Meghan’s stunning sequin gown looks strikingly similar to owned by the late Princess

The Duchess of Sussex put on a dazzling display as she attended a Cirque De Soleil charity performance at London‘s Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday.

And eagle-eyed fans soon noted that Meghan’s ensemble appeared to have been inspired by the late Princess Diana, who would have been her mother-in-law.

The pregnant duchess, 37, opted for a navy sparkling £3,400 floor-length dress by Roland Mouret, similar to the sea green gown by Catherine Walker first worn by Diana at the Burgtheater in Vienna in 1986, and then again to a charity ball at Osterley House in 1989, and the Diamond Ball in 1990. 

In a nod to Prince Harry‘s late mother, Meghan also wore one of Diana’s bracelets – an elegant gold, open bangle with two dark stones, as she attended the event in aid of those affected by HIV in South Africa, a cause that was also close to Diana’s heart.

Meghan, 37, opted for a navy sparkling £3,400 floor-length dress by Roland Mouret as she arrived at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday

Meghan, 37, opted for a navy sparkling £3,400 floor-length dress by Roland Mouret as she arrived at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday

Seen: The sea green gown by Catherine Walker first worn by Diana at the Burgtheater in Vienna in 1986, to a charity ball at Osterley House in 1989, seen, and then again to the Diamond Ball in 1990

Seen: The sea green gown by Catherine Walker first worn by Diana at the Burgtheater in Vienna in 1986, to a charity ball at Osterley House in 1989, seen, and then again to the Diamond Ball in 1990

Meghan, 37, opted for a navy sparkling £3,400 floor-length dress by Roland Mouret as she arrived at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday, pictured left, similar to the sea green gown by Catherine Walker first worn by Diana at the Burgtheater in Vienna in 1986, to a charity ball at Osterley House in 1989, seen right, and then again to the Diamond Ball in 1990

The pregnant duchess was first pictured paying tribute to Harry’s late mother when she wore the bracelet during an engagement in Sydney with Prince Harry last October.

The bracelet sported by Meghan was previously seen on Diana on an outing to an elderly people’s home in Newham, east London, in 1990. 

And in a further mark of respect to Harry’s mother, the former Suits star emulated Diana’s favourite look in the midnight blue floor-length designer gown, which she styled with her beloved Givenchy satin clutch and Stuart Weitzman ‘Nudistsong’ sandals.

The gown closely resembled the sequin green dress worn by the late princess on multiple occasions, created by Diana’s favourite designer Catherine Walker.

The dazzling dress was first sold in auction at Christie’s for £33,500 in 1997, two months before Diana died, and two years later a private buyer bought it for £75,000.

It was then bought for a staggering £80,000 in auction in 2016 by an anonymous British museum.

In a nod to Prince Harry's late mother, Meghan wore one of Diana's bracelets - an elegant gold, open bangle with two dark stones, as she attended Cirque De Soleil's charity performance at London's Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday

In a nod to Prince Harry's late mother, Meghan wore one of Diana's bracelets - an elegant gold, open bangle with two dark stones, as she attended Cirque De Soleil's charity performance at London's Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday

The bracelet was previously seen on Diana on an outing to an elderly people's home in Newham, east London, in 1990, right

The bracelet was previously seen on Diana on an outing to an elderly people's home in Newham, east London, in 1990, right

In a nod to Prince Harry’s late mother, Meghan wore one of Diana’s bracelets – an elegant gold, open bangle with two dark stones, as she attended Cirque De Soleil’s charity performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday, seen left. The bracelet was previously seen on Diana on an outing to an elderly people’s home in Newham, east London, in 1990, right.

Diana, Princess Of Wales, was pictured attending The Diamond Ball At The Royal Lancaster Hotel in 1990, wearing her favourite Catherine Walker dress, similar to that of Meghan

Diana, Princess Of Wales, was pictured attending The Diamond Ball At The Royal Lancaster Hotel in 1990, wearing her favourite Catherine Walker dress, similar to that of Meghan

Diana, Princess Of Wales, was pictured attending The Diamond Ball At The Royal Lancaster Hotel in 1990, wearing her favourite Catherine Walker dress, similar to that of Meghan

Speaking about Diana’s Catherine Walker dress, which was crafted from pre-sequinned fabric by Jakob Schlaepfer, London Auction House auctioneer Kerry Taylor previously told the Telegraph it was one of the late princess’ favourites.

‘It is unlike anything else in her 1980’s wardrobe – the only one that was completely covered in sequins and is very glamorous and figure-hugging sexy dress’, she said. 

‘It was a favourite dress because she wore it to film premieres and charity openings.

‘She wore it at least three times that I know of, so it was something that she must have caused a sensation in when she wore it.’

Eagle-eyed fans soon noted that Meghan's ensemble appeared to have been inspired by the late Princess Diana, who would have been her mother-in-law, as she attended the performance with husband Prince Harry in London on Wednesday

Eagle-eyed fans soon noted that Meghan's ensemble appeared to have been inspired by the late Princess Diana, who would have been her mother-in-law, as she attended the performance with husband Prince Harry in London on Wednesday

Eagle-eyed fans soon noted that Meghan’s ensemble appeared to have been inspired by the late Princess Diana, who would have been her mother-in-law, as she attended the performance with husband Prince Harry in London on Wednesday

A precious heirloom: Meghan pays tribute to Diana with gold bracelet

Meghan wore a gold bracelet that belonged to the late princess Diana as she attended a charity performance by Cirque De Soleil at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday.

