The secret rift between Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge; and Princess Beatrice has gone public and the public are picking their favourites.
Amongst royal circles, itâ€™s no secret that the pair are hardly the best of friends. Ever since Kate married Prince William in 2011 and became the new darling of the British monarchy, tensions have been boiling between them.
Kate wins brownie points with fans across the world as being cool and seemingly nonchalant with her royal status. And her tour to Commonwealth countries with naughty tyke Prince George in tow, means she has scored the hearts of millions more.
Meanwhile, Beatrice and her sister Princess Eugenie have been relegated to attending garden parties and cutting ribbons. And playing second fiddle to Kate, 32, is a bitter pill for Beatrice to swallow.
According to a report in Autralia’s Womanâ€™s Dayâ€™s magazine, sources reveal that Beatrice, 25 refers to Kate as â€œthe Chosen Oneâ€, and complains to friends that â€œshe gets the glamour jobs, the clothing allowance, the limos and the royal protection team, while I travel economyâ€.
The rift is reported to have escalated recently to a point where it can no longer be dismissed as a bit of youthful rivalry. Who was the one to kick off the tensions? Unsurprisingly it was Harry, the playful Prince, because of a wisecrack he made to his then girlfriend Cressida Bonas.
The tiff started when Harry commented that Kate always looked stunning and that, in comparison, Beatrice and Eugenie look like the ugly stepsisters.â€
Cressida, who was close friends with the girls, wasn’t the slightest amused and told Harry that it was a terrible thing to say.
Unsurprisingly, the word got back to Beatrice and Eugenie.
The next thing palace insiders knew, it had turned into an all-out battle.
Beatrice and Eugenie, 24, now make openly snide remarks about Kate and her sister Pippa, who they describe as â€œvacuousâ€ and â€œpushyâ€. The unfortunately not-as-good-looking sisters also took a shot at Kate’s determination at maintaining her skinny figure.
The grapevines were buzzing that Beatrice and Eugenie called the future Queen “vain” and “self-obsessed”.
On Kate’s side, she feels frustrated at how the sisters never accepted her into the family as one of their own and thinks that they are highly spoiled.
â€œHer view is that Beatrice and Eugenie have had it easy and made little effort to find a role for themselves in royal life,â€ revealed one Royal insider.
â€œHaving come from a family of self-made millionaires, Kate feels hard work has got her to where she is today.â€
Meanwhile, Harry felt bad that his drunken quip was the catalyst for the feud, so much that rumour had it that he had to grovel to apologize to his jealous cousins.MYNEWSHUB/Text: Sara Khalid