Duchess Kate will get out of isolation early & attend the Wimbledon finals

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, walks past the ball boys after the Wimbledon Men's Singles final. London, United Kingdom - Sunday July 14th, 2019.

“The Duchess of Cambridge was exposed to Covid” story has been so odd from start to finish. Kensington Palace only announced that Kate was in isolation because of her Covid-exposure on Monday, when she apparently learned last Friday that she had been exposed, and she apparently spent all of last weekend in isolation. Kate withdrew from all of her planned events this week, which honestly wasn’t that much of a chore. She was just supposed to do two events on Monday to honor the NHS, and then she would have gone to the Euro semifinal on Wednesday, but she had to skip. She didn’t have much on her schedule last week either, which is probably why KP was being so squirrelly about where and when Kate was exposed. The timeline is important though.

In the UK, if you have been exposed to Covid, you must follow the NHS guidelines, which are “isolate for ten full days.” Again, Kate was apparently informed last Friday, seven full days ago, that she had been exposed at some point in the days previous to her trip to Wimbledon. So, when you’ve spent the past week being squirrelly, this shouldn’t cause too much of a commotion: apparently, Kate will attend the singles finals this weekend at Wimbledon. It has not been a full ten days of isolation!!

I know you guys can do the math on this but just to repeat: the women’s championship match is Saturday, which would have been Kate’s eighth day of “isolation.” The men’s championship match is Sunday, which would have been Kate’s ninth day of isolation. Kate’s presence at the Championships raises more questions than it answers. If she feels like “it’s been ten days without symptoms” and “ten days without any positive Covid tests,” then that means Kate was absolutely exposed to Covid at the Euro football match on June 29th… which she attended with Prince William and Prince George. At some point, surely, the British media will ask if the second and third in line to the throne were exposed at the same match and there was some kind of cover-up?

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, presents the Wimbledon Men's Singles trophy to Novak Djokovic after his victory over Roger Federer.London, United Kingdom - Sunday July 14th, 2019.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, watch the Wimbledon Men's Singles Final on Centre Court.London, United Kingdom - Sunday July 14th, 2019.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is accompanied by Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, as she walks onto Centre Court to present the Wimbledon Men's Singles trophy. London, United Kingdom - Sunday July 14th, 2019.

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  1. Digital Unicorn says:

    Of course she is – its the final of Wimbledon where she gets to sit in the royal box and make ‘love heart’ faces at Federer. No way she was ever going to miss the men’s final.

    Same with the football final – gotta get those numbers up after being benched.

    Still think that story was fake to get sympathy and attention. This will just blow up in their faces.

    • Pao says:

      Honestly this story just took a weird turn. Is getting out of isolation early even allowed? And its not to meet with her mom or something no she’s going to be at wimbeldon where there are hundreds if not thousands of people.

      • GraceB says:

        I don’t think the British Media are reporting this properly. The UK guidelines are that you must isolate for 10 days from the day you had contact with someone who has tested positive. This means that Kate must have had contact with someone a couple of days before she found out she needed to isolate.

      • The Hench says:

        Sorry to be boring but I think Kate can have followed protocol and the much more interesting theories are just that – theories – as GraceB has just said. The self-isolation guidelines are slightly bonkers – they’re still based on OG Covid – not the new, super infectious Delta variant or allowing for vaccination. Just had this with Mr Hench. He was pinged on the NHS app for being at a hotel last weekend where someone who was also in the hotel *somewhere* that weekend later tested positive. He could have had no interaction with that person at all or he could have been sitting right next to them – there’s no way of knowing.
        He didn’t get pinged until four days AFTER he left the hotel – it takes time for people to incubate or get test results and then further time for them to log their status on the app so that those who have been in the same place are contacted.

        He then had to isolate from 10 days from the point of contact – so if Kate is following protocol correctly then she must have been in proximity to an infected person 10 days before this coming Sunday which would mean that she was exposed last Thursday the 1st July but – given the delays in the app explained above – wasn’t pinged until the next day – Friday the 2nd, when she was at Wimbledon.

        Then the really silly bit given the contagious nature of the Delta variant is that those living with the self isolator – in this case, me/William/George – do not have to self isolate if the person who was pinged (Mr Hench/The FFK) are not showing symptoms. The problem is that lack of symptoms could easily be due to being double vaccinated rather than not having the virus. I have two other double vaccinated friends who have tested positive this week alone but have no symptoms.

        So yeah. All that to say that if Kate was exposed Thursday 1st July, pinged Friday the 2nd and has shown no symptoms then she is free to attend Wimbledon this Sunday 11th July and William and George have not needed to isolate. All the rules have been followed. Kate wasn’t benched (much as I like that idea) and it’s not proof that she and William aren’t living together etc. Soz.

      • Nic919 says:

        @the hench that’s a fair assessment but it doesn’t explain why she didn’t let the NHS know she wasn’t going until the last minute. If she knew she had to isolate Friday afternoon, then it should have been said much earlier than just seeing William go on his own and then they let it out.
        Best case scenario is that she was rude and thoughtless to what is supposedly an entity she claims to care about.

      • The Hench says:

        @Nic919 – that is a bloody good point! Yes – she has absolutely no excuse for dropping the NHS event at the last minute. That was just rude, thoughtless and arrogant as well as being unbelievably stupid in the current climate – so, completely on brand for the Cambridges then….

      • Jais says:

        My biggest issue with this whole story was the late notice to NHS. I have no idea if they’re lying or when she was infected but I do know they last minute canceled to the organization. For a family so concerned with etiquette, this was sh*tty and reveals rudeness and incompetence and engenders speculation of the timeline.

    • Jezz says:

      Maybe she was just exposed in the ladies loo or something; not where the others were?

      • Scal says:

        @jezz I was assuming it was Wednesday at the hairdressers before the match. She did have a fresh blowout that day.

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        Doesn’t really matter if she got it at the hairdresser prior to being there. IF she was exposed, and would thereby expose ANYONE ELSE she came into close proximity with after that first exposure.

        So, she gets exposed getting her blow out. She is then exposing her driver (who takes her to the game), all the people she passes (and presumably says hello to) going into the game, those she speaks to or gets aerosols all over as she cheers IN THE BOX, as well as her husband and child who are RIGHT NEXT TO HER.

        Then, to turn the page, you have TOBB going off and doing the NHS events, maskless… *SMDH*…. makes NO sense…

      • Lionel says:

        @OG: Well, not exactly. You must isolate if you were exposed to someone who has tested positive, not if you were exposed to someone who has been exposed. (Because that would be chaos: imagine everyone at the Euro match isolating, and all their families, and all their kids schools shutting down, and all the parents of those kids isolating, and everyone in their parents’ workplaces now needing to isolate, and all THEIR kids’ schools shutting down … we’d all be in never-ending isolation if that were the case.)

