The Cambridges & Sussexes are competing in a ‘petty transatlantic popularity contest’


When then-Meghan Markle came onto the royal scene as Prince Harry’s girlfriend and then fiancee, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge absolutely stepped up their appearances and their PR. Will and Kate were still lazy as hell, but there was a noticeable shift – suddenly they were the “Future King and Future Queen” and efforts were already underway to marginalize Meghan and Harry from the word go. What’s funny and sad is that alongside the campaign of marginalization, Will and Kate began to copy-Keen everything Meghan and Harry did. Kate found someone new to single-white-female and William just wanted to boss Harry around and take credit for Harry’s work. Once Harry and Meghan exited, W&K went back to being dull, lazy, ineffectual and mean. They’re still copy-Keening the Sussexes and trying to “compete,” but it’s a complete clownshow.

I guess British people are supposed to be impressed by the Other Brother’s PR offensive and his sad little documentary proclaiming his keenness for the environment. I guess British people are supposed to be impressed with a budget YouTube channel and wiglets and an “anniversary video” which looked like a denim ad. Well, at least *someone* is admitting that the Cambridges are engaging in a “popularity contest” with the Sussexes. How sad!

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are competing in a ‘petty transatlantic popularity contest’ with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a royal expert has claimed. Duncan Larcombe, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, said Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, who are currently living in their $14 million mansion in California, are ‘playing into the cult of celebrity’ after stepping back from royal duty last year.

He said it was a ‘complete change’ from the era of Prince Philip who maintained the focus should be ‘on the causes’ and ‘not on the royals.’

Speaking to The Sun, Duncan said: ‘William and Kate are quite clear they need to do more to sell themselves as a couple, family and personalities.’

He continued to say there had been a noticeable change in the way the couple interact on recent appearances. He added: ‘Things like their anniversary video, that is a deliberate charm offensive to sell them as personalities as well as people who are going to be the king and queen.’

It comes after brand experts said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had ‘refreshed’ their digital approach by revamping their Instagram and launching a YouTube channel to create a ‘warm and inviting’ image.

[From The Daily Mail]

That’s what no one understands – Will and Kate wanted all of the attention on them. They got it. Harry and Meghan left and they’re living their lives on their terms. Surely Future King/Other Brother is confident in his own abilities to just be himself and let the chips fall where they may? You know what I’m saying – the actual power move in this situation is to NOT compete with Harry and Meghan, to not play the Sussexes’ game in any way. But W&K are so f–king dull and incompetent, they’re stepping on their own criticism of Harry and Meghan. Harry and Meghan are too Hollywood, too “celebrity,” according to Team Keen. So Will and Kate then play themselves into a corner and try to out-celebrity the more charismatic Harry and Meg? It makes no sense strategically. But at least people are finally admitting the obvious, which is that Will and Kate are followers, not leaders, and they’re dumb and petty copycats.

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  1. Belli says:

    Lol there is no contest

    • Nomegusta says:

      Right?!? Can’t compete where you don’t compare.

      If the Camb’s new crisis management team was smart, they would halt all comparisons to H&M. Those two make frick and crack look even more incompetent

      • Jolie says:

        How would they be able to stop comparisons?

      • L84Tea says:

        I said something similar to this yesterday. If I personally were the Keen’s crisis managers, the first thing I would be telling them is to stop the competing and to forget about H&M. They need to let it go or they’re going to be playing this game for decades and they’ve already lost at least a dozen times over.

