The Biggest Difference in How Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Are Treated

While Meghan Markle seems to be experiencing a real-life fairy tale with her marriage to Prince Harry and induction into the royal family, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for the former actress. Ever since news of her relationship to Prince Harry broke in the media, and more recently with the announcement of her pregnancy, Markle has been forced to endure a near-endless stream of negative press and media criticism.

From the drama with her family to complaints about the way she cradles her baby bump, the Duchess of Sussex can’t seem to catch a break – especially when compared to the public’s treatment of her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton.

Why do people criticize Meghan Markle?

When it was revealed that Prince Harry was dating Markle, a beautiful actress well-known for her work on the popular TV show Suits, the press had a field day. Online trolls started criticizing Markle for everything from her race to her previous work history, and the tabloid stories got to be so bad, that Prince Harry issued an unprecedented statement condemning the stories in the press about Markle. The statement detailed how worried he was for her safety, and strongly urged the public and the press to respect her privacy and their relationship.

Sadly, the statement did little to quell the trolling. When the couple announced their engagement, gossip columnists attacked Markle for being opportunistic, and when the long-standing trouble with Markle’s estranged family was revealed, the problems only intensified. Markle’s half-sister, Samantha Markle, with whom Meghan Markle has not had a relationship in years, started speaking out to the tabloids, portraying the Duchess in a negative light. 

Throughout all of the bullying and negative stories, Meghan Markle has remained silent. However, some of her associates have taken offense on her behalf, and recently, several of her best friends spoke out, stating the negative press is taking its toll on their dear friend.

Why are people comparing Markle to Middleton?

Even some of Markle’s famous friends have been stepping up to her defense, including George Clooney. Clooney, who attended Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s fairy-tale wedding, stated that it’s disturbing how Markle is being chased and vilified in the press, comparing the tabloid frenzy surrounding her to the unfortunate situation with Princess Diana. Similar, too, is the situation with Markle and Princess Diana’s families – both of the women struggled with family alienation and less than ideal positions within the royal family.

Another royal with whom Markle is consistently compared to is Kate Middleton, her sister-in-law. While Kate Middleton is a beloved public figure and rarely is spoken of in negative terms, either by the press or by fans, Markle seems to be experiencing the exact opposite level of treatment. News agencies are picking up on the difference as well, noting that while Middleton’s clothing choices are often celebrated and complimented, Markle’s are often criticized.  

Do Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton get along?

Even beyond comparison, the press seems determined to pit the two women against each other. Ever since Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry, rumors of a feud or bad blood between Markle and Middleton persist, even though sources close to the royal family have repeatedly claimed that the two get along just fine. While in all likelihood the two are not the best of friends, having come from completely different backgrounds and family situations, the reality is that there’s no reason to assume the two are anything but friendly.

Hopefully, with more of Markle’s friends and associates speaking out about the way she’s being treated, more of an effort will be made by the media to quell the unfounded negative publicity.