Meghan Markle has complained to friends that Kate Middleton “snaps her fingers and Kensington Palace comes running”, according to US reports.
The actress has told friends she had little support when she was “shredded” by the media – whereas Kate has the backing of the royals when she faces negative reports, according to the Daily Mail.
It comes after society bible Tatler ran a cover story about Kate – headlined “Catherine the Great” – which claimed she was feeling “exhausted” after Prince Harry and Meghan stepped back from their royal duties in March.
Last week, Kensington Palace issued a statement on the Tatler article saying it “contained a swath of inaccuracies and false representations”.
Now, a friend of Meghan’s has told the Mail: “Meghan said Kensington Palace never once came to her defence when she was being shredded by the media.
“Now Kate gets a bit of negative press, and the Palace comes out in less than 24 hours to rebuke the claims made against her.”
Meghan reportedly told friends she had been “plagued” by negative stories, but despite pleas from Prince Harry, the Palace has done nothing to interfere, reports The Sun.
This was behind the couple’s decision to quit their royal duties and move to LA, it is claimed.
The friend said: “This is really a slap in the face for Harry because he repeatedly asked for an updated, revised media policy – or at least a conversation about his concerns.
“All fell on deaf ears, and then Kate comes along, snaps her fingers and gets an outpouring of support.
“Meghan says it’s just so telling.
“She explained this was one of the main reasons why she and Harry said their goodbyes to royal life – the lack of support and complete disregard for the pain and anguish Meghan suffered while being crucified in the media.
“Meghan said, rather than backing her, she was made to feel like she was asking too much, expecting too much, when all she wanted was support from the powers that be.”
It comes after claims that Kate and William are ‘taking legal action against Tatler’.
The article made reference to eating disorders, suggesting Kate has become “perilously thin like Princess Diana”.
Kate and William have reportedly demanded the magazine remove its online profile of Kate.
And a royal source said the article “caused immense unnecessary pain for Kate”.
Last year, it was claimed that the so-called ‘Fab Four’ split when Harry accused Prince William and Kate of not supporting Meghan ahead of their wedding.