Prince William’s push present for Kate: Scottish estate ‘for when they’re not working’

I get the feeling that these photos from Duchess Kate’s hospital exit yesterday will be the last photos we get of Kate for a few weeks. She’s going to be laying low at Kensington Palace for a while, and then maybe (probably) the Queen will demand Kate and William’s presence at Sandringham for Christmas, so we might get photos of Will and Kate on or around Christmas day going into some church services. So… there will be a dearth of new Kate photos, just prepare yourselves. Even when the new year comes, I don’t think we’ll be seeing much of her for a while. I don’t see Kate as the kind of girl (or the kind of royal woman) to be seen out in some clingy evening gown while she is with child. But you never know. Maybe Kate will miraculously feel better by February and she’ll be back to a full schedule. “Full schedule” = one event a week, maybe.

As I’ve said many, many times before, this pregnancy is the best thing to ever happen to Kate’s image in general, and specifically for all of the complainers (raises hand) who bitch about her lack of work and her lack of interest in anything beyond her hair and shopping. Because now all of those complainers will look like such big, mean trolls for yelling at poor, pukey Duchess Kate. As we should – I’m not going to yell at her now or for a while. Poor girl can barely stand up straight from the looks of things. Still, it’s funny to think that from here on out, Kate will never really have a “full schedule” in the traditional sense. First she’ll be pregnant, then she’ll want to focus on being a mom for several years, and then she’ll get pregnant again, and then, like, a decade from now people will be like, “Seriously, WTF does she do all day?”

What was the point of all that? Ah, yes. According to Life & Style, William is going to get Kate a really nice “push present”. He’s going to buy her a Scottish estate, a “holiday home that they can visit when they are not working.” Hahaha.

Kate Middleton’s getting an early push present from doting husband, Prince William: a new home! As their family expands, William plans for them to lay down new roots in Scotland — near the Queen’s Balmoral estate — to make room for baby.

“William has been looking into adding another house to their portfolio and he wants it to be a surprise to Kate,” an insider tells the new issue of Life & Style, on newsstands now. “He wants it to be a holiday home that they can visit when they are not working.”

And in typical Prince William style, the home won’t be an extravagant palace, the source details: “It will likely be something cottage style and cozy.”

Earlier today, Kate was released from King Edward VII Hospital after being treated for nearly four days with a case of Hyperemesis Gravidarum — a severe form of morning sickness.

“She left the hospital smiling and looking in good health,” an eyewitness tells Life & Style.

As Life & Style reports in this week’s issue, the royal couple are set to welcome their bundle of joy in July.

[From Life & Style]

It would make sense for William to buy a Scottish cottage or estate close to Balmoral so that they can have their own space while still visiting with the Queen (and Charles, when he becomes King and inherits Balmoral, which is still technically a private residence as opposed to a royal property). But Balmoral itself is HUGE and there are many “cottages” on its epic acreage. Surely the Queen would “give” William and Kate a cottage on her estate?

Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. marie says:

    well isn’t that nice, I’m sure the only push present I’ll get is hemmoroids-to each their own.. ha

  2. brin says:

    Wow….and she didn’t even push yet!

    • Eleonor says:

      My thought.
      Isn’t it too early?? Maybe everything is superfine, but I would not want a push present in the very early stages of a pregnancy.

      • Anonny says:

        Definitely. She needs to get through a couple trimesters before planning the estate. And I’ll just say it: this is not a woman built for pregnancy.

      • Devon says:

        In all fairness, if this is true, Scottish property law and transactions can be a bitch to deal with. I live in Edinburgh and my husband and I have looked into buying and compared to the English and North American systems, it’s a bit more difficult. Starting to look now wouldn’t be a bad idea.

      • Liza Jane says:

        This idea of a ‘Push’ present is purely a new North American way to show ostentatious ‘thanks’ for what is an entirely normal process! Being English I’d never heard of it before celebs started flaunting gaudy jewellery as a gift for doing what most women do in a committed relationship! I seriously doubt that William or Kate would ever consider or implement the idea of such a ‘gift’ it is just his natural desire for privacy and a more modern approach to life in the Royal fishbowl! As to her ‘job’ she took it on,knowing she was to provide an heir,luckily for a man she clearly loves as is evinced by the looks they give each other…I think that it is a failure to understand the complexity of succession and Royalty that makes for this mean spiritedness towards Kate! She will, in time,come to a schedule that will please all of you when she is Queen but for now, let them have some normalcy to absorb their new status as future parents!

      • Suze says:

        @Liza Jane

        Funny, I thought the term “push present” was British.

        I never heard it until a few years ago and only then from the Daily Mail. It certainly doesn’t ping North American.

        No one here is stopping Will and Kate from “normalcy”! They will continue to live their abnormal lives in the weirdness that is the royal family and there will be continued snark.

    • Birdix says:

      And doesn’t it seem a bit like Marie Antionette’s “cottages” at Versailles? They’ll go to Scotland to get away from it all and play peasant?

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        I know, right? Le Petit Trianon, the space wherein M.A. played at the bucolic life of the rustc goat gatherer.

        Just be glad that we have the absolute luxury of just rolling our eyes a bit and shrugging because goodness knows what would happen if we found out that she was bathing in strawberries and tossing them when we’ve been eating grass. In this post-TMZ world in which we live, I imagine that kind of knowledge would give life to a foul little congress of Berserkers a little too overly-infatuated with their ‘concern’ who would inflict righteous madness who through acts and tabloids would outstrip anything that the Storming visited upon the idle wigged. ‘Oh, look! I’ve used my cursor drawing function to alter this photo so the ‘political’ illusion of dripping semen off the mouth is created. DISCOURSE!

        I’m picturing a scenario in which that overripe melon Trump would be leading a wantonly destructive band of unholy fools and years from now we would see in our art galleries all of those portraits of Hapsburg Jaws placed alongside the Trump Irradiation And Irony Displacement. I’m seeing it: he would have lost his ‘Le Macy’s’ deal to the Marquis de Sade and a pamphlet would ensue wherein Trump would flatly deny that it was, in fact, that aristocrat who penned The 120 Days. A manuscript? No, that is a proto mimeograph!

