Duchess Kate & Camilla are really happy that Sandringham Christmas was cancelled

The royal family welcome Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II back to Buckingham Palace  at Trooping the Colour on Saturday 8 June 2019

Queen Elizabeth finally cancelled the royal Christmas celebrations at Buckingham Palace and Sandringham this year. Liz will stay in Windsor Castle through the holiday, and some of her children may stop by for a social-distanced quiet celebration. Tom Sykes at the Daily Beast had a wonderfully dishy piece about how the rest of the Windsors feel about Sandringham Christmas being cancelled. Sykes made it sound like this was probably the best Christmas present ever for all of the married-in royals. The Duchess of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex and the Duchess of Cornwall all have to “choose” which family to spend the holiday with every year, because no extended in-laws are ever welcome at Sandringham Christmas. No children are welcome either, which makes it difficult for the parents or grandparents of small children, who may want to enjoy the festive season with their babies, you know? Here are some highlights from Sykes’ piece:

The cancelled royal Christmas is a blessing in disguise: The change in plans will also, rather conveniently, help paper over some tricky family politics; there need be no awkward questions this year about where Prince Andrew is, or whether Harry and Meghan will or will not be returning to the U.K. to be with their grandmother.

The Sussexes’ plans: Meghan, who recently wrote about a miscarriage she suffered in July this year, is thought to be planning a quiet Christmas at their new home in Montecito, with Meghan’s mom Doria likely to be the only guest. Harry and Meghan’s spokespeople declined to comment to The Daily Beast on the exact arrangements for the day.

Kate is probably thrilled: Representatives for Kate and William declined to comment. However, The Daily Beast understands that Kate has always insisted on making Christmas more normally middle-class. In previous years this has meant stockings at the end of the bed on Christmas morning and plenty of presents at Anmer Hall before joining the royals for church. They then tend to head back to Anmer Hall for a late-starting lunch stretching into the early evening. They essentially opt out of as much of the formal rigor and aristocratic oddity of Sandringham as possible. But being off the hook for the Sandringham church appearance this year frees Kate, William, Louis, George and Charlotte to spend the whole of Christmas with the Middleton family—for the first time since 2012.

Carole Middleton is basically Kris Jenner: Carole, 65, who made a fortune from her party and Christmas shop Party Pieces, is known to be a Christmas enthusiast, and has popularized a trend for decorating multiple Christmas trees around the house. Just this week, she said on Instagram that Christmas Eve is a “special occasion in her family” and hinted that children in her family would leave cookies out for Santa, saying they, “get sweetly excited by the idea that Father Christmas is coming, and really want to give him something.”

Camilla’s thrilled too: Another person who is sure to be secretly delighted by the enforced change of plans is Camilla Parker Bowles. The author Penny Junor, a key supporter of the Waleses who wrote Camilla’s biography, The Duchess, says that while Camilla has always got on well “on a personal level” with the queen she would be “delighted in a way to not be spending Christmas at Sandringham for the first time in 15 years” simply because Christmas with her family is much more relaxed with no “formal dinners or butlers.” Usually, Junor says, Camilla does the full, formal Sandringham routine. Her one carve-out is that after the Queen’s Speech on TV is concluded, she hastily bids her farewells, leaps into her car and hightails it to be with her children at her own house in Wiltshire, several hours drive away.

Camilla wants to get drunk for XMas: Junor added: “She longs to see her family at Christmas so I imagine she will be thrilled to spend it at home with her children and grandchildren, slob about in a dressing gown and watch silly things on television with a large glass of wine like the rest of us.” A spokesperson for Charles and Camilla declined to comment on their plans, although a source said that Camilla did plan to see her family over the festive period.

[From The Daily Beast]

Yeah – Sykes’ point was that all of the royals are really looking forward to doing their own thing this Christmas, and I can’t blame them at all. My only question is whether Will and Kate will take the kids to Bucklebury (where Mike and Carole live) or whether the Middletons will gather en masse at Anmer Hall. Considering that Carole is making such a BFD about her Kris Jenner-like Christmas decor, my guess is that Carole is expecting company. Perhaps William will rest his head in Carole’s lap this Christmas.

