From the beginning, comparisons have been drawn between the 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex and the 36-year-old Duchess of Cambridge – from their outfits to their charity work and their pasts.
However, according to a source, former Suits actress Meghan and her stylist, Jessica Mulroney, have made a ‘conscious effort’ to steer well clear of Kate’s favourite designers.
The source told Elle magazine, the duo, who met when Meghan was working in Hollywood, were adamant the start would ‘not be accused of copying Kate’s style’.
Indeed, the women have two very different fashion senses, with Kate opting for bright and fitted outfits, while Meghan prefers neutral and dark tones and flowing dresses.
Kate is also a massive fan of designers like Alexander McQueen, Temperley London and L.K. Bennett.
She often goes thrifty with purchases from high street shops like Zara and Reiss.
Meghan on the other hand hasn’t yet been seen in many affordable items, preferring to stick to her beloved Givenchy, Stella McCartney and Aquazurra.
It was even reported that the star threw a ‘Sayonara Zara’ party when she was rich enough to move from high street brands to designer threads.
“According to a Hollywood source, when her star was rising she threw herself a party at her home unofficially billed as a ‘Sayonara Zara’ party,” Vanity Fair reports.
“[She] gave away the lower- priced clothes in her closet to her guests.”
Soon after the bash, Meghan hired her stylist turned best friend Jessica Mulroney to give her wardrobe a makeover.
Power stylist Jessica was best known for styling Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau—and Bahrain-born Misha Nonoo – who was married to Alexander Gilkes, the British founder of online auction house Paddle8 and a close friend of Prince Harry’s.
And while the duo have made sure to differentiate Meghan’s style from Kates, a source told Elle they definitely still do look to the Duchess of Cambridge for inspiration.
She has “certainly kept an eye on Kate’s style because she hasn’t put a foot wrong and is a great role model,” the insider said.
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