Duchess Kate & William trotted out their three kids for a convenient photo-op

The Cambridge Family attend a special Christmas Pantomime performance at London's Palladium Theatre

Obviously, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Keen Pandemic Choo Choo Tour was an unmitigated disaster. The tour had everything: masklessness, superspreader events, marshmallows, an angry Scottish First Minister, disgusted public health officials, exorbitant costs, a shallow duchess cosplaying the Black duchess she hates, expensive coats, and an outraged press. The aftermath of the tour was so bad that even Daily Mail commentators were remarking on how awful the messaging was.

The point is that William and Kate needed to change the barrage of bad headlines and they needed to do something fast. So they went to one of the favorite moves: trot out the kids. All three Cambridge kids got pushed out on Friday as the family attended The National Lottery’s Pantoland at The Palladium, which was a performance “held to thank key workers and their families for their phenomenal efforts this year.” Which means the performance was for essential workers and their families and Will and Kate crashed the event with THEIR kids, probably taking seats from an essential worker and their family. The Cambridge kids even walked the carpet with their parents, which is too much even for me – the kids are way too little to be thrust in front of all of those cameras, on a red carpet.

Besides all of that, it is ASININE that no one in the Cambridge family wore a mask on the carpet. William and Kate did don masks inside (the kids didn’t have to, per the rules, because of their ages). Again, coronavirus numbers are spiking in the UK. Even if you don’t “have” to wear a mask by the letter of the law, why not wear one anyway, because you know you’re going to be in close proximity to people, albeit outdoors? It’s INSANE the way the royals have flat-out refused to simply role model good mask-wearing behavior this whole year. You can literally see other people – Palladium employees and other attendees – wearing masks on the red carpet. William and Kate are so dumb and actively horrible, my God.

As for the fashion notes… Kate wore Alessandra Rich, a new-to-us look which hit all of Kate’s favorite trends: ugly ruffles, a giant collar, a print which reminded her vaguely of buttons, shoulder pads, and the 1980s. She looks so dowdy, dated and ridiculous. It’s like she’s wearing her own specially made clown costume. The price tag is the most offensive thing: apparently this retails for £1358. The kids’ fashion doesn’t offend me nor do I find it super-notable. Apparently George wore a sweater from Ralph Lauren?

Anyway, yeah, photos of the kids. I am asking every single commenter for a special Christmas present: can we not have a giant fight in the comments about who the kids look like?

The Cambridge Family attend a special Christmas Pantomime performance at London's Palladium Theatre

The Cambridge Family attend a special Christmas Pantomime performance at London's Palladium Theatre

The Cambridge Family attend a special Christmas Pantomime performance at London's Palladium Theatre

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  1. Sandra says:

    Well, Kate’s hair looks nice…that’s all I’ve got…

    • Mac says:

      Her shoes are a big improvement over the clunkers she usually wears.

      • Harla says:

        They appear to have the signature Louboutin red soles. How great that Kate was able to spend thousands on a new outfit for this event after having to rewear clothes on the plague tour, poor lamb must have suffered so.

      • Keen Kate says:

        She had two new bags on the train tour, both costing over £1000 each! One of the new bags was a black mock croc one: she already had two black mock croc bags and one of them is very similar to the new one.

      • Natasha says:

        I don’t think they are Loubie’s. I can’t really see a sole but I looked in several pictures at the heel and it isn’t red lacquer.

        I’m sure they are expensive, but I would be shocked at any Royal in red soles. They are marketed to a different type of person.

      • Lady D says:

        Who are they marketed to? What kind of person wears Louboutin’s?

      • Nyro says:

        Lady D, they’re marketed to the younger jetset babe type. Kate doesn’t do sex appeal so I’d be surprised to see her wearing those.

      • Natasha says:

        Exactly Nyro — it’s the difference between Caesar’s Palace and the Aria in Vegas. Different set, different vibe.
        Loubie’s are more a Kardashian type label.

      • Q says:

        I’ve seen first ladies of France wear louboutin. Carla bruni Sarkozy and Birgitte macron have worn them.

      • Lady D says:

        Thanks, Nyro. I’ve only seen actresses and Real Housewives wearing them.

      • VS says:

        @Natasha —– this is absolutely false! plenty of women wear Louboutins and they are certainly not a Kardashian/Jenner label. CL is not a personal favorite; @Q has provided some examples and plenty of professional women around me, including members of my own family do wear CL.

      • Courtney B says:

        There was a viral photo last month of a military woman (coast guard I think) wear CL. Regs only state color, closed toe and heel height so they were good. Some people botched others set it was a better (and more stylish) investment that a PS5 or something. They looked *good*.

      • Bibi says:

        It seems kate has gotten a very subtle lip injection. She usually has a paper thin upper lip but not anymore. Still not plump, but thicker for sure.

      • Ann says:

        My sister-in-law wears them, and she’s basically Upper Middle Class. She works (doctor), though part-time and not in any high-paying specialty. Her husband, my husband’s brother, is a financial planner and makes good money but not millions or anything. She doesn’t buy much, but she likes what she has (for special occasions) to be THE BEST. She has one Gucci purse, one pair of CLs. So I don’t have a problem with the brand. I just have a problem with the excess.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Nancy Pelosi wears Louboutins

      • Blondems says:

        I’m a professional, ‘normal’ person and I love my CLs. I think a certain type of celebrity hijacked the super high ones (think the hoof type of platform) and made that really recognisable, but the non-platform ones are still boss as hell to me. :)

    • PEARL GREY says:

      And all the articles will be about how the perfect family’s red carpet moment will keep the monarchy going. No screaming headlines about why they made an attention seeking entrance, why they felt the need to take the spotlight off of the key workers and their families who the event was actually for, Kate’s outfit price (which would have been described as “eye-watering” had it been worn by the other Duchess), Louis and Charlotte looking completely over it, Charlotte ignoring William trying to hold her hand and pat her head (we all know if this was another child and his mom we’d have think pieces for days), and of course the fact that this was all a very embarrassingly obvious attempt at quieting the conversation about the shambles that was their landmark Royal Train Super Spreader Tour. God help the children when they get old enough to realise mommy and daddy use them to cover up their screw ups.

      • Meg says:

        There’s video of them on the red carpet and charlotte really does not want to hold his hand which of course happens with kids at times but willii keeps trying to hold her hands. He won’t just accept her feelings and respect them really. They’re not crossing a busy street and safety is why their holding hands it’s for a picture and he looks so uncomfortable at her not holding his hand.

      • Virginia says:

        I went to their Instagram to protest about taking the children to cover after their disastrous tour….and asked them to stay home! They remove me! What else is new?

      • Lady2Lazy says:

        @ Virginia, I was on the Daily Fail yesterday and my comment was removed due to all of the complaints that people made, I guess you can call the Fail and they will remove your comment?? I am guessing it was Wilileaks, as I haven’t been on the Fail in 6 months or more.
        Anyway, the Complainers were mad that I made reference to a “leaked” Christmas card from Unable and PWT, to the media. So I chose to point out that this was a wonderful time for THEM to reflect on what they did by leaking and smearing their loving brother and his wonderful bride!! I had 3 responses, who TF cares!! Which was then deleted from complaints!! Though my new tag line was TeamSussex, I may have given myself away!!

      • mytwocents says:

        Yes Lady, the DM will remove all comments especially about W&K smearing Meghan, they don’t like those at all – I know because mine are always removed. Their instagram account is probably full of bots, as someone here mentioned a bit ago, they have remained on 12 million since H&M left, while the year before it was a constant competition between theirs and the Sussex account! They don’t even try to hide it anymore or bother to pay any more bots.

      • PrincessK says:

        @Lazy2 lazy…join the club…DM don’t take my posts because I tell the truth.

        It is actually a relief not to have to respond to all the lies anymore.

    • Mustang Sally says:

      If her child can wear a Ralph Lauren sweater, could she perhaps ditch her frontier ruffle buttonyness for a sleek RL sheath with long sleeves? (Nope, I forgot, she has no style).

    • OnceUponA says:

      I’m ready to be given he Debbie Downer Award, but as long as death numbers continue to rise, I don’t give a cr@p about her shoes or the dress or her hair.

      They’re out without masks. They’re making themselves the story with nothing to give but their vanity — and that takes away from the only priority right now — fighting this frigging disease.

      This from the future King who covered up the fact that he COVID. That gives him the opportunity to truly set an example about safety measures needed to be taken by all. How difficult is that to comprehend?

      When it’s over, I’ll be happy to return to laughing about wiglets.

      Until then, if they’re not actively helping then please let them stay at home and answer 5 new questions about what their role is in the 21st century.

      • LahdidahBaby says:

        Great post, and spot-on, OnceUponA!

      • YatterOn says:

        @ OnceUponA, spot on!! I noticed on the Fail yesterday that a majority of Britain is suffering from case counts, which causes their train derailment more harmful.
        Plus, if you guys are going out, wear a GD mask at all times!! There are 2 ladies giving them the side eye in one of the photos 🤣

      • OnceUponA says:

        Thank you LahdidahBaby and YatterOn. Stay well!

  2. Jen says:

    There’s going to be a point where the kids won’t be a cute and squishy anymore, which means they won’t be as much of a draw. What are the Cambridges going to do then?

    I almost feel bad for them at this point. They literally can’t get out of their own way, but you reap what you sow.

    I do think they all look nice and I actually like Kate’s dress, but they really should all be wearing masks. With cases spiking, we have to get it together overall!

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      If we go by history. The kids will he used as shields. Or rather, C and L will be thrown to the wolves to protect everyone else. This is the way it’s always been done.

      • theothercleo says:

        That will definitely happen but not before they’re young adults. There will be a phase when they will be 13 and not the cute little kids that distracted everyone anymore and their parents won’t be able to blame them for anything yet.

      • Lorelei says:

        I think all of the children are adorable, but I just feel so sorry for them, looking at them now and knowing how awful their futures will be. They will all be torn to shreds by the media at some point, and although that’s always happened, I guess it feels different to me since I actually saw them all being born & growing up. It’s as if I feel a little protective of them, lol. So it will be tough to see them dragged, especially Charlotte and Louis.

        I’ve always adored George, and there are so many photos in which he looks very sad imo. Obviously there are tons in which he’s smiling and having fun, but most of those are either taken by or released by Kate and KP. I want to go adopt him and bring him back here so he can just be a normal child/person 😭

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Char and Lou will absolutely be dragged down in the media before they’re young adults if it’s to prop up George or distract from their parents antics. I have no doubts because that’s how it’s always done. And especially with Harry and his family removed. They need a scapegoat replacement. It’s what that “family” does and will always do.

    • VS says:

      This move of trotting out the kids is so predictable……so many people predicted it and look they did it and said to the press: press, please get some pictures of the kids and forget about the disaster tour!

      • Becks1 says:

        It’s so predictable it’s pathetic at this point. Camb stans are saying this was planned for months, but if it was it would have been announced. This was def a last minute PR ploy.

    • PrincessK says:

      The press will eventually turn on the kids and pull them apart. They are already painting Charlotte as a new version of Princess Anne and painting poor George as weak and shy.

    • Jedi says:

      100% agree, all should have masks – even the kids. Here, kids over the age of 2 are expected to try to wear masks indoors, and kids George and Charlotte’s ages wear them at school no problem. This family is just beyond. So freaking inconsiderate, especially after their CoronaTour last week – maybe wait a bit to see if you caught it before you head off to the theater, unmasked.

  3. KBeth says:

    The children are really cute, that’s all I’ve got.

    • (The OG) Jan90067 says:

      They ARE adorable. The BEST thing was (if you watched the vid), Charlotte FLINGS away William’s hand, and then refuses to hold it again LOLOL. I was so reminded of Kate’s shrugging off his hand. Char wanted NO PART of Will’s Dear Dad routine.

    • minx says:

      Very cute. Thankfully those unattractive Windsor genes are getting more and more diluted. But, masks?!

    • MsDiMeanOur says:

      Louis is such a beautiful child. He is really so striking – definitely not saying that G & C arent, i think its noticeable because I have only noticed his baby pics

  4. tee says:

    Totally reckless that neither them nor their staff thought to wear masks on the carpet. You just went on tour meeting hundreds of strangers, for goodness sake!

    I also thought it interesting that they hijacked an event for key workers to center themselves and further reinforce their family’s superiority relative to the plebs, who they couldn’t even bother to engage with. Monarchy is a doozy.

    I can’t believe her dress was so expensive.

    • Ginger says:

      And then ignored them as they walked by. They are incredibly rude.

      • (The OG) Jan90067 says:

        Not JUST ignored them, a worker’s kids were literally PULLED OUT OF THE WAY to give the Cambs a “money shot”. Someone actually yanked kids away.

    • Coco says:

      Did they both already secretly receive a dose of the vaccine? Probably. But I don’t think they’ve had time to get the second dose. Either way, it’s just a terrible example they’re setting. My tetanus shot doesn’t expire for a few more years, but that doesn’t mean I purposely seek out rusty nails to step on.

      • zinjazin says:

        What? You dont? lol haha :)
        Thanks for the chuckle.

        The kids arw so cute the youngest looks a little bit upset maybe it can be a lot for them.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Tee ITA and the whole “But it’s fine since they’re outdoors!” argument I keep seeing from their fans just doesn’t hold water. Studies have shown the droplets linger in the air for *hours* and I remembered seeing one in which they literally floated down an entire city block over the course of six hours or something.

      It’s shameful that these two either don’t know or care enough to research stuff like this before taking their young children anywhere, but we’re talking about W&K, so.

  5. Harper says:

    No masks and no coat for Charlotte. She did not look too pleased–maybe she was cold? It’s December, and she was probably confused as to why her parents were making her go outside without her coat and laughing about it. At least George and Louis had heavy sweaters on.

    • Millennial says:

      This may be an unpopular opinion, but Charlotte and George are definitely old enough to wear masks, barring a medical reason not to. In the US, it’s pretty common for anyone 5+ to be required to wear them to attend school.

      • La says:

        Not unpopular at all. My 3 year old is capable of wearing a mask and during the rare times we take her out these days she is in one. She has an age appropriate understanding of why she needs to and was able to keep it on during a two hour outing at our local zoo. Many young kids can do it, it appears here it’s more an active choice not to.

      • El says:

        Had a similar thought. All three of our boys wear masks in public places without problems, and our youngest is five.

      • Stephanie says:

        My 2 year old wears a mask for preschool without issue. In the US kids 2 and older are advised by CDC to wear them. The Cambridge kids all fall under that. Kids can get Covid and spread it, though rarer.

        As far as the family attended, pretty sure Kate and Will consider themselves “essential” workers.

      • LawyaGal says:

        Same. My son just turned 2 and wears a mask no problem. We do t take him anywhere but there have been a few times where he had to – like going in for his checkup, getting his flu shot, ect… my five year old is a mask wearing pro, she did outdoor sports camp this summer in 90 degree heat with one and never complained. Those children should be masked end of story.

      • Size Does Matter says:

        They should all wear a damn mask all the damn time they’re in public FFS. The Queen was a mechanic during WWII, and these entitled idiots can’t wear a piece of cloth over their mouth and nose for a couple hours???

      • HeyThere! says:

        In my area of the Midwest it’s anyone 2 years of age and older. Aka 24 months and up. These kids are old enough to wear a mask 100%.

      • Nic919 says:

        Not unpopular at all. Both George and Charlotte would be strongly encouraged to wear a mask if they were attending school in Ontario. Kids that age can get used to masks, after all they understand what is going on. Even Louis could wear one if his parents weren’t utter idiots about the whole thing. My friends with kids around that age have them wear masks when they are out in public and they don’t have issues with them since everyone else is wearing masks. In the winter they would be wearing scarves that cover their nose and mouth so this isn’t that different.

      • Lauren says:

        No, you are right, the kids should have masks. My 8 year old has been wearing one this entire time. My 4 year old doesn’t, but he is autistic and has sensory issues with them; otherwise, I would make him wear one.

      • Lorelei says:

        Not unpopular at all, it’s the only reasonable position to take. They are absolutely old enough to wear them, especially if an adult helps them put them on and checks in frequently to make sure it’s still worn correctly. Kate was sitting right next to them so there’s absolutely no excuse.

        Their fans were arguing that they were following the guidelines, which, fine — but why wouldn’t they want to take this one extra step to protect their kids, especially since it’s such an easy thing to just add a mask? I really think a lot of it is Kate wanting the photos to look “normal” and wouldn’t be happy if they’d all been wearing masks.

      • Amy Too says:

        I find it to be such a contradiction that they’re followed around everywhere by RPOs for the safety of the monarchy, there either used to be or still is a rule that they all can’t fly together for the safety of the monarchy, they live with huge amounts of household security (and even had it installed at Kate’s mom’s house since she spends so much time there) for the safety of the monarchy…. and yet they’re absolutely fine with having the Queen FK, FFK and FFQ, FFFK and his spares all wander around maskless in the midst of a pandemic which is a hugely credible danger to all of them, especially if they refuse to take precautions and keep going to these huge events. They need multiple burly body guards to follow them around everywhere just IN CASE an unknown, possibly murderous, threatening person crosses their path, and yet they can’t wear a little piece of cloth for a known, credible, deadly threat that we KNOW is always out there everywhere we go?

      • Lorelei says:

        @Amy Too OMFG somehow that never occurred to me and it is such a good point!! 👏👏👏👏

        The hypocrisy of these people.

      • starryfish29 says:

        My niece is 6, she wears a mask when she’s out of the house, and I see kids younger than her wearing them here all the time and we have very low case #s. As far as I knew, the guidelines were that kids 2 and under didn’t need to wear masks. Their outright refusal to model mask wearing is irresponsible, and for such an image and legacy obsessed bunch the fact that history books will be full of pictures of them ignoring basic public safety while thousands died around them ought to be motivation enough.

    • Sarah says:

      If the royals want to be even a fraction as important/relevant/critical to the survival of the UK as they claim they need to be doing things that help the public help themselves. Like WEARING MASKS WHETHER THE RULES REQUIRE IT OR NOT. Them and the kids.

      As for the rest of this charade good grief they are predictable and useless.

      • Lorelei says:

        The comments from their stans on Twitter gave me a rage headache. Their big argument was that since masks aren’t required for children indoors, it was totally fine that only W&K wore them inside the theater and not the kids.

        Many people tried to explain that as public figures and especially as future HOS, they should have gone above and beyond to set a good example and that both Bill and Cathy AND all three children should have been wearing masks at all times. But their fans claimed that would be defying guidelines. They were told over and over that going above and beyond the guidelines is not “defying” them, since they’re in compliance and just adding extra precautions, but they would not budge. They’re just determined to defend these two no matter what.

        One person actually argued that it would be “traumatizing” (??) for Louis to have to wear a mask/see his family wearing them. I’d think having one of his family members die of Covid would be much more traumatizing!! But there’s no point in trying to argue logically with people like that.

        PS Kaiser thank you so so much for the request about not getting into who the kids look like. It happens so often and I find it so tiresome and annoying, so it was refreshing to read all of the comments here without that being the focus. Thank you! 🙏🏻

      • Ginger says:

        Cambridge fans are morons. Do they think Will and Kate will be thrown in jail if they wear a mask outside?

        This stunt just proves that they don’t care about the virus, they just used it for PR.

      • Nic919 says:

        The stans are stupid because the virus does not fucking care about the different guidelines. The virus looks for a host and if you are a human whatever age it will attach to you. And a virus spreads like hell in an indoor environment with thousands of people inside with recycled air. It is fucking ridiculous to have attended an indoor event like this, mask or not.

        Billy and Cathy are no different than the MAGA assholes not wearing masks at Christmas parties and other non essential activities.

      • Amy Too says:

        How would it be traumatizing if it’s explained as just a way to prevent themselves and the people they’re with from getting sick? Is it “traumatizing” to wash your hands? Or eat your vegetables? Or take your vitamins? We make kids do all those things so they’ll stay healthy and not get sick. I don’t know why a mask would be somehow more traumatizing. Maybe if all the masks were scary halloween masks.

      • Nic919 says:

        It is no more traumatizing to wear a scarf over your nose and mouth in winter as it is to wear a child size face mask. Anyone defending the lack of masks is an absolute idiot.

      • VIV says:

        I was at the dentists office last week when someone called to check if the office was following mask requirements. Apparently it’s strange that they are, even are though it’s a dentists office where they’re literally in your face the whole time. The caller canceled appointments for their 3 children so they WOULDN’T BE TRAUMATIZED… The kids already had Covid so masks are scary somehow… I absolutely do not understand this as an argument. It’s completely bonkers.

  6. ABritGuest says:

    Not sure even the cute kids distracted enough. Still seeing lots of criticism of the tour. Hope the kids enjoyed themselves. There was a video of the key workers being ushered out of the way for the press to get their shot of the family’s arrival. Not great seeing as the event was meant to celebrate key workers.

    This would be the time for the Firm to really copy Sussex Royal and do posts focusing on the charities, orgs etc who have been doing a great job helping during the pandemic& maybe have individuals speak on their experiences. Right now most of the Firm’s moves seem to promote themselves alone- even the Guardian said that the train tour was about the Cambridges wanting to be relevant& the coverage didn’t really get into the people who they were celebrating

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      This bothers me a lot. They are not celebrities no matter how much they wish to be. They crashed a party not for them and acted like the most important attendees. They should be knocked down for this and so much else.

      The kids have been useful pawns from day 1.

    • one of the Marys says:

      interesting to read this because one of the usual criticisms of the Sussexes is that they made everything about themselves and now that same criticism is being directed at the Cambridges, the tide is turning

    • mytwocents says:

      All I can say is that at least this year they didn’t make the kids hug strangers like the Church walk last year!

    • Lorelei says:

      Agreed. The photos briefly made a splash among royal-watchers when they were first released, and the Cambridge fans were all “😍,” but I continue to see criticism of the tour from actual respectable publications. I don’t think there is *anything* they can do right now to prevent analysis of why the Pandemic Express was such a terrible idea on literally every single level.

      They also released their Christmas card picture the same day as these photos, which made no sense whatsoever imo. The card photo, which the ROTA would typically fawn over for days, kind of got lost among all of the ones from this event. Why not wait and release it next week so it gets its own news cycle (well, at least with their target demographic, people who read the Fail)?

      I guess they’re so desperate to stop the criticism of the tour that they’re throwing out everything they’ve got. But even though the children are beautiful and certainly more interesting than their parents, it’s not working. People aren’t that gullible. It really shows how little they think of the public; they must think their “subjects” are quite unintelligent.

  7. Oh says:

    After Harry got married and he is no longer their third wheel, they now use their children as PR. Why didn’t they do like these engagements with their children in 2016, 2017 and act like they are the only “normal”, perfect family on the planet? Why did they prefer doing engagements with handsome Harry as their third wheel? And look how uncomfortable Charlotte looks. Imagine if this was Archie, my God…The Comments would be horrible on his parents and on him.

    • VS says:

      “Imagine if this was Archie, my God…The Comments would be horrible on his parents and on him.”

      100% agree with you; Meghan will be called all names in the book…but here you see two clearly mediocre individuals using their kids for some positive press

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        The comments WERE horrible when H&M released that adorable shot of Archie in front of their Xmas tree last year!! They were called every name in the book for “exploiting” Archie, how could they say they wanted “privacy”…all that BS.

        As much as I’d love to see how he’s grown, maybe they should just keep his images to family/friends only until he’s a lot older.

      • Gingerbee says:

        VS, amen to that. The Rotten Rodents who be spreading venom about Meghan and Archie.
        I remembered when Willileaks’ kids were rarely seen, because according to him, “he did not want them to go through the same, as he did when he was a child.” And here he is now, using those same children for good publicity, after his superspeader’s tour. The Clownbridges are hypocrites.

      • mytwocents says:

        the ironic thing is that the comments about Archie now are that he doesn’t exist and how H&M NEVER show him? The comments are so rude and ignorant – they really annoy me. Imagine if they had shown Archie more, then all the even nastier PR comments would come

      • Nic919 says:

        Remember when the Christmas photos of the kids were taken in the summer? Suddenly after meghan arrived the kids got brought out all the time and this is more of the same.

        It was also super classy to push out the kids and families of first responders from the read carpet so the Normal Family could keep their distance from the peasants.

      • Tessa says:

        I am glad the Sussexes give Archie more privacy.

    • PrincessK says:

      OMG! If Meghan and Harry trotted Archie out on the red carpet there would be such an uproar.

  8. Summerlover says:

    The media and the public are fawning over these pictures. This was such a predictable photo op to turn the bashing in their favour. Now there is nary a peep about the train tour. It’s like that never happened.

    • Tessa says:

      THe Cambridge stans are writing the usual fawning remarks about how great the family is and then putting out digs at the Sussexes.

  9. Belli says:

    I do wonder what will happen when the children are older and they can’t rely on their cute kids to distract the public.

    There was a video of another family being moved by staff so that the press could get a clearer shot of the Cambridges, which must have been lovely for them…

    There’s also video of Charlotte refusing to take William’s hand, which has made her my favourite.

  10. Gina says:

    Maybe I’m wrong but it seems to me that the kids feel themselves uncomfortable.
    Generally speaking, I’m not that interested in these kids. Maybe I’ve seen their pictures too many times in last year?
    They’ve grown over the “toddler” stage in life when all kids are super cute, but still haven’t developed full grown personality – just because they’re too young for that. Well, Louis is a cutie, just like George was – these cheeks!
    To fawn over them just because their pedigree, knowing they were trotted there just to cover up for their parents failure… Nope.
    Poor kids.

    • Chaine says:

      Charlotte definitely looks out of sorts. Louis seems dazed and confused. George looks smug and basking in it, much like his dad.

      • Amy Too says:

        I think Louis almost looks scared of the elves. And then we get the picture of Kate bending down, not to comfort or pay attention to him, but to hyena grin for the cameras next to him so he and Charlotte can be in the shot, thus making it a more “valuable” shot for the photogs. Never mind that she appears to be wenching Charlotte’s arm back, which also looks very uncomfortable.

      • Tessa says:

        Kate is just smirking away.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Oh, now, no, George didn’t look ‘smug’. He looked uncomfortable & unsure of himself, too, but he did eke out some smiles.

    • Tessa says:

      Diana and Charles gave their children a lot more privacy. The Cambridge children are sent to school now and their parents should encourage them to do well in school not be little media stars.

  11. Seraphina says:

    I found this to be of massively poor taste and a sign that they are out of touch with what is going on around them. And they children may be children, but when you have a pandemic reeking havoc all over the world and you take them to events – no masks for anyone – it just shows Wills and Kate don’t care and the message to the kids are they are above what is going on around them. The optics are terrible.

  12. RoyalBlue says:

    it’s all coordinated PR. i read on twitter they had at least 6 staff members with them. christian was seen in the background wearing a red sweater checking his phone. and then the essential workers families were ushered out of the way so the perfect maskless photo could be taken which showed the true purpose of the family’s attendance. this farce must end.

    • Tessa says:

      I think Nanny Maria was somewhere in the background.

      • Becks1 says:

        Of course she was. Do you think Kate and will are ever without her or another nanny?

      • Harper says:

        There had to be a nanny lurking out in the corridor because there are pics of Kate and Wills chatting with some people inside the theater lobby and the kids are nowhere to be seen. Unless they left them in the royal box unattended or gave them a few pounds and made them stand in line at the concession stand.

      • Lorelei says:

        They probably cut some sort of deal with the ROTA photographers to ensure Nanny Maria is never in any shots released to the public.

        I wouldn’t even be surprised to learn that William and Kate had her crouching on the floor next to them so she could deal with the kids and not be seen, lol.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        You ladies are all a breath of fresh air! And yes, Nanny Maria must have been there, along with her assistants and the other RPOs and personal secretaries.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Harper: hilarious!

  13. Emily says:

    Hosting a superspreader event is an odd way to thank key workers. The key workers I know want people to stay home as much as possible to limit the spread of the virus so they don’t feel unsafe going to work.

    • Nic919 says:

      The UK, especially England, has been very MAGA like in their response to the virus. Their case rate and death rate remain pretty horrible. They pretend that the virus will take a day off over the holidays, which is nonsense. Boris has been awful at this and while Brexit is looming, there are still Britons dying needlessly.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Nic you’re absolutely right. There is an enormous amount of crossover with people who are MAGATs and Cambridge fans. Not all, but a LOT. Meanwhile I don’t know a single Sussex fan who supports Donald Trump, which…obviously.

        One argument I kept seeing from them was “Americans have no place telling us what to do; their virus rates our higher than ours!” When that’s your best argument, you’ve kind of already lost, lol. Not to mention the fact that the US has around 300 million people compared to the UK which I think (?) has fewer than 70 million. So of course we have more cases here. And doesn’t the UK have still have the highest rates in all of Europe?

        Also, I did not see ONE person who was criticizing the Cambridges’ lack of masks defending the way the Trump administration handled this in the US. It’s like they don’t realize two things can be true at the same time; that we can acknowledge our country is also a sh!tshow while still making a valid point about the BRF.

  14. Ginger says:

    This whole event really bothered me. Ushering the families out of the way so the Cambridge’s can get the perfect shot. Will and Kate ignoring the families of the front line workers as they walked by. No masks. I did enjoy Charlotte pulling her hand away from William. You can tell she didn’t want to be there.

    These two have an odd way of honoring front line workers.

    I don’t care what your country’s guideline is, kids should wear masks. They are carriers.
    My son has autism and hates anything touching his face. He wears one all day at school and if we have to go somewhere.
    I explained why he had to wear it and he has been wonderful with it. Those kids should wear a mask. The virus doesn’t care who you are and what country you are from. Be an example and wear a damn mask. This tour proves Will and Kate don’t care at all about the virus.

    • Nyro says:

      I’m absolutely struck by how no one even acknowledged them, let alone showed excitement. No clapping, no hollering their names, no oohs and aahs, etc. Nothing. Literally no one cared. Every time the Obamas are seen in public, folks go crazy. Same with Meghan and Harry. This is like the exact opposite of that. The people gave them nothing because the people really don’t care about them. Sad for the future king and queen. Sort of reminds me a little bit of that sad entrance they made at the BAFTA awards, where they got nothing more than the obligatory polite applause from the audience.

      • Nina Simone says:

        Wow! Excellent insight @Nyro. It’s a subtle observation but so indicative of how much of a failure the Cambridge’s have been in connecting with the public. I mean people just don’t….care about them. At least not enough to be an adoring public. Funny that they get rid of the people that were shining a positive light on their institution. Very ironic.

      • Nyro says:

        The emperor has no clothes. The future future king and queen are simply nothing without the British tabloids and British establishment propping them up at every turn. They don’t even garner respectable engagement online. That’s why practically every headline for stories that are supposed to be about the Cambridges feature Meghan or Harry’s name. There’s no there there. They don’t exist unless some royal reporter stands them up on H or M’s shoulders.

      • Lorelei says:

        Just like at the BAFTAS!

      • starryfish29 says:

        It’s hard to care about things and people that are just plain boring. People go nuts for the Obamas & M&H because they have discernable personalities and they just seem like they are nice people. W&K have the permanent expression of someone who just got done scolding the maid, and you get the sense that the most interesting thing they could possibly have to say to you is that the weather isn’t too bad. That entire family gives off less personality than a starched white shirt, and only so much of that can be excused by ‘cultural norms,’ it would be less of a problem if they didn’t keep chasing away anyone who shows a hint of people skills.

  15. Osty says:

    Those kids work hard than their parents, first they are in a calendar for the fail, then Netflix to boost interest for daddy and david attenborough n now to help save their parents image after their disastrous out of touch tour.
    Also they didn’t quarantine from their kids after their tour ?

    • Amy Too says:

      I wondered about the quarantining too. They travelled between 3 different countries, across many different cities, they saw so many people, maskless, they had a brass band rain down mouth spit particles all over them. And two days later they’re out and about, maskless again. In america, the guidelines for even traveling to see family for thanksgiving (if you were going to despite being told not to) were that you should try to quarantine for two weeks before visiting and then again afterwards. And that’s even for traveling between cities in the same state to go an see maybe one or two other families that you haven’t been bubbling with. Will and Kate travelled through multiple cities and countries, saw way more than just one or two other families, and hardly ever wore a mask. Now, they’re not even pretending to quarantine? I could understand not quarantining from their own kids, but they’re not even staying home in general. And it’s not like they left to go pick up a Rx at the drugstore, they went to ANOTHER super spreader indoor event and didn’t wear masks the whole time.

    • ravynrobyn says:

      @ OSTY- OF COURSE THEY DIDN’T QUARANTINE! That’s for the poors 🤬

  16. T. Tommy Reed says:

    I don’t understand why Kate put a mask on when she was sitting down and the only people close to her were her children that she lives with. That’s the time everyone else would be taking *off* their mask got a little breather.

    • Ginger says:

      These two are so backwards on mask wearing.

      Are the Cambridge kids in school? Are Will and Kate worried their kids may catch the virus at school but will not make them wear a mask in public? How does that make sense?

    • Lorelei says:

      @Tommy apparently the guidelines in the UK state that only adults are required to wear masks indoors, which makes absolutely no sense at all. They can still catch and/or carry the virus. And just because they’re not “required” to doesn’t mean that W&K can’t put masks on them anyway.

      People also keep referring to the government guidelines as if they’re out of the Bible, not taking into consideration the group of idiots who currently comprises their government makes these rules, so maybe they’re not perfect? Maybe they’re actually totally wrong, and written in favor of whatever is best for the economy, not for its citizens? But no, absolutely no critical thinking was shown by any of the fans I saw defending them on Twitter.

      It’s the same situation in the US; there are morons running the show so we have to do our own research then decide what’s safest.

  17. Kalana says:

    George seemed comfortable which is good considering he will be in the public eye for the rest of his life. He looked miserable last Christmas.

    The UK covid rules are nonsensical. Children can get and transmit the virus so what is the point of not mandating masks for kids under 11? An 7 year old is capable of wearing a mask. And masks should be worn outside if people cannot socially distance. I’m seeing a lot of excuses being made for the Cambridges but science doesn’t care about a particular country’s lax restrictions. This is unsafe. The Cambridges also play fast and loose with the rules anyway because clearly officials in both Scotland and Wales neither welcomed their visit nor thought of it as essential work.

    It’s interesting to see how much the Cambridges lack in ideas. Be photographed with the Queen, be photographed doing fluff things in nice clothes, be photographed with the kids. That’s it.

    • Keen Kate says:

      The UK rules are stupid because we are run by clueless buffoons like Boris who only care about themselves and money. Poor, dark and/or ill people mean nothing to them.

  18. Amy Bee says:

    It was very obvious that the family appearance on the red carpet was so that media can get some pictures. And it’s the reason why William and Kate were the only ones on the red carpet not wearing masks.

    Kate was overdressed for the occasion.

  19. emmy says:

    I just…. we’re in a pandemic, people. Germany is about to completely shut down again because people can’t stop partying. The UK is about to go through a hard Brexit (I assume) and their Covid numbers aren’t looking good either. It’s hard times. Who thought this is good PR? And I don’t see a reason to wear a mask outside if you’re just taking a walk with few people around but this is an EVENT. Be a damn role model! The kids are very cute and I actually like Kate’s dress a lot but again. Brexit. Pandemic. This isn’t what anyone needs.

  20. Cecilia says:

    The kids are cute. That’s literally it.

  21. Lizzie says:

    Other than taking 5 seats meant for key workers I’m not sure what is going on here.

    • Keen Kate says:

      But they were asked to come, they were asked! 🤣 No PR nonsense here at all.

      • Lizzie says:

        If they had any sort of leadership ability they would have said thanks but no thanks, we want our ticket to go to key workers. It’s best to stand out of the way of Keens and the opportunity to be photographed.

      • Tessa says:

        It was all about THEM with headlines with their pictures and what Kate wears. They could have been more low key . It’s like when Will was in the air ambulance corps and despite being co pilot and others doing the real rescue work, the media made it sound like HE was doing all the work.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      I read they were in the Royal Box. I don’t think those seats are ever given to anyone else to sit in, so it’d probably be empty otherwise.

      Still… THEY NEEDED TO WEAR MASKS!! ALL FIVE OF THEM! (rant over).

      • Tessa says:

        Kate and William’s strutting down the red carpet with the children took attention away from those frontline workers attending. Kate beamed like she was the star of the show. Awful.

      • Lorelei says:

        Thank you Jan — I am loathe to EVER defend these two morons and think everything about this outing was ridiculous and dangerous, but on that one point, it’s true. They were in the Royal Box so technically they weren’t taking seats away from others.

        Although the argument could certainly be made that they could have allowed some of the children of the hardest working true “essential” workers to sit in the Royal box to make it extra special, but we know that would never happen!

      • Lizzie says:

        I didn’t know they were in seats that could not be given to others. Thanks for the info. Still it would have been nice if key workers were the ones photographed.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Lizzie I still totally agree with your original point that they could have shown some actual leadership here and done things differently, but look who we’re talking about. All they care about is getting the most good PR they can.

        The fact that the health of their children is secondary to their own PR needs is beyond disgusting, imo, but typical of this family. I mean, this is no joke— it’s a DEADLY VIRUS that’s already killed hundreds of thousands of people and even those who “recovered” will still suffer serious health consequences for the rest of their lives.

        I don’t care what a bunch of courtiers might be telling me to do — there’s no way I would take my children out at all, especially not to something this unnecessary and crowded.

      • Celia456 says:

        They could have auctioned the Royal Box seat tickets to raise £ for a charity or three

      • Lorelei says:

        @Celia that is such an excellent idea! Which means KP will never think to do it. 😬

        It really is so smart though, and I think there are lots of opportunities for auction-type fundraisers (I mentioned Kate auctioning off some of her dresses last week), but the thing is, they don’t seem to care if any money is actually getting to the patronages— they think all they have to do is show up and give some free publicity. They’re in it for the photo ops, full stop. That’s why Kate only stays at most engagements for 20 minutes or so; the photos are taken, so mission accomplished.

        I wonder how many nights the Royal box has sat empty when it could have been donated to someone deserving, or, as you said, auctioned off. These people have no imagination. (Or maybe they just don’t want peasants in their seats 🙄)

  22. Joy says:

    My niece is 3 and she has a mask on in her Santa picture. She’s also about 10 feet away from him, mostly because he scares her but still. These kids can and should wear them.

  23. CindyP says:

    JFC; why are they not wearing masks?
    After the train fiasco why aren’t their people telling them to wear one at all times

  24. Sofia says:

    Co-sign the kids being very cute. I also do think kids needs to wear masks. Yes kids don’t suffer too badly but they can easily pass it onto someone who might. And yes I also do know what the rules are here but it’s something that I think that should be encouraged.

  25. Snuffles says:

    Charlotte already looks over it. My money is on her being the Harry and going rogue in the future. The sassy is strong in that one!

    I think one outcome of Harry and Meghan breaking away is that they are setting an example of another option for Charlotte and Louis. I’m sure The Firm will try to indoctrinate them otherwise but they won’t be able to pretend Harry, Meghan and Archie don’t exist and those kids will eventually see the Sussex’s living it up in the free world.

    • February-Pisces says:

      I’m counting on Charlotte to give Willie hell when she’s older. I know she’s still little but I love her sass and give no f*cks attitude. I hope she makes her great escape.

      • Tessa says:

        I’d like to see her defy William if he starts getting judgmental about the person she falls in love with and wants to marry. He will repeat his behavior with his children that he did with Harry and trying to interfere in his relationship with Meghan.

      • February-Pisces says:

        I think the married in men generally get a pass, but Charlotte will be treated like harry by the press. She’ll be seen a cute and feisty with tons of personality. But she will eventually be tossed under the bus when needed to protect Willie or George. Spares are always seen to be the entertaining ones with more star quality, but eventually get ruined.

    • The Duchess says:

      Agreed and I think that’s what scares Will & Kate. To see them act so selfishly and tone-deaf during the pandemic is the icing on the cake for me. This will only continue because Baldy & Keen need their PR fixes. The kids looked completely checked out from this whole mess and it makes me wonder if they’re going to continue complying to their parents demands as they grow older. I think not and it will start showing sooner than we think. It’s all going to end in tears and it’s the kids that will suffer. Sad.

      • Lady D says:

        As much as I disagree with boarding school, it might be the best option to give those kids some privacy and keep their parents from using them so much.

    • Ann says:

      LOL, I remember the day she was born. It was a Saturday here (US, and I happened to be up really early. I looked at a text (the first one received that day), from an Anglophile decorator friend, who is very talented. The text was “Keep Calm And It’s A Girl.” She was c;losing on 40 by then and had two little boys. I was barely aware Kate was Pregnant. So I (and a few other people who got the same text) were like “WTF are you pregnant?!” No, she was Just, frankly, too obsessed with the Royals. On Charlotte’s first birthday she posted a Happy Birthday message for her. I don’t get it and I never will. But that said, I DO love Meghan and Harry. I told her if she had texted on a Saturday morning at any for other reason I would not have forgiven hwrw]]]

    • PrincessK says:

      There was a picture DM of Charlotte having a hissy fit inside the royal box, and another of Kate telling her to behave. But the caption made no mention of what was actually going on. Imagine if it was Archie.

