A new story claiming Princess Eugenie wants to "ban" Kate Middleton from attending her wedding, fearing she'll "steal the spotlight," is completely false. Gossip Cop can correct this report, which can be found in one of this week's tabloids. We're told it's "not true."
Earlier this month, Princess Eugenie announced her engagement to Jack Brooksbank, but according to Life & Style, the royal has made it clear she doesn't want the Duchess of Cambridge to attend her wedding at Windsor Castle in October. A so-called "source" is quoted as telling the magazine, "Kate's not welcome. Eugenie doesn't want her stealing the spotlight."
And what exactly is Princess Eugenie's reason for wanting to "ban" Middleton from her wedding? "She's always resented that Kate gets to be a full time royal while she has to work as a director at an art gallery," maintains the publication, which notes that "royal protocol" is such that Princess Eugenie has no choice but to invite cousin Prince William and his wife to her wedding. "Eugenie hopes Kate will get the message, say she's sick and just stay home," adds the outlet's supposed insider.
But Gossip Cop looked into the claim, and a royal source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, assures us the story is simply "not true." On the contrary, the princess wants Middleton, her cousin's wife, to watch her walk down the aisle. In fact, not only is Prince Eugenie so close to the Middletons that she attended Kate's sister Pippa's wedding, but it's even clear from photos how much she and the Duchess of Cambridge like each other. And while Princess Eugenie lives a relatively ordinary life in comparison to the Duchess of Cambridge, she certainly doesn't resent Middleton for marrying into the family.
Oddly, this isn't the first time Gossip Cop has busted an outlet for pitting Princess Eugenie against Middleton. In December, we corrected the often unreliable Celeb Dirty Laundry when it falsely alleged Princess Eugenie was frustrated that she wasn't receiving the attention she felt she deserved for her royal work, while Middleton "made headlines" simply for being pregnant. In that made-up article, the website untruthfully contended Princess Eugenie was "frustrated" that she wasn't getting noticed by the media.
Unlike Gossip Cop, a number of other outlets picked up the tabloid's report about Princess Eugenie wanting to "ban" Middleton from attending her wedding without even bothering to fact-check. Among the misguided were OK! and CafeMom. But no matter how many times the falsehood is repeated, it's still royally wrong.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.