7 Ways Kate Middleton Has Mimicked Meghan Markle to Appear More Relatable

People cannot help comparing Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. These two women couldn’t possibly be more different — both in their personalities and their backgrounds — yet because they’re married to brothers, the comparisons are inevitable.

For a long time, royal fans believed that Meghan and Kate were embattled in an epic feud. It’s still unclear if that ever happened. But feud or not, it’s easy to see how Meghan’s influence has changed Kate’s approach to being a royal wife, whether she realizes it or not.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | Karwai Tang/WireImage

Kate Middleton’s clothing is more casual

The Duchess of Cambridge dresses differently compared to Meghan, that hasn’t changed. But it seems like ever since Prince Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding, Kate has been intentionally dressing in a more casual way that makes her seem approachable and friendly.

Meghan also has a casual approach to fashion and often dresses in jeans, flats, and sundresses. Kate still always looks polished but has been relaxing her style significantly in recent months.

She engages in more PDAs with Prince William

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Hans Gutknecht/AFP via Getty Images

One unwritten rule in the royal family is that senior working royals don’t show affection in public — not even holding hands. But Meghan and Harry kept breaking those rules and the public loved them for it.

Now it seems like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been showing more affection toward each other and it likely has something to do with Harry and Meghan’s influence. You’re still not going to catch William and Kate making out on camera, but they’ve relaxed enough to hold hands, at least.

Kate keeps sharing her emotions

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge | Geoff Caddick – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Meghan is fantastic at revealing exactly how she was feeling at any given time, which is of course what led to her departure from the royal family. The Duchess of Cambridge may not realize she’s doing it, but ever since Meghan came along, she’s also been revealing more about her personal emotions, too.

She’s recently been opening up about her personal challenges during motherhood. “It’s so hard. You get a lot of support with the baby as a mother particularly in the early days, but after the age of one it falls away,” Kate said at an engagement. “After that, there isn’t a huge amount.”

The Cambridges are crafting a social media strategy

It seems like ever since Harry and Meghan came close to surpassing William and Kate in number of Instagram followers, there’s been an unspoken competition between the two couples. And even though the Duke and Duchess of Sussex don’t currently have a social media account, the rivalry continues.

Want proof? William and Kate hired Harry and Meghan’s former social media coordinator when they abandoned their account and senior royal roles.

Kate Middleton showed love to animals just like Meghan Markle

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, pets the dog of Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins | Phil Noble – Pool/Getty Images

Royal fans raised eyebrows when Prince William and Kate posed for the exact same photo op that Prince Harry and Meghan did. The shot included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge petting Irish President Michael Higgins and his wife, Sabina Coyne’s dog upon their meeting.

She’s more comfortable with public speaking

It could be that the Duchess of Cambridge has naturally gotten more comfortable with public speaking over time. But there’s also a chance that she was subtly studying Meghan’s cues. It helped that Meghan was already used to being on camera and looking natural speaking to a crowd.

Now Kate is reaping the benefits and seems a lot more relaxed and less stiff when delivering speeches or greeting the public on walkabouts.   

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Kate Middleton | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Kate Middleton cares about social issues, too

Senior royals aren’t permitted to disclose their opinion about politics, but Meghan cleverly circumvented this rule by throwing her support behind causes she cares about, such as feminist organizations. Kate has been taking a similar approach and getting involved with social organizations which help paint her in a positive light to royal fans.

Both Meghan and Kate, plus their husbands, have been candid in their support of mental health issues too. All of these small moves have made the Duchess of Cambridge seem much more relatable — just like Meghan is.