The alleged war of the royal duchesses continues and Kensington Palace is peeved.
The media tattling about alleged feuding between Duchess Kate of Cambridge and Duchess Meghan of Sussex goes on in a damaging cover story in Britain’s Tatler, the Conde Nast magazine that covers gossip about royals, aristocrats and other posh types as matters of import.
According to the anonymously sourced story, “Catherine the Great,” Kate is “furious” about being “trapped” by a heavier workload now that “selfish” Meghan and Prince Harry have left royal life behind for Hollywood.
Once the story appeared online Wednesday, Kensington Palace issued a statement: “This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication.”
The media spokespeople for the British royals rarely respond to the daily deluge of stories about their employers, positive and negative, in the media, so why do so now? The palace doesn’t want readers to think Kate, 38, or anyone else with an HRH cooperated in this story.
Tatler responded a few hours later, telling ET online that Tatler editor Richard Dennen “stands behind” the story and its sources. “Kensington Palace knew we were running the ‘Catherine the Great’ cover months ago and we asked them to work together on it. The fact they are denying they ever knew is categorically false.”
It doesn’t help that the story was written by Anna Pasternak, a British journalist who is infamous for working with James Hewitt, an ex-lover of the late Princess Diana, to chronicle their doomed love affair in a 1994 book, “Princess in Love,” based on dozens of letters Diana wrote to Hewitt that he shared with Pasternak.
The Tatler story, which refers to Kate’s full name and also is a play on Empress Catherine the Great of Russia (currently enjoying yet another pop-culture revisit starring Elle Fanning on Hulu), is a paean to the future queen, highlighting her beauty and style, acute sense of royal duty and perfect comportment as she and Prince William help lead, via Zoom, Britain’s “keep calm” campaign to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the story veered into put-down comparisons to Meghan, 38, and yet another recounting of the two-year-old allegations of feuding between the two sisters-in-law. Meghan and Harry quit being working royals and departed for Los Angeles in March for a new life.
The story revives tales of Meghan as an allegedly demanding diva who made Kate cry during rehearsals for her wedding to Harry in May 2018 at Windsor Castle. According to Pasternak, their contretemps was about tights (the British word for pantyhose) and whether child bridesmaids, including Kate’s daughter Princess Charlotte, then 3, would wear them. Kate said yes, Meghan said no, and allegedly tears followed, although this has never been confirmed by the palace.
But the really damaging claim in the story is that Kate is supposedly angry the Sussexes left the Cambridges holding the royal bag when it comes to their public work.
According to a “friend, “Kate is furious about the larger workload,” Pasternak writes. “Of course she’s smiling and dressing appropriately but she doesn’t want this. She feels exhausted and trapped.”
Another anonymous friend tells her that Meghan and Harry have been “so selfish.”
So what are readers to make of all this? On Twitter, the response is predictable: Supporters of Kate and of Meghan continue to battle, sometimes in in increasingly bilious tweets..
“I really sat down to read the whole Tatler article. I actively tried to believe that Kate was just a passive beneficiary to all the smears against Meghan. What is now clear is that her, her friends and mother are all part of this rubbish,” posted K. Coker.
“My thoughts? It was a great read and detailed Catherine’s strong points well.
What ruined it? That ‘friend’ constantly referred to. Because the Cambridges have a close circle that NEVER talk. SOCKPUPPETING at it’s finest and the Cambridges know exactly where it’s coming from,” tweeted @PrizedPrincess.
At least one tweeter suggested Tatler did neither duchess any favors.
“How are people making the Tatler article Meghan’s fault? The article was terrible to both women. The “friend” quoted was clearly trying to make Meghan look bad while also (maybe accidentally?) undermining Kate. Can’t we all just agree that it was mean-spirited and inaccurate?,” posted Royal Tea.