People seem to think Duchess Kate can sue Tatler because they made her look ‘dull’?

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As we discussed in a very special Sunday royal post, the Duke and Duchess of Karens Cambridge are incredibly salty about Tatler’s “Catherine the Great” cover story. I’m tired of recapping all the ins and outs, so I’ll just say what *I* think happened: Tatler’s editor in chief Richard Dennen, an old school friend of Kate’s, went to her months ago and was like “you would so hard, you’re so keen, we should do a big cover story about how keen and important you are,” and Kate was like “omg that sounds perfectly acceptable, I will authorize some staffers and sycophants to speak to Tatler on my behalf.” And then reporter Anna Pasternak spoke to everybody in Kate’s “circle,” including those aristocratic Turnip Toffs, and the Toffs likely used the moment to put Kate in her place. That’s the only thing which would explain the wild tonal shifts throughout the Tatler story – the amount of Meghan-smearing and keenness for Kate’s “top CEO” work ethic, combined with all of the shady sh-t about Rose Hanbury and the gauche Middletons. It’s still so funny to me.

It’s also funny that Kate and William somehow think that they can threaten and bully their way out of a simple case of “bad PR.” That’s all this was. It was the same kind of shady hit job that the Cambridges organized against the Duchess of Sussex for several years. Will and Kate are just so used to being embiggened and fluffed up over nothing, they can’t stand it when someone laughs at how preeningly self-important they are. So now they’re “threatening legal action.” It’s startling to see how many headlines say “The Cambridges will sue the Tatler!” Because that’s not what the Mail’s story said at all – right now the Cambridges are just in the “throw tantrums and get their lawyers to send letters” phase of things. I mean, what is there to sue about? Nothing. It’s not a cut-and-dry case like, say, the Mail publishing a private letter Meghan sent to her father. If Will and Kate do end up suing Tatler, what will the lawsuit be? “I’m suing them because they said I work as hard as a top CEO”??

Ingrid Seward (that old B) also chimed in, via Newsweek: “She [Paternak] manages to completely lift Kate onto a pedestal and then completely knock her off it. She manages to slag off her mother, makes William look weak and makes Kate look so dull. No woman wants to be presented that way. The fact the articles attacked her family are probably what will have really got to her.” The attacks on the Middletons affected Kate the most? Really? Because her people barely said a word about that to the Mail’s Richard Kay or Emily Andrews. The way both reporters make it sound is that Kate is terribly mad about looking dull, self-absorbed, lazy and like she puts up with a philandering husband.

Meanwhile, Tatler’s EIC Richard Dennen remains unbothered. He posted this on his Instagram Stories this weekend – what I can only assume are his two dogs reading Tatler.

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  1. WilliamJoelene says:

    As usual, it takes nothing to threaten to sue. Call me when they actually do. Rebel Wilson actually went through with it – never bite the hand that feeds.

  2. Sequinedheart says:

    Isn’t she, though?

    • Mumbles says:

      This woman has been in the public eye for almost 20 years and none of us have ever heard her express any interest in anything. A favorite book, a favorite movie, a fond memory, etc. She doesn’t tell jokes or engage in interesting conversation at events. I get it – the royals are on a short leash and can’t really comment on public events. And I get that a public figure would want to keep some things to themselves. But she could have found some charities that did work that she was interested in and express a personality that way. Oh but wait – that would be WORK. And an interest! And nobody that they ever talk to from her school or childhood have any distinct memory that is at all interesting. All we know is she seems to like kids. And sports, esp tennis.

      So yeah, she comes across as dull. And it sounds like that is part of her appeal to the family.

      • Jane's Wasted Talent says:

        We know she used to moon people at school, and then flash her bits on royal tours. So she might be a bit of an exhibitionist. You’d think that would make her more interesting… but it doesn’t.

    • kellebelle says:

      Word is that Camilla didn’t think Kate was a good choice at all for William because she was so “dim.”

      • Eugh says:

        Will seems really dim too much dimmer than Harry was ever (wrongly) portrayed as. I think the only curious smart ones in the whole family are Charles and Meghan

      • Lowrider says:

        Camilla is one to talk!

      • Lizzie says:

        I thought Camilla didn’t want Will to marry Kate because she thougth Kate would be more well liked. They are all jealous and petty.

      • Tessa says:

        Camilla is not one to judge. That said, I think Kate and William deserve each other.

  3. Izzy says:

    That IG post from Dennen though! It’s almost as though he’s daring them to sue so he can drop the receipts.

    • L84Tea says:

      That was hysterical and brilliant….and so darn cute.

      • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

        Especially brilliant was using THAT issue, with the cover quite visible. LOVE it!

    • Original Jenns says:

      I don’t think they will go as far as court. Because if they do, who said what might come out, and those artistos and Turnip Toffs would be “incandescent with rage” if their names actually got pulled into this. That is not the blue blood way to treat those who have support the power longer than the Hanover line. And Will and Kate know this. And Dennen knows this. And his dogs know this.

    • Christina says:

      I went to Tatler online and read the article. It was freakin’ hilarious… the pic of the dogs reading it is perfect.

      • Noodle says:

        After hearing that they asked the article to be taken down, I went to the Tatler online site last night and couldn’t find the article anywhere. So, it appears they either did take it down, or hid it so deep a casual reader wouldn’t find it.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        It’s definitely still there, it’s just removed from the sections you’d expect to find it.

      • Sarah says:

        I started typing ‘Tatler’ into google and it autosuggested ‘Catherine the great’ as the first suggestion then the top link took me straight to the story on their site. All of this push back is clearly making a lot of people check it out!

      • Genessee says:

        Pfft. I saved a PDF copy of the article just in case Tatler ever does remove it from their site.

        Good luck erasing it from memory Cambridges…

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Tatler’s EIC Richard Dennen IG post is adorable and I love those doggies.

      If Karen & Kevin would just sit down, shut up and keep calm all of this would go away. Did they not learn with the “Rose Who?” story?

      Who is advising Karen & Kevin?

      I wonder if the Sussexes are reading this story out loud to each other with violin music playing in the background! LOL! LOL!.

    • Becks1 says:

      Dennen is loving this. when was the last time an article in Tatler got this much attention?

      • BayTampaBay says:

        USA subscriptions have increased tenfold.

        Richard Dennen is loving this as his boss at Conde Nast.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Bay – ha! I didn’t know that. The more the Cambridges push back on this, the more people will WANT to read the article (thinking “well really, what does it say that’s so bad? Must find out!”) and the more the article stays in the news. They really should have just ignored it.

    • Giddy says:

      One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen!

  4. DS9 says:

    These two are utterly ridiculous.

    There wasn’t a damned thing in that article they shouldn’t have just ignored.

    It could all be written off as supposition, rumor, and bitter gossip.

    Don’t want to be seen as lazy, try working.

    • Molly says:

      They look very weak through this whole thing. Why should the press be afraid of them?

      Kate should be concerned. If they destroy her image, she might have to get out there and work. She has to figure out something useful for her Eary Years “work” which has already wasted so much time and energy. Poor sausage.

    • Becks1 says:

      “Don’t want to be seen as lazy, try working.”

      YES. The answer to the criticism about Kate being lazy etc is a very obvious one. Actually work. no one says she needs to outwork Charles or Anne. She just needs to work more than 80 days in a year.

  5. S808 says:

    The dog on the right looks like they’re actually reading the article and is thinking “Really Kate? Over tights?” Richard is absolutely not sweating the Cambridges and is probably delighted at the clicks and sales this story has gotten. Has Pandora’s box been opened?

    • Ruby_Woo says:

      That pic is everything! I love how the dogs look, even they aren’t impressed!

      I also love how the various RRs and ‘experts’ are now in a position where they have to slag each other off. Pasternack wrote countless articles ‘warning’ Meghan not to end up like Wallis Simpson and all these hags were nodding in unison, in total agreement at the Yank social climbing Divorcee.

      When Tatler named Meghan ‘social climber of the year’, they could not get enough and reported on it with much glee. Now they have to diss each other and Tatler’s editor too (which can’t be comfortable for them as Tatler is in the circle they WISH they could mix in.

      What also struck me is the generational shift. Kate’s usual backers like the Telegraph and Daily Mail have an older middle-aged audience, where was society magazines like Tatler has a younger more fashionable audience.

      As for Pandora’s Box, it really depends on if anyone bites the bullet and decides that reporting the Rose trimming story is more beneficial in terms of sales than keeping the Cambridges sweet. Seems like Tatler made their choice.

      • S808 says:

        I think everyone is waiting to see what happens with the Sussexes and the 1 year review, but at least they know slagging off Kate gets clicks too.

  6. Sofia says:

    Defamation lawsuits are pretty hard to win in the UK. This has been said sometimes when discussing Meghan’s case. That’s probably why she went for something she has a higher chance of winning in – copyright vs defamation

    Plus there’s also the case of “how long as the information been in the public domain?” I believe. So yes the Tatler article is new, a lot of the information in it is not. People have been calling Kate lazy and thin for years. People have been insulting the Midds for years. Tatler’s lawyers can easily go “Okay if the claims in the piece were so bad, Why didn’t you sue *insert magazine here* for saying similar things when they released it *insert year here*?”

