How tall is King Charles, Prince William and other members of the Royal Family?

The royal height order revealed, and what it means for them

The royal family waving from the balcony at Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour
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Ever wondered how tall King Charles is, what height the Queen was and whether Prince William or Prince Harry is taller? Here's how the royal family measure up.

It's safe to say that there's a real mix of heights within the royal line of succession. With Prince William and Prince Harry standing much taller than the monarch in the height game - thanks in part to Prince Charles and Princess Diana's height being similar measurements.

Then there's the addition of the tall Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, whose added height suggests that Prince George could be one of Queen Elizabeth's great-grandchildren who could stand - quite literally - head and shoulders above the rest.

How tall is King Charles?

King Charles is 5ft 10 inches tall (1.78m). His Majesty is taller than his current wife Camilla, but was the same height as his ex-wife, Princess Diana.

However, it's been widely suggested that efforts were made to make Charles look taller than the late Princess Diana both before and after their St Paul's Cathedral based wedding.

Lisa Wade PhD, a professor at Occidental College, suggested, “When Charles and Diana were posed together formally, however, they were typically arranged so as to suggest that he was significantly taller than her, or at least to disguise the fact that he was not.”

Prince Charles and his ex-wife Princess Diana

Prince Charles and ex-wife Princess Diana were the same height. (Credit: Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)

Body language expert and psychologist Judi James adds that while having a taller man in a relationship is less of an issue now, it would have been something people noticed back in the eighties when the couple married.

“It’s probably less of a problem now but the rule always used to be that the man should be taller than the woman in a relationship. And we saw Diana overcompensating with Charles by wearing flat shoes and even hunching over at times as she walked.

“The male ego is tightly linked to sexual performance and perhaps the thought was to avoid anything that might make him feel weaker or inferior.”

How tall is Prince William?

At 6ft 3 (1.91m), Prince William is the tallest member of the royal family. This seems fitting for our future king - especially as Judi says height does still have an "alpha effect" in society, leading people to trust those leaders who are taller.

She told us, "Animal groups often feel more secure when they have an alpha leader to keep the peace, even though it means they will be subservient to that alpha.

"Humans have probably become conditioned through history to see some form of security in having a tall leader and it could stem from the days when kings and leaders were expected to lead the fight in wars and battles.

"We also equate greater space with status and taller people do tend to get that power gap around them. They are more visible and their height in a social, networking group, will make everyone else look up at them physically, enhancing their signals of power."

Whilst William is currently the tallest royal, fans have predicted that his son Prince George might one day outgrow him. Especially with the 10-year-old already standing at about 5ft3.

The Wales family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace

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How tall is the Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales?

Kate Middleton is 5ft 9in (1.75m) - three inches taller than her sister-in-law, Meghan Markle, and around five inches taller than the average British woman.

With rumours of ongoing rivalry between the pair, Judi says Catherine’s height could be seen as an advantage. She explains, “Being taller in that scenario, where there are even rumours of rifts can give some advantage. Harry and William are both tall and in Catherine’s eye-line, meaning she might find it easier to stay in the group in terms of sharing that elevated space.

“Meghan, on the other hand, could possibly have needed to attract that attention at times. It also seemed to mean that Meghan wore heels a lot and they will always be more difficult to manage in social groups.”

Kate Middleton with Meghan Markle

Kate Middleton is taller than Meghan Markle. (Credit: Getty)

The Duchess of Cambridge’s height means her heel height of choice tends to be about 3.5 inches. In her favourite Rupert Sanderson heels, she often measures just over 6ft.

And as for 7-year-old Princess Charlotte - who Prince William said is just like Kate Middleton - it is thought she'll be of similar standing to her mum.

How tall is Queen Camilla?

In contrast to the taller Princess Diana, KingCharles’ current wife, Queen Camilla, is smaller by comparison - standing at 5ft 8. But you’ll rarely see Camilla wearing anything higher than two-inch heels, so as not to tower over her royal husband.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Prince Charles is taller than current wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (Credit: Chris Jackson-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

How tall was the Queen?

