Sunday, 13 Jun 2021

Kate Middleton ‘rose above’ Meghan and Harry interview to be royal peacemaker

The Duchess of Cambridge "rose above" Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Oprah Winfrey interview claims to "try to carve a path to reconciliation" between Prince William and the Duke of Sussex, a royal expert has said.

The Sussexes made a series of bombshell claims about the royal family during their chat with the US TV legend, including allegations that Kate Middleton made her new sister-in-law Meghan cry, as well as revelations that the Duchess of Sussex had suicidal thoughts and that there were concerns within the Palace about "how dark" their baby would be.

Harry returned to the UK in order to attend his grandfather Prince Philip's funeral, meaning he was rather awkwardly reunited with his family just weeks after making the controversial claims.

Meghan, who is heavily pregnant with the Sussexes second child, wasn't able to attend on medical advice.

But Kate was the first member of the family to be seen chatting to Harry, who then ended up walking away from St George's Chapel with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

And now one royal expert has said this shows Kate "set aside any personal resentment" and "rose decidedly above it all".

Writing for Stella magazine, royal expert Camilla Tominey explains: "Despite the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Oprah Winfrey interview, when Kate was accused of making Meghan cry during a bridesmaid’ s dress fitting and failing to support her, Kate rose decidedly above it all.

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"Setting aside any personal resentment she may still feel about Harry and Meghan’s televised two-hour tell-all, Kate put her best foot forward in trying to carve a path to reconciliation between the brothers.

"Few would have blamed her for giving Harry the cold shoulder, yet she clearly resolved that the situation needed to be appeased rather than aggravated."

Christopher Wilson told the magazine that he didn't believe Kate's decision to start up a conversation with Harry, which resulted in the Duke chatting one-on-one with William as the family walked away from the St George's Chapel service, wasn't a planned event.

He said: "I thought it was entirely spontaneous and clever in making the two brothers talk to each other.

"It was a deft move that shows the Duchess is not overawed by all that’s going on."

Kate was always extremely close to Harry, and he once described her as the sister he never had.

They attended a number of joint engagements together and joined forces to launch their mental health organisation, Heads Together.

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When Harry was living at Kensington Palace he spent a lot of time at the Cambridges' apartment, and Kate would often cook him dinner

She was reportedly always on hand to offer him advice, especially when it came to love and romance.

A source told the Daily Mail: "Kate has quite a different relationship with Harry than she has with William.

"Harry appeals to her sillier side because he is carefree, footloose and loves banter,' they said. 'He finds things funny about people and says so."

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