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Both Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have countless admirers all over the world. It’s hard to imagine that they were anything less than popular and well-liked when they were in school. However, Kate and Meghan reportedly had problems with classmates who did not like them too much. In fact, they both had similar reasons for being disliked at school.

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle | UK Press Pool/UK Press via Getty Images

Where did Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle go to school?

Thanks to the huge success of her parents’ business, Kate was able to attend some prestigious schools as a child. When she was four, she enrolled at St. Andrew’s School. As she grew older, she began attending boarding schools. Kate went to the all-girl Downe House School before switching to Marlborough College. Princess Eugenie also attended Marlborough College, but not at the same time as Kate.

Growing up in California, Meghan attended private schools. She went to Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse during her elementary years. Then, she attended and graduated from Immaculate Heart High School, an all-girl Catholic school.

Both Kate and Meghan graduated from universities. Kate went to the University of St. Andrews, where she and Prince William met. Meanwhile, Meghan attended Northwestern University.

Both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle were reportedly disliked by their peers for being ‘perfect’

Given that Kate and Meghan grew up on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, there is no doubt they had very different school lives. However, one commonality between them is that they were both allegedly disliked by their peers for being “perfect.”

According to former classmate Jessica Hay, when Kate was attending Downe House School, she was bullied by other girls. “She was picked on because she was perfect, well turned-out and lovely,” Hay said, as reported by The Sun.

Meanwhile, Meghan’s experience was similar but somewhat different. The biography Finding Freedom alleged that when Meghan was a go-getter even as a kid. As such, she strove to accomplish a lot at school, which made her come across as “fake” to fellow students.

“Meghan’s willingness to help others and her drive to excel meant she often was deemed ‘fake’ by classmates as school who felt it was impossible for anyone to be that ‘perfect,’” authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote.

They also added, “However, Meghan never thought she was perfect. In fact, she often felt she had more to prove.”

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Back in July, Express reported that, according to a poll conducted by the Daily Mirror, Kate is the most popular royal, with Queen Elizabeth coming in at second place. Meanwhile, Meghan came in sixth place.

There are a lot of possible reasons for this alleged popularity differences between Kate and Meghan. Kate has been in the royal family for almost 10 years now, and she spent almost 10 years before that as a royal girlfriend. Meanwhile, Meghan only started dating Prince Harry in 2016 and got married in 2018, which means the public might not be used to her presence yet.

Some fans also believe Kate’s reserved nature has helped her thrive in the royal family, where she is expected to be an uncontroversial figure. Meanwhile, Meghan’s outspoken attitude might have been beneficial in her previous career as an actress. However, as a royal, she has attracted criticism for being too outspoken about “political” topics.

Finally, Meghan has also experienced racist attacks in the press due to her background as a biracial woman. This could likely affect how the public sees her.