Duchess Kate hired a new private secretary, Hannah Cockburn-Logie, during lockdown

The Duchess of Cambridge posted an update for her special photography project, Hold Still, in association with her patronage for the National Portrait Gallery. Basically, Hold Still is an amateur and professional photography “competition” for portraits in lockdown in the UK. There’s still a week left to submit entries, and Kate did this video to remind people to submit. Plus, she’s highlighting some of her early favorites.

Obviously, Kate has been pretty keen to Zoom and make videos over the past two months, so much so that *some* people have even suggested that she works as hard as a Top CEO, and that she’s Zooming herself into an early grave. So what’s with all of the lockdown keenness? It turns out that Kate hired a new private secretary during the lockdown:

Kate Middleton just added a new member to her royal inner circle. Hannah Cockburn-Logie has been hired as the Duchess of Cambridge’s new private secretary, according to her LinkedIn profile. Cockburn-Logie started the role this month, and she’ll be heavily involved in helping Kate plan and schedule her appointments as well as accompany her during her engagements after lockdown requirements have been lifted.

Cockburn-Logie is no stranger to Kate and Prince William. She accompanied the royal couple on their 2016 tour of India and Bhutan, which she led and organized. She also worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for nearly 20 years, rising to the position of Head of Political and Bilateral Relations, India. Along the way, she was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to the U.K.-India relationship after Kate and William’s tour as well as an MVO (Royal Victorian Order) for her work leading Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Slovenia in 2018.

It took Kate, 38, several months to decide who to hire in the vital position after Catherine Quinn stepped down as her private secretary after two years. Quinn played a big part in helping the Duchess of Cambridge with her “early years” project, which aimed to steer children away from addiction and crime.

[From People]

It’s funny to me that Quinn left as soon as she stage-managed the Early Years launch, which actually had all of the photo-ops and events of a real program launch but none of the substance of a real program. It showed that Quinn could lead a keen horse to water but Quinn couldn’t make that horse actually work or develop one coherent objective. The Struggle Survey was swiftly abandoned as soon as the photo-ops were over, and Kate hasn’t done anything with early childhood development in months. It’s especially strange because… parents with small children could have genuinely used some guidance and support during the lockdown? But whatever, she’s Keen! And she has a new top-notch, over-qualified private secretary. I’m sure Hannah Cockburn-Logie has been the one making notes and cue cards for Princess Keen.

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  1. My3cents says:

    Well with a wandering Willy I guess you need a Cockburn in the house.

  2. RoyalBlue says:

    my eyes are rolling at the royal awards the new private secretary received for her work on the tours. it’s a high possibility if you are close family or friends with the Windsors they will dish one of these out. I wish I got an OBE every time i completed a successful project at work.

    and now more than ever Quinn s departure seems linked to the failed broken britain project.

    • Mumbles says:

      I gotta say I assumed this person was some aristo dim bulb that knew Kate from Marlborough or some other such crap but when I googled her she has a serious resume on a public LinkedIn with two degrees and real jobs in government. She was posted at the India embassy for four years so maybe her OBE was for her cumulative work there instead of carting these lazy dimwits around for a few weeks. Anyway we’ll see how long she lasts. But in any event she’s not a part-time accessories buyer at her parents’ friends’ company.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        mumbles yea, quite a few of their employees have impressive resumes. they hire them to write their speeches and help plan their work.pretty much trying to make mediocre people look smart.

      • Nic919 says:

        That would make more sense that the OBE was for work as a diplomat and not nanny for dim and dimmer.

      • Jaded says:

        Maybe she’ll be able to light a fire under Keen’s bony ass but somehow I doubt it. She sounds like a real go-getter but the collective inertia of the Cambridges could put a snail to sleep.

  3. Neners says:

    I give it 18 months. The staff turnover at KP is truly remarkable.

    • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

      @Neners I give it six. Such a qualified (on paper, at any rate: you get an OBE for coordinating Penis with Teeth and Wiglet’s ‘tour’? – ‘oh, yah, that’s veh int’rsting,’ nods PWT, asphyxiating someone with a blast of halitosis. ‘Yah,’ says Wiglet: ‘do you find the heat makes it hot in summer?’) woman will go literally batshit crazy when she realises, very early on, that Kate a) is lazy b) hates work c) has no friends d) that she’ll have to deal with Carole e) that Kate’s coatdresses have filled an entire warehouse and are threatening to break loose. Oh, and shopping, hair appointments, and selling pictures of her kids to the DM, while PWT sidles through the french doors with suspiciously earthy fingers. They must be an absolute nightmare to work for: obnoxious, entitled, unmotivated and dull.

      • Sandy says:

        Aaaaand i am dying because of the halitosis and coat dresses part. You must be related to the late Terry Pratchett!!!!

      • Chrissy says:

        LOL! “Do you find heat makes it hot in summer?” Spot on, AN!

      • Neners says:

        That translation of PW’s accent is SPOT ON! I’m laughing so hard! There is not enough money in the world to make propping up this couple’s delusions of grandeur a profession worth having. It would be soul destroying. In the words of Joseph Heller, “Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.” With these two, it has always been all three. They’re the trifecta of smug, ludicrously privileged irrelevance.

    • Sandy says:

      Yes it is, isn’t it??? but when someone left meghan and Harry’s service, it was clearly because Meghan was pushy, awful, diva etc etc.

  4. Lisa says:

    We will see how long she stays.

  5. S808 says:

    This high turnover rate at KP is giving McDonalds vibes. Has William replaced HIS secretary yet?

    • Erinn says:

      LOL I was thinking call center vibes. You wouldn’t believe the number of people I’ve watched never return after only a few weeks. I was lucky enough to be doing an actual tech based job, so I wasn’t in the same boat, but the turnover rate is insaneeee.

      • Ginger says:

        I worded at a call center in my early 20’s and left after 2 weeks lol. When I was training they even mentioned how many people leave after 2 weeks

      • Lady D says:

        Why is the turnover rate insane? I thought the purpose of call centers was to sell a product over the phone. Are the wages that bad? It doesn’t seem like a hard or physical job.

      • Erinn says:

        It’s wild, Ginger. I’m actually hoping to acquire a trainer role with another company (*fingers crossed anyway*) in the near future. I think the stats are something like 50% of new hires just don’t work out. It depends heavily on the kind of processes in place and how much upper management cares about their staff. When I was doing phone support roles, I would only get around 8-10 or so calls a day because I was doing a pretty specialized job. And after a while, that even wore me down quite a bit because of the lack of support in place with the company I was at. But for people who are expected to take like 80-150 calls a day, you really need to have a certain kind of personality to be able to manage mental health wise.

  6. taylor says:

    hmmm, wonder if her extensive commonwealth experience is foreshadowing anything. there is a portfolio void that needs to be filled in the wake of meghan & harry’s departure… maybe kate will get a new title soon…

    • Ali says:

      Give all the titles to the top ceo!!!

    • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

      Do you think even they are stupid enough to replace a woman of colour, whom they drove out of the country through racist bullying, with someone so white she gets moonburn? Oh, wait. It’s the Royal Family. Of course they are. All that inbreeding…

  7. Marjorie says:

    Yeah, someone has de-buttoned her wardrobe and de-wigleted her hair. Kween Keen still hasn’t had a sandwich though, and her eyebrows seem to be stapled to her forehead. She tries to move them in this video and they don’t obey. I’m starting to think she’s got a First Page of the Needle living in some scullery downstairs.

    • Mary says:


    • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

      She’s probably already training up Charlotte (the female spare who will be relegated to opening shopping centres and envelopes unless she becomes super-rebellious, have facial piercings and tats to piss her parents off and escape to a commune in California) who will perceived as having nothing ‘better to do’ with her life than tend to Mummy’s Botox.

  8. Nic919 says:

    That tour in India was not one of their best efforts so if the OBE was given because of that then they have very low standards. This was where Kate flashed people during a memorial, made the “how interesting “ comments when street kids told her of their horrific life experiences and where the press had to be held back so that Kate could get her hair and makeup touched up for the “casual” hike (while wearing a leather vest in the heat). William also went to a Bollywood event and confirmed he had never seen a Bollywood movie.

    • kyliegirl says:

      You beat me to it. It was one PR disaster after another.

    • Tia says:

      You don’t know how bad it would have been without her. Maybe these are just the issues she didn’t manage to cover up.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Ah yes – the hike where they had a big ‘to do’ with the broadcasters when they turned around at the last moment and told them that they couldn’t cover the rest of the hike and W&K wanted some ‘personal’ time and only relented to do that pap stroll walking with arms wrapped around each other when the press pack kicked off. The press pack were all over twitter complaining about it.

    • Alexandria says:

      Is that also the tour where she declined to eat a piece of Indian roti offered to her?

      • Nic919 says:

        It would have to be since they haven’t done many tours in that region or at all really.

      • Betsy says:

        I can’t have anything spicy, so most Indian food is out for me, but who the hell turns down roti?

      • Jaded says:

        Probably terrified of getting Delhi belly.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        It certainly is. Declining food appears to be a habit for her. She’ll take drinks but she’s frequently refused to taste food at events. Some could argue that it’s probably because she’s worried about getting food stuck in her teeth, but who knows?

    • notasugarhere says:

      The hike fiasco was on the same tour, but took place in Bhutan.

    • Dilettante says:

      Nic919, you nailed it!

  9. kyliegirl says:

    Interesting that they hired the person who worked with the Cambridges on what has been viewed by most of the journalists as one of their most unsuccessful tours. To be fair it may not have been the planning of it, but the execution of it by the principals. The articles following this tour were not glowing at all. Such a shame because both countries are on my bucket list.

  10. CJ says:

    “which aimed to steer children away from addiction and crime.”

    Have I missed something or is this a new angle? I thought her early years stuff was about child development, not just the usual ‘gangs and drugs are bad mkay’. If she wants to help steer children away from that then there are lots of charities already in existence that she can just help boost the work of. And how on earth did that over-hyped survey even touch on this complicated issue?!
    This new angle just smacks of trying to give even a touch of substance to a complete nothingburger of a project.

    • Nic919 says:

      There is always more work involved in trying to make it look like Kate works on things than the actual work itself. It is always smoke and mirrors and no substance or meaning.

    • ShazBot says:

      Came to say this…what?? When was that a goal, and what exactly about the survey and the garden aimed to do that?

    • Beach Dreams says:

      That’s exactly what they’re trying to do. This was such an amorphous mess of a “project” that anyone could make a claim about its purpose without real pushback.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      The narrative is being changed to compete with what a certain other Duchess is doing on the other side of the Atlantic. It’s been changed to make it seem that Kate did it first and Meghan is copying her.

      She really is a CopyKate.

      • Bohemian Angel says:

        Saw her on the news this afternoon about some photography thingy she’s doing and was shocked, she’s looking more and more like Meghan, it’s truly frightening.
        Proper single white female that one.

    • Mtec says:

      I had the same reaction. Since when!? Never have we heard a clear focus nor direction nor purpose for Kate’s Early Years/Broken Britain initiative. It’s the first time i’ve heard anything about addiction and crime!

      I think maybe this “new” secretary was the one that dusted off the archives for Action on Addiction/Clouds House and now they’re trying to focus on that narrative. Perhaps she was able to see how Early Years really had no focus and made Kate pick one. Still though, it has nothing to do with the Struggle Survey—that was “8 years of work”, whatever became of that? Oh right, nothing.

      • Amy Too says:

        I thought the early years thing was meant to help the children of PARENTS who might struggle with addiction, a criminal background, mental health concerns, and all those other vague “poor people concerns” that Kate seems to think we all suffer from as peasants. That’s the only talk I ever remember about addiction/crime with regard to Early Years. But of course it was all so muddled, poorly explained, constantly changing, and the point of it all was never detailed beyond “it will be Kate’s legacy!!!!” So I can see how the press (Or maybe even Kate’s own PR staff who send out the memos) have confused it.

