Duchess Kate: Home schooling three kids is ‘exhausting’ & ‘challenging’

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The Duchess of Cambridge did a Zoom call with parents this week, and the subject was home-schooling in the pandemic, and parenting struggles in general. The other parents in the group have kids in the Roe Green Junior School, which is a school Kate visited three years ago to launch “Mentally Healthy Schools.” The parents were asked to write down words or answers to questions like “rate your math skills” and “what one word describes being a parent during the pandemic.”

For the math question, Kate wrote “-5″ and joked “I’m obviously right at the bottom!” Which… her kids are small, the most George is doing right now is probably addition and subtraction, right? Maybe multiplication tables? It’s not like he’s in AP Calculus (true story, I aced AP Calculus!!). For the one word that best described parenting during the pandemic, Kate wrote “Exhausting.” I mean, I believe that her schedule is all out of whack with three small kids at home, but nanny Maria is there and the Cambridges literally have loads of staff who are still working – at times virtually – during the pandemic. Kate said, “As parents, we have day-to-day elements of being a parent, but, I suppose, during lockdown we’ve had to take on additional roles that others in our community and lives would have helped us with.”

Kate also said “I have become a hairdresser in lockdown – much to my children’s horror!” As a child, my mom traumatized me by cutting my hair, which explains my hatred of bangs. I wonder how Kate is traumatizing her kids about their hair? Here’s a little bit more:

Kate also told the group that her husband Prince William has been the biggest support to her during the pandemic. It was clearly the right response – as other parents answered their partners and other family members. “We don’t want it to be Bridgerton or something like that, do we?” quipped Loosemore.

As for parental loneliness, Kate said: “I know how challenging it is juggling work, home life, school life and everything else that you as parents are doing, so really well done. Fingers crossed, let’s hope for the positivity as you’ve all been saying. Make sure everyone looks after themselves — it’s very hard to prioritize but it’s definitely needed now more than ever. It’s important for our children that we look after ourselves too.”

[From People]

Kate didn’t confirm or deny that she’s watched Bridgerton, but I think it’s funny that a Netflix show got name-checked in her discussion, especially after all of that drama with Harry and Meghan’s Netflix deal, and The Crown. As for Kate’s Just-Like-Us normal-mum efforts, I think she was fine, honestly. I think it’s interesting that it still sounds like William just… isn’t there, physically or emotionally. Lockdown rose bushes must have been calling his name.

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  1. Nic919 says:

    Kate’s exhausted comment is not playing well to the plebs and even Emily Andrews pointed out that Kate is in Norfolk with staff, nanny, RPOs and a second mansion to use as an office /home. (It was fairly pointed so I can expect to see it deleted eventually).

    • Amy Bee says:

      I thought only Harry and Meghan live in a mansion. That’s what the British press has been telling us for months.

      • Brit says:

        Exactly. They all need to keep that same energy and now the problem is that their treatment and double standards of Harry and Meghan is backfiring on them. Them going on about Frogmore Cottage will really backfire.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      When Tatler wrote that Top CEO is exhausted article, she sent her lawyers after them. Now she admits to being exhausted, despite her multiple houses, cleaners, servants, zooming from home, new wardrobe and a new face? Get outta here!

      • Beach Dreams says:

        It’s pretty much the one consistent piece of info we’ve been hearing about her since the pandemic hit the UK. The “top CEO” complaint, the “we’re around the children much more but it’s SO exhausting” People article from a few months back, and now this…straight out of the horse’s mouth. I have no doubt that Kate absolutely does feel beleaguered by what she considers to be too much “work”.

      • Kalana says:

        Where are her vacations!? Poor Top CEO. No Wimbledon either. None of us truly understand Kate’s pain.

      • notasugarhere says:

        They’ve gotten much smarter about hiding those vacations. Does anyone think they haven’t been skiing in three years? Of course not, they’ve been skiing multiple times every year. They’ve just better at concealing the trips after the PR fiasco snowball fight photos in France. There have also been several times in 2020 where their tans didn’t match the UK weather at all.

      • February-Pisces says:

        I think the ‘exhausted’ line faux rage was to detract from the articles mention of rose and her closeness to William. It worked cos even I fell for it. Although Kate did get trashed for her ‘exhaustion’, that wasn’t what was taken out of the article immediately. it was the rose reference. I think she tried the ‘exhausted’ thing again with People mag a few weeks later, trying to get the public onside so she can do as little work as possible. And I can’t believe she actually doing it again. If kate doesn’t want to work, she should give back her tax payer cash and fund herself. She’s paid to do a job, can you imaging if a politician tried to do the same thing? Unbelievable

      • Seraphina says:

        @ER, it’s Ok if Kate says she is exhausted but for no on else to say that she or that she said it.

      • Godwina says:

        This whole thing is exhausting. Everyone in the world thinks they’re exhausted until someone more exhausted says something. And that second person will discover they’re not the most exhausted after all when a third person snarks up.

        Exhaustion is so damn relative. I guarantee every one of us has complained that we’re exhausted to someone definitely more exhausted than us. But wealthy folks who don’t work 12 hours a day for endless days in row *and* have staff in the bargain need to sit this one out.

    • Lizzie says:

      I think she is exhausted, she is used to doing absolutely nothing. The less you do the harder it is to do any task. The more you do, the more you can do it seems. So I believe duchess dolittle is super exhausted and pissed she has to do anything at all because she can’t dump anything on the Sussex’s. This was admitted in Tatler.

      • Nic919 says:

        The fidgeting in the video with William seems to suggests that something is going on. She didn’t look comfortable sitting next to her husband of ten years, which in most cases is weird. So she probably is exhausted but for reasons that different from the ones implied.

      • Nyro says:

        Nic919,

        From what I’ve read, according to survivors of a certain disorder, the fidgeting is a way to burn calories. It becomes a habit.

      • CC2 says:

        Nyro, as someone who has struggled with what you’re insinuating, I can’t say that this is a reliable sign. Kate’s fidgeting comes across as nervous tics rather than her doing it absent mindedly. We also saw with her solo engagements that she’s definitely more at ease by herself. Maybe it has something to do with saying scripted things for Bulliam, lol.

    • Cheezypuff says:

      And are we supposed to believe she is cutting her kids hair but clearly having someone come in for her numerous hair colour changes, cuts and blowouts for the last year?

  2. Sierra says:

    It’s physically and mentally exhausting at the moment for parents in UK.

    Another full lockdown, schools won’t open until after Easter, both parents working full time, homework, cooking 3 times a day.

    • fluffy_bunny says:

      For regular people yes but not for Keen Katie. She’s got loads of staff to do all of the work for her. I’m sure they added a tutor to the list.

    • Noodle says:

      @Sierra, quick question about wording. The title of the video references “homeschooling”, which, in the US, indicates that the parent selects the curriculum and is directly instructing and assessing the children, without the assistance of a teacher (except maybe to evaluate at the end). We refer to kids learning from a trained teacher, while at home with parental support (but the parent isn’t teaching as much as supporting learning), as being in “virtual learning”. Is this how these terms are being used in the UK as well? Or are “homeschooling” used to refer to what we might call “virtual learning”. Like, is Kate actual TEACHING-teaching her kids, or being a home support for the teaching going on over their devices?

      • Becks1 says:

        @noodle that’s a good question, are schools doing “virtual learning” as we describe it here in the US, or even providing curriculms? Last spring many parents here were all “omg we’re homeschooling!” and maybe initially we were (I bought a lot of 2nd grade workbooks lol) but then we did pivot to virtual learning. I dont teach my kids at all this year, I just make sure they log on for their meets and do their independent work. It’s very different from what homeschooling parents do (and I do have friends who pulled their kids out of public school and are doing that.)

      • Nic919 says:

        Many have commented on the ITV and UK articles that in the UK the private schools are offering virtual learning. For an elite school like Battersea there is no way they are simply letting the rich parents do all the teaching.

      • Undine Spragg's vanity says:

        Homeschooling at the moment in the UK refers to following the curriculum set by the school at home. My son goes to public school and his teachers usually put out 2-3 teaching videos everyday and a set of tasks to be completed by the end of the day. It’s up to the parents/carers to teach the child based on the video, support with the assigned tasks and get it handed in online. Teachers then send it back after correction and suggest changes which are expected to be made.

      • notasugarhere says:

        The two older kids school has been doing full-day video-schooling/virtual learning since March.

      • Couch potato says:

        What’s called homeschooling in the US is not common in many (if any) European countries. In some countries that type of homeschooling would be illegal. The laws are made to secure the children get a proper education. Any homescooling in my country would be with a curriculum set by a teacher, and the progress would be followd up by a teacher. They do it if a child has a long term illness, are bullied or in rear instances if the family travel abroad for a spesific time period. If the parents hold back their childrens from school without a legitimate reason, CPS and the police will be involved.

      • Dollycoa says:

        All state schools in England have been told to provide 3 hours a days worth of work/ online lessons. My son is the same age as George and he has 3 zoom lessons plus homework set to do on his own after that. I help him if he cant do some of the work. It is laughable to presume that George and Charlotte’s school, which costs 30k a year isnt providing at least that amount of work, and an on call tutor, if not for all the kids, certainly for George and Charlotte. She also has a nanny who is probably more educated than either her or William.

      • GRUEY says:

        I find it absolutely unbelievable that they wouldn’t have a tutor coming to the home. Hell half the wealthier parents of young kids around me have pods led by a tutor of some kind. I would think that’s what they have and I wouldn’t even blame them. It’s once you add it the live in maids, shoe shiners, cooks, assistant cooks pillow fluffers etc that staff starts getting ridiculous

      • Bohemian Angel says:

        I live in England and my daughter was homeschooled for the last few years of her school years. It is not illegal although you have to provide evidence to the local council education department that your child is being taught something. We decided to follow the curriculum and bought all the books needed and selected the exam centres, no teachers were involved although I did hire a tutor to help her with maths.
        What is happening to school children now, is they are being taught virtually, so it’s not homeschooling it’s virtual teaching by their school teacher, two very different things.
        By the way, homeschooling in the American sense is becoming more popular in the UK.

    • Killfanora says:

      The Duchess of Doing Sod All hears a word or expression (“exhaustion”, “mental health”, “keen” for example) and flogs it to death as a way of “showing empathy”. The reality of all this is the tone deafness and lack of clarity about the real world.

    • Nikki* says:

      Everyone’s sure she’s full of malarkey, but I think Kate is much more hands on than many upper class British parents, and I also think many parents of young kids are exhausted now. Even if school’s online, keeping them focused is much easier said than done. I think she’s acknowledging the difficulties parents are experiencing and sympathizing; I don’t see the hate for this.

      • Nic919 says:

        She’s pretending she doesn’t have a nanny, housekeeper, RPO and a ton of other help. No one is saying she isn’t helping the kids at all with school work but to say she’s exhausted and not consider how parents without any staff are doing just shows how obtuse she is regarding what actual normal people have to deal with right now.

      • notasugarhere says:

        In times of stress, her kids publicly turn to the nannies for comfort. Not Kate, not William, the nannies. That is an extremely telling sign if you pay attention.

      • Nyro says:

        Notasugar,
        I hadn’t noticed about the kids looking to the nanny for comfort. I believe that “hands on, modern royal mom Kate” is a myth and a creation of the palace. No way would she be publicly complaining like this if she were used to it. Having to deal with her kids in any capacity seems like a complete bother to her.

  3. Sofia says:

    So I like the outfit actually! The shades of green suit her quite nicely and it’s a change from the buttons. Also agreed that she’s a lot better at engagements when William isn’t there. She might be afraid of messing up or saying the wrong thing which makes him “Incandescent with rage”.

    As for the comments on parenting, I think she does share the general parental fear of the pandemic or whether or not you’re doing enough with your kids. Those feelings (IMO) are universal no matter who you are. But she’s also very fortunate to have help and her nannies are probably supporting her (if not outright being the leads) at the very minimum.

    That doesn’t make Kate a bad mother. I think she’s great in fact. Having help (any sort of help) doesn’t make anyone a bad mother. At all. But I’m guessing Kate won’t talk about it because 1) it comes off as too privileged especially in a conversation with parents who don’t have her level of resources in a pandemic and 2) goes against the whole “we’re just a normal middle class country loving family” the Cambridges have built their image off.

    I’m not saying that Kate is watching Netflix all day while her nannies teach her kids but again, she’s got a lot of support and help so it’s not like she’s completely alone when it comes to the actual teaching.

  4. Millennial says:

    I have a 5 and 2 year old and yes, it’s exhausting af. I know she has help, but I believe her when she says it’s tiring. Thank god for Disney+ honestly. I really feel for my single parent friends.

    • Piratewench says:

      I have a 6 year old and a 3 year old. Solidarity with you, it’s so tiring! My 6 year old did not do well with virtual learning so I am homeschooling him for first grade. It’s a lot of balancing act to teach him, teach my little one some basics and keep her engaged and learning, keep them active even in cold weather, keep them fed three meals a day plus snacks, give them enrichments like art and virtual music class, get some of my own (luckily flexible) work done, etc etc. And the TALKING. They talk to me non stop, and of course I am so glad to be there for them and with them, but as an introvert I am constantly drained by this. When my husband becomes available in the evenings I take a long break and sit in silence to decompress. I really don’t know how single parents are making it through this either.

      • Kitikonti says:

        Yep, introvert here too – the talking is exhausting! I have no issues with the virtual learning and homework but 14 hours / day of talking? That’s the hardest part lol. Thank god I live in the countryside, they disappear outside for a few hours a day and I can enjoy the silence.

  5. Amy Bee says:

    She says William is her support but she’s still exhausted. Is it that he’s not pulling his weight at home? I think Kate despite having maids, hair stylist, nannies, assistants etc. truly believes she has a hard life that is comparable with other people in society. It would be great if she would be able to acknowledge her privilege and admit that she has the resources and people to make her life easier but she understands that the rest of society are not as fortunate. That would go along way to becoming relatable to the common man as she and William want to be perceived.

    • Becks1 says:

      I do think that she thinks her life is hard. Of course we all know that privilege and wealth alone do not make one’s life easy, especially if you are miserable in your marriage. But she thinks she is working a lot (she’s not) and she thinks her lockdown situation is comparable to the rest of the people in the UK, which its not. They cant come out and acknowledge that because the royal family isnt supposed to admit that they are in a much better position than the rest of the population, but it is what it is.

      • Amy Bee says:

        If the British population would wake up to the fact that the Royal Family is rich and privileged the UK would be a republic. With the help of the government and press, the Royal Family has been very successful in fooling the public into believing that the Royal Family doesn’t live above their means, are frugal and do not live a privileged lifestyle.

      • Ginger says:

        One thing I love about Harry is he is very aware of his privilege and talks about it. Meghan as well. They understand that they are luckier than most. Kate and William desperately want to be seen as a normal country family and they aren’t.

      • Lizzie says:

        Exactly Harry acknowledged he is fortunate to have a yard/garden to play with Archie when so may don’t during lockdown. The difference between being humble and entitled.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Amy Bee – exactly! They have to pretend they’re just like everyone else but its laughable because….nice palace? lol The Queen pleads poverty for fixing up Buckingham Palace but dont look at her other accounts with hundreds of millions of pounds.

      • Mara says:

        Amy Bee – from my experience a lot people in the UK would admit that having a royal family in this day and age is absurd but getting rid of them would mean spending a lot of public time and resources on figuring out what comes next, especially when for most people this is not a problem that currently impacts their day to day lives.
        The royal family has almost no impact on most people’s lives so getting rid of them is way down on most activists lists (under Climate change, protecting the NHS, gender pay gap, race pay gap, unequal employment demographics, regional inequality, childcare crisis, gig economy workers rights, Brexit, education, financial services regulation, NI sectarianism and so many more issues that are more important than the Royal Family).
        Plus there’s the fact that getting rid of the Queen would mean a power vacuum. People have gotten used to a Queen who by obligation cannot wield her power, I don’t think they want to give that power to a politician who would be able to wield it. However, if the Queen or Charles suddenly did decide to wield their power this probably would become a much bigger priority.

