Of the many bombshells revealed during Oprah’s interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the report that an unnamed member of the royal family allegedly questioned the color of baby Archie’s skin is, understandably, gaining the most traction. It kicked off a discussion about whether the British tabloid press is inherently racist and even leading controversial TV host Piers Morgan to step down from his job. Likewise, Meghan’s admittance that she was suicidal at one point and received no support from the royal family hit equally hard (via Elle). 

For several years, the U.K. press pitted Meghan and Kate Middleton, who married into the monarchy a few years before she did, against each other. As a Black American divorcée, Meghan took the brunt of the criticism and, while speaking to Oprah, she reiterated how unfair it was, taking particular issue with one widely-publicized story about the former Suits star supposedly making Kate cry. As Meghan clarified, it was actually the other way around — Kate made her cry. The Duchess of Cambridge is reportedly taking the admittance hard. 

Kate Middleton was blindsided by an old story resurfacing

Royal expert Katie Nicholl, author of Kate: The Future Queen, revealed in an interview with OK! that Kate is finding it difficult to deal with the story resurfacing. Meghan explained Kate had an issue with bridesmaid dresses and upset her a week before the wedding. The former actress acknowledged Kate had apologized and brought her flowers. However, Nicholl argued, “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. Kate is not in a position to respond and Meghan and Harry know that.” Nicholl described Middleton as “saddened, disappointed and hurt,” noting she was careful not to give any indication of issues with Meghan while they were both still part of the royal family. 

Nicholl added, “Kate and William both feel they were hugely welcoming to Meghan and Harry. Any accusations against the monarchy are accusations against their family. It’s hurtful and they feel let down. Obviously, they still love Harry and Meghan, but this interview has ruffled feathers.” Royal expert, and author of Finding Freedom, which details the Sussexes’ struggle, Omid Scobie revealed last week Meghan petitioned the royal family to set the record straight in the press about what really happened between she and Kate before the wedding. But the request was ignored as aides informed the Duchess her sister-in-law doesn’t involve herself with mindless gossip.

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