One is an American, and one is a local English woman, but both fell in love with Princes. Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have now become iconic parts of our popular culture, and it’s almost impossible not to compare the two women. Despite their main and obvious differences – and even a few similarities – there are some other things that set the two women apart. Who knew that two duchesses could be so different?
Kate and her origins
For the most obvious difference, it must be stated that Kate Middleton is, of course, British. Born in Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, Berkshire, Kate Middleton is English through and through, unlike Meghan Markle.
Kate attended St. Andrew’s School, Downe House School, and Marlborough College. She then went on to study at the University of St. Andrews, a public university in Fife, Scotland. Kate studied a Master of Arts (MA) in the history of art.
Meghan and her origins
So, on the other hand, Meghan Markle is a born and raised American. She was born in West Park Hospital in Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California. She describes how she is from a mixed heritage, with her dad being Caucasian, and her mom being African American.
She attended Immaculate Heart High School, an all-girl Catholic private school, before moving to Northwestern University, to study a bachelor’s degree along with a double major, in theater and international studies.
Kate and her fashion
Kate Middleton is well-known for her fashion. She dresses in a traditional way, much like that of the Queen. She tends to deviate from social norms and fashion trends, instead sticking to classical outfits, such as long coats, extravagant hats, and conservative dresses.
Again, similar to the Queen, Kate favors bright and bold colors, often including blues, reds, and yellows, or patterned outfits. Her daily attire has inspired fashion all over the world, being referred to as the Kate Middleton effect.
Meghan and her fashion
Meghan Markle is often seen looking trendier, and more in-tune with current fashion. She tends to wear less traditional clothing – so nothing like that of the Queen and Kate Middleton – and instead sticks to simple dresses or trousers.
She often goes for darker, more muted outfits, and although much less classical than the Duchess of Cambridge, is still seen as somewhat of a fashion icon. She is renowned for wearing sophisticated and smart clothes, but almost more casual, in a sense.
Kate and her family
It is no secret that Kate and her family are particularly close. Her family are very successful and have always been very tight-knit. Though now living apart from each other, Kate has remained close with her siblings.
Kate’s sister, Pippa, born Philippa, was her maid of honor at her wedding, while her brother, James, read the lesson. Kate is also still friendly with her parents, with her and husband, Prince William, reportedly spending a lot of time with them in Kate’s family home.
Meghan and her family
Meghan Markle was raised by her single mum and is still close with her, but unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the rest of her family. Allegedly, Meghan and her father have not been on talking terms for quite some time, due to a series of interviews in which he criticized the Royal Family, and his daughter’s husband.
Meghan’s half-sister, Samantha, also took to Twitter to insult Meghan about the way she is said to treat her father, calling her “inhumane” and “fake.”
Kate and her privilege
Kate Middleton has always lead a particularly privileged life. Although not born into royalty, she was born into a wealthy family. Her family sent her to several boarding schools, along with the prestigious private school of private school, St. Andrews.
Her family owned a successful online party gift company, which provided most of Kate’s wealth. This also meant that her parents owned an apartment which she was able to live in, prior to her marriage, estimated to be worth around the equivalent of $1.3 to $1.8 million.
Meghan and her privilege
Meghan also came from a family of privilege, where she was able to attend a Catholic private school, and progress onto Northwestern University. However, she did not experience privilege to quite the same extent as Kate.
She was raised by her single mother after her parents divorced, when she was six years old, and so they did not have quite as much money. While struggling to book acting jobs, Meghan took on multiple other jobs to support herself, and so she had to work incredibly hard for her money and fame.
Kate and her fans
It has often been noted how Kate interacts with her fans. She is often seen holding her bag in front of her, almost to shield herself from fans and lovers of the royal family. She prefers to keep a distance between herself and others and doesn’t get too close, even when fans ask for hugs or pictures.
It is very rare that she comes into direct contact with members of the public, and isn’t seen hugging fans. This may be because it against Royal protocol to do so, more than because she doesn’t like people, however!
Meghan and her fans
Meghan, unlike Kate, tends to be much more ‘huggy’ with her fans. She is often seen and photographed hugging people who request it, especially young children. Very rarely does she keep back or refuse a hug from a fan.
She seems to have a bit of a soft spot, as such, for children, because many photographs have circulated in the media of her hugging and talking to them, with a huge smile on her face.
Kate and her opinions
As per Royal protocol, members of the Royal Family must stay neutral at all times. They are prohibited from discussing politics or social issues with the media, in order to remain completely free from controversy – well, as much as they can help when they’re such big topics of conversation.
This also inhibits them from voting in elections. Kate follows these rules very well, and isn’t, nor has she ever been, particularly outspoken about these kinds of issues.
Meghan and her opinions
During Meghan Markle’s younger years, she had a blog on which she discussed important issues, particularly surrounding gender inequality and prejudice. She was a strong-willed and very outspoken feminist, which goes against the rules of the Royals.