      • notasugarhere says:

        It would be possible to strip 600 million a year in costs for the royal family and still keep them as defacto heads of state. There is no reason to waste 600 million a year on pampered poodles and their palaces.

        It is a government job. Mandate minimum work hours, annual reviews, and budgets. Issue them appropriate govt housing, not 50 room mansions, and strict publicy-seen budgets like other some royal families. Any time they choose to live or stay on private property like Sandringham (main house, Anmer, Wood Farm) or Balmoral? They would be personally responsible for all security costs.

      • Dollycoa says:

        I agree Mara. I dont think anyone is bothered with them. ( they could only rustle up 3 parents to talk to Kate, and not that many younger people even know who is who out of the Royals, but its just oo much hassle getting rid of them. I do think they will just get more and more irrelevant, so there would only really be any point in very few of them being working Royals because people just wont bother inviting them to things, or asking for their patronage because its a lot of effort for not much return. I think basically if Wills and Kate had any brains or foresight at all ( which they dont) they would encourage Charlotte and Louis to do well at school and get a proper career outside of the RF because they wont be the ‘work’ for them to do inside the family. They don’t need all their residences either. There should be one London residence and one country residence for the Head of State and family and that’s that. If they want to buy their kids homes, that will have to come out of their own money.

      • Dollycoa says:

        I agree Mara. I don’t think anyone is bothered with them. ( they could only rustle up 3 parents to talk to Kate, and not that many younger people even know who is who out of the Royals, but its just too much hassle getting rid of them. I do think they will just get more and more irrelevant, so there would only really be any point in very few of them being working Royals because people just wont bother inviting them to things, or asking for their patronage because its a lot of effort for not much return. I think basically if Wills and Kate had any brains or foresight at all ( which they don’t) they would encourage Charlotte and Louis to do well at school and get a proper career outside of the RF because they wont be the ‘work’ for them to do inside the family. They don’t need all their residences either. There should be one London residence and one country residence for the Head of State and family and that’s that. If they want to buy their kids homes, that will have to come out of their own money.

    • harla says:

      I agree Amy Bee! It boggles the mind that she can even think to compare her experience with others in society, girlfriend here needs to develop some gratitude for all that she and her family have.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      All of this! Exhausted is a pregnant nurse doing a 13 hour shift and still going home to cook, clean and look after her other kids. This woman is simply clueless. She does not even have the humility to acknowledge her privilege. Cue abusive Meghan articles in the press tomorrow to divert the plebs anger away from her.

      • Hell Nah! says:

        “Cue abusive Meghan articles in the press tomorrow to divert the plebs anger away from her.”

        How right you were, Elizabeth – how right you were!

  6. Kalana says:

    Considering how much plastic surgery Kate has had since the pandemic, she clearly has plenty of free time. We all know what she naturally looks like. And her hair is professionally done so I’m sure her kids are just fine.

    The have mansions full of staff. Instead of committing more dumb lies to these pointless Zoom calls, why not actually start of some of these secret projects?

    • Noki says:

      PLASTIC SURGERY? Just because you dont like her,it doesnt mean you need to make up blatant lies.

      • Amy Bee says:

        You’re joking, right?

      • Becks1 says:

        LOL yeah she definitely has work done on a regular basis. I guess we could debate whether fillers count as plastic surgery, but there is definitely something going on.

      • Kalana says:

        Lol, Noki. We literally have the before and after photos after the first lockdown. I think Kate also had major work done to her face sometime last fall which looks as heavyhanded as cheek implants. She did something to her eyes by the time she filmed the backwards Gucci blouse video. Do people really think Kate doesn’t have a face full of work done?

      • Nic919 says:

        I don’t know if she had actual surgery during the pandemic, but she definitely keeps up with her Botox and fillers. She also has had eye surgery at some point because her eye lids were more hooded when she was younger and now they are not. There was a trip to France after Charlotte was born during the “mat leave” time where she was not seen in public for months.

      • notasugarhere says:

        She had upper and lower bleph during the girlfriend years, and more work during the mystery France vacation Nic919 mentions. That on top of the regular botox, fillers, peels.

      • Dee says:

        Is that wonky eyebrow not waving at you, saying “Someone had some work done!”?

    • My Two Cents says:

      yeah, it was a bit funny that her hair is professionally done, but she herself is cutting her kids’ hair? hmmm. Her being exhausted is the same theme that came out in the Tatler article, which she didn’t like at the time. Looks like now she’s just admitted that it was correct all along.

      • Becks1 says:

        Those were my thoughts last night too – so the Tatler article, complaining about how hard Kate is working and how she feels like H&M threw the cambridge children under the bus – that is actually how she feels and this just confirms it.

      • Amy Bee says:

        You make a good point about the Tatler article. It means what was said in that article was true and approved by KP. They just didn’t like the reaction to it.

      • Sofia says:

        Which just solidifies my opinion that the Cambridges weren’t upset at what was written (except maybe the Rose mention) but were upset it was written in the aristo’s magazine that all their friends subscribe to, read and put in their living rooms.

  7. Noki says:

    I was actually shocked,the comments on the DM site were pretty brutal. 🤣 But i am one of those people that understands everyone has their own reality, i know it irritates people when the super privelledged complain but thats the ‘exhausting’ that she knows.

    • L84Tea says:

      People were ripping her on twitter last night for this.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        Most of the comments I saw were from people who don’t seem to pay much attention to the royals, which doesn’t bode well for her or William. They’ve already upset people with their little pandemic train stunt, and this is only adding to the disdain for them. Any more missteps or foot-in-mouth moments and they’re going to be on extremely thin ice with the public.

    • Nic919 says:

      Had she qualified her “exhaustion” comment with admitting that she had a lot of help and doesn’t know how others do it without her resources then it would have come off a lot better. But as it is she comes off as self absorbed and without a clue about the lives of those who support her luxurious lifestyle. This isn’t even a rich person complaining, but one who is rich because the UK taxpayers help pay for her lifestyle.

    • February-Pisces says:

      I’ve just had a look at the DM comments now and it looks like the clean up crew has been in, cos it’s all “Kate is such a wonderful mother” 🤮

  8. Becks1 says:

    I was LIVID when I saw this last night. I dont think it was fine. I think it was tone-deaf and privileged. I mean, I’m assuming the schools have virtual learning established by this point, so maybe she’s guiding them in that, except that I’m sure the nannies are doing the guiding. I manage to do that for my two kids while actually working full time while cleaning, cooking, house projects, all the other stuff that goes along with life, while my husband is also working FT (we’re lucky in that I am at home full time, and he only has to go into the office a few days a week.)

    She could have chosen so many other words besides “exhausting” – that is just so out of touch to me. Maybe she is exhausted because this is the most she’s had to be with her kids and William without her mom around helping, or without taking vacations, but thats a privileged type of exhaustion. If anything her use of that word makes me wonder what does she do on a normal, non-pandemic basis.

    The pandemic has been hard for everyone, including wealthy people with lots of help and other privileges. But there is something called “knowing your audience” and knowing when and where and how to vent. And just comes off as so tone-deaf that I couldnt believe KP thought it was a good thing to share.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Agree with all of this Becks1. It makes me wonder if this is a pro-Kate story from the Middleton camp, trying to get people to question where William is in all of this.

      • Nic919 says:

        But since the story is based off the video, any shady comments about William really come from Kate directly. We notice Kate is never specific at what exactly William does to help with parenting.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I consider Kate part of the Middleton camp, Nic919. I’ve never bought into the idea that she’s a poor puppet/victim of her mother’s. She and Carole together went full-bore for William and work together to try to keep William from dumping her.

    • Nyro says:

      The word “exhausted” was used in the Taller piece. As someone upthread pointed out, Kate being tired of working has been the one consistent theme in the pandemic reporting of the royals. She’s exhausted and pissed off that she has to do anything other than shop and go to her tennis lessons. Zoom calls and having to deal with anything in regard to her kids’ schooling seems go really be getting to her. What a lazy bag o’ bones she is.

      • Amy Too says:

        I’m thinking she might be missing all her “self care” alone time that she got when the kids were at school. Massages, spa days, time away with friends and family, going to get her hair done multiple times a week, manicures, aromatherapy, gym time, whatever else she does. It seems like she’s keeping up with the “serious bits” that pertain to her outward appearance like Botox and fillers and hair, but maybe the rest of the stuff she does purely for self pampering comfort and to get away from her house and family she’s not able to just go off and do whenever she wants anymore with things being closed and with the kids being home.

        And while I don’t think she personally is caring for her kids 24/7 and doing their schooling with them, or cooking their meals, or even playing with them a lot, I think she feels like it would look bad to the nannies and the tutors if she wasn’t somewhat physically present. Like she might not feel like she can just go up to her room and take a three hour nap if she wants. She’s probably performing as Mommy a lot in front of the help, and feels like she has to be “on” with them, or feels like she should be seen baking or checking on the kids sometimes or supervising the tutors who are supervising the kids’ school. I still wouldn’t call that exhausting, though. I have a feeling she’s not necessarily physically exhausted but more anxious/mentally exhausted at having to seem like she’s hands on and interested all the time, when before, she got hours off during the day when the kids were at school, and with Louis being only 2, there’s this idea that he’s basically just the nanny’s responsibility and hasn’t quite “joined the family” all the way yet. You’ll notice that he’s missing from a lot of family outings and events and even pictures sometimes. He’s still in the nursery with nanny as opposed to eating in the same dining room as his parents and hanging out in the same living room as everyone else.

    • ShazBot says:

      All of this 100%. This pandemic has taken an emotional and mental toll on all of us, our lives are so vastly different and we are grieving for the things we’ve lost.
      BUT, know your audience. Sheesh.

  9. sue says:

    “I know how challenging it is juggling work, home life, school life and everything else that you as parents are doing … ” NO, YOU DON’T. You have no idea how it is.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      Exactly! In addition to living in the lap of luxury and her servants, she also has a parents a stone throw away!! Talk about being dim witted. This is why they can’t let her do anything on her own. She is simply not up to the job.

      • MyOpinion says:

        @ Elizabeth Regina, I am so sick and tired of them pushing the same narrative of Lazy Kate being exhausted, endless projects, zoom calls, etc… If they have to push this narrative on a continuous basis, it’s just for show. There are no projects and she is only exhausted because it’s the beginning of the year and she has to pretend she is actually working as she has a clean slate at the beginning of each year.
        Give it a break, we know you do nothing Lazy Kate.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Her parents aren’t a stone’s throw away, although there is talk Carole is looking to buy property in Norfolk. Maybe she wants to stand guard and stop William from going on long country walks with his neighbor Rose.

        Middleton Manor in Bucklebury is several hours from Norfolk. For years, Kate has used the taxpayer helicopters to visit mummy for shopping trips and the like. Although from most accounts, Carole spends a lot of her time in Norfolk trying to keep William from leaving Kate.

  10. CidyKitty(CidySmiley) says:

    I actually don’t mind the interview. I mean, yeah she has staff and such but I think she made good points about taking care of yourself as much as you are taking care of your kids. I think a lot of people need that right now, my sister has two home schooling kids and my mom looks after them with her but it is still a lot to keep them as stimulated and educated as they would be in class.

    Not saying I think Kate is doing a ton of work but I imagine she’s a pretty hands on parent. But also – I dont know their nanny situation. Some people have nannies and just use them as an extra pair of hands for a busy lifestyle and some people use the nannies full time and come when they need to – I don’t know the situation.

    Anyway whatever this was a good one for her I think.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      It’s a very BAD interview for her. Even her Daily Fail fan base are livid and rightly so.

      • Ginger says:

        It was bad. If she did A LOT more engagements I could see it but she doesn’t. She Zooms maybe an hour a week. And any
        “private” engagement they have they announce. This was very tone deaf.

    • Becks1 says:

      Kate doesnt have a “busy lifestyle” unless we count shopping and exercising, so either her nannies dont really work but get paid, or the nannies are the ones who are doing the bulk of the work while Kate does her usual thing.

    • Dee says:

      I remember reading one of the advertisements for help at Anmer and it involved childcare, cleaning, grocery shopping, taking the dog out and everything under the sun. I can’t imagine working in a household like theirs.

      • Becks1 says:

        Remember they had a housekeeper who left because it was too much work? And I think she went back to her job at Sandringham (or at least had come from Sandringham) so it wasnt like she was unused to working for royals.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Three Anmer housekpeers have quit. The first one, along with her groundkeeper husband, ran back to the Queen after five months. Those five months involved catering to all of Clan Middleton who moved to Anmer prior to Christmas that year and didn’t leave.

        Another one quit because of too much work, and had her friends leak about her four-person workload. A third quit in 2018/19.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Three nannies, housekeeper, cook, cleaners, maids, ground staff. And that’s just for the 10 bedroom country home. They have completely separate staff for the 50 room palace.

      As others have written, Kate perceives her one percenter life as ‘hard’. She’s never worked, she’s never supported herself, and she’s never done the heavy lifting of parenting. From day one of the first child, they had two-three nannies and a night nurse.

    • Nyro says:

      She has staff in several homes, not just a “nanny”. The woman literally doesn’t have to lift a finger, not even during a pandemic. She’s pissed because her kids are home, zoom calls are too much for her, and her tennis lessons are on hold because it’s a bad look. That’s why she’s ” exhausted”.

    • Dollycoa says:

      The participants were asked to hold up a placard saying how they felt as parents during the pandemic. The parents held up things like supportive or confusing but she held up exhausted and then moaned about how exhausted she was at the end of the day. She didnt have to say anything. It was about those parents, only 3 of whom turned up, and she could have facilitated them without whining about her hard life and blatantly lying about her cutting her kids hair. Shes getting roasted for this quite rightly.

      • Dee says:

        She didn’t hold up “concerned” or “empathetic” or anything that would’ve gone a long way with these folks.

      • Kalana says:

        Yup. She showed up to whine and make up stories to people who have it far worse and she’s deservedly getting dragged. She needs to approach this as work, not something to grin through until she can go back to her makeup tutorials and coloring books.

        Kate and Will were able to go on a Covid train tour. They have plenty of help. She could picked any other answer but chose badly and confirmed the Tatler article. That’s all on her. Replace Kate with Melania or Ivanka and see if people would have the same sympathy for her exhaustion.

  11. Ginger says:

    Yes, parenting IS exhausting but she needs to recognize her privilege. She doesn’t have to worry about the cooking, house keeping and money issues. Also, she clearly gets her hair done, so why can’t her hairdresser cut her children’s hair? This is proof how true the Tatler article was. And she threatened to sue for it.

  12. The Hench says:

    “1. I know how challenging it is juggling work, home life, school life and everything else that you as parents are doing, 2. so really well done. 3. Fingers crossed, let’s hope for the positivity as you’ve all been saying. 4. Make sure everyone looks after themselves —5. it’s very hard to prioritize but it’s definitely needed now more than ever. 6. It’s important for our children that we look after ourselves too.”

    1. Nope. Not even close, love. You have NO idea.
    2. Gosh, thanks.
    3. What …does that even mean?
    4. Insert useless cliche
    5. I KNOW. Wiglets, buttons, blowouts, embiggening articles…where to start?
    6. Finish with another useless platitude.

    Every time this woman opens her mouth I am astounded at the platitudinous banality of everything she says.

  13. Brit says:

    This rebranding nonsense they’re doing is really cringe and the problem is that it’s not believable especially after the hell they put Meghan and Harry through for their honesty and feelings. This has not gotten any traction at all. I noticed that a lot of the attacks towards the Sussexes have stopped and it seems to have happened after Harry called out a certain newspaper owner. Something odd is going on over there and it’s blatantly obvious.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Eh, I think it’s because Meghan hasn’t made an appearance in almost 2 months, so the media is just waiting to resume their attacks. The British press rarely aims the same level of vitriol at Harry like they do at her.

      • Nic919 says:

        Also the Cambridges have done really dumb things… like the covid super spreader tour. Add Kate being “exhausted” as another on the list of clueless and out of touch things they have done.

