People: Duchess Kate’s early years work is ‘credible’ & ‘this is not a vanity exercise’

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Little surprise, People Magazine put the Duchess of Cambridge on their cover this week because Kate SPOKE! She said words! On a podcast! We covered Kate’s podcast interview in two parts on Sunday – I found some of Kate’s comments interesting and noteworthy (hypnobirthing, etc) but some of her comments were so blindly privileged, it actually made me quite mad. Still, at least it was something new and of course everyone wants to hype it. I’m not going to recap Kate’s podcast comments, but here’s what “palace sources” had to say about Kate’s keen podcast interview:

Kate Middleton is baring a major part of herself and opening up about her life as a mother. It’s been nearly 10 years since Kate and Prince William announced their engagement, but it’s rare for the Duchess of Cambridge to speak candidly about her personal life. Yet that’s exactly what she did in a revealing interview on the Happy Mum, Happy Baby Podcast, where she chatted about life as a mom to 6-year-old Prince George, 4-year-old Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, who turns 2 in April.

“She is exposing herself,” a palace source tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “This is not a vanity exercise. This is her talking about her work and what she has learned as a mother because of her work.”

Kate’s podcast appearance came as she was promoting her groundbreaking survey called “5 Big Questions on the Under Fives.” Responses — over 200,000 have already been recorded — will help guide Kate as she maps out how she can help young people and their caregivers and parents in the coming years. The questions include topics such as nature vs. nurture, health and happiness.

“She has become credible in the early years space,” says the palace source.

[From People]

“She is exposing herself…” And for once, they don’t mean her endless Marilyn Moments, huh. Honestly, though – Kate did show more personality than we’re used to seeing, and I’m fine with applauding that. What kills me is that no one can simply say “okay, Kate did a good job there, good for her.” Instead, we have to reckon with Credible Kate, the early years development expert, and her keen struggle survey, all of which is being hyped to make Kate sound like the second coming of Dr. Benjamin Spock.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets mothers and children during her visit to the Ely & Caerau Children's Centre in Cardiff, south Wales on January 22, 2020 as she launches a UK wide survey to help improve early childhood.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge launches 5 Big Questions, a landmark survey

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  1. tegteg says:

    SHE IS EXPOSING HERSELF. Ahahaha, very poor choice of words.

    Also, this gets more embarrassing the more they talk about it. It just highlights how little she has accomplished and what a joke this survey is. Stop already.

    • Rapunzel says:

      Imo, I’m happy to see Kate exert effort and get out there. What she’s doing is great, even if minor. The embiggening is sabotaging the good because it’s so ridiculous. She’s not a professional academic or researcher. And she doesn’t need to be. Why are they trying to paint her as one?

      • Becks1 says:

        @Rapunzel – I actually agree with that. I know the bar is set so low for her, but like you said this is a good thing, albeit minor.

        The embiggening just turns it into a mockery.

      • Rapunzel says:

        Becks- yep… I really think this is subtle mockery by the RRs. And the Cambs won’t see it coming when they decide to openly attack. Remember the recent event where she was headlined Duchess of Dolittle? For the animals she was with….yeah, for the animals. The RRs will turn.

        Heck, even this quote, “she is exposing herself” is subtle shade re: Marilyn moments… and ridiculous considering yesterday we were told this work was happening in secret!

      • Becks1 says:

        Rapunzel – yup. I said yesterday or the day before I think this is some low key trolling by the RRs. all the comments about how she has been working on this in secret, she has finally found her voice, etc. – it just emphasizes how she has been married for almost 9 years and has almost nothing to show for in terms of any impact from her work, especially with the Art Room closing.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        The Telegraph had a title for Kate’s podcast interview on a small section of their front page over the weekend: Princess Pushy. Definitely made me raise a brow for various reasons.

      • Missskirrtin says:

        Her efforts as putting herself out there are going to eat her alive. Mark my words. This is too much, too sudden, too soon. Training wreck.

    • Tessa says:

      One issue I will avoid with Kate smirking on the cover. Horrible.

    • Lady2Lazy says:

      Someone please explain why is she talking about mommy guilt “all the time”? What would she possible be feeling guilty about? I felt guilty that I was working a full time job and a part time job all weekend while raising my 2 children after my nasty divorce, and I felt incredible guilty for not being with my children and having to work to support them. In my eyes, what guilt could she possibly have with a nanny with the highest training possible, with a large staff and her parents close by to help out. Where is this mommy guilt? To me, this is not in the slightest bit guilty of being a mommy. Please explain this to me.
      Also, it seems that everyday they are pushing a puffy piece about all of her accomplishments, does she have any except this survey? It’s sickening to watch this blatant push to shove her down our throats as to take away from the fact that she has done nothing in nine years and she was very happy that M & H are gone now that she “wants to be front and center” of The Firms exposure.

      • sandy says:

        I have a job I enjoy and a great family, but I still feel mom guilt over not playing “one more game” or reading “one more story”.

        If Megan’s leaving the BRF is going to be compared to leaving an abusive spouse (a comparison I read in a comment on CB earlier today), can’t we spare Kate a little space for mom guilt? They are both rich privileged women, after all.

    • Liz version 700 says:

      Oh dear. If you have to print a story about your 8 year project not being a vanity exercise…you did it wrong.

  2. Flamingo says:

    We should know by now that People basically just prints whatever publicists send them whether it be from Meghan, Kate, Jennifer Aniston. It’s all PR fluff, all the time.

  3. Lurker says:

    It’s still infuriating to me that it has taken keen katey NINE years to do something… Anything!!!!!!…. and the British press practically throws her a parade while MM literally hit the ground running and has targeted in the most disgusting/toxic ways ever. And I get it that these two women are two different people and have different work ethics and that we shouldn’t compare, but jfc Kate (And Willy) does the bare freaking minimum and is applauded. Gross

    • Snap Happy says:

      It’s pretty clear they considered Meghan to not be a team player. Being a team player in their eyes is to talk in platitudes and uphold doing very little. Meghan worked to hard and went to deep.

    • S808 says:

      It’s becoming clear that Meghan was overqualified for the and they didn’t like it. She was doing too well and outdoing Queen Keen but with projects like this I don’t understand other than never being seen or heard from again, what Meghan was supposed to do to be worse at the job than Kate.

    • Lady2Lazy says:

      It is sickening, isn’t it. So MM was punished, surely by leaks from W & K, for outdoing K and W was upset that his wife was in Meghans shadow. So they thoroughly enjoyed watching Meghan being attacked by the press as they did nothing to interfere or counter the attacks, as long as it benefited W & K., mostly K. IMO, I think that is why or contributed to Harry’s continued unhappiness about W & K, and the rest of The Firm. As someone pointed out the other day, sorry I don’t remember who posted it, but when Kate joined The Firm, the royal red carpet was rolled out for her, and Wil by her side, as they happily opened their arms and their full support behind her. Though I will put it out there that I think that the Q truly took a liking to her since the Q invited her to on that train day trip and the Q actually had M take a seat in the car first. I would imagine that this public display by the Q upset W & K as she took it as a slight against her “standing”.

  4. LadyD says:

    Dear People, It’s Princess William, not Kate. Her Royal Highness Princess William, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Baroness Carrickfergu if you please.
    You’re welcome.

  5. Jessica says:

    Roll my eyes. Next.

  6. Becks1 says:

    If you need to leak a story to People about how you have become “credible” after 9 years, then you probably aren’t that credible.

  7. OriginalLala says:

    what a ludicrous article! her pathetic excuse for a survey is not credible..and this whole thing is sadly a vanity exercise.

    • Tessa says:

      I think it offensive to real experts in the field who have doctorates and have done research articles and case studies. Kate majored in art history may or may not have had some courses in psych or education. Her research paper was on the photography of Lewis Carroll. Yet she is recognized like a “Nobel Prize” winner who has a discovery that will impact all mankind. She also talked in a patronizing way about motherhood and how her childhood was so ‘heavenly.’ This sort of PR is going to come back to bite Kate and the royals. Big Time.

      • Maevo says:

        Yes I wish they would stop calling it groundbreaking!!! A way to raise awareness, do public outreach etc, sure. But it’s not some innovative game changer!

  8. Rapunzel says:

    Nothing says, “I’m credible” like having to say, “I’m credible” through an anonymous source who gives no evidence of your credibility.

    If you have to tell people “it’s not a vanity exercise” then you’ve already lost because you are a person who people think engages in vanity exercises.

    And if you have to explain you are doing work, then you aren’t really working.

  9. Lisa says:

    Sigh I guess the people who have degrees and have done countless studies on the subject should be quaking. Kate and her survey are credible y’all. Eyeroll. Credibly having no impact but that is ok since she has the British media and other planted pr articles to prop her up. This is the best they can do after 8 years.

    • Tessa says:

      How I wish an expert in the field will write something to refute Kate’s “theories.” I hope it happens and soon.

  10. Belli says:

    “This is not a vanity exercise. This is her talking about her work and what she has learned as a mother because of her work.”

    Someone made a very good point on twitter. Where’s the benefit to the children around the country? So far it seems like she’s been learning all this stuff and talking to all these experts just to benefit herself and her own children. Sure, everyone wants to be the best mother they can be and she has far more resources than most, but when do the peasants see the results of Katy’s research?

    • Rachel MST says:

      I kind of think Kate’s interest in this early years development stems from the fact that she feels immense pressure about raising a future monarch. Any of George’s supposed flaws (when he’s older) will be blamed on her and not William because William’s protected. So she feels the usual mommy pressure plus raising-the-future-king pressure.

    • Tessa says:

      George has a nanny he will most likely be sent away to school. Her worrying about people blaming her if George does not turn out well does not make it “right” for her to get all this attention for her dabbling in a field she really is not an expert in.

  11. Jessica says:

    Really? Can someone …. anyone .. define a vanity exercise for me?

    • HK9 says:

      It takes you 9 years to come up with five questions that everyone else already knows the answers to, and you’d like your photo taken while you reveal your brilliance.

  12. Dee says:

    Oh, I love some comedy to start off the morning.

  13. notasugarhere says:

    Kate credible and this entire, freshman PR exercise is not related to her vanity?

    They just don’t know when enough is enough. The fumbling embiggening attempts are embarrassing.

  14. Originaltessa says:

    I generally like Kate, and think she gets the pile on for no reason sometimes… But her survey is not credible. There are people who have devoted lifetimes to studying and researching children, and childhood development. Doctors, PhD’s, teachers… and on and on. She isn’t in that group and this work is literally pointless. Pointless. A waste of time.

    • Snap Happy says:

      I agree Tessa.

    • Lizzie says:

      Agree with you, except I think she gets a pass for no reason much more often than a pile on.

    • Erin says:

      That’s sort of the point though, that she’s listened to the experts and now she wants to hear from families. I don’t know that this is any different than other stakeholder engagement stuff that anyone does. You can listen to expert after expert about a situation but it’s valuable to hear from the people actively dealing with it.

      I worked for a very long time with abused children and I would read articles, go to trainings, listen to experts talk about reasons children don’t report abuse, for example. I could listen to them for hours and never hear them give a reason that the children would give. Or listen to experts talk about domestic violence and then listen to those in the relationships and hear things that were completely different.

      I work in policy now and we do this too. We have our in-house experts, we watch national trends, we set an agenda and start working on a program. Once we are ready to roll out we do stakeholder engagement (town halls, surveys). Then adjust based on that. I know people said that in the beginning and I fully expect to be shot down. I’m not saying this rollout is perfect but it’s not far removed from what we do in policy development.

  15. lana86 says:

    It sounds so dumb – all this Unprecedented Incredible work is just some survey and it’s purpose is to help her “to map out how she can help young people and their caregivers and parents in the coming year“. It’s like saying- she hasn’t done anything, she has still no clue what to do, but after all these years she will soon start to map it out!! Let’s just do more surveys to help Kate understand what to do! It’s all so mysterious, she can’t just start working, she needs more answers!

  16. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    If after 9 years of learning all she can show is a lousy 5-question survey (to which the experts already have the answers), then no, she’s not credible. And as Belli mentioned above, she seems to have kept everything she’s learned to herself to benefit her children. She certainly hasn’t done anything with it to support her charities. *cough*TheArtRoom*cough*

  17. Nic919 says:

    Everyone knows that serious and credible child psychologists go to People magazine to get their work hyped up.

  18. Guest with Cat says:

    She looks really pretty in these photographs. And that’s all I’ve got. Everything else is embarrassing and I wish there were some sort of yearbook where I could see photos of all the ridiculous palace toads that come up with these farcical soundbites. Who are these people? How much are they paid to keep a straight face while uttering such inanities?

    I can’t quite fault Kate for any of this. She’s sort of a hired spokesmodel at this point. It’s basically a huge machinery we are witnessing in motion and not an actual person acting of her own volition. We all know her real priorities lie at the hair salon.

    I’m sure she likes and cares about children. But not in the way that impelled her to do anything she wasn’t required or expected to do. Other royal women have more credibility in their causes than she does. And Meghan was involved in her causes well before she was royal or even wealthy. This is a farce.

    This all would be funny if her real patronages hadn’t suffered from neglect. At least one to the point of failure.

    • Tessa says:

      She’s not detached from this to say the least. I think she enjoys all the PR she gets for the relatively little work she actually does.

    • aria says:

      she was heavily photoshopped, which is sad.

    • Nic919 says:

      If Kate had any humility, she would acknowledge that the overhype is ridiculous. She does not find that to be the case so she’s earned this ridicule. It’s not the first time her stuff has been overhyped anyway. It’s continually done for every little thing she does. She’s clearly fine with this.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Sadly, she may be so dim she thinks she *is* accomplishing something with the PR survey. Same woman who said working 120 hours TOTAL in the Jubilee year was too ‘hectic’. She has no concept of how to do this job or what it entails.

  19. S808 says:

    Royals don’t do much of anything and she still manages to be below the bar of exception. It’s amazing really.

  20. Chelle says:

    I think this has to be looked at pragmatically and absent of Kate. Kate honestly is irrelevant. Just a place holder. What I mean by that is that a lot of First Ladies and Queen Consorts have a “signature” project and it usually involves the safe choice of kids. Well, unless you are Michelle Obama and your Let’s Move & Healthy Eating campaigns (with the latter extended toward crappy public school lunches) somehow causes a manufactured existential crisis for a certain portion of population. Then it’s fraught with problems. Yeah.

    Anyway, who can complain about Kate supporting kids—in general? It’s an issue that keeps on giving and it’s one where the entry points are multiple and the thresholds are somewhat low. Given her track record, and coupled with the those things, this is an easy win for her. Kate can ride this out for the next 40+ years. Catherine Quinn did well in this. She’s a queen-maker!

    • Beach Dreams says:

      But is this really supporting kids in the end? To me it just looks like more PR flexing for Kate. The benefit to the actual causes appears to be minute.

      • Chelle says:

        But that’s just it. IMHO, this isn’t primarily about the kids. If they benefit then great. This was/is about creating a profile for her that lends her some gravity and consequence that will be or should be in keeping with the role/position she’ll have in the future. Also, it prevents / checkmates her from having to branch out. She won’t need to stretch. She can learn and grow while staying in her lane.

        We’ve all watched her. Although the other consorts across Europe (with a few exceptions) are about 10 years older than her, they are all much more accomplished than she’ll ever be. The BRF has to build a foundation under her if they don’t want her to continue to look ornamental. (I believe this is why Meghan was problematic or the timing of Meghan was problematic. H/M or just Meghan disrupted the timing did building up W/K for their future roles.) The other upside for Kate is that she’ll
        have some speaking points (although generalized) when she meets other high flyers—forget the general public.

        I honestly think she’s excited by this because probably for the first time in her life she’s stretching herself beyond the dictates of family and meeting the needs of William. “Look, Moma, I can hop on one leg!” I say this as someone who has never been a Kate fan and someone who will probably never be a Kate fan.

      • notasugarhere says:

        The theme of Kate+kids+broken Britain was created for her by Catherine Quinn. She gave up right at the two year mark, wanted to leave to accomplish something in the charity world. Because hand holding Keen Kate didn’t accomplish anything.

  21. aquarius64 says:

    There has been online backlash on this survey and the KP minions know it. This issue is damage control.

    • Alexandria says:

      Really? Outside of this site? Incredible. Now if the backlash is by early childhood professionals that would also be interesting.

    • notasugarhere says:

      A survey done by a PR firm. Told us what we needed to know from the beginning. It isn’t about accomplishing anything, it is pure PR.

  22. Beach Dreams says:

    200,000 is not a lot for a royal survey that was announced a month ago. No wonder Kate did a video asking for more responses.

    • Shirleygailgal says:

      Commonwealth-er here (Cdn)….I did my duty and responded. Filled out the whole thing! I’m sure it wasn’t meant just for Britain, however broken. It was meant for us all! to raise our awareness.

    • notasugarhere says:

      A survey that was intended to be filled out by people in the UK, because it is about her xenophobic ‘Broken Britain’ theme. See the history of ‘Broken Britain’ to see where it came from. But the PR firm didn’t restrict it geographically or prevent people from responding more than once.

      They can draw no valid conclusions from this failed survey, because they have no valid data.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Once they do data cleansing (removing duplicates and non UK replies) the end number is going to be pitiful. I have a feeling a vague announcement will be made and then it quietly disappears never to be spoken about again.

      What actually happened to her garden, you know the one that was going to be given to a children’s hospital after it was paraded around like a show pony. Was it actually given to a hospital? I don’t recall reading anything about what happened to it.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I don’t think they will remove outside of UK responses or repeat responses, not unless they are called on publicly to admit the mess of data they received.

  23. Hope says:

    Each year, Kate needs a gimmick for her pr marketing. 2018: Duchess of Rewears. 2019: Duchess of Gardens. 2020: Duchess of the Survey. The survey is the new gardens.

    How long can they push back having to reveal an initiative from her? An actual project.

  24. Lowrider says:

    Kate is not credible and this is her vanity project. She would never be able to speak articulately and academically on early child hood development. This is all PR fluff.

    • Lady D says:

      OMG. Could you imagine her in front of a group of academics speaking on the topic they spent a lifetime in? Whoever said she won’t be taken seriously was right.

      • Becks1 says:

        And part of the thing is, she doesn’t have to be taken seriously. She doesn’t have to be this expert on the early years and early childhood development etc. It could be enough that she has an interest in it, that she understands its importance, and that she uses her platform to shine a light on those who are experts and who are actively working to improve outcomes for all children.

        Maybe that’s what she will end up doing, its not clear yet. But pushing her as a “credible” force in the field and emphasizing this “landmark” survey and talking about how she has been secretly working on this for years – what it sounds like is that she had kids, thought “huh, raising kids is hard” and so started talking to people about it. Which isn’t the worst thing in the world – but its not the most groundbreaking either. And KP/whoever needs to stop acting like it is.

  25. Digital Unicorn says:

    Someone’s a tad touchy!!!! Kate will have to work a lot harder than this is she wants to convince people that she’s not only credible on the subject but that it’s more than just a PR opportunity for her.

    TBF she has made an effort of sorts with this and the garden which have been things that seems to have genuinely interested her. With things like this both she and William start something but never see it through.

  26. kerwood says:

    Poor Keen Katie, she must be TERROR STRICKEN! She thought that all she had to do to successfully compete with Meghan was wear a bigger tiara, have her mother leak to the tabloids and be WHITE. Now she actually has to show her work.

    What’s she going to do next? It took her eight years to come up with her sad little survey! She was probably counting on another pregnancy but William’s ‘sceptre’ is busy elsewhere.

    Poor Keen Katie.

  27. Aurora says:

    Kate is being praised for an initiative that has yielded ZERO results for its intended beneficiaries (kids? Their parents?) thus far.

  28. Jen says:

    The press she gets for the simplest things is so silly. It really highlights her ridiculousness more than it helps her, I think.

    “Look at her amazing photographs!” over nice but average amateur photography!
    “Style icon!” when she wears something other than a coat dress.
    “Credible childhood expert” for one interview.

    • Guest with Cat says:

      It is silly and it is sad. And the thing is, all she needs to do to make a real difference is to highlight all of the existing programs and charities who are the experts and who are getting things done but could use a bit of publicity to gain support for their work. She doesn’t have to toil away in her study for 8 years working on some glorious project so we can all herald her as this generation’s personal savior of children. She would be well appreciated doing what Diana and Meghan and all the other accomplished royals and celebrities do…take their fame and use the glow of it to highlight issues and real change makers. Why isn’t someone helping her to figure out how best to do that?

  29. Liane says:

    From 2010 to 2018, over 7 million children have been born in the UK. In what concrete way has any of them benefited from this project?

  30. Guest says:

    Lol. I feel like they are trying to convince themselves shes a hard a worker.

  31. aquarius64 says:

    According to some reports Kate is going to go on a solo tour in the UK promoting this survey. The brain trust at KP is amazing because this exposes Kate to criticism from people with early childhood backgrounds. The palace may try to muzzle experts so not to undermine her but someone may talk. As future queen she needs to be able to talk hits.

    • Belli says:

      Errr I think that big tour is what she’s already done. She went to England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales! Hurray!

      • That sounds like a LOT of time and effort and miles until we remember that the entire land mass of the United Kingdom is smaller than many of our United States. So, basically she spent several days, used private planes, and traveled around a land mass a bit smaller than Oregon. The articles make it sound like she traveled to Outer Mongolia.

        U.S. STATES THAT ARE LARGER THAN THE UK
         1. Alaska is equal to 7.05 UKs
        2. Texas is equal to 2.86 UKs
        3. California is equal to 1.74 UKs
        4. Montana is equal to 1.56 UKs
        5. New Mexico is equal to 1.29 UKs
        6. Arizona is equal to 1.21 UKs 
        7. Nevada is equal to 1.17 UKs
        8. Colorado is equal to 1.11 UKs
        9. Oregon is equal to 1.04 UKs
        10. Wyoming is equal to 1.03 UKs
        11. Michigan is equal to 1.03 UKs

  32. MeganBot2020 says:

    It took her nine years to come up with a survey that’s less intellectually challenging and in-depth than the survey I had to write in less than a week as a first year undergraduate student (and it’s very doubtful she actually wrote it herself).

    NINE YEARS. You can get both an undergraduate degree and a PhD in nine years. You can start and complete Nobel Prize-winning research in nine years. You can set up a charity and grow it into a major international organisation in nine years.

  33. L4frimaire says:

    Here’s what I don’t get, they hype her and William up, and then everything fades away. What are they going to do next, help shape government policy with this little survey? All this sudden news is just riding the last of the Sussex wave. Also, they want the spotlight, but keep overshadowing themselves by constantly dropping news about the Sussexes to “ keep them in their place”, but then everyone talks about the Sussexes again. They should just stay on their island. #NotMyQueen #KeepIt

  34. Awkward symphony says:

    If there was any doubt about people mag being a big cambridges mouthpieces here’s your proof! This was so cringy to read.
    I’d be embarrassed if all I had to show for after 9yrs of having a privileged platform was a basic ambiguous survey!!The bar is so low for kate

  35. RedWeatherTiger says:

    Just in case I needed ANOTHER reason not to buy People magazine.

    Also, she looks like Lindsay Lohan in that cover picture. Not cracked-out Lindsay, but the way grown-up Lindsay might have looked had the last 20 years gone better.

  36. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Kate gets praise for having her picture taken with children, because a lot of people are still misogynists who think a woman’s only role in life is to be a mother. That gives Kate the idea to “focus” on early childhood. More pictures of her with children. Kate is the best next-next queen ever!

    • L4frimaire says:

      She definitely stays in the kinder, küche, Kirche lane. Even those projects she barely cracks the surface, and these are supposed to be her passions. It’s not like she’s going to start talking about women’s rights or how female access to education can boost economies. No one would ever buy that, that’s swimming in the deep end and not her range. She’s like one of the complicit, scheming wives from the Handmaids tale ( but not the smart one).

  37. bitchy architect says:

    so is this part of her “broken Britain” campaign or totally different? And if so what ever happened to ” broken Britain”?

  38. Texas says:

    This may sound odd, but I hadn’t really listened to her speak before. Good grief. They sound so “posh”. I don’t know how they get words out.

    • Jaded says:

      Her accent is an amalgam of several accents – she grew up most likely speaking a combination of Home Counties and East Anglian accents but she’s tried to “posh up” her accent with what’s called Received English which is typical of the upper classes. Think the Queen, BBC announcers or Oxford dons. Trouble is it makes her sound kind of garbled and strained, you can tell she’s trying too hard to eradicate her original accent and it just seems “off”.

      • I wish she’d just relax, be herself, and speak in her normal voice. I’d like her a lot more. I think it will be very sad if she erases herself so much that she gets to the end of her life and realizes she’s lived someone else’s.

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        Exactly @JA LowCountryLady. You spoke for me. It’s what I’m thinking too. Kate would come off much better if she’d relax and stop trying to put on an accent that isn’t natural to who she is.

        The other part of this is that you’d think by now Kate would have received enough expert assistance to have learned how to use her voice properly. I’m quite sure there are professional voice coaches in England whom she could have been working with on an intensive basis well before now. She’s not speaking from her diaphragm (which most people don’t do in any case). And she needs to do exercises to help control her breathing. When she’s nervous her voice speeds up and she swallows the ends of her words, garbles everything together and sounds breathless. I realized this after listening to the entire podcast, which was a struggle to get through because at times it was hard to understand what Kate was trying to say.

        When Kate seemed more relaxed, she slowed down and her voice was clearer. At the start of the podcast, she was nervous, then she began to relax for a few moments, then she would become nervous again and speed up. The clips that were released were obviously excerpted from sections where Kate sounded clear and more relaxed.

        The reality is that Kate appeared to be a bag of nerves throughout most of the interview, which indicates to me that she was not completely comfortable with the subject matter, except for when she was sharing her personal experiences. Kate apparently has an understated sense of humor too and she seems to enjoy laughing (in some cases, it probably calmed her nerves).

        As well, Kate actually has a lovely sound quality, but she simply doesn’t know how to use her voice properly. It’s somewhat sad that it took Meghan arriving on the royal scene before a concerted effort was made for Kate to better define her role and to figure out how to meld her interests with meaningful work projects. Kate is still only in the beginning process of getting her feet wet.

        It does come back to being more honest, and less uptight and insecure. Kate should try to be inspired by Meghan in a positive way, instead of seeing her as competition. Kate should simply be herself and stop trying too hard to appear to be more than who she actually is.

        Honestly, I’m beginning to think that Carole placing so much pressure on Kate to wait out William has stunted Kate’s growth to the point where she isn’t sure of who she is and what she wants out of life besides babies, shopping, working out, looking good, wearing tiaras, and anticipating being Queen Consort.

  39. kellebelle says:

    Yep, okay. Whatever.

  40. leigh says:

    Does Kensington Palace think we Americans are morons? Anyone who can read can recognize the survey as naive and repetitive. KP should STOP drawing our attention to it.

    And, notice how we get the podcast reveal and the Insta-movie of Kate this week while she’s off vacationing? It’s so we don’t notice she’s not making appearances. While we’re talking about the dumb podcast and the silly survey and the inane People article we aren’t trying to figure out if they’re in Mustique or Verbier. Very tricky.

  41. val says:

    Sigh, I am an accomplished woman. But as I sit at my desk, feeling drained, contemplating a 10 mile run after work, I wonder what it is like to do little to no work and yet be seen as hardworking, and smart!

    But no, it took a law degree and a PhD for the opportunities that I have now. And boy, did I have to work and fight for those opportunities.

    It is a shame that in this day and age, hard work, ethics, consistency and ones faculty does not get them what they just deserve.

    Why is this woman being lauded for? Is it because she is white and married to the future king and has given him 3 heirs? Why can’t she be those things yet accomplished as well? How come in 2020, a biracial (black) woman and not only accomplished in her own right and married to a prince, still has to deal with blatant racism and vile disrespect by so many people?

    What does this mean for the rest of us? Those of us who are equally if not more accomplished without the celebrity to back us up?

    We live in very dark times indeed.

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      Thank you Val for your comments! Exactly right! This is so indefensible. But at least the mask has been ripped off of the royal family. I believe that Harry knew some of the really bad downsides and undersides of the royal family firm, but likely he was hopeful in the beginning that with Meghan by his side, they could navigate the pitfalls by concentrating on the work. It had to be blindsiding for Harry to have it brought home to him that certain people would never accept Meghan, and that somehow they didn’t care about feeding her to the wolves while she was pregnant, no less!

      I’m sure for Harry that must be so unforgivable. And yet, he still smiles and tries to navigate his way out of the mire, because he’s so happy to have Meghan as his equal partner, and to finally have a child and a family of his own. This, a time that should be the happiest of their lives, H&M were violated by members of his family, by the courtiers and by the media. And to boot, they were also blamed for not accepting the mistreatment with a stiff upper lip and complete silence.

  42. Liz version 700 says:

    If you have to go to People to say your 9-year project wasn’t a vanity project…you…did…it…wrong.

  43. Ina says:

    When you feel the need to justify that it was not a vanity project……..it was a vanity project.

  44. Crowned Huntress says:

    The trouble has just started. If Brexit goes as badly as intended and austerity really starts to grip the nation, the BRF, especially Kate & William will have to justify their position. Being Heir & future Queen Consort isn’t enough. They have to earn their pay like everyone else. Why should they live in the lap of luxury while giving absolutely nothing back to the nation via their charities. Where’s the impact? In 9 years Kate could’ve funded after-school programs, opened up green spaces to help with child development. She could have created support networks for young mothers who struggle to cook/clean/keep up/need a break. All sorts of stuff comes to mind with this initiative yet all she has is a survey.

    I think H&M showed them up but in the process also discovered their laziness & likely theft from their own charities. These two wanted to use Meghan’s cookbook revenue to prop up their failing projects. Thank goodness the Sussexes got out of dodge before this palace of cards comes tumbling down.

  45. starryfish29 says:

    Sure. She’s about as much an early childhood expert as I am, I’m pretty sure my years of babysitting qualifies me for a PhD or something.

  46. L4frimaire says:

    Why are they talking about this in an American magazine? This is for the U.K., has nothing to do with US public policy. I suppose it is First Lady territory, and even that is a bit dicey, but Kate isn’t yet the equivalent of that either. I just don’t get it. It is a vanity exercise.

  47. Sass says:

    Sure, Jan.

  48. notasugarhere says:

    Maria, this showed up in the wrong place. I replied ‘troll’ to that user’s post to help Kaiser find-and-delete it.

  49. iamcait says:

    What comment are you responding to? Weird how the comment before yours (#42) is datem stamped after your comment (#43)…. Sometimes things get a little confusing around here.

  50. iamcait says:

    My reply was to notasugarhere – but now she’s showing as comment #44!!!? Why aren’t the comments being kept in chronological order?

  51. Becks1 says:

    That happens when a comment gets deleted and people have already responded to it(usually in the case of a troll or someone who posts something that violates CB guidelines.)