The Cambridges took a family vacation on the Isles of Scilly again, like last year

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I’ve been wondering for the past two weeks if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were already enjoying a summer holiday, and if we would even learn where they were/are. Well, I got my answer! Apparently, William and Kate took the kids to the Isles of Scilly, which is sort of a beachy, tourist-y area. The Cambridges went on vacation there last summer too – last year, Kensington Palace even provided this quote “from a holidaymaker” about the Cambridges’ vacation: “We hardly noticed at first as they seemed a normal family on holiday intent on keeping themselves to themselves. The place where they were staying was quite modest and certainly not hugely luxurious. We couldn’t help thinking what the weather might be like in California — but it’s much better to be holidaying here in Britain.” No similar quote this year.

Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoyed a family holiday on the Isles of Scilly for the second year running, it has been revealed. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are believed to have travelled there for a staycation with their children Prince George, who turned eight on July 22, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, according to Hello!.

Like many Britons put off travelling further afield by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the royals have decided to remain in the UK for their summer break. Last year they opted against heading abroad with their three children as any potential need to quarantine could impact their ability to work.

The Cambridges may have opted to return to Tresco Island – the only one of the five inhabited islands that is privately-owned – after the family were spotted cycling around it last year.

The place may hold fond childhood memories for William, 39, who holidayed in Tresco with his parents Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and his brother, Prince Harry, in 1989.

[From The Daily Mail]

Last year, the PR was that the Cambridges were staying at a “humble stone cottage,” like a peasant family might. Considering that they’re staying at the same place as before and now it’s being described as a “privately owned island,” I would think that the stone cottage is probably more like a five-star resort with a stone facade. Or at least a fully upgraded mansion. But sure, they’re doing a “staycation.” I guess Kate didn’t want to be stuck in Mustique with Baldingham. And if we’re learning this now, that means they probably already left. I wonder where they are now?

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  1. Maria says:

    Nice work if you can get it.

  2. Hica says:

    What the heck with the California comment? Is this another Flybe stunt? Modest house , vs California mansion. Keens have a few million dollar Reno’s in multiple homes/palaces.

    • luna says:

      Oh, it might very well could be. Nice catch. Expect everything from this people.

    • bettyrose says:

      I skimmed right over that and went back. That reference to California is bizarre. I’m sure Brits often visit LA/Disneyland/SF/Napa, etc, as tourists, but for a beach vacation there are a zillion resorts closer than California. Why would that even be the comparison? Unless. . . do they know someone in California?

  3. WithTheAmerican says:

    The grimaces on these two. Good god.

  4. Becks1 says:

    “as any potential need to quarantine could impact their ability to work.” 😂😂 If anything that’s a bonus for them!

    I don’t remember the California barb from last year, these people really are obsessed.

    Anyway we talked about this idea a few days ago so I was looking up the Isles of Scilly and they really do look like a lovely spot for a vacation. I just think its funny that they can disappear for weeks at a time (almost a month at this point) and the tabloids are just like, meh, its fine, situation normal. Meanwhile Meghan goes on maternity leave and they freak the eff out.

    • JT says:

      The BMs meltdown about the Sussexes maternity leave was weird considering how irrelevant they are supposed to be. The lack of attention around the Cambridges months long disappearance just proves to me that nobody cares about them. W&K can go dark for weeks and they aren’t even missed in the slightest. The fact that the RRs are aching for any H&M news is just hilarious to me. You coulda had a bad bitch.

    • Gab says:

      “impact their ability to work” is my favorite line of this whole thing. They love not working more than anyone on Earth.

    • My3cents says:

      Yes, that’s the funniest thing I’ve read in a while.

  5. The Duchess says:

    Rubbish. They’re in Mustique again. These stories are planted to make them look like a very normal family, just like yours and mine.

    • Nic919 says:

      I agree. This info came from a pro Cambridge blog so outside of actual photos, this is more bs to make them seem less wasteful. Plus I doubt William was there with them for that long. Kate, nanny Maria and the kids are very likely in Mustique. She hasn’t been able to go for two years so there is no way she’s skipping that chance this summer.

