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Kate Middleton Just Channeled an Iconic Princess Diana Look in More Ways Than One

Kate Middleton delivered an ode to one of Princess Diana’s most iconic looks as she joined Prince William to watch England vs. Wales in the Six Nations in Cardiff on Saturday.

The Princess of Wales, 41, who is patron of the Rugby Football Union, nodded to the national strips of both teams by choosing a white and red houndstooth coat by Catherine Walker, which she debuted on a 2018 visit to Stockholm. The striking piece, which features playful oversized red buttons and a flattering knee-length hemline, bears more than a passing resemblance to a chic Moschino suit worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, to the christening of Princess Eugenie in December 1990.

And just like her daughter-in-law, Diana re-wore the statement ensemble—featuring a red and white blazer and contrasting black and white skirt—on a number of occasions, including on an official visit to Canada the following year.

Kate Middleton looked chic in Catherine Walker on February 25, 2023.

Kate Middleton looked chic in Catherine Walker on February 25, 2023.

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Diana, Princess of Wales in 1990.

Diana, Princess of Wales in 1990.

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The Princess of Wales in the same coat in Stockholm, 2018.

The Princess of Wales in the same coat in Stockholm, 2018.

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The Princess of Wales on a visit to Canada, 1991.

The Princess of Wales on a visit to Canada, 1991.

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While Diana took sartorial risks, pairing her houndstooth creation with a wide-brimmed hat (complete with ultra-feminine veil), a wide, patent leather belt, and red-tipped black pumps worthy of a Hollywood screen siren, Kate preferred to play it safe: opting to wear her coat over a black roll-neck with leather gloves, heeled boots, and a simple white handbag.

Famously competitive, the Prince and Princess of Wales no doubt relished the challenge as they watched their rugby respective teams go head-to-head. Prince William, patron of the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), and Kate, who took over from Prince Harry as patron of the

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How Meghan Markle’s style has changed since leaving the Royal Family

How Meghan Markle's fashion has changed since leaving the Royal Family. (Getty Images)

How Meghan Markle’s fashion has changed since leaving the Royal Family. (Getty Images)

Even before she married Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was used to being in the public eye.

Not only was she starring in courtroom drama Suits, but the then-actor was attending events and walking countless red carpets, so she has always known a thing or two about looking good in front of the camera.

But A-list events and even her own lifestyle blog The Tig, had to take a step back when she became a senior member of the Royal Family when marrying Prince Harry in 2018.

Cue high-neck midi dresses and work-appropriate pencil skirts for public appearances, and demure gowns for evening wear as the couple took on their duties on behalf of the monarchy.

But in January 2020, the couple made the decision to step down as senior royals, eventually moving their family to Montecito, California.

At the same time, Meghan turned 40 in 2021, so how has the duchess’ style changed since departing the Royal Family and heading into her 40s?

Firstly, unrestricted by protocol, or the unwritten fashion rules of ‘The Firm’, Meghan has been able to stretch her sartorial legs out again, trying out ensembles that she may not have been able to as a working royal, such as baring slightly more skin and shorter cuts.

Her wardrobe now also features more trend-led pieces. Meghan’s royal wardrobe was understandably quite conservative, but today we’re seeing a lot more experimentation with different silhouettes and designers.

Of course, she hasn’t lost her own sense of style. The classics – button-down shirts, blazers, indigo jeans – that she wore before are all still there, if even more refined.

As the Duchess of Sussex turns 41, take a look at how Meghan Markle’s style

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