Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton are two of the most talked-about and recognizable public figures in the world, and they are orbiting around a royal family that has been awash in rumors, gossip, and speculation since antiquity. It makes sense, then, that their relationship would be a source of close media attention. Indeed, every move they make is picked apart as evidence of a supposed feud or evidence that the supposed feud has ended.
It seems like the narrative surrounding their relationship has shifted, and that could be because the two have found a genuine reason to be closer than ever. Read on to see what it is that’s bringing Markle and Middleton together and how it has them texting all the time as they strengthen their bond.
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton live in the same world with different rules
While both women have married into the royal family, Markle and Middleton operate under a different set of expectations and rules. Middleton, as the wife of Prince William, is married to a direct heir to the throne. Markle, on the other hand, is married to Prince Harry, who is much further removed from the succession to the highest position in the land.
The expectations are different from Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton
Because of the difference in their ranking, Markle and Middleton are held to different public expectations. Middleton’s every move is carefully orchestrated to be in line with royal customs and traditions while Markle is free to be a little less traditional and to bend the rules a bit—even if it does cause something of a public stir when she does so. Another difference is that Markle and Prince Harry have an easier time hiding from the press, while Middleton and Prince William are expected to stay squarely in the public eye.
Many have speculated that these differences have kept the two women from being close. Their approach to life in the royal family comes from different perspectives, and their upbringings before becoming British royalty were also quite different from one another. Markle’s prior life was as an American movie star while Middleton had a more modest if comfortably upper-middle-class, upbringing as the daughter of a British pilot and a flight attendant.
Motherhood is bringing Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton together
While the two may not have always had much in common, it seems that they have a lot more to chat about these days. In fact, sources close to the family report that the two now talk and text regularly. What could have caused them to have more to discuss? It seems that Markle’s new role as a mother has given her a much closer link to Middleton. Markle’s son Archie is still an infant, and perhaps Middleton, with three children of her own, is able to give Markle some motherly advice.
The advice may be particularly welcome since Markle is getting cruelly criticized in the press for things like the way she holds her baby. New motherhood brings plenty of challenges on its own, but having to do it in the spotlight and with the knowledge that every move is going to be held up for judgment likely makes it even more difficult. Middleton, who has years of experience navigating her role as the mother of royals, may be able to offer some words of advice—or at least a sympathetic ear.
Whether there was ever a feud between these two in the first place or if they simply needed time to get to know one another, it does seem that the shared bond of motherhood has given them common ground on which to build a stronger relationship.