Prince William’s ‘coworker’ Gemma Mullen is getting a crazy amount of press


For someone who moved to the country and took up a pseudo-full-time civilian job all to avoid publicity, Prince William certainly received a lot of press in the past week. On his first full work day at the East Anglian Air Service, William brought photographers and a journalist to the air hanger to take photos of him in his “co-pilot gear.” Then he sat down for what turned out to be a totally bizarre interview.

Because of the William-approved photographers, we got our first glimpse of William’s flying companion and co-worked, a glamorous doctor named Dr. Gemma Mullen. Dr. Mullen was quickly drawn into comparisons to Duchess Kate, and many of us were like “uh oh.” For what it’s worth, Dr. Mullen is married. For what it’s worth, we know that because the UK tabloids crawled all over Dr. Mullen’s life, romantic history and career. It’s like the UK papers were doing background on William’s potential mistress, that’s how in-depth the coverage got for poor Dr. Mullen. Even Niraj Tanna – believed to be the Middletons’ favorite paparazzo – called out William on Twitter:

Tanna posted this link, which is to the Daily Mail’s epic background story of Dr. Mullen. The Daily Mail also posted this story/column/opinion piece doing a compare-and-contrast between Dr. Mullen and the Duchess of Cambridge and saying that even if William was up for it, Dr. Mullen probably has too much class and self-respect to bang William.

There were a surprising number of columns and “think pieces” about William this weekend, actually. Richard Kay – one of Diana’s favorites – wrote a piece about how George is a chip off the old block and that William was much, much worse when he was a child – go here to read. The Mirror published a piece slamming William for wanting to play-act an “ordinary” life all while being funded by the taxpayers.

And finally, “someone” released some damage-control information about how William bravely flew four missions in the past week. I suspect this will become a regular event, just like when he was doing RAF stuff in Wales – William’s press officers would drop information about all of his life-saving missions to deflect from all kinds of negative information.


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  1. LAK says:

    Well, the tabloids are on a take down mission of the family. First The Sun publishes that picture and video of HM, then The Mirror does their article on William’s play acting.

    Poor Dr Gemma Mullen. She’s forever in the slip stream of Williaam’s media narrative now.

    • frisbeejada says:

      Yep, I said this yesterday about the Queen’s ‘Nazi salute’ story, they haven’t published a negative ‘story’ about her for ages and then it appeared from nowhere for no apparent reason. It does look like they’re gearing up to have a go at them doesn’t it? It’ll be interesting to see if this gathers pace, particularly in light of the pedophile allegations about Mountbatten this could get really nasty.
      On a completely superficial note – she looks nothing like Kate!

      • Suzy from Ontario says:

        And the story about Prince Andrew and the parties with underage girls in the US!

      • frisbeejada says:

        Yep they are building up aren’t they?

      • Sixer says:

        frisbeejada, I don’t know if you are old enough to remember or if the kids at your school did it, but whenever there was a big long list of yucks about anything, we used to paraphrase Trumpton (US readers: ancient children’s TV show):

        “Puke, Puke, Barney McSpew, Cuthbert dribbled on Grub.”

        I was just sitting here thinking I hope it builds up to a crescendo big enough for me to say that loads!

      • frisbeejada says:

        No I’ve never heard that but will adopt it immediately and repeat it ad nauseam :)

    • Betti says:

      Hahah – i love that Mirror piece. Looks like it’s come from this very comments section. Did Kaiser write it?

    • Dena says:

      In gobbling this story up like a starving man, the press has truly overlooked the fact that without Dr. Mullens onboard or other medical professionals who have the knowledge to heal & save lives, William’s role is negligible. That’s not take anything away from him or people who do that job but I hate that in making William sound as if he’s flying knuckle-clinching solo rescue missions into enemy territory the others are being discounted. And, yes, I’m glad that he’s putting his skills to work for the good people of the greater UK but . . . really.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Prior to this, they didn’t have co-pilots at EAAA. William is co-pilot, not pilot. The debate about whether or not he is of any use here continues.

        The larger, less-maneuverable chopper, cannot land in as many tight places. Upside is the larger chopper has a seat for a family member but requires a co-pilot. With William in the co-pilot seat, the family member’s seat is take by the RPO. There is no benefit in William being there, because the RPOs presence negates the positive of having a seat for a family member.

        EAAA could fly the smaller chopper, fit in tighter spots, and not have room for the family member. Or fly the bigger chopper, not fit in tight spots, and still not have room for a family member because William and his RPO are in there.

      • Firebomber says:

        NOTA they were in need of that helicopter for a long time. They didnt just get it because William decided to work there on a whim. If there was no benefit to William being there he wouldn’t be.

      • notasugarhere says:

        When he is in the larger chopper, the reason for wanting a bigger chopper is negated, so there is no benefit. They were not slated to get government funding for it and hey, they got it anyway after William pushed for it. Big surprise. Not.

      • The Original Mia says:

        Firebomber, they asked for the helicopter for 4 years ago and were denied. Then, William decides he wants to fly for them and viola! we’ve found funding for this helicopter and now it’s yours. Just in time to fit William and his RPO. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence, right?

      • Megan says:

        According to the BBC, air ambulances flew 14,000 missions in the UK in 2013 — I doubt the air ambulance service will get many complaits about the size of the helicopter or the presence of a co-pilot from the patients rushed to life saving treatment.

        While William may not treat the sick or injured he is going to see gruesome injuries from accidents, see the ravishes of disease, and get a front row seat to death. Emergency medicine is hard work for all involved.

      • Olenna says:

        So, maybe the EAAA was in need of a new helicopter, but they certainly weren’t in need of William. It was an entitled rich-boy move on his part–creating a job where there wasn’t one and making a pretense of it being important or necessary. Even the average worker bee employee could see right through this stunt.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Scene: 89-year-old wife and her 94-year-old husband are in an accident. Husband is put in the helicopter. Both husband and wife scream, cry, beg for wife to be allowed in the chopper. Ordinarily, she could sit in the seat provided for family members. Because Billy is co-pilot, 89-year-old is denied the ability to be with her husband because RPO is in that seat. Husband dies in the chopper on the way to the hospital. Security video in the chopper reveals terrified elderly man screaming and crying for his wife as he dies.

        Wife sues EAAA for emotional trauma, for herself and her husband. EAAA made special exceptions for a part-time employee, exceptions that had nothing to do with the safety and health of the victims. Widow wins lawsuit which is small comfort when her husband of 70 years died terrified and without her on the helicopter for no valid reason.

        Emergency services IS hard work. It is not for dilettantes. When the service and care of the victims and their families is compromised by special exceptions made for certain employees, those employees need to be removed. And no, if he ever qualifies as pilot this will not improve. He will still be less experienced and less ready than his full-time colleagues every single time, because he will be a part-time employee and eternal dilettante.

      • Megan says:

        NOTA – We can make up “what if” scenarios all day, but William’s helicopter is EAAA’s only vehicle that can can undertake missions at night so people who get into accidents after dark will no doubt be pleased it was added to the fleet. It’s range is more than three times greater than their smaller helicopters, it can accomodate a third medic if needed, and provides greater room for the medical team to maneuver. Adding this craft to their fleet will result in more lives saved.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Megan, none of that makes up for the fact that in all of these life-and-death situations, things for the victims and their families are different because William is on board. And they aren’t different in a good way.

        If they needed this helo, William should have become their patron and helped raise money for it – and for lots of other causes. Instead, he pressured the government for his own private benefit – and made things worse for the people unlucky-enough to have him as co-pilot.

      • FLORC says:

        Some of these scenerios are in an ideal world. The helicopter still can’t land closer to accidents. While the other scenerios can work at times, but not all the time more lives are at risk in how long it takes to get the injured party on the helicopter.
        It’s a window of time on foot that might seem very quick, but in critical moments seconds matter.

        And why can’t William pilot his own? He can only copilot?

        Wow and well said.
        If this is really something William enjoys and finds important he can patron EAAA.

      • notasugarhere says:

        And if your options include not being allowed to hold the hand of your terrified loved-one while they die because you are unlucky-enough to have William as a co-pilot? No hard feelings towards the spoiled prat? And I meant to type prat not brat, but either applies.

      • FLORC says:

        10 minutes is short compared to much longer that i’ve personally witnessed.

        And 10 minutes is air time I think you’re refering to. Not transportation time on the ground to even reach the helicopter. The aircraft must land. Dispatch medics to the injured party. Assess and stabilize. Then transport back to the aircraft. That can take longer than an ambulance ride. If even possible.

        And in your scenerio of a 3 hour ride. Likely and especially if you were critical, you would be brought to a “band-aid hospital” to get you set up for a helicopter to pick you up there and transport you to a facility better equipt. I’m not saying there isn’t a purpose and place for these larger helis. There is. Especially in rural areas. Just that they’re not as ideal as you would think.

        And my question remains to all. Why is William a copilot and not a pilot? Especially in a helicopter that was larger to carry a parent to ease an injured child?
        And If William really has a passion for this stuff he should patron. The EAAA needs millions to function. They need someone like William to do that.

      • Sixer says:


        They wanted the helicopter for ONE REASON. To take family members. They put in annual requests for 4 years but were denied funding. They got funding only because William wanted to join and is a co-pilot, not a pilot. Now they can’t take family members because of the RPO. The new helo doesn’t give them the advantage they wanted and it limits the runs they can do with it. They could have had a more versatile helo for less money.

