Duchess Kate will have a ‘phenomenal workload’ now that the Sussexes are gone

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People Magazine’s cover story this week is all about the Duchess of Cambridge and “the pressure to be perfect.” Eyeroll. I wasn’t even halfway through reading the article when the thought occurred to me: this was exactly what Kate hoped to achieve when she authorized that Tatler cover story. The problem with the Tatler story was that Tatler actually spoke to some of those rich bitches in Norfolk, many of whom used the opportunity to trash Kate. Kate learned a valuable lesson: go to People Magazine for the kind of ego-massage messaging she so desires. Honestly, when you look at these quotes through the filter of “this was what the Tatler piece was supposed to be,” it makes so much more sense. Some highlights:

Kate is back to royal duties: As the mom of three, 38, steps back into the spotlight, she faces mounting public expectation as future Queen. And she finds herself trying to do it all at a time when the public is reexamining old institutions and their place in modern society. “Those who know her say there is a real core of strength, and she did set her mind to the job,” Sarah Gristwood, author of Elizabeth: The Queen and the Crown, tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “But at the same time, she’d have to be superhuman not to feel the pressure.”

Kate’s role in the family now that Meghan & Harry are gone: “Without Meghan and Harry, there is going to be a phenomenal workload on Catherine and William,” says a source close to the royal household. “None of the older [generations] can do it all. The pressure is on the two of them.”

On the Tatler debacle: Kate “certainly would resent someone saying that she is struggling,” says a close source. “I can understand why she would feel that is a total misrepresentation of the truth, because it really isn’t the case. If anything, she is relishing the role more than ever. And she will do it all to the best of her ability.”

Poor Kate has to be all things to all people: As the future Queen raising a future King, Kate is expected to flawlessly fulfill multiple roles: princess, supportive spouse, hands-on mom, international bridge-builder, charity advocate, style icon and more. “The future Queen is a role model to the U.K. but also to the world, which means all eyes are on you,” says royal etiquette expert Myka Meier, author of Modern Etiquette Made Easy. “The added pressure of having cameras everywhere to catch even the slightest eye movement makes everything she does a conscious effort. From the perfectly poised posture to the way she descends a staircase or gets out of a car—it is all carefully done.”

The pressure extends to her kids: “I think the pressure is more about her public image, making sure she is wearing the right brands, showing the kids in less expensive clothing, especially right now,” says an insider. “Small details, but they matter.”

Kate the Keen: “Catherine is the sort of woman who will take on whatever she needs to,” says the close source. “If she needs to step up to the plate, she does it—and she always has.”

[From People]

LMAO. “If she needs to step up to the plate, she does it—and she always has.” *puts finger to ear* We’re now being told that historically, when Kate is asked to step to the plate, she wanders off and goes on vacation. Seriously though, this was what Kate wanted to achieve with the Tatler piece – she wanted to push the image of Hard-Working Kate, a version of herself which does not exist. She wanted to throw Meghan and Harry under the bus for forcing her to bust her ass as a Top CEO and rewrite the narrative that she’s been lazy as hell all this time. As for all of the pressure on Kate to be perfect… I mean, that pressure exists. But in retrospect, I find that Kate has done more to navigate the internal pressure within the family – the pressure to be dull, to not “outshine” anyone, to not work too hard, to NOT revolutionize this staid, disgusting institution.

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  1. Sequinedheart says:

    What a load of bollocks

  2. Zapp Brannigan says:

    “Kate is expected to flawlessly fulfill multiple roles: princess, supportive spouse, hands-on mom, international bridge-builder”

    International bridge builder? The future (future) Queen is a civil engineer now too?

    • Paperclip says:

      Lololololol. Good one!

    • Molly says:

      Turns out Kate also enjoys Legos.

    • Nic919 says:

      She needs to keep her own house clean if she’s going to pretend to build bridges internationally. Even the most generous interpretation of her actions can’t excuse her bitchface at the commonwealth service for the world to see.

      • notasugarhere says:

        W&K need to get to work in the UK. Forget ‘international bridge buildling’ which translated to her vanity day trips to pose in museums in Lux and The Netherlands. The Angelina Jolie cosplay in Amsterdam was particularly bad.

      • Sarah says:

        Let’s be honest, 90% of this is fan fiction. I’d even suggest that ‘mother of future king’ is (rightly IMO) questionable right now.

      • notasugarhere says:

        It is W&K PR dictating direct to the new UK-raised editor of People.

    • Becks1 says:


    • Tessa says:

      A Stepford wife. A lazy one at that.

    • jennplamb says:

      can’t build bridges when you don’t like meeting with people and can barely string two sentences together.

  3. bonobochick says:

    Kate’s desperation to be seen as both a savior and a victim is so tedious.

  4. Roo says:

    My eyes rolled back so much they came back around the other way!

    I hope this story and PR keeps her happy and warm, because once H and M get back to their normal workload, or more likely, announce some cool project they have been working on quietly and behind the scenes, she will back to gnashing her teeth in her CEO office a/k/a living room credenza.

  5. Swack says:

    Wasn’t that suppose to be her job all along? When a 90+ year old does more than you do, be embarrassed.

    • Jenn_jenn0 says:

      This! This is what she is supposed to be doing regardless of anything else. So she wants credit for doing her job? Good lord I can’t with the BS they keep trying to spin.

      • Poisonella says:

        I would love to have a job where I show up some place, shake some hands, get some flowers, and have people bend over to please ME! When can I start?

  6. Molly says:

    Hello magazine used the same photograph for their cover and did not photoshop Kate. The contrast is startling.

    “And she will do it all to the best of her ability.”
    Lol. Nice disclaimer.

    “International bridge builder” 🤦

    I genuinely think Kate and KP may have approved every line in that article. It is AGGRESSIVE pr. There’s no charm and no anecdotes. It’s incredibly self-absorbed and shows her priorities.

