Revealed: The Heartbreaking Thing Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton Have In Common

Having things in common isn’t always a good thing—just ask Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton. All eyes may be on Meghan Markle right now, but while she’s hogging the spotlight, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen have been quietly bonding over one sad thing they have in common.

It’s no secret that Queen Elizabeth has the utmost respect for Kate Middleton. Though she’s nowhere near perfect, it’s clear that Prince William couldn’t have done much better when choosing a wife. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is poised, elegant, and personable. She’s the perfect combination of the late Princess Diana’s warmth but brings minimal drama to the table. It’s no wonder Queen Elizabeth recently appointed her to the prestigious post in the Royal Victorian Order.

Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton
Queen Elizabeth ll and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge | Anwar Hussein/WireImage

There’s a chance that their camaraderie is born from being so close to the throne. But royal fans can’t help but notice the other big thing Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton have in common.

Both Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton were involved in cheating scandals

Being part of the public eye means falling victim to speculation and vicious gossip. True or not, rumors about the royal family have run the gamut from benign to downright nasty. The worst gossip is usually ignored by the Palace and doesn’t even get the benefit of a response. That’s especially true of affair rumors.

Tabloids are buzzing these days over Prince William’s alleged affair with his wife’s former friend, Rose Hanbury. Nothing is confirmed and there’s no proof of any indiscretion, but that doesn’t seem to matter. It’s all anyone can talk about (especially now that Rose Hanbury was spotted sans wedding ring).

Unfortunately, Queen Elizabeth can relate all too well with being the source of those same types of rumors.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Most people believe Prince Philip was unfaithful to Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have a long-lasting marriage—as of June 2019, they’ve been married for 71 years. But just because their union has stood the test of time, it doesn’t mean that everything has been perfect the whole time. And rumors of infidelity are part of their past issues.

Most people don’t remember the affair rumors as they were happening in real time, but fans of The Crown are speculating over Prince Philip’s rumored affairs all over again. On the show, young Queen Elizabeth finds a photo of a ballerina who Philip was supposedly seeing on the side. Newsweek reported that the ballerina is a real historical figure, but it’s not clear if Prince Philip had an affair with her.

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth | Central Press/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton both handled the rumors by ignoring them

It’s difficult to compare the infidelity in Princess Diana’s marriage to the rumored affairs for Prince Philip and Prince William. Queen Elizabeth was horrified by the way Diana addressed the rumors publicly on television during an interview. But her approach was warranted simply because we know the affair was real—and there was proof. For the other two women, it’s all just hearsay.

Queen Elizabeth with Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Queen Elizabeth with Duke and Duchess of Cambridge | Geoff Pugh/AFP/Getty Images

Still, it’s likely that Queen Elizabeth is proud of the way Kate Middleton is conducting herself in the face of these terrible rumors. Rather than hiding away or becoming angry or bitter in public, the Duchess of Cambridge is conducting herself as normal and looks as happy and radiant as ever.

In other words, she’s acting just like a Queen.