Kate and Harry have been in each other’s lives since 2003, and Harry has previously described her as “the big sister he never had.” After Meghan Markle and Harry got married in May 2018, the Sussex and Cambridge couples even became known as “the Fab Four”, but somehow communication broke down, leading to their relationship reportedly falling apart.
Meghan and Harry then spent the Christmas period in Canada with son Archie.
A royal insider told Woman’s Day New Zealand that upon the Sussexes return to the UK, Kate pulled Harry to the side and expressed her devastation at his absence.
The source said: “Kate knew it could be the final opportunity to air her feelings and she was incredibly emotional.
“Apparently, she fought back tears as she told them how their lack of communication and contact both before and after they moved to Canada had been devastating for them and how they felt completely shut out of their lives.”
Kate also told Harry she “felt like she’d lost a brother too,” the insider added.
Vanity Fair royal correspondent, Katie Nicholl’s source revealed that the mother of three has had a difficult time accepting the estrangement from the Sussexes.
The insider said of the final Sussex royal appearance at Westminster Abbey earlier in March: ”It use to be just her, Prince William and Prince Harry as a “happy trio” and now she [Kate] is very sad by how everything has turned out.
Ms Nicholl’s source told her: “To be honest, I think Kate has taken it all badly,”
“She, Harry, and William were once such a happy trio. She thinks what has happened is all very sad.
“Possibly [Kate] was tired but she didn’t look overjoyed,”
They added: “It’s not been an easy few months for anybody,”
Another source spoke about how the next chapter is “bittersweet for Meghan and Harry.”
“Harry is looking straight ahead at his future with his family.”
“He’s not looking back,” the source added.
Kate and William are yet to speak on the seismic shift in the royal family and have been working non-stop since their Christmas holiday break.
William spoke on the importance of confronting challenges in a recent statement.
He said “We just need to deal with them and we need to move forward rather than just be stuck in paralysis and pretend they don’t happen,”
William is also determined to not let Meghan and Harrys decision to quit the Royal Family overshadow the work the monarchy does.
He made a point that he and Kate would continue to visit as “many” places as possible.
The duke said: ”[Were} going to see as many places in the UK we may not have been to very much, to try and understand some of the more complex challenges, some of the slightly more tucked away challenges, that people find hard to talk about.”
However, the Cambridges now remain in Norfolk in isolation with their children after Boris Johnson announced that the country is on lockdown tonight, according to Mail Online.