    • manda says:

      just googled the hello cover, and took a closer look at this one. Omg this one is creepy looking!! They eyes especially. It’s really not a good photo. But her skin on the hello cover…. wow. I had no idea it was so bad

      • Harla says:

        I agree! Her eyes look “lighter” on color in the People photo and it looks like they smoothed out her cheeks and a bit on her forehead.

      • KWG says:

        Can you please link to the cover pic for Hello? I’ve googled but can’t find it. Thanks!

      • manda says:

        @ Harla–Yes!! I almost made a “children of the damned” comparison

        @ KWG — I think this should take you to it.
        If not, google hello magazine, and then click to images, and it’s like the 6th one over on the top row of results

    • Sarah says:

      I did think the disclaimer was a nice touch – do NOT expect too much.

      • Molly says:

        Kate is a shy woman who is doing her best. 🤦

        Someone upthread nailed it when they said Kate wants to be a savior and a victim at the same time.

    • Becks1 says:

      Even the photoshop here is not great. Its just enough to be better than the Hello cover.

      But, the lack of photoshop is interesting to point out, not because of how she actually looks, but because I feel its always the magazine being passive aggressive towards Kate. People mag knows how to photoshop the hell out of Kate (remember the one from last year or so where she looked like Denmark’s CP Mary??) Hello chose not to do it at all and People is only doing the bare minimum of photoshopping.

      • Molly says:

        There does seem to be some passive-aggressiveness going on. They could have done a better job and Kate does have a nice smile and expressive and attractive eyes so they could also have chosen a better picture.

        I noticed they have gone back to calling her Princess Kate.

      • Kriseth says:

        These magazines and writers do not like covering her. They hope the magazine will sell because Kate looks awful on the cover. She really has too much money and access to the best while not really working to be looking this haggard.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        Yeah, the photoshop here is very sloppy. Almost like they tried and gave up after a few minutes. Somehow even with the extra smoothing of skin here, they still managed to make it look unflattering. People usually does a lot in that department, so it’s interesting that they couldn’t (or wouldn’t?) do more.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Interesting HELLO didn’t photoshop her as much, as right now they’re promoting Still Trying to Be Famous James and his girlfriend with photos lifted from their IG

  7. Aurora says:

    Notice there is not a single mention of a project or initiative. Her duties and “pressures” consist of “wearing the right brands” and “making sure the kids or wearing less expensive clothing”.

    • Mtec says:

      Wow you’re right @Aurora, once again, it’s hard to find any real achievements she’s done. Anything praise worthy about Kate has always been superficial things like how she dresses/styles her hair/styles her kids, etc. Her life, aside from the riches, is very sad.

    • Harla says:

      Right?! And it’s amazing that KP feels that this narrative is building up Kate, I would be so embarrassed if this is the best someone could up with to write about me.

    • S808 says:

      Yeah that’s further proof she’ll never be a full time working royal. Being constantly shown up by Meghan wasn’t even enough for her to push out a project or even regularly visit her already existing charities.

    • My3cents says:

      I rolled my eyes so hard remembering how long it took her to stop flashing. The barest minimum.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Has she stopped? She was still flashing at Eugenie’s wedding 18 months ago. Stood there laughing and smiling at her skirt flying up. No lining, no weights, no slip.

      • Marjorie says:

        I just looked at the photos from Eugenie’s wedding and her skirt was flying up the whole time. Sophie’s standing next to her and her skirt is fine, while Kate’s is flying up to her waist. Geez.

      • SomeChick says:

        @nota: I didn’t catch that! Probably because I didn’t pay much mind to Eugenie’s wedding beyond E’s dress (which was beautiful and I loved that she didn’t cover her scar). Would love to see pix of that.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        Nota: she came close to flashing more recently than that event too. The polka dot dress she wore last spring or early summer: she managed to make it look matronly and tacky at the same time. Quite a bit of upper thigh flashing, and I remember her sycophants were mocking people for “being prudish” in the comments here. Funny how they like to tout “protocol” and “propriety” when it suits them.

    • Nic919 says:

      Her PR people work way harder at trying to spin her mediocrity than she ever will on any project.

    • taylor says:

      that’s a good observation. i don’t understand why she’s okay with that, but i guess the rf has never been about substance.

    • Lizzie says:

      Good catch! BRF should be so embarrassed.

      Clearly she isn’t good at any royal duties so just let her stay home and hang out with her family. That would be better than these bogus articles and her awkward attempts.

  8. ABritGuest says:

    “The future Queen is a role model to the U.K. but also to the world” the hyperbole. Ok Jan lol.

    What is this extra work? It sounds like royals won’t be doing foreign tours anytime soon& they’ve only started doing public engagements. I doubt the will do those big walkabouts in U.K. soon either. The Sussexes kept their patronages& I had read that the Cambridges will focus on a specific charity for a limited time so not the hundred of patronages that people like the Queen have. So what’s with this narrative? And if the BRF needed extra bodies perhaps shouldn’t have briefed against the other young couple that was there.

  9. Nic919 says:

    FFS. Kate is demonstrably the laziest royal for several generations. She’s also really bad at basic things like talking and knowing what to talk about. At 38 she’s not going to change. There will just be PR articles telling us lies in the hopes of fooling people who don’t really notice.

    Also why can’t she wear socks with runners? Bare ankles look silly in a outfit that is otherwise dressing for cooler weather.

    • Molly says:

      She is a King maker! She’ll just claim other people’s accomplishments as her own.

      • HeatherC says:

        Technically she is? (George) so she adequately fulfilled her primary duty of birthing heirs. But she has no ambition to even approach the bar set by others before her nevermind exceed it. But its important to her that others believe she’s super ambitious and busy and stressed and overloaded but look how pretty she looks in the right brands and her kids are never messy. If people want to hold this up as some sort of role model, it’s not only sad, it’s a huge step backwards.

      • Molly says:

        Kate is a drill sergeant of perfection! We must stop criticizing her because we are lowly peasants whereas Kate is William’s wife and George’s mother. Honestly, the whole article reads as if narrated by someone at KP through gritted teeth.

        She would have made a great mommy blogger or mommy influencer as long as she could pay other people to do the heavy lifting. I still think that’s her real approach to the job. All image and privilege but lacking in substance.

        I just realized there’s not one word about William helping her! You think the cover would be about the new family photos but that’s just a small picture next to the begging for sympathy for Kate.

      • notasugarhere says:

        It is 2020. ‘Birthing an heir’ is not her job, women are more than walking wombs. Plenty of thrones go sideways these days. Both QEII and King Philippe of Belgium are the monarchs because of sideways inheritance.

      • anotherlily says:

        Claiming other people’s accomplishments as her own has been especially evident in the last two years since Meghan arrived on the scene. The Cenotaph Remembrance Service in 2018 saw Kate wearing a bizarre outfit fashioned to look like a WW1 military nurse’s uniform. This was following KP publicity about her great-grandmother Olive who was a nurse during WW1. The following year, after publicity about her Middleton grandmother’s contribution to the WW11 war effort, Kate wore another military-style get-up complete with the code-breaker’s badge her grandmother earned.
        During her childhood she had far more contact with her maternal grandmother, Dorothy Goldsmith, than with Valerie Middleton but the Goldsmith side of the family have been airbrushed out.
        These military-style outfits are bizarre and show Kate’s insecurity when faced with the arrival of a woman of her own age who has achievements of her own.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Snotty Dorothy airbrushed them out. Several relatives came forward about how Dorothy ‘Lady Dorothy’ Goldsmith always wanted to be the top brick in the chimney and cut them off after she married ‘well’.

      • HeatherC says:

        @notasugarhere I agree. But its the main thing she has latched onto: the kids. That has been her/PR team’s excuse for her low numbers: she is a hands on mother and will ensure a stable healthy monarchy because of that. She uses that as a shield whenever expectations are brought up. I fully expect she’ll try for number 4 when Louis approaches school age

      • Beach Dreams says:

        Molly: there’s been a lot of odd Kate-centered articles in this vein for the past few months. All about how “Kate’s the future! Kate needs to save the monarchy! It’s all up to Kaaatee!!” with hardly any references to William. To me it seems different from the typical “Kate’s the greatest thing since sliced bread” commentary we’ve been getting for the past two years.

      • Original Jenns says:

        HeatherC – Will has always been said to be set against another one (he was against a third). However, I wonder, if Meghan becomes pregnant again, if he will agree to a fourth, given the stupidness of the Cambridge’s competitiveness. I think another Meghan/Harry baby is the one way Kate will get her fourth.

      • Lizzie says:

        I wonder why William is against another baby. They are adorable and the nannies do all of the work so what’s the problem? They have plenty of time, money and help, they could have a dozen.

      • Lexistential says:

        @Original Jenns- I agree that the Cambridges would purposely have another baby to compete with Harry and Meghan’s second child. And there would be a bunch of spin from KP saying a fourth baby would be “following in the Queen’s footsteps”.

        @Lizzie- Maybe William is against a fourth because he truly feels like 3 is enough? 3 was his compromise number, 4 is too much?

      • Tessa says:

        William grouses about the babies making ‘noise.’ And ‘waking him up.’ I don’t think he’s too thrilled. They can’t name the baby Diana to play the DIana card if a girl. But perhaps this one if a girl would be named after Carole.

      • Molly says:

        @Beach Dreams. William’s method is to try to stay under the radar unless he’s attacking someone. I don’t think he wants the FFK kind of pr Kate clearly craves. William wants power and for other people to not get too much positive attention. But attention for William means scrutiny and I think he’d rather avoid that.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Charlotte is already named after Carole and Pippa. It is the same root name as Carole, and it is Pippa’s middle name.

        William would face even more justifiable criticism if they had a fourth. Given the changes in the UK around 3+ children, his pretend stance on environmental issues, etc. But I do think, if she wants #4 in exchange for Rose, she’ll get Baby #4. And they’ll both continue to use the kids for PR and for PR against each other in their unhappy marriage.

        If they have a fourth, the two younger ones would not be working royals. With three, it makes the situation more up in the air like the Kent kids all those years ago. Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra of Kent are working royals; Prince Michael of Kent (third child) technically isn’t.

        That might get Kate and Carole in a snit, if all the kids don’t live high on the taxpayer hog. With Harry walking away, it has also set the stage for Charlotte to be Charlotte M-W, forbid the use of any titles or HRH for her in public life, and to go earn a living.

  10. BUBS says:

    People Magazine is doing the absolute fluffy most these days, as regards this woman. It’s so glaringly contrived…and off-putting!!! Absolute sycophancy!!! Is this going to be the US version of the Daily Mail soon???

    • Harla says:

      I know and I can’t wait for my subscription to run out so I don’t have to contribute to this nonsense ever again!!

    • fluffy_bunny says:

      I’m so glad I cancelled my subscription.

    • Original Jenns says:

      “there is going to be a phenomenal workload on Catherine and William” – looks like they pulled out the Trump thesaurus when working on this piece. WTF is a phenomenal workload???

    • Lizzie says:

      Enty from CDAN has called People mg ‘knee pads’ for years.

    • MA says:

      I just see a basic suburban mom on the cover. No shade at all, she doesn’t look bad, I Just don’t see the point of buying something like this. I’d want to buy a magazine with a unique or interesting celebrity in terms of looks, fashion, or story. Like People could just put Rihanna, Sophie Turner, Michelle Obama, Charlize Theron….Not a picture of the type of person you run into at Whole Foods without so much as a second look.

      • Tessa says:

        Kate can pretend she’s a “suburban mom” but she can never be one. She has a life of privilege, great wealth, and orders staff around. I might have reluctantly bought the issue a few months ago but after her nastiness towards Meghan and Harry I avoid buying anything with her on the cover.

  11. Mtec says:

    I see the photoshop has started again.

    It’s been proven she actually had less engagements (before COVID shut everything down) this winter/spring since the Sussexes have been gone. The Cambridges’ work never depended on the Sussexes easing anything for them, in fact it made them look worse and lazier, so they had to pretend to care and do more things when the Sussexes were there with their natural abilities to show them up.

    They actually have less pressure now that they’re not being constantly compared with naturally charming and hardworking people. But now they want to twist H&M’s exit as a burden on them, as if W&K didn’t actively participate in that campaign to smear and exile them.

  12. Harla says:

    Bawahahahahaha!! between the exerts and the highly photo-shopped cover, this is the good laugh I needed today!!! Thanks Kaiser!!

  13. bluemoonhorse says:

    This crap used to be funny. Before all the racism. Go away. Please.

    • Sera Quill says:

      ^^ This!
      It’s like comparing melania and Michelle Obama.
      One has to just exist and do the bare minimum, and still gets adulation.
      The other can go absolutely above and beyond, and still gets shredded.

  14. Jay says:

    I really wonder how this kind of story will land with People’s audience. My mom is an occasional People reader and I can picture her saying “Yeah, I raised three children, worked a full time job, volunteered at church and in service clubs, and never asked anyone to call me superhuman”. Kate would get a lot more love if she acknowledged that her struggles are shared by many, rather than expecting to be awarded a shiny ribbon for doing LITERALLY her job.

    • Harla says:

      I can tell you that this People magazine subscriber is laughing pretty hard at this article and cover! I’ve had a subscription for years and now can’t wait for it to expire so I don’t have to look at or read this crap any more. Actually the magazine with the Queen on the cover, I just throw away without reading it.

  15. Bren says:

    But what about the five questions?

    The Tatler piece was supposed to be Kate’s full acceptance and coming out party to top off three years of bullying Meghan out of the U.K. I see it took her no time to go back to the well of good American press to boost her bruised ego. However, I doubt set she wants acceptance from are reading People magazine for the virtues of Keen Kate.

    • notasugarhere says:

      We were told struggle survey and struggle project were being set aside indefinitely so she can focus on saving the world from COVID.

  16. taylor says:

    do these covers sell? they must, because it’s an every other month thing, despite the content being the exact same propping up. and people claim this publication is meghan’s mouthpiece. hm.

    anyway — the fluff pieces are fine as long as meghan isn’t thrown under the bus. i’d hope anyone not living under the asses of royals can tell propaganda when they see it.

    • Lowrider says:

      The covers of royals must sell or they wouldn’t have them on the cover so often.
      The Cambridge brand is selling the perfect family image which would sells to the minivan majority, fantasists and low information readers.

      • Tessa says:

        Not necessarily. Kate is Boring.

      • SomeChick says:

        “Low information readers” – what a perfect turn of phrase. Love it!

        Hi to the People peeps reading here! I wish I got paid to read CB.

      • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

        I’ll never forget the scene in “The Big Chill”, when Jeff Goldblum’s character, who was a writer for People” said that his articles “can’t be any longer or deeper than someone can read when taking a cr*p” lol. So true!

        In the ensuing years since this movie, it’s gotten 180* worse! I remember when People came out. It was half celebrity gossip/articles, and half *real* people, who had done something admirable, newsworthy, charitable etc.

        Now, it’s just fit for the cr*pper.

    • Melissa says:

      Yet an article for ‘low information readers’ garners over 100 comments. I agree, she doth protest too much.

    • February-Pisces says:

      Unfortunately there are people out there who are dumb enough to believe the Cambridge’s propaganda. My mum is one of them. She was saying the other day how lovely it was that the kids were wearing affordable clothing in the birthday picture. I pointed out that she only knew that fact because an ass kissing TV presented said it, after they were told to, and that the Cambridge’s put their kids in those clothes just so people like like her would praise them for it. That birthday pic is nothing be a form of advertising for the Cambridge’s. She didn’t get it. Those affordable clothes probably went straight into the incinerator after the pics were taken lol.

  17. Florence says:

    Aww. I hope she struggles and the press come for her. Give her a taste of what poor Meghan went through at the hands of Fleet Street.

    • Prayer Warrior says:

      @Florence ` she’s white. It will not, it simply can not ever taste like what Meghan went through. Not ever. Which is something that pisses me off hugely, because no matter how bad it ever gets for Kate, it will never approach the deliberate ‘other-izing’ and ‘doesn’t know her place’ etc that was dumped on Meghan. But Kate would crumple under such a burden. Whereas Meghan simply went about her business and when she finally, fully understood ‘her place’…..she left.

    • Grace says:

      With any luck they will rip her to shreds, Will can cast her aside when the emotional toll becomes too much and marry someone more suitable. The nanny’s will raises the children anyway and she can retire to a nice home somewhere.

  18. Digital Unicorn says:

    Those photo’s – its either the bad makeup or she’s been at the fake tan. Its patchy AF!

    Plus in the people photo for a split sec I thought it was William in a wig and makeup.

    Also, People has clearly been on this site as they’ve used the ‘Keen’ moniker that we use a LOT. LOL

  19. February-Pisces says:

    This is basically another way of saying that she’s a ‘top CEO’ and that ‘she’s exhausted’ and it’s all ‘meanie meghans’ fault.

    This is exactly what they wanted the Tatler article to be, except Tatler went wild. ‘With out harry and Meghan there, there’s a phenomenal workload”. Is that not just the same as ‘she’s exhausted and it’s all meghans fault’?

