Meghan Markle said Kate Middleton made her cry before her wedding day. Here's a timeline of their relationship.

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  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
    Wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
  • Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
    American actress
  • Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
    Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
    Duke of Sussex
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Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. Samir Hussein/Getty
  • Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton met in 2017 when Markle started dating Prince Harry.

  • Tabloids reported that the women were feuding behind the scenes.

  • Markle told Oprah that Middleton made her cry before her wedding but that she forgave her.

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For the past four years, the press has speculated much about the relationship between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.

Both married to princes of the British royal family, Markle and Middleton appeared friendly towards each other as Markle started dating Prince Harry. Slowly, however, tabloids started reporting a growing rift in the family and a feud between Markle and Middleton. Markle debunked some of the claims about their relationship when she sat down with Oprah for an interview, and she called Middleton "a good person."

From their first meeting in 2017 to Markle's bombshell interview in 2021, here's a look at the relationship between the sisters-in-law.

January 10, 2017: Markle and Middleton met at Kensington Palace.

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Kensington Palace. Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

When Markle and Prince Harry returned from a trip in 2017, they went to Kensington Palace so that Markle could meet the Duchess of Cambridge, according to reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand in their book "Finding Freedom."

During the meeting, Markle gave Middleton a leather notebook as a late birthday present. It's also reported that during the quick meeting Markle gave a lot of attention to young Charlotte, which won Middleton over.

"The meeting ended with Kate letting Meghan know that she was always welcome to contact her if she needed anything," Scobie and Durand wrote.

In their March 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry said his family, including Middleton, embraced Markle.

"You know, my father, my brother, Kate and all the rest of the family, they [...] were really welcoming," he said.

November 28, 2017: After Markle and Harry announced their engagement, Middleton said she was "thrilled" for the couple.

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Kate Middleton entering the London's Foundling Museum in 2017. Karwai Tang / Getty

As she was entering the London's Foundling Museum for an event, a reporter asked the duchess how she felt about the royal wedding announcement.

"William and I are absolutely thrilled," she told the Associated Press. "It's such exciting news. It's a really happy time for any couple, and we wish them all the best and hope they enjoy this happy moment."

December 25, 2017: Markle, Middleton, Harry, and William were all photographed together for the first time at a Christmas Day service.

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Kate Middleton, Prince William, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry. Chris Jackson / Getty

On Christmas Day, the Queen invited Meghan Markle to attend the church service at St. Mary Magdalene even though she and Prince Harry weren't married yet. It was the first time Markle and Middleton were photographed together.

February 28, 2018: The two royal couples came together for their first joint royal engagement.

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry at their first royal engagement together. Chris Jackson / Getty

The two royal couples held their first event together in London to talk about their plans for the Royal Foundation. Sitting next to each other, Markle and Middleton shared the spotlight.

At the event, Prince Harry said, "We have different opinions, and they work really well [together]. Working as family does have its challenges; of course, it does."

Markle added, "Togetherness at its finest," according to People.

May 19, 2018: Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot as media outlets around the world compared the events to Middleton and William's 2011 wedding.

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Meghan Markle and the royal family on the wedding day. WPA Pool / Getty

Markle and Harry held their wedding ceremony at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in a televised event that brought in 29 million viewers from around the world. At the wedding, Middleton had no role because she had just given birth to her third child, Louis.

William and Middleton's two older children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, served as a page boy and bridesmaid.

July 14, 2018: Markle and Kate attended Wimbledon together without their husbands.

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Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. Charlotte Wilson/Offside / Contributor / Getty

At the women's final, the duchesses sat next to each other smiling, laughing, and appearing to have a good time. It was the first time the sisters-in-law had a public outing together without Prince Harry and Prince William.

October 12, 2018: The royal bunch sat together at Princess Eugenie's wedding.

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Prince Harry in between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton. DANNY LAWSON / Getty

William, Middleton, Harry, and Markle all sat in the second row at St. George's Chapel for Princess Eugenie's wedding. Prince Harry sat in between Markle and Middleton.

