14 Times Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Recreated Princess Diana’s Outfits, and It Was Truly Heartwarming
Many people consider Princess Diana to have been the most influential royal lady in fashion and she’s certainly made her unforgettable mark. Lady Di gave life to several trends, including the “revenge dress” and she made pearls fashionable again. Even modern royal ladies still draw inspiration from Diana’s impeccable looks and manage to look flawless every time.
We at Bright Side turned our eyes to Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle and picked out their most memorable outfits that were quite obviously inspired by Princess Diana.
1. 1989 vs 2019
The iconic red and violet outfit was just as impressive and fresh on Duchess Meghan in 2019 as it was back in 1989 when Princess Diana sported this unusual color combination first.
2. 1985 vs 2019
Princess Diana perfectly combined elegance and comfort with this sweet polka dot dress for a photo op at home in Kensington Palace in 1985.
Duchess Kate went with this polka dot dress for a more formal occasion when she attended the D-Day exhibition at Bletchley Park in 2019.
3. 1997 vs 2019
Sandhurst Military Academy happily welcomed Lady Di as one of their own when the Princess visited them in a drum majorette-inspired outfit in 1987.
The Duchess of Sussex took a page out of Princess Diana’s book and chose an elegant pill hat for a Commonwealth Service in 2019.
4. 1984 vs 2018
Kate Middleton made a sweet homage to Princess Diana when posing with her newborn son, Prince Louis at the Lindo Wing in 2018. As for Princess Diana, she was seen holding Prince Harry in 1984 at that very same hospital.
5. 1990 vs 2019
Princess Diana painted the night during The Diamond Ball in the perfect dress for the occasion in 1990 in London.
The Duchess of Sussex chose a similar sparkling number to wear to a Cirque Du Soleil performance at the Royal Albert Hall. She was pregnant with her and Prince Harry’s son Archie at the time.
6. 1995 vs 2016
Princess Diana and Kate Middleton demonstrate that a perfectly fitted suit doesn’t have to be a dull color to look chic. Here, Princess Diana was seen wearing this outfit during V-E Day celebrations, while Duchess Kate looked very professional during her first-ever solo trip abroad in the Netherlands.
7. 1982 vs 2020
Meghan Markle channeled Princess Diana’s beautiful green look for her last public appearance as a royal during a Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey. The Princess chose the outfit for the annual Trooping the Colour in 1982 when she was pregnant with Prince William.
8. 1986 vs 2018
Both Princess Diana and Duchess Kate have reminded us that you should never shy away from color with help from their magenta coats. Princess Diana donned the outfit during a visit to Vienna while the Duchess of Cambridge made her appearance at the Coventry Cathedral in the middle of January a bit more exciting.
9. 1997 vs 2018
Princess Diana knew it was hard to go wrong with red and the stunning gown became the perfect choice for a Gala Dinner in Washington D.C.
Meghan Markle, in her turn, marked the arrival to Tonga as part of her and Prince Harry’s 2018 tour of Oceania with this bright number.
10. 1985 vs 2019
2 festive white gowns for 2 different occasions: Princess Diana highlighted her royal status with this dress as she attended a reception at Washington D.C, while Duchess Kate shined during a movie premiere in London.
11. 1985 vs 2018
Meghan Markle was inspired by Princess Diana’s outfit from 1985 for her first-ever appearance at Royal Ascot in 2018 and didn’t go wrong.
12. 1983 vs 2017
Lady Di’s love for polka dots and bright colors was undeniable as she was seen in this lovely pink ensemble during a visit to Australia in 1983.
Duchess Kate knew her pink statement hat would be a great choice for Trooping the Colour in 2017 as it looked just as stylish on Princess Diana. Definitely a lovely outfit for the summer!
13. 1982 vs 2019
Princess Diana kept cozy with a chic green coat during a visit to Bristol in 1982 while pregnant with Prince William.
Meghan Markle’s nod to pregnant Princess Diana while carrying a baby herself didn’t go unnoticed as she glowed at the Commonwealth Day Youth Event in 2019.
14. 1983 vs 2019
Kate Middleton needed to look her best for the BAFTAs in 2019 so she channeled Princess Diana’s one-shoulder gown she wore to the James Bond premiere. When in doubt, turning to Lady Di is the safest bet.
Which of these beautiful looks was your favorite?