Duchess Kate went to the England-Germany football match with George & William

European Football Championship - England - Germany

The thing I’ve been wondering about for weeks, if not months is this: “What Kate wants, Kate gets,” true or false? The Duchess of Cambridge has made it clear that she wants to drive the narrative that her husband is weak, angry, desperate, stressed out and in desperate need of mothering. She was pushing that narrative for months before William told her to stay away from the statue-unveiling at Kensington Palace on Thursday. Kate has done everything to publicly convince William that she needs to be there. He still refuses to allow her to come. But she has gotten one concession from William: she’ll get to visit the statue before Harry, with the Cambridge children. I’m expecting a special Instagram post devoted to the exclusive photos, perhaps taken by Kate herself. But did Kate get another concession from William? I think she did.

Kate was on hand last night at Wembley stadium to watch the football (soccer) match between England and Germany. The Euros are happening right now, same time as Wimbledon, and so sports enthusiasts are desperately trying to keep up with tennis scores and football matches. William is the president of the Football Association (they don’t like him though) and that means he deigns to attend the odd football match. It’s said that Prince George is a big football fan too, and this was not the first time we’ve seen George at a football match, nor is it Kate’s first time at a match either. But this appearance comes on the heels of increasingly loud rumors about the sorry state of the Cambridge marriage and the lack of unity between Will and Kate. And now look, “Kate the Kingmaker,” the Top CEO, the linchpin, the peacemaker, the grand dame of buttons and keenness, is out with the second and third-in-line to the throne. What Kate wants, Kate gets.

England won, btw, 2-0. England is on to the quarterfinals. It’s Coming Home?

European Football Championship - England - Germany

European Football Championship - England - Germany

firo: 29.06.2021, Fuvuball, Soccer: EURO 2021, EM 2020, EURO 2020, European Championship 2020, round of 16 ENG, England - GER, Germany

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  1. Ohlala says:

    Why they are constantly unmasked???!!! Not showing a good example given positions they are in. And gor this only they should be ripped apart by the press! They were bad bad examples through pandemic and guess what it is all shush and quite…but Meghan (insert anything here)

    • Cecilia says:

      Because they don’t have to. I don’t know if you’ve seen how packed the stadium was. No social distancing and nobody wore a mask. I assume the government lifted most covid rules and restrictions because most brits have had their vaccinations. But its still a dangerous game to play with the delta variant on the rise and making up more than 90% of the uk covid cases.

      • Elvie says:

        It’s a test event – which means 50% capacity and you must show proof of double vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of the event. Wimbledon is the same.

        That said – Wimbledon and Wembley have kept it at 50%, but put everyone in the best seats, leaving the top half of stadiums empty … which defeats the purpose imho.

        I am going to Wimbledon Saturday (before I knew they were just cramming everyone in together) and if the roof is closed on Court No. 1 I’m wearing my mask.

      • Fran says:

        UEFA, the governing European football body and as such organiser, insisted on audiences being allowed. This Euro was/is played across Europe. They also insisted on exemptions for 2.500 VIPs traveling to London for the final at Wembley which will be held for an audience of 60k. Infections are rising because of this insanity. Sturgeon pretty much admitted a spike of infections in Scotland is happening because of fans traveling to London for the match Scotland vs England. Finnish fans returning from St Petersburg have tested positive. This list can go on and on.

        I hate UEFA with all my might for these power plays. I have two kids under 5 and I pretty much know that autumn and winter are going to be a repeat of last year.

      • Cecilia says:

        @fran: yeah is was aware that the UEFA was demanding fans to be allowed. Which honestly has pissed me off but anything for money i guess. When the intensive care units are all full it won’t be their problem.

        That being said i still think there’s a way to have it a bit more regulated.

    • Lizzie says:

      My grandson is George’s age and he wears a mask in crowds – Delta variant is no joke. Gladly my daughter has common sense because we live in a red state and it is really spreading here.

      • Becks1 says:

        We have my children wear masks in all indoor spaces and crowds as well (I wear one in crowded spaces too.) I would hate to have come so far just for them to get sick now, or to infect someone else.

      • Nic919 says:

        Anyone who is not vaccinated should be wearing a mask in an indoor setting like this. Especially in the UK where the dominant strain is the delta variant and it spreads easily. But the Cambridges have been taking dumb risks with covid from day one so I am not surprised.

        Even being vaccinated isn’t a 100% shield in large indoor crowd settings where you can guarantee everyone is actual covid free. There are already stories about people getting infected after having attended games or gone to the pub to watch them.

      • Kelsey says:

        I don’t blame you- even me, fully vaccinated, at my big age is still wearing my mask in public indoor places. I feel like the only one doing it at this point but I don’t care, it helps me feel better. That Delta variant seems like no joke.

  2. original penguin says:

    I think these are the most flattering pictures. Most of them she looked bored and distant. Reminds me of Charles and Di in South Korea

    • Chic says:

      Yes, those on Twitter showed two unhappy persons with the child stuck between.

    • SarahCS says:

      My boyfriend watched the match and I was only in and out of the room but when I saw the camera go to them shortly after one of the goals PWT was still clapping of the three and none of them were smiling. In a couple of other shots they all just looked glum.

      They could have at least excluded George from wearing a suit as he’s a child.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Better a suit for George that Victorian infant short pants.

      • Nikki* says:

        I did a double take seeing George. In that suit and with that scowl, I imagined he had a bald head and was his dad’s mini-me! Hopefully not…

      • Myra says:

        lmao @BayTampaBay, are these his only choices? Surely an England jersey would have been appropriate, non? The one time theme dressing would have worked.

      • HeyJude says:

        If George doesn’t wear the suit matching his dad, as his little mini-me, there’s no messages they’re the 2 royal futures and you know, “FU Harry” and “Kate this is my heir, you’re expendable now, behave”.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        SarahCS, that was my first thought. Don’t the British wear casual clothes to football games? Why is everyone in a suit–even the ones around them? It’s a football game.

      • Lizzie says:

        George looks nice in his suit, thank goodness it’s not a Peter Pan collar shirt.

    • Seraphina says:

      Yes they did look distant – very much so. As though they would rather be anywhere else. Even my mother picked up on it as she watched the match and for me, that means it was pretty evident (sorry mom).
      Maybe all our speculating on the rocky marriage is truth.

    • FC says:

      Where are the body language experts now? Kate looked so miserable the entire time.

      • LMR says:

        And Wills is stiff and clenched. The pic in which he isn’t clapping, his hands are balled up into fists. Just look at that face. I thought he liked watching football.

    • GraceB says:

      TBH I’d be bored and unhappy at a football match too. I wonder whether Kate really even wanted to be there?

      • Harper says:

        Was Victoria Beckham there with David? I don’t think so. This wasn’t on Kate’s to-do list until she found out that she really wasn’t going to the statue unveiling and everyone knew about it and was raising their eyebrows. I think Will probably wanted George to be there as a special treat and Kate literally jumped in the Range Rover with them as it was pulling out of KP.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      William and Kate look like they have settled into separate lives, and barely care if the other person is around or not. I still don’t know if they will ever divorce (only because William can still live the life he wants whether he’s legally married or not), but I don’t think they are a “couple” anymore.

    • Truthiness says:

      Yes – bored, irrelevant and distant, just trotted out for Will’s photo op as “family man raising future sovereign.” Does Kate get what she wants? Noooo way. She wanted another child, she wants a husband in love with her, she wants to be a stay at home mum with no work duties. She especially wants a non-cheating husband. She is not even invited to the Diana statue ceremony, a huge signal of a loss in status. Her fight right now is to avoid being a traded-in starter wife and the photo-shopped stunt queening at the funeral demonstrated that she SHOULD be benched.

  3. Eleonor says:

    George is so uninmpressed LOL !

    • Aang says:

      He does. Part of the problem could be that they stuffed him into a suit to watch a football match. Poor kid.

      • Nedsdag says:

        They couldn’t find that Three Lions kit he wore in his sixth birthday photos his mother took? He looks like the Boss Baby in those photos.

      • Mac says:

        The royal box has a dress code and his father is attending in an official capacity. It’s appropriate for George to be wearing a suit.