    The reasons for the Tatler disaster wasn’t ever all the back handers, it was the fact that KPs attempts to embiggen Kate fell flat. The ‘exhausted’ line absolutely came from them, they thought it would villainize Meghan and victimise poor Kate. Except Kate has been sat in her mansion on her country estate for the past 3 months making the occasional zoom call, whilst health workers are dying.

    When “exhausted gate’ flopped they tried again with ‘tightsgate’. Kate’s only argument for that was ‘protocol’. That didn’t land as expected either, then they ran to Richard kay to reiterate the story, emphasising what kate just wanted to ‘respect the queen’ with protocol again. Again it flopped. It would have helped it she had actually wore tights herself to the wedding lol,

    Then slander attempt no3, blame meghan. Say meghans -friends- sisters-cousins-dogs-friend once worked with the Tatler writer. Yeah that will get the trolls riled. Maybe it would have worked if Kate’s actual friend from uni wasn’t Tatler editor. And the fact he posted a shade pic on Instagram show there is probably some falling out. My guess that most of the aristo high society crowd are on Queen Bee Rose’s side, and they all that kate ain’t sh*t and she needs to be brought down a peg or two.

    • Lala456 says:

      this so much! they didnt even realize why the article fell flat. just so out of touch. it would convince people more if she just actually worked and stopped trying to be so petty. they’re digging the grave more

      • February-Pisces says:

        It’s very telling that they keep trying to repeat the same stories, hoping that they will stick, but it’s all they seem to have. Poor Kate will have to work more, and it’s all Meghan fault. Re-writing the Tatler piece means they don’t have anything else left to villianize Meghan and victimise Kate.

  20. paddingtonjr says:

    It says a lot about how little W&K have been doing that, now the Sussexes are gone, the Cambridges will have a phenomenal workload. Were H&M really doing that much more than W&K? And why didn’t Keen Katie, the children’s princess, who was going to hit the ground running, build more of a workload in the 7 years between her wedding and Meghan’s? What “international bridgebuilding” has she been doing? Or was that done in one of her secret meetings?

    Go away, Kate. We’ve literally seen your racist a&&.

    • HeatherC says:

      If I had to guess, she and her team consider her overdone theme dressing on tours to be bridge building. How exhausting it is to wear clothes every day. No wonder I’m tired.

      • paddingtonjr says:

        You’re probably right: imagine having to choose the right outfit for a meeting or event once a month! I’m tired just thinking about it. I’m going to need another cup of coffee before changing my clothes for a work call.

  21. Sarah says:

    Well the ‘stepping up to the plate’ bit made me spit out some of my drink and I also loved ‘perfectly poised posture’. You know we have eyes right? I definitely needed a laugh today so thank you People and Kaiser.

  22. Ginger says:

    You are spot on Kaiser. The Tatler article was supposed to read like this People Magazine one.

    The constant hyping up of Kate is going to backfire on them. And that’s a HORRIBLE picture of Kate.

    • Sunday says:

      Agree on all points. The People and Tatler articles have the same exact framework, which show that this is what both papers were fed from KP – that Kate has to take over SUCH a large workload now that the Sussexes are gone, that she’s so KEEN, that she’s a great mom, blah blah blah.

      Where Tatler went rogue is in the context that their toff sources gave to the article – large helpings of sarcasm and passive aggression slathered all over every embiggening talking point with such pointed glee that it deflated every virtue that KP hoped to extoll. Absent of the context that those sources brought, the People article seemingly achieves what KP wanted (horrible cover photo aside).

      My question is, why on earth does KP think this is a winning strategy??? They’ve tried this exact “the Sussexes leaving makes more work for Kate” line for months now, and it just looks more and more out of touch every time. They haven’t even added a new charity or initiative or plan or anything tangible to the narrative, just a vague “Kate has to work a lot but she’ll still dress nice” statement, and they expect her to be applauded for this beyond the shallow pool of rota sycophants? How is this the strategy?? How, at a time when normal everyday citizens are stepping up and organizing incredible acts of charity on a daily basis?

      If they really wanted it to look like Kate was being saddled with all this work that Meghan left behind, it seems pretty obvious that they could simply find a cause with which Meghan was previously affiliated, do literally anything with them for like an hour one day, then release a gazillion stories about how you did the event because Meghan couldn’t. Luminary would be a great target because Meghan wasn’t an official royal patron (I think) – surely KP could use their influence to get Kate assigned as their patron, which they could use as direct evidence of Meghan’s “abandonment.” Or even just hold an event with an organization in Sussex county itself! If they’re not going to do that, if they’re not going to actually show ANYWHERE, EVER how the future future king and queen have had to pick up the slack left behind by the sixth in line and his wife, then this narrative can never progress anywhere concrete, and so what is the actual point? This is the best they can come up with? It’s just baffling.

  23. Lindy says:

    Cool cool cool. Can I please sign up for her workload? I would love to spend 5 or 6 hours a week smiling politely and feigning interest in the poors while mumbling platitudes, knowing that I have a small army of people to handle my daily household and childcare responsibilities so I don’t have to worry about getting groceries, cleaning bathrooms, and taking care of my kids while also holding down a full-time job and then two hours of online classes at night after I get the kids to bed.

    Wow, I just feel so terribly bad for her.

    • kelleybelle says:

      I know, eh? Poor Muffin and her crushing, exhausting workload. Give me a break.

    • Cairidh says:

      5-6 hrs a week? THat would be 300 hrs a year. She doesn’t do anywhere near that. One hour a week is her preference and even that she struggles with. She asked the queen to let her withdraw from public duties and stop doing that.

  24. Becks1 says:

    The only line in that I believe is this –

    “If anything, she is relishing the role more than ever.”