        And others have suggested extreme examples. But this WILL result in many injured children having the stress of transport to hospital while ill without a parent. THAT is why EAAA wanted the bigger helo. And it’s all because of William.

        Why didn’t he just up his quals to pilot? Too much effort, I imagine.

      • bluhare says:

        I think we can blame his Cliff Notes RAF training. From what I understand the difference between copilot and pilot is flying hours. And as we all know William didn’t get the hours, nor did he get all the training that normal RAF pilots get because he wouldn’t need to know some of it. It made me wonder if the training he had to do for EAAA is because of that. But I guess I’m saying that when Wllliam has the required hours to qualify as pilot, will that mean that the pilot will no longer be needed and then there will be the extra seat?

      • Megan says:

        If the new helicopter saves more lives, who cares how they got it? In the perfect world the request would have been seen as reasonable and would have been funded. But it wasn’t. They will use the helicopter when William isn’t on duty so I really don’t get the outrage over EAAA finding a way to get the equipment they needed.

        Also, the UK has had a lot of hospital closures on recent years so “band aid” hospitals aren’t always there.

      • Palar says:

        You’re not thinking big picture guys! How long will Will stay working there? One, two years tops? How long will the helicopter last? 10, 15, 20 years? So they’ve gotten funding for a bigger helicopter because Will is working for them, but Will being in the helicopter means that he’s taking the “family” seat…..for now. When leaves, which he will, they will have the helicopter they way they wanted it and without Will they never would have gotten funding for that machine.

      • notasugarhere says:

        If William had become their patron and committed to raising the funds through charity, as the rest of EAAA is funded, they would have had the helo and not had to deal with him.

        Why aren’t the band aid hospitals available? Because the UK is spending $600 million a year on the royals

      • notasugarhere says:

        If William had become their patron and committed to raising the funds through charity, as the rest of EAAA is funded, they would have had the helo and not had to deal with him.

        Why aren’t the band aid hospitals available? Because the UK is spending $600 million a year on the royals

      • FLORC says:

        The aircraft could last slightly longer than William. And we’re assuming changes weren’t made to accomidate William and his RPO. Customizations don’t always transition well.
        And William should become a patron of this charity. Why he hasn’t makes no sense and I have yet to hear anyone defend his not being a patron. Not fundraising for a charity that has bent over backwards for him.

        Sixer made a good point. It isn’t a guarantee it willll save more lives. And the lives it carries won’t hold the parents of kids so they can comfort or arrive together. Working in situations and having at 1 time been the kid like that I can say it makes the difference and makes everyone’s job easier.

      • MinnFinn says:

        I think Wm is a permanent co-pilot because two pilots are better than one when it comes to safety. But that concession made to minimize risk so the heir can play co-pilot will never be willingly disclosed.

        I also think Wm needs to apply the real estate principle to his life priorities i.e. what is the highest and best use of his time. Lots of people can co-pilot for EAAA but there is only one person who can do the job of #3 in line for the throne and that is Wm, the person born into that role.

    • Suze says:

      Yep – what’s up with that LAK? Why is the media suddenly so vicious (or honest, I guess, depending on your viewpoint)?

      I do think they should leave the doc out of it. She will probably rue the day she wandered into the path of this shitstorm.

      • notasugarhere says:

        She didn’t wander in to it. She had her head down, doing her job, and William’s need to play at normal created the sh!tstorm.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        I feel really bad for the doc. It must be awful to have strangers trawl through her personal life and detail it in the news paper. If William had been considerate, he could have done his publicity junket without involving his co-worker.

      • FLORC says:

        That ppoint of William wanting a quiet no press life and then starting it off with a large press function seems hypocritical? Counterproductive?

      • MinnFinn says:

        FLORC, Wm had a press conference when he started uni and iirc it along with a handshake agreement caused press to mostly leave him alone. Wm’s people must have arranged this press call hoping for the same result.

    • Red Snapper says:

      I doubt if Will is beloved by his co workers for this. Who will want to have lunch with him if they fear getting dragged through the gutter for their trouble? Now Will has an excuse to quit. Working four days in a row, every week is ridiculous. Don’t you know who he is?!?

    • Emily says:

      I also saw a story about the Queen’s cousins who were sent to an insane asylum. The media really does seem to be on the warpath all of a sudden. I wonder what happened…

    • Emily says:

      Ooooooh! And now that the gloves are off, maybe we’ll finally get that pic of William in a green bikini. :P

  2. notasugarhere says:

    Funny, PR didn’t mention him being away from work, family, and royal duties to go to the races on the 18th.

    I feel so badly for Dr. Mullen. Her privacy has been invaded because Normal Bill had to have press at his first day of work. Because he chose to do that, he made his co-workers vulnerable. His co-workers shouldn’t be required to limit their social lives and use of social media just because Bill shows up.

    EAAA made a few choice statements about the situation and mentioned she was already scheduled to rotate out and won’t be flying with him.

