The Cambridges’ three-day tour lasted 48 hours & ended with a maskless whimper

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting Cardiff Castle to meet local univ

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a big deal about how their little Pandemic Train Tour was going to be a “three day” affair. It was not. It wasn’t even 48 hours. They started late in the evening on Sunday, when they caught a private concert in a mostly empty train station in England, then they arrived in Edinburgh on Monday morning. After they left Scotland, they did several stops across England. They were in Wales on Tuesday morning, they took the train to Reading to stop in with some frontline workers, then they (eventually) went up to Windsor Castle, because they had to check in with the Queen and show her all of their keen pandemic work. That was the end of their tour. Not even 48 hours.

I’m including photos from their stops in Cardiff, Wales, Reading and Windsor. The photo of William and Kate’s visible breath in the cold air is evidence enough that they should have been wearing f–king masks the entire time. In Reading, the Keens stopped by Royal Berkshire Hospital, which is where Kate was born. She didn’t stop in to see her parents (who live in Berkshire), thank God. But she and William did meet with midwives and nurses to thank them for their work. There was a cake, sent by The Great British Bake Off (one of Kate’s favorite shows) as well. Everybody kept their masks on, even the Keens.

The end of the journey was Windsor Castle, where a grumpy Queen joined with William, Kate, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex and the Duchess of Cornwall for a performance of Christmas carols by the Salvation Army band. One of the points of the Tweedlekeens’ Pandemic Tour was to highlight the arts, which is why they watched some mini-concerts here and there. But the imagery was sort of off, in my opinion. Arguably, the point of all of this mess was that Kate and William wanted to thank people, especially frontline workers, for all they’re doing. How does “a series of mostly private concerts” fit in with that?

William also said, during one of the stops, that he and Kate still don’t know what they’ll be doing for Christmas: “It is so difficult, we are still trying to make plans. It’s difficult to know what to do for the best.” It’s not *that* difficult, all you have to do is listen to the public health experts. But clearly, Will and Kate are simply unable to do that. I doubt they consulted with any public health experts when planning this shambolic tour.

Also, there was a lot of mask-on/mask-off happening at Windsor Castle and I have no idea why. Is it because the Queen is an a–hole who refuses to wear masks and no one will tell Petty Betty that it’s f–king mandatory? And so other people take off their masks too. There should a season of The Crown devoted to just the stupid decisions these a–holes have made during the pandemic.

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  1. lemonylips says:

    First photo is an epic choice – all I see is rona spreading

    • GRUEY says:

      When not even the English government sees a political price to pay for throwing these two under the bus, the monarchy really is in trouble. If this tour displayed anything, it’s how much these two are disliked. No one enjoyed this. No one defended them. I wonder if they are aware or does their staff just exclusively blow smoke up their asses

      • Geraldine Granger says:

        I also wonder if they aware what a terrible idea this was or that there was negative press on it. I sort of believe that no one tells them anything that don’t want to hear and that is how KP functions.

      • HeatherC says:

        They’ve got their supporters. As a nurse and mother (in the US) I was flabbergasted that parents brought their children to a gathering so the Maskless Unwonders and others can breathe all over them. Do the thought processes of these people fall in the same category of the MAGAts here in the US where if the Dear Leader says it’s okay then it’s okay even if smarter more educated people say no?

    • windyriver says:

      Why are these two anywhere near a 94 year old woman, or anybody else (Edward’s the only one not over 65) after traveling through three countries, and being maskless and too close to people frequently? Not to mention being in an enclosed space (the train) with possibly a dozen other people? Where I live, you’d be expected to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return; the last thing I’d want to do is be anywhere near other family members.

      • Jay says:

        @Windyriver, you are right, and even if there weren’t a quarantine rule in place, I would like to think most of us would have the good sense to not see our 94 year old Gran right away.

      • Ginger says:

        And the fact that they royal rota were hailing this awkward photo as the “grand finale”. The rota was really trying to make this tour into something and it failed.

      • Chicken Tetrazzini! says:

        probably got the vaccine in secret already

      • Nic919 says:

        I’m going with the Queen already has the vaccine as well. They didn’t stick six feet away most of the time and didn’t do any of what you see sane elected leaders do right now.

      • Kalana says:

        This is what I was thinking. That’s also why felt comfortable doing the two day tour.

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        That was my first thought when I saw that yesterday. And at one point, it looked like they were less than 3 ft. apart, MASKLESS (of course). Don’t these idiots know, that even if you take a rapid test, it’s only a snapshot AT THAT SECOND, that you may be “virus free” because the viral load hasn’t “tipped” yet, and you can be full-blown sick hours later?? And they risked it to see Petty Betty and the other elderly members (even though they didn’t look close enough to them).