        I wonder why people think that shepherds have nothing more strenuous to do than write randy wooing poetry and scamper about with Beethoven’s sixth symphony playing on a permanent loop.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        @ Jo `Mama’ Besser, I love your posts.;-}

  3. lflips says:

    I hate the term “push present” it sounds so vulgar.

  4. Cheryl says:

    I think this is exactly what many mothers would love to do… Have some babies, spend a few years just focusing on raising them, spending time with them without worrying about working or finances (or cleaning, or cooking, or finding quality babysitters…) and for all that, all she has to do is give up any semblance of privacy, and live under intense worldwide scrutiny and pressure the whole time.

    I think it’s ok she doesn’t ‘do’ anything else right now.

    That’s her job. Dealing with all this protocol and pressure is MORE than enough, so enough with the ‘what does she do all day?’ She has years to develop her charity work and better outreach. As she becomes a mother, and more comfortable as a royal family member in her own right, this will all develop (like it did with Diana.)

    And bad ‘morning sickness’ is horrible. It’s like being incredibly hungover 24/7, and nothing brings relief. Puking, resting, eating – nothing. Wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

    • Angelic 20 says:

      Well unlike other mothers she do not have her own money and she lives on public funds directly or indirectly and people are expected to curtesy her and you do not get that kind of respect for being a publicly funded stay home mother and she will not learn how to do her job by sitting at home because her job requires her to be in outside meeting people. Plus don’t compare her to Diana because it will never ever help her, Diana did 200 plus engagements in first year under the same scrutiny while pregnant and did not take years to build her charitable profile. She was supporting AIDS and many other causes by her 3rd year right after Harry’s birth. Please at least research well before making excuses for a woman that has never worked regularly or remotely hard in her whole life and is getting praised for wearing nice clothes or for being pretty or in love and now for getting pregnant.

      • JulieM says:

        Geez, Angelic 20, you’re on a roll. Yes, exactly.

      • ahoyhoy says:

        Diana was born & raised as Lady Spencer. Kate was middle-class. Allowing her time to ease into that kind of fishbowl shouldn’t get your blood up so much. Let it go.
        Are you seriously this up in arms about royalty? Whatever’s going on, I hope it gets better for you. Cheers.

      • Angelic 20 says:


        Yes I am very annoyed by so called royalty because I am expected to curtesy her, admirer her and bombarded by how amazing great she is every since she got pregnant .literally I cannot ignore her because of all the over the top reporting and all the straight out lies said by both Kate and William and midis plus their fans like above, so I corrected them. I hope you find someone more suitable for your prayer considering everything that is going on in world.

      • Alexandra Bananarama says:

        Ahoyhoy It’s just restating facts at this point..

        Kate was middle class, but went to very nice schools that normal middle class people wouldn’t be able to afford outside of grants and scholarships. And by going to those schools had more upper crust friends and was surrounded by that lifestyle.

        Not only was she older than Diana when she met William, but she had 9 years of William “testing her” to research charities or to build a career for herself should William have found someone else.. She was well aware of the fishbowl she jumped into.

        Diana was a teenager when Charles swooped in and they had a whirlwind romance, got married, and had children right away. Diana still managed to do more work in 2 years than Kate has in the past 11.

        Her job, as archaic as it is, is to produce a healthy heir and she’s doing it. Just don’t compare her to Diana because that trump card can’t be played here. Just accept her for what she is. a Lazy woman who fought hard for 1 thing.. to be married and taken care of.

      • LAK says:

        Ahoyahoy – tiny correction: ‘Lady Spencer’ means wife of Spencer. Daughters use their first names in the title as in ‘Lady Diana Spencer’. That’s how you distinguish daughters from wives.

      • ani says:

        I swear am not an hater but I really don’t get the love for this girl. Seriously apart from marrying the prince what other achievement does she have. What is she a role model of? Get a guy in college, wait till he propose, and be set for life! Have some kids, then have some charities that you chair. She just got lucky it was a prince that fell in love with her. Even william has a job and still manage to perform the duties expected of him and he’s the royal blood! What is the difference between her and some girls whose goal in life is to be married to Dr somebody the third. Stupid cinderella complex.

      • running says:

        Yes, Diana did all that and was still criticized and bitched about by people like you for things like listening to duran duran and going jogging in the palace. It was only after the DIVORCE that all the dirt came out about how much stress and pressure Diana was under. Apparently the queen learned from her mistakes with Diana and is allowing Katherine more freedom. It sounds to me like you are the one with a cinderella complex but since there’s no prince coming your way, jealousy is rearing it’s ugly head. The bottom line is that if I walked into your life and told you to work harder, get a better job, be more productive, and toe the line I’ve arbitrarily set for you, you would tell me to f-off. But for some reason you think it’s okay for you to do that to other people. I guess if you are so anti-royalty you can always come to america so you don’t have to curtsy. What’s that? I thought not.

      • Suze says:

        @ running –

        That’s a spirited defense of the royal lifestyle, but I don’t think posters here who don’t share your views are jealous. They’re just being snarky, and this is the site to do it on.

        We have no idea what the Queen is or isn’t telling Kate to do. None of us do.

    • inthekitchen says:

      @Cheryl — Sorry, but if that’s the life she wanted to live then she should have married a rich private citizen…not, you know, the future KING OF ENGLAND whose family has the job of a lifetime of service and duty (supposedly) to the country. All the other royal women were able to work steadily from the moment they joined the family. Why is this lazy child-like woman – excuse me, this precious snowflake and wonderful role model for women throughout the world – different?

      These two, IMO, are the laziest, most overrated British royals in recent memory. They want all of the trappings and none of the work (and I mean real, boring ribbon cutting and charity work, not a steady stream of movie premiere galas and hobnobbing with celebrities). Then they want us all to be fooled into thinking they are “just like us” – look, Waity shops for her own groceries (when she needs a photo op)! Meanwhile they are spending millions of public money renovating palaces, and now, buying yet another residence. Ah yes, just a normal couple, right? So down to earth!

      Sorry, Cheryl, I got sidetracked. I guess my reply to your post is only the part about having married the wrong man if she just wants to stay at home and have babies.

      • andy says:

        Prince William has saved the lives of several people as a rescue pilot with the RAF. I don’t call that doing nothing.