        If she subsequently tested positive then, yes, everyone who’d been in contact with her would now have to isolate, although their own families and contacts etc would not. I gather she’s continued to test negative.

        I suspect she was exposed on Wednesday (hairdresser’s or some other random place she’d been) before the match. She found out on Friday bc the tracking programme takes awhile. She has to isolate 10 days from exposure, not from when she found out. So the clock started on Wednesday and that leaves her clear to attend the tennis on Saturday.

    • Merricat says:

      Kate is a known liar, which makes anything she says suspect. Honestly, did anyone think she would miss Wimbledon finals? I guess medical protocols aren’t as dear to her as the royal protocols. Amazing.

      • Pao says:

        A slap in the face of the NHS they want to “honor”

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Pao, that is how I see it. She wasn’t well enough to honour the NHS staff, but magically can go to Wimbledon. She is as lazy as lazy gets! Not only that, those immediate tests are not reliable as well, as it’s been proven to be an issue for 18 months.

    • Britt says:

      Her going to Wimbledon didn’t get any attention but now she might get a little from going to the final game after her Covid scare. This screams desperate PR to me and trying to appease the media with a story since they were shut out of the unveiling.

      • Pao says:

        I don’t know. faking a possible covid infection seems a bit extreme for pr games. Even for kate middleton. I 100% believe she could have been in contact with someone who was infected. But if it was at Wembley stadium than william should have been self-quarantining too. If it was on friday at wimbeldon than getting out of isolation early is simply moronic. Especially since they’ve spent this pandemic year mostly thanking NHS personnel

      • Britt says:

        @Pao, Maybe it is extreme but I wouldn’t put it past the Royal family at this point. If you read the stories and headlines, there seems to be a point of desperation especially since Harry and Meghan left. Too many people depended on them for scapegoating and money. She could’ve been exposed but unfortunately with everything that’s been going on in the last 3-4 years, I side eye that family.

      • Maria says:

        I am one of the ones who never believed she had HG while pregnant (sue me) because those stories all followed the exact pattern this one has (coinciding with her being absent from the events last minute she wants to avoid but going to games and vacations she loves). So I don’t think this is too far from that.

      • Calibration says:

        @Maria, I never believed she had HG either. Her ‘ recoveries’ were very consistent. with HG people don’t just recover.

      • Nic919 says:

        As with everything else, this looks like another excuse used to hide when she didn’t feel like doing something, in this case the NHS events with William.

      • Ronja says:

        A lot of people in England are getting notified by the app to self-isolate, myself included. I’ve been to the gym and to the supermarket on the day I was exposed (it doesn’t say where, just what date) so my phone was in the range of someone infected at one of these places. Apparently the government wants to tweak the app as they consider it too sensitive. Last week of June over 200,000 people were asked to self-isolate. Not mentioning this to defend Kate but just to contextualise a bit that she is one of many many people.

        If you’re notified by the app you’re also not legally required to stay in isolation but it’s strongly advised of course. It’s only legally enforceable of you’ve been contacted directly by the track and trace people.

      • AnneSurely says:

        Same, Maria. She had regular morning sickness and panicked the first time she felt really bad with the first one and then they had to stick with the lie. And for the next two pregnancies, she just capitalized on the original lie.

        My boss had HG and she was completely down for the count for her entire pregnancy. In and out of the hospital, on IVs twice a week bc she was vomiting so much. This pathetic cow couldn’t handle a normal case of morning sickness and blew it out of proportion.

      • Christine says:

        All this screams to me is that the British university system has an obvious flaw, in that royals can graduate from college, but still not be able to count to ten.

    • Oh please! What would the men’s final be without Fakada COVID Kate there —- maskless, I’m sure —- to drool? I love that she’s still isolating for Saturday Women’s Final, but by God, Kate needs her Sunday Men’s Final event. (Shows you the importance Kate places on women.). Something stinks in England and it’s not the strawberries! I’d love for this to blow up in their faces but the British media will ignore it as always.

      And, as always, the Cambridge’s prove their is one set of COVID rules for them and another set for everyone else. Give me an E for entitlement.

      If she’s isolating for Saturday then she was exposed when she was last at Wimbledon. If they claim she was exposed earlier so Saturday is not an isolation day, then why can’t she show for the women? Even in her patronage role for Wimbledon, it would seem Kate does a half-assed job. Why am I not surprised?

      • Philly says:

        It’s being reported that she is going to the women’s final with William and to the men’s on Sunday by herself.

    • PEARL GREY says:

      And there was me thinking poor Kate would be consoling herself at home counting her button collection this weekend. Of course she wasn’t going to miss the Wimbledon finals. Her dedication to attending this tournament is second only to her pursuit of William. She didn’t care about the criticism she received for breaking her “maternity leave” to attend Wimbledon but using that same “maternity leave” to skip the Hyde Park 7/7 London bombing victims memorial the day before, so she won’t care if anyone criticises her for ending her isolation early, and I very much doubt the press really will, because they are covering her and William, as long as they keep up with their end of the bargain.

      • swirlmamad says:

        See, this is what is total BS. Even if this is all on the up and up — that she truly is coming out of quarantine on time due to when she was exposed — the fact that she does sh*t like this with no regard as to how it looks is the problem. That and the fact that the media so blatantly covers her ass, every single time.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        I am actually very surprised that the British public give her such leeway. If I was a British taxpayer, I would be screaming about how much money they spend each year and produce nothing!! TOB and Keen Guevara have had an entire decade to ramp up their duties and establishing a strong pattern of patronages and all other royal duties. But they consistently fail at every step, all the while spending more and more of the British taxpayers money with no return. Hell, even Anne does more engagements than the two of them combined!!
        As for not attending the Hyde Park 7/7 event is just a slap in the face to all of the people that she is supposedly representing.

      • Christine says:

        Meanwhile, on Salty Isle, if Meghan had popped her head up once, in the last weeks, it would have been lobbed off. What in the actual hell, England?

    • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

      Translation – she threw a paddy about being benched, and insisted that either she would go to make kissy faces at Federer or the Middleton PR machine would ramp up again.

    • JD says:

      Can’t wait to hear from the RR how all of this is H & M’s fault…

    • Mustang Sally says:

      Did anyone see the photos of her and Willy at the final day of Wimbledon? She looked very…refreshed. Perhaps she had some work done that needed to settle?

  2. NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

    The story didn’t have the desired effect of getting William’s attention. So we’ve moved on now.

    • LaraW” says:

      Your comment makes me super curious. If I am reading what you’re saying correctly, the story was targeted at William to make him… rush to her bedside and nurse her back to health with tender care? Like her single days when she made herself super visible for the press to make William take her back(? I’m not knowledgeable about that era of royal news, so don’t have a firm grasp of what exactly Kate wanted William to feel when she flaunted her happiness(?)— was it meant to make him jealous?)?

    • Christine says:

      Yes, it was meant to make him jealous, because of something Middleton, for some purpose that I will never understand, and this has been going on for decades, with these two.

      No, I don’t imagine Kate wants or needs to be nursed back to health by William, she is aiming for the dummies in England, who still want to believe royalty is divined by God.

  3. Zaya says:

    I knew she wouldn’t miss the final. 🙄

    So if she was exposed at the football match, will they ever question why William was doing events instead of isolating?

    I still skeptical about whether she was actually exposed. I think it was just a convenient way to get out of the nhs thing and maybe some sympathy press coverage.

    • Lori says:

      I know the Rota will never ask this pair any hard questions but the tide is changing in the comments section over at dm. People dont believe anything about this timeline. And its not just US commentors, UK commentors think something stinks about all this. These are people who still hate M and think H is brainwashed. Even they think something is truly off with this story.

      • TabithaD says:

        Even their headline now says “how is she out of isolation already?”, so it’s definitely raised more than a few eyebrows.

      • Lemons says:

        Well because they all are being told to follow the rules and thought Kate would show enough respect and solidarity to her countrymen to follow the rules as well. Kate is not a tennis star nor is she a tennis figurehead. She’s a spectator. It’s insulting that she would step out for a leisure event, call it work, AND do so while flouting COVID restrictions that others must abide by.

    • Sunday says:

      Exactly, THAT’S the scandal here; if she was really exposed, it’s possible she completed the proper isolation period of 10 days from the point of exposure (the protocols are 10 days from exposure, not 10 days from notification of exposure). The problem with that timeline is that it means there’s no way William and George weren’t exposed via her. So, either she’s the one skirting the rules and not completing the full isolation period, or Will is the one who’s ignoring the rules because he should’ve been isolating as well. Either way it looks really bad.

      I still stick by my theory that she wasn’t actually exposed and KP decided to publicly announce that she was to prevent her from attending those events with Will. As we’ve seen from her persistent PR campaign with the unveiling, she had a hard time taking no for an answer. This way, there was nothing she could say publicly to combat her sidelining once KP said “oops she has covid guess Will has to be out and about alone!”

      • Lionel says:

        @Sunday: But being in the presence of an exposed person doesn’t count as being exposed. You’re only exposed if you were in the presence of someone who tested positive. And that still doesn’t mean you’re infected.

        So she could easily have been exposed earlier that day, somewhere she was by herself. And then she’d be within the rules to be out of Quarantine by Saturday.

        I’m not saying your theory isn’t correct, btw, I put nothing past them. Just saying that the timeline actually works without PWT and George having to isolate too.

  4. Nomegusta says:

    If only she was so eager to do actual work.

    But sadly, Wimbledon is probably one of the few times a year she gets to physically interact with attractive men who actually want to engage with her. Her husband can boast neither of those things…

  5. Pippin says:

    Ahh the lazy liar continues to a) lie and b) be lazy. The crazy bot replies on Twitter about how they LOVE HER are too funny.

  6. The Duchess says:

    Keen would leave a frontline battlefield early if that means she can go off and gawk at the men playing. I’m not surprised she’s escaping, oops, I mean, departing her isolation early for this. Typical.

  7. Libellule says:

    Maybe it was a cover story to avoid work for couple of days but they forgot she would like to go to men’s final on wimbledon.

    • Robyn says:

      Maybe it’s a cover story for a few “refreshments” to her appearance before the final.

  8. Becks1 says:

    So do you have to isolate for 10 days after being notified you were exposed, or 10 days after the exposure? If the former, then she’s absolutely getting out early.

    But if its the latter, then you’re right Kaiser, we can do the math, and it means she was exposed on Wednesday.

    • JT says:

      Or she wasn’t exposed at all. I think it was a lie all along and their lack of follow through is just proof enough. Why make a big deal out of her exposure, just to break isolation early? It was either a lie to get her out of work or William just didn’t want to be around her. The timeline doesn’t make sense and nobody at the football match or Wimbledon was isolating. I also think she’s out early because nobody really cared. Maybe it makes me a conspiracy theorist but I just think it was all a lie.

      • Britt says:

        I think it was a lie as well. Her first day at Wimbledon didn’t get any attention but I guarantee if a certain person was still in Britain, it would have. But her coming back after a Covid scare, might “wow” the world and crowd. Also, it could’ve been used to give the media something because they’re clearly pissed about being shut out of the unveiling. I think that’s why George was brought out.The media has been tightening on the Cambridge’s leashes and you can tell.

      • Sunday says:

        I think it was a lie, but I don’t think Kate was the one who lied, I think Will put out the public statement via KP about her “exposure” so that she would have to stay home and not attend those events with him. That’s why the timeline of when she was notified versus when the NHS event was told she couldn’t attend doesn’t make sense.

        As we saw with the unveiling, she had a hard time accepting she couldn’t attend, and so to prevent another relentlessly keen PR campaign, Will decided to publicly declare her exposed to keep her at bay.

    • Pao says:

      In that case it’s strange that william and George weren’t exposed to the same person. Or maybe william just ignored the whole “isolation” thing?

      • Becks1 says:

        I’m starting to buy into the theory that someone on here said yesterday – that IF she was in fact exposed (and I agree with JT and others that it’s possible it was all a lie) it was through Charlotte. Maybe Charlotte has tested positive and they of course would not tell us that, and then they REALLY can’t tell us that if William hasn’t had contact with her since they don’t live together. They wouldn’t want to release her medical info like that anyway, and if it was her, then people are going to ask why William is not isolating as well .Well he’s not because he wasn’t exposed to her because he didnt see her, but that can’t be public info.

      • Robyn says:

        Given the word PR games between Bill and Kathy lately, I think it’s entirely possible that he had KP just announce it to bench her and show her who’s boss. Gross, but I would not be remotely surprised.

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        Becks, if it *was* Charlotte, then wouldn’t George have been exposed as well? And Louis? It seems that the kids *are* primarily with Kate all the time. Is the thought it’s not just Kate but ALL three kids? Wouldn’t we hear, someway, of the whole household (Kate’s) staying home (incl. nannies, cleaners, etc) in her orbit? Seems it’d be hard to shut down a palace apt. w/out *someone* knowing *something*, no?

      • Becks1 says:

        @theOG – my thinking is that George and Louis could be isolating as well and we just haven’t heard about it. IDK. It would be hard to keep it a secret but maybe it was more that Charlotte was directly exposed so Kate is isolating as a precaution?

        I’m just trying to look at it from the angle of “why is KP being so shady about this?” Are they just incompetent and its as simple as that? But it feels like there is an effort to hide exactly when Kate was exposed.

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        Thanks, Becks.

        And yes, they ARE that incompetent, and they ARE hiding *something*. Probably *multiple* “somethings”. That’s for sure.

    • Sofia says:

      So I went and checked the NHS website and this is what they say: “Your self-isolation period includes the day you were last in contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 and the next 10 full days.” So if she was exposed on Wednesday then she’s good to go watch the finals.

