Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie met with William & Kate in London on Friday

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I keep forgetting that Angelina Jolie is DAME Angelina Jolie. That’s right, people. Dame Angelina was Dame’d last October. She got to meet Queen Elizabeth II and Dame Angie curtsied and everything. I bring up Dame Angelina’s Dame-ing because on Friday, Dame Angie got to meet two other members of the royal family: Duchess Kate and Prince William. The tabloids have always said that Kate was somewhat desperate to meet Angelina but I never really believed it. I guess Kate really did want to meet her though, because Kate pulled herself away from… ?? And William I guess got some time off from his job too. Angie and Brad went to Kensington Palace and chatted for “hours” with Kate and William.

Friday, June 26, 2015, will forever go down in history. Not only did the Supreme Court of the United States legalize same-sex marriage, but Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had tea with Kate Middleton and Prince William.

After months of coordinating, the two power couples met for the first time at a private Kensington Palace meeting. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt at Kensington Palace on Friday afternoon,” a Kensington Palace spokesman tells Us Weekly exclusively. “They discussed their shared interest in combatting the illegal wildlife trade.”

Brangelina had flown to London earlier in the morning so Jolie can attend a lunch at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on Monday as part of her work on UK foreign policy and her ongoing campaign to end war zone sexual violence. At around 3:45 p.m., the UN Special Envoy was joined by Pitt and they headed straight over to Kensington Palace for the informal meeting.

And according to the insider, Middleton and Prince William were “really excited” about the afternoon tea, with a source adding that the royal couple — who were joined by Prince George — actually waited outside their apartment 1A home to greet the Hollywood royal couple. (Pitt and Jolie’s kids were also in London, but did not join in on the visit). Naturally the Jolie-Pitt’s didn’t arrive empty handed. A source tells Us the couple brought a special gift for the Duke and Duchess to celebrate the arrival of Princess Charlotte, who was born in May.

“Everyone got on splendidly,” says the source of their afternoon tea. “Brad and Angelina spent much longer with the Duke and Duchess than planned. They ended up staying for almost a few hours.”

The meeting was a first for the foursome. Prince William, Pitt, and Jolie all attended the 2014 BAFTA awards but didn’t cross paths.

In October 2014, Queen Elizabeth II made Jolie an Honorary Dame Commander at a private Buckingham Palace ceremony, which is the female equivalent of knighthood, for her humanitarian work to which she has dedicated much of her life.

[From Us Weekly]

Us Weekly is wrong, Kate didn’t go to the 2014 BAFTAs, William memorably went stag last year and then this year, neither of them went to the BAFTAs (even though William is BAFTA president and they were supposed to host a pre-BAFTA cocktail party the night before and didn’t bother showing up for that either).

As for the meeting… I bet William and Kate would like to see themselves as a philanthropic power couple in the same league as Brangelina. What’s funny is that even though Brad and Angelina both have full-time Hollywood careers AND six kids, they’ve done more for conservation than Will and Kate ever have. Angelina owns hundreds of acres of land in Cambodia which is a fully functional nature preserve. She and Brad do/have done conservation work in Namibia, Kenya and Ethiopia too, I think. Oh, and Angelina has done more de-mining work with the HALO Trust (one of Princess Diana’s last patronages) than William and Kate too. I’m just saying, if we’re doing a side-by-side comparison between “power couples,” it’s hard to see how Brad and Angelina aren’t miles ahead.

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  1. Amelia says:

    With any luck, they’ll have picked up some tips regarding maintaining their work ethic from Angelina and Brad.
    They could certainly stand to learn a thing or two!
    I’m curious to know what gift they brought for Charlotte, if that isn’t just a rumour.

  2. frisbeejada says:

    William and Kate a ‘power couple’ hahahahahahahahahahahahahahha’ that’s given me the best laugh I’ve had all week. Many thanks Kaiser!

    • Sparrow says:

      Sad thing is w&k probably see themselves as philanthropic contemporaries with a&b.

    • sagesara says:

      I think it’s unfair to trash William and Kate. Think back to when Brad and Angelina were their ages.

      • Olenna says:

        What? Brad and Angie are not royalty; they’re actors, and Angie’s been doing humanitarian work for quite a while. And it goes without saying, WK will have to work a lot harder than they have been to ever measure up to Brad and Angie.

      • FLORC says:

        Sagesara
        It’s being well covered all over this thread what all have accomplished by the exact ages of the 4 in question.
        Comment #12 has a post from Kaiser covering this and others are scattered about with links.

        So, how is it unfair?

      • K says:

        Apart from anything else, it’s not Jolie’s job to support philanthropy. She’s an actor. She gets no public money for the work.

        Kate can’t claim either.

        Having said that, William is worse. I sympathise with being born into a job you don’t really want, but at this point I am sad that the door closed on Harry getting the role as heir when PG Tips was born. I simply think he’d be better. Less resentful of the attention and loss of privacy inevitably involved. Less spendthrift and entitled with public money. And less keen to avoid doing the work for which he is so handsomely kept.

      • Brittney B says:

        Olenna, let’s do that then. Kate and William are both 33.

        When Angie was Kate’s age, she promoted Shark Tale, gave birth to the twins, and traveled to Chad, Iraq and Syria among others. She also already had an Oscar, four other kids, and SEVEN years of UN work under her belt. At the same time, Brad had already built homes in New Orleans with Make It Right.

        Brad may be a more apt comparison. When Brad was William’s age, he promoted Sleepers and won a Golden Globe for 12 Monkeys… but he hadn’t gotten into charity work yet.

      • Catelina says:

        The difference between Brad and William though, is that When Brad was Williams age, he had only been enjoying hollywood success for a couple of years. William has been royalty his whole life, and has definitely had enough time to grow into his role, which is basically just to do charity and go to events he needs to go to.

    • Jib says:

      Hey, there had to be powerful motivation to get Kate away from her Mummy, hair appointments and shopping. Funny how she can leave her home for a meeting with Hollywood, but not one of her charities.

  3. Sullivan says:

    I would have enjoyed eavesdropping on that conversation.

  4. notasugarhere says:

    W&K, celebrity chasers.

    They’re more interested in Hollywood than their roles as members of a monarchy.

    • inthekitchen says:

      +1000 It’s so funny how they can always be available to meet celebrities, professional athletes, and attend sporting events (isn’t K attending Wimbledon soon?)…but can’t deign to actually do their job (of working for the charities they chose to support). W&K are so pathetic. I feel bad for everyone paying to support these two lazy, work-shy adults while their 90+ year old grandparents do hundreds of engagements each year.

      What galls me is that their “work” is just so damn easy! There is really no excuse for not being able to put in a few hours each week, even with 2 children and even with his new co-pilot “job.”

  5. LAK says:

    I couldn’t stop laughing when I heard about this meeting.

    Kate has tried to meet AJ for years. Kudos though, she made it with William, so she would eventually make it with AJ.

    So excited that they waited outside the flat to greet their visitors instead of meeting them inside…….LOL

    • Sixer says:

      LAK – I can’t even comment. My gob is so stuffed full with tacks I can’t even manage to spit them out. You’ll have to sneer and laugh for the both of us today!

      • Kiddo says:

        THIS is the bestest piece of Brit commentary, “Everyone got on splendidly”. It’s how Americans think Brits talk ALL THE TIME. And something about tea and scones, of course. I read it in the voice of Mrs. Bucket, while picturing everyone from the church actively fleeing upon her arrival. The vicar falls down stairs or something or other.

        * I hate that show.

      • Sixer says:

        PLEASE carry on cheering me up! I can’t really type my own thoughts, wot wiv ‘em being NSFW an’ all. Guvnor.

      • Kiddo says:

        I luv u, THAT IS ALL.

      • Sixer says:

        “Inglan is a b!tch, dere’s no escapin it…”

        … there’s a lingo direction you didn’t expect me to go in! (I miss Chris2, she’d get it straightaway).

      • Kiddo says:

        Repeat after me, “The rain in Spain falls mainly in the plain.”

      • Sixer says:

        The rayne in Spayne falls maynly on the playne. Geezer.

      • frisbeejada says:

        I’ll raise you a native Brummie accent then wey’ll see ow thay loike that wownt we? Where is Chris2 when you need her?

      • Sixer says:

        The Sixlets have a mild West Country accent, which I (unfairly, since I was the one who moved them here) mock them for. They say “laaaaaaaast week of school soon”!

      • frisbeejada says:

        I luv a West Country accent but then I luv- sorry, love accents, -they lend colour and variety to a language. I glory in having a) the most socially unacceptable/despised accent in the country, b) an accent that originated in the Kingdom of West Mercia and is one of the oldest accents in England (delete as appropriate)

      • Sixer says:

        I love you, frisbeejada, because you have reminded me – with your drawling Brummie vowels – that I haven’t given LAK any historical tidbits since forever and a day.

        LAK! Behold the Great Vowel Shift of the late Middle Ages, which took all our nice continental vowels and changed them into Englisher ones, thus messing up spelling for untold following generations: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Vowel_Shift.

      • LAK says:

        Oh Sixer love, thank you. That was very informative.

        Now if only I could understand an Edinburgh accent. I have no trouble understanding any other type of Scottish accent except that one. I just hear ‘burrrr……eeek!

      • frisbeejada says:

        Love you back Sixer – there’s nothing wrong with a historical tidbit. People used to think the Birmingham accent was an amalgamation of the surrounding area’s it took linguists (and prof Carl Chinn – probably) to point out how old the twang is. And where I come from a tidbit is a ‘tit-bit’ – like William who is a historical tit-bit all on his own and that would make Kate a hysterical tit-bit (I’ll show myself out)…
        @ LAK can’t help you out with an Edinburgh accent – but I do a nice line in Woad.

      • Sixer says:

        I think William is a big tit. Oops.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        @Kiddo
        I started watching that show…..it’s on Netflix. I can see how it grates…but I only watch one episode every month or so.

      • Liberty says:

        I am laughing and scared a bird.

      • FLORC says:

        I loved all those Brit humor shows.
        Are You Being Served and Keeping Up Appearances being 2nd to Black Adder.
        Upstairs Downstairs being my 1st soap opera. Thank You PBS!

        VC
        It can be irritating, but I attribute happy times with it. I guess I love it for nostalgia.

    • anne_000 says:

      I can’t imagine an article in which it’s said that Queen Elizabeth was “really excited” to meet Celebrity X and even waited outside her apartment in anticipation of the visit. Just not very dignified, imo. That W&K were reported to do so makes them look very hokey.

      • LadyoftheLoch says:

        LAK, come awa’ in for a wee blether and a cuppa anytime and we can polish up yer Embra accent while we’re at it. Morningside, ye ken. So perjink. None o’ yon riff-raffy stuff.

        I hail from the west coast originally, but a branch of the clan lives in Edinburgh, so I grew up visiting an amazing array of pearl-adorned aunties who always brought out the best china for visitors and were quite “posh” and formidable. I was usually too afraid to say anything much except in response to, “Och, ye wee thing, can ye manage another wee shortbread?”

      • LAK says:

        A cuppa and some shortbread? You are on!

        Ps: for some reason, I read your scottish in a Mrs Doubtfire voice in my head. :)

      • LadyoftheLoch says:

        Haha, Aunties Tilly and Philly (Mathilde and Philomena) did indeed speak in motherly Mrs. Doubtfire tones, to me at least, but with a Dame Maggie glacial hauteur when it suited them. Fascinating to listen to, and watch! They belonged to a bygone era.

  6. ncboudicca says:

    If they talked about world affairs, I can’t imagine that Kate would even have anything to say.

  7. Maya says:

    Kate actually said during her visit to US that the one person she wanted to meet was Angelina.

    Angelina & Brad has done way more humanitarian work then the royals. Brangelina list of work will go on and on while the royals – won’t even cover one page.

    PS: I really really want to know the names & numbers Angelina has on her phone book – she has some pretty cool, powerful & influential connections & friendships (friends with Queen Noor & Rania, Hilary Clinton, Jane Goodall, Kathryn Bigelow etc)

    • bettyrose says:

      This pairing is sort of absurd.

      Dutchess: Dame Angie I do so admire your humanitarian work, but as you know I’ve two young children to raise and simply caannt do more than I already am.

      Dame: Well Dutchess, I have six children.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Dame: And I’m recovering from two life-changing operations in the last two years…

      • Betti says:

        Dame: And I have a fulfilling career as an actress and director to boot.

        The Dolittles – they only come out for the A List celebs. I just can’t give these two any slack. Lazy ?????.

      • Jib says:

        Really. I’m not a huge Angie fan, I think everything she does is exaggerated, but she does have interests and a strong work ethic. Which is completely unlike Duchess Dolittle. (Great name – the British come up with such clever names for their fools.)

      • Olenna says:

        @Betti, I can’t cut them any slack, either. But, I am a bit surprised that they got off their dead royal behinds and walked down to meet two celebrities. Maybe these two lazy jackazzes really are in awe of Brad and Angie.

      • Feeshalori says:

        Brad and Angie have more cred in their big toes than Will and Kate put together. This meeting shows the wide dichotomy between the work ethics and humanitarianism of one couple and the glaring laziness of the other, though they did get off their keisters to meet them at the door. Perhaps it wasn’t such a good idea for this meet and greet to take place since the comparison is just not very favorable. I’d have loved to be a fly on the wall to overhear their conversation. But their PR always turns it into such a positive spin.

    • Rosalee says:

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  8. Heidi says:

    I adore AJ and really really admire her for her work and her UN commitments and her spotlighting world issues with her celebrity…

    …but sometimes, in the dead of night, when all is still, I have these fleeting thoughts that maybe she’s too good to be true?
    Because COME ON PEOPLE!