      • LAK says:

        @Andy – His job is to recue people. period. He isn’t being a good samaritan. he draws a salary to rescue people. statistically he has far greater chance of doing that than me, whose job isn’t to rescue people.

        PLUS his job isn’t a one man job. it’s a team effort. He unlike his team mates gets extra praise for it.

        it’s like praising the ambulance driver for a job well done and ignoring all the other ambulance team members.

    • Meredith says:

      I get that people think Kate lays about and does nothing. BUT…. if you or I had the chance to do the same – stay at home, not rush to work or put up with bitchy co-workers, unreasonable bosses all the while wanting only to be with our kids instead of desparately trying to keep all the balls in the air at the same time – wouldn’t we choose to do what Kate is doing? I’m not sure how much public money William gets but I know he gets private money from Charles. But honestly, would you really do your own laundry and groceries if you didn’t have to??

      • ??? says:

        This is a general reply to add to the discussion on post #5. The argument for allowing Kate time to “ease into the fishbowl” is valid, but really only if you’re not taking into consideration that she did essentially spend at least seven years in pseudo-training while dating William before he proposed to her. And during that time, she did next to nothing that would demonstrate a tremendous work ethic. She never established any sort of image — other than that of “the royal girlfriend” — that would identify her as someone with more substantial interests, even if these interests didn’t have to do with charity work. I know that for me, that’s my personal “beef” with her.

        Sure, most people — many mothers — would love not to work and instead focus solely on their families and raising their children. That’s understandable. But the lack of Kate’s work ethic before marrying into the royal family makes a pretty compelling case for assuming she’ll continue to work only as much or even less as she needs to in order to get by as a future queen (i.e., only attending the galas and ribbon-cuttings, etc.).

        Perhaps she’ll make a wonderful mother … for hers and William’s children’s sake, I pray she does. However, though she in no way needs to emulate Diana, I will be very surprised if she ever carves out a true niche for herself as a public servant. I bank on her being the royal mom/future queen who continues to lead the same ol’ lazy life she leads now. It’s all she’s ever known, at least throughout the young adult years of her life and up until the present. And she seems to be comfortable and content with it. And although she is kept on a leash, quite frankly, she strikes me as the kind of person who finds this her sole purpose, which is actually perfect for the role within the royal family she is expected to play.

      • Lala says:

        Meredith, I would definately not do the same as Katy. It is not about wealth and desire to procrastinate and do nothing. It is about achieving things that have values in your life, it is about being “usefull”, it is about self – confidence. I can say it is an amazing feeling when you work and see the results of it. Kate Middleton for me is the one who hag zero ambitions, goals and life values. She is so fragile, that the whole world gets crazy when she got morning sickness. The bar was set so low for her ( she and Willie did it actually themselves) that we do not expect this woman to cope with no other issue on her way than shopping. Stop finding excuses for her!

      • Zimmer says:

        I wouldn’t do the laundry and groceries, but I would certainly find something to get involved in, if not an actual job. Nothing more boring than sitting around watching the clock or discussing different hair treatments. Even shopping is tiring. Seems like someone in Kate’s position would want to be remembered for doing something positive, in addition to raising children, but I guess I just grew up with the old “do unto others….” wisdom.

        I am glad she does not seem evil, but to me, apathy is also a crime. She could do so much, but William especially should know that and insist that she does more.

        Do not wish that sickness on anyone, having also experienced it, though. I am really surprised they say only 2 percent suffer from it. Must be under reported.

      • Angelic 20 says:

        La la
        I second that.

        Charles do not own duchy, he can’t sell duchy, he simply receives income from it and hr writes his expenses from duchy in tax cuts. Kp is tax payers funded, body guards tax payers funded, and indirectly by duchy . So no Charles do not have private income, his income is very much public and he explains and open his accounts every year to media and Anders questions on how and why and where he is spending his money. They are funded by public directly and indirectly.

      • Alexandra Bananarama says:

        Meredith, Well said. The other women that William allegedly had his eye on all had careers and passions, but didn’t feel the need for a title and the fishbowl life. Others have said he settled on Kate because even when he was bad she turned a blind eye and stayed with him.

        Zimmer. The deal with HG is it’s turned into a very broad diagnosis. And I thought it was under 1% reported. It was for expecting women that had intense morning sickness that lasted past the 1st trimester and often there is a feeding tube involved. Now it can be for anyone that is having a rough time and needs an iv drip, but in pregnancy if you need an iv drip it’s pretty bad. It’s still a proper diagnosis, but it’s often only associated with extreme cases.

      • Lauren says:

        Finances, becoming fat and unattractive,stretch marks, losing baby weight, being a perfect mum– women have to be friggin perfect. Meanwhile, men still do whatever they want–frightening reality of motherhood. Kate looks so much healthier & radiant now that she is pregnant. Not going to criticise Kate at all. I am a little envious, but the pressure of producing magical-gorgeous-genius royal heir(s) must be unimaginable. We have our own petty-mean bosses..Kate’s boss is the Queen. Wish her well.

      • running says:

        Meredith you are absolutely right. And to those who complain that Katherine is lazy or unmotivated, how do you know? From what I understand, as far as her job was concerned she was walking on eggshells while dating her husband because the palace didn’t want her to be seen as too working class. For all you know, she wanted to work but her options were restricted. And since she wasn’t a member of the royal family why would she have had years of “training” regarding the protocol or charity work. She wasn’t yet invited to the functions where she would have put the more stringent protocols to the test. And everyone who is being nasty about her morning sickness, you really should use google more often. Hyperemesis Gravidum is a real illness that can cause severe dehydration requiring IV fluids. Dehydration can in turn cause miscarriage. It’s much more serious than just normal morning sickness. If you are carrying the heir to the throne I would imagine that your handlers would be more inclined to be safe than sorry.

      • LAK says:

        @Running : “From what I understand….”

        does this mean you don’t know?

        the answers to your speculations are in the public domain.

      • Plutogirl says:

        “I get that people think Kate lays about and does nothing. BUT…. if you or I had the chance to do the same – stay at home, not rush to work or put up with bitchy co-workers, unreasonable bosses all the while wanting only to be with our kids instead of desparately trying to keep all the balls in the air at the same time – wouldn’t we choose to do what Kate is doing? I’m not sure how much public money William gets but I know he gets private money from Charles. But honestly, would you really do your own laundry and groceries if you didn’t have to?”

