She’s hired a leading Hollywood agent and partied with the stars.
It’s even been suggested that Meghan Markle is eyeing up a Malibu beachfront house, much closer to Los Angeles than the Montecito mansion she shares with Prince Harry.
So is she tilting at a new career in showbusiness?
Meghan certainly has connections.
And from hiring Kim Kardashian’s hairdresser, Michael Silver, to appointing Kim’s firm of bodyguards, some might think The Duchess of Sussex has been taking lessons from the Queen of Reality TV.
And to judge from these photos, at least, the 42-year-old is a quick learner – or a missing Kardashian all along….
Plunging Red Gowns
In 2014 at the Elton John Academy Awards Viewing Party Kim amped up the glamour in a plunging Celia Kritharioti gown teamed with Lorraine Schwartz jewels and dramatic eyes.
In 2021 the Duchess of Sussex echoed the style for her return to the red carpet at the Salute to Freedom Gala.
Kim Kardashian at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Awards in 2014
Meghan channels Kimmy in New York, 2021
Her crimson Carolina Herrera gown had the same deep neckline, nipped in waist and full skirt with train.
Meghan completed the look with fresh and glowing skin, plenty of mascara on her eyes, a sleek top knot bun and glittering diamond earrings.
Attending the 2017 Met Gala, Kim Kardashian chose a minimalist, white off-the-shoulder dress by Vivienne Westwood. Both effortless and polished, the simple silhouette was paired with nude heels and a sleek, centre-parted bob.
Kim shows off her figure in white at the 2017 Met Gala
Meghan makes an arrival at the Hilton Midtown for the Ripple of Hope Awards in December 2022
When being honoured for humanitarian work with the Ripple of Hope Award in 2022, Meghan chose an equally chic and modern ensemble wearing a custom long-sleeved look by Nicolas Ghesquire for Louis Vuitton.
Baring her shoulders, the structural gown was kept modern with her signature sleek hairstyle, radiant complexion and silver drop earrings.
Kim accentuated her figure in a Vivienne Westwood frock which featured an asymmetric neckline at the Webby Awards in 2016.
Tousled hair, smoky eyes and black sandals completed the look which was all about pared back glamour.
Kim chose black to collect a prize at the 2016 Webbie Awards
Meghan went for the black and asymmetrical at a 2018 Women’s Empowerment reception
Meghan also chose a little black dress for a Womens Empowerment Reception in 2019, which had a matching neckline and also cinched in at the waist. Markles face was framed with loose strands, and she accessorised the outfit with Aquazzura pumps and a Gucci bag for an equally glamorous ensemble.
Caped Maternity Gowns
Kim gives us a maternity-wear masterclass in 2015
Meghan, too, is a caped crusader, pictured here in Morocco in 2019
At the InStyle Awards in 2015, expectant mother Kim gave a masterclass in maternity dressing in a silk-crepe Valentino gown with floor length cape. Allowing the dramatic dress to stand out and make a statement, she pulled her hair back into a middle-parted style and chose minimal jewellery.
Possibly inspired by Kim’s look, Meghan channelled Hollywood glamour at a 2019 reception in Morocco in a bespoke Dior dress that skimmed over her baby bump. Also featuring a full-length cape and soft neutral hue, the simplicity of the gown was replicated with a chic centre-parted bun and Birks Snowflake earrings.
Draped Camel Coat
Stepping out in New York in 2014, Kim Kardashian wore a figure-hugging American Apparel dress with a long-sleeved cashmere camel coat draped over her shoulders.
Kim heads to dinner shoulder-robed and in beige in New York, 2014
A fan of the camel coat look – and ‘robing’ – Meghan attends the WellChild awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in 2019
In 2019 the Duchess of Sussex styled her Sentaler camel coat in the same way at the WellChild Awards.
Hanging from her shoulders, the classic coat was layered over a recycled forest green dress by P.A.R.O.S.H, which she wore for her and Prince Harrys engagement announcement. Both Meghan and Kim accessorised their looks with tan suede heels and loose waves tucked behind the ear.
White Power Suit
Opting for power suiting for a trip to the White House in March 2020, Kim Kardashian chose a double-breasted Christian Dior suit. Smokey eyes, a mini Birkin bag and white heels completed the tailored outfit.
Never knowingly understated, Kim wore White for a visit to the White House. Then she went to dinner
White-knight Meghan poses for the cameras at the 2022 Invictus Games in The Hague
It was Valentino for Meghan when she dressed in a trouser suit for the Invictus Games in 2022 with the same double-breasted blazer and wide leg trousers. Meghans hair was flowing but her look was similarly accessorised with a small Valentino bag and white Aquazzura heels.
Colour Blocking Berry
Shades of berry in different textures reigned supreme for Kim Kardashian at New York Fashion Week in 2017 as she dressed in head-to-toe Yeezy.
Paired with her predictably flawless makeup and hair styled with a centre parting she gave a masterclass in autumnal dressing.
This time, it’s berry all round – frock and coat – for Kim. She is pictured in 2017
Did Meghan like the look? In 2018, she chose a berry dress and coat for a visit to the Hubb Community Kitchen in North Kensington
Meghan followed the same style equation in November 2018 when making an appearance in London, teaming a Club Monaco dress with velvet collar and wool coat from the same brand, all in shades of maroon.
Wedding Veils (And Givenchy)
Both Meghan and Kim chose French fashion house Givenchy for their couture wedding gowns, however the cathedral length veils were the statement element to both of their bridal looks.
In 2014 Kim married Kanye West wearing an ornate veil that fell to the floor and flared out beyond her train, featuring embroidery around the hem.
Kim shows off a big veil for the big day
Doria Ragland and a veiled Duchess of Sussex on the way to St George’s Chapel, Windsor in 2018
Meghans floor-sweeping 16-foot veil in 2018 also featured intricate embroidery, this time with signature flowers from all of the countries in the British Commonwealth.
When Kim agreed to sit on Ellen de Generes’s sofa in 2019, she wore a white top with long wavy hair parted in the middle.
Two years later it was Meghan’s turn. In 2021, the Duchess of Sussex radiated California positivity as she wore a white Oscar de la Renta blouse and black trousers with her hair styled in… waves.
Kim Kardashian sits down with Ellen de Generes in 2019
When it was Meghan’s turn, she look a leaf out of Kim’s book, wearing her long hair in wave
Ellen has linked Meghan and the Kardashians together on another occasion when she renewed her vows with wife Portia de Rossi at her Montecito mansion in February 2023.
Prince Harry and Meghan were spotted at the special celebration together with Kris Jenner who officiated the wedding renewal.
Ivory Coats with Wide Lapels
Out and about in New York in 2014 with then husband Kanye West, Kim wore a Celine coat crossover strap Tom Ford heels.
When news of Meghan Markle and Prince Harrys engagement was announced in 2017 Markle stepped out in an ivory-coloured wide lapel coat from Line the Label belted over a green dress by P.A.R.O.S.H. and nude Aquazzura strappy heels.
Flattened waves and pared back make-up gave an added sense of dj vu to the looks.
Kim goes wide-lapel in New York, 2014 – seen here with Kanye West
Meghan chooses Line the Label for the announcement of her engagement in Kensington, 2017
Bold in Blue (the time that Meghan got there first)
Dressing to impress, Meghan opted for an elegant blue short-sleeve dress from Victoria Beckhamwith a figure-hugging silhouette to attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards in March 2020.
With her hair tied back into a sleek centre-parted ponytail, flawless skin and a smoky eye, Kim Kardashian took on the same look for the star-studdedAcademy Awardsafter-party in 2022.
This time Meghan gets there first – appearing at the Mansion House in 2020 with a round-neck blue dress from Victoria Beckham and hair pulled back into a ponytail
Here, Kim turns out in a blue round-neck with pulled-back hair for the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscars party
Here Kim was wearingBalenciaga, but with the same high neckline and body-con style. Her make-up was kept equally classic with feathery brows and a matching slicked back hairstyle.