The much-publicized rift between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle seems to delve far deeper than mere disagreements over trivial matters. Initially, when Markle and Prince Harry’s relationship came to light in 2016, it appeared that the “Suits” actor and Middleton would form a close bond. However, signs soon emerged suggesting an absence of friendliness between Markle and the now-Princess of Wales. Reports by the Telegraph indicated a clash in 2018 over a flower girl’s dress fitting for Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry, leading to Middleton in tears. Yet, Prince Harry’s memoir “Spare” offers a conflicting account, suggesting it was Middleton who became emotional following a tense exchange with her future sister-in-law regarding the dress (as per Page Six).
Further strained incidents between Markle and Middleton are detailed in Prince Harry’s memoir. According to Express, he recalled an instance when Markle requested to borrow Middleton’s lip gloss before an event. Prince Harry described how Middleton reluctantly handed over the gloss, which Markle applied, causing Kate to react with discomfort. The relationship did not improve after Prince Harry and Markle decided to step back from their royal duties, with reports from an expert suggesting Middleton’s feigned horror at the mention of her sister-in-law’s name.
Despite maintaining a cordial facade in public, behind closed doors, Middleton and Markle reportedly share a strained relationship. Omid Scobie’s book “Endgame” shed light on Middleton’s apparent discomfort, claiming she “jokingly shivers” at the mention of Markle’s name, as reported by Page Six. Scobie alleged that the two royals had minimal interaction for several years, aside from brief pleasantries. A source noted Middleton’s enduring fondness for Harry and the moments they shared, but expressed an inability to trust Harry and Meghan after their revealing interviews.
Scobie’s portrayal of Middleton in “Endgame” drew criticism, with claims of portraying her as “cold” for supposedly disregarding Markle’s struggles within the palace, as reported by The Irish Sun. The book suggested Middleton lacked interest in forging a close bond with the Duchess of Sussex.
Subsequently, Scobie faced backlash from fellow royal experts. The Daily Mail reported Robert Jobson questioning Scobie’s intentions, wondering if he was trying to align himself with Harry and Meghan. Another expert, Richard Fitzwilliam, criticized Scobie’s understanding of Middleton and Prince William, citing a critical review of “Endgame” in the New York Times that highlighted his lack of insight.
The intricate dynamics between Middleton and Markle, fraught with reported tensions and differing perspectives, remain a subject of intense scrutiny and speculation within royal circles.