As for Camilla… I get it, she was part of the gaslighting campaign to damage a very young woman, and Camilla was hands-down a massively manipulative bitch to Diana and Charles both. But also… I feel slightly sorry for her that she basically has to go to a separate home late on Christmas to see her children and grandchildren.

Sykes also had a bit about how the Yorks will probably celebrate together, with Princess Eugenie and Beatrice going to Prince Andrew’s Royal Lodge with their spouses, although I would guess that it would not be an extended stay for either princess, just because their husbands have families too. Final note: I think the Queen is going to be SHOCKED by just how much fun her family has away from Sandringham this Christmas.

The Duchess of Cambridge wears a face mask as she visits students at the University of Derby

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  1. Astrid says:

    I’m imagining the Queen looking through gossip articles and seeing her extended family living it up this year with joy, instead of strict protocol.

    • Kalana says:

      “Blindsided” “Incandescent with rage”

      Lol, isn’t it an insult to the Queen to write about how happy the rest of the family is to not have to deal with her rules and restrictions? Are we allowed to admit that Sandringham Christmas is awful when it comes to the white royals?

      I hope she is on a groupchat with all of them and sends them reminders through the day to change their clothes.

      • Noodle says:

        @kalana, your final sentence is hilarious and I love it. I imagine all of them having multiple alarms on their phones that go off to remind them. Maybe this Christmas, in honor of the queen, I’ll change from one pair of pajama pants into another. Cheers, Gran!

  2. Sofia says:

    Not really surprised. I figured Kate would spend it with her family this year. The Midds tend to go to St Barths with Pippa’s in-laws but I’m thinking that Pippa will spend it with her in-laws only this year (and of course see her siblings and their families on other days) and it will be Carole and Mike with the Cambridges + James and his fiancée possibly.

    Again, also not surprised to hear about Camilla. I’ve said it before but you can tell she doesn’t care much for the royal life one bit, but just does what she needs to and hangs out at Ray Mill with her kids and grandkids whenever she can.

    • Mac says:

      Did they forget we’re in the middle of a pandemic. They should not be gathering with any family.

      • Sofia says:

        The rule in the UK is three households max at Christmas. It’s a stupid rule but if Kate, Carole and Mike and James and his fiancée OR Pippa and her husband turn up, it sticks with the rule.

        Is it a stupid rule? Yes. But will they be breaking the rules? No.

      • Nic919 says:

        I don’t think james has his own place (shocker) so I bet he sneaks in as part of Carole and Mike’s household and then Pippa can show up. And they will all be at Anmer like in the past.

      • MrsRobinson says:

        For Harry and Meghan though, in California it’s one household only (not dragging them, that article was pure speculation). So grandparents can’t spend Christmas with grandchildren unless they’re living in the same household already.
        It’s rough. My uncle died last week, my mom is heartbroken, and none of us can give her a hug, now or on Christmas.

      • Becks1 says:

        @MrsRobinson – I’m so sorry for your family’s loss.

        I would not be surprised if Doria has been living with H&M for exactly this reason – to make them “one household” so there isn’t any back and forth and she can be with them for the holidays.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Agreed. We’re still in a pandemic. Viruses do not recognize holidays.

    • Amy Too says:

      I thought there was a three family total rule for the whole Christmas season? I don’t know how Pippa could do her in-laws and then also be with her parents, her sister, and her brother. I was also confused about how Beatrice and Eugenie’s families could spend Christmas with Andrew and then also go see their in-laws. And is Camilla’s separate house considered it’s own household? Like if she has two of her kids and their families to celebrate with her at her own house, would she even be able to then go hang out with Charles at his/their house? Probably, since Camilla and Charles are a “household,” and it’s about households not homes, necessarily, but does Camilla have her own set of staff at her house? If so, is Camilla and her staff considered 1 household and then Charles plus Camilla and their staff are a second household?

      • BeanieBean says:

        Amy Too: your questions illustrate just one of the many difficult things we all have to deal with right now, interpreting the ‘rules’. Easier just to stay home.

