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Will Kate and Meghan be friends after the Queen’s death

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The four wives of Windsor gathered together on Wednesday as Queen Elizabeth’s coffin was carried into Westminster Hall to lie in state before it.

With great care, the eight young grenadiers tasked with carrying the monarch’s body to the Palace of Westminster carefully placed the coffin on a platform known as a hearse.

The coffin was draped with the royal standard flag, representing the sovereign and Great Britain, with the imperial state crown at the top.

Camilla – the new Queen Consort after her husband was proclaimed King Charles III – stood by her daughter-in-law Kate, the new Princess of Wales.

Meanwhile, Sophie Wessex, the wife of Prince Edward and a favorite of the Queen, has become a buffer between Kate and her daughter-in-law Meghan Markle, a relationship that can best be described as strained.

In fact, until last week, the in-laws had not seen each other for more than two years after Meghan and Prince Harry left the royal family, even though the Sussexes were in the UK. to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June.

The two women barely looked at each other as they met mourners outside Windsor Castle on Saturday.

“There’s a lot to overcome,” said one knowledgeable palace source. “I think Meghan and Kate could be friends one day if they both wanted to. If a person feels good and in a different way, it’s easier to do it.”

So it was understandable if nerves and grief mingled on Wednesday as Meghan and Kate stood together in silence as they awaited the arrival of their husbands after they escorted the Queen on her final journey from Buckingham Palace.

These fleeting moments gave us a fascinating look at all four royal women. Camilla stared straight ahead from under the brim of a black hat, while Kate, 40, looked grief-stricken.

Sophie, 57, appeared to be choking back tears, while Meghan, a former actor, had a “perfect expression”, body language expert Judy James said. Daily Mail.

With the Queen’s death a week ago, the entire dynamic of the royal family known as “The Firm” has changed.

Kate and William’s already strained relationship with Harry and Meghan has been further strained by the Sussexes’ departure from the royal family.

On the one hand, the rest now need to bow to 75-year-old Camille. Meghan, 40, is expected to curtsey to Kate, although royal watchers don’t necessarily think that will happen.

Royal biographer Hugo Vickers, who has met the Queen countless times, said Page six: “Technically, as Meghan Markle is no longer HRH, she should curtsey to Catherine, but the Queen has always made it clear that she did not expect that … The Royal Family would expect appropriate behavior from those in ‘official to the system’, such as ambassadors. , but the queen indeed [didn’t] take care when [others] did not curtsy when meeting.”

It had been a long time since the strong-willed women of the royal family faced such a power shift.

According to royal biographer Christopher Warwick, the Queen Mother was incensed at being cut off in her prime after her husband King George’s death in 1952. And as soon as her daughter Elizabeth became the queen, she was “envious” of her child’s higher position.

“She loved the position of queen, and suddenly everything was taken away from her,” Warwick said in a 2020 Smithsonian Channel documentary The private life of the Winzars.

“The Queen Mother was very against being the Queen Mother. She envied her daughter for becoming the queen,” he said.

Now there are new minefields for everyone to maneuver.

Tellingly, Sophie was chosen to accompany Meghan in a car to Westminster Hall during Wednesday’s gruesome public service lie, and both women will travel together again to Monday’s funeral ceremony at Westminster Abbey, with their husbands following the late Queen’s coffin. leg

At one point, Meghan was expected to attend such a celebration with her daughter-in-law Kate.

While William, Kate, Harry and Meghan were once known as the “Fabulous Four” and shared a charity that worked on, among other things, mental health, the women didn’t seem to be as close as the photos suggest.

In the 2020 Sussex biography The search for freedom, royal reporters Omid Scobie and Caroline Duran wrote: “Meghan would agree with the assessment that the Duchesses were not the best of friends. Their relationship hasn’t progressed much since she was Harry’s girlfriend.’

Meghan apparently felt snubbed by Kate, who has been in the royal family longer.

After Kate sent Meghan flowers for her birthday, the book said: “Meghan would have preferred Kate to check on her during her toughest times with the press.”

A few days before Meghan and Harry’s wedding in 2018, the famous incident happened – at the time it was reported that Meghan had left Kate in tears over something to do with the dresses of the young bridesmaids, including Kate’s daughter, Princess Charlotte.

But in Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Duchess of Sussex said it was Kate who made her cry.

The row between Harry and brother William was reported to have started after the elder brother urged caution in his romance with Meghan, and only worsened when the Sussexes decided to step back from their royal duties.

Moving to the US might have driven a wedge between them and their family, but it might have been worse if they had stayed.

As the Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Kate are not only now next in line to be King and Queen, but he has also inherited the Duchy of Cornwall estate, estimated at US$1.2 billion, which has been a source of income for his father for over half a century. This is thanks to owning a landed estate of more than 128,000 acres, which also makes him one of the largest landowners in England.

“William is very wealthy now,” Vickers said. “He used to have to rely on his father.”

However, Harry and Meghan have to make the money themselves, which they are doing with projects like the Netflix deal and the Duchess Archetypes podcast on Spotify.

“Had Meghan stayed in the UK, I have no doubt there would have been a bit of a green-eyed monster as she watched Kate take on the role of Princess of Wales and climb the career ladder,” said a royal insider. “But in the US they have their own millions. You can’t say Harry and Meghan didn’t know it was going to happen.”

Sources say Camilla became closer to Kate after Meghan and Harry moved to the US. And now the Queen Consort, as the royal top dog, will depend in part on keeping the peace.

Camilla, the king’s lover when he was married to Princess Diana, became not only a great support for her husband, but also for other women in the family.

Royal watchers say that before Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding in 2011, Camilla was a useful source of knowledge about family life. She invited her to lunch before the wedding to mend her nerves, and did the same seven years later with Meghan – who was said to be “surprised” by her huge life change.

“The goal was for Meghan to be able to air any worries and grievances and Camilla to help alleviate them,” the source said.

But Meghan told Winfrey that she was not offered training for the new role. “Unlike what you see in the movies, there are no lessons in how to speak, how to cross your legs, how to be royal. There is none of this learning. It can also be for other family members. This was not the case

what I was offered.”

She also recalled how Sarah ‘Fergie’ Ferguson, Prince Andrew’s ex-wife and constant companion, stepped in and taught her how to bow before meeting Queen Elizabeth.

She may also have a supporter in Sophie, a former public relations officer who was herself a commoner before marrying into the royal family. “Like Meghan, not only did she have a professional life before becoming a royal, but she also knows what it’s like to be shamed in the press. She understands what Harry and Meghan are going through,” the source said of the Duchess of Wessex, adding that she is known as the mediator in the family.

Then again, Camilla – who has kept her own separate home since marrying Charles – seems to have her hands full.

“Camille did a great job and I really came from the other side of the hill about it,” Vickers said, recalling her days as a hostess. “She was very important to Charles. He relies on her and she gives him the trust and confidence he needs. He is a poor guy. We’ve seen a couple of wobbles because of his stress and she has to deal with that.’

After the Queen’s funeral on Monday, the Sussexes will return home to their children Archie and Lilybeth in Montecito, California.

One palace insider said Message, “A lot of headlines were overblown last week. Everyone lowered their heads, everyone behaved. There was no drama. Everyone is in mourning.

“But then Harry and Meghan will come back to America and do whatever they want, so who knows what will happen.”

This article originally appeared on Page six and was reproduced with permission

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