Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are a part of the royal family through marriage, but a lot of things separate them from Queen Elizabeth II. From being born a royal to growing up in a time without social media, here are all the ways in which Middleton and Markle differ from Her Majesty.
According to MSN, the biggest thing that separates the women is the fact that Queen Elizabeth was born into the royal family while Middleton and Markle married into it.
Queen Elizabeth doesn’t know what life is like outside of the royal spotlight. Her granddaughter-in-laws, on the other hand, had to go through a major adjustment after being welcomed into the family.
The Queen is presented with a bouquet of Fijian flowers during a visit in 1953. The Queen has undertaken more than 200 visits to Commonwealth countries and visited every country of the Commonwealth (with the exception of Cameroon, which joined in 1995 and Rwanda which joined in 2009) as well as making many repeat visits. Visit @queenscanopy to see Fiji's, and other #commonwealth countries, dedications to the #CommonwealthCanopy – a pan-commonwealth conservation initiative that marks HM's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. • 📸@royal_collection_trust
Middleton and Markle also go by different titles than Queen Elizabeth. Middleton is known as the Duchess of Cambridge while Markle will obtain the title Duchess of Sussex after she exchanges vows with Prince Harry in May.
In contrast, Queen Elizabeth has a slew of titles to her name, including Head of the Commonwealth and Defender of the Faith.
Another major difference is the age in which Middleton and Markle became a part of the royal family. Middleton tied the knot with Prince William back in 2011 and was 29 years old at the time, making her the oldest bride to marry a royal. Markle will change that when weds Harry at the age of 36.
Today, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle attended the inaugural Royal Foundation Forum. The Royal Foundation unites people to help tackle society's biggest challenges. TRH and Ms. Markle discussed the inspiration behind The Royal Foundation, the issues that are close to their hearts, and their ambitions for the future. This was the first time The Royal Foundation has brought together people from across all of its programmes, including @invictusgames2018, @Heads_Together, @united4wildlife, #CoachCore & #EndeavourFund.
When Her Majesty was 36 years old, she had already been married to Prince Philip for a decade and some change. And when Queen Elizabeth was in her 30s, there was no such thing as social media – or the internet for that matter. Fast forward half a century and the royal family has an Instagram account that boasts over 3 million followers and counting.
Middleton and Markle may differ a lot from Queen Elizabeth, but their commitment to the royal family is unquestionable. While Meghan Markle has yet to officially join the royal family, Middleton has been increasing her royal duties over the past few years and she’s not letting her third pregnancy slow her down.
In fact, Middleton has several appearances planned for next week, including an engagement without Prince William.
Middleton is expected to appear at the new headquarters for Place2Be, a charitable organization that supports mental health programs for children.
William will not be able to join his wife at the event because he is planning on making an appearance at the Royal Air Force Coningsby, where he will chat with members of the RAF crew.
Middleton’s visit comes after her stop by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists this week. With her due date set in April, Middleton stopped by the college to learn more about the institution’s programs that help cut down on newborn mortality across the globe. Middleton is planning on becoming a patron of the college in the near future.
“We are very grateful to Her Royal Highness whose support will help to raise our profile as a medical charity that champions the provision of high quality women’s healthcare at home and beyond,” Professor Lesley Regan shared after Kate Middleton’s visit.