It looks like the British royal family is officially done taking things lying down. For generations, it has been their policy to ignore tabloid gossip. However, amid Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex exiting the royal fold, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge seem ready to switch things up.
Just last year, the Cambridges were embroiled in a shocking cheating scandal. Tabloids claimed that Prince William had been carrying on an affair with socialite, Rose Hanbury. Though the claims were unfounded, the duke and duchess never said a word to address or negate the drama.
Now, amid a shocking expose titled, “Catherine the Great” for Tatler Magazine, the Cambridges seems ready to throw their “stiff upper lip” policy in the trash as they threaten Tatler with legal action. Unfortunately, it looks like the journalist who wrote the article centering Kate may have been out for revenge.
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Inside Tatler Magazine’s shocking ‘Catherine the Great’ article
Written by journalist Anna Pasternak, the Cambridges were horrified by several claims that were made in the “Catherine the Great” article for Tatler. The article claims that amid Megxit, Kate is feeling trapped and exhausted from the larger workload that had suddenly been dumped on her plate. Also, the article claimed that the Susexes’ exit meant that she and Prince William would no longer have the chance to be hands-on parents to their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Other claims comment on the duchess’ weight calling her “perilously thin like Princess Diana.” Pasternak also brought the duchess’ family into the drama saying that Prince William is obsessed with her mother, Carole Middleton and that the Middletons plot and planned to land the royal jackpot.
Moreover, the article also suggests that the alleged rift between Meghan and Kate began after a fight over some tights Princess Charlotte was to wear to the Sussexes’ wedding.
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Kate Middleton and Prince William are suing Tatler Magazine
The Cambridges are unsurprisingly furious with the article. “That is such an extremely cruel and wounding barb. It’s disgusting. It’s sexist and woman-shaming at its very worst,” a source explained to Daily Mail. “The piece is full of lies. There is no truth to their claim that the Duchess feels overwhelmed with work, nor that the Duke is obsessed with Carole Middleton. It’s preposterous and downright wrong. The whole thing is class snobbery at its very worst. The stuff about Pippa is horrible. Tatler may think it’s immune from action as it’s read by the Royals and on every coffee table in every smart home, but it makes no difference. It’s ironic that the Royals’ favourite magazine is being trashed by them. The Duchess is a naturally shy woman who is doing her best.”
In fact, in a rare and shocking statement, they have released a rebuttal through Kensington Palace. “This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication,” the statement read.
The royal couple is also following in the Sussexes’ footsteps and taking legal action against Tatler.
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The journalist who wrote the scathing article may have wanted revenge
Now, there is a claim that journalist Anna Pasternak was seeking revenge when she wrote the article. The article was supposed to position Kate as a leader ready to take on the role of queen. Instead, it did the opposite. “She manages to slag off [harshly criticize] her mother, makes William look weak and makes Kate look so dull,” royal expert Ingrid Seward told Newsweek. “Anna Pasternak doesn’t care. She’s married to a very rich man and is quite powerful in her own right.”It does actually manage to slag off everyone in the royal family except the queen.”
Pasternak has a history with the British royal family. In the 1990s she exposed Princess Diana’s affair with James Hewitt in her book Princess in Love. “The aftermath of this obliterated my ambition to be a writer, as opposed to being a journalist,” Pasternak’s Amazon bio reads. “As no one wanted to believe that the fairy tale marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales was a myth, they dismissed my book, writing me off in the process. Eighteen months later, when Diana admitted to the affair herself on Panorama, I was rehabilitated in the press, but was personally devastated.”
Royal expert Penny Junor has suggested that Pasternak was out for revenge with “Catherine the Great.” “I know Anna Pasternak was hurt about the James Hewitt thing. But this is awful,” she told Newsweek. “They’ve put words into William and Kate’s mouths and attributed feelings to them which are not based in fact at all. This is just awful and shocking journalism.”
For now, Tatler is standing by their claims. “Tatler’s Editor-in-Chief Richard Dennen stands behind the reporting of Anna Pasternak and her sources,” a spokesperson tells Entertainment Tonight. “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.”
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