Tominey: Duchess Kate ‘is fast emerging as the jewel in the monarchy’s crown’

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tour of Scotland

One of the most common fluff stories about the Duchess of Cambridge is that she’s “really finding her voice,” or that she’s “preparing to be queen,” or “she’s planning to be keen.” According to the royal rota, Kate never IS, she’s always a work in progress and that slow progress is going well, thank you very much. It would be one thing if Kate had married William straight out of university – I think some growing pains and on-the-job training would have been understandable and expected. But less than a year shy of her 40th birthday and after a ten year (on-and-off courtship) and ten years of marriage, it’s getting pretty exhausting to hear that Kate is still figuring sh-t out. So the royal rota is trying to mix it up: finally, at long last, Kate IS. She has become. She is complete. Put a bow on her. She’s the jewel of the monarchy, at least according to Camilla Tominey and assorted royal experts:

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine, Camilla Tominey said the Duchess of Cambridge, 39, is on the path to becoming the Royal Family’s greatest asset.

Royal biographer Christopher Wilson added that her marriage to Prince William, 38, is strong because mother-of-three Kate has managed to stay grounded and makes no attempt to upstage her husband. He said the Duchess is ‘not over-awed’ by life as a royal, demonstrable in the way she approached Prince Harry at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral and acted as peacemaker between him and his brother.

‘What Kate has managed to achieve – and I think in a better way than Princess Diana did – is to combine magic with retaining a sense of the ordinary,’ Christopher told Stella magazine. ‘Diana went off the scale of stardom and disappeared into the stratosphere. Kate has kept her feet on the ground, coming from this determinedly middle-class family, which has in turn helped to ground William too. Their marriage is strong because of that.’

Christopher pointed out that there is no jealously between William and Kate – unlike his father’s relationship with the late Princess of Wales – and no question of one upstaging the other. He added that Kate’s decision to speak to Harry and encourage a reconciliation between him and Prince William was a ‘deft’ move and in his opinion, ‘entirely spontaneous’. ‘I didn’t see that as being a staged thing,’ he said. ‘I thought it was entirely spontaneous and clever in making the two brothers talk to each other. It was a deft move that shows the Duchess is not over-awed by all that’s going on.’

Meanwhile Katie Nicholl, who wrote The Making of a Royal Romance about the couple’s romance, claimed Kate has been William’s ‘rock’ in recent months, which has seen Harry and his wife Meghan Markle make a series of shocking allegations about the Firm. Describing Kate as a ‘pillar of strength’, Katie said the Duchess is now taking on the role of guide and mentor that William has previously been for her, helping him through tough times. Royal expert Camilla said Kate’s role, both as the wife and mother of future kings, has never been more pivotal.

‘Her skillful handling of royal crises in recent months suggests that she is fast emerging as the jewel in the monarchy’s crown,’ she wrote.

[From The Daily Mail]

So basically Kate is being praised for not being a star, for not outshining her dull, angry husband and for being obsessed with her brother-in-law. I mean, that is the gist of it, right? Kate is amazing because she’s so ordinary, unglamorous and middle-class. Not only that, but her husband is weak and Kate must “guide and mentor” him so he won’t be so visibly engorged with rage all the time. I’m not sure Camilla Tominey and Christopher Wilson are actually doing what they think they’re doing. But I do wonder, yet again, why there’s this steady divergence between Will and Kate’s PR. The PR coming from William is that he is currently the lynchpin, the one who will save the United Kingdom by ensuring that Scotland does not seek independence. Meanwhile, Kate’s PR is telling people that William is weak and immature and in need of his keen “rock.” Curious.

“Found her feet”?

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  1. JennyJazzhands says:

    Is that how she laughs? (Top pic?)

    • India says:

      Yes, she is constantly guffawing with her mouth wide open showing her big old fake teeth.

      • Mira says:

        Why is it that fake teeth often look like they’re just slightly too big? Do they not know how to choose the right size or is this the current tooth fashion of some kind?

      • Mustang Sally says:

        Did The Telegraph go out of their way to pick photos of Keen in the ugliest, most unflattering outfits possible for that tweet?

    • Virginia says:

      Apparently hyenas are in demand…

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      EVERY TIME. Very fake and over exaggerated.

      • Ginger says:

        She is the very definition of fake. She doesn’t care at all about the job.

      • Lizzie says:

        surrounded by a semi circle of hostages, I mean employees, who are trying their best to look like they are engaged.

      • lolalola3 says:

        YES! Why is suddenly every photo of her with a big fakey guffaw-face? It’s so painfully overdone. Her giant faux smile cannot counter-act her hubby’s permanent look of constipation.
        The day she becomes the “Jewel in the crown” is the day the Monarchy buys crowns at the Dollar Store.

      • Brass says:

        You chicks are so nasty it’s crazy. Why pick on someone for how they look regardless of who they are. Makes you feel better?

      • Maria says:

        Lol. Maybe because her exaggerated theatrics are meant to make up for a lack of work while she paraded around maskless pre-vaccine on a trip held at Scotland’s expense? The fact that she’s sent out multiple press pieces for royal reporters to say she’s prettier and has a better smile than Meghan kinda influences me too. Oh, and her racist mean girl personality that bullied her suicidal pregnant sister-in-law. But you keep fighting that good fight Brass! Too bad Kate doesn’t share your attitude about criticism and being kind.

    • Liz version 700 says:

      Yes and often if you look at others in the pic they aren’t laughing and they are looking at her with confused expressions on their faces.

      • Silver says:

        You know co passion has to start somewhere right? This is why this world is a chaotic cruel mess of a place. Because no one has the capacity to stop and show kindness regardless of what they think someone else might be doing.

    • Merricat says:

      That’s her “Women with Salads” version of Blue Steel.

    • Killfanora says:

      Horse laughing face…..

    • BooyahB!tches says:

      Yeah, that’s her Unhinged Jaw Manic Laughing Face Syndrome….

  2. Alissa says:

    Jesus, they plant one of these stories at least once a week if not twice. we get it, Kate’s saving the monarchy. *eyeroll*

    • AlpineWitch says:

      I don’t even know any monarchist who likes her, those articles are pure fantasy and PR from KP.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        What about Baldimort? I thought HE was the was the one saving the future of the monarchy? Now who is outshining her husband? Which is it, Baldimort or Keen Doucheness saving the monarchy? It has to be one or the other, right?

  3. truthSF says:

    How is she fast approaching becoming an asset when she’s been a part of the firm for 10 years, plus an extra 5+ years preparing for it?!🤔😬

    P.s. both Diana and Meghan were waaaaaaay over qualified for that shit job!!!

    • Alissa says:

      I’m really not sure how Diana was way overqualified?

      • Carty says:

        Charisma and people skills. Both Diana and Meghan have in abundance, which was frowned upon in that dullard family

      • Maria says:

        As Carty said – charisma, people skills. Not to mention work ethic and some actual interest in the real work of her role.

      • Mooney says:

        Maybe not prepared, but she worked hard for her role and on improving herself. Didn’t send out article after article about she’s the saviour of the monarchy and silent power behind the throne.

  4. SarahCS says:

    So she’s ‘magic’ because she’s married into royalty but dull because that’s how they want her. Got it. There is no room left for ‘Kate’ in all of that.

    Wow I wonder if she and Carole realised how high this price would be when they started scheming all those years ago.

    On the plus side at least all this helps make the point that we pay £££££ a year for pretty much nothing in return other than seeing some fancy clothes once in a while.

    • LaraK says:

      Oh I think they realized and thought it was well worth it.

    • Lizzie says:

      I cannot imagine what else Keen could have done with her life. I’m sure she would have married rich but how many men would put up with a wife this lazy who needs an entire firm to cover for her lack of abilities?

      • Nina says:

        If she had married another rich man, by now she would be an 11 o’clock drinker, two bottles chardonnay at dinner type of yummy mummy, with a husband who has a side piece that he has set up in a flat with all the trimmings for easy access.
        Wait… Don’t know if she’s reached the drinking stage yet, but she has all the other things. Can you say willy and his rosebush. What a horrible life.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Kate was known to drink William under the table in their clubbing days. And William drinks so much at events, say a friend’s wedding in the US or when on secret skiing trips sans wife? He’s known to fall and break teeth, or be caught dad dancing with young blonds.

  5. Robyn says:

    Aw, bless. I just started a new job yesterday and sure hope they give me TEN YEARS to start to begin to think about possibly finding my feet…

  6. Mia4s says:

    Guys….if you have to keep telling us that she is…..she’s not, and she isn’t.

    Seriously none of these stories flatter old Willie boy much. I’m wondering at this point if they come from her family.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ Mia4s, I didn’t think about that!! I wish I had not eaten before I read this article because I have lost my lunch with this constant dribble….

  7. Oh_Hey says:

    This is dark (sorry) but I feel like there’s a divorce in their future. Like how long can one party call themselves the “lynchpin” or “royal revolutionary” while being cheated on and embiggened while the other party throws angry fits in between trips “tending the road bush” or visiting a good friend on “safari”.

    It may not be now but may not be for years but something is wrong there

    • Cecilia says:

      I personally don’t think there ever will be a divorce mainly because i think that kate really wants to be queen and will let william do anything if that means achieving her goal. The only way it would happen is if william wants to seriously get rid of her. And even then i don’t think the queen will allow it. Maybe after she dies tho

      • Jegede says:


        This Cambridge divorce talks is for the birds.
        Ain’t happening.

        Besides, do y’all know how many of these upper class marriages are in name only?? Everyone does their own thing and keeps smiling.😏😏

        Besides, William & courtiers have latched on to steady, stable, family brand Cambridge as his strongest selling point. Heck, his ONLY selling point.

        Unlike the crapshoot Di-Chuck, War of the Wales’ that will follow FK Charles to the grave, FFK William is represented as the anthiseis of that.

      • Maria says:

        People said Charles and Diana would never divorce either. And they painted them as happy right up to the end.
        Kate may still be happy with her arrangement but if William is not, she is not staying. She brings nothing to the table interpersonally or professionally. She highlights his lack of preparation as king.
        People emphasize that they won’t divorce because she’ll let him do what he wants, but her conflicting PR and Gary interviews and attempts to freeze out Rose show that’s not necessarily the case. She’s gunning for the top position actively and will try to get rid of anyone in her way. Too bad she’s too much of a dolt to know how (tightsgate blew up in her face).
        As far as upper class marriages where they keep smiling – William hasn’t smiled for awhile. Generally members of marriages like that don’t have clenched teeth and fists next to their spouse – it’s all very relaxed since they can find amusement elsewhere.
        I certainly don’t remember any pictures of Andrew Parker-Bowles looking like that in public with Camilla even while he was carrying on an affair with Rosemary Pitman and she was having an affair with Charles.
        Keep in mind the War of the Wales would still be largely successfully steamrolled in popular consciousness if it wasn’t for both The Crown and Harry’s exit bringing up these memories. And Kate isn’t a beloved figure like Diana.

        None of this means they *will* divorce but you can never say never. We never thought Harry would flat out leave either, and look at where things are now.
        The Queen is one foot out the door as it is. She’s not the safeguard anymore.

      • Jegede says:

        Comparing what was de rigeur in the 60s, or 70s, doesn’t relate anymore.
        Different era and different personalities.

        Di and Charles were painted happy until the end? Seriously? 🤨🤨I remember it very differently.

        William unsmiling is likely due to a shed load of factors, including a torturous relationship with his closest living relatives – brother and father. This has been rumoured for many years pre-Meghan.
        It’s a stretch to say his volatile temperament is all down to Kate, or his marriage.

        William wants the throne.
        Kate wants the throne.
        A marriage of convenience ( with the option to fool around), is a minute price to pay.
        As long as the press are onside.

        In any case, the BRF have never recovered from the marriage failure and subsequent disaster of one heir to the throne’s, never mind another.

        And none of them are beloved figures like Di.
        Not even her eldest son.
        Yet trust that for many courtiers, this is a good thing The Di-factor isn’t something the Windsors look back on with fondness, or want to replicate.

