KEY POINTS

  • Kate Middleton focused solely on supporting Prince William after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Oprah interview aired, a report says
  • Middleton reportedly "never predicted the degree of falling out" between the two brothers
  • The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly has a way of "calming" William down and can be "really affectionate and gentle"

Kate Middleton prioritized her husband Prince William rather than her own feelings after Meghan Markle made accusations about the Duchess of Cambridge during her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, a report says.

During the sit-down, which aired in March 2021 on CBS,  the Duchess of Sussex addressed the reports that she left Middleton in tears days before her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018 and claimed, "The reverse happened." 

In a piece commemorating Middleton's 40th birthday, The Sunday Times royal editor Roya Nikkhah, citing an unnamed source close to the Cambridges, claimed that Prince William and his wife had very different reactions to Markle's accusation after the interview aired.

The royal expert claimed that Prince William was "'reeling' with his 'head all over the place,' furious that his brother and sister-in-law had taken aim at his wife and his family." However, Middleton reportedly chose to focus solely on her husband at the time.

"In the days after the interview, [Kate's] priority was William, not how she felt about what Harry and Meghan had done," Nikkhah quoted the source as saying. "She has focused on personal support for William in what has been a really sad time in his life. She never predicted the degree of falling out between them."

Middleton has a way of "calming" Prince William down and knows how to be "really affectionate and gentle," a close friend of the couple told The Sunday Times.

"But she is 100% loyal to him and has a shaft of steel running up her back when she needs to deal with stuff that’s unpalatable," the unnamed pal added.

One insider close to Prince William told the outlet that the future king endured a "year of hell" but that his wife had been a "fantastic" support for him.

An anonymous palace insider also spoke to The Sunday Times regarding "who made who cry," claiming that the story Markle had shared with Winfrey was different from the one they'd heard from the Duchess of Sussex in private. However, the tipster did not share any further details about Markle's alleged original version.

"I've had hundreds of hours of conversations with [Kate], and it never came up. I only ever heard from Meghan about that — a very different story from what she said to Oprah," the source claimed.

Markle told Winfrey during the tell-all that it was Middleton who made her cry in the run-up to her May 2018 royal wedding and not the other way around as tabloid reports had originally claimed.

The former "Suits" star confirmed that they had an argument about flower girl dresses but emphasized that it had been "a really hard week" for both her and Middleton.

"A few days before the wedding, she was upset about something pertaining to ... flower girl dresses. And it made me cry," Markle was quoted by Harper's Bazaar as saying. "And it really hurt my feelings, and I thought in the context of everything else that was going on in those days leading to the wedding, it didn't make sense to not be just doing whatever everyone else is doing, which was trying to be supportive knowing what was going on with my dad and whatnot."

The Duchess of Sussex stressed that she didn't want "to be disparaging to anyone" but only wanted to publicly address it because the media had reacted by reversing the blame. Markle added that she had put the incident behind her because Middleton had already apologized.

Markle claimed that Middleton "owned" her mistake and apologized to her with a handwritten note and flowers. "She did what I would do if I knew that I hurt someone, to just take accountability for it," the duchess added.

Markle also told the TV legend that she never wanted the story to receive any press attention, claiming that she "protected that from ever being out in the world."

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Prince William and Kate Middleton don’t hold hands as often as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle because they don’t need it as they are already very familiar with each other. Pictured: Prince William, Middleton, Markle and Prince Harry arrive to attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on Dec. 25, 2018 in King's Lynn, England. Photo: Getty Images/Stephen Pond