Kate Middleton's difficult pregnancy with Prince Louis saw her focus on her own welfare rather than bond with Meghan Markle in the lead up to her wedding to Prince Harry, a book has claimed
The Sussexes' engagement was announced in September 2018, just two months after reports emerged of the Duchess of Cambridge's third pregnancy.
This meant that while much of the wedding preparations were taking place, Kate was pregnant, Mirror reports.
She only gave birth to Prince Louis just weeks before Harry and Meghan's big day in May 2018.
And in an updated edition of his unauthorised biography, Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, Andrew Morton writes that this meant the two women had little time to get to know each other.
He explains: "Kate and Meghan were neither sisters nor, unlike Fergie and Diana, friends before they joined the Royal Family.
"What is more, during the build-up to Meghan’s wedding, Kate was experiencing her third difficult pregnancy and was focused on her own welfare. She did not have much energy to bond with her new neighbour.
"When they sat together in the royal box to watch the Ladies’ Singles Final at Wimbledon in July 2018, the two women were still getting to know one another. During the match, in which Meghan’s friend Serena Williams lost to Angelique Kerber, they chatted and clapped and cheered.
"Unlike Wimbledon 2016, when the cameras focused on Pippa Middleton and Anna Wintour and ignored the unknown American actor, this time they were fixated on the duo of duchesses."
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After their joint appearance at Wimbledon, reports surfaced that Kate was "left sobbing" amid a disagreement with Meghan at a bridesmaids' dress fitting before the wedding. Princess Charlotte was one of the bridesmaids.
However, Meghan claimed that the reverse happened during the bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March this year.
Claiming it would not be fair on Kate to go into details on what happened, Meghan simply stated during the tell-all chat there "wasn't a confrontation" and an apology was made.
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Andrew also claims after the Wimbledon appearance there was "little opportunity" for Meghan and Kate to develop a friendship "away from public events".
He adds: "It was a practical matter as much as anything. Kate spent weekends and holidays at Anmer Hall, the Cambridges’ country home in Norfolk, while Meghan and Harry were approximately three hours’ drive away, living in a large, remote, rented property on the Great Tew estate in Oxfordshire.
"Harry’s dream of two united happy families seemed a long way off."
Andrew's Morton's updated version of Meghan: A Hollywood Princess is on sale online and in bookshops across the country from October 14.
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