      • L84Tea says:

        @Jolie, they can’t do anything about the press comparing them, but W&K play into it themselves when they don’t have to. Kate alone has tried to style herself like Meghan in not only her clothing but her Zoom backdrops. It makes one look incredibly insecure if their solution to trying to stay ahead is to immediately plop Kate on a couch with flowers and candles behind her simply because Meghan did it. They look like fools. Don’t even get me started on the buying bots on Instagram to keep their numbers ahead of the Sussexes…

      • pottymouth pup says:

        @Jolie for starters they can tell whoever they send to plant stories about H&M, including Carole Kardashian, to stop doing so. If they can get the RR to make H&M as irrelevant as they claim the Sussex’s are and then try to make it so the coverage about them doesn’t include the constant digs at the Sussexes, that will be a start. They have their crack PR team earn their keep by devising a more strategic campaign that makes them like they’re actually doing something interesting on occasion

    • Lemons says:

      I mean…this was the first thing I thought as well…

    • whatWHAT? says:

      yeah, I was like “well, ONE of them is competing. one is just living their lives.”

    • swirlmamad says:

      LMAO….one couple is absolutely engaging in a petty competition, but it sure as hell ain’t the Sussexes.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      I came her to say exactly that. You cannot compete where you don;t compare. The keenbridges are a joke. All the propping up in the world cannot help them. There is no decent material to work with.

  2. BearcatLawyer says:

    It can hardly be a competition when the Sussexes have already won.

    • Cecilia says:

      They’re are basically admitting such when they describe the keens going on a “charm offense”

      So you admit? Harry and meghan are #1 in this “contest”?

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      Imagine everything that has been thrown at the Sussexes and they still dominate the news. The shamebridges have the support of the British media and the British establishment and all they give us is keeness, 5 questions and farmyard animals.

    • Susexxxy says:

      William is bald, Herry is the sexy ginger

  3. heygingersnaps says:

    dull bill and keen guevara are projecting again. There is no competition, you can’t compete where you don’t compare.

    • kelleybelle says:

      Completely one-sided. The Sussexes are doing their own thing and Bill ‘n Buttons are copying everything, right down to the Zoom call backgrounds.

  4. Merricat says:

    There’s no competition; the Sussexes are in a league of their own.

  5. MellyMel says:

    You can’t compete where you don’t compare.

  6. The Duchess says:

    This is a one-sided competition. Nothing more, nothing less.

    • Myra says:

      It’s definitely one-sided. The Sussexes are completely in another stratosphere. Everything they say is elevated, nitpicked, dissected and spread around. I cannot count the number of times I’ve seen one of Meghan’s quotes circulating around. Does anyone even remember what the Cambridges said in their last engagement?

  7. Izzy says:

    I actually snorted a laugh. Who’s gonna tell the Keenbridges that they’re the only ones competing and their “competition” DGAF about it all, because the Sussexes of Montecito are busy living their best lives?

    • bamaborn says:

      Exactly! Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry are living their best lives, going about doing the things they said they wanted to do, and being quite well at it.

  8. Keke says:

    Do the Sussexes know their is a competition?

  9. BayTampaBay says:

    “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are competing in a ‘petty transatlantic popularity contest’ with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a royal expert has claimed.”

    Kaiser, you are so correct. The Cambridges need to stop playing this game. The only thing the Cambridges need to worry about are the UK and The Commonwealth as those are “their people” and “their subjects”. The Cambridges need to get off their duffs and focus all their engagement, work and efforts on the UK and The Commonwealth.

    • Lizzie says:

      How can they make that statement that it is the Sussex competing but then the lazy ones who are making changes and on a charm offensive? Rubbish as usual.

  10. Snuffles says:

    It’s a one sided war. The Sussex’s are doing their own thing and it has nothing to do with what the Cambridges are doing.

    And I agree, why can’t the Cambridges focus on their own stuff? They’re never going to be able to compete with the Sussex brand, but there are plenty of people in the UK willing to buy the shit they are shoveling. Just stick to your traditional royal work and make your loyal royalists happy. Stop looking over at the other side of the pond wondering what your brother is doing.

    • Becks1 says:

      I think part of the problem is they can’t put the royal family back in a box. Like it may be that the British royal family remains focused on the UK and gets less international press and becomes more like the other European royal families, who get some coverage here in the US for weddings and the like but nothing major. But now the BRF is used to being considered as global superstars and they DONT want to be just like the “other” royals. They want to be THE royals. And I think that’s part of the problem. Harry and Meghan are now the global sensations and the Cambs think that’s their role.

