VF: Duchess Kate has been a ‘pillar of support’ to Duchess Meghan

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It’s not that the Middleton family is completely unblemished. In the past year, the Duchess of Cambridge’s uncle violently assaulted his wife and faced charges related to domestic violence. Pippa Middleton’s father-in-law has been accused of raping two women. Scandalous relations are very common in the royal family. But Thomas Markle is somehow different – as I said previously, I don’t think the Windsors have ever seen anyone so shameless, so abusive, so bullying, so narcissistic. Usually once some relative pops up to sell their story, it just happens once and that’s the end of it. Still, given Kate’s dodgy relations, I guess I believe that Kate has some sympathy for Meghan’s current predicament. Katie Nicholl at Vanity Fair has a new piece about how Kate is making an effort to comfort Meghan in the wake of the Markle family’s theatrics. Some highlights:

Kate is supportive: The Duchess of Cambridge… has apparently been “a pillar of support” for Harry’s wife as she navigates her new royal role and comes to terms with the seemingly irreparable breakdown of her relationship with her father.

A solid friendship: Behind the gilded gates of Buckingham Palace the two duchesses are said to be forming a solid friendship, which will be of huge comfort to Meghan as she weathers yet another personal storm. According to one source, Meghan is “at her wit’s end” over her father’s decision to continue speaking to the press and feels angry and betrayed by her family who say they won’t be silenced and will continue to speak out. While the ongoing saga has no doubt been embarrassing for Meghan, she has had the support of Harry’s family, particularly Kate, her sister-in-law.

The Middletons have been through it all too: “Kate’s well aware of what Meghan is going through. Her family has been dragged through the tabloids and she knows it’s not nice. She’s made a big effort to be kind to Meghan and look out for her,” says a source.

Sources say the women get along well: Nicoll’s sources say they get along well… Harry is keen on Kate and Meghan getting along, and according to one royal source: “Kate’s made a real effort to be kind to Meghan and to include her. They’re quite different characters but they get along well.”

Kate is making fashion recommendations: Kate has recommended a number of London-based designers to Meghan, including Emilia Wickstead, who has dressed Meghan on two occasions.

Kate has Meghan over to the palace for tea: “They speak on the phone and Kate makes a point of inviting Meghan over,” the source says. “I’d say they try to see each other once a week, sometimes with Harry, sometimes Meghan goes on her own. Kate’s really busy juggling three kids; she has a lot on her plate and she has her own friendship group, but she has made an effort with Meghan. She’s been very sympathetic to what’s been going on with Meghan and her dad.”

[From Vanity Fair]

Nicholl also says that for now, Meghan has the support of the Queen as well, and the Queen seems to be “a fan” of Meghan. Harry and Meghan plan on spending some time at Balmoral in the coming months, and Meghan’s father probably won’t even be mentioned. My guess is that the Queen is just hoping that the various palace press offices can figure this out – my guess is that Kensington Palace and Clarence House press offices are coordinating and perhaps even plotting. As for Kate making an effort with Meghan… I mean, I guess I believe it. This piece just reminded me that Nicholl has deep sources within the Middleton camp, and so obviously this is being framed as “Saint Kate helps downtrodden Meghan.” That being said, it really does seem like they get along well enough. So good for them.

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  1. Cidy says:

    You know what, I believe it. I think it would be hard to know Meghan and watch her go through this.

    • Jan90067 says:

      I’d believe it. They’re two women, the same age, married to close brothers; of course they’d make the effort to get along/like each other. Meghan seems very charming, and those who’ve met Kate say she is very nice. While they are in different places in married life, they are both in the same place being in the public eye, and as you said, Kaiser, both have families that’ve helped put them in the tabloid eye. I wouldn’t be surprised if coping tips are being passed on.

      • Lauren says:

        I imagine Kate likes the idea of showing Meghan the ropes and giving her pointers. I doubt she feels superior, but I imagine it is a bit of a boost to her ego to feel like she can finally offer advice to someone else in the family. She seemed more confident when she was at Wimbledon with Meghan, and I think it’s because she felt like she was showing Meghan how it’s done.

