KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge was left “really upset” when Meghan Markle allegedly “lost her temper” at a member of Kensington Palace staff, a royal author has claimed. Tom Quinn, the author of Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir from Queen Mary to Meghan Markle, has claimed that palace insiders told him about an incident in which Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, “lost it” with a member of the Duchess of Cambridge’s staff. Mr Quinn told the Daily Star the alleged incident took place when Meghan and her husband Prince Harry were living at the Palace alongside Kate and Prince William
He said there were occasionally “tensions” between the couples when they got together and that Meghan felt she was not being treated with the same respect as Kate. He said: “Meghan and Harry were living in what’s called Nottingham Cottage and it is probably the only bit that you genuinely really could say, is actually quite small. And so, I think that reminded Meghan that she was, as it were, second place or as the runner-up.”
Harry and Meghan lived in the two-bedroom cottage on the grounds of the Palace before they got married on 19 May 2018 until they moved to Frogmore Cottage on the grounds of Windsor Castle in November of the same year. Kate and her husband Prince William also resided at Kensington Palace at the time in the more spacious Apartment 1A, an expansive four-storey mansion with 20 rooms where they still live with their three children. Mr Quinn recounted an incident in which “famously Meghan slightly lost her temper with a member of Kate’s staff in front of Kate.”
The royal author said a Kensington Palace staffer who was present during the alleged incident said it was “really uncomfortable because Meghan just lost it with this person.” Mr Quinn said the alleged incident was caused after a member of Kate’s staff said she couldn’t do a task Meghan asked her to do. He said: “The reason she lost it with Kate’s member of staff was that she, Meghan, didn’t feel that this person was giving her the sort of attention she deserved.
“It was almost as if in that one encounter, it encapsulated for Meghan the problem that she had, that she’s a Princess and she’s number two.” Quinn added: “The way it was described to me was, there were raised voices and foot-stamping.” Kensington Palace staffers said the incident left Kate feeling “really upset”, according to Mr Quinn.
He said: “Meghan asked this person, I know who it was, but I can’t say because it will give away my source, who works for Kate who was basically asked to do something by Meghan and said, ‘I’m really sorry I can’t do that because I work for Kate’. “And Meghan really felt she had been slightly put in her place because if you become a Princess, you kind of assume that staff when you ask them to do something, they are going to do it.”
The Duchess of Sussex has denied previous allegations that she “bullied” palace aides during her time as a senior working royal. In March 2021 The Times reported that it was approached by a royal palace aide who claimed one of the Duchess’s former advisors filed a bullying complaint against her while she was at Kensington Palace.
A spokesperson for the Sussexes denied the claim and said it was “based on misleading and harmful misinformation”. The representative said that the Duchess of Sussex viewed the claim as a dishonest attack on her character. A statement at the time said: “The Duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma.”
Speaking in the BBC podcast series Harry, Meghan and the Media in January, the Duchess of Sussex’s lawyer Jenny Afia addressed the bullying allegations again, saying the term is used “very freely” to damage “career women”. She said: “What bullying actually means is improperly using power repeatedly and deliberately to hurt someone physically or emotionally. “The Duchess of Sussex absolutely denies ever doing that. Knowing her as I do, I can’t believe she would ever do that… It just doesn’t match my experience of her at all and I’ve seen her at very stressful times.
The allegations are currently the subject of an internal review at the Palace. There are currently no plans for it to be made public. Kensington Palace in London is the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s main residence, where they live with their three children Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three. They also have a country manor house, Almer Hall in Norfolk, where they lived full time for a period before moving back to London in 2017.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex resided in Nottingham Cottage, the two-bedroom house on the grounds of Kensington Palace, before they got married on 19 May 2018. The couple announced that they were moving out of Nottingham Cottage in November 2018 and moved into Frogmore Cottage on the grounds of Windsor Castle just a few weeks before their son Archie was born. Buckingham Palace confirmed that the cottage would remain the couple’s UK home after they moved to Los Angeles in 2020, where they currently live with son Archie, two, and Lilibet, who was born on June 4 2021. Representatives for the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge have been contacted for comment.