Duchess Kate is redecorating KP after she painted everything purple while pregnant

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I still don’t know what to tell you about Duchess Kate and The Mysterious Case of the Foreign Nanny. Many of you claimed yesterday that The Mail (and other outlets) were saying that Kate had hired an emergency “foreign” nanny in January to look after Prince George, but when Kate and William’s press secretary was briefing journalists on the Australian trip, the news was that Kate had hired an English nanny. My take: I think she probably hired two nannies. I’m being serious. I think she hired a “foreign” nanny in January but Kate was still looking for someone else, which is why she put out ads for nannies a few weeks ago, and then she hired an English nanny too.

Nanny-gate aside, there are still questions about just what Kate does all friggin’ day. And there’s a new, rather funny story about something else that’s occupying Kate’s time: redecorating. Yes, Will and Kate just moved into Kensington Palace last fall after a lengthy and costly redo (at taxpayer expense, of course) and now Kate just has to redecorate. It turns out that when she decorated KP originally, her pregnancy hormones were raging and she painted everything purple. LMAO.

Despite spending more than £1 million of taxpayers’ money on making their Kensington Palace home fit for two future kings, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are embarking on yet another programme of decoration. Kate, who gave birth to Prince George last July, is understood to have sought help from a flamboyant designer after becoming dissatisfied with the colour scheme she planned while pregnant.

‘She tried to do the revamp cheaply with the builders who did the kitchen, and she got Dulux paints to match the Farrow & Ball colour palette to save money,’ I’m told. ‘But she wasn’t happy with the result, and one room came out with a horrible, unexpected purple tinge. She’s blaming it on her hormones before the birth.’

The man entrusted with livening up their 20-room apartment, into which they moved last October, is Ben Pentreath, an architectural and urban designer. Having been a student at the Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture and worked on Prince Charles’s Poundbury model village in Dorset, the 42-year-old has impeccable credentials. ‘Ben is rather extrovert and has being talked of as the new Nicky Haslam,’ I am told.

Socialite Haslam, 74, is an interior designer whose clients included Princess Diana. Pentreath, who champions gay issues on his blog, describes himself as ‘too much of a workaholic to form a lasting relationship’.

Best known for his classical designs, he has an architectural practice and shop in London’s Bloomsbury, and his CV includes a revamp of the fashionable Lime Wood hotel in Hampshire (where Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum hosted their wedding reception) and housing for Charles’s Duchy of Cornwall estate.

Pentreath says he is inspired by Sir Terence Conran and the late celebrated decorator/designer David Hicks, but has been critical of Farrow & Ball: ‘I love Hicks’s crazy use of colour that underlies his classicism. He was a traditionalist, but never boring. We’re a bit timid with interiors today, over-reliant on Farrow & Ball colours.’

He has also been drafted in to help at William and Kate’s country home, Anmer Hall, on the Queen’s Sandringham estate.

A Kensington Palace spokesman tells me ‘the cost of any interior decorating and furnishing would be covered privately by the Royal Family’, adding that the £1 million of public money was spent on ‘essential structural work that needed to be completed by whoever moved into the buildings’.

[From The Daily Mail]

Ah, so it won’t be taxpayer dollars. The Queen or Prince Charles will foot the bill to fix Kate’s pregnancy decorating. It’s like they say: never go grocery shopping when you’re hungry and never decorate when you’re pregnant. Purple tinged walls and peasant paint! HOW GAUCHE.

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  1. Eva, UK says:

    Peasant paint cracked me up :D

  2. LadySlippers says:

    Kaiser, You are probably correct about the two nannies thing. Often (as I said yesterday) there is the head nanny and two nursemaids or junior nannies. That’s usually the minimum for one child.

    • bluhare says:

      Unless they’ve changed her job description, the woman they hired as housekeeper had childcare on an as needed basis in her job description.

      • LadySlippers says:

        I said a Head Nanny and two Nursemaids (junior nannies) at a minimum. It would not surprise me if they had more and your point kinda supports that. The Head Nanny is most likely the older woman pulled out of retirement with the Nursemaids doing the dirty work and taking alternate shifts with someone as a back-up if any one of them is ill or taking time off. Makes actually a lot of sense once you think about it.

  3. Carrie says:

    “Kate, who gave birth to Prince George last July, is understood to have sought help from a flamboyant designer after becoming dissatisfied with the colour scheme she planned while pregnant.”

    I don’t understand why the first descriptor of this designer had to be “flamboyant.” By all accounts, he’s incredibly talented so why not start there?

