As mothers in the public eye, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle’s every move come under heavy scrutiny. As members of the royal family, their actions are often dictated by protocols, or how they reflect the monarchy. Despite the need to conform to royal tradition, both of these moms have carved out their own identities. Read on to see how the parenting techniques of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle differ.
1. The Next Generation of the Monarchy
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made history when they announced the birth of their first child, Prince George. This excitement continued as the couple became parents to George’s siblings, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The duchess herself, Kate Middleton, has won fans over with her style, openness, and involvement in various British philanthropic causes.
Prince Harry also made history when he married American former actress Meghan Markle. The couple quickly garnered attention for their unique relationship, and the nontraditional route the two have taken regarding their future. As the mother of a new son, Archie, the comparison between Markle and Middleton has never been greater, with the public wondering: how do the parenting styles of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle differ?
2. Public Appearances: Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton
As the children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate and William’s children have been in the public’s eye since their birth. Prince George Alexander Louis made his first public appearance just one day after his birth, posing in his mother’s arms outside of his birthplace, the Lindo Wing of London’s St. Mary’s Hospital.
This tradition of posing with a newborn would be just the beginning of their children’s life in the public eye. While their children are often seen attending various public events, Prince William has defended their public appearances. In a 2017 interview with GQ, William stated “I don’t want him [George] growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there. The media make it harder but I will fight for them to have a normal life.”
3. Public Appearances: Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle
In contrast to their cousins’ childhoods in the public eye, Prince Harry and Meghan made the decision to raise their child as a private citizen. Before his birth, his parents further cement their decision by forgoing giving their son, Archie, a royal title after he was born. Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was revealed when he was already two days old, with the details of his birth kept secret.
The couple also made news when it was announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be stepping down from performing their ‘senior royal duties’, followed by a move to Meghan’s hometown of Los Angeles, California. According to sources, Prince Harry wanted to give his new son “the most normal upbringing possible”.
4. Christening Ceremony: Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton
As per tradition, all royal children must be baptized in a christening, a Christian rite of passage establishing the child’s relationship with the faith. In the case of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, their children were all christened within weeks of their birth, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Reverend Justin Welby. Details of the royal christenings were made public, and parents William and Kate were photographed before the ceremony.
The public was also privy to details regarding the selected godparents of the baby royals. The children wore a specially designed replica of the royal christening robe, a ceremonial garment designed in 1841 for Queen Victoria’s daughter, and used in every subsequent ceremony. Another nod to tradition was the serving of the top tier of Kate and William’s carefully preserved wedding cake.
5. Christening Ceremony: Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle
In keeping with royal tradition, Harry and Meghan, the Duke of Duchess of Sussex, also had their son Archie christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Water from the Jordan River and the antique Lily Font, an ornate silver bowl, were used to baptize the royal baby. Yet while the ceremony of Archie’s christening may have resembled that of his royal relatives, there were some differences.
The details around Archie’s baptism were kept comparatively private. The names of Archie’s chosen godparents have not been made public, and the first photos of the event were released on the couple’s official Instagram page, a move previously unheard of. It was also assumed that because Harry and Meghan opted for a sponge cake, a cake that cannot be preserved well, guests were not served a piece of the couple’s wedding cake, as per tradition.
6. Line of Succession: Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton
As members of Britain’s royal family, the children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in line to inherit the British throne. This line of succession is governed by strict laws steeped in history and tradition. As it currently stands, Queen Elizabeth II has been the reigning monarch for close to seventy years.
When the queen passes away, her son Charles Prince of Wales would inherit the throne, followed by his son, William Duke of Cambridge. Because of the likeliness that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will become ruling members of the royal family, there is great pressure for Kate and the couple’s children to adhere to tradition.
7. Line of Succession: Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle
Unlike the children of Kate and William, Archie is seventh in the line of succession, and unlikely to inherit the throne. Following his parent’s announcement that they wish Archie to be raised as a private citizen, the royal baby will simply be referred to as Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
In giving up their roles in the royal family, Harry and Meghan will no longer be referred to as His or Her Royal Highness. The couple also echoed their desire to move away from the monarchy by the name given to their first born, Archie. The name Archie was a unique choice as it is not considered a traditional name for a member of the royal family.
8. Nationality: Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton
Because the Cambridges’ three children were born in London to British parents, the royal siblings are British citizens. The royal family spends the majority of their time in Kensington Palace, London. The sprawling manor is located near Hyde Park, and is often shown in the couple’s official Instagram page. William and Kate also spend parts of the year in their other home, Anmer Hall.
Their children are being raised in London, and immersed in traditional British culture. George and Charlotte attend the prestigious Thomas’s Battersea Day School in London, and are set to attend the same boarding school as their father. Kate and William are closely involved with local British nonprofits and causes. The couple are also fans of traditional British sports, and are frequently photographed attending and participating in sports events across the United Kingdom.
9. Nationality: Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle
Born to a British and an American parent, there is much speculation over Archie’s citizenship. His mother, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. His father, Prince Harry, was born and raised in London, England. While Archie is eligible for dual citizenship, his mother is still in the process of obtaining her British citizenship.
