Families who group chat together stay together. Although Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan (née Markle), Duchess of Sussex, are moving into their own cottage at Windsor Castle in the spring, the pair still has plenty of ways to communicate with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (more commonly known as Kate Middleton). One of those means is a family text message chat, once again proving the royal family is, in some ways, just like the rest of us commoners.
According to Us Weekly, a source close to the family said William, Harry, Kate and Meghan are “all on a family text chain.” The source also told Us that, despite rumors of a feud between the duchesses, “There is no fighting going on between Kate and Meghan.”
“Kate is lovely,” the source added. “She’s British, she’s reserved. You have to break through that armor. Kate doesn’t warm up to people too quickly. It takes some time for her to become comfortable and trusting for anyone in the outside world.” Plus, “It took some adjusting for Meghan to get used to the protocols of the palace and the royal family. That can’t be easy for anyone to get used to, especially a woman who had all the independence in the world just one year ago.”
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Rumors of a feud began circulating when Meghan and Harry got engaged over a year ago, though they intensified significantly when it was announced they would be moving out of Kensington Palace, where they currently hold court alongside Kate and William. The Sun fanned the flames when it published an article on Dec. 1 claiming the duchesses had a falling out over Meghan’s alleged treatment of palace staff.
Kensington Palace released a rare public statement on the article, essentially telling the press and public to stop trying to dig up nonexistent drama.
“The ‘feud’ is definitely being played up,” a source told Us Weekly in November. “Are they the best of friends? No. Do they speak every waking second? No. Do they hate each other? Absolutely not. They are two women under serious amounts of pressure, stress and under a huge spotlight that no one can relate to — they will always have a bond that no one can break.”
Though we can’t be sure what kind of content occupies the royal group chat, we feel reassured that Meghan and Kate aren’t using the mute feature to ignore each other’s texts.