Even the Daily Mail has a story about Duchess Kate copying Meghan’s style

The Duchess of Cambridge made an appearance at the Natural History Museum yesterday. She got a private viewing of a new exhibition, and she also recorded a video to hype her appearance tonight at the museum’s virtual awards ceremony to name the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. I posted the photos yesterday, thinking that it wouldn’t be some huge story because – like so many of Kate’s “events” – there wasn’t much to it. She went to a museum, she recorded a video. It was blah. The most notable thing, it seemed, was Kate’s styling. As I said, Kate’s black Alexander McQueen blazer and black-suit vibe reminded me of She Who Will Not Be Named. Turns out, everyone saw it. Even the Daily Mail ran a story about it, with photo comparisons.

The Duchess of Cambridge appears to have taken style inspiration from her sister-in-law for her latest look. Kate Middleton, 38, was elegant in a £1,240 tuxedo jacket from go-to label Alexander McQueen and a black blouse as she stepped in front of cameras for a video filmed in the Natural History Museum in London.

Royal fans were quick to note how much it looked like an ensemble worn by the Duchess of Sussex, 39, to a London engagement in 2018. Accompanying Prince Harry, 36, to the Well Child Awards, Meghan was typically sharp and fashion-forward in a black trouser suit by Altuzarra, which she wore over a Deitas silk camisole and accessorised with a clutch by Stella McCartney.

[From The Daily Mail]

The 2018 WellChild appearance – where Meghan wore all black, including a slinky black camisole – was clearly the inspiration for Kate’s look yesterday. It’s creepy, right? It feels like Kate actually created a mood board full of images of her sister-in-law. That being said, Meghan wore black suits several times during her time as a full-time royal. She wore trousers a lot, really leaning into some cute, work-appropriate ensembles with lots of separates. This style was, at the time, anathema to the royal family and the British press. Meghan was constantly accused of breaking fictitious royal protocols and we were told repeatedly that the Queen hates it when royal women wear trousers, wear black when it’s not a funeral or wear anything other than button-covered Victorian coatdresses or giant doilies. All of those complaints just *disappeared* when Kate started copying Meghan’s style. As soon as Kate started wearing trousers regularly, suddenly she was the business-casual Future Queen! Anyway, always worth pointing out.

Plus, I just wanted to look at these 2018 WellChild photos again.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at the WellChild Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on September 4, 2018

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at the WellChild Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on September 4, 2018

The WellChild Awards 2018

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, WENN, Instagram.

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  1. Florence says:

    They’re turning on Kate the Great. Oh dear.
    :)

    Bonne chance Waity, you can’t get clicks without Meghan’s power! Enjoy the descent.

    • Kalana says:

      Maybe if Charles and the Queen won’t bring William to heel, the press will do it for them.

      And wow, in the middle of a pandemic, Kate thought it was a good idea to wear a nearly $2000 jacket just for a short video?

    • Bros says:

      She looks so stressed and strained in that video. Absolutely on edge and anxious and unnatural. She really should stop. The hand motions are killing me.

  2. bluemoonhorse says:

    But did the Daily Fail run an article comparing their criticism of Meghan’s outfit to their CEO praise of Kate’s?

  3. Kalana says:

    How much talent and intelligence is removed or suppressed to keep an all-white space? We lost out on seeing how much more Meghan could do with this platform because Kevin and Karen’s egos couldn’t bear it.

    • alexc says:

      Well you can’t get more white supremacy than the British aristocracy. They perfected it.

    • Yup, Me says:

      This is a great point. It’s also a great example of how white washing works. One person (or group or community) does something great and then the mediocre white woman (or man or folks or group or country) comes along and copy it and put their names and faces all over it as though they did it first and best.

  4. Ina says:

    Meghan wore it best from top to bottom.

    • Killfanora says:

      Yep yep yep!

    • BayTampaBay says:

      But one must admit that Kate looks good.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        BayTampaBay
        She does. Maybe darker on the hair, but good.
        That’s from having loads of work done with everyone else’s money and copying the SIL she and her husband ran out of the country because of jealousy.

      • Becks1 says:

        She does! this is a pretty good look for Kate. This is the kind of thing she should have been wearing for years, especially for in between events (Where a coat dress isn’t appropriate lol but a formal gown isn’t either). If it weren’t such a blatant copy of Meghan (I mean she could at least have worn similar outfit in navy blue or something lol) I would be applauding her.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        She does, its pretty much her best look in a loooooooong time plus as others have said this is the kind of outfit she should have been wearing from the get go.

        Thou I can’t with the 80s Dynasty hair and makeup. She looks better when she wears it in that sleeker style she was sporting a while ago.

      • L4frimaire says:

        I think it’s mostly because she’s tall, thin and rich. The jacket has a nice cut. However, head to toe black like this, in a tailored suit, does not look great on her and when ever she wears trousers, there’s always something off about the look. Something about her long torso or narrow hips. Most of us can look good in a good black panstsuit, her too, but this is not really her style.

      • Ina says:

        She looks good but in a very ordinary way, lacking in authenticity and originality. She’s empty.

    • Ronaldinhio says:

      This is the first formal thing I have seen Kate wear that I have enjoyed.
      I think she generally looks miles better when dressed down.
      Maybe she has been pushed into dressing a certain way and she never liked it. Perhaps the Duchess of Sussex kicked down few doors for her and she has graciously walked through.

      • 809Matriarch says:

        Graciously? Uh no.

        She walked through alright, after bulldozing Meghan out of the country.

