Kensington Palace made a very rare move late last night and issued a statement in response to Tatler's cover story on Kate Middleton. A Palace spokesperson said: "This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication." The Palace did not specify explicitly what the inaccuracies and false misrepresentations were. Multiple royal sources did tell the Daily Mail that Tatler's claim that the Duchess of Cambridge is "furious" about her increased workload, following Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry's decision to step back from the royal family, is not true.
Tatler's spokesperson told Entertainment Tonight that the Palace did know about the story, however. "Tatler's Editor-in-Chief Richard Dennen stands behind the reporting of [reporter] Anna Pasternak and her sources," the spokesperson said. "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."
Tatler's feature on the Duchess made a lot of bold claims. The society magazine's reporter spoke to courtiers, staff, friends, and society figures. Those sources took aim at Meghan and claimed that the Duchess of Cambridge was not happy about the way the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal family role exit changed her life.
The "swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations" are likely referring to the referring:
One friend's details on Meghan and Kate's alleged wedding fight...over tights.
"Then there was an incident at the wedding rehearsal," that source said. "It was a hot day and apparently there was a row over whether the bridesmaids should wear tights or not. Kate, following protocol, felt that they should. Meghan didn’t want them to."
William and Kate's feelings about Meghan and Harry stepping back from their royal family roles, according to a courtier.
"William is absolutely incandescent about Megxit," that source said. "Every time the Sussexes issue a statement, it hits everyone like a fresh bombshell. The Cambridges are left reeling like everyone else. Everyone is terribly worried about how this is affecting the Queen."
Meghan and Harry ruining their children's lives because now William and Kate have more work, according to a "friend" of Kate and William's.
"Meghan and Harry have been so selfish," that source said. "William and Catherine really wanted to be hands-on parents and the Sussexes have effectively thrown their three children under a bus. There goes their morning school runs as the responsibilities on them now are enormous."
"Kate is furious about the larger workload. Of course she’s smiling and dressing appropriately but she doesn’t want this. She feels exhausted and trapped. She’s working as hard as a top CEO, who has to be wheeled out all the time, without the benefits of boundaries and plenty of holidays."
Kate being enraged about having more work now, according to a "friend."
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Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she's not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.
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