After Meghan Markle revealed Kate Middleton was the one to make her cry before her 2018 wedding to Prince Harry, the mom-of-three was reportedly less than thrilled that the Duchess aired their dirty laundry on television.
"This has been a very hard few days for Kate, but she turned up and was committed to her work and duty last week," royal expert Katie Nicholl told U.K.'s OK! Magazine. "People did notice that she appeared downcast and subdued. Behind closed doors, she has been saddened, disappointed and hurt."
"From what I hear, there are different versions of the bridesmaid story, not just the one Meghan discussed," Nicholl continued. "Kate felt it was all sorted, so to have it brought up again was mortifying. Kate is not in a position to respond and Meghan and Harry know that."
While speaking with Oprah Winfrey, the former actress addressed rumors that she made Kate cry before her nuptials, claiming "the reverse happened."
"It made me cry and it really hurt my feelings," Meghan explained about the situation, where Kate was supposedly upset over the flower girl dress Princess Charlotte had to wear. "And I thought in the context of everything else that was going on in those days leading to the wedding that it didn’t make sense to not be just doing whatever everyone else was doing, which was trying to be supportive."
"It was a really hard week of the wedding," Meghan added. "And she was upset about something, but she owned it, and she apologized. And she brought me flowers and a note, apologizing. And she did what I would do if I knew that I hurt someone, right, to just take accountability for it."
Nicholl shared that Kate likes to keep her life private, so she doesn't appreciate that her name was one of the only ones brought up during the tell-all.
"Kate has never wanted any suggestion of a rift with Meghan to come out in the press, so for this story to be circulating is very hard," Nicholl said. "Kate is so discreet and respects her personal life. You never hear about her falling out with anyone because she is very careful with how she treats others."
She added, "Kate and [Prince] William feel they were hugely welcoming to Meghan and Harry. Any accusations against the monarchy are accusations against their family. It’s hurtful and they feel let down. Obviously, they still love Harry and Meghan, but this interview has ruffled feathers."