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'Sexist and woman-shaming': Tatler's Kate Middleton article sparks royal anger

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A LEGAL complaint has been sent to 'Tatler' magazine over its claims that Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton feels "overworked", it is understood.

Kate and Prince William are understood to have asked that the society magazine remove its 'Catherine the Great' profile from the website.

The royal couple are reportedly upset about what they say is unfounded criticism of the duchess's family, her children and her weight.

The article described her as "perilously thin" and referred to Princess Diana's eating disorders.

The magazine claimed to have spoken to various friends of the Duchess of Cambridge for the profile, with a source reportedly claiming the princess feels "exhausted and trapped" after taking on more royal duties following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to step back.

Kensington Palace has denied this account.

"Meghan and Harry have been so selfish," one source told 'Tatler'.

"William and Catherine really wanted to be hands-on parents and the Sussexes have effectively thrown their three children under a bus.

"There goes their morning school runs as the responsibilities on them now are enormous."

Another source allegedly added: "Kate is furious about the larger workload.

"Of course she's smiling and dressing appropriately but she doesn't want this. She feels exhausted and trapped.

"She's working as hard as a top CEO, who has to be wheeled out all the time without the benefits of boundaries and plenty of holidays."

Earlier this week a source familiar with the duchess's work emphatically denied that she feels "exhausted and trapped" by her duties, saying the description was inaccurate and offensive.

They added: "Like many people, the duchess is juggling home-schooling and work. But she's not also having to juggle being a front-line worker.

"She is of course cognisant of that. That's who she would much prefer the attention to be on."

A royal source told the 'Mail on Sunday' the description of the duchess as "perilously thin" is "such an extremely cruel and wounding barb".

"It's disgusting. It's sexist and woman-shaming at its very worst.

"The ('Tatler') piece is full of lies.

"There is no truth to their claim that the duchess feels overwhelmed with work, nor that the duke is obsessed with Carole Middleton. It's preposterous and downright wrong."

In response to the claims, a spokesman said: "This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations."

'Tatler' issued its own statement: "Editor-in-chief Richard Dennen stands behind the reporting of Anna Pasternak and her sources." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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