Stop trying to make drama where there isn’t drama. That’s essentially the message of the day from Kensington Palace, which reportedly issued a rare statement refuting rumors of tension between Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex.
While the Palace doesn’t typically react to baseless rumors, the duchesses’ reps reportedly felt compelled to respond when The Sun ran an article claiming that Middleton reprimanded Markle for berating the Palace team. Per the outlet, Markle and Middleton “fell out” when Markle yelled at some of Middleton’s staff.
However, The Mirror reported that Kensington Palace has officially slammed the story — and, by proxy, others like it — by issuing a simple statement: “This never happened.”
— ExtraTV (@extratv) July 14, 2018
Rumors of a rift between the two duchesses have been floated since Markle and Prince Harry got engaged, but they’ve intensified since the couple’s May 19 wedding — reaching a fever pitch when it was revealed that Harry and Markle are moving away from Kensington Palace to reside instead at Frogmore Cottage, on the grounds of Windsor.
Despite speculation that Middleton and Markle clash, though, The Daily Mail’s royal correspondent, Rebecca English, has cited sources who insisted Harry and Markle’s move has nothing to do with a family feud — and everything to do with the couple’s growing family.
Unlike Prince William, who is second in line to the throne, Harry doesn’t have to keep a permanent base in the capital. And, according to English, the younger prince would prefer to raise his family in a slightly less glaring public spotlight.
“The Cambridges have their garden in the back, which is nice, but there is no real other space for children to play in,” one source told English about Prince William and Middleton. “Frogmore, which is inside the Windsor security zone, is secluded, peaceful, tranquil and, most importantly, private. No one will see [Harry and Markle] coming or going.”
Pleased to see The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are moving to Frogmore Cottage Windsor next year. It's set in a delightful location, safe and secure – away from prying eyes – and lots of space to bring up a family. The only downside – aeroplanes in and out of Heathrow, pic.twitter.com/qokGYpr0Bj
— Dickie Arbiter (@RoyalDickie) November 24, 2018
Unlike Kensington Palace, which includes many sections open to the public all year round, the main house at Windsor is only open to the public a few days of the year.
Further evidence that Middleton and Markle are on friendly terms: While attending an event in Leicester, the Duchess of Cambridge commented on her sister-in-law’s pregnancy, saying, “It’s such a special time to have little kiddies, and a cousin for George and Charlotte, as well, and Louis. It’s really special.”
In any case, pitting powerful women against each other seems a lot like a thinly veiled attempt to diminish their power. Unless we hear otherwise from Middleton and Markle — two women who consistently exhibit grace and class — we’ll continue to assume that these royals treat each other with mutual affection and respect.