On March 7, Oprah sat down with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for a conversation in which there was “no subject that’s off limits.” And that included a widely-reported story from 2018 that Meghan had made Kate cry during Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress fitting.
The truth? “The reverse happened,” Meghan said. “A few days before the wedding, she was upset about something—yes, the issue was correct, about the flower girl dresses—and it made me cry and it really hurt my feelings.”
But in the months after, it wasn’t Kate that she was upset with. In fact, according to Meghan, “She apologized, and she brought me flowers and a note apologizing, which is what I would do if I knew that I hurt someone…to just take accountability for it.”
Instead, Meghan says she was just unable to set the record straight—even when multiple wedding guests asked her comms team if they could go on record to dispute the story for her. “Everyone in the institution knew it wasn’t true,” Meghan told Oprah, who countered with the question: “So why didn’t somebody just say that?” Meghan said: “That’s a good question.”
From there, rumors of a rift between Meghan and Kate continued to grow, intensified by headlines in which Meghan was shamed for the very same things for which Kate was praised for. One example Oprah shared: A story in which Kate was celebrated for cradling her baby bump, while a story about Meghan doing the same thing had the headline, “Meghan Can’t Keep Hands Off Baby Bump for Pride or Vanity.”
“They really seem to want a narrative of a hero and a villain,” Meghan said. “She’s a good person. 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. And if you love her, you don’t need to hate me.”