Duchess Kate & William did wear masks for a different open-air meeting, so…??

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out yesterday for an unannounced event in support of Kate’s Hold Still photography exhibit – I covered the early photos yesterday. Their first stop was Waterloo Station, where some kind of billboard was devoted to one of photos chosen for Hold Still. At the train station, William and Kate did not wear masks. Neither did the people around them, even though people weren’t really social-distancing. It was open air, so I assumed that Will and Kate were following the letter of the law but not the spirit.

But then something weird happened! Will and Kate did a couple of additional appearances on behalf of Hold Still, and suddenly, the masks reappeared. Even though… the additional events were open air too. Will you look at that? Seems more like Will and Kate don’t actually care about mask protocols, but they are perfectly willing to be bullied into wearing masks more often. It’s a start, I guess. These photos where they’re wearing masks, they went to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital “to speak to frontline workers, including Joyce Duah, a specialist oncology pharmacist. Her photograph “All In This Together” was selected as one of the final 100 portraits. They also met her two colleagues, Amelia Chowdhury and Dipal Samuel, who are featured in the picture.” So… did they just wear masks because they were close to a hospital, or because they were meeting with frontline workers? Hm.

As for the masks – Kate is still wearing her prim Amaia floral masks which some people say are too small for her. I do find her expensive ensemble really notable though – the Amaia mask is inexpensive (under $20), but the McQueen coat is $$$$, and she also wore $700 Rossi heels and a $2062 Grace Han purse. Guess she doesn’t have to be performative with all the re-wears now that Meghan isn’t around. She probably bought herself two whole new wardrobes during lockdown.

In addition to those appearances, Kate and William were seen filming some kind of video with Good Morning Britain’s Kate Garraway on Tuesday. It’s believed that they were filming a segment for the Pride of Britain Awards.

And of course, the red McQueen coat was probably some Diana cosplay!

Virus Outbreak Britain Royals

Virus Outbreak Britain Royals

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate the Duchess of Cambridge meet pharmacist Joyce Duah

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. minx says:

    Her mask does look small to my eye.

    • Becks1 says:

      It is definitely too small and honestly, I wish she had more masks. I would love to see her channel Pelosi and wear a different mask that goes with her outfit every time we see her.

      • LadyMTL says:

        Genuinely curious here – why is her mask too small? It looks to be covering her nose and mouth, and goes down below her chin (which is what I was told to look for when buying mine.) I compared hers to William’s and honestly didn’t see much of a difference.

        Anyway, if hers is too small then mine might be too…no issue for me, it’d give me an excuse to buy new ones hahaha. I like matching mine to my outfits on the rare occasions that I do leave the house.

      • Becks1 says:

        It’s hard to tell in these pics, but in other pictures its obvious its digging into her cheeks. It’s a child’s mask – when she first wore it, the website only had that pattern in a child size (now it has them in child and adult.)

      • LadyMTL says:

        Ohh, ok that makes sense. Thanks for the clarification! Here I was trying to puzzle it out, wondering if I needed to go mask shopping again. :)

      • My3cents says:

        It’s not like clothes Kate, if you wear a smaller size it dosen’t make you skinnier!

      • Nic919 says:

        It’s weird how she can spend thousands on designer gear but she can’t buy more than one mask or buy them from a company where proceeds would help a charitable cause.

        We know she doesn’t work more than once a week but wearing different masks that support a charitable cause would be easy PR.

    • Katie says:

      I think it’s a visual illusion as it does not fully cover her cheeks. two of mine are the same – they look like a small rectangle but when you put them on, the folds offer some give and the mask accommodates the nose and chin, making it fit really well and be snug everywhere, without having that loose fit the more tailored masks have – the ones that don’t lie flat and have a seam in the middle and elongated parts to cover the cheeks

    • Gunna says:

      I mean, it seems to be doing what it’s supposed to. Surely the snugger the better. Most people I see are wearing masks that are too big and gape open at the sides.

    • Case says:

      It’s on the small side, but it fits over her mouth and nose well and doesn’t have gaps. That’s better than having a mask that’s too big. I have to order child or teen sizes in my masks because of my face shape. They fit me well. Any “adult” masks I’ve purchased are way too baggy.

    • Dee says:

      It may look odd because she’s wearing it upside down. The mask folds are supposed to be down, like Normal Bill’s.

    • Korra says:

      I compared this mask to her previous mask-wearing appearances — this one looks to be the adult-sized one and provides more coverage of her cheeks. If you compare to her appearance for Baby Loss Week on October 15, that mask was so obviously a child-sized one.

    • Vava says:

      Kate has lost her relevance. She’s a Stepford Wife and nothing more.

  2. Becks1 says:

    This is what I’ve been saying – their mask wearing is SO inconsistent. People insist they are following their government’s guidelines, but apparently they aren’t. Here, they were in open air and at least for part of the talk, socially distanced, so under Cambridge practices, they didn’t need to wear masks. I wonder if the hospital insisted on them?

    I just think in any case where there is a slight bit of doubt as to whether masks are required, people should wear them. In my area they’re required even outside if you cant socially distance, but our governor wears them all the time, even when he’s socially distanced, to set an example, which I appreciate.

    Anyway – holy crap to the cost of Kate’s outfit.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Lets not forget that the coat will have been bespoke so we won’t know the true cost – she does this to literally all her clothes, she has them tailored.

      Also, she pretty much always wears something new when out doing her job – new clothes, accessories, hair, botox etc.. She is making up for when she was still a royal WAG when she had to borrow Carole’s clothes and rent designer clothes from a website. And then there were all the freebies she asked for because of who she was dating.

      Her 2nd outfit and hair scream – flight attendant. She’s getting blonder every time we see her.

      • Becks1 says:

        See, I saw her second outfit and figured her thought process was, “well, I got praise for my black pantsuit but mocked for copying Meghan, so how’s THIS pantsuit?!?!?!”

      • Lemons says:

        Meghan wore a pants suit to an awards ceremony, so I think Kate wanted to recreate some of that magic…but it looks like she’s going to school as the principal or something. She really does have an issue with styling.

        The red coat is such a gorgeous color, but the length and the styling just make it look silly. All of that money to look like this. Make it make sense.

      • Shirley Gail says:

        re the suit…the only thing I thought was: LOL she had the back cut out of the jacket so she could show off her bum…apparently I am a very shallow woman…..

      • Emm says:

        No one will ever say a word now about her clothes since you know who isn’t around. The length of that insanely expensive coat though is driving me crazy, ugh!

      • Nic919 says:

        The jacket is an older one I believe. Because that style is thankfully not around anymore. Also the cutout looks horrible on her. She doesn’t have an ass and it looks stupid. Make that style works on a suit with a skirt, but with a pantsuit it looks dumb.

    • Kalana says:

      @Becks1. No, when Kate spends money, it’s a good thing. Because reasons. (White makes right).

    • Love says:

      I agree. Especially when you do the type of engagements they do. Just wear a darn mask. At 18000 new cases in the UK a day, set an example guys

      Also… I just want to note that “Hold Still” although amazing, is the “gardens“ of 2020. They are going to Ride it’s coattails you hell 😳

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      That Smythe jacket…how many colors does she have it in now? Reminds me of how a baboon always “presents” its ass… yes Kate, we’ve all seen your ass, figuratively AND literally. This is the same woman who NEVER a wore trousers before Meghan. Jeggings? Skin tight skinny jeans, sure…but no slacks.

      Have to say though, I did see a pic somewhere online the other day, a foreign mag, and Kate was out (over summer) with Louis, holding him. She wore wide legged capris, flats, and a tank top, hair scrapped back off her face into a neck bun, and Louis was smushing his face into hers and she looked GREAT, young, fresh, and dare I say, AUTHENTIC. Can’t remember the last time I saw her look like that.

      • Nic919 says:

        That’s the kind of blazer that you wear if you don’t want to be taken cutout is silly and very few people can even pull it off. Kate definitely can’t.

      • Nic919 says:

        Oops. Meant to say that’s not a suit you wear to be taken seriously. The cutout is simply silly. Especially with trousers.

  3. Sofia says:

    They probably were told to wear masks because they were meeting hospitals workers but they should be wearing masks all the time when in public.

    Masks protect OTHER people from YOU. The royals have state of the art healthcare but most people that they’re talking to, do not. Some might even have lung issues that make the virus a lot more deadly. The royals should be protecting “their subjects”.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      The Duke and Duchess of inconsistency. Never let a good photo op get in the way of doing the right thing. Another example was being gifted the patronage of the British Trust of Ornithology. Apparently bird killing and bird conservation go hand in hand.