    A lawyer can correct me though

    • AnnaKist says:

      Well, she’s got Buckley’s if all her case hinges on “They said I’m dull!”

  7. C-Shell says:

    “Meanwhile, Tatler’s EIC Richard Dennen remains unbothered.”


    Karen and Kevin should stop poking that bear.

  8. indiesr says:

    Oh please. If i was her, i would wait to sue, I’m sure there will be much more printed that they wont like. You see, KARMA is a b!t$h!!! she gets you everytime.

  9. Ruby_Woo says:

    I was talking to my friend who is NOT interested in the Royals or general celebrities AT ALL.

    We were talking about the Epstein doc on Netflix and I mentioned how the Palace shut down the reporting of Prince Andrew on one the US networks (I think it was ABC?).

    There was leaked footage of a female journalist complaining that she had been speaking to Andrew’s accuser for three years and then Buckingham Palace said that if they ran the reporting, they would not give access to Kate and Will.

    My friend’s response was “but they’re so boring! who wants access to them?”

    • Sofia says:

      My friend’s response was “but they’re so boring! who wants access to them?”

      Ouch! I was at a dinner party a few months ago (before the pandemic) and the discussion went onto the royals as the Sussexes had just recently announced they were leaving. Someone said “Meghan’s face is plastered all over the front pages but the only ever time we see Kate is when she’s given birth and a few later to tell us all the kid can walk and is going to school.” It wasn’t said in English so I did my best to translate (I swear it’s funnier in the original language!)

      And these are people who don’t even keep up with the royal gossip.

  10. lili says:

    Honestly I like Tatler’s response but I’m surprised they want to aggravate someone. I’m low on the ladder but I was taught it’s better not to make any unnecessary enemies and not adding fuel.
    This story is missing today now, can’t find it.. Why does she want to Sue? Why they released it?
    Also I repeat myself, it’d be great if Meghan, a bigger person supported Kate publicly. It’d make everyone like “what’s going on” at the very least. The statement that she supports her would be so sneaky, Taylor-swift like but positive and upbeat. and maybe they could work together (that’s more like dream).

    • Sofia says:

      Because Kate is not one of the aristos and they don’t care if she sues. She might be the future future Queen Consort but she’s not a threat to them. At all. She will never be one of them so they don’t care about “aggravating” her.

      And the story is still available. Just checked. It’s been removed from the royal section on the site for a few days now but if you have the direct URL, the story is still there.

      And why should Meghan? Yes yes I get your point about “being the bigger person” but why is it up to Meghan? Why can’t Kate reach out? Why didn’t Kate reach out in the first place? Why is it on Meghan to heal the “rift”?

    • Mtec says:

      While that’s a nice sentiment you have, the reality is that if Meghan tried anything to support Kate about all this, the crazies would just blame Meghan for making it about herself & they would (wrongly) see it as more justification that she was somehow involved with the article (she clearly wasn’t). Meghan doesn’t need to prove nor show she’s the bigger person, she has been doing that since the beginning. Would be dumb for her insert herself in the mess the Cambridges dug for themselves.

    • MissMarierose says:

      Because the Streisand Effect is in force.
      By threatening to sue and going to other reporters to complain about the article, they are giving it more attention.
      More attention means more readers and that’s something that every magazine wants in this day and age, where so many magazines are going under.

    • S808 says:

      no. Kate has never reached out to Meghan or supported her publicly. Meghan is already the bigger person for not getting sucked into these games. Kate got herself in this mess and can get herself out. Kate or her people didn’t even push back on the rude things said about Meghan in this article!

    • SWEETSUN says:

      @lili LOOOOOL.

      When white women’s Karenning backfires, you can always count on the world to race to their aid, demanding that the victimised black woman mule in order to redeem their innocence and render white womanhood, again, faultless.

      What in the “Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile” foolery is this comment? I saw it yesterday and I’m crawling out of the woodwork to tell you to FOH with that mess.

    • Desert Lizard says:

      Meghan is wise to keep completely silent in all this, as is Harry. This is between The Keens and Tatler. Let Kate fight her own battles, after all she has the RF on her side which Meghan never did. Nothing Meghan said “to help” would be appreciated and they would continue to cause trouble for her anyway. The Keens have no appreciation of anything or anyone. They are spoiled and entitled and they are being exposed.

    • Molly says:

      The Cambridge stans made endless excuses for Will and Kate not supporting Harry and Meghan but Harry gave his brother an anti-bullying statement and now Meghan must support Kate?

      Kate is a Karen. It would rankle her enormously to need Meghan in that way and it would turn the press back to slamming Meghan. Nah, they made their decisions about who to treat decently and now let Will and Kate clean up their own mess.

    • Why should Meghan and Harry make any statement of support when William and Kate didn’t disavow the rude and unnecessary comments about Meghan and Harry in the article? Or any of the media maligning of their character. At some point in 2020, many royal fans must learn that William and Kate aren’t owed a damn thing from Meghan and Harry. William and Kate need to

      1. GROW UP
      This obsession with Meghan and Harry makes them look like children. The idea that they think two people living in California is stopping them from doing their best as parents is laughable. Even journalist Felix Salmon noticed how ludicrous it is.

      If William and Kate ran the royal foundation like they run their undermining, it would be an amazing foundation

      3. ACCEPT
      Accept that Brexit Britain is their fanbase and the rest of the world has moved on. Ka+13 Hokins and Pig Organ love Princess CEO and her hubby, Hapless Bill. They just need to accept that’s the best they can do.

    • TheOriginalMia says:

      @Lili, Meghan doesn’t need to do squat to help Kate out of the mess she made. The causcasity to ask the black woman, who was otherized, ostracized, harassed and abused to help one of the people responsible for her misery. Hell no! Kate is lazy and entitled. No amount of bespoke dresses and wiglets are going to cover for the fact that in nearly 10 years of marriage, the English Rose hasn’t worked to the level expected of a royal consort.

      • Jane's Wasted Talent says:

        Love all of this… until I get to the word ‘caucasity’ (I had to look it up). It seems unnecessarily hurtful, at least the definition I read: ‘Stereotypical, especially arrogant or entitled, whiteness’ (wiktionary).

        But absolutely, not only is it wrong and dreadfully insulting to expect Meghan to involve herself, but also pretty asinine. As other posters already mentioned, the Cambridges *did not* try to retract anything about her or Harry, and in fact doubled down on their attack with William’s whine to Richard Kay. If she offered an oar they would smack her with it, then claim it was proof that she planted the story in the first place.

      • GuestWho says:

        @Janes “caucasity” is the most apt description of expecting Meghan to provide cover to the woman involved in shredding her reputation and attempting to cancel out every positive attribute of her very self – before and after her relationship with H – that I’ve read. They’ve been absolutely ruthless. As people have said above and below, we have to stop expecting people who have been victimized to make things better.

        The best K&W should hope for is H&M’s discretion – which I think they’ll get for the most part, because the Sussexes seem like they are fairly decent people.

      • Nyro says:

        They’ve done the same thing to Michelle Obama, pleading for her to speak up for Melania Trump and help clean up her horrible reputation. It’s infuriating.

    • MsIam says:

      “Support Kate publicly”? Kate who has not yet denied the “Meghan made me cry” story even when she’s ample opportunities with her multiple rebuttal statements? Girl that sound you just heard was Meghan laughing all the way in California.

      • Feeshalori says:

        Will and Kate are hoisted by their own petard. They dug themselves deep and need to deal with it and certainly have no right to expect the ones they sought to destroy to come to their defense. What goes around comes around.

    • Marvia St-Clair says:

      Absolutely no way.
      Keen Kate was silence in her support for Meghan.
      Why should the “Brown”, more acomplished Duchess show her any loyalty.
      You get back, what you put out!

    • Genessee says:

      Meghan show support to Kate? What in the dysfunctional, co-dependent thinking is this?!?!? Why should she? They are estranged in-laws and Kate is one of her emotional abusers.

      Kate is reaping what she has sown.

    • notasugarhere says:

      This is the same trope that comes from the obsessed ‘Karen’ Middleton fans. The ones who demanded the Sussex Squad start raising money for Kate’s failing charities. Instead of doing social media campaigns to encourage Kate stans to donate their own damn selves.

      Thinking back to the New Yorker article from Doreen St. Felix, The Profound Presence of Doria Ragland. Doria ‘flew to Heathrow to do what black women do: straighten the mess up.’

      No, Kate stans, Meghan isn’t going to clean up W&K’s mess, no matter how much of a victim you want to pretend Kate is. W&K earned this, through their years of abuse of Meghan and Harry.

    • MA says:

      Would be nice if Kate used her white privilege to even once support Meghan. Meghan been raked over the coals enough, now she has to fight Kate’s battles too? What kind of white nonsense is this.

