Duchess Kate’s informal email sign-off is ‘C’ and sure, this is big news

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves after her visit to the exhibition, 'Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography' at the National Portrait Gallery in central London on Februaury 28, 2018, where she unveiled the Gallery's first Patron's Trail.

In May, the Duchess of Cambridge announced a photography competition which anyone (in the UK) could join: portraits in lockdown, photos of how the pandemic was affecting everyday lives. The competition is called “Hold Still” and it is being done in conjunction with one of Kate’s patronages, the National Portrait Gallery. I think that the competition, like most things involving Kate, was just something that she got to put her name on and was largely organized by other people. Still, it was a good project and well done.

Apparently, they got thousands of submissions and now they’ve narrowed it down to the 100 final selections. To announce the final 100, Kate sent out an email and Kensington Palace posted this:

Everyone’s talking about Kate’s informal email signoff – just “C” for Catherine. I really wish they would stop trying to make “Catherine” a thing! No one is buying it and the only people who refer to her as Catherine are William and the Cambridges’ staff. But I’m just nitpicking, the truth is that I have nothing to say but… okay, Kate emails and she signs her emails with “C.” I’m shocked she doesn’t have an auto email-signature? HRH Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Anyway, the final 100 photos will be featured in a digital gallery for the National Portrait Gallery, and anyone can see them. I just looked on the NPG’s site and I guess they’re not up yet though. Hm.

Oh, and Kensington Palace did post this to their IG as well – a look at some of the Hold Still submissions and a date for when they’ll be online.

PS… Yes, I totally went through the photo archives to find photos of Kate at the NPG over the years. My favorite was the time in 2013 when she flipped the bird to photographers!! My second favorite is the time in 2012, during the Olympics, when she stepped out wearing that necklace which looked like she got a silver medal in waitying. Looking back at Kate-through-the-years has convinced me that she absolutely has a room dedicated to her wiglet storage.

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  1. Anna says:

    If she likes C. more than K. let it be. Overall it’s her name, isn’t it?

  2. Call_Me_Al says:

    I love those three images on the Instagram! Especially the first two, beautiful!

    • BeanieBean says:

      I look forward to seeing the final 100; I love projects like this.

    • C-Shell says:

      Although, KP/Kate-C are getting heat on Twitter for that pic of the mom in the back garden with the little naked toddler peeing in the bushes. And I don’t disagree. The KP Insta has 12M followers, and in a family rife with pedophiles/pedophile adjacents, it’s not a good look.

      • aang says:

        That was my favorite. So relatable. Toddlers are often in various states of undress and there is nothing sexual about it. Is the UK as prudish as the US?

      • Elizabeth says:

        It’s natural and it’s not exploitative. Kids will do that and feel free. The mom’s expression is so relatable, she’s exhausted trying to entertain the child in their tiny backyard during coronavirus (at least they have a yard, though). I think it’s a beautifully composed, detailed, almost classical mise en scene with the child as a mischievous cherub … I get your point because there are a lot (a LOT) of sickos out there, but you can’t really see the child’s face.

        I don’t like Kate at all, but it’s not really fair to say the family is rife with pedophiles. They protect pedophiles, yes, which is pretty much as bad, but Kate is NOT personally responsible for Andrew’s crimes and general sliminess and I dislike, in general, putting men’s crimes on women who aren’t really in a position to do anything about them.

      • Tealie says:

        I agree C-Shell, I’m sorry I don’t find it appropriate even for the mother to take and post, it’s such an infringement of the child’s privacy especially now it’s been put on the Internet it can never be deleted! No even as a child I wouldn’t want my nude pictures all over the Internet without my consent. If the child really wanted to they could sue the parents for that when they’re older.

      • SomeChick says:

        I think it’s adorable. The mom’s expression, her messy bun, the backyard tent, and the peeing boy. Super relatable. You can’t really “see anything” including the kiddo’s face.

        IMHO, all three of those are great images. Twitter gonna twitter.

  3. notasugarhere says:

    Meanwhile Kate stans are calling for the social media manager’s head, because they know 1) he wrote this not Kate and 2) he is being too informal about their precious.