Baby Archie has also had a jetset life since the moment he was born. Following his birth, he lived in Frogmore Cottage, an estate in Windsor, England. He then moved to Vancouver Island, Canada, and is now living in his mother’s hometown of Los Angeles. His parents have expressed their interest in raising their son in the United States, but will visit the U.K. frequently. Archie is considered to be the first Anglo-American child in the royal family.
10. Views on Motherhood: Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton
Despite being part of the royal family, Kate Middleton has gained many fans through her often casual, hands-on approach to childcare. British mothers have praised Middleton for her openness in discussing parenthood, and the very relatable struggles she has experienced since becoming a mother. Eschewing tradition, Middleton spoke to host Giovanna Fletcher of Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast regarding her views on being a mother.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have frequently commented on the importance of mental health, particularly for children. As such, the two royals are active members of the Every Mind Matters and Heads Together campaigns, two organizations that work to improve mental health. Middleton has also been praised for her photography, showcasing the everyday lives of her children.
11. Views on Motherhood: Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle
In contrast to the Cambridges’ often open relationship with the press regarding their children, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have taken a more private route. In addition to not giving their son a formal title, the couple rarely shares photos of Archie with the public, save for several carefully selected pictures on their social media page.
Meghan Markle has rarely commented on her son, let alone her motherhood. Markle’s commitment to the privacy of her family, often at the expense of royal tradition, has often irked the British public. Fans of the royal couple, however, eagerly anticipate any photos of baby Archie.
12. Style: Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton
For many designers, having the Duchess of Cambridge wear one of their designs is akin to winning the fashion lottery. Fashion experts have noted that designs worn by the British royal result in that piece selling out, much to the delight of designers and retailers. Tabloids, blogs, and newspapers frequently comment on not only Kate Middleton’s style, but that of her children.
The royal children are often photographed in formal clothing items, usually created by British designers. According to fashion designer Rachel Riley, who has designed outfits for the royal family, the “timeless” clothing also means less attention is placed on the young royals.
13. Style: Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle
Despite having access to some of the biggest name-brand designers, the Duchess of Sussex appears to have taken a more humble approach when it comes to dressing her son, Archie. While visiting Cape Town, South Africa, the royal parents dressed their son in a pair of blue and white striped overalls from fast-fashion company H&M.
Archie was photographed in the overalls as he and his parents met with anti-apartheid activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu. On another occasion, the royal tot was photographed wearing an equally affordable knit hat presented to him by a New Zealand-based charitable organization. The Duchess of Sussex also publicly donated Archie’s outgrown wardrobe to a Cape Town-based charity.
14. Nannies: Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton
While Kate Middleton has often spoken about the struggles she faces as a mother, she does acknowledge the indispensable help she receives from her nanny, Maria Borrallo. The Spanish caretaker was educated in one of the world’s most prestigious schools for childcare training, Norland College.
Norland College has been training nannies since 1892, and their graduates have gone on to work for British royalty. Borrallo joined the Cambridge brood in 2014, and has become a vital member of the royal family. Trained in everything from defending the children from paparazzi, to cooking, she is often spotted assisting the children behind the scenes. In addition to helping the children with everyday activities, she has reportedly taught them Spanish.
15. Nannies: Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle
While the Cambridges have enjoyed a longterm relationship with their nanny, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made headlines with the amounts of nannies they have hired and let go. The identities of Archie’s nannies have not been made public, but sources say that the royal couple has gone through three nannies since the royal baby’s birth.
Following the couple’s move to Los Angeles, it was recently announced that Meghan Markle’s mother would be moving in to help care for her royal grandson. According to sources, Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, was also on hand after Archie was born. Ragland, who is a certified yoga teacher, helped her daughter get back in shape by doing postnatal yoga with her.
16. Bonding Moments: Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton
For Kate Middleton, gardening helps her relationship with her children to really blossom. The Duchess of Cambridge is passionate about spending time outdoors, and the avid gardener has been involved in a variety of campaigns to support her hobby. While visiting a school, the Duchess shared: “I’ve got such fond memories of being in the garden and being outside from my own childhood, and I’m sharing that with my own children, George and Charlotte, at the moment.”
Since moving to their holiday home, Anmer Hall, the royal family have built a chicken coop, and the children have planted a vegetable patch. On the couple’s official Instagram page, the family debuted the field of wildflowers they planted around their Kensington Palace home.
17. Bonding Moments: Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle
While Meghan Markle is also a fan of the great outdoors, many believe yoga will become a bonding activity for mom and baby. The royal became interested in yoga by way of her mother, a certified yoga instructor who used to include the young Markle in her mommy-and-me yoga classes. In addition to enjoying yoga, the duchess also has some hobbies she may want to share with her son as he gets older.
Markle is a professional calligrapher, and recently shared that she used to teach courses on the art of bookbinding. In a recent post, Markle gave the public a look at how she plans on sharing her love for books by uploading a video of herself reading to baby Archie. Markle is also a self-described “foodie”, passionate about cooking, and has expressed how much she enjoys preparing homemade meals for her loved ones.
