Duchess Kate “vows to sleep on streets” (if streets are lined with eyeliner)

Let’s just call this what it is, without having to hedge and backtrack. Duchess Kate has gotten a lot of bad press over the past week, and her (many) staffers are trying to reclaim the news cycle, change the subject, and make Kate look like a real working princess with an oh-so-common touch. The week has been full of stories about the Queen making sure that Kate “knows her place” in the royal protocol curtsey-line, then there was the back and forth about Kate’s spending habits and how she (Prince Charles) has dropped $163,000 in one year on clothes – and she’s not even a full-time working royal. And then there’s the weirdness with Prince William maybe giving her parents money for their home. Basically, Kate was going to come out of this week looking like a couture-obsessed snob from a family of grifters, and a “duchess” who isn’t as important as the “blood princesses”. So what better way to change things up by announcing that you are literally going to “slum it”? Kate didn’t really announce it, though the timing of this story is ridiculously convenient.

THE Duchess of Cambridge is to sleep rough on the streets of London. She will join Centrepoint ambassador and Loose Women star Lisa Maxwell on the Sleep Out campaign to raise awareness of the growing homeless problem in the capital.

Prince William, who is a patron of the charity like his mother Diana was before him, has already taken part in one. Lisa, 48, told Kate she should follow her husband’s example and join her the next time she was involved and the Duchess agreed. Lisa said William, 30, introduced his wife to her at a party and the pair immediately hit it off.

She said: “I work with Centrepoint and William’s our patron. We had a little do and they both came down. She asked me about sleeping out, so I said: ‘Next time I do it, you’re doing it with me. No excuses, he’s done it.’ She said: ‘You’re on’.”

Speaking at London’s Brasserie Blanc at an afterparty for the opening of her new play, Chicken, Lisa described the Duchess as “very savvy and very smart”. William slept rough with other homeless people in the run-up to Christmas 2009, settling down next to wheelie bins close to Blackfriars Bridge.

Next to him was Centrepoint chief executive, Seyi Obakin, and William’s private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton. During the night, they almost got run over by a roadsweeper.

Writing on the Centrepoint website, Seyi revealed: “He was determined to do it as [Centrepoint] patron to raise awareness of the problem and to be able to understand a little better what rough sleepers go through.”

A St James’ Palace spokesperson said at the time: “Prince William took away from the experience the importance of tackling all the issues that cause people to be homeless and stay homeless, from drug dependency to mental health problems.”

Centrepoint which helps the homeless in London and the North East, was one of six organisations Diana remained patron of when she scaled back her charitable interests. Kate, 30, joined William on a visit to the charity last year, getting involved in a healthy eating cookery programme. Latest figures show there has been a 20% increase in those sleeping rough in a year.

[From The Daily Mirror]

Is it a great cause? Of course. Will Kate bring a great deal of attention, focus and money to Centrepoint if she goes through with it? Yes, she will. Should she be applauded for going through with it, if she does go through with it? Absolutely. Is the timing of this story beyond suspicious and moving into “completely obvious PR scheme”? Yep.

By the way, Prince Charles has released his annual accounting, but if I’m reading this the right way, Charles didn’t issue a real breakdown or list of what he was spending on which of the royal family members. Basically, we still don’t know exactly how much Charles has spent on Kate in particular, we only know how much Charles spent in general – you can read the story here.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. HotPockets says:

    This is my question. Why is the royal family still relevant? They serve no purpose other than maintaining the “integrity” of their bloodlines. I, as an american, have no interest in them at this point. Kate Middleton is the only thing that is interesting about them,and even that is a stretch/ end rant.

  2. Kloops says:

    Her job is to basically be useless and look pretty. I’d say she’s nailed it! If she manages to bring real attention to charity then bonus points for her.

  3. melmel says:

    I think I mentioned before but doesn`t have William have money of his own (before the windfall that he received on his 30th). That would mean he should pay for some of her clothing. Unless the eyeliner has eaten up that budget

  4. Jackie O says:

    this transparent stunt just makes me dislike them more.

    this is the best their crack PR team could come up with?

    all she has to do to start turning things around is cut down on the high maintenance look and go do some real full time work. that’s it. i still would not be a huge fan, but i may start coming around.

  5. Genevieve says:

    Hmmm….let me see if I really care if Waity sleeps on the streets….


  6. ANGELIC 20 says:

    kaiser you nailed it . I was just wondering that there are no positive Kate stories in the tabloids lately , so here it comes . If you read the article ,you can see she just agreed to take part in a conversation , i mean she can’t just no to a woman face when asked to sleep on the streets for charity . I will believe this story when i actually see her sleeping on the street and if this ever happens ( i am bloody sure it will not ) i will appreciate her efforts for once because this is a major problem in many parts of London. For the moment it just look like another pr spin to deviate attention from the actual facts and negative stories about her . i wonder how old her pr team is ? because they come out as very obvious .

  7. maemay says:

    Looking at the actual documents noone mentions that Prince Charles raised 131 million in charity.

    • LAK says:

      Charles charity efforts have always been overlooked or steamrolled by the people who can’t see past his bad husband to Diana rep.

      • Genevieve says:

        NAILED it. While I dislike Charles and the abominable CPB, his charitable interests and contributions cannot be ignored. Good show for pointing this out.

      • Amelia says:

        I actually like Charles, but I do live in Cornwall so we tend to get more attention :p He may have won several douche prizes with everything that happened with Diana, but I’ve always admired his work on environmental causes. (just to clarify, I’m not saying that’s justification for cheating).
        Did anyone see his speech at the end of the Jubilee Concert? Brilliant. YouTube it

    • JulieM says:

      Wow, maemay. This may be the first time I’ve agreed with you. You’re on a roll!

      I agree with the other commenters here too. Charles has been doing good works for years, decades even, with his Prince’s Trust and other concerns. He gets a bum rap because of his husbandry skills. Which sucked, actually. Although I think he’s doing better the second time around.

  8. backwards says:

    I remember William got a bit of flack when he did this because there were heaps of bodyguards around him and he had better amenities then the homeless.

    I’m sure it will be the same if Kate ever does this.

  9. bluhare says:

    It’s a nice gesture, but she has to do it really or else she would really look bad.

    I’m quite disappointed she is getting such bad press but, on the other hand, there wouldn’t be so much of it if there were nothing to back it up. At the end of the day I’m a disillusioned optimist. She does a great job as a Highlighter Of Issues, but it appears that’s about all she does. That being said, I’m not sure William wants her to be a big show unto herself. Look what happened last time.

    BUT she wouldn’t even join the bloody officers wives club because they might be moving. (That was for you, LAK!)

    • LAK says:

      Bluhare – That is so funny :)

      She did say she would be a RAF wives club joining housewife so this may go the same way if it is true.

      I have to say i am a disillusioned optimist too. My job of course doesn’t help because it makes me a complete cynic.

      • bluhare says:

        She did say it. I think it was when she was engaged and it was all about their idyllic life in Wales in the “cottage” that (thanks to you) I now know is a big house on a landed estate. Of course she would join the wives club! She’s one of them!

        Not any more apparently.

        To the people who think I’m a h8r because I don’t post all sunshine and roses about her, *this* is why!!

        Disillusioned optimists tend to be cynics, LAK. Don’t know what you do, but I bet it involves dealing with people who think they’re all that and a bag of chips and/or liars.

      • LAK says:

        Bluhare – my job involves smoke and mirrors. It’s quite disppointing the extent of smoking and mirroring that goes on in my industry.

  10. Palefire says:

    Why all the hate. So what if her parents needed money. Normal couples with limited cash help parents… Her clothing budget is like nothing… Celebrities spend 30,000 $ on one purse everyday. I think she’s sweet and comes across nice and ordinary. Why paint her like a gold digger or ridiculous character of opulence and waste which she actually seems like she’s not. Watch a episode of any of the real housewives and they fit all the above… Grossly and with tons of tacky.

  11. moja31 says:

    This is kind of hilarious. It’s a great cause, but I think folks would have been more impressed if she’d done something low key like showing support for the victims of serious flooding in their supposed “home” of Wales. But I suppose it’s a lot easier to get some press by “announcing” plans do something big in the future (which will probably never happen anyway), than actually doing something small when it’s needed. This way she still doesn’t actually have to do anything. Sorry, but this has stunt written all over it.