      • formerly known as amy says:

        I don’t believe it. Kate has a newborn and 3 kids under 5. She doesn’t have time for anyone else’s drama and that ok.
        Women don’t have to be everything to everyone. Also MM college friend Lindsey Roth lives in london.
        This just creating good PR for Kate on the back on the MM’s family drama. Whatever.
        Is Kate supporting her from mystique because that’s where the middletons are.

      • Becks1 says:

        She doesn’t have to be everything to everyone to be friendly with Meghan. The article says they see each other once or twice a week. Considering they’re neighbors, that’s not so extreme. And maybe they text or email when Kate is out of town or Meghan is.

      • formerly known as amy says:

        Pillar of strength is what am refuting.

    • polonoscopy says:

      Lainey used to get great Megan Markel gossip from also being friends with Jessica Mulroney and knowing some of the Suits cast in Toronto. She had a great blind about how Kate seeing Megan out in the rain outside the palace (prewedding and pre-engagement) and asked where she was going and Megan told she was going to the store and Kate said oh that’s nice or whatever and drove off. Then, at the store, Megan sees Kate there. And she thought it was weird as fuck that she didn’t offer her a ride.

      I’ll try to find it.

      • BCity says:

        Ask and ye shall receive! 😉. It IS such a weird story!! Who does this?! 😂😂

        https://www.laineygossip.com/Didnt-offer-a-ride-blind-riddle/46293

      • polonoscopy says:

        THANK YOU!!!!

      • guesttt says:

        You do realise, at that point, Kate hadn’t known MM for a long time. I wouldn’t even say she had known MM for a couple of months! I don’t blame her, MM and Harry had been long-distance dating for around 6 months or so. DoC photographed driving around Harry’s very new girlfriend wasn’t going to happen. They arent you and I, they lead different lives. This is why All of the uproar surrounding Pippa’s wedding last year was insane as well. So what if she didn’t invite MM? They hardly knew each other, but of course, the blame was laid upon the Midds.

  2. Betsy says:

    A million years ago they would have threatened to lock Thomas and Samantha up in the Tower. Too bad the threat is gone. I feel really bad for Meghan that her family is a bunch of trash ghouls.

    • Clara says:

      Fun fact – the Tower of London was still being used to hold criminals until as late as the 1960s, most infamously the Kray twins.
      💫 *the more you know music plays*

      I still think Meghan is playing this entire thing as well as possible given the circumstances; there’s no need for her to comment or get involved, her relatives have more than enough rope to hang themselves with at this point.

    • violet says:

      @Betsy – I have this fantasy of someone using a Ouija board and some of Richard IIIs DNA from his body that they found a few years ago, resurrecting him, and letting him sort the family out.

      (I actually like Richard III, I read some about him and he was not the monster Shakespeare painted him as to avoid having the Tudors put his head on a pike.)

  3. A says:

    I don’t think ma midds cares abt any of this, but I’m willing to believe that Kate is supportive in her own way. I’m not surprised that they are friends. Meghan seems like the type who would make friends easily, even with Kate. Even if this is a friendship born out of proximity, it’s probably still genuine so that’s good.

    • Milla says:

      Ma Middleton loves William and Kate. She probably loves Harry as well. So why shouldn’t she at least care for Meg?
      Also, ma Middleton knows what it’s like to have that cousin you are ashamed of.
      Kate knows this very well, so it makes sense that she would talk to Meg, after all, the four of them plus York sisters are the future of the monarchy.

      • Peg says:

        I’m not sure the York sisters are the future of the monarchy, since they’re not working Royals, George, Charlotte and Louie now that’s the future.

      • Lady D says:

        I think Charles is going to find he will need the York girls, very much in the future. Sorry about the typos lately, I melted 3 fingers together a week ago, so ‘m stuck one-handing it for a bit.

      • Olive says:

        @Milla The York sisters aren’t even working royals. How are they the future of the monarchy??

      • Milla says:

        It’s simple. In 10 years there will be far less living royals. Cambridge babies will be too young.

        The crown cannot be represented by just 4 people. York sisters are close to Harry and Will, it’s natural to think they will become full working royals.

      • A says:

        Ma Midds, at the end of the day, is William’s mother in law. Not Harry’s. I’m sure that she is cordial and lovely to Harry, but I can hardly see her sitting around dispensing that sort of advice to her son-in-law’s brother’s wife.

        Are we sure the Middleton’s are embarrassed by Gary? Someone doing embarrassing things and someone’s entire existence being an embarrassment are two entirely different things. I was always under the impression that the Midds were fine with Gary for the most part, occasional spot of wife beating included, because he has kept his mouth shut more often than not, not to mention bank rolled parts of their fortune as needed.

        The Yorks aren’t the future of the monarchy, sorry. Also you’re not very good at math if you think that the monarchy is going to be represented by “just 4 people” ten years from now. It will be represented by Charles, Camilla, William, Kate, Harry and Meghan. That’s six people. I also think it’s very likely that Charles is going to keep his siblings in the positions that they are until their deaths or retirement, but their children will most definitely not be getting anything. Beatrice and Eugenie will likely continue as they are right now–as royals who don’t get public money, but who have philanthropic interests that they will pursue.

      • Lizabeth says:

        @A.. Agree about the math but 6 is still not many people compared to the number of working royals in place now. And will Charles’s sibs be willing to work until they drop? I wonder myself if their loyalty is to “The Crown” absolutely or to QEII. Anne is no spring chicken herself and she covers an awful lot of events.

        Agree totally about the Midds. I’m sure they are nice to him but I’m not sure how well they even know Harry. Harry said something about wanting to get to know Kate after she and Will married and then he was in the military….

    • minx says:

      Aren’t most friendships born out of proximity? Neighbors, co-workers, college friends, etc.?
      I have no trouble believing the two women are becoming friends.

      • Lady D says:

        Twice now I have moved long distanceto a town where I didn’t know a soul, and made some really great friends. I’m gearing up to do it a 3rd time.

      • formerly known as amy says:

        MM and H spend most of their time in Oxfordshire.

      • minx says:

        I’m assuming Kate and Meghan see each orher at official engagements..and maybe even voluntarily! Plenty of time to get to know each other.

      • A says:

        Yes, but let’s be honest–is Kate the sort of friend that Meghan would go seek out on her own devices, let alone someone who’s going to be interested in the same sorts of professional and personal endeavours as she is? Probably not. I’m not saying they aren’t friends, or even close friends, but I do think that they are really the only two people in the world who are in the position that they’re in and that commonality is why they’re getting close. It’s not a bad thing, it’s actually pretty good–remember Diana and Sophie?

      • minx says:

        A—I think both Kate and Meghan have several things in common: First, they seem to be both extremely pragmatic women. I also think they both are really, really happy with their respective lots in life. And I think they love their husbands and want to please them (in a good way). So, if part of that means being pleasant and supportive of their husband’s sister-in-law, I think each woman will do that with a smile on her face. Who wouldn’t? Do they care if the other woman is their soulmate and they have everything in common? My guess is no.

      • guesttt says:

        Formerly, both couples do the same thing. They are in the city at KP when they’re working during the week. During the weekends/time off, they stay at their country places. That’s more than enough time for Kate and MM to get acquainted. A few times a week is enough. I don’t believe they are BFF, but they’re obviously friends.

  4. Aud says:

    Meghan is so beautiful in these pics.

    • Jan90067 says:

      She’s beautiful. End of 😊

      Both women are look lovely. I don’t think Kate takes a bad pic (and yes, I know that she can be “caught” mid-laugh, etc., but we’d ALL look like that if we were shot that way).

  5. Diana says:

    Just a couple of months ago there was a commenter here spreading the idea that Kate was mean-girling Meghan in front of the RF and Camilla even gasped in shock when she heard what Kate was saying or something along those lines.

    Glad there are relatively more reliable sources saying that Kate and Meghan actually get along well.

    • Becks1 says:

      HAHA that was funny. We all kept demanding to see the proof of Kate’s comment and there was none.