  3. PEARL GREY says:

    Christmas for the royals sounds horribly regimented and nobody in their right mind would want to spend an extended period of time with Andrew. They should relax though, because COVID has given them all a get-out-of-Sandringham-free card this year, but we all know even if there wasn’t a pandemic and any of them chose to spend Christmas elsewhere like they have all done before, they wouldn’t have been crucified for it like Harry and Meghan were. Thank God they get to be with Doria this year too.

    • Eleonor says:

      Royal Christmas seems like being in the Army, no wonder they are happy. If I had to choose
      I would go to the Middleton too.

  4. Amy Bee says:

    We’ve been spared the fake outrage of Harry and Meghan not attending Christmas at Sandringham this year and the recycled story about Meghan banning Harry from hunting. But we will be given a blow by blow of the Cambridges/Middleton Christmas by either the Sun or the Daily Mail. William and Kate have to keep the tabloids happy.

    • Kalana says:

      Well, the Middleton Christmas is quite unique. They decorate trees and leave cookies out for Santa. Christmas Eve is a “special occasion in her family.”

      • MaryContrary says:

        Lol-I just spit out my coffee. You win the day.

      • Mouki's wife says:

        So just like everyone in the western world’s Xmas, lol!

      • Nic919 says:

        You forgot about Mike wearing the sumo wrestler outfit. That’s totally christmassy.

      • Harper says:

        Love it.

      • Mumbles says:

        It’s “normally middle-class”, whatever that means.

        Sandringham has always sound utterly miserable. I wonder if it will continue that way when the next generation takes over.

      • booboocita says:

        @Mumbles — I could see Charles asking the family over for one, count it, ONE formal, dressy, sit-down dinner, but leaving the day for families. I can’t see him completely forswearing the pomp and circumstance.

  5. Becks1 says:

    Kate and Will definitely have spent Christmas with her family since 2012. When was the competing church stroll? That was 2015 or 2016 (because Charlotte was there, right?) 2012 she was pregnant with George and they did miss Sandringham but they have definitely missed it another year.

    But even so – so now it comes out that Will and Kate literally do the church walk (for the pictures and press I imagine?) and that’s it? They don’t actually spend Christmas with the royals? LOL remember the uproar last year that the Sussexes were abandoning the Queen and now it turns out the Cambridges have been doing that all along?

    • Nic919 says:

      I think there are still restrictions in place for things like churches and other public indoor gatherings in the UK so they would have a good excuse not to go out.

    • Kalana says:

      And the press kept quiet about it for years.

      What about 1000 years of tradition or Kate knew what she was getting into marrying into the family etc.?

      Kate and William seem quite content to change the rules when it suits them and happy to lose it at others for doing anything.

    • Amy Bee says:

      And the press is well aware of Cambridges’ just appearing for the Christmas walk. So the outrage about the Sussexes not attending was unwarranted and the attacks against them were sanctioned by the palace.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      I also think William (and only William) attends the boxing day shoot organised by Prince Phil. Let’s not forget the year of the competing Cambridge/Middleton church pap stroll there was also the competing cut price hunt. I’ll never forget how smug Carole and Pippa looked swanning into that church acting like THEY were the royals.

    • February-Pisces says:

      I think they only do the pap stroll and then head back to Amner Hall where Kate can be with the middletons. I wonder where Willie heads to, cos I doubt he’s spending any precious time with the midds. I hate how people assume he’s close to them, he can’t even stand kate, why would he give AF about the rest of them. He probably splits his time between his kids at Amner, royals and rose lol. It’s so convenient that they are so close to each other.

      Also I remember that church walk of shame starring the middletons. They looked smug AF. I bet all the press camped out there instead of the actual royal pap walk. I can imagine how p*ssed off the rest of the royals were at them. Meghan is always accused of upstaging the royals, yet she can’t help getting more attention than them. But Kate literally went out of her way to ensure she and her family took away all the attention.

      • Nic919 says:

        That year they brought out george and Charlotte to put on display when they had not been seen in a royal church walk because the queen has an age limit for attending church. This was also around the time Billy and Cathy were getting questioned for not working that many engagements and this was another distraction. Trotting out the kids will only work for so long.

