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Kate Middleton Echoes One of Princess Diana's Most Iconic Looks

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Duchesses Dressed Like Diana: Side-By-Side Pics

Even decades after her tragic death, Princess Diana remains one of the most emulated fashion icons to date. Her influence in charity and fashion go hand in hand, and it has affected her two daughter-in-laws quite a lot.

As young royals (or former royals in the latter case), Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have shown that they know where to look when it comes to fashion inspiration. Both women are well-dressed in their own right, but the two duchesses have taken a cue from Princess Diana’s timeless looks over the years. The women have fashioned looks for every occasion that are so similar to Princess Diana’s — the likeness is truly uncanny. 

Here, in May 2021, Kate Middleton wore an outfit similar to the one that Diana donned in 1992. Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visited with representatives of Sikh Sanjog, a Sikh community group in the cafe kitchen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh. Diana wore her dress while visiting The Queen’s Medical Centre In Nottingham. 

To see more images of how Kate and Meghan take inspiration from their late mother-in-law’s timeless style, scroll through the rest of the gallery!


Kate Middleton and Princess Diana in a Tiara

Kate Middleton stuns in Princess Diana’s diamond tiara as she joins Prince William at a Royal State Banquet on October 24th, 2018. 

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Princess Diana and Kate Middleton in Similar White and Gold Gowns

Princess Diana in gold and white gown at banquet for German Ambassador in 1986. The look likely inspired Kate’s dress at a 2012 dinner in Malaysia during the Diamond Jubilee Tour.


Princess Diana and Kate Middleton in Similarly Patterned Ensembles

Princess Diana in a red houndstooth suit by Moschino during a royal visit to Canada in 1991. The Duchess of Cambridge in a red Catherine Walker houndstooth coat dress during a royal tour of Sweden in January 2018.


Princess Diana and Kate Middleton in Polka Dots

Princess Diana, in Victor Edelstein, awards a prize to Prince Charles’ polo manager in 1987. Kate visits the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London in 2013.

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Meghan Markle and Princess Diana in White Coats

Princess Diana wore this white Versace coat in January 1996 Meghan styled a similar white coat for her engagement announcement. 

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Meghan Markle Wears Princess Diana’s Ring

Meghan Markle wears a blue ring at her wedding reception. It was the same ring Diana wore to an auction of her clothes at Christie’s in 1997, as well as a 1996 gala dinner in Australia.


Princess Diana and Meghan Markle in Flowing Floral Dresses

Princess Diana in Saudi Arabia in November 1986. She wore a periwinkle tunic similar to Meghan’s Oscar de la Renta dress.

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Princess Diana and Megan Markle in Black Suits

Princess Diana at the memorial of photographer Terence Donovan in March 1997. Meghan Markle wore a similar suit to the Endeavor Fund Awards in February 2018. 


Princess Diana and Kate Middleton in Red Coats

Diana in Sandringham on Christmas Day 1993. Her coat was mimicked by Kate as she attended the Sovereign’s Parade At The Royal Military Academy in Berkshire in 2006.


Princess Diana and Kate Middleton in Fuchsia

Kate Middleton at Stephen Lawrence Center in 2015. She wore a look similar to Princess Diana’s at Abbeyfield Society annual general meeting in 1990.


Princess Diana and Kate Middleton in Black

Kate Middleton on Remembrance Day in 2016. It was incredibly similar to Diana’s look for the same event in in 1993. 


Princess Diana and Kate Middleton in Stunning Gowns

Princess Diana in Catherine Walker in Qatar in November 1986. The gorgeous gown likely inspired Kate, who wore this Jenny Packham look at the Palladium Theatre in London in November 2017.


Princess Diana and Kate Middleton in Light Blue Coats

Princess Diana in Catherine Walker at Easter services in April 1987. The look was replicated by Kate, who wore a Matthew Williamson coat while visiting Pembroke Refinery in Pembroke, Wales in November 2014. 

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Kate Middleton In Pale Pink Dress, Similar To Princess Diana

Princess Diana wearing Catherine Walker in Sicily during the Royal Tour of Italy in April 1985. Kate wore a similar style in Emilia Wickstead at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2012. 


Princess Diana and Kate Middleton in Blue

Princess Diana wore this Yuki ensemble before a dinner in Japan in May 1986. A similar frock was worn by Kate in Jenny Packham at a Bollywood gala in Mumbai, India in April 2016. 


Princess Diana and Kate Middleton in Red & Pillbox Hat

Diana arrives at Birmingham Airport in Catherine Walker in 1984. A very similar look was worn by Kate upon her arrival at Wellington Airport in New Zealand for the beginning of the Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand, 2014. 


Kate in White, Diana In Floral

Princess Diana garden party in Buckingham Palace in 1983. The white ensemble with floral detailing was an inspiration for, who wore a similar frock at the Kate Trooping of the Colour ceremony in 2017.


Kate Middleton and Princess Diana in Yellow

Princess Diana in yellow at 1983 British Royal Tour of Australia. The stunning dress was mimicked by Kate, who wore yellow in 2011 for her own Royal Tour in Canada. 


Kate Middleton And Diana, Both Pretty In Pink

Princess Diana at the Royal Ascot in 1987. She wore a pink ensemble that Kate took inspiration from at the Queen’s 90th birthday parade.


Kate Middleton And Diana Both In A Red Suit

Princess Diana’s charity appeal for the London Lighthouse in 1996. The red look was mimicked by Kate during her campaign for the 2017 Children’s Mental Health week.


Kate Middleton And Diana In Green

Princess Diana’s 1990 Italian State visit to London. The look likely gave Duchess Kate inspiration for her 2012 honoring of Irish guards.


Kate Middleton in a Blue and White Polka Dot Dress

Kate coming out of hospital after giving birth to Prince George. She looked just like Princess Diana did when she left the hospital with Prince William in 1982. 

This article originally appeared on Hollywood Life and is syndicated by Cheapism.