Meghan Markle stepped out alongside Prince
Harry and the rest of the royal family March 11 for the 2019 Commonwealth Day service in
London, wearing a white Victoria Beckham ensemble which – with its long white coat and matching
cap – resembled a very chic nurse’s uniform. And as a quick look back through the photo
archives will prove, her outfit choice holds major significance in the royal family.
Princess Diana. Back on April 10, 1987, Princess Diana, Princess
of Wales wore the above outfit for a visit to the Sandhurst Military Academy. Her ensemble
featured a white suit by Catherine Walker with drum majorette gold frogging and epaulettes,
along with an impeccable white cap. So whether consciously or not, Meghan’s outfit today
pays moving tribute to Prince Harry’s late mother.
Kate Middleton. Much more recently, in April of 2017, Kate
Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, wore a very similar ensemble as she attended the traditional
Easter Sunday church service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
Just two more reasons to love Meghan’s Commonwealth Day wardrobe! This is not the first time Meghan
has subtly evoked the late Princess of Wales. Coordinated green coats.
On Commonwealth Day in March 2019, Meghan stepped out in a green Erdem coat with black
detailing reminiscent of a similar look worn by Princess Diana in 1982.
Formal and sparkling. In, 1990, Princess Diana attended a ball at
the Royal Lancaster Hotel wearing a flashy Catherine Walker dress. Nearly 30 years later,
Meghan Markle stepped out in an eerily similar, glittering Roland Mouret gown.
A bright combo. During a visit to Hong Kong in November 1989,
Diana paired red and purple in a vibrant ensemble. Meghan worked with a similar color palette
while on a visit to Birkenhead in January of 2019.
A triangular pattern. In 1986, Princess Diana wore this navy blue
and white dress while visiting Saudi Arabia. Meghan wore a modern design with a similar
pattern while on her first solo engagement as a royal, at the opening of an art exhibition.
Twins at Royal Ascot. Both Diana and Meghan looked proper in black-and-white
ensembles at Royal Ascot. Meghan chose to wear Givenchy, the same designer she wore
on her wedding day, for her first time at the race.
The pantsuit. In 1990, Princess Diana stepped out in a blue
suit while attending a charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Meghan wore
a similar power suit by Altuzarra while attending the WellChild Awards with Prince Harry, a
ceremony which honors children coping with illness in the United Kingdom.
Blue and green. In 1987, Princess Diana wore a plaid dress
with a lace collar while at the Bute Highland Games in Scotland. Meghan chose a similarly
patterned Burberry coat for an official visit to Scotland with Prince Harry during their
engagement. Casual in jeans.
Diana served up some serious ’90s vibes wearing these high-waisted, faded jeans paired with
a crisp white button down. Meghan Markle matched the look by wearing a classic white shirt
with a pair of her favorite jeans at the Invictus Games last fall.
Matching necklines. Princess Diana wore her high-necked evening
gown to attend a reception at Spencer House in London, while Meghan chose the style as
her second dress on her wedding day. Pretty in glen plaid.
In 1988, Diana picked a sleek glen plaid suit to wear while traveling through Paddington
Station in London. Meghan sported an updated version of the look, this off-the-shoulder
Theory jacket, during a visit to Wales. Bright red dresses.
While attending the premiere of Julie Walter’s film Just Like a Woman in 1992, Diana wore
a red silk gown designed by Victor Edelstein. Meghan Markle mirrored the scarlet look during
a pre-engagement appearance on the Today show. Oversized hats.
In 1987 Diana wore a Philip Somerville hat during a walkabout in Munich, Germany. Meghan
imitated the look by wearing a wide-brimmed hat to the 2018 Anzac Day service in London.
Trendy in tuxedos. In 1987, Diana wore a chic tuxedo with hot
pink details out to a nightclub. The Duchess of Sussex chose a similar ensemble, a black
Givenchy pantsuit, during a visit to Ireland. Navy blue belted dresses.
Diana wore a sleek navy blue dress while visiting the Tashinkaya Hospital in Moscow in 1995.
Meghan chose a similar look while attending a polo match in Windsor.
Glamorous in pink. The blush pink Carolina Herrera dress that
Meghan wore to Trooping the Colour immediately reminded us of Diana’s off-the-shoulder look
for a night out at the Royal Ballet in Germany in 1987.
Classic berets. Royal women know the value of a good hat.
Diana once wore a beret to the Braemar Highland Games, while Meghan wore a white version of
the statement accessory at the Commonwealth Day service in London just weeks before her
wedding to Prince Harry. Powder blue print.
During a trip to Saudi Arabia in 1986, Princess Diana was photographed in a blue-and-white
floral Catherine Walker ensemble. This summer, Meghan opted for a very similar Oscar de la
Renta dress at a wedding with Prince Harry. Pinstripes.
The Princess of Wales once chose a pinstriped blazer over a navy blue shirt for a walkabout
in Sheffield. The Duchess of Sussex clearly likes the pattern as well; she wore a pinstripped
midi dress from Altuzarra for an appearance at the Commonwealth Youth Forum reception
earlier this year. Navy lace.
In 1996, Princess Diana looked stunning in a sparkly navy blue dress for an evening event.
Proving the shade never goes out of style, Meghan wore an equally regal navy lace ensemble
years later while promoting her TV show Suits. Pink coat dresses.
In 1995, Diana wore a light pink Versace coat dress while visiting a regiment. The Duchess
of Sussex wore a modern take on the look while visiting the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition
at Southbank Centre in London.