People: Duchess Kate is a ‘beacon of stability’ & ‘Millennial Queen-in-the-making’

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Back in January, we learned that People Magazine is introducing a new quarterly magazine devoted to “the royals.” The first cover of this new quarterly magazine is, as you can see, the Duchess of Cambridge in her doily-best at Ascot a few years back. I said at the time that this new magazine has a very sugary feel, like People is still trying to sell the American audience on the idea that everything is a fairytale when it comes to princes and princesses. Despite all evidence to the contrary, as we’ve seen with modern royals across Europe, especially the petty, half-assed Windsors.

I’m also trying to figure out if People’s editors understood that they were being shady by using Tatler’s throwback “Kate the Great” headline. As you may remember, the Tatler debacle was one of my favorite stories of 2020. Kate thought she was organizing a profile where she bitched about Meghan and complained about how hard she works, but Tatler made her sound like a f–king a–hole (which she is). Kate and her keen team of PR idiots tried to complain and explain the whole thing away, and eventually Tatler removed sections of the Kate the Great cover story from it’s online archives. Kate already went to People Mag for a Tatler mulligan last year, so I guess this is yet another Kate the Great/Top CEO/Keen and Exhausted do-over.

Kate the Great: How the Future Queen Is Defining Herself

At the 10-year mark in her royal career, Princess Kate has firmly established her voice. If the current Queen, 94, has embodied the very English stiff upper lip throughout her long reign, the millennial Queen-in-the-making, 39, has chosen a modern path: feelings are to be validated, mental health is to be prioritized, and laughter is to be encouraged. And like parents around the world, she’s doing this all while homeschooling 7-year-old George, 5-year-old Charlotte and 2-year-old Louis. There is no doubt that Kate faces pressures uniquely her own: She is the wife of one future King and raising another. To add to the pressures, there was also the resignation of her brother-in-law Prince Harry and sister-in-law Meghan Markle from royal duty. The move left Kate as the only senior royal woman of her generation. “Kate is now the only real possible provider of the glamour factor,” says historian Sarah Gristwood, author of Elizabeth: The Queen and the Crown.

As she continues to straddle two very different types of leadership, she does so under the scrutiny of the world’s eyes. “You can look through 10 years of pictures of Kate Middleton and there are no off moments,” says Elizabeth Holmes, author of HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style. No, she’s not likely to speak out on issues royals have avoided for centuries, including politics and personal struggles. But in a turbulent world too often rocked by unrest, she can be counted on as a beacon of stability. “There is a tremendous power in being consistent and making people happy,” says Holmes. “There aren’t that many powerful people who can do that.”

[From People]

“The move left Kate as the only senior royal woman of her generation.” Which was the goal all along? Kate doesn’t play well with other women. Kate doesn’t want Eugenie and Beatrice to get any attention. Kate was instrumental in the vile hate campaign against Harry and Meghan. And, again, it’s all so short-sighted because Kate would much rather sit on her ass or go on vacation. What happens when the stakes are a lot bigger? As for all the happy horsesh-t about homeschooling – it reminded me of that Katie Nicholl story recently, where we learned that Kate was making do with a full-time videographer, a professional lighting rig, a full-time nanny, an office staff and a “skeleton staff” at Anmer Hall. The poor sausage!

Last thing: it’s weird to think about how Kate is a Millennial, mostly because she’s such a Victorian.

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  1. Elvie says:

    Kate is less Millennial, more Edwardian… honestly. These embiggening pieces will continue for the rest of my life won’t they?

    • Mila says:

      Maybe they think if they wish it enough it will come true?? 💀

    • Kate’s common-born, yet ambitious mother watched and learned from every “mistake” Diana (whose aristocratic pedigree out ranked the current mediocre bunch of misfits) ever made in the eyes of the toxic Press. Momager taught her well. There was l, thinking that “deportment and elocution” classes belonged in the 1950s. Does Kate put a bow in her hair to welcome William home? As if….

      • Yoyo says:

        Carole should get a refund for the elocution and deportment lessons.

      • GraceB says:

        I agree most of this is Carole and others around Kate. Maybe I’m wrong but I don’t personally think that Kate is worried about Meghan, or the York sisters, or anyone else stealing the limelight. I really don’t think she cares. I think she would rather be a stay-at-home mother and just not work if at all possible. It doesn’t add up that she’s really concerned about these other women or how people are perceiving her. If she was bothered, you’d think she’d be motivated to do something about it. Other people are bothered. Other people keep talking and trying to make it look like she’s doing something. Kate appears to stick to her guns and just not care.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Kate most definitely cares how she is perceived by the public. She and her mother actively worked against Meghan, including Carole’s ridiculous interview statements about being royal is more than giving speeches.

      • Harper says:

        One lesson above all others sunk in with Carole: Do Not Blab To The Press. Carole probably read how Diana’s sister got the boot for talking to the press about Charles while dating and stressed that to keep the prince Kate had to keep her mouth shut no matter how long it took. Call the paps? Sure, that’s okay, but don’t say anything they can use to give you the boot.

      • Nic919 says:

        If Kate didn’t care about the press she wouldn’t have asked Tatler to remove parts of their Great Kate article that said mean things about her exhaustion and her mother and sister. And she definitely cares about her image because she has managed to maintain her botox and filler schedule in a freakin pandemic when there were lockdowns and these services would not always be available to the peasants. Kate cares a very great deal about how the press covers her.

      • Maria says:

        GraceB – it does bother her and she DID do something about it. She participated in that smear campaign and showed her hatred of Meghan and Harry to the rest of the world at the Commonwealth Service.

    • Murphy says:

      Edwardian? No way, she’s no fun!

    • Eleonora says:

      I’m a millenial and don’t identify with her at all.

      As for Edwardian; Alexandra of Denmark, the wife of Edward VII, was a very popular figure who did a lot of charity. She slso had a long period waiting for the throne.

      She recycled her dresses, but was generous with people in want asked for money.
      So, I don’t think Kate meets those standards.

  2. Case says:

    There’s nothing Millennial about Kate. Not in her style, her “work,” or the way she engages people.

    Meghan and Harry, on the other hand, are SUCH millennials! The way they’ve crafted their brand, trying to find an audience using Netflix and Spotify, etc. – they’re clearly connected to the interests of people in their age group and are wonderfully personal in trying to reach people.

    • Mika says:

      I was coming here to say this. Millennials struggle and hussle to find work. Millenials reinvent themselves constantly in order to move forward. Millennials have to wade through a barrage of negativity in order to live their lives. Millennials have to wait to start families. Millennials are intersectional in their values and politics.

      WHO DOES THAT SOUND LIKE?

    • GRUEY says:

      The strange thing is that she’s gotten much MUCH less glamorous lately. She used to have some moments in colorful sheath dresses. But good lord those Beulah dresses and the whole sister wife vibe is beyond baffling.

    • bettyrose says:

      Not Millennial or Victorian. I read her as more of the mythological 50s housewife, the kind presented on tv as having no personality other than wife/mom. That person never existed in real life, though, so it’s a tough role to cosplay.

  3. Maida says:

    So she’s not going to talk about “politics” or “personal struggles” but she’s charting a “modern” path in which “feelings are to be validated”? Sure.

    • Becks1 says:

      I picked up on that too. So which is it?

      Also its funny that “feelings are to be validated” but Meghan was destroyed for saying she wasnt doing okay.

    • Nic919 says:

      How can anyone say that garbage with a straight face? Remaining silent is oppressive not modern and should be offensive to women of all generations. Boomers were in the feminist movement of the 70s and worked hard to do the opposite of what Kate is doing.

      • escondista says:

        it’s so interesting you bring up Boomer women, because they are not very mentally liberated.
        They worked so hard to break through the glass ceiling but their definitions of manhood are appalling. Honestly i see it with almost all of my friend’s moms – like a weird daddy complex with Trump and the meaner and more selfish men are the more they consider them leadership material and “real” men like their fathers and bosses. I have had the fortune of working for many boomer women and, while I am thrilled that they are managers and in positions of power, many have given special permissions to and deferred to my male coworkers over my fellow women who are kinder, more talented, and harder working. Boomers are still heavily entrenched in patriarchy.

      • Nic919 says:

        That sounds like they are Republicans and Phyllis Schlafly types which doesn’t cover all boomer women. Those are the women who sat back while their cohorts took risks and got vocal while they reaped the benefits. Kind of like Kate really.

      • sassafras says:

        I agree that although we can give credit to Boomer women for starting the modern feminist movement, it was still a movement addicted to white supremacy and patriarchy. They wanted to be “treated like men” and they got power suits and university educations and sports teams which was GREAT. LOVE ALL THAT. But those changes still reinforced the damage that white male patriarchy inflicts- the reliance on binary assumptions and choices and a society premised on capitalism and white supremacy.

        The new wave of intersectional feminism is questioning all of that and is being led by millenials.

      • betsyh says:

        escondista and sassafras, As a boomer, I have to agree with you. And now I feel archaic.

