Richard Kay at the Daily Mail is not following the new sacred rule which was laid down by the defenders of the Duchess of Cambridge: Kate and Meghan Markle must never, ever be compared… unless Kate comes out favorably. That’s the only time it’s “allowed” to compare the two. But one must never make mention of the fact that Kate is changing before our very eyes with the entrance of Meghan into the royal fold. One must always praise Kate. Well, Richard Kay is trying. Kay wrote a fascinating and shady piece comparing Meghan and Kate, and noting that Kate seems to be doing some things differently now that Meghan is around. While Kay goes out of his way to praise and compliment Kate – if he didn’t do that, Kate’s sugary defenders would demand his head on a spike – there’s some really interesting subtext in what he writes. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:
The photos of Kate & the kids at William’s polo match: [The photos showed] no sign of resentment at being photographed — something she has displayed in the past — no suggestion of self-pity. Instead, there is a radiance that says: ‘Here I am, the happiest woman in the world.’
Kate is “upping her game” because of Meghan too: When Harry and Meghan gave their post-engagement interview, the prince spoke of the challenge the actress set. As he recalled, he told himself: ‘I am really going to have to up my game here.’ Harry, it seems, has not been the only one to up their game — in palace corridors they are saying that so, too, has the Duchess of Cambridge.
Kate is copying Meghan: The casual dress she wore for the family visit to Beaufort Polo Club on Sunday that displayed her open neck owed much to the ‘bateau’-style Meghan chose, not just for her wedding dress but also at Trooping. There is no doubt the couture chic of Meghan has drawn comparisons with Kate’s more High Street look. In fact, the dress sense of both women is highly prized — but are they rivals? Courtiers believe there could be a nuanced message here. As elegant and chic as Kate looked, her £39.99 Zara dress will be much more affordable to the average British woman than Meghan’s high-end fashion choices.
Criticism for Meghan’s off-the-shoulder look: There was surprise that Meghan chose the off-the-shoulder look again on Saturday. ‘She looked like she was going to a cocktail party rather than the formality of the Queen’s birthday parade,’ says a former palace official. ‘It’s a difficult act to pull off, and these are early days, but maybe she’s trying to be a little too cutting edge. In her early days, Kate had to be subtly told not to show so much leg, so it can happen to anyone.’
Kate can seem stiff: Many at the Palace have warmed to the arrival of the American for just those reasons, of course. Kate can come across as stiff and rather formal alongside the more spontaneous and articulate Meghan.
Meghan was nervous: Meanwhile, [Meghan’s] adjustment to royal life is taking time. Insiders say she was ‘very nervous’ on her first appearance on the Palace balcony and Harry was a reassuring presence at her side. Both Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have recognised that such is the scale of the change in her life from screen star to working duchess that she will need extra time to adapt. ‘They are trying to keep things light to ensure she doesn’t get overwhelmed by the idea of duty,’ says a friend of the Prince. ‘There are protocols to observe, but they are saying that things can be done differently and no one will really raise too much of an eyebrow.’
Meghan needs to get pregnant right away: There is one area where Meghan cannot compete with Kate — children. Harry yearns to become a father and the sight of George and Charlotte playing in the sunshine also carried a powerful message. For Kate was showing that, as a member of the Royal Family, being a mother is the most important thing of all. So it may be that rather than Kate copying Meghan, Meghan will want to copy Kate.
I’m laughing at the idea that Meghan would “copy Kate” by… getting pregnant. Kate is THE FIRST royal woman to ever have royal babies, don’t you know. And I think Meghan will be different there too – Kate and William waited to get pregnant until they had been married about a year and a half. I don’t think Harry and Meghan will follow the same timeline – Meghan will want to get pregnant right away, I have no doubt. And when she does get knocked up, we’ll see more comparisons… about how much or how little Meghan works during her pregnancy, etc. As for Kay’s article… I think it’s just an old-guard royal reporter taking note of the obvious, that Kate is suddenly very, very keen to be seen. She’s very keen to ensure that people don’t “forget” about her.
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