A new tell-all on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry revealed that Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton’s relationship never went beyond “distant politeness.”
A new excerpt from the book, “Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family” written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, revealed that the sisters-in-law were never been best friends and, in fact, they “struggled to move past the distant politeness of when they first met.”
The two began mending their relationship following the birth of Markle’s son, Archie. However, following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to step back from their senior roles in January, their relationship got strained once again.
The book also revealed that after the couple’s exclusion from the official lineup at Commonwealth Service in March, they were convinced that their decision to break off from the Royal Family was right.
“The decision had been made without their consultation, and they were informed long after the 2,000 orders of service had been printed for guests, with their names notably absent,” the book said.
The relationship between the sisters-in-law only got worse following this.
“Although Meghan tried to make eye contact with Kate, the duchess barely acknowledged her,” the book said.
The authors of the book went on to say that Markle and Prince Harry decided to leave the Royal Family after months of friction with the members of the household.
“While they both respected the hierarchy of the institution, it was difficult when they wanted to focus on a project and were told that a more senior ranking family member, be it Prince William or Prince Charles, had an initiative or tour being announced at the same time—so they would just have to wait,” the authors wrote.
The palace “establishment” also felt that the couple’s popularity was eclipsing them.
“As their popularity had grown, so did Harry and Meghan’s difficulty in understanding why so few inside the palace were looking out for their interests. There were just a handful of people at the palace they could trust,” the authors wrote.