      • Dl says:

        I am a boomer. This is not correct at least among the people I know @escondida

      • Nic919 says:

        The later waves of feminism added more to the discussion and required more changes, but I bring up basic feminism from the 70s because it was about women moving out of the prescribed roles that society had assigned for them. And Kate doesn’t even meet that standard.

      • bettyrose says:

        escondista – I’ve struggled with this so much because my mom and her friends are Boomers, and they fit the 70s feminist image, but then I’ve worked with a handful of Boomer women who, although having always worked, are not interested in opening doors for other women. And are often deferential to men, even of the younger generations. It’s maddening.

      • UptownGirl says:

        @ Escondido, as a boomer myself, I must disagree. Many of us are not similar to your experiences, myself included and many of my friends are not close t what you have described. But I know you are speaking in terms of what you have experienced. In regards to men that we prefer, all of my friends have chosen well, some not on the first horse out of the gate like myself, but some of us finally figured it out.

      • BarbN says:

        It’s true that Boomer women were very much a part of the feminist movement, but many of the women pushing it forward in the beginning were NOT Boomers, having been born either during WWII or even before. One of my favorite books about the movement is Jane Howard’s A Different Woman, which was written in the early 70′s. I highly recommend it – she interviews several women about their experiences and what feminism means to them – and for many, it was just as escondista says – they were fighting to be treated and considered “just like the men”, an attitude that doesn’t necessarily lead to true liberation, and probably did infect some Boomers who came along a little later. IIRC, there is a woman interviewed in the book that says that the younger generations would have to fight their own battles and find their own way in the movement.
        Sigh, and then there is Kate, who does indeed seem like a 1950′s throwback. But that’s the role she has deliberately chosen for herself. If it makes her happy, then more power to her. But I don’t think she is very happy.

    • Merricat says:

      Lol

    • Kalana says:

      Even the Kate stans ignore the words and just look at the pictures because they know it’s nonsense.

      Kate and her people just blurt out nonsense, say FFQ a bunch of times, and run away for a while.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Kalana I haven’t been on Twitter today, but I can’t help but think that Elizabeth Holmes will come to regret that comment about the “no off moments during ten years of photos.”There is a metric sh!t ton of evidence to the contrary and I hope people are posting all of those photos and tagging Liz.

      • Kalana says:

        Elizabeth Holmes keeps trying to play both sides and it just doesn’t work. She’d be better just calling things as they are. I’d love if there was someone in that space who was a mix of the more fun stuff and Hilary Mantel.

      • Nic919 says:

        I never trusted Elizabeth Holmes and this only confirms she’s still peddling that white feminism bs but doesn’t want to be seen as racist. Also it’s a blatant lie to say Kate hasn’t made mistakes. If she’s going to be claiming that she’s a royal watcher then she needs glasses because Kate is not meeting any standard except for the keeping quiet and staying thin part.

  4. Libellule says:

    Calling Kate millennial is such an insult to all hardworking millenials out there

  5. KatianaD says:

    The see through dress on the people cover is an off moment for me! Looks terrible. And it’s a weird combo with the old fashioned hat. Otherwise, her fashion does not bother me. I appreciate her modest looks. Not that she hasn’t had her moments

    • Cecilia says:

      She’s defo had her moments. Multiple in fact where her dress flung up because of the wind and you could see her behind

    • anotherlily says:

      Google ‘Kate Middleton’s Marilyn moments’. It isn’t just the skirts flying up, it’s the delight on her face when it happens. She is an exhibitionist.

      • Nana says:

        @anotherlily and @uptown girl – that is just a grose thing to say about a woman. Like saying women who are upskirted deserve it.
        Alot of the comments on this thread about her lack of work ethic and complicity in Meghan’s abusive treatment are entirely valid. But if a guy made these kind of remarks about her getting off on her skirt flying up, they’d be banable posts because they’re pervy, revolting things to say. At best, what, did we go back to 1950s judgemental, conservative middle UK/US when I wasn’t looking?

      • BarbN says:

        Didn’t Kate have the reputation at school of being someone who loved to moon people whenever she had a chance? I thought I read that somewhere about her.

    • UptownGirl says:

      @ anotherlily, OMG, I took your advise and this twit has been flashing herself from India, Canada and beyond from 2011-2018!! I knew that there had been a few oops moments, but not from India and beyond!! In fact the India country was less than thrilled with that Marilyn moment as they refused to print the entire photo!! That’s one way to insult their countrymen! My god, when will she take her buttons off and use them as weights as she should. I am beginning to think it’s intentional as it seems to happen quite often in seven years and she still refuses to put weights in her dresses.

      As for her style, I don’t care for it, in fact I have come to the point that most articles, especially these heavy PR puke inducing articles/covers are nauseating, to say the least. It is the consistent pushing the narrative that Kate is the FFQC and how forward thinking she is in regards to what is important. As for her children, she has countless help and hasn’t done anything for the last 3ish weeks so we can certainly count on her for not being available or working.

  6. Midge says:

    Kate is the Beacon of Blah.

  7. Steph says:

    No off moments? I’ve seen more of her arse than I have my own.

    • BABSORIG says:

      Bwahahahahaha 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 I spit out my coffee. Thanks for the morning laugh.

      • Steph says:

        You’re welcome! I honestly couldn’t believe they said that. They threw the whole learning curve story they’ve been running for a decade out of the window with that.

    • Betsy says:

      Yeah, was just drifting down to comments to reply to that, too.

      I don’t love kates clothes, but I didn’t love a lot of Meghan’s either (her red dress with Harry’s red uniform and a lot of looks from that period were stunning), but she’s in her own category. Like normcore. “Edwardcore.” “Buttoncore.” “Lacecore.” Her clothes are so bad I look forward to seeing them.

      I’m glad she’s finally keeping her buns covered, though. I’m okay not seeing butts at clothed events.

    • ennie says:

      +1
      Incredible how stubborn she was for a long time.
      Don’t tell she didn’t do it for the attention. It was absolutely embarrassing. She is lucky her fans have amnesia related to anything not so good she has done.

      • Lorelei says:

        All that this asinine comment will do is prompt everyone who remembers all of the MANY “off moments” to post all of the photos of them to prove Katie wrong.

        The same thing happened when the Palace released that statement about her (lack of) hair extensions. Apparently no one on their staff or even just in their orbit, like Nichols, understands The Streisand Effect.

    • alibeebee says:

      I was at the airport when she came to Calgary just after she was married, that yellow dress and it was a windy windy day .. yeah we all saw her bits and bobs under that dress.

  8. Eleonor says:

    She has been “in the making” for the last 20 years, and she hasn’t accomplished nothing.

    • Sequinedheart says:

      She needs to take notes from Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. Aussie commoner turned future queen.
      That woman works. She did before royalty and she has since day one as Prince Fredericks arm candy.
      That is a modern royal. Katie Keen is a smoke-a-mirrors flake.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Mary worked, yes, but it wasn’t like she had a career or direction. She was aimlessly working as a receptionist in a real estate office when she met Fred. Marie was the same.

        Letizia, Maxima, Daniel, and Mathilde had real careers, going someplace on their own prior to meeting their royal match.

      • ShazBot says:

        Mary also learned an entirely new language, so her “princess lessons” actually accomplished something.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Yes, as did Maxima (5-6 languages), Marie (5 languages), Stephanie (5 languages), Charlene (3 languages).

        There were never any princess lessons for Kate, that was another fan fiction to try to excuse her extreme laziness.

      • HeatherC says:

        I agree that Mary should be an inspiration for Kate to copy. It’s too late for her to have found direction in her youth, or to have had a pre-royal career. That boat sailed away like her 20s. But now, if she were inclined (and we know she’s not) she could find some sort of direction and meaning in her role.

        But she chooses not to and at the same time likes to have articles praising her for being a visionary and leader, and savior of everything regal.

        She’s a lost cause at this point.

    • L4frimaire says:

      She’s doing exactly what the Royal family want from her. Push out some heirs, be silent and decorative.

  9. Becks1 says:

    “no off moments”?? LOL. LOLOLOLOLOLOL For days. It’s almost like Elizabeth Holmes has blocked out all those off moments (but what do we expect coming from her?)

    I know someone out there thinks these puff pieces help Kate, but they really are counter-productive, IMO. As I’ve said before, I used to be a big Kate fan, and then eventually all these sugary articles and the narratives about how she is the perfect mother and has impeccable fashion taste (even when we can all see that something is ugly) just started to turn me off. I started rolling my eyes more and more. No one is that perfect. And also, these stories all use sugary language but there are never any specifics. Kate still comes across as flat and dull and uninteresting.

    I’m sure these articles do work for a large segment of people, but I dont think they are going to win the royals any new fans.

    And finally – yes – Kate being the only royal woman left of her generation? That was the plan all along.

    • Betsy says:

      I, too, was super excited about Kate and William back in 2011. Back then, yeah, maybe she really, really loves him and that’s why she did absolutely nothing for ten years of her life, but they have a bully pulpit now! They’ll surely start some cool charities, or get involved with the Prince’s Trust or something!…. no? They’re going to hide somewhere, off being “normal”?