  12. Me says:

    I dont get it why does she HAVE TO do ANYTHING? What does it matter? She’s a rich girl from a rich family who married the prince of England for Christ’s sake! If Americans dont understand British politics and history who cares. The whole attitude here is just gross. Sorry youre not rich, sorry you have to work, sorry you didnt marry a prince. Let the girl do her thing.

    • Brenda C. says:

      “Her thing” as a future Queen of England is to lead by example, support causes that aid the people of Britain, and show some compassion. People call her out because she has hardly done anything of substance and when she does show up to events all people can focus on is her clothes.

      She could turn all the attention on her fashion into a positive thing and really show support for the charities she is a patron of, but she hasn’t. She looks completely disengaged and while she does make an effort with little children, it still lacks warmth and sincerity.

      If she married a famous celebrity I wouldn’t care what she did. But she is, in essence, the face of the British Royal Family. The amount of money the BRF bring in tourism and what not to Britain does matter and the PR surrounding her is very important.

      Sure I think the criticism surrounding her clothes and makeup can be a bit harsh at times but I think it’s very telling that the majority of discussion is about her clothes and not, you know, her charity work or lack thereof.

    • bluhare says:

      We are letting her do her thing. Why is it a problem when people comment on it?

  13. iseepinkelefants says:

    I smell damage control. Quick remind the plebs she’s a commoner just like them! *eyeroll*

    Really curious to know how them sleeping rough for one night helps homeless people? Does it magically put money in their pokects and give them a flat? Stupidest PR stunt I’ve ever heard of.

    And if you have to shout from the rooftops you’re doing it, you’re probably not doing it for a good cause. It’s my understanding that Diana only ever broadcast her efforts once she had done them. And even then I’m not sure she gave press conferences telling everyone that she would pawn off KP’s silver for money and sneak leftovers out after parties.

  14. BeeBee says:

    Hahahahaha Yeah, this will happen.

  15. JulieM says:

    Waity sleep on the street. Does she get to bring her satin sheets? PR Stunt City, Sweetheart.

  16. HME says:

    Well I hope they all realize that she basically HAS to do it now…….and if she does do it I hope that someone is able to get it through her head that she absolutely CANNOT show up to a ‘sleeping rough’ event looking like she’s just spent 4 hours in the beauty parlor.

  17. benny says:

    It’s a start.

    Their attempts to sell Kate as a fashion-plate, stylish fairy-tale princess didn’t really work. Kate just doesn’t have the fashion sense or personal style to pull it off.

    I think it’s good that they are switching gears. I thought they should look into selling her as a hard-working royal like Anne, or an empathetic person like Diana. This is a start.

  18. angelic 20 says:

    I knew it, this will never happen. A palace official declined the rumours and said she will not be doing this.here is a link to his exact statement


    • June says:

      i find it interesting that they say nowhere kate had declined to sleep on streets, that makes me believe the rumors that she agreed first. it could be a great possibility to prove she could do something good and is worth her titel. but sadly she left the chance pass by.

  19. Kayla says:

    She can never be Diana. Kate seems like a smug career woman. Diana was not afraid to show her vulnerabilities.

  20. erika says:

    How Princess Di innovative she is…

    sorry, looking at 1st pic of her, immediate thought that came to my mind was..

    “she’s very pretty…she just doesn’t have any of the spark that Di had.”

    Princess Di just had this sorrowful but beautiful, kind deep twinkle in her eye…loved her, the good, bad and the crazy…

    Kate just lacks star appeal..i wish she’d step it up and show us some star power, but recycling a very innovative move that Di did almost 25 yrs ago? boring..

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  22. June says:

    i read somewhere that there was a video on youtube in which kate speaks to the duchess of northumberland about how great pippa is. but i can’t find it. can anyone help me?

  23. Luise says:

    She’s ooogly with that maniacal insane looking grin. So over her. William is such a dumb ass for inflicting this thing and her greedy grasping lot on the royal family.