This photo illustration shows people watch a televised conversation between Meghan in Arlington, Virginia. AFP
Meghan Markle says her sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge made her cry, and it was not the other way around despite what was reported in the tabloids.
The Duchess of Sussex addressed the reports that she made Kate cry while speaking with Oprah Winfrey during their highly anticipated two-hour interview aired on Sunday evening in the US.
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According to Meghan, the tabloid reports that accused the women of feuding over flower girl dresses before the royal wedding in 2018 were true to an extent, but it was the Duchess of Sussex who was made to cry.
Kate (centre) attends an event. File photo
“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,” the duchess said. “A few days before the wedding, she was upset about something. Yes, the issue was correct about flower girl dresses.”
She said the timing of the issue was especially upsetting amid the uncertainty over whether her father would attend her wedding. He ultimately didn’t, after claiming to have suffered a heart attack, according to The Independent.
“I thought in the context of everything else going on in the days leading to the wedding, it didn’t make sense to not doing what everyone else was doing, which was being supportive,” Meghan said.
Following the altercation, which Meghan said “made me cry,” she told Winfrey that Kate “owned it and apologised” with a handwritten note and flowers.
“And she did what I would do if I knew that I hurt someone, right, to just take accountability for it,” the duchess said, adding that it isn’t fair to get into the details because Kate apologised.
Prince Harry (left) with Meghan speaks about expecting their second child during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. AP
“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 apologised,” she said.
According to the Duchess of Sussex, she didn’t share the story to be “disparaging” to her sister-in-law, but rather because she hoped that “she would have wanted that corrected”.
“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,” she said.
The hard part of the public reports of a feud, according to the duchess, was being blamed for “something that not only I didn’t do but what happened to me”.
“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,” Meghan added. “Everyone in the institution knew it wasn’t true...”
As for why she seemed to be held to a different standard than Kate in the press, Meghan told Winfrey: “I don’t know why. I can see now what layers were at play there... They really seemed to want a narrative of a hero and a villain.”
The duchess’s admission comes after she and Prince Harry revealed that they were actually married three days before the royal wedding.The Independent has contacted representatives for The Duchess of Cambridge for comment.
The Duchess of Cambridge was said to be ‘saddened, disappointed and hurt’ by the claim.
"I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here talking to you with my wife by my side, because I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for her going through this process by herself all those years ago,” Harry said, adding, "because it’s been unbelievably tough for the two of us.”
“Meghan is a Hollywood starlet. You can’t blame a tiger for biting the head off a sheep. But I don’t believe a word that comes out of her mouth. She’s an actress and knows how to manipulate her audience,” said Gary Goldsmith.
In their first detailed briefing on the crash, Indian Railways officials said that failure of the track management system was the main focus of investigations.
The finding has further puzzled the police because the couple did not have any past medical history of heart problems yet they suffered heart attack at the same time.
"In southern Khartoum we are living in terror of violent bombardment, the sound of anti-aircraft guns and power cuts," said 34-year-old resident Sara Hassan by phone. "We are in real hell."
The death toll from Friday's crash was revised down from 288 after it was found that some bodies had been counted twice, said Pradeep Jena. The tally was unlikely to rise, he told reporters. "Now the rescue operation is complete."