      Then along comes Meghan and she and Harry do everything that I had hoped to watch Kate and William do. I have very, very little respect for Kate and William. The whole royal thing is an anachronism, or if the Queen’s necessary for certain stated duties per the constitution, fine, but Kate and William really show the flaws in the system.

      • Maevo says:

        Yes yes yes to both of you @Becks1 and @Betsy. When Kate and William first got engaged and married it was so exciting – they had all this possibility and potential. And they just totally squandered it and did nothing. Then to see Harry and Meghan embrace their roles and work was so amazing and showed just how useless Will and Kate had been all those years.

      • Tessa says:

        I truly thought back then Kate would not change. She did very little while waiting for the ring, she did not want not to have a real job with responsibilities lest a deadline keep her from going on vacation with William or even being by the phone when he called. She also enabled William’s laziness and avoiding full time work for years by having the Ambulance flying job where he had very flexible hours and mixed shifts.

    • Dinah says:

      The sentence; ‘Kate being the only royal woman left of her generation”. Wait until she ‘s not one ether.

    • Nic919 says:

      They always have to use Soviet propaganda language when it comes to describing Kate because they can never say the actual truth about how little she does and how mediocre her style actually is. Hillary Mantel nailed it when she called Kate a mannequin and she remains correct in her assessment. The bs trying to make that dumb survey seem like something that isn’t hot garbage is amazing.

      • booboocita says:

        There’s a terrific passage in that Mantel essay (London Review of Books):

        “I used to think that the interesting issue was whether we should have a monarchy or not. But now I think that question is rather like, should we have pandas or not? Our current royal family doesn’t have the difficulties in breeding that pandas do, but pandas and royal persons alike are expensive to conserve and ill-adapted to any modern environment. But aren’t they interesting? Aren’t they nice to look at? Some people find them endearing; some pity them for their precarious situation; everybody stares at them, and however airy the enclosure they inhabit, it’s still a cage.”

        Time for the royal pandas to march off (or crawl, or amble, or slink, or whatever it is pandas do) into history. And the notion of Will the Incandescent Panda fills me with glee.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Becks I cosign this entire comment! And Betsy, yours too.

      Holmes must know what she’s saying is wrong, I’m just surprised she isn’t smart enough to foresee the possible outcomes to saying it. It could end up being a repeat of the “#my palace source” and “#katemiddletonsuccessstory” days on Twitter. (I hope this happens!)

      • Dl says:

        Yes! All true! I never really followed the rivals but was very aware simply because of the lovely Diana. The headline follower. I cried when she died and for her boys. Then my attention went away. Cue Will getting married. Was following again. Then they didn’t do anything like his mom did so I quit paying attention again. Cue Megan and Harry. Wow fire! I hope some day that stupid family realizes what they have thrown away and it kills them inside. I would guess there are a lot of people like me. Megan and Harry were and are the star power the stupid Wind word needed. Especially since Cannot and Will not won’t

    • UptownGirl says:

      Yes, and Kate can only blame herself as she and her incandescent with ongoing rage PWT are to blame. Instead of opening their arms and hearts, they cut their noses off to spite their face. The predicament that they are both in, is of their own making. Had they seen into the future as to what changes they could all make within the four of them, it would have cemented the monarchy. But no, pettiness, jealousy and refusal to play well with others, pushed them out of the country.
      @Di, it’s interning that a poll on the dreaded Daily Fail has Harry’s popularity just under TQ, of all people!! Harry is more popular than his father AND brother!! All I can see are fists flying about at AH!!!

  10. Belli says:

    Now that she’s “found her voice” after a whole decade, is she going to actually use it?

    • Desert Lizard says:

      Nope. If Bill isn’t on the throne in ten years, we will get an article about her 20th anniversary in royal life and how she is nearly prepared to be Queen. These articles will probably continue when she is Queen bc she isn’t suddenly going to find a work ethic and will always need to be embiggened. For the rest of her life, there will have to be puff pieces about how Kate works really, really hard like a top CEO. If she were actually working, they wouldn’t need to run the articles. She will never work.

      • Lorelei says:

        I’ve said this before but as soon as the kids are older, the next excuse will be that she’s “preparing to be a royal grandmother” or some nonsense.
        We know by now that she just isn’t going to work, ever, and will always have an excuse at the ready, no matter how easily proven wrong it may be.

      • Korra says:

        I kinda hope her kids put off having their own families until well into their 30s. That way, she will be almost 70 by the time she gets grandkids and there will be no excuses left for her.

      • windyriver says:

        @Lorelei – Kate’s going to need to come up with something soon, because in a few months, she’s going to have serious direct competition in the mom sphere. Hopefully all will continue to be well, and by summer Meghan will be the mother of an infant and a toddler. And even with two very young children, she’ll undoubtedly still manage to continue work on her projects, as millions of working women do all over the world. And Kate’s excuse of “can’t work because hands on mom” will look even more feeble.

    • Dl says:

      Up vote!!!!!!!

    • BarbN says:

      Belli, no she won’t. She has to keep “finding” it. That’s a key part of this narrative, that Kate is finding her voice and becoming this or that and keening all the way. But when you keep finding and becoming and keening you never get to the end point unless you start DOING SOMETHING with what you have found and become and are so keen about. And damn it, it shouldn’t take a full decade to do so! Unless, of course, you have a husband who would probably be incandescent with rage and jealously if you put yourself out there in any effective or productive way, and got some real kudos for it. Can’t show up Prince Willnot, dontcha know.

  11. Emily says:

    Stability = doormat with no voice or opinions. Will always be there because she’d never leave.

  12. Ginger says:

    It’s interesting how before Meghan, Kate was still “figuring out her role” and “learning the ropes” but now she is a king maker and so very important to the Queen. Come on. Kate is a horrible royal. She dated Will for 10 years, you would think she would have been a pro at this. She still comes across as ‘new’ because she is SO BAD at being a royal.

    • Novice says:

      I really just don’t understand why he picked her all of the people. Her whole face just doesn’t elicit any fire in a man. she just has this frozen fish vibe around her. He even broke up with her sometime in the middle, but somehow she managed to come back and he was okay with this? And especially his family was okay with the social climbing way her family displayed all along? Is this because he knew he was dumb, so he needed a even dumber wife so that he would not be outshined? It’s just so bizarre.

      • Julia K says:

        He didn’t pick her; he settled for her. She was the last person standing after he tried for others and failed.

      • Novice says:

        @Julia K, well I am not blaming them then.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate was willing to tolerate the cheating, so by that criteria, she’s met his requirements.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        Like Julia K said, she was his only option by that point. If Will had things his way, he’d have been married to a woman of noble blood. That was the type of woman he actively pursued while Kate stuck around waiting for him.

      • Sigmund says:

        “ Her whole face just doesn’t elicit any fire in a man. she just has this frozen fish vibe around her. ”

        There are plenty of legitimate criticisms of Kate, we don’t need to resort to body shaming. (Yes, her face is part of her body.)

      • Novice says:

        @Beach Dreams, it seems contrary to what the tabloids and to some extend the RF try to sell, Will is more abnoxious than his father. At least Charles was fun at his young days, and he even went out briefly, quietly, and discreetly with a black singer. He has always been quite ahead of his time. And I think Harry takes after him in that they both have work ethic. I really don’t understand William’s case though. The way with which RF let him get away with the jobbing arrangement. It seemed he has been stunted by the shocking death of his mother and the way with which the RF handled it back then. But Harry moved on after he joined the army. The military really don’t fuck around with their training. And yet he still remains unmoved to this day. He had his chance. He tried the army too. But his army days were so insignificant and unremarkable that the military’s attitude to him is really interesting. And there is no excuse that because he was an heir presumptive, he couldn’t be sent to the war zone like Harry did. His father and his uncle all had meaningful military days, even though his father didn’t participate in war fighting. How are they supposed to look up to him and swear allegiance to him when he acends the throne.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Sigmund
        I read the fish vibe as how someone can read emotions through physical appearance. Or to say someone has a vacant stare.

        It’s also worth noting Kate was far more expressive in a natural way until she started messing with her face. Now emotions are forced, maniacal and unnatural looking. Botox, fillets, threading will do that.

      • CC2 says:

        Kate was pretty sexy back in the day. Not necessarily vulgar if we ignore the club shots but I can see that appeal.

  13. Kim says:

    So much lip service to supporting mental health, yet in addition to bullying H & M, and failing to support them when they were (are) under attack, she’s being heralded as “a beacon of stability”? People with mental health issues are often described as ‘unstable’. I read the deliberate use of this word as a dig at H &M being open about their emotional struggles.

    Plus this; Kate ‘“has chosen a modern path: feelings are to be validated, mental health is to be prioritized”, and yet, “she’s not likely to speak out on issues … including politics and personal struggles”. Personal struggles are often emotional, so…?
    What are they saying here? Can these people not stick with a straight storyline? She supports mental health issues, but SHE doesn’t have any herself, because she’s SO stable.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Kim — your first paragraph is so true!! I hadn’t thought about it that way but you’re absolutely right. They are incapable of printing or saying anything about Kate without somehow bungling it.

