Except that she didn't take them on. She tried the classic apology-non-apology and got bitchy when called on it, she refused to own her shit when it came to her social media posts, tried the old "you made me do it" line that everyone just loves and totally isn't the tactic of an emotionally abusive person and *then* tried to say it was all a joke with a dash of self-pity and soupcon of straight-up snake venom tossed in because why the fuck not?
And I have no doubt in my mind that Patricia did discuss Kathryn with her - it's what people do, talk about other people. What's she's missing is that 1. This is what adults do, it's called "conversation" and it isn't necessarily talking shit and 2. It probably wasn't intended to set Kathryn and she at odds. She was already *at odds* with Kathryn due to Thomas. In short, (and to quote the Ancient One), IT'S NOT ALWAYS ABOUT YOU, Ashley.
Anyway, my hat is off to the editor for getting Eliza's instant regret at inviting Ashley. I personally can't wait to see the contrived bullshit the producers pulled to get her at Patricia's gala. I'm sure it will be a gossamer thin cover.