Duchess Kate ‘has also been advising Meghan Markle about royal fashion’

Meghan Markle and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva in London

I hope you ladies and royalists like dumb stories about Meghan Markle, because we’re going to be getting a lot of those in the lead up to the royal wedding in May. Today’s dumb story is an Entertainment Tonight exclusive, and it’s all about how the Duchess of Flashing is giving Meghan some “advice” about fashion and dressing-while-royal. I suppose there are people who will buy this story, but it’s soooo dumb.

Meghan Markle isn’t a member of the royal family yet, but she’s already reinventing princess fashion. While the 36-year-old Suits star has been bringing her personal style to all her official royal engagements — messy buns and trousers — expect her evolving fashion to pay tribute to the late Princess Diana.

“Like Kate, expect Meghan to make the occasional nod to her husband’s fashion icon mother,” a source tells ET. “Both Kate and Meghan will no doubt honor Princess Diana with designs that reflect her likes and style.”

Meghan is also getting advice from Kate Middleton, who according to the source “has also been advising Meghan about royal fashion, what protocol is expected and how she may have to adapt in the future. She has provided Meghan with names of some of the favorite U.K. go-to designers on everything from dresses, coats and the all-important British hat,” a source tells ET. While Meghan will need to adapt to longer hemlines and cut back on sleeveless dresses for more conservative attire at royal functions, she has still charted her own path by going bare-legged instead of wearing the nude stockings favored by most members of the royal family.

As for Meghan’s messy bun that everyone keeps talking about, well, there is no rule for royal hairdos. “There is no royal protocol for hairstyle. Kate often styles her hair in casual ponytail at more informal events, and Meghan’s messy bun was an attempt to fit in with the young people she was meeting in a similar casual setting with Prince Harry,” the source explains.

[From ET]

Kate has never met a royal protocol that she didn’t bungle. In fact, Kate screws up so much that royalists tend to make up imaginary new protocols to justify her fashion missteps. Kate has gone without pantyhose too and the world didn’t end. Kate used to wear her hair down and in her face at every event. She still wears her coat inside at event after event. She “forgets” to add weights to her dresses and skirts, so she’s flashed people (and photographers) in nearly every country she’s ever visited. Oh, and not to mention – Kate’s style often sucks. If she’s not clad in a Victorian doily, she’s wearing a loose, flyaway miniskirt or ass-clutching jeggings. From the past few months, it seems more like Kate is taking style tips from Meghan, if anything.

What else? Us Weekly has a story about how Meghan is really broken up over the fact that so many of her distant Markle relations are so shady and they’re all trying to sell her out. A source told Us Weekly, “Meghan is really worried about some these members of her family. She hasn’t spoken to them in years. She’s lost sleep over relatives who’ve screwed her over. It’s the one thing she’s struggled with most since meeting Harry, especially after the engagement.” The source goes on to say that Meghan is “finding it really hard to trust people she meets now.” Wait, why is she distrustful of NEW people? The people who have sold her out have been around for years – they are her half-siblings (whom she barely knows) and her former childhood friends. Ugh, poor Meg. I do believe that she probably does have a close circle of people she really trusts though.

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  1. Lizzie says:

    i’m just imaginging a 30 slide powerpoint on buttons

  2. yanni says:

    Curious what these imaginary new protocols are that royalists make up.

    • Goats on the Roof says:

      They said Kate couldn’t wear black to the BAFTAS because it is a “mourning color,” despite the fact she has worn black on a dozen occasions at least, including the BAFTAS the year before. They also say silly things like, “she’s Royal, she can’t take her coat off” to excuse Kate never taking her coat off at functions when the likely explanation is she really doesn’t plan on staying all that long. She’s usually in and out in an hour, and that’s generous.

      • LAK says:

        Do you remember when she averaged 20mins? I think that was 2015/2016. Good times.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I remember the 15 minutes at a hospice.

      • FLORC says:

        Or that she couldn’t wear trousers to excuse her miniskirts. Couldn’t wear smaller heels or flats because protocol customized for her said she needed heels.
        There were absurd justifications.

      • Lorelei says:

        15 minutes at a hospice? Damn.