      • Lory says:

        It is appropriate for William as a “working royal” (I use that term loosely) but it is also appropriate to allow a seven year old to dress appropriately for a soccer game.

      • HeyJude says:

        @Mac Several in the royal box were dressed casually, including Ed Sheerin who was sitting just rows behind them in a football jersey.

      • JayNay says:

        @Mac if you’re gonna make a six-year old child wear a suit to a sports event for the sake of “rules”, you really need to examine your priorities.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      TBF, there are some pics where he’s *really* having fun, smiling big, clapping… so, I think George had fun. Mummy and Daddums barely looked at each other, and Kate looked like she wasn’t sitting next to G, she seemed a seat away. It looked WEIRD!

    • Gubbinal says:

      I saw some other pictures. I am struck by the melancholy feeling that George is being taught that he is different and special. He has to comport himself like a miniature king in public. I think he’s worried that he won’t be able to handle it. I suspect that the poor boy lives in a ping pong between having to show public decorum and act as if he’s the king AND being an important piece in a game over which he has no control. He’s really stuck! I hope that Aunt Meghan and Uncle Harry have some sort of way to send him an occasional reminder that he’s much more than just a royal or a f-king.

    • HeyJude says:

      He looked kind of miserable save for when England scored. It was sad.

      He appears to be a ball of nerves and worries. That’s not how a 7-year-old should be.

      • TabithaD says:

        I thought this too. George often looks nervous or anxious when he’s in public. Poor kid, I’m sure he can’t fully understand what’s in store for him.

    • Marie says:

      Right? Why does he have to wear a suit to a football match? Let the kid wear an England jersey! Let him have some fun!

  4. Unionsnack says:

    When I was watching this game at TV last night, I only thought that they don’t look like they are family. Do you remember the photos from London Olympics? Kate and Wills both seemed happy and lovely. And George… Kate here is like a stranger. I can’t be 100% sure, but they don’t even try to pretend they are family (and Will mostly, he is with George, not with Kate)

    • Basi says:

      Maybe bc George lives with Kate primarily so he’s mostly with her. This was “dads visit”. The interactions really made me think the rumors of separation are true.

    • hanna says:

      lol, I think the same too. William and George look like father and son and kate looks like someone who works there. There is no warmth. The way George is leaning towards william and paying no attention to kate speaks volumes. kate also doesn’t have the vibe she has with Louis.

      • Chrissy (The Original) says:

        OTOH, I bet Willnot doesn’t have much of a bond with Louis. They weren’t even pictured together on Father’s Day, unlike the other two kids.

      • Sid says:

        Hanna, for a while now I have had the impression that Kate might be one of those people that likes kids when they are in the baby and toddler stages, while William might be one of those people that likes kids once they are out of the baby and toddler stages. It’s just an observation based on how their public interactions with their kids seem to have evolved.

      • Voominvava says:

        Well I’m sure William and George share the passion for football, and Kate is along for the ride ..so it could just be that.

    • Anita says:

      “Do you remember the photos of London Olympics?”
      I think of those photos often, the change of mood in the photos is really telling. I’m surprised she doesn’t try to fake it better.

    • Sofia says:

      Yeah their Olympic photos were lovely. There seemed to be genuine affection between them in those photos. I know some will say “well that can be faked” and yes it can I suppose, but it didn’t look fake to me. Which is why I /do/ believe that there was /some/ affection for each other in the early years before it evolved to whatever… it is now.

      • Becks1 says:

        Part of me wonders if William stopped cheating for the first few years of marriage (maybe at least until she had George) and Kate thought that was the end of it and they would have a normal happy marriage, and then it picked back up again at some point?

        I do think something changed at some point, even remember their first Canada tour, they seemed relaxed and like they were enjoying themselves and were enjoying being around each other. At some point that went away, even before the current speculation about separate lives etc. Maybe after Charlotte was born?

      • Sofia says:

        @Becks1: Yeah I can believe he didn’t cheat during the early years (before George was born and a bit after). And that may have given Kate hope that he would be a decent husband to her. I wonder if William started cheating again after Charlotte was born because they had the heir and the spare so the “duty” was done.

      • Nic919 says:

        When William skipped Charlotte’s first Easter to go to Jecca’s wedding on his own, I think the pause in cheating was over. It remains bizarre that he ditched his family to attend the wedding of a woman that he claims was never a girlfriend that was on another continent. They would have had the resources to make it a family outing but he couldn’t be bothered.

        I’m not sure when the bespoke Cambridge agriculture course took place, but there were rumours he was seeing someone then and the course gave him a reason to stay elsewhere.

      • UnionSnack says:

        @Becks1
        I’ve seen it somewhere (can’t remember exactly where) that it’s usual thing in the aristo set don’t cheat before the first child (a heir) is born.

        I personally believe that Bills tried his best to be not bad husband during the first two years of marriage. Their photo the next day after wedding was really cute/ They both were encouraged – kate by getting a ring after hard decade of stalking: Bills by his new status. Their marriage was never about love and George’s birth just naked the rift. Remember when Kate and Wills left 7 month old George and go for a holidays, They both were criticized. Gossipers whispered that Ma carole told her daughter to go for a vacation *to fix the marriage problems*. It was dysfunctional right from the start. Later it was Jecca, Wills called her stupid in the eyes of the public etc.

      • Maria says:

        There were rumors of women when they were just married. And William skipped baby George’s first vacation to go on a hunting trip that was all-male with the exception of Jecca Craig.
        I remember when the Olympic photos came out and they looked staged to me.
        Remember the beach walk photos of them in wellies and jackets with Lupo in Wales in January 2012. William is checked out, Kate doing all the interacting. You begin as you mean to go on, as they say.

      • Royalwatcher says:

        @UnionSnack – I think that “rule” only applies to the woman, to make sure that the heir is the biological child of the husband. I doubt it applies to the man because even if he fathered another child outside the marriage it wouldn’t be the heir (see Prince Albert).

        I think TOB has been cheating all along. He’s always been a cheater and Keen knew this.

      • Jaded says:

        @UnionSnack – was that vacation the one where Mean and Keen had a terrible fight and he went to dinner without her while she sulked in her massive, luxe resort? I think it was Mustique?

      • L84Tea says:

        @Becks1, I absolutely agree. I believe Will and Kate had a decent marriage the first few years. Maybe not bursting with passion (no Polo babies!), but good enough. There were moments of them caught on camera where they were clearly “together”–holding hands, linked arms, heck even sunbathing semi-naked together. I have no idea if he was abstaining from cheating or not, but visibly they looked like a pretty normal husband and wife. That couple is long gone and has left a cold, distant frostiness in its place.

    • GRUEY says:

      Wow @unionsack I love it here because you people have some long memories.

      Just googled London olympics Will and Kate. Those images are unbelievable! Hugging on each other like people who actually have sex; looking into each others’ faces to speak; smiles that reach the eyes; hands on knees! Wow these pics are from a time before I gave a shit about royals (so, before Meghan) and I have NEVER seen anything like this.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        Yeah it looks like a different couple.

      • UnionSnack says:

        Yes.
        The second time they looked vaguely similar after the birth of Louis. It was like a Renaissance of their family (especially at Eugenie’s wedding), but I think it was the effect of cheating – sometimes when a man cheats and feels good with his mistress, he also feels better and is more in love with his spouse.

      • Cee says:

        Some of us have been aroung a LONG time LOL

        I still remember the day a magazine/tabloid published their first photo outing them as boyfriend-girlfriend. It was a skiing trip.
        That’s why I also remember Kate partying around London, getting into cabs drunk, cig in hand, wearing sheer clothes (meaning the flashes showed everything) and doing nothing else for the better part of a decade but follow her cheating boyfriend around.

        And yet Meghan is the embarrasing one.

      • GRUEY says:

        It’s so funny @cee, as a twenty something I was vaguely aware of Kate hitting the clubs (back in the day I would flip through US weekly on my lunch hour before we had smart phones lol). I was just like “seems cool, wow she has a great body.” That was literally it. When they got married I was like “that’s nice” and my mom and I watched a video of the wedding while slurping Malbec. Literally my entire range of feelings about her. Meanwhile I would catch up on the antics of “Prince Hot Ginge” on dlisted.

