Meghan Markle Initially Made a ‘Conscious Effort’ to Avoid Dressing Like Kate Middleton
Meghan Markle has worked over the past year to establish her fashion identity as a working duchess-and consciously create a style different from Kate Middleton’s, a royal insider tells ELLE.com. Despite salacious tabloids alleging Kate and her team are annoyed that Meghan has copied her, Kate is not actually upset by or jealous of Meghan, as the women have very different styles and interests. In fact, Kate has been helping her. “Kate has been on hand to help guide Meghan with advice about certain designers and royal protocol," the royal insider explains.
Meghan and Kate have different teams to plan their outfits. Meghan works with her friend and stylist Jessica Mulroney to review what she'll wear to events long in advance, as Mulroney is based in Toronto and visits Meghan only periodically.
But the differences between Kate and Meghan can be seen in the colors they choose (Meghan: more blacks and more muted colors; Kate: brights, prints, and pastels) and the designers they wear. While Kate and Meghan both wear designers like Emilia Wickstead, Erdem, and Amanda Wakeley to events, the two have different go-to designers-part of what makes their individual styles so distinct.
On the whole, Meghan know the clothes she wears matter in carving out who she is as a duchess, but she has tried-with the help of Mulroney-to choose pieces for events that aren't a giant distraction from her work. “Meghan is conscious of making her work wardrobe become too trend-conscious," the royal insider says.
"Meghan is still new to this and aware everyone still watching her and wants to be respectful and doesn’t want her style to take away from the very important work she’s doing."