      • lanne says:

        Diana really made them global superstars around the world, outside of royal watchers. Since Diana, they think they are owed that love by right, and they faily to see, nearly 40 years later, how Diana earned that love. Cain and Unable can’t seem to learn that love from the public isnt transmitted through DNA–it’s earned. If they want to learn how to earn it, they have the example of Diana right in front of them. Or, they could use Meghan and Harry as examples on how to earn love, even in spite of an orchestrated campaign of hatred against them

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Agree 100%! The funny thing to me is that this could be so easy for Baldy & Wiglet. All they need to do is get off their duffs, put on decent clothes and go out and perform 300 bread-and-butter engagements a year complete with video footage and post said video footage on your YouTube channel.

        It is not that difficult. 300 engagements at 4 engagements per day is only 75 days a year of out-of-palace or away day work; we are talking less than 3 months per year.

      • Snuffles says:


        Great point about Diana. She’s what drew me in. And after she died, I barely paid attention except to occasionally check on how Harry and William were doing as they grew up without Diana. I didn’t get drawn back in deeply until Meghan came into the picture because I immediately knew her journey with Harry would be fascinating.

      • Becks1 says:

        @lanne EXACTLY. Diana made them global superstars and they think that’s how it should keep on being – but they lack her charisma (not their fault), her commitment to causes (even 20 years after her death, people remember her work with AIDS victims, with landmines – what are people going to remember about W&K? all the coat dresses?), her work ethic, etc. being Diana’s son has gotten William a lot of attention in his life, but that’s fading, especially now as we see Harry really taking on her spirit, so to speak.

      • Christine says:

        Ianne, you are absolutely right, all of it.

    • Deering24 says:

      Heh. A while back one of the royal “sources” posted that TF feared H&M wanted to establish a “rival” court in California—which is why TF keeps trying to tear them down. I believe it, because it makes no sense TF and the BM won’t just ignore the Sussexes, since they are so bothered by them. 🙄🙄 How demented can you get?

  11. Oh_Hey says:

    A competition that’s completely one sided. M&H don’t care. Like at all.
    I swear they didn’t need that 14 bedroom house because they are completely rent free in the Windsors spaciously empty heads.

  12. Harper says:

    The Sussexes never copy Will & Kate.

  13. Abby says:

    I’m not sure I have heard, how expensive is Harry and Meghan’s house, and is it a bungalow or a mansion? 🤔 nobody every reports these things when they talk about them. /sarcasm

    • My3cents says:

      It really grates me as well.
      I’m sure that out of all the royals their home is the least expensive.

    • Izzy says:

      And does it have bathrooms? They never seem to address that either. 🙄

  14. Woke says:

    The funny thing is the competition is entirely on sided. What I noticed after the podcast of Harry is those who are against Harry and Meghan, are because they feel the institution is attacked and not because they support the Cambridges. The Cambridges have no personal supporters, their base are royalists who are in favor of the institution or simply racists so reject Meghan.

    • lanne says:

      I don’t think the attackers even care about the institution. I think they care about the institution remaining a paean of whiteness. Apparently members of the royal family can be pedophiles, sell influence, consort with foreign dictators and do business with them, or even do absolutely nothing. Their sole purpose to the haters is to uphold the supremacy of whiteness.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Daily Fail haters refer to in as ‘Englishness”.

      • lanne says:

        Englishness being code for whiteness. No non-whites need apply.

      • Chrissy (The Original) says:

        I wonder how the Scots and Northern Irish feel about the ‘English” monarchy and their racist exclusivity.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Chrissy (The Original) – Cannot speak about Northern Ireland but with regards to Scotland, I think after BREXIT the Scots are done with both Boris & the Windsors. The Scots (living or snowbirds in the USA) I know consider themselves Scottish not British and are always quick to explain to uninformed YANKs that Scotland is an independent nation in the UK not a province of England.

