The royal family has a saying: never complain, never explain. Which means that when they’re confronted with drama, they have to find other, more creative, ways to calm everyone TF down.
Which brings us to The Royal Feud™. The internet is obsessed with Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle potentially not getting along, which is a) kinda sexist, and b) probably not true. And since the palace can’t really say anything, it looks like they’re trying to show that Kate and Meghan get along just fine by having them hang out around cameras.
Meghan and Kate were photographed together back-to-back—first at a polo match between Prince William and Prince Harry, and next at Wimbledon, where they were joined by Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton. And according to royal reporter Katie Nicholl, this was very much a PR stunt.
“There have been two major circumstances, which are very calculated and deliberate efforts to try and stem these rumors about a feud between the foursome,” she told ET. “We saw it at the polo match where William and Harry were obviously playing together. We hadn’t expected the duchesses to turn up with their children. The fact that they did is a wonderful treat for royal watchers, but I think those candid pictures were quite deliberately intended to snuff out those rumors of the feud between the foursome. And you saw them all very close, very happy, very comfortable with each other.”
But before you’re all THIS IS A CONSPIRACY EVERYONE THE FEUD IS REAL, it should be noted that the Duchesses are actually getting along.
“We saw Kate and Meghan in the royal box getting along, chatting to each other, looking very much like friends,” Nicholl said. “To have had the tennis [outing] so soon afterward, and obviously the two duchesses being so close together and so comfortable in each other’s company, yes, for the time being, you’re not going to be read stories of a feud. You’re going to be reading stories about how the duchesses get on and I am told that both of them are making an effort to get along.”