    How is it fair that one woman is this BEAUTIFUL, this GRACIOUS, this KIND, this PROGRESSIVE, this INTELLIGENT and HAS SIX DAMN KIDS TO BOOT who also happens to be wedded to Brad Pitt and is a DAME GODDAMNIT?

    *sobs* Are we being stooged? Is this some sorta hoax? Because I feel positively inadequate next to the awesomeness that is this woman!!!

    • Mireille says:

      LOL. I have friends in the industry who’ve worked on AJ films Gia and Salt. They all say the same thing about her — down to earth, warm, sweet.

      As to this meeting, don’t know if I really believe this story seeing as though the main source is US Weekly. But if it did happen, William and Kate could learn a couple of things regarding charity from Brad and Angie.

      • bluhare says:

        It happened. The papers published it. They were supposedly talking about their mutual interest in conservation of wildlife in Africa. I know William is involved there somewhat; are Brad and Angelina?

      • lower-case deb says:

        the Maddox foundation was big on conservation but that’s in Cambodia. in Namibia she supprted a sanctuary owned by her friend? thhe one with the cheetahs that was in Celebitchy last week.

        or maybe it has something to do with the film AJ is going to make about Richard Leakey and elephant poaching in Africa? i’m sure this one jigs with Will’s work with Tusk foundation. a few months back i think i read something along the lines of the producers of ‘Africa’ is having difficult time to find investors. maybe a sponsor from Tusk?

    • Belle Epoch says:

      Heidi I agree! She is one hell of a package. All we have to hold onto are vintage stories of more peculiar behavior 20 years ago!

  9. lower-case deb says:

    so this is the first time the four of them met? wasn’t that picture of Angelina in black gown was from the Maleficent screening at Kensington Palace? they didn’t meet then?

    • LAK says:

      KP rents out it’s public rooms and Orangery to the public for all sorts of functions. Nought to do with the occupants of the palace.

      That said, I adore the weddings at the orangery (which is also a public restaurant/tea room). It’s an amazing space for such an occasion.

      • lower-case deb says:

        wowzerr! a wedding in a real palace. and the orangery sounds divine!

      • Birdix says:

        I took the little birdixs to the tea room there last summer–such a lovely spot looking out on the garden.

  10. heidi77 says:

    Very cool! BTW, Angie is the youngest person ever to have been made a Dame and the only American. Will & Kate are young (not as young as Angie was when she ranped up her humanitarian work), so they have time to catch up- Brad & Angie are excellent people to learn from- so many, diverse, successful global charitable endeavors.

    • notasugarhere says:

      What has stopped them from learning from their example before now? Did they HAVE to get someone like Hague to pull some strings and finally get AJ to cave and meet with W&K — so now they can learn from their example?

      There was no point to this meeting, except for Middleton to put another stamp in her Celebrities I Met book.

      • lisa2 says:

        Since we don’t what they actually discussed too early to say there was not point to the meeting.

      • lower-case deb says:

        in addition, they have many good examples within the Royal Family itself. the queen and philip are still hard at work. there’s Princess Anne. and there’s Kate’s own mother-in-law Diana. however, rather than gaining inspiration from Diana, they only use the memory of her to justify what Kate shouldn’t or wouldn’t do.

  11. ickythump says:

    So kate n wills managed to drag themselves away from anmer – hopefully aj has peruaded them to get involved in some of her causes – I wont hold my breath though….

  12. Hannah says:

    Of course they are miles ahead. But they are also a lot older. Brad is in his 50s. I don’t have any particular fondness for the Cambridge but come on they aren’t in he same age bracket as brad and jolie.

    • notasugarhere says:

      William is from a privileged background, in a family where it is HIS JOB to do charity work. From age 20 this is what he was supposed to be doing. Charles started the Princes Trust at age 28. Harry started Sentebale at 19. Jolie is only 7 years older than W&K and began her work with refugees in her late 20s.

    • MinnFinn says:

      Let’s compare the two of them at the same age. Angelina age 33 (in 2008) to Kate who is now 33.

      Angelina age 33 in 2008 – a quick google archive search.
      -Feb 2008 Visited Iraq and Afghanistan in her role as a UN Ambassador for refugees
      -She and Brad donated $1.1m of their own money to charity
      -July 2008 gave birth to twins
      -Oct 2008 visited Darfur to call attention to refugees
      -Mother to 4 children under age 7
      -Her own mother died in 2007 and in 2008 Angelina did all of the above while grieving her mother and overseeing settling the estate
      -Promoted movies, won award for “A Mighty Heart”

      • Kaiser says:

        Exactly! And at 33, Angelina had already been working full-time as an actress for more than 15 years, she had already been a UNHCR ambassador for seven years, she was already an Oscar winner and three-time Golden Globe winner and she had already given millions of dollars to charity and donated countless hours to raise awareness of refugee crises around the world.

      • Sixer says:

        But she does like Ayn Rand, you shameless fangirls. In my book, this isn’t a gold star. On the other hand, if we’re doing compare and contrast, Katie M probably hasn’t even heard of Ayn Rand.

        Oh ok. You can win!

      • bluhare says:

        Well there you have it. An actual factual comparison. Is it OK if I use it elsewhere?

      • notasugarhere says:

        Does she like Ayn Rand, or did she think she could make money making a Rand novel into a movie starring her and Pitt?

      • Sixer says:

        NOTA – I’m not sure that’s any better than actually liking her, is it?! But nevertheemind, I’m just messing!

      • notasugarhere says:

        I’m not sure either as I am an avid anti-Rand type.

      • LAK says:

        ‘Do they still make an A’n Rand?’ asks the Duchess whilst thinking about how SPLENDIDLY everyone is getting on,’Willum and I are very keen on…urm…rrr…um (smiles widely as possible).

      • frisbeejada says:

        @ Sixer – Ayn Rand’s personal philosophy was dubious and promotes selfishness as a rational position and I can understand why you would find that repellent, I do myself since it seems to encapsulate where everything has gone wrong – like Bankers for instance who pretty much personify her ‘rational selfishness’. But having just cheated and looked up her life story on Wikipedia she had an interesting one, born in Russia, witnessed the Revolution, survived starvation, one of the first girls to get a uni-education, emigrated to the US, became a successful writer, then a successful screen writer – a lot of material there for a film. I don’t know that it would be a good idea to promote her idea’s though and can’t really imagine AJ wanting to since it seems so opposite of everything she’s fighting for – and I say that as a non fangirl!

      • Sixer says:

        @frisbeejada – I was really just being my usual annoying self by invoking a darling of the American right to needle the lovely Brangeloonies (sp?) hereabouts. I was only messin’ abaht. (But Rand does suck, and Angie shouldn’t like her. Teehee).

      • MinnFinn says:

        bluhare, Of course use the info elsewhere.

