Meghan’s fashion muse: How the Duchess of Sussex has been drawing inspiration from Kate’s wardrobe. So will this lead to bickering between the sisters-in-law?
- Staff are said to be ‘baffled’ at the similarities between women’s wardrobes
- Meghan is thought to be struggling to adapt her attire to royal protocol
- Onlookers believed she may be looking to her sister-in-law Kate for guidance
- The royals have sported strikingly similar outfits during public engagements
She is still finding her feet as a duchess, so it’s perhaps of little surprise that the new Duchess of Sussex is looking to her sister-in-law for guidance.
But palace staff are said to be ‘baffled’ at the growing similarities between the two women’s wardrobes, as it’s claimed Kate’s staff think the resemblance to her own sartorial style is becoming ‘inappropriate’.
As Meghan settles into royal life, she is said to be drawing inspiration from Kate’s immaculate royal style, with a source telling the Sun on Sunday that it ‘hasn’t gone unnoticed’.
They told the newspaper that, while Meghan has always been a ‘style icon’ in her own right, she is finding it difficult to adjust from showbiz siren to demure duchess.
It comes as rumours of a rift between the two women continue to swirl, following the news that Meghan and Harry will swap Kensington Palace for Frogmore Cottage, Windsor ahead of the birth of their first child next spring.
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Kate in Manchester in 2015 (left) and Meghan in New Zealand in October (right). Palace staff are said to be ‘baffled’ at the growing similarities between the two women’s wardrobes, as it’s claimed Kate’s staff think the resemblance is ‘inappropriate’
Meghan’s white engagement coat from Canadian brand Line the Label (right) had strong echoes of a cream Max Mara Studio Gilles number worn by Kate in 2015 (left)
An official reason for the move has not been given by the palace, but insiders have cited a growing ‘tension’ between the two couples.
The source said: ‘Since joining the royals she seems to be a bit lost. Instead of finding her feet she is copying what Kate wears more often than ever.’
They added that it ‘makes sense’ for Meghan to follow Kate’s lead because the Duchess of Cambridge ‘has been in the family for years and know the protocol’.
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Kate married into the monarchy more than seven years ago, while Meghan is something of a newbie having tied the knot with Harry in May.
The Duchess of Cambridge relies on PA Natasha Archer to coordinate her wardrobe, while the Duchess of Susses is thought to be relying on close friend and fashion stylist Jessica Mulroney to help pick her outfits.
‘Kate’s team are a bit miffed she’s going down the same route as her and think it’s inappropriate, as they’re not as close as they were,’ the source added.
Kate in London in 2015 (left), and Meghan in New Zealand in October (right). Insiders have claimed that the new Duchess of Sussex is looking to her sister-in-law for guidance
All white on the night: The Duchess of Cambridge in Warsaw, Poland in July 2017 (left) and the Duchess of Sussex in Wellington, New Zealand in October (right)
True blue: Kate at Reach Academy Feltham in January 2018 (left) Meghan in a similar ensemble at an Armistice ceremony at Westminster Abbey in November (right)
Kate in Berkshire in 2012 (left) and Meghan in Edinburgh in February 2018 (right). As Meghan settles into royal life, she is said to be drawing inspiration from Kate’s immaculate royal style
The Duchess of Cambridge on a visit to the Solomon Islands, September 2012 (left) and the Duchess of Sussex on her way to a meeting in Rotorua, New Zealand in October (right)
On her recent royal tour of New Zealand, Meghan, 37, wore a grey check trench coat from Karen Walker that bore a striking resemblance to an LK Bennett number Kate wore in Manchester in 2017.
Similarly, her white engagement coat from Canadian brand Line the Label had strong echoes of a cream Max Mara Studio Gilles number worn by Kate on a visit to Portsmouth in 2015.
The Sun’s source also noted that Meghan has started wearing some of Kate’s favourite British labels such as Stella McCartney, Burberry and Mulberry.
‘Kate has even told Meghan what to wear in the past,’ the source said. ‘She’s not the kind of person to get annoyed that somebody likes what she wears.
‘But her team think it’s strange there are now so many similarities.’
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