    @Kaiser, the 2013 NPG pics always amuse. Kate claiming she was too sick to work, but wasn’t too sick to show up with the Middleton clan to celebrate herself at a public event. A week later, they all went to Mustique for two weeks. So exhausting, that one hour of work a month.

    I know, stans will rush in here claiming HG. To which I respond – if you are in the midst of HG, you do not take a 10 hour flight to a remote island with no hospital. Her silence every year on HG Awareness Day speaks volumes, if you bother to listen. Staff overreacted, retracted later, but Kate ran with a new excuse to be lazy.

    • Ginger says:

      Kate stans were going after Omid this week because he quoted Kate when she said she had bad morning sickness.

      • Yvette says:

        @Ginger … (Raises hand) Excuse me, but does HG mean ‘morning sickness’?

      • Nic919 says:

        HG is the type of morning sickness where women are sick for the entire pregnancy and throw up so much that they end up underweight for a long time. They are usually hospitalized for a period of time as well. Amy Schumer had HG and she posted about how often she was in the hospital.

        While regular morning sickness can be rough, it is usually done by the second trimester which then means you can do things like take trips to tropical islands.

      • Maxime duCamp says:

        @Yvette, HG stands for Hyperemesis gravidarum, which is considered a pregnancy complication that is more serious than standard morning sickness.

      • February-Pisces says:

        It can be really bad for some. Smells can make you sick, even a sip of water is difficult to keep down. That’s why I’m suspicious, there’s no way you would risk traveling to a remote island. Don’t you have to travel on a small plane to reach the island? Would she not have had motion sickness?

        Given how much we now know about how KP lies about everything to make kate look good, not to mention all the excuses they’ve used to excuse her laziness, I wouldn’t be surprised anymore if they did make this up.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Eight hours on a large commercial airline, two hours on a prop plane to get to Mustique.

      • Jen says:

        If I remember correctly, the palace only said she had HG with one pregnancy, and said “morning sickness” the other two times, but people want to act like she had it every time and the worst pregnancies ever.

    • WigletWatcher says:

      Notasugar…
      Ugh I remember those hg days…
      KP put out the statement and never, ever was there another piece of evidence to it.
      She was seen eating out throughout her pregnancy and gained weight steadily.

      That was a spectacle to shame William home while he was sleeping around.

    • swirlmamad says:

      Great point about her never acknowledging HG Awareness Day. And don’t tell me that that would be “untoward” — they were able to share that fact about her to the world, so the ideal thing to do, with her platform, would be to bring awareness to it and at the very least lend some solidarity to other expecting moms who are suffering through it around the world.

      • notasugarhere says:

        If she acknowledged it, it would involve uncomfortable conversations in which it is painfully obvious she never had it. With what real HG sufferers experience, she’d be mocked out of the room. And the Palace knows it.

    • Nancy says:

      Where are they calling for his head? Also, she had HG. Come on.

      • WigletWatcher says:

        What makes you think she did have it?

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        Really, if she had HG then why was she ‘well’ enough to drive herself 2 hours from her parents home to a hospital in central London to be conveniently papped looking quite healthy driving into said hospital. If she was that ill, an ambulance to a local hospital would have sufficed or at the very least one of her RPO’s driving.

        That whole stunt was aimed at bringing William to heel – as there had been press stories about how he’d be partying with his mates and that he’d hardly seen Kate in weeks. He was living it up in London and she was at her parents house.

      • Nancy says:

        She was in the hospital for three days her first time with it. Jesus.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Why does my post keeping failing to appear?

      • notasugarhere says:

        Third try.

        This, Digital Unicorn. She drove (not HG), herself (not HG), past multiple hospitals (not HG), to the one where her fav pap Tanna was waiting (not HG). William was off on another lads hunting and partying weekend. This pap show brought him to heel temporarily.

        I wish the maternity nurse was still posting on here. Kate’s steady weight gain, ability to travel repeatedly and far for travel, and her large babies? All indicators she had garden variety morning sickness. Because it was a royal pregnancy, someone overreacted and it was walked back later.

      • Nic919 says:

        HG sufferers end up in the hospital for months. They are so sick they can barely leave their home because they cannot keep anything down. They don’t suddenly become healthy enough to travel overseas in their second trimester when the symptoms for most morning sickness sufferers subside.

