Duchess Kate is apparently the Windsors’ ‘greatest asset’ and the new Prince Philip

Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit Coatbridge

The Earl and Countess of Strathearn stepped out again today in Scotland. Kate “recycled” a Massimo Dutti coat and it looks like her entire ensemble – trousers and a blouse – is made up of shades of brown. Which made the Daily Mail tug at Kate’s wig a little by declaring her “Fifty shades of beige!” OMG. Sometimes they accidentally tell the truth, Kate IS “fifty shades of beige.” They were seen on their way to Orkney.

Meanwhile, did you know Fifty Shades of Beige aka Keen Guevara aka Keen Lynchpin is going to step up and become the new “Prince Philip” of the Windsors? Girl gets praised and embiggened for picking out her own clothes, I don’t think she’s capable of negotiating the complicated family dynamics of the Windsor klan, but sure:

Kate Middleton is stepping into Prince Philip’s shoes and acting as the ‘glue’ to keep The Firm together, a royal expert has claimed. Speaking to 60 Minutes Australia Vanity Fair royal editor Katie Nichol said the Duchess of Cambridge, 39, has become the royal family’s ‘greatest asset’ and that she is ‘the perfect vehicle for good PR for the family’ in a difficult time.

‘The royal family realise they have a really important key player here and they’re bringing her centre stage,’ Katie told the programme. ‘I think Kate is the glue. In the same way that the Duke of Edinburgh was always the one who would help resolve family issues. He was the patriarch of the family. I see Kate stepping into that role. Trying to keep things together.’

Katie also discussed the line of succession and whether the monarchy would skip Charles and Camilla to go straight to William and Kate. She said: ‘A lot of people think it would make more sense to skip a generation and let the crown move straight to William and Kate. Possibly they might prove a more popular King and Queen than Charles and Camilla. But the idea of breaking constitution and that is essentially everything the Royal Family is built upon is really something that’s not going to happen. William and Kate are perfect vehicle for good PR. We’ve seen a different side to the royals and we’ve seen that with William and Kate, they’ve been more real and reliable. For someone that wasn’t born royal she does royal incredible well, she can’t put a foot wrong.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Seriously though, is Charles ever going to shut down the Middleton PR? Is he just going to let them go on and on like this, sending out Gary Goldsmith to say that Liz and Chaz need to make way for King and Kween Keen? And now using the Middleton hagiographer to suggest that, while the constitution won’t be broken, Will and Kate would be much more popular than Charles and Camilla?

As for Kate as “the new Philip” – it’s been said before and no one is buying it at all. Remember that weird/hilarious People Magazine cover story last year where “sources” claimed Kate was the new Philip because she merely stands in the back and supports her spouse? A complete misreading of what Philip actually did as consort. Will and Kate think they’re being clever by redefining what Charles, Philip and the Queen have actually done – W&K think that by doing that redefining, they can just step in, declare their keenness and everyone will buy it.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tour of Scotland

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  1. Merricat says:


    • Liane says:

      “Kate is the new Philip” = hahahahahahhahahahahahahah!

      Oh my. That made my day.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      Oh dear. Are they confirming that she is PP in drag? That is, racist, thoughtless and insensitive? To be fair we saw shades of that during the Commonwealth service of 2019 and in her ability to use a dead woman’s wake to get good press. Oh, and we mustn’t forget how she makes people cry but gaslights them and lies to the world through her press minions that they made her cry instead.

    • josephine says:

      So sad that this is all they’ve got. She must be so ticked to have to make more appearances (and be near her husband this much). I don’t see her having the stamina or devotion. She’s just never going to have charm or warmth – her maniacal laugh thing is so one-trick and manufactured.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Kate is a dress-up doll with an empty head and no ideas, thoughts, or goals other than to be William’s doormat. That the royal family and some Brits think Kate is worthy of praise, because of her clothes and silence, says a lot about THEM (and it’s not good).

  2. L84Tea says:

    Camel coat AND baggy pants…cosplaying Meghan today. Oh, and there’s the tartan! She just couldn’t resist!

    • Merricat says:

      Is it? I know not all plaids are tartans, but I’m not Scots enough to know which are.

    • Becks1 says:

      That’s exactly what I thought….Kate actually looks nice, its because shes copying Meghan, lol. And yes, theres the plaid.

      • L84Tea says:

        She does look nice, and yet, she still doesn’t pull it off in my mind. Probably because I’m too aware of the fact that she ripped off this look from someone else. It’s a nice outfit, but it lacks authenticity when she wears it. Gah, she’s such a PHONEY.

      • Calibration says:

        The length of the coat seems off with the pants. But you know, pants aren’t ‘royal’ or is that only when Meghan wore them 🙄

    • Amelia says:

      I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw the outfit. At this points it’s just hilarious!
      Also today it copying both Meghan and Queen Maxima (who rocks the beige pants). Also her clothes look more cloth and less style. How has she not tripped over those trousers yet?

      • L84Tea says:

        It IS downright hilarious at this point. Even more hilarious that the stans deny it into the ground.

        Maxima can rock beige, mustard yellow, and orange like nobody else! Seriously, google “Queen Maxima wearing beige”, “Queen Maxima wearing yellow”, etc. It’s a rainbow of warmth!

