The rumours of a growing rift between Kate and Meghan over the past few days, but on Wednesday the Duchess of Cambridge appeared to put them to bed.
Speaking to members of the public outside Leicester University during her visit to the city with William today, Kate was asked about sister-in-law, the Duchess of Sussex’s pregnancy.
Asked if she were excited for ‘Meghan and her new baby’, Kate said: ‘Yes absolutely, no it’s such a special time to have all kiddies.
She added: ‘And a cousin for George and Charlotte as well, and Louis. So it will be really special.’
The Duchess of Cambridge appeared to put to bed any rumours of a rift between she and her sister-in-law during her engagement in Leicester today
Speaking of Meghan’s pregnancy today, Kate described it as ‘a really special time’ and said that she was looking forward to her three children having a cousin. Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Auckland last month
She continued to say that her own children were very exited about Christmas already as they has started preparing their Christmas songs at school.
‘And Louis is getting bigger. I can’t believe he’s seven months now. He’s getting a big boy!’ she said.
The nature of the two women’s relationship has been even under much scrutiny in recent days, with many claiming they do not have a close friendship and may even have fallen out.
Speculation of a falling out between the Cambridges and the Sussexes came after the announcement that Harry and Meghan will be moving away from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage.
Kate, speaking during her trip to Leicester with Prince William, also said that her own children were looking forward to Christmas and said Louis was now a ‘big boy’
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today visited the city to pay tribute to the victims of the Leicester helicopter crash
A source told Vanity Fair that ‘Kate and Meghan are very different people and they don’t have a lot in common but they have made an effort to get along.’
Others have hinted that there may have been tensions between the two Duchesses ahead of the royal wedding in May.
The Telegraph reported that two sources have told the newspaper that Kate was ‘in tears’ following three-year-old Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress fitting earlier this year.
However, Kate’s words today appeared to dampen the rumours as she and Prince William paid tribute to the victims of the Leicester helicopter crash today as they praised the ‘warmth and compassion’ in the city since the devastating accident.
Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, 60, was killed last month when the aircraft plunged to the ground shortly after taking off from the pitch at the King Power stadium.
Speculation of a falling out between the Cambridges and the Sussexes came after the announcement that Harry and Meghan will be moving away from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage. Pictured: The two couples at Sandringham last Christmas
Pilots Eric Swaffer and partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz also died alongside Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s employees Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare.
Prince William and Kate, who were friends of Mr Srivaddhanaprabha, spent time meeting his family as well as the club’s manager Claude Puel and players including England World Cup stars Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy.
William also made a speech praising Mr Srivaddhanaprabha and pilot Eric Swaffer, who he previously ‘had the privilege to fly with’.
William counted Mr Srivaddhanaprabha as a personal friend and knew him through his role as President of the Football Association as well as a fellow polo player.
The Royals were taken to an area near the stadium containing the huge amount of floral tributes left to the victims near the stadium, where they stood in solemn silence to pay their respects. Kate then laid down a bouquet herself as the couple’s own contribution.
William and Kate then spent time talking to volunteers who helped set up the shrine to the victims, including one who revealed the Prince told him one of his last conversations with the late Leicester chairman was about arranging a game against his beloved Aston Villa.
HARRY AND WILLIAM’S ‘FALL OUT’
Prince Harry ‘fell out’ with brother Prince William as he ‘felt he wasn’t rolling out the red carpet’ for Meghan following their engagement, sources have claimed.
An insider said that Harry, 34, believed William, 36, wasn’t making enough effort to welcome his then fiancee into the royal family.
According to the source, the tension between the brothers was only resolved when Prince Charles stepped in – leading to William and Kate to invite Harry and Meghan to spend Christmas with them at their Norfolk home.
Prince Harry (pictured with Meghan at the Christmas Day service at Sandringham last year) ‘fell out’ with brother Prince William as he ‘felt he wasn’t rolling out the red carpet’ for Meghan following their engagement, sources have claimed
Speaking to Vanity Fair Katie Nicholl, a source claimed that ‘any issues are between the brothers’.
Meanwhile, a mutual friend said: ‘Harry felt William wasn’t rolling out the red carpet for Meghan and told him so.
‘They had a bit of a fall out which was only resolved when Charles stepped in and asked William to make an effort. That’s when the Cambridges invited the Sussexes to spend Christmas with them.’
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stayed at Anmer Hall, Norfolk, last Christmas, and joined the Queen and the rest of the royal family at nearby Sandringham for Christmas Day.
A source also told the publication that ‘Kate and Meghan are very different people and they don’t have a lot in common but they have made an effort to get along.’
An insider said that Harry, 34, believed William, 36, (pictured together at a service of remembrance at Westminster Abbey earlier this month) wasn’t making enough effort to welcome his then fiancee into the royal family