        And I left out that in a 2008 Vanity Fair interview AJ revealed the striking difference between her motivation for her good works and Wm the Whiny. She said adopting kids from other countries was not a sacrifice or a humanitarian act, it ended up being a gift to herself. Wm the Whiny said and clearly demonstrates his birthright and time spent on official royal functions is a huge sacrifice and a burden.
        http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2008/07/jolie200807

        And sixer, I have mixed feelings about AJ. I’m definitely not a fangirl. But I have long respected her for her humanitarian work. And until I started reading this blog, I didn’t know that much about her.

      • noway says:

        Wow the antipathy for Will and Kate is pretty intense on here about this. Plus, I just don’t understand the constant comparison with Angelina to everybody. Let’s be honest, if we are comparing humanitarian work, along with a lot of things, to Angelina most people fall short. Granted William and Kate have the resources and time to be more philanthropic and hopefully they will. I am sure Angelina knows, with the Royals and their resources even a little bit of help will go a long way, and she is grateful for all the help for her causes she can get as she is smart enough to know she can’t do it alone.

      • notasugarhere says:

        It is antipathy they have earned. One of the few things either of them has ever earned in this world.

        Jolie and Pitt do not need the royals, the royals need Jolie and Pitt.

  13. Kaianne says:

    Regal pose of Dame Angelina and Brad Pitt. I love what she wore even the hair style.
    Last year the Queen of England made her a Dame, this the future King and Queen of England invited them for tea. Angelina sure is rubbing shoulders with Royalties and several country leaders.
    How’s that for awesomeness!

  14. Talie says:

    You know it’s a big deal if Kate actually shows up.

    • LAK says:

      On this occasion, she probably beat William to the meet.

      • frisbeejada says:

        I now have the image of a flying rugby tackle along the corridors of KP so she could get there first…then again she could have just decked him with a (jolly) hockey stick…

  15. Sarah says:

    Hopefully this will inspire Kate & William to do more. In addition to their regular day jobs of making movies, Angelina & Brad have done so much for many different causes & have a house full of children. I would love to see William follow in his mother’s footsteps.

  16. Nicole says:

    I like the American’s democratically elected royals more than the Brit’s bloodline royals. ;)

  17. Goats on the Roof says:

    Oh, spare me. This isn’t about Will and Kate trying to be charitable in the least. This is about two royal layabouts who wanted to rub shoulders with a couple of celebs. I would say I hope Brad and Angelina rubbed off on these two, but if a lifetime as heir to the throne hasn’t made an impression, B&A don’t stand a chance.

  18. Vava says:

    Well, imo, Angelina and Brad made a misstep by catering to the Cambridge Idiots.

    I am having a good laugh though, trying to imagine Kate saying anything intelligent during this meeting. LOLOLOLOL

    • notasugarhere says:

      I think AJ did someone (Hague, Rania) a favor and agreed to meet with W&K. AJ and BP have nothing to gain from this meeting. They’re the ones who deigned to agree to it; the royals were not in charge of whether or not this meeting happened.

    • Goats on the Roof says:

      I don’t blame Brad and Angelina for taking this meeting at all. If you’re in the business of philanthropy (and these two certainly are), it’s not wise to turn down opportunities that may expand those charitable endeavours. I will side-eye the hell out of Will and Kate, however. This was nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to hobnob with a celebrity Kate has wished to meet for years.

    • anne_000 says:

      I agree with you guys. If William wasn’t going to be a future king, there’d be no reason for A&B to meet with them in the middle of their busy work schedule, especially for a few hours. W&K brought nothing to the meeting but their future title and their family’s influence.

  19. Catelina says:

    Angie and Brad are completely out of their league in terms of accomplishments (and don’t need to be on the public’s dime to do any of it) but I hope they had a nice time anyways.

    • BNA FN says:

      Please explain your comment, Catelina. You left me scratching my head.

      • lisa2 says:

        The wording is off; I had to read it again.. I think she means that Kate/Will are not in the same league as Angie/Brad regarding accomplishments.; and are doing so on their own and not from public money.

        @Catelina.. I hope I’m right on my interpretation of what you said. .

      • bluhare says:

        I think you’ve got it, lisa2.

      • Catelina says:

        Lisa2 was right, sorry if it was unclear

  20. CFY says:

    I’d love to be a fly on the wall after Angie and Brad were done, and had their own private conversation about what just happened. Can’t help but think the words “vapid,” “disappointment,” and “so many resources,” and “could do so much more” would have popped up…

  21. notasugarhere says:

    (Apologies to Liberty. Sixer, please pass me the box of tacks.)

    KM: Squeal! Are you happy to meet me? Everyone is happy to meet me. Do you want to be my friend? I don’t have any friends except Mummy and Pippa.
    AJ: ?
    KM: I’m special, mummy says so, that’s why everyone is happy to meet me.
    Jason: Actually they say you are a Special Snowflake.
    KM: See, I’m special. They all say so. Are you happy to meet me?
    AJ: If you will please excuse me, I have a meeting with William Hague.
    KM: You know a William too? I call mine Big Willy even though he’s really small. What do you call yours?
    AJ: Leader of the House of Commons
    KM: Oooh. What country is that in? I’m a princess, that’s my job. That’s why I have Princess Hair.
    AJ: Are you aware that those hair extensions come from impoverished women in the Third World?
    KM: The salon has such a hard time sewing them in. I got someone fired because he talked about my extensions. Oh wait, it is a Scar From a Serious Childhood Operation. Not hair extensions.
    AJ: Women sell their hair to feed their starving children.
    KM: Do they feed their children organic fruit purees? That what’s we have Nanny One feed to the boy. She spends hours mashing them up by hand.
    AJ: ?
    KM: Look Big Willy. My friend Angelina says that impo-, imper-, poor women grow my hair. Aren’t they lucky? They get to grow hair for a princess! Every time I go to the salon it is for Charity!
    AJ: We are done here.
    Jason: Please stay. Remember, HM gave you that Damehood. You owe Her one. Take one for the team.
    AJ: We. Are. Done. Here.
    Jason: PLEASE STAY.
    AJ: WE. ARE. DONE. HERE.
    Jason to Press Corps: Everyone enjoyed the meeting immensely. The conversation ranged from the struggles of women in the Third World to organic agriculture, and Catherine advised Angelina on child care. It was a very satisfactory meeting. Catherine and Angelina are now close friends.

  22. Call_Me_Al says:

    I agree that Will and Kate don’t do nearly as much as Brad and Dame Angie, but you could give Kate a little more of a grace period when you said “Kate pulled herself away from …??” She has a newborn! Many middle-class women take 3-4 months off from all work if possible. So it’s understandable for her to do so as well. Yes, she has staff that make motherhood easier, but it’s still good for her to make her own choices about how motherhood and working work best for her.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Like she tore herself away last week to frolic around the polo ground for PR photos?