    • frisbeejada says:

      ‘Normal Bill’ is a brilliant name, I’m stealing that!

      • notasugarhere says:

        Or we can call him Mr. Bill (or Oh No Mr. Bill) with apologies to Saturday Night Live. There lots of other things to call him because he doesn’t want the work of his royal title. If Kaiser puts a British English filter on this site, they won’t get through. Whinger would make it but Wanker might be filtered.

      • Sixer says:

        We could have Normal Bill for when he’s co-piloting, Recalcitrant Bill for when he’s dragged to the odd engagement, Utter Tosspot Bill for when he’s shooting defenceless creatures, Waste of Space Bill for when he’s doing anything requiring diplomatic skills…

        … ha. The list is endless!

      • Liberty says:

        Sixer, you had me at Utter Tosspot.

      • Ankhel says:

        Bill Everyman?

    • The Original Mia says:

      I think EAAA is regretting their association with him. There have been ironically several pics taken of William at work, from average bystanders, who have figured out when Normal Bill will be working.

      • Feeshalori says:

        Shame for dragging Dr. Mullens into the fray between the media and William; she doesn’t deserve this nor did she ask for it. And I hate the insinuation that she’s a mistress candidate and digging into her personal history; I’m sure that’s not helping her marriage either. I even feel sorry for Kate and I’m sure EAAA doesn’t care for this type of publicity as well. Whatever William touches nowadays turns to lead.

        And P.S. Her husband is hotter.

      • bettyrose says:

        Feeshalori, IKR?? I feel so bad for her. She’s a private citizenship, and moreover she serves the people in a crucial role. The press has no right to take away her privacy and prevent her from enjoying her personal time. I imagine she and her husband can’t exactly go out for a romantic dinner just now with all this intrusion.

      • Citresse says:

        Once he finally figures out what exactly his real focus in life, I’ll call him the Final Bill.

      • Sixer says:

        Citresse wins!

      • LAK says:

        Karma is B sometimes. Mr I want my privacy is working in a job where his picture is repeatedly being taken by public and paps and posting to twitter!!!

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Yes, Feeshalori and Bettyrose, I think it’s horrible that she is being speculated about and it’s implied that she might sleep with William simply because she’s female and attractive. That’s SO sexist and unfair.

    • Megan says:

      The fault here lies with the sexist and salacious editors at the Daily Mail who are willing to say or do whatever is needed to sell papers. They, and they alone, manufactured this story. William cannot be held accountable for the Mail’s venal behavior.

      • notasugarhere says:

        He can be held accountable for inviting the press to Day One Of Mr. Normal Goes To Work. He knows what they’re capable of.

      • Citresse says:

        I can’t fault William too much (though I do think he and Kate are work shy) because I think the poor guy has some measure of ptsd. I mean, imagine having to go through such an awful shock (death of Diana) and then having to walk the route to the funeral service at age 15 and poor Harry 2 years younger. So dreadful.
        His uncle Lord Spencer complained of his own trauma (from that day) later with Fox news.

    • Megan says:

      The press would have there on his first day no matter what. A royal taking a civilian job is news.

  3. boredblond says:

    I notice when I watch Brit films, there is usually a Gemma somewhere in the credits–must be a more common name there..that’s my only thought on this.

    • Gem says:

      I’m a Gemma and when I was young there were four of us in my class at school (one being a Jemma tho). Was v popular where we lived . I’m in the UK.

  4. MelissaManifesto says:

    Is the media going to compare every brown (perfectly blow-dried?) haired women with Kate now? Or are they just going for those who get to work alongside William?

    Are we supposed to think that it’s the beginning of an affair? How cliche. Surely William would not be so obvious, but of course there is the issue for the nonstop PR machine. Poor woman.

    • Lucky Charm says:

      I guess I have to cross England off my list of places to visit, since I’m a tall brunette with long hair! And imagine if I brought my little blond grandson, the rumors would swirl that it was Will’s and my love child, lol!

    • Deedee says:

      They do it with bridal already. Did the bride wear lace? Or long sleeves? Oh, she wore white? She’s copying Kate, by golly. And anyone who wears those nude pumps only got the idea because Kate wore them as well.

      • Feeshalori says:

        You want to wear a bridal gown? You’re a CopyKate!!

      • Megan says:

        Is there another reason to wear those awful pumps?

      • bluhare says:

        I have beige/tan/nude/whatever you want to call them pumps, and yes there’s a reason. They’re a nice neutral. Kate over wore her shoes, IMO. And I’ve noticed she’s not worn the LK Bennett ones in a while. She’s wearing Choos. So no nude/tan/whatevercolor hate from me.

  5. Pop says:

    I read somewhere (can’t remember where, it could be rubbish so don’t jump down my throat Royal haters!) that it’s about 56p a year the tax payers pay for the Royal family, no idea if that’s true but if it is it doesn’t seem that bad!