      • JT says:

        I personally believe the Keens have been to Mustique plenty of times in the past two years, the BM just doesn’t report on it. The entire RF did not give a damn about covid rules, and openly flouted them the entire time. The Cambridges don’t even work much so I imagine this was their fifty leventh vacation.

      • Becks1 says:

        Oh good point. We all know the saying “pics or it didnt happen” – well here the lack of a SINGLE picture of them on the Isles of Scilly seem to make the Mustique theory make sense.

      • Tessa says:

        They probably go on vacations with Kate’s family as well.

      • notasugarhere says:

        JT, as they haven’t been caught on a family skiing holiday since the catalogue photo shoot (not counting William’s cheating drunk dad dancing holiday). There’s NO chance they haven’t been skiing multiple times each season for the last 3-4 years, they’re just much better at not getting caught now.

    • Over it says:

      I can believe they are abroad somewhere. We will never know because the keenbridges are all that’s good, white and pure as the English roses. Harry and Meghan are bad bad bad . This entire family has never given a toss about COVID or it’s rules or restrictions so I really don’t see them letting it get in the way of their vacations. Only I think Karen keen would have gone with her parents. If and a big if Baldimort went . They will be having separate guess houses

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        Charles owns the entire island of Tresco, where the home is located. Do you think TOBB would actually shell out to rent a place? lol.

        “Dolphin House is unique for royal property because members of the public can rent out the building when the royals are not in”.

    • Jaded says:

      The next photos of her will show her all tanned and freshly botoxed. She’s in Mustique and Wills? Probably off groping blondes in bars somewhere.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate has looked very tan since the spring so she’s been elsewhere prior to this summer break.

  6. ClaireB says:

    I have a hard time believing that William would stay with his family even for a few days, much less a whole “family vacation.”

    • kelleybelle says:

      Word is that they don’t even live together. And that looks like the case when they’re photographed together. No interaction unless Kate tries to make it appear so with her manic grins and over-exaggerated “happiness” and facial expressions. She looks at William but he doesn’t look back. Unless it’s those staged “happy anniversary” photos.

      • TigerMcQueen says:

        Those anniversary photos are awkward AF. and every time I see them, they come across as more and more staged and fake.

      • swirlmamad says:

        TigerMcQueen, I was just thinking the same thing. They look like two frigid mannequins.

    • bettyrose says:

      That’s what I wondered. Do they really still vacation together as a family? If so, that doesn’t support the suspicions they’re basically separated. So if they’re together as a PR student, where are the happy family pictures?

      • Lady Digby says:

        I think they quietly separated before the pandemic just like Michael Give and Sarah Vine. It would explain why Prince George was delighted to be seated next to him at the Euro matches and was leaning towards him because he sees him so rarely. I feel sorry for that boy: trapped so young which is why I have joined the Republic organization to free him!

  7. Heidi says:

    A “staycation” is when you stay at home and sleep at home.

    This is probably unimaginable for die Keens and that makes me surprisingly angry.

    • Elvie says:

      In England “staycation” means not travelling abroad because typically they all go to Spain or the Caribbean in August. As a Canadian in England it blows my mind and drives me crazy! haha.

      Also, I’m currently vacationing in Cornwall and its lovely, but anyone who equates the weather to California has never been to California or is deranged.

      • Eurydice says:

        Interesting, I was wondering how they could travel to a staycation. In the US it means vacationing with your home as the base – day trips, but always sleeping at home.

    • Lady D says:

      In Canada a staycation means vacationing in your area and not crossing any borders.

    • SKF says:

      In Australia a staycation would mean holidaying in the place where you live. So, if I live in Sydney, and I book a long weekend at a hotel in Sydney, that would be a staycation. Because I’m staying put to have my holiday. If I travelled to another city or anywhere outside of my city that I live in, that would be a normal holiday. Mind you, in Australia those distances are massive. Further than a trip from the UK to France. So… I guess?

