If you are a zealot of some sort for all things about Royal Family, you came to the right place. The newest additions to the Blue Bloods– Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton– are now so embedded in current pop culture that it is impossible not to compare them against each other.
At first glance, it would seem the girls are, well, alike in so many ways. Both are married to Princes and opt for similar styles (and earrings) but there must be more to them than meets the eye. Yes, they are also so different we just can’t help but be curious about the magnitude of their distinctness. (You know, like when your aunts never missed a moment to tell you how much smarter or prettier your sister is.) Anyway, this is no Tale of the Tape but here’s a lowdown of everything about Meghan and Kate, and how intriguingly different they are.
Meghan Markle’s Upbringing
Rachel Meghan Markle is a dyed-in-the-wool Californian who was born in Los Angeles in 1981. She grew up around glitz and glamour because her dad, Thomas, is a lighting and photography director that received daytime Emmies for his work in such soap operas as General Hospital. Her mom Doria is a woman of many endeavors, which includes working as a yoga instructor, make-up artist, and also doing social work. Doria is African-American, which makes Meghan biracial, and no doubt contributed to her stunningly unmistakable beauty.
Kate Middleton’s Upbringing
On the other hand, Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, or Kate as we know her, is destined for royalty at a young age. The Middleton family has longstanding ties with the Royal Family since the 1920s. She was born in Reading, England but also lived in Amman, Jordan when her father worked for British Airways during her toddler years. Before graduating from Fife University in Scotland, she has also gone to Chile to participate in a Raleigh Program and to study at the British Institute of Florence in Italy. Needless to say, she is as well-traveled as they come, which is pretty easy if you have around 7 million British pounds of net worth.
Meghan Markle’s Previous Career
As an American celebrity, Meghan’s life is like an open book to many and that includes her acting career. She first appeared in General Hospital but her first lead television role was in Suits where she played Rachel Zane. She is also a model and, wait for this, a freelance calligrapher as well.
Kate Middleton’s Previous Career
Kate did not have a shabby working resume, either. She was employed for a while at Jigsaw as an Associate Accessories Buyer (not sure what that is) and also does a lot for her family business called Party Pieces. She’s in charge of design and production, photography, and marketing.
Meghan And Her Fashion Sense
Meghan has Hollywood written all over her and does modeling on the side so expectedly, she should be seen wearing trendier outfits. She will often resort to simple pieces of clothing rather than the traditional look every Royal lady customarily exudes.
Kate And Her Fashion Sense
Kate, on the other hand, prefers the traditional style and will often be seen wearing long coats and conservative dresses. She dresses exactly like the Queen (and yes, she will be one in the future) but that did not prevent classical fashion from spreading all over the world! Many have emulated this look and is called the Kate Middleton effect in the fashion realm.
How Meghan Met Harry
I’m pretty sure Meghan and Harry do not have Tinder accounts (I could be wrong, though), but how they began dating is pretty close.
That first date was in 2016 because of a blind date set up by a common friend. That friend is apparently a terrific matchmaker because the couple hit it off in an instant. They had their next days planned which includes a Botswana trip for Meghan where she and Harry spent five days camping out into the stars during the night.
How Kate Met William
If Meghan and Harry instantly hit it off because of a blind date, Kate and William actually knew each other since they were in high school at St. Andrew’s. William, in an unseemly twist, made his first official move to Kate when he saw her in a charity fashion event wearing a see-through dress and black underwear. Now that’s the curve ball I’m not expecting!
Harry’s Intimate Proposal
OK, now we know they really are for each other because one couple spent five nights under the Botswanian sky while the other was because of black underwear. Kidding aside, the proposals that eventually resulted in tying the knot is just as interesting as the long road that led to it.
Harry’s was very intimate and spontaneous, happened while they were trying to roast a chicken at Nottingham Cottage. Meghan was so excited she wanted to say YES even before the actual proposal and both were so into the moment that Harry nearly forgot to put the ring on, which he was wearing the whole time. Seriously, guys, that scene deserves to be in a movie!
William’s African-flavored Proposal
And speaking of movies, do we not see this plot all the time: Boy and girl split up. They realize they love each other, went all out in finding their way back into each other’s arms, and they live happily ever after. The jury is still out on the HAPPILY EVER AFTER PART but that pretty much sums up Kate and William leading to the proposal.
