We didn’t expect this.
The two women, both 37, are said to have fallen out for several reasons, with the most reported being Meghan allegedly ‘making Kate cry’ during Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress fitting, her decision to relocate to Frogmore Cottage instead of becoming Kate and Wills’ neighbours, and reportedly Meghan’s treatment of her staff.
The speculation has grown so loud in fact that Kensington Palace was forced to step in to shut down the rumours and the royal family have now issued a set of social media guidelines to end the online abuse.
It has recently emerged however that the highly publicised feud between the two women actually has nothing to do with them at all.
According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, it’s the brothers not the sisters-in-law that started the divide.
‘William was quite concerned that the relationship had moved so quickly,’ Katie Nicholl explained in the documentary, Kate V. Meghan: Princesses at War?. ‘And being close to Harry, probably the only person close enough to say to Harry, “This seems to be moving quickly, are you sure?”’
She continued: ‘I think what was meant as well-intended brotherly advice just riled Harry. Harry is hugely protective of Meghan. He saw that as criticism. He interpreted that as his brother not really being behind this marriage, this union, and I don’t think things have been quite right ever since.’
‘It’s actually that William and Harry have had a rift,’ agreed Nick Mullen who has been making TV programmes about the royal family for almost 20 years, via Fox News. ‘All brothers fall out. All families fall out. Their fallout at the moment is becoming public.’
He continued to explain how according to a ‘well-placed’ source, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth ‘are working incredibly hard to try and make sure everybody reunites’.
So why did the focus fall onto Kate and Meghan? According to Bullen, it’s ‘a much sexier story to have two duchesses at war.’
‘Let’s have these two super-glamorous women - one British, one American. One an actress, one sort of an English rose. Let’s put them against each other,’ he explained.
Well, we didn’t expect that.
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