  26. Chaine says:

    Honest question, did Charles and Diana trot out Wills and Harry to “Celebrity” appearances like this when they will children?

    • kelleybelle says:

      No, I don’t believe so.

    • Tessa says:

      Definitely not. Charles and Diana set up some photo ops at Highgrove when the children were small, and they set up photo ops for first days of school and so on. I don’t remember ever Charles and DIana taking them out on a red carpet. ANd then they would have one photo a year for the Christmas card. Kate and William supposedly wanted privacy for those children they have a strange way of showing it.

      • Cryptkeeper says:

        There were a few red carpet occasions when Diana took young William and Harry with her. The film premiere Hook is one I remember.
        And I don’t know if the Royal Tournament qualifies as red carpet? William and Harry attended as youngsters.
        I would say there was less privacy with William and Harry as babies, toddlers. Diana and Charles didn’t seem to mind lots of video and photographs, whereas William and Kate really guarded their children’s privacy as babies, toddlers. An example of this is only Kate took photographs and very few were released online.

      • Tessa says:

        Will and Harry were older when they went to events with their mother and father photographed. THere were of course the Christmas cards of them with the family. And they visited theme parks with pictures released. The Cambridge children are young now, 7, 5, and 2. Small children. I see a huge difference. The Cambridge children are trotted out and even given lines to read in film to promote something like Attenborough’s documentary, like child actors. William and Harry as I recall were photographed at Highgrove and the two were sitting at a piano hitting the keys not given scripts to read. And Kate may take some photos but she cannot take those involving the whole family, someone else has to. The guarding of the childrens’ privacy by William and Kate seems to have stopped once Harry and Meghan left. I don’t recall nearly as much videos and photographs–it should also be mentioned that these children are growing up with social media and Internet where William and Harry were not so naturally they would have had fewer pictures making the rounds. I never saw little Will and Harry with Charles and DIana holding their hands strutting down a red carpet. I think the Cambridges should give the children more privacy.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        The whole game of will and Kate wanting privacy for their kids was a PR control move. As in they actually had a meeting with the RR stating only they would release kid pics and stories to the press that was the most favorable to their narrative. At the time the Cambridge’s were getting a lot of bad press.

      • anotherlily says:

        They attended the Premiere of ‘Hook’. They greeted people alongside Diana. Harry was seven.

        Both boys looked happy enough. They certainly didn’t look uncomfortable like the Cambridge children. They were presented with chocolate ‘pieces of eight’ at the start and ‘goodie bags’ when they left. The press were behind barriers. No-one was pulled away to clear their path.

        The Cambridges took a bewildered two year old along. Louis’ hand-me-down coat was unnecessary since he also had on a sweater and shirt like George. The purpose of the coat was to demonstrate ‘thriftiness’. Everything about this outing was PR and it wasn’t even successful PR.

    • PrincessK says:

      Thanks anotherlily….I may be mistaken but isn’t that Dodi Fayed in the receiving line in one of the pictures.

  27. FancyHat says:

    Those kids look so alike. It’s rare to see siblings that look that similar to each other. It’s cute. Their parents’s jackass behavior doesn’t get a pass due to their cuteness though

    • Tessa says:

      They look like Middletons. I see a lot of Carole’s features in Charlotte and the boys look like Michael Middleton (Louis shows the most resemblance to him).

  28. kelleybelle says:

    I noticed the red-bottoms too. Can peasants even afford those?

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      If you can spend $600 – well over $1000 for ONE pair of shoes… sure you can! (yes, sarcasm). At that point, that (almost) $2000 dress will be a toss-away, too, after 1-2 wears.

  29. kelleybelle says:

    Of course they trotted out the kids. The kids are their only talent. Poor little Louis just looks bewildered by it all.

    • Tessa says:

      The Sussexes are not allowed even ONE photo with Archie by their critics on social media. There are comments about Archie himself (unflattering) then talk about their using the child for attention. No wonder they left. I think if the Cambridges keep doing this, there will be negative comments. And the Cambridges remind me of a modern Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette so out of touch.

  30. FancyPants says:

    Indoor performance for essential workers? Which essential workers even wanted to go to this? I’m an essential worker, and I get all the COVID-19 exposure I could want at work, thankyouverymuch. It’s very jarring to see photos of Kate right next to Charlotte and see her body is the same width (if not smaller!) as her 5 year old daughter.

  31. Nyro says:

    The lack of mask wearing is ridiculous at this point. Baldy and Doormat are clearly pro-herd immunity right wingers. I knew it when Baldy got caught joking about the virus, saying “It’s all a little exaggerated, isn’t it?” They’re Brexit Island MAGA all the way. They both disgust me.

    And I’m sure they thought it was genius to schedule an appearance with the kids immediately following the train tour. If the tour went well, then the family red carpet moment would serve as the icing on the cake. If it flopped, then they could use the moment to distract and change the subject. Too bad for them people were already predicting they’d drag the kids out, and boom, that’s exactly what happened. Their little elementary level PR games are no longer working with the public.

  32. Nyro says:

    And I don’t know if celebbitchy’s read it yet but there’s a great article out today by Daniela Elser, an Aussie RR who hated Meghan until very recently, having to admit that Megan’s the best thing that family’s seen since Diana. Anyway, she writes about how “pale, stale, and aging” the royals are without the Sussexes and how, because of this, the poor Cambridge kids are likely going to have to enter the family business much earlier than William and Harry did. We’ve seen these kids more than ever this past year because of covid. They’re already having to lean on these small kids to prop them up. So yeah, I can see them putting George to work at 15 insteard of 23.

    • Belli says:

      A part of me had assumed that the kids wouldn’t start working until their 30s like their parents, but you’re right. If it benefits William and Kate to start George early, he’ll start early.

      • Tessa says:

        George is a child now but unfortunately he will get treated as more special and even when they are all teens, there will be the “spares” pushed aside for the HEIR. George already was singled out to get a gift and his siblings got nothing from Attenborough’s visit.

      • Nyro says:

        That was so wrong of Attenborough and wrong for Baldy and Doormat to publicize it. For kids that small, outside of a birthday, you bring something for the others. And I’m not one of those “everybody gets a trophy” types but this was not ok.

    • JT says:

      I thought it was a good article and really highlights the problem with the monarchy: they are boring as hell. They are all so. Damn. Boring. The most interesting thing to come out of the royals this year was the criticism to this dumb pandemic tour, because even the government had to point out the Tom foolery. The photo with the “new firm” did not excite people for what’s to come, it only highlighted the obvious. And I didn’t even know the Cambridge’s even did this event with the kids until I came here, which is in sharp contrast to any time H&M show Archie. Harry and Meghan brought all of the charisma and excitement to the royals and without them all that is left is boring.

      • Nyro says:

        They bring drag out the kids like every month, sometimes twice a month. Sorry to say, but the kids are old hat now. Cute, but old hat. Some people have seen Kate’s Cuties more than they’ve seen their own grandkids this year.

  33. Likeyoucare says:

    I hope these kids are not in school.
    Remember ivanka had to pull her kids out of school because she went to super spreader events and the parents from her kids school protested.

  34. Dollycoa says:

    There was a lot of guff too about how Louis was wearing a hand me down coat. Wow, look how they dont waste taxpayers money! They buy an £85 coat for a 2 year old and then his brother gets wear out of it too! They are so like us!!

  35. Talia says:

    While this appearance is no doubt partly related to the super-spreader tour, it also came out in today’s press that Andrew’s ‘Woking Pizza Express’ alibi may not be *entirely* accurate (surprise, surprise). No doubt the RF are hoping pictures of cute kids will bury that news as well.

    • Lorelei says:

      Well I for one am shocked that Andrew’s “Pizza Express in Woking” alibi turned out to not be rock solid!

  36. Talie says:

    Doing this event showed that the train tour didn’t go well. They don’t like to do this stuff with their kids unless it’s necessary.

    • JT says:

      I think the Cambridge’s so called reluctance to show off their children is slowly becoming a myth. After how many times these kids have been brought out this year to cover for mommy and daddy’s f*ck ups, laziness, and lack of garnering interest it’s safe to say they are fine with it, but only for their PR. Has there ever been a time when the kids were brought out because an event they are doing would actually suit the children being involved? Right now and most likely in the future these kids will trotted out because the kiddos are W&K’s only play right now. The FFKQ cannot hold the public’s interest or confidence so get used to seeing the kids. Although it is ironic that they are essentially devaluing the kids PR worth by bringing them out constantly.

  37. PureJane says:

    I feel so dissapointed by this new engagement. There was a video (Lizzie Robinson post in twitter) where Cambs team rudely move aside kids from the red carpet to give Camb family a good shot. It was a performance for a key workers and finally Cambs behave like the key workers are they themselves. They tried to gave a good PR after their tour but failed again.

    • Tessa says:

      No wonder Harry and Meghan left, with those two. William would have not wanted Harry to have his own family because then he could be scapegoated by William.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I just watched the video of their arrival. It is disappointing and medieval to see those two young children pressured to stand back and step aside so these mediocre “royals” can take up all the space walking five abreast.

      That is exactly the problem with the monarchy. Taking resources without need, and taking FROM others.

      • Lorelei says:

        I could be wrong but I honestly feel like if this had been Meghan, seeing other children pushed out of the way to make room for her, she would have been mortified and made a special point of talking to that family, especially the kids. I’m not one of those people who thinks 100% of everything she does is perfect, but this was so egregious and she seems like the type who just wouldn’t let that slide by.

      • Elizabeth says:

        I agree Lorelei, and that is why I like Meghan. She has real compassion.

    • Korra says:

      That has always been the thing that bugs me about BRF philanthropy, though particularly the Cambridges — their objective is supposed to be highlighting the work of others, yet the attention is always on them. (Ironic considering how boring they are.)

      Every Kate engagement has the media talking about her clothes, hair and makeup, not the issues or the impact of the work she is supposed to be highlighting. And in this case, their kids are the main draw, though the event is supposed to be for frontline workers. That some kids got moved aggressively out of the way to make room for them is grotesque.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        The BRF brand of philanthropy has always been about their own PR, about protecting themselves and surviving as an institution. It wasn’t something they did until WWI – where they changed their name to the English Windsor and started being visible whilst doing charitable visits, all because they genuinely feared that they’d end up like their Russian cousins.

        It is a mistake to believe that the BRF actually cares about philanthropy. They started to do it to avoid being abolished and now it is something they do because it’s “tradition” and because of good PR. The Cambridges are just particularly transparent about it.

  38. Keroppi says:

    When you look at the lack of wearing masks through the lens of protecting others, it really changes everything. They are meeting and thanking front-line workers yet not doing a simple thing to protect them.

  39. Bettyrose says:

    When I was a kid, I loved books like Secret Garden and cosplaying impish British orphans I would have killed for Charlotte’s wardrobe.

  40. S808 says:

    Rules or not, I’d have my kids in masks, especially if I just got back from a 3 country tour and didn’t quarantine away from them. Around all those people, I’d be worried about them catching anything. As far as the kids go, I just think it’s sad. Once upon a time they were supposed to have a normal life away from all of this until they were older but once again, they’re the clean up crew for their parents. It really is a cycle. Good luck to Charlotte and Louis.

  41. Zaya says:

    It’s a bit weird that they don’t have to quarantine after traveling.

    The link said seating inside the theater was 1m apart per bubble, but even in the Uk, it’s 2m for social distancing.

    Do they think people won’t recognize them if they wear masks? I don’t get why not just wear one when you leave the house, then take it off when you get home? The British medical association actually recommends wearing masks outdoors, so it’s not a foreign concept in the UK.

  42. Kaiser says:


  43. Julia K says:

    I am confused by how she pops up in a new dress with most engagements. Does she buy dozens at a time, stored until she picks the right one? How do these clothes make their way to KP without evidence of a shopping trip or a try on. Just trying to imagine how to live in a new day, new outfit world.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      She does a LOT of shopping from Net-a-Porter online, and her PA cum stylist “adjusts” them (hence the too high waistlines, though those have stopped recently. I think she’d interchanged the ultra long dresses to “lengthen” her legs now).

    • Lorelei says:

      The pricey new dress for this was ridiculous, especially considering how recently that article about “austerity” was published.

      Off the top of my head I can think of two dresses from LK Bennett that Kate already owns in dark blues & greens that would have worked well for this event — the one she wore to meet the Obamas, and I think maybe she wore the other one to at engagement at a museum? And there are probably like 300 more already in her closet.

      It was outrageous for her to spend that much on a dress when she was going to be surrounded by these hard-working first responders imo. (Aside from that, I personally just think the dress is boring and ugly, but that’s JMO.)

  44. Yasmine says:

    Often I’m shocked at how transparent these two are and nevertheless manage to get away with it. This is how I can explain ‘white privilege’ to people.

  45. Aa says:

    What I think is interesting is if you go back to Kate’s big PR garden that was the first big violation of everything William had said about protecting the privacy of his children for the previous years as Harry and William seemed on the same page up until that point. Now of course suddenly the tabloids had William by the balls at that point for covering up his infidelity and it has seemed super of that deal was him giving more access to the children.
    Up until that point it was only Christmas, birthday, first day of school photos and the occasional Middleton in the park setup pap photos, but they so overexposed the children for the PR garden that it has been diminishing returns ever since.

  46. L4frimaire says:

    I guess every time we see the kids, it’s assumed it’s to cover up some gaffe and/or bring positive attention to the Cambridge’s. However, just because something isn’t well received does not mean it is not well planned. Every stop on that train tour was planned and mapped out. Same with this event with the kids. This event was arranged in advance and probably was meant to be the cherry on top of their royal train tour, showing new senior royal lineup and show off the next generation with a bit of Christmas fun. However, because the tour wasn’t well received in all corners, it looks like another use the kids for positive PR stunt. What they have no control over is public reaction or perception. These appearances matter to those whom the royals matter to, even if a lot of us see the cynicism and self interest in what they do, or we can’t unsee their nastiness. The Rota love stuff like this, get to heap some praise on “ true royals” , show the family off with “ quiet dignity” ( isn’t that how Pissy Morgan described the train tour, going about their duties “ quietly” while flouting travel restrictions?), because the royals best asset according to these types is being “ quiet”.

    • Harper says:

      I too think it was probably planned in advance as the Christmas send-off. There was the New Firm at Windsor photo call that was not kid-inclusive, so to make up for the lack of opportunity to get good PR from the kids on the Christmas walk at Sandringham they scheduled this red carpet pap walk. Now that they’ve fed the paps pics of all relevant royals, they’ll be MIA until 2021.

      • Lorelei says:

        This is part of what’s so frustrating about these people. Like, yes, I’m sure this was planned months ago, but circumstances change! The virus rates in the UK continue to rise, and W&K just came back from breathing all over strangers around the country. They need to adapt.

        They act as if their “plans” are so important and sacrosanct and can never be changed. Which is inane and easily proven untrue. Wasn’t Charles’s original wedding date to Camilla postponed because someone important died (the Pope, maybe? My memory is terrible!) and he was expected to attend the funeral? So they pushed the wedding date back a bit. If the direct heir to the throne can change his *wedding date* it’s laughable for the Cambridges to try to claim “advance planning” as a reason for taking health risks just to go to a freaking pantomime show.

        No one even knew they were supposed to be at this event, so if they hadn’t gone, it would have been a non-issue.

  47. Bohemian Angel says:

    The U.K. got the ‘royals’ they deserve, that’s all I have to say.

  48. aquarius64 says:

    I figured the kids would be dragged out for PR because the train tour was a flop. The Cambridges had their Christmas out too.

  49. Gail says:

    Why are those children especially Charlotte not wearing a coat ? And yes , C and G are definitely old enough to be wearing mask . Charlotte looks pissed off and Louis is like oh they remembered to take me with them . 😃. Kate needs to stop using her window treatment to make clothes and children are not for or stunts, so I beg them to stop . Even though they royals f-up with the train tour , they dumb Asses still won’t wear a mask.

  50. Reece says:

    I love Louie’s WTF face.
    That’s all.

  51. LittlePenguin says:

    Did anyone read the first paragraph as though it was a ‘Stefan’ skit with Bill Hader on SNL?
    “The hottest new club is ‘Pandemic Train Tour!’ The tour had everything: masklessness, superspreader events, marshmallows, an angry Scottish First Minister, disgusted public health officials, exorbitant costs, a shallow duchess cosplaying the Black duchess she hates, expensive coats, and an outraged press!”

