Duchess Kate wrote the foreword for the ‘Hold Still’ coffee table book

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The Duchess of Cambridge honestly doesn’t get that many unqualified “wins.” Usually her projects are just made up of asinine busy work, pie charts without data, half-assed surveys she stole from other sources, or it’s dumb, obvious embiggening schemes like her stupid “garden” which she barely had a hand in designing, and which she promoted endlessly like it was her most important project to date. One of the very few projects which seemed like a genuine “win” for her was Hold Still, which she did in conjunction with her patronage, the National Portrait Gallery. It was an open-entry photo competition for photos about or around the pandemic. They got thousands of submissions and culled it down to a final 100 photos. It ended up being a pretty moving project, which means that I’m pretty convinced that Kate didn’t actually come up with it. Still, she got credit for it and so be it, it was fine and good for her.

Now the Hold Still photos are being turned into a coffee table book, the sales of which will support charities. Kate decided to write the introduction for the book. Gee, a book with an introduction by a royal duchess, and the proceeds go to charity? Single White Female, thy name is Keen. The Palace also arranged for Kate to pose for a portrait by Matt Porteous, with Kate holding her own camera, just so you know that she’s a photographer too. Sidenote: I checked and that Porteous photograph of Kate was part of the same photoshoot as the Cambridges’ “logs” Christmas photo last year. She’s so lazy, she wouldn’t even organize a separate photoshoot or change her clothes. You can order the book through the National Portrait Gallery. Here’s Kate’s book intro:

When we look back at the COVID-19 pandemic in decades to come, we will think of the challenges we all faced – the loved ones we lost, the extended isolation from our families and friends and the strain placed on our key workers. But we will also remember the positives: the incredible acts of kindness, the helpers and heroes who emerged from all walks of life, and how together we adapted to a new normal.

Through Hold Still, I wanted to use the power of photography to create a lasting record of what we were all experiencing – to capture individuals’ stories and document significant moments for families and communities as we lived through the pandemic.

In May 2020 we asked the public to send in photographs which showed their experiences of life in lockdown and we were thrilled by the response. Over 31,000 submissions were received from people of all ages and backgrounds, and all parts of the United Kingdom. One hundred final images were chosen, creating a collective portrait of our nation. From photographs of NHS staff caring for those battling the virus, to families sharing tender moments through closed windows, each of the images gave an insight into what others were going through during this unprecedented time.

For me, the power of the images is in the poignant and personal stories that sit behind them. I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak to some of the photographers and sitters, to hear their stories first-hand – from moments of joy, love and community spirit, to deep sadness, pain, isolation and loss.

A common theme of those conversations was how lockdown reminded us about the importance of human connection and the huge value we place on the relationships we have with the people around us. Although we were physically apart, these images remind us that, as families, communities and a nation we need each other more than we had ever realised.

Thank you to Nicholas Cullinan and our fellow judges for the time they invested in the project, and their thoughtful consideration throughout the judging process. I would also like to extend my gratitude to everyone at the National Portrait Gallery for embracing Hold Still so enthusiastically, and for their dedication and support in helping to bring this project to life. My thanks too to the Co-op, for all that they did in helping to take the final portraits back to the communities and people who created them, through our community exhibition and this book.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit an image – your stories are the most crucial part of this project. I hope that the final 100 images showcase the experiences and emotions borne during this extraordinary moment in history, pay tribute to the awe-inspiring efforts of all who have worked to protect those around them, and provide a space for us to pause and reflect upon this unparalleled period.

[From Harper’s Bazaar]

Did she actually write this herself? Doubtful. I think a team of people likely wrote this on her behalf, which just underlines the point that there were a lot of people who wanted Kate to have “her own” big project, like Meghan’s Together cookbook. The problem has always been that Kate doesn’t actually care that much and she’s profoundly lazy. So this whole project was organized around her and she gets to just sign off on it. That’s the way everyone wants it to work, apparently.

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  1. Elizabeth Regina says:

    I wonder how she will log this in the court circular? A day’s work? A week? A month? Too little too late. The Duchess of Cosplay strikes again. Always a dollar short and a day late as usual.

