Kate Middleton And Meghan Markle Continue To Clash, The Palace Asks For Peace Within ‘The Firm’
For months, there have been rumors of a rift within the royal family, with Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle apparently feuding, and Prince William and Prince Harry reportedly at odds. Now, it appears that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are attempting to outdo each other in the public eye, and the palace wants better coordination, so this clash doesn’t hurt the work of the royal family.
Behind-the-scenes wedding photos from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry came first
To celebrate their first anniversary, Harry and Meghan shared a series of never-before-seen pictures from their wedding that took place at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018. The beautiful photo montage featured 14 pics, including some black-and-white images from behind the scenes taken by photographer Chris Allerton.
In one photo, Meghan is holding hands with her mom, Doria Ragland. And, in another Prince Harry and Prince William are walking down a staircase. The song This Little Light of Mine served as the audio soundtrack for the picture montage, which was Meghan and Harry’s wedding day recessional.
The anniversary celebration also featured a color photo taken by Press Association photographer Danny Lawson, which showed the newlyweds sharing a kiss on the steps.
Kate Middleton’s new garden came just hours later
Not long after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared their special photos, William and Kate took their three children – Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1 – to the Chelsea Flower Show to see Kate’s garden. And, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge immediately shared their own photos of the family enjoying Kate Middleton’s beautiful design that she hopes will inspire parents to take their kids outside and get them away from their electronic devices.
Photographer Matt Porteous took the pictures that gave royal fans their first opportunity to see Prince Louis walking, and they also featured Prince George and Princess Charlotte enjoying the garden’s features while running barefoot.
Kate’s back to nature garden included a treehouse, a waterfall, a rope swing, and a hollow log to play in.
“I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children,” Kate Middleton told BBC One. “I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids, and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together.”
The two young families are dominating the headlines
While royal aides admit that there was nothing they could do about Harry and Meghan’s anniversary clashing with William and Kate at the Chelsea Flower Show, one source did say that the “diary planning could be better.”
Another insider said that the publicity overlap “was a case of anything you can do, we can do better.”
The biggest concern, though, is that the rival attempts for attention between Harry and Meghan and William and Kate are overshadowing the work of Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
Inside The Royal Split
Now that the Cambridge and Sussex households are officially split, the lack of coordination has caused schedule clashes between Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Clarence House, and Frogmore Cottage. Officials say that they do conduct planning meetings, but schedule conflicts are always happening.
Recently, Prince William launched a campaign that used soccer to help men express their emotions, and on the same day clips from a US documentary surfaced that showed Meghan’s friends talking about her unfair treatment in the British media.
There was also the day when William and Kate Middleton launched a national text messaging helpline for people facing an emotional crisis, but Prince Harry stole their thunder with his appearance at The Hague.
Royal staff is continuing to adjust to this new world of separate households for the senior members of the royal family. But, while their celebrity has arguably never been greater, the charity work the family does appears to be getting lost in the shuffle.