        Then Meghan came along. I love my girlfriends and I’ve always been such good friends with my younger brothers girlfriends and fairly protective of them from my rowdy family. So I was naively like…wait why isn’t Kate helping Meghan? It would be so gracious of her. And the racism and injustice of it was pissing me off. All I saw was a very lovely woman (Meghan) doing her darndest.

        And then somehow I came across sussexsquad and a link to this site and bam, now I’m more enthralled by this saga than like ANYTHING other than maybe the Trump/Putin crime cult and the rise of global autocracy. Crazy thing is: they are related, the Murdoch’s being at the center of so much of it.

      • Cee says:

        GRUEY – Yeah, I’ve always been a royal watcher because my mum was such a Diana fan and I kind of listened to her and looked at the photos. I’m 34 so I was basically in my late teens when tabloids went online and royal blogs started popping everywhere.
        IMO I always though Kate was bland and lazy, even before the wedding. She didn’t even bother doing charity work like other rich women do when they don’t have a real job and bills to pay. I also remember the times William dumped her and his other amours LOL I feel old.

      • jOoLz says:

        @Gruey – #PHG ftw!

      • GRUEY says:

        @cee lol I’m older than you (aging more like Meghan than Kate thank goodness!). But yeah this is why I believe Meghan when she says she knew nothing about the Royal Fam. I have that same pic as a teenager from in front of KP (as do a bazillion other kids) and yet knew jack all until 2 years ago.

      • Cee says:

        GRUEY – ITA. You can know of someone but that doesn’t mean you KNOW them. Meghan probably did a quick Google search and knew enough not to call him Henry.

    • February-Pisces says:

      I have noticed for a while that the interactions between Kate and George are almost non existent. Not to say she isn’t close to him, but William seems to be way closer to George. My theory is that he has taken the lead when it comes to George, whilst Kate deals mainly with Charlotte and Louis. George has a different fate to his siblings, Willie more than anyone understands that.

      I remember when George was a baby and everyone was excited to see fun uncle harry play with him. But we have never seen them publicly interact. I think Willie blocked harry from doing so, just cos he didn’t want him to get good publicity. But I wonder if Willie has done something similar with Kate and George. Like he doesn’t want the public to look at George as ‘Kate’s son’ but as the ‘future king’. The public feel affection for William and Harry because they are Diana’s sons.

      Willie maybe trying to separate George’s identity from Kate and the middletons, especially if he’s planning on throwing them all under the bus.

      • Alexandria says:

        Considering that he doesn’t seem to respect Charles although they are both aholes, maybe he wants to make sure George and himself are allies in future. Or George will make his reign easier i.e. George makes up the numbers while he chills.

      • February-Pisces says:

        He knows George is crown property, and not a middleton prop. I think in the event of a divorce, once Carole is now longer future queen mum, she’ll rebrand as ‘future king grandmother’ and Kate will rebrand as mother to the future king. That is one factor that can not change.

        Willie needs George to be Windsor 100%. He can’t have George growing up being resentful towards him for all the times he cheated on his mother. I wouldn’t be surprised if Willie limited the middletons access to George in the future because they will be able to sneak their way back into the fold via George.

      • Babz says:

        I remember the photos during the pandemic last spring. It was around Charlotte’s birthday, and they were packing bags of food to take around to people. The specific photos were Will, George, and Charlotte, walking in the rain. Will had George next to him, under the umbrella he was carrying, and poor Charlotte was on the outside with no coverage. He certainly has umbrella issues, doesn’t he? Umbrellas aside, he always keeps George next to him. He’s already begun the separate “future king” training. Unfortunately, every time I see George, he looks shy, nervous and scared. I know they need to get him used to the photographers, but I really feel for the little guy. If Kate isn’t as involved in his upbringing as Will is, I expect to see a full-blown FFK mini me before he’s 10. It’s the Windsor effect settling in for the next generation.

      • Ginger says:

        It is interesting that we never see Kate and George interact much at all. And she is the patron saint of early years. Maybe she thinks he is too old now?

        Also odd how we have never seen Harry interact with the Cambridge kids. It’s strange. Even on the balcony at Trooping, he never looked at them.

      • February-Pisces says:

        @ginger I remember at the time (pre Meghan) KP actually addressed why we never see harry and George together and I think they said it’s because they didn’t want harry to feel like a spinster (lol) cos he was single, lol. Nah, Willie didn’t want harry to look like ‘fun uncle harry’, cos people know how much harry love children.

    • Marie says:

      Yes, exactly – I reference the Olympic pictures when I want to say that Kate and Will were actually into each other for a time after they got married. Those pics of them in their England gear, being affectionate with each other and visibly having a great time are proof of that.

      • sunny says:

        Peep the Canada tour soon after they were married. They look like they enjoy each other’s company in those pictures. They never seemed a couple wildly in love- wasn’t their some sort of source that said Will loved her/felt affection for her but never described him as being “in love with her”?

        But it seems a long time since those feelings have been around.

      • Cari says:

        The Olympic hugging pictures were taken when a video camera momentarily swept over them. They were hugging for the camera. In the video footage they looked awkward. At the time commenters on the internet said it didn’t look like a hug between a married couple.

  5. Anna says:

    George unimpressed face says it all…

  6. PEARL GREY says:

    Kate didn’t look too thrilled to be there, and only managed to muster up smiles when England scored. All is not well in the Cambridge marriage. But spare a thought for Angela Levin. She damn near lost her mind writing a blockbuster romance epic back when William and Kate hugged at the 2012 games, it will probably take some very potent hallucinogens to try to come up with the same spin after these photos. No wonder they trotted out George to kill two birds with one stone, give the press their ultimate heirs photo op and act as a convenient go-between for mommy and daddy. But how odd that William was deployed with the Queen for a quick visit to Scotland and then back home for the game. What was the point? And if Kate can go to the game then why can’t she go to the statue unveiling? I’m not buying the “COVID rules” excuse.

    • Cecilia says:

      The covid rule excuse makes absolutely no sense as the stadium was jam packed. The was no social distancing and no mask-wearing either. And still, the unveiling is outside and kate is clearly family so its weird that she’s not there.

      • Ginger says:

        No, the covid excuse they are using doesn’t make sense at all since these two have never cared about the rules before. It’s just something to hide behind because William doesn’t want her there at all.

      • Margaret says:

        Well the way she acts around harry, if I were willie I wouldn’t want her there either. She is embarrassing. There is one picture with her looking down toward George. Creepy.

      • GRUEY says:

        Wow @cecelia your comment just struck me: they’re going to exclude Kate tomorrow for covid reasons after this????

        I mean maybe there are different rules for massive sporting events but they’ve made the optics of her not being there for their stated reason (social distancing?) a hell of a lot more confusing after we’ve literally just seen her in a stadium of THOUSANDS!

  7. Jezz says:

    Are these seriously photos of them at a ball game? Suits? Weirdos.
    Plus, why isn’t the little girl allowed to go? Is this really just a PR stunt to remind the world about Kate’s importance to the patriarchy?

    • Jais says:

      Yeah I just can’t with wearing suits at a game. I guess it’s a thing dignitaries have to do cuz everyone around them was too but it’s lame. I’d be so annoyed to go to a game and have to wear a freaking blazer. But i get it’s a thing for the football.

    • North of Boston says:

      I’m guessing that’s the norm for dress in that section, given everyone else is dressed similarly.

      • Becks1 says:

        I assumed it was the norm as well, but for an 8 year old?? Put him in the damn kit.

      • questions says:

        Ed Sheeran looked kind of out of place in his ordinary clothes, imo. Everyone else was suited up to the nines.

      • Becks1 says:

        I do want to point out that while the KP social media made sure to include a picture of a black child wearing an England jersey. (It’s actually a cute pic but I mean…its getting obvious now, right?)

      • Chaine says:

        If Ed Sheeran could wear normal clothes the rest of them could, too! I guess it’s more that the majority of uber-rich people are utterly pretentious? Poor little George. Can you even imagine trying to have a good time at a sports event while constricted with a tie around your throat and a bulky blazer over your dress shirt, ugh. He’s probably starting to get old enough to realize his classmates will see him on TV and possibly make fun of him for being dressed like his dad’s 65-year-old mini-me.

      • questions says:

        I thought there was probably a dress code in effect, like at Wimbledon. Didn’t really seem pretentious to me since it’s football, I guess. Even the coach of the England team is generally well-dressed.

      • questions says:

        Also, Romeo Beckham is in a suit along with his dad. Whenever there’s some kind of dress code in those VIP Executive Boxes, the one person who chooses not to follow it generally looks stranger to me than everyone else who chooses to follow it, unless the person has mad wicked style, which I don’t think Ed Sheeran really has.

    • Oona says:

      I don’t get these comments. I think it is pretty normal to dress for the occasion, and this looks entirely appropriate. I doubt anyone in school will make fun of George, on the contrary.

  8. jbyrdku says:

    That poor kid could NOT have looked more bored.

  9. Becks1 says:

    So part of me disagrees that this is what Kate wanted. I think William wanted to attend the match, and was told he had to go with Kate and get some shots of the happy loving couple because questions are starting to be asked about the state of their marriage.

    But then the other part of me wonders if William wanted to attend with George (consistent with the father’s day outing with just him and the older kids) and put out the image of himself as the doting father raising the future future future king, and Kate nixed that and said “if George goes, i’m going.”

    I do think Kate wanted a new button-y blazer though and she got it, lol.

    • Merricat says:

      Hmm, I kind of think Carole ordered Kate to show up at what was meant to be a father-son date, to try to tamp down the rumors. That’s why she doesn’t look any happier about it than he does. And that’s why George has that kind of “what’s she doing here” attitude. Lol. That’s my theory.

      • Becks1 says:

        There’s definitely something going on, right? Maybe you’re right and this was something forced by Carole. It does kind of have the vibe of a father-son outing that Kate crashed.

      • SwirlmamaD says:

        There’s a photo of William leaning down speaking to George and Kate is literally sitting 2-3 seats down and away from them, staring stone faced straight ahead. This is not normal. This is not a “fun family outing”. These are two extremely unhappy people putting on appearances and doing it pretty badly, IMO, and using their poor kid as a go-between to boot. Yeeesh.

      • Lemons says:

        I mean, if you asked me to watch a football match or baseball game, I’d be giving the same face…so this makes sense that Kate was probably made to attend something she doesn’t have any real interest in.

    • Elvie says:

      William was in Scotland yesterday right? I get the vibe that Wills helicoptered back in time and Kate had to shuttle George to Wembley and was forced to stay because they couldn’t risk her being seen to drop her son off and bolt.

      • Jais says:

        Technically, she shouldn’t have to bolt. It’s a cute thing to have a father/son game night. Parents can do separate activities with their kids on top of all together activities and there’s nothing weird about it. Like it’s kinda more telling that she went to the game with them if that makes sense.

      • Amelie says:

        Yeah it’s not entirely odd. I remember going on a ski trip with my dad and sister without my mom in middle school (my mom isn’t a strong skier) and going to France with just my dad and sister to visit family without my mom during a school break. My dad has visited France several times without my mom for a week here and there to pop in and visit his family without my mom. It’s not odd for spouses to do separate things and even go on separate vacations without each other. That said, I do believe something is going on with Kate and William and all is not well.

    • Harper says:

      Roya Nikkah tweeted: “It is the first time Kate has joined William at an England game.” Twenty years and poof! Now, all of a sudden, Kate shows up? Kate wanted her picture taken with William this week and by George, she was going to get one. This is image control 101.

      • GRUEY says:

        That is fucking shady on Roya Nikkah’s part: they are all dropping these breadcrumbs and dying to rat out the Cambs

      • Jais says:

        Yep gruey it def feels like breadcrumbs. I really wonder how many know the DL. Like is it all of the RR or only some?

    • Chicken Tetrazzini! says:

      100% believe this is the case Becks1. Trot out the happy family to dispel the rumors. But then, I also think William asked for a divorce a long time ago and was told no by Betty and Chuck and that he had to wait. We’re getting closer to the end times now and this also plays into the other theories that Kate is leaking all the bad William quotes and being much more active in the press.

    • Maria says:

      It’s unsettling she apparently wasn’t allowed to sit very close to her own son. The vibe was very “this is William’s heir and he belongs to William”. Creepy.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        It was awkward seeing her having to lean over whenever she wanted to talk to George. The whole setup made her look like a stranger who just happened to sit near those two.

    • Sunday says:

      Yea I don’t think Kate wanted or expected to be there; if she did, her hair and makeup would’ve been more pulled together and she would have definitely done more specific theme dressing than just a red blazer. Her hair has a distinctly uncharacteristic “I had no help with this” vibe which I’m sure she wasn’t going for.

      These pictures hide it well, but in real-time the clear distance of at least a seat or two between Kate and Will and George looked like a father and son who are in the same covid bubble attending an event with a (distant) relative who isn’t. George is the heir, so if there’s any possibility of separation between Will and Kate, it’s Will who gets custody of him (and likely Charlotte as well, as they’d want to squash any possibilities of a battle of the siblings part deux and therefore need to make sure she’s good and brainwashed from jump). Will clearly wanted to have another father-son event and at the last minute Kate was added to the itinerary.

  10. heygingersnaps says:

    I think George was there to serve as a buffer to his parents.
    The anti-german sentiment during the match (and even prior and after the match) was vile but it just goes to show how some of the closet xenophobes and racists are letting their freak flag fly.

    • Aidevee says:

      Yes, there was lots of booing while the Germans sang their anthem – it was completely embarrassing.

      • Becks1 says:

        oh yikes. I don’t know what protocol is for these types of matches, I’ve never been to any type of international sporting event, but that just seems like….poor form.

      • Oliphant says:

        My husband was at the England-Scotland match and said certain sections of both sets of fans were just disgusting, not all, but enough to be vocal. football seems to bring out the worst in people weirdly.

        However I was heartened to see most people at the England Germany game clapping when the players took the knee against racism at the start, not all bad at least :)

      • Likeyoucare says:

        What do aspect from britain football fans, their football president is willie: the biggest racist in England!!

      • HeyJude says:

        Which is a little weird as the monarchs who rule England are freaking Germans.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      It was the same with the Scotland game, booing during the national anthem and when all the players took the knee.

      The England fans do this pretty much at every game and yet where is the FA? In fact why isn’t the President of the FA speaking out against it?

      • Aidevee says:

        Dunno. Maybe he was too busy taking the knee. Because, as we are all aware, William is ‘bored’ of racism in football.

      • heygingersnaps says:

        Yeah, that’s the thing they constantly display this type of behaviour but it amps up when it’s against Germany. Probably because that’s all they have in their national identity. I feel so conflicted about this (not just because of these incidents but on the whole as to the direction that the UK is going), that’s why I find it hard to cheer for England. My son is mixed British so his dad keeps trying to indoctrinate him with cheering for them.

    • sunny says:

      Yeah the booing is a terrible look. Yikes.

      William and Kate looked liked polite strangers yesterday which certainly is an improvement of him looking like he disdains her so score one for polite distance. I do think this was a forced photo opt but I don’t think it was Kate that forced it. I bet it was Clarence House or BP trying to tamp down on the rumours about the cracks in in the Keens marriage.

      I really hope that Willnot and Cannot find some level of peace and civility for their children. It is terrible that George is used as a prop here and forced to navigate his parent’s fraught relationship.

      On a purely shallow note, I don’t care that the adults dressed up and honestly it isn’t entirely out of place in a box at a soccer match but I really wish they let George be a kid and dress like one in these situations.

    • Granger says:

      Tampa Bay fans totally booed the Montreal Canadiens players at the hockey game the other night. Isn’t that just what crazy fans do?

      • Royalwatcher says:

        @Granger, yes, booing players, but I think it’s more that they booed during the German national anthem…which isn’t typically done. Also there were some really vile comments on twitter about a German little girl crying and England fans writing really terrible things about her (calling her a slag, n*zi, etc).

      • Granger says:

        Ah, okay, thank you for the explanation, @Royalwatcher. That’s despicable behaviour.

      • Lionel says:

        I’m confused too, it’s hard to accuse Brits of being racist toward … Germany? Is this leftover WWII sentiment? Or something newer to do with Brexit? I mean, why Germany?

