Prince William & Kate Middleton will have to wash their own dirty knickers

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Us Weekly already reported this little tidbit several weeks ago, on one of their cover stories about Kate Middleton. According to that older story, Prince William doesn’t want to have a staff at his disposal while he and Kate are living in Wales (for William’s RAF training/duties). BUT – when they are in London, they have lots of servants at their disposal, at least according to Us Weekly’s reporting. Now The Telegraph, that bastion of conservative Britannia, is reporting something similar. According to their sources, it’s still William who is pushing the idea of “no servants” and Kate is just quietly bidding her time until she can pay someone to fart for her.

His father famously employs almost 150 staff to cater for his every need, but Prince William has insisted he and Kate Middleton have no intention of taking on butlers or household staff when they begin married life in April.

The future king and queen have done everything they can to live life like any “normal” couple during their weekends together at the Prince’s rented cottage on Anglesey, doing their own shopping, cooking and cleaning. And although they have bodyguards on 24-hour duty protecting their isolated cottage, they have told aides they intend to carry on fending for themselves when they return home as newlyweds.

The couple believe that sharing their home with servants would ruin the intimacy of their relationship, and will carry on looking after themselves until the Prince finishes his tour of duty as an RAF Search and Rescue pilot in three years’ time.

A senior royal source said: “It’s very much their instinct to manage on their own. They want to do their duty and make sure they are a real asset to the country but they are private individuals who want to get on with their lives. Prince William is not into extravagance and, like any other young officer in the armed forces, that is how he chooses to live his life. He and Catherine live without domestic staff and they wouldn’t do it any other way. That’s the life they want to lead. The Prince is committed to his career at RAF Valley until 2013 and he wants his wife by his side during that time.”

The Prince is very close to his grandmother, the Queen, and is aware of how fondly she and the Duke of Edinburgh recall their early married life together in Malta, where the Duke was based as a naval officer.

The Duke and the then Princess Elizabeth spent some of the happiest years of their lives at the Villa Guardamangia, the rented home of the Duke’s uncle, Lord Mountbatten, where they lived in near-anonymity from 1949 to 1951 and regularly went dancing at a local hotel.

Prince William is also determined to shield his bride-to-be from the sort of media attention that surrounded his mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and cherishes the seclusion of Anglesey as a result.

His insistence on doing his own cooking and washing up is in stark contrast to his father, the Prince of Wales, who employs 149 staff, of whom 25 are classed as personal staff for himself, the Duchess of Cornwall and Princes William and Harry.

They include butlers, chauffeurs, valets and chefs and are paid a total of £6.3 million.
The BBC journalist Jeremy Paxman claimed in a book about the royal family that the Prince had four servants in attendance to help him get dressed every morning, and that one aide squeezed his toothpaste onto his brush for him and another once held a bottle while he produced a urine sample.

The claims were denied at the time by Clarence House, but the Prince has struggled against accusations of extravagance for decades.

[From The Telegraph]

I enjoy the comparison of Prince William to the Prince of Wales, but seriously, the Prince of Wales is one of the hardest working royals out there. I’m not saying he needs more than a hundred staffers, but I am saying that Prince Oedipus and his PR team (of STAFFERS) shouldn’t throw stones, considering William barely does one royal event a month. Of course William doesn’t need a huge staff – he‘s hardly a working royal. That being said, of course William has a staff. He has a couple of secretaries and a butler-type, at the very least, but those staff members are “counted” as part of Charles’ staff.

And while I’m pretty sure that Kate isn’t going to enter the royal family with a full slate of royal duties because she and Will will try to get pregnant right away, I still find this whole “Waity Katy’s Dilemma” thing hilarious. She’s marrying the future king and she’s expected to wait on him like a servant! But she’s going to be sheltered AGAIN from doing any actual work on behalf of the family. I wonder if Kate considers this one a win?

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  1. brin says:

    Good pr move, anyway, especially in these bad economic times.

  2. mln76 says:

    eeh he probably wants to keep his privacy as long as possible he isn’t going to be King anytime soon. I am betting both the Queen and Prince Charles will make it to a 100, let hope Kaity can wait that long.

  3. guesty says:

    puhlease stop trying to relate to the ‘commoners’. just own your royalty with all of its perks & enjoy it…that is if your “permitted” to enjoy anything at all.

    imo…that seems like such a suffocating existence & lifestyle.

  4. Eleonor says:

    I totally see William and Kate fighting over who’s going to wash dishes, or Kate going in pijama to the nearest mall because she’s discovered they finished potatoes. Yes.
    And by the way Kate is just having a lot of attention

  5. Hautie says:

    I see this of William’s way of protecting her from the crap his Mother got subjected to by “The Firm”. So good for him for making this decision.

    By them living like a ordinary couple it stops the media from being 3 feet up her arse. Daily. Kate will probably get to stay in close contact with their friends where they live and get to grow as a couple.

    No one wants to live near nosy inlaws just after being married. It will kill a marriage in less than a year.

    Now just think about having that awful British media, basically being your nosy inlaws. They could kill this marriage in no time. Lord knows they tried to kill the relationship from the beginning.

  6. JulieM says:

    Agree with you, Kaiser. I don’t believe Katie will be scrubbing toilet bowls for a minute. Remember though, servants talk. They may not want anyone spying on the first months of their connubial bliss. So they may have day cleaners, not live in help.

