Kate Middleton gives Meghan Markle a subtle nod by recycling her Jigsaw trousers at Birmingham engagement

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PUTTING her most stylish foot forward once more, Kate Middleton wowed this week in 70s-style pussy-bow blouse and flared trousers.

And it seems the Duchess of Cambridge’s outfit paid a subtle nod to Meghan Markle – who earlier this month stepped back as a senior royal.

Kate Middleton stepped out in a 70s-style pussy-bow blouse and flared trousers for an engagement yesterday

Visiting Birmingham’s Science Museum yesterday, Kate, 38, launched a UK-wide children’s survey and kicked off a 24-hour tour of the country.

But while her 295 Tabitha Ward silk blue zig-zag print number commanded all the attention, it was the classic navy 310 Jigsaw trousers she wore that spoke volumes.

The mum-of-three previously slipped them on last March at the Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre with a 799 purple pussy-bow blouse by Gucci.

However, their most recent outing could in some way be paying tribute to the Duchess of Sussex, 38.

The Duchess of Cambridge previously wore the trousers to a meeting last March

They paid a subtle nod to Meghan Markle who collaborated with the brand in September for her ‘Smart Set’ collection

In September, Meghan launched her ‘Smart Set’ collection in collaboration with a range of clothing brands to help raise money for Smart Works.

One of the retailers involved – in addition to Marks & Spencer and John Lewis – was Jigsaw.

They sold a matching 199 blazer and 120 pair of trousers, as well as a 125 white shirt.

For every item sold, one was donated to Smart Works for underprivileged women to access.

The trousers from the retailer cost 310

The charity helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills and confidence to succeed at job interviews and return to employment.

Kate also has another connection to Jigsaw, having worked for the brand in 2006 before her 2011 wedding to Prince William.

The Duchess of Sussex’s Jigsaw range for charity Smart Works included a matching 199 blazer and 120 pair of trousers

The Duchess worked as an accessories buyer for the high street chain.

She is understood to have secured the job after reaching out personally to founder Belle Robinson, who knew her family.

In other royal news, we told you how the Queen has a secret escape tunnel out of Windsor Castle.

We also revealed how the monarch once told off a young Princess Eugenie for standing on her foot.

And Meghan Markle’s mum Doria Ragland say her daughter is “strong” and will “always be ok”.