The sad situation Kate Middleton is trying to avoid for Archie and the Cambridge kids

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she meets local fishermen and their families to hear about the work of fishing communities in the village of Pittennweem with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on day six of their week long visit to Scotland on May 26, 2021 in Fife, Scotland
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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge is said to be attempting to “smooth things over” with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to avoid this sad situation for Archie and her own children. 

  • Kate Middleton is reportedly keen to “bury the hatchet” with her brother-in-law Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, despite the difficult aftermath of the Sussexes’ shocking Oprah interview airing.
  • It’s been claimed that she wants to avoid a very sad situation for Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Archie.
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Kate Middleton is reportedly eager to “smooth things over” with her brother-in-law Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. After they stepped back (opens in new tab) as senior members of the Royal Family, the Sussexes have spoken more about their lives as part of The Firm (opens in new tab). Perhaps the most shocking reveals of all came in the couple's bombshell “tell-all” Oprah interview (opens in new tab) earlier this year.

This saw Prince Harry claim Prince William was "trapped" in the institution and the brothers have been surrounded rumours of tension ever since. 

Though it’s said that they “broke the ice” at Prince Prince Philip’s funeral (opens in new tab) ahead of the unveiling of a memorial statue of Princess Diana later this summer, speculation about their relationship continues.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 9, 2020 in London, England

Now royal expert Camilla Tominey has reflected upon Kate Middleton’s position in the Royal Family in a piece for The Telegraph’s Stella Magazine, suggesting that she is keen to help end any potential discord. 

“Despite the rising tensions, Kate was the one echoing HM throughout by reminding her nearest and dearest that Harry and Meghan remained ‘much loved members of the family’,” Camilla wrote.

“Having grown up being close to her own siblings, Pippa, 37, and James, 34, the Duchess remained keen to bury the hatchet even after the interview aired to a global audience of millions, seemingly for the sake of two-year-old Archie’s relationship with his cousins.”

According to the royal expert, a source claimed that “[Kate's] natural instinct is to try to smooth things over”. 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge watch a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019 in London, England

Whilst Camilla also alleged that it’s recently emerged that the Cambridges can count their meetings with their nephew “easily on one hand”. Whilst she went on to suggest that the cousins sadly spent “very little time” together before the Sussexes moved to the US. 

Prince Harry and Meghan, who are expecting their second child (opens in new tab), have now settled with their son Archie in their new LA home (opens in new tab). For Archie’s second birthday last month, his royal relatives, including Kate and William, posted adorable photos on social media.

However, fans were quick to notice one very heartbreaking detail (opens in new tab) as each of the snaps was taken quite some time ago.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa

Given how close Kate is understood to be with her own siblings Pippa and James Middleton, it seems likely that she does indeed hope to see her children and their cousins form a life-long bond. 

It’s not known when the next time the Cambridge and Sussex families will be reunited, though with a new baby on the way, royal fans will be looking forward to seeing them together again.