As Meghan Markle told Oprah Winfrey that Kate Middleton made her cry ahead of her wedding, it allegedly caused major damage to William and Harry's relationship.
The Mail on Sunday's assistant editor, Kate Mansey, has claimed that Meghan's comments damaged the relationship between the Royal brothers, and that their relationship continues to be "frosty".
Speaking to Palace Confidential on Mailplus, Ms Mansey said: "It was such a shame. It was described to me as civil which is palace courtier for what the rest of us would refer to as frosty.
"You do wonder whether it could be their kind of gift to the Queen to make up somehow. But there's been so much said – obviously, Oprah.
"I do think those comments aimed at Kate were extremely damaging to the brothers' friendship. Then we have this book coming out and who knows what will be in it."
At the time, there were reports which had circulated ahead of the Sussexes' wedding that Meghan left Kate in tears at Princess Charlotte's bridesmaid dress fitting – but Meghan told Oprah that "the reverse" happened instead.
Meghan said she was not trying to be "disparaging" to Kate, describing her as a "good person", but believed it was "really important for people to understand the truth."
The Duchess of Sussex then said Kate later apologised and brought her flowers, and that she has forgiven her.
She told the chat show host: "The narrative with Kate, which didn't happen, was really, really difficult and something that… I think that's when everything changed really."
But when Winfrey pressed Meghan, asking her "So specifically, did you make Kate cry?", Meghan said "no" – and when asked where that story came from and whether there was a situation where Kate "might have cried", Meghan said: "No, no, the reverse happened."
She continued: "I don't say that to be disparaging to anyone, because it was a really hard week of the wedding, and she was upset about something, but she owned it and she apologised and she brought me flowers and a note apologising, and she did what I would do if I knew that I'd hurt someone, right, to just take accountability for it."
The royal couple recently returned to the UK for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee – taking part in their first royal event since stepping back as working members of the Royal Family.
As they arrived at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen, they were greeted with a mix of cheers and boos as they made their way into St Paul's Cathedral.
The pair returned back to the US before the end of the Jubilee, but took the time to celebrate Lilibet's first birthday in the UK before leaving.
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