Prince William will join Kate on vacation in Mustique, but there are still image problems

On Friday, we discussed the Duchess of Cambridge’s decision to fly to Mustique with her family for one of her dozen yearly vacations. I noted how oddly tone-deaf it was for Kate to go on a family vacation without her husband of less than a year, given that the palace was trying to play Kate as the sympathetic military wife who was devastated at the prospect of being without Prince William for six weeks. As it turns out, Prince William will be joining Kate and the Middletons in Mustique, although that information was only reported two days after Kate flew to Mustique. Kate left on Wednesday (first class!), and it’s thought that William flew to meet her yesterday, or he’s flying today. Still, she left him in Wales so she could spend a few extra days on vacation.

Wills is headed on vacation! Kate Middleton may have gotten a head start with some fun in the sun on the island of Mustique, but as it turns out, her hubby Prince William isn’t far behind!

“He’s leaving tomorrow morning,” a source tells Us Weekly. “It wasn’t set in stone because William needed to clear the week of work first.”

On Wednesday, the 30-year-old Duchess flew first class to St. Lucia with her parents, Mike and Carole Middleton and her siblings, Pippa and James Middleton. After arriving in the Caribbean, the family made their way to the ultra-private island of Mustique, where they will celebrate Carole’s 57th birthday (her actual birthday is January 31).

This isn’t the first time the Middletons took Mustique. The family, sans Kate, vacationed there last August.

This vacation may be the last bit of R&R that the Duke of Cambridge, 29, sees for awhile. The Prince, who is a search-and-rescue co-pilot for the Royal Air Force, is scheduled to be deployed to the Falkland Islands, which is the center of fresh tension between Great Britain and Argentina, next month.

[From Us Weekly]

Well, I’ll take back what I said about Kate’s tone-deaf PR image – she and Will are just enjoying one last vacation before he leaves for the Falklands. I can understand that, although I still think it says something about Kate’s laziness – her whole life is a series of vacations. And would it have been such an imposition to wait until William had gotten the time off so they could leave together? I’m just sayin’.

Meanwhile, The Mail reports that Kate’s presence on the island of Mustique is causing a lot of consternation. Security has been heightened, but Mustique is the kind of place where pretty much everybody is really, really wealthy. So, basically, millionaires and billionaires are being treated like crap because security guards think everybody will be taking photos of Kate lounging around in a bikini. One dude complained: “This isn’t exactly the way one expects to be treated when you pay very good money to visit the most exclusive island in the Caribbean.” A security guard on the island – who is reportedly working with Kate’s team of bodyguards – tells The Mail, “The concern isn’t crime. It is that visitors might try to take photos of the VIPs who are here on their phones.” Yes, because God knows what the British public would think if they saw more photos of Kate sitting around, doing nothing. IMAGE CONTROL!!! Must control Kate’s image!!!

When Kate returns to the UK and William goes to the Falklands, how will Kate spend her time? The Mail reports that Kate is “dreading” William’s absence, and that she’s not even going to stay at their Anglesey house while he’s gone. She’s going to be staying at Kensington Palace, and she’s going to begin doing some charitable work at long last. And yes, she’s also going to take some much needed “breaks” to spend more time with her family in Bucklebury, and Camilla Parker-Bowles has invited Kate to spend some time at Clarence House. I’m sure Kate will manage to fit in another vacation, don’t you? It will be difficult, but she’s made it clear that vacations are her top priority.

Here are some photos of Will and Kate on vacation with her family, back in 2006:

Photos courtesy of PR Photos, Fame.

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  1. Marc says:

    Duckess Kate and her balding husband are the most boring people in the world. Fake love fake drama fake life. .

    • Agnes says:

      agreed.

    • NancyMan says:

      I think you’re wrong about the ‘love’ thing. Is this ‘fake’ drama conjured up by the press to fill a qouta- yes…
      As for the ‘fake’ life, it would all depend on how relevant you consider any of the Royals.

    • iseepinkelefants says:

      Agreed. Fake love. If they were such “soulamtes” why did William look high and low for another girl for 9(!) years before settling for her?

      And yes, it’s mostly the Americans who believe this crap. The Brits have been reading about their numerous breakups for 9 years and are less prone to believe the BS that comes out of the palace.

      William wanted Isabella Calthrope and even put on a fake engagement/wedding with Jecca Craig, these are both women he knew for less than a year. Yet it took him 9 years to ask Waity (all while he was seeing other girls)?

      Good friends I’ll buy but madly in love, soulmates? Not on your life.

  2. GoodCapon says:

    She worked hard for 10 years to get that ring, not to mention the endless shopping, dinners, black-tie events, shopping, handshaking, waving, camera posing, shopping, hair appointments and more shopping she had to go through last year.

    It’s a well-deserved break if you ask me.

    • NancyMan says:

      I’ve worked like a dog for 30 years so I can afford the nice things in life and do what I please. Would I have preferred to have just waited 10 years to say ‘I Do’ at a big ass fancy wedding and get the same?

      DAMN STRAIGHT!

      I bet most of you would do the same if given the option.

      • Devon says:

        ITA! I honestly don’t get all the hate for Catherine. Would anyone not willing trade places with her in a second? Even for just one day? Damn straight they would.

        Her family went on their annual vacation, what’s weird about that? She went without her husband a few days early, what’s weird about that? I do that all the time. Last week I went away with my mum for the weekend and I routinely go home or visit friends in other cities without my husband.

        I honestly just don’t get the hate.

      • GoodCapon says:

        NancyMan – NO. I have far too much self-respect to just wait and DO NOTHING while waiting for a man to propose to me.

        Devon – Kate stated in her terrible UNICEF interview to “dig deep” and help the people in Africa. It was also reported last December that Willy and Kate wouldn’t go on a ski holiday because they didn’t want to send the wrong message to the public in this tough times.

        Then they go and do this. First, William to Spain and then Waity to Mustique. How many holidays have they been in since last year? It’s just extremely distasteful in this current economic crisis to go around on holidays while the rest of the British people are suffering from unemployment and austerity cuts. And they haven’t really done much in their new royal lives to earn such holidays, Waity especially.

        Don’t forget that the British public are paying for the security in this holiday. GMAFB.

      • sennet says:

        @Devon,

        I honestly don’t know if I would trade places with her. Of course the holidays would be wonderful, but I really don’ t know if I could handle all that constant scrutiny for the rest of my life, even if it did mean an end to my money/job worries. Now trading places for one day, that’s another matter!

      • Jen34 says:

        The Kate Hate always sounds like jealousy to me. She’s married to the future King of England. She didn’t join the Sisters of the Poor.

      • Jackson says:

        I wouldn’t want to trade places with her but, yeah, it’s a good gig if you can get it! And, honestly, if ‘the Palace’ didn’t want her going on vacation, she wouldn’t be going.

      • bluhare says:

        I’m with you guys. So what. She’s got a life a lot of people would love to live. Private when she wants, with a man who appears to genuinely care about her.

        As far as taxpayers. It’s her FAMILY’S holiday. They are paying. Before some of get on me re her security, she’s got that whereever she is, so the only additional cost is their airfare and accomodations. Assuming they are living separately.

      • the original bellaluna says:

        No, Devon, I absolutely would not trade places with any “celebrity.” I value my privacy too much to live in a fish-bowl of constant scrutiny & criticism.

    • maemay says:

      So the taxpayers are paying for security, they pay for that regardless. That goes along with the job, just like every US president gets security. People need to find something else to bitch about.

      • NancyMan says:

        I agree with all of you that its ‘tone death’ for anyone benefitting from public funds to take trips during these tough times when most people can’t put food on the table. The Royals and everyone else do need to wise up.

        But, we have the same problem with our President, Vice-President and members of congress. And, the cost of protecting the British Royal Family is chicken feed compared to what our beloved officials require.

      • Pisa says:

        @maemay That´s exactly the problem. She doesn´t have a job. And comparing her to a president is a little farfetched, don´t you think? And by a little I mean a lot. Every president has a job that comes with so much more responsibility than this Duchess´s non-job. Obama had 61 vacation days in 31 months. I think this girl already had this much vacation this year and it is only the 22nd of January.

    • kibbles says:

      Absolutely, I’d want her wealth and privilege. But I am also the kind of person who would love to use that wealth and privilege to do something meaningful with my life. I wouldn’t want to just be known as a socialite and that is basically what the Middleton sisters are and have been since graduating from college. Two socialites except Kate bagged a prince so now she has the title of “Duchess”. Most people don’t “hate” her for being rich. Most people dislike socialites because they have not earned their money or status – it was given to them through parents or marriage. And to top it off they do nothing worthwhile for others. If she had done something in her 10 year-long dating/engagement to William, people would look more at her accomplishments rather than her dozens of vacations per year.

  3. Vanden says:

    yaaaaaawn

  4. Tiffany says:

    Looks like the goodwill of the wedding has worn off. The palace might want to consider outside help because this is not working at all. Or maybe it is because I always thought the brothers and her were tools. Is it wrong that I only enjoy reading about them when they screw up.

  5. tripmom says:

    Isn’t everyone’s goal to spend as much time on vacation and as little time working as possible? If I won the lottery tomorrow I would not keep working, and neither would most of you. Why should I hate this girl because I’m insanely jealous of her lifestyle? I can’t rag on her for taking vacations and hanging out with her family all the time, because if I had her money and resources that’s exactly what I’d do.

    • Petunia says:

      Yes but you’ve earned them, no? And even if you got to retire early, you still worked, no?

    • Pisa says:

      And so you could. It´s just not very befitting for a future Queen (or queen consort, whatever) to be that lazy. That comes with some responsibilities. Winning the lottery doesn´t.

      • maemay says:

        Your future queen is Camilla, Kate and William are’nt even on the civil list. You got a LONG time before Kate is even going to be future Queen, she is not like Diana and next in line for the throne.

      • Pisa says:

        You know, the future is indefinite (hopefully). So she is probably going to be the wife of a future king in that future. They are the second in line. It´s not THAT far away. And she is taking all the positive aspects of royal life, which she is obviously already living, so why can´t you expect her to do something for it? Other than going on vacation? Also, I´m living in Germany where hopefully neither Camilla nor Kate will be Queen in any future.

    • Appel says:

      where does the money come from? –>taxes

      i would be angry too

      • Linney says:

        Yeah, those zillions of people lining the streets to watch their nuptials looked absolutely ready to trade their royal family for a few hundred pounds apiece.

      • bluhare says:

        For the zillionth time, William and Kate are NOT on the civil list.

      • katenotcatherine says:

        nope…not on the civil list, but the two body guards are tax payer funded…

    • bettyrose says:

      Agreed to some degree: Most of use would choose the life of leisure, if given the choice. But some good portion of us would also choose the Angelina Jolie route of using one’s fortune/fame/influence to effect good in the word. See: Princess Di.

    • Suze says:

      The difference is that if you won the lottery tomorrow, you would not be a royal with an image to uphold. You would be able to do as you pleased.

      And even if WillandKate aren’t on the civil list, even if Will and her family or the royal family are paying for everything out of their own pockets, even if Will is second in line and not first in line to the throne, Duchess Kate should at least appear to do more than shop and vacation, with the odd apperance every month or so thrown in. Even if she isn’t the next queen, she is still a future queen.

      I actually don’t care if- behind the scenes – most of her life has been and always be one of leisure. It’s just that the palace PR machine keeps telling the world that it isn’t. Which is annoying. It’s the EMperor’s New Clothes.

  6. BooBooKitty says:

    Jealousy’s an ugly emotion.

    • Wresa says:

      And strange. I wonder how many of her critics on this site even live in Great Britain. Why so much concern for her schedule?

      I recently read a Vanity Fair article that stated the queen already established they would have a 2 year break before getting down to business. Why everyone is acting so surprised that she is not yet at Princess Di’s level of charity work is beyond me.

      • Happymom says:

        I just read Queen Elizabeth’s biography-even she and Prince Philip had a ramp-up initially. They lived in Malta as a fairly typical Navy couple for a bit-and supposedly it was the happiest, most “normal” time of their life.

      • SHump76 says:

        I haven’t seen anything over here (UK) in the media complaining about her being lazy or anything else like that. I was also under the impression that it was common knowledge that they’d have a sort of 2 year grace period before being expected to get down to the brass tacks of royal duties. You always get people who love the royals, and then people who are tired of paying taxes to support them, but I haven’t noticed any extra complaining directed at her. I think the Americans are just feeling let down that she isn’t as interesting to them as they seemed to find Diana. *shrug*

      • LAK says:

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2078175/Kate-Middleton-Im-sorry-getting-wrong.html

        This coming from a paper that is Royalist and their mouth piece.

        The broadsheets largely ignore the RF unless something significant happens, but the tabloids always write about her in a pseudo obsequious way.

        Also, the Middletons and PW use the PCC all the time to kill stories about them and about Kate.

        If you read the online comments to many British papers from british commentators, the general public has turned from wedding good will to complaining about her lack of a work ethic juxtaposed with coalition cuts etc

        The tide never turns suddenly. It’s a gradual thing. First one paper calls you out, then another etc.

        Look at the piece today about her vacation. The entire article was written in a way that emphasised the tax payer bodyguards, the poor dear being separated from her hubby for six! weeks…

      • Shamozzle says:

        I agree totally, Wresa and Happymom.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      If envy is the only thing that fuels dislike it should follow that people would be equally dissatisfied with Diana. If they’re not, there’s a reason. Is there a single person posting on this site that makes more money than you run of the mill film or music star? I’ll guess that none of us do. Doesn’t that mean that every person here automatically hates every single celebrity on the planet? I’m thinking that the answer is ‘no’. because fanbases are vocal and their terms of endearment are blue. So, I don’t think this is some kind of English Hateration with a philosophy and an office, I think the cigar is just the cigar on this one. Ask Grace Kelly, people are still obsessed. I don’t know, maybe if Duchess pulls the right strings she can land a role as the next incarnation of Dr. Pretty Next-Hair on House, they’re always willing to cast more.

      At any rate, you can’t like every celebrity, so why pretend that you do? I never pay any attention to this family outside of this site because inbred racists speaking in clipped arches aren’t really my thing, (I find history fascinating but the Windsors are dull to the extreme and I think it would be easier to draw blood with a syringe made of room-temperature butter than it would be to make me actively care about the corgis) but the pieces and comments here are funny, so to visit.

      To me, it just stands to reason that if someone is singling a person out, there’s a reason beyond they money and fame. Money and fame is the celebrity baseline. It’s like algebra, you don’t see that ’1′ in front of the ‘x’, but it’s always there. Assuming that, where else is left to go?

  7. Happymom says:

    He just went away with his brother to hunt in Spain-where’s the “outrage” about that?

    • Anne says:

      He is a man. People can claim that is not the issue all they want, but the level of venom that is leveled at her exclusively, shows otherwise.

      • Hmmm says:

        Okay, I’ll bite. He married her. What does that say about him?

        And he rarely seems to “work” at his “job”. And he has as many vacations as she does. And he kills defenceless animals for sport, for fun. Raised to the manor born. Inbred. Entitled. I bet you no one says “no” to him. He is the man who doesn’t want to be king. And I hope by that time, it will be a moot point.

        The man is almost 30 years old and still avoiding the responsibilities of his birthright. Big spoiled baby.

      • kibbles says:

        But when government sets up a manufactory of nobles, it is as absurd as if she undertook to manufacture wise men. Her nobles are all counterfeits.

        This wax-work order has assumed the name of aristocracy; and the disgrace of it would be lessened if it could be considered only as childish imbecility. We pardon foppery because of its insignificance» and on the same ground we might pardon the foppery of Titles. But the origin of aristocracy was worse than foppery. It was robbery. The first aristocrats in all countries were brigands. Those of later times, sycophants.

        …But besides the criminality of the origin of aristocracy, it has an injurious effect on the moral and physical character of man. Like slavery it debilitates the human faculties; for as the mind bowed down by slavery loses in silence its elastic powers, so, in the contrary extreme, when it is buoyed up by folly, it becomes incapable of exerting them, and dwindles into imbecility. It is impossible that a mind employed upon ribbands and titles can ever be great. The childishness of the objects consumes the man.

        - Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man

    • Bermuda Blues says:

      I think the difference is that William has a full time job as a search and rescue pilot. In addition to that, he has over 100 charities that he patronizes and works with.

      What does Kate do? No job. Only 5 charities, and they were just announced so its not like she’s done anything with them.

      I honestly wonder what the heck Waity Kate does all day? Can it really be just working out and shopping and WAITING for William to come home from work?

  8. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    The blonde dude on the left who is facing the royal crotch looks like he is thinking “wow, that’s some nice wax job”

    • LAK says:

      eeewww!!!! that’s her brother JAmes

    • Bermuda Blues says:

      There were a bunch of pictures of Pippa topless, hanging with her brother and with Kate and William and their creepy uncle all from this same trip. They were pulled off the internet by lawyers during the Middleton whitewash before the Royal Wedding.

  9. Emily says:

    She used to have such a great body! She needs to start eating food again.

    • Emily says:

      (Disclaimer):

      I realize that my comment is really catty, but it’s important to remember that she’s basically a government-funded role-model and that little girls everywhere will idolize her because she’s a “princess”. This is why I have a huge problem with her obvious eating disorder. The palace really needs to step up and do something about it.

      • maemay says:

        How is she government funded when she is not on the civil list.

      • iseepinkelefants says:

        maemay – even if she isn’t technically on the “civil list” saying the whole Windsor clan isn’t goverment assisted is a luagh. Where do you think they got the large pile of cash in the first place? Raping the English public duh.

        You really think QEII would be as wealthy as she is if she wasn’t Queen? Where did her family get the dosh? Hard work? No.

        What Charles has was given to him (by the Queen), so what William has was given to him as well (although $10m came from Diana and was split between he and Harry, but it came from Charles too and with their lifestlye it stands to reason they would have blown through it by now).

        Do you really think $35k a year would get him 7 vacations a year? $35k doesn’t even pay for one week in Mustique, much less multiple vacations, palace apartments and all the other crap they spend their quid on.

        So she may not technically be on the civil list but her husband’s money didn’t just come from thin air (or working as a military officer). And no her parents are not that wealthy (according to figures they’re worth $7m and $3m of that is their house’s worth. Party Pieces, according to tax forms, does not bring in that much money a year).

    • Wresa says:

      I know! Her body is incredible here. She looks so amazing with an extra 10-15 lbs. on her.

      Or shall I say “stones”? lol. Not sure what the conversion is…

  10. Jackie says:

    their PR people need to get a handle on this. the poor sentiment for her just keeping growing and growing.

    she needs to at least look somewhat useful…because now her lifestyle is partially funded by THE PEOPLE….that is why THE PEOPLE are getting frustrated and annoyed with her do littleness.

    • Alix says:

      The rest of her entire LIFE will be spent in charitable work, public appearances, etc. Right now she’s married to the Queen’s grandson, who is desperate not to have his wife thrown into the maelstrom unprepared. She is not on the Civil List, her life is no more “useless” than anyone else privileged enough to come from money, and she might as well spend some time with her family now, since 2012 is gonna be non-stop for her. So how about we all give her a break? And a sandwich?

      • JulieM says:

        2012 will be nonstop? Do you actually believe that? And yes, I know about the Olympics and the Jubilee.

      • Jackie says:

        she is NOW getting millions of dollars from the taxpayers for a grand lifestyle and doing very little for the people.

        it is shocking to me that some of the general public do not see a problem here.

  11. Maggie says:

    Hmmm….honeymoon period: kate can do no wrong

    Post-honeymoon bitching: kate takes too many holidays, recycles dresses, wears cheap clothes, and ignores royal protocol…

    Let us call this the ‘diana-cycle’. Next step is William takes an elderly mistress with whom he discusses the desire to become a tampon.

    Yay…not at all predictable and boring. (For Americans, that was sarcasm.)

  12. JulieM says:

    Kaiser-Don’t take back what you said about her tone deaf PR image. It is still intact. I have never seen anyone as lazy and Dolittle as Waity take so many holidays. She did it before marriage and she’s doing it now. And she will continue to until the Palace PR People give up trying to defend her.

    Get busy with the charity work, Kate, and try to “cope” with your husband being gone for 6 whole weeks. Every military spouse in the world is laughing at you.

    • kibbles says:

      Well, Kate still has most of the mainstream media on her side. Most of the articles I read about her are favorable. I don’t think the Royals really care what the public thinks until some major journalists begin to criticize her lifestyle. Until that day happens don’t expect much change from Kate and William. These two kids have been spoiled rotten and they don’t want any additional responsibility besides showing up to events and giving a few speeches per year for as long as humanly possible.

  13. marie says:

    What is the BIG DEAL here? So what if Kate went to Mustique with her family and William is flying there too???!!! People do this…go on vacation with families.

    • Laurie M. says:

      And Kate comes from a very wealthy family. If she hasn’t had to work much in her life & doesn’t want to – its her choice. Being wealthy is not a crime.

    • RobN says:

      Isn’t that the truth! People getting so worked up about nothing. They’ve historically taken a family trip this time of year, and they’re doing it again. Shocking.

      • Jackie says:

        the issue is that part of her money now comes from the british people and the tax payers are now subsidizing her lifestyle.

      • RobN says:

        The British public doesn’t seem to care as much as the American public or there wouldn’t be a royal family at all.

        (This is where a bunch of people pretend to be British and assure everybody that regular Brits don’t like the royal family and want it done away with.)

  14. Cathy says:

    I say let her have fun. I wish I could have a lifestyle like hers. Maybe not be part of the royal family, but the money would be nice.

  15. Sarah says:

    The difference between Waity pre- and post-marriage is that she is now an official role-model for little girls everywhere. Eating disorders are worthy of girlish ambition, right?

    She also uses tax money for security where ever she goes.

    Still think she’s fab?

    • maemay says:

      If she sad eating bon bons and watching TV she would have security.

      • Hmmm says:

        She probably does that when she travels, anyway. She is truly a woman of character, don’t you think?

    • Sam says:

      Do you think that even if she asked they would take the security away? That’s got nothing to do with Kate, anyone else in her position would be using the same tax dollars so there is no need for a personal attack

    • GoodCapon says:

      She has laid on her back for 10 years doing nothing AND still managed to get the ring. All the unambitious women out there would look up to her as their great role model.

      • Hmmm says:

        “She has laid on her back for 10 years doing nothing”.

        And I am sure she never once thought of England ;) .

      • Mare says:

        Even if we assume she lied about working for her parents company (and there is no proof that she didn’t work there), she went to college untill 2006. So it’s five years of doing nothing, not ten.

  16. stephanie says:

    love her or hate her and her lazy ring-getting persona, that is one hell of a bangin’ beach body.

  17. AngelMay says:

    Maybe they don’t want pictures cause Kate lays around topless smoking a “kush” like Rhianna.

  18. blonde on the dock says:

    Beautiful figure! Wow!

  19. Jay says:

    Any bets that he decided to see if he could clear his calendar to join her only after she started getting flak for the “solo” vacation? I don’t have any hate for them — frankly I only read articles about them to try to figure out what all the fuss is about — but knowing how PR thinks, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was a damage control afterthought.

    • Sarah says:

      I think it was his plan all along to meet up with her.

      And did I read correctly that the concern was not being harmed but being photographed?

      How vain is that?

      • Jay says:

        Well, if that’s the case, PR dropped the ball, because on Friday they had no comment. They should’ve got the correction out right away to spare themselves two days of grief.

  20. Megan says:

    The Kate hate is more boring than Kate’s fashion and that is saying something.

  21. Cirque28 says:

    Waity seems like a dream partner for a wealthy, busy guy. Because she seems to be an emotionally uncomplicated woman who is basically always in a good mood whether she’s being indulged or shaking hands with poor people. Husband around: awesome. Husband gone for 6 weeks: that’s cool too. It’s all good to Kate. Not that I fault her for any of that.

    I’m sure this is what Prince Charles hoped for with Diana, but that darn Diana with all those emotions and absurd questions like “Did you ever really love me? and “Are you screwing around Chuck?”

  22. Snappyfish says:

    I am personally sick of all the hate heaped upon this girl for no reason other than what I assume is pure jealousy. You don’t have to like her, you do NOT know her, so calling her lazy is just that. She is NOT on the civil list so other than security she receives the least from the rolls.

    I swear with all the hate Kaiser heaps on this girl one would think she stole William from her. Give it a rest or let someone else write about the Wales

    • Guesty says:

      Agreed.

    • Hmmm says:

      “Girl”? That says it all.

      She’s a thirty year old woman. That also says it all.

    • XYZ says:

      Why would Kaiser be jealous? I’m certainly not. I do not desire fame or a lifetime of leisure. Perhaps you see Kate’s marriage to a prince as something worthy of envy? Well, considering I find the idea of modern day royalty risible at best, I see Kate as a woman married to a balding mouth-breather with really big teeth. Shame, too, because he used to be so hot.

      But I digress.

      With me, it’s not Kate Hate–it’s more annoyance, not so much at the woman herself–she is who she is–but the public’s ridiculous, over-the-top praise of her when all she’s done is…wait for it: Get married. Even though I am no Jolie fan, I don’t mind when people gush over her on this site–with her charities and acting awards, love her or hate her, the woman has earned her praise. But what has Kate done to deserve to be called a role model and an inspiration? Wear nice dresses? Wave and smile and be generally pleasant to strangers? Come on. A year and a half ago, she was William’s girlfriend–and not much more than that–and suddenly, with no discernible changes at all to her lifestyle or behavior, she’s exalted and untouchable? I don’t think so.

      You ask what is there to hate about Kate? And I in turn ask you, what’s to love?

      • GoodCapon says:

        Don’t forget, she was also on Time’s Person of the Year. All she ever did was marry Willy! HILARIOUS!!! :D

        They completely scraped the bottom of the barrel there. They must have run out of people to add on the list if they were going to include Waity.

      • Snappyfish says:

        Who is calling her role model? You? Celebrities, royalty & sports stars are NOT role models. Nor should they be. Parents should be, teachers should be to name two. Your Jolie reference is spot on & her deeds are admirable but I doubt she does them to be a role model. She does them to make a difference in other peoples lives. Difference here is Jolie’s life & her decisions are her own. The Dutchess’ are dictated by the Palace.

        She married a Prince, good for her. When all is said & done I would bet she might rethink her choice a few times. She has given up a true life of privacy to dedicate her life to her husband’s. Yes it is a life of privilege but one of duty as well. She just started & the palace dictates what & when she will do their will.

        I can guarantee Charles doesn’t want to be upstaged again, neither does Anne. They have been there & done that with Diana, who had her fair share of holidays

        If these threads had true grievances then wonderful but all they are is a redundant “she’s lazy, she’s thin blah blah” which is the truly vapid comments.

        I don’t see that she has yet accomplished any great deed that would garner praise but she has also not committed any grievance to warrant such animosity

        Aside petty jealousy

      • June says:

        @ Snappyfish: If the poor, poor Duchess gave up her privacy, then I want to see some pics of her in Mustique!!! Oh, there are none…. It is a privat island.

      • GoodCapon says:

        I’m not a big fan of Jolie either but I’d rather see women look up to her than this dullard. Angelina gets praised for her humanitarian efforts; Waity receives the same or even a greater amount of praise for simply turning up in an event with a new dress sporting her big bouncy hair and toothy grin.

        I’d dare her to do a tenth of what Jolie does, but then she’d probably collapse from the effort.

      • Mare says:

        She’s praised and worshipped by the media? Then blame the media! It’s the magazines who are making her a big untouchable star. If the Time magazine made her a person of the year, blame the Time. Why blame Kate? Why hate her because magazines praise her? They do it for one reason only, she probably brings in the money. She is talked about. Just like on this blog. So whenever people come on blogs like this one and write endless comments about Kate’s laziness, hair or eyliner they are actually making her even more relevant becuase a lot of clicks and a lot of comments mean more writing about her and more media coverage. Same with the Kardashians. If you don’t like some celebrity just ignore her/him, it’s the best thing to do.

      • Mare says:

        “You ask what is there to hate about Kate? And I in turn ask you, what’s to love?”
        Nothing. She hasn’t done anything special, nothing that would make me really like her and call myself a fan. Is that reason enough to hate her? I’m always defending her here and I will continue to do so because the woman has done apsolutely nothing do earn all those hateful comments. People calling her lazy, vapid, boring, bland, emotionless, heartless?? Based on what? Based on nothing. If people want to call someone they’ve never met horrible names on the internet, it better be based on something very very convincing.