      • heygingersnaps says:

        Lionel, when I first arrived here, most of the shows on freeview channels had stories about ww2, it’s like it’s drilled into them about how England defeated Germany, it’s very bizaare, there are commemorations but they take it up a hundred notches. It’s like they are stuck in that period of time.
        Whenever England/GB/UK faces Germany there is always that slant about defeating the Germans ala WW2. The media has a hand in that as well. I think it’s because British people really haven’t had a serious reckoning with their past (empire/slavery and the effects that is still be experienced by the people who were affected by that) so they would rather focus on WW2.

    • Sof says:

      Unfortunately, booing during National Anthems has been a common thing at football matches for years (there’s that famous video of Maradona insulting the Italians fans as they booed Argentina’s Anthem in 1990! nothing has changed). Not to mention the chants and racist behaviour overall…

  11. Me says:

    They look unhappy and bored—not just him, her too. KKKhate may be at the end of her keen and button-covered tether.

  12. Cecilia says:

    A suit wouldn’t have been my first choice of wear for a 7 (or 8) year old watching a football match but then again im not his parent.

    • Becks1 says:

      He would have looked so cute in an England jersey. So would Kate – she could have worn one under the blazer.

      • Cecilia says:

        Thats what i thought. Why isn’t he in his England jersey? Kate and william too for that matter. I know this is a very small thing but its things like this that make me think that anybody expecting modernization from these 2 is sorely mistaken.

    • Royalwatcher says:

      I talked about them in the other George thread, but again, I go back to Victoria, Daniel, and Estelle of Sweden. When they attend sporting events they all look like they are at sporting events and not a board (bored) meeting. I know the Keens were in the royal box or he’s there for work or whatever but still, read the room…George is 7.

      Although maybe this is step 1 in the new ‘George now knows his destiny’ plan. Suits for the heir…see, he’s ready to be king, we must maintain the monarchy for George!

      • HeyJude says:

        Even skeevy old Albert lets his twins dress as kids. When they went to the grand prix they were in age-appropriate sportswear and racing jackets. While Albert was in a suit.

        Really, the British royals and the institution are so odd. It’s like they don’t know how to be humans.

  13. Aidevee says:

    They looked devastated in the footage last night. They also sat really far apart which I thought was weird. Considering they all supposedly live the same bubble? If I were them, I’d have looked devastated too; breathing in 40,000 people’s covid breath as they sang and shouted for 90+ minutes. Can’t understand how this sort of unmasked event could be safe.

  14. Jais says:

    It’s a concession. The concession she didn’t get though was having William pay her any attention at the game. Sure she got to go but it seemed like acquaintances watching a game near each other.

  15. Digital Unicorn says:

    Poor George, he looked bored out of his mind and uncomfortable in that little suit.

    It’s odd that W&K were sat at a distance just proves that they don’t live together as there is no bubble.

    My tin foil tiara theory is that was supposed to be a father and son event and because Top CEO has been kicking off over the Diana event she was ‘allowed’ to come along at the last moment. Giving her the ‘family’ photo op to milk.

  16. Noki says:

    I wonder if they told little George to tone it down(last match he was so happy and animated) or he has began being taught to be a professional Future King.Either way he is a kid so sometimes when you are just bore nothing can help it.

    • schlussel says:

      I guess for the last football match George was in his own clothes, not a mini-William suit, and sat with his sister and parents at the back of the stands. Not on full display to a crowd of 40,000 and functioning as a buffer between two clearly unhappily married people.

    • Merricat says:

      Maybe George sensed the tension and was reacting to that.

      • North of Boston says:

        He’s almost 8, so absolutely old enough to pick up on tension between them or to be aware of whatever dynamic is going on between them, even if he doesn’t know the details. I’ve seen kids of couples in strained marriages do the performative momentarily overly cheerful thing, interspersed with discomfort, seriousness more than once, even without RF fffK training. It’s very sad, actually, when the parents don’t notice, care what impact they are having on their kids.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        That was my thought too. He and Charlotte are definitely old enough to notice whatever struggles the parents are having; they seemed aware and tense on Father’s Day. Louis will remain oblivious and shielded from the tension since he’s still a toddler.

      • Nic919 says:

        If they aren’t living together, then George and Charlotte know what’s going on at this point.

    • Alexandria says:

      I don’t have high hopes for George, being raised by these two and Carole. If Will was brought up to have his way all the time, then what are the odds for George. Wish him well.

      • timber says:

        same because the way they snub Meghan and Archie speaks volume. They didn’t even bother to come near Archie. charlotte who seems over the moon to hold baby Louis, doesn’t come near Archie. these kids will be like Charles and his siblings and that’s what the courtiers want. They hate the way Diana raise her kids and they make sure Cambridge kids won’t be like that. Charles resentment towards andy and his daughters comes from the queen being a terrible mother to him. I am already hearing stories about George and Louis dynamics from kate and it looks much like Charles and andy. This photo is the perfect example of kate doesn’t have any warmth towards George and vice versa. The way she holds on to Louis and George is very different. kate obsession with Louis seems odd like a queen. Diana does prefer harry because he was left alone by the system but she always makes sure and says, my boys. kate doesn’t have a bond with charlotte either. maybe she thinks of her as a rival, I mean kate and Pippa still compete against each other and kate’s dig towards Pippa in taller is eye opening.

  17. Nic919 says:

    Photos taken from the other side show that Kate was not sitting as close to the other two. You see that from the straight ahead photos and from the other direction. When they first arrived to sit down, you could see that William moved two seats in for him and George in the very VIP section. Kate was stuck either telling them to move over or to sit on the end seat in the red section, which was also VIP but less so. So William was clearly putting a distance and he didn’t look at her once at any point when the video was showing them.

    There was definite Charles and Diana in South Korea vibes.

    • L84Tea says:

      “There was definite Charles and Diana in South Korea vibes.”

      I saw multiple people on Twitter last night say the same thing. I don’t see how anyone can deny that something is up with them, big time. They look like strangers.

    • Nedsdag says:

      Their actions put new meaning to the phrase “social distancing”.

    • Becks1 says:

      Yeah I’m looking at other pictures on twitter, and there is about 3 or 4 feet of space between Kate and George, and George is right next to William. Maybe the seats are just grouped by 2s? but its a weird optic for what was obviously meant to be a big PR move (the happy couple out with the future heir to the throne! so normal!)

    • oliphant500 says:

      I don’t really know that much about the royal stuff but does anyone think a divorce is imminent? I on and off watched the football as my friend was watching and it really stood out to me that they looked SO unhappy whenever the cameras were on them-and weren’t even bothering to hide it- especially at such a big event where they would have known they’d be highly visible?!

      • Alexandria says:

        Visible yes. Maybe cos William wanted to bring George only? And SSSKKKate as usual wanted to insert herself. And then Willy was like whatever you can come but I won’t act like I care.

      • Becks1 says:

        I think their marriage is on shaky ground, much more so than I think some of us thought. there have been a lot of breadcrumbs over the past few weeks that indicate all is not well with the marriage.

  18. Sarz says:

    I dunno, I mean this isn’t some Premier league game or the qualifiers/group stages – it was like THE most anticipated game in recent English football history, played IN LONDON against the Germans no less. Probably more anticipated than the quarter-final game against Ukraine given the history, even tho the next game is further into the Euro finals. I’d have been surprised if they weren’t there. It’s like if Trudeau didn’t go to an Olympic ice hockey game against the US or Russia when Ottawa is hosting.

    Although, now that I think of it, maybe it WAS an appearances exercise. There’s no way she’d rather be at Wembley than Wimbledon – maybe this was a concession from Kate lol.

    • schlussel says:

      this was a monumental moment in football history, something England hasn’t done since 1966! people were going absolutely crackers inside and outside the stadium when England won – which makes it all the more bizarre that Will & Kate (& George) looked like they were at a funeral throughout!!

    • Chrissy (The Original) says:

      Especially since Midds-fave, Roger Federer played yesterday.

  19. North of Boston says:

    I see the buttons, extensions and teeth are out in full force.

  20. OSTONE says:

    Nothing to say about the Cambridges but it’s definitely not coming home lol. I still think it’s Belgium or Italy’s to lose at this point with France’s shocking exit. Anything can happen though! Germany was a very uninspired side with Löw at the helm, hopefully new blood will bring new life to the Germans. Congrats, English friends!

