When Queen Elizabeth II died in September, we knew the royal family would be in for a period of upheaval.
But we didn’t know how much would change so quickly for the members of the Windsor clan.
Take, for example, the relationship between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.
Until recently, it was widely assumed that “mourning duchesses” would always be at odds with each other.
Do they hate each other or not? This is a question that is commonly asked of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. (Photo via Getty)
Now, though, there’s reason to believe these two could bury the hatchet at some point in the very near future.
Earlier today, we reported on the rumor that Meghan has invited Kate to appear on her podcast.
Many dismissed this as a brave but impractical move sure to be shot down by the new Princess of Wales.
So much for this rivalry, right? Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton seem to get along here. (Photo via Getty)
But revelations made in a long-awaited new memoir could indicate that Kate is more open to a reconciliation than previously thought.
in his new book The King: The Life of Charles III Author Christopher Andersen addresses the controversy surrounding Meghan’s decision to visit Uvalde, Texas, following the devastating school shooting that took place there in May.
Critics of Meghan within the British tabloid press dismissed the move as a cruel publicity stunt, but Kate and the rest of the royal family reportedly supported the visit.
Meghan Markle visits the site of the Uvalde school shooting. (Photo via Getty)
“As tense as relations may have been between the Sussexes and the rest of the family, none of the royals stepped forward to criticize Meghan’s decision to visit Uvalde,” Andersen wrote in a statement. part of his book excerpted by Newsweek.
“Charles and the Cambridges in particular were shocked by what had happened, a stark reminder that thousands of Americans were losing their lives to senseless gun violence every year,” he continued.
“At one point, Kate told a friend that she understood why Meghan, as an American and mother of two young children, would feel compelled to come forward in person.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle returned to the United States after the queen’s funeral. But it is possible that they will return to the UK very soon. (Photo by KIRSTY O’CONNOR/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
As Andersen went on to point out, Kate once paid a similar visit, turning up unexpectedly at a candlelight vigil for a London woman who was murdered by a police officer.
“In fact, it was something Kate herself had done when she showed up unannounced the previous year at a candlelight vigil in London for a young woman who had been murdered by a police officer,” she wrote.
“The big difference was that Kate had not been subjected to the kind of scathing criticism that is now leveled at her American sister-in-law.”
Will and Kate in a rare PDA moment. (Photo via Instagram)
At the time of the Uvalde shooting, Meghan’s disgraced father Thomas Markle had recently suffered a heart attack, and some of the harsher commentators suggested the duchess’s priorities were out of whack.
“Critics wasted no time suggesting that Meghan should have visited her seriously ill father instead of traveling to Uvalde to act out what Meghan’s half-brother Thomas Jr. called a ‘PR stunt,’” she wrote. Andersen.
One of those critics was journalist Dan Wooton, who criticized Meghan for visiting Uvalde before visiting her estranged father.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attended the queen’s funeral along with the rest of the royal family. (Photo via Getty Images)
“Family comes before anything else to me,” Wooton wrote at the time.
“So, like many others, it seems unimaginable to me that Meghan Markle would travel across the country to take a tacky photo at the site of the Uvalde school shooting, possibly with cameras from a Netflix reality show in tow, but without driving three and a half vehicles. -half an hour after the road to see her injured father in hospital, that he is recovering from a life-threatening stroke that has cruelly robbed him of speech”.
The passage reminds us that critics of Meghan have never applied the standards of responsible journalism to their coverage of Meghan.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make an appearance at the UN. (Photo via Getty)
There were no Netflix cameras in tow, and just because Wooton is close to his parents, that doesn’t mean Meghan has to be.
Such reckless reporting has undoubtedly exacerbated feelings of ill will within the royal family.
Fortunately, it seems that Kate and Meghan have decided not to let clueless strangers dictate who they should hate.