      But begs the question of was she exposed at the Euros and if so, why aren’t William and George isolating? Or was she exposed earlier in the day?

      • Kebbie says:

        But just because she’s attending an event on Saturday doesn’t mean that’s the exact day she’s allowed to be out of isolation.

        Hypothetically, she could have gotten her hair done (or something else that led to her exposure and not William/George’s) last Tuesday, been informed of exposure Friday, and today is day ten so she can attend tomorrow. Or she could have been exposed last Monday and yesterday was day ten and she just doesn’t have any event to go to today. Unless I’m misunderstand something, I don’t see the conflict in timeline.

      • LNG says:

        Exactly Kebbie. And they aren’t going to say exactly where she was exposed, particularly if it wasn’t at a large public event, because it could publicly identify who tested positive, which is private health information. They’d never say she was exposed at her hair salon or a dress fitting or whatever, which seems the most likely. My husband had an exposure from a patient at work and public health wouldn’t even tell them what patient it was, just the general timeframe.

      • Sofia says:

        I just said Euros because it makes sense that a person who went got tested and got the results on Friday and that’s when Kate was allegedly notified. Or she could have gotten exposed before and the person tested on Thursday/Friday, that could also happen!

        I’m not arguing about the timelines, I was just replying to @Becks1 on what day did Kate have to isolate

      • Sofia says:

        @LNG: Who’s saying they have to say exactly who exposed Kate? A simple “she was exposed at the salon” would do. Even if the tabloids dig out Kate’s salon, they’re not going to be able to find the staff who exposed her. And if it was her own member of staff, again, tabloids aren’t going to be able to find out which staff from the 10s of staff on her payroll.

        The lack of professionalism from KP is whats causing people to jump from theories. A simple “She was exposed on x while doing/at y” would have gone a long way

      • Becks1 says:

        It’s not even that they have to say “where” she was exposed. An exact day would be useful info. The fact that KP won’t just say “the duchess was notified on Friday of a possible exposure on Tuesday” tells me that either its all a lie, that they dont want people digging into “where” she was on Tuesday for some reason, or that she is breaking the 10 day isolation protocol and she was exposed later than Tuesday or Wednesday.

      • BlueToile says:

        Folks, KP never even released that Will had a bad case of Covid in Spring 2020 until months later. Why in the world would they start being honest now?

    • Lorelei says:

      Even IF (and I cannot keep the UK’s rules straight) she isolated for enough days that technically she should be allowed to attend Wimbledon, the optics are terrible. She can’t just stayTF home and watch it on tv for ONE YEAR?

      Her headlines have been very…mixed lately, and imo showing up at Wimbledon is a bad move which will be poorly received, because people are *already* questioning it.

      Those “crisis managers” have either left already, or they’re not good at their jobs, not in the slightest.

      • Sure says:

        @lorelei I don’t understand why you’re not buying the optics of not being able to keep a good woman down; one who only wants to carry out her royal duties while watching tennis.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Sure you’re right, we are all being unfair to Kate, she’s just such a paragon of duty and service, she won’t be held back from attending Wimbledon! She is called to work!

      • Jaded says:

        @Becks1 – yes, a true humanitarian who lives to serve her people, especially when it’s the men’s finals, from the royal box at Wimbledon.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Sure I genuinely don’t know if your comment is sarcastic or sincere. If it was meant as sarcasm, then props for “keep a good woman down” because it made me laugh! If it was sincere…I’ve got nothing

    • Julia says:

      I live in London and that happened to me – the rules are clear, it’s 10 days of isolation from the moment you’ve been in contact with the person, not from the moment you are notified.

      Therefore I don’t think she is breaching anything here I have (hate) to admit

    • Harper says:

      I doubt that her only chances of infection were at the royal appearances that we are aware of such as Wimbledon or the huge stadium game. There are people working in her residence, she gets driven everywhere, she has security men, she has hairdressers and her stylists. Maybe she did do the school run and got out of the car and one of the other mothers had it. Whatever. What I do think could have been the case was that she wasn’t really exposed, but TOB used it as a way to get back at Kate for crashing his soccer game appearance with George. Kate got yanked from Wimbledon early last Friday and sent home with the news and there are photos of her being led away. It’s as if someone wanted this Covid exposure to be public in order to sideline her in a way that she couldn’t show up at Wimbledon in the following days. Now that she’s served her sentence by missing Wimbledon this week, TOB’s letting her back out with instructions for her and CarolE to behave. Also, those pics of Pippa and her husband at the game the other night? Totally orchestrated to let the world know that Pippa didn’t expose Kate.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      From what I understand from colleagues who have had to self isolate day 0 is the day you find out (pinged by the app) and the 10 days start after. So if its true she found out last Friday, she’s technically on day 7 (today) out of 10 meaning she should not be exiting self isolation until Tuesday next week (10 days plus day 0).

      That could be wrong.

      • Julia says:

        I have to admit that’s not what happened to me – I was told to self isolate as I had been in contact with someone 3 days ago, and the app was clearly displaying that I was already on day 3 and had 7 more to go.

        Now this system is so broken I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s different ways of dealing with it!

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        @julia – yeah the app is screwed but from reports it wasn’t clear if she got pinged in the app or notified by the authorities.

        Either way the story does not add up and its not a good look for her to be jaunting off the these big sporting while she should still be following the rules. But of course its one rule of Top CEO and one for the plebs who fund her lifestyle.

    • swirlmamad says:

      My daughter was quarantined for school back in April due to an exposure in her class. Ultimately she only had to quarantine for the following school week — we got the notification on Saturday morning, and the exposure had been on the previous Tuesday I think it was, so by the time we found out she didn’t have to quarantine for the full 2 weeks, only the remaining days after she was exposed (at that time they were still doing 2 weeks, not 10 days in our district). But even if this was Kate’s situation, we are either not getting the full story of when she was exposed and why William/George were not also quarantined, or she’s getting out early. Neither option looks good.

  9. Amy Bee says:

    The UK quarantine rules are confusing. I saw some Kate stans saying that the ten days are counted from the day she was exposed not the day she was told she was exposed. It’s got me thinking she wasn’t really exposed to Covid and just didn’t want to do the NHS engagements. Why would KP announce that Kate was going to attend those events when they knew she was already in isolation? That being said I’m not surprised that she will be at Wimbledon this weekend and I guess we can thank Meghan for Kate realizing that the womens final is just as important as the men’s.

