Duchess Kate made Prince William a scrapbook for his 37th birthday?


Royal Ascot, Day 1, UK - 18 Jun 2019

Today is Prince William’s 37th birthday. With the exception of the Queen, the royals tend to avoid giant birthday celebrations for birthdays which aren’t some huge rite of passage. Like, Prince Charles had several big blowouts for his 70th, and there are big parties when a royal turns 18 and 21, but in general, things are pretty subdued. Most of the time, we don’t even know how William, Kate, Harry or Meghan even spend their birthdays or what they receive as gifts. But The Sun thinks they know what Kate is giving William for his birthday: a fancy handmade scrapbook, to remind him of “what’s important.” Uh-huh.

Prince William turns 37 today and Kate Middleton has prepared a very special homemade present to give him as a surprise. According to a palace insider, the Duchess of Cambridge, also 37, with the help of George, Charlotte and Louis, has made a scrapbook filled with family photos and homemade pictures.

A source told Fabulous Digital: “Kate and the children have been compiling a large album of the children’s paintings, drawings and collages and prints. They reflect what they have been doing over the past year. You can look at any event they were involved with as a family and there will probably be a picture, drawing, print or photo”.

Kate is said to have stored the thoughtful family-orientated present at Pippa’s home, so Prince William wouldn’t catch wind of the secret plans. The sweet album also includes photos of the children and is themed on “Den They Were Three” a play on words which alludes to the arrival of Prince Louis last year and Kate’s family-friendly Back to Nature garden that she created at the Chelsea Flower Show in in May.

The source added: “It’s taken a great deal of time and effort to make, and as a present, it means something. You could say it’s a reminder to William about what is really important. It’s been put together with a great deal of care”.

The couple have had a testing year, following claims of a fall out between a “momentous” fall out between Kate and Rose Hanbury, an aristocratic friend of William’s from Norfolk.

[From The Sun]

Even though it’s The Sun and it’s probably crap, it sounds truthy, doesn’t it? What do we know about Kate? She’s crafty, and she fancies herself a photographer. It makes sense that she would have taken a million photos of the kids and that she’s a scrapbooker. It actually sounds like a really lovely, thoughtful birthday gift. Would William appreciate it though? And yeah, the Rose Hanbury reference at the end… for all the effort being put into getting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to break up (and that’s clearly the goal for many tabloids), it does feel like the Cambridges’ marriage is more *fragile* than one would have expected.

Here’s the birthday photo Kensington Palace posted on social media. (Yikes.)

Royal Ascot, Day 1, UK - 18 Jun 2019

Royal Ascot, Day 1, UK - 18 Jun 2019

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  1. Melly says:

    William doesn’t strike me as the kind of person who is sentimental enough to appreciate a scrapbook. This seems like a made up story. Probably motivated by royal reporters wanting to keep the Rose story alive.

    • PrincessK says:

      I think the story is true and leaked by their own people to keep the Cambridges in the news.

      • Tater tot says:

        I can’t tell if you’re joking PrincessK, but I really hope you are. The Cambridge’s, like them or not, do not need to release fake stories to be kept in the public eye. This story is from The Sun, of course it’s made up.

      • Melly says:

        I don’t think the Cambridges want to be in any story that mentions or even implies that Will cheated and/or there are issues in their marriage

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        I can see this being true, family scrapbooks are a Middleton thing. Kate allegedly had a wedding mood book that she had built up over the years and during the girlfriend years she was well known for asking paps for copies of the photo’s they took of her and Pippa falling out of clubs for the family ‘scrapbook’.

        Plus its a passive aggressive way of reminding him about his family.

      • Becks1 says:

        I can see this being leaked by the Middleton camp and the line about Rose being thrown in as shade by the reporter.

      • 90sgirl says:

        Yes, I read on a old news clipping that she gave him a scrapbook for his 30th birthday too,

        Headline was :”Kate Middleton has made Prince William a romantic scrapbook of their life together to give Wills on his 30th birthday”

        It’s very Middleton.

        P.S. I hope someone returns James Middletons doggy bike, it was stolen and his dogs loved whizzing around town on it.

