Us Weekly: Kate Middleton Is Reportedly Incredibly Hurt by Meghan & Harry's Decision to Step Back as Senior Royals

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is reportedly hurt by Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry's New Year's decision to step back as senior Royals and take up independent work.

The decision of the Royal family of Sussex to take a step back from Royal duties as Senior Royals has left the world in a frenzy. 

According to a report by US Weekly, one of those most shaken by the sudden development is the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge joins families and children who are supported by the charity Family Action at Peterley Manor Farm | Photo: Getty Images

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge joins families and children who are supported by the charity Family Action at Peterley Manor Farm | Photo: Getty Images

KATE IS INCREDIBLY HURT

An insider revealed to the news outlet that the Duchess of Cambridge had been impacted by Meghan Markle and Harry's shocker announcement. The source explained:

"Kate's incredibly hurt too. She acted as a mentor to Harry before Meghan came into the picture and hates seeing her husband so upset."

The source also explained that Kate's husband, Prince Williams was upset, and felt let down by his brother's "reckless" and "selfish" actions, adding that the younger prince has thrown all the good advice of his brother back in his face.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre in London, England | Photo: Getty Images

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre in London, England | Photo: Getty Images

THE BREWING FAMILY CRISIS

The Sussex Royals' decision to embrace financial independence, and change their terms of service to the monarchy, while splitting their time between the United Kingdom and North America has come off as upsetting to many.

The Royal duo have refused to resolve their differences

Since Meghan and Harry made their mind-blowing decision, speculations about the "true" reason surrounding the move have come to limelight, with most dwelling on the ongoing crisis between the royal brothers.

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA

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THE QUEEN'S REACTION

The Queen of England responded to the brewing feud shortly after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex laid out their intentions. The Queen's Buckingham Palace office released a statement, noting that the issue was yet inconclusive.

It read:

"We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through."

A source has revealed that the Queen was furious, but was more focused on encouraging the brothers to "put on a united front." However, the Royal duo have refused to resolve their differences, with both remaining adamant.

Queen Elizabeth II tours Queen Mother Square in Poundbury, Dorset | Photo: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II tours Queen Mother Square in Poundbury, Dorset | Photo: Getty Images

A LONG TIME FEUD

Appeal from other members of the Royal family to urge the brothers to resolve their differences hasn't yielded much. This has given life to long upheld speculation that the brothers have been at loggerheads for years.

It can be recalled that last November, the brothers, along with their Duchesses graced the Royal Albert Hall for the Festival of Remembrance Service, with the brothers twinning up in dark suits paired with red and wine striped tie.

 Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a service marking the centenary of WW1 armistice at Westminster Abbey  | Photo: Getty Images

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a service marking the centenary of WW1 armistice at Westminster Abbey | Photo: Getty Images

Addressing the fued, a Royal insider confirmed that there was indeed a divide between them, but they were made to grace the occasion as part of their duties to the family.

The Royal feud has progressed beyond what anyone would have anticipated; the world is looking up to the Princes to reach an amicable resolution.

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