The Windsors will lead a ‘charm offensive’ to stop Scottish independence

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tour of Scotland

The Scottish independence movement grows in strength with each passing year. Scottish people didn’t want to “Brexit,” they wanted to stay with the EU. Scotland treated the pandemic seriously and they seemed to have a lower mortality rate than England. They are also tired of being treated like an afterthought in London politics, from what I gather, and they are just tired of Tory political BS. Personally, I think Nicola Sturgeon is pretty badass and she seems to have a withering opinion of Boris Johnson and the state of the Windsors. Sturgeon was openly critical of William and Kate when they barged into Scotland (while Scotland was still on pandemic lockdown) last December too. My point? Sturgeon isn’t going to play footsie with royalists. If Scottish people want independence, Sturgeon will back them. So Queen Elizabeth wants her family to do some kind of charm offensive:

The Queen is to lead a Royal charm offensive to help persuade Scotland to resist the demands of nationalists for independence – with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expected to play a key supporting role. The strategy, which is being discreetly backed by Downing Street, received its effective launch on Saturday when the Duke of Cambridge gave a deeply personal speech in which he described the ‘special place’ that Scotland had in his heart, a country which he said held both some of his ‘happiest memories’ and his ‘saddest’. Kate will join William in Scotland on Monday as they embark on a week-long tour to win hearts and minds.

Pressure for a second independence referendum has increased after the Scottish National Party narrowly missed winning a majority in the Scottish Parliament. Public opinion about independence is on a knife edge according to polls and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wants a vote before the end of 2023.

Officials at No 10 have held discussions about how to emphasise ‘cultural bonds’ – with the Royal Family seen as one of the most powerful weapons in the armoury. However, some pro-union supporters have expressed concern that Aberdonian Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office Minister given responsibility by Boris Johnson for brainstorming ideas for combating independence, does ‘not seem fully focused’ on the issue.

The Queen is passionate about the union and spends her annual summer break at Balmoral. Her subtle comment about the independence referendum in 2014 – asking people to ‘think carefully about the future’ – while staying at Balmoral, was credited with influencing the vote to remain.

In his address on Saturday to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh, Prince William not only touched upon some of the most private aspects of his life, but also struck a conciliatory tone. In what was interpreted as a nod to longevity, he referred to his children including Prince George, who is third in line to the throne. ‘George, Charlotte and Louis already know how dear Scotland is to both of us, and they are starting to build their own happy memories here too. We have no doubt they will grow up shar-ing our love and connection to Scotland from the Highlands to the Central Belt, from the Islands to the Borders.’

The Queen is making plans for her traditional ‘Holyrood Week’ in early summer. Aides say there will be several ‘high-profile events where Her Majesty will be seen out and about’. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will also be involved but the decision to send the Cambridges ahead was a clear part of the PR strategy. A source said: ‘It’s about opening a dialogue – listening and talking. All members of the Royal Family have a strong affinity with Scotland.’

One former Downing Street insider said there had been discussions about how the popularity of senior Royals could be used to help bolster support for the Union.

‘People are well aware of the popularity of the Royal Family. If you look at polling, especially on the Queen, it’s a very positive thing for the Union,’ the source said. ‘It’s something that needs careful deployment, but it’s certainly recognised that the Queen and in particular William and Kate are popular figures north of the border.’

[From The Daily Mail]

William referencing his children in that kind of way is unsurprising. That seems to be his go-to argument for anything. “You should do this for MY children.” He says that about conservation: “Protect wildlife so my children will be able to see elephants.” And now with Scotland: “You have to remain part of the UK so my children will rule over you some day.” It’s… not the argument he thinks it is. And if this is the Windsors’ idea of a charm offensive, well… it is pretty offensive. Clenched jaws, buttons, tartan, wiglets, maniac smiling, hands tightly balled into fists, slumped posture. Where’s the rest of the Magnificent Seven? Is Prince Andrew going to be sent out to play golf in Scotland to win hearts and minds?

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tour of Scotland

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tour of Scotland

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  1. Chill says:

    Windsors and charm. Isn’t that an oxymoron?

    • lemonylips says:

      My thoughts exactly.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      True. They are profoundly un-charming.

    • Indica says:

      I think his idea of ‘charm’ is ‘and I’m your future King!’.

      That’s it, that’s all he’s got.

    • SarahCS says:


      While we’re at it let’s send Keen Guevara to the Middle East and surely Chaz can fix all the terrible things happening in India right now. I mean, these people are chosen by god right?

    • Myra says:

      Right? Wouldn’t that require a charmer in the first place and they decide to send William?

    • Eurydice says:

      That face really says “I love Scotland,” doesn’t it? They should put it on a t-shirt.

      • LMR says:

        The Scots in the procession look equally thrilled to have him there. At least it’s mutual. He heh heh heh.

    • Whatever says:

      He’s clearly angry. Whatever is on William mind has him very angry. Maybe it was calling his mother paranoid.

      • nutella toast says:

        Being that angry HAS to be exhausting. He looks like an exhausting person.

  2. Harla says:

    They’re sending William to lead the “charm offensive” Bwahahaha!! That’s offensive!

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      The cognitive dissonance in that statement. Baldilocks sadly had a charisma bypass.

  3. Anna says:

    I keep seeing his clenched fist thinking there is an Arthur joke somewhere. Maybe someone funnier than me can find it 🙂

    • L84Tea says:

      Seriously, what is wrong with him? William is just so…odd.

      • Demi says:

        Too much pressure on him not to mess up this tour considering what happened last time with the criticism on breaking covid lockdown.. so he is incandescent has to hide it& nervous because of the pressure put on him by the palace

  4. Eurydice says:

    When it’s over, it’s over.

  5. Amy Bee says:

    I thought the Royals were apolitical?

    • SarahCS says:

      Only the black ones.

      Edit – one

    • Cecilia says:

      Thats what they like people to believe but they clearly aren’t. You can’t claim to be neutral and in the same breath be used for the governments own agenda. A government which fully consists of Tory’s. Its not bipartisan and therefore being their little puppet is very much political.

    • Monica says:

      I’m finally watching The Crown and that point is driven home over and over again.

  6. Lala11_7 says:

    CHARM OFFENSE?!? 😛🤣😅😆😝🤬

  7. Levans says:

    You have to have charm for a charm offensive to work! Cain reminds me of the Arthur meme with the balled fists. Seriously get therapy dude, that’ much anger every day is not healthy.

  8. Jen says:

    Nothing more offensive than his attempts at charm!

  9. The Other Katherine says:

    Lol. Sorry, but Scotland’s just not that into you, RF.

    I mean, there are plenty of legitimate critiques of Scottish independence, but “It would give Wills and Kate a sad” is not one of them.

  10. Nomegusta says:

    Incompetent courtier #1: “Damn, did someone forget to pack the charm?!?”

    Incompetent courtier #2: “We have buttons and tartan and a wiglet with a post it that reads ‘does not belong to Catherine'”

    Incompetent courtier #1: “That’ll do, I suppose.”

  11. Lightpurple says:

    Don’t you need charm to launch a charm offensive?

    If the Queen is the most popular Royal there than it should be the Queen doing the outreach. And frankly, her views would definitely be a great deal more meaningful than whatever William is blathering about.

  12. Cecilia says:

    This is why i say that the BRF is never politically neutral. If scotland wants independence they should let them to it. Instead they are government puppets, here to preform the government’s agenda. And currently that is a Tory government. There’s nothing “neutral” about that.

  13. Dss says:

    Good luck with that.
    Scottish people aren’t stupid.

  14. Ines says:

    The Scottish didn’t want to leave Europe. “The Auld Alliance” and all that. Good for them if they want to be independent.

  15. JT says:

    Scotland is dealing with real issues at the moment. Who gives a damn if the royals vacation there once a year? Besides, it’s clear they don’t actually care about Scotland or the people, they were straight up spreading corona just a few months ago.

    • Cecilia says:

      In the case of Scottish independence i think Scotland is at that point where it truly doesn’t matter what the windsors, and more importantly, the Tory’s pull out of the bag. This “charm offense” isn’t going to do much im afraid

      • JT says:

        I definitely agree that Scotland doesn’t give one f*ck about a charm offensive, but it is insulting that the Windsors and government thinks that’s all it’ll take. Like the Scots are just thinking about independence just because or something. I’m not Scottish, but I would be offended. On Twitter someone said that the most celebrated holiday in the world is independence from England. This is a real issue happening over there. Why do the English think sending out Will Jung Un will be the clencher? Get real.

      • Merricat says:


    • Lizzie says:

      And they might still be spreading corona virus as willnot was only vaccinated days before traveling to Scotland.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      They care even less about Northern Ireland too. My personal fantasy is that both Scotland and NI become independent, rejoin the EU, and become economic powerhouses such that English people seek to immigrate.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I’ll join you in that, hoping it becomes reality instead of fantasy. Charles will end up king of England and Wales, nothing else.

      • The Recluse says:

        I am rooting for that to happen. And if they want a monarchy, they can invite H and M. But I am all for them going independent.

    • notasugarhere says:

      There’s the matter of the massive Balmoral estate, and Birkhall, which are ‘special cases’ regarding taxation. The Windsors do not want their massive private properties taxed, particularly in inheritance. If Scotland goes independent, they could pass laws to tax a private estate that hasn’t been properly taxed in 100 years.

      This isn’t just political, it is about protecting a chunk of the Windsor’s private wealth.

      • AlpineWitch says:

        Interesting, I lived in Scotland until a few years ago and didn’t know that. So they are quite interested then…

      • Becks1 says:

        @alpinewitch I don’t know if there’s a different law that Nota is referring to, but as a threshold matter everything in the UK that goes from monarch to monarch isn’t taxed. Balmoral is the Queen’s personal estate, as is Sandringham. So no clue what that would mean tax-wise if those estates WERE taxed, but as it stands, that’s why Charles is going to get the bulk (if not all) of the Queen’s personal wealth, to avoid taxes. Such patriots!

        but of course if scotland was independent that would not apply (I’m assuming.)

    • Thirtynine says:

      Yes, this infuriates me. Where I’ve lived, we see small rural villages which have lives and characters of their own begin to be bought up by weekenders who have second homes there while living and working in the city. Then, to preserve all the quaint aspects of the towns character and history that attracted them in the first place, they start to use their power to block positive improvements in terms of businesses and services for the people who actually live there all year round. These people bring everything they want from the city, or open boutique or gourmet part time businesses which are patronised by each other. During the week, the town dies. Young familues cant afford to buy homes because the weekenders price them out of the market. The local schools, the heart of small communities get smaller and smaller till they’re no longer viable. Those people don’t care about the town and its inhabitants, its just their little theme park to visit and enjoy. How crass are those little townspeople to want businesses and lives of their own?! Not insinuating Scotland is a little village in any derogatory sense, but I certainly see the similaritues between the Windsors, Williams possessive little speech, and these weekender attitudes. ‘It’s all about me.’

  16. Ann says:

    So the Scottish people should remain part of the UK so that Will’s children can keep having free luxury vacations in their country forever?

    • Michelle says:

      All I’m hearing is that Scotland should not be independent so the RF can vacation there forever. Gross.

    • AmB says:

      Pretty much.

    • The Recluse says:

      Sounds like it. They don’t seem like the sort to really enjoy that Scottish kilt cosplaying they engage in every summer.

    • SenseOfTheAbsurd says:

      I’m sure if the people who starved, froze, or if they were lucky emigrated would feel that their suffering was all worthwhile, if it means the royal family can own vast tracts of stolen land to blast animals to death on.

      Descendants of those who survived to emigrate are all through the commonwealth and not falling for this bullshit.

  17. ShazBot says:

    They mustn’t think that highly of the Scottish people, if they think that some visits by tax-payer funded dullards who look down on absolutely everyone and enjoy Scotland because they summer there at their massive private estate will sway the political and historical feelings of the people.

    • Becks1 says:

      This is what’s going through my mind – what both you and Ann at #16 said – that this is coming across a lot like “you must stay because we love spending time at Balmoral, you would love it too but you’ll never be invited, too bad so sad, love you scotland!”

    • Chrissy says:

      Do they even interact with any real Scots when they spend time in Scotland? How stupid to send their least charming person to start a charm offensive. They would need, I don’t know, someone like Harry, non? Too bad, so sad! The Scots are not stupid.

  18. Becks1 says:

    Yeah I don’t think sending William and Kate out there is the PR win that the royals seem to think it is.

