It hasn't exactly been smooth sailing for Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, as both duchesses have fuelled the rumour mill with joint appearances seemingly ridden with tension and stories about emotional altercations.
Back in November of last year, it had been reported that Meghan had made Kate cry due to Markle's strict demands and specifications for Princess Charlotte's bridesmaid dress.
Questions about the relationship between the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex were raised as recently as earlier this month when the two stepped out together for the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day event and the outing was called "carefully orchestrated" by Royal Family biographer.
If you've noticed a pattern in these subtle, surface-level interactions you're not alone — many believe there's much more to the story than the public is seeing.
When AOL exclusively caught up with Ingrid Seward, royal biographer and good friend to the royal family, she spoke to Kate and Meghan's relationship and the rumours surrounding its nature:
"There's a lot of reporting on it, but I heard two years ago that Kate and Meghan were not getting on and this was over Christmas when I think Harry and Meghan were staying with William and Kate. But I didn't know what it was about — all heard is that Meghan had made Kate cry. And then literally almost a year later the stories about Princess Charlotte's dress and all those things came up, so I don't think we'll ever know the truth of it. But I heard the story a year before so why now are we hearing identical stories?"
"In a nutshell, obviously they're not bosom buddies. Because I don't think they have anything in common at this stage. And I think that Kate would also find that she was really close to Harry and Harry has married someone that's probably someone that Kate can't necessarily manipulate ... [Meghan] is too strong."