When it comes to the rumored royal feud between Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, Princess Diana’s former butler isn’t buying it.
“They are different women with different roles from different cultures,” Paul Burrell told Us Weekly Thursday. “Kate knows that Meghan is no threat to her, and Meghan is mature enough to realize that her role is vastly different to Kate’s.”
The first signs of a reported feud came in November 2018, when The Telegraph reported that Markle made Middleton cry over an argument involving bridesmaid dresses for her May 2018 wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry.
The alleged tension between the two duchesses, both 37 years old, has been widely rumored as the reason behind the announcement of Markle and Harry moving out of London’s Kensington Palace, where Middleton resides with her husband and Harry’s older brother, Prince William, 36.
Markle and Harry are expecting their first child sometime this spring.
Burrell, 60, previously served as a footman to Harry and William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, before he began working for their mother Diana, the late Princess of Wales. He doesn’t believe there is any “jealousy” between Markle and Middleton, but he is “sure that they have differences of opinion.”
“I have no doubt that Meghan is not a ‘yes’ person,” said Burrell to Us Weekly. “[She] speaks her mind and voices her opinions as an American woman of today would and should.”
Despite Markle being a former Hollywood actress before she officially joined the British royal family, Burrell believed the “Suits” alum “will have a great influence on the man she loves — even though he will never be king.” Harry, 34, is currently sixth in line to the royal throne.
More recently, there was speculation that William and Harry had a rift over Markle. However, Burrell told Us Weekly he doesn’t believe the dukes went through a rough patch either.
“They may have differences as they are two very different personalities,” he explained. “I think that their life bond was forged at the time of their mother’s death and that they are inseparable.”