Meghan Markle framing Kate Middleton 'in a negative light' is 'worse for Prince William than being attacked himself'

MEGHAN Markle framing Kate Middleton in a "negative light" is worse for "protective" Prince William than being attacked himself, a royal expert claimed today.

The Duchess of Sussex claimed she was the one left in tears after a disagreement with Kate in the lead-up to her royal wedding in her explosive interview with Oprah.

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Meghan, 39, said her sister-in-law was a "good person" in the shock chat – but claimed the incident had been caused by Kate.

And Penny Junor, a royal biographer of both Prince William and Prince Harry, today told People that the discussions about Kate would have hurt the Duke of Cambridge.

She told People: "William is very protective of Kate and can get very angry.

"For Meghan to name Kate in a negative light is worse than being attacked himself."

The incident happened two years ago and it was initially reported that Meghan "left Kate Middleton in tears" following an argument over bridesmaid dresses, but the Duchess of Sussex disputed that during the tell-all chat with Oprah.

Meghan said: "She (Kate) was upset about something, but she owned it, and she apologised. And she brought me flowers."

She also said: "There wasn't a confrontation and I don't think it's fair to her to get into the details of that because she apologised, and I have forgiven her.

"What was hard to get over was being blamed for something that not only I didn't do, but that happened to me."

And another royal expert claimed Kate, 38, would have been left "mortified" by claims she made Meghan cry.

Speaking to OK! magazine, royal expert Kate Nicholl explained: "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."

The royal expert added there are "different versions" of the story and claimed that Meghan and Prince Harry know Kate is "not in a position to respond".

She told the publication: "From what I hear, there are different versions of the bridesmaid story, not just the one Meghan discussed.

"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."

Kate also said that the interview with Oprah has left Kate "saddened, disappointed and hurt" and it's been a "very hard" few days for her.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out for the first time since the explosive chat last week, visiting a school in east London.

Prince William shut down racism claims made by his brother, insisting: "We're very much not a racist family".

And while at the time he said he had not yet spoken to Prince Harry, 36, reports have surfaced the brothers did speak over the weekend.

However, the talks were reportedly not "productive".

Oprah's pal Gayle King said on CBS: "Well, I did actually call them to see how they are feeling, it's true, Harry has talked to his brother and his father, too.

"The word I was given was, those conversations were not productive. But they are glad they at least started a conversation."

The leak of the chat between the two brothers is said to have irked William, who "is now worried that anything he says to his brother will be plastered over American TV", a source said.

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