Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will join Kate Middleton and Prince William for the first time since the summer as they take part in Remembrance Day this weekend. The Cambridge and Sussex families have been at the centre of reports of a royal rift for some time now, that were exacerbated with Harry and Meghan’s move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor earlier this year. Last month, the Duchess spoke out in an emotional TV interview about how she has been finding adapting to royal life a struggle.
However, the way the royal households have always been structured is “divisive”, and rifts between different royals have always been a risk, according to a royal expert.
Royal biographer Penny Junor, in her 2005 book “The Firm”, explained that the Palace system inevitably creates inherent tension between different members of the Royal Family.
Ms Junor writes: “Every member of the Royal Family who carries out public engagements has their own household with private secretaries and other staff, and although there are channels of communication in place they don’t always seem to work.”
She adds: “A former press officer to the Prince of Wales believes doing away with the households is imperative."
The Duchess of Sussex (Image: Getty)
Meghan, Harry and Kate togther at Trooping the Colour this summer (Image: Getty)
Referring to an alleged dispute between the royal households over Charles' relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles in the late Nineties, the former aide told the author: “It’s divisive.
“Why have we had this punch-up between St James's Palace and Buckingham Palace?
“Because they were working for the individuals and not the institution.
“It creates tensions.
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The Cambridges and Sussexes at Commonwealth Day earlier this year (Image: Getty)