Meghan Markle gave her first public speech as a member of the royal family on Thursday — and it's hard not to reminisce about Kate Middleton's own royal first

By Stephanie Petit
September 21, 2018 12:29 PM
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Meghan Markle gave her first public speech as a member of the royal family on Thursday — and it’s hard not to reminisce about Kate Middleton‘s own royal first!

The Duchess of Sussex waited just four months after her wedding for the big moment, addressing the crowd at an event celebrating the special cookbook she helped create with the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen to benefit victims of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.

Kate’s first speech came when she opened the Treehouse hospice — a branch of one of her first patronages, the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) — in March 2012, almost a year after she married Prince William.

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While Meghan had husband Prince Harry and her mom, Doria Ragland (who flew in from L.A. earlier in the week) proudly looking on as she spoke, Kate flew solo for her address, as Prince William was away on a six-week military mission.

“You have all made me feel so welcome and I feel hugely honored to see this wonderful center. I am only sorry William can’t be here today,” Kate before giving a grin, prompting a laugh from the crowd.

One noticeable difference between the royal sisters-in-law was that Kate relied on notes for her speech, frequently pausing and looking down at them during the address. Meghan, who has experience memorizing lines from her career as an actress, opted to speak without the help of an outline to thank the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen for welcoming her shortly after her move to London.

“Working on this project for the past nine months has been a tremendous labor of love,” the poised royal said in video captured by ITV’s Chris Ship. “I just recently moved to London and I felt so immediately embraced by this kitchen — your warmth and kindness, and also to be able to be in this city and to see in this one small room how multicultural it was.”

Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton
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Kate Middleton
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On top of both women’s speeches being incredibly inspiring, there was another huge similarity: Meghan and Kate chose the same color scheme!

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Meghan was perfectly fall chic in a three-quarter length cobalt blue coat from Canadian label Smythe (although she went sans jacket for the speech!) over a cashmere bodysuit from Tuxe and a pleated skirt from her pal Misha Nonoo’s new Easy 8 collection. She finished off the look with a pair of black suede pumps from Sarah Flint.

Doria Ragland, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Meghan Markle

The color scheme of the outfit mirrored that of Kate’s back in 2012. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a blue dress with a black belt around her waist. She too completed the ensemble with black heels.