KATE Middleton has marked International Women's Day with a Zoom call hours after Meghan Markle claimed the Duchess of Cambridge made her cry in the lead-up to her wedding to Prince Harry.
The mum-of-three, 39, chatted with Jasmine Harrison, 21, who became the youngest woman to row 3,000 miles solo across the ocean in February.
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The clip went live on the Royal Family's YouTube account this morning – but was not filmed today.
During the eight-minute chat, Kate – who is a keen rower herself – told the Yorkshire teacher that she was "inspiring loads of other women and young girls to follow in your footsteps."
Last month, Jasmine rowed from Canary Islands to Antigua in 70 days, three hours and 48 minutes as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.
Appearing over Zoom from her living room in Kensington Palace, the Duchess paired an £80 pussy bow blouse from Boden with a matching set of pink drop earrings.
When Kate asked how Jasmine coped with being at sea alone, the rower said: "To be in the peace of the ocean for so many days, you get to appreciate the world we live in in a way we can't when life is busy."
Congratulating Jasmine on the achievement, Kate said: "Your achievement has made massive progress in helping to change [perceptions of women in sport].
"So if nothing else it's given a huge door opener to so many other young women with that idea with determination, with bravery and confidence so much is really achievable, so a huge well done."
The video was released just hours after Meghan Markle discussed her "row" with her sister-in-law in a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
It comes as:
- Meghan claimed Kate made HER cry in row over flower girl dress
- Harry and Meghan married three days before their wedding at Windsor Castle
- Meghan said Archie wasn't made a prince after talks about his skin colour
- Pregnant Meghan revealed she is expecting a GIRL
- The 39-year-old told Oprah the Queen was 'always wonderful to me'
- Prince Harry said his brother is 'trapped' in the Royal Family
- A body language expert revealed Harry 'suppressed anger' when talking about being hurt by his family
- Meghan was apparently left gutted when the Queen would not let her and Harry live in a wing at Windsor Castle
- Archie's favourite word is 'hydrate' the proud parents revealed
In the explosive tell-all chat, Meghan revealed it was Kate that made HER cry just days before her wedding.
When Oprah asked Meghan if it was true that she'd made Kate cry over Princess Charlotte's flower girl, the Duchess replied: "No, no, the reverse happened.
"I don’t say that to be disparaging to anyone. She was upset about something, she owned it, she brought me flowers and brought a note apologising. She did what I would do if I hurt someone."
The Duchess said the confrontation had "really hurt my feelings" and was a "turning point" in their relationship, adding: "I don't think it's fair to her to get into the details of that because she apologised and I've forgiven her."
In more Royal Family news, experts have branded Harry and Meghan Oprah interview ‘selfish’ and said the Queen will be ‘absolutely devastated’.
And 'uncomfortable’ Meghan Markle was ‘awkward’ as she discussed rift with estranged dad Thomas, a body language expert revealed.
Plus Meghan Markle said dad ‘betrayed’ her and she can’t imagine ever hurting Archie the way he hurt her.
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