Queen Elizabeth may not have taught Kate Middleton all the ins and outs of the firm personally, but the latter has learned a lot from Her Majesty.
Prince William’s wife reportedly embodies the 96-year-old monarch’s unofficial motto — “Never complain, never explain,” according to the Queen’s biographer Sally Bedell Smith in this week’s People cover story. She added that the Duchess of Cambridge and the monarch share the same qualifications, including “quiet stoicism, unerring discretion and firm loyalty.” Also, both of their opinions are never heard.
“Catherine has learned by observing,” the “Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch” author told People. “She knows what resonates. She will have absorbed a lot from this Queen.”
Insiders believed it was unlikely for Prince William’s grandmother to formally tutor Middleton. Historian Sarah Gristwood said the Queen may have approached her granddaughter-in-law the way she does with prime ministers.
“The Queen has always preferred to do rather than to say,” the author of “Elizabeth: Queen and Crown” told People. “With her audiences with her prime ministers, if there has been actual advice, it would be a discreet ‘I think that went rather well’ rather than actual instruction.”
Last year, Meghan Markle spoke about the crying incident report with Middleton during her interview with Oprah Winfrey. The host asked the former “Suits” star what really happened and if it were true that she made the Duchess of Cambridge cry.
Markle denied the reports and said, “The reverse happened.” She added that the tiff with her sister-in-law “made me cry, and it really hurt my feelings.”
Vanity Fair’s royal correspondent and author Katie Nicholl told OK! magazine that Markle’s interview left Middleton “saddened, disappointed and hurt.” Prince William’s wife reportedly didn’t want “any suggestion of a rift with Meghan to come out in the press.”
“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,” the “Kate: The Future Queen” author added.
Twitter wanted to hear Middleton’s side of the story. The Duchess of Cambridge never released any statement to address Markle’s account.
However, British author and investigative journalist Tom Bower covered the issue in his new book “Revenge.” He claimed that Markle made Middleton cry by comparing her daughter Princess Charlotte “unfavorably” to her BFF Jessica Mulroney’s daughter, Isabel.
Royal commentator Neil Sean said sources told him the Duke of Cambridge was grateful that Bower’s new book mentioned it because it was an alleged “rectification” of Markle’s version of the story.
“Prince William is truly grateful, according to a very good source, that the rectification of this story has now come to light,” Sean claimed on his YouTube channel. “[The members of the royal family] always knew the true version of events, but the British monarchy [doesn’t] come out and explain or complain.”