Meghan Markle Channeled Princess Diana in Her Printed Blue Dress

The Duchess of Sussex matched with her late mother-in-law.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made an unexpected appearance yesterday when they stepped out for his cousin Celia McCorquodale's wedding (opens in new tab) in Lincolnshire, England. After sporting neutrals on her recent public engagements, the Duchess of Sussex surprised us in a blue-and-white printed dress by Oscar de la Renta for the occasion.

The breezy wrap dress was apropos for a summer wedding. In classic royal fashion, the Duchess paired the frock with a snowy fascinator, cutout pumps, and a matching box clutch. The resulting look had her looking like a real-life porcelain vase, but she had an even better twinning moment with her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.

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In 1986 (when Harry was just two years old), the Princess of Wales wore a similar blue and white print on a Catherine Walker tunic during a trip to Saudi Arabia. Her version of the look included white trousers, white flats, and moon-shaped earrings. Daily Mail (opens in new tab) points out that fan account @loveprincessdiana (opens in new tab) spotted the similarities between her and Meghan's matching outfits.

Markle's sartorial tribute to her late mother-in-law might've been entirely coincidental, but it wouldn't be a shock if it was planned. The Duchess of Sussex is said to have been a big fan of the late princess; she reportedly "wants to be Princess Diana 2.0 ," Markle's childhood friend told royal biographer Andrew Morton (opens in new tab).

The Duchess also honored Diana's style in a few ways on her wedding day. Her 16-foot veil was seen as a tribute (opens in new tab) to the princess' trailing version from 1981. Markle's second wedding dress (opens in new tab), with its high neckline, was also deemed reminiscent of Diana's wardrobe. She even borrowed an aquamarine cocktail ring (opens in new tab) from her late mother-in-law's' collection too.

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