The elegant gold bangle features two black or dark coloured stones. 

The bracelet sported by Meghan was seen on Diana on an outing to an elderly people’s home in Newham, east London, in 1990. 

The pregnant duchess was first pictured paying tribute to Harry’s late mother when she wore the bracelet during an engagement in Sydney with Prince Harry last October.

Meghan wore a gold bracelet that belonged to the late princess Diana as she attended a charity performance by Cirque De Soleil at London's Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday

Meghan wore a gold bracelet that belonged to the late princess Diana as she attended a charity performance by Cirque De Soleil at London's Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday

Meghan wore a gold bracelet that belonged to the late princess Diana as she attended a charity performance by Cirque De Soleil at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday

The pregnant duchess first paid tribute to Diana with the same gold bracelet owned by the Princess, pictured, as she stepped out for a busy day of engagements in Sydney with Prince Harry last October

The pregnant duchess first paid tribute to Diana with the same gold bracelet owned by the Princess, pictured, as she stepped out for a busy day of engagements in Sydney with Prince Harry last October

The pregnant duchess first paid tribute to Diana with the same gold bracelet owned by the Princess, pictured, as she stepped out for a busy day of engagements in Sydney with Prince Harry last October

Diana wore the same bracelet as she greeted Nellie Corbett during her visit to the Lord Gage Centre in Newham, East London, on September 18, 1990, pictured

Diana wore the same bracelet as she greeted Nellie Corbett during her visit to the Lord Gage Centre in Newham, East London, on September 18, 1990, pictured

Diana wore the same bracelet as she greeted Nellie Corbett during her visit to the Lord Gage Centre in Newham, East London, on September 18, 1990, pictured

The gold bangle, pictured, features two black or dark coloured stones. The piece was among the jewellery collection Princess Diana left to her sons Prince William and Prince Harry 

The gold bangle, pictured, features two black or dark coloured stones. The piece was among the jewellery collection Princess Diana left to her sons Prince William and Prince Harry 

The gold bangle, pictured, features two black or dark coloured stones. The piece was among the jewellery collection Princess Diana left to her sons Prince William and Prince Harry 

The duchess, who normally favours pieces by trendy jewellery brands, has chosen to wear Princess Diana’s jewels on a number of high profile occasions, including on the night of her wedding.

Her bespoke engagement ring also features two diamonds that belonged to her husband’s late mother.  

Princess Diana left much of her jewellery collection to her sons’ future wives, writing in a letter: ‘I would like you to allocate all my jewellery to the share to be held by my sons, so that their wives may, in due course, have it or use it.’

Among her vast collection are the glittering butterfly earrings worn by Meghan in Sydney last October, which Diana wore to an event in the Canadian city of Prince George in May 1986.

The Duchess of Sussex sported a pair of earrings, pictured, that belonged to Princess Diana as she joined husband Prince Harry on the first day of their Australian royal tour on Tuesday. Pictured, opening the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning at Taronga Zoo in Sydney

Princess Diana first wore the earrings on her royal tour of Canada in May 1986, pictured. She styled them with a matching necklace and a cobalt blue suit and hat by Catherine Walker

Princess Diana first wore the earrings on her royal tour of Canada in May 1986, pictured. She styled them with a matching necklace and a cobalt blue suit and hat by Catherine Walker

Princess Diana first wore the earrings on her royal tour of Canada in May 1986, pictured. She styled them with a matching necklace and a cobalt blue suit and hat by Catherine Walker

How Meghan keeps Harry’s late mother close at important moments with meaningful heirlooms

The Duchess of Sussex has paid tribute to her husband’s late mother by wearing her jewellery on some of her most high profile appearances. 

Meghan, 37, was first given Diana’s jewellery when Prince Harry incorporated two of his mother’s personal diamonds into the bespoke engagement ring he designed for his wife-to-be.

Meghan, 37, was first given Diana's jewellery when Prince Harry incorporated two of his mother's diamonds into the bespoke engagement ring he designed for his wife-to-be. Pictured, the couple announce their engagement at Kensington Palace last November

Meghan, 37, was first given Diana's jewellery when Prince Harry incorporated two of his mother's diamonds into the bespoke engagement ring he designed for his wife-to-be. Pictured, the couple announce their engagement at Kensington Palace last November

Meghan, 37, was first given Diana’s jewellery when Prince Harry incorporated two of his mother’s diamonds into the bespoke engagement ring he designed for his wife-to-be. Pictured, the couple announce their engagement at Kensington Palace last November

The Duchess of Sussex also held Diana close on their wedding day, wearing an emerald cut aquamarine ring for her evening wedding reception at Frogmore House, pictured

The Duchess of Sussex also held Diana close on their wedding day, wearing an emerald cut aquamarine ring for her evening wedding reception at Frogmore House, pictured

The Duchess of Sussex also held Diana close on their wedding day, wearing an emerald cut aquamarine ring for her evening wedding reception at Frogmore House, pictured

The Duchess of Sussex also held Diana close on their wedding day, wearing an emerald cut aquamarine ring for her evening wedding reception at Frogmore House.

For her first public appearance as a duchess for Prince Charles 70th birthday, Meghan opted for a delicate tennis bracelet inspired by one owned by Diana.

Finally, hours after announcing her pregnancy on the Australian royal tour, Meghan ensured Diana was once again an important part of the day by wearing her earrings and bracelet. 

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