Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton’s first royal tours compared

Meghan’s first royal tour has so far brought screaming fans, stolen moments between her and new husband and a lot of designer dresses – just like Kate’s foreign debut. 

The Duchess of Sussex, 37, has stepped out in over a dozen outfits so far in Australia, including looks by her own favourite designers such as Stella McCartney and Jason Wu, as well as looks from local brands.

The Duchess of Cambridge, now 36, also had regular outfit changes on her first major tour of Canada back in 2011 – sporting up to three different outfits in a single day, as Meghan did on Saturday.

Meghan and Harry have been giving a typically tactile display while in Australia so far, following the news of their pregnancy at the start of their 16-day tour.

Meanwhile, William and Kate – who had been married for just over two months – also gave rare PDAs when they embarked on their first overseas together, which lasted 11 days. 

Here, FEMAIL takes a look at some of the similarities and differences between the two duchesses’ major overseas tours…

Meghan, 37, has been greeted by screaming crowds during her tour of Australia. She is pictured here wearing Aussie designers Dion Lee and Martin Grant while meeting well-wishers in Melbourne on Thursday, on the third day of her tour

Meghan, 37, has been greeted by screaming crowds during her tour of Australia. She is pictured here wearing Aussie designers Dion Lee and Martin Grant while meeting well-wishers in Melbourne on Thursday, on the third day of her tour

Meghan, 37, has been greeted by screaming crowds during her tour of Australia. She is pictured here wearing Aussie designers Dion Lee and Martin Grant while meeting well-wishers in Melbourne on Thursday, on the third day of her tour

Kate, now 36, was also met with crowds of well-wishers during her first overseas tour in Canada back in 2011. She is pictured here wearing Erdem during a walkabout in Ottawa 

Kate, now 36, was also met with crowds of well-wishers during her first overseas tour in Canada back in 2011. She is pictured here wearing Erdem during a walkabout in Ottawa 

Kate, now 36, was also met with crowds of well-wishers during her first overseas tour in Canada back in 2011. She is pictured here wearing Erdem during a walkabout in Ottawa 

NEWLYWEDS IN LOVE

Harry and Meghan are known for their PDAs, and have unsurprisingly put on a tactile display following their pregnancy announcement at the start of the tour.

The couple have been walking hand-in-hand during many of their official engagements, including a visit to the beach in Melbourne last week.

But while Kate and William are known to be more reserved in this regard, the pair also put on an affectionate display as newlyweds during their first royal tour in Canada.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seen sharing a sweet embrace while competing on opposite sides in a dragon boat race while visiting Prince Edward Island.

Meghan and Harry, 34, have given a typically tactile display during their tour of Australia, walking hand-in-hand at a series of engagements. They are pictured here walking along Kingfisher Bay Jetty during a visit to Fraser Island on Monday 

Meghan and Harry, 34, have given a typically tactile display during their tour of Australia, walking hand-in-hand at a series of engagements. They are pictured here walking along Kingfisher Bay Jetty during a visit to Fraser Island on Monday 

Meghan and Harry, 34, have given a typically tactile display during their tour of Australia, walking hand-in-hand at a series of engagements. They are pictured here walking along Kingfisher Bay Jetty during a visit to Fraser Island on Monday 

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The Duchess of Sussex might have taken things a bit easier on the latest day of the royal tour, but she still managed to squeeze in not one but two amazing outfits.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave a number of PDAs during their tour in Canada in 2011 - which took place just over two months after their wedding. They are pictured here embracing after taking part in a dragon boat race while visiting Prince Edward Island

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave a number of PDAs during their tour in Canada in 2011 - which took place just over two months after their wedding. They are pictured here embracing after taking part in a dragon boat race while visiting Prince Edward Island

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave a number of PDAs during their tour in Canada in 2011 – which took place just over two months after their wedding. They are pictured here embracing after taking part in a dragon boat race while visiting Prince Edward Island

The loved-up newlyweds were also seen exchanging jokes at each other during the visit. 

Body language expert and author Judi James commented: ‘William and Kate looked competitive and playful on their first major tour. 

‘They were far more tactile than we see now, but the touching and cuddling was always presented as something fun and youthful. 

