The Duchess of Cambridge has ‘matured enchantingly’ on her ninth anniversary


Earlier this week, I posted the retrospective on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 2011 wedding. Today is their ninth anniversary, and I doubt they thought they would be spending it in (relative) isolation at Anmer Hall, where they’re still on lockdown because of the pandemic. I kind of hoped that Kate and William would post a new photo of themselves, perhaps a low-key country selfie or a never-before-seen portrait from one of their previous photoshoots. They did not! They just posted a photo from their wedding day on their social media, thanking people for all of the well-wishes (that’s at the end of this post).

As I said in the previous post, I do think their wedding has “aged” well. What I wasn’t expecting was for Kate and William’s lack of work ethic to age well too. If Harry was still single, I wonder if William and Kate’s press would still be so good? It’s felt, at times over the years, like the royal press corps has been “over” the Cambridges’ shenanigans, but post-Sussex, Will and Kate are the “golden couple.” I’ve also come to understand that royal reporters and commentators tend to like Kate so much because she’s a blank slate/empty vessel on which any narrative can be employed. Take this, for instance, as a little treat for Kate on her anniversary:

Kate Middleton has ‘matured enchantingly’ since joining The Firm, a royal expert has claimed. The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, has joined Prince William, 37, at the forefront of the royal family’s response to the coronavirus, often making virtual calls to support charities and speaking openly about family life with Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis,2, in an interview to the BBC last week.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams has now revealed how the Duchess who had ‘once seemed shy’ when in public had ‘a new spontaneity’ on recent appearances. He told ‘She and William are doing remarkably well in communicating to some of those currently involved in the fight against this virus and their appearances have both humour and compassion.’

Richard went on to reveal how the royal has a ‘strong sense of duty’ and is ‘deeply committed’ to her patronages. He said she had a particular commitment to those involving children and mental health charities.

[From The Daily Mail]

It’s all just sort of vague and sugary because honestly, that’s what they like. That’s what they expect, I guess. Nine years later, I’m starting to understand that more – they never expected much from her. They were all fully prepared to embiggen everything about her constantly and she’s actually the blank slate they wanted.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    “strong sense of duty” and “deeply committed to her patronages.”

    I cant stop laughing.

    • Virginia says:

      Right?! She surely was “so supportive” when the Art Room closed its doors…

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        I guess if not for Duchess Meghan, we would never have known how much actual work and beneficial results are possible for a truly smart, dedicated, caring person (much less a royal married-in) to do! To boot in such a short amount of time, with charisma and generosity to spare!

        Forget about Kate Unable’s faux enchantment. Blah.

    • Belli says:

      She* came up with 5 whole questions in 9 years, what more do you want??

    • Tessa says:

      She never held down a full time job, just waited for William to propose to her. Then it took forever for her to start working after the wedding, and this before the children. She took “time off” to select her patronages and “research them.”

    • MsIam says:

      One of her patronages must be resurrecting the coat dress and button industries. She is definitely committed to those.

    • Nic919 says:

      The gaslighting the RRs do to embiggen these two is really quite something. When Sophie has to go to food banks “on her free time” in order to keep her hands on work low key so that the Cambridges don’t look so lazy, you know it’s bad.

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      ‘Enchantingly’??? 🙄 They wish!!!

  2. Mary says:


  3. Ali says:

    The bar is so low.

  4. Priscila Bezerra-Fischer says:

    Again, is all about your audience. Will and Kate´s audience is the Brexit brit. The DM reader. The grandmother whose dream is to reach 100 to receive a telegram from the Queen.

    Sorry to generalize, but those people tend to be…not very smart. Like saccharin, generic pieces like this. Every time someone link a DM article, it is painful to read. I am not a native speaker, but their prose is not only poor but insulting. They repeat themselves over and over again and I suspect is not only to reach the minimum lines editore required them to write, but also because they want to make it absolutely clear the point of their writing is since they know the IQ of their readership is either low or people reading it do it in passing, not paying attention.

    • Sofia says:

      Another reason why they probably repeat is because there’s not much to write with these two. They touch the surface when it comes to their projects/patronages. There is a lack of details/directions with these two. They’ve potentially got some fantastic projects but they never go any deeper than the photo ops so it comes off an underwhelming and underdeveloped. Hence lack of substance hence lack of words to write.

      • Ruby_Woo says:

        This 100%. I think a lot of these Royal ‘experts’ deliberate don’t go into detail about her work because they don’t actually care. They just want to see her smile, wear tiaras and be skinny.

        I’m just grateful he didn’t managed to tack on the sentence “…in light a troubling time for the Monarchy when two senior Royals have stepped down to live in America, Meghan and her husband Harry’.

    • Nic919 says:

      It’s really quite scary how so many women are fine with someone who symbolizes female submission. The Brexit people are the same as MAGA people and in both cases they are ok with patriarchy that keeps one half of the population under control.

      • Chelle says:

        @Nic19 – you’ve said a mouthful right there. It’s really telling (on both sides) what people want and are comfortable with when you scratch the surface. I’m really astounded by the hate and contempt Meghan and by extension Harry receive because Meghan outwardly seems to be the more dominant partner. It’s not just misogyny. It’s that, more than that and deeper than that. It’s just wow. Wow.

      • Still_Sarah says:

        @ Nic919 : I think that the BRF was looking for a very specific type of bride for William – one without much personality or drive who would just be a pretty and well-behaved (submissive) accessory to William. The BRF was very concerned that William not marry someone like his mother (Diana) who “compete” with William for attention or create scandals. Bland was supposed to win the day.

      • songbirds_thrive says:

        @Chelle said:
        “… I’m really astounded by the hate and contempt Meghan and by extension Harry receive because Meghan outwardly seems to be the more dominant partner. It’s not just misogyny. It’s that, more than that and deeper than that. It’s just wow. Wow.”

        Right, it’s pretty scary crazy too. Jealousy and hate are all mixed up in these knee-jerk views.

        M&H strike me as being equal partners. Harry was loved and nurtured by a strong, dynamic woman who overcame a lot, but who ultimately failed to have a strong support system. Diana unfortunately was suffocating in the gilded cage during a time before social media offered options to reach out in a way that didn’t involve collaborating with the dastardly media.

        Anyways, Harry was lucky to have a loving mother who treated him equally to his older brother. And Charles was a decent Dad when he was around. Charles had a hard time growing up with Philip as a father, so he was more sensitive and caring toward his sons.

        Still Harry was emotionally needy and he had a lot to overcome in order to mature. The military helped him tremendously. He was made to be a soldier. Plus, his connection to Africa led to him creating Sentebale with Prince Seeiso, which also gave him more personal stability and a sense of purpose. And counseling also helped, so he was in a good place and ready when he met the love of his life.

        I think M&H are lucky to have found each other, but it also seems fated. They are both learning and growing together now, and it appears that they are good communicators and on the same page about a lot of things. Their horoscopes tell us a lot about why their union seems to work so well. It helps that Harry is a gentleman and he adores Meghan and he’s appreciative of women generally. He’s kind and caring, and he’s rough and tumble macho, and he has an emotionally needy side that maybe Meghan has helped him learn to transcend by virtue of her love, and her independent individuality.

        Oh, but I forgot that this is supposed to be about Kate being so ‘enchanting.’ Harry was always kind and caring toward Kate too. But apparently Kate has been unable to treat Harry the same once he found someone special to share his life with.

    • ex-Mel says:

      According to YouGov (which cannot reasonably be accused of being “partial”), they are the 2nd and 3rd most popular “royals”.

      • Aria says:

        You know polls can be manipulated right?? Also if they took poll from middle england they will popular. In that poll site you can see who likes them it’s mostly old people. Sussex has young generation that’s the crowd they need to focus on for their future. Old people wont live forever. Younger generation woman doesnt like Kate who live in uk. Most of keen cambridges fans are from abroad.

  5. Jen says:

    Until we saw her true colors in going along with the attacks on Meghan, I thought she was lazy but just plain (not looks wise, but personality and everything). She’s not going to do anything controversial because she’s not going to ever go against what William wants. She doesn’t seem to have any strong passions other than landing William and her children.

    But I think for those paying attention, we saw more of her true colors with the way Meghan was treated by the family.

    • Tessa says:

      Her biographers wrote of her trying to keep other women away from William, glaring at them. I don’t think she’s a nice person, and she was really horrid to Meghan going along with William’s PR of the “commercial jet flight.”

      • Aria says:

        After all these years we never saw even pippa and William is talking to each other. Keen katie might that insecure that dont even allow her sister to be civil with her hubby.thats says a lot.

      • Aria says:

        She was also mean and glaring to harry girlfriend. So keen Katie wants all the wales boys to herself.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        The stories were that she and Pippa used to run off any woman who even looked his way – she was very aggressive in staking her claim.

      • Anna says:

        I mean, William has cheated on her. It’s not like she’s being irrational by glaring at other women. Yes, she needs to confront William about it (as HE is where the blame lies), but there is a reason she acts that way beyond just pettiness.

      • Aria says:

        @anna even before william cheating kate was glaring all the women. That’s why she and pippa doesnt have any female friends. All their female friends are either William’s friend or William’s mate wife. In 20 years we never saw Kate with her female friends for shopping. Going shopping with your friends is friendship 101. She goes club with those girls because those are William’s mate girlfriend or his friends. If she is like that with William what is the excuse for Harry’s girlfriend. There are many rumors about how Kate feels about chelsey and cressida and we finally saw how she behaves with Meghan like Meghan stole her husband . Keen katie is mean girl and she showed again and again.

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        I think Kate gets no respect from William, so she takes it out on the women around her. She has to be “Queen Bee” around other women because that’s how she reinforces her stature and makes her sacrifices for William “worth it.” I don’t know if Kate was always that vicious, or if William treating her like a doormat for years created it (or at least contributes to it). If Kate was happy with her life, she wouldn’t act like that.

        I also think Kate doesn’t “love” William (I don’t think you can truly love someone who treats her the way William does). But, she put in soooo much effort and time into landing him, that it became a situation of “failure is not an option” otherwise her whole adult life would be wasted. Kate could not afford to have any other women get near William, or she risked failing at the only thing she could “accomplish” in her life.

  6. Prof Trelawney says:

    I so relate to the little girl w her hands over her ears — that’s aged really well too haha

  7. Florence says:

    Matured like a bowl of milk.

  8. Belli says:

    The only way I can think of in which Kate and William have matured is that they have children now.

    They’re still lazy and petty. They’re surrounded by people who coddle them, which means their opportunities for growth are limited by their own motivation, which is practically nonexistent.

    • songbirds_thrive says:

      This @Belli! I don’t understand why people can’t see that William had just as many emotional struggles and wild partying days as Harry endured and engaged in. The main difference is that William’s youthful transgressions were covered up, and Harry was the fall guy.

      There’s even a documentary from the mid-2000s on Youtube in which a former RR named Judy Wade came right out and said that palace p.r. and courtiers were integral in covering up William’s misdeeds by bartering with the media: “We’ll give you this story if you keep the story about William out of the paper.” And usually what was given in exchange would be something about Harry, or about Camilla, or about one of the York girls, usually Beatrice.

      If Diana had lived, possibly she would have straightened William out by not allowing the gray men to protect him from his mistakes. Being overly protected and coddled in that way has given William an overblown sense of his importance and also the feeling that he can get away with anything, and it will just be covered up. Plus, Diana sadly was very wrong to suggest in any way that William should take the throne over Prince Charles! That only further embiggened Will falsely in the eyes of the public.

      The documentary also discusses how Will was very reluctant to become king and in his early twenties he thought about renouncing his right to the throne. But I guess that was just normal growing pains and chafing at having your future laid out for you with little say in the matter. Also in the documentary, we see scenes of Will and Kate looking hung over after partying hardy. Kate was nothing but a Sloane Ranger party girl and a thirsty hanger-on in Will’s shadow for way too many years. If left to her own devices, Kate might have ditched the relationship after Will’s continual straying, if not for her mother’s meddling and interfering.

