The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are understood to be taking legal action against society bible Tatler magazine after it published a ‘string of lies’ about Kate.
In a highly unusual move, the couple have sent legal letters to the magazine demanding its profile of the Duchess – headlined ‘Catherine the Great’ – be removed from the internet.
It comes after Kensington Palace issued a fiercely critical statement on last week’s article which it said contained a ‘swathe of inaccuracies and false representations’.
The Duke and Duchess are also said to be upset about criticism of her family, her children and her weight. The pair are pictured above in March
The palace is particularly ‘furious’ about claims that Kate feels ‘exhausted and trapped’ by the increased workload following Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back.
The Duke and Duchess are also said to be upset about criticism of her family, her children and her weight.
The article, written by author Anna Pasternak, makes reference to the eating disorders suffered by William’s mother Princess Diana, saying: ‘Kate has become perilously thin, just like – some point out – Princes Diana.’
A Royal source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘That is such an extremely cruel and wounding barb. It’s disgusting. It’s sexist and woman-shaming at its very worst.
‘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 [Kate’s sister] 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.
The palace is particularly ‘furious’ about claims that Kate feels ‘exhausted and trapped’ by the increased workload following Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back
‘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.’
Tatler’s article also claims that Kate, 38, had a spat with Meghan Markle ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018.
It says the clash took place at a rehearsal two days before the big day and centred on whether Princess Charlotte and the other young bridesmaids should wear tights.
Quoting an unnamed friend, the article says: ‘There was an incident at the wedding rehearsal. It was a hot day and apparently there was a row over whether the bridesmaids should wear tights or not.
‘Kate, following protocol, felt that they should. Meghan didn’t want them to. The photographs suggest that Meghan won.’ But Kensington Palace insists the story is wrong.
Instead, The Mail on Sunday understands that the fall-out was over Meghan’s reaction to Kate’s request that the hem of Charlotte’s dress be lengthened. The resulting row left Kate in tears.
Tatler’s article also claims that Kate, 38, had a spat with Meghan Markle ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018. The four are pictured above on Commonwealth Day in March
The profile takes aim at Kate’s taste and her family, sneeringly describing the Cambridges’ Anmer Hall home in Norfolk as ‘very Buckinghamshire’.
‘Carole has put her stamp on Anmer decor-wise,’ it claims. ‘Far from being a typical aristo abode, with threadbare rugs and dog hair everywhere, like, say, Windsor and Balmoral, it is, according to a visitor, ‘like a gleaming five-star hotel, with cushions plumped and candles lit’.’
It also labels Mrs Middleton ‘a terrible snob’ and snipes at Kate’s younger sister Pippa as ‘too regal and try-hard… A bit lost now and is struggling to find her place’.
To the anger of Kensington Palace, Ms Pasternak asserts that the Cambridges feel very tired because they have been forced to take on more Royal duties after Megxit.
The article cites a source as saying: ‘Kate is furious about the larger workload… 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.’
But figures in the Court Circular, the official record of Royal engagements, suggest otherwise.
To the anger of Kensington Palace, Ms Pasternak asserts that the Cambridges feel very tired because they have been forced to take on more Royal duties after Megxit
The couple have done a similar number of jobs from January to March as they did over the same period last year. Kate has actually done less – 29 this year against 35 in 2019.
In a statement issued after the article was published, Kensington Palace said: ‘This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication.’
Hitting back, Tatler then issued its own statement, saying: ‘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 Mail on Sunday understands that Tatler approached Kensington Palace in February to ask if Kate would pose for their cover or provide an exclusive cover photo.
That request was politely declined and it is understood that Kensington Palace was not offered the chance to comment on the specific content of Ms Pasternak’s article.
Tatler did not respond to a Mail on Sunday request for comment and Kensington Palace declined to comment.
Author’s distinguished heritage
The article, written by author Anna Pasternak, makes reference to the eating disorders suffered by William’s mother Princess Diana, saying: ‘Kate has become perilously thin, just like – some point out – Princes Diana’
Anna Pasternak made her name with the 1994 book Princess In Love – about Princess Diana’s affair with cavalry officer James Hewitt.
The writer comes from an illustrious family. Her great-grandfather Leonid Pasternak was an impressionist painter, her great-uncle Boris, a Nobel prize-winning novelist, her grandmother Josephine, a philosopher, while her father Charles is an Oxford scientist.
A ‘self-confessed elitist snob’, the author has been publicising her new book The American Duchess: The Real Wallis Simpson which draws parallels with the Duchess of Sussex.
Pasternak, 53, was educated at Christ Church College, Oxford, and after her divorce from Old Etonian William Coles, published a tit-for-tat diary of their divorce.
With her second husband, therapist Andrew Wallas, 63, she wrote a relationship book Call Off The Search, in which she told of her desperate yearning for a man to share her life.
The couple live in Oxfordshire with her 16-year-old daughter Daisy.