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Yeah I agree – they have playing inconsistently and they will be very lucky to get past this stage.

      I feel a bit sorry for the players as this happens every tournament England play in – the fans and sports pundits hype them up to their eyeballs and beyond and then kick off when the team don’t meet their lofty expectations.

  21. Sofia says:

    My God, I swear to you that Ed Sheeran and David Beckham looked cosier than these two! And yes I watched the game and what really struck me was how bored little George looked…

    • ClaireB says:

      I watched this game on ESPN and the producers showed Beckham & Sheeran, but I had no idea the Keenbridges were even there. I don’t think they’re making the impact on the US market that they would like to.

  22. mariahlee says:

    I like her blazer. Also, she looks very different from the glamour shots we usually see of her during engagements. Hm.

    • Lucy says:

      I like it too. The gold buttons would be a bit much for a work event, but it drives me wild that she can dress well for this, but can’t do it for engagements unless there’s sheep involved.
      They are for sure separated

  23. Merricat says:

    Is this supposed to fool anyone? They look miserable.

  24. Sofia says:

    Yeah they didn’t look particularly happy. I saw a few photos where they did smile (including George) so it wasn’t like they were miserable through the whole thing but it wasn’t happy families either.

  25. Lola Coasters says:

    I am distracted by the idiot who has her nose sticking out of her mask in the top picture. It has been over 15 months, figure it out people!!!!

  26. Amy Bee says:

    Kate looked bored. Tennis is more her thing. And all is definitely not well between her and William.

  27. Ginger says:

    They really looked miserable. All three of them. William never looked at Kate once. He is completely checked out in that marriage.

  28. Liz version 700 says:

    That poor kid looks so stiff and confused. Will looks like he is simmering a few degrees below incandescent and Kate looks bored. This is not a happy family outing.

  29. amber says:

    Also, kate doesn’t look like a mom to George. She looks total stranger to him and William. George teaches that the peach dress looks more like his mom than kate. She looks totally disconnect and this reminds me of queen and Charles. History is repeating itself. To this day I never saw the interaction between George and louis.

  30. Gina says:

    They were so sour, so unhappy with each other, I’ve never seen them so openly “strangers” together.
    My conspiracy theory: it was Kate’s doing – all these revelations Lacey is putting into his book. These quotes about Meghan: “bloody woman”, “nightmare”, “merciless”, I don’t think Will would want it to being published in the book. And it’s not typical for Royal smears – firstly, to reveal who said this, secondly, to use direct words, direct quotes.
    Now, it’s more difficult to Will to blame Kate for the Sussexes’ disaster. Now it’s clear, at least based on Lacey’s publication, who hated Meghan from the get-go. The fact that we know Kate is at least equally complicit, just doesn’t matter anymore.
    If so, she or her mother outsmarted him (it’s not so difficult, indeed).
    Or, if my theory looks too fantastic, maybe Mc-Buttons threw a few tantrums about unveiling and he is tired of her.
    Though I like my theory.

    • Becks1 says:

      Huh. That’s an interesting theory actually. We’ve been saying “how does William’s team think these quotes make him look good” and “wow this actually looks really bad for KP” and maybe that’s the whole point. Maybe someone like Kate or Carole gave these quotes to Lacey (the “friend” that Lacey is referencing as his source) and they are meant to make William look really bad.

    • MsIam says:

      I have the same feeling, that the Middletons could be involved in putting this info out there to make William look bad. But I also don’t doubt that William really feels this way about Meghan. And I believe he is crazy enough to kick his brother out over “staff”.

      • Gina says:

        Agree. He hates her, he feels that way indeed, though I doubt he “kicked Harry out” because of bullying accusations then. Nobody heard about this, and as we know even complaints weren’t put out officially. So the reason for their separation was different, I think. Maybe he was enraged – or aroused – every time he saw her, if he was the one who initiated this separation.

      • Ginger says:

        I don’t doubt for a second that William played his part in the smear campaign ( to hide his affair) but I have always felt it was mostly done by the Middletons. Kate is known for being VERY competitive and hates other women. Meghan showing up made Kate look bad. Also, Meghan stole Harry away and Kate seems very jealous. She has always acted weird from the start.

    • Royalwatcher says:

      I like your theory Gina, but I honestly also feel like The Other Brother just thinks he is so above everyone else and completely untouchable so it doesn’t matter (in his mind and inflated ego) what he says. He’s the heir, so – no matter what – he’s right and justified in anything he does or says (name calling, lying, cheating, being a lazy git, etc).

      I also think he probably thinks/believes people are on his side because he’s been surrounded by an echo chamber, other racists on his staff, and yes-men covering up every single misdeed his entire life. He’s already proudly said he doesn’t listen to advisors, so even if people were telling him to keep his comments to himself, he probably thinks he knows better than them and can say what he likes.

    • Dee says:

      It may be easier to get what she wants out of Bill when she has alienated him further from his brother. Will, without his brother’s advice and support, may be much more vulnerable.

  31. Catherine says:

    I think this appearance was arranged to appease the Rota after they were completely shut out of the statue unveiling. William likely made promises about access that he could not keep. So they trotted out George for a family outing. As for the suit, they are sitting in the dignitaries area so that is the dress code even for a 7yr old; although Ed Sheeran clearly didn’t get the memo. Clearly, the leaks about their private family unveiling and the potential stories about that weren’t enough to satisfy them. Kate hair and makeup weren’t her typical for events. So I’m guessing she didn’t have a chance to arrange the beauty team. Some of the close up photos I saw were really unflattering. I agre with others though the jacket was incredible.

  32. line says:

    This is the reason why, I have trouble with the England team because of their supporters, as a German this an unpleasant to watching game because of the boos every time the Mannschaft with the ball then it is a thousand times worse at the end of the games.

  33. Over it says:

    These two can’t fake happiness not even for 10 minutes. They look and act like strangers in these pictures

  34. Grey says:

    Do you ever wonder if Wills’ life would have been different if he would have married someone who loves “the job” and working? I understand it’s complex and maybe not who he is but it is something I think about.

  35. Calibration says:

    I looked at the comments on the Fail, first time in a long time, and they were all ramping up the beautiful family language. but bizarrely there was a Meghan must be soooo mad thing too. Anyway, strange. They picked pretty good pics on the Fail. Kate looked good.

    • SwirlmamaD says:

      Those losers on the Fail are so pathetic. It is ASSURED Meg cannot give a f*ck how W+K look at this game — they clearly are miserable as hell, and she and Harry know exactly why and the truth of what’s going on with those two. Meanwhile she’s got her man Harry and they are 100% solid. It’s not even worth getting upset over the asinine comments over there.

      • Calibration says:

        Absolutely not getting upset. And I know it’s all good and meghan doesn’t care, but really I was thinking how the drag meghan, Especially soooo mad meghan, into every single thing. It’s been a year since I’ve looked at the Fail and they haven’t moved on.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Eh, remember that a significant chunk of the comment sections at the Fail are a mixture of bots and staff-sourced comments. A former employee admitted to this a while back.

      • Calibration says:

        Yes known that for years. Go back 5 plus years in the Fail and all the top comments had almost the same language. Using same words over and over. So obviously fake. They’re better at the fakery now than then.

        I just wanted to see what they’d put on a solely Cambridge post.

  36. lemontwist says:

    IMO the more formal attire is helping W&K here, it gives them a bit of an out.
    Their arrangement in the seats is so far apart from each other, their body language is so stilted in all the photos/videos. It doesn’t match the mood of a football match at all. If they’d have dressed casually, it would be even more obvious that there is major tension between the two.

  37. aquarius64 says:

    This appearance is to shut down marriage trouble rumors

    • Calibration says:

      But is anyone discussing trouble in paradise other than us?

      • Robin says:

        I sometimes think we could be the lone voices!

      • Nyro says:

        There have been several occasions in this saga where Sussex supporters were the only ones speculating about something and it turned out to be true.

      • Nic919 says:

        It’s pretty obvious so there are non royal watchers who have commented on it. And the derangers are swooping in to defend so the Cambridge bots have been activated.

