On Friday night, Buckingham Palace did something unprecedented: it commented on a false The Sun story running about Kate apparently "slapping down" Meghan Markle. "This never happened," the Palace said. Hours before, Vanity Fair reported that Meghan believed that the "British press is out to get her." And the British tabloids did not let up this weekend. Multiple new unflattering stories were released in The Sun, The Mail on Sunday, The Mirror, and other outlets. The Mail on Sunday, which ran several of these new items about Meghan, even reported that Harry is trying to "hunt down" who's leaking stories to the press.
But past reporting disputes many of these new claims. Here, a round up of the tabloids' headlines alongside the previous reports that contradict them.
Prince William and Kate Middleton apparently thought Meghan Markle and Prince Harry moved too fast, the Mail on Sunday is claiming.
One of William's "closest friends" told the outlet that William in particular voiced his concerns about Meghan not being a "suitable" bride, and the Queen and Harry learned of them. "The problem is that the Cambridges felt things had moved very quickly between Harry and Meghan," the source said. "Wills particularly was worried and felt close enough to Harry to voice his thoughts."
Reports from Us Weekly and Grazia UK contradict this though. William and Kate were said to have welcomed Meghan "with open arms" when they learned how serious Harry was about her, a source told Us. Katie Nicholl told Grazia that Harry even sought Kate's approval before proposing to Meghan. "Harry and Kate are very close, she’s been like a mentor to him and he wanted her seal of approval," Nicholl said. "Kate is different to Meghan in many ways, but she has made great strides to help Meghan settle in."
Kate allegedly had teas with Meghan where she tried to advise Meghan on the Royal family's rules, and Meghan did not take them well, the Mail on Sunday added.
Kate feared Harry was "changing" because of Meghan, also. "She and Harry have always had a very close relationship, but she said things were different," a source said. "Meghan’s a strong character and so is Kate, so it doesn’t surprise me there have been clashes."
Reports last week from multiple British reporters last week have made it clear that while Kate and Meghan are different people, they aren't having constant clashes. “Kate and Meghan are very different people and they don’t have a lot in common but they have made an effort to get along,” one source told Vanity Fair's Katie Nicholl.. “Any issues are between the brothers.” And back in March, Entertainment Tonight made it clear that Meghan was grateful for Kate's advice. "Meghan has also been leaning on Kate for advice as she joins the Royal family," a source told the outlet.
There was apparently a "ghastly row" between the two couples during Christmas last year, the Mail on Sunday is reporting.
A senior royal aide told the outlet that Meghan was supposedly "downright rude" when she had arrived, and Kate quietly told her off. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had invited the couple to stay at Anmer Hall with them during Christmas at Sandringham, although Kate "felt put upon" being asked to host them by Prince Charles, as she was pregnant and wanted a quiet Christmas.
"Kate had a quiet word with Meghan," the aide said the outlet. "It escalated rapidly after Meghan complained to Harry that she had been 'told off.' He took her side, while William defended Kate, who was five months pregnant with Louis and certainly didn’t want this sort of confrontation." The atmosphere was "poisonous" after until Charles came to visit and help break the tension, the aide said.
People made it clear earlier this week that the couple's Christmas together last year wasn't anything like how the aide painted it. “They really loved Christmas and all had a wonderful time,” a source told People. “I think the two women got on—they are definitely not best friends, but it was a really special time for them all to spend together.”
Meghan's personal assistant Melissa Toubati quit after just six months because Meghan was too demanding and made Toubati cry The Mirror is claiming.
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“Her job was highly pressurized and in the end it became too much," a source told the outlet. "She put up with quite a lot. Meghan put a lot of demands on her and it ended up with her in tears." (Toubati had been working on planning the royal wedding with Meghan, which is obviously stressful.)
"Melissa is a total professional and fantastic at her job, but things came to a head and it was easier for them both to go their separate ways," the source added.
While no outlet has given such great detail about why Toubati left, some people have pointed out that turnover is generally high in royal assistant jobs, particularly because of the low salary, and that Toubati and Meghan could have easily just not been a good match.
Meghan asked for air fresheners to be sprayed in St. George's Chapel ahead of her wedding, The Daily Mail is reporting, which seemed to bother some staffers at Buckingham Palace.
Multiple "well-placed royal sources" told the outlet about this request, which Buckingham Palace rejected. One really went off about it: "Apparently Meghan didn't like the smell of the chapel, which, as you would expect, is a little musty," the source told Daily Mail. "It's not unpleasant at all, though. It just smells how you would expect an old building to smell. And that's something the Royal Family are particularly used to. Meghan wanted staff to go around with these atomizers, like spritzer guns, and spray the chapel with scent before anyone arrived."
"Royal Household staff stepped in and told her office politely, but firmly, that this was the Queen's Chapel and it simply wasn't appropriate," the source continued. "I don't believe they said no because they thought it could affect the chapel in any way. It was simply the principle of the thing. This is a place that has held royal weddings, funerals and even contains the Royal Vault. I don't believe a request of that nature had been made before."
This is the first time this claim has been reported, despite the wedding happening over six months ago. And the couple did use candles in the church to no big ado. The Telegraph reported in May that Meghan and Harry used fresh spring floral Diptyque candles to "enhance the beautiful surroundings of the chapel" for their nuptials.
Fabienne Mauny, the global managing director at Diptyque Paris, confirmed to the outletthat Meghan and Harry had tapped them. "We are extremely proud to have been chosen to scent such an important moment for Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex," Mauny said. "We were touched to have been part of such a significant day, made more special as one of our founders, Desmond Knox Leet, was British."
And then of course, there's The Sun's false slap down story that Buckingham Palace personally denied.
Dan Wootton wrote that sources told him that before the royal wedding, Kate took issue with the way Meghan talked to her staff. One source said that Kate told Meghan during the slap down “that’s unacceptable, they’re my staff and I speak to them.” Kate and Meghan's relationship suffered after: "Her and Kate fell out when she b******ed Kate’s staff," the source said. That's all false though, as Buckingham Palace told The Mirror very definitively that "this never happened."