      Those middle class women worked 40+ hours per week to EARN their vacation, sick, and maternity leave. You are not entitled to paid maternity leave in the UK unless you worked for it. Her payment comes in the form of $4.6 million in annual costs to run their privileged home life, but she hasn’t worked to earn it.

      If she wants to make her own choices about motherhood, they have to pay for those choices themselves out of Billy’s inheritance.

    • MinnFinn says:

      Comparing Kate to a mom who earned 3-4 months of maternity leave is not a fair comparison because such a mom would have had to work full-time the previous year to earn 3-4 months of leave. Kate has never worked FT as a royal. Last year the total time she spent “working” was calculated at around 100 hours. And btw for Kate and all the royals, their number of official engagements does not equal work hours nor does it equal the number of unique days worked.

    • anne_000 says:

      What work? Kate spends less hours working per year than a middle-class mother spends time on grocery shopping for her family or driving her kids to school.

      Iirc, remember how Kate walking across a courtyard in Italy was counted as a separate credited work time period? Regular people have to walk to and from buildings or parking lots or bus stops to get to work yet they don’t get that time credited as ‘work.’

  23. perplexed says:

    Kate and William have never done anything to indicate they know much about sexual violence in conflict. I don’t get this meeting…

    Edited to add:

    Oh, they discussed the illegal wildlife trade. Huh. I didn’t know that was one of Brad and Angie’s causes.

    • bluhare says:

      Exactly. I’ve never heard of them doing anything about that. Maybe William was pitching them about his Tusk Trust?

    • LAK says:

      IIRC, AJ’s interest is via her oldest son Pax? Max?. The one from Cambodia. She used purchased an animal park sanctuary. Not for zoo like type sanctuary, but in the nature of Safari parks. Apparently she employs former poachers to protect the animals.

      Their combined interest might have been further peaked by their interest in making a biopic about *Richard Leakey, a world famous conservationist based in Kenya. The Leakey name is synonymous with wildlife conservation.

      * as an East African, I have issues with Richard Leakey receiving a revisionist hollywood biopic, but I suppose any spotlight on the issue is good, right?

  24. aquarius64 says:

    I wish Us Weekly and other American publications would address Kate by her current name and title. I don’t know if it’s lazy writing or the they believe Americans can’t make the connection: Kate MIddleton = Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. It implies Americans are just dumb.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Many UK publication do the same thing. It isn’t a sign of intelligence, it may be for clicks, for searching, or because they do not think she has earned their respect so why use a title for her.

      Some publication continue to use “Lady Di” “Princess Di” “Fergie” and “Sarah Ferguson” etc. to this day. She was in the public eye for a decade as Kate Middleton, she’ll be Kate Middleton for many years to come.

    • MinnFinn says:

      Not dumb. Rebellious. We expelled monarchy from this place in 1776.

    • Alix says:

      Actually, she’s HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, full stop, with no first name at the beginning (which would signal that she’s been divorced or widowed).

    • MinnFinn says:

      aquarius 64 – Have you considered that you are not familiar with U.S. media protocol and our beliefs about not being deferential to a system of royalty? Also, some publications like the New York Times, are more formal than say TMZ or People magazine who probably use the AP or similar stylebook. But even the NY Times does not fully adhere to UK protocol for how and when to use certain royal titles.

    • LAK says:

      You start. She’s not Kate. She’s HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

      Edit: what Alix said.

      And whilst we are here, we expect to see you address all other members of various royals families correctly.

    • Olenna says:

      @aquarius64, I rarely get offended by CB comments, but yours did it. Your comment sounds like something I’d read on the DM or like the foreign version of our low information voters here in the US, always ready to call someone out for being dumb or stupid while saying something entirely stupid at the same time. Maybe your bold ignorance is appreciated on other sites, but it’s not here.

      • LadyoftheLoch says:

        An honest mistake, no? I didn’t get the impression that aquarius intended to offend. Perhaps she tripped up on the Duchess’ proper title, but I believe her point was that the Kate Middleton moniker should be dispensed with as it is becoming a little tired and lame after 4 years of marriage, not that readership on either side of the Atlantic is dumb. That’s how I read it anyway.

        Agree with Nota. I’m sure the tabloids perpetuate it as click bait.

      • Olenna says:

        Point taken, LadyoftheLoch, but the commenter’s generalization of “Americans” is still wrong. The commenter could have plainly stated an opinion about the American entertainment press, not Americans as a whole. And, if anyone thinks a tabloid speaks (as in “implies”) for all Americans, that’s wrong, too.

      • Sixer says:

        I was just sitting here wondering why people are doing the thin-skinned American thing at Aquarius. It never occurred to me that Aquarius herself wasn’t American – “dumb” is not a go-to adjective for a Brit and any Brit could tell you that most of our own media outlets, especially the tabloids, also still say Kate Middleton, so why pick out the American ones? I read her comment as an American annoyed at being patronised by her own press.

        Aquarius: apologies for talking about you rather than to you. Dreadful thread etiquette and terribly rude.

      • noway says:

        The British tabloid and gossip press also refer to her as Kate a lot, along with other foreign press, but the US press is the one that gets the ire. Does smack of a bit condescending to me too.

      • notasugarhere says:

        US press tends to get the ire because some insist on calling her Princess. The UK press isn’t doing that, it is the US press trying to make the Princess label happen.

      • LadyoftheLoch says:

        Sixer, thank you for reminding me of my manners, LOL, and aquarius, my sincere apologies for speaking of you in the third person, terribly rude.

        It seems obvious that the Kate Middleton tag is a sly attempt to keep Catherine “in her place” as a commoner, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to discover that its continued use is given the surreptitious royal nod, nay, blessing. They really *are* that childish.

        As an aside, am I the only one to think that Kate may suffer from intense, crippling anxiety since her marriage? That would account for so much of what we see (or don’t see). I don’t believe she’s an airhead at all. Rather, she is portrayed as such, and will come into her own once HM shuffles off the mortal coil, so to speak.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Her less-than-stellar performance at University, shared by other students at the time, cannot be blamed on post-marriage anxiety. Is crippling anxiety the reason she didn’t work for a decade before marriage? No, She’s always been lazy, workshy, and spoiled.

        Her poor public performance now is an extension of that. She doesn’t prepare and she rarely works, hence her poor performance. The things she says, recorded on camera, showcase her inability to think on her feet. That isn’t anyone portraying her as an airhead, it is her own words proving it.

        The name? It isn’t an attempt to keep her in her place as a “commoner.” They did the same thing to Diana, who was a Lady (technically still a commoner) and Sarah Ferguson.

        It is interesting that they rarely do this to Sophie. She is sometimes Sophie Wessex instead of Countess, but they don’t drag out her maiden name. Because Sophie works hard and does her PR job for The Firm pretty well without upsetting the press?

      • LadyoftheLoch says:

        Olenna, I see the context in which you read aquarius’ comment, however I don’t believe any malice was intended.The U.S. tabloid press do patronise their readers horribly, but the British gutter press are just as culpable. They alone deserve the ire, imo, for pandering to this Pygmalion nonsense.