    • Nic919 says:

      They already disliked them because of the Covid super spreader choo choo tour so I don’t think anything has changed in the last five months.

      Besides saying that you want their country to remain with yours so your family vacations don’t require a passport isn’t going to change many hearts.

      • Robin says:


      • jwoolman says:

        Well, if the remaining part of the UK rejoined the European Union, the royals could still go across the border with an independent Scotland (which will rejoin the EU) without a passport… There. I just solved their little problem.

    • MMadison says:

      The Diana story from the BBC was suppose to soften the hearts of the Scottish People so William could waltz into their country and demand they stay in the UK. Interesting that William/Kate are NOT topic of conversation at all in the Scottish media. More interest in the stolen Mary Queen of Scot’s stolen rosary.

  19. BABSORIG says:

    Ha! And to think the BRF doesn’t engage in or comment on anything political 🤔🙄. So, all these charm offensives to pressure the Scottish people to remain in servitude to the English people, in a union that benefits mostly the English people, are nice and dandy because ….why, they’re carried out by English white members of the English royal family? SMDH 😲 😲😮

  20. Xantha says:

    *Reads title*

    *Reads it again*

    Question: Don’t you have to be charming to do a charm offense? Like charm is still a key ingredient in making a charm offense…right?!

    • Robin says:

      I know, Xantha. In truth, the first time I read it, I thought it simply said “offensive” and saw W’s picture.

  21. Ariel says:

    I’m going to pull in my favorite gossip story if the year- Hilary Baldwin, born and raised in Boston. But enjoyed her childhood vacations to Spain, and visiting when her parents retired there- decided to claim Spain as her own.

    The windsors- we love flaunting our wealth and using your entire country as our vacation home. We have money to travel abs own a castle in your country- we love it! We feel a kinship, you’re country is so quaint, we feel like we’re Scottish too- we like to play dress up and have bonus titles! Don’t you just want to worship us?

    • Lucy says:

      I feel like his basic argument is, Scotland has my favorite summer castle! That’s quite an honor!
      I hope Scotland sends the colonizers packing.

    • notasugarhere says:

      They have a small Scottish connection. The Queen Mum’s Bowes-Lyon, Lyon-Bowes family traces back to 14th century Scotland.

      • PixiePaperdoll says:

        Yeah, my great-grandmother also has a family history that can be traced to 14th century Scotland. I guess William and I have equal say in this.

        Vote for freedom, cousins!

  22. Golly Gee says:

    Where the hell are they going to find the necessary charm?

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      The “rock” of the monarchy will show up dressed in tartans, thistles, lions and unicorns.

      • Chrissy says:

        You forgot the wiglets and fresh botox!

      • Golly Gee says:

        In the face of this, Scotland’s quest for independence will surely die, and ever after I, William, will be known as the king who kept Scotland united.
        ~ excerpt from William’s daydream diary.

        After that, — should his daydream inexplicably come true — every tantrum he throws will begin with “I’m the one who stopped Scotland from leaving! Quiver before me, mere mortals!“

  23. Alicia says:

    I did a genuine LOL at the title of this post.

  24. Midge says:

    I cannot believe this man is in his 30’s.

  25. lanne says:

    Will di-Amin, the Last King of Scotland indeed.

    He has as much charm as “auld Lang syne” played by a bored student taking his first bagpipe lesson because his mom made him take classes.

  26. Frida_K says:

    Charm offensive?

    Charm offensive?

    That dog won’t hunt.*

    *Must be declared in a Texas accent, followed by the coup de grâce: Bless his heart.

    • Roo says:

      Frida, love it! You speak to my southern heart! And may I suggest that the phrase be followed by the delicate question : “Exactly who is Baldimort going to charm, out there looking like a slapped ass!”

  27. Abena Asantewaa says:

    William needs therapy, asap!

  28. Merricat says:

    Scotland is not a country swayed by charm, even if the Cambridges possessed any. Lol. Know your audience, royal family.

  29. NicB says:

    Kind of unsettling that he looks that way with Nicola walking right behind him. As though it’s all he can do to not turn around and knock her lights out.

  30. Jay says:

    The days when a royal merely acknowledging the existence of a place and having that be labelled as “winning hearts and minds” harkens back to the colonial era. And if you have to put out that you’re trying to do a “charm offensive”, it ain’t gonna work.

