William And Kate’s Relationship Isn’t The Same Anymore

Published on 11/21/2019
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Can you believe that Kate Middleton and Prince William have been married for almost 10 years already? However, not everything is the same for them. Many things have changed after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry got married. Of course, people noticed the subtle developments… What exactly happened?

The Relationship Dynamics Of William And Kate Has Changed… All Thanks To Harry And Meghan

William And Kate’s Relationship Isn’t The Same Anymore

Ups And Downs

Before Kate Middleton and Prince William got married, they went through their share of ups and downs. They first met in 2001 at the University of St. Andrews. She first caught his eye at a charity fashion show!

Ups And Downs

Ups And Downs

At Long Last

When they first started going out, there were lots of obstacles for them. Kate got lots of media attention and even had to file a complaint about the never-ending harassment. It was why they broke up in 2007, but they would later get back together. A decade after they first met, they married in Westminster Abbey.

At Long Last

At Long Last

The Married Life

It was time for them to start a life together. They began a family of their own and welcomed their first son George in 2013. Despite it all, they were not demonstrative of their affections in public. But why?

The Married Life

The Married Life

No PDA

They chose not to show much PDA for a reason. After all, they are always at work! It is not proper to be touchy during work hours. This is why they refrain from doing so when there are cameras around.

No PDA

No PDA

Official Photos

“The Duke and Duchess are almost always seen in photographs taken during official engagements, so they are at ‘work,’ and it would be unprofessional to hold hands,” Emily Nash from HELLO! said in a 2017 interview. She added, “They also need to shake hands with a huge number of people as they meet them, so aside from being on duty, it wouldn’t be very practical!”

Official Photos

Official Photos

Sporting Events Are Different

“We know [the Duke and Duchess] are very affectionate and that sometimes comes across during more lighthearted moments, at sporting events or similar, but you wouldn’t expect them to put that on show while in more formal situations,” one source reported. Here they were at the 2012 London Olympics.

Sporting Events Are Different

Sporting Events Are Different

New Couple In Town

Things changed for the two of them in 2017. What happened? The change in the dynamic seems to stem from the relationship between Meghan and Harry. Watch out because there is a new couple in town!

New Couple In Town

New Couple In Town

Harry And Meghan

We bet you have already seen at least one photo of Meghan and Harry holding hands. They even shared a photo of what seemed like an intense kiss during a polo match in July 2018. Everyone ate it up, of course.

Harry And Meghan

Harry And Meghan

A Fresh Modern Approach

“Meghan and Prince Harry holding hands at a royal engagement is a refreshingly modern approach to their new role both as a couple and as representatives of the royal family,” royal etiquette specialist Myka Meier told People.

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A Fresh Modern Approach

Royal PDA

She also said that PDA is “simply a matter of preference for each couple and is also likely dependent on the nature of the event.” While Charles and Camilla have been seen with locked hands, “a more serious engagement would warrant a more serious level of professionalism, which each royal is sure to follow.”

Royal PDA

Royal PDA

Professionalism

Professionalism used to be strictly observed. In Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, author Sally Bedell-Smith claimed that the Queen and Prince Philip never had much PDA: “In the manner of the upper class, neither of them were physically demonstrative.”

Professionalism

Professionalism

Unexpected Display

In October 2018, Prince William and Kate Middleton took everyone by surprise with their unusual PDA. Around that time, the Duchess only got back from a maternity leave after she gave birth to Prince Louis.

Unexpected Display

Unexpected Display

Quite Unusual For The Pair

Prince William accompanied Kate to the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London. It did not go unnoticed that he had his hand on her leg and back at the event. Fans were as observant as ever.

Unexpected Display

Quite Unusual For The Pair

A Rarity

A few days after this, the two of them attended the wedding of Princess Eugenie. They were also more affectionate than usual. Kirsten Aiken updated everyone on Twitter by saying, “Commentary team oohs and aahs over an apparently rare PDA by William and Kate (mind you, they’re only holding hands!).”

A Rarity

A Rarity

Body Language

Jud James, a body language interpreter, chimed in as well. “They managed to outdo Harry and Meghan here,” she told Daily Mirror. She also added, “Kate reached across to place a hand on the arm of her husband’s chair, and he put his own hand over it in a very romantic gesture.”

Body Language

Body Language

Sweet Smiles

She also discussed their body language at the summit. She told Daily Express, “Kate seems to have increased in confidence here at their first public outing together since the birth, and William is unusually tactile, flashing some sweet “pinging” smiles at his wife to suggest he’s incredibly pleased to have her back at his side.”

Sweet Smiles

Sweet Smiles

Competition

But what was it that made them act in a new way? A Daily Mirror article suggested that the new dynamic between them had been “prompted by the very tactile displays from Harry and Meghan.”

Competition

Competition

Hoping To Shine Brighter

Royal fans felt that they wanted to one-up the new couple in town. After Princess Eugenie got married, one tweet said that William and Kate had been trying to “upstage” Meghan and Harry. Was this true?

Hoping To Shine Brighter

Hoping To Shine Brighter

Ladies, Ladies

There were also rumors that talked about a discussion between them. In 2018, gossip magazines even ran a story about the two ladies. Sources say that it was about Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress. Don’t worry they patched things up since.

Bad Blood

Ladies, Ladies

Moving Away

This supposed debacle even made the headlines. The press also reported about the fact that Harry and Meghan planned to leave Kensington Palace in November 2018. One anonymous source informed the Daily Mail that the relocation was brought about by a rift between the sisters-in-law.

Moving Away

Moving Away

Not Getting Along

That same month, another source told The Sun that the problem was not with the women. According to the person, it was the princes who could not get along with each other. Is this true?

Not Getting Along

Not Getting Along

From Different Worlds

A “close friend of the Cambridges” said that the ladies don’t get along. They said, “Kate and Meghan are very different people. They don’t really get on.” They come from different worlds, so it’s not surprising.

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From Different Worlds

Behind Closed Doors

Despite these claims, only the royals know the truth of the matter. Kensington Palace is not going to let us know everything that happens, of course. It is why we can only rely on their PDA and body language.

Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

Bonding Between Ladies

Look at this photo. It was taken when the family got together for Christmas 2018. Meghan and Kate sure look happy here. “See how they’re laughing [and] how they’re all walking in sync?” expert Patti Wood told Marie Claire, “It’s really difficult to do that if you really, really don’t like somebody.”

Bonding Between Ladies

Bonding Between Ladies

The Significance Of Accessories

Mind you, even the accessories hold significance! If the bag is held with the hand closest to the partner, there is a good chance they were hoping to keep themselves from their spouse in the meantime.

The Signifigance Of Accessories

The Significance Of Accessories

A Good Sign

Look at Kate here. She is not holding hands with her husband and has her bag between them. It means good things for her relationship with Meghan, who is on her other side. Nothing comes between them!

A Good Sign

A Good Sign

Making An Effort

Clearly, Kate was making an effort to get along with her sister-in-law. The fact that she chose to be more open to Meghan than her own husband shows that Kate was making an effort to get along with her.

Making An Effort

Making An Effort

On Their Own

A move away from the timeless royal traditions was what first gave the public clues that something was going on between the family members. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not want to follow suit with every single royal tradition that had been set forth for them, and they wanted to move away on their own.

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On Their Own

Have A Chat

Apparently, there was some tension between the Windsors when Harry and Meghan decided to tie the knot. Shortly after William first met Meghan, the woman who would soon be his sister-in-law, he told Harry that he wanted to sit down and chat with him.

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Have A Chat

Suspicions

It was apparent, even to William, that Harry and Meghan could not be more in love with one another. He knew that they would get married one day, and that it was the next step, but as his older brother, William warned Harry not to rush too quickly into things. He also told Harry that he’s a bit suspicious of the fact they got into such a serious relationship so quickly.

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Suspicions

Mere Speculation

In 2019, Meghan and Kate still made headlines with their supposed rifts. It even drew the attention of none other than Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson, the Duchess of York. What did she have to say about it?

Mere Speculation

Mere Speculation

Always Compared

The Duchess of York used to get compared to Princess Diana all the time in the past. She has decided to talk to Hello magazine about internet speculation. Her letter said, “It seems that online, anything goes.”

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Always Compared

Pitting Women Against Each Other

“Women, in particular, are constantly pitted against and compared with [one another] in a way that reminds me of how people tried to portray Diana and me all the time as rivals, which is something neither of us ever really felt,” she said. “People feel licensed to say things online that they would never dream of saying to someone’s face. And that encourages others to pile in.”

