Is Duchess Kate being stage-managed by her Kris Jenner-like mother?

These are some new photos of Duchess Kate and Prince William doing their THIRD public event within a 24-hour period. Amazing! Kate and William attended the a fundraiser for London’s Imperial War Museum. Kate wore this charcoal Amanda Wakeley dress, which retails for 450 pounds, and which (the Mail notes) Kate has in three different colors. She paired it with black Prada pumps! But the best part of this whole look is her hair. Look at how great she looks with her hair pulled back! This is positive reinforcement, y’all. We have to encourage her to start doing different things with her hair and when she does, we have to praise her. Her hair looks awesome here. You can see additional photos here. Here are some more of our pics:

In other Middleton news, the tabloids have some surprisingly negative stories this week. In Touch has a somewhat interesting piece about Kate and Pippa’s changing relationship. Apparently, Pippa has always been a “hard partying” girl but Pippa’s recent antics in Paris “pushed Kate over the edge.” It seems that “behind palace walls,” Kate is taking the heat for her sister, with a source claiming, “Kate’s already so stressed about adjusting to her new life… she’s tired of dealing with Pippa’s issues on top of everything else.”

But my favorite Middleton family story comes via The Enquirer. The Enquirer has a line on a new tell-all book about the Middletons, written by Nicholas Davies. Apparently, Kate and Pippa’s mom, Carole Middleton, comes across as a Kris Jenner-style pimp-mother:

Royal confidante Nicholas Davies is releasing a new book later this year, and Davies claims that Carole Middleton and Kris Jenner are cut from the same cloth when it comes to “managing” their daughters’ futures. Davies says that it was Carole who arranged William and Kate’s whole romance!

Davies explains: “What Carole did to Kate was no different than the way that Kris stage-managed her daughter Kim Kardashian’s life. It was Carole who made sure that Kate’s entry into University of St. Andrews in Scotland would coincide with Prince Willian being there. And it was Carole who made sure that her daughter formed a relationship with the prince.”

The plan worked to perfection for Kate! Davies added: “Carole has handled Kate’s romance to William masterfully. Just like Kris Jenner, Carole is a brilliant businesswoman with beautiful daughters. I think Kris would be very proud of what Carole has managed to achieve.”

[From The Enquirer, print edition]

To give Kate some credit, I think she definitely had her own plot to snag herself a prince, and it just so happened that Kate’s plot and her mother’s plot intersected. As for the Kardashian comparison… meh. Some people in the UK press deride the Middleton sisters as very much like the Bouvier sisters, Jacqueline (Kennedy) and Lee (Princess Lee Radziwill), and I think that comparison is much more apt and complimentary. Jackie and Lee came from a privileged, upper-middle-class family, and both actively sought out the highest echelons of society and power and culture, all through marriage. The Middletons ARE social-climbers – and in America, that upward mobility would be celebrated rather than derided. I don’t think Kate and Pippa are being “forced” into anything by their controlling mother – but I do think Carole wanted Kate to marry William, and Carole made sure that Kate was comfortable and “clean” (PR-wise) for the nine years it took for William to propose. Don’t forget – the Middletons bankrolled Kate’s nine-year-wait completely. I’ve got to wonder if Carole would have been gung-ho about financing her daughter’s lay-about lifestyle for nine years if Kate had simply been waiting for the gardener’s son.

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  1. Happymom says:

    Really? Carole Middleton was at college with Will and Kate and pushed them together at every opportunity? Eye roll. I don’t doubt she’s a social climber-but the odds of William marrying someone out of his class (which Kate is, despite the new money of the Middletons) was so remote-no way she could have seriously orchestrated that.

    • ahoyhoy says:

      I agree. How could she possibly orchestrate the two of them even liking each other? She may have happily bank-rolled the long courtship once it happened, but to assume Kate’s mother could ‘make them’ fall in love is ridiculous.

    • L says:

      Seriously. The conspiracy thing is reaching. Maybe she wanted her daughter to marry well, but what mother doesn’t?

      She made sure they were in the same dorm building? Timed the gap years just right. She made sure they had similar majors? If the legend is to be believed-she made Kate walk in that fashion show so William would know she’s hot? Sounds far fetched to me.
      I don’t even think Kate did all that planning, she just wanted to marry a nice rich boy from university and it just happened to be William. I don’t think either of them had this decade long scheme in the works to snag him in university.

    • JulieM says:

      No, she pushed her daughter to make sure it happened. Waity was, in fact, in a position to catch William’s eye. Remember that ugly see through thing she wore at a fashion show? There are just too many stories of how she maneuvered herself into William’s orbit. And then became whatever he wanted her to be. He does not seem to be that bright a lad.

      Why is it so hard to believe that Carole was aggressively pushing both her daughters to “marry up”.

      • HoustonGrl says:

        I have to agree here. Kate just happened to enroll in the same gap year program as William. Then, Kate switched from her enrollment at U of Edinburgh as soon as William announced his college choice. Then she also just happens to pick the same major? Oh, and she happens to live in the same dorm (by the way, only rich kids can afford Sallie’s hall at St. Andrews). I don’t blame Kate for orchestrating all this, her and every other English girl probably had the same agenda. But it was not a mere coincidence. I’m sure it didn’t hurt that she was drop-dead gorgeous and entered the half-naked fashion show, which William just happened to attend.

      • Carolyn says:

        Everyone don’t forget…William was the prize. There would have been a LOT of families hoping their daughter at the same school would snag him. I like to imagine Carole having a meltdown when Kate and Wills broke up… a la…”you listen to me Kate. I have worked too hard to get you this far. Get him back. Whatever it takes”. She won the prize. Wills would have had the pick of anyone…if he had travelled or waited he could have easily chose someone else and been equally if not more happy. For some reason he chose Kate. She was in the right place at the right time. Her parents would be saying a thankyou prayer each and every day that this worked out. One doesn’t marry a future King without strategic planning and consipring. As for now, Kate’s public appearances would be totally stage-managed…the royal family don’t want another Diana who totally took the spotlight off everyone else.

    • max says:

      Good point. Valid argument.

      • Nancy Blue says:

        Kate does appear to be taking the spotlight off everyone else, even it is said, to overshadowing the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. She is also appears to becoming like Diana in the extreme thinness.

        There are rumours too that several very, revealing, damaging books will be coming out this year. I just hope that it doesn’t all end in tears.

    • LAK says:

      As soon as it was announced that PW was to attend St Andrew’s, every mother with an eligible daughter tried to send their daughter there. It is fact that there was a spike in under graduate applications from female applicants for the years he was there.

      Secondly, these are the known coincidences that give credence to the consipiracy theorists…

      For their gap year, Kate went with OP Raleigh to Chile as did William. Except he delayed his departure so they did not meet then. Next She went to Florence to study Art with the same program as William except he cancelled and did not go.

      She was enrolled at Edinburgh but switched to St Andrew’s and enrolled on same degree course. She also successfully applied for his Hall of residence. All the students in that Hall would have been security vetted, and when you go to Marlborough, well you are practically a shoo in unless your family is a security risk.

      As for Carole being the glue that held the relationship together….well, She had PW as her mobile screen saver for a very long time. What MIL or potential MIL does that??

      It may all have been coincidence, but once the chance presented itself, Carole Middleton was not going to pass up that opportunity. Let us not forget that she comes from very uptradey stock, and i mean that as a compliment. Her own mother pushed her up, so i presume she also pushed her daughter up!

  2. Eleonor says:

    Pippa has always been the trashy one, there are photos in internet with her dressed by only toilet paper..

    • Lisa Turtle says:

      Oh please, thats not trashy. That is called having some good clean fun. You may carry on deriding Pippa, she is the fun, wicked, wild little sister and she’s certainly a party girl, but thats not TRASHY!

      Let’s reserve trashy for appearances like the Alice Temperley vulva fashion show.

      • Alexa says:

        The pictures from the Alice Temperley show were of Pippa keeping her legs together very tightly – she was not showing any intimate part of her body. It was an unfortunate optical illusion. There were some shots which were taken just beforehand where you got a glimpse of her panties (or knickers to be British about it!) – she seems to have realized what the photographer was after and after that she kept her legs absolutely clamped together.

      • b westerner says:

        Oh yes those photos of Pippa’s vault were gross, she simply taking after her sister,there’s photos of Kate’s vault gap too. Nasty girls. She and Pippa cut from same cloth, they both make it on their back, that’s why I have absolutely no respect for Kate, the press can promote those Middleton-skankettes all they want, they are no better than the Kardashian sister’s.
        Oh but the Kard-sister’s actually make their own money.)

  3. bea says:

    She needs to cool it on the frosted make-up. Makes her look far older than she is.

    Those dresses are great – clean lines, looks great on her figure, prob. comfortable. Her style isn’t amazing, but it’s pretty good.

  4. Bite me aka aniston says:

    Oh the scar is back

    • L says:

      It’s a scar-it never goes away. :D

      Can we finally get everyone to agree that it’s a scar and not extensions? It never moves. It’s in the exact same place in every picture when it shows.

      • HoustonGrl says:

        Um yes, it’s a scar. And yes, she has hair extensions.

      • Sugarrbunny says:

        I don’t believe she has extensions. As they destroy hair & her’s looks very healthy. She might use clip in’s for special occasions but I think she just has beautiful hair. Some people are just blessed w/it.

      • Mr. Hair says:

        She has great hair AND she has extensions. A hair stylist knows.

      • Ali says:

        So we agree it was true, the Palace did not lie about her scar?!! … Also, I really don’t believe she had/has extensions (“faked hair”, she might wear them with a particular hair style or on the odd occasion but not worth mentioning

  5. backwards says:

    Am i imagining her mother’s smug look on her face as she walked into the chapel.

    They probably did manage her a bit, it’s not really a situation where parents are bank rolling their daughter who is waiting around to get married to some guy. This was the future king of england! Pretty big payoff. Plus their company made a bundle during the wedding by selling UK themed party supplies.

  6. maemay says:

    In other words, Carole is a regular mom who wants the best for her daughter. This is all so misogynistic, as if William had no say in whom he marries. After Diana’s death the Palace went out of their way to give the boys more freedom so that they would not make the same mistakes Charles made with Diana. William is known to be headstrong….no woman would make him do something he did not want to do.

  7. Liv says:

    “… and when she does, we have to praise her.”

    Oh my god, so true! Haha! ;-)

    “… if Kate had simply been waiting for the gardener’s son.”

    And there goes the fairy-tale…

  8. K says:

    Eww! She has the old people junk on the side of her mouth in yhe 4th picture. And she is absolutely giving me Demi Moore face in the second to last pic.

  9. Sue says:

    Comparing Carole Middleton to Kris Jenner is just hysterical! Let’s see Carole’s daughter has made it past 72 days of marriage….. Carole’s daughter is not having baby #2 and still not married… Yeah don’t think they have any parenting skills that are the same…..

  10. ANGELIC 20 says:

    i agree ,william saw the whole she is so normal appeal and carole was pleased that it happened and guided and funded her waiting period. what i don’t like when people say that middleton didn’t ask for this, yes they did they had 9 years to decide whether they will put up with the media scrutiny and they decided to .as far as pippa is concerned well she deserves all the negative media she can. i hope kate see this and realize that good media is not always going to be there , tabloids have turned against diana so i sure they will never spare her and for her sake i hope she start doing more as she has already received negative media prior to engagement.

  11. Nonny says:

    Her and her sister both look a good 10 – 15 years older than they are. Weird!

  12. Nonny says:

    I also wish she’d stop wearing that length sleeve, they do nothing for her man hands.

  13. Talie says:

    I think Vanity Fair or The Daily Beast did say that it was her mother who was pushing her to “stick it out:” when all of Kate’s friends were telling her to just give it up. It’s true though, in America, everyone would celebrate Carole’s game of making something of herself and her family. It’s the norm and it’s a damn shame people still look down their noses at this family just because they aren’t titled.

  14. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    Well I will give Carole some cred for getting her to the same school at the same time. Their money was able to get her into the right social circles. And I believe she probably did teach Kate how to be a class act in public (apparently not focusing enough on Pippa in that regard lol). Plus, yes the financing during that long waiting period, but that’s it. She gave her the right tools to be able to purse him and stand a chance, but the actual relationship, I think we can agree was just between the two lovebirds. For a royal to marry his college sweetheart, that’s romantic, no matter the other details.

    • maemay says:

      I thought it was romantic until i came to this site. I know tons of college friends who waited to get married and followed each other across the country during grad school. But on this site that is wrong. William is no fool he could of dumped her in 2007 but he did’nt.

      • Sachi says:

        William did dump Kate in 2007. Or are you rewriting that part to insist on the “couples wait for each other all the time!!!” agenda?

        Yeah, some couples do, but they also do something meaningful during that time. They go to work, they volunteer, they get their Ph.D’s.

        Kate did nothing for the last 9 years but shop, party and go on vacation. She worked for her family? What exactly did she do? How busy was she that she was always out and about doing “fun” things and not working? How convenient to work for the family and for that to be counted as a real job when she spent more time holidaying than actually working. Until now nobody even knows what kind of work she actually had in her family’s business.

        She did nothing substantial but a couple of short stints at Jigsaw and she had to quit because she felt ‘haraassed’ by the paparazzi.

        Funny how she couldn’t handle 3 months of work because of the damn paparazzi following her everywhere, but now she’s committed her life to actually living in front of cameras.

        Where is the logic in that? She didn’t want to work so she chose to be idle for almost a decade. She got the ring, now she’s happy about being hounded everywhere.

        She did no charitable contributions except attend some lavish parties to raise money. But actually deal with the poor, the vulnerable, and the sick? She did none of that. She had no other hobbies or interests.

        So people criticize her now because her life had no other purpose except getting the ring from William. She was useless then and she is useless now. She has proven nothing. She has no other goals, no work ethic, and no other ambition.

        We don’t even know how she really is in real life, because all we ever hear are “Kate is a fun girl” but we never hear about her interests, her passions, her skills. It takes her 1 year to come up with 4 charities to support.

        10 years of being reported on and all she has going for her are her clothes, her eyeliner, and her hair.

      • maemay says:

        is it really that serious?

      • says:

        Sachi – you’re forgetting one of the best stories of that [one of the numerous] breakup of 2007, William jumping on a nightclub table and yelling “I’m freeee!!!!”. I still get a giggle picturing it. Regular starcrossed lover huh? I must have missed that part in Romeo and Juliet.

      • LAK says:

        He dumped her and walked into a club, told any stranger who could listen that he was finally free, and proceeded to chat up and snog some blond girl….IN PUBLIC.

        Secondly, i have no issue with people waiting years to marry. The issue with waity is that she made this her only goal in life. Her raison d’etre if you will. She waited, and waited, and waited like a Disney Princess. And atrophied herself in the process.

    • ANGELIC 20 says:

      yes it is ,specially since she will future queen ,head of state and when media is promoting her as the ideal woman that everyone should look up to. if she or her pr will just stop pushing this role model ,ideal, no one like kate image i will never complain because the fact is there are many woman who are just someone’s wife and nothing more but the difference here is that she in not being called a famous wag but a role model. she is anything but a role model at least not the good kind .

      sachi thank you for explaining this for the millionth time. i find it amusing that people don’t get that there are some people who won’t like or idolise a woman because she is pretty or have a title or married a rich man. some of us like a hard working woman with some substance and personality which she lacks completely.

    • says:

      You guys really need to read some of British articles from before the engagement. She didn’t just get into St. Andrews at the same time she also took a gap year just like William and she also traveled to Guatamala (or where ever) during gap year because that’s where William was spending his gap year. I mean she comes off like a nutter. Coincidence is one thing but constantly putting yourself into his path over the course of many years?

      And no they were not “college sweethearts”. William dated tons of other girls at St. Andrews. Waity was the only one who stuck her name in the press (Olivia Hunt and the others weren’t even heard of until later on). None of his other conquests made it so blatantly clear that they were together.

      • Brenda C. says:

        From what I can recall, Mrs. Middleton was pushing hard for Kate to be placed on the same Raleigh International assignment as William. I believe she ended up in the session that started after William’s, so their paths didn’t cross.

        I do believe Mrs. Middleton did everything possible to ensure their paths crossed. And that’s fine really. I’m sure plenty of other father’s and mother’s did the same. I’m the same age as them and I remember the hysteria over William choosing a university and how many girls wanted to study abroad at St. Andrew’s and how applications spiked up. Heck, I even considered it for a moment and a friend of a friend actually did it and was in one of William’s classes.

        My only objection is the media stating that this is a fairy tale romance, that they were college sweethearts from the start when that couldn’t be further away from the truth. In reality Kate was the only woman who stuck around and wanted the royal lifestyle. It wasn’t fate but it also wasn’t micro managed by Mrs. Middleton.

      • Lisa says:

        Or that she studied abroad in Florence after there were rumors William would be doing that (he didn’t end up going). And she missed him in Chile by a month.

      • LAK says:

        This is one of many articles, that wasn’t shy about naming names of William’s jump offs whilst he was in a relationship with Kate.

    • angelic 20 says:

      No it’s not romantic no matter what the details are, details are very important.leaving crown for true love is very romantic on paper but when you see the details not so much, other then Madonna no one finds Wallis and Edward romantic and most people who have been reading about waity and will before engagement don’t find this union romantic

  15. GoodCapon says:

    People comment all the time how she always lets her hair down, but I think her ‘default’ hairstyle is the best. Having her hair up just draws attention to her masculine features.

    As for Carole: I don’t believe she could have plotted to get Kate into St. Andrews and into the SAME hall as William. But I’m sure her ears perked up once William came a-sniffin’ into the Middleton manor.

    Credit to the Middleton parents for starting a company from scratch and all that, but I wouldn’t praise them for letting Kate grow into her 20s without doing anything with her life. Is Diana’s ring really worth all those years of public mockery?

    • ANGELIC 20 says:

      exactly i am not a snob and i like what ma middleton id with her business but she failed to give her daughter any self respect and encouraged her to do nothing while waiting for the ring which is not at all good parenting. she should have encouraged her to get any sort of job and create a life for herself that was beyond pw and that he would be a part of it. having no friends and being dependent on your family for everything is not healthy .

  16. Laura says:

    I think Kate looks very nice in these new photos. I like her makeup, hair, and dress – a very good look for her.

  17. ladybert62 says:

    Like the dress – dont like the hair.

    Pippa will always be an embarrasement to the royal family.

    Dont believe their mom is anywhere near as controlling as Kris Jenner.

  18. Fab says:

    I think Kate’s great and doing the best she can.
    Kate doesn’t have a natural skill that she can use – she doesn’t seem to have a gift for drawing, singing, music, care, scientist, activist, peace maker, politics.
    If she had one of these natural gifts she could use it and you would see her shine.
    Diana was a born to care for others.

    It’s ashame Kate doesn’t have a passion. It would have helped. So instead she will have to do charity work with things she’s interested in and that’s what’s she doing.

    I think that’s what the problem is. She’s got her prince but she has no passion for a topic – if she had then she would have been a super star.

    • K says:

      I think that’s it in a nutshell. She’s not passionate about anything.

    • Carolyn says:

      There’s something so Jennifer Love Hewitt about Kate. Good one Fab! I think you’re onto something there. She doesn’t have the “it” sparkle. It will be interesting to see who Harry marries. Imagine if he marries someone with that wow factor….

  19. P.J. says:

    Devoted older sister that she is, Kate is probably worried about Pippa now that she’s the ultra-famous sister of the future Queen.

    Life can’t be easy for Pippa. She’s got all the hassles of being royal, without the perks (no castles, no protection officers). She has to deal with constant paparazzi following her everywhere. Everything she does winds up in the news. This must make it impossible to lead a normal life.

    The whole Middleton family is very supportive of one another, so my guess is they’re trying their best to support Pippa, whose conduct so far is above reproach.

  20. Michelle says:

    I definitely think Carole Middleton is more Janet Auchincloss than Kris Jenner. Making it clear that her daughter’s are supposed to marry at a certain level and give them the necessary tools to do so.

  21. Violet says:

    Carole Middleton and Kris Jenner: probably one of the most astute observations. There is something rather disturbing in inviting suitors/boyfriends of marriage-age daughters to family vacations. And in this case, if the potential spouses were aristocrats, it almost seemed as if they were encouraged to fornicate with their daughters. Something rather odd about that, despite our modernised ways of living. Most parents still don’t condone that “under their watch.” On the other hand, these girls were given the education and exposure to build a solid foundation yet both seem rather immature despite their ripened years. They appear to be desperately hanging on to the tree…

    • HoustonGrl says:

      I kind of agree. Personally, I think a man is supposed to chase a woman, not the other way around, and certainly not an entire family chasing after.

      I think the middletons were a little too forthcoming with William (and Percy, on whom they seem to be using the same tactics). It’s like they’re trying to please them.

      All I know is, my dad was never very nice to any of my boyfriends!

  22. katie says:

    Kate’s hair is so pretty pulled away from her face.

  23. Sachi says:

    William’s philandering is well known in the UK. Many articles have reported him having orgies at hotels with several women while dating Kate. He regularly cheated on her while they were dating.

    Kate knows all about it, too, but turns a blind eye. It was reported once that she confronted William about it, and he told her, “Don’t you know who I am? I can do whatever I want!” and he did/does. He dumped Kate in 2007, and the Middletons went on an aggressive campaign to get him back, even using the press (yes, the same ones the Middletons used to cry about harassing them) to bully William into taking Kate back.