      • christinne says:

        @Mare: you are wrong. Read dailymail report piece of art (I think) where she tells people how she got pulled aside by PW people for not being nice enough w Kate.

        I agree with you. There is nothing to like or hate. In my eyes the woman is the definition of bland.

        I don;t agree w you that media has made her own mind about Kate. Lots of PR behind that.

    • GoodCapon says:

      YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWN

      • XYZ says:

        GoodCapon: Time Magazine Person of the Year? I had no idea. That is one shade of ridiculous too far.

        Snappyfish, no, I am not calling her a role model, but if you visit the comments section of HuffPost, People, Eonline or a host of other celeb blogs, most of those folks do. You find the “vain and lazy” argument redundant. Well, I feel the same way about the “jealousy” argument. Not everyone who criticizes Kate is jealous of her life or her man. Like you, I think she has sacrificed a lot to be where she is, more than I ever would’ve for some dude with a title. Thus, I do not envy her, nor do I hate her. However, I do agree that the derision of this woman none of us knows borders on the ridiculous at times, but isn’t it just as ridiculous to get so worked up over other people’s dislike of Kate, a total stranger, that you’d consider not visiting this blog again? Come on. Don’t leave just yet. What would you do without Hot Guy Friday? What would any of us? :)

    • June says:

      Actually they are the Cambridges not the Wales. They are not on the civil list, but have you ever seen the accountind of the royal household? So you can’t be 100% sure whether they get some money from tax payers or not.

    • kibbles says:

      What makes Kate any different from the other socialites and celebrities that are bashed here? Should she be respected or protected from criticism simply because she married a Royal? Give me a break! The Royals are are not voted into office, have very little political power, and continue to live extravagant lifestyles because the public enjoys reading about their lives and gossiping about them. They are celebrities with fancy titles – they have become nothing more than a tourist attraction – and the public has every right to say anything they want about them just as we do with any other celebrity.

      • XYZ says:

        @ Mare: Perhaps you don’t realize it, but your hysterical defense of Kate, whom you do not know, is just as irrational as the hate. Which is not hate from many posters on here IMO, but criticism. None of us know her, obviously, but we don’t know Natalie Portman or Paltrow, and yet they are routinely lambasted for appearing pretentious, as Kate is lambasted for appearing lazy. It’s a celeb website. Everything written here is based on perceptions We dish it to Kate the same way we dish it to everyone else around here, and I fail to see why anyone has lighten up. To you, she has done nothing wrong. To many of us who have watched her for the past ten years clubbing, shopping, vacationing, and following William around, she hasn’t done much right. So we bitch, and it is our right, as it is yours, to disagree.

      • Mare says:

        @XYZ – Hysterical? :) Well, I will rather be a person who hysterically defends someone she has never met than who writes malicious comments about them. Although I agree both is irrational :)

    • christinne says:

      Snappyfish: you sound like one crazy person! One that I hope I never get to meet. Is not your obvious “team Kate” post, but the way you hound people into leaving Kate alone makes you sound…crazy! Also your post lacks shows no sign of emotional intelligence. Go visit some therapist! STAT!

  23. Asli says:

    She really pisses me off! Has she ever paid for anything herself or even worked one lousy day in her life?!! Just because your parents are rich doesn’t mean you can mooch off of them your entire life. And know she’s moved on to actually taking hard-working peoples money! Grow up and lift your f–king manicured fingers, Kate! I’d be embarrased if I were her!

  24. janie says:

    boy. the girl has been with the same dude for 10 years, and goes on vacation a few days early with her family.
    with all the drugs and crap that goes on out there, i can’t believe she gets so much hate. seems like a normal girl to me who has acted flawlessly in the face of worldwide interest.

    • Sakota says:

      Janie, she isn’t paid or protected to be normal and live her own life. She is paid to work and work on charity and state functions and greet heads of state. She is not paid to jet set and be protected by the taxpayer as she deos so. That is why her expenses are taken care of and that is why she is living in a palace. She isn’t being paid to decide on nucelar war, she is being paid to greet dignitaries and look pretty. It’s not strenuous.

      Her fans swore up and down that after marriage she would settle into work and end up serving her naiton, which she has not.

  25. kay says:

    After the thread kaiser wrote yesterday, I decided I would not open another she wrote about Kate. They are… negative, but not in a funny Michael K way. It’s disturbing to me to read how she writes about Kate.

    But it’s getting to be there is nothing to read on this site anymore. It’s Kardashian gossip that I won’t click, Michael Fassbender over and over, endless posts that ask questions (fug or fabulous?, etc etc) or just like this one- so unbalanced it’s unpleasant to read.

    No one is forcing me here, I understand that. But I loved this site :( I went for so long not commenting, laughing away, and especially Kaiser’s posts. I am looking for a replacement :(

    • Snappyfish says:

      Well said. I feel the same way & I’ve been reading this site for years. It’s sad.

    • Sarah says:

      If you can’t take the heat…Kaiser does a great job.

    • Janet says:

      I agree Kay!

    • GoodCapon says:

      I’m glad that Kaiser is calling her out on her laziness.

      I’m glad that her opinion is very different from the usual “Catherine is wonderful, Catherine is gorgeous, Catherine can do no wrong” bullsh!t that populates the rest of the internet.

    • JulieM says:

      Buh Bye Kay. The site IS named Celebitchy, after all. I’m sure there are plenty of Waity Fan Club sites for your enjoyment.

      I, for one, love Kaiser’s snark when it comes to Duchess Dolittle.

      • Snappyfish says:

        You are right, this site is celebitchy, & when I found this site years ago Celebitchy is why I Loved it. Celebitchy wrote most if not all the articles. Chic Mommy or Jude would post a few, even Old Grumpy Indian Man was good for a laugh.

        I guess I miss Celebitchy & not someone else’s writing 90% of the time. Because I dont care about the kardashians ad nauseum or Justin Bieber or that Kaiser thinks Kate is lazy. I’ve got it, let’s go back to th fun gossip

        & more Celebitchy

  26. jen says:

    “her whole life is a series of vacations”

    She sounds just like our First “Lady” here in the States.

    • XYX says:

      Actually, no, it doesn’t. Before her husband became president, Michelle Obama was an associate at a law firm, an assistant to the mayor of Chicago, an associate dean at U Chicago, and the Vice President for Community and External Affairs for University of Chicago Hospitals. Hardly sounds like a lifetime of vacations to me. Her husband’s politics aside, to compare an independent, hardworking woman like Michelle Obama to a vapid socialite like Kate Middleton, who could hardly manage to get a handle on one part-time job, is ridiculous, to say the least.

      • The Original Mia says:

        There is no comparisons to Michelle Obama. None at all. Heck, there’s no comparing Duchess Dolittle to any of the other European princess (Mary, Victoria, Letizia, Mette-Marit). They work tireless. Waity doesn’t do squat.

    • maemay says:

      Only if your source of news is Fox News. The first lady goes on the same amount of holidays as anyone with her status and money, and most go on vacation during Christmas and then the summer.

    • Molly says:

      There is a huge difference between the Presidents wife, and the future Queen Consort. Michelle is only going to be there for another year, and Kate will never have an out.

