Kate Middleton Had a Great Reason for Missing Meghan Markle's Baby Shower

Feud rumors, begone!

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No, Kate Middleton was not at Meghan Markle's baby shower yesterday, but it's not for the reason you might think. There were a fair few important people in Meghan's life that didn't attend this particular event—including her mom, Doria Ragland, and OBVIOUSLY Meghan isn't feuding with her. Considering Meghan is having a second shower back in England, which could take care of all the people in her life who couldn't make it to New York, this is essentially a non-issue. But it turns out there's an even better, non-feud-related reason Kate wasn't at the shower.

According to The Sun's royal source, "The Cambridges have jetted off on a secret snow-filled holiday for some much-needed family time together." It's school break for George and Charlotte, and the royals had apparently planned this trip for a while.

Kate and William love to ski. Need proof? They visited Holmenkollen ski jump in their official tour of Norway and Sweden in 2018:

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And in 2016, they took the whole family (sans, Louis, because he hadn't been born yet) to Courchevel in the Troi Vallees in France:

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Reaaaally wishing we had photos from this trip too, but it's probably a casual, photog-free event. (Darn.)

I'll say it again: Kate will just attend the second shower in England in a few weeks! Crisis averted! Everything is fine.

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