It’s undeniable that the most adorable thing on the planet is when Prince George dresses in outfits so similar to those father Prince William sported as a boy back in the ’80s. But there’s always been a question in the air. Why is Kate Middleton picking nearly identical looks? What does it mean? Well, we have an answer!
Prince William in 1984, Prince George in 2015
The Duchess’ favorite children-wear designer, Rachel Riley, is inspired by not only pieces built to last but retro styles and Princess Diana—especially how she chose to dress Princes William and Harry as youngsters.
“I look at old pictures of William and Harry as boys because the outfits are beautiful and a wonderful inspiration. They were comfortable and classic and, being from a traditional family, I think Diana understood the need for the princes to be properly dressed,” Riley told The Mail on Sunday. “She was a nursery teacher, so was a natural with children and knew how to dress them. She dressed William and Harry in clothes that are appropriate for children.”
The palace doesn’t give the designer any warning that the young prince will be out and about in one of her designs, though she says she is aware when certain pieces have been ordered (Kate reportedly shops online at full price).
As he’s known to do, Prince George causes a run on style after being spotted in her designs, including the red and white combo he had on at Princess Charlotte’s christening. The $189 set is back on Riley’s site and can currently be preordered, with delivery expected in six weeks.