It’s not often that British Royal Family members comment on the various rumours that surround them.
However, in May 2020, Kensington Palace officially rebutted claims made about Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, which appear in the latest issue of Tatler magazine.
In their July/August cover story, Tatler claimed that Duchess Kate is “furious” about her increased workload, following Duchess Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s well-publicized ‘step back’ from senior royal duties in January 2020.
In their exact words: “Kate is furious about the larger workload. Of course she’s smiling and dressing appropriately but she doesn’t want this.”
However, a Kensington Palace spokesperson has said that the story “contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication”, without clarifying what those misrepresentations were.
Tatler’s article also claimed that Duchesses Kate and Meghan had a falling-out over whether or not Meghan’s bridesmaids—including Princess Charlotte—were to wear tights on her wedding day in 2018. Furthermore, it claimed that Duchess Kate feels “trapped” by royal life, and that Prince William is “incandescent” about the ongoing ‘Megxit’ saga.
Since Kensington Palace’s statement, Tatler have issued a statement of their own, defending their report and saying the Palace already had knowledge of the story before it was published.
In their words: “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.”
Kensington Palace’s statement comes weeks after the announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s tell-all biography in August, titled Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making Of A Modern Royal Family.
The book will be produced with the aim of debunking the “rumours and misconceptions that plague the couple on both sides of the pond”, so we can only assume it’ll have something to say about the “royal rift” rumours.