Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey has left Kate Middleton "saddened, disappointed and hurt", it has been claimed.

Royal expert Katie Nicholl, 39, said the fallout from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's bombshell TV chat with the US talkshow host had upset their sister-in-law.

During the two-hour show, which premiered in the UK last week, Meghan, 39, claimed she cried following a row with Kate over bridesmaid dresses in the lead-up to her wedding to Harry in 2018.

She also revealed how being a member of the Royal Family had made her feel suicidal and accused an unnamed member of "the Firm" of racism, OK! reports.

Harry, 36, also said his brother William and dad Prince Charles were "trapped" by their royal roles.

"This has been a very hard few days for Kate, but she turned up and committed to her work and duty last week,” Katie, who is also the author of Kate: The Future Queen, claims.

“People did notice that she appeared downcast and subdued. Behind closed doors she has been saddened, disappointed and hurt.

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"From what I hear, there are different versions of the bridesmaid story, not just the one Meghan discussed.

"Kate felt it was all sorted, so to have it brought up again was mortifying. Kate is not in a position to respond and Meghan and Harry know that.

"Kate has never wanted any suggestion of a rift with Meghan to come out in the press, so for this story to be circulating is very hard.

"Kate is so discreet and respects her personal life. You never hear about her falling out with anyone because she is very careful with how she treats others.

"Kate and William both feel they were hugely welcoming to Meghan and Harry. Any accusations against the monarchy are accusations against their family. It’s hurtful and they feel let down.

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"Obviously, they still love Harry and Meghan, but this interview has ruffled feathers.”

The Daily Star has contacted Kensington Palace.

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