The Duke and Duchess of Sussex surprised Kate Middleton with ‘thoughtful’ gifts for her 39th birthday last weekend, insiders have claimed.
Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, are currently residing in their $14million mansion in Santa Barbara with one-year-old son Archie, having stepped back from duty in March last year.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is currently living at her Norfolk residence of Anmer Hall with Prince William, 38, and their children Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, had a ‘low-key’ celebration for her 39th birthday on Saturday.
A source told US weekly the Duchess received a card and gifts from the Sussexes, saying: ‘It was a nice surprise. Kate wasn’t expecting anything from the couple.’
The Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, surprised Kate Middleton with ‘thoughtful’ gifts for her 39th birthday last weekend, sources have claimed
Meanwhile they also claimed Prince William had given his wife a set of diamond and sapphire earrings amongst a ‘shower of gifts’.
It comes after royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight the families enjoyed ‘phone and video calls’ over Christmas and New Year where they presented gifts to each other.
She said: ‘Fast forward to today, the relationship is much better than it was. For a start, they are on talking terms, and not only on talking terms, they do speak relatively regularly. They were very much in touch over the holidays.’
Yet she suggested the relationship between the brothers might never recover to the close bond they enjoyed in the past.
An insider said the Duchess of Cambridge hadn’t been ‘expecting anything’ from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Katie said there was ‘an ocean’ between the two families, adding the brothers are ‘on different paths.’
She added that Meghan and Harry ‘are trying’ for another child because they ‘would love to have a sibling for Archie.’
Her comments come after a royal biographer claimed the ‘long-term solution’ to the rift between Prince Harry and Prince William is for the Sussexes to ‘enjoy the freedom of America’ while the Cambridges dedicate their life to duty.
The couples were last seen together in public at the Commonwealth Day service in March of this year
But he said the brother’s relationship is ‘never going to be the same’, explaining: ‘I expect that is the long-term solution here: Duty in the form of William and Kate will take over the situation, and Harry and his love will enjoy the freedom of America and, I hope, obviously there will be some sort of reconciliation.’
Robert said the brother’s long ‘history and texture’ would always be there, suggesting they both ‘took something different’ from their parent’s marriage breakdown.
The royal expert explained the Duke of Cambridge had found ‘strength’ in his duty, saying: ‘At least he had this duty, this responsibility to be King, the future monarch, and he had to live up to that.’
Meanwhile he said Prince Harry ‘took a different lesson’ from the relationship, adding that the Duke was going to ‘go for love…unapologetically.’
It comes after a royal expert said the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex ‘reconnected’ over the holidays and are now ‘speaking regularly’ by video call
He added: ‘His parents were locked into an arranged, loveless marriage, and he’s not going to make that mistake.’
It is believed the trigger that caused the rift to develop between William and Harry was when the Duke of Cambridge advised his younger sibling to ‘take things slow’ when he first began dating Meghan Markle in 2017.
Relations became so sour that they reportedly didn’t talk for weeks after Harry’s wedding, where William was best man. Then Megxit, and the way it was handled, left William and Charles devastated.
In a documentary in 2019 – Harry & Meghan: An African Journey – the Duke of Sussex, admitted he and William are ‘certainly on different paths at the moment’.
He told ITV’s Tom Bradby: ‘Inevitably stuff happens. But we’re brothers, we’ll always be brothers.’
There are hopes the unveiling of the new Princess Diana statue at Kensington Palace this summer ‘will help to heal old wounds’ for the brothers.
A statement on behalf of the Duke of Sussex and Duke of Cambridge issued by Kensington Palace in August read: ‘The statue that Prince William and Prince Harry have commissioned to commemorate their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, will be installed next year on what would have been her 60th birthday.’
The statue was commissioned to mark the twentieth anniversary of Princess Diana’s death and recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world.
Earlier this month, royal expert Angela Levin said while Prince Harry ‘balked at being ‘the spare’ to Prince William , he seems to accept being second to Meghan’
Earlier this month, royal biographer Angela Levin claimed Prince Harry has ‘discarded life as an action man to become an airy-fairy do-gooder’ with a ‘woke West Coast life’.
Royal expert Angela, who wrote Harry: Conversations with the Prince in 2018, has claimed that the Duke has become a ‘shadow of his former self’ since moving to California.
The biographer said Prince Harry’s recent appearances were ‘out of character’ from the royal she once knew, who would instantly identify with everyone he spoke to.