Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Find It “Challenging” When They’re Pitted Against Each Other

The two duchesses are on their own royal paths

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The public has long speculated that royal brothers Prince William and Prince Harry are no longer as close as they used to be, but what about their wives? According to a source at People, the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex see a fabricated rivalry between them as “challenging” to deal with, especially when they play very different roles in the royal family.

The source says that the Cambridges and Sussexes are all on “different paths now,” and while there may reportedly be “some competitiveness” between William and Harry, there is no antagonism between Kate and Meghan.

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“Meghan is very aware that Kate will be Queen; their roles are very clear,” the source said. For instance, Kate is prepping to become future consort when William is king, while Meghan is taking a more modern and private approach to her royal role. The Duchess of Cambridge has also known the royal family for longer because she and William started dating in college, while the Duchess of Sussex was only introduced to “the firm” a few years ago.

The source continued, “What’s challenging is when they are pitted against each other. “That’s been challenging to both of them. Meghan has her life, Kate has hers.”

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Common ground can be found in both women’s devotion to their families. A friend of the Sussexes said of Meghan, “It’s very much still about taking care of him and putting family first.”

While both duchesses prioritize their children, they also handle their parental responsibilities differently. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, for example, are taking a more private approach.

“William and Kate toe the line, maybe because they have to, but Harry and Meghan are saying no—no to releasing the names of Archie’s godparents, no to saying where Meghan gave birth,” the friend added. “They are trying to carve out a different sort of public life and reset the rules.”

This article originally appared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.

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