Prince William & Kate threw a Christmas lunch party for their 27 staffers (!)

You know what I dislike? I dislike when the Team Waity ladies get all defensive and start bad-mouthing The Daily Mail. The Mail has issues, for sure, for they’re always been dead-on about Duchess Kate, even back when she was Kate Middleton. I have long believed that Katie Nicholl (columnist for The Mail) is pretty much Kate’s de facto press officer, getting her information directly from Kate, Kate’s friends and the Middleton family. My point? Whatever the Mail says about Kate, I either A) wholeheartedly believe or B) wholeheartedly believe is Kate’s PR version which she wants the British public to buy hook, line and sinker. Which is why I took the Mail’s story a few weeks ago seriously – they ran an exhaustive story about Kate and William’s plans for the baby and how they’re only going to hire ONE part-time nanny and blah blah. And look, that information is slowly making its way into more legit media outlets! MAGIC. ROYAL MAGIC.

Royal Mary Poppins, reporting for duty? Not quite. When Kate Middleton and Prince William welcome their first child (or children, if it’s twins) next year, they will once again break with royal tradition. While British rulers have typically enlisted full-time teams to help with newborns, the Duke and Duchess, both 30, plan to handle the lion’s share of childrearing, sources tell Us Weekly.

Still, Kate plans on returning to her work as a volunteer for the Scouts and other charity organization — which means the royal couple will hire a part-time nanny. “They want to be as hands on as possible,” one insider says.

“Hands-on” also means that William and Kate will likely raise their child outside the palace walls. “They’re very outdoorsy,” one friend says. “I’m sure it will be the same with the kids — playing outside and going for walks.”

Before that very special childhood begins, however, the first-time mom-to-be needs to fully recuperate from a second bout of hyperemesis gravidarum (acute morning sickness) — and adjust to eating for two.

“Kate promised herself she would only eat healthy until the birth,” the source says, adding, “As soon as she can eat normally again, she’ll be avoiding processed foods.”

[From Us Weekly]

I don’t understand this new (royal) talking point that Kate was always gorging on processed foods before she got pregnant. Please. Those lips haven’t been on a hot dog or a corn chip in YEARS.

Speaking of food, William and Kate “hosted” a Christmas party lunch for their staff yesterday. Cough. 27 STAFFERS. Cough. Remember when Kate and Will’s 27 staffers were telling everybody that William and Kate barely had any staff and they did everything for themselves because they were so down-to-earth and just like you? Cough.

Lunch was on the Duke and Duchess! Prince William and Kate Middleton hosted 27 members of their staff on Tuesday Dec. 18 for a Christmas party and lunch at the Bumpkin restaurant in London’s Notting Hill neighborhood, a source confirms to Us Weekly.

Celebrating with members of the Household Cavalry, their press team, private secretaries and other staffers present, Kate and William, both 30, dined at a private room at the eatery — right beneath a portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II!

Clad in a floral blue and white dress with a dinner jacket, the pregnant Duchess “sipped soft drinks,” the source says, adding that her “health is improving” after dealing with acute morning sickness earlier this month.

And, as is usually the case with the spouses, the private bash wasn’t extravagant, with everyone eating from the price-fixe Christmas Turkey menu, which cost a humble 30 pounds, or approximately $48, a head.

It’s the second known outing in the past few days for the pregnant Duchess, who looked radiant and still quite slim in a green Alexander McQueen gown at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony Dec. 16 — telling former soccer player Gary Lineker that she’s feeling “very well.”

[From Us Weekly]

While I’m sincerely happy that Kate is feeling so much better (good enough to sip on some syrupy carbonated beverages, which probably count as “processed foods” right?), I do have a larger quibble. I know I’m going to get yelled at here, but I have to ask: was Morrissey right all along?!!? From what all of the medical professionals were saying about hyperemesis gravidarum, it’s devastating and you don’t just recover your strength, your appetite and your ability to not barf on people within a few weeks. Could it be that Kate just had plain old horrible commoner morning sickness and it’s mostly passed and her condition was overly-hyped to make her seem more sympathetic (and so she wouldn’t have to work)? No… they would never do that, right? Hahaha.

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  1. Amelia says:

    Well, no-one was actually buying the ‘Waity and Wills are so independent’ story, right?
    Also, regarding Kate’s rapid recovery, is there anyone on here who has had HG and can corroborate this? Does it come and go or is it always, always there?

    • Belle says:

      In my experience, I didn’t have ’bouts’ of HG. It was ongoing throughout my pregnancies, the first time being the worst, probably because it took longer for me to accept the fact that I needed medication. I got sick right at 6 weeks, went home from work that day, and did not return for almost 2 months. I spent that time on the couch, bed, bathroom floor, or over the toilet…. with some hideous outings to the hospital. When I did return to work, it was very part-time, depending on how well I was managing day to day, and I left my job a couple of months before I delivered. The HG was somewhat controlled, but it didn’t go away until I gave birth.
      Second time around, I was sick almost immediately… before I even missed a period. I saw my doctor right away, and started medication right away. While I was sick throughout the pregnancy again, it wasn’t quite as awful as the first time around.

      • Cheryl says:

        Hg is severe morning sickness which is typically so unrelenting that one has to be admitted for fluids and medication so they can try to keep down food. But it is not a different condition from morning sickness, but just a much more severe version of it. Also, it really can only be given as a ‘diagnosis’ after a certain time with severe morning sickness, so one day of having to be hospitalized does not HG make.
        However, you can have severe morning sickness in the early stages of pregnancy where you can become unable to keep down liquids and food for a time where you may need an IV for a day or two. While this may not be classic HG, it still feels horrible, and I bet this is what Kate had/has. And I’m sure the family was just being cautious. And frankly, I didn’t have HG, but there were days in my first trimester that I wish someone had thrown my butt in a hospital and hooked up and iv with some zofran for me! It really is a miserable feeling and it could have been serious, so let’s not begrudge her for seeking appropriate medical evaluation, even if she doesn’t have HG.

      • Becky1 says:

        I don’t really understand why people are being so hard on her. From what I’ve heard, even run of the mill “morning sickness” can be pretty nasty. If I were in her shoes, I’d gladly go to the hospital, get hooked up with fluids and Zofran and get some rest.