        Hopefully a Scot CBer will step in and pipe-up.

  15. Water Bearer 💧 says:

    Finally they are saying out loud what they’ve been saying in private that William and Kate stepped up when Meghan came on the seen. The Sussexes have never ever competed with the Cambridge. It’s always been the other way round. Whatever the Cambridges do they will never, be on the same level. Because they are dull and lazy. The Sussexes have ‘it’ that charismatic quality that you are born with.

    I’m so happy that they are free, happy and successful and that Harry’s kids are going to have the upbringing he never had.

    Megan said in the Oprah interview that she likes to rescue things. I think she turned the fairy tale on it’s head by rescuing her prince.

  16. Cecilia says:

    If people describe your pr as a charm offense its not meghan and harry that are in a popularity contest

  17. lanne says:

    The 14 million dollar mansion again. FYI Celebitches in the UK, there are 78 bathrooms at Buckingham Palace. I couldn’t find how many bathrooms are at Windsor Castle and Holyrood House and Hillsborough House (Sandringham and Balmoral are private residences). My guess is that there are 200 bathrooms in total among the Queen’s public residences. So that means you all should be able to go knock on the door and take a dump at whatever of the 4 homes you choose, at least once a year. That way you get your money’s worth from the tax dollars you pay.

    • Midge says:

      I know, every, single article writes the “14 mil”. It’s so dumb and lazy but then again, so are the readers who lap it up.

      • Snuffles says:

        I’ve seen enough tweets where there are Brits who still think they are paying for the Sussex’s lifestyle. It’s like it’s ingrained into their DNA and refuse to accept that the Sussex’s are financially independent and therefore independent from them now.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I read somewhere that Highgrove House has six principal drawing rooms.

      UK Cbers, what is a “principal” drawing rooms and why would you need six of them in one house?

      • Red Snapper says:

        Rooms where guests are allowed? As opposed to private family rooms.

      • Rnot says:

        A drawing room is like a large formal living room in a large house. It’s used to entertain/impress guests. In the case of the heir to the throne’s home they probably function as a “working” space similar to meeting rooms in a hotel.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Rnot – Do you think the PoW needs six of them??? LOL! LOL!

  18. equality says:

    This actually comes across as shade towards W&K. He says Phil’s view of keeping attention on the causes and not the royals is the way to go and then says, ‘William and Kate are quite clear they need to do more to sell themselves as a couple, family and personalities.’ Is that keeping attention on the causes? The ones who I keep seeing actual causes from are H&M.

    • (The OG) Jan90067 says:

      That popped up at me, too.

    • Amy Too says:

      I got the sense that this was meant to be a shade article towards the Cambridges and that it probably originally started out with “the Cambridges are in a competition with the Sussexes,” because all of the reporting after that is about the Cambridges and their charm offensive and how they’re selling themselves as personalities, but an editor probably changed it to read “the Sussexes are in a competition with the Cambridges” because every single article has to be spun to have an overarching anti-Sussex narrative even if every fact, statement, or opinion within the article is actually critical of/about the Cambridges.

      If I were an English teacher and I received this paper from one of my students, I’d mark it with “Your introduction and topic sentence does not match the evidence in your supporting paragraphs. Please revise.”

      • Becks1 says:

        That was my take on it too – that its more about the Cambridges than the Sussexes and their PR moves and marketing – they’re more concerned with marketing themselves than their work.

  19. TheOriginalMia says:

    Larcombe needs to make up his mind. He contends the Sussexes are competing against the Cambridges in one sentence and in the next, explains how the Cambridges are changing their profile to be more like Harry & Meghan. Uhh…doesn’t seem like Harry & Meghan are doing anything but living their lives, while William & Kate are trying to be more like them, ie…more popular. Ha!

    William & Kate wanted this. They wanted the spotlight solely on them & they are so freaking lazy, uninspired, and entitled, they can’t take advantage of the situation they created. They have to copy and embiggen. Pathetic.