    • bluhare says:

      Apparently we all need to know he’s gay. Sheesh. Is this from that new guy, Sebastian Shakespeare? That’s a nom de plume for the ages, isn’t it?

      • cinders29 says:

        Completely OT but they once used the same terms to describe David Hyde Pierce. For crying out loud……….gay he may be but flamboyant he most certainly is not.

  4. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Well, I’ve changed my living room wall color four times. Finally, I’m happy with it. Of course, I paid for it myself, so…

    • Original N says:

      Three times for me – just so hard to tell what the undertones will be until it is up & in the light so I cannot shade her for changing the color…but I can shade her for not repainting it herself! I mean, if she only works a couple days a month and they are such a NORMAL couple as their PR would have us believe, it seems like she would have time for it: bonus! It burns calories so she can stay in her favorite jeggings!

      • bluhare says:

        I almost had the vapours on her behalf, Original. Paint it herself? What are you thinking???

      • Original N says:

        I was trying to make her efficient, Bluhare! There is no need to work out at the gym if you are up and down a ladder all day long. I seriously just want to take a cattle prod* and get this girl to WORK. It drives me bonkers! Honestly, though, could you imagine the positive PR she could generate if a couple of photographs of her in “work clothes” were released with her beaming at George, having painted the nursery by herself? Now, if you want to sell a “normal lifestyle” that is how it is done!
        *Note: This is in jest as I would never advocate nor condone the use of a cattle prod on an animal!

      • FLORC says:

        Just finished painting our livingroom/sittingroom/ room with comfy furniture and no electronics (what is that kind of room called?? for the 1st time! And paint s expensive! So happy it’s done and would have a break down if my furniture stayed in storage. How do you ladies handle 3+ times?!

        And wasn’t there an article on how Kate decorated the whole KP apartment in neutral and earth tones? Lots of browns and such. What happened to that version of events?

    • Dame Snarkweek says:

      They say you are supposed to pick the color you love on the paint chip and go one shade lighter. Purchase a small quart of it and apply a large swath of it in a spot that gets sunlight. Live with it for a day or two and observe it at least four different times of the day/night. Sounds like a hassle but it is worth it.

      • Original N says:

        Hi Dame! We tried this but it didn’t work for choosing whites…the differences were so subtle & we had so many swatches that it was really hard to tell until the entire room was done. I wish I had read tip ages ago as we did learn to do the quart (not the sample pots) though after our previous experience. The color just isn’t as accurate.

      • BendyWindy says:

        I did this! I would get three colors that I liked, splash them up on the wall in two or three spots and live with them for a few weeks. I would check them in different lights, different weather. It ended up with me LOVING the results, though.

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        Ah, you are right. Neutrals are their own animal, right? Lol. In our family room my husband and I must have changed our minds ten different times. We are fortunate to have high ceilings, large windows and not only crown molding and soffets but picture frame molding on the walls, as well. We ended up doing a cool toned prairie wheat color with the molding painted in bone. Now this room is my neoclassical retreat! How did your room turn out?

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I finally just went with wallpaper, because I could tell what I was getting. We tried the swatch on the wall, but somehow it just wasn’t what I wanted when it filled the entire room. Now, at last I walk in the room and feel good instead of ugh, I hate that color!

      • Original N says:

        @ GoodNames – wow, I wasn’t brave enough to do wallpaper but you made an excellent point regarding knowing what you are getting.

        @ Dame – am seriously coveting your house and I haven’t even seen it!! Your description was divine! I ended up going an unexpected route as I abandoned the white walls/trim intent and instead painted the walls the color of sail cloth, white dove moulding & trim and black doors for a statement pop of color!

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        Goodnames
        Wallpaper= brilliant, lol.
        Bendy
        What color scheme did you end up with?
        Original
        We are even now because I am coveting your ebony doors a so Greek revival! Our family room is very large so we opted to make 1/3 of it our dinibg room. In a NYC apartment no space is wasted, lol. Plus we never liked the idea of a room solely dedicated to dining. We like functioning spaces that flow and exchange emphasis effortlessly. But we did want a little distinction so the main wall that fronts the dining room was painted as an accent wall. It is eggplant with stamped acanthus leaves in transparent opalescent glaze. You can’t see the leaves until the light hits it! And I totally agree with Juliette, proportioned, tasteful pieces define a space more thoroughly than sprinkling little knick knacks about. at the end of the day all we have is family, hearth and home, right?

    • Erinn says:

      We bought our house this past summer. It was a scuffed up messy weird blue/green/gray color that I can’t even find anything similar to. We painted it a beige to cozy it up, and the more I look at it, the more I hate it. But I also hate painting. The fiance loves the color, and it IS a nice color. But I’m ultra picky because I work with color on a day to day basis with webdesign, so while I see a yellowy, tan he just sees ‘beige’.

      • Original N says:

        We just went through this trying to find the ‘right white’ so I completely understand how you are feeling! We picked Benjamin Moore’s Navajo White (previous owners had canary yellow up -ah!!) and the more I looked at it after we painted it, the more it looked yellow / dirty white with a hint of pink. So….we just repainted again and my husband was less than pleased but agreed on the change, thankfully! :)

      • Lana says:

        @Original N, What color did you end up with? I’m looking for a good white, and I’m kind of at a dead end right now.

      • Original N says:

        @Lana – Hi! It is really hard, isn’t it? For me, it was almost as hard as choosing the right grey. I actually ended up abandoning the all white theme I had planned [instead, we painted the walls Sailcloth, the trim White Dove and the doors Black Jack]. My favorites, though, from the samples were Ben Moore’s Mascarpone & White Dove. Mascarpone was a warm white whilst White Dove was cooler. I was worried they would be ‘too white’ when we put them up on all the walls so we opted for the darker one (Navajo) and I hated it! I hope this helps :) .

      • Lana says:

        @Original N, Thank you! Your room sounds beautiful, was it hard painting the trim and doors? I recently bought a house built in the 1920s, and I’m doing a bit of renovating. It has super pretty molding, but the paint is in really bad shape, and I’d love too do a dramatic color on it.

    • Hazel says:

      GoodNamesAllTaken : Yeah, me, too–and I did all my own painting. My hands were cramping at the end! One thing I don’t understand is why Prince Charles pays for anything for William & Kate. Wills is a millionaire in his own right, right? Inheriting a fortune from his mother & full access to the money at 25, wasn’t it? Why can’t he pay for his own decorating, or vacation villas, or his wife’s clothing?

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        That’s a good question. You never hear about them paying for anything, but surely they do, right?

      • CynicalCeleste says:

        For sure, Wills inherited from Diana as well as his great grandmother. He must also have a family trust fund allowance, set up at birth. As the duke of cambridge, I don’t know if he receives any income for that… whether the duchy of cambridge provides income? He does get a share of Charles’ income from the duchy of cornwall and will eventually inherit the huge cornwall income for himself once he becomes prince of wales…

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/10509199/Prince-Charles-prepares-to-pass-the-duchy-to-Prince-William.html

      • LadySlippers says:

        The only Royal duchy that comes with an income is Cornwall and that provision was set up in the 14th century. Other duchies might still have land/income that goes with them but that’s all historically based. There aren’t and have been provisions/incomes along with titles for quite some time.

        William’s trust fund from Diana was available to him when he hit 30. No idea if QM left him anything but I wouldn’t be surprised if she did.

      • LAK says:

        All the royal family have trustfunds set up at birth, as well as trusts set up by prior generations. They generally access those trusts or income from those trusts at 25yrs old.

        QM, despite dying in debt, left trusts to every single grandchild and great grandchild, so William has/had those resources since 25yrs which in his and Harry’s case was/will be topped up by their Diana money which they receive at 30yrs old. William’s Diana share was widely believed to £10M, Harry’s will be a smidge more as it’s accrued interest in the intervening years since William received his share.

      • My2Pence says:

        I think changes were made to this later (ie. ages they would receive the bulk of their inheritance), but the original text of Diana’s will is here (in 1998 figures):

        http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/9803/04/diana.will/

  5. Emily C. says:

    It would be funny if it were true. But it’s the Daily Mail. They’re worse than Star.

  6. kcarp says:

    I change my house constantly. We moved here last June and I have painted my kitchen cabinets 3 times and have changed decor a couple of times. We paid 5k to have entire house repainted when we moved, if we hadn’t I would have probably painted all the rooms different colors by now. But my husband isn’t Prince William and he will be mad if I already start changing all the room colors.

    • emmie_a says:

      omg I just started painting my kitchen cabinets and if I’d realized beforehand how much work it was going to be I either wouldn’t have done it– or I would’ve paid someone to do it. So much work & such a dusty MESS!!

      • Original N says:

        It really is an awful experience. We did it once & that was one house project I swore I would NEVER do again! Best of luck to you…

  7. BendyWindy says:

    I used to paint our house yearly. It takes a few hours, is relatively cheap and makes a big impact. Even if Kate isn’t picking up a roller herself, it’s still not a big expensive re-do. I don’t understand why she and William can’t pay for it, though. Don’t they have any of their own money?

  8. Christin says:

    Flamboyant designer? Did Mr. Trendy ditch Courtney and move to London?

