It’s a busy time of year, and not just because of the holidays. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding day will be here in 5 months, and it sounds like the Royal Family has its hands full.
Not just with preparing the wedding and the venue and the always-topical guest list.
But apparently they’re also doing their best to convince the public that Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle totally like each other. And it’s not an easy task.
Meghan Markle is engaged to Prince Harry and living her best life.
For months and months, their relationship — growing ever closer — was the subject of basically 90% of all conversations about the British Royal Family.
The remaining topics were usually about Princess Diana’s memory, about something random, or speculation about Kate Middleton.
But Duchess Kate is pregnant, folks. That made some serious headlines.
She’s due in April, and a royal baby would normally be the talk of the town.
Except that this is Kate’s third child. This isn’t going to bring the public jubilation that Prince George did, because excitement over babies comes with diminishing returns.
And look, here comes Meghan Markle — shiny and new and stealing Kate’s spotlight.
And, thus, the rumors of a feud between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.
Whether Kate actually resents her or not, the fact that Kate won’t be in Meghan and Harry’s wedding party is raising some eyebrows (even if it’s probably just a matter of protocol).
And it’s not difficult to imagine Kate feeling jealous of this new, younger woman. Meghan Markle is a divorced, biracial, American actress who’s waltzed past barriers to marry Harry.
We can’t know Kate’s innermost thoughts, of course.
But even the mere rumor of a dislike between the women who will soon be family doesn’t look great for the royals. It only makes sense that they’d want to assure the public that everyone’s getting along swimmingly.
RadarOnline reports that Kensington Palace has a particular plan in mind.
Apparently, they’re desperate to get “natural money shots” (not how we’d phrase that) of Kate and Meghan, side-by-side and getting along.
That makes a lot of sense, right? You get some snaps of the two of them chatting or maybe laughing with each other and people are like “oh, they’re getting along! How nice!!”
There’s just one little problem, according to RadarOnline‘s insider.
It takes two to tango, and their source says that:
“Kate isn’t rushing to get the shot.”
Now … that could be unrelated towards her feelings regarding Meghan Markle. Kate’s a mother and she’s not only pregnant, but has some majorly rough morning sickness.
(It’s so severe that she had to be rushed to the hospital, which was was what tipped us off a couple of weeks before the pregnancy announcement)
So when Kate’s feeling well enough to get all dolled up and go outside and be photographed, we imagine that she wants to spend that on official appearances, not on making it look like she doesn’t despise her future sister-in-law.
That’s fair, right?
Either way, though, RadarOnline says that Kensington Palace is planning to photograph Kate and Meghan together over the holidays at Sandringham church.
When people aren’t sure of the friendliness between two women who are drawn close by circumstances, it’s often assumed that the women are feuding.
Whether they’re actresses on a set or two women who become indirect family, if two women aren’t joined at the hip, people seem eager to assume that they hate each other.
Some of that may be misogyny. At other times, though, it’s just reading between the lines.
Whatever the truth, we hope that Kate and Meghan become close. Their husbands are very close brothers, and we hope that they all get along.