For well over a year, reports of a feud between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have dominated tabloid headlines.
The Dueling Duchesses, as they were dubbed by the British media simply couldn't seem to get along, or even pretend to get along enough to fool the public.
This was not, royal "insiders" insisted, a case of the press creating a false catfight narrative out of whole cloth, simply because that's always what the press does with powerful women.
No, this was a case of two of the most influential women in the world clashing so brutally that they were unable to hide their bad blood from London royal-watchers.
And for a while there, it seemed the press was really on to something here.
Meghan and Kate did not seem to like each other, as evidenced by their coolness toward one another in public, as well as Meghan and Harry's decision to move out of Kensington Palace, the home they once shared with Will and Kate.
But as new information about the spat became public knowledge, a very different narrative began to take shape.
Insiders claimed that it was William and Harry who were feuding, not Meg and Kate.
And recent photos and footage of Kate and Meghan enjoying each other's company at Wimbledon seem to serve as evidence that the duchesses do not dislike each other at all.
So did they really keep their distance and go to such great pains to disentangle their lives simply because their husbands couldn't get along?
Well, not quite ...
According to a new report from The Sun, the rumors are true, and Meghan has had a hard time gaining acceptance with several members of the royal family, including pseudo-royals like Kate's sister, Pippa Middleton.
Pippa has no royal title, and officially, she has little to no clout within the Windsor clan.
Unofficially, however, Pippa is surprisingly influential as a woman who's very well-liked in a number of important social circles.
And apparently, she and Meghan had to work hard to get to a point where they could peacefully co-exist:
“On paper, Pippa and Meghan seem like a match made in heaven, as they are both good cooks, enjoy exercise and are wealthy mums with small baby sons," an insider tells the tabloid.
"Reality check is she is never going to be more than an American duchess married to Prince Harry who was hurtful to Pippa’s sister and who wants to rewrite the rules for the monarchy in the 21st century," the insider adds.
Yes, it seems Meg is still viewed as somewhat of a threat, due to her Americanness and her progressive views.
And as much as they may not like each other, it seems Pippa is best at keeping the Duchess of Sussex in check:
"Pippa is way too savvy to fall for all of that. Pippa will be more than capable of dealing with Meghan," the source continues.
"She is a seasoned old Marlburian brought up with good manners, clever and tough enough not to let light in on her sisterly frustrations with the Duchess of Sussex, particularly over the treatment Meghan meted out to Kate.
"Meghan realises just what a close-knit family these girls come from, the support from parents Michael and Carol is unwavering.”
Yes, it seems Pippa is still not happy with the way Meghan behaved toward Kate at some point (even though Kate seems to be over it).
As a result, Pip seems to function in a sort of attack dog capacity, willing -- if need to be -- to do and say the things Kate can't.
“Pippa has a long memory say Edinburgh Uni chums. She has a rather hands-off relationship with Meghan and her overriding loyalty is to her sister," the informant adds.
"At the end of the day, there is a cordial friendship but an enduring closeness between Pippa and Meghan is never going to happen," says the source.
"Pippa will not be seen encouraging Meghan to pop by her Chelsea house, though visits have been made with Harry in tow.”
We're just gonna go ahead and assume that not encouraging someone to pop by your house in Chelsea is, like, the ultimate diss among UK socialites.