Catherine Duchess of Cambridge stands for Meghan Markle on such Extreme Wording

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Catherine Duchess of Cambridge stands for Meghan Markle on such Extreme Wording

Meghan Markle protected by Kate as Duchess takes Prince Harry’s fiancee under her wing

THE DUCHESS of Cambridge was forced to jump to Meghan Markle’s defence after Prince Harry’s fiancee fell on the receiving end of a barrage of mean jibes, a source has claimed.

Kate is said to have stepped in after Ninaki Priddy, a former school friend of Meghan’s, made a number of unpleasant comments about the Suits star.

She called the actress “calculated” and “cold”, and the ex-best friend also described the royal-to-be as an “exaggerated version of herself” as she discussed their falling-out.

Meghan Markle has reportedly asked Kate to be her maid of honour Photo (C) GETTY
Meghan Markle has reportedly asked Kate to be her maid of honour Photo (C) GETTY

Commenting after sharing a video from the summer of 1999 that shows a young Meghan Markle talk about fearing she would fall out of her top when auditioning for a Shakira music video, she said: “I smile about the good times. We had some really great memories.

“But she has become a different person. She is unrecognisable to me. A manufactured, exaggerated version of herself.”

But the harsh comment apparently led the Duchess of Cambridge, who is pregnant with her third child, to step in and defend her future sister-in-law.

Insiders claim Kate hopes to protect Meghan from “all negative parts of royal life”.

Meghan Markle will wed Harry in May Photo (C) GETTY
Meghan Markle will wed Harry in May Photo (C) GETTY

The source told Australian news site New Idea: “Kate’s been there and done that and knows how hard those first few weeks of royal life can be.

“Kate learnt very early on that you have to have thick skin to handle… all the critics that come out of the woodwork to have a swipe at you.

“Having such cruelness thrown at you when you’re in the early days of your engagement can be devastating.

“Kate suffered it when she was slammed for being ‘commoner Kate’, and the fact that Meghan is an actress and divorced means there are plenty of people out there in line to throw eggs at her.”

Meghan Markle and Ms Priddy fell out after graduating Photo (C) GETTY
Meghan Markle and Ms Priddy fell out after graduating Photo (C) GETTY

And kind-hearted Kate decided enough was enough, as she chose to step in and defend Meghan.

The source added: “Kate, as a result, has vowed to take Meghan under her wing and shelter her through it all. Harry is like a brother to Kate, and she’s never seen him so happy.”

Kate learnt very early on that you have to have thick skin to handle… all the critics that come out of the woodwork to have a swipe at you.

Royal source

Ms Priddy’s comments come after the pair reportedly had a falling out after the future royal moved to Toronto to star in Suits and split up with former husband Trevor Engelson in 2011.

She added: “It was two to three months after high school graduation. I don’t think she ever doubted she was going to be famous. She loved the spotlight.”

Kate Middleton, Prince William, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry on Christmas Day. (Photo Getty Images)
Kate Middleton, Prince William, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry on Christmas Day. (Photo Getty Images)

Meghan and Prince Harry announced their engagement late last month following months of fevered speculation.

The ginger royal, 33, revealed he got down on one knee while the couple was cooking a roast chicken in Nottingham Cottage.

The pair will wed at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in May next year and it has been suggested Meghan has asked Kate to be her maid of honour for her big day.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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