MEGHAN MARKLE channelled Princess Diana on Sunday when she attended the solemn National Service of Remembrance – but her outfit sparked a row online.
Meghan’s outfit was very similar to the one worn by Princess Diana on Remembrance Sunday in 1991.
On that occasion, the late Princess of Wales wore a black coat featuring an oversized belt buckle, black gloves and a hat with very similar details to the one chosen by Meghan on Sunday.
This touching tribute was appreciated by eagle-eyed royal fans.
Meghan Markle channelled Princess Diana on Sunday (Image PA GETTY)
Sophie Wessex and Meghan shared the balcony on Sunday (Image: GETTY)
However, Meghan’s outfit was involved in a row online sparked by the 48-year-old fashion designer who created her coat.
Ms McCartney took to Instagram to share a picture of Meghan wearing her coat during the commemorative service.
In an Instagram post now deleted, the fashion designer wrote: “So honoured to have HRH Duchess of Sussex in our Autumn ‘19 coat at Remembrance Day service. x Stella.”
This message was branded “tacky” by some social media users, who believed that wasn’t the time to “plug fashion wear”.
Meghan donned a £1,545 black Stella McCartney wool coat on Sunday (Image: GETTY)
One wrote: “Stella, don’t you think it’s disrespectful plugging your fashion wear on Meghan when she was paying respect to our fallen soldiers?”
Another said: “Seriously tacky post on the back of a dignified occasion; really not appropriate.”
A third added: “Good taste in clothing, poor taste to advertise on Remembrance Day.”
Meghan watched the Remembrance Sunday ceremony on one of the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office building.
Meghan with Sophie Wessex and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence on Sunday (Image: GETTY)
Camilla sharing the balcony with the Queen and Kate (Image: GETTY)
The Duchess was standing alongside Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence – Princess Anne’s second husband.
Meghan was far from the Queen, who was in the company of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.
The decision to separate the sisters-in-law is due simply to a question of space, as the balconies can only fit three people.
Kate could attend the ceremony closer to the Queen than Meghan because her husband, Prince William, is closer than Prince Harry to the throne in the line of succession.
Meghan Markle’s family tree (Image: EXPRESS)
Similarly, Meghan and Harry had to sit further away from the monarch than Kate and William on Saturday night, when many senior royals attended the Festival of Remembrance.
The Duchess of Sussex didn’t commemorate the fallen and servicemen just by attending the ceremony at the Cenotaph.
Yesterday, Meghan dedicated a message on the Sussexes’ Instagram account to US veterans and military personnel.
Publishing three pictures, included two where she is seen attending the United Service Organisations (USO) tour in 2014, Meghan recognised the service of Army men and women to her country.
She wrote on sussexroyal: “Today is Remembrance Day and also Veterans Day in the United States, a day to honour those who have bravely served in the Armed Forces.
“Thank you to all, for your service, sacrifice and commitment.
“It has been an important week to recognise those who serve (and have served) as well as to acknowledge their families.
“In 2014, The (now) Duchess of Sussex proudly went on @TheUSO tour with the Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff, visiting troops in five countries: Spain, Italy, Turkey, Afghanistan and the United Kingdom.
“During this tour, The Duchess met with service personnel and their families and she was proud to recognise their service to the country.
“At the time, The Duchess said: ‘I have always had such a profound respect for our nation’s troops and military families.
‘I cannot thank them enough for everything they do for us.’ #VeteransDay #RemembranceDay”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK