Prince William is getting ‘credit’ for convincing his family to Zoom during the pandemic

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, visit Holy Trinity Church of England First School in Berwick-Upon-Tweed

Because of the new UK lockdown measures, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are unlikely to return to London for a while. Sources claim that William and Kate plan to stay at Anmer Hall “for the foreseeable future,” especially given that George and Charlotte’s school has been re-closed for regular students yet again. Which means more homeschooling, more Norfolk rose trimming, and another open-ended stay at Anmer. Apparently, Will and Kate will get back to Zooming too:

Location is also irrelevant to video calls, which Prince William and Kate Middleton did in abundance throughout the first lockdown, when they weren’t able to get out and about for their royal duties. According to the Mirror’s source, the couple plan to resume these Zoom calls this time around, too. “The family is committed to working together to help the country through the next stage of the crisis. Plans are already in place to reach out to a range of charities and businesses and fortunately they are well versed in the world of video calls now,” said the insider.

[From Cosmopolitan]

Which is just a reminder, to me, of how utterly tone-deaf and stupid they were with their little Covid Choo Choo tour in December. The spike in coronavirus cases and deaths right now are directly related to people’s bad pandemic behavior in December. William and Kate not only engineered a (partially) maskless superspreader tour, they were fundamentally sh-tty role models for pandemic behavior. At a time when they should have been modeling lockdown behavior, they were gallivanting around Scotland, Wales and England for no g–damn reason. And now, suddenly, they remember that they could just do Zoom calls! Speaking of, the Express had this utterly stupid story in which William gets “credit” for telling the Windsors that they need to Zoom:

This year, the coronavirus pandemic meant everyone had to change the way they were working and the royals were no exception. All in-person engagements were cancelled, but they were soon popping up online doing video calls and meeting people that way. This allowed them to maintain their visible parts of British life, continue speaking to people and thanking them for their work during the crisis, and also meant they could meet people across the Commonwealth. According to one royal expert it was William who came up with this idea, and quickly got Prince Charles involved too.

Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers. Mr Myers described how William, as one of the younger royals, was well aware of the reach the digital landscape has and had a solid social media team to help. He and Kate started doing video calls in place of in-person engagements, before bringing his father on board.

Mr Myers said: “Charles and William were actually the two that put their heads together ‒ actually William was coming up with it first and saying, ‘We need to take this on a digital platform’. They’re the guys who had a decent social media team, they’re quite young. Am I allowed to call them young? So they were the tech savvy ones, they knew the reach you can have on social media and said, ‘Right, let’s get involved straight away’. Then Charles, who was already carrying out all his meetings on video calls, knew that he could do exactly the same thing and then got fully involved with it after a conversation with William.”

[From The Daily Express]

There’s such desperation to embiggen William in any way possible, and it’s because he’s such a small, unaccomplished, lazy man. I don’t even believe William was the one who convinced the Windsor clan to Zoom. At all. Camilla and Charles were posting on-camera speeches online and doing Zoom calls with their charities for weeks before Kate and William even tried it, probably because William was too busy hiding his coronavirus diagnosis.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the London Ambulance Service during the Coronavirus crisis!

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  1. Dee says:

    You should have a warning on these ridiculous articles embiggening Normal Bill and Keen Kate. I am cleaning off my screen now. Where does Bill get these amazing ideas? I am concerned that he is working himself too hard.

    • Noodle says:

      Seriously, the mental load on him must be so taxing. Maybe we can award him the Nobel Zoom Prize, for coming up with an idea that literally EVERY OTHER WORKPLACE IN THE WORLD also employs. Okay, maybe not every – a few still use Microsoft Teams or Google Meet.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Noodle he probably needed a nap after inventing the idea of using Zoom

      It’s so funny the way that idiot Myers phrases it — that William was “coming up with it first” — as if the entire world didn’t switch to Zooming at the beginning of the lockdown.

