After nine months of continuous whispers about the state of their relationship, Meghan and Kate were today determined to put feud rumours to bed with a truce at the tennis.
The ‘duelling Duchesses’, both 37, seemed to be getting on famously as they chatted and smiled in the Royal Box, after taking their seats to watch Meghan’s good friend Serena Williams in the Ladies Singles Final, where she was ultimately beaten 6-2, 6-2 by Romania’s Simona Halep.
And according to body language expert Judi James, today’s united display was not just a front for the public, but indicates a growing friendship between the two royals, noting positive signs such as mirroring each other’s gestures and even touching arms at one point.
And she said Kate – who looked elegant in a green D&G midi dress- may well have taken cues from the Queen by acting in a ‘stoic’ but determined way to put paid to any negative rumours about the relationships in her family.
The pair shared also a sweet moment, when it was suggested to Wimbledon winner Simona Halep by an interviewer that she might get to meet the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex.
Simona replied that it would be ‘amazing’, prompting smiles from both Kate and Meghan, who opted for a preppy look in a crisp white shirt and pleated Boss skirt. .
According to a lip reading expert, the Duchess of Sussex then turned to Kate and said ‘ahh that’s so nice’, and they both laughed and smiled in a self-deprecating fashion.
Touching arms and synchronised grins indicates a growing friendship between Kate and her sister-in-law Meghan . They also mirrored each other’s low-slung hand clasp
When Wimbledon champion Simona Halep said it would be ‘amazing’ to meet Kate and Meghan, both smiled and shared a ‘modest self-diminishing ritual’, indicating a moment of shared understanding
The Duchess of Cambridge made sure to lean in to Meghan when she spoke, making her sister-in-law feel welcome and important
Kate brought her sister Pippa along to Wimbledon and sat her on the other side of Meghan so that the Duchess of Sussex would have two hosts to keep her company for the day
Judi James suggested that Kate took cues from the Queen and was ‘stoic but emphatic’ in her behaviour towards Meghan today, ensuring that the other Duchess felt comfortable in order to put an end to negative rumours about their relationship
Royally good friends! Kate and Meghan were joined in the Royal Box by Pippa Middleton, to watch the Women’s Ladies Singles Final at Wimbledon
Mehgan and Kate looked animated as they chatted in the Royal Box, with both tennis fans clearing looking forward to the game ahead
Glorious in green! Kate rewore a simple D&G midi dress for her outing to Wimbledon. Meghan went for a preppy look in a crisp white shirt and pleated skirt by Boss
Can’t hid the emotion! The Duchess of Cambridge was seen grimacing at what must have been a close call on the court. Keen tennis fan Kate couldn’t hide her feelings as she followed the game closely, with her facial expressions mirroring the action on the court
Sisterly bond! Kate and Pippa haven’t been pictured at Wimbledon together since 2012, but they looked as close as ever as they chatted in the Royal Box during the Men’s Doubles Final
Wonderful Wimbledon! Kate ensured her sister-in-law had a great afternoon at Wimbledon by bringing along her sister Pippa, who is also a keen tennis fan, to keep them company
Judi James added: ‘Both Kate and Meghan looked at one another, performing a mutually modest self-diminishing ritual as they grinned together, with the synchronised movement suggesting like-minded thinking.’
Kate and Meghan were also seen mirroring each other’s gestures, which Judi said ‘signals subliminal rapport, with both using the same relaxed-looking low-slung hand clasp’.
Referring to a moment when their arms touched, Judi said: The proximity of their inner arms here, with what looks like some touching, could be a very powerful signal of growing friendship.’
She added that Kate seemed to have taken note from the Queen in her approach to today’s outing.
