When Meghan Markle and Duchess Kate arrived at Wimbledon's royal box on July 14, their first joint appearance without their husbands, the world went wild. Not only did both duchesses look picture perfect, but fans were eager to get a glimpse of what their relationship is like. "Are you ok?" Kate asked Meghan as they sat down, according to royal expert Katie Nicholl, betraying the guiding and protective position she's taken on with her new sister-in-law - whom she considers a "blessing rather than a threat."
"From showing her the royal ropes and introducing her to some of her favourite designers, such as Emilia Wickstead, Kate has gone the extra mile, all while juggling a particularly busy spell with a new baby," Katie says in a column for Grazia UK. "The two women are believed to see each other at least once a week," often over tea. And all of the kindness the duchess has shown speaks volumes to how she feels about the newest member of the Royal Family.
In fact, "Having Meghan join The Firm has been a blessing rather than a threat. Friends say that [Kate] is thrilled that the spotlight isn’t on her at a time when she wants to enjoy being with her family and remain relatively low-key." The mother of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis started her maternity leave at the end of March, a month before welcoming her third child with Prince William on April 23.
Besides having someone new on whom to shine the lights of royal watchers, Kate was reportedly even more keen to take Meghan under her wing because of the special bond she enjoys with Prince Harry. "Kate was really looking forward to meeting Meghan and she knew how important it was to Harry," reported The Sun on Sunday back in January. "They are very close and he really values her opinion on girlfriends."
The 36-year-old has taken on a maternal position with her younger brother-in-law, who she's known for nearly 15 years. In turn, she was all too happy to help the love of his life settle in. And the Duchess of Sussex, 36, hasn't taken Kate's kindness for granted. She's reportedly given the royal a number of gifts, from a dream journal for her 35th birthday to a special friendship bracelet on Meghan's wedding day, but also allowed the seasoned royal to take the lead on that first outing to Wimbledon.