Royal split: The sweet nod Kate gave to Meghan Markle in first meeting since rift claims

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KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge, wore a navy blue dress with a bateau neckline to Saturday night’s Festival of Remembrance.

The event, held to commemorate Britain’s war dead, is held annually in the Royal Albert Hall. Bateau necklines are associated with Meghan Markle, leading to speculation the choice of dress may have been intended as a tribute.

The commemoration is the first public appearance of the two Duchesses since Prince Harry admitted on an ITV documentary he and Prince William had grown somewhat apart.

At the event Kate wore a dark navy blue dress held together around her waist by a smart black belt.

The dress featured a bateau neckline, a design choice frequently chosen by Meghan.

She accompanied the outfit with a black headband and Jimmy Choo black velvet pumps.

Three red poppies, a tribute to those who died serving in the British armed forces, were pinned to the dress.

Prince William also wore a poppy, pinned onto his dark suit that was also adorned by two medals.

Meghan wore a black dress complete with floral decorations.

It incorporated a wide black belt around her waist and was fastened at the front by three buttons.

The event was also attended by The Queen, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds.

Each year dignitaries and veterans gather in the Royal Albert Hall to pay their respects to those British service personnel killed in the line of duty.

The event is organised by the Royal British Legion, which provides assistance to UK military veterans and their families.

According to the Legion’s website this year’s event was held to commemorate the “75th anniversaries of the great battles of 1944 and the collaboration and friendship of the British, Commonwealth and Allied armies who fought them.”

Last night’s meeting was the first public engagement involving Kate and Meghan since a provocative ITV drama touched on their relationship.

The programme focused around Meghan and Harry’s visit to the south of Africa in September.

Both royals visited South Africa, whilst Harry also went on to make solo visits to Angola, Malawi and Botswana.

During the documentary Harry admitted he and Prince William have “good days and bad days”.

There have been reports of a partial rift between the two brothers for some time, with their households splitting to form two separate teams earlier this year.

However Harry was keen to emphasis he and William remain very fond of each other.

He commented: “We are brothers. We will always be brothers.

“We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him as I know he will always be there for me.”

Prince Harry also admitted being a royal requires a deep skin.

He asserted: “Part of this job, and part of any job, is putting on a brave face and turning a cheek to a lot of the stuff.

“All we need to do is focus on being real, being the people we are, and standing up for what we believe in.”

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