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How Kate Middleton stole the fashion crown from Meghan Markle – and ways you can copy her style

MEGHAN and Harry’s departure might have hogged the royal spotlight this year, but Kate is officially making her comeback. 

The Duchess of Cambridge has rolled up her silk blouse sleeves and snatched the style crown back with eye-catching outfits that prove she’s not taking a backseat at the hands of Megxit. 

Since the announcement of the Sussex’ stepping down and heading off to Canada, the 38-year-old has gone bolder with her looks than ever before.

With rumours circulating that Meghan is lining up a clothing range – and fashion designer pal Misha Nonoo already teasing a ‘special collaboration’ in Canada – Kate’s fresh look is sure giving Meghan a run for her money as the most stylish member of the royal family.

It’s been a rocky road for the Duchess who favoured traditional tweeds, frumpy frocks and THOSE boring nude court shoes.

Last year, we saw Kate take her wardrobe up a notch with the helping hand of former Vogue alumni Virginia Chadwych-Healy, dressing in flashy designer labels including Gucci and Prada, to rival her new princess pal. 

But since her trusty stylist Natasha Archer has returned from maternity leave, Kate, 38, has rekindled her love for the high street with Zara and Jigsaw making the cut.

Subtle tweaks have made her outfits feel more current and on-trend than ever with bold prints, knee-high boots and fashion jewellery leading her look.

As the Kate effect is back in full force with her outfits selling out, there’s no need to worry as the high street has similar alternatives to help you get the Megxit makeover, too.

We reveal how to wear them – and what makes Kate’s look so great. 

Look one


Kate wears

  • Red dress, £410, Needle and Thread
  • Heels, £510, Gianvito Rossi
  • Earrings, £140, Soru

Last week Kate wore an embellished evening dress by Needle and Thread for the African Investment Summit at Buckingham Palace.

Usually one for a plain, fitted frock in muted hues, this bold midi dress makes a serious statement.

The sheer tulle on the arms gives it as fresh, dare we say it, sexier feel while the embellishment shows she is no longer a fashion wallflower.

This look means business.

  • Monsoon Jessa Linear Long Sleeve Maxi Dress – Red, Very, £280 – buy now
  • Red Suedette Stiletto Court Shoes, New Look, £17.99 – buy now
  • Oversized Double Pearl Earrings, £6, Boohoo – buy now

Look two


Kate wears

  • Camel Coat, £349, Massimo Dutti
  • Boots, £838, Ralph Lauren 

Kate spent time at a women’s prison in Surrey and kept her look sharp in a camel coat. 

Biscuit shades are a huge trend this season and her tailored look is perfect for an official visit – a step up from 2015, where she visited the same prison in an awkward traditional tweed, pencil dress that looked totally out of place for the visit.

And rather than twee diamonds or dated jewellery, the gold disc necklace brings her look right up to date as this is the only accessory to be seen in this season. 

Cleverly wearing it over her roll neck jumpers means this is a modern outfit that we would recommend everyone invest in this year. 

  • Coat, ASOS, £65 – buy now
  • Gold Coin Pendant Necklace, New Look, £2.99 – buy now
  • Calf High Rouched Boots, Boohoo, £38 – buy now

Look three


Kate wears

  • Black roll neck, not known
  • Necklace, £1,070 Daniella Draper
  • Skirt, £29.99, Zara
  • Boots, £838, Ralph Lauren

At Ely and Careau Children’s Centre in Cardiff, Wales, Kate sunk her claws into leopard print – and looked spot on.

Kate’s skirts have often been in pastel shades or traditional tartan, but with her new-found flair for style she paired her on trend pleated skirt with a sleek rollneck, creating a relaxed and appropriate look ticking off all the royal rules.

And let’s not forget those knee-high boots – what a refreshing change from her usual penchant for court shoes. 

  • Tall Brown Satin Leopard Print Pleated Midi Skirt, New Look, £25.99 – buy now
  • Black Ribbed Long Sleeve Roll Neck Top, New Look, £8.99 – buy now

Look four


Kate wears

  • Top, £295, Tabitha Webb
  • Trousers, £65, Jigsaw
  • Bracelet £114, Maya Torque
  • Monica Vinader earrings £133

Kate ensured she’s not to be brushed aside during Megxit with this hard-to-miss chevron blouse at the Birmingham Science Museum. 

The Seventies-inspired print with pussy-bow neckline must be worn with confidence and this proves Kate is settling into her fashion stride. 

Tucked into plain navy wide-leg trousers with a higher waistline, her look could have come straight from the catwalk.

  • Betty & Co. Pussy Bow Blouse, Blue/Petrol, John Lewis, £90 – buy now
  • Belt, Boohoo, £8 – buy now
  • Navy trousers, Pretty Little Thing, £18 – buy now
  • Wide Fit Navy Suedette Pointed Court Shoes, New Look, £19.99, New Look – buy now

Look five


Kate wears

  • Grey checked dress, £15 was £89.99, Zara
  • Shoes, £550, Gianvitto Rossi 

Kate wowed in a houndstooth dress from Zara while out in Bradford.

The sale frock was an instant sell out and later shoppers were selling theirs on Ebay for up to £125.

Although it’s pussy-bow tie and midi length may seem twee, the print is a hit and kept Kate on the fashion map.

Gone are the ditsy florals, this dogtooth dress has more bite. 

  • Black dogtooth check tie V neck midi dress, River Island, £36 – buy now
  • Carissa – BlackPointed Toe Slingback, Dune, £45 – buy now
  • Earrings, Topshop, £12 – buy now

Plus these are the five times Meghan Markle has upstaged Kate Middleton – and how Kate got her revenge.

In more royal news, Meghan's friend has said Harry's "spirit was being crushed by the Royal Family and he can finally be happy now".

And Harry has "thrown the Queen's gesture back in her face" with his "I have no choice" speech, a royal expert has claimed.

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