      • Couch potato says:

        Queen Maxima could wear a hay sack and still look fabulous! QM radiates light from the inside, while Kates’ power seems to be switched off.

  3. Steph says:

    We’ve seen this colorway before. I wonder where….

    • Lemons says:

      The same brand too…

    • Harla says:

      It’s so similar to the outfit that Doria wore to Meghan’s cookbook launch at KP. Doria looked gorgeous that day, Kate not so much.

  4. Zebz says:

    Wtf, it’s weird as hell how this woman has NO identity of her own. What is wrong with her?? She is Diana, Meghan, Philip, Anne, queen mother, Sophie, Elizabeth, Charles, fergie, Che Guevara and I don’t even know who else at this point. It’s unsettling.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      Today she can be Keen Gluevara, Duchess of Stickum and Countess of Collagen.

    • Em says:

      I actually really like that you said that. We have considered her cosplaying but I haven’t looked at it as ‘she has no actual identity of her own.’

      This is probably because she has spent her entire adult life trying to be whoever they want her to be. Her true identity was irrelevant, she just desperately needed to fill whatever role she thought was expected of her. So no, she actually does not have a personal identity. In that sense, I feel sorry for her. We see all her and her families bad behavior so not offering excuses, but it’s more proof that she is just a pawn in the palace’s game. I think this is why Megan clearly said in the Oprah interview that Kate is a good person – she knows and empathizes. I think Kate is literally a monarchy zombie at this point.

      • Amy Too says:

        I’ve always gotten the sense that she knows that she absolutely does not belong in her role as Duchess, future POW, future Queen Consort. The Queen Mum, the Queen, Diana, and Meghan were all confident enough in their role, their self, and their ability to do the work that they could be like “I AM a duchess/princess/Queen, and I wear this, therefore *this* is Duchess/Princess/Queen clothing.” Kate is still flabbergasted that she got the job of Duchess and she is desperately trying to make sure that no one realizes she is completely unqualified for the job at a personal, individual level. So she has to copy. She has no sense of “whatever I wear will become duchess clothing because I *am* a duchess,” so she has to copy everyone around her. Even when she was just William’s gf, she knew she was completely out of her league and wrong for the job so she was copying Jecca. Now she copies Meghan, Diana, and the Queen.

        She must have absolutely no self esteem or sense of self. I can’t imagine being in a job for ten years and still, every single day, worrying that someone is going to figure out I’m not actually appropriate for the job. After awhile, you’d think she’d either get comfortable or at least train a little bit to make herself feel for more competent. Take speech making lessons, study your patronages, meet people behind the scenes a few times to get comfortable before you just show up for an event. Is part of her complete lack of self esteem and imposter syndrome thinking that she is incapable of learning or doing better so she shouldn’t even try?

      • Doulton says:

        What Em and Amy Too said.
        I see her as somebody who has a narcissistic mother. Quite likely the moment Prince William was born CarolE got the idea into her head of becoming a “Queen Mother” and the Grandmother of Kings. Look at how fugly all the merchandise on Party Pieces is. I had a narcissistic mother and Kate shows all the signs of somebody who was forbidden to think like herself from day one. Her only hope, ironically, is to take a very deep dive into therapy, which would be insanely counterintuitive for her. Whatever depths she may have had were long since bailed out by CarolE.

    • Eurydice says:

      Her identity is “Windsor Brand” – perpetually middle-aged and vaguely smelling of mothballs.

    • salmonpuff says:

      It is impossible to have an identity of your own when you are in thrall to a narcissist because they demand you to constantly reflect them back to themselves. Anything that shows your own personality gets punished immediately. Not that I’m armchair diagnosing William, but…

    • Myjobistoprincess says:

      I absolutely agree. To be somebody, she always needs to be compared to a great person of the past – because in 10 years she hasent managed to find her own person, her own aura, be her own self, her own passion to share with the world. She is blank and bland 🙁 That is very sad. and also, the more I think about it, the more I think that she is very depressed. Unfortunately, the weight can a good indicator of one’s mental health and i think in this case, there might be something underlying. P.S. She has not been traveling the hairstylist, because where are the sausages?

    • Demi says:

      If they told Meghan to be 50% less of herself to fill into the Duchess mold imagine what they expected of Kate to fill the future queen consort mold. She’ puppet controlled by others to display a certain image

    • Reece says:

      She’s never created her own identity even before they got married.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        I agree with everyone, but I have a question. Is Keen what they wanted? Did the brf or CarolE want this mannikin? Because, having a non identity really is not now/nor ever will work. Perhaps it would have if W had been charismatic, but he’s just blah. They must surely be aware that they messed up. That could be with the new narratives all of the time, she’s either a peacemaker or a revolutionary, or the family PP. I doubt they will ever be able to sell her as anything–they made a mistake making her so blank and not making her work the last 10 years. I just keep thinking that they not only screwed up, but that they know it and don’t quite know what to do about it. Just a thought.