  4. Rebecca says:

    I LOVE HER COAT. The outfit is fire. She looks amazing in it. Ugh they need to stop the Diana comparisons. Ok we get it, she’s gonna be endlessly compared. Maybe their styles match, being they all grew up in a posh British circle and are influenced by that.

    • Kalana says:

      Diana was the daughter of an Earl and grew up with the royal children as her playmates. Kate’s childhood wasn’t at all like that.

      Kate does copy people though the red coat comparison in this example is a stretch. But she does copy people to create the impression that she’s just like the people she copies.

    • chicken tetrazzini! says:

      Maybe an heirloom red coat is a dream we all have? I would love to be able to invest in a forever garment like that

    • Katie says:

      love the coat too. and yeah, a red coat is not something too special, at this pace they could say she’s channeling anybody famous who’s ever worn one, and I’m sure there are a lot of examples (just googled – yep, from JLo to Queen Leticia and even Meghan Markle lol)

    • Becks1 says:

      I don’t love how she has the red coat styled, but I like the coat itself, and for this, comparing it to Diana is a stretch.

      But, in general, Kate is “endlessly compared” to Diana because she actively invites the comparisons. She knows what she’s doing.

      • Sofia says:

        Diana’s daughters-in-law were always going to be compared to her. End of. No matter who the boys married. That was given. The Diana comparisons are just something people who like Kate and Meghan (and the woman themselves) are going to have to get used to – whether or not it’s happening on purpose (which I think Kate does).

        That being said, I don’t think she’s doing it on this occasion. A red coat is a red coat. It doesn’t look like Diana’s at all tbh

      • Becks1 says:

        I do agree there would always have been some comparisons, but Kate goes out of her way to actively encourage it and to recreate some of Diana’s looks. I think if she hadn’t done that as much then we wouldn’t get nonsense like “the red coat means she’s channeling Diana!!!!!”

      • Sofia says:

        @Becks Yeah I agree that’s why I said I think Kate does do it on purpose sometimes.

      • Shirley Gail says:

        @Sofia…not to say it hasn’t happened, but when has our Meg been compared to Diana? They note (with ridiculous rage) when Meghan wears something they THINK is Diana’s, but when have they actually compared her? They compare Harry to her all the time (heart, soul and charisma is all about inheriting those attributes from Di). … in terms of “looks” I think they stay away from the comparison because black/white, etc….I could be wrong, and will cheerfully accept being adjusted

      • Sofia says:

        @Shirley: Oh they do it all the time with the “Diana would have/wouldn’t have done *insert something here* like Meghan” or they say Meghan is trying to be Diana or whatever or how *insert something here* reminds them of Diana. Even with the clothing, they also do try to do the whole “Who wore it better” when they compare even if it doesn’t look like.

    • Likeyoucare says:

      The media need to compare kate with diana.
      Because if its not what do they have to write, kate is like a blank space that you cant colour but need to be praise as the most interesting thing.

  5. Kalana says:

    The jacket style with the cutout at the back is so strange. Why is the FFK wearing a jacket that highlights her ass crack?

    Too small mask, expensive new clothes and not a peep about optics due to the pandemic and Brexit. For the people who lost their minds about Meghan’s wardrobe, I wonder if they even admit to themselves that their criticism was racist outrage. How can they not be disgusted with themselves for having such venom for Meghan and then smiling and cooing over Kate doing the same thing?

    • Dee says:

      She’s worn those ass crack jackets since the wedding, though they were black. Another case of same jacket, different color.

    • Becks1 says:

      It may be the same jacket she’s worn before, I couldn’t tell from the little picture. But I think she wore something similar in Wales once and in…..Australia, maybe?

    • ABritGuest says:

      That’s a good point Kalana- I remember even here people complaining about Meghan’s clothes costs (exaggerated as they were& ignoring she was wearing many pre royal items) because of optics with austerity & upcoming Brexit. Yet radio silence from the optics folks when Kate is buying new clothes when royals have mainly been indoors on zooms & when Britain is in recession, in the middle of a pandemic AND is facing real prospect of a no deal Brexit

      Anyway I love Kate’s red coat- love the colour. And I find the royals mask use very inconsistent.