    • Lemons says:

      Yeah, I find the mental health initiative to be very empty on their part. They never have their own mental health issues outside of just being “exhausted” after taking care of their kids part-time. They’re not experts in the field either. They never partake in the advice they give…And if they do, they are not open and honest about it.

  14. lemonylips says:

    Omg I forgot that Kate uses emojis. Therefore she must be a Millenial. That’s all I’ve got. Can I just say how much I find that cover outfit fug and have to look away everytime I see it.

  15. Harper says:

    Kate has done three Zoom calls through today, the 24th of February (one shared with Willcandescent), and hasn’t been seen for two weeks now. Is stability the new code word for lying low and online shopping all day? Do you think she is flat out refusing to do anything because she knows the Royals have no options right now and they can’t make her work?

    • Nic919 says:

      I think a lot of the gaps in time relate to her botox and filler schedule. And then she does a bunch in one day and it gets spread out over weeks to pretend like she’s doing something.

      • notasugarhere says:

        And their holidays. Those tans throughout the pandemic weren’t from UK sunlight. They’ve just gotten a lot better at slipping away in the Westminster jet.

      • Novice says:

        Yeah, must be the Mustique sunshine.

      • Nic919 says:

        In the UK they are now vaccinating adults 16 to 64 with health concerns. I can bet that those two will be vaccinated soon so they can go on holiday.

      • Lizzie says:

        I get fillers and botox and do not need to hide away for weeks on end,

      • Nic919 says:

        Well then I am out of reasons for why she hides away. I would have thought she was hiding because things needed to settle.

  16. OriginalLala says:

    So embarrassing for her, all this hyperbolic fawning just highlights how little she does, and how little she cares.

    • Lorelei says:

      @OriginalLaLa I would be so, so embarrassed if I was written about the way she is at that age. Especially regarding her “professional” life. Truly, I’d curl up in my bed, mortified, and never leave. I don’t understand how she tolerates it, or worse, how she might actually believe this is a good narrative to run with.

      I mean she was literally praised a couple of weeks ago for being able to pick out her own outfit each morning, and now she’s a “beacon of stability?” So much secondhand embarrassment.

  17. Shoo fly says:

    This puff piece was as inevitable as the setting sun. Firstly – Kate has no power. Kate is not “powerful.” What a bald faced lie. Second, I always wonder if the courtiers understand what an insult it is to the Queen and Philip when a “modern parenting style” that comes down to hugging your children and smiling at them is heralded in these articles. Imagine that – showing joy in your children’s existence! What new parenting. Thirdly – as covered by others ten years without a misstep is too hilarious for words. Fourthly, so sick of the “wife of future king mother of future king” phrasing. Give me a break.

  18. Elizabeth says:

    1) “Princess Kate” — does not exist

    2) “no off moments” in ten years — there were a few, re: unweighted skirts

    • Myra says:

      Flashing dignitaries and soldiers aside, what about her speeches? Quite a few off-moments there. The times where she wanted to taste smells? To this very day, we still need captions when she speaks. Her poor work ethic, poor work attendance. Shrugging her husbands hands off her shoulders a-la-Melania on national tv. Snubbing her sister-in-law on national tv…in a church. Snickering/eye-rolling in church during the sermon of a black reverend.

      I’m going to ignore the pre-royal marriage shenanigans as she was under no obligation to behave then. I’m sure she has other off-moments but I barely paid attention to her prior to 2018.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Myra let’s not forget her response of — and this is verbatim — “How interesting” when told about how small children were being mutilated when she was in India.

        That’s the one I can just never forget — she couldn’t come up with something, ANYTHING heartfelt, or at the very least, more appropriate or empathetic than “how interesting.” Especially when her entire thing is love of children in their early years. It’s beyond comprehension.

      • Ginger says:

        Lorelei, this is why I laugh when the press try to make her out to be this “child whisper”. She doesn’t care one bit about other children. A story like that should have had ANY other response than “how interesting” Again, she is SO bad at her job. But, she is the royal they deserve.

      • Myra says:

        @Lorelei I’m sure she has a few more but she’s lucky we weren’t paying attention to her.

      • Nic919 says:

        It’s actually disturbing and sociopathic that she responds to a truly horrific story about children suffering with “how interesting”. If English wasn’t her only language maybe there would be an excuse but she clearly had no emotional connection and responded like a robot.

    • MissMarierose says:

      I never tire of pointing out that People continually refers to the DOC as “Princess Kate” but refers to the DOS as “Meghan Markle.”

      The racists aren’t just in Britain.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        No, the racists moved from Britain to run People mag.

      • Nic919 says:

        The guy behind this new Royal people magazine is British.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        Even before the British editor was promoted, the royal reporting sector of People (Simon Perry in particular) was loath to refer to Meghan as a princess. They even stopped calling Kate a princess for a while because of that reluctance.

  19. Bibi says:

    How laughable at the importance she has for Kate the Great when the historian says “Kate is now the only real possible provider of the glamour factor,” LOL the being useless undertone part in this comment is funny.

    • MsIam says:

      That comment was a real slap at the others, imo. And yet Kate is really going to have to depend on them in the coming years regardless of Charles wanting to slim down the monarchy. He’s old too. This whole embiggening Kate thing is going to backfire on them.

      • Novice says:

        Yeah, they will get savaged in the coming years. The York princesses are all married into money. They don’t need civil list. Edward chose his children not to be royal titled, and they will likely earn their own keep. Princess Anne’s children are not royal titled and they mostly want their privacy so not gonna sell out for civil list support. Who’s gonna support them? All the senior royals are ageing. They can’t carry weight forever. H&M’s not gonna save them after all these backstabbing and betrayal.

    • Nic919 says:

      They seem to confuse being thin with being glamorous. Kate doesn’t have the confidence or poise to exude glamour. You see the obvious difference when you see old videos of Diana. Kate will never have that it factor no matter how much she cosplays.

      • Jaded says:

        It’s the charisma thing – Diana had it in spades; she took chances, she learned, she was funny, she let her heart shine through despite being chewed up and spat out by everyone from her husband to the courtiers and Rota. Kate has all the charisma of a bowl of cold tapioca.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Nic & Jaded — totally agree.

        I think Kate actually did have a few truly glamorous *moments* over the past ten years — when she wore that lilac dress in Los Angeles, and the black strapless velvet dress she wore with an incredible ruby necklace are two that come to mind — but she is not, overall, a “glamorous” person.

        Anyone can have a couple of good looks over the course of a decade, but hers were long ago and she’s been consistently dowdy for the past six or so years with the ridiculous parade of identical coatdresses. But People magazine will never stop trying to make her happen.

      • Nyro says:

        She’s not even a great dresser, let alone glamorous. The York sisters, for their crime of not being a size two, are constantly dragged in order to prop Kate up, but they are much better dressers than she is. Especially in recent years. They look modern and stylish, even chic if they really want to pull out all the stops. They just carry off clothes much much better than Kate does, imo. Contrary to what misogynistic men and self-hating women in the fashion industry think, clothes do not look better on the hanger. That tradwife with money look Kate gives is dusty and tired. No one’s buying this push to insist that she’s “glamorous”. Give me a break.

  20. Emily says:

    Lol nice try Palace PR People. All you have to do is compare the Sussex Squad vs. “Kate’s Rangers” on Twitter to see that the typical member of the Keen Fandom isn’t a Millennial.

    • Mila says:

      Maybe they have changed the meaning of ‘melinial’ to mean a millennium years old!? 🤣🤣 that can be the only explanation.

    • Lorelei says:

      Oh god do I even want to know what “Kate’s Rangers” is?

      • Nic919 says:

        The de rangers try to go after the squad on Twitter. They usually only end up looking foolish. I believe they once tried to raise money for a Kate charity but it didn’t turn out well.

  21. Phoenix says:

    How is she supporting the menthal health issues? By giving us useless tips? Making a “selfie video”? Is that the millenial part? Selfies were a thing few years ago damn it.
    Kate is lazy af, Kate is outdated.

  22. MsIam says:

    The Millennial Queen looking like a throwback to the 1930s? I dunno, was that deliberate? And People Mag, seriously you have two dynamic royals here on US soil and you devote a whole magazine to that stale bunch in the UK? I think the BRF must have secretly bought People, that has got to be the reason.

    • Dinah says:

      People UK is run by a Brit/monarchist, so no surprise. Glorifying empty shelves is their metier.

      • MsIam says:

        So will this only be sold in the UK? Because a whole magazine full of this stuff would be a turnoff elsewhere. Plus I wonder how Ingrid Seaweed feels about this? Wouldn’t it be competition for her Royalty magazine?

  23. Alexandria says:

    Ok congratulations UK.

  24. Amy Bee says:

    “feelings are to be validated, mental health is to be prioritized…”

    Except Harry and Meghan’s.

    People Mag has to start writing about Royalty in a different way. It’s not a fairytale and it never was. I’m not saying it should be all doom and gloom but there should be some sense of reality.

