People: Duchess Kate is ‘very chilled at home… there’s no airs and graces’

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Kensington Palace always knows that People Magazine is good for some sugary coverage, so they organized this cover story to highlight the Duchess of Cambridge and her general vibe of… I don’t know, being a mother. People’s cover story doesn’t even focus on the Cambridges’ Covid Choo-Choo Tour, nor do they even make a big deal over the fact that Kate and William brought out their kids for that Pantoland performance last Friday. No, this is all about how Kate is keen and normal and middle-class, just like any other mom with an unlimited coatdress budget, a full-time live-in nanny, a maid, a stylist and a cadre of office and household staff.

Kate’s behind-the-scenes life: Whether in Norfolk or the family’s London residence at Kensington Palace, Kate is “very chilled at home,” a friend tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “It’s a normal, busy family home with kids running around and knocking things over. There’s no airs and graces.”

A confident mom: At the same time, the friend adds, “when you see her behind closed doors with the children, she’s a very confident mom, and she’s no pushover. The children get told off if they act up.”

She isn’t always wearing wiglets: For a woman whose signature blowouts and perfectly coordinated ensembles are emulated around the world, the school run affords an opportunity for a lower-maintenance routine. “There are no blow-dries—it’s always hair up in a ponytail,” says the friend. “She’s either in her gym clothes, or a dress and sneakers, very little makeup, apologizing as she’s late for the school run before dashing off. It’s the life of a working mom with three young children—just a different sort of day job to most.”

Keeping the kids grounded: “She is doing that to help her children be more grounded and keep their reality in check,” says a source. “That’s what really matters to her.”

Date nights: On weekends Kate has been known to take the kids to Mable’s Paint Pot, near their country home of Anmer Hall, where they spend the afternoon painting pottery and picking up sweets. William and Kate also step out for date nights at the local pubs. The couple, who will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary in April, have evolved from newlyweds who once enjoyed romantic getaways across the globe to contented parents whose conversations now center on child-rearing. “They were talking about home life and the children—just like any other parents on a night out,” says a local. “You were just struck by what a normal lovely couple they are.”

She has a full staff too: In addition to her parents, Kate relies on the family’s trusted nanny Maria Turrion Borrallo, who has been with them since 2014, when George was 8 months old. She also has her right-hand woman Natasha Archer, her stylist and personal assistant. “If you look at the people around her, it’s a tight team,” says the source close to Kate. “She would be lost without Maria, Tash and everyone. They work very hard, but they make it possible for Kate to juggle everything.”

What is this quote? Adds the source close to the royal household: “Kate is living the life that she talks about. She’s at the center of her family and then she’s dealing with the other things afterward.”

[From People]

This reminds me of the Tatler debacle months ago, when Kate wanted everyone to know that she works as “hard as a Top CEO.” This is all just busy-work, and by that I mean that Kensington Palace’s communications staff has always been busy trying to make it seem like Kate works. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always believed that Kate is a hands-on mom and I think being a mom is literally her only priority. But this whole idea that Simple Keen Kate is just like any other mom is ludicrous – she’s got tons of household staff, personal staff, a nanny and office staff. It’s EASY to be a hands-on mom when literally everything else is taken care of and the bar has been lowered to the point where “releasing a couple of videos on Twitter” counts as “work.”

Speaking of, I’m sure Kate’s naval cosplay (“queen of literal dressing”) in this lil’ video will count as an event for her too.

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  1. FancyHat says:

    These articles are embarrassing. Can you imagine the Queen getting vapid pieces like this placed in magazines to feed her ego?

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      The bit about no airs and graces got me. Is it the same Kate, call me Catherine that we know about? The article will once again do more harm than good. At a time when a number of people can hardly feed their kids in the UK, to read about all the help and grand homes she has is a bit tone deaf. Coming straight after the covid express tour is a bit of a kick in the gut.

      • Jen says:

        Especially given the reports that Kate and Will are fairly strict with household staff – making them curtsy whenever they enter a room they are in, etc.

      • Shoshone says:

        So if the staff has to curtsy to W&K every time they enter a room I wonder if they also have to curtsy to Carole?

      • Lorelei says:

        She’s so “chill” at home yet she still makes the staff curtsy to her in her own house? For god’s sake this article is absurd.

