Prince William & Kate ‘are having to do more’ with their kids than ‘they usually would’

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People Magazine’s cover story this week is all about our favorite Top CEO, the one and only Duchess of Keen/Cambridge. We discussed the first excerpt from the cover story on Wednesday, and I noted that the quotes read like the now-second attempt to paint Kate in a certain way. The first attempt was the Tatler disaster, which was supposed to sell the narrative of Top CEO Kate, Zooming herself into an early grave all because Mean Meghan and Harry abandoned the family. The Tatler piece was supposed to merely attack Meghan and Harry and set up Kate as the perfect future queen. It backfired, badly. So Kate and her staff ran to People to take their mulligan. Even with the Tatler shade and bitchiness, the People excerpts still read as… false and odd. Take this new excerpt, for example, which is all about how much time William has been spending with the kids during the pandemic:

Kate Middleton offered a rare glimpse into her private life at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, where she, Prince William and their three kids have been isolating amid the pandemic. Ahead of Prince William’s 38th birthday on June 21, the mom of three shared a series of new photos on Instagram that she took of her husband and children, Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2.

William is clearly “enjoying his children and having that extra time with them,” a source close to the royal household tells PEOPLE. The candid photos show “the realities of family life, of coping with rambunctious kids and relaxing with them and having time with them,” the source adds in this week’s cover story.

The past few months have allowed for ample family bonding for William, Kate and their kids.

“They are spending more time together than they would normally, and they are having to do more with the children than they usually would,” says the source. “They still have help at home, but they are doing more.”

[From People]

Okay, first of all, I’ve been waiting days for someone to make a bigger deal of the photos Kate took of William and the kids. Kensington Palace’s communications office was entirely too focused on the William & Charles photo – KP provided narratives for THAT photo to several of the Cambridges’ most loyal reporters. But those same loyal reporters basically ignored the William & kids photo. Now we know why – because any narrative KP tries to push about the Cambridge family just sounds odd.

There have been times where I’ve thought that William just tries too hard to sound like a normal bloke who works a 9-5 job and struggles to make time for the “wife and kids.” Except that we know William and Kate barely work. So why does William always sound like such a historically absent father, even by his own description? And why can’t KP make it sound better? I know there are all of those conspiracies that Kate and William were barely even living together pre-pandemic, and I’m starting to wonder.

Royal visit in Norfolk

Royal visit in Norfolk

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98 Responses to “Prince William & Kate ‘are having to do more’ with their kids than ‘they usually would’”

  1. Becklu says:

    Aren’t all parents doing more with their kids- since the kids aren’t in school

    • minx says:

      Was going to say…join the club!

    • LittlePenguin says:

      These poor muffins. Did they have to turn on the computer for schoolwork? Get them dressed in the morning? Maybe get a new tube of toothpaste when the kids needed one?

      I can’t even.

      -from a SAHM with a front line working husband working 12 hour shifts 6 days a week.

  2. Tessa says:

    Oh please, as if they don’t have nannies.

    • fluffy_bunny says:

      I think they only have the one nanny. But realistically they should be spending time with their kids.

      • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

        Ah, @FluffyBunny, but the royals have always outsourced their child-rearing to domestics.

      • goofpuff says:

        they have one full time nanny but several part time ones, one for each child. they don’t count that in the official tally and try to make sure they aren’t photographed

      • Carolind says:

        Good puff
        Not calling you out or anything but the only nanny I know about is called Maria or similar. I read quite a lot about the Cambridges but have never heard about another nanny or seen any photos. Please dish the dirt on the detail.

    • MargaritasForBreakfast says:

      Isn’t it about time to ship the eldest off to boarding school?

  3. Ryan says:

    Of course he’s an absent father. His father was, his grandfather was, and it’s completely accepted within the RF. He fit right into the mold, I’m glad Harry wasn’t having it.

