Are Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Really ‘Princesses at War’?

It’s the topic on everyone’s mind: are Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle close friends? Or do they secretly despise each other?

Tabloid speculation has been going into overdrive for months now, with multiple publications claiming the have the inside scoop on the duchesses and their private feelings toward one another. Now, a TLC special presentation called Kate v Meghan: Princesses at War offers even more insight into the rumors that started it all.

But do Kate and Meghan really hate each other behind those polite smiles? Here’s what we know.

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex | Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Why do people think Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are feuding?

According to the documentary, it all goes back to a comment that Prince William made to Prince Harry after he began his whirlwind romance with Meghan Markle. He advised that his brother slow things down a bit and not rush into anything.

But while he may have intended it as brotherly advice, supposedly Prince Harry was offended. That’s because Prince Harry is incredibly protective of Meghan Markle. He thought Prince William was being “unsupportive” of the relationship when he made those remarks.

Obviously, with the two brothers at odds, the relationship between the two women became strained also. While the press used to refer to them as “the Fab Four,” lately it’s been anything but fab for these young royals.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton watch the RAF flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton watch the RAF flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, as members of the Royal Family attend events to mark the centenary of the RAF. | Chris Jackson/ Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are distancing themselves

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have all their attention focused on preparing for a new baby. However, royal insiders find it strange timing for the pair to move away from Kensington Palace and the rest of the family. Even though Meghan Markle’s mom, Doria Ragland, will be moving in with the couple temporarily to help out, that still doesn’t explain why they chose to be so far away from the other side of the family.

Sources say Meghan Markle is the catalyst for all this division. Before Prince Harry started dating her, he would often join his brother and their family for dinner or hanging out at home. Now? They rarely see each other unless absolutely necessary.

The entire feud may be created by the media

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle | Clive Mason/Getty Images

Then again, rumors of a royal rift might be made up for publicity. It’s very similar to what went down decades ago when news sources couldn’t get enough of the “drama” between Princess Diana and her sister-in-law, Sarah Ferguson. The press claimed Fergie was jealous of Diana’s beauty and style. In turn, they said Diana was envious how easily Fergie fit in with the royal family members, especially Queen Elizabeth.

There was some truth to these rumors, but the two didn’t hate each other like the press made it seem. Similarly, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton may not be the best of friends, but they’re probably not mortal enemies. The truth lies somewhere in between.

Rumors will always be exaggerated. Especially for people who are in the public eye like members of the British royal family. Just wait – no doubt Prince George and Prince Louis’ wives will receive the same sort of negative attention, even if they get along just fine.