Since marrying Prince Harry, Meghan has had to delete all of her social media, which included her blog. So, while she has been the subject of controversy for quite some time, this could be yet to turn around, in order to stay neutral and follow Royal protocols.
Kate and her past
As mentioned, Kate has never been particularly controversial. She had never been married before she married Prince William in 2011, nor had she ever acted in a way which would be deemed as inappropriate by the Royals.
She is from a wealthy British family and was raised in a life of great wealth and luxury. The Queen approved of Kate Middleton as Prince William’s future wife straight from the outset, seeing as she was always a respectable, sophisticated, upper-class woman.
Meghan and her past
When Meghan was younger, she was outspoken and controversial due to her blog, The Tig, but that’s not all that caused the Queen to be unsure as to whether or not she wanted Meghan to become part of the Royal Family.
Being an actress and a model was frowned upon to begin with, but everything was against Meghan when the Queen discovered that she had previously been married, which would have usually been a reason the Queen disapproved of a marriage.
Kate and her protocols
It’s no secret that the Royal Family has an extensive list of rules and protocols that they must follow in order to represent the family properly. Kate Middleton is known for always following these rules, dress codes, and instructions.
She’s something of a model student when it comes to Royal protocols and is a perfect example of a regal woman, despite not being part of the family by blood, only by her marriage to Prince William.
Meghan and her protocols
Meghan is much less conventional in her approach to all things Royal. Along with having a questionable past in the eyes of the Queen, and wearing much less traditional outfits than Kate Middleton and the other Royals, Meghan has also sparked controversy over the Royal rules.
The perfect example of this is when she closed her own car door in public – something which the family is not supposed to do. Some were outraged at Meghan or her security guard, while many others called her “humble,” and “down-to-Earth” for the gesture.
Kate and her hobbies
Kate Middleton leads an active life. She is out and about with Prince William, spending time with her children, or carrying out the duties she’s required to complete as a working Royal, filling most of her time. However, in her rare free time, Kate likes to play sports.
She most commonly enjoys intense sports and exercises, including running, rowing, volleyball, and tennis. She also enjoys skiing, especially seeing as it was on a ski trip that Kate and Will announced their relationship, back in 2004.
Meghan and her hobbies
While Meghan still enjoys being active and exercising in her spare time, she is typically less active than Kate, with her favorite exercise being yoga. This comes as no surprise, seeing as Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, is a certified yoga instructor, alongside all her previous work with the geriatric community.
She has stated that she began mommy-and-me yoga with her at seven years old but really got into it at college. She used to enjoy running but allegedly never has enough time to go for a jog now.
Kate and her relationship
Kate and William met in 2001. Their friendship developed into a relationship in 2002, which they announced in 2004. However, the couple then split in 2007, reportedly for some space to themselves, and because they felt that they needed some time to “find themselves.”
They then ultimately rekindled their love in 2008, before William proposed in Kenya in 2010, and the pair had their iconic wedding in April 2011. The royal family approved of their relationship existing long before their marriage, despite the temporary break, and years of secrecy.
Meghan and her relationship
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, on the other hand, were together for a lot less time than Kate and Will before they wed. The couple met on a blind date in 2016 and clicked instantly. Just a few weeks later, Harry convinced Meghan to accompany him on his trip to Botswana, which she did.
The news about their relationship came out a little under six months later, before they became engaged in November 2017. They then married in May 2018, in one of the most-watched weddings ever.
Kate’s place in the Royal Family
Prince William is currently second in line to the British throne, following his father Prince Charles, which means that one day he will likely be King.
This also means that Kate will be the Queen consort, which is a very high position in the Royal Family. As a future Queen Consort, Kate has many responsibilities that she will need to attend to, and her position in family and the country is one that will be watched closely.
Meghan’s place in the Royal Family
Now that his brother William has had three children, Prince Harry’s is number six in line to inherit the throne. Once his nephews and niece grow up and have their own child, it’s likely that he will move even further down the line.
This means that while Meghan Markle is officially a Duchess, and a member of the Royal Family, she does not have to worry about ever being the face of the country. While she currently has some responsibilities to the crown alongside her husband, over time it’s likely those will lessen.
Kate’s struggles with the press
Being in the public eye is no easy feat, and when you’re part of the Royal Family, sometimes the paparazzi and the press will do anything to get close to you.
Kate has had numerous struggles with the press, but more than that she had a severe breach of privacy. While on vacation in 2012 with Prince William in France, some paparazzis managed to take pictures of the Duchess topless, and published them in a magazine. Kate was extremely upset by this, and they even took the matter to court.
Meghan’s struggles with the press
Meghan has also had her fair share of problems with the press and with fans, although nothing to the level that Kate has.
