Kate Middleton ‘is a great huggable’, says friend, dismissing Meghan Markle’s claims of ‘formality’

Kate Middleton greets everyone with a “big hug and kiss,” according to a friend.

Although Meghan Markle said in the new Netflix show Harry and Meghan who was taken aback by Kate and Prince William’s formality behind closed doors, a friend of the Princess of Wales tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story that the royal is quite endearing.

“Kate is a great hugr,” says the friend. “She IS warm and friendly and she greets everyone with a big hug and a kiss. She just comes naturally to be that way.”

Recalling the first time Meghan met Kate, the Duchess of Sussex said in the docuseries she was “in ripped jeans and bare feet” when Prince William and Kate came over for dinner.

“Like I was a hug, always been a hug,” Meghan said. “I didn’t realize this is really jarring to a lot of Brits.”

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Kate Middleton's hugs

Kate Middleton’s hugs

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He added: ‘I guess I would start to understand very quickly that the formality on the outside, carried forward on the inside. There is a way of being forward facing and then you close the door and relax now. But that formality carries over to both sides. And that was amazing to me.”

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton

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Despite a surprise reunion between the brothers and their wives following Queen Elizabeth’s death in September, when Prince Harry and Meghan joined Prince William and Kate to view tributes to the monarch outside Windsor Castle, the relationship between the brothers remains tense.

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“It will take a long time before there is harmony between the brothers,” says a source close to the royal house. “There’s a lot of anger there.”

Kate Middleton's hugs

Kate Middleton’s hugs

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Prince Harry, 38, also said he and Meghan, 41, were treated differently than Prince William and Kate, both 40, in a trailer for three additional episodes of the Netflix series, coming to the service. of streams on Thursday.

“They were happy to lie to protect my brother,” said Harry. “They have never been willing to tell the truth to protect us.”

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Launch of Harry and Meghan

Launch of Harry and Meghan

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However, some believe there is a chance for Prince Harry and Prince William to patch up their relationship.

“There’s always a way to reconciliation if both sides want it,” says royal biographer Ingrid Seward.

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