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‘Competitive’ diary clashes between Meghan Markle & Harry and Kate & Wills likely as palaces may no longer coordinate

BEFORE Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped down as senior royals, it was revealed the palace try to “avoid diary clashes” between royal family members. 

But yesterday the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Bradford on an official engagement, followed by Meghan visiting women at Justice For Girls in Canada. 

 Katie Nicholl revealed clashes were typically avoided to prevent “competition” between the Sussexes and Cambridges
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Katie Nicholl revealed clashes were typically avoided to prevent “competition” between the Sussexes and CambridgesCredit: PA:Press Association

Although some unintentional crossovers have occurred in the past, royal author Katie Nicholl revealed clashes were typically avoided by courtiers to prevent “competition” between the Sussexes and Cambridges. 

She spoke to Fabulous Digital about the palace keeping the Cambridge’s 2019 tour of Pakistan and the Sussexes’ tour of Africa on separate weeks. 

Katie explained: “I would expect the palace would have tried to have planned it so there weren’t be too many clashes as the Cambridges will be putting the spotlight on Pakistan and the Sussexes will be shining their light on Africa.

“I think that’s why where couriers can avoid diary clashes they will, because they’ll be keen to avoid any sense of competition between the couples.”

Kate and William did their first public engagement of 2020 yesterday in Bradford meeting various community projects
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Kate and William did their first public engagement of 2020 yesterday in Bradford meeting various community projectsCredit: Splash News
Meghan met with Justice For Girls in Canada yesterday during a private visit
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Meghan met with Justice For Girls in Canada yesterday during a private visitCredit: Twitter/JFG_Canada

However, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announcing they are stepping back from royal duties to split their time between the UK and Canada, could we see more diary clashes in the future?

Yesterday, the Duchess of Sussex was pictured chatting with women at Justice For Girls - a charity promoting an end to violence and racism against teenage girls living in poverty.

She was seen for the first time since announcing she and Harry want to quit royal life as she boarded a seaplane from Vancouver Island to Vancouver to carry out the charity visits on Tuesday.

There was no sign of nine-month-old son Archie, who was believed to have been left with a nanny.

Meanwhile, Kate and Prince William headed to Bradford where they visited a number of community workshops - including one session aimed at strengthening bonds between grandparents and grandchildren.

Meghan and Prince Harry are to step back from being senior royals
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Meghan and Prince Harry are to step back from being senior royalsCredit: Reuters

Katie previously said with the splitting of the royal households, it was likely that clashes will naturally occur.

She said: “The whole point of splitting the household and splitting the foundations is so they can each pursue their own trajectories.

“What courtiers will be hoping is that aren’t going to be any future clashes or conflict of interest or the chance to pit one couple against the other.”

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Prince Harry makes his first public appearance since announcing he and wife Meghan Markle will be stepping back as senior Royals
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