  25. Sunday says:

    Let me get this straight: as the ‘only senior royal woman of her generation,’ Kate’s biggest challenge is …bringing the glamour factor? “oh it’s so TERRIBLY difficult to be so GLAMOROUS all the time, day after day, but if I must, I must, for whosoever else would bring the glamour if I cannot? WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE PEOPLE, DESPERATE FOR GLAMOUR.” *swoons*

    I mean, aside from the obviously hypocritical belief in the validation of feelings and importance of mental health (H&M’s don’t seem to count, hmm), it’s just laughable that they’ve contrived an entire quarterly magazine to embiggen her and the best they’ve got is “it’s hard to be glamorous.” LOL

    • Betsy says:

      Yeah and she’s not even glamorous. At all. Like I love to hate on her “lacecore” clothes, but she never looks good.

    • Novice says:

      It’s not even her clothing choice. It’s just her facial expression. Utterly cold and turning people off.

      • Lorelei says:

        Yes, it’s just sort of her…vibe. Both Diana and Meghan managed to come across as both approachable and relatable while always being truly glamorous and someone we all emulated and wanted to be like.

        Kate has none of those qualities. It’s not necessarily her fault — either you’re born with them or you’re not — but they should stop writing about her in a way that is so abjectly false.

      • BarbN says:

        Yes, exactly. There is something off about Kate’s expressions, I guess because of Botox and other work she’s had done? Clothes don’t change that. TBH, not all of Meghan’s wardrobe choices have been my favorites, and I must confess I did not like that anti-freeze green dress she wore at the now-infamous Commonwealth ceremony. It didn’t fit well and the color did not suit her. But Meghan absolutely glows from within, just as Diana did, and that is true glamour and beauty. Sadly, I don’t see any of that in Kate.

  26. Cecilia says:

    “ No, she’s not likely to speak out on issues royals have avoided for centuries, including politics and personal struggles” which is why her mental health advocacy is blah and she will never be the millennial queen these baby boomers think she is. Millennials and gen Z even more expect more then showing up to an opening of a foodbank in an alexander mcqueen dress. And quite frankly, speaking for gen Z here, as long as there are foodbanks and people continue to struggle like that financially i do not see why royalty should even exist

    • Lorelei says:

      @Cecilia remember how she just sat there looking awkward when Meghan was talking about women using their voices at that panel with the “Fantastic Four” a few years ago? Lol

      • UptownGirl says:

        She had that “uh- oh” look and was clearly out of her depth. She was so uncomfortable, I thought she would have a stroke right then and there.

      • Meghan was so good during that panel discussion with all of them in attendance as Fab 4 that she overshadowed Kate big time in terms of substance, delivery and presentation. This was, I think, the first time William and Kate saw her as a big threat to their existence. They never got together again in a public discussion after that first time. The royals made sure that was the first and last.

  27. RoyalBlue says:

    she is the opposite of millennial whereas meghan embodies all that a millennial is. they are into yoga and mindfulness, they are green, they are social media savvy and try to make the world a better place. please stop putting kate in a space she does not belong.

    kate the great? what has she done? if that is not a celebration of mediocrity i don’t know what is. amazing how this woman gets artificially elevated and pushed in this space with an undeserved/unearned tag of greatness. racism at its finest.

    • Tessa says:

      Kate is a throwback to the fifties women who went to University for the Degree in MRS, marrying an heir to a business fortune or a person aiming to be a doctor. However, even the fifties women did charity work even if they did not use the degree. Kate just idled away the years waiting for the ring,

  28. Lee13 says:

    I mean, Kate was born in the 1980s and is married to a future king. Saying she is a “millennial queen in the making” is like saying my pregnant friend is a “Canadian mother in the making”. Like, yes, those are both true things… ??

    Otherwise, the whole tone is pretty nauseating and regressive. I wonder if anyone involved was clever enough to have intended the headline to help Kate out with Google search algorithms and push the Tatler article further down the results page?

  29. Seraphina says:

    Kate the Great is the same as Ivanka being taken seriously at the G20 summit.

  30. Nic919 says:

    The only thing Kate is great at is being a white mediocrity.

  31. Mamasan says:

    I do wonder how she inspires and motivates young women to pursue goals in public service and one’s potential. To me, not much substance there.
    Princess Anne and Diana all pursued passions that were important to them despite what others thought. Meghan and Harry are in that group as well. And we cheered them on, and watched to see what great things they achieved not for the greatness of the Royal Family but for the everyday people. To me, that is what Kate can never hope to achieve. It seems that drive to greatness or accountability is not there to those she “serves.”

    • Merricat says:

      Agreed. Her devotion to a life of duty as a FFq is pathetic. She has done NOTHING for the public for ten years.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Kate doesn’t feel a duty to serve the people, she serves only herself and her immediate circle of needs/wants.

  32. Watson says:

    I don’t know of any millennial who looks to Kate as a beacon of moral authority, leadership or style. Literally millennials don’t think about her.

  33. Nutella toast says:

    No “off” moments? You mean other than not looking at or speaking to her husband’s brother and wife in a very public forum and national ceremony? I don’t care how much you hate someone – you can fake “Hi”.

    • Merricat says:

      That is exactly the moment when we saw Kate’s true face. Such naked hatred and spite. I’ll never forget it.

    • Lorelei says:

      That was really something to behold. The FFQC, heralded almost daily by the British media for her regal perfection, couldn’t even hold it together and be civil/professional to her own BIL and SIL for less than an hour, in a church, where she *knew* she was being recorded for all the world to see (and that it would be especially scrutinized because of Sussexit). We all saw the true Kate at that moment and it was not a good look.

      • CrystalBall says:

        Precisely – and if she’s that nasty in public, we can only imagine the full horror of how she behaves behind closed doors.

      • Nic919 says:

        I was actually surprised she let her bitch face show in that public of an event. Normally things are done behind the scenes with her.

    • Ginger says:

      We definitely saw Kate’s true side. She tries to come off as sweet and shy but she is anything but. Even before Meghan, Kate would make nasty faces at engagements. She would roll her eyes a lot, etc.

  34. Betsy says:

    Does Buckingham Palace seriously have no problem with the way that these articles embiggen Kate at the expense of the Queen? They all but called her dour, hateful, humorless, not evolved enough to care about mental illness and a bad mother. Maybe the shade was supposed to fall on Charles most, but I read it as the Queen.

  35. Miasys says:

    Feels like Kate just wants to be a stay at home mom/wife and that is great, but that is not the gig she signed up for. All of this drama and spin to make her into something she can’t/won’t be is just exhausting. She doesn’t want to do anything but cosplay aristo lady who makes chutney, but she expects the commonwealth to fund this lifestyle. The BRF is a sh*tshow.

    • Novice says:

      Sorry, not defending her, but none of the Commonwealth country except Britain funds her, not even Canada, the most senior and most loyal dominion.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Commonwealth countries bear the burden of costs for the royal tours, including clothing, housing, security.

      • Novice says:

        @notasugarhere, well of course, it’s just like when foreign dignitories come to visit, you pay the cost. You don’t expect the vistors to pay the cost, do you?

      • notasugarhere says:

        Seeing as the enterprise is simply to keep 15 of the 54 Commonwealth countries from getting rid of the UK monarch? The foreign dignitaries in this case are visiting for their own benefit, not to benefit those they are visiting.

      • Novice says:

        What are they gonna do? They got tour her realms, else they got dragged. They deserve to be critised, but this is not the one.

      • notasugarhere says:

        They can push back, as some have done, and call for the royals to pay their own costs on tour. They aren’t powerless, they have the ability to say, ‘You’re not welcome here, cover your own costs, make your own arrangements’. Follow Sturgeon’s example if nothing else and call them out publicly when they pull these stunts.

      • Novice says:

        @notasugarhere, oh, come on, you are being facetious here. Sturgeon used that stick because under the current extreme circumstance she can get away with it, and she get to look good. In normal times, it’s really not her say or anyone’s say.

  36. SMS says:

    Meghan has been subjected to blatant racist and misogynistic attacks by a press determined to sell papers by creating a story about a cat fight. Kate has been set up as the Diana to Meghan’s Fergie, even though they are nothing alike, because it has to be one good versus one bad woman. Traditional=good, modern=bad, before it was beautiful and slim against chubby and meh.
    I don’t think any of these women chose this narrative. All of us should try to step away from this false dichotomy and acknowledge that they are all caught in a harsh media circus designed to create controversy and sell papers. None of us know what’s these people are really like or the real circumstances of their lives.

    • Shoo fly says:

      I would buy this narrative had Kate interested in public even once in a loving way with her sister in law. She did not. Diana and Sarah Ferguson were friendly. They were seen around each other and carrying each other’s children. After the attacks began on Meghan, Kate did not choose to do the same

      • notasugarhere says:

        Diana and Fergie were already friendly. Diana threw her friend in Andrew’s path to get a friend into the BRF with her.

      • SMS says:

        Even though they were childhood friends and distant cousins Diana and Sarah Ferguson were completely estranged when Diana died and had had a problematic relationship for years. They vied for good coverage in the press and some say Diana was the one who leaked Fergie’s location to the paparazzi who took the infamous toe sucking photos. Andrew Morton says Diana leaked Fergie’s separation to distract from her own potential bad press.

