Two of the immensely popular royal couples — Prince William and Kate Middleton and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — are always in the spotlight. Their behavioral patterns, body language, along with their personal and public life, are always under the media glare. 

But as much as people love the two royal couples, known collectively as the “Fab Four,” they can’t help but make comparisons between the two pairs. Here’s taking a look at some observations about the royal couples that prove how different they are from each other.

The Length Of Their Relationship

Prince William and Kate were in a relationship for a very long time before they decided to tie the knot. Prince Harry and Meghan, on the other hand, only dated for a short period of time before walking down the aisle.

Their Show Of Affection

Fans would remember how Meghan and Harry’s prewedding photo shoot was all about affection, whereas for William and Kate, it was more about sophistication and less of PDA. While the latter observed a rather conservative and traditional behavior, the former went all out with PDA.

Because William is going to be the future king, he and his wife, Kate, may be more restricted to show their affection in public. “William and Kate attend warmly and sweetly to each other in public, but their gestures of affection tend to be reserved and are always publicly appropriate,” celebrity love architect Kailen Rosenberg once told Elite Daily.

“With Harry and Meghan, their public displays of affection range from formal and publicly appropriate to — much more often — a level of physical closeness and warmth that can’t be called anything less than romantic,” she continued.

The Way They Communicate To Their Partners

The royal couples also differ in terms of how they communicate with each other. “Communication between both couples is warm, loving, and genuine, though we always see more formality between William and Kate and more laughter and relaxed, open energy between Harry and Meghan,” Rosenberg says.

Their Approach To Royal Protocols

Even though the British royal family has laid down several rules and restrictions on how to behave in a certain way when it comes to public appearances, Harry and Meghan always do something of their own. Kate and William also have their share of royal rule violations, but they’re the ones who usually follow protocols, attributing perhaps to the fact that they will be the future heads of the monarchy.

Their Royal Responsibilities

Considering again the fact that William and Kate will be the future king and queen, they’re burdened with more royal responsibilities. In comparison to Meghan and Harry, William and Kate have a heavier public image to keep, points out Rosenberg. This is why there’s somewhat of a duty on the part of Kate and William to always behave in a certain way when addressing the public or the media.

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (L-R) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive to attend Christmas Day Church service. Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images