    • Red Snapper says:

      That’s a very misleading number. You are correct that Buckingham Palace says that, but it doesn’t include a lot. For example security, which is estimated to run about 100 million pounds a year. As to the other things it doesn’t include, who knows? The royals talk about transparency, the don’t practice it.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Isn’t the estimate from the opposition around $600 million a year?

      • Sixer says:

        Republic’s latest estimate is £300m per year. So you know, it’s still not much. Less than a fiver (£5) per Brit per year. The BBC is £145 per year per household for perspective.

        Even so – it’s a lot of money and the benefits in kind outside cash, palaces and security to them are astronomical.

      • bluhare says:

        Sixer, it might not be much but £5 is significantly over the number quoted by the OP!

      • Sixer says:


        The 56p figure is the Sovereign Grant.

        Republic’s figure is the Sovereign Grant + income from the two Duchies + protection/security.

      • bluhare says:

        Right. That’s what I meant actually Sixer. Didn’t say it very well did I?

    • Deedee says:

      Also, there’s lost income from places that are occupied by royals and not open to the public.

  6. Murphy says:

    Hey DM–Bill just helps fly the plane, GEMMA is the one who saves their lives.

    • Dena says:

      That’s what I wrote upthread too. This could have been a really positive feel good story if Normal Bill—as Notasugar has named him, had said something like this . . .”There are a lot of ways to give back & contribute to society. Ordinary men & woman do it everyday. So, I sat & thought about how I could do that too before really having to commit my time to full-time royal duties. I thought about my own skills & training–part of which has been to learn to fly a helicopter. So I looked for opportunities to both help & not be in the way. I immediately thought about people who need quick, life saving urgent care & knew that’s where I wanted to help. I can use my skills & training to help fly medical teams to medical emergencies. That’s how I can help others & give back to society too.” Perhaps he said stuff like that. I don’t know. He definitely would have gotten more positive PR if he had.

      Of course, everybody would have thought about Diana. People would have said “wow, he’s thinking about his mom & doing that for her. She would have been proud of him.” And he would have come across truly as Normal Bill & human.

      Last thing. IMO, whenever he talks publicly about his new job he should deflect personal attention & talk about the amazing team & how he’s honored & blessed to serve & be a part of it. Cause him taking first day of school type pictures–the type that are destined to be hung on the refrigerator, ain’t cutting it😜.

      Stay on script Bill. Stay on script.

  7. The Original Mia says:

    Oh, William. Transparent PR is transparent. Laughing at Tanna calling him out on it. More should. I read an article that called William to task for his attempt to play normal when he’s anything but, especially considering all the perks this normal dude has been given.

    Dr. Mullen didn’t deserve all the innuendos, which makes me a hypocrite because I fully ascribe to the Jecca rumors from back in the day.

  8. littlemissnaughty says:

    This is completely off topic and random but whatever happened to him? All I can think looking at that first pic is “He used to be so cute, it wasn’t that long ago.” He was pretty hot about … 10 years ago? How come a young man can seem so frickin’ old??? As in stuffy and crusty and boring. Like he went from 25 to 50. Maybe I’m just having a bad Monday.

    I feel bad for the doc. She’s exactly who Harry should date, btw.

    • frisbeejada says:

      Not unless she can wrestle elephants, Bluhair has already made it clear no future girlfriend of Harry’s will be accepted on this site unless she’s a large animal wrangler. :)

      Edit: got ‘wrestler’ and ‘wrangler’ mixed up but sod it, I’m not changing it now.

      • Feeshalori says:

        And any future bride of Harry needs to wear combat boots so she can kick butt and wade through the muck as well as wrestle elephants.

      • LAK says:


        That would be epic.

      • Lucky Charm says:

        No, you were right – she should be able to wrestle AND wrangle, lol!

      • bluhare says:

        Wouldn’t that be great? A vet who works with and wrangles large animals, and is an amazing horsewoman. AND a human rights attorney in her spare time. And hopefully named Cressida2. :D But I’ll settle for a woman with a good head on her shoulders, who stomps through the mud saving creatures in peril.

        LOL you guys. I really am hopeful Harry comes back with someone from Africa. I like living in my headworld. It’s a happy place.

      • frisbeejada says:

        He needs to come back with a glorious Masai warrior woman so he can parade her down Pall Mall on said Elephant that she’s wrestled to the ground on her own (so she can treat it’s glue ear – obviously) with a train of her pet Cheetahs (looking sleek and fabulously disinterested) in tow before taking up her new post at the Doughty Street Chambers as Amal’s new Boss who would have to curtsy, deeply every time she served her coffee…sigh fabulousness abounds in every direction at the mere thought.