        Plus the only reason Chuck & Di divorced was cause the Queen decreed it, after the $hitshow that followed.
        Di NEVER wanted a divorce.

      • Maria says:

        Well, it’s going to depend on your sources, isn’t it? But no, they were not painted as unhappy as they truly were up to 1992.
        Nobody said his volatile temper was only due to Kate. But the fact that’s how he appears with her is telling.
        As for “different personalities/different era” you may be right about the personalities but it’s been established these people maintain interpersonal standards that are positively Victorian, so “different era” doesn’t quite apply.
        William DOESN’T want the throne – he wants the power and wealth and positive press with it but not the job, so he’s a spoiled rage monster. Kate wants the throne. But she can’t even do the job. That’s not a recipe for a lasting marriage even if it ends up being so.

        The BRF recovered just fine from the War of the Waleses, by using Harry and William as human shields during Diana’s funeral. And it certainly wasn’t divorce itself that was the problem as the majority of the Queen’s children and grandchildren are divorced.
        I agree for many courtiers this is probably a good thing since Kate is too dumb to get around them and William doesn’t care. But this only works for now. When Charles ascends, who knows?

        The Queen ordered the divorce because the rest of the family was getting dragged into the drama. But then, their marriage troubles were very different from the ones William and Kate probably face. So comparing the nitty gritty details of their marriage itself to the Cambridges doesn’t really work. The point is, until 1992 people pretended it was great and that the rumors were just rumors (just like many still react to the Rose rumors, since nobody can report on it), and nobody could have foreseen what happened after.

      • Becks1 says:

        I don’t know if they will divorce or not, but their marriage does not appear happy, and William looks the most miserable, and he’s the one who counts when it comes to “will they divorce.”

        The comments though about how “Kate lets him do what he wants,” the aristos just smile and look the other way when it comes to affairs – that’s just flat out not true, as we saw with Rose Hanbury. the reason we all know her name is because Kate did not smile and look the other way, she tried to cut out Rose and it blew up in her face. Maybe she learned her lesson from that, maybe not. But that tells us all that Kate will take his behavior….to a point.

      • Cecilia says:

        @JT. I just think that it seems very unlikely. Yes never say never but “the firm” didn’t spend nearly a decade trying to sell the keens as this boring, stable well balanced, country couple for it to be shot to shreds. Like i said, even if william wanted out, the queen won’t let him. Call me crazy but in the light of sussexit a royal divorce would be devastating to the monarchy. Maybe they will when charles officially becomes king (i still think it will be unlikely)

      • Maria says:

        I don’t know. The Queen isn’t even abreast of most of these things anymore and I think she would let him. She’s almost gone anyway.
        Peter Phillips has suffered nothing so far from his. I know he’s not the same as the Heir but people just do not care about royal divorces anymore. And after letting her uncle and others speak publicly that he deserves to be skipped, Charles won’t be exactly team Cambridge.
        All of this is speculation of course.

      • Nic919 says:

        William will decide if they divorce or not. Right now it doesn’t look like he has an alternative choice so he is going to put up with it. Neither the Queen or Charles will stop William if he truly wants a divorce though. Charles in particular has no grounds to stop him from doing what he himself did.

        The coverage of their marriage certainly has vibes of pre 1992 Diana and Charles though. The whispers are getting louder and they are harder to hide in an age with social media.

      • Greywacke says:

        If Will wants a divorce, it will happen and no one will be able to stop him, especially after the Queen dies. It is clear that he has no respect for Kate, which is the death knell of any marriage. Even for arranged marriages, respect between the spouses is key to its success. By all appearances, Phillip and Elizabeth respected each other, regardless of his affairs, and they believed they had no choice but to stay together. Diana and Charles did not respect each other and clearly felt they had the choice to leave their marriage. Will barely tolerates Kate, while she has shown her own “don’t touch me” moments. There is only so much people can psychologically endure when an escape hatch is clearly available. All Will needs is a Rose (not Hanbury, she’s got it made, no reason to leave her lovely situation) who is willing to be his consort, and Kate is gone, to be vilified and trashed by the BM at his command. She is in a very precarious position over the long term. The only thing uniting Will and Kate right now is that Meghan and Harry take the heat off them. Once all the fuss dies down in a few years, Will and Kate won’t have much to react against as a united front.

      • dawnchild says:

        Kate can only hold on to her position as long as the press cooperate. It’s one thing to look the other way while he does as he pleases, it’s another to be publicly seen to condone cheating. That won’t fly, esp in today’s world. The only reason William is stopping negative leaks is because of how it reflects on HIM, not because he cares about his wife’s feelings. His contempt for her has been clear for pretty much ever. So if anything more substantial comes out, she can try to play the forgiveness and rapprochement card (if William’s willing to play along) or she’s out of options…because there’s no public affection to carry her like Diana

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Maria, I agree with you that once Charles becomes King, and once TQ passes, if Baldimort wants to dump Kate, he will have the blessings from Charles. The Middletons have overplayed their hand, I am afraid to say. This campaign of Uncle Pervy has certainly put a stain on Charles and he will not forget it for 100 years. So Kate, you had better put a muzzle on your uncle, otherwise, you are out of the FFQ business!! And Kate will only allow Baldimort so far before she pulls on his leash, that has been established.

      • The Recluse says:

        There is precedent for a toxic estranged marriage in the royal family: remember Princess Caroline and Prince George back in the early 19th century? She threw a tantrum outside of his coronation.

    • Robyn says:

      I have been thinking this for a good while now. Trying to make her look like the new “People’s Princess” so William won’t divorce her. Lmao…Kate would need ten years to learn to press play on “Uptown Girl”

      • JT says:

        @Maria I agree. I don’t why people think that W&K divorcing is impossible. Maybe they won’t, but people shouldn’t act like it could never happen. The Keens have been on the rocks since they got together 20 years ago, that is hardly are harbinger of stability.

        The press kept selling C&D right up until the end and the Cambridges PR is just another reason why them splitting up is on the table. If they were so strong, the people wouldn’t need to be reminded of it. We don’t get these type of articles about Charles and Camilla.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ JT, that is a fabulous counter argument!! I never thought of it that way, but you are absolutely right!! I guess that’s why Uncle Pervy has been spouting so much lately!!