        They would have been better not doing this because the photos do not show a couple in sync. And the video made it obvious too. A lot of people in the UK watched this game and I am sure many noticed the awkward behaviour.

      • Jaded says:

        Lots of chatter on Twitter about it, including some pretty verifiable comments from “insiders”.

      • Calibration says:

        OK thanks. I’m not on twitter and haven’t heard of any speculation apart from cb.

    • SwirlmamaD says:

      This is the saddest attempt to counteract that I’ve ever seen.

    • Merricat says:

      Lol. The appearance did nothing but underscore the rumors.

  38. Maria says:

    George and William are a strangely large distance away from her, George looks miserable, she looks miserable looking at him and she and William won’t look at each other.
    Happy marriage folks, nothing to see here!

  39. Hannah says:

    The Danish prime minister wore a red-and-white football jersey with a white blazer and red nail polish to Denmark’s game last week. If a prime minister can wear a football jersey, why can’t a little kid? I guess they don’t realise how out of touch it makes them seem that they always dress the kids either like adults or someone living in the 1800s

    • Nedsdag says:

      During the final of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the Dutch King and his daughter were at the game. He wore the team’s scarf and she wore the team jersey. You’re trying to tell me Bill and Cathy couldn’t dress George in an England jersey?

    • Oona says:

      Well, each country has their own standards and the world would be a pretty boring place if everyone dressed the same. I’m all for the suits, though, I cannot stand sloppy dressing. There are enough people walking around, who look like they forgot to get dressed in the morning and went out in their pyjamas.

      • Maria says:

        Lol, yeah, I can’t stand those sloppy seven-year-olds in kid’s clothes either, I prefer to see all children under adolescence wearing Savile Row!

      • Oona says:

        Kid’s clothes come in many shapes and sizes, relevant to the occasion.

      • Maria says:

        They sure do. Like the jersey George wore at the Aston Villa game, more appropriate than junior executive chic. But that’s just me.

      • Oona says:

        More appropriate unless there’s a dress code, which appears to be the case in these particular seats. Apples and oranges!

      • Maria says:

        Ed Sheeran and others were behind them in the Royal box and dressed casually.
        Moreover, many dress codes are more flexible with children that young, but I’ll also point out that Wembley specifically states “ There is no strict dress code within Club Wembley, the One Twenty Club and the Bobby Moore Club, with the exception of replica club colours.”
        There was no need for him to be in a suit.

      • Oona says:

        Oh come on, you’re reaching. He’s dressed like his dad in a similar suit and the official FA tie and as you can clearly see there are many others in similar attire. Ed Sheeran is the one who sticks out. Why pick on a child?

      • Maria says:

        LOL. Oh for heaven’s sake. I am not picking on a child, *that* is reaching; I’m stating facts that there is no dress code and others weren’t following one and so, unlike what you stated, it wasn’t necessary to make him do this. I’m pointing out that the poor kid looks miserable because he does. There’s time enough for him to play “Windsor heir”. Let him enjoy the game in a jersey. It certainly wouldn’t make him look “sloppy” not to come in a suit, as you were implying before, which sounds more like picking on him than I am. But thanks 😂

      • Nic919 says:

        No one is blaming George for wearing a suit but they are blaming his parents. It would have been cute to wear the England kit instead of a suit that he will wear thousands of times in his life. It’s not church or a formal event, but a sports event. And most of the crowd isn’t dressed in suits so all this dress code does is reinforce that the elites are different and have better seats than the peasants. I mean if you are cool with reinforcing that classicist message and imposing it on a child then good for you. But let’s not pretend that it’s normal or okay.

      • Becks1 says:

        If there wasn’t a dress code, then the whole argument that he “had” to wear a suit because of a dress code is null and void.

        He’s 7. He doesn’t want to wear a suit to a soccer game. He wants to wear a jersey like I’m sure 99% of the other kids there were wearing. I can’t get my boys to wear anything besides soccer kits on a regular basis, let alone if we were actually going to a match like this.

  40. Harper says:

    William must have been so MAD when the Queen made him go to Scotland on Monday, knowing that the big game was on Tuesday. I wondered why Prince Incandescent only spent one day in Scotland but as soon as I saw the pics of him at the game I knew why. Prince TOB absolutely comes alive at these big games. It’s really the only time he shows any passion or excitement and he will use his royal status to enjoy the prime seats. Did you see them singing God Save the Queen? I was laughing thinking of this same group singing God Save the King for Charles or William one day.

  41. Beach Dreams says:

    This was such a bizarre and tense outing. These pictures don’t show it, but the footage and a lot of other photos out there gave the impression of separated parents doing an event for the sake of their kid. The seating distance of Kate from Will and George was odd enough on its own. The constantly glum faces…yikes. George resembled his dad more than I’ve ever seen up to now.

    Things seriously seem off in this household because the footage of that recent Father’s Day event was pretty awkward too. The video I saw of that event gave me the impression that Will didn’t see George and Charlotte often (hey, he actually was truthful when he made those comments a couple years back!) and they seemed slightly uncomfortable around him.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      The Windsor dysfunction runs deep in William and then add the Middleton dysfunction on top and its not a mix that will turn out well.

  42. girl_ninja says:

    Seeing photos of this family is just so sad. The married couple seems so unhappy and those babies will deal with the brunt of the dysfunction. Horrible.

  43. TheOriginalMia says:

    The only one I feel sorry for is George. Poor kid can’t be a kid. Instead, he has to be the FFFK. This should have been an opportunity for him to enjoy this match.

    The War of the Cambridges is in full swing. LMAO at the FFQC being relegated to the farthest seat from the future kings. As if she doesn’t matter. I would be embarrassed for Kate, but I’m not. Kate thought, like many women in the patriarchy/white supremacy, that if she condoned and assisted in what their men wanted, they’d be protected and sheltered. Well, that isn’t going to be the case. The very things she wished for Meghan will be visited on her in short order.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Indeed – I fully expect her to do her own ‘Oprah’ style interview when it does all hit the fan. Never forget that she and Carol(e) are pretty much cosplaying Diana right down to her press moves. They will try and play by the Diana playbook and it will blowup in their faces.

      • Nyro says:

        She doesn’t have the nerve. Kate can’t string two sentences together. The only thing an interview would do is make people wonder wtf William was thinking when he married her and then praise him for waking up and getting rid of such a stupid bird. Plus the ratings would flop in comparison to the Sussexes and that would be highly embarrassing as well.

      • Jais says:

        I don’t think the ratings would flop if Kate did a post separation/divorce tell-all interview. Maybe not sussex numbers but people would watch.

      • TEALIEF says:

        @Nyro is right, she doesn’t have or developed the nerve. She couldn’t handle the questions. What would she say? I wanted to work, but I couldn’t. Why? Women work and have families simultaneously. Some would say you didn’t substantially or substantively work before you married. I wanted the marriage to work, but it didn’t. Why, didn’t have any idea of his personality and character? You dated 10 years before you got engaged, correct? Her answers would be, I wanted to, but, I could not or did not to all the questions regarding her behaviour.

        I’ve said before she has no agency, she is an infant complicit in her infantilization. Being an adult is hard, it requires work in all areas of one’s life, the public facing and the private.

  44. intheknow says:

    I was hoping Kaiser would post some of the pictures where William looks like an angry bald eagle staring down a prey when looking at Kate. And she’s grinning like a harpie. Just horrible pics and shows what is going with those two. Interesting no photo shop to smooth her out. Dare I say she looks older than Ma Middlescam.

    • FC says:

      Lol when I first saw the pics I thought “Kaiser is going to have SO much fun with these!”

  45. Robin says:

    I suspect Wiliam was the happiest of the bunch. He’s a Villa fan, and the guy brought in at the end was the one and only Jack Grealish (a massive Villa hotshot). On a different note – I do wonder about kids going to such loud events without ear defenders. Their ears are so sensitive. Maybe George looked glum because his ears were hurting. Or maybe because he misses Uncle Harry and Auntie Meghan, ie the fun ones.

  46. Gunn S says:

    I read here in the comments one time «p*nis with teeth» and oh my! In the picture of them laughing I can’t see anything else.

    • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

      I started the PWT appellation. I’m so proud that it’s stuck!

      • Maria says:

        The best. Also your username.

      • Züri says:

        It is a true gem of an appellation, even when I can’t unsee it like Gunn S :)

      • Feeshalori says:

        Your name will go down in the annals of Celebitchy history for that moniker, AN.

      • Lexistential says:

        I told a couple of my gay friends about PWT and they SCREAMED “P*nis with teeth!” out loud and couldn’t hold back laughcrying.

        Be proud, Andrew’s Nemesis, because it is BRILLIANT off the boards too.

  47. Just a theory says:

    What if Louis isn’t Williams? Kate seems so much more hands on with Louis and he looks SO much like her what if while Billy was diving into rose bushes she got something on the side and that is why Billy can’t hide his contempt for her. It’s okay for him to have extra curricula’s but not her.

    Just a bonkers theory based on nothing lol.

    • Merricat says:

      If that were true, he would have dumped her a long time ago. It’s all about protecting the bloodline.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      No. She’s hands on with Louis because 1) he’s the youngest and 2) she wanted three kids while William always wanted two at most. Take it with a grain of salt considering the source, but back when Emily Andrews did a podcast with Omid Scobie, she hinted that William needed some mild convincing to even have *Charlotte*…which is extremely odd given that he should know he’s expected to produce an heir AND a spare.

      I also think because Louis is the second spare, there’s a certain amount of ‘freedom’ (if it can be called that) from the monarchy that his older siblings will never have. It’s kind of like how Diana said William belonged to the Windsors and Harry belonged to her. Kate may feel the same way about Louis compared to the other kids.

  48. Nyro says:

    Remember when the Lewinsky scandal broke and there was that iconic scene of teenage Chelsea walking between her parents, holding their hands as they walked across the South Lawn to board Marine One. That’s what this is giving me, except poor George has no idea what’s really going on.

    I feel like when they do documentaries looking back on this time, these are going to be the iconic photos they use show the moment Cathy finally admitted defeat and new it was over. I can hear the Camel Toe voiceover now. “And of course, young Prince George, ever the mediator and wise even then, knew just what to do in order to make things go smoothly. No one had any idea just how bad things could have gotten had George not bravely placed himself between his parents”.

    • Marie says:

      Yes! I remember that so well. When I saw the pics of George, I thought of Barron Trump in one of his little suits and WASPy haircuts looking sad and bored at public events. Add the Chelsea image into the mix.
      Children of unhappily married heads of state.

  49. Caitriona O Reilly says:

    Even when England scored, William was naturally jumping and waving, George didn’t really know what was going on, clapped like a adult with a v sad face and Kate just clapped! I felt very sad for George

  50. Coco says:

    Someone’s been mainlining the eyebrow pencil again.
    In part of my dream last night, William gifted a new house to Kate. She walked in and saw an enormous portrait of Princess Diana and a pile of soccer balls.

  51. Amelie says:

    When I saw the article on People last night, the first thing that struck me was the seating. Why is Kate standing 3 feet away from her own son? Is there not a chair between George and Kate? I immediately thought something was off seeing George so close to William. And just noticing the body language in the photos. Sure, they all cheered for England’s goals but William and Kate looked so disconnected and disengaged with each other with poor George sitting in the middle as a buffer. He’s too young to be used as a shield like this, it’s so unfair to him. I don’t envy that kid and his future and he has no hope when he becomes an adult. He will be just as problematic as the Queen, his grandfather (who I actually think will be a decent king), and his father. But I’m kind of hoping there is no monarchy by the time George is of age. He deserves to enjoy his life free of burden and obligation.

    My guess is this was the compromise for Kate not being allowed to come to the Diana statue unveiling. I think originally this was supposed to be just William and George. She probably threw her foot down demanding to be seen at some point in public this week, maybe thinking if she was spotted the day before the event the press would go on about how amazing she is as a mother. Or maybe threatening to leak more information if she wasn’t allowed to tag along. I also thought since they were all dressed up maybe they had just come from seeing the Diana statue privately as a family before knowing there was a dress code for the royal box.

  52. Linda says:

    I would have looked sour if I was at a football match as well. I can’t imagine being more bored.

  53. olliesmom says:

    Red jacket with so many gold buttons. I often wonder if the buttons are a mood or a signal to someone.

    And the poor kid had to wear a suit to a football game. Didn’t Trump beat one of his sons in front of his college roommates/frat douches because he wasn’t wearing a suit jacket to a football game? Gah.

    • Kkat says:

      Trump showed up at 10-11pm unannounced
      And punched him in the face because he didn’t answer the door wearing a suit

  54. Feeshalori says:

    Ever since watching Ted Lasso, I’ve gotten a bit more enthusiastic about watching football or American soccer.

  55. Plums says:

    how do you fuck up image craft on the level of putting yourself and your young child in a business suit for a football match? How do you not know how much more endearing it would have been if they showed up wearing jerseys? It’s a football game, not an opera. People dress up like flags and mascots and come with painted beer bellies. The dress code is “as long as your privates are covered” but you judge it’s appropriate to dress like you’re at work at the bank and put a 2nd grader in a suit and tie.

    • olliesmom says:

      It would have been really cute if they had worn jerseys. I think that would have made the “family unit/marriage” look better than the suits that they wore.

      Yep they are sooooo like the rest of us.

  56. Layla says:

    How inconsiderate, tone-deaf and stupid are these people? Cases are rising again here in England why is no one concerned you’re supposed to be leading an example. Idiots

  57. Robin Samuels says:

    I think William and his “dogs” are scanning SM and have heard the conversations, and the word on the web is the Cambridge marriage is in distress. So in an attempt to tilt the scale in his favor, he takes his wife to the football game. He either has the most inexperienced PR team or he’s like Donald Trump – Only I” His counter attack is immediate with a failed attempt to declare innocence. When will he learn he’s just not good at this Game of Thrones.
    That family has never taken mask wearing seriously probably because they were all vaccinated before everyone at 10 Downing. They just don’t want the Lords and serfs to know. .

    • Merricat says:

      Yeah, he took his wife to a football game and then made her stay two seats away.

      • Nic919 says:

        It was a different section. If you look for photos you will see one where William and George are sitting in green seats and then there is a bit of a gap and then Kate is in the closest red seat. William specifically didn’t move down an extra seat in the green section so she would be separated from them. He was clearly being a jerk to her right from the outset.

      • Marivic says:

        Not one photo where they looked at each other. These two creatures are obviously not into each other.

  58. Well Wisher says:

    This is more that adultery and impending divorce. The aristocracy have always dealt with unraveling marriage where divorce was untenable due to business contracts, by having consentual agreements.
    She married into that class and should have understood the implications, she should wisely return to the bargaining table as the relationship with the other woman unfolded.
    She has morphed into her mother and will continue to have a uniquely unhappy marriage.
    Such a pity.
    Since she has acquired some of her husband’s habits and they seem much more suited as a couple.
    The irony.

  59. Lizzie says:

    Who cares if Waity went to a football game, Harry has overshadowed Cain and Unable once again. This story is buried and Harry has the headlines.

  60. RoyalBlue says:

    I am sensing strong Charlene vibes coming from Kate. I expect a new haircut within the next 6 months.

  61. Tessa says:

    George is still a child. He has to dress up exactly like his father and have his pictures plastered all over. And is treated more “special” than his siblings, It’s not like they are seated away from the cameras but front and center. HM is still Queen and George is heir to the heir to the heir. It will be quite a while before he becomes King. It does not bode well for Charlotte and Louis. Also it sends a message that only boys should be taken to sports.

  62. bamaborn says:

    Tinfoil tiara… maybe this is part of the “conscious uncoupling” along with single dad outing to let Kate know the Windsors will raise George and she and the other kids can have the new house in Bucklebury. Whew.

  63. DuchessL says:

    End of day, last one commenting: kate is such a camera-ho. Litteralu everybody is clapping and watching the game and look at that, Top ceo is the only one facing the camera with that overstretched grin that I cannot anymore.

  64. Mina_Esq says:

    If Kate got what Kate wanted, there would be a pregnancy announcement. Just saying.

  65. Mina_Esq says:

    If Kate got what Kate wanted, there would be a pregnancy announcement. Just saying.

  66. Mina_Esq says:

    If Kate got what Kate wanted, there would be a pregnancy announcement. Just saying.