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The Duchess of Cambridge, a lifelong tennis fan, is the royal patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. The SW19 tennis tournament has been cancelled due to coronavirus, but in a short video called Wimbledon Recreated released today, Kate insisted the wait “will be worth it”. As its patron, Kate has a special relationship with Wimbledon, but it was also where she and the Duchess of Sussex showed the world that they were not at odds, contrary to many reports.
After Prince Harry and Meghan split from Kensington Palace and set up a home at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, there were many rumours that the Duchesses did not get on.
Meghan reportedly made Kate cry during Princess Charlotte’s dress-fitting for her wedding, and royal insiders admitted they were very “different” people.
However, it later emerged that the bad blood was actually between the brothers, with Harry admitting in October 2019 that he and William were “on different paths”.
In July last year, Meghan and Kate publicly demonstrated their friendship by going to Wimbledon together, along with Kate’s sister Pippa.
They were pictured smiling and chatting in the stands and a witness claimed Kate even consoled Meghan after her friend Serena Williams lost the women’s final.
The witness told People magazine: “Kate put her hand out and rubbed Meghan’s back to console her.”
One source told the outlet that the Duchesses’ relationship was actually “strengthening”.
The royal insider added that the sisters-in-law were “genuine and sweet together”.
This evidence flew in the face of months of allegations that Kate and Meghan were the reason behind the royal rift.
While they had appeared in public together a number of times, including the Christmas service and a casual family polo outing, this was the first time they had appeared together without their husbands.
Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter told People: “It illustrated a warm relationship between these women who have young babies and are in similar situations in their lives.”
Indeed, Meghan had only recently given birth to her son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who is now a year old.
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Kate’s children are a little older: Prince George is six, Princess Charlotte is five and Prince Louis is two years old.
Three months after Wimbledon, Harry admitted the reports about his fallout with William were true.
In the ITV documentary ‘Harry & Meghan: An African Journey’, he told Tom Bradby: “Inevitably, you know, stuff happens.
“But we’re brothers, we’ll always be brothers, we’re certainly on different paths at the moment but I’ll always be there for him and I know he’ll always be there for me.
“We don’t see each other as much as we used to, because we’re so busy.
“As brothers, you know, you have good days and bad days.”
More recently, when Harry and Meghan stepped down as senior royals, William was said to be hurt by the announcement, especially because they chose to release their statement the day before Kate’s birthday.
It is especially heartbreaking that it has come to this between Harry and William, given how close they were growing up.
After the devastating loss of their mother in 1997, they relied on each other for support and for years they underwent many joint ventures, with Kate joining them after she married William in 2011.
For example, the three of them worked together on their Heads Together campaign that aimed at getting people to talk about their mental health struggles.
Reflecting on his own experience of mental health issues, Harry also told ITV’s Mr Bradby: “It’s management, it’s constant management.
“I thought I was out of the woods and then suddenly it all came back and I suddenly realised no, this is something I have to manage.”
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