      • LAK says:

        Oh my Nota…..those 15mins whilst on tour. The headlines made it seem as though she had spent hours there. As they do for all her engagements. Yet 15mins, 10 of them giving a very poor speech in which she thanked NZ (or was it Australia) for hosting them, and swiftly departed.

      • Dixiebells says:

        I’ve always thought this mythical royal protocol thing is such bullshit. Like fine. They’re a super formal family. That’s it. I’ve never bought the argument that a reasonably smart outsider couldn’t figure it out in due time. It’s not THAT complicated to just defer to the queen and dress conservatively. That’s basically what it all boils down to no? And I look back on Di and Fergie, who supposedly came into it with some level of aristocratic knowledge, and they still succumbed to scandal and divorce and everything else. I dunno I’m just so over the constant articles about how hard and overwhelming it is to curtsy to the queen and use the correct fork.

  3. CTgirl says:

    The struggle is real.

  4. Toot says:

    I think only one childhood friend sold her out, but I completely understand why she’d just stick with the friends she had before Harry because new people may have ulterior motives.

    I know she’ll always be friendly, but her inner circle will be the same as it was, more than likely.

  5. heh says:

    everything kate suggests meghan does the opposite. ok, the title of this post makes 100% sense now.

    • Mmmo says:

      Megan has a really nice style and dresses like a WOMAN. I hope she won’t start dressing like a child going to church now.

    • Liberty says:

      Heh, that was my instant first thought too! “Wedges and buttons!” (Errr,I have a fear of both.) Hot pink at funerals! (Mmmm, you are already so good at it, Kitty, you keep that one.) Expose your bum or bits at every opportunity! And flip that skirt high on thong days!, (Uh, I could never live up to yours!) Hold a clutch over your tum or ladybits, and grin! (Why, um, I am too used to my little handbags…) Nautical! And 1949s little girl coats, you can’t go wrong! (Goodness, I just don’t have your sporty country girl look, so I am forced to pass.)…..

      • Scarlett says:

        Not forgetting the cameltoe jeggings ,especially for leg humping visits with Ben Ainslie.

  6. HeyThete! says:

    Wow….I never realized how much their faces look the same?! That too photo they look like sisters!

    • Goats on the Roof says:

      I really don’t see it.

    • Goats on the Roof says:

      Damn! Duplicate post.

    • FLORC says:

      I can’t see any resemblance.

    • gingersnaps says:

      I don’t see any resemblance at all.

    • Milla says:

      When i first saw Meghan i thought she was prettier Pippa. So, yeah, i can see the resemblance.

    • Masamf says:

      @HeyThete, really? Are you being serious or just kidding?

      • HeyThete! says:

        I’m being serious. Shape of face. Curves of eyes nose eyebrows. They are both pretty but I think they look the same in that top photo!

    • Erinn says:

      In that top photo I see it. Not necessarily because their eyes or nose or whatever are *the same* but the basic angles of their faces are similar. I get what you’re saying.

      • minx says:

        Yeah, I see their cheekbones and face shapes are similar. They’ve also both had very good, subtle nose jobs. Both attractive women, more so than their husbands.

    • Scram says:

      The only similarity I see in the top photo is their eyebrows, but I do think Meghan resembles Pippa a bit, so the sisters thing works.

      • Maria says:

        I don’t see the resemblance, but in that top pic Meghan looks a bit like Pippa. I do hope they are friends just because I think they are in the same boat, and they could support each other.

    • KiddV says:

      I thought the same thing. Not that they look alike, but that they could be related. Cousins, maybe.

  7. gingersnaps says:

    Hahahaha! Thanks for the laugh.

  8. Ms. Lib says:

    Megan has great taste and always wears appropriate outfits.
    She is awesome regardless of her ‘Royal’ status.

  9. LAK says:

    Meghan is doing it right. Kate has over egged the pudding.

  10. Miss Gloss says:

    Kate’s style is so fug. Kate is such a bore. I love you guys, but I don’t understand why you cover her as much as you do. Megan has great style and she certainly doesn’t need help from good ol’ weighty.

  11. FLORC says:

    For a while it’ll be articles about Meghan that are glowing compliments to kate. Then it’ll be passive attacks on Meghan to have glowing compliments for kate. Meghan will never have positive stand alone article.

