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So much for the displays of family unity that Prince Charles and his family offered up in cheerful group photos two weeks ago, when the heir to Queen Elizabeth II’s throne was celebrating his 70th birthday.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 9. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Kensington Palace is back to fending off reports and rumors that Meghan Markle’s arrival into the royal family has shifted power dynamics to the extent that long-simmering tensions have erupted into outright displays of pique amongst key players — and not just between the U.S.-born former TV actress and her more traditional English sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, but — more surprisingly — between once-close brothers William and Harry.

The latest report has to do with the Duchess of Cambridge being “left in tears” in the lead-up to Meghan and Harry’s globally televised wedding May 19 at Windsor Castle.

The Daily Mail reported Tuesday that Kate broke down after a bridesmaid dress fitting for her 3-year-old daughter, Princess Charlotte. The Daily Mail doesn’t say what caused Kate’s tears, and it doesn’t say whether Meghan had anything to do with it. The report only noted that Prince William’s wife was “feeling quite emotional” at the time, perhaps because she had just given birth to her third child, Prince Louis, in April.

Still, the idea of the publicly serene Kate having a behind-the-scenes, postpartum meltdown is being thrown into the mix of stories about Meghan’s effect on how the royal family interacts and how it will operate in an official capacity going forward.

The Kate-in-tears narrative came along with the news Tuesday that the reportedly eager new royal Meghan, along with husband Harry, “upset” his cousin Princess Eugenie by not attending her and Jack Brooksbank’s evening reception, following their Oct. 12 royal wedding, which also was at Windsor Castle, according to the Daily Mail and other outlets. Meghan and Harry supposedly skipped the reception because they were getting ready to leave on their highly anticipated royal tour to Australia and New Zealand.

The Kate-in-tears narrative came along with the news Tuesday that the reportedly eager new royal Meghan, along with husband Harry, “upset” his cousin Princess Eugenie by not attending her and Jack Brooksbank’s evening reception, following their Oct. 12 royal wedding, which also was at Windsor Castle, according to the Daily Mail and other outlets. Meghan and Harry supposedly skipped the reception because they were getting ready to leave on their highly anticipated royal tour to Australia and New Zealand.

Kate and Meghan in a friendlier pose on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on June 9. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

But the Kate-in-tears story also follows a report earlier this month about “Tiaragate,” which has to do with Meghan and Harry being dressed down by the queen over Meghan’s bridezilla-esque demands to wear a particular emerald tiara on her wedding day.

“Meghan cannot have whatever she wants,” the queen reportedly said, according to a report in early November by the Daily Mail. “She gets what tiara she’s given by me.”

Finally, the new story about Kate’s emotional meltdown tops off the big news from last week: Meghan and Harry won’t be moving into a large apartment next door to Kate and Prince William in Kensington Palace, as had long been expected.

Instead the newlyweds, who are expecting their first baby in the spring, made the surprise announcement that they would be moving 25 miles away to the suburbs — specifically to Frogmore Cottage, a large house on the grounds of Windsor Castle. News of the move also comes amid reports that William and Harry are ready to set up separate courts.

“While there are no doubt a whole range of factors behind Meghan and Harry’s choice, several outlets have wondered whether there is any potential tension between the two women that could have led to the move,” noted Vanity Fair writer Josh Duboff.

The British media has long focused on signs of a feud between Kate and Meghan, perhaps because reporters are innately sexist and always want to believe that two attractive, high-profile women can’t get along.

Duboff said the two women have always seemed “at the very least cordial” when they’ve appeared together in public. However, they aren’t photographed interacting very much, and their only joint outing was at Wimbledon earlier this year, he added.

Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry attend the official opening of The Global Academy in support of Heads Together at The Global Academy on April 20, 2017 in Hayes, England. Photo by Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool /Getty Images)

In a report over the weekend, the Daily Mail said “a froideur” between the two women is one reason Meghan and Harry decided to make their official residence at Frogmore Cottage, not at Kensington Palace.

“Kate and Meghan are very different people,” a source told the Daily Mail. “They don’t really get on.”

But according to yet another report, it’s tension between William and Harry that’s causing the trouble. Despite the women’s differences, they do what they can to get along, according to Vanity Fair writer Katie Nicholl.

“Any issues are between the brothers,” a source told Nicholl.

The brothers were once known as “Team Wales” and drew close as they grew up, united by their parents’ scandalous divorce, followed by the tragic death of their mother, Princess Diana, in 1997. After William married Kate in 2011, Harry joined them in some notable philanthropic ventures, including their Heads Together work on behalf of mental health awareness.

Now that Harry is married, he wants to team up with Meghan on royal projects, which will be different from those his brother and sister-in-law will carry out, Nicholl reported. Harry also may want to get out from under his brother’s shadow, though with new global superstar Meghan by his side, he’s arguably become more popular than his older brother.

But another reason the brothers’ roles will soon diverge, and they may need separate courts: William one day will become king.

“This is a recognition that their roles are going to diverge in the future,” royal author and Prince Charles biographer Sally Bedell Smith told the Times of London. “William is heir to the throne and second in line to the crown. Harry is sixth.”

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