  6. Jay says:

    I see the British papers are still lumping Harry and Meghan’s “controversy” in with Andrew’s possible criminality, as if they are equivalent.

    • PEARL GREY says:

      The media’s relative silence on Andrew over the years compared to their campaign against Meghan and Harry lets you know they think (and want to lead the country into thinking) that marrying a non-white woman and said woman occupying a white space is a higher crime than rape of trafficked minors. They are showing themselves to be the paedophile sympathisers they are every time they lump Harry and Meghan’s name and their liberation from the British Monotony in with an accused deviant and his child sex slavery scandal.

      But cue the distraction with stories about A Very Holly Jolly Cambridge Christmas.

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        And just how often did they mention how close Charles was to Jimmy Saville and his “mentor” Lawrence Van Pen…der something (can’t be bothered to look it up), BOTH pedos. THAT has been glossed over and VERY quickly swept under the carpet (which has to be pretty lumpy by now, with all the “sweeping” under!). Why nothing about THOSE connections, too??

      • Vera says:

        Not forgetting Mountbatten’s well documented liking of young boys

    • Kalana says:

      And at this point we know that the family approves of this. They are deliberately lumping Harry and Meghan in with a pedophile.

      They are doing that while “reporters” like Camila Tominey are attacking Virginia. In the end the story will be that Prince Andrew did nothing, Harry and Meghan are traitors to the family, and the family is relieved they no longer have to deal with the Sussexes attacking them.

      • Nic919 says:

        Adam Davison took down Camilla on Twitter and it was a joy to see. She eventually blocked him because he nailed her disgusting behaviour to a tee. This is the same bitch who tried to link the cookbook to terrorists. Even people like Dan Wootton and Richard Palmer don’t defend Andrew and his criminal behaviour.

      • Kalana says:

        I saw that. It feel sometimes like the Rota is competing to see which one can be the worst and right now I think Camilla might be in the lead. Awful person. “On the game…” How absolutely vile does someone have to be to write that about a child?

  7. Harper says:

    So Kate and Will were only minimally participating in the Sandringham festivities anyway? How have we not heard about this disrespect to the Queen? After all, every year is supposedly her last Christmas, requiring all the heirs to line up and show up. And the Lamebridges were in Bucklebury in 2016, being photographed on their church walk, so Tom Sykes has his facts wrong.

  8. Carrie says:

    St least Camilla gets to see her grandchildren. Diana…

    • ravynrobyn says:

      @ Carrie-OUCH 😭💔🙏

    • Carolind says:

      Even after Charles and Diana separated, Diana was always invited to spend Christmas Day with the royals and her sons but chose not to. Her decision.

    • MissMarierose says:

      … died over 20 years ago in a car accident that had nothing whatsoever to do with Camilla.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        At a certain point dates are tied. Camilla never caused that accident, but she did play a major and deliberate role in destabilizing Diana in the press and in her marriage. If Camilla were not so aggressive (along with Charles) Diana would never have divorced and been in that car.

        I was a Camilla fan of sorts from the revisionist history and I cannot see how Camilla played no appreciable role in it. There’s a notable Direct chain of events

      • Dollycoa says:

        Charles and Diana were horribly mismatched from the start. She was a child who the Royals and the Spencer’s used as their sacrificial lamb. Camilla or no Camilla, they wouldn’t have lived happily ever after. They may have put up with each other for longer and it may have not been so awful but nobody knows whether or not they would have divorced or just lived in that terrible marriage forevermore without Camilla.

  9. mynameispearl says:

    Dont blame any of them for not wanting to go, sounds absolutely shite.

  10. Midge says:

    Between this and the staff quitting story, Liz really does come off as a selfish old bat.

  11. Zaya says:

    Carole has Instagram?

    How many families are permitted to meet up in their tier? I can’t keep up with all the rules, here there everywhere. I know they’re relaxing the rules during Christmas.

    • Sofia says:

      3 households no matter what tier you’re in

      • Zaya says:

        Thanks @sofia. I’m I have friends and family all over the world so I keep hearing about different rules and get them mixed up sometimes.

        So if the middletons get together, which child get left out? Haha. JK. Like they’re gonna follow the rules. Rules for the plebes.

