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 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.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk hand-in-hand as they make their first public appearance together [PA]
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 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.
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.
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!
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