    • Killfanora says:

      A REAL working mum-royal is Queen Letitia of Spain. Every single day she is shown at a meeting or a conference (frequently chairing them or making speeches.) See her insta page. And the meetings are not photo-pretty and Kate-lite, but serious and heavy-hitting. THAT is a working royal-mum!

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        Queen Letitia had a real career before marrying into the Spanish RF. She did not spend 10 years waiting for a ring. She has even passed on her work ethic to her beautiful daughters with one of them giving a great speech while Kate can barely read any of hers fluently or correctly.

  2. Becks1 says:

    “the life of a working mom with three kids” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. KP needs to stop with these sugary pieces. It’s insulting at this point.

    Do I believe Kate loves her kids and loves being a mom? Yes. Do I believe Kate is relatively involved as a mom? Sure. But Kate also has tons of help – multiple nannies, housekeeper, cleaning staff, etc. It doesn’t mean that you cant be rich and be “hands on,” but its a different kind of hands on that’s based in privilege.

    • Seraphina says:

      Exactly this, to all you wrote.

    • Tessa says:

      It’s very patronizing to working mothers. Kate has no clue IMO.

      • Becks1 says:

        YES. I’ve always felt that, as mother who works FT outside the home (well, it used to be outside the home, thanks 2020 lol.) Kate really does have no clue.

      • Betsy says:

        It’s patronizing to us stay at home mothers too, if we’re being honest. She likes to play simultaneously at being both (at least that’s how I perceive it), but with the amount of help she has and the amount of “work” she does, she’s truly neither. It’s offensive.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Betsy – great point. It’s patronizing to every mother. She has resources and help that I don’t, and that’s okay – but KP needs to stop pushing this narrative that she’s just a normal working mom. She’s not.

    • Jen says:

      Exactly! So many people act like pointing this out is being hateful and misogynistic, but no. There is no comparison between the extremely wealthy with nannies and full household staffs and being a working mom who also has to worry about groceries and cooking etc. It’s not that she’s doing it wrong, but it is not comparable.

    • ProfPlum says:

      Do I believe Kate is a mom? Yes.

      Do I believe Kate is a WORKING mom? No. No. No.

      This is so insulting. What she does could hardly be called work–and that’s before you factor in the staff who help her to do the absolute minimum.

    • Sofia says:

      Exactly. Kate has help and you know what? There’s nothing wrong with that. At all. Having nannies and household help does not make Kate any less of a mother or whatever BS people sprout.

      People know Kate is rich and has access to the best of the best. But her and William need to keep up their “middle class family” image so here we are.

      • Amy Too says:

        With all the help, I’m wondering why she’s late dropping the kids off at school. It seems to happen often enough that the way she graciously apologizes for her lateness is stuck in someone’s head as something they can point out that makes her sound normal.

        Or are they saying she’s often late to “work” because she has to drive her kids to school? It makes more sense to me that she would be late for engagements instead of literally the first thing she does each day (school drop off). But then it makes less sense at the same time since she knows what time her children go to school; so if it’s 8AM, for example, why would she be scheduling engagements for 8:15, showing up late and having to apologize?

      • Nic919 says:

        They were so late for the Easter service with the Queen one year that she just went in without them even though protocol is normally that she is the last one to enter. Even Anne was visibly none too pleased when they were waiting for the late Cambridges. That rarely happens for royals to make the Queen wait but for Kate and William they tend to be late to a lot of engagements even though the media hides it for them.

      • Amy Too says:

        I have a third theory about the lateness I’m now wondering about. Maybe she’s leaving engagements early saying something like “oh so sorry I can’t stay the full hour we planned on, but I’m already running late for the school run!” I read it again and it seems like she’s using the school run as an excuse to “dash off.” But they’re also saying she’s in her sneakers or gym clothes…. so is she apologizing to her personal trainer? Her friends that she’s shopping with? Her mom and sister? Who is seeing her with the pony tail, little make up, gym clothes, or a dress and sneakers? Are they seriously trying to sell us that she is just like us, such a normal “working mom,” with the fact that she’s super busy juggling her gym/shopping/friends time and school runs that she’s constantly dashing around, calling out apologies over she shoulder?

