British Royal Family

Inside Meghan Markle and Duchess Catherine's heated confrontation

Plus all the latest royal bombshells that have surfaced over the weekend...

By Bella Brennan

There's no denying it's a very challenging time for the young British Royals at the moment.

With fevered reports of an epic royal rift simmering between The Cambridges and The Sussexes, the compelling evidence continues to pile up.

And just this weekend, there's been a deluge of shocking new reports, shedding light on everything from Meghan Markle and Duchess Catherine's alleged fight, Meghan's demands for her wedding, the real reason Meghan's assistant quit, plus allegations Prince William told Prince Harry he didn't think Meghan was a suitable partner.

Here, we break down the biggest royal feud bombshells from the past few days...

Duchess Catherine called out Meghan Markle for being rude to her staff

According to UK outlet The Sun, tension between the royal sisters-in-law reached boiling point before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot in May after the former Suits actress was reportedly rude to one of the Cambridge's staff members.

The publication claims an "impeccable source" revealed Duchess Catherine cautioned Meghan over her behaviour, telling her: "That's unacceptable, they're my staff and I speak to them."

Adding: "Her and Kate fell out when she bollocked [British swear word for reprimanded] Kate's staff."

"It's a tricky situation but it was a one-off and they are determined to maintain a positive relationship even though they are obviously very different in their approach," the insider explained.

In an unprecedented move, the palace, who rarely address the royal rumourmill, have vehemently denied The Sun's story saying: "This never happened".

Meanwhile the Mail on Sunday allege that when Harry and Meghan stayed with William and Kate at their Anmer Hall estate in Norfolk over Christmas last year, a "ghastly row" erupted between the two couples.

A source says Meghan was "downright rude" during her stay and things quickly escalated.

"'Kate had a quiet word with Meghan," an aide told the MoS. "It escalated rapidly after Meghan complained to Harry that she had been 'told off.'"

"He took her side, while William defended Kate, who was five months pregnant with Louis and certainly didn't want this sort of confrontation."

It's believed the couples will spend Christmas apart this year, with William and Catherine tipped to take a year off from The Queen's official royal Christmas at Sandringham and instead spending the day with Kate's immediate family at Carole and Michael Middleton's mansion in Bucklebury.

These latest explosive allegations come off the back of claims Kate was left in tears following a tense bridesmaid dress fitting with Meghan for her daughter Princess Charlotte ahead of Meghan and Harry's wedding.

Duelling Duchesses: Kate reportedly told off Meghan for being rude to her staff members. *(Image: Getty)*
Duelling Duchesses: Kate reportedly told off Meghan for being rude to her staff members. (Image: Getty)

Did Prince William warn Prince Harry about Meghan Markle?

Introducing your new partner to your loved ones and getting their seal of approval is always a stressful time.

And now, the Mail on Sunday claims Prince William had "doubts" over how suitable Meghan was for his younger brother.

The newspaper say one of William's good friends told them: "The problem is that the Cambridges felt things had moved very quickly between Harry and Meghan. Wills particularly was worried and felt close enough to Harry to voice his thoughts."

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While he was coming from a place of concern and love, William's honesty apparently didn't go down well with Harry.

Meanwhile Kate also thinks that Harry is "changing" and she doesn't feel as close to her brother-in-law as she once was.

"She and Harry have always had a very close relationship, but she said things were different. Meghan's a strong character and so is Kate, so it doesn't surprise me there have been clashes," the insider explained to the MoS.

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Meghan Markle's demands over "musty" St George's Chapel

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding will go down in the history books as one of the most spectacular and ground-breaking days in recent memory.

And understandably with the world's eyes cast on them, the couple wanted everything about their big day to be perfect - even the smell of the 15th century church where they wed.

Insiders speaking to respected royal report Rebecca English from the Daily Mail say Duchess Meghan asked palace officials if she could use air fresheners in the chapel to rid the grand church of it's musty odour.

The request, which had to be vetted by The Queen's office, did not go down well.

"Apparently Meghan didn't like the smell of the chapel, which, as you would expect, is a little musty. It's not unpleasant at all, though. It just smells how you would expect an old building to smell. And that's something the Royal Family are particularly used to," a source said.

Adding: "Meghan wanted staff to go around with these atomisers, like spritzer guns, and spray the chapel with scent before anyone arrived. Royal Household staff stepped in and told her office politely, but firmly, that this was the Queen's Chapel and it simply wasn't appropriate."

"I don't believe they said no because they thought it could affect the chapel in any way. It was simply the principle of the thing. This is a place that has held royal weddings, funerals and even contains the Royal Vault. I don't believe a request of that nature had been made before."

In the end, Meghan was told if the church was good enough for The Queen to worship in, it would be good enough for Meghan and Harry to marry in as is.

Kicking up a stink? Meghan's request for air fresheners for the church were apparently rejected. *(Image: Getty)*
Kicking up a stink? Meghan's request for air fresheners for the church were apparently rejected. (Image: Getty)

The real reason why Meghan Markle's assistant quit

Last month, the palace was rocked yet again after it was revealed one of Meghan's assistants named Melissa quit abruptly after just six months of working on Team Sussex.

At the time, few details were provided.

But now British publication The Mirror, reveals the job was highly pressurised, and the Duchess didn't make matters easier.

"Meghan put a lot of demands on her and it ended up with her in tears," a source told the publication.

"Melissa is a total professional and fantastic at her job, but things came to a head and it was easier for them both to go their separate ways."

An insider also said that the resignation was a "real shock" given how glamorous the gig sounded on paper.

"Meghan put a lot of demands on her and it ended up with her in tears," a source claims of the royal bride. *(Image: Getty)*
"Meghan put a lot of demands on her and it ended up with her in tears," a source claims of the royal bride. (Image: Getty)

The hunt for the palace "mole"

With a deluge of unfavourable reports breaking almost everyday, Meghan and Harry are understandably keen to track down the source of the leaks.

The Mail on Sunday says Kensington Palace have kicked off a fevered "mole hunt" in a bit to track down the traitor.

The palace are on the hunt for the mole. *(Image: Getty)*
The palace are on the hunt for the mole. (Image: Getty)

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