Meghan Markle’s estranged family has been making headlines since she stepped into the royal spotlight, and they haven’t stopped, even after the royal wedding.
Her father Thomas Markle and half-sister Samantha Grant have been her most vocal relatives, often speaking to media in explosive interviews that include less-than-positive mentions of the Duchess of Sussex.
Though both Meghan and the palace continue to stay silent on the Markle family’s shocking headlines, the newly-inducted royal is reportedly coping in secret with solace from her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton.
“Kate’s well aware of what Meghan is going through. Her family has been dragged through the tabloids and she knows it’s not nice.
She’s made a big effort to be kind to Meghan and look out for her,” a source told royal expert Katie Nicholl in Vanity Fair.
The Duchess of Cambridge has had a supportive role in Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan.
He reportedly wanted Kate’s “seal of approval” because she’s been a mentor to him, Nicholl previously revealed. Now, Kate is serving as a mentor of sorts to Meghan, too.
The in-laws speak on the phone and try to see each other once a week, a source added to Nicholl.
“Kate’s really busy juggling three kids; she has a lot on her plate and she has her own friendship group, but she has made an effort with Meghan,” the insider added.
“She’s been very sympathetic to what’s been going on with Meghan and her dad.”
The report arrives days after the Daily Mail published a blistering nine-hour interview with Meghan’s father Thomas Markle over the weekend.
In the piece, he accused the palace of lying to him, revealed he has no contact with his daughter, name-dropped Princess Diana, and said of his controversy, “Perhaps it’d be easier if I were dead.”