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While at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first joint public engagement of 2019, in Birkenhead, the Duchess of Sussex donned a violet purple dress and cherry red coat and heels while cradling her six-months' pregnant baby bump

And, as expected, we couldn't get enough. But upon closer inspection, it seems this wasn't just a headline-making scheme based on her "daring" sartorial choices. It was, however, a nice tribute to two different aspects of the duchess's royal life.

No stranger to emulating Princess Diana's style, Markle rocked the regal eye-popping color combo in nearly identical hues as her late mother-in-law. The choice wasn't a coincidence. Markle's butterfly earrings, wedding veil and sequin-top-and-skirt combo have all felt like a nod to the people's princess. 

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Eye-catching violet and fire-engine red also happen to be the two colors emblazoned on the logo for Tomorrow's Women Wirral, a charity that promotes female empowerment that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited on their Birkenhead tour.

And we know by now that Markle isn't a stranger to lending her style to the country she's visiting or cause she's promoting.

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That, plus the fact that purple and red have always been seen as colors that symbolize royalty throughout history, make this duchess-approved combo one of Markle's most exciting #lewks yet.

Permission to break out those bright purple shoes from college. (It's duchess-approved now, ya hear?!)

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