THE ROYALS are regularly pictured smiling and waving together at public events, but some members of the family are closer than others.
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, claims the Queen, 93, “doesn’t have an intimate relationship” with Kate Middleton, 37 – but Meghan Markle, also 37, “makes her laugh”.
The Queen is said to ‘not have an intimate relationship with Kate Middleton’, according to a royal expert[/caption]
Speaking to Fabulous Digital, Ingrid said: “The Queen admires Kate tremendously but does not have an intimate relationship with her as they don’t have much in common.
“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.”
She added: “I can’t see what she would have in common with Kate apart from her royal duties.
“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, which is why a common subject like horses is so helpful.”
Meghan Markle and The Queen appeared to be getting along famously for their first official trip together last year in Cheshire[/caption]
While Kate’s relationship may be slightly more formal, she does have a touching bond with the Duchess of Sussex, who officially joined the family last May when she married Prince Harry, 34.
Ingrid, who is the author of My Husband & I – the story of the Queen and Prince Philip’s 70-year marriage, said: “With Meghan she would tread very carefully and do her best to make her feel at home.
“They have a love of dogs in common and Meghan knows how to make her laugh.”
This certainly seems the case from when the Queen and Meghan giggled their way through their first joint public engagement in Cheshire last year.
Ingrid added: “The Queen has an acerbic wit and of course is an excellent mimic so she can be very entertaining – but she never forgets she is Queen even with her grandchildren.”
Royal editor Ingrid Seward said Kate Middleton might not have much in common with the Queen[/caption]
And while the Queen is close to her grandsons, Prince William, 37, and Prince Harry, they don’t see that much of each other, according to the royal editor.
Ingrid explained: “William is different as he is her grandchild and she took the trouble to get to know him when he was at school at Eton.
“Before that she saw very little of him as he was at the mercy of his warring parents and their divided lives. It is the same with Harry.
“But Harry has a quick wit and sense of humour which she likes so she gets along well with him when she sees him.”
The Queen is said to be close with ‘favourites’ Zara and Mike Tindall[/caption]
Ingrid also said that the Queen is closest to royal family members she spends the most time with.
Her Majesty is very close to her eldest granddaughter Zara Tindall, 38, her ex-rugby union husband Mike, 40, and her brother Peter Phillips, 41 – and the royal expert claims she has a “tighter bond with them than she does with Kate and William”.
She said: “I think the Queen is closest to Peter and Zara as they were their first grandchildren and have always been the favourites.
“She’s at her most relaxed around them; as a child she used to give Zara a smack around the legs when she was naughty, which was frequently.”
The Queen is also said to feel close to the Tindall couple, as she prefers “ordinary people like Mike more than she does those that pander to her”.
Ingrid said Kate holds all the Queen’s hope for the future[/caption]
The Queen has a sweet bond with the Cambridge kids, Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, three, and Prince Louis, one, with the eldest two calling her “Gan-Gan”.
But Ingrid says the monarch may see more of Zara and Mike’s two daughters, Mia Grace, five, and Lena Elizabeth, one.
She said: “I suspect she sees more of the Tindall girls than the Cambridge’s trio as the Tindalls don’t do royal duties.
“They are more readily available to see their great grandmother at things like the Windsor Horse Show.
“She is also extremely fond of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and used to see a lot of them as they were nearby at Royal Lodge with their father and his ex-wife.”
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