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Jennifer Newton

Kate Middleton and Zara Tindall subtly rubbish Meghan Markle's dress protocol claim

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's explosive Netflix docuseries was full of bombshell claims. They ranged from allegations about Prince William screaming at the Sandringham Summit to Harry accusing the palace of leaking his plans to leave the Firm.

However, one that will definitely have piqued the interest of fashion fans was Meghan claiming she purposely opted not to wear bright colours during her time as a royal.

Speaking in the third episode that dropped last week, the 41-year-old explained that her usual colour palette of “camel, beige, white” was a deliberate choice.

“There was thought in that. To my understanding, you can’t ever wear the same colour as Her Majesty if there’s a group event,” she said.

Kate arrives at her Christmas carol concert at Westminster Abbey (PA)
Princess Charlotte wore a coat in the same colour as her mum Kate (PA)

“I wore a lot of muted tones but it also was so I could just blend in. Like I’m not trying to stand out here.”

She also doubled down on the claim in episode five when she explains: "Until that last week in the UK, I rarely wore colour and I never wanted to upstage or ruffle any feathers, so I just tried to blend in.

“But I wore a lot of colour that week. I felt, ‘Well, let’s just look like a rainbow.'”

However, several royals appeared to turn that theory on its head by sending a subtle message with their sartorial choices at a huge family event last night.

Zara Tindall attended the event and wore a coat in the same colour as Kate's (Getty Images)
Zara with Kate's dad Michael, mum Carole, brother-in-law James and sister Pippa, who also wore a burgundy coat (Getty Images)

The Princess of Wales hosted a Christmas Carol concert at Westminster Abbey, which was attended by a raft of royals including the King and Queen Consort.

For the event, she opted for a festive deep burgundy coat from Eponine London, which she paired with a matching colour clutch bag and shoes.

However, she wasn't the only royal wearing the same colour for the Christmas service.

Meghan in a neutral tone dress during an engagement with the late Queen (Getty Images Europe)

William and Harry's cousin Zara Tindall also wore a coat in the same colour - and even Kate's daughter Princess Charlotte was in the colour.

And although not royal, Kate's sister Pippa Matthews also sported a coat in the same deep red hue.

Meanwhile, when it came to the men William had a burgundy tie, as did Zara's husband Mike Tindall.

Meghan wore vibrant green for her last royal engagement (WireImage)

More than 1,800 people gathered in the abbey for the concert, staged to recognise the “selfless efforts of individuals, families and communities across the UK, and celebrate and showcase the joy that human connection and togetherness can bring”.

Kensington Palace said the second carol service was dedicated to the late Queen and the values she demonstrated throughout her life, including “duty, empathy, faith, service, kindness, compassion and support for others”.

A Christmas tree in the abbey was decorated with small Paddington Bear decorations, a nod to the late Queen’s famous sketch, while guests were greeted with atmospheric snowflakes from a snow machine as they arrived at the entrance.

Other members of the royal family who were at the concert included the Countess of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.

Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Lady Gabriella Kingston and Daniel and Lady Sarah Chatto were among the guests.

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