Prince Charles: Meghan Markle Is WAY Cooler Than Kate Middleton!

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Well, it's official.

Pretty much everyone on the planet agrees that Meghan Markle is the coolest of the Royals.

Meghan Markle Bends Down

That's not a knock against Kate Middleton or anyone else who may have been in the running.

(To be clear: Prince William never stood a chance.)

In fact, Kate deserves credit for recognizing that her association with Meghan only serves to make her cooler.

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton! Together!

She's like the Scottie Pippen to Meghan's Michael Jordan, eternally content to play second fiddle and bask in the glow of a living legend.

There are probably several good reasons that no one has previously used a '90s NBA metaphor to describe the pecking order of the British Royal Family, but we're standing by our sh-tty analogy.

Anyway, you might be wondering who decides this hierarchy, and there's no clear answer.

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For the most part, we suppose it's the British public and the tabloid press, but there are also voters in this popularity contest whose ballots are weighted far more heavily than those of the plebes.

These people are super-delegates in the world's most inconsequential election -- Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and ... well, we guess that's about it, actually.

It's been rumored for quite some time that QE2 prefers Harry and Meghan to the "lazy" William and Kate.

And now, it seems Charles is seconding that opinion:

Prince Charles Snapshot

According to a new profile in Vanity Fair, Charles likes to throw subtle shade at Will and Kate.

He often boasts, for example, that at the age of 68, he's quicker on his feet and better "prepared" for most social functions than either of them.

Conversely, both he and wife Camilla Parker-Bowles are often effusive in their praise for Meghan.

“They clearly really like each other," one royal insider tells the magazine.

Wearing Blue

"There is real warmth and support. Camilla has been very helpful to Meghan.”

That's gotta sting a little bit, but we're sure Will and Kate are taking it in stride.

After all, Will never had a shot at being the cool one in the family, and the Duchess of Cambridge reportedly gets along swimmingly with her new sister-in-law.

In fact, Kate is hosting Meghan's baby shower -- and insiders say she's more than happy to continue dishing out assists after the royal bundle of joy arrives.

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