Throughout August, we were gifted with a series of fake-ass stories about how the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex have completely buried any and all hatchets. “Sources” would not shut up about how Kate and Meghan are “closer than ever” and how they’re talking a lot by “Zoom and FaceTime.” There was even a suggestion that Meghan was desperate to produce a documentary about Kate’s charity work! Yeah, I don’t think anyone was buying it. I had my theories about why those stories were being sold though. As Omid Scobie promotes the paperback edition of Finding Freedom, he was asked about the veracity of all of that reconciliation reporting. Scobie told ET that it’s all one big royal pipe-dream.
“I think it’s wishful thinking when we see people say that Meghan and Kate are going to work on a Netflix project together or they’re talking on the phone,” Scobie tells ET. “I even read a story about how they’re Zooming whilst making cakes or something, quite recently.”
Scobie doesn’t think it’s ill-will between the duchesses, but rather the simple matter of the women following the example of their husbands. “Unfortunately, they follow the lead set by the brothers. The brothers aren’t talking, there really isn’t much communication between either side altogether,” Scobie shares. “Although there was never really a feud between the duchesses, there was some distance. They were never able to get as close as possible.”
As for whether there will ever be a return of the “Fab Four” as the group was previously dubbed, Scobie doesn’t hold out much hope.
“The Fab Four was always destined to fail because neither of them were equals,” he explains, referencing William and Harry’s different rankings within the royal family. “These weren’t four family members all on the same level, carrying out work together. It was kind of a Diana Ross and the Supremes situation.”
Scobie adds that Harry and Meghan had to “contend” with the reality that they were lower in the hierarchy of the Firm, despite wanting to take on more responsibility within the institution prior to their departure.
“They wanted to do just as much as the Cambridges. They wanted to be just as front and center as William and Kate were and, of course, public appetite was there for it, but the institution is very quick to remind you that you are in that position,” he says. “Harry is number six in line to the throne and must always remember that as he carries out that work. It means that he can never overshadow his brother.”
I think Scobie was being a bit funny and shady there, don’t you think? “Harry is number six in line to the throne and must always remember that as he carries out that work. It means that he can never overshadow his brother. [Which Harry was doing.]” Along with this: “…public appetite was there for it, but the institution is very quick to remind you that you are in that position.” Meaning, there was the need from the press and the British public for Harry and Meghan to be popular and high-profile, but it was the institution pushing them down. Along with Will and Kate pushing them down. Anyway, yes, of course Kate and Meghan are not Zooming or plotting a Netflix documentary. The only thing I kind of believe is that Kate probably sent a baby gift. Something with buttons.
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