    • Layla says:

      Here in the u.k., the NHS are cCLEAR that I’d you get notified that you have been exposed to coronavirus or come into contact with someone with symptoms you MUST self isolate for a full 10 days. I have friends who work on the front lines and who have been working tirelessly for this entire past year and hearing of this blatant disregard for rules is not a slap to the face for all hardworking NHS staff, it’s a punch to the stomach. Cases are rising again in the U.K. just a few days ago, the highest number of cases was recorded since January this year when we last went into lockdown but neither does the Governemnt care and neither do this entitled b*tches.
      The next time I hear Keen and Mean blabbing on about “thanking the NHS for their hard work and blah blah blah”…
      It’s absolutely meaningless. These people just don’t give a sh*t.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Kate did go to one women’s final before attending with Meghan, but I assume it’s only because she became patron that year: 2016, Serena vs. Kerber. I remember watching the final and being surprised to see Kate sitting in the royal box. I think the commentators also mentioned that she popped up for the women’s semifinals a couple days earlier, which had to be a first. She definitely didn’t show up for the 2017 women’s final though, that one was Venus vs. Muguruza I believe. What’s really surprising me now is that William is accompanying her to the women’s final; I don’t think I’ve *ever* seen this man at any women’s match.

  10. Woke says:

    You’re thinking too much of the british press. She will get a pass like the past 4 years.
    The hold the press has over this country is insane to watch from afar. They don’t hold anyone accountable, everyone at the top is free to do whatever they want unless you’re a WOC of course.

    • Ginger says:

      Exactly. Kate knows she can do whatever she wants. The British press will hail her because she is white. She can have the virus, cough over everyone and they will STILL praise her.

    • Pao says:

      And as long as you do the tabloids bidding of course

      • Britt says:

        Even then, it’s not enough. The Cambridge’s do everything they want and more but the couple they want dumped them and moved to California. KP has no leaks or access. They got the Cambridge’s by the balls. That media will never be satisfied. All the covering, excuses, embiggening and nauseous fawning they do is only temporary. It won’t last. It’s a scam.

    • Eurydice says:

      She only got a pass because Meghan was there to take the heat. Before that the press said some pretty brutal things about Kate. If the press can’t find a WOC to go after, they’ll go for the one who’s a different kind of outsider, a commoner.

  11. Seraphina says:

    My understanding is that IF she was exposed to a COVID positive person, she must wait 5-7 days (preferably isolated) and then have a PCR (lab test) for COVID. IF that comes back negative than she is good. BUT the rapid test is not reliable and it’s best to wait at least 7 days before testing.

    I did not believe she had caught it. But that’s the cynic in me. Plus that cell phone shot at the games and then the possibility that’s where she was informed about her exposure just lined up a bit TOO nicely.

    • LeslieinN19 says:

      Even if she tested negative, it’s still 10 days self isolation, whether she was isolating due to : notification by NHS T&T, confirmed case in household, or confirmed case in childcare bubble.

      “ What to do when you get your test result

      If you test negative:
      keep self-isolating for the rest of the 10 days – you could still get symptoms after being tested”

  12. Britt says:

    I’m starting to think that this story was given to the media via their invisible contract because Harry banned the rota from the statue unveiling. I don’t believe she was ever exposed and William and Kate are in a pickle right now. All these stories from team Cambridge and how they differ. William is shown to be anti Meghan and Harry but Kate has been “texting” Meghan and bonding with her. Something is going on at KP. Whether it’s a failing marriage or the media blackmailing them, it seems real tense.

    • Jaded says:

      Their marriage is clearly a dumpster fire and this is how they try to get people to take sides — by having a PR war via KP.

  13. Nyro says:

    Of course she will. She was never exposed to anything. We’re witnessing a power struggle between her and William. He wants her on the bench as much as possible and she’s not going to stand for it.

    • JT says:

      I agree. Kate was just fine and she was never exposed to anything. Nothing about her “exposure” made sense.

    • Britt says:

      I really think the Middletons have been out of control. William isn’t innocent either but they’ve been doing the most. Which begs the question. Why is their PR all over the place? Their seems to be desperation surrounding these two. The blackmailing and demands from the press and monarchy must really be taking its toll.

    • The Duchess says:

      I agree. This is Kate fighting back with help from some of the courtiers to make sure she is present at the Wimbledon finals. The Cambridge’s marriage is imploding and they need to be seen out together to be believed that they’re still happily married. William may not want to play ball anymore, but he’s going to have to.

    • Maria says:

      Yep. Except it’s even more pathetic than that – she’s fine with being benched from everything except her precious Wimbledon and other nonsense.
      She truly is the shallowest of people. And a liar.

    • Sunday says:

      Completely agree.

  14. Lizzie says:

    So she was exposed the prior Wednesday? I’m with you, why not just say that Friday is the tenth day after exposure and last day of isolation. The most obvious answer is she was exposed to someone or somewhere she is trying to hide.

  15. Sure says:

    According to a rota reprobate (Myers) the date of contact with the COVID positive person was Tuesday. Isolation commences from the date of contact so if (big if) this timeline is accurate then she has done her time and is clear serve her country at Wimbledon.

    • Merricat says:

      Lol. Right.

    • Amy Bee says:

      LOL these are the sacrifices people have to make when they join the Royal Family. Going to Wimbledon is part of their service to the nation.

      • Eurydice says:

        Indeed. And, as the Queen said, you can’t leave the RF and still live a life of service. I wonder how that explains all the other spectators at Wimbleton.

    • Nic919 says:

      There is no way it took three days for her to be notified of it. Either she knew about it and went to Wimbledon regardless last Friday or this entire story is a fiction.

    • rawiya says:

      But she didn’t begin isolation on Tuesday. She was out and about on Friday!

  16. Over it says:

    So she was never exposed because her husband and child also attended that match and neither of them had to isolate. So I am sticking with my original beliefs that she didn’t want to go to the nhs stuff and her team used COVID as an excuse.

  17. Harla says:

    Imho, the problem with KP’s PR is their constant attempts to deceive or hide the truth cause them to forget their various stories. If they were ethical and transparent and if their actions were above board and kind then they wouldn’t have such PR messes all the time.

    • Deputy Dot says:

      It’s all very confusing. I reckon the Covid restrictions were used by Team McButtons as a convenient cover for her being told not to go to the unveiling. Could it be that Widdleton’s people created her exposure to Covid story to punish her and make sure she missed some of her ‘essential and important’ Wimbledon appearances? We haven’t really been told exactly when or where the exposure happened so the 10 days of self-isolating could have started on any date. A concession might have been made to let her go to the men’s finals.

  18. Ginger says:

    I’m beginning to believe she was never exposed to Covid. If she used it as an excuse to not do the engagement of thanking and honoring NHS workers then she is even more of a garbage human than I thought. She will leave isolation early to watch men’s tennis, wow.

  19. ABritGuest says:

    Yeah as far as I’m aware 10 days isolation is from the day you were exposed to someone who has tested positive for covid. So if she was following the rules & is out tomorrow suggests her exposure was at the England match she went to with George & Bill & maybe she found out two days later as the rota said.

    still odd that Bill was out & about without a mask or that KP had announced her attendance at the NHS event when she clearly couldn’t have made it. That office seems shambolic

  20. mariahlee says:

    They’re so shady. But of course she was never going to miss the Wimbledon finals.

