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The Competition Between The Cambridges and The Sussexes Could Get Messier

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By Sarah Veldman

It was always inevitable that once Prince Harry got married, his wife would be compared to Kate Middleton. However, the competition has become one between the couples themselves.

Prince Harry grew up his entire life knowing he was "the spare." While his brother always had a future laid out in front of him, knowing where he was headed, Harry never really had much of a direction.

In the years before he met Meghan, it appeared he had started to carve out a space for himself.

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Harry Lost His Popularity After Marrying Meghan

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Harry started the Invictus Games, he was in the military, and quickly become one of the most beloved members of the royal family.

After marrying Meghan Markle, his popularity soared downwards like a jet with a broken engine. Now, after stepping down as senior royals, Harry and Meghan have the potential to become bigger than Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Though they've been criticized mercilessly, and face massive amounts of negativity, they are on the path to forming an influential celebrity circle around themselves while earning quite a fortune.

Competition On Instagram

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle at Wimbledon
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It appears as if the next competition frontier between the couples is on social media; Instagram to be exact.

The timing of various posts has looked suspicious, with Meghan recently posting a two week old photo on the day Kate announced her U.K. tour for a new initiative.

Many Instagram users criticized the timing, feeling Meghan was trying to outshine Kate. This wasn't the first time an Instagram post to SussexRoyal caused a stir.

Harry and Meghan decided the best day to announce their plans to step down from royal duties on Instagram was during Kate's birthday celebrations.

Happy birthday to her! What a lovely gift from the Sussexes.

Prince William Worried About the Sussexes Return

Princes William and Harry at an event in uniform
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Prince William is reportedly worried about the timing of the Sussexes return to the U.K. for their last engagements.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be on the last day of their tour in Ireland when Harry and Meghan arrive from Canada.

A source recently told The Sun, "Indeed he is glad that he is returning, however briefly - he wishes that it wasn't at the same time as his Irish trip because he knows what will happen is that the spotlight as far as papers and TV are concerned will be fully on Harry and Meghan. He recognizes that for the media this will be "the big story."'

The Eyes Of The World Will Be Watching

The Cambridges and the Sussexes at Westminster Abbey
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We will see the former "fab four," together for the first time since 'Megxit,' on March 9 at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.

The eyes of the world will surely be looking at their body language with a magnifying glass, waiting for the slightest frown or eye roll from any of the group.

Will things always be like this between the couples? Meghan vs. Kate? William vs. Harry? Heir vs. spare? Royal vs. Celebrity?

Royal tradition seems as if it will endure, but who knows? The Sussexes may take their current status all the way to the bank.

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