    Kate’s family knows about William’s cheating, too, but they ignore it for the bigger prize of being Queen of England.

    Her own mother encouraged her to hang tight and don’t let go. Carole is the one who minded the relationship and where it would go.

    I can never respect Carole Middleton and her husband, who are so deep into their social climbing that they’ll have their own daughter sacrifice her self-respect and dignity just to be able to marry a cheating, childish Prince.

    Kate has no friends of her own. Her friends are William’s friends. When sh*t hits the fan, whose side will her ‘friends’ take? Not hers.

    She has no other achievements, because she’s spent a decade catering to one man’s needs.

    Sensible parents, even those with ‘high standards’, would tell their daughter to dump the Prince and find someone equally rich but will be kind and respectful to her. They’ll tell their daughter to get a life and pursue other interests and hobbies.

    Sensible parents would encourage their daughter to get a job and do something useful instead of lazing about waiting for the ring.

    And parents who truly care for their daughter will not welcome the cheating boyfriend with open arms, even when his name has the title of Prince before it.

    Carole has molded her daughter to be a Stepford Wife. I hope she’s happy with her “success”.

    The modern day Boleyn family, only this time the mother is doing all the scheming.

    But the Boleyns’ social climbing didn’t end so well.

    • Alexa says:

      “But the Boleyns’ social climbing didn’t end so well.’

      Not for the Boleyns to be sure, but it did give England Elizabeth I (so some good came of it!)

    • inthekitchen says:

      ^^^ What you said, Sachi! I completely agree.

      In some sense I think she sold her soul to get the ring. I posted this on another board but one thing that really bothers me is the no friends of her own thing. I don’t think we’ve EVER seen her with her own friends…literally, never. Not on any of those shopping trips, not on vacation, not out at a cafe, not even in the nightclubs she frequented so often. There were a few pictures that came out from college years of her surrounded by other girls – where are they now and why isn’t she friends with any of them?!

      The fact that she has basically given up any life of her own to cater to and wait for spoiled Willy-boy, IMO, really says something sad and pathetic about her.

      • says:

        She doesn’t have fiends because a) she didn’t have the time for that. I mean chasing William was a full time job and what if he called last minute to make plans? She couldn’t be occupied with other people. And b) other girls would be competition.

        Neither of the Middleton sisters seem to have anything more than superfical friends (titled ones at that. They make better stepping stones). Even Pippa only had dude roomates at university. Ad we only ever hear of her holidaying with guys.

    • ANGELIC 20 says:

      i agree , wishing your daughters will marry well is something , wishing your daughter marry a prince while she give up her self respect is another. for a so called middle class family even pippa do not have a friend who is not aristocratic , middletons are a bunch of wannabe snobs . suitable husband includes someone who will not cheat, support his wife , give respect ,allow her to have a life and not just money and family name. what if william leaves her in future ,who will she look up to for support , her whole life is concentrated around him. i want to ask people who like will you ever support a woman that you truly care about( a friend , sister, daughter, niece)to have the kind of relationship that she have no control of her life .no life beyond the guy , doing nothing but to wait for him for 9 years ?

      • HoustonGrl says:

        ITA…the problem for Pippa (and Kate) is that no genuinely nice guy (rich or poor) would fall for those antics. IMO that is why Loudon left.

      • JulieM says:

        Yup, I bet the Loudon family is sighing with relief. Dodged a bullet.

    • kristiner says:

      Yep. Just like Jackie Kennedy. Papa Joe’s cheating was WELL documented. He publicly had a mistress who was an actress but everyone knew as a Catholic he wouldn’t divorce. And he had too many kids and Rose was the perfect wife for his career.

      Jackie knew the score too. Jack was ALL up in every woman coming through the White House pretty much and she knew. The whole house knew but she sold her soul to marry a man who could give her whatever she wanted and she knew he had the drive, looks and name to get to the highest office in the land. The finish line was worth all the scandal.

      The same with Kate.

      • kibbles says:

        The main difference is that women – even wealthy women – back then didn’t have nearly the same opportunities as women have now. Looking at Kate, you’d think that nothing has changed in the last hundred years.

      • b westerner says:

        Kate operates from weakness, whereas Jackie Kennedy was strong and the public knew it. Jackie was greatly admired by women, Kate barely registers in the psyche’ of anyone unless she’s shoved in our face by one of the syncophant British press or tabloids. The difference is that Jackie Kennedy “enhanced” her husband’s life, she was working as a photo-journalist when he started dating her. The difference is JFK pursued Jackie and viewed her as an asset, she didn’t drag on him or cling. Jackie kept her own personality, she kept her own interests, she was a deep-thinker. She kept a part of herself separate from Jack. Jackie went International and the world was inspired and awed. Kate looks like the local receptionist who watched a Anne Hathaway Princess movie and decided to pursue and marry the Prince.
        Jackie compared to Kate is like comparing a diamond to chalk.

      • tulip jasper says:

        You just know Pr.William is going to do a Brad Pitt one day and the world will wake up with headlines….The Royal Golden Couple has Split!!!(as the new woman hides out in a Royal Estate.)
        The problem with settling,as I believe Pr.William did, is that when real deep earth shattering love comes along, he won’t be able to deny it and this “safe marriage” he’s entered into with Kate and the marriage is going to be a mess.
        No, I don’t believe Pr.William married because he loves her, I think he married because of everything else, Her mom, his friendship with her family, the press shoving her down the public throats and Kate being a good giesha puppy for 9 years.