        In any case if she did have the lightest ever version of HG, she looks pretty bad for never doing anything on that issue. It would kind of be relevant to her entire early child issues.

      • Candikat says:

        I had HG during two pregnancies, and I’m seeing a lot of incorrect information on this thread. Not everyone with HG is fully incapacitated or hospitalized for months. HG sufferers are encouraged to carry on as much as they can, if they can. I drove myself to the hospital twice, and once I drove myself to work (yes, I continued to work throughout) and then midday from work to the hospital. I was able to go on a tropical vacation during a 2nd trimester because I had a literal PUMP attached to my body that was dispensing anti-nausea meds. It’s the need for such meds (or inability to get adequate nourishment without them) that defines HG. Not whether or not the sufferer is working, or driving, or traveling. I gained 12 lbs during my 1st pregnancy and 4 lbs during my second. My pregnant body looked a lot like Kate’s pregnant body. And I delivered healthy babies.

        If Kate was hospitalized for 3 days while pregnant with George, then who are we to disbelieve that she had HG? She may well have been given meds (oral or via pump) that allowed her to do the things she did during her pregnancies. If you’re not her doctor, making definitive statements about her intimate health and diagnoses is a really bad look.

      • MJM says:

        I argue the fact she had 3 children is further evidence she didn’t have true HG. Most women who had it didn’t get pregnant again. Some once again but never thrice. It is an extremely traumatizing condition.

      • WigletWatcher says:

        Notasugar
        I am still posting on here! Just with a new handle! And I’ve recently left nursing.

        As Nancy points out kate was in the hospital for 3 days. Discharged on the 3rd day. So, let’s call it 2 nights. You have to strongly consider kate is the future consort and at the time carrying an heir. If she wanted to stay there a full week she would have been allowed. No care would be spared.

        I strongly believe she had a healthy pregnancy with nausea. In her 3 pregnancies kate spent 2 overnights in a hospital and never again showed even slight discomfort or the inability to travel or gain weight. She delivered 3 remarkably healthy and happy babies with no complications.

        Candikat
        We are speaking to kate who was seen traveling, eating steadily in public, smelling everything without issue and gaining weight at a healthy pace. ONLY when William was seen out with other women or she wished to excuse herself from work did her fans say it was HG. And only KP said it was HG once and then retracted.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Welcome!

    • Beach Dreams says:

      I think it should be pretty obvious at this point that Kate never had HG. She absolutely would’ve talked about it in that podcast she did earlier this year, or at least given it more of a mention beyond a vague “I had bad morning sickness.” The fact that she didn’t confirmed it was a lie for me.

      • Nancy says:

        She is in no way obligated to talk about a medical condition.

      • notasugarhere says:

        She is when she pretends she suffered from that condition, when it is obvious she didn’t.

      • Nancy says:

        lol. What word nonsense.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Beach Dreams, it is because she had regular morning sickness. If she tried to compare her experience to that of a real HG sufferers, the lies would be even more exposed than they are already.

      • Nic919 says:

        The palace released something about her having HG so it kind of negates claiming any privacy issue about it. Besides it would be helpful to talk about it to other women suffering it who have to stop working because they are so sick. You can’t have it both ways. Either don’t tell the media at all about having HG, or at least provide support to other women. Kate looks pretty bad here for saying nothing for years.

      • Becks1 says:

        From what I understand, HG is debilitating and usually lasts for at last half the pregnancy, if not the whole time.

        Kate’s HG magically disappears around the end of her first trimester (which sounds more like the usual morning sickness) and she always appears healthy.

        If she worked like Anne or heck even Sophie, and then took time off during her pregnancies for health reasons, it would be understandable. But her lack of work during each pregnancy actually just solidified what we all know – she doesn’t want to work.

        She is not required to talk about a medical condition, but considering that the announcement of pregnancies 2 and 3 also
        stated she again suffered from HG, some sort of outreach or statement on National HG day would seem warranted.

      • Nancy says:

        I understand no one on this site (writers or commenters) like Kate, but this has become really gross.

      • notasugarhere says:

        iirc we have discussed this for years. There’s always one die-hard Kate stan who insists our logical discussions disgusts them. And yet you’re still here, and we’ll keep discussing this issue regardless.

        Amy Schumer, a real HG sufferer, was still throwing up in the delivery room. Many women end up having to terminate the pregnancy because they will die if they don’t.

        Kate flying off to tropical islands and going sledding in Switzerland? Not an HG sufferer.

      • Nancy says:

        Again, she’s not literally under no obligation to discuss it with anyone. If anyone here “knows” enough about HG, they also know it affects different women in very different ways. This is honestly bordering on unhinged.

        Also – not a Kate fan. Also not a Meghan hater. Normal person here.

      • Lizzie Bathory says:

        A good friend of mine had HG. She was constantly in & out of the hospital & almost died, though she did still work throughout. She wound up with PTSD *from the pregnancy.* She & her husband ended up deciding they’d just have 1 kid because they didn’t know if she’d survive another pregnancy physically or mentally.

      • Nic919 says:

        Supporting National Awareness of HG day doesn’t require Kate to provide the details of her situation, but the palace did say she suffered it and yet she’s done nothing to provide awareness for that issue. It’s not a breach of privacy because they already said she had it. It’s like an actor who confirmed they had cancer helping to raise money for the cancer society. None of it requires divulging a life story, it’s just that Kate once again can’t be bothered to help others.

      • Nancy says:

        I agree that she’s proven to be work-shy and at times incompetent. But not bothering to help others does not equate to her not suffering from it.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Ah, well you’ve outed yourself now Nancy. Anyone who critizes Kate or who calls out racist treatment of Meghan is abnormal. Sure Jan.

        Nic919, the ongoing silence about HG Awareness is blatant to me. She makes claims about her personal interests, the kids interests, anything for PR. But dead silent on this issue? The Palace knows better than to go down that route, because they know the claim doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.

      • Ginger says:

        Did KP say she had HG with all of her pregnancies or just the first?

      • Nancy says:

        Literally no obligation to say anything. Period.

      • kirshenbaom says:

        I’m sorry but i do suffer from HG, A SEVERE HG, like full 9 months HG, I have two kids and a third one in plan, women struggle through, not al women stop after one child inspite of the trauma, I have worked Full time and traveled with HG, I DONT like Jaye at all but the claims here are just ridiculous!

      • Kalana says:

        @Nancy. I agree with you. I am very much not a Kate fan but it’s not for the public to figure out whether Kate had any particular medical condition. I don’t need to like Kate to say that. She’s still a person and all this is a bit much.

        Can and should she work more? Yes. I can think that without needing to speculate about what is in her medical files. Kate owes the public more work but she doesn’t owe the public anything bout her health and can set boundaries on that subject anywhere at any time. So can Meghan.

      • clomo says:

        I have no idea about Kate, I had this and it was the worst. I could smell garlic in a house I was outside from and would vomit. Anything I ate I couldn’t eat again for a couple of months because of the illness and vomiting association. Catsup I could smell the garlic in it and could not be in the house, 24/7 9 months of eating saltines and vitamins. really healthy baby. I went into the journey in top physical condition and was able to wear my high school 501s leaving the hospital, not now. I have become a cow in this virus landscape we live in these days, I just need a passport so I can move.

    • Jolie says:

      @ NOTA Had it yourself?

      @ Nancy – you aren’t allowed to be reasonable about Kate. :lol:

  4. Case says:

    I find it strange that her name is Catherine with a C but she’s also Kate with a K. I’d think she’d be Cate. Just a matter of preference, I guess.

    • Kebbie says:

      At some point I remember reading a comment that it was only the press who referred to her as Kate with a K and the public just followed suit. I’m not sure if that’s true or not.

    • notasugarhere says:

      She called herself Kate for years, signed school work as Kate, told public at the beginning that she was ‘Kate, I’ll always be Kate’.

      • Tessa says:

        There are angry “stans” on social media who complain about how “disrespectful” it is to call her “Kate”. Who are these people?

      • Tealie says:

        @Tessa The people who want to insist that she is the most regal Regal queen queenie pretty princess ever lol!

  5. Kate says:

    I’m confused how, as a ‘Catherine’, she went by ‘Katé, I mean why wasn’t it ‘Cate’?

    • mynameispearl says:

      I have a great aunt who was called Caítlin, but always went by Kitty. We never really thought about it making sense 😂

    • Mara says:

      Cate isn’t a very common name in the UK. I think there are probably quite a few Catherines who go as Kate just so they don’t have to spend their entire lives saying “Cate with a C”.

    • Tealie says:

      In the U.K. most Katherines where C or K’s shortened name is Kate with a K, rarely have I ever seen Cate with a C, and there are quiet a few of them over here! Lol

  6. Aurora says:

    Meghan & Harry call each other “H” & “M”
    and signed off this way on their Sussexroyal Insta. Are we seeing Single White Kate in action?

    • Priscila says:

      I think is a thing among royals and celebrities alike…

    • notasugarhere says:

      Harry always goes by ‘H’, that’s what he’s asked people to call him for years. People from his charities, IG, WWTW all say so.

      The W&K stans are upset because W&K hired Harry and Meghan’s former social media manager. They have to criticize his work simply because he worked for Harry and Meghan first.

    • Anna says:

      Sometimes I sing my email Anna, sometimes jus A, sometimes full name and surname (long af) and sometimes nothing at all. It doesn’t tmean anything, does it?

      • Tealie says:

        No but from a woman who insists on being called Catherine and ruffles her feathers if you don’t it means a lot, they are trying to be relatable. I highly doubt she’s ever signed an email ‘C’ and ever will again.

  7. Microsoft says:

    In the first picture she was pregnant with louis I guess. Can you dye your hair when you are heavy pregnant?? I never dyed my hair , so I dont know. Because I follow one blogger who stopped dying her hair when she found out she is pregnant and the baby is 8 months, she didnt dye till now. We know this is not Kate original hair colour. Hers is dirty blonde or darker shades of blonde. This chestnut is obvious dye. So again is it safe to dye your hair when your heavy pregnant??

    • Lady D says:

      I think the dark hair she has while wearing the green lace dress is her best look, but that’s just my preference. I don’t recall her ever being blonde either.

    • Powermoonchrystal says:

      Disclaimer: every pregnant lady should do her own research and ask her doctor/midwife. However, when I did my own, given the likelihood of any substances from dyes affecting the embryo/fetus, the most common recommendation is waiting after the first trimester and, if possible, favoring highlights instead of full dye. So hair dye seems to no longer be the no-no it used to be. With all the more natural ingredient options available, it may also give the future mom greater peace of mind.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Kate’s original hair shade is dull brown now with lots of gray, nowhere near blond. If you look for images of Kate Middleton gray hair, the ones with the half up pony tail? You can see her original hair under the dyed reddish hue she had at the time.

      • Microsoft says:

        When she was younger the photo in jordon her hair is blonde somewhat. But again is it safe to dye your hair ??

      • notasugarhere says:

        The one blurry photo of them in Jordan where they’re standing in full sunlight? Age of photo plus sunlight would make hair look lighter. But no, that isn’t an indicator that she was ‘blond’ as a child. When you look at all the other childhood photos released by the Middletons, you see she always had dark brown hair. She was never blond or dirty blond.

    • WigletWatcher says:

      Kate was blonder as a child in some sunlight pics and she did get some blonder highlights for a brief bit several years ago before changing them back quickly.

      It’s not a huge deal if the dye is right and when.

    • February-Pisces says:

      I’ve seen a pic of her roots and she looked almost completely grey. She was 33 when that pic was taken, so I can’t even begin to imaging how grey she is now. Her roots will never see the light of day ever, so she must dye it all the time.

    • Kebbie says:

      A pregnant woman should always consult with her doctor, but if you’re wanting to dye your hair darker, there are a lot of plant based organic hair dyes that would likely be safe. It’s the bleach and chemicals as well as the fumes they give off that would be dangerous.

    • Tealie says:

      Basically no you’re not allowed to/meant to dye your hair if you’re pregnant so I don’t know why she did unless it was some sort of special organic die or she was very wary about people seeing her grace the toxins and chemicals in the hair dye can affect your blood but only mildly however the sensitivity of a baby means that your not.

      • curachel20 says:

        Lol you can absolutely dye your hair. I’ve been going grey since my early 30’s and dyed my hair through both pregnancies in my late 30’s. Dr was fine with it, kids are fine.

