Since Kate Middleton’s marriage to Prince William, she has been praised for her style and decision to recycle certain looks. Once Meghan Markle joined the royal family, the Duchess of Cambridge felt obligated to make a few adjustments to her wardrobe.

Although Meghan has received criticism over certain choices, she has been praised for her trendy fashion sense, which conflicts with royal traditions.

Kate Middleton gave birth to Prince Louis a few weeks before Meghan and Prince Harry’s royal wedding. However, when she returned from maternity, she made some notable changes to her signature wardrobe.

In the holiday issue of Grazia, fashion expert Laura Antonia Jordan claimed Meghan influenced Kate’s decision to add modern pieces to her wardrobe. “Since returning from maternity leave in October, Kate has been embracing a slightly younger aesthetic, said to be a deliberate move on her part,” she explained.

During a brief break from her regular stylist, Kate was introduced to a few new styles that she came to love.

“It’s certainly true that her long-term stylist Natasha Archer recently returned from maternity leave. That said, Kate is said to be working with Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey, the ex-Vogue staffer and old friend from St. Andrews, who styled her in the interim,” Jordan said.

“Items such as Kate’s Gucci blouse - and the seven new labels she’s introduced to her wardrobe over the last six months - are said to be Ginnie’s influence.” 

Meghan, who had a history of walking on Hollywood red carpets, had to tone down her fashion senses for her new role in the royal family. However, she still managed to incorporate her California roots into her style.

“Meghan’s arrival in the firm likely has something to do with it. Since becoming the Duchess of Sussex, the new royal has exemplified a sleek, modern wardrobe,” Jordan said.

Although Meghan’s style pushed Kate to make modern changes, royal fans still appreciate her classic wardrobe pieces and affordable style.