    • ThatgirlThere says:

      Nah. They’re in it for the long haul. They may however both take side pieces like it seems that Prince Philip did. Their poor babies.

      • Jais says:

        They may be in it for the long haul…or not? Idk? But I do wonder what the press is going to do after the Queen dies because it feels like they are sitting on a lot of juicy stories about William. If those ever come to the surface(which I really hope they do!), then who knows how that will affect their marriage.

      • JT says:

        W&K divorcing could be damaging to the monarchy, but so what? You can’t just get rid of it. So many people say that it would be extremely difficult to do so and too many Brits don’t care enough to actually remove it. At most, William’s rep would be damaged, Kate’s too, but it will probably still stand. The monarchy will be diminished severely anyway with Scotland wanting independence, commonwealth countries breaking away, and just the fact that it is fast becoming irrelevant.

      • Lizzie says:

        I don’t think anyone really cares about these two if they stay married or divorce. The media would love a divorce and printing juicy gossip and after who they go on to date. But it would not be a repeat of Charles and Diana because most people don’t care about the keens one way or the other. Unless there was some major scandal revealed.

      • Nic919 says:

        The main differences with these two and now Charles and Diana played out is that Diana was 19 when she married Charles and wouldn’t have known the extent of his mistresses. And when she did find out she was upset and eventually made that known.

        Meanwhile Kate married William at 29 after almost a decade of off and on dating and she had full knowledge of his unfaithfulness. And she has stayed quiet about any cheating he may have done since. With the Rose story out there now, any future story will simply come down to Kate having condoned it. She won’t get the sympathy Diana did. And her family will get trotted out for the grifters they are.

    • notasugarhere says:

      We are seeing interesting Kate/Carole vs. William PR, have been since right before the news of the affair hit. Seen it before then during the dating years, and when the Middletons call William out for spending time with Jecca by allowing pap photos of Kate and kids. It all adds up to a business arrangement that is headed towards a business dissolving.

      • Nic919 says:

        To me letting uncle Gary give interviews is the main sign that the Middletons are going on the attack. Charles is only going to put up with so much before they get shut down. Carole is ignorant of the true power of the pseudo acting regent. The UK caters to the future monarch far more than the mother in law of a future future king. It may not be democratic but that’s the system she pushed to get her daughter in.

  8. aquarius64 says:

    This reeks of Middleton PR. Kate is bland as oatmeal and doesn’t have the dynamics needed to be a wife of ahead of state in the 21st century. This also reeks of damage control from the Scotland trip. Everyone saw Billy’s sourpuss and the screw up on the Gordon Brown meet. A not-so-gentle reminder that the family man image is all William has to put him on the throne.

  9. Cecilia says:

    Okay so a few thing:
    1) she clearly isn’t that much of a peacemaker because there’s no peace and it was clearly staged. The pains they go through to point that out proves that.
    2) kate outshines her husband at every turn. And something tells me that william does mind. Again, the fact that they feel the need to point out the contrary is suspicious.
    3) we’re now shading princess Diana?
    4) if this is Kate at her best then Lord Have Mercy. The monarchy is in more trouble than i thought.

    • equality says:

      Exactly right. “Combine magic with retaining a sense of the ordinary” describes Diana and not Kate. I wondered if the article was secretly shading Kate though.

      • Cecilia says:

        I think the carnival of so called experts have ben tasked with embiggening kate and they’ve absolutely no clue how to do it. This article is full of contradictions.

    • Seraphina says:

      Cecilia, you bring up a very good point. Some of us (me included) speculate Kate is boring/dull/lazy due to not wanting to outshine Wills. BUT we keep having these articles coming out that she is the saving force of the BRF and whatever else nonsense they conjure in up in their heads. SOOOOOO, makes me think maybe it’s not middleton PR – if it is they are way more obtuse than I thought.

      • Cecilia says:

        I’ve always thought its either middleton pr OR straight from buckingham palace. Let me explain.

        We’ve all seen william look incredibly miserable right? And whatever the cause, its clear that being with kate isn’t helping (at least its not giving him the comfort he needs). So you get the idea that william wants out.

        As much as these super kate stories are weird, there’s a truth to it. Kate is the most interesting royal left and to keep the public engaged they need her. So in that sense she can’t leave.

        Ergo, if william has dropped hints that he might want out of his marriage this could be BP reminding him that he can’t.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate may be lazy but Carole Middleton isn’t. She’s the one behind these articles as she was during the dating years. She is tight with Paul Dacre who will be running the press oversight authority in the UK as well as CT.

        BP will not promote Kate over actual future Queen Camilla. Charles is running the show and he will not allow it. The courtiers are not so stupid as to get Charles mad when he will be king soon.

        The inconsistent messaging between Billy and Cathy as to who is the secret weapon confirms that Middleton PR is going rogue from the KP group.

  10. LightPurple says:

    I am the Jewel in the Crown of every situation and location in which I find myself. Watch out, Kate!

  11. Miranda says:

    I mean, I guess she MIGHT be the “jewel”, but that’s a pretty low bar at this point, isn’t it? Just don’t be “incandescent” all the goddamn time and try not to look TOO surly about having to associate with the peasants, and sycophants like CamelToe here will fall all over themselves with hilariously over-the-top, borderline nonsensical praise.

  12. Emily says:

    Kate really doesn’t do herself any favours when she has Tominey fawn over her. It just makes me assume that Kate is also a racist cow.

  13. Amy Bee says:


  14. Woke says:

    I mean they’re not entirely wrong, Kate is the most interesting one they have left. And it’s not even because of anything she has to offer. It’s because of the rivality they created between her and Meghan, and also how much focus they put on her being middle class and her fashion. Nothing substantial.

    How are they going to handle the kids passing the cute/adorable stage ?

    • Cecilia says:

      You are right. She’s the most interesting person they’ve left(which doesn’t say much) but it’s interesting to see them point out that she’s popular yet doesn’t outshine her husband (she does, every time). And that william isn’t jealous.

      Like, what has brought this on?

    • FC says:

      100% agree. No one would have paid attention to the Scotland tour if it was Will on his own. No she doesn’t actually “work”, but she’s doing more than anyone else by just showing up, looking polished, and smiling maniacally. Wills doesn’t even pretend to be engaged with his subjects.

  15. Merricat says:

    Cubic zirconia, maybe.

  16. S808 says:

    These stories just feel so desperate.

    • Cecilia says:

      That’s because they are. Desperately trying to make her into something she’s not.

  17. Yup, Me says:

    She probably is their “jewel”, but people are finally realizing that the Royals’ “crown” is about as valuable as a Burger King crown.

    They are not attractive, they are not that interesting, they aren’t that intelligent and they have no charisma. The only thing they had going for them was the glamor of their centuries long mega grift (and the fact that other people bought into it.) Now that folks aren’t as willing to buy what they’re selling…. now what?

    • kelleybelle says:

      So much for “the magic of the Crown,” huh? There you have it. It belongs in past centuries from whence it came, not in 2021. Government, clergy, military. The queen is only a figurehead anyway.

  18. lucylee says:

    Mindless drivel.

  19. Sofia says:

    So we’ve moved on from finding her voice to… finding her feet.

    As others have said above and in the past, Kate IS the only “interesting” one and by that I mean she’s the only one left who generates press coverage (not counting the 95 year old monarch) even if it’s just for what she’s wearing rather than her actual engagements. William on his own doesn’t compared to Kate and if he’s with Kate he’s overshadowed by Kate’s fashion because a lot of people like to discuss the fashion more.

    So yes in terms of publicity, Kate is the only one besides the queen that generates it (even for superficial reasons) therefore she’s “important” publicity wise for the royals but legally as in for the functioning of the monarchy? All of them besides the monarch are irrelevant.

  20. Enny says:

    Found her feet? But I thought she never put a foot wrong.

  21. lanne says:

    What a toxic environment. Kate basically has to spend her life appeasing a rage monster. She has to “sparkle” in public and draw interest to the royal family, but not shine too much so that she pulls focus from William. I can only imagine how shitty it will be to be a daughter growing up with this message. She’s a “spare,” so that means she’ll have to be aware of not outshining her older brother from childhood. How will she be thrown under the bus to protect George, with the added pressure of social media? Anne was able to find her own horsey niche to avoid outshining Charles, but she would have been slut shamed to hell in modern times for her behavior as a young woman (aristocratic bedhopping).

    What does it mean to be a royal wife in 2021? In the UK, it means being skinny and silent. I hope the young women growing up royal in Europe see the UK as a cautionary tale. Perhaps those future monarchs showing personal interests and having voices will turn public interest away from the UK royals. After all, the future of royalty in the UK is old reactionary men backed by right wing government and media.

    I hope the jewels are worth it for Kate. A life as a wealthy aristocrats wife (like Roses) would suit her so much better. Even aristos have jewels and attend state occasions, so if she likes the pageantry, she would still have that. But in her favor, the media and the institution are so desperate for a perfect looking image that all she really has to do now is look the part. Nothing more will be asked of her.

    • Kalana says:

      Kate couldn’t pull off running a place like Houghton Hall. She’s a yummy mummy who should have married an investment banker and spent her life in her Lululemons fretting about the school fees and planning nice vacations for her family. She would have been happier.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      The Aristos didn’t want any part of the Midd girls as wives. The most she could’ve hoped for is what her sister got (and that isn’t too shabby!).

      • notasugarhere says:

        Aside from the (alleged) under-age niece raping father-in-law of course.

  22. Becks1 says:

    These stories have long been laughable, but they’re starting to include more shade, right? The Middletons are “determinedly middle-class” – I’m sure carole won’t like being reminded of that. And the overall vibe here just seems to be that Kate is the jewel because she’s so boring.

  23. MsIam says:

    Omg, she’s “becoming” the jewel in the crown? I thought last year she WAS the jewel in the crown? Make up your minds already, carnival experts! And once again they have to drag the Sussexes names into an article about the Dullbridges. Rinse and repeat.

  24. Eurydice says:

    And yet, the first sentence says she’s “on the path to becoming the Royal Family’s greatest asset.” Still on the path. Still. Not. Quite. There. Yet.

    Old, moldy cabbage leaves could outshine William, so that’s not really a compliment to Kate. But I wonder about the constant references to how middle-class she is – is this another version of “The People’s Princess”? Like, “See? She’s just as boring as the rest of you lot.”

  25. Feeshalori says:

    These RR’s are certainly trying to convince themselves about what they’re writing because they’re definitely not convincing anyone else. How many times are we going to read about the same thing?

  26. Rare0217 says:

    Was this crown also stolen through British imperialism? Or is this a different crown?

    • Lucky Charm says:

      Maybe it’s Crown Royal? Perhaps she drank everyone else under the table and now she’s the whiskey crown jewel?

    • notasugarhere says:

      Trust Tominey to make an offensive reference, this time to India and the Empire.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      Considering the questionable origins and how much of the royal collection was obtained through ill gotten gains-comments like ‘jewel in the monarchy’s crown’ serves as a reminder to those whose pieces disappeared. One of many stories out there.

      If doing as told/not having fully formed opinions is an asset expectations are pretty low and not very modern.

  27. Julia says:

    Kate’s PR is so embarassing LMAO

    • Cecilia says:

      You know what they say. The bigger they are the harder they fall. We all know how much the british media LOVES to biggen women up just to tear them down afterwards

  28. Jais says:

    I like how royal biographer Christopher Wilson makes sure to say that Kate talking to Harry at the funeral was completely spontaneous and not staged at all. I mean having to point that out would suggest otherwise….

    • Liz version 700 says:

      They constantly tell on themselves

    • TeamMeg says:

      They (the tabs) predicted Kate’s funeral peacemaking ahead of time, as we Celebitches will recall. So how spontaneous could it have been? Rewriting history again, for a change. *smh*

  29. lanne says:

    I think I read somewhere that Tominey is the Middleton spokesperson, and had kates private number. Kate is tomineys entry point to the royal family. It’s wise to write suck up articles about Kate as a way to keep access. The real moneymakers, the Sussexes, have left the building, so all the ratchets are grasping for whatever leftover scraps they can get. The words Harry, Meghan, and Sussex will appear in every article about Kate and William as google search fishing hooks. Tominey must be thinking, at least I have an inside track to Kate. But if Kate doesn’t do enough to create content, what then? Will we see more pressure from the ratchets on the Cambridges to give them access? Show their children?

    In the immediate future, there will be the birth of Baby Sussex, and then the Sussexes will likely go dark for a time. Even so, the ratchets will continue to use those Sussex keywords in a desperate grasp for clicks. Reminder to Celebitches not to click on any of their articles. Let the bastards starve.

    • Becks1 says:

      I don’t know about having her private number (I thought that was Katie Nicholl) but Tominey is definitely fed stories from either Kate directly or someone close to her (cough Carole cough). That’s why she was so ticked over Tights-gate in my opinion and Meghan correcting the story – Camilla had been fed a false story from Kate or Carole and could not say so in her defense. She just had to sit there and insist she had a “good source.” but she must have been so ticked that she looked like a laughingstock because Kate lied to her. You would think she would learn her lesson but no…..

      • Cecilia says:

        About tights-gate. I think camilla fully knew the actual story. But she was put on a mission and that mission was to vilify meghan. After all the firm wants to smear her.

        A day before the oprah interview camilla tominey wrote an article in which she mentioned tight-gate. And funny enough what she initially wrote was that meghan was the one that cried. People on social media starting pointing it out and all of a sudden she changed it to kate that had cried.

      • Nic919 says:

        Carole is the likely source but I believe that Camilla knew the real story. As Cecilia points out, she unconsciously wrote the truth and then had to fix it.

  30. L84Tea says:

    Yawn…same sh*t, different day. How many times can someone find their footing…find their voice…find their confidence??

  31. Bunny says:

    Let me guess: “Never a foot wrong”. That seems to be the calling card of Kate’s gauche, classless, mouthy relatives; those clinging, desperate hangers-on, GG & CM.

  32. JT says:

    Kate doesn’t have to dull her shine, she never had any to begin with. She didn’t have to become the anti-Diana, she always was. It’s just pathetic but it’s clearly working. Chica is getting praise for wearing jeans and a t-shirt, along with “carrying” the Scotland tour while not doing a damn thing different. Now she’s getting credit for actually being the jewell of crown the RRs say she is. Propaganda is working. Well done Keen Guevara.

  33. RoyalBlue says:

    ‘Camilla Tominey said the Duchess of Cambridge, 39, is on the path to becoming the Royal Family’s greatest asset’

    Careful Carole, those Windsors do not like to be upstaged.

  34. Digital Unicorn says:

    Articles like this are coming out pretty much every time she does a public engagement – its like clockwork now.

    The Mids have never been known when to stop pushing – it WILL blow up in their faces when the enraged one gets pissed off with these stories and turns on them (Kate included). We know the press are itching to write the truth about William – that truth will also greatly damage Keen and her family.

  35. rawiya says:

    How many f**#* times can they say this? Every. bloody. month. We get it. As my Queen Gertie once remarked, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” If you have to keep telling us who much of an asset/jewel/peacemaker/Mother Theresa someone is…I’m going to start thinking you’re overcompensating for something.

  36. 809Matriarch says:

    Okay. I get it now. Mistress Mumblebridge is the perfect royal wife bc she is pretty much a tabula rasa. She is completely bland, blank and blah. So, these moronic “experts” can make up anything they want. Wow. I mean, she’s CAREFUL not to overshadow William. So – duh there’s no jealousy. They’re both just big lumps of play doh.

  37. Sure says:

    While K is busy finding various parts of her body I wonder if she’ll ever find her conscience?

  38. Julia K says:

    Time to feel sorry for Kate; the tabloids will build her up until they start tearing her down. It’s the game. They do it all the time, from saint to sinner at their whim. Cruel monsters.

    • Maria says:

      She was fine with her sister-in-law contemplating suicide from the tabloid campaign that she helped participate in. Both she and William deserve everything that’s coming to them.

  39. Beach Dreams says:

    About that diverging PR bit…I find it interesting that this latest PR piece seems more toned down than previous ones. Instead of the constant refrain that Kate’s the cornerstone of the monarchy and William would fall apart without her, she’s been firmly cast in a supportive (but still necessary) role. I wonder if this is an attempt by Kate/Carole to be a bit less heavy-handed.

    • Cecilia says:

      Nah i think that the pr managers and RR scan social media comments(and also this website) to see what the william and kate critics say about them and then adapt their coverage to that.

  40. Cee says:

    The photo of her cooing at the baby makes me angry for these reasons: 1. She was unmasked and unvaxxed, breathing all over a baby.
    2. Where was that love for Archie at the polo match, where she sat right there next to him and Meghan?

    • kelleybelle says:

      One word: cameras.

    • Jais says:

      Good point @Cee about where was the love for baby Archie at the polo match. So she can smile at strangers’ babies but not her own nephew? The lying/crying story, polo pics, and CW service are all evidence in my opinion that Meghan was not supported by her SIL. The crown jewel is ugly on the inside and thus has no sparkle or shine.

    • Ginger says:

      Because she doesn’t really care that much for children that are not hers. If she did, she would have interacted with Archie ( regardless of how she felt for Meghan) and she wouldn’t have let Meghan be bullied while she was pregnant. It’s all for the camera’s.

    • Jaded says:

      Apparently her love for babies doesn’t extend to the bi-racial baby of her brother-in-law.

      • Nic919 says:

        Archie is her nephew. That’s what we need to emphasize here. She couldn’t be bothered to coo over her own nephew or even mention his name.

      • Brielle says:

        It’s her nephew but did you remember when William was asked about Archie’s birth during a walkabout and he said that he already was an uncle(Pippa’s son)…I was like WTF,your brother’s first baby he desired for a long time and you’re supposed to be closed!! If William didn’t care and Kate only does what William wants,why do you want her to care?