      • Amy Too says:

        I agree saucy, I don’t think the BRF and their people are all that pleased with how Kate has turned out. I think they would have liked her to be more like a white Meghan. They didn’t want a Diana, but I don’t think that was about not wanting someone who did good work and got interesting and good PR, I think it was more about not wanting someone so “emotional” and “surly,” who would show her displeasure on her face, and who was to fight against Charles for what she wanted. Meghan is a great worker with interesting projects who brought a lot of attention to the BRF, people liked her, AND she is very loyal and supportive of her husband, positive, mature, and optimist. While the press is constantly screaming that Meghan is calling all the shots and “wears the pants,” and that she’s never happy with anything, I don’t think she does wear the pants and I don’t think she’s that picky. I think she lets Harry make the big decisions (and he takes her input and wants to make her happy with his choices which is good and necessary) and then she supports him.

        If they could get a white, British Meghan type who was married to the heir and not the spare, and who maybe leaned more into “traditional” causes as opposed to things like anti-racism, feminism, and taking on the media, I think they’d be pleased. I really don’t get the sense that William would be pissed off if his wife got more attention than him. She already does just because she’s a woman who wears new clothes a lot. He seems like he doesn’t care as long as he gets to live his own life how he wants. And truthfully, Meghan didn’t work that often (at least she didn’t have as many public engagements in the circular) but the work she did was interesting and effective. She only got smeared because she was married to the spare and she was a black American who was more interesting than Kate.

        You can tell from the Meghan smear campaign, the kate embiggening, and the fact the Middletons are going crazy that the BRF and the press are actually not all that pleased with Kate. They HAVE to build her up and bring others down because she’s not what they want and need. She has to be the focus because she’s the only young(ish) woman left in the family and the press and the public want to watch young women, but she’s not actually interesting or what they want which is why we get stupid articles about how she’s totally like this other person that everyone actually liked.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Amy Too, I liked your explanation. Can they build Keen Up? I know they keep trying, but is it really possible? What will they do when they discover that what they’re trying to accomplish isn’t going to happen? If she was under stress before, then she’s in for a very horrible future. I think she’s going to buckle under the stress and I don’t think it will take very long.

  5. Snuffles says:

    She’s their best coat hanger! She’s pretty and made cute babies. That’s her entire appeal.

    • Mac says:

      That sums up her actual job.

    • MF1 says:

      Yep. Imagine that being the only thing you’ve ever accomplished, the only thing you’re valued by others for. Like @Em said above, I actually feel sorry for her.

  6. Cecilia says:

    This is actually disrespectful towards Philip because Philip worked. And im not going to lie. I missed the crazy middleton PR. Seems like those crisis managers didn’t manage to shut them up after all.

    • Merricat says:

      Right? I fully expect “palace sources” to announce soon that Kate deserves to be Queen of the Universe.

      • Cecilia says:

        I just wonder how often they are going to repeat the same. “Kate has been quietly stepping into her role and is slowly becoming their secret weapon”. They’ve been saying things like this for years now. How slowly is she moving exactly because a snail moves faster than this.

        And notice how they never back these claims up with examples of work she’s done and how she’s a strong asset? All they want us to know is that apparently kate is important for the monarchy.

      • JT says:

        It’s extremely disrespectful to Philip who worked his ass off for 65 years and the queen, who still outworks Kate at 95. This is the one who needs to put in their place. Harry was working himself to death for that family and they threw him to the wolves. Kate works 30 days a year and gets praise for picking out her own clothes. Unbelievable.

      • Cecilia says:

        @JT. As much as i LOVE to mock the “kate is the lynchpin of the monarchy” pr, there’s a truth to it. William is even more boring and has even less pull than kate. And we’ve already established that other royals garner no interest. So in that regard kate IS the only tool they can use. As for putting her in her place…. Whatever the news papers know about william, kate knows too…..

      • Tessa says:

        Kate is a stepford wife. Her spin is that she “loved” Harry. Forgetting how she glared at him and Meghan and also willingly participated in the Flybe Stunt (bringing the children) with William to put down Harry.

      • JT says:

        @Cecilia I see what you’re saying, Kate does get a lot of attention, but for what? Her clothes and her kids. That’s it She isn’t the lynchpin holding it all together. The queen is. Most of the RRs, BM and the commonwealth are holding back because of her majesty, out of respect for her. Not Kate. Before Meghan nobody would even think think to call Kate the savior of the monarchy, as they all know she does diddly all day nor is she actually good in her role. Prince Philip was more of a lynchpin than Kate ever was. Not only did her mange the family to a tee, he actually supported the queen in her role as monarch, whilst carving out a substantial role of his own. Kate is nothing but a clothes rack.

    • Coco says:

      If I was William, in the wake of my supposedly beloved grandfather’s recent death, I really wouldn’t like this comparison. But, in reality, William probably cared for Philip as little as he seems to care about anyone, and any press that undermines Charles as future king is good press.

  7. Eleonor says:

    I would like to say something mean in perfect Philipp style.
    I mean: the man invented the role of Prince consort, he worked hard until his early ’90s Kate has been entering in her her role for the last 10 years.

  8. Digital Unicorn says:

    I prefer this outfit – at least it matches.

    Given how much in overdrive the Middleton PR is, something serious is about to drop. The PR is desperate to paint Keen as some sort of saviour for the Monarchy and it can’t survive without her – makes me think that either news about their separate lives is about to hit the news or a divorce is pending and the Mids are desperate to try to get ahead of it/stop if from happening.

    Kate and Carol(e) are desperate to get that Princess of Wales title for Kate. Its the ultimate cosplaying prize.

