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Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle once wore the same dress

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton had something in common before they ever met.

In the wake of the drama surrounding the Sussexes’ new Netflix docuseries, “Harry & Meghan,” Diane von Furstenberg took to Instagram to remind people that the two royals aren’t so different after all — in fact, both have stepped out in the same lace dress of her design.

“Once upon a time two beautiful women married two kind and handsome Princes… (here both wearing the same @dvf dress called Zorita.) Wishing them all Peace and Love for the new year !” the fashion legend, 75, captioned side-by-side photos of the two women wearing the classic style.

Markle, 41, was the first to wear the look, choosing the navy mini version for a USA Network event in Los Angeles in 2012; she paired the dress with nude pumps and honey highlights in her hair.

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Meghan Markle wore the mini version of the DVF “Zarita” dress to a red carpet in 2012.
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While Markle was still an actress on “Suits” — and married to ex-husband Trevor Engelson — when she wore her DVF dress, her future sister-in-law was engaged to Prince William at the time.

Two years later, Middleton, 40, chose a floor-length black version of the style, pulling her hair back into a loose bun and accessorizing with diamond hoop earrings for the Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre in London.

Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton debuted her Diane von Furstenberg “Zarita” gown at the Royal Variety Performance in London in 2014.

Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton debuted her Diane von Furstenberg “Zarita” gown at the Royal Variety Performance in London in 2014.


The now-Princess of Wales loved the look so much, she also wore it to a friend’s wedding one month later.

In 2017, she reached for the conservative style a third time for a gala dinner celebrating the Anna Freud Centre and, a few weeks later, once more for dinner with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to celebrate their 70th anniversary.

While the all-lace design is not available to shop anymore in either Markle’s mini or Middleton’s maxi length, there are plenty of vintage versions listed on resale sites like Poshmark and eBay.

Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg once outfitted Meghan and Kate in the same lacy look.

Von Furstenberg’s fans were similarly excited about the twinning moment — and to see a connection between the royal family members, who’ve reportedly been at odds for years.

“Let’s hope the dress brings sone [sic] reconciliation between them!” one person commented. Another wrote, “Pretty. Love the Navy. Wish them both time to make up and be family, life is short.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Years of tensions between Markle and Middleton seem to have reached a crescendo amid the release of Netflix’s “Harry & Meghan” docuseries, which dropped in two parts this month.
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