Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, despite Meghan being a royal for only a short time, have travelled a lot with their husbands, and it seems that the Duchesses know a travelling trick that Princess Diana did not.
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have visited quite a large number of countries. This year Meghan had her first overseas trip as a royal with her husband Prince Harry, which saw the couple visit Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji.
Kate was not so active this year, being pregnant and all, but she has accompanied Prince William to countries such as India, Canada Australia just to name a few.
Both of them follow a certain rule when travelling abroad, which is something that Princess Diana rarely did (the OG royal rebel). They both choose to wear foreign designers from the country they are travelling to as a nod to their culture.
For example, Kate Middleton wore a grey coat by the Toronto designer Bojana Sentaler during a tour of Canada in 2016, and after her appearance, the item quickly sold out.
Another such example was in 2017 when Kate Middleton and Prince William visited India. She wore a bohemian dress by Indian designer Anita Dongre, which was also a hit when the public saw the Duchess of Cambridge wearing it. While in the country, she also decided to go with Amrapali Jewels earrings during an official dinner, which was a jewellery brand founded in Jaipur.
She also used this trick when in Warsaw and Sydney, wearing a cocktail dress by Polish designer Gosia Baczyńska and a lace dress by Australian designer Zimmerman.
And it seems that Meghan has followed in her sister-in-law’s path, which sees her doing the same as a kind of support for the local artists and designers.
During her visit to Scotland, Meghan went for a bag from Scottish brand Strathberry and wore a tartan coat for her visit to Edinburgh. The bag seller was so honoured by the Duchess that he even launched a bag in her name. Her visit to Wales was no different when she chose Welsh designer Huit’s black jeans. The crowd came in masses to buy the item, which ended up with the brand having a three-month waiting list.
During her first official tour as the Duchess of Sussex, she chose Kiwi designer Jessica McCormack and Karen Walker for her dresses and jewellery while touring New Zealand.
Australian designer Karen Gee’s website also crashed after Meghan wore her white dress on the first day of the Australia tour, which just shows how much of an impact Meghan has in the fashion world.
Diana, on the other hand, would rather go with local designers, opting for her personal favourites, but she still paid respect to the local culture.
During a visit to Japan, she wore a white dress with red polka dots, a nod to the national flag.
Despite being designed by British designers the Emanuels, who also designed Diana’s wedding dress, private notes revealed: “modesty is the order of the day” when they created her outfit choices to the Middle East.
She also chose to wear green in Pakistan which is a colour of respect.
Some of Diana’s favourites are from Britain, which includes the likes of Catherine Walker, and Bruce Oldfield.