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Royal row REIGNITED: Meghan OVERSHADOWS Kate’s pride and joy as palace forced to intervene

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, have dodged rumours of a feud for months. While the pair have put on a united front in public, rumours of cooling relations between them and their brother husbands have persisted. And earlier this month, Meghan and Prince Harry fuelled rumours by officially announcing their split from the Cambridge household, due to come into force before the arrival of their first baby.

The upcoming Chelsea Flower Show in May is a highlight of the Royal calendar, with the Queen visiting each year.

Up until this weekend, the highlight of this year’s displays was meant to be a classic English garden co-designed by the Duchess of Cambridge herself.

But the Sunday Times revealed another garden threatens to overshadow Kate’s – and it’s supported by Meghan and Harry.

A charity supported by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is to showcase an African climate change garden, and it’s reported to be located just a stone’s throw from Kate’s.

The African garden for the charity Camfed, which supports girls in rural Africa to stay in education, could not be more different.

The garden will feature a breeze-block school house surrounded by crops that girls can learn to grow, such as peanuts and okra, as well as solar panels and a smart irrigation system.

There will be places for visiting children to pick wild strawberries and toast marshmallows over an open fire.

Kensington Palace has tried to get ahead of the game to prevent the clash from causing rift rumours circulating once more.

Camfed has been told it cannot use a photograph of Harry surrounded by some of its young Zimbabwean alumni to publicise the garden.

Whereas photo of Kate features prominently in an article on the RHS website about her garden.

A source at Camfed said: “It’s because the Duchess of Cambridge is co-designing a garden, so we can’t use the photo.

“The palace is worried about mixed messaging.”

Kensington Palace said the decision on the photo was taken by administrators and Harry was “incredibly supportive” of the charity’s work.

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Camfed is one of a small number of charities backed by both Meghan and Harry, who are passionate about Africa, as they forge new roles as roving ambassadors for the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT), giving a “voice” to the young people of the 53 Commonwealth states.

The charity has said it hopes Meghan, who is expecting the couple’s first baby next month, will visit the garden.

The ‘Meghan effect’ is already having a positive impact on the charity.

After Meghan appeared with the charity’s Africa director Angeline Murimirwa on International Women’s Day, donations spiked and visits to its website doubled.

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