British Royal Family

Palace issues rare statement in response to "false" claims about Duchess Catherine

An article detailing private aspects of the Duchess' life has left royal watchers reeling.

By Jess Pullar
Kensington Palace has issued a rare statement in response to a very personal article published about Duchess Catherine in a reputable long-form magazine this week.
The feature piece by Tatler delved into Kate's feelings and actions, as told by "friends" and close acquaintances who spoke to the publication.
It looks closely at her movements over the past six months, particularly given she has stepped up her game and been more present than ever in the royal fold - presumably in response to Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's infamous step back as senior members.
And while much of the piece included information that shone Kate in a relatively positive light, there were some, rather personal details that she and the Palace were clearly not happy about - and as a royal force, they've spoken out in defence.
In a rare statement issued to media on Wednesday evening, Kensington Palace categorically denied the "swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication."
The story in question included information about Kate feeling "trapped and exhausted" after Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry stepped back from their roles at the start of the year.
There was also claims about Kate's very different approach to royal life, as well as more detail on a falling out she and Meghan reportedly had over Princess Charlotte wearing tights to the 2018 royal wedding.
Kate and William have issued their own statement about a new article via the Palace. (Kensington Royal)
In response, Tatler have defended their piece, issuing their own statement: "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."
The article delved into deeply personal matters. (Kensington Royal)
There is no specific fact that has been pin-pointed by the Palace, but given the personal nature of the claims, it seems Kate at least was rather confronted by the whole thing.
In addition, Tatler's reputation as an accurate and factual publication would be all the more convincing to fans who read the article, as opposed to them reading something similar in a tabloid publication.
For this reason, it's not surprising to see the Palace speak out.
Whether there is any truth to any of Tatler's claims specifically remains to be seen, but if the matter escalates further, we'll certainly be intrigued to see if the Palace provides any further information.
In the meantime, the Duchess is currently holing up in her country home Anmer Hall in Sandringham, where she is isolating with her three young children and Prince William.
And perhaps she'll opt to buy a copy of Harper's BAZAAR or Vogue at the local Waitrose for her quarantine reads for now.
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