Kate Middleton ‘hurt’ by claims she made Meghan Markle cry: 'She is very careful with how she treats others'
Kate Middleton appeared to have brushed off sensational claims made by Meghan Markle as she was spotted carrying out a royal engagement at a school in East London just days after the bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview that shook the roots of the British monarchy. Meghan told Oprah that Kate had made her "cry" in the days leading up to her 2018 wedding to Prince Harry, albeit initial reports suggested the opposite had happened.
According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, however, the Duchess of Cambridge, 39, seemed "hurt and saddened" during the school visit, possibly following the bombshell claims made by the Duchess of Sussex. Nicholl said Kate did not comment on the issue as she "is not in a position to respond."
"This has been a very hard few days for Kate, but she turned up and committed to her work and duty last week," Nicholl told Ok! magazine. “People did notice that she appeared downcast and subdued. Behind closed doors, she has been saddened, disappointed, and hurt. From what I hear, there are different versions of the bridesmaid story, not just the one Meghan discussed."
"Kate felt it was all sorted, so to have it brought up again was mortifying," the expert continued. "Kate is not in a position to respond and Meghan and Harry know that. Kate has never wanted any suggestion of a rift with Meghan to come out in the press, so for this story to be circulating is very hard. Kate is so discreet and respects her personal life. You never hear about her falling out with anyone because she is very careful with how she treats others."
"Kate and William both feel they were hugely welcoming to Meghan and Harry. Any accusations against the monarchy are accusations against their family," Nicholl added. "It’s hurtful and they feel let down. Obviously, they still love Harry and Meghan, but this interview has ruffled feathers.”
Oprah asked Meghan about reports that she allegedly made Kate cry in the lead-up to her wedding over a disagreement about bridesmaid dresses. The former actress responded saying it was she who was reduced to tears and not the other way around.
"A few days before the wedding, she was upset about something pertaining—yes, the issue was correct about flower girl dresses," Meghan told Oprah. "It made me cry and it really hurt my feelings. I thought in the context of everything else that was going on in those days leading to the wedding that it didn’t make sense to not be just doing what everyone else was doing, which was try to be supportive, knowing what was going on with my dad and whatnot."
It's worth noting that Kate has not personally responded to the scandalous claims made by Meghan. Prince William, however, said he's planning to speak to his brother soon. “No I haven’t spoken to him yet but I will do," he told a reporter when asked if they were in touch.
Meanwhile, the Queen released a statement just days after the interview: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan." She added, "The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan, and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”