Why Kate needs a word with Meghan

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To­day we will wit­ness a re­mark­able dou­ble act on Wimbledon’s Cen­tre Court, as two duchesses watch the women’s fi­nal, per­form­ing their first pub­lic event to­gether with­out their hus­bands.

Most of us haven’t a clue whether those sis­ters-in-law get on or how close they are. But their joint out­ing to­day to the royal box presents Kate, the duchess of Cam­bridge, with a chance to have a quiet word with new­comer Megs, the duchess of Sus­sex, on where she’s go­ing wrong. Be­cause, boy, she needs it.

Kate could start by telling Megs the roy­als do not, ever, in­ter­fere in pol­i­tics. In the 56 days since her mar­riage, Meghan has de­clared her­self a hu­man­i­tar­ian, proud fem­i­nist and, in Ire­land this week, a sup­porter of the lib­er­al­i­sa­tion of abor­tion laws.

She needs to un­der­stand one does not flaunt one’s hu­man­i­tar­ian cre­den­tials. Mod­el­ling your­self on an­gelina Jolie may be fine for a soap star but not for a royal.

But such sole­cisms pale into in­signif­i­cance com­pared to the amer­i­can’s shame­less ex­trav­a­gance. dur­ing her 24-hour visit to Ire­land, the thing that grabbed the head­lines was that she changed into four dif­fer­ent de­signer out­fits with a to­tal value of £28,000.

The £2,000 worth of shoes she wore on that trip is more than many Bri­tish fam­i­lies have to live on for a month.

as the Mail re­veals to­day, Megs has clad her­self in around £155,000 worth of Givenchy, dior, Chanel and Prada since her wed­ding. That’s in­fin­itely more than Kate spent in the en­tire year af­ter mar­ry­ing Wil­liam.

yes, the for­mer TV ac­tress looks stylish, yes, she is lovely, but she has a lot to learn about this coun­try.

Kate should qui­etly tell her we don’t like moral pos­tur­ing and we cer­tainly don’t like os­ten­ta­tious dis­plays of wealth. In­deed, Megs could do worse than look to Kate for an ex­am­ple of how to do it.

In the early days, Kate en­deared her­self to us by shop­ping in the High Street — and she’s still as happy wear­ing Reiss or Jig­saw as she is cou­ture, even for spe­cial oc­ca­sions.

She re­cy­cles her clothes, too, just like the Queen and Princess anne. She wore a four-year- old coat to Meghan’s wed­ding. But I have yet to see Megs in the same out­fit twice.

Meghan needs to un­der­stand there’s a lot of re­spect and af­fec­tion for how roy­alty is not just an­other branch of show­biz, where #Me­Too val­ues hold sway and the dress style is red-car­pet, off-the- shoul­der and al­ways with a co­quet­tish pout for the cam­eras.

one fi­nal piece of ad­vice. Per­haps Meghan should book an ap­point­ment with Rigby & Peller, providers of lin­gerie to the roy­als — and get her­self a proper-fit­ting bra.

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