Was Kate’s Commonwealth outfit a subtle swipe at Meghan? Princess wore Erdem label which caused ‘tensions’ between the two women – on anniversary of the Sussexes last engagement as working royals
- Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle reportedly fought over Erdem Moralioglu
- Princess of Wales chose to wear the designer for Commonwealth Day Service
- Read more: LIZ JONES says Kate’s outfit shows she ‘means business’
The Princess of Wales chose to wear a designer label which reportedly caused ‘tensions’ with Meghan Markle to the Commonwealth Day service yesterday.
Kate Middleton, 41, opted for a £3,000 trendy floral jacket and matching skirt from one of her favourite designers, Erdem, for the appearance.
It appears to have been a particularly poignant choice for the royal, following reports the Princess had a disagreement with the Duchess of Sussex, 41, over the founder, Erdem Moralioglu.
Earlier this year, The Telegraph reported that tensions arose between the Duchess of Sussex and Kate early on in their relationship, after the now Princess was prioritised over Meghan by Erdem.
Yesterday’s Commonwealth Day Service also poignantly marked the third anniversary of Prince Harry and Meghan’s final engagement as working royals in 2020, before they stepped back from royal duty and moved to the US.
The Princess of Wales, 41, chose to wear a designer over whom she reportedly had ‘tensions’ with Meghan Markle, 41, to the Commonwealth Day service yesterday
The Duchess of Sussex is also a fan of the designer, and wore his clothing before meeting Prince Harry. Here she is pictured wearing Erdem for the first time during a royal engagement, donning this custom green coat dress in 2019
Earlier this year, reports emerged that both Kate and Meghan are fans of British designer, with the Duchess falling in love with his clothes during her career as an actress.
Despite sporting his designs to several engagements before entering royal life from 2016, once Meghan joined the Firm, the Princess is said to have been given priority over Meghan as she, too, was an existing customer.
The 46-year-old designer has been described as being like Marmite, as people tend to either love or detest his work, with no room for ambivalence, thanks to his confident colour choices and fearless approach to pattern.
His romantic clothing has been described as ‘chintzy’ by some, due to his use of romantic floral fabrics.
Kate has been snapped wearing the East London-based designer’s creations on multiple royal engagements over the years.
She donned a mid-calf fit-and-flare frock from British label Erdem’s SS18 collection to attend the opening of the V&A Photography Centre at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2018.
She also sported the designer for other engagements, sporting a full-length mustard floral print gown to a Dinner given by the British Ambassador in Stockholm in 2018, and opting for the designer’s Shebah Floral Cotton Silk Gown to attend the Chelsea Flower show in 2019.
Meanwhile, Meghan wore Erdem’s ‘Davina’ dress from his 2015 collection in early 2016 – before it was available to the general public – for an appearance on NBC’s Today Programme, before she had even met the Duke of Sussex.
Meanwhile yesterday’s Commonwealth Day Service also marked the third anniversary of Prince Harry and Meghan’s final engagement as working royals in 2020
She was also seen in Erdem dresses in March 2017 during a wedding in Jamaica, and around the time of the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, when she wore his ‘Sebla’ dress.
However, as a royal, Meghan did not publicly wear the designer until March 2019, The Telegraph reports.
The fact that frocks crafted by the British designer, who was born in Canada, were being handed to Kate first is said to have gone down badly with the Sussexes.
This led to Meghan allegedly saying Kate ‘wasn’t even Queen’.
So, who is the man behind the brand that’s become a fashion darling of the royals?
Meghan wore Erdem’s ‘Davina’ dress from his 2015 collection in early 2016 – before it was available to the general public – for an appearance on NBC’s Today Programme, before she had even met the Duke of Sussex
Kate has been snapped wearing Erdem dresses on multiple royal engagements over the years, including this design she sported while attending the opening of the V&A Photography Centre at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2018
Erdem grew up in Montreal, with his homesick mother who surrounded herself with British treasures including Brideshead Revisited and Room With A View.
These informed the young creative with a romantic view of Britain that is clear in his chintzy designs.
Coming to the UK as a young adult, he learned his trade at London’s prestigious Royal College of Art and on internships at Vivienne Westwood and Diane von Furstenberg.
Debuting his own inaugural collection some 15 years ago, Erdem, who was awarded an MBE for services to fashion in 2021, won plaudits for his grown-up style that took ethereal fabrics and Renaissance florals and made them appeal to savvy career women.
Clothing created by fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu (pictured in London in December 2022) is said to have created some tension between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle
His talent was instantly recognised and saw a panel of influential judges — including Alexandra Shulman, Joan Burstein, the formidable founder of powerhouse boutique Browns, and designer Roland Mouret — award him the coveted Fashion Fringe prize at London Fashion Week.
This provided a cash injection for his fledgling business and a springboard to catapult him into the spotlight.
Today, Erdem has made England his home and the base for his internationally acclaimed brand.
It sells in more than 170 chic boutiques and department shops around the world, including a flagship store bearing his own name in London’s Mayfair.
The Princess looked chic in the designer as she arrived at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey
The wind caught at the hemline of the Princess’ skirt, revealing the inverted pattern on the inside, while she clung onto her fascinator to prevent it flying away
Perhaps conscious of the windy weather, the Princess held onto the brim of her fascinator as she left the service this afternoon
And Kate stole the spotlight in a blue £3,000 Erdem outfit and a diamond Prince of Wales Feathers brooch – a sweet gift from King Charles.
Adding more glitz to her ensemble, the mother-of-three opted for a glittering pair of two-tiered flower-shaped earrings, which were previously owned by Princess Diana.
Diana was spotted wearing the earrings on several occasions before her death in 1997 – including when she attended the Met Gala in New York City in 1996 and during a visit to Canada in 1991.
Now, they’ve been passed down to Kate, who previously wore them back in June when she attended Trooping the Colour as part of the Queen’s birthday celebrations.
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