News Compare Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress to Kate Middleton's 2011 Gown By Olivia Bahou Olivia Bahou Facebook Olivia Solomon is a New York-based writer and editor who covers all things fashion, lifestyle, celebrity, and pop culture. She was previously the Assistant Digital Editor for InStyle, and her work has appeared in many national publications. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on May 19, 2018 @ 08:00AM Pin Share Tweet Email Meghan Markle’s stunning wedding dress is doubtlessly already inspiring couture bridal collections and fast-fashion brands alike, but before the “Markle Sparkle” took its effect on the fashion industry, there was another influencer shaping the latest trends: Kate Middleton. Markle’s new sister-in-law captivated audiences at her 2011 wedding to Prince William in a long-sleeve lace Alexander McQueen design with a nine-foot long train, inspiring countless similar gowns that hit the market in the months (and years) following. Prince Harry’s bride is likely to do the same with her Clare Waight Keller for Givenchywedding dress, and though it’s certainly unique to her personal style, we can’t help but notice some resemblances between her gown and Kate’s. Getty Images Like Middleton, Markle opted for a long-sleeved gown for the church ceremony, as is customary for the bride in a royal wedding. Both Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth also kept their arms covered on their wedding days. While Middleton walked down the aisle in an A-line gown, Markle opted for an open-neck design.The Duchess of Cambridge’s dress featured a V-neckline, kept appropriately modest for a wedding in front of the Queen. Similarly, Markle kept things conservative with her mid-sleeve gown and flowing train. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Ian Gavan/GP/Getty Images Getty Images Like her sister-in-law, Markle opted for a long train, though it looked shorter to the eye than Middleton's 9 foot one.