This week, Tatler Magazine released a profile on Duchess Kate. It’s a long piece that goes a little extra on their Kate love, like dubbing her “Catherine the Great,” referring to her as a “kingmaker,” and basically calling her the shiny-haired savior of the Royal Family. You would think that the Royal Family would love getting good publicity (which they can always use). But instead, Kensington Palace has decided to issue a statement about the Tatler piece, in which they heavily imply that Tatler has been telling some lies.
ELLE magazine says that a spokesperson for Kensington Palace released the following statement on Tatler’s profile:
“This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication.”
Tatler lived up to its name and tattled on Kensington Palace’s claim that they were in the dark about the Kate story. They released a response to Entertainment Tonight, and they say Kensington Palace knew about the claims made in their story.
“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.”
Kate knows Richard Dennen as more than just the name on the top of the Tatler masthead. Richard went to St. Andrews University with Prince William and Kate, and has claimed to have been on a few holidays with her. So in theory, Richard probably knew how to get Kate’s email if he wanted to run that piece past her before it went to press.
The back-and-forth between Kensington Palace and Tatler is about as dramatic and snappy as upper crust British sensibility will allow. But they never actually get into specifics about what exactly was inaccurate in the story. But it may have to do with Tatler’s Kate vs. Meghan angle.
Tatler claimed they had spoken to sources ranging from courtiers and staff, to friends and society figures. And they published a few anecdotes from said sources. For example, Tatler’s source elaborated on the alleged bridesmaids’ dress fight between Kate and Meghan Markle which allegedly ended in tears from Kate (Kate reportedly wanted tights but Meghan didn’t). Another story was about all the extra work Kate and William have to do now that they’re the only senior royals of their generation. When Meghan and Prince Harry stepped back from their royal duties in January, everything went to William and Kate. One of Tatler’s sources says that Kate is “furious” with the situation because it means twice as much work when all she wants to do is be a mom to her three kids, George, Charlotte, and Louis. Another source described the situation as follows:
“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.”
That same source went on to say that Kate is now working as hard as a CEO, except she doesn’t get the benefit of boundaries and long vacations. All because Meghan Markle just haaaaaaaad to wake up next to a palm tree! Tatler didn’t say that, but it’s kind of implied by the tone. That’s probably the part Kensington Palace had a problem with. Because they’ve tried to shut it down before. It was also rumored that William was freaking out a bit after Harry announced he and Meghan were stepping back and moving out. So it’s not too much of a stretch to assume Kensington Palace doesn’t want people thinking William and Kate are mad about doing more work.
And it’s not made any better when you remember that the British press love accusing Kate of not wanting to work, period. I know William and Kate try to be the down-to-earth royals, so they probably could have gotten away with Kensington Palace publishing a statement that went something like this:
“Kate doesn’t hate Meghan, but can you blame her for being pissed about doing twice the work? A big part of Kate’s work uniform involves pantyhose. If she’s clocking double royal duties, she’s two times more likely to develop a case of pantyhose rash. Look, just don’t act surprised when she starts showing up to more events in pants.”