Princess Diana was reportedly Kate Middleton’s childhood style icon

Princess Diana arriving at a polo match at Cowdray Park Polo Club
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Princess Diana was one of the most popular members of the royal family, known fondly as "the people's princess'.

And while the late Princess of Wales may no longer be with us, the royal family has made sure her legacy lives on, whether it's through her sons’ charity work, the wedding flowers carried by her daughters-in-law or in the middle names of her two granddaughters.

The most frequent way that she is paid tribute to however has to be through fashion, with Kate Middleton in particular never missing an opportunity to pay homage to Princess Diana's style.

From pie crust collars and maternity dresses to red carpet gowns and button down shirts, the opportunities are endless, with the Wales family's Christmas portrait being the latest tribute. 

The Prince and Princess of Wales posted their 2023 family photograph over the weekend, with their wardrobe - a jeans and shirt ensemble, thought to be a nod to the late Princess Diana.

"Such a great photo!" posted one royal fan. "It reminds me of those black and white shots of Princess Diana with William and Harry."

Another commented: "Gorgeous family, love the white shirt and jeans look. More like Diana than Charles. George looks so much like his grandmother." 

Princess Diana wearing a pink cardigan and gingham trousers on the steps of Highgrove House

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The decision, according to some sources, could have been down to Kate, with it previously noted that Diana's style had a big influence on her daughter-in-law even before her days as a royal.

"Kate admired Diana’s taste in fashion before William came into her life," a royal source previously explained of the two women's shared fashion taste to Us Weekly. "During her school days she’d tell friends that Diana was her style icon."

The source continued: "It would be wrong to say that Kate is trying top Diana as the royal family’s best dressed. A more accurate description is that she is taking inspiration from the late Princess..."

Well, that's lovely.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

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