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Meghan Markle channels Michelle Obama’s inauguration outfit in New York

Meghan Markle took a page out of Michelle Obama‘s style book on Friday when she stepped out in New York in a monochromatic maroon suit — a look strikingly similar to the much-lauded outfit the former First Lady wore to President Joe Biden‘s inauguration. 

The Duchess of Sussex, 40, donned a $5,840 Loro Piana cashmere coat, a matching $1,685 wide-leg pants, and red Manolo Blahnik pointed-toe pumps while visiting Harlem’s PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school. 

Markle appeared to be channeling Obama, 57, in her berry-colored ensemble and Twitter users took notice, with one person joking that the royal was ‘cosplaying Michelle Obama on Inauguration Day.’ 

Meghan Markle, 40, is earning comparisons to Michelle Obama, 57, after stepping out in a monochromatic suit that looks quite similar to the former first lady's Inauguration Day outfit

Meghan Markle, 40, is earning comparisons to Michelle Obama, 57, after stepping out in a monochromatic suit that looks quite similar to the former first lady’s Inauguration Day outfit 

Outfit of the day: The Duchess of Sussex donned a $5,840 Loro Piana cashmere coat and matching $1,685 wide-leg pants while visiting Harlem's PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school

Outfit of the day: The Duchess of Sussex donned a $5,840 Loro Piana cashmere coat and matching $1,685 wide-leg pants while visiting Harlem’s PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school 

Obama cut a stylish figure in a head-to-toe plum suit by Sergio Hudson when she watched Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris be sworn into office at the Capitol in January.  

The mother-of-two wore a floor-length coat over a form-fitting knit turtleneck and wide-leg pants — all in the same deep berry shade. She topped off the look with a matching belt featuring a large gold buckle that pulled the outfit together. 

The choice of color was significant as purple is one of the official colors of the suffragist movement, as was her decision to have Hudson, a young black designer. 

Markle’s version of the monochromatic suit was more relaxed, likely because she would be sitting down and reading a book to school children.

Her reversible coat is made from double-faced cashmere, features hand-finished invisible seams, and comes complete with a ribbed, cashmere-knit, detachable collar. 

The designer piece was baggier and far less structured than Obama’s coat, and Markle wore her sleeves cuffed to show the fabric on the other side. 

Another unique detail was its pockets, which were framed with a lighter shade of square-shaped lining. 

Spotted: Eagle-eyed Twitter users noticed her look was similar to the head-to-toe plum suit by Sergio Hudson that Obama wore to President Joe Biden's inauguration in January

Spotted: Eagle-eyed Twitter users noticed her look was similar to the head-to-toe plum suit by Sergio Hudson that Obama wore to President Joe Biden's inauguration in January

Spotted: Eagle-eyed Twitter users noticed her look was similar to the head-to-toe plum suit by Sergio Hudson that Obama wore to President Joe Biden’s inauguration in January 

One person joked she was 'cosplaying' Obama, while another said the outfit was giving her 'Michelle Obama at the inauguration vibes'

One person joked she was ‘cosplaying’ Obama, while another said the outfit was giving her ‘Michelle Obama at the inauguration vibes’

Markle accessorized the look with matching pumps and gold jewelry, including a $4,500 diamond ring by Birks, Princess Diana’s $23,000 Cartier Tank watch, a $6,900 Cartier Love bracelet, a $3,000 Jennifer Meyer tennis bracelet, and her diamond engagement ring, which is estimated to be worth about $350,000.

The designer outfit and estimated $387,000 worth of jewels raised eyebrows given 94 per cent of children at the school they were visiting receive free meals.   

Markle completed the look with a black — not red — face mask that looked just like the one Obama paired with her suit eight months ago. 

The mother of two, who wore her hair in a sleek bun the day before, also seemed to take inspiration from Obama’s Inauguration Day hairstyle. 

Like the former First Lady, Markle had her hair styled in loose curls, though she opted to have her dark locks parted in the middle instead of to the side. 

