From the very beginning, Meghan Markle knew that the Kate comparisons would be inevitable.

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As a member of the royal family, the new Duchess of Sussex has worked really hard in order to establish her own fashion identity. A royal insider told Elle magazine that she is trying to do so by consciously creating a very different style from Kate Middleton’s. Meghan made a “conscious effort” to “not be accused of copying Kate’s style” and to create her own unique wardrobe.

The result is obvious – both women have their own very different style, equally chic. While Meghan prefers more blacks and more muted colors, Kate often goes for brights, prints, and pastels. Kate and Meghan both wear designers like Emilia Wickstead, Erdem, and Amanda Wakeley to events, but their go-to designers are very different. Meghan loves the designs Givenchy by Clare Waight Keller and has been seen wearing them on multiple royal engagements. Another favorite of the Duchess is Stella McCartney, along with Aritzia, Brandon Maxwell, Canadian label Mackage Coats, and Maison Birks Jewellery.

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Kate’s go-to designer is the fashion house behind her iconic wedding dress – Alexander McQueen. The future Queen also often wears Emilia Wickstead, Jenny Packham, and Catherine Walker, who was one the favorite of the late Princess Diana, too.

Despite all the nasty rumors that the two are not getting along the royal source said that “Kate has been on hand to help guide Meghan with advice about certain designers and royal protocol.”

Meghan and Kate get help form different people, too when it comes to their fashion choices. Markle, for example, works with her BFF – the Toronto based stylist Jessica Mulroney. She is reviewing what Meghan would wear in advance, as they get together not so often anymore, but do keep in touch. According to the source Jessica “certainly kept an eye on Kate’s style because she hasn’t put a foot wrong and is a great role model.”

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Kate works with Natasha Archer Jackson, who is the woman behind Middleton’s timeless looks. She would have samples from top designers sent to the Palace and they both would choose which Kate would wear for different occasions.

Meghan carried out her first solo royal engagement this evening as she attended the opening of a major art exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. This was the first time she steps out in public alone – without the support of her husband or any other royals. She wore black Givenchy dress paired with classic Aquazzura pumps and looked timeless as ever.

Back in October 2011 Kate Middleton carried her first solo engagement 6 months after the royal wedding. She wore a gray formal gown with elaborate straps to a private dinner at Clarence House in support of Prince Charles’s charity In Kind Direct. Charles himself was initially supposed to show up at the event, but he was forced to skip to “present condolences to the Saudi Royal Family following the death of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia,” so the new Duchess filled in for him with only 24 hour-notice!

When the two Duchesses stepped out for their first official engagement as members of the royal family, the thing that the two events have in common is the color the two Duchesses chose to wear – pastel beige. While Kate paired her fitted dress with black pumps and clutch and had her hair done in her signature blowout look, Meghan finished off her look with nude pumps and a matching hat. She had her hair in a slick low bun. We must say that both looked equally stunning and stylish.

Scroll down to see 13 Photos That Show How Kate and Meghan’s Royal ‘Firsts’ Compare!

1.A first public appearance by their prices sides

2.First royal walkabout

3.Pre-wedding appearance with the mother of the bride

4.First moments as official royals

5.First appearance as a Duchess

6.First Royal Christmas day

7.First Royal ASCOT

8.First solo engagement with the Queen

9.The first Trooping the colour

10.First Commonwealth day

11.First overseas tour

12.First official engagement with both Harry and William

13.First joined royal engagement for just the two of them

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