They may get along and have a cordial relationship, but that doesn’t mean that Queen Elizabeth is actually particularly close to her granddaughter-in-law, Kate Middleton.

According to royal expert Ingrid Seward, the pair actually don’t have much in common, which affects how deep their relationship really gets.

“The Queen admires Kate tremendously but does not have an intimate relationship with her as they don’t have much in common,” she told Fabulous Digital (via Express UK). “I think the Queen and Kate have a more serious relationship as obviously Kate holds all the Queen’s hope for the future and she would not want to do anything to upset that.”

“The common bond with Kate would be her children and I can’t imagine the Queen spending too much time talking about them; she is a very shy woman,” she added.

Seward went on to admit that a lack of intimate relationship is not a problem however for Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s wife, whom the Queen bonds with differently due to their common love of dogs and the former actress’ ability to make her majesty laugh.

Of course, while the Queen still has a good relationship with Middleton, even if it isn’t intimate, that doesn’t mean the Duchess of Cambridge has always been warmly embraced by her in-laws. In fact, earlier in her relationship with Prince William, his stepmother, Camilla Parker Bowles reportedly felt she wasn’t “good enough” to join the family, and along with Prince Charles, helped partially orchestrate the pair’s 2007 break-up. In addition, after the couple married in 2011, Prince Charles allegedly felt that the couple’s first overseas trip together came off as “tasteless,” due to the number of photographs of them that surfaced.

However, while those relationships have seemingly improved over the years, one that allegedly hasn’t is the one between Middleton and Prince William’s cousin, Princess Beatrice of York. The princess reportedly put up an “icy front” when Middleton joined the family, and things haven’t really seemed to thaw much between them since, with the Duchess allegedly taking her own sister-in-law under her wing before her wedding to keep her away from her own drama.

“Things were so bad, Eugenie and Bea wouldn’t even stand with Wills and Kate after the service,” a source said in 2018 of the Royal Family’s Easter outing. “Kate knows that Bea and Eugenie can be troublemakers and is trying to keep them at arm’s length from Meghan.”

Queen Elizabeth II and Kate Middleton
Queen Elizabeth II and Kate Middleton visit King's College to officially open Bush House, the latest education and learning facilities on the Strand Campus on March 19, 2019 in London. Getty Images/Paul Grover