These are new photos of “Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge” and Prince William last night at a London fundraiser for ARK (Absolute Return for Kids). Will and Kate arrived in a blue Jaguar, and (I swear to God this is the text from People Magazine) “With William placing a guiding hand on his wife’s back, she giggled a little as she stopped on the purple-carpeted steps for photographs.” The gown is Penny Packham – I like it. It’s more sparkly and glam than Kate usually goes for, and this blush-pink is a really difficult color to wear. You have to have a very specific skin tone, and Kate, still glowing with a great tan from her honeymoon, really pops. Some sites are saying she looks “the thinnest she’s ever been” but I actually think she looked way thinner right after she returned from her honeymoon. She actually looks like she’s back to solids now.
Anyway, I keep reading about Catherine and Prince William’s Canadian and American tour like it’s the second coming of Jesus. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited that Waity & Wills will be on American soil too, but even I don’t care for the breathless coverage of every single little nuance and twitch from some “palace insider” dishing on the couple’s travel plans. Here’s what’s known thus far: Kate is not traveling with a lady in waiting, nor stylist, nor valet, although the stylist or “dresser” thing could change, possibly before the trip. Rumor has it that Kate will be doing her own makeup and possibly her own hair for the trip, and will have at least three costume changes a day, or more. It‘s a ten-day trip, and reportedly, she‘s packing 40 outfits. And you know what the makeup thing means, right? Raccoon McWaity rides again! That girl loves her eyeliner. She loves to cake it on and on forever.
This Enquirer story was one of the more interesting pieces about the upcoming trip, only because the speculation involves Kate trying to “demand” that she and William spend more time in LA, so they can properly take in the sights and hang out with Oprah and Brangelina:
Kate Middleton hit the roof when she learned their upcoming visit to Hollywood would be strictly business, insiders say – and demanded to meet Hollywood’s biggest stars, including her idol Oprah Winfrey!
“Kate is a dedicated Oprah fan. She admires her for becoming a TV icon after growing up poor. She regards Oprah as American royalty and the queen of Hollywood,” an informed royal source tells The Enquirer.
The trouble started when Kate saw the names of the people who were scheduled to meet with she and William during their two-day stop in California.
“Kate asked, ‘Where are the movie stars? This bunch is so dull!’” the source divulged. William explained they were going to California as business ambassadors for Britain – and Kate blew up, said the source.
“She stormed, ‘I want to see Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston and J. Lo!’” the insider revealed. “Kate has never set foot in Canada or the US, and she’s determined to make this an occasion for the family album. Her anger shocked William. He was all set to do his royal duty, but Kate was having none of it.”
She demanded palace courtiers make a call to Oprah so she could tour Oprah’s Santa Barbara estate, and persuaded William to push for introductions to Justin Timberlake and Reese Witherspoon.
The royal couple will definitely get together with David and Victoria Beckham, which “William thinks is a big deal… but Kate told him they could meet with the Beckhams when they come over to London. She’s not impressed.”
“Kate was livid because William agreed to only two days in California. She’s demanding at least four… she wants to see where the stars live and take in every aspect of LA life. She’ll be like a kid in a candy store!”
[From The Enquirer, print edition]
Now, do I really think Kate would storm around, demanding things? Nope. I think she’s still in geisha mode, although to be fair to her, her personality does seem to lean towards “even-tempered” and “reticent”. Even if she’s pissed off about something, it’s doubtful that she would ever raise her newly-posh voice. My guess is that Kate probably expressed a slight disappointment that she and William weren’t going to get to do any “fun” things while in California, and that was what got blown out of proportion. Also, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Oprah and Kate met sometime soon. Oprah is probably working her way into some invitation as we speak. But how much would you love a photo of Kate and Angelina Jolie?
Photos courtesy of Fame & WENN.