Congrats to Duchess Kate for Duchess Meghan’s successful Smart Set launch


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Last Friday, I noted that the Duchess of Sussex’s Smart Set capsule collection was a success across the board. Not only was the collection successful from a charity perspective – the collection sold out & people really love it – but it’s successful from a PR perspective too. There really isn’t *one* criticism which people could latch onto. Trust me, if the Daily Mail could have done a blaring headline about Meghan failing to do this or that, they would have. What happened was that some crusty, salty haters grumbled on the internet about the cost (eyeroll) or Meghan’s speech (double eyeroll). So… all of the means that Meghan’s project was fully formed and successful from the word go. Which obviously means that Kate should get credit for it!! I sh-t you not. The Sun’s Phil Dampier wrote a piece for the Sun called “Meghan Markle owes success of Smart Works charity fashion launch to sister-in-law Kate Middleton.” R U 4 RILL?

Beaming in a smart white shirt and black trousers, Meghan’s slickly managed return to work was a welcome contrast to the PR disasters that have lately been dogging her and Prince Harry. And many think she has sister-in-law Kate to thank — as she looks to bury their differences and learn from the woman best placed to help her. The Duchess, who was promoting her Smart Works charity fashion range at John Lewis’s flagship store in central London, was like the Meghan of old as she gave a ten-minute unscripted speech about girl power that went down a storm with fans gathered outside.

One well-placed source revealed: “Meghan accepts that she had lost her way and lost her mojo. She knows she needs to take radical action to get the public back on board and allow people to fall for her again just like they did when she started dating Harry. Kate is a huge inspiration, as she has provided a princess masterclass since she married William, and Meghan realises she has a lot to learn from her. Kate has been constantly graceful and elegant — flawless, actually — and has an intuition for how ordinary British people think and feel about things, which Meghan has struggled to grasp. Meghan knows her reputation has taken a battering and she has made big mistakes, but she is convinced she can turn it round. From now on we will see a very different Duchess of Sussex — one that is much more humble and considerate. One that is more like Kate, basically.”

[From The Sun]

The rest of the article is a completely nasty take on Meghan’s summer – aka her maternity leave – versus Kate’s perfect princess summer (where Kate did next to nothing). In case you had any doubt about the Embiggening, or any doubt about how people will bend over backwards to give Kate credit for Meghan’s achievements.

Meanwhile, does anyone think it’s interesting that Meghan is keeping her trademark for her now-shuttered blog, The Tig?

Meghan has quietly renewed the trademark for her lifestyle website The Tig. The Duchess’s business manager Andrew Meyer filed documents in the US using a company called Frim Fram to keep rights to the name until at least 2021. It raises the prospect Meghan, 38, could relaunch the platform, where she shared stories about her favourite food, places, fashion and inspiring women. There is also a website listed under Frim Fram named Tigtots, which could be a version aimed at parents.

A source said: “It’s fascinating Meghan’s business manager has ensured she keeps The Tig for a few more years at least. Of course it’s understandable she wouldn’t want an entrepreneur using the name without her involvement. But given her desire to be a different type of royal — pushing her own causes using digital and social media — it’s not out of the question she’d think The Tig could play an important role.”

[From The Sun]

I think there’s one thing with which the Meg-haters and Meg-lovers can agree: please, Meg, no more lifestyle blogging. Anyway, I think she’s probably just keeping up with the trademark because she doesn’t want anyone else to buy it and start doing sh-t in her name, you know? Congrats to Kate for Meghan’s lifestyle blog!

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  1. Jen says:

    Mind. Blown.

    • Bella DuPont says:

      Into. Tiny. Bits.

    • Yup, Me says:

      Exactly.

      I do not oppose displays of public nudity. I’ve lived in SF and gleefully greet the naked dude in the Castro whenever I see him. But I’m absolutely certain that the fact that I know what Kate’s ass cheeks look like (from her own repeated flubs at WORK EVENTS) but can’t point to anything she’s actually done independently, indicates that she has not, in fact, been anywhere near “flawless” in her time as a Duchess. What impact has she had other than being an example of “why we weight our hems”?

      • Agirlandherdog says:

        My thoughts exactly. Graceful and flawless… except for all those times she flashed the world.

      • Jasmin3 says:

        Mate if you don’t disapprove of public nudity, why even bring up Kate’s ass cheeks?

      • Anya says:

        This is exactly what I was here to say. When it’s the first few times that a grown-ass woman knowingly wears a skirt or dress in a situation where those closes will most likely be blown up, that is a mistake. When she continues to do this over and over, she is doing this knowingly and intentionally. I felt bad for her when she first did this, then I just started rolling my eyes. For goodness sake, my 10 year old daughter insists on wearing shorts under her skirts for this reason, but a 30-something can’t?

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        It’s not the clothes. It’s the way she didn’t give a rat’s @ss about trying to earn the public’s money she spends. From asking if you can test the semll of the tea by smelling it (a planned visit), to asking if they still made Faberge eggs in Russia ( another PLANNED) visit, it’s clear she thinks she shouldn’t have to do any homework or lift a finger. All she’s ever done is shop and starve herself thin. What disgusts me is (1) THAT being held up as an example of a perfect woman (dumb, lazy, decorative; and (2) a woman of color cannot be a success on her own without a white woman being given credit for it. Absolutely disgusting, and racist.

      • Some chick says:

        I’m just here to say that I have SEEN the naked dude in the Castro. Solidarity, sister!

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      Yes. This is so far beyond reason that it almost sounds like a piece of satire…and yet it’s NOT. It’s actually not. SMDH.

    • Rhys says:

      Lol! This was the “It’s not you, it’s Me” article.

    • himmiefan says:

      The “Meghan has lost her way’ gets me. The article, of course, doesn’t give details – because Meghan has not “lost her way!” Utter nonsense.

  2. Virginia says:

    That article is sickening, I literally want to barf. How dare a black women do anything on her own, her success must be attributed to a white women. I can’t this morning, I just can’t.

    • LaUnicaAngelina says:

      Yes! I actually wanted to punch something after reading that shit story!

      • LOLatyou says:

        Wow, that’s a lot of anger over a lot of nothing!

