Meghan Markle’s Christmas Lunch Frock Was a Ghost of Fashion Past

The Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex opted for recycled looks for Queen Elizabeth's holiday lunch.

Meghan Markle wore a familiar look to the Queen’s holiday lunch this week. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle arrived separately for Queen Elizabeth’s annual pre-Christmas lunch this week, with glimpses of their ensembles seen through the windows of the cars they rode in on, which were chauffeured by Prince William and Prince Harry.

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The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex chose very different outfits for the Queen’s Buckingham Palace luncheon, but both opted for recycle dresses they’ve worn in the past. It appears Markle is taking a cue from Middleton, who is known for repeating signature items in her wardrobe.

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Meghan Markle followed in Kate Middleton’s recycling footsteps with this Erdem look. Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images

Markle decided on an Erdem look from her pre-royal days. She first wore the flowy dress in 2016, when she was known for her role on Suits and went on Today to chat about winter style. The high, ruffled neck dress was a perfectly festive choice, with its green, yellow gold and purple color palette.

Meghan Markle first wore this dress for a 2016 television appearance on Today. YouTube

The royals are big fans of Erdem—Kate chose a tweed dress by the designer for her appearance at the Victoria and Albert Museum this year, and Meghan wore one of its longer dresses when she attended a Jamaica wedding with Prince Harry before they announced their engagement.

Kate Middleton chose Stella McCartney. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

For her luncheon attire, Middleton wore Stella McCartney, another duchess favorite (the designer made Markle’s wedding reception gown). The Duchess of Cambridge first donned the bubblegum pink dress back in 2011, when she attended Prince Philip’s private 90th birthday party at The Waterside Inn. The long-sleeved silk design doesn’t align with the festive green and red color tones Middleton has recently worn, but maybe she’s saving more of that for later.

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Middleton and Markle have very distinct styles, but they took a similar route for Princess Eugenie’s wedding, when both duchesses chose dresses by the designers who created their wedding looks (Alexander McQueen for Kate, Stella McCartney for Meghan).

‘Tis the season for statement coats and royal toppers. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The true royal fashion event of the Christmas season is just around the corner. The annual church walk in Sandringham is the perfect opportunity to break out a statement coat and regal hat. Hopefully, this year Meghan doesn’t select headgear with a strong resemblance to a certain vulgar emoji.

Meghan Markle’s Christmas Lunch Frock Was a Ghost of Fashion Past