  8. Amy Bee says:

    If it’s the same place as last year then they’re at Charles’s house. It’s no modest cottage and if Hello is saying that the island is privately owned, it’s most likely belongs to Charles.

  9. K says:

    These people are Isles of Silly.

  10. Lizzie says:

    Two years in a row and no pic’s? Not buying it. Two years in a row of separate vacations.

    • Over it says:

      Well I agree with you because Willy can’t be around her without gaging for 30 minutes in public so I don’t know how he is managing an entire vacation with no cameras around

    • UnionSnack says:

      same here. No wonder if kids are also somewhere.. at Granny Carole’s home for example.

      • swirlmamad says:

        Does Kate even have girlfriends that she’d take a girls’ trip with? We’ve never heard anything like that, so my wager is that she’s with the kids and her family, plus the nanny(ies) in tow so she can get a break whenever she feels like.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Last we heard of a ‘girls trip’ it was Kate skiing with Pips for Pip’s hen weekend. Same weekend William snuck off on his own skiing holiday and got caught partying with young blondes.

  11. BayTampaBay says:

    What is the point of this Daily Fail story when many of their subjects are unable to go on a holiday/vacation for whatever reason?

    This Fail story is not doing the Cambridges any favors.

  12. Layla says:

    “Where we’re staying is definitely absolutely not luxurious at all, but those-who-must/be-named but live in our heads rent free all the time are. We’re better than them. It’s what we tell our reflections in the mirror before we got to sleep at night. And we’re stroking you, we’re better than they are!!!”

  13. Kyliegirl says:

    I read the article and it was highlighted by “may have” or “might have.” They have no idea. Just throwing it out there for a click bait article. Last year was pure PR. The future D&D of Cornwall spending holidays here. They couldn’t resist getting in a few jabs at H&M in the article, The Cali weather and that Meghan is turning 40 months before W&K. Just shows how irrelevant H&M are. Every W&K article mentions them. HA!

  14. Over it says:

    The part about not wanting to get sick because of work is hilarious. Like who the f are these people kidding? The keenbridges don’t work.
    Now that family vacation has been covered for PR purposes. Karen keenbridge can get off to buckleberry to rest so her mummy can continue to run her life and Baldimort can get back to Norfolk to pull the weeds out of his rose garden

  15. Rapunzel says:

    I buy they aren’t actually on a family vacation in Scilly. But if that’s indeed the case, why leak this story? I mean, nobody is really wondering, are they? If they are, we’ll the BRF is almost always on holiday at this time, and W&K rarely work anyhow. Why a fake story about where they are?

    Is it to cover for their real vacation plans? Are they in Mustique? Are they on separate vacations? Or is it to diss H&M? Look at the modest Cambridge family vs the Hollywood Sussexes? I don’t think it’s either of those things. I don’t think they need real vacay cover because they’re never caught anyway. And there are better ways to smear the Sussexes.

    My theory? The Cambridges are in fact on separate vacations, or Will is off on his own vacay. And the RRs want to expose this. They are using last year’s plans to give a fake scenario, hoping to have the Cambridge lies exposed. Cause they want scandal and clicks and the Sussex hate ain’t cutting it anymore. My wild theory.

    • swirlmamad says:

      I buy this theory way more than whatever it is the RRs are selling.

    • Nic919 says:

      I also suspect the story is a cover, hence why it showed up in a pro Cambridge blog first. There are definitely separate vacations happening.

    • Becks1 says:

      Oooh I can buy this theory. So you think at least one set of the cambridges is on vacation (kate and the kids and her parents, William on his own) and the DM knows this so they put out this story about the close knit family vacation as a way to sort of tug the leash a bit? That sort of does make sense to me especially bc H&M aren’t on vacation (i.e. H&M aren’t on vacation in some super swanky and exclusive locale so the Cambridges “staycation” doesn’t really provide any contrast.) And then they’ll reunite in Scotland, do some sort of photo op with the queen, and then scatter back to their respective homes.

