- Meghan Markle said Kate Middleton made her cry the week of her wedding to Prince Harry.
- Media reports previously said Markle was the one who left Middleton in tears.
- Markle spoke candidly about the experience during her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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Meghan Markle said that Kate Middleton made her cry the week of her wedding to Prince Harry.
During a much-anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Sunday, Markle addressed the rumors that she and Kate Middleton were feuding when she and Harry were still working members of the royal family.
Months after Markle and Harry’s 2018 wedding, one particularly damaging rumor alleged that Markle, 39, brought Middleton to tears over Princess Charlotte’s flower-girl dress.
But Markle told Winfrey that in fact the “reverse happened.”
“I heard about that one,” Markle said, referring to the rumor. “That was a turning point. That was when everything changed.”
She continued: “And I don’t say that to be disparaging to anyone, because it was a really hard week of the wedding, and she was upset about something. But she owned it, and she apologized, and she brought me flowers and a note apologizing.”
While she did not disclose many details about the rift with her sister-in-law, Markle said the disagreement was over the flower-girl dress, as had been reported.
Markle said the incident “made me cry” and “really hurt my feelings.”
She said she found it “shocking” when the narrative in many media publications became that Middleton was the victim in the situation.
She described it as the “beginning of a character assassination.”
“I would have never wanted that to come out about her ever, even though it happened,” Markle said. “I protected that from ever being out in the world.”
She also addressed people continually comparing the two women and pitting them against each other.
“If you love me, you don’t have to hate her,” Markle said. “And if you love her, you don’t have to hate me.”
Representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.