      • Belle says:

        Thanks Cheryl, though I am very familiar with HG, having had it in both of my pregnancies. I also have friends who have suffered from miserable morning (all day) sickness who were not diagnosed with HG, so I understand that it can be just as bad as HG in some cases, without the diagnosis. I have been on several of these threads about Kate, stating the very same thing you have… that whether she has actual HG or not, she is obviously sick and was in need of treatment (fluids and probably nausea medication… again, both of which I’ve had my fair share of). I am not begrudging her anything and am not sure where you get that impression. The question I responded to asked about HG experiences, so I offered mine. I wasn’t diagnosed with HG in my first pregnancy until the beginning of my second trimester. So, yes, I was puking day and night, keeping nothing down, dehydrated, in and out of the hospital for fluids, and on medication for a good six weeks before being diagnosed with HG. So again, I am very familiar with the specifics. The only thing I have questioned about Kate was how quickly she seemed to be given the diagnosis. I have never questioned whether or not she was very ill and in need of treatment.

    • Lady Amelia says:

      During my regular, commoner pregnancy, I suffered morning (and afternoon and evening) sickness for the entire first trimester. However, being that I work in a job where the first sniff of weakness is grounds for getting yourself kicked off the best accounts, I hid my nausea with Ritz crackers and a lie about the flu. Still, during that time dinner events were the worst. All those smells! All the strange things other people eat! I couldn’t even look at a piece of meat… Anyway, based on how sick I felt with regular morning sickness, I think the HG diagnosis is a load of BS. Makes the nurse’s suicide all the more upsetting…

    • Alexandra Bananarama says:

      During my clinical rotations I went into a “nurse residency” program at a busier hospital in CT.

      I floated around ICU aka CCU and the ER/ I saw women with actual HG and it was terrible. Imagine being so miserable you want to cry, but don’t have the energy. You just don’t recover fast enough to stand next to DB and hand out awards.

      These women need feeding tubes for christ sake. She got a lot of sympathy for it though.

    • Lia says:

      As an Obstetrician, I can tell you that HG, while debilitating, can be recovered from quickly, especially with an otherwise-healthy mom, as soon as the nausea is brought under control and the patient is re-hydrated. Hyperemesis simply means excessive vomiting. Its duration varies from patient to patient. Treatment with either Zofran or Kytril, both drugs that were originally used to treat the nausea and vomiting that accompanies chemotherapy, is very successful and does not cause drowsiness like many other anti-emetics. They are also safe for use in pregnancy.
      I hope this gives you a clearer picture of the condition.

      • Alexandra Bananarama says:

        I see people who go to a hospital. Not private practices (assuming you have one) so to bring yourself to a hospital means you need urgent care. I see extreme cases.

        Will and Kate have always been ones to stretch the truth. I’ve also spoken casually with some doctors about this and hg in general. For her it seems unlikely, but it is bring attention to the condition. That’s both good and bad.

        All of us can only speculate on her actual condition. And I am not doubting your skill or knowledge. I am just being told a bit more than you’ve posted.

    • Canda says:

      Oh please, why is everyone getting their panties in a twist? This guy is heir to the throne, all kinds of fancy royalty, and for some reason he and his wife have to act like they’re “regular” people like the rest of us? Give me a break! They’re richer than sin and obviously have a large staff, special treatment, and whatever they need/want is provided. Why anyone gives Kate sh*t for being “waity” for a PRINCE is beyond me… probably every other woman in Britain was doing the same damn thing if William even looked in their direction!

      I’m sorry for rambling on here, but this ridiculous snarking on either of them for “they have staff” or “she waited around for him” and blah blah blah is getting old and tired, really fast. They are fancy-ass royalty, “above” us all in most ways, and we want to question why they do things they do?? Because they’re fancy, and we’re not. End of story. Now stop it.

      • Hmmm says:

        No, not because they’re fancy. But because they are lazy, shiftless, entitled liars. Why should you care?

      • Canda says:

        I don’t care, but a lot of you people seem to. And they ARE fancy, royalty is about the only thing you cannot buy. And Kate played the game so well she managed to claw her way into her current title. And now she’s stinking rich and her husband is going to be a big deal one day. So yes, she’s entitled and lazy, but so what? Not all royals are hardworking busybees who spend every waking moment making achievements. Whoop dee doo.

  2. Enny says:

    The hyperemesis probably doesn’t go away in a few weeks, but it could be that she’s finally seeing some relief from medication, such as Zofran. Zofran is an anti-emetic commonly prescribed for severe morning sickness. It’s the same drug chemo patients take for their nausea, and it’s generally considered to be safe for pregnant women. It’s the only thing that kept me going when I had hyperemesis with my first, and allowed me to actually eat a bit of food, which got my strength back up.

    • Zimmerman says:

      It stayed with me full blast for five months, but I never stopped feeling queasy until after delivery.

    • Maria says:

      Same here! I had Zofran and after a few days I was able to eat a little better and resume with my life. Without it, I was pretty much hugging the toilet the whole day (ewwww)!!! Also, I don’t understand this bashing on Waity Katy!!! She’s going to be the queen one day, her child will be the heir of the throne. If she was having a severe morning sickness or HG or whatever of course she would go to the hospital even if just for precautionary measures!!! I understand that the commoner’s tax are being wasted on her but regardless if it was her or someone else Will had married I’m sure they would have done the same thing… As for the nanny, same thing… She could have a thousand nannies for all I care… Again, she’ll be the queen one day. I’m middle class and if I can afford a nanny I’m sure she can do much more! Stop criticizing her for every single thing!!!

      • LAK says:

        ….but Maria, none of us are saying she can’t have a nanny or three.

        She is the one saying that in order to be ‘normal’, she’ll forgo one and if pressed only a part-time one.

        So by her logic, she’s throwing shade on your desire to have a nanny if you want or can afford one.

  3. India says:

    These 2 are really a pair of frauds.

    • CG says:

      I’ve never been a Waity fan, but now it’s getting to the point that I’m liking Will less too. The more I learn about him, he just seems like a spoiled brat who wants all the perks of his position without actually having to do the work for it.

      • Alexandra Bananarama says:

        It’s odd and coming out now that Will is spending night after night away from his wife for recreational activities. No work involved in these trips.

        It’s possible they’re only together for events and vacations. I do not like Kate and god knows she knew what she was getting into after years of Will being awful to her, but it must be terrible to be pregnant and wondering if your husband is with another woman while you’re at home.