Markle, who wore her hair in a sleek bun the day before, also seemed to take inspiration from Obama's Inauguration Day hairstyle

Markle, who wore her hair in a sleek bun the day before, also seemed to take inspiration from Obama's Inauguration Day hairstyle

Markle, who wore her hair in a sleek bun the day before, also seemed to take inspiration from Obama’s Inauguration Day hairstyle 

Markle accessorized her designer suit with an estimated $387,000 worth of jewels

Markle accessorized her designer suit with an estimated $387,000 worth of jewels 

The Duchess of Sussex wore matching heels from Manolo Blahnik, one of her favorite  brands

The Duchess of Sussex wore matching heels from Manolo Blahnik, one of her favorite  brands

While Markle opted for a head-to-toe red, Prince Harry donned beige chinos and a long-sleeve navy polo shirt that he wore open at the collar

While Markle opted for a head-to-toe red, Prince Harry donned beige chinos and a long-sleeve navy polo shirt that he wore open at the collar

While Markle opted for a head-to-toe red, Prince Harry donned beige chinos and a long-sleeve navy polo shirt that he wore open at the collar 

A number took to Twitter on Friday to point out that the Duchess of Sussex’s suit looked a lot like the one worn by Obama. 

‘This giving me Michelle Obama inauguration look,’ one person wrote, adding: ‘Very messy but the outfit looks similar to Michelle Obama’s inauguration 2021 look.’

‘Madame Duchess maroon outfit and flowy hair is giving Michelle Obama at the Inauguration,’ someone else agreed, while someone else added: ‘Giving me Michelle Obama at the inauguration vibes!’ 

‘She’s giving Michelle at inauguration and I am here for it #flawless,’ one fan tweeted.  

Markle may very likely be finding inspiration in Obama’s post-presidency style after she and her husband Prince Harry confirmed earlier this year that they would not be returning as working members of the royal family following their move to the U.S.

Markle read her children's book The Bench to a group of second-grade students at the public school

Markle read her children’s book The Bench to a group of second-grade students at the public school

The Sussexes posed for photos with students at PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school as they showed the couple a mural in the yard

The Sussexes posed for photos with students at PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school as they showed the couple a mural in the yard

The visit to the school marked the start of the second day of their three-day trip to the Big Apple, their first major public appearance since quitting the royal family

The visit to the school marked the start of the second day of their three-day trip to the Big Apple, their first major public appearance since quitting the royal family

As Vogue fashion editor Janelle Okwodu noted in a recent article about former Suits star ‘reimagining royal style,’ the ‘template for dressing post-public life’ was set by Obama ‘in many ways.’ 

The writer pointed out that the former First Lady started dressing for herself after leaving the White House and has been ’embracing her newfound sartorial freedom.’ Markle may be experiencing the same thing. 

Markle certainly admires Obama, something she has made clear in the past. She interviewed the former First Lady for British Vogue’s Q&A feature while guest-editing the magazine in 2019. 

When opening up about her choice, she explained that Obama embodies everything she was looking for in an interview subject. 

‘Turns out British Vogue famously has a back page Q&A feature that is equal parts informative and whimsical, with a special guest each month,’ she wrote in the magazine. 

‘My first thought was that it needed to be someone kind, inspirational, motivating, funny, with gravitas and as much depth as levity. My second thought: it needed to be Michelle Obama.’   

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited One World Observatory and the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center on Thursday, the first day of their trip

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited One World Observatory and the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center on Thursday, the first day of their trip

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited One World Observatory and the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center on Thursday, the first day of their trip 

When they headed to the United Nations offices later that day,  Markle changed into an unseasonably warm-looking camel-colored coat

When they headed to the United Nations offices later that day,  Markle changed into an unseasonably warm-looking camel-colored coat

The Sussexes are staying at the Carlyle Hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side —where top-tier rooms cost up to $8,800 a night — while in New York for their first official joint engagement since the birth of their daughter Lilibet. 

They left their children Archie, two, and Lilibet, three months, at home in California during their visit, which will last at least three nights and marks their longest time away from their newborn daughter. 

Markle and Harry, 37,  kicked off the first day of their tour Thursday, when they paid their respects to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks at Ground Zero.

They later met with the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, to discuss racial justice.

The couple also visited the offices of the World Health Organization (WHO), where they held a meeting with Chelsea Clinton, health officials, and other experts to discuss vaccine equity ahead of their appearance at Saturday’s Global Citizen concert. 

Markle was bundled up in a black coat, a turtle neck, and wide-legged trousers — despite the weather being a humid 80 degrees Fahrenheit in the city. 

Social media users were baffled by her wardrobe choices, with one person asking: ‘Does she never learn how to wear clothes that suit the occasion and weather? It’s a hot and humid day in New York and she is wearing a high collar and coat.’ 

Later she changed into a camel coat by Max Mara, which she layered over a classic black dress.


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