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Why did Meghan Markle pose with Kate's magazine cover? Critics say old pic exposes duchess' 'LIE' about royals

The 2014 photo has resurfaced on social media amid the ongoing rift between the sisters-in-laws following Meghan and Harry's Oprah interview
UPDATED MAY 18, 2021
Meghan posing with the magazine in 2014 showing Kate Middleton on the cover (L) and with Kate in 2018 (R) (Instagram/Denise Cash, Getty Images)
Meghan posing with the magazine in 2014 showing Kate Middleton on the cover (L) and with Kate in 2018 (R) (Instagram/Denise Cash, Getty Images)

A 2014 photo of Meghan Markle has sparked a fresh row of controversy among her critics. In the resurfaced photo on Instagram, the Duchess of Sussex can be seen posing with a copy of the Irish U magazine that has Kate Middleton on the cover. The photo was taken in Meghan's pre-royal days, two years before she met and started dating Prince Harry. 

Recognized for her role as Rachel Zane on the TV show 'Suits' back then, Meghan posed with Denise Cash, the Deputy Editor of Irish U Magazine. Cash had originally uploaded the photo on her Instagram profile in 2017 after Meghan and Harry's romance became widely known. Some fans recently discovered the old photo and helped it resurface on social media, laying the ground for more controversy. Especially after Meghan and Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah created a rift between the royal brothers and their wives. 


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(L-R) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in 2019 (Getty Images)

Why was Meghan posing with Kate's photo on the magazine cover?

According to Daily Mail, it turns out that Meghan Markle had actually written a piece for the magazine issue. At that time, she was actively working as an actress on 'Suits'. She had contributed as a celebrity guest to the 'Irish U' magazine, by reportedly writing about sunglasses. In the photo, the magazine cover shows Kate in a black dress as the cover story incorrectly claimed that Prince William and Kate are expecting twins. In reality, the Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant with her second child Princess Charlotte at the time. 

The rumored rift between the two sisters-in-law reportedly intensified after Meghan claimed in an interview with Oprah that Kate made her cry on her wedding day. Referring to reports that Meghan made Kate cry, Oprah had asked, "Was there a situation where she (Kate) might have cried? Or she could have cried?"


To this Meghan responded, "No, no. The reverse happened. And I don't say that to be disparaging to anyone, because it was a really hard week of the wedding."

"And she was upset about something, but she owned it, and she apologized.'And she brought me flowers and a note, apologizing. And she did what I would do if I knew that I hurt someone, right, to just take accountability for it," Meghan added. 

In another context, Meghan further stated that she was not well aware of the British Royal family when she had started dating Prince Harry. During the same interview, Meghan said she was unprepared for her role - despite a childhood best friend claiming she was 'fascinated' with them.  Meghan added that she 'never looked up her husband online' when she first started dating Harry, and had to Google the British national anthem. Shortly before Meghan and Prince Harry's wedding in 2018, Ninaki Priddy, the duchess' childhood best friend and maid of honor at her first wedding to Trevor Engelson, told the Daily Mail: '[Meghan] was always fascinated by the royal family. She wants to be Princess Diana 2.0.'

Now many on social media are pointing out the resurfaced photo claiming Meghan had lied to Oprah about not knowing much about the royals before her marriage. 

'I thought she barely knew who the royals were'

As soon as the photo started circulating on social media, a section of the social media users wasted no time in slamming Meghan, for apparently lying to Oprah. A Twitter user wrote, "Meghan markle claimed she didn't know anything about the RF. A photo has surfaced online of her posing with a magazine that has Kate on the cover from 2014!"

"I thought she barely knew who the royals were," a second user mocked. Another user wrote, "Well, you knew it wasn't true when she said it. Everyone knows about the Royals -- especially in Canada, where she is the sovereign."

One user came to Meghan's rescue by slamming the critics, "1/2 So! Meghan, Wrote an Article for a Magazine, & is given the first copy printed with HER Article. Kate being on the Cover. Being used by Murdoch Rags, to prove M, lied about not been an Expert on the Royals & plotted to trap H from 2014-2016 into Marrying her..."