  9. Juliette says:

    The perusal of Penreath’s website has just occupied an hour of my morning. I absolutely adore interior decorating. Its a superficial flaw of mine, I would spend the entirety of my savings on home renovation and interior furnishings. Decorating and redecorating a palace would provide me endless projects to heap my energy upon, year in and year out. Fortunately for my savings account, I married a practical man who would never allow such none sense.

    As I recall, Kate had selected a beige/neutral color scheme. With such large spaces as a palace, and 20+ rooms to fill, wall to wall neutrals would be very dreary on the eye. Penreath seems to use color more in the furniture, than on the walls. He’s fond of maps, which William is sure to appreciate considering his geography degree. I think Penreath’s vision would be ideal for Anmer Hall, their country house, with a nice mix of old and new, and vintage color schemes to make a lovely old home cozy once again.

    My concern is that Penreath seems overly fond of accessories to fill out his spaces. If the basics are strong, there is less of a need for so many little odds and ends. There is no doubt the KP apartment has great “bones”, high ceilings, large windows, dramatically sized spaces. It would be a great place for a strong point of view, rather than decorated with so many miscellaneous items that it looks like a tchotchke collector lives there.

    I hope against hope that one day we will be permitted to see the results of all these designer visions. I would really just love to see the interiors of Kensington Palace, even with the beige-purple colors on the walls, it wouldn’t ruin it for me!

    • Dame Snarkweek says:

      Juliette
      Ita. But you should not call your love of interior design a superficial flaw. It is a tremendously important and worthwhile expression of the beaux artes. It contributes as much to the aesthetic advancement of humanity as great architecture, art, music, literature and dance. And you sound like you should have been Kate’s designer :)

  10. Kitty Cat says:

    Wait – is that Richard Grant from Girls?

  11. Dame Snarkweek says:

    I give up with Kate. So I’m just going to love the fact that she is a 5th Avenue society wfe who shops, decorates and lunches with mummy. I am just going to enjoy her inability to pull it together and become an involved, responsible contributor to the RF’s public goodwill. At this point it seems like a stalled process. At least I feel like she and Will will give baby George an amazing childhood. Otherwise, not quite sure what Kate’s long game plan is.
    I do foresee a very toothy, George-clutching Australia/NZ trip that should go off without a hitch. This will be followed by a low-key, Harry and Charles centered summer and perhaps an early fall announcement of a new sibling for little George. Unless, of course, Harry becomes engaged. Then Will and Kate may wait until after Mustique 2015 to get pregnant. That way she is not too huge and is over the majority of morning sickness in time for a spring wedding. Of course if the down under tour tanks the Cambridges may get pregnant by early summer. Then, especially if Harry weds, spring and summer of 2015 will be a machine gun of crowd pleasing events to boost the RF’s profile.

    • bluhare says:

      George is the only interesting thing about these two actually.

    • Dame Snarkweek says:

      Exactly lol. I am looking forward to watching him grow and then raising his parents :)

    • Suze says:

      Well, you expressed it brilliantly. Once you accept the fact that Kate is a rich society wife, not a royal tour de force a la Maxima/Mathilde, your expectations lower and everything gets brighter ; ).

      In this case, I have sympathy. Our entire house needs painting and the thought of picking out colors actually exhausts me. If I had the dough I would pay a decorator, give him/her the bare bones of my desires, and let them have at it.

      I think the tour will go well – I don’t know why, but I feel it in my bones. They only really have to show up, smile, show off George once or twice, and it will be deemed a rousing success.

      • Hazel says:

        Mmmm. Maybe. But I just read in the twittersphere (if that’s the correct term), that WilKat are in the Maldives taking a little down time prior to their tour. ‘Cause, you know, they need to rest up….

    • CynicalCeleste says:

      I’d like to see a playdate with Prince George and the new baby Princess Leonore of Sweden :-)

  12. Jeanne says:

    I’m usually a kate apologist but this girl can’t seem to get anything right lately and the media is pouncing on it. If Cressy sticks around I wonder if she’ll be the diana and kate will be the fergie. We’d be naive to think the media will love both equally.

    • pleaseicu says:

      Or they’re treating Kate this way to take focus off Prince Do-Nothing and whatever he’s up to at his bespoke program and how he’s practically a child support payment away from being a virtual deadbeat to his child. Does he spend any time with his child? Has he seen his son since Christmas? Or is it all left to Kate and the nannies while he hunts and pretends he’s an undergrad again and he just pops in for photo ops when he feels like it?