  8. Mercury says:

    @microsoft, Kate’s hair has never been blonde or dirty blonde

  9. Fran says:

    “[...] so please find them attached.” What is this, a bloody treasure hunt?

    • Mumbles says:

      There’s lot to goof on about this lazy person, but attaching a file to an email seems to be pretty standard practice?

      • Fran says:

        It’s the phrase, it’s a pet peeve of mine. “Please see the attached… ” or “I have attached…”, there are a few other ways to say this.

    • Tealie says:

      No it was her saying ‘thrilled’ for me💀 I don’t know why I just pictured holding one of those flashy head wobbles with her grinning teeth and jazz hands 😭😭😭

  10. Itsonlyme says:

    It’s says on the nph site that the final 100 will feature in a digital exhibition launching on September 14 with a selection of photos on display in cities across the UK. I searched Hold Still on the site and I think it was the second link that came up.

  11. Vava says:

    Kate is a waste of space.

  12. CAP N' CRUNCH says:

    Did you see her house decor? Oh my, it’s hideous.

    • Nic919 says:

      The plates over the mirror in the alcove are atrocious. It’s so trashy and kitschy.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        Its very middle class playing at being aristo’s. You see it all the time while the new rich buy manor houses – there was a property series about it a few years ago.

        Plus I’ll bet Carole did all the decorating.

      • Tealie says:

        I think we finally got a taster of what Tatler meant when they said Kate and Caroles houses were very trashy and tacky with all sorts of ‘look at me’ nouveau riche ornamental shit stuck all around 💀
        Money is really wasted on some people 🥴🥴

      • Harper says:

        The plates and the mirror combo look too tight for that alcove. Anmer was done by Ben Pentreath, who is a pretty well-regarded designer in the UK. I’d have to see the whole room before I judge it; however, designers work for the client and could be that Carole/Kate wanted Pentreath’s name but made him use more of their ideas. He uses suzani textiles in his designs and that’s what may be on the sofa behind her. I’d love to see the room and love to hear him dish about his clients but that’ll never happen. Maybe he did dish to some aristos about the experience because Pentreath doesn’t seem like the kind of guy whose work Tatler would take a swipe at. He’s published in all the big shelter mags. But maybe Anmer doesn’t reflect his work as much as he’d like and he had to incorporate all the candles and cushions that Carole picked out.

    • Lindsay says:

      Where was it posted?

    • Lizzie says:

      Where can we see her house decor?

    • notasugarhere says:

      What are those on the sofa? Representations of giant orange-pink pansies?

  13. February-Pisces says:

    Who the f*ck promotes that they ‘sent an email’, and then posts a screen grab of it? That seems so weird, but then again any tiny bit of work kate allegedly does she has to tell everyone. Just like how KP issues a press release after every ‘secret meeting’ she attends. I’m sure her stans are praising her to the heavens for sending an email lol, my guess is they are calling her so ‘humble’, although she couldn’t quite manage to finish the rest of her name, she probably got so exhausted with all the typing.

  14. Amy Too says:

    “Here’s a tiny glimpse of a hint that I’ve supposedly been very, very hardworking lately, even though my email specifically states that there were 4 judges who were not me. Also note the date of an upcoming NPG thing that may or may not actually involve me doing anything besides releasing a statement, but you can pretend that I am personally hanging all the pictures and organizing the event single handedly! Now, off you go, my flying monkeys, write many, many articles about how super busy I am with my big, big project! The one that other people came up with and organized, then a bunch of other people actually did the photography for, then a bunch of other people collected and organized the submissions for, then some other people did the preliminary judging for, then some other people did the final judging for, and now some other people will host the results of said judging for! But… in my name, so you know… busy, busy, busy! So overwhelmingly busy!”

    • Tealie says:

      Kate?? Is that you?! 🤣🤣🤣

    • notasugarhere says:

      ‘busy, busy, busy! So overwhelmingly busy!’

      In my mind I heard that in Peter Stormare’s Satan voice from Constantine. ‘Family’s doing just fine. Busy, busy, busy, busy. Need a vacation. ‘

  15. Lizzie says:

    She would have done more to promote this if there was a npg color scheme to play dress up.

  16. Stef says:

    C could stand for a lot of different things, not just Catherine….

    Just sayin’.

    I still can’t stand this lazy woman.

