Whenever people talk about Carole Middleton these days, I always think back to how weird it was when she was suddenly desperate for attention in late 2018. I don’t doubt that Carole has briefed journalists and members of the press off-the-record for about 20 years, but she had always been purposefully silent when it came to on-the-record interviews. Then the Duchess of Sussex came around and… well, Meghan got pregnant and that seemed to completely throw a lot of different camps into disarray. I still believe that Carole did those 2018 interviews as a way to get attention back onto the Middleton family in the wake of the Sussexes’ popularity. I also believe that Carole was behind *some* of the attacks on Meghan. Carole and Kate plotted some of that sh-t together.
Anyway, after that phase – a phase which courtiers described as “bizarre” at the time – Carole has been running around, acting like the future Queen Mother. She set up a weird charity PR hit with People Magazine, she’s been pushing stories about how she’s “the power behind the throne,” and she somehow got that cannabis factory story shut down very quickly. The point is that Carole is asserting her authority over this whole narrative. And here she is again, in a new message posted to the Party Pieces IG:
A winter message from our founder, Carole:
“We may not be able to get together but, after a year like 2020, we need to remember what’s really important this Christmas.
“For me, what really matters is that my family feels connected. I normally let my grandchildren help me decorate the tree. This year, I’ll ask them by video call to decide which decoration should go where. It may need to be tastefully rearranged later…!
“Curating our Christmas ranges gave me some joy and escapism, and I hope they help you feel the same. From alternative advent calendars to Christmas decorations and stocking fillers, Party Pieces has everything you need for this festive season, which we hope is a safe and happy one for all.
[From Party Pieces’ Instagram]
She is letting us know that her grandkids always decorate her tree, and that she’s Zooming with them this year, I guess because Kate hasn’t been bringing the kids to Bucklebury nonstop (like she usually does) this year. Which I don’t even believe, that they’ve been keeping their distance. Kate needs her mummy constantly, and my guess is that Carole has spent a lot of time at Anmer Hall during the pandemic, although I guess Kate probably hasn’t gone to Bucklebury. Anyway, this is just the kind of speculation Carole wants – she wants us talking about how much time she spends with the heir and the spares, etc.
Party Pieces IG photo courtesy of Liz Mcaulay, additional pics courtesy of Backgrid, WENN, Avalon Red.