        You do have the chance to do the same. I spent my whole life insisting on this lifestyle, and now I have it. I would never put up with the bitchy co-workers and unreasonable bosses. Just take this life–determine you’re going to have it, and pursue it with all that you are and all that you have. Settle for nothing less. All I do now is look pretty and wear nice clothes. My next step is finding a plastic surgeon who can cut out 35 pounds I don’t want. That’s my goal for 2013.

    • LAK says:


      Diana worked from day 1.

      her honeymoon cruise was a working one. only the few days [DAYS!!!] they had at Sandringham or was it Balmoral were proper honeymoon and rest.

      Diana carried out close to 200 engagements in her first year as a royal against Kate’s 30-40, and that is including WK Canada tour.

      Diana may not have made as big an impact in her early days as she made a few years later BUT SHE WAS WORKING.

      She worked through the pregnancies – numerous pictures at various engagements testify to that. She worked through their early lives, infact took William with her on tour as a baby. Maternity leave was barely taken.

      PLEASE PEOPLE stop downgrading Diana’s work record to make excuses for Kate.

      • Kate says:

        I don’t think they should have worked her so hard so early, in all honesty. I don’t think she could take it at all, and I think it contributed to her cracking up. Not the working – she’d have been fine in an office job – but the nature of the work. Adulation, massive crowds, huge pressure, and having to fake joy when she felt really terrible. She was just too young to have to handle that at full tilt from day one, IMO.

        Not a big Diana fan. But I still think she should have had a softer introduction that she was allowed. No wonder she couldn’t handle things, with a horrible marital implosion on the one hand, and then being the world’s biggest celebrity on the other, and all before she was even in her mid 20s.

        I don’t really have strong feelings about Kate working before she joined the family, because she was a private citizen and it was none of our business. I think it’s really poor she hasn’t done much since, though. They cost us a lot of money and she needs to provide value for it.

        I feel awful for her in the current situation, and she has the right to take it easy now. I also think she’s entitled to a year’s maternity leave, like anyone else. But afterwards IMO she needs to be doing at least 3 full days of engagements a week. It’s what the enormous privileges are supposed to be earned by.

      • LAK says:

        @Kate – I am not a Diana fan, but I do appreciate her work ethic. I had no opinion on kate for same reason that you’ve given ie. She was a private citizen and therefore none of my business.

        I find myself forced to defend Diana because her basic complaint was that she had no help to deal with all she had to deal with. This of course was revisionist on her part as she turned down any help she was given, but the result was the same. She struggled.

        William and Kate pull out the Diana card as their excuse for poor record in any arena and unfortunately for Diana people really do believe that Kate is comparable.

        Kate is lucky to live in an era that is more sympathetic – can you imagine if Diana had cried off work because it was stressing her out enough to give her grey hairs as Kate did as an explanation for cutting short her engagements on William’s return from the Falklands??

    • Liza Jane says:

      Absolutely agree..this in a nutshell!! And ‘push present’ is a very vulgar,modern day term,hope it dies away!! It is really media spawned anyway!

  5. Alexandra Bananarama says:

    Too soon to be a push present. I bet this is just William being proactive about their privacy. Preset locations that have been properly secured for vacations.

  6. Angelic 20 says:

    They already have a cottage in Scotland gifted by Queen on William’s 30 birthday. And I said it before you that by the time 2 years grace period will be over she will be knocked up and after birth the pr will say as William never had a normal childhood, and please remember Diana always wanted him to have one (place don’t forget the she dotted tragically and will be very proud of them because he says so), they will not be working full time and be a stay home parents to their children with the help of 4 nannies (2 for each) while living in public funded palace, body guards, and indirectly by the duchy. Not to mention 9 vacations per year and anyone who criticize is a jealous hater or bitter. Now I am going to start a bet with all Kate lovers or those who says that people should give her time before expecting her to work full time, well time will be up in April and I bet that she will not work till the second spare/child goes to boarding school and the excuses will continue.

    I do hope she and the baby are safe and fine abs she feels better and have a health y pregnancy and child.

    • Alexandra Bananarama says:

      Angelic there will be nothing better for her to be photographed very pregnant and working. By working i mean galas and waving from balconies. No new charities or visits to them unless we count those secret visits.

      So if attending galas and waving from afar is work, then she will work. If going somewhere without cameras and reporters present to see her working she will not. At least for right now she is doing the only thing that’s been expected of her since the wedding.

      • Angelic 20 says:

        I know Alexandra but I was not counting premieres as work. I don’t think Kate wants to be photographed while she is you know full grown pregnant considering how v vain she is and that her idea of beauty is being skinny. I think she prides herself on how she looks and for a woman like that Faubion g weight and looking like a pregnant woman will be a I am guessing that she will not like to be photographed while she its looking not so prefect in her view while she is pregnant. I don’t think she will embrace the change in her body shape very well imo.

      • Alexandra Bananarama says:

        She keeps herself in a way that pleases William so if he wants her out for a photo op I believe she’ll go along and if he wants her skinny again she will drop the baby weight very quickly.

        Her image of beauty is whatever is most pleasing to William. I figure this from past interviews and the way she would look to William for approval.

      • Angelic 20 says:

        I don’t think she keeps herself that way for William. She was healthy looking when she met him and while they were dating, she only started to starve herself after engagement and told someone on an engagement that it was all part of her plan.imo she thinks looking skinny is good and a part of being a fashion icon a

      • Alexandra Bananarama says:

        Well, that is just very sad for her then. I can see how you came to that conclusion that gaining weight would hurt her self image.

        I was thinking more about after the last time Will broke it off with her, she lost more weight and started dating his friends to gain access to everywhere he’d be under her mother’s advisement. I read that “all part of the plan” bit too, but never understood what she meant.

      • LAK says:

        All her appointments were cancelled, but THE HOBBIT premiere is on 12th December. and it’s a Royal Premiere. who wants to bet she will show up for that one?

  7. Ms Kay says:

    Let the most important fetus in the world rest off the media please, I’m getting morning sickness from hearing about it 24/7.

