The Duchess of Sussex isn't the only stylish royal to rock a tuxedo

By Jessica Pollack

Meghan Markle stole the show at the theatre on Wednesday (Aug. 29) when she made an unusually leggy appearance in a black tuxedo dress by Canadian label Judith & Charles. The duchess was out on the town for a gala presentation of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton at the West End's Victoria Palace Theatre, benefitting Prince Harry's Sentebale charity. But Meghan isn't the only stylish royal who has favoured a tuxedo! Her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, was also a huge fan of the look, and it would be particularly fitting to pay her homage on a night raising money for a charity started in the late princess's honour.

Meghan wore a tuxedo dress by Canadian label Judith & Charles to see Hamilton. Photo: © Getty Images

While attending a Genesis concert on the year Prince Harry was born in 1984, Diana rocked a white tuxedo jacket with black pants and a black bow tie by Margaret Howell. While in Canada in 1986, the then-Princess of Wales donned another evening pantsuit in Vancouver, this time a black satin set with a white ruffled blouse and snake pin while chatting with Bryan Adams. The style icon paired yet another tux with a green double-breasted vest while at Wembley Stadium for a charity event in 1988.

Princess Diana was a huge fan of tuxedos! Photo: © Getty Images

Princess Diana was also known to wear a suit dress in the style of Meghan's theatre look, including the particularly similar grey pinstripe creation that she donned in 1996 while at a campaign launch for the charity Centrepoint. With its double-breasted fit and above-the-knee cut, we could easily see the clean monochrome ensemble on the Duchess of Sussex today.

Prince Harry's late mom wore a very similar coat dress in the '90s. Photo: © Getty Images

This isn't the first time Meghan has looked to the People's Princess for fashion inspiration. She took a page from Diana's style book when she attended the Commonwealth Day services in March wearing a white beret by milliner Stephen Jones, a favourite topper of the late royal. And while making her Trooping the Colour debut, Meghan wore a pink, buttoned off-the-shoulder number that called to mind a look Prince Harry's mom wore to the ballet in 1987.

Meghan's debut Trooping the Colour look had Princess Diana in mind. Photo: © Getty Images

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