People watching the teaser clips of Meghan Markle's tell-all Oprah Winfrey chat think the Duchess was inspired by Wallis Simpson.

After videos of the Duke and Duchess's interview with the famous American TV host were released ahead of its screening on Sunday, some drew comparisons between her chosen glamorous look and that of fellow American, Wallis.

Meghan, 39, chose a $4,700 (£3,400) black Armani dress, belted above her stomach and featuring floral embroidery over one shoulder.

With her hair parted and pulled into a neat bun, the pregnant Duchess's chosen look was strikingly similar to one Wallis wore in a 1936 portrait - the same year King Edward VIII abdicated to marry her.

Baltimore-raised Wallis Simpson met Edward, Prince of Wales when she was 34 - the same age Meghan was when she met Harry.

Wallis, like Meghan, had already been married before meeting her prince.

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Meghan Markle looked glamorous and chic for her Oprah interview

This caused controversy for Edward - as royals were not allowed to marry divorcees at this time.

As a result, he opted to give up the throne to marry love of his life and subsequently, Wallis became a duchess - the Duchess of Windsor.

Edward and Wallis married six months later in the south of France.

Wallis too went on to receive abusive hate mail and was also accused of being a Nazi sympathiser.

Many viewers of the CBS teaser clip of Harry and Meghan's Oprah chat were quick to point out the similarities between both Duchesses.

Meghan's look was strikingly similar to one worn by Wallis in a photoshoot in 1936
Edward abdicated from the throne to marry love of his life Wallis, an American divorcee

One tweeted: "My initial thoughts were that Meghan is borrowing Diana's look with the black outfit and heavy eyeliner.

"And he seems to have styled her hair like Wallis Simpson."

Another added: "I don't know does no one else feel the serious Wallis Simpson vibe coming off Meghan in that trailer."

One Twitter user remarked: "Meghan's stiff posture is the spitting image of the Duchess of Windsor - surely deliberate."

Meghan paired her outfit with plenty of diamonds, including a dazzling $25,000 (£18,000), Cartier diamond tennis bracelet from Princess Diana's jewelry collection and a $6,550 (£4,700) Cartier Love Bracelet.

Like Edward VIII, Harry stepped back from royal duties to marry the love of his life

She also wore a $2,500 (£1,800) Aquamarine Collette Pendant Cord Necklace from sustainable designer Pippa Small.

The interview comes amid claims of bullying by staff who worked for Harry and Meghan.

An investigation, ordered by the Queen, will examine claims Meghan “humiliated” aides, subjecting them to “emotional cruelty and manipulation”, driving out two personal assistants.

A spokesman for Sussexes described the claims, reported in The Times, as an "attack on Meghan's character" that had left the Duchess "saddened".

Prince Harry and Meghan chat to Oprah in their first tell-all interview since leaving the royal family

They said: "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.

"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."

The two-hour Oprah interview will be shown in the US on Sunday night – 1am on Monday UK time.

It will be on ITV at 9pm on Monday in the UK.

It is claimed Meghan only met Oprah once before inviting her to her wedding in May 2018.

The interview is expected to focus on her time as a working royal, before she and Harry quit last March and moved to the US.