      • Pisa says:

        This is so ridiculous comparing her to Michelle Obama, I shouldn´t even bother answering, but, well, here we go. Waity doesn´t get out of what? All the vacations and the dressing up. Yeah, boohoo, that sorry little thing. Also, Michelle Obama is one of her husband`s important advisers which is a job as well. A job with a lot of responsibilities. Nobody is asking Waity to take on a 9 to 5 job. But it is really not too much asked of her to maybe spend one day a week doing something other than shopping or getting her hair done. And to those saying “we don´t know her, we don´t know what she does with her time”: if she was doing anything marginally useful, we would know. The Palace would be too proud to announce Waity actually doing something.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      What’s that ‘Lady’ dig supposed to be about? Facinators don’t make the queen.

  27. Jamie says:

    My fiancé works away for weeks at a time, we get married in a month and we are pregnant with our first child. I am going away with my mum today for a little trip, we often go for a couple of days at a time.
    I know six weeks is a long time and obviously I’m no Duchess, but she has been with Wills for years, she doesn’t have to (keep on) waiting for him so she can do things..

  28. The Original Mia says:

    So…if they hadn’t canceled their ski trip in December, this would have been vacation #3 for the newlyweds. Kate’s a PR disaster. All the goodwill she had from the wedding has been wasted because she’s a lazy, spoiled woman.

  29. Jane says:

    I’m sorry – but I don’t think we ccan really be so judgmental. Try to put yourself in her position. I’m really sick and tired of coming on here and reading all about your problems with Kate. You take every little word and twist it to make her look bad. If it was once in a while I wouldn’t have such a problem but you put this stuff up with such a ridiculous frequency! Please stop.

    • Sarah says:

      Go to Dailymail and read how people respond to articles about Kate. It’s very similar to what you read here.

  30. Ellen says:

    One possible issue: there is still a strong undercurrent of feeling in the UK that William should be the next king, not Charles. If Kate takes on a lot of responsibilities and has as high a profile as Diana did at the start of her marriage, it will overshadow Camilla (I mean, she already overshadows Camilla, but not officially — YET) and that will make the whispering get louder.

    Technically, Camilla IS the Princess of Wales. They’re saying she’s not going to call herself the Queen when Charles is Queen, but that’s actually absurd, and there have been rumors for years that Charles hopes that Camilla will be rehabilitated enough to be crowned as queen (meaning they say the word out loud) at his coronation.

    To have William AND Kate take on big, official, royal duties? That does not help Charles and Camilla at all.

    Of course now they’ve got the endlessly vacationing waity image to combat. But do we really think Camilla minds that? I bet Camilla is quite happy for people to wonder just what it is that Kate does all day long.

    • Molly says:

      Actually, a vast majority of the UK want Charles to be king. He has made a fine Prince of Wales, and its only his personal life that people dont like. As far as being King, he will be fine. Its William that people should be worried about. William keeps on pushing back the date that he will become a full time royal. He keeps on saying that he wants to do more military training but its only to push the date back. He isnt ready to be King, and he doesnt even want to be king. William fell in love with the normal life that the Middletons had, and he clearly doesnt want to let it go. He spends more time with them than his own family. Frankly, I think something will happen that will make Harry king. Harry would make the better king anyway.

    • Sachi says:

      That is not true. Polls show that Charles is popular and people want to see him as King, not his son, after HM the Queen.

      People want Charles as King, not William:

      http://abcnews.go.com/International/Royal_Diary_Blog/brits-prince-charles-king-england-prince-william/story?id=13204082

      http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/24/us-britain-wedding-king-idUSTRE72N00420110324

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/8396551/Prince-of-Wales-more-popular-choice-for-king-than-Prince-William.html

      Anyone who thinks William should be King after HM the Queen is being delusional and ridiculous.

      William is not ready for this role, which is why he keeps on putting off being a full-time royal. He doesn’t want all the responsibilities because then he won’t be able to have as much fun jetting off on vacations. He and Kate are both lazy. They want the perks but don’t want the work. They don’t want to handle all the responsibilities.

      Their PR makes them out to be this ‘super couple’ who are down to earth and normal, but they’re far from that. Just because William got married last year doesn’t mean he’s suddenly ready to become King. He has a lot of work and preparation ahead of him to step up to Charles’s shoes when Charles becoming King and William the Prince of Wales.

      William has good experience with charities, and he does seem sincere, but he is not ready to be King, nor do I think he actually wants to be one so soon.

      Charles has been ready for this role for more than 40 years. He has done a good job as Prince of Wales. He was a heinous husband to Diana, but he is a good PoW and a good father to his sons. Anyone who denies Charles’s accomplishments as PoW and wants his son to take his place as King for silly reasons, like Charles not being so popular, isn’t thinking clearly. Charles has dedicated his life to his role and rank as Prince of Wales, he’s not going to be upstaged by his son who’s riding on the coattails of the public’s sympathy with Diana.

      Besides, unless Charles is forcibly removed from his position as Prince of Wales, or he steps down in favor of his son, he will be King. No amount of “public sentiment” will change the law that Charles is the next King, not William. Even the Queen herself can’t change the succession laws. Parliament handles all of that, and as long as they have no problems with Charles, he will be King.

      William and Kate overshadowing Camilla and Charles is irrelevant. Whether William and Kate work or not, they still overshadow everything and everyone because of the media’s attention. They can work as royals if they truly want to…the question is, do they? William enjoys being a RAF officer because it gives him something better to do away from royal life.

      Kate enjoys not doing any work because she is a sloth. Nothing to do with Charles and Camilla or the Palace not wanting William and Kate to work.

      • Sarah says:

        Good info for those of us who aren’t British. I agree too that PW and Kate would rather play than work but their position does not support such behavior any longer. If they want to really act lazy and indolent, they’ll have to do it in seclusion.

      • Ellen says:

        I guess we interpret the polls through different lenses. The poll you cited reported that 45 percent of Britons wanted Charles, while only 37 percent wanted William. I am guessing that that’s about 37 percent more than Charles likes, especially because the margin of error on that sort of poll is usually +/- 3% and because only a few months earlier, the results had been reversed.

        I am quite sure that Charles will be the next king, and I think he’ll be a good one. I also think that Kate poses some problems for the Firm, and that between sending her out to many charitable events and giving her a reputation as a party girl, they’re going with the party girl problem.

        I do agree that William’s in no rush to take on more royal duties, either. For one thing, I think he probably hates that ANYONE would want him to be king before his father, and for another, I think you’re right, he likes being “just an RAF officer.”

        Of course, the Queen has often said that the best years of her life were the years she spent with Phillip as just a navy wife. I think she’s encouraged William to be “unofficial” for as long as he can. I mean, she was off in Malta with Phillip when she was next in line to the throne and her father was in poor health! William has decades to go.

      • June says:

        Ellen, I think we shouldn’t forget about the time. Queen Elizabeth married Prince Philip when she was 21. She hasn’t been knowing him for 10 years by the time of their marriage, she didn’t live with him bevor marriage. At the age of 27 she became the Queen. I don’t want to mention all the work she did as a Princess and her duty during WWII. You can’t compare HM and Prince Philip to PW and KM.