18. Role of Grandparents: Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton
Frequently photographed playing with their grandchildren, Kate Middleton’s parents are known to be important members of the extended royal family. According to sources and pictures, it seems that Carole and Michael Middleton have openly embraced their roles as grandparents to the royal clan.
In an interview with The Telegraph, the Middleton matriarch confided that she once feared that her daughter’s marriage into the royal family would mean she would “lose my family, but we’ve stayed close”. Fortunately both grandparents have been seen attending royal engagements, and serving as babysitters for duchess’ children. The duchess’ parents are often seen by her side, or actively taking care of the children.
19. Role of Grandparents: Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle
It’s no secret that Meghan Markle has a powerful bond with her mother Doria Ragland. Ragland was photographed riding alongside her daughter during Markle’s highly publicized wedding in what were considered some of the most touching photos of the event. She often accompanies her to various events across the globe. Following the birth of her grandson, Ragland moved in with the royal couple to help take care of baby Archie.
As an only child, Meghan has a special bond with her mother, telling Glamour magazine: “We can just have so much fun together, and yet I’ll still find so much solace in her support.” The “overjoyed” grandmother will once again be able to spend time with her grandson, as it has been reported that she moved in with the royals in their new Los Angeles home.
20. On Cooking For Her Children: Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton
In a recent interview with BBC Breakfast, Kate Middleton joked about her children’s appetites, saying, “My children have bottomless pits. I feel like a constant feeding machine.” While the royal children have access to an army of professional chefs, the young siblings have explored their own culinary talents as well.
Middleton has shared that her children love making their own pizza, homemade pasta, and pastries. She also disclosed that she bakes her children’s birthday cakes. Sharing his mother’s love for sweets, young Prince George was photographed helping his father make Christmas puddings, a seasonal festive dessert. While the children enjoy some less-than-healthy meals, the duchess has also shared that they enjoy eating the vegetables grown in the royal’s garden.
21. On Cooking For Her Children: Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle
While Kate Middleton’s cooking tends to feature sweets and pizza, Meghan Markle is all about being health conscious. Before becoming a member of the royal family, the yogi and health food aficionado ran a lifestyle blog called The Tig. On this blog, Markle shared her love of health food, cooking nutritious meals such as salads and soups.
Markle told Best Health magazine that she strives to keep a gluten-free and vegan diet during the week, but allows herself some more dietary freedom on the weekends. Daniel Martin, a close friend of Markle, is confident that she will pass on her healthy eating habits, telling CBS: “I’m sure the baby’s going to be raised clean and green. [Markle] loves to cook, eating organic when she can.”
22. Baby Showers: Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton
For most American mothers-to-be, planning a baby shower is an essential part of welcoming their new family member. Across the pond, however, baby showers are far from typical — especially for members of the royal family. According to royal commentator Victoria Arbiter, “we tend to give gifts after the baby is born.”
As is customary, any gifts that the royal parents-to-be receive need to be “respectfully returned”. This stems from the fact that because the royal family is wealthy enough to purchase their own gifts, Arbiter claims that “a lavish baby shower would be seen as highly inappropriate”. While rumors swirled that Kate Middleton’s sister Pippa threw her a party, where gifts were exchanged, there was never any official confirmation.
23. Baby Showers: Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle
Seven months into her pregnancy, Meghan Markle made headlines when it was reported that the new royal flew to New York City to celebrate her baby shower. The baby shower, which cost a reported $200,000, was organized by Markle’s good friend, tennis star Serena Williams.
The elaborate party was met with mixed feelings from the British press. Dickie Arbiter, former spokesperson for the Queen, labeled the soirée “a bit over the top in terms of expense and the way she got there”, referring to the duchess’ $100,000 plane ride via private jet. For Meghan, however, spending time with her loved ones was priceless. A source close to the royal claimed, “I think she’d have felt she was missing out if she didn’t have one.”
24. Future Career Opportunities: Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton
While members of the royal family may have varied interests and passions, tradition often dictates that they choose a career related to performing a civil service. In the case of the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William worked as an air ambulance pilot for the Royal Air Force. Kate Middleton held a variety of positions before marrying into the royal family including being a buyer for an accessories company.
The Cambridge children will be considered working royals like their parents, and will be expected to attend royal engagements, take part in diplomatic trips, and perform other royal duties. Like their parents’ involvement in mental health campaigns, the royal siblings will be able to channel their interests into meaningful lifelong projects. It is also possible that the royal heirs follow in the footsteps of some of their royal relatives, and maintain a separate career while performing their royal duties.
25. Future Career Opportunities: Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle
As a private citizen, baby Archie will have more freedom than his royal cousins in terms of future job prospects. Some members of the press wonder if Archie will follow in his father Prince Harry’s trail and join the armed forces.
Others believe that the young royal may take after his mother and pursue a career in acting. Archie will not be expected to perform royal duties, leaving him free to pursue any number of careers. The young royal can look at the daughters of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, as inspiration: Princess Beatrice holds a high position at a tech firm, while her sister Princess Eugenie is a director at an art gallery.
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