Meghan Markle Subtly Inspired Kate Middleton to Improve Her Public Speaking Skills

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have been unfairly compared to one another ever since Meghan started dating Prince Harry back in 2016. But both women have their own things they’re good at, which makes them equally as great at their roles.

Meghan is an actress, and she has a knack for public speaking. But the duchess might have subtly convinced Kate to improve her own public speaking skills as well.

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle | Karwai Tang/WireImage

Meghan and Kate acquired very different royal reputations 

When Kate joined the royal family, there were certainly people who didn’t take well to her, as is to be expected. But through the years, she proved herself to the public, and these days, she has one of the highest approval ratings of any family member. Meghan, however, didn’t receive a warm welcome when she and Harry started dating.

Meghan was berated by the press, and they dug into her past relationships as well as her relationship with her family. The constant negative media attention made it difficult for Meghan to develop a relationship with the public and essentially made royal life a nightmare.

Meghan’s acting skills make her a great public speaker

Prior to marrying Harry, Meghan was an actress who starred on the USA Network show Suits. The duchess had loved acting and drama since she was little; her father worked as a lighting director for various television shows when she was young. Meghan’s acting skills likely helped her develop the skills necessary to create a deeper, more personal connection to her audiences during the speeches she gave as a royal.

Part of Meghan’s royal duties consisted of speaking in front of plenty of people in the nearly two years that she took on the role. And with each speech, she seemed to radiate confidence. It turns out Kate Middleton might have learned a thing or two from her fellow duchess. 

One expert thinks Kate Middleton subtly took tips from Meghan’s speeches

There have always been rumors that Kate and Meghan don’t get along, but it looks like the two women might have relied on each other for some help here and there while they were both still royals. Meghan reportedly asked Kate for some parenting advice before she welcomed her first child, and Kate supposedly took a few fashion tips from Meghan.

According to Express, Kate also looked to Meghan to improve her public speaking skills after seeing how the Duchess of Sussex spoke so well in front of crowds. “Meghan might just have provided them with a role-model in how to use personal charisma and a powerful speaking style to make things happen,” communication and body expert Judi James told the news outlet. “Kate’s speech in Pakistan last year did finally show… A desire to create bonds with her audience that Meghan excels at.”

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Kate is doing more than ever now that Meghan is not in the family

Since Meghan and Harry announced their royal exit back in January, Kate and Prince William have been doing more than ever for the royal family. Plus, with the coronavirus outbreak forcing many royal engagements to be cancelled or postponed (and Prince Charles’ recent positive test), William and Kate have been the only ones out and about — albeit scarcely — on behalf of the royals. And if Kate can take some tips from Meghan to help her improve her own royal presence, then she might as well.