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Almost immediately after discovering that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were a thing, long before their engagement, the rumour mill was trying to stir up a rivalry between the new girlfriend and the only other significant woman in Harry’s life, Duchess Kate. But the ladies haven’t taken the bait. On the contrary, People reports that, if anything, Kate has taken Meghan under her wing and the future sisters-in-law have already formed quite a bond.

“I’m sure Kate will do all she can to help Meghan,” a source in Kate’s hometown of Bucklebury tells the magazine. “She had audiences with Queen Elizabeth quite often and was taught to behave like a future Queen.”

Meghan has adjusted to royal life quite swimmingly — and she’s not even an official royal. Sure, she might not be used to this level of scrutiny but she has lived in the public eye for several years so it’s not completely foreign to her. In addition, an insider called her “funny and serious and extremely hard-working” so when it comes down to it, she’s got that part of the royal duties covered. But being tight with Kate definitely gives her an added advantage.

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Kate’s the only other person who knows what it’s like to go from leading a pretty normal life to living in this merciless royal world. It wasn’t surprising to learn during their engagement interview that Kate and Prince William were among the first they told about their relationship. Meghan called Kate “wonderful” and Harry said his brother and sister-in-law have been “fantastic support.” Not surprising since the brothers have always been close, as have Harry and Kate. Adding Meghan to the mix only makes this foursome stronger.

The fact that the two couples are neighbours also helps, allowing for many of their get-togethers to go down away from prying eyes. Those intimate moments connect people, particularly these two women, one of whom can learn a lot from the other in preparation for this unique role she’s embarking on.

Meghan and Kate aren’t just about to become sisters-in-law. They’re going to be neighbours, work partners and they’ll be seeing one another at the same events and family functions. If Meghan and Harry decide to have kids, Kate will be able to guide her — and we all know how strongly moms bond.

Both women’s privacy is a thing of the past, but since they’ve found someone going through the same thing, they’re going to latch on to the other, like a lifeline. The ride they’re on is already a wild one but now that they have each other to lean on, things just got a whole lot easier.

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