Prince William 'really upset' about Kate Middleton being dragged into Meghan Markle's feud with royal family
'The duchess being involved has really upset William. He is very, very protective of Kate,' royal expert Katie Nicholl said
Earlier this week, Prince William and Kate Middleton while visiting School 21 in East London fielded questions from reporters about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey. William tersely responded to a reporter who directly asked if the royal family was racist, saying, "We are very much not a racist family." Speaking about his comments -- very unusual for a member of the royal family -- to the media after the Sussexes' interview, royal expert Katie Nicholl said the fact that Kate was dragged into a feud that is primarily between the monarchy and Meghan, majorly contributed to William's displeasure.
"It was no secret, of course, that William and Harry had fallen out. Harry himself said they were on different paths," Katie said. "But I think what has really upset William is Kate being dragged into the interview. Meghan revealing what actually happened over that bridesmaid dress fitting ... I think this argument obviously happened behind closed doors and has been dragged back up. The duchess being involved has really upset William. He is very, very protective of Kate."
Katie further added that she believed that Kate would be "upset and disappointed" that her name was being dragged in the whole mess. "Meghan was very generous about Kate. She said she was a good person, and she did not go into a huge amount of detail, but she did bring [the situation] all back up. I think for Kate, who has always been very discreet, you don't hear about her having brawls or falling outs with people. Behind the scenes, I know Kate really has tried to be a peacemaker, and certainly tried to get the brothers back on an even keel. So I think she was definitely upset that she was being pulled into this," Katie noted.
A tabloid article in 2018 had alleged that Meghan Markle made Kate Middleton cry during a dress fitting ahead of her royal wedding to Harry. Meghan debunked the incident during the interview with Oprah that aired over two hours on CBS stating that "the reverse" happened. Royal biographer Omid Scobie in a story published this week claimed that Meghan requested Kensington Palace to set the record straight over the incident but to no avail. "Other royal family members were often afforded more sympathetic support when it came to dealing with inaccurate press ... but both Harry and Meghan felt they did not have access to this same privilege," he wrote.
Meghan once again requested the Palace that they clear her name when they "urgently requested that Prince Harry cosign a statement against an 'offensive' newspaper report stating Prince William 'constantly bullied' the Sussexes before their decision to step away," Scobie wrote while further revealing the text of an email he acquired from a source, the one which Meghan sent to a royal aide. "Well, if we're just throwing any statement out there now, then perhaps KP can finally set the record straight about me [not making Kate cry]," the email read.