When every aspect of your life is constantly scrutinized, being a celebrity may not be as glamorous as it seems. Sure, stars love the praise they get the moment they do something admirable, but as soon as they slip up, they can expect outcry just as quick. And when it comes to those that practically live in the spotlight, the tabloids are always ready to pounce.
The British monarchy is often looked at as the epitome of class and distinction, but that hasn’t stopped a number of royals from engaging in some pretty nasty feuds over the years. Even now, relationship drama continues to run rampant through Buckingham Palace — and soon the authorities may have to get involved.
Royals are no strangers to tabloid gossip, though recent rumors surrounding Britain’s most famous family said that Prince William and Kate Middleton were actually considering legal action against several U.K. newspapers…
According to The Sun, Kate had fallen out with her “best friend” turned “rural rival” Rose Hanbury, who owns a home near the royal couple’s Ammer Hall residence in rural Norfolk. She is a member of the “Turnip Toffs,” (that’s what the Brits call it when landed gentry plays farmer).
Evidently, the falling out between the two was so bad that Kate even urged William to oust Hanbury and her husband, David Rocksavage, from their social group. This was not the prince’s plan, however, as he reportedly sought to broker peace between them.
But while the tabloids insisted they knew the truth, the Duchess maintained that her relationship with Hanbury was anything but rocky. One family source even claimed that the two were barely close, to begin with.
Regardless of how significant their friendship was, no one could deny how truly damaging these rumors were. Both women considered pressing charges against the papers for libel, though the vagueness of the tabloid claims ultimately changed their minds.
Yet the reason this story made such an impact on the British people was because of how believable it was. Kate is no stranger to high-profile relationship clashes, and she’s been known to engage in plenty of them with members of her own royal family.
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In fact, just a few months after Prince Harry wed Meghan Markle, Kate and the new Duchess of Sussex struggled to coexist. Soon, the newlyweds moved from London to Windsor, which was a good distance from Kate and William’s home at Kensington Palace.
Kate apparently felt that Meghan “had used her to climb the royal ladder,” and by the end of 2018, the drama had finally come to a head. Fortunately, Queen Elizabeth managed to talk them down over the holiday and all was made right between the two.
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However, Kate’s relationships with other royals aren’t exactly ideal, as she’s evidently not a fan of her stepmother-in-law, Camilla Parker Bowles. According to sources, Camilla was “disgusted” at the attention the royal couple was getting as she tried to win over the public following her marriage to Prince Charles.
It was also alleged that Camilla tried to convince William to break up with Kate at some point in 2007. Though they did split in April of that year, no one knows for certain if Camilla was the cause.
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But the Duchess of Cornwall has ruffled a few feathers herself, as even Queen Elizabeth is known to butt heads with her. Tom Bower’s 2018 biography about Prince Charles claimed that Her Highness once referred to Camilla as a “wicked woman” after an infamous night of drinking.
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“She’d had several martinis, and to Charles’s surprise, she replied forcefully: she would not condone his adultery, nor forgive Camilla for not leaving Charles alone to allow his marriage to recover,” Bower wrote.
Though Camilla can’t entirely be blamed for Charles’ failed marriage to Princess Diana, as even while they were together the couple could barely stand each other. In fact, one royal correspondent claimed that Charles actually tried to get out of their 1981 wedding.
The couple was very clearly incompatible, and each time they were photographed in public together, they looked absolutely miserable. But even so, Charles did join Diana’s sisters as they escorted her body back to Britain after her death in 1997.
Despite this small act of love, however, Diana’s family still holds a grudge against the royals, especially her brother, Charles Spencer. Not only is Spencer still angry over the crown’s treatment of his sister in life, but also over her treatment in death as well.
Specifically, Spencer was upset over the way they handled Diana’s funeral, calling it “the most horrifying half an hour of my life.” He continued: “It was the worst part of the day by a considerable margin, walking behind my sister’s body with two boys who were obviously massively grieving their mother.”