      • Rapunzel says:

        Becks- this is tugging the leash, maybe. But I think it might go beyond that to the RRs setting up the Cambridges’ to be exposed. Like, the well is dry re: Meg and Harry and those stories are not getting the play they used to, so they’re looking for shenanigans by the Cambs to report on. But they have to be careful…they can’t come right out with the dirt. So they’re posting stories that might lead to dirt coming out from other quartets that they can then report on while keeping their hands clean.

        I kinda wonder if the Jack on the yacht stories are part of this…Jack works for a tequila company and his yacht antics are not a good look, but also, not that surprising or scandalous. But what if the pics of Jack inspire some yacht bunny partying with Wills to post pics of the two of them?

      • Becks1 says:

        @Rapunzel ok I see what you are saying I think. Maybe someone who has seen them (alone or together) on Mustique will post a pic and say “lol they’re nowhere near the Isles of Scilly” or a (non UK pap) will get a picture of William vacationing with someone who is definitely NOT Kate. Or someone decides to post old pictures of Will and Kate on their yachting trips (which is so not normal and middle class) and that opens the door.

        In general the “invisible contract” only works if both parties are benefiting. And right now, with the Sussexes quiet, the press is NOT benefiting bc there is nothing to really report on. In the US that isn’t a big deal – our gossip reporters just move to a new topic. But when you have the royal rota that is invested in the ROYALS, then there has to be something to write about. And right now there isnt (I doubt Jack’s yacht pictures are causing a stir outside of mild gossip discussions.) So they may be gearing up for some bigger stories.

    • kelleybelle says:

      And … what exactly are they taking a vacation from? They never work. The last “work” they did was a useless train tour and an engagement with Mentally Health Schools, to which Will only showed because Kate can’t handle the press by herself. Will had to come to buffer the racism accusations (accurate) and the “Meghan made Kate cry” bullshit.

  16. swirlmamad says:

    This is totally taking a kernel of truth and spinning it into a web of fan fiction — maybe Kate went alone with the kids and her family/the nanny, and maaaaybe Will went along for a couple days (staying separately from Kate) for the kids’ sake and then split. I simply do not believe they planned a big ol’ vacation full of family QT. Especially when there’s no visual proof and they use wording like “it is believed” and “may have traveled”. They can’t even look each other in the face at events…there is no way they are trapping the other on a private island with no other buffers for a week or more.

    • L84Tea says:

      ” Especially when there’s no visual proof and they use wording like “it is believed” and “may have traveled”. ”

      I’m chuckling at this because I am a medical coder and read doctors charts all day. Doctors love to ask for high levels (which means more money for them) and will often state that patient has this, this, and this very serious diagnosis. But then when you read the actual notes, you see phrases like “most likely”, “I suspect”, “possibly has”, etc., and when we see those we are like NOPE. You do not get the high level dx if you don’t have an actual test confirming it. It’s the same thing these clown reporters pull–it’s all speculation mumbo-jumbo and they don’t actually know anything at all. My money is on the Cams are in Mustique.

  17. Liz version 700 says:

    I can’t see these two vacationing in the same country given a choice. Definitely not taking any family vacations

  18. Lurker25 says:

    A bit off topic, but it just hit me that it’s been only 15 years since William was that incredibly handsome storybook prince with a thick head of hair.
    It’s like some accelerated aging spell was cast on him because he went from glowing 25 to pushing decrepit 60. Was it just the hair that made such a difference? Wtf happened.
    Maybe your insides really do show on the outside and you can judge a book by its cover.

    • notasugarhere says:

      William was never ‘incredibly good looking’. He was slightly less awful looking for a Windsor.

      • UnionSnack says:

        Lol, yes! I was a teenager when Kate and William married and I was wondering why people call him “prince charming”. He wasn’t THAT BAD in his 20s, but he definetely looked no better then Carl Philip for example. Carl is older though right? Still looks better then Billy.

