Kate 'is keen to stop constant comparisons between herself and Meghan'

Kate Middleton was hit hard by ‘cruel’ Tatler article because she’s ‘very keen to stop the constant comparisons between herself and Meghan Markle’, royal expert claims

  • Duchess of Cambridge, 38, is ‘very keen to stop comparisons’ to Meghan Markle
  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may take legal action against Tatler magazine 
  • They have sent legal letters to magazine about its ‘Catherine the Great’ piece 
  • Kate is said to be upset about criticism of her family, her children and her weight 
  • Tatler has dismissed the legal complaint in a statement, saying it has ‘no merit’ 

The Duchess of Cambridge was hit hard by the remarks made in an article which graced Tatler’s July/August cover – because she ‘is very keen to stop the constant comparisons between herself and Meghan Markle’, according to a former royal editor. 

Kate, 38, is said to be considering legal action against the society bible magazine, with Kensington Palace saying the Catherine The Great article contained a ‘swathe of inaccuracies and false representations’. 

The palace is particularly ‘furious’ about claims that the duchess feels ‘exhausted and trapped’ by the increased workload following Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back from royal life.

Duncan Larcombe, a former royal editor, told New magazine, via OK!, that Kate was particularly upset by the article because she is ‘very keen’ to stop comparisons being drawn between herself and her sister-in-law.

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured with her husband Prince William) was hit hard by the remarks made in an article which graced Tatler’s July/August cover – and ‘is very keen to stop the constant comparisons between herself and Meghan Markle’, according to a former royal editor

Kate, 38, is said to be considering legal action against the ‘society bible’ magazine, with Kensington Palace saying it contains a ‘swathe of inaccuracies and false representations’. Pictured: Kate with Meghan in 2018

He said: ‘It’s almost as though they want to draw a line in the sand where it’s gone a bit too far.’

He said that the constant comparisons between the two women makes it seem like ‘Kate is almost used by some outlets as a stick to beat Meghan with’.

The palace is particularly ‘furious’ about claims made in the article (pictured) that Kate feels ‘exhausted and trapped’ by the increased workload following Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back from royal life

‘We know William and Kate are very sensitive about comparisons with Meghan. The narrative of that falling out between William and Kate and Harry and Meghan touches a nerve.’

Earlier this month, society bible Tatler dismissed a legal complaint by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in an ongoing row over a controversial article, saying it has ‘no merit’.  

In a highly unusual move, the couple have sent legal letters to the magazine demanding its profile of the Duchess – headlined ‘Catherine the Great’ – be removed from the internet. 

The palace is said to have taken issue with claims suggesting Kate feels ‘exhausted and trapped’ by the increased workload following Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back. 

A Royal source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘That is such an extremely cruel and wounding barb. It’s disgusting. It’s sexist and woman-shaming at its very worst.

‘The piece is full of lies. There is no truth to their claim that the Duchess feels overwhelmed with work, nor that the Duke is obsessed with Carole Middleton. It’s preposterous and downright wrong.

‘The whole thing is class snobbery at its very worst. The stuff about [Kate’s sister] Pippa is horrible. Tatler may think it’s immune from action as it’s read by the Royals and on every coffee table in every smart home, but it makes no difference., 

‘It’s ironic that the Royals’ favourite magazine is being trashed by them. The Duchess is a naturally shy woman who is doing her best.’ 

 Duncan Larcombe, a British former royal editor, told New magazine, via OK! , that Kate is ‘very keen’ to stop comparisons being drawn between herself and her sister-in-law (pictured with their husbands in March 2020)

To the anger of Kensington Palace, Ms Pasternak asserts that the Cambridges feel very tired because they have been forced to take on more Royal duties after Megxit.

The article cites a source as saying: ‘Kate is furious about the larger workload… 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.’

But figures in the Court Circular, the official record of Royal engagements, suggest otherwise. 

The couple have done a similar number of jobs from January to March as they did over the same period last year. Kate has actually done less – 29 this year against 35 in 2019. 

In a statement issued after the article was published, Kensington Palace said: ‘This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication.’

Hitting back, Tatler then issued its own statement, saying: ‘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.’

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