20 Times Meghan Markle and Princess Diana Basically Wore the Same Outfit
Some of their outfits are almost identical!
It’s in the family
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently welcomed their firstborn child into the world. The new baby would have been the grandchild of the late Princess Diana. If style runs in the genes, this new little one is going to have some sharp fashion skills from mom and grandma. In addition to both being commoners who married into the royal family, Meghan and Diana share a similar sense of timeless style, mimicked in both their outfits over the ages.
Everyone will remember the famous white coat that Meghan Markle wore when she and Prince Harry announced their engagement. Back in 1996, Princess Diana sported a similar piece. Don’t forget to check out these times that Kate Middleton and Princess Diana basically wore the same outfit, too.
Off the shoulder
Many people were shocked to see Meghan Markle wearing an off-the-shoulder gown at this year’s Trooping the Colour, but she wasn’t breaking royal protocol. In fact, Princess Diana wore a similar pink, off-the-shoulder dress back in 1987.
Even though Princess Diana chose to wear a hat, she looks almost identical to Meghan Markle. Both dresses are cream colored, have buttons down the front, and a belt at the waist. This is the one royal fashion rule you’ll never see a British royal break.
Black and white
Meghan Markle and Princess Diana both chose to dress in classic colors for the Royal Ascot horse race. Princess Diana wore a black and white dress with a hat to match back in 1985; Meghan wore almost the same outfit in June of 2018.
It’s rare that you see the royals out in jeans, but both Meghan and Diana have been photographed in jeans and a collared white button-down. These are the dress code rules everyone in the royal family must follow.
White with blue flowers
Meghan Markle wore a blue and white flowy gown to the wedding of Celia McCorquodale that probably reminded you of a dress Princess Diana wore in November 1986.
Meghan and Diana are two royal family members that know how to look gorgeous in a well-fitted black suit. Queen Elizabeth likes to wear slightly brighter colors, though. This is the real reason you see her in neon outfits all the time.
Princess Diana and Meghan Markle pop in these green patterned dresses. Meghan is pictured here at the Invictus Games Reception and Diana on a royal tour in Saudi Arabia.
Stripes, stripes, stripes
Both Meghan and Diana sported the stripe look at two different occasions. Meghan Markle wore a striped button-down dress at the Commonwealth Youth Forum in April. Princess Diana wore a similar striped dress on a tour in Australia in 1988. Read about the most bizarre perks of the royal family.
A voluminous cerulean blue coat
Diana was famous for her expressive blue eyes and often mirrored their color in her clothing choices. In 1988, she paired this oversized, double-breasted, cerulean blue coat with a matching pillbox hat. Meghan Markle, who usually seems more partial to navy blue, channeled her late mother-in-law by wearing an oversized cerulean coat in October 2018 at for the launch of a cookbook whose proceeds go to charity.
As we can see from this photo taken in November 2013, Ms. Meghan Markle was a fan of strapless dresses before she met Prince Harry. It’s racy look, so we’ll have to wait and see if she goes for it again now that she’s a royal. One royal who did rock the strapless dress? The Princess of Wales, who went strapless in maxi-length cornflower blue at the 1989 Centenary Ball for the Birthright Charity in London.
Once her marriage to Prince Charles had gone kaput, the Princess of Wales took to making style choices that would have seemed inconceivable as a royal—including this one-shoulder dress (worn to a 1996 charity ball in Sydney, Australia). Although Meghan’s clearly a fan of the look, which she’s rocking in this 2013 photo taken at the American Ballet Theater Opening Night Gala in New York City, the jury’s still out on whether she’ll try to pull it off now that she’s married to Prince Harry. Here are the tiny details you might have missed about Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
Little white dress
In 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales wore a tiny white slipdress to Christie’s in London, where many of her dresses were being auctioned for charity. Meghan channels the same look in October 2018—but with a bit more of the modesty required of a royal. In addition to modesty, there are plenty of other royal etiquette rules Meghan is supposed to follow.
It’s now known that the love of Diana’s life was the Pakistani-born cardio-surgeon, Hasnat Khan, MD. When Diana visited Khan’s native country, she did her best to blend in with the locals by wearing their traditional clothing, as shown here in 1997. Meghan takes a page out of her late mother-in-law’s fashion rulebook by stepping out in this colorful ethnic print by New York City designer, Figue, on a trip to Fiji in October 2018. Here’s everything you probably don’t know about Hasnat Khan.
Tartan in Scotland
Just as they did when dressing to fit in with the locals of Pakistan or Fiji, both Princess Diana and Duchess Meghan wore traditional tartan while visiting the home of tartan, Scotland. Princess Diana wore black and red on a royal tour of the Western Isles of Scotland in 1985. Meghan wore blue and green plaid (by Burberry) outside Edinburgh Castle in Scotland in February 2018.
You know who loves wearing sunshine yellow? Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Considering that a standard fashion rule is “dress like you wish to be treated,” it’s no surprise both Princess Diana and Duchess Meghan dressed in sunshine yellow early on in their marriages—Diana in 1983, and Meghan in July 2018. Here’s a color you’ll likely never see the Duchess of Sussex wearing, and what it has to do with the Queen.
The “Revenge Dress”
In June 1994, Princess Diana wore this sexy number to a Vanity Fair party the same night Prince Charles publicly confessed his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. The dress was, therefore, dubbed “the Revenge Dress.” However, outside the world of the royals, the Revenge Dress wouldn’t have been seen as particularly risqué. In fact, Meghan Markle wore a similar dress in 2012 to a fashion show tied to her television show, Suits, and it caused hardly a stir. Find out why Prince Charles didn’t simply marry Camilla in the first place.
Princess Diana pulled off the equestrian style so incredibly well back in December 1986 (photographed while dropping a young Prince William off at school) that it’s not surprising her daughter-in-law Meghan Markle would try out the look, herself. With long legs like Diana’s, Meghan pulls it off easily here in October 2018 on a tour of New Zealand.
Floaty red dress
In June 1997, on a visit to Washington D.C. to support the American Red Cross’s providing aid to the victims of landmines, Princess Diana wore this ethereal dress in an unusual shade of sunset-orange-red. We saw this color again on Duchess Meghan in October 2018, when she wore it, also in a floaty dress (one which elegantly showed off Meghan’s baby bump), to travel to Tonga with her husband, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. Learn the 12 royal pregnancy rules Meghan has been learning to follow.
The telltale beret?
Princess Diana was famous for her hats, which often seemed to provide a window into the sensitive woman’s soul. In 1984, she’s photographed at the naming of a royal ship, looking smart in a beret chosen to match her jacket. While it’s too soon to tell if Meghan’s hat choices reveal her inner thoughts, it seems possible her choice of matching beret at a November 2018 National Service honoring the dead from World War I might have been a sentimental nod to her beloved husband’s late mum. Next, check out these stunning, rarely seen photos of Princess Diana.