Duchess Kate & her family could get a private screening of ‘The Imitation Game’


Did you guys see this People Magazine article a few days ago? It’s all about whether People Mag should refer to The Artist Formerly Known as Kate Middleton as “Princess Kate” or “Duchess Kate” or “Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge” or whatever. We’ve had that debate so many times before. Back in 2011, just after William and Kate got married, I made the editorial decision to refer to her as “Duchess Kate” in headlines, even though that’s not the real royal title style. Her real title should be written HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, which is what the Queen decreed back in 2011. But that’s way too wordy for headlines, so she became Duchess Kate around here and many other outlets.

There’s been a movement (mostly among pro-Kate sites) to start referring to her as Princess Kate or Princess Catherine, but I refuse. That’s really far from her given title, although through her marriage, she could be called Princess William of Wales. My theory has always been that William – like a tantrum-prone child – has always been pissed off that people call Kate a duchess and not a princess. William tried to rectify that on Prince George’s birth certificate by calling Kate a “Princess of the United Kingdom.” Which led to even more debate and angst. Anyway, this is just an FYI. Media outlets are still debating it but around here, we’re still going to call her Duchess Kate. Or Waity. Or the old stand-by, the Duchess of Buttons.

Meanwhile, Duchess Kate is still feeling unwell. She’s staying with her parents in Bucklebury and George is reportedly there too, being looked after by Carole and the nanny. Where is William? I guess he’s in training for his new job, but God knows. Kate’s staffers keep scheduling stuff for Kate to do, but she keeps canceling so we have no idea when we’re going to see her in public again. Perhaps she’ll just spend the rest of the year at her parents’ house? Might as well. And interestingly enough, it sounds like at least one person is making an effort to come to the Middletons. That person? Harvey Weinstein!

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton may get a private screening of Oscar-contender movie “The Imitation Game” because of her family connection to the World War II code-breaking center where the movie is set. The Duchess’ paternal grandmother, Valerie Glassborow, in 1944 worked at the famous “spy school” Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, the central site of the Government Code and ­Cypher School, which penetrated the secret communications of the Germans and their allies. The work done there is credited with shortening WWII by at least two years, and Glassborow was reportedly a “duty officer.”

The upcoming Weinstein Co. movie, which opens Nov. 21, is about Alan Turing, the pioneering mathematician and computer scientist who played a key role in decrypting German codes at Bletchley Park. We’re told Harvey Weinstein is working on setting up a private screening of the movie, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, for the entire Middleton family. Now-pregnant Kate visited Bletchley in June.

[From Page Six]

I’m including photos of Kate’s Bletchley Park visit in this post – she actually seemed pretty jazzed to visit the area and listen to the old recordings in June. Obviously, this whole thing is just an Oscar campaign scheme by Harvey Weinstein to get The Imitation Game even more press. But I wouldn’t put it past Harvey to, like, personally travel to Bucklebury to give the Middletons a private screening of the film. Prince George could endorse Benedict Cumberbatch for Best Actor. It would be great press!



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  1. L says:

    If memory serves, her grandmother worked at Bletchley park-so I could see her being jazzed to be somewhere with real family history. I know I would be.

    Again, why do Charles’ press office keep scheduling her for things when they know she’s sick?

    • The Original Mia says:

      Charles’ press office doesn’t schedule anything. Hers and William’s PR does. They control their own schedules, not PoW.

    • notasugarhere says:

      She sets her own schedule, they all do. As someone mentioned on another thread, her PR people can only do so much with what they have to work with. W&K look like nightmare clients and the staff are scrambling. Staff are announcing things have been cancelled without first announcing that they had been scheduled. Why announce something that was a secret? It looks a lot like, “Make it look like she *would* have been working hard if she could.”

      The next event that has been announced is a quick afternoon meet & greet as part of a group, in about two weeks. They aren’t scheduled for the state dinner. So if/when she cancels, it has minor impact because she was an add-on to someone else’s event. They’re following their usual pattern. W&K always do a rush of events (ie. a handful) in the fall, to bulk up their numbers before the final tally and the trip to Mustique.

  2. AmandaPanda says:


    that’s all I’ve got

  3. LAK says:

    Small correction: she’s HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. No first name therein. The only women who have a first name ahead of their titles are daughters and divorcees of title. Calling her HRH Catherine, DoC says she’s divorced.