      • Anners says:

        I felt the same way. Like, they couldn’t find anything to pick apart in Meghan’s Smart Set launch so they’ll just…attribute it to Kate?? And then to insinuate that Meghan needs to change anything about her personality so she can be more like sister in law is galling. I mean, they *do* realize that Kate is never gonna rule, right? It’s not like she’s the second coming of QE…she’s going to be the consort. Of a petulant little bitch king. *if* and only if, the monarchy isn’t abolished by the time he stomps up to the throne. It’s nauseating.

    • Himmiefan says:

      This article was such as stretch that the writer must have pulled a muscle.

    • Betsy says:

      It’s nauseating. Like where in Christ’s name does that writer even get off?

      I’ll admit that I don’t even like Meghan (she does a great job and she’s pretty and well spoken – she just reminds me of someone I knew in school), but the harassment makes me want to double down and support everything dang thing she does because a) what she’s done is pretty dang neat and b) she deserves more support! She’s actually duchessing! She’s committed! She shows up! She’s better than keen – she’s functional. And they rip her endlessssslyyyyy. It’s unacceptable.

      • Anners says:

        This is how I feel exactly! The never ending baseless criticism of her every breath is turning me into a rampaging Stan.

    • Megan says:

      Meghan did all the work so she gets all the credit.

      The racist RRs never stop showing us their racism.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      I agree. The racism of given a woman credit for the work of a WOC is sickening. If I were British, this is EXACTLY the type of article that would make me campaign to get rid of the monarchy. Privilege at tax payers’ expense simple because of a happenstance of birth has no place in the modern world.

  3. (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

    Nauseating. It’s truly a WTF statement.

    • PlainJane says:

    • L84Tea says:

      Check out the twitter hashtag #katemiddletonsuccessstory. It’s HILARIOUS!!

      https://twitter.com/hashtag/katemiddletonsuccessstory?src=hash&lang=en

      • Bettyrose says:

        OMG! L84tea…I’m at work and need to tear myself away from twitter now. 😂😂😂

      • bamaborn says:

        L84TEA…I just can’t! Had to stop reading that Twitter feed, my son thought I had lost my mind. Lol!

      • Lady2Lazy says:

        That Twitter story on KM is priceless!! Thank you for sharing that, brightened my day!
        In regards to the constant verbal beating that MM takes each day, I don’t know how she tolerates it!! It’s amazing to me how much time and dedication that MM has performed since she joined the Firm, compared to Lazy Kate! Wow, Kate designed a garden and we are still praising her six months later. And to the other post about her habitually wearing full skirts and “surprised” that her dress flies up is ridiculous. Maybe we should switch her buttons for weights to place in the hems of her dresses.
        The fact is, is that they will never give MM the praise and accolades that she deserves. Is it racism or is it something else?

  4. Mignionette says:

    Lol @Kaiser – I knew this article was coming.

    I think this was a deliberate troll by Dampier to take the wind out of the sails of Meg’s successful smartworks launch.

    On this occasion I do not believe that the Camb’s put him up to it. Rather this is classic divide and rule, hit piece. It’s basically the RRs communicating with Meg that they continue to hold the cards and will undermine her at every turn.

    They had to tread carefully with smartworks because of the sensitivity of the work of the charity. Further this launch was executed to perfection with Meg even showing us that these clothes were not an act of ‘chariddy’ but rather clothes that could be worn by the M/C working donors alike whilst holding up their less fortunate sisters.

    The only way to attack therefore was to embiggen Kate and attach her name to it.

    Phil Dampier’s hit piece really stank of bitterness for lack of access. I am over the RR’s games at this point and the shit show only serves to make me laugh.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      @Mignionette, M/C=???. Sorry I have not had my mandatory to function five cups of coffee yet. LOL! LOL!

    • Pineapple says:

      Mignionette, I so agree. It seems so obviously from the Cambridges, or at least it looks that way. I don’t understand what it is with these humans? What is wrong with a, ” We are really so happy for Meghan, she has done some great work.” Would this kill William and Kate to say? I mean, I am starting to what to test this idea. I am not the least bit interested in this bitter baby becoming King. Grow up first.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      I agree its a bitter hit piece from the royal media over their lack of access/leaking and just general lack of ass kissing from the Sussex’s. Plus they are sucking up to the Cambridge’s with pieces like this – the more sugary sh!t they write to embiggin Kate and repair their lazy image, the more access they hope to get.

      • Becks1 says:

        Yup – I think this is partly to tear down Meghan, because they can, but also to embiggen Kate, because they can, and they hope the more they praise Kate the more access they’ll get from the Cambridges.

        ETA – so that said, even though I don’t think this particular piece came from the Cambridges, I think the Cambridges need to “do something” about these kinds of articles because they make Kate look bad. It actually makes Kate look pathetic and is an insult to many women to hold Kate up as this paragon of virtue and the epitome of being a “modern princess,” when she doesn’t do anything. I’m not sure what the Cambridges could do, but at the very least stop arranging staged shots of them boarding budget flights.

      • Mignionette says:

        If KP has any PR chops they would issue a statement to the effect that the article was incorrect and they support their SIL’s amazing efforts in supporting such vulnerable women to rebuild their lives.

        That alone would make the Cambs look very good.

        Problem is they CAN’T bc the RR’s have ROSE over Bill so they have to literally take it knowing the friction it causes. So this really is a case of checkmate, bc if the Camb’s speak up the RR’s will produce evidence of either Billy’s affair or scheming. The whole thing is a sick sick game.

      • Becks1 says:

        @mignionette – that’s a really good point. I didn’t think about the Rose factor here.

      • Person3514 says:

        I agree that I think this is just RR’s out for blood and I think it’s towards both women. These articles make Kate look terrible and I think this is their way at getting at Meghan/Harry and also getting at Kate/Will for silencing the Rose thing. They aren’t going to go after Will, but they are obviously gonna shade Kate into oblivion(I still don’t think they like her, just view her better than Megan). I also think the Cambridges don’t do more to support Meghan in the media because of the whole Rose thing. They don’t want the RR’s coming after them and while that seems shitty, I get it. I mean what’s out there now can be played off as rumor if the kids ever get wind of it one day, but if you piss of the media and all of a sudden inappropriate pictures are released, well the whole game changes. Honestly Charles or the Queen need to be doing something about this crazy media. They have more power than Will.

  5. Snap Happy says:

    Holy cr*p. That article is just bananas.

  6. ByTheSea says:

    Holy crap! This is unbelievable. And to be honest, I’m really surprised at the vitriol that she’s gotten.

  7. HK9 says:

    Christ almighty…I can’t believe people get paid to write this stuff.

    • VS says:

      Tell me about it!!! someone actually get paid to write garbage like……I wonder if there are any standards in the British media? I know the Financial Times and the Economist cannot be mixed up with the British press, but the rest apart from those two, look like trash

      In the US, at least there is a clear distinction between trash and reputable newspapers…….in the UK, I only recognize the Financial Times & the Economist. Is there any other reputable newspaper out there?

      • BayTampaBay says:

        The Guardian. The Guardian does very little-next to none Royal Reporting.

        The Guardian is not anti-British Royal Family in so much as they are Pro-Republic.

      • VS says:

        Thank you very much @BayTampaBay; it is fine by me if they do little or next to none royal reporting…….I get most of the Brexit news from FT, the Economist; I will add the Guardian to it

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @VS, The Guardian has excellent BREXIT coverage and there is a comment section for about 1/3 of all articles posted online. Also, there is no paywall but they ask for donations.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        ETA: The Guardian definitely leans left.

      • himmiefan says:

        Thanks Bay. I had been wondering that myself. I’ve noticed that the BBC website reports very little RF news, and even then, its on the UK tab.

  8. Onlyashes85 says:

    This deserves an Owen Wilson “woooooooow.”

  9. Abby says:

    I can’t even read all of this. This article from the sun make me RAGEY. Unbelievable.

    The lack of journalistic integrity here blows my mind. Like how could someone have been paid to write this crap.

  10. Loretta says:

    That article is so disgusting. Disgusting and racist.

    • Green Desert says:

      Exactly. I know the Cambridges don’t write these articles, but it’s beyond time for them to speak out against them. The fact that they don’t is quite telling.

  11. Beli says:

    How embarrassing for Kate. Imagine having your fans think you’re so incompetent that they need to try and latch you on to another person’s successful project…

    • VS says:

      I am actually surprised no one seems to see that this is damaging to Kate not Meghan.

      KM has been married for 8 or more so years; yet she has accomplished nothing. Absolutely nothing, that’s why there are so many articles trying to promote her.

      Here comes Meghan, in less than 2 years she has:
      - spearheaded a cookbook
      - guest-edited Vogue (not merely posing for it) but using to shed lights on some of her charity and the Luminary women (love those women; I will stop by their bakery when in LDN)
      - now spearheaded a capsule collection

      If I were Kate and her PR team, I will devote my time trying to come up with a substantial project……just false praise in the press isn’t working. She has done nothing that’s worth talking about that’s why everything about her is either the kids or her clothes. What else is there?

      • Becks1 says:

        YES, agreed, this is what I was trying to get at above but you worded it better. These stories really only serve to highlight how little Kate has done.

      • Malificent says:

        Kate’s got two things that she likes — kids and sports. Instead of having her do vague mental health work — they should combine the two areas that she’s good with and shows some enthusiasm. Make her signature children’s mental and physical health through a series of camps for at-risk kids throughout the UK. She could milk several years out of camp openings, and then use those as an excuse for not focusing on anything else. And they could do a sailing camp so that she has an excuse to hang out with that cute yacht captain….

      • notasugarhere says:

        Kate is starting to look less awkward with kids, but she isn’t the Children’s Princess some want her to be. The kids know when she’s faking it, you can tell from their faces. Kate isn’t sporty, she’s a gym rat as has been said here often. Her “sport” is yachting with her crush Ben. And it is difficult to have her highlight physical health when she’s clearly underweight for her frame.

        The last time she went camping with impoverished kids, she gave them a lecture about turning off the tv and going to the countryside more often. Point of the charity, Kate, is they cannot afford to go to the countryside. After about an hour, she hopped on a helicopter and went to a polo match.

        Catherine Quinn has been trying to find something, anything to hang Kate’s hat on. The vague “go outside for your mental health” is the best she’s been able to do. To paraphrase, you can lead a Keen to work, but you cannot make her think or care.

      • L4frimaire says:

        Yes. This is what I don’t understand. These type of articles don’t do the Cambridge’s any favors. It actually makes her look a bit pathetic and unable to do any substantial work on her own. I seriously hope Kate didn’t ask for this because it makes her look really bad and…yes, lazy.

      • abc says:

        I agree with all the comments/insights re: the pathetic “embiggening” of Kate, but it also occurs to me that another potential issue is all the sensitivity around eclipsing William. Even IF Kate wanted to do more (which is a big IF, I get it), could she? Without risking her husband’s thin-skinned jealousy? One of the most fascinating aspects of this tension between the brothers/couples is the insight it provides into the relationship dynamics of each couple. Meghan takes on big projects, executes them flawlessly, and all I see/hear/sense from Harry is unflagging love, support, and genuine joy in her accomplishments. I wonder, even IF Kate wanted to do something cool and innovative linking sports and kids in a meaningful way, would she feel truly able to w/out checking her husband’s ego first?

      • VS says:

        One other thing I thought about: If Kate cannot do the projects, why not do the bread and butter instead? “a la” Princess Anne?

      • VS says:

        @abc — you make a good point. I have always partially blamed William for Kate lack of accomplishment but there is part of her that just does not care enough; she clearly isn’t a very creative person? Is it really about creativity or not caring? who knows!!!

      • starryfish29 says:

        You can’t design a substantive project for someone who doesn’t actually want to do any work. Therein lies the problem.

  12. lanne says:

    I think she retained the copyright to the Tig to keep someone else from taking the name and trying to create an association with her. So if, say, the Duchess of Cambridge wanted to create the KaTig, no can do.. Smart move. (and clearly I’m JOKING about Cathy Cambridge!)

    • Himmiefan says:

      That’s exactly what I was thinking.

    • Lisa says:

      Came here to say just that. I work with web designers and they proactively purchase up URLs and TMs for that very reason – to block competition or copyright infringements, but also just to prevent old sites from being taken over.

    • ZanB says:

      I concur.

    • Mignionette says:

      There was actually a channel on you tube called The Tig with Meg’s logo and reporting on Sussex News. I believe that may be the reason she took control of the copyright.

  13. Pineapple says:

    Oh, Oh, I got it!! On the plus side everyone, we could ALL be journalists. It isn’t that hard. We could move to England or The United States and just make crap up. Write what we want. Real, fake, who cares!!! We all have opinions … new career opportunities everyone. New career opportunities. I thought I had to go to school to learn journalism …. nope, not necessarily. Pulitzer Schmulitzer.

    • Abby says:

      I’m a journalist, not in the celebrity industry, and stories like this boil my blood. Makes us look bad.

    • VS says:

      +1,000,000,000 @Pineapple……..Apparently we can all be journalists. Although I won’t him a journalist, he is a gossiper but stories like this degrades the entire profession

    • Lady D says:

      No. An actual journalist would keep their opinion completely out of the article. This crap is to be expected in rag magazines because the quality of their writing would otherwise render them readerless.

      • LOLatyou says:

        I agree. Proof that CNN and most media have no real journalistic basis these days.

      • VS says:

        @LOLatyou — please talk about what you know……the audacity to compare CNN with most UK newspapers except the likes of the FT is disingenuous at best or dishonest at worst

      • notasugarhere says:

        VS, her comment is typical of the MAGA crowd that are now ardent Kate fans.

      • VS says:

        @notasugarhere — I 100% agree; I realize reading her comments below that she belong in the DM like trash…….I wonder why those maga fans became suddenly ardent kate fans. What is there to be fan of? or is it the race thing?

        Maga fans are Americans (well most of them); I expect them to have at lease some respect for hard work (even if for them, race prevails over almost every thing )

        2020 can’t come here fast enough

  14. Jasmin3 says:

    Yawn. This is OBVIOUSLY designed to rile up people and manufacture outrage, I can’t even be bothered. It’s the Sun, aka pure trash.

  15. stepup says:

    People really love to accuse black women of arrogance and uppity-ness. It’s so, so, so pervasive.

  16. Hoopjumper says:

    How stupid do they think we are? We remember the wonderful Hubb Community Cookbook rollout, for goodness sakes. The same blueprint was followed. Also, we remember this summer, when MM did nothing besides had a baby and get dumped on by the press. OH WAIT, she also edited September Vogue. Eff off, Dampier.

  17. Maria says:

    This is supposed to make us fawn over Kate and yet this stuff all just has the opposite effect on me – to want to dig up the years of articles about Kate falling out of clubs drunk at 2 am (not that I haven’t done that, but I have a job lol), shopping three times a week in London when she was supposed to be living in the Anglesey farmhouse, the Waity years, dropping out of the Irish guards (instinctive knowledge of what UK people want, really?)

  18. Becks1 says:

    OMG.

    so I saw this headline on twitter, and didn’t bother to read the article, and I just assumed that it was about how Kate used to work at Jigsaw and there was some manufactured connection there.

    The actual article is horrible and so much worse. I mean – who watched that launch on Thursday and thought, “Yes, Meghan seems more like Kate now, this is good?” Not a bit of that outing said “Kate” to me.

    And the notion that Kate is flawless and the perfect princess is just gross, because what they mean is, Kate is white.

    • stepup says:

      “And the notion that Kate is flawless and the perfect princess is just gross, because what they mean is, Kate is white.”

      Agreed. They also mean Kate is quiet, traditionally feminine, and into “appropriate” and “non-controversial” wifely things like gardening.

      (To be clear, I like gardening as much as the next wanna-be green-thumb, but it does paint a certain traditional picture.)

      • Becks1 says:

        Yup. She is quiet and wears coatdresses and doesn’t mingle too much with the peasants and stands quietly next to her husband and doesn’t make noise when he cheats on her.

        It’s a very Stepford vibe and the press loves her for it at this point.

      • notasugarhere says:

        And trots out the kids for photo ops in public places, giving the paps the chance to earn money off the tykes. Huge change from the earlier years.

  19. Lisa says:

    That article is pure trash. That launch and outing had zilch to do with Kate.

  20. KG says:

    So, she was “like the Meghan of old” but also just like Kate? They can’t even keep the trash straight in the same paragraph!

  21. Eyfalia says:

    P. Damper has a book to sell.

    I would like to thank all the trolls, haters and RR’s for their evidence that Meghan is a really nice person. They have been searching and digging for dirt to throw at Meghan but there is nothing, because if there was something, these people would have found it.

    So thank you guys for all your effort!

  22. ChillyWilly says:

    Wow. That article is unreal. Meghan isn’t humble or considerate? She is so down to earth and warm. She comes across as someone who makes people feel at ease and comfortable. This is all about stodgy old Bill and Cathy’s
    jealousy and plain old RACISM.

  23. Blue36 says:

    Phil Dampier isn’t even an RR, he is a royal commentator, so the fact that he thinks that she’s going to be trying to emulate Kate is hilarious. It is getting annoying to read all these articles about Meghan knowing she’s made a lot of mistakes and is trying to save her reputation by becoming Kate 2.0 *eyeroll* I hope Meghan stays true to herself and continue doing projects that she’s passionate about

    • Peg says:

      Meghan cares so much about Royal Reporters say, that she decided to go to NYC for a weekend too see Serena play tennis.

      • blue36 says:

        Yeah, I still don’t understand how that was supposed to be PR for her? We saw her at the US Open supporting Serena, that’s it.

  24. Digital Unicorn says:

    This is bullying and members of the RF are a part of it regardless if they encourage the press or not. Given how the Cambridge’s allegedly are against bullying and came out in support of the rugby player who announced he was HIV positive at the weekend (he was being blackmailed so decided to tell everyone on his own terms) and the fact that its still crickets over the way their own SIL is being treated tells you everything you need to know about what they think of the Sussex’s and the way that the press is treating her.

    This is not the first time that the press has tried to make out a Sussex only initiative has had the Cambridge’s all over it. IIRC they tried to make out Katie Keen was involved in Harry’s MH programme with Oprah and Apple.

  25. Cee says:

    The more they try to “embiggen” Kate, the smaller she looks. Only a useless person would need so much “embiggening”. KP needs to put a lid on this, but they’re so incompetent they’re not going to see the need for it.

  26. Rach says:

    Just a small correction, the collection is not sold out, only the totes are. There’s plenty of stock left for those of you who are still looking for great workwear.

    • L4frimaire says:

      I really wish the Jigsaw pieces would ship to US. Their American website is being revamped so can’t get in US. Maybe it’s in US stores. Did order the Nonoo shirt. Also wonder if the items still available after the 2 week window will still be part of the charity or revert back to regular stock. Questions, questions.

  27. Yoyo says:

    Teaching Meghan how to be Royal.
    #TheMashReport – Twitter Search / Twitter
    or
    Instagram.com/tv/B2Z.co3GHzC-…

    • VS says:

      I watched that video………she killed it!!! I wonder if the British gossip press realizes how ridiculous they are

      • blue36 says:

        What’s interesting was Lainey’s take on it – a lot of US outlets talked about this segment but none of the UK papers/tabs did, they did however talk about that nasty 60 mins doc.

  28. VS says:

    Have you seen the mockery of Kate on Twitter? now people are pasting her picture into some of great achievement by WOCs…….royal reporters are trash. praising Kate and William for doing nothing isn’t going to make them popular, it will only turn those who were indifferent to them against them…….they are both mediocre; Meghan coming into the scenes unfortunately highlighted their mediocrity

    • CN says:

      Yes, really funny
      twitter #katemiddletonsuccessstory

      • VS says:

        yeah I saw the hashtag…….the gossiper got Meghan fans/stans/supporters triggered
        It reminds me of Ivanka Trump getting inserted into all kind of historical events…. LOL

  29. Bettyrose says:

    “Graceful and elegant – flawless actually” – Vomit! Dude, who writes like this?

    • Coz' says:

      Racist and opportunist a$$holes!

      • LOLatyou says:

        No, that describes sugars. The BRF aren’t supposed to be celebrities. This isn’t where MEgain belongs. Not because of her race(s) but because of her social climbing, grifting and complete lack of class.

      • Becks1 says:

        They actually are celebrities. I don’t understand why people keep saying they’re not celebrities. They are. Now part of the secret is convincing people they’re not celebrities, but of course they are.

        https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celebrity

        Please tell me more though about Meghan’s (you misspelled her name BTW) social climbing (when Kate was raised to do one thing and one thing only – marry well), grifting and lack of class. I’m sure we are all dying to know.

      • PleaseAndThankYou says:

        @LOLatyou

        Your pathetic attempts at trolling are boring and you don’t even possess the ability to respond when you are proven wrong, over and over.

        0/10 trolling points. I think you’ve given it your all, and been found to be lacking. Scuttle back under that rock of yours at the Sun.

        @Becks1 – completely agree!

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @LOLatyou,

        Could you please expand on you claim that Meghan of grifting?

  30. Rogue says:

    He’s clearly trolling- palace isn’t behind this. He’s a Chelsy stan& has been bitter about Meghan from the start. Just a few weeks ago he suggested way for Meghan to get GB public onside again would be to reconcile with her father! He has no respect or empathy where Meghan is concerned. People like him is why reporting on Meghan is so slanted.

    In 2017 he claimed the Cambridges weren’t pulling their weight compared to Charles and Diana when they had toddlers so his comments about Kate being the perfect princess smacks of revisionism now there’s a new target. Very cynical- anything bad is on Meghan- any success of hers should be attributed to Kate. Sad reality for POC. Reminds me of the movie Hidden Figures.

    I imagine trademarking for the Tig is to protect against people making products etc off under the name& passing off association with her

    • BayTampaBay says:

      “In 2017 he claimed the Cambridges weren’t pulling their weight compared to Charles and Diana when they had toddlers”

      Anne, The Princess Royal pulled her wait when she had two toddlers.

      Diana, Princess of Wales pulled her wait when she had two toddlers.

      Bill & Cathy Cambridge have NEVER pulled their weight.

    • MissM says:

      That’s what baffles me. Dampier has always been vocal about his construction criticism of the Cambridges but now suddenly Kate is flawless? This article doesnt add up with his past comments.

      • DaisyBuch says:

        And he’s not the only one. The same few reporters being very nasty to Meghan used to call out the Cambridges for their private jet trips, frequent vacations, lack of work ethic, and excessive spending.

        The thing is that Harry and Meghan have truly done nothing wrong, have done great work and have been excellent in ALL their public engagements, and have done nothing as excessive as others in the Royal Family. They’re also sticking Meghan’s name on everything negative to make it seem like she’s running wild all over the place.

        Whatever Dampier’s excuse, I think he’s rolling with m-gxits and at the very minimum borrowed from them to write that drivel.

  31. Yoyo says:

    On Twitter, someone posted an old clip of Kate at a tea company, holding tea leaves and asking, if you taste tea by smelling it, the tea guy got quite huffy and said you smell.
    So if this women don’t know you taste tea by tasting it, chances of her walking into a charity shop and noticing a rack of lilac blazers and coming up with an idea would be a miracle.

    • Mignionette says:

      Kate is one of those M/C kids who on paper has an education but in real life lacks the kind of street smarts and hit the ground running that Meghan has. That is not a deliberate trashing of Kate, but rather just what it is.

      Ma Middleton, brought up her children to mix in the right circles, think like they were Aristo’s before they became Aristo’s and in so doing marry well. They all seem to have done that, even James who has struggled with what seems to be quite serious depression most of his adult life.

      I would say they all exceeded their mother’s expectations in that regard. Suggesting that Meghan who has had to hustle her way through life somehow has Kate to thank for this launch is so insulting.

      • Peg says:

        Just saw this on Twitter.
        Kate asked a three year old, if he is a Tiger, he said no it’s face paint.
        Kids are so literal.

      • VS says:

        @Peg — she always does things like that and I think that’s because she doesn’t know what to say
        another example: a kid was telling her about some issues and Kate asked about her birthday!!! I was like what the F**K?

  32. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    What a colossal, monumentally royal shitty thing to do. I’m wretching.

  33. OriginalLala says:

    all this article does is make Kate look terribly lazy and incompetent honestly. Frankly, they all should be doing more charity projects with tangible benefits like the ones Meghan has been working on

  34. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I honestly have nothing to day about this garbage person and his garbage article. This s*it is exhausting.
    What i will instead talk about is that there is nothing that interesting or strange about her keeping her trademark. Most trademarks are renewed even when not in use. It’s a smart business move to insure that no one uses a trademark associated directly with you or your brand.

  35. Murphy says:

    I blow-dried my brown hair this morning, Thanks Kate!!!!

  36. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    Can I get paid to write batshit crazy articles, too? Cause I’m sure I could double up on my Adderall and crank out some spectacular crap. What hogwash. And this makes Kate look terrible, tbh. How incompetent and lazy are you when someone has to attach you to another woman’s project in an effort to make you look good? Kate-level incompetent and lazy. *eyeroll*

    I apologize if my posts don’t make sense. I’m still waking up even though I’ve been at work for an hour already. *yawn*

  37. Debbie says:

    Kate has a garden that she is dragging across the UK…they should focus on the cost of her garden. Instead of dragging it across the UK the money could be spent on children in need.

    • chunkyLa says:

      Why? The first garden was donated to a NHS hospital so that patients in the Mental Health Unit could use it. The garden that was unveiled at RHS Wisley last week is a permanent fixture and is free to visit so children will benefit from that for years to come. I see nothing wrong with either of these.

      • notasugarhere says:

        RHS Garden Wisley is not free to visit. Child under 5 gets in with a paying adult, kid 5+ have to pay. Adult £13.05, Child £6.60

      • Becks1 says:

        The garden from last week is not free to visit. You have to pay the entrance fee for Wisley.

      • chunkyLa says:

        Oops I got that bit wrong. But it’s not like she unveiled the gardens and then afterwards they were just thrown away. They are being put to good use and people will be able to use them. So it’s still a good project, imo.

      • VS says:

        If that project was impressive, it will be enough to praise her……. the problem is, royal gossipers compare her project to Meghan’s….that’s where all her issues start.

        The garden was fine: the first project of a future future QC after how many years in the RF??? is that the Broken Britain project? why isn’t that enough to praise Kate?

        Most of her fans and royal gossipers have the answer to that question

      • Taneesha says:

        😂😂😂😂, really L’ingOL @ this “the garden is free for all” nonsense, no it’s not actually!!. And haters had the audacity to criticize Meg’s SmartSet project last week, going on and on about prices, why create a capsule, she did not really design these clothes (as if Meg ever claimed to have done), yadda, yadda, yadda, SMH. And people have the audacity to credit Kati Keen Kan not for Meg’s projects, again SMH.

      • notasugarhere says:

        A handful of wealthy people will be able to visit gardens someone else designed. Oh, what charity work! Surely Britain is unbroken by now.

      • Becks1 says:

        The garden is a fine project in itself. She did something, she promoted it, cute photo op for the Cambridge kids, etc.

        Its that we are still discussing the garden (as a general project) after 9 months because there is nothing else to talk about.

      • L4frimaire says:

        I thought the garden is nice and it’s good to see her follow through on something tangible, and hopefully advocate for FREE access to green spaces in the future. This garden event was just unveiled last week, so why this reporter is trying to put her on Meghan’s coattails is really baffling. He’s thinks it undermines Meghan, but actually overshadows Kate’s work. The whole thing is just weird. Harry and Meghan are trying to combine their traditional Royal roles/ charities , with venture type philanthropy because they realize that they won’t always be in the Royal household, and going to have to stand on their own ( a bit corporate but Royals in the past have had real jobs); while the Cambridge’s will be getting the literal keys to the kingdom. You’d think they’d be bored of these nasty hit pieces and bask in their own sunlight. Does the press own Will and Kate?

  38. Scandi says:

    But the collection is not sold out at all? I just checked – only the totes have sold out.

    But I agree that this generally was a success. She really fullu used her abilities, and her public speaking is just sooo good. But I disagree that the Vogue co-editing was a success. It just showed that she is a terrible writer, and she should stay away from writing – my opinion as a professional and educated journalist.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I also thought British Vogue was a mistake but for different reasons.

      • notasugarhere says:

        She used Vogue’s interest in her for a good purpose. If she had simply posed for them, as Kate did, she would have been attacked mercilessly. At least this way, she’s attacked mercilessly but a positive issue of Vogue is published.

    • blue36 says:

      I don’t think she should stay away from writing, she clearly likes doing it. She could definitely improve her style, but I wouldn’t discourage someone from completely stopping it. I think Vogue was actually good – Sinead – one of the people who was on the cover seems to have gotten a lot of exposure after that. The nastiness around it really made it hard to appreciate the women who were on the cover who are all doing amazing things. Their main argument about it seemed to be who she chose for it – they wanted Kate and the Queen on it. It’s really hard to get a copy of it anywhere, so in a way it was a success despite all the vitriol thrown at her.

      • Peg says:

        Some one said it was at Barnes & Noble, NYC, one copy per person.

      • Abby says:

        I went to Barnes & Noble on the 7th, and they didn’t have it in yet. Need to go back and check.

      • Bamaborn says:

        Managed to get one copy through eBay for my granddaughter. Need one more copy, called B&N NYC and was told they sold out their supply in one hour. Will continue to look for my second granddaughter(she’s 2 yrs old…Lol).

      • L4frimaire says:

        Her writing is fine, but her editor’s letter is very long and a bit breathless. Too much emphasis on cups of tea and prefer she get more to the point. I get this was a big deal and opportunity but hope she pares it down a bit. There is good writing in there. Find the same on instagram as well. Don’t like reading the long posts, and prefer briefer summary. However, I won’t buy greeting cards with long messages either, keep it short, precise and simple. Other than that, the issue is nice, glossy, some nice articles and spreads, highlighting some good causes. It’s Vogue, not Mother Jones. How anyone can think it lefty and radical, or even self promoting, is beyond me.

      • bonobochick says:

        I got the issue at the Barnes & Noble in Tribeca on Friday. There were only 2 available when I bought my copy.

    • M. says:

      British Vogue is a fashion magazine and majority of its readers don’t care what any of us think about Meghan’s writing style. Publishers care about sales, and Meghan’s Vogue sold a lot of copies, and people are still looking for it in book stores. I guarantee many other magazine editors in the UK would trip over themselves if Meghan wanted to guest edit one of their issues.

      All of Meghan’s royal projects have been successful thus far. Negative criticism and comments on the internet are not indicators of success or failure.

  39. My3cents says:

    Yup, she still has a lot to learn.
    In two years she has not flashed her lady bits once.
    She has not snubbed royal engagements.
    She has not fled engagements only to be seen later shopping on high street.
    Should we continue with the perfect princess shopping list here? I’m sure there are no many more points I’m forgetting.

    • VS says:

      in two years, she still has to
      - learn how to string two sentences together
      - say “how interesting” when being told about children in India
      - ask “if you could smell……”
      - actually guest edit a magazine; not just showing up for a few hours before going out to shop
      -
      etc……Meghan has a lot to learn!!! LOL

  40. TheOriginalMia says:

    Twitter was not kind when this article appeared yesterday. Receipts were produced. Kate was dragged with a capital D.

    It’s just ridiculous. The black duchess works hard, shows up for her charity, and her white SIL is given credit. Not today, Satan! Kate is just waiting for the next title upgrade. She is half-assing her way to the throne, but newsflash, there are decades to go before she is QC. Times are changing. She needs to get off her pampered butt and give back, not give lip service.

  41. DS9 says:

    So I’m to believe Meghan needs to take work advice from a woman who has made a career of avoiding work?

    Working Royal vs Promotional Princess?

    And this is why black mamas tell us to to be at least 10% better. If Meghan worked exactly the same amount of mere mother kate they’d call her a grifter.

  42. kerwood says:

    Now THAT’S White privilege. When a White woman can basically sit on her ass all summer and get credit for a Black woman’s hard work. And some of that hard work was done while said Black woman was pregnant.

    • DS9 says:

      Right? How are we comparing pregnancy/maternity leave with Kate’s lay about summer?

      I’m sorry, summer of gardens….

  43. Noodle says:

    This is reminiscent of men in workplaces who undermine or erase the work of women in order to maintain their chokehold of power. We don’t want a woman getting too successful or confident in herself, or she might take power away from men (or Royal tradition, for that matter) and we definitely CAN’T have that!

    • FredsMother says:

      @NOODLE. No. This reminiscent of when Black women work in White spaces and the White Girl gets credit for our work. And if we point out that it’s our work, the White Girl cries.

      • VS says:

        @FredsMother — I don’t know if you have read this piece https://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2018/04/weaponizing-white-women-tears.html

        It is about the weapon of White Women Tears………..that tactic was also used against Meghan at some point!!! remember how she made Kate cry….. my goodness!!!!

      • Maria says:

        This is immediately what I thought of when I heard of the “Meghan made Kate cry” story. Because in these situations it is far more likely Kate did/said something extremely casually racist or offensive and Meghan who is NOT a wallflower or a bower and scraper was not having it and alerted her to the fact. I would not be surprised at all if that’s how it went down.

      • Tami says:

        This is a great point. I was thinking of my employment experience where my male colleagues took credit for my work. But, you’re right, white women are guilty of doing this to their colleagues, especially when their colleagues are POC. Thank you for bringing up this important issue.

  44. jenner says:

    Can someone define “flawless” for me, because apparently it does not mean what I thought it did.

  45. Marie says:

    These RR act like Meghan having a baby shower in New York and flying private with her husband and son are the worst things to happen to the Monarchy and not a BLOOD prince being a pedophile.

    No one should aspire to be Kate unless you want to be cheated on, stand behind your husband and not work. If that’s what you want, then go for it. I would much rather be a Meghan.

    • Peg says:

      The British Media is trying a new tact, all their bullying and demanding access to the Harry and Meghan fell on death ears, so now it’s Meghan is learning from Kate, as if.
      I think Meghan would go nuts sitting around doing nothing, she started working at 13/14 yrs.
      Putting in long hours at Suits for seven years, hard work, she can deal with.

  46. bamaborn says:

    NO COMMENT!!!

  47. DaisyBuch says:

    This crap reads exactly like the racist fantasies from the m-gxit hate sites with the nasty names removed. As a big Chelsy fanboy, Dampier probably has a burner m-gxit account.

    The problem is that this will backfire on the Cambridges. I have a friend who was pretty indifferent who’s annoyed at the mention of Kate as this drags on. This isn’t the age of Diana and Fergie. People are bringing receipts to remind everyone how ‘un-perfect’ Waity Katy is.

    Another problem is that William is totally believable as wanting to have this done on his behalf. From the little boy who blamed things on Harry because he could, to the indifferent jerk who was photographed leaving Kate standing on a boat while Harry gestured not to leave her behind, to whatever he has become to have Charles refer to him in print as “a bit grand”, he sounds like the kind of petty asshat who wouldn’t mind having this done. But see above.

    The RRs have underestimated who they’re trying to throw dirt on. Meghan isn’t some random British society wannabe who will go along to get along. More and more Twitter blue ticks are calling out the bullsh*t, and Archie’s introduction photo with the Queen has more Instagram likes than the entire readership of The Sun. Between this and the Queen helping prop up Andrew, the RRs aren’t going to have a monarchy to make money off of if they keep it up.

  48. Powermoonchrystal says:

    Their backs must be hurting, maybe even broken beyond repair from the reach.

  49. b says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha This is so bad its funny. This is why I do not buy the Sun or click on the website.

    Its almost like the American Princess vs the English Princess.

    That women could produce Unicorn poo, it would not matter.

  50. aquarius64 says:

    What a joke. The RRs are stuck on stupid with their reporting on Meghan; they still think people get the news from the papers. KP saw how much international press and praise Meghan is getting for Smart Works and no one outside the UK is writing about Kate’s garden. Therefore the People puff piece and giving Kate credit for work she did not do. I’m glad Kate is getting dragged for this and I hope the stooge is getting his butt kicked too.

  51. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Phil Dampier is a colossal, racist prick.

  52. Lowrider says:

    Kate’s aggressive PR campaign at full force. The need to use Meghan to uplift Kate fascinating.

    • BEBE says:

      It might not be Kate at all tho, just a bogus RR story. When there are negative stories about Kate we don’t assume Meghan is the source.

    • Here In My Jammies says:

      I’m not sure Kate is behind the campaign. The British press do their own thing. They’re like a hungry lion that needs to be fed.

  53. Fluffy Princess says:

    Ok. What in the F**k did I just read?? Are you effing kidding me?

    This. Line. Right. Here: From now on we will see a very different Duchess of Sussex — *one that is much more humble and considerate.* <—Omg, I'm having a rage twitch right now.

    Like all I have are "ugly words" and can't even articulate what huge, steaming pile of **** that whole piece is. OMFG. . .Kate is the reason for the success?? I. CAN'T.EVEN.

  54. sparker says:

    the same folks will swear to you that white privilege doesn’t exist and jump through hoops to avoid rational discussion about it. Have you seen Chelsea Handlers Netflix documentary on the subject? Barely scratches the surface but starts the discussion.

  55. Zut alors says:

    So when does Meghan get to the flashing undies stage of the flawless Duchess training?

    • lucylee says:

      Time to give that one a rest

      • CairinaCat says:

        No it’s really not.
        I’ve seen Kate’s ass so many times I can’t count them.
        When that gets whitewashed and revised while Meghan gets drug for literally breathing, it’s going to keep getting brought up.

    • Svetlana says:

      At least Katherine was wearing underwear when the world saw her nether region. And it wasn’t on purpose.

      • DaisyBuch says:

        There are no nude photos or videos of Meghan.

        You must be browsing the photoshops and deep fake p*rn videos. They’ve found a model who confirmed that one of the photoshops – and they’re usually quite amateurish – used her body with Meghan’s face ‘shopped onto it.

        We have literally seen more of Kate’s a$$ than Meghan’s.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Once is an accident. Twice is a coincidence. Three times is a habit. Kate is about two dozen flashes in eight years.

        No, Kate wasn’t wearing undies, or at best it was a thong. Most of her flashes involve complete bare bum, plus full-frontal nude to the waist leaving the plane on the Australia tour.

  56. VintageS says:

    It’s like reading a Rita Skeeter article from The Daily Prophet.

  57. intheknow says:

    If Kate had an ounce of pride or any shame at all, she’d have her PR people put a stop to this. How fking pathetic to try and take claim for work Meghan has done? Then again, white women have never lacked shamed in doing this a lot to black women.

  58. ItReallyIsYou,NotMe says:

    I’m a Keen defender but even I think this is reeedunkulous!

  59. Cee says:

    Twitter is having a party with #KateMiddletonSuccessStory
    This is a DISASTER and I am gleeful about it. About time it actually backfired colossally.

  60. RoyalBlue says:

    The Sun is pandering to its racist base as usual. This is why we should call them out at every opportunity possible.

  61. L4frimaire says:

    This article is so dumb and making Kate look ridiculous and the writer bitchy with some grudge to settle. Lots of mockery and anger on the internet directed at Kate, even though I don’t think she’d sanction this trashy screed. No one likes people getting credit for someone else’s hard work . That said, I hope Meghan keeps doing her thing and mixing it up. Sometimes maybe an ambitious project like this and Together cookbook, other times just cheering on and offering support, with visits and checking in.

  62. Clay says:

    Tigtots? she’s heading to the clichè children’s lifestyle stuff rich people do when they don’t know what to do and want good press. The lifestyle stuff makes her look really un-royal. Yeah, that’s correct. I don’t like her much anymore. That Wimbledon diva behaviour put me really off.

    • Zut alors says:

      Reading comprehension is clearly not your strength.

    • Peg says:

      You were never on in the first place.
      Un-Royal is having sex with teenagers, then claiming you’ve fat fingers.

    • DaisyBuch says:

      Wimbledon was another British media setup. Meghan clearly had no problem with the crowd, including greeting a young man. The tabloids never show those photos.

      Instead, an aggressive selfie-seeker conveniently gets so close the RPO does his job. The woman they used as the source changed the details of her story as well.

      Contrast that to the US Open, no problems whatsoever.

      Convenient that there’s “drama” at the venue where Kate is the royal patron.

    • Le4Frimaire says:

      Think you’re way off base on this one. Think it’s to get the Tigtots name out of circulation so it won’t be used to exploit Archie. I think the Tig represents a great time in her life she’s moved on from, and just following good legal advice to not have the name out there for use. Also, as for her “behavior “, I think this grown woman can handle herself just fine. She knows the weight she is carrying.

  63. LRobb says:

    I don’t agree as a Sussex fan that Duchess M should avoid her lifestyle blog. I loved the Tig and miss it. If she finds a way to revamp it and put it to good use in support of Sussex causes I’m all in.

    The article is ridiculous. Duchess Kate should be pissed off because it makes her look so bad.

  64. val says:

    Ah twitter has made my day! I have not laughed this hard in a VERY long time!

  65. NewKay says:

    Black excellence has to take a backseat to White mediocrity. What’s new?

  66. AmyM says:

    Meghan’s projects have immediate impact on lives. I still don’t see what impact Kate’s Garden has which is why it’s not memorable. A cookbook that provides funds to feed people and new clothes to uplift a woman for an interview vs Kate’s Garden that has helped..uh NO ONE! I don’t think Meghan needs advice from Kate.

  67. PrincessK says:

    I think it’s a combination of two things. Firstly, the tabloid papers are mad that they cannot get the access to the Sussexes that they want, Harry and Meghan are rightly keeping them at arms length, so they are manufacturing lots of lies about them. Secondly, there are some ‘people’ who are genuinely worried that Harry and Meghan are more popular and outshine the Cambridge’s so have put in place a long term strategy to undermine them at every turn. But this can only work in the minds of racist Brexit voters.

  68. Lucy De Blois says:

    From what I’ve read (Sun’s article) I suppose Meghan , from now on, is going to take off her coat, drop on the ground to Kate walk over. Maybe the writter had a very serious headache and took a medicament before writting.