      • formerly known as amy says:

        Katie nicholl also said that H wanted to meet MM for 2yrs from suits, she is a known liar, so you believe her stories when it suit the narrative you like?

      • A says:

        Or, it could just be that Katie Nicholl is like the rest of us, and she gets some things right and some things wrong and no one is a totally trustworthy source of information.

      • guesttt says:

        so you believe her stories when it suits the narrative you like?

        Eh, I’m sure you do the same thing…… Pot meet Kettle.

  6. SamC says:

    Why is it so hard to believe? By most all accounts Kate is friendly, warm and overall a nice person. Seems perfectly reasonable that she would be the same to her new sister in law; not hard to imagine they’d get along.

    • Sash says:

      I believe it too. Both seem to have a gaggle of girl friends, both seem kind, and both are in the same situation, they’ll probably have a nice camaraderie.

      • Lovosa says:

        Kate does not have a “gaggle of girl friends”. She doesn’t have any friends, period. The people she is normally clings to when out and about are all William’s friends first.

      • nono says:

        @lovosa Kate does have a gaggle of friends. She does have friends, period. And no they aren’t william’s friends first. For example at the christening she made her schoolfriend hannah carter a godparent for Louis.

        A couple of her friends are:
        Emilia jardine (schoolfriend marlb., godmother to george, also friend of william),
        Hannah Carter (schoolfriend marlb., godmother Louis),
        Trini Foyle (Schoolfriend marlb.).
        Alice Avenel (Schoolfriend marlb.)
        Mel Baker (schoolfriend st andrews, lived together in london after uni, Kate is godparent to her child).
        Sophie Carter (godmother charlotte).
        Laura Meade (godmother Louis).
        And those are just a few and most known.

      • guesttt says:

        I’m curious, do you know the ins and outs of her life and her daily goings-on? We see a snapshot of their lives when they perform Royal duties. It was reported recently that one of her friends from before lives near her and they meet regularly. would you like Kate to do a pap stroll with her friends? Or leak their meetings like Priyanka Chopra is doing now Lol

  7. Enough Already says:

    Digital Unicorn
    You are correct and incorrect. Nicholl was never implicated in the hacking scandal. Behind the scenes William was furious and suspicious of absolutely everyone, including. Official intelligence quickly exonerated Nicholl (in addition to Harry and Kate going to bat for her) and she remained in the royal good graces. Time and distance decreased Nicholl’s access and power. The royals she used to literally party with are now in their 30s and Nicholl herself is narried with a toddler and living in NYC. Eugenie still meets her for lunch when she is in NYC.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Ah – I think i might have gotten her mixed up with someone else as am sure there was a royal reporter that was suspended for being involved in something dodgy.

    • Enough Already says:

      Correct although the name escapes me as well. It was a man, he worked for News of the World at the time…lol, my memory is worse than my desire to google it :)
      Let’s just blame Paul Burrows for fun!

    • guesttt says:

      But, but, but… I thought everything she reports is all made up and lies? *sarcasm*
      She writes for VF, the very publication the BRF are fine with.

  8. Pamm says:

    I believe this and I hope their relationship is solid. I don’t think KP and Clarence House are plotting anything.

  9. DizzyLizzy says:

    It makes sense that they will support each other. Who will better understand the scrutiny than your SIL.

    Long may it continue, this was always going to be a bumpy ride.

    • Lilly says:

      Yes. Kate understands and Meghan facing such a big change comes with bumps, even if the press weren’t stoking it and she had a supportive family on her dad’s side. I always believe love will overcome.

  10. Always Lurking says:

    True! I rolled my eyes reading that article.

    I do believe Kate and Meghan get along very well and have some kind of fun together. That Nicholl woman forgets that Meghan has an army of girlfriends, some of them based in London.

    Trying to paint Meghan as lonely and in need of Kate is ridiculous. She knows her family better than anybody and is probably not even surprised to see them acting out. There is a reason she is estranged from them, long before she met Harry.

