MEGHAN Markle and Kate Middleton have been at the centre of rift rumours for months – ever since Kensington Palace confirmed that Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex were moving to Windsor.
Announcement of the move got the rumour mill churning, and before long there were headlines speculating over whether Meghan and the Duchess of Cambridge were getting on behind palace doors.
Where will Meghan and Harry move to exactly?
The couple will be moving to the Frogmore estate in Windsor – which is where their wedding reception took place in 2018.
They will move into Frogmore Cottage, offered to them by the Queen.
It is in the process of being renovated and is in the same grounds where Harry and Meghan threw their private wedding reception party.
The estate is a much-loved location of the Royal Family and Harry and Meghan moved there ahead of the birth of their son Archie.
Do Kate and Meghan get on, or is there a rift between the two Duchesses?
While the move was a shock announcement, no officials have confirmed there is any kind of rift between the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge or Prince Harry and William.
In fact almost all evidence points towards the two women getting on well, with the pair often seen laughing and joking together.
Christmas 2019 seemed to quash the rumours of a rift even further.
The two ladies attended a Boxing Day pheasant shoot and appeared comfortable and friendly towards each other.
Speaking on the decision to move homes, a royal source told a Royal Reporter for The Sun, Emily Andrews: “The initial plan was for Harry and Meghan to move out of their cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace and into one of the main apartments.
“But there has been a bit of tension between the brothers.
“Now Harry and Meghan don’t want to live next to William and Kate and want to strike out on their own.”
It is understood that they want to bring up a family away from the “goldfish bowl” of London and start a life more privately.
However, all Kensington Palace has revealed is that the couple love the Frogmore Estate: “Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses,” reads the official statement.
“And they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate.”
Their offices will remain at Kensington Palace but will be separate to William and Kate’s office.
We approached Kensington Palace to ask if there is a rift between the two Duchesses and they did not wish to comment.
Recently at Archie’s christening a body language said Kate appeared to be doing her best not to steal Meghan’s limelight and looked ready to flee.
The uneasy body language may have been an attempt to prevent further rift rumours.
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Is the rift really between William and Meghan?
After Meghan and Kate seemed natural and friendly towards each other at Christmas, the attention shifted to Price William and Meghan’s relationship.
A 20 second video of the Prince fiddling with his scarf prompted speculation he was ignoring Meghan.
In the clip, Meghan seems to turn to William who was distracted fixing his scarf, and didn’t seem to notice.
Kensington Palace did not respond to questions on the clip.
What renovations are underway on Frogmore Cottage?
The taxpayer renovations return Frogmore Cottage into a luxury family home.
It was split into five units as palace staff are lived there.
The new abode features a yoga studio, a new nursery and ten bedrooms, plus security is being adjusted.