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Renewed interest in Princess Diana and her groundbreaking style has reemerged as Netflix fans await the release of The Crown’s season four, which is set to drop on the video platform on Sunday. Critics have been raving about Emma Corrin’s performance as the People’s Princess, with many applauding her unique ability to capture her subject’s character and style. At her peak, Diana was known throughout the world as a leader in fashion, and her influence was so seismic that she has continued to receive praise decades after her tragic passing in 1997.
One such plaudit was pop star Rihanna who said “every look was right… Diana was gangsta with her clothes”, in comments she made 16 years following her death.
And in the years since, comparisons have been made between Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge, as many explore the possibility that she will go on to stun the fashion world.
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, examined the comparisons, and said: “Kate is incredibly attractive, a beautiful girl, she has model looks and a model figure, and she’s going to have designers bending over backwards to wear their clothes.
“She probably will become a style icon like Diana. It’ll be difficult for her not to.”
This appraisal was echoed by Richard Denne, a University of St Andrews friend of Kate and William, who said that regardless of the person “William married they would always be compared to Diana”.
He added: “Whoever’s going to be in that role will eventually turn themselves into a fashion icon. They’ve got access to the best hair make-up, designers and jewellery in the world, so there’s no way that wouldn’t happen.
“I mean, Prince William is a good-looking guy. He was never going to marry an ugly girl.”
Their comments were made during a 2015 AP Archive YouTube video, which was reflecting on the build-up to Kate’s wedding to William in 2011.
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Fashion is deemed an important part of a Royal Family member’s life, as they have the chance to influence others, while also ensuring the Firm is always represented in style.
Katie Nicholl, a royal author, explained in 2008, after William and Kate kick started their relationship, that Kate had “worked really, really hard and been very successful at crafting a respectful image of herself”.
She felt that since being in the spotlight, the public hadn’t seen “Kate put a foot wrong”, adding: “I’ve seen her party, I’ve seen her drink, but she always leaves the club looking immaculate.
“She’s always polite if you ever comment on what she’s wearing. She has good manners.”
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During her life, and after she passed, Diana has been the subject of many awards with regards to fashion, including being named in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1989, as well as being recognised as the “all-time most beautiful women” by People Magazine in 2004.
Reflecting on her own style, Diana was aware of the coverage her outfits and looks received and opened up to hairstylist Sam McKnight during a 1990 Vogue shoot.
Mr McKnight, who created Diana’s iconic short hairstyle, was reportedly told by Diana that her look was “not for me” but for “the people I visit or come to see”.
She added: “They don’t want me in off-duty mode, they want a Princess. Let’s give them what they want.”
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