    • A says:

      I don’t think she’s portraying Meghan as lonely, just that her experience right now, as a royal in-law going through incredible amounts of scrutiny isn’t something that everyone can relate to. She has a great support system and isn’t wanting for friends, but I’m assuming that it helps a lot to have someone who has experienced a lot of what she is going through right now.

  11. Becks1 says:

    I can see them getting along. I don’t think they are BFFs – maybe they will be eventually – but Meghan seems warm and outgoing and friendly, and Kate also seems pretty nice, despite all the criticism we throw her way on here, lol. They are at different places in their lives (Kate having three kids and being in the royal family for years now and Meghan being new to it) but I don’t think either is out to hurt the other.

    I do kind of laugh at the “saint kate” angle to this story, but meh. the more people Meghan has around to support her, the better.

    Also the comment about how Kate has her own circle of friends so only has so much time for Meghan – Meghan has her own group of friends too. She’s new to London but she knows people there and her good friends in Canada are not without means to travel.

    • Nic919 says:

      Just like the articles about Kate and Meghan hating each need to be taken with a grain of salt, so do these articles too, especially from Nicholl. Saint Kate the new matriarch is currently in Mustique so I am not sure how she’s helping Meghan with what her dad is currently doing. I am sure she is sympathetic to a rogue relative but beyond that, there is no evidence they are super tight. Just wishful thinking and speculation. And Meghan has friends already who are well aware of her familial dynamic and she can discuss it with them.

      • Jan90067 says:

        They’ll all be back together for their friend’s wedding this weekend, Van Curtsey-Tappan-Zee whatever lol. Apparently this guy is their best friend; he did a best man toast at Harry’s wedding, and is Godfather to Char (I believe?). Isn’t Harry tapped to be his best man? Meghan will probably be seated with William (Kate usually doesn’t go to the weddings anymore, but maybe she’ll show up this time).

        I’m looking forward to seeing what she (and maybe Kate) will wear.

      • Olenna says:

        ” Van Curtsey-Tappan-Zee”! Katie and Megs building *bridges* of love, LOL! In all seriousness, though, I do hope they get on well. Cheers for sisterhood!

  12. Reese says:

    Post like these just reinforce the stereotypes that women couldn’t possibly be friends and get along. Your shade at Kate for this reinforces your need for a bad/good women narrative. Slag her for being lazy and things that are obvious.
    I don’t believe it’s hard for Kate seeing her sister in law go through such a horrific time to reach out and be kind. Why would that be hard to believe?
    Why couldn’t they possibly be friends? Because it won’t get clicks on posts or articles? It’s easier to believe one has to be jealous and one women has to be better than the other.
    This what helps keep these bloody stereotypes that women can’t along from ever disappearing.

    • Muffy says:

      Kate and Harry are obviously very fond of each other. Why wouldn’t she want to be friendly with his wife? They’re two adult women; I get along nicely with my SIL and I would call her a friend. Why can’t these two be the same way?

  13. Peg says:

    Katie Nichol looks at pictures and puts her own interpertation on them, she said so much about Harry and Meghan that turned not be be true.
    When I see her on US tv and they’re calling her a royal expert, I have to laugh.
    Sure I believe Kate and Meghan are friends, but I don’t see Meghan bending her ear about her dysfunctional family, she seems to be the kind of person that makes a decision and moves on.

  14. chrissyms says:

    This is great. Imagine how terrible it would be for Meghan if Kate was a total B. I feel like they should just ignore Thomas Markle and her horrible family. What else could they say? IF they had anything more scandalous to say about Meg except that “she doesn’t treat us right” then they would have already said it. Public opinion is not with the Markles.

  15. Vogue says:

    While the Middletons might not be perfect at least Kate’s parents & siblings have largely kept out of major controversy. What makes this worse is that it is Meghan’s immediate family that is selling her out & behaving shockingly.

    On a separate note it was recently revealed through court documents that Prince Charles had been supportive of a bishop who was convicted of sexual abuse. While we are busy talking about the conduct of the Markles & Middletons, it is important we don’t forget about the conduct of the royals which is far more serious & has greater implications.

  16. Starryfish29 says:

    What can’t Kate do? According to all these reports of Kate mentoring and supporting various members of the family, she is practically holding up the entire monarchy!