      • MsIam says:

        Well she sure spent a hell of a lot of money on clothes she didn’t like.

      • ABritGuest says:

        I said yesterday looked fab& reminded me of how I preferred some of her looks when she first married in compared to recent years.

        Side eye her suddenly adopting this style after the Firm has helped run Meghan off though. It’s just very typical to see a WOC criticised for a style only to see a White woman be praised for an identical look

        If this was a natural part of her style why haven’t we seen her wear this look before Meghan was on the scene? Maybe she’s in a new experimental phase with her style & Cool if so but timing is interesting. It’s like how all those wardrobe repeats have stopped now Meghan isn’t on the scene and she’s been wearing a bunch of new clothes even whilst mainly zooming.

  5. Vanessa says:

    Kate has no personality no identity what so ever she spent a decade copying Diana she even put her kids in old clothes that William and Harry wore . Now that Meghan gone kate wants to appear more modern so she doing what kate does best which is copy another woman style .

    • notasugarhere says:

      She’s been copying Diana for almost two decades. She plenty of Diana-and-Me outfits during the dating years, at public events like William’s passing out at Sandhurst.

  6. Becks1 says:

    Hahahahaha. I did click through to this article and while the comments are predictable, the article itself is funny. It even includes a quote from twitter referencing Kate’s “farmer tweed” lolol. Its clear this was SUCH an obvious copycat move that even the DM cant ignore it.

  7. Jegede says:

    DM dragging Meghan’s name into it purely for clicks.😠😠

    The bigger story is that Kate didn’t make any front pages here in Blighty.

    OK I haven’t seen The Sun, but surprised she didn’t get her staples The Mail & Telegraph.

  8. Izzy says:

    Sorry, what’s that, Daily Fail? Suddenly Meghan was “sharp and fashion-forward?”

    Nice try, but one measly compliment after years of unfounded dragging will not get you back into the Sussexes’ good graces. They’re still going to ice you out.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      Something is up. Or maybe they noticed Kate got dragged for this copy cat move and they want in on those clicks.

    • Cookie says:

      Ok, that’s not actually true though. Yes, the DM has written some awful things about Meghan that I won’t even get into here. But they’ve also written many, many glowing articles praising her style. I’m not usually a DM reader but it was in their pages that I discovered Meghan’s style. She’s sometimes struggled with the cut and tailoring of her clothes, but even the most troll-y British tabloids have had to admit that she has an eye for fashion.

      • mytwocents says:

        no, the DM troll the readers to keep them on their toes. They do these kind of articles that appear to be kind to Meghan, but only because they know the uproar it will cause with their ‘base’. They are probably laughing behind the scenes. after they’re deleting all of my comments (eye roll)… they don’t allow any bad comments about Will and Kate, while of course allowing everything under the sun on Meghan. I made one or two references that Kate doesn’t have a perfect life as Will is cheating on her and they won’t allow any of that.

      • Cookie says:

        @mytwocents I have a hard time believing that the DM published 3 years of such trolly headlines as “Meghan cuts a stylish figure at…”, “Meghan looks casually chic while…”, “Meghan looks elegant in a…” just to inflame the rabid anti-Meghan base. And to your other piunt, the DM has routinely criticized Kate for being matronly, dowdy and staid –”duchess of drab” I believe they referred to her as. Another publication had this to say of their coverage back in 2016: “Here’s by no means an exhaustive list of things the Daily Mail has criticised Kate Middleton for: Grey hairs, Filling in her eyebrows, Looking frumpy, Looking tired, And now they’ve set their sights on her (gasp) unpedicured toes.” I think we can agree that the DM in general likes to reduce women to their physical characteristics.

      • Belli says:

        @Cookie

        They do sometimes go for snide/sarcastic/baity headlines. It’s not always on-the-nose malice. A classic is a headline like “Actress stuns on red carpet”, but then using an unflattering photo as the lead image. That gets the commenters clicking on the link just so they can add their “looool the only stunning thing is how ugly she is” below the line.

        More clicks means more revenue and giving people an opportunity to be mean or to contradict someone is a reliable way of getting that.

        The Fail know (and have engineered) how their readers react towards Meghan. They don’t post apparently positive headlines about her to get a positive reaction.

      • Cookie says:

        @Beli I’ve looked at a lot of those articles since 2017 and most of the time the malice just… isn’t there. Or it’s so subtle that it sailed right over my head, and likely the heads of most of their readership in that case. I’m not saying that the DM hasn’t trolled Meghan or published vile things about her, but it is demonstrably false that they have never been complimentary of her style and fashion choices in the past.

  9. JT says:

    Kate has no real sense of self, personality, or esteem. I wonder what she feels like when she’s at home and takes off her queen, Meghan, and Diana cosplay. Kate has been slowly taking on Meghan attributes from her new found love of trousers, to the dainty gold jewelry she’s never worn before. Even the BM have been projecting Meg’s qualities on to Kate. They all hate Meghan but the the RF have all been copying her work: from Charles’s capsule collection, Will’s cookbook forward(at least Meg actually put hers together and didn’t just slap her name on it), and Kate’s more modern wardrobe. They all know who the real influencer is, and they hate her for it.

    • bamaborn says:

      Yet, they “just can’t quit her.” Lol

    • Amy Too says:

      I really want to know if Kate has some kind of Imposter Syndrome where she just doesn’t see herself as actually being good enough or knowledgeable enough to be Will’s girlfriend/wife, a Duchess, the mother of an heir, the future QC, and so she just copies the women who have shared those roles because it’s safer than making any choices for herself. Is she that pitifully empty and codependent and lacking in a sense of self? Or is she the Machiavellian manipulator, doing these copy cat things to troll others, to purposely take over their position/fame/popularity in such a way to supplant them (in the case of her copy catting Jecca and Meghan) or to cover herself in the good press and feelings that the others rightfully earned (the queen, Diana), without actually doing anything to earn those feelings herself? I can’t figure her out.

      • EarlGreyHot says:

        I stand for the former, perhaps partially triggered by the fact that she was William’s last choice for a wife and that he probably treats her accordingly. To live your life knowing you are where you are because your partner settled for you out of external pressure must be incredibly depressing. Even if she knew that and felt fine with it in the beginning, there is no way a normal person can live in denial forever. These things will get to you sooner or later. Her existence, for all its privilege, is a miserable one, except for the kids.

    • L4frimaire says:

      This isn’t the first time Kate has done this. Usually it’s after a bunch of Meghan news and headlines. They hate when the Sussexes get media attention. Remember her wearing those pants with the pussy bow blouse, or that that blue polka dot dress Meghan’s friend wore to the wedding ,except Kate had it unbuttoned to show a lot of leg? It’s strictly for attention and “Kate coming into her own” headlines. It’s like this burst of manic dressing to copy Meghan, a new modern style, but then it exhausts her because she just doesn’t have the energy and can’t carry off the looks cause it’s not her comfort zone. She should stick to padded headbands and coat dresses.

    • clomo says:

      I feel sorry (not really) for her attempt at talking a way that does not come naturally to her. It seems like a struggle for her. I have relatives in England whose accent she is attempting to emulate and the difference between her halting style and people who have spoken that way their whole life whole life is obvious. It’s a shame she can’t just talk the way that comes naturally to her, it’s not like she had some cockney accent. It adds to her awkwardness at public speaking.

  10. ItReallyIsYou,NotMe k8 says:

    She’s definitely taking “inspiration ” from Meghan and there’s undoubtedly a double standard on how Kate’s modern pantsuit is treated by the press, the BRF, and the courtiers. However, it looks really good on Kate and we are forever complaining about the 80s secretary cosplay on this site so I will take this as a win.

  11. Lau says:

    I assume then that Meghan copied Letizia who wore the exact same outfit in 2015.

    • Becks1 says:

      Sigh. We went over this yesterday.

      Kate rarely wears trousers. We’ve never seen her in an actual pantsuit. And we have certainly NEVER seen her in a tuxedo jacket like this. Kate has no originality and has spent the past 10 years cosplaying the Queen and Diana, now she’s moved on to Meghan.

      Commenters on here have said for YEARS now that Kate should copy Letizia or Mary or Victoria, that they are good inspirations for her in terms of how to dress in a way that is both professional and royal. Kate has stuck to her outdated coatdresses and ugly dresses.

      Now, she’s wearing this outfit? yeah she’s copying Meghan. If it weren’t part of her bigger pattern, we wouldn’t say that. But its so obvious at this point .

      • Kalana says:

        And for years we were told that Kate was being really smart in building a look that stuck her outside of time so that she could always be timeless and never dated. And that the BRF was more traditional which is why Kate couldn’t dress like Letizia.

        Then Meghan showed up and now Kate is copying her jewelry and her coat style and her modern looks. And being praised while Meghan was attacked for not understanding how to be royal or regal because she wore a trouser suit.

        Kate has issues. There’s no way to pretend she doesn’t and she’s been doing this copying thing for decades.

    • Jenn says:

      Oh, you tried it. Did the pant suit not exist before Letitia? Or you think it’s an outfit only a white woman can inspire? You think no woman ever wore a pantsuit before 2015?
      The reason Kate is said to copy Meghan is because Kate never chose these clothes before Meghan came and wore them and was abused for it.

      If Letitia is such an inspiration why didn’t Kate copy her before copying Meghan?

    • Myra says:

      It took Catherine this long to modernise her awful wardrobe? If this was the only thing she has emulated, it wouldn’t have been obvious. It’s not though and we cannot ignore how Meghan was criticised over this same chic look. I also love that suddenly we don’t care about the optics of cost, despite being in the middle of a pandemic.

    • ABritGuest says:

      Many of the things that Meghan was noted & in some cases even criticised for: sustainable& ethical brands, delicate, gold jewellery, jewellery with initials (FF claimed she was warned about this during g/f days), suits- were not typically part of Kate’s wheelhouse (Can only remember her championing Beulah as an ethical brand) & now she is wearing more of these things which is why it seems a copy& paste job.

      Part of me wonders if Kate has been told to dress more like Meghan as part of adopting the traits they liked about Meghan but not in her skin, is this cosplay to attract clickbait articles like this one (I always assumed that was part of the appeal of the Diana cosplay) or did she assume she had to dress a certain way as a royal & now she’s seen that she can get away with looking more modern (without criticism Meghan would get) & is leaning into that. I do remember the horrible female columnists at the Fail etc did use to drag Kate over her wardrobe years ago for stealing thunder from other royals, but years later criticise her for dressing drab.

      Either way the Fail claimed Meghans trouser suit broke protocol 2 years but can’t see that claimed for Kate’s look. The double standards jump out.

    • BabsORIG says:

      Meh @Lau and @Sierra you grasping (as always). Meghan copied nobody, not even QL whom I really like. Meghan been wearing pants and pantsuits athroughout all her career as an actress. She been wearing pantsuits way before 2015, and I won’t say QL copied Meghan. Please take yr nonsense back to tumblr.