    • MsIam says:

      I thought photography was her “ passion” and it was going to save the Royal family? That not “substantial” enough anymore? I think Kate needs to figure out who she really is and what she really cares about instead of all of these “next big thing” ideas that end up going nowhere. Meghan has been an activist since she was a kid basically, Kate shouldn’t feel like she has to compete with that.

      • Becks1 says:

        @MsIam – I agree. I think part of the problem is that Kate doesn’t really have an identity of wife to the future king and mother of a future king. What are her interests? I mean we know she likes the outdoors and she likes tennis and sailing, but beyond that?

        She should have started at the beginning with lots of bread and butter events and found her footing that way and developed her signature interests in a more natural way. Diana didn’t marry Charles and say “I’m going to change how people look at AIDS patients and land mines are going to end up being one of my signature causes.” Those things happened over the course of a decade and a half as she met people, learned, traveled, and grew as a person.

        Once Meghan came on the scene (who had already done that learning, traveling, and so had causes she was already passionate about), Kate definitely felt like she had to compete but honestly, if she had just kept doing the bread and butter events and NEVER had signature causes, I think people would have respected that as long as she was working regularly.

      • Nic919 says:

        If Kate cared about anything other than herself then she could have easily found a cause by now. She just doesn’t care no matter how much the RR try to spin otherwise. Her focus is on shopping, staying thin and fighting back the aging process. There is nothing in her 38 years of existence to suggest that she has any more depth than that.

      • Granger says:

        Not working full-time in her 20s — and mostly only “working” for her parents — did Kate such a huge disservice. It contributed to stunting her growth as a person, because she never had to work cooperatively with a variety of people, or learn what responsibility is, how to be accountable for things, how to stay on top of multiple deadlines and meet goals. Her post-uni life — when most people are gaining independence and learning who they are/want to be — was about privilege and pampering and living in a bubble where securing her own future was the only thing that mattered and Prince William was the only person who mattered.

      • windyriver says:

        “She should have started at the beginning with lots of bread and butter events and found her footing that way…”

        @Becks1, IMO, the thing is, that didn’t happen because she never intended to do much/any work, because William never intended to do much work. Am fairly certain he said something along those lines early on. So from that perspective, he certainly picked himself the perfect partner. Their early do-nothing married years, and her comment re: not showing up for the Irish Guards that one year (so they wouldn’t expect it every time, something like that?) is totally consistent with that attitude, as is the fact that William routinely refused to read notes and prep himself for appearances.

        Have also thought along the way that Will was already pissed at Harry pre-Meghan for becoming serious about various causes (and his army service) – that is, working – because it screwed up William’s plans for what people should expect from his reign. Wouldn’t be surprised if both of them are resentful that they have to be making an effort now, even if that effort is also driven by jealousy. They didn’t expect to have to make an effort in order to be popular. Oops.

        In any event, I totally agree it would have served Kate and Will better once Meghan was in the picture to do the bread and butter events (kind of like what they’re doing now). That way, even if not everything is covered by press, they’d at least make an impact by being more widely seen among the population, and build up some numbers. Neither of them are suited for the types of projects Harry and Meghan do, because basically, they just don’t care enough for anything that requires a sustained effort.

        @Granger – the only reason I feel a little sorry for Kate is because of how she was raised by Carole. But that sympathy extends only from age 0 to about 12 or 13. At that point, it was on Kate to look around and start realizing there were other ways to live in the world than as a self-involved, useless pampered poodle willing to put up with anything for titles and tiaras.

    • Neners says:

      That entire Early Years “project” had about as much aim as a fart in the wind.

      • Pink says:

        @granger @windyriver I sometimes wonder what it must’ve been like for Kate growing up. I don’t feel sorry for her per se but I do think she must’ve been brainwashed to an extent from a young age by her mum into thinking that being a princess was the be all and end all. I don’t think Carol prepared her at all for what being a princess actually entailed once they’d got ‘the prize’ however. What I can’t excuse is her lack of…. autonomy??? As a grown adult, someone who’s had YEARS to get used to her role, she still seems to infantilise herself. Carole is probably partly to blame but at some point as an adult human you have to take responsibility for your own life.