  8. RuddyZooKeeper says:

    I’m sure it’ll be quite the “surprise” — as long as Kate abstains from Internet, newspapers, supermarket magazine racks, and all public interaction and conversation for the next 7-8 months. Your secret is safe with us!

    When I was pregnant, I had no idea one received gifts for birthing a baby. I got a particularly amazing and thoughtful piece of jewelry after my first was born (lots of complications/hospital time for us), but I assumed it was because the process must have been much more gruesome and horrifying than I thought. But I guess even a perfect labor/delivery might seem pretty intense from a partner’s point of view. And difficult or easy, I still sort of like the idea of the “I-stand-in-awe-I’m-not-worthy-so-sorry-I-did-this-to-you” tokens.

  9. GoodCapon says:

    There are rumors that she’s going to attend The Hobbit premiere next week. If she really had/have HG, wouldn’t a week be a bit too early to go up and walk about?

    I don’t doubt that she’s ill and feeling weak, but I think the Palace pulled the sympathy card and over exaggerated her sickness.

  10. JulieM says:

    Once again, this is a joke, right? When they’re not working? When do they work?

    And once again I will say, I hope she is feeling better and has a healthy baby. She should lay low for a time; I’m all for that. She looked a little green around the gills yesterday. But, holy cow, are the Cambridges’ going to be milking this for all it’s worth.

    Harry for King!

    • Liza Jane says:

      It is the media milking it..we really have sunk to the lowest level now ! They had no intention of revealing the pregnancy,hadn’t told the Queen or her parents until she got violently ill…you seem to have no understanding of the way Royalty works, they are not your American celebrities…and it’s strange that you find it acceptable for everyone to intrude on their lives and comment with disregard for their young life and feelings! William has worked very hard to have a ‘real’ in which he risks his life, ( more than a lot of young people do these days) and his wife is able to stay home and raise their children if that’s what they want! It amazes me that we hang onto every word vain,useless,drug taking, wealthy( from our money buying heir product) celebs say and do but like to slag off decent humans just because they are perceived to be Royal and therefore ‘elitists’ ! Tell me if you’d like to get up each day and know you have to smile,shake innumerable hands and eat innumerable meals with dignitaries,all the while under a caustic,judging public eye!!!

      • JulieM says:

        Do you actually believe that the Middletons and the Palace don’t manipulate the press? Why else are they trying to push the fairytale that Waity is such a glorious role model and works so hard.

        Living in the lap of luxury. Yes, I would actually be interested in doing something to benefit the public good. Go ahead and photograph me. Sure, I’ll shake a few hands.

        William works hard? How much did the government spend training him to fly only for him to show up on occasion to do his job? I was an active duty Naval officer in a helicopter squadron and I do know for a fact that when William isn’t there, the other pilots in the squadron have to cover for him; which seems to be most of the time.

        And for the record, I can’t stand the Kardashians or any other stupid reality show morons who parade themselves around for money. They’re all crass idiots.

  11. bettyrose says:

    Would Kate even want that? She’s a girl that enjoys the city life. I get the need for a vacay spot near the family, but that’s more of an obligation than a gift.

  12. Lulu says:

    Her legs looked like pins when she exited the hospital poor thing. Still I agree with above poster who said that one of the best things she could do for her PR is some charity work while pregnant. But I suppose it would be scandalous or something for her to appear in public all round and luscious? I don’t recall photos of Diana much when she was pregnant.

    • Sachi says:

      Why would it be scandalous to appear pregnant? The only time I remember about that was when my history teacher told us a story back in the 1950s when she was in grade school and pregnant women were expected to go on maternity leave once they found out they were pregnant. One of her teachers tried to defy the rule and she was fired for being “scandalous” because she showed up for work with a big stomach and she wasn’t supposed to show the ‘innocent children’ where ‘kids come from’.

      In the past 10 years, there have been about 5 Princesses from non-royal backgrounds and 1 born-Princess who got pregnant and still maintained full schedules. If anything, the public expected them to be out and about attending their scheduled events to see the progress of their pregnancies. They weren’t told to stay home and do nothing.

      Of the princesses, Princess Letizia of Spain is the only one who also had 2 very difficult pregnancies but she didn’t miss any of her events and did more than 200 engagements from the announcement of her 2 pregnancies and up to the days before her daughters’ birth. She was also back to work a few weeks later.

      There was one photo of Diana having fallen asleep because she was pregnant with William and she had to attend an event.,,20395222_20504905_20980437,00.html

      Kate may be feeling sick, but I don’t think she should hide her pregnancy. If she’s feeling better and may feel like she’s up to doing some charity work and attend scheduled events, she can do them.

      • running says:

        Why are you hating on pregnant women so much? It’s like you think that pregnant women (or at least the royal ones) owe you blood or something. Being 8 months pregnant with my fifth, I would love to take it easy and not have to work. Why are you demanding that pregnant women have it difficult?

      • Sachi says:

        running – first of all, congrats on your fifth pregnancy.

        Secondly, WTF are you even talking about? How am I hating on pregnant women? I was replying to the original comment which asked if it would be “scandalous” for Kate to appear pregnant.

        I was only giving an example of how sexist it was back in the 1950s to expect pregnant women to leave work and hide their pregnancy, and then giving examples of other royal women who maintained their full schedules as before they got pregnant to make a point that no, it’s not scandalous to appear all “round and luscious” and no, we’re not in the 1950s anymore when women could be forced to hide their pregnancy and even be fired from a job.

        How is that “hating” on pregnant women? Did I say that pregnant women should work themselves to the grave instead of being lazy arses who just depend on their husbands? Did I say that pregnant women should be forced either to leave work and stay home OR be forced to come to work even when they’re not feeling well? Where did I say that Kate should attend all of her events even if she can’t get out of bed without vomiting and getting dizzy?

        I said IF. IF. IF. Kate is feeling better and feels up to doing some charity work, then she can do them. I didn’t say she MUST absolutely do everything on her schedule. HG is a serious diagnosis, I don’t doubt that. I was just saying that Kate’s condition may get better next week and she can do some light events IF her health permits it.

        Maybe you should re-read my comment instead of going off on a knee-jerk reaction.

