Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry are currently away on family leave, and the Palace has confirmed that they will not be in the UK to celebrate Christmas with the Royal Family, instead spending baby Archie’s first Christmas with the Duchess’ mother Doria Ragland in the US. Meanwhile the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to have the traditional royal festive break at Sandringham with the Queen and Prince Philip. This year, many royal fans will no doubt be disappointed to not catch a glimpse of the glamorous Duchesses together, as they anticipate the Royal Family’s annual walk to church on Christmas Day.
Last Christmas saw Kate and Meghan take part in the much-loved tradition, but the pictures of the two royal women together surfaced amid reports of a rift between their households.
The Duchesses first met in January 2017 – but it was not until Autumn 2018 that speculation about a rift began after reports first broke of the royal brothers separating their households, with Harry and Meghan planning to move away from William and Kate at Kensington Palace.
By November 2018 and leading up to Christmas that year, worries over a falling-out ramped up as reports emerged of Kate reduced to tears in a row over bridesmaid dresses for Meghan’s wedding to Prince Harry.
The Duchess of Cambridge was also said to be unimpressed with Meghan’s “pushy” behaviour and treatment of household staff.
The Duchess of Sussex and Duchess of Cambridge (Image: Getty)
Kate and Meghan smiling and talking on the way to church (Image: Getty)
On Christmas Day, however, the pair made their traditional appearance with the rest of the Royal Family at Sandringham, and looked to be full of smiles and chatter as they walked next to each other on the trip to St Mary Magdalene Church.
However, royal commentators were divided over Kate and Meghan’s Christmas appearance.
American podcast host Kaitiln Menza, speaking on “Royally Obsessed” in January, commented: “It was no accident that they positioned the two women in the middle together, Kate and Meghan were side by side.”
She described how the images showed: “Everything’s great, they’re just two sisters-in-law, having a great time."
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The Duchesses at Sandringham last year (Image: Getty)
In contrast, Australian commentator Angela Mollard,