Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, addressed her sister-in-law, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, during her interview with Oprah Winfrey tonight, revealing that Kate made her cry prior to her royal wedding.
After Winfrey asked Meghan about tabloids reporting that she had made Kate cry days before marrying Prince Harry, Meghan answered, “No, the reverse happened.”
The duchess went on to say that she didn’t want “to be disparaging to anyone,” but simply wanted to clear the air. “It was a really hard week of the wedding, and she was upset about something. But she owned it, and she apologized, and she brought me flowers and a note apologizing. She did what I would do if I knew that I hurt someone, to just take accountability for it.”
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Meghan said that the issue pertained to dresses for the flower girls in the wedding. “A few days before the wedding, she was upset about something pertaining to … flower girl dresses. And it made me cry,” she said. “And it really hurt my feelings, and I thought in the context of everything else that was going on in those days leading to the wedding, it didn’t make sense to not be just doing whatever everyone else is doing, which was trying to be supportive knowing what was going on with my dad and whatnot.”
The duchess added that she never wanted the story to receive any press attention. Though the issue between the duchesses was resolved, the most hurtful part of the situation, according to Meghan, was how the media reacted by reversing the blame. “I would have never wanted that to come out about her ever, even though it had happened,” Meghan said. “I protected that from ever being out in the world.”
As Winfrey attempted to press for more details of the altercation, Meghan said, “I don’t think it’s fair to her to get into the details of that, because she apologized. And I’ve forgiven her. What was hard to get over was being blamed for something that not only I didn’t do, but that happened to me. And the people who were part of our wedding going to our comms team and saying, ‘I know this didn’t happen.'”
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Despite this, Meghan revealed that the monarchy prevented her from clearing the air. “I think it’s really important for people to understand the truth,” she 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. I think 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. If you love her, you don’t need to hate me.”
Meghan and Kate first met in 2017 before the big engagement. Meghan reportedly gave the Duchess of Cambridge a dream journal for her 35th birthday. When she and Harry sat down for their first TV interview following their engagement announcement, she shouted-out Kate and her future in-laws. “Catherine’s been absolutely amazing,” Meghan said.
Speaking to reporters the next day, Kate said, “William and I are absolutely thrilled” about the engagement.
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This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US