Are Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Friends?

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are both women who married into the royal family. Kate married Prince William, who will one day be King. Meghan married Prince Harry, and she defied royal tradition by having been both an American and divorced once before. But with all the attention on Meghan and Harry (specifically because of Meghan’s baby bump) these days, it makes us wonder how well Meghan and Kate actually get along.

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton

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When Meghan came into the picture, people weren’t sure how she’d get along with Kate

When Meghan was first introduced to the royal family, some sources suggested the two may never be best friends. It wasn’t in the sense that they’d hate each other, but rather people seemed to think they had different interests and different personalities. One royal insider told InStyle that Meghan was interested in forming her own group of friends in England rather than relying on Kate to take her under her wing. However, once the two stepped out in public together for their first royal engagement without Will and Harry, those plans may have changed.

Kate showed Meghan the royal ropes

Kate and Meghan attended Wimbledon together without Will or Harry at their sides. It was the first public appearance alone together and gave the two some time to actually bond outside of a more formal appearance. When they sat together, body language experts said it seemed the two were greatly enjoying each other’s company. Kate asked Meghan, “Are you OK?” after the two sat down, showing she was truly extending a helping hand to the future duchess. Kate helped Meghan handle that public appearance, and it may have shaped a whole new friendship for the two.

The two supposedly spend time together at least once per week

Today, Meghan and Kate are close. Those who know the family said the two spend time together in some way or another at least once per week. Kate has reportedly shown nothing but kindness to Meghan, which shows Kate approves of her and is glad she is a part of the family. It makes sense, since for a while, Kate has been in only daughter-in-law constantly in the spotlight.

Kate actually loves that Meghan spends more time in the spotlight

News outlets have reported that Kate is actually relieved most of the attention is on Meghan. Kate recently gave birth to a son, Prince Louis, and now has three children keeping her busy. It comes as no surprise that she’s had enough of being center stage, especially because she’s been all over the news since before she married William in 2011. With Meghan and Harry the newest “it” couple for the royals, it gives Kate time to settle down a bit and not be at the forefront of royal family gossip.

Kate and Harry have always been very close, too

Harry and Kate have always had wonderful things to say about each other. When Kate and William got engaged in 2011, Harry said she was the big sister he never had.

“To have a big sister is very, very nice,” he said in an interview. “I’ve gotten to know Catherine pretty well, but now that she’s becoming part of the family, I’m really looking forward to getting her under my wing — or she’ll be taking me under her wing, probably.”

It makes sense why Kate would care so much about Meghan, since she and Harry have known each other for roughly 15 years.

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