Tatler’s recent cover story on Duchess Kate just keeps giving us more Royal gossip. The story itself was juicy enough, but the ongoing fallout is even better for Royal watchers.
The (Cover) Story So Far…
In case you missed it, here’s a quick rundown of what happened. Tatler, a respected magazine that focuses on the lives of terribly wealthy people, ran a story titled “Catherine the Great” in their most recent issue.
Tatler’s editor-in-chief, Richard Dennen, insists that the Cambridges gave their permission to interview friends and neighbors. Dennen went to school with Kate, and they allegedly had a cordial relationship. That is probably no longer the case, because after the backlash to the interview started coming on social media, Kensington Palace issued an official statement that the story was inaccurate on several counts.
It’s very unusual for the Royal family to speak out against any press coverage. But what happened next is even more unusual. Dennen told Entertainment Tonight that the Cambridges were lying! The gloves are off, folks, and this fight might be getting dirty.
Cambridges Allegedly Threaten Legal Action
According to the Daily Mail (which, to be fair, is not always the most reliable source), William and Kate are threatening legal action. They allegedly sent Richard Dennen “legal letters” insisting that he remove the story from the internet.
While we don’t know for sure if the Cambridges are threatening to sue, we can confirm that Tatler has buried the cover story on its website. You can still find it with a quick Google search, but “Catherine the Great” won’t show up if you browse Tatler’s website.
Of course, it’s far too late to contain the story. Multiple news outlets and gossip blogs like ours have already covered the article and its fallout. Anything the Royal Family does now to contain the damage will be too little, too late.
Was It Really That Bad?
According to a source who spoke to the Mail on Sunday, the cover story has deeply offended and angered William and Kate:
“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. 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.”
Even if Kate is truly wounded by this article, it’s not clear how the Cambridges can sue. Tatler doubtlessly has some kind of record to show that Kensington Palace gave them permission to talk to Kate’s associates. This isn’t the same situation as what the Sussexes are doing with the Mail on Sunday, which published a private letter from Meghan to her father without her permission.
As ever, we will keep you updated on this story as it unfolds.