Kate Middleton is ‘really upset’ about estrangement from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – while seeing Prince William ‘distraught’ has been ‘tough’ but ‘pulled them closer together’, source claims .Kate Middleton has been ‘really, really upset’ about the royal family’s estrangement from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, a source has claimed.
Rumours of a rift between the Duke of Sussex, 37, and the royal family have been circulating since before Megxit, with relations taking a further blow following Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March this year. Meanwhile Prince William and Harry are said to have barely spoken and have an ‘incredibly strained’ relationship after two years of rows over Harry’s wife and her alleged treatment of staff, the couple’s decision to emigrate to America and the ‘truth bombs’ the Sussexes have dropped in TV interviews watched by tens of millions of people around the world.
Speaking to People magazine, insiders claimed the Duchess had found seeing the Duke of Cambridge, 39, ‘distraught’ over the estrangement had been ‘tough’, adding: ‘Everything with Harry and Meghan has been hugely stressful, but if anything, it’s pulled [her and William] closer together.’ During an explosive chat with Oprah Winfrey in March, Meghan claimed Kate made her cry before she married Prince Harry as the couple dropped a series of ‘truth bombs’ including saying there was ‘concern’ over Archie’s skin colour.
When Harry was reunited with his family just weeks later at his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral, Kate was the first member of the family to be seen chatting to him – and was even spotted holding back in a bid to reunite him with brother, Prince William.At the time, Kate’s uncle Gary Goldsmith said his niece was ‘trying to mediate’ and bring peace to the royals after Prince Harry’s nuclear truth-bombing.
Gary Goldsmith, 56, who is brother to Kate’s mother Carole, described the Duchess as a ‘brilliant arbiter and peacemaker’ and insisted she was doing everything she could to make things right between her husband and his
brother. Meanwhile, sources have claimed that Duchess of Cornwall is unlikely to ever forgive her stepson Prince Harry for their actions since stepping back as senior royals in March last year.
Harry has addressed his relationship with his father in several interviews throughout the year – after first opening up about it in a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March where he claimed he has been ‘let down’ by Prince Charles.
Writing in The Telegraph, royal expert Camilla Tominey reported that a source close to Camilla has said that even though Buckingham Palace is conveying the message that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are still loved by the family, the Duchess of Cornwall will struggle to move on.
Another source claimed that Prince Charles was deeply affected by the reported fall out with Prince Harry and that it had been ‘really hard for him.’The latest comments come amid speculation that Harry and Meghan, 40, will not be spending Christmas with the rest of the Royal Family.Instead, it is thought the Sussexes may spend the holidays in their £11 million mansion in the Californian enclave of Montecito.
According to reports, the couple turned down an invitation to spend the festive period with the Queen and other family member, because they wanted to avoid the media scrutiny such a trip could trigger.
A royal source told Page Six: ‘There’s a lot that goes into the logistics and the planning of the family Christmas, so of course, staff know that Harry and Meghan are not coming. If they were, they would have communicated it to their family by now.
‘But this is Her Majesty’s first Christmas without her husband, so one would have hoped they would want to be with her.’ As well as losing her spouse of 73 years, Prince Philip, the monarch, 95, has also suffered with several health problems which forced her to miss events recently – including Remembrance Sunday commemorations last month – often considered to be one the most important dates in her diary.