    The speech from yesterday wasn’t terrible, just kind of…bland and self-centred. It was all about how Scotland had figured in various episodes of William’s life, like they should be grateful just to provide a setting for him, like his presence conferred importance on them somehow.

    He also talked about the children and how they would “make memories” in Scotland in these different regions, but it was all very vague and nonspecific. “I can’t wait to stand on x shore or show George x would have been more meaningful.

    Lastly, I always wonder whether William starting the tour without Kate is either a test of his popularity without her, or he’s jealous of how much attention she gets for theme dressing and jewelry and wants some events just for himself. Who knows?

    • Merricat says:

      Exactly. Did he talk about the Scots, except in terms of himself? Ugh. Kate fares no better.

    • AlpineWitch says:

      A while ago a MP at Westminster defined Scotland as a ‘colony’, I’d bet the RF believes the same, they think Scotland is one of their colonies where they own some holiday houses….

    • BlueToile says:

      Yes. It is time for England’s colonialism to die, die, die. This is the country that spread white supremacy across the globe. Let it (figuratively) burn to the ground. Also, that family is nothing but a relic of the past, why can’t people see that? Go for Independence Scotland!

    • booboocita says:

      There’s an episode of The Crown (second season, third episode, “Lisbon”), in which Philip has traveled to Antarctica, the Falklands, and Ascension Island, and Elizabeth is in the palace nursery talking to a very young Charles and Anne. She points out to them on a large globe where Philip is, then tells them, “Now all of these are British Overseas Territories, and they have to be visited every once in a while so they don’t feel neglected or forgotten, or get any silly ideas about becoming independent.” (Yes, I rewatched that episode to get the exact quote.) The first time I saw this episode, I thought that statement was horribly infantilizing. “Silly ideas” -? I honestly thought that it was just the brain child of some overworked writer. But lately, I’ve come to see that this really is how the RF feels about other countries. And they really do believe that a visit from Baldingham and Keen Guevara is all Scotland needs to quell independence sentiment.

      • Nivz says:

        Oh honey, I remember this scene and I thought the writing was pitch perfect. I am Indian, and my grandparents had endless stories of the dehumanising attitudes of the British towards Indians.

      • ShazBot says:

        @nivz I recently read my kids “The Secret Garden” (highly editorialized by me to take out the racism), and it’s all right there in print how much they looked down on the Indians, the way they spoke about them and treated them. It’s quite appalling that they are trying to front like they aren’t racist. It’s literally the foundation of their culture.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        @Nivz, I had an Indian professor for my Economics class when I was going to school for my degree. He told us the story of earning scholarships to universities in Canada and England…he chose a university in Canada. I asked how he decided. He answered, “History”. I didn’t quite understand and asked him to explain further. He was very eloquent in his reply. He said if you want to understand India’s history with England…don’t read or believe what you read in an English history book. Which, being someone that celebrates the 4th of July, I then understood.

  31. BlueNailsBetty says:

    William has the charm of a colonoscopy.

  32. Digital Unicorn says:

    I think we know who the only royals who could charm not just the people of Scotland but everyone – hint: i ain’t the current RF members.

  33. North of Boston says:

    Charm offensive?

    More like

    “And when push comes to shove
    I will send a fully armed battalion to remind you of my love

    Or maybe just FFK William, with his clenched jaw and balled fists.”

  34. Ann says:

    I don’t blame William for not having charm. Lots of people don’t have charm. But I do blame him for being lazy and entitled and tone deaf. He will never change.

  35. Catherine says:

    There are enough royalist/monarchist/loyalist/traditionalist in Scotland that a vote for independence would still be close. There is a lot if sentiment for it; but think of it in terms of a marriage. There are a lot of people who think about divorce, want a divorce, have reasons for a divorce but don’t actually choose to end their marriage. I think the thing that could potentially change that are the potential negative economic effects of Brexit. How the UK navigates that is huge.

    • Lizzie says:

      Do you think the vote will change significantly if the vote comes when Charles is king?

