Pairing red and purple together is the kind of style move you don’t forget, but Meghan Markle’s take on the colour combo is memorable for another reason. When the duchess of Sussex stepped out on Monday in a bright Aritzia Maxwell by Babaton dress and cherry red Sentaler coat, she made us think, could it be a tribute to Princess Diana? Long before Meghan, Diana showed off the more unconventional colour combo on three separate occasions (that we have the photos of): a trip to India in 1992, a trip to Hong Kong in 1989, and on tour in Bangkok in 1988.
So, when Meghan Markle emerged wearing the same shades of purple and red, we instantly saw a bit of Princess Diana in her look. The polished separates are mixed and matched to create the same effect: bold with sophistication. And, even while a couple of Diana’s looks and Meghan’s falls near Valentine’s Day on the calendar, none of these outfits could ever be called cheesy. They’re done with just the right proportions, making the outfits feel easy, never fussy. It’s a way both women have with clothes, no matter what they’re wearing.
Meghan Markle mixed red and purple with ease, right down to her heels in this Aritzia dress and Sentaler coat.
Princess Diana arrived in Hong Kong on tour in 1989 carrying off a purple and red colour clash with ease.
For a dinner in Bangkok in 1988, Princess Diana pulled off a red and purple Catherine Walker gown.
In 1992, Diana again chose a purple pencil skirt topped with a red blazer for a visit Marie Stopes Clinic in India.