Duchess Kate wore LK Bennett to two ‘Big Changes Start Small’ events on Friday

The Duchess Of Cambridge Launches The Royal Foundation Centre For Early Childhood

On Friday, the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out for two “events” to highlight the Keenwell Centre, aka the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood. Again, the Keenwell Centre is “housed” within Kensington Palace, and it’s just a fancy embiggening project which will do nothing but vaguely “raise awareness” for the early years of childhood.

Kate “gathered a panel of experts” at the London School of Economics, where she gawped and tossed her hair. She also went to the Kensington Palace cafe, which is apparently a real thing, like a little coffee shop within the KP grounds, where she met with parents who have seen their children inflicted with the dreadful Early Years. One of these events – or maybe both? – was embargoed, which means that KP simply provided details and photos to the media. I think that was the LSE part, and then the part where she visited the cafe was one where the media had some access to her. She changed umbrellas for some reason, and I don’t even think it was raining in the rainbow-umbrella photos.

For both events, Kate wore this £255 blue LK Bennett dress, which reads as lavender depending on the light. The dress is relatively “inexpensive” for Kate’s standards, but she loves the LK Bennett label and she often wears pieces from it. I would like it better if it was just a simple, short-sleeved, fitted dress with no bells and whistles. The puffy shoulders and the shoulder pads continue to throw me off, because Kate has such an affinity for that style these days. So dated. She also wore a Spells of Love chain necklace, an Astley Clarke pendant and her Diana hand-me-down sapphire earrings.

I glanced through some of the coverage for these events, trying to figure out what was actually going on and whether the events just consisted of Kate saying things like “gosh, the early years are so important.” Here’s some of People’s coverage:

Taking place in the café at Kensington Palace, the chat was a poignant reminder of the people she is trying to help: Parents and caretakers, and their young children. Some of those she met were those she has encountered in various engagements as she has crisscrossed the U.K. talking with people about some of the challenges they face. During that time, palace aides say, she realized that many of society’s difficulties can be rooted to challenges that parents and their children face in the first five years of life.

Earlier, Kate, 39, met with experts at the London School of Economics who have helped in the first round of research for the center. Published on Friday, Big Change Starts Small aims to put much of the thinking on the early years in one place.

At a roundtable talk with leading academics and practitioners working across the early years sector, the report’s recommendations were discussed as well as the group’s hopes for what can be achieved to help the youngest children across society. Building collaborations and creative campaigns to drive awareness and action on the importance of early childhoods in creating a happier, healthier, more nurturing society are top of mind for the Duchess.

[From People]

She met with “experts at the London School of Economics who have helped in the first round of research for the center.” So she met with the child development specialists, educators and PhD researchers whose work she’s about to take credit for? “Big Change Starts Small aims to put much of the thinking on the early years in one place.” She… she thinks that this is the first time anyone has ever said “hey, let’s put all of this research in one place”? And you absolutely know that Kate is like “I did the Five Big Questions survey, please add that data into the research too!” This is all such a waste of time, energy and resources, oh my god.

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  1. Alexandria says:

    Why don’t you change first KKKate.

    • Lily says:

      Ha! Propaganda KKKate!

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      She isn’t capable of change. She isn’t even capable of comprehending change. And the words she’s speaking are so obviously devoid of any real meaning. It would be sad if it weren’t so infuriating that money will be spent on this meaningless image-enhancing busywork “project”—money SO badly needed elsewhere. And I’m sorry, but when I see her grinning–GURNING, really–that preposterous, creepy Chuckie grin, it’s almost scary and I want to say to the air around me, “Eeeeeeeek—hold me!”

  2. equality says:

    The “centre” must be a desk in KP where somebody will type up keen reports to post on the website and establish links from the website to other people’s work. The site says nothing about what it will do other than that. The most helpful page on it to me has links to other sites where somebody can actually get help with various issues.

    • tolly says:

      This big roll out unintentionally reveals that her Early Years project did NOT have any dedicated offices for the past 10 years. Her coat dresses took up more space in KP (they probably still do).

    • GraceB says:

      I’m really curious about this project and I’m also frustrated by the lack of information.

      Early years really are a big deal. It really does shape who we become and the society we become but we’ve been aware of that for some time. Here in the UK we have a number of organisations that are both aware of, and actively work in this sector, such as Early Help and CAMHS but they’re incredibly oversubscribed and under funded services.

      My understanding is that this organisation is going to be more about deeper research into the subject but IF it actually takes off and more help becomes available as a result, it would be a very valuable thing. I just don’t get why this has been launched without any real details.

      • Merricat says:

        Because there are no real details. It’s Smoke & Mirrors Middleton’s go-to move. Do nothing, proclaim greatness, move on.

    • taris says:

      in one of her silly promo videos she literally said “this is the social equivalent of climate change”


      • Vesper says:

        All I hear when she speaks is phoniness! She is just an empty vessel in a dress! Can’t stand her! Climate Change?? Really Katie Keen, give me a damn break! Kate is the equivalent of someone trying to make “Fetch” happen! LOL

      • Merricat says:

        Lol. What a dope.

  3. Haylie says:

    CopyKKKate dressed like a racist, walked like a racist and talked like a racist.

    Fixed the story for ya!

  4. Lizzie says:

    What change? What action? Kate who?

  5. Kelsey says:

    This woman really has a vision board, full of pictures of Meghan’s best outfits, that she consults when she wants to catch a vibe, I see. Geez. Even the umbrella?!

    • Nicole says:

      It was raining…..

      • Maria says:

        I think the point is that it is a pride umbrella, with Kate pandering to a cause she has no interest in.

      • Merricat says:

        It was raining, so she needed TWO umbrellas. One for each of her faces.

    • Jaded says:

      Kate is nothing but symbols. She actually doesn’t give a sh*t about much of anything so she uses symbols (pride umbrellas, showing up with full camera crew unmasked at the memorial for a murdered girl, meaningless pie charts, sitting holding a phone looking professional, etc.). She may as well get a job as a catalog model, that’s all she’s good for.

      • Nic919 says:

        When it was raining she got out of the car with a black umbrella and she was wearing a mask. Then she shows up later with no mask and a rainbow umbrella. And of course the boot lickers pretend it’s because she supports pride even though she’s literally said nothing on LGBT issues her entire life. She’s almost 40 and it is unacceptable for her to just pretend a rainbow umbrella means support for LGBT issues. Even William has spoken up on those issues. This woman is the mannequin Hilary Mantel pointed out years ago and she has never changed.

      • Lucy says:

        It turns out I follow one of the royal accounts that posted this stuff on Insta, and I was shocked by the comments. Like, someone posted about how she supports pride just right, doesn’t need words at all, just quietly does it. It was a very wtf moment for me, that she’s getting over the top praise for carrying an umbrella, and it’s being treated as an actual statement. I knew she was praised for stupid stuff, but to see it in real time was just jarring.
        I turn 40 in a few weeks, and if people were praising my outfits instead of my words, I’d be pissed.

    • swirlmamad says:

      Now you say it, this may be her (poor) interpretation of THE blue dress of Meghan’s, that of the iconic sparkling in the rain with Harry under an umbrella photo. SWF in full effect.

  6. Edna says:

    “Ultimately, what shapes our childhood not only shapes us as adults, but also the society we want to form.”

    Umm…isn’t this what Prince Harry has been attacked for saying? That “generational trauma” affects us and the cycle needs to be broken. I guess only Duchess Keen and the experts she’s working with are allowed to say this.

  7. Amy Bee says:

    The research is already out there so starting another research centre seems like a waste of time and resources. But I get it, the centre gives people the impression that Kate’s working when she’s really not. What’s missing from this project is what she hopes to achieve with it and what she intends to do improve early childhood.

    • Lemons says:

      My thoughts exactly! Experts are lending her their research so that her team can copy and paste together a report spreading awareness to the research they copied. Will anything be done with the research? No. No plans for action.

      It’s VERY telling that Archwell’s tagline is “Compassion in Action.” They REALLY wanted to set themselves apart from the Keens.

    • Eleonor says:

      She could have improved the existing research centre: scholarships, fundraising…
      A scholarship with her name on, like Prince Philipp did.
      But I bet that was too difficult.

  8. Cecilia says:

    This is just so….. empty

    • Ann says:

      It’s like saying “Water is wet.”

      • Beenie says:

        “Childhood is important”. “The more we learn about childhood the more we know.”

        Wtf is going on?! Is this serious??

    • Seraphina says:

      I could not taking watching how many times she looked down at her notes. That says it all for me. It was written by someone else and she does not care about the issues she is there to address because of she did, she would not need to look down at almost EVERY sentence.

      • LeaTheFrench says:

        Yeah that struck me, too. No familiarity w/ the material. Did she even bother to read it beforehand ? 10 years on an issue, still looks like it’s New to her.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Seraphina, the hardest part of the People magazine article was this bit of treasure…
        “Some of those she met were those she has encountered in various engagements as she has crisscrossed the U.K”
        Please tell me when KKKween Doucheness EVER met with families? If she HAD, we would have had an never ending puff parade to put ticker tape parades to shame!!!!
        This entire scheme of Her Doucheness actually working makes me want to vomit 🤢

      • BarbN says:

        Exactly – if this were truly a subject she cared about so much, you would expect that the words to express her passion would come easily to her, that she would speak right from her heart and not need notes. The video is cringe-worthy. If I were at that meeting, listening to her, I would side-eye her statement about how important this subject is to her – it sure doesn’t come across that way.
        Then again, as many posters have pointed out, her posh accent is fake – so perhaps it takes all her mental and physical energy to keep it in place and there’s nothing left over for the subject at hand.

  9. Bea says:

    It really is a statement of white privilege when you are praised for doing the bare minimum like being polite and talking to people. I never understood how people can applaud the royals for doing so little. “Oh he served food to the poor”. “She was so nice when she talked to me”. I mean… for everything they gain in return for their “duty” and “service” I always thought they were getting the better end of the deal like the colonizers when they traded whole countries for mirrors…
    and Kate… she truly does the bare minimum. She was never known for her hard working spirit and her work ethic, right? The only people that truly appreciate her are the conservatives that think a woman should know her place (preferably silent place).

  10. Becks1 says:

    Can you imagine being a ph D at a place like the London School of Economics and having a round table with her? There’s no intellectual curiosity, no preparation, no desire to actually work. It’s just a photo op. I would be so frustrated and livid.

    This all sounds so vague. Someone (maybe Sofia) said on one of the earlier threads this week that this kind of center would have made sense 10 years ago. For KP to be insisting that she has been studying this for 10 years so look here’s a center so she can study it some more! ….it’s just so…..flat.

    • TQ says:

      @Becks1 “Can you imagine being a ph D at a place like the London School of Economics and having a round table with her?” LMFAO.

      I actually got my PhD at the London School of Economics and people are serious as hell about their work. Folks would humor her and secretly roll their eyes at the roundtable, and ask if she’s throwing any grant money in for her ‘research’ (which I doubt as she’s just trying to promote existing research as her own). They would then shrug their shoulders and go back to their real research. Her hair flicks, fake smile and lack of intellectual curiousity would not impress there.

      • chrissy says:

        I appreciate your response, @TQ, as a representative in your field.

        However, it really pisses me off that LSE and Jill Biden meet with this woman. She’s not trying to impress LSE and Jill Biden. She’s shoplifting value by association to fool the people who are impressed by hair flicks, guffaws, and coat dresses.

        And miss me with the “give her a chance” crowd. If she is really sincere about wanting to effect change, she can meet privately with LSE and Jill Biden until her labor bears some fruit. You don’t need her unearned publicity; she keenly needs your earned reputation.

      • Eurydice says:

        Yes, I’ve been at Harvard pretty much half my life and have been in many meetings with donors who have big ideas. The big ideas always have to come with big money.

      • Seraphina says:

        @Chrissy, thank you. I was so irked to see her with Jill Biden. What an insult.

        @Becks, I wrote somewhere on here about how Kate looked down at her speech almost with every sentence. It is so obvious she is ill prepared and does not care. She does not have the excuse that she has back to back engagements and thus needs to be focused do to all she has to keep track of intellectually.

      • Becks1 says:

        @TQ thanks for the insight. That’s about what I figured. LSE has an excellent reputation internationally and I can’t imagine the heavyweights there wanting to give this the time of day.

    • SarahCS says:

      Yeah reading this I was trying to picture the faces round the table as they try to include her but struggle to understand a word she says and realise (if the were not yet aware) that she has no idea what she’s talking about. No wonder there was a press embargo after the Dr Biden round table.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        What’s more insulting, is the fact that Keen uses their precious time for the sole purpose of puffing her up!! These people at LSE have spent decades working on childhood development from birth on, and the dedication should be applauded and NOT used solely for her inadequacies for the last TEN years! This angers me tremendously as she has nothing to bring to the table. Plus, if this was a cause that she was truly dedicated to, why not bring this up to those who hold the purse strings who have been cutting the dollars for research and the programs? When they actively are desperate for money in helping children and their families, especially the past 18 months during the coronavirus?

      • Roo says:

        Given that family, I’m actually surprised they realized how badly she came across. You would have thought they would continue with the “look at Kate using a phone and wearing a dress and using her words. She’s such a big girl now” propaganda. 🙄

      • Elizabeth Kerri Mahon says:

        If Kate were really interested in the Early Childhood Years, she would have done the research, she would know that this work has been going on for over a hundred years. She would know about why kindergartens were started in Germany in 1837, the work of Maria Montessori, Melanie Klein and Anna Freud. She would be able to talk about all these things with Dr. Biden during their engagement. I mean, did she even read the notes that were probably provided to her about FLOTUS’s background?

  11. Seraphina says:

    I cannot understand for the life of me how a woman who can basically wear anything due to her small frame looks so bad in almost all she wears. This dress is so baggy on her. And her hair, I just want to grab a scrunchie or clip and pull it back.

    • Nic919 says:

      She needs to tone down the extensions because it looks too heavy on her.

    • Chaine says:

      It looks bad on her I think because it’s meant to flatter a curvy shape, someone with cleavage and a booty and she’s got neither. Her shape is better suited to the a-line coat dresses and a higher neckline.

      • taris says:

        yeah, i always think this.
        she needs to stay away from clothes that are made for curvy women, and also she should avoid drawing attention to her waist, she looks rectangular.

        other than that, she actually usually looks pretty good (buttons notwithstanding).

      • Lilibetp says:

        Agreed. And has she done something to her teeth? They seem bigger lately.

    • notasugarhere says:

      It looks like a graduation dress from the early nineties. Sweetheart neckline, puff sleeves, raised waist.

      • Seraphina says:

        NOTA, that is what my chorus dress in HS looked like (what you describe) but ball gown length. Maybe that’s why this outfit was so no bueno with me.

      • Eurydice says:

        Yes, I hate to keep harkening back to my middle school sewing classes, but we all made a dress just like this, with the raised waist and aggressive dart shaping.

    • The Recluse says:

      Those shoulder pads/sleeves just over emphasize how lean she is. They make her shoulders look over large like she’s got a foot ball goal to kick.