      • Jane's Wasted Talent says:

        Or- just nonsense.

        But I agree about the privilege. This whole ‘Poor Kate- she needs help!’ narrative is just another example.

      • MadFab says:

        “White nonsense” is the correct term. As riots continue over the oppression of BIPOC, let’s please call out white supremacy where it exists, including here. Expecting Black women to carry the burden of white comfort (like Kate’s) is peak “white nonsense”.

    • L4frimaire says:

      @Lili, no, nope, hell to the no! I think with protests and riots across the US, including LA, the Sussexes don’t need to get involved in this silly frothy spat between the Karens. This is all on the Cambridge’s and they can handle their own mess. Of the thousands of nasty articles on the Sussexes, when has anyone in the Royal family defended them? That article had some really nasty swipes at Meghan which landed with a dull thud, which upset Cambridge’s because it exposes all their shadiness and nastiness towards the Sussexes.That bus has left the station. You know the one crying Kate said the Sussexes threw her 3 kids under.

    • Jane's Wasted Talent says:

      ‘Help can only be provided if it is willingly accepted.’

  11. Ela says:

    This is so ridiculous. In two days time, the Daily Fail would have published an article, about Meghan, secretly plotting to dognap all the animals in Mayhew shelter and this would have blown over. There was absolutley no reason for the Cambridges to pay this article any attention.

    • Scorpion says:

      Don’t give the Daily Fail anymore ideas….. They are currently trying to figure who is paying for the security bill to rile their inmates further…

    • akdash47 says:

      I know, right? I was seeing the cover all over the freaking Internet last week as I was reading other articles, and I didn’t even pay attention to the headline. I swear, my only thought was, “That’s a nice photo of Kate.” Then this whole thing blew up, and I was like, “Wait… wha?” It was the same thing with the Rose kerfuffle. It’s like they can’t get out of their own way, LMAO!

  12. The Amazon says:

    #Justice for UWA
    A 22 year old girl in Nigeria was raped and killed in her home church where she went to read.
    Please let’s make this trend!
    #Justice for Uwa

  13. Vanessa says:

    This show people how thin skinned the Cambridge’s truly are kate can’t even deal with one Article that’s makes her looked bad without her throwing a fit and threatening to sue . What basis does she have the right to sue everything in that article was opinions based approval and sanctions by her and her mother If Meghan can’ Sue Those disgusting racist tabloids and the royal reporters for all the lies they spread about her throughout the years . What makes Kate think she can sue because a magazine called her lazy and talked shit about her family but Meghan and Harry were supposedly to continue to take the abuse by the royal reporters and tabloids. The Cambridge’s and the royal reporters went full on destruction mode when it came to Meghan they show no mercy no remorse it the way they went after her Meghan they want her gone for the royal family at all cost first they tried to use her father against her during the wedding planning. And then couldn’t stop the wedding so they decided to make it their mission to destroy the marriage . It’s funny to see how quickly Kate throws a tantrum when she isn’t getting praise or how quickly she used her title to bully others to get her way I always knew she wasn’t not as innocent as the press and her fans would like us to believe she just as evil as William even though their been clearly evidences for the started about kate being a overgrown jealous petty mean girl for years she always giving the benefit of the doubt because she a woman and mother.

    • Sally says:

      cathy is a bully. so is billy. both should be ashamed. i used to like the royal family, but after Princess Diana’s death, charles’ marriage to camilla, the way Harry and Meghan were treated, i have no respect for any of them.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Same woman who had the palace issue a denial about her obvious hair extensions. Thin skinned and vain.

  14. Lisa says:

    This made me happy:

    “you would so hard, you’re so keen, we should do a big cover story about how keen and important you are…”

    That “typo” is amazing and you should keep it in.

  15. Nat says:

    I mean, has she ever been not dull????

  16. Cosmo says:

    If Kensington karen would STFU and ignore it the way Meghan has for the last 3 years it would just go away. They told Meghan to have a stiff upper lip so why don’t they. Are those two that pathetic that they really care whats written about them.

  17. Noki says:

    I am actually suprised by the EIC Richard firstly responding and standing by the piece and now antogonising them. Doesnt he need to stay on thier good side and future ‘accesss’.

    • MsIam says:

      He knows Kate is thirsty for access and approval from the aristo world. He’s taunting her. The question is why? The aristocracy is the set that buys his magazine and they are the ones he needs to please. Not Kate who apparently they hold in low regard. So I think Kate has pissed somebody off and they felt she needed to be taken down a notch. But who and why is the question.

      • Giddy says:

        My guess is everyone.

      • Jaded says:

        @MsIam: You’re right. It all seems to lead back to the Rose rumours. I think the ball got rolling when Keen tried to bitch-block Rose and the Nobs circled their wagons against her. She’d never been truly accepted by them, they would obviously consider her a parvenu in their group, but had Keen played her cards right and hadn’t tried to take Rose down she could have kept a place at the table. Now the entire aristo set won’t have anything to do with her and Dennen is clearly on their side, not Keen’s. Just goes to show how thick she really is – never bite the hand that feeds you.

      • MsIam says:

        @Jaded the Rose thing was two years ago, just wondering why now we get this story? I wonder if they felt with Meghan out of the way it would have maximum impact? Or has Kate committed a new offense against someone that she must be punished for? Whatever it is, she really put her foot in it. And that picture with the dogs is savage. He might as well as given her the finger, or I guess it’s two fingers in the U.K. , lol.

      • Becks1 says:

        @MsIam – the Rose rumors broke last March (about the rural rival etc) and I don’t think we know when the affair is supposed to have taken place (my personal guess, if its not still happening, is that it was after charlotte was born).

        But, your point still stands – why do we now get this story? Because embiggening Kate was only interesting if they could also tear down Meghan? Because a critical/snarky article will get more coverage than a positive one? I can kind of buy the latter as a general theory, but it doesn’t explain why Tatler felt the need to rehash ALL the old gossip and old insults – Doors to manual, the Hilary Mantle comments, Uncle Gary. etc. They could have written something vaguely critical without taking the effort to remind people of how “common” kate really is, how much of a snob and social climber Carole Middleton is, and how “glamorous” Rose Hanbury is.

        I think something is going on, but what? did Kate just tick off the wrong person? Did Anna Pasternak just randomly get all these quotes and thought “wow, have to include these!” Was this a hit job from the beginning?

      • notasugarhere says:

        Becks1, I think timing-wise it may have been after Baby #3 arrived. The one William didn’t want, but she got in exchange for him being caught drunk with blonds in Switzerland. She was off a hen weekend for her sister’s wedding, he took the chance to have a lads holiday that ended up making news. Or is still ongoing, with Kate trying to get the Toffs to side with her over Rose. Toffs responding with, this affair is no big deal, get over yourself Kate.

        There was Wiliam, feeling trapped in a business marriage he was over. His brother head over heels in love with a woman perfect for the royal job. And there he is with Kate, a third baby, and a life he doesn’t want. Wandering in Rose bushes was only the most public of his seven year itches.

        W&K tried so hard to deflect with ever-changing stories just like tightgate vs. hemgate. Rose and William’s intimate confessional dinners, no wait it was long confessional walks in the country side. Odd amount of detail about repeated meetings/sightings. Maybe they were worried Anmer, Sandringham, or Houghton staff had proof and might spill.

        Then we got Oh, William hangs out with yummy mummies at the gym all the time. He’d never be tempted to cheat on Kate ‘I swim in pearl earrings’ Middleton. Kate being handed the yellow ribbon for putting up with the affair. The threats to the media, the European ‘right to a private life’ filing. All that effort wouldn’t have been put in if the affair didn’t happen.

      • Harper says:

        It appears that even the cover title may be shade tied to Rose. In 1779, the financially-distressed owners of Houghton Hall sold much of its art collection to Catherine the Great. In 2013, the Hermitage loaned many of these paintings back to Houghton for a much-acclaimed exhibit. According to Tatler, the exhibit drew 165,000 visitors to Houghton that year– up from its average 16,000.

        Perhaps Rose, with her wicked Toff sense of humor, suggested the title as an in-joke? Or the Tatler editors, who visit Houghton regularly to review their revolving art exhibits, loved the layers of reference too much to pass up?

      • notasugarhere says:

        On another thread, someone pointed out a recent Catherine the Great exhibit at Houghton Hall.

      • Jane's Wasted Talent says:

        MsIam- It’s such a vicious cover that it feels like it was done in reprisal for *something*, but I guess it could just be garden-variety malice combined with a desire to boost revenue. I really wanted it to be Charles kicking off an anti-Middleton campaign, to rehabilitate Meghan and Harry and reclaim his grandchildren, lol, but someone pointed out that he needs these two twits (W&K) to be popular. And Occam’s razor, really. I don’t know, what do you think?

        Harper- Great catch with Houghton Hall and Catherine the Great, and I’m sure you’re right, everyone in that crowd will get the joke.