    • kelleybelle says:

      Agree with both of you. He was okay for a few minutes and then the hair went, his nose turned into a hook and … ugh. Harry got all the personality and the sparkle. And the good heart.

    • swirlmamad says:

      He peaked early, is all. Now his face matches his insides. Harry was the late bloomer who aged like wine.

    • Chaine says:

      He was a cute kid/teen who took less than 20 years to go full Montgomery Burns.

      • swirlmamad says:

        Now I’m chuckling envisioning him hunched over, tapping his fingers together “Exxxxxcellent!” while plotting his dastardly deeds. TOTALLY fits.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Montgomery Burns or Wallace (of Wallace & Gromit)?

    • Eurydice says:

      It’s not just the hair. Will has shriveled somehow, like all the vital energy has been leeched out of him. He’s on his way to becoming The Cryptkeeper.

    • Robin says:

      Yes. He has aged very badly. His jaw was always big but it seems to overwhelm his face these days, which now looks clenched and defensive all the time. I wonder whether he wears a bite guard at night because his jaw and neck must hurt.

    • Haylie says:

      He aged even more rapidly after the engagement. Almost as if the stress of being trapped with his stalker took the rest of his youth.

      But he was definitely past his prime after 15.

  19. Sofia says:

    Surprised they’re not in Mustique

  20. Jaded says:

    That photo always makes me laff…”I am learning to play the piano!”

  21. Catherine says:

    Tresco island is privately owned. By Prince Charles. The house there is not modest and is available for rental. Also, something like 75% of the land and 50% of the rental properties in the Isles of Scilly is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall. Which William will inherit when he becomes Prince of Wales. So presenting this as the Cambridge’s being normal, frugal family is ridiculous. And as others pointed out this hardly qualifies as a staycation. The Cambridge’s have two homes and their own cottage on the balmoral estate. Yet, the media wants to sell them as just a modest family. This is how the media crafts narratives for them.

  22. TabithaD says:

    The Isles of Scilly are beautiful and very unspoiled. Beautiful beaches and the climate is a bit sunnier than the mainland UK.
    But the vast majority of Scilly (if not all of it) is actually owned by the Duchy of Cornwall. So maybe William was taking a peek at what he will inherit. (If they went, that is).

  23. Courtney B says:

    Omg. EVERY SINGLE lead comment on the trip was negative. There were positive responses but yikes!

  24. booboocita says:

    I have no idea if Scilly is pronounced “SKIH-lee” or “SIH-lee,” but it gives me great joy to think those two are on the Isles of Silly. Next year, a vacay on Rage Monster Peninsula, perhaps?

    • Robin says:

      Hi booboocita. It’s “silly”, and I love your joke!

      Lovely place. I used to go there when I was a child. Thing is, I know lately that the residents aren’t positive about tourism because of the damage it’s doing – they are getting overcrowded at peak times and the holiday makers are disturbing local wildlife. Mr Environment should have known this. Staycations are all very laudable, but this place doesn’t need him.

  25. Nic919 says:

    Charles and Camilla did a tour of that area a few weeks ago and so I doubt the Cambridges were there at the same time.

  26. Lisbeth says:

    William in that first photo: “There she goes again, playing her imaginary piano.”

  27. equality says:

    If they truly are on a “staycation” somewhere in the UK, why don’t they do what they supposedly are for and post pictures to help bring tourism to the UK?

  28. jferber says:

    William looks so sickening when he’s pretending to fawn over Kate (where he’s holding her hand). The header picture where he is frowning at her and showing disapproval and mild contempt is the real relationship, I think.

  29. Cathy says:

    The “California” quote sounds fake.

  30. Courious says:

    william do not care for Catherine in public events . i doubt he wants to spend any of his free time with catherine. doubt he is , If they went on holiday , they have a huge staff with them. they have people taking care of the children. it makes no sense when william shows his anger towards her in public, and will then go spend some weeks with his wife alone.. nope.

  31. M says:

    I think William’s appearance took a decided dip during covid. He’s thinner and even frail