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The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, made an unspoken statement with her outfit at the U.S. State Dinner at Buckingham Palace last night. Particularly, she sent a subtle message to President Donald Trump with the tiara she chose to wear.

The subtle message Kate Middleton sent Donald Trump with her choice of tiara

Middleton’s tiara choice for the U.S. State Dinner not only looked stunning on her but it sent the subtle message to President Trump.

Kate Middleton and the U.S. Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) walks with US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin as they arrive through the East Gallery during a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady’s three-day State Visit to the UK. | VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

The subtle message was that the Duchess of Cambridge along with the rest of the British royal family respects the late Diana, Princess of Wales and that they will always love her and continue to honor her legacy.

Princess Diana is known to have been fond of the lover’s knot tiara and now it’s become Middleton’s favorite tiara to don for special occasions.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara, attend an event during a tour of Hong Kong on November 10, 1989, in Hong Kong.| Anwar Hussein/Getty Images

Per royal etiquette, married women in the British royal family are allowed to wear tiaras at very formal occasions — like a state dinner — or for ceremonial purposes.

Donald Trump’s comments about Kate Middleton in 2012

We can imagine the U.S. State Dinner may have been awkward for Middleton and Trump considering the comments he made about her in 2012.

While vacationing at a 640-acre estate in Provence, France, paparazzi took photographs of Middleton sunbathing topless from about half a mile away with a heavy duty zoom lens, according to Vogue.

Closer, a French tabloid published the snapshots which led to the palace bringing a lawsuit against them. The legal battle ended in 2017 with Prince William and Middleton receiving 100,000 euros in damages. Two people on staff at the tabloid also had to pay additional fines of 90,000 euros.

After the photographs were initially published, Trump took to Twitter to share his feelings about the topless photographs.

“Kate Middleton is great -— but she shouldn’t be sunbathing in the nude — only herself to blame,” Trump tweeted in 2012.
Donald Trump | Twitter

In a second tweet, he added, “Who wouldn’t take Kate’s picture and make lots of money if she does the nude sunbathing thing. Come on Kate!”

Trump’s 1997 comments about Princess Diana

Not only has Trump spoken publicly about Middleton but he’s also talked about Princess Diana.

In 1997, during an interview with radio personality, Howard Stern, Trump said he could’ve “nailed” the Princess of Wales.

Here’s the exchange between Stern and Trump in the interview:  

Stern: “Why do people think it’s egotistical of you to say you could’ve gotten Lady Di? You could’ve gotten her, right? You could’ve nailed her.”

Trump: “I think I could have,” adding, “She was actually really beautiful. I thought she was supermodel beautiful.

Trump wasn’t done talking about the late Diana.

Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II at U.S. State Dinner.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II hosts US President Donald Trump and the US First Lady for a State Banquet in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady’s three-day State Visit to the UK. | DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images

“She had times when she didn’t look great and she had times when she looked better than anyone in the world,” Trump told Stern. “But she had the height, she had magnificent skin, she was a great beauty.”

A friend of Princess Diana’s, broadcaster Selina Scott, said the now-president gave the princess “the creeps.”

She also said the princess felt like she was being stalked by Trump, who would send lavish bouquets to Kensington Palace for her.

While we don’t know what words were exchanged between Middleton and Trump at the U.S. State Dinner yesterday, we do know that they would’ve had lots to talk about.