    • Lucy says:

      This dress is theoretically a win – other than the color, it’s a hundred times more professional than the prairie stuff she tends towards. But the fit is so off, she’s swimming in it. I repeat this every time, in case someone is reading, I hope she gets help for any issues that are making her this size. It’s not a healthy look. Her chest is less bony looking than it was last summer, so that’s good?

  12. Nomegusta says:

    Look at Royalists lapping up this mediocre do nothing.

    At least she is consistent, she continues to be absolutely useless.

    Money, programs need money; not this one looking lost anytime someone strings together a coherent sentence.

  13. Eurydice says:

    Yawn, whatever. I wonder how much the Royal Foundation for Whatsits has budgeted for her keen work wardrobe.

  14. Over it says:

    Wake me up when this fake-ass workshy copycat Karen does some actual real work. On second thoughts never mind, I would be asleep forever and get nothing done.

  15. Lizzie says:

    The photos tell us exactly what this project is about. KEEN, her face serious and listening, her face with jaw unhinged laughing, her face while posing in a new outfit. Its an excuse for a photo op when she needs some propping up.

  16. iforget says:

    Change what? What specifically is wrong right now? And what do you want that change to be? Can you quantify anything? No? I wonder why 🙄 gosh she makes me angry. I’ve said before if I won the lottery I would just go to school for the rest of my life. She could buy any book, take any class, she has the time and resources to do literally anything she could ever want. And this is what we’re left with. 10 years and I still don’t understand even the basics of what she is saying. What change needs happening?? Agh!! I hate that I pay for her and her and her ill-fitting, expensive clothes.

    • BeanieBean says:

      You make a salient point: what change needs to happen? Shouldn’t we know what we need to change, if it’s equivalent to climate change, where if we don’t turn things around we’ve doomed the planet beyond the point of no return in about, what was it, 30 years?

      • iforget says:

        Exactly, she’s saying these things over and over like we’re supposed to know what it means. Climate change at least has it in the name. Climate change has been quantified as you said. Importance of early years…what exactly is she saying? And why did she pick something so contentious when she has the depth of a puddle? Every time she brings up mental health or early childhood development, she inadvertenly makes it sound like it’s the parent’s fault or individual’s fault for being poor and not having a big supportive family. The Cambs’ biggest supporters are Tories, who are heavily invested in the system as it is. If things were to change for the better regarding early years’ outcomes, it would be everything the Tories do not want, and even actively perpetuate. As Kaiser and many others have pointed out, Harry has said similar things (much more eloquently and with more understanding) and he is vilified for it.

  17. Lauren says:

    That color washes her out. She looks so much better with jewel tones. That’s all I have.

  18. Rapunzel says:

    Some fans were saying this could be as significant as the Prince’s Trust or DoE Awards.

    Reader, I laughed.

  19. Chicken Tetrazzini! says:

    I am sitting on my patio trying to mimic her facial expressions and my jaw is hurting! How is she comfortable doing that unhinged thing all the time? Do her teeth not touch? I also accidentally watched her instagram video on this and the bouncing and weaving was so distracting! How someone didn’t put a stop to that years ago is mind boggling. Do they not have media coaches?People whose job it is to practice and refine with her so that she can appear more polished? I wonder if Meg, who is a professional, ever said something about helping her with that because beyond all other horrible things, that was a massively wasted resource for Kate

    • Sara says:

      I envision that her media training consisted of talking with her hands to a distracting level.
      Oh and that tipping of the head thing to show pretend concern that Sophie does too.

      • kelleybelle says:

        She always does that head tilt for the cameras. This isn’t much more than a photo op.

    • Robin says:

      This is my pet theory – Kate has a slight underbite. I clearly remember she, and William, saw a French superstar dentist based in London for cosmetic purposes just before they got married. My niece is developing an underbite and has been told treatment starts in your late teens. If Kate left it until into her 20s onwards, I wonder whether, being such a small underbite, it was decided to leave it alone and use slightly too large veneers to give the impression that her top teeth are over her lower. I know this is a reach, but I feel it could explain why her mouth always looks slightly uncomfortable – the veneers may be really annoying. Perhaps all this gurning is to alleviate some of the veneer related discomfort/odd over sized appearance? Now the gurning has however become part of her ‘thing’ – interpreted as a highly engaged and joyous smile. It’s also damaging the skin under her eye area, because it is excessive.

      • kelleybelle says:

        The botox has affected her smile and the way her lips meet. You can tell when she talks that her mouth area is partially frozen. Plus that annoying weird accent …

      • BeanieBean says:

        I remember their engagement video quite well, and her lower jaw skewed to the right when she talked. I think you’re onto something.

    • Nic919 says:

      She has veneers so that affects a lot of the weird mouth movements. The teeth seem to be too big for her mouth. And she has a lot of Botox so she probably doesn’t feel her face as much as you would expect.

      • Robin says:

        Exactly, Nic919. See my post that landed above yours. Her veneers have a lot to answer for. As does her changed accent. Put the two together and you have a recipe for strange mouth movements.

  20. Watson says:

    I don’t understand the hate for this dress. Puff sleeves are popular right now, and a shift dress is a standard item of clothing. This was a good choice for the event!

    Her contribution to the early years though? What an opportunity wasted. There are no words really.

    • Susan says:

      Agree, the work is useless and I have nothing to add. But the fashion…to me this is one of her better looks. It gives her the *slight* illusion of a waist, it’s professional, the color is relevant, I have no complaints. And it isn’t those horrid long waisted Laura Ingles Wilder prairie dresses from the early 1980s that make her look terrible.

      • Watson says:

        Right? I think the problem with Kate is the fact that everyone seems to tell her what is appropriate to wear. So for years we’ve seen her mimic the queen who is the firm face, evoke memories of Diana cause she was the queen of hearts, or copy Meghan cause she is the charismatic one.

        This is why she looked way sexier, fun and interesting prior to getting married: she was dressing for herself and not to appease the grey men. It’s always a relief to me when she wears something that isn’t like any of the women above.

    • Isabella says:

      I also like her in this dress. We can see her legs at last. They balance out her long torso. The color is fine. At least cheerful. As she would say, “small changes.”

      What I don’t understand is the endless repetition of “Early Years” as if it’s a form of cancer. What terrible things are happening? What changes is she calling for?

    • Amy Too says:

      I see this a lot when people talk about what Kate is wearing. “Puff sleeves are in right now,” “prairie dresses are on trend,” “ruffles are everywhere in stores,” and I don’t get why it matters. Just because something is trendy or popular right now doesn’t mean it’s cute, or appropriate for all occasions, or looks good on everyone or on Kate specifically in the picture we’re looking at. And I guess I don’t really get why “trendy” should be the number one thing that Kate prioritizes in her clothing. It’s also kind of funny because whenever she wears something that’s super outdated or extra aging people will say it’s “classic” and she’s not meant to be a fashion plate, she has to wear things that’s aren’t “of a specific time” so the pictures will still be appealing in the future when people look back on them. So she’s timelessly trendy? Classically fashion-forward?

      But I guess my main point is just because something is “everywhere in stores right now” doesn’t mean it’s right for her body type or job. Not everyone can wear absolutely every new trend and look good and appropriate in it. And just being “on trend” doesn’t excuse issues of fit and proportion. And not everyone is going to like every trend. So “this is in right now” isn’t exactly a great rebuttal for “I don’t think this looks good on her.”

      I’m not trying to reply specifically to Watson with this, more like people on Twitter or What Kate Wears who will pretend that absolutely everything that Kate wears is excellent and good and right even when you can tell they actually don’t personally like it. There’s a lot of “hmmm, I don’t know if this is something I would choose for her if I were her stylist, but it *is* super on trend right now so of course she looks great in it!”

      • Bea says:

        I sooo agree with you. People are ALWAYS making excuses for Kate and her horrible style but they are never coherent (of course not!).

        If she wears something ugly they’ll say “she’s royal she is above fashion”.

        If she wears something beautiful (that doesn’t happens very often though), they will praise her for being a fashion icon.

        It bothers me because Meghan got all kinds of crap for loving fashion. Even if it was Kate that was in the cover of Vogue! Of course Kate cares about fashion and clothes. She wouldn’t spend that much money otherwise. The sad thing is that Kate doesn’t get fashion. Meghan does.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate has wide shoulders for her frame and so wearing puffed sleeves or shoulders pads is the opposite of what she should be wearing to balance out the rest of her frame. But she adds bulk because if she didn’t then her extreme thinness would be even more noticeable. The mound of hair also works on that. That she’s wearing this dress and it’s baggy on her is very telling.

      • Watson says:

        Amy To: People who stan Kate do exactly what Meghan fans do and that is they will talk up the fashion regardless of what the end result looks like. On the flip side, the people that hate Meghan hate everything she wears, and the same goes for Kate.

      • Nic919 says:

        I recall many people criticizing Meghan’s fashion here and they still supported her causes. Let’s not both sides this because it is false. There are many people who didn’t like her neutral colour palates but still liked the actual work Meghan did. Because she wasn’t just a mannequin.

      • Watson says:

        Nic919: what I’m referring to are the super fans of Kate and Meghan.

      • Sof says:

        Well, on this particular occasion, people are pointing out that puff sleeves are everywhere because Kaiser called the dress dated.
        Otherwise I agree with you, though generally I don’t think people in the comments make excuses when Kate wears ugly clothes.

      • Seraphina says:

        I am a Meghan fan, but when she wears clothing that is unflattering I have said it.
        This dress is fine but looks bad on Kate. The dress is wearing her – not her wearing the dress. she isn’t “owning” it and it looks like it’s borrowed. For one, the color is all wrong. She does so much better in vibrant colors. But that is the least of her issues in this outfit. The most important fact is that the dress is BAGGY on her and it does nothing for her figure. That is why I stated it looks borrowed. It also further adds to the critics’ arguments that is she very very thin. Yes, Kate can’t win for losing in wardrobe department but she has the very best at her fingertips. From seamstresses to designers. So there are no excuses. And since she does nada in the work department, I expect better in her wardrobe choices. I was not a fan of Hillary Clinton’s pant suits, but the woman has a head on her shoulders and WORKED. (I used Hillary as an example off the top of my head). So I can turn a blind eye to her wardrobe choices. Kate, unfortunately, as has only proven to be a walking clothes hanger. And a very bad one at that.

      • Green Desert says:

        @Amy Too – I agree with your point. I would also add that while puffed sleeves are on trend right now, it doesn’t mean EVERY puff-sleeved dress is “in.” My main criticism of what she wears is that she dresses terribly unfashionably for someone of her age and status. People can be fashionable and trendy in their attire, or fashionable and classic, or fashionable and conservative, etc. This is an un-stylish dress that happens to have an on-trend element. Like, a version of this dress looked better on Kate Winslet 10 years ago.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Kate shouldn’t be purchasing any new clothing, period. She wasted 150,000 on new outfits during a pandemic year when all she did was a handful of Zooms.

      She has 10 years worth of a wardrobe. Wear that until it falls off her in shreds. Nor should she be purchasing anything ‘trendy’, because her clothes are supposed to last for years not age out of trend within a month.

      What could she have worn? One of her dozen blue dresses just like this one. Or one of her dozen green dresses. One of her three dozen floaty, chiffon, floral dresses she’s purchased in the last few years. Or her Roksanda Illicinic from the Olympics years ago, which is a classic (not trendy) design in the same shade. Or one of her dozen other lilac dresses she’s bought in the last decade.

      • Seraphina says:

        NOTA, I agree with all you said.

      • AnneSurely says:

        This. She’s at the London School of Economics for God’s sake, why is she wearing sky high heels and a party dress? She wore a navy dress/jacket combo to get on the plane for Canada 10 years ago that would be exactly appropriate for this event.

  21. Sara says:

    CB has an article about Malala on here today. Remember when Malala opened a school for underserved girls by her 18th birthday?
    It took Kate ten years to invite six people over to her house on occasion and thereby call her own palace apartment where hardly anyone is allowed an early childhood center.
    (Silly side note but I’ve been to the cafe at KP! If I remember correctly you basically have to walk through it at the end of the public tour. They have beer. 🍻)

    • Merricat says:

      The comparison between 18 year old Malala and 40 year old Kate is striking. Malala is a hero. Kate is a joke.

  22. CJ says:

    That twitter picture made me realise why she chose this dress – it matches the colour of the report.

    oh vey.

  23. Nyro says:

    I bet that dress is a size 00 yet she’s still swimming in it.

  24. Pamuk says:

    Omg, jezzzzzussssss she a blubbering mess. Did she really make those academics sit through that mess😳🙄 and copy khate much😬😬😬 i wish they would get this woman into therapy.

    • Amy Too says:

      So stilted and having to look down at her notes 4 or 5 times just to finish one sentence. And the sentence was basically “early years are important.” You know, the thesis for her entire work that she’s been totally working on for 10 years now. Yet she has to check her notes multiple times just to get through the topic sentence.

      I also thought it was funny how she hits all the tabloid talking points. Early years is like the social equivalent of climate change, which harkens back to the whole “this thing Kate is launching is going to be her Earthshot!”

      And also giving herself an excuse for why we likely won’t see any actual results from this. Early Years is super hard and important and the work will take a long time so we probably won’t see any results right away but she’s totally committed to it in the long run. Like life-long type of long run. Come back to her when she’s 80 and she’ll tell you what she’s actually been able to do to help.

      • Chaine says:

        It would be like tackling climate change if she was doing it 150 years ago when there wasn’t any compulsory education or child labor laws or birth control and five-year-olds were home alone taking care of their three- and one- year old siblings while their parents and older kids worked twelve hour shifts in the mill. At this point, we’ve had at least a century of people realizing early years are important and putting all of the necessary policies in place. Her big project is a nothingburger and she ought to be focusing on fundraising for her organizations.

      • Lemons says:

        It was such a bizarre comparison because the social equivalent of climate change is climate change. It has its own set of social impacts, but she’s not intelligent enough to realize that.

        There doesn’t need to be a comparison for us to understand. We know that early childhood development is important. Intervention at any stage is important.

        Kate & Co. don’t seem to be able to decide how to address this issue though. They have sporadic meetings with young parents (sorry parents of adolescents, it’s too late), or with children, but never seem to get anything done or move forward on anything.

    • Demi says:

      Those academics know she’s all about plagiarism the speech is written for her by KP staff but very similar to the info present on many early childhood centers’ websites everything this woman is talking about been put out there by professionals decades ago.

  25. Likeyoucare says:

    Where are the pictures with the people that she had a meeting with?
    Is she alone in that meeting?

    • Chaine says:

      If you watch the video clip there’s a few seconds showing her sitting at tables with random people talking.

    • taris says:

      they’ve probably decided not to film these things anymore after that embarrassing episode last weekend. smart choice!

  26. kelleybelle says:

    She wears the puffed sleeves often to give “bulk” to her frame. She is too thin and this style gives the appearance of there being more there … when there isn’t. As for the early years work, fluff, expensive clothes, and a lot being doing to make it appear like something that has substance. Nothing more.

  27. Chaine says:

    I do love the rainbow umbrella. I wonder why she changed umbrellas though, that’s weird!

    • SurelyNot says:

      The one with the rainbow umbrella was clearly to obtain photo footage. The other is likely the stock umbrella that lives in the vehicle.

      I wonder if the rainbow umbrella was a conscious decision.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      So we know she went to TWO events that will add to the CC numbers.

  28. Gertrude says:

    She appears to have an enlarged thyroid. I hope she gets it checked.

    • Starkille says:

      The thyroid isn’t in the middle of the throat. That’s her hyoid bone sticking out due to extreme thinness.

  29. Cate says:

    The more this goes on the more I appreciate how good Meghan is at this, TBH. Meghan isn’t styling herself as an expert on any of her patronages, but she makes sure she knows enough to sound sincerely interested, or else she has a good speechwriter/researcher and then pays attention to what they tell her (which is really all Kate needs to do, and at that event with Jill Biden she just did not). Then the focus is primarily on the patronage mission, with some glitz and charm from Meghan added to raise its profile. With Kate it’s more like she’s using early years to raise HER profile, but it should be the other way around.

    • February-Pisces says:

      All of Kate’s projects serve only one purpose and that is to embiggen Kate. Even that cheesy video was all about how great she is. That is why she never has any real success at anything, she doesn’t care about results, she’s there for the photo op only, followed by weeks of praise in the media. Yet at the end of the day she has nothing to show for herself after 10 years on the job,

      Meghan doesn’t sell herself as some groundbreaking expert in anything. She just focuses entirely at the task in hand and makes sure it actually brings results. Her Success speaks for itself because it’s all about the projects, not about herself.

    • Demi says:

      That’s why this woman’s charities close! what’s ironic the ones that closed recently due to lack of funds are all children related

    • Demi says:

      That’s why this woman’s charities close! what’s ironic the ones that closed recently due to lack of funds are children related

  30. one of the Marys says:

    I follow them on Instagram. The post about the ‘landmark’ report (big change starts small) and all the areas that can make a difference was put together really well. And my first reaction was simply a lot of sadness. Imagine if Meghan had that level of support, she would have been a force and as a group they would have been *on fire*
    Well, sigh, we all know that didn’t happen but wow this is such a copycat of Archewell it’s blatantly obvious. Kate looks happy here and I’d say this all goes to solidifying her position so she’s feeling more stable.

  31. Sinéad says:

    Lads, is she just this bland? Or is she a bit ‘comatose’ at every event? Does she just stand there and let people dress her and have no voice at all? Or is she under the influence of something???

  32. Purplecupcakes says:

    I don’t understand why this woman can’t speak a few words (that are probably written for her anyways) without whisper talking … it reminds me of Ivanka but in a British accent. All words, no substance.

  33. Nyro says:

    The young Spanish princess doing the puffed sleeves trend better than grown up Kate. Also, she’s wearing the dress. The dress isn’t wearing her. Take note, Kate.

    • Haylie says:

      Leonor is also a much better public speaker than Kate. Kate can’t measure up to a child. Probably because Leonor is being raised as a leader and Kate is babied after all her hard work snagging the world’s most ugly and hateful bald prince.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate remains unable to speak in the only language she knows. It is pathetic that she hasn’t improved by now. Drop the fake accent and that might help.

      • Nyro says:

        I know. She’s just a kid and already such a good speaker, very confident, and poised. Not only is Kate not fit to stand next to the other future queens and queens, she’s not even fit to stand next to their teenage children. Embarrassing. Carole was so caught up on having that crown sitting on her daughter’s head, she forgot all about the substance. Everyone knows Kant isn’t fit for the job. And her fans know it better than anyone else, which is a big part of why they hate Meghan so much.

  34. Aud says:

    She’s lost weight and looks very very thin. I think she believes the puffy sleeves will help her look less bony.

    • Nyro says:

      If she wants to hide her weight loss, stiff structured dresses that she can’t fill out is the worst way to do it.

  35. Tessa says:

    Big Surprise. Will trotted out his eldest two children for father’s day.

    • Aidevee says:

      I reckon Will has long covid. It all makes sense. It explains the absences, the dour moods, the lack enthusiasm for anything. Dude is still ill.

  36. Lizzie Bathory says:

    I don’t love or hate the dress. It’s appropriate, though it really shows how thin she is.

    My question is, where’s William? They’re trotting Kate out a lot lately. I get that they want to look busy to compete (lol) with Harry & Meghan. But if that’s the case, wouldn’t it make sense to get William out just as much, if not more? Not only does it appear that W&K live separately, but it really feels like the Firm doesn’t feel like they can deploy William frequently for some reason.

    • Nyro says:

      He popped up at some kind of Father’s Day event today. He brought the kids, of course, so they could do the heavy lifting. I’m guessing he read a 30 second greeting off of a note card, shook a few hands, downed a couple of beers, and then left.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Trotting the kids out for another PR pap stroll? What happened to William despising the press intrusion into royal childhoods?

      • Nyro says:

        I’m Williams age so I don’t really remember but were he and Harry trotted out to actual “engagements” like this. I know they were seen for holiday family events and first days of school, etc. But were they going yo engagements and doing promo videos for their parents’ wedding anniversaries? It feels like we’ve seen more of these kids over the last 18 months that we have the queen herself. At this rate, those kids are going to be working way earlier than their father was. I can see poor 14 year old George having to work on his weekends away from Eton, royal rota in tow and everything.

