For months now, we've been receiving endless reports of a feud between Meghan Marle and Kate Middleton.
While the causes of the alleged rift vary depending on the source, accounts seemed to concur that the duchesses were unable to get along for quite a long time.
Reports of a bitter rivalry were so persistent that Kensington Palace issued a statement on the feud in a virtually unprecedented move.
At royal engagements and other public events, the body language of the two couples seemed to confirm everything the press was reporting -- these four were not getting together to play Parcheesi on the weekends.
But now, a documentary filmmaker who's often granted access to the royals says that the real conflict wasn't between Kate and Meghan, but rather their husbands, Prince William and Prince Harry.
“It’s actually that William and Harry have had a rift,” Bullen recently told Fox News
“All brothers fall out. All families fall out. Their fallout at the moment is becoming public.”
It seems the spat wasn't terribly serious, and the princes seem to have out the whole mess behind them.
So why all the secrecy? Bullen's got a theory:
“I think people don’t want to think about that with these two boys," he said.
"These are two boys who lost their mother [Princess Diana] at a really early age, and the fairytale is that they are closer than ever and need each other, and I think that’s probably true," Bullen added.
"But equally they are two grown men in their 30s, starting their own families, different wives. They are moving to different parts of the country, different duties.”
So what caused the split?
Did/does William disapprove of Meghan, as we've been told so many times over the past year?
Or is it something much more petty that tore of the fabric of Will and Harry's relationship?
Bullen posits no theories about the cause of the split, but it's almost immaterial, anyway.
"The most interesting part of this story is the claim that the British tabloid media saw the signs of a feud within the Fab Four and decided that Meghan must be at the heart of it," Bullen told Fox.
“It’s a much sexier story to have two duchesses at war,” the filmmaker claimed.
“Let’s have these two super glamorous women — one British, one American. One an actress, one sort of an English rose. Let’s put them against each other.
Not only is that a conflict that's more likely to sell papers and gain clicks, it also feeds into the anti-Meghan narrative pushed by many British media outlets.
The reason for the vitriol is unclear, but for whatever reason, no one bats an eye when a journalist like Piers Morgan publishes a piece claiming that Meghan "ruined" Harry ... by accepting his proposal.
In many ways, the Brits are more enlightened than us Americans when it comes to diversity and equality, but something like the smear campaign against Meghan is a reminder that they, too, have a long way to go.