As an ever-supportive wife, Kate Middleton can often be found cheering on Prince William when he steps out on the polo field.
And later today, the Princess of Wales, 41, will support the Prince, 41, as he takes part in Out-Sourcing Inc.’s Royal Charity Polo Cup 2023 at Guards Polo Club.
It’s likely a far cry from the charity match the couple attended in 2019, when Meghan Markle, 41, joined the royal mother of three to watch William and Prince Harry, 38, play together at a mom day. outside’.
At the time, relations between the princes’ wives were said to have been tense since the start of Meghan’s entry into the monarchy.
It is now believed to have been an effort to form a united front after months of disagreements between the two couples, including a spat over bridesmaid dresses and reported tension over Meghan’s behavior towards staff.
While Kate is set to watch Prince William play polo later today, she’s likely a far cry from the awkward co-appearance she and Meghan Markle made to watch the brothers play in 2019 (pictured).
During the appearance, which took place months before Megxit, Kate and Meghan were barely seen interacting, although Prince Louis did make the women laugh at one point.
The Duchess and Princess made a surprise appearance to watch Prince William and Prince Harry go head-to-head at King Power Royal Charity Polo Day, held in honor of the late Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, on 10 July 2019. .
It was the first time the Sussexes and Cambridges had been seen together as families since Archie’s birth.
It was also a rare joint appearance for Meghan and Kate, who are normally only seen together at official engagements attended by the entire royal family, such as Trooping the Colour.
At the time, there were months of rumors of a breakup between the two couples.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had recently parted ways with the joint charity Royal Foundation of Wales.
Later it was learned that they had taken with them one of the most distinguished aides.
Meanwhile, Harry later described in his memoir, Spare, how the two women also suffered tensions over a lip gloss at the royal summit in 2018, as well as arguing over the bridesmaids’ dresses ahead of the royal wedding.
According to Harry, the group had tried to settle their differences at a meeting in June, when Kate told Meghan she was hurt because she had said she had “baby brains”.
Speculation of a feud between the then-Cambridges and the Sussexes began to grow after the announcement that Harry and Meghan were moving from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage.
A source told Vanity Fair that “Kate and Meghan are very different people and don’t have much in common, but they have made an effort to get along.”
Reports also began to surface that Meghan was “very sensitive” about being “number two” to Kate.
Royal author Tom Quinn claimed that during her time at the Firm, Meghan argued with Kensington Palace staff about “getting the kind of attention she deserved”.
And according to the Finding Freedom authors, the distant episode at a charity polo match was a snapshot of Meghan and Kate’s “cordial but distant relationship.”
Their relationship had reportedly struggled to get past the distant courtesy of when they first met, according to the explosive bio.
“While the doting mothers were photographed side by side with their children, the two seemed to barely exchange a word,” the authors wrote.
In photos from the event, Meghan, standing some distance from Kate and her family, cradled their newborn son and planted a tender kiss on his head.
Head to head: William, left, and Harry, right, played on opposite teams for the charity polo match in Surrey
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There is! There was a glimpse of Archie’s face, to the left. That’s right, Prince Louis makes Kate and Meghan laugh with his antics.
Proud father: Sweaty Prince Harry gave his son a loving pat as he walked off the pitch after going toe-to-toe with Wills
Little handful! The princess could be seen keeping pace with hers her year-old son Louis, on the left. Right, showing a smile.
Meanwhile, the princess spent much of the match entertaining her three sons, who were running across the field and chasing a soccer ball.
Despite being close to each other for part of the match, the women barely seemed to interact.
In a moment, which seemed to break the ice between the two, the women shared a giggle as Louis, then one year old, put on his mother’s sunglasses before turning to his aunt to cheekily stick his tongue out at her.
After the match, proud father Prince Harry walked up to his wife and gave his son an affectionate pat, careful not to hug him too much while he was still sweaty from the match.
Meanwhile, Kate was also busy keeping an eye on her three children.
One-year-old Louis was seen running to his mother as he tottered across the grass before being dragged into her arms to greet his father.
Meanwhile, the playful Prince George kept his sister, Charlotte, entertained and could be seen picking up a polo mallet.
Time for a snack! The Duchess of Cambridge appeared to be enjoying a picnic with her sons after the polo match.
Keep up with your big brother! Charlotte joined in a kicking game, left. Right, the princess with George, five years old.
Dressed in a navy blue polo shirt and green shorts, he also donned the blue buckled shoes his sons are known to wear.
All eyes were on the young Prince Louis as he teetered excitedly on the grass and Kate regularly carried him in her arms.
Later, it looked like the family was having a picnic in the trunk of the car when George and Charlotte jumped in the backseat and pulled out food for their mother.
Today is likely to be a more low-key appearance by the princess, who joined William for her father’s Scottish coronation in Edinburgh yesterday.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, he attended Wimbledon for a special ceremony honoring his close friend Roger Federer.