  20. MsIam says:

    Its a petty competition but the Cambridges need to win! Harry and Meghan are celebrities but William and Kate need to be celebrities too! This guy is a 14k A-hole if there ever was one. He acts like the Sussexes are the worst thing ever but then wants the Cambridges to be just like them so the RR will something to write about other than Will and Kate playing with sheep and shooting bows and arrows.

  21. Becks1 says:

    LOL, the competition is over, the Sussexes have won. It wasn’t really a contest at all.

    and the thing is – the Sussexes AREN’T competing with the Cambridges. They’re just doing what they wanted to do all along – support causes and initiatives that are meaningful to them without having to check with various palace courtiers about schedules and who is announcing what and when – they just want to do their thing. They DON’T want to be like the Cambridges, because the Cambridges are ineffectual at philanthropy because they’re lazy and boring. The Cambridges desperately want to be like the Sussexes but they can’t because while maybe they cant help being boring, they can help being lazy and unoriginal but they wont.

  22. TIFFANY says:

    This ‘cult of celebrity ‘ makes no sense.

    Meghan was born and a native of California whose Mother and Ragland relatives still live there and she’s in contact with.

    That is her home and that is where she took her family.

    British media is a damn mess.

    • Eurydice says:

      I have to laugh at the “cult of celebrity” – if that’s a cult, what would we call the Royal Family?

    • Lizzie says:

      And the you tube channel screams ‘trying to be a celebrity’. This guy is just talking out both sides of his mouth.

  23. Normades says:

    Team H&M are working on being top tier media moguls and philanthropists while team Waity are trying to be instagram influencers. They are not even playing on the same field.

    • My3cents says:

      Little League versus All Stars.

    • swaz says:

      Team Waity is so slow, why can’t they see that the Sussexes have changed their route, they have left instagram influencer behind and are heading to be top tier moguls and philanthropists ???

      • Nivz says:

        @swaz great point- my head just exploded at the realisation that the Sussexes no longer need their own social media! Unlike “Cheeto Jesus”, they’ve been able to transcend it and still make their mark. Now that’s power.

        They went off social for other, good reasons- trolls, mental health. But by god it’s turned out to be a great move because they’re not that accessible. Everything I hear about their activities is a good kind of “drip drip”, filtered through reliable sources. (Forget the BM for a sec, I shut them out.) There’s quality, and there’s control.

  24. ABritGuest says:

    The press was always going to play up a rivalry& catty bitch fight. this is why it would have been so much smarter for the firm to have committed to the fab 4 thing- play on both couple’s strengths & appeal & have a supportive narrative. Instead nasty leaks to the press, family rifts & this rivalry narrative. The main winners in this drama is the press.

  25. nicegirl says:

    Say the petty losers

  26. sandy says:

    all the comparisons ever do is make kate and will look bad. sometimes I think the british media is doing that on purpose – hurting both couples – as a way just to show they still control kate and will.

  27. Osty says:

    ” kate and William makes sure the coverage is about the cause not them ” sure that’s why we always hear about Kate’s clothes, hair n her once a week voice found . When was the last time anyone has gotten any idea about the reason the keens visited anyplace or the work they did? Its always about them as a couple, n little about the reason .
    Also Duncan or whatever his name is, is a liar.
    And it’s a competion alright it’s one sided war in the camp of the keens

    • Lizzie says:

      The cause that Keen didn’t go to for 8 years and then filmed her self on a zoom? Is that how to put the focus on the cause?

    • Lyds says:

      The comment about the Prince Phillip era of focus on causes, not royals is absolutely nuts. As you say, everything the Keenbridges do is about them. Even when there is no cause to promote, it’s about them (being keen). Even when someone else is murdered, it’s about them (being a revolutionary by showing up to a vigil). Even when the world is melting away, it’s about them (coming up with a self-proclaimed “prestigious” award). Even when actual professionals have been neck deep in promoting early childhood education, it’s about them (coming up with a 5 question survey).

