Duchess Kate will not be passing out shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day this year

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I heard this rumor over the weekend, but I honestly didn’t believe that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s press office would pull such a boneheaded, tone-deaf move in the same month as the controversy over Will and Kate’s ski holiday. What I’ll say is that Poor Jason and the Cambridges’ other staffers had ample time to convince Will and Kate that this was a bad move, and they just didn’t listen or care. You see, one of the very few royal-events on Kate’s calendar every year is her annual St. Patrick’s Day appearance (with William) at a ceremony for the Irish Guards. For the past 115 years, a female royal has passed out shamrocks to the Irish Guards and posed happily with the lovely soldiers. That 115-year tradition is being broken this year.

The Duchess of Cambridge will break a 115-year-old tradition tomorrow after pulling out of presenting the Irish Guards with their traditional St Patrick’s Day shamrock. Handing out the symbolic clover to the Hounslow-based Infantry Battalion has been carried out by female members of the royal family since 1901, when Queen Alexandra began the tradition. Mother-of-two Kate, 34, took over the role from Princess Anne in 2012 and last year performed the ceremony while eight months pregnant with Princess Charlotte.

But last night a source told the Daily Mail’s Ephraim Hardcastle column: ‘It appears that Kate, in London for Commonwealth Day, was keen to get back to Norfolk and her children. So William will dole out the shamrocks. Naturally Irish Guards officers are deflated.’

Hello magazine reports Kate is missing the annual tradition because of an official engagement scheduled in Norfolk the following day. She is Royal Patron for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and on Friday will officially open a new EACH charity shop in Norfolk.

The news comes following intense public criticism of both William and Kate over claims they are ‘part time’ royals who carry out far fewer engagements then the Queen and Prince Philip. William in particular was criticised over his commitment to both his part-time job as an air ambulance pilot and his work as a senior member of the royal family.

[From The Daily Mail]

I mean… I can’t. It’s so dumb to pull out of this event. Never underestimate Will and Kate’s ability to screw up even the simplest of tasks. It’s not even like anyone expected Kate to make a speech or anything – all she has to do is show up in a green outfit (she has plenty), wear a shamrock brooch loaned to her by the company, and pose prettily with some shamrocks, soldiers and an Irish Wolfhound. This is the royal-event equivalent of just showing up for work party for an hour. Now, all that being said… does anyone else wonder if this is William’s call? Like, he wants to be seen doing more work, and maybe it’s gotten to the point where he’s throwing Kate under the bus just so the negative press isn’t so localized on “work-shy Will” so specifically?

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  1. Goats on the Roof says:

    Dumb. So dumb.

    • Snazzy says:

      just so so so dumb

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I have smarter houseplants.

    • vava says:

      She should be ashamed of herself. It is an honor to attend that event; she’s shown she’s not worthy of the role she was given.

      And Workshy William should be ashamed of himself too. His behavior has been appalling to watch.

      • Sunsetsnow says:

        @vava, I completely agree with you. She is not worthy! The pair of them are selfish and spoiled.

      • vava says:

        using the excuse that she needs to be with her children………….yes, I get that – but the military people would love to have more time with their children, too. The self-serving attitudes and remarks coming out the Cambridge’s mouths these days are just so REVOLTING.

        I know this is petty, but if I was in the brigade, I’d turn my back on these people when (IF) they showed with their blasted pomp and circumstance. UGH

      • Priya says:

        Whatever. William is there doing it. They’re deflated because they need a woman to do it? Good grief.

  2. GingerCrunch says:

    That sounds like such a lovely event! I hope the backlash is heavy. SHAME *rings a bell*

    • Sarah says:

      So she would have had to be in London one day and then in Norfolk the next day? Call me crazy but isn’t that completely do-able even by car? Or she could have taken the helicopter again. Oh wait, the bad press over that, yeah.

      • GingerCrunch says:

        The excuse-making is not helping anything.

      • Sisi says:

        yeah it’s about 2 hours by car

      • Lisa says:

        I doubt that this ceremony would be an all-day event. And she is the patron. Kate has no excuse for not attending. She has ample time to return to her precious children via car/ limo/ helicopter or whatever. And she has a multitude of nannies for the kids. Unbelievable! I hope HM blows a gasket.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Begs the question, where is William? Is he staying in London for a few days, being away from wife and kids multiple days in a row? Or will he be making the trek from Norfolk to London via car or helo?

      • Lady D says:

        The DM article said she did not want them to become dependent on her doing this every year!

    • Tourmaline says:

      LOL at your “shame” bell GingerCrunch.
      Seriously Kate, come on.

    • Ravensdaughter says:

      How could she disappoint the Irish Guards-and the wolfhound?

      • GingerCrunch says:

        This! I’d think this would be the ONE thing she’d insist upon doing. The poor WOLFHOUND tho!!!!!

  3. Brittney B. says:

    I think you nailed it with the last bit. William wants to improve his image. If she did it while 8 months pregnant, I’m guessing she either (a) enjoys it enough to not try to make excuses or (b) doesn’t have a say one way or another.

    • Emily says:

      Agreed. I don’t think Kate has any particular urge to work, but the girlfriend years have shown that she’s able to hustle if William is involved. I get the very strong impression that she just does whatever William and/or Carole tell her to do.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Or she saw it as an easy engagement to do in previous years so she did it. She doesn’t want to do it this year, working two days in a row is too much, so she decided to decline the invite this year. The quote from Palmer was that KM didn’t want to set up the expectation that she would do this every year.

    • Tourmaline says:

      “Working” (for probably 2 hours per day) on two days in a row…when the second day (Friday) engagement is near her house in Norfolk….yes that is just too much to ask.

    • r-r says:

      When I heard this rumor I immediately thought that she is pregnant again and they do not want to tell yet. After the shamrock ceremony they (William and Kate) are usually photograped drinking some sort of alcoholic beverage with the soldiers. When Kate was not pregnant she drinked the stuff, she she was pregnant she opted for water.
      http://www.sugarslam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/kate-middleton-st-patricks-day3.jpg
      http://media3.popsugar-assets.com/files/2012/03/11/6/192/1922398/735f3e82333854f9_141474535/i/Kate-Middleton-St-Patrick-Day.jpg
      So her pregnancy would be the only thing that would make it somehow acceptable that she did not want to attend. If it´s a lazy thing then they are both really, really stupid.

      • Ellie says:

        Yes. This was my thought too, r-r. It still seems the wrong approach, though. By not attending, people will speculate that she is lazy or pregnant. The royals could have attended the event and just skipped the drinking altogether. People would still suspect she’s pregnant but at least they wouldn’t have reason to call her lazy.

      • suze says:

        Since they are headed to India and Bhutan next month, I highly doubt she’s pregnant. She has had a history of morning sickness, and it would be very poor timing for her to be in the early stages of pregnancy now.

        And she has set a precedent over the last year or so of toasting with water or orange juice, probably to keep speculation at a minimum.

      • r-r says:

        Well, she was officially scheduled for the Malta (2014) and China (2015) trips too, but did not go (Malta was literally last minute cancellation) due to her pregnancy. So India trip is still long way down the road. But this looks more and more like William, who is trying to divert the lazy criticism from him to her.

