Gossip-filled stories about the royal family run regularly, but it’s not often that palace spokespeople weigh in on them. The Cambridges’s team clearly felt strongly enough about claimed falsehoods in the Tatler story that they issued a response, according to multiple sources, including Entertainment Tonight. “This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication,” the palace said.
Royals reporter Rebecca English also tweeted about the statement. “It’s rare for any of the royal households to issue such a vehement statement and indicates the depth of their ire,” she wrote.
So what made the palace so angry? Well, since they don’t call out specific inaccuracies, we can’t be totally sure. But there are some very salacious claims made in the piece—all by anonymous sources—like how the Duchess of Cambridge is angry about her increased workload due to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s decision to step down as senior working royals. “Kate is furious about the larger workload. Of course she’s smiling and dressing appropriately but she doesn’t want this,” an alleged friend of the duchess told the magazine. “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 understands that the only credo of the royal family is duty, duty, duty,” an alleged royal courtier said. “Whereas with the Sussexes it is constant uncertainty, [the Cambridges] represent stability and continuity.”
Another gossip-y item in the article asserts there was some kind of rift between Middleton and Markle dating back to the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding. “Then there was an incident at the wedding rehearsal. It was a hot day and apparently there was a row over whether the bridesmaids should wear tights or not,” a “friend” of the Cambridges told Tatler. “Kate, following protocol, felt that they should. Meghan didn’t want them to.” Another supposed palace insider seemed to want to continue the Kate vs. Meghan narrative: “In the palace, you hear numerous stories of the staff saying so-and-so is a nightmare and behaves badly but you never hear that about Kate,” they said.
Needless to say, there is a lot that Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Kensington Palace might take issue with. Tatler has not yet responded to the palace’s rebuttal of the story.
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