Duchess Kate & William’s French vacay involves a luxury hotel & a Turkish bath


As we learned last week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge jetted off for another holiday, because their life is just so taxing and monotonous. People have absolutely no idea how exhausting it is to work so hard at making it look like they’re doing the bare minimum. They were in desperate need of a holiday involving sun, the South of France, the Duke of Westminster’s private jet and a pricey luxury hotel. The “reason” given for this holiday was that Will, Kate and the kids were going to spend time with some mystery “family” in France. But it looks more like they’re vacationing with friends and Nanny Maria is mostly looking after the kids at the hotel. That’s my interpretation. Here’s the Daily Mail’s write-up.

With school out for summer, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have reportedly jetted off on a five-star French holiday with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. According to French newspaper Sud Ouest, the royal family of four, who are apparently holidaying in south west France, spent a night at the Hotel du Palais in Biarritz – where a basic room costs £422 a night.

The hotel, which 19th century Emperor Napoleon III and his wife Eugenie de Montijo used as their summer palace, is described as ‘a hotel rich in memories, style and history’ on its website. According to the website, it is the hotel’s style, which is ‘neither passe or pompous but profoundly elegant, that makes the hotel such a jewel in a seaside resort smiled upon by fortune and fashion’. The hotel has two restaurants and the resident chef is Jean-Marie Gautier, who has a Michelin star. His menu features contemporary, classic cuisine favouring seasonal ingredients and regional products, with touches of inspiration from the rest of the world. The spa houses a 15-metre outdoor swimming pool, a sauna, Turkish bath and solarium with breathtaking ocean views. Whilst a standard room costs just over £400 per night, staying in an Imperial Suite at the hotel in August will set you back up to €3,910 per night (£3,304) for bed and breakfast, according to the website.

According to The Mirror, Kate and William, both 34, along with George, three, and Charlotte, one, flew into Pau-Pyrenees airport last week in the Duke of Westminster’s £8m private jet . They are thought to have landed last Tuesday and be spending the majority of their stay with friends. A spokesperson for the hotel refused to comment when contacted by MailOnline, saying the matter was ‘private’. A spokesperson for Kensington Palace also refused to comment when contacted by MailOnline.

[From The Daily Mail]

If that sounded like a brochure for the hotel, that’s because it was. This is what Will and Kate always do: they book some luxury vacation to some fancy hotel – a hotel where they won’t have to interact with peasants and riff-raff – and they get their hotel stay for free or at some kind of drastic discount, because the hotel gets to send out press releases saying “Will and Kate stayed here, this hotel is good enough for royalty!” It’s a blatant quid-pro-quo that Will and Kate have employed before (at Seychelles and New Zealand, just going from memory). I understand that the businesses are getting something out of it, but perhaps we should stop pretending that Will and Kate are anything other than B-list celebrities getting freebies at every turn? And at least celebrities churn out albums, TV shows and movies. What have Will and Kate done that another celebrity wouldn’t do with a lot less expense to the British taxpayer? Not to mention the French taxpayer – every time Will and Kate travel abroad, whether it’s for work or pleasure, the host country picks up the tab for extra security. All so Kate can avoid tan lines on her bum.

You know what I wonder? I wonder if Will and Kate will release photos from their “private” vacation, like they did with their ski holiday earlier this year. They think baby photos pacify the British taxpayers.



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  1. spaniard says:

    At this time of the year every single royals in Europe are enjoying their expensive and undeserved holidays with taxpayers footing the bill. I am not justifying this but, if you want monarchy that is exactly what you get, if not, just vote anyone who offers a republic in their program. This 2 are not the only ones.

  2. Mrs. Welen-Melon says:

    Kate must have diplomatic immunity. Jeggings worn with beige wedges are a felony under French law.

  3. Betti says:

    Well of course its a luxury vacay – god forbid these ‘normal’ people holiday like the peasants.

    Wonder if the upcoming Canada trip will descend into the same farce as the Indian/Bhutan one, with the hissy fits over ‘private time’ at locations, the ‘retouching’ pitstops, the flashing at memorials and the very expensive wardrobe of bespoke designer themed clothes she’ll never wear again. With him wearing too tight clothes and showing us all what Chutney spent 10 years stalking after.

  4. Sixer says:

    Baby photos do not pacify this Britisher tax payer! Anyone got a pitchfork?

    • LAK says:

      Considering the reception of the latest set, i think the baby card is definitely no bueno these days.

      • Kitty says:

        Will they take them to Canada for good PR?

      • Sixer says:

        I think you are right, LAK. It’s been overused.

      • Nic919 says:

        I think they are expecting a great reaction in Canada because it went well in 2011. That was when most people weren’t paying attention to how little they work and how many luxurious vacations they would be taking. The rose has worn off the bloom and they won’t be getting quite the reception they think they will this time.
        Canadians got really mad about the senator spending scandal and these foreigners coming to visit the touristy areas won’t really be worth the money spent on them. They basically have no choice but to bring the kids because no one cares to see them on their own. Canadians have Internet and have heard of their laziness. Neither have the Harry cool factor and he gets that because he has actually done something with his privilege. They have not.

    • Kitty says:

      @Sixer it will ever be overused.

    • notasugarhere says:

      An associate of Tanna, Jesal Parshotam (therealjesal), tweeted three days ago that there were pictures. So we wait and see?

      “Heard from a journo based in France that there are pictures of The Cambridge’s on holiday. Going to be interesting to see what happens”

      Back to KM’s “guest editing” with PopSugar. Was it in exchange for them no longer publishing photos of them? PopSugar was one of the places that published photos UK outlets wouldn’t publish out of fear of W&K’s retribution.

  5. DanaG says:

    I’m surprised Beatrice hasn’t shown up there. It isn’t like she has a job to go too. Bea was “let go” over 2 months ago. 4 jobs in 5 years so she has decided to open a business consulting company a girl who has NO experience and has shown she really is just good for vacation consultancy. Will and Kate are allowed to do as little as they do the Queen and Prince Charles are aware of what they do and they don’t seem to have a problem with it. Probably because they know they will eventually do more and more engagements. I think it is good they are such hands on parents, Prince Charles has always complained about his upbringing.

    • Senaber says:

      Danag – or should I say poor Jason?- you just rolled up all the sugar talking points into one paragraph. Skill and dedication right there.

      • Natalie says:

        It was like talking point bingo. It needs more subtlety.

      • PHAKSI says:

        He/she even went for one of the York girls and not Harry since he’s a favorite here.
        Carol with an E, #PoorJason or paid troll you are learning. 😀

      • notasugarhere says:

        PHAKSI, there are W&K supporters out there who are attacking Harry’s summer vacation spent doing conservation and Sentebale work. “Conservation is William’s topic, Harry should butt out!” etc.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Two internship both of which were pre-limited 1-year programs are a part of that factless story being spun by the DM. Like most of the vacations last year were found to be long weekends. No business experience? Yes long investment internship, finance training, year long Sony internship and year-long job at Sony (ended with hacking scandal)., etc. Don’t let the facts get in the way.

      All the other working parents in the BRF manage to raise kids quietly in the country and work plenty of royal engagements. Pretending that anything else isn’t the norm in the BRF makes no sense. You take the perks, you do the work. That’s how the Family Firm works.

      Members of the BRF have publicly said they set their own schedules. That HM let’s you make your own mistakes because learning from mistakes is important. When you realize you’ve been an idiot, she is there for you. The year KM publicly said she thought her schedule was too hectic? 120 engagements. No sympathy from the majority of the public, oh poor dear, but the rest of the BRF are rolling their eyes.

      Philip did an interview in which he pretty much begged to be allowed to retire. No, they are not okay with the Lazy Duo. You don’t honestly think that all the stories that have come out in the last couple years, from Charles begging publicly to see the grandson to HM being touted as a loving hands-on mother just happened do you? Those were their public PR rebuttal to all the lies and spin out of Camp Cambridge.

      Prince Charles complains because he isn’t anyone’s favorite child. The other kids have publicly defended their parents and said they had wonderful loving upbringings. Lady Sarah Chatto’s comments about her Aunt Elizabeth in the recent behind-the-scenes documentary backed up the “loving and attentive” stories. None of that was by chance.

      Beatrice is not a working royal and she never will be. We do not know what money Andrew uses for his daughters, just like Anne let’s her kids and grandkids live on her taxpayer-funded-and-secured property for free. We do know the York sisters have at least 5 million in trust funds, from “private” Windsor sources.

      Beatrice is a private citizen with famous relatives, She was saddled with a title and sold a bill of goods most of her life through no fault of her own. She is not a public taxpayer-funded government employee who refuses to do her government job (Hi W&K!). Comparing her to KM and William is apples to oranges.


  6. silken_floss says:

    Those goddamn beige wedges -____-

    • Lama Bean says:

      They look like concrete blocks on her feet, especially because she’s a thin as a pencil nowadays.

  7. Jennifer says:

    I’m going to Biarritz at the end of the month for a quiet holiday (you can do it on the cheap if you pick the right time). The thing that surprises me about this is that Biarritz’s big draws are its beaches, none of which are private. So did they just fly in, have some food, stare longingly at the awesome beaches, and leave? What’s the bloody point??

    • The Original Mia says:

      I find it very suspicious they vacationed at a public, very busy resort and no one has a picture of them. Not on Twitter. Not on FB. Something is up. I can feel it.

      • Ann says:

        My feelings exactly. W&K aren’t the type to mingle with ‘peasants’, so I find it weird that they would choose a hotel to vacation in.

      • Vava says:


      • Jan says:

        I bet they are not even in the vicinity and this reported “private hoiliday” is nothing but a diversionary tactic. Rumours abound that Kate is having some work done and she took the Carole and the kids along. Who knows what Willnot is up to. We’ll see when they resurface. (shrug)

      • HappyMom says:

        I think they’re staying someplace else-like a private residence. They’re not going to choose a hotel like this during high season. I think this is a completely bogus story.

      • notasugarhere says:

        It is saying they only stayed one night, and have snuck off elsewhere. If they were ever there to begin with. There has been no photo proof of all them being on the plane or who else might be in the party.

        There were no photos or tweets of them at the ski resort in France until after they released their official photos of the trip.

      • Nic919 says:

        Plastic surgery. This trip has all the hallmarks of it and a hotel like that would help cover for her.

      • msthang says:

        It’s because they are probably not even in the vicinity, but hundreds of miles away, you have to lie like a rug, to justify vacations and a posh lifestyle !!!

    • Kitty says:

      @Jan are Will and Kate even in love?

      • Jan says:

        Hi Kitty. I think Willnot married Cannot out of obligation and because no one else wanted him. It would have made him look bad to dump her for good after the TEN YEARS she followed him around and was available to him whenever he wanted. I’m thinking that maybe the Middletons had something to hold over his head? They were in cahoots with the DM and Tanna after all. Just speculation though. Cannot might have loved the idea of Willnot but she and her family also loved what he represents – status and money, Unfortunately for her, it ended up that she traded her self-respect, her health and maybe her sanity for an a** of a husband who only thinks of himself and seems to treat his wife like an annoyance at best and a brood mare at the very least. I wonder if she has any regrets?

      • PHAKSI says:

        Kitty, I think they are in love, but Kate is more in love with Will than Will is in love with her

      • notasugarhere says:

        Does she love him or the status of being with him? Would she and her family have put up with him if he wasn’t the heir to the throne? I doubt it.

      • msthang says:

        Jan, I think if he ever loved her, it was the kind of love, like you would love your favorite Ho, and not much more, bottom line he is not capable of loving anyone more than himself, and if he ever does really and truly fall in love with someone else it could be curtains for her, I mean he will hall ass !!!!!

    • Citresse says:

      I’m betting they stopped at the hotel for dinner only. They’ve been known to do that at other posh hotels.
      I would also bet they’re staying at a friend’s or friend of a friend’s mansion beachfront Biarritz. I do sincerely hope Charlotte is enjoying her vacation on the beach, and I do sincerely hope we see actual work from W&K once September arrives.

  8. Victoria says:

    Long time lurker… so hi everyone !

    What seems strange to me is that Biarritz has its own airport ; why go to Pau ? Why land at an airport that’s more than 1:30 h from Biarritz ?

    • Reece says:


    • Citresse says:

      William is obsessive about privacy. The Cambridges arrived at the beach eventually. But we know William likes to keep media and especially the paps guessing when he’s not sending threatening letters.

  9. Vava says:

    I doubt the entire family is there, and I doubt anyone stayed at this hotel. Someone would have seen them and posted a photo on social media.

    I’m thinking Kate is somewhere in France getting a face lift.

    • Bros says:

      we are gonna see her coming out of the plastic surgeon’s office in a burka like Giselle.

  10. Realitycheck says:

    The monarchy should be abolished after queen Elizabeth. These two will not continue any significant traditions, so why keep paying for them? You are only a royal if you continue on the legacy and work towards keeping it.

    • Kitty says:

      Or it should go to Harry.

      • carolind says:

        It cannot “go to Harry” unless William, George and Charlotte all go under a bus.

      • India Andrews says:

        I’ll give William, George and Charlotte a push.

      • Nic919 says:

        There is precedent for the first born to abdicate like Edward VIII. Whether or not he can cut his descendants from the line of succession is another story, even though The Duke of Windsor did agree to do that himself, there were no children born when he agreed to it.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Some advisors saw Bertie as incapable and wanted to skip over him. They advised moving on to the next brother, Henry, who wasn’t much of an improvement over the Duke of Windsor.

        That would have meant skipping the already-born heirs Elizabeth and Margaret, but they were going to do it regardless. If they want William and his line out, they can make it happen.

  11. Brittney B. says:

    ” perhaps we should stop pretending that Will and Kate are anything other than B-list celebrities getting freebies at every turn? ”

    Never looked at it this way before… but now I’m embarrassed that I didn’t. They will forever be B-list celebs in my eyes now.

  12. hmmm says:

    This is their holiday? They’re such dullards.

  13. Cerys says:

    I can’t imagine the Dolittles staying in a hotel with other guests, even very wealthy ones. William would probably expect them to hand in their cameras so no pics would emerge. They are most likely staying at a private villa owned by their “relatives” and maybe visited the hotel to use its facilities. No doubt the children were left with Maria.
    I’m surprised there have been no pap pics and very little in the mainstream media about their trip. Maybe Kate is really at a clinic getting a facelift as others have mentioned. Or else she is getting some treatment for all the health issues people have been speculating about over the past few months.

    • Lisa says:

      Yes, it’s very odd that there have been no photos or even tweets about them. If nothing else, I hope she is dealing with whatever medical/ psychological problem(s) she has. It’s obvious to me that Kate has problems. Who wouldn’t living with having that man for a husband.

  14. Grump says:

    What ridiculous people.
    There are so many ridiculous people on the planet, but these two have actual obligations and responsibilities that they ignore at every opportunity.
    Shame. Shame. (Rings bell). Shame!

  15. Starlight says:

    Everytime I have been to Biarritz its been overcast and very windy – it’s not very glitzy as a place – long promenade with elderly French with yappy dogs and hunky surfers running into the surf. But the countryside is lovely especially Pau – Lourdes is not that far away. i suppose it was a toss up between there or Cornwall if Wills got his wet suit on brrrr!!

  16. Maria says:

    Those photos! Why is Kate so thin? Is there something wrong?