For months now, reports of a feud between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have dominated tabloid headlines.
Rumors of bad blood seem to surface every time two powerful women share the same space, and usually, they're easily dismissed.
This time, however, there appears to be some legitimacy to the reports of mutual animosity.
In fact, in an unexpected and unprecedented move, Kensington Palace went so far as to issue a statement on the feud.
The situation may have been exaggerated due to the British press' apparent disdain for Meghan, but the fact remains, there's real reason to believe Kate and Meghan are not exactly besties.
Not surprisingly, the question of what started the tiff is on the minds of many royal watchers these days.
We've known for a while that the bickering began around this time last year, but seemed to intensify just before Meghan's wedding to Prince Harry.
But what could inspire two women known the world over for their grace and dignity to resort to petty in-fighting just weeks before the most heavily-scrutinized social event of the year?
Well, apparently, all it took was a dress.
“There was an argument between Meghan and Kate over the fit of Princess Charlotte‘s dress,” a source confirmed to People magazine this week.
“There were very few fittings for the bridesmaids," the insider continued.
"Everything was left to the last minute, and it was really stressful for everyone involved.”
Now, that may sound like an absurd thing for these two to fall out over -- and on its face, it certainly is -- but anyone who's ever had a relationship sour over something petty knows how these things can snowball.
It starts with a fight over a dress, the next thing you know you're lobbing passive aggressive personal attacks at high tea.
(We assume high tea is the time when royals lock horns, though frankly, we have no idea what the hell it is.)
Things escalated quickly, and Kate was reportedly “left in tears” following the altercation.
Royal biographer and likely BS artist Robert Jobson claims the many wardrobe disputes left Harry bellowing, “What Meghan wants, Meghan gets!”
And it seems that in the months since Harry and Meghan tied the knot, Meghan and Kate have mostly just kept their distance from one another.
But hey, it was last Christmas that Prince Charles hosted a peace summit to try and strengthen Meghan and Kate's relationship.
Maybe this Christmas, the duchesses will decide to bury the hatchet for good. Here's hoping.