Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton’s relationship is improving after a tumultuous year, a source said on Wednesday.
“Meghan and Kate get along very well and have been in touch more often,” a palace insider told Us Weekly. “Meghan and Kate’s relationship has never been closer. And now they’re closer than ever and working on their relationship for the sake of the family.”
In March, Markle told Oprah Winfrey in a TV interview watched by nearly 50 million people worldwide that her sister-in-law made her cry before her royal wedding in May 2018 to Prince Harry.
Before the 40-year-old’s claim, early reports suggested it was the other way around, with the former American actress allegedly leaving the Duchess of Cambridge a few years after a disagreement.
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“The story with Kate, that didn’t happen,” Markle told the media mogul. “A few days before the wedding she was bowled over by the bridesmaid dresses and it made me cry. It really hurt me.”
The Duchess of Sussex has insisted that she and Middleton, 39, eventually work things out.
“It was a very difficult week of marriage,” said Markle. “And she was upset about something, but she recognized it, and she apologized. And she brought me flowers and a note to apologize.”
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After the interview aired, a source told the outlet that the women had not spoken for a year in part because of Harry’s continued breakup with his older brother Prince William. The insider claimed that the “animosity” between the brothers made it “very difficult for them to be friends or even friendly”.
However, another source later told the outlet that the women had made amends and had been in touch since Markle gave birth to her second child in June.
“Kate reaches out to Meghan a lot more since [Lili] was born, she sends [notes and] gifts and trying to form a relationship, ”the insider said.
Markle, a former American actress, became the Duchess of Sussex when she married Harry, 36, in May 2018 at Windsor Castle. The couple welcomed a son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in 2019.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departures from royal duties began in 2020 over what they described as British media intrusions and racist attitudes towards the former ‘Suits’ star. The family now resides in the coastal town of Montecito, California.
After stepping down from royal duties, they gave an explosive TV interview to Winfrey, 67, in March, in which the couple described painful comments about Archie’s skin color before he was born. The Duchess has spoken of the intense isolation she felt within the royal family which led her to consider suicide.
Buckingham Palace said the couple’s allegations of racism were “concerning” and would be dealt with in private.
On June 4, the couple welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The child is eighth to the British throne.
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The name honors both Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, whose family nickname is Lilibet, and his late mother, Princess Diana.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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