A Telegraph source denied to BuzzFeed News that the piece had been removed as a result of pressure from the Palace, but the newspaper declined to comment on the record.
In the midst of continued exploration of how The British press covers different members of the royal family, the newspaper Telegraph suppressed a critical column about Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, Thursday hours after posting on the website.
The story, entitled “A Rare False Step for the Duchess of Cambridge?”, Criticized Kate for co-authoring a recent op. ed on early childhood education with American first lady Jill Biden, who is a teacher and doctor in education.
“As important as the cause may be, it is in danger of falling into the same trap as the Sussex; it has risked aligning itself too much with a seated political party,” author Joanna Rossiter wrote. “It’s impossible to imagine Kate writing these kinds of articles with, say, Melania Trump. Her decision to do so is a tacit endorsement from the Bidens.”
It is not the first time Rossiter has expressed concern about a royal duchess showing a possible bias. In 2019, he wrote one column for the Telegraph criticizing Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, for her “brazen support for all things that woke up” and “aligning so closely with the icons of the political left.” This story continues online.
“Such unfair criticism of [Kate’s] the piece co-written with Jill Biden is thrown, but never a bunch of lies / racist / fanatical attacks against #MeghanMarkle? asked activist, author and lawyer Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu a viral tweet on the deletion of the column. “I think this criticism of the Duchess of Cambridge is absolute shit, but the double standard / hypocrisy is profound. See you.”
BuzzFeed News contacted 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 record.
A spokesman for Kensington Palace also declined to comment on the record, but a Telegraph source said the palace did not contact them and that any suggestions they made were “ridiculous”.
A tweet from the official Telegraph account linking to the deleted story (the Column URL now redirected to the main news page of the website) after consulting BuzzFeed News.
The deletion occurred hours before Kate released it the most ambitious project to date: a center dedicated to the study of early childhood and promotional work to support children and parents during the first years of life.
The Telegraph has a reputation in the UK for being a right-leaning news center. It was also the font of the widespread story that Meghan had made Kate cry during a disagreement before her wedding to Prince Harry, that Meghan refuted in her March interview with Oprah Winfrey.
In that interview, Harry alleged there was “an invisible contract behind closed doors” between the Palace and the UK media
“If, as a family member, you are willing to live, dine and give full access to these reporters, you will get better press,” he said, adding that “the institution survives” because of this symbiotic relationship between the British Palace and Media.
In May, Harry too supposed that stories about Meghan as a bully for her staff during her time as a working member of the royal family were “the combined effort of the firm and the media to tarnish her.”
The Telegraph piece has not been restored online since publication.