    Kate is definitely relishing being the only “young” female royal right now (“working” royal that is) after having successfully bullied M out of the country.

    And *all this* PR is just part of that bullying – its to embiggen Kate yes but its also meant to tear Meghan down, if Meghan and Harry had only stayed, things would have been perfect for Kate.

    And Kaiser is right, this is totally what the Tatler article was supposed to be. It hits all the same notes without any of the snark.

    • Seraphina says:

      Whole heartedly agree with you on that. And it’s hilarious they have to come to foreign magazines to spin the fiction because back home, the truth comes out. Effing hilarious!

    • windyriver says:

      Kate should enjoy this while it lasts; once Meghan and Harry begin to work, only Kate’s most steadfast fans, and the determined Meghan haters, will buy that this malarkey passes for doing anything of real use. And that should start happening in…3-2-1.

      This was Kate and Will’s golden moment, with Meghan and Harry temporarily out of the picture; lots of simple things they could have done during lockdown (many ideas put forth in these comments) to make a real impression and demonstrate they have something of substance to offer. But, they don’t wanna. Instead, we got the very occasional zoom call, some pictures of the kids taken by the world’s most amazing photographer (not), and that was about it. Clearly Will and Kate, and those in their sphere, believe that more and more PR can substitute for activity. They’re going to find out that Harry and Meghan may be out of the RF, and out of the UK, but people can recognize authentic work when they see it, and all this fluff about poor overworked yet perfect CEO Kate, role model and savior of the monarchy, will be forgotten. Should be interesting.

      • Nic919 says:

        And pictures are out showing Harry and Meghan actually helping again. I’m sure it will be covered tomorrow, but I think the media is going to ignore this fluff and focus on the ones who provide them with more attention.

      • windyriver says:

        @Nic, I saw the pictures, which is why I wrote the above – though this is what I’ve thought for a while, and I’ve been waiting for H&M to start becoming active again to see what happens/how W&K and their minions respond. But didn’t want to hijack the thread, as it will likely be covered tomorrow. There’s another very interesting piece of news about H&M and their plans which will also likely be covered tomorrow.

  25. Cg2495 says:

    They photoshopped her and still looks bad 😝

    This article is an embarrassment… she really has nothing to do but wear endless buttons and put the kids in affordable clothes.

  26. JT says:

    Why are W&K constantly going to People magazine, an American outlet, for PR? People are always accusing Harry and Meghan of being too Hollywood, but W&K are the ones who are continuously spinning their narrative out here. They are the ones trying to encroach on the American market. This story reminded me of the fact that at the beginning of the pandemic, W&K were the only royals who didn’t have to cancel a single thing in their schedule. Charles and Camila canceled engagements and tours, the queen canceled events, Harry canceled invictus, but W&K had nothing going on. W&K’s workload will not change, and this time they can use covid19 as the excuse.

    • Harper says:

      The Cambridges are afraid of losing American fans/Instagram followers to the Sussexes now that they officially reside in America! But there is no new news behind this Kate People cover story that would incite curiosity amongst the casual grocery store shopper so I doubt it will be a big seller. No one cares about Kate continuing to do nothing. Divorce, new baby, huge weight loss/gain–those headlines might sell an issue. Kate has a busy life? No one cares.

  27. Desdemona says:

    So, are we (the world) going to hear “the complaints” of the Duchess of Cambridge for the next 10 years or so, because she’s the future queen and is still learning how to do the job properly and mean Meghan has left her all alone instead of being her workslave alongside with Harry being William’s?
    This story is nauseating already…

    • Florence says:

      Yep. Like the “princess lessons/easing into it” excuse, like the “HG” excuse, the “devoted mother” excuse… she never ever gets off her spindly behind and WORKS. It’s the constant prevarication. Useless woman-child married useless man-child and they enable each other.

  28. Lowrider says:

    Kate is all image. She is not a woman of substance at all and that is a fact that has been proven from the time she stepped on the royal scene. If you compare her to Sophie, Anne and any of the European royals in direct line she falls ways short.

    • Nic919 says:

      Hillary Mantel nailed it years ago which is why there was such a harsh reaction to it. Kate is an empty vessel and that works for a patriarchal and racist institution like the monarchy.

  29. TheOriginalMia says:

    I guess Princess Kate will feel better about her life now that People has waxed poetically about how wonderful, hardworking and loyal she is. The BRF and the world are blessed to have FFQ Kate. She’s so keen to right the wrongs that other Duchess brought to the family.

  30. Busyann says:

    If she hadn’t showed how much of a willing participant she was with the Meghan and Harry smear, I would give her more credit. I used to. I used to believe that she really was just trying to keep a low profile and not outshine her husband and FIL. It’s true…she does have to balance that. But she is lazy, entitled, quietly arrogant, and dare I say it….racist. Maybe not overtly, but there are tones to observious pro-Middleton hit pieces on Meghan and her interactions with POC come across as performative.

    She lost my ability to even give an inch the past two years. And she needs to go back to her darker hair color. She looks old, hungry and washed out with lighter colored hair.

    • FicklePickle says:

      Eh, maybe she’s decided to start up the standard aristo habit of ‘enhancing’ a darker hair color. Slowly, over the course of months or even years, going lighter one shade at a time until you end up appropriately blonde or blonde-adjacent enough to be called blonde.

    • Nic919 says:

      Anyone who is fine with the painting they had in their living room is racist. The image is racist and the name plate made it even more obvious.

  31. MsIam says:

    I’m losing respect for People frankly. So far they have had these major cover pieces on the Queen (?!) and Kate but hardly anything on our own American duchess. What gives? I can’t imagine anyone here in the US rushing to buy another Kate story. I’m guessing that they are so afraid of what Omid’s book is going to say about the royals that they feel the need to try and get a new narrative in before it’s too late. I think it’s too late for that and these lame puff pieces are not going to get the job done.

    • yinyang says:

      I don’t understand it either, I’m not buying People anymore.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      They’ve had a new editor since March 2019: Dan Wakeford, a British journalist. Jess Cagle was the previous editor and he retired last March.

    • Sid says:

      Someone said that the new editor-in-chief of the magazine is British, so I guess the over-the-top flowery articles on the BRF (more than they were before) will be the way forward now.

    • MA says:

      I side eye publications and blogs that say “Princess Kate” but refer to Meghan as “Meghan Markle.”

  32. yinyang says:

    Why keep talking abuot, just do it. She’s such an unlikeable person, and people’s magazine pushing her on everyone makes it worse, she’s on the cover every month.

  33. Coco says:

    Does People publish the same version of the magazine in the UK as North America? Because having this cover story only sold in US supermarkets doesn’t seem to help her much. Also, is the idiom “step up to the plate” used much in British English? It derives from baseball. Or could it refer to cricket, too?

    • Sarah says:

      No plates in cricket, only wickets. I don’t know what they achieve by pandering to an American audience. I’m pretty sure the majority of Americans don’t really care about her or her family.

  34. Maxie says:

    Aren’t Letizia and Felipe pretty much the only working royals in Spain and isn’t it enough?

    • SomeChick says:

      Indeed, two “working royals” ought to be enough.

      The fact that “working” seems to consist of “raising awareness” for charities (to which they never themselves donate – they are shilling for others to actually put up money) is an entirely flawed system.

      The whole royalty system is fatally flawed because it was set up so long ago. Back then, folks had as many kids as possible, because some would likely not survive. Nor would most reach their 70s, much less 90s.

      Now, they are still encouraged to have at least two children each. Nearly all survive, so then something must be found for them to do to justify their existence. The FFQ and FFK are products of this system and they seem to have no idea that times have changed or how to adapt – or really, that they need to adapt at all.

      Poor sausages.

  35. Intheknow says:

    How can a 50 yr old woman who has NEVER worked a day in her life be ‘sold’ as hard work?? It’s like they adding 2+2 and get 1.

  36. Tessa says:

    If People think Kate can help them sell issues, they are sadly mistaken. She’s boring and irritating.

  37. AL says:

    I keep wondering what Camilla feels about Kate always being touted as the upcoming “Queen”…I mean, that’s gotta be weird. There’s a step between here and there.

  38. anon says:

    Is it just me, or is anyone else super bored with the ongoing, neverending, thirsty “future Qween” stories? I mean, you’d think that she’s gonna be Qween like, next week or something. Which, that’s not the case.

    We get it. You’re a “Future Qween.” But remember, dear, so is Camilla. And she goes first. But what we don’t see is a tranche of thirsty stories about her. Maybe you should sit down and take a cue from your mother-in-law.

    Because it’s gonna be a long wait.

    • Tessa says:

      Stepmother in law Camilla has a lot of PR going on and always has.

    • February-Pisces says:

      I have a theory that Kate is basically pushing being called ‘FUTURE queen’ cos she knows she’s never going to make it that far. It the best she’s gonna ever going to get, and in a few years from now she might not have even that.

  39. boobra says:

    as we say in South Africa….. Hau, Shemmmm! *accompanied by MASSIVE eyeroll* — oh Shame!

  40. Mary says:

    “From the perfectly poised posture to the way she descends a staircase or gets out of a car—it is all carefully done.”

    This is how we know that Kate and Sophie’s behaviour at the CW service was a performance for the cameras.

    • mimi says:

      Perfect posture? Compared to who–the Hunchback of Notre Dame?

      • Prayer Warrior says:


      • BW says:

        Oh, you know. Getting out of a plane and descending the stairway only to have your skirt blow up and show your thong.

      • Mary says:

        Haha her posture is bad but it used to be so much worse! When Will and Kate first married she was so scrunched over that when she walked she looked to me like she was trying not to pee as she scurried to the restroom!!

      • notasugarhere says:

        BW, getting off the plane in AUS/NZ didn’t show her thong. It showed her lack of any underwear at all. Full frontal nude to the waist, flashing everything to everyone.

  41. Rae says:

    You can always count on People to photoshop, even if they had to hold back on this one.

  42. yinyang says:

    The best way to cover the truth is to project the opposite, in this case we have the laziest woman on earth, so we get shoved her workload.

  43. kelleybelle says:

    Complete BS. Poor muffin is under SO much pressure! All the “Saint Kate” articles are coming forth because the whole world knows how lazy she really is, and since the Commonwealth service, how mean and petty. KP is spinning her into a saint and it’s becoming nauseating. I’d be embarrassed if I were her.

  44. Liz version 700 says:

    Homeboy Industries just released lovely pics of Harry and Meghan On Twitter wearing masks and helping the charity. They look great and happy! In a couple of pictures Meghan’s apron fits a bit tight. I could totally be wrong, but in my daydreams H & M have twins and the CEO has to triple her 2 times a week zooms to compete with a beautiful woman minding her own business.

    • A Guest says:

      Those pictures are already all over Social Media with people posting that they’re going to or have donated to HBI. This group will see a huge jump in their fundraising.

      When is the last time or any time, one of Keen’s charities got that kind of publicity or help?

      • Liz version 700 says:

        I love that people are choosing to back the charities. That kind of ability to charities is admirable. I love seeing them use it to help really good charities… not just themselves.

      • Liz version 700 says:

        I love that people are choosing to back the charities. That kind of ability to charities is admirable. I love seeing them use it to help really good charities… not just themselves.

    • GuestWho says:

      They’ve also just announced that H&M have signed on with the agency that arranges speeches for the Obamas and the Clintons. They just keep moving forward.

      There is a lot of speculation on that tight-ish apron on twitter.

    • paddingtonjr says:

      Interesting that H&M can bring attention and influence donations to a charity or cause just by volunteering and getting involved yet W&K can’t bring the same influence to their patronages by popping by for 10-15 minutes every two years or so. Hmmm….

  45. Lizzie says:

    Duchess Dolittle should have had a phenomenal workload from day one.
    She is turning the BRF into laughingstocks.

  46. ravynrobyn says:

    C’mon Kaiser-I’m ready to eat a nice lunch at my favorite restaurant (which seems to really be focusing on doing everything they can to keep everyone safe). I actually felt nauseous reading the crap in People 😋🤮😋🤮😋🤮

  47. Abena Asantewaa says:

    This is a humdrum of an article, one embarassing tosh! Kate comes accross as narcissistic, who needs her ego massaged, to assure her, she is great. She is visionless, and bored. The last time I checked, Meghan was still The Royal Patron for all her charities, including the ones given to her by the queen, and I doubt, Meghan’s Charities, would replace, The Dynamic Duchess of Sussex, for a unimaginative Duchess of Cambridge, Future Queen or not, so this harping on about extra load she would be carrying is all in her imagination. ‘Some People Are Born Great, ‘Some Achieve Greatness, Others Have Greatness Bestowed Upon Them’, ( W Shakespeare) My dear duchess, you have a charisma bypass, you possess none of the above. This is Tatler The Revised Edition. Goodluck Kate.

  48. Abena Asantewaa says:

    This is a humdrum of an article, one embarassing tosh! Kate comes accross as narcissistic, who needs her ego massaged, to assure her, she is great. She is visionless, and bored. The last time I checked, Meghan was still The Royal Patron for all her charities, including the ones given to her by the queen, and I doubt, Meghan’s Charities, would replace, The Dynamic Duchess of Sussex, for a unimaginative Duchess of Cambridge, Future Queen or not, so this harping on about extra load she would be carrying is all in her imagination. ‘Some People Are Born Great, ‘Some Achieve Greatness, Others Have Greatness Bestowed Upon Them’, ( W Shakespeare) My dear duchess, you have a charisma bypass, you possess none of the above. Goodluck.

  49. Shannon Bullock says:

    Haven’t the Sussexes been gone for over a month now? Where is this allegedly phenomenal workload?

  50. MJM says:

    Good article Kaiser – this is Tatler 2.0 for sure.

  51. Meg says:

    Its like their taking gaslighting notes from Trump here-
    I fear this may work to an extent as most people dont pay regular attention to them to notice they they dont ‘work’ much. Writers journalists etc do though

  52. India Andrews says:

    I miss the old days of tin foil hate Kate theories and wiglet watches in the comments. They were thoughtful and fun.

  53. LaraW” says:

    It’s all right Kate. You go ahead and get your keen CEO coverage on People, while H&M are deemed newsworthy enough to be covered by institutions with actual journalistic integrity, e.g. the LA Times.

    Also must be a nice knowing that three photos of H&M suited up in black masks, blue hairnets, black aprons, gloves, with only their eyes visible will still generate more interest than your photoshopped face.

  54. Carolind says:

    Article is a load of tripe. Sophie is picking up what Kate should be doing and Anne will be working herself to the bone as usual, although nothing ever in press. Kate incapable of hard work.

  55. Alexandria5 says:

    This puff piece is so ill-timed with a global pandemic, economic uncertainty and racial tensions.

  56. WhyAmIBeingCensored says:

    These two are stuck:
    Charles is forgiven
    William is such a good boy
    Kate achieves what she needs to
    Kate has SO much work to do
    The kids will suffer because of Harry and Meghan

    STOP TALKING you useless tw*ts. I can’t think of a Royal who has made the case for abolishing the monarchy look so desirable than William in the last six months (I’m INCLUDING Andy in that)!
    People are fucking dying and starving because of COVID19!
    Children are going hungry due to their parents unemployment.
    These entitled snobs don’t deserve an iota of what they have. They should be the symbol of British Establishment that gets taken down next.

  57. Eulalia says:

    Imagine being this ridiculous human being…

  58. Eulalia says:

    Imagine being this ridiculous human being…

  59. Priscila Bezerra-Fischer says:

    Kate and William do seem to work on two separate PR campaigns at the moment, and the only time they do something together is when she takes pictures of them or they have a family outing.

    I really think they quietly reverted to their initial on/off relationship.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Interesting to see the Kate/Carole vs. William PR stories, isn’t it?

      They never quit the on/off. Even right after the wedding, she was papped in London 3X a week while claiming to be a full-time housewife in Wales. Her comments to the press about William ‘not being around much’ the first six months of George’s life. The constant security presence in Berkshire for years because she and kids were with Carole for lengthy periods. Her in London while the kids were in school, William off having cozy dinners and long country walks with Rose.

      Kate and Carole have always gone after William in the press when he’s gone too long. Not protesting the photos of Kate and George going to Mustique? William was off hunting with Jecca during that time, not on his son’s first family holiday. In exchange, Kate got 10 kid-free days with William in The Maldives. William caught drunken dad dancing and flirting with blonds on a ski holiday, the same time Kate was on her own foreign holiday for Pippa’s hen party? Kate gets Baby #3.

      The story of Kate being SuperMom swimming in pearl earrings? That came out, clearly dictated by Carole, as a warning shot to William about Rose. Right after that, the Rose story grew legs. Kate kept quiet, William stuck around for awhile, the Queen gave her the participation ribbon for keeping her mouth shut.

      If the kids go back to school this fall? I see Kate in London with them, William spending most of his time in Norfolk.

  60. Carolind says:

    The royals are starting to do face to face engagements again. William might get off with being based in Norfolk for the next couple of months when the family are there during the school hols, but come September he will be back in London when they go back.

    I have never seen anything to suggest that he spends much time away from them.