Kate Middleton and Prince Harry were rumored to have ended their friendship because of Meghan Markle. But a royal expert recently said that this is mere speculation.

While speaking with Express, Richard Fitzwilliams said that the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex still appreciate the friendship that they built years ago.

“Harry was close to Kate and in the Newsweek interview, where he claimed no royal actually wanted to ascend the throne, he talked of their friendship and is quoted as referring to her as the big sister he never had. Kate appreciates Harry’s mischievous side and he loves being an uncle too,” he said.

Speculations about an alleged rift between the two royals and their partners are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their decision to split from Prince William and Middleton. And the tensions once again came to light after the Duchess of Sussex guest-edited for British Vogue.

“The endless rumors involving the Cambridges and the Sussexes continue unabated especially after Meghan’s guest editorship of Vogue and what was taken as implied criticism of Kate. The ‘Fab Four’ seems a very distant concept now and it seems strange that we all bought into what involved a newly married couple being neighbors with their in-laws, sharing offices and whose charitable work would be linked to the same Foundation. In reality, this was probably never practical,” Fitzwilliams said.

Meanwhile, the royal expert said that there may not be any feud between the royals. Rather, they simply have to go their separate ways because their roles in the British monarchy are very different.

For instance, Prince William will one day before King, and Middleton will be crowned Queen. Prince Harry and Markle will not be given the same honor. As such, the Sussexes need to carve out their own niche in the royal family so that they can also excel despite not being King and Queen.

Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry
Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry during The Patron's Lunch celebrations for The Queen's 90th birthday at The Mall on June 12, 2016, in London. Getty Images/Jeff Spicer