    • Mina_Esq says:

      Lol probably the entire year. She’d say a decade if it were not for the fact that the pandemic only started in March of last year.

    • Quietly Kitten says:

      “Duchess Kate wrote the foreward for the ‘Hold Still’ coffee table book”

      Which aid had to suffer listening to Kate, Queen of Karens, attempt to string words together to make sentences that could be perceived as possible paragraphs, sort through that incoherent mess, pull out politically correct phrases, put them together so it didn’t sound vapid and entitled, and get it signed?

      That person needs a pay rise.

  2. girl_ninja says:

    Looks in Together: Our Community Cookbook…

    This woman is something else. I remember the lack of support Meghan got from her and her husband during the roll out for the Hubb Community Kitchen cookbook.

    Amazing.

    • Cecilia says:

      For people that were quick to point out that everything meghan did was wrong they do LOVE to copy her playbook

    • Original Jenns says:

      I remember they were bashed for stepping on other people’s work schedule, even though theirs should have been the most hyped. And my first though was the Cosplaying Keens strike again. Meghan’s involvement in the creation of the cookbook was mocked, Katie Keen is saving the nation one photo at a time. I’m annoyed with the media more than anything. If this drivel didn’t work, Kate and William wouldn’t do it.

      Maybe the money raised can go toward another one of their charities barreling towards being shut down. I am cranky today.

    • sandy says:

      TRULY. lord this still makes me mad. Like, Together was something from the Royal Foundation and at the time was still all 4 of them. They should have jumped on board, done an event with her, Kate could have gone to the kitchen with her and done pictures, it could have been fun and also just looked really good for them. but instead they pouted, bad mouthed her, ran her out of the country, and now are stealing the ideas they used to criticize.

    • Amy Bee says:

      I could imagine they weren’t happy that Meghan was doing the cookbook, for a number of reasons, and that lack of support was probably conveyed to the press who were quick to criticise Meghan for it.

      • Nic919 says:

        Camilla Tominey wouldn’t have linked the hubb women to terrorists if she thought the project was approved by the white royals.

  3. Savu says:

    That photo is so funny, I’m sorry. “look at me! I has camera!!!”

    • Robin says:

      Ha ha. That made me chuckle!

    • Kalana says:

      Thar photograph of Kate and her comfortable, happy privilege on a royal estate somewhere is jarring when compared to the image of the woman in scrubs. I was genuinely surprised by how tone deaf KP was for picking that image of Kate.

      But it’s an image of the Christmas card shoot which means rolling out pictures of the kids. Of course

      The comparison is so striking though. That woman in scrubs dealing with immense stress compared to KKKate complaining about being exhausted and making up lies about her SIL making her cry and cosplaying as 80s Diana in golden light.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Kalana I said something similar to Becks last night! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who immediately had that thought.

        That photo of Kate struck me as so inappropriate. It’s a beautiful photo of her, but it was jarring to see her smiling and looking so genuinely happy considering the subject matter of the book.

        She should have at least *tried* to look serious and a bit contemplative, or a staff member should have known to choose a different photo, but I should know by now not to expect any better.

        It’s just one more example, along with the total mess they’ve made with the Sarah Everard issue, of the complete incompetence and tone deafness of not only William and Kate themselves, but of every one of the people in their orbit.

    • Amy Bee says:

      I suspect that this photo was supposed to be her Birthday pic but at the last minute KP changed it because the country had just gone it’s second lockdown.

    • Dee says:

      “I also has this giant ring of doomed love! I made sure it’s turned so you can see it.”

      • Inge says:

        lol

        Tinhats keep saying how romantic it is that William gave her the ring to which I always thought ‘why would you want a ring which is the symbol of a failed marriage where neither side was faithful

      • swirlmamad says:

        @Inge, my in-laws are divorced and if my husband had tried to give me his mom’s ring when we got engaged I would’ve slapped him upside the head and then run for the hills.