        OR…was it calculated to give PB a little “nudge” to get them closer to the prize? 😄 😄 😄

      • ThatsNotOkay says:

        @Chicken Tetrazzini! @Nic919

        Then people really don’t understand vaccines.
        #1: Even if they got the first dose, they have not built up enough antibodies to fend off an infection. So, fail.
        #2: Even if they got the second dose, they still likely have not built up enough antibodies to fend off the infection. And, it’s possible the vaccine might fail for some, in that it doesn’t trigger the appropriate immune response and you don’t produce antibodies (as was the case with several people who actually got the infection). Then you’re still a vector and you’re still susceptible to “getting and spreading.”

        Bottom line, these are collectively the least educated, worst examples of anything to do with common sense individuals on the planet, second only to America Republican politicians. And they need to be stripped of their influence and wealth.

      • Mumzy says:

        An even if they are thinking we had it and can’t get it again … WRONG. My daughter’s BF has gotten it twice (7 months apart), and my husband is a hospitalist assigned to COVID patients and he is seeing people who have had it twice.

        Them doing this is inexplicable and inexcusable. Even if they had a secret reason why this is okay (not possible unless these were their bots or holograms), them not sharing their reason just allows people seeing their mask-free visits to now think it’s okay to do so themselves.

      • Nic919 says:

        Instead of assuming we don’t know that it takes several days for the vaccine to work maybe examine how it’s quite possible that the Queen was put at the head of the list and given the vaccine more than ten days ago for it to work. And she could also have been given other medicine like what was given to mango mussolini. Also it has been established more than once that they have concealed health issues that the Queen has had only to come out months or years later, so not revealing that a vaccine was given days ago is very in the realm of likelihood when it comes to that family. Yes they were dumb to not wear masks outside , which I have been posting critically for months now despite it not being required under British “law” but pretending that they don’t do things like have media blackouts to hide what this family does is also being incredibly naive. So don’t explain to me how vaccines work when you seem ignorant of the documented history of the royals family concealing things to the public. … like Billy having Covid.

      • ThatsNotOkay says:

        @Nic919 I wasn’t insulting you, I was insulting the royal family. If you re-read what I was saying, you’ll see it was aimed at them. I tagged you because you had brought up the vaccine thing, and I thought you brought up an interesting point that further demonstrated that “they,” the RF, didn’t get how vaccines work, especially if they felt they were fully inoculated (after a few days when in reality it takes weeks) without understanding they could still be at risk for the reasons stated above.

    • Red Dog says:

      Oh look, they DID get their iconic photo to rival the umbrella-ella-ella-ey-ey-ey…

      • Amy Bee says:

        The family picture was terrible. Poorly lit and badly posed.

      • windyriver says:

        Not sure how iconic it is, but it is by the same photog! Maybe if it had started to snow…

        Interesting how TQ and the two women married to the heirs are the only ones wearing colorful coats.

      • equality says:

        None of them look that cheerful standing out in the cold.

      • mytwocents says:

        ha ha they’ll have to try another photo to rival the umbrella one! This one is just sad. and is it just me or does the Queen really not have much to say to Kate?

      • Amelie says:

        Are we talking about the poorly lit family pics outside or the one of Kate and William sitting at the train station waiting for the train? Celebitchy hasn’t posted it but I think it’s this photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CIgkZ61lD-M/ I kind of liked it even if I thought this whole tour was a huge waste of time.

      • L84Tea says:

        @Amelie, that photo of W&K sums them up perfectly–Kate looking at Will and Will looking away from Kate!

        And just to add, NOTHING will ever rival the magic of that umbrella photo. But they can try.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Amelie–I like that train station photo, although it doesn’t rival the umbrella photo. With the train station photo, I expect zombies to enter stage right.

  2. Aurora says:

    Kate started with blue, did red then ended with green. Just like Meghan in her farewell tour. I think Kate purposely wants comparisons.

    • Katherine says:

      That or she’s the most obnoxious theme dresser in the world. Her outfits are always like flashing one word exclamations going through her head. Christmas! Ireland! Etc etc. and I’m sure she thinks she’s being deeply clever and subtle.

    • Kalana says:

      It’s an Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better, mocking thing. Except Kate is always a sad imitation which is why she instead has a SWF reputation and her stans desperately insist she doesn’t copy people.

    • Nic919 says:

      I also suspect she couldn’t keep the red coat on since the Queen was wearing red at the end.

    • Jegede says:

      The blue was for Scotland
      The Green/Red for Wales.

      Those are their national colours.

      • Becks1 says:

        But she didn’t wear the green in Wales, did she? We didn’t see that one until she was in Windsor. She did start out in a long green coat when boarding the train to Scotland, so she did green, sky blue, dark blue, and then red.

        I think wearing the national color of a country is nice but……does it mean that much? Like if she came here to the states and wore a red coat with a white and blue scarf it would just strike me as cheesy. But maybe others feel differently?

  3. Courtney B says:

    I’m just going to be shallow (because everything’s been said and better than I could) and say that I LOVE the color of Camilla’s coat. What a vibrant purple!

    • BayTampaBay says:

      @Courtney B – I really like Camilla’s purple coat too! Check out the AP.

    • ShazBot says:

      YES. Camilla really doesn’t get enough credit for her style – she has excellent, age-appropriate style and her hats are fantastic.