      Almost no article on the Keens has excluded mention of the Sussexes. One of these things can’t operate without the other…

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Lyds, I’ve thought more than once that Keen should get experts in the field together for a discussion on early childhood development. Think of all of the information that would be there for anyone who listens. It could be more than one discussion. Then I think about who the moderator would be–there’s the fly in the ointment, because Keen is simply not capable of moderating such a discussion. I don’t think Baldimort is either. So . . .

        Why don’t they advertise the fact that they will be going to a particular charity and explaining what the charity does, etc. Maybe the charity could get donations if they did that. Frankly, this would work well with the old business model without all of this stuff that they’re doing now. I honestly don’t understand the mindset here.

  28. Calibration says:

    I’m just happy they’re living in their squillion dollar house with eleventy million bathrooms. Makes me happy. There’s no competition with them and would be Keens

  29. Tessa says:

    And the stans keep on going about How Kate is the NEW Diana. And she’s the best mother in the world, she and william LOVE each other, he was “teaching her” to be a royal hence the ten year wait , and their children are So Cute, George has his legacy as King, Charlotte is the “sassy” one and little Louis is the “mischievous one.” Typecasting already.

  30. Over it says:

    To make it a competition, the keenbridges would actually have to do productive work. We all know keenbridges and work are not two things that go together

  31. anniefannie says:

    As my twin often says “ It’s only a game if everybody’s playing “
    W&K are Bush leaguers

  32. Amy Bee says:

    It’s an one sided competition because Harry and Meghan are not competing with the Cambridges. But Larcombe gets no credit from me for stating the obvious. Kate and William are copying the Sussexes to gain popularity. I’ve even seen Kate stans fawning over supposed PDA between William and Kate and they love that Kate is wearing pants and long coats. I seem to remember the stans being extremely vocal about the Meghan breaking protocol and being unroyal.

  33. Over it says:

    Do you think these people can write any story that doesn’t contain the price of Harry and Meghan house? It would be a real challenge for them

  34. S808 says:

    The first sentence is about the couples are competing but the entire rest of the article is about what W&K are doing to try and catch up to H&M lmaooo.

    Their image is set imo. As horrible as it sounds, they don’t even have the advantage that Charles did when Di passed. It was a lot easier to rehab him and Camilla afterwards. H&M are still here, thriving & constantly rolling out something new. Kate just now getting around to a book project (that I know of) and William still has no projects to his name.

    Their steps to play catch up are also superficial to me. A YouTube channel and IG— okay but what about the actual work being done?

    • Tessa says:

      THE royals got a lot of negativity after Diana died. Camilla had to go into hiding. Unfortunately some of the rehab involved slamming Diana (e.g. Penny Junor’s books) and it backfired. Kate unfortunately just puts her name on projects that involve work from others. The book project was mostly from the National Gallery, it featured none of Kate’s photographs and she was not the only decision maker choosing the photos. Also, the “garden” project was based on a “suggestion” by Kate and it was not her work either.

  35. Abena Asantewaa says:

    A real competition: Netflix vrs Youtube! Enough said. A beautuful estate bought and paid for from The Sussexes own pocket. Cambridges don’t own anything of sugnificance, except Kate’s inherited jewelleries from Diana. Meghan owns some of Diana’s jewells, and lots of jewells she had bought herself, amongst them a Cartier Tank Watch to boot!

  36. Eurydice says:

    If I were a better person, I would almost feel sorry for Will and Kate. There really isn’t anything wrong with being boring. The Queen is boring, post-Diana Charles is boring, so is Anne. I don’t think the public would mind if W&K weren’t flashy and trendy, if they did solid work every day and showed up to a couple of glam events and wore a new outfit once in a while. But it’s the media that’s looking for flash and bang and clicks and sales and that’s just not possible out of W&K.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      “I don’t think the public would mind if W&K weren’t flashy and trendy, if they did solid work every day and showed up to a couple of glam events and wore a new outfit once in a while.”