      • suze says:

        They are scheduled to leave for India in three weeks. Not really a long way down the line.

  4. jasa says:

    all this girl ever
    does.is. change clothes so.sick and tired of her

  5. Sixer says:

    The joy I can take from schadenfreude is unlimited. I encourage Katie Bucket to continue on this fertile path. That is all!

    • Snapdragon says:

      Lol!

    • bluerunning says:

      Is there already a drinking game for this? Shot every time they’re “keen,” chug when they skip something they obviously shouldn’t (BAFTA, shamrock handing out…), sip for a vacation?

      The bar is just so low at this point.

    • Sixer says:

      1 finger of your pint for “keen”. 2 fingers for “energised”. 3 fingers for an obvious skip. The entire pint for… for… for… thinking KILLING CECIL is a good idea?!

    • notasugarhere says:

      How much for “hit the ground running”?

    • bluerunning says:

      Thinking about it, perhaps we should just turn it into Work-shy Royal Bingo, instead. I’m thinking it might be less harmful on the liver…

      Let’s not forget the casual insertion of “My son” or “My daughter” into interviews to remind us all that he may be lazy, but by golly, he’s procreated!

      Another square for Carole coming along to “host” something. Pippa looking orange. James looking… like the kind of man you avoid at a bar when you’re alone. The word “Kate” in the same sentence as “coat” or “coat dress.”

      • notasugarhere says:

        And squares for:
        - “William and I”
        - mentions of their son being physical, a terror, and loud
        - mentions of their 9-month-old being ladylike

    • CG says:

      OMFG I love the Bucket Drinking Game! How much for throwing Harry under the bus? Or SWF-ing Diana? Or a Marilyn moment? Or staying at an engagement for less than an hour? We could be hammered all day every day!

      • zinjojo says:

        So many possibilities! Add in a round for a hair flip, a deranged open-mouth smile, a cancelled event, no-show at a wedding. There’s so much to work with.

      • SydneySnider says:

        And for these two bludgers bringing out the kiddies as deflection? That’s got to be worth a double…

    • Cee says:

      She’s so keen on being keen she will never not be keen. Queen Keen!

    • Tina says:

      I am coming over to the republican side, Sixer. These two have driven me to it. I’d rather a President Blair than this nonsense.

      • Sixer says:

        See? You’re on my road despite yourself. I’ll have you believing in People’s QE and reading David Graeber next!

        I think David Attenborough should be our first president. We can keep cabinet government and just pick from a series of national treasures for the fluff stuff.

      • Tina says:

        I read his debt book, which was very interesting. Still not a believer in the People’s QE thing though, sorry!

        That’s a great idea for the president. I’d also like President Mary Berry at some stage, in keeping with the Irish tradition of having many presidents named Mary.

      • Sixer says:

        He wrote a lovely piece about “despair fatigue” the other day, which I think resonates whether you agree with him politically or not, you know? And I think he, as an American Britophile, sees the UK affectionately but clearly without the domestic political tribalism that holds all sides back. I do love him.

        Yep. I see no reason for us to have a party political president or to change the cabinet system. Just nice people to do the ceremonial instead of the idiots we have now.

      • BritAfrica says:

        Ceremonial?? Wouldn’t that be stepping onto her Majesty’s patch?

      • Sixer says:

        No, BritAfrica – this is mine and Tina’s United Republic of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. We’ve binned the Windsors in favour of David Attenborough and Mary Berry.

    • Sixer says:

      A free round at the bar for all Celebitches just for playing?

    • NUTBALLS says:

      I’m drinking whether any of you are playing or not.

    • Liberty says:

      Sixer, I’m with you! :-)

  6. lilacflowers says:

    I volunteer as tribute to give out the shamrocks! I look really good in green and can manage to wear garments that are all the same shade of green, unless they’re going for that “40 shades” thing. And I really want to hang out with the dog. That’s one awesome dog. I would put up with William, while lecturing him about hunting old, infertile animals, for a few hours just to meet that dog. And the soldiers. But mostly the dog.

    • Sixer says:

      Normal Bill has really put his foot in it with you, hasn’t he? Spend more time playing on the royal threads, darling. You can sit in my corner!

      • lilacflowers says:

        Normal Bill actually has a permanent spot in my “shut up and go sit in the corner now!” corner and it has been his for so long, his name is painted over the stool. I don’t play on the royal threads much because I would never leave and I do have to work occasionally, well, every day. But seriously, a glorious life has been handed to him and all he has to do is show up at fancy events. How hard can that be? If he really doesn’t want that glorious life, then abdicate it now and go get a real job. There is so much that is horrible in this world and so much that is wonderful in this world and this spoiled man-child doesn’t know the difference and it kills me!

        And I do really want to hang out with that Irish wolfhound.

      • Sixer says:

        I have done all my work! Nothing to do but be rude about the BRF on here and shout even ruder names at our finance minister on the TV this afternoon!

        It’s not hard at all.

      • lilacflowers says:

        Actually, I’m just using Bill for target practice this morning. President Obama is naming his Supreme Court Justice nominee later this morning and I need to be in shape for all the names I’m going to hurl at Senator Turtlehead McConnell, who has vowed not to hold hearings or votes (his job under the Constitution) on the nominee while still planning to collect his paycheck, health insurance, and other benefits. I have his Washington and district office phone numbers in my phone directory and plan to flood his staff with my views. His email box too. And that of several other lazy-butt, racist Senators, who think they can collect paychecks for not doing their jobs.

      • Sixer says:

        Go, Lilac! Let’s have a competition to see which of us can spit most tacks today!

      • Lilacflowers says:

        The Republican- controlled Senate here and its view that it can ignore the will of the people and its constitutional job duties while taking my money has so enraged me that I have vowed to do all that I can to throw some of them out of office, including moving to another state temporarily (my Senators are both Dems) to vote against one of them. Not too much of a disruption, my sister’s house in NH has extra room and a commuter train will get me to work easily

      • Sixer says:

        I stand behind you on the virtual barricade.

      • TotallyBiased says:

        GO LILACFLOWERS!
        Today you are my hero.
        <3

    • Sarah says:

      Liar, Lilacflowers! You just want to meet with the soldiers who are probably buff and have tattoos. Can I come too? I would volunteer to hold the dog’s leash :) I have experience!

      • lilacflowers says:

        The soldiers are a bonus. We can take turns holding the dog and handing out shamrocks. And I would rock that hat.

    • Tara says:

      But you have to sneak a little lilac in somewhere :)

    • bluhare says:

      Seriously. I would go just to hang out with Domhnall (sp). And I’d ask him to kiss me after I gave him his shamrock. He is beautiful!!

    • What was that says:

      That dog is the cutest boy..I am willing to volunteer too and I don’t live that far away either..Infact those 2 could have stayed in Windsor with Liz and maybe even brought the kids down to spend some time with the great grandparents…which would have been a better use of time all around..that schedule conflict is very ‘dodgy’ as its not like St Patrick’s day is a different day each year so no excuse to keep it clear in the diary or work something out for both the Irish Guards and the charity.I bet Anne is seething about her boys being let down ..To start to upset the military is the thin end of the wedge for those 2 and it will not be forgotten….