      He does nothing actually useful so there’s nothing truthful for them to compliment him on. So we get these mental gymnastics to come up with *something* they can claim he did.

      It would be funnier if it wasn’t so pathetic and if British people weren’t stuck paying for this mess.

  2. Noki says:

    They never seemed bothered trying to look current or modern before ,even their social media was the bare minimun. I dont really think William is that tech savvy. Maybe Kate as she has to keep up with the kids.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      I feel another list coming, so here goes. Why William convinced his family to zoom:
      Because it’s the least he can do
      Because he’s used to doing the bare minimum
      Because despite a pandemic, he went on a covid super spreader tour which backfired and now needs good optics
      Because he can’t parade his children on the catwalk for the foreseeable future
      Because he is barely on speaking terms with his family and zooming helps him out
      Because he is lazy and non producing. Zooming requires dressing only your top half and showing up
      Because there is no other way to generate those photo ops
      Because he has no original ideas
      Because there are no Sussexes around for him to copy
      Because he can and he WILL!

  3. Becks1 says:

    I don’t understand this. It says that Charles was already doing all his meetings via video calls. Is the point that William was the one who was like, “if we put all these on social media we can still get court circular credit!!!!” and Charles was like…..I’m fine with my numbers, thanks?

    Besides, in March, everyone was “discovering” zoom (I know some people were already using it, but it certainly became popular overnight, at least here), so its not like William was on the cutting edge of …..anything.

    I just don’t understand how Charles’ team is actually better at social media than the Cambridges. I think it was last summer when Charles went on his annual Wales tour (or Cornwall maybe? I’m not looking it up lol) and they posted traditional recipes from the region. Camilla started posting her favorite books during the pandemic and now she has started a “reading room” where she “meets” with authors and they discuss the book. I guess its hard to do that if you don’t read? But that is a nice combination of personalizing Camilla and showing her interests, and also tying into one of her big causes – literacy. how come Clarence House can come up with that and KP seems to be treading water?

    • equality says:

      I would say that Charles actually listens to his advisors and William thinks something has to be his idea to be workable. Will’s team probably has to discuss the idea first and then let him come back later and present it as his. If any of them has any tech people at all; they probably all came up with the idea. Next they will be saying that William invented the internet.

    • Myra says:

      IIRC, William was still doing in-person events way pass when the whole entire world had moved to zoom. His sycophants tried to defend his behaviour trying to label it as essential work when he was really simply in the way of health workers, who were probably already overworked and exhausted. And he did those meetings in-doors and maskless. I think he is trying to overshadow his father and the Queen, showing that he is the only one with leadership in that palace.

      • Nic919 says:

        There is a photo above of them meeting with front line workers indoors without a mask and we have no idea if he was infected at that point. He and Kate have been absolute idiots about this.

      • Myra says:

        Super idiotic about it. Even after lockdown, they did this pub thing and hosted viewings and what not at the palace. They modelled the worst behaviour for supposed good role models. Let’s not forget how he joked about all of this in March, after people had already died in China and Italy. He can’t say he didn’t know as there was breathless coverage in UK news about the death toll and body bags.

      • Becks1 says:

        Yup, he definitely was. Wasn’t there a visit (sans masks) to first responders – maybe to EMTs? – where he talked about all the Netflix they were probably watching or something equally tone-deaf? (back when royals still watched Netflix, obviously, lol.)

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      Charles was forced to listen to wiser heads after the Diana debacle. He was just as stubborn and boorish as William but after spending huge amounts on PR to repair his image, he wised up. William has an inflated sense of self and needs his own scandal to make him listen to professionals.

    • Nic919 says:

      That’s what I noticed in the article… it literally states that Charles was already working by zoom so it’s pretty obvious Billy didn’t tell him about zoom meetings. When Charles confirmed he had covid he released videos as soon as he was out of the woods. During that time there was not much of anything going on at KP.

    • Lorelei says:

      Right?! Wtf? It claims Bill “came up with it” in the same paragraph in which it states Charles was already doing it. These people are so stupid that it’s painful to witness.

      @Equality I think that makes a lot of sense. Charles listens to the professionals he’s hired. But Bill absolutely seems like he’s one of those people who has to think something was his idea.

      It reminds me of that plotline in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” where all of the women need to pretend the patriarch came up with something in order for him to approve it, when it was their plan all along, lol.

  4. Wiglet Watcher says:

    Anything they wrote to promote the Cambridges is always so basic. It’s never a true accomplishment. This is just 1 more fluff piece with shade written in because the BM have nothing of substance from these 2. It would be funnier if it wasn’t so pathetic at this point. A decade in.

    • kelleybelle says:

      No kidding. There’s nothing but “basic” to embiggen them with. Again with the “concerned” and “I’m listening so intently” faces. Ugh.

      • Lorelei says:

        Yeah I wonder how long it will be before we start hearing about all of the groundbreaking work of the Early Years initiative.

        If it’s finally clear to them that Meghan is truly gone and not coming back, Kate has no need to pretend to keep up that farce any longer.

    • MyOpinion says:

      @ Wiglet Watcher, and we will be here in another decade yammering about how they still don’t do bupkiss and we will see how much buttons and boots spent for looking fugly …..still…..

  5. Lauren says:

    Decent social media team and tech savvy. Wow. Thanks H&M in helping the Windsor’s move from the 1940’s to 2021.

  6. Bros says:

    Next he will be claiming credit for discovering that water is wet. What a feckless blah person.

    • Lorelei says:

      Bill seems more and more Trumpian with every new story lately.
      It reminds me of how Trump claims to have invented the phrase “primed the pump.” And acts as if something doesn’t exist to anyone else until HE learns about it (see: Frederick Douglass). William really shares a lot of characteristics with him.

    • To the list of titles given to them by clever Celebitchies I humbly submit:
      “Mr and Mrs Normcore”.
      (its a googleable word)

  7. Amy Bee says:

    Every time I read one of these pieces that embiggen William, I get the impression that the royal reporter is trying to implying that William is better than Harry and to stay on William’s good side.

    • Becks1 says:

      And that always makes me think – how big of an asshole must William ACTUALLY be? I know we talk about that here all the time, but even to an outside observer – the entire rota is devoted to praising him and keeping him happy. The Queen and Charles seem to let him do whatever he wants and he runs the show. He must be the angriest, most obnoxious, spoiled, entitled asshole around.

      • MyOpinion says:

        @ Becks1, I mentioned that in another article. PWT has been able to bully, manipulate and storm around abusing people his entire life, and this is what has come from that. In insufferable, childish, boorish and impetuous adult like toddler. We happen to have an outgoing president like that too!!

    • lanne says:

      Are they royal reporters or royal ass lickers? Back in the day, there used to be a courtier whose duty was to wipe the Kings ass. The Groom of the Stool. Important position that people jockeyed to get. I guess royal reporting is the 21st century analogy to Stool Groomer.

      • Lorelei says:

        I don’t want to sound like a broken record here, but I started reading that new book “The Last Queen” I mentioned a few days ago and while I’m only a few chapters in, so far it’s very good.

        It explains how tabloids came about in the UK (previously, the monarchy was always covered positively due to a “gentleman’s agreement” with Fleet Street) until they realized how much money could be made by actually covering the family as the soap opera that they were. It also goes into how much effort they put into hiding anything negative and how many files about the BRF are “sealed” at the National Archives or Windsor Castle.

        I still have a way to go, but it’s really interesting so far. The author is *not* a fan of Betty, lol. Some of the descriptions of her have me cackling out loud.

  8. L84Tea says:

    Is it wrong that I look forward to their zoom calls so we can see the tackiness of their house?