Pitting Women Against Each Other

Pitting Women Against Each Other

No Concrete Evidence

It is worth noting that if there was truly tension between Kate and Meghan, or even William and Harry, we have not seen any evidence for it. Sometimes, the press and fans just come up with stories.

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No Concrete Evidence

Another Royal Couple

However, let us take a look at yet another royal couple. Charles and Camilla are pretty fond of PDA! The two of them graced the December 2018 cover of Vanity Fair with her hand on his leg!

No Concrete Evidence

Another Royal Couple

Some Tweaks To The Rules

Apart from this, there is some reason to believe that they will deviate from tradition when Charles finally gets to ascend the throne. Could it be that the Royal family is warming up to modern norms and mores?

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Some Tweaks To The Rules

Changing Times

Penny Junor told Good Housekeeping, “Times have changed. Charles is still so besotted with Camilla – even after all these years – that it would be hard for him not to show his natural affection.” Good for them!

Changing Times

Changing Times

And The Award Goes To

Despite this, it is clear that Harry and Meghan are the most demonstrative couple you will find in the royal family. When they attended the Australasian royal tour, the two of them were as touchy as ever.

And The Award Goes To

And The Award Goes To

Most Affectionate

Harry had no problems about holding his wife’s hand as they went on the tour. Even when they had to clap politely at the events, Meghan did not move her arm away from that of her husband’s.

Most Affectionate

Most Affectionate

Complaints

While it is rather cute, some people are not pleased about it. A Mumsnet user even said, “For the love of God, could they stop holding hands? They’re not on a date, they’re carrying out official business!”

Complaints

Complaints

Growing Even Closer

James also suggested that Kate and William got closer after the birth of Prince Louis. She told Daily Express, “Their smiles together have changed, and their affection and love signals are much more intense and open than ever before, suggesting the birth of their third child has somehow thrown them back into the honeymoon stage.”

Growing Even Closer

Growing Even Closer

Not Just Them

They are not the only ones who got closer after giving birth to a kid. Harry and Meghan look very smitten whenever they are in public. During a royal tour, they had a private moment at the Whakarewarewa Forest. Take a look at this lovely photo that Harry took of his pregnant wife.

Not Just Them

Not Just Them

Thanks To The Kids

Perhaps it is the addition of a kid that makes a couple grow even closer. It looks like it worked for Harry and Meghan as well as William and Kate. Babies are definitely magical little beings, aren’t they?

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Thanks To The Kids

Doesn’t Mean Anything

While William and Kate are more reserved about their feelings, we are sure that they love each other. A lack of PDA does not mean that a relationship is going downhill. A lot of couples out there don’t do PDA.

Doesn't Mean Anything

Doesn’t Mean Anything

Over 70 Years

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip hardly touch one another in public, but their relationship is still going strong at over seven decades. This is all the evidence we need to see that PDA is not necessary.

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Over 70 Years

The Kids Included

While it is not common for royals to be physically demonstrative, perhaps royal parents and kids have more leeway. It is a case-to-case basis, but even these relationships do not get too affectionate in public.

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The Kids Included

Parents And Kids

It is not much better now than it used to be. Wait until you hear how Prince Charles was greeted by his parents after coming home after months of traveling. They only shook hands with the 5-year-old boy!

Parents And Kids

Parents And Kids

Princess Diana

Princess Diana was an exception to the rule, however. The former wife of Prince Charles liked to involve and spend her time with the kids as much as possible. She felt more relatable for doing such a thing.

Princess Diana

Princess Diana

Affectionate Royal

Diana also knew how to deal with other kids. She always knelt down and looked them right in the face. In 2013, Ingrid Seward of Majesty said, “Diana was the first member of the royal family to do this.” She added, “The royal family used to say that everyone had to be deferential to them. But Diana said, ‘If someone [could] be nervous of you, or you’re speaking to a very young child or a sick person, get yourself on their level.’”

Affectionate Royal

Affectionate Royal

With Their Children

If you were curious, you should know that Kate and William are affection with their children in public. They hold hands, carry them, laugh with them, and play with the tots. In 2017, the whole clan had been laughing together during the Trooping the Color ceremony.

With Their Children

With Their Children

Parenting Style

The good news is that Kate and William want to open the communication lines with their kids. In 2017, William told CALMzine, “Catherine and I are clear that we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions and feelings.”