        Also, is William not capable of doing an engagement by himself? Seriously. And it seems like if he does do a solo engagement, it always involves him consuming alcohol.

      • JT says:

        So it was just William and the kids? No Kate? Interesting. Normally if the kids are present Buttons is always there.

      • Nyro says:

        JT, it must be Williams weekend.

      • Lizzie Bathory says:

        Huh, thanks for that, Nyro. It all seems very odd. Kids & beer while Kate “works” separately.

      • Aud says:

        Poor kids looked rather uncomfortable.

      • JT says:

        @Nyro They really seem to be living like divorced parents nowadays.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ JT, excellent!! Yes, it was “his” weekend🤣

      • Nyro says:

        JT, it’s so obvious at this point. Also, there’s nothing about William and Kate that would make them not follow the same path as any other aristo/royal marriage. They’ve never seemed to be a loving, passionate couple. They don’t even ever seemed to have been great friends. In their world of marriage out of duty, after they’re done having kids, they live separate lives either for the rest of their lives like Betty and Philip or until someone can no longer bear to keep up the toxic facade like Charles and Diana.

      • JT says:

        I think they’ll end up like Charles and Diana. Maybe not now but eventually. Smearing H&M was a big mistake but they are too dumb to realize it, or maybe they do with the way William has been looking lately. There is more pressure than ever now to deliver and fill the void left by the Sussexes. Even the RRs are saying that they need to step up their game. Their own “fans”can’t even speak of them without tagging H&M on every post. They are drowning. With all of that propping up there is only one place to go but down.

      • Nyro says:

        Kate’s big research center announcement did not create the kind of buzz they were hoping for. The focus was all on Meghan. Kate gave them a whole days worth of pretty pictures, and even a quote or two, yet her fans chose to give most of their attention to speculating about Megan’s interview.

  37. Liz version 700 says:

    Your Racism is showing KKK Kate

  38. Athena says:

    If they are living separate lives I’m not sure how comfortable Kate is with that. As much as her and her family would like to copy the aristos, when it comes to marriage she has very middle class values. She may have been in denial about the eventuality of her husband having affairs and the couple leading separate lives. It’s not going to be easy for her to find someone discreetly, that’s not what her expectation was of the marriage. She probably had hoped that it would be different for her. The stress of the marriage, the expectations from being a royal is eating away at her. At some point she will have to decide what is more important, her sanity or the crown.

  39. Merricat says:

    I expect when you start as small as Kate has done (nothing), any change at all would seem big, indeed.

    • Liz version 700 says:

      Haha that is an excellent point!

    • Curious says:

      lol true. i thought i was the best baker in the world when i baked(after many failures) a bread.i was young ,still a teen, and i was calling everyone i knew ,telling them ,i baked a bread. i was giddy with joy ,excitement,felt i could tell the older people ,i know how to make bread just like you. felt i was at the same level as them by managing to bake 1 bread . when i look back on it ,good lord what a fool i was to think i had experience as some people who baked for yrs and they didn’t just bake bread.. this is how i see Catherine, her project is not even ready as yet , and might never be, but she is excited like its finish and good things are happening .while they still at the research stage. the children Catherine claims she wants to help are not even born as yet .

      • Merricat says:

        I like your analogy of baking bread, but I would say that Kate has no intention of shopping for ingredients, has no interest in mixing, and is too “royal” to put the loaf in the oven. That’s why she hired others to do it, and when they’ve done, she’ll present it to the world as her own. I’m not saying she needs to be a Master Baker, but the woman has no knowledge base at all, and she’s claiming to be passionate about bread.

  40. Margaret says:

    This woman is an embarrassment! If I were involved in early childhood research or planning projects I would cringe when I saw that video. Kate’s speaking skills have regressed. Where did she get the idea for all those crazy hand movements? And what has happened to her accent? It bears no resemblance to the way she spoke when we first heard her. She puts emphasis at the wrong place and seems unfamiliar with the material she is reading. Very amateurish and under-prepared, IMO.

    Many people have been doing serious research into this subject for decades and it has long been recognised that the early childhood years are the formative years so there’s nothing new in what she’s saying. What is Kate offering or promoting as a solution anyway? Nothing that I can discern from her performance. It’s big picture stuff, and fairly pointless.

    Drawing attention to the subject is good, but she could do that without all this pretence of being involved in a significant way. Leave it to the experts, Kate! Offer your support to them, by all means, and refer to their work and their findings and their plans and programs, but don’t make out you are doing something ground-breaking, because you are not. You’ve been given this to do as busy work, and I fear you don’t realise it.

  41. HeatherC says:

    My big take away from the photos, as I return from buying my 3rd bottle of sunblock this season, is the sun damage. Especially on her chest (face is harder because she wears so much make up). I want to send her a bottle of sunblock.

  42. Twinkle says:

    I find Kate’s fashion, her choice in jewelry, hair, everything just so….boring. There is zero spark or innate sense of style in anything she wears. Someone feed her a whole cake, please.