Meghan Markle joined the Royal Family in May 2018 when she married Prince Harry after a whirlwind romance. They had their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor a year after the wedding. Harry’s brother, Prince William, 38, married his university sweetheart Kate Middleton, 37, following a decade of dating and they already have three children – George, Charlotte and Louis. While the Duke of Sussex, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cambridge were reportedly quite close for several years, the group seem to have drifted significantly since Harry married Meghan.
Harry and Meghan moved out of their home in Kensington Palace which they shared with William and Kate and moved into Windsor’s Frogmore Cottage in April this year.
More recently, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex split from the Royal Foundation – the charity the two couples had set up together – in the quest to set up their own trust, further fuelling rumours of a fallout between the couples.
In 2019 Amazon Prime documentary, ‘Harry and Meghan: When Two Became Three’, entertainment reporter Ashley Pearson revealed that many had hoped there would be stronger connections between the two women, Meghan and Kate, when they were all living in Kensington.
Ms Pearson said: “There was a hope that Kate would help Meghan adjust and the two women would become fierce and loyal friends and would be joined at the hip and everything would go smoothly.
“Of course, that’s not what happened.
“Kate and Meghan have not really forged the kind of friendship that I think royal insiders were hoping that they would.
“They are by all means cordial but I don’t believe they are close friends.
“Meghan and Kate probably don’t have much in common.”
“We know that because she has already done things markedly different to what any other royal has done.
“So I think the women are very different.”
Meghan has broken protocol several times during her 18 months as a royal.
While Kate stepped out of hospital only hours after giving birth to each of her children for a photo opportunity, Meghan resisted this tradition and instead waited until Archie was a few days old before presenting him to a select few photographers.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also said they wanted a private ceremony for their son’s christening instead of a public one.
They are determined to raise their child as a private citizen and so did not give him any titles when he was born either.
Meghan has broken tradition even in very minor ways, and was photographed last year closing her own car door – a minor faux pas for royals, as staff usually close the doors for them – a trend which Prince Harry also adopted this week.
Meghan and Harry announced last week that they will soon be going on tour of South Africa, and they will celebrate the Duke of Sussex’s 35th birthday this weekend.