    • Circe says:

      I’m a SAHM to three kids, about the same ages as Kate’s. Today I have: made two meals (so far, supper to come), countless snacks, built a Lego village, read a half dozen books, worked on helping the two youngest make Christmas presents to give to family and friends. The fun stuff over, I then did two loads of laundry, cleaned the kitchen and bathrooms, went through toys to put in the donate box, cleaned the fridge, online grocery shopped and planned meals, and troubleshot distance learning for a fourth grader and kindergartner. I’m also potty training a two year old and taking care of two giant dogs while this is happening. And this was a slow day AND it’s only 3 PM.

      My point is not a pat on the back. Whatever. This was my choice. I love my life, despite the fact that its hard sometimes. But…How many of these things on this list did Kate do? WOULD Kate do, without help? My working mom friends days look very different, but they are just as full. WHAT DOES KATE DO ALL DAY?

      If the answer is nothing, that’s fine. That’s privilege she is lucky to have (I guess, it would drive me nuts). But don’t try to play like it’s something it’s not.

  3. Harla says:

    So her royal duties are “the other things afterwards “? I’m sure that the taxpayers who fund her lavish life are thrilled to be mere afterthoughts.

    • Kalana says:

      The reason Kate doesn’t work is because she puts her children first. Ookay. I thought it was because everyone else works to pay her bills so she can live a life of ridiculous luxury and maybe out of gratitude she should give back more and stop spending so much?

      And no, the Covid Express does not count as giving back. The people don’t want that particular gift.

    • PEARL GREY says:

      The Great Kate flip-flopping narrative continues. They can’t seem to keep track of whether they want her to be a shrewd, dutiful kingmaker whose eye is firmly on her future Queen role, single-handedly lifting the monarchy and the entire country out of crisis, or if she is just a normal mom of three, doing the school run makeup free and going on lowkey date nights at the pub. The angle changes every two months. Oh, and that little offering from the obligatory “Nameless Local“ about Will and Kate’s date night chat revolving around child rearing didn’t do what they were hoping it would. All it does is make them look like they have nothing to talk about and nothing in common except the children they share. Perhaps their Winning PR™️ team need to go back to the board and brainstorm about what they want the next “Nameless Local” who just happens to see them out and about to say.

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        ALL of this. Their narrative is anchor-less and rudderless always blowing in the wind. She is not interesting as a person and it shows. The problem with her sudden canonisation of ‘never putting a foot wrong’ is that it is easy to do so when you never move your feet in the first place. As much as Meghan is pilloried in the press, many will grudgingly admit that she is not lazy.

  4. Mumbles says:

    Lol, oh everything is so normal and down to earth and cheerfully frantic just like your house….you have a live-in nanny and stylist/personal assistant, right?

    This reminds me of the story they sent around after Charlotte was born about how Pippa had gifted her beloved older sister a fresh green juice delivery subscription because poor Kate was so busy with the baby she needed this to take care of herself. Please, between Carole and Nanny Maria, she had plenty of help.

    • Emmy Rae says:

      Are you kidding, Mumbles! Even my nanny and stylist/assistant and all of my buttons are cheerfully frantic! You’re welcome, Britons! /JK

  5. Harla says:

    Gawd, I can’t wait for my People magazine subscription to run out. This issue will go straight from the mailbox to the trash can.

  6. Oatmeal says:

    I almost feel bad for Kate

    Here she was anticipating the roll put of some innocent positive puff piece and then BAM, here comes M&H with the power moves

    If anyone can claim to blindsided…..

    • Tessa says:

      I don’t feel at all sorry for her. She may even believe her own PR. She helped see off Meghan,I recall she was in on the Flybe stunt of William’s and not to mention her glaring at Harry and Meghan.

  7. Elle says:

    Kate doesn’t do anything because her mother runs her life, including her staff and most likely even marriage.

    I always wonder about people with strong mothers becoming mothers themselves, how that dynamic plays out with their own children.

  8. Ginger says:

    People magazine always puts out a couple of Kate covers a year. In one she is “strong, not a pushover, the leader of the family,etc” in the other she is “shy, and introvert and is still learning and finding her way”
    Which is it?

  9. Vanessa says:

    Sad desperately attempt to make herself seem better than Meghan the Cambridge’s helped the Royal Reporters drive Meghan and Harry out of Britain. But they also don’t want Meghan And Harry to have the attention of the Americans press especially if it’s all positive it seem like the petty outrage wasn’t not enough for Kensington Palace over The Sussex’s Deals so someone decided to call up people to make sure nobody forgets about kate the great . This whole Cosplay that the Cambridge’s Are just so normal and middle class people is really insulting I can’t believe people are still buying it . This is a couple who while pretending to be normal live in a lavish home with 22 bedrooms a house full with staff But were all supposedly to believe that kate who spend decades to get a ring and title is oh so normal. Every time Meghan is in the news for something positive Kensington Palace has to throw in kate to tried to ride Meghan coat tail of positive press it’s like they think if kate mentions some how people will connected with her the way they do with Meghan.

    • Tessa says:

      Kate is not relatable since she never held any full time work much less any career. She is an anachronism to women who got their degree in MRS to find rich husbands. Kate stans get very upset if Kate is criticizedl

      • Nic919 says:

        There are more similarities between Kate and Melania than they want to admit because both married to live a luxurious lifestyle and are willing to put up with a lot for it. Neither believes in helping others either. Their focus is on their looks and fighting the aging process every step of the way.

        Kate just happens to have an entire institutional system providing PR to cover for her laziness, whereas Melania only has Fox News and other right wing media.

      • Tessa says:

        Melania, like Kate, has her parents close by. Her parents were even living in the White HOuse.

  10. ABritGuest says:

    Nice that there’s no uproar about Kate’s friends giving quotes about her and her home life to People.. sure she won’t be accused of trying to manipulate her image via foreign press like Meghan was when her friends gave that infamous interview to People.

    Did they mention her work at all? Would have thought it good to plug her Hold Still, baby bank, early years survey headline speech and calls with experts etc. Even if going for that traditional image thing, I’m sure the American royalists think that charidee is important. It’s no wonder her projects get no real hype. I’ve seen more news on that coffee Meghan invested in then some of the decent work Kate did this year.

    • Amy Bee says:

      You’re right. The royal rota should be up in arms that Kate’s friends are talking to People. But we know the real reason why the royal rota was upset is that Meghan’s friends directly challenged and disputed their tabloid stories.

    • Harper says:

      Yes, they mentioned her work! They referred to it as dealing with “the other things afterward.” Those pesky days out amongst the plebians, or having to log off Net-a-Porter to Zoom with some randoms. I wonder if this means her staff find her hard to get ahold of? All calls going to voicemail and the emails returned after the kids are in bed, so the staff twiddles their thumbs all day waiting to hear back from Kate, who is too busy being “in the center of her family.”

    • equality says:

      The uproar would be the claim that Meghan doesn’t have friends, even though there are far more pictures of her hanging out with other women then you ever see of Kate.

    • Amy Too says:

      And since her friends “leaked” about the fact that Kate and William go on dates, that must mean Kate is giving up any and all future rights to keep anything about her marriage private, right? Tabloids should be able to plant a recording device under the pub table to record them on their dates and publish a full and complete transcript, right? Kate must WANT the press to start publishing all of her intimate conversations with her husband, right? Otherwise why did she MAKE her friends go to People and talk about the pub dates? The title on the cover is literally “Kate’s Private World,” that’s a direct invitation to keep nothing private anymore!

  11. Tiffany says:

    That comment about her and Willnot on date night does not read like it is suppose to.

    To say those two have problems will be kind. They are calling Cannot giving him a progress report on his own children ‘date night’.

    I don’t think they live together.

    • Harla says:

      And you never hear about William joining his family on their weekend outings, never.

      • Tessa says:

        They are only staying close to home IMO because of COVID; ordinarily they would have flown off to a luxury resort and take one of many vacations.

      • Maevo says:

        Has William ever been pictured with the kids not at an official event?? Every once in a while we’d get some pics of Kate with the kids out and about and William has never been with them.

    • Nic919 says:

      They wouldn’t have been allowed to go to a pub for several of the months since their last anniversary so that story is false. It would have been reported on prior to now anyway.

      I also agree that when we hear of activities with the kids it is only ever Kate which is really bizarre considering William doesn’t have a demanding job and claims to be a hands on parent as well. It’s pretty obvious that it’s only Kate and the nannies that end up going places with the kids.

    • Ginger says:

      I thought so too. It reads like Kate takes the kids to see William on the weekend and gives him a report on them. Very odd.

  12. Lauren says:

    To be almost 40 and this babied.

  13. AVEA says:

    Why are they trying to make her out to be a normal mom living a normal life when that’s definitely not the case? Like, I know they are desperately trying to make people to like and relate to her but how is anyone going to relate when you go from “normal household/little makeup/ponytail (???)” To “tight team of nanny/ stylist/personal assistant so she can “juggle” “everything” “? Such a weird article

    • BeanieBean says:

      And I’m still not quite clear on why she’s so (allegedly) busy. What exactly is she doing?

  14. Amy Bee says:

    The embiggening of Kate continues…I thought she won, why does KP still feel that they have to get People write these pieces?

  15. Züri says:

    So does the “no airs” mean she drops that god-awful attempt at RP in familial settings?

  16. JT says:

    Ok. Will and Kate have date nights. Will admitted that he doesn’t even have time to see his children, do people really think he and Kate spend any time together? This write up was dumb and provided no real insights into Kate’s life, which is the exact opposite of its intended purpose. Most of it so vague, which is the problem with Kate as a whole: there is nothing to her.

    • kelleybelle says:

      Exactly. And also the “pandemic train tour” was a disaster so cue all the empty-fluff, positive-press articles about her. They know she does next to nothing, which is why they have to prop her up. She’s already borne the children, what’s next?

  17. lemonylips says:

    Kate’s stylist really needs a stylist of her own.

  18. MaryContrary says:

    “Juggling”? What in the world is she juggling? She rarely works and has multiple people on staff. I do believe she loves her kids, and is a great mom-but this charade that she’s a “working mom” is ridiculous.

    • Tessa says:

      I find it patronizing to all working mothers who help support the household. Not everyone has mansions and lots of help. Kate’s PR wagon is going full steam

  19. Kalana says:

    If she’s at home, who is she supposed to put on airs with? Her children? The school employees when dropping the kids off in the morning? Is she being praised for not being a haughty douchebag to her staff?

    And where is William in any of this? I guess he doesn’t want to be a hands-on dad? It’s not like he’s working. He’s not going into the office each day especially this year. Either he’s mostly checked out or they don’t live together. Why do Kate and William cut each other out of their pr?

    Is this general separate pr approach more of William keeping Kate at a distance or is it that she’s managed to get him to agree to her need to embiggen herself as long as she mostly leaves him out of it?

  20. Tessa says:

    One issue of People I won’t be buying. So treacly an article.

  21. Tessa says:

    I notice that Meghan is trashed for allegedly being “in charge” but when it’s Kate she is praised to the heavens.

    • Kalana says:

      Because nobody believes she is really in charge of anything so she isn’t perceived as threatening. This article is just one long, “You’re doing great, sweetie!”

      • CC2 says:

        Yep. Like the religious fundies that say things like ‘the wife is the neck, while the husband is the head’ and act like the wife has power. Notice how fast they switch when they see a woman who’s not cosplaying a 1950s wife though.

  22. yinyang says:

    The youngest one is all Kate.

  23. tee says:

    Is it just me, or is this not a very good picture of Kate?

  24. February-Pisces says:

    Middleton PR at work here. You can always tell when it comes from Ma Middy because these fluff pieces hardly ever praise William, mostly just kate. All they do is praise Kate for existing, no mention of any work, charities or actual achievements.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Yep, it’s a Carole hit piece. There have been many many stories of Ma, Kate and Pippa acting ‘grand’ that go all the way back to the GF years. There are reasons why they have a high turnover of staff – they had a housekeeper that left after getting fed up at being called up at all hours.

      • Sofia says:

        Yeah I think the articles that go “Kate is a confident royal and ready to be the future future Queen” is from the Midds whereas the ones that go “Kate is still shy and learning! She stays in the background” come from the palace because it makes her into a supporting player who does what she’s told which is what the courtiers (and possibly even William) want

      • February-Pisces says:

        I think it’s very telling that KP promotes them as a couple and the Midds promote just kate, like William doesn’t exist. I think the middletons are purposefully trying to place kate above William in the amount of coverage they get, hoping that he will be too scared to dump her if she’s more popular than him.

      • Maevo says:

        Good call, Sofia!! That makes a lot of sense.

  25. GuestwithCat says:

    I’ve looked up photos of all the royal residences, especially Anmer. Hahaha yeah right that’s a normal family house where the kids can run wild and knock things over.

    Actually in most houses I’ve visited, the mother would threaten to knock a kid into the middle of next week if s/he ran around like a hellion knocking things over.

  26. Lizzie says:

    Confident as a mother? I thought she was an early years expert. I have never heard anyone being praised for being confident aside from Keen.

  27. Gail says:

    Kaiser, why are you not sending your column to people magazine? Seems to me like you are who the public should be listening to instead of this total Kate is perfect b.s . I also noticed that Kate had made it back into her garden just like Meghan. I have faith that maybe next year Kate will get around to doing some actual work and not playing at being a working mum considering that the deal is she works hence the lifestyle that the public is paying for.

  28. Shoo fly says:

    This is just a broadside against the Sussexes, reminding them that sectors of the American press will cater to Kate, too.

    What kind of working mother gets to drop off her children in gym clothes or sneakers with a dress on? Gym clothes suggest she’s coming from the gym (so someone else got the children ready) or going to the gym (so she isn’t working a regular work schedule). A dress with sneakers isn’t clothes for work. What abject nonsense.

    • Lexistential says:

      While it’s true that this is intended to go against the Sussexes, it reads more like an attempt to keep up with them in American media– and it falls flat, and worse, repetitive. People Magazine will write a hundred versions of the same article pointing out some fluffy sugary detail– Kate’s hands-on, chilled-out, devoted to the family, into the school run, grounded, keeps the kids in reality, etc. Same stuff, different year, and she still isn’t doing anything of actual merit or dynamic for the monarchy.

      Meanwhile, Meghan is making money moves, networking with Oprah, investing in a start-up brand, recording for Spotify, and gets reported in Fortune.

      Of the two Duchesses, we know who’s *actually* interesting, and I know whose life I’d like to take cues from: Meghan’s. (And ITA with everyone upthread who says this is a total Carole Middleton hit piece. Nice try, Ma Midds.)

  29. Maevo says:

    They always bring up the “school run”! I guess it’s the only thing they can think of that makes her seem normal? If I had a staff and a full time nanny the first thing I would unload is dropping my kids off! It’s the worst!! Though it’s probably not as bad if the nanny preps lunch and packs all their stuff and just hands it to you as you go out the door…

    • notasugarhere says:

      They keep using the school run as part of their PR, but did the kids go back to school at any point in 2020? They didn’t return Charlotte to school last spring when the real early childhood experts said children her age should be in school. We also had the cover-up-the-affair lies last year that William does the school run, then works out with yummy mummies.

      • Becks1 says:

        I think the “school run” is the new “roast chicken” – something random they are using to try to make Kate seem hands-on and relatable but it just falls flat.

      • February-Pisces says:

        The school run is b*llocks. I’m pretty sure I remember a font saying they work close to the school and have seen George and Charlotte being dropped off in 3 SUVs. 3 cars to take 2 children to school??? Kate only does the school run when she wants to be papped. If she’s there everyday wouldn’t there be paps waiting around?

    • Keen Kate says:

      The Cambridge school run consists of three huge SUVS, so environmently friendly. There’s photo proof.

  30. Mindy_Dopple says:

    OK this is a random comparison but all of these talking points kind of reminds me of Kourtney Kardashian? Except Kourtney’s lifestyle isn’t being funded by taxpayers. She simply doesn’t want the job of Diana before her or Megan after her, she just wants to be a mom and do the bare minimum. That would have been fine 50-100 years ago but now the climate and society have changed. People expect “work” for their lifestyle and Megan has completely changed what that looks like. There are stories that the Middleton sisters were always in competition and it was seen as Kate “winning” because one day (maybe not) she’ll be Queen. However, Pippa is living her moderately wealthy life without the demand of work. She won and I bet she and Kate know it now.

