20 Ways Prince William & Kate Middleton's Marriage Differs From Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's

20 Ways Prince William & Kate Middleton's Marriage Differs From Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's
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Although Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle may have a few things in common (such as being royalty), when it comes down to it, their relationships are significantly different. As we all know, Prince William and Kate Middleton aren't as -- how do we put it? -- affectionate with each another in public as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. But the differences certainly don't stop there. Since going public with their relationship, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have proven time and again that when it comes to royal romance, they're paving their own path, thankyouverymuch. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton may not necessarily seem as relatable as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but there's a reason for that -- the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have the whole "future King and Queen of England" thing hanging over their heads. They don't have quite as much wiggle room when it comes to being young and in love. That said, William and Kate certainly still seem super into each other -- and pretty down-to-earth to boot. 

Now matter how great their relationship is, we're never going to see Wills all up on Kate when they're out on official business. But we love them just the same. And as for Harry and Meghan? Well, there's a good chance we'll have the opportunity to catch some (more) PDAs from them in the future. 

Two couples, two very different styles. Here are all the ways William and Kate's relationship differs from Harry and Meghan's. 

  • Hand Holding 

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    Harry and Meghan hold hands. All. The. Time.

  • Not Their Thing 

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    William and Kate rarely hold hands -- in public, at least. What they do on their own time is their business. 

  • Back Touching

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    If Harry and Meghan aren't holding hands, there's a good chance one of them is touching the other's back. 

  • General Proximity 

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    It appears that Will and Kate don't like to be super far apart from one another. But back touching? Not so much. 

  • Always the Same 

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    Doesn't matter who Meghan and Harry are with -- they're always the same. Pretty much, always holding hands. 

  • Mix It Up 

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    Depending on who William and Kate are with, they tend to mix up their body language. 

  • Work the Crowd Together 

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    During royal engagements, Harry and Meghan tend to make their way through the crowd together. 

  • Divide and Conquer

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    Will and Kate, on the other hand, go their separate ways when in a crowd. See Kate way in the back in the blue dress?

  • Eyeing Each Other 

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    Regardless of where they are, Meghan and Harry have a tendency to eye each other. 

  • Keep It Profesh 

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    William and Kate keep it pretty professional. 

  • On the Same Team 

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    Make no mistake about it, Meghan and Harry are always on the same team. 

  • Friendly Competition 

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    Sometimes, Will and Kate like to be on opposing teams. Nothing wrong with that. 

  • Laughing With Each Other

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    Meghan and Harry laugh at each other? Never!

  • Playful Ribbing 

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    Once in a while, Kate laughs at Will and vice versa. 

  • Post-Game Destressing Style

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    After a polo match, Harry finds comfort -- and kisses -- in his wife. 

  • Post Game Destressing Style 

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    After a polo match, Wills just needs to decompress. Alone. 

  • Checking Up 

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    Harry's famous for always checking in with Meghan at royal functions, to make sure she's OK. 

  • Checking Out

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    William always seems confident that Kate is holding her own -- and she is!

  • Alone?

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    Sometimes, Harry and Meghan seem to forget that the world is watching them. 

  • In View 

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    William and Kate, on the other hand, always know they're being watched. 

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