      By now W&K are two peas in a pod, who are in it for the long haul. Neither of them have matured particularly well in terms of character or in having a strong sense of identity and purpose. They are petty, thin-skinned copycats who require constant pampering and embiggening.

      The best I can say about Cain & Unable is that they have produced cute kids who appear to have benefited from inheriting their parents’ and grandparents’ better traits in terms of looks. Let’s hope as the Cambridge kids grow, that their characters and personalities can overcome their parents’ faults, as well as the burdens of being royal.

  9. JemimaLeopard says:

    Thanks for the lolz Carole!

  10. Seraphina says:

    She is the complete opposite of Diana as far as charisma and work ethic; and THAT is exactly what the BRF wanted.

  11. damejudi says:

    I loved (and still do!) her lily of the valley bouquet.

    It would be great to see a where are they now featuring grumpy flower girl.

    • Lady D says:

      When Kate chose those flowers they said she spoke the language of flowers. When Meghan chose those same flowers they said the flowers were poisonous and was she trying to harm the Princess Charlotte?

      • Tessa says:

        I remember the trees Kate and William moved into the Abbey. I thought that was strange and they get criticized in some circles.

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        Lady D, exactly. Kate gets praised for *nothing* while Meghan is vilified over that same nothing. How tabloids and their readers can praise the white woman for nothing while criticizing the black woman over nothing, and at the same time say they are not racist, is beyond me.

  12. lucy2 says:

    ‘matured enchantingly’ is a really weird thing to say about a grown woman who is nearing 40.

    • Tessa says:

      They make her sound like she was a teen at the wedding.

    • damejudi says:

      Now she’ll feel justified to resurrect her sausage curls and too-short flouncy skirt looks.

    • Frida_K says:

      The two words don’t go together. It is as if she is being praised for maturing into a very young and twee girl. Going backwards, as it were.

      Utterly bizarre and yet…so in character.

    • Nic919 says:

      She should have been mature at 29 when she got married. The weird infantilization of Kate has been bizarre and always used as an excuse as to why she is still so bad at the royal duty part of the job.

    • Olivia says:

      I notice this a lot with the BRF and how women are commented on. Commentators (not here, but on a few other more traditional royal blogs I follow) seem to love this idea of wide eyed naive girl joining an institution and having to be “guided” and “supported” and thank goodness her manly man husband (lolz) can show her the ropes. And it’s fine if it takes years to overcoming that immaturity but thank goodness they have the love and guidance of their perfect prince husband. It’s nauseating. First of all men marrying in would never be described that way. And second of all it’s a ridiculous assertion for a woman who was almost 30 when she got married. I think of many of the other women married-ins in other royal families, many to the direct heir (Mary, Maxima, Letizia) and they all had careers and maturity and as far as I know didn’t have this bizarre narrative about being so timid and naive and scared and overwhelmed by a royal family. Is it just a BRF thing? It is leftover from Diana having almost that exact vibe at her wedding? I don’t know but it bothers me so much.

    • megs283 says:

      Hey hey, I’m hitting my 9th anniversary in June, and I am THRILLED to finally “mature enchantingly” at the age of 37.

  13. Thaisajs says:

    Her entire job as an adult was to reproduce. And she produced three kids, so really, good job, I guess.

  14. emmy says:

    Of course she has. To the people who really care about the monarchy and who think the Queen is perfection, she hasn’t done anything wrong. She dutifully produced three very cute children, that’s really all these people expect. And probably what the Queen expected. She may be many things but stupid? I don’t think so. She had watched W&K for a decade before they got married and knew they wouldn’t break records with the engagement numbers. I think some of us have and had very different expectations than these people.

  15. Sofia says:

    I’ve said it another post but once again: I really do love her wedding dress and THAT has “matured enchantingly”.

    But she’s still doing the absolute minimum when it comes to her work. I think her projects have so much potential and people hear have given some great ideas that will require very little energy/thought to actually do so I’m not entirely sure why she’s the way that she is.

    If the BRF is stopping her and telling her to stay a blank slate (and not stopping Camilla who has a worse reputation than Kate in comparison to when they first entered their marriages) then I hope the titles/position/houses is all worth it for her.

  16. RoyalBlue says:

    she is almost 40, i would hope she would have matured by now. you never ever hear the media speak about other future queen consorts this way.

  17. heygingersnaps says:

    Pass me the barf bag please.

  18. Digital Unicorn says:

    I agree that they never expected much from her, her laziness and un-interest in the firms ‘work’ was obvious going back through the waiting years. I have always believed Unable thought that being a Duchess in the BRF was like an episode of Downtown Abbey – I still do as she has made it very clear that she is ALL about the status and not the work.

  19. February Pisces says:

    I always said it must kill kate that the media were never obsessed with her the same way they were Diana and Meghan. The second those two women appeared on the scene they became the biggest selling women in the world in terms of media coverage, regardless of whether it was positive or negative. You put either of them on the front cover of a magazine and it will sell more copies that anyone else.

    But Kate can keep “maturing enchantingly” cos literally no one cares, she’s just embarrassing herself at this point. She’s desperate for that same star quality.

    • niki says:

      See, I disagree about Kate wanting media attention. Her press office may want it, her mother may want, but once she became married and official, she’s never hustled or courted attention the way Meghan and Diana did. She’d move to Norfolk, stay at home with the kids, and never get her picture taken again, if it were up to her.

      • Amy says:

        I agree I dont’ thin she wanted to be Diana- or Meghan because I think she saw that is how you loose the crown.

        She also doesn’t seem to like the media attention. I think it was fun when she was in college because wow but once it got nasty she was happy to step back. And I think the crown wanted her too.

      • Tessa says:

        The public took to Diana a lot more than they took to Kate IMO. Diana never had to court the press to get attention. She always got attention–she would go to the press to counter what was reported by Charles and his friends. She was popular from the moment she was discovered to be Charles girlfriend.. I think Kate likes Media Attention and always did. I remember how she behaved at the Passing Out Parade (William’s) with her family, elaborately mugging and wearing a red dress to call attention to herself. And also she mugged and played to the media at a horse race and also at Wimbledon. She also waged a huge media campaign in 2007 after William broke up with her, she appeared once a week at clubs wearing short skirts and seen with other men at nightclubs to show WIlliam “what he is missing”. She played up to the media. And she still makes those exaggerated expressions at appearances. What she does not like is work and often plays the “motherhood card” to avoid any sort of work even if it’s just two hours a week. I think she adores the media attention I’ve always seen her doing this.

      • ABritGuest says:

        Happy anniversary Kate & William. It was great to have the extra UK public holidays that year.

        I disagree on Kate& attention. Royal reporters have mentioned having her number& doing lunches & coincidentally those reporters tend to do the ‘Kate’s year’, Kate’s time to shine’ hype pieces. Many commentators say she’s recently stepped up her game with launching her first projects, doing more speeches, more modern fashion etc when Meghan came on the scene. She is praised for just being so if she didn’t care she could have carried on as before.

      • February Pisces says:

        I also think kate hustles harder when she’s most under threat. I agree @tessa about the 2007 break up, and she was pictured roller skating and out on the town. She’s more present when she needs to be. After the wedding she kind of breathed a sigh of relief that she had achieved her life’s goal. I think she thought her marriage would automatically make her the ‘new diana’ and she wouldn’t have to actually lift a finger to get the same adulation. From 2011-2016 she was complacent and lazy, but the arrival of Meghan meant she actually had to get off her bum and do something because another woman was going to be the star of the show. Besides the wedding and when George was born, there has never been any hysteria surrounding her, or any memorable moments. The last three years of meghans life will go down in history, in years to come there will be TV programs like the crown, books and documentaries about it.

      • Ainsley7 says:

        Kate’s never wanted to be a Royal. She just wanted her mother’s approval. It’s her mother who has been the driving force behind everything. Her mom is the one who wanted to be Diana and to be a Royal. Kate’s family isn’t the picture perfect middle class family they pretend to be.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      I agree – it was obvious during the GF years she lived for the press attention and mugged for them for all she was worth. I remember reading after the wedding about how even the paps noticed that she, overnight, went from making sure the camera had a good view of her to turning from them and they got a bit salty over it.

      • Feeshalori says:

        I rewatched the clip of her and William leaving Clarence House for the wedding reception and she stopped to check a photographer’s picture he had just taken of her. Priorities!

    • February Pisces says:

      Kate plays coy, but she’s hustled like no one, but shes also lazy. She might be more content at home, but she’s also incredibly thirsty for adulation at the same time. She wouldn’t have a million articles written about how amazing she is if she didn’t care about press attention. I notice how her fav mouthpieces always refer to her as “future queen”, my guess is on her orders. Her Diana cosplay is her way of trying to recreate some of that magic. Trust me she wants it, she just doesn’t want to work for it, so it’s easier for her minion RRs to write how great she is, instead of her actually doing great things.

      • S808 says:

        I agree, she is a hustler, when it’s something of interest to her. She’s not interested in charity which is why we’ve only gotten a half baked survey with no follow up in the last 8 years, but she interested in attention and being exalted, hence the plethora of Future Queen articles we’ve gotten since Meghan appeared. And why she seemed so bitter after Meghan’s Bad Bitch farewell tour.

    • Sofia says:

      I think she’s a hustler. You don’t stay with a man who publicly cheats on you and hangs with people who have insulted you and your family unless you are getting something out of it – Queen Consort in Kate’s case.

      She’s not a hustler in the way people use the word with Meghan but she certainly had ambitions and goals – even if they’re not work related.

      • Nic919 says:

        You don’t feed Becky English of the DM a story about a new Broken Britain project about children the weekend before your sister in law launches a cookbook to support the Grenfell victims without being a little bit of a hustler.

        We still haven’t seen anything more on that project either.

    • Pam says:

      God this place is full of bitches. Anyone who dares to comment anything about Meghan is racist but just check all the insults and defamations about Kate, her family and William simply on this post.

      • Noodle says:

        @pam, the name-calling is not cool. There are plenty of opinions about both Meghan and Kate, and for the most part, we can agree or disagree with respect for each other. Keep it respectful.

      • Pam says:

        oh if everything said about Kate, her husband and her family in this post are opinions I’m sure my bitches is just an opinion too.

      • Nic919 says:

        The site is literally called Celebitchy.

        Also the facts show Kate has done the least of all royal brides for The last nine years. We can pull out the Court Circular to confirm.
        All this press spinning is exactly because she can’t be arsed to make a real effort.

        We don’t even have the results for her survey… just another example of her incompetence.

  20. Lisa says:


  21. Chrissy says:

    “Matured enchantingly”, eh? The woman was 29 when she married the Wandering Willie. Since she and her mother are okay with her husband humiliating her, this farce of an article only makes her look more pathetic considering she has accomplished exactly nothing as a 21st century woman (except pushing out 3 kidlets). The constant need to embiggen her just proves her underwhelmingness. She’s as deep as a puddle and will never change or thrive. I’m truly embarrassed for her.

    • damejudi says:

      And Diana was 19 when she got engaged, 20 years old at her wedding.

      Diana was not perfect, not a saint, but I think she grew and matured and connected deeply with her charities.

    • Nic919 says:

      Kate is the personification of white mediocrity and the non stop UK media attempts to try to make her seem special are hilarious in their ridiculousness.

  22. Harper says:

    I remember once reading here a comment that Will’s deal with the Middletons was for ten years and two kids. Louis was the bonus for the dad dancing in Switzerland embarrassment. I might have the number of years wrong on that but I never forgot that comment!

    On the one hand, it’s slightly horrible to believe that anyone would agree to such conditions for a union but on the other hand, I can totally picture a scene where Kate and her parents are called in to Buckingham Palace and told how this will go down–take it or leave it.

    Will has looked so checked out of the relationship that sometimes I wonder if it really could be a thing. I wonder if the Middletons thought bearing the future king of England was enough of a prize that they wouldn’t keep pushing for a long-time union on top of that. Thus Kate doesn’t bother working too hard as she has fulfilled her end of the deal and Will got the heir and a spare with someone attractive and thirsty enough.

    Having to look lovey-dovey to compete with Harry and Megs was not in the contract, so that’s why they’ve looked extra awkward lately trying to do that.

    • Ginger says:

      Wow , that’s interesting! I agree that he looks completely checked out. He doesn’t even look at her. I saw a YouTube video (dated back to their engagement announcement) and a reporter said he believes William loves her like a friend but is not in love with her.

    • S808 says:

      “ Having to look lovey-dovey to compete with Harry and Megs was not in the contract, so that’s why they’ve looked extra awkward lately trying to do that.”


    • Beach Dreams says:

      That’s certainly an interesting theory. I just think that Kate and her family are so desperate for the status (especially Carole) that they’re determined to be in this for the long haul. William also gets a sweet deal in a) doing whatever he wants without any pushback from the Middletons, and b) getting fawned over and indulged by them. He also gets to live out his idea of what a family “should” be like. Just viewing her actions and behaviors over the years, it’s clear that Kate *really* likes the status and privilege that comes with being married to William. I doubt she’d agree to give that up so easily.

    • Mary says:

      If true, that could explain why William helped the Middletons buy their upgraded home, and why (allegedly, Royal Collection furniture was used in furnishing it, at least in part, and why security digs were made. Part of the bargain? A post-divorce bolt-hole?

  23. Mina_Esq says:

    Are there actual modern women in their 20’s or 30’s that aspire to be like Kate? I can see how being rich and protected may have been a major draw 80 or 100 years ago when our livelihoods were directly tied to how well we married, but is that still a thing in 21st century Western world? Like, who are they trying to impress? I wouldn’t even want to be friends with Kate, let alone admire her for the woman with minimal accomplishments that she is. I’m a bit salty this morning lol

    • Taylor says:

      You’re right. I don’t think she inspires like Meghan and Diana do. But she’s perfect in a way that seems unattainable, and that’s appealing for people seeking idols.

    • Amy says:

      No but I don’t know any modern woman that would want to be Kate, Diana or Meghan. What kind of modern woman wants to marry into an archaic institution that ranks family. I mean its nuts (fun for gossip and dresses) but nuts

    • Alexandria says:

      I think yes, there are women that still want to be trophy wives and sugar babies. There is also a small movement in the UK to go back to being a housewife. I find nothing wrong with that, as long as you also respect that others choose career or others choose balancing career and family. When you don’t and you insist women should stay at home and only bear kids to be a true woman, there’s a problem there.

      I like they used the word enchanting. It’s like Kate is a white Disney princess who has found her happily ever after, after being rescued by her Prince. She is defined by her role. She doesn’t define her role. I don’t think the royal family will disappear, sadly.

      • Tessa says:

        A senior royal consort never was supposed to be a housewife and mother only. They were expected to work. Alexandra had more children than Kate yet she was expected to be out there doing charity work and Alexandra also had health problems. The Queen Mum was out there working and she had two children. DIana was expected to work. Queen Mary as consort did charity work. If Kate wanted to stay home then she married the wrong person.

      • Alexandria says:

        Unless there is a huge uproar in the UK about Kate and William underperforming, I’m afraid they will simply coast through. The only outrage I’ve seen about these two is here and on Twitter so they don’t bother to compare themselves to other European or past British royals. They likely prefer to compete and their MO is the same: throw each other under the bus. WK will continue to court the vapid press. I’m curious what exactly is their annual development goals…do they even have appraisals by the Queen? If there is none then why bother? Just keep throwing whoever under the bus to remain popular.

  24. Taylor says:

    It definitely seems to be the case that her best quality is being inoffensive in every way. That’s how many prefer their women. I will say, though, she has seemed much more confident over the last couple years. Before the goal seemed to be not to outshine William too much (and prob a lack of ambition given there was no competition), but once Harry and Meghan became a power couple, if def seemed like she/they had something to prove. They didn’t play fair of course, bc they wouldn’t have won that way, but they leveraged the Kate embiggening and Meghan smearing quite masterfully. And for now, she’s won.

    • Tessa says:

      I don’t see her as inoffensive. She’s very manipulative in her own way and has some negative traits. She put up with anything to get the ring, she avoided getting a steady job so she’d be there when the phone rang, she seems to have no close women friends, and the way she acted towards Meghan was horrible. Kate has “won” nothing, she is not popular with all and not a role model for modern women. The woman did not even hold down a full time job and she is an anachronism. Her whole life is based on being in William’s good graces. Should he prefer someone else she’d be expendable.

  25. S808 says:

    “Matured enchantingly” is especially funny when we all saw how she acted at the CW service. But yeah, she’s the press darling (for now) cause she shuts up, pops out kids, doesn’t make waves and is under the press’s thumb. I hope there’s a doc or book about Carol Middleton. I don’t have respect for her or her daughter but the way she plotted for daughter to be Queen is fascinating.

  26. Amy says:

    I think whether people here like it or not. Kate is doing what she is expected to do! I think the Queen, Charles, William and the courtiers said never another Diana and they told her what to do and she does it. She is not to outshine William (although she does) she is not suppose to give her thoughts. Should she work more- IMO yes, that being said seems like when she tries William gets pissy.

    In exchange she gets to raise her kids the way she wants and the royal family will make it acceptable to the public at large. I think she cares about her causes and wants to do good but will not piss off the Firm.

    Also that wedding was gorgeous it is to bad William had to wear that god awful red.But Kate and the setting were fantastic.

    • Jessi says:

      I think you’re exactly right – doing very little, being pleasant and creating no waves is truly all a woman in Kate’s position can do. Trying to do too much of anything would just result in criticism of her, so why bother?