Back when she was still dating Prince Harry she faced some troubling harassment online, which prompted Harry to make a plea on her behalf to be left in peace. She has also recently face criticism by the press for the timing of her baby announcement being at the same time as Princess Eugenie’s wedding.
Kate’s ring is undoubtedly stunning, and is a 12 carat diamond and sapphire made by the royal jeweler Gerrard. However, what makes this ring even more special is that it is an heirloom that once belonged to Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana.
Diana had often been called “The People’s Princess,” so the significance of her daughter in law wearing it is quite powerful. While some might wonder if it the boys fought over who got their mother’s ring, it made sense that it would be passed down to the oldest.
Meghan wasn’t going to be able to receive a family heirloom from Prince Harry, as was the case with Kate’s ring. So, Harry had to think a little more outside the box to make his bride’s ring special.
He was able to take two small diamonds from Princess Diana’s collection and incorporate them into his rings design, along with a larger diamond from Botswana, which holds a special place in their hearts. The result was this beautiful custom ring made by court jewelers Cleave and Company.
When Kate Middleton married Prince William it was the first time in a long time that a member of the Royal Family, particularly one in line for the throne, would be getting married. Since William is a future king, the couple got married in London’s Westminster Abbey.
It was also treated a bit more like a state affair, and hosted important guests from around the world including various Prime Ministers, ambassadors, and other world leaders. Things were also a bit strict and formal, as everything had to be done according to protocol.
Meghan Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry had a bit of a different vibe to it. The couple got married at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, and was a slightly smaller ceremony.
They also had more celebrities on their guest list like Meghan’s Hollywood friends, and even Oprah was there. Meghan’s ceremony was also a little more unconventional and included Bishop Michael Curry, gospel singing, and was all around a bit more relaxed. People were even laughing at points.
The future of Kate’s children
Kate’s role in the Royal Family isn’t just important because of who her husband is, but also because of who her children are.
Kate’s children are directly in line to inherit the throne behind their father, with her oldest son Prince George coming in at number three in line for the crown. Raising future leaders of a nation is a big responsibility, but Kate seems to be up to the task, and she certainly won’t be going at it alone.
The future of Meghan’s children
Unlike Kate and William’s children, it’s unlikely that Meghan and Harry’s future children will ever end up inheriting the crown.
When Meghan announced she was pregnant everyone was quick to note that while her baby will still be part of the Royal Family, it will only be seventh in line for the throne. Furthermore, the child’s place in the line for inheritance will drop even lower once its cousins grow up and have children of their own. So Meghan will be under slightly less pressure.
Kate’s displays of affection
There’s an old stereotype about British people being the picture of propriety, and outwardly being very stiff and unmoving.
While perhaps not to that extreme, that is the vibe that some people get from Kate and William. The couple rarely engages in public displays of affection with one another, and usually opt to simply stand side by side. When they do touch, it’s usually all done very politely, and is all very proper and above board.
Meghan’s displays of affection
In contrast to Kate and William’s more reserved appearance, people have notice that Meghan and Harry are quite the opposite.
While still keeping things appropriate, in public the two appear to be very affectionate. They are frequently gazing to each other’s eyes, or holding hands when they are sitting next to each other. The way they touch and lean into each other seems to speak volumes, and no one has any doubt that these two are in love with one another.
Kate’s net worth
You might think that Kate Middleton’s net worth is largely tied in to her husband and his position in the Royal Family, but that’s not the whole story.
A lot of her financial earnings come from her family’s party supply company, called Party Pieces. At the moment she boasts an impressive net worth of around $10 million. But many have speculated that it’s likely that one day when William takes the crown her net worth will jump significantly higher.
Meghan’s net worth
Like Kate, Meghan did not come in to her marriage empty handed. It’s well known that Meghan was a very successful actress on her show Suits, so much so that she was reportedly being paid $50,000 per episode!
After being on the show for seven years, that definitely accumulates. Add in her marriage to Prince Harry, and the reports that she will likely be receiving allowances from her in-laws, and it’s hardly a surprise that her current net worth stands at around $5 million.
Despite their differences, both Meghan and Kate know that they have responsibilities to their husbands and the Royal Family.
Both of them are beautiful, talented, and accomplished women in their own right, and there is so much that they bring to this new generation of royals. The know exactly what is expected of them, and they are more than prepared to step up to the plate. It almost seems as though we are getting two princess of the people, instead of just the one that we had in Diana.
Kate and Meghan
There are a number of differences between the two Royals, but they also have many similarities. From becoming working Royals to adhering to strict rules, the two Royal wives have much of the same lives. They attend Royal events and carry out charity work, as well as being prohibited from going out in public alone, and being accompanied by security wherever they go.
Despite their differences, Kate and Meghan are incredibly similar, and sadly, neither of them are allowed to take selfies with fans or post on social media.