      • Feeshalori says:

        And, of course, she should be able to carry a plate of cookies/biscuits in one hand while hosing down Will and Kate sunbathing at Anmer Hall (with their new unobstructed view now that the tennis court is moved) with the other, all on horseback and controlling her mount merely with her knees and a deft touch of her combat boots enroute to the local WI meeting. Because she picked up tips from her new bad-ass buddy, Princess Anne!

      • Liberty says:

        Loving this!! You have it all beautifully resolved for Harry. Hosing down W+K….brilliant. Oh let such a woman cross his path and win his heart!!

    • Dena says:

      Looks aren’t everything but the reverse is what makes me laugh. There is always that one guy from high school that you wouldn’t give the time of day but then years later you are like daaaaaammmmmn, damn, damn!!! You just want to fall to your knees and weep😩😩😩😩 cause not only does he look good, he smells good AND he has his sh*t together.😥😪

    • Becks says:

      There’s a notion that once William hit his 20′s that the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha genes start to kick in, defeating once and for all the Spencer genes.

  9. TwistBarbie says:

    I’m not seeing anything that warrants the use of the word “glamorous” here…..

  10. Suze says:

    These articles crack me up. Normal Bill – he is so normal because he “wanders through his lavishly appointed kitchen at Anmer to make coffee.” Yes, that makes him completely and entirely ordinary.

    I lived through the young Wills era as an adult, and he was every bit of a handful as George.

    The doctor coworker is just distraction for the press. But the British media has turned an unforgiving eye on the royals lately – wonder what’s up with that?

    • bluhare says:

      Normal Bill . . . doesn’t everyone move their tennis court to improve their view?

      • notasugarhere says:

        And doesn’t everyone steal someone’s farm land in order to build that $100,000 tennis court?

      • bluhare says:

        It’s not stealing, per se. The farm land isn’t owned by the tenant. I hope his rent’s reduced a bit, though.

      • notasugarhere says:

        It is being removed from one tenant so W&K can rip down trees and build a new tennis court. Not justifiable. Added to which the documents stopped being accessible online a day or two after they were posted, so the public cannot comment easily. Hmmm.

    • Kristen says:

      I wonder if all of this is the result of Willie’s attempt to shaft the press by the early release of the pics of Charlotte & George ? It’s almost as if the gloves have come off and the RF is fair game now.

      • frisbeejada says:

        That’s a good point, the thought crossed my mind as well, Normal wanted a battle with the press, he’s started a war instead which just goes to show how dense he really is.

    • MinnFinn says:

      I suspect the press are shamelessly exploiting Dr. Gemma to try to stir up Kate’s longtime habit of jealously guarding Willy. Daily Mail will soon have updates about the Middleton Machine vs. the imaginary threat of Dr. Gemma.

  11. Zombie Shortcake says:

    I was unaware just how out-of-control William was as a child. He sounds ADHD at the least, but some of the things described in that link sound remarkably off -beat. He seems to have defaulted to do the opposite of what’s expected of him from the get go.

    • Tammy says:

      I thought I was the only one that read the article about Prince William as a child. And he was a handful, probably ADHD & ODD. I think the difference with Prince George is that his parents are more hands on than Prince William’s was.

    • Dena says:

      Zombie, please don’t make him sound like a rebel. Lol. I think assh*le from birth is a much better fit. No, no, no. Just joking about the birth thing😀. Just joking.

      • Zombie Shortcake says:

        Lol I didn’t mean it in a positive sense. I am just astounded at the behaviours he was exhibiting so young and how unsupervised it seems he was: Flushing shoes down the toilet as a toddler, digging up a dead rabbit(!) Was he left alone that much, or was there a nanny standing there watching him do those things? To me it’s incredible nobody was overly worried he had learning/adaptive difficulties or was really, really desperate for acknowledgement. I just mean whatever went wrong started going wrong early.

    • ArtHistorian says:


      I saw an interview where he proudly proclaimed that he always did the opposite of what the courtiers advised him to do. I think that explains a lot about him.

      • notasugarhere says:

        AH, completely off topic. Did you see the cute pictures of Prince Henrik with the adorable dog on the Greenland tour? Such a big fluffy dog it looked like a child’s toy.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        No I haven’t seen those pics yet! Prince Henrik really likes dogs, especially those little dachshunds. However, I’ve heard that his dogs are very ill behaved.

        I always love to see the RF visit Greenland because they always don the national costume – and I just love those beaded collars the women wear – and the kamiks (the boots).


      • notasugarhere says:

        I can never get them to go through. It was in the Billed Bladet article titled

        Prinsgemalen fik kærligt kys af grønlandsk hund

    • LAK says:

      Zombie cake/Tammy: that article is the tip of the iceberg regarding William’s known behaviour as a child.

      As the heir, he could do whatever he wanted and was rarely reprimanded – apparently CD found his behaviour amusing. HM had to step in to tell them impose discipline.