      But I suspect you’re right and Kate will be the Fergie between her and Cressida. Heck, Kate’s getting negative articles about purple paint while the media is flat out ignoring a (what looks to be) recent picture floating around twitter of Cressida with her tongue out like she’s about to lick a big Elephant Tusk and a friend is by her side cheering her on.

      I suspect if it were Kate or Chelsy in a picture doing something like that the media would be running it front page and ripping the woman to shreds and questioning the RF and the Prince she’s with for being with her and mocking a cause so dear to the RF. Cressida does it? It’s ignored.

      • My2Pence says:

        The whitewashing of “poor commoner KM” continues. For years, mainstream media has ignored the photos of Kate Middleton dressed in the naughty nurse outfit partying to get William’s attention. They’ve ignored the photos of KM dressed in playboy bunny attire while attending the premiere of a movie about her favorite sex toy. They’ve ignored that one of the few friends she has runs orgies as a business. And please, nobody accuse me of slut shaming; I am not passing judgement merely providing facts to support my point:

        The media ignores what they want, when they want, because they feel like it. They play the long game and eventually, when they feel like taking down either KM or C, those photos will be front page.

      • jeanne says:

        i totally agree about the media and cressida. harry is the media’s darling so they are going easy on her. it doesn’t hurt that she’s blond, young, innocent looking and aristocratic. the diana references are just too easy. and, also, it’s just too easy to make Kate look like the social climbing, hard, personality-less, hanger on. i’m not saying she is, but she doesn’t do a lot to combat the image, you know? i have a feeling that has more to do with william than with her though and she always takes william’s lead.

        harry’s girl won’t have to always walk a few steps behind her husband to inflate his ego and the media and the public will love that couple more for it. time will tell but just a hunch.

      • My2Pence says:

        “harry is the media’s darling”?????

        I am astounded that anyone could possibly think that.

        Harry has been bashed by the media continually since he was a toddler in order to try to make his big brother look good (heir vs. spare, golden child vs. rebel whom many openly-state isn’t the POW’s son). He has gotten slightly more favorable press recently, but that is still interspersed with ongoing bashing articles.

        Whomever Harry marries, she’ll still have to walk behind him during public engagements due to protocol. Prince Philip has walked behind the Queen for years, which no doubt hurts his ego, but he does it because it is protocol.

        William leaving KM behind during private events (ie. not taking her hand or arm and helping her into the car the other night at the club) has to do with his ego and lack of consideration for his wife, not protocol or security.

      • Angelic 21 says:

        I don’t know why Cress should be criticized for kissing or doing whatever with an elephant tusk(please post a link, I’d like to see the photo), it’s not like conservation is her cause or that anyone have any proof that it’s a real tusk. Kate is photographed wearing fur and hunting but press don’t criticize her hunting when her husband is in fact into conservation or for not stopping him from going on a hunting trip before attending a meeting on conservation.

        Conservation is not even Harry’s cause and IMO he was brought out to deflect bad media attention from William. But even if it is why should Cress be criticized for kissing an elephant tusk? She is not the 1 championing anti poaching. Not to be a party popper but how on earth anyone knows that tusk is real?

    • jeanne says:

      cressida “walking behind harry” was more of a metaphorical statement. i understand how royal security protocol works. And i still think the media and the public love harry more at the moment. the kid got caught cupping his balls in LV (among many other infractions) and still recovered quite nicely. of course the media was going to cover those events and slap his wrist for them but it’s always with a wink, a little tongue in cheek – nothing in the way they harp on will and kate.

      • LadySlippers says:

        @jeanne:
        The key word though is ‘at the moment’ and it’s honestly a rarity that Harry has earned through his own good works. Any time William flubs we’ll see a trotting out if the ‘Horrible Harry’ like we did just a month ago.

        Harry’s LV incident was reframed by the world’s military and it wasn’t something the British press could control. He has had numerous people work with him to refute any and all charges the press has lobbed against him. Even people who don’t know him get defensive about accusations thrown his way because in more ways than one, he’s kinda the poster child of the military regardless of the flag you salute. Hero Harry is NOT something that was created by the British press, the Grey Men working for the BRF, or even Harry himself. That’s evolved very much on its own.

        Also, My2Pence is correct. Cressida is in the ‘honeymoon’ phase with the media. That will change as well. In the beginning Diana, Sarah, Sophie, and Kate were talked about in excited and hushed whispers. They were all ‘a breath of fresh air’ and other kinds of nonsense that the press fabricated. Not one of them stayed in that honeymoon phase. For example, Sophie (who used to have her own PR firm) had to rehabilitate her own image once she fell into a trap set up by the papers. Everyone underestimates how brief this lull will last.