The couple was not entirely sure what led to the breakup but what’s important is they reconciled, paving the way for William to pop the question in Kenya in 2010. The sweetest thing about the whole moment was not the ‘he got down on one knee’ part but William deciding to use Princess Diana’s engagement ring, his idea of not letting his mom miss out on the excitement.
Meghan’s Engagement Ring
Because RINGS are synonymous with PROPOSALS, let’s take a look at the pieces of jewelry in question.
The ring that Harry gave Meghan was custom-made which he himself designed. It is made of yellow gold, Meghan’s favorite, and the center stone came from– take a stab at it– the country of Botswana! Like his brother William, Harry also made sure their mom is in it by selecting three smaller stones from Princess Diana’s very own jewelry collection.
Kate’s Wedding Ring
As previously mentioned, this 12-carat and sapphire and diamond ring was also Princess D’s very own engagement ring. The interesting backstory behind it was it used to belong to Harry as an heirloom after Diana’s death but they had a previous agreement that the ring will be given to whoever of the boys is going to get engaged first. Thus, the ring is now William’s, which he gave to Kate. Just to put it out there, the ring was estimated to be worth over 300,000 Sterling pounds in 2016.
Meghan’s Pre-Nuptial Photos
For this generation, the pre-wedding photos are as important as the wedding itself. So let’s see some of them and the men behind the utterly expensive camera work.
These beautiful photos are taken by Alexi Lubomisrksi, whose family has noble ties himself. The poses were candid and physical, with Meghan cuddling up close with Harry and seated between his legs in another.
Kate’s Official Pre-Wedding Photos
This picture is one of two official engagement photos of Kate and William, taken by Mario Testoni at St. James Palace. Though they too cuddle up in the other picture, it was generally more reserved and formal compared to the snuggle-filled snapshots of Meghan and Harry.
Meghan’s Wedding Dress
The dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller, a British stylist who is a Glamour Awardee and the artistic director of the French perfume house Givenchy, among other things. There were other top fashion talents in contention for the wedding dress design including Inbal Dror, Erdem, and Ralph & Russo. Keller eventually won out and they had to pay a hefty sum of 100,000 Pounds for her services.
Kate’s Wedding Dress
Kate tapped the services of Alexander McQueen to provide her the lace-sleeved wedding gown and that came at a price, too. The dress reportedly cost around $434,000 dollars. Why so much?
First of all, the names involved are expensive and second, it takes quite a set of skills to have the lacework ALL handmade. The Brits could take a collective sigh of relief, though, because the money definitely did not come from their taxes as it was Kate’s parents who took the 400-thousand dollar wedding dress bill.
Meghan’s Wedding Ring
The British Royal Family has this longstanding tradition of having their wedding rings be fashioned out of the ultra-rare Welsh gold. And yep, that’s exactly what Meghan’s nuptial ring is made out of. The gesture demonstrates Prince Harry’s seriousness which is just fitting because an 8,500-dollar ring is a SERIOUS amount of money.
Kate’s Wedding Ring
Kate’s wedding band is also made out of Welsh gold, all 18 carats of it, as per the 80-year-old tradition. We could not get a specific price on the ring but it is apparently not as valuable as her famous diamond and sapphire engagement ring which was previously owned by Princess Diana.
The Wedding Itself– Meghan and Harry
If the cost of the dresses, rings, and accessories used in a Royal wedding are equivalent to the entire GDP of Venezuela (kidding!), how much exactly is it? Estimates are all over the map–from $1.4 million to $46 million– but Daily Express noted that the couple racked up a 30-million pound bill, which is close to $40,000,000.
The May 19, 2018 wedding happened at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle and attended by some 600 guests although it was watched on TV by as much 2 billion people.
The Wedding Itself– Kate and William
The wedding took place on April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey and attended by almost 2,000 people. The cost? 34 million dollars, 32 million of which went to security alone. The dress costs a whopping $434,000 but I’m pretty sure the outfit William wore has been around for 40 years so that must be free.
Meghan’s Official Royal Title
When you marry into the Royal Family (or when a member gets married), they just don’t get new jewelry– they will also be given new Royal titles. For Meghan’s part, she is now officially Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.
She will be the first woman known as the Duchess of Sussex while Harry, the Duke of Sussex, will be the second man to hold the title.
