"It was a really hard week of the wedding and she was upset about something," Markle said.
Ever since Meghan Markle stepped into the British royal family, rumors of rifts and quarrels between the new young royal and her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton were the subject of sensationalized headlines and reports in British tabloids. The two royals have often been pitted against each other and there were also claims about Markle having left Middleton weeping in the lead-up to her wedding with Prince Harry in 2018.
During what was called a "stressful" dress fitting a few weeks before the extravagant ceremony, Markle was said to have insisted on "the very best," based on claims made by the unidentified source. Back then, the insider claimed that Markle was not happy with the way things went with the dress fitting for Middleton's daughter, Princess Charlotte, who was three years old at the time. By the end of the fitting, Middleton was reportedly left shaking and in tears after an altercation with Markle.
"Kate had only just given birth to her third child, Prince Louis, and was feeling quite emotional," the insider allegedly told the Daily Telegraph, as quoted by The Sun.
However, nearly three years after the claim was made, Markle has set the record straight in her recent interview Oprah Winfrey, which aired in the US on Sunday, March 6.
"I don’t say that to be disparaging to anyone because it was a really hard week of the wedding and she was upset about something," Markle told Oprah, according to Independent. "A few days before the wedding, she was upset about something. Yes, the issue was correct about flower girl dresses."
After Middleton reduced her to tears, Markle says that she also "owned it and apologized" by giving flowers along with a handwritten note. "She did what I would do if I knew that I hurt someone, right, to just take accountability for it," Markle added.
The Duchess of Sussex said she was merely clarifying on the controversy, not out of spite for her sister-in-law, but to show how such claims are made in the press to stir things up.
"It wasn’t a confrontation, and I actually think it’s... I don’t think it’s fair to her to get into the details of that, because she apologized," Markle said. "...But also I think a lot of it that was fed into by the media - and, look, I would hope that she would have wanted that corrected, and maybe in the same way that the palace wouldn’t let anybody else negate it, they wouldn’t let her, because she’s a good person."
When the claims came out, Markle was left hurt to see how something that happened to her was turned around against her to pain her in a certain way. "What was hard to get over was being blamed for something that not only I didn’t do but what happened to me and the people that were a part of my wedding going to my comms team, saying, I know this didn’t happen," she said. "Everyone in the institution knew it wasn’t true..."
Pointing out how the media often overplays and twists facts, Markle added, as quoted by The Oprah Magazine, "They really seem to want a narrative of a hero and a villain. She's a good person. So much of what I have seen play out is this idea of polarity where if you love me, you don't have to hate her. And if you love her, you don't need to hate me."
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