    The Palace announced right after their engagement that she would not be a working Princess after their wedding. How could anyone be surprised by that.

    I also agree that, although Charles is a bit eccentric, he is, indeed, one of the hardest working royals. Take him or leave him for his behavior during his first marriage, but Charles, along with an occasional appearance with Camilla, is “out there” all the time. He stands for things. You may or may not agree with him, but he puts himself “out there” and takes the criticism for it.

  7. LindyLou says:

    They probably just want to sit around naked, smoking weed and playing XBox without worrying about nosy servants who will talk! LOL

  8. Bill Hicks is God says:

    I imagine that would be quite a feat. I haven’t seen a single commercial for how to get gold skidmarks out of one’s Fruit of the Looms. Tide better get back in the lab…

  9. Lindsay says:

    Prince Oedipus, really? When you lose your mother really young, constantly are told/reminded of what she did and meant to others, and so many years pass I think it is natural to idealize her and remember the good. Even if he doesn’t is he supposed to talk badly about her in the press? No matter who he married the comparison would be made.

    Wasn’t there some special years ago about his gap year and he cleaned toilets, cooked, and did chores with the rest of the people living there. He spent a large portion of his year off helping others rather than going out and partying like a lot of people would have. It doesn’t strike me as really odd. However, once she has finally made it down the aisle and the last of the wedding gifts are open she may change her tune.

  10. Jane Q. Doe says:

    If he’s serving in the military, I think that can be considered ‘working’. I’d rather see the Prince doing an actual job than showing up at PR events like other royals.
    Hopefully, Kate will find something useful (besides trying to get pregnant) to do with herself once they’re married and tucked away.

  11. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    @LindyLou LOL!

    I see Kate sneaking staff in while he is “working”, having them scrub, clean and wash. Then leaving before he gets home.

    Betcha.

  12. bluhare says:

    Gee, Kaiser, thanks for ruining my fantasy of Kate really wanting to stay normal.

    It really was a fantasy, wasn’t it.

  13. Momo says:

    @mIn76 lol I have always thought the same thing too- that the old woman and Charlie Horse are both probably going to make it to 100 years. Longevity is in the genes.

  14. Leticia says:

    Prince William has a combover in the profile photo above.

  15. P.J. says:

    William and Kate aren’t going to be doing any official entertaining in Wales, so no need for servants. In a small place with just the two of them, having a few servants around would definitely ruin the ambience.

    In a huge place like Clarence House, servants are a necessity. Harry, Charles & Camilla live there too. There is a lot of official entertaining, and it also houses their office staff of secretaries, press people, etc.

    I wonder where William and Kate will live in London after they are married.

  16. Lyd says:

    Give them a few weeks with the mundane tasks of cooking, cleaning and housework and all of that will more than likely change. Good luck to them

  17. Pete says:

    This is the same guy who decided to take a Chinook, I believe (or something similar), and land it on his girlfriend’s estate to impress her. During a war when these helicopters were desperately needed. Oh and then there was the stag party which they used another military aircraft for fun.

    I don’t care for Waity Katie or William, to be honest, but I’d prefer if they stopped trying to pretend they’re “like us.” It’s patronizing.

  18. Chrissy says:

    Just because they don’t have live-in help, that doesn’t mean they won’t have someone coming in to clean (Who knows? They could have that right now!). Lots of people have housekeepers come once or twice a week. If they are paying out of their own pocket for someone like that, it wouldn’t count as royal staff.

  19. Sakota says:

    Someoen should tell William that for all his wanting to be normal, if he had been truly normal, Kate would have either laughed in his face if he had asked her out or dumped him five years ago.

  20. Fue McCormick says:

    If her name’s Catherine, why isn’t her nickname “Cate” or “Catie?”
    Odd.

  21. Rosanna says:

    I think it’s perfectly fine for the future Queen of England to actually have somebody cleaning her toilet. Otherwise what is the appeal of monarchy? I hope nobody still believes they are superior or something ;)

  22. Feebee says:

    How many “normal” people don’t clean their own toilets? HEAPS. I don’t think having a weekly cleaner come in can hardly be thinking they’re above regular everyday people. They’ve been relatively regular for eight years, I don’t think their first years of marriage will change that. A baby will of course.

    If he’s in the military then he has a job and isn’t available for a lot of royal commitments. She had trouble finding a suitable job in London (I know she probably didn’t try very hard) so I can’t imagine her finding one in Wales. No, the trick for more of the royal perks will come with motherhood. She’ll work it out :)

  23. Whatever says:

    Who would want a bunch of servants around? Especially when you just get married. You want to be alone and enjoy each other. Having strangers around my house that ran to the papers or tabloids all the time, as happened with his parents, would drive me crazy. I’m sure he doesn’t want to play that out again. I can see it. And really how hard is it to wash dishes and laundry for two people? It’s nothing at all.

    As for his father, what a waste of space. Even if he is a working royal, why in the world does he need 150 people catering to him? It’s an insane waste of money! It’s amazing William turned out as normal as he seems in that nutty family.

  24. PD says:

    The only silver lining I can really see in having that many servants is just that in this economy it gives those 150 people jobs.

  25. Jamie says:

    Servants or no servants they’re going to live in unimaginable luxury for the rest of their lives. This is PR BS.