Members of the royal family are no stranger to rumors and criticism in the press, but they only issue corrections to articles in extremely rare circumstances, which gives today's statement from Kensington Palace all the more weight.
Earlier this week, Tatler published a cover story by Anna Pasternak about the Duchess of Cambridge, which specifically examines how her role has changed has since Harry and Meghan transitioned out of their senior positions in the royal family.
In the piece, a source described only as a friend claims that Kate is angry about her increased duties in the new slimmed-down monarchy.
"Kate is furious about the larger workload," says the source. "Of course she’s smiling and dressing appropriately but she doesn’t want this. She feels exhausted and trapped. She’s working as hard as a top CEO, who has to be wheeled out all the time, without the benefits of boundaries and plenty of holidays."
The piece also alleges that Kate has a less-than-friendly relationship with Meghan. Again, a source described only as a friend, notes:
"Catherine and William were very circumspect from the beginning about Meghan, which hurt and incensed Harry. William rightly cautioned Harry to slow the relationship down. That’s why they all fell out. As the rift got deeper between the brothers, Kate, who used to be so close to Harry, tried to pacify things. But her loyalty will always be to William."
Another anonymous friend describes a disagreement between the two women regarding whether Meghan's bridesmaids should wear tights. "It was a hot day and apparently there was a row over whether the bridesmaids should wear tights or not," the friend claims.
The story also explores Kate's relationship with her family, and how cautious she is about her public persona, a trait set at odds in the piece with Princess Diana.
Today, Kensington Palace issued a formal response to a Tatler article calling into question its validity.
A Kensington Palace spokesperson said: “This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication.”
The editor in chief of Tatler, Richard Dennen, has since issued a response to Kensington Palace's response.
"Kensington Palace knew we were running the 'Catherine the Great' cover story months ago and we asked them to work together on it," he said in a statement. "The fact they are denying they ever knew is categorically false."
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