      THIS! 100%!

      This is EXACTLY what the Cambridges need to do.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      Eurydice you are spot on! They coasted for a long time on being boring and did it well. They need to stick to what they are actually good at while developing a work ethic. There really isn’t a competition when W & K are in the starting blocks and Harry & Meghan have already crossed the finish line.

  37. Liz version 700 says:

    This is a riot. What competition? Only W&K are competing. Bet the way, I can remember…how many bathrooms do H&M have? How much was their house?

  38. Seraphina says:

    So the Sussexes move to the US and do what they could have done in the UK because you know, they actually have a work ethic and want to do good instead of being pushed to do anything, and it’s a contest? That’s hilarious.

  39. Blanca says:

    And the Sussexes keep winning!

  40. mariahlee says:

    What would be the logic behind M&H competing against the Cambridges? If anything they’re competing against time. H&M do so much because they actually have to *work* for their legacy and are acutely aware of their small window of opportunity. Their continued prosperity is not a given.

    W&K, on the other hand, seem to think they have a bunch to prove about how much better they are. To themselves, the public, or the UK media idk, but it’s ironic bc their status is guaranteed.

  41. Jolie says:

    I doubt it

  42. Steph says:

    I’m laughing bc there is no competition. H&M do their thing then W&K seeth with rage and jealousy.

  43. Gk says:

    I don’t know if it competing per se, IMO it’s seeing what M&H do that is successful and copying it, pretty much exactly. M went to shrine for slain young woman, K does same. M publishes book, K then does it. She is not copying what didn’t go over as well – bananas messages. It’s ok and is working out well for W&K but I would suggest taking time and thinking about what they like/ want to present talk with PR specialists and then take some chances ( don’t have to big chances) on their own.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Gk, but is it working out well for W&K? As far as choosing topics with PR specialists go, well, don’t they have to come up with ideas? Or does W say “environment” and the PR specialists go to town? You realize that won’t be enough. There will have to be some kind of finished product, charitable donations, etc. Unfortunately for them, I do think that just showing up and being seen will never be enough. But they can’t have some idea that they never work on either.

  44. L4frimaire says:

    Even in a paper like the Fail which has a major Meghan vendetta, they will put precedence on Meghan sitting on a bench over whatever appearance the Cambridge’s are doing. Their so- called press champions can’t seem to even mention the Cambridge’s without putting the Sussexes name in there and treat everything the Sussexes do as breaking news. Using the You-tube launch headlines to stick it to “ Megflix” is not exactly a sound media strategy.

  45. Doulton says:

    I wonder if this line could wound the keenest aspirants?
    According to Harry, Meghan said:

    “You don’t need to be a princess, you can create the life that will be better than any princess.”

    Carole Middleton, in June of 1982, started planning the “Princess” life for her daughters. Her imagination was limited indeed.

  46. EnormousCoat says:

    You know what is the best overall way to get people to admire and have respect for you? Get sh!t done that helps the community and improves life for residents. I’ve seen keeping your head down and working and being accessible work on this front every damn time. Being a lazy, petty, back-biting b!tch? Not so much.

  47. February-Pisces says:

    Competition? What competition lol. Well it most certainly isn’t a close one. Whilst Willie and keen spend all their time thinking how to best the Sussex’s, harry and Meghan aren’t thinking about them at all. Stay pressed Keenbridges.

  48. Well Wisher says:

    The continually repetition in the reportage of the Sussexes is designed to evokes particular feelings to the BTM targeted audience and has nothing to do with them as a family.
    This strategy in the news business is counter- productive but is still employed by the owners although sales and advert revenues are noticeably reduced.
    It is baffling why the idea of ‘supply and demand’ has not kicked into action to put them and the consumer out of their misery.
    This is the collective action of the influential economic echo chamber towards a man who has refused to be sold as a commodity, and most importantly, understands that fundamentally he owns his narrative and courageously chose to tell it on his own terms, consequences be damned.
    Prince Harry is aware that he has an option which he exercises by choosing not to respond.
    Larcombe, on the other hand, has a mortgage to pay, does not have an option. He denigrates the very institution he gets his ‘prestige’ by selling its most interesting family member like a commodity at a fish market. This is twardy concept is considered mordernization in the ‘elite’ circles in the marketplace.

