And the feud rumors rage on. Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, were absent from a Royal Foundation board meeting recently, while Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, were in attendance, according to the Daily Mail. Both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge head up the foundation with Harry and Meghan, so the fact that only the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a point to attend has only made the royal feud whisperings grow.
However, Kensington Palace reportedly insisted that the Cambridges were not entirely expected at the event, and thus their absence isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. “Their Royal Highnesses attend these meetings in turn,” a spokesman reportedly said, according to the Daily Mail. “This session was focused on programs led by the Duke of Sussex.”
Despite the fact that Harry’s programs were reportedly the ones on the meeting schedule, a source told the Daily Mail that William and Kate were quite missed, especially for the Christmas party. “Not only were Harry and Meghan there, but they went to the staff Christmas party afterwards,” the source revealed. “It was a very jolly affair. It’s a shame that William and Catherine did not turn up.”
This latest chapter in the royal feud rumors comes after the news that Harry and Meghan will be taking up residency away from Kensington Palace and settling at Frogmore Cottage, ahead of their first child’s arrival in the spring. Though there have been all sorts of reported rumors for the reason behind the move — Meghan’s demands with staff, a possible rift between Kate and Meg, or even a tension between the brothers — the Palace’s statement gives us an official reason for the upheaval from the Palace grounds.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will move to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate early next year as they prepare for the arrival of their first child. The couple have lived at Nottingham Cottage since their engagement last year,” Kensington Palace gave a statement, according to the Sun. “Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate. The Duke and Duchess’s office will continue to be based at Kensington Palace.”