'Wonder who started that trend': Fans are convinced Kate Middleton's latest look was inspired by Meghan Markle

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Foundling Museum on January 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Fans online are convinced that Kate Middleton channeled her inner Meghan Markle for her latest official engagement. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have stepped out for their first official engagement of 2022, and all eyes were on Kate Middleton's familiar-looking outfit.

While visiting the Foundling Museum in London alongside Prince William to learn more about the care sector on Wednesday, the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in a monochromatic look that some fans are convinced was inspired by Meghan Markle.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit the Foundling Museum to learn more about the care sector and meet representatives from across the system, including those with direct experience of living in care at the Foundling Museum on January 19, 2022 in London, England. The Foundling Museum tells the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK's first children's charity which was founded in 1739 as a home for children whose mothers couldn't keep or care for them. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first joint appearance of 2022 on Wednesday. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

The 40-year-old royal was seen wearing a pair of navy Jigsaw trousers, a matching turtleneck, and a tailored teal coat that she has been spotted wearing on previous occasions.

The Duchess finished the look with a pair of Mini Hammered Doorknocker Hoop Earrings, which originally retailed for just £7 ($12 CAD) from London-based brand Accessorize.

Fans on Twitter called out the royal's look for appearing to be "very similar" to an outfit worn by Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, back in September 2021.

Kate Middleton wears a navy turtleneck and trousers under a teal coat on Jan. 19, 2022, while Meghan Markle wore a similar look in New York City on Sept. 23, 2021. Photos by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images, Taylor Hill/WireImage.
Kate Middleton wears a navy turtleneck and trousers under a teal coat in January 2022, while Meghan Markle wore a similar look in New York City in September 2021. Photos by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images, Taylor Hill/WireImage.

While paying her respects at the One World Observatory in New York City, Meghan was seen wearing a similar monochromatic look.

At the time, her outfit featured a navy blue Emporio Armani coat, navy trousers and a matching turtleneck top, and a pair of her go-to Aquazzura suede heels.

The Duchess of Sussex was often dragged by the press for opting to wear modern pantsuits during her time as a working royal, with some claiming that they broke royal protocol.

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One Twitter user wrote that Kate's outfit looked "very similar to an outfit seen in New York recently."

Another called out the outfit, saying that it's "interesting she now wears trousers to an official event...and it's OK...I wonder who started that trend."

Despite the similarities between the two outfits, others praised the Duchess of Cambridge for her thrifty fashion choice, opting for a pair of ultra-affordable earrings and re-wearing pieces from her closet.

"Love this by the [Duchess of Cambridge] showing you can shop on the high street and still look fab," one user wrote.

"She shows that you don’t have to be dripping in money to look great," another added.

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