      • swirlmamad says:

        @Inge, my in-laws are divorced and if my husband had tried to give me his mom’s ring when we got engaged I would’ve slapped him upside the head and then run for the hills.

  4. Myra says:

    I’m glad that Meghan could inspire her to be a better duchess. Too bad she and her team had to harass Meghan first and drive her to the brink of suicide before shamelessly copying her.

    • Cecilia says:

      It boils my blood. Meghan was already under serious threat and they doubled down with that “terrorism mosque” nonsense. Not to mention they put the women of grenfell in serious possible danger. And instead of giving camilla a telling off they stayed silent, letting them pile on. And now they copy. Anyway i hope the charity benefits from it. I doubt it tho. Camb stans are big on talk but very little on action

  5. Becks1 says:

    Yeah, this a good idea and a natural conclusion to the Hold Still project. I think we all know it wasnt Kate’s idea, but that’s okay. Sometimes she just needs to slap her name on something to help it get a little more publicity.

    That picture though – with the camera – is good in itself, but I’m laughing now that I know it was from a photoshoot of over a year ago. So Kate just decided she needed some pictures with her camera , why, so Matt Porteous wouldnt think he was the only photographer around?

    • Nic919 says:

      She’s such a great photographer that she doesn’t even need to look in the viewfinder to take photos. She just holds and clicks!

    • Amy Bee says:

      I’m not getting why she would bring her own camera to the photographer’s photoshoot.

      • Becks1 says:

        How else would we all know she’s a photographer?!?!?!?!?!?

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Becks1: LOL

      • windyriver says:

        @Amy Bee, yes, why would she? For several reasons (below) I suspect it’s a prop, actually the photographer’s camera, which he gave her to hold for the picture, to show how she’s just so into photography.

    • ShazBot says:

      I do wonder how well the book will sell. It was a good initiative, but not sure I would want a book of depressing covid photos on my coffee table to remind us all of this horrible year.

      And yes, agree with everyone about the photo of her – it’s nice, but the wrong tone. A wealthy, happy woman enjoying her country estate and her photography habit to front the book of front line workers and people trapped indoors or their tiny gardens.

      • Chica says:

        They should pull a Trump Jr. And have their Aristo buds buy them in bulk to distribute amongst their upcoming garden parties, as Jr. Had the RNC do. Lol

  6. Merricat says:

    Never an original idea; always a pale imitation.

  7. Cecilia says:

    Anybody think it will sell as much as megs cookbook? Lol

    • lanne says:

      Maybe they’ll do the Republican play by play and buy all the books themselves–just enough to “outsell” Meghan–and then give them as gifts. Eveyone at the Palace knows what they are getting for Christmas this year.

      But someone needs to point out the difference between this launch and the Together cookbook launch. Apparently, some people at the palace are worthy of support and some are not.

  8. Tiffany says:

    *stares and blink. once*

  9. Case says:

    It’s so weird to me that they make a thing of her being a “photographer.” Like yeah, she takes nice pictures of her kids. So do a million mommy bloggers on Instagram.

    • Becks1 says:

      It’s so weird that it cracks me up. I think her pictures of the kids are cute, I dont think they’re anything better that what most people can do, especially if you have a good camera. I know barely nothing about the art of photography and even with my iphone I feel like I have a lot of pictures that look like Kate’s. We have a very good DSLR and the pictures that I take with that are also pretty good, imo. I think for Kate, its mostly just PR and self-promotion and what can they promote about her? What about her makes her interesting? Nothing really, so they push this idea of her being a photographer.

      • Nic919 says:

        In the past professional photographers have commented and said that Kate is simply ok at best as a photographer. I notice she tends to do the blurry background thing a lot so the focus is on the subject, usually her kids.

      • windyriver says:

        It’s an interesting camera choice; I’d have pegged her for a Nikon (or Leica, for snob appeal?). Looks like a Fujifilm X-T, model 3 I think, considered one of the best cameras when it came out, not overwhelmingly expensive, and amazing viewfinder (don’t have one, but thought about it, for the finder!). But it’s got a different type of control set up; I assume it can be set for auto, but to get the most out of it, you need to know what you’re doing. It also seems to be fitted with a prime lens, not a zoom, which is a more “serious” choice. If it’s really her camera, then perhaps photography is one thing Kate really is interested in.

