Though Meghan Markle told Oprah Winfrey that she had a strained relationship with sister-in-law Kate Middleton, resurfaced reports may prove otherwise.
During Meghan's sit-down with the TV personality, she alleged that she and Kate never formed a tight bond.
In one particularly messy incident prior to her and Prince Harry's 2018 wedding, Meghan revealed Kate caused her to cry. She eventually apologized to the bride, and the former actress insisted the mother-of-three is "a good person."
But despite her claims of an icy relationship, The Express pointed out that Finding Freedom co-author Carolyn Durand had previously stated that the two ladies had actually become closer than ever once Meghan officially joined the royal family.
"Kate was a great source of support to Meghan in the days leading up to Archie’s birth and despite reports of a rift, they are family and have a really lovely friendship," Durand told Hello! magazine in 2018.
"Their relationship has constantly evolved over time and they have become closer since Meghan’s wedding," she continued. "They talk and text regularly, they have more in common and Kate has wanted to make sure Meghan has felt welcomed to the family."
Around the same time, an insider told PEOPLE the women had finally started interacting more.
"There is a sense of their relationship strengthening," the insider shared. "They’re each a little more relaxed. They have more in common now."
However, Finding Freedom also highlighted the pair's ongoing tension. "The truth was Meghan and Kate just didn’t know each other that well," one page read. "Though it was not necessarily her responsibility, Kate did little to bridge the divide."
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Durand and co-author Omid Scobie also claimed the ladies had "little in common other than the fact that they lived at Kensington Palace," which is why they "struggled to move past distant politeness."