    • Sid says:

      And it is no surprise that both Meghan and Letizia would have a suit like this as it is a go-to style for the modern working professional, and both Meghan and Letizia approach royal duties like the work that it is supposed to be. Apparently it took the Former Ms. Middleton almost 10 years to figure that out.

      • Lemons says:

        Edited: Didn’t mean to comment as a reply to you @Sid :) Honestly, I wore similar combinations for work and evening events, so, to me, this is a staple in a modern woman’s wardrobe. Having a well-tailored pantsuit is indispensable. It’s just that the Queen has never bothered to be modern, which is her prerogative. But Kate has spent her life cosplaying others from another era, so she just looks dated.

        I think someone has been telling Kate that she is looking dated and advising that if she wants to represent the future monarchy, she needs to start looking like the future, not the past. Meghan and her team understood that, but the Cambridges have a long way to go.

    • Jaded says:

      @Lau – I had a tuxedo pantsuit back in the nineties. I loved it. Does that mean I started the trend? No, it means I love a good pantsuit and that style has been around for decades. Nice try though.

    • A says:

      @Lau — you know what, I don’t even give a shit. Yes, Meghan copied Queen Letizia. And here’s the additional kicker–it’s okay when Meghan does it. It’s not okay when Kate does it.

      It’s okay when Meghan does it because game recognizes game, simple as that. Meghan can get away with copying styles and fashion from other fashionable royals, because she is making it her own in the process. She adds something to the look that brings her own unique personality to the table. She may have very well copied this look from Letizia, and it’s okay, because looking at Meghan wearing the suit, you can tell it’s Meghan from the way its worn. It’s a copied style that is still distinct to her, and that’s only achieved by someone who has a clear vision for what she wants to achieve with her looks.

      It’s not okay when Kate does it, because she doesn’t add anything to this at all. She has not had a distinct style of her own since becoming a royal. Anything she’s worn is shorn of all creativity and personality. She’s that kid in class who copies essays word for word from Wikipedia, without changing a single punctuation mark, and expects everyone to accept it as her own work. She thinks SWFing other women will somehow cause their magic to rub off on her. It doesn’t. It won’t.

      Kate copies in the absence of anything original, and because she doesn’t want to do the work herself, just wants to benefit off of work done by other people. Meghan copies but builds something new from what already exists, which is what every other great in any field does in this world. Smart, intelligent people, who do actual work, don’t bother re-inventing the wheel, just for the sake of being original. They build organically on foundations that are already there to add something that is their own. Uninspired people just copy and bring nothing new to the table. Therein lies the difference.

  12. Seraphina says:

    I would say that Kate is sending silent messages here that she is in support of Meghan – but I saw how she mean girled Meghan. BUT what if Wills is the one pressuring her to do that??? Wasn’t this a solo trip????

    And let’s not kid ourselves, Kate does imitate Meghan with what she wears. At least it’s not her late MIL.

    • bamaborn says:

      Don’t know about that. She could easily have worn something from Duchess Meghan’s capsule collection, yet she didn’t. I’ve always thought the girl was not quite right in the head.

    • Bloemheks says:

      I’ve also wondered this. It’s so transparent I can’t imagine she and her advisers don’t know she’ll be called out as a copy-cat so why is she doing it? I also thought it extremely strange that Will suddenly started talking about and promoting environmentalism and climate change when the BM had just been in fits about H&M being too political for talking about it. Will suddenly went much further than H&M ever did. Are they trying to neutralize previous attacks on H&M by doing and saying the same things themselves or trying to smooth things over with Harry in some bizarre show of support?

      The whole thing is just really weird.

    • A says:

      She’s a grown-ass woman who’s responsible for her own actions. So let’s hold her accountable for her own meangirling, okay? If she’s an almost 40 year old woman, being pressed by her husband to behave in ways contrary to what she would prefer to do, then she has far bigger problems that need addressing in her life.

  13. Amy Bee says:

    But no complaints from the Daily Mail that Kate broke protocol for wearing an all black pants suit.

  14. Mignionette says:

    She literally can’t sell papers, which is necessary to feed this monster. Soon they will have to revert to creating some faux outrage about Bill and Katie to generate clicks.

    • Becks1 says:

      I mean, she had to do this promo video to tell people she was going to be presenting the award today. With Meghan, someone could just send out a tweet about it and everyone would tune in.

      I follow the BBC UK twitter acct, and they post the front pages of the various papers the night before, and its striking to me how rarely the Cambridges get on the front page, even when they’re announcing something or showing the kids. The DM or Sun will show them but the rest of the papers – there’s just nothing.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Neither she, Wills or their cute kids can sell papers like the Sussex’s do and that burns them deep.

  15. yinyang says:

    Those pants don’t look good on Meghan.

  16. Aurora says:

    I would be creeped out if I were Meghan. Kate has been slowly adopting Meghan-inspired fashion and jewelry for months now.

    • L84Tea says:

      If I recall, she began subtly copying Meghan’s the second she and Harry left the UK. It started with that camel coat that may as well have been snatched right out of Meghan’s closet. Kate had never, ever worn a coat remotely even close to that style, or even the color. Kate’s always been all about the blues, greens, and pinks/magentas. It was SO obvious.

  17. Merricat says:

    When you have no imagination, imitation is the best that you can do, I guess.