    • That would screw up the entire narrative we’ve built for her wouldn’t it? Someone from a close knit, supportive family encouraging others to be close knit and supportive.

      Disclaimer: I am what would be called a sugar around here, for both Ladies, two heaping cups of Duchess fangirling.

      • Starryfish29 says:

        I don’t doubt that she’s been kind and supportive, but there’s been a spate of articles lately (many from Katie Nicholl lol) claiming that Kate is mentoring all sorts of folks, including Harry, who has been a royal his entire life. It’s pretty obvious PR nonsense.

      • Sage says:

        The narrative was built by people like Katie Nicholl. It’s very clear there’s a new narrative being created for Kate. Kate is the loyal and supportive wife for Will, juggling 3 kids, mentoring Harry, and is a rock for Meghan. She is being promoted as the matriarch of the BRF.

    • Sage says:

      She went from Waity Katie to Duchess Doolittle to Saint Kate after the birth of her third kid.
      I’m sure Kate and Meghan are friendly, but “a pillar of support” seems heavily exaggerated. Also, it is nice of Katie to plug Emilia Wickstead.

      The whole article screams Middleton PR.

      • Nic919 says:

        I would hope she didn’t recommend the designer who bashed her wedding dress. That would be a mean girl move. Nicholl is trying too hard here. Also wondering how the meeting once a week happens with them in Mustique for the last several weeks.

      • formerly known as amy says:

        I was thinking the same thing. How is it a good thing that she recommended that designer that bashed her wedding dress.

      • Jan90067 says:

        Perhaps she was recommended after the engagement, that’s when Meg started wearing EW (remember that black 2 piece that looked like a short jacket with culottes?). I seriously don’t think Kate would do so AFTER Meg’d Already have worn the designer lol

      • guesttt says:

        Yeah, last several weeks, you mean they left the week before last? haha

        With EW, she probably recommended her during the engagement period. MM wore EW before the wedding. I hope you were critical of Sophie wearing EW after her comments…

    • Natalie S says:

      Well, she is the *future queen.*

  17. Maria says:

    I think Kate feels less lonely with Meghan around. They are married to brothers and live very close to each other. And I do believe that Kate doesn’t like the limelight very much and having the more extroverted Meghan close by is a great bonus to her. She does seem more relaxed since her arrival.

    • formerly known as amy says:

      Kate was catwalking in see through attire in college. She likes the limelight well enough.

      • nono says:

        @formerly known as amy Kate was a 19 year old girl when she did that charity fashion show for uni. She was asked just like the other girls and guys. She did it in front of friends and others from uni. Who knows how she felt when she did it. Maybe she thought i will go out of my comfort zone and afterwards thought never again. Just because she did something when she was 19 years old doesn’t mean she likes the limelight.

      • minx says:

        Hoo boy, I would not like to be judged forever on things I wore in college.

      • formerly known as amy says:

        A shy person doesn’t cat walk in a see through outfit. She like the limelight so does MM nothing wrong with that. The shy thing is used to excuse her laziness

  18. Enn says:

    I have some messy relatives (an estranged aunt crashed my wedding) and I’ve always felt looked down on by my in laws for it. However, I’m more understanding of other people who have awful family members. None of us know what’s going on behind the scenes and the St. Kate narrative is a bit much. I do hope that she’s offering support to Meghan if Meghan is open to it. It’s just the kind thing to do.

  19. nono says:

    IMO I think that Kate and Meghan get along well. I don’t think they are BFF but friendly with each other. I don’t believe this story because i think Katie NIcholls doesn’t know anything. (I am not saying kate is not supporting meghan). She had so many stories about kate and or william and meghan and or harry wich are proven to be untrue.

    I also don’t think that katie nicholls has deep sources in the middleton camp. Maybe back in the day when william and kate were dating and when she went clubbing with the younger royals. But not anymore. Too many stories untrue. And she has also written many negative stories about kate and or william (she was the one who started calling kate “waity katy”). So she had sources maybe before marriage but after marriage NO.

