I will continue to say this: the current issue of People Magazine’s cover story about the Duchess of Cambridge is really bizarre. Considering all of the royal crap that happened just in the past month, nevermind in the past year, I would have thought that Kensington Palace could organize a better People cover story than “Kate is chill” and “Kate is training to be a Future Queen but honestly you would never know it.” I mean… Top Ceo, Keen To Work, Zooming Up a Storm, Trotting Out the Kids at Pantoland, the Covid Choo Choo Tour debacle… any of those subjects would have been more timely than what People gave us: an insipid piece solely refocusing Kate’s brand as a simple country girl who does boring things and refuses to work. Truly. Well, People Mag had another excerpt:
Just like Queen Elizabeth, Kate Middleton prefers country life to city life. The mom of three, 38, insiders herself most at home at the family’s country estate, Anmer Hall. Situated on the east coast of England, rural Norfolk offers Kate, Prince Wiliam, 38, and their children, Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2, a welcome escape.
“Even if she were married to a banker, I don’t think she would be much different,” a source close to the royal household tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “She would have wanted to be a country mom and be in town occasionally. I don’t think she would have been living a very different life.”
Of course, she’s living the most extraordinary life imaginable, in an extraordinary year: married to the future King of England and raising the next King while navigating everything from home-schooling during quarantine to her husband’s secret battle with the coronavirus in April. (He was never hospitalized, and the rest of the family was not infected.)
“At the end of the day, she’s in training to be a future Queen, but honestly you would never know it,” says a source close to Kate. “If you go round to her house, you get a cup of tea, and it’s often William who makes it! It’s a lovely, welcoming house, not a fancy, stuffy palace in any way.”
Maybe we’re supposed to be reading the quotes as shady? You know, for a laugh, like the “top CEO” quotes. “At the end of the day, she’s in training to be a future Queen, but honestly you would never know it” should be read as “you really wouldn’t know that she’s in any way a Queen-to-be by how vapid and lazy she is.” And maybe “Even if she were married to a banker, I don’t think she would be much different” should be read as “she should have married some untitled rich guy so no one would expect this lazy woman to actually do anything other than preen and keen.” And that’s the crux of it, right? Kate thinks that she’s refocusing her brand as a “just like you” housewife and stay-at-home mom who lives a humble life in her country mansion. But what she’s really doing is underlining, yet again, that she’s just an airhead who refuses to work and demands that her staffers come up with excuses for why that is.
Anyway, can’t wait for the British tabloids to begin to investigate the identities of the unnamed sources who provided these quotes to People Magazine! Very suspicious.
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