Kensington Palace has started a “mole hunt” in order to find out who is the one responsible for a number of unfavourable leaks about the supposed rift between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.
Recently, a couple of potentially damaging stories have popped up in UK media that focus on the hostility between the Duchess of Sussex, 37, and the Duchess of Cambridge, 36. In turn, Kensington Palace has launched a hunt for the source of the leaks, according to the Mail on Sunday.
None of the rumours have been confirmed, which range from Meghan causing Kate Middleton to cry after a bridesmaid fitting for her daughter Charlotte to Meghan mistreating the staff. Meghan Markle reportedly had been sharp with her staff, including reducing her PA, Melissa Toubati, 39, to tears and ultimately leading to her handing in her resignation.
Prince Harry, 34, seems to be part of the drama as well, being furious that neither his brother, Prince William, or courtiers have been “rolling out the red carpet” for his bride. There has been speculation that this is one of the reasons why The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are moving out of Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle, as the tensions between the two households are growing.
Kensington Palace has confirmed the move, as Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan Markle, will move into the historic cottage on the royal family’s Windsor Estate early next year. The couple, who got married in May this year at Windsor, will live in Frogmore Cottage, a two-storey stucco-faced house in Windsor Home Park close to the castle.
In the statement, the palace confirmed the move to their new home, around 32 kilometres southwest of London, adding that the couple will have settled in “as they prepare for the arrival of their first child”.
“Windsor is a very special place for their royal highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate,” it added.
Prince Harry and Meghan currently reside in Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace in west London. The couple finished their first ever overseas tour as a married couple at the start of November, which saw them visit Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji during the 16-days they were abroad. Their new home has been described as cosy and “modest”. The cottage has two reception rooms and two bedrooms. The Palace said the couple’s office would remain there.
Tensions between Meghan and some royal started as early as Christmas last year. At the time Meghan suggested that she did not feel entirely welcome with all members of the Royal Family. Prince Charles is said to have tried to fix things with an invite to Anmer Hall — William and Kate’s country home — but it backfired badly and the couples reportedly had a “ghastly row”.
A royal aide told the paper Meghan was “downright rude”.
The source said: “Kate had a quiet word with Meghan.
“It escalated rapidly after Meghan complained to Harry that she had been ‘told off’.
“He took her side, while William defended Kate, who was five months pregnant with Louis and certainly didn’t want this sort of confrontation.”
Robert Jobson, the royal biographer, claims that even the Queen had to speak to Harry about Meghan’s attitude after a disagreement about which tiara she would wear at their wedding in May this year.