    • Miss617 says:

      Oh I definitely read the whole thing in Stefan’s voice (complete with which parts I thought would get Bill Hader to break)

  52. Fani says:

    In the video, on the dailymail, of the red carpet walk, I noticed Charlotte haughtily pull her hand from her father’s. Maybe even the child knows that this is not a good idea.

  53. Liz version 700 says:

    Those kids look so overwhelmed. Yuck. And shoving the other families out of the way to get good pictures. It is the Choo Choo fiasco extended edition. Clueless my Fos.

  54. Digital Unicorn says:

    Kids are cute but an outing with them was inevitable after last week.

  55. GuestwithCat says:

    Yesterday I saw a flood of articles in my Apple News section that is set up to bring me news on the BRF. There was such a flood of anti-Diana articles. I’m suffering a migraine at the moment so I can’t recall who said what, but there was an article trying to paint Diana as manipulative and using old quotes from William that were manipulated out of context to make it seem he hated her and thought she was selfish and manipulative.

    Then I saw all of these photos of the kids and already they’re starting with the “Cheeky Charlotte, could she be the next royal rebel like her Uncle Harry?” I am disappointed to see such comments here as well.

    Don’t. Just don’t. She probably barely even knows her Uncle Harry at this point. She’s a little girl who is clearly being dragged away from her playtime or sleep time to save her parents’ scrawny asses from the braying press pack. She is being perfectly normal, not “cheeky”. What she will or won’t become is not for the press or us to put upon her.

    And meanwhile George was being painted as “uncommonly dignified” as befits being future king, bla bla blah. It’s all disgusting and I am horrified that it’s their parents who are the ones putting these children out there for all of this when they know this is exactly what happens to Royal children.

    • lanne says:

      It’s disgusting that the boxing in of the kids starts so early. George will be elevated over the other two children. It’s unfair to all 3 of them, and it ensures the toxicity of the firm continues for another generation. Ending the monarchy would be the best thing that could happen for those kids. They didn’t ask to be born into this situation, and they should have the right to grow up and choose their own destinies.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Completely agree with your observations.

  56. Bethany Karger says:

    I think it would be terrible and tragic if someone got the virus and it was traced back to William and/or Kate, resulting from them not wearing masks. Is it going to take something like this to teach them the importance of wearing masks?

    • BeanieBean says:

      If such a thing happened we wouldn’t know about it.

      • Lilly (with the double_L) says:

        @BeanieBean exactly. Not good at compassion, or denouncing racism and pedos, but good at covering up ish FR. As someone pointed out below too, if they wore the NHS masks, including the children’s ones, they could have boosted sales that truly help frontline workers and their families.

  57. Nic919 says:

    It is ASININE to defend people who are promoting dangerous behaviour that could literally KILL people. The virus does not give a fuck about panto season and the absolutely shitty death rate in the UK is proof that the guidelines don’t work.

    This was a selfish act designed for self promotion and while normally that’s what the royals do, it will also help spread a fatal disease that will cause more work for the first responses they supposedly give a shit about.

    Instead of blindly defending people who literally do not care if you live or die, maybe take a hard look at the behaviour of what decent people do in a pandemic to help reduce the work load of the caregivers who have to witness covid deaths on a daily basis. It is monstrous to defend this careless behaviour. How many millions around the world need to die before stans fucking understand how this virus works? There is no royal shield here.

  58. Nyro says:

    I really don’t understand why Kate stans feel the need to come to the one small corner of the vast internet where folks refuse to blow smoke up her below average ass. Basic Kate has the whole world where she’s celebrated and protected and yet you come here and lecture those who see her for what she is. That’s what’s asinine.

  59. Flying Fish says:

    The second I saw this, I concluded this was photo opportunity to deflect from the disastrous train tour.

    No masks, I see, the other people in the background are wearing theirs. The Cambridges are obviously privileged. These two are totally tone deaf and stupid.

  60. TeamAwesome says:

    Again, this is a completely wasted opportunity to wear the NHS charity masks, which also come in kid sizes. Can you imagine how many kids’ masks they could sell if they put one on George, Charlotte, and even Louis??

  61. February-Pisces says:

    I think Willie and Kate have definitely had the vaccine, possibly both doses. I’m sure it would have been pretty easy for them to get their hands on it weeks before it was available, hence the little use of masks the last week.

    I think the children look adorable and Charlotte is a whole vibe, but I hate how they use their kids as props for PR. We know that they are not a happy family, Willie and Kate are two very dysfunctional people basically living separate lives who dislike each other and everyone else around them. I find when they put on these displays of ‘happiness’ that they are the perfect family, quite creepy because we know it’s not genuine. It’s fake, they are as real as the actors in the crown. And this is why they are so afraid to separate, because once the truth is out there, it will only confirm that everything about them is fake too, and that their fans have basically been duped this whole time.

    Diana wanted the world to know the truth about her marriage and the RF and that everything was a farce. Kate wants the opposite, her biggest fear is that people see her marriage is a lie, it’s her only achievement in life.

    • Nic919 says:

      Even if they have had the vaccine in both doses, the kids are too young for the Pfizer vaccine and putting them in Petri dish situations like this could mean they get the virus or they spread it to others, including staff members who I am sure wouldn’t have gotten special access.

      Considering how dumb they have been from the start, I could easily believe they haven’t been vaccinated and thought they were safe in that fiasco. They are not smart people. Billy was joking about it despite hundreds having died at that point. And this entire train wreck demonstrated utter stupidity.

      It was massively irresponsible to be in a crowd that size unmasked at any point.

      I also want more people to see just how air droplets spread outside. More people would wear their masks if they saw just how long the virus can stay in the air when you are in a crowded area.

  62. Bethany Karger says:

    Just think of the impression on the children when they saw others being shoved/pushed aside to make way for them. Great message for everyone.

  63. Ladyjax says:

    Why does Kate only wear the one mask?! Is it her only mask? Does she have a dozen of the same pattern? What an unimaginative person. The beige floral mask is the new version of those beige heels she wore to 80 percent of events for 7 years straight.

    I gotta say, I love that she’s manically smiling with her own kids too when they look annoyed/over it. It’s not just random elementary kids around the UK! She’s totally that mom who hams it up to attempt in vain to convince her kids something is super fun when they’re not into it. “You guys, camping is great! Smell the fresh air!” “Mom, it smells like manure.”

  64. Florence says:

    I hope all the children had a lovely time :) especially the key workers’ children!

    Kate strutting down that red carpet like it’s all about her is disgusting. Horrid, selfish, small-minded little woman.

  65. Tiffany says:

    I would not mind Kate’s dress is not for the breast plate design.

    That is something that is work appropriate.

  66. Rebecca says:

    I don’t think she’s implying anything. She didn’t take his hand. It happens. She seemed to be distracted by all the creepy Rota photographers.

    You’re projecting malice where there is none.

  67. Belli says:

    I like seeing anyone not immediately giving William whatever he wants. It’s not that deep, honey.

  68. Nic919 says:

    So you remain silent on how the actual first responder families got cleared out of the way for the Normal Family to pose for the press on the red carpet? That’s what I thought.

  69. BeanieBean says:

    She threw off his hand, end of. And yes, she did seem distracted by the photographers & the performers on the sides. She did a little wave to one early in the walk, and seemed to dip a quick curtsey to the main fellow at the end. She didn’t know what was expected of her & her parents weren’t helping much.
    And how awful that that other family was pulled to the side. The kids didn’t know what was happening but the performers were great in helping distract them.

  70. Lorelei says:

    @Ola, you’re right, I’m sure the droplets carrying the deadly virus respected the fact that it’s “Panto Season” and took the night off.

  71. RoyalBlue says:

    I see her post was thankfully deleted, just as I was going to post a reply. She is acting like this is normal times and the family is just going to the panto, so why is everyone kicking up a fuss. Ola if you are reading this, where I live the panto is an annual family affair too, but guess what it’s canceled. It’s not a normal christmas, and we should treat it as such. This is just parading for the rota as the family has to sing for its supper.

  72. Nic919 says:

    Haha Lorelei. I went for the rage response but yours is good too.

  73. Lorelei says:

    I actually wish it had been left up because there would have been so many great responses!