It’s no secret that there has been a rift in the British royal family between Prince William and Prince Harry as well as between their respective wives, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. That’s why Kate was shocked this past weekend when Harry and Meghan sent her a touching surprise for her 39th birthday.
A source told US Weekly that Kate had a “low-key” birthday celebration with her husband and their three children, Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2. The source added that Kate was taken aback when she saw the thoughtful birthday cards that were sent to her by Harry and Meghan.
“It was a nice surprise,” the insider said. “Kate wasn’t expecting anything from the couple.”
This came one year after Harry and Meghan shocked the world by stepping down as senior members of the royal family. An insider recently opened up about just how bad the rift between the brothers got.
“William and Harry’s fallout was very real, very ugly and incredibly intense,” the insider told US Weekly. “They’d reached an impasse, there was so much mud under the bridge and a lot of people felt their feud was beyond repair.”
“It’s certainly been a roller-coaster for everyone involved, especially the brothers, who are vowing not to let things get this out of hand in the future and have learned a lot from this difficult experience,” the insider continued, adding that there has been “a lot of rejoicing” from family, including Queen Elizabeth, as the two brothers have started to reconcile.
Royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight that the brothers reconnected over this past Christmas.
“There were phone and video calls over the Christmas and New Year holiday and the Sussexes sent presents to the Cambridges and vice versa,” she said. “It was an opportunity in an otherwise very busy and chaotic year for both of the families to come together and connect, albeit virtually.”
“Things are a lot better between William and Harry. If you go back a year at that stage, these brothers were barely on talking terms,” she added. “When William went to the Sandringham Summit, he was so angry with his brother. He couldn’t even face going to that lunch with the Queen. He only went for the meetings, such was his frustration and feeling of disappointment about what his brother had done and how Harry was handling the situation.”
The fact that Harry and Meghan sent birthday presents to Kate serves as even more evidence that the royals may be trying to put this rift behind them once and for all. That would certainly be nice to see!