Kate Middleton or Meghan Markle: Which Duchess Has Completed More Royal Engagements?

Since marrying their princes, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have become some of the most visible members of the British royal family and are often seen accompanying their husbands on engagements or completing their own royal duties. While they both have busy schedules many have questioned who works more the Duchess of Cambridge or the Duchess of Sussex?

Here’s the answer to has which duchess has completed more engagements plus who the hardest-working member of the royal family is.

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle | Clive Mason/Getty Images

Which duchess has completed more engagements?

In 2018, Middleton took some time off for maternity leave before and after giving birth to her youngest son, Prince Louis. Meanwhile, Markle went on several tours and engagements with Prince Harry but the former actress wasn’t officially a member of the family until May so only her appearances after the royal wedding count.

For 2019, Royal Central calculated how many duties each woman has attended thus far and turns out the Duchess of Sussex has completed more than double the number of engagements her sister-in-law has.

In the month of January, Markle completed 11 engagements and visited her new royal patronages including the animal charity Mayhew, the National Theatre, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Middleton got a later start this year as she attended her first of four engagements for the month on Jan. 15. The Duchess of Cambridge visited King Henry’s Walk Garden, the charity Family Action, and the Royal Opera House before heading to Dundee with Prince William at the end of the month.

Both of the duchesses were already out and about racking up more royal duties by the start of February.

When will Meghan Markle go on maternity leave?

Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex | Geoff Pugh WPA Pool/Getty Images

While Prince Harry’s wife has been quite busy so far this year her appearances will likely be winding down as her due date draws near and she prepares for the birth of her child. The retired actress will take a maternity leave, however, she reportedly wants to wait as long as she possibly can to do so.

Palace sources have said Markle “told aides she wants to work as close to her due date next spring as possible.”

Who is the hardest-working royal of all?

Princess Anne
Princess Anne | Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

While the duchesses are busy attending a number engagements, no one has areptation for working as much as Princess Anne.

Year after year the queen’s daughter proves that she is the hardest-working royal by clocking more working days for engagements than anyone else in her family.

The Princess Royal worked 180 days in 2018. She also topped that list in 2017 with 540 official duties which gave her more than Middleton, Prince William, and Prince Harry combined. Same goes for 2016 when she attended a whopping 640 events so there’s no reason to think she’ll slow down this year.

When Anne eventually retires it will be interesting to see if Markle or Middleton take over her title of hardest-working royal.

Read more: Who’s Older Kate Middleton or Meghan Markle?

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