A Belgian Princess’s Dress Caused Controversy After Kate Middleton’s Designer Claimed It Was a Copy of His Work

Royals know their outfits make headlines. But over the weekend Princess Delphine of Belgium found her wardrobe in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

Delphine, the half-sister of King Philippe of Belgium and illegitimate daughter of former king Albert II, wore a vibrant design by Atelier ExC, a high-end Belgian label, on Friday for the annual National Day festivities. The dress was a psychedelic clash of colors: swirls of pink, orange, red, and yellow, topped with azure blue trims.

Princess Delphine of Belgium, right, at the National Day parade

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Yet the problem lay in its apparent similarity to another royal ensemble: the Andrew Gn coatdress worn by Kate Middleton to Trooping the Colour. The likeness was enough to spark outrage from Singaporean designer Gn, who has also designed for Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece. In an Instagram story, which has since been deleted, according to Vanity Fair Spain, Gn described the design as a “shameless copy” of his own look.

The Princess of Wales in Andrew Gn at Trooping the Colour

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