How Kate Middleton’s New Style Statement Echoes Meghan Markle

Kate Middleton appeared in a daring new look on Wednesday as she attended the annual St. David’s Day parade for the Welsh Guards, after Prince William turned colonel of the regiment in December.

The princess’ daring crimson longline coat by Alexander McQueen and color-blocked skirt have been paired with black leather-based equipment and a press release black hat which bears a placing resemblance to 1 worn by sister-in-law Meghan Markle again in 2018.

The felt-based pillbox type hat, designed by London-based milliner Juliette Botterill, contains a stylised bow embellishment with two crossed-quill black feathers.

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Kate Middleton photographed on the St David’s Day parade, March 1, 2023. And (inset) Meghan Markle photographed December 25, 2018. The Princess of Wales’ new hat bears a placing resemblance to a mode worn by Meghan in 2018.
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The hat is shut in type and aesthetic to 1 worn by Meghan on Christmas Day 2018 to a church service at Queen Elizabeth II’s Sandringham property.

The duchess, who had married Prince Harry in May that very same yr, wore a black outfit designed by former pop star, Victoria Beckham, for the event with the black pillbox type hat that includes bow detailing and crossed-quill feather embellishment being made by British milliner Awon Golding.

On Kate, the traditional type of her St. David’s Day ensemble harks again to the conservative type of royal dressing typically leant on for daytime engagements, one thing that has not enthused vogue consultants.

“The style is neat and chic with undertones of vintage,” royal vogue professional and movie star stylist Miranda Holder instructed Newsweek.

“It definitely suits Kate, as the princess—being blessed with a shapely figure and great bone structure—can get away with wearing many things that us mere mortals cannot—and although the hat looked elegant, for me it is lacking a little bit of drama and panache.”

Although usually neat in her styling, Holder observes that the princess’ new “working wardrobe” of longline coats and excessive neck blouses can start to really feel a little bit “staid.”

“It is possible to look refined and elegant without playing it safe,” she observes. “But alas, I feel that Kate’s aesthetic is feeling a little too predictable and conservative at the moment.”

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Hats
Kate Middleton (L) photographed sporting a Juliette Botterill felt hat on St David’s Day, March 1, 2023. And Meghan Markle (R) photographed sporting a hat by Awon Golding on Christmas Day, 2018.
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To Holder, the truth that Meghan selected to put on such the same hat in 2018 illustrates the purpose that it was a “safe” choice, as on the time, Meghan has defined, she was dressing to “blend in” and never stand out among the many crowd of extra senior royal ladies.

Meghan revealed this in her Netflix docuseries, by which she mentioned: “Most of the time that I was in the U.K., I rarely wore color.

“There was thought in that. To my understanding, you possibly can’t ever put on the identical shade as Her Majesty (Queen Elizabeth II) if there is a group occasion. But you then additionally ought to by no means be sporting the identical shade as one of many different extra senior family members. So I used to be like, ‘Well, what’s a shade that they will most likely by no means put on? Camel? Beige? White?’

“So, I wore a lot of muted tones, but it also was so I could just blend in. Like, I’m not trying to stand out here.”

According to Holder, Meghan’s model of the hat was chosen at the moment “because although smart, it was unobtrusive and not particularly memorable.”

Despite its security when it comes to aesthetic, this type of hat has been utilized by various royal ladies and continues to make an affect, royal professional Christine Ross instructed Newsweek.

“This style of hat is so classic and quintessentially British, with similar styles popping up at the races every year,” she noticed. “In fact, Kate has similar style hats in her own wardrobe and Zara Tindall owns the same Juliette Botterill hat in teal.

“Meghan undoubtedly selected the type in 2018 as a result of it’s such a traditional, flattering type, and Kate selected the type right now for its timeless enchantment.

“These cocktail hats are really versatile, pairing just as well with Kate’s classic red coat as it did with Meghan’s more trendy ensemble. Hats are such a royal wardrobe staple, elevating a great look from fashionista to Duchess of Dressing.”

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Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle photographed on Christmas Day at Sandringham in 2018. The sisters-in-law have each worn comparable types and patronised the identical vogue manufacturers over time.
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This just isn’t the primary time that Kate has appeared to take type cues from Meghan.

The princess was seemingly launched to the shoe model Aquazzura by her sister-in-law who turned one of many model’s most outstanding shoppers when she wore its sneakers for her engagement photoshoot with Prince Harry, and once more many instances afterwards.

Since 2021, Kate has included various Aquazzura’s shoe types into her wardrobe, together with a white and gold geometric type pump worn in the course of the Caribbean tour final spring.

Together with the black hat, Kate’s St. David’s Day equipment included a pair of black leather-based gloves with sample cut-out detailing. These have been first worn by Kate over a decade in the past at Prince William’s passing out (commencement) from Sandhurst navy academy in 2008.

James Crawford-Smith is Newsweek’s royal reporter primarily based in London. You can discover him on Twitter at @jrcrawfordsmith and skim his tales on Newsweek’s The Royals Facebook web page.

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