Kate Middleton’s Warm Royal Welcome to First Lady Jill Biden Is Just As Political As Meghan Markle’s ‘Vogue’

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Over this past weekend’s royal family visit with President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, it was great to see Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and First Lady Jill bonding over their shared interest in children and education. They genuinely looked like they were enjoying their time together and the media made sure to cover every moment of their scheduled events. Yet we have to take a closer look at the royals getting involved in politics, including the recent G7 summit — they don’t ever receive the same scrutiny as Meghan Markle.

Let’s first start by saying that being a senior member of the royal family makes them a public figure and meeting with politicians comes with the job description. It’s evident that Kate spent more time over the years with the Obamas (remember that cute photo of Prince George in his bathrobe greeting Barack Obama?) and the Bidens on their recent visit than with the Trumps. She and Prince William seemed to do their best to avoid the controversy of the last administration — and that is a political decision.

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When Meghan decided to guest edit British Vogue, she was criticized by Piers Morgan (of course!) for bringing “PC-crazed” politics to the magazine. “Being a royal means you stay out of politics,” he wrote in his Daily Mail column in July 2019. “Yet here is Meghan being about as political as any royal has ever been.” Has he said anything about Kate and the time spent with any politician? Crickets. And remember that Meghan participated in the British Vogue issue when she was in a senior royal role, so those standards of criticism from Morgan should apply across the board.

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Meghan leans into raising awareness, whether it is issues of racism or pay equality — and it always seems to cause a stir. If Kate mounted a similar campaign, the British media would have nothing but praise for her work. People called on the Duchess of Sussex to lose her title when she encouraged people to register to vote (she never told people who to vote for), but Morgan was screaming on Twitter that she and Prince Harry “can’t remain as royals & spout off about foreign elections.” We didn’t hear former ITV host squawking about Kate spending more time with the Obamas and Bidens instead of the Trump family — it just starts to feel personal.

While being a royal does involve politics on some level — sometimes it’s done subtly, but sometimes it’s not. Both women should be allowed an equal playing field when comes to promoting their causes because it’s impossible for them to avoid how politics intercepts their lives as public figures.

Before you go, click here to see all of Kate Middleton’s best hair looks as a royal.

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