      • Bloemheks says:

        I think it has more to do with the Biden presidency and the uncertainty around Brexit. It’s no secret the Biden’s are big Harry fans. Continuing the relentless attacks on H&M is politically unwise. The capitol riots have left the right-wing media in disarray and on the defensive in the US. It wouldn’t be surprising to see that spill over into Murdoch driven media in the UK if Brexit isn’t going well.

  14. equality says:

    The children’s hair looked like it always looks for their Christmas pictures and other times they have released photos and videos so I find it hard to believe that she is cutting their hair unless she always did. She has a Norland trained nanny who would supposedly be trained in teaching children. I would have been more impressed if she had just honestly said, “my nanny has been the biggest help”. I guess she thought that would come across as displaying her wealth? So which is worse: totally BSing through the call to appear relatable or displaying the wealth everyone knows she has?

    • Sofia says:

      That was the point I made above. She can’t admit she has nannies otherwise she’ll be seen as “flashing her wealth” at a time where people are really, really struggling. She also can’t say she’s just a regular middle class mum because she’s not and the result is people saying “you have help” so it’s definitely a thin line to walk.

      I think it would be better if she focused more on the mental health aspects rather than the physical aspects. I think all parents (no matter their socio-economic status) are worried about the effect of the pandemic on their children (can’t see their friends, can’t see their grandparents etc etc) at the very minimum.

      • Amy Too says:

        I don’t think thanking the nanny would be a huge “flaunting her wealth” thing. She could frame it as how we’re all grateful for any of the people that we have that support us whether it’s your parents, or the kids’ teachers and tutors, another mom that helps take care of your kids and you help take care of hers, the babysitter that comes a few hours a day, your partner, the good people at PBS and Disney+, or the nanny. It could be a whole “None of us should have to do it all alone” type of thing and “it’s okay to ask for help when you need it, whether it’s being able to afford a live in nanny or just asking your parents to zoom with the kids for a half hour so you can make dinner.” Whatever. And then the whole appreciating the helpers thing can extend out to frontline workers, grocery clerks, postal workers, whatever else. At least she’d be honest. Pretending she does it all alone when everyone knows she’s a literal princess in a palace raising princes and a Princess while married to a future king with a bunch of staff is stupid. By existing as a Princess, she’s already flaunting her wealth. That’s part of the job: to be so “aspirational” and “awe-inspiring” to the plebs.

      • Sofia says:

        @Amy it can be seen as flashing her wealth because not everyone can afford a nanny, especially during a time where almost everyone is suffering money issues. Having a Norland Nanny (which Kate has) is an expensive person to have.

        And yes everyone knows she’s a royal but even if she says “Yes I have help which I am very fortunate to have” can be taken the wrong way by some people and turned into “yes we know you have wealth Kate, stop showing off!”

      • Amy Too says:

        I think the pretending she does it all herself and the complete erasure of the people who actually do the work is more offensive and also did not go over well as we can see with the wide negative/disbelieving response to what she said. People are saying they LIKED IT when Harry commented on his privilege to be able to live in a large house with a garden and play area and outdoor space for Archie. Acknowledging you are grateful and thankful for all the things we know she has isn’t some kind of faux pas. Maybe if she was like “I’m so grateful for my ball gowns and tiaras. I put them on and stare at myself in the mirror and it makes me feel better.” Thats stuff that literally she and only a few other people in the world can afford.

        But she would be acknowledging and expressing gratitude for the actual real live people who help her, not just for the things her wealth can buy. I feel like most parents understand the concept of a nanny or even an occasional babysitter or a tutor or even a friend of parent who comes to help with the children. That’s not a ridiculously privileged thing that only the super wealthy have. Lots of middle class people have nannies and babysitters. And at the other end of the spectrum, there are a lot of people who ARE nannies, babysitters, tutors, domestic help, home health aides, elder care helpers, or who work in other parts of the service industry. They don’t like to be erased and thought of as a dirty little secret. They enjoy hearing people acknowledge that they exist and that they are a huge help to people. I feel like between people who work in service and people who have at one time or another paid for someone to watch their child or do something for them that they didn’t want to do on their own, she would be covering more people than she would be alienating with her thanks to the help.

      • Becks1 says:

        @amyToo I see your overall point but part of the problem is that Kate isn’t self-aware enough to make that kind of comment without sounding unbelievably out of touch. She can’t openly acknowledge her privilege in large part, I think, because she is completely unaware of it. I mean yes she knows she leads this life of luxury but everyone in her circle does. She probably feels very sorry for the poor people she has to meet as part of her job and then she waltzes back to her castle and forgets about them. She doesn’t have the….perspective, I guess?….to look at her life and think of it objectively. That’s why Harry and Meghan can refer to their privilege and acknowledge it and it feels authentic and not forced. They have that perspective – Meghan certainly does, and I think she’s helped Harry get there if he wasn’t already. But Kate lacks that.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate lived the spoiled rich girl life from pretty early on so it’s obvious she has no clue about hard work, including the hard work done daily by nanny Maria and her staff. The way Maria is kept out of the photos is pretty disturbing because she’s been there from day one and has dedicated her life to those kids. We don’t get any kind of appreciation from William or Kate saying that she’s an invaluable member of their family. Because she is, but they pretend to be the “normal” family and keep her on the sidelines. She is a servant to them and frankly that’s disrespectful. I have had a few friends grow up with a nanny because both parents worked full time and the nanny was not treated like staff. So when Kate claims to be exhausted but cannot even mention the help she gets from Nanny Maria, she can go stuff herself. She would not be attacked for acknowledging her privilege and would be praised to the skies. But Kate has never ever admitted the privileged life she lives. Others are there to serve her and that’s it.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Becks1, I wouldn’t give her that much credit. Remember her cousin the professor, who admitted Kate has no interest in the world around her or anything outside her immediate circle? Empathy and feeling sorry for someone isn’t part of her makeup.

        When sent out for an hour on a camping trip with impoverished children? She lectured them about turning off the tv and going to country more often. The entire point of the charity is that these family cannot afford to take their children out of the city. There isn’t a spec of empathy in Kate, which matches the complete lack of empathy in her wandering husband.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Last year’s Kate PR story had Kate/Carole leaking that Nanny Maria was cutting the kids hair. And Kate was making Maria dye Kate’s hair with the expensive kit sent by the hairdresser. That was the Middleton PR version of ‘Poor Kate is buckling down and dealing with lockdown’.

  15. Cee says:

    I’m so glad I’ve been able to go through this pandemic, and never ending lockdown, childless.
    I see my SIL and BIL juggle housework, FT jobs and 2 kids in 3rd and 5th grade and I get anxiety.
    But then of course Kate is just like my SIL and is beyond exhausted.

    Kate proving once again she is Her Royal Asshole.

    • Ann says:

      I count my blessings every day that my kids are past high school age. I would not have been good at virtual schooling them from home. I worked part time when they were little, then when they were in elementary and beyond I had some time to decompress. I’m kind of an introvert too and a little alone time each day is important to my mental well-being and ability to interact with people, my kids included. An hour or so is fine, but I have a feeling parents are not getting even that right now. I feel for them.

  16. heygingernsnaps says:

    As mom to a four year old here in England, does she think that with all her privileges that’s afforded to her it’s comparable to normal, working families? Ugh! Please! It doesn’t even come close. She may feel “exhausted” with the mental burden but she’s still got a house full of staff to cater to her and her families’ need.
    I wish she’d stop cos-playing being a middle class mum because she clearly isn’t.

  17. sara says:

    Does literally anyone believe that kate is just homeschooling the future king herself? What a dumb twit.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      thank you! they have probably hired a governess for this to homeschool both kids and teach them french, art, music etc. i have my doubts as to whether they are zooming in for remote lessons.

      • Aidevee says:

        That is a really good point – I doubt George would be allowed on zoom calls; imagine if be was screenshotted or recorded or otherwise hacked?!

      • Melissa says:

        Eh, it is quite possible to zoom a lesson without being on camera yourself. I do it for meetings all the time, I have a Grogu avatar that I photoshopped a princess crown on.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        melissa they don’t do that for schools though. the teachers insist that the children are all on camera.

