Was Meghan Markle's beret a nod to Princess Diana?

Was Meghan Markle's beret a nod to Princess Diana?

Meghan Markle was a vision in white when she stepped out with her fiancé Prince Harry and future brother- and sister-in-law the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Monday (Mar. 12) at the Commonwealth Day service. And while many senior members of the Royal Family were on hand, from the Queen to Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the former actress's ensemble called to mind another important figure in the family: the late Princess Diana. Meghan's chic white beret was by one of Prince Harry's mom's favourite designers, Stephen Jones.

Princess Diana wore a Stephen Jones beret on a visit to Wales with Prince Charles. Photo: © Getty Images

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Princess Diana wore many a beret by the famed milliner in the '80s, who has said his favourite style of hat is the chic French chapeau. When the People's Princess was just 20, Stephen created a series of timeless berets for her to wear, which he told Vogue he embroidered with her initials and the Prince of Wales's feathers. Diana once remarked that wearing hats made her feel more confident.

Meghan Markle wore a beret by Stephen Jones to the Commonwealth Day services. Photo: © Getty Images

Meghan appeared the picture of confidence on her landmark outing, too. She paired the tidy topper with a white coat and navy dress by one of her future sister-in-law's favourite designers, Amanda Wakeley, and anchored the look with blue suede Manolo Blahnik pumps. This isn't the first time she's paid homage to her late mother-in-law, who's style-icon status is still strong to this day. Back in January, the 36-year-old stepped out for a day of engagements with Prince Harry in Cardiff wearing the classic Prince of Wales check in an off-the-shoulder jacket by Theory. The print is one that Princess Diana and Kate have also worn in the past.

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The royal bride-to-be and her late mother-in-law have both worn the Prince of Wales check, as has Kate. Photo: © Getty Images

The most highly anticipated of Meghan's looks is, of course, the one she'll wear on May 19 when she says "I do" to her Prince Charming. The couple will walk down the aisle at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. What remains to be seen is whether she'll pay any special tributes to Princess Diana on that very special day.

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