Queen Elizabeth II was just 5ft 3 inches (1.63m). And whilst she might have once been the most powerful of the bunch, she was certainly the smallest member in the Royal Firm. This is why you saw the 96-year-old Monarch wearing brightly coloured clothes, as she needed to ensure she stands out in a crowd.

According to the Queen’s biographer, Robert Hardman, she once revealed, "I can never wear beige because nobody will know who I am. But, by wearing colour people can say, 'I saw the Queen'."

Body expert Judi says the Queen spent years creating the impression of height through other optical illusions: "The Queen was a bit like Margaret Thatcher in this one respect, that you expect both women to be taller in real life," Judi explains. "This optical illusion comes from the kind of very upright posture that the Queen and Thatcher had back in the day and the fact that they were rarely seen close to other people because of their positions and power. The Queen’s regal bearing created an impression of height."

The Queen

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How tall was Prince Philip?

The Queen’s husband-of- 73-years, Prince Philip, was much taller than her - measuring 6ft (1.83m).

Rumour has it Her Majesty was attracted to the late Prince Phillip’s height and "masculinity". According to royal commentator, Lady Colin Campbell, the Duke of Edinburgh "exuded masculinity from every pore".

Writing in her book, The Queen’s Marriage, she said, "Philip’s masculinity, which I can tell you was potent in person, set him apart. It was akin to that of Sean Connery at the height of his fame as James Bond."

And Judi says it’s in our nature as humans to be attracted to the strongest species to mate with.

"It’s not always true that women are attracted to taller men. But nature does sell us the attraction values of a taller and stronger make to mate with."

She adds, "I believe the Queen was impressed by Philip’s ability to jump over the tennis nets on their first meeting. One of the Queen’s great loves is horses so there had to be a link there as she was admiring his long legs!"

The Queen Prince Philip

The Duke of Edinburgh was significantly taller than his wife Queen Elizabeth. (Credit: Tim Graham/Getty Images)

How tall is Prince Harry?

Prince Harry is 6ft 1 tall (1.86m). This makes him two inches shorter than his brother William, but four inches above the average height for a man in the UK.

Psychologist Timothy A Judge of the University of Florida, says his tall height will help him feel more confident on royal engagements. "The process of literally ‘looking down on others’ may cause one to be more confident," he told the American Psychologist Association.

"Similarly, having others ‘looking up to us’ may instil in tall people more self-confidence."

A close-up of Harry and Meghan walking down some steps

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How tall is Meghan Markle?

According to an old acting CV, the Duchess of Sussex stands at 5ft 6 (1.68m), as reported by the Daily Mail. This is three inches taller than the average woman. But although she’s taller than average, Meghan is still one of the smaller members of the royal family.

Judi explains, “Being small in a social group means you are literally being looked down on, which can suggest visual images or feelings of inferiority.”

While she’s smaller than the Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan uses other forms of body language to exert confidence.

Judi reveals, “The good news is that it doesn’t seem to have impacted negatively on her body language. As she tends to hold herself well and display other confidence signals.”

It might also explain why she’s a big fan of high heels and usually wears shoes with a heel height of 4½ inches.

If you're looking for more inside information about the royal family, here's the reason why Prince Phillip wasn't called king. Elsewhere, here's everything you know about Queen Camilla's children, and we've delved into the details around Charles and Camilla's leaked phone call.

Emily Stedman
Features Editor

Emily Stedman is the former Features Editor for GoodTo covering all things TV, entertainment, royal, lifestyle, health and wellbeing. Boasting an encyclopaedic knowledge on all things TV, celebrity and royals, career highlights include working at HELLO! Magazine and as a royal researcher to Diana biographer Andrew Morton on his book Meghan: A Hollywood Princess. In her spare time, Emily can be found eating her way around London, swimming at her local Lido or curled up on the sofa binging the next best Netflix show.