Royal expert explains the alleged feud between Meghan and Kate and its possible consequences
In recent weeks, Meghan Markle has been stirring headlines for allegedly feuding with Kate Middleton, her new sister-in-law. Royal experts gather the reports may be true to a certain degree where the first signs of distress appeared in November when The Telegraph reported that Meghan, aged 37, made Kate, aged 36, cry over a quarrel concerning bridesmaid dresses for the former 'Suits' star’s wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry, 34. It seems rather petty, don't' you agree?
The American actress said “I do” to Harry in a televised wedding ceremony in May of this year. There has been such a lot of drama and rumors when it comes to Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton. According to the royal insiders, these are “two very different women”, and many factors have led to their reported feud. We take a closer look at why these two seem to be at war with each other, and you may need to brace yourselves for a shocker.
The alleged anxiety between the two duchesses has been broadly rumored as the motive behind the announcement of Meghan and Harry moving out of London’s Kensington Palace, where Middleton lives with her husband and Harry’s older brother, Prince William, aged 36.
Royal expert Leslie Carroll, who recently published a book entitled 'American Princess: The Love Story of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry', told Fox News that although she didn’t think there was an ongoing war between Meghan and Kate, she wasn’t shocked the two women may have fought at times. She stated:
“I think they’re very different women. They seem to get along very well as professionals, as two duchesses who are going to be working together on charitable things. But they do have very different personalities. Kate is obviously very British. She’s very reserved and quiet. She’s going to be the future queen, so she’s doing everything she’s supposed to do. And in comes this whirlwind of an American who is ambitious and has a social conscience.”
Carroll denoted that at the time of the incident involving the bridesmaid dresses, Kate was still recuperating from giving birth to her third child, Prince Louis, on April 23. Hence, it was totally natural for her to have been in a more emotional state while Meghan was trying to navigate her new life leading up to the royal wedding. Carroll then stated:
“Kate was post-partum at that time. She’s hormonal and sensitive. And the first thing anyone has ever said about Meghan was how kind she was. Her sorority sisters, her former teachers — the first word that came to anyone’s mind was ‘kind’. So the fact that Meghan was not kind implies other things were going on … She had so much on her plate, it wouldn’t have been surprising if she did snap.”
The editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, Ingrid Seward, has been covering the royal family since 1980s and has written over 20 books on the subject. Her latest, 'My Husband and I', dissects the marriage of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, and she wholeheartedly agrees with Carroll’s analysis.
“People forget Meghan is an LA girl. It’s very different for her to suddenly come here and marry into the royal family. It’s very, very difficult. I think Meghan thought she had an ally in Kate. But everything happened so quickly. Kate was pregnant and unwell. And then she had a new baby. So she couldn’t give Meghan the attention she expected. And I think that’s when things started to sour."
Both experts acknowledge that Meghan and Harry’s plans to live in Frogmore Cottage has absolutely nothing to do with a so-called dispute shaking the monarchy. They said Harry had always longed to leave London for quiet, more private meadows. Then Seward continued:
“I’m afraid there is (some) truth in these stories. I don’t think it’s so much of a rivalry as much as these are two very different women that just don’t have to be the best of friends. Why should they?”
Then Seward said:
“I don’t think Harry moving out has anything to do about a fallout with his brother. Kensington Palace is a huge enclave. It’s like a village. And Harry always felt very restrictive living there. He has said as much. And I think he wanted to be away from Kensington Palace and the royals there. Maybe he wasn’t getting on with his brother as he used to, but families are like that. You don’t have to get on with your sibling all the time.”
In Carroll's opinion, the move made complete sense for Meghan and Harry, who are expecting their first child in the spring. The extreme analysis surrounding Meghan, both royal experts say, is partially due to her father’s side of the family frequently conversing with the press. Meghan’s half-sister Samantha, in particular, has openly criticized her famous sibling on social media, insisting the royal has made no attempts in connecting with their father.
“They really want to be outside of the public. Harry has always felt that he couldn’t protect his mother, Princess Diana, from the paparazzi so he’s trying to do that for Meghan.”
Carroll shared that while the palace was known for overlooking tabloids, this wouldn’t prevent Meghan’s family from expressing themselves. Seward said that the absence of communication between Meghan and her father, 74-year-old Thomas Markle, who was noticeably missing on her wedding day, has only stoked more speculation, recoiling any efforts made by the palace to stay low. Samantha stated:
“I think it would be nice if Meghan did reach out to her father and have a quiet sit-down somewhere that’s not the palace and introduce him to his grandchild."
“I think it’s sad for Meghan. And I think the British people find it very difficult to understand that she doesn’t have any contact with her father. I think they also find it difficult to understand that she and Harry didn’t even go to meet the father before they got engaged. I think the trouble goes back there.
Decidedly wanting to get her word across, she then said:
"Before any of these problems surfaced, why didn’t they go over there or get him to come over here, make him feel welcome, as you would with any in-law? Especially when it reflects badly on Meghan and Harry. No one comes out a winner in this situation. Remember, the father didn’t speak to the media initially. He kept very quiet … So he was not at fault. Had they made the effort to go visit him, these problems may not have risen. He’s never met Harry, which is quite odd. I don’t understand it.”
Despite the adversarial publicity Markle has been experiencing, Carroll noted she did have an ally in Prince Charles, Harry’s father. The 70-year-old, who is next in line to the throne, walked Meghan down the aisle on her wedding day after her own father wasn’t able to make it after declaring he required heart surgery.
Insistent on sharing her point of view, Carroll then added:
“Prince Charles said Meghan was the best thing that ever happened to Harry. Who would have thought Charles had this warm and fuzzy side to him? He’s got a framed photograph of him walking Meghan down the aisle. Obviously, he appreciates strong women. That’s the Camilla factor, the strong woman in his life.”
Both royal experts announced reports of a rivalry between Meghan and Kate would dissolve as the press directed their attention on the next sizzling scandal. However, both predicted the intense scrutiny circling Meghan would only increase once she gave birth next year. Then finally concluding:
“The reason why we are obsessed with the royal family is that it is a 1000-year-old soap opera."
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