According to royal author Tom Quinn, the feud between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton began before the infamous royal wedding dress fitting where the Duchess of Sussex was reportedly made to cry by her sister-in-law.
A month ago, the much-talked-about TV interview conducted by Oprah Winfrey with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry aired, with shocking claims made about racism in the royal family and a lack of support for the Duchess of Sussex when she was feeling suicidal while pregnant with Archie.
Oprah Winfrey asked Meghan Markle about the reports that she had made her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, cry, to which Meghan replied that the opposite had happened, and she had been the one left crying.
Royals author Katie Nicholl revealed to OK! magazine that Kate Middleton is mortified by Meghan’s words because she is “discreet and respects her personal life.”
She explained: “Kate is so discreet and respects her personal life. You never hear about her falling out with anyone because she is very careful with how she treats others. So for this story to be circulating is very hard. Kate felt [the incident] was all sorted, so to have it brought up again was mortifying.”
The royal expert went to reveal that “making matters worse,” Meghan and Harry know that Kate Middleton is “not in a position to respond” to the stories about her.
Mortified or not, more stories about Kate and Meghan are coming out. While it was widely thought the dress incident was the beginning of a rift between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, royal author Tom Quinn claims it happened when the Sussexes moved into Nottingham Cottage on the Kensington Palace estate.
They were given a home that was “tiny” in comparison to the huge double apartment occupied by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which Quinn claims sent a clear message that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were secondary.
With tensions already growing between Prince Harry and his older brother after Prince William referred to Meghan Markle “this girl,” the housing arrangement “inevitably led to friction” between the families, said Quinn.
The royal expert revealed: “Nottingham Cottage is in the grounds of Kensington Palace, and it’s quite small.”
He went on to say: “It’s tiny compared to the enormous double apartment that Kate and William have. It was being pointed out to them in no uncertain terms that they weren’t in the first division because that place is held by William and Kate. Inevitably that led to friction.”
It was announced in 2018 that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would leave Nottingham Cottage, prompting speculation that they would be moving to the massive 21-bedroom apartment next door to the Cambridges.
However, instead, they moved to Frogmore Cottage, spending £2.4 million ($3.2 million) to refurbish the property before stepping down as senior royals and moving to the US, where they now reside in Montecito, California.