Meghan Markle is well known for her style choice. But It seems she’s getting fashion inspiration from a rather surprising source…
Since she started dating Prince Harry back in 2016, the world has become completely obsessed with the former actress.
Meghan became the Duchess of Sussex, making her the first mixed-race American woman to join the royal family.
Since the wedding, Meghan has taken part in many royal tours and visits all around the world. And having her first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor hasn’t stopped her from fulfilling her duties.
Her beautiful looks and elegant demeanor captured hearts all around the world, and her work for feminism and women’s charities has set an excellent example within the royal family.
Meghan was quickly criticized upon her entrance into the royal family, and not all complaints were because she “wasn’t royal enough.”
A family feud with her father, Thomas Markle, was quickly made very public and, when he didn’t attend the wedding, the heat was turned onto Meghan.
Thomas Markle made claims back in 2018 on British television breakfast show, Good Morning Britain, that Meghan had simply “ghosted” him, saying:
“I’ve still never met my son-in-law. Why couldn’t Prince Harry have got on a plane and flown to see me to ask for her hand?”
Sources said that “it’s a terribly sad situation but Meghan has made the very difficult decision that she doesn’t have an active relationship with her father anymore.”
“It’s obviously heartbreaking for her but she has to protect herself, her husband and her son.”
Reports came through that Meghan was extremely high-maintenance in the palace and servers who worked for her had reportedly even quit their jobs due to her behavior.
Of course, none of these reports are reliable, but they certainly made their way through newspapers around the world.
It was reported that Meghan left Kate “in tears” after a strict bridesmaid fitting for Princess Charlotte.
But, despite many claims that the sisters-in-law are actually very close, tabloids in both the U.K and the U.S. like to state otherwise, saying that Kate is “fed up” of Meghan’s high-maintenance attitude.
Amid current conversations about climate change, many people have noticed that the couple often use a private jet to fly from one part of England to the other, an extremely wasteful method of travel that will ultimately damage the environment.
But, of course, Meghan was the one who faced most of the heat for this.
The couple also recently made £2.4 million refurbishments to their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage, which British taxpayers were not happy about – this was obviously all Meghan’s fault too.
She was repeatedly mom-shamed after paparazzi snaps emerged of her “awkwardly” holding baby Archie – a struggle that any new mom can totally relate to.
Shaming a new parent is completely uncalled for, and this made it very obvious that the press were desperate to stir hate.
Meghan’s eventful life was something that the papers simply loved to pick apart…
And it seemed that British tabloid paper, The Mail on Sunday, took things a step too far when they published an intimate and private letter that Meghan wrote to her father earlier this year.
This decision came as Prince Harry made a highly personal attack on the British tabloid press over the treatment of his wife, saying that he could “no longer be a silent witness to her private suffering.”
The royal couple announced via their joint Instagram page that they were stepping down as senior members of the royal family.
“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen,” the post read.
“We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.
“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”
This is a huge deal.
And, obviously, their decision has shaken things up.
“We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties.”
Some were outraged, claiming that Meghan and Harry shouldn’t be able to rely on the taxpayer while they becoming finically independent.
The reactions have been strong, to say the least.
According to the BBC, no other senior members of the Royal Family were consulted – including the Queen – and Buckingham Palace is “disappointed.”
The report also claims that senior royals are said to be “hurt” by the controversial announcement.
It’s safe to say the pair haven’t been thrilled with their royal roles, especially given the negative press they constantly receive. But it seems there were 2 key moments that triggered their decision – and they are thanks to the Queen.
The newspaper said: “The Times understands that the Sussexes were upset at the release of the ‘line of succession’ photograph and saw it as a signal that they were being excluded from royal life.”
The snap saw the Queen smiling alongside her heirs Prince George, Prince William, and Prince Charles.
Many people were quick to point out that there were no photos of Meghan, Harry, or baby Archie on display on the desk.
“They will have taken the same message from the fact that there were no images among the framed photographs on the Queen’s desk when she delivered her Christmas Day message,” the report added.
“Their decision to ‘step back’ from royal duties was, in part, triggered by those signals.”
TMZ added that the death of Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, is incredibly important in the decision made too.
What exactly does a real-life princess do when she leaves the royal family?
She goes out and does her own thing.
And first things first… Sign a deal with Disney.
But she won’t be profiting from it.
According to ABC, the Duchess of Sussex, or more accurately, the former Duchess of Sussex, has signed the deal to do some voice-over work for Disney in exchange for a donation to Elephants Without Borders.