  13. serena says:

    Like Charles will ever become king, LOL.

  14. bluespirit says:

    Does Hyperemesis Gravidarum sound like a Harry Potter spell to anyone else?

  15. Bored suburbanhousewife says:

    Got the impression she was in very bad shape in the hospital. The duped night nurse who fielded the Australian radio prank call informed the “queen” she should not visit Kate until “after 9″ when they had “freshened her up”. Yikes.

  16. Reece says:

    I just heard on the radio that the receptionist from the hospital killed herself!? What? Is that true?

    If so this kid’s got bad juju and it’s not even born yet.

    • bluhare says:

      It is true. She was a nurse who was only subbing on the reception desk and they found her this morning. The poor woman.

    • Suze says:

      That is beyond HORRIBLE. Those disc jockeys and that radio station should be beyond ashamed and horrified.

      I am deeply sorry for her family, and for her.

      What a mess.

      • Christina says:

        Here’s a link to the hospital’s statement about the nurse’s death:

        The spokesman claims the hospital was very supportive of her, though being the cynical type I’d have to wonder.

      • alexa says:

        The hospital says she was not facing disciplinary action and St.James Palace released a statement:

        “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jacintha Saldanha.
        “Their Royal Highnesses were looked after so wonderfully well at all times by everybody at King Edward VII Hospital…”
        “…and their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.”
        Palace added re hoax call: “At no point did the Palace complain to the hospital about the incident…
        “…On the contrary, we offered our full and heartfelt support to the nurses involved and hospital staff at all times.”

      • TorontoE says:

        Even if the hospital was supportive if Britian is similar to Canada she still could have faced some discplinary action because nurses are subject to their own regulatory body (College of Nurses) who can suspend licences etc. When this first happened I suspected there would be some consequence because nurses aren’t allowed to give out patient info AND how it is given out (via phone), even to family members, without consent first (and I highly doubt that Kate gave permission for her condition to be discussed with anyone except her and her spouse. So even if the hospital was supportive she still could have been worried re. professional consequences. In spite of all that, I think there is likely more to the story than we know (which is appropriate, this is private matter), but the public scrutiny on this poor woman could not have helped. Tragic.

    • cucumber says:

      seems british monarchy gonna end by the time this kid should be in throne. both parents are lazy and reluctant royals, so who’s gonna be her/his role model.

      definitely bad sign.

      • LAK says:


        yes he had a stupid phase, like we all do, but he has matured and has a better work record in all his chosen areas than William ever has.

        And he isn’t a reluctnant royal.

        The Foreign office gave him and is saying they want to give him more substantial tours. William has for the most part received fluffy ones. more so after marrying Kate.

        If the hereditary idea wasn’t so ironclad and we had to vote for which of the young royals should take the throne based on merit, Harry would win. hands down.

        With the York girls a close second.

      • bluhare says:

        LAK, you’ve changed my mind on some things, but I’m not sure you’ll ever change it on Beaugenie. I have no idea why everyone thinks they’re the second coming of Royals.

      • Elly says:

        LAK you´re right. Harry would be the better No.2. He has charisma and loves his chrities. Sometimes he acts silly, but he is real!

        Saint William is lazy, but people praise him for every little step (same for Kate)….more illusion than reality.

        Beatrice and Eugenie are underrated.

      • LAK says:

        Bluhare – none of these people are the second coming.

        There are more people working hard, making huge impact with a fraction of the resources, access these royals have.

        B&E, since Zara/Peter are completely out of it and Louise/James still young, on merit alone have done a good job and always do a good job when on duty.

        Their outfits are extra entertainment.

        The only black mark against them is their parents which is completely unfair to them. Especially as they haven’t shown the same traits as their parents.

        They are hated for their parents just as much as the Wales kids are loved for their parents [mother].

      • Liza Jane says:

        That’s a totally stupid comment! William has a very responsible and dangerous job! He is a search and Rescue helicopter pilot and if you knew anything about the armed forces,you would know that is an extremely difficult position to qualify for! Maybe some of the present youth who live on the dole and lounge around all day watching crap on TV ,should try to go into the Forces and do the kind of job he does..which he doesn’t have to by the way! She is his wife and completely allowed, if he so wants, to stay home and be a newly wed and newly pregnant woman!

      • Lisa says:

        Liza Jane –

        I know it’s very hard to someone to become a SAR pilot so why did they let W become one even though he wears glasses? (hmm, think, think, think).

        Also waitykins is free to sahm and do nothing all she likes as soon as she stops living off the public time. Until then, she needs to work for that money.

      • bluhare says:

        LAK, I think Bea and Eugenie have done very well in spite of their parents, but I have never seen anything that makes me think they do a great job either.

        Although hearing how they don’t like Kate certainly makes some sense out of Beatrice’s hat at the wedding!!

    • Newyorking says:

      I blame William more than the kid. He is such a big bully. The royals court press when they want to, if press goes ahead and writes something the royals reprimand them. They themselves choose to be in the public eye, yet complain about repercussions. The Irish newspaper that published Kate’s nude photos was shut down – so many unemployed. Now this poor nurse had to kill herself because of the damn royals. What did she say that was so offensive? So what if there is a prank call, it is to be expected. The royals choose to be in the public eye, there will always be a negative side to it that they need to live with.

    • Ms Kay says:

      Frankly I put my 2 cents that the hospital isn’t telling the entire truth. There is a catalysis that pushed that woman over the edge but it’s certainly not just a prank call, it’s a snowball of what followed IMO. I believe something more happened behind these doors at the hospital, they were so embarrassed to have been duped by the prank call that, instead of thinking rationally and take better precautions, the CEO board lashed out at that woman with harsh words say she has tarnished their reputation, she is an idiot for not knowing how to do her job and she’ll always live with it etc, add to that them work colleagues who will point fingers at her and mock her all day long, bully her, moral harassment happens real fast, as if the pressure of working a in a hospital looking after Royal families wasn’t enough… That woman probably suffered from depression for a while who knows, and this unfortunate event must have been the last straw and ended in tragedy. Now the hospital is trying to save the face by saying she was an excellent nurse etc. Royals aren’t to blame on this one. And the DJs indeed they have to take responsibility for their prank call, as much as what they did is despicable and deserved to be sanctioned, still they are not murderers.