      • Less is More says:

        I suspect William is still highly bitter and resentful of his mother’s death.
        Also, I forget who leaked the story re: William was and is not interested in becoming King. Now at age 30, you’re seeing the merged feelings of resentment and emotional resignment producing half hearted effort as Duke of Cambridge.

    • Lady Amelia says:

      The emperor has no clothes!

  4. Jenni says:

    I think she was sick enough that they had to announce the pregnancy way earlier than they probably wanted to, don’t you think? Before 12 weeks the risk of miscarriage is high enough that most people wait to make an announcement. Had it been bad morning sickness rather than HG a doctor and nurse could have seen her at home to give her IV fluids and medicine. HG is worse than regular morning sickness but in most cases it does respond to treatment–you just need to correct the dehydration and electrolyte imbalances that occurred because of vomiting and that also cause more nausea and vomiting, and you give drugs to reduce the nausea. It’s not something that is completely different from morning sickness, it’s defined by the severity of vomiting, dehydration and weight loss.

    • mln76 says:

      Absolutely! They obviously didn’t want to announce early it breaks with current protocol.

      • LAK says:

        …..But they didn’t use protocol. That’s why it was announced early, BY THEIR OFFICE not Buckingham Palace. Which btw is still silent on the matter.

        They told because Kate walked into hospital and got herself admitted. BP didn’t find out until that moment. News was probably already out before BP had a chance to prevent the media circus.

        BP are super flexible these days but they still have the ability to be super sneaky about information on royals. If on the hour long journey to the hospital Kate’s RPO had informed BP, we may never have found out about her condition other than her being in hospital for some vague undescribed illness or rest. BP are masters like that. It’s also the same reason WK’s RPOs failed to provide proper hospital protocols because BP would have ensured all that was in place.

      • boredsuburbanhousewife says:

        Wow @LAK you are like the palace detective! That totally makes sense. Wonder if she was feeling tired, nauseous, looking at a diary “full” of engagements and looking for a way out?

      • LAK says:

        I can’t speculate as to why she cancelled but it’s been pretty obvious for a long time that pregnancy and child rearing would be her excuse not to work irrespective of how she fared with it.

        I think her illness was a bonus to really garner the sympathy from the public.

        All PR efforts are about poor put upon Kate. Victim for always.

    • Belle says:

      In my opinion, the actual HG diagnosis came almost too quickly. I’m not a doctor I know, and don’t have all of the facts… but Kate seemed to get very sick, very quickly (which can happen with regular morning sickness or HG), and was diagnosed with HG right away. I wasn’t diagnosed the first time until after the first trimester, though I had been on medication and back and forth to the hospital for fluids well prior to that. My second pregnancy, I was diagnosed much earlier, which I am certain was in part, because of my prior history.

      I’m not suggesting HG is never diagnosed early in a first pregnancy. I just don’t know how often it happens within days of becoming sick in pregnancy… unless maybe the healthcare system there requires the HG diagnosis in order to treat with medication. I wondered this when discussing the same topic with a poster from Canada who felt strongly that only pregnant women who had HG would be treated with medication. I know of plenty of women here in the US who were were sick enough for treatment (mainly in the first trimester), but were not diagnosed with HG.

      • Jenni says:

        Hi Belle,
        I’m an OB nurse so I’ve seen a fair amount of HG. I can tell you, some docs do feel like you should never prescribe medicine to stop vomiting unless you have a diagnosis of HG while others are more liberal with giving out medication. Most probably will prescribe it for women who are vomiting multiple times a day. That can be normal in pregnancy because some women are miserable and do throw up a lot but are still able to keep down food & fluids at other parts of the day. But some women are unable to and they get dehydrated, have electrolyte imbalances and lose weight rapidly. Still, with IV fluids and electrolytes added in the IV, and medicine to control the nausea, many of them will feel like a new woman after a couple of days of treatment and be able to keep down at least some things (ginger ale, fruit, crackers, broth). Other women have persistent vomiting despite the medicines. But it’s not like the woman for whom strong anti-nausea medicines worked didn’t “really” have HG. I have seen normal weight women who lost 15 lbs in under a week, couldn’t stop dry heaving, were severely dehydrated, and recovered quickly with treatment. I don’t care a fig for the royals but I just feel bad that people want to say she wasn’t really that sick. Certainly some women do have HG that resists treatment and it can last throughout pregnancy, but most women with HG respond to treatment and many of them can discontinue their antinausea meds around 6 months of pregnancy.

      • Belle says:

        Thank you Jenni for the information. I do believe Kate was very ill and in need of treatment. Having suffered through horrible nausea and vomiting that I could have never even imagined, I am incredibly sympathetic to anyone who is miserable with any of the symptoms…. whether it is HG or not. My only question was how quickly she seemed to be given an HG diagnosis. I do feel that many people would not be very sympathetic toward Kate if she hadn’t been diagnosed with HG. Not fair, but probably true.

    • hmm says:

      Jep. Some royals goes for four months if they can.

  5. CT says:

    I had severe morning sickness (but not HG) through my entire pregnancy, and the only foods I could eat and not vomit up for a good portion of my pregnancy were processed “hang-over” foods. Try it, Waity! Heh.

  6. Cat says:

    that’s horrible that the staffers were taken to eat at a place called the Bumpkin!

  7. boredsuburbanhousewife says:

    I can’t comment on the reality of Kate’s HG and whether her condition has been overhyped to get out of working. However, I can say that when I was pregnant with my second child with a toddler at home, a demanding full time job, and then one of my parents fell terminally ill, hooked up to machines, and lingering for months in a hospital 3 hours away by airplane, a sympathetic doctor gave me a note putting me on “bedrest” for the remainder of the pregnancy.

    • Belle says:

      I’m very sorry for your struggles… and glad you had a sympathetic doctor to make sure you got the rest you needed. I have mentioned this before, but I have a friend who was very sick early in her pregnancy and was missing a lot of work. Her employer wanted a note from her doctor, which he was happy to provide. In the note, he stated that she had HG. My friend had not been told this by her doctor, and is pretty sure she just had really nasty morning sickness which went away in her second trimester. She didn’t think much of it at the time (and really didn’t care…lol). Looking back though, she feels that her doctor mentioned the HG in the note because her employer would be more likely to be understanding of that than they would be to just plain old morning sickness, which can be quite bad for some

    • LAK says:

      Ditto with regards speculating on pregnancies or levels of sickness (with exception of Beyonce…that was too too much) but nothing surprises me about this couple. The gap between reaity and PR is grand canyonesque! And I am using hyperbole to illustrate what THEY do.

