Kate seen for the first time since release of Harry’s explosive memoir

Kate was spotted returning to Windsor on Wednesday  (© Jim Bennett)
Kate was spotted returning to Windsor on Wednesday (© Jim Bennett)

The Princess of Wales has been seen for the first time since the release of her brother-in-law Prince Harry’s tell-all memoir Spare.

Kate was photographed driving into the grounds of Windsor Castle on Wednesday morning - a day after Harry’s book was published.

Spare details an alleged row between the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan over the size of the Givenchy bridesmaid’s dresses which the duke says left the former actress “sobbing on the floor” in the build-up to the Sussexes’ wedding.

Harry’s book adds extra detail to the Sussexes’ Oprah Winfrey interview in 2021, when Meghan claimed it was Kate who made her cry, not vice-versa.

The duke writes that Kate texted Meghan four days before the wedding to say her daughter Princess Charlotte was crying because her dress was “too big, too long, too baggy”.

The duchess reportedly replied that Mr Mirpuri had been “waiting all day” at Kensington Palace to make adjustments, adding that Kate and Charlotte should go there for alterations.

Kate is then said to have responded, “No, all the dresses need to be remade”, before then relenting to Meghan’s continued insistence that she see Mr Mirpuri.

Meghan told Oprah that Kate apologised the following day with flowers and a card. “She did what I would do if I knew that I hurt someone. To just take accountability for it,” she said.

Harry’s book (Aaron Chown/PA) (PA Wire)
Harry’s book (Aaron Chown/PA) (PA Wire)

However the tailor who fixed the bridesmaid dresses ahead of the royal wedding has said he did not witness any argument between the two women.

Ajay Mirpuri, who runs Mirpuri Bespoke tailors in London's West End, was called in by Meghan and the Duke of Sussex four days before their May 2018 nuptials to mend six ill-fitting Givenchy dresses.

Mr Mirpuri told the PA news agency: “I did not see it. Any wedding on whatever level is always stressful, especially the lead up to it, and this was no different. But everyone was very friendly, very co-operative, and it was an honour to be asked to serve.”

In an interview with ITV to promote his book, Harry accused Kate of “stereotyping” Meghan because she was a divorced, biracial American actress.

Asked what he meant, the duke said: “Well, American actress, divorced, biracial, there’s – there’s all different parts to that and what that can mean but if you are, like a lot of my family do, if you are reading the Press, the British tabloids, at the same time as living the life, then there is a tendency where you could actually end up living in the tabloid bubble rather than the actual reality.”

The Duke of Sussex’s controversial memoir has become the fastest selling non-fiction book ever in the UK, according to its publisher.

Harry’s headline-grabbing autobiography Spare, which hit the shelves on Tuesday, was boosted into the record books with 400,000 hardback, e-book and audio format copies being snapped up.