Duchess Day: Kate Middleton And Meghan Markle Bond During Their First Solo Outing
The new sisters-in-law seem to be navigating fame and friendship well.
The world's coolest duchesses, AKA Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, spent their first girls' day cheering on Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams (a friend of Markle's, as well as the first mother to make it to the tournament since 1980) at the Wimbledon Championships in London, England. We don’t know why the boys — they were together sans husbands, Prince William and Prince Harry — weren’t in attendance, but it's great to see them take in girl time as their relationship flourishes. Middleton, who grew up attending championships with her sister, Pippa, now gets to share the experience with her new family member, who has been attending matches for the last eight years to watch Williams play. The women have a lot in common. They're not only related by marriage, but are also expected to follow the same etiquette.
Before taking their seats for the match, the 36-year-old sisters-in-law met with former female tennis champs and chatted up ball boys and girls about what it’s like to participate in the tournament. The pair appeared to have a blast despite Williams' unfortunate loss to German-born Kerber. They looked comfortable as they chatted and laughed about — well, who knows what duchesses talk about during their leisure time. Probably something fab.
It was a lovely outing, despite the recent media controversy surrounding Markle. Does this royal ever catch a break? The latest storm brewed when an Irish politician, Senator Catherine Noone, claimed Markle was "pleased" about Ireland repealing the abortion ban. She later repudiated that statement, but word was out. The public reaction reminded us that, as a royal, Markle isn’t technically allowed to have a political opinion. After all, the Queen and her family are not elected officials. "The Sovereign, who represents all of the people, must be non-political," said royal expert Marlene Koenig in an interview for Harper's Bazaar. "It is the job of the elected officials to be political."
So, what is the role of royals like Middleton and Markle in 2018, when church, state, and everything in between continue to intersect? As long as they steer clear of politics, they should be OK. Markle prides herself in being a woman and a feminist, according to the official royal website, which also states that her job (like Middleton’s) includes "undertaking royal duties in support of The Queen" as well as devoting "her time to supporting a number of charities and organisations."
Markle and Middleton can speak out about women’s rights and similar topics as long as they are apolitical... as tough as that may be. Maybe they'll even look to each other for advice, as girlfriends do, in order to avoid political controversies in the future.