  20. Natalie S says:

    Kind is the new key word. Kate is keen to be kind.

    I think Kate is busy with her own life and so is Meghan, and both women make an effort to chat once in a while. They’re married to brothers and their children will be cousins so it’s good to have a friendly relationship. Everything else is the gloss of pr.

    • formerly known as amy says:

      Kate is Keen to be Kind

    • Cerys says:

      Exactly. All the recent stories about St Kate, saviour of the monarchy and mentor-in-chief are likely all spin. There seems to be a lot of pro-Kate stories just now which may or may not be instigated by the Middleton-Cambridges
      However, it stands to reason that Kate may be supportive to Meghan. They are married to brothers, live in the same palace and will be attending the same events for years to come. People can be helpful and kind to each other without spawning a plethora of sickly news stories about it.

      • guesttt says:

        Both camps have their Saint narratives. Meghan being the new changing the world Saint Diana. Those sickly sweet pieces are just as bad as the Cambridges PR.

  21. Surely Wolfbeak says:

    “Kate has recommended a number of London-based designers to Meghan, including Emilia Wickstead, who has dressed Meghan on two occasions.”

    Wowza. What’s up, Katie Nicholl? Is there any particular reason to include this?

    • Lizabeth says:

      Isn’t EW the only London-based designer Kate and Meghan have both worn? Personally I think this is all made up and if so, EW is the only one who could be mentioned (although one EW design MM wore was pretty awful) Kate may very well be friendly to Meghan–I don’t know why she wouldn’t be– but I still don’t see them becoming extremely close. They are very different from each other and are at different points in their lives. I think this is just a “Kate will save us all” PR attempt to re-brand Kate as doing her most important work for the monarchy “behind the scenes.” And as others have said KN has gotten so many things wrong I doubt she has true inside knowledge but is just spinning.

      • Surely Wolfbeak says:

        Agreed. My point is that Wickstead’s name is loaded, and throwing it in there only really benefits Wickstead herself.

      • Natalie S says:

        They’ve both worn McQueen, Stella McCartney and Amanda Wakely.

        My pet theory is Meghan wore Wickstead after the dust up to show that she was above Wickstead’s pettiness but I side eye the Wickstead mention in this article.

      • Lizabeth says:

        That’s true Natalie S. I was thinking only of MM’s post-wedding wardrobe. Given that they do have other London designers in common, I agree with you and Surely Wolfbeak mention of EW seems pretty odd.

  22. perplexed says:

    They look cute together at Wimbledon.

    Have no idea what the real story is, but they look engaged with each other.

    I think it’s possible Kate may genuinely like Meghan, because Meghan’s strong suit seems to be making friends. She’s gotten people at high levels to be her friend and trust her (i.e Jessica Mulroney, Serena Williams), so I don’t see why she wouldn’t be able to do the same with Kate. None of these people really needed to be her friend, but they liked her on her own terms when she was a less famous actress. So I think it’s realistic that Kate could have the same kind of affection for her as a they do. The only people who don’t seem to like Meghan are her family, but they’re crazy, so….

  23. Skylark says:

    LOL @ Formerly Known as Amy, still on her ‘Kate is pure evil’ mission!

    I’m surprised you haven’t given us a blow-by-blow account of what new poison Kate poured into Meghan’s ear while attending Wimbledon, what with you being an expert lip reader (with extraordinary vision!), capable of interpreting conversations that took place on a very distant ‘Trooping The Colour’ balcony! :D

    https://www.celebitchy.com/580685/duchess_meghan_wore_carolina_herrera_for_trooping_the_colour_totally_80s/

  24. HannahF says:

    I just can’t see past Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King in the pics.

  25. violet says:

    I’m sure the family is generally appalled but this transparently made-up out of whole cloth stuff is just ridiculous. No one has any idea what Meghan or Kate or the Queen or anyone in the Inner Circle is doing thinking or feeling because the more IN they are, the less likely they are to let anything out.

    And the diatribes against Kate really are taking on a surreal quality.

  26. Sarah B says:

    Hey, is that Billie Jean King sitting behind them??

