A royal expert has claimed that Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are like "inverted versions of each other".
Historian, writer and broadcaster Tessa Dunlop spoke exclusively to OK! about how Prince William's wife Kate, 40, has long been "in training" for her important role in the royal family, where she will one day become Queen.
Kate grew up in Buckinghamshire and attended St Andrews University where she met William, 40, her future husband, and Tessa said that Kate "is a product of that education".
Tessa spoke about the difference in Kate's background to American actress Meghan, 41, who is married to William's younger brother, Prince Harry, 38, and how it impacted on their roles within the Royal Family.
She said: “Meghan comes from Hollywood, her dad was a reasonably successful lighting director.
“But it's a very different environment. Hollywood it's about climbing over other people to get that role, to get the gig, to improve the rating to be better than the next one – that's ambition."
She went on: “But Meghan came from the outside, a hostile culture and it [royal life] must have seemed quite alien.
“It’s like she literally dropped in from another planet in terms of how she grew up and the values instilled in her to succeed.
Tessa explained that Kate "makes it look effortless" because she "spent years training, without even realising it."
“Kate’s values were deference , appropriate levels of self possession within a system, don’t rock the boat, you make change through embracing the institution almost, the paradox, Meghan's the other way around – they're totally like inverted versions of each other," she said.
Tessa even said, “It’s easier for Meghan to walk away than Kate, as Kate really does know what it's like not to be a princess.
“Meghan was already sort of someone."
Continuing her praise for the poised Kate, the royal expert said: “I think one of the problems is that we think, ‘Oh, you married for love and in the Royal family’ but actually it’s a job as well and that's where the rub comes and where Kate has managed so much better than Meghan.
"But she'd been in training for decades and I think that we don't take that into account enough, sometimes, understanding why she entered this institution like a duck to water."
Meghan and Prince Harry now live in a sprawling multi-million dollar mansion in Montecito, California, with their three year old son Archie and 22 month old daughter, Lilibet.
They sensationally announced that they would be stepping down from the Royal Family in 2020, just two years after they got married in 2018.
There is still a huge question mark over whether they will be attending King Charles' Coronation in May, after relations between them and the rest of the royal family reached an all-time low, following a number of interviews and accusations made by Harry and Meghan.
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