It seems that Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle were never besties. That has been determined over and over again, especially as the family feud festered.
Kate’s appearance on Wednesday, Feb. 8 to Landau Forte College Derby was so fascinating to watch. The Princess of Wales was there to celebrate Captain Preet Chandi for breaking the world record for her solo expedition across Antarctica. As a patron of the explorer’s adventure, Kate seemed to make sure one particular snapshot was on display on the Kensington Royal Twitter account: a photo of her hugging Chandi.
Meghan’s hug comment came from Netflix’s Harry & Meghan docuseries about meeting Kate and William for the first time and being shocked at how cold the reception was.
“I remember I was in ripped jeans, and I was barefoot. I was a hugger, always been a hugger,” the Duchess of Sussex recalled about the culture differences. “I didn’t realize that that is really jarring for a lot of Brits.” That moment led to sources close to Kate promising People that she’s “a big hugger” and always “warm and friendly.”
It has been noted that Kate has a newfound approach to her public appearances where she seems more engaged, taking selfies with fans, and yes, hugging.