Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have been surrounded by rumours of distance, though there is now said to be a sweet sign the sisters-in-law could be healing their relationship.
- Kate Middleton has reportedly been “reaching out” to Meghan Markle following the birth of the Sussexes’ first daughter, Lilibet Diana.
- The Duchess of Cambridge is said to be keen to “build up a relationship” with her sister-in-law despite recent rumours of distance.
- In other royal news, the heartwarming reason why Prince Harry could return to the UK has been revealed.
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle’s relationship has been under the spotlight ever since shocking rumours circulated following Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May 2018. Meghan Markle's wedding dress stole the show on the day, though some reports alleged at the time that the Duchess of Sussex brought her sister-in-law to tears over the bridesmaid dresses. However, Meghan later addressed this in her and Harry’s Oprah interview, suggesting it was the other way round.
Now it's been suggested that Kate and Meghan are working on healing their relationship. Prince Harry and Meghan announced the birth of their first daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana last month and fans were quick to praise Prince William and Kate for their “classy” response. And it seems the arrival of baby Lilibet could have changed things between the two duchesses for the better.
“Kate has been reaching out to Meghan a lot more since [Lilibet] was born, she’s sending [notes and] gifts and trying to build up a relationship,” a source claimed to Us Weekly.
“The firm has been instructing staffers to reach out more to Harry and Meghan to get them to soften a bit.”
Though the reports have not been confirmed, the arrival of another cousin for Kate's own children George, Charlotte and Louis could very well have inspired the duchess to reach out to her sister-in-law. Meghan is also understood to be fond of sending handwritten notes and is believed to have sent one to accompany a beautiful wreath for Prince Philip's funeral in April. The idea that Kate might now be reaching out via personal notes following Lilibet's birth could be seen as particularly heartfelt in light of this.
This comes just months after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s “tell-all” Oprah interview aired. During the CBS special, Prince Harry and Meghan opened up on royal life and the intense scrutiny they found themselves under before they decided to "step back" as senior members of the Royal Family. It's been suggested that Kate hoped Prince Harry and Meghan could be "pulled back in" to the royal fold prior to the interview.
It was during the 2 hour special that Meghan set the record straight on the rumours she made Kate cry, claiming to Oprah: “The reverse happened. And I don't say that to be disparaging to anyone."
Meghan continued: "A few days before the wedding, she was upset about something pertaining to flower girl dresses. And it made me cry. It really hurt my feelings, and I thought in the context of everything else that was going on in those days leading to the wedding, it didn't make sense to not be just doing whatever everyone else is doing, which was trying to be supportive knowing what was going on with my dad and whatnot."
However, the Duchess of Sussex later discussed with Oprah how Kate apologized to her and took “accountability” for the flower girl dresses incident.
“[She] owned it, and she apologized, and she brought me flowers and a note apologizing. She did what I would do if I knew that I hurt someone, to just take accountability for it," Meghan added.
The Duchess of Sussex also described her sister-in-law as a “good person”, explaining to viewers of the CBS special that “if you love me, you don't have to hate her. If you love her, you don't need to hate me."
Kate Middleton's uncle has since disputed the claims that Kate made Meghan cry and the Duchess of Cambridge has not officially addressed them.
It’s not yet known when Kate Middleton will get to meet her new niece in person, though it is lovely to think that she and Meghan Markle could have been brought closer in recent weeks following Lilibet's arrival.
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