    • Tessa says:

      William’s looks at that baby seem very forced.

  41. TIFFANY says:

    So not only are they living separate lives but now their PR is separate. This is embarrassing on so many levels that even a newborn can see what is happening.

    Cannot must have been tickled pink when the only time Cain would only talk to her was about Harry and Meghan and completely trashing him.

  42. Murphy says:

    Carole, this is dumb.

  43. kelleybelle says:

    I couldn’t even finish reading what the RR’s/courtiers said, it’s such horseshit. Honestly. CarolE must be getting desperate or something. Great shot of Kate trying to give a speech with Will looking, as usual, as if he’d rather be anywhere else in the world. This tour was abysmal and they know it. Kate and William are duds … and they know it.

  44. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    Can these people EVER peddle their nonsense without dragging Haz and Meg into it???
    And which is it?
    William is “the” secret weapon for the RF or Kate is the “jewel in the monarchy’s crown” 🙄
    (p.s. That top picture? Have mercy that’s scary)

  45. Robin says:

    She’s always about to happen, finding her voice, making a plan. Now she’s emerging. That must be one mighty deep hole if it’s taken her this long to peep her head out of it.

  46. Jaded says:

    If you’ve ever read Paul Scott’s “Jewel in the Crown” series or seen the Masterpiece Theatre production, you’d know that calling Kate the jewel in the crown is actually an ominous reference – i.e. the violent end of the British monarchy in India after WWII.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      Thank you for mentioning that series. Yes, not exactly a compliment. Looking it up (it might be available on Amazon prime) found this link and including some interesting text.
      At this initial point, there arrives in Mayapore a rather gawky young woman named Daphne Manners, the niece of a military family with a respected name in India. She is staying with the formidable Lady Chattergee, an Indian woman who navigates her way cautiously through powerful political circles in which both Indian and British figures mingle, however uneasily. She warns Daphne that ”you may find things here of which you do not approve, of which I do not approve.” In her typically direct and disarmingly innocent way, Daphne replies that ”perhaps they should be changed.” This is precisely the kind of attitude that makes her a threat to the British establishment, which is determined to maintain its position of privilege in India.
      Worse, Daphne is attracted to Hari, ignoring the strictly enforced British commandment that the ”naturally” superior whites never mix with those of a darker skin.

      Pffft, Christopher. You need new glasses if you didn’t see the funeral sitch as being staged.

    • Maria says:

      I love both and yes, very true.
      Although I get too distracted by Charles Dance to focus much on the politics, lol.

  47. Nyro says:

    Is there any woman that they won’t dump on to make soccer mom Kate look amazing. Diana was everything a real Queen should be. What’s the difference between Kate and every other woman in line dropping off their kid at school? Her veneers and expensive clothes. That’s literally it. And 99 percent of those other women dropping off their kids are likely more accomplished than Kate is. I’m sure they’ve all at least worked a real job before.

  48. Amelie says:

    Some people theorizing Kate and William might divorce upthread, I find those theories interesting. Overall they’ve been together off and on for about 20 years and Kate has stuck it through supposedly various affairs (I really only believe in the Rose Hanbury one because it was more recent and the most widely reported one I’ve seen). I honestly can’t predict what will happen and I can see both scenarios, them staying together forever or splitting up. I really think if anything happens, it will be William who will be the deciding factor. Either he’ll pull the trigger to become a “free” man or he will decide to put up with Kate for the rest of his life.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Amelie, the reason I think they will ultimately end up in a divorce is that I don’t think there is any respect in this marriage. Neither of them respects the other–that’s been very clear over the years. Kate has been taught performance art, because we don’t see her pulling away the way she did in the past. I have come to the conclusion that W settled on K because he was getting to the age that he probably was being pressured to marry, and K stuck like velcro. It will be interesting to see what happens when the TQ dies. I think the Mids are trying to give K a solid footing in the firm by all of these stories. Will it work? Time will tell, but I can’t help but think W may be more interesting as a man about town bachelor. He would undoubtedly look happier, too. Do you hear that ticking? I think there is going to be a reckoning of some kind in the not too distant future. It might not be until TQ is no longer around, but who knows?

    • Demi says:

      Cracks are happening William never been more distant & he could be living separately that’s why Kate and the Middleton are desperate with their PR puff pieces lately it’s like they are reminding William that he needs kate .. their strategy is “you can’t break up with me you need me”

  49. TabithaD says:

    The expression she does where she kind of holds her mouth open – I guess it’s for the benefit of the cameras but it looks so odd and unnatural when you see her do it in video format, she holds it for ages before it drops. While all around her people just have normal expressions (or a deep sulk if it’s William). She must have constant jaw ache.

    • Demi says:

      I saw a video she holds it for the cameras she knows where to look for a photo op no one around ever laughs like this .. people behind her aren’t even smiling.

      • notasugarhere says:

        The bicycle race crash was especially revealing re. her posing behavior.

      • Nic919 says:

        I think that’s from the Tour de France stop in London. Kate was looking in one direction pretending to have a shocked face while the rest of the crowd including William and Harry are watching the race with their heads turned in the opposite direction.

  50. Curious says:

    omg is this all they have . a brainless woman ruling the kingdom? Catherine have no brains to rule a garden. she is too clueless and dumb.

  51. iconoclast59 says:

    Can I just say how offensive it is for me, a lifelong feminist, to hear it repeatedly emphasized that Kate’s “greatness” is due to her “knowing her place”?!!? That kind of talk has no place in supposedly first-world county in the 21st century.

    It really give a whole new meaning to H&M’s choice to play “This Little Light of Mine” at their wedding, doesn’t it? I think it was a pointed jab at the courtiers who were actively trying to stifle Meghan before she even married Harry.

    • Lizzie says:

      It’s so disappointing to think woman have come so far then read that drivel.

    • bettyrose says:

      As a lifelong feminist I don’t see the RF as living on the same planet as normal people. I find them fascinating precisely because they are total anachronisms. I adored Diana like everyone did but not because I saw her as any kind of role model. She lived in an absolute different world from me, but she was an interesting, likable public figure – and of course as a woman I wanted to see her triumph against the sexist odds. I was excited to see where Meghan was going to take the monarchy, but I read Kate as a history lesson, an object of pity, and not really impacting the lives of women in any way. I’m bothered for her but not by her.