        Of course, it could also just be a prop, and the camera really belongs to the photographer. I don’t believe Fuji is a typical camera yet for commercial photographers. But if Matt Porteous was the one who took the picture above, he was a speaker for Fujifilm at a recent photography show, so…Or maybe, to be charitable, he either recommended it (or got one for her).

        https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/news/heres-what-to-expect-from-fujifilm-at-the-photography-show-virtual-event

      • Nic919 says:

        A quick google search shows that in 2019 and 2020 her preferred camera was a canon digital shot. She’s seen holding it a few times too.

        So this one is a prop. I would bet serious money she doesn’t know how to develop film, because we have also never heard mention of a dark room either at KP or Anmer, which any serious photographer would want if they could afford it.

    • MLouise says:

      she is cosplaying the Queen

  10. Robin says:

    On a totally superficial note. Can someone tell me about hair extensions and how they lie? When I see pictures of Kate where her hair is not behind her but brought over her shoulders to the front like this, are the longest/lowest bits made up from hair extensions? Because it just seems as though they aren’t right somehow and extend in chunks lower than they should.

  11. (The OG) Jan90067 says:

    What strikes me as hysterical is the accompanying vid, WORDLESSLY opening the box. What, did she/they think that her expressing excitement over seeing the finished product would be a terrible idea? Could she not be trusted to do even the *littlest* extemporaneous utterance?? For example, even when I got some family pictures (that I took) custom framed, and they arrived, as I opened it, I made all sorts of excited comments/sounds in anticipation of seeing the finished product. In Kate’s, all we hear is the rustle of paper.

    How symbolic: SHE HAS NO VOICE.

    Just hit me…was it even HER opening the box, or someone else wearing a Big Blue copy? Could she even be bothered to do it herself??

    • Lemons says:

      That’s why it was weird! No sound from her, no music, no interesting video cuts. The social media manager did not lead them on the right path here, but everyone has an off day.

    • Rapunzel says:

      OGJan- it’s her. You can tell because Big Blue is turned to the side on her finger. She doesn’t have the thing properly sized and the stone is always sliding to the side or even under her finger. It’s appalling mistreatment of such an expensive ring.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Who pulls tape off a package? I take a box cutter & cut right through it; packing tape doesn’t come off so easily. Fake fake fake. OK, just looked at it again. Yeah, that package didn’t go through the regular mail service, it appears to have been hand-delivered.

      And I don’t believe she herself wrote that forward, it doesn’t have ‘massive’ or ‘hugely’ in it.

    • Jay says:

      The “unboxing” does seem odd in silence, I agree. Surely they could just have had her make some delighted noises, or maybe they meant to have her make some “scripted” comments over top of the video, and it was too hard. They could just have had her read the start of that forward to the book ffs.

      I’m fine with this being a project she gets credit for – that’s no different from many charitable endeavours, where a celebrity just shows up and lends their name to an existing body of work.

    • clomo says:

      No doubt, there is no way they got such a smooth cut in just one take. The palace is having a rough time adjusting to social media, so much of their use of it has been awkward.

  12. Tessa says:

    The promotion is annoying.

  13. Gingerbee says:

    The Clownbridges have no shame or any originality. They are always copying H&M.

  14. Over it says:

    This sounds like Meghan words , things I have heard her say in zoom calls and her together cookbooks

  15. Abena Asantewaa says:

    Copy copy, single white female. See how all the press and tv are reporting on this, yet all Meghan got was negative publicity for her efforts. Thank God, the book is still supporting so many people. How many people can afford a coffee table book?

  16. Amy Bee says:

    I’ve just watched the video of her opening the box. She re-taped the box so she could open it on camera. LOL

    • Rapunzel says:

      Heaven forbid we see her struggle to open the box, right? Or she use a box cutter. Is she not trusted with sharp objects?

      • Amy Bee says:

        I was surprised she didn’t use a box cutter to open the box to be honest.

      • Rapunzel says:

        Amy- right? My first job was at a book store and I carried a box cutter in my smock because I was always opening boxes of books. I hate trying to open a box without one.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Argghh!! I really should read all the comments first! This is exactly what I said just above. Completely fake video masquerading as an ‘unboxing’ video.

  17. ABritGuest says:

    I think people here said the excellent Hold Still project should become a photography book so cool it’s happening.

    Interesting that half the profits will go towards Mind which is a charity that Archewell made a donation to following Oprah’s interview& is partnering with. They are an ITV charity partner& that’s why ITV was asking Piers Morgan to apologise for saying Meghan was lying about having suicidal thoughts.

  18. Amy Bee says:

    I’m surprised KP chose one mental health charity instead of giving to Heads Together. It may be that Heads Together will be shut down in the future. If I’m not mistaken Heads Together was supposed to be a campaign not a long term project.

    • Sid says:

      I do wonder why it seemed like Heads Together was so quiet last year. You would think a pandemic would be exactly the right time for an established entity to promote the idea of mental health support.

    • Dee says:

      I read that Harry did all the work on Heads Together with two hanger-ons.

  19. Nyro says:

    Single. White. Female. So so typical. Meghan and the Trend sol women faced press abuse so this clown could cone along later, have a poor imitation of Together created so she could slap her name on it, and gets praised for it in the media. Her “stand” have already moved on from this and are talking about Meghan and Harry so I doubt this is gonna break sales records.

  20. sunny says:

    This really was a great project by her team and fits in with Kate’s limited interest. Of course the book and the forward is part of her obvious attempts to make herself more relevant by copying the Sussex playbook but what can you expect from a lazy, vapid woman who never had an original thought in her life?

    hilariously I always picture her as Amber in the movie Clueless to Meghan’s Cher.

  21. Jaded says:

    There’s no way she wrote the foreword. She can’t even spell. Remember the “coutry” gaffe? If she wrote the way she talks it would look like…”Er wrert thirs frwrd brcaurse I lerve pircturz”

    • Monica says:

      Oh, absolutely. I would bet my next paycheck that someone else wrote it. Although this is a common practice in publishing, from what I’ve seen she’s too lazy and inept to write full paragraphs.

  22. CoffeeNYC says:

    This woman is entitled, and certificate pro lazy!!! Absolutely everything has been handled to her easily and arrogantly with no shame. Everyone is going around attacking William for his personal (I dislike him too) but I will swear and hold it dearly until the end that In close doors she enables that and give him false confidence to Encourage his behaviors and when they are in public and he does his stupid behaviors she hides behind gaslighting it by playing the victim with his “incandescent rage”. The ‘yes’ people started with the Middleton family. He treated their daughter however he pleased but rub it off because of his position and also he is the poor son of Diana. William used that narrative like crazy to get his ways a lot. This woman isn’t disciplined, smart nor wise. And I am sorry but she is also gaslighting her way around William by using her family and kids. William is a very narcissistic person with power and attention issues believe it or not these kind of people can be easily manipulated and have around your fingers by knowing their weaknesses and what set them off. He wanted to run off many many times. He celebrated his break up like there is no tomorrow. This woman was controlling every holidays while they were dating and his friends and girls around him. Using her uncle financial to impress William that she is part of his cycle too. I am pretty sure she knew what kind of shit his uncle was up too and she only stop because the media found out.🙄 Now her family using the media to having him look like a incandescent rage person. This is clearly a toxic couple manipulating and gaslighting their way around. The reason why the Middleton are connecting the media because they want to manipulate the narrative that William without Kate is nothing, that she is the best for him since he came from a dysfunctional family. So when Harry came with Meghan and showed the world Harry came from the same family and he found himself and real genuine person who cares and are a real team together that is needed for that environment to shine so they knocked her down going after her to make Kate shine because in real life Kate is the protected figure with no clothes, she was create my illusion and lies. And also William represents that and all the ignorance racism, prejudice, entitlement and colonialism mentally that was never address by the public. Now the public is force to look and talk about it and the royals and media hates that. Meghan came in to love her man and to work and that created a lot challenge to these people because now the public would have to questions other people work ethic and privileges. This is very sad to understand that for a really long time Meghan and Harry will be continue to get harassed by the media and that freaking firm. They are going to abuse this situation to stain M&H and give bad name so no charities and company would work with them because of bad publicity. This abuse and blackmail. 🥺💔

  23. Inge says:

    As soon as I saw that foreword I was extremely doubtful that she wrote it herself.