  27. liriel says:

    Hey, they mention Harry is KEEN for them to be friends.
    Finally someone else is keen. I totally believe this and frankly I think that Kate might feel relief that she has someone who has gone through the same thing as she did (her family was over-analysed as well) and they both seem nice. It also helps that that they’re similar age. Both for them and the press. Imagine if Harry married twenty something.

  28. ladida says:

    I remember when Lainey wrote a blind that clearly came from Meghan or one of her confidants. I wonder if Kate knows about that. Either way, they are family and it’s clear that Kate values family above all. I think they’ll always be reservedly friendly with each other.

    • guesttt says:

      I believe she did know about that. It was a bitchy/catty move from Meghan/her friends. I don’t know why she thought it would be a good idea. you would think she would try and get Kate on her side instead of leaking silly gossip.

    • lobbit says:

      I hope they become the very best of friends – the kind that share clothes and finish each other’s sentences and like, communicate telepathically. It would be so much fun to watch the aggrieved “sugars” on both sides of the aisle struggle to make sense of it.

  29. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    I hope they are friends even in the most basic sense. Good for them.

    In other news, the Swedish crown jewels have been stolen. Oops.

  30. Dazeem, Adele says:

    I’ve seen a few mentions in posts about Lainey’s blind with kate blowing off Meghan. If I recall correctly, this was many months prior to the engagement and I would imagine Kate has “bumped in” to many of Harry’s lady visitors over the years. Perhaps she didn’t want to get too involved until she saw this one was going to ‘stick’? I’ve been in that position w friends and coworkers before, I get it. No shade to Kate in my opinion.

    I never considered myself a Kate sugar, but all the criticism is turning me into one!

    • Fleur says:

      I was thinking the same thing. To be honest, I was like that with my brother’s girlfriends until he met his wife. Hands off. I look back and think I was a bit bitchy, not reaching out a hand of friendship, but I figured his private life was up to him and I didn’t want to complicate things by establishing an emotional rapport with the girlfriend if my brother didn’t see it lasting. And maybe she figured Meghan wanted to enjoy the walk…

      That said, I would’ve offered girlfriend-in-law a ride, even out of duty. But when you’re the wife of the Prince, I guess one has to do very few gestures out of duty.
      Rightly or wrongly, I imagine Kate as the type who’s very much in her own insular world. It doesn’t surprise me that she’d hold off on making the effort to form a real friendship with Meghan until she joined the Firm. In Law relationships are weird, anyway. Insta-family, and you don’t know each other at all and might not choose to hang out otherwise.

      • Becks1 says:

        IF that blind is true, then I think it’s really bitchy of Kate. There’s “not wanting to get close” to the new girlfriend and just weirdly not offering her a ride when you are going to the EXACT SAME PLACE and making your BIL’s girlfriend walk, especially considering photographers and the like.

        But, I don’t think its true – at least not entirely. Maybe Meghan went to the store and Kate showed up there an hour later after going somewhere else first, or maybe Kate was on the same block as Meghan, or something, but none of that sounds as interesting as “kate didn’t offer her a ride and made her walk.”

      • lobbit says:

        I don’t find it bitchy at all. I can’t stand making small talk with new people and I avoid it at all costs. It’s nothing personal!

  31. abba says:

    Oh my Kate The Great in action. There’s nothing she can’t do. Being a pillar of strength while lying on the beach in Mustique. Amazing.

  32. Newmoon says:

    Maybe so, but why does there need to be a headline about it? (My take: because someone wants us to see Kate as queen-like: dignified and supportive.)

    Of course the future queen is an ideal, supportive friend, right? Of course.

    Personally, I suspect these two aren’t great friends but I also don’t think there is any juicy rivalry going on.

    But they will push a pro-kate line, regardless.

  33. lobbit says:

    Rise, #TeamSussbridge! Rise!!!

  34. Mr Hen says:

    Meg, be very careful of those sly Middleton’s they work as a pack and take down their prey they are lethal. Do not trust them or allow them to befriend you, Kath body language speaks volume at the trooping colour and at your wedding.