Over the weekend, rumours swirled that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, formerly Meghan Markle, were planning to move out of Kensington Palace to the London suburbs.
TL;DR After largely unfounded reports surfaced that Meghan and Harry are moving in part because of "tension" between Meghan and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, fans quickly began to take sides. See some of the harshest reactions below.
When the Palace confirmed the move, reports surfaced that "tension" between Meghan and the Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, was one motivating factor.
A source told the Daily Mail, for example, that the two duchesses are too different to be friends.
These reports are too vague to be believable. Fans of the royal family should also always be skeptical of tabloid reports, which tend to fabricate feuds between powerful women.
Of course, Meghan and Kate do not need to be friends. All families are full of simply cordial relationships. The high-profile positions of the duchesses and their domination of tabloid and fashion headlines, however, heighten the stakes of their relationship in the public eye.
Whatever the situation in the palace, fans of the two women have wasted no time coming to their defense. Two competiting camps have now clearly formed, according to Maclean's.
Some of the reactions have become rather vicious. Most of the fiercest comments, however, come from #TeamMeghan. Here are just a few of the hundreds of social media reponses to the "feud." Clearly, these camps have been developing long before this latest incident.
I only got one thing to say, no matter what you think, Kate will never be on Meghan’s level, all that lazy consort did was marry a Prince, she don’t know about working, and connecting with others, don’t disrespect Meghan like that.. #DuchessOfSussex pic.twitter.com/9a833jXEeB— micaiah💙 (@hrhmegh) November 1, 2018
Kate Middleton is a creepy women for wearing everything Diana used to wear.trying to win sympathy by using her dead mother in law scary.— EtoileNoire (@EtoileNoire5) November 25, 2018
Zero personality.#KateMiddleton #KensingtonPalace #DuchessofCambridge #RoyalWedding #PrinceWilliam
Duchess Do Little envies Meghan I'm sure and that really bothers Kate— Deusinha Correia (@necobabeco) November 26, 2018
Meghan can't relate to a woman who is lazy, who wasted her education and did nothing but wait around for a man. How many people like their inlaws anyway? There is no scandal, the two women have nothing in common.— VeryModernMeghan👑♠️🇺🇸🇬🇧 (@VeryModernMegha) November 26, 2018
Lol can Kate make headlines by herself or are you going to tell me that the "most influential" royal needs Meghan in every headlines?— LiberianGirl 🌻 (@troubleshade) November 26, 2018
That doesn't make sense 🤔
I personally don't care what #Workshy #DuchessOfCambridge Does, but the people of the UK do!— Wiltshire (@SocialIssueNews) November 26, 2018
At 92 years old Queen Elizabeth managed over 500 events!
Kate needs to get off her behind and get to work! https://t.co/B2Qst99UdV
Others had no time for this "feud."
While rumours about the relationship between the duchesses are likely unfounded, this rivalry between fan bases is not likely to subside anytime soon.