Redmi Note 5 on MIUI Global 10.3.2.1 and Android Messages Problem

For years this has been my go to forum to find answers to many of my questions and luckily I have always found solutions without having to ask questions, but I knew there was a time where I would have to start placing questions and here is my first one.
I have the above mentioned phone and have recently installed Android Messages. The reason for that is that my other half has got herself a Pixel 3a and with that she also has the same default SMS app.
we noticed that we could use it like iMessage on iOS if both of use the same SMS app.
The problem I have is that with my Redmi, the Android Messages app never starts with the Chat Feature activated. After each reboot (which happens every morning as I turn the phone off during the night), I have to go into the Android Messages settings and force the Chat feature to on. In fact when I get there I see the message that my phone isn't compatible with the feature, but after a few seconds of waiting it does show it as available, but it is switched off. This happens every morning.
I have been trying to find a solution for this and came across someone with a similar problem which he fixed by deactivating his phone's native SMS app which apparently was interfering with the Android Messages app.

I don't know how and if it is even possible to deactivate the default SMS app on a Redmi phone, I don't see any options for that. What I have done was to remove all the permissions for the default app, but it still doesn't solve my problem.
Is there anyone who might have managed to overcome this problem or at least give me some hints of what I should try?

regards
C

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