Kate Middleton 'returned to simpler style' since Meghan Markle left

Kate Middleton ‘has returned to a simpler style’ since Meghan Markle left the UK because she doesn’t have to ‘compete’ with the ‘intimidating’ Duchess, source claims

  • Kate Middleton, 38, opted for simpler style since Meghan Markle, 38, left the UK
  • Source has now claimed the Duchess of Cambridge feels ‘more relaxed’ now
  • Said the royal ‘seemed slightly intimated’ by Meghan, who was ‘glamorous’   
  • Went on to reveal that Kate ‘does not feel she has to compete now’  

Kate Middleton ‘has returned to a simpler style’ since Meghan Markle left the UK because she doesn’t have to ‘compete’ with the ‘intimidating’ Duchess any more, a source has claimed.

The Duchess of Sussex, 38, left the UK in November for North America, where she lived in Canada with Prince Harry, 35, and Archie, 1, before moving to LA last month as she officially stepped back from royal duty. 

But now a royal insider has claimed the Duchess of Cambridge, 38, has felt more ‘relaxed’ since Meghan left because she ‘does not feel she has to compete now.’

Speaking to The Sun, the source revealed: ‘Kate most definitely went through a phase two years ago where she seemed slightly intimidated by Meghan. 

Kate Middleton, 38, has ‘gone back to a simpler style’ since Meghan Markle, 38, left the UK, according to a royal insider

According to the insider,  Duchess of Cambridge has opted for simple style choices, cut her hair and worn subtler makeup since Meghan’s departure 

‘She was afraid of comparisons being drawn between them and that Meghan was the one who looked glamorous and popular for a while.’

The source went on to say that the atmosphere had ‘noticeably improved’ since Meghan and Harry left the UK, with Kate feeling ‘very much more relaxed.’  

They added that since the pressure had lifted, Kate’s makeup had also lightened and been simplified.

They say her makeup artist Arabella Preston was using ‘less eye makeup’ as well as paler lip colours and more high street nail vanishes in subtler shades.

The source revealed that Kate had felt ‘intimated’ by the ‘glamorous’ Meghan and had felt people would compare their style (pictured, at Ascot in 2019) 

The source said Kate felt ‘afraid’ of comparisons being drawn between herself and Meghan after the Duchess of Sussex joined the royal family (pictured, Kate in March 2019 wearing Gucci)

Kate is known and often praised for her love of highstreet clothing and ability to mix affordable brands with designer pieces.

On her most recent public outing, the Duchess donned a blush two piece suit from Marks and Spencer with a simple white t-shirt.

She is also known for cleverly updating and re-wearing pieces from her wardrobe, stepping out in a white Reiss coat that she had from her pre-Duchess days during her tour of Ireland in January.  

Meanwhile since joining the royal family, the Duchess of Sussex has become known for her love of designer pieces, and rarely wears the same outfit twice.

She often donned designers like Dior, Givenchy and Victoria Beckham during royal engagements.  

Since joining the royal family, Meghan has become known for her love of lavish designers and glitzy jewellery (pictured, in March) 

From March 31, Meghan and Prince Harry were no longer be working royals nor use their HRH styles. 

The couple have now wound down their UK foundation and shut their Buckingham Palace office.

The duo are now living in California, having carried out their final round of royal duties in Britain, and are planning the launch of their new non-profit organisation for next month.

The Sussexes are yet to flesh out what their new entity will look like, other than outlining it will support their ‘global charitable, campaign and philanthropic work’.  

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