Kate Middleton Is Determined to Spend More Time With Meghan Markle and Baby Archie This Year

2019 was a dizzying year for the British royal family. Though there were a couple of highlights — the birth of Duchess Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s son, Prince Archie, and Princess Beatrice’s engagement, the rest of the year was pretty rocky.

From the tiff between Prince Harry and Prince William, the public and press’ disdain for the Sussexes and certainly, Prince Andrew’s massive scandal, it hasn’t been smooth sailing.

However, there have been lessons learned. Duchess Kate Middleton, in particular, is determined to spend more time with Markle and Baby Archie this year.

Duchess Kate Middleton and Duchess Meghan Markle may team up in 2020

With Prince Andrew ousted from the royal family and Queen Elizabeth II’s advanced age, it will be up to the Sussexes and Cambridges along with Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles to keep the family pressing forward in the new decade. They will also need to pick up the slack left behind in the wake of the fallout with the Duke of York.

Since Prince William and Prince Harry are still at odds, it will be up to their wives to help them reconnect. “I think after a festive break, both Kate and Meghan will know that joint ventures to support the queen are not only part of their duty, but also good for the public image. Kate knows the pressure is on her and Meghan to save the royal family, to an extent,” Royal commentator Katie Nicholl explained to Closer Magazine.”

Duchess Meghan Markle and Duchess Kate Middleton approach royal life very differently

Since the Sussexes are far down in line for the throne — they have a much more modern and relaxed approach to royal life. It’s something they’ve been criticized for in the past. Still, it looks like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are going to continue approaching royal life their way. They’ve recently trademarked Sussex Royal and there have been whispers about them launching a magazine and starting a global charity.

In contrast, the Cambridges like to keep things traditional. “Middleton knows the importance of the institution and her role to play,” an insider told People. “She knows that being a member of the royal family is a bit like having a contract, you sign on the dotted line and you deliver Kate is in her element right now, she’s really stuck at it and persevered with what she believes in.”

Still, their differences could gel well, especially with Middleton and Markle taking the reigns. “The Queen turns 94 this year and there’s a plan in place to relieve her of her pressures, which is why she’s calling on the four to step up,” Nicholl expressed. “Although the Cambridges and Sussexes have their own charities, I think the Queen’s move towards retirement will force them to work closely with each other.”

Kate Middleton is determined to spend more time with Meghan Markle and Baby Archie

When Markle first married into the royal family, she and Middleton were friendly, but the women had very little in common. Now with Archie’s birth that has shifted. In 2020, Middleton is determined that her children spend more time with their cousin.

An insider told US Weekly, that Middleton is “hoping that in the new year, the cousins will spend more time together. Apparently, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis adore Archie — “like most children, they’re easily distracted and resilient.”

Adorable kids are always a great middle ground.