Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at the Royal Foundation Forum.
Judging by the feverish press coverage, you’d think everyone was waiting for Meghan and Kate to start loudly arguing with each other or rolling their eyes every time the other one spoke. To the press’s apparent disappointment, they seem to be perfectly at ease with each other.
Of course, the flip side to this sort of coverage is the equally as feverish “OMG ARE THEY BESTIES YET?!?” coverage. As if the only options available for sisters-in-law are abject hatred or cosmo-swilling girlpower.
Honestly, we think it’s because everyone assumes Kate is lonely in that family and needs a sister in arms. That may be true, but the intense speculation as to their apparently normal budding familial relationship is weird to us. Then again, most mainstream coverage of the Royals is weird to us. Why you all gotta be so hard on Mrs. Cathy all the time?
Obviously, this isn’t some sort of red carpet gala that calls for intense style critiques. We are going to resist the impulse to over-analyze Meghan’s choice of blue, since it’s pretty much Kate’s signature color. We think Meghan’s choice comes down to: she looks good in navy blue and it makes for a good all-purpose color. It’s a no-brainer.
It’s also no good to compare a pregnant woman to a single woman planning her wedding at the moment. Their PR goals are totally different. Cathy is demure and ladylike and unfussy in that way she prefers. Meghan’s look has more pizazz to it, with the epaulets, sleevelessness and fold-over bust lapels. She’s just naturally more expressive with her fashion, both as an actress and as someone who hasn’t been subjected to a decade-plus of the press critiquing her every step and choice.
Still, it’s interesting to draw an imaginary line down the center to compare the buttoned-up, cross-legged, demure Cambridges and the open neckline’d, wide legged, hand-talking presumably-soon-to-be Sussexes.
Meghan Markle: Jason Wu Dress | Birks Iconic Stackable Ring | Isabel Marant Hoop Earrings | Aquazzura ‘Casablanca’ Pump in Black Suede
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge: Séraphine Royal Blue Tailored Maternity Dress
[Photo Credit: INSTARImages]