How Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton compared as royal brides

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton were very different royal brides.

They were both stunning and sophisticated as they said their vows and married their prince, but there were key differences in their behaviour, appearance and their wedding day as a whole.

As second in line to the throne, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding was very formal, held at Westminster Abbey in April 2011.

Harry and Meghan’s celebration was a lot more relaxed, and the couple have far more freedom to make their special day their own.

But how did Kate and Meghan compare as royal brides? We’ve taken a look at some of the key differences between the two women’s weddings.

The music they walked down the aisle to

Kate decided to walk down the aisle to Sir Charles Parry’s I Was Glad from Psalm 222, which was composed for the crowning of William’s great-great-great grandfather Edward VII.

Kate had a VERY long walk down Westminster Abbey’s VERY long aisle.

Meghan on the on hand, went for a less traditional song.

She had Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas singing Handel’s Eternal Source of Light Divine for her big moment, and it really was beautiful.

The cost of their dresses

In the lead up to the wedding there were rumours Meghan had opted for a dress which was much cheaper than Kate’s.

However as soon as she stepped out the car in a gorgeous pure white Givenchy number is was clear that probably wasn’t the case.

Kate’s detailed lace gown, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, is believed to cost £250,000.

Meghan’s dress, designed by Brit Clare Waight Keller, has an estimated price tag of £387,000.

However it is understood that she paid for her dress herself.

Holding hands

Much like most of their public appearances since announcing their engagement, Harry and Meghan couldn’t keep their hands off each other during the ceremony.

Kate and Wills on the other hand looked a lot more formal, and didn’t hold hands as much during their service.

Who walked them down the aisle

Following with tradition, Kate’s dad Michael walked her down the aisle.

Meghan’s dad Thomas was due to do the same, but he dropped out for medical reasons after having heart surgery.

This meant she was left with nobody to walk her down the aisle just days before the big moment.

In the end she decided to walk the first part on her own, which many have said is a nod to her strong feminist beliefs.

She asked her future father-in-law Prince Charles to accompany for the final part stretch.

Their age

Kate and Meghan are the same age but they walked up the aisle seven years apart.

Compared to their mother-in-law Princess Diana, who was just 20 when she married Prince Charles, neither was a particularly young bride.

Kate met William at university, and apart from a brief split they dated for their entire adult lives. She was 29 on her wedding day.

Meghan on the other hand had a whole life, including a successful career and a failed marriage, before she finally met her prince. She was 36 when she said her vows.

Speaking at the wedding reception

Like most brides, Kate didn’t stand up and speak at her wedding reception and left it to her father, her new husband and his best man.

But Meghan was different, and decided she wanted to say a few words to her friends and her family.

It’s understood the bride thanked the royal family for welcoming her into their lives.

According to the Sun , her speech was very romantic and in it she said: "I have found my prince."

Their official wedding photos

Meghan’s wedding photos are much less formal than her sister-in-law’s.

She’s actually sitting on the floor in one of them, with her beautiful dress flowing out in front of her.

Kate and William’s photos look at lot more like traditional wedding photos, taken in Buckingham Palace, with more standing and


Maid of honour

Kate had her sister Pippa with her on her big day, and she walked down the aisle with her.

Of course, Pippa received quite a lot of attention

Meghan on the other hand decided not to have any grown-up bridesmaids or a maid of honour at all.


She said she simply couldn’t chose between all her friends.

Like Kate she did have lots of child bridemaids, many of whom were her best pals’ kids so they were still involved in the big day.

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