There are few things mainstream media loves more than sensationalising a most-likely fictional female feud. The obsession with Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle's supposed rivalry is a prime example and epitomises the ridiculousness of it all.
These are two intelligent, accomplished, adults handling an endlessly exhausting job and under crushing, constant pressure who both strive to use their privilege to create positive change. Do you really think that Kate takes a break from reforming the children's hospice situation in Britain to have a casual rant about the fact her siblings-in-law decided to move out of Kensington Palace? Or that Meghan manages to simultaneously found the Royal Family's first-ever mental health foundation while engaging in "upsets at dress fittings for Princess Charlotte" (yes, this was actual reported news)?
The Duchesses have different approaches to many things; philanthropy, social media, living arrangements, parenting, personal style. So do Prince William and Prince Harry. But do you see endless articles claiming they're dividing the Royal Family with their personal differences? Or non stop side-by-side Instagrams screaming "WHO LOOKED BETTER?" No, obviously not.
Much of the press - particularly the British lot, embarassingly for me - really are determined to make us all believe that Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton spend their days squabbling over headbands and hemlines while challenging us to judge their wardrobes. The latter would be one thing if it was a Cannes Film Festival red carpet event we were talking about. But the latest "Duchess style off" was in fact the christening of Meghan's first child, baby Archie - which frankly makes me feel a bit nauseous.
In my opinion, the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex both looked utterly stunning, in Stella McCartney and Dior respectively. But even if they didn't, and even if they do in fact hate each other, pitting women against women on everything from their wardrobes to their child-rearing skills is reductive. It is sport that needs to go the way of big game hunting - AKA to stop.