  8. Seagulls says:

    I never understood why the pretense that they didn’t have staffers. I mean, quibble with the whole artificial construct of “royalty,” but they have different needs and far more money, so, yes, they have and always have had staffers. Why the fib?

    • cycler says:

      +1 If I were expected to entertain on a lavish scale, expect to release a press statement every time I went out the door, and photos of my clothing and hair were analyzed all over the internet, I think I would need a staff as well. This doesn’t mean that they don’t do their laundry or cook their own dinners, but there are also plenty of non-royal people, including some of my middle class colleagues, who hire house cleaners and subsist on takeout.

      Call it the Royal-Industrial complex, but being in the public eye is their “job” and these staff are part of the family business.

      • CC says:

        Of course they don’t do their own laundry or cook dinner. I know plenty of far less busy people, and also with far less money that hire a housekeeper from 9-6pm to take care of that. The only thing the people I know take care of is breakfast, but it’s continental breakfast, hardly a challenge.

    • mln76 says:

      Its PR so the public doesn’t get up in arms remember they live off of taxes collected from the British people over the past thousand years or so better to pretend to be living a simple life.

  9. Agnes says:

    These people are truly useless. The British should cut them off financially. :)

  10. Velouria says:

    Well before everyone jumps on them for having such a large staff I’m willing to bet that a lot of these positions have been there for YEARS.

    What were they going to do when they got into “office” fire everyone? Then THAT would have made headlines…They can’t win.

    • Angelic 20 says:


      No these staff members were not appointed for YEARS, they are appointed after their wedding for THEM and then THEIR staff puts out PR garbage that they are a thrifty normal hard working couple which is aBIG FAT LIE. They also have staff at their 5 bedroom mansion or as their PR puts it a small cottage which is paid by Charles along with all the other expresses of his son and his wife. They are such a modern independent couple that they make their father pay for everything and yet they or I should say him don’t care or respect Charles enough to tell him about the pregnancy or the engagement hours before press release.
      THEY CAN WIN by stop lying and start being honest and grateful for everything they have. No one is expecting them to be normal, they are the one lying about a fake PR image.

      • Velouria says:

        “THEY CAN WIN by stop lying and start being honest and grateful for everything they have. No one is expecting them to be normal, they are the one lying about a fake PR image.”

        I DO wholeheartedly agree with this. It’s annoying when royals or celebs constantly wain on about how normal they are instead of just admitting: Hey, I’m lucky! (and grateful!)

        And honestly, they’re giving these 27 people a job too, as silly as some of these jobs may be.

    • Darlene says:

      Agreed. “Staffers” just means “employees”, not “people who live under our roof and cater to our ever whims”. We’re talking about staffers who do clerical things (and yes, probably also cleaning and cooking) but I can only assume it takes a small army to manage the duties and lives of a celebrity or royal.

      The continued hate and shade of them is sad. They’re just a married couple having a baby who happen to lead extraordinary lives. They are well suited to each other. I pray her pregnancy goes without further incident.

  11. ilovekate says:

    I wonder how the royals feel about Kate, oh, sorry, I mean Catherine. I think they are worried about just how “common” she is. Ever since William married her, the negative publicity keeps haunting them. 27 staffers but hands on with their kid, yeah right.

  12. Angela says:

    I dont understand why these two make up stories (lies) about their normal lifestyle . Then when people find out they have 27 staff, they get labelled as hypocrites. They are not normal and should stop pretending. But then accepting the reality of royalty would mean they have to do daily royal duties, and this pair only want to do the glamour galas, they dont want to visit council estates, or work with the disadvantaged. They want to live like celebrities. They are a big dissapointment speaking as a Brit.

      • Angelic 20 says:

        Angela,I second you also as a british citizen. After an year of their wedding I checked the republicans site to see their point of view for the very first time in my life. These two are the reasons I will be a republican after Queen dies even though I Charles, Anne, and Harry .

    • The Original Mia says:

      Not British, but wholeheartedly agree with your post.

    • LAK says:

      This is exactly why i started disliking this couple.

      They lied for a long time before the wedding, but i was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt because i thought the marriage ultimatum would change their ways. Heck they even said the same in all the leaks and interviews [god that engagement interview full of lies!]. More fool me because i worked in PR so i should know better than to believe what these people say, but to see such blatant lies….and for what? They aren’t doing anything behind the scenes that is so noble that it must remain hidden.

      They clearly understand that much, or something, is expected of them otherwise they wouldn’t bother to lie to cover their tracks.

      i blame William more than i blame Kate because how is she supposed to know what is expected of her when the born royal doesn’t know, despises what he knows and avoids it as much as he can.

    • Dena says:

      … they need to stop avoiding the world of work. That’s part of the problem. And it’s not like they are going into an office and working at a 9-to-5 for an asshole boss or with asshole co-workers. They are basically being asked IMO to show up and do meet and greets.

      In avoiding work, and relying on the tax base to support them, they are no more than public welfare recipients. They just don’t recieve food stamps.

      I don’t have respect for this couple. I just don’t.

  13. Hubbahun says:

    Okay just to defend my royal fam for a moment – they are royalty – how many people does JLo, a substandard singer and actress, employ in her entourage? Just sayin’. Leave off.

    • A says:

      At least JLo worked for her money, they were just lucky and were born (or married) into it.

      • Darlene says:

        So when JLo’s twins grow up and live off the money they were “born into” we will hold them up in judgement too?

      • Angelic 20 says:

        The money jlo’children are born in is earned by their mother in contrast to money royals get or spend or pay for their lifestyle belongs to tax payers not them. Their its a very big difference between celebrities and rf, but since most of their fans don’t get that and continue to c compare them to celebrities says more about then then I can say on my post.

      • Angelic 20 says:

        The money jlo’children are born in is earned by their mother in contrast to money royals get or spend or pay for their lifestyle belongs to tax payers not them. Their its a very big difference between celebrities and rf, but since most of their fans don’t get that and continue to c compare them to celebrities says more about W&K then I can say on my post.

      • Mich says:

        @ Darlene

        Comparing JLo with the Royal Family? Really?

        I’m pretty sure the State doesn’t fund large portions of JLo’s life and, last I checked, her children weren’t born to become the titular heads of a kingdom.

    • Buckwild says:

      Hubbahun, I think people might throw shade at Kate & Will because JLo never directly said “I don’t have any staff, I’m so normal so I do it all on my own”. Yeah she had that stupid “Jenny from the block” thing going on but it was more about her personality rather than her lifestyle (she never said she was still living like she’s “from the block”). So the unnecessary lying has led to the backlash.

    • Kate (newer one) says:

      Firstly, she works for it. Secondly, she pays for it.

      I wouldn’t object to the paying for it (we have to pay for a head of state and family however we choose them, and that process is a separate issue) if they were doing the work. Their doing neither is a definite issue.

  14. Ally says:

    Wasn’t the claim Kate and William didn’t have domestic staff at the cottage at Anglesey because they like their privacy. I think the Household Cavalry and the Press Office staff are in London.

    • JulieM says:

      Aren’t they full time in London now? When was the last time Willy was in Anglesey flying?

    • MinnFinn says:

      Not long ago, a Palace press release said there was one part-time cleaning person at the Angesley cottage.

      How can they claim they employ few staff in the name of privacy after photos emerge of Kate sunbathing topless in a thong?

      Surely France was not the first time she had done that. And surely security personnel and possibly household staff were about and could have easily gotten a glimpse of her.

    • Alexandra Bananarama says:

      I think the claim was more that they didn’t “employ” any staffers. Meaning someone else or Charles was paying them. Just like Kate is so frugal she and William spend very little on themselves, but use his daddy’s credit card. How much money does William actually have anyways?

      It’s so shady. Correct me if i’m wrong, but that’s as I understand it.

    • LAK says:

      @Ally – Palace domestic staff are always described as Household staff.

      Press office staff are put in a vague descriptor of ‘their office’ which covers press/clerical/PAs etc

      Household Calvary is the Queen’s personal guards similar to praetorian guards. Nothing to do with WK.

      • Lucrezia says:

        I think there’s some confusion about the Household Cavalry vs the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. The latter is the small set of troops that do sovereign escort and other ceremonial stuff. But the former is 2 entire regiments, including Will’s.

        It’s possible the article got the name wrong, and we’re talking about ceremonial guards, but it’s also possible that the article used the right name and we’re talking about Will’s squad-mates.

        But really, neither make sense in context since the article makes it sound like they are staff members and THAT doesn’t fit in either case (if they’re ceremonial they’re the Queen’s staff, if they’re Will’s squad-mates they aren’t staff at all).

        The only news sites saying members of the HC were there seem to be quoting the US Weekly. I’ve now convinced myself that the US reporter saw Household in the Daily Mail and assumed the capital letter meant it was short for Household Cavalry, not realising the British convention is to also capitalise Household (domestic staff) and Household Office (press etc). Neither the HC or the HCMR were there at all. It’s the only explanation that makes any sense.

      • LAK says:

        @Lucrezia – I concur with your explanation, but in terms of trying to explain what the HC is, the shorthand visual of mounted HC are just easier to point out to people who may not realise the wrong information in the article.

        The two regiments are primarily there to guard the monarch. They all do ceremonial duties. I have friends in either regiment, and they have all had to do a stint on ceremonial.

  15. lin234 says:

    To be fair, it takes around 6 people to come up with a charity that Kate will “patron” aka visit once or twice a year with cameras. But now that she has a kid, she’ll be too busy for that nonsense.

    Maybe the 27 staffers can be on hand to hand her the extensions she claims she doesn’t use. If two things that don’t exist are put together, they must cancel out, surely.

  16. emmie_a says:

    “Kate plans on returning to her work as a volunteer for the Scouts and other charity organization”

    Besides showing up for receptions or dropping by for a visit, what actual work has Kate done? They make it sound like she has a job and actually works but does she?

    And I’ve said from the beginning that I thought her morning sickness was blown out of proportion. The Royals are extremely PR savvy. Her hospitalization was a perfect opportunity to paint Kate as a sympathetic figure instead of a lazy Royal.

  17. JessSaysNo says:

    I had HG and towards the end of my first trimester “sipping soft drinks” was all I could really do. I never wanted to go out for fear of barfing all over so props to Kate for getting out and about throwing a nice party for her staff.

  18. Angelic 20 says:

    I also questing whether she actually havehg or bad morning sickness because

    1) palace had lied for them so many times, they lied about para olympics, about how many people work for them etc so I will lie again.
    2) the hospital will go along b because they have been treating royals and for the world wide free media attention.
    3)I am not a doctor but there were a lot of women on other forums who were saying that doctors comment determine whether she had hg or really bad morning sickness within a hour or so after her being admitted.they were saying that it actually 2 or 3 days to determine whether it is hg or really bad morning sickness.

    I think she had really bed morning sickness, out of precautions they admitted her to hospital and released a statement about hg to gain sympathy.

    • Zombie Shortcake says:

      Remember the press release about her hair extensions showing near her hairline being a “scar” from “a serious childhood surgery”?

    • The Original Genevieve says:

      @ Angelic 20:

      No offense, but could you kindly proof your responses before posting? The double posts, lack of grammar, sentence structure, etc…really sloppy. Please clean up!

      • Angelic 20 says:

        The original,
        No offence but if you are having a problem in understanding what I am trying to say then please ignore my posts. English is not my first language and the double post s and some spelling mistakes are because I am on phone and whenever I try to submit a post , this site says that they are unable to do a result I have to submit quite a few times and irrespective of my lack of grammar I think I am voicing my opinions very clearly and anyone who speaks English can understand me or at least that is what my experience has been in England. If you have anything else to say to me , please do so.

      • bluhare says:

        Angelic 20: I understand your posts just fine, and just so you don’t feel alone, I get posting errors all the time and I’m not on a phone!

      • Alexandra Bananarama says:

        Angelic 20 English isn’t my 1st language either, but i can understand you fine. Between auto correct and thinking of how to phrase my thought my posts can come out somewhat off from what i mean to say. You do it perfectly well.

        And Genevieve. Most of these posts are riddled with mistakes so stop singling 1 person out and tell this to everyone if it bothers you so much.

      • emmie_a says:

        Angelic 20: I had no problem reading your post – you sound great!

        Alexandra: I’ve been reading your posts for awhile and would have never guessed English wasn’t your first language!

        English is my first language and I’m always screwing it up!

    • CurryLove says:

      I really enjoy your posts and know well enough if something posted 2x, it was not because you wanted us to read it so badly. Your English is more than fine! Don’t let randoms on some celeb site tell you what to do :) Keep posting your opinions, as many times as you’d like ;)

  19. OhDear says:

    Perhaps this is a dumb question (ok, questions), but how many staffers do celebrities usually hire (besides an assistant and agent)? With William and Kate, besides a press team, private secretaries and personal assistants, what do the other staff do?

    • Anne says:

      I would think a cook, maids, and security. Maybe a stylist as well (which Kate apparently doesn’t use). I would say no more than 15 at the very most?

      I don’t know, because even if I was in Kate’s position and you tell me it’s my duty to hire 27 people to run every little thing in my life, I would find it incredibly difficult to come up with enough things for them to do.

    • Reece says:

      An A-lister c/would have:

      Agent, maybe two, & the agent’s staff, esp if they’re with a boutique agency.
      Hair Stylist
      Makeup Artist, guys too.
      Stylist, clothes
      An Assistant, maybe two.
      Nannies, 3-4 if you’re Brangelina! lol
      Security for you and the kids.
      Household staff, one for each house.

      That doesn’t take into count if they have a prod co. or are a “designer”
      People like stylists and makeup are independent but attorneys, security, house staff is usually through a firm. Although they can request specific people.

  20. Duckie says:

    I’m sorry but you believe the majority of things written by the Daily Mail? It is a racist, sensationalist rag and the majority of readers are of the older generation wjo don’t believe that style of writing is wrong. The articles are full of incorrect grammer and wrong spellings it is atrocious. Sometimes they may be spot on but the majority of time they are not.

    • CC says:

      Don’t forget fearmongering.

      Seriously, the Daily Mail is not a serious newspaper. Any “news” published by them should be taken with a bucket of salt.

    • Nanea says:

      DM aka Daily Fail, Daily Heil…

      Yes, I don’t quite get the love for this propaganda sheet either, and I wouldn’t ever consider it a reliable source for anything.

    • Zombie Shortcake says:

      The writer isn’t saying they think daily mail is a good or legitimate rag. They are saying they believe Kate or Kate’s camp is directly leaking pro-Kate stories to DM (not that they are factually accurate stories).

    • LAK says:

      The daily mail website is really different from the print edition of the paper. The website is targeted at the lowest denominator. The print edition is closer to their ‘rightminds’ section of the website, with only one or two celeb stories. Nothing like the celebrity T & A tickertape on the website. It’s almost two separate identities operating under the same umbrella.

      Their target audience for the print edition, if not website, is middle class Home counties which is fairly well educated. The articles well written, fact checked, grammar checked etc. The journalists keep winning newspaper awards for stories in their print editions.

      The website draws it’s stories from as far afield as the national enquirer, articles are poorly written, sometimes not even researched for mundane basic information or even fact checked. Non of those stories make it into the print edition.

      DM has a long history of being royals mouthpiece either directly or indirectly. It’s fairly obvious when the Palace leaks a story to them.

  21. Steph says:

    The picture of her in the black dress with the ivory embroidery is the prettiest picture of her I have seen. I am not sure what is going on with the angle but it is a good one, and she actually looks her age. I usually feel like she looks to be 40-43.

  22. ol cranky says:

    I had hyperemesis gravidaram and had to go to the ER for IV fluids but was never admitted. I also have a friend and a former co-worker who’e had it with all their pregnancies (the symptoms are a little better with each successive pregnancy) and our experiences were as similar as they were different. It, literally, was morning, noon and night sickness and I puked/dry heaves intermittently all day long. After the first few weeks, I would just feel crappy, exhausted and nauseated for a few hours until I threw up. I could only eat and hold food down right after I threw up and felt OK for a few hours after I ate, then I’d start to feel crappy and tired again, get nauseated, rinse and repeat. This went on for weeks. I lost 15 pounds in the first trimester. It was debilitating for the first month of symptoms – the dry heaves until I passed out were the worst (a few people who saw me thought I was having seizures)

    My one friend just had really bad symptoms of through month 4 gestation the first pregnancy (1 hospital admission early on, no ER or hospital admissions for her second pregnancy and her symptoms weren’t as bad).

    My co-worker had no need for ER visits/hospital admissions for any of her three pregnancies (though she did take zofran during the third) and didn’t take much time off work when it was at it’s worst.

    Morrisey’s full of crap and just being a douche. They may have kept her in hospital a little longer than necessary because of who she was but I doubt they admitted her leading to an early announcement of the pregnancy if she didn’t really have it.

  23. HulaHoop says:

    I’m starting to agree with Morrissey’s anti-royal rants.

  24. Ravensdaughter says:

    Morrissey is a bitter middle aged man. I used to listen to him when he was a bitter young man; then, at least, he was “edgy”. So Kaiser, as my mother would say, “Consider the source”.
    Why do you have such an ax to grind with Kate anyway? I’ll say one thing, you’ve been consistent.

    • Alexandra Bananarama says:

      If you have to ask why so someone has an axe to grind with someone you’re not paying attention or you just refuse to see outside of your opinions.

      It’s all been stated quite clearly. And she is praised on this site as well. Not for anything substantial, but they work with what they have.

  25. madashell says:

    Pretty sure this chick is doing her best. I feel for you Brits, having to support this type of thing, but let’s not forget that while Kate may be a commoner, she is a wealthy woman in her own right. Her parents made that money off the internet, fair and square. God only knows where that Spencer money came from, so Kate’s the respectable one here.

    • cumber says:


      I understand why people complaining about Wills and Kate as reluctant royal, but it’s really piss me off when they start bashing the middleton because they are commoners, ‘middleclass’ etc.
      I mean, hellooo, they make their own money. at least those two middleton parents working hard to give better life for their children.
      so yes, Catherine Middleton comes from a more respectable family.

      • LAK says:

        No one bashers the Middletons because they are commoners HELLO the Rhys Jones, the Tindalls, the Kellys, Gary Lewis’s folks, the winklemans….the list is long of proper commoners who have married recently into the royal family.

        People bash the Middletons because they are the sort of commoners who don’t care for you if you don’t have a title and wealth. It negates their hardworking achievements.

      • GoodCapon says:

        It’s too bad then that the children didn’t inherit their parents’ hard-working ethic.

        And respectable family? Have you never heard of Uncle Gary?? James Middleton didn’t want to admit that he was sponsored by that drug-dealing, tacky uncle for his cupcake company. And I bet that the rest of the Middletons are also financed by him because their party company surely couldn’t support their gold-digging, social-climbing lifestyle.

