Meghan Markle‘s glamorous look for her bombshell Oprah interview is drawing comparisons with fellow American Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom Prince Harry‘s great-uncle King Edward VIII abdicated his throne.
In teaser clips for the Duke and Duchess’ highly-anticipated primetime interview, the pregnant 39-year-old can be seen wearing a $4,700 black dress by Armani that was belted above her stomach and featured floral embroidery over one shoulder.
Viewers were quick to point out that her outfit and center-parted hairstyle were incredibly similar to a look worn by Wallis in a portrait taken in 1936 before she became the Duchess of Windsor — the same year King Edward VIII gave up the throne to marry her.
Big question: Meghan Markle’s appearance in the teaser clips from her upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey has viewers wondering if she took style inspiration from Wallis Simpson
See it? Viewers were quick to point out that the 39-year-old’s outfit and center-parted hairstyle (left) were incredibly similar to a look worn by Wallis in an early portrait (right)
There were some subtle differences in their outfits, however. Meghan’s dress had long sleeves and was mostly black, while Wallis’s frock was short-sleeved and had a floral design throughout.
Meghan’s finished her outfit with $750 heels from Aquazurra, one of her favorite designers. It’s unclear what shoes Wallis had on to match her dress.
The former actress’s long dark locks were center-parted and swept into a low bun, with two wavy tendrils framing her face for the interview.
The Duchess, who has taken to wearing her hair down in loose waves in California, appeared to be sporting a modern version of Simpson’s pulled-back finger waves.
She swapped her usual low-key make-up for a bold and glamorous look, with dark eyeliner that was reminiscent of her late mother-in-law Princess Diana’s makeup.
Prince Harry’s mother sported dark, kohl-lined eyes in her explosive interview with BBC’s Martin Bashir in 1995 about the state of her marriage to Prince Charles.
‘My initial thoughts were that Meghan is borrowing Diana’s look with the black outfit & heavy heavy eyeliner. And she seems to have styled her hair like Wallis Simpson(!),’ one person tweeted.
‘Well blow me down … Meagain has presented herself for the Oprah interview as a reincarnation of Wallis Simpson,’ someone else commented, putting a snarky spin on Meghan’s name.
Designer look: In the teasers for Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special, the pregnant Duchess of Sussex can be seen wearing a $4,700 black floral dress by Armani
Looking back: Wallis wore a similar dress in a portrait taken before she was the Duchess of Windsor in 1936, the same year King Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry her
Added touch: Meghan (right) paid tribute to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana (left) by wearing her Cartier diamond tennis bracelet, which retails for $25,000, with her Cartier Love Bracelet
Sound similar? The Duke and Duchess of Windsor each had earlier versions of the Cartier Love Bracelet
‘Idk does no one else feel the serious Wallis Simpson vibe coming off Meghan in that trailer,’ another wrote.
Someone even went as far as comparing Meghan’s posture to Wallis’s while sharing footage from one of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s joint interviews.
‘Meghan’s stiff posture is the spitting image of the Duchess of Windsor – surely deliberate??’ the person asked.
Meghan’s choice of jewelry also has ties to Wallis.
She wore a dazzling Cartier diamond tennis bracelet from Princess Diana’s jewelry collection, which retails for an eye-watering $25,000, paired with a $6,550 Cartier Love Bracelet.
The bangle is believed to be a romantic token from Prince Harry, 36, during the early days of their romance. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor each had earlier versions of the Cartier Love Bracelet.
She also donned a $2,500 Aquamarine Collette Pendant Cord Necklace from sustainable designer Pippa Small. She initially wore the piece during the royal tour of Australia and Fiji.
It features two large jewels, one medium-sized jewel, and one small jewel, and could be seen as a tribute to Meghan’s own expanding family of four.
Changing it up: The Duchess of Sussex has taken to wearing her hair down in loose waves in California
Inspired? In her latest interview, she appeared to be sporting a modern version of Simpson’s pulled-back finger waves
The Duchess of Sussex and Duchess of Windsor have regularly been compared to each other as both of the American divorcees married British royals who stepped down from royal duties in moves that were directly related to their relationships.
Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII: A scandal that rocked a nation
January 1931 – Wallis meets Prince Edward in January 1931, after being introduced via her friend Lady Furness
1931- 1934 – The American divorcee and the heir to the throne see each other regularly at various parties
August 1934 – Wallis admits she and Edward are no longer just friends, after joining him on a cruise
January 1936 – King George V dies. Edward asks Wallis to watch the proclamation of his accession with him from St. James’s Palace
August 1936 – The pair enjoy a cruise around the Adriatic sea with friends. Details of their relationship appear in the American press
December 11, 1936 – Edward announces his abdication
June 3, 1937 – The couple get married in the south of France
Meghan was married to film producer Trevor Engelson for two years before they divorced in 2013. She met Prince Harry through mutual friends in 2016, and they wed two years later.
While Harry has stated that he quit his duties as a senior royal in order to protect Meghan from the same scrutiny that his late mother Princess Diana faced, his great-uncle gave up his throne to marry divorcee Wallis.
Wallis, a twice-married socialite, found herself at the center of one of the most scandalous love affairs of the 20th century when she entered into a relationship with Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, in the mid-1930s.
After King George V died in January 1936, Edward asked Wallis to watch the proclamation of his accession with him from St. James’s Palace.
Edward went on to briefly become King Edward VIII, but their romance led to him abdicating the British throne in December 1936, so he could marry the divorcee.
The couple got married six months later in the south of France in June 1937.
Wallis received abusive and hostile hate mail and was accused of being a Nazi sympathizer.
She was formally known as the Duchess of Windsor, but was not allowed to share her husband’s title of ‘Royal Highness.’
Meghan and Harry also dropped their HRH titles when they stepped back from their royal duties last year.
Now, Buckingham Palace is bracing itself for ‘shocking’ revelations from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s tell-all interview with Oprah after teasers for the primetime special were released on Sunday.
The clips show the couple holding hands as Harry alluded to the death of his mother and revealed that the biggest fear for his wife was ‘history repeating itself.’
Harry also referred to Diana’s struggle with life in the public eye following her divorce from Prince Charles, as he shared that his marriage helped him through ‘unbelievably tough’ times.
Meghan did not speak in the trailers but nodded knowingly when Oprah addressed the camera to say ‘nothing was off limits’ in the TV interview.
The chat show host, a guest at the Duke and Duchess’s 2018 wedding, also alluded to damning claims from Meghan that being part of the royal family was ‘unsurvivable,’ asking: ‘Were you silent or were you silenced?’
Oprah revealed the couple had told her ‘some pretty shocking things,’ which may ring alarm bells with palace officials.
Just a coincidence? A number of Twitter users commented on Meghan’s resemblance to Wallis in the interview
The broadcast has been billed as the couple’s first major interview since quitting royal life and moving to the US. It is said to cover Meghan’s life as a member of the royal family, motherhood, and why she and Harry decided to quit.
It comes after Buckingham Palace confirmed the couple would not be returning to royal duties and Harry would give up his honorary military titles.
The Queen was reportedly ‘blindsided’ by the Sussexes’ decision to take part in the interview and there are fears it could deepen tensions already felt between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the rest of the royal family.
Buckingham Palace did not comment on Sunday. It is understood officials are reluctant to enter into a tit-for-tat exchange and do not see how a renewed war of words will go any way to patching up Harry’s fractured relationship with his family.
But the sensational teasers, coming after Harry telling chat show host James Corden of a ‘toxic atmosphere’ created by the press, are unlikely to allay palace fears that the couple is determined to settle scores.
Similar story: Meghan and Wallis have regularly been compared to each other as the American divorcees both married British royals who stepped down from their royal duties
Moving on: Last month, Buckingham Palace confirmed the couple would not be returning to royal duties and Harry would give up his honorary military titles
CBS released two 30-second excerpts of Oprah With Meghan And Harry: A Primetime Special on Sunday ahead of its broadcast in the US on March 7.
It has been extended by half an hour, from 90 minutes to two hours, to allow CBS to rake in more money from advertising — a 30-second slot is reported to be costing $200,000.
It will be aired in the UK on ITV1 at 8 pm on Monday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seen looking somber while driving around Santa Barbara with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland on Sunday afternoon — just hours before two teaser clips from their no-holds-barred primetime interview were shared.