  49. Gina says:

    LOL Keenbridges definitely lost. And I’m not even pointing out that there’s no competition. Does someone remember that TOB and Keen Guevara have visited 3 mental health charities a few days ago? Keen in her polka dots blouse that got more attention than these charities. Harry completely and decidedly overshadowed His/Her Royal Keenness.

    • Flying Fish says:

      No one pays any attention to the Cain and Unable. Harry’s podcast this week was talked about not Cain and Unable’s charity visits and that is not Harry’s fault, The reality is that no one pays any attention to the Cain and Unable, not even those who claim to be diehard followers.

  50. L4frimaire says:

    This whole narrative is dumb.

  51. Melly says:

    William looks like a complete and utter tosser in The Times profile picture. Like some tinpot dictator of a banana republic forcing his minions to adore him. His face is so punchable.

    As for the contest there is only couple in this
    Quartet that is competing and it’s not the two in the USA.

  52. Lilian Igbinosun says:

    The Cambridge’s need to chill, take a step back and strategise for the long term they have 20 years before they take the throne, at that time the Sussexes will be putting their kids through college and looking forward to their retirement, it all doesn’t have to happen all at once. However I must say the Sussexes have brought the Bristol royal family to the forefront, I never really took an interest till all these shenanigans started going on

  53. Flying Fish says:

    Netflix v. Youtube? Where is the fucking competition?

  54. Harper says:

    Kate has chameleon syndrome where she morphs into whichever “it” girl is the current flavor. Diana, Jecca, Meghan, Rose. She can juggle multiple personas within a single week. She is really the worst person to be in the public eye as she just seems so uncomfortable in her own skin. The charm offensive is really only Kate smiling excessively and trying to get Will to look her in the eye instead of just in her general direction. And Will seems like the hostage in this case … forced to act “in love.”

  55. Donna B. says:

    Well, from my perspective having been born & raised in the US, the focus has always been on Queen Elizabeth as though she was some type of “demi-god” to be worshiped. I mean, she still has her face on the currencies of the UK & some or all of their commonwealth nations. So Prince Phillip actually branded Queen Elizabeth as a “god” & a “celebrity” in her own right.

  56. incognito08 says:

    Has anyone noticed how these publications are quick to refer to the Duchess of Sussex as Meghan Markle and a few key strokes later, pointedly refer to Kate as the Duchess of Cambridge? It grinds my gears. As far as the so-called rivalry between the couples is concerned, it really is one-sided. The Sussexes are in a league of their own.

  57. Lizzie says:

    I think the COVID choo choo express was supposed to be a charm offensive but it was mostly just offensive.

  58. Curious says:

    the little i know of Catherine is what the press writes. have no clue about the events she goes too or started. one min they talk about it then nothing. its like dead after that . its mention here and there but picks up no speed.. mostly the press writes,she is wearing Diana jewelry,every thing is a nod to Diana, nod to Diana when she had her babies and wore similar clothes , events and so on, everything they add Diana name to Catherine.and now lately its always about Diana and Meghan.Diana name is written in a positive note,Meghan is written negative. but nothing about Catherine herself. its like Catherine is living in the shadow of Diana/Meghan,there is nothing they can write about Catherine except clothes/jewelry,nice hair.nothing about any of her achievements if there is any .

  59. Likeyoucare says:

    It is really embarassing when you lose against a couple that didnt even realise you were competing with them.

  60. Shannon says:

    Thanks Kaiser for reposting “The Other Brother”.

  61. Victoria says:

    This old chestnut…

    I wonder if they believe their own lies.