    She’s doing fine. And currently kate is having no issues about working. No side articles about the kids. A difficult pregnancy. No complaints. This has never happened with her. And will continue until just after the honeymoon. Then we will see what the narratives and schedules show.

  12. Shotcaller says:

    They said the same thing about Kate and Chelsy so I doubt this is true.

    • Olenna says:

      Agree. I can be believe they talk protocol, and family hierarchy and such. But not fashion, unless it’s about how and when to theme dress.

      • Michelle says:

        But many girls love to talk about fashion. Why they should not? Meghan and Kate can give advice to each other. If i were in meghans situation, i would be a little bit worried about what i can wear as a royal to specific occasions, so i would be happy if kate or anybody else could give some advice. And like it or not but harry always seemed close to her and his brother so she will spend a lot of time with them. Doesn’t mean you must wear the exact same what kate wears.

      • nic919 says:

        Meghan is the same age as Kate and has developed her own sense of style. She has had to work and understands how to dress for different occasions. I don’t think she needs to be given advice from someone who still doesn’t get it right many years later.

  13. Talie says:

    I can actually believe that Meghan is deferring to her a bit…I noticed it at Christmas. She was listening way more to William and Kate than Harry. Which, seeing how temperamental William can be, is probably very smart.

    • Becks says:

      I can understand her deferring a bit to Kate in general – Kate has been a royal now for several years so she IS going to have some advice for Meghan and is probably going to help her a bit. Its the same as how, if you are a new employee, you may ask someone who has been there for a while a question about an event, or if you marry into a family you may rely on other ILs who have been in the family for a while for advice. So I don’t think its a bizarre or crazy suggestion that in general Kate is providing some support for Meghan.

      I just don’t think they are BFFs or that Meghan is asking Kate fashion questions.

      • LAK says:

        If i were MM, i’d take advice from Sophie and Camilla. Definitely not Kate.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Ditto, LAK. Sophie and Camilla have it down pat.

      • harla says:

        I agree Becks! I think they each have their own circle of friends and their own life so they might not interact a bunch but are friendly when they do. I just don’t get the constant need for them to be besties, especially from the press.

      • LAK says:

        Harla: it’s the legacy of Diana and Fergie who gave the press some fun and naughty moments (to sell) as two royal besties.

        Press wants a replay. Just as they tried to recast Kate as Diana2.0

      • notasugarhere says:

        Unfortunately for Sarah, she didn’t realize Diana would turn on her hard, early, and often.

    • Scram says:

      She probably does. I imagine it’s nice having someone around who also had to adjust into the family and is around the same age as you.

    • Cookiejar says:

      I think it’s her just being polite and building a relationship with “safe” members of the family (females), starting with the ones she wouldn’t ever be having affairs with. Say what you will, and I know it sucks, but male-female relationships just invite unkind comments from strangers.

      • magnoliarose says:

        Especially with them. The tabs would run with it and create something out of nothing.

    • HannahF says:

      @LAK–like the umbrella poking incident.

  14. Adele Dazeem says:

    Meghan, when in doubt, ask yourself: “what would the queen mother wear in 1960?”

    • Nic919 says:

      Also “has Diana worn this?”

      • Addie says:

        Is it the press or ‘the boys’ plus Kate who constantly reference Diana? I get that the press cynically plays the Diana card to make sales. Her sons, though, have done little with themselves when one considers the resources at their disposal but still play the Diana card when they need to get out of jail, PR-wise. Is Kate obliged by these men to cosplay or is this a tactic of her own to gain public affection, or is it a bit of both? If Meghan channels Diana… geez. Everyone needs to let Diana rest in peace and stop using her memory for their own personal gain.

      • Amy Too says:

        I find it creepy that kate or Megan would dress like Diana, or be encouraged to dress like Diana. What man wants their wife to dress like mother? Especially their dead mother? It seems so manipulative and just plain creepy and like you’re playing on people’s emotions, trying to ride someone else’s legacy. But especially for their husbands, it must be weird to see their wives dressed up as their mother. Not to mention that Diana was a fashion icon 20-30 years ago. Her clothes were very 80s and 90s and it just wouldn’t look as attractive, special, or fashionable now. I can see emulating Diana’s heart, her amazing way of interacting with people, her work ethic, but I’m weirded out by the wives of Diana’s sons trying to dress like her or look like her.

