Was there a winner? Who scored the most aces? Did all the power hold in their first official singles clash for a year? Forget about tennis – I'm talking about the two duchesses perched in the Royal Box of Wimbledon as exotic birds.
Kate chose a fitting, parrot-green, custom-made dress from Dolce & Gabbana (£ 2150) with a fluted hem and – bearing in mind the inevitable blows needed – some somewhat forgiving puffed three-quarter sleeves. Her boxy Dolce handbag (£ 1050) was the kind of cream tyrant that should never see a Biro.
The nude-pointed shoes of LK Bennett were just as safe as the frock: she had worn it before, almost three years ago in Canada.
UNITED FRONT: The pair at the end of the match at the Center Court of Wimbledon on Saturday
SUNGLASSES IN THE DAWN: Kate and Meghan share some gossip – but their glasses hide their facial expressions
FIRST MOVE: Kate breaks the ice by taking off her glasses during a short silence in tennis
And Meghan? There was no denim, pfff! We do not need any other transatlantic diplomatic incident. Instead, this woman has shown that she has balls.
After all, just nanoseconds after delivery, she chose knife folds (by Hugo Boss, £ 350), not very flattering for most ordinary mortals. And patterned pleats that showed her waist. She's not like other women, right?
Meghan was wearing a small vegan Stella McCartney bag, wearing Le Specs sunglasses, and having her hair styled in a soft French fringe, exposing the £ 400 Jennifer Meyer earrings. (I wish Kate would pull back her hair more often.) What about the cool, fresh white shirt from Givenchy (around £ 690), it was all a whole East coast.
Again, Meghan is perfect for the occasion without seemingly. The person who is instructed to style her bright rumors on the cover of Vogue must appear this fall, not with clothing, but with a long novel to read instead.
Just like the one-sided fight in court – in which Romanian Simona defeated Halep Serena Williams in straight sets – it was all a bit of a shame for fashion watchers, who wanted three hard-fought sets.
EYES DOWN: Leave Meghan to bite her lip and wonder if she should do the same
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: the two duchesses radiate each other, is their rumor revenge at the end?
HAVING A BALL: Kate and Meghan photographed yesterday in the Royal Box at Center Court Wimbledon Tennis Championships
Kate & # 39; s appearance wasn't close to the new edgy, Instagram-worthy woman we've been enjoying lately: remember last weekend's soft salmon kinkbow dress from Stella McCartney, wearing a red headband, for Archie & # 39; s baptism? The collision of pink LK Bennett dress and red Mulberry bag on the polo last week? Not to mention delicious Missoni mint, followed by purple and white Gucci and even a cape?
Part of the reason for Kate's recent fashion crackers is that she has a new stylist: good friend Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey, who used to work at Vogue and is a literary force of nature.
Chadwyck-Healey undoubtedly wants to prove a point, while standing in front of Kate & # 39; s usual stylist, Natasha Archer, who has been on maternity leave since the end of last year (and no doubt cursing her husband right now).
And the reason that Kate hired Ginnie? Not to impress Prince William, who – like most men – would not notice if his wife Rocking Per Una turned up against Marks & Spencer. It is because Meghan Stella hurled halternecks and Lisa Marie Fernandez khaki kaftans from the other side of the net.
So Kate has increased her game. There is nothing nasty here, just two beautiful young women who enjoy fashion – a welcome change from all battles elsewhere.
OH, I SAY: Poldark & # 39; s Aidan Turner and Downton actress Lily James watch yesterday's action from the Royal Box
Kate gave up this competition because it was our future queen, on an official task, who played safe by returning to her tried and tested silhouette and anonymous accessories.
I suspect that as the royal patron of Wimbledon, she decided to disappear on the green cloth background and have the players examine the front pages.
That is exactly as it should be.
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