Sunday 18 August 2019

Kate and Meghan showcase contrasting signature styles at Wimbledon women's singles final

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in the Royal Box ahead of the final between Serena Williams of the U.S. and Romania's Simona Halep REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in the Royal Box ahead of the final between Serena Williams of the U.S. and Romania's Simona Halep REUTERS/Hannah McKay
The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duchess of Sussex on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
The Duchess of Cambridge meets junior players and staff ahead of the Women's Final on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
The Duchess of Sussex arrives on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the Women's Final on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Saturday July 13, 2019. Victoria Jones/PA Wire
The Duchess of Sussex arrives on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
The Duchess of Cambridge meets (left to right) junior players Kamilla Bartone from Latvia, Oksana Selekmeteva from Russia, Polina Kudermetova from Russia and Giulia Morlet from France ahead of the Women's Final on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Saturday July 13, 2019. Victoria Jones/PA Wire RESTRICTIONS:
The Duchess of Cambridge meets Marion Regan from Hugh Lowe Farm, supplier of Wimbledon strawberries, Gareth Healy of Sir Robert McAlpine building company that built Court One, and Patrick Williams, AELTC Senior Project Manager, ahead of the Women's Final on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Saturday July 13, 2019. Victoria Jones/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge meets Marion Regan from Hugh Lowe Farm, supplier of Wimbledon strawberries, ahead of the Women's Final on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Saturday July 13, 2019. Victoria Jones/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge meets junior players and staff ahead of the Women's Final on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.Saturday July 13, 2019. Victoria Jones/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge meets (left to right) junior players Kamilla Bartone from Latvia and Giulia Morlet from France ahead of the Women's Final on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.Saturday July 13, 2019. Victoria Jones/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge meets staff and junior players ahead of the Women's Final on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Saturday July 13, 2019. Victoria Jones/PA Wire
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The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex attended the Wimbledon women's singles final together on Saturday afternoon.

Both watched the clash between American star Serena Williams and Romanian pro Simona Halep on Centre Court from the Royal Box where they were joined by Kate's sister Pippa Matthews.

Williams was beaten 6-2 6-2 by Halep who is now the first Romanian to win a singles title at Wimbledon.

Kate, who who is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), was snapped ahead of the 2pm match meeting with the owner of Hugh Lowe Farms, the official strawberry supplier to the tournament, as well as young female tennis players.

The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duchess of Sussex on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duchess of Sussex on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon

For the occasion she opted to recycle a green Dolce & Gabanna dress which she previously wore in Canada in 2016.

Meghan, meanwhile, wore a crisp white shirt teamed with a floaty blue and white pleated skirt which was reminiscent of the outfit she wore for her first visit to Wimbledon last year - a crisp blue and white striped shirt and cream slacks.

The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duchess of Sussex with Pippa Matthews on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duchess of Sussex with Pippa Matthews on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon

It's the second time the sisters-in-law have appeared in public together this week having attended a polo match on Wednesday.

Meghan is close friends with Williams and turned up to support her during her match earlier this week.

The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duchess of Sussex on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duchess of Sussex on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon

That visit caused a stir as royal protection officers instructed fans not to take pictures of her as she was attending the match "in a private capacity".

Hasan Hasanov - one of the punters spoken to - said: "I had no idea she was there!"

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the Women's Final on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Saturday July 13, 2019. Victoria Jones/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the Women's Final on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Saturday July 13, 2019. Victoria Jones/PA Wire

The 58-year-old told the Sun: "I honestly couldn't really care less about taking a picture of Meghan, Harry or any of the royals - and, if I did, I'd ask first."

The Times also reported that Meghan was not supposed to be wearing jeans in the members' area of the club.

Aidan Turner and Lily James on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Saturday July 13, 2019. Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Aidan Turner and Lily James on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Saturday July 13, 2019. Adam Davy/PA Wire.

At the All England Club spectators are not required to stick to a dress code. However, those invited into the Royal Box are expected to wear a dress or jacket and tie.

Also watching the action from the Royal Box were Irish actor and Poldark star Aidan Turner while Wolf Hall actor Sir Mark Rylance and Doctor Who's Jodie Whittaker were also invited.

Meghan, who is on maternity leave following the birth of son Archie, will make her first red carpet appearance as a duchess when she attends the screening with the Duke of Sussex in London's Leicester Square on Sunday.

Additional reporting by PA

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