Meghan Markle joining the Royal Family inadvertently made Kate Middleton "collateral damage", according to a commentator.
In the Channel 5 documentary, When the Middletons Met The Monarchy, commentators claim there was intense public scrutiny on the relationship between the two duchesses which made life difficult for both of them.
There have been claims that both Meghan and Kate felt under intense pressure to get along in public because everyone expected them to become instant pals as sisters-in-law.
Back in 2018, Meghan and Kate were often photographed smiling and laughing together, like when they sat next to each other at Wimbledon.
Unfortunately, by Christmas, there was a rumour of a "rift" between the duchesses and their husbands.
Talking about the difficulties they had for the Channel 5 documentary, Royal expert Claudia Joseph, author of Kate Middleton: Princess in Waiting, said: "When Meghan joined the Royal Family, everyone assumed that she and Kate would become best buddies because they were both outsiders.
"But of course they are naturally very different women."
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"Kate in many ways was sort of collateral damage in all this," added royal expert Richard Kay, who once interviewed Princess Diana.
He claimed: "She and Meghan didn't particularly get along.
"The relationship was not as straightforward as the wider world thought."
Omid Scobie, the co-author of Meghan and Harry's bombshell biography Finding Freedom, has previously claimed Meghan felt unsupported by her sister-in-law.
Speaking on Good Morning America ahead of the book's release last year, he said: "These are two women who really have little in common.
"Being a newcomer, and knowing Kate was once a newcomer, I think there were times where she knew that Meghan felt that she could have, or needed a bit more support from Kate, but didn't get it in some of those important moments."
This comes after Meghan's half-sister Samantha Markle was trolled for writing a "tell-all" book about the duchess who she often publicly criticises.
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