    • Becks1 says:

      Yeah this is now two people connected to Kate – Uncle Gary and Katie Nicholl – saying that Will and Kate should be the next king and queen. And Katie Nicholl almost sounds reluctant when she says that’s not something that’s going to happen. It’s not a popularity contest.

      It just sounds so desperate – why are they pushing this idea so hard that the crown “needs” to go to William and Kate? It’s not about William, it’s about how KATE deserves it. That’s a strange emphasis. It definitely feels like they are reminding us that the monarchy needs Kate.

      But it doesn’t. The monarchy didn’t need Diana, it didn’t need Fergie, it didn’t need Harry or Meghan – it does not need Kate.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        These Daily Fail stories are all about feeding the Salty White Folks that populate the commentariat of the Daily Fail. The commentariat of the Daily Fail do not like Charles, Camilla, Meghan and now Harry. The commentariat LOVES Cathy Cambridge and the Cambridge kids. These type of embiggering stories will continue in the Daily Fail until the Daily Fail turns on Cathy Cambridge.

        We all know the Daily Fail will turn on Cathy.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Bay – except that the original comments from Nichol aired on a news program in Australia (as did Uncle Gary’s, but he also made the same comments before). So this is a step beyond just the DM.

        but I do agree with you that the DM will turn on Kate when it becomes profitable to do so.

      • swirlmamad says:

        It still doesn’t make sense to me that Charles is just continuing to allow this narrative to be put out there — I mean, there’s no way on earth he can be okay with the idea that he should just be put out to pasture. I know many here keep saying that he’s giving the Middletons rope to hang themselves with but the amount of embiggening at his expense is beyond crazy now. For all his faults, his patience in this instance is unmatched.

      • Amy Too says:

        Swirlmaid, maybe Charles is extracting payment from Will in the form of the Diana gaslighting and being the mouthpiece that says that the Diana interview should never be aired again or written about, rewriting history to claim that Diana’s interview (just like the Sussexes interview) is the thing that broke the marriage and the relationship and not all of the bad behavior that she spoke about in the interview. Charles gets his twisted rewrite out there with William as the mouthpiece to make it more palatable. And William and Charles get to make the comparison to the Sussexes (“everything was fine until they started attacking us for no reason on TV!”) Maybe Charles is even, like the Queen before him, insisting that the Cambridges get a divorce because their toxic relationship is bringing everyone down: with the Middleton leaks and incandescent Will, the obviously separate lives, the hints in the press about cheating and whatever else William is hiding. It’s all getting very loud and quite obvious, more reporters are tweeting and deleting, more blogs are picking up that something is obviously wrong. Kate is hardly working yet spending tons of money. William is hardly working and looks pissed off all the time. So maybe Charles is telling William it’s time to end this, and William doesn’t want to deal with the bad PR that would come from that, or even just having to wage a difficult and hard PR war even if he is the one that comes out being protected by the press, and Charles is saying “fine, if you’re not going to end it with Kate and/or get the Middleton clan under control by dealing with her, then I need you completely on my side, being my mouthpiece, trashing your mother, upholding the monarchy at all costs.

        Because yeah, the only reason I can think that *anyone* is letting the Middletons run this crazy (Uncle Gary!? Multiple interviews from him!?) is that William is not telling them to shut it down. And he’s not doing that because he just doesn’t want to deal with Kate at all right now. He doesn’t want to talk to her, ask favors of her, negotiate with her. So he has to make up for it with his dad somehow.

      • swirlmamad says:

        @Amy Too I like this theory! Though sordid, it really makes a lot of sense.

    • TabithaD says:

      I agree with you on this. It seems like they’re (assuming this comes from Middleton HQ) desperate to portray Kate as indispensable and essential to the royal family – when in reality she’s just as dispensable as any other married-in. And that makes me think they are genuinely afraid that she may be on the way out.

  9. TheOriginalMia says:

    I’ll be nice. Fifty shades of beige is better and more modern-looking than the Diana/Scottish flag cosplay from yesterday. Now for the bitchy.

    Are you serious, Katie Nichol? Keen Guevara is the new Phillip? The old Phillip is barely gone and you’re placing Kate in the role. As if she cares. Newsflash: she doesn’t. She’s part of the problem. She can’t be the solution. All she can do is not rock the boat and continue to leak against Harry & Meghan.

    • swirlmamad says:

      And they can’t seem to see how that’s disrespectful, yet they’re constantly screaming about perceived gaffes by H&M. The man is barely cold in his grave and they are already saying “oh well, at least we’ve got Kate to fill his shoes!”

  10. Kalana says:

    Someone should paste Philip’s face over Kate’s for her photoshoot for Fun with Graphs! Or the one where Kate’s sitting at the console table, posing with a phone, and holding her pen in the wrong hand.

  11. JT says:

    Charles not checking the Keens and the Middletons makes him look scared. Like he’s afraid to slap them down. I know people think he’s playing the long game, and maybe he is, but he looks weak. Will-di Amin, Keen Guevara, and a Uncle Coke and Blow are actively talking about usurping the throne and he’s just standing back letting that narrative lie. He doesn’t need to go full game of thrones, although he might have to one day, but he needs to remind them who is the boss. He’s just letting those two layabouts big themselves up while doing the least amount of work in the whole damn family. They were out worked by the queen in the pandemic. My goodness.

    • Cecilia says:

      Maybe he’s simply not worried about that talking point because he knows he can’t be skipped? As in he knows his spot is guaranteed so why would he bother?

      • BayTampaBay says:

        I think Charles knows the Daily Fail will eventually turn on Cathy Cambridge and Ma Middleton. Why should Charles work at it when the Daily Fail will eventually do the work for him?

        It is only a matter of time.

      • Ann says:

        Yeah, it probably bugs him to no end but he doesn’t need to respond because it is never going to happen. The whole campaign to skip straight to Will and Kate is so laughable. Zero chance, zilch, and in truth the people as a whole would not like it. Why have a monarchy at all if you’re just going to flaunt tradition like that? The whole point is that the next monarch is ordained from birth, which means Charles is next, period.

    • swirlmamad says:

      I said similar above. We know this man has an ego the size of the European continent. What is he playing at here, not reacting at ALL to any of this embiggening at his expense? It’s just really bizarre, given what we know about his personality and how he couldn’t manage to rein it in ever during the Diana years, and not to mention when his sons were younger, either. What IS it about the Middletons that makes him exact so much restraint?

      • JT says:

        Charles doesn’t need to go full scorched earth right now, but he needs to something. Yank a chain every now and again, remind them that he also knows where the bodies a buried because this is getting ridiculous. That family needs actual leadership, not someone sitting around waiting until people start hanging them selves. It is a very passive way to lead and that doesn’t always work. Clearly.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        swirlmamad, What I think interesting is that in this article she actually said that they couldn’t skip PC. Why? I wonder if some doors somewhere were closed to her because of this topic. I suppose it could be her way of getting them opened again? I think if something big is going to come out that PC is feeling secure that it won’t impact him. He may let them talk all they want, because in the end whatever happens will happen. And, he won’t be in the middle of it, but off to the side. Viewed from that perspective, being silent is the best option. Frankly, if there is a divorce, I doubt it will impact the monarchy much. Keen is a nonentity. The only concern I have is for the children. I can’t decide whether the environment would be healthier if their parents divorced. I do think that the environment is not healthy the way it seems to stand now.

  12. Bess says:

    The devil works hard, but Ma Middleton works harder, when it comes to pushing her daughter as Queen Consort.

  13. Amy Bee says:

    I’m thinking Charles is not intervening because he has William on his side now. This is what he always wanted. As for Kate, her role is to be the dutiful wife, nothing more.

  14. Zappy says:

    From Che Guevara to Prince Phillip. Now the real question, who really is she?

  15. Lizzie says:

    As always they refer to keen as if she’s an intern getting a big break. ‘They are bringing her to center stage’. They’ve been trying to do this for a decade and it hasn’t stuck yet.
    Plaid scarf!

  16. Becks1 says:

    50 shades of beige…..that about sums Kate up.

    Honestly though from the pics I saw she looks nice – at least more modern than yesterday – but she couldn’t help herself with the plaid, could she??

    As for the PR about her being the next Philip – I don’t know if its a conscious rewriting or just total ignorance. maybe Ma Middleton et al are just clueless about what Philip actually did and just saw him as the old man who made racist jokes and ignored the decades of work, the significant solo tours, the books, etc.

  17. Merricat says:

    Admittedly, every time I think of Kate, I get racist old white guy vibes.

  18. Calibration says:

    I know people who buy this bs and love the Keens so it does work. . Also people in the UK who hate h and m who otherwise give no fs about the royals..

  19. Cecilia says:

    Im just now actually looking at the pictures of the daily mail. These 2 look miserable

    • Becks1 says:

      I just went and looked – Kate looks…..exhausted. I don’t know if the DM usually photoshops her pictures, but they definitely didn’t today.

      Also I did laugh bc they included so many pictures of the helicopter. I feel like that’s low key trolling on their part.

      • Cecilia says:

        I’ve also started to notice that the DM is starting to point out how much kates clothes cost. I might be wrong here but that is a change from previous years no? (At least a change from the meghan years). Granted the articles are still positive but surely that is deliberate. And about the pictures, i think william looks more miserable out of the 2.

      • Becks1 says:

        They used to do it before the Meghan years and now they’ve started doing it again – but you notice here they are highlighting that the coat is a rewear – but they do mention the cost of the earrings. I don’t think Kate is on as firm a footing with the DM as she thinks she is.

  20. Lori says:

    Skinny, hard faced, bigot. Yeah ok I see the resemblance.

  21. fani says:

    He keeps wearing those pants. Perhaps they are his favourite pair. I sense he is not feeling well. I think he might also be signalling. Perhaps for years he vilified his mother in his head, so he married the anti-version of his mother, and now he is starting to feel the wear and the loneliness of it. He sees his brother moving past him and he is feeling left behind in an outdated and stodgy institution. He married a mannequin in the best interest of the institution, but the institution might not last long enough for him to be King.

    • Merricat says:

      William has never had to be beloved before; he grew up believing that simply existing was enough to be king, because it was. But now he’s an adult and he’s fecked off the bloom of his youth and has nothing to show for it beyond the heir and spare. And he is not beloved. It must be circus-carnival confusion in his brain.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Not all people like Charles but I would bet that 95% of people respect his work.

      • Merricat says:

        Agreed. Work is another facet of being royal that William hasn’t developed.