      • LadyoftheLoch says:

        She scored a 2:1. Not stellar certainly, but still respectable from a university rated as amongst the top 1% in the world.

        I agree that she has wasted that achievement and her dismal work record does her no favours whatsoever, but i would venture to guess that her shallow and ninnyish behaviour in the decade prior to her marriage was actively enabled and encouraged by Carole, so as to position her Snowflake centre stage. In short, I believe William was manipulated, if not outright blackmailed by Carole into a corner, to the point where he couldn’t NOT marry her.

        I believe the Queen is slowly exacting her revenge on the Middletons using the power of the press amongst other tools at her disposal, but it would appear that the real target of her regal hatred is Carole. Carole directly and Carole through Kate. Bitch is going down. Death by a thousand cuts. Kate is a Stepford pawn caught in the crosshairs, imo. No wonder her terror is so apparent whenever she finds herself in the company of the Queen.

        Sophie, by contrast, is considered to be trustworthy, the Queen’s confidante. Despite any previous indiscretions (the Chris Tarrant bikini pics, the false sheikh interview, etc) the proverbial dogs are called off, everything is neatly swept under the Aubusson, and all is forgiven for Sophie.

      • FLORC says:

        Loch
        Blackmail seems too far. It was extremely obvious though of the tabloid game she played. And the press lashing out against William for dating Kate for almost a decade and them dumping her before her 30′s. He was note treated kindly and that must have stung very badly.

        To her shyness. I don’t buy that. When she’s more active in her duties she really shines. And when she gets a duty that is more fun than work she beams. The shyness only really comes into play when she’s in a position to think on her feet.
        1 thing time has supported is Kate is not shy from social gatherings and cameras.
        Though, i’d act very skiddish and shy too if I were to speak to a crowd and didn’t practice my speech or speaking skills. And again. More Kate does this we actually see her improvement and it happens very quickly.

      • LadyoftheLoch says:

        FLORC: Blackmail *seems* to be going a bit far, yes, however I wouldn’t put anything past the clawing Carole Middleton. She may have some serious dirt on William. He did holiday with Kate at Maison de Bang Bang after all, where Uncle Gary is said to have entertained his guests with cocaine, hookers, and hard-core pornography on 52-inch screens.

        About Kate. She really seems to be two different people at times. The glitzy dazzler show pony Kate, and the private Kate with frizzy, scraped back hair making sausages and homemade jams in one of her many kitchens. I really do hope we see a gradual metamorphosis with her, and I’d like to think that she’ll step up her work ethic significantly over time, but that will only happen when she steps away from her mother’s nefarious shadow and/ or when the Queen dies and it’s sink-or-swim time for the monarchy. I do believe she’s terrified of the Queen, though. Perhaps with good reason. The Queen could smash her princessy bubble into smithereens with the stroke of a pen at any given moment.

      • notasugarhere says:

        The jam-making, happy homemaker PR didn’t last long because nobody bought it. She wasn’t home in Wales making jam, she was in London three days a week shopping and getting her hair done.

      • LadyoftheLoch says:

        Nota: So the tale of her giving homemade plum preserves to the RF at Sandringham was just PR hocus pocus? Wasn’t there also a story about how she liked to grow her own potatoes at Nottingham Cottage or somewhere? Damn those PR pinocchios. Quite ruining the image I had of Kate possessing some inner depth of character that we, the public, weren’t privy to.

  25. BNA FN says:

    @Lisa2, thanks for trying to clear up that comment for me. Another thing I don’t understand is, why are so many comments referring to KM is dumber than a box of rocks?. I thought she went to one of the best university in England and graduated. As you can tell, I don’t know too much about the monarchy in. England.

    • Colette says:

      George W Bush graduated from Yale

      • Emma - the JP Lover says:

        @Colette, who wrote: “George W Bush graduated from Yale”

        The difference between Kate and President George W. Bush is that Kate Middleton’s parents didn’t come from or inherit wealth … they made their wealth themselves, after Kate was born, and not in time to allow Kate to coast through school on her family’s wealth alone.

        Whereas President George W. Bush hails from an ‘old money’ political dynasty family on his paternal side and wealth on his maternal side. George W. was ‘legacy-ed’ through school his entire life on his family name alone thanks to the merits of his father, paternal grandfather, and paternal great-grandfather, Samuel P. Bush, who was a rich Industrialist and began the Bush family political dynasty. Moreover, President Bush’s grandfather on his mother side of the family (Barbara Bush nee Pierce), Marvin Pierce, was president of the McCall Corporation, the publisher of the popular women’s magazines “Redbook” and “McCall’s.”

      • bluhare says:

        And here I thought Colette was referring to another person not known for intellect graduating from an ivy league school in the US.

      • perplexed says:

        Kate’s parents (and uncle) made their wealth, but I think Kate would have benefited from their wealth in terms of the kinds of resources she would have access to (i.e. money could have bought extra tutoring if she stunk at a certain subject). Family wealth, even if it’s more recent, would have still allowed her certain advantages over a poorer student.

        I don’t think she’s dumb simply because she came from wealth though. I just don’t think she’s ever said or done anything to indicate a roaring intellect either. Plus, once you get past 25 into the real world and need to work I don’t know whether people look at your degree as extremely valuable if you haven’t done anything beyond that to indicate other kinds of smarts. The degree provides a bit of a kick-start, but after that I don’t think you can coast on just that to prove your worth (as evidenced by the number of Ivy-League singletons on The Bachelor who wind up seeming kind of useless in terms of personality, charm, or intelligence once everyone stops caring after the first 5 minutes that so-and-so went to Princeton or wherever).

      • Colette says:

        @ bluhare ,I was

    • Tiffany says:

      She followed Bill to St Andrews and did receive a degree in art history. While viable is the upper crust, not exactly a degree in chemistry. He was on the verge of dropping out because college was difficult and was persuaded by Waity to stick it out and change is major to something much easier, I believe geology.

      With the crap she talk about Frabigee eggs and well, him talking all the time. I come to the conclusion that, yeah, they are both idiots and dumber than a box of rocks.

      • notasugarhere says:

        There are quotes from students there at the time that back up the Box of Rocks story. I doubt she is what made him stay in Scotland. It was more likely a talking to from Charles and the reality that Scotland was the most remote University he could attend. If he had attended schools in England, far more stories about how he didn’t attend lectures, slept through lectures, had to take his tests in special rooms, etc. would have gotten out.

      • frisbeejada says:

        A Faberge egg, just a typo, easy enough to do, I’ve done enough of them myself to know!

    • perplexed says:

      I think she’s educated, and I don’t think she needs a degree in chemistry to prove intelligence, but in her individual case I don’t think she’s done anything with the degree to indicate she’s that smart. Ditto for William.

      Weirdly, I think Pippa has done more with her degree, since she at least tries her hand at writing. Okay, she got the job through connections, but at least it doesn’t seem like she went to university just to meet the right man.