  17. Sofia says:

    I suspect she probably does sign her emails as “Catherine” or “(HRH) The Duchess of Cambridge” but for this, she’s signed it off as “C”

    • WigletWatcher says:

      Even penned, informal notes she signs Catherine at the very least. HRH and Duchess make appearances.
      To sign “C” and have this email be publicized makes this feel more like a pr stunt that had nothing to do with Kate except get approval.

      • Tealie says:

        Yeah it was so clearly to make her seem down to earth we all know she signs ‘Her Royal Highness CATHERINE Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Lady Carrickfergus, Princess of the United Kingdom and devoted Stepford wife to the future King’ 😂😂

  18. ClaireB says:

    I think she probably likes to sign things C because it also stands for Cambridge and reminds the recipient that she is a royal duchess. So glad she’s working so hard having other people send emails for her. If there were other judges, wouldn’t they have already seen the 100 pictures and not need to see them all together in a weird attachment from Kate? It’s disgusting the way she is praised for doing the least she can possibly do.

  19. Catherine says:

    I love those photos!!!!! I’m Catherine with a “C” and I don’t care how she does it. Why are peeps questioning her HG?

    • AMM says:

      I think they are questioning it because other than not working, she seemed to move about as normal. Long flights to go on a vacation to a remote island with limited medical supplies, getting better just long enough to do “fun” events and then being too sick again to work right after, not talking about it other than a quick “I had bad morning sickness” while she talks about every other aspect of parenting/baby raising, not acknowledging HG awareness day, etc.

      • Tessa says:

        related to this is when the excuse for Kate not working when she was single was that “too much press attention.” Then during the breakup she ups and does a big media stunt so she’s photographed when she goes to Nights Out at clubs and seen with other men. She alerted the media to publicize her running to club. She also was not worried about media attention when she went clubbing with William and his posh friends.

    • notasugarhere says:

      People have always questioned it, because her behavior, overall physical health, and ability to travel wherever she wanted (not related to work) put the lie to the HG idea.

      • SomeChick says:

        Well… being hospitalized for three days is not nothing. I have the kind of migraines that make you throw up, and have been hospitalized for it. If you can’t keep water down for a long enough time, you will become dehydrated and need fluids. Throwing up that much is no joke. It really messes you up.

        Over time, I’ve learned how to deal with it before it gets bad enough to send me to the hospital. I still carry barf bags in my purse. I also resist like hell going to the hospital, but sometimes it has been unavoidable, and I’ve been kept there for days at a time so they could balance my electrolytes and get me back to where I could actually eat. I imagine that before the three day hospital stay, she kept hoping it would just stop. I’ve tried that. Doesn’t work. Now I immediately go for meds when it is starting up, which helps quite a lot. I’m sure she has better health care than I do, and since they knew it was likely to happen, I’m sure they were well on top of it.

        I’ve come to quite dislike Kate (from not really caring one way or another, previously) especially for her treatment of Meghan, but I don’t think anyone here can say whether or not she “really” has it.

        That said, I do look askance at her for not supporting HG day or groups. And for her general Doolittleness.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Typical overreaction to a royal pregnancy by the medical staff. For instance, if you are a high-risk pregnancy, you do not get clearance to spend 10 hours on a flight to a remote island with no hospital.

  20. Noki says:

    William always refers to her as Cahterine as if ‘Kate’ is below him. It reminds me of Tom Cruise who only called Katie Holmes ‘Kate’ because he said Katie is not the name of a child bearing woman. lol

  21. Alexandria says:

    She uses C because Catherine is more regal, enough said. Nothing complicated about it.

    A few weeks ago, I joked here about whether WK even clears their own email inbox or their staff does. And here goes a screenshot of an email from her hmmmmm

    But anyway, nice competition.

  22. Tom says:

    A message of three sentences, all beginning with “I”.

  23. Suz says:

    Ok, the photo of her flipping the bird with a mischievous look on her face just made me like her a bit more. That’s hilarious.
    Also, I’m looking forward to seeing the photographs.

    • notasugarhere says:

      That isn’t what flipping the bird looks like in the UK. She has done the UK version of it, deliberately to photographers in the past.

      • Nancy says:

        I would love to see a photo of this if one exists.