  4. Sixer says:

    I call her Plastic Bot Of A Person Regarded By Others As Representing My Country Which She Does Very Poorly Indeed Causing Me To Weep And Wail And Gnash My Teeth.

    But I suppose, by the time you’d typed all that lot out, there’d be no room for any gossip. I’m also sure there’s a pun in there about Capital Case, but I can’t be arsed to think of a good joke around it. Sorry! Anyway, you’re right: even in non-accurate common parlance, it’s either Duchess Kate or Princess William. Not Princess Kate.

  5. halina says:

    I never thought I’ll say this but I’m glad that my native language doesn’t have separate words for princess/duchess. Saves a lot of headache.

  6. Chris2 says:

    I’d have thought this was pretty normal for any film, tbh.
    As ^^^^ notes, Kate’s granny or someone worked at Bletchley Park, so it has a personal pull.

  7. notasugarhere says:

    @Kaiser. “There’s been a movement (mostly among pro-Kate sites) to start referring to her as Princess Kate or Princess Catherine, but I refuse.”

    Thank you for refusing. Her Majesty decides the titles, that’s the deal. The “fans” don’t like it, then they don’t understand how monarchies work.

  8. Someonestolemyname says:

    I think it’s hilarious that PEOPLE mag keeps trying to push the Princesstitle on their pages ,even the British Press gave up on the idea after the first few days of the wedding. PEOPLE had no problem understanding or calling Sarah Ferguson by her Duchess title, but somehow they scratch their heads over Kate’s title. Sarah was also a Princess, but People Magazine never went into meltdowns over why she was a Duchess. The problem is not really Kate’s title, The problem is that Kate is not really doing much with her position, nor is she very interesting past Prince George.

    Also from what a friend told me who worked for one of the big celebrity magazines in a NY office, the magazines were desperately hoping for a new Diana to sell magazines and capture the worlds attention. The magazines thought Kate would be the new Diana and enrapture public interests as such, but she hasn’t, even though some of the magazines keep trying. The Magazines were desperately hoping for that Princess title but the Duchess title threw them , many just did not understand how royalty worked.

    Many of those staff writers and even many of the American reporters didn’t understand how Royalty and Royal titles actually work.
    I recall seeing a NBC New anchor hit her desk on the wedding day and say why did the Queen make her Duchess? These people had no clue about things.

    • CG says:

      +1. I really hate that People stubbornly refuses to use the Duchess title and instead uses one that doesn’t exist (I know she’s Princess William but no one is going to use that). For a while after the new editor took over, they stopped referring to her as Princess so much and just used Kate a lot, so I thought maybe the new editor was going to make the switch to Duchess, but now they’re back to Princess with a vengeance. Every other tabloid gets Duchess right, so why don’t you, People???? SMH

  9. Dany says:

    HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge isn´t right too. Only divorced members have no “The” (see Fergie, she lost her “The”) and people who are only royals by marriage wear the “HRH” before their title and not the name. Kate is not HRH Catherine. She is Catherine HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

    The official website and George´s birth certificate show the difference between Kate and her men:
    royal born:
    HRH Prince William The Duke of Cambridge, (…)
    HRH Prince George of Cambridge
    not royal born:
    Catherine HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, (…). Only her “title” is a “royal highness”

    • LAK says:

      She has no Catherine in her title. The certificate was wrong – PW doesn’t know how his own system works.

      ONLY daughters or divorcees have their first name as part of their titles eg

      Lady Diana Spencer = daughter of title.

      Princess Beatrice of York = daughter of title

      Countess Spencer = Wife of title

      The Duchess of York = wife of title

      Caroline, Countess Spencer = divorced wife of title.

      Sarah, Duchess of York = divorced wife of title.

      Kate is simply The Duchess of Cambridge = wife of title.

      Calling her: Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge = divorced wife of title.

  10. Jaded says:

    By the expression on her face with the headphones on I think they must have substituted ‘You And I’ by One Direction instead of Bletchley tapes.

  11. lora says:

    This film was made by Harvey W film company. Pre Oscar hype, remember how it was leaked that Elisabeth Taylor was voting for kings speech while she was in her hospital bed