Duchess Kate and Meghan Markle
Reports first surfaced in November 2018 that sisters-in-law Kate and Meghan were not getting along. Speculation increased after the former actress and Harry decided to move from London to Windsor, which is further away from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s home in Kensington Palace. One source told Us at the time that Kate felt like “Meghan had used her to climb the royal ladder.”
Another insider told Us in January 2019, however, that the two women made up over Christmas at the queen’s request. “[The queen] reached her limit with all the drama,” the insider said. “She desperately wanted Meghan and Kate to make up and she got her wish!” Plus, the source added, “Being under the same roof meant that they couldn’t avoid each other.”
While the two women made up over Christmas in 2018, a source told Us in September 2019 that they will “never be best friends” because they are “from two totally different worlds.”
Their relationship was strained again when Harry and Meghan announced their plans to step back from the royal family in January 2020. “Kate and Meghan have not spoken since [the royal exit] happened,” an insider told Us at the time.
Meghan addressed speculation about her relationship with Kate for the first time during her CBS tell-all interview in March 2021, citing the two women arguing over Princess Charlotte’s dress for the May 2018 nuptials as a “turning point” for Meghan’s relationship with the family.
“The narrative with Kate, it didn’t happen,” Meghan said. “A few days before the wedding she was upset about flower girl dresses and it made me cry. It really hurt my feelings. … What was hard to get over was being blamed for something that not only I didn’t do but that happened to me. Everyone in the institution knew it wasn’t true. … I’m not sharing that piece about Kate in any way to be disparaging to her. I think it’s really important for people to understand the truth.”
The former actress also noted that it’s not fair for the royal family to compare Kate and Meghan’s struggles with the British press.
“If members of his family say, ‘Well, this is what happened to all of us’ or if they can compare what the experience that I went through was similar to what has been shared with us — Kate was called ‘Waity Katie’ waiting to marry William. While I imagine that was really hard, and I do, I can’t picture what that felt like. This is not the same,” Meghan said. “And if a member of this family will comfortably say, ‘We’ve all had to deal with things that are rude.’ Rude and racist are not the same. And equally, you’ve also had a press team that goes on the record to defend you, especially when they know some things are not true. And that didn’t happen for us.”Back to top