Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle: The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry's girlfriend go head to head in the style stakes as the 'Meg effect' threatens the 'Kate effect'

Posted on Oct 13 2017 - 9:03am by admin
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry started dating November 2016Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make their first public appearance together [Getty]

Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle and the Duchess of Cambridge had two very different approaches to their first royal engagements, following news they were dating Princess Diana’s sons.

The Suits actress’ outfit choice for her highly anticipated public appearance at the Invictus Games 2017 was very different to Kate Middleton’s look in 2006.

Meghan, 36, caused controversy for wearing a pair of ripped jeans and a white shirt during Prince Harry’s trip to Canada, while Kate has always stuck to conservative looks, hardly ever causing debates with her classic ensembles.

So, how do their styles differ? Firstly, Prince Harry is sixth in line for the throne, while Prince William is second behind Prince Charles, meaning their royal responsibility is completely different.

Britain's Prince William (L) and his girlfriend Kate Middleton are pictured after his graduation ceremony at RAF Cranwell air base in Lincolnshire, on April 11, 2008. Britain's Prince William graduated as a Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot on Friday after successfully completing an intensive flying course.The prince, 25, received his wings from his father Prince Charles in a graduation ceremony at the RAF Cranwell air base in Lincolnshire, east central England. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS/POOL (Photo creditPrince William and Kate Middleton in 2006 at their first joint public appearance [Getty]

Speaking about how Kate’s importance in the royal family reflects her style, stylist Lorna Weightman told The Independent: “Typically I think she dresses a bit older than she actually is, I’m sure that’s a lot to do with the circumstances she’s in, which requires her to dress conservatively. She’s sizing herself up for that safe, princess role.”

While Megan prefers a much more laid back look, revealing her top fashion tip is to mess things up a bit, which is the total opposite to Kate’s polished look.

Speaking to Glamour UK magazine, Meghan said: “If your outfit is on point, one thing has to be off for you to look perfect.”

While a source told the MailOnline: “People love her style because it is relaxed, elegant and chic but also quite funky, much more streetwise than the Duchess of Cambridge.”

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 23: Meghan Markle attends the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at the Air Canada Arena on September 23, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)Meghan Markle has a much more laid back style to Kate Middleton [Getty]

The other clear difference between the two is the fact Kate made the move to much more expensive designer labels in recent years, ditching her favourite high street numbers from Topshop and Zara, while Meghan loves brands that don’t make her “feel guilty”.

So it’s no surprise the outfit she wore during her first public appearance with Prince Harry sold out shortly after she stepped out in it.

Could the ‘Meg Effect’ take over the ‘Kate Effect’ as the American actress becomes more popular?

Even the stylists believe Meghan could have a huge impact on British brands.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception on World Mental Health Day at Buckingham Palace, London, to celebrate the contribution of those wThe Duchess Of Cambridge wears an £795 dress by Temperley London [PA] 

With a source telling the MailOnline: “Her appearance on the scene is good news for the British fashion industry, if she chooses to champion it.”

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