  21. Scorpion says:

    Which poster on here called it???? I owe that person a e-drink.

  22. JT says:

    I think everyone is doing too much math to make this scenario make sense, when the easiest explanation is that KP lied. Chica was fine and she was never in danger of getting covid. This is just the usual bs from the Keens to cover up something; it doesn’t really matter what. This is just the most budget version of Game of Thrones taking place.

    • Maria says:

      I agree. I never thought she was exposed in the first place. And it may not have been her being benched at all – just her known pattern of dropping out of things last minute that she doesn’t want to go to, and coming back for the ones she does. She is…something else.

    • Nyro says:

      Thank you. These people are proven liars countless times over yet they just automatically are given the benefit of the doubt. It’s quite clear this is all a lie. A clumsy obvious lie of the Jussie Smollett variety.

    • Nic919 says:

      I agree. There is no point in analyzing their nonsense because they are making excuses for a woman who does not care about anyone or anything. Her goal was to attend Wimbledon and she was damn well going to go infected or not. It’s the only thing she consistently done for the last decade.

      • JT says:

        Seriously. The Keens are known liars. The monarchy lies all the time. This is known. There is no need to try to figure out a scenario in which Duchess Dolittle is telling the truth. She was tired of fake isolating and she wanted to see the final. End of story. My goodness.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      Lol at budget Game of Thrones. But yeah, it felt like a lie to me initially & everything after that made no sense. I maintain that the “crisis managers” are in place to duct tape this marriage together at least until the Jubilee. In the last weeks, that has meant keeping them separate as much as possible–Father’s Day, statue unveiling, football match where they were separated by several seats & ignored each other, NHS event, Euros. Now Kate will get her consolation prize, which I am sure she will attend solo.

  23. Margaret says:

    Have they ever pictured a royal on their cell phone?. Kate hearing she was exposed and grinning like a hyena. Oh how convenient, or how planned can you get?. Add me to the she’s a liar count.

    • Curious says:

      thought royals never have their cell phones with them when they doing their events. maybe in this case Catherine had her cell phone cause this was not a royal event. anyways she was tested and does not have covid19.

  24. The Other Sarah says:

    I am team Meghan but y’all are too much! Occam’s Razor: simplest explanation is the most likely. She probably got exposed at the hairdresser ( like someone else said) or a member of her team that only works with her ( like a stylist). She was notified Friday if an exposure earlier in the week and she’s free and clear this weekend. It’s COVID. It’s everywhere. It’s surprising they haven’t been exposed before. I honestly don’t get all the tin foil theories here…

    • Maria says:

      Stop. Occam’s Razor actually applies to what *we* are saying, since the idea that she was exposed makes no sense as they wouldn’t have waited till the LAST MINUTE to tell the NHS she wasn’t coming, the news would have come to them earlier.
      She’s done this before – used “health excuses” to drop out of occasions she wants to avoid last minute but then days later appear at fluff events totally inconsistent with her press narrative, and sorry but the precedent has been set.
      She and William have flouted COVID restrictions and regulations before and used it as a press tool to cover their asses. I fail to see how this is any different.

      • LNG says:

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but we don’t have any info on when the organizers of this event were told she wouldn’t be attending, and why would we? Since William was still able to go her absence had minimal impact in any event (ie: event was still able to go ahead as planned), so why would there be any need to announce immediately to the public that she wouldn’t be there the next week? I see no big conspiracy here.

      • Nic919 says:

        The people at the event didn’t know she was cancelling and it remains rude to pull a last minute cancellation when she knew she had to isolate on Friday. William attending doesn’t excuse her rude behaviour.

      • LNG says:

        I haven’t seen any comments from the NHS that they didn’t know she wasn’t able to attend until it was announced publicly, happy to read any reporting on that.

      • Maria says:

        KP announced her attendance at the event the night before. So she was still all systems go (although if their own statements are correct she knew she’d been exposed and would be isolating since this was long past Friday afternoon when she was informed) until the news of her “exposure” broke the next day and she bailed. They took down the announcement but it’s still in the papers, you can see the timestamps (the Daily Mail’s announcement had her attending and then 15 hours later stated she had withdrawn).

    • ML says:

      Also Team Meghan and also respectfully disagree with several posters. I got pinged by our local covid app last year and had to isolate from the time of contact. Because I was pinged 7 days after contact, I was simply able to get a PCR test and by the time my negative test results came through, I was free. The UK is a bit stricter, but the rules are similar according to my cousin in the UK. You only find out if you’ve been exposed if 1. The other person has the app, 2. You’re within the distance for the app to work, 3. You spend enough time (15 or more minutes by us) within said distance, and 4. The other person gets tested for corona _at all_ and winds up positive. In theory, Kate could have gone to the football game and gotten pinged if only she was at the right distance and William was not. I don’t know if George would have a phone to be pinged on, and you can’tfind out who it was due to privacy laws. I believe Kate is lazy, her outfit at Meghan’s wedding was impolite, the fact that she didn’t correct the press when she made Meghan cry, the cold shoulder at the polo match and at Meghan’s last public engagements was beyond nasty and wrong. But I do think she was pinged and tried to get out of isolation due to Wimbledon and the Euros–she might not care to work, but she does like the prestigious fun stuff.

      • Maria says:

        “But I do think she was pinged and tried to get out of isolation due to Wimbledon and the Euros–she might not care to work, but she does like the prestigious fun stuff.”

        That’s what most people here are saying anyway although personally I don’t think she was exposed at all. But either way, she’s still lying, so it’s not like splitting hairs that way makes sense.

      • Nic919 says:

        If she was notified on Friday, which is what the RRs claim, she still didn’t let the NHS that she was skipping the event until the morning of. There is no version of any of these stories that justify this rudeness. And there was an announcement on Sunday about her attendance and again on some of the morning British shows Monday morning that both were attending. It is last minute and sloppy and we don’t see this kind of behaviour coming from BP or from Clarence House.

      • Becks1 says:

        The NHS announcement, in my opinion, is what makes this so weird. Why announce that she would be attending something when she should have already been isolating by that point?

    • Eurydice says:

      Sure, but the simplest explanation is boring. Maybe if the announcements from the RF were more clear, then people wouldn’t be trying to fill in the blanks.

      • Jais says:

        Yep, the weird KP rollout and lack of details just encourages tinfoil speculation. Which honestly, it’s gotten a lot of people talking about Kate.

    • LizzyTish says:

      I agree with this. The messaging from KP is laughably (and typically) slipshod, but that doesn’t mean that there’s a conspiracy afoot.

