Meghan Markle has worked over the past year to establish her fashion identity as a working duchess—and consciously create a style different from Kate Middleton’s, a royal insider tells ELLE.com. Despite salacious tabloids alleging Kate and her team are annoyed that Meghan has copied her, Kate is not actually upset by or jealous of Meghan, as the women have very different styles and interests. In fact, Kate has been helping her. “Kate has been on hand to help guide Meghan with advice about certain designers and royal protocol,” the royal insider explains.
Meghan and Kate have different teams to plan their outfits. Meghan works with her friend and stylist Jessica Mulroney to review what she’ll wear to events long in advance, as Mulroney is based in Toronto and visits Meghan only periodically.Meghan has worn Givenchy by Clare Waight Keller to many of her first big events as a working royal in addition to her wedding, from her first event with the Queen to her first solo event period in September. Her reception dress designer, Stella McCartney, is also a favorite of the Duchess, along with Aritzia, Brandon Maxwell, Canadian label Mackage Coats, and Maison Birks Jewellery.