Meghan and Kate put on a united front
They’ve been dogged by rumours of a deep-running feud for months now, but when appearing together for Commonwealth Day celebrations in London, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle put on a very united front.
The two duchesses accompanied their husbands to Westminster Abbey on Monday where they were photographed sharing a kiss and exchanging knowing glances.
Kate, 37, was dressed in a red Catherine Walker double breasted coat dress, the same one she wore in New Zealand on her and William’s 2014 royal tour.
Meanwhile her heavily pregnant sister-in-law went for a chain print dress by Victoria Beckham, and a pillbox hat.
They were joined by all the senior royals, aside from Prince Philip, with the Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla Parker-Bowles and Prince Andrew, all in attendance.
The royals sat in order of succession, with the Queen, Charles, William and their respective partners in the front row, and Harry and Meghan sitting behind.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth – a global network of 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people, a third of the world’s population, of whom 60 percent are under 30 years old.
Reunited in public
Rumours of a feud between the Cambridges and Sussexes began swirling back in November last year when Harry and Meghan announced they would be moving out of Kensington Palace – where Kate and Wills live with their family – in favour of a country estate in Windsor.
William and Harry’s plans to “split” Kensington Palace into two separate households also added to the narrative, as did the fact that until last week, Kate and Meghan hadn’t been seen together in public since Christmas Day.
But that changed last Tuesday when the pair and their husbands joined Prince Charles to celebrate 50 years since he became the Prince of Wales.
Body language expert Kirsty Milligan tells Yahoo Lifestyle, “The ‘Fab Four’ are definitely well versed in how to maintain a professional/regal presence in public.
“If there is a rift, they’re very practiced in not allowing that to show. We can usually see this in facial expressions and guarded or protective body movements that show discomfort.”
Analysing their behaviour last week, she added, “What we can see of their facial expressions is very composed. This could certainly be masking many other feelings and emotions.
“We do see a very polished and practiced public appearance, but it’s what we don’t see that might be more telling.”
Expert weighs in
Speculation has been rife that the supposed rift among the ‘fab four’ was sparked by William questioning Harry’s decision to marry Meghan, meanwhile another report claimed Kate was ‘left in tears’ during a dress rehearsal for Meghan and Harry’s May wedding.
Kate had just given birth to Prince Louis at the time and was said to be “feeling quite emotional” when she saw daughter Princess Charlotte all dressed up, a source said at the time.
There has been no response from the palace as to whether there’s any truth to the reports, however royal editor and author Robert Jobson, who has spent over 30 years covering the royal family, believes that there has been some confrontation between Meghan and Kate.
“Whether or not there were reports Kate cried over the way her daughter, I don’t know if that’s true or not, but there’s clearly been some confrontation,” he told Yahoo UK‘s The Royal Box.
“I think that most of the stories that have been written have probably been true or Kensington Palace would have come down on them with a ton of bricks, so I think most of it’s probably true.”
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