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.

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

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.

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We invite you to take a sneak peek at The Duchess of Cambridge’s #RHSChelsea ‘Back to Nature’ Garden! The woodland wilderness garden aims to get people back to nature, and highlight the benefits of the natural world on our mental and physical wellbeing. Speaking ahead of @The_RHS garden unveiling, The Duchess of Cambridge said: “In recent years I have focussed much of my work on the early years, and how instrumental they are for outcomes later in life. I believe that spending time outdoors when we are young can play a role in laying the foundations for children to become happy, healthy adults.” Some features of the #ChelseaFlowerShow garden include: 1. A swing seat hanging below the garden’s centrepiece, a high platform tree house, encouraging creative play and discovery for all generations. 2. The high platform tree house is inspired by a bird or animal nest and provides a wonderful place to retreat and look out through the trees. The treehouse is made from chestnut, with hazel, stag horn oak and larch nest cladding. 3/4. The garden is aiming to inspire interaction with the natural environment through its multi-sensory, green and blue plant scheme. The garden will be filled with incredible edibles, plants for craft activities, forest scents and a diverse range of plants, shrubs and trees of different heights and textures. The garden forms part of Her Royal Highness’s ongoing work on early childhood development and her mission to support efforts that give every child the best possible start in life. The Duchess has committed to making early childhood development the focus of her work in the years to come, and believes that providing children with the opportunity to spend time outdoors can play an important role.

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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.