    • Noki says:

      Was Phillip an absentee father? I must admit my source from theie ealier life is The Crown. I thought Phillip being the Queens husband really wanted to preserve his ‘manhood’ and be the head of the house and take charge as a husband and father.

      • Becks1 says:

        It’s definitely acknowledged that Phillip was in charge of the family, and made decisions about where they went to school, etc. But I don’t think that means he saw them a great deal.

      • Margles says:

        I don’t think being a manly man back then meant you were a hands-on dad. Especially as an aristocrat.

      • Nic919 says:

        The kids all got sent off to boarding school pretty early so they didn’t deal with the day to day that most parents deal with.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I think he was absent until Edward. That was the kid he didn’t have to raise as the heir, didn’t feel he had to ‘toughen’ up to prove his own masculinity in the face of feeling like only a sperm donor. Andrew was his wife’s fav, Edward is his. The most relaxed I’ve seen Philip is in photos and videos with young Edward.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Nic919 – Correct me if I am wrong, but do not most Brits above a certain income level send their children to boarding school even today?

      • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

        He was the kind of father who shook hands with his children. Old Brenda, ditto – when she’d been away for months on some royal tour, she greeted Charles with a handshake. That poor little boy: no wonder he’s grown up so insecure and emotionally repressed. It could have been worse for him, though. He could have been his mother’s favourite and turned into Prince Andrew.

      • Nic919 says:

        BTB – yes and we can expect to see George sent off to boarding school as well. It will be spun as something all future kings do. The hands on mother narrative will become even more difficult to pretend at that point.

      • Tessa says:

        I think Anne, the most like Philip, is his favorite. Then Prince Edward. He and Edward had a falling out over Edward leaving the military but that seems to have been repaired.

    • Erinn says:

      It’s a hard mold to break out of too, and I think it does some real generational damage. I had some pretty neglectful great grandparents that really really did a number on their kids. I think some of it was the effect WWI had on my grandfather, but I tend to believe that they just weren’t great people for the most part. My grandfather, after being neglected a lot as a kid (to the point where he’d be left alone as a 6 year old for DAYS) was a relatively absent parent, but for him it was due to work obligations. He was airforce, and had a very long career that involved a good deal of travel, and being stationed away from home. Duty was incredibly important to him, and he took all responsibilities very seriously.

      My dad grew up under that circumstance, but the difference is that my grandfather regretted working so much deeply later in life. He made an effort, but he’d been neglected so much growing up that he didn’t really know HOW to be a super present father, but knew that providing for his family was important, and something he COULD do well. He was relatively emotionally closed off as well, which I’m sure is a direct result of his upbringing combined with taking a very dangerous, high loss position in the airforce where SO many friends/colleagues were lost.

      My dad is where things really changed though. I had a childhood FILLED with love from my dad. He would take his vacation during our summers, he would play for hours with us, be involved in our school work, and really took the time to tell us how much we meant to him, and how much he loved us. He wasn’t/isn’t a perfect father, but again – generational trauma makes such a lasting impact.

      The thing is, when you’re raised like that it takes so much effort to make sure you’re doing things differently and I’m sure it’s a difficult struggle the whole way through. But it’s one of those things that you NEED to do. And when you look back at the way things were done for generations, and you’ve got the insulation of being Royalty, I’m sure it’s even harder to see that the way you were raised wasn’t the best way.

      I have no doubts though, that Harry will be making all the effort he can to do better. I think he’s going to be a very hands on dad, and I am willing to bet that Archie will never grow up wondering how his dad feels about him. I HOPE beyond hope that William will do more, even if it takes him a while to realize he has to. I think it could still go either way with him.

  4. Mumbles says:

    These two. These two. They barely work and have all the household help they need. I’d wager the vast majority of us were raised or are raising families where both parents work (or are being raised by one parent) and without the benefit of multiple nannies, housekeepers, cooks, or whatever these two need to get by. And wasn’t the excuse all these years for Duchess Dolittle’s light work schedule was because she wanted to be a full-time mom? And yes it is a strange spin for William’s people to portray him as an absentee father. The gig is up. None of us believe they’re working hard.

  5. Noki says:

    Barely living together? Would Kates pride really allow that, sometimes we forget because they are so young, the fact that they have been together for almost 20 years. It is usually one partner who brings the suggestion to have ‘their own space or alone time.’

    • Nic919 says:

      Kate doesn’t have a say here. William does what he wants when he wants and that’s the bargain she made to get the ring. The only concession is that it won’t be made public. Although that facade is cracking too.

      Kate had her 20s to see how unbalanced this relationship would be and she can’t use the excuse of it happening too fast. Many people are in bad relationships in their 20s and then get out of them because they realize they deserve better. Kate (and Carole ) wanted the title and tiaras and this is the price she has to pay.

      I’d have more sympathy if she hadn’t been so horrible to Meghan, but she made things worse and has fully signed on to that cultish family. It’s what she wants.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Bringing over my post from an older thread.

      We’ve seen Kate/Carole vs. William PR stories for years, which are used to haul William back when he’s gone too long.

      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.

      • Cairidh says:

        Whilst you may be right about them living separate lives a lot of the time, there is no evidence William was in wales either. There have been local witnesses who claimed William was hardly ever there. He might have been in London with Kate. He also might have been in buckle bury with Carole when Kate was.

      • Nic919 says:

        William was supposed to be serving under the RAF during the time Kate was seen in London. They got the home in Anglesey because Kate didn’t want to stay on the base. The fact that she couldn’t be bothered to join the Local RAF wives club and was seen frequently in London shows she was not in Wales very much when William was required to.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Kate doesn’t have the power to “allow” anything. Equality has never been a feature of their relationship, especially post-wedding. She’ll put up with anything to ensure that she gets that coveted FFQ (consort!) title. She has no choice really, because William is clearly going to do whatever he wants regardless of what she thinks. There’s been plenty of evidence (the examples @nota provided) to support the idea that they’ve been living separately for a long time now.

  6. Swack says:

    Just from the title: it’s what you are suppose to do!!!! After the story about Katie Keen having now to do the work she should have been doing all along and now this – I just can’t!

  7. (TheOG) jan90067 says:

    Awww poor, poor sausages!!! They have to DO MORE THINGS with their kids???!! OMG! I hope the stress doesn’t kill them /s /:-J

    You know what that say, Wandering Willie: be careful what you wish for…

  8. Priscila says:

    They are trying to sound relatable as millions parents were indeed forced to be stuck at home with their children. 24/7 , homeschooling while still cooking,cleaning,doing hone office…

    Thing is…William works part time and Kate sporadically. They have help. They have money. They take vacations.

    It sound off because the spin does not work. They are not relatable. They use their children as shields to avoid any criticism of her poor work ethic and now they use children as their PR move to make it seem they are doing more and that we should sympathize.

    The people that do sympathize and buy into this narrative are the ones who are happy to see Harry and Meghan go.

    To be honest,what they are trying to achieve is stupid. Nobody is loved by all. They should stop. They are not gaining new Stan’s this way,nor they need. It is a monarchy,not popularity contest. What they should to is work and wait until is their turn. William already suceded by being first born…Kate already suceded by marrying him.

    But they are self centered, stupid narcissistis…so it will be always a competition.

    • kelleybelle says:

      This. All of this.

    • Julia says:

      Yeah, everything about their PR approach makes me roll my eyes. I have a lot of privilege, but the handful of issues that have really stood out to me during the pandemic (difficulties with shopping, keeping small children entertained, social isolation) cannot be much of an issue for them. Kate’s not out there struggling to keep her kids’ masks on in the grocery store while she tries to stay focused on her once-a-week shopping list, and William isn’t trying to remember how to help George write in cursive. Literally all they’re complaining about is… having to spend all their time together, while other people handle all the pesky details of life in a pandemic.

  9. Digital Unicorn says:

    I’ve never been convinced they’ve ever lived together properly since they got married – I think the ‘beck and call’ dynamic from their relationship pre marriage has continued. They live pretty separate lives and she (and now the kids) go running when he can be bothered to spent time with them.

    As for CEO Kate, she’s very much the yummy Mummy type I see hanging around the coffee shops where I live – they palm the actual child raising off to the nannies while acting like a helicopter employer to the nanny and then complaining about the ‘help’ to their friends over organic virgins goat milk latte’s after their daily yoga class. I can guarantee that Nanny Maria keeps a details diary of what the children do or say so Mummy can read every day and then brag about whats in it the next to her friends making out that she is such a hands on involved mother.

    Sorry for the rant but I am one of these luddites that believe if you have a child YOU should be the one responsible for raising them, not palming them off to someone else.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Agreed, they’ve been in a distance relationship from day one. Whenever Kate got too possessive or clingy, William would dump her. Carole would shove them back together, after giving Kate a lecture about ‘letting men be men’ or something idiotic like that. They all agreed to the arrangement – Kate gets the ring, William gets to live however he wants in exchange.

      William spends his time away from the family, not working very much, off hunting or with Rose, Jecca, or the choice of the month. Same as he did at EAAA, when it came out he wasn’t working there nearly enough nor was he doing his royal work. Kate was off in Berkshire with mummy. Now Kate spends her time working out, grooming, shopping online, and occasionally visiting the kids who are being raised and home schooled by the team of nannies. Waiting, once again, for time with William.

      • Tessa says:

        I think overconfidence of imminent engagement put WIlliam off to the degree that he broke up with her. I remember Kate playing to the cameras at William’s Passing Out at Sandhurst. Lip readers said she was raving about how “sexy” William was in his uniform. She even wore red (‘like the Queen’ said the media). At their next appearance at Cheltenham, he looked sour and did not interact with her.

    • Kristina says:

      I agree totally, especially when you don’t work and you’re fully capable of caring for your own children, but you’d prefer to live the life of a pampered society wife so you palm off the heavy lifting of child care onto nannies.

  10. kelleybelle says:

    Oh please, the kids are the only “talent” these two have. That’s all, folks. They’ve got nothing else to offer and most people know it, hence all the sugary, overdone fluff pieces.

    • Rae says:

      This pretty much nails it. The children, and being seen as that perfect nuclear British family, is their shtick.

      • kelleybelle says:

        It’s all they have. There is no charisma, no genuine passion for causes, no real engagement, no goals in mind. No tangible results. What happened to Five Questions?? MIA already? The royal brood mare’s job is done. What’s left? Calling her the Kingmaker is utter nonsense and only a dig against Meghan. We all know how to get pregnant, hardly a monumental and arduous task.

  11. Elizabeth Regina says:

    Well something ain’t clean in that royal buttermilk. Somebody please tell Kate she needs some nutrients for the sake of her health and skin.

    • Grey says:

      I THOUGHT THE SAME THING. If I had access to everything that she had, I would be using the absolute top of the line for skin care and medical esthetics.

  12. Becks1 says:

    that’s a really weird quote to include. EVERYONE is spending way more time with their kids than they normally do. But even that aside….something about it sounds off.

    The line about how they “still have help” but are having to “do more” – poor poodles. Like don’t admit they have live-in help (I’m guessing cook, housekeeper, groundskeeper, nanny, at the least) and then try to make them sound normal. I wonder if there’s only Maria there though so they have to do more because she cant work 24/7.

    • Harla says:

      Yeah, it really sounds like they aren’t enjoying the extra time they’re spending with their kids, like it’s a chore or something.

      • fluffy_bunny says:

        Kids are only little for so long. Mine is off to college in the fall and he’s making an effort every day to come down from his room and spend time with us and the dogs. George will be off to boarding school in the near future.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Multiple nannies, Becks1. Three went with them on the France holidays, caught by others at the resort. They’ve always had at least two, that was when they only had one baby. Now that there are three kids, Maria is in charge of a team.

      • Becks1 says:

        True, multiple, but I was trying to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they only kept one through the pandemic. That was probably the wrong call though LOL.

  13. Belli says:

    But wait, I thought that Harry and Meghan leaving ruined any chance William and Kate had of raising their children because there was just so so much work to pick up.

    • Harla says:

      I thought that was weird because of the 2 couples H&M have the baby and should be the ones spending more time with their child while W&K pick up the slack, not the other way around.

    • MsIam says:

      I guess they rescued the kids from under the bus. Yay.

  14. Livvers says:

    I know “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but some pictures just don’t deserve 1,000 words written about them. Just like I would not spend hours gathering quotes and sources in order to describe a picture of a loaf of white bread, I think People’s time writing this would have been better spent elsewhere.

  15. Harla says:

    Wow this “They are spending more time together than they would normally, and they are having to do more with the children than they usually would,” says the source. “They still have help at home, but they are doing more.” really sounds bad. “They are having to do more with the children than they usually would” sounds like they aren’t enjoying doing more with their children, that it’s a chore and not what they want to be doing. I feel for Geo, Char and Lou reading this when they get older and wondering if all their happy memories weren’t happy times for their parents. So many of these “quotes” sound like backhanded compliments full of knuckles.

  16. Ginger says:

    That quote proves that these two are not hands parents. They want to come across as relatable but instead they come across as arrogant and completely tone deaf.

    And I do not buy that these two live together.

  17. Feeshalori says:

    That’s a loaded quote full of a lot of innuendo, that their current lifestyle of spending more time together than they would normally and having to do more with the children than they usually would are the exceptions rather than the rule. It really clarifies what their usual lifestyle truly is. This is a spin gone badly and the more they open their mouth, the more they’re putting their feet in it.

    • Jay says:

      Yeah, the wording here is…odd. “Having to do more than they usually would” sounds both resentful and tone deaf to the struggles of many parents who are struggling financially or facing difficult choices when it comes to balancing work and childcare, myself included.

      This is yet another in a long line of missed opportunities to show solidarity with working families, instead of soliciting pity which is what this looks like.

      • Tiffany says:

        I think you nailed it Jay. No matter the income status, this pandemic threw all parents, children and routines out of whack. That is something that all parents can relate to and easily talk about without any real controversy.

        How are they so bad it at even the most basic of things? Even with everything at their disposal, there should be something THERE THERE, you know.

  18. Florence says:

    Wow such hardship!

    Why does it sound like they resent their kids? Oh wait, that’s true to form for the royals, who prefer dogs, horses and sleeping around.

  19. fluffy_bunny says:

    Can someone please explain it to me why William sees so little of his kids during normal prepandemic times. He does very little so why wouldn’t he spend nights weekends with his family? My husband has a high pressure long hours job and spends almost every weekend with us.

  20. JaneDoesWerk says:

    William is so the type to act like he babysits his own children. You’re not a babysitter dude, you are their father. It’s called being a parent.

  21. Jaded says:

    So what else is new? They’ve always isolated at Anmer, up until now it’s been against work, but pandemic shmandemic, their luxe life goes on and they continue playing at being Norfolk Nobs.

    And something’s off with Kate, I’ve never seen her looking so strained. Maybe too much time with Willy Wonka is driving her nuts but she looks really haggard.

    • CuriousCole says:

      She does look rougher and stranger than usual. It could be 15 years of sun worshipping and questionable dieting catching up with her. It also could have been kicked off by their Rosy publicity and now compounded by being around Will more than ever before.

    • Lowrider says:

      Nothing wrong with her face she’s just not Botox and filled.

  22. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    So many questions. Why does William look like a Penis with Teeth and why is his nose metamorphosing into one? What DOES William do all day? Does he a) have a Hate Book with a list of Enemies whom he attempts to sabotage via the Press b) does a little light gardening c) spend his time at the opposite end of the country to CEO Wiglet d) make little wax dolls of Meghan and Harry and go to town with his pins collection? And what is a ‘mulligan’?
    I think one thing we can safely conclude is that their marriage is an absolute sham.

    -Thank you all SO MUCH for your kindness, good wishes and prayers the other day re: my ovarian cancer tests: you had me in tears. You are a wonderful group of truly good and decent human beings, and you give me hope. And I’m cancer free! The tests results came back ‘perfectly normal’! I was in shock for a day or so, but I’m gradually easing into joy…

  23. Cee says:

    It’s like they try to be relatable but come off as idiots who can only complain about their privileged life

    • Amy Too says:

      Why don’t they just try NOT talking so much? Is it really necessary to have multiple articles in a variety of different magazines written about them each and every single week? It’s getting to the point where they’re starting to contradict themselves about things within days! For example: “Will spends his evenings in the sitting room (NOT the work Zoom room!) zooming with his brother in a totally casual, super friendly and private way every night!” Followed days later by “Will is so over Harry’s drama. He’s sick of dealing with Harry and Meghan’s antics! He’s glad they’re gone because things are so peaceful now!”

      And if they’re not contradicting themselves, they’re cleaning up their own PR blunders like the Tattler article and tights-gate, “no wait, it was hem-length-gate, no wait it really was tights-hate.” And having to clarify that “no, we’re not at all bitter about having to work so much. We LOVE working so much. Or, we will love working so much when we start working so much which we anticipate doing……later.”

      Just stop talking. You’re not gaining fans. You’re losing them. I’ve read comments on a few different blogs about people who used to either like the Cambridges, give them the benefit of the doubt, or feel neutrally about them, who are now like “wow, I really don’t like them anymore. They sound horrible. They sound so privileged, they sound so out of touch, they’re not making any sense.” No one is reading this slew of contradictory, whiney articles and being like “oh wow! These are my new favorite people! I stan now!” The die-hard Cambridge fans are having to expend energy EXCUSING or ignoring or twisting the things in these articles, or the actions/inactions of the Cambridges, and even the quotes coming directly out of Will and Kate’s mouthes on camera (Coronavirus jokes from Will, “I’m worried about the country’s waistline” from Will), in order to continue feeling good about their Cambridge stanning.

      • Nic919 says:

        I think the pandemic put a lot of extra work on people, especially parents and seeing two rich dilettantes pretend that it’s hard for them really rubbed many the wrong way. No PR spin can hide them being rich idiots living in their isolated country manor with staff and not making any real effort to help the less fortunate. They didn’t have the excuse of being in a high risk age group either.

        Only the sycophants can ignore the red flags of privilege and narcissism these two exhude.

    • GreenQueen says:

      They still have learned how to “read the room”. And we still haven’t learned what they actually DO all day every day.

  24. Liz version 700 says:

    So they are having to spend time with their children due to lockdown? I mean…do they want a muffin basket?

  25. Beach Dreams says:

    ‘The candid photos show “the realities of family life, of coping with rambunctious kids and relaxing with them and having time with them,” the source adds in this week’s cover story. “They are spending more time together than they would normally, and they are having to do more with the children than they usually would,” says the source. “They still have help at home, but they are doing more.”’

    They claim William and Kate are enjoying their time with their kids and proceed to make statements that seem to indicate the exact opposite? It sounds like being around their own children for more than an hour is a chore for them. Whenever Camp Cambridge tries to present themselves as normal, there’s always some kind of self-own or misfire. They’re always revealing more about what their “family life” is really like…which sounds practically nonexistent. Will has already admitted he usually doesn’t see the kids much, but there’s also been multiple hints that Kate is far from the hands-on mother that she claims to be. This is yet another one. Who on earth thought “they are having to do more with the children than they usually would” was going to come across well?

