Old rivals die hard. Meghan Markle is no longer a senior member of the royal family, but she is still competing against Kate Middleton on social media. This week, Meghan and Kate seemed to be vying for the spotlight on Instagram after sharing photos on the same day. The posts left royal watchers wondering if Meghan is sparking her old rivalry with the Duchess of Cambridge, despite her and Prince Harry’s decision to step down.
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton compete on Instagram
Kate shared a slew of photos promoting her 5 Big Questions
initiative this week. The Duchess of Cambridge visited a handful of
organizations as part of her child warfare campaign, including the Ely and
Caerau Children’s Centre.
Within hours of Kate’s first post, Meghan Markle unexpectedly
shared a photo from her previous visit to an animal charity in London. The
visit happened a few weeks ago as Meghan has been in Canada for the past two
According to Page
Six, Buckingham Palace couriers were displeased by Meghan’s post
because it was shared while Kate was trying to promote her campaign. We do not
know what prompted Meghan to share the post, but it has seemingly renewed the
rivalry between her and Kate.
It does not help that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Instagram account now has more followers than Kate and Prince William’s page, Kensington Royal. Fans, of course, were quick to notice the timing of Meghan’s post and heavily criticized her for trying to take the spotlight away from a worthy cause.
“2 week old photos and you post on the day Catherine is launching
an initiative? Very very insecure and sad,” on royal watcher noted.
Meghan Markle enjoys her new life in Canada
Meghan flew to Canada a few weeks back while Harry met with
senior royals in Sandringham about their exit. The couple announced their
stunning departure on Instagram at the start of the year.
Meghan and Harry revealed that they are stepping down as senior members of the royal family and that they want to become financially independent from the crown. The two also stated that they will be splitting their time between the UK and North America, which is why Meghan returned to Canada with their son, Archie Harrison.
Following his meetings with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and
Prince William, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
will be losing their royal titles as a result of their exit.
Details about the couple’s departure are still being worked out
and they are not expected to finalize anything until the spring. In the
meantime, the Sussexes are reportedly looking to purchase a home in Canada,
where they will be setting up a second home base.
Archie Harrison played a role in Megxit
There were a lot of factors that went into Harry and Meghan’s
decision to step down from the royal spotlight. But sources claim that one of
the biggest catalysts was the pushback Meghan received for trying to keep
Archie out of the public eye.
Meghan notoriously kept Archie away from the media in the months
following his birth last May. The former Suits star refused to take
photos shortly after the birth and kept Archie’s christening a private affair.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were criticized for not giving the media more access to Archie. Sources claim that some members of the royal family advised them to be more “forthcoming” about their son, which proved to be the “final straw” for Meghan.
Despite the reports, Meghan and Harry have not commented on the
rumors surrounding their son. Harry recently reunited with Meghan in Canada,
though it is unclear how long he will remain in the country.
Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry regret their decision?
Considering all the backlash the Sussexes have received, many
royal watchers believe Harry and Meghan will ultimately regret their decision
to step down.
In a new poll conducted by Express,
83 percent of people thought that Harry and Meghan will have regrets about
leaving the royal family. Close to 11,000 people voted in the poll, and only 14
percent thought they would have zero regrets.
Fans also expressed their views in the comments, with some saying
that Prince Harry will probably feel worse about it than Meghan Markle when it
is all said and done.
“I think Harry will come to regret the decision, but not his
wife,” one fan wrote.