Meghan and Kate ‘really loved’ spending last Christmas together but are ‘definitely not best friends’, a US magazine has claimed amid rumours of a rift.
The sisters-in-law ‘got on’ during the festive period last year and ‘all had a wonderful time’, a source told People.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stayed with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at their Norfolk home Anmer Hall last Christmas, joining the Queen and the rest of the royal family at Sandringham for Christmas Day.
This year, they will be spending Christmas together again amid claims there have been tensions behind the scenes, following the announcement that Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, will be moving away from Kensington Palace.
Meghan and Kate (at the traditional church service at Sandringham on Christmas day last year) ‘really loved’ spending last Christmas together but are ‘definitely not best friends’, a US magazine has claimed amid rumours of a rift
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Speaking about Meghan and Kate’s relationship last year, a source told People: ‘They really loved Christmas and all had a wonderful time.
‘I think the two women got on – they are definitely not best friends, but it was a really special time for them all to spend together.’
However, there have been rumours of a rift between Kate and Meghan following the news that Harry and Meghan will be moving to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor next year, ahead of the arrival of the first child together.
An insider suggested to People that the decision to move away from Kensington Palace – where the Cambridge currently live – had been taken to allow Harry to come out of his brother’s shadow.
The source said that Meghan, 37, and Kate, 36, (above at a remembrance service at Westminster Abbey earlier this month) ‘got on’ during the festive period last year and ‘all had a wonderful time’
A source previously told the Daily Mail’s Rebecca English that there was no acrimony between the Sussexes and the Cambridge.
‘The idea of the two of them as “the boys”, the brothers doing everything together and living in each other’s pockets, has been pushed with good intentions, but hasn’t really existed for some time,’ she said.
‘The truth is that they have both just grown up. They are rare in that they live together and work together, but there has been a stepping back.
‘They are still incredibly close, closer than most siblings, but now Harry has married and is about to become a father, so it’s a good time for him to be planning his own future. There is no acrimony.’
The Duchess of Cambridge brushed off rumours of a rift during a visit to Leicester earlier this week (above) after being asked about the Duchess of Sussex’s pregnancy
Meanwhile, Kate brushed off rumours of a rift while visiting Leicester earlier this week with Prince William.
Speaking to members of the public outside Leicester University, Kate was asked about the Duchess of Sussex’s pregnancy.
Asked if she were excited for ‘Meghan and her new baby’, Kate said: ‘Yes absolutely, no it’s such a special time to have all kiddies.
She added: ‘And a cousin for George and Charlotte as well, and Louis. So it will be really special.’