Apparently, the improvement in their relationship began after the birth of Meghan and Harry's daughter Lilibet.
This pandemic has been devastating for all, even Buckingham Palace as the royals found themselves surrounded by drama. But it seems like Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have decided to put the rocky year behind them and work on building their relationship. "Meghan and Kate are actually getting along really well and have been in touch more often," a source told Us Weekly. "Meghan and Kate’s relationship was never that close. And now they’re closer than ever and working on their relationship for the sake of the family."
Apparently, the improvement began after the birth of Meghan and Harry's daughter Lilibet. The Duchess has frequently been in touch with her sister-in-law ever since then. "They’re in a better place and have exchanged texts since the birth of Lilibet," an insider said previously. "They’ve bonded over both having daughters and can’t wait for all the cousins to meet." Kate shares Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3, with Prince William. "Kate has been reaching out to Meghan a lot more since [Lili] was born, she’s sending [notes and] gifts and trying to build up a relationship," noted another insider.
Meghan, a mother-of-two, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, have had a complicated relationship, especially after the former and her husband Prince Harry gave an explosive interview on CBS in March. There were many grave accusations made against the Royal family in the due course of their tell-all. The author of Bench even claimed that her sister-in-law made her cry just before her May 2018 wedding to Prince Harry.
While initial reports suggested that it was Meghan who reportedly left Kate in tears following an argument, the former Suits actress claimed that it was the other way around. "The narrative with Kate, it didn’t happen," said the Duchess of Sussex during her interview with Oprah Winfrey. "A few days before the wedding she was upset about flower girl dresses and it made me cry. It really hurt my feelings." Meghan also noted that Kate did sort out the misunderstanding with her afterward. "It was a really hard week of the wedding. And she was upset about something, but she owned it, and she apologized. And she brought me flowers and a note, apologizing," she added.
After the interview aired, an insider close to the Royals claimed that the women had not spoken to each other in a year. Apparently, the growing tension between them was in part due to Harry and Williams' ongoing rift. "There is real animosity that the brothers have toward one another, and that has spilled over to Meghan and Kate’s relationship, making it very hard for them to be friends or even friendly," the source revealed in March. Although Prince Philip's recent death presented an opportunity for the brothers to reconcile, they just weren't able to move past their differences. A source also claimed that William was upset with Meghan for throwing his wife under the bus.
"First and foremost, William cannot countenance the way Meghan has treated his wife. Kate attempted to try and help Meghan understand the responsibilities of royal life, but her efforts were constantly misinterpreted," the insider shared. "But to name Kate so publicly during the Oprah interview as the person who made her cry was beyond the pale. Meghan would have been acutely aware that Kate is powerless to fight back."
Even Penny Juror, the Royal author, said, "I would have thought one of the things William was most cross about was the fact that Meghan threw Kate under the bus. It wasn't Harry, but it was his wife, and he must have known that she was going to do that and he clearly hasn't corrected it in any way. I must say I would be pretty damn cross." But four months later, another source revealed that Meghan and Kate had put the wedding incident behind them saying, "It’s wasted energy. They’ve called a truce." Following the birth of their second child, Lilibet, in early June, the family seems to have become closer.
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