Following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to move away from neighbours Prince William and Kate Middleton at Kensington Palace, and into a Windsor estate instead, rumours have been running wild of a rift between the two royal couples.
However, body language expert Judi James, has now suggested that the ‘first signs’ of a royal rift between Meghan and Kate actually began months ago when they and their husbands first positioned themselves as the “fab four”.
“For me, the very first signs of potential future rifts between these two women came when they appeared on stage together,” she told Mirror Online.
“Meghan was still using some postural mirroring of Kate as an understandable integration technique into the royal firm but all the poses that seem to show the two women laughing together are slightly misleading.”
Judi suggested that during that time, Kate instinctively looked to be “protecting their ‘territory’ from a usurper” and was not accustomed to having to share her inside jokes that she used to have with Harry.
And it seems the sister-in-laws’ outing to Wimbledon was “the one and only time any effort was made” to initiate a genuine friendship between the two Duchesses.
“They laughed together and used head closeness and some eye contact to suggest rapport but since then we have only really seen more formal poses from them, often with a rather regal looking Kate standing in front as Queen to be while Meghan stands behind or to the side,” Judi claimed.
The two Duchesses are said to be “very different people,” with Kate being more of a royal traditionalist while Meghan likes to push the boundaries and encourage change.
Judi added that she’s yet to see any actual animosity between the two ladies but likewise hasn’t seen any genuine indications of friendship.