      • JulieM says:

        Tulip jasper: I agree completely. I have thought ever since the engagement (and before) that someday Willy will meet someone who will really shake him up. Waity had better have had a couple of babies by then. The only thing that kept Diana “in the game” after the divorce was the fact that she had Willy and Harry.

  24. Reece says:

    That’s the best thing I’ve seen her in a long time. Yes the hair is up!

    I don’t see how that could have been her mom’s intent from the beginning. Although I don’t doubt once she found out Kate did know him she didn’t exactly discourage it. Also, playing mom to the motherless child never fails.
    I’m cynical today!!!

  25. Marie says:

    I’ve always said I think Prince Harry is more honest about who he is (and isn’t) and that evevntually stories of William cheating on Kate just like his father on his mom, will come out but that she won’t leave. She’s not mature/ old enough yet to fully grasp what being Queen of Englang involves…for LIFE. It’s a serious role and JOB. Watch a current documentary on Queen Elizabeth and see for yourself. Chelsey was/ is smart to not want it.

  26. Marie says:

    BTW I do believe the Middleton’s were privately very happy when rumors of Pippa and Harry came out around the wedding. My guess is Harry is not stupid and decided a long time ago to keep hands off Pippa. The reason both sisters look older is their closet smoking just like gum chewing mom Carol.

  27. says:

    No there’s a big difference between the Bovier’s and the Middleton’s (mainly the Bouvier’s were already in the upper circle of society and they weren’t so scheming). The Middleton’s are the Boelyn’s. Don’t get it twisted.

    And Mama Middleton has always been known by her other moniker Pimp Mama Middleton but I’m thinking this palace insider is trying to rewrite history by putting the blame soley on her. That’s not how it’s been known for the past 10 years. Waity plotted and PMM was in on it but she didn’t really step in until she provided that “happy home” William so desperately wanted. She was also the one burning up his phone when he and Waity broker up those numerous times. And apparently she was saying things like even though you’ve broken up with my daughter you can still call me when you have a problem. I mean when you think about it, it’s weird. What kind of a mother tries to be overly motherly with her daughter’s ex-boyfriend? I’ll tell you what kind, one with an ulterior motive. Shady doesn’t even begin to desribe this family.

    • Nancy Blue says:

      Sooooo right! Ma Middleton must be dreading the books which are apparently in the pipeline
      documenting this and more. I almost feel sorry for her in the way that so many papers and magazines say how mean and common she looks. Unfortunately the ‘photo above seems to support this.

  28. Bored suburbanhousewife says:

    Why all the hate? Don’t overestimate parental ability to mold their children’s personality. I have four & they pretty much come into he world the way they are. Parents also can try but usually fail trying to manipulate their children’s friends or lovers.

    Kate seems genuinely smitten by Will.

    And don’t lionize Diana as some paragon. She was a neurotic, narcissistic borderline personality. She stalked men, including married ones. No man could ever pour enough adulation into the black hole of her neediness. Sad but true.

    • Sugarrbunny says:

      Finally, someone who remembers how batpoop crazy Diana was!! Also William did break up w/Kate for all of 56 days

      • LAK says:

        @Sugarbunny – that was an official breakup in the sense that it could be reported on widely in the press. WIlliam broke up and cheated many, many, many times. The 2007 break up was supposed to be the final break but them the Middletons emass went on a William hunt to get him back and it worked because here we are.

        There are stories, reported, with named sources where they are at parties and William is dancing and snogging other girls, right in front of Kate.

        Also at the wedding, there were something like 8 william exes all of whom were acquired whilst he was supposedly in a stable, except for the 2007 break, relationship with Kate.

        When they got back together after 2007, the talk in London was that he had boxed himself into a corner because he would have to marry her as anything else would rebound badly on RF because the RF could/can not have another one of their own publicly seen as a cad and a bounder.

        Why do you think there is such a hard sell of them as the romance of the century? we’ve been here before with his parents, and we know how that turned out!

      • Anne says:

        @LAK So basically you are saying that the Middletons were stalking him and there was nothing that the Royal Family’s security could do about it? I find that part far fetched.

        Kate does seem to have put up with a lot of crappy behavior from William. And it reflects poorly on them both. However if they have either made an agreement or moved past something, then I guess that is their business. At the end of the day no one knows the exact reality of other people’s relationships.

      • JulieM says:

        LAK: I agree. Remember during the 2007 breakup, Waity wearing the short skirts and going to clubs with some of Willy’s friends. All for the paps. Waity and Mummy knew exactly what they were doing. Poor dumb Willy. He didn’t stand a chance.

        Someday, William is going to meet someone of real substance and turn in to his father even more.

        And yes, Diana had some insecurity issues. So did Charles. That’s why they were doomed from the start. Neither could provide what the other needed. Camilla was the one who broke the code with Charles.

      • LAK says:

        @Anne – Stalking is exactly what i am saying. But not in a way that you and i understand stalking ie that would cause security alarm.

        The Middletons went on a very aggressive highly visible press and personal campaign which was quite sick.

        Press had access to the Middletons, which is how we know about Carole’s mobile phone PW screen saver, the fact that Kate was invited to any gatherings that PW would be attending. And how we know that Carole frequently called PW to reassure/commiserate with him as though she was HIS MAMA.

        Most importantly, they showed their loyalty even though they were accessible to the press. And by all accounts PW values loyalty over any other quality.

        of course, in Kate’s favour, despite his attempts to woo other girls, none of them would have them. The overall verdict on PW from those other girls he has dated is that he dull.

  29. Miss Sarajevo says:

    These rumours exist for a long time in europe, shortly after the media knew that william had a girlfriend, friends in kates hometown said that her mother wanted kate and pippa in the same school like william and harry. only to be with them at the same school and to know them or be friends with them is a huge thing for the brits, i think that william fell in love with kate was a dream come true to Kates family.

    • kibbles says:

      The US media will distort reality and history in order to get their second Princess Diana! Luckily for Kate, a lot of that gossip during the 9 years they were dating were not widely reported in the US. There is still new info from their dating past that I find out every once in a while from a British source. The media will naturally want to focus on the fairy tale aspect of the wedding and Kate’s fashion while ignoring everything else even if it is widely acknowledged that Will has dated and cheated on Kate in the past.

      • a westerner says:

        The problem for Kate is the U.S. public has not latched onto her the same way they did with Diana and the will turn on her a lot sooner, because the scandals will sell a lot quicker than trying to pump her as new Princess. Kate is not that special that people want to pick up magazines with her on it, the Wedding Issues were left laying in stacks, all over supermarkets in the US, there was a collective so-what she looks like a girl on the Hills or some Reality show, after the Royal wedding, but not much else. Her magazine covers still do not sell in the U.S. No one I know in the US has copied her wedding dress or any other clothes she’s wearing, in fact Kate barely get discussed expect for the Daily Mail. Kate is a forced entity but the public in US is still not buying, the magazine wracks are filled with MOVIE Stars still who are outselling Kate(when she does make a cover in US, which i rare these days) That just did not happen with Diana. Diana could sell peanut butter, everything they put her on sold. She was a true Comet who soared higher than all other’s of her day, that is just not hapening with Kate.
        When Kate has a baby, she will get big covers all over the US again, but I don’t believe she will ever have the connection with America that Diana had. American magazines loved Diana, their readers lapped up ANYTHING with her on it.

  30. Emma says:

    I think this family gets too much criticism. With people like the Kardashians in this world is it soooo terrible that the mother wanted the best for her daughters or that Kate didn’t work? I’m not saying she should have waited for William all those years, but come on Kris Jenner and her daughters and many others in the public eye like them are disgusting to say the least. And the royal family aren’t all that they are cracked up to be. I just don’t think this is such a big deal.

  31. benny says:

    They both seem to pimp out their daughters, don’t they? And it’s paid off well, financially (for the Jenners) and socially (for the Middletons). So they get the last laugh.

  32. The Original Mia says:

    Pimp Mama Middleton! Love it. Not surprised in the least.

  33. Jenn72 says:

    Ok, forgot the fact that this is 2012. Let’s pretend it’s 1512 or 1612, or heck even 1712.
    The rich and noble have been doing this dance for AGES. Cut throat mammas grooming the daughters and then trotting them out and trying to make the most advantagous marriage for them.
    It’s no different what she may or may not have done, it’s been done and will continue to be done for years… and gossips rags have been around just as long. The only difference now a days is that it’s immediate information.

    Plus, I think she looks appropriate to be the future Queen of England… people would bitch if she was a hot pant wearing slag…. right now.. she’s just.. there….pretty arm candy.

  34. Fue McCormick says:

    It’s so funny that people consider Kate “gorgeous.” She’s maybe a “5 or 6.” Possibly a 6.5 if she ditched the liner.

  35. aang says:

    Mrs. Bennet
    except Pipa and Kate are no Jane and Elizabeth

    • Fishlips says:

      Thumbs up for the “”Pride And Prejudice” reference.

    • the original liv says:

      More like kitty and Lydia

    • kibbles says:

      Mama Middleton is a more cunning version of Mrs. Bennet. No one in the Bennett family is as conniving as the Middleton family. A true happy ending is when two partners are equals even if one partner is richer than the other. The relationship is still based on love and respect, not solely on material goods and status. Even Austen understood that back in 1800. The Middleton sisters seem to resemble Caroline Bingley more than any other P&P character, in my opinion.

  36. Eener says:

    Finally she did something with that horsey hair. Yay!

  37. Psst says:

    Middletons are not strangers to Royal family. They are relatives. Blue blood DOES NOT, I REPEAT NEVER, marries outside the family. PERIOD. There are very dark reasons for this. And for why they lie to you, making you think Waity was some random. Nice little media spin. But nothing to do with truth. Same with all the other “commoners” (OR SO YOU ARE TOLD THEY ARE) who marry in. They’re bloodline.

    • GoodCapon says:

      WTF? Kate is as common as common gets.

      Autumn Phillips.
      Sophie Winkleman.
      Gary Lewis (HOT)

      • Psst says:

        I know this may well come as a surprise, but the spin goes deep.
        1. she was groomed from infancy after being chosen for the role.
        2.will and kate are cousins. this is genealogical record. look and you’ll find it.
        3.royal bloodlines ONLY marry bloodline. doubtful? do your homework (you will have to dig but it’s available to be found). All the “commoners” you listed, are in fact “relatives of”.. for why the public version of this and all other royal affairs is different from the truth….Shhhhhhhh!!!!

  38. Lily says:

    I don’t think the Bouviers were “upper middle class” I think they were very much staunch upper class and VERY wealthy, especially when Jackie’s mother remarried and secured a SECOND fortune.

    I think the issue was that they were American and more new money than old (wasn’t Jackie’s grandfather accused of lying about their pedigree to make them seem more aristorcatic?) Their connection to the aristocrats of Europe were teneoous at best (via their stepdad was the best claim they had to Europe’s best.)

