussex often made bets on decisions in the spirit of Princess Diana. Let’s list the most obvious of them.
Meghan Markle in Edinburgh, February 13, 2018
Princess Diana at the Highland Games, August 22, 1987
After moving to the United Kingdom, Meghan had to get new outerwear suitable for the local weather and the royal duties that she performed with Prince Harry. During a visit to Edinburgh Castle, Miss Markle gave preference to the traditional tartan for Scotland, betting on the range that the Princess of Wales also used in her wardrobe. In 1987, Diana wore a dress with a similar print during the Highland Games. The model was complemented with lace cuffs and a collar, as well as a delicate black bow in the fashion of the 1980s.
White with black accent
Duchess Meghan at Ascot Races, June 19, 2018
Princess Diana during the parade, June 21, 1991
Meghan arrived at her first Ascot races in the status of a royal person in a Givenchy dress — the same designer as her wedding outfit. She complemented it with a white hat with black edging, forcing reviewers to recall the style of Princess Diana in the early 1990s.
The Duchess of Sussex at the WellChild Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, September 4, 2018
Princess Diana at a charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall, April 29, 1990
In 1990, the Princess of Wales impressed the audience by appearing at a charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall in a pantsuit. Later, her experiment was repeated by Duchess Meghan, who attended the WellChild Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel.
Green coat for expectant mothers
Sussex attend Canada House, March 11, 2019
The Princess of Wales arrives in Leeds, March 1982
During the first pregnancies, both the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Sussex were drawn to green. Both chose warm sets, largely similar in design, but designed in the spirit of different eras. Diana has repeatedly stopped at an ensemble of a green John Boyd hat and a Bellville Sasson coat. And Megan visited London’s Canada House in an Erdem dress and coat with spectacular black beaded embroidery.
White Sheath Dress
Sussex during the tour of Australia, October 16, 2018
Princess of Wales during a visit to Argentina, November 23, 1995
Apparently, Megan is most impressed by the style of her late mother-in-law of the 1990s, when she turned from a romantic modest young lady into a confident business lady. On her first tour of Australia, Sussex appeared in a white sleeveless sheath dress with a length just below the knee. In 1995, Diana shone in Argentina in almost the same model, but slightly shorter.
Meghan Markle in Cardiff, January 18, 2018
Princess Diana at Paddington Station, May 3, 1988
In 1988, the “people’s” princess chose a restrained suit in a gray cage for an appearance at Paddington Station in London. During her visit to Wales, Ms. Markle tried on an updated version of this look — a Theory jacket without lapels and with open shoulders and black trousers.
Pink dress with dropped shoulders
Duchess Meghan at the Queen’s birthday celebration, June 9, 2018
Princess Diana at the Berlin Opera, November 1987
Perhaps the long pink Catherine Walker dress that the Princess of Wales chose for the performance of the Royal Ballet in Germany in 1987 is included in the list of “fashion victories” of the Princess of Wales, but it definitely inspired her daughter-in-law to one of the best outings. A dusty pink Carolina Herrera dress, complete with a hat of the same shade that Meghan chose for her first Trooping the Colour as a royal, was recognized as one of the best ensembles of Sussex.
Duchess Meghan at the opening of the Oceania exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, September 25, 2018
Princess Diana on arrival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, November 17, 1986
During a visit to Saudi Arabia in 1986, the Princess of Wales flashed awareness of the latest trends and appeared in public in a dark blue Anouska Hempel dress with a white insert in the form of an inverted triangle. In 2018, her experiment, albeit in a more modest reading, was repeated by her daughter-in-law, who arrived at the opening of an art exhibition.
Pregnant Duchess visits Tomorrow’s Women Wirral Charity Foundation with her husband, January 14, 2019
The Princess of Wales in Hong Kong, November 7, 1989
During a trip to Hong Kong in November 1989, Diana appeared in a catchy ensemble featuring red and purple. She also wore a Catherine Walker skirt and jacket in India in 1992. Duchess Meghan worked with a similar color palette during a visit to Birkenhead in January 2019.
A thin black stripe
While walking around Sheffield in 1991, the Princess of Wales chose a pinstripe jacket with large black buttons, which she wore over a dark blue blouse. After 27 years, her daughter-in-law did the opposite, wearing a dark jacket over a light striped dress with black buttons. Nevertheless, the similarity is definitely traced.