  31. Molly says:

    This sounds more like damage control if you ask me. The palace PR has been reading comments left on boards and they probably told William that he had to go. These two have never looked in love. It wouldnt suprise me if this whole thing was a sham. William was getting older and the public and palace needed a marriage and an heir. Kate was williams only choice or he would have to start all over again.

  32. ani says:

    I think that the comments critical of Kate, William, the Royals etc. are because people are genuinely upset at the inequality in the world. Kate and William, the Royal Family are perfect targets for this. Sure, it’s not their fault that they are wealthy and “royalty” but they are enjoying the benefits of a very unequal system. While I support people doing charity work and love Princess Di, the idea of “charity” bugs me. If we did not have such an unequal capitalist world economy then perhaps we would not even need as much “charity”. For now, because of the world’s inequality, people depend on charity (food stamps, WIC, food pantry, etc.). In Princess Di’s charity work, it seemed though like she really did care, and I know that she did, she had real humanity. However, to have Kate just do charity work, to make her image “look good” is offensive to me. Why use the despair of others to make yourself look good and to be able to have this fancy lifestyle? For me, I don’t want her doing charity work, unless it comes from her heart….. not good for anyone I think….. The Royals aren’t necessarily to blame, but the system is. We need a world filled with justice- economic and social, as well as freedom, equality and solidarity….. our world system is not giving everyone what they need. And no amount of charity will solve world hunger, world poverty, disease, rape, exploitation, etc. We need structural change in our world. Of course we the people are going to be critical of this stuff.

    • kibbles says:

      THIS. I completely agree, ani. There is massive inequality in the world that hasn’t been seen in many decades. The reason why we see all of these protests across the globe is due to this inequality that is so hugely apparent and someone such as Kate seems so oblivious to that fact. I agree that Diana at least showed some sympathy for the little people. Kate’s actions for the last 10 years and the little she has done since her marriage shows the public nothing other than a spoiled rich girl who has no other concerns in the world except for pleasing her husband.

      She needs to show some character, compassion, and knowledge of current events and the worsening conditions of people in her own country as well as across the world. That is why her public persona was doomed from the start. Some people say she did the right thing in not being active in anything that could be perceived as political or controversial. I disagree.
      This isn’t 1952! People expect public figures living on their tax dollars to at least do something for the greater good and show a bit of tact even when it comes to their private lives. We all know Kate’s family is rich and marrying a prince will ensure her financial security and social standing for the rest of her life. No one is expecting her to live like a pauper or a normal person. But the girl seems oblivious to the real world outside of Buckingham Palace. I think her image would be a lot better off today if she had worked as a teacher, public servant, volunteer, non-profit worker for at least a few years after college and had not taken so many vacations to exotic islands. She will survive if she stayed closer to home for most of the year. They have the money for a low-key weekend trip to a neighboring country. But dozens of vacations each year is too much even for someone who is incredibly rich. Even most rich people and celebrities have to work some of the time!

  33. TheOriginalVictoria says:

    I was always Team Kate with reservations, but now that she has taken on some patronages, I am at least excited about that and hope she does them well. So I am still reserved but less chilly toward her. We’ll see how that goes in the long run.

    But people getting all in a strop because she ‘waited” for her man and claiming to have more self-respect can have several seats. Kate was on a mission that was very clear from the beginning, and she did what she had to do. People talk a lot of shit about what they wouldn’t do and how they never would this and that, but the truth is most people are liars. She did not lose her self respect. At least not in public. Her eye was on a very specific prize and the prize was royalty. Bow down bitches, because she got exactly what she wanted and she did work for it. Whether you agree or not, it is what it is. Only time will tell if she realizes that sometimes what you want is not everything it’s cracked up to be.

    Human beings are just not that honorable all the way through, not even the best of the best. It’s survival of the fittest baby and Kate was in it to thrive and elevate herself and family. Sure, the hemlines and speech have changed over the last 1,000 years but when it comes to power, wealth, success and legacy, the majority of people including the naysayers are gonna do what they have to do to get in where they fit in. Kate didn’t sacrifice her soul nor her “girl power” as she made a choice.

    So what if she goes on vacation. She’s not on Civil List. Security follows her around wherever she goes. So it’s not that big of a deal. The Queen gave them a two year gap. No one wants another Diana (RIP Diana, Princess of Wales) and the girl seems a little fragile already, so…

  34. Julia says:

    I am also sick and tired of Kate, because she has done nothing for people to like her. I personally like Charlene, Princess of Monaco a lot more (she is much more pretty and she was participating in Olympic games!), but somehow she is not getting so much attention.

    • Mare says:

      Charlene is from Monaco and of course she gets less attention. Also, after competing in the Olympics, she spent around seven years living in Monte Carlo doing apsolutely nothing untill she got engaged. I have nothing against her but facts are facts.

      • Alti says:

        That´s not true. I´m not a great fan of her, but first, Charlene is from South Africa. Second, Charlene does charity for ten (+/-) years! Especially for poor and handicaped children. Mostly Sports-charities! As girlfriend of a Prince Charlene has used her celebrity for charity (during and after her swimming-career). Facts are facts…

      • Mare says:

        I know she’s from South Africa, of course. I ment she’s member of Monaco royal family and that’s why she gets less attention. She hasn’t worked for years but if she did charity good for her.

  35. Julia says:

    I am also sick and tired of Kate, because she has done nothing for people to like her. I personally like Charlene, Princess of Monaco a lot more (she is much more pretty and she was participating in Olympic games!), but
    somehow she is not getting so much attention.

  36. Poppy says:

    Sorry, I know this makes me an anal-retentive geek, but I just thought I’d clarify a couple of things regarding the Royal Family’s finance.

    The ONLY members of the Royal Family who receive money from the Civil List (which is tax-payer money) which isn’t repaid are the Queen and Prince Philip. Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent and Princess Alexandra all receive annual allowances from the civil list, BUT, these are all immediately repaid by the Queen, from her personal finances.

    The Queen holds in trust for the nation all of the royal properties (castles, palaces etc) and estates, the Crown Jewels and collections (such as works of art). The income from these (from largely agricultural activity) is given to her as private income, on which she voluntarily pays 40% income tax. Out of this money she also runs the estates, including paying all the salaries.

    The Prince of Wales also holds the Duchy of Cornwall, which is a very large Duchy. This is also held in trust for the nation, but the revenues are Charles’ private income. From this, he pays 40% income tax, runs the Duchy, pays all the salaries of his staff, and also funds Prince William and Catherine, and Prince Harry. He uses the remainder to meet the cost of his official duties, including security and transport.

    William and Catherine are not living off tax-payer money. In addition (as has already been mentioned), it was announced straight away that they would have 2 years of relatively private life, with only a few public engagements, to give them a chance to settle in to their marriage and get Catherine ‘trained up’ and confident in her role.

    • TheOriginalVictoria says:

      Thank you for this and seriously with the way her interviewing skills are, she needs all the training she can get. She doesn’t seem to be confident yet in her public role but I’m sure she knows that she has to get there.

      Queen Elizabeth will most likely be ruling until she is 150 and Prince Charles seems to be all about following in his mother’s foot steps so and these people marry family!) so it could be another thirty years before Kate and Wills even touch the throne (damn I’m getting old!), and that’s if it’s a monarchy even in figure-head status, still exists.

