A Look at the Sussex Royal and Kensington Royal Instagram Accounts Shows the Stark Difference in Treatment Between the Couples

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have not had the best relationship with either the public or the press since the two started dating back in 2016. And earlier this year, they reached their breaking point — they announced that they would no longer be official members of the royal family as of late March.

On the other hand, Prince William and Kate Middleton have been adored by the public since they wed. Of course, each has had their fair share of criticism to a degree, but for the most part, people love them. And one quick look at the royals’ Instagram accounts shows the stark contrast in their treatment from the public.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Harry and Meghan have batted zero with the British media

Ever since Harry and Meghan started dating back in 2016, the now-duchess has had a difficult time winning over the public. She and Harry have done their best to showcase their charity work and promote the well-being of the people, but it hasn’t seemed to bode well with the British media.

The press has continued to create stories that have proved detrimental to Meghan’s reputation, such as her poor relationships with Kate Middleton and the queen (though almost none of the stories have ever been confirmed). 

People consistently compare the two duchesses

People love to compare Meghan and Kate, often taking the Duchess of Cambridge’s side. People put Kate up on a pedestal, yet they don’t give the same treatment to Meghan. Some people have even left comments on the Sussex Royal Instagram (Meghan and Harry’s account) complimenting Kate — likely with the intention of hurting Meghan’s feelings.

There have been snide comments on Meghan and Harry’s Instagram account comparing the two couples. “Before Meghan, I used to think how boring Prince William looks while Prince Harry is always engaging and cracking jokes in gatherings… Today, I’m so glad to see one of them [William] is serious… about his country,” one person wrote on Meghan and Harry’s recent Instagram photo.

Prince William and Kate Middleton seem to have a much better relationship with the public than Harry and Meghan.

The royals’ Mother’s Day posts showed a stark difference in public treatment       

The United Kingdom recently celebrated Mother’s Day, and both royal accounts posted for the holiday. William and Kate shared photos of them with their kids and mothers, and Harry and Meghan shared various words used in exchange for the term “mother” and “grandmother” (Mum, mom, Granny, etc.) But the comments under each post were strikingly different.

The Kensington Instagram post received much more love than the Sussex Instagram post.

“Thank you for sharing these lovely photos!” someone wrote under the Cambridge’s post. “Such gorgeous photos,” another comment read. Almost all of the most-liked comments were positive, though there were a few about the two not including any photos of Meghan and Archie.

Under Meghan and Harry’s posts, there were phrases such as, “you are irrelevant,” “she’s not royalty,” and “why don’t you just stop.” Almost all of the most-liked comments under the Sussex account were negative, despite that both posts had to do with the exact same thing.

Things haven’t been better for Harry and Meghan since leaving the family

Although Harry and Meghan were hoping that the negative attention would die down once they left the family, that hasn’t been the case. Though the press hasn’t reported quite as much about them, the negative comments from the public on social media platforms seem to have skyrocketed. It’s unclear if Meghan and Harry will ever be able to find their way out of the negativity.