Meghan Markle's favourite stilettos are very different from Kate's signature heels

By Sharnaz Shahid

Meghan Markle's every wardrobe choice has been under intense scrutiny since the stylish former actress joined Prince Harry for their engagement photocall in November. Her stilettos have been of particular interest to royal watchers and fashionistas, with their sky-high, thin heels - especially on days when she's on her feet at official engagements. Meghan matched her now iconic outfit with a pair of nude, lace-up Aquazzura Matilde heels for her first public appearance as a future royal - a style she previously wore in 2016 at the One Young World Summit in Ottawa.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Official Engagement Photo
Meghan Markle wore these chic Aquazzura Matilde heels at her engagement photocall

Back in November 2010, when the Duchess of Cambridge stepped onto the world's stage as the fiancée of Prince William, her shoes were a completely different story. It was clear from the start how Kate's favourite shoes were pumps. She offset her sapphire-blue Issa dress with a pair of black suede Episode Angel pumps. From this moment, the 'Kate effect' certainly kicked off with websites crashing as royal fans attempted to get their hands on the outfit.

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Meghan Markle holding an umbrella wearing pumps in the rain alongside with Prince Harry
The former actress then opted for Manolo Blahnik heels at the Endeavour Fund Awards

In February, for her first red carpet appearance at the Endeavour Fund Awards, Meghan stunned fans by ditching a conventional gown for a chic trouser suit, which she teamed with an eye-catching pair of pointed-toe Manolo Blahnik 'BB' high heels. She opted to wear one of the beloved brand's popular styles which is available in multiple colours. The designer named the 'BB' style due to his fondness for Brigette Bardot. Later on that month, Meghan joined Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their first joint panel at the Royal Foundation Forum, and once again, all eyes were on her look. She went for her preferred footwear designers, Aquazzura, by donning the Casablanca multi-strap pumps in black suede.

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Meghan Markle wearing orange-brown coloured pumps
Meghan opted for her trademark stiletto heels again in Northern Ireland

Earlier this month, during her visit to Birmingham, Meghan stood tall in her pair of pointy Manolo Blahnik 'BB' heels in black. A few days later at the Commonwealth Day service, Meghan coordinated her shoes with future sister-in-law Kate – with the pair both stepping out in navy suede heels, which looked virtually identical from afar. Meghan opted for her trademark stiletto heels by Manolo Blahnik, while Kate's shoes had an ever so slightly thicker heel thanks to her trusty Malory pumps by Rupert Sanderson. More recently, Meghan looked as stunning as usual for her surprise engagement in Northern Ireland. Her brown velvet Jimmy Choo pumps were definitely hard to miss. Now with only weeks to go till her big day, it remains to be seen whether Meghan will opt for her favourite shoe style.

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