Kate Middleton Hires Stylist To 'Keep Pace' With Meghan Markle

Anna Harnes

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has won wide praise for her fashion-forward looks, and her sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge has taken note, reports Express.

With Kate's trusty personal assistant Natasha Archer on maternity leave, the duchess has hired a new "secret weapon" in the form of Virginia Chadwyck-Healey, a former Vogue editor and close friend of William and Kate. Royal sources claim that the Duchess of Cambridge is counting on Chadwyck-Healey, known as Ginnie, to help her glamorize her outfits to "keep pace" with her new sister-in-law.

"Ginnie is Catherine's secret weapon. She has made a big difference to the Duchess's wardrobe for public engagements and has helped give her a whole new sense of confidence."
"Royal protocol had to come first, but I wanted to feel like I had an identity amid the sea of celebrities, friends, military personnel, foreign members of state and, of course, the Royal Family."

"To my mother's horror, I didn't wear tights," the stylist joked.

In addition to styling, Ms. Chadwyck-Healey also offers services as a consultant, presenter, and writer, and regularly contributes to outlets such as The Telegraph and Make Magazine. According to her website, VCHstyle.com, Ginnie uses the mantra "condense, curate, create" as a guide to her looks.

"Piecing together your everyday looks should be as enjoyable and easy as throwing on that new dress for a special occasion."

Already, fashion critics have noted the stylist's influence on the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate has won high praise for several looks, including a chic and sparkling Missoni dress while on a trip to Northern Ireland.

Another look that received positive reviews was when Kate took a leaf from Meghan's style book and paired a purple Gucci blouse with Jigsaw wide-legged trousers on a visit to the Henry Fawcett Children's Center.

Though Meghan Markle reportedly does not have a stylist of her own, her best friend Jessica Mulroney is one, with clients such as Sophie Trudeau, the wife of Canada's prime minister.