  7. The Original Mia says:

    A 115 year tradition ended because Kate won’t work 3 days in a row. Wow. Bone idle and tone deaf.

    • Rachel says:

      Were there no other female royals who could spare an hour or so on St Patrick’s Day to hand out the shamrocks? I’m not trying to defend Kate at all, as dropping out of this event with no excuse at all proffered is the epitome of self-centred, but surely there was at least one other female royal who could have sustained the tradition for one year?

      Unless the main BRF are sick of Will and Kate’s attitudes and are happy to let them destroy their own press image by having Kate be responsible for breaking the tradition.

      • The Original Mia says:

        Kate is the patron. It’s her regiment. I’m sure Anne or the Yorks were available, but it’s Kate’s responsibility with William.

      • Betti says:

        As Mia says its HER regiment – not going is a major slap in the face to them. It is a big deal when you think of it in this way.

      • Rachel says:

        Thanks – I didn’t realise it was her specific regiment, which only makes this more appalling. They sacrifice their lives, both metaphorically and unfortunately, sometimes literally, for this country, and she can’t turn up for an hour and a half.

      • notasugarhere says:

        As royals set their own schedules, the fact that KM is not showing up is probably a big surprise to HM. She gave her the regiment and expected her to show up. Ha. Almost 90 and will she ever learn?

        Sophie is busy. Anne, Alexandra, and Duchess of Gloucester might be free. Beatrice and Eugenie are not working royals so are not allowed to represent HM at events.

        I’m waiting for her fans to say that requiring the female royal to show up isn’t feminist, and that she and Workshy William are making that point by having William show up instead. Watching how the fans try to twist things is amusing.

      • LAK says:

        She did profer an excuse. it was so boneheaded that no reporter dare put it in print. they might trigger a revolution.

        Let me post Richard Palmer’s tweet on the excuse given by the Palace:

        @RoyalReporter Richard, could we hear your thoughts on why you think Kate isn’t attending this year?

        @royalspotlight It was suggested to me that they wanted to get away from the expectation she’d do it every year.

      • notasugarhere says:

        A second DM article has been published about the online backlash to her refusing to show up. Includes KP statement.

        A Kensington Palace spokesman: ‘The Duchess has very much enjoyed the occasions when she has been able to attend, but the Duke is the Colonel of the Regiment and is looking forward to presenting the Irish Guards with their Shamrock.

        ‘The Duchess looks forward to marking St Patrick’s Day with the Irish Guards many times in the future.’

        Let’s avoid mentioning breaking 115 years of tradition, eh?

      • hmmm says:

        I think Workshy Willy and Waity decided on this out of sheer spite given their diminishing PR fortunes. They’re giving everyone the finger, again.

      • HH says:

        RE: Were there no other female royals to help??

        Despite it being a tradition, I think its also important to remember that Kate works the LEAST of all the royal women. So, if anyone’s schedule was open it’s hers.
        ***Rachel, this wasn’t directed towards you.*** I just wanted to point that out for anyone else with this question. No other royal women should have to step in since it’s a)her regiment; and, b) she’s the least busy.

    • anne_000 says:

      It’s actually only two days in a row, which makes her decision sound even worse.

    • Bird says:

      I have a different theory. I’m thinking something went down between Kate and Normal and she is in no shape to go. Last minute cancelation + body language at Commonwealth Day. I can’t remember the last time she cancelled a high profile gig at the last minute (low profile, sure). This has been easy good press with lots of good looking dudes around, two things she likes. They had a row.

      Sad to me that we can’t believe she wants to get back to her kids.

      • LAK says:

        She cancelled this engagement last week. Only now is it making the mainstream media, and with a face saving excuse that she wants to be with her children.

        Reporters on twitter on Friday last week were saying the Palace had told them that ‘she didn’t want to create expectations that she would attend this event every year’.

      • Livvers says:

        @ LAK Yes, God forbid the British people develop “expectations” that the spouse of their future head of state will ever meet even the most minimal amount of official duties with any sort of reliability.

      • HH says:

        @LAK – That can’t possibly be true! It has to be a rumor! At a time when they are being highly criticized on their work shy ways, they essentially stated they intend to keep their schedule light?!?! It’s so tone deaf, I don’t know if I can believe it. I didn’t think anything could be worse than the skiing holiday photo ops.

  8. Betti says:

    Wanna bet she gets papped out shopping or something!

    The regiment will be disappointed as it will mean a lot to them but as usual she doesn’t care. She can easily do both with help from their private helicopter and please don’t use the kids as an excuse, they won’t forget you (although that sounds like Jason lifted that one from these boards).

    These 2 don’t care what you say about them – they will continue to do as they please and fk anyone who says otherwise.

    • anne_000 says:

      I hope that if she is out shopping or whatever on St. Pat’s, the media isn’t scared to publish the pics. And wouldn’t it be outrageous if she was out in LONDON that day.

    • bluerunning says:

      If she does, will anyone be surprised? At this point, it’s almost expected. Kate shows up, does a half day of something, smiles like a loon in a coat dress, then shops. PR spins her half-day into something it’s not, someone eventually spills the beans that she barely stayed 30 minutes… we’re once again told how normal the family is.

  9. Snapdragon says:

    HG diagnosis or “time and space” speech in 3 . . . 2 . . .

  10. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Because she has something in a different town the next day. Because that never, ever happens to anyone else.

    • INeedANap says:

      I wondered if perhaps the two towns were far apart enough that it wasn’t feasible to travel the distance in one day. I looked it up — Hounslow to Norfolk is 2.5 hours. Bish please, that’s my daily commute!

      • Timbuktu says:

        INeedANap,
        please, tell me that 2,5 hours is your daily commute both ways! I did a 3-hour commute (both ways) for 2 years, I understand why you need a nap. :-)
        If you commute is 2,5 one way, I don’t even know how you do it.

      • anne_000 says:

        When she had the Air Cadet event in London recently, she arrived by copter from Norfolk in the morning and left by same in the afternoon, and she didn’t have any work scheduled in Norfolk the same day nor the next. She even had time to go to her KP apartment to change clothes before she flew back home.

        Ironically, on the same day, the Queen was photographed coming back from near the Norfolk area to London by train, which was not only cheaper than a copter ride, but also took more time to travel even though she has the busier work schedule of the two of them.

      • swak says:

        I can’t imagine commuting 2 – 3 hours a day for a job! You all DO need a nap!

    • vava says:

      Yes, I thought that was why they have this helicopter!

    • Lindy79 says:

      I know……Hownslow to Norfolk is a 2.5 hour drive ffs! That’s a bad every day commute for most people who also have kids. No acceptable reason why she couldn’t do it and then return to Norfolk in plenty of time for the following day, hell they’d probably even helicopter her there, save even more time.

    • Timbuktu says:

      Well, GNAT, the rest of us have helicopters to take us to a different town super-fast and traffic free, whereas poor Kate… oh, wait, it’s the other way around. :-)

  11. LadyJane says:

    Thank god the Irish Republic got rid of these ‘royal’ freeloading in-breeders long ago. This March marks the 100 yr anniversary of the Irish Revolution.

    • Lindy79 says:

      Yeah we have our Government doing it enough, thanks very much!

    • kaiko says:

      Sláinte!

