Every Time Meghan Markle’s Wardrobe Was Inspired By Princess Diana

Markle's wardrobe has featured quite a few nods to her late mother-in-law.

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by Shana Lynch |

Ever since Meghan Markle was thrust into the spotlight at the end of 2016, her style choices have been watched with hawk-eye precision. From her tour wardrobe to her penchant for high street and, of course, her wedding dress, we are a nation obsessed.

Naturally, there have been parallels drawn between Markle’s sartorial choices and those of her husband’s late mother, Princess Diana. In fact, they've worn strikingly similar outfits on numerous occasions.

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Whether it’s a monochrome ensemble for a trip to Ascot, a tartan coat in Scotland, or, most recently, polka dots for the polo - there are numerous occasions where it looks like Markle might have been paying homage to Diana.

Doing her best Pretty Women impression, the Duchess – who attended a polo match that Harry was playing in on Sunday – looked impossibly chic in a pair of white shorts, which she styled with a polka-dot blouse and a wide-brimmed hat. Her mother-in-law was famously fond of spots (she once paired spotty socks with a pleated red and white polka dot skirt).

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After you've dug out all the polka dots from your wardrobe, take a look back at every time Markle has taken style inspiration from Princess Diana.

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All The Times Meghan Markle Dressed Like Princess Diana

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Polka for the polo! Meghan paid tribute to Princess Diana's love of polka dots this week while attending the polo in Santa Barbara.

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Yellow is definitely the Duchess' colour - Meghan wore this sunny Brandon Maxwell sheath to the Youth Challenge reception in July of 2018, in a Diana-approved hue.

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The glittering Roland Mouret gown worn by Meghan at the premiere of Cirque du Soleil's Totem show was reminiscent of a Catherine Walker dress Princess Diana wore in 1990.

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Both Meghan and Diana chose a monochrome colour palette for visits to Royal Ascot.

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It seems both royals are a fan of pairing red and purple. Princess Diana wore the combo on a visit to Hong Kong in November 1989 while Meghan wore it on a visit to Birkenhead in January of 2019.

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In 1987 Princess Diana wore tartan at Bute Highland Games in Scotland and two decades later Meghan wore a Burberry tartan coat for an official visit to Scotland during her engagement.

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Both royal women are a fan of pinstripes, as seen by this pinstriped blazer worn by Diana in Sheffield and the buttoned Altuzarra dress Meghan wore at the Commonwealth Youth Forum.

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Even at the end of her royal duties, Meghan channelled Diana in her wardrobe. Just look at this green dress and matching hat worn by Meghan on Commonwealth Day compared to Diana's Trooping of the Colour dress and hat from 1982.

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At the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, one of the very first times we saw Meghan and Harry in public together, Meghan and her Cali-girl vibes looked very similar to an outfit Princess Diana wore while in Bosnia.

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The power of a simple white dress.

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Both have sported tailored blush pink dresses. Princess Diana wore a Versace coat dress in 1995, while the Duchess of Sussex wore a modern take on the trend when visiting the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition at Southbank Centre in London.

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Meghan's second wedding dress (a Stella McCartney design) was noticeably similar to a high-necked evening gown worn by Princess Diana at a reception at Spencer House in London.

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Meghan wore a stunning Safiyaa caped red gown to the Mountbatten Festival of Music at Royal Albert Hall that looked very similar to the red Jacques Azagury dress Diana wore to an American Red Cross dinner in 1997.

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The chic plaid suit that Diana wore while at Paddington Station in London in 1988 looks very similar to an off-the-shoulder structured shirt Meghan wore on a visit to Wales.

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The off-the-shoulder pink Carolina Herrera dress Meghan wore to Trooping the Colour was rather similar to Princess Diana's look at the Royal Ballet in Germany in 1987.

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At Commonwealth Day in March 2019 Meghan wore an emerald green Erdem coat not dissimilar to the one worn by Princess Diana in 1982.

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There's nothing more chic than a beautifully tailored blazer.

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Meghan took inspo from Princess Diana's visit to Saudi Arabia in 1986 to attend a wedding in 2018.

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Immediately adds a blue striped button-down shirt to online basket.

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Basics are important, people, as demonstrated by Meghan's simple black roll-neck, which Diana also wore layered under a red blazer.

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In purple again - Diana in Versace and Meghan in Aritizia.

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