      • The Hench says:

        Yeah but we still have ‘giving someone the finger’ which this absolutely is. There’s no way her hand arrived naturally in that pose. I’m a Brit and would use either – ‘cos I’m both rude and multi-talented :)

      • notasugarhere says:

        I think one of the tabs referred to it as Kate giving the royal V.

  24. Dee says:

    C, as in C u l8ter, I’m on vacay. LOL. Gotta shop for some Diana cosplay outfits for the statue unveiling.

  25. Züri says:

    What I find more interesting about the photo competition are the current stories about how “C” is “overwhelmed” with her work for the project. As if she’s really done some kind of difficult job beyond picking out images she likes.

  26. Florence says:

    C for… well, you know ;)

    Obviously joking but lololol at their weird attempt to be hip (google eye emoji, Christ). You’re not the popular cool couple! Go eat some chutney.

  27. A Fan says:

    I’d like to see the picture of her giving the finger to the photographers!

  28. Coco says:

    She sent an email all by herself?! Quick, someone get her a bottle of Gatorade and a fainting couch, she must be on the verge of exhaustion!

  29. notasugarhere says:

    @Kaiser, that silver medal for waitying? Her ugly £50,000 Cartier necklace, which she wore that day because she thought it looked ‘Olympic’.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      Wow–that much? I don’t get her jewelry game at all.

      • Lizzie says:

        If you are looking for game I am afraid C is the wrong royal.

      • Lizzie Bathory says:

        Lol, fellow Lizzie. You’re right, of course. I don’t really get her style choices generally (to say nothing of the lack of work, which is the real issue), but the jewelry is always noticeably “off” to me & often very expensive. And the taxpayers are mysteriously quiet about it….

      • notasugarhere says:

        If you want earring game, look at Queen Letizia.

    • Gingerbee says:

      Nota, wow 50,000 for that necklace, and yet there was no outcry from the beleaguered taxpayers. They silence were deafening.

    • Chrissy says:

      Theme dressing using jewelry? Don’t think we’ve seen it since, have we? Thank goodness. It’s hideous.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Around that time, she also had Kiki McD make custom blue topaz circlet earrings, to mimic the blue Olympic ring.

  30. Mariane says:

    lol they think this is going to make them “click with masses”😂. She’s the least relatable royal after anne. I see the tabs no longer list her wardrobe costs. I remember reading someone compare her triple ring neckless to a penise ring!!🙈😹 she has the worst taste. no wonder every brand she touches comes to dust, her expensive horrible taste puts people off buying. I for one never bought any of her outfits or jewelry but I bought Meghan’s sandals, blazer and sunglasses. Her vintage & diana cosplaying has totally ruined her taste because she honestly had better taste during her dating years.

    • L84Tea says:

      I have always said that her style was good during the Waity years. It was very sloaney at times, but she wore some really pretty dresses and generally always looked very well put together. When she and Will first got married, I thought her style was beautiful. Somewhere it just went downhill and got all school marmish.

    • CarbnFtPrnt says:

      Dont know if it was a coincidence, I remember someone on the Sussex Squad started pricing everything Keen wore and she had receipts. Her account was banned and right after that one of the RRs said KP was no longer giving them any info abt Keen’s clothes

  31. khaveman says:

    I love the pic where she’s flipping the bird. haha. She just needs to keep the meaningful projects coming. Work for those free millions.

  32. Nana says:

    The first thing this made me think of was that Diana famously signed her informal letters with “D” (she had beautiful handwriting)….
    Which made me think her Di cosplay is really starting to get out of hand.
    But then to be fair – I sign my emails with the first initial of my name so guess I can’t be *too* skeptical… :|

  33. Sylvia says:

    That pic of Kate in the blue dress placed at the end, after the comment about wiglet storage, makes it look hilariously like she’s secretly over the moon that no one has noticed her multitude of wiglets and is plotting to covertly wear another soon.

  34. The Duchess says:

    This is her trying to make herself look special because she knows nobody is interested in her. Harry has been referred to as ‘H’ for many years by his charities, it’s common knowledge. PWT also signs off with ‘W’ when he does those cringe tweets/posts during World Cups and other sporting events, just to try and make him seem like a proper lad’s lad. You have to laugh at the Cambs desperation at this point.