      • notasugarhere says:

        They were definitely estranged for years before Diana’s death. They had an adversarial relationship from early on in the York marriage when Fergie was embraced. Whenever Fergie managed to get good headlines, which was rarely, Diana would pull a stunt to get attention back to herself.

      • Lorelei says:

        I agree with the replies to Shoo Fly, but at the same time, think that Shoo Fly makes a good point. It would have gone SUCH a long way toward helping Meghan at a time when Meghan really needed it if Kate had simply been publicly kind to her in certain situations, reached out even a tiny bit, and she chose not to.

        The example I always think of first is when Meghan and Kate were at that polo match when Archie was an infant. Kate didn’t even LOOK at Archie, let alone hold him, smile at him, nothing. She knew the cameras were on them, but she didn’t make the slightest effort to show interest or affection toward a NEWBORN. She treats random babies she meets on the street better than she treated her own nephew. It was so blatant and gross, and there are tons of other similar examples.

        The rest of her behavior during the time Meghan was in the UK was beyond heinous and can’t be overlooked — she was a full-on participant in the smear campaign — but if I read Shoo Fly’s comment correctly, it seems like she was saying that Kate could have bought herself a ton of goodwill with some simple, kind words or actions toward Meghan and she just didn’t. She was cold and cruel toward Meghan from day one; there wasn’t even a shred of affection like there once was with Diana and Fergie, even if much of theirs was staged for the public.

        (On the other hand, she could have been purposely snubbing Meghan publicly to play to her racist fanbase. We’ll never know, but I understand the desire to criticize her for her total lack of kindness to Meghan, ever.)

      • Tessa says:

        Diana and Fergie did stay friends, until Fergie’s book when she said she borrowed Diana’s shoes and got plantar warts. Kate treated Meghan badly almost from day one. She appeared to like being the center of attention between two Princes and would giggle with Harry and enjoyed being part of the Fab Three. She did not like it when Harry stopped trailing after her and William. IMO

    • Nic919 says:

      No we aren’t going to both sides this. Not this time. Kate actively participated in the attacks against Meghan, with her refusal to deny the “Kate crying over tights” story, having her mother give her only interview and slag being good at giving speeches and as we all saw live, her obvious snub to Meghan at the commonwealth service.

      That doesn’t even include the other more indirect attacks, which William participated in as well, because Christian Jones never got fired for leaking to Dan Wotton and Jason Knauf still is linked to them and was a part of interfering with the copyright case and trying to pretend that authorship could be shared.

      Kate is not innocent here and she is not a victim. She has a ton of agency in her own actions and lack of welcoming of Meghan into the family. Excuses have been made for her since day one, when the story of her failing to give Meghan a ride to the same shopping complex came out. But after years of this passive aggression and later with examples of overt aggression, it is impossible to pretend that this is just the media spinning something.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Agreed, Nic919. Kate and the Middletons are not innocent in what has been done to Meghan in the last four years. They’ve been active participants.

      • Jaded says:

        Kate may be stupid and lazy, but if there’s one thing she excels at it it’s being manipulative. I agree that this isn’t merely the tabloids pitting one royal wife against another to get clicks, Kate has proven time and time again that she resented Meghan from the start, was rude, standoffish and isolating against her when she should have welcomed her with open arms. She could have learned so much from Meghan, and Meghan would have generously offered her knowledge and experience to her. But no, jealously and racism reared its ugly and many tentacled head and she froze Meghan out.

      • Harper says:

        Not to mention the social occasions that Meghan had to be banned from because she was much too popular–Pippa’s wedding, and that Diana event that Meghan was disinvited from (don’t remember the details, only that Megs flew to the UK expecting to go and Will & Kate said she couldn’t.) So this was not just Will & Kate merely being less supportive than they could be, they actively worked to keep her away from their events. Who does that? These are the intentional actions that hurt Harry and made him ditch the lot of them. I hope Harry starts and never stops with the details of how cold they were.

    • Vavavoom says:

      I agree SMS. It’s good to remember that sometimes. They are all in this narrative – some willingly – and some have to play along or get out. Harry chose to get out, which was one of the bravest acts I’ve seen out of that family in my lifetime.

  37. Cj says:

    But in a turbulent world too often rocked by unrest, she can be counted on as a beacon of stability. “There is a tremendous power in being consistent and making people happy,” says Holmes.

    Ffs. Yes there is a tremendous power in capitulating to people who can’t bear to see the world change out of the colonial, industrial era where rich white landowners got to set the rules. Things are good as they are when you have generational wealth (claimed before social media could out you) and protection to keep all your titles and delude yourself that a trafficked young woman genuinely wanted you because you’re a prince.

    But the voices being listened to, the voices being lifted up… are not those that claim the old, stale, white and male views are anything other than what they are – remnants of colonial oppression and their racist ideals designed to benefit a tiny group while millions suffer. Who’s going to want to hear from the queen who finally learned to do her makeup and take a selfie when most of the desired audience is mastering YouTube and tiktok?

    If even her very white nobility set doesn’t like her, who exactly is she trying to impress by being the blandest thing to hit the stage since I forgot to put salt on plain rice? (And WHY are they so surprised when no one pays any attention to her for longer than 15 minutes?)

  38. MattyLove says:

    Every time I see “FFQ” I picture Kate saying “I am the future f*cking queen!”

    I know it’s actually FFQ for future future Queen but…

    • Babz says:

      You just won the Internet today!! This comment is pure gold! Bravo! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    • Jais says:

      Yes! For a good while I thought FFQ meant future fucking queen and FFK meant future fucking king. Then would get confused when Charles was only FK as in is he future king or fucking king and why not future fucking king too? Lol finally someone wrote it full out in a comment and I was ohhhh.

    • Dl says:

      Omg I thought I was the only one!😂😂😂😂😂

  39. Amelie says:

    The only thing people can say about Kate is “future Queen.” I always want to joke “take a shot every time a media outlet refers to Kate as a future Queen” but that’s a dangerous game and we’d all die of alcohol poisoning.

    Is People Magazine still trying to make “Princess Kate” happen? Or have they knocked that off? That’s never taken off. Will and Kate have been trying to force the media and people around them to call her Catherine for the last decade and it’s never taken off either. I thought they tried to force Catherine because Kate wanted to get away from the Waity Katie nickname. People still call her Kate Middleton though or we jokingly call her Duchess Kate (I’m surprised People never tried to make Duchess Catherine a thing given its regal sound). I’ve never seen People call Meghan Princess Meghan or Duchess Meghan though…

    And will this quarterly magazine just focus on the British royals? People rarely covers other European royals, once in awhile we see the Swedes but we never really see them cover any other royal family. They might has well have called the magazine the British Royals.

    • booboocita says:

      It all depends on what sells. If the BRF sells more copies, that’s what the magazine will focus on. If the Grimaldis of Monaco sell, they’ll be featured — although it appears that no one has much interest in them, apart from taking bets on when Charlene (or whatever her name is) bolts. And if she does bolt, there’ll be a special issue for sure. The other royal families of Europe will be featured in between the breathless coverage of PWBT and Ofwilliam, and efforts to make Sophie happen. And I’m betting that the royal families of Japan, Brunei, Saudi Arabia, etc., get no coverage at all unless one of them dies.

  40. Novice says:

    Sometimes I pray that we are now in 21st century with all these modern inventions such as social media and not in Edwardian Britain where British Empire was at its height and exiled royals had nowhere to turn to. With Netflix, Sportify, Instagram, Twitter, etc and at the protection of the US, the British establishment couldn’t attack and silence H&M as they silenced their predecessors.

  41. February-Pisces says:

    Keen would have almost been passable as a married in duchess/princess if only she existed before Diana, and not after. You can’t go from Diana to Kate and expect her to be anything other than a disappointment compared to iconic predecessor. And you can’t go from Diana to Kate to Meghan, she it literally sandwiched between two strong women who both broke the mould.

    Keen is nothing but a 1950s throwback. she doesn’t care about women’s rights or equality or anything really because she benefits from the status quo. Everything she pretends to care about is soft and only serves her image. Diana and Meghan both spoke up on issues that may have been considered controversial (aids, landmines, BLM, feminism etc) but did it because things needed to be said. Diana and Meghan wanted to make positive influence on the world, Kate wants to serve herself.

    I really wish Keen and her PR ma Middleton would cool down the paid for advertorials cos they just make her look ridiculous,

    • Lorelei says:

      @February-Pisces that’s such a great point. Diana would be an impossible act to follow for anyone. But the family specifically wanted a not-Diana, so that’s what they got. What they didn’t anticipate was a Meghan coming along and showing the world the stark differences; upstaging Kate in every way by merely existing.

    • Ginger says:

      Wonderful points February Pisces. This is why I laugh when Kate stans say Diana would have loved Kate. She wouldn’t. She would be very disappointed in her. She stands for everything Diana hated ,has zero passion for charities, and is lazy.

    • February-Pisces says:

      I think the fact kate is the anti-Diana is the only reason she’s still there and why the fam/palace haven’t turned on her yet. She’s not Diana and that’s a relief to them. I think they are terrified of Willie wife swapping for someone who will have the same star power as Diana and Meghan, but we all know that type of woman would reject him in a heartbeat.

