That’s it? It seems things are A-okay amongst the Royals, as the supposed rift between the two couples, Prince William and Kate with Prince Harry and Meghan, has been solved.
On Sunday, we got reports that Kate Middleton and her husband Prince William have decided to spend Christmas with the Middletons instead of the Royal Family. This just added fuel to the already burning fire that is the rumours that there is a growing rift between the ‘fab four’. But despite all that, the royal family will put on a show of solidarity over the festive season.
It seems that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend Christmas with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after all, along with the rest of the extended family at Sandringham in Norfolk, England. Nothing is confirmed though, as at the same time there are reports that the Cambridge had elected to spend the holidays with the Middleton family in Bucklebury, Berkshire this year.
But a source told the Mail: “Reports regarding Christmas are wrong. Everyone is in Norfolk this year.”
Who to believe?
One of the most reliable and trustworthy royal sources has also insisted that there is no rift to speak of, with the plans for Christmas being in place for some time now.
The first rumour that the couples were having trouble came when the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had decided to move out from Kensington Palace ahead of the birth of their first child sometime in Spring 2019. The couple will be moving to Frogmore Cottage, which is on the ground of Windsor Castle, where the couple got married in May.
Ever since their engagement back in 2017, Harry and Meghan have been living in Nottingham Cottage, in the grounds of Kensington Palace. When they do move, they will be 20 miles away from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children, Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis. It has been confirmed by Kensington Palace that although they will move, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to base their office out of Kensington Palace.
Earlier this month we also got the announcement that William and Harry had decided to divide their ‘court’ at Kensington Palace to create two separate offices. The reason named for this was the brothers’ changing role within the royal family. A source close to William and Harry said: “The brothers have learnt on each other and looked after each other since their mother died.
“But now they have their own families, they no longer rely on each other as before.”
One reason why the couple might be eager to leave Kensington Palace might be the fact that they want to escape the public eye in London ahead of the birth of their first child. Kensington is quite open to the public, with the paparazzi often buzzing around and snapping photos of the Cambridge children on the school run. William and Kate must tolerate this-as they are bound to become King and Queen one day so that puts them in quite a special place within the royal family. But that is not the case for Prince Harry and Meghan. They have more freedom when it comes to forging their own path so it is understandable they want some peace and quiet as they start a family.
One royal expert said: “The idea of the two of them as ‘the boys’, the brothers doing everything together and living in each other’s pockets, has been pushed with good intentions, but hasn’t really existed for some time.
The truth is that they have both just grown up.
“They are rare in that they live together and work together, but there has been a stepping back.
“They are still incredibly close, closer than most siblings, but now Harry has married and is about to become a father, so it’s a good time for him to be planning his own future.
“There is no acrimony.”