Speaking about Harry and Meghan’s loving display, she continued: ‘Unlike Kate, Meghan will take a loving arm-hold or touch and double it up by holding Harry with both hands to both keep him near and emphasise possession and attachment 

Body language expert Judi James described Meghan's 'open' signals of adoration during the tour, and their use of eye contact. The couple are pictured on board a boat during the team sailing event at the Invictus Games on Sunday 

Body language expert Judi James described Meghan's 'open' signals of adoration during the tour, and their use of eye contact. The couple are pictured on board a boat during the team sailing event at the Invictus Games on Sunday 

Body language expert Judi James described Meghan’s ‘open’ signals of adoration during the tour, and their use of eye contact. The couple are pictured on board a boat during the team sailing event at the Invictus Games on Sunday 

Kate and William gave a more tactile display during their tour of Canada than we are used to now, although more restrained than Harry and Meghan. They are pictured here taking part in Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa in 2011 

Kate and William gave a more tactile display during their tour of Canada than we are used to now, although more restrained than Harry and Meghan. They are pictured here taking part in Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa in 2011 

Kate and William gave a more tactile display during their tour of Canada than we are used to now, although more restrained than Harry and Meghan. They are pictured here taking part in Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa in 2011 

‘Meghan’s signals of adoration and support of her man are very open and emphatic.’ 

She continued: ‘Unlike William and Kate, Harry and Meghan have used plenty of eye-to-eye contact on this tour. 

‘As well as signaling love there might be a very practical purpose for this. William and Kate had already known each other for several years before their tour. 

‘Harry and Meghan have known each other for a much shorter space of time and their lives have been very different. This means the intense eye contact will be about reading one another’. 

THE FASHION 

Meghan has worn over £11,000 worth of designer labels so far in Australia including some of her favourite brands.

She has also made sure to pay tribute to local designers, stepping out in dresses by Aussie designers Karen Gee, Martin Grant and Dion Lee.

Kate also picked out looks from some of her go-to labels, including Jenny Packham and Alexander McQueen, while opting for Canadian brands – including Smythe – and Montreal-born designer Erdem, now one of her favourite designers. 

Celebrity stylist Rochelle White told FEMAIL has seen similarities between the pair’s royal tour wardrobes, commenting: ‘Meghan and Kate have got similar taste when it comes to some looks, like the fitted dresses and casual trousers and jacket combo.

Meghan has opted to show her support to a number of local designers during her visit to Australia. She is pictured here wearing the 'Blessed' dress by Aussie designer Karen Gee on the first day of the royal tour in Sydney

Meghan has opted to show her support to a number of local designers during her visit to Australia. She is pictured here wearing the 'Blessed' dress by Aussie designer Karen Gee on the first day of the royal tour in Sydney

Meghan has opted to show her support to a number of local designers during her visit to Australia. She is pictured here wearing the ‘Blessed’ dress by Aussie designer Karen Gee on the first day of the royal tour in Sydney

The Duchess of Cambridge also wore a navy blazer by Canadian brand Smythe while in Yellowknife, northwest Canada, in 2011 

The Duchess of Cambridge also wore a navy blazer by Canadian brand Smythe while in Yellowknife, northwest Canada, in 2011 

The Duchess of Cambridge also wore a navy blazer by Canadian brand Smythe while in Yellowknife, northwest Canada, in 2011 

‘They are good at mixing the brands they are loyal too and ones that they come across that could be new to them.’

Meghan has embraced fun outfits during the tour, putting on a floral lei with her striped dress while visiting Bondi Beach with Prince Harry.

Meanwhile, Kate also got into the local spirit when she and William donned Stetson hats while in Calgary back in 2011.

The Duchess of Sussex’s off-duty look has been perhaps more daring than Kate’s on her first royal tour, with Meghan opting for a £166 $218 USD/ $305.91 AUD) dress by US brand Reformation on Fraser Island on Monday, featuring a thigh-high split. 

Meghan has also embraced her fun side, wearing a strappy striped dress by Australian designer Martin Grant with a floral lei while on Bondi Beach in Sydney on Friday (above) 

Meghan has also embraced her fun side, wearing a strappy striped dress by Australian designer Martin Grant with a floral lei while on Bondi Beach in Sydney on Friday (above) 

Meghan has also embraced her fun side, wearing a strappy striped dress by Australian designer Martin Grant with a floral lei while on Bondi Beach in Sydney on Friday (above) 

Kate and William also got in the spirit of things while visiting Calgary, Canada, with the pair both donning Steston hats and cowboy boots

Kate and William also got in the spirit of things while visiting Calgary, Canada, with the pair both donning Steston hats and cowboy boots

Kate and William also got in the spirit of things while visiting Calgary, Canada, with the pair both donning Steston hats and cowboy boots

Rochelle commented: ‘I love that Meghan has had a more relaxed feel when it comes to her fashion choices on her Australia Trip.

‘With her causal look, it’s not something that you see many royals wearing, but I think it’s great that Meghan is being bold and making these choices.’    

ROYAL JEWELS 

Meghan paid tribute to Princess Diana by wearing a pair of of butterfly earrings and a gold bracelet that belong Harry’s late mother on the first day of her royal tour, in Sydney.

The Duchess of Sussex sported a pair of earrings that belonged to Princess Diana as she joined husband Prince Harry on the first day of their Australian royal tour in Sydney last week

The Duchess of Sussex sported a pair of earrings that belonged to Princess Diana as she joined husband Prince Harry on the first day of their Australian royal tour in Sydney last week

Princess Diana first wore the earrings on her royal tour of Canada in May 1986, pictured

Princess Diana first wore the earrings on her royal tour of Canada in May 1986, pictured

The Duchess of Sussex sported a pair of earrings that belonged to Princess Diana as she joined husband Prince Harry on the first day of their Australian royal tour in Sydney last week (left). Princess Diana first wore the earrings on her royal tour of Canada in May 1986 (right)

The Duchess of Cambridge wore sapphire earrings belonging to Princess Diana in Canada in 2011, which she re-fashioned into a pair of drop earrings

The Duchess of Cambridge wore sapphire earrings belonging to Princess Diana in Canada in 2011, which she re-fashioned into a pair of drop earrings

Princess Diana wore the sapphire earrings in 1988, during a visit to Paddington

Princess Diana wore the sapphire earrings in 1988, during a visit to Paddington

The Duchess of Cambridge wore sapphire earrings belonging to Princess Diana in Canada in 2011 (left), which she re-fashioned into a pair of drop earrings. Princess Diana wore the sapphire earrings in 1988, during a visit to Paddington (right)

The earrings were part of Diana’s personal jewellery collection but it is not known whether they were a gift or purchased herself.

Kate also made a nod to the Princess of Wales during her first royal tour, wearing a pair of her sapphire earrings, which she has worn on a number of occasions. 

Meghan wore a pair of earrings given to her by the Queen, which she first wore during their joint engagement in Chester, while arriving in Fiji today.  

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a maple leaf brooch belonging to the Queen during her first royal tour – which was first worn by the monarch on a trip to Canada in 1951. 

It was reported at the time that the Queen had given Kate the pick of her jewellery collection for the trip.     

Meghan wore a pair of earrings that were given to her by the Queen, which she teamed with a white dress by Australian designer Zimmerman 

Meghan wore a pair of earrings that were given to her by the Queen, which she teamed with a white dress by Australian designer Zimmerman 

Meghan wore a pair of earrings that were given to her by the Queen, which she teamed with a white dress by Australian designer Zimmerman 

Kate wore a maple leaf brooch belonging to the Queen during her first royal tour of Canada in 2011. She  is pictured here in Quebec sporting the timeless piece 

Kate wore a maple leaf brooch belonging to the Queen during her first royal tour of Canada in 2011. She  is pictured here in Quebec sporting the timeless piece 

Kate wore a maple leaf brooch belonging to the Queen during her first royal tour of Canada in 2011. She  is pictured here in Quebec sporting the timeless piece 

TOUCHING MOMENTS  

The Duchess of Sussex has shown that she’s a natural with children during her tour of Australia, with her and Harry bonding with five-year-old Luke Vincent, who has Down’s Syndrome, in Dubbo.

Meghan, who is expecting her first child in the Spring, also shared a sweet moment with nine-year-old Sethunya Gibbons, after she noted how much the youngster looked like herself.

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge shared a sweet moment with young cancer sufferer Diamond Marshall, who gave her a warm hug while greeting the royal at Calgary airport.

Kate was said to have been saddened by the news that the youngster had died three years later, in 2014. 

Meghan and Harry shared a sweet moment with five-year-old Luke Vincent, who has Down's Syndrome, in Dubbo, New South Wales, on Wednesday 

Meghan and Harry shared a sweet moment with five-year-old Luke Vincent, who has Down's Syndrome, in Dubbo, New South Wales, on Wednesday 

Meghan and Harry shared a sweet moment with five-year-old Luke Vincent, who has Down’s Syndrome, in Dubbo, New South Wales, on Wednesday 

The Duchess of Cambridge was greeted with a warm hug by young cancer sufferer Diamond Marshall, while arriving at Calgary in 2011 (above) 

The Duchess of Cambridge was greeted with a warm hug by young cancer sufferer Diamond Marshall, while arriving at Calgary in 2011 (above) 

The Duchess of Cambridge was greeted with a warm hug by young cancer sufferer Diamond Marshall, while arriving at Calgary in 2011 (above) 

To be continued

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