This 1 Tweet Pretty Much Sums Up the Difference Between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have received very different media treatment since both of them joined the royal family (Meghan has since left the family). Over the past few years, Meghan has dealt with a lot of negativity from the British media, and it eventually proved to be too much for her.

Earlier this year, Meghan and Prince Harry ultimately decided to leave the family, and it left some people wondering why. But one tweet easily summed up the stark difference between Kate and Meghan when it comes to the media.

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

Kate and Meghan were reportedly feuding during Meghan’s time in the family

When Meghan first married Harry, it seemed to be the start of a very happy ending. But the Duchess of Sussex quickly realized that things weren’t going to be so easy. Almost instantly, rumors started to swirl that Meghan and Kate did not get along.

Though the rumors were never proven true, it resulted in a lot of the British public choosing sides — and many of them chose Kate. The feud seemed to be the fuel that started the fire of poor treatment toward the Duchess of Sussex, despite that there was never any confirmation of a feud to begin with.

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle
There is no true proof of a feud between the two duchesses. | Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images

The two women have been treated very differently by the British press

When Kate first joined the family, she was welcomed by the media with open arms. The press instantly adored her, and since they always published positive stories about her, the public quickly learned to love her as well. Plus, Kate was the first wife to marry into the family between Prince William and Prince Harry, which meant the press didn’t have anyone to compare her to.

Meghan, on the other hand, was instantly compared to Kate when she joined the royals. And since Kate had built up such a strong reputation among the royal public, it was hard for Meghan to compete. Though the comparison wasn’t appropriate by the press, it was, in some ways, to be expected.

1 tweet sums up the major difference between the two: Their media treatment

Kate and Meghan have, undoubtedly, received completely different media treatment since becoming royals. And it just might be the biggest difference between them. Though the media has suggested the two have nothing in common, the only true similarity they likely don’t share is their portrayal in the media.

Dr. Benjamin Janaway, a psychiatrist with a verified Twitter account and more than 33,000 followers, tweeted what seems to be the perfect example of the way the media treats each woman. Janaway suggests that The Sun, a popular British tabloid, would spin the same story about each woman into something positive for Kate and something negative for Meghan. Janaway’s tweet says that if Kate were to breathe, The Sun would say she “leads way on fueling trees,” but if Meghan were to breathe, The Sun would say she’s “stealing” the public’s air.

Kate has thrived in the family, but it’s always been easy for her

Kate immediately found her way in the spotlight; the transition for Meghan wasn’t so easy. But a major part of that could be that the media instantly took a liking to Kate, which helped her acclimate to royal life so quickly. It’s easy to adapt when one is so adored by the public; when it’s the opposite, it’s not.

Meghan and Harry’s decision to leave the family seemed to be the only way to escape the harsh microscope that Meghan was constantly under. Hopefully they’ll find their way now that they’ve officially exited royal life.