      • MapleAngel says:

        Does anyone have an ID on Anne’s green coat? I love it!!

      • notasugarhere says:

        I’m not finding an ID on it. She’s had it at least since 2016, when she wore it with a matching skirt to Cheltenham. Up close it is a herringbone tweed. She has a similar one in teal and black, both likely bespoke.

  4. Sarah says:

    I think the ‘we don’t know’ response to the Christmas plans question is slightly political. The government have said we can bubble with three households together for several days over Christmas yet when asked MP’s are really reluctant to say what they’re actually doing. presumably because they realise it’s a terrible idea which will massively spike cases, particularly in older people.

    • Maevo says:

      Also it’s not Will’s style to just be like oh yeah we’re going to Carole’s and be all chatty about personal plans (unless it’s a casual comment about having covid back in April…) so maybe he was just dodging having to be specific. Also I kind of suspect that all of the Middleton clan will be jetting off to St Barth’s with Pippa’s in laws. Wonder if the Cambridges could get away with doing that too…

      • BayTampaBay says:

        The Cambridge’s just need to stay at Anmer Hall for the holidays by themselves and be done with it.

      • Harper says:

        I read some comments at the Fail this am (so no one else had to) to see how the Pandemic Tour 2020 was going over with the hoi polloi. Someone posted that the police had been notified that most of the royals would be coming to Windsor except for Kate and Will who would be at the Middletons. Take it with a grain of salt, but since it was a simple comment that didn’t go on to bash Harry & Meghan there might be truth to it.

    • GRUEY says:

      @sarah this is so true. They are all totally going to get together over Christmas and they are just waiting for a combination of excuses (probably the queen will be partially vaccinated by that point—but that would actually send a terrible message for them to get together before she develops the full protection from the vaccine).

    • Becks1 says:

      William’s response, in my opinion, is because he’s going to do whatever the eff he wants but he has enough sense to know he cant come out and say that.

      • Maevo says:

        Completely!!

      • Lorelei says:

        Is it possible that they’re a bunch of Covid “deniers” but can’t admit that publicly and have to sort of pretend to care about it, which is why their behavior (inconsistent masks, traveling all around, not caring about breathing on the Queen) is so half-assed? I feel like that is the best possible explanation for the way they’ve handled the whole thing from start to finish.

        If they REALLY believed this was a deadly disease, would they still be doing all of this nonsense? They just met god knows how many people, many maskless, and now they’re going to go home to their three small children? And no doubt spend time with Kate’s parents and Pippa and her baby over Christmas?

        If they were taking it seriously they would just stay in Amner and stick to Zoom even though everyone is tired of it by now. They could do a Christmas themed photo shoot with the kids to give the press *something* to print. Idk. Their behavior makes absolutely no sense.

      • Royalwatcher says:

        Same, Becks1. If he were really planning to follow guidelines and stay with his own immediate household, he’d have said that to show he’s being a good leader and setting an example. The fact he gave that word salad shows IMO he and the Midds will be jetting off to a private island somewhere…just like always.

  5. Sarah says:

    On a totally separate note, are royal men too ‘tough’ to wear gloves? Is this random protocol?

    • Yup, Me says:

      They appear to have hotlinks for fingers so maybe they aren’t feeling the temps like one would expect.

  6. Lanie says:

    Cambridge Covid Caravan has already come to an end? How unfortunate!

  7. Sofia says:

    The royal family should wear masks. End of. They should be modelling good behaviour especially as they’re supposed to be “ambassadors for the country” and the “pride of Britain”

    I live in the UK so I know what the rules are but again, the BRF should go above and beyond. Especially as there are 3 70+ year olds and a 90 something year old in that pic. As well as 2 people who got the virus and one of them suffered quite badly apparently despite being a healthy man in his late 30s.

    • AnnaKist says:

      I completely agree with you;, Sofia. The BRFA claim to be non-political, and fair enough, if true… How can they not understand that they could be powerful … I hate the word, “influencers”, at this time by wearing masks? This is not a political issue. It is a public health issue. As the Head of State, Liz should be leading the way.

    • Becks1 says:

      EXACTLY. I know some people say they cant go against government guidelines, but is the government telling people they “can’t” wear masks? Giving a baseline guidance for when you “should” wear a mask isn’t giving a maximum guidance. I don’t know if that’s making sense, lol. But if you are ever in doubt, you should wear a mask. And being around your 94 year old grandmother, and 72 year old father, after traveling and mingling with the unmasked masses for two days – wear an effing mask. I’ve said before that I’m surprised the Queen does not require everyone around her to wear a mask at all times.

      • Nic919 says:

        Laws aren’t always based on science and they are often drafted after risk assessments that incorporate much more than what the safest thing to do should be done. So all this bleating about following “the law” so that’s okay just shows naivety and ignorance especially when it comes to dealing with a virus.

        Also the 70,000 dead in the UK shows that Boris didn’t create the best laws in dealing with this pandemic because it is one of the highest death rates in Europe and the world.

      • notasugarhere says:

        W&K have no problem ignoring govt guidelines. They went against government guidelines about returning their daughter to school, when the guidelines stated she should have been back in school in May.

  8. Lizzie says:

    I hope Harry and Meghan laughed their asses off.

    • Maevo says:

      Looking at that last picture of the family at Windsor I was thinking Harry and Meghan must be so thankful they aren’t having to participate in all that nonsense!!

      • Ginger says:

        If Harry was still single he would have been forced to do that tour with Will and Kate. No doubt. I am SO glad he met Meghan and got the hell out.

  9. aquarius64 says:

    The Pandemic tour was a mess. The BRF coming together at Windsor is circling the wagons for the Cambridges’ mixed results tour.

  10. erni says:

    LOL.. It is 3 days.

    Sunday, Monday, Tuesday

    • Becks1 says:

      I mean, come on. They left at 1030 on Sunday night, and they only left then so they COULD say it was 3 days. the whole thing was less than 48 hours.

    • Chaine says:

      But it isn’t! When you say three days, people take it to mean you get up and start doing things on the morning of day one and stop at the end of day three. That’s my pet peeve about Easter, people say Jesus rose from the dead after three days, I’m sorry, even if you buy into Jesus he was crucified on Friday afternoon and rose on Sunday morning early, it’s not even a full 48 hours much less three days!

      • Ash says:

        Not going to lie, this blew my mind a little as you’re 100% right and I never realized this. All those Sunday school classes I was forced to go to…

      • Kalana says:

        @Chaine. Your comment is sending me. I love it.

      • QwietStorm says:

        Acts 10:40 states that Jesus was raised up on the third day. Never found any scriptural references to the number of days or hours.

      • Becks1 says:

        Mary Magdalene and one or two other women went to the tomb on the morning of the third day and it was empty (they couldn’t go on Saturday because it was the Sabbath so they went as soon as they could on Sunday.) I cant remember which gospel that was though, but I think that’s what @Chaine is referring to. He was crucified on Friday afternoon and by Sunday morning he had risen. So it wasn’t three full days either, but at least the Nicene Creed specifies that “on the third day he rose again,” which I guess fits.

        Celebitchy. Come for the gossip, stay for the catechism.

      • QwietStorm says:

        Good to know that the Celebitchy community is a smart, well-read band of bitches.

      • Chaine says:

        LOL, I didn’t expect my comment to cause in-depth scriptural investigation! I was just referencing how people describe it when you’re sitting in church and there’s a sermon or Sunday school lesson.

    • Amy Bee says:

      Yeah, just like their Pakistan tour was 5 days when it was really 4.

      • Lorelei says:

        If they so much as take a step onto some form of transportation (a train here; w/Pakistan, a plane) they count that as a “day” of the tour. If I were British I’d be so offended at how gullible they clearly think the public is.

      • erni says:

        LOL yeah, by their logic once Kate puts on her wiglet, working day starts.

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      Pretty sure when I tuck myself into bed on a Sunday night (not on an exclusive train, mind you) my employer doesn’t count that towards my work hours for Monday.

    • alibeebee says:

      this was barely 3 days .. 2 days is generous. this was a mess.
      also does Kate have any other mask? looks like she was wearing the same one for her “3″ day trip

  11. Alexandria says:

    Why is this family still on welfare.

    Stockholm syndrome to the max.

  12. RoyalBlue says:

    Where is old racist Philip today? He couldn’t be bothered to show to pose for the plebeians? And afterwards I bet they went inside and took photos with her favourite Andrew.

    • Eleonor says:

      Well he is social distancing from his wife I presume.

    • equality says:

      That makes him the smartest one of them to not stand out in the cold for a photo op. He meant it when he said he retired.

    • Amelie says:

      Philip is 99 years old and retired from public life a few years ago. I doubt a 99 year old (he’s almost a centenarian!) would want to stay outside in the cold to listen to some band. I don’t feel like he owes us anything.

  13. Jay says:

    I’m torn – this tour was a terrible idea that also didn’t seem to bring any real, tangible help, so in a way, I’m glad it’s over so soon!

    My biggest takeaway is that what a lost opportunity this was in terms of modelling mask wearing, regardless of how rules may differ from one place to the next. To me, that just highlights the importance of sticking with the highest standard possible, to protect others as you move from place to place.

    Also, I know I’ve become a broken record on this, but this NHS charity fundraiser they are ostensibly promoting? Sells masks! As a fundraiser! They could have been wearing these things the whole time and raised actual funds rather than empty words.

    Also, it’s petty, but of course William is that guy who goes out without gloves in December then spends most of the time rubbing his clammy hands together, of course he is.

    NHS masks: https://bekindbekindred.com/

  14. Amy Bee says:

    The purpose was two-fold to give media some pictures since the sandringham christmas is off and to ease the egos of the Jealous Cambridges who were upset that Meghan got to travel on the Royal Train before the future king and queen. What a waste of time and resources. The family picture wasn’t even good.

    • Maevo says:

      100% I bet the fact that Meghan got to ride the train really pissed them off. Also, yes, this is just about getting pictures to the media. After all, the royal family’s only mission is to perpetuate and promote itself.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Didn’t Meghan get to travel in it with The Queen? Poor Top CEO was stuck on it with her husband.

    • PureJane says:

      Yes, it’s all up to Cambs. And it seems QE isn’t happy with them. She was talking to Sophie warmly and treat cambs like they don’t exist.

  15. RoyalBlue says:

    So here we have it; the replacement of the Christmas walk. A picture of the queen, her children, not including the one on the run from the law, and the only grandchild that counts.

    • Maevo says:

      I wonder why they bothered dragging the Wessexes and Anne in to this – why not just stick to the heirs? Maybe that’s Betty’s FU to Charles?

      • I think you’re looking at a photo of the CURRENT Senior Working Royals. The ones’ that count at the moment. That’s my guess as to why it’s just Anne and not her husband. At least that’s what I think….lineup of the main team. And I would bet good money that every single one of them has been vaccinated at this point. This would also explain why they don’t have 2 F***s to give for wearing masks around children, etc. Unfortunately, for them, they can’t reveal they’ve been vaccinated, so they have to “suffer” the bad PR. These people make me sick with their privilege and self-entitlement.

      • Lorelei says:

        @LowCountryLady I definitely think that’s plausible, but isn’t the vaccine given in two separate doses, weeks (or months? I’m not sure) apart? So even if they all did get the first round already, they are nowhere near being fully protected.

      • Nic919 says:

        @lorelei no one ever said they were smart and since they took dumb risks already I can easily see them having had one dose of the vaccine (who knows maybe they have the moderna one that doesn’t seem to need two doses) and thinking they are fine. Charles and William already had covid anyway so perhaps they think they are safe in any case.

    • Becks1 says:

      That was the entire point of this photo op – to give pictures of the royals from Christmas and so Kate got to show off a new Christmas coat (I’m assuming its new, could be wrong.) And like you said, the only grandchild that counts. What an effed up family.

      • notasugarhere says:

        She wore the coat before in Ireland. Another sick ‘wearing what her dead MIL wore’ Catherine Walker (AKA widower using the exact same patterns his wife cut for Diana to make clothes for Kate and her mummy). The ugly green fake fur thing is new, which is similar to the ugly fake fur burgundy one she wore a few years ago.

  16. Eleonor says:

    They could have set a zoom from their home to do this.
    Make a nice video put it on their account and that would have been fine.
    No, they had to do the train trip…my gosh this people.
    As I said yesterday: Charles must be thrilled we are not talking about Diana anymore.

  17. Pink says:

    Maybe they’re not wearing masks because they’re outdoors here and mostly we’re not wearing masks all the time when we’re outside (in my experience in the UK during the pandemic at least). I don’t know. It would’ve been good PR to just wear them the whole time though.

    This tour has hardly had any press here either, everything is focused on either Brexit or the vaccine. This has barely had a mention so it’s not had the impact they may have hoped for. I dread to think what it cost… I also love Sturgeon’s sort of side-eye about the whole thing, regardless of whether she had to approve of the trip in private, she made her feelings known lol.

    • windyriver says:

      Isn’t there still recommended social distancing of 2m in the UK (6 feet in the US), even outdoors? In the picture where TQ is talking to Will, she’s clearly moved closer than that. Wonder how thrilled her staff were with this event.

  18. Harla says:

    Since the Cambridge’s are being dragged for their Pandemic Express Tour, it’s so nice to see Judy James to the rescue reminding us all how “in love “ the Cambridge’s are, whatever “in love “ means. *massive eye roll*

    • Nic919 says:

      I’m not seeing much difference in these photos. It’s still will basically ignoring her while she tries to give adoring looks.

      • swirlmamad says:

        @ nic919 Right??? Am I missing something? As always, Will is not looking at Kate in any of the pictures posted from this sham tour. No handholding. No arm linking. In other words, business as usual for these two.

  19. tee says:

    The whole trip was just so bizarre, especially the ending. As someone said above, we’re encouraged to quarantine after traveling from state to state in the US. That they’ve visited multiple countries, met hundreds of strangers, and still thought it was a good idea to visit the elderly Queen and heir, is really baffling. I hope the attention they craved so much was worth it.

  20. Harper says:

    There’s a video on the Fail of the royals parading by the Queen to say goodbye as they departed this so-called reunion. The Queen acknowledges Will, then completely cuts Kate as she parades by next. Instead, Betty looks toward Edward and Sophie who are behind Kate. Kate even seems to pause a second expecting the Queen to look at her but Betty was resolute in not making eye contact. Death by a thousand cuts in that family if they think you are useless or a bad speller.

    • Sigmund says:

      Interesting. I wonder what Kate has done (out of the many ineffective things) to p*ss off Betty? If it was this charade or something else?

