Does Kate Middleton Spend More Money on Clothes Than Meghan Markle?

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are always in the news for what they wear. From analyzing which pieces have been repeated to speculating on whether Queen Elizabeth is upset at their fashion choices, Kate and Meghan’s clothes are never far from being the topic of conversations.

But between the two fashionable duchesses, which one spends more money on clothes? Is it Kate, the daughter of wealthy business owners, or Meghan, the former Hollywood actress? Let’s find out.

How much does Kate Middleton spend on clothes?

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle | Stephen Pond/Getty Images

According to UFO No More, a blog dedicated to royal fashion, the Duchess of Cambridge wore about $85,097 worth of new clothing pieces in 2018. That’s definitely way more than what the average woman her age spends on clothes in a year, but this number is lower than her number for 2017, which was almost $130,000. Part of the reason for this change is because Kate was on maternity leave for a while in 2018, so new outfits were rarely seen during that time.

How much does Meghan Markle spend on clothes?

If you thought Kate’s spending was mind-blowing, it will come as a shock to learn that Meghan spent about five times that amount.

At $509,278 in 2018, the cost of Meghan’s new closet actually doesn’t just dwarf Kate’s, but it is a lot more than what royals from other countries spent. The person with the second-most expensive closet on the list is Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, who spent only $144,349.

It’s important to note, however, that a reason for the huge price tag on Meghan Markle’s wardrobe is due to the fact that UFO No More included her set of Cartier Reflection Wedding Bracelet and Earrings in its calculations. The set itself costs a whopping $233,000 and actually could be removed if they are a gift from Prince Charles (as most fans suspect them to be) since the blog often does not count items that are known gifts. But the fact that no reliable source has ever confirmed that the expensive bracelet and earrings were given to Meghan, they are included in the calculations and played a huge role in doubling Meghan’s wardrobe cost.

Another thing to remember is that, unlike Kate and other royal women on UFO’s No More’s list, Meghan Markle is a new member of a royal family. The other ladies have been in their respective royal families either since birth or for many years, and have amassed a good collection of clothes that can be reused. When Meghan married Prince Harry and became the Duchess of Sussex, her clothes needed an upgrade to include items that are fit for someone of her position, which is why she was forced to spend so much money.

Royal family members are known for being frugal

Given both Kate and Meghan’s expensive closet, it can seem a bit contradicting to hear that royal family members are frugal with their clothes. However, both Kate and Meghan do try to cut some costs from their spending.

For example, Meghan reportedly styles herself for public engagements, which means she spends less money on makeup artists and stylists.

Both Kate and Meghan are famous for being fans of affordable stores like Zara and H&M, so it’s misleading to think that they wear expensive designer clothes all the time. For years now, it’s also well-known that you can often see Kate out and about in London buying her own clothes in places that many commoners visit.

Finally, both Kate and Meghan reuse lots of clothing pieces. For some reason, it’s almost scandalous to see royals or celebrities re-wear items from their closet, but this is actually just what everyone does and should do. Kate, who has been in the royal family for almost ten years now, has been famous for re-wearing lots of past outfits and Meghan has been making news for doing the same thing.