  18. Adi says:

    But she’s right it IS exhausting. It might be easier for her in terms of the extra support she has but that doesn’t mean it isn’t exhausting- I’m not judging her for using that word at all. This whole pandemic has been exhausting for everyone across the world no matter their socio-economic status.

    • notasugarhere says:

      What is supposed to be exhausting for Kate? Watching the three nannies educate and raise the kids? Having the cook and housekeeper do all the shopping and cooking?

      As per Kate’s own words, she always needs ‘looking after’ because precious cannot handle her privileged life without a dozen staff at the country house.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        exactly nota. kate does not have to plan the household maintenance and see that the gardeners are there, the fridge that needs repairing gets done, the groceries are purchased for the three course meals. kate is not sorting the laundry, washing them on the correct cycles and then folding them afterwards. she is not teaching her children spanish (that’s nanny maria’s job), or music. They probably have a schedule lined up for each day including tennis, swimming and ballet lessons, and are occupied during the school day as per usual. Her involvement is with the assistance of a load of staff.

      • Lizzie says:

        I believe she has a head assistant to manage the staff – which would be a job if she actually did it.

      • L84Tea says:

        The only thing that’s exhausting Kate is trying to keep up with H&M’s zoom backdrops. They used plants!– someone get me some plants!!

    • February-Pisces says:

      To me its not whether she’s exhausted or not that’s the problem. It’s the fact she constantly lies and is looking for excuses to get out of doing any work. Just a few months ago she was ‘exhausted’ because of harry and Meghan. Then she complained that she couldn’t do the school run, during lockdown when the kids were at home. She never does it anyway, but she still gets the minions to write that she does.

      I remember when she used her kids to bail on the st Patrick’s day parade, saying she wanted to spend time with them. But then she was actually papped out and about at the same time. I remember one comment from a charity worked who said Kate cancelled a visit with the 8 times before she turned up. When she guest edited the Huff post she was supposed to be there all day, but left after an hour, then she was papped shopping when she was suppose to be there.

      She’s full of excuses all the time. She has literally the easiest job in the world and she is praised just for standing there like static. She has so much privilege at the tax payers expense, doesn’t do anything for them in return and then complains. Nah.

  19. Chrissy (The Original) says:

    Why isn’t her husband doing any of the work that so clearly is “exhausting” his wife. Willnot is a parent too and I can’t see him having a actual full-time job like normal people. If he has time for rose pruning he should definitely make time for helping with stuff at home too.

    • notasugarhere says:

      That’s what makes me think this is another Middleton Kate embiggening article, similar to ones we got prior to the Rose affair coming out. When the Middletons feel William is getting out of their grasp and getting ready to set Kate aside? Out come the ridiculous stories of Kate swimming in pearl earrings, Kate doing all the home schooling (forget the online schooling provided daily by the kids school since March, plus the three nannies), Kate trotting the kids out for a PR bookshop trip in the middle of lockdown.

      • harla says:

        Well they do have an article today on the BM about how the Middleton’s will have more influence on the royal children because the royals are “too formal and stuck in their ways”. So Yay, the embiggening has begun again. *eyeroll*

      • The Duchess says:

        That’s what struck to me instantly too. Also, when she wrote William’s name on the paper when they were discussing who has been their biggest support during the pandemic. Maybe a public warning shot to stop him straying again?

    • Lizzie says:

      The simple answer is usually the right one, so I think he isn’t helping because she isn’t doing any work, just came back from vacation and is not exhausted.

      • JT says:

        The middletons influencing the Cambridge kids is not the good idea they think it is. Look at the theee Middleton children: all three are lazy and have never accomplished anything. Lucky for Pips she married Terribly Moderately Wealthy James Matthew to support her life and James too, seeing as he’s mooching off the man as well. Kate is the laziest married in royal in sometime, if not ever. If George follows in their footsteps, he will also be lazy.

      • Nic919 says:

        Middletons are basically the English Kardashians because mama sold off her kids for privilege and profit. To pretend that isn’t as dysfunctional as the Windsor clan shows just how much Carole has been speaking to the press. None of the other in law families ever got coverage like this.

      • Nyro says:

        And James, just like Rob, is floundering because pimp mama had no use for a boy. Most guys of his ilk get into banking but pimp mama clearly knew nothing of education and career prep. I wonder if she ever inquired if there’s an aging divorced/widowed baroness looking for a boy toy. Lol

      • notasugarhere says:

        She would have had use for James if he’d landed someone like Missy Percy.

    • Dollycoa says:

      The excuse KP always give as to why neither William or Kate do any work is because they want to spend as much time as they can with their children before the real work of being King starts ( which could be in 20 years time!) Yet Will clearly does nothing with the kids and Kate does very little. If they both want to spend all their time playing with the kids they should do it on their own dime.

  20. Maliksmama says:

    Seems without H&M in the media, folk see Will and Kate for what they are. Neither seems ablento read a room. In a climate where people are their lives and jobs and homes.
    And trying decide if they’ll pay a bill or buy food, Kate complaining comes across as insensitive and out of touch.

    • Snuffles says:

      Exactly. They’ve been cut off from Harry and Meghan and can’t leak anything anymore. Plus, Harry and Meghan can and will respond to any lies either with a media correction or a lawsuit. The big trial has been pushed to the fall and of it the summary judgement doesn’t come through, Kensington Palace staff will be forced to testify and will expose that the Cambridges are behind to smear campaign.

      So without their usual distractions , they are left exposed and people are starting to realize just how pointless and out of touch their royals are.

      • Nyro says:

        I love how Harry and Meghan have been laying low. We haven’t seen Meghan since November and haven’t heard from her since the podcast pilot, which was a success.

      • Oh says:

        We saw Meghan in December, when she spoke at CNN’s Heroes event.

      • Nyro says:

        Oh, yes. I didn’t realize the CNN appearance was in December. It seems like months ago and her presence is missed. Now that the BM no longer have access to her, there’s less and less fake controversy surrounding each appearance and it makes the absences seem longer and makes her appearances that much more important.

  21. Snuffles says:

    Another failed attempt to appear relatable to her subjects. Tone deaf as usual.

  22. Stacy Dresden says:

    She really should more fully acknowledge their paid staff, particularly nannies.

  23. Betsy says:

    She can quit with this. I don’t want to hear about someone with a STAFF whining about exhaustion. I don’t. I get that everyone’s life has its stresses, but I don’t want to hear it. Have some self awareness and don’t complain when you clearly have someone doing your hair. When someone is there to procure your food and prepare your meals. When there are likely very well compensated tutors doing the teaching, and certainly dedicated spaces where the kids can do their schoolwork. When you have grounds to walk and endless money to purchase as many books and toys and fun crap as you want (and enough places to store them). When you have tennis courts – moved out of your sight lines – and probably a tennis pro or someone with whom to hit balls for if your husband isn’t around to do it.

    Just be quiet.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      agree with all you have said. I may have repeated some of it in this thread, so great minds think alike.

      • Betsy says:

        Yeah she’s just so insanely tone deaf. Like I share a lot of the same stresses that others share – my husband is out of work, I fear getting covid and we limit our store and library trips to the bare minimum – but we have a decent sized house and yard, my husband’s around to help, and I was a SAHM pre-pandemic so I’m not juggling paid employment and caring for my kids (my art has fallen by the way side, but that’s small potatoes relative to people losing their homes).

        She can just shut her yap.

    • Lizzie says:

      The queen gets that if you have literally been handed everything a person could dream of you do not get to ever complain even about real problems, at least in public. The rest of the family never understood this.

      • Betsy says:

        I know people drag the Queen here, but she does understand that she lives in a palace and she shouldn’t bitch publicly. Willie and Katie have a lot of trouble with that.

      • tcbc says:

        The queen has all the power. Of course she isn’t going to complain.

        That doesn’t mean these people aren’t fools – they are – but as privileged as they are, she is even more so. And she set the rules that shaped all of them. Their failures are a reflection on her.

  24. RoyalBlue says:

    Kate stop! You mean there is no royal barber on site to cut George’s hair? There is a royal doctor, nurse, gardener, I bet there is a royal hairdresser. her own hair looks immaculately styled in her zooms. I wish she would stop with the blatant lies.