        Kate had the honeymoon phase for about 3 years and briefly post engagement. It was less for Sarah — about two years. I think Sophie was less than three years as well which is typical for spouses not married to the heir/heiress.

  13. Cazzee says:

    Perhaps instead of referring to their London residence as an ‘apartment at Kensington Palace’, it could better be described as ‘a four-story tall, 20-room, giant luxury 18th century townhome that happens to be connected to an even larger palace’.

    I live in an apartment, and it’s a one-bedroom with a thousand square feet.

    If it’s four stories tall, is it really an ‘apartment’…or just an attached townhouse?

    • Angelic 21 says:

      It have 57 rooms, not 20.

    • Lana says:

      @Cazzee, I think in the UK an “apartment” can mean a part of a house/palace, and I think what’s know in the US as an apartment is know there as a flat.

      • Cazzee says:

        I know, it just seems like an intentional misdirect to refer to a palatial townhouse as ‘an apartment’ to American audiences.

        People in the United States who read the word may assume that it’s just a few rooms…ha!

      • Lana says:

        @Cazzee, Oh, okay. :) I have too admit, when I first saw that they were moving in to an apartment, I thought they meant a studio type apartment, so hey, I guess it works! ;)

  14. LAK says:

    Firstly, I chucked at the subtle middle class shade at kate. Dulux!!!! What is dulux??!!. Was Farrow and Ball unavailable?!(in my best Dowager Duchess Grantham voice)

    Secondly, does anyone remember when the original refurbishment was finished and said to be all beige to the horror of Charles. I can’t remember the exact comment he is quoted as making about the blandness of KP’s refurb.

    Therefore it is tres amusing to see that she’s now hired Charles’s pet decorator who redecorates Charles’s various homes (in addition to Annabel Elliot, Camilla’s sister) to redo KP and Amner Hall.

    It doesn’t even matter whether this report is true. It’s a dig at Kate’s peasant roots followed by her being brought into the fold with the right people.

    • My2Pence says:

      “It could be the most colourful addition at Apartment 1A. I’m told the residence has been decorated in various shades of beige – much to Prince Charles’s annoyance.

      Sources say Kate used her mother’s friend Anne Allen to decorate and the result is a tasteful but rather muted affair.

      ‘The word is it looks more Peter Jones than Kensington Palace,’ says an insider.”

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2446177/MOS-Diary-One-amused–cartoon-gave-Kate-fit-giggles.html

      • Juliette says:

        Annabel Elliot, the Pippa before Pippa. She’s apparently made millions off Charles’s redecoration projects.

        Based on her style choices, I wouldn’t be surprised that Kate went too safe and too beige and the design floundered as a result of the lack of a point of view.

  15. PrettyTarheelFan says:

    Never cut your hair while pregnant…It happend to a friend of mine. And by a friend of mine, I mean my forehead, and some atrocious Zoe Deschanel style blunt cut bangs that took years to grow out.
    *shudder*

  16. melmel says:

    according to the daily mail, the queen has only about a millions pounds left. So I guess Prince Charles will foot the bill. If I were him, I would be pissed. Doolittle seems like a sponge and not that bright. I am pregnant but if I were going to do something crazy, I would hope there would be a check and balance to it

    • LAK says:

      That million pounds is tax payer money that was handed to her for upkeep of palaces. In essence, they were saying that in the housekeeping pot of tax payer money, she has ONLY £1M left. They weren’t talking about the other pots of tax payer money and definitely not talking about her own personal money.

    • L says:

      That’s the queen as in the ‘crown’ that only has about a million. That’s the money that the crown has to spend on residences/ royal parks etc. Think of it as similar to nps to manage the palaces.

      The queen as a person also has her personal fortune, which still makes her one of the richest women in the world. She’s doing just fine.

    • CynicalCeleste says:

      If i understand correctly… the million pounds is what is left in the Queen’s “reserve” fund, meaning a back-up emergency account that is now nearly depleted. Apparently the BRF has been dipping into that reserve fund year after year once they use up their annual £35 million Sovereign Grant money, which is supposed to be used for the upkeep of the palaces and their official expenses. Plus the Queen gets big money from her duchy (Lancaster) that she uses however she wants, much like charles gets his money from the duchy of Cornwall. And then, as LAK and L said, there is her personal fortune, including properties and investments.

  17. My2Pence says:

    My lengthy comment disappeared, either into the spam filter or because it was my own words from another site. Maybe that isn’t allowed? Trying again:

    Remember, Kate Middleton chose this giant place, rather than the more appropriately-size space that was already available. The two of them chose to kick a charity out of this space. They demanded the biggest (57 rooms) so that’s what they got.

