Is It ‘My Fair Lady’ or ‘My Fair Meghan’? How Audrey Hepburn Has Been the Duchess of Sussex’s Role Model and How Their Lives Have Uncanny Parallels

Frilly white outfit with a flamboyant hat: check. Glossy neat bun: check. Society debut on the arm of a handsome gent: check.

Comparisons between the Duchess of Sussex at Royal Ascot this week and Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle in the 1964 musical My Fair Lady were perhaps inevitable, so strikingly did the newlywed royal resemble the Hollywood siren.

Ladylike in a lace dress by Givenchy — Audrey’s favourite designer — Meghan made a dazzling impression.

But parallels between Meghan, 36, and Audrey — who was also in her mid-30s when she played that iconic role — don’t stop there.

Not only do the brunette beauties look similar, they’ve led remarkably similar lives.

In fact, Meghan has made no secret of her admiration for Audrey, who died in 1993 aged 63, hailing her as a style inspiration. 

Her bookshelf features two tomes devoted to the star, which Meghan described in an Instagram post as ‘bedtime reading’. We chart the extraordinary parallels between Meghan and Audrey . . .

Meghan Markle’s Ascot outfit this week of Givenchy shirt-dress with black and white hat (pictured) sparked comparisons with Audrey’s racecourse outfit from My Fair Lady
Audrey Hepburn is pictured in her racecourse outfit in the musical My Fair Lady
Meghan Markle's Ascot outfit this week of Givenchy shirt-dress with black and 
white hat (pictured left) sparked comparisons with Audrey's racecourse outfit from 
My Fair Lady (right)

Audrey was a lifelong friend and muse of Hubert de Givenchy, the French fashion designer, and so it came as no surprise that he designed her wedding dress, not only in real life for her second marriage in 1969, but also for her on-screen nuptials.

Her dress in the 1957 film Funny Face is particularly similar to the Givenchy gown — designed by the fashion house’s new artistic director, Clare Waight Keller — worn by Meghan for her wedding last month.

Both were classic Givenchy — made from figure-hugging cream silk, with flattering boat-shaped necklines and minimal adornment.

And, of course, Meghan’s Ascot outfit this week of a Givenchy shirt-dress with black-and-white hat sparked comparisons with Audrey’s racecourse outfit from My Fair Lady.

Meghan's off the shoulder pink dress at the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London earlier this month (pictured) isn't far from the actress's choice of dress in Roman Holiday
Hepburn is pictured in an off the shoulder dress in Roman Holiday 1953
Meghan's off the shoulder pink dress at the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London 
earlier this month (pictured left) isn't far from the actress's choice of dress in 
Roman Holiday (right)

Audrey wore a black-and-white Givenchy gown in 1954 film Sabrina, an embroidered dress by the designer to collect her Academy Award later that year — and Givenchy was also behind the black dress she wore in the opening credits of Breakfast At Tiffany’s.

The French designer created a striking frock with a boat-shaped neckline for Audrey in 1953 film Roman Holiday. The boatneck is also a favourite of Meghan’s, memorably worn during the Trooping the Colour this month.

Meghan also opted for Givenchy with the caped dress she wore for her outing with the Queen in Cheshire earlier this month.

Audrey Hepburn's dress in the 1957 film Funny Face is particularly similar to the Givenchy gown Meghan wore on her wedding day at Windsor (pictured)
Audrey Hepburn's dress in the 1957 film Funny Face (pictured) is similar to Meghan Markle's wedding dress

Meghan has taken a few tips from Audrey’s wardrobe when it comes to dressing down as well as dressing up.

Both demonstrated a love of the classic Little Black Dress, with Meghan sporting a ‘Jackie O’ dress by U.S. brand Black Halo to a reception in April.

But perhaps their biggest fashion match comes in the shape of stripes, particularly Breton-inspired black and navy-striped T-shirts, one of Audrey’s best-known looks.

In a 2015 blog post devoted to Breton style, Meghan shared a picture of Audrey and wrote: ‘The aesthetic is preppy chic — think Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face.’

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SOURCE: Daily Mail – Claire Cisotti