    • Dee says:

      She’s at least had her extensions put back in. Check the length of her hair in October 2020. Even shampoo made from unicorn’s tears won’t make it grow that fast.

      • L84Tea says:

        Those are definitely extensions. In the top photo, see that bouncy layer of hair curving inward towards her collar bone? That’s her real hair. That mess hanging out down below it is the extension. It’s a dead giveaway. Jennifer Aniston used to wear the same thing in the early 2000′s and you could always tell which layer was real and which was not.

      • Nic919 says:

        Why does she need extensions to do a zoom video? Busy moms wouldn’t have time for that level of vanity.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Nic919, Kate always has time for vanity.

  25. Lizzie says:

    Her only ‘work’ is pr. Maybe they should go on a 3 day martyr train tour next time. Let everybody see how exhausted she is.

    • Harper says:

      And their three-day tours are never even more than 48 hours. Leave at night, spend the next day somewhere, home by the afternoon of the next day. Another scam.

    • tcbc says:

      People who actually work in PR do a lot more work than she does.

  26. Cecilia says:

    This reminded me of the tatler story

  27. Nyro says:

    Hmmm. Somebody owes Tatler a big fat public apology. I feel like I should watch Richard Dennen’s IG just in case he decides to throw shade.

    People keep saying “if Meghan said this…” ” had Meghan been so tone deaf…” But this is the thing. Obviously, Meghan would never say something like this to begin with. But the point is, all it would take is for some British rag to lie and report that Meghan complains about being exhausted, and we’d be off to the races. It would be the top story for every newspaper and morning talk show. Everyone would be talking about what an ungrateful monster she is, all based on a lie printed by rota rat. And yet here we have Kant saying this out of her own mouth, on video for us all to see, and you see the British media getting in formation with a million excuses for her. This is straight up racism. We’ve seen the WOC duchess get treated like a punching bag and beat up for things she didn’t even say or do. Meanwhile, the white success can’t stop putting her foot in her mouth and making poor choices, yet she’s shielded and protected at all costs by that same media.

  28. The Duchess says:

    She’s not only zooming herself into a grave, she’s also digging one too. These types of tone-deaf sound bites that she thinks make her family look relatable will only come back to bite. No she’s not exhausted from the children when she has 2 nannies, cleaning staff, RPO’s & kitchen helpers. No she doesn’t know how it feels to ‘juggle’ between work life and home life because she does no work. No this doesn’t help her PR, even if the courtiers & Ma Middleton tells her it does. She needs to wake up and smell the roses because I am at my limit with this sort of insulting boasting. Especially when Meghan was bullied for FAR less.

  29. Shoo fly says:

    She needs to work a lot more on just listening and saying, “that is hard.” instead of saying “oh me too”

  30. Coco says:

    I feel like if the camera panned down in her zoom meetings, we would see a servant rubbing her feet.

  31. khaveman says:

    Oh give me a break. Anyone with staff and nannies has no issues. Eye roll.

  32. Lizzie says:

    I thought the queen had them working at Sandringham (?) to keep an eye on these blunders. Poor queen, the dull one she wanted cannot seem to put a foot right.

  33. OriginalLala says:

    She is ok with having hairdressers do her own hair, and a derm to get fillers, but she is cutting her own kids’ hair? uh huh, sure Jan.

  34. Florence says:

    So, so lazy.

    Plus the Meghan cosplaying remains freaky as heck.

  35. ABritGuest says:

    I’m surprised Kate is getting loads of negative comments under articles about this zoom. I never really see her get dragged like this. her comment about being exhausted does suggest that line from Tatler that they were forced to edit out “she’s exhausted..working like a top CEO” did likely reflect her true feelings.

    I do think Kate is stressed cos the press has her in this one sided competition& are demanding that she entertains& brings content& you can see her nerves in some appearances. She’s likely putting on a persona & traits etc that aren’t natural to her to ape Meghan. I also think that line about Cambridge kids being thrown under the bus was also likely reflective of her feelings& she does feel more put upon which is why she was so angry at the Sussexes at the CW day service.

    I do think that this pandemic is hard on everyone& even with resources Kate has, it’s been a scary, unusual, frustrating time that has been hard for to adjust to. I think where Kate could improve is either just focusing on the stories she’s hearing& empathising or if she has to give input, acknowledging how fortunate she is to have the help she does.

    Next time KP studies one of the Sussexes zoom calls (😜), notice how they always acknowledge how lucky they are to have this family time, and how Harry has stated how he’s lucky to have space& being aware of MH impact in this lockdown for those who don’t have that. I also like that Meghan has asked how can we help or support more. I think KP should try similar so they can get ideas of what practical help either KP or the listening public can provide & make these zooms more useful.

    • Becks1 says:

      Yeah KP should listen more to what H&M say than how their zoom room is set up. When Meghan and Harry comment on things like being lucky to have this family time, they’re also always acknowledging their privilege, at least that’s how it comes across to me. Even in Harry’s recent article about online trolling and social media he mentioned how hard it was for them but then quickly pivoted to commenting on how much harder it is for people in much more vulnerable positions. It comes across as genuine – they both acknowledge their privilege but also admit to their struggles.

      it is also worth pointing out that when they do admit to their struggles the british press drags them for it.

    • Amy Too says:

      We all used to comment on how Kate thinks she can get the same Meghan love and be as effective as Meghan just by copying her appearance and zoom room, and how she doesn’t get it and it’s not about that.

      I’m now wondering if Kate isn’t just mistakenly making the wrong choice between content and appearance but if she isn’t even actually listening to what Harry and Meghan say at all. I think Kate focuses on the “look” because that’s what’s important to her and interests her and she’s not necessarily trying to copy so that other people will like her as much as Meghan but simply because SHE wants to like herself as much as she likes Meghan’s appearance. Like I can totally see Kate watching all of Harry and Meghan’s zoom calls and interviews with the sound off, just looking at the outfits and styling and hair and decor because that’s what she cares about most.

      • ABritGuest says:

        I think they are listening to some things. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the Cambridge’s talk much more about community for example. I’m sure in a next call Kate will do better.

      • notasugarhere says:

        It is also no coincidence that the KP staff sent a student intern out with an online survey to try to extract private information from Meghan supporters.

  36. one of the Marys says:

    “Banal” is my new favourite description for her, it encompasses everything and is the exact opposite of Meghan. And thanks for ‘shampoo made of unicorn tears’ haha I snorted at that one.
    So I think she is exhausted and here’s why, she has no where to hide. The house is full of people and she has to rise to the occasion and maintain some semblance of a routine that is not completely self indulgent and try and look like she’s working. All eyes are on her and Will since the Sussexes left and typically people expect more from the wife than the husband. The loss of *her* routine is what’s exhausting. My sil acted the same way during our visits. That’s my insight.

    • Nic919 says:

      I agree with this. In her mind she is exhausted because her normal comfortable life has been disrupted a bit and she doesn’t like it. Of course she is so out of touch she has no idea how bad it is for others, but no one ever said she was bright.

    • Harper says:

      I agree. Kate has nowhere to go and hide now. No shopping, tennis or day at the spa, no sneaking over to Pippa’s for lunch, no quiet time while the kids are at school to online shop in peace. Those darned kids are always there, and that darn nanny Maria can’t keep them locked up in the playroom successfully. And when those kids get out, they are probably hanging on Kate, asking her to make cookies or chutney and build tents and paint and sit on the floor and play farm with them. She made a similar comment at the beginning of the pandemic at her surprise at how much you can cram into a day. This just reveals that Kate’s hands-on-mother reputation is another scam and her pre-pandemic days relatively child-free.

      • Nyro says:

        I agree about her “ultimate stay at home mom” reutation being a total myth. Anyone is a “hands on” mother when compared to the queen. I think she likes her kids and is affectionate with them, unlike the queen, but I no longer believe she’s raising them and dealing with them like a normal mom. Nope. She just a kinder gentler version of the typical absent British aristocratic mommy.

