Kate Middleton could be following in Meghan Markle’s footsteps as she sends ‘warning shot’

1981

THE Duchess of Cambridge could be joining the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in abandoning the famous royal family mantra, “never complain, never explain” when it comes to the press.

The saying, “never complain, never explain” was first adopted by the Queen Mother when she became Queen Consort in 1936. The old saying was then passed on to her own daughter the current Queen Elizabeth II who appears to have followed the rule without exception during her reign. However, it seems this tradition could soon be one of the past.

Queen Queen Mother

The saying, “never complain, never explain” was first adopted by the Queen Mother when she became Queen Consort in 1936 (Image: PA)

Queen Andrew Queen Mother

The old saying was then passed on to her own daughter the current Queen Elizabeth II who appears to have followed the rule without exception during her reign (Image: PA)

Earlier this year, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wrote explosive letters condemning four British tabloids and stating their refusal to engage with them any further.

The statement made it clear the couple don’t wish to follow this tradition of silence, and intend to speak out more.

Now, it seems, Kate Middleton could be following in their footsteps after her lawyers responded to misleading coverage surrounding the duchess’ relationship with Meghan.

Tatler confirmed on Monday that the Duchess of Cambridge’s lawyers had sent legal letters to the publication in response to their profile of the duchess, “Catherine the Great.”

Kate Meghan

The Duchess of Cambridge could be joining the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in her approach to the press (Image: MIRRORPIX)

Meghan Markle Kate Middleton

Kate and Meghan share a joke on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships in 2013 (Image: PA)

The profile featured interviews with anonymous sources who claimed to be family friends of the Cambridges’.

The publication’s “sources” made numerous claims about the duchess’ relationship with Meghan Markle.

In claims the lawyers issued a legal complaint against, the publications sources said Kate was “furious” about the increased royal duties that resulted from “Megxit.”

After the piece was published, a spokesperson for Tatler said that they had been in touch with Kate’s lawyers.

Meghan Markle Kate Middleton

The publication’s “sources” made numerous claims about the duchess’ relationship with Meghan Markle (Image: PA)

Kate, Camilla and Meghan

The profile featured interviews with anonymous sources who claimed to be family friends of the Cambridges (Image: GETTY)

A spokesperson told Insider: “We can confirm we have received correspondence from lawyers acting for the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge and believe it has no merit.”

The legal action is unusual for the Royal Family, causing much speculation that the Royal Family’s relationship with the press could be set to change drastically.

The duke and duchess have previously taken legal action in only the most extreme cases, such as when a French magazine published topless photos of the duchess.

Kensington Palace is yet to publicly comment on the claims about legal action.

William and Kate

Tatler confirmed on Monday that the Duchess of Cambridge’s lawyers had sent legal letters to the publication in response to their profile of the duchess (Image: GETTY)

However, a palace spokesperson previously said of the article: “This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication.”

Now, vanity Fair royal correspondent Katie Nicholl has said that the statement was a “warning shot to the media.”

She told Insider: “It is unusual for Kensington Palace to comment on a specific article but not unheard of.

“When they feel that something is inaccurate and potentially damaging, they will refute it.

Meghan Markle Kate Middleton

Kate’s lawyers recently responded to misleading coverage surrounding the duchess’ relationship with Meghan (Image: PA)

Royal Family tree

Royal Family tree (Image: EXPRESS)

Meghan Kate

The Royal Family’s relationship with the press could be set to change drastically (Image: MIRRORPIX)

“The suggestion that Kate is exhausted and feels trapped and is unhappy about her workload is at the nub of the complaint,” she added.

“She is working harder than ever at her request, so the idea she resents the workload isn’t the case.

“I think it’s a warning shot to the media that the palace won’t tolerate certain allegations.”

The action comes after Prince Harry’s fiery statement on the Mail on Sunday last year.

Kate royal duties

The publications sources said Kate was ‘furious’ about the increased royal duties that resulted from (Image: PA)

Before stepping down as a senior member of the Royal Family, Harry, confirmed Meghan Markle would take legal action against the Mail on Sunday after it published excerpts from a private letter she wrote to her father Thomas Markle.

His statement read: “Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son.

“There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have continued to put on a brave face – as so many of you can relate to – I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been.

“Because in today’s digital age, press fabrications are repurposed as truth across the globe. One day’s coverage is no longer tomorrow’s chip paper.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK