Duchess Kate went to a special ‘meet & greet’ drinks-party for posh mums

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Before she married Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge was never a huge, messy partier. She would go to clubs with William often during the “Waity Years,” but she rarely stumbled out of the club, sloshed out of her mind. Sources even claimed that Kate would nurse a drink all night, then fix her makeup before she and William left because she knew she was going to be photographed. Still, when I think back on those “Waity Years,” I remember a lot of clubs and a lot of vacations. She really didn’t do much for a whole decade. But now that Kate has a brand new image as the world’s most perfect duchess/mother/wife, we have to pretend that she has barely seen the inside of a “fancy drinks party,” I guess. Thus, it’s notable that Kate went and had a few drinks with other mums from George and Charlotte’s school:

It’s been a long time since the Duchess of Cambridge was able to wander along to the pub for a tipple or two with friends without anyone noticing. But she managed to do just that when she joined fellow ‘school-run mums’ at a drinks party in Chelsea – and she owes it all to a secret entrance that, legend has it, was installed especially for Prince Harry.

Although the venue – the Hollywood Arms – sounds uber-glamorous, it is actually pretty low-key, with regulars drawn by its lazy weekend brunches and Sunday roasts. Kate was there last month to attend a ‘meet and greet’ drinks party, held each year for parents of new pupils at the £6,000 a term Thomas’s school in Battersea. Her daughter Princess Charlotte, four, joined in September, following in the footsteps of her big brother George, who has been a pupil at the school since 2017.

The Duchess was able to attend the event thanks to a special entrance at the Hollywood Arms. Using the doorway in a rear alley meant Kate could pass in and out without someone recording it on their smartphone. With just one Royal protection officer keeping a discreet eye on the festivities, Kate is said to have enjoyed a few drinks and was relaxed in the company of her new pals. The group used a private salon, called the Boulevard Bar, which costs £2,500 to hire and can hold up to 80 people.

According to my sources, the secret entrance was originally installed for Harry during his bachelor days. Although the pub is quite restrained these days, it used to be the place to be seen for Chelsea socialites. At that time it was owned by Willow Crossley and her now husband Charlie. They lived above the premises and hosted wild parties every week.

[From The Daily Mail]

I just… don’t really get why this is a story, I guess. She had some drinks with some mums. Apparently, it was organized as some kind of special meet-and-greet for parents. I would imagine that mothers and fathers were invited, but it sounds like it was just moms there? Are we really supposed to think that this was one of the first times in the past decade that Kate has quietly gone out for a drink with some female acquaintances? Is that the story? That Kate rarely spends time with other women? I don’t know.

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  1. (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

    More embiggening for the most perfect mother ever! “Look, with ALL she has to do, she STILL has time to meet the peasant mothers! Look how she mingles with ease with the other “Yummy Mummies”! Our Perfect Unicorn!”


    • Anance says:

      Plus it makes look like she’s doing more than she’s actually doing. Given the stories of William and yummy mummies, Kate most likely wants to keep an eye on who’s there.

  2. Genessee says:

    Dude. What? Have you googled Drunk Kate pictures? The girl loved to party. Lots of upskirt pictures too, but those are quickly being scrubbed from the web.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Four nights a week, completely glassy eyed, drinking William under the table with her fav Crack Daddy cocktails. A teetoataler she ain’t.

      The club staff would offer to let her sneak out the back. She didn’t want that, because she wanted the attention of being photographed as his girlfriend. That’s why she’d fix up her make-up before leaving, because she was inviting the photos.

      • Lindsay says:

        She also reportedly bragged about being able to drink Harry under the table and teased his ‘Crack Baby’ drinks.

        She drank a bottle of wine when she was out with William after marriage. She enjoys a drink which is absolutely fine. The BS is not.

    • sandy says:

      Am I supposed to mourn that upskirt photos of any intoxicated woman are being “scrubbed from the internet”?

      • Brandy Alexander says:

        Or blame the woman that they were taken? Jesus, you don’t have to like Kate to say a photographer taking upskirt photos of her are gross.

      • Joanna says:

        Um, I think Genesse is just stating what they are doing, not saying there’s anything wrong with the pictures going away. Just that they are attempting to white wash her past. That’s my take on her comment.

        How do you scrub the internet? Do you contact the people who have your info out there? Just curious. I think Trump had that done too. When I tried to Google the central park five before the movie came out, it was really hard to find.

      • Hope says:

        There’s nothing to whitewash in regards to the upskirt pictures. There were a violation and should never happened.

        Why not criticize her instead for not indicating any support for women who have had to deal with sexual harassment when she attended the BAFTAs last year with William? She didn’t have to wear a black dress but she and William should have both released a statement and not just had a note from William in the program.

      • Joanna says:

        White wash was the wrong phrase to use. It seems they are scrubbing the internet of anything that could be construed as Kate being wild or immodest.

      • bonobochick says:

        This is a deliberate misinterpretation of Genessee’s point, which is the whitewashing of what we know of the past to sell a lie about Kate’s drinking habits during the waity years – that she was almost a teetotaler – and the photographic proof of that being scrubbed from the internet to also sell the lie.

      • Genessee says:

        Thank you Joanna and bonobochick. You guys “got” what I meant exactly.

  3. Becks1 says:

    One of the weird things about these stories is that they are trying to enhance Kate’s image, and they end up making her sound….off, in my opinion. Like here – is it such a big deal that Kate went to a pub/restaurant that apparently is used to dealing with wealthy public figures? I mean I guess its just gossip so in terms of that its just as big a deal as H&M going out for sunday dinner, but this article does make it sound like Kate never goes out with friends and that this was a rare occasion for her and ONLY made possible by the fact that there is a private entrance.

  4. Mumbles says:

    She was “able” to attend the event because of a special secret entrance? Oh come on.

    Lots of wives of hedge funders standing around nursing white wines, comparing workouts, and complaining about the help. Must have been a lot of fun.

  5. Becks1 says:

    Also, the writer of this article literally just went to their website and copied and pasted the description, lol. And I don’t think Hollywood Arms knows they are no longer the place for Chelsea socialites, lol (what a weird way to describe yourself though.)

    “We’re the go-to watering hole for Chelsea socialites throughout the week, with an electric atmosphere on Friday & Saturday nights, rolling into lazy brunching over the weekend and fabulous Sunday roasts.”

    • Nahema says:

      I personally don’t think this story has an angle. I think we just look for angles with everything but it seems like the owners of the Hollywood arms were looking for some publicity and passed on the details and the press went with it because any story will do. They don’t care about whether it makes Kate look good or bad.

  6. Nic919 says:

    She’s so normal she needed a special door to attend the event.

  7. L4frimaire says:

    Why has this even made it into the press? This is pretty regular for schools. So many parent get together, moms night out, etc, to onboard parents in school community, often to fundraise and get you to volunteer. Honestly, if she just walked in the front door dressed low key, no one would notice. Guess all the mums could compare notes and discuss holiday plans.

  8. Catherine says:

    The press is up her a$$ because of the lawsuit. I watched the documentary of PC and the duchy last weekend which led to watching old documentaries on Will, Katie and Harry. The press were terrible to Kate, for years. The dating years especially. The stuffy courtiers were worse. Not the same level of racist, smearing of MM. however, it’s worth going back and seeing the god awful “she’s no one from no where” , “Wills friends start calling flight attendant calls when she walks into the room”, “Her uncle literally has Nuevo Riche tattooed on his back”, “her great, great, great grandfather was a coal miner, now novel” “She played a clever game”, “HES marrying her for her family”, “Wisteria Sisters”, “Her mother is trash”, “Williams friends will never accept her.” On and on and on. Prince Charles snide “they’ve been practicing long enough” comments.

    William had to fight to marry her, but you have to see the pre MM documentaries to see the extent of the outraged snobbery. Now, they are swinging the other way because of the Sussex lawsuit, it’s just a petty game with the British tabloids. And just mean, cruel.

    • Snap Happy says:

      William did have to fight to marry her. That’s why I’m not into the William had no other choice. He always had a choice.
      I’m be been watching all the war of the roses shows on Starz. Elizabeth Woodville was also a commoner who the York’s hated until they hated the Tudors more.

    • notasugarhere says:

      The press was not terrible to Kate for years. They only started questioning her when, several years after graduation, she was still unemployed and doing nothing but wait. For the first few years, she was considered wonderful, a regular girl, isn’t that great.

      There were even injunctions in place to stop photographs of her in public places, dating back to 2007 or so. The Middletons PR consultant at the Fail was responsible for the ‘Doors to manual’ fictional stories, in their attempt to guilt William back to her. Many in the aristo set liked Pippa (even if they didn’t marry her, they befriended her). They didn’t like Kate, so it cannot have been because of their backgrounds.

      Kate publicly went after Charles for the 2007 breakup, claiming it was his fault. His comments about their surprise engagement don’t surprise me. No one in the royal family thought William would ever finally marry her.

      William always had a choice. If he had wanted her gone, the Windsors would have gone full-on nuclear decimating the reputations of the Middletons to get him free if necessary. He settled for her.

      • emmy says:

        They really really were though. It’s the Trump effect. Those Meghan stories have clouded our memory because of their awfulness much like some people want to re-invent the Bush years. Sure, in comparison it seems harmless now but it wasn’t.

      • notasugarhere says:

        They haven’t clouded my memory. I’ve been watching royals since Diana and Fergie. The way Kate was treated by the press was kid gloves because of Diana, to the extent of there being injunctions for years to not photograph her in public. She has had it among the easiest of recent married ins in any royal family.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      William never had to fight to marry her – he settled for last GF standing. He was pressured into getting married and she was the only one willing. When they got back together Charles was alleged to have asked him if he was going to marry her and William said no, Charles then told him to stop stringing her along and to end it for good if he wasn’t going to.

      William always had a choice as did Kate.

    • nic919 says:

      The media may have criticized Kate’s origins, but William never had to fight to marry her. Charles bascially told him to either marry her or break up because he had been stringing her along for so long. (Some say it was Phillip who pressed the issue, although that is unlikely).

      Sophie was a commoner and there were zero issues when Edward married her. The only critique was when the Queen let the media know that she has asked about Kate ” But what does she do?” when Kate was still years after university, no really doing much of anything. The Jigsaw position was hastily arranged shortly after and that lasted a few months. Kate had been attending events with royals when William wanted her to and so rewriting history and pretending that William faced obstacle in his choice of Kate is simply inaccurate.

  9. LA says:

    I mean, I think the point is actually to point out that the secret entrance was built for Harry. I can’t quite work out WHY anyone would care, but that’s what I got.

    • Snap Happy says:

      Noticed that too. Prob to hurt Meghan. Implying he was such a party animal.

    • Mumbles says:

      Good call. And really dumb on their point. We all knew Harry was a partier in his youth. The Las Vegas bacchanal, the Nazi costume. How both brothers are friends with Guy Pelly, who reportedly took the blame for some marijuana who Harry supposedly had. But that was years ago and he’s grown up.

    • Sojaschnitzel says:

      That was my first and only interpretation aswell. I think they are pissed because of the lawsuit and want to annoy him by reminding everyone of his less than stellar reputation back in the day.

  10. The Recluse says:

    Kate is so dull and these press releases read as desperate. Conversations with her must be so invigorating…ugh.

  11. RoyalBlue says:

    While the Cambridges take a much needed break of two to three weeks following their exhausting tour of Pakistan (🙄) the press is desperate to drum up whatever news they can on their future monarch. Lately the narrative they are trying to portray is one of normal Bill and Kate. Shopping for Halloween costumes and attending parent socials. I can’t help but feel the monarchy is on its last legs.

  12. S808 says:

    Maybe the story is that she’s finally hanging out with women she doesn’t have to fight with for William.

    • LadyLaw says:

      Well after the Rose debacle she certainly is on the market for some new female friends!

    • notasugarhere says:

      Are these the same school-run mums we were told William has been hanging out with at the gym? If Kate is now claiming time with them, do she and Carole think there might be something other than gym-time happening? Eyeing up the competition.

  13. Bethany Karger says:

    Guess this means she isn’t pregnant.

  14. yinyang says:

    Well why not she obviously has the time it’s what bored lonely desperate housewives do.

  15. Miriam says:

    These stories are NOT doing her any favors!nevermind how it implies she rarely interacts with fellow mums, its pathetic and shows YET AGAIN how Kate is so dull they ONLY talk about her wardrobe/style or parenting!!!#tragic🙈

  16. Beli says:

    Why wasn’t William at this parents’ meet-and-greet?