  26. Photo JoJo says:

    Twenty seven staffers?! Do they live at Downton Abbey!?!

  27. Ann says:

    It is possible for HG to respond to treatment. She may just be getting the proper medications for the HG (or severe morning sickness) to abate. It’s hard for me to believe that they would report a fake illness just for sympathy. Seems complicated and not particularly productive of long-term rewards.
    I think it is also possible that she picked up something in Asia. I did and when I became pregnant and my immune system was more vulnerable, the little bugs took over and I thought I would die.

  28. Lauren says:

    I know Canada constantly reopens the debate about whether the Candian people connect with the monarchy anymore. I know that when I was younger I used to be a big royalist because my grandma coming from a former carribean colony just adored the Queen. I forget what the last results of the poll but I think ythe general consenus was that once the Queen died a lot more Canadians would simply like to do away with the King or Queen as the head of state for the country.

    I am starting to feel the same sentiments. I feel like after Princess Margaret most especially the press and it’s coverage of the family tarnishes the historical attachments many have to Britains history within Canada. I almost feel like the Queen is the only one left that truly understands how important her duties once were. My grandfather served in WWII and he always said how the royal family was such a source of inspiration to the colonies and commonwealth. Elizabeth and Margaret both had the publics respect for all they did to help in war effort.

    I don’t think any of the queens children outside of Anne have been good representatives of the family. They just get themselves in tabloid after tabloid tarnishing what is supposed to be a valued institution and is very much valued by many to this day. And it seems the media thinks the only thing worthy of coverage about Kate is what she wears. I think something more should be done to establish her as more than a fashion icon. Hopefully she will start taking her charities more seriously after the baby is born.

    • Angelic 20 says:

      I am so sorry but I absolutely disagree with royals being inspiration to”colonies”, british were never an inspiration to people they forced their wills on, they discriminated, abused, tortured, killed, robbed from them, and did inhumane things to them. As a woman from one of the former colonies I think your grandparents were one of the officers who supported colonisation and carried out these very bad and unfortunate events. I find it very disrespectful and offensive you saying colonies respected royals, no they did not and there is Absolutely Nothing To Be Proud Of Colonisation end of it. What brits and royals did was absolutely disgusting and they should be ashamed of this part of their history.

      • Lauren says:

        I am very sorry if I offended you with my comments. My parents however are from the former British Colony of Guyana and the descents of West African slaves bought over to that colony.

        I know that the British did some horrible horrible things under colonization but I am speaking from my family’s own unique experience and maybe I shouldn’t have so again sorry. But my grandparents were treated with great kindness by the British White Anglican Priests living in Guyana growing up. They were given a great deal of things needed to surivive coming from such poor families by the church. That is why my family does not harbor any particular ill will towards the Brits. The whites living in Guyana treated them with kindness. Again a family experience.

        As well I made the assumption although foolish that colonies were proud again because Guyana’s experience was one of being proud. I should have considered that every colonial experience differed. My grandmother again told me stories about movie theatres cheering during the news reels that used to cover the war effort and yes the Colony was proud that Britain and the Empire were holding there own against Germany.

        I apologize for my generalizations but colonization isn’t so black and white either and there are just so many different narratives and opinions on colonisation and the complex legacy of it. My grandfather was a full black afro caribbean man who didn’t really ever express any anger towards Britian. He was not a apart of any of the oppressive laws either. He was just a man who existed in it and never really carried over any of the negative reaities in his stories.

        Again i apologize for my poor generalizations and hope you will accept it as sincre one as I did not think before i typed about others experiences.

      • Angelic 20 says:

        thank you for your apology and explanation. I must say your story is the first positive story I heard about colonisation and it was nice to hear your accountof events. Colonisation is a hot topic for me because firstly my family’s experience was very cruel and totally opposite from yours and secondly I notice a lot of britishers are not that bothered by their cruel history and do not consider colonisation a bad thing which really angers me. So again it was nice to know not everyone lost their families or land and many other things under colonisation.

  29. Tiffany says:

    Whenever there is a story of Kate lack of work ethic, I think of Princess Victoria doing her duties until the birth of her daughter. It reminds me that there are member of royality who take their duties, no matter how mundane, seriously. Kate and Will have lost all their goodwill and if no one tells them to get it together, they won’t.

  30. Loulou says:

    I wonder, before Downton Abbey, if anyone would be this sympathetic about servants’ jobs. They put up the pretense of being modern and humble because 1) they want to keep being royals and 2) royals have been killed for less…cake anyone?

  31. garvels says:

    I am sorry but I am just losing my patience with this pampered princess. When I was pregnant with my 2nd child,I was the family bread winner because my husband decided to start a business. My job required extensive travel nationally and internationally. In between throwing up, eating crackers,sipping ginger ale and running through the Detroit airport(the airport from hell)I managed to survive without a staff of 27.

    This girl comes off as completely helpless and weak. I wish their marriage well and I hope and pray they have a happy healthy baby but please……Buck up girl!!!!!!!!

  32. Lauren says:

    I could see where they would have 27 staffers. Security staff for them alone would easily be 15 people when you include bodyguards and security guards.

    The also likely have a private secretary each, someone to handle PR, various office staff, a bookkeeper, custodial staff, mail room staff (you know they get a TON of mail that has to be sorted and dealt with), and some of the above would have their own assistants.

    • Angelic 20 says:

      The bodyguards are not their staff, they are metro police force’s staff. Their staff includes people they hire, they pay, they deicide to end their employment, they pussy their salaries, bodyguards are not included in this. Bodyguards are state employees paid by government and their boss is police commissioners or other police officers not royals. So no this number do not include bodyguards.

    • Angelic 20 says:

      The bodyguards are not their staff, they are metro police force’s staff. Their staff includes people they hire, they pay, they deicide to end their employment, they pay their salaries, bodyguards are not included in this. Bodyguards are state employees paid by government and their boss is police commissioners or other police officers not royals. So no this number do not include bodyguards.

    • LAK says:


      All that you describe are office staff. That’s not what is described here. Think DOWNTON ABBEY staff.

      Further,bodyguards and security comes from the metropolitan police and would never be described as their staff.

  33. shewolf says:

    Who cares if they have staff, they’re royalty. Since the beginning of time, nothing is measured by what it needs.

  34. Lisa says:

    Sorry — when I think of those brave, beautiful school teachers in Connecticut the fact that is this vapid waste of space is so celebrated and held up as some kind of role model makes me sick about the screwed up world we live in.