  17. KellyinSeattle says:

    I think it’d be nice for them to have some privacy, but they can’t run, they can’t hide. The world looks at their every move; I’d feel sorry for her, but she knew what she was getting into. But I do wish her a happy life (I’d hate to be married to Wills) – and that’s HORRIBLE about the woman’s suicide. So sad.

    • Alexandra Bananarama says:

      Kelly, she did fight hard and long for that ring. And she’s had too many flashes at the cameras to not learn from it. She seems comfy with the photogs and attention. It only ever seems to be Will who throws a fit. He comes off very unattractive from both a physical and personality perspective.

  18. Sam says:

    It’s so horrible about the nurse dying! I feel so bad for her and her family.

  19. lylaooo says:

    she so pretty…it hurts..lucky girl…i wish i could be a princess..

  20. Leah says:

    Grey hairs in abundance! Can’t color her hair while pregnant?

  21. LAK says:

    They already have a ‘cottage’ in Scotland. On Balmoral.

    The ‘cottage’ is as much one as the ‘cottage’ in Wales.

    Also, William will inherit Balmoral. Pretty stupid to buy an estate in scotland when you are already in line to inherit the ginormous one next door.

    • aang says:

      “I am excessively fond of a cottage; there is always so much comfort, so much elegance about them. And I protest, if I had any money to spare, I should buy a little land and build one myself, within a short distance of London, where I might drive myself down at any time, and collect a few friends about me and be happy. I advise everybody who is going to build, to build a cottage.”

  22. tabasco says:

    i find the whole concept of a “push present” to be revolting. and i think kate should at least get herself more formal education. i find her quite embarrassing from a feminist perspective. more harry, less of these two limp, boiled turnips!

  23. flower says:

    Pushing is hard work, can we really see Kate doing that, my money is on a caesarian.

    • Liza Jane says:

      You know absolutely nothing about this girl..why so mean??? She is no doubt doing exactly what the Palace wants her to,and what she and her husband wants! They look very happy and William must revel in that and a normal life,having seen how conflicted and unhappy his mother was!

      • flower says:

        Kate is no girl, she is a 30yrs old and woman who has never been seen to do hard days work in her life, you don’t need to know a someone personally to be aware of their track record. She has absolutely no visible personal accomplishments other than being well groomed.

  24. Lauren says:

    oo bad more focus is not on Harry. People can say what they want about his choices in women as well, but at least even though Chelsy Davy is a heiress she always took her education serious. The girl was interning as a lawyer and studying hard throughout all their relationship. But then people in the media liked to put her down for not being beautiful and appearing to have horrible style. It is sad because the media values Kate not that she is married to William not for anything else but silly articles on how she is a fashion icon and how she wears a dress more than once. She seems like a sweet enough girl but I just find it unfair and somewhat silly how the press treated Chelsy Davy a hard working women that even though she was from money took her education very seriously. It has been widely reported that she is his great love and that Harry would have wanted to marry her but the girl takes her education and freedom into consideration and realizes she will never be able to be a lawyer if she married him to become a princess instead. So kudos to Chelsy Davy for that although the media will never focus on how smart she appears to be or the fact that she has a strong head on her shoulder. They rather compare her to looking like a dog and once again trying to enforce that nothing else seems to matter for a woman in the media coverage as long as they are considered what is beautiful and appealing aka the fashion icon and nothing more or less.

  25. Suze says:

    I am still marveling over these photos and how, although obviously weak, she looks much more like “herself” than since their engagement announcement. So much better. So very very pretty.

    All that skinny, lacquered stiffness (covered by acres of curled hair) is gone.

  26. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Any property that William buys will be William’s, not Kate’s. Of course Kate can use it as long as she’s married to William, but it would not be “hers” and therefore isn’t really a gift.

    Similar to other “gifts” to royal brides. The tiara that was a “gift” from the queen to Diana on her wedding day? Had to be returned after the divorce.

    But I don’t think Kate cares about a country cottage. Who would be able to admire her designer outfits way out in the middle of nowhere? I think she’d prefer the city and showing off. But I also think WILLIAM wants to be away from the press, where he can be as lazy as he wants and there’s nobody to report on it. He’s using his wife’s supposed delicacy as an excuse. Just my gut feeling.

  27. JulieM says:

    Off topic, but for all the Harry fans here, try to pick up the latest issue of the British magazine, Tatler. “Dirty Harry” (their title, not mine) is their Man of the Year. There is a very nice picture of him on the front cover in uniform. Lots of interesting tidbits that I won’t give away here. But basically a very nice young man who sometimes gets lost in his “cups” and does goofy things. Well, we all knew that; Vegas anyone. Just thought I would pass that along.

  28. M says:

    Didnt the queen already give them a Balmoral cottage?

  29. MousieBrown says:

    Even though Diana was raised as Lady Diana, she worked as a nanny then at a nursery school. Not glamorous jobs but she wasn’t just a lazy girl living off her family money.

  30. BeccaZ says:

    I’m going to throw out an idea…IF William is buying a Scottish cottage, perhaps its not for Kate but for Carole. William would own it, but The Middletons could use it for the holidays, since The Queen pretty much gets permanent Christmas dibs.

    With a grandchild on the horizon, I can see this being a way to have The Middletons in Scotland just in time for baby’s first Christmas. Its not like The Queen is going to issue an Christmas invitations. I don’t think she does this for any in-laws.

    This is just my speculation.

  31. Newtsgal says:

    A “push present”…
    That has to be the silliest thing I have ever heard!

    • running says:

      It seems to be a relatively new phenomenon. I imagine the women who DEMAND push presents also picked out their own engagement rings and became bridezillas. I think L&S is making this story up, however. Just because Katherine’s pregnant doesn’t mean the property is a push present-it could be that he’s thinking ahead to 9 months from now and the huge increase in publicity they will be dealing with. After all, if paps are swinging from trees to get naked photos of them while they holiday, what’s next? I also think that for normal guys, giving your wife a heartfelt gift for carrying and delivering your child is a nice gesture, even if the feminists hate the idea of men being generous or nice.

