Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are pictured attending day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on July 14, 2018 in London, England. Clive Mason/Getty Images

Ever since Meghan Markle joined the royal family there has been continued speculation about an ongoing feud with her sister-in-law Kate Middleton. During their latest public appearance, the women appeared to be friendly with each other and one royal commentator suggested it is all apart of their secret plan.

Meghan and Kate, who have not spoken out publicly about their rumored feud, are reportedly working together behind the scenes to silence the negative attention their relationship is receiving, according to Katie Nicholl.

“They both realize that the idea of a feud – a royal catfight – between two Duchesses doesn’t help any of them,” the royal biographer told Entertainment Tonight.

As a result, the women have been carefully planning out their appearances at events where they know they will be photographed. “I understand both of them have agreed that, for the sake of appearances, they really wanted to look as if they get on,” Nicholl said.

Despite their differences, Kate has reportedly reached out to Meghan in an effort to continue building a positive relationship. “They really are just across the courtyard and apparently they have been in text touch. Occasionally, Kate invites Meghan over for tea but they haven’t had a hugely close relationship.”

Although their rumored feud has been getting a lot of coverage from the media, Nicholl believes Kate will use Meghan’s maternity leave as an opportunity to refocus the spotlight. “As Meghan prepares to put her feet up, it really looks as if Kate is now using this as her chance to take center stage,” she explained.

“We saw her out this week visiting a children’s center- that was a Duchess that means business and that’s what she’s getting down to.”

Meghan is expected to give birth this spring, which means she will begin maternity leave in the near future.