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        Rumour is that Kate’s family, esp Pippa, were leaking stories about the Sussex’s to the Fail. We all know that William leaks to The Sun via his Press Sec’s partner. Harry apparently had the receipts to prove it and showed them to Grandma during the Sussexit talks.

        It’s also allegedly one of the reasons that the Cambridges were ‘incandescent’ over Harry’s lawsuit against the paper and refusal to drop it.

      • Becks1 says:

        Wait, WHAT??? Is that new information or just random gossipy speculation? I know we have discussed that the Middletons were leaking but have the rumors gotten stronger?

      • The Queen would have wanted to see Meghan instead. Mean Kate reminds her why Meghan left.

      • Harper says:

        Maybe payback for Kate’s shrug seen around the world last Xmas on the Mary Berry special? Or maybe Betty has had too much time to think lately, and she, who has worked her job tirelessly through decades, thinks lazy Kate is not worthy of the title of Queen, consort or not.

      • Nic919 says:

        Oh that’s interesting. I mean Carole’s interview shading Meghan and her work ethic was classless so I can see the Windsors wanting to blame her for a lot of it because it’s easier than to look at their own inaction.

      • Ginger says:

        I have heard the exact same thing Digital Unicorn. I think that’s why William was at the summit. Harry and Meghan stated in April 2019 ( regarding the “ship them to Africa” article) the Queen and Charles are the only ones that will be involved in their future plans. Not William.

      • February-Pisces says:

        Whenever I’ve done tarot readings on how the queen feels bout them, I always get the 10 of swords regarding her feelings towards Kate. One of the worst cards as it indicates betrayal, being stabbed in the back and something ending beyond the point of no return. Interestingly all the senior members, Charles, the queen and even Willie all blame kate for harry leaving and are all super pissed off with her. Charles’s feelings towards Kate are that he wants her gone permanently. When harry announced they were leaving, I did readings to see how they all felt, and they were all sad, even William, but Kate was the only one who felt victorious (6 of wands). That’s what I can remember from previous readings.

      • yinyang says:

        @Feburary Pisces I think your reading is spot on. They’re blaming Kate and I think the Queen is lowkey embarrassed by her, she looks warmly at Sophie, but barely looks at Kate.

      • notasugarhere says:

        The Midds have always leaked to the Fail, that’s their go-to.

    • Lemons says:

      I just saw the video and Betty clearly is more excited to speak with the Wessexes than she was the FFKQ. Like they lingered, William took the hint and left, then Kate stayed like a sad mop.

      I guess even Petty Betty doesn’t have the time today.

      • Becks1 says:

        Alright can someone link this video??

        ETA never mind I just saw it. Yikes. Kate really was expecting the Queen to talk to her and she didn’t even make eye contact.

        @Lemons lol, I don’t blame you. it’s on youtube though (still on the fail, but not a direct click to their website at least?)

      • Lemons says:

        I refuse to link to the Daily Fail, but I saw it there :)

      • SofiasSideEye says:

        A sad mop lmao!

      • RoyalBlue says:

        Thanks for the link. LOL. Her Maj went straight for her favourite married in and wasted no time on the FFQ. Even the brief greeting to William looked like she has no more f**ks left to give with these gaslighters who chased her favourite grandson away.

    • Amy Bee says:

      I saw that video. It does look like the Queen ignored Kate and it makes me wonder if Kate is accepted by the family. My guess is she’s not but she will stay the course and do what it takes to get that acceptance which will never come. The Tatler article illustrated that she is still not accepted by the British aristocracy and it is probably the same for the Royal Family. Too bad, she had a natural ally in Meghan but she chose to throw her under the bus instead. I may be reading too much into a video but this is the same Royal Family that rejected Diana who was one of their own.

      • Amelie says:

        Well that’s an interesting turn of events. I watched the video and it only lasted a second but it did seem the Queen had zero interest in chatting to Kate and was entirely focused on Edward and Sophie (you can see it on the royal family channel on Youtube). I don’t know if that was a blatant slight or she simply didn’t notice Kate because she was 100% focused on the Wessexes. Well I can’t say I feel sorry for Kate. Her cold and rude demeanor and refusal to acknowledge Harry and Meghan back in March at that church service was so utterly distasteful and so inappropriate. So she in turn gets snubbed by the Queen–she deserves it.

      • Ginger says:

        I don’t think the Queen has ever liked Kate.

      • Mindy_Dopple says:

        This analysis makes me so sad for her. They’ve really broken her down and much like Diana even if she did want out, she doesn’t have a support system that would enable her to make those moves. Not saying she wants a way out but I’m sure if there was a strategic way for her to gain power or leverage to her benefit she would do it. Unfortunately it seems she’s on her own and the only way for her to feel powerful is to wield her power like the family has shown her, against those under you which was technically Megan.

      • Nic919 says:

        Although in public they make excuses for Kate being lazy, the Queen cannot be ok with how little Kate has done, kids or not. All the other married ins did more work and she’s acted like she is above it all for years. There was a reason why the household order was held off for years and only given in secret once Harry announced his engagement to Meghan. And the RVO was only because the rose affair went public and Kate disappeared for almost two months.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Nic that’s always been my thought as well. The Queen is not okay with Kate’s lack of work. I think that’s why she put out a statement about Hold Still – I feel like it was almost sort of patronizing to Kate, like “good girl, you did something, keep it up.” And if the Queen does have any proof about Kate and/or her family leaking to the papers about Meghan, she’s not going to be happy. Like you said, the other married-ins did more work even when their kids were younger.

      • February-Pisces says:

        @nic19 the reality of dealing with people like Kate is a nightmare. She’s like that work colleague who is always late or has an excuse. When you ask them to do something you know they won’t deliver and ultimately you know you can never rely upon them for anything. The queen knows she can’t rely on them or turn to them when something needs doing. The one who she could rely on to step up when needed has been chased out of town.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Harper: love this, ‘Death by a thousand cuts in that family if they think you are useless or a bad speller.’ And in that video, it looks like the queen has no time for either William or Kate, she’s totally focused on Edward & Sophie.

    • Keen Kate says:

      The video of Petty Betty ignoring Willnot and Kant:
      https://youtu.be/ZblyWDZ9HHM

    • Jen says:

      …lol…you made me snort…

  21. Digital Unicorn says:

    Its an awkward as fk photo – no one looks like they want to be there.

    I love Cams coat, thats all i have to say really.

  22. Aa says:

    Who planned this and was smart enough to think about the time the sun goes down because they taking family photos in the dark as the final image was a really terrible idea to end this trip when they can’t even get the final image right.

  23. Chic1971 says:

    Perhaps they became complacent and thought that they were not H or M it would be well received. After all the energy and hate directed to Sussex and making keens look good, I think Keens did not read the room.

  24. MaryContrary says:

    I just keep thinking about what someone wrote yesterday-why not have highlighted being at home with their family? They could have shot some video of decorating cookies with the kids or making cards for healthcare workers? I don’t understand their PR at all-they’re just so bad at it.

  25. Steph says:

    I’m going to continue with what I said before and @celebitchy tweeted. This isn’t about anyone but themselves. Look at the embedded tweet @Kaiser used. It says they welcomed volunteers and organizations that are helping. They didn’t actually name them though in case the public wanted to make a contribution or become volunteers. This whole thing was a disgusting and dangerous waste of money.
    I think I’m so annoyed by this bc I watched a bunch of B/C list actors raise $250k for an organization last night in about an hour with a zoom call. That’s tangible work. The Cambridges just wasted money.

    • Kyliegirl says:

      Great point that they did not highlight the organizations so other could support and learn more about them. Anther opportunity lost. Just really poorly thought out and executed. It is all about them.

    • Sunday says:

      Wow, that’s a great point and it fits in perfectly with the PR around kate’s 5 big insights campaign, in which the main takeaway was how important the project was for her and her future, instead of oh, I don’t know, the actual kids?

      Always telling on themselves.

    • HeatherC says:

      I watched it too and Stacey Abrams was inspiring as always. Plus I’m part of that fandom lol

      As I said on a previous post, wouldn’t it have been more effective if the new patrons of NHS Charities instead added up what a tour would cost and donate that amount of money?

      • Steph says:

        As soon as I saw “I watched it too” I was like “she knew what I was talking about! She’s a fan!” Lol. Add me on Twitter @stephswinton
        Stacey Abrams is incredible.
        Right, them donating would be better and coupling it with a public boost would have been amazing. They have the star power to actually help and they aren’t.

      • HeatherC says:

        Done! @blissfullyfreed

        How are the Cambridges so bad at this? They have a cookie cutter formula they could use (Anne and Charles) to build goodwill but they’re just so…..entitled. The harder they try to make people like them and recognize them as the IT item (by still doing the absolute minimum but tasking the rota to sell them), the easier it is to mock them.

    • February-Pisces says:

      One of the good things about the Sussex’s not using their Instagram anymore is that the charities themselves release pictures via their own socials when they visit. So atleast the charity gets the benefits and see an increase in engagement to their socials, and they can write their own captions with all the details too.

      • Steph says:

        I was thinking about that too. I would love to see the SM analytics to see which benefits most, just the orgs posting or if the Sussexes posted about them as well. Bc the Sussexes actually tagged all the orgs they worked with.

  26. Kyliegirl says:

    This tour was ill advised and poorly executed. Would have landed so much better once we are on the other side. The could have traveled with several members of the royal family and been able to thank more people. They just made it harder for governments to enforce restrictions. They flaunted the rules throughout and ended with a major rule breaker. Five families together and a large outdoor gathering. How can you tell other families they can’t see each other now? Also, this tour highlights the laziness that is Will and Kate. Rather than doing a bunch of volunteer work over many days, they have stuck with their normal routine of bunching events together to get them done and then back to whatever it is that they do. I am not a fan of Sophie Wessex, but she and Edward have been on point and hands on throughout not Wills and Kate. It would just take more time then a quick zoom call or a whistle stop tour. Also, like the last time senior members of the family got together, there was a lot of awkwardness among various family members. The warm fuzzy family image they have been projecting is crumbling. Only the Queen, Anne, Edward and Sophie looked friendly with each other. Definitely something is up between Will, Kate, Charles and Camilla. Not a happy family at all.