Parenting Style

Parenting Style

Communication Is Key

“Over the past year, [Kate and I] have visited a number of schools together where we have been amazed listening to children talk about some quite difficult subjects in a really clear and emotionally articulate way – something most adults would struggle with,” he went on. He clearly takes this seriously!

Communication Is Key

Communication Is Key

New Generation

“Seeing [these children] has really given me hope that things are changing and that there is a generation coming up who find it normal to talk openly about their emotions. Emotional intelligence is key for us all to deal with the complexities of life and relationships,” William added.

New Generation

New Generation

Just Be Kids

We are sure that Kate and William will talk about the nature of PDA to their kids when they get to a certain age. In the meantime, they are just happy to let the kids be kids.

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Just Be Kids

A Friend

The relationship between Meghan and Kate was a fragile one that needed to be nurtured. When Meghan officially became a member of the Royal Family, she likely hoped to find a new friend in Kate, but that wasn’t exactly the case.

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A Friend

A Third Baby

When Meghan joined the family, Kate was pregnant with her third child, Louis, and she must have missed the new line on her job description that she was supposed to be her new sister-in-law’s Royal guide. With her other two children and her royal duties, she already had a lot on her plate that she was trying to manage. We understand that Kate was busy, but Meghan likely felt like she was getting ignored in a way.

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A Third Baby

Photoshoots

The royals seem to be getting along just fine by now. Their family photoshoots always show the members laughing and having a ball. Just look at this adorable photo of Prince Louis and Prince Charles.

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Photoshoots

Growing Up

Kate and William send out annual Christmas cards to their closest family and friends. Since the royal children aren’t photographed by the paparazzi too often, it gives us all an idea of how they’re growing up!

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Growing Up

The Official Account

This sweet photo of the kids and their father, Prince William, was taken on a recent family trip. Kensington Palace shared this particular photo on their official Instagram account.

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The Official Account

The Most Recent

This is the most recent photo of the Royals. It was taken just around Christmas 2019. Prince George is now 6 years old- how time flies! The Queen looks as good as ever at 93 years old.

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The Most Recent

Private School

Prince George and Princess Charlotte both attend private school near their home. This photo was taken on their first day of school in September 2019. How adorable are they in their matching uniforms!?

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Private School

New Parents

If it is true that Kate and William became touchier because of Meghan and Harry, the latter could also learn things from them. After all, they probably need help now that they have a son of their own!

New Parents

New Parents

Kneeling Down

Meghan and Harry also adopted the technique Diana used to do in the past. Yes, this is the “kneeling to meet a child at their eye level” technique. It is a sign that they are going to be great parents!

Kneeling Down

Kneeling Down

A Child Of Their Own

When they were on a tour of Australia, they interacted with kids too. Maybe they took the opportunity to be surrounded by little ones before theirs finally came. Do you think they will remain as touchy as ever with a kid around?

A Child Of Their Own

A Child Of Their Own

A Member

All of the criticism must have been very difficult for the new couple, but Harry and Meghan never let any of this judgement affect the way they acted in public. They always stand united in whatever issue they are dealing with, and it’s clear that they’re in love with each other. Even despite all of the stresses that Prince William had, Meghan is just as much a part of the Royal Family as Kate Middleton.

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A Member

He’s The Problem

Some people are quick to say that Harry is the one to blame many problems. “He will brook no criticism of Meghan,” a source stated. “And he is so sensitive he often sees criticism or negativity where there isn’t any.”

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He’s The Problem

Protecting Her

A courtier stated, “It’s my opinion that Harry feels he couldn’t protect his mother, so he’s going all out to protect his wife.” Diana used to be criticised by the public for every move she ever made, and it was very hard on her. It makes sense for him to try to overcompensate his protectiveness for his wife because he couldn’t protect his mother.

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Protecting Her

A Popular Hat

Meghan took this sweet photo of Archie and Harry recently on a weekend trip. To no surprise, right after the photo was taken the sales of Archie’s hat rose exponentially. We wonder if the same happened with Prince Harry’s hat.

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A Popular Hat

Back To Work

Meghan and Harry are thrilled to be first-time parents to their little bundle of joy. Archie is already 8 months old- hard to believe, we know! His parents are back to their daily appearances and working.

