Meghan Markle ‘wasn’t challenged’ by Oprah says Koenig
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The Duchess of Sussex was asked by the US TV legend about reports she made Kate cry over Princess Charlotte’s flower girl dress in the run-up to the Royal Wedding three years ago. Meghan told Oprah that in fact “the reverse happened” and that Kate had made her cry. However, the journalist who broke the original story, Camilla Tominey, has stood by it, highlighting the Queen’s statement which said “recollections may vary”, adding that this “says it all”.
It has also been argued Meghan could have made her point without dragging Kate into the narrative.
The Pod Save the Queen podcast is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers
Mr Myers made the point Kate, who was still bound by the Palace mantra of “never complain, never explain”, cannot respond or give her side of the tale, and Meghan knows this.
He argued she could have just said the incident did not happen as it was reported and left it at that.
He said: “Why did we need to hear, some will say, the story about Kate making her cry?
“She could have easily said the story ‘it was different to how it was described’ ‒ but bringing Kate into the story is quite controversial.
“And she knows full well the Duchess of Cambridge will not be able to respond and will choose not to respond to that allegation.”
Mr Myers added some people will take what Meghan said “as gospel”.
The royal editor said: “I think that is a big, big issue because a lot of people will just believe whole-heartedly.”
He noted the American press appears to have received the whole interview entirely uncritically, compared to the UK where individual claims have been fact-checked.
The Archbishop of Canterbury himself dismissed Meghan’s claim she got married three days before the public Royal Wedding.
Meghan’s claim Archie was not given a title, despite it being “protocol”, has also been called into question, because Letters Patent, which decides who is titled as a Prince or Princess, indicate that he was never entitled to this rank.
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Meghan also claimed she did not grow up knowing much about the Royal Family, yet a childhood friend of hers once said she had idolised Princess Diana and even owned her biography ‘Diana: Her True Story’, which detailed her troubled time in the Palace.
When it comes to the Sussexes’ interpersonal relationships with other members of the Royal Family, there will always be two sides to the story.
Ms Tominey, who broke the story about the crying over flower girl dresses, told ITV’s This Morning: “As I keep on stressing, there are always two side to a story.
“There are some people involved in this who are too scared to speak out, who gave a completely different account of the couple’s time in the Palace.
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“As a journalist, we can’t ignore that just as we can’t ignore this two-hour Oprah outpouring.”
The expert, who is an associate editor at the Telegraph, was previously royal editor at the Sunday Express.
In her interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan said revealing that Kate made her cry was “not to be disparaging to anyone”.
She said: “It was a really hard week of the wedding.
“And she was upset about something, but she owned it, and she apologised and she brought flowers and a note, apologising.
“And she did what I would do if I knew that I hurt someone, right, to take accountability for it.”
She added: “I would have never wanted that to come out about her ever, even though it happened.
“I protected that from ever being out in the world.”
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