Melania Trump is well-known for her sense of style, and a look back at her fashion choices while she was first lady of the US suggests she might have fit in as a royal too. So which British and European royals might have inspired – or been inspired by – Melania’s outfits? Is Melania leading an entirely separate life from Donald Trump? Sophie, Countess of Wessex Sophie, Countess of Wessex first met Melania in June 2019 during the Trumps’ state visit to the UK. Two years later, the countess appeared to take style inspiration from the former first lady. Sophie, who is married to Prince Edward, rocked a pink and white Alaïa maxi dress for a day at Silverstone in July – the same patterned piece that Melania donned to celebrate Easter in 2018. While Donald Trump’s wife paired the US$2,700 designer number with white Christian Louboutin heels, the countess paired hers with white wedges from Penelope Chilvers to watch the Formula 1 racing event. 6 gifts to Melania Trump from world leaders … but which was the priciest? Kate Middleton It’s usually Melania who is accused of copying the style of the British royals, such as the time in September 2020 when she wore a polka dot dress by Gabriela Hearst – a Uruguayan designer who debuted at Paris Fashion Week that year – to host a White House round table about returning to work after recovering from drug addiction. The event came a couple of months after the Duchess of Cambridge wore a similar US$3,000 shirt dress designed by Brit Emilia Wickstead to appear on a TV show about education. Both designers have showcased their work at New York Fashion Week over the years, so it’s no surprise that former NYC-based model Melania was so inspired. Her version was worth US$1,990 and she paired it with heels, while Kate wore her pricier look with US$190 Castañer lace-up wedges. We are not amused: 5 times the British royals got angry Meghan Markle Melania’s monochrome outfit during her trip to London, in June 2019, drew comparisons to past looks from both Meghan Markle and the Duchess of Sussex’s late mother-in-law, Princess Diana. As she met the queen at Buckingham Palace , Melania’s US$890 custom white Dolce & Gabbana dress evoked memories of Markle’s 2018 appearance at Ascot, where she wore a dress by her wedding gown designer Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy and a hat by Philip Treacy. But critics pointed out that Melania’s ensemble to meet with Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall – which included a custom Hervé Pierre hat similar to one Princess Diana wore in the 90s – came off a bit more like Eliza Doolittle, the ordinary woman in My Fair Lady who tries to fit in with British high society. Oscar moment? Kristen Stewart dazzles as Princess Diana in new footage of Spencer Queen Letizia Melania turned heads when she wore a red caped dress to host the British royals in 2019. It was almost exactly the same style that Queen Letizia, King Felipe’s former journalist wife, had worn two years prior. Queen Letizia, a former journalist, is frequently recognized as one of the best-dressed women in Europe. Her style a and @FLOTUS ’s are often similar ... pic.twitter.com/yte9j3bRIq — Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) February 11, 2020 Although the piece wasn’t by the same designer – the Spanish royal’s one-shouldered dress was by Stella McCartney, while Melania wore a US$7,000 look by Meghan Markle’s wedding dress designer Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy – Melania copied Queen Letizia’s designer too, later on. In December 2019, at a White House Christmas reception, Melania donned am identical Dries Van Noten floral print that Queen Letizia had worn just two weeks earlier at the Francisco Cerecedo awards in November. Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .