"Catherine was deeply hurt by some of the things Harry said about her, particularly in his book, and unfortunately, because of these entrenched positions where neither side seems to want to make contact or the first move, I can’t see this rift healing any time soon," royal expert Jennie Bond told a publication.
"Catherine has played the peacemaker in the past and has brought William and Harry together, and I think that comes from her own family and their values. But I think she has got to a stage whereby she has had to take a step back, things have gone too far, and she feels upset and, quite frankly, hurt and insulted," Bond added.
The veteran commentator continued: "I think Catherine was hurt by Harry's (and Meghan’s) claim that she made Meghan cry during a fitting for Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress, and again by Meghan’s view, which was relayed by Harry, that she found Catherine and William standoffish, a bit cold, when they first met. After all, we have seen that Catherine is more than ready to give people a hug — even people she has no connection with and will never see again."
Bond's insights provide context to the unfortunate rift that has developed between Kate and Harry. Ever since the future queen started dating Prince William in 2002, it is believed the fiery-haired rebel prince was always close to her. "We must remember that Harry once described Catherine as the sister he never had. Now it seems she is the sister-in-law he no longer wants to see," the journalist highlighted.
"I think Catherine has been badly hurt by Harry’s brutal attacks on William, like his decision to reveal so much of what went on during their disagreements, and by the claim that someone in the royal family questioned the tone of unborn Archie’s skin, it was such a generalized claim that it hurt the whole family," she observed.
Bond concluded: "I think Catherine and William have jointly decided that they will carry on with family life and work, and most of the time, they don’t think about Harry very much, and I expect vice versa. I can’t see an olive branch being extended from either side any time soon."
The Prince and Princess of Wales are taking an entirely different direction in life from what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex seem to be doing. Even though William and Kate are bound to the expectations of the Crown, some analysts claim that this, when combined with their "sincere" humanitarian work, makes them appear more "authentic" to the public compared to Harry and Meghan, particularly in America.
The Sun reported on Bond's insights.