The 1 Reason Queen Elizabeth Will Always Side With Kate Middleton Over Meghan Markle

Queen Elizabeth has her hands full in leading the royal family. But besides having such an important role in the world, the queen still has a family just like the rest of us (though they happen to be way more famous than the rest of us). The queen has had plenty of time to develop a close relationship with both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. But there is one major reason why she will always side with the Duchess of Cambridge over the Duchess of Sussex.

Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton | Phil Noble/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Kate Middleton adapted well to the royal family from the start

The moment Prince William introduced Kate to the royal family, she fit in. She was willing to take on the royal role, despite understanding how much work it actually entailed. The couple dated for nearly seven years before they wed, but once Kate became an official member of the royals, she took on her role with poise and grace. Kate and William immediately had a full schedule of royal engagements, and though it naturally takes some getting used to, Kate was able to adapt quickly.

Kate has never become distracted from her royal duties

No matter what happens within the family or on the news, Kate never becomes distracted from her purpose. Last year, news broke that Prince William had reportedly had an affair with family friend Rose Hanbury (though the rumors were never proven true). Of course, Kate likely knew from the start that the story wasn’t real, but even still, she never missed a beat in her royal job. Kate continued to make public appearances, despite how much the press was discussing her relationship.

The queen will always side with Kate because of her future royal role

Since Kate joined the family in 2011, she’s lived up — if not exceeded — the royal expectations. It’s not easy for a royal to always have the “royal family first” mentality that Kate has. Royal commentator Katie Nicholl recently said the queen is thankful that “Kate and William are doing the dutiful thing and putting the royal family first.”

While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle opted not to stay in the royal family, that isn’t necessarily the reason the queen would side with Kate. Queen Elizabeth knows that Kate has the bigger royal role (she is the future queen consort) so from a royal perspective, she is more important then her sister-in-law. With that, the queen will always stick by Kate’s side because she knows that Kate and William are the future of the royal family.

It might be hard for Meghan to remain close with the queen

Meghan and Harry made a difficult decision earlier this year: They chose to leave the royal family and start a new life in North America. While Meghan and the queen have always seemed to have a good relationship, naturally, it will be more difficult for Meghan to maintain that relationship living on the other side of the world.

That’s not to say that Meghan and the queen are not on good terms; the queen might admire the Duchess of Sussex’s strength in deciding to do what’s best for her family. But geographically, moving far away will make it tougher for Meghan and the queen to keep up their once-close relationship. Meghan and Harry have said they want to still spend time in the United Kingdom, though, so time will tell how Meghan and the queen’s relationship continues to develop.

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