No feud here! The duelling Duchesses seemed to be getting on famously as they exchanged smiles in the Royal Box, ahead of the Wimbledon Ladies Singles Final
United front! Kate and Meghan laughed delightedly in the Royal Box and even leaned in so that their arms were touching. Meghan was seen glancing to her sister-in-law as they enjoyed a laugh at the end of the Ladies Final
All three women seemed to be struck by a fit of the giggles while they took their seats at Wimbledon’s Centre Court for the women’s final
Take your seats! Meghan opted for a white shirt and pleated Boss skirt with a blue and black pattern. Both Duchesses looked in great spirits as they made their way to their seats in the front row of the Royal Box at Wimbledon
For her Wimbledon outing, Kate opted for a bespoke green D&G midi dress, estimated to have cost £2,150, previously worn in 2016 on a visit to Kelowna, during a royal tour of Canada (left). New mother Meghan looked glowing in a white shirt, teamed with a pleated midi skirt
Royally good fun! Kate and Meghan seemed to be in fits of laughter as they enjoyed a convivial afternoon out in the Royal Box with the Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister Pippa
Firm friends! Meghan also looked to be getting on well with Kate’s sister Pippa. The Duchess attended Pippa’s evening reception after her wedding to financier James Matthews in May 2017. Kate and Meghan at times appeared to be deep in conversation during their Wimbledon outing
Serena Williams took on Simona Halep on Centre Court at Wimbledon in a bid to land her first Wimbledon title as a mother, but was beaten by the first-time finalist
Kate teamed her green D&G dress with a pair of her trusty nude court shoes, as she arrived at Wimbledon for the Ladies Singles Final. Ahead of the match, the Duchess – who is Wimbledon’s royal patron – was introduced to up-and-coming junior players
The Duchess of Cambridge meets (left to right) junior players Kamilla Bartone from Latvia, Oksana Selekmeteva from Russia, Polina Kudermetova from Russia and Giulia Morlet from France ahead of the Women’s Final
Duchess duo! The pair were all smiles as they made their way to the front row of the Royal Box with Kate’s sister Pippa. Serena Williams is hoping to secure her eighth Wimbledon title, but lost to Romania’s Simona Halep
Celebration! Romania’s Simona Halep beat Serena Williams two sets to love, to secure her first ever Wimbledon Ladies Singles title
The Duchesses smiled at each other as the applauded on Centre Court. The Duchess of Cambridge, who is Wimbledon patron, pinned the clubs green and purple badge to her D&G dress
The Duchess sported her famous bouncy blow dry and kept her make-up natural and fresh. Her D&G dress featured a gold button detail and small bow at the neck
‘There are echoes of the Queen’s trait of stoic but emphatic body language rituals to nail any negative rumours about her family from Kate.’
Indeed, it seemed to be the Duchess of Cambridge who went out of her way today to ensure that Meghan was at ease.
She brought along her sister Pippa and Meghan sat between them, so that the Duchess wasn’t in competition for Kate’s attention.
‘Kate sat Meghan in middle position, between herself and sister Pippa to ensure she was double-hosted for the tournament,’ Judi explained.
Fabulous in floral! Pippa Middleton looked chic in a blue and white patterned dress for her outing to the Ladies Singles Final, where she applauded from the Royal Box. Green goddess! Kate rewore a bespoke Dolce & Gabbana dress, that she first debuted during her royal visit to Canada in 2016
Meghan applauding in the Royal Box: An onlooker said that the Duchess seemed to be lending her support more enthusiastically to Serena Williams. Victorious! Simona Halep of Romania lifts the trophy after beating Serena Williams in straight sets
Shady ladies! Both women donned sunglasses as the afternoon sun beat down on Centre Court at Wimbledon
The Duchess of Sussex looked glowing, and kept her make-up simple with just a hint of pink blusher and a light coating of rosy lip gloss. Animated Meghan was completed captivated by the conversation with her sister-in-law Kate
Both women were seen smiling enthusiastically as they chatted in the Royal Box, and there seemed to be no hint of tension between them
Lost in conversation: The royal pair certainly seemed wrapped up in each other’s company as they caught up at the tennis
Keen tennis fan Pippa Middleton, who is a good friend of finalist Roger Federer, looked to be having the time of her life as she watched the action on Centre Court
Getting on like a house on fire! Kate made sure to keep chatting to her sister-in-law as the action on the court progressed
Ladies day out! Kate, Meghan and Pippa were all taking a break from parenting duties today to enjoy an afternoon of sporting action at Wimbledon
Tomorrow evening, Meghan will join Prince Harry at the London premiere of The Lion King to mark Disney’s launch of the Protect the Pride conservation initiative, which will be supported by the Royal Foundation. Meanwhile, Kate will be back on Centre Court with Prince William to watch her family friend Roger Federer, who recently revealed he’s given Prince George a few tennis lessons, battle it out with Novak Djokovic
Rooting for her pal! Meghan looked animated as she watched the action on the court, although they royals have to remain neutral with their support because they are carrying out an official engagement
Double Duchess! Both Kate and Meghan donned sunglasses as they took in the action on Centre Court from the front row of the Royal Box
Top tennis! Kate, who is an avid Wimbledon fan, looked to be having a fantastic time spending the afternoon with her sister-in-law. The pair were seated in the Royal Box in front of former champion Martina Navratilova (right)
A top trio! Kate leaned in to chat to Meghan while her sister Pippa applauded, during the Ladies Singles Final at Wimbledon
Friendly chat! Kate leaned in to speak to her sister-in-law as they enjoyed a catch up before the game. Meghan and Kate have been plagued by rumours of a rift for months, but seemed to be getting on famously this afternoon
‘She also leaned in towards her using eye-contact and some bouts of very relaxed-looking laughter to show friendly bonds in the face of all the rumoured rifts.