    • Amy Too says:

      That’s what I find particularly infuriating about the Cambridge PR: they want to project “normal, honest, every day family life” and joke about the struggles and revel in the sympathy that parents get for having to do homeschooling or being up all night with a newborn. But at the same time they also want to project “perfect, regal, ROYAL family. Perfect wife, perfect husband, perfect mom, perfect dad, perfect kids, perfect, hardworking future king/Queen.” So nothing ever sounds genuine and they always end up doing some kind of self own/contradiction by trying to play up both spins: Perfect, very special royal family, deserving of awe and respect, living in majestic palaces, having spectacular tiara weddings, who also are somehow just the normal, down to earth, relatable, middle class, hardworking, over-stressed parents of 3 rambunctious, normal kids (…who are also Princes and Princess and literally pose for dynastic photos with the Queen).

      Just pick one spin. You can’t be both because it’s a huge contradiction.

  26. Molly says:

    Where are the personal anecdotes? Talk about setting up a homeschool schedule for the kids and trading off on helping with their school work and watching Louis. Taking the kids outside for walks and games. Volunteering. What have our hands-on top CEOs done?

    They’re already obviously cooperating with People so do it properly. There’s more passion and energy in Kate’s tantrum article about being perfect and a martyr. Instead they’re made to sound reluctant and tired even though they clearly have staff to help out.

    And no stories about how they celebrated William’s birthday or even interactions between Will and Kate.

    • Jay says:

      Yes! That’s what’s missing, I couldn’t put my finger on it. That’s what People and these other magazines are literally for, to drop inane (and hopefully relatable) stories, so it’s weird that they couldn’t come up with anything, or have more put out in their behalf to fill in the story.

  27. TheOriginalMia says:

    Uhh…what? They act like the Cambridges were putting in 40+ hours per week on a job. Instead of barely working 10 hours per week, and I’m including travel & hair time. Did Nanny Maria and her crew quit? Were the Cambridges isolating without any nanny help? I doubt that. They’ve spent more time at home with the kids because they weren’t out doing their own things. Whoo hoo. Here’s a cookie.

  28. Emily says:

    >> ““They are spending more time together than they would normally, and they are having to do more with the children than they usually would,” says the source. “They still have help at home, but they are doing more.”

    I wonder how big their household staff normally is. The use of the word “help” makes it sounds like it’s more than just Nanny Maria at the moment (so a nanny and a cleaner/housekeeper at the very minimum), but still not as many staff members as they’re used to. Poor sausages must be exhausted.

  29. MA says:

    Poor babes, can’t believe they’re having to do more with their own children. Royals should never have to do more of anything (or even do). How dare the pandemic!!!!

    • CuriousCole says:

      Lol. I do wonder if this new reality, actually dealing with one’s children, has effectively killed off Kate’s desire for a fourth baby?

  30. yinyang says:

    God that top picture of Kate is a horrible one, luckily for photoshop.

  31. starryfish29 says:

    Their attempts not to let on just how out of touch they are with the average person’s reality are always hilarious. They are truly the royal equivalent of Mitt Romney.

  32. sarah1 says:

    But hasn’t anyone noticed how strained William looks in these pictures. His smile looks so (toothy) and strained. It does not look genuine at all.

  33. Carolind says:

    Tessa. Philip did not have a falling out with Edward when Edward left the Marines. The queen was furious with Edward but Philip was sympathetic to the point that he walked with Edward to Church on the Sunday after to show his solidarity.

    Both HM and Philip have a soft spot for Anne but I do not know if she ranks above Edward in Philip’s affections. Philip was present at Edward’s birth in 1964 which was quite unusual. He apparently calls Edward “Ed” and used to kiss him on top of the head. I believe Edward and Anne were close because they both liked horses whilst Andrew only learned to ride recently. Charles and Anne have also always been close.

    Philip was a much more hands on father than might have been supposed, playing with them a lot albeit in a rough way He used to take Charles and Anne sailing in the hols of which I have personal experience as they passed along a canal near my home. They had a yacht called Bloodhound.

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