  37. Nyro says:

    One of Kant’s patronages just announced on Twitter that they’re two million in the hole and have just shut down their main office. I’m sure they’ll be shutting down altogether eventually. But honestly, their patron is exhausted from having to do TWO whole zoom calls a week AND make sure the the tutors packed the kids’ homework in the proper folder. Sorry, but Kate can’t do it all, people!

    • February-Pisces says:

      One of her other patronage’s also close because the were £50000 in debt. I can’t remember but it may have been ‘art room’ or something like that. Yet keen Kate spent nearly £100k during a pandemic on clothes. I’m truly astonished.

    • Becks1 says:

      And its EACH, right? That’s supposedly one of her “big” patronages and yet she couldnt be bothered to go to their big annual fundraising gala a few years ago (Ed Sheeran stepped in). I know Gert et al are trying to spin this as “its not a reflection on Kate” but at what point are her patronages closing (or reducing services/offices) NOT a reflection on her? Its not like she has a hundred patronages and one slips through the cracks. Do I think Kate could have done something like posted a video of her kids making art or pasta (that was then delivered) and asked for donations for EACH as part of that? Yes. Would that have made 2 million? Probably not. But for the love of Pete, Kate DO SOMETHING for these organizations.

      • Nyro says:

        This is the problem with having a person who’s never worked a day in her life or developed any kind of passion as a future queen. She has no motivation and no imagination to speak of. She could never conjure up a,way to make some real money for her charities. Her lazy ass clearly doesn’t even care.Even her own friends in the Tatler article said there’s nothing there with Kate. No personality, no passion, no real interests outside of shopping, etc. Diana had them all so shook that the future future king essentially chose a house cat as a wife. They were so afraid of another Diana that they pivoted so hard to the point that they are now stuck with a woman who simply incapable of doing the job on any front. She can’t do the work and she can’t speak or even write on her own. I find her completely pathetic. How hard is it to express empathy and acknowledge your own privilege? Meghan has been a pro at that. But then, Meghan knows what it means to put in a days work, to count your pennies, and drive around in a beat up car while looking for your next job. Kate is just completely lacking in any kind of life experience that 99 percent of adults on the planet are familiar with. What is the point if marrying a “commoner” if they’re just as posh and removed from everyday life as the blood royals are?

      • Sofia says:

        @Becks +1. Yeah she can’t raise 2 million to save EACH but she can at least try and do something as a “hey I tried my best and I know I alone couldn’t save them but at least I did something”, which is always better than nothing

      • Nic919 says:

        I didn’t not realize that EACH was having issues but then again I shouldn’t be surprised. Kate does eff all for her patronages. Why not auction off some of her coatdresses or something.

        Gert needs to stop trying to explain away the obvious truth that Kate does not care about her patronages. Except maybe Wimbledon and the V and A. A decade in its pretty hard to explain away the lack of work. She doesn’t even have hundreds of patronages like Charles or Anne as an excuse to not have visited them all multiple times per year.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Charles and Anne have hundreds of patronages and visit each of them once a year minimum. Kate cannot even do one thing for EACH, but Wimbledon she’ll show up repeatedly.

  38. Over it says:

    Well I sincerely hope that those kids of theirs have virtual school with teachers online because if not they will be as dumb as their parents. And I stand strong in my belief that the only reason those two made it out of school and university with a degree was because of who they were and threw a lot of money at the school. Uncle Gary will be in the middletons life forever. His money has paid for a lot of shit to help countess Carole in her quest to be the hand that rules the throne.

  39. February-Pisces says:

    Remember when the top CEO threatened to sue Tatler cos when they claimed she was ‘exhausted’ it was all lies. Yet here we have it direct from the horses mouth. Obviously we now know that KP were just mad that Tatler went wild and mentioned Roses closeness to Willie. But Kate then tried to get the ‘exhausted’ message out there again via People mag a few weeks later. Originally she was exhausted because ‘meanie Meghan’ and ‘helpless harry’ abandoned their country and left her to do all their duties lol. And she can now no longer do the school run, even though she never did it anyway. Back then we were in full lockdown, the kids were at home and she did about 3 zoom calls a week. Now she’s ‘exhausted’ cos of the kids.

    Seriously why is she pushing this line, it make her look beyond pathetic. And why are mothers defending her. She doesn’t do a fraction of what a mother does. She does no cooking, cleaning, ironing, plus the nannies do most of the heavy lifting with the kids. She does literally nothing.

    She’s determined to get the public on her side to her doing as little work as possible. If kate doesn’t want to work, give back all her tax payer cash, and she can pay her staff out of her own pocket.

  40. Lizzie says:

    That old chestnut ‘when someone shows you who they are, believe the the first time’ comes to mind. Maya Angelou.

  41. Sunnyvale says:

    So will she be suing herself just like when she sent her lawyers to threaten tatler for the TOP CEO great kate issue. The women can’t do anything right. She messes up the easiest tasks. She could’ve just used it to thank or name NHS staff or volunteers she talked with especially wishing they get help with MH

  42. Carrie says:

    Like clockwork – as someone above commented would happen – a negative story about Meghan appears in the Daily Fail. They are so transparent and the British public are sheep. Definitely Little Britain.

    • notasugarhere says:

      This is why I laugh when people say Kate is good with pensioners. Many of those seniors are the Little Englanders. The ones who pat her on the head, tweak her dolly curls, and adore the pwetty pwetty pwincess. Seniors treat Kate how she thinks everyone should – as a precious object that need to nothing but pose and deign to spend five minutes zooming with them.

      • Nic919 says:

        Except for the seniors who called out the shitty bingo calling skills. Every once in a while there is a senior who isn’t a royalist and they are less afraid of stating the obvious truth.

  43. Christine says:

    It’s the “I suppose…” that makes me the most furious. I have one kid, who just turned 11, and I know for a fact that I am in some realm of hell. We live in LA, and there has been no point that the schools reopened, or anything other than staying at home, all the time, was a thing. I can count on two hands the number of times he has left the house since March 12, 2020, and all but one of those times was just driving around, aimlessly, to get out of the house. I suppose nothing, and if she was remotely in the same boat, she would not either.

  44. Le4Frimaire says:

    I don’t know what all the fuss about this is. It seems people who like her and her role as national mother, quiet and knows her place, seem fine with it. This is how she is, never gonna be different. I think she really does think she’s exhausted and that stuff from Tatler that they scrubbed was the truth.

  45. MJM says:

    Someone on Twitter posted the job description of the Cambridges nanny. They basically pay someone to parent their children. Nanny does all the heavy lifting so I fail to see how Kate would be an exhausted parent. When my family was in lockdown I would have killed for that kind of help.

  46. Anni says:

    “It’s physically exhausting managing my 10 person staff who manage my kids and household and doing all these interviews where I try to seem like a normal Mom “.

    Fixed it for you, Kate.

    • notasugarhere says:

      She doesn’t even do that. Carole’s frequent stays at Anmer aren’t just to duct tape W&K back together. They are to manage the household to keep stress away from eternal adolescents W&K. One of the many housekeepers who quit admitted as much.

  47. Mina_Esq says:

    I’m not gonna knock another mom, even if she does have nannies and housekeepers. Even with a huge estate, I’m sure her kids are restless and fussy because they miss their usual sports, clubs, teachers and friends. God help us all, even Katie Keen.

    • notasugarhere says:

      The full-time online schooling for two of the kids provided by their school, three nannies, housekeeper, cleaners, maids, and dozens of office staff take away the majority of the burden.

      Kate is playacting that she is as put-upon as everyday parents, when the facts are easy to see. She once again showed she has no empathy, nor does she have the slightest ability to read a room. Kate is rightfully being dragged for this most recent tone deaf appearance.

      If Keen wanted to help people? She and her husband wouldn’t have gone on a COVID superspreader tour for their own PR in the face of multiple government objections.

  48. Over it says:

    Poor poor put upon kathrine the great. 2 mansions fully staffed from nanny to valet to house keepers to cooks to gardeners and lord knows what else and she is still exhausted. I am hurting for her. What’s a ffq to do? Quick someone call the helpline duchess in need . Mummy Carole where are you? Your meal ticket is exhausted. Can’t call her william Rock because he is currently tied up in rose thorn.