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The rumored feud between Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has intrigued royal fans for some time. A new book claims that there was awkwardness between the duchesses but that their relationship was not as tense as has been reported. Even so, one royal expert shares, Kate’s attempt to make a peace offering to Meghan didn’t go over well with her.

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle in the Royal Box on Centre Court during day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships
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Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton were never close

In an excerpt from the new book Finding Freedom published in The Times, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand clear up the status of the duchesses’ relationship, claiming that Meghan and Kate were never close.

“Meghan would agree with the assessment that the duchesses were not the best of friends,” the authors write. “Their relationship hadn’t progressed much since she was Harry’s girlfriend.”

Though there was no real rift between them, as tabloids claimed numerous times, they didn’t share much in common nor did they know each other that well.

Kate Middleton reportedly didn’t try to get close

The book further shares how, when Meghan Markle was dating Prince Harry, she hoped Kate would be more welcoming and offer “everything an outsider to the Firm [the working side of the royal family] needed to know.”

The writers add, “Meghan was disappointed that she and Kate hadn’t bonded over the position they shared, but she wasn’t losing sleep over it.”

A source explained to the authors that Kate thought the only thing she shared in common with Meghan was “the fact that they lived at Kensington Palace.”

The two duchesses “were not at war with each other” as some headlines have suggested, but there were “awkward moments” between them, according to the authors.


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Kate extended a peace offering to Meghan, but she was reportedly unimpressed

The two women may not have been feuding, but their relationship wasn’t that close either. When Kate sent Meghan flowers for her birthday, the writers note that “Meghan would far rather have had Kate check in on her during the most difficult times with the press.”

Royal expert Katie Nicholl explained in a Vanity Fair article that Kate also took flowers to Meghan in an attempt to repair their relationship, explaining, “Meghan told Kate in no uncertain terms that flowers were not enough.”

“The truth was Meghan and Kate just didn’t know each other that well… Though it was not necessarily her responsibility, Kate did little to bridge the divide,” the authors explain.

Friends of the Cambridges told Mail on Sunday that Prince William and Kate had “done all they possibly could” and “rolled out the red carpet” to welcome Meghan into the family, however.

“It’s just completely wrong to suggest they didn’t talk and plain wrong to say the Cambridges weren’t welcoming,” a friend of the couple explained.

They added, “How can you say they weren’t warm or welcoming when they hosted Meghan for Christmas, invited her into their totally private inner sanctum at Anmer Hall and did everything they could to make her feel at home? They personally cooked her favorite vegan food, they couldn’t have been more welcoming.”