Kate Middleton ‘reaching out’ to Meghan to ‘build-up relationship’, claims pal

Kate Middleton has been "reaching out" to sister-in-law Meghan Markle to "try and build up a relationship", it has been reported.

Meghan Markle and husband Prince Harry announced on January 8 last year that they would step back from senior positions within the Firm following talks at Sandringham with Prince Charles, Prince William and the Queen.

Meghan and Harry have since relocated to California, where they live with their son Archie Harrison, two, and newborn Lilibet, having spent the intervening period living in Canada, in hopes of a more private lifestyle.

Following the move, the Sussexes have made a number of public comments about the Firm's inner workings which have reportedly led to their relationship with family members becoming "strained".

The Sussexes made a series of bombshell claims about the Royal Family during their chat with the US TV legend, including allegations that Kate Middleton made her new sister-in-law Meghan cry, as well as revelations that the Duchess of Sussex had suicidal thoughts and that there were concerns within the Palace about "how dark" their baby would be.

But Kate is reported to be extending an olive branch as she tries to "soften" Meghan and Harry, according to reports.

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A source who spoke to Us Weekly said: "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.

"The firm has been instructing staffers to reach out more to Harry and Meghan to get them to soften a bit."

Representatives for both Kate and Meghan have been approached for comment.

It comes following reports that Prince Harry and his brother Prince William's relationship is "very strained".

A mutual friend recently told Vanity Fair: "There have been conversations, after Lili was born and to make plans for next week, but things are still very strained."

Princess Diana's former butler Paul Burrell, who worked for the late princess until her death in 1997, has also recently said that the Duchess of Cambridge will "hold the key" to the brothers' reconciliation.

Harry is currently in the UK following the unveiling of a statue in honour of the brothers' mum Princess Diana which took place on Thursday.

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The statue was unveiled by the brothers in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, believed to be the late Princess of Wales' favourite spot at her London residence.

They made no speeches during the ceremony but later said in a joint statement: "Today, on what would have been our Mother's 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character – qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better.

"Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy.

"Thank you to Ian Rank-Broadley, Pip Morrison and their teams for their outstanding work, to the friends and donors who helped make this happen, and to all those around the world who keep our mother's memory alive."

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