  24. Saucy&Sassy says:

    CoffeeNYC, I agree that the BM will continue to go after H&M, but there’s a difference now. The UK is not very big–even if they choose to think they are a world strength player. They have to be careful in the US, because there are enough people who will challenge them and not let their lies slide. If any of those writers (I refuse to call them reporters/journalists) want to work here, they will have to stop with the racist smear campaign. If they really decide to go after their ability to work and try to destroy their characters or work without regard to facts, they’ll find themselves with a defamation case against them. I’m actually quite gleeful with Dominion’s and Smartmatic’s defamation cases against Faux News as well as others. I hope they bankrupt Rupert Murdoch. So, go for it–lets see where it gets them. H&M aren’t playing and neither are their supporters.

  25. Liz version 700 says:

    Did she really write it?!? Or did one of her “slimmed down staff” write it? The SWF vibe is strong with this one

  26. Jay says:

    Maybe Charlotte wrote that forward, her writing skills are really coming along…

    I don’t believe Kate wrote it, but I don’t think that in itself is a huge problem. They just need her name, not her writing skill, better to have that done by a pro than have something sub par. Kate can just stick to the pretty pictures.

    Part of me thought “Oh, they didn’t even bother to make this sound like something Kate would say”, but then, after a decade of being in the public eye, I still don’t really know Kate’s “voice” is like, which is kinda surprising.

    And that is the real problem – I may not always love Meghan’s writing (often it’s too flowery for my taste) but I know it when I see it, and it has a clear point of view, because Meghan does. You can’t copy that.

    • Liz version 700 says:

      Good point, she signed her name and it was fine. Charlotte lol I bet she could right some things.

  27. Phoenix says:

    No way she wrote that herself lol
    I just saw that there is a video. Is she trying to be somehow original? You know to up her social media game? And its just…nah. Katie girl you just don’t have the aesthetics for this.
    I guarantee you that Hold still won’t sell as Meghan’s book and now they are claiming that this Kate project has nothing to do with Meghan but I am pretty sure that they will find a way to tells us that Hold Still is a massive success compared to Together lol. Mark my words!

  28. CrystalBall says:

    I believe she wrote at least part of the foreword herself – because not once does she mention economic hardship! How typical of the pampered princess not to spare a single thought to all those who lost their jobs, their homes and who in her very own country needed food handouts from charities to feed their families.
    She is truly disgusting.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      CrystalBall, I doubt it would occur to anyone working in the palaces to acknowledge that anyone is having food insecurity. If they had, they would have said that the proceeds would go to a charity that feeds people. A lost opportunity.

  29. LRobb says:

    This goes in the bucket of I don’t care what W&K do; you have a job; go do it. There will be success and failures. Don’t care.

    I recall K wrote the forward to a book a couple of years ago, before the Together Cookbook. Something about military wives and her grandmother. Good for her. Don’t care.

    None of it takes away from the impact and excellence of the projects of the Duchess of Success. One of a kind there.

    • Original Penguin says:

      Well said.

      I like the Duchess of Success as a way of describing her. She is in a different league. There is no comparison

  30. Mooshe1 says:

    Now, let’s see if the Kate lovers will put their money where their mouths are. As many derangers as there are, this should be a bestseller

  31. Emily_C says:

    The intro is vapid, so I think she may have had a hand in it. Also, the part when she says she was “delighted” to hear all the painful stories sounds like her saying “interesting” about the beggar children who were maimed to make more money.