Speculation and rumors about the strained relationship between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have been swirling for years. But now, a Royal insider has shed some light on why their once-close bond fell apart. Royal expert Camilla Tominey has identified five key moments that seemed to mark the point of no return for the two Duchesses. Let's dive into the alleged root of their rift and how it only seemed to go from bad to worse.
1. Playing 'Second Fiddle'
One significant turning point in Kate and Meghan's relationship, according to Tominey, was the Royal Foundation Forum in February 2018. On this public platform, Meghan took the spotlight with a passionate monologue about women's empowerment, deviating from the Forum's focus on mental health. This move may have made Kate uncomfortable, as she seemed to politicize the event. Additionally, Meghan may have felt overshadowed by the more established Royal couple, William and Kate, and the well-established Royal Foundation.
2. Lukewarm Reception
The seeds of a rift between Kate and Meghan may have been sown during their first meeting in 2016. Kate and William reportedly didn't have the best first impression of Meghan. Kate, in particular, remained in the garden playing with the children instead of greeting Meghan when she was introduced. This lukewarm reception may have set the tone for their relationship.
3. Meghan's 'Wokery'
Broader issues may have also contributed to the rift. Camilla suggests that friends of Prince Harry and Meghan raised concerns following a shooting party at Sandringham. Meghan apparently challenged every guest whose conversation went against her values, which led some friends to question her supposed "wokery." This incident may have dampened the party atmosphere and caused tension between the couples.
4. Wedding Snub
External factors may have further strained Kate and Meghan's relationship. One notable incident was when Pippa Middleton, Kate's younger sister, did not invite Harry and Meghan to her wedding in May 2017. The Sussexes were reportedly upset by this snub, fearing that Meghan would upstage the bride. Although Pippa eventually invited them to the evening reception, the incident may have created tension, especially when it came to seating arrangements.
5. Nickname Controversy
Another bone of contention between Kate and Meghan was Meghan's choice of nickname for her sister-in-law. While the rest of the family referred to Kate as "Catherine," Meghan insisted on calling her "Kate." This seemingly small detail may have added to the growing tension between the two Duchesses.
These five key moments shed light on the complex relationship between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. While there may be more to the story, these incidents appear to have played a significant role in driving a wedge between the two women.