‘Meghan’s active gesticulations suggested she enjoyed sharing what often looked like giggling laughter with Kate and Pippa.
‘As they joked together all three leaned back in their seats in a very congruent ritual of relaxation in one another’s company.’
Kate made her way to the grounds ahead of Meghan this morning, to attend a lunch for club members and former champions in her role as patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club before the game.
Terrific tennis: Kate is a huge Wimbledon fan and Meghan has attended on several occasions to support her pal Serena Williams, before she met Prince Harry
A perfect afternoon out! Tennis fan Pippa Middleton looked delighted to be sitting in the royal box alongside one of the most famous women on the planet
Meghan’s last appearance at Wimbledon was shrouded by controversy as she demanded that members of the public refrain from taking pictures of her at the public event
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Pippa Middleton attend the Royal Box during Day twelve of The Championships
The Duchess of Cambridge arriving for the Ladies Final on day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Stars of the future! Kate was introduced to junior players
The sisters-in-law spent the afternoon whispering to each other and erupting into fits of laughter while they watched the Wimbledon women’s final
The Duchess wore her brunette locks in bouncy curls, and accessorised her outfit with Asprey’s Woodland Oak Leaf earrings. Glowing in green! The button detail and bow added interest to Kate’s simple D&G dress
The Duchess of Cambridge took time to chat with (left to right) junior players Kamilla Bartone from Latvia and Giulia Morlet from France, ahead of the Ladies Singles Finals
Worse ways to spend an afternoon! Despite rumours of friction between Meghan and Kate, they certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves at the tennis
Club sources said Meghan was a ‘nightmare’ to accommodate, with her casual attire and ‘self-regarding paranoia’. An official tasked with organising the event told The Times : ‘It was a nightmare, she was a nightmare.’
Love all! Both Duchesses looked radiant, with Kate opting for a deep green number, and Meghan going for a more preppy look in a crisp white shirt
A royal catch up! Kate was seen chatting to Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, who is also a regular at SW19
Actresses Lily James (left) and Jodie Whittaker (right) also secured some of the best seats in the house, while former champion Martina Navratilova (right), was seen chatting to the Duchess of Cambridge
Prime Minister Theresa May was also taking in the action from the Royal Box, alongside her husband Philip
Laura Whitmore channeled the tennis white look as she joined her boyfriend Ian Sterling in a glass of Pimms (left). Poldark’s Aidan Turner looked handsome in a suit for the outing, sporting a rather bushy hipster beard
Catherine Zeta Jones cut a glamorous figure in a floral dress with a daring slit as she made her way to her seat. Designer Vera Wang opted for a quirky look in a striped waistcoat and black leggings
It’s the second time in a week that Meghan’s come along to see her friend play, although her last visit caused controversy, after bodyguards told fans not to take pictures of her, and she flouted rules by wearing jeans in a members’ only area.