    • Pia says:

      For sure, the Bouviers were higher class than the Middletons. They owned a farm in my hometown that sold for like, $40 million several years ago, and they were members of Bailey’s Beach, which you don’t get into with money alone.

  39. bettyrose says:

    I think it’s highly unrealistic that Carole could have orchestrated a college romance. What are the odds of them going to the same college, having the same major, and Kate attracting Will’s eye over dozens/hundreds of classy, beautiful young women? No one is that crafty.

    • JulieM says:

      Ummm, yes they are.

      • bettyrose says:

        After reading the comments, I’m more convinced that maybe she did orchestrate the initial meeting, but how did she make Wills fall for a girl who was no smarter, wittier, or well bred (or better, in bed, I’ll bet) than the dozens of others chasing him?

      • LAK says:

        @bettyrose – Perhaps THIS from Richard Kay article in DM should answer your question. Richard Kay is a known RF mouth piece specifically for Diana and PW & PH. He is a trusted pair of hands.

        ‘the question remains as to why Prince William should be so keen to holiday with his in-laws, after so long away from his wife whom he married just under a year ago.

        I am told: ‘He genuinely enjoys the company of his parents-in-law. They are a very down-to-earth couple and he can be himself with them.

        ‘It is the family atmosphere he never really had when he was growing up.’

        The obvious conclusion is that for PW, a big attraction is her family. There are many people like that, and if you are smart and want to settle down with such people, then you wheel out the family!!!

        Other than that, perhaps possesses charms that her belie her appearance.

      • JulieM says:

        bettyrose: Another piece of the puzzle to keep in mind. William did date other women even while he was with Waity. They turned HIM down. They didn’t want any part of the circus. And just maybe Willy was too dull. It was Waity who waited him out and, in my opinion, he settled for her. I see no great love/passion between the two of them.

    • LAK says:

      And they did.

  40. Dredz says:

    I don’t get the vibe that William is in love with her. I think he settled with her because she’s a safe choice. The palace couldn’t afford another Diana’s episode, it almost brought down the monarchy!!!. Kate will always turn a blind eye and won’t make a squeak. She’s so pathetic, I have no respect for her whatsoever.

    P.S: I prefer Isabella Calthorpe, but she turned him down.

  41. Minxx says:

    Frankly, I don’t get that loving vibe from William either. I think he likes her and is attached to her but I don’t think she’s the big love of his life. She’s far more into him than he’s into her.
    Here is more on Isabella Calthorpe:

    • JulieM says:

      Now, that is a pretty young woman.

    • bettyrose says:

      I like that a woman who seems to literally have it all has no interest in being queen.

    • kibbles says:

      From the link you provided:

      When William and Kate got back together in August 2007, Miss Middleton was determined to secure her place as the potential royal bride by turning down the possibility of having an independent career and hovered around Prince William closely.

      Isabella remained on William’s mind and Miss Middleton knows that. To make sure nobody could snug Prince William, not even Isabella, from her, Kate did everything to be closed to the Prince and agreed to live with him on the remote village of Anglesey near his barracks on the late part of 2009.

      Thanks for posting that link. I had not read about this piece of gossip before. I had heard of Isabella but didn’t know that Kate is probably still threatened by her and made sure she was not on the wedding guest list. I guess this is a good reason why Kate couldn’t have a career and keep an eye on William at the same time.

      • JulieM says:

        Yes, this is it. Waity hung on for dear life so no one else could get close to Willy or in Isabella’s case, rekindle their relationship. And her parents bankrolled the whole thing.

  42. LAK says:

    OMG – Kaiser have you seen the video of their outing to the AFRICAN CATS doc, per the last two pics above,at the tail end of which PW can clearly be heard telling Kate what a bore the whole thing is????!!!!!

    of course context is key, and he could have been remarking on something entirely different but given he says it just as they are taking their leave of the event, it is quite shocking.

  43. LLL says:

    Yes the writer of this tell all book is so credible that he spells William, ‘Willian’

  44. dhurga says:

    You cannot get sucked into a game unless there is something inside you that it into it. By the time this girl was 16 she already knew what she wanted. Mothers and families have been ruling for time immemorial. Why is this headline news? It isn’t. It’s like that and that’s the way it is.

  45. Izabel says:

    You forget one thing. The Royal family decided who was William’s wife. Kate was judged appropriate. The Queen thinks that she is an excellent choice for any reason that we don’t know.
    If the Royal family had not wanted to she never was the wife of William and future Queen.

  46. Helly13 says:

    On the subject of Kates hair, I loved the style she wore when she got engaged, it now seems to have evolved into a hanging curled at the ends non-style. Only when she wears it half up does it have some style.

    As for extensions I regularly am asked the same. I have thicker hair than Kate and when I have it cut and styled in the salon they cannot believe how much I have, plus my hair is the same colour too.

  47. Lisavetta says:

    I don’t know if anyone else mentioned this in the comments, but the Bouvier sisters, Jackie and Lee, can not really be compared to the Middleton pair: The Bouviers were not upper-middle-class, but rather as upper-class as is possible to be in the U.S. (That was the attraction Joe Kennedy had for JFK marrying Jackie; he felt she would provide the “class” the Kennedys, as Irish nouveaux riches, were considered to lack at that point in time.) Not only were the Bouviers top-drawer but Jackie’s mother married an Auchincloss, who are WASP aristocracy.
    But I totally agree with the gist of your article and enjoy your site tremendously. Keep ‘em coming!