Prince William & Kate have been ‘secretly volunteering’ during quarantine

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If you follow the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Instagram or Twitter, you are well aware that since mid-April, they’ve been making Zoom calls and “volunteering” in various ways for various charities during the pandemic lockdown. It took them weeks to figure out what to do, and since they figured it out, they’ve been dropping videos, photos and updates of their activities at a somewhat steady clip (about two new things a week). On Friday, their social media released the photo you see above – William walking with Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The photo was taken by Kate, and it was a photo she’s been sitting on for more than a month. I know this because Charlotte is wearing the same dress from her “birthday portraits” which were said to have been taken sometime in April. Kate got a lot of mileage out of that one trip to donate pasta to seniors.

Pandemic or not, one thing remains the same: William and Kate always seek to get tons of credit for what little work they do. So even though we know they’ve been Zooming themselves into an early grave, just working so hard by averaging two events a week, it’s somehow brand new information that Will and Kate are “volunteering.” For real.

Last month five-year-old Princess Charlotte was pictured out delivering parcels of pasta she had made at home with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and her brothers Prince George and Prince Louis. And now her parents, Prince William and Kate, have revealed their own secret voluntary work during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Duchess has become an NHS Volunteer responder, along with the Duchess of Cornwall, Countess of Wessex and Duchess of Gloucester. The royal women have been making “check in and chat” calls to people who are self-isolating. Kate’s calls have included one to Donna Williams, 42, a mother of two who is currently shielding her daughter Alessandra who has a rare form of Type 1 Diabetes.

Meanwhile the Duke has been manning a helpline for people in crisis as one of 2,000 volunteers who have trained to help people contacting the Shout85258 text messaging service. He had previously revealed his plans to train for the role on a visit to Devon last September, but his involvement was not publicised in case it led to the service being inundated by people hoping to speak to the royal. But during a video call to fellow Shout volunteers, William revealed: “I’m going to share a little secret with you guys but I’m actually on the platform volunteering.”

“Are you? That’s amazing,” replied one of the callers, Jo Irwin. His revelation, in a previously unseen clip from the May 15 call, was released by Kensington Palace to mark Volunteer Week. Aides confirmed the second-in-line to the throne had completed his 25 hours of online training to help service users work through their problems and HELLO! understands the Duke is an active volunteer.

William and Kate also thanked volunteers working to help their communities through the pandemic in calls to organisations in West Yorkshire and Wales. During a call to Conscious Youth, which supports young people from mainly black and other ethnic minority backgrounds in Huddersfield, Dewsbury, and other parts of Kirklees, the royal couple joked about the highs and lows of home schooling Prince George, six, and five-year-old Princess Charlotte. Speaking to co-founders Sophie Simpson and Serena Johnson, William admitted: “I struggle with Year 2 maths.”

[From Hello Magazine]

Yeah, we already knew that Sophie and Camilla were doing those check-and-chat calls with seniors, and it’s not surprising that Kate is doing that too. I’m slightly surprised that William went through 25 hours of training to become a helpline counselor/volunteer. But whatever, good for them both.

Here’s the video Kensington Palace released. I didn’t watch all of it, but Kate seemed especially vocal. It’s also clear all of this took place on the same day, Kate and William didn’t change their clothes for any of the Zoom calls.

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  1. Snazzy says:

    The two don’t do any work secretly. I think it’s all made up

    • Ginger says:

      I agree. Remember last year when William was a “spy” and the photo they released was a random stock photo. He didn’t do anything but wanted the credit.

      • I pet goat 2 says:

        Lol whut? A spy? 😂

      • Helen says:

        Please, tell us more. We need joy in our lives

      • Becks1 says:

        YES I remember that. He spent two or three weeks working at one of the UK’s intelligence agencies, “shadowing” the employees. It really came across like “William’s fine with working as long as he can make it seem like he’s the next James Bond.”

      • Beach Dreams says:

        Even worse: the stock photo was of people in Somalia milling about, and KP referred to them as terrorists in their IG story.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      “Prince William and Kate, have revealed” — that is the OPPOSITE of secret. But then, they’re both pretty thick, so maybe they don’t know the definitions of common words.

  2. Aidevee says:

    This picture is so awful on so many fronts:

    1. The person in the house must have thought wtf is this woman taking pictures of me receiving free pasta, how patronising
    2. Kate documenting the whole thing like a paparazzo so that she can use the pasta drop-off for loads of praise
    3. William is hogging the umbrella.

    • Kebbie says:

      I don’t like these two, but I think it’s kind of awesome to have a photo of two future Kings walking up to your doorstep!

      • Chrissy says:

        Too bad the little princess isn’t under the umbrella!

      • Tessa says:

        I have no respect for William anymore, I would not find it awesome. The children are innocents in all of this though.

      • Tessa says:

        I think the spare should not be ignored. They are still children and Diana as I recall did not like William being treated more “special” than Harry.

      • WigletWatcher says:

        When has this family ever done a bit of charity work they couldn’t use to their direct image benefit? And especially their children.
        They raised hell about the privacy of their children also when it was just so kate could use them exclusively for their images.
        I’m sure they’re beloved kids, but they’re for sure used as pr pawns.

      • MJM says:

        Nothing awesome about this sham.

  3. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    Oh that Will and Kate…busy, busy, busy. Just so very busy…🙄

  4. Aidevee says:

    The tone of it is just so off.

    ‘here we are, doing our bit by previously approaching a house to drop off pasta. We are home now and furiously refreshing the daily mail page to watch the praise flood in.’

  5. ShazBot says:

    At least someone finally told them to raise their camera.

  6. Osty says:

    I always lol at their meaning of secret(cameras n media ). Even his garden activities were “secret “

  7. Annalise says:

    These two wastes-of-space don’t smile and wave without telling the WORLD about it, let alone actually do sh$t.

  8. Aidevee says:

    Also, this:

    He had previously revealed his plans to train for the role on a visit to Devon last September, but his involvement was not publicised in case it led to the service being inundated by people hoping to speak to the royal. But during a video call to fellow Shout volunteers, William revealed: “I’m going to share a little secret with you guys but I’m actually on the platform volunteering.”

    So…..presumably he now doesn’t mind or care that the service will be inundated by people hoping to speak to the royal? Or maybe nobody wants to speak to him after all?

    This pair are really grating on me today (hence this is my third comment on this story, sorry).

    I am also wondering if maybe Kate has rung up just that one person on her hotline. If she had rung lots of people, surely the article would just say that? Rather than singling out one person.

    • Nic919 says:

      Anything Kate does is in the Court Circular. So if it’s not in there she didn’t do it.

  9. lobstah says:

    As a writer, I tell my team a lot about showing vs. telling. Telling being the lazier route, just writing something like “I was mad” whereas showing involves a more descriptive line about the feelings and actions that signify your anger to the reader.

    Sussexes are the showers…these two are the tellers.

    • Tessa says:

      I remember that these two always used the working behind the scenes excuse for years.

    • Becks1 says:

      Exactly. They constantly have to tell us how hard they are working. they cant show us because there is nothing to show.

    • damejudi says:

      It’s so odd.

      They seem to think their work is more meaningful if it’s secret or stealthy. Why not just be visible/transparent in a way that makes sense?

      Transparency=accountability, and the Keens don’t like that, imo.

  10. JT says:

    Photos of M&H drop showing them volunteering for Project Angel Food in April. Will and Kate then also go and volunteer in April, and then sit on the photos for a month waiting for a good PR opportunity to drop them.

  11. Sierra says:

    Umm children wear the same clothes several times so I really don’t see how this picture was taken months ago.

    As for the rest, good for them even if it is for selfish reasons. People are getting help and that’s what matter.

    • Becks1 says:

      It was taken the same day as the pictures we saw for Charlotte’s birthday. I think KP even admitted that when releasing the picture.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        I was just coming to say this – they have previous for drip releasing old photo’s and making like they related to a recent event.

      • Nic919 says:

        Come on becks, isn’t volunteering that one time in April handing out pasta while taking photos enough for you? What are you expecting? Actually helping people consistently without being praised for it? What are they, peasants?

      • Becks1 says:

        My standards are high Nic!! I’m sorry! I cant help it lol

    • Nic919 says:

      Charlotte is holding the same bag of pasta that we saw in the photos released last month.

      • windyriver says:

        Same outfit, same day I’m sure, but it’s a different doorway and looks like a different bag of pasta from the other picture. So possibly they were at more than one house. On the one day they did some volunteering.

        George’s birthday is next month. Will we get a delayed picture of him making a pasta delivery that same day as well?

      • Tessa says:

        It might have been done all on the same day. Kate would not have dressed Charlotte in the Victorian child costume for two days.

    • notasugarhere says:

      And forgotten third child is excluded from the new release of old photos. Again.

      • Mumbles says:

        He’s only two years old, though, and probably too small to do anything.

        Kate’s makeup looks pretty good in the photo call, I wonder if people are coming in to help.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Mumbles she is definitely having someone in to help with hair and makeup. her hair looks good (here its pulled back but in other calls) with no roots showing, her eyebrows are well maintained etc.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Excluded from family photos on a day when they were doing nothing but posing as ‘happy family’ and again excluded from this farce. He’s only shown in boring shutterstock-esque images when they need PR.

        Becks1, didn’t we get fed the PR story she was forcing head nanny Maria to do her hair?

  12. Annalise says:

    This comment isn’t exactly about this particular article, just something I’ve been wondering about regarding H&M and W&K and QE and the whole lot in general; So the queen took away H&M’s right to use the word ‘royal’ in essentially everything they do/did after 3/31. Which is an indirect way to of telling the world that H&M are, for all intents and purposes, no longer royal. But what MAKES someone royal? Certainly, up until QE decided H&M were no longer, there were only two ways of being/becoming royal; being born royal or being a female marrying a male royal. And even then only being born royal gave one TRUE royal status. The whole POINT of being royal is that no matter what the public thinks of you, no matter how little you do, or how terrible the things you do, being BORN royal is supposed to be something that can never be taken away. A “true” royal cannot be voted for, voted out, or impeached. Because being royal is supposed to be about your BLOODLINES. And so regardless of whether one still shows up to wave from the balcony, it’s one’s BLOOD that makes him/her royal. And yet QE seems to have gone against ALL of the above and made an executive decision to strip H&M’s (primarily H’s) ability to use the term ‘royal’, and yet, why do I think she’s going to use the above argument to PRESERVE Andrew’s “right” to call himself royal???

    • NoWords says:

      Okay here is my opinion on this in general – not the popular one here but oh well:

      I think H&M, specifically, were barred from using the word royal – when others weren’t – because H&M actually matter, I guess. Like people care about and are interested in H&M whereas nobody gives an F about anyone not related to Diana. So H&M would be able to profit off the word royal much more visibly whereas no one knows who, say, Peter Philips is (is that his name?). I don’t know, that’s my take. The entire thing is stupid from start to finish, arguing about bloodlines and unearned titles in the 21st century.

      • Annalise says:

        I’m not condoning the way the BRF is structured or the method by which one becomes “royal” (aka born in or married in). The fact that they value people based on what family one HAPPENS to be born into (aka BLOODLINES) is illogical, antiquated to say the least, and completely eliminates the need for any of them to EARN what they have/what they do. No WONDER they’re such entitled twits. If it were up to me I’d send them ALL (minus H&M and MAYBE Zara & Mike Tindall) back to the Stone Age where they belong.

    • notasugarhere says:

      They remain royal. They remain HRH Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They will not use the ‘HRH’ or ‘Sussex’ title in their private endeavours. They will use them whenever they represent the Queen, as in their ongoing roles as President and Vice President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.

      • Annalise says:

        This is exactly my point. If they REMAIN royal then they should be able to CALL themselves royal. If royalty is something one is born into and cannot be taken away regardless of popularity of actions/inactions (like, for example, an elected position) then the queen taking away Harry’s ability to call himself royal in ANY capacity is completely antithesis to what it MEANS to be royal. Furthermore, if QE and the BRF are so hot and bothered to preserve “tradition” then why aren’t they simply mirroring the way KE was treated when he abdicating, during which he moved to another country (w/an American woman at that), continued to receive portions of the sovereign grant, and as far as I can tell, never suffered a single public indignity from the BRF. They yammer on incessantly about tradition, but the truth is, they just make up the rules as they go along. I think half of them are miserable but will not/cannot admit it to themselves or are too afraid to try to support themselves, so they live on, miserable, lashing out with viperous hate at anyone in the BRF who has the courage to do what they couldn’t.
        I eagerly await the days that Parliament is no longer comprised of the BRF’s old Eton buddies. When that day comes, the BRF is going to have one hell of a times convincing those in power who could pull the rug out from under them not to do just that.

      • notasugarhere says:

        They are allowed to call themselves royal and use their titles – when doing royal work for the Queen. When doing work for their own foundation or to earn a living, they will not use those.

        The BRF has messed up on this in the past, and they are applying it differently to different people, yes. But it is not uncommon in other royal families for titles to be unused in personal endeavours.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I mean it is all made-up and highly outdated anyway, but the crown has passed through different families, been lost through war, etc. Blood doesn’t really matter so much as power/might/influence. Kings have been deposed and beheaded.

      For Harry and Meghan, they lost significant favor with the monarch, as well as Charles and William (who she clearly favors). Andrew, for whatever unfathomable racist sexist reason, hasn’t. The monarch makes all the decisions about titles.

      It is all the most arcane and oppressive bullshit imaginable. Meghan will continue to rule with Harry by her side. The BRF will continue to suck in general and in particular as long as the old order remains.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Doubt they’ve lost any favour with QEII. She helped them start their own Household at BP to get away from William’s PR games. She okayed them leaving while keeping them on as P and VP of QCT. It may be Lizzie learned a few tiny lessons from her relationship with Margaret.

  13. Sofia says:

    If this is true (and it’s a big if because the work ethic of these two is piss poor) then good. It’s good something concrete is being done and while the Zoom calls are okay, if you can physically volunteer, that’s good

  14. carmen says:

    And are they “secretly” speaking out on Black Lives Matter and “secretly” donating to anti-racist organizations? Thought so. Their silence on this particular issue is deafening and their lack of action speaks volumes, doesn’t it? People around the world have reacted and united and demanded change, but these 2? They can’t even muster up the energy to do a social media post.

  15. Marivic says:

    The Cambridges want to stay relevant because Meghan has dominated the news for many days after her graduation speech. They want her erased from the public consciousness. It’s jealousy rearing its ugly head again .

    • Bella DuPont says:

      This family’s capacity for jealousy is at Olympian levels and the absolute KING and gold medal holder of that is the Penis-With-Teeth, William. His wife and her mother also seem to share this trait.

  16. Becks1 says:

    “secretly volunteering” LOL he was dying to tell people. And then the little clap Kate gives him! these people really think they should get the most for doing the least, and its worked out for them.

    Also….isn’t their whole purpose in life to volunteer? Shouldn’t they be constantly volunteering?

    • Taylor says:

      Eh, I really wouldn’t say volunteering on the crisis text line is “the least”. It’s actually a lot to take in, it’s incredibly heavy stuff. My first shift had 2 back to back texters seriously considering suicide. It may seem like “the least”, but emotionally, it is not.

      • Taylor says:

        That’s not much in defense of William though, as I am not big fans of them in general, especially once Meghan showed up. Just trying to put some perspective to that particular line of volunteering.

      • Becks1 says:

        I don’t think the actual counseling is “the least,” but I doubt William has really done it. And even if he is – Kate giving him that handclap was ridiculous.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I doubt there is any real volunteering happening, nor have they undergone the bare minimum of training to do this work. This is all a PR exercise. And again not the type of work they’re supposed to be doing. They should be out there, busting their asses raising money to fund PROFESSIONALS to work those help lines.

  17. Tessa says:

    Shouldn’t William have let Charlotte walk in the middle so she did not get soaked.

    • Becks1 says:

      Protect the heir at all costs, even from rain.

    • Ginger says:

      William should have walked in the middle and had George and Charlotte close so they all 3 could have been under the umbrella. That’s how I walk with my 2 boys when it rains.

    • windyriver says:

      My first impulse would be to hold the umbrella over the kids. For one thing, William is the one with a jacket on, which raises another question.

      I can imagine him being too self involved to realize Charlotte isn’t covered by the umbrella. But is mommy too focused on getting a good PR picture to be paying attention?

      • Nic919 says:

        William has never had thoughtful umbrella etiquette. We have seen more than once that he leaves Kate out from cover.

      • Sid says:

        Windy, I too was wondering if they were trying to get just the right camera shot and didn’t pay attention to the fact that Charlotte was out in the rain. It just seems like it should be such an instinctual thing to make sure the babies are covered.

      • windyriver says:

        @Sid, I’m sure it’s usually the nanny (s) holding an umbrella over the kids, hence William’s lack of instinct. Note also Nic’s comment above!

        Maybe it’s not raining much. Otherwise you’d think the kids would also have a jacket on. Maybe Kate’s waiting for the nanny too.

        I’m curious about George’s body language in that picture. I really feel for these kids, with those parents, and grandparents, especially Carole.

        On another note, George seems quite tall for almost 7.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Trying so very, very hard for their own magic umbrella moment and failing. The spontaneous ones with Harry and Meghan went viral, the W&K one has failed.

      • BabsORIG says:

        LOL @ Nota that’s exactly what I thought, 😂😂😂. Cambs desperately trying to recreate that Harry and Meg in the rain under an umbrella shot, LOL. They don’t learn. Last trip to Ireland they tried to recreate Harry and Meg shots in Morocco etc, failed miserably. All their try so hard pictures land with such a miserable thud, LOL. I think they’re now conditioned to believing their own hype, the always envision and/or expect people worldwide to be talking about their pictures just like it was with the Sussexes, but nobody really talks about them, LOL. It must suck to be a Cambridge.

  18. Lizzieb says:

    This may be an unpopular opinion but if I were in crisis I would not wish to speak to William. He has shown a shortage of compassion and empathy and having sound bites for the calls will not cut it. This may not go well

    • Pearl Grey says:

      William “I’m bored of racism” Windsor is going to need more than 25 hours of training to gain even a slither of empathy and consciousness needed to deal with crisis counselling.

      But as predicted, they are using photos of the children and “behind the scenes work” to deflect from their Tatler mini-fiasco and all the talk of suing. I wonder how many pictures CEO Kate took of Charlotte’s birthday meals on royal wheels photo op to release over the months for quick bursts of good PR.

  19. Janna says:

    Wow. I can’t with them. One hour of volunteering, 3 months of hyping it and milking it for all it’s worth. Also, I thought Charlotte had a few more years before her family started doing everything to protect George, while leaving her out in the rain.

  20. Tiffany says:

    George is gonna be all legs like his Dad. It just seems like yesterday he was being carried out the hospital.

  21. MissM says:

    Wow they are really milking that one volunteer trip with the kids for all its worth. They volunteered once about two months ago. If they have been doing more we would have heard about it by now, these two wont do a thing without publicizing it.
    I also dont buy that Kate has been volunteering for the NHS. She probably made that one call but again, we would have heard about it sooner if she had done more. Same for William being a councilor, he loves to brag and get a pat on the back. He probably just started volunteering and talked to one person before telling the world that hes been volunteering.

    • Chrissy says:

      Kate wanted to emulate Sweden’s Princess Sonja who trained as a volunteer in a Stockholm hospital and worked regularly to show she cares. She received praise for this. Kate wants the same praise without leaving her house or putting in any effort, while still appearing to care by just mentioning the NHS.

  22. Ruby_Woo says:

    Did anyone see Emily Andrews bitching about the photo of William and the kids? She’s not happy – the RRs are getting twitchy for their next pound of flesh.

  23. notasugarhere says:

    PR cleanup on aisle 5.

  24. Marjorie says:

    You know what these people could do “secretly”? Write a freaking check.

    • carmen says:

      Doubtful that will happen. They’re better at asking others to give and asking others to do the heavy lifting.

      • HMC says:

        Given that some of their patronages are closing due to lack of financial support, they’re not even good at that.

  25. Original Jenns says:

    I don’t know if there is a difference between the charities, but remember when Meghan and Harry encouraged people to volunteer at a call in help line, that people could get the basic training needed to work with some of the callers? Remember when people flipped out, saying that it was grossly negligent to encourage lay people to take on that work and how dare they? And now, Kate and William seem to be doing the exact same kind of volunteer work Meghan and Harry encouraged and it’s the best thing they’ve ever done?

    Ok, media, ok.

    • MsIam says:

      Oh I remember that, lol! Quite a few self-righteous folks here on Celebitchy seemed so upset about the idea of the Sussexes encouraging people to volunteer. Haven’t heard from them recently, though…

    • Nic919 says:

      Oh yes, where are all those people ?

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Yup. It’ll be crickets as usual from the peanut gallery that whined about it in the first place.

  26. Harper says:

    Someone is mad behind the scenes at Anmer Hall. Guess Wooten failed in his defending Carole op-ed piece–it wasn’t even a whole column, his arguments were lame, and he repeated the bad stuff about Carole in the article, thus perpetuating the hit. It appears as if Kate/Will are releasing the quid pro quo photo as expected, but are sending Wooten a message by offering up only an old photo that hides the kids faces.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      If that’s the case, then Will and Kate are even dumber than anyone could have imagined. If they truly think they’re still in control, the eventual wake-up call from the media will be that much uglier. Also, Wootton is as ruthless and nasty as they come. He *will* retaliate if he thinks it’ll save his skin or at least absolve him of some of the blame.

  27. kellebelle says:

    Do they know what an oxymoron is? Does the press know what an oxymoron is? “Secret” doesn’t exist if it’s reported. I’ll never understand this “they’re doing it in secret” when the press becomes involved. What a bunch of horsesh*t.

  28. Redgrl says:

    At one point when the woman in the royal blue tshirt is speaking you can see Kate subtly stifle a yawn. It’s around the 2:30 – 2:50 mark. And William needs to work on his “interested face” – when Kate is speaking he is staring into space half the time. And the chipper music in the background is bizarre.

    • NoWords says:

      She could’ve just moved her tongue which is what I thought it looked like. Regardless I hate stifling yawns because I look like an idiot doing it and it’s just me being fatigued. Like, who the heck isn’t tired in our go-go-go society?

  29. Digital Unicorn says:

    How pathetic – the ole ‘we’ve been secretly working’ while reusing photo’s from the last ‘secret’ event they did.

    Throwing old bones to the press is NOT going to work anymore, given the Byeline story the press are going to want more and more exclusives.

    The Cambridges will come to bitterly regret getting into bed with certain tabloid editors.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Still waiting for Tanna to crack and tell us where all the Middleton-related bodies are buried.

  30. aquarius64 says:

    Secretly volunteering equals damage control for Tatler-gate and Byline. The kids should go into the category in case of bad PR break glass.

  31. ABritGuest says:

    William said he would sign up to volunteer with Shout and he did so good for him that he followed through.

    Saw that some royal reporters were moaning about fact the volunteer photo was old& you couldnt see the kids faces. Clearly want more content for their papers. I almost feel sorry for the Cambridges. there’s a reason why, reflecting on anniversary of Diana’s passing& her experience with the press, William said you can’t let the press in too much.

    • Tessa says:

      I don’t feel sorry for them never will. I think these two are out for self promotion.

      • Lady D says:

        In general, the good will the populace normally feels towards the RF has taken one hell of a hit this year. From the blatant allowed racist attacks on Meghan, to the bus circling Buckingham with a If you see this man, please ask him to call the FBI stunt, to the Queen smiling her way to church with a ephebophile, and then throw in Covid-19 highlighting their apparent uselessness, and yeah I don’t feel sorry for any of them either. They all participated in slamming Meghan, supporting Andrew and stunting their way through double secret volunteering (TM Coco) for publicity.

    • bamaborn says:

      Agree, Tessa. No sympathy. Ugly is as ugly does.

  32. Coco says:

    Double secret volunteering.

  33. MsDiMeanOur says:

    My comment is not about this article at all

    Been watching the story of Diana on Netflix
    Charles around the time of his engagement to Diana = dead ringer for 37 year old Penis with teeth

    Nowhere is he even close to his mother in looks and charisma. The people’s princess was not keen or behind the scenes. She grew from a 19 year old shy teenager to the mother of a future King and she prospered. Why are they constantly finding excuses for Kate though?

    William’s sons are identical to him as a toddler. Extremely cute. The princess is a Middleton through and through

    While Harry on the other hand… He is 100% Spencer… From the looks to the personality and most of all breaking away from tradition in the pursuit of his happiness
    Archie is his clone.. Too cute!

    • AMM says:

      The way they have handled Kate with kids gloves is infuriating. 15+ plus years of dating/marriage to a prince and they celebrate if she gives a speech with only 10 long drawn out pauses to read her notes, instead of the normal case of doing it after every sentence. There is no excuse to be so terrible at a job after so long. Diana would never have tolerated that. Kate wants to copy her so bad, but it seems like she got stuck on being thin and the fashion and forgot all the charity work that made her the people’s princess.

      • MsDiMeanOur says:

        I wonder how far the land mine campaign that Princess Diana did would have affected the world if she did it secretly or in private because she claimed shyness?

        Do some actual charity
        You are being funded by the public and give nothing back

        In a way.. Its great that Di never met Keen and never seen how lax Unable really is
        She wouldn’t have stood for it

      • Tessa says:

        If Diana had lived I doubt William would have married Kate. He may have gone to another University and Carole would not have become the “mother figure” serving him cheese toast.

      • Nic919 says:

        Had Diana lived then William would not have been looking for a mother figure and Carole and the Middletons would never have figured into his life.

      • notasugarhere says:

        He would have gone to Uni in the US, as did several other heirs, and never met the Middletons. Haakon, Felipe, Fred, Victoria all spent time as undergrads or Masters in the US.

      • February Pisces says:

        Right up until Meghan started dating harry, KP were still saying they were ‘easing Kate into the role’, 10 years after being williams girlfriend and 5 or so years after being married. Diana and Meghan both got dropped in the deep end. Kate had a whole 10 years of dating to have a reality check on what it’s like to be a royal prior to actually becoming one, and yet she’s the only one being ‘eased’ into it. It just makes her look pathetic and inept.

        Also I don’t believe that Carole is some sort of mummy replacement for William. If William can’t stand kate, then he’s not going to give af about her family, I think its years of middletons pr that has put that image out there.

      • Ginger says:

        Maybe its more that Carol WANTS William to be obsessed with her lol. Have we ever seen them interact?

  34. Pierre Lecouteur says:


  35. Lizzie says:

    Secretly volunteering is supposed to leave the impression there is a whole host of things they are secretly working on. I’m sure there are but all the rest involve smearing the H&M.

  36. lizardqueen says:

    If you’re volunteering as a private family, and your instinct is to document the proof, I don’t…..I don’t know where I’m going with this but it rubs me the wrong way and I can’t articulate it. Like why does she want that photo in the middle of a goodwill endeavor that’s supposed to be private? Am I being overly sensitive to this because I don’t generally like her so I’m biased? I really am unsure.

    • NoWords says:

      They all do the “secret” work. Like there’s an article today about how H&M have been secretly meeting with leaders in the black community to help with the movement. I’ve also seen articles about Sophie, Camilla, Charles, Anne doing secret work (they mention Sophie and Camilla and Kate for this initiative). It’s just what all these people do; it’s not exclusive to W&K.

      • Tessa says:

        The thing is Sophie and Camilla are seen out there working. Kate has low numbers and a huge smoke and mirrors for her was working “behind the scenes.” As if.

      • NoWords says:


        A while back I read some interviews with some charity directors of her patronages (I cannot remember off the top of my head who) where they talked about how she often came in her free time to volunteer. So I’ll take their word for it. The interviews were about the charities themselves and the directors just shared little asides about what she does behind the scenes. They weren’t widely published or even discussed really.

      • Nic919 says:

        Well it certainly wasn’t Action on Addiction because she did a video and the guy from there said she had been there since 2012. To which she answered..
        It seems like yesterday.

      • NoWords says:

        Right place. Nic919,

        Oof, I saw that and cringed. No, it was one of the children’s ones I just can’t remember which.

    • NoWords says:

      Wrong place!

  37. Jay says:

    I’m glad to see them doing some good work, but again, this reminds me of how my grandfather used to talk about doing my grandmother a “favour” by “babysitting” their kids so she could go out (he was… problematic lol). Serving the public is their job, that is the literal point of them as far as I’m concerned, it’s not an extra they are tossing in.

    Rather than hinting at all of the secret work they may or may not be doing, I’d settle for seeing them use their current public platforms and connections to a much greater extent. I know we made fun of the bingo calling, but at least it was an attempt – there should be so much more. Someone awhile back (Pearlgray?) made a fantastic list of all of the things the Cambridges could be doing to support their professed causes, I’d suggest they start there.

  38. molly says:

    This photo, and the video, were released as part of Volunteers Week. The Royal family account highlighted what several members were doing including Camilla, Charles, Glouchesters, Princess Alexandria, Anne, the Wessexes AND the Cambridges. It was part of a coordinated campaign led by the top. That’s how communication and PR of a firm work.

    • notasugarhere says:

      A firm filled with backstabbers, child rapists, racists, and people who do not ‘volunteer’ other than 30 minutes once a year for this PR exercise. Not exactly a modern, capable, savvy firm.

      • NoWords says:

        Save for Archie, George, Charlotte, Louis, and the Wessex kids, they can all go pound sand for all I care. All the adults are as you said, and in addition, they’re lazy, entitled people who take more than they give. Every one of them could make more of a difference if they donated even a small percentage of their wealth rather than asking us plebs to do it for them. Maybe I’m just really angry with all that’s going on in the world but I have absolutely zero patience for any of these people, working royals or not.

    • Nic919 says:

      So the best the Cambridges could come up with is a photo from April ? Not exactly showing they volunteer very much.

  39. AGreatDane says:

    Why would you “secretly” volunteer? What’s wrong with volunteering that it needs to be a secret? Celebrities (and royals are celebrities, I don’t care) are flashy when it comes to their jewels and homes and clothes, but want to be quiet and humble when it comes to giving back? That doesn’t make sense. I don’t know who started this way of thinking where the only good deeds are the ones you don’t talk about, but it’s backwards to me.

    • NoWords says:

      Huh, I feel the opposite. I’m not religious anymore but one of my favorite parables as a child was the one about people who pray; the man who prays loudly in the middle of the street is insincere, the man who prays alone to himself is not doing so for attention but because he truly believes. That’s how I look at charity – when people are going around bragging about their good deeds they come across as self-serving and insincere. When they do it privately it feels more real to me.

      • MymomcallsmeKnightingale says:

        You really are annoying and transparent af…. it’s obvious you’re a Cambridge fan but trying to play it off.All of you all are just like them…. pretentious and transparent as hell.Go back to where you normally are and that’s praising these fools on their fanpages and KP; no one is stupid.

      • NoWords says:

        Oh boy, I knew one of these was coming. First off, know that even if I’m disagreeing with someone – like in the comment you replied to – I am very calm and polite. I would appreciate the same in response.

        Secondly, I don’t stan a single human being. I don’t find ‘stanning’ to be healthy because it causes people to go to extremes and to bully others.

        Thirdly, I do not like the BRF and anyone connected to it one iota. You’d know that I have complimented Meghan many times especially on her work/initiatives and personality. Per the Cambridges, I have my issues with them (work ethic) however I can be pragmatic and nuanced about them *because* I do not stan.

        Lastly, my comment you replied to does not mention names at all because I am talking about my personal, general feelings regarding charity work. I’ve said the same stuff about other celebs.

        Please be nice and do not insult me. Calling me annoying and pretentious is completely uncalled for. Absolutely NOTHING I have ever written on here is deserving of the vitriol you threw at me. If you don’t like what I have to say come at me respectfully and you’ll probably find that we aren’t so different!

  40. Bethany Karger says:

    Why does everything have to be a secret? You’d think they would be proud of their work instead of trying to hide it. I don’t understand their attitude and find all these secrets annoying and stupid.

  41. Well-Wisher says:

    I have a full understanding as to the reason there was so much more coverage lately of the Cambridges.
    In this instance, one suppose that it was a deflection tactic due to revelations of the legal letter from Prince Harry and all that entails.
    It must be noted that the Cambridges and other senior members of the BRF have always had the spotlight , this did not change when the Duchess Meghan joined the family. The Sussexes has had the attention, not the spotlight and has been punished for it.

  42. yinyang says:

    Why volunteering now when they haven’t cared to for ten years straight, why posing with a bunch of black peolple on zoom calls now when they haven’t before the BLM movement went worldwide. This screams unauthentic.

  43. lilii says:

    In these times Kate seems inoffensive and bland. Andrew is blowing up.
    Chelsy knew she didn’t want to live the life Kate lives and bowed out.
    Kate can be extreme in her diets and exercise but can’t find the time to learn how to speak better or do anything? Carole can’t as well? For woman/women who managed to get the right people and use all the techniques to get the most sought-after guy in the world (William’s late teen-uni years)?

  44. Awkward symphony says:

    I’ll believe it when I see it.
    This is from a couple who stagged commercial flight stunt just to vilify his younger brother. They said this after the reports that Harry and Meghan are meeting black charities and scholars to find out more way they could help.