      I think Diana would have been like WTF? regarding Kate. Kate is always given a pass and literally gets to do whatever she wants in peace. Diana and Meghan were never given the same courtesy. Kate is lucky no one cares about her, because she’s never had to deal with the same level of media interest as them.

      • Tessa says:

        I think if William decides he prefers someone else and wants to marry her, the media will turn on Kate and start praising the other woman. That’s how the media works with the RF.

  42. CrystalBall says:

    No off moments and a beacon of stability? Well, her panties certainly were off as her naked behind became a beacon of white as she boarded a helicopter on a royal tour – pictures subsequently published in major newspapers around the world. (The British media were told to refrain and they obediently did. Shame.)

    And since when do children of two require homeschooling? Note how she is homeschooling three, not just the two who are actually in school. Grasping at straws to make an idle duchess look busy and important. Clearly, their strategy isn’t working.

  43. Sofia says:

    Yeah, yeah, yeah!! All hail the best Duchess in the whole world! The paragon of virtue, the best mother, granddaughter-in-law, the strongest supporter of her husband! She is the greatehahahahhaha

  44. candy says:

    Not to get hung up on technicalities, but I was born in 1984 and I’m barely considered a millennial. By definition, I think I’m on the cusp. So I don’t think Kate is a millennial.

    • Nic919 says:

      Some definitions of millennial start at 1981 so she would be included in that sense. Her actual behaviour is more like someone born in 1881 though.

    • florencia says:

      Nah, you’re solidly a millennial by every definition I’ve ever seen. There’s no set in stone dates for generations but averaging them out ’81 seems to be the commonly accepted start date.

  45. Kate is not going to talk about politics and her personal struggles because she cannot string a sentence coherently. She cannot delve into subjects deeply and make intelligent conversations about them. She just opens her mouth to smile and smile some more. Uninteresting woman. She’s no great Kate.

  46. Andrea says:

    Is Kate even technically a millennial? She’s my age and I consider myself in a weird gap generation between millennials and Gen X (some refer to it as “xennial”). I’m pretty sure she’s too old to be considered a proper millennial, which I’ve always seen defined as mid-late eighties and early-mid nineties babies.

  47. Vanessa says:

    Kate was born in 1980 but her behavior and actions are that of a century that has long since passed . Kate is nothing more than a empty vessels that why the British tabloids and the courtiers can get away with remaking her any image than see fit and right now her image of a modern woman who single handed is saving the Royal Family. Her behavior is completely opposite of what the British tabloids are peddling to the royal fanatics Kate is a mean spirited woman who had no problem helping to bully her sister in law . She was all to willing to play to a crowd who engaged in racist tactics she had no problem with the bullying and harassment of Meghan while pregnant.

    • Vavavoom says:

      I agree that she is probably not a very nice person. I think she is exactly what they want her to be and let her be. That’s why she’s lasted so long, She proved herself after years of scrubbing her own personality . The British class system is despicable truly. My Dad was born there in an industrial city which was not considered glamorous at all (Hull), and they are all fed this crap about the monarchy from day one. With the world becoming so much smaller now with the internet, they are realizing how ridiculous and demeaning it really is.

      I’m so proud of Harry for opening that can of worms and exposing the hypocrisy for the whole world. I do believe he is his mother’s son, and think it is beautiful that he found such a supportive wife. I can only imagine the things she has helped him through emotionally.

  48. Vavavoom says:

    I think it’s a beautiful photo of her. I have to laugh at the seemingly sarcastic tone of the Title though .. Kate the Great, how she is defining herself. It can be read as She thinks SHE is great. LOL
    I am a Meghan and Harry fan, for many reasons .. way back to when Diana died and Harry had to walk behind her casket. I just have such an issue with the constant comparisons. I agree with a lot of the commenters here on so many points, but do we have to bring one down to lift up another? And on Pink Shirt day, no less.
    So many folks love to quote Michelle Obama’s timeless phrase “When they go low, we go high”, but I see so many people (in comments all over the internet) doing the opposite without maybe even realizing it. I don’t mean the mindset that “everyone gets an award”, either. But maybe less “I know you are, but what am I” retorts. It reminds me of Donald Trump, who reminded me of PeeWee Herman, who was a caricature of a child.

    I also am fully aware that this is exactly how articles are written, especially by the British Press.. Tit for Tat. I just don’t think we need to play into it.

    Off my soapbox. I just want niceness to come back a little in the world. :(

    • Elizabeth says:

      Michelle Obama clarified at the 2020 DNC that she didn’t mean we couldn’t name and confront racism or Trumpism. The British royals are people of incredible privilege on the backs of imperial, colonial oppression. Just look at Andrew or look how Meghan was treated. Saying let’s all be nice to the bullies and murderers is massively missing the mark. Let’s be nice by protecting those who are vulnerable.

      “But let’s be clear: going high does not mean putting on a smile and saying nice things when confronted by viciousness and cruelty. Going high means taking the harder path. It means scraping and clawing our way to that mountain top. Going high means standing fierce against hatred while remembering that we are one nation under God, and if we want to survive, we’ve got to find a way to live together and work together across our differences.

      “And going high means unlocking the shackles of lies and mistrust with the only thing that can truly set us free: the cold hard truth.“ — Michelle Obama

      • Vavavoom says:

        This I know, I didn’t say not to call out others shortcomings or racism or bad behaviour. But making fun of one in order to praise another. That’s all. I knew this would get misunderstood.
        I’m a mom of a kid with autism, and today is Pink Shirt Day and I’m just so against bullying… I guess I’m feeling overly sensitive. We’re all human, and although I truly believe – if we must compare – that Harry and Meghan are good people while Kate and Will (et al) are not, I much prefer reading valid criticisms.
        Hugs.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Vavavoom, I think that in this particular situation, which is so unique, comparisons were inevitable. Diana was an icon and had two sons. They married within ten years of each other, and Kate and Meghan are the only two people in the world to be in that exact position of scrutiny, of being the mothers of Diana’s grandchildren, of marrying into that family. It would have seemed strange to not compare them, imo.

      Unfortunately for Kate, she doesn’t fare well in the inevitable comparisons, but she brought that all upon herself by her own behavior. She could have welcomed, helped and befriended Meghan, which would have created a mutually beneficial relationship, but she chose to cruelly participate in a vile smear campaign that ended up with H&M needing to literally leave the country to try and live in peace.

      It might have been more innocuous “Who wore it best?” sort of superficial comparisons if things had played out differently, but Kate actively helped to turn it into something far more vicious.

      Anyway, I’m rambling, lol, and I do see what you’re saying, I just think there’s no way that the two weren’t going to be compared. Which is unfortunate for everyone involved, but that’s just the way the media works. And Kate made it far worse than it needed to be, imo.

  49. Beach Dreams says:

    The constant embiggening has become beyond tiresome. There’s only so many ways these people can promote this ~future Queen~ nonsense and half the time they’re contradicting themselves. Also, perhaps the FFQC herself should start matching the faux interest and enthusiasm of these PR efforts. There’s been a distinct lack of it on her end for the past few months, besides the disaster train tour perhaps. All those hints of “exhaustion” and clear resentment might be gnawing at her.

  50. Nicole says:

    I think she was an excellent choice for William. Her method of not rocking the boat is to sit still. She isn’t rowing but she looks good in pictures. She does not appear to be interested in revenge cheating. Always thought she had a bit of a crush on her brother-in-law but there was never any fear of either of them acting on it. Appears to like having children. Might even spend time with them off camera. Likes sports.

    And… that’s her entire public personality.

    • Vavavoom says:

      Practically Perfect in Every Way. :/ Although I was surprised at first, I am not surprised how quickly Meghan realized she could not mentally survive being told who to be for the rest of her life. It’s ridiculous! Kate was an excellent choice, I agree.

    • MsIam says:

      Are we sure she’s not a mannequin? Or a blow up doll? Just wondering…..?

  51. Emma says:

    No one knows how anyone’s life is until they live in their shoes. The world is so filled with negativity. Perhaps giving people the benefit of the doubt and avoiding second guessing their life choices is taking the high road. We’ve all made mistakes. Love and acceptance is where it’s at.

    • MsIam says:

      Nah, she’s the Wicked Witch trying to disguise herself as Snow White. She accidentally showed herself with how she treated Meghan. This is cleanup duty.

    • Nic919 says:

      Kate was given the benefit of the doubt for years and then we saw live how she was rude to Meghan at commonwealth service. And despite the visual confirmation of that rudeness, still people want to gaslight and pretend that she wasn’t acting like a total bitch in church over a procession. Please enough. She also said nothing to support meghan once news of the miscarriage came out. What kind of sister in law who purports to care about maternal health remains silent then? But let’s give the white girl more opportunities to fail upward. What else is new.

  52. Kalana says:

    Duchess Melania has gone from strength to strength! Period! She has never put a foot wrong!

    Okay, royalist Sean Spicer. Settle down.

    Oh wait. Is it Princess Melania now?