  11. Sofia says:

    Good luck to Hannah. I think Kate’s projects have a lot of potential but she never takes the next step with them to make them go from “eh” to “good/great”. So they end looking lacklustre and half assed

  12. Becks1 says:

    So, this article seems to be conceding that the Early Years project is over and that no one knew what the eff it was about anyway – “Quinn played a big part with the early years project which aimed to steer children away from addiction and crime.”

    so I thought those things were part of it as they related to mental health, and I thought it was about….I don’t even know. And apparently no one really did. But this language definitely makes it seem like its over – “aimed to steer..”

    And yeah Quinn left because she realized Kate didn’t want to work.

    At least if this one has worked with them before, she will already know that.

    Re: the India tour being unsuccessful, I really do think that was because of W&K. They could have been better prepared, Kate could have prepped her wardrobe better, the Bhutan hike could have been a LOT better – that wasn’t the fault of the tour organization but the participants.

    • Nic919 says:

      But isn’t that always the problem with W and K? They have competent people around them (except for the stylists) and still manage to muck it up because they just don’t care to put the effort in. CQ tried with the early years survey and that went nowhere because Kate DGAF about it. What more can this new secretary do when her employer is that a spoiled rich child who is massively uninterested in life and can only be bothered if it is easy to do and is directly linked to something she happens to be interested at the moment.

      • Becks1 says:

        You’re exactly right. It seems someone knows what they are doing at least with the hiring, but you cant make W&K be anything other than what they are. If Kate is complaining about the zoom meetings, then I think this new hire is going to be in for a real shock when a normal schedule resumes.

    • Harper says:

      The Early Years always struck me as not the work of years but rather the work of an hour by Quinn, after being told to get Kate out there and fill the gap after Meghan’s departure. Quinn decides to come up with a child-related program, googles topics in that area and comes up with the survey, calls a web company to get the survey up and running, calls a child-centered umbrella group and asks them to set up five visits over two days at various sites throughout the UK, calls Kate’s stylist and tells her to come up with x amount of looks, then calls Kate to tell her what she’ll be doing.

      As is typical, Kate, who lets all Quinn’s calls go straight to voicemail, doesn’t answer and only returns Quinn’s call two days later.

      • JT says:

        The Early Years, which was originally Broken Britain, was announced three days before Meghan’s Hubb cookbook was about to launch. Quinn slapped it together before both she and Meghan left. What followed were nearly two years of delays and excuses as to why it wasn’t completed, and Quinn finally leaving. What was finally announced was this stupid five question survey, whose only purpose was to compete with Meghan.

      • Becks1 says:

        @JT yeah my guess is that Quinn came up with the general idea of this, thinking it would be good PR for Kate and play into her image as a “hands on mother” who is so concerned with raising kids and that it would be something that would actually interest Kate and could get her to do the work.

        The fact that Quinn left, not just after 2 years, but right before the survey launched, speaks VOLUMES.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Is none of the British public upset that all this “Royal” effort was expended and nothing came out of it?

        Why are not more British taxpayers upset that the Cambridges keep spending money on highly competent staff yet Bill & Cathy just keep spinning their wheels in the mud?

      • Harper says:

        Right to all the above. It just seems that Meghan triggers all the Early Years activities. Its inception and its inaugural, whirlwind tour/photoshoot around Britain–all in response to Meghan existing and working.

        Did anybody wonder if Quinn was a source for Tatler, especially the quotes about Kate getting dressed up and smiling but being furious about being wheeled out and any extra workload?

      • MJM says:

        @Harper yeah I think that’s how it went down. A whole lot of bullshit is all those trips Kate made in February/March.

  13. girl_ninja says:

    I don’t like this woman man.

    Not one bit v

  14. Noki says:

    I wonder how fulfilling it will be to work full time with Kate after doing some serious diplomatic work,i understand someone early in their career wanted that on their resume,but this Hannah sounds already accomplished, seems she is going backwards.

    • Becks1 says:

      I think we saw how fulfilling it was when Catherine Quinn got out of there as soon as she contractually could.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Hannah’s probably going to learn the hard way about the extent of Kate’s laziness, just like Quinn did. If she thinks Kate has improved since that disastrous tour then she’s in for a rude awakening.

    • Roo says:

      I thought the same thing, Noki. Someone must have desperately begged her to rescue Kate’s reputation after the struggle survey and her zoom exhaustion?

    • Nic919 says:

      Women who have had more ambition than chasing an MRS degree tend get bored with trying to give direction to someone who is happy to lead an empty and shallow life. I assume she is getting paid decently as compared to regular staff. We shall see a few new projects proposed and when more of the same happens, she will be gone by 2022.

    • MissMarierose says:

      Yeah, it would seem to be a huge letdown to be a private secretary when she’s had so many high level positions overseas. But maybe she’s starting a family and wanted to return home (her last job was in Brussels) and take a break from a fast paced lifestyle.

      • Babsorig says:

        Didn’t the article say this new woman’s been in the foreign office and commonwealth sector for a bout 20 years? That tells you she is in her late 40s to 50s age bracket, non? How’s she gonna start a family at that age? Or you’re talking adoption maybe?
        In r/t Katie Keen of the struggle survey Cambridge, I got nothing to say, both Cambridges are as interesting as watching paint dry.

  15. lily says:

    Look, now she stands in front of the window to show that she is not so orange, still the botox is so evident. Starting to look like her mother. I guess being so mean make her looks so old. Reading the comments … She is so boring and lazy she needs more than a new keen secretary.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      She really is morphing into Carole. Her love for the panda eye makeup doesn’t help her either, but she’ll probably be clinging to that look forever. I know the idea of tanning to look “healthier” is a thing, but she doesn’t look good/well at all.

      • Nic919 says:

        What’s odd is that tanning to look healthy was an idea for someone of Carole’s generation. By the time Kate was a teen or young adult the effects of sun damage and tanning beds were widely known and yet she persists in thinking that looking orange means looking healthy.

      • lily says:

        I guess sun damage + severe diet that makes her too thing, is playing against her making her looking much older. Being mean and bitter don’t help either and that is the impression i get every time i see a not staged picture of her. Yes, tha panda eyes that english women love dont suit everybody, few can make it work.

  16. Margareth says:

    So this new press secretary is the same person who organized that Indian tour that was a fiasco LOL

  17. Awkward symphony says:

    Boy the DM comments are hilarious. No one is fooled by their PR release as alot of people are pointing to how she was fine without a new private secretary for 7months. Many have also pointed to how she’s another overqualofied diary manager who’ll leave when she realised that KeenKueen is only there for the photoshoots and to pretend she’s “busy”. I mean she barely does stuff outside of london so how is she going to help Kate with her “extensive foreign and commonwealth experience????
    Poor Quinn left when she realised that Dolittle wasnt interested in accomplishing anything I mean look how the supposed “broken britain” project never launched!

    The video released by KP would’ve been better if she wasn’t lookinh down to read her script🤦‍♀️after 9yrs its astonishing to see how little progress she’s made.

    • Nic919 says:

      Very interesting that there are more negative comments in the DM now. I wonder if the worm has turned in terms of coverage of if the negative stuff will be removed shortly.

    • Becks1 says:

      I saw some screenshots of the DM comments yesterday on twitter and yeah….they were hilarious. Its like the Tatler article woke people out of their anti-Meghan haze and they remembered that, hey, we got left with the Duchess who DOESNT work.

      • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

        @Becks I just held my nose and sidled to the DM comments (feel nauseous, want shower) and couldn’t see many negative comments at all – just the usual ‘Catherine is so beautiful’ ‘she’s such an inspiration’ ‘she and Will are so selfless and inspirational’ (did a spittake on that one) ‘great representative of our country’ ‘regal’ vomit-bollocks, next to a pap-stroll piece about Pippa dressing her kid in ‘aristocratic’ clothes (retch). I don’t know if bots are churning out the pro-Kween Krap (wonder if she bought some for the Heil* as well as Instagram?) or if people are genuinely that deluded – in which case, they shouldn’t be able to vote.

        *Their reportage of the BLM protests and statue-removal is very 1933, as are their readers. I didn’t look beyond the headline on the Baden-Powell article, but saw that there were 1,100 comments. No need to read them and become even more depressed.

    • Sofia says:

      It’s interesting. When you go into top rated, the top 5-7 comments are the usual “Kate is the best!” stuff. But once you scroll down, then you get the negative comments about her lack of work ethic

      More surprisingly I saw some comments along the lines of “Guess Kate looses her staff like Meghan” and “Oh look Hannah is cradling her stomach, aren’t you going to go crazy DM” or something like that. And it had 20+ upvotes compared to downvotes.

      I’ve seen this in a few articles now. Makes me wonder if that Tatler article was a reminder not only to the commenters on the DM but also to the DM itself, that a) Kate is lazy despite their embiggening and b) they were hating her just before Meghan came onto the scene and the Tatler article is a reminder of that. Hence why the DM is a little lax on moderating the comment section

    • line says:

      My theory the project of “Broken britain” was to be an initiative of the former secretary of Kate, Catherine Quinn. Who should have opened a support psychology, economy and social to all the children across the United Kingdom, like the price of the duke of Edinburgh but focusing on early childhood. But when Quinn she realized that her boss was too lazy and decided to leave, the idea had be to bury. But after Meghan’s very successful second project. The staff of Cambridges unearthed this olde idea at the last minute to try desperation to compete with Meghan’s very successful new project. Except that neither Kate and her team are qualified to carry out this type of close caricative, this is why the initiative, this why the projet was disappeared since several months and will not return unless a qualified person decides to refound it.

      • Nic919 says:

        Becky English got the scoop on Broken Britain from Carole because it was a half ass announcement timed to try to deflect attention from the upcoming cookbook so they could say “look Kate does stuff too”. CQ would never have let such a vague thing be released at that stage. It makes her look bad too.

      • MJM says:

        @Nic thought it was Nicholl for Vanity Fair that got the scoop?

      • Nic919 says:

        Becky English had the first scoop In the DM on Friday sept 14, 2018. The cookbook was launched on sept 17, 2018, the Monday after.
        If KM wrote about this it was after Becky English first did.

        I did a search to confirm the date and some of the comments are funny. They were doubtful even then that this project would amount to anything. How right they were.

  18. Maevo says:

    Good point that lockdown should be the perfect time to be highlighting early years resources for people!! But she’s done nothing. And steering children away from addiction and crime? Since when?? Maybe that will be in the results of the survey? (yeah right). Man I would give anything to hear what Catherine Quinn has to say about Kate!!!

    • Nic919 says:

      I am highly concerned what this new “addiction and crime” aspect will mean regarding which children are used in photo ops.

      • FicklePickle says:

        Ooooo, yeah, that’s not going to intersect well with their recent ‘find all the brown kids and take photos with them to look more *inclusive*’ initiative.

  19. Geraldine Granger says:

    It probably is nothing, but that dress really reminds me of the the blue dress Meghan wore in the umbrella picture.

    • Bohemian Angel says:

      No, I thought the same. It seems she is trying to morph into her enemy Meghan! The woman is pathetic!

    • Guest with Cat says:

      I saw your comment earlier when I was on a device from which I could not comment. I cant tell if that’s a dress or blouse but yes it’s a close Zoom clone for Meghan’s dazzling U Coulda Had a Bad Bitch Tour dress.

      Kate looks good enough in blue and all but she’s no Meghan.

  20. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    “Quinn played a big part with the early years project which aimed to steer children away from addiction and crime.”
    There were no questions relating to addiction or crime on the (blatantly stolen from the first chapter of an APA 101 undergraduate textbook) struggle survey. How did they make a leap from the nature/nurture debate (which no-one has conclusively solved since Montesqueiu, Rosseau, Voltaire et al pitched it as part of the social contract) to addiction and crime? What qualifications does Kate actually have to solve such desperately sensitive issues? And when has she ever demonstrated lateral thinking? No, the whole thing was a huge con to push Meghan into the background; even to nab credit from Meghan, who has actually supported and worked with charities dedicated to these issues. And it failed abysmally. Kween better pray that New Girl comes up with some decent ideas, or she’ll hear the clicker-clack of the tricoteuses in the distance…

  21. Noodle says:

    In the height of Sussex-shaming 2018-19, one of the criticisms of H and M was that they couldn’t keep employees because Meghan was just the. worst. SUCH a big deal was made over the “three nannies — THREE!!” frenzy. I’d be interested to see how many staffers these dolts have gone through in a similar time period, either by way of quitting or firing post-maternity-leave. If staff turnover is a sign of poor management (or in Meghan’s case, Black Americanness), let’s compare apples to apples and see how our Kensi-Keens stack up.

  22. aquarius64 says:

    Keen Kween is getting dragged now? The tabloids need to make back the money from trashing Meghan

  23. Tiffany says:

    So it took a pandemic for Kate to finally wear her hair pulled back. And the mascara,…whew chile.

  24. yinyang says:

    Top money smartest being hired to brainwash the masses, funded by the masses. How long is this silliness going to go on?

  25. Lexa says:

    I mean… my assumption is that the results and whatever will come out of the Early Years survey got paused like most everything else during the pandemic and it’ll resurface later this fall, but I also realize I’m in the minority with that belief. LOL

  26. yinyang says:

    Omg that picture she looks so funny, she’s a complete airhead. Comment on instgram “Kate doesn’t hog the limelight unlkike someone we know” Oh give it a rest, theres always got to be one comment.

  27. Jay says:

    To be fair, this IS a good use of her platform and skills (holding up a piece of paper is what I’m counting as a skill here) so kudos for that.

  28. Flying Fish says:

    Let’s see if this new hire can get Kate off her ass!

  29. The Duchess says:

    This new hire won’t budge the laziest woman in the world. 9 years into the role and Keen still can’t get off her ass and do something with her position. She’s pushing 40, still being managed by her mother and sits on the Anmer open roof tanning her butt off all day. A leopard never changes its spots.

  30. Dinah says:

    Kate’s fans and the British press must stop with that “Kate the future queen consort” nonsense, and stop propping her up. It is not doing her any good, as her current performance does not come close to 1% of the skills needed for that position. She has to start adding more content and in-depth to her profile before that queen consort thing can actually happen.

    We all know that Kate is a low-performer. In no way is she capable of having a meaningful and in-depth conversation at a table with world leaders or influential world figures at the moment. They will all blow her away. Rather than learning foreign languages ​​and getting ready for things like diplomacy and real global issues like poverty and philanthropy, at nearly 40, Kate only seem to be concerned about things like her appearance, ordering the next coat dress and the simple topics like ‘child development’ – an issue she, as a mother, should have an understand of anyway.

    I mean, watch how today’s modern queens’ consort worldwide, present themselves. Many have jobs and/or businesses of heir own, speak many languages and have credentials in their own rights, while supporting their husbands and the kingship. Just look at how some of these modern and inspiring women in many Arab countries, in African countries, in Europe – like, closer to the UK, in Belgium and The Netherlands – go by, or prepare for their job as queen consort. So stop whining and start do the meaningful preparation work, Kate.

  31. paddingtonjr says:

    I know that in the past, working in a royal household was more about prestige than money, but is that really the case here? In the nine years the Cambridges have been married, they’ve shown themselves to be ill-prepared, lazy and with absolutely no outside interests. I can see someone just starting out or making a career change might be interested, but a seemingly intelligent, well-educated career diplomat? Does Kate really need a “private secretary” to organize her busy schedule of hair appointments, shopping and Zoom meetings?

  32. Florence says:

    I’d love to be her private secretary. I’m 8 years younger than her and would put the fear of God in her, I’m the strictest person I know lmao. Carole would be told where to go.