The Duchess of Sussex was left “undefended by the institution” while pregnant and a member of the Royal family, her legal team has said, as they claim her wedding brought £1billion in tourism to the UK. The Duchess, who is suing the Mail on Sunday over the publication of parts of a letter she wrote to her father, has said she was “prohibited from defending herself” against false stories while at the palace, with her friends left frustrated and “silenced”. Lawyers for the Duchess, who have submitted new paperwork to support her privacy claim against the newspaper, have laid out her version of events surrounding an interview given by five of her close friends to People magazine in 2019 in an attempt to defend her. In doing so, they spell out her frustrations with the palace’s approach to the media, as well as correcting what they claim are inaccuracies in reporting about the Sussexes’ lives. The extraordinary submissions confirm the conflict between the Palace and the Duchess’s approach to the press on record for the first time, stating the institution’s policy of “no comment” to media stories was deployed “without any discussion with or approval by the Claimant”.
The Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex had a “row” over whether the young bridesmaids at the royal wedding should wear tights, it has been claimed, as Tatler magazine publishes a profile of “Catherine the Great”. The society magazine, which claims to have spoken to numerous friends of the Duchess of Cambridge, has described an “incident” ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, in which the Duchess of Cambridge is said to have been left in tears. "Then there was an incident at the wedding rehearsal,” a source named only as a ‘friend’ told the magazine. “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.” Photographs from the 2018 Sussex wedding, (below, top) appear to show the bridesmaids with bare legs, while those from the Cambridge wedding in 2011 (below, bottom) show even the youngest members of the party wearing tights.
The Duchess of Sussex has spoken of the unbearable pressure of life in the spotlight as a member of the Royal Family, saying it is no longer enough for her to "just survive" it.
The Duchess of Sussex has spoken of the "really challenging" time of being a new mother in the spotlight, saying "it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes".