Why Kate waited 5 years to go to Royal Ascot – but Meghan is going straight away

Today Meghan Markle will join her new in-laws for a day at the races at Royal Ascot.

The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been invited by the Queen to watch this year’s event from the royal box, and Meghan is expected to present the winning trophy.

She’s attending the popular event just four weeks after become a member of the royal family.

However her sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge waited five long years after her wedding day before making her Ascot debut back in 2016.

It’s not a case of not being invited, as Kate was apparently invited every year but turned it down.

But she didn’t turn it down because she couldn’t be bothered or just didn’t fancy an afternoon with the in-laws.

According to Hello! magazine’s royal expert Emily Nash , Kate and William were focusing on raising their young children.

When Wills quit his job and the couple started taking on more royal duties, they began to attend.

Meghan and Harry on the other hand were keen to hit the ground running straight after their wedding, and they actually postponed their wedding so they could start straight away.

So far she’s attended a Buckingham Palace garden party and accompanied the Queen on a full day of official engagements in Cheshire.

Kate first joined the rest of the royal gang at Royal Ascot for a very special year – the Queen’s 90th birthday.

She wore a stunning white lace Dolce & Gabbana for her debut with a matching fascinator.

Her 2017 dress was very similar, resulting in lots of people thinking she had worn the same outfit twice.

However on closer inspection it was a different dress, this time from her old favourite Alexander McQueen.

The dress appeared to be a modified version of the brand’s lace mini dress, which was originally on sale for £4,463.

This morning Kensingston Palace revealed Meghan and Harry will visit Ireland in July on their first official international trip as a married couple.

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Meghan’s public appearances since wedding

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  • Trooping the Colour
  • Meghan and the Queen
  • At a family wedding

They will spend two days in the country to to ‘learn more about its history’ and ‘experience its rich culture’.

Keep up-to-date with all the action from Royal Ascot 2018 on Mirror Racing’s live blog.

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