Tuesday 25 September 2018

Kate Middleton has been ditching protocol to steal some of Meghan Markle's signature style

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge departs the Nobel Museum during day one of her Royal visit to Sweden and Norway with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on January 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge departs the Nobel Museum during day one of her Royal visit to Sweden and Norway with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on January 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Talk of the town: Meghan Markle is set to make a speech at her wedding to Prince Harry. Photo: Getty Image
Britain's Prince Harry's and his fiancee Meghan Markle visit Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, Britain, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Arthur Edwards/Pool
Britain's Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William visit the Hotel des Invalides in Paris, France, March 18, 2017. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway as she arrives to Oslo Gardermoen Airport on day 3 of their visit to Sweden and Norway on February 1, 2018 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive to Oslo Gardermoen Airport to meet with Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway on day 3 of their visit to Sweden and Norway on February 1, 2018 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway as she arrives to Oslo Gardermoen Airport on day 3 of their visit to Sweden and Norway on February 1, 2018 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Crown Prince Haakon as she arrives to Oslo Gardermoen Airport to on day 3 of their visit to Sweden and Norway on February 1, 2018 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives to Oslo Gardermoen Airport on day 3 of her visit to Sweden and Norway on February 1, 2018 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker (C) and stylist Natasha Archer (R) arrive to Oslo Gardermoen Airport on day 3 of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Sweden and Norway on February 1, 2018 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway as she arrives to Oslo Gardermoen Airport on day 3 of her visit to Sweden and Norway on February 1, 2018 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway as she arrives to Oslo Gardermoen Airport on day 3 of her visit to Sweden and Norway on February 1, 2018 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William visit the Hotel des Invalides in Paris, France, March 18, 2017. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Trocadero, where they attended a "Les Voisins in Action" event highlighting the strong ties between the young people of France and the UK, during an official visit to Paris, France
Crowds greet Britain's Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle during a visit to Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, Britain, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Ben Birchall/Pool
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

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.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Nobel Museum during day one of her Royal visit to Sweden and Norway with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on January 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Ian Vogler - Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Nobel Museum during day one of her Royal visit to Sweden and Norway with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on January 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Ian Vogler - Pool/Getty Images)

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.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge departs the Nobel Museum during day one of her Royal visit to Sweden and Norway with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on January 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge departs the Nobel Museum during day one of her Royal visit to Sweden and Norway with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on January 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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).

Crowds greet Britain's Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle during a visit to Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, Britain, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Ben Birchall/Pool
Crowds greet Britain's Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle during a visit to Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, Britain, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Ben Birchall/Pool

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.

Britain's Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William visit the Hotel des Invalides in Paris, France, March 18, 2017. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Britain's Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William visit the Hotel des Invalides in Paris, France, March 18, 2017. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

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