Kensington Palace Makes Rare Statement About Rumors of a Rift Between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle

They've issued a full-throated denial.

In recent weeks, speculation about Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton's relationship—specifically whether or not the two women are friends—has been hard to ignore. Spurned on by news that Meghan and Harry plan to move out of Kensington Palace and into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor next year, these rumors range from Meghan making Kate cry during Princess Charlotte's bridesmaid dress fitting to Prince Harry being upset that his family was not more welcoming to his new bride.

So far, it has all been conjecture supported by anonymous sources and "palace insiders" (and the patriarchal notion that two beautiful, capable women must be at odds with one another). But now, Kensington Palace is weighing in.

Regarding new reports that Kate snapped at Meghan after she allegedly spoke rudely to members of the Duchess of Cambridge's staff, the Palace said, “This never happened.”

A spokesperson denied the "row" completely in The Sun.

The royal family hardly ever comments on rumors or speculation about their private lives (see the entire Thomas Markle saga as proof), so to give such a full-throated denial indicates the rumor, whether true or not, struck a nerve.

Kate herself also appears to be combatting the suggestion that she and her new sister-in-law aren't getting along. During a visit to Leicester earlier this week, Kate told a fan that she's "absolutely" excited for Meghan and Harry's new baby.

"It's such a special time to have little kiddies," she said. "And now a cousin for George, Charlotte and Louis as well! It'll be really special."

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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