Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton are often pictured together carrying out their royal duties, but there have been rumours of a rift.
The wives of Prince Harry and Prince William were said to have fallen out.
Harry and Meghan’s announcement that they’re moving away from the Cambridges to raise their baby at Frogmore Cottage on the Queen’s Windsor Estate only added fuel to the rumours.
But what do the sisters-in-law really think of each other?
Body language expert Judi James tells Mirror Online that there’s some friction between the very different women.
Here’s what Judi had to say after analysing pictures of Meghan and Kate together…
- Harry has ‘quite a few arguments’ with William as he ‘pulls away from brother’
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge during the first Royal Foundation Forum
For me, the very first signs of potential future rifts between these two women came when they appeared on stage together with their husbands with the objective of re-branding them as some kind of ‘Fab Four’ that would be working together on charitable causes.
Meghan was still using some postural mirroring of Kate as an understandable integration technique into the royal firm but all the poses that seem to show the two women laughing together are slightly misleading.
They admitted immediately that there had been friction and William rose to his feet to emphasise the fact that it was Kate’s project in the way that a spouse often will when protecting their ‘territory’ from a usurper.
Meghan and Kate share a laugh
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Meghan finds something very funny
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Kate was doing what she had done for years: use eye-glances to share jokes with Harry. His gaze stopped short here though, with a very tactile Meghan now getting all the comedy shared with her.
Wimbledon seemed to be the one and only time any effort was made to launch these two women as actual friends.
They laughed together and used head closeness and some eye contact to suggest rapport but since then we have only really seen more formal poses from them, often with a rather regal looking Kate standing in front as Queen to be while Meghan stands behind or to the side, often appearing to study Kate quite intently, either to learn from her protocol experience or possibly to work out what makes her tick.
- Kate Middleton gives adorable update on ‘big boy’ Prince Louis
The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex in the royal box on centre court at Wimbledon
Kate is a rule keeper and royal traditionalist while Meghan appears to be a very hands on fan of change.
While there are no active signs to suggest any actual animosity we are still yet to be treated to any ‘moments’ that might suggest bonding and friendship rather than what risks looking like a hint of frosty-formality.
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