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Queen Elizabeth was not the only member of the royal family saddened by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step away from the spotlight. Sources claim that Kate Middleton was also hurt by the couple’s shocking decision to resign as senior members of the royal family. With the royals in damage control mode, here’s a look at how Middleton really feels about Harry and Meghan’s big announcement.

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Kate Middleton ‘hurt’ by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

A source close to the situation claims that Prince William and Kate were disheartened by the news that Harry and Meghan are stepping down. Per the insider, William believes he went the extra mile to help Harry and feels like the announcement was “selfish” and “reckless.”

According to Fox News, Kate was hurt as well and cannot stand to see her husband in such a state. To make things worse, Kate and Harry used to be very close, so watching him walk away has been very difficult.

“When Harry was feeling low or had problems, William was always there for him, as was Kate,” the source shared. “Kate’s incredibly hurt too. She acted as a mentor to Harry before Meghan came into the picture and hates seeing her husband so upset.”

The insider added that Queen Elizabeth is pushing for William and Harry to display a united front in public. Both sides, however, are being stubborn and have little interest in playing nice for the cameras.

There is no telling if the brothers will ever make amends. At this point, the royals are doing their best to clean things up and are hoping that Harry and Meghan will someday change their minds.

Prince William speaks out

Taking to social media, Harry and Meghan revealed their plans to leave the senior circle of the royal family and become financially independent from the crown. They also want to spend part of the year in Canada and the other half at their home in Windsor.

In light of the shocking announcement, the royals have been scrambling to pull things together. Buckingham Palace released a statement in the days following the declaration, assuring royal watchers that discussions with Harry and Meghan are ongoing.

William also reportedly said that he is very sad about his brother’s decision to quit the royal spotlight. Prince William and Kate Middleton expressed interest in bringing Harry back into the inner circle, though there is little hope for that now.

“I’ve put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can’t do that anymore… I’m sad about that. All we can do, and all I can do, is try and support them and hope that the time comes when we’re all singing from the same page. I want everyone to play on the team,” Prince William reportedly shared.

Harry and Meghan’s decision comes months after they both opened up about their struggles living in the limelight.

Queen Elizabeth schedules a meeting

In light of Harry and Meghan’s shocking announcement, Queen Elizabeth called a meeting to discuss the Sussex’s future in the monarchy. William is believed to have attended the meeting, along with Prince Charles.

Her Majesty wanted to meet with Harry so that they could all talk about his decision to step down as senior members of the royal family.

After the meeting, Queen Elizabeth released a statement that they are “supportive” of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s desires, but wish that they would remain senior members of the royal family.

We do know, however, that Kate Middleton was not present for the conference. Kate was spotted departing Kensington Palace early in the week. The meeting was held at Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham estate, which means Kate missed out on it.

Prince Harry and Prince William open up about feud rumors

While we wait for this story to develop, William and Harry recently addressed the rumors that their feud was the reason for the split. Previous reports claimed that the rift between the brothers is what really caused Harry and Meghan to step down.

In their joint statement, William and Harry referenced the “false” stories in the press. They slammed the reports and said that talks of a feud are “offensive” and “potentially harmful.”

“Despite clear denials, a false story ran in a UK newspaper today speculating about the relationship between the Duke of Sussex and The Duke of Cambridge. For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful,” the statement read.

The statement did not, however, say anything about the rumors that Meghan was the driving force behind the couple’s decision to leave the inner circle of the royal family.

Meghan recently flew back to Canada, which is why she was unable to make it to the emergency meeting. There is no telling what will happen with Harry and Meghan in the coming weeks, but they do seem content to follow through with their plans.

Kate Middleton was not at the meeting and has yet to comment on the drama with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.