20 Times Kate Middleton's Style Was Influenced by Meghan Markle

20 Times Kate Middleton's Style Was Influenced by Meghan Markle
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Does Kate Middleton dress like Meghan Markle or does Meghan Markle dress like Kate Middleton? It's the million-dollar question. Or, y'know, just something royal fans think about once in a while. The Duchess of Cambridge has always been a style icon, but ever since Meghan Markle stepped onto the royal scene a little over a year ago, she's taken duchess fashion to a new level. With her cropped pants, messy buns, and dainty jewelry, long gone are the days of royal style being nothing more than classic and timeless. 

Controversial statement alert: We kind of think the Duchess of Sussex is influencing Kate Middleton's style. 

The Duchess of Cambridge has incredible style (See: The Kate Effect), but her looks have long-been associated with quintessential English Rose style. A dress. A little color. A pair of pumps. Recently, though, Kate has been going outside the box a bit with her clothes. Sure, she still always looks sophisticated and polished, but once in a while, she appears to be ever-so-slightly deviating from her go-to looks in favor of something a little more trendy. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially announced their relationship in the late summer/early fall of 2017, but, from our calculations, Meghan started influencing Kate's wardrobe shortly before they went public (likely when the women first met). And, yep, we're here for it. 

From snazzy pant suits to uber-high fashion gowns, here are 20 times Kate obviously took a page out of Meghan's book. 

  • BAFTA Babe

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    In February 2017, which is around the time Harry and Meghan began dating, Kate wore an off-the-shoulder, black and gold dress to the BAFTAs. Not her typical style, but damn.

  • LBD

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    Black sleeveless dress with a V-neck? Wait, is this Meghan's?

  • Embellishments

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    This dress is a little extra than Kate usually wears. 

  • Same Dress

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    Meghan has this dress in a different color. Twinsies!

  • Lady in Red

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    Another dress that Meghan totally would wear. Heck, maybe Kate's influencing Meghan!

  • Pants!

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    Meghan definitely would wear this differently, but the D of S definitely loves her some pants. 

  • Classic Meg

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    This dress is so Meghan. 

  • Sweet Cut

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    The sweet pattern and modern cut of this dress are definitely something we could see hanging in Meghan's closet. 

  • Yasss Queen  

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    We've always lived for this dress of Kate Middleton's, but maybe it was inspired by Meghan?

  • Shoe-In

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    This dress -- and shoes -- would totally work on Meghan, as well. 

  • Boots!

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    Would Meghan wear those boots? We sure think so. 

  • Off-Duty Duchess

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    Minus the face, this kind of looks like an off-duty shot of Meghan in between Suits takes. 

  • Pop of Color

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    Know who else loves red coats? Meghan! That said, Kate did wear it first. 

  • High Fashion

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    This dress was pretty high fashion for Kate. Did Meghan inspire her to go for it?

  • Dark Tones 

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    This dress style may not be Meghan, but the dark pattern is something the Duchess of Sussex might wear. 

  • California Comfort

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    This dress Kate wore in the summer is definitely a look Meghan would rock — with a fedora, of course. 

  • Pants-troversy!

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    OK, this is SO something the Duchess of Sussex would rock. Business chic. 

  • The Perfect Shade

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    Would Meghan wear this? Not sure. But that color would look amazing on her. 

  • All Black 

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    All black? Definitely one of Meghan's signature looks. 

  • Meghan's Uniform

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    Black heels, black pants, and a cream coat? Hmm, where'd you get the inspo for that, Kate?

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