Kate Middleton has been ditching protocol to steal some of Meghan Markle's signature style
Even some of the world's most stylish women need to take inspiration from somewhere.
For Audrey Hepburn, it was timeless elegance by designers of the era like Givenchy; for Diane Von Furstenberg, her divorce that inspired her to create her iconic wrap dress and Kate Middleton has been looking within her family, stealing some of her future sister-in-law Meghan Markle's signature style.
Always a stickler for protocol, Kate has been a revelation in the British royal family, proof that commoners can not only abide by the pomp and circumstance of being a princess, but surpass their blue blood other halves in popularity.
While Kate's every move gets dissected by just about everyone with internet access, there are reasons behind most of her choices of dress.
Her long-standing preference of a clutch is in keeping with royal etiquette: she prefers to hold her clutch in both hands to avoid shaking hands when it might create an awkward situation. And the modest clutch has a long-standing purpose with the British royals.
Princess Diana used clutches to cover her cleavage when exiting a car and Queen Elizabeth uses her bags as a signal to her aides as to when she wants a conversation to end (when she moves her handbag from one arm to another, it's time to move things along).
But with Meghan Markle, American actress turned future princess, stepped out for her first royal engagement, she shunned protocol in favour of a standard handled purse - well, it wasn't that standard, it it costs €600 - but it was another indication that she wouldn't be changing her image for her in-laws.
And it looks like Kate took note. During her two-day tour of Sweden, she wore nearly exclusively handbags with handles, including a Chanel calfskin bag with enamel handle she first wore to Paris in 2017.
Coupled with the injection of colour we were treated to during her two days exploring the country, it marks the second chapter of Kate's 12-month makeover, the first being her dramatic haircut last summer, famously chopping six inches off her hair.
Long may it continue.