    Does Kate Middleton do cheap? Yes, when it comes to her behavior and her self-presentation (mini-skirts, flashing, low-cut clothing in conservative countries, ducking out on para-Olympians to sunbathe topless). Otherwise, no, she doesn’t do “cheap”. Thousands of dollars just on fancy candles to make their earlier place at KP smell better; ugly $88,000 necklace because she thought it looked “Olympic”; $2000 Ralph Lauren blazer to do her everyday shopping; $3300 jacket to go out to the club the other night.

    I think that bit about using less expensive paint was thrown into the “tip” to try to float the “golly she saves so much money, she recycles her clothes, she’s so thrifty” theme that the public just isn’t buying. Trying to drum up sympathy for her and give another excuse as to why she isn’t working – too much chaos with all the workmen at the homes etc.

    My guess is, she went as high-end as possible spending the Duchy’s (taxpayer’s) money the first time around and has now changed her mind on the interiors of both KP and Amner Hall. Why?

    1) She gets to hire this exclusive up-and-coming designer and pretend she is all that and a bag of chips. Once again, nouveau riche and poor self-image behavior showing through. She still fails to understand that her status comes from the person she married and she doesn’t have to play these catch-up games.

    2) Excuse for them to be away on their annual skiing holiday. My bet is they’ll leave tomorrow or Friday and be back just before the March 17th engagement. Well why not be gone, two of their homes are “under construction” again poor dears.

    3) Yet another excuse to continue to live with mummy for a few more months and keep wasting 100,000′s of the taxpayers money on security in Bucklebury (estimated at $17,000 a DAY). Also keeps them away from the watchful eyes of the courtiers (under the direction of Charles POW) who have probably been charged with getting these two lazies to WORK.

    4) Another easy way to hide that Bill and Kate spend a great deal of time apart. She goes to Bucklebury, he goes off to friend’s houses, Spain, or Africa under the radar for a few more months.

    • Georgie says:

      If she lives in Bucklebury, why is she consistently seen in London and Norfolk, where both her homes are located? Seriously.

      • FLORC says:

        Georgie
        She’s consistently seen in Bucklebury where she only has 1 reason to be there. She is often seen shopping in London so she is certainly there consistently.
        It’s understood that she is under her parents roof more often than any of her actual homes.

        You can find fluff articles and staged photos that show her near her places of residence, but you will find more candid shots from civilian cell phones and random paps catching her spending so much time at her parents home that she lives there. Especially when William isn’t around.

      • My2Pence says:

        @ FLORC. It will be interesting to see the results when/if Republic UK does public information requests for the budgets for the Anglesey and Bucklebury constabularies for the before, during, and post Bill/Kate years.

        It is also interesting to see the staged photos pulled apart on the discussion boards. People who live blocks from Kensington Palace can attest to what the weather was like which days. They prove that photos of her rolling the carriage around the park are staged and on a timed release.

    • Dame Snarkweek says:

      Lol, sometimes I think taking a step back (or a day off) is helpful to put all this royal gossip in perspective. ;)

      • FLORC says:

        I like My2Pence’s post. Keep it coming!
        I know I never like being told what to do and it’s all in good fun here:)

      • My2Pence says:

        Thanks, FLORC. You’re right, I prefer it when we encourage each other, rather than subtly discouraging people from expressing opinions that others might not like.

  18. Francis says:

    For many of us who have truly followed Kate from the beginning of the romance remember that this was a girl who chose to model underwear to try to get PW to finally see her as more than one of the group. Kate has been tacky and behaved cheaply from day one, IMO, she has never had any real class. The British press as someone else stated ignored all her partying, drinking, falling out of taxis with panties showing for years, because they wanted William married to her, although why They wanted her, I suspect is because they wanted the middle-class girl, marries Prince and will one day become Queen ,”Fairytale.” Kate’s press after the engagement was unrecognizable from the “party girl” some of us watched for years; the press tried to clean up her act but she continues to falter. I’ve always believed that Kate is more Fergie, than the press would like the public to know. I actually think she’s worse the Fergie, the only reason she has kept getting the kid glove Press treatment is because she’s married to the future King. Kate is just like her family, tacky, pushy-climbers ,who lack class. One day it will all come out in the wash about her,because IMO this marriage won’t last more than 8 or 9 yrs.

    • FLORC says:

      More than 8 or 9.
      Kate has proven she’s accepting his wandering ways so if a divorce happens it’s because William wants it. They already live seperate lives after all. It would take a big PR flop to legally seperate.

