Meghan Markle gave Kate Middleton an unusual gift to 'break the ice' before royal rift

MEGHAN Markle gave Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, a surprising gift to break the ice on their first meeting, long before tensions built between the royals.

Meghan gave the Duchess of Cambridge a Smythson notebook the first time the pair met to help break the ice, according to the new bombshell biography about the Sussexes. In Finding Freedom, which is released next week, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand say The Duchess of Cambridge greatly appreciated the gift as things got off to a solid start for the former fab four.

The authors said Kate loved the book from her future sister-in-law which she was gifted in January 2017.

Moreover, Meghan also seemed to win over the young Princess Charlotte.

The book said: "Meghan bought a present for the duchess, who had celebrated her birthday just a day earlier.

"The soft leather Smythson notebook helped to break the ice, as did Meghan's cooing over then 20-month-old Charlotte."

The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted carrying her speech notes in a folder of the same brand.

The Duchess held a monogrammed Smythson of Bond Street folder as she attended the 'Back to Nature' Festival at RHS Wisley in Saptember last year.

However, it is not known if this was the stationery item gifted by Meghan.

Smythson notebooks seem to be a go-to for the Duchess of Sussex.

In August 2019, Meghan sent personalised thank you gifts to British Vogue contributors who helped her on the issue of the fashion bible which she guest edited.

The Duchess sent her writers a personalised black leather notebook engraved with 'Forces For Change'.

However, while the gift may have impressed Kate at the beginning, tensions soon built within the Royal Family after Harry and Meghan announced their decision to step down as senior members of the Royal Family in January.

Now the Sussexes and Cambridges live miles apart.

Kate is currently staying at Amner Hall in Norfolk with Prince William and the couple's children Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.

Meanwhile, Meghan is living in her native Los Angeles with Prince Harry and their son Archie.

While the release of royal biography Finding Freedom is expected to cause further tensions between the royals, Harry and Meghan are said to be focusing on Meghan's birthday plans instead.

The day will be spent with just the two of them, Archie, and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland according to an Insider who spoke to the Daily Mail.

The source said: “She won’t be having any big party.”

“She doesn’t normally throw herself birthday parties but with all that’s happening, it’s not even a consideration for this year.”

“One thing she will absolutely do though is lending her support to some special causes in honour of her birthday.”

“That is something that has been a tradition of hers even before she was famous. It’s something she learned from her mom.”

The book also explores Harry and Meghan’s personal relationships and in particular what it was that led them to step back from Royal duties.

However, the Duke and Duchess say they did not give their input for the book or offer interviews.

Inside the book there are intimate details of the Duke and Duchess’ relationship in the early stages.

In particular, the book explores how fast their relationship moved.

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