Kate’s Royal Title
Kate was officially given the title the Duchess of Cambridge (styled as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge) after marrying Prince William, who was given the dukedom by Queen Elizabeth herself. She is also referred to as the Countess of Strathearn when in Scotland and Lady Carrickfergus when in Northern Ireland.
I know, don’t ask me why.
Meghan’s Wedding Reception Dress
I don’t have any idea that there is such a thing as a second wedding dress but apparently, it’s worn by the rich who were getting married in the evening of their reception.
In Meghan’s case, that elegant white halter was designed by British designer Stella McCartney. Meghan herself approached McCartney to design the reception dress and it was history from there. The latter also designed Amal Clooney’s and Oprah Winfrey’s dresses for the same event. McCartney surely made Meghan Markle’s wedding reception her own runway.
Kate’s Wedding Reception Dress
Featuring a satin A-line skirt and a sweetheart neckline, Kate graced her wedding reception night in a much simpler dress still designed by Sara Burton (Alexander McQueen’s creative director). The best part of the dress is that it has no train, which means she doesn’t need her sister Pippa’s help anymore to get around!
Meghan’s Perfume Of Choice
Meghan is said to be head-over-heels in love with the Jo Malone London perfume brand and who could blame her? Even the description of these perfumes already smells heavenly! “Lively, spirited, and totally joyful” is how the brand describes Wood Sage & Sea Salt which would also appropriately characterize Meghan, as well.
Kate’s Perfume of Choice
Kate loves her signature scents, that as much is sure. Perhaps her most favorite is Illuminum White Gardenia Petals, the one she wore at her wedding. The other one she is totally crazy about is Jo Malone’s orange scent which she had candles of them burning as she walked down the aisle at Westminster Abbey.
Meghan’s Favorite Color
Members of the Royal Family has to be careful about the color that they choose to wear but Meghan seems to be favoring one more than others– the color green. It tends to be a darker, forest green whether it’s floral or printed and she has already worn it on several occasions.
Kate’s Favorite Color
Of course, the Duchess of Cambridge also has a hue of choice and in an interview by People magazine, she said it’s white. It comes as no surprise, though, as we can see Kate wearing white on numerous occasions including the recent 2019 BAFTA Awards in London where she looked absolutely stunning, by the way.
Meghan Markle’s Fitness Regimen
Meghan enjoys working out a lot mainly for its mental benefits and approaches exercise with a great measure of self-love. Yoga and running are her favorite ways to stay fit and does it with friends whenever there are no appearances and whatnot.
Kate’s Fitness Regimen
While Meghan openly expresses her undying love for yoga, the secret to Kate’s yummy tummy is a high-protein, low-carb diet called the Dukan Diet, while also dabbling with the raw food trend at least one day a week. She’s also into volleyball and was inspired to lose the baby bump she proudly showed by postnatal fitness guru Judy Di Fiore.
Kate also loves planking and the three elements of it– the basic, side, and prone skydrive– and can repeat each at least 10 times and hold it at least 45 seconds. That is one strong core right there.
Meghan Markle’s Pregnancy
Every woman’s pregnancy is different and that should be the case for the Meghan and Kate. This will be Meghan’s first pregnancy but hers is surprisingly a lot easier than Kate ever did with her three children. According to people who follow the Royal Family, Meghan’s body language shows how proud she is that she is going to be a future mom and may also opt for a more private birth.
Kate has three kids already but pregnancy is by no means a walk in the park for her. She experiences an extreme form of morning sickness– scientifically called hyperemesis gravidarum, which sounds more like a magic spell than anything. Because of this, she often has to miss royal and public engagements. However, when all of her babies are born, she makes it a point to immediately appear to the public with Prince William and the baby.
Meghan’s “Direct Relationship” With the Camera
Media people often read a lot into celebrities’ actions, no matter how great or small it is. In terms of how Meghan engages the paparazzi’s quick camera lenses, body language expert Judi James notes how the Duchess of Sussex courts the camera, so to speak, by addressing the camera with a straightforward gaze. This is an attempt to show that she is open and accessible and yet highly confident.
Kate’s Camera Work
While Meghan aims to directly look at the camera, Kate is often photographed with an averted gaze. She exudes a more passive relationship with the camera suggesting a more introverted personality than the camera-loving Meghan. That difference in personality can further be identified with this thing with No.29.
