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Meghan Markle's decision to reveal Kate Middleton's "nasty nickname" on TV was "clumsy phrasing", a royal expert has claimed.
Royal commentator Daniela Elser accused the Duchess of Sussex of "wheeling out the epithet" after publicly calling her sister-in-law "Waity Katie" during her and husband Prince Harry's tell-all chat with US talkshow icon Oprah Winfrey.
Meghan and Harry sent shockwaves through the Royal Family after the two-hour tell-all special premiered in the US on March 7. It debuted in the UK the following night.
During the chat, Meghan, 39, compared her treatment by the UK media during her whirlwind romance with Harry to that of Kate and husband Prince William.
In one of many shocking outbursts, Meghan told Oprah: "Kate was called Waity Katie, waiting to marry William, while I imagine that was really hard, and I do. I can’t picture what that felt like. This is not the same."
But Elser suggested Meghan's comments were unnecessary and offensive.
Writing for Australian news site news.com.au, she said: "Let’s start with the fact that Meghan actually used, on camera, the nasty nickname given to Kate by the circling British press and which has largely lain dormant for years.
"She could just have easily made her point without wheeling out the epithet and said something along the lines of, “Kate was called nasty names.” Why use the phrase?"
Esler also claimed Meghan's comparisons between her and Harry's and Kate and William's respective courtships could harbour a hidden meaning.
She added: "Next up, 'waiting to marry William'. Was this Meghan mirroring the media’s perspective – poor old Kate stuck in royal girlfriend limbo – or was it a subtle reminder that now beloved royal had a long, dull road to royalty? No Cinderella story here.
"Is this Meghan simply being empathetic or a subtle reminder that Harry and Meghan’s romance was a verifiable whirlwind?"
The Daily Star has approached Kensington Palace and Harry and Meghan's representative.
Other topics discussed during the TV interview included "concerns" within the Royal Family about Archie's skin colour.
Harry, meanwhile, accused his family of "cutting him off financially" after the couple quit royal duties last year.
Meghan also said she was refused help after revealing she had been suffering from suicidal thoughts.
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- Meghan Markle
- Prince Harry
- Royal Family
- Kate Middleton Duchess Of Cambridge
- Prince William
- Oprah Winfrey
- Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor
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