  19. bettyrose says:

    If decorating in purple is peasanty, break me open some cheap peasanty beer cuz I’m all about the purple.

  20. Laura says:

    It needs to be said; this woman is an idiot. She has staying power, she is rich, she is thin, but I wouldn’t want to be stuck in an elevator with her for hours. I do think Cressida will be the star if she and Harry do marry. Kate knows this; why else would she have this (reported) aversion to her?

  21. CynicalCeleste says:

    Off topic, but in yesterday’s photos at bunga-bunga, it looks like kate is not wearing THE RING. Not suggesting anything significant here, as it does look like she is wearing a gold band or something, but not THE ring. I’ve never noticed her not wearing the sapphire before, is this unusual? They’ve got 6 security guards around them, so it can’t be that she was nervous about slumming it…

    • Peri says:

      She doesn’t wear it unless she’s doing official outings. I’ve noticed too. Every time you see her where she doesn’t know she’s being photographed she isn’t wearing it. I don’t know why. Maybe she wants others to make the connection to Diana while out but she doesn’t need the validation behind the scenes or maybe she just doesn’t like wearing it much. It is pretty large. Diana didn’t even wear it all the time. Who knows.

    • LAK says:

      She wears it with the stone turned inside. Often when she spots paps, she turns it right side up so it’s prominently displayed.

      • FLORC says:

        Hmm… I ring that big seems cumbersome to me. That it would slide under her finger naturally. That ring always made me think if I wire it it uld cut up my other fingers with its sharp edges.

  22. Tsarina says:

    This is just another case of Kate not caring about anything and being able to do what she wants no matter what. We have been in our house for almost a decade and within those years I was pregnant 3 times. I also decorated in those 10 years, and never have I had to redo the whole house because of “preggers hormones” . What a bunch of dribble. But I’m not DoC and neither do I have the luxury to spend others money (whether it’s daddy’s and mommy’s, the in-law’s or the tax payers.

  23. HoustonGrl says:

    I thought Kate had turned to her friend Emilia D’Erlanger for help with decorating (the one who was photographed the other day on their double date, and an old friend from Marlborough)? She is supposedly a decorator, in addition to serving as George’s Godmother, and likely being the person that introduced William to Kate in the first place.

  24. My2Pence says:

    Open criticism of Kate Middleton in the Australian press. A preemptive strike before the tour begins?

    Marrying a meal ticket is no job for women
    Sarah Le Marquand, the Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

    Comments on two separate versions of the post:

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/marrying-a-meal-ticket-is-no-job-for-women/story-fnj45f3d-1226844012149

    http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/sarrahlemarquand/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/marrying_a_meal_ticket_is_no_job_for_women/#commentsmore

    • FLORC says:

      This is some of her top criticism. She is a terrible role model or public figure that is to be praised. To hold her in high esteem is to lower the bar from all ladies.

  25. ThereThere says:

    Australian taxpayers are footing the bill for the down under visit – and Will and Kate are bringing 11 staff! Eleven! Including 3 press people, a hairdresser for Kate, nannies etc….
    I’m pretty pissed off about that – why should my taxes pay for her damn sausage curls??!?

  26. My2Pence says:

    The poor Kate with the cheap paint story appears to have been another bait-and-switch. They have allegedly gone on vacation to the Maldives. https://twitter.com/RoyalReporter

    • HoustonGrl says:

      Crazy! It seems like Kate & William are back to their old ways. He’s off doing whatever he wants, and she spends her life on vacation. They put on a good show around the wedding, but they never intended to change.

    • Hazel says:

      Yep, just saw that. Surprised we didn’t see another buggy shot in the park first. Seriously, another vacay? Of course, Wills missed the last one. I expected a skiing vacation, myself, but this places them closer to NZ & Australia, so it’ll be an easier haul for PGTips.

      • My2Pence says:

        Hazel, no news yet on whether or not they took PGTips to the Maldives. 10 hour flight from London.

        The NZ leg of the tour doesn’t start until April 7th. They’ll spend a week in the Maldives, fly home just in time for the March 17th event. After that I’m guessing back out for the annual week-long skiing holiday in France or Switzerland, which usually takes place the last week of March or first week of April.

    • Xantha says:

      I know this is how they rolled before they were married but if I were a Brit at this point I would be screaming, “REPUBLIC, REPUBLIC, REPUBLIC!”

      It’s a tired question to ask but it bears repeating: What are they vacationing from again?

  27. Jake Hamilton says:

    Purple is so the wrong color for Catherine. I think they should go with a creamy off-white. Leave the royal colors for the real royals!