Kate Middleton sent flowers to Meghan Markle as a ‘peace offering’ but the Duchess of Sussex told her ‘in no uncertain terms that it was not enough’, Vanity Fair has reported.
Authors of a new explosive new biography claimed over the weekend that the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex, both 38, never became friends – with Meghan ‘disappointed’ Kate never reached out to her or visited.
According to the Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durant, who penned Finding Freedom, the Duchesses ‘struggled to move past distance politeness’ and had ‘nothing in common other than the fact that they lived at Kensington Palace’.
But now Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl has revealed how Kate did send flowers ‘at one point’ to ‘rectify the situation’, but the Duchess of Sussex was nonplussed, with the royal author writing: ‘Meghan told Kate in no uncertain terms that flowers were not enough.’
The news comes as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hit back at the claims that they actively spurned Meghan.
The authors of Finding Freedom claim relations between the Sussexes and Cambridges became so bitter that Kate humiliatingly snubbed her sister-in-law at Meghan’s farewell appearance as a senior Royal.
The book provides an intimately detailed and personalised version of the events leading up to the Sussexes’ dramatic departure from royal life, with co-authors Omid and Carolyn insisting ‘all information in this book has at least two sources’. Harry and Meghan deny giving interviews.
Close friends of William and Kate issued a fierce defence, insisting the couple had ‘rolled out the red carpet’ for Meghan and ‘done all they possibly could’ to welcome the US actress into the Royal Family.
New biography Finding Freedom details how Harry and Meghan invited the Cambridges to their Cotswold country home, near Soho Farmhouse, but they never went, and while how Kate sent Meghan flowers for her birthday, but Meghan was upset that she didn’t ‘check in on her’.
Finding Freedom, of which extracts were published over the weekend, details that when she was first dating Harry, Meghan had expected Kate to ‘give her the lie of the land on everything an outsider to The Firm needed to know. But that was not how things turned out’.
The lack of any friendship between the pair was confirmed in 2018 when the Sussexes announced they wanted to base their family at Windsor.
Despite this frostiness, Meghan felt hurt at newspaper stories of the ‘duelling duchesses’ and was angry at the failure of the palace press office to correct them.
According to authors Omid and Carolyn, Meghan expected Kate to reach out to her and give her a helping hand as she became a member of the Firm.
Instead, the pair had nothing in common ‘other than the fact that they lived at Kensington Palace’. By the time Meghan had become a senior royal, the pair were still no closer than before the 2018.
According to one source, Meghan was disappointed that they hadn’t bonded, but was not losing sleep over it.
The book also details one awkward moment at Kensington Palace in 2017 when Kate went alone in her Range Rover while shopping – despite the fact Meghan was also going to the same street.
Though some aides claimed the sisters-in-law ‘talked and texted regularly’, they had barely spent any time together by the time of Meghan and Harry’s wedding.