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Pregnant Kate Middleton stuns in same floor-length black dress once worn by Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle

Mirror logo Mirror 08/11/2017 Victoria Murphy

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Pregnant Kate Middleton stunned in a 'recycled' floor-length black Diana Von Furstenberg dress at the AFNCCF gala dinner at Kensington Palace this evening.

And the Duchess of Cambridge proved she has a lot in common with her potential future sister-in-law - as she was wearing a longer version of the dress Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle once stepped out in.

The Duchess Of Cambridge Attends The Anna Freud National Centre Gala Dinner © Getty The Duchess Of Cambridge Attends The Anna Freud National Centre Gala Dinner Kate, who is four months pregnant with her third child, dazzled in the Diane von Furstenberg Zarita lace outfit at the charity bash at Kensington Gardens orangery.

Probably unbeknown to her, Meghan also stepped out in a shorter version of the same dress in February 2012 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California, to an event encouraging tolerance and acceptance.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge et al. posing for the camera: Credits: AFP © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: AFP It is actually the second time Kate has worn her version of the dress - the first was in November 2014 to the Royal Variety Show when she was pregnant with Princess Charlotte.

Interest in Meghan’s fashion has already grown since her relationship with Harry became public just over a year ago.Like Kate, she now has Twitter accounts dedicated to following her life and style.

Meghan Markle holding a sign posing for the camera: Credits: FilmMagic © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: FilmMagic

But the 36-year-old Suits actress has closed down her own lifestyle blog The Tig and limited her red carpet appearances since her relationship with Harry became serious.

The pair have now been dating for around 18 months and it is understood Meghan will not renew her contract with the US legal drama paving he way for her to move to London and be with Harry.

Friends expect them to become engaged soon with a wedding next year highly anticipated.

The Duchess of Cambridge - this evening attending a dinner for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) - has returned to be more active in fulfilling her royal duties after her morning sickness.

The Duchess met Terell Llewelyn, 11, from West London, who is now back in mainstream school after being helped by the charity, and his father Wayne Llewelyn.

a group of people posing for the camera: Credits: AFP © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: AFP

Wayne said afterwards: “It makes a difference that the Duchess of Cambridge has taken an interest in this.

“It’s brilliant. There’s a lot of children in London who could do with this kind of help.”

The charity's chief executive Peter Fonagy said: “She’s very interested in maternal mental health.

“One of the things that we are interested in is intervening as early as possible in children’s lives to improve their chances of good mental health throughout life.

“And she’s particularly concerned that mothers’ mental health plays a major role in this and that we are able to support mothers to support their children.”

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge looking at the camera: Credits: Getty Images Europe © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Getty Images Europe Kate Silverton, compère for the evening and supporter of the charity, said: “I think that when we talk so much about mental health wellbeing for adults, if we look at actually your very early years, the experiences that we all have when we’re very young goes a very long way to shaping and defining the person that we become.

She said about why she was so passionate about children’s well-being: “I’m living it first-hand with my own children, as a journalist it’s obviously a big subject and as a person who is generally very engaged and enthused by the subject this has become a very natural home for me.

“Their heads together campaign has done an enormous amount to raise awareness around mental health as a whole...and it has got people talking, it’s de-stigmatised it.”

Guests were served canapés followed by a sit-down dinner of butter-poached chicken breast, potato terrine, baby leeks wild mushrooms and salsify followed by Apple tart tartin, pat and black olive crumble, Szechuan pepper ice cream and caramel gel.

a group of people standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Credits: Getty Images Europe © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Getty Images Europe Following Kate’s departure an auction was held to raise money for the charity.

Kate, who is due to give birth next April, had stayed away from the spotlight for a while following the announcement of her third pregnancy.

Earlier this month, she made her first public appearance since Kensington Palace revealed that she is expecting at a World Mental Health celebration - and her husband Prince William let slip she had passed the 12-week mark in September.

Since then, she has been spotted with Prince William and Prince Harry at different charity events.

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This evening, Kate is attending a gala dinner at The Orangery at Kensington Palace as the patron of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF).

The mum-of-two met with the families supported by the charity.

The AFNCCF has just built a new Centre of Excellence where experts of and organisations involved in mental health, education, social care and neuroscience can gather together.

a group of people standing next to person in a suit and tie: Credits: PA © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: PA It also welcomes the children and families who are in vulnerable situations.

Kate has been active in supporting AFNCCF. In September, when the organisation released an animation titled 'Talking Mental Health', the Duchess of Cambridge found a way to be involved despite suffering in the early stages of pregnancy.

"Hello, mental health is how we feel and think things that can't really be seen but that affect us every day and talking about them can feel difficult," Middleton said in the clip to introduce the animation.

"A charity called the Anna Freud National Center for Children and Families have made this animation with children just like you."

Prince Harry et al. standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Credits: REUTERS © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: REUTERS

Kate, Prince William and Prince Harry have already found a hashtag for their mental health advocacy.

The royal trio, through The Royal Foundation, applied a trademark for hashtag #stopspeaksupport .

The hashtag will be used in printed matter, banners, posters, instructional and teaching materials and promotional and campaign ads that are all related to mental health.

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