But Diana’s brother isn’t the only royal outsider that’s taken issue with the family. Prior to Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle, her father, Thomas, was caught staging photos in an effort to get attention from the British press.
He’s also trashed the royal family on several occasions, alleging that Meghan looked miserable and calling her British in-laws “cult-like.” The new Duchess of Sussex has since cut off contact with her father, though that hasn’t stopped other family members from coming out of the woodwork.
Meghan’s estranged half-sister, Samantha, claimed to be writing two books about her sister, who she refers to as “Cruella de Vil.” However, in 2018 Samantha admitted to trying to profit from her sister’s new royal lifestyle.
“Let’s face it, we all have to survive. Money makes the world go round, so if you want to call that cashing in, that’s fine,” she told Good Morning Britain. “I think no one in media would refuse a paycheck for talking about their royal connections.”
Although Kate Middleton is always seen beaming with joy when cameras capture her attending royal events or making visits to other countries, are the emotions behind the smiles actually sincere?
If they’re not, she sure disguises it well. For almost two decades, the duchess has gallivanted around the globe with her husband, Prince William, and the two really do seem like charmers. But, you can’t please everyone, especially when it comes to royal family members.
Sure, on camera everyone buddies up to Middleton, but behind closed doors, there’s a very real competition for the crown brewing. And you better believe Middleton’s close proximity to that almighty throne has some family members feeling mixed emotions.
Luckily, brother-in-law, Prince Harry has always been one to stand firm in her corner. It doesn’t matter whether they’re attending a charity event or sporting match, Harry considers Middleton “the big sister he never had.”
Unlike the ease with which Prince Harry and the duchess hang out, there’s noticeably less comfort between her and her cousin through marriage, Princess Eugenie. However, the media has noticed a more seamless relationship in recent years.
And, of course, 14-year-old Lady Louise of Windsor warmed audiences hearts in 2011 when she served as one of Middleton’s bridesmaids. Despite the 22-year age gap, the classy gals enjoy plenty of outings together.
Middleton goes out of her way to show the utmost respect for her grandfather-in-law, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. She’s admitted to putting in the extra effort to follow in his footsteps.
Things apparently started off slightly rocky for Middleton and her stepmother-in-law, Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker-Bowles. It’s been rumored close confidantes of Camilla may have supplied the press with unsavory info about Kate and her family. Yikes.
When Middleton and Prince William first wed, Prince Charles was apparently unhappy that the first royal trip his son and daughter-in-law took was treated more like a personal holiday than a diplomatic trip.
If there’s one person in particular you want to impress when joining the ranks of royalty, it’s Queen Elizabeth II. Middleton was with Prince William for quite some time before the two finally met, but her grandmother-in-law has only grown fonder of her since.
No one wants gossip circling royal ears before a huge wedding, but Anne, Princess Royal, reportedly spread some saucy rumors about Middleton before her wedding. But, looking at the pictures of them, you’d never know it.
The relationship between Middleton and her cousin-in-law, Princess Beatrice, has made headlines on several occasions, but not in a good way. The princess apparently feels somewhat sidelined due to Middleton’s popularity.
Photos of Middleton and her aunt, Princess Sophie, rarely show the women at odds, but there have been rumors she and Middleton had a falling out over the queen’s favoritism toward Sophie.
Media and spectators have found it challenging to decode the relationship between Middleton and Zara Tindall, her cousin-in-law. Some speculate they’re at odds, while others have confirmed a solid relationship. Hmm…
Middleton and her cousin-in-law’s wife, Autumn Philips, get along just fine, and it’s most likely because of their commoner roots. While not frequently photographed together, they’ve always been friendly.
A vital aspect of being a duchess is maintaining positive relations with everyone they meet, especially outside of the Royal Family. Two other women Middleton knows well and seems to thoroughly enjoy are Princess Charlene of Monaco and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.
