Many fans are aware that royals constantly get compared to each other. This is the most obvious when it comes to Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, who always seem to get pitted against one another no matter what they do.
On the surface, it seems fair to compare Markle and Middleton because they seem similar enough. After all, they are sister-in-laws and are married into the same nuclear family.
However, what fans might not realize is that this perception that they are similar is wrong. In fact, it’s almost impossible to compare the two duchesses. Read on below to find out why.
Fans have been picking sides and comparing Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton
When it comes to everything Duchess Meghan and Duchess Kate do, fans and the media often have to choose one person who does it better. There are always reports about who dresses better, who is a better mother, who gets along better with Queen Elizabeth and other royals, etc.
These reports also get exacerbated by the feud rumors that popped up after Markle joined the royal family last year. Allegedly, during the preparation for Markle’s wedding, Markle made Middleton cry at a dress fitting session for Princess Charlotte. There were also rumors that Middleton once yelled at Markle because Markle spoke harshly to Middleton’s staff members.
As a result, royal fans can never seem to like both women, and there must always be comparisons between them.
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton find the comparisons ‘challenging’
According to a source, Markle and Middleton are aware that they are often pitted against each other. However, they find the comparisons “challenging” to live with, especially because they have different roles in the royal family.
“Meghan is very aware that Kate will be Queen; their roles are very clear,” the insider told People. “Meghan doesn’t fit the mold, while Kate was groomed for this… What’s challenging is when they are pitted against each other. That’s been challenging to both of them. Meghan has her life, Kate has hers.”
Another friend also shared that both women are dedicated to their children, but they still have different approaches to parenting. For example, Middleton lets her children live a more public life while Markle is the opposite.
The friend noted: “William and Kate toe the line, maybe because they have to, but Harry and Meghan are saying no — no to releasing the names of Archie’s godparents, no to saying where Meghan gave birth. They are trying to carve out a different sort of public life and reset the rules.”
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton are also very different people
At the end of the day, not only are Markle and Middleton playing different roles in the royal family, but they are extremely different people as well.
Markle came from a middle-class family in California. She grew up as a biracial child with divorced parents. In her adult years, she pursued acting and managed to make a name for herself in Hollywood. Markle has also been said to be very outgoing – something that no doubt helped her a lot in showbiz.
Meanwhile, Middleton came from an upper-class family in England. She attended very prestigious schools and grew up mingling with kids of very wealthy parents. Even though she became famous for dating Prince William in college, Middleton often tried to live a very private life for much of her adult years. She has been said to be reserved and introverted.
Although sources have said that they are getting along quite well nowadays, it’s still important to remember that they each have a different outlook on life and different ways of doing things. Neither duchess is better than the other: They are both simply trying to make the best of their given circumstances.