    • Becks1 says:

      I look forward to them so I can see how they copy the Sussexes. They’re going to start zooming from a bench (I know they did the Netflix promos on the bench, but I expect full-on zooms from one soon.) Also, look for a picture of the kids in their playhouse.

  9. Roo says:

    I cannot believe that you all are doubting the tech savvy PWT. Is everyone forgetting that he helped develop the internet, suggested the organic line to Prince Charles, and developed the Covid vaccine? Give him some credit, y’all!

  10. Ann says:

    It occurs to me that 99% of people alive today have no memory of a living King of England. When the Queen dies and Charles and later William wear a crown for ceremonial events, most of the world will see it as ridiculous. That time has passed and belongs in the history books. It will remind me of the Imperial Margarine tv commercials from the 1970s (which is not a good thing).

  11. Merricat says:

    I wonder where William keeps all those ribbons he’s won for waking up in the morning?

  12. Lemons says:

    Does William own stock in Zoom? Just because we have yet another press release about the Keens and Zoom, doesn’t mean the stock price will go up. We don’t care.

  13. Lizzie says:


  14. L4frimaire says:

    Meh, Throw him a bone and a pat on the head. The whole world is using Zoom right now, but sure, he thought if it. Whatever. I’m sure the U.K. feels so much better now hearing this news.

  15. Shoo fly says:

    I love the “in abundance” language when there was not a single week that combined, either Cambridge worked every day of the week.

    • JackieFox says:

      Then again, I’m not sure the public is particularly interested in seeing them splashed and praised in the media 5 times a week. When they do pick it up, it’s almost like an overdose of Bland Billy & Keen because they are the same in everything they do – feigning interest and lacking emotion/personality. I especially don’t need to hear Keen talking any more than she does. That faux accent of hers drives me up the wall. Like William’s raised eyebrows “this is me looking concerned about others” look.

  16. Over it says:

    I was going to give him credit for screwing his neighbour first but then I remembered that Charles got there before him . Aww well keep going willy . At least you get all the credit for Carole’s lap 😄

  17. Carolind says:

    Charles and Camilla are a million times more genuine than the other two.

    By the way, officially announced Queen and Duke have had the jab.

  18. GuestwithCat says:

    I did it first! I thought of it first! These articles make him sound like a preschooler going through their egocentric “look at me!” phase.

    It doesn’t even make sense to say Charles was already doing videos but William gets credit for doing…what exactly? Making their zoom work more ostentatious?

    I’m genuinely sad and sorry that a son of Diana has turned out like this. He’s stuck in childish needs and an angry adolescent mindset. I feel sorry for his children and for the country that is apparently expected to pay for his maintenance and feed his ego. I’d feel sorry for him, except I think he’s more than satisfied with himself and thinks it’s other people who are at fault for the dissatisfaction he does experience. And he seems to weaponize that dissatisfaction. One only has to see how he’s treated his brother and sister-in-law and nephew. Look at the suffering he engineered to “put them in their places”.

    If he ever has an epiphany and wants to change, I wish him all the best. But for now I look on in ever increasing dismay and disgust at what’s been allowed to fester in his soul.

    • Nic919 says:

      He did one zoom call this week to speak with first responders. One call. Kate seems to have done nothing. It is truly disgusting how little they do, especially when virtual meetings could easily be done three or four times a day every day right now.

  19. Carolind says:

    Diana was dazzlingly charismatic, empathetic and intuitive. In the days before the internet though, maybe people outside of Britain did not realise that Diana was not an angel but a human being. That she flew into rages, was manipulative, at times a stranger to the truth and could hurt people, have affairs. This sounds harsh but I was British and lived through it. William is more Windsor and Spencer but don’t ever think he was nothing like his mother.

  20. Tess says:

    “Charles and William put their heads together and – actually it was William first. Just William. And Charles, who was already doing video calls, joined in and continued to do I MEAN started to (continue to) do video calls. After William suggested it.” Like that is so eye rollingly messy and made up on the spot.