34 Times Meghan Markle and Princess Diana Basically Wore the Same Outfit
Some of their outfits are almost identical!
A smart pair of shorts
In 1989, Princess Diana wore shorts and a cricket sweater to visit Prince William’s school. While that particular style of shorts has since gone out of style, Meghan adopted an updated smart-shorts look for herself in 2016 on a trip to Los Angeles. Speaking of shorts, this is why Prince George almost always wears shorts.
Frothy white confections
Although she wasn’t yet dating her prince, perhaps Meghan took her inspiration for this frothy white dress from Diana. Meghan wore it in 2013 to an event in New York, while Diana donned a similar look on a 1996 visit to Washington, D.C. Check out Meghan’s stunning transformation since becoming a royal.
Purple and red in the same outfit
When the Duchess of Sussex wore a purple dress with a red coat on a 2019 visit to Birkenhead, U.K., she was lauded for her fashion-savvy choice. But those in the know realize that she may have gotten a little inspiration from Princess Diana, who wore the red/purple combo back in 1989 on a visit to Hong Kong.
Perfectly coordinated elbow-length gloves
In another daring fashion choice, Princess Diana paired one black elbow-length glove with one red one to coordinate cleverly with her black and red drop-waist gown. She chose the look for the 1986 premiere of the film The Mission. Perhaps taking a page from Diana’s lookbook, albeit in a slightly less daring (and less ’80s) way, Meghan paired her cobalt-blue cape and fascinator with matching cobalt-blue leather gloves for the 2019 Trooping the Colour ceremony. Let’s take a trip down Trooping the Colour lane, shall we? These vintage photos of the Queen’s annual parade take us all the way back to 1899.
The peplum (a short skirt-like flounce of fabric attached to the waist of a woman’s blouse, skirt, dress, or jacket) first became popular during the mid–19th century. They’ve reappeared throughout the years, including in the 1940s and in the 1980s, when Princess Diana wore this peplum-adorned white suit. Judging by this 2018 photo of Meghan Markle at the 2018 Invictus games, the Duchess of Sussex likewise seems to have gotten the memo that a peplum is a flattering way for a woman to accentuate her waist and hips. Check out 15 of Diana’s most iconic fashion moments.
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.