Traversing the royal world can’t be easy, and all Middleton can do is give it her best and hope those around her accept her with open arms. At least she’ll always have a great guy like Prince William to support her if she ever feels overwhelmed.
Though neither Kate Middleton nor Meghan Markle started out as royals, the two duchesses have possibly become the two most visible members of England’s most famous family. Reporters can’t help but speculate — are they friends, rivals, or something in between?
Meghan and Kate made their first official appearance together on Christmas Day in 2017. Of course, they had very different paths in ingratiating themselves into the Windsors. They were almost from two separate worlds.
Even though she wasn’t a noble, Kate came from a privileged background. Her parents ran a successful party supply company, and she attended the prestigious University of St. Andrews. There, she befriended classmate Prince William.
After years of dating, William and Kate decided to tie the knot in 2010. The following year, in what the press dubbed “The Wedding of the Century,” she became the Duchess of Cambridge. Similarly, Meghan got married in 2011.
However, she didn’t marry any prince! Then a Hollywood hopeful, the Los Angeles native got hitched with actor and producer Trevor Engelson. Their marriage dissolved two years later, as Meghan’s career really started to take off.
Meghan’s earlier career was defined by bit parts and a stint as a suitcase girl on Deal or No Deal. However, her name went up in lights when she nabbed the regular role of Rachel Zane on the USA legal drama Suits.
As Meghan’s work prospects took off to new heights, her personal life did the same. In 2016, a mutual friend did her a royal favor by setting her up on a blind date with Prince Harry. Their relationship started heating up before long.
Soon, she scored an invitation to Kate’s 35th birthday party. We can only assume she made a strong first impression on the royal family, but the details are hazy. All we know for sure was that she gifted Kate a dream journal.
And the two women would soon get to know each other even better. Not to be outdone by William and Kate, Harry and Meghan wed in lavish fashion in 2018. A foreigner — and a mixed-race one at that — had officially become a Windsor.
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With Kate and Meghan now firmly entrenched among the royals, there was the big question of how the sisters-in-law would get along. Insider accounts reported they got off to a bit of a bumpy start.
While pregnant with Prince Louis, Kate felt stress from both the physical toll and the public scrutiny. She didn’t necessarily have the time to properly welcome Meghan into the family, as she already had a ton on her plate.
However, Meghan reached out to Kate during this trying time. She shared some dietary advice that helped the Duchess through the rest of her pregnancy. In turn, Kate lent a hand in Meghan’s big dilemma.
Naturally, Meghan found herself in a big adjustment as she shifted from Hollywood to Buckingham Palace. Her experienced sister-in-law helped her learn royal protocol — everything from proper wardrobe to how to stand at official events.
From there, a close bond formed between them. When their busy schedules allowed, they spent time together one-on-one, such as a weekend visit to Wimbledon. They exchanged jokes and comments throughout the match.
The royal sisters-in-law grew closer on a personal level, but Kate also took Meghan under her wing on a professional level. She invited Meghan to join the Royal Foundation Forum, a charitable organization started by William and Harry.
This was a huge step forward for Meghan. “She really admires how Kate has carved out her own space when it comes to humanitarian work alongside being an amazing mother,” said a source close to the royal family.
When Meghan announced her pregnancy in late 2018, nobody celebrated more than Kate. She couldn’t wait for the two of them to experience motherhood together. But she didn’t foresee the other big change on the horizon.
Just months before the birth of their first child, Harry and Meghan decided to move out of Kensington Palace. They would take up residence at Frogmore Cottage, under a separate roof from the rest of the family for the first time.
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The move would mean that Meghan and Kate would see each other on a less regular basis. Still, there was no doubt they’d still make time for each other, especially once their children became friends.
Though they may clash on occasion, the two women realize that they’re best off supporting each other. When it comes to marrying into the world’s most high-profile family, Kate and Meghan know they need to stick together.