Kate Middleton has taken style cues from the late Princess Diana for years. In fact, we’ve counted, and based solely on her public appearances, she’s done so 26 times. But the same can’t be said for newlywed Meghan Markle, who, prior to exchanging vows to Prince Harry, generally marched to the beat of her own sartorial drum. Until Saturday.
Over the weekend, Markle joined Harry in Stoke Rochford, Lincolnshire, for the wedding of Princess Diana’s niece Celia McCorquodale and George Woodhouse. She made waves thanks to a casual and breezy (and not cheap) Oscar de la Renta dress ($5,490; modaoperandi.com) plus a pair of Aquazurra shoes she reportedly also wore to her own wedding reception. However, there may be more to her look than meets the eye.
It turns out Markle may decided to honor McCorquodale’s late aunt by turning to Diana’s fashion archives. In November 1986, Diana wore a long-sleeve, tunic-like dress with pants and pointed-toe flats for a royal visit in Saudi Arabia. The design featured a blue floral, almost paisley-like print, similar to Markle’s de la Renta design.
Will Markle, like Middleton, suddenly begin honoring Diana through her fashion? It’s likely, given that her style has already evolved since she got married. Can we request bike shorts and college sweatshirts next? Thanks.