      And as for the comparisons some are making with Charlene of Monaco…she is not all of that and just because she went to Olympics doesn’t make her all of that or more or less of a person.

      • LAK says:

        Do you have any idea the kind of discipline and dedication it takes to get to the Olympics???!!! And especially the swimming Olympics??!! Jesh, don’t let the facts get in the way of your hate.

        Charlene can sit on her a$$ for the rest of her life. I don’t care if she then waited however many years to get her ring. She will always have Olympian, world class athlete, on her resume.

    • maemay says:

      Additionally William and Harry have money from Diana’s trust as well.

  37. mymy says:

    So she can’t take a vacation without the sourpusses being all angry and judgmental. Yep she married into a family and they can afford to do this . Oh the shame of it all.
    And whatever road she has taken in life. I believe it is her prerogative. to wait to marry the man she loves. Not a problem. To work part time in the family business. Doesn’t effect me in any way.
    When did other people’s lifestyles become such a problem?
    Oh those nasty rich people.How dare they enjoy their wealth.
    I know lets take it from them. We deserve it.

  38. Reel Wheel says:

    Some people have a lot to say about this story…personally, I fell asleep trying to read it…

  39. Feebee says:

    I don’t quite get the beatup on this story either. Little digs like the family flew first class. Um, really? If they can afford (or be afforded) Mustique they can afford first class.

    If your family was taking a Caribbean holiday and suggested you join them (as you are one of the family) would you opt to stay doing nothing in Wales? Hardly. She’s damned either way, might as well be damned for doing.

  40. benny says:

    People will think I’m crazy, but I believe she really is under a lot of stress. Just look at her eating disorder – that is not a sign of someone who is happy and at peace with themselves. And it’s not just Kate. Crown Princess Victoria, who was born a royal, also had an eating disorder when she was younger. I suspect Charlene of Monaco does too. And wasn’t Princess Margaret (the Queen’s sister) treated for one too? And don’t even get me started on the emotional problems experienced by the Japanese princesses.

    Despite what Disney teaches little girls, being a princess is more stressful than we thought. Maybe Kate didn’t realize that before. I think the way William looked so happy after he broke up with Kate made it clear there isn’t any true love there. Yet she came running back to him when he beckoned, and now she’s forever a door mat, and he knows it. And she knows that he knows. And because Charles proved that an unpopular prince can ditch his hugely popular wife and still be accepted by the people, William will always have that option too, and I’ll bet the royals never let Kate forget that.

    I also don’t think she has any friends. Do you ever see her with friends? It’s William or her sister. That’s the extent of her circle of friends. Nobody in the royal family seems to care about her. The Queen seems to look at her with disdain. She doesn’t do much in public because the royal family doesn’t want her to – they don’t trust her to not embarrass them. It must be tough living with people who look down on you.

    Maybe she really needed a vacation. And maybe she wanted that vacation to be without William. Because despite all the wealth and her new title, I do believe she lives a very stressful life.

  41. cprincess says:

    God -the haters are here!
    What is it with you people??
    If she were too fat you wouldn’t like it-she cannot do anything right can she??
    Duchess Kate and William will take the monarchy forward and whether or not you like it-the royals are good value-they are NOT some despot royal family milking the country like say the Saudi royals-they exist but for the grace of the people and they know it…
    The Queen has the right to override the constitution and has NEVER done it and never will.
    She has given a lifetime in service to the country and when the time comes for William and Kate to take it they will do an amazing job.
    I love her…I only with some of her could rub off on the ‘ugly sisters’ Beatrice and Eugenie who define the word useless…

  42. alibeebee says:

    so what she goes on a vacation with her family .. its probably a long standing thing with them. she is a royal now her life is not her own. she can’t spend any family national holidays with them like christmas and easter so this is probably her christmas.. they seem really tight knit so the separation may be a little hard for her. I know what it’s like. I moved out to my own home with my partner and i ended up going on vacation with my family on a cruise because the separation was hard.. because we are tight knit. So what if she’s lazy she’s not hurting anyone and she waited big deal William is no fool he can trust her implicitly it’s a lovely relationship that they have you cannot deny that!

  43. christinne says:

    Some of the people here take everything so personal! Like snappyfish! Chill girl ’cause frankly you sound like this post is an insult directed to you and your family. There are many more like her/him.

    What is up with you people? Someone says something bad about kate and everyone is upset and sensitive over it? How stupid is that?

    And there are people who like/adore/love her. So what?

    At the end of the day we are looking at some god damn old pictures of a healthy woman who whipped herself into loosing a third of her weight to look good in spot light. She married this dude that frankly has a horse face and rubs his hand as an old man. Ok they have money. Ok they show up in the newspapers.

    But why do you people take it so personally? Both groups? pro and against Kate?

    Leave posters be!

    Kaiser how much fun do you have when you see these boiling people over something so incredibly boring: Kate left for a vacation.

  44. chevyhops says:

    Wow. This is a lot of hate. What happened Kaiser?

  45. katenotcatherine says:

    People don’t care that she takes vacations. Take them. The problem is, probably not the best idea to release this just a few weeks prior to your vacation on some exclusive island: http://www.hollyscoop.com/kate-middleton/prince-william-and-kate-middleton-cancel-ski-trip-because-of-recession.html

    I don’t think they planned on letting it get out that they were taking this trip. People took pics of the Middleton’s on a plane, and then word got out. PR disaster!!!

  46. ClaireBear says:

    I quite like Kate and the Middleton family. And I really like that William spends time with them since they seem like a normal bunch with loads of money. Who says none of them work? Kate has an obvious role so we leave her out. Everytime you see a picture of Pippa she is on her way to work with coffee in hand. Isn’t the family self-made millionaires? Agree that Kate has gotten tooooo skinny and needs to get back to being healthy. Don’t they say the camera adds 10 pounds….well she better grab a sandwich!

  47. CeeYee says:

    Duchess Catherine is starting to make Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla look very well in the public eye. Since together they (Charles and Camilla) have been somewhat low key. I do believe I would rather see more articles on Camilla and Charles than Duchess Catherine. Duchess Catherine is a beautiful person-dress and body image is wonderful. However, I am disappointed to see that her PR people have not made her image better focused. The world (not just UK) is looking for her to make a difference, being a common person married into royalty; she needs to work twice as hard as others in her position. She seems to have many virtues: temperance, charity, diligence, patience, and kindness. I see no reason why the palace PR people cannot put these virtues to use. The Duchess Catherine has generated interest and money for the UK; why is she an afterthought with PR? This story should have been handled better!
    For sure, a baby in the belly would have this story less worthy of the attention that is has received. However until such time comes, I would love to read an article about her doing charity work. Well, maybe there is hope-this holiday may help with the baby?

  48. Magsy says:

    Well it looks like the public fascination for William and Kate has maxed out. Time for Harry to get married to someone outrageous and hell-raising so we can all talk about the new “Fergie.” Whether Kate schleps at a soup kitchen one day a week or not doesn’t really matter. Our taxes in the US also pay for ridiculous things and people, the UK isn’t so different. The difference is we don’t think we own the president and his family like a lot of the British public who think they own the Royal family. Leave them alone. I’m more interested in the Olympics in London this year!