    • anne_000 says:

      I can taste the the smell of tea by smelling it. LOL…..

    • Emma - the JP Lover says:

      @BNA …

      Thank you. I was about to post the same thing. There is absolutely nothing to back up claims posted here about Duchess Kate being a dumb airhead. I really don’t understand these comments at all. The woman graduated from a university, did she not?

      • notasugarhere says:

        A university education does not guarantee you’re intelligent, and the lack of a degree doesn’t make you dumb. Ask Gates, Branson, Zuckerburg, Dell, or Angelina Jolie.

        A degree may mean you can get through school with a lot of tutoring and help, as William did. There are quotes running around, including a long story from one of her former university mates, that explains what Middleton was like as a student. It didn’t say she was a Girl Genius. I think that story was on Jezebel.

        Her uncle said things are much more difficult for her than Pippa and she has to work a lot harder to achieve results. Her own quotes are examples of her inability to think on her feet. “Can you test the smell by smelling it?” is a classic, along with asking the same fisherman three times in five minutes if he caught a certain type of fish.

      • Jessica says:

        That’s not really a sign of intelligence. If you can afford university and you’re basically literate, you’ll be able to get a degree in something. I knew some people at my uni who were reading at about a 5th grade level, but you choose the right courses and it hardly matters. They all got their degrees. And this was at the best university in the country.

        This is why a lot of jobs these days require multiple degrees or a Masters or PhD.

      • LAK says:

        Further to Nota’s comment about people considered highly intelligent who didn’t go to university, i’ll throw in Churchill. A man who was terrible at school to despair of his school masters, didn’t go to university.

      • FLORC says:

        Agree with all saying Degrees do not prove intelligence. It demonstrates you can absorb knowledge and apply it within certain parameters over a short span of time. And often if you don’t use it you lost it as they say.

        And Kate’s biggest gaffes are from her poor social skills. She comes off as someone who keeps to a very small circle and does not venture out of comfort discussions. She appears to struggle to invest to what others are saying, hold interest in convos, listen, or use basic social ettiquette (returning how are yous or engaging in offered topics).
        A thoughtful conversation on topics having to do with anything of substance has yet to be advertised. It’s all shopping, beauty, status related stuff.
        Thing is Kate has proven herself to be a quick learner when she applies herself.

        So, there’s academic smarts and sociial smarts. Having them at some point doesn’t mean you retain them. And having them in 1 catagory doesn’t mean you have them in the other.

      • Ruckhappy says:

        Sorry to pop your bubbles, but:

        Winston Churchill — Harrow, and a lot of elite tutoring and schooling prior to.

        Zuckerberg — Phillips Exeter, and stuck around Harvard long enough to get something out of it.

        Gates — Lakeside, and ditto re. Harvard.

        All elite prep schools that give their graduates the equivalent of a baccalaureate from an average university. Hell, Gates learned to code on a DEC PDP at Lakeside; I didn’t get my hands on one of those until college.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Fact remains they do not have university degrees. And if all elite prep schools gave the equivalent of university education, Ivy League universities would be out of business. An elite prep school education is an elite prep school education – not a university degree (whether a state school or ivy league).

      • LAK says:

        Ruckhappy: Churchill attended the schools expected of his class. He received the same education. His report cards tell a tale of someone failing grades. Repeatedly. Consequently, he went to Sandhurst instead of University which was the path taken by people of his class if they couldn’t get into university.

        His future intellectual prowess was definitely not on display at school based upon his school teachers and his parents remarks.

        To say his attendance of Harrow is a mark of intelligence is to say that the royal familyare super intelligent beings since they all attended some of the best schools in the country, from Eton to Marlborough. And we know that isn’t true.

    • CynicalCeleste says:

      Consider the interests of the school. Would the administration of St A, responsible for the institution’s legacy, reputation and endowment fund, allow a future king of england and potential queen of england to flunk out? Doesn’t require a PhD to realize everyone’s purposes would be best served with W&K firmly on the list of esteemed alumni.

  26. naturegirl says:

    My Lady & My Movie Star Boyfriend……

  27. Colette says:

    Well I didn’t believe US Weekly initially but I see the Duke and Duchess’ Deputy Communications Director Nick Loughran confirmed the couples met for tea.I need more details like did they also meet Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

  28. Tiffany says:

    Photos or it did not happen. Those pics would have been on their Twitter page as they were happening.

    • lisa2 says:

      Maybe it was a private meeting.. and they didn’t want pictures taken. Why this is bothering some people is quite interesting.

    • Peggy says:

      That is why it was called private, if an annoucement from Kensington Place is not enough proof, then you’re on your own.

      • MinnFinn says:

        Oh dear, I’m gonna just say it and get everyone piling on me.

        Peggy, An announcement from KP is the worst kind of proof. If you trust KP given their long history of b.s., then you’re on your own.

      • Colette says:

        What is the motivation of KP lying about the meeting?
        Brad and Angelina will be asked about the meeting when they start doing press.

      • FLORC says:

        MinnFinn
        I would speculate there’s heavy exaggerations here, but not a full fib. This isn’t like claiming a secret charity meeting where nothing else is named.

    • KellyBee says:

      Their are pictures of Brad and Angelina arriving at Kensington Palace.

  29. Lucky Charm says:

    I hope that Kate came away from that meeting with some (renewed) drive to step up her charity game. If she took the time, she could really learn a lot from Angelina.

    On another note, I can just picture both families at Miraval together, and Vivienne taking over the care of Princess Charlotte like her own little living doll.

  30. Naddie says:

    Angelina is awesome, Brad is nice, William and Kate are boring. It’s the first time I click on a post about them, and it’s not even because of them.

  31. boredblond says:

    Before I read these comments I honestly had no idea people so disliked Kate and deified AJ…really bizarre..

    • Peggy says:

      Saying a person is hard working, is deifying them. Well you learn something new everyday.

    • KellyBee says:

      Have you never been to a Will or Kate post? and who is deifying Angelina? I see people respecting her for her humanitarian and Wildlife work and calling Kate and William out for being lazy.

    • perplexed says:

      I’m not the type to deify Angelina at all, but even I think Kate and William look kind of lazy next to her. If anything, this meeting makes Brad and Angelina look super-busy and makes William and Kate look kind of incompetent. This meeting makes Brad and Angelina appear substantial because Will and Kate don’t really have anything on their resumes. If anything, I don’t really get why Kate and William would invite them over to make the differences between non-royals doing charity work and royals not doing charity seem so glaring.

      My perception would be different if Brad and Angelina had had a meeting with anyone else (i.e Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Princess Anne, Diana’s ghost).

  32. dorothy says:

    I thought she wads an honorary Dame, on paper only and is very specifically stated NOT to be called/addressed as Dame Angelina Jolie? Maybe you mention that I just am immediately confused by the first few sentences.

