Meghan Markle and Kate's 'rift' discussed by Malone
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are likely still buzzing from their first joint appearance since the birth of their daughter, Lilibet. They recently spoke at Global Citizen’s 24-hour TV marathon, in which they urged the world’s leaders to take notice of COVID-19 vaccine inequality. From the Great Lawn in Central Park, Harry said: “Are we prepared to do what is necessary to end this pandemic?”
Soon after, Meghan added: “There is so much that we can do today, now, that can get us closer to ending this pandemic and that’s why we’re all here.”
The speech is characteristic of the direction they have attempted to move since leaving the Royal Family last year.
Royal watchers have been unable to pinpoint an exact event that forced their move, rather cataloguing a series of incidents that led up to the fateful departure.
Among one of the tensions reported during Meghan and Harry’s time with the Firm was a so-called ‘feud’ between the Duchess of Sussex and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.
Many royal experts later dismissed the notion of any such feud.
This included Carole Malone, who revealed what she believed was the real reason behind the ‘feud’ during Channel 5’s documentary, ‘Royals At War’.
She said: “I think more was made of the rift between Meghan and Kate in the beginning, because there were lots of stories about how Meghan hadn’t felt welcomed by Kate when she first came to live in this country.
“There were stories about Meghan’s high-handedness.
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“There were stories about how Meghan had made Kate cry in the lead-up to the wedding, and about an altercation about little Charlotte’s dress.
“So there was all of that, and that was kind of put down to this simmering feud between them, and also, I suspect there was a bit of competition between the pair of them.
“And I think that probably masked the real problem, which was the rift between the boys.”
Meghan addressed the reports that she had left Kate in tears during her interview with the US talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
She claimed the event happened the other way around.
She said: “The narrative with Kate – which didn’t happen – was really, really difficult and something that… I think that’s when everything changed really.”
When asked whether she had made Kate cry, or could have made Kate cry, Meghan said: “No, no. The reverse happened.”
Other explanations have been offered in a bid to explain the tensions that unfolded between the Sussexes and Cambridges.
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Tom Quinn, a royal author, speaking to Channel 5’s documentary, ‘Meghan & Harry: Two Troubled Years’ suggested the real animosity came after the couple moved into the Cottage that is situated within the grounds of Kensington Palace.
He pinpointed the residence, a small home compared to William and Kate’s large apartment, as having “led to friction”.
Mr Quinn said: “Nottingham Cottage […] is tiny compared to the enormous double apartment that Kate and William have.
“It was being pointed out to them in no uncertain terms that they weren’t in the first division, because that place is held by William and Kate.
“Inevitably that led to friction.
“In Meghan’s world, if you’re determined enough, you can get to the top.
“But Meghan can’t, she can’t get to the top whatever she does.”
In late 2018, Kensington Palace confirmed that Meghan and Harry would leave the cottage the following year.
Reports had initially suggested they would make the 21-bedroom apartment next door to Kate and William their home.
But they instead took Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
Spending £2.4million of taxpayers’ money refurbishing Frogmore, they left for North America, something which caused furore in Britain.
They later paid back the sum.
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