Has Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton’s Relationship Really Changed Over the Years?

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton are two of the most talked-about members of the royal family and for good reason. Kate is the future queen of England, with a huge responsibility on her shoulders and three small children to raise. Meghan, a beloved actress, left Hollywood to marry the man of her dreams and achieved the princess story that women everywhere dream of.

Even though these two incredible women are unique individuals, the media has insisted on setting them up as rivals. Let’s break down the truth to Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton’s relationship, and reveal what is actually known about the two royal women.

Did the media pit Meghan Markle against Kate Middleton?

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From the very beginning of Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan, tabloids created stories about the couple. One of the most prevailing headlines was that Meghan didn’t get along well with Kate, Prince William’s wife. The media insisted that Kate was jealous of Meghan’s celebrity status or the amount of attention that she received, while some other outlets reported that Meghan’s strong personality drove a wedge between the two women.

The rumors were always based on speculation, as no legitimate source ever spoke out confirming the feud reports. Furthermore, Meghan and Kate have been seen together at many public events, interacting and chatting as any two relatives would.

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have different personalities

One thing that does seem likely is that Meghan and Kate are just very different. They have had completely different upbringings: Middleton was born and raised in England, the daughter of an upper-middle-class family. She attended the very best schools and was romantically involved with Prince William for many years before officially marrying into the royal family.

Meghan, on the other hand, was born and raised in California and struggled quite a bit as she was growing up. Although she has spoken out about her happy childhood, her parents separated while she was very young, and she had to work very hard throughout her teen and young adult years. Even her eventual Hollywood fame was not immediate — she took smaller parts for many years and even worked opposite Chrissy Teigen on Deal or No Deal.

When Meghan started dating Harry, she was immediately thrust into a spotlight, unlike anything she had ever experienced. The British media has also notoriously been harder on Meghan than they ever have been on Kate.

With all of these differences, it seems only logical that Meghan and Kate wouldn’t be immediately fast friends. It is quite possible that up until now, the two women might just have been content being friendly sisters-in-law.

Motherhood might be bringing Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton closer

When Meghan gave birth to baby Archie Harrison on May 6th, a lot of things changed for her and Harry. In addition to sleepless nights and a whole lot more love, Meghan probably realized just how much she now had in common with Kate. After all, Kate has given birth to three children: George, Charlotte, and Louis.

A new report claims that Meghan and Kate are bonding over the shared experience of motherhood and that they are talking more than ever. Kate even visited the new family shortly after the baby was born, to meet Archie and to check in personally on Megha and Harry.

As Baby Archie gets older, and Meghan begins to deal with even more of the challenges of parenthood, it is likely that Meghan will start to rely on Kate’s wisdom more and more. While they might never become best friends in the traditional sense, they are definitely bonded in more ways than one.