Meghan Markle Looks Like Princess Diana in Her Bold Red-and-Purple Outfit

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Meghan Markle started Monday bright in a bold red-and-purple ensemble that got everyone talking. 

The six months pregnant Duchess of Sussex visited Birkenhead, England, with husband Prince Harry for a busy day of events and meetings. She wore a red coat by Sentaler over a purple Babaton for Aritzia midi dress, accessorized with matching red Stuart Weitzman pumps and the highly coveted wristlet Nina bag by Gabriela Hearst. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Birkenhead
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The vibrant look is reminiscent of Markle's late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, who wore a similar outfit in the same head-to-toe color combination almost 29 years ago. In June 1990, the fashion icon attended the Royal Ascot wearing a cropped red jacket and purple belted skirt by Catherine Walker with matching purple shoes and Philip Somerville hat.

Princess Diana in red and purple 1990
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She re-wore the bright ensemble in February 1992 during her visit to the Marie Stopes Clinic in Agra, India. 

Princess Diana in red and purple in India 1992
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Diana previously rocked the color combination in a dress version -- another creation by Catherine Walker -- in February 1988 in Bangkok, Thailand, complete with blue eyeliner and flowers pinned in the hair. 

Princess Diana red and purple dress in Thailand 1988
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We're all for trying out unexpected color combinations. The rich jewel tones give us a good reason to wear some color during winter. Plus, they're flattering on all skin tones! 

Channel Markle's and Princess Di's style by shopping our favorite red and purple pieces to wear together ahead. 


Boden red coat

Boden Lindfield Wrap Coat $330, Sale $165

Eloquii purple midi dress

Eloquii Long Sleeve Scuba Dress with Tie $100

Topshop purple boucle suit

Topshop Boucle Double Breasted Blazer $125, Boucle Kick Flares $80

Aldo red pumps

Aldo Cassedy $90

The Fifth Label Fervour Sweater

The Fifth Label Fervour Sweater $108

Express red wide-leg pant

Express High Waisted Sash Waist Wide Leg Pant $80, Sale $56

See every single look of Markle's maternity style in the gallery below.

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