  18. Steph says:

    Do you think she’ll have the balls to try to copy Meghan’s interview style? In other words, show up prepared and knowledgeable? I watched the interview with Malala last night and my first thought was Kate could never. She simply doesn’t have that kind of passion for anything.

  19. Kate says:

    has she tweaked her face? she doesnt look like Kate in the top photos.

    • Becks1 says:

      She did tweak her face, but it was a few weeks ago. The fillers have settled.

    • mytwocents says:

      yes, it was mentioned in yesterday’s article. It looks like she did something. She could barely move her mouth or her cheeks in the video, it definitely looked strange and her forehead was very smooth.

    • notasugarhere says:

      She also having her hair dyed a much lighter shade, plus blonder highlights. How long until shes fully blond?

      • Kalana says:

        And then she’ll get her hair cut short in a shag cut and the transformation will be complete.

      • 809Matriarch says:

        I have noticed that some women do this to camouflage the gray. Katie Couric started her career as a dark brunette, as she got older her hair got lighter and lighter until she went total bottle blonde.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      The last couple days of header pictures, when I glanced at them I thought it was one of the Real Housewives. No matter how different their looks start out, they end up looking the same after the work is done.

  20. Nothankyou says:

    Did anyone watch the video? Gosh her pronunciations annoy. “Fifty-sith”. Why couldn’t they do more takes until she got it right?

    • notasugarhere says:

      For all we know, it took all day to get to this version.

      • 809Matriarch says:

        True. She seemed extremely nervous and practiced. Someone obviously talked to her about her habit of flailing her hands. She did okay but she seemed extremely tense.

    • Mignionette says:

      Trying to sound posh but instead sounding like an idiot. It’s hard constantly pretending to be someone else.

      I know we skirt around it on this page, but at this stage I think Kate is certifiably on the DSM-5 under ‘neurotic disorders’.

    • A says:

      It’s called the “posh mumble.” That’s how they all talk, which Kate is trying to emulate. Charles is apparently notorious for speaking in a way that people have a difficult time understanding. What’s funny about all of this is that Kate apparently took elocution lessons from some relative of the Duke of Richmond, Lennox, and Gordon (yes, that’s THREE dukedoms), just to learn how to speak this mumble. It was mentioned in the Tatler article, lmao.

  21. Tiffany says:

    I mean, we already got confirmation that Kate had stalker tendencies. This is not surprising and I just refuse to give her any more benefit of the doubt.

  22. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    A £1240 jacket when we are headed towards a second full lockdown and a financial depression? It is absolutely outrageous. It’s like the RF is sneering at the peasants: ‘we’ve got your cash from your income tax and we’re going to squander it before your eyes.’

    • Becks1 says:

      She has worn SO MANY new clothes since March, to be honest I’m really surprised there has not been more pushback over that. I think in the majority of her zoom calls we saw new dresses, and her public appearances have all (I think, if not all then almost all) new outfits/dresses.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Of course there’s no pushback. As long as she isn’t duchessing while black, Kate’s spendthrift nature isn’t remarked on by the tabloids.

      • equality says:

        Of course not. As long as she re-wears the outfit within two years she is hailed as “thrifty”. Since I re-wear outfits on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, I find that amusing.

    • FicklePickle says:

      Okay, one important point: it is PUBLIC money, NOT tax money.

      The only TAX money the BRF is involved with is the stuff that pays the London Metro police for their Royal Protection Officer duty. Everything else related to public duties is paid for from the Sovereign Grant, which is funded exclusively by the revenues of the government-owned real estate investment portfolio called ‘the Crown Estate’. And they’ve never stated whether clothing is a private cost or not, but if it is then it’s being paid for by Charles courtesy of the revenues of another government-owned (and Charles-managed) real estate investment portfolio called ‘the Duchy of Cornwall’. Queenie’s private expenses are covered by the revenues of YET ANOTHER government-owned real estate investment portfolio called ‘the Duchy of Lancaster’.

      I’m not trying to defend her atrocious spending habits, but I figure we need to keep our issues with the BRF and money in the realm of reality and not get bogged down in tabloid rhetoric.

      • Becks1 says:

        Yeah, most of us here know that. But Harry and Meghan apparently are always spending taxpayer money, so I am okay with using that terminology for Kate as well, especially considering that H&M repaid the SG for the money to renovate Frogmore, and people acted like they were getting a check in their mailboxes because “our money paid for it.”

        Her clothes are paid for by Charles.

  23. tee says:

    I honestly look forward to what she gets “inspiration” from next. I hope someone is keeping a record.

    Also, it’s amusing to think about the DM’s framing if Meghan had repeatedly adopted Kate’s style. I imagine they’d hire a psychologist to describe the envy, obsession, and reverence M latently harbors for K.

  24. MF1 says:

    My guess is she was irked by Scobie’s comment that Meghan made her look old-fashioned. So here is she is trying to look modern, except she has no imagination so the only way she knows how to do that is to copy Meghan’s style.

    She actually looks great here, so it’s a shame she doesn’t pick outfits like this more often.

    • A says:

      Those comments were made AGES ago though. And she’s had plenty of opportunities to look more modern and sharp since, but she’s worn far more fusty and old-fashioned pieces in that time. So I don’t know if this happened because those comments were really at the forefront of her mind.

  25. Emily says:

    Oh wow, never did I ever think we’d ever see Kate in a black pantsuit. It is the most basic outfit for professional workwear and until Meghan came along, she always stuck to dresses/skirts for engagements. She really does look great here, it’s a solid outfit. But no one can deny Meghan’s influence here.

