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Meghan Markle And Kate Middleton: A Must-know Timeline Of The Royal Rift

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Meghan Markle And Kate Middleton Row: Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appeared on the much-awaited interview with, Oprah Winfrey, the world cannot stop talking about it.

Every bit of their conversation is being put under the microscope. The former Duke and Duchess of Sussex sat down for the CBS interview to tell their side of the story themselves. 

Among the many truth bombs, as they are being popularly referred to, Markle’s revelations about her relationship with Kate Middleton has got the focus of the media outlets. However, their relationship has always been a source of “news item”. Supposedly, the British Press also had different standards for the two Duchess, as mentioned by the talk show host. 

A timeline of the relationship of Meghan Markle And Kate Middleton

  • In the tell-all interview that aired March 7 in the United States, the Suits actor agreed that she was being discriminated against. 
  • “It’s really liberating to be able to have the right and the privilege in some ways to be able to say yes,” she replied when asked about British press’ poles apart coverage of both the Duchess.
  • Later on, during the conversation, Markle mentioned that Middleton is “a good person”.
  • Kate got married into the British Royal family in 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London, United Kingdom. Prince William and Kate were dating each other for eight years before the wedding.
  • In 2017, Meghan met Kate in Kensington Palace when the former and Prince Harry returned from a trip. Reportedly, during the meeting, Middleton gave Markle a leather notebook as a late birthday present.
  • Before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in May 2018 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the two Royal couples held their first event together in London to talk about their plans for the Royal Foundation.
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton

Photo credit: The Sun

  • Cut to, six months later, The Telegraph reported that the new Duchess made Kate Middleton cry during a dress fitting for Princess Charlotte days before her wedding.
  • Meghan addressed the news in her recent interview and clarified that it was the other way around. 
  • “A few days before the wedding, she was upset about something pertaining — yes, the issue was correct — about flower-girl dresses, and it made me cry, and it really hurt my feelings,” she informed Oprah. 
  • “I’m not sharing that piece about Kate in any way to be disparaging to her. I think it’s really important for people to understand the truth,” she added. 
  • As the conversation proceeded, Markle went on to speak more about Middleton, she said: “Negate it, they wouldn’t let her, because she’s a good person. And I think so much of what I have seen play out is this idea of polarity, where if you love me, you don’t have to hate her. And if you love her, you don’t need to hate me”.
  • The same year, a month after these reports, Kensington Palace released a rare statement denying a fight between Markle and Middleton as published in a tabloid.
5 Things Kate Middleton Said in Her Keynote Speech

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  • Following the former Duchess’ revelations, American actor Janina Gavankar,  Meghan‘s friend, claimed there were ‘many emails and texts’ between Buckingham Palace and Markle, where she conveyed her troubles to them.
  • Gavankar’s response came after the Palace released a statement addressing Meghan and Harry’s interview. 
  • “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Meghan and Harry. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan, and Archie will always be much-loved family members,” the statement read.
Meghan Markle Oprah Winfrey Interview

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle interviewed by Oprah Winfrey .

  • “You know, after reading this short statement that came out from Buckingham Palace today I thought two things. At one side, I thought, I’m so thankful that they are finally acknowledging the experience, but on the other side, I know that the family and staff were well aware of the extent of it and, though their ‘recollections may vary,’ ours don’t because we lived through it with them. And there are many emails and texts to support that,” the 40-year-old actor said in her statement.
  • In an op-ed piece published by a magazine, Meghan’s alleged email said, “Well, if we’re just throwing any statement out there now, then perhaps KP can finally set the record straight about me [not making Kate cry],” Meghan emailed an aide, according to a source, asking why side of the story public image was never considered important to anyone”. The writer Omid Scobie wrote in the article that much like “many requests made by the couple” Meghan’s “suggestion was ignored”.  Instead, she was told, “The Duchess of Cambridge, she was told, should never be dragged into idle gossip”.