      • Sachi says:

        Actually, push presents have been around for a long time. It was a practice during the Victorian era among the wealthy (aristos and middle-upper class families) for the husband to give the wife something expensive after each birth.

        It didn’t use to be a demand by the wife, but was given by the husband and her in-laws as a “thank you” for giving them an heir.

        It’s common among royalty, except that it’s overblown nowadays thanks to the hysteria around William and Kate.

        Most of the future Queens in Europe, and there are about 6 of them, all got push presents. They usually got some serious bling, like huge diamonds and sapphires, and they wore the jewelry at the Christening of their child/children so it became obvious that the new jewelries were given after the royal birth since it made an appearance when the child was born.

        A popular actress in my country married a wealthy Turkish businessman more than 10 years ago (they’re now divorced). She had 2 daughters with him. Her in-laws gave each child $1 million right after the birth and the actress got a lot of jewelry and some property in Beverly Hills.

    • Suze says:

      @ running

      I must say all your posts on this thread – made apparently to stir up trouble, because you obviously didn’t read what you were replying to – are very entertaining.

      Feminists do hate when men are being nice people! It’s a well known fact.

  32. Dena says:

    What is all of this business about EASING a grown a*s woman and a college graduate, to boot, into work?!? The “work” that she would be doing–which is not even on a regular basis—includes getting up, showering, getting dressed, going to charities and meeting people who are so over-awed to meet you thay they n’t even ask.a hard or serious question. And she needs to be EASED into that sh*t?!? For real?

    She is going to milk this sick pregnancy for the next 15 years. For all the moms who had jobs well you were pregnant–low wage, grunt work, comfortabe, stressful or stress-free, I hope someone somewhere made it easy for you at least one or tw days out of your pregnancy. Kate is an insult to woman who take themselves and womanhood seriously.

    • Dena says:

      Sorry about the typos. I was posting from my phone.

      I have now had time to think about the “easing of Kate” into her duties. I admit it. I was wrong. She does need to be eased into her duties. After all, she is work-shy and skittish when the “w-word” is mentioned. Therefore, she may need to be eased and coaxed and positively reinforced with gifts/presents in order to carry out even the smallest and most lame excuse/charade for work. I beg the duchesses pardon and everyone else’s here on the board.

      • running says:

        Jeez, how much do you hate stay at home moms? Why are you so hostile?

      • christinne says:

        @ Running…how many posts have you wrote on this particular thread? 8-9? OMG! all of which very aggressive. so weird!

      • ??? says:


        It’s not simply blindly biased hostility being shown toward Kate. The continual commentary on her lack of work ethic is based on fact. Even if she had been “walking on eggshells” because the royal family was keeping tabs on her while dating William, if she possessed any degree of work ethic, ambition, or passion toward something substantial, it certainly would’ve manifested itself in some perceivable form at some point during those seven-some-odd years post-university and pre-engagement. Why do you think she got the moniker “Waity Katie”?

        And if you want to reason that Kate couldn’t stretch her wings while dating William because the royal family didn’t want her to appear plebeian, then I would think they’d also have put in at least some effort to ensure that she shaped her image into something more than just that of a fashionable, looks-conscious, club-hopping, bum-flashing party gal.

        Kate is in a tough position, living on a leash for the rest of her married life. I don’t know anyone who envies her, including me. She may be a very amiable young woman, but she has always struck me as the perfect person to assume the role she’s now in precisely because she’s so muppet-like. She didn’t demonstrate a discernible previous professional or vocational calling, and she seems perfectly comfortable with and acquiescent toward being steered, instructed, and molded — a far cry from Diana, and thus, probably just what suits the royal family.

        Of course she’ll need rest and care while pregnant. And with her current health condition, it would be downright cruel to expect her to work. Once she’s given birth, she should focus on rearing her children. But it could potentially go on and on this way, and that’s why some people question it — there always seems to be a convenient rationalization or justification for why she doesn’t or can’t work! I think that for many women who do not and cannot associate with her for the reasons mentioned previously, this only stirs the pot. And for the British taxpayer, I can imagine it would light a fire.

      • bluhare says:

        The only hostility on this thread is you, running.

      • bluhare says:

        Everyone: And we fed the troll.

      • GoodCapon says:


        Yep. ;) We should have just ignored the trolling in the first place.

      • Another K says:

        I don’t agree with everything Running said but she’s stating her opinion just like everyone does, and should be able to do, on this and every other site. That’s why they (blog sites) exist. If we all agreed on everything it would be incredibly boring.

      • christinne says:

        @ Another K: ha! funny! this is EXACTLY what we all say to Running: she is bullying everyone, not just “state how she feels about a certain subject!”….

      • Dena says:

        I liked the way you stated your response.

        @ Running
        Get real.

  33. kristiner says:

    Her hair looks SO nice in that updo beehive. WHY can’t she wear it like that more? It’s down but off her face.

    She looks so nice with meat on her face. Her Duchess of Skeletor look was ridiculous. A round face makes her look youthful. Now she looks 30 and not 40.

  34. Ana says:

    Gotta love her triumphant smirk! This is a total set up. She may be pregnant but HG is a total lie. Lazy and Lazier love a good leak and lie for publicity. Well done inadvertently causing the death of an innocent woman to satisfy your own selfish need for attention. What, no law suit William? Since when did “unwanted” media attention get away without apprehension?? Something stinks and these two parasites are looking likely.

  35. Dena says:

    Prince Charles has begun trying to par down the numbers of royalty who are on the payroll. I am not British and I am not part of the British Commonwealth, but I see that as a good thing.

    In the world in which we live, the allure of people like W/K are fading fast. . . in terms of supporting them–and not just from the point of taxation. The royals need to be seen as true working royals or as royals who add value. The Gilded Age where plebians were in awe are over.

    Her main accomplishment has been marryng well and his has been to ride petulantly on the coat-tails of the public’s memory of his died mother. When people conceive of things from that perspective, they begin to say (and rightly so) how are these people different than me and why should I support them? Not only are they better educated (in terms of prestige) but they are better connected AND they aren’t doing much with it but on constant holiday.

    Once again, the petulant puss and his leech need to be given something to do that looks serious and important and contributory. Cause I don’t believe that RAF bit one bit (as a serious occupation for him while he waits for the throne).