Kate is granted the Queen’s highest seal of approval as she’s made a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order on her eighth wedding anniversary

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The Duchess of Cambridge has received the Queen’s highest seal of approval as she’s made a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.

Buckingham Palace made the announcement on Kate’s eighth wedding anniversary to Prince William, 36 – and just days before Meghan is due to give birth to her first baby with the Duke of Sussex, 34.

Awards under the Royal Victorian Order are made personally by the Queen, for services to the sovereign.

It’s likely that the Queen bestowed the prestigious honour on her granddaughter-in-law, 37, in recognition of her work as a member of the monarchy – which will come as a massive boost for Kate amid rumours of recent strains on her marriage. 

She has supported her own causes such as the early years development of children, travelled the Commonwealth on behalf of the monarch and helped to raise awareness about mental health alongside her husband and Prince Harry. 

But just hours after the honour was announced, the so-called rivalry between the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex has once again been thrown into the spotlight.

A fan of Meghan said: ‘She deserves the Royal Order more than Kate I’m sorry! I expect her to receive one in a year or two. She’s done more representing to the Queen than Kate has done in 8 whole years!’

Another supporter defended the Duchess of Cambridge and reminded others that the award is a personal honour from the Queen. 

‘People trying to say Meghan should have gotten the honour due to her working more than Kate omg people,’ she wrote. ‘The Queen gave it to Catherine for a reason my god. Must they tear Catherine down every damn time Like RELAX people.’

Someone else in agreement explained that the award today wasn’t based on a comparison between Meghan and Kate but in ‘recognition of how the Duchess of Cambridge is doing’ and what she has had to ‘put up with.’