Tatler magazine is firing back at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s recent lawsuit. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are suing the magazine over their scathing story about the Duchess of Cambridge and how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit from the royal family directly affected her. Although the Cambridges are looking to score a big win against the British publication, Tatler claims that their lawsuit has “no merit.”
Inside the article that led to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s lawsuit
William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, took issue with a report Tatler published about how they are handling Megxit. In the story, a source told the outlet that Kate was feeling tired by having to take on more responsibilities following the couple’s exit.
According to Page Six, the source compared Kate to Princess Diana and characterized her as being “perilously thin,” a reference to Diana’s struggle with eating disorders. The comments did not sit well with William and Kate, who sent a complaint to the magazine demanding they remove the story as quickly as possible.
An insider revealed that William and Kate decided to take legal action against the magazine because the story was “full of lies.” They also argued the story featured “sexist and woman-shaming” lines, especially when it comes to the comparisons between Kate and Diana.
There is no doubt that the Cambridges have taken on more responsibilities now that Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are out of the picture. But whether or not those added duties are weighing them down is up for debate.
Does Kate Middleton feel ‘trapped’ following Megxit?
Harry and Meghan announced their departure from the royal family at the beginning of the year. Their exit became official on March 31 and the two are no longer active members of the monarchy.
Given how much work Harry and Meghan have done on behalf of the crown for the past two years, other royals have been picking up the slack in the wake of their exit. This includes William and Kate, who have increased their workloads while the country deals with the coronavirus pandemic.
While the Cambridges have shown little signs of stress in their recent engagements, sources claim that Kate is not happy about the added workload. According to Page Six, a friend of the couple says that Kate is “exhausted and trapped” behind the scenes, though she still puts on a good face in front of the cameras.
“Kate is furious about the larger workload. Of course, she’s smiling and dressing appropriately but she doesn’t want this,” the source shared. “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.”
Unfortunately, things are not going to get any easier for William and Kate. The two have been doing their best to fulfill their duties amid the pandemic, but their schedules will increase even more once the crisis is over.
What did Tatler say about the lawsuit?
Tatler released a statement this week confirming that William and Kate have launched a lawsuit against them. The magazine revealed that the Cambridges sent them letters asking that they immediately remove the story from their website.
Shortly after the story, which was written by Anna Pasternak, was published, Kensington Palace issued a statement on the matter. The palace revealed that the story featured a “swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations” that were not verified before publication.
In response to the palace’s strong stance, Tatler released a statement slamming the lawsuit for having “no merit.” The magazine’s editor, Richard Dennen, also revealed that he “stands behind the reporting.”
“We can confirm we have received correspondence from lawyers acting for the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge and believe it has no merit,” the magazine shared.
Kensington Palace has not issued another statement regarding the lawsuit. This, of course, is not the first time the royals have sued a British publication and probably won’t be the last.
Harry and Meghan, for example, sued several British tabloids last year for publishing private letters the former Suits star wrote to her father. Prince William and Kate Middleton have not commented on Tatler’s response to their lawsuit.