  35. Meerkat says:

    If anyone on the earth believes that this shower is superior to the rest of us because they are “royal”, then she/he needs a reality check. There are many people smarter than I am, many people who do far more for humanity and planet earth than I do, and I salute them. But not any member of the so-called “royal family”.
    And I do not believe for one minute that Kate had anything more than morning sickness – if that. For her PR team to have said otherwise belittles those of you who have posted here about how horrible it is.

  36. Kate (newer one) says:

    I hate to say this – I honestly am not anti her – but if she has HG, it’s no version I ever knew of, let alone experienced. I once threw up (well, dry heaved, more accurately) for hours on end, despite medication meant to prevent that, solely because a banner ad on my email account showed a picture of a hot dog.

    If she’s well enough to sit with people eating roast potatoes, Christmas pudding and God knows what else they may select, she’s not even got that bad morning sickness, I don’t think – I know a lot of people who never needed hospital who couldn’t have done it at 10 or 11 weeks either. HG, and you’re malnourished as well as severely nauseous. You don’t leave the house unless it’s absolutely unavoidable, because you’re too drained. Optional outings are out of the question – so an outing to an office party with rich food, booze, perfume and loads of people? Not really.

    I know women are different and experience illness differently, and if she was suffering a nasty bout of morning sickness and was very competently treated, that’s great. But I can’t help thinking labelling that HG trivialises how serious it is for people who really do get it. They can’t possibly recover that fast or thoroughly, but people may now think otherwise.

    • LAK says:

      oh Kate. Welcome to my world.

      I started off skeptical but very much wait and see approach to these two.

      Over the past two years, i have noticed just how hyperbolic and overly dramatic every little thing is with them.

      And how much of it is actually lies.

      That said, even in my overly critical view of them, i hesitate to think that they could pull something like this.

      Simultaneaously, i am not surprised by the hyperbole of any given condition that touches them, because that is their modus operandi.

  37. Louise says:

    There’s definitely a huge effort being made for the public to LIKE Kate. Makes me very suspicious! What are they hiding? It’s like she can do no wrong.

  38. Miss You Enclave24 says:

    Obviously I’m not a fan-of Kate. I actually dont mind Royalty and my opinion of William was fine until he picked his bride.

    I dont have an issue with people who defend Kate or feel sorry for her. My issue is that the defenders did not do their research or are shallow enough to go on her looks and think she deserves pity or feel she is being attacked because of who she married.

    I would have more respect for Kate lovers if they simply applauded her for bagging Wills and living a life of leisure. Even I cant hate on her game. But please dont pee on my leg and tell me its raining because she has no other redeeming qualities. She is essentially a royal trophy wife.

  39. UghInsomnia says:

    During my second pregnancy, I was extremely ill almost from the moment I got a positive test. I had to visit the hospital for fluids a few times, learned how to throw up while driving, and was on two types of anti-nausea medicine. I lost quite a bit of weight and was afraid of losing my baby- that’s how horrible the sickness was. It didn’t go away after the first trimester, either- I was sick until about 7 months. I wasn’t ever diagnosed with HG or anything, but I was vomiting several times a day, often with no warning. :( I have no idea if she actually has HG, but I know with my “regular” pregnancy sickness, it was pretty relentless.

  40. palermo says:

    I wish I had 27 staff members. Or even one.

  41. Amber says:

    I think she is just trying to hold it together for the party. She looks like she doesn’t feel well at all. William looks like he hasn’t slept well for days either. I don’t think the HG is made up.

  42. Less is More says:

    Sometimes Kate’s face reminds me of a Cheshire cat.

    I do hope she’s feeling better and gives birth to a healthy baby.

  43. lisa2 says:

    Have to admit I have never been a Royal follower. Never really cared for the Charles/Dinah thing. I don’t usually post on the Will/Catherine threads. I don’t really find either of them particularly that interesting.

    So I think I’m impartial. I don’t understand why people are upset that they have a staff or that they are not like the rest of us. They are not suppose to be. He is going to be the King of England and she the future Queen. The UK benefits from them. They bring in money to the UK and that is the role they play. I don’t get mad because I’m not English and if the English people didn’t accept this then they would do something to stop it.

    It is the nature of the world. If I had money like they or celebs Hell no I wouldn’t try to be normal in everything, I don’t have that kind of money, but I do have someone come in to clean my home once a week because I work and can afford it. I have someone to do my yard so there is that. So I guess I have a “staff of two”.. lol.

    Look they have to have a staff. They may want to be as “normal” as they can and probably will be as far as they are able. Nothing wrong with hoping to stay grounded.

    I see celebs that are way more over the top then they are. But the difference is they are Royal and are meant to be over the top.

    • the original liv says:

      i don’t think people are upset with them for having a household staff and (an office), but WC constantly put out PR that they do not employ any staff and that they are just like everyday people. i think it’s the lying and manipulation that people are annoyed with, not that they have people in their employ.

  44. Phil says:

    “Kate promised herself she would only eat healthy until the birth,” the source says, adding, “As soon as she can eat normally again, she’ll be avoiding processed foods.”

    I don’t think that means she’s saying she’s at the chips all the time. I interpreted that as saying the HG was forcing her to eat processed foods of a type that would get enough nutrients/fluids back into her system and when/if the HG lessens she’ll go back to the original plan of healthy/organic/whatever.

  45. Christine says:

    As someone who suffered from hyperemisis, I threw up every single day, multiple times a day, until I gave birth to a full term 5 pound baby boy. Hyperemisis does not just go away. I took zofran every single day to help manage it, but it never went away.

  46. Lucrezia says:

    The idea that “she seems okay now, so she was never that sick in the first place” is honestly bizarre.

    Try using that logic with different illness:
    - He seems okay now he’s taking insulin, so his diabetes wasn’t that bad.
    - She’s been taking anti-seizure pills and hasn’t had an incident for 2 years, she obviously never had epilepsy.

    If the anti-nausea meds are working well for Kate, she’s lucky. Doesn’t mean she doesn’t have an illness.

  47. Tuxedo Cat says:

    I’m glad that they are going to be more hands-on parents. This is a big change for the royal family. I remember reading that Prince Charles had to make appointments to see his own mother at times. It was nice of them to have a lunch for their staff. Also, I love the white / gold dress on Kate. She sure knows how to dress.