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Kate and Meghan show of unity at royal church visit

Prince Charles with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Sandringham yesterday
Prince Charles with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Sandringham yesterday
Meghan and Kate greeting the large number of well-wishers who gathered along the route to the Church of St Mary Magdalene
The Queen leaving church after Christmas morning service
Meghan and Kate greeting the large number of well-wishers who gathered along the route to the Church of St Mary Magdalene

By Tony Jones, PA

The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex appeared the best of friends when they led the royal family to church on Christmas Day with their husbands.

Meghan and Kate were all smiles as they walked side by side, just as they had done last Christmas, with Harry and William, past hundreds of royal fans.

The former Suits actress also hugged a well-wisher she spotted in the crowds outside the Norfolk church, and Kate confessed to a royal fan that Prince George and Princess Charlotte had been up "very early" opening their presents. The royal women have been the subject of a series of media reports claiming there is a rift between them.

There have been allegations of a dispute over who reprimands staff, tensions during Princess Charlotte's bridesmaid dress fitting and claims that Harry and Meghan's move from London to Frogmore Cottage in Berkshire reflects a widening gulf between the women.

But as they walked with the rest of the family the short distance from the Queen's Sandringham home to St Mary Magdalene Church they laughed together and seemed engrossed in conversation.

Meghan and Kate were also given armfuls of bouquets by well-wishers as they went on a brief walkabout after the service with their husbands.

Hundreds of well-wishers had braved the cold conditions to see the "fab four" as Harry, Meghan, William and Kate have been dubbed by the media.

Missing from the church visit was the Duke of Edinburgh, who is in good health and was spending the day relaxing with his family at home, and the Duchess of Cornwall, who is still suffering from a heavy cold.

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