Meghan Markle says royal aides defended Kate Middleton in the media but 'didn't stand up for her' when trolled online

MEGHAN Markle has suggested royal aides defended Kate Middleton in the media but didn’t stand up for her when she was trolled online.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a string of shocking revelations about their life in Buckingham Palace during the two-hour broadcast.

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In a newly released clip shown on Good Morning America, the Duke and Duchess were quizzed by Oprah on how they believed their experiences of social media differed from Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Asked about whether his family felt the press and social media had created a “toxic environment”, Prince Harry said other family members “had to make peace with it”. 

When quizzed on why he and Meghan could not do the same, Meghan said: “Because this was different.”

And the Duchess also explosively claimed: “Equally, you've also had a press team that goes on the record to defend you, especially when they know something's not true, and that didn't happen for us.”

Oprah suggested the situation may have been different because of Meghan’s race and social media, which was not as popular during Kate and Wills’ wedding in 2011.

Meghan said: “That didn’t exist. And so it was like the wild, wild West. It was spread like wildfire.

“Plus my being American, it translated in a different way across the pond.

“So you had a noise level that was very different.”

Meghan has previously spoken out about the devastating impact of online trolling on her mental health, revealing last year she was the world's "most trolled person".

It comes as

  • Meghan broke down as she revealed 'I didn't want to live anymore'
  • Meghan claimed Kate made HER cry in row over flower girl dress
  • Harry and Meghan married three days before their wedding at Windsor Castle
  • Pregnant Meghan revealed she is expecting a GIRL
  • The 39-year-old told Oprah the Queen was 'always wonderful to me'
  • Prince Harry said his brother is 'trapped' in the Royal Family
  • A body language expert revealed Harry 'suppressed anger' when talking about being hurt by his family
  • Meghan was apparently left gutted when the Queen would not let her and Harry live in a wing at Windsor Castle
  • Archie's favourite word is 'hydrate' the proud parents revealed

Oprah then asked if Meghan felt “bullied on an international level”. 

Meghan replied: “I think the volume of what was coming in and the interest was greater because of social media, because of the fact that I was not just British.”

The Duchess added that there was a distinction between the “rude” treatment that Kate had received and the “racist” treatment she was subject to. 

She said: “Kate was called Waity Katie, waiting to marry William. 

“While I imagine that was really hard…I can't picture what that felt like. This is not the same.

Meghan stressed that, while members of the Royal family had to deal with negative press attention, “rude and racist are not the same”.

During the interview, Meghan revealed she told Prince Harry she “didn’t want to be alive anymore” and begged the Firm for mental health support – but was denied help as it “wouldn’t be good for the institution”.

The Duchess also claimed that Archie wasn’t made a prince after “concerns and conversations" about “how dark” his skin would be when he was born.

The Queen was briefed by royal aides this morning on the explosive allegations, which will rock the Palace to the core.

Katie Nicholl, the royal editor of Vanity Fair magazine, told Sky News: "I think the revelations came thick and fast, we were told [those at] the Palace may want to hide behind a sofa, but they needed a bomb shelter in all of this.

“Harry and Meghan have thrown bombs and they are going to watch the fallout, and there is a huge amount of fallout.”

Meanwhile, a string of celebrities have taken to social media to show their support.

Serena showed support for her best pal on Twitter this morning, writing: “Meghan Markle, my selfless friend, lives her life – and leads by example – with empathy and compassion."

Among those showing support for the couple was the niece of Vice President Kamala Harris, Meena Harris.

Prior to the interview airing, she tweeted: "Happy Meghan Markle appreciation day."

Poet Amanda Gorman, who performed at Joe Biden's inauguration, wrote: "This isn't Meghan's princess 'happy' ending.

"But sometimes change, the decisions that bring us the most hurt, aren't about happiness, but healing".

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