I was surprised – I guess? – by some of the people arguing that Prince William and Duchess Kate would never, ever use a family photo-op to change the subject away from a bad gossip cycle. Over the weekend, the Cambridge family (minus Prince Lou) were photographed in Norfolk, where they watched Zara Tindall at some horse trials. Coming on the heels of several weeks of gossip about Prince William possibly banging Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley, the photo-op seemed convenient and obvious to me. Especially since the Cambridges weren’t mad about it, they didn’t threaten the outlets posting the photos, and they seemed to package the photos with some “approved” articles about their happy home life. Again, their now-senior advisor Jason Knauf was always this f–king obvious.
What’s funny to me is that now that there are so many whispers about Will’s wandering scepter, there’s an undercurrent to even the sanctioned articles about the Happy Normal Cambridge family. Katie Nicholl at Vanity Fair did a piece this week called “Inside Prince George’s Surprisingly Normal Kindergarten Life” which has precious little new information other than “Prince George likes his school, he has lots of friends and his friends call him PG.” There were a few funny parts though:
When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children joined their cousins for a day of fun at the Burnham Horse Trials on Friday, it was a charming and rare glimpse into their daily lives. The family is spending the Easter holidays at their countryside home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk. “They are just enjoying being a family and having a well-earned break over the Easter,” said a source close to the family.
The Cambridges are likely to be grateful for the family time following a turbulent past week of responding to unsubstantiated rumors. Royal lawyers recently issued an unprecedented letter that warned publications not to repeat a story published in a U.S. magazine. The palace has refuted the story, which lawyers claim is “false and highly damaging,” according to The Daily Beast.
Their lives back at Kensington seem to display more of that normalcy. Prince George, five, is more than halfway through Year 1 at Thomas’s Battersea, a school in south London that costs £6,000 per term. It is co-ed, unlike the schools that William and Prince Harry attended as children. In September, Charlotte, who turns four on May 2, is set to join George at Thomas’s, where pupils are offered activities including fencing, philosophy, gardening, and pottery.
“George is really happy at school, [and] his nickname is P.G.,” says a fellow parent. “He’s very popular and has lots of friends, and there’s very little fuss made about who he is. Either William or Kate do drop off, and they are always very friendly. William particularly loves to have a chat with some of the other parents and he works out with some of the mums at the Harbour Club after drop off. He’s very chatty and amiable.”
The prince has made many friends at Thomas’s and enjoys play dates and parties. He is particularly close to his another royal cousin who is also his classmate, Maud Windsor, the daughter of Lord Freddie Windsor and Sophie Winkleman. No doubt when Princess Charlotte joins, it will be quite the royal royal bunch.
“They are just enjoying being a family and having a well-earned break over the Easter…” Kate has done one public appearance in the past month, and that was on March 28th. What is this “well-earned break” they speak of? But that’s not what really caught my eye, it was this: “Either William or Kate do drop off, and they are always very friendly. William particularly loves to have a chat with some of the other parents and he works out with some of the mums at the Harbour Club after drop off. He’s very chatty and amiable.” Well. WELL. The thing is, even if you believe William is trying to groove on the “yummy mummies” after the drop off, I have serious doubts about William’s game. Like, does he have any game? I suppose it doesn’t matter to some women because he’s the Future King. Once again, it feels like royal reporters are using some kind of archaic code to speak of Willy’s wandering scepter, right?
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