Kate Middleton Went for a Third Royal Rewear in Scotland, and It May Be Because of Meghan

Thrifty Catherine made a reappearance this morning in Dundee, Scotland, for her latest royal visit. 

Joined by Prince William to open the new Victoria & Albert museum in Dundee, the mom of three re-wore an A-line Alexander McQueen tartan coatdress in blue and green plaid (similar here), and it instantly reminded us of one of Meghan Markle’s outfits from her first official trip to Scotland in February.

Middleton has worn this coat not once, but twice previously, once in 2012 to St. Andrews in Scotland and once in 2013 in Sandringham during Christmas services.

While Markle’s coat was by Burberry, the two tartans are very similar and the same color scheme (called “Black Watch” and named for the Royal Regiment of Scotland). Of course, this is the peak of sartorial diplomacy: wearing a Scottish pattern to visit the country.

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This feels especially true in Kate's case, since McQueen was fascinated with Scottish history, and his father was a Scottish cab driver.

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But why did Middleton go for a third-time royal rewear? Perhaps it was because of her sister-in-law after all. After recent (and extremely unlikely) reports of a royal rift between the two duchesses surfaced, it seems this may be a show of approval from Middleton.

As in, “Yes, I’m blatantly copying Meghan’s Scotland style from earlier this year because we’re besties and we’re totally cool with being style twins.” And if that is the case, then we say: Hear, hear!

Middleton paired her coatdress with a Manu Atelier green suede micro top-handle bag, black tights, black suede pumps and black gloves.

Permission to rewear your double-breasted peacoat from college? Consider it granted (with a royal seal of approval).


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