Kate and William take legal action over 'cruel and disgusting' magazine story

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

A magazine article that referred to Kate Middleton as being ‘exhausted and trapped’ is copping further heat with the royals launching legal action over the story.

Kensington Palace has reportedly sent a legal complaint on behalf of William and Kate to Tatler magazine over an ‘inaccurate and false’ article titled ‘Catherine the Great’ asking the publication to remove it from the website, The Mail on Sunday reports.

William and Kate are taking legal action against Tatler Magazine. Photo: Getty

The palace had last week already issued a rare statement, denying the claims made about Kate, including that she was feeling ‘overworked’ since Megxit.

“This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication,” the statement read.

Now the royal couple are taking action over what they say is unfounded criticism of the Duchess’s family, her children and her weight.

A royal source told The Mail the description of the Duchess as “perilously thin” 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.”

Will and Kate have continued working amid the pandemic. Photo: Getty

Tatler was quick to respond to the Palace’s original statement, with Editor-in-Chief Richard Dennen standing behind the article.

“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,” a statement from the publication read.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have appeared to become more open with their lives since coronavirus lockdown began. 

Along with sharing pictures of their children, Prince George, six, daughter Princess Charlotte, five, and two-year-old son Prince Louis, on Instagram, they also uploaded a video of the whole family clapping for healthcare workers outside their home in April.

Much like the rest of the world, the Cambridges have been working over Zoom, with Kate even being interviewed on ITV's This Morning talk show about the launch of Hold Still.

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