Royal sister-in-laws Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have called a truce following months of strain on their relationship, a source revealed in an exclusive interview recently.
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton are said to be "in a better place" after putting differences aside following Prince Harry’s trip to the UK.
"Tensions have eased between Meghan and Kate," an insider told Us Weekly. The source referenced the pair's complicated relationship since Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, gave their tell-all interview to CBS this year.
Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour 2018 on June 9, 2018 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images
THE SISTERLY FEUD
The insider continued, “Kate even sent Meghan a gift for the baby. They are in a better place and have exchanged texts since the birth of Lilibet.”
After the interview in March, a source revealed the two ladies had not communicated in over a year because of the feud between their spouses.
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a service at Westminster Abbey on November 11, 2018 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images
“There is real animosity that the brothers have toward one another, and that has spilled over to Meghan and Kate’s relationship, making it very hard for them to be friends or friendly,” the insider shared.
The source stated the pair have now made peace, and it feels pointless to hold onto the anger while adding, "It's wasted energy. They've called it a truce."
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle applaud ahead of the Ladies' Singles final match on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images
However, the hostility between the Duchesses started since the former "Suits" actress began dating Prince Harry back in 2016.
Earlier this year, Markle set the record straight regarding their relationship and disclosed that the press was the main reason for the animosity. She said they invented stories to fuel their sisterly feud and royal insiders vilifying her.
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrive to attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2018 in King's Lynn, England | Photo: Getty Images
In the early stages of Markle and Prince Harry’s relationship, the Duchess was instantly welcomed by the Royal Family. Not only was she spotted out and about with Queen Elizabeth II, but she and her husband were also spotted at several appearances with the Cambridges.
At each event, the royal couples appeared tight-knit. The pairs were then dubbed the "Fab Four" by the public, with their fans admiring their every move.
However, it was not long enough when the media began reporting about an alleged rift between the women. In 2017, before Markle's engagement to the Duke of Sussex, eyebrows were raised when she was MIA at the wedding of Middleton's sister, Pippa Middleton.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, greets Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex at Westminster Abbey for a Commonwealth day service on March 11, 2019 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images
Markle, 39, reportedly did not show up for the nuptials over concerns that the media would compare her derriere to the bride’s famous rump. However, some people believed the friction between the ladies stemmed from their husband’s squabbles.
Reports claimed Prince William doubted that Markle would be a good fit as his younger brother's wife. Things worsened after sources claimed Prince Harry was mad at his older sibling for not rolling out the carpet for his spouse when it was clear that she would be joining the family.
Markle and Middleton’s rivalry in the media became apparent when reports surfaced that the mom of two made her sister-in-law cry days before her wedding to Prince Harry over alleged strict guidelines on what Princess Charlotte could wear as a flower girl.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, talks with Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex in the royal box before the start of the Women's Singles Final at The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club at Wimbledon on July 13, 2019 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images
However, Markle cleared the speculations during her interview with Oprah Winfrey and claimed the reports were false and said it was the other way around.
“Everyone in the institution knew it wasn’t true," Markle told Winfrey, adding she was not sure why anyone from the Royal Family had denied the reports.
She also said the ordeal was blown out of proportion and revealed there was no confrontation between her and Middleton, 39. "I don't think it's fair to her to get into the details because she apologized, and I've forgiven her," Markle explained.
The two royal sisters have apparently buried the hatchet as the mother of three owned up to it and even bought Markle flowers and a note, asking for forgiveness.
Markle recently became a mother for the second time as she and Prince Harry, 36, welcomed their daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on June 4, 2021.
The royal couple announced the news on June 6 on their Archewell website as they sent a message of thanks from people around the globe who have supported them.
Following the birth of Lili, Middleton was asked about her niece by NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell. Eager to meet the latest addition to the family, the Duchess said:
“I wish her all the very best. I can’t wait to meet her. We haven’t met her yet. I hope that will be soon.”
Middleton and her spouse Prince William, 39, also sent their good wishes to the Sussexes after the announcement of Lili's birth. The pair said they were delighted about the happy news of the infant's arrival on their social media and congratulated Markle and Prince Harry.
Like her sister-in-law, Middleton also has one daughter Princess Charlotte. The 6-year-old shares a sweet link between her aunt Markle and uncle Prince Harry’s newborn baby Lili.
The Sussexes named their daughter after the Queen and the late Princess Diana. The name for the little one could also be seen as a nod to Princess Charlotte, as she also bears a similar name.
The youngster is the Cambridges’ second child, born on May 2, 2015, and the couple later confirmed her full name as Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
The names are in honor of her grandmother and great-grandmother. As a result, Markle and Prince Harry’s daughter shares two names with her older cousin.
According to You UK, there are some more interesting facts about the young royal as she has charmed the nation with her picture-perfect getups and has surpassed her mother in terms of style icon status. Princess Charlotte also loves playing tennis, just like her parents.
In December 2017, reports stated that the then-two-year-old had been enrolled for tennis lessons at the famous Hurlingham Club, with an insider revealing that she is “a bit of a natural.”