What Kate Middleton and Prince William Are Learning From Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot back in 2018, there has been a lot of commentary about all the different things that the pair could learn about marriage, life as a royal, and parenthood from their royal family members Prince William and Kate Middleton. However, there has been comparatively less discussion about what exactly Prince William and Duchess Kate have learned from Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan.

Sure, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may have been well on the road to royal marital bliss before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ever got married, but that doesn’t mean that the Cambridge family can’t still learn a thing or two from their younger counterparts. The fact is that both parties learn from each other on a regular basis, sometimes by watching what worked out well for them and other times by seeing what caused a public firestorm and steering clear of the same pitfalls.

So what exactly are Duchess Kate and Prince William learning from Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry?

There are already a lot of overlaps between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle

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Prince William, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Kate Middleton | PAUL GROVER/AFP via Getty Images

Prince Harry and Prince William have been learning from each other all their lives, but Middleton and Markle have known each other for a comparatively shorter amount of time. Still, given the huge number of similarities between the two women, it would seem like they are sharing information and learning from each other regularly.

On top of the fact that they both love nature, going to Wimbledon, and share a similar fashion sense, the two women seem to share a tendency for putting their family first and championing righteous charitable causes. But they also share some more basic similarities as well, such as how they both love dressing their children in the clothing brand Boden.

So who told who about the brand? Whoever was the first to introduce it, it’s clear that the two women trade information and learn from each other all the time, which explains how their 2019 Christmas cards came out looking so similar.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s warmth has rubbed off on Prince William and Kate Middleton a bit

One thing on which some have reported is the way that Markle’s warmth and willingness to work the press has rubbed off a bit on Middleton, who had previously been known for being particularly unhelpful to the press, especially photographers. Similarly, Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry’s ability to come off as normal people in touch with the common person is something that Prince William and Duchess Kate have taken on more and more as a result of seeing how well it worked for their royal counterparts.

The more informal approach to royal life that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan tend to champion is something that Prince William and Duchess Kate have only recently begun taking on. Though it’s definitely a good look for them. The pair seems more at ease and more excited about parenthood ever since they began using this more laidback and informal approach to sharing their lives with the public.

Kate Middleton and Prince William also learn from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s mistakes

Of course, it isn’t only the good traits that Duchess Kate and Prince William pick up from watching Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry. They have definitely learned a thing or two from their missteps as well.

For instance, remember the whole debacle about Prince Harry and Markle championing eco-friendly behavior while also taking private jets on vacation? Prince William and Middleton learned that lesson well and began avoiding private jets after the controversy from the Sussexes made it clear that it was not the kind of hot water they wanted to jump into.

Sure, they probably figured out a few things like that on their own, too, but it doesn’t hurt to pay attention to what has caused drama in the past and avoid it entirely!