Kate Middleton or Meghan Markle? The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry's girlfriend looked totally different on their first public appearances with the royals

Posted on Sep 27 2017 - 10:12pm by admin
Kate Middleton Vs. Meghan Markle: The Duchess of Cambridge at her first significant event in 2006 and the Suits actress at hers in 2017Kate Middleton Vs. Meghan Markle: The Duchess of Cambridge at her first significant event in 2006 and the Suits actress at hers in 2017 [Getty]

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have finally stepped out together at a royal engagement, but the Suits actress’ outfit choice at the Invictus Games 2017 was very different to Kate Middleton’s look in 2006.

Given the events were very different, Kate appeared at Prince William’s army officer graduation, while Meghan enjoyed a sporting event, but their styles couldn’t have been anymore different.

While Kate prefers more classic looks – something she’s maintained ever since she’s been in the public eye – Meghan likes to add a little boho chic to the mix, leaving us excited about what she’s going to do next.

Here’s how Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle’s first public appearances differed…

Kate Middelton Vs. Meghan Markle: Prince William makes first joint appearance with Kate in 2008 while Prince Harry joined Meghan at an event in 2017Kate Middelton Vs. Meghan Markle: Prince William makes first joint appearance with Kate in 2008 while Prince Harry joined Meghan at an event in 2017 [Getty]

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton and Prince William had been dating for five years before she was pictured at a significant royal engagement in 2006.

The couple met in 2001 at St Andrews University and throughout the years had been pictured on numerous occasions such as skiing holidays and at Laura Parker Bowles’ wedding.

However, in 2005, Kate’s lawyers asked newspaper editors to leave her alone, claiming she was being hounded by photographers.

It wasn’t until December 2006 Kate made her first significant sighting, and watched Prince William graduate as an Army officer at Sandhurst.

Kate Middleton Attends The Sovereign'S Parade At The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Berkshire. . (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)Kate Middleton’s outfit for her first royal engagement [Getty]
Kate Middleton, HRH Prince William's girlfriend attends the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to watch the Passing Out Parade on December 15, 2006 at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein Collection/ROTA/WireImage)Kate Middleton attends Prince William’s Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2006 [Getty]

Kate went very formal for her first event and wore a huge black hat with a bow on it, she wrapped up in a statement red coat with a black outfit underneath.

She finished off the look with black leather cut out gloves, a clutch bag, tights and black boots.

Prince William and Kate Middleton made their first appearance together in April 2008 after he got his wings as a qualified RAF pilot from the Prince of Wales.

Again, Kate stuck to her guns and wore a cream coat with huge black buttons, she wore the same black suede boots with tights.

And although Kate’s fashion has evolved over the years, the mum of two has remained true to herself and still loves a huge signature coat.

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 pictured after his graduation ceremony at RAF Cranwell air base in 2008 [Getty]

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had only been dating one year before they went public with their relationship in 2017.

The couple were rumoured to have met in May 2016 and started dating in November 2016, but managed to avoid being photographed together in the first year.

Much like Kate and Wills at the beginning of their relationship, Kensington Palace shared a letter from Prince Harry asking people to respect the Suits actress’ privacy during the early days of their relationship.

Meghan Markle made her first significant solo appearance at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games on 23 September 2017.

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’s outfit for her first public appearance [Getty]
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 23: Meghan Markle attends the opening ceremony on day 1 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 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 Samir Hussein/WireImage)Meghan Markle attends the opening ceremony on day 1 of the Invictus Games Toronto in 2017 [Getty]

She wore a purple dress with a pleated skirt and matched it with a leather jacket, Meghan went big for the event, with the dress costing £137, the jacket coming in at £518 and a pair of patent Jimmy Choos with a price tag of £425.

Two days later, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first public appearance together on 25 September 2017, during day three of the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada. 

Meghan caused a media storm with her outfit after deciding to wear a white crisp shirt called ‘The Husband’ from Misha Nonoo and a pair of ripped jeans, which caused a debate on social media.

Many believed Meghan should have been more formal for the occasion, while others argued she was being unfairly “shamed” for her outfit.

However, despite the backlash, we can’t wait to see what Meghan’s going to wear next!

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Prince Harry (R) and Meghan Markle (L) attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation )Prince Harry and Meghan Markle step out together for the first time at the Invictus Games 2017 in Toronto [Getty]

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