'String of lies' about Kate and Pippa Middleton removed

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·4-min read

After a scathing article about Kate Middleton appeared in British society bible Tatler Magazine was published earlier this year, the Duchess of Cambridge has finally come out on top.

It's not often that Kate receives negative press or that the palace spokespeople will refute claims made in an article, but this time, things were different.

Kate Middleton
After scathing article about Kate Middleton that appeared in British society bible Tatler Magazine was published earlier this year, the Duchess of Cambridge has finally come out on top. Photo: Getty

The article was titled 'Catherine the Great', however, Kate was not portrayed in any kind of positive way.

The article referenced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leaving the royal family and read: "Kate is furious about the larger workload."

It continued: "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."

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The article, which has been accused of publishing a "string of lies", also said that Kate has "a ruthless survival streak".

"She keeps her head down because the prize of being queen is so great," it read. "She models herself on the Queen and now speaks like the Queen."

Kensington Palace hit back after the article was published, saying in a statement, "This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication."

Kate Middleton and Prince William
Kensington Palace hit back after the article was published, saying in a statement, "This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations." Photo: Getty

Soon after, Tatler hit back with a spokesperson for the magazine telling Entertainment Tonight: "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 and husband Prince William then reportedly took legal action to have the article taken down.

A source at the Daily Mail said in May: "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."

They continued: "The whole thing is class snobbery at its very worst. The stuff about 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.

Kate Middleton with mum Carole and sister Pippa
The article made claims William was obsessed with his mother-in-law, Carole, and that she's a "terrible snob". As well as claims Kate's sister Pippa is "too regal and try-hard". Photo: Getty

Tatler then confirmed to the Evening Standard that the royals were taking action. "We can confirm we have received correspondence from lawyers acting for the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge and believe it has no merit."

Now, Tatler has decided to edit the article, rather than remove it completely.

According to The Daily Mail, Tatler has removed "huge swathes" of the article.

The paragraphs that have been removed include claims William was obsessed with his mother-in-law, Carole, and that she is a "terrible snob". As well as claims Kate's sister Pippa is "too regal and try-hard".

One of the claims that especially angered Kate and Will, was the comparison of "perilously thin" Kate to Princess Diana, who famously struggled with eating disorders.

A source close to the magazine's publisher Condé Nast said: "Tatler has a long-standing relationship with the Royal Family and wanted to end this amicably.”

A spokesman for Kensington Palace declined to comment."

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