Fans of Meghan Markle are no doubt disappointed that they’ve seen less of the royal’s elegant style in recent months, after she took a six-week break and then stepped down from royal duties.
But those missing their dose of Meghan fashion need look no further than Kate Middleton, 38, who’s been adopting some of her sister-in-law’s signature style in the wake of her departure.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been seen embracing Meghan’s eye for sustainable brands, colour blocking and personalised jewellery in the weeks that have followed Prince Harry and Meghan’s step back from royal duties.
This week Kate was spotted wearing a jumper from an ethical designer as she visited Stockwell Gardens Nursery, while last wek she wore a camel coat almost identical the one Meghan wore during her visit to Canada House.
And in a nod to Meghan’s love for personalised initial necklaces, Kate even opted for a pendant engraved with George’s name during a visit to Cardiff.
Here, FEMAIL reveals the outfits worn by the Duchess of Cambridge since Meghan and Harry’s retreat from the limelight, that have seemingly been inspired by her sister-in-law.
Kate sports an £80 cream jumper from sustainable French label Sezane for her visit to Stockwell Gardens Nursery and Pre-School in south London, left, and Meghan (pictured right) opted for a pair of 22-karat gold earrings by ethical jeweler Pippa Small during her trip to Fiji
This week, mother-of-three Kate donned a Meghan-inspired ensemble by wearing an £80 cream jumper from sustainable French label Sezane for her visit to Stockwell Gardens Nursery and Pre-School in south London.
Sezane was founded in 2013 by Morgane Sézalory and was France’s first online only label. It stands against fast fashion by not over producing products and often selling out items.
Kate’s cream Tulio knit, which has sold out online, is made from merino wool – a more sustainable alternative to cashmere – and features a dainty lace collar.
Meanwhile, Meghan often opts for sustainable fashion labels.
The royal has worn ethical jewellery brand Pippa Small on on many occasions dating back to 2016.
Meghan opted for various earrings and bangles from the ethical London-based jeweller, including a pair of 22-karat Gold ‘Peepal Leaf’ Earrings for an engagement in Fiji, Herkimer Diamond Stud Earrings and Nosheen Stud Earrings.
She further bolstered her eco-friendly credentials in August 2019 by donning an £85 striped linen shirt by sustainable British brand With Nothing Underneath (WNU).
The label, founded by former British Vogue stylist and Tatler Editor Pip Durell, creates ‘sustainable wardrobe essentials’ and packages its designs in individual cotton pouches, rather than throwaway plastic.
Kate’s look again drew striking similarities to Meghan’s wardrobe last week, when the royal stepped out in a £349 Massimo Dutti camel coat (pictured left), much like the tan £345 Reiss number the mother-of-one wore during her visit to Canada House this month (right)
Kate’s look again drew striking similarities to Meghan’s wardrobe last week, when the royal stepped out in a £349 Massimo Dutti camel coat, much like the tan £345 Reiss number the mother-of-one wore during her visit to Canada House this month.
Both wool coats feature fold-down labels, a tailored waist embellished with buttons, buttoned sleeves and two pockets at hip height.
And proving they favour the same shops, the £89.95 brown silk skirt Meghan wore this month was from Massimo Dutti – the same high end high steet store Kate’s coat was from.
Meanwhile Kate paired her coat with Ralph Lauren boots, a brown leopard print Zara skirt similar in tone to Meghan’s silk skirt, and a poloneck jumper.
The outfit’s brown and tan colour palette echoed that of Meghan’s, who flew to London this month to visit Canada with Prince Harry, before she returned to Vancouver following their announcement that they would be stepping down as senior royals.
Both the royals proved be firm fans of longline coats. When appearing at the London nursery, Kate teamed her lace knit with a tailored teal coat (pictured left) which closely resembled the blue Smythe garment worn by her sister-in-law in September 2018 (pictured right)
Both the royals proved be firm fans of long line coats, with Kate wearing another one this week, which was again likened to a previous garment of Meghan’s.
Appearing at the London nursery, the duchess teamed her lace knit with a tailored teal coat which closely resembled the blue Smythe garment worn by her sister-in-law in September 2018.
Kate’s ensemble brought a splash of colour to a cold winter’s day and elongated the royal’s slender frame with its longline shape.
The design was similar to Meghan’s longline Smythe with her’s offering a sleek design with wide lapels.
Kate boasts a £1,070 Daniella Draper necklace engraved with the initials of her three children during a visit to Cardiff last week (pictured left) – while Meghan’s often seen sporting a gold chain adorned with the letters ‘H’ and ‘A’ (pictured right)
Mother-of-one Meghan also opted for a simple ‘A’ initial necklace when she made a surprise appearance at Wimbledon in July 2019
The two ladies of Windsor also share a love for personalised jewellery, with Kate boasting a £1,070 Daniella Draper necklace engraved with the initials of her three children during a visit to Cardiff last week – while Meghan is often seen sporting a gold chain adorned with the letters ‘H’ and ‘A’.
This month Kate was photographed proudly wearing a necklace that carried a disc engraved with Prince George’s full name – George Alexander Louis – and a heart-shaped charm inscribed with the letter ‘W’ for her husband William.
And though a precious token of love, it was hardly one of the Crown jewels, as it was a gift from her sister Pippa which was on sale for £89 from an online boutique.
The personal style of necklace is also loved by Meghan, who wore a dainty initial ‘A’ necklace as a nod to her then two-month-old son Archie when she made a surprise appearance at Wimbledon in July 2019.
In September, the Duchess of Sussex also kept husband Prince Harry and baby Archie close-by during her first trip away from her family when she arrived in New York.
The mother-of-one wore a gold necklace adorned with the letters ‘H’ and ‘A’ while watching her friend Serena Williams compete against Canadian Bianca Andreescu in the US tennis championship – and was pictured fiddling with her necklace as the game heated up.
In addition to the initials, the dainty piece of jewellery by brand Mini Mini, also featured two tiny diamonds, and retails at £125.
The sustainable French label worn by the Duchess of Cambridge
Sezane was founded in 2013 by Morgane Sézalory and was France’s first online only label.
It opened its first concept store, L’Appartement, in Paris and its debut UK store in West London earlier 2018.
Its known for affordable classics that aren’t overly trend-led, starting at £35 with nothing costing more than £200.
It stands against fast fashion by not over producing products and often selling out items.
Sézalory previously revealed that the brand has a deliberate strategy to sell out by producing less of certain items.
It only ever re-releases its best-selling items and monthly drops of limited edition pieces don’t come back once they’re sold out, so that customers know they won’t see everyone else wearing the same thing.
Typically the brand sells out as soon as new items drop and unusually for an online store, there are often more items you can’t get your hands on than there are available to order.