      Harry was parented differently by everyone since he wasn’t the all important heir.

    • hmmm says:

      Geez. Seriously? Just because Wills was a bratty kid? Indulged, coddled kids are. To ascribe a neurological issue to that is to excuse him over and over again, IMO, especially without any other evidence. Plus, if that were true, we would have all heard about it years ago.

      • MinnFinn says:

        +1 hmmm – Rampant misbehavior and lack of parental discipline does not equal ADHD or OCD.

  12. aquarius64 says:

    Tacky for William to have photographers on his first day of work. Stupid for the pap Tanna for putting out that tweet so to have the doctor dragged. One, it will imply that Kate feels threatened by an accomplished woman who works with her husband. Two, it makes the Middletons look so vile and petty that sympathy will go to the doctor. Three, if William decides to take a mistress – which is basically a family tradition – Kate and the Middleton family’s reputations have been bad so recently there would be no sympathy for Kate if it happens.

  13. Snarky_Lurker says:

    Ok, usually I just lurk and enjoy everyone else’s comments while drinking my coffee, but I thought I’d live on the edge today and add my two cents.

    1.) I think the focus on the doctor is somewhat a move against Kate. Like she’s so bloody boring and uninspiring that they’ve gone after this woman in order to have someone interesting to talk about.

    2.) As to the negative attitude of the press lately, my feeling is that they have kind of had it up to here with these people (especially William). Willy doesn’t seem to understand that PR is a two-way street. You get what you give dude.

    3.) I think it will be fascinating to see what might happen if Harry does end up with someone who is interesting and passionate. I think William’s team will try to shred her, but I think the press is genuinely more fond of Harry and I already think we’re starting to see cracks in the “throw the spare under the bus to save the heir” practice. Harry is also better at the PR game and if his wife has the same instincts we could be in for a gossip Battle Royale between the Cambridges and Duke and Duchess of _______. (She says with optimism sparkling in her eyes :)

    4.) George looks like a Dursley


    • Liberty says:

      Snarky Lurker, great comments, every one! :-)

      For 1) do you think the “work wife” theory will be the idea the press will try to run with? For (2) absolutely agree. And (3) oh let’s hope and watch!! Come on, spare!

      • Snarky_Lurker says:

        You know I was thinking about it and the more stories they run about this lady the more opportunities they have to mention William is at work. The situation provides a narrative for the papers to follow rather than oh look, William’s at work again. It may actually be a really clever PR strategy on the part of William’s team. Pity the girl for getting dragged into it though.

  14. Becks says:

    Everything that Kate Middleton has shown to the public over the past 14 years proves her to be shallow. She was given a private school and University education; upon graduation she had the financial backing of her family such that she had the freedom to eschew a 9-5 job; she had a unique position as the long-term GF to the heir to the most well-known Royal House of all the Royal Houses in all of Europe.

    And what did she do with all that was gifted to her?

    She focused on looking good and having glossy hair over personal or intellectual growth, or making positive contributions. I think it’s been proven over and over that the only thing Kate expends energy on is shopping for more Coatdresses and working out- both activities geared towards looking attractive for William.

    When she looks at other women who might potentially rival her, the only assessment she makes is how they measure up to herself in terms of thinness and attractiveness (according to the conventional Western standards of beauty).

    If her attention is truly being drawn to Dr. Mullins, Kate would only feel badly if she judged Dr. Mullins to be more sexually attractive than herself. Kate doesn’t have enough substance in her to feel badly about any comparisons regarding professional accomplishments and the fact that she can’t hold a candle to this other woman.

  15. Emily says:

    1. I feel bad for Gemma and doubt she has any interest being royal mistress.

    2. Looks-wise, the vibe I get is less “Kate” and more “Jecca”…

  16. Firebomber says:

    I think the papers sensationalize the tiniest of things to make it appear as though there’s some scandal or something worthwhile to report. Much ado about nothing imo. I’m sure the doctor is honored to work with William as are the rest of the team.

    • FLORC says:

      I partially agree. Things do get sensationalized at times.
      Honored to work with William though? Has William brought something to the table besides being born into royalty? He hasn’t even fundraised for them. Can you elaborate?

      • Firebomber says:

        Let me ask you this. Why wouldn’t she be?

      • MinnFinn says:

        Firebomber – Dr. Gemma might not be honored to work with Wm. She might think birthright and monarchy is silly. For all we know she could be a Republican who donates time or money to that movement.

      • FLORC says:

        I asked 1st and you deflected. Still, my answer was half in my comment and half in MinnFinn.
        Now personally I would be honored to work with someone who has brought a skill or gain to my field. Has William something to offer that anyone else couldn’t?

        And to you Firebomber. What would you find about working with William that would have you feel honored? His status? Family? Money?