  26. Lizzie says:

    The stan’s hair is standing on end. LOL Browsed a few comments, ‘The lapels are different!!!!!’.

  27. February-Pisces says:

    Remember at trooping the colour, she copied a photo from the 80s of Princess Anne holding a baby harry at trooping the colour. She wore a similar lemon yellow outfit that Anne was wearing and Louis is wearing the exact same outfit as baby harry. She literally must of seen the photo and decided to literally photocopy it.

    Even the satin detail on the blazer looks inspired by Meghan satin top. There’s one thing being inspired, we are all inspired by fashion, but it’s creepy AF to literally photocopy your nemesis’s outfits.

    It feels a lot like stalking mixed with plagiarism, but then again kate does have a history doing both.

    • Mignionette says:

      Kate and Melania are kindred spirits. At least they acknowledge just how mediocre they are in their plagiarism…

  28. Emma says:

    I guess it’s hard to believe that someone of her status wouldn’t have a stylist that helps her choose out her outfits. And perhaps Megan is the only one that thought of wearing a tuxedo jacket. I have a tuxedo pant suit that I sported a couple of years ago and still do, wonder if Megan copied me?…LOL. Not sure why media and people continue to compare the two’s wardrobe constantly. I think they both look great and that there will be times when they wear similar things to meet the current trend. People can have similar taste in style and can change over time, it can be just as simple as that.

    • Kalana says:

      But Kate’s style is a coat dress or granny dress covered in lace and buttons. Not a black trouser suit. The woman is insecure and copies the people around her.

      • GREX says:

        I, for one, would be sad to see those button-at-the-wrist puff-sleeve meemaw dresses go. They are so funny!!

    • MsIam says:

      Again for those in the back: it’s not just the copying, it’s the media’s reaction to how Meghan dressed vs. how Kate wearing the same thing is considered “the best thing ever!”. Examples you say? Meghan: one shouldered dress=vulgar, not royal! Kate: one shouldered dress “a vision of loveliness, regal!” Meghan: All black is not royal, only for funerals!”. Kate: all black outfit is “Sleek, modern, chic!”. Meghan even got shit for wear navy blue. So, hope this clears things up for you.

    • Nic919 says:

      Kate has publicly worn trousers since 2011 under ten times so yes it’s obvious she’s copying Meghan since she never wore a pantsuit in any colour until Meghan arrived.

      And let’s not forget how Meghan got raked over the coals for wearing all black. But now it’s okay I guess.

      Anyway enough of this disingenuous garbage because the receipts are there for those who care to see.

    • yinyang says:

      I agree, I have a black pantsuit, I couldn’t find a blouse for it so I wore a black satin rimmed top, black on black look similar to this. I think women copy women clothing styles and fashion mags, to stay current. Add to that, royals have a set of wardrobe rules they have to abide. I have noticed Kate upped her style game when Meghan joined, and maybe she feels comfortable trying a few of Meghan’s style cause it’s been tried and tested by another royal. She doesn’t really copy Meghan’s mannerism or physical appearance, that’s where I draw the line, but with clothing the lines are more blurred. I hated how Meghan got so much hate from the media when she wore these things first though, and I hate Kate’s nasty attitude towards her, that’s unforgiveable. Meghan is such a sweetheart, I wouldn’t have the heart to treat her the way Kate did.

  29. kerwood says:

    Maybe Keen Katie thinks that if she copies Meghan’s style, Willileaks might want to sleep with her again.

  30. Beech says:

    What an empty headed little ninny. When I hear her speak I wonder if the aristos roll their eyes at the sound of her voice. And why is her hair styled a la Lady and the Tramp?

  31. What’s eating you says:

    I don’t know why people are shocked by duplikates actions, she’s the textbook definition of a passive aggressive white women.

  32. Marivic says:

    Kate’s features are hard and a little on the manly side. Maybe if she gains a little weight her features would soften and she’d look younger.

  33. Kyliegirl says:

    Kate definitely is feeling the pressure to compete with Meghan. The thing Kate is missing is that it is not just the outfit and looks that inspire. It’s also the work that goes along with it. Kate can never stay with something long enough to learn about it and communicate it in a way that is meaningful. If you look at her “fan” accounts, all they praise are her looks and how she and William are so in love. This is not a way to grow a genuine interest rather than just a passing fancy of “oh, yeah, this outfit is cute” or “she changed her hair.” There is obviously no leadership at KP. I want a book on the House of Cambridge. The office is so disorganized and anyone with more than two brain cells tend to leave quickly. It is telling that the ones that stay the longest are yes people. You can put up pretty window dressings, but if there is nothing interesting inside people will not buy.

  34. emu says:

    Did she really never wear a suit before? Come on

    • Becks1 says:

      Not a pantsuit. There’s been a very limited handful of times when she has worn a blazer with ankle trousers, but that’s been very uncommon. She has also worn blazers with skinny jeans and ankle boots or knee boots (its a “look” of hers.) The few times we have seen her wear something more like a suit with a very flippy skirt, not a very professional look.

  35. Regina Falangie says:

    This reminds me of being in middle school when you’re frienemie compliments your outfit and asks where you got it. Obviously you don’t tell her that you got the top at Wet Seal and the pants at Miller’s Outpost. She’ll run right out and try to copy you. So you tell her you bought it at Montgomery Ward and then smile smugly as you turn on your heel and walk away.

