There are very few people in the world who can relate to what Meghan Markle‘s life has been like since becoming a royal, but Kate Middleton is one of them. Of course, neither woman’s experience is exactly the same and neither were their lives before marrying Prince William and Prince Harry—but man, they must have a lot to talk about.
Given Markle’s recent comments about not being “okay” and the struggles she has faced with the British tabloid press, it’s not surprising to hear from royal sources that Middleton is trying to help her sister-in-law. “Behind the scenes I’m told Kate is doing her best to bring everyone together and help Meghan,” Phil Dampier, who has written several books on the royals, told Express UK. “I’m told she has reached out to Meghan and spoken to her on the phone. Kate feels sorry for her and knows that Meghan is struggling.”
“Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging,” the Duchess of Sussex told journalist Tom Bradby in Harry and Meghan: An African Journey. “And then when you have a newborn, you know—especially as a woman, it’s really, it’s a lot.”
Middleton, of course, has gone through three pregnancies in the public eye with Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. But she suffered some of her most harsh press before she and William were married in 2011, when she was dubbed “Waity Katie” by the tabloids and her family’s commoner status was often discussed. Some of the criticism of Markle has been racially-tinged, which is an obvious difference, but the two women both came from the non-royal world and have had to adapt to the ways and protocols of the family.
It would seem natural for them to lean on each other at times—hopefully over a nice glass of wine.