Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's chat with Oprah Winfrey has become a thorn in the side of the royal family across the pond.
What are families without some drama and conflict? However, when you are rich and famous, the family conflict can become global in scale. For example, the British royal family, who seem to be feuding from across the Atlantic. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's chat with Oprah Winfrey has become a thorn in the side of the royal family across the pond. And, Prince William and Kate Middleton seem to be making sure that they present a united and strong front since then.
Middleton and Markle have been positioned on opposite ends by the media for a long time, and the latter's claims that her sister-in-law made her cry has not gone down well with the family. Perhaps, it's the fact that both women are the same age that they are compared against each other more. However, the rivalry might have become real, even if it wasn't so earlier.
An excerpt from upcoming book Finding Freedom, a biography of Markle and Harry, has claimed that Middleton didn't make much of an effort to be friends with Markle. “Meghan would agree with the assessment that the duchesses were not the best of friends,” royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote, according to Grazia. “Their relationship hadn’t progressed much since [Markle] was Harry’s girlfriend."
The Duchess of Sussex, who is pregnant with her second child, had reportedly hoped that the Duchess of Cambridge would act as her guide as "an outsider to the firm" but that didn't work out. "Meghan was disappointed that she and Kate hadn’t bonded over the position they shared, but she wasn’t losing sleep over it," they write. Markle also expected that Middleton would check in on her when she was having a hard time with the press, but that too didn't happen. Their relationship was hardly functional, it seems.
After the Winfrey interview, Middleton has sent some sheathed messages to the Sussexes, it is being claimed. Actress Jenny Eclair wrote in The Independent column about the current situation, and she chose to support Middleton.
"Kate, it seems, isn't going to allow herself, William or her children to get walked over. She is fighting back," wrote Eclair. Middleton won the hearts of her country people by visiting Sarah Everard's vigil on Clapham Common to lay flowers in March. She also shared candid birthday snaps from Prince Louis' third birthday, showing their "ordinary" side.
In comparison, Markle and Harry only shared a photo of Archie's back on his second birthday. The Sussexes have always maintained that they want to keep their son away from the spotlight.
Prince William and Middleton, who celebrated 10 years together, also seemed like any other family in a video shared from the seaside. They also launched their YouTube channel to give greater insight into their work and life.
The two sisters-in-law have also marked their presence in publishing by releasing books. While Middleton's is a book on photography, Markle's is a children's book.
"I know it is wrong to cast these two women as royal soap opera rivals, but I can't help it - and until recently I wouldn't have put my money on Kate taking the upper hand. But these days, if I were Meghan, in the unlikely event that they should end up at the same pool party, I wouldn't stand too close to Kate - she's tougher than I gave her credit for," wrote Eclair.
However, Markle had addressed this "polarity" in the now-infamous interview. "So much of what I have seen play out is this idea of polarity," she said, according to Vogue. "If you love me, you don’t have to hate her. And if you love her, you don’t need to hate me," she added.
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