  22. Sofia says:

    I actually like Kate’s beige outfit. At least it looks somewhat “modern” even if the colour is boring.

    And if she’s going to be the “new” Prince Philip, could she also please pick up his work ethic then?

  23. mariahlee says:

    I’d agree that outside of the queen she’s their greatest asset. She’s the most appealing of everyone in the family (and i know that’s not saying much). They’ve invested a lot in her image, and she’s played the part well. Barring no major f-ck ups, she’ll be the new face of the monarchy. No pressure at all…

    • Tessa says:

      I totally disagree. I was never fond of her, but after her treatment of Meghan I find nothing appealing about her at all. She is so fake as far as I can see.

      • Becks1 says:

        That’s the issue though, right? A few people on this post have mentioned that Kate IS the best thing the monarchy has going for it – and that may be true, because she is the one who gets the most press coverage at this point – but if it’s true, it’s pretty sad, because she is lazy, she mean-girls others, she’s shallow, etc. It’s pretty said if she’s what the monarchy is pinning its hopes to.

      • Tessa says:

        The Kardashians get a ton of press coverage and PR but that does not make them the “best thing” the US has going for it. The overpraise of Kate is downright laughable. IMO. THe best of the monarchy was forced out: Diana, Harry, and Meghan. And the ironic thing is that Kate depends on William’s whims. If he wants her out she will be out. And the media would turn on her. I remember all the cover stories Diana got, she was praised but she deserved it. When Charles wanted her out, the media like Seward who used to plug Majesty with Diana covers, turned on her.

      • Nic919 says:

        When Kate was outed as having permitted the lie that Meghan made her cry to exist to this day without correction, it was basically confirmed that she’s awful. Prior to that you could probably pity her for being married to William, but there was no more explicit confirmation that she participates in the smear than that.

        While that might appeal to the monarchists and the racists, she is not going to expand her appeal to most people after that was made public. As she ages she will also get less interesting to the media because even her fashion is barely worth covering.

      • Merricat says:

        I agree with all of this.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        @Nic, let’s not forget the Commonwealth Day service. Her involvement in the snubbing was on display for all to see.

    • Jaded says:

      But there have been a number of huge f*ckups. We’ve all seen her numerous (probably deliberate) Marilyn Moments. We’ve seen her topless. We’ve watched and listened while she mumbles and stumbles through the simplest talking points. We saw her behave like a spoiled, rude little brat at the Commonwealth service. She’s barely involved in any of her patronages and the only reason she gets all that airplay is the relentless pushing by Ma Midd and now Uncle Hookers and Blow. She’s nothing more than a cardboard cutout of a royal — after 10 years of “stepping into her role” she’s accomplished basically nothing.

      • mariahlee says:

        but that’s all that’s required of her. look good, talk infrequently, and be overall inoffensive. she doesn’t have to be remarkable to succeed in her role bc the media will uplift her accordingly. look at the queen.

      • Merricat says:

        Sounds perfect for Little Britain, I guess.

      • Cherie says:

        Agreed – she doesn’t need all of the bells and whistles folks around here want her to have – it’s made up “job” requirements so we can bitch when she can’t or won’t do them .
        Her job was to have babies, be pretty , be inoffensive and wear pretty tiaras on occasion. The people who matter (taxpayers) don’t really seem to give two shits about the BRF.

      • notasugarhere says:

        In 2021, it is not a woman’s job to be a uterus. The line of succession is thousands of people long.

        You’re saying Kate doesn’t need to be able to speak her native tongue without stumbling and using cuecards every three words? She doesn’t need to act professional, stop flipping her hair, stop flirting with every man around her? She doesn’t need to get off her lazy bum and start working 500 engagements a year?

        Honestly, she’s the worst of the married ins and an embarrassment of a woman in the 21st century.

      • Nic919 says:

        If all she needed to do what have babies and look pretty then the UK media wouldn’t be constantly trying to sell her as the next saviour of the monarchy. That they continually try to set her up like she is valuable to that family. They don’t do this with Camilla who is the actual future Queen consort. Clearly the powers that be think that Kate needs to be sold as something more than she actually is.

      • Lady D says:

        “look good, talk infrequently, and be overall inoffensive.” Two out of three.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Mariahlee, “look good, talk infrequently, and be overall inoffensive”. I think that actually sums up well what the brf’s expectation are of Keen. Except, what about those state dinners? Is she actually capable of holding her own in conversation at the dinner table. Even cherry picking the people sitting on either side of her, think that she would have difficulty. Also, she has to talk for her charity engagements, and I think this is the one that will really sink her. She really isn’t interested in the charities, can’t be bothered to read up on them before showing up, and just wants to leave as soon as possible. The charities undoubtedly know it, too.

      Keen has never shown anything to be presented as the “best” of anything for the monarchy. If the brf is truly steaking its future on Keen … well, they better start folding their tents. The brf and grey men got what they wanted in Keen, now they need to figure out something else. I think it’s too late to mold her into something else.

