Inside Kate and Meghan’s relationship – feud over bridesmaid dresses and Oprah chat

There has been much speculation about Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton’s relationship over the past five years.

Both married to members of the royal family, the duo have a lot in common but are said to have not always hit it off.

Yesterday marked the first time they have been together since the Duchess of Sussex accused her sister-in-law of making her cry over bridesmaid dresses.

From their first meeting in 2017 to Meghan’s bombastic admission, here’s a look at the sisters-in-law’s relationship.

While royal fans hoped the women would become strong friends, countless reports over the years suggest there have been tensions – with one insider simply saying they are “very different”.

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Although they are the same age, Kate married into the family much earlier

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When Harry and Meghan returned from a trip abroad in 2017, they traveled to Kensington Palace so Markle could finally meet Kate, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand claimed in Finding Freedom.

During that meeting, Meghan gave Kate a leather notebook as a late birthday present, and the meeting ended with Kate letting her know that if she needed anything, she could contact her.

In the Oprah interview, Prince Harry said his family, including Kate, gave Meghan a hug, adding: “You know, my father, my brother, Kate and the rest of the family [they]… were really warm.”

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When asked about Harry and Meghan’s engagement, Kate shared her delight, telling reporters that she and William were “absolutely thrilled”.

The couple were then photographed with Harry and Meghan for the first time when the Queen invited Meghan to attend the Christmas service.







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The couple then got together to talk about their plans for the Royal Foundation in 2018 and their joint charitable projects.

As part of the Q&A, the royals were asked about the challenges of having to work alongside family.

At the event, Prince Harry admitted, “Working with family has its challenges but we’ll be together for the rest of our lives,” before Meghan added, “Being together at its finest.”

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Meghan and Prince Harry have made a number of claims about their time as working members of the royal family – with claims floating around leading up to Meghan making Kate cry during a bridesmaid dress rehearsal.

But during her one-on-one with Oprah, Meghan claimed it was actually Kate who made her cry.

In Andrew Morton’s book Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, the author claimed Kate didn’t have “a lot of energy” to bond with Meghan leading up to the wedding as she was going through a difficult pregnancy with Louis.

Meghan said she has now forgiven Kate, adding that she was a “good person” and that Kate sent her flowers to apologize for the incident – although she gave no details of what sparked the incident and it is still not known for certain.

She also called Middleton a “good person,” adding, “If you love me, you don’t have to hate her. And if you love her, you don’t have to hate me.”

In Andrew Morton’s book, he claimed Meghan bought Kate a bracelet after the much-discussed argument to thank her for her help after the spat.

Morton describes the piece of gold jewelery by the Californian jeweler Lisette Polny as an “elegant peace offering”.

He wrote: “The spit over the bridesmaids’ outfits was now behind them, Meghan had given Kate and her six closest friends gold bracelets designed by California jeweler Lisette Polny as a thank you for their help and support.”

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All eyes were on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry as they took a seat at Westminster Abbey for their latest royal engagement.

The couple joined the Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Commonwealth Day Service just days before they officially stepped down as senior royals.

People were particularly interested in seeing how the Fab Four interacted following countless rumors of a falling out between Diana’s two sons and their wives.

But there was very little interaction between the couples, and Harry and Megan left for Canada afterward.

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Earlier this year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made a secret trip to the UK, where they met the Queen and Prince Charles for talks about “clean air”.

It was the first time Meghan had been back in the country since stepping down as senior royal in early 2020, as the couple headed to the Invictus Games

But William and Kate missed those talks, which royal expert Robert Jobson called “significant”.

He told The Mirror: “Significantly, Prince William and Catherine were not involved in these ‘Clear the Air’ chats.

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Both couples arrived at St Paul’s today to loud cheers from the public as they walked up the steps to the cathedral.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted at the Great West Gate by the Dean of St Paul’s.

They spent a few minutes speaking with the senior minister before entering the place of worship and proceeding to greet the long line of ministers attending today’s Thanksgiving service.

Harry paused to chat with the Archbishop of York, who is later to deliver the homily praising the Queen’s 70-year reign.

Earlier this year, a royal expert claimed the Duchess of Cambridge “won’t forget” how she was treated by her sister-in-law after her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Royal author and editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine Ingrid Seward warned Kate never to forget how she was treated.







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She told the Mirror: “The Duchess of Cambridge will be cordial to Meghan. She is sure to be photographed kissing or hugging you. She has to – it’s part of her job. Your private feelings must remain just that.

“However, Kate will not forget how Meghan treated her. But she knows there’s no point in prolonging a feud that has the potential to be repaired. The Platinum Jubilee is just that opportunity.

Another royal commentator has said that Meghan and Harry are hoping to be as “low profile as possible” during their trip to the UK for The Platinum Jubilee.

Lilibet and Archie will not be attending any public events but it has emerged that their daughter, who turns one tomorrow, had her first chance to meet the Queen last night.

Omid Scobie, the author of Finding Freedom, told BBC Breakfast: “I’ve spoken to people close to the couple … who said they want to be as unobtrusive as possible during this journey.

“It’s hard to believe but I think Trooping the Color yesterday was a great example. We haven’t actually seen them on TV cameras.”

He added that the couple have a “warm and close” relationship with the Queen.

He also spoke about Lilibet’s upcoming first birthday on June 4th.

He said: “These moments with Lilibet are very private between you and the Queen,” and that final evening in Windsor would have been the first time Her Majesty had met her namesake in person.

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