In the spotlight since her move to the United States, where she now lives with Prince Harry, Meghan Markle is definitely not everyone's cup of tea when it comes to British opinions, who prefer the discretion and serenity associated with Kate Middleton. However, there is one area in which the Duchess of Sussex beats her sister-in-law to the punch: fashion. She is now considered the most iconic member of the royal family when it comes to style.
All it takes is a pair of shoes that is a bit out of the ordinary, a dress that is considered too casual, or a hat that is a little eccentric for British and international media outlets to seize on Kate Middleton's style either with praise or criticism. Scrutinized since her arrival in the royal family, the Duchess of Cambridge can't go anywhere in public without being the subject of painstakingly thorough analysis of her look, whether it's ultra casual for a shopping trip or highly sophisticated for an official event.
A fact that could have been reassuring to Meghan Markle when she in turn took up a role in the inner circle of the royal family, but quickly after she married Prince Harry, a number of controversies -- at least in the eyes of the media -- came to be associated with the daily lives of the two duchesses. As a result, the two young women were involuntarily pitted against one another in a real battle of style in the tabloids and other media outlets. In this regard, Kate Middleton has long held the upper hand, but the trend was recently reversed.
According to a survey conducted by PrettyLittleThing, relayed by the Daily Express , it is now Meghan Markle who can lay claim to the title of most iconic member of the royal family, in terms of style. Based on the volume of searches of the outfits worn by members of the royal family, which also includes Sophie of Wessex and Princess Anne, in the United Kingdom and the United States, the study reveals that the outfits of Archie's mom were the subject of 148,550 searches, in contrast with "only" 145,400 for the outfits of Kate Middleton.
Nevertheless, both are considered extremely influential in the fashion world, with their outfits selling like hotcakes in England. The study also reveals that the number of searches for Meghan Markle's style has doubled in the last year, while Kate Middleton's has increased by 84%. Impressive figures for a year spent partly in lockdown, which proves that public interest in the royal family hasn't diminished despite the controversies rocking it this past year.