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Back To Work

Trouble In Paradise

Although everything was going great for Harry and Meghan, there was some tension between the two brothers. Seemingly close all of their lives, something was getting in the way of their brotherly bond.

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Trouble In Paradise

At Odds

It seems as though the Royal Family had more on their hands than just some small disagreement; the two brothers were in the middle of a feud. Even though the two brothers have very different personalities and chose to live their lives in different ways, they still always maintained a close-knit relationship. What could these two possibly be fighting about?

At Odds

At Odds

The Public Noticed

A move away from the timeless royal traditions was what first gave the public clues that something was going on between the family members. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not want to follow suit with every single royal tradition that had been set forth for them, and they wanted to move away on their own.

The Public Noticed

The Public Noticed

Lingering Animosity

Even though their fiery relationship turned into a stable marriage with a newborn, there was still some tension and cold shoulder-type feelings being thrown their way. One of the hardest things that happened was when the entire Royal Family told Harry that they felt the same way about his relationship as William did. With time, the tension and animosity just built up even more. Why was this happening?

Lingering Animosity

Lingering Animosity

Time To Chat

Apparently, there was some tension between the Windsors when Harry and Meghan decided to tie the knot. Shortly after William first met Meghan, the woman who would soon be his sister-in-law, he told Harry that he wanted to sit down and chat with him.

Time To Chat

Time To Chat

Apprehensive

It was apparent, even to William, that Harry and Meghan could not be more in love with one another. He knew that they would get married one day, and that it was the next step, but as his older brother, William warned Harry not to rush too quickly into things. He also told Harry that he’s a bit suspicious of the fact they got into such a serious relationship so quickly.

Apprehensive

Apprehensive

Miffed

“William told his brother they knew nothing about her background, her intentions, what she was really like,” a source spilled. Prince William tried to express his thoughts and opinions as nicely as possible, but of course, there are two sides. William’s gentle touch did not stop Harry from feeling miffed about the situation.

Miffed

Miffed

His Concerns

Apparently, said ‘source’ was a royal court member. They said, “He just wanted to stress that becoming part of the Royal Family is a massive undertaking, and the pressure and scrutiny are [sic] unrelenting. Was Meghan the right one?”

His Concerns

His Concerns

Defending Her

Of course, Harry did not agree one tiny bit with his older brother’s opinions. He took William’s words to be a jab at the woman he loved and wanted to marry. At this point in time, Meghan was already finding herself trying to juggle the media, her difficult family, and the rumors from the public. Harry felt the obvious need to stand up for his significant other.

Defending Her

Defending Her

Another Reason

If there really was tension between the two couples already, it certainly did not help the situation when the Queen chose Harry to be the Youth Ambassador to the Commonwealth. Some people say that William took it very personally and was hurt by the fact that he was not chosen for this position. Though he did have the power to veto this decision, he chose not to.

Another Reason

Another Reason

Confirmation

Many people who absolutely adore the Royal Family like to think that they are not actually facing conflicts, but rather it is just the media trying to start drama between them. One time, however, the four were all in an interview together when they got asked if they ever find themselves in disagreements with one another. William spoke first to break the silent pause and said, “Oh yes.”

Confirmation

Confirmation

Tension

All four people started nervously laughing after William answered the question so forcefully. Harry had a big smile on his face when he answered the next question wondering whether or not said arguments ever get resolved. He said, “We don’t know.” Even though he answered with a bit of laughter, it was very clear that something was going on between the two brothers.

Tension

Tension

The Duchesses

The stresses and tensions between the brothers only got worse when you add in the complex relationship between Meghan and Kate. When Meghan officially became a member of the Royal Family, she likely hoped to find a new friend in Kate, but that wasn’t exactly the case.

The Duchesses

The Duchesses

No Noble Blood

The media continues to wonder whether there was actually tension between the two or if it is just fabricated. Even though neither of the two women were born into a noble bloodline or came from any sort of fame or royalty in their families, they would soon become two of the most-seen faces of the Royal Family.

No Noble Blood

No Noble Blood

Meghan And Kate

Christmas Day 2017 was the first time Kate and Meghan made their first public appearance together. Kate and Meghan joined the Windsor Family in two very different types of personal situations, and despite the fact that neither of them were born into royal blood, they come from two completely different universes. The two women grew up with very different backgrounds.

Meghan And Kate

Meghan And Kate

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