      • equality says:

        Kate was clever and wore a lot of tailor-made items at times so nobody knew the cost.

      • Kalana says:

        Meghan wore bespoke pieces too and people lost their minds even more. So twisted with bitterness and hate over her having nice things.

    • ClaireB says:

      Leaving aside all the actual problems with Kate (and William), I hate those stupid ass-jackets. Why can’t she invest in actual, classic pieces that won’t look dated and stupid in 5 years?

      • Vava says:

        I hate that jacket. It would look better over a dress or a skirt. I also dislike the red coat, the buttons are too far down and it’s too long.

  6. SophieP says:

    Channels Princess Diana?!? Lol, she wishes! There’s no iota of shame to be using that phrase, when referring to Diana… In the 80s, Diana was a fashion icon, and now Kate is just hopeless! No passion, no character, nothing at all! Sorry for my rant, please continue!

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Diana could carry off clothes – just look at how she carried off her massive wedding dress.

    • Lizzie says:

      As if wearing red alone could channel Princess Di.

    • yinyang says:

      They really do Kate a disservice when they bring up Diana to her, Kate should really stop, each time they post Diana is walking so gracefully, natural, happy, and completely unaware and Kate pictures looks so insecure and dowdy like she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing and trying too hard to be something she’s not.

  7. TIFFANY says:

    She is wearing those masks made for kids because she is being written a check, bet on it.

    The McQueen coat, all that money but not a tailor to take it up one or two inches. That is Kate’s brand, making designer clothes look cheap.

  8. tee says:

    They are so incredibly boring. Even critiquing them isn’t amusing anymore.

  9. February-Pisces says:

    So William and Kate filmed an interview with good morning Britain, the same show the piers Morgan has a daily rant about Meghan. That show has given piers an outlet to be absolutely venomous towards Meghan, and now Willie and Kate are doing an interview with them. So they are now repaying the debt for all the smearing that show has done for them. Disgraceful 😒

  10. yinyang says:

    Everything they do is for PR pictures, that’s why they take the mask off in public every chance they get, Kate never likes to miss a chance at a photo op so in the history books/internet we could see perfect pictures of them without masks. And what is up with that blazer, what is that called a peek-a-boo butt jacket, ahahahaha!!!!

  11. Lizzie says:

    I don’t keep track of these two, but it seems like they only do multiple events/change clothes when on a tour. Pulling out all the stops to compete with Time 100? LOL Meghan was even called ‘chic’ in the DM for black suit (or maybe blazer) and simple jewelry she wore to cohost with Harry.

    • Nic919 says:

      They leave the house once a week and do everything that one day and later spread it out to make it look like they do more. They are doing far less than last year. And that wasn’t a great amount either.

      • Becks1 says:

        Bingo. That’s why sometimes it seems like they are doing a lot, but if you follow closely you realize its a few events in one or two days once every week or two weeks. I’m actually surprised she did NOT take her red coat off for the hospital event, so it might have given the impression the events were on two different days.

  12. Wowgust says:

    God Kate’s moving like she is a fat man in his late 60′s.

  13. Amy Bee says:

    I think she’s wearing smaller masks so more of her face can be seen in pictures. As others have said, I think the hospital told them that they had to wear masks. And I agree with Kaiser, the large number of re-wears last year was performative and a tactic for the press to praise her and to bash Meghan.

  14. Merricat says:

    That photo of W&K seated on a bench with their best “concerned” faces. Lol.

    • Shirley Gail says:

      I know right? Wm man-spreading, Kate perched on the seat, hands clasped, legs together like a good girl. Her own body language infantilizes her…oooh, the word ‘submit’ just entered my brain when I started to click submit so I’ve come back to just say that….

    • kelleybelle says:

      I came here to say just that. So very into their “interested” faces these days, aren’t they. And really all they’re doing is lending their names to these things. It’s not real work like the rock stars do. ;)

  15. L4frimaire says:

    That coat looks way too long, like Siberian winter length. That DM pic of her in the blue suit, at first I thought it was a security guard and she was the floral dress. They’re finally getting out to work at the end of October.

  16. Mignionette says:

    Judging by those links Kate does not seem very profitable click wise….

  17. Zaya says:

    Hmmm…they’re mixing household, but isn’t that against the new guidelines?