      • Nic919 says:

        Honestly that rule sounds silly because the virus doesn’t take Christmas off.

  12. equality says:

    I bet the staff could be added in there as really happy to not have Christmas at Sandringham. They might actually get to enjoy Christmas with their families.

  13. Molly says:

    I’m so interested what changes Charles will make when he becomes king. Hopefully Camilla can convince him to ditch the dreadful sandringham Christmas schedule in favor of what people really want to do.

  14. Tiffany says:

    So, the press just stopped with looking into The Middleton’s pot farm? I mean, it is not the same as a prince marrying a bi racial divorcee but this is still a big deal.

    • Kaiser says:

      God, I wish we had a follow-up on that pot farm story

      • Tiffany says:

        I am salty that just went away. Salty.

      • JT says:

        I’m guessing it’s because it actually is the middletons pot farm. The story disappeared so quickly, just like James’ nazi marshmallows, and Pippa’a allegedly rapey in law. There is no way Party Pieces is still extremely profitable today with competition from the likes of Amazon. They must have covered up that bit of news with more leaks. I wonder what story took its place when the pot farm news came out.

      • Kaiser says:

        I also genuinely believe that the Middletons were wrapped up in the pot farm too. It was so close to their property, the Mail was shady as hell about who owned the building where they found the pot farm, etc.

      • Becks1 says:

        Thank you Tiffany, for making my Friday. I am laughing so hard at “this is still a big deal.”

        And yes, the fact that it just went away makes me think it actually was the Middleton’s pot farm. If it was just Middleton-adjacent it would be a good gossipy story and the press would have a field day. But it just went away.

      • JT says:

        I mean, there is no way that Carole would be happy with a pot farm so close to her property if it belonged to someone else. I wouldn’t be happy either. I wish there was a British journalist who wasn’t so damn scared of the royals to do a deep dive. Scratch that. It doesn’t even need to be a British writer, just anyone. Where’s Ronan Farrow when you need him?

      • Nic919 says:

        If the property was owned by someone else then it would have been clearly stated. And the insinuation would be enough for the threat a libel action if it was false, but for some reason we heard more about the mean Tatler story than this one.

        That said growing pot legally can be very profitable. There are greenhouses in southwest Ontario that are legally growing pot and they are making a ton of money. I don’t know the status of legalization of marijuana in the UK, but it wouldn’t be the dumbest thing for the Middletons to invest in if above board.

      • L84Tea says:

        @JT, I have been asking the same question on this site for a while as well. Why are they all so afraid of them? Is there not one journalist out there that doesn’t depend on the RF, whether they be British, American, French, Canadian, Norweigan, etc, that would do a deep investigation into aaaaallllllll the doo-doo and just call them out already??

      • Jaded says:

        There hasn’t been a peep about it since last summer even though the police said they’d “get to the bottom of it soon” in their investigation. Surely it wouldn’t take 7 months to figure out who owns the property. Things that make you go “hmmmmm…”

      • Becks1 says:

        @L84Tea – and its even stupider (the reluctance to report on these stories) because of the rota – the RRs HAVE to have access. They ALL get the pictures of the kids. They ALL get access to the events and such. Maybe their actual sources at KP would dry up, but whats the point of those sources if all you’re talking about is what kind of chutney kate is going to make this year?

        I know there is a fear of being sued, but usually if something is true that can trump most lawsuits relating to the press (barring national security etc.)

      • Harper says:

        Maybe all the UK investigative reporters don’t want to end up on someone’s hit list?

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Cannabis is still illegal in the U.K. and the prices if you can find some there are Sky High!!! If it was linked to the Midds the investigation would have been massive. My guess at the time was Gary was involved.

        The Midds knew. The facility was closer to their area than any other neighbor and 1 of that size needs constant tending. People were always there. And then it was cleared out in a hurry. Someone saw something. Someone knew something.

      • Nic919 says:

        Ok this is a bigger story than I realized. Now that it’s legal here in Canada the issues relate more to who can get government permission to grow than it being criminal.

        Obviously uncle Gary is linked to this. And frankly with party pieces unable to sell their client lists, they need to make money somehow

      • Jumpingthesnark says:

        Me too! Maybe it would explain why Party Pieces is still a thing! Edibles! Munchie bags!

