The Duke and Duchess have apparently sent multiple legal letters to the site about their profile on Kate, which makes bold claims on how the Duchess is feeling in the royal family after Prince Harry and Meghan’s departure.
According to reports, Kensington has taken legal action against Tatler magazine for publishing a “swathe of inaccuracies” about Kate Middleton in an article. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were particularly angered about claims that Kate feels “exhausted and trapped” by having to cope with a bigger workload after Prince Harry and Meghan left the royal family.
The couple has demanded that the profile piece, titled “Catherine the Great”, be removed from the internet. How can anything be bad with such a flattering title?
The piece was part of the society magazine’s July/August cover story, and in it, there is a part about how Harry and Meghan’s departure from the royal family earlier this year has left Kate working “as hard as a top CEO.” That’s…not that much.
The article is by author Anna Pasternak, who quotes friends of the royal family as saying: “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.”
Earlier this week, Kensington Palace released a strongly worded statement addressing the article and the website, Tatler magazine. The whole article has very little good to say about Kate, with Cambridge’s being especially upset about the comments made about Kate’s weight and family.
The profile goes on to speculate: “Outwardly, it seems that with years of scrutinising public pressure Kate has become perilously thin, just like – some point out – Princess Diana.
“One could argue that Kate is naturally slim and indeed, like Pippa, a vigorous exerciser.
“Or perhaps her size is down to the stress of being a multitasking mother of three – one countenancing the additional worries of defending a Royal Family seemingly under siege.”
The article goes for Kate’s family as well, describing her mother Carole Middleton as a “terrible snob”, as well as taking aim at her younger sister Pippa, saying she was “struggling to find her place.”
It adds that Pippa is “always in the shadow as someone’s sister or someone’s wife. “
Court Circular records, which keeps count of all royal engagements, suggests that in reality, the Duchess had done slightly fewer jobs compared to last year.
This year from January to March 2020 the Duchess took part in 29 engagements, compared to the 35 she had done in the same period last year.
In the statement released earlier this week, Kensington Palace said it had not had a chance to respond to the claims.
“This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication,” it says.
In response, the Tatler magazine said: “Tatler’s Editor-in-Chief Richard Dennen stands behind the reporting of Anna Pasternak and her 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.” From royal sources we know that the Tatler approached Kensington Palace in February, asking for Kate to pose for a cover photo or to provide an exclusive image, which was declined.