Meghan Markle's Absence From Kate Middleton's Birthday Party Didn't Go Unnoticed

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OK, we're not going to sugarcoat it: This isn't a good look. According to reports, Meghan Markle skipped Kate Middleton's birthday party last week, and -- need we even say it? -- people are speculating something fierce right now. 

Just when it looked like the duchesses had patched up things for good ... 

  • On January 6, Kate had a small birthday celebration to mark turning 37. 

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    Kate and Prince William had a cozy celebration at Anmer Hall, their home in Norfolk. Among some of the attendees were Kate's oldest and closest pals, including college friend Emilia Jardine-Paterson and her husband, David; Princess Charlotte's godmother, Laura Meade; and Middleton family friend Sophie Carter.

    Glaringly absent from the gathering, though? Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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  • To be honest, we're a little surprise that Harry and Meghan weren't there. The women seemed to be getting on so well at Christmas. 

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    Was it all just an act, as some speculated?

  • Back in November, a royal source told Us Weekly that the feud between the women was definitely being played up by the media. But! They weren't best friends. 

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    “Are they the best of friends? No. Do they speak every waking second? No. Do they hate each other? Absolutely not,” the insider said. 

    That said, another report in Us last month said that Kate felt that “Meghan had used her to climb the royal ladder,” whereas Meghan felt snubbed by Kate. 

    Hmmm ...

  • We were really hoping that any supposed tension between Meghan and Kate was nothing more than tabloid fodder, but Meghan's absence at Kate's party is worthy of an eyebrow raise. 

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    Perhaps when Meghan and Harry have their baby, things will ease up between the two couples. 

    If anything can bring people together, it's a baby.