Kate Middleton has been very upset by the frosty atmosphere between her husband, Prince William, and his brother.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their intention to "step back" from their position as senior members of the Royal Family in January last year. Since then a growing rift between the two couples has opened up.

Prince William, Prince Harry, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle were popularly known as the "Fab Four" before the Sussexes made their break, frequently seen out together and clearly enjoying one another’s company.

But Harry and Meghan’s accusations of cruelty and racism within the Royal Family have broken the golden group apart.

Kate has been "really, really upset about it all," one source close to the Cambridges told People magazine.

Another friend of the couple told the magazine: "Everything with Harry and Meghan has been hugely stressful, but if anything, it's pulled [her and William] closer together. She was upset about it because [William] was so upset.

"Seeing her husband so distraught was tough."

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During their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex claimed that an unnamed member of the royal family spoke to Harry about Archie’s skin colour.

There were "concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born," according to Prince Harry.

When asked if they left the UK "because of racism," Prince Harry said: "It was a large part of it."

But Prince William hit back, telling reporters, "We are very much not a racist family."

The Palace has consistently denied any suggestions of racism within the Royal Family

Meghan also told Oprah that contrary to press reports that she made Kate cry ahead of her wedding, in fact, the "reverse" happened.

She added that the tiff was later smoothed over, stating: "It was a really hard week of the wedding and [Kate] was upset about something, but she owned it, and she apologised, and she brought me flowers and a note."

In the wake of the interview, a source told Page Six: "Kate and William feel they were hugely welcoming to Meghan and Harry. Any accusations against the monarchy are accusations against their family. It’s hurtful and they feel let down.

"Obviously, they still love Harry and Meghan, but this interview has ruffled feathers."

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