Kate and Meghan found relationship hard as theyre two women separated by common language

Royal fans had high hopes that the Princess of Wales and Meghan Markle would forge a strong friendship when the latter joined the Royal Family.

They thought their shared experience of marrying into the world's most famous and unique family would bring them close. However, their different personalities and ways of life meant they never really became good friends.

In the years that have followed, it has become clearer that the two sisters-in-law were never close, with it now being claimed that Meghan felt she "had more right to voice her opinions" than Kate.

Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond exclusively told OK!: "I don’t think there’s any doubt that Meghan found it very difficult to be a junior member of a team.

"It’s understandable because she was a confident, independent, outspoken feminist with her own career when she joined the Royal family.

"It must have been curious to have to learn to take her place in order of precedence, and know that she was never going to be the chief executive of the firm, nor even the managing director….just a senior member, who could have been very valued and highly effective.

"I have to say that everything I have heard about Meghan is that she likes to lead, to be her own boss and to do things exactly her way. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that…but it simply is not a recipe for successfully joining a family firm which has a clearly defined hierarchy."

Jennie went on: "Kate was given almost a decade, before she married, to see how things worked in the firm. And she was prepared to take her place. I think she showed exemplary and mature behaviour.

"I think there was a clash of culture and life experience between Kate and Meghan: to hug or not, to over-share or not, to dominate proceedings or take your turn, to be immersed in family life or immersed in a Hollywood career. I think they were very much two women separated by a common language.

"And I suspect Meghan found Kate's senior position, with all the protocol that entails, very hard to swallow. Perhaps she should have taken a closer look at the Royal Family firm before jumping into the goldfish bowl."

OK! has approached representatives for Kate and Meghan for comment.

Jennie's comments come after a source told The Telegraph that Meghan felt overshadowed by Kate. She believed she had more right to voice her opinions as she saw herself as a "self-made woman" with more experience than Kate.

The source said: "She seemed to feel like she had more of a right to speak than her sister-in-law, who had married into the family as an unknown whereas Meghan regarded herself as a philanthropist who could teach the royals a thing or two about charity."

They continued: "I think she found it difficult that the Royal Foundation was already a well-oiled machine by the time she got there."

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