  24. Grace says:

    She should have picked another coat to go with these trousers, or another pair of trousers to go with this coat. Now it just looks like a mishmash of different shades of beige, and beige is not really her color in my opinion. I guess her outfits are packed in different bags according to color for this trip. I just don’t get it. She must be really interested in clothes judging by how much shopping she does, and still it mostly looks like she’d have just thrown the pieces together randomly most of the time. I’m sorry, but this wasteful shopping just makes me think how ridiculous this Earthshot Prize thing launched by William is – it’s as if the sacrifices needed to battle climate change and environmental issues would not concern them, but peasants only. Wish they would lead by example, thinking about what their position is and what they could achieve. Kween and Keeng are about my age, and I really thought they’d be willing to do things when they first got married, but they just seem to live in a bubble of their own.

  25. Midge says:

    I cringe every time there’s a closeup of William’s face. He is trying to look empathetic but just comes off angry or constipated.

    • Tessa says:

      I got a Jack Nicholson smile vibe when he grinned at the old woman. He can’t smile with any warmth.

  26. Woke says:

    I don’t know why Charles stand back and let William and Kate takes the lead like that. He’s basically in the same position as Harry, all his wrong doings are out, he already have a bad reputation with that crowd. So might as well reaffirm his authority.

    • Jaded says:

      Charles is good at the long game — he’s going to wait this out until he’s crowned or becomes Prince Regent. Then you’ll see some action — there’ll be a new sheriff in town, and William and Kate will have to sh*t or get off the pot.

  27. Watson says:

    Well since people like her more than Charles and William she technically is the only asset the royals have right now. Which is saying everything cause the woman is only known for her clothing and not for the work she does, what she stands for or her personality.

    • Tessa says:

      I don’t like her either. I don’t see her as remotely an asset. She has no warmth.

      • Nic919 says:

        Women are expected to be warm, especially the married ins. That’s she is not will work against her as she ages. She won’t be able to be a cold Windsor because she isn’t one of them.

  28. Harper says:

    They sure take a lot of helicopters. But no one will call out the hypocrisy of Mr. Earthshot now, will they? No wonder William just storms around threatening everyone to do things his way.

    • Ann says:

      I noticed that and also that they have taken their kids on helicopters with them a few times. That worries me from a safety standpoint. I have always had a fear of small, private planes, they do not have a great record and I don’t think helicopters do either? I’m sure they have the very best pilots and all that, but I could just see William being the type to yell at the pilot to keep going even if the weather is bad, or something. Arrogant.

      • Harper says:

        @Ann I feel the same way about small aircraft. I mean, look what happened to Kobe Bryant. I don’t know if you are referring to that recent Twitter photo of the Cambridge family leaving Kensington Palace to get into the helicopter, but when I saw it, it made me uncomfortable. Are those little kids being transported between Norfolk and London that way on a regular basis? They did build that hedge at KP for privacy so they couldn’t be seen coming and going, so it’s probably safe to assume they do.

  29. Shannon says:

    Why do they say, “can’t put a foot wrong” all the time? I mean, is it a really common phrase in the UK? Because it sounds like they’re trying to make it a catch phrase by repeating it over and over again hoping that, like a commercial jingle, it’ll get stuck in our heads and we’ll start humming it when we’re in the shower: “Kate can’t put a foot wrong. Can’t put a foot wrong, la di dah, can’t put a foot wrong.”

    Do they think we’re that easy to brainwash? Do they think we’ve forgotten all the blown up skirts and topless sunbathing?

    • Tessa says:

      Not to mention the “mean girl” behavior to Meghan.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Well it is hard to put a wrong foot forward when you rarely leave your London apartment or Norfolk country house.

  30. Lala11_7 says:

    Why are they dressed for Fall in late Spring?

    • PEARL GREY says:

      Kate buys a lot of her clothes months and months in advance so by the time she wears them in public, they have already sold out, giving the illusion of the “Kate Effect”.

    • MF1 says:

      All her outfits lately (that hideous plaid dress, even the blue skirt/blazer combo) don’t look suitable for spring. Considering she works like 3 hours a week, you think she could manage to find some seasonally appropriate clothes.

    • Elvie says:

      The UK is currently having a very wet, cold May. It feels like October.

    • SarahCS says:

      It is GRIM here at the moment. Hasn’t stopped raining in about a month.

  31. Rai says:

    I don’t pretend to have any insight to Kate but she doesn’t strike me as The Hammer type. Philip was a Hammer and as such, put feet wrong. All the time… it goes with the territory. Either Kate is going to be the new Philip or she’s going to be the boring princess her mom raised her to be. Can’t have it both ways…

  32. Tessa says:

    Insulting to Philip who had a real work ethic. Spent his younger days being a war hero. Kate did little just waiting for that ring.

  33. Over it says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but the pictures with willnot and cannot in which she is wearing that brown/tan whatever it is. It looks like she was trying to talk to him and he basically said get lost and walked away from her. She looks shocked and hurt by his dismissive attitude.

    • Tessa says:

      But I think she still does not “get” how badly she treated Meghan.

    • notasugarhere says:

      There’s another picture of her glaring at his back as he walks away. She’s no victim, she’s an equal party in this. Both W&K are, frankly, bitches. They chose each other because they mirror each other, reflecting back all of their own worst tendancies.

  34. AVEA says:

    So is she ever going to be herself? Or will she be “The Next XYZ” for ever? You need to do actual work to achieve that, I guess.

    • Dee says:

      And what happens with Charlotte? Will she have to cosplay Diana as well? Will she ever be allowed to be her own person?