    • AlpineWitch says:

      I lived in Scotland years ago and even back then the number of royalists was so small, largely very old people who, by now, might have passed away… so this theory of royal charm offensive swaying the public opinion might achieve the opposite result, a little like when Boris Johnson speaks, the pro-independence side grows larger…

      • Rene Besette says:

        Born in Scotland and raised there till 5, I would absolutely vote to seperate.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Vast natural resources of the ‘United Kingdom’ are in fact Scottish. England is the one that would come out on the losing end should Scotland gain independence.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      IIRC during the last Indy vote a large percentage of the Scottish populace wanted to keep the Royal Family – not sure if that sentiment is still the same now. Will be interesting to see what happens when TQ passes.

      • AlpineWitch says:

        There’s been a change of heart about the monarchy even here in northern England, I’d bet that when QEII dies there will be talk about becoming a Republic again (mind you, it will never pass with the Tories in power).

  36. Lizzie says:

    Will there be crowds in the streets to see them, as happened with Meghan and Harry, or will they round up the employees where ever they go for a photo op? Lots of keen here, but predicting a big dud as usual. Also many ugly dresses.

  37. Couch potato says:

    An ill-fitted FFK wearing ill-fitted trousers is surely going to swoon the Scots! The trousers look a bit to short and the way they’re curling up around the crotch doesn’t look comfortable. I had the same problem after I gained a few pound.

  38. Harper says:

    If I were Scottish I’d be insulted by the idea of a charm offensive. As if the Scottish are so dim they can be easily distracted merely by putting Royals in front of them. Scotland can install a Scottish royal family that isn’t German if it means that much to them. They would probably be better-looking and possessing real charm.

    • Merricat says:

      I don’t think they want another royal family, or any royal family. Independence.

      • Jaded says:

        I agree Merricat. The Church of Scotland is Presbyterian and has no head of faith or leadership group so I can’t imagine they’d want an Anglican royal as quasi-monarch. Independence all the way.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Last time around, there was loose talk of installing one of the Liechtenstein heirs. They come from the Jacobite/Stuart line through their mum Sophie. The older son could be the Liechtenstein heir, his sister or brother could be invited to be the Scottish monarch.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        Ah I forgot about them – aren’t they like billionaires?!? They own a bank don’t they?

      • notasugarhere says:

        Yes, they are extremist Catholics worth around 5 billion – and own their own bank.

      • Merricat says:

        I doubt the Scots would put a Catholic on the throne.

  39. TabithaD says:

    These people are just incredibly clueless. A “charm offensive” indeed. When the best William can do is scowl and sulk, and give a speech about how much he likes Scotland, without actually managing to say anything about Scotland at all. His experience of the country is limited to his lengthy holidays in one or more of his family’s enormous castles, and a few years in the ivory towers of St Andrew’s.
    This will do absolutely nothing to promote the union, and may even work against it.

  40. Delphine says:

    I’m gonna read the article but I almost spit out my coffee reading the headline. The Windsors attempting a “charm offensive”. 😅

  41. Tracey says:

    You have to just laugh at the fact that the courtiers thought it a good idea to give away the plot. “Charm offensive” indeed! Did they really believe putting this in print was a good idea. Have they not seen Scottish Tik Tok? Do they really think an entire country of thinking, feeling people would just ignore the news stories and not have an opinion about their own country’s future? From what I’ve seen the younger generation of Scots is not impressed with the RF or the leadership in London. They’ve lost the plot.

  42. Coco says:

    Next they’ll try the argument, “Losing Scotland will literally kill the Queen. You don’t want to kill the dear old Queen, do you?”

  43. Nina says:

    LOL. I took one look at that title and, without even reading the article, said to myself: I guess that means the vote for Scottish independence will pass this time.

  44. aquarius64 says:

    Even if there are enough monarchists and independent voters to split it down the middle the Windsors and the Tory government must be worried they will lose this time.

  45. Gk says:

    It’s not a slam on W&K but it’s too little too late. I think it’s inevitable.

  46. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    Anyone remember the song ‘Charmless Man’ by Blur? That’s PWT. All the way down.

    • Elle says:

      ‘Reading Balzac / taking Prozac’ – if only this charmless man ever did.

      Also, how can you win hearts and minds when you have neither?

  47. Mina_Esq says:

    Begging EU to let UK rejoin would be a more effective way to charm Scotland. Or letting them benefit from their own oil reserves. This isn’t an independent commonwealth nation like Canada or Australia. Downing Street’s poor decisions have real consequences on their lives. A bunch of waving, smiling dullards isnt the solution.