    • Sid says:

      I really don’t see how one’s feelings about Meghan should have any influence on their interpretation of this latest PR circus from KP. It has zero to do with Meghan. This whole episode is bizarre because a statement was released the day before the NHS event stating Willileaks and Kate would attend, then suddenly on the day of the event we hear she is not going because she was exposed to COVID. But allegedly she knew about this exposure before the statement was sent out saying she was attending. So why allow the statement to be sent out? None of this makes sense, and makes it seem like she was told to stay home or just wanted an excuse not to attend. Like she did with Tusk Trust event. Or the Irish Guard event.

      • Eurydice says:

        We shouldn’t rule out stupidity and incompetence. It could be that while the “KP brain trust” was trying to figure out what to say about Kate, they forgot to tell the lesser minions not to send out the announcement about attending. Then, ooops, they had to scramble the next day.

      • Rnot says:

        If the statement was released electronically then it may have been automated. I can easily see a staffer loading up the text on Friday morning and then being out of the office Friday evening and Saturday so the announcement went out without being updated. Not nefarious just unprofessional. Does KP have a new communications person or is that role currently vacant?

    • Philly says:

      Finally a voice of reason 😂 it’s fun to speculate but these theories are too much even for a gossip lover like myself!

  25. Mindy_Dopple says:

    I’m going to double down on what another commenter mentioned here, this is a power struggle between Kate and William (plus the men in grey). They benched her and now they’re saying fine, she can go since she learned her lesson. I don’t think she has enough power to make these decisions on her own. Yes she leaks, she puts out gossip stories but she’s just a puppet within the Cambridge’s camp. She doesn’t have allies of her own outside of the Middleton camp.

    • Snrub says:

      Wouldn’t anyone in the royal family having a contact tracing app on their phone be a huge security risk? Something isn’t adding up here.

  26. greenmonster says:

    So, she was exposed around last Wednesday (before or at the game), she is getting out of isolation early or has been lying the whole time.
    The press is not asking the right questions here but that is nothing new when it comes to the Cambridges.

  27. aquarius64 says:

    I don’t care what shenanigans is going on in the marriage, using COVID for cover is abhorrent. Don’t try and tell me the people in the royal boxes in the two events aren’t livid and wondering if they need to get checked.

    • Babz says:

      For me, this is the bottom line. I lost a cousin who was closer than a sister to me in January. Families of the four million lost to this disease around the world are struggling with horrible grief. And this petty woman, or her household, or her husband, uses Covid as an excuse for her absence?? It doesn’t matter if it’s a power struggle with Will or the courtiers, or if she’s been benched. Her own husband had it, supposedly seriously. To use Covid, of all things, as an excuse is reprehensible, especially if it’s a lie. Too many people have suffered from this wretched virus, and if she’s using it as an excuse and is actually lying, then she’s a terrible excuse for a human. Even using the lack of a babysitter would have been a better excuse, and we all know that would never happen. I’ve been disgusted with their behavior toward the Sussexes, but this makes me really angry. What a slap in the face to people around the world, and most especially to the valiant NHS workers she insulted by her absence at their church service. She really seems to have a track record of behaving badly around functions held in church…

  28. Nic919 says:

    There is still no reason why she was announced to attend the NHS event on Monday and then suddenly announced that morning that she had to isolate. She knew on Friday according to the various RR. If that is true, then it was rude to cancel last minute like that.

    No version of whatever story is being put out there justifies that unprofessional behaviour.

    • greenmonster says:

      So true. Every single version of this story is bad and could be such a juicy headline for every single British Media outlet.

    • Jay says:

      Is it possible Kate ( or her staff) announced she would attend the NHS event because they thought an exception would be made for her?
      That’s my theory.

      I think we all remember how the Cambridges previously “honoured” healthcare workers by traveling from hotspot to hotspot without masks, and it was deemed “essential”. So it wouldn’t be surprising for Kate to expect that public health rules don’t apply to her.

      Self-isolating is for peasants! We should all be so lucky to be able to breathe in her rarified air🙄.

      • Jais says:

        @jay- that’s actually makes a lot of sense. They didn’t announce bc they thought she could be an exception and just roll up to an NHS event while ignoring the ping.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Exactly. We know that she’s already inconsiderate enough to habitually pull out of events last-minute, but KP actually took the time to announce her attendance when they KNEW she was already self-isolating. It just stinks to high heaven.

  29. bub244 says:

    I agree the reporting has been weird, but it’s actually plausible she has been released early for legitimate reasons. If you take part in a Daily Contact Testing trial, you do an LFD each day for five days and if they’re all negative then you’re released from isolation on Day 5. I’m sure she used this pathway.

    • Maria says:

      Again, there is no reason for her own office to announce she would attend an NHS event when she knew she was gong to be isolating and then for her to drop out.

      • bub244 says:

        Not disagreeing with that!! Just saying there is a legitimate reason for people to get released from isolation early (whether Kate is in this group or not we can’t know, but it’s possible).

      • Maria says:

        Oh absolutely. I just don’t think she followed that at all, I don’t think she was exposed in the first place.

  30. Lady Digby says:

    Kate and her magic buttons go to Wimbledon as per usual but another chance to observe her interact with hubbie. Just to be on the safe side might they have the future Queen Mother, Ma Midders,seated in the middle like any other happy family?

  31. Lizzie says:

    You can’t put Waity in the corner.

  32. L4Frimaire says:

    They really are such Covidiots. She has to be seen preening at Wimbledon. She must not have liked those pictures of Beatrice showing off her bump.

  33. SNF says:

    Are you allowed to leave isolation early if you test negative? That seems like the easiest, most straightforward way to explain this. She didn’t want to miss Wimbledon…so she just got a test?

    • LeslieinN19 says:

      No. According to one of the above commenters, test to release is a US thing.

      • Sofia says:

        It isn’t. You can do test to release in the UK when you come from abroad. But abroad only. It’s why Harry only quarantined for 5 days when he came to the Diana statue.

      • LeslieinN19 says:

        @sofia test to release is only for travelling. In kate middletons case it wouldn’t apply because she hasn’t been travelling internationally now has she. Hence the American test to release for test and trace doesn’t apply in her case. Capisce?

  34. Coco says:

    What are the odds on her wearing a mask to Wimbledon?

  35. swirlmamad says:

    This is the most bizarre saga ever.

    • L4Frimaire says:

      The whole thing is very strange and they’re adding drama to something that should be straightforward, like they’re covering up something.

    • LaraW” says:

      What I still don’t understand is why The Guardian, of all publications, covered the story. Telegraph? Sure. Times? Go for it. But the Guardian???

  36. Serena says:

    Or maybe it was a bulls-t excuse from the start.

  37. JT says:

    William allegedly had a bad case of covid and the palace covered it up for months. There was no announcement and when the news broke, the firm did their best to move it along. Kate is merely “exposed” to covid and all of a sudden they feel the need to say something, right before she was due to attend an event. They could’ve kept this underwraps since she didn’t even have covid in the first place. Nobody would’ve thought differently.