Some media organizations, like the Daily Mail, claimed Markle and Harry announced their pregnancy at the wedding, overshadowing Princess Eugenie, which annoyed some royals in attendance. Another source told Harper's Bazaar that the royal family knew about the pregnancy prior to the wedding.

November 27, 2018: Reports emerged that Markle made Middleton cry earlier in the year during a dress fitting.

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Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle in 2018. Max Mumby/Indigo / Getty

A few days after it was announced that Harry and Markle were to move out of Kensington Palace, The Telegraph reported that Markle made Middleton cry during a dress fitting for Princess Charlotte days before Harry and Markle's wedding. It was also reported that Middleton "left in tears" after the argument.

The Telegraph wrote that the bond between Markle and Middleton was at a "breaking point."

Markle would address these reports — and claim they had it all wrong — in her March 2021 interview with Oprah.

December 2018: Kensington Palace released a rare statement saying a tabloid story about a fight between Markle and Middleton was not true.

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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton in 2018. Anwar Hussein / Getty

In November, tabloids released a story that claimed Markle and Middleton got into a fight after Markle allegedly yelled at a staff member. In an unprecedented move, the palace released a simple statement about the alleged row: "This never happened."

December 25, 2018: Markle and Middleton seemed to put feud rumors to rest when they appeared together for a Christmas Day service.

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Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle on Christmas Day 2018. Pool/Samir Hussein / Getty

When the two royal couples arrived at St. Mary Magdalene on Christmas Day, all eyes were on Markle and Middleton as reports that the two did not get along continued to swirl. The pair, however, seemed to get along just fine at the event, laughing and chatting with each other as they walked to the church.

April 4, 2019: Harry and Markle moved out of Kensington Palace, splitting the royal household in two.

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Frogmore Cottage. zz/KGC-09/STAR MAX/IPx 2019/AP

After announcing the move back in November, Harry and Markle officially left Kensington — the home Harry shared with William for a decade — for good.

A month before their first child, Archie, was born, the newlyweds moved into Frogmore Cottage, a two-story home at Windsor, so they could reportedly have more space when the baby arrived. The move marked an official split of the households and a separation of the two couples.

July 13, 2019: Markle and Middleton attended Wimbledon together for the first time since reports of a feud.

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Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. David Gray / Getty

A few months after Markle gave birth to Archie, she and Middleton were spotted at Wimbledon to watch friend Serena Williams play.

March 9, 2020: After announcing they were to step back from royal duties, the two couples had their last engagement together.

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Charles. WPA Pool / Getty

In January 2020, Harry and Markle announced they "intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen."

Following the announcement, the pair showed up to the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey for their last royal engagement with William and Middleton. It was also the first time Markle and Harry made a public appearance since their announcement.

The couples arrived and left separately, and none of them spoke to each other or even looked at each other during the entire event.

After the service, Harry and Markle flew back to Canada, which is where they lived before moving to California.

March 7, 2021: Markle gave a bombshell interview to Oprah and claimed Middleton had actually made her cry before the wedding - not the other way around.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese/Getty Images

While pregnant with her second baby, Markle and Harry sat down with Oprah to talk about why they stepped away from royal life and moved to the US. In the groundbreaking interview, Markle chronicled what it was like for her when she entered the royal family.

In one part of the interview, Markle talked about the report that claimed she made Middleton cry just before the wedding. Markle said Middleton made her cry over a flower girl dress.

"And I don't say that to be disparaging to anyone, because it was a really hard week of the wedding, and she was upset about something," Markle said. "But she owned it, and she apologized, and she brought me flowers and a note apologizing. And I've forgiven her."

She also called Middleton a "good person" and talked about how difficult it is to be constantly be pitted against her in the media.

"If you love me, you don't have to hate her," Markle said. "And if you love her, you don't have to hate me."

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