Meghan told Oprah that the incident had been inaccurately reported, but noted: “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 that she hoped the Duchess of Cambridge “would have wanted that corrected” as well, saying Kate is a “good person” and had apologised to her at the time.
But when pressed by Oprah about the many friendly photographs of the two women at royal engagements — which made the public think they were on good terms — Meghan said: “My experience of the past four years is nothing like what it looks like.”
However, the co-author of the famously explosive biography about the Sussexes’ departure, Finding Freedom, claimed the two women were close just months after Archie’s birth in 2019.
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle at Wimbledon
Meghan and Kate at the Commonwealth Day service in March 2019
Carolyn Durand told Hello! Magazine: “Kate was a great source of support to Meghan in the days leading up to Archie’s birth and despite reports of a rift, they are family and have a really lovely friendship.
“Their relationship has constantly evolved over time and they have become closer since Meghan’s wedding.
“They talk and text regularly, they have more in common and Kate has wanted to make sure Meghan has felt welcomed to the family.”
Another source also told US magazine People: “There is a sense of their relationship strengthening.
“They’re each a little more relaxed. They have more in common now.”
These remarks were made in July 2019, just months before the Sussexes announced their intention to step back from the Firm.
Archie’s birth in May that year, Meghan and Prince Harry told Oprah, was a sore subject behind Palace walls, suggesting their rift with the Firm deepened around this time.
Meghan and Kate pictured smiling with their husbands in Sandringham in 2017
Kate and Meghan smiling together for Christmas 2018
The couple said their son’s arrival raised questions about how the Firm handles race, and left the Sussexes fearing for Archie’s protection as a member of the Royal Family.
Meghan and Kate were also pictured together with their children supporting their husbands at a polo match around the time of Ms Durand’s comments.
Body language expert Judi James alleged that Meghan was “wary” at the event, and “deliberately” avoided her sister-in-law, according to Fabulous Digital.
However, others believed the women were happily letting their children bond.
It’s also important to note that the reports of texts between Kate and Meghan came from Ms Durand.
Her book with fellow royal correspondent Omid Scobie was perceived as the first real insight into the Sussexes’ exit from a sympathetic perspective.
Their joint biography Finding Freedom included such an array of intimate details about Meghan and Harry’s relationship that many critics believed the authors must have had insider knowledge from the couple themselves.
Kate and Meghan with their children at a polo match in 2019
However, both the writers and the couple denied any direct collaboration.
The book even touched on Kate’s supposed feud with Meghan — but portrayed it completely differently to Ms Durand’s comments.
The pro-Sussex account claimed the Duchess of Cambridge “did little to bridge the divide” with her new sister-in-law after she joined the royal fold, suggesting they were not in contact that much.
The authors alleged the women had “little in common other than the fact that they lived at Kensington Palace” — contrary to Ms Durand’s remarks the previous year — and that they “struggled to move past distant politeness”.
The writers claimed: “The truth was Meghan and Kate just didn’t know each other that well… Though it was not necessarily her responsibility, Kate did little to bridge the divide.”
Less than a year after Finding Freedom hit the shelves, US Weekly magazine reported that Meghan’s comments to Oprah have “burned all her bridges” with Kate.
Meghan and Harry with Archie in October 2019 in South Africa
Meghan, Kate and Camilla attending Trooping the Colour in 2019
The Cambridges were allegedly in “total shock after hearing what Meghan and Harry said” to Oprah.
While broadcaster and close friend of the Sussexes, Gayle King, revealed that Harry had spoken to both Prince William and Prince Charles after the interview, she claimed no one within the Royal Family had reached out to Meghan.
Some sources believe Kate and Meghan have not spoken directly in more than a year.
They have not met in person since the Commonwealth Day service last March, where there was a palpable frostiness between the Sussexes and the Cambridges.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK