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34 Times Meghan Markle and Princess Diana Basically Wore the Same Outfit

Some of their outfits are almost identical!

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Fit for a princess—and a duchess

There’s style, and then there’s royal style. Princess Diana had it in spades, and so does Meghan Markle, the daughter-in-law she never met. But a love of fashion isn’t all we’re talking about here—we’re talking about very similar fashion choices and sometimes almost the exact same fashion choices. Whether it was intentional or not, Meghan seems to have been inspired by the People’s Princess, and the results are stunning. We can’t wait to see how her style evolves even more now that she’s stepping back from official royal life with Prince Harry and Archie. Speaking of which, here’s exactly what it means to “step back” from royal duties.


Somber ensembles

Back on Remembrance Day in 1993, Diana, Princess of Wales looked equal parts sad and stylish in dignified mourning clothes. More than a quarter of a century later, Diana's daughter-in-law, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, wore not only a near-identical outfit but also a near-identical expression. Did you know that members of the royal family must always travel with mourning clothes... just in case?

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Bright purple

Purple is a color that has long been associated with royalty, and it's also the color of the Queen's coronation robe from 1953. Yet it's not very often that we see a member of the British royal family clad in this rich hue. Both Diana, in 1990, and Meghan make an exception in purple dresses that almost appear to be cut from the same cloth.

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Silky, shimmery maternity dresses

When Diana was pregnant with her firstborn, Prince William, she wore this ice-blue silk gown to the Royal Tournament in London. When Meghan was pregnant with her firstborn son, Archie Harrison, she wore a shiny blush-colored silk dress to Prince Charles' 50th anniversary of his investiture as Prince of Wales. How did they accessorize? With a gorgeous pregnancy glow, of course. Believe it or not, Meghan Markle had to follow these 14 royal pregnancy rules when she was pregnant.

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Lace overlay

At the Gala Performance of the opera La Boheme in 1993, Diana leveraged lace overlay to make a simple shift dress look spectacular. In 2013, before Meghan had even met her future husband, she was rocking a similar look for a fundraising gala for the Novak Djokovic Foundation. Here are some "facts" about Princess Diana that just aren't true.

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Lace over one eye

Princess Diana was famous for her hats. Meghan has not yet earned the same reputation for stellar millinery choices, but she certainly seems to be channeling her late mother-in-law circa 1983 in this lovely deep blue velvet hat that has lace dipping over just one eye. She wore it in 2019 at the Westminster Abbey Field of Remembrance opening.

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Suitably subtle in beige

Diana possessed attention-drawing style, and it was apparent even when she wore something as inconspicuous as this beige pantsuit while going for a post-lunch stroll with Prince William. Meghan, by contrast, has adopted a less fashion-forward style, yet in this belted beige dress, which she wore to visit the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, she stands out every bit as much as Diana did.

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Sneaker style

Meghan wore sneakers for the first time during an official royal appearance at the 2016 Invictus games. She's been seen wearing sneakers a number of times since, including here at the airport in 2019, when she selected a pair of dark-colored trainers. Diana also favored dark-colored trainers for the airport. She wore this pair of dark blue Supergas back in 1997. By the way, this is what your favorite shoes say about your personality.

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Motorcycle jacket

One sartorial lesson Meghan clearly learned from her late mother-in-law is that just because you're a member of the royal family, it doesn't mean you can't rock the occasional motorcycle jacket. Meghan wore one for the opening of the 2017 Invictus Games, and it's not hard to see where her inspiration comes from: Diana in 1993, wearing the bomber style that was favored then.

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Slicked-back hair

One of Diana's most iconic looks was chicly slicked-back hair, which she's sporting in this picture on a trip to New York in 1995. Meghan seems to be taking her cue from Diana at the 2019 Lion King Premiere in London, which she attended two months after Archie was born. Check out these 20 stunning, rarely seen photos of Princess Diana.

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