Rumors of a royal feud between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have been circulating for some time now. It’s no secret that many people feel the press has been unfair to the Duchess of Sussex and there’s been speculation that the alleged feud is entirely made up. In fact, the sisters-in-law were recently seen enjoying each other’s company at Wimbledon — a public interaction that some people felt finally put the feud rumors to rest.
The pair was also joined by Kate’s sister, Pippa, who went down in history on April 29, 2011. Cameras had captured Pippa’s flawless figure as she wore the infamous white dress at her sister’s wedding when she acted as Kate’s maid of honor.
Unfortunately for the seemingly happy trio, another recent event sparked further speculation that the feud was alive and well. Is it possible that the feud has spread beyond the two duchesses? Here is what we know.
Kate Middleton’s relationship with her family
Kate was born to parents Michael and Carole Middleton on June 9, 1982. She has a younger sister, Pippa, and a younger brother, James. According to accounts of Kate’s life before marrying Prince William, the Middleton family was close-knit. In fact, Kate’s parents credit the success of their party supplies company to the hard-working input from the family as a whole.
While Kate’s royal life may have placed some strain on her familial relationships, the sisters’ relationship is still as close as ever, according to the Express. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex even offered warm congratulations to Pippa and her husband, James Matthews, on the arrival of their first child in October 2018.
Pippa Middleton’s relationship with the royal family
Pippa always appears to get along wonderfully with her sister’s in-laws. There was even a time when royal fans speculated she and Prince Harry might become an item. Although Harry and Pippa never dated each other, they did seem to the two grow a natural friendship with one another over the years.
But when Pippa married her husband in 2017, many were confused about why Meghan Markle, who had been dating Harry for almost a year at that point, did not get an invite to the big wedding. Soon there was talk of how the Middleton family did not want Meghan anywhere near the wedding. Was it a sign that the feud had expanded to the entire Middleton family?
Pippa Middleton’s wedding
Pippa married James Matthews on May 20, 2017. The lavish wedding was held at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, England which was built in the 12th century. Several members of the royal family, including Pippa’s sister, Kate, her husband, William, and their two children, George and Charlotte were inside of the historic church while Pippa and James exchanged their vows.
Prince Harry was also in attendance at the wedding, but photographers were quick to notice that his girlfriend, Meghan, was nowhere to be found. When Harry was spotted walking into the church alone, people quickly became suspicious of the actress’ absence.
Was Meghan prevented from attending the wedding because of the feud?
A couple of weeks before Pippa’s wedding, Meghan and Harry had attended one of Harry’s friend’s weddings in Jamaica. According to Daily Mail, Meghan’s attendance caused a media frenzy at the Jamaican wedding.
It turns out, the Middleton family was afraid that Meghan’s appearance would cause the same frenzy at Pippa’s wedding. Just before Pippa’s wedding, one of Pippa’s close friends had told the Daily Mail, “[Pippa] saw how all eyes we on Meghan rather than [Harry’s friend] last week. The situation was also stressful for Harry. Pippa and her mother Carole wonder whether Meghan’s presence could cause a great deal of unnecessary chaos.”
Despite what some people feared, it appeared that the reason for Markle’s absence wasn’t due to any bad blood between the two. According to the Daily Mail report, Pippa didn’t want to be upstaged on her big day and although she isn’t a celebrity herself, there was going to be a number of high profile people attending her wedding so the media was bound to be there.
How Pippa tried to include Meghan
Meghan may have been left at Kensington Palace during the wedding ceremony, but Express reports that she did get an invite to the reception, which was held at the Middleton’s private estate in Bucklebury.
It had been reported that Harry had quietly left the reception and made a 50-mile one-way trip to go get Meghan from Kensington Palace and bring her back to the party so that she would not have to worry about showing up all by herself.
Although Meghan may have been “snubbed” at Pippa’s wedding ceremony, it doesn’t appear that she held any grudges against Kate’s little sister. Almost exactly one year later, on May 19, 2018, Pippa and James were spotted walking into the St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle to watch Meghan and Harry become husband and wife.
Bridget DeMeis also contributed to this article.