    • Tessa says:

      Perhaps Charles regrets not standing up for Harry and Meghan and Archie. The photo op is so forced, and least the children were not trotted out.

  27. Erin says:

    Great header pic! Love this site

  28. Cryptkeeper says:

    The family photo highlighted a few things:
    -Andrew is a shameful embarassment to the degree he must be hidden away and the situation will forever be swept under the rug, but trust me most people won’t forget or want to forgive
    -Anne is not praised enough
    -The Wessexes photographed closer to the Cambridges only highlight the tragic rift between William and Harry
    -The Queen has Monarch fatigue largely due to her age and the dysfunction of her family. I agree with royal commentators who said Covid has effectively ended her reign

    • Sofia says:

      “ The Wessexes photographed closer to the Cambridges only highlight the tragic rift between William and Harry”

      I’m confused. Harry isn’t in the picture because he’s not in the country. So he’s not going to be photographed.

      Have I read this comment wrong?

    • Cryptkeeper says:

      Yes, quite obvious the dysfunction of the royal family.
      Harry and Meghan last photographed with William and Kate during Christmas season was two years ago. I think the Christmas morning walk.
      BP have, since late 2019 placed the Wessexes as prime supporters of the Cambridges but IMO it only serves as a reminder of how it all went so bad not only between the brothers including other senior royals and the Sussexes but balso between BP, the Queen and the Sussexes. Tragic.

    • February-Pisces says:

      I think the the Keens forming a new Fab Four with the Wessexs suits them fine because it’s the only way they will look like the younger hotter couple, if they are stood next to a couple of 50 something year olds.

  29. cherriepie84 says:

    That last “family photo” looks straight from out of medieval times. This antiquated institution is completely useless

  30. Valiantly Varnished says:

    These people are so out of touch and out of date they may as well be dinosaurs

  31. Sara says:

    My friends who are frontline workers have repeatedly said that they do not need publicity thank you’s or hero worship. What they want is for idiots to stop gathering and traveling and to wear masks. The opposite of what the Cambridge’s are doing.
    Also WHY are they so close to Granny without masks??? These bozos do not learn (including Granny Betty). Way to lead by example.

  32. Ladyjax says:

    That group pic is giving me serious Gilead vibes. We have the Econo- class people in gray on the left, the Wife in that dark teal color woth her Commander, PB is in handmaid red, and then we have the older wife and her retired Commander on the right. Very ominous-looking pic.

  33. Cath says:

    Omg l had a look at that family clip, the Queen completely ignored Kate , de camera went straight to Camilla and Charles, Camilla face ,she couldn’t believe Lizzy could be so direct, l had to re watch it again !!!!

  34. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    To be fair, what does the public expect? A royal family is all about birth right, and nothing else. They don’t need any particular education, or work ethic, or intelligence, or any other “qualification” except birth. That’s the price you pay in having a monarchy. All they really are, are mascots. Very expensive, billion-dollar mascots. And what is expected of a mascot? Just to be an “image” (nice clothes, crowns, ribbons) that reminds people of the “product” (imperialism). They don’t need to do any substantive work. Again, that’s the price you pay for having a mascot/monarchy.

  35. Cloud says:

    Top picture:

    Katie Keen
    was recently seen
    stepping off a fancy train wagon
    with up-do hair
    dressed like Rupert Bear
    she puffed like the Magic Dragon

  36. cc says:

    Maybe the Queen realized they wouldn’t be in this mess if it wasn’t for the treatment of H & M, and W & K and the Midds jealousy.

    I actually think the Queen liked Meghan and the work she was doing, but succumb to the stupid courtiers and their outdated thinking.

  37. Julia K says:

    Only Princess Anne had the grace to look embarrassed and uncomfortable

  38. yinyang says:

    The prefer the right side of that last picture. Camilla looks so vibrant.

  39. Donna B. says:

    “There should a season of The Crown devoted to just the stupid decisions these a–holes have made during the pandemic” 🤣🤣🤣.

  40. Ann says:

    I saw the video of the Queen ignoring Kate. It looks like the Queen gave Kate the same snub that Kate gave Meghan at the Commonwealth Service. Doesn’t feel so nice, does it Kate?

  41. Kimber says:

    I just don’t think the Q cares either way about H/M. Sadly. However I don’t think she takes too kindly to Will and Kate upstaging Charles. She is all about tradition and birth order, blah, blah. And W/K and their pathetic need for pandering attention is wearing thin.

  42. Shelby says:

    Some people just want so badly to believe in princesses and kings and maidens and castles that they eat this royal garbage up. I say rent Princess bride and end monarchy. It‘s so unnecessary, unfair and useless. Glad to see the real leaders of Scotland, Wales weren‘t having any part of the fairytale tomfoolery.