      • Liberty says:

        Nic and Adele —- you made me laugh out loud. Perfect.

    • homeslice says:

      Yase!!! Kate is totally into Diana 1980′s cosplay. That mint tent she just wore last week, anyone??? Thing is, Diana would have looked back at those outfits and shuddered. Kate, bless her heart, she tries…lol.

  15. Becks says:

    I don’t think Meghan needs help. Every outfit she has worn so far to a royal engagement has been perfectly appropriate and within the confines of any sort of “royal protocol.” I can imagine Kate telling her she needs to wear more boring dresses and wedges and Meghan being like….yeah, thanks, I’m good.

    Plus, to the extent that there IS any “protocol” or outfit restrictions for an event, I imagine someone other than Kate will communicate that to Meghan well in advance. (like, “this is a fairly conservative event in general” or “royals traditionally wear X for this event.”)

    Kate’s style basically goes two ways for public engagements – dresses with heels or athletic pants or jeans (if its an athletic event.) I think Meghan can figure out that on her own.

    I don’t know why this fluff story really irritates me but it does lol.

  16. Bridget3481 says:

    Getting fashion advice from Kate??? Bitch, please!!!! US Weekly is writing satire, I see.

  17. HK9 says:

    There are a lot of things Kate can do, advising on style & fashion is NOT one of them. Not after that mustard full length floral mashup she wore a few months ago??!!?? Naw, no ma’am.

  18. Ina says:

    Yess, I suggested this story yesterday because it’s so funny. I don’t think Meghan wants to flash us her bum or bedazzle herself in buttons. Kate is SO dowdy.

  19. Starryfish says:

    I needed a good laugh today.

  20. Cerys says:

    That headline gave me a laugh. If Meghan needs advice on lace, buttons, jeggings/heels combo, or wearing skirts that are too short then Kate is the perfect go-to person. For royal protocol, stick with Sophie or Camilla.

    • Addie says:

      If Meghan can comprehend Kate’s accent, the advice might have been:
      1. Don’t wear knickers.
      2. Don’t weight hems, and wear such dresses around aircraft.
      3. All the buttons in the nation are mine.

  21. MellyMel says:

    Bwahahaha!!

  22. equalitygadfly says:

    That top picture awoke my inner body language expert (granted, she’s wrong 76% of the time) . Could they both be leaning any further away from each other!?

    • Lady D says:

      Willing to give Kate the benefit of the doubt here. When you’re that pregnant, sitting in one spot for any length of time becomes uncomfortable. I’m sure she shifted many times during that session.

      • Betsy says:

        TOO TRUE

      • magnoliarose says:

        Truth. My 3rd would not stop pushing a foot into my ribs and I would press it down and back up it went. I was so uncomfortable. My children are tall and were born long so they found favorite positions for them but they weren’t for me. One acted like ADHD in the womb. Non stop movement. He’s my jokester and the most cheerful little boy. Always smiling and easy to please it is impossible to be sad around him.

    • minx says:

      I don’t get that. In fact, the top picture shows Kate leaning towards MM. As Lady D says, Kate is very pregnant and was probably shifting around to accommodate her baby and her bladder.

  23. Linda says:

    Most of the time I don’t like the way Meghan Markle dresses either. Coats are too big. Tops are wrinkled. Hair is messy or in face. There I said it. Neither one should be giving anyone advice. Looking through pictures she has lost a lot of weight too. Not looking as healthy as she did. It’s a lot of stress to be under.

    • minx says:

      I think MM has good instincts about fashion and what works for her. As has been said here, she needs proper tailoring because she is so tiny. And she needs a hairdresser who can help her with her ‘do for public appearances.

      • homeslice says:

        I agree with the instincts too. I think once she is “official” we will see impeccable tailoring. Really, to me, that is all that is missing. I love that she mixes separates. That is how most women really dress. Plus, I’m plain and like her no fuss approach.
        I can imagine she will take a liking to Kate, but I’m sure someone already whispered in her ear about where she should seek “advice”.