  48. GuestWho says:

    Weren’t they going to make Edward and Sophie move to Scotland to charm them into staying?

    • Lizzie says:

      It would be better to make Charles regent and send the queen to Scotland. She’s probably the only one they want and who could kick out the 95 year old queen?

  49. Lizzie says:

    What’s not charming about this man, incandescent with rage, marching up a hill? Lol, the keens just don’t know how to win. I mean put your inner rage aside and put on a pleasant face. This shouldn’t be so hard.

  50. Celia456 says:

    ⭐️🎉🥳 And on this day the DM managed to post an article without reference to dastardly wreckers of everything — not even the price of their house. Admirable restraint DM 🤐

  51. Likeyoucare says:

    Arccording to william he is an elegant FFK, so he is going to offense as many people in scotland as he always do everytime he open his mouth.

  52. FF says:

    So I guess it’s not “the will of the people” when they’re in Scotland.

  53. Lizzie says:

    Comments the last few days have me thinking about Elegant Bill. There are deleted tweets saying journalists can’t wait to tell all about him. Rumors of drug overdose. Also I have not heard Harry really mention him when he discussed his own mental health. Harry goes out of his way to make excuses for Charles and mentions his brother and family in a general non specific way. It sounds like there really is some big problem and Harry has too much compassion for his back stabbing brother to publicly make him part of his own mental health story. No forgiveness for his treachery but I am starting to think something is wrong.

    • Lexistential says:

      I agree. As much as I enjoy joking about how Diana’s taken back the last of her good looks, William looks like he is experiencing severe stress aside from seething anger, and does not seem mentally okay. He looks like he knows how trapped he is by his family, the Firm, the press, and the stakes of keeping the monarchy going.

  54. K says:

    Have they not met Scotland?!! Do they read their own history?? Oh I can hear the lolz all the way from Scotland.

  55. Normades says:

    The post title with that photo cracks me up. So charming/s 😂

  56. Züri says:

    I see that charm offensive includes more frenetic facial gestures and national/ 80s theme dressing– this time in Saltire blue.

  57. Kimber says:

    I read that clenched jaw two ways. One- I think he actually thinks it’s manly and attractive. Two- He is really mad at Nicola. How dare she criticize HIM and Kate for their tour?? He is the FFK- and has never been criticized his whole life.

  58. VanessaBear says:

    “I’m here for the charm offensive and I’m all out of charm.”

  59. Lilly (with the double-L) says:

    Step one: find some.

  60. MissMarirose says:

    Imagine the Windsors trying this in Northern Ireland. It’s laughable.

    Between the mess the Tories have made of Brexit and NI and the widespread support for the benefits of the Good Friday Agreement, you might actually see more people seriously consider unification a few years down the road.

    But my guess is the Tories/Windsors wouldn’t try it at all in NI or Wales. They’re only attempting this in Scotland because they want to keep Scottish oil money. What’s the equivalent for NI?

  61. Liz version 700 says:

    Happy Future Independence Scotland.

  62. SenseOfTheAbsurd says:

    Wouldn’t surprise me if this ‘charm offensive’ ended in an invasion of York. Scotland is done being condescended to and dismissed.

  63. House of No says:

    They’re about as charming as spiked toilet paper.

  64. fabulousfunster says:

    Go home ye bampot

  65. Dee Kay says:


  66. jwoolman says:

    Guess I’m not the only one whose first thought about a “charm offensive” by the British royals was “Wherever will they be able to get the charm?”.

    Could be just the cultural difference, though. I like the old Miranda britcom, she might be willing to lend them some slightly neurotic charm.

  67. Kirsty says:

    I live in Edinburgh near Holyrood Park and just went for a run around it with a friend. We couldn’t understand why there were police cars driving around, which just never happens. Then we saw a huge helicopter preparing to leave, surrounded by an *enormous* number of police and realised it must be the utterly enraged, clenched Future Future King. Ugh. Not charming!

    • jwoolman says:

      So FFK just means Future Future King? Darn. All this time I thought FFK meant Future F’ing King. Really. I kept forgetting to ask about it to confirm.