British tabloid press invents royal feud

Media sexism strikes again, this time reporting a "rift" between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton that Kensington Palace denies.

Lydia Morrish
Lydia Morrish NewsMavens, United Kingdom
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Why this story matters:

The Duchess of Sussex, aka Meghan Markle, hasn't had the easiest ride into the British Royal Family. Other than being judged for "working too hard", she has had her pregnancy talked about as belonging to Prince Harry.

The tabloid press is on it again with emotive and allegedly inaccurate coverage of Markle.

On top of a scathing column by journalist Piers Morgan, who presents Markle as having "acted her way to the top", rumours have spread in British newspapers that there is a feud between Markle and her sister in law, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

But are the reports based on truth or do they simply feed the sexist narrative that women placed together will compete and clash?

Details from the story:

  • Rumours have been spread in British tabloid newspapers that there is a royal feud between the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.
  • Right-wing tabloid The Sun published a report stating that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, told Markle not to berate members of her staff.
  • Reports of a "rift" between the two women have been circulating in the British media, with some also reporting subsequent clashes between Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.
  • Kensington Palace said in a statement that "this never happened".
  • The Daily Mail even went as far as to say Middleton was "stealing" Markle's style.
  • But critics have pointed out that reports of a "beef" between the two royal women are "tabloid trash".
  • In a scathing Daily Mail column, commentator and presenter Piers Morgan lays into the Suits actress. He said Markle was a "ruthless social climbing actress who has landed the role of her life and is determined to milk it for all she can". Morgan, who used to be friends with with Markle, said she "ghosted" him after meeting with Prince Harry.
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