Tatler: Duchess Kate ‘feels exhausted & trapped, she’s working as hard as a top CEO’

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Tatler’s cover story about the Duchess of Cambridge made me laugh out loud several times. What’s even funnier is that Tatler thinks they’re doing this important thing, which in their mind is Embiggening Kate, but what they’re really doing is making her sound like a lazy, bullying a–hole without a personality. It’s pretty funny. Also hilarious: Kate is good friends with several Tatler people and Camp Cambridge clearly gave Tatler the nod to run many anti-Meghan, anti-Sussex pieces over the past few years. But when all eyes are FINALLY on Kate, guess what? Even Tatler can’t really succeed at embiggening her. Some highlights:

Kate the Kingmaker: Popular with courtiers, who admire her fuss-free ability to ‘get the job done’, as well as with her loyal royal staff (no Sussex-esque turnover of assistants here), in the almost-decade since she joined ‘the Firm’, she’s more than proven her abilities as a royal consort. Indeed, she’s gone so far as to be dubbed ‘a kingmaker’ – surely one of the highest accolades given to a Princess.

Kate champions children: ‘Kate knows what the country needs and wants. Championing how to raise your children is perfect,’ one friend points out, of the Duchess’s ability to appear like a down-to-earth parent during recent Zoom appearances and podcast interviews.

The workload post-Sussexit: ‘Of course she’s smiling and dressing appropriately but she doesn’t want this. She feels exhausted and trapped. She’s working as hard as a top CEO, who has to be wheeled out all the time, without the benefits of boundaries and plenty of holidays.’

Her stoic personality: ‘It’s why she is so well suited. She keeps her head down because the prize of being queen is so great. She models herself on the Queen and now speaks like the Queen.’

Carole is the brains: Kate’s mother Carole, is noted as a close confidante and influence, particularly as she herself is so ambitious. A friend of Donna Air, Kate’s younger brother James Middleton’s ex, alleges, ‘Carole is the masterminding force between those girls.’

The Sussexes threw children under a bus! A friend of the Cambridges speaking to Tatler magazine revealed: ‘William and Catherine really wanted to be hands-on parents and the Sussexes have effectively thrown their three children under a bus.’

Kate can’t make the school run! The insider went on to call Meghan and Prince Harry ‘so selfish’ for their behaviour, adding that their decision would have profound impacts on the Cambridge’s family life. They explained: ‘There goes their morning school runs as the responsibilities on them now are enormous.’

The fight between Kate & Meghan during the wedding fittings: ‘It was a hot day and apparently there was a row over whether the bridesmaids should wear tights or not. Kate, following protocol, felt that they should. Meghan didn’t want them to.’ The royal went on to ‘put Meghan in her place’, reprimanding her for speaking down to Kensington Palace staff.

Kate is ruthless: One insider added: ‘In the palace, you hear numerous stories of the staff saying so-and-so is a nightmare and behaves badly but you never hear that about Kate.’ Kate, whose manners are described as impeccable, is also said to have a ‘ruthless survival streak’ that makes her ‘well suited’ to the House of Windsor.’

[From Tatler]

“She feels exhausted and trapped. She’s working as hard as a top CEO” is AMAZING. Kate works like a CEO, in that she mysteriously disappears for weeks and months at a time, shows up to events in button-covered prairie cosplay and then smiles vaguely for 20 minutes once a week. SHE WORKS AS HARD AS A CEO, people. And she does so “without the benefits of boundaries and plenty of holidays.” LMAO. How is this supposed to help Kate again? Also, William and Kate literally orchestrated a campaign to bully the Sussexes out of the country, and now the Cambridges are super-bitter about how the Sussexes abandoned them? That will never stop being hilarious to me. And all of the breast-beating about Harry and Meghan throwing children under the bus! Yes, it’s so unlike William and Kate orchestrating a racist smear campaign against Meghan when she was pregnant and in the months following Archie’s birth. GMAFB.

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  1. bonobochick says:


    • Tessa says:

      I had the same reaction. Hysterically funny.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      The Daily Fail also ran this story. I love how it really makes Cathy Cambridge look bad.

      I wonder how her husband feels about all the extra work??? LOL!

    • Redgrl says:

      I came here to say the same thing – bahahahahahaha! And also WTAF?! There are so many illogical and inconsistent statements in the excerpts alone my head is spinning!

    • Sojaschnitzel says:

      This is beyond ridiculous. It maybe even qualifies as a new form of art.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      i laughed out LOUD and startled my dog. surely this is satire

    • Eleonor says:

      Same here!!!!!

    • Cidee says:

      Just came on to do the same…..Here, I’ll put my own spin on it – BWAHAHAHAHAHA! And “Cathy Cambridge” is my new fave, @BayTampaBay…..

    • Adrianna says:

      working as hard as a top CEO? Now that is funny.

    • Dinah says:

      The only thing this Tatler article does is to show everybody who the real Kate is: a jealous, insecure, lazy b***h. For over 2 years now the Cambridges are getting all the help they can get from the right wing British media to prop up their image, by sabotaging, smearing and defaming Meghan, and the results is this childish, stupid portret. Not one item is convincing or even the truth. They can’t even glorify Kate without dragging Meghan. Tatler is as stupid as the ‘friends’ who they’ve fond to make this religulous portret (Now, unlike Meghang’s friends, it’s no problem that Kate’s friends talk to the Media ‘to clear her image’).That Tatler issue can go straight in the bin, now that the palace seam to take their hands off of it, after Kate was dragged all day long.

      One taught popped op as well: maybe Charles and Camilla have interfered and have asked the Cambs to give that statement, or maybe the queen’s court did; they might have considered the title of that cover story a bit too pretentious and out of her (Kate’s) lane (who do your think you are? You are just the next next in waiting).

    • Elizabeth says:

      What the heck does Sussexit have to do with the Cambridge school run? How the heck long does the school run even take? If it’s any less than five hours twice a day, there’s still PLENTY of time left for them to work.

      I knew executives in NYC who get up early, work on emails and calls to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia for a couple of hours, then get their kids up and ready, take them to school, go to the office and work their tails off until 5 or 6, go home and have dinner with the kids and the husband/wife/nanny/babysitter, and go out at night a couple of times a week to entertain visiting teams from other sites, and they get it all done because they have a freakin’ work ethic. They can take regular vacations because they work so hard when they’re actually working. William and Kate haven’t actually EARNED a vacation since they graduated from college.

  2. Tpoe says:

    This is just insulting to people who actually have to work for a living.

    Also my brother is actually a CEO and he works his tail off six days a week.

    So this is doubly insulting.

    • Becks1 says:

      Right? I know there is a perception out there about CEOs, but most work very hard.

    • justwastingtime says:

      Ha. Yup, from experience with other CEOs, neither of them is working a CEO role or even a CEO-wife role (which can be a lot of work in itself). I assume the British people have common sense, and this is not going to work right?

    • Chaine says:

      But it’s so tough showing up in ones own living room once or twice a week for a fifteen minute zoom call.

    • Korra says:

      Yeah, this is why I can’t find this story funny at all. Not only does Kate not put in the effort, what little output she does produce nowhere matches near what a CEO or an executive does. Hell, she doesn’t even match what a part-timer working 20-30 hours a week does. Truly insulting to people who actually work and don’t inherit the luxury that comes with being a member of the BRF.

  3. Nev says:


    • kellebelle says:

      Yes, please. It’s a load of bollox if I ever saw one. She’s never been exhausted in her life. Waiting around ten years for William didn’t even exhaust her. If she’s trapped at all, it’s in a loveless marriage with a philandering husband.

    • Mac says:

      Harry and Meghan are keeping their portfolio of work so what work would the Cambridges be taking on? This so silly, even for the Tatler.

  4. LouBear says:

    The comments under the DM story on this are pretty vicious. People are furious and calling Kate lazy, etc. This does not make her look good, I doubt very much any of this comes from the Middleton/KP camp

    • Sofia says:

      Which story are you talking about? Because the one I went to, there was nothing but glowing praise in the best rated comments and accusing Meghan of planting the story

      • Ela says:

        Yes, they actually believe Meghan leaked a story where she is called selfish and that she threw the Cambridge children under the bus. The mind boggles.

      • Silas says:

        Yeah, that’s the new thing. Like claiming the Sussexes leaked about Canada to Dan Wooten. And then I guess Dan Wooten inexplicably did them a huge favor by keeping quiet about who leaked this to him.

        Give it time and all the harassment will be a false flag by the Sussexes.

      • Priscilla says:

        Isn’t the editor of the Tatler a good friend of Kate’s? Every time there is a story about the Cambs that their fans don’t like, they accuse Meghan of planting it, Meghan has no friends in the British press to be able to plant stories.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      @LouBear – I must have read the same story you read as the Kate comments were vicious and the commentariat as a whole was after lazy Katy. There were also anti-Meghan comments which is not new but vicious comments about Cathy is something new.

      It is possible to be both anti-Maghan AND anti-Kate at the same time.

  5. Amelie says:

    I laughed so hard at this article. So funny that they think this makes Kate look good. Especially having a row over tights. Wtf cares? Assuming that’s true, no wonder the details were never leaked.

    • Becks1 says:

      A row over tights because of “protocol.” GMAFB. Why would Kate think she got any say in what Meghan chose for her flower girls to wear?

      • MsIam says:

        Exactly. And I’m sorry as a mom that last thing I want is for my kids to be stuck in some hot itchy clothing while on display for everyone and expected to be on their best behavior. Especially little kids like that. Charlotte was what three? That’s a recipe for disaster if ever there was one and it seems like “hands on mom” Kate would know this. So I think this is just more Keen bullsh*t to cover up what really went down.

      • Yuzu says:

        It’s pretty rich hearing anything about protocol from Kate. How many bum shots did we get from she who shall not wear tights?

    • Chaine says:

      It’s incredible that after two years of leaks and rumors over Meghan supposedly making Kate cry, we learn that what broke poor pitiful Kate down was Meghan’s preference over a minor MINOR details of HER OWN bridal party’s attire. Oh the humanity.

      • MJM says:

        Meghan was actually showing empathy towards the children and their comfort. Just makes me love her more.

  6. Sequinedheart says:


    This is just ridiculous! 🤣🤣🤣

  7. Boho logo says:

    I just really hate them. We are mad at Meghan for not wanting the bridesmaids to have heatstroke wearing tights on a hot day?Kate works as hard as a CEO? The Sussexes threw the Cambridge kids under the bus? This is absolutely delusional! Will and Kate are absolutely terrible people.

    • Tessa says:

      Kate would not know what working hard is because she never did this. She had sporadic part time work where she was hardly there and her parents supported her until she got the ring.

    • Amy Too says:

      And you know that this is how they actually think, and the petty comparisons and disparaging of others is how they really express their thoughts when they’re speaking to people. It’s obvious that they are so beyond privileged and don’t even know it.

      I HATE how the voluntary charity work that aristocrats and the BRF do as a way to fill their days, give back to the people who keep them living in luxury, and meet and connect with the real people of Britain, is constantly spun as this grueling, CEO-level, work-work that the poor Cambridges are forced to do against their will and at the expense of their own family life, well being, privacy, and apparently vacation time. When and why did the press start spinning the sort of vaguely charitable things that wealthy women do for fun and as a way to make themselves feel better about their enormous wealth and privilege as serious, back breaking, hardcore, all day, work? It seems to have started or at least really intensified when Will got old enough to work and when he married Kate. And I think that’s because Will and Kate really think of the cute charity visits and Zoom Bingo they do as being as horrible, soul-sucking, and difficult as the 10 hour a day, 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year work that us peasant do. They honestly hate it and have no desire to do it and it shows. But because they’re Will and Kate, the press coddles them, and they write sympathetic stories about how “hardworking” they are even though “it’s not what they want,” and “boo hoo, they can’t personally do the school run every single day, twice a day!” They’re constantly being praised for the tiny bit of work they do, it’s blown out of proportion as being this huge sacrifice they’re making, and we’re all supposed to feel sympathetic towards them? No!

      • Trashaddict says:

        Amy Too, ITA. If they really hate it, Wills could abdicate. Also, if you want to go by the royal playbook, a well-trained royal should not be complaining or whiny.

  8. Lisa says:

    Absolutely bonkers article that does the opposite of what it hopes to accomplish.

    • Feeshalori says:

      Kate the Kingmaker? Give me a break, she’s certainly no Lady Margaret Beaufort.

      • lemon8 says:

        Awesome reference!

      • Redgrl says:

        @feeshalori – great reference! I remember looking at Lady Margaret Beaufort’’s tomb during a visit to Westminster Abbey and thinking “now THAT was an impressively daunting woman!”

      • Becks1 says:


        It also just makes no sense. How….is she a kingmaker?

      • Lady D says:

        That was one of the funniest lines in the whole article. I’m still laughing over that one.

      • Silas says:

        I bet embiggening being the mother of a future king (FFFK) and the responsibility of raising him was snarkily changed to king maker.

      • Meghan says:

        My first thought was- wasn’t Richard Neville the Kingmaker and that didn’t turn out too well for him….

      • Mira says:

        What about the cover? Catherine the Great? My eyes hurt from excessive rolling.

        The actual Catherine the Great’s period of rule is quite often called the golden age of Russia. But apparently that’s nothing compared to Kate the Kingmaker’s golden age of buttons.

      • Lowrider says:

        Kate is raising to kings in the making. Look how they shoved Will into the background. hahahaaaa

      • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

        She’s not Warwick, either. Though it ended badly for him.

      • Suz says:

        Yeah I was perplexed by that. She’s a Kingmaker why? Because she pushed out a baby? Like billions of other women do?

      • MeganBot2020 says:

        Margaret Beaufort was the woman responsible for ending Richard III’s reign of terror, and for unifying the houses of York and Lancaster and thus putting a decisive full stop to the Wars of the Roses which had ripped England apart for 30 years and seen the deaths of 50,000 people.

        And she did all that as a survivor of a brutal child rape that left her infertile, a widowed single mother at 13, and a woman who spent most of her life as chattel, being passed from one man to the next, whose only child was kidnapped from her and send first to live essentially as a prisoner, then to live in exile in France and in fear of his life.

        She also dedicated her life to education and the arts, and founded a free school open to anyone.

    • Anon says:

      This was like a badly written satire of what Kate’s inner voice probably says… she wants more holidays less zoomings, y’all!

  9. Sofia says:

    “without the benefits of boundaries and plenty of holidays.”

    This is laughable. She works what? 4 hours a day. (If that). That sounds like plenty of boundaries and holiday time to me.

    If Kate wanted to be a SAHM, not “work” and have responsibilities she should not have married the Future Future King nor should she have lent a hand in the smear campaign that drove them out.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    I got exhausted reading the subject line for this article.

  11. Natalee says:

    Hooooooooooly sh*t I haven’t laughed this hard in a LONG time.

  12. OriginalLala says:

    Poor sausage! it must be *sooo hard* to live in a palace, have every luxury handed to her, all the help in the world, and then have to do zoom calls a few times a week! How awful for her!

    • A says:

      Oh but she queues for coffee in the mornings with all the other moms! Poor lamb. And now she can’t even do that because she’s got more work to do after the eeeevel Sussexes left too!! Where oh where will Kate be able to queue for her coffee to show off her commoner cred now????

  13. Maiax says:


  14. S808 says:

    “Of course she’s smiling and dressing appropriately but she doesn’t want this.“

    This is believable cause it’s obvious.

    What were you doing stalking this man for 10 years Kate? You should’ve grown some lady balls and told your mom if she wants to be apart of royalty so bad to chase after William herself. You could’ve easily married a rich man and never had to deal with any of this. Your workload was gonna increase Sussexes or not cause you married a future king!

    If anything their workload has gotten lighter because of the pandemic and no longer having to be keen to compete with the Sussexes. Was calling bingo numbers over zoom really that taxing? Pretending to care about her charities is really that tiring? Another closed FYI. That 7 years-in-the-making 5 question survey was really a doozy huh? Having to pretend to give a fuck about Broken Britain must’ve spent her. bless her heart.

    If anyone threw the Cambridge kids under the bus it was their parents. The change that could’ve happened if they had stood firm on their stance on privacy and backed the Sussexes….I weep for their children, I really do.

    • Silas says:

      She wants the money. Kate showed who she is when she flaked on the Irish Guards because she didn’t want to create expectations.

    • Lizzie says:

      I don’t get the emphasis that she dresses appropriately.

  15. M Narang says:

    None of this makes Kate look good. In fact describing her as having a “ruthless survival streak” seems a bit too on the nose.

    • damejudi says:

      They can’t even decide. Is she stoic or ruthless?

      And no turnover in Cambridge staff? Fact check that one, please.

      • MA says:

        The whole thing is so ridiculous it’s exhausting to unpack but this one is glaringly obvious and easy to prove as untrue, just picking one vital position: Catherine Quinn choosing not to renew her contract is a big deal.

  16. Arabella says:

    Is this supposed to be satire?

  17. Catherine says:

    Tatler knows exactly what they are doing and this article is wall to wall British sarcasm and shade. This is Tatler going after her disgusting middle class ways, calling someone a “CEO” is not a desirable thing in the Posh UK. Kingmaker? It’s a shot at Wills. This is not a positive article in “British sloane terms”. The British press always goes for the women, especially ones from “another class”. They want the Posh and the masses to make fun of her, and it works.

    • taylor says:

      hm, this is an interesting take. could kate be back on the ropes now that meghan has departed? because she’s largely been spared from snark over the last few years. have they built her up to bring her down?

    • Elizabeth says:

      Philip referred to the family as “The Firm,” so I get it. It is all ridiculous though.

    • MA says:

      Disagree. That’s just them being out of touch idiots. You don’t put a glammed up photo and call her the Great if you’re being snarky. They’re just genuinely that dumb and trying to make her happen.

      • Xo says:

        Are you English, though? Im inclined to agree that this lot have a different sensibility.

    • Silas says:

      So why has Tatler turned against Kate?

    • Harper says:

      So these snippets are only what Tatler has released as a promo for the article. At the end it says, to read the full article, subscribe! So are they saying there is even more coming in the issue?

      I agree that since this is Tatler it is shade against Kate only packaged up nice and shiny. Did Carole/Wills come to them for a puff piece and the snotty aristos agreed because they love nothing more than getting a sanctioned opportunity to go at Kate and make veiled barbs that she and Carole won’t get?

      I think what Wills and Carole were going for was the idea that Kate and Wills’ greatest strength is that they are a loving family unit where Kate dotes on her kids, and Harry and Meghan’s leaving takes the parents away from the Cambridge kids. Carole is really grasping at straws for new angles to create more outrage at the Sussexes.

      Or, does Will realize that he can extricate himself from Kate now by painting her as exhausted and the job is now too big for her and the Sussexes’ are why she can’t cope? That the demise of their family started with the Sussexes leaving and not with Will falling for Rose Hanbury?

      • BayTampaBay says:

        “That the demise of their family started with the Sussexes leaving and not with Will falling for Rose Hanbury?”

        @Harper – Seems to me Wills is laying the groundwork for your statement above.

      • Lizzie Bathory says:

        @Harper The DM had an article the other day about how Princess Margaret “cleared the way” for royal divorces. It mentioned Peter Phillips as the newest, but my 1st thought was that maybe someone’s trying to “clear the way” for William.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Portraying Kate as fragile and unable to handle the royal role would pave the way for a divorce, one blamed on Meghan of course. A divorce couched in terms of everyone’s best interests, mental health of the adults and children, the strain of work on Kate who just wants to be a SAHM.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Put on you Tin Foil Tiara and set the dial to high:

        I do not think Cain will divorce Unable.

        I think Kate will plead ill health to retire from public life to Norfolk (Mystique???) permanently leaving Normal Bill to carry on from London in whatever manner he chooses. Just a theory

      • notasugarhere says:

        I don’t think William would face years as heir and king without a consort at his side. It would make his life more difficult, and he doesn’t like that. Plus it would be a press free-for-all to out each and every one of his affairs.

        Would he marry a new person he’d blame for his mistakes going forward? Or would he marry someone capable of doing the job and who makes him proud of his choice?

      • Nic919 says:

        Maybe he’s testing the waters to see how much the public sympathizes with Kate? Based on this article, it’s not very much.

      • L84Tea says:

        I don’t believe for a second that Will will ever divorce Kate. I think he doesn’t respect her at all, he doesn’t like her much, would rather sleep with other women, and I think he realizes he made a lousy choice in wife (not that she’s a bad mother or anything, but hardworking royal material she is not). But despite all that, he gets to have his cake and eat it too because Waity will put up with anything he does and just keep on grinning.

      • Silas says:

        Kate is a known quantity. William will never divorce her. He will repeatedly throw her under the bus to shield himself but he’ll never leave her.

      • Becks1 says:

        I think William will only divorce Kate if there is another woman he wants to marry. Right now, I can see them staying married for the rest of their lives but living VERY separate lives (which I basically think they already do.)

      • notasugarhere says:

        Don’t forget the size of his ego, L84Tea. Which is a worse blow to that? The PR spin of ‘amicable divorce’ from his college friend who couldn’t handle the role? Or continuing in an unhappy marriage with a wife who embarrasses him on the global stage? As Harry and Meghan prosper and thrive in their new life, William’s discontent and frustration will grow. What William wants, William gets. If he wants a do-over in his choice of consort, he’ll get it.

      • L84Tea says:

        I’m with you, Becks1. They will live separate lives. Married, but separate.

      • Redgrl says:

        I also don’t think they will divorce – at least not in the near future and certainly not until the children are older. Too much value in the “cute kids cute nuclear family” photo ops. When the kids are older and if William falls in love with someone else I could see a split happening then.

      • Ginger says:

        I don’t think he will ever divorce Kate because no one else would want him. He isn’t attractive and is a horrible person.

      • Harper says:

        But now they are spinning that Kate feels trapped. Who gains from that? Only Will, from what I can guess.

        Another thought that disturbed me was that Kate is modeling herself after the Queen–more groundwork only this time for Baby #4?

        This is the most confusing article I think I’ve ever read about those two Royal duds.

    • Dilettante says:

      @ Catherine: Bingo! (And I do mean that with a sense of irony given the zoom….you know)

    • Islandgirl says:

      Hmmmmm that is why she should have been more supportive of the other outsider instead of helping to “other” her.

      Karma is a bitch.

    • BabsORIG says:

      Nash, @Catherine I don’t buy yr reverse psychology theory. This Tatler article is all Cambridges and their moronic minions once again exhibiting their tone deaf and out of touch ways. This is their usual complete self-embiggening at the expense of the Sussexes. The Cambridges are hideous people. Always have been, always will be.

    • JJ says:

      I don’t see how this article is positive towards Kate on any read, at least the excerpts I have seen.

  18. taylor says:

    this is truly atrocious. they must think really little of her for this to a be a glowing profile. kate has plenty of redeeming qualities that make her a good fit for the role (her work ethic not being one of them), but not a single one was highlighted without putting others (namely the Sussexes) down. i’d feel bad for her if she wasn’t out of touch enough to sanction this and think it made her look good.

    • A says:

      Worse still, the people who were tasked with being sources for this article couldn’t come up with a single redeeming quality either. How hard would it have been for them to just fudge a little bit and say, “Well she has a warm heart, and she genuinely loves being a mother and spending time with her children.” Anything to make her seem slightly nice. Why say she is just blank and then follow that up by saying she’s ruthless? Come on.

  19. Silas says:

    This is Kate’s ego on display. This is what she wants out there about her. This is what was behind that snotty attitude at the Commonwealth Service.

    So Harry and Meghan are so unimportant but they simultaneously are important? Kate and William needed to focus on their family so they could never speak out in support of the Sussexes yet the Sussexes are supposed to tailor their lives around what’s best for the Cambridge family?

    And what of Sophie and Edward?

  20. Angie says:

    I hate them. It’s not healthy. I need to stop reading about them because it makes me so mad. They’re awful and the worst. Who throws their brother under the bus like this? What is wrong with them? They’re the classic narcissistic- accusing Meghan and Harry of doing exactly the things they’re doing. What lazy gross evil people. See? Not healthy.

  21. Feeshalori says:

    “She keeps her head down because the prize of being queen is so great.”
    BANG! There’s your motive explained front and center. She’s in it to win it by any and all means possible, but it’s certainly not by her sterling example of her working ethic.
    And since when did Harry and Meghan become parents of the Cambridge kids that they’re responsible for throwing them under the bus? That’s totally on W&K’s plate with their parading them around for PR purposes. And these people on Tatler are supposedly friends of Kate? With friends like these who needs enemies. This article just screams mockery.

    • Becks1 says:

      YUP. That was a very telling statement.

      • Seraphina says:

        If the monarchy continues after PC, it will not be the House of Windsor but the House ot Middleton.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Normal Bill should really have married Ma Middleton.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        The blatant nature of that statement is so strange to me. Usually Kate’s social climbing ambitions are covered up or completely ignored in the articles promoting her. It’s always about her “devotion” to William/the royal family, never about her actual desire to be QC. Curious article all around…

      • A says:

        @Beach Dreams, I think it’s brought up in this article because of the intended audience. The posh toffs claim to hate this type of craven social climbing and look down on anyone who displays such naked ambition to marry into aristocracy, even though almost all of them envy and respect and adhere to the strict hierarchy of that aristocracy (all while claiming they don’t, that it doesn’t matter, that none of it matters). They see it as vulgar, and it’s another cudgel for them to use against Kate.

    • TheWetDog says:

      Not surprising. There was that quote from Ingrid Seward who basically stated that Kate was relentless and nothing was going to stop her from getting Will. No sane woman chases after a reluctant prince for TEN YEARS without being thirsty for the Crown. She knew what she wanted and took drastic measures to achieve it.

  22. Harla says:

    Imho, the worst part of this article is the fact that this is how William and Kate genuinely see themselves and their life, overworked, no vacations and greatly put upon by the Sussex’s exit. I don’t think there is one once of self-awareness between them, certainly not enough to realize that you reap what you sow or that these comments make them sound even more privileged, spoiled and out of touch.

    • A says:

      I honestly wonder if they really thought this would be a sympathetic article to put them in a good light, and they ran their mouths and spewed…whatever this is. And even the author and the editors over at the Tatler were appalled by the sheer awful tonedeafness of it all that they wrote this article in this way as a rebuke.

  23. Digital Unicorn says:

    Hahahaha – oh dear this sad attempt to throw the Sussex’s under the bus has made Cain and Unable look even worse.

    Hmm, this could be a firing shot at the Dolittles to give the press more clickbait. Or else……

  24. Florence says:

    She can’t even make a speech without fiddling with her hair, gasping for air and sounding like she has a rock in her mouth. She’s a CEO like my toenail is a CEO.

    ALSO – I doubt she “reprimanded” Meghan. She’s a dumb as a box of hair and Meghan is savvy.

    • notasugarhere says:

      One much-missed former poster on here once called Kate ‘a weave on a stick’. Kate is sadly little more than that.

      Meghan is everything the Kate stans *wish* Kate was. Eloquent, smart, hard-working, great in the role. And beloved by her royal husband, which Kate will never be.

  25. Becks1 says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.I laughed out loud at that cover.

    I agree that I think this article is basically all shade. No one believes Kate is working 24/7. And even the bit about how she cant be a hands on mom anymore….its basically saying “kate wanted Meghan to do all the heavy lifting so she didn’t have to work.” And that part is especially snarky considering Kate has been with her kids for the past two months.

    • notasugarhere says:

      And two of the three kids have been full-time in school this year prior to COVID-19. Plenty of time for Kate to work a few hours each day while the three nannies look after the third.

  26. Rapunzel says:

    Omg this article is so ridiculous.

    The Sussexes threw the Cambridge kids under a bus because mommy can’t do the school run? Wtf? Nobody but nobody believes Kate is too busy for the school run. It’s patently untrue. And isn’t that sh– why they have a team of nannies? This just proves what we’ve always known: the Sussexes were expected to the Cambridges first at all times, and this falling out is due to William not being able to handle Harry putting himself first for once. Kate’s negative attitude at the Commonwealth service? She’s just mad she can’t go on endless vacation and has to work.

    Kate is exhausted because she works like a CEO, “without the benefits of boundaries”? Funny. . . Seems to be lots of boundaries for Kate. Like don’t mention her husband’s keen gardening ways.

    The they argued over Charlotte wearing tights story is to get ahead of the future Omid Scobie book, which will probably tell a less flattering version of that story.

    And the shade about Kate being “ruthless” and needing “plenty of holidays” and Carole “masterminding” things… Kate, girl, you in danger. If this vinegar is put in with the sugar, imagine what the taste will be when the sugar disappears. The press is gonna eat Kate alive when the gloves come off.

    This just fuels my tin foil hat theory that William knows Sussexit ruined his rep and is setting Katie Keen up for a fall… and divorce, so he can rehab his image in time for that one year review. And get Harry back to do all the work for him.

    • Becks1 says:

      The school run thing was so weird and why I believe this article is not about trying to make Kate look good at its heart (like you said, vinegar with the sugar.) How would Meghan leaving impact Kate’s ability to pick the kids up or drop them off? Because now she is expected to work? She should have been working before.

      One of the things that stands out to me is the way these discussions about Kate and the praise she gets for being a “hands on mom” seem to be disparaging to moms who work FT outside the home. I work FT, my kids have gone to daycare since they were babies, and I still consider myself a hands on mom. There has never been any worry that they wouldn’t know who their mother is, etc. I have to drop my oldest at before care on my office days and pick him from after care, so I’m not doing the “school run” on those days – am I less of a hands on mom?

      It’s something that plays into the narrative of how a good mother is one who is home with the kids and plays into Kate’s Stepford wife image, but if you think about it is very insulting to thousands of mothers.

      • MsIam says:

        The only thing that I can wrangle out of this is that with the Sussexes gone the Keens would be taking more overseas trips and that would impact school runs? I dunno it makes it sound like the Keens are mad that they won’t have the Sussexes as flunkies anymore. But wasn’t there an article last week about how Sophie will save the day and she is just what the royal family needs? So again the whipsaw of “We don’t need them anyway, we’ll be fine” to “ the Sussexes left and now it’s going to be terrible for us!”

      • notasugarhere says:

        Insulting to millions of mothers, Becks1. This has always been a point the Kate stans make constantly. Kate shouldn’t have to work, she should only be a mum, leave her alone she’s not the heir, her job is raising the next royal heirs, etc.

        The fact all other royal spouses work doesn’t stop them from their blatant claims that working mothers are bad mothers. Or negating the role of the second parent in the household. William tried the same trick a few years ago, when he was refusing to work more so he could ‘be with the kids’. Leaks about how he was upset Diana *worked too much*, he wouldn’t do the same to his children.

      • Noodle says:

        @becks1, the “school run” statement was just odd. She can do the school run if she wants to. I work full time, have three children who attend three different level schools (one in primary, one in middle school, and one in high school), and I do the school runs every day. It’s absolutely chaotic and stressful and by the time I get home to start my work day, I’m frenetic and exhausted. I work my a$$ off for five hours, then turn around and start the pickups. We come home, they start homework while I continue to work, and then it’s dinner and family time. I am hands-on with my kids and don’t have a lot of outside help during the day. If I need to, I work once they are in bed. Millions of women manage to balance work and a family and “the school run”, and we don’t ask for, nor receive, awards for doing so. It’s insulting that with the amount of household help they have, she is so exhausted by doing the minimum amount of work and however much parenting she does. The delusions are strong with this one.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Honestly this article (or at least these excerpts) seems rather off to me, especially knowing that Tatler has a connection to the Kate/the Middletons. They’re essentially bringing back the ‘Wisteria sisters’-type criticism of her and tossing in some of the usual perfunctory compliments to make it seem like a sympathetic piece. Would love to know the real purpose of this article, because embiggening Kate isn’t it. This kind of reminds me of the now-infamous Richard Kay article trying to dispel the Rose rumors. Don’t know why, but this Tatler piece just has similar vibes to me.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        I basically reads like a collection of backhanded compliments full of knuckles. They make her sound both ridiculous, conniving and mercenary. The hyperbole of her “working as hard as a CEO” is practically design to make people scoff at her because it is such a ridiculous comparison. This piece is not complimentary at all.

  27. AprilMay says:

    Well that was a joy from start to finish. And the sad thing is they think this makes her look good.

  28. Mtec says:

    Is there are doubt left that Kate was an active participant in smearing the Sussexes? Some people here kept giving her the benefit of the doubt, but her participation was always transparent to me.

  29. notasugarhere says:

    ‘her fuss-free ability to ‘get the job done’,’
    Kate has done nothing notable in a decade on the royal job, nothing notable in the decade before that either.

    ‘her loyal royal staff (no Sussex-esque turnover of assistants here)’
    W&K lost two housekeepers (one after only five months), two early nannies, Rebecca Deacon, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, their head of security left to work at psych hospital instead of staying with them, the assistant they fired mysteriously when she returned from honeymoon, and Catherine Quinn who gave up to go accomplish something for charity. That’s just off the top of my head.

    • Anon says:

      And didn’t William’s private secretary leave him for Boris Johnson just weeks ago? FFS, for BORIS! But no turnover, says Kate’s inner voice via Tatler.

    • TheWetDog says:

      She has done remarkable things, silly. That garden and those 8 year long 5 survey questions truly shaped #BrokenBritain. How easily you have forgotten.

  30. Tessa says:

    If only the lazy Cambridges had used their energy to work instead of working on their PR they put a lot of time into that pathetic Commercial Jet PR appearance to trash Harry.

  31. Nicole says:

    Aren’t we all falling into the sexist trap of pitting the women against each other. IMO this is clearly about Willie v. Harry, and Charles looking above the fray.

    • MA says:

      At a certain point, people have got to admit what’s in front of their eyes. The EIC of Tatler is friends with Kate, Cambridge friends are sources for this embiggening piece. So it’s not us pitting Women against each other, it’s the Cambs doing that. And how does this benefit Charles in any way?

    • notasugarhere says:

      Kate and Carole are not innocent in the attacks against Meghan for the past three years. They have actively participated and Kate has benefited.

      • Amy Too says:

        This entire article almost seems like Tatler “owes” the Middletons a flattering Kate piece as payment for a bunch of anti-Sussex insider gossip that Kate and Ma Middleton delivered, but even Tatler was like “what good is there to say about Kate?” So they put a pretty picture and nice headline on the cover and then filled the article with back-handed compliments that show how they actually feel about Kate and the Middletons. When will Kate and the Middletons realize that they really aren’t smart enough to play these kind of media games? There have actually been quite a few back-handed compliment articles about Kate or the Midds in the past year or two that make it seem like the media is fulfilling a contractual obligation to write a flattering piece but the writers just CAN’T because there really is NOTHING to say about Kate. So they either just trash Meghan as a way to uplift Kate, or they go so far over the top that it sounds satirical, or they print exactly what the Cambridges and the Middletons are thinking without filtering it to make it sound good to the masses. “Kate thinks she’s working as hard as a CEO at a job she hates and doesn’t want to do AT ALL, but she forces herself to do it because her stoic, emotionless, ruthlessness is what’s going to make her Queen one day—and that’s the big prize that she’s holding out for.” That could’ve been filtered to “Kate does her duty, working extra hours since Meghan and Harry stepped down as working royals. Even though she sometimes would rather be at home with her children, she’s willing to sacrifice doing the daily school run, because she knows that as a FFQ, the people need to see her and she needs to work hard to become the Queen that she’ll one day be.”

      • Becks1 says:

        @AmyToo – exactly, that’s why I think this article is full of shade. They could have said the same things but worded them VERY differently and there was an obvious choice not to do so. Many of the embiggening articles over the past 6 months have had that feel to them….they are SO over the top that it really does seem like they “have” to write these “positive” stories but they’re actually not that positive.

        It makes me think Kate was really active in the smear campaign and these stories are in exchange for that, and also that Kate isn’t that smart and the british press knows that.

      • C-Shell says:

        I finally got around to reading the entire article and, boy oh boy, it is *loaded* with shade and innuendo about Kate, Carole, Uncle Gary, Willileaks to a lesser extent (but, /grin/ endearingly like his mother Diana, Will consults with a psychic who has lovely things to say about him, but Kate is so contained …). It isn’t complimentary to the Sussexes, of course, but in the big picture they don’t come off that badly, but Carole, Pippa and Kate are painted with a big ole broad brush of snark. It’s a fun read.

    • lily says:

      Nope, it WAS about William vs Harry but clearly Kate is involved and has been for a long time in smearing Meghan. Let us not use female unity as a red herring in this particular discussion about this family. White women get away with so much because of this.

      • MA says:

        +1 Lily
        How come solidarity is for white women? You never see people saying “these tabloids are just pitting women against each other’s when it’s a negative Meghan article or an article that would put Meghan in a bad light.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate was seen freezing out Harry and Meghan on camera at a church service. She herself was making it obvious there was a competition. Just because she looks bad for doing so doesn’t mean we should be defending her mean girl behaviour.

      • Nyro says:

        Amen, Lily. Amen.

      • A says:

        Even if Kate had nothing to do with the attacks, she also didn’t do very much to speak up in Meghan and Harry’s favour either. So either she didn’t care enough about them to defend them publicly, or it suited her just as well that they were taking the fall and therefore she didn’t want to.

    • Melissa says:

      It’s not a trap, we love to tear a woman down. It’s only those we have decided “deserve” it though. Kate smashing gets way more comments than other posts, long before Meghan came on the scene, it’s just that she
      makes such a perfect foil.

      • Nic919 says:

        Commenting on Kate’s poor work ethic isn’t smashing on her. It’s called pointing out the truth and how the press covers for a white woman of privilege. She’s been skating by since 2011 and that’s not on Meghan.

  32. Ginger says:

    This makes Kate look SO bad. Even Omid tweeted how obvious it is (he later deleted it)
    Kate and Will have lost a bunch of staff before and after Meghan.
    Also, it was Meghan’s wedding and if she didn’t want her bridesmaids to wear tights then that’s HER call not Kate’s. Kate is not a follower of strict protocol considering she flashes her behind all the time and is told to put weights in her dress to prevent that from happening and doesn’t.

  33. Mumbles says:

    Very interesting that a friend of James Middleton’s ex is telling tales (Ie confirming) about how Carole is the brains and engine behind the operation.

    Lol at her “stoic” personality. That implies there’s some hardship that she’s being stoic about. Please. She has her every need and want satisfied and has NEVER worked a full day in her life. Unless you count that “yacht girl” gig when she was in uni where she served tea in short shorts to rich guys on fishing trips. Frankly she doesn’t even seem she has a personality.

    • Original Jenns says:

      I want to know what Donna Aire knows! It seems from the outside that she was never really accepted by the family (maybe I’m wrong, but that’s the vibe I got). I’m sure she knows a lot more about the Middleton Machine.

    • betsyh says:

      When I read “stoic,” I thought it referred to her remaining in the marriage after William cheated.

    • A says:

      I mean, stoic in this sense is basically just a substitute for saying she has no personality to speak of at all. I find the comparison to the Queen quite apt in that respect tbh. Kate doesn’t do even a fraction of the work the Queen does, obviously, but both of them have built their careers on the illusion that they have no individuality at all.

  34. Aurora says:

    All roads in the Meghan smear campaign lead back to the Keens.

    Dan Wooten went to school with the Keen’s press secretary Christian Jones. Dan is also good friends with Willileaks

    The editor-and-chief of Tatler is a high school mate if Katey Keen

    Sarah Vine editor of the Daily Faily has a very friendly relationship with the Middletons

    One of Williams friends is a Duke who owns one the papers that keeps trashing Meghan

    I‘M sure there are more. I’m waiting for a reputable media source to Put the pieces together and call out the Keens.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Sarah Vine is a columnist-reporter for The Daily Fail and married to the MP Michael Gove. I do not think she is an editor. Sarah Vine is also a big buddy of “Rose Who?”.

      Jonathan Harmsworth is not a duke. He is the 4th Viscount Rothermere.

  35. Tessa says:

    Catherine the Great!!!! Laugh of the day.

  36. Seraphina says:

    There is SOOOOO much to pick apart in that story. First and foremost, it’s Ma Middleton who is her rock and has enabled her to be stoic. Ma Middleton knows the weight of the prize for being queen. I also found it hilarious that they hint Kate is the brains behind this operation and in the same breath they mention her mother. What a bunch of rubbish.

  37. Beff says:

    Their kids were only in school like 2 weeks after the Sussexes left Britain. Their school was one of the early ones to close. HUGE EYE ROLL at this nonsense.

  38. MA says:

    Those impeccable manners were REALLY on display during the Sussex wedding and Commonwealth service.

    She like other members of the BRF have in fact quite common and coarse manners.

  39. ABritGuest says:

    I wouldn’t be pleased with this article if I was a Kate fan- so much shade here& the talk about being overburdened& working like a CEO is just setting up for ridicule.

    Doesn’t make sense either as Sussexit or not their workload will increase as PPOW and FFK&QC. But Sussexit makes no difference as the Sussexes kept their patronages & right now royal workload& for the foreseeable future is light because of the pandemic. Even when things are back to normal their engagements are 1 hour most so nothing stopping them being hands on parents.

    Plus isn’t it indicated they wanted the spotlight& therefore Sussexes out the way?

    And if the story about the row at the wedding rehearsal is true I’m not sure why anyone thinks crying over tights or ‘Kate putting Meghan in her place‘ over something so trivial makes Kate look good (unless you are a white supremacist who’s into that sort of thing). The bride’s day, her say. If this is remotely true I can see why details of the row weren’t revealed previously – should have kept this.

  40. HK9 says:

    Woo that was ridiculous and bad…..can anyone seriously believe that??

  41. Sunshine says:

    That Evil Meghan sending those early 5AM emails sounded more like the tireless CEO.

    •So really it’s like they wanted the work ethic of Meghan, but everyone wanted Catherine for that role.
    ? I don’t know

  42. Jen says:

    Even the title made me laugh. “Kate the Kingmaker?” “Catherine the Great?”

    Also, if that is what the wedding dust-up was about, it doesn’t even make Kate look that good…. the bride and groom typically set the attire for the wedding party. Even if you disagreed, getting upset enough to cry is ridiculous.

  43. Pearl Grey says:

    It’s not possible for the press to boost the Cambridge couple without telling flat-out lies and rewriting history.

    Also, didn’t they say William and Kate were relieved about Harry and Meghan’s exit because the “toxic atmosphere” had lifted and this finally gave Kate her “time to shine” after 9 years? Now she’s “trapped and overworked”.

    The only truth to this article is that Carole Jenner is still the mastermind after all this time. Thank you Tatler for once again confirming the source for these anti-Sussex/Catherine the Great/William the Conqueror puff pieces is P*mp Mommy Middleton.

  44. MsIam says:

    Again with the switching of narratives. Did we not just have a bunch of articles about how Kate no longer felt “intimidated” by Meghan and how she was finding (found) her voice! How there was no more tension since the Sussexes left. Now we get this article full of bitching and moaning and “woe is me”. I agree with someone above that this article is an attempt to get ahead of Omid’s book and that the Keen-Middleton camp is terrified of what is in it. Even that story about the wedding incident makes no sense because if Kate supposedly put Meghan in her place for talking down to her staff then why did Kate burst out crying like a five year old? Wasn’t that Meghan’s original sin, making Kate cry? Damn these people are exhausting with all of their story changes but hopefully the record will get straight somehow.

    • Silas says:

      Yes! This was supposed to be Kate’s year with Kate coming into her own. Camilla Tominney will have to write it again in 2021.

  45. lily says:

    Does Tatler even sell?
    Also KP needs to realise the age of DI-Mania will never happen again. NEVER. Society has literally progressed past it. It doesn’t matter how much you sell Kate, with these glitzy covers, it just won’t happen.
    They are trying so hard to get ahead of this book lol

    • BayTampaBay says:

      “Does Tatler even sell?”

      @lily – about like the USA’s Town & Country prorated for the UK population.

      • lily says:

        I know. I am British but print magazines, especially Conde Nast publications (which Tatler is), has been in big trouble for a while. The only publications selling well enough is Vogue and GQ, even Vanity Fair has been doing abysmally. So is intentions behind this Tatler cover not just about Kate, but about money and bringing back the cultural relevance Tatler had in its Tina Brown days before she went to the States to take over VF.
        The current editor in chief, Richard something, who was good friends with Kate at school said himself in his first interview about being announced as the new editor, “Tina Brown had Diana, I have Meghan Markle” (his exact words)

      • L4frimaire says:

        @Lily, well he no longer has Meghan Markle, thanks to his pals the Cambridge’s. They all saw the success of Meghan’s British Vogue and the sales numbers. This snarky article is about increasing circulation and buzz.

    • A says:

      The Tatler doesn’t need to “sell” exactly. It’s a magazine that’s created and marketed towards a very particular slice of the population. These are the people who find value in the magazine and also have the money to burn to keep it afloat for its own sake. I don’t know whether it turns a profit or not, but the posh crowd almost definitely does read it even if they act like they don’t or don’t care about what it says. They care. They care a lot.

  46. Lizzie says:

    She should be saying everyday she is grateful for the opportunity to work for her country. Dump the Duchess.

  47. KellyRyan says:

    I’ll join in with the laughter. When I opened by business I did not have one day off for two years and when I returned to college/university I worked and attended classes for five years. I do not have a title, and do have an earned degree.

    Kate has no interest in others, no speaking skills, no work ethic. She’s a breeder for the BRF. :)

  48. Rae says:

    I am both entertained by the sheer stupidity of this but also grateful that I stopped following most royal stuff on Twitter, so this back and forth goes over my head for the most part.

    I will say this is terrible timing. People are under strain due to lockdown where they, as most people, are dealing with this without the assistance of an entire royal household at their disposal.

    This is not the time to play “woe is me”….It isn’t going well for Cummings either.

    • Becks1 says:

      Terrible timing especially bc Kate isn’t actively working right now. Sure, the weekly zoom calls etc, but that’s it. There ARENT any school runs right now because the kids aren’t in school, Kate and Will have nothing to do BUT spend time with their kids right now, etc. It just makes this article that much more ridiculous.

      • Abena Asantewaa says:

        Why should Kate’s school run concern The Sussexes, who have their own child! Working hard like a CEO? What work? Some of us have multiple children, some disabled, we work, do school runs and keep the household ticking on, with no nannies! Tatler must be having a laugh! This is a pathetic piece and exposes Kate, as lazy, jealous and a passive aggresive schemer. How dare she demands how the bridal party should look, when it is not her bloody Wedding! Look back at all the drama Meghan was going through prior to the Wedding, but it’s kate who cries, and gets lots of sympathy from the media., because it’s water that flows through Meghan’s veins and not blood! Meghan, in this drama, must be allowed to be a bridezella, it was her bloody Wedding!

  49. Valiantly Varnished says:

    The amount of gaslighting around this woman is astounding.

  50. TheOriginalMia says:

    I swear my face is the confused Britney gif right now. WTF did I just read? I mean…wow. What a ridiculous story! If this is how her “friends” at Tatler see her, she IS joke of the Norfolk Toff scene.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      It makes no difference how Tatler sees Kate.

      Cathy Unable Cambridge is and will always be the joke of the Norfolk Toff scene to all Turnip Toffs everywhere.

      • Guest with Cat says:

        And the Turnip Toffs are an absurd group of privileged snobs. No empathy, kindness or morals are readily apparent among the lot of them, from what I can see. I know some people have tried to champion the Cholmondeleys, because they do some nice things, but if you look into the associations of Rose’s husband they’re scandalous and revolting.

        And I don’t think marrying for an estate and then making yourself available for affairs, even with the hearty agreement between partners, is particularly honorable as such behavior directly contradicts standard marriage vows. It turns a sacrament into a farce. It would be more honest to not involve churches and clergy in it and just sign some papers and call it the transaction it is. But no, appearances are everything to these people. It’s all form and no substance. When they are occasionally confronted with an actual person of substance like Meghan, they can’t handle it and their meanness comes to the fore.

        And while none of us would consider Kate a woman of substance at this point, I am sure the Toffs look for every opportunity to put her in what they see as “her place.” Because how dare a woman not of their class succeed in her aspirations to join their ranks.

        I think thats her Karma coming back to bite her so I am fine with it as long as William goes down with her. But the fact that it’s the Toffs engineering their takedown gives me no satisfaction at all. They’re akin to “whitened sepulchers” in my opinion.

        And yes I do see the Toffs casting shade against Kate here while they take their usual hits on the Sussexes. May they all rot, except for the possible few decent beings that may be among them.

      • betsyh says:

        Guest with Cat: I upvote your last two paragraphs (I had to look up “whitened sepulchers”). I don’t think Kate can look to William’s friends for real friendship. I think she is very isolated, and the only people she can trust are her own family. Though they might not have become close, if she had connected with Meghan, she could have found someone who understood what it is like to be in the cage of the royal family.

  51. Lizzie says:

    Is she working as hard as any CEO at that fake desk that is actually a console table ?

  52. Awkward symphony says:

    Talk about being tone deaf! This week has been an eye opener for alot of people especially conservative leaning fools who fell for the charade of tories being “for the people”!!! I actually glad they published this. This pathetic PR obsessed Dolittles will finally get their wake up soon. I mean look at the response for that 40mil smear attempt which they had to take down quickly.
    The royal finances will be back in people’s minds especially after hearing lizzy demanding building work be resumed for BP+palace sacking staff+freezing wages. These idiots practically shot themselves in the foot but they domt know it yet🤦‍♀️

  53. Beach Dreams says:

    Yes, doing a few Zoom calls must be SO exhausting. I can’t tell if this article is more shady or genuine, considering how out of touch the type of people who work at Tatler are (and Kate’s connection time the editor).

  54. February Pisces says:

    Gawd where to begin. Ok a lot of people are talking about the shade here, and I agree, but it’s quite confusing. Also Twatlers editor is Kate’s friend from university. They have been on holidays together. So i don’t know, I went to twitter to have a look at the reaction and it’s mixed, Sussex’s squad are laughing at the embiggening, but some Cambridge’s stans were confused too.

    I actually don’t know, cos the editor is her friend. So maybe they genuinely thought they were embiggening her.

  55. JillyBeann says:

    Needed this laugh today thanks!

  56. Charfromdarock says:

    Tatler has to be trolling them, right?

  57. Nic919 says:

    Carole’s reach exceeded her grasp because this article is scathing in a way that only the British can do. It is notable that Charlie Proctor from Monarchy UK called this story ridiculous, in a now deleted tweet.

    Add the horrible timing of advisor Dominic Cummings driving around breaking lockdown rules to test his eyesight because he is above the rules, and it is not a good time for rich privileged people to be complaining right now.

    Many have already said that the target would turn back to Kate before it ever got to William and this article certainly seems to be the case.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Funnily enough, Proctor posted the tweet again (I presume you’re talking about the one where he mocks the “enormous workload”?), just with a direct link to the story. I think he didn’t want to keep a retweet from a Sussex squad member on his timeline. He also just posted a tweet from Royal Central that quotes his criticism of Kate’s friends for putting out such drivel.

      • Nic919 says:

        I just saw the new tweet where he basically said her “friends” need lessons in self awareness.

        Does the Tatler pull down the issue? We shall see.

    • Olenna says:

      Edited: Just saw your comment @Nic919.
      The Duchess of Cambridge’s ‘friends’ urgently need a lesson in self-awareness says…

    • Becks1 says:

      His tweet is there, he must have just wanted to link to the actual story (I just retweeted it, lol.) I don’t know what “Royal Central” / Monarchy UK is – a blog? a legit site? but his view of the article was pretty spot on. And his point that this article isn’t doing any favors for Kate was exactly what we have been saying here.

      I especially liked when he said that yes, will and Kate’s workload may increase, but it SHOULD be increasing. Will and Kate SHOULD be working more. I think he said the Duke of Gloucester (cant remember whether it was Gloucester or Kent) outworked Will last year, 225 to 220. So we can debate how much their work will increase due to Sussexit (probably not that much as a direct result) but their workload SHOULD be increasing bc they should not be leaving the bulk of royal duties to people who are in their late 60s and 70s.

      • Nic919 says:

        The tweets and articles from that site are generally pro monarchy, perhaps critical of Andrew but that’s about it. An article from that type of monarchist saying that William and Kate should work more is not a good sign.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Everyone “in the know” in the UK know how lazy Cain and Unable are whether they are willing to admit it publicly or not.

  58. JaneDoesWerk says:

    Slow clap for Kate’s team who have somehow found a way to spin the British media’s hatred for Meghan into defending and championing Kate’s desire to constantly be on vacation, playing hours with her kids and plenty of help, and avoiding actual work at all costs.

    You made your bed, it’s not Meghan’s fault you have to lay in it. Pretty sure William’s cheating With one of your best friends has had a greater impact on your family life than anything Meghan and Harry could ever do.

  59. Silas says:

    The thing is the Cambridges have everything directed towards them doing well so how hard is it to be gracious, wish the Sussexes well, and keep it moving? Who is advising them behind the scenes to be so whiny and petty?

    • L4frimaire says:

      This is a one sided fight and the Sussexes are right to not get into it with these clowns. The issue has always been the Cambridge’s and the fact that even now, they are blaming everything wrong with them on a person who has left, 8 time zones over and thousands of miles away . This is what they clearly wanted, so it is just so pathetic how they keep bitching and moaning about doing the actual job and duty they see as the ultimate prize that they so deserve. Do they expect to just sit there and bask in unearned adoration while the populace rain rose petals and glitter down upon their blessed existence? These people are just the absolute worst. Lazy, petty, bigoted, and egotistical. They really expected the Sussexes, especially Meghan, to shoulder most of the load of royal work for this generation, while taking all the hits, then retreating to the shadows, while they the Cambridge’s get all the credit and popularity. They Willnot and Cannot just take any responsibility and work on themselves.

      • Nyro says:

        The Cambridges are just like their fake stans. It’s not enough for them to be boosted up by the British press with glowing butt kissing articles. And it’s not enough for the British press to attack Meghan and Harry in order to embiggen them. They need the whole world to attack Meghan. They need every article written about her and every tv segment where she’s discussed to be negative and hateful. They need the whole world to hate her and everything about her. Until that happens, they’ll never be satisfied.

    • starryfish29 says:

      Sometimes you can’t advise people out of being who they are, it just finds its way through.

  60. aquarius64 says:

    This was a hit job on Kate and and a wake up call to the Middletons that the aristos ALWAYS thought you were trash and that will not change if Kate ascends az queen consort. There may have been a falling out with Kate and the Tatler editor and that’s why the story ran. Willie’s wandering specter will come out. Karma, like winter, is coming for House Cambridge.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Not sure its a hit piece – I think whoever wrote it was trying too hard to embiggen our dull as stale dishwater Duchess while throwing the Sussex’s under the bus.

      There is def passive aggressive snark in it but its tone def and the kind of thing Dowager Duchess Carole would write.

      • A says:

        It was definitely a hit piece. Unless Carole is playing the ultimate game of 5D chess, there is no way on heaven or earth she approved an article that refers to her as a snob, multiple times, and compares her in a none too flattering manner to Hyacinth Bucket, the character from Keeping Up Appearances.

  61. Mina_Esq says:

    Imagine a top CEO spending 8 years working on a project only to turn out a five point preliminary survey to his or her stakeholders 😂 Also, where is all this extra work coming from suddenly? Meghan and Harry have only been married for two years so presumably all this extra work that they suddenly unloaded on the Cambridges didn’t exist prior to two years ago? And did they even unload many of their patronage’s? What extra work is Kate doing? I’m so confused.

  62. AGreatDane says:

    CEOs don’t really do the hard work, so I guess in a way this makes sense. Only Tatler would think clapping for essential workers is as hard as being one.

  63. Izzy says:

    Weird, I didn’t realize Tatler was now publishing science fiction.

  64. TheWetDog says:

    I can’t imagine why any of Kate’s friends would think now was the appropriate time to comment on such a thing. Utterly tone-deaf and such a Karen thing to do. Is Kate now the English equivalent of Karen? Not to mention, it is Kate’s job to carry out these duties. That’s part of the tradeoff, no? You live in luxury palaces and fancy estates with magnificent private jet holidays whilst wearing luxury clothing (at the taxpayers expense) and in return you do your “public service” of shaking hands and opening up buildings. I do think that Harry & Meghan’s absence now allows for Beatrice and Eugenie to push their way through. Whether or not they will be utilized, remains to be seen.

  65. L4frimaire says:

    Do they even mention William in this article? He’s the one barely called out is these so called puff pieces and never gets any scrutiny or criticism. This is what he wanted .The quotes on Williams wife above read like satire, whatever the intentions are. Also some really ridiculous things out there. Because the Sussexes left, they threw the Cambridge children under the bus. Oh really? How does that make sense? Like there are no 2 working parent families anywhere with 3 kids who have to balance that, and usually without a huge household staff and non- backstabby family nearby. Meanwhile, the only heat on the West Coast is the weather and good day for a swim in the pool in the luxury mansion.

    • Harper says:

      The whole article is now up on the Tatler website and yes, Will is mentioned in it. Right away, he gets thrown under the bus in the article, claiming that Will is adrift without Kate and cites his Steven Fry comedy bit as an example.

      The article is amazing in its shade — Ma Middleton must have burned someone at Tatler because she is roasted in the article. They even throw in Rose Hanbury at the end; Carole must be fuming.

  66. Lowrider says:

    Another Meghan hit piece by Tatler. A bunch of backhanded compliments about Kate and outright punches to Meghan.

    Harry and Meghan are gone, people in the palace need to move on.

    • MsIam says:

      Isn’t that Epstein special on Netflix out this week and supposedly doesn’t it mention Prince Andrew? Hmmm, now all of a sudden here comes a Meghan hit piece to muddy the waters. I know magazines are planned months in advance but the timing is certainly convenient. Deflect, deflect, deny, deny.

  67. smee says:

    So their whole parenting plan counted on a woman they met three years ago (and apparently don’t like)…..hmmmm

    • Jay says:


    • L4frimaire says:

      This is another example of them using their kids to prop themselves up. Why blame their parenting issues on someone else, especially with all the help at their fingertips? Like the time Kate bailed on William at that charity reception and blamed the on her lack of a babysitter. Like is your nose growing? Harry and Meghan are also parents. This article is the worst. Such whiners and users.

    • A says:

      Also, that’s the worst way their daily lives have been affected by Meghan and Harry’s departure? The fact that they now can’t do the morning school run because they’ll be too busy? I cannot imagine a situation where this wasn’t said sarcastically in some way. There’s just no way anyone actually made this complaint with a straight face. And yet.

  68. Emmitt says:

    1. The question that needs to be asked is “Why are William and Kate so opposed to giving back to the public? No other royal grumbles & whines about their workload other than William and Kate.

    2. I fully believe now that Meghan DID make Kate cry. I also fully believe, because the story of how Meghan made Kate cry keeps changing, that Kate was 100% to blame for her own tears. Whatever went down between Meghan and Kate at the fitting has had Kate SHOOK for the past 2 years.

    • Lucylee says:

      Maybe this was when Harry told her “Whatever Meghan wants, Meghan gets.”

      • Eyfalia says:

        I could imagine Harry said this “Whatever Meghan wants, Meghan gets.” because he feared that some people might treat her with little respect. I don’t think he said that to a specific incident. He wanted to ensure that her wishes were met without much ado.

    • A says:

      The other rumour I’ve heard out there is that Kate was going through some type of post-partum depression after the birth of Louis, which is what triggered the tears, and that this is not the first time she’s experienced that over the years. I dunno how true that is though.

      • Becks1 says:

        This was always my theory – not even PPD (although there is no shame if she did suffer from that, I did with my first) but just being newly post partum (or super super pregnant) can make you hormonal and emotional and you can cry at the drop of a hat. So I always took the “Kate crying” story with a grain of salt…in that I could see it being true, but not directly related to Meghan.

        But the more we hear about what made Kate cry the more its clear to me that there was an incident. KP would have denied it ages ago if it wasn’t true (like they denied the story about Kate snapping at Meghan etc).

      • A says:

        @Becks1, also worth mentioning, there was a rumour floating around that Kate actually apologized to Meghan afterward for what happened and explained what she’s been dealing with, and both of them smoothed things over and got on with their lives after. If this is true (and that’s a big if) then the constant rehashing of that story to make Meghan look bad with zero pushback from Kate is just not a good look at all.

  69. Jay says:

    Yikes! I know this is supposed to be a Cambridge friendly source, but with pals like these, who needs enemies? Nothing in here makes them look good, instead it comes off as delusional and, frankly, offensive. Maybe stick to the zoom calls, guys.

    Also, not for nothing, didn’t Catherine the Great foment a coup against her dumbass, weak-willed husband? No way the editors of Tatler wouldn’t know that.

    • Nyro says:

      Right! The whole “Catherine the Great” title is shade in itself. HAHA!

    • FicklePickle says:

      She also attempted to usurp her son’s right to the throne by taking her grandkids to raise them herself and tried to get the government to skip over her son in favor of the grandson. Didn’t work out, but she certainly tried it.

  70. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    Has anyone read the full article? It’s a hit piece. It’s utterly, spectacularly venomous. It’s targeting Bambi’s mother with an H-bomb.
    I wonder who she’s pissed off?

    • Sofia says:

      Yup. While I’ve only skimmed read it, you can tell whoever the sources are they really don’t like Pippa and Carole.

      At least with the Kate stuff, it’s “yeah she’s bland BUT!” and they’ve got a sugary compliment

      With Carole and Pippa there’s quite a bit of venom. Even William isn’t entirely spared.

    • Becks1 says:

      Just read it. It’s a TOTAL hit piece. It starts off sugary enough but by the end….yikes. Aura of blandness? Perilously thin? Carole and pippa both come across as snobs whose life revolves around their status as Kate’s mother/sister, Kate herself comes across as pretty snobby (surrounding herself with Sloans and aristos) and definitely cold. The remark about how the public loved Diana for her passion and Kate doesn’t have any……the writer even gets snarky about the school run bit.

      It’s like someone called up Tatler and gave them all these quotes and they decided to write a very different story.

    • Lowrider says:

      I didn’t find it harsh at all. They pretty much stated she will make great queen because she’s impenetrable and has her eye on the top prize.

      Will is still incandescent with rage over megxit😂

      • Becks1 says:

        @Lowrider that’s exactly why its so shady. The best things they can say about Kate are that she’s thin, she has zero personality, and she wants to be queen. Even the line about “a grueling 11 events in one month” or whatever had to be TIC. Carole looks pretty bad in it, Will looks weak, like he’s just kind of bumbling around with Kate, etc. And what’s with the random Rose mention?

        I feel like if they wanted to write a genuinely glowing story about Kate while still attacking M, they could have done so.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Okay, that full article is INSANE. I kindly disagree with Lowrider; imho it was filled with thinly-veiled swipes at Kate (and the Middletons in general). There’s a lot to unpack in those backhanded compliments and shady quotes.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        This article is def a hit piece on Kate. I wrote a long post where I analyzed how they wrap the negative snark in hyperbolic praise so that it superficially reads like an embiggening puff piece whilst it is actually throwing massive shade at Kate and her family (mainly for being snobbish social-climbers with the eye on the consort’s crown and, most of all, for not being aristocratic). Kate is basically only being praised for being bland and not rocking the royal boat – whilst they make many many points of her being middle-class (as if that is a crime) and making sure to include all her unflattering nicknames + having nameless sources describe her as a ruthless woman with her eye fixed on the crown.

        Then they make her sound absolutely ridiculous by that ludicrous comparison of her “work” load to that of a CEO whist stressing that she really don’t want this work. They are basically depicting her as a whiny Marie Antoinette at a time of uncertainty where rich people complaining about their privileged lives make ordinary people absolutely furious. It is hard to empathize with a rich upper-class twit moaning about her privileged life when you’re facing hard and uncertain times as we are now.

        This article reminds me very much about a column that a gossip journalist wrote about Kate shortly after the wedding. She told her readers that she had been approached by some of Will’s staff and was told that she was too hard on Kate. Then she proceeded to write this ridiculously over-the-top piece on how great Kate was – and no one with any kind of critical thinking skills were in doubt that she was writing satire – she threw massive shade at both Kate and Will whilst outwardly complying to pressure from Will’s office. This article reads very much in the same vein.

        However, that post didn’t make it through moderation for unknown reasons. I hope this will.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        I’ll also say that there are parts that reads very “tongue-in-cheek”, that most likely have an additional meaning that only people within a certain social set will understand. Comments, phrasings that seem benign or even complimentary to an outsider but that mean something else to the social set that the Tatler is devoted to.

        Whilst I don’t care for Kate, I really dislike this article because it is just drenched in classism. There’s so much shade thrown at Kate and her family – and the main objection to them seems to be that they are gauche interlopers, snobby arrivistes who are trying to fit in into a social set where they don’t “belong”, which is proven by the fact that they can’t conceal their middle class roots. just read the comment about Carole’s influence on the decor of Anmer hall:

        ” Carole has put her stamp on Anmer decor-wise. Far from being a typical aristo abode, with threadbare rugs and dog hair everywhere, like, say, Windsor and Balmoral, it is, according to a visitor, ‘like a gleaming five-star hotel, with cushions plumped and candles lit’. Another adds: ‘It’s very Buckinghamshire.’”

        (This description comes after a negative representation of Carole as a snob akin to Hyacinth Bucket).

        Kate has a lot of faults but what makes this article so nasty is that she is subtly derided for Not Being of Our Class, i.e. a middle-class interloper and the article implies that that is her greatest sin.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        Yes @ArtHistorian, the classism seemed to be the main takeaway of this piece. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the message “you’ll never be one of us” communicated to Kate/the Middletons in so many different ways in ONE article. I’ve also rarely seen Kate’s ambitions for the throne so blatantly called out since she married into the royal family. I truly wonder what brought about such a oddly caustic write-up.

      • Lara says:

        I’ve written very long comments as well that were not posted. I asked the mods why the comment was rejected; they stated that due to the length of the comment, it was automatically flagged as spam. I’m not sure what the exact char limit is.

      • betsyh says:

        ArtHistorian: I also agree on the article’s emphasis that Kate is not an aristocrat. Adding to what you said, I noted that she was coached on her accent and she now sounds even more “plummy” than William–another way the author is saying Kate is pretending to be what she is not.

        And why the part about the “glamorous” Rose Hanbury and her husband? Including this suggests the cheating rumor was true.


      • Nic919 says:

        Of all the valid things to criticize Kate about, her social class is not one of them. But Tatler subscribes to the bizarre British aristocratic system where birth matters more than anything.

        I really wonder what triggered this article.

      • A says:

        The snipes aren’t thin either though! When pressed, literally none of the people the author spoke to could come up with a single solitary positive quality about her. They literally had to say, “There’s not much there but that’s why she’s so good.” And then they finally settled on “ruthless” which is not a PR coup of a description.

        Carol is described as an out and out snob multiple times. She rules the roost with an iron fist. She dictates the lives of both her daughters. Kate marrying William and being future Queen is described as them “hitting the jackpot” like they’re penniless idiots striking it rich. Pippa struggles under the long shadow of her sister and her husband and has trouble carving out her own identity and casually refers to her sister as “the Duchess.” They literally bring up how people used to say that Carole was “Not Quite Our Class, Darling.” And all that stuff about her being born in a council flat and descended from coal miners.

        The fact that all of this was written in the Tatler makes it pretty clear that this was basically intended as a big joke, and they’re the punchline. It’s a resettling of the old dynamic. They’ve dredged up pretty much every old story about Kate that got buried in the aftermath of her marriage and Meghan’s entrance into the family. What they did to spawn this level of vitriol is beyond me, and it’s a pretty damn high level of vitriol masked by the sort of sly passive aggressive language only a publication like the Tatler is capable of.

      • Becks1 says:

        @ArtHistorian I agree that there is a ton of classism here and I think that’s the point. I kind of envision this happening like you described – someone called up Tatler and they were told to write a glowing article about Kate, and they did, but this is what they wrote. So its “glowing” but not really.

        The classist swipes, IMO, are definitely a message to Kate and her family – “you will never be one of us.” It reminds me of some of the talk last year around the time of the Rural Rivals – that the aristos closed rank around Rose, because she was one of them, and Kate, despite being future future queen, would never be. Throw in the random Rose mention at the end…..and this article seems to be sending a clear message.

      • ArtHistorian says:


        You’re quite right. This entire article is just a collection of venomous jabs delivered with a sly smile. Kate and her family (and to some extent William) are the butt of the joke. I’ve seen a lot of people saying that the editor of Tatler is Kate’s friend. However, no true friend would publish this article. It is really nasty and while there are many things to criticize Kate for, her social class isn’t one because you cannot help what you are born into.

        While I dislike Kate I found no enjoyment reading this article because it was basically all about being mean about her middle-class roots. As a middle-class person whose family was once dirt poor (grandparents), I don’t find this piece funny or entertaining at all.

      • MerryGirl says:

        That is why she needed to support Meghan when the press and acid RRs were gunning for her daily and hourly and not be complicit in enabling the venom. At the end of the day it brings me no joy to see Aristocrats turning down their noses at people they consider inferior. But hey, what goes around, comes around and they when you point a finger at someone be careful it doesn’t point back at you.

      • A says:

        @ArtHistorian, let’s be honest. There are no real friends in that circle. You’re talking about a group of people who’d sell their own mother if it meant getting ahead in some respect. Rose Hanbury and her mother and sister are just as much social climbers as Kate, Pippa and Carole are, if you ask me, but of course, the fact that both of them married men who are much older than them and have titles will never be talked about in the same way that Kate’s relationship with William would. Even though the circumstances under which Rose Hanbury married her husband are enormously suspect to anyone who knows about it.

        But you couldn’t pay the Tatler to describe them in those terms, even though Rose Hanbury’s family is infinitely more messy than the Middletons. They were described as “socially agile” by one outlet and keep some really suspect company too. They were the OG Wisteria sisters in the posh set, but their old sins get blown over and washed away because they’re descended from the aristocracy and the Middletons are not. Weird how that works. And by weird I mean terrible.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        That whole Turnip Toff set just come across as both absurd and very nasty. No self-respecting person would want to be part of this.

  71. thea says:

    While the content is laughable the goal is not, Kate is clearly targeting Meghan. I never liked or disliked Kate but this shows how mean she really is. Wow!

  72. Mary says:

    Wow, Petty Betty sure backed a winner there, didn’t she?…..🤭

  73. MsIam says:

    Well one good thing, this article makes Katie Nicholl look like an even bigger fool. Here she is giving interviews saying things are getting better between William and Harry and even between Meghan and Kate then along comes this hit piece stating the Cambridge’s are whining and resentful. Oops! Somebody got their wires crossed.

  74. Lowrider says:

    If Tatler is a representative off the upper classes in the UK then these people have some nasty personalities.

  75. Boho logo says:

    And another thang! How rich is it that Kate the ass flasher is so concerned with protocol? Since when? One show of the bare behind is an oopsie. Any more after that is either stupidity or pathological. And HOW MANY of Kate’s charities have closed for lack of funding and support?

    • A says:

      I hesitate to constantly bring up Kate’s dress mishaps because it’s pretty clear she’s got the memo in the last few years especially. I wouldn’t be surprised if she caught a lot of heat for it behind the scenes after a certain point, so now she’s a total and complete stickler for it and a tyrant about it towards other people as well.

      • Florence says:

        It took her until her mid-thirties to learn not to flash. I think I learned that at the age of 7, wearing cycling shorts to do handstands in the playground.

  76. yinyang@mail.com says:

    Yes very hard working 15min zoom call and 2 hour in hair and makeup every odd day…School dropoff enormous responisibilty hahaha joke right?? in a household where stay at home adults outnumber the kids This is so stupid, I sometimes wonder if William and Kate blame Meghan, Harry, and the rest of the royal family as a liablitly for their unpopularity, the truth is THEY are SOLELY responsibile for their lack of likeabilty, William is just spoiled selfish detached rich kid, this is so transparent the only time we’ve seen him angry is at Kate’s topless pitures in the press. Kate is an insult for womans lib. is it a wonder she chooses to live adn dress and promote a past era when woman were voiceless and basically treated like children. Stop blaming everyone and take responsiblity! You are not fit to run anything, any type of save face you have is due to the grey men. Get rid of the monarchy.

  77. Well-Wisher says:

    I remember when Kate was called to BP to see the Queen just before Xmas 2018.
    Kathie Nichols got a contract from Vanity Fair which began in earnest after the Sussexes nuptials. Instead of reporting on the royals, Katie became the lazy Cambridges PR person in the US. There were several articles about Kate’s busy schedule and her inability to spend time with Meghan.
    The car ride was as a direct result of those aforementioned articles.
    Then the festive season was upon us and the two Princesses made nice. PR explanation at the time was “everything was fine ” despite leaks to Shippman etc.
    Leaks did not work then.

    There is an old saying- ” Be careful in what you pray for, you might just get it.”

    Fast forward to Commonwealth Day service 2020. The world took notice of Kate. After leaks, lies, harassment and abuse the lazy Cambridges had the unethical British Tabloids for themselves. It now seem that lots of cosplay,endless media leaks and meaningless PR stunts were worthless in improving their self worth.
    Now we have projection on the “targets of blame”.
    It is as if despite all the trappings of wealth status and entitlement is not enough to make her life bearable.

    This article reveals so much of her discontent unhappiness and inability to take responsibility and grow – it is simply astounding. Why would anyone think this leak to Tatler is a good idea?

    It is as if Princess Meghan is a trigger to the future queen consort and Doria lives rent free in Carole Middleton’s head.
    Leaks will not work now, either.
    Now that the Queen and Prince Harry is in constant contact according to Katie “looking beyond VF for future employment ” Nichols.

    What is going on?

    Just wondering.

    Thank you @Kaiser.

  78. LRob says:

    Embiggening is stupid. There, I said it. You either have it or you don’t.

    You can: improve yourself; learn; strengthen your skills; broaden your interests; promote your projects. What you CAN’T do is manufacture charisma, talent, experience, authenticity, energy & confidence & popularity. Wiser to take action to show your work and hopefully garner respect for your accomplishments.

    Remember: Stealing natural light from others will only dim your own shine.

  79. Linda says:

    Is there any proof that the Cambridge s threw the Sussexes under the bus? I’d like to see it because I don’t like dissing either couple. It brings me no pleasure to dislike anybody.

    • yinyang says:

      Even if they didn’t and the blame is placed on the media they clearly benifitted from it and allowed it to continue, even the smallest things like a smile or nod or some acknowledgemetn would have sufficed. William and Kate were praised at the expense of another woman and man– that is not the kind of praise anyone with humanity and standards would be proud of and allowed to continue.

      • February Pisces says:

        @yingyang, yes exactly. My mum thinks the Cambridge’s are wonderful and that William is still floppy haired Wills, Diana’s golden boy. I tried to explain how they are behind the smears, and she believes they are innocent. I then said in the plainest way possible, that William chose the press over his brother. That is all anyone can say at the end of the day. Whether they believe he’s behind the smears or not, he never supported harry and sided with those who were making his life a living hell. A ‘saintly’ person wouldn’t do that, a regular ‘nice’ person wouldn’t do that, even an ‘awful’ person wouldn’t go that far. He’s literally revealed himself to be a monster.

      • yinyang says:

        Exactly. Imagine the press building you up by tearing a new mother/pregnant woman to pieces, to not say anything and benifit and add to this “praise” makes you conspiritorial– no honest person would want anything to do with compliments like that. No thank you, keep your praise to yourself, don’t use me to cause another person to break down! I hope we get an apology from Kate.

    • MA says:

      @Linda – I didn’t want to buy into the theory at first but it became undeniable for a few reasons that some of the royals, including the Cambs threw them under the bus.

      The most convincing one to me was the article by a respected political journalist (as in, not a trash royal reporter) reporting on how the British tabloids were running a smear campaign against the Sussexes and according to the Cambs’ wishes.

      Probably the second best (but worst because it’s so horrible) example was the Cambs budget airline stunt with planned leaked paparazzi pics instantly after the Sussexes came under fire for flying private jets. It was reported by a non-royal reporter journalist that the plane flew empty to pick them up. Also how the Cambs have an agreement with the tabloids not to publish unauthorized paparazzi pics of their kids but these were published, conveniently showing them traveling with no staff or nanny.

      Aside from those 2 examples, little things over the years that seemed maybe coincidental look more fishy. The always timely pro-Kate PR leaks right before a big Meghan event (the leak of a major Kate project that never materialized on the eve of Meghan’s cookbook). How Kensington Palace never defended Meghan or refuted her negative press but would refute stories that made Meghan look bad (like Kate yelled at Meghan for yelling at Kate’s staff, Kate gets Botox and has hair extensions).

      That plus the shameful display by the royals towards the Sussexes during Commonwralth Day show that they’re so petty they can’t even muster fake smiles and civility.

  80. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    This is Britain’s problem. If they can’t see what a bad idea it is to base their leadership on accident of birth — and NOTHING else — then I don’t know what to say to help them? Um, maybe “good luck with the future because you’re going to need it”, I guess?

  81. S808 says:

    my final comments is that after reading the reason for the Kate’s tears before the wedding is that she wore that off white/VERY pale yellow dress on purpose. She absolutely did that shit on purpose after trying to dictate that the girls wear tights and being told no. that’s all.

    • A says:

      That whole bit where they were like “oh Kate was just telling Meghan to not talk down to the staff”—I’ll bet good money that it wasn’t the staff that Kate felt Meghan was rude to. Kate was mad Meghan went against her & didn’t defer to her enough and thats what caused the whole disagreement. I’m just speculating though.

  82. A says:

    Holy shit this whole article is amazing.

    ETA: I had to quote this whole bit verbatim bc gotdamn:

    “ Endearingly, following the spirit of Diana, both William and Kate consult psychics. A medium who went to Kensington Palace to ‘channel’ for them found William to be ‘open-hearted and lovely’. Kate, while scrupulously polite, was more ‘shut-down’. Maybe she was merely going through the motions to appease her husband?”

    PSYCHICS??!? PleaSe god let this be true because this is AMAZING.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      The article def throws shade at William as well – he’s a naive dimwit who consults a psychic + that comment about him being obsessed with Carol.

      • A says:

        Re-reading this, I have to say, I actually feel sad for William. He latched onto Carol and is consulting psychics (I’m desperate to know the exact circumstances here tbh) and it’s pretty clear that he’s not coped with his mother’s death all that well at all. And it’s pretty clear he’s been starved of understanding or affection from the RF as well. Terrible.

        But also, effing psychics. I can’t.

    • Nyro says:

      Thank you! Like, WTF?! I cannot believe no one’s talking about that? Can you imagine if Meghan was consulting psychics! I can see the headlines now “Meghan the Voodoo Queen?”

      • A says:

        The way this article just put this in as the last paragraph with zero follow up too. Like. WOW.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Did they consult with late AstroAmerica, who was dead-on on the date for their son’s birth – months before Kate was expecting? The one who said William would never be king, he and Kate would abandon their children to their royal fate, and George would be more of a recluse than Howard Hughes?

  83. MeganBot2020 says:

    The Cambridge household had a higher turnover of household staff during the first year of their marriage than the Sussex household did in their first year. Fact. And the high turnover of staff during Kate’s first year was well-commented on at the time by the British media, who published numerous nasty stories about how Kate was a horrendous boss, that she was a demanding diva, that she had no idea how to be royal, that she frustrated staff with her ignorance of royal protocol, and that her mother was secretly running the household and was clashing with staff.

    Funny how Kate’s entire history has been whitewashed out of existence now.

    • MeganBot2020 says:

      Oh and only last year she fired a “loyal” staffer while she was on her honeymoon (apparently Kate has a nasty habit of firing staff if they get married) and the staffer was so pissed she ran to the Daily Mail to diss Kate.

      So boss, much loyalty.

  84. WhatFreshHell says:

    Curious timing, what with the 4-part Netflix documentary about Epstein, Andrew, and pedo island airing tomorrow. I believe it’s called “Filthy Rich”.

    NO ONE except Charles, William, and George is safe from being thrown under the bus to distract from more nauseating revelations about Andrew.

  85. 2cents says:

    I read the full article. It is not a flattering article for Kate, the Middletons or the royals. It basically confirms that Kate lacks substance and character, therefore fits the royal mold perfectly like an obedient doll. That is why she is “great” for the Firm. The royal fishbowl is a playground for robots then. Not surprised that the wise ones yearn for freedom and break out.

  86. paddingtonjr says:

    Who knew Tatler could do satire?? Kate is a kingmaker in the sense that she gave birth to the FFK, George (if the monarchy survives Bill). What has she done in the last 3 months under qurantine? Gotten her hair done, had a few Zoom meetings, took pictures of her kids for their birthdays? A real CEO would still be putting the same hours, trying to figure out how the business will survive, looking into different revenue options, etc. At the very least, a CEO who took 8 years to come up with a 5 question survey (HAH!!) would be analyzing the results and issuing a report of the findings. At the very least, a CEO would be talking to a failing patronage about how to best use the current climate to regroup and improve their survival chances. And, given the current situation, I would be willing to bet a majority of those CEOs would be doing their jobs while home-schooling their kids and trying to figure out how to keep the kiddos occupied while running a company, with and without household help.

    The Kate camp seems to be trying to lay the groundwork for her retirement from public life by exagerating her contributions. I sometimes wonder if her HG during pregancy was also exagerated. I don’t know much about HG and she was definitely laid-low with her first pregnancy, but the HG with Charlotte and Louis seemed to flare up when she was asked to work. I don’t mean to make light of the condition and I’m sorry anyone has to deal with it; I just wonder about Kate’s experience with it. If her stans are trying to make her sympathetic, they are failing miserably. The Royalists’ first loyalty seems to be to the born-in rather than the married-ins unless there is a married-in they love. For those keeping score: Diana was beloved, Kate is not.

  87. Nyro says:

    I just read the full article. Yeah…this is more than just a swing and miss against Meghan. There’s a lot of shade towards Kate and her family. They even lowkey body shamed her. I don’t feel the least bit sorry for her. She deserves all of it. I enjoyed the article mostly because it’s confirmation that she is indeed a Karen. I’m so glad Meghan got out of that mess of a “family”.

  88. starryfish29 says:

    It’s hilarious that the most “work” they’ve ever done in their lives has come courtesy of being stuck in their homes and still they hate it so much. Their level of disdain for work is truly impressive. Maybe the problem is that they’ll no longer be able to convince people that they are doing all of this secret work at home with nothing to show for it, a window has been opened into just how truly useless they are and it’s going to be pretty hard to close it.

    • A says:

      The way the article straight up says that Will and Kate want CEO level perks like tons of holidays is just incredibly telling and so damn tone deaf. Whoever wrote this had a very clear intent regarding what they wanted to write. And it was not to make Kate look good.

  89. Lainey says:

    This is the most glorious thing I have ever read and will ever read. I am now officially dead.

  90. L4frimaire says:

    LOL now all these denials from KP. Tatler who? Tatler was very clear that it was friends, society people, staff and courtiers basically providing source materials this was sanctioned by them. Now that they look ridiculous, whiny, spiteful and ungrateful, all of a sudden it’s unreliable sources or made up. Kate has a serious axe to grind with Meghan and she hasn’t gotten over the wedding and Meghan marrying Harry. She thinks everything wrong with her so-called life is attributable to Meghan. This is a grown woman whining like a spoiled needy teenager. What idiot thought this was the content the Royals needed right now at this time? Then redeploying the Karen tears from the arsenal of insincerity. They wanted the solo stage and all the spotlight, now it’s a problem? Gowns Kate, beautiful gowns, with a side of tiara and Crown Jewels.

  91. Ina says:

    Is this the super early Tatler edition for April Fools 2021?

  92. blunt talker says:

    Queen Elizabeth did her reign without fuss and had four children. Did not have all the easy conviences that Kate has today. No tears from me. You want to be queen-then keep a stiff upper lip and don’t complain-that’s the motto. Harry and Meghan are longer working royals and since the Cambridges can do everything right-nobody should complaining about anything. The Cambridges have all of the UK to themselves and they snorting about something-please give it a rest.

    • A says:

      I mean, the Queen barely raised her children. Few women of her social standing did at the time. Even now most posh/aristocrat women have live in nannies who take care of the bulk of the drudge work involved in childcare. But the Queen was the Queen–she was arguably much much busier than Kate. The complains abt the minuscule increase in workload is just abominable considering the state the UK is in right now. People are in no mood to really listen to this sort of complaining.

  93. Dinah says:

    Funny how the Cambridge camp is so desperate to copy the Sussexes and at the same time continue to take them down, with the most laughable stories, which only show how pathetic and stupid they all are. Me translating this latest Tatler attempt:

    1. Let’s find some friends to portret how great Kate is, you know, like Harry and Meghan’s friends did in People magazine (even though they didn’t bash anyone from the royal family).

    2. Since we can’t stop bashing Meghan, let she be the leitmotif of the story to prop Kate. At the end of the day, we nore her friends belief the high qualifications we attribute to Kate and we really don’t have much concrete stuff to back our story of her greatness, but you know, who cares. The Brits will buy it, and the local media and the worldmedia will spread our story and believe if, … we believe.

    3. In our attempt to create a ‘people are excited about and cheer Kate and Will moment’, let’s create (photoshop) a non- existing photo like the ‘Harry and Meghan iconic ‘under the umbrella in the rain’ iconic photo, to put on the cover of this Tatler issue about ‘Catherine the great’.

    Well, .. that backfired big time.

  94. albalilium says:

    “When a narcissist can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you”

  95. Marivic says:

    This is definitely a real hit piece against Kate and her Middleton family. For me there’s no other way to look at it. This is her Karma. Now the shoe is on the other foot. Meghan has the last laugh .

  96. coffeeisgood says:

    Carole is truly is the British Kris Jenner.