Prince William, 36, and Prince Harry, 34, often delight fans as they step out at royal engagements. As senior royals, the pair often look very smart – regularly donning suits jackets for their public appearances. However, the younger members of the current Royal Family have been said to have a different style to their elders – as well as to one another. So, what does the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex’s individual styles say about them?
Melita Latham, a stylist, fashion designer, and owner of luxury travel brand Melita Latham London, shared her thoughts with Express.co.uk.
According to Melita, while the royals do have a similar look, there are visible differences – which could be very telling about the lives that they lead.
She told Express.co.uk: “In one way, both Prince William and Prince Harry have similar styles, and will often be seen on royal engagements wearing tailored suits, but in another, their styles can be very different.
“Prince Harry has a less regimented, relaxed and casual style whereas Prince William can be very classic and traditional.”
She continued: “Prince William’s style hasn’t evolved much over the years, he has always stuck to royal protocol and chooses safer, more classic options, and his style has always been acclaimed.”
Meanwhile, the fashion designer insisted that Prince Harry seems to have altered his typical fashion choices in recent years – and she credited this to having met his now-wife Meghan Markle, 37, and her stylish influence.
“Prince Harry has had more of a style evolution over the last few years, and I think we can thank Meghan Markle for this,” Melita said.
“As the Royal Family changed the way Kate Middleton dressed, Meghan has influenced Prince Harry’s choices.
“Prince Harry used to favour more relaxed attire, with patterned shirts and jeans, and it wasn’t a rare sighting to see an un-ironed shirt, whereas now his style is more polished and modern.
“It has been a subtle change, but it is obvious it has changed since he started dating the former actress.”
The fashion expert went on to consider how while their styles may differ, both of the senior royals have the same taste in tailors – having previously opted for the Savile Row tailor Gieves & Hawkes.
Their royal duties mean the pair often step out in very smart ensembles, but with Prince William being second in line to the throne, and Prince Harry currently being the sixth heir, their futures look very different.
So, could this difference in their upcoming royal lives have affected the way they dress?
According to Melita, that is a likely possibility.
She said: “Prince Harry has had the luxury of being more relaxed in the past, with both his attitude and his style. But it is Harry who gone through the biggest style evolution.
“This is because he isn’t going to be King, and it almost shrugs off a huge responsibility.”
Melita went on: “He has had space to play with his style choices and experiment with what he likes, where Prince William is heir to the throne and will most likely be King at some point, so he has to be more rigid and in line with his fashion choices.
“He [typically] chooses a closed shirt and tie, and this rarely changes, whereas Harry doesn’t often wear a tie, and has an open shirt and coloured suit.
“These differences are always noticeable in photos of the princes together, which is always great to see as it separates their personalities.”
Who is Meghan Markle? Quick profile
Meghan Markle was born Rachel Meghan Markle, on August 4, 1981 to parents Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle.
Her father was previously married to Roslyn Loveless and Meghan has two elder half sibling – sister Samantha Markle and brother Thomas Markle Junior.
Meghan’s first television appearance in the USA was in an episode of the medical drama General Hospital in 2002.
She later moved on to roles in CSI, Without a Trace and Castle along with bit parts in Hollywood films including Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me and Horrible Bosses.
Meghan was also a “briefcase girl” on Deal or No Deal – but her most famous role was as Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits, which launched in 2011.
She was written out in the finale of the seventh series when her character got married, which aired in April 2018 – just before she got married herself.
Charity and humanitarian work
Meghan Markle’s career in television has gone hand-in-hand with her support for causes close to her heart.
She wrote about the stigma around menstrual health in an article for Time magazine and was a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada – with whom she travelled to Rwanda for the charity’s Clean Water Campaign.
And her commitment to gender equality has seen her work with the United Nations – receiving a standing ovation in 2015 for her speech to mark International Women’s Day.
In September 2011, she wed film producer Trevor Engelson, who she began dating in 2004.
But the pair divorced two years later in August 2013, citing irreconcilable difference.
She was in a relationship with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello for almost two years, before they broke it off in 2016 but the two remain good friends.
And in June 2016, she met Prince Harry on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.
Their relationship began in October that year and just over one year later, on November 27, 2017, the pair announced their engagement.
They married on May 19, 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Some have claimed Meghan Markle is the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family.
Historians are still arguing about Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.
But Meghan will be the first royal to openly embrace a mixed-race heritage.
She has written about the difficulties of being a biracial actress in Hollywood as she claims she is not black enough for some roles and not white enough for others.