Britney Spears was not "snubbed" by Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, despite reports. The articles also claim the pop star was rejected by Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth, too. But Gossip Cop can bust the false stories.
The allegations originate in the new edition of Star, which features the headline, "Britney Spears Snubbed By Harry And Meghan." The piece begins by asserting that when the singer "brought her 'Piece of Me' tour to the U.K. recently, she was sure that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted just that." A so-called "spy" is quoted as saying, "Britney had her assistant write notes to Buckingham and Kensington palaces requesting audiences with the newlyweds and Queen Elizabeth."
But it's alleged Spears was "shocked to receive a letter back from both palaces — not from the royals themselves — saying everyone was too busy to meet her." Laments the tabloid's untraceable source, "Poor Britney didn't understand, she thought everyone wanted to meet her." This supposed snitch goes on to claim Spears was "offered a meeting" with Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, "but said, 'Oh aren't they the boring ones with the funny hats?'"
The outlet further contends Spears "hoped (in vain) that Prince William and Duchess Kate would cut their Mystique vacation [sic] short to meet her." Maintains the alleged tipster, "She didn't realize royals had commitments. She thought they just dressed up and hung out in a 'court.'" Clearly this storyline is trying to play off the misconception that Spears is just a dumb blonde.
But Gossip Cop suspects there's another reason why this narrative was concocted: Spears and her sons visited Buckingham Palace, like thousands of other tourists, earlier this month. The star posed for family photos outside the palace grounds, and just a week ago, Spears posted two of the snapshots on Instagram, writing, "Throwback to exploring London with the boys! Can't wait to be back for #PieceOfMe next week! #TBT." That makes it pretty obvious why the publication would be inspired to make this story up.
Another indication that this was all manufactured is the claim that Spears had her assistant, of all people, "write notes" to the royal family. It's highly likely that if the performer really did want palace meetings with the royals, her publicity team and management would handle the communication. One more glaring problem? The magazine refers to Middleton's "Mystique vacation" when the private island is actually known as Mustique.
Making matters worse, HollywoodLife is regurgitating the outlet's bogus allegations, but also twisting them. Noting Spears' UK concert dates, the site claims "there were some special guests she reportedly wanted to have in the audience: the royal family," but "none of them accepted their invites." The blog wonders about Middleton and Markle, "Why in the world wouldn't they want to see her in concert?" The website goes on to editorialize, "Hey, it's their loss, though. Britney's 'Piece of Me' shows are fantastic, and anyone would be lucky to see them. Even the queen!"
But the original Star story said nothing about Spears inviting any of the royals to her shows. Rather, it was alleged she was "requesting audiences" with them. That means she was (supposedly) requesting meetings with Markle and company, not asking them to be in her concert audience. So in addition to not fact-checking the magazine's article, HollywoodLife apparently didn't understand it, either.
In any case, a Spears confidante who didn't wish to be identified tells Gossip Cop that it's "not true" this alleged situation went down to begin with. The tabloid was also provably mistaken in June when it claimed Spears was "falling apart." Time has shown we were right to debunk that, given that the singer is currently touring without issue.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.