  31. kelleybelle says:

    So freaking hilarious. As if we’d ever truly find out “what her relationship with Prince William is really like,” as if. *huge eye roll* I made the right decision when I stopped buying this mag years ago.

  32. titi_ab says:

    Hi, when you are you going to write an article about the obvious fact that Kate has been copying Meghan since she came on the scene.
    I need to see an article about Kate’s new obsession with trousers, and making speeches all the time now with multiple hand gestures like she’s actually saying something, with a personal project after 10 years of being a royal, etc

  33. notasugarhere says:

    Still trying to overcome the leak from the former household staff about Kate being a Prickly Princess. Five months of William and Kate fighting while Carole makes cheese on toast to calm Incandescent? Staff fled.

  34. Harry likes his women strong, confident, and intelligent. William likes his women meek, submissive, and dull. The big difference between the brothers.

  35. mellie says:

    I raised three kids, worked outside the home, cooked meals, cleaned my own house, managed to get my kids to a myriad of activities (until they could drive themselves) and my husband did his share too….granted we weren’t chased by the paparazzi on our school runs and we didn’t have to roast marshmallows or cut ribbons to open the new wing of the latest building in front of thousands, but some how, some way we managed to make it work.

    I’d be embarrassed if I were these two that these fluffy/puffy pieces go out in these magazines during a time when people are dying/struggling/starving/unemployed. And they could make it stop. Sure, she’s a good mom. There are many good moms out there. STFU already. I’m sick of those two and I’ve defended her before, even though I’m a Meghan supporter, I’ve defended Kate because I think she defers to her dumbass husband…I’m over this. She needs to either do something real and valuable or shut up.

  36. Lizzie says:

    People will show you who they are, and Kate showed the world that she is a huge bitch last March. The headline says no airs or graces but she already showed us the truth.

  37. Shoo fly says:

    They use the school run thing because the British papers have this strange obsession with it and parents dropping their children off and picking them up, especially private school children. There is this whole subculture of yummy mummies and the see and be seen atmosphere at the school gates. Of course, (actual) middle class children in the United States take the school bus. Even a lot of private non browsing schools in the US will arrange transportation. So all the little class subtleties and asides here do nothing but make her seem truly privileged.

    • HeatherC says:

      My dad dropped my brother and I off at middle school every morning. (It was on his way to work and we lived within walking distance…really not far at all…so we didn’t get a bus lol). Never once did his secretary (that he shared with 10 other people in his unit) call People magazine to declare how chill (and he was) he is and everything else. Missed opportunity!!

  38. Shoo fly says:

    I also want to remind everyone that there is a Thomas’ Kensington but Kate and William are choosing to drive their children an hour with traffic to one in Battersea instead.

  39. Shoo fly says:

    And thank you to the poster who said as a stay at home mom they also find it patronizing. How true. I think of my own stay at home mother – constantly cleaning, washing laundry, folding laundry, going to the grocery store, the bank, cooking, etc. Imagine not having to do all that also, AND imagine being able to leave your child home whenever you want.

  40. Sarah says:

    “just a different sort of day job to most” – and that job is..? Shopping and getting her hair done? Going to the gym? I think lots of other rich women have exactly the same ‘day job’ they just don’t have the taxpayers funding it.

    • HeatherC says:

      3 zoom calls that are less than an hour long do not a “day job” make. She’s not relatable to moms who work outside the home OR in the home. When she has to do all the shopping, prepping, cleaning, organizing and cooking then she can preach. And to try and label her as a “working mom” when they clearly mean working outside the home? Nothing she does really counts as work. A case could be made if she did quantity like Anne but she doesn’t. there is nothing about this woman that I can see is “role model” material. Or relatable.

      • kelleybelle says:

        The “school run” thing is only to make her seem down to earth and “like us.” I don’t buy it either. These fluff pieces are only to make up for all the negative press around the silly train tour.

  41. HeatherC says:

    When Kiddo was young and going to preschool, I wish I had a stylist to fix me up before I dropped him off after I worked all night and was still in my scrubs. What a difference that would not have made in how Kiddo was raised and felt loved.

  42. Flying Fish says:

    People mag needs to get their heads out of the Dolittle’s asses.

  43. Corick says:

    I would like to know who copies her “style” because I honestly can’t imagine women donning her atrocious fashion choices.

    • Maevo says:

      It’s not even that they’re atrocious (though they often are) but they just aren’t applicable to real peoples’ lives! I have never been in a situation where I needed to wear a “dress coat.” Hence why people copy Meghan’s style much more – she dresses like a real person going to professional events. Remember when Kate wore sparkly heels while hauling boxes around at that baby bank over the summer?? She looked ridiculous!

      • HeatherC says:

        The white dress she wore made it look even more ridiculous. But Kate just doesn’t have a shoe game (at least she didn’t wear wedges?) and I think she only hauled one empty box.

  44. yinyang says:

    As the sovereign grant steadily goes up year after year, why not give people who’ve lost their jobs due to Covid a break and pay for them this year.

  45. Mia says:

    1) seems like she’s shaming moms/women again like in the struggle survey 🙄 (rich people don’t have to choose between being “hands on” and putting food on the table, is she shaming people for being poor?)

    2) isn’t the new editor of People from the Daily Mail? I may be misremembering but I seem to have heard that somewhere

  46. Keen Kate says:

    What has Kate actually done herself?

    She doesn’t research anything
    She doesn’t practice her speeches properly
    She used two designers on her garden and they did most of the work
    She got someone else to write the embarrassing survey questions and hired another company to host and process it
    She didn’t come up with Hold Still
    She’s barely done any Zoom calls and they had no results
    She didn’t highlight any of the charities or workers at the Windsor Castle meet up recently
    She doesn’t raise any money, the money her and William gave to charities during lockdown was donated to them by the government
    She doesn’t wear a mask regularly
    She skips out on engagements to go shopping
    She uses tours as holidays
    She has staff for every conceivable need

    She just seems to exercise, get treatments, go shopping, go on holiday and work the equivalent of a few hours a week.

  47. LP says:

    Kate wants to “keep [the kids’] reality in check”? Keeping something in check means to suppress or curtail it! Why would Kate want her kids to have *less* reality!? C’mon anonymous (Middleton) snitch, have someone proofread your sugary quotes before submission!

  48. Liz version 700 says:

    I usually read these posts thoroughly, but half way through I had to stop. The second hand embarrassment is dizzying. No social airs!?! Hhhahhhahahahahahah breathe…😆😆😆😆😆😆🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣I can’t breathe..can’t stop laughing. This is probably why I am dizzy…thanks Kate oh ummmm Catherine

  49. equality says:

    But SheKnows had a royal expert tell them: “They (the well-behaved [royals]) reflect a magical grace and a dignity we can look up to,” Kozlowski continued. “They do best when they remember they are role-models; they are not there to pretend their lives and experiences share chummy commonalities with ours. That can get messy.” All of which is pretty amusing with the “magical grace and dignity”. I wonder if he said it with a straight face. And, of course, he was complaining about H&M’s podcast deal but, still, isn’t that what Kate is trying to do–pretend her life “shares a chummy commonality”?

  50. Dollycoa says:

    Ha ha ha! ‘ her nanny and army of stylist work hard so she can do her ‘ work’? They eithercarentvworking that hard if shes a hands on mum and spends the day with her hair in a ponytail or they are doing all the work so she can do the photo ops and spend her time shopping and at the gym. KP can put out as many puff pieces as they like but the Royals are audited on their work because they are paid for by the taxpayer, and the facts dont lie. Her and William’s number are tiny. She is not a ‘ busy working mum’s She drops 2 of her kids off at school, having left the morning chaos to the nanny, she cooks whenever she wants, because she wants to, not because it’s up to her to meal plan for the week, make sure all the food is in, make packed lunches etc etc because otherwise it wouldnt get done. It’s an insult to a tubal working and stay at home parents to pretend this woman is ‘ just like us’. Her and her lackey are too out of touch to realise how much they are insulting our intelligence. They think everyone is as stupid as they are and too gullible to see through them. That may have worked for the Queen in the 50’s while her husband was shagging every woman he could but not now.

  51. No matter how the British media spin Kate she still comes across as monotonous and uninteresting. She’s someone who’s unimaginative. Well, maybe it’s not too late for a makeover.