  36. L4frimaire says:

    This was such an obvious copy of Meghan’s look, you can’t say otherwise, even the Fail. If she’d worn a blouse with a nature print and not that square neck camisole underneath, would be more her usual look. It’s a good look overall but she doesn’t look good in all black and she generally is not a suit person. She seems ill at ease because let’s face it, she’s wearing another woman’s look, and the look of a woman we all know she despises. Some people suggested this was a deliberate troll to get more attention and traffic, and agree with that.

    • Cookie says:

      It’s literally one of the most common outfits for women. I had a whole wardrobe of variations of the black pantsuit from Express back when I first entered the corporate world. Maybe Kate found one of my old Facebook photos from a work happy hour back in 2006? But really, saying that she’s copying an outfit her SIL wore 2 years ago with this basic ensemble is a stretch.

      • Merricat says:

        Literally explained in the simplest of terms for you several times in this thread.

      • ABritGuest says:

        So common yet a look she’s never done all these years which is why it’s noticeable&even a friendly outlet like People pointed it out. Maybe that was the point.

      • Cookie says:

        Merricat, this thread has gone off the rails so I haven’t read every comment. There are plenty of legitimate things to criticize about Kate, but dressing in the most common corporate uniform out there is too much of a reach to be taken seriously. Plus 2 minutes of Googling produced a Bustle article from 2018 back when Meghan wore the “original” pantsuit that drew comparisons to Diana (I believe the exact term this Meghan-friendly publication used was “mimics”). Seriously, at what point can a woman wear a damn pantsuit without people losing their minds? This whole thing is ridiculous, and the Daily Mail played it perfectly.

      • Cookie says:

        So at what point can she wear a pantsuit without getting dragged? 2 years later clearly isn’t enough time. Maybe in another 2 she can dare to venture out in that other Meghan-patented look, the trench dress.

      • L4frimaire says:

        @Cookie, There are lots of pantsuits looks, yeah it’s common enough, but she does not usually dress like this. This is distracting. This is a very Meghan look, from the cut of the jacket to the top underneath, to head to toe black and lack of jewelry. She doesn’t need defending. If she wore that same look in red or grey, or a different top, no one would care. That awful M&S mauve suit she wore is a very Kate plays business Barbie look. Kate dresses very deliberately, always has. This wasn’t just grabbing something random from the wardrobe. She was trolling and it reduces her message or cause to a prop for her wardrobe. She’s not a serious person.

      • Nic919 says:

        This post is about Kate and how she rarely has worn pantsuits and only since Meghan has entered the family. She’s been married since 2011 and she wore a pantsuit for the first time last year. That’s eight years of not wearing a pantsuits despite all the other European royals wearing them and women with jobs wearing them. It is gaslighting to pretend that it is not super obvious that Kate did not wear a proper pantsuit until after Meghan did so and was criticized by the tabloids for doing so.

      • Cookie says:

        @Nic919 I think you misunderstood me. I’m not saying that Kate has worn them for 9 years and we just never noticed, only that its hardly remarkable that she started wearing them in her mid 30s. It’s a more mature style and not every woman feels comfortable or knows how to pull off the look (witness Kate’s earlier versions with skinny pants and wedges or my plaid flaired mess) I mean, the pantsuit in question was from 2 years ago, so she’s really slow on the uptake if this is a deliberate effort to copy her SIL.

    • Cookie says:

      @L4FRIMAIRE I follow a lighthearted Instagram account that I can’t even remember the name of right now that compares royal style in a “who wore it better” way. It rotates through the women of all the European royal houses, with some models and celebrities thrown in to mix it up. Some of the looks are amazing, others are odd or unflattering. And certain royal ladies continously hit it out of the ballpark, like Queen Letizia (herself no stranger to a well-cut pantsuit). But if there’s one thing that’s jumped out at me is how much these ladies dress alike. Oftentimes they will literally wear the same dress (like that lace self portrait dress) or outfits that are so similar you have to squint to see the difference. Sometimes their styles evolve, like my country’s own crown princess who went from fuddy duddy to casually stylish. And sometimes along the way they may repeat a look that has been done before, because let’s face it, there are only so many ways you can wear a blazer and a skirt to a book reading, or a cocktail dress to ascot, or a pantsuit to a gallery.

      • Eugh says:

        I honestly think the only person who dresses however they want and doesn’t care, and dresses distinctly different from the others is Serenity Charlene.

        The British ones are BY FAR the stuffiest though.

  37. Linda says:

    I am so tired of any fashion comparisons. Unless you are from a country that dresses completely differently than westerners we all pretty much look the same. That’s why it’s called fashion and why we will all look the same in 20 years but the “fashion” will be different than today.

    • Merricat says:

      There’s fashion, and there’s style. I guess if you don’t care about either, you don’t care about conversations about them. So skip those stories, maybe.

      • Bohemian Angel says:

        People loooove to make excuses for Kate, their great white true duchess! Man she can do no wrong in some people’s eyes, they even ignore her obvious racist attitude, says a lot about them!

    • equality says:

      As long as people read them, you will always get the “who wore it best or first or whatever” type of articles. I think the point here is the hypocrisy of the media since they wrote vitriolic articles about Meghan wearing the outfit.

    • Nic919 says:

      Is it really that hard to admit that she copied a look from Meghan? The straining to admit this obvious truth is unreal.

      • Kalana says:

        Because it makes Kate look creepy and pathetic. She’s the FFQ and she was supposed to have won or whatever. If Meghan is still living rent free in Kate’s head, clearly this hasn’t happened.

        Also, Meghan was clearly all wrong for the royals blahblahblah so how could Kate possibly be copying Meghan? Can’t back down now that Meghan was treated horribly and Kate is a cold person.