      • Tessa says:

        THe Cambridge stans want her to look and act like the Queen. For one reason or another they don’t want her to look like Diana.

    • SarahCS says:

      I don’t think there is a ‘herself’. From being a teenager her month was grooming her to be whatever Willnot wanted her to be and it’s progressed from there via cosplay of other more loved/popular women and assuming that never having an opinion means the great unwashed will love you too.

  35. Likeyoucare says:

    What is in willie hand. Is it a file for his briefing?
    OMG, willie is cosplaying meghan!

    Why are they there?
    It is really a waste if they didnt highlight the purpose these two clowns visiting all the places and they didnt say anything about the causes. This is not a school trip.

    Charles is a coward. Dont expect anything from him. He is just like his mother, he will stay quiet and wish for the problem to go away.

    Why am i so bitter today?😅

  36. Tessa says:

    Apparently Charles is OK for his daughter in law’s Uncle to want Will and Harry be the next King. Uncle Gary is out and about via the DM. Where is Charles?

  37. S808 says:

    No one has benefited from entire this train-wreck more than Kate. I wonder if she’s leveraging her position behind the scenes. I would be. At least some. Technically she IS the greatest asset now. The bar is in hell now as far as assets go but she’s it.

    • Tessa says:

      She has no independent thoughts, she’s a Stepford. She is not an asset, but she has tons of PR. I don’t get though why now it’s OK to technically be more “popular” than William. I thought windsor wives were not allowed to overshadow and be required to walk a few steps behind the husband.

  38. Tessa says:

    Kate put many feet wrong.

  39. SusanRagain says:

    My response to this headline?
    HA! Snort. HA, HA, HA!

    Kate can’t be bothered to work, she dresses up and smiles = that is all.
    No one is going to convince me that Kate is clever enough to be the power behind the throne.
    Now, otoh, her Mom seems pretty good at it so far. 😀

    • kelleybelle says:

      She’s a big huge nothing-burger and they know it. That’s the only narrative they have to work with, that she recycles her clothes (thrifty!) and she’ll be the monarchy’s saving grace. When really she has done a lot to harm it.

  40. pottymouth pup says:

    “Katie also discussed the line of succession and whether the monarchy would skip Charles and Camilla to go straight to William and Kate. She said: ‘A lot of people think it would make more sense to skip a generation and let the crown move straight to William and Kate.”

    She actually had the audacity to discuss the line of succession & how it make sense to just skip over Charles to coronate William as King (and her Queen consort) when Elizabeth dies? That is the height of arrogance and yet there are no repercussions to Kate engaging in that discussion – with the press?!

    • Becks1 says:

      Just to clarify – it wasn’t Kate Middleton saying that, it was Katie Nicholl, a reporter. But I think this was the same show where Kate M’s uncle DID say that, so clearly it is a sanctioned Middleton talking point.

  41. ABritGuest says:

    It’s interesting that the people the press keep claiming are the saviours/ secret weapons of the monarchy ( eg Kate, Sophie) aren’t the blood royals. Same with those that brought lots of eyes back on the family in the last 40 years apart from arguably Harry: Diana, Kate and Meghan. Shows that royalty is BS & they really aren’t special.

  42. Athena says:

    William looks like he’s always in the same clothes. He’s 39 and still dressing like a preppy frat boy. Shouldn’t he be in dress pants, a nice button down shirt and dress shoes?

    • Amy Too says:

      His clothes look rather shabby and worn too. Like my son’s navy uniform at the end of a school year after we’ve washed them 150 times. Kate wears something a maximum of two time in a ten year period but I bet William wears the exact same pair of navy chinos 100 times in a row over the course of a year.

      • swirlmamad says:

        Maybe he’s trying to come off like an aristo — they don’t like to look like they “try” very hard on the fashion front, right? Too bad Kate didn’t get the memo.

  43. MsIam says:

    I guess its been a while since we’ve had an embiggening story. Can’t get out of practice now can we?

  44. Amelia says:

    “Anyone who says I am the king is no true king” similarly anyone who constantly reminds people they are the greatest asset is not really the greatest asset. The number of times we’ve heard this, at this point it looks like you and your PR are only trying to convince yourselves. It also gives small hints of narcissism to be honest

  45. MangoAngelesque says:

    Again with her foot that she can’t put wrong. It’s so. damn. tedious. the way they recycle their catchphrases. At this point, it’s like wartime code-breakers identifying who’s sending what messages by what fist they’re using in those messages. You can play “spot the planted source” by which tired phrase is used yet again.

  46. Shannon says:


    So Kate’s been held back and is just NOW taking “centre” stage. And…by golly, the RF NOW realize they have a treasure.

    LOL These ppl couldn’t find their arse unless someone physically put a finger up it.


  47. JRenee says:

    Maybe they’ll skip William and go directly to George. It’s a broken record at this point

  48. nicegirl says:

    Keen Guevara lol I can’t even

    Elegant Asset Lynchpin

  49. Kitty says:

    As mentioned above William looked like he was dismissive of Kate when she tried to talk to him, l actually thought that too, that he was cross when she arrived, he just didn’t want her there or around him, v odd, like as if he really doesn’t care what people think anymore…… PS Katie get a new stylist, ring British Vogue for God sake !!!