    • Veronica says:

      I don’t like the way Meghan dresses either, for the same reasons. But I think her basic taste is way better than Kate’s! I hope she doesn’t copy Diana – she is much shorter with a different body type. The same clothes wouldn’t work the same on her.

      I do think Kate (or Carole!) May have advised Meghan to wear the Irish colors to Northern Ireland. THAT I can believe!!

  24. Lucy says:

    Clearly, Meghan is having none of it. Also, is she (or Kate for that matter) obligated to pay homage to Diana through fashion? Is that all the legacy she’s left behind? I hope Meg doesn’t feel pressured to do that. If anything, she should stick to Carolyn Bessette as far as fashion icons goes. I feel like that goes much better with her style.

    • Natalie S says:

      Yeah, paying homage to your dead mother-in-law through your clothing choices is weird. Maybe wearing a favorite piece of jewelry is okay?

      It’s interesting though. Whether they’re labeled as good or bad, having someone else joining the family really shines on a spotlight on Kate’s choices.

    • Veronica says:

      CBK was probably 8 inches taller than Meghan is and had a totally different body type. Kate could pull off all CBK wore, but I think Meghan would do better looking to someone who has her own body type for inspiration.

    • Tata Mata says:

      CBK had a different colouring than Markle. She was blonde and fair-skinned and pale blue eyes and had a bony face with a long patrician nose. Her face was interesting-beautiful and had and interesting-haughty expression and people are compelled to look at it. Her body type was slim but slightly curvy and long-limbed. She had a very small bust. She was a classic beauty.

      http://people.com/royals/how-princess-dianas-death-rattled-carolyn-bessette-kennedy-and-left-her-terrified-of-the-paparazzi/

      Meghan’s colouring is darker: black hair and tanned-looking skin and she has a rather sweet round face. I just don’t get that classic beauty vibe from Meghan. She is pretty, yes, with a bust, too. But while Meghan has stick thin legs and arms she has no waist. Bessette had a waist and some hips.
      It seems to me that Meghan lost some weight lately, btw. Kate lost a lot of weight before the wedding, too. And to me it seems that both Meghan and Kate would be and look healthier if they gained Pounds 10-15.

      https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a13939395/meghan-markle-royal-last-name/

  25. Honey says:

    Hmpf. Now who is biggimg who up? Lol.

  26. HeyThete! says:

    I’ll be interested at how she starts dressing once the royal family pays for clothing after the wedding. I think she will play it safe a lot but every now and then give us something great!!! I’m excited!

  27. Dee says:

    Yes please, more wedding silliness. Anything to distract us from… well, every single bloody thing else in the news.
    Swatches, gossip, seating plans, I’ll take it all.

  28. Merritt says:

    I don’t think weights are going to do much in a strong wind. I put several bricks on top of an outdoor table protector, that was also tied down. The wind tossed the bricks off. So other than always wearing trousers or narrow skirts, there isn’t much you can do about the wind blowing your clothes around.

    • koko says:

      I agree. The smart thing to do would be to check the weather report for the area you’re visiting. Reports come out in 10 day advancements. Then she can choose the type of skirt/dress to wear/pack. I would rather do that then have an unfortunate pap photo.

    • Betsy says:

      Choose narrower skirts of stiffer material. Problem solved.

      • Merritt says:

        Or people can stop getting up in arms over wardrobe malfunctions. I’m not sure why people care so much. I can’t imagine caring about whether someone flashed a body part.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Not caring when a high-profile government representative flashes their bare ass at the Gandhi memorial? Nope, Merritt, we get to continue to be horrified that a 30-something cannot dress herself to a basic professional standard.

      • Merritt says:

        I imagine if the press covered most individuals the mean number wardrobe malfunctions would be higher than prudes like to think.

      • LAK says:

        Seriously, flashing your bare behind repeatedly as a grown woman is perfectly fine? To extent that the officials around you have to hold down your skirt for you? Or the fact that your flashing becomes headline news? And you still do nothing about it?

      • Merritt says:

        Wardrobe malfunctions happen to everyone regardless of age. And yes, it is not a big deal. I cannot imagine taking the time to count the number of times a person had a wardrobe malfunction. I’m more offended by creepers who aim their cameras in hopes of catching one and those who publish such pictures.