      • Anance says:

        Weird story, isn’t it. Particularly after the press reported Kate’s birthday parties include a weekend of festivities, with a formal dinner and a hunt.

        I think it a partially made-up story. More likely, Pippa arranged for the assembly of the scrapbook and Kensington PR leaked this lovely story. Of course, Kate is again signaling how much she is “trying.”

        Lately we have been getting stories (US Weekly’s account of the Cambridges realizing they need “to think” abt their marriage, for instance) that imply an affair occurred but the Cambridges are “mending” the relationship.

        KP’s audience reaction research probably shows NO ONE believes William is innocent. So, we have the charming tales of “what’s important” & “really think about their marriage” and their “lovely children.”

    • 90sgirl says:

      It’s a sweet gift.

      I wonder if Kate and the kids complied everything they wanted in the book and she either had Carole or Party Pieces staff put together the actual book. Maybe that’s why it was at Pippa’s.

      With Party Pieces at her disposal I can see Kate using them for help.

      • Wigletwatcher says:

        Party Pieces has a skeletal crew at this point. All the news around that business is that it’s barely in the black and making cuts characteristic of a failing company.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      IMPO, This story was nothing but an excuse for The Dim to print Rose Hanbury’s name and link it to the state of the Cambridge marriage. Turnip Toffgate is now being driven 100% by the Royal Reporters. My personal theory is that the RRs have a major ax to grind with William due to something we know absolutely nothing about.

  2. Lady Baden-Baden says:

    Can’t stand any of these people BUT I think that’s a really nice, thoughtful gift – esp for someone that has all the money in the world and could actually buy anything he wants. Thanks to my tax contributions (but that’s a grumble for another day…)

  3. Lily Randall says:

    So nice they used one of Jecca’s photos of William 😉

  4. Kristin says:

    It’s a really nice idea if true. Although I would think they have enough space that they wouldn’t have to hide the book at Pippa’s lol

    • Becks1 says:

      That stuck out to me too. What a random mention lol. It made me wonder if Pippa was “source” and that was her way of getting her name in the story. I could see the Middletons sending Pippa to a reporter to share this kind of tidbit, since its designed to make the Cambridges look wholesome and normal.

    • Mumbles says:

      They live in a 20-ROOM apartment but she has to hide it at Pippa’s. Lol. Give me a break.

      • TIFFANY says:

        So, are we just done with light hearted joking?

      • Marjiscott says:

        Yeah, kinda sounds ridiculous. Although several years ago, Kate gave TQ a jar ( or jars) of home made chutney I think it was……

      • not so gullible says:

        My thoughts exactly – I can picture Wills hunting around palace closets looking for his hidden birthday gift! Please

    • A says:

      Remember that story about how Pippa basically bought out the entire crafts section at a Tesco’s or something to make hand made cards or invitations or whatever? I bet that’s why they did the work there, she’s got all the goods.

  5. aquarius64 says:

    It was a nice birthday story until Rose was mentioned. I think the tabloids want to get even with Will for sicing lawyers on them. And I think there maybe a germ of truth to the story of marriage crisis.

    • Jen says:

      Yes, that was definite shade. Mentioning a tumultuous year could have included his estrangement from Harry, not the rumored affair (though they were careful not to call it that).

  6. Becks1 says:

    I think this seems like a nice, thoughtful gift, especially if the kids were involved. I did roll my eyes at the mention of her garden though. WE GET IT. But in general, I am sure it is hard to always come up with something thoughtful (I am not good at that all the time, sometimes I nail it but sometimes I just default to something gadget-y for my H), so this seems like a nice gift.

    The Rose mention doesn’t surprise me; the papers seem to be going out of their way to bring her up constantly now.

    The line about “reminding William what’s important” is weird though. Its like in a movie when the wife finds out the husband is cheating so she stages a public appearance with the kids where there are all sorts of subtle digs about what a family man he is or something. (I swear I have seen that in a movie lol.) If their marriage is stronger than ever, why does William need to be reminded?

    • notasugarhere says:

      “If their marriage is stronger than ever, why does William need to be reminded?”

      This.

  7. Ocho says:

    This reminded me of the story describing Katie Holmes’ special scrapbook room at her home with Tom Cruise. I would think of her surrounded by spools of ribbon to keep the bad thoughts away. Non sequitur gossip nostalgia.

    • jennifer says:

      a whole room? lol!

      • Lady D says:

        I was actually dreaming yesterday of a room just to keep my planting supplies and seeds in. I use heritage seeds in my yard, some of the flowers are from seed 8-11 years old. I have freaking flower seeds everywhere. I have a 4-drawer file cabinet filled with flower seeds, a bin outside and two big junk drawers full of seeds. I need a room.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Or a beautiful garden shed/greenhouse.

      • Harleyb says:

        You need a she shed.

  8. Seraphina says:

    First off, if she did make him a scrap book my hats off to her. I passed by the scapbook section at Michaels and became over whelmed thinking of doing it. So many choices and so much paper. I went to chocolates and the molds (I am a foodie :)

    And I’d have to agree with Melly, I don’t think he is sentimental enough to be moved by the book. Unless the cover shows him wearing the coronation crown and everyone else pictured below exalting him 🤣. Now THAT may move him to tears. Tears of joy or fear I have no clue.

    Happy birthday Wills.

    • Erinn says:

      I think he’s probably a mixed bag with sentimental stuff. I think he does look a lot happier when he’s with his kids so I think they’re quite a soft spot for him (which obviously they should be). And I wouldn’t be surprised if it did tug at his heart at least a LITTLE bit to have a book that the kids were involved in making. I don’t think he’s incredibly sentimental, but even the burliest of men tend to have SOMETHING that gets them. My grandfather was airforce, and a really emotionally locked down kind of guy who had kind of a rough upbringing and then lost a lot of friends during WWII. But if it came to an animal (the man even smuggled a snapping turtle into their bathtub once) or the grandkids he was all over it. You’d never know how sentimental he could get if you didn’t experience it.

      I do love the idea of your William themed scrapbook though hahaha. I’m just imagining them photoshopping crowns onto him. Or like… adding little kid stickers of crowns haha.

    • castletoz says:

      I don’t think he’s sentimental now, but give him another 37 years and he is going to look back at that scrapbook with some major regrets I have a feeling

  9. Cidy says:

    I made my SO a scrapbook last year and while they appreciated it I was mildly disappointed that they weren’t as in awe of it as I was. That having been said, this definitely sounds like a Kate thing to do.

    • Eleonor says:

      When my German collegue left our business we took selfie of everyone, and another collegue made her a scrapbook, which was beautiful, really. when she saw that she was in tears. Probably it was the occasion, but I think sometimes it depend by the people. I have my photo printed and I am happy to look at them.

  10. booboocita says:

    The photo of Normal Bill released by KP looks like it was taken somewhere in Africa. Is that the Cambridges’ way of muscleing in on Harry’s associations with Africa via Sentebale (“Hey look! He’s involved with Africa too!”), or just a half-assed way of promoting Bill as a casual, normal kind of guy by showing him in shirtsleeves and away from the palace formality?

    • Clare says:

      To be fair both brothers have been involved with ‘Africa’ – both as their hunting playground and a place to play white saviour. They both had serious relationships with African women (Chelsea and Jecca(?)).

      It’s hardly like Harry has dibs on the entire continent.

      • Snappyfish says:

        While I’m not sure if where Harrynpropaoed to Megan I know their first trip away together was in Africa. I do know that William proposed to Kate in Africa . I think Kenya but could be wrong. They have book used the contingent as their “back yard”.

    • Quintonrae says:

      I wish both princes & the rest of the royals for that matter would stay far away from Africa. They have done enough damage & the last thing we need are more white saviors.

    • olive says:

      it was apparently taken during “his tour of Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya last year,” according the DM

    • Becks1 says:

      I think its a nice picture. I’m not reading any trolling into it or anything.

      • Becks1 says:

        Okay I just went back and looked at KP’s instagram, and while I do think its a nice picture (and one they posted several months ago), there are other pictures of him from that same trip that I think are better. I wonder who picked this one.

    • Hazel says:

      Harry doesn’t own any country in the African continent just because he is a royal. Any one can visit even William and Kate.

  11. LouBear says:

    That PHOTO. My god! Low key trolling from KP Instagram…

    • The Hench says:

      “That photo. Yikes” sums it up. I’m still giggling.

    • Snazzy says:

      THAT PHOTO. Why did I never notice that his teeth were like that before?

      • Surly Gale says:

        See, here’s where I struggle….he cannot do anything about his teeth and it seems to me if we were discussing a woman’s teeth there would be outrage….there’s stuff in the photo to giggle at without attacking his physical presentation relating to things he cannot change. To me, that’s crossing the line into being mean. No offence is being offered; please don’t take any. This is my thought upon reading Snazzy’s comment….I may be wrong…..which is okay…….

      • Snazzy says:

        No worries, no offence taken. I know it’s a bitchy comment. I couldn’t help myself 🤷🏽‍♀️

      • Lady D says:

        I’m with you Surly Gale. I despise Lindsay Lohan, no ifs, ands or buts, however, it used to really piss me off when she was attacked about her freckles. This woman gives more than enough ammunition to the public, picking on something she can’t control is low.

  12. Oh No says:

    I gave my mom a photo album for mother’s day and she kept coming back to it throughout most of the day. Not many people print photos anymore, everything is on our phones.

    I believe this story, because it’s too on brand for her. But my question is, why is anyone from your hemisphere giving deets to publications that have slandered your family?

  13. Harla says:

    I made leather bound photo albums for each of my adult kids a few years ago, I think they would rather have had cash, lol!

  14. Sofia says:

    If it’s true then is actually a cute idea

  15. Lucas says:

    Now they are always leaking infos to the press LOL

  16. celialarson12 says:

    Did Kate together with the kids make a scrapbook for William ? Good for them. Did the story have to be leaked to the media? If they thought so then I would say they are playing with a nest of vipers. The impression given is Kate working super hard to get her husband to a right mindset after he has gone astray. Then we are reminded of the Rose affair once again. Imagine William reading this article and then getting to know that any of the Middletons leaked this. If anything is set to get somebody mad, then it is this.

    If none of the Cambridges or the extended family leaked this, then the tabloids are evil personified because they are infact needling and tauting the Cambridges.

  17. Smalltowngirl says:

    As a child who lost a parent young, I suspect this birthday is particularly hard on William as he is now older than Diana ever got to be, so something personal like a scrapbook would be a nice gift.

    • Becks1 says:

      I thought the same thing (about his birthday.) It has to be a weird feeling to outlive your parent. My sister died at 37, and I turned 37 this year, and I know when I turn 38 I’m going to have “feelings” about it – that I’m the older one now. I hope overall he has a nice birthday.

      • Lady D says:

        My mom died 3 weeks before her 23rd birthday. She was almost 9 months pregnant and it was the day I turned one. I’m more than twice the age my mother made it to, and I think about it every year on her birthday and mine.

      • Becks1 says:

        oh Lady D, I’m sorry. That’s awful.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        @ Lady D

        Wow……how poignant.

        Well I wish you a very long life and may your memories and memoires of her remain fresh

      • Lady D says:

        Thanks for the long life wish, I’m hoping for the same thing and I hope it happens for you also:) I have to make it to 93 so I can watch my kid turn into a senior citizen. (I plan on poking fun at him) I have only a few pictures, but my mom also had 6 siblings and they’ve kept me filled in as best they can. My dad never mentioned her once in his life to me. I was a little worried when my 23rd came and a lot more worried when my son was approaching his 23rd, foolishly it seems. He’s fine.

    • alice says:

      Very good point.

      It’s also strange how people from “the past” seem older than they actually were. I always thought Diana was older than just 36 when she died, ditto for Sharon Tate (26), Carolyn Besette (33) and, relatedly, JFK Jr (38). Maybe people look more youthful now or people looked more put together/serious back then? Change in photography? Or maybe it’s just because those eras have passed by and the associated fashions passed by too and therefore make people look older, especially those who didn’t live past those eras? It’s a nostalgic peculiarity.

      • LNG says:

        I was 12 when Diana died and was shocked when I realized she was only 36 when she died. For me, because I was so young, it is because all adults seemed “old” to me when I was that age. Anyone who was my parents age was OLD haha. Now that I’m in my 30s, 36 of course just seems so young. I remember when student teachers would come to school and they would seem so old and mature when actually they were 22-24 and babies.

      • OddsnEnds says:

        It’s because we used to have different markers for adulthood and less social media. So a girl became a woman when she married (because that was socially accepted sex and a good time to move out of the home) and she was generally considered old enough for marriage after high school. Living up to those obligations is what made her an adult by our standards, but without social media to highlight how she might get it wrong. Similarly, girls dressed differently than women. The baby boomers had the demographic clout to keep everyone dressed and coiffed as casually and comfortably as they had when they were children.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      My mom died at age 49. I was 25 when she died. When I turned 50, it was a *very* weird feeling, knowing that I was older than my mom. Hard to describe, but a sad, unsettling feeling that took a while to shake. I still think of her every day.

  18. Ojulia123 says:

    “Each page is a reminder of everything you stand to lose if you ever let your royal weenie
    wander again. Happy birthday, Darling!’

  19. olive says:

    he looks so like Diana in the photo KP posted. this has to be a big one for William – isn’t he now either older than or the exact age his mom was when she died? my mom’s mother and maternal grandmother both died at 55, so my mom felt very weird about turning 56.

  20. GR says:

    Interesting: the article suggests that Rose is a friend of William’s, but not Kate’s.

    • Kim says:

      It makes sense. Rose’s grandmother was a bridesmaid to Queen Elizabeth, which means there has been friendship between the family for a long time, I’m sure those aristocratic circles run tight. William and Rose have most likely known each other since childhood.

      • MsIam says:

        But @Kim, I thought according to Richard Kay, “they barely know each other and can’t imagine why there is a rumor of a feud between the wives”, lol. Tabloid is throwing major shade with that line.

  21. Busyann says:

    Slightly OT, but I think it’s very telling that the Sussexes’ instagram hasn’t wished Willy a happy birthday.

    • ShazBot says:

      They commented on the KP post and only said “Happy Birthday to the Duke of Cambridge”
      Which I thought was interesting, because for other royal birthdays they would follow up with more personal names/nicknames, and sign HM or put an emoji or something.

      • jennifer says:

        yea, the tone is definitely not helping with the rumors of a rift. intentional or not?

    • Becks1 says:

      They commented on the KP post, wishing him a happy birthday.

      And are being dragged in the comments for not calling him William, but duke of Cambridge. But had they called him William, they would have been criticized for that. And if they made a separate post about it, they would have been dragged for THAT and for making the day about them.

      Honestly, the Sussex IG cannot win.

      • MsIam says:

        Weren’t they dragged for not calling Louis and Charlotte “Prince and Princess”? Stans can’t make up their minds, I guess.

      • Becks1 says:

        Yes, yes they were. LOL. Like I said, they cannot win.

      • skiff says:

        I’m not sure what I think of that, but I’m going to let it slide till another adult royal birthday comes around, so I can see how their instagram is really working. I think it could be kind of rude because of their comments for Charlotte and Louis on their birthdays. Plus it doesn’t seem out of line with Prince Andrew putting up a cute throwback picture wishing happy birthday and so did Prince Charles. It just seems like a diss, which would be disappointing coming from them. I’ll keep an open mind for now though.

      • Becks1 says:

        @skiff – I really don’t think it was a diss. They have only done separate posts for the Queen and Prince Philip on their bdays. I imagine they will do one for Meghan, Harry, and then Prince Charles, and that will be it. For George and Charlotte they commented on their IG and wished them a happy birthday. I don’t think every royal needs to post on their own IG when another one has a bday.

        That said, if they do a separate post for Zara or Eugenie etc on their birthday, then I’ll side-eye. but right now I think its just how they are handling their account.

    • Surly Gale says:

      They CLEARLY stated they would use the Instagram for their charities, and removed everything else. Thus, I do not find it odd at all they did not use their own Instagram page; they’ve already told us they wouldn’t……let’s not create a story putting them on the outs for no good reason, please. They take more than enough crud as it is.

  22. Jen says:

    Someone should tell him that you don’t need to show every tooth in a smile.

    • Feeshalori says:

      Yes, that smile is particularly…..toothsome.

    • LNG says:

      Someone criticized my quite toothy smile when I was a teenager and I was self conscious about it for years. I avoided giving a genuine full smile for ages, which meant I was always self conscious in moments of genuine joy. This looks like a totally natural moment where he was smiling/laughing at something. Seems unnecessary to criticize it.

      • Surly Gale says:

        ^^^^^^^^^^^^ @LNG totally

      • Elle says:

        I completely agree. I also have had messed up teeth that I was embarrassed to show. That criticism actually hurt my heart a bit. It just seems mean spirited.

    • olive says:

      it’s a candid photo, he looks like he’s caught mid-laugh. diana had the same wide smile showing all her teeth just like that when she was laughing – i think his eyes and mouth expressions in this photo makes him look like her.

  23. perplexed says:

    I think the photo posted is a bit unflattering, but at the same time I can see the resemblance to Diana (so maybe that’s why it was posted?). His mannerisms in that photo do seem eerily similar to Diana.

  24. celialarson12 says:

    I am wishing William a happy birthday. That being said, I have not in a long time seen a person who appears so guarded, angry and unhappy as William does. Who goes round with a clenched jaw 95% of the time? Has anybody noted that there is normally very, very limited eye contact btn Kate and William and in familly gatherings she usually looks around to find somebody else to talk instead of William? If there is a rare sight, it is William with a laugh or smile that reaches his eyes.
    I hope he does not hit the 40s and get a major middle life crisis.

  25. Hope says:

    It may be a rehash of a story from the dating years. I think in 2007, Kate made William a scrapbook as a present.

    • olive says:

      or she’s actually been a scrapbooker since then and is making another one.

      • Hope says:

        But part of that story about the first scrapbook was about W and K’s relationship being on the rocks and Kate trying to make William remember happier times. They broke up that year. That’s why I think this story might be a rehash. They won’t break up this time because they’re married but there might be an underlying barb to this story especially with the Rose mention.

  26. TheOriginalMia says:

    If she did it, that was a nice gesture. They have 3 kids and they grow up fast. That being said, it’s the Sun. Who knows if that is the truth?

  27. Andrea says:

    I know a guy who made a scrapbook for a woman he was with for 8 years after they had issues and she broke it off with him. Sadly, she was already onto another guy (who was a major downgrade, ultimately verbally and physically abusive). Isn’t it the type of gift to try to get the other person to realize the happy memories when things have all gone to hell in a hand basket?

  28. Fluffy Princess says:

    Happy Birthday Wills!

    I have to say, at the first day of Ascot, in his matching waistcoat and tie–that is the best he’s looked in ages, and it matched beautifully with the color of Kate’s dress. It’s the first time, I’ve ever seen him dressed up where I’ve gone: “Now THAT is a nice looking suit.” (I’m just so used to all his other ones.)

  29. truthSF says:

    I was wondering, is William able to grow a beard/mustache? Or is he not allowed because he’s the future king?! I always wondered how he’d look with a beard. Would it be an improvement like how Harry’s made him look more distinguished, or would it be weird on Will?

  30. Nuzzy says:

    If I were a guy in his midlife crisis prime, I’d probably prefer a blackout climax, but hey, preciously presented pictures are nice, too.

  31. Myra says:

    That dress just can’t get pass it!

  32. Lowrider says:

    The KP photo of William is unfortunate. His smile looks very forced and he’s favoring Edward more and more..

  33. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Is this how she finally put her art history degree to use?

    • WANDERING*EYE says:

      You made spill my tea all over… 😂😂😂😂👍🏻. Duchess Doolittle finally utilising her degree!! as if she can be that creative🙄. She’s as lazy as hell. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone made it for her.

  34. A says:

    I buy it. Both Pippa and Kate are both known to be into the arts and crafts stuff. Wasn’t there a story when Pippa first got married abt how she was setting up her home and had gone to a grocery store to buy arts and crafts supplies for hand made cards or something & held up the entire self checkout queue? Yeah.

    It’s a cute idea and I bet William, as much as he’s not the sentimental type, does value that type of thing. I’ve said before that Kate gives him the one thing that he’s always wanted, which is a contented domestic life with a close knit family unit and a degree of stability that he didn’t experience growing up. For all of his faults (& there are plenty), it’s pretty clear that he loves his children and his family life fiercely. If the infidelity rumors are true, he would hardly be the first or the last husband & devoted family man who also chose to step out. The two things aren’t mutually exclusive after all.

    • notasugarhere says:

      “If the infidelity rumors are true, he would hardly be the first or the last husband & devoted family man who also chose to step out. The two things aren’t mutually exclusive after all.”

      And yet they should be, no?

      • A says:

        Perhaps, but the simple reality is that they aren’t. As I said, I think William cares deeply for his family, but he is a classic case of a man who has their cake and wants to eat it too. He wants the benefits of the domestic life that his wife and children provide him, namely the emotional security and stability that he craved as a child that he never got from his parents, but he also wants the freedom to break away from that as he chooses, as long as it remains waiting for him when he gets back. He’s never been given an ultimatum to choose between the two, so of course he’s not going to.

        Not every marriage or relationship is based on true, passionate love that lasts beyond the ages, nor does it need to be. It sounds cynical to say it, but that’s the truth. That doesn’t always mean that there aren’t aspects of the relationship that aren’t fulfilling to both parties, enough that staying with each other outweighs breaking up. It also doesn’t mean that the relationship can’t be one based on love or affection. William could have dumped Kate for good at any point in the past, and yet he chose to come back, and yet he chooses to stay. Why would he do that if he truly had nothing to gain from this marriage at all?

      • notasugarhere says:

        If he craved homelife and stability, why cheat on her for 15 years? Why scream Free at Last when breaking up with her? Why take vacation with your old flame, skip out on family vacations in order to do so, and spend the first 6 months of your first child’s life away from the family (as per Kate’s own words)?

        William likes the cover the Middletons and family man image they help provide. When he decides he wants to live his life differently, he won’t think twice about getting rid of Kate and the Middletons.

      • Salvation says:

        I can’t believe the excuses made for William. No, if he is cheating on his family, he is a selfish jerk and cares nothing about what his family gives him or whatever. If he stepped out on his wife, that means he’s only thinking of fulfilling his needs and that his needs far outweigh those of his wife and kids. And I’m sure none of the passes A is generously giving to William would be given to anyone else, eg. Harry, if any were to cheat on their family….🙄🙄

  35. Lexa says:

    Weeeelll, if you believe in astrology at all, William is a Cancer sun and moon, meaning he is quite emotional and home/family are very important to him and where he finds comfort, so I actually do think he would appreciate this gift. I’ve always thought he really fit both the positive (traditional, emotional/empathetic, protective, intuitive) and negative (moody, insecure, needy, distrustful) aspects of that sign to a T.

    Like a number of people here have said for years, I think a huge reason he was drawn to Kate and her family was because they were a traditional family unit and he enjoyed being at home with them (and probably having Carole as a mother figure tbh), so to speak, and also because Kate can ride out the waves of his emotions. I actually think his recent work trying to get men to open up about their feelings and mental health with the FA is tied to his own upbringing, because Cancer boys can often be discouraged from expressing their deep emotions about things (which was probably amplified by the family he was raised in) and it can really impact who they become as adults..

    • Powermoonchrystal says:

      Alexa, I am curious, I have a sister who shares a birthday with William, and I have seen places where June 21 is still considered Gemini and Cancer starts until the 22. I have always been confused about it, and she can fit either description generally.

  36. kerwood says:

    The photo might not be too flattering (William’s pin-up days are long behind him) but it’s a nice picture. When was the last time William’s looked so relaxed and happy? He’s a man who has EVERYTHING and most of the time he looks miserable.

    It’s also interesting to note that a paper that’s supposed to be ‘on his side’ is mentioning his wandering scepter. Word’s out!

    • Becks1 says:

      I was looking at pictures posted on a random IG account that always posts these interesting pictures of the monarchy, and my lord. I had forgotten HOW handsome William was. I spent several minutes trying to figure out what changed. Its like his nose or whole facial structure changed. Something from his late teens/early 20s changed completely in his face, and its actually kind of weird to analyze lol. Its like his nose kept growing but his face didn’t, and then he lost his hair. I don’t know.

  37. oddly says:

    Odd photo to choose , didn’t he meet up with Jecca on that trip?