  38. TeamAwesome says:

    I know they are completely incompetent over at KP, but once again, does their team not realize how positively shambolic all of this is? People miss important stuff everyday because of COVID and COVID adjacent issues. If anything this was a prime opportunity for a Royals, they’re just like us moment. Not Royals, they gotta see the tennis, come hell or high COVID.

  39. stagaroni says:

    Is it possible that she was exposed before the Diana unveiling and that is why she didn’t attend? Rumors started flying around June 22 that she might not attend. That would explain her ability to exit quarantine early. We know that William didn’t quarantine after exposure to Covid, so why would Kate? She may have also fudged her timeline slightly to make it more palatable. Or…they could be telling the truth.

    • Maria says:

      No, they would have flat out stated that was the reason she wasn’t attending.
      Again, the NHS event is the piece of evidence that points to them most likely lying about all of this.

    • candy says:

      Omg no. She would have loved a legitimate excuse for being cast out. She’s probably pissed she didn’t think of this sooner, though.

  40. Julia K says:

    Nothing to see here. She has served her time and is now free to do whatever it is that she does.

  41. Tessa says:

    She would not miss the finals for the world. She can play to the cameras.

  42. TEALIEF says:

    I frankly don’t give a rotten fig whether she was exposed, or lied about being exposed, or whatever childish one-upmanship she and husband are playing with one another. KP put out an official statement of Covid exposure, stating she was informed last Friday, date of exposure not known. Stay away and isolate for the requisite 10 days starting the Friday she was informed. She’s a “working” member that represents the Head of State. Set an example ffs. It’s the least, the very least she could do. No effort required, right in her wheelhouse.

    I hope when she’s preening in the Royal Box there’s a penalty box of empty seats around her. She deserves the Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil epic last scene treatment: staring silence, followed by hisses and hoots.

  43. candy says:

    Omg that second tweet. It’s obvious they have no idea what William’s plans are and probably aren’t communicating. Who talks like that, in passive first person plural? Who’s we?

  44. Flying Fish says:

    The KP staff are a bunch of idiots.

  45. ExpatInTheUK says:

    Long time lurker, first time poster…
    As an expat living in the UK, wanted to share some insight on this.
    The PCR test here is mainly for people with symptoms or to verify a positive lateral flow test. It takes 24-48 hours to get back your PCR test result. My child’s school sent a bunch of kids home last week because of coughing symptoms – just regular cold virus making the rounds but of course everyone needed to verify with a PCR test that it wasn’t covid. Majority of the kids got their results back after at least 40 hours.
    If Kate got notified about exposure on Friday, July 2, most likely the person she was exposed to got their test taken on Wednesday or Thursday. There is also a good chance that she interacted with this person before Wednesday because most people would already be told to isolate when they book their PCR test.
    Self-isolation is for full 10 days following the exposure to positive case (I.e. day of exposure counts as day 0). If she was exposed on Tuesday, June 29, she would no longer need to self-isolate on July 10 if she has not tested positive during this isolation period. Her self-isolation could also be ending much earlier if she was exposed prior to the 29th.
    With the delta variant going around and the fact that she is often surrounded by people, the probability is high that she gets exposed to someone positive. So I don’t think they are making up her self-isolation, which seems to be a popular theory.

    • Merricat says:

      And yet she didn’t pull out of the NHS event until the last minute. So she’s not a liar, just incredibly rude and unprofessional? Nah, she’s still a liar, that much history has shown us.

      • ExpatInTheUK says:

        History has also shown us she’s lazy. I doubt Kate is the type of person to keep track of her diary of events or is in any way involved in managing communications for these. Simplest explanation could be she has an incompetent staff that badly fumbled the communications. They have certainly screwed up many times before.

      • Maria says:

        Don’t blame her laziness and rudeness on the staff please, lol.

      • Merricat says:

        Oh, please. Stop making excuses for the top CEO.

  46. Deanne says:

    When Kate has her moment of fame this Saturday, she still has to return to her own reality (whatever it is). The Covid exposure story was simply to put her name back in headlines (not her work). “Kate is still relevant”. Pay attention to meeeee…

  47. LeslieinN19 says:

    Some weird people trying to push that Kate can test to release here (seraphina and Sofia). Look at the Uk rules and stop pushing what ever US or travelling rules that do not apply. It’s a dumb uninformed narrative that just make you some sort of palace suspect. Quit trying to mug us peasants off.

    • Sofia says:

      I did not say she could test to release here, I just said it’s a thing in general in the UK. And I am looking at the UK rules because I live there.

      And please. If you’re a regular enough lurker here, you’ll read my comments enough to know I’m not a palace stan or whatever.

      • LeslieinN19 says:

        It appears on the mobile that I had responded to SNF “No. According to one of the above commenters, test to release is a US thing.” Then Sofia appears to negate what I said by saying “ It isn’t. […].” 🤷🏽

    • Merricat says:

      Reading comprehension is important.

  48. Lou says:

    Kate Antoinette.

  49. Well Wisher says:

    This is about the state of the marriage. The count down began, paused to castigate the Sussexes, and restarted.
    Nature abhors a vacuum, in the absence of salable gossip. There will be more about the marriage, less about affairs, which are the symptoms not the cause of a failed marriage.

  50. Robin says:

    I’ve just seen some of the footage from today’s final. Kate gurning away in green, doing the presenting. William sitting in the royal box, not even bothered that he looks totally miserable and disconnected from her. Something’s afoot, and it’s not just her white shoes.

    • Layla says:

      I haven’t bothered about Kate today. I was only interested in the final because I missed it today. Is she trying to cosplay the tennis grass this time?
      I came across this photo of Princess Diana with Prince Harry at the Rugby World Cup and guess what she wore?

      • Tessa says:

        Kate grins and gurns and stares at the cameras, making lovey dovey looks at William who seems to be gritting his teeth. Unfortunately all the stans have the usual “she’s perfect” comments, so nauseating.

      • Robin says:

        Ha! You guessed right. Green dress for the grass. White shoes for the lines. She’s really clever like that.

  51. Tessa says:

    All the stans on the media and social fuss all over Kate instead of paying attention to the champion. Awful.

    • Nic919 says:

      It seems they were obviously cheering the non commonwealth country finalist and many Australians are pissed. What a great charm offensive to piss off a country that has been talking republic off and on for decades by being rude idiots at a tennis game. Also the Australian player was indigenous and the other player was white. Excellent move to show how “they are very much not a racist family”

      • equality says:

        I saw that on Twitter. They are doing as well with Australia as they did with Scotland. Maybe what Harry has said is true and Will truly does not want to be king.

      • Nyro says:

        Thanks to the Keens’ obvious cheering against the WOC Commonwealth player, “Republic” was trending on Twitter. We love to see it.

  52. Marivic says:

    Kate was so bad looking in the Wimbledon finals. She looks Jurassic. What ever happened to her looks? Plus she’s a lazy liar.