Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have never publicly addressed their rumoured rift, but the sisters-in-law appear to be mending their relationship with two public outings this month. In a new cover story for People Magazine, sources close to the Duchesses say that motherhood has helped bring the women back together. That’s great news, because no one needs support more than moms.
Kate, along with her three children, Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, 1, spent a day at the polo field last week, where they cheered on Prince William. The outing marked the first official playdate for the youngest royals with their new cousin, two-month old Archie. The newborn spent the afternoon in mom Meghan’s arms, who was there to watch husband Prince Harry ride a horse and hit a ball. That’s polo, right? It’s not huge in Canada.
Pictures of the day at the polo field didn’t show much interaction between Kate and Meghan, but we chalk that up to the stress of trying to watch children and keep them away from horses and flying polo balls (we assume that’s what they’re called). The women had more time to chat this past weekend when they attended a Wimbledon match together, joined by Kate’s sister Pippa, a new mom herself.
The trio were on hand to cheer on Meghan’s friend Serena Williams, who lost to Simona Halep at the women’s single final on Saturday. According to an insider, Kate and Meghan “were genuine and sweet together,” adding “Kate put her hand out and rubbed Meghan’s back to console her” following Williams’ defeat.
Speaking with People Magazine, royal commentator Victoria Arbiter told the magazine that Saturday’s public appearance at the tennis tournament “…illustrated a warm relationship between these women who have young babies and are in similar situations in their lives.”
Noting that the women have recently bonded over motherhood, royals author Robert Lacey adds that Kate and Meghan have found their way back to one another because of their unique shared situation. “Coming from different backgrounds, I think, they have more the makings of a team than people imagined,” says Lacey. “And they have a common interest as partners to these two men who are so crucial to the monarchy, along with their children.”
Another royal source adds that the pair’s relationship, as well as the relationship between their husbands, has been improved since Harry and Meghan opted to move out of Kensington Palace and set up their own private residence at the nearby Frogmore Cottage. The move preceded the foursome’s decision to split their Royal Foundation, with Kate and Prince William staying on while Prince Harry and Meghan opted to create their own foundation. It looks like both the physical and work distance have helped, with a source telling People Mag that the new changes are “allowing them more time to be like family.” Good fences make good neighbours, and in the case of the royals, good in-laws.