Prince William reveals that Duchess Kate loves adult coloring books


What are some of your biggest self-soothing or boredom activities? I play Hearts on my iPad and watch/listen to the Tennis Channel. I watch the birds play outside. I also find it relaxing to lie flat on stomach in total silence for about ten to twenty minutes, just to “decompress,” several times a week. I imagine that I’m the sort of person who would probably find it relaxing to color in “adult coloring books” too, although I haven’t tried it. Adult coloring books are apparently a thing these days. They are Amazon bestsellers, and some might even say that “coloring” is the new “knitting.” And guess who loves adult coloring books? The Duchess of Cambridge.

The Duchess of Cambridge enjoys colouring-in books, her husband has told a top illustrator. Johanna Basford was picking up an OBE at Buckingham Palace for services to art and entrepreneurship when the Duke of Cambridge revealed that Kate likes to colour. Adult colouring books have become popular in recent times, with the craze – referred to as “colour therapy” – capturing the imagination of those looking to de-stress and spend time away from looking at mobile phones and screens.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte may have found a colouring partner in their mother, who is said to like one of the most popular colouring books. Ms Basford, 33, who lives in Ellon in Scotland, told the Press Association: “I think we’ve just seen the colouring community flourish. And Prince William actually said that his wife likes to colour in the Secret Garden, which was really sweet.”

Secret Garden – a colouring book for adults – is Ms Basford’s first book and has sold more than one million copies. Reflecting on the popularity of the craze, she said: “I think people are just craving a digital detox.”

[From The Telegraph]

It would be easy enough to mock Kate’s coloring books as further evidence of her arrested development (and there’s a case to be made there, for sure), but as I said… these adult coloring books are very popular. And if they help people relax, so be it. After the absolutely awful year everyone has had, we all need our little crutches and soothing activities to get us through the day. During the election, I bought a new vibrator, but that’s a different “self-soothing” activity altogether. And one I would suggest to Kate, actually. I also think adult coloring books are probably appealing to moms who spend time doing activities with their kids, don’t you think? Like, arts-and-crafts moms probably love adult coloring books.


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  1. jmo says:

    Is that and meds part of her therapy?

  2. Patricia says:

    I love the mandala coloring books. It’s meditative.

    But this whole article just highlights how freakin boring the royals are. What’s there to say? She wore her hair up, repeated a coat, colored in a coloring book. Yawwwwwn.

    • Mary Mary says:

      I attended a workshop for techniques and tools to utilize to relax. Suggestions were coloring, drawing and blowing bubbles, along with mindful techniques to focus on one’s breathing and let go of extraneous distractions. Purchased crayons and began blowing bubbles.

      Funny thing though, bubbles floating around the office: a clue to who is unwinding from a stressful moment 🙂

  3. Jessie says:

    So not surprised by this.

    • Joss RED says:

      Me neither.

      I guess she needs some distraction during her 10 vacations a year…

    • Shambles says:

      I’m not surprised either, because coloring books are the sh!t. 😊

      • Ravin says:

        At least now we know she does something else other than dieting and working out all day.

      • Agnes's Mom says:

        @ Shambles, agree! 😊
        I have colored my whole life (Crayola only, 64 count box with sharpener), and I’ve always joked that’s it’s cheap therapy. I tend to like the simple pre-school type books with big pictures of animals and things.

  4. Jess says:

    I love to color and it really does help me relax, I highly recommend it.

    • Megan says:

      Making art isn’t just relaxing, it’s restorative. I am planning to try coloring once I use up all of my oil paint.

      • Jess says:

        I completely agree about being restorative:) when my daughter started pre k the parents had to draw something on their first day and I said something to the teacher about how I can’t draw and it would probably look silly, she said so many parents felt the same way and it made her wonder when we lose that confidence in ourselves, she said kids just jump in head first and are so proud of their art, but adults get so critical at some point. It really made me change the way I look at art, and I started painting and drawing with a different attitude of no rules and truly enjoying it.

      • Megan says:

        @Jess my paintings are hideous, but I don’t care, it’s the process, not the product, that I enjoy.

    • Tulip Garden says:

      Me too! My husband and I brought a giant poster to color on our honeymoon 23 years ago. I’ve always loved it. Oh, and coloring did come to have another meaning for us too 🤗
      Still have the poster and the husband, oh and no kids!

    • LadyMTL says:

      I’ve tried it, and I do like it, but I think I need to swap out my pencil crayons for markers. I always end up getting hand cramps because I grip the pencil too hard. It kind of ruins my relaxation if I’m constantly pausing to shake out my fingers, hahaha.

