Rumors have been swirling for months now that Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle do not exactly get along. Now, a royal expert has spoken out to reveal exactly why the two women will never be “best friends.”

“I think this idea of there being a catfight between the two duchesses has made tantalizing headlines, but I don’t believe that,” according to royal expert Katie Nicholl, according to Fox News. “I’ve never heard from my sources that there has ever been a feud or a falling-out.”

While Nicholl finds rumors of a feud to be hard to believe, there is one rumor about the pair’s relationship that she thinks does ring true.

“I had heard about an upset over the dress fitting for Princess Charlotte,” Nicholl said, referring to an incident that happened before Meghan’s wedding. “And I had heard that while Harry was very keen for the two of them to become best friends, there was never that sort of a friendship.”

“I know in the early days Kate invited Meghan over to apartment 1A for tea. Obviously, she took her on that high-profile trip to Wimbledon, so they have spent time together. But what I think hasn’t happened is — they haven’t become best friends out of all of it,” Nicholl continued. “That’s not to say they hate each other. I don’t believe that to be the case at all.”

Nicholl went on to point out that Kate and Meghan are two very different women from completely different backgrounds.

“They quite quickly realized they were two pretty mature women — quite different women — and really the only thing they had in common was they’d married princes,” she added. “Not just Prince Harry, I think probably the world wanted them to become best friends.”

Tension growing between William and Harry may be affecting Kate and Meghan’s relationship

Nicholl also said that the increasingly tense relationship between Prince William and Prince Harry may have played a role in how Kate and Meghan have viewed each other.

“I do think there is some truth to there having been some tension — not just between the duchesses but between the dukes, as well,” Nicholl explained. “As we all know, things can gather momentum pretty quickly. So while I think there’s been tension, I don’t believe there has been some feud.”

In the end, however, Nicholl said that she expects the two women to get along for the most part because it is in the two of their best interests.

“I do know that Meghan and Kate have come to an agreement to get along, to make an effort, to be amiable and warm toward each other in public,” the expert concluded. “They both realize it’s in neither of their interests to have these catfight headlines. It’s not what either of them want.”

Frankly, the media needs to let up when it comes to this alleged “feud” between Kate and Meghan. Anyone can see how different the two are, so it’s understandable that they aren’t going to be “best friends.” This is completely fine, as sisters-in-law don’t need to be best friends with one another. Instead, they just need to be cordial and get along at family and public events, and it seems that Kate and Meghan are doing that quite well.

While Kate is more of a traditional royal, Meghan has been taking a more modern approach to her royal status. Clearly, the two women have their own unique agendas when it comes to being a royal, and the media should respect that enough not to report that the pair is engaging in “cat fights.”