      • Bumble says:

        Just curious how long it’s been since a flash. Seems like a while, no?

      • Antonym says:

        A wardrobe malfunction is what you call the seam coming out on the back of my skirt today while I was at work. They’re something unexpected that you have to deal with (I managed to avoid flashing anyone in the office – I think 😳).

        The criticism here is not that Kate fell victim to a wardrobe malfunction or two, but that there are multiple times where she didn’t dress for the occasion which directly caused flashing. I think we can all agree that sometimes there is unexpected wind and you get taken by surprise. On the other hand there are some locations and events where you know it will be quite windy (e.g. on the tarmac) and it’s reasonable to expect a person to dress accordingly.

      • Merritt says:

        Unless someone is lifting their own skirt, then it is a wardrobe malfunction.

    • Claire says:

      I’ve seen a number of pictures where other Royals have had their dress blow up and expose their underwear. Getting your panties in a knot over seeing panties!!! Kate will never be forgiven. Just another petty excuse to rag on her if you ask me.

      • MissM says:

        Sometimes it happens no matter what you do. However almost all of those royals had proper undergarments on and it was a one time thing. Kate does it consistently and there are more then a handful of times where she flashed her bare bum. I don’t know about you but if I had that sort of track record at work I would be spoken to about the dress code. And not only that but most people felt sympathetic the first time it happened because it’s embarrassing but it keeps happening. After a certain point I stopped feeling bad for her and started to wonder why she kept allowing it to happen.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Big difference being it happened once or twice with other royal ladies, not the three dozen and counting for Kate Middleton. Once is an accident. Twice is a coincidence. Three+ times is a pattern/choice.

      • BrandyAlexander says:

        I think it’s been a few years now since it happened with Kate too. Commenters here act like she’s walking around daily holding her skirt over her head.

      • Nic919 says:

        If only it was her underwear. In all the fly ups you see actual ass, and that’s just the photos the photographers got published.

        Funny how Meghan has been accused of basically doing soft core porn, but she hasn’t exposed herself in her job to the same degree as Kate.

      • Msthang says:

        And then of course their was that major fly up in NZ, where she was standing at the top of the stairs, in a red coat dress with people standing at the bottom of the stairs,could see everything and and everyone was like you could make out her clitoris and then Love Lola said it was bunched up thong. Me thinks George is going to be humiliated by friends for that down the road, they won’t be able to resist!!!

  29. Sage says:

    I like a lot of Kate dresses and coats. It’s just on Kate it looks so bland. She does not possess an innate style sense or know how to accessorize. She does pick colours that flatter her, but that it’s.

  30. Lorelei says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    That’s all.

  31. spidee!! says:

    CLICK!

  32. spidee!! says:

    So Meghan’s style of having oversized coats is going to change to fitted ones with lots of buttons?

  33. So Cal says:

    I would hope that Meghan would stay away from labels that Kate has worn in order to promote a new designer that needs the attention to boost their designs, but there are so few high-end British designers that it may be difficult for Meghan to avoid labels that Kate has worn. For example, Meg wore Amanda Wakeley @ the Commonwealth event and Kate has worn Amanda Wakeley in the past.

    Meghan is internet savvy and perhaps while dating Harry she researched the fashion labels that Kate has worn and is copying her, which makes me ill. I don’t want Meg to wear the same labels as Kate, lol.

    It’ll be interesting if Kate is paying attention to what Meghan wears and wears Victoria Beckham in the future.

    I have no life, lmao.

  34. BooBooLaRue says:

    Royal fashion is an oxymoron.

  35. AnaShrugged says:

    Someone here recommended the parody The Windsors on Netflix…. I’ve watched both seasons and the Christmas special… hilarious! But it has also made me sympathetic to Kate (and her gypsy ‘past’) 😂

  36. Carrie1 says:

    SUITS started airing again this week with new episodes to finish off Meghan’s time there. I used to love this show but now it’s grating. Anyway, it’s back! right before the wedding.

  37. Tata Mata says:

    There is something Kate and Meghan have in common: no sexy hip/waist ratio but both have bodies that are straight as a plank.