How Princess Diana’s style is still influencing Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle

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Princess Diana was celebrated for her incredible fashion sense when she was alive, and her daughters-in-law are still paying homage to her amazing style 25 years on from her death. 

The mother of Prince William, now 40 and Prince Harry, 37, knew how to pick a look and make it work for her busy royal life. 

Each of her outfit was an event in itself and would capture the world’s attention every time she stepped out, and Kate Middleton, 40 and Meghan Markle, 41, have turned to their husband’s late mother for fashion inspiration.¬†

‘Kate and Meghan are showing their respects for the late princess Diana in their fashion,’ celebrity fashion stylist Rochelle White told FEMAIL.¬†

25 years after death, Princess Diana's style is still inspiring her daughters-in-law Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. Diana at a gala in Swansea in 1981

Kate pictured in Kingston during hers and Prince William's tour of the Caribbean in March

Kate pictured in Kingston during hers and Prince William's tour of the Caribbean in March

25 years after death, Princess Diana’s style is still inspiring her daughters-in-law Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. Left: Diana at a gala in Swansea in 1981. Right: Kate pictured in Kingston during hers and Prince William’s tour of the Caribbean in March

Diana wearing a custom Catherine Walker gown in n Austria in 1986

Diana wearing a custom Catherine Walker gown in n Austria in 1986

Meghan Markle wearing a similar gown in January 2019 in London

Meghan Markle wearing a similar gown in January 2019 in London

Diana wearing a custom Catherine Walker gown in n Austria in 1986. Meghan Markle wearing a similar gown in January 2019 in London

Diana wearing a beautiful white traditional outfit during a visit to Pakistan in the 1990s.

Diana wearing a beautiful white traditional outfit during a visit to Pakistan in the 1990s.

Kate picked a similar outfit for her own visit to the country in 2019

Kate picked a similar outfit for her own visit to the country in 2019

Diana wearing a beautiful white traditional outfit during a visit to Pakistan in the 1990s. Kate picked a similar outfit for her own visit to the country in 2019

‘Diana was know as the ‘People’s Princess’ and also a fashion icon for style. Both Meghan and Kate are from ‘normal backgrounds’ and can probably relate to a lot of her past looks.

‘Each look at they have rocked has been a mix of casual, chic, stylist and elegant which I feel shows both of their personalities but with added royal glam.

‘Kate usually wears more elegant or traditional looks with a mix of high-end and high street.¬†

‘While Megan is much more contemporary and fashionable, which could steam from her being from LA and on red carpet events, where the media and press would ask ‘who you are wearing’.¬†

‘Over the past few years I feel Megan’s look has definitely become fashionable and relaxed, that could be because she is back in LA. They both know how to turn it on, bring elements of Diana in, but not lose the focus on who they are.’

In 1989, Diana donned nearly the exact same colour combination during a trip to Hong Kong

In 1989, Diana donned nearly the exact same colour combination during a trip to Hong Kong

In 2019, right, during a royal visit to Birkenhead with her husband, she donned a red coat from Sentaler over a purple dress from Babaton by Aritzia

In 2019, right, during a royal visit to Birkenhead with her husband, she donned a red coat from Sentaler over a purple dress from Babaton by Aritzia

In 2019, right, during a royal visit to Birkenhead with her husband, she donned a red coat from Sentaler over a purple dress from Babaton by Aritzia. In 1989, Diana donned nearly the exact same colour combination during a trip to Hong Kong, left 

Princess Diana in a stylish dotted white dress by Victor Edelstein and a matching hat designed by Frederick Fox in 1988 for Royal Ascot

Princess Diana in a stylish dotted white dress by Victor Edelstein and a matching hat designed by Frederick Fox in 1988 for Royal Ascot

Diana emulated Diana with a white dotted look for Royal Ascot earlier this summer

Diana emulated Diana with a white dotted look for Royal Ascot earlier this summer

Princess Diana in a stylish dotted white dress by Victor Edelstein and a matching hat designed by Frederick Fox in 1988 for Royal Ascot. Diana emulated Diana with a white dotted look for Royal Ascot earlier this summer

For Remembrance Day in 1991, Diana wore a round black capelin hat with a woolen black coat and three poppies pinned to her chest.

For Remembrance Day in 1991, Diana wore a round black capelin hat with a woolen black coat and three poppies pinned to her chest.

