Kate and Meghan's infamous bridesmaid dress row - new remark and peace offering

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Kate and Meghan's infamous bridesmaid dress row - new remark and peace offering

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have been sister-in-laws for five years and while their friendship got off to a good start, it's not as strong as it used to be.

Their most disputed public row happened in the lead up to Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding day in 2018, when tears were shed over bridesmaids' dresses.

It was initially reported that Meghan made Kate cry amid the tense argument as demands were made over what the flower girls would wear.

Kate's daughter Princess Charlotte was one of the flower girls, alongside Meghan's goddaughters Rylan and Remi Litt, Jessica Mulroney's daughter Ivy and Harry's goddaughters Zalie Warren and Florence van Cutsem.

Flower girls dispute

Kate and Meghan's infamous bridesmaid dress row - new remark and peace offering eideeidediqxzinvKate reportedly wanted the girls to wear tights but Meghan didn't (PA)
Kate and Meghan's infamous bridesmaid dress row - new remark and peace offeringIt was initially reported that the Duchess made the Princess cry (PA)

In November 2018, insiders claimed a "stressful" dress fitting took place - with the pressure of Meghan's "demands" getting too much for Kate.

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An insider told the Daily Telegraph: "What actually happened was that the dress itself did not fit Kate's then nearly three-year-old daughter."

They claimed that the Duchess of Cambridge fell out with the Duchess of Sussex because Princess Charlotte's dress did not fit and further fittings needed to be scheduled.

The source added: "Kate had only just given birth to her third child, Prince Louis, and was feeling quite ­emotional."

Kate and Meghan's infamous bridesmaid dress row - new remark and peace offeringMeghan's flower girls did not have to wear tights on her big day (Getty Images)

However, what reportedly caused contention was whether the flower girls should wear tights.

According to Tatler magazine in May 2020, a friend of the Cambridges claimed Kate wanted to stick to royal protocol and have the flower girls wear tights, but Meghan wanted them to have more freedom.

The pal told the publication: "It was a hot day and apparently there was a row over whether the bridesmaids should wear tights or not. Kate, following protocol, felt that they should. Meghan didn't want them to."

It seems Meghan won the row as photos from the royal wedding indicate the flower girls, including Princess Charlotte, did not wear tights.

Oprah revelation

Kate and Meghan's infamous bridesmaid dress row - new remark and peace offeringMeghan told Oprah it was actually her that was left in tears not Kate (NBC)

However, during her interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Duchess revealed "the reverse happened" and she actually the one left crying a few days before her big day.

When asked if there was a situation where Kate cried, Meghan explained that "the reverse happened" during a tough wedding week.

"A few days before the wedding, she was upset about something pertaining - yes, the issue was correct - about flower girl dresses, and it made me cry, and it really hurt my feelings," said Meghan.

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"Everyone in the institution knew it wasn't true. I am not sharing that piece about Kate to be in any way disparaging about her. I would hope that she would want that to be corrected."

When Oprah tried to get more information, Meghan stated it would not be fair to go into further details as Kate had apologised.

But she did make it clear the incident was a major "turning point".

Peace offerings

Kate and Meghan's infamous bridesmaid dress row - new remark and peace offeringMeghan revealed Kate sent her a bouquet of flowers afterwards (PA)
Kate and Meghan's infamous bridesmaid dress row - new remark and peace offeringAndrew Morton claims Meghan bought Kate a gold bracelet (Getty Images)

Meghan said she has now forgiven Kate, stating that she is a "good person".

The Duchess told Oprah that Kate did attempt to build bridges and sent a peace offering to try and smooth things over.

Meghan explained: "And she brought me flowers and a note, apologising. And she did what I would do if I knew that I hurt someone, right, to just take accountability for it."

In Andrew Morton's book Meghan: A Hollywood Princess , he claimed that after the much-discussed row, Meghan bought Kate a bracelet to thank her for her help, after the spat.

Kate and Meghan's infamous bridesmaid dress row - new remark and peace offeringThe book is out next week (Penguin Random House)

Morton describes the gold piece of jewellery, by Californian jeweller Lisette Polny, as an "elegant peace offering".

He wrote: "The spat concerning the bridesmaids' outfits now behind them, Meghan had since given Kate and her six closest friends gold bracelets designed by Californian jeweller Lisette Polny as a thank you for their help and support."

'Baby brain' remark

Kate and Meghan's infamous bridesmaid dress row - new remark and peace offeringHarry wrote that Meghan offended Kate with a comment about pregnancy hormones (Getty Images)

The bridesmaid row was brought to light once again in Harry's memoir Spare, when he revealed the comment Meghan made to Kate which allegedly sparked the dispute.

Harry claims Meghan brazenly told Kate she must have "baby brain because of her hormones" - and the comment wasn't well-received, the Sun reported in an extract they obtained.

Kate was heavily pregnant with her third child, Prince Louis, at the time of the fitting, and during all of her pregnancies, she suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum - excessive nausea and vomiting caused by a hormone imbalance.

In the book Spare, Harry reportedly recounts how Kate was upset - but Meghan apologised and explained that is how she speaks to her friends.

But Harry said William "pointed a finger at Meg", then allegedly blasted: "Well, it's rude, Meghan. These things are not done here."

To which Meghan responded: "If you don't mind, keep your finger out of my face."

This remark reportedly left Meghan upset - especially as she was allegedly warned she wasn't close enough to Kate to make a remark about her hormones.

A source who has seen a copy of the book ahead of the publication told the Mail : "In the book Harry says that there was a discussion about the timing of the wedding rehearsal and the flower girl dresses and Kate was very upset.

Kate and Meghan's infamous bridesmaid dress row - new remark and peace offeringIt is written that William pointed a finger at Meghan and called her 'rude' (Getty Images)

"Meghan said that Kate must have ''baby brain' because of her hormones.

"It caused a huge row because Meghan was told that she wasn't close enough to her sister-in-law to discuss her hormones and it wasn't the way people spoke to each other within the Royal family.

"The book makes clear that Meghan felt the fall-out wasn't her fault, but it doesn't exactly make her look very good either."

An extract from the book was leaked by the Guardian, before the Sun found a copy on sale in a Spanish bookstore despite the tight pre-launch security.

Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace have so-far declined to comment on the claims.

This story is based off a translated version of Prince Harry’s memoir Spare

Prince Harry's memoir Spare is on sale next Tuesday in all bookshops.

Nia Dalton

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