Last Friday, news came up that Kate had a private birthday party ahead of her actual birthday at Anmer Hall for her close friends—many of them were godparents for her children.
Outlets picked up that Prince Harry and Meghan didn’t attend that party, with some people speculating that it means the alleged Kate-Meghan feud could really be true.
The real reason for their absence wasn’t because of any dramatic emotional rift though.
A source told ELLE.com that after spending Christmas and Boxing Day at Sandringham, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex left Norfolk and returned to their Cotswold home in Oxfordshire for some time off.
Their break in Oxfordshire came before the couple would return to London last week for what would be one of Meghan’s biggest weeks as a duchess: Her first four patronages were announced, and she made her official visit to one of them, Smart Works.
Despite some reports in certain tabloids, the source said, Harry and Meghan never were intended to be in Sandringham, where Kate and William’s home and party venue Anmer Hall is, that day.
The source also made it clear that while Kate and Meghan are friendly and supportive of each other. They simply have different interests and friends. A lot of Kate’s friends are from her years at Marlborough College, the boarding school she attended, and the University of St. Andrews, the college she attended with William.
Many of Meghan’s friends though, are from Northwestern University (where Meghan went to school), the U.S.A., and Canada from her career shooting Suits in Toronto. Due to the fact that they have different backgrounds, it’s perfectly normal that they don’t have the same social circle.
They aren’t best friends, but there were no snubs or drama behind Meghan and Harry’s absence at Kate’s party.
“The stories of the two duchesses having a major ongoing feud are just overblown. They have enormous respect for each other and are both devoted to representing Her Majesty in the humanitarian and charitable work they do,” a source previously told ELLE.com.