A Telegraph source denied BuzzFeed News that the article had been withdrawn under pressure from the palace, but the newspaper declined to comment on the record.
Amid ongoing scrutiny of how the UK press reports various members of the royal family, the Telegraph on Thursday, after being published on the website, erased a critical column on Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.
The story, titled “A Rare Misstep for the Duchess of Cambridge?” Criticized Kate for recently writing a commentary on early childhood education with US First Lady Jill Biden, a teacher who has a PhD in education .
“As important as the matter is, it runs the risk of falling into the same trap as the Sussexes; it risked becoming too affiliated with a sedentary political party,” wrote author Joanna Rossiter. “It’s impossible to imagine Kate writing articles like this with the likes of Melania Trump. Your decision to do so is a tacit endorsement from the Bidens.”
This isn’t the first time Rossiter has raised concerns about a possible bias on the part of a royal duchess. In 2019 she wrote a column for the Telegraph criticizing Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, for her “unabashed support for all things awakened” and “so closely with the icons of the political left”. This story stays online.
The Kate column has been widely criticized by royal observers. When its deletion was noticed, speculation began on Twitter that it was at the palace’s request.
“So unfair criticism [Kate’s] the piece, co-authored with Jill Biden, is pulled, but lots of lies / racist / bigoted attacks against #MeghanMarkle never get pulled? “asked activist, writer and lawyer Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu in a viral tweet about the column’s cancellation. “I think this criticism of the Duchess of Cambridge is utter crap, but the double standards / hypocrisy is profound. We see you.”
BuzzFeed News reached out to the Telegraph and Rossiter to clarify why the piece was removed and whether it would be restored. Rossiter did not respond to repeated requests for comment; A Telegraph spokesman declined to comment on the recording.
A Kensington Palace spokesman also declined to comment on the record, but a Telegraph source said they were not contacted by the palace and any suggestion that they were “ridiculous”.
A tweet from the Telegraph’s official account pointing to the deleted story (the column’s URL now redirects to the website’s news home page) was deleted following a request from BuzzFeed News.
The deletion came hours before Kate launched her most ambitious project to date: a center dedicated to early childhood study and lobbying to support children and parents in the early years of life.
The Telegraph has a reputation for being a right-wing news agency in the UK. It was also the source of the popular tale that Meghan made Kate cry during a pre-wedding disagreement with Prince Harry – which Meghan refuted in her March interview with Oprah Winfrey.
In this interview, Harry claimed that there was “an invisible contract behind closed doors” between the palace and British news agencies
“When you as a family member are willing to drink wine, dine and give these reporters full access, you get better press,” he said, adding that “the institution is because of this symbiotic relationship between the palace and the British media .
In May, Harry also claimed that stories of Meghan being a tyrant to her employees during her time as a working member of the royal family were “the combined effort of the company and the media to defame them”.
The Telegraph piece had not been restored online at the time of publication.