Kate Middleton Lavished With Praise by Tabloid as Prince Harry Sues

Kate Middleton was praised as the "perfect ambassador" by a U.K. tabloid as Prince Harry filed a third Sussex lawsuit against its publisher.

The Daily Mail proudly told readers "no one holds the Duchess of Cambridge in greater esteem than the Mail" during a gushing editorial about her tour of Denmark.

The commentary, on page 16, was published in the February 24 edition of the newspaper after the Duke of Sussex lodged a libel lawsuit at the High Court the afternoon before.

The paper will have been sent to the printers on the evening of February 23, hours after Harry's lawsuit appeared on a High Court public filing system and was reported in the media.

Harry is suing sister title The Mail on Sunday over a story about his police security lawsuit against the British government.

A comment piece in The Daily Mail read: "No one holds the Duchess of Cambridge in greater esteem than the Mail. While visiting Denmark, she showed exactly why.

"She enthusiastically chopped logs and took a woodland ramble with kindergarten pupils as part of her crusade to give children a better start in life.

"Always smiling, never stuffy, relishing duty. Kate is the perfect ambassador, a powerful force for good—and a credit to the country."

Meghan Markle successfully sued The Mail on Sunday over privacy and copyright, while Harry settled out of court against the newspaper for libel at the end of 2020.

The latest lawsuit relates to an exclusive published in the February 20 edition, suggesting Harry's account differed from the Home Office version of events and providing additional analysis.

Omid Scobie, author of pro-Harry and Meghan biography Finding Freedom, posted The Daily Mail's comment piece today on Twitter.

He added: "Boots were licked."

It isn't clear whether the Mail's editorial had any connection to Harry's lawsuit against publisher Associated Newspapers.

However, the timing of such an overwhelmingly positive comment piece from the voice of the newspaper, rather than any particular, individual columnist, is likely to feed into longstanding debates suggesting the presence of an "invisible contract."

Prince Harry described in his Oprah Winfrey interview the idea that the royals get positive press if they let the media into their lives.

In the March 7, 2021, tell-all, he said: "There is this invisible, what's termed or referred to as the 'invisible contract' behind closed doors between the institution and the tabloids, the U.K. tabloids."

He added: "Well, it is, to simplify it, it's a case of if you as a family member are willing to wine, dine and give full access to these reporters, then you will get better press."

Kate Middleton, Prince Harry at Coach Core
Kate Middleton and Prince Harry attend the Coach Core graduation ceremony at The London Stadium, on October 18, 2017. The Daily Mail showered the Duchess of Cambridge with praise as the Duke of Sussex sued its sister title for libel. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images