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- With Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton is preparing to welcome a sister-in-law into the royal family.
- The differences between the two are encapsulated in their fashion senses.
- While Middleton tends towards timeless British looks, Markle has trendier tastes.
Kate Middleton is about to welcome a new sister-in-law into the royal family.
On Monday, news broke that Prince Harry was engaged to marry American actress Meghan Markle.
"William and I are absolutely thrilled," Kate Middleton, who is married to Harry's brother and heir to the throne Prince William, told reporters Tuesday."It’s such exciting news. It’s a really happy time for any couple and we wish them all the best and hope they enjoy this happy moment."
Middleton is probably the person who could best understand what exactly Markle is going through as she prepares to marry into the royal family.
However, so far in life, the two have taken very different approaches to how they present themselves — and that's shone through in their fashion. Here's how Markle and Middleton measure up.
Middleton met and began dating Prince William while the pair attended University of St Andrews.Middleton Family/Clarence House/Getty
The couple graduated in 2005. In early photos, the pair looks like typical college students, with comfort trumping sophistication.
From the start, Middleton's fashion has been decidedly British.Getty/Chris Jackson
Her taste for fascinators — as seen here at a wedding with William in 2006 — is one that is far outside the comfort zone for most American fashionistas.
Meghan Markle, meanwhile, seems to have caught Prince Harry's eye from afar.Evan Agostini / Invision / AP
Markle is best known for her role in the legal drama "Suits," but she has also acted in a long list of shows like "CSI: NY" and "Castle," as well as films including "Get Him To The Greek."
While the pair was reportedly introduced by a mutual friend, this fame may have helped pave the way to romance.
"He had a crush on Rachel Zane two years before he met Meghan and the reason I know is because I was having drinks with one of his friends," according to royals expert Katie Nicholl. "She told me she’d been on a night out with Prince Harry. He was single at the time, so she said, 'Harry, who’s your ideal girl?' And he said 'Meghan Markle from Suits.'"
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