  38. Kate says:

    Kate is filtered to hell and back.

  39. MerryGirl says:

    Kate is just more obvious and shameless in her copying of Meghan but to my eyes, I’ve been seeing ALL the Royal women taking style pages from Meghan and pretending they are modern. I remember we used to laugh at how the York girls couldn’t dress for sh*t and then came Meghan and suddenly Bea is draping coats over her shoulders or posing in the exact engagement shots as Harry & Meghan. Eugenie wore her exact shoes and even Camilla wore her exact mini-bag. None of them supported Meghan when she needed it but they have no qualms copying her style but as the say “imitation is the best form of flattery”

  40. ola says:

    Kate looks gorgeous in the photos. I also have a black trouser suit. Actually I’ve had the same one for over a decade. Boring gossip week.

    • Carrie says:

      Only a boring gossip week if you are faced with a copy cat Kate who you are trying to defend in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary that she is copying Meghan. Bore right off.

  41. NomNom says:

    Kate is f*cking creepy by copying Meghan’s style so obviously. The envy of her glamorous sister in law must be eating her alive. I haven’t forgotten her pap stroll to the book store when Meghan was at the forefront of the news cycle.

  42. CrystalBall says:

    Kate will never be an original, just a poor, sad, pathetic copy. Meghan looked at ease and entirely herself in her suit – Kate so obviously does not.

    But lets talk about how Kate anounced her next-day engagement in a video clip.
    Firstly, no other royal announces their next-day engagementt themselves. Not Charles, not the Queen, not William. No one. So this should be called a break in royal protocol. If Meghan had done this, she would have been trashed for looking straight into the camera and gunning to be a fame hungry tv presenter im a sleek celebrity suit – not royal at all, don’t you know.
    Secondly, Duchess Dolittle is getting two engagements out of one with her one minute video announcement. Devious and lazy – two for the price of one!

  43. Sequinedheart says:

    It’s even meghans makeup style.. the lip color. Stage 5 clinger!

  44. RoyalBlue says:

    CopyKate strikes again!

    Listen to me, she has a pinterest board with ALL of Meghan’s outfits and is planning the slow roll out.

  45. Eugh says:

    This wasn’t even THE good pantsuit from Meghan! The Givenchy pantsuit was the one that kicked it all off the protocol kerfuffle (no black, no pant suits blah blah)

  46. Meg says:

    God meghan and harry could’ve done so much for this family

  47. JRenee says:

    Is hell freezing over? Wow

  48. Mariane says:

    Even the bbc presenters got confused by duplicate’s cosplaying😂
    https://twitter.com/PaganTrelawney/status/1315924152671449089?s=19

  49. Mignionette says:

    Kate is like Commodus in Gladiator (Joaquin Phoenix’s character).

    Indulged, spoiled, entitled and needed to maim/injure his opponent in order to stand a chance of a decent fight.

    But still in the end he stood no chance against Maximus.

  50. A says:

    Something that’s always made me really sad about Kate is that, her pre-royal fashion sense was on point. Really. I liked a lot of what she wore. She looked healthier, happier, and fresher. Even the caked on eyeliner looked good on her at the time. I have a Pinterest board of her fashions from that time–there was a softer, almost effortless quality to her looks, and something genuinely lovely and quite compelling about it that really drew my eye. It was quite Sloane Ranger-y, but with an early 2000s twist to it. And her outfits fit a lot better at the time too. One of the few times she came close to that old sense of style, post-marriage, was the gorgeous dark green dress she wore to the BAFTAs in 2018, when she was pregnant with Louis, with the emerald necklace. Everything about that look was great.

    All that being said, she looks really good here. She’s actually worn a ton of blazers like this, and she looks good in a sharp, fitted blazer, with an appropriately tailored pair of pants that go with it. There’s very little with this outfit that can go wrong, which is exactly why Meghan wore it in the first place.

    What bothers me about all of this is that the copying wouldn’t be nearly so bad if it was accompanied by respect for the person she’s copying from. The way she treated Meghan during her time as a royal is why I don’t have a very charitable outlook on Kate right now. Kate wanted Meghan gone, but she wants to reap the rewards of Meghan hard work anyway, which is essentially what she’s doing by copying her fashion sense. Meghan went through the media trial, got trashed for wearing something that looks nice, and Kate gets a free idea for her wardrobe and an afternoon off from having to think up ideas on what to wear in the future. She got a handy scapegoat in the process to elevate her own standing, so it was a win win all around for Kate, with very little cost to herself. No wonder Meghan and Harry left. What a thankless job it is, supporting these two.

    Anyway, her body language is really weird in this clip. Her face looks very tight here. Very pulled back and taut. Her eyebrows are weird, they don’t look natural, and she overall looks very shiny and smooth, and not in a good way. She comes off as very nervous and jerky, and not like she’s really prepared at all for what she wants to say. All of it is just very weird and odd.

    • Florence says:

      I liked her pre-marriage style too. And her Penelope Chilvers boots and the adventure vest (it looks good on her). That was her personality and the sort of woman she would have been imho – unfussy, cooking big roast dinners for the in laws and happily shopping and dog walking with her friends and children. Someone should write a novel like Rodham, where Sliding Doors Kate becomes a museum curator and marries a nice, funny man at 35, and on the weekend she does a Parkrun and gets tickets to Crufts for her birthday. She is always happy and has laugh lines.

      The bouncing hands in this video are so strange.