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Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle talking together while watching a Wimbledon tennis match

Kate Middleton Is More Relaxed With Meghan Markle Gone

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By Sarah Veldman

The reported feud between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle goes back to before Meghan and Harry even had their huge royal wedding in 2018.

Supposedly, it all stemmed from a dress fitting for Princess Charlotte in which Meghan reportedly left Kate in tears.

While the two Duchesses made the effort to attend some tennis matches and walk together to church on Christmas morning with the royal family, the rumors never really went away completely.

It later came out that the real feud was between Prince Harry and Prince William, however their wives have never looked like best friends.

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There Was Tension When The Sussexes and The Cambridges Were Last Together

The Cambridges sit in the row in front of the Sussexes during the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey
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The last time we saw the Cambridges and the Sussexes together, the tension could be cut with a butter knife. Harry and Meghan sat there as William and Kate approached their seats at Westminster Abbey during the Commonwealth Service.

The couples barely glanced at each other, with tense jaws and awkward body language. Prince Edward tried to play Switzerland, but it was obvious something was up.

At the beginning of March, a friend of Meghan's claimed the Duchess finds Kate to be 'uptight,' along with most of the royal family.

Meghan Doesn't Want Archie Growing Up Around The Royal Family

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The source told The Daily Mail, “It’s still weird to her that no one hugs and that everyone is so uptight, especially Kate. It’s obvious that Kate and William do not approve of their choices and that you could cut the tension with a knife.”

Apparently, Meghan doesn't even want Archie growing up in the U.K. around the royal family, with the source saying Meghan and Harry want him to grow up in a home “filled with laughter and joy and lots of hugs.”

Kate Feels More Relaxed Without Meghan Around

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Princess Diana's former astrologer Debbie Frank compared the two women, telling Yahoo's Royal Box, “Meghan is a complete firecracker of a girl — a throwback to the days of The Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. [Meghan] is a huge contrast with Kate, who’s very elegant and very dignified."

She continued, "[Prince Harry’s wife] is a very different person from Kate who’s careful and cautious; she’s going to do things properly and slowly and think about them.”

There is a strong possibility that Kate felt very uneasy about Meghan, and felt she needed to compete with her. It's no wonder, considering how much the British press liked to pit the two women against each other.

Now that Meghan is no longer around, Kate feels much more relaxed, after having felt intimidated, a source told The Sun.

Kate's Style Has Become More Simple Again

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Kate's style has become more simple again after she changed her wardrobe choices just because of Meghan.

The source said, "Kate most definitely went through a phase two years ago where she seemed slightly intimidated by Meghan."

They continued, "She was afraid of comparisons being drawn between them and that Meghan was the one who looked glamorous and popular for a while."

It's not surprising that Kate would feel somewhat insecure when a new woman comes on the scene in a similar role to her. But, now that Meghan and Harry are gone, it appears she is able to fully relax into her role once again.

Body language expert Judi James told Express.co.uk that Kate may even be tring to fill the void left by Meghan and Harry. She explained, "It could be a conscious decision, in that the royal firm don't want to be seen as the 'stuffy royals' now that the two glitziest and spontaneous members have left."

Will William and Kate up their glamour in the coming years? We'll have to see, but for now, they can at least relax.

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