The controversy came just days after Meghan and Harry faced a public backlash for insisting on keeping their son Archie’s christening completely private, and refusing to reveal the names of his godparents.
Not only does today’s outing with Kate give Harry’s wife a chance for a less controversial Wimbledon outing, but it also helps the pair put paid to rumours of a feud with her sister-in-law, which have swirled continuously since last November.
What rift? Meghan and Kate looked relaxed as they attended the King Power Royal Polo Day on Wednesday, with cheeky Prince Louis entertaining his aunt by stealing his mother’s sunglasses (left). Meghan took Baby Archie for his first public outing on Wednesday, when she attended a charity polo game to support Harry
Controversy surrounded Meghan’s Wimbledon visit last week, when a member of her security team asked another attendee not to take photos of the Duchess. It turned out that he’d been taking a selfie with the court in the background and had not been photographing the royal. She also sparked controversy by wearing jeans, which are not allowed in members’ areas
In July 2018, the Duchesses had their first joint outing when they attended Wimbledon together, but a few months later, rumours of a rift between them started to swirl
The Duchess looked glamorous in a bespoke green D&G midi dress, estimated to have cost £2,150, previously worn in 2016 on a visit to Kelowna, during a royal tour of Canada, and completed the look with a cream handbag from the same brand.
Meanwhile, Meghan opted for a crisp white shirt, teamed with a pleated £350 Boss midi skirt, with an abstract blue and black pattern, as she turned out to watch her friend Serena who had been hoping to win her eighth Wimbledon Ladies Singles title.
She received a strong show of support from Meghan, who couldn’t resists showing her loyalty to her pal by ‘clapping vigorously’, despite the fact royals should remain neutral when attending a game in an official capacity.
A timeline of Meghan and Kate’s relationship
November 2017: Harry and Meghan give an interview to mark their engagement, and the former Suits star pays tribute to her future sister-in-law, saying that the ‘being neighbours’ the two couples had spent time together.
‘Catherine has been absolutely amazing, as has William as well, you know, fantastic support,’ Meghan said.
December 2017: Meghan and Kate are seen in public together for the first time as they attend the Christmas Day service at Sandringham, with the Cambridges hosting Harry and Meghan at their Norfolk Home, Anmer Hall.
February 2018: The pair carry out their first official joint engagement, appearing at the Royal Foundation forum in London with William and Harry, and the couples are quickly dubbed the ‘fab four’.
May 2018: Prince Harry and Meghan tie the knot at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, with Kate’s children Princess Charlotte and Prince George among the bridesmaids and page boys.
July 2018: Meghan and Kate make their first joint public appearance without William and Harry when they attend the Ladies Singles Final at Wimbledon.
November 2018: It emerges that Harry and Meghan are planning to move out of Kensington Palace and make their home at Frogmore Cottage, Windsor, as well as formally dividing their joint courts, with Harry and Meghan setting up separately.
And rumours started to swirl that a rift between the two Duchesses was to blame.
A source said at the time: ‘Kate and Meghan are very different people. They don’t really get on.’
That same month, sources claim that Kate was left in tears after Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress fitting ahead of Meghan’s wedding.
December 2018: Rumours start to swirl that the Cambridges would not be hosting the Sussexes at Anmer Hall over Christmas, after a ‘ghastly row’ the previous year.
Sources claimed that Kate had a quiet word with Meghan for reprimanding one of her staff, leading to the Duchess of Sussex complaining to Harry that she’d been ‘told off’.
However, a Kensington Palace spokesperson shot down the story saying: ‘This never happened.’
On Christmas Day, Kate and Meghan put on a united front as they chatted and smiled on the way to church.
Harry and Meghan were hosted by the Queen at Sandringham, while Kate and William stayed at their own home, Anmer Hall.
June 2019: It’s announced that Harry and Meghan are formally splitting from The Royal Foundation with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to set up their own charitable organisation.
July 2019: Kate and Meghan enjoy their first joint outing since Wimbledon the previous year as they support William and Harry at a charity polo tournament.
Although pictures didn’t capture much interaction between the two, they appeared relaxed as Meghan doted on Baby Archie and Kate looked after her three children.
Today, the Duchesses are attending Wimbledon together.