The Duchess of Sussex is a trendsetter all on her own, but it’s always exciting for royal watchers to catch her taking a page from Princess Diana’s book of royal style – which includes her latest look, a halter-neck Safiyaa top and maxi skirt. Style savvy fans may have noticed the similarity between Meghan’s Royal Variety Performance ensemble and a very similar gown that her husband’s mother donned in the early 90s, showing their shared love of sequins and halter necklines.
Stepping out of her car beside with Prince Harry, the future mom made jaws drop in the black-and-white sequined design, paired with her signature messy bun, a subtle makeup look and diamond earrings by Meghan’s go-to jewelry designer, Birks. Whether intentional or not, the gorgeous look was beautifully reminiscent of one of her late mother-in-law’s iconic ensembles. Back in 1994, the Princess of Wales wore a chic Catherine Walker number in Versailles, which boasted a thick halter strap adorned with shimmering black sequins.
And it wasn’t Diana’s first foray into halter necklines! Prince Harry’s mom continued to show off her favourite silhouette, donning a similarly glitzy gown to a glamorous party in London at the Ritz Carlton. A year later, in 1995, the big-hearted royal wore a Marilyn Monroe-worthy neckline in an embroidered Catherine Walker knee-length dress at the Serpentine Gallery.
It also wasn’t Meghan’s first time wearing this silhouette – while attending and speaking at Sydney’s Invictus Games closing ceremony during her royal tour Down Under, she stunned in an olive-green tuxedo dress that wrapped around her neck. But the most memorable of Meghan’s halter looks was without a doubt her second wedding gown – the perfectly figure-skimming stunner with a turtleneck-style halter crafted by one of her favourite designers, Stella McCartney. Meghan definitely takes after Diana in both her passion for human rights and her love of halter eveningwear (not to mention tuxedos!)!