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        That was always my best guess on this. It was to cover financial appearances. Judging from the indoor facility(barn) and how long it takes for 1 round of profit. They could have had Mid 6 figures every 3 months. I’m lowballing that assessment heavily basing it on a legal market.

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      I am salty too Tiffany, and I totally deserved comment of the week on the original story, I mean
      “Pass the Duchy to me left hand side” is golden, absolute gold! COTW should have been mine!

      • Tiffany says:

        I’m sorry Zapp.

        I remember your comment. It was great and should have won.

      • JT says:

        @l84tea the RF is literally censoring the press but the BM has the nerve to be upset that H&M won’t cooperate with them. Especially in times like these when the papers aren’t selling like they used to, now would be the time to drop a scandal. They are sitting on money by covering up for the royals. Somebody just needs to get the ball rolling and go there.

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  15. Shoo fly says:

    So in other words, the Cambridges have not been participating in Christmas Day at Sandringham since the birth of George. And this has gone entirely unmentioned. Until now. As they always do, they show up for the photo op, nothing more, nothing less.

    • JT says:

      Now I’m wondering where they actually go. We assume Carol’s, but they could actually going on a secret vacation like they’ve been known to do. Christmas is typically the last time anyone sees them until the middle of January or well into February. Hell, do they even spend that time together? I wouldn’t be surprised if Kate and the kids went solo while Will does f*ck all wherever, seeing as he doesn’t get to spend much time with them. Perhaps more dad dancing in Switzerland?

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        A few vacations it was noted with evidence to support it that Kate vacations with her family and William night join for a bit, but often vacations separately and with others.

  16. Dollycoa says:

    Sometimes it takes an outsider to look in and notice when something is absurd. My family is very devout Catholic. At my grandmothers 100th birthday, my dad as her eldest son was doing a speech. The priest who was invited was chatting to his mate throughout. Some of my aunts told my dad to stop talking because the priest was having a conversation ( as if he was God, or the most important person in the room) My husband, who is Jewish said ‘ excuse me, theres a speech going on. Please be quiet’ to the priest. It was as if it had only just occurred to my family that you tell a priest to shut up from the looks on their faces. My aunts still look a bit scared of him 5 years later! Anyway, the point of that story is that I think they all think this is perfectly normal, but Meghan pointed out to Harry that is was absurd and cruel and the scales fell from his eyes!

    • BeanieBean says:

      Lovely story & great illustration of the issue. You sometimes just need that outsider’s perspective (which is not always appreciated!).

  17. Jen says:

    I’m more excited for the staff who might now get to have a more normal Christmas instead of waiting on this pompous arrogant crew. I don’t care that much about their desires for more “normal” Christmases when they chose the life that is far from normal and very pampered and excessive.

    They take like a month off for Christmas other than walking to church. They can celebrate Christmas any day while their kids are young enough to not know the difference.

  18. Tilewa says:

    Off topic but in the header picture you used I was surprised to see Kate’s skin — doesn’t look great.. Does this mean that her other pictures are normally touched up? How is that possible? Or this picture altered in some way?

    • Becks1 says:

      It depends on how the press is feeling towards her. Its one of the ways they’re passive aggressive. Sometimes her pictures are really touched up, sometimes they aren’t. (and of course, it also depends on where she is in a botox cycle.)

    • Keen Kate says:

      She has scarring on her forehead (apparently from excema), sun damage and eye/forehead wrinkles. They don’t airbrush her sometimes and you can see the above.

    • BeanieBean says:

      This is her digitally un-retouched face. I was thinking acne rather than eczema, but still.

    • Nic919 says:

      She smoked a lot and spent her 20s in the sun in locations where skin cancer is higher than Nordic climates. Everyone knew by the 2000s of the aging effects of suntanning excessively, along with smoking, but she probably thought she could outrun it. You never can.

  19. Liz version 700 says:

    No shade on this one. I would be happy to miss that mess too. It sounds just awful. The opening gifts in order of importance would be so tedious. Half the fun is watching kids open gifts.