Prince Harry was seen behind the wheel of the couple’s Range Rover while driving his wife and mother-in-law near their $14.5 million home in Montecito.
The couple appeared subdued while out for an afternoon drive with Doria, who was sitting behind her daughter and remained partially-hidden from the camera.
Fears: Royal experts and insiders are warning the royal family to ‘hide behind the sofa’ when Meghan and Harry’s interivew is broadcast over fears of what might be said by the couple
Tell-all: Meghan was not seen speaking in the clips, but Oprah asked whether she was ‘silenced’ by the palace and made reference to her ‘un-survivable’ situation
It may well be that the Sussexes were feeling apprehensive about the release of the trailers for their sit-down interview with Oprah.
When the interview was first announced last month, the news sent tremors through Buckingham Palace — with experts and insiders warning the royal family to ‘hide behind the sofa’ when it is broadcast over fears of what might be said by the couple about their treatment from Harry’s family and palace officials.
Royal experts said Buckingham Palace should be ‘scared’ about the ‘wide-ranging’ interview, particularly after it was revealed that the primetime sit-down had been extended from 90 minutes to two hours — perhaps to give the couple an opportunity to address the finalizing of Megxit, which took place one day after the shoot initially wrapped.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are being urged to ask CBS to postpone the broadcast of their bombshell interview with Oprah this weekend as his 99-year-old grandfather Prince Philip battles an infection and heart problems in the hospital.
The Duke of Edinburgh was moved to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London for ‘testing and observation’ on Monday following a two-week stay at the private King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone, Buckingham Palace has said.
Somber: Prince Harry and Meghan were seen looking subdued while driving near their Montecito home on Sunday afternoon, just hours before the teasers clips were released
Prince Philip was shielded from public view as he was helped into a waiting ambulance because of ‘a pre-existing heart condition’ hours after a trailer of the Sussexes’ tell-all interview with their friend Oprah dropped.
With Philip set to be in the hospital for the rest of the week at least, royal experts and fans have suggested that Harry should step in and ask for a postponement ‘out of respect.’
Commentator Richard Fitzwilliams, who was editor of International Who’s Who for 25 years, told MailOnline: ‘In the circumstances it would surely be appropriate to postpone the interview which Harry and Meghan are giving to Oprah, which is due to be aired on Sunday, as it involves an examination of the problems they faced when working royals.
‘Oprah is their friend and neighbor and would undoubtedly comply if asked and the gesture would I am sure be appreciated by the royal family. If an interview has been extended, as this recently has, it can also be postponed, as this undoubtedly should be.’
Royal biographer Robert Jobson also commented, saying: ‘With the Duke of Edinburgh clearly very unwell, the fact that the couple plan to go ahead with airing their self-indulgent, no holds barred interview with chat show queen Oprah Winfrey makes them appear heartless, thoughtless and supremely selfish.
Public plea: Royal experts and fans have called on CBS to postpone the broadcast out of respect for Prince Philip, 99, who is seeking specialist care at a heart hospital
Protected: Staff used umbrellas to shield Prince Philip getting into an ambulance outside the rear of King Edward VII Hospital in London on Monday
Postpone: People have taken to social media to urge Harry and Meghan to ask Oprah and CBS to postpone Sunday’s show out of respect for Prince Philip
‘For US broadcast network CBS this interview is a coup, all about securing big viewing figures and big advert sales around the airing of their exclusive interview. So even if they wanted to Harry and Meghan probably couldn’t dictate terms to Oprah Winfrey and the network now. Too much has been invested. I can’t see them having the clout to pull it.’
He added: ‘This is the problem when royals swap big bucks for duty and sign up to big paying commercial contracts. They lose the power to dictate terms.’
Other royal experts have suggested that Prince Charles may have reassured his father about Harry and the continuing turmoil in the royal family caused by Megxit during a visit a week ago.
‘I would hope, given his grandfather’s deteriorating health, that Harry would ask Oprah to postpone the broadcast of the interview. This is the last thing the Royal Family need with Prince Phillip so unwell,’ Grace Armstrong-Jones tweeted.
Sandra Meier said: ‘Prince Philip is seriously ill. I hope CBS or Oprah will postpone or cancel Harry and Meghan’s interview.’
MailOnline has asked CBS to comment.