For her second Remembrance Day as a member of the royal family in 2019, Meghan donned a similar look

For her second Remembrance Day as a member of the royal family in 2019, Meghan donned a similar look

Meghan also turned to Diana for inspiration ahead of her second Remembrance Day as a member of the royal family in 2019. She donned a round black hat with a black double breasted woolen coat for the occasion, and a large red poppy on the left lapel of her coat. The look reminded royal fans of a look Diana donned for Remembrance Day in 1991, left

Mother-of-three Kate has perfected the art of making subtle nods to her mother-in-law without being too on the nose. 

Earlier this year, during hers and Prince William’s tour of the Caribbean, she wowed in Kingston with a number with a tulle skirt in forest green.¬†

It was reminiscent of another forest green dress Diana wore more than 40 years ago during a gala concert in Swansea in 1981. 

The Duchess of Cambridge also famously opted to wear a royal blue ensemble for the announcement of Prince William and her engagement in 2010, the same colour Diana wore for the announcement of her own engagement with Prince Charles in 1981. 

Diana and Prince Charles at the announcement of their engagement in 1981

Diana and Prince Charles at the announcement of their engagement in 1981

Kate Middleton and Prince William during their engagement in 2010

Kate Middleton and Prince William during their engagement in 2010

The Duchess of Cambridge also famously opted to wear a royal blue ensemble for the announcement of Prince William and her engagement in 2010, the same colour Diana wore for the announcement of her own engagement with Prince Charles in 1981.

Princess Diana rocking Bermuda shorts in August 1993 at the MGM Studios at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista

Princess Diana rocking Bermuda shorts in August 1993 at the MGM Studios at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista

Meghan donning similar shorts in New York city earlier this month

Meghan donning similar shorts in New York city earlier this month

Princess Diana rocking Bermuda shorts in August 1993 at the MGM Studios at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista. Right: Meghan donning similar shorts in New York city earlier this month 

Meanwhile, Meghan Markle has embraced Prince Harry’s mother’s style in more subtle ways.

In 2019, during a royal visit to Birkenhead with her husband, she donned a red coat from Sentaler over a purple dress from Babaton by Aritzia. 

In 1989, Diana donned nearly the exact same colour combination during a trip to Hong Kong where she donned a bright red jacket with a purple skirt, and a hat marrying the two colours together. 

Diana in a total blue look during a walkabout in 1992

Diana in a total blue look during a walkabout in 1992

Kate in a similar blue look during her visit to Scotland with Prince William in May last year

Kate in a similar blue look during her visit to Scotland with Prince William in May last year

Left: Diana in a total blue look during a walkabout in 1992. Right: Kate in a similar blue look during her visit to Scotland with Prince William in May last year

Diana donning a lamé pleated silver dress at the premiere of the James Bond film 'A View To A Kill' at the Empire in Leicester Square, July 1985

Diana donning a lamé pleated silver dress at the premiere of the James Bond film 'A View To A Kill' at the Empire in Leicester Square, July 1985

Kate in a similar lamé look at the No Time To Die World Film Premiere in September last year

Kate in a similar lamé look at the No Time To Die World Film Premiere in September last year

Diana donning a lam√© pleated silver dress at¬†the premiere of the James Bond film ‘A View To A Kill’ at the Empire in Leicester Square, July 1985. Right: Kate in a similar lam√© look at the¬†No Time To Die World Film Premiere in September last year¬†

Meghan also turned to Diana for inspiration ahead of her second Remembrance Day as a member of the royal family in 2019. 

She donned a round black hat with a black double breasted woolen coat for the occasion, and a large red poppy on the left lapel of her coat. 

The look reminded royal fans of a look Diana donned for Remembrance Day in 1991, where she wore a similar round black capelin hat with a woolen black coat and three poppies pinned to her chest. 

Diana in a red hound's-tooth jacket during her visit to Toronto in 1991

Diana in a red hound's-tooth jacket during her visit to Toronto in 1991

Kate in a hound's-tooth dress in red during a royal visit to Sweden in 2018

Kate in a hound's-tooth dress in red during a royal visit to Sweden in 2018

Diana in a red hound’s-tooth jacket during her visit to Toronto in 1991. Kate in a hound’s-tooth dress in red during a royal visit to Sweden in 2018

Princess Diana donning a red coat and a black hat on Christmas Day in 1993 in Sandringham

Princess Diana donning a red coat and a black hat on Christmas Day in 1993 in Sandringham

Kate Middleton in a red cozt and similar black hat at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst in 2006

Kate Middleton in a red cozt and similar black hat at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst in 2006

Princess Diana donning a red coat and a black hat on Christmas Day in 1993 in Sandringham. Right: Kate Middleton in a red cozt and similar black hat at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst in 2006