  20. Julia K says:

    Have made this comment before but I repeat, there is no way they are very wealthy due to Party Pieces. Two stores in this area have closed, all with the same merchandise. Has always been a low profit margin business. Other high volume online businesses do it much better because they also sell high profit margin goods.

    • Jaded says:

      I was under the impression that Uncle Gary financed Party Pieces and essentially paid for the Midd kids’ educations.

      • Keen Kate says:

        Yeah, dodgy uncle Gary ‘financed’ Party Pieces and he said he would buy Kate and her siblings lavish presents, including her first ever designer bag.

        Kate’s Marlborough place was financed by her father’s trust fund and Pippa got in via a sports scholarship. James must have been financed by Gary.

  21. Sam says:

    I had no idea that children weren’t allowed. So the younger (adult) royals are expected to spend Christmas without their children???

    • Keen Kate says:

      The children do go, but they are in a different room for the main meal (and perhaps more). The teenagers have to be in the children’s room too.

  22. February-Pisces says:

    I think it’s f*cking ridiculous that the whole world is suppose to revolve around the queen. They all have family and in-laws which I’m sure they would like to spend Xmas with. Most family’s alternate every year. Camilla has her own children and grandchildren, I’m sure she would like to spend Xmas with them. What about the York sisters, when did they last spend Xmas day with their own mother? They divorce was years ago when they were children, I doubt fergie has ever been invited to Xmas considering Phillip hates her. Of course only Meghan and harry get trashed fo not being at Xmas, but I wouldn’t hold it against any of them for wanting to spend it with their other family.

  23. Mars says:

    Kate’s skin looks rough. Does she smoke, or is it because she’s so thin?

    • Keen Kate says:

      Slimness, lack of nutrients, sun damage, lack of sunscreen, genes, she probably doesn’t use the most appropriate skincare products for her skin, etc…

      She smoked before the marriage, but she most likely gave it up once she was pregnant. Although we don’t know for sure either way.

  24. kimberlu says:

    why do people cater to Liz? it’s not like she has power? she’s as useful as a cake topper…families should do what they want.

  25. Mia says:

    I’m a professional in the legal pot scene in California and I interview international cannabis figures to talk business and policy etc. There is no way the Middleton’s would make that much money from a pot farm – growers have terrible margins and have to spend all day testing soil and trimming stuff, or at least employing expensive experts to do it. The pot scene in the UK isn’t sophisticated enough to compete with importation of Spanish cannabis.

    The idea of Carole Middleton listening to Grateful Dead trimming buds does make me lol! 😆 I reckon most of the money is from shady uncle Gary.

    Here in California, we got a “STAY HOME” emergency from the governor. My guess is Doria is quarantining with Harry & Meghan. Besides hygenic reasons – traffic from LA to the west side is hell (I used to commute from LA to Montecito area and it’s a draaaag, sitting in traffic for hours) , and H&M have the spare bedrooms! I’m sure she hangs out with Archie when they do zooms etc. I bet they’re all quarantining for Christmas.

    Yuck… that William’s head in Carole’s lap thing. I don’t blame him for wanting a maternal presence but Harry and Doria probably just do yoga 😆

    • Cryptkeeper says:

      When ok to travel again in CA, I doubt Harry and Meghan drive between LA and Montecito. Harry is ex-military helicopter pilot and renewed his license in CA somewhat recently. Harry may have leased a helicopter from LA area?

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      Also a professional in the same industry and while growers love to complain about their margins being low that’s not true depending on where you are and how you choose to sell (dispensary vs. wholesale).
      Margins are high. And that facility wasn’t sending out anything for testing. They weren’t phing the water daily. They were chopping and selling. You can work a very basic crew that knows nothing, but is told how to do it for cheap.

      And we aren’t positive they sold that in the U.K. it could have been transported anywhere.

  26. Laura says:

    As far as no extended family members at Sandringham over the holiday, I think I read somewhere there’s an exception. The Duchess of Wessex’s widowed father was always invited.

  27. Rhea says:

    I wish Celebitchy covered fka twigs’ lawsuit today. Two articles on the Royals? I love the Royals stories but there are other interesting stories to tell!