    • Lorelei says:

      @Kalana not that this matters, lol but I *despise* the expression “going from strength to strength.” I don’t know why. I have a completely irrational hatred toward it. Maybe because I’ve only really seen it used to try and prop up Kate. It just annoys me so much!

    • ennie says:

      Melania hardly gives a damn about appearances while this one…

  53. sassafras says:

    I read stuff like this and I’m really struck by how hard these press fluffers have to work to walk the line between “OMG So relatable” and “Style icon for the ages.” Their story for so long was that yes, QE was dowdy but she was practical and comforting and THAT’s what the people wanted. Then Diana came and she was glamorous and beautiful and it turned out, THAT was what the people wanted, so they had to gaslight people for a bit that glamour was NOT royal, not really.
    Fast forward 15 years and Momager Middleton decided they could have it both ways – a glamorous, iconic yet down to earth practical mum for the people. But they could have only this one. Not that other, American one.

    So it’s no wonder that none of these stories ever make sense. They have to constantly have feet on all the pedals, brake, gas, and neutral to keep up with their invented story lines. Why this kind of amazing style is more amazing but also more practical than that other. Why this kind of mom is down to earth and yet unattainable but that other kind of hands on royal mom is soooo out of touch.

    And it’s so sad to me. Because why couldn’t we just have royal women who are being their best selves?

    • Amy Too says:

      This is a great comment. By trying to make Kate everything, she is nothing to anyone. With the Queen, they conceded that she was dowdy and kind of staid and boring, but she was also dutiful, and patriotic, and committed, and dependable, and grandmotherly. That is a real person that we all know.

      With diana, they conceded that she was a bit emotional, immature, childish, sentimental, and idealistic, but she was charismatic, lovable, beautiful, athletic, and stylish. And we all know people like that, too. That sounds like a real person.

      But Kate has no flaws. She is ALL the things, all the time, perfectly. Down to earth, personally baking and cooking and gardening and child rearing, the perfect stay at home mom who prioritizes her kids….who also works a super top CEO full time job and is always very busy behind the scenes with her dutiful royal work because the work of the monarchy and being QC are her top priority…..while also being the thinnest, most exercised, most beautiful, most manicured, most stylish, most glamorous, youngest hottest, most head turning, natural born Princess with the best teeth and sexiest hair.. but ALSO she’s totally into rewearing clothes, likes to wear every-woman high street clothes, has owned and worn this pair of riding boots since college, likes to roll around on the ground outside in jeans, is SO MIDDLE CLASS, and dresses super modestly, demurely, and Queenly conservative like your 60 year old mother.
      Who the heck is this person!? I know no one like this. I know no one who has no faults or quirks and is the best at all the things they do. And is the best at all the things anyone else tries to do, too.

      • Commonwealthy says:

        Wow… this is so spot on @AmyToo, and makes me pity Kate (separate from holding her accountable for choosing this path, and the devil’s bargain she seems to have made for it with William, the courtiers and the British press). How sad, to agree to only partially, artificially human in exchange for any status, let alone in an outdated, sexist, racist, classist institution like the monarchy. I’m reading about the importance of women embracing our dark sides, whatever they may be, as a way to be happier with ourselves and others. It’s so funny to read this comment this week. Thank you for sharing it.

  54. Adream says:

    Over the next decade or so the monarchy will be shiftingits power down several decades quickly. It will be important for Britain to keep the commonwealth countries under their fold. This new quarterly Royal magazine and other marketing seems like perfect timing to introduce the younger Royals to new generations in these countries not just the US. The magazine is going to be dull AF, but it’s a smart move.

    • Sofia says:

      Is it really a smart move? America isn’t a Commonwealth country so if keeping countries in the CW through an American publication that caters mostly to an American audience is the plan then its not a smart move at all.

      • Lorelei says:

        And even outside of the US, do *any* of the young people they’re attempting to target even buy physical magazines anymore (if they ever did)? It seems like a misguided effort, imo, but this is not a surprise coming from that team.

      • Lizzie says:

        I don’t really know how many issues will interest the American public. Kate is just not going to happen in the US like Diana, Harry and Meghan.

  55. Murphy says:

    Spoiler: Kate will not be the next Queen.

  56. Mooshe1 says:

    Looking at the trash People is spewing you would think Kate’s actually working. Her 10 year career? They’re crazy. Kate’s the worst royal in the family other than Andrew

  57. florencia says:

    I’m skeptical Kate is quite the evil Machiavelli painted here, but what I think IS so bizarre is how the press constantly describes her as just moments away from stepping into a role as Queen, completely forgetting that Charles (and whatever role Camilla will be allowed to play) is next in line. If he’s as long-lived as his parents William and Kate are looking at another 20-30 years before they ascend the throne, and who knows what will happen in that huge chunk of time (at the very least younger generations will surely be “ok millenial’ng” us by then, lol).

  58. Nic919 says:

    It’s amazing how many people still want to ascribe innocence to Kate’s actions when we all saw her behaviour on video at the commonwealth service. There was no excuse for that rude behaviour.

    But a thin white woman will always get another chance, as it ever was.

  59. Neners says:

    “Millennial Queen”. The only people that think Millennials claim her are Boomers lol

  60. Lesley says:

    Kate as a Queen in the making? Don’t make me laugh! There’s nothing Queen like about her. Her sour face, rude actions at the Commonwealth Service show us all exactly what she is really like. William should have left her home that day. There is nothing Queen like about her being so rude. It was an insult to the Commonwealth as they were there to celebrate it, an insult to the Church, an insult to those who put in hours of work preparing for the service. If she’s still around when William becomes King then I’ll be there at Parliament lobbying for New Zealand to become a Republic.

    And I’m going to admit that I despise Sophie and Edward sucking up to Kate, trying to jolly her along.

    It was only 1-2 hours, any other person would have put on a smile and not let how they feel show. Kate’s too rude, or without manners, to be able to do so. So should she really be representing the BRF and the UK if she can’t do this?

  61. Catherine says:

    Does anyone have any insight into People Magazine’s sales or the engagement they get on social media for articles like this. It’s hard for me to believe that this puffery attracts interest in the US. I feel like interest in the Cambridge’s other than when Kate gave birth and their tours had declined significantly before Meghan mainly because they didn’t do anything significant. They had no defined roles. They weren’t even full time royals until 2017/2018.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      Catherine
      The had to do some digging. Based on ad revenue and subscriptions people mag is still one of the most profitable publications out there in the multi billion dollar industry. They do don’t get a lot of new subscribers, but maintain their existing ones well enough.

      For perspective one source said 2 versions of AARP magazines beat out people as well as good housekeeping and Costco.

      So, maybe you can assume safely most of these subscriptions are just not being cancelled and bought by the older generation.

  62. Lizzie says:

    Okay, that outfit on the cover is one of the ugliest I have seen on her and she has a long long list of ugly clothes. Granted the cultural difference but I just cannot see Americans looking at that cover and wanting to buy it. Sure, a dress and fascinator are very British and charming but for gods sake pick something better for the cover.

    • Commonwealthy says:

      Confession: this is one of my favorite outfits of hers, top 5 I think. LOLOLOL – I laugh because of how many like-minded people people hate it, and how much I hate that I love it. Custom Elie Saab day look, you guys?? The color, the lace, the hat, her styling that day, I loved it. Her most princess-amongst-us look of all time for me.

  63. Liz version 700 says:

    Haha I can’t think of anything to say to that sugary mess. This article is its own fairytale. Also I had that red dress…when I was 3. My grandmother made it for me! At 3 it was cute….. Kate looks like she escaped from A Little House on the Prairie Xmas episode.

  64. MangoAngelesque says:

    She’s going to have to start paying her hair differently….

  65. Tessa says:

    She is not Elizabeth’s Successor as Monarch. She will be consort to a Monarch and Charles is next as King not William. All this overpraise of Kate is sickening.

  66. Silent Star says:

    That excerpt was basically a nice way of saying: “Now that Meagan is out of the way, Kate can avoid being seen as bland and lacking in fashion sense in comparison”.

  67. Izzy says:

    It’s easy to be stable when you sit around in a palace all day doing nothing.

  68. boyd says:

    There’s no Question the information the Tabloids acquire is from members of the Royal Family. I rule out Charles , Anne, Edward, Phillip and the Queen. That leave whom? We’ve had 4 years of Tabloids un-named Tabloids sources trolling Meghan.. Why des the BRF allow this to continue? Because they are behind it.

  69. Ania says:

    I just have to say that she must have a huuuge impostor syndrome. She knows how incompetent she is, how much time she wasted. Those stories must make her cringe inside.

  70. BasedinUK says:

    @Novice At least Charles was fun at his young days, and he even went out briefly, quietly, and discreetly with a black singer.

    This statement plays into Charles is a coward narrative, and give me more insight into why some viewed Meghan as a fling and not someone to be concerned worthy of long-term, loud and public adoration as a wife. I am glad Harry was a courageous man able to live and love on his terms.

  71. Lizzie says:

    Cathy can be counted on…to be the laziest royal. Year in and year out for the last decade. Documented. How is she considered full time?