    • Amcn says:

      She cannot be called Dame because she is not a British citizen. Non citizens cannot be called Sir or Dame.

      • lisa2 says:

        I think she is fine with that.. Understood it from the first.. but I do recall some of her detractors saying she was trying to get some special thing for herself to be called DAme.. turns out it was another LIE.. but not surprising since people need to believe every dumb thing related to her or Brad for that matter.

        Just because people are saying Dame on this site doesn’t mean they don’t understand the official protocol. They are using it here. because they can.

  33. dorothy says:

    Kate banished tobtge second row lol. Also I’m a HUGE Cambridge apologist and even I see the galring difference between the couples. And ouch Jolie is more Di than the two combined!

  34. TOPgirl says:

    kate and William are still a young couple so I think in due time they will get to the point where Ange and Brad are. They are still more respectful than most celebrities and at least they are trying.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Do you see what you did there? They are NOT meant to be celebrities but that is how you see them. how they are perceived by many. As shown, other members of the British Royal Family and Angelina Jolie have accomplished far more in the way of career and charity work — when they were younger than W&K are now.

      • FLORC says:

        Just to add… Due time? Both had a decade to figure things out. And that now infamous “hit the ground running” phrase. What else do they need. Kate and William have so much time with teams of very qualified people to organize their events. They simply need to give the OK.

        I wonder if anyone else would defend someone that lives off of their inlaws/parents into their 30′s with a family of their own. That claim no time to work, but are always out spending. Worse when the suporting family is funded heavily by public money.
        There will always be defenders claiming special exceptions for them that would not be applied to anyone else in a similar situation without the royal part imo.

      • TOPgirl says:

        Perhaps the term “celebrity” doesn’t quite fit them but in the U.S….that’s what they are. We don’t have royals here. Can’t blame people if the media treats them like celebrities such as this article about brad and Ange visiting them….why bother reporting it if it’s not celebrity worthy to report?

        Anyway, yes I think they are still young, lack life experience, and perhaps have different priorities than Brad and Ange. They may come from money but it doesn’t mean they know what to do with their image. They will learn. People don’t just wake up one day and say…Oh i know what to do. It can take a decade sometimes to figure things out and put it all into perspective to achieve something.
        And of course they will receive “special” treatment because of their position in their lives and their relationship to some other important Royals. Ange and Brad weren’t always the people they are now. Ange use to be a self mutilating druggy and brad…well he is a freak who smokes pot with his friends naked.

      • perplexed says:

        The job of the royals is pretty much to do charity work in their roles as figure heads.

        It’s not so much about William and Kate getting or not getting the time like Angie and Brad to find what they do best or to seem more substantial than they once were, but simply not doing the actual job that has been assigned to them. The comparison winds up making the royal couple look useless in their roles.

        As American commoners (or whatever the American equivalent is ) Angie and Brad don’t really have to do charity work — but royal bloods William and Kate kind of do. Thus, when the media puts them side by side, one comes away scratching their heads.

        I think William and Kate just don’t have an It factor overall. With Diana, the perception held strong that celebrities went out of their way to meet her, not the other way around (not saying she didn’t secretly want to meet celebrities or other important people — just that in her case it was obvious the celebrities were sort of in awe of her and it was more of a boon to the celebrity that she’d agree to meet with them or shake their hands than it was to her or the royals.

        All I got from this meeting is that William and Kate might be Brangelina fans, not that they’re making strides in some cause that is important to them (since we don’t even know what causes really are that important in their minds). When Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman shook Diana’s hand, I never got the impression looking at the photos that Diana was dying to meet Top Gun. And this was at a movie premiere, not an actual meeting to discuss “causes.” Maybe (inside her head) she was glad to meet him, but she didn’t give away the impression that she was. William and Kate looked like they were dying to bow down to Beyonce’s and Jay-Z’s feet.

      • FLORC says:

        Topgirl

        Some people never wake up to wanting to do something of substance. And it’s less likely when they’re raised to do as they wish while others will always cover for them or pick up their slack.

        And Jolie did “self harm”. That is a far more accepted term and what you said can be a trigger for those recovering from that behavior. She had her issues and demons. And she over came them in a big way. This Brad smoking with others naked has yet to be supported by anything more than rumors online. It is far from fact. And that “freak” part? Seems excessive sincce it’s not characterizing anything other than a narrative dislike of him. I think I’ve hrased this correctly enough. Apologies if it’s cluttered.

        Perplexed
        Pretty much.
        This seemed like AB have a charity/cause agenda with this visit. They made time for it while in the area doing work. Though, I wonder if KP reached out to them to set it up.
        How good of them to find the time for this though. They’ve been too busy to film a 30sec PSA or do a 45 minute charity visit.

  35. rudy says:

    I bet they just talked about their kids. Played with George. Told stories. I cannot imagine one bit of serious discussion went on. Kate and Wills just wanted to meet one of the most fascinating couples around. I imagine Brad got properly stoned and Angie was fascinated with the pomp and circumstance.

    • BNA FN says:

      @Top girl, where did you read Brad was a pot smoking naked man? I have never read such a thing about Brad and I’m a fan for about 20 years. I have read plenty of stories about Matthew Mc., all right, all right, all right having naked bongo smoking all night parties disturbing his neighbors. Brad admitted being a weed smoker but never doing it naked.

      • lisa2 says:

        They keep adding details to the Brad is a stoner story. He said he smoked weed. Talked about it.. but they have expanded that story as if Brad is a lazy stoner that does nothing but smoke pot.. But funny the guy is able to get a hell of a lot accomplished.

      • FLORC says:

        BNA
        This rumor is a blend of truths. Mixing Brads own admission of having smoked and those illegal naked shots when a pap scaled a fence while he was dating Goop.

        IMO I don’t doubt he has smoked while naked, but not in a MM ritual bongo sort of way.
        But the comment seems to have been removed so i’m just going off of what you’ve stated they stated.

    • Peggy says:

      Why would Angie be fascinated, with pomp and ceremony? The woman lived in England for years, had a house in Buckinghamshire, which she sold in 2005.
      It is not like she has not travelled all over the World.

  36. Whatnow says:

    No comparison.

  37. neer says:

    “…one on one meeting …”, that’s the key…that makes the difference. AJBP don’t have to elbow their way into the reception for the Royalty unlike what other Hollywood celebrities did when the Prince & the Duke met them in L.A.

    When AJ met Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall last year, as I understand she met her one-on-one.

    When AJ met Queen Elizabeth last year as well, she was alone when she was bestowed her Honorary Dame then the Queen had meal with the JP family to celebrate.

    Now, AJBP were personally invited for a tea with Prince William & Duke of Cambridge (Kate).

    It really speaks volume if the Royalty would like to meet them alone. Meaning, they treat AJBP special & important as well.

  38. Jb says:

    hee hee… Will and Kate… Hee hee.. Power Couple… Tee hee hee…

    I bet Kate’s accent was extra POSH and extra crispy during their meeting. Hahaha