Daily Mail: Duchess Kate is Harry’s ‘closest female friend’ & mother figure

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Contrary to popular opinion, I don’t think Prince Harry hates his sister-in-law, nor do I think he merely “tolerates” her, as some people believe. While at one time, a decade ago, there was no love lost between Harry and Kate (he famously called her “the Limpet”), I do think they’re relatively close these days. Maybe it was just Harry accepting that Kate got the ring, maybe it was that he got to know her better, but they do seem to enjoy a good relationship these days. When they do events together, always with William, Harry is the one who sparkles, he’s the one who looks like he’s enjoying himself and Will and Kate follow his lead. He flirts with Kate and she lights up in his presence.

Well, Harry, Kate and William were doing daily events for the Queen’s birthday celebrations last week, and UK media outlets kept on noting that Harry and Kate seemed to be especially giggly and connected at event after event. So what’s their real relationship like? The Daily Mail did an exclusive and exhaustive analysis, with pro-Cambridge sources, all about how Kate adores poor Harry, how she “advises” him and how she’s not looking forward to the day when he finds The One. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

Kate is Harry’s closest female friend? “Harry has plenty of female friends — including cousins Zara, Beatrice and Eugenie — but he is probably closer to Kate than any other woman on the planet,” the Mail claims. A source insists that Harry and Kate are not flirting though: “That’s not it, although he does have a knack of making women, including Kate, feel good about themselves, commenting on what they are wearing, for example. But as Harry once said, Kate is like the big sister he never had.”

Kate is Harry’s mother figure. A source says: “While William and Harry get on with Camilla and are delighted to see their father happy, they don’t really confide in her. She can’t replace their mother, and wouldn’t expect to.” So Kate became Harry’s “trusted counsel” in his motherless vacuum.

They watch Game of Thrones together? “Theirs is a genuine friendship, founded on nights spent in front of Game Of Thrones boxsets and companionable suppers. From giving him cookery lessons to offering sensible romantic advice, Kate has become Harry’s lynchpin.”

Kate loves Harry because he’s silly & fun:
A source says: “William, partly because of his position, partly because of his character, plays it safe like his father, whereas Harry is free and easy, with a ‘let’s have the whole bottle’ sort of attitude. Kate also adores the way Harry plays with her children — he is very good with them, a charming big kid and silly uncle…Harry, although he can be moody, over-sensitive, and unreliable to his girlfriends, is otherwise enormously good fun. Everybody likes him. Why shouldn’t Kate, too?”

They see each other all the time in London: “Harry is totally at ease popping over to the Cambridges’ gym to work out next to Wills, and he’s used to seeing Kate in her cashmere dressing gown reading to Charlotte, or joining in cosy family suppers, eaten from their laps. Harry has been encouraged by both William and Kate to see as much of George and Charlotte as he likes. He is a great supporter of George to be as adventurous as possible, so football in the KP garden is a must, along with walking Lupo the dog. There are constant japes with the children. If he can return them muddy, Harry sees it as a job done!”

Kate undermines Harry’s girlfriends: “Like the Queen, she wouldn’t state her point of view, more ask questions,. If she didn’t think his former girlfriends such as party-loving Chelsy Davy or actress Cressida Bonas were real runners, it would be because she knows more than anyone what marriage into “The Firm” actually entails…Both Kate and Camilla have been working through their contacts books to look at “prospectives” for Harry. Discretion is key. Candidates must also be athletic, love animals, retain high levels of stamina, be reasonably well educated if not fiercely academic, have no unguarded “mouthy” moments, be fun-loving, able to travel effortlessly and have no medical problems. A tall order in one girl!”

Kate likes that Harry isn’t tightly wound (like William): “With one off-the-cuff remark Harry can defuse any row. And he hasn’t got the attention span for Palace and family politics although he shares their dread of the Press. But he is no grudge bearer — quick to anger, quick to defuse — where William can be obstinate to the point of lunacy.”

[From The Daily Mail]

There’s a lot more at the original story, but you get the idea. Obvious Cambridge propaganda is obvious. All of the unnamed sources were pushing an agenda of “Kate and William help poor, fun, not-smart Harry, and he in turns makes them laugh.” The sources were laying it on thick too, suggesting that Kate shares cooking tips with Harry and she took the long-view of befriending him and keeping him close (so she can manipulate him, perchance?). As I said, I do believe Harry and Kate are pretty close these days, but I don’t believe Kate is his closest friend, nor do I believe that Kate is, like, the Harry-whisperer and only she can mother him because he’s so lonely and helpless. What I do think is that Harry has his mother’s natural charm, charisma, work ethic and charitable heart and the Cambridges will do anything to cling to him and hope that they get some of the credit for his popularity and good works.

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  1. Pinky says:

    Ooo…the way he’s looking at her in that photo….

    Man, I’d love a royal love triangle right about now.

    –TheRealPinky

    • Lucy says:

      Love that! Royal gossip is so boring lately.

    • NewWester says:

      Also look at how Kate is looking at Harry……

    • Kate says:

      Exactly my thoughts. Closest friend and mother figure, my big toe!! There is heat in those glances for sure.

    • Div says:

      Cackling, Genetics are a funny thing and if the third Cambridge child ends up being a ginger-you know the Fail will run with it.

    • Frida says:

      I would SO love for this to be true. I do believe Kate and Will have a discreet open marriage (don’t all royals/celebs?) but I don’t know if Will would ever let this happen. It’s obvious how insecure and jealous he is of Harry.

  2. Fan says:

    Poor Harry. He can’t seem to find love again after Chelsea.

    • Megan says:

      I don’t buy the “poor lonely Harry” storyline. He talks a good game about wanting a wife and babies, but he certainly seems to enjoy the life of a single man.

      • Christin says:

        He may like the ‘idea’ of marriage and family.

      • notasugarhere says:

        He also talks about needing to find someone who is good for him and good for the job. Both his father and brother failed at that. If he takes his time and finds the right person – all the better.

      • Megan says:

        Nota – I think that is just talk to explain away his bachelor lifestyle.

      • notasugarhere says:

        His “bachelor lifestyle” is two serious girlfriends totaling 10 years. He wasn’t the one cheating his way through their circle of female acquaintances; that was his brother. The way he’s followed, if he was currently cutting a swath through the upper crust, there would a lot more info about it.

        Is he celibate? No. Is he Tiger Woods? Again no. He’s seen the mistakes made by his father and brother. I expect that if he marries, he’ll take his time and hopefully he’ll end up with a hard-working spouse.

      • notasugarhere says:

        His “bachelor lifestyle” is two serious girlfriends totaling 10 years. He wasn’t the one cheating his way through their circle of female acquaintances; that was his brother. The way he’s followed, if he was currently cutting a swath through the upper crust, there would a lot more info about it.

        Too many people ready to profit off telling the tale. Look at the women who sold him out in Vegas. He’s not the brightest bulb, but he’s gotten smarter about some things in the last few years.

        Is he celibate? No. Is he Tiger Woods? Again no. He’s seen the mistakes made by his father and brother. I expect that if he marries, he’ll take his time and hopefully he’ll end up with a hard-working spouse.

    • Ravensdaughter says:

      Plus he has the Windsor bald spot. Oh distress!

      • Andrea says:

        I think he is like me, likes the idea of marriage, but hasn’t quite found the right one yet nor is ready for it either.

  3. LadyMTL says:

    Okay, “fiercely academic” really? For Harry? Now, I love me some Harry Wales but he never really struck me as the fiercely academic type. Or is this just a polite way of saying ‘no blithering idiots’ ?

    That said, I do love to travel, though maybe it’s not effortless enough? I don’t have a private helicopter to fly me places, after all. :P

    • Lucy says:

      It says “not fiercely academic.”

      • Rachel says:

        It says ‘educated IF NOT fiercely academic’. i.e. preferably she will be educated in the very least, but the ideal candidate will be ‘fiercely academic’.

      • Sixer says:

        It doesn’t mean that, Rachel.

      • Rachel says:

        That’s how I read it. I am also British.

      • Lucy says:

        That’s not what the expression “if not” means in British English.

      • Azurea says:

        Rachel, it means “even if not fiercely academic.”

      • Starkiller says:

        Reading War and Peace qualifies as a “fiercely academic” pursuit? We read that in my American public school (ie British state school) in what would have been the equivalent to UK Year 7.

    • Rachel says:

      Depends I suppose on the BRF’s definition of ‘fiercely academic’. After all, everyone gushed about Kate coming in with a college degree in History of Art. Then, when they were touring some of the Queen’s exhibitions on the launch of the wedding dress exhibit, she asked if Fabergé eggs were still being made …

      • Taxi says:

        Faberge eggs are being made. They sell for huge sums. Obviously, there’s a difference between the antiques, few & very rare, but the company did start making them again early this century. Her question wasn’t stupid, as so many here continually imply by this example.

    • Sixer says:

      In Britisher translation, that doesn’t mean “well educated but preferably actually fiercely academic”. That means “doesn’t really matter if fiercely academic but does at least need a good education”.

      And in further Britisher translation, that means “must have gone to the RIGHT school but being thick as mince is perfectly fine”.

      • Grace says:

        Hahahahah! You summed it up so perfectly. It’s all about appearances.

      • Clare says:

        I’ve never heard the term ‘Britisher’ or ‘Britisher English’. Would you mind me asking where that comes from?

        To clarify – I’m also British, and not be facetious, just curious. If anything, feeling a bit daft…

      • Sixer says:

        Britisher is just me mucking about, Clare. I also say Britland a lot. Possibly confusing in a subthread about correct language usage!

      • LAK says:

        I thought Britisher was a term used by Indians to describe British people? It’s the only time i’ve heard the term used in real life. It’s supposed to be all-encompassing rather than breakdown of the different countries of Britain.

    • LadyMTL says:

      Hrm, then maybe I read it wrong. For me, “educated if not fiercely academic” would mean that the woman is not only well educated but possibly / ideally also fiercely academic. That said, I’m not British so it could be I misinterpreted it.

      • Megan says:

        I’m not British, but I read as went to the the right school, made the right connections, but not too smart.

      • Lucy says:

        In British English, “X if not Y” means X is essential but not Y. It’s sort of one of those very understated British expressions, like how “quite” in British English means “only a little bit” and can be insulting/a put-down.

        They want someone who knows the right forks to use at dinner, not someone who’s read War and Peace.

      • Sixer says:

        What Lucy said.

        Plus, “well educated” is a coded expression meaning “went to the right school”.

      • LAK says:

        @Lucy: by your definition, I definitely qualify. I know which forks to use and i have not read War and Peace and have no intention of doing so. Unless James Norton reads it to me in his Prince Andrei costume.😊

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate would be massively jealous if Harry was with someone who was actually intelligent and didn’t come off as a cipher. She will not want to be outshone.

  4. Lucy says:

    To be fair he never called her “the limpet.” Even the article the quote linked to doesn’t say any such thing.

    • Susan says:

      Forgive my ignorance but what exactly is a limpet? Is that a British slang term?

      • LAK says:

        A limpet is a type of snail-like aquatic organism. They cling very strongly to the surface of the surface they attach themselves and are difficult to remove.

        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limpet

        Used as a slang term, it means they are calling Kate a stage 5 clinger who has proven very difficult to remove.

    • notasugarhere says:

      As the multiple stories go, their circle of friends came up with the name and he agreed with it. Same group that had deemed the Middleton’s the Wisteria Sister.

      The Limpet started around the time that she was using her status as unofficial royal girlfriend to get a discount Audi lease, and multiple stories were out about how he disliked her grasping behavior vs. Chelsy.

  5. lilacflowers says:

    Mother figure?

  6. Tina says:

    Half the pictures in the DM article were from 2012, which is the last time they tried to sell this narrative. He’s a friendly, charismatic guy and she’s always interested when a good-looking man is doing the talking (Idris Elba, Ben Ainslie). It’s rubbish.

    • Sixer says:

      It’s her Stepford narrative, isn’t it? The lights only come on when the eligible man is in the room. It’s 2016 fer crissakes. Someone needs to tell the next generation of social-climbing Middleton parent that the lights are supposed to come on when your CAUSES are in the room.

      • LAK says:

        A chinese journalist noted as much during the chinese state visit.

        The quote in an otherwise boring article about the chinese tour was that Kate ‘suddenly lit up with girlish delight at meeting Jackie Chan’

        The paragraph about her implied she had been bored and uninterested in proceedings until that moment.

      • Megan says:

        To be fair, I think most people light up when a huge movie star walks in the room.

      • Tina says:

        It’s Charlotte I feel sorry for. Poor lamb hasn’t got a chance. (George will be fine, he’s the heir and a boy).

    • Sarah says:

      Only one of the pics was recent and in it, Harry’s talking to someone past Kate, and she’s smiling at him like he’s talking to her. It’s like that in almost all the recents pics.

      i think they had a rift before Charlotte was born. They barely talk now and why’d they have her Christening when he was planning to be at Sentable? That was planned months in advance! I think Harry’s a good guy and is polite to her, but I don’t see the friendliness they used to have any more at all.

      And Kate’s working her contacts? What contacts??? The woman doesn’t seem to have any female friends, or even like other women, so I’d bet my last penny that Kate has NO contacts!

  7. Natalie says:

    Michelle Obama is Harry’s touchstone adviser and I won’t hear anything else! Actually it’s probably Tiggy Legge-Bourke.

    And really? William the broken toothed, “let’s drink the menu, chaps,” likes to play it safe?

    • notasugarhere says:

      Or Lady Sarah Chatto. I suspect Lady Sarah takes her godmother role seriously.

  8. Starlight says:

    She needs a strong ally if anything goes wrong in her relationship I guess. Note aristocratic or Royal genealogy was left off the list by Kate now that would be serious competition in the grand scheme of things.

  9. Who ARE these people? says:

    The part about a prospective princess having “no medical problems” caught my eye. If true, a) harder to fulfill as we get older, b) code for “seems fertile?”, c) code for -given history with this family – no mental health issues?

    I almost hope it’s code because otherwise it’s not on the usual romantic wishlist. Probably implicit but not so badly stated.

  10. Yeses says:

    I want someone to look at me like Harry is looking at Kate in the first picture. Or someone who will look at me like Kate looking at Harry in the second picture. They are both looking at each other like they are stranded travelers in the desert and they just found a tall drink of cold water.
    Ok, maybe I am reading too much into it and maybe I just want Harry to look at me like that…that’s just semantics ha!

  11. Div says:

    I’ve always side-eyed William a lot more than Kate because I get the feeling she’s not terribly bright. Carol seems to have manipulated her from a young age to “follow the man/social climb” and she therefore follows William’s lead. If William wanted her to work more, I think she would work more…They both seem lazy and a burden to the tax payers but she probably would be capable of more if someone pushed her. William, on the other hand, has been trained since birth and has been pushed to do more…and nada.

    Anyway, jmo but Prince Harry probably feels a bit sorry for her since she seem to have no sense of self.

    • Megan says:

      I think Kate is entirely in charge of her work schedule, and I think that was always a condition of their marriage. The storyline that she did not work in her 20s so she could be at William’s beck and call was created by the Midds to explain away her lack of employment. She has never held a full time job and she does not intend to.

    • La Ti Da says:

      I mostly agree with you. I think if she truly felt it necessary Kate would put in as much effort as needed. She isn’t going to be proactive in giving up her cushy lifestyle at the moment though. So she is fine with following Will’s lead and maintaining a “quiet” Royal life. However, if it ever gets to a point when their future in the Monarchy is threatened I think they’d be knocking over other working Royals in their race to be seen at the front of every event.

      Having said that I feel like Harry goes out of his way to make Kate more comfortable at these shared events. I don’t want to use the word pity, but I do think Harry is much more empathetic with people than anyone else in his family, besides his late mother. He’s charming for sure, but I don’t feel like he is being so for mercenary reasons. I think he understands what its like to be incredibly uncomfortable and constantly judged and can’t stand back and let a family member falter when he need only joke and smile with her to make a difference. Its actually really sad when you compare his behavior towards Kate to her husband’s. The way she visibly lights up in Harry’s presence isn’t sexual in my opinion, its like she is finally being treated respectfully, friendly, and as an equal. He treats her like a person, not a walking womb who is more burden than partner.

  12. Karen says:

    Odd he picked her as mother figure and not a sister figure.

    Also, When are they in London to have these nights of GoT and cooking lessons?
    Aren’t W&K always at Amner Hall playing pilot/tennis and making organic jams?

    • notasugarhere says:

      There you go with logic again. W&K are rarely in London and I don’t think Harry is hanging around Anmer.

    • Sarah says:

      Yes, I picked that up too! They are never at KP! I think this article was written to give some of Harry’s shine to the increasingly unpopular Kate.

  13. HollyG says:

    Dear god, it’s a plot straight out of a 1950s movie.

    “Gee,” says Kate, “who do I know that would be just perfect for good old Harry? Let me put on my cashmere robe and think about it. Ooh, better pop Wills’ cheesy toasts into the oven before he comes home from a long day of flying helicopters!”

  14. The Original Mia says:

    Obvious Middleton PR is obvious. Kate is just so perfect and so everything to that family. Whatever would they do without her?! Poppycock! These last few events have been a departure for how Harry has treated Kate. Yes, he seemed to finally acknowledge her and interact with her, but to take it to the point he was flirting with her or that they are besties is a bit far fetched. In most pictures, Harry is directing comments to other people and Kate is overreacting to seem a part of the convo, but alas wider photos or videos show the truth of Harry’s actions.

    I seriously doubt Harry is discussing his love life with Kate. What qualities does she possess that would make her a good judge of character?

    • Betti says:

      That was my take too that the obvious Middleton PR was well, obvious. Another tactic that they’ve used in the past to try and get some good PR for her on the back of Harry – the public didn’t buy it then and won’t now.

      They never learn – they keep trotting out the same BS PR every year to try and make their daughter into Diana 2.0. They haven’t read the memo that says no one is buying it.

      • Egla says:

        Well if they repeat it long enough it will stick with someone. For example it’s been a month my weight is 60.5 kg. I just had some new pants tailored for work and they are a little loose (I wanted them like that) but I still look good. Everybody keep telling me over and over for a month that I have gained weight and although I weight the same I started to believe them even if my scale told me the contrary. I started to feel fat. I started to run harder at the gym (today) LOL.
        Now with this story, they keep telling it as many times as it takes and trust me there are people that with this story and the right photos shown here will start at least buy into the narrative. It’s PR you guys, it’s smoke and mirrors. Maybe the truth lies in between.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Harry’s public behavior is the same with everyone. Set everyone at ease, be friendly and open, drag everyone along with you to make them seem engaged. You’ll find pictures of him looking at Michelle Obama, Invictus competitors, royal reporters he likes, or the PM of Jamaica in the same way.

    • Sarah says:

      Yup. Harry is talking to someone else in many recent pics, but Kate is smiling at him like he’s talking to her to seem included. I think there’s been a chill between them the last year or so,

      • Betti says:

        She does this quite a lot, not just with Harry -she is very aware of the cameras and plays to them. Video footage tells a different story.

  15. Megan says:

    I don’t think Kate undermines Harry’s relationships. He does it just fine on his own.

  16. Amber says:

    It’s like clockwork isn’t it?
    Flurry of Work? Check
    Bash the Yorks? Check
    Emphasize Harry and Kate’s incredible, unobservable relationship? Check

    I swear, since The Cambridges married, especially in the last few years, there have been more pieces about Harry and Kate’s relationship, than about William/Kate or William/Harry put together. (Seriously, when was the last time we heard about Bill and Buckets great love/friendship/chemistry? That used to be a favorite. When will K.P. learn that whole “show, don’t tell” thing”? “Because if you have to say it…”) I don’t believe Harry and Kate are close at all. Not ever. Not these days. When Harry and William are alone–Rare nowadays. Why waste the Harry-PR-power-boost on one Cambridge.–Harry instantly slips into that happy, peppy, submissive younger brother role. He’s not like that at all when the Three Musketeers are together though. Most of the time Harry looks stressed, serious, or miserable, or like he’s trying to distance himself from them. This is Harry we’re talking about! Harry not being able to keep on a happy face. Or not bothering to. He’s polite and friendly towards Kate when he makes an effort to be. We can see that with our own eyes in videos, not photos. Because Kate’s mastered the art (of plastering that manic grin on her face when need-be and) of posing by turning her head towards Harry whenever he says something to William, when neither one is actually talking to her. And of course that’s a photo that runs every time the three are together. The whole Kate as caretaker thing is particularly absurd. As I said the other day, Kate’s a liability. She carries herself as someone to be taken care of. Not as a wife, confidant, role-model, adviser, or equal to anyone. Carole being mother to all three would likely have been another round of PR from them if the Middleton’s hadn’t gone dark. (I miss them, Lol)

    The only story I’ve ever heard is that Harry lives in the cottage now and was at Clarence while K.P.:1A was being renovated. The endless, exorbitant renovation overlapped with George’s birth. So it was off to “Buckle”, then Amner. Harry was still in the military until last summer. He’s been working and in and out of the country for years. William and Kate have not been living primarily at K.P. since ever. So when are they even around each other that much? (And we’ve seen enough helicopter pics of The DoLittles getting the hell out of London to make me think that they’re not living at K.P. more than we think, on the down-low either. Nor do I believe that that would be something kept a secret. It would be good PR to live there more.) Even stranger though? So far we’ve seen Harry mention George’s walk and we’ve heard Michelle Obama say that a very precocious George asked why Harry was being so quiet. But we haven’t seen ANY interaction between Harry and those kids. And outside of that piece about QEII, every time Harry’s been asked about George and Charlotte he shifts gears. Like it’s a topic he’s not well-versed on, he doesn’t have much to say, so better to mention his other god-kids. None of it screams “closeness” to me at all.

    • The Original Mia says:

      They truly think the public is blind to their shenanigans.

    • Lisa says:

      I agree with you Amber. This obvious pro-Kate PR is as nauseating as it is untrue IMO. I believe that Harry puts up with Kate because she’s his SIL and nothing else. The Doolittles seem to spend little time in London and that’s where Harry seems to spends his time when he isn’t travelling. I’m sure Cannot would love to claim confidant status to the charismatic Harry but why would he confide in her? He knows that she’s a shell of a woman and a mommy’s girl and he has to know about her pathetic history with his brother. I doubt he respects her. I too think Harry has been distancing himself from the Doolittles and their bad/ lazy reputation and only deals with them when he has to. I think if they were spending any time together, we’d have seen PR pics of Harry and the kids by now.

      • paddyjr says:

        They act like any other in-laws who have to make polite conversation during family events. I do agree that Kate is not looking forward to when Harry gets married, especially if his bride is more accomplished and has a better work ethic (e.g., has held a job for more than 5 minutes).

        Over the weekend, there were pictures of Harry playing with Mia Tindall. Wouldn’t Poor Jason be sending out pictures non-stop if Harry truly had the same relationship with George and Charlotte?

      • Amber says:

        I forgot Charlotte, and my first comment was super long anyway. (Classic Amber). But Charlotte’s birth also coincides with what I’m talking about. William and Kate actually did make a show of staying at K.P. for a minute (four days) that time. But Harry wasn’t there! Not only did he miss the birth (he was in New Zealand) and then later missed the Christening (he was in Africa) in July, he didn’t meet Charlotte for weeks after she was born. She was born May 2nd. On May 17th at the Chelsea Flower Show you’ve got Harry saying he was looking forward to meeting her. I guess he made it up to Amner later that month. http://www.celebitchy.com/429122/prince_harry_played_sweaty_polo_finally_stopped_by_anmer_hall_to_meet_his_niece/ The point is neither side made it a priority. The Cambridges weren’t looking out for Uncle Harry, and Harry wasn’t fussed or in any hurry himself. Doesn’t sound like a super close, Leave It Beaver family. Jason should’ve told Harry to hop on the helicopter and join William and Kate’s little picnic the other day between polo matches. (I expect that photo by the end of the summer.) With George, we’ve gotten a bigger sample size, and I think it’s safe to say that he doesn’t seem connected to anybody in the family. Not that William and Kate give him any space or stop fussing with him for a second so anyone can get the chance to engage the kid.

    • Aeryn32 says:

      There was a pic in the Mail yesterday of Harry giving Mia a hug while Zara T was holding her at a polo match. It was in the article headed with the pics of Mia pulling the Princess Royal’s trouser leg. He definitely seems close to Zara and Mia based on that pic. Will try to figure out how to link it.

  17. bluerunning says:

    Oh geez, how awkward. Frankly, it’s hard enough being in your 30s and single (I speak from experience…), without this kind of trash coming out…

    The only grain of truth I could see in this would be that maybe they’ve grown a bit closer in the past few years, but I think that’s mostly due to circumstances.

  18. Sharon Lea says:

    I guess they are trying to give us some ‘inside royal’ gossip, but it doesn’t seem all that insightful. I assume next we will see an article about how Pippa & James are close to William etc etc and he ‘leans on them and can tell them his pressures.’

  19. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Truth time. I think it’s easy to get a crush on your significant other’s brother. There’s something familiar about them, and obviously you were attracted to someone with a similar gene pool, and they usually have some quality that your s.o. doesn’t that you find attractive, especially when your s.o. is being annoying. My husband doesn’t have a brother, but my ex did, and I had a little crush on him, I admit.

    • Grace says:

      I get what you are saying. And I think it’s common. It’s probably similar to people feeling the attraction with their significant other’s close friends. More time spent than coworkers or regular dates on getting to know one another better, and the best of it all, there is still time and distance away, while day in and day out with the significant others can mask the warm and fizzy feelings.

    • LizLemonGotMarried says:

      LOL, I wish I had taken a picture of my face as I read your comment. I love my BIL dearly (he’s a good man, a good father, dedicated to his family, etc), but ewwww, NO, just NO! I’m totally squicked out right now! My husband got the looks, the brains, the charisma, the strong jawline and chin, the great hair…the only thing my BIL has over my husband is height, and that’s not that much of a priority!
      Now, if I was Kate, and my choices were William or Harry, THEN I might be crushing on the BIL.

  20. right says:

    She wishes.

  21. Apples says:

    “The Limpet”? I don’t get it. Because…?

  22. Susan says:

    I’ve always been a bit of a Kate apologist, as I think she bit off more than she can chew chasing William and finally getting him. If I had to live with that whiny complainer all the time, I’d be relishing my time with Harry too! I don’t get the vibe they (Kate and Harry) spend a lot of time together, hence her excitement when he’s around.

    • Kitty says:

      I wonder what their marriage is like behind the scenes. Also Kate is a big manipulator and conniving and very ambitious. She got what she wanted, You know what would be Funny is if Harry becomes King in the future haha!

      • Lisa says:

        King Henry IX! I like the sound of that. And I bet he’d take it more seriously and be more beloved than his brother.

  23. Sansa says:

    If you put a Diana wig on Kate she resembles her its the smile.

  24. i laughed sooo hard on no medical problem…. no infertility….no mental cases…no stds

    Good boy Harry … smh lol

  25. K2 says:

    I was reading these stories as mischievous prodding of William, by endless little hints that his wife and little bro were having a torrid affair right under his nose. Lots of front page stories on how close they are, how he’s a gooseberry, how Kate and Harry are in floods of giggles while he’s sidelined… complete with carefully chosen images, under captions like, ‘I only have eyes for you’. The headlines have been, “Not in on the fun Wills? Naughty Prince Harry jokes around with Kate at the Queen’s birthday service – but her husband is left out in the cold” and, “A right royal charmer: Prince Harry shares a private joke with sister-in-law Kate… While William is left out of the fun AGAIN”. They know it’s ridiculous, so I assumed it was intentionally done to wind William up. They’re making him look such a wazzock.

    I thought they were deliberately needling a royal who has blocked the press at every turn, in such a way he can’t respond without looking petulant, paranoid, or fuelling a silly hint into a proper rumour, because they aren’t actually spelling anything out – just offering a few haphazardly placed hints.

    I’m kind of disappointed, if it’s just inept PR from the Cambridge camp. It’s mean as hell if it’s aimed at William, but it would be very funny, too. It would check-mate him so comprehensively. So – you think you can control Fleet Street, William? Have a masterclass on the price of goading the media.

    • Guesto says:

      I think you’re spot on.

    • LAK says:

      I like this theory.

      Much more fun.😊

    • Sarah says:

      I think you’re right!! I was chuckling, yes, in a mean way, imaging what William thinks when he reads these stories with the “I only have eyes for you,” captions. I would love to have been a fly on the wall when this story came out! I don’t think Harry likes Kate much, but these stories probably make petulant Wills crazy! And how can he complain? “My wife’s NOT in love with Harry?”

      Twin said never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel – advice Workshy ignored, to his peril.

    • AJ says:

      Yes! And I think the press also derived tremendous satisfaction from milking the moment the Queen admonished William to stand up during the Trouping event!

  26. anna says:

    To see her in her CASHMERE DRESSING GOWN.. Like a normal gown or some friggin leggings wont do for the duchess!

  27. l_invo says:

    what the bulls*t!
    Kate even dosen’t meet the “requirements of Harry’s girlfriend” Not one of that. Who wrote that rubbish?? I saw film before wedding, about engagement and everything. official film, and someone told that H didn’t like K and told W leave her. I don’t believe they are friends. I think he feel sorry for her. She is not smart and can’t even get to the RF, so many years past, but she act all the time absolutely stupid.

  28. Katia says:

    I think it’s great that he gets on so well with Kate and the babies! But I agree I don’t think he’s *too* lonely when it comes to his dating life..

  29. Hmmm i think they are friendly towards each other, PH is easy to get along with it seems, but I have to say they might not be BFF. I have not seen them hang outside of royal events only a few polo matches though. PH jokes with everyone he’s near, he kind of does this at inappropriate as well, even does the lean in giggle thing with his cousins.
    http://67.media.tumblr.com/025fa9f68a48d36c3a2f658eeae70899/tumblr_o91tbfdcOo1t63lddo2_1280.jpg
    http://66.media.tumblr.com/fd11102ffd18559af07a25f07d8d39ed/tumblr_o91tbfdcOo1t63lddo3_1280.jpg
    and I doubt he is flirting with them.
    The York girls on the other hand do seem to be a bit closer, they do hang outside of royal events, I have seen them got to clubs together in their younger days, weddings, vacations, etc.