      If you’ll permit me a tangent, it reminds me of an episode of Parks and Recreation, where Leslie’s husband is running for a political position and no matter what she does as the candidate’s wife, she gets roasted by both sides. And when Leslie asks the campaign manager why nobody has a problem with the other candidate’s wife, the manager says “because she’s a lukewarm bowl of mush.”

      • Amy says:

        Fantastic tangent. Off topic but I am interested in how they are going to do that special Parks episode this Thursday.

        But I do think that is what this is. I think Diana upset the queen, Charles etc so much that Kate was told her place and she got what she wanted in return. I think she runs the private life and does what the queen wants in public.

        And I think whether anyone in the royal family likes it they know they need Kate because when she is out at these events and stuff that aren’t speeches she’s fun.

    • Sofia says:

      If Kate is in a marriage where she can’t really do anything because she can’t outshine her husband she needs to have a genuine look at her marriage and think whether or not it’s worth it.

      But it probably is because her lifestyle is heavily subsidised, she gets titles, houses and she gets so much praise for doing 5 questions in 9 years.

      • Amy says:

        Here is the thing- there is a difference between public and private. She could call all the shots in private and i think she does. First royal couple of status to spend Christmas with her family. Her children aren’t going to the schools the royals typically go to. She is taking the pictures of the kids not the royal photographers like all other royals have done.

        In public she is docile and makes no waves we don’t know private.

        I think she could work more because I have seen her do a great job especially with kids and i think she cares but she will play by the rules or the job.

      • Sofia says:

        Maybe. I still think it’s pretty miserable that Kate can’t be herself 24/7 and in public because her family and husband don’t want her outshining and anyone.

        And I think if Kate wanted to work more she absolutely could. She can easily do the unglamourous bread and butter engagements and just put it in the Court Circular but she doesn’t.

        The Firm might be stopping Kate but let’s not act like Kate’s hands are completely tied and that she’s a workhorse in disguise. No one in the girlfriend years was really stopping her yet she didn’t work.

      • Becks1 says:

        Diana sent the boys where she wanted to, so that’s not something groundbreaking on Kate’s part.

        The Christmas thing was significant but I think that was more William than Kate. I also think they realized how stupid they looked with the whole competing court thing because they stopped doing it after that.

        I think she gets to make a lot of the decisions about the kids bc I think William doesn’t care that much, to be honest. But I also don’t think any of those things you mentioned are signs of Kate in complete control at home.

        And for the thousandth time. Kate could work more if she wanted. I don’t know why its such a talking point that she “cant” work more. I don’t think William would be happy if she was outworking or outshining him, but there is a big gap in between that – her current numbers, and outworking William – and she seems to have zero interest in closing it.

      • Amy says:

        @sophia I could not live like that, it would drive me crazy. But its not my life. I mean I think it is horrible way to live but then I couldn’t be a politician’s wife either its just not for me. I have a loud moth and say what I think so I would be terrible at it but I think its what they agreed too

    • Tessa says:

      I think Kate is just plain lazy and has had excuses for her laziness since she started dating william. Fortunately, she is seen through as lazy and the excuses are not bought by all.The Queen was said to wonder why she was not working before the engagement. There has been a litany of excuses made for her. I don’t think it’s because she “can’t” outshine her husband. That was Charles’ hangup and I don’t think William really cares as much. She just plain does not like working. She had sporadic work and her parents supported her. She Is IMO lazy.

      • Aria says:

        @amy what great job she did with the kids charity?? One of her kids charity is busted for not having enough money and that amount is not that much and she could have easily got it via promoting something like that . But she didn’t do it because she is lazy. If you are saying she is good with her kids that too we cant judge now with her kids being small. Those kids grow into adult and being a person and their action in society we can judge as her good mother. Now her being good mother is just speculation. Queen was very much good mother to andy and she adore him better than anyone how Andy turns out to be pedophile. From that we can say queen is terrible mother. Its mother job to teach good and bad thing.

        We have a say in my language that all child are born innocent its upto mother hands whether the kids turn out to be good or bad .

    • line says:

      This old excuse that she should not overshadow William has only a pathetic excuse to explain his laziness. If Kate did what was expected of her, she would have taken her royals patronages more seriously,increase public apparences for her duties, learned to make a correct speech but also learned to interact with other people who are not from his usual social circle and there would never have been so much clothing dysfunction since her marriage. This is not the case, she is the most lazy of all the group.

      Reason why there is this propaganda of the fact that it should not overshadow William because Diana when she became royal the same media and courtiers with a very high expectation on the quality of her work.

      Diana was overshadow Charles only because she had charisma, compassion and a sense of style. Diana was a supernova, she shines more than the stars of the time so Charles and the other members of the Windsors could not do anything there.

      In the case of Kate , she could do 280 commitments during the year, she will never overshadow William or the others members of House of Windsor because she has no charisma, an absent personality, a sense of actroce style and has trouble connecting with other people.There will be interest but never proprotielle to the interest that people developed into Diana, Princess Grace of Monaco or Meghan.

    • Alexandria says:

      Then be like Anne. Just do bread and butter events. But she doesn’t.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Alexandria – I agree with you. Kate could do two bread-and-butter events a week with no sweat if she wanted to. Like you, I think Kate wants to do the minimum number engagements she can get away with.

    • EveV says:

      Becks1 already responded to most of the points you tried to make so I’ll skip responding to those points.
      However, your point that she does a great job with kids and that she cares. I’d love to see specific examples of when you think she did a great job with kids. I know that it took her 8 years to come up with 5 of the simplest questions for her struggle survey and hasn’t done anything else for her Early Education Program (ie Broken Britian Program). I also know that one of her patronages (Art Room) that was geared towards kids closed without ANY effort of Kate’s part to stop that from happening. I could go on and on with examples of her not excelling or caring no matter who the project/patronage is geared towards. It actually really irritated me that people still insist that she cares or tries in any way, shape, or form.

  27. Dinah says:

    I would be embarrassed if anyone described me at 38 years as ‘being pleasantly matured in nine years in my marriage’. I mean, this is like complimenting the family member no one had particularly high expectations for.

    I’ll skip to comment on the ‘strong sense of duty’ part of the RRs’ hallelujah for Kate, since I’m still waiting for the top five list of credential to her name, … achieved on her own.

    • EveV says:

      “I’ll skip to comment on the ‘strong sense of duty’ part of the RRs’ hallelujah for Kate, since I’m still waiting for the top five list of credential to her name, … achieved on her own.”

      +100. Exactly.. Except, I’d settle for one credential to her name, achieved entirely on her own (and nobody better say that embarrassing struggle survey).

  28. Linda says:

    Happy wedding anniversary Kate and William.

  29. MsIam says:

    “Matured enchantingly “ makes her sound like a Disney Princess. I keep picturing Kate surrounded by talking rabbits and birds making wreaths. She’s perfect for the Hallmark movie gang but for those that prefer a dose of reality not so much.

    • AGuest says:

      “Keen Enchanted” now streaming on Disney+

      • EveV says:


        Sorry, I don’t see her making wreaths unless paparazzi were there to capture it. Also, animals don’t usually like self-centered people so don’t see her surrounded by animals either. (And please excuse my tone, it’s not aimed at you. I know you were just making a joke. I’m just so tired of this bullshit narrative of Kate that the RR media and her sugary followers have been pushing.)

        Meghan just deserved so much better while she kicked ass on behalf of the BRF, it brings my anger to unhealthy levels.

    • Deering24 says:

      🤣🤣🤣🤣, MsIAm and AGuest. 🤣

  30. Sofia says:

    Anyways I just find it hilarious that people are going “It’s not Kate’s fault! The Firm doesn’t let her work!”

    Fair enough. But if Meghan and had Kate’s work ethic and track record and anyone who was a fan of her tried to say “The Firm doesn’t let her work!”, they would be ripped to shreds and it would have been laughed out of the comment section. People would be singing a very different tune.

    • Tessa says:

      I don’ t think the Firm stopped Kate from working or William for that matter. I think she is lazy and he avoided full time work for as long as possible

      • Aria says:

        I think when chuck become king these two will have lot of problem. That’s why chuck wanted Sussex for work for them . I dont think Sussex will come and that’s why cambriges are very angry . Their laziness will be very much clear to all uk and tabloids will quickly turn on them. I’m still waiting for Sussex the sun court case, then we might get exclusively from dan Wooten rose bush story.

      • Züri says:

        I agree. She didn’t work even before she joined the royal family. I mean, unless you consider the nepotism hire at Jigsaw as an accessories buyer that lasted all of a few month. It’s not even clear how much she worked while she was with that company.

      • Nic919 says:

        Before Meghan showed up there were stories about the Cambridges being workshy and called the Doolittles in the tabloids. This was early 2016. During that time Buckingham Palace made it clear that each royal determines their own schedule and the Queen did not dictate how much or how little the Cambridges should be doing.

        When Meghan arrived, she deflected all the lazy stories and became the focus, but at some point this will come back to be examined, especially when the youngest child starts school. If they don’t have another after Louis, then she’s got about two more years of cover. After that the excuses will run dry.

      • Lizzie says:

        Probably thinks she is too good to work. She’s not too lazy to stay in incredible shape and keep her hair and makeup photo ready.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        “then we might get exclusively from dan Wooten rose bush story.”

        @Aria – That is one story that I cannot wait to read.

  31. Watson says:

    They got exactly what they wanted out of Kate: pretty but not glamorous, docile, and obedient. So yes, she did mature exactly they way they wanted her to.

    The Royal family has a historical problem with women who are “too much” which is a damn shame.

    • Tessa says:

      Kate was always the same. IMO. I see her as the same person. workshy and bland. She had been ambitious making sure she got the ring but her ambition is not evident anywhere else.

    • MsIam says:

      I agree, she is probably exactly what the royals wanted, a person who was reasonably attractive and would look good in the PR photos and not cause any trouble. Meghan came on the scene like AOC with the Royal New Deal and they were not having that. Plus she made their bland Barbie look exactly like what she was. I’m sure they thought they could pay Meghan off to divorce Harry and then he would find his own bland Barbie. I’m sure that is still their end game hence all the “come back Harry” stories.

    • Alexandria says:

      She can follow what Anne and Sophie are doing. But she doesn’t.

      • EveV says:

        Exactly. Maybe the Firm really does want her bland, IDK, but I certainly don’t believe they want her to be lazy as hell. She could be out there doing all kinds of events like ribbon cuttings, etc, that won’t rock the boat within the Royal Family. She chooses to do less than the bare minimum. I really hope the press start calling her out again, but go even harder on her than they did before Meghan arrived on the scene.

  32. RoyalBlue says:

    the IG seems tone neutral, without warmth or emotion.

  33. yinyang says:

    She’s not caring and beautiful as Diana or compassionate as Oprah or a powerplayer like Indira Ghandhi, Margret Thachern, hell even Meghan and Rose have more charisma than her, she is Kate “Make No Waves” Middleton lover of shopping perfect princess.

    • Aria says:

      She is not caring , that’s she is good with kids are pr . I remember one time during their india tour when a kids said something like how horrible their life like that and Kate reply that interesting something like that. She hide behind her kids and dont work. After louis went to school what she will do ?? She will make lazy excuse.

      This is how cambriges lives will be when it comes to work.
      1. First current they are still taking a lot of work load from those selfish Sussex left behind and balancing their young family.

      2. After queen deaths, we are still missing her and it’s hard time for us as family and we are in mourning over her for next few years.

      3. Ohh now we are new prince and princess of wales and we are transforming into your roles and taking step by step. Still balancing our family.

      4. After that cambriges kids in their teens, oh cambriges are very much focusing on their kids because teens years are very important years.

      5. Ohh cambriges are foucing on their college graduate kids because those years very important as family because in few years they will be married and have children of their own , so we are taking our time as family.

