When Catherine, Princess of Wales, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, met for the first time, they didn’t exactly hit it off. The two women are like chalk and cheese; although opposites attract, they can also repel. Kate was viewed as a “British rose” — she was married to the heir to the throne and took royal etiquette, decorum, and tradition very seriously. Meghan, on the other hand, was a U.S.-born divorcee struggling to adjust to the stuffiness of the British aristocracy and abide by the never-ending list of strict rules the royals have to follow.
“Meghan would agree with the assessment that the duchesses were not the best of friends,” authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote in “Finding Freedom.” The royal reporters claim Meghan was hurt that Kate didn’t offer any support or sympathy after she became overwhelmed by the press onslaught. A source alleged that Kate believed the two had zero in common aside from “the fact that they lived at Kensington Palace.”
The lack of warmth between the two women resulted in friction between William, Prince of Wales, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. And it seems Kate’s feelings toward Meghan have only worsened over time. Per the Daily Mail, during their September 10 walkabout, the two brothers and their wives “barely interacted.” The paper claimed Kate and Meghan “appeared to be avoiding making eye contact” and that Kate kept her distance.