Meghan’s Level of Comfort in Public Speaking
There really is another marked difference between the personality of the two women, one that only a Royal Family Insider would know. That insider is Camilla Tominey and she noticed one really is a public speaking natural while the other, hmmm, tend to shy away from that specific assignment.
You could read a lot whether who’s outgoing and who’s the apprehensive one based on their background, but yeah, Tominey confirms it’s Meghan who would never recoil from a public speaking assignment. What about Kate?
Kate and Public Speaking
Tominey said she does respect Middleton but notes she lacks confidence when speaking at official engagements. In all possibilities, Kate will one day become the Queen and if she does, she badly needs to dig deep into her confidence pocket. If there is one criterion for a Queen (aside from handling the fashion aspect of it like a boss), is you must be able to confidently speak on these occasions.
Meghan’s First Solo Project As A Royal
Meghan went the unorthodox route in his first solo royal project by combining her love for cooking and helping the Grenfell tower fire tragedy. The project called Together features the Duchess of Sussex writing the foreword of the charity cookbook and the recipes were written by the cooks of Hubb Kitchen Community.
A little excerpt from what Meghan wrote: “I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together. Melding cultural identities under a shared roof, it creates a space to feel a sense of normalcy – in its simplest form, the universal need to connect, nurture, and commune through food, through crisis or joy – something we can all relate to.
Kate’s First Solo Project As A Royal
Kate focused on something really close to her heart for her first-ever solo royal project. It had something to do with child welfare, specifically for children who were not given much support from their early years. It was a lifelong project for the Duchess of Cambridge and she even enlisted the help of experts in different fields including academia and health.
Meghan’s First Solo Trip With The Queen
Just less than a month after her wedding, Meghan embarked on a project with Queen Elizabeth II herself by attending the ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge and also visited The Storyhouse and Town Hall.
I’m sure Meghan enjoyed the trip with no less than Her Majesty herself helping her learn the ropes. It’s noteworthy that the invitation to board the Royal Train has not happened before, at least never that early.
Kate’s First Solo Trip With The Queen
The one-on-one time with Kate and the queen came less than a year after the former’s marriage as the two went together for Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Tour in Leicester, England. For some reason, Kate has not gotten an invitation to ride aboard the Royal Train but maybe she just prefers planes. Whatever the case is, the Queen seems to be very content attending events with either Meghan or Kate.
Meghan’s First Overseas Tour With Harry
It was a brief two-day visit to neighboring Ireland but it sure was worth it. It was full of cultural celebration and activities that includes visits to Trinity College, Croke Park Gaelic Sports Festival, and seeing the world’s oldest manuscript, the Book of Kells.
Kate’s First Overseas Tour With Williams
While Meghan and Harry spent a whirlwind couple of days in Ireland for their first international trip as a couple, Kate and Williams spent nine days in Canada for theirs. They covered a lot of ground for their visit including watching a dragon boat race, attending cooking classes and watching the Calgary Stampede with matching white hats.
Meghan’s Very First Royal Ascot
The Royal Ascot is a very big deal in Britain because it is one of the most valuable racehorse competitions with prize money of over 7 million pounds. That said, Meghan attended her very first Royal Ascot in 2018 wearing a white Givenchy dress while presenting the jockey Frankie Dettori with the trophy.
Kate’s Very First Royal Ascot
Kate made her debut at the Royal Ascot five years after she and William tied the knot. It took them long which basically means she doesn’t like racehorses, but anyway, her stunning look made the wait worth it. I mean, if I’m the winner, I’d be thinking that Dolce & Gabbana could be well worth more than my money prize and trophy.
Meghan’s Royal Baby
… is not born yet but I’m sure a lot of us who are following are pretty excited about this event. Meghan and Harry announced that they are going to have a child 5 months into their wedding which is a little early than expected. So, are they going to have a girl or a boy? Unless you’re somebody from MI-6 or hold Meghan’s doctor hostage, there would be no way of knowing the child’s gender as they want to keep it a surprise until this spring. Bummer.
Kate’s Royal Babies
Kate has a pretty considerable headstart over Meghan and now has three ultra-adorable kids. George was born July 22, 2013, Charlotte on May 2, 2015, and Louis on April 23, 2018. It could be pretty loud at the Duke and Duchess’ castle five years from now. Yep, I can hear it already.