    • hogtowngooner says:

      Yes LadyJane! Such a big year for the Irish!

      For those not aware of the 1916 Easter Rising – it’s a fascinating story. I encourage you to read up on it! Or watch The Wind That Shakes The Barley, a fantastic film about the events that followed.

    • Lurker says:

      I know, at least now we can watch the Royal Shenanigans with a bit of distance. Nothing to do with us, thankfully. Although, as Lindy said, is not like our politicians are anything to be proud of, but at least they were elected by us.

      Anyway, happy Centenary, and have a great Paddy’s Day, everyone!
      Sláinte 🍀

      • mimi says:

        Can I just tell you guys this:
        I went to Ireland for the first time last november and I absolutely loved it. I travel a lot; I found Irish people to be exceptionally friendly, at least where I was. Great experience.

      • Lurker says:

        Yay, mimi! I’m so glad you had a great time. Hope the weather wasn’t too bad for you! Did you get to Galway (my neck of the woods 😉) at all?

      • Fallon says:

        I traveled to Ireland in 2011 and I still to this day feel like I left a piece of myself behind. It was everything I had dreamed of! We stayed in Killarney.

  12. DebbieB says:

    Actually, the DM has missed the bigger story. One of the Royal reporters stated on Twitter a few days ago that they were told by KP that she didn’t want to be seen as doing the ceremony every year. Well hello! Tradition is repetitive.

    • The Original Mia says:

      Yes, that’s the best part. She doesn’t want anyone to have expectations of her. As if this isn’t what the rest of her life won’t entail. So incredibly stupid on her part.

      • Betti says:

        The closer to the throne she gets the more yearly events she will be expected to attend. They basically want to pick what events they LIKE going to (movie premieres, tennis matches) and be able to drop the ones that are boring (like this one and every church service she’s been to).

    • Lindy79 says:

      Yes, tradition…you married into a royal family ffs, tradition is part of the very dull package you signed up for.

      Imagine having to do the same job 5 days a week
      *faints with shock*

      • Lucky Charm says:

        And having only two or three weeks vacation time for the WHOLE year! Funny how 99% of people can work all day, every day, for the expectation of getting a paycheck in return, yet four or five hours total in three days is too much for her. Our government may be acting like a bunch of schoolchildren, too, but at least we have the opportunity to vote each and every one of them out with elections and not forced to be stuck with them forever simply because they were born.

    • LAK says:

      I think the DM is trying to be nice about it ie save face for her. Can you imagine if they posted the real reason she cancelled?! And apparently at the last minute going by the surprised tweets?1

      • Betti says:

        Maybe she’s staying around Norfolk so that she can pack for a vacation with Willy – she has done this before. Wonder if she will turn up to the event on Friday or that will be cancelled.

  13. I find this so very sad. To break a tradition that has gone on so long is shameful. Wouldn’t there be any other female wiling to step up to keep it going?

    This would be such a fun activity that you’d think she’d enjoy it and be so willing to participate.

    I also feel sorry for the regiment. They put in their time and devotion and Kate can’t even show up for them.

    • vava says:

      It would be great to see another Royal lady step up and do this.

      • Sarah says:

        This would seem to support the argument from the Yorks (Andrew and Fergie) that Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie actually ARE needed to do royal stuff.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      My money is on Anne or Sophie figuring out a way to do it tomorrow. At least I hope someone other than Useless Kate comes through. That Irish Wolfhound is everything!

      • Nic919 says:

        It would be even better if Beatrice or Eugenie showed up. To break a 115 year tradition is a disgrace. And she is too dumb (Will too) to understand that if you can show that breaking a 115 year tradition isn’t a big deal, maybe the whole “tradition” of the BRF and their taxpayer funded luxurious lifestyle can also be broken.

      • Tourmaline says:

        No WIlliam would never allow it, as it would make his Babykins look baaad

    • als says:

      That’s how I see it as well. It’s about tradition, a 115 year old tradition. It’s disrespectful to break it with such a flimsy excuse. There are serious situations in life, like war or illness, that force countries and people to break with tradition but this is such an insult.

      • Kate says:

        snc her reason is that she doesn’t want to be obligated. Well listen, sister, the British taxpayers are obligated to fund your shenanigans, so pony up and stop being such a lazy good for nothing.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      Holy crap…I just read upthread that it is HER regiment. Katie Bucket’s skipping out is not just tone deaf…it’s moronic!

    • Beatrice says:

      Truly disgusting that she would break this tradition. It seems that Will and Kate have joined forces to destroy the monarchy. Then I guess they can decamp to Norfolk and lead an extravagant life without people calling them workshy. If Normal Bill wanted to honor his mother, then he’d get off his butt and work like crazy for worthy causes and insist that Waity do the same.

  14. mm says:

    Without exaggeration, this is probably the worst day of the Cambridges’ public life so far. First, William loses the support of citizens who love animals by advocating for trophy hunting. Next, Kate loses the support of citizens who support servicemembers by skipping the Irish Guards event. These are both hot-button issues and they brought this on themselves.

  15. Maum says:

    I would love for another Royal to show up last minute to show her how important tradition is to the family she married into.
    After all without tradition there wouldn’t be a Royal family to begin with. Not exactly a hard concept to understand is it?

    The sad thing is however much they use Diana’s death as an excuse for privacy and lack of work, Diana was very conscious of her role as a royal and what the monarchy symbolised.

    • Belle says:

      I’d love to see the Queen herself show up. That would be the perfect response to Kate (& Wills) pathetic excuse for work ethic.

      • rosiek says:

        That would be grand ! What thrill for the troops !

      • anne_000 says:

        Omg. I would fall over if the Queen showed up. That would be an enormous slap to both William and Kate. And William would be so uncomfortable knowing that every second the Queen is there, it’s her way of insulting him in front of the whole world. But unfortunately, she probably has had scheduled events for tomorrow since some time ago.

      • Tina says:

        The Queen is opening something called Land of the Lions in Regent’s Park tomorrow. It’s too bad, it would have been amazing if she had turned up.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        That’s my thought. Get the Queen Mum up there to show her how to act like a Royal. Again.

      • Charlotte15 says:

        Ooooh, I didn’t even THINK of that. How insanely fantastic would that be if the Queen showed up to do it? William can’t tell HER no. That would be a mic-drop heard round the world ☘

    • anne_000 says:

      I agree that continually being seen to uphold cultural traditions is the reason why the BRF still exists. Without tradition, they might as well be flash-in-the-pan celebs of the day rather than an institution based upon being a symbolic, historical living link.

      I wonder if because the Queen and Philip gave or forced upon Kate the Air Cadet patronage during Christmas lunch last year, she or William are rebelling by having Kate ignore her patronage of this regiment? As if they’re telling the Queen that if you force something onto them then they’re going to retaliate by dropping something else. Just like what big, spoiled babies do.

      • Betti says:

        Am convinced that they Buckets see themselves as celebrities instead of future head of state/queen consort that comes with a very defined role and those roles are almost 1,000 years old. Becoming celebs is NOT modernizing the Monarchy – its cheapening it.

      • hmmm says:

        I believe that Workshy Willy is becoming increasingly spiteful in response to criticism of him.

      • Mary Carol says:

        I agree.

  16. Starlight says:

    Ah! So they won’t be venturing out on Friday to Cheltenham Gold Cup day with the other Royals, although you never know, as this cat and mouse gets more confusing by the day. Such a great shame Kate couldn’t have made it to this important St Patrick day commemoration.

    • Betti says:

      Wonder if LIW Carole will be there with them, ‘hosting’ the other royals on the Buckets behalf.

      • Tina says:

        I would love to see that. Anne is presenting the Gold Cup, and I can’t imagine she has any time for Carole at all.

      • Green Girl says:

        I bet some of the older members of the BRF have *words to say* about Kate and her family. Can you imagine being a fly on the wall when some of them get together?

      • notasugarhere says:

        I’d sit down next to Anne and quote Olympia Dukakis in Steel Magnolias.

        “Well, you know what they say: if you don’t have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me!”

  17. Scal says:

    I’d be willing to bet my hat this is will throwing Kate under the bus. He’s going to show up in his uniform tomorrow and try to distract us all with his ‘good looks’ and ‘charm’
    He wants the cute pictures with the dog. Just awful.

  18. Lindy79 says:

    all she has to do is show up in a green outfit (she has plenty), wear a shamrock brooch loaned to her by the company, and pose prettily with some shamrocks, soldiers and an Irish Wolfhound

    sounds like an amazing way to spend a St Patricks day if you ask me, especially the wolfhound bit, they are glorious

  19. anne_000 says:

    I don’t know if William is throwing Kate under the bus in this one. He might be. Who knows?

    Logistically, it doesn’t make sense that she can’t do an event in London one day because she has an event in Norfolk the next day as W&K aren’t shy of using thousands of pounds of unnecessary helicopter rides, and she’s taken the copter before to fly home from London the same day as an event though she didn’t have anything scheduled in Norfolk.

    From what I can remember, they’ve both been there at this shamrock ceremony, not just him. Richard Palmer said he heard it was because they didn’t want to create expectations of her having to do it every year. I don’t know why as I’m thinking most of her work calendar is blank every year.

    • coconut says:

      Agree. It’s a bad principle to put out there to “not expect her every year”–why do that??

      On a more pragmatic front–and assuming the kids are the reason for her declining the Irish Guards event (giving her a big benefit of the doubt!)–the St. Patrick’s Day/Irish Guards event and Commonwealth Day would’ve been on the calendar for months if not years…so why couldn’t the Children’s Hospice people be told they need to reschedule???

  20. Div says:

    U.K. Celebitches….

    Is there any precedence for royals being hated on (rightly so most of the time)/being so workshy in the past? Do you think there is any possibility the monarchy might be overturned once the Queen dies?

    • LAK says:

      George VI. loathed and reviled by everyone for too many reasons most of which centred on his preference for partying and living the high life when the country was going through really hard times during and after the Napoleonic wars.

      • Tina says:

        IV, not VI. We love Bertie!

      • LAK says:

        Thanks Tina. this is why i write numbers instead of numerals. i *always* get them muddled up. :)

        I meant George 4 NOT 6. As Tina corrected above, we loved no 6.

      • Div says:

        @LAK, etc.
        Thanks for the dish, ladies. I really only knew about Wallis and a tad about Charles and Camilla.

    • Jaded says:

      I’m not a UK Celebitch but a Canadian one and as part of the Commonwealth I suppose I get to weigh in on other lazy royals. Edward VIII wasn’t necessarily workshy, in fact as a young man his father, George V, MADE him get out and work his arse off. It wasn’t until he discovered the joys of women (mostly married) and booze that he started slacking off and by the time he was besotted with Wallis Simpson, he shrugged off almost everything work-like.

      The Yorks (Prince Andrew and his ex-wife and their progeny) get a pretty good basting in the press too but they’re nothing like the Cambridges who seem to be in a constant “work idle” mode. Wills can’t even be bothered to show up for half his helicopter shifts either.

      There is certainly a case for modest reform and downsizing of the BRF. The problem is that England doesn’t have a written constitution, which would be a better focus for the loyalties of the people and military than a prime minister would be. An example would be Belgium as it has a constitution that makes clear that sovereignty rests in the people. E.G. a King or Queen of the Belgians, a “people”, not Belgium, a “territory”, becomes monarch not by birth right, but by taking an oath to uphold the people’s constitution. A written constitution could certainly bring in a general program of reform that the BRF clearly needs. If the Cambridges keep up their passive-aggressive, workshy behaviour, they’re certainly setting the wheels in motion towards an inevitable switch to a constitution that puts the King or Queen’s feet to the fire.

      • Tina says:

        My silver lining, if the exit camp wins the referendum (and I very much hope it doesn’t) is that if we leave the EU, I hope we will have a proper think about a written constitution.

      • Livvers says:

        I agree about Andrew. He is a professional schmoozer but professional is the operative word, in comparison to Will and Kate. He’s workshy because 90% of his time is spent hanging out with rich assholes, but he’s got his fingers in so many pots, somehow he can apparently help move things along? I mean, I think he’s sketchy as all get-out, almost certainly _very_ unethical, but he’s _successfully_ sketchy. His dictators and oligarchs see results.

      • Tina says:

        There was a great episode of the short lived Mitchell & Webb series Ambassadors that had Tom Hollander playing “Prince Mark.” Apparently it was very accurate – Andrew gets results for his dictators, but he is also apparently good for British business too, in an infuriatingly effective way.

  21. Div says:

    Also, don’t mean to thread jack but will Prince Andrew’s recent fluff pieces/gate crashing be covered?

    • LAK says:

      i never ever thought i’d support Andrew about anything, BUT this non story is a distraction from the William and Kate’s blunders in the past 24hrs.

      William supports trophy hunting which nearly melted the DM’s comment section with the outright haterade, followed by a Kate cancellation that’s also attracting a significant response, so the DM posts as their top story something about Andrew taking a detour and crashing his car in some posts??!!!

      The other two story are the bigger issue AND the DM has done it’s very best to bury both stories, first by removing them from the front page, then making them difficult to find because they are such small type that it’s easy to miss, yet Andrew is top of the page in glaring type. Because of the 3 problem royals in the past 24hrs, his smashing a gate and behaving boarishly is worse than Kate and William’s tone deaf, horrendous comments and decisions.

    • Tourmaline says:

      Oooh that Andrew thing is kind of juicy. What a total tool that man is. And the Queen thinks he’s the greatest and that says something about the Queen–I know she is his mom but come on.
      I love how in the DM story an unnamed source refers to Andrew as acting like “The Toad of Toad Hall.”

  22. notasugarhere says:

    Sophie is busy on the 17th but Anne, Alexandra, or Duchess of Gloucester might be free. If I were HM, I’d send someone along with William as a surprise (to William).

    HM and PP will spend St. Patrick’s Day opening “Land of the Lions at the Zoological Society of London”. Wonder if any reporters will bring up Cecil?

    • anne_000 says:

      I hope Anne goes, because with the other two ladies, William might think he can bully or disrespect them a bit. But he can’t do that with Anne.

      Well, Cecil was old, so he was expendable and up for grabs to trophy hunters according to William’s thinking, right?

      • vava says:

        Oh, I can’t even think about the Cecil story. So tragic and horrible.

        I’d love it if Anne showed up as a big surprise for Workshy Will. That would really be fantastic. Nobody wants to see William anyway. My guess is he is beginning to feel threatened by the fact that people are more interested in Keen Kate than him.

  23. Szerelem says:

    The reporter Richard Palmer on Twitter said that she pulled out as she didn’t want to give the impression that she’d be turning up every year. That’s actually from the Palace. Ride.

    • rosiek says:

      Real sense of duty this one !! Yes, she doesn’t want the public to have any expectations … Good Lord, what a thing to publicize.

  24. HK9 says:

    I think Will wanted to be seen doing work so he threw her under the bus. If Kate did the ceremony while pregnant, I’m sure she would have done it if Will didn’t throw her under the bus for his own purposes.

    • Eleonor says:

      My opinion too: Will is throwing his wife under the bus to look better.

      • Lucky Charm says:

        If he did, then it backfired royally (ha!) because it’s making both of them look .

      • Citresse says:

        No, I don’t think William is throwing Kate under the bus. I think they share the blame equally.
        And as far as the taxpayers funding their lifestyle, I would like to know how much, what percentage is covering Amner where they seem to spend the majority of their time.

  25. Tough Cookie says:

    I’m trying hard to think of a flippant comment but I can’t. It may sound silly (as I’m an American) but her pulling out of this hurts my feelings. I have owned Irish wolfhounds for almost 30 years (the one I have now is a two year old darling) and always looked forward to seeing the coverage of handing out the shamrocks.
    Seriously, my two year old wolfhound has a better work ethic than those two. She knows that in order to get a treat she has to sit and wait.
    I’m just disgusted.

  26. Sucio says:

    That’s ok current batch of Royals – if you want to break Traditions we are quite happy to break the biggest one of all.

    Monarchy…

  27. Who ARE these people? says:

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    They can run, but they can’t hide.

    Any other cliches for these two?

  28. Snapdragon says:

    Didn’t William get married in an Irish Guards uniform? It would have been a really beautiful tradition for his wife to present the shamrocks year after year. This woman really does not have any meaningful values. And why should these men risk their lives for their country or uphold the tradition of monarchy if Baby Jane Middleton can’t take a couple of hours out of her busy, busy schedule. It’s not like she could have brought her children with her to stay in a palace in the heart of London and be taken care of by an army of nannies and staff supervised by a grandmother available on a moment’s notice. Oh wait . . .

  29. Lauren says:

    Katie is always keen on something other than working. The news that she wouldn’t be handing the shamrocks came out a few days ago. Bill and Katie “wanted to get away from the expectation she’d do it every year.”

  30. potatopie says:

    If they want to throw the memory of Diana around, as they are wont to do, remember that even though Diana was a very “hands on” mom, she knew the importance of the duties that came with her station. These are two of the laziest Royals ever and I seriously, seriously hope that someone calls them on the carpet for it. Either that or cease the monarchy after QE2 passes and let those folks finance their own lives!!! See how well that works. I’m with the others are spending time with the dog – I’d love to do that. I’d hand out shamrocks and be thrilled to do it.

  31. Orlanda says:

    Sometimes when I’m in the middle of a six day week, carefully budgeting my every move, washing the same few work outfits again and again, it’s brings me such peace to know my taxes are going to these lovely people.

    • Christin says:

      It’s unbelievable. As an American, I don’t know how you all tolerate this nonsense.

      I should just not report to work on Friday, because I don’t want to create an ‘expectation’.

      • Fallon says:

        I think I’ll discuss this with my manager today.

        “I really don’t want you to have the expectation that I will show up for work five days a week. I look forward to working with you on future occasions, though!”

  32. Citresse says:

    I can’t see how HM would be OK with any of this. I mean, how on earth?…. remember when HM seemed she didn’t like Kate’s wedding dress exhibit?
    Breaking with tradition is a terrible thing… Whitaker was correct, Kate wasn’t the right choice.

    • Beatrice says:

      Good point. I can’t understand why Charles doesn’t take control of this situation. The Queen was raised to understand the duty of the monarchy and she did the same for Charles. What happened to Normal Bill?? I guess they let him get away with everything because of his Mother’s death. That was a long time ago and he needs to man up and be the involved future King that Diana would have expected him to be. Charles pays for a lot of their expenses so why not cut them off if they don’t shape up. No work, no money can be a powerful motivation especially for two slackers who love the high life–expensive homes, clothes and vacations. So very sad.

      • notasugarhere says:

        If William has the Spencer temperament, Charles doesn’t know how to handle him. From public comments, sounds like Charles doesn’t get to see the grandkids as much as he’d like.

        W&K chose to live hours away from Highgrove. Charles works much more than they do, so the onus is on W&K to make the effort to fit around his busy schedule. If Charles tightened the money reins, would they withhold access to the grandkids?

    • Jib says:

      Maybe she doesn’t read the coverage? Head in the sand and all that, you know? And for sure, she doesn’t read the comments!!! 99% pretty pissed off.

  33. MV says:

    Either it is William’s doing or Kate is setting her own tradition – of not ‘doing anything’!

  34. Jaded says:

    It would be the ultimate revenge to have Harry do the shamrock ceremony – he would charm everyone and we all know how deeply and passionately he supports the military.

  35. Guesto says:

    To bail on such a meaningful and lovely event so casually, with an excuse that would be laughable (Norfolk being at most a 2 1/2 hr journey from London) were it not so disrespectful to those this event celebrates, is really a grim new low for her.

    Bottom line, if she wanted to be there, she’d be there. There’s only one conclusion and it’s damning.

    • Tourmaline says:

      It is very damning. The name of the game for her and her esteemed husband is: everyone keep your expectations low about us, because we have no sense of duty and we’ll do everything on our terms, thank you very much. The excuse is laughable indeed. No one is asking Kate to dig trenches all day or even to work in an office for 8 plus hours like millions do. Her definition of “work” is a joke.

    • Betti says:

      Plus I also think Willy wants to be star of that event – normally when he’s with her he’s relegated to the end. She gets all the press about what she wears etc… It could be that he’s tired of her ‘outshinning’ him and getting all the press, particularly now that he’s been getting so much flack from the media. He’s def throwing her under the bus.

  36. coconut says:

    I know I harp on this here repeatedly but have to go at it again…If I were KM, occasionally scrolling through public photos of myself, I think I would notice that 98% of the photos involve the crotch clutch. Is that really how she wants to be remembered over the decades, as “the woman who always had her clutch at her crotch”???

  37. Kaye says:

    She has aged more than I would have expected. She looks much younger in that original shamrocks picture. I hope she’s not ill (being serious, not snarky). She really looks haggard in some photos lately.

    • wolfpup says:

      I’m “old”, that is, infertile – yet Kate’s trophy face looks as bad as mine…to me it looks like they party too much.

      However, old lives are not valued, (when they are an elephant or a lion), who is perfectly happy living out their natural life in the wild. Who are these folks who believe that they can determine the “right to life”? No fabulous beast wants to die at the height of their nobility – to hang on a wall, like ISIS does with all sorts of human heads in the square. The ones with the guns determine this issue – and Prince William is in the position to know better, than anyone! I seriously doubt that any old magnificent animal, would agree with him.

    • Jib says:

      I thought the same thing. How many years ago was that picture? Not only is she much thinner now, she had some life about her then. Now when she does smile, it’s that awful fake guffaw. And her skin has drooped a lot. I’m starting to,suspect there is something physically or mentally wrong with her: illness, eating disorder or some kind of anxiety disorder. She does look haggard.

  38. Magnoliarose says:

    They are idiots. Surely the 3rd estate could rustle up a Robespierre among the masses. The Parvenu is useless and so is her loser husband. It’s even getting attention here in the US on the morning shows.
    It only builds from here folks. Yay! Score one for meritocracy!

  39. Jade says:

    Wait…115 years of tradition??

    Didn’t King George VI present in 1950 and the Grand Duke of Luxembourg make the presentation in 1989?

    Was HM lambasted for the Grand Duke substituting for her in ’89?

    • notasugarhere says:

      115 years of tradition of it being a female member of the royal family unless there are extenuating circumstances. Being bone deep lazy is not an extenuating circumstance.

      Edward in 2002 because the 99-year-old Queen Mother couldn’t travel to Germany where the regiment was stationed.

      King in 1950 for their 50th anniversary

      Grand Duke Jean (who served in the Irish Guards) in 1989 because HM couldn’t travel where they were stationed

      vs. woman who is too lazy to work.

      The situations do not equate and do not excuse Kate Middleton’s behavior no matter how hard some might try. Her initial excuse that she didn’t want the expectation that she’d show up every year henceforth shows her intent. She doesn’t intend to work and doesn’t intend to show up for this event annually.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      Thanks, Katie Bucket. You do not even have to fly overseas tomorrow to hand out a few shamrocks and drink a pint of Guinness with soldiers who every single day protect your ability to be an entitled, lazy, spendthrift parvenu. Way to go, breaking 115 years of a beautiful tradition!

      Also, remember that the Queen Mother worked this event *when she was over 100 years old.* That is pretty darn impressive and says more about the Cambridges than anything else!

      • Feeshalori says:

        Kate must think she’s still working part time at Jigsaw where she was accustomed to come and go as she pleased and called the shots without any hint of public reprisal or outcry. And that job was in between the periods where she did no work at all. Old habits still prevail along with no sense of responsibility or duty.

        I feel so sorry for the Queen since the possible end of the monarchy is staring her in the face with these two. Shame on the both of them!

  40. Anguishedcorn says:

    I honestly thing there is something seriously wrong with her, which will come out eventually. I don’t say that gleefully at all. I don’t wish mental issues on anyone. But there seems to be some serious hiding of her except in the most orchestrated way. I just get the feeling there is a huge cover-up of a real mental issue at play.

    • Betti says:

      I think the cover up is to hide her complete unsuitability for the ‘role’ that she chased for 10 years. She spent a long time convincing people (the firm, Willy, the press) that she was not only willing but capable in taking that life on. What has become apparent is that she is either unable or unwilling or both to embrace the life she desperately claimed she wanted.

      She bit off more than she can chew with both the role and Willy.

      • Magnoliarose says:

        I think she is unsuitable but I am beginning to wonder if there is something also wrong with her and her mother is around for damage control. I don’t think she can handle her husband or this life at all. I don’t think she has the mental or emotional strength for the stress and obligation.
        She seems animated sometimes when Harry is around like she is relieved not be stuck with Will all on her own.

      • Christin says:

        Doesn’t she look and behave better if it is fun or sporting related? I think she doesn’t want to do anything she doesn’t find ‘fun’. She may not sleep well prior to what she dreads doing.

    • msthang says:

      May-be she saw the picture of herself in that gingham outfit getting out of the car, and now doesn’t want to be seen untill the botox kicks in. There is something wrong though!!

    • suze says:

      I am beginning to think so, too, and am saying this without malice.

      If you look at her photos from around 2011, she looks very different.

      There is something decidedly off about her public role.

  41. I’m so tired of both of them using their children as excuses. Is that why they had them and seem “keen” on another one? It’s either the children or Diana. Even their excuses are boring. They’ve worn the grooves off both those records. God help the United Kingdom!

  42. Starlight says:

    Confused now as I read celebs post about being traditional and how Kate likes to elaborate on the past by painting a picture of tradition for photographs. I think Ingrid Seeward, Royal friend highlighted the tradition that they were trying to portray. . The lovely old Priam for the christening the sweet little George outfits which have us taken back to Wills at the same age, red shorts and lovely little red and white shirt. I now wonder if all this is Just sadly PR as if you were a serious traditionalist you wouldn’t cancel an avent that historically you should attend.

  43. Murphy says:

    Give it to Princess Beatrice or Eugenie.

  44. HappyMom says:

    I really feel badly for the Queen. After some really terrible years with Diana, Fergie, Charles’ affair-things really seemed to turn around. Camilla has ended up being really great in her role, Sophie has stepped up, and it seemed like William & Kate had it made: they were telegenic, obviously cared about each other-and the future of the monarchy was assured-the Queen could relax. Now within a few years these two have completely turned it upside down again. I do not understand-how could they not do their job? How can they turn up their noses at tradition and be so self absorbed and not understand what their roles are? They have to attend these events, show off their children to the press, make an effort-it is not difficult or taxing or strenuous. They have all the help in the world-they could take up whatever causes they’d like, they’d still have plenty of time for vacations, just hanging out with their kids-my mind is boggled.

  45. Tough Cookie says:

    I know this is juvenile but I wish I could think of a way to leave a big steaming pile of wolfhound poop on her front porch.

    • Guesto says:

      I get you, Tough Cookie, but it would be a waste of poop since she’d never even be aware of it.

      Much better that Domhnall takes a massive dump over William’s feet tomorrow in full view of the cameras and as a middle finger response to his wife’s casual dismissal of what he, as a mascot, represents.

      Even better if Domhnall’s carer feeds him an exceptionally hot curry tonight which leaves him loose and unpredictable.

      • Tough Cookie says:

        oh, the visual…..

        Of course we know it’s wishful thinking because the regiment and dear Domhnall himself have a sense of duty and responsibility…

    • Chrissy says:

      LOL! And I’d love it if she stepped in it while wearing those hideous black pumps.

  46. msthang says:

    I think their marriage is completely on the rocks, or her parents marriage is, either way something has gone completely wrong, not just arrogance!! Somethings up.

    • Debbieb says:

      Imo it reminds me of the war of the Wales’ all over again. Waity runs home to be with the children… Willy is more interested in his Royal obligations.

  47. hogtowngooner says:

    All I can say is… WOW.

    What a stunning lack of awareness and duty. What a slap in the fact to her own regiment that she simply cannot be bothered to show up for them.

    I’ve counted three excuses offered up so far, each more ridiculous than the last:

    - She has another event in Norfolk… the next day. Are you kidding me? As others have posted, Norfolk is 2.5 hours by car. Moreover, she’s used the helicopter to get to engagements. There is no reason she cannot do both; she just doesn’t WANT to.

    - She wants to spend time with her children. Well that hasn’t seemed to keep her from spending an entire day at Wimbledon, has it? I guess she can only tear herself away from her kids when there’s something fun to do. Also, didn’t they just do that on their ski holiday on Mount Tone Deaf?

    - She doesn’t want to give the impression she’ll be doing this every year. This one doesn’t make any sense at all. Isn’t that what tradition – you know, the thing you willingly married into – is all about??? YOU are the patron of this regiment and this is your JOB. 115 years of a lovely (and not very difficult) tradition broken because this waste of space doesn’t want to give the impression that she has any sense of duty or respect for the institution she sought so hard to be a part of.

    These two… the ways they continue to show their laziness and appalling disrespect of the British people beggars belief. If it’s such an imposition to earn their keep, they should both abdicate and live quietly in the country on their own dime.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Latest excuses are prepping for India tour and spending as much time with the kids as possible before India. Is another quick sunning trip to France on the schedule? That was how they “prepped” for another tour.

      • vava says:

        LOL…………..I wonder what is on her schedule between now and April 10. Let’s hope that at least she goes in for some fittings on the designer duds she’s having made.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I’m sure the designers are busy with the Diana-copying outfits and theme dressing.

      • Tourmaline says:

        Growl….the India/Bhutan tour is only SIX days. And she doesn’t have anything currently announced on her calendar between Friday and the tour (April 16). Is she really trying to claim she can’t take a half day at most out for this event–because she’s reading up on India or getting fitted for some bespoke McQueen sari?

        Emily Andrews from The Sun tweeted today “One former officer I spoke to said Kate shd be honoured to visit the Irish Guards, not the other way around..’

      • hogtowngooner says:

        I imagine it will be similar to the excuses trotted out for the “gruelling” 3 week tour of Australia and New Zealand a couple of years ago. They even built in a vacation to that! These two are shameless in how they will excuse themselves from their responsibilities.

  48. Anett says:

    They showed us their middle finger. And they can do it. That’s all I can say.

    • Bird says:

      At the point they give us the middle finger on royal expectations is the point at which they are just celebrities. And the shelf life ain’t so impressive on celebrities. Meanwhile, I’ll be over here noting that his red Irish Guard uni was good enough for a wedding prop, but not good enough for her to think of being an officer’s wife. If my husband were COL of the regiment, he would be appalled if I refused to be part of the ceremonial duties. As an officers wife, I sold bagels to support single soldier activities, took my paid leave to cook for luncheons and serve soldiers, and supported my husband’s O’Dark Thirty physical training with the soldiers (not required for officers in his unit). You do everything you can to support soldiers, airmen, marines, sailors, and coasties and here, guardsmen. Every damn thing. Because they put their life on the line for everybody every damn day, even if they are not in a war zone. Whichever guard said that Kate should be honored, not the other way around, that person is damn straight. Her lack of support for the guards, and her husband as CO, is not just a middle finger to the howling public. It is a middle finger to those who serve, and she, frankly, is not worthy enough to make that middle finger mean a thing. F.O. waste of skin.

  49. Zaytabogota says:

    This is a woman so lazy and incurious that she chose to spend her entire twenties unemployed. She did nothing. No work. No voluntary work. No further education. She had every opportunity offered to her on a platter and she chose to do nothing. Nothing. She sat around waiting for her Prince and partied a bit. That’s it. So it’s hardly surprising that she continues to do nothing. She has nannies for the kid’s, housekeepers to keep her home in order, servants to organise her life, her mother around to boss the staff. She does nothing all day most days. On the rare occasion she has to turn up to an occasion for an hour or two, she is so exhausted by the unfamiliar exertion that she needs six months and a few holidays to recuperate.

    • Tourmaline says:

      So true…I always think back to the Waity Era when stuff like this happens. And how she quit her part-time job as an accessories buyer at Jigsaw (friends of her parents from Mustique) after about a year, and the stated reason was “she needed more time for herself”. That was like fall 2007 and from then on it was THREE full years until the engagement. Oh right…she was working so hard and keenly for her parents during that time, I forget.

    • Christin says:

      She could be upset and not sleeping well prior to any appearance she does not want to do. She’s apparently never worked in the ‘real world’ like Diana did. She seems more relaxed during fun / sporting events or holidays.

  50. ladybosca says:

    Exactly zayta! Hi all! My parents/step parents extended family would’ve pushed me to do something, not settle for a horses-ass “prince” that made fun of me, allowed his brother and friends to make fun of me. I would’ve kept travelling, school, etc
    But my real life made me leave school to take care of my grandfather,until he passed away. Then I took care of my grandmother until my family put her into.assisted living. I made choices, but had to give up a good part of my life.. But no regrets.

  51. Mary Carol says:

    Remember the Christmas luncheon at Buckingham Palace last year that William skipped? And in his absence a job Kate didn’t want was forced on her? It strikes me this maybe payback. Just sayin’.

    • msthang says:

      I really think there must have been a row, something is way off !!!

      • Bird says:

        I’m a little ranty today. I HOPE there was a row. I hope it was a horrible row, and that unsayable things were said. The quicker these two melt down as a celebrity duo, the quicker we can be rid of them. Shades of Spencer and Heidi. Do it, say it, burn it all down. ETA: not advocating violence, just irrelevance. Post haste with some builder’s tea, please.

  52. India Andrews says:

    These men can leave their families for months at a time when duty calls but Kate can’t leave her house for an afternoon once a year for them. Shameful when you consider how Kate could dump George with nanny Maria for a week to go on a luxury babymoon in the Seychelles.

  53. Bess says:

    Since Charles pays for their lifestyles, why won’t he use the power of the purse to straighten these two out? I think William and Kate might work a little harder if Charles cut back out their allowances.

    • Lisa says:

      Maybe Chuck values the tax write-offs he gets by paying the Cambridges’ bills more than he values the Monarchy’s future? Or maybe he wants Willnot and Cannot to bury themselves and then force Willnot to remove himself from the Succession? Somehow I feel, it’s a bit of both.
      As for Kate, she’s an empty-headed shell of a woman-child who’s without any shame or regard for the traditions she married into never mind the taxpayers who find these fools. Willnot and Cannot deserve each other and it will not end well IMO.

  54. Kate says:

    What is WRONG with these two do-nothings?

    Are they or are they not trying to pass themselves off as normal people? Don’t they realize that most normal people do not shirk responsibility, nor do they refuse to do what’s expected of them?

    Who the hell would have thought we’d be dreading the end of Charles even a decade ago?

    Personally, as much as I respect HM The Queen and the Prince of Wales, Normal Bill and Waity will not provide the rest of the world with the equal share of comfortable continuity and entertainment that those of us non-UKers and non-Commonwealth members have become accustomed to from the BRF. The monarchy should end with Charles’ death if these two do-nothings don’t shape up real quick.

  55. Anare says:

    Gad! I thought William bailing out on the BAFTAs was completely tone deaf. This is worse! How effing rude to say I don’t want you to think I’m going to do this every year. God forbid she should make a pledge or show her loyalty. I’d be honored to do it and would gladly show every year they would have me. These two can’t see past their own noses. I’m convinced they have eshewed the usual PR help, thumbed their nose at QE and Charles and think they can do what they want. They think they are such modern royals but they’ve screwed the pooch. One of these days they will look out their window and there will be the townsfolk with pitchforks and torches. And that will be the end of it.