  18. yinyang says:

    Why are white woman insults so diluted: boring, dull, quiet– I mean, some people actually take that as compliments, wheras biracial- black girls are called loud, diva, on welfare, crazy, ugly.

    • yinyang says:

      Finally WIlliam and Kate are getting their just desserts. This similar dynamic happens a lot in families, the favorite is braggadocious and competive for parents favor at the expense of the less favoured (usually passive one)– ends up straining the relationship between the less favoured and the parent, until he moves away with limited contact to keep the peace, than years later the favorite resents that the now elderly parent wants them to take care of. You make your bed…

  19. Beach Dreams says:

    Well…today Tatler stated that Will and Kate’s lawyers did contact them, but they’re not budging: “Society bible Tatler confirmed it has received correspondence from lawyers acting for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge but dismissed the claim as having ‘no merit’.” Interestingly Rebecca English did a Tweet-and-delete about their statement…wonder why.

    This could get interesting if W&K are foolish enough to keep pushing.

    • Sofia says:

      I hope they do go further if only so we potentially get some tea spilled and gives us something else to gossip about

    • Vanessa says:

      The Cambridge’s like to think because the royal reporters have been on their side throughout the whole smearing Sussex’s that they were untouchable. That everyone in the country believe the smoke that the royal reporters were blowing up their fake lazy petty racist ass . The Tatler is not going to back down and they definitely have dirt on the Cambridge’s marriage they will definitely use that information and publish their stories about the Cambridge’s true character and behavior throughout the years . This one time where the Cambridge’s will definitely be out bullied and out matched this magazine has connections the Cambridge’s don’t want to go to war with that crown the Cambridge’s are definitely not like at all by the elite crowd. Kate will be the one to pay not William he will be protected kate will finally knows what it feels to Meghan and have her reputation destroyed.

  20. Lizzie says:

    When you think about it, what does ‘access’ to Kate even mean? Does she sit for an interview that provides any sort of insite or is it all ‘Will and I are KEEN about a vauge topic’ and concerned looks?
    Just run a pic of her, that is just as insiteful. It’s hard to believe an ‘interview’ with Kate is a big seller.

    • Dinah says:

      I’ll help you with the interview topics:

      1.) Existence: motherhood, making babies.
      2.) Work/Charities of my own (not with Wills and Harry):
      not too complicated subjects: in fact only those that have something to do with children, subjects that already benefit mine.
      3.) Hobbies: tennis, taking pics of my kids.
      That’ it.

    • Yuzu says:

      It’s not. That’s why they wanted to push Meghan and Harry out.
      Insulting Kate is a big seller, but terrorizing Meghan is an even bigger seller, so the RR all cashed in. Now that Meghan is gone, they have returned to a faithful tactic, pointing out Kate’s flaws in an underhanded, tongue-in-cheek, but relatively respectful manner.

      If interviews with Kate were big sellers, the Cambridges would be doing more of them to promote their patronages, but the biggest pull of an interview with her is waiting for her to crash and burn. Sad existence, honestly, but she has had too long to train and learn to get this modern royalty thing right.

  21. Dinah says:

    The Cambridges, Kate in particular, have been exposed by their ‘friends’ and probably some of their staff, for who they are. They were counting on glorious comments for this Tatler story, which is why they are upset by the end result.

    Their entitled, out-of-touch behavior, is why everything they ever say about mental health, bullying, diversity and racism will fall flat. No one believes that their pale statements on these issues are sincere. Where are their ‘hands on’ actions that support (most of) those ‘platitudes’.

  22. Sara says:

    Dull shmull. Have you seen Cathy’s embiggenly hand gestures, maniacal smiles and wide eyes as she looks anything but dull for the cameras at her ten minute buttony appearances which have ripped her away from driving her kids to school which is all Meghan and Harry’s fault?

  23. Awkward symphony says:

    Things keep getting better for those of us wanting to escape their grime daily life. I hope they are foolish enough to go through with their threat. Tatler will retaliate by releasing the countless receipts they have of their collusion with tabloids to BULLY the Sussexs especially Meghan and possibly finally report Normalbill’s affair.
    Hilarious to see Richard’s insta post. It shows how he has the full support from tatler team and that he can prove that KP knew about this issue.

