There's a reason why Kate Middleton has won over people around the world — something Meghan Markle has struggled with.
“The U.K. is an extremely significant society, and I don't think Meghan cared about that, not being British. Think about the difference between Kate being British, and how she must understand that heritage," professor Cele Otnes, a professor of marketing, said as to why the mom-of-three has been so successful in The Firm as opposed to Prince Harry's wife.
While being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, the former actress, 40, claimed she didn't know much about the royal family until she met Harry, 37.
"It was like having an out-of-body experience I was very present for," she recalled of her wedding day and the hoopla that surrounded the festivities. “I think we were both really aware, even in advance of that, this wasn't our day, this was the day that was planned for the world."
"There was no guidance," she added of being thrown into royal duties. “Unlike what you see in the movies, there's no class on how to speak, how to cross your legs, how to be royal. That was not offered to me."
Meghan and Kate, 40, never saw eye to eye, and unfortunately, they never formed a deep bond.
"Their relationship hadn’t progressed much since she was Harry’s girlfriend," authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote in Finding Freedom. "Meghan envisioned Kate would reach out and help her understand everything an outsider to the Firm needed to know. That didn’t happen. Meghan was disappointed that she and Kate hadn’t bonded over the position they shared, but she wasn’t losing sleep over it.”
Meghan and Harry moved to California in 2020, but it seems like the former and Kate have tried to reconnect since then.
“Kate has been reaching out to Meghan a lot more since [Lilibet] was born, she’s sending [notes and] gifts and trying to build up a relationship," a source said. “The firm has been instructing staffers to reach out more to Harry and Meghan to get them to soften a bit.”