- Jill Biden attended the 2021 International Women of Courage award ceremony on Monday.
- She wore a lemon-print dress designed by Oscar de la Renta for the occasion.
- The dress could have been a nod to Meghan Markle, who wore a similar garment weeks earlier.
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On Monday, the first lady spoke at the event in a blue short-sleeved dress with a lemon print and matching belt. She also wore a mask made from the same fruit-inspired fabric. To complete the look, Biden accessorized with gold bracelets, a watch, and a wispy hairstyle.
As PopSugar pointed out, her dress is extremely similar to one worn by the Duchess of Sussex during her first appearance in 2021 after announcing her pregnancy.
Biden’s dress was designed by Oscar de la Renta, and it retails for $US2,890 ($AU3,907) at the time of writing. Meghan Markle’s drop-waist version was created by the same designer, though it’s sleeveless and previously cost $US3,490 ($AU4,718).
Like Biden, Markle also wore simple gold jewelry and a wavy hairstyle with the garment.
Though Biden hasn’t confirmed any relation between the two dresses, the matching moment could have been a conscious decision on the first lady’s part to show support for Markle.
On Sunday, the duchess appeared in a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, revealing numerous bombshells about her experience with the British royal family. Markle shared that Kate Middleton made her cry the week of her wedding to Prince Harry, and also noted that she was “silenced” by the institution.
Markle also told Winfrey that she had suicidal thoughts while being a working royal, and that unnamed people had “concerns and conversations” about how dark her future children’s skin would be.
It was announced prior to the airing of the interview that Markle is being investigated by Buckingham Palace in response to allegations that she bullied staff members.
A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have denied the claims, and described them to The Times as a “calculated smear campaign.”
“The Duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma,” the spokesperson told The Times. “She is determined to continue her work building compassion around the world and will keep striving to set an example for doing what is right and doing what is good.”