      6. Charles death and king and queen transformation and we are learning and stepping into our roles and looking for our family at the same time.

      7. Ohh George got married and we have taking a break to welcome our new daughter in law into our family . This is our family time , so I ask public to give us privacy cue not work.

      8. Ohh Charlotte got engaged and we are taking a vacation as new family.

      9. First grandchild of cambriges , rr ohh cambriges will take a time to focus on their first grandchild and be there to help george and his wife as family.

      10. Vacation with first grandchild and focusing on Charlotte pregnancy.

      11. Ohh louis is getting married and we take our time to have family vacation not work for next few months.

      12. Finally we are too old to work and we will minimize our engagement because we are so burned by all these years vacation.

      In the end cambriges will never work and forever make excuse not to work.

      • yinyang says:

        Haha, you just organized their day planner for the rest of their lives, lol.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Aria – I think a more perfect post would be impossible to compose!

      • RoyalBlue says:

        Perfect. and there you have it. they will go down in history as the Doolittle, a title that will stick with them for life.

      • Bohemian Angel says:

        Oh Aria, you have given me a good laugh before bedtime! 😂😂😂 👏👏👏

      • February Pisces says:

        Ha ha yes to all! When Kate was his GF she couldn’t work because her boyf was a prince. When she married him she couldn’t work because she was focusing on being a housewife and being eased into the role slowly. When George was born she couldn’t work because she had a baby. William couldn’t work much because he worked for the air ambulance. He also couldn’t work much for the air ambulance because he was a royal.

        I’m so surprised they haven’t used the ‘they can’t work too hard cos we don’t want to put pressure on them, they are all we have left after the Sussex’s quit” excuse. They’re probably saving that one after the pandemic.

  34. Jaded says:

    She’s as useless as a chocolate teapot and hasn’t moved an inch in maturity unless you call not wearing flimsy dresses and butt floss on windy days maturing. Marrying a grumpy man-child and popping out 3 kids does not make one “mature”. She’ll never change and unless Willnot is literally caught with his knickers down and splayed all over the tabloids she’ll simply continue to be a lazy doormat.

    • Aria says:

      Even when his cheating scandal comes out she wont change and she will happily disappear to her country side and have private island vacation because she was so broken heart and she need time to heal. She will use that as advantages and not to work. Same way she used pregnancy as not to work.

  35. ClaireB says:

    I can’t believe it’s only been 9 years. I feel like she’s failed enough and lazed about enough for at least 15.

  36. Andrea says:

    Absolute total lack of respect for her. She is not someone for young girls to admire but a cautionary tale. Do you want your husband to be checked out and have dalliances that you constantly have to turn a blind eye to and show a stiff upper lip? Never to have deep love and affection from your spouse, but a pretend loathsomeness at best?

    • Nyro says:

      She’s like a 1950s throwback in the worst way. If that’s what she chooses to be about, fine. But to say that she’s what young women should look up to and emulate? In 2020? Give me a break. There’s a reason why she doesn’t resonate with women her age and younger.

      • February Pisces says:

        The funny thing is that before Meghan, William prided himself on being the perfect husband and father whilst harry was young free and single. Now harry is married too, he has demonstrated the love for his wife and child, buy going to extreme lengths to protect them, and giving up everything for them. Haters call him whipped, but most women want a husband like harry and a marriage like there’s, where you are both equals and a team.

        William is the boss of his marriage and whilst harry give up everything to protect his wife, William can’t even give up his mistress. William is supposed to be the ‘family man’ of the two brothers, but harry is even better at that too. Meghan trolls praise kate for her 1950s style devotion to her husband, but the reality is no woman would want a marriage like that where the wife has to basically serve her husband. There is no equality there.

  37. Ina says:

    An enchanting doormat is more like it.

  38. Well-Wisher says:

    Having executed #Megxit flawlessly? Why do I get the feeling that the BTM failed? This item resorts to cloying sweetness that reeks of despair. Advert and subscription sales are way down.
    The Plan B and Plan C did not work so onwards and upwards. The thing is Kate’s appeal will only work with a entirely different customer base unlike that the one that was inspired by Megxit.

    Ahhh…….sweet karma.

  39. Flying Fish says:

    This is pathetic.

  40. Awkward symphony says:

    Gosh they’ve been together for 20+years so no wonder they look like they barely tolerate each other! Unlike most people the keenbridges went into this without maturity and frankly Bill had little choice and looking at their pictures you can see how distant they are. For the sake of the kids I hope they stay together

  41. My3cents says:

    I have sweaters that have matured more enchantingly than her.

  42. Jodi says:

    No. just no.

  43. Katie says:

    I’m here for the cute Harry photo on the back! (This is to no way to take away from the legitimate and interesting comments about, but man it’s been a hard week already and Harry helps!)

  44. The Recluse says:

    It struck me in those photos how happy Kate must be that William can’t go wandering off as readily with this quarantine ongoing. She has him all to herself. No trotting off to visit Rose.
    She has him precisely where she wants him.

    • Lady D says:

      I think I disagree. He’s as selfish as they come, he is absolutely getting his needs met, pandemic or no pandemic.

      • Harper says:

        Yup. And he supposedly meets Rose on long walks around their estates, and if there is one thing EVERYONE and their cousin is doing during the pandemic (at least in my neighborhood) it’s walking. So I can imagine Will is walking more than ever during the quarantine.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        my guess is he is still fooling around. there is no love between them, it’s merely a marriage of convenience now. having experienced it with my first marriage, adultery is a deal breaker for me, and changes the whole chemistry in a relationship. i am sure for Catty it’s the same and separate rooms are in order.

  45. Krissy says:

    I like Kate. Always did. I also like Meaghan. Both are beautiful in their own ways

  46. Emily says:

    Enchantingly … was the source Taylor Swift at 21?

  47. Marivic says:

    I wonder how William and Kate are faring during quarantine. If they couldn’t stand the sight of each other, how are they coping left alone to themselves and have no choice but to shelter at home ?