High-profile, well-educated, socially adored and internationally respected, the women (and woman-to-be) of the British Royal Family have put their stamp on what it means to be a royal in today’s world. These ladies of love, showing both their charitable and sociable sides, have their subjects royally flushed! But why?
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
Not since the death of Princess Dianna had the British Royal Family seen as much enthusiasm in its rule until Kate Middleton became a member of the Royal Family in 2011, when she married Prince William. Since that time, she has taken on a portfolio of charitable work gaining much respect as a campaigner for children and families, and become a global brand in her own right. The Duchess’ fashion style has been dubbed the “Kate Middleton Effect”, with women across the globe spending billions to capture her style. The mother of three has been named In Time magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World”, in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
The York Sisters
Seventh in line to succeed the throne, Princess Beatrice is the elder daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York and sister to the younger Princess Eugenie. Not quite as famous or marketable as the Duchess, The York sisters have in recent years carved out their own following with a string of charitable involvements, royal engagements and fashionable hats. Beatrice is in business, while Eugenie works in the world of art. The later will marry her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank later this year. Read How Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Will Differ To Meghan Markle’s.
Megan Markle of…
Speculation is that Meghan Markle’s new title in the Royal Family will be Duchess of Sussex, when she marries Prince William on May 19. Already a prominent screen actress, appearing in several TV series including Suits, Markle became the most Googled actress of 2016 because of her relationship with the Price. Her transition to the royal family has not been without criticism, namely for being too different to what a royal is expected to be – she’s American, a campaigner of women’s rights, a commoner and biracial. Regardless, Markle is charting her own course and while sticking to tradition, is taking the Royal Family in a new direction.
British media have gone as far as to pit Markle and the Duchess of Cambridge against each other, asking the question: who is now the bigger royal brand?