      • Jess says:

        Yes get markers! There are so many options out there, I do the same with color pencils, lol. I tend to like bolder colors so I’m always pressing too hard with them!

    • Okie says:

      When I went away to college, my cousin gave me a box of “necessities,” which included a coloring book and crayons. I would periodically color throughout my twenties, and people thought I was crazy. I continue to do so now, and use art therapy books. I have anxiety, and it really helps to quiet the mind and concentrate on only one thing.

      • Lady D says:

        I need my colouring book. Really need. It is such a luxury to be able to turn your mind off for an hour. It’s like meditating in colour. I really recommend it for anyone who had to live through 2016.
        It’s also really cheap, $10-20 gets the book and a 64-pak of pencil crayons for approximately 100 hours of enjoyment. Warning; it does become addictive.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Lady D, you can also check chain discount stores like TJMaxx, Marshalls, Ross, and Tuesday Morning. They often have them in their craft section for half the cover price.

  5. Digital Unicorn (aKa Betti) says:

    They r also popular/recommended for older people particularly if they maybe at risk of developing dementia. My mother loved the adult puzzle books before she succumbed fully to the condition. I love to read trashy books, they r easy to read and u don’t have to engage brain.

    However on a snide note, if she’s bored and wants stimulation do more engagements. There is a reason they are called ‘engagements’. for someone who exercises a lot she sure spends a lot of time unwinding.

    • Sixer says:

      My father does endless Sudoku and crossword puzzles because he’s terrified of dementia.

      • bluhare says:

        LOL. Me too. Crosswords especially, and ours are much easier than the ones back in Britland, Sixer!

      • Sixer says:

        My dad’s are all from the Grauniad puzzle page, so I think it’s a quick crossword, a cryptic crossword and a Sudoku each day!

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        I’m a Jumbles maniac. My husband just doesn’t understand how I see the words so rapidly, it is just fun. With luck, it will be just as dementia- staving as those you mention.

      • M.A.F. says:

        My grandmother is all about the cross word puzzles.

    • TotallyBiased says:

      Yup, my Nana LOVES the Secret Garden and her other colouring books!

  6. littlemissnaughty says:

    Yeah, well we all have these little things that help us unwind. I run to just switch off, I watch make up reviews on youtube and listen to/watch these weird videos of people just making noises with various everyday items. Like scratching or tapping a surface. WHAT? Don’t look at me funny, it’s super relaxing with headphones. Like one of those sound machines to help you sleep. So yeah, coloring books are fine.

    • Lindsey says:

      ASMR – you aren’t crazy, lots of people are doing some cool research into why certain people respond to the video. They have been called an orgasm for your brain. GentleWhispering is one of my favs.I love her accent and her voice in general, her 3D haircut is amazing! If only someone would play with my hair as I listened… Heaven!

    • Amelie says:

      Yeah that’s ASMR! I watch those too, I’ve known what the phenomenon is for awhile just didn’t realize there was a whole community on Youtube until earlier this year! I bounce between ASMRtists, watch a lot of Olivia Kissper, MassageASMR (the Australian dude), some GentleWhispering in between (Maria). I recently found out a friend liked these videos too and we both freaked out comparing our favorite videos. I would die if Kate admitted to watching those haha.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        Ha! I pretty much only watch Emma (WhispersRed). I just love that even this can be discussed on Celebitchy. My friends all think I’m crazy, all they hear is a boring noise.

      • Amelie says:

        Love WhispersRed! Emma’s accent is so soothing.

    • Llamas says:

      Oh my god. ASMR videos. I listen to those every night before I go to sleep.

  7. frisbee says:

    Relax, relax, relax, what is she relaxing from again?

    • Katydid20 says:

      That’s my question exactly. I can understand people needing to color to unwind, but what stresses exactly does she need to unwind from? Buying a dress?

    • Moonstone says:


    • Adele Dazeem says:

      What I was about to write too. I have two children about the same age as hers and a full time job. While I think I might enjoy the occasional coloring book, I don’t have time. I’ve said it before, that family and that relationship dynamic piques my curiosity but not in the People Magazine article way. I wonder what is really going on….

    • Lindsey says:

      To take her mind of the fact she spent her whole life trying to achieve her mothers dream and put herself through a decade of press intrusion, media taunts and jokes “Waity Katie”, being on call 24/7 for an unfaithful boyfriend who would never match her emotional investment for a decade to get a life she now hates? Marriage problems, an overbearing mother, not instantly becoming love and adored like Princess Diana, her husband’s surely exhausting paranoia? She seems lost as to what truly makes her happy and now she gets why the aristo girls never wanted her role. She seems very basic and like she actually needs her double bubble wrap, cosseted life. Adult coloring books totally fit that impression.

      • Shambles says:

        Lindsey, I think your assessment is spot on. Of course she’s a human with agency and she could have changed the trajectory of her life had she wanted to. But I don’t blame her entirely for her circumstances. I think Will and Carole have a lot to do with why she is the way she is.

      • Maude says:

        You are so right Lindsey. Between her overbearing, greedy and selfish mother and her lazy, uninterested husband, I can imagine she feels trapped both in her home and out of it. She has no one to look to but inside her own self and I’m not sure she is happy with what she sees given the fact she has allowed people who don’t love and respect her to push her around for all of her life. She needs those colouring book galore for her mental stability. It might help if she had a non-royal friend she can trust, assuming she doesn’t allow her helicopter mom to control and ruin that friendship.

      • Megan says:

        I think her life sucks. Her mother wants to control her life, her husband is a dud, she doesn’t understand or like her public role, the press is ruthless, and someone is always trying to take her photo. Being holed up at Anmer must be so damn boring. It’s truly a shame she didn’t pursue a career. She needs something that is her own because it’s clear that money, fame, and stature don’t buy happiness.

      • Lindsey says:

        Her evolution into the person she has become for her mother and William is tragic. She has been dimming her shine since they met and now it is gone. She needs to find a way to make her way back to pre-Waity Katey, when she exercised because she loved playing sports and being active, had a real smile, had a personality, had some light in her eyes. But obviously that Kate isn’t the one William and Carole want. It is sad her mother has watched this decline in real time and encouraged because she would sacrifice her daughter to join the royal family and be photographed being driven around by the Queen and raising a future king.

      • Kitty says:

        @Lindsay, I don’t even think they will be King and Queen in the future.

      • Lindsey says:

        I personally don’t either but I doubt her mom is entertaining that possibility.

    • Tulip Garden says:

      Scrutiny and criticism, deserved or not? Whatever other private concerns she may have. We are all just human, even the ones we don’t like.

    • Meow says:

      Yes this x 100

      Why on earth is this dimwit stressed? Worried about not having enough dress coats and nude shoes?

  8. suze says:

    I think she likes color and design. So do I. Nothing wrong with it.

    I do wonder how she fits in with the royal set, though. She seems to have very different interests.

    I wish I could see her pulling her coloring books out of her satchel during a Sandringham visit, preferably when Anne and Zara are also around. I am sure that would cause a lot of raised eyebrows.

    But if she can hold her own in that situation, I give her credit.

    • Lindsey says:

      If she does she doesn’t show it. She is all about beige. She doesn’t take fashion or interior design ‘risks’. She certainly doesn’t have any sort of eye, especially when it comes to details like tailoring. For an art history major especially, she doesn’t seem that in to art.

      Personally I find design fun as well! 🙂 Actually coloring for me is fun in phases. My mom loves it though.

    • Bitchy says:

      Prince Charles does aquarell painting. That is a very difficult way of painting because it doesn’t forgive any mistakes. Allegedly he is quite decent/good at it.

      The Queen has the Royal collection which is quite something even if she didn’t add much to it.

      Prince Phillip has overseen the restauration of that part of the palace that burnt down.

      Prince Edward once had a media company. It implies he has some kind of artsy streak, too.

      Princess Anne is president of the Royal Society of Arts.

      The Queen and Prince Phillip and Prince Charles are friends with artsy bigwigs like Jac_ob Ro_thsch_ild (and his daughter Ha_nnah, I believe).

      So guess what they think of this daughter in law who loves adult coloring books.

      What I don’t really get is how Kate got her university place in History of Art. Don’t you have to prove that you are interested in art / design / history and that you have “the eye” for it?

      • Lindsey says:

        Maybe by virtue of being William’s girlfriend and a large part of the the reason Prince William didn’t drop out after his first semester (and probably other times he got pouty). Plus, money for tutors to study and “assist” in writing papers. No outside job other than THE relationship. I swear it seems like some people get degrees simply because they just show up enough.

        It’s really sad when you think about it – she didn’t actually choose her college and her major. She just copied William with lots of pressure from Carole. She didn’t choose what she did during her gap year (an art thing and Italy and charity is South America because of William. Her spirits must have plummeted when she realized she was doing all that for “nothing” (in her and Carole’s mind anyway)

        She is good at taking detailed notes and regurgitating information about subjects she is not interested in. She did it a lot while they were dating. There is a sad anecdote about her sitting away from the other girlfriends of his polo teammates during matches. She would write a copious amount of notes so she could talk to him in detail about the match afterward. She worked really hard to build a prison she seems miserable in. Coloring probably quiets her mind and distracts her.

      • notasugarhere says:

        She didn’t get her place at that Uni because she was his girlfriend. That relationship didn’t happen until later, when he cheated on Carly for months. People who know her said she had always wanted to go to Edinburgh, but instead applied to St Andrews after it was announced Wm would go there. Like she did the Chile gap year and the semester in Florence trying to stalk him.

        Charles was the one who kept William at that university, not KM. And Wm wanted to stay, once it was logically explained to him by Charles, if only because it allowed him to hide from the press. At a different university, the private tutors, never showing up for lectures, and partying most of the time would have been noticed.

      • Lindsey says:

        The question wasn’t how she got there it was once she was there how she obtained her Art History degree with her apparent lack of interest and skill. On top of that she doesn’t seem to be very bright if you listen to her interact with others and she is a horrid public speaker.

      • suze says:

        Both Charles and Philip are artists. Philip has sketched throughout his life and Charles is pretty good at watercolors. Sarah Chatto is an actual, accomplished artist.

        So there is an artistic streak in the family.

        But overwhelmingly, they are are horsey, country people.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Her original question asked how she got her place in the program, not how she got her degree.

        I’d think applying to be an Art History major would be easier than applying to be a Fine Arts major. A potential FA major would have to show their work and have it judged against the other applicants’ work.

        I’m not saying it is an easier degree to get, mind you. Any degree can be as vigorous, or not, as you choose to make it. I’m saying she wouldn’t necessarily have to show any artistic ability or interest to say, “I want to be an Art History major”.

      • Sharon Lea says:

        Lindsey – I have wondered why she kept on with her Art History degree too, even after Wills switched to Geography. I read that she had applied to Edinburgh to study psychology, so it is bizarre. Didn’t she get an A level in biology? Maybe she thought it was an easy course since it was taking a lot of energy cooking breakfast every day for Wills (eggs, bacon and tea!) and their dinner parties etc etc.

      • Lindsey says:

        Your right she did say place. I agree it would be easy enough for her to get in its the actual successful completion of the program that baffles me because you do have to have an eye and understand color and design theory. It’s odd.

        Psychology would have served her so much better. Both for her work such as it is and her own self actualization and fixing or ending the dysfunctional relationships in her life.

      • bluhare says:

        There was an interesting documentary a while back. The Royal Paintbox or something like that. It’s on Youtube. About the artistic streak that is present in the British royal family since George III I think. Some of them were incredibly talented.

      • Mae says:

        My ‘fan’-fiction for her is that having mental health charities as her main area of interest (or whatever) puts her in the way of people who precipitate that self-reflection. Not sure if that is delusionally optimistic.

        I think she missed her calling as some sort of athletic-adjacent person (coach, WAG, phys-ed teacher, etc).

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        Admission to both Edinburgh and St Andrews University is notoriously difficult, even for her Art History degree she would have had to have had the grades (i know she went to the right schools but she would still have needed the grades). Its long been suggested that she got through school and her degree with help from tutors – her Uncle famously said that she always had to work harder at school than everyone else. Nothing wrong with that but its the narrative that she’s some sort of closet genius that bugs me.

        If its true she wanted to study Phycology she wouldn’t have lasted – my niece did it and its very very tough and not a subject you can coast throu with tutors.

      • Sharon Lea says:

        Bluhare – I think I saw that documentary. Was Sarah Chatto in it? It was wonderful surprise to see her since she seems to be very low key, out of the public eye and to see the talent in the family.

        Digital Unicorn – I hadn’t heard she had tutors, interesting. Didn’t uncle Gary say that in relation to Pippa, that Pippa had it easier, but Kate had to work for things? Wonder now if he meant academically and/or athletically.

  9. Hmmm says:

    Is it possible that she’s suffering from depression? She never looks happy, smiles etc. seem forced and so on.

    • suze says:

      She’s a woman who likes coloring books married into a family obsessed with riding farting horses and stalking deer. I would be depressed myself.

      • Hmmm says:

        Me too, I would never marry into this family.

      • Maria says:

        I agree. It must a heck of a family to marry into. You can see why both Chelsy and Cressida opted out. That said, colouring books are great, I love them. It requires no effort whatsoever and is very soothing.

    • Adele Dazeem says:

      I think so. There is such a marked difference in her looks and demeanor since the dating days. Yes I know, we all are aging, I don’t really even take that into account. She used to seem happy, smiley, almost bubbly and definitely more ‘alive.’ I know motherhood changes people….but honestly not THAT much. I’m still my snarky self even if occasionally I have to temper it for work/kids.

      • Hmmm says:

        ITAWY! She has changed since she’s a mother but not in a good way.

      • LucyHoneychurch says:

        Good point! There is a Kate Middleton tumblr that updates on my Pinterest page and they often repost old pics of her from the “Waity” years. Contrary to the super demure image she tries to foster now, she was undeniably a party girl. But she often looks very happy in those photos. Where did that girl go?

    • Digital Unicorn (aKa Betti) says:

      I think for Kate married life to a crown prince isn’t what she thought it was going to be. Am convinced she thought she’d live like a Disney Princess happily ever after doing not a lot but the reality is very different. The UK taxpayer who funds her wants her to give back, she doesn’t want to.

      There has been a definite change in her attitude since Charlotte was born, she’s been making some sort of effort with her patronages. Wether this is related to the upcoming privacy battle with French paps am not sure. She’s a lot less smug and ‘look at me’. The trial will be interesting as what will the paps pull out of their hat in their defence. Will they out her for tipping them off or do they have proof she knew they were there and played to them? The editor of the mag that published them has hinted that they have more initimate shots of them, alledegly they were at it on the balcony in full view of the photographers across the street, alledegly.

      • suze says:

        She does seem a bit humbled.

        I believe that her marriage is a very different experience than she expected.

        Honestly, she is a walking, talking cautionary tale. Everyone who is so Gung ho on Markle marrying into this family should think about this.

      • Hmmm says:

        I also think she thought it’s going to be like in a Disney movie.

        Do you think she tipped them off?

      • Digital Unicorn (aKa Betti) says:

        @hmmm, not sure but I think it was either her family directly or someone closely associated with her and or her family. The paps were def tipped off. I have noticed that after this they tightened their sh!t down for their vacations, proving that they can have private holidays as long as they don’t feel the need to tip the press off.

        Kate and the Mids have a long history of tipping the press off about holidays with Wills. I hope it does come out that someone from the Mids tipped the paps off, they have been getting away with leaking to the press for years, with the press taking the crap about it from William and his lawŷers.

        Maybe this is why she’s less smug, she got caught tipping the press off and got hell about it. It could also explain the all the recent press about the Mids, shoring up the positive PR before it hits the fan with the court case and they get outed as the source of leaks. The French paps will defend themselves.

      • Hmmm says:

        Wow, that would be a huge royal scandal.

      • Rapunzel says:

        The Mids getting outed as having tipped off the press would be epic. The press would have carte blanche to go after them and the Cambridges.

        Personally, I’d love it… Just for the gossip.

      • Hmmm says:


        I would love it too lol

      • Zardi123 says:

        We think she shouldut her time to much better use learn a language as she doesnt speak any ..In the position she holds she should speak a few different languages also for her to learn how to talk correctly plus how to dress properly this girl child colouring in books at her age …. ugh …

      • Sharon Lea says:

        Digital Unicorn – I really like your theory as to the rash of pro-Carole articles in People. The phrasing ‘secret weapon’ seemed out of place, but if she has been calling the paps, that was the perfect veiled reveal to the public.

    • Amber says:

      Kate shows no signs of depression, nerves, shyness, humility, etc., when she’s waving from a balcony, or tossing her hair in the royal box at Wimbledon, or smiling at Ben Ainslie, (his is her most frequented patronage), who she spent FIVE HOURS with at one of her visits this year. Anytime Kate can stand around, look pretty, mingle with the upper echelon of British aristocracy, (for people to see), she’s there and on her best behavior. Especially if the Queen is around. It’s only charities that get sloppy, messy, slouchy Kate. I think what you’re seeing is Kate becoming increasingly aware of her limits and how out of her depth she is. I don’t think Kate likes 1) To be bored, 2) To be challenged, and 3) To not be the center of attention and/or made to feel like she’s not impressive. And since she’s lacking in the empathy department, it’s a struggle for her to connect when she feels like she’s not automatically dazzling someone. Or if she doesn’t care to impress them. She doesn’t like work. She doesn’t like being measured in any way other than her looks. She doesn’t like expectations. Boy, does The Irish Guard know that well. So she looks like the cat that got the canary at the Order of the Garter and won’t miss a Trooping. But Remembrance Day stuff? *Snore*. People were saying how great, happy, and confident she looked at the Garter ceremony and the celebrations for QEII’s B-Day, (standing around, being fancy, and looking pretty). Her posture was even better. Then people were saying that she looked drugged at the Festival of Remembrance. It’s a matter of her trying and caring. Kate looked scared sh*tless just standing next to the King of the Netherlands, (who she had already met). But has no problems chatting with Novak or Andy Murray. Even guiding the conversation with Murray while William was there. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that she and William have been attached at the hip for over a year, as Kate does and says less and less and less at engagements, and is doing fewer solo. She just can’t hang. I also get the feeling that she doesn’t want to, at the end of the day. And you can’t make her! And no one is. Maybe everyone knows it’s pointless and any progress Kate could make would be tenuous and slight at best.

      • IMO says:

        I’m glad she says less and less, it’s always so embarrassing when she’s giving a speech.

      • Deedee says:

        Don’t forget all the extra time she spent visiting the set of Downton Abbey, a show in its final season that needed her promotion, or I”m sure it would’ve failed miserably. Thank goodness for the Duchess!

    • Yolanda says:

      I think so too. Something is not right mentally with her. I do hope she is getting help.

      • whoknows says:

        I think when you belong to the British royal family and you have problems, the only help you get is meds. They probably tell you to shut up otherwise.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Charles was known to get the boys lots of counseling help after their mother’s death. I cannot see him opposing KM seeking counseling if she needed it.

  10. Sixer says:

    Hmmm. Self-soothing. I generally find a good old-fashioned rant about something very soothing. But it probably doesn’t do much to soothe those around me. Oops! Otherwise: I crochet. I re-read a favourite book, often one from childhood.

    I bet Katie Keen goes over the lines. Even if she is keen on colouring.

    • Tulip Garden says:

      I re-read Little Women, among others. So relaxing.

      • Sixer says:

        One of the sequels, Jo’s Boys, is on my list! Plus Charlotte’s Web (still cry), the Narnia series, all of Roger Lancelyn Green’s myths and legends, the list is endless. I still love children’s books most of all.

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        I used to love to reread all the Nancy Drew books i used to have plus the Mallory Sisters books that my mum gave me.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Winnie-the-Pooh, Paddington, Anne of Green Gables here.

    • Hazel says:

      Oh, I bet Kate stays very much in the lines. She seeems very controlled & unimaginative.

      As for me, I loved to color, as a kid, but have no desire now. Now I de-stress by walking to the beach and watching the waves. That is beyond soothing to me. The colors, the actions, the sky, the sounds, the surfers.🏄‍♀️🏄

    • graymatters says:

      I bet she doesn’t. She seems too tightly wound to allow herself that kind of “mistake”.

  11. Rapunzel says:

    Note to QEII: Buy stressed out Kate a vibrator for Christmas to help her relax. Attach card that says, “Coloring books are for peasants. This is a royal way to relax. Merry X-mas, from Grandma Liz.”

  12. Isa says:

    I love them too but not around my kids. They want to color in my book instead of their own. No, just no.

  13. Nilo says:

    Well, if you like this sort of thing. Do whatever makes you happy, be it colouring or riding farting horses. As a kid I always hated colouring, I enjoyed drawing from my own imagination. Today I go running. Not very creative, but there you have it.

  14. Beatrice says:

    Now we know what she does with her time. I like adult coloring books too, but don’t have the time for them.

  15. Cee says:

    I love coluring books and knitting when I am feeling particularly anxious and need a discharge. I usually knit a “scarf” and when I’m done I begin again, a la Penelope.

    I also bake a lot but I try not to as eating everything I’ve baked makes things worse LOL

  16. Green Is Good says:

    The jokes just write themselves.

  17. my3cents says:

    Can’t get out of the lines,can’t get out of the lines…(Kate talking to herself in that first pic).

    On a side note my calming thing is coming here😊thanks for making this such a great place to come to!

  18. Citresse says:

    I think the bigger question is: as the wife of a future King of England, how could you ever feel bored? I mean think about it…. she has every opportunity, almost unlimited means to do something to benefit humankind for all eternity… in other words, really make her mark in the world…… but it seems she doesn’t and she won’t. Sad.

    • Lady D says:

      I could spend half a lifetime researching the art and antiques she is surrounded by, and the other half teaching children how to read.

  19. Rocío says:

    I love adult colouring! It’s the best! One of my favourite child memories are drawing, painting and colouring. I’m with Kate in this one!

  20. schnurrbart says:

    Wills and Kate are not King and Queen material.

    • Ravin says:

      No kidding!

    • LucyHoneychurch says:

      I know this isn’t really your point but this in a nutshell is the whole problem with the idea of royalty! You get what you get. If you get someone hardworking, talented, and charismatic, someone naturally suited to the role, that is just luck of the draw.

      • Mae says:

        This is why I don’t understand monarchists. Wikipedia lists some justifications. Interesting to think about, I just find it annoying based on principle.

  21. Christina says:

    SUCH a fan of adult coloring – it’s like visual meditation – takes you away from screens and chatter and into a peaceful zone of creativity. I, too, am with Kate on this one!

  22. MellyMel says:

    Love these books! I have a few and they’ve come in handy the last month or so with the election nonsense. A glass of wine and coloring is very relaxing and stress-relieving. Definitely recommend.

  23. Tourmaline says:

    Not to snark, but I bet Kate’s life is FULL of soothing activities…..

  24. LaMaitresse says:

    Anything else this vapid twit would like to admit to loving to do in her “down time”, perhaps a rousing game of “Go Fish” with the nanny?

    • Lisa says:

      How about Pick-Up-Sticks? Or playing marbles? Her life is soooo stressful SMH
      I really wouldn’t put anything past her at this point. Except actually working, of course.

  25. weegiewarrior says:

    Well sure beats working I suppose. I cant believe how little they get away with doing – but i blame him more – he was born to this life – he obviously hasnt inherited his grandmothers sense of duty to th country or his mothers way of engaging with th great unwashed bp – when th queen goes itll be th beginning of th end im afraid.

  26. CarolinaBelle says:

    So I guess she has moved on from reading all those scientific journals.

  27. notasugarhere says:

    They always say things like this, depending upon the audience. When KM talked with a cookbook author, she said she loved using her cookbooks. Their son is always planning on being in whatever profession the parents happen to be visiting at the time.

    He’s spent 20+ years acting like a clam about personal things. They wouldn’t even reveal the name of their dog. Him admitting, conveniently to the author of those books, that his wife enjoys those books? When he’s so obsessed with secrecy about his personal life? Smells like convenient PR.

    • Lisa says:

      Jason really seems to be running out of ideas, doesn’t he?

      • Citresse says:

        Here’s an idea. Why don’t the Windsors tell the truth about how and when exactly they met or became aware of the Middletons. It was a pretty interesting coincidence Kate starred in the play where she sighed about meeting and marrying a prince.

  28. Rae says:

    There are some unfortunate comments on this thread, as adult colouring books are very popular and are helping people unwind. They’re not juvenile, or an indication that someone is slow as hinted at up thread, they’re a great way to be creative with colour.

    Some people enjoy it, some people don’t.

    • joannie says:

      Rough crowd as usual.

    • Ravin says:

      What exactly does Kate need to unwind from?

      • msthang says:

        Ravin, CHutney is such a hard worker, NOT, me thinks dealing with the Chopper’s cheatin ways she is biding her time till she can reel her hubbie back into her lair. Good luck on that one, me thinks he can’t stand the sight of her !!!!!

    • Lady D says:

      My psychiatrist suggested it for me, several years ago. I didn’t have a childhood and she encouraged me to engage in childhood activities I had missed, coloring, skipping, paper dolls, whatever I thought I would have enjoyed as a child. It was kind of embarrassing to admit I enjoyed the colouring, but now I’m glad I do it.
      I have several stone pillars in my yard and in winter the snow domes on them. Last Christmas I took red, blue and green food colouring and water in spray bottles and coloured all the domes. It looked really cool.

      • tmot says:

        I love this. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood! I like older kid activities so the fancy coloring books are perfect for me. I also have a collection of pixar movies. And sometimes enjoy YA fiction. I like what I like, ya know? It can’t all be thinky nonfiction and cookbooks! 😉

    • Mae says:

      Yeah, they’re actually really popular. I found out about the craze last year, when one of my fave authors blogged about using it to de-stress.

  29. Bitchy says:

    History of Art graduate likes adult coloring books. Oh my.

    • Lisa says:

      It’s so good to know that her expensive education went to some good use, dontchathink?

      • Choo says:


        Mean girls is actually a thing it seems.

      • Bitchy says:

        Well, it seems that her expensive education didn’t have much of an impact on her as a person / personality / character / taste.
        The coloring book thing alone isn’t a problem though I admit it might look like that in my comment. But the whole picture of Kate just got a tad more detestable. She does her charity work very reluctantly. She avoids speeches as carefully as you avoid radiation poisoning. She has no known interests and no known passions. She doesn’t seem to be devoted to anything but she seems to be relying heavily on her mother even with her children and husband and staff.

        I find it worrying to watch such a person ascend to the position she will ascend to: Queen Consort or Queen.

  30. Soprana says:

    I have trichtilliomania (compulsive hair-pulling) and OCD. Coloring books have been a lifesaver when it comes to dealing with these. They’re not just for general stress and boredom, they can help with specific psychiatric conditions

  31. Choo says:

    Wow, some people truly suck.

    There’s few things that get my goat more currently than patronising and sindey sneering at adult colouring – it really seems to be the thing to bitch about du jour. STFU already.

    ‘Arrested development’?? Are you kidding or what?

    It’s relaxation and it’s art. Some individuals on here are exposing themselves as atrociously ignorant and nasty snobs of the highest order.

    • Lindsey says:

      You live in an amazing bubble if the top concern you have is defending the adult colorers of the world. I doubt it is the cause de jour most people have more on their mind than judging how others relax. Coloring someone else’s design is not art but it can be fun and relaxing.

      Second the snark and arrested development comments are directed at THIS adult colorer, not all of them. Did you read the title of the site?

      • PoliteTeaSipper says:

        Does it ever get cold up there on your high horse?

      • Lindsey says:

        No, it’s fine, thanks.

        I am not the one saying people here “suck” and labeling people “mean girls” in defense of a group suffering from completely imagined prejudice and judgement. The ‘atrociously ignorant’ ones are the people that think adult colorers are some oppressed group that need defending and believe the comments here are based solely on being an adult who colors. If anyone is on an unreasonably high horse here it would be the person who went on the attack over an imaginary problem.

    • Bitchy says:

      @ Choo
      I am afraid but your activities say a lot about who you are.
      If you look at all the things a person does (and says) then you get a pretty complete picture.
      Kate’s activities don’t give off a positive vibe. Reluctant charity work and no speeches and no passions and adult coloring books. It is the combination that sits so uneasy.

  32. Egla says:

    Once a week I have to participate in a looong morning staff meeting of about one hour and a half (if I am lucky). There are 15 peoples there and each and everyone of them has to speak. I just wait for my turn (fourth) and then I just start writing my name over and over again but not in my hand writing but the way I learned in first grade: nice, round, symmetric, big . It takes time and concentration as now my hand writing is BAD. Or I color geometric figures. It helps not to fall asleep and release stress. But also I have a very stressful job. Sometimes I am ON for 8 hours straight. I even joined the gym, and a lot pf my friends did that to, to release stress. Oh why why am I not a princess so that I could live her life…

    • Carolind says:

      Just to go back to the universities. I am Scottish and my daughter was applying to get into universities six years ago. Both St Andrews and Edinburgh are exceedingly tough to get into. Only students with top marks get in. My daughter was applying on the maths side but I think all of the history/arts courses are very much over-subscribed. It’s not only that they are tough to get into. Their degrees are actually harder than lesser universities. I did not appreciate this until a year or two ago. I thought the degree was the same regardless of the university. They are not. After Oxford and Cambridge, St Andrews is now the top uni in the UK and has always been near top. Not particularly sticking up for Kate here, but just an interest in Scottish universities!

      • Deedee says:

        I read about how Trump’s son-in-law got into Harvard without the grades, simply because of a monetary donation. It’s possible that Kate got in on her own, or with the help of tutors, but it’s also possible that Uncle Gary helped out with a donation to the school.

  33. paranormalgirl says:

    Spider Solitaire and my Dali coloring book. That’s what I use to get through the day.

  34. CrystalBall says:

    For all who are championing the coloring books: you are missing out on your own creativity! Check out the site called innercanvas. The article Warning: Adult coloring books could do more harm than good. It’s very informative. Interesting, too, that Kate is patron of The Art Room where children create their own art to restore equilibrium – they don’t sit there coloring in. Of course, when you color in there are no risks and it turns out pretty every time. At a price, though.

  35. India Andrews says:

    Oh, dear. When you have Kate’s reputation for being immature, lazy and unable to deal with life withourt your mommy, you don’t want the public to know you color. It plays into this public narrative of inability to deal with life. Whoever thought this was a good idea in W & K office needs to be fired. Is Jason still in charge of this silliness?

  36. tekla says:

    I like those too, secret garden is one of my many coloring books 🙂

  37. carolind says:

    Deedee – Maybe Harvard, not Scotland. In a lot of the unis the applications get sorted nameless. Apart from anything else the Middletons were nobodies then – still are in academia circles. Scottish unis are encouraging students from poorer backgrounds, disabled students, students with parents who have never been to uni. Their reputations would suffer if they let less well educated students in. Preposterous idea.

  38. Starlight says:

    If I had done history of art degree I think I would be genuinely embarrassed doing colouring books