Princess Kate and Meghan Markle’s complex relationship started off on the right foot, with the two aligning themselves together in a fast friendship after meeting in January 2017. However, rumors of a growing rift between the two soon begun to plague the royal family.
Before she tied the knot with Prince Harry in May 2018, the Suits alum got some expert pointers from her soon-to-be sister-in-law. A source told Us Weekly at the time that Kate told Meghan “that if she ever needed anything, she shouldn’t hesitate to get in touch, even if it’s just to get a crash course on her new collection of aides.”
The Princess of Wales welcomed the California native as “a breath of fresh air,” and the positive feelings were mutual. “[Meghan] really admires how Kate has carved out her own space when it comes to humanitarian work alongside being an amazing mother,” the insider continued.
Though they often put on a united front with their royal spouses, didn’t take long for whispers of competition between the two women to spread. Reports of a heated interaction before Meghan and Harry’s wedding emerged in 2018, claiming that Meghan left Kate in tears over Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress. Nearly three years later, Meghan claimed “the reverse of that happened,” though Kate ultimately “owned it and … apologized.”
Scroll down for an in-depth look at Meghan and Kate’s relationship through the years: