Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton stepped out with the royal family and their husbands, Prince Harry and Prince William, today to pay their respects following the procession of Queen Elizabeth II in state at the palace Westminster. Both women are dressed in black, wearing veils, customary costumes for royal funerals. The Princess of Wales stood in front of the Duchess of Sussex and the two were stern during the event. They don’t seem to interact with each other, focusing on the late Queen as her coffin arrives.
Harry appeared to be a bit emotional during the ceremony as he was next to Meghan. He specifically talked about how close he is to the Queen, especially over the past year. “We have a really special relationship,” said Harry told The Today Show in April. “We talked about things she couldn’t tell anyone else.”
In his statement about her death, he reflected on his grandmother’s relationship with Meghan and his children Lilibet and Archie. “Madam, while this last parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all our first encounters — from my earliest childhood memories to grandma, to meeting her for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my beloved wife and hugged her beloved grandchildren,” he wrote. “I cherish the times shared with you and the many other special moments in between. You have been missed so much, not only by us, but by the whole world. “
While out, he and Meghan were photographed holding hands while William and Kate walked separately.
Meghan has been open about how there is still room to heal between her and the royal family, based on everything she’s been through while working as a senior royal family member. “I think forgiveness is really important. It takes more energy to not forgive,” she said told Cut in an interview, published in late August. “But it takes a lot of effort to forgive. I really put in an active effort, especially knowing that I can say anything. ” She was silent, then finally said, “I have so much to say until I don’t. Do you like it? Sometimes, as they say, the silence is still part of the song.”
For Kate in particular, Meghan emotion on how she saw Kate in her Oprah tell-all interview with Harry in March 2021, along with her feelings about the Kate and Meghan feud story featured in the British tabloids . “She’s a good person, and I think a lot of what I’ve seen happen is this idea of polarization, where if you love me, you don’t have to hate her, and if you love her, you don’t have to.‘there’s no need to hate me,” said Megan.
Ahead of Oprah interview, royal correspondents Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand .’s 2020 Sussex biography Freedom Search touch How is Kate and Meghan’s relationship, once again confirming that the two are not hostile.
“Meghan would agree with the assessment that the duchesses are not best friends,” the two reporters wrote. “Their relationship hasn’t progressed much since she was Harry’s girlfriend.”
A source told Scobie and Durand that Kate felt they didn’t have much in common “other than they lived at Kensington Palace,” before the Sussexes moved to Frogmore Cottage and eventually to Montecito, California. Kate, therefore, is said to have made little effort to become close to Meghan.
Alyssa Bailey is senior news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royalty (especially Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at In style and Around the world. When she’s not working, she enjoys running around Central Park, getting people to take #ootd photos of her, and exploring New York City.