      • Firebomber says:

        MinnFinn that’s very hypothetical and unlikely in my opinion. I dont think the sun shines out of his ass but really?? Most people love the Royal Family and come out in droves to see them. The charity has benefited immensley because of William. So will the people they help. I’ve worked for a charity and it sucks when you have no cash. Dr Gemma is probably pretty happy to have him on board.

      • Firebomber says:

        FLORC he has skill otherwise he wouldn’t be there. And yes I would be honoured to work with him. He actually seems to give a shit. If he were simply about being pampered and living that sort of privileged lifestyle this would be the last place he would want to work. I’ve worked in ICU and it’s very grounding.

      • FLORC says:

        His skills are minimum for a copilot. And he brings no more than any other copilot or pilot. Pilot would be more effective. So, what does he have over a pilot? A skill they don’t? My point is he likely would not have gotten that job without his status.

        And he still receives the luxury lifestyle. This job in the interview has been to deflect from his putting off royal duties. He’s not taking this job and living like others with it. He’s being pampered and his privilege got him this seat. I maintain. If he truly cared he would do the best thing within his power to help. He would fundraise for them. This will last a year. 2 at most and move on.

        Still, what does he offer? What makes him more ideal than another? If he could have met pilot requirements that argument might hold up better, but he hasn’t.

    • bluhare says:

      I thought I read something that she’s rotated out. Might be wrong, though.

      • MinnFinn says:

        I hope she has rotated out for her sake. But I also hope this kerfluffle fired up Kate’s jealousy and we’ll get some juicy gossip fall-out about the Middleton Machine mustering their feminine wiles to circle their horses around their 14+ yr investment portfolio.

      • FLORC says:

        I sort of remember reading the same. She was for the pr, but not long term post press. Sounds like she might be very well grounded.

  17. wow says:

    Lol! The tabs want William to hurry up and cheat so bad. And Willy boy is all like “not today mates” (not literally,of course). I use to feel that way to, but not so much now. Who knows though? I certainly wouldn’t wish that on their marriage, but after this Bill Cosby crap (especially), I don’t put much past these type of people.

    If William does cheat (again…depending on which rumors you believe during their dating) I would almost guarantee that Kate would be another Camille Cosby and turn a blind eye. She is not going anywhere.

  18. wow says:

    I think it’s also a case of some people hoping he’ll cheat just because they don’t like Kate, her family or the life she lives and therefore want to see her humiliated. It’s probably more that than William even thinking about cheating. But you can almost feel the excitement around the royal boards over the fact of a perceived prospect that he could cheat with. Kinda sad really.

    • notasugarhere says:

      I don’t want them to continue the patterns they established while they were dating, cheating and laziness. I don’t want him to cheat. I don’t want their marriage to fail.

      I want the entitled, spoiled behavior to stop negatively-impacting the people around them, like the taxpayers, the farmer with the leased land taken away for their tennis court, Dr. Mullen, the patients who cannot have a loved one with them in the helo, and the elderly members of the BRF.

      I want W&K to figure out what all the other royals understand – full-time royal work. I want them to get their A$$es to work full-time doing royal engagements in exchange for their full-time royal perks.

    • MinnFinn says:

      I would not wish adultery on any couple. Even the best-contained cases of cheating I’ve witnessed still end up doing a lot of damage to the couples’ kids.

    • FLORC says:

      lol Bluhare
      That old argument of last resorts. Can’t argue the topic so attack the people…

      And no one here wants an affair to happen. No one here has ever stated anything wishing that. These assumptions are irrational imo. Shameful to claim such.

    • FLORC says:

      Can you give an example of someone stating they wish this would happen? Or is it just an assumption?
      Even the most critical of Kate and William here wouldn’t wish that and haven’t.

  19. hmmm says:

    “William ‘bravely’ flew 4 missions”? Puhleez. He was a co-pilot and what kind of bravery does that take, even as a pilot, unless the weather was dangerous? Gad.

  20. anne_000 says:

    Who in that organization now wants to fly with William as their co-pilot? Is he going to bring more reporters like he did on his first day of work? Are the team’s pilot & doctor going to be picked apart by the press with personal photos published everywhere in Britain? Who wants that scrutiny?

    All William has done is make everybody in that org. uncomfortable. If I were in it, I wouldn’t want to fly with him. I wouldn’t want the publicity. I don’t think anybody in that org. signed up to be a glory hound. I think they signed up to work in private.

    • hmmm says:

      It seems William, on the other hand, has NO issue with being a glory hound. That is the shameful bit.

      He’s like a black hole that sucks in those around him and it’s not like he cares or anything.

    • Betti says:

      He’s desperate to keep pushing the ‘normal bloke’ thing – someone who has a job just like you. That is why there is a massive media campaign around it and his interview. Jason, we see you!! *waves*

  21. Katie says:

    Taking a mistress already, are we?