  52. L4frimaire says:

    She’s all they’ve got now. There is no one else so of course they need her to shine.

  53. MangoAngelesque says:

    The Queen became the Queen at age 25. Can you IMAGINE her feelings about the 40-year old child woman still finding her feet being heralded as the monarchy’s saviour?

    • bettyrose says:

      Except, isn’t TQ complicit in keeping the spouses bland? Maybe Liz doesn’t respect Kate for being a doormat, but she’s probably grateful for her.

      • Eurydice says:

        TQ is grateful for whatever doesn’t cause trouble. I think in her own way she really liked Meghan, but the press went crazy (trouble) and Wills went into a jealousy rage (oh dear, trouble) and the courtiers started battling (*sigh* more trouble) and H&M were trying salvage their sanity (trouble, not again!) – and so it became too bad, Meghan, so sad, whatever, just go.

        So, maybe TQ thinks Kate is a doormat, but it doesn’t matter if she likes or respects her. If a time comes when the very fact of Kate’s existence causes trouble, then it will too bad, so sad. And if Kate thinks all she has to do is outlast TQ, there’s Charles right around the corner and he’s even more hard-hearted and will last a lot longer.

  54. jferber says:

    Kate is a rhinestone. William is fool’s gold.

  55. Athena says:

    Look at their pictures, you can feel the contempt he has for her, so where does the marriage go from there. He settled for Kate and hoped for the best but I don’t see where she even tried to bring anything of substance to the relationship. It would have been better for her had she worked, developed her own interest, meet people not associated with Will. He never had to work at this relationship, he never had to win her back, he probably would have had more respect for her if she showed more of a backbone. After all this, it turns out she’s not up to the job. He’s probably angry at himself for the situation he’s in and at her for I guess putting him in this situation. The day he falls for a woman who he can respect, who is not a doormat, and who wants that crown as much as Kate, that marriage is over.

  56. Dee Kay says:

    I’m wondering if basically the marriage model for British royals got totally broken with the transition of the monarch to figurehead rather than legitimate governing head of state. I mean, if the King or Queen of the UK actually rules the kingdom, then being their consort really means something, it comes with substantive power, and probably lots of blue-blooded aristocrats wanted to marry into that role. But if the monarchy is just a show, just PR, and they have to do lots of (what aristos would consider) meaningless work just because it’s their job, and not because any actual governmental power comes with that work, then why would aristos want to marry in? I say this because even with Elizabeth’s generation we see legit titled English nobles staying away from Elizabeth and Margaret. Now maybe Porchey would have married Elizabeth for love, we don’t know. But Philip was not really English nobility — he was Greek/Danish and was pseudo-adopted in by Mountbatten. The men Margaret picked, who wanted her, too, were also not nobles. Real English nobles just don’t want the job. Nobody of that class wanted to marry either William or Harry. Diana, as (younger) daughter of an Earl, and Camilla, descended from an important aristocratic house (but with no title herself), were the closest things to English aristocratic spouses that family has had in three generations (I’m talking about Elizabeth, Margaret, Charles, and Harry and William — I have no idea about the others’ spouses and suspect it didn’t matter much who they married.)

    Because the thing is, what I think the courtiers expect is that aristocratic sensibility — being friendly and good in public but not too shiny, not too much of a celebrity. They expect some performance that none of these non-aristos were raised knowing how to do. And even Diana, born and bred a lady, gave a different performance than what they expected. Honestly Camilla probably comes the closest to what the courtiers really want out of a royal spouse: recognizable to the public, shows up and cuts the ribbons, isn’t terribly flashy, isn’t so attractive or charismatic she is 1000x the superstar her husband is. (However, Camilla/Charles was a complete and utter scandal before she and Charles married, so she will always be at least a little tainted in terms of the public eye.) The courtiers want what they can’t have. That person they want to marry into the royal family doesn’t exist or if they do, they definitely don’t want the gig.

    • Tessa says:

      HM’s Uncle George, Duke of Kent, married royalty from another country, Princess Marina. She was very popular and a beautiful and stylish woman. The Duke of Kent died relatively young and Marina was a popular royal and was patron of Wimbledon for many years, presenting trophies. I think the born in Anne, is very popular and Sophie is probably more the Queen’s ideal daughter in law than Camilla.

  57. Monica says:

    Found her feet. That’s what you say about BABIES, ffs.

  58. Tessa says:

    Does Kate thinks she looks “cute” with the exaggerated grins and guffaws?

  59. Athena says:

    @Dee Kay, totally agree with you. I also find it interesting that none of them married aristos, and you’re right there’s no power attached to the monarchy. One would think that the daughter of a king (Margaret) or that of a Queen (Anne) would have been highly valued as a spouse. They don’t even attract the children of the very rich and that’s not even limited to the Queen’s children or grandchildren, her cousins children and grandchildren do not appear to have fared better.

    If someone married in, their family’s business would be scrutinized to ensure that they’re not profiting from their connections. You would think they would treat better those willing to marry into the family.

    • The Recluse says:

      It says a lot about how powerless and uninfluential they are as royals that NO ONE wants to consider a dynastic match with them. Only people like the Middletons see an opportunity in making a match there.

  60. yinyang says:

    I believe it. All thanks to using and still using Harry’s family as a scapegoat to continue robbing people

  61. khaveman says:

    You know, I’m going to give her a break here. Didn’t the press treat her like garbage for 9 years – Waity Katy? I’m glad she is out there representing the monarchy and putting energy into it. And she seems like a doting mom. Great qualities. Now the part about not being vaccinated and breathing all over the Scots on the recent trip? Bad.

    • Mooney says:

      What she faced in 20 years with William was NOTHING compared to what Meghan got in 4 years and still getting.

  62. Noor says:

    If you need to embiggen the future future king and his wife on an almost daily basis, is it worth the money , time and resources spent.

    England, you decide.