Elephants Without Borders are an organization that help track animals and protect them from poachers – so it certainly seems like Meghan is doing the right thing.
And she clearly has excellent taste.
And some pretty stunning photos emerged, with Meghan radiating with happiness.
Meghan’s final outfit looked rather familiar to royals fans.
Pictured here at the Trooping of the Color in 1982.
And this isn’t the only time Meghan seems to have taken style inspo from her late mother in law.
Meg rocked this look at the Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England.
During a Royal visit to Bristol while pregnant with Prince Harry.
Meghan went for this stunning dress during a trip to watch the Cirque du Soleil in 2019.
She wore this dress during a 1990 visit to the Royal Lancaster Hotel.
Meghan boldly chose bright red and purple during a 1990 visit to Birkenhead in northern England.
Diana wore a similar color combo back in 1989 in Hong Kong.
Meghan chose this demure dress for her first solo royal appearance in 2018.
Way back in 1986 during a visit to Saudi Arabia.
Meghan went for this classic look at Royal Ascot in 2018.
Also at Royal Ascot, but back in 1985.
Meghan opted for this look for the WellChild Awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel on September 4, 2018 in London, England.
When she attended a Phil Collins concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
Meghan opted for the pattern during a visit to Scotland in 2018.
Diana wore the same print to the Bute Highland games in 1987.
Meg opted for an oversize white shirt and blue jeans combo for the 2017 Invictus Games.
Diana wore the same look back in the day.
Meghan wore the look for the evening portion of her 2018 wedding day.
Di wore almost the same dress to a reception at Spencer House.
Meghan wore the fabric while adorably watching a game of Jenga in Wales in 2018.
She wore it while travelling from London’s Paddington station in 1988.
Meghan looked otherwordly after her appearance on the Today Show.
She wore a similar gown to the Just Like A Woman premiere.
Meghan wore the accessory to an Anzac Day dawn service at Hyde Park Corner on April 25, 2018 in London, England.
Diana wore the same look on a walkabout in Munich on November 04, 1987.
Meg went for the androgynous look on a trip to Ireland in 2018.
On a night out in 1987.
Meghan worse this simple number to a 2018 polo match.
Diana wore the same look to a visit to Tashinkaya Hospital in Moscow in 1995.
Meghan wore the cute look to the 2018 Trooping the Color.
Diana rocked a similar look at a Gala Performance By The Royal Ballet At The Berlin Opera House, Germany on November 1, 1987.
These classic hats make a statement – as Meghan proved at the Commonwealth Youth Forum in 2018.
Diana wore the same hat style at the Braemar Highland Games on September 1982 in Scotland.
Meghan wore the print to a 2018 summer wedding – in a dress by Oscar de la Renta.
Diana wore the same print during a 1986 visit to Saudi Arabia.
Meghan wore the chic look to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetin on April 18, 2018 in London.
Diana wore the same print visiting Sheffield, UK.
Back in her acting days, Meg wore this number to a Suits premiere.
It’s a very similar style to this look by Lady Di.
Meg rocked this look to a visit to Johannesburg in 2015.
Hers was by Versace!
These two are spookily similar …
Both Diana and Meghan wore the ensemble for remembrance day services.
Complete with identical arm-slits …
And both look absolutely stunning.
Meg wore the garment when announcing her engagement to Harry.
Diana wore the same look at a 1996 lunch.
Meghan wore hers to the Terrance Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017.
Diana is such a style icon here.
Pre-royalty, Meghan opted for this number for the 2013 VMAs.
Wearing the gown on a trip to Chicago in 1996.
Meg wore the shade to the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 13th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on October 28, 2014.
Diana opted for the same tone at the film premiere of Haunted on October 26, 1995 in London, England.
Meghan wore the shade to the Your Commonwealth Youth Challenge reception at Marlborough House on July 05, 2018 in London, England.
Back in 1995, and looking radiant.
Meghan wore this skirt on a walkabout on October 31, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand.
She wore this dress on a 1992 trip to Egypt.
Meghan went for the print for a Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tour, in 2018.
She wore this frock while visiting Freemantle Hospital in 1989.
Meghan wore his Smythe coat in 2018.
Diana chose a remarkably similar coat at The Glasgow Garden Festival in 1988.
And it’s not just Meghan who finds style inspiration from Diana. Scroll on for all the times Kate Middleton twinned with Lady Di.