  24. Enny says:

    Once a mean girl, always a mean girl. Why do I think Kate might not have been “close friends” with Dennen at school, before the FFQ realized having an “old school chum” at Tatler could be useful in her self-embiggening? Why do I think Dennen (who undoubtedly has ALL the receipts) is really, really enjoying this moment, when karma bites the mean girl in her “precariously thin” a$$? 🤔 🍿

    • A says:

      I don’t think Richard Dennen was ever a victim of Kate’s mean girling. He’s too much a part of the crowd that Kate was trying to ingratiate herself into at the time. But I think the fact that they were friends doesn’t mean that he didn’t see what she was trying to do and talk about it with the rest of the aristocrats and the Sloane crowd that he was a part of at the time. The one thing they dislike are people who try too hard to be friends with them or get into their circle, and Kate must have come off as pretty desperate at the time.

  25. Yoyo says:

    Well Harry moved Endeavor Fund from the Royal Foundation to be under the Invictus Games umbrella, If Harry moved all his projects from RF, what will Kevin and Karen lay claim to now.
    Jason put out an asinine statement, trying to act like Kevin actually did work for Endeavor Fund.

  26. Florence says:

    She is dull. She likes… having shiny hair and Ben Ainslie. That’s it, right?

  27. notasugarhere says:

    Is she trying to channel Sherlock Holmes in that blue coat?

  28. ABritGuest says:

    Well the Sun has just published an ‘exclusive’ using that troll theory about Meghan’s alleged connection to the Tatler piece. It’s fascinating to see how these troll points are given mainstream media legitimacy

    • Beach Dreams says:

      There’s actually been longtime speculation that some of the RRs mingle with the trolls under burner accounts. Jobson was caught retweeting and liking several of their Tweets a few months ago. Some of those tinhatters on Twitter might very well be a Jobson/Tominey/Wootton/etc. in hiding. And let’s not forget the army of bots and who’s probably paying for them in the first place. Palace shenanigans? Media manipulation (which the Fail is well acquainted with re: their comment sections)? Maybe both?

    • Jane's Wasted Talent says:


  29. Jules says:

    It’s just being put out there that the journalist who wrote this piece on Kate is besties with Vanessa Mulroney. Or Jessica Mulroney’s sister in law. But that’s all they’re saying for now.

    • Sid says:

      The journalist who wrote the piece has also said a lot of nasty things about Meghan, before this article.

    • Vanessa says:

      The Sun has no proof whatsoever that Meghan or anyone associated with hand in this article at this point . All there doing is create conspiracy theories at this point the Tatler went after Meghan hard called her social climber of the year trashed her character constantly but were all supposed to believe that Meghan had friends who worked for Tatler and was a reporter but yet never wrote one article defending Meghan. The Cambridge’s and royal reporters are desperate to blame Meghan for everything that goes wrong in their lives the truth is that the Upper class crowd have never like Kate or her family. And the moment they were able to knock kate off the pedestal that the royal reporters and her fans put her on they took their shot .

    • Beach Dreams says:

      That’s all they’re saying because that’s all they can actually say. This is a poor attempt on the Sun’s part to pull Meghan into this little toff drama and redirect the attention from the Cambridges. The writer even says something like “no suggestion that she’s involved” to cover his ass. The fact that this is coming from the Sun tells me that either Will/Kate probably called Wootton to help them out or the Sun just decided to lift the conspiracy theory from Kate fans on Twitter.

    • February Pisces says:

      If Meghan was going to work with tatler, why would she ask them so say ‘she threw the Cambridge children under the bus’ and ‘she made poor late cry over tights’?

      Seriously, This was all kate, even tatler said it was them. She wanted sympathy by throwing not just Meghan and Harry under the bus, but her husband and sister too.

      The ‘exhausted’ part was what she originally wanted to lead with, because it was to make everyone feel sorry for poor Kate and to trash Meghan. She didn’t expect for their to be a backlash, especially when NHS workers are dying risking their lives.

      They then tried to push ‘tightsgate’ by running to Richard kay and then jan Moir, but even that didn’t cause the drama they wanted.

      But of course Meghan is to blame, even when Kate sanctions a piece, tries to accuse her of ‘throwing children under buses’ to embiggen herself, and even gets busted by the magazine itself.

  30. Tigerlily says:

    Kellebelle. Dim & Dimmer

  31. A says:

    Deeply surprised to see Ingrid Seward pulling for Kate. She’s as much of a snob as there ever was one, and fully one of the people who looks down her nose at the Middletons from what she imagines are lofty heights. The only grounds on which she’d object to the article is that she sees it as too truthful and honest, when these types of comments and remarks are best kept confined to dinner parties and tea tables and hunting excursions where she’s probably heard all of the things said and contributed a few things of her own.

  32. Mai Ann Lee says:

    Kate thinks she can sue Tatler for slander?
    Somebody else thought that she could sue the DM for racism.
    None is any better than the other.