Royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand talk about a strained friendship between Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. Moreover, the tension between the two duchesses would have been born from their first meeting, according to their unofficial biography Finding Freedom. The reason for this tension is said to be simply because the two royals are “very different” from each other. This biography also claims that being married to brothers didn’t make it any easier. Not to mention the fact that the Duchess of Sussex, 40, and the Duchess of Cambridge, 40, have never been very close.
Recall that Prince Harry, 37, introduced Meghan Markle, his girlfriend at the time, to Prince William and Kate Middleton at Kensington Palace. This a few months after the start of their relationship. Only, Meghan Markle would have been disappointed in realizing that Kate Middleton was “an extremely cautious person with a very close-knit group of friends – which prevented the two women from getting closer”, according to the claims of the book. The authors also claim that although disappointed by this aspect of the mother of George, Charlotte and Louis, Meghan Markle did not lose sleep over it.
Princess Charlotte of Cambridge eased tensions between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle
The book written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand highlights the role of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, 6, in this conflict between the two duchesses. Indeed, the adoration of Meghan Markle for Charlotte of Cambridge would have made the tensions disappear. Note that at the start of their relationship, the Sussexes lived at Kensington Palace right next to the Cambridge home. Which allowed the mother of Archie, 2, and Lilibet, 7, to spend a lot of time with Princess Charlotte, Prince George, 8, and Prince Louis, 3.
This closeness to the children has greatly motivated both parties to put their differences aside. Especially when children were present. The fact that Prince Harry’s wife gifted a soft leather Smythson notebook to Prince William’s wife also helped bring the two women closer together. Only, the book underlines the fact that Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have never been close. It also highlights the tensions between Princes William and Harry.
Catherine Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex © AGENCY