Meghan and Kate ‘texted regularly’ after Archie’s birth, Finding Freedom author claims
Meghan put Kate in the firing line during her tell-all interview with her close friend and US talk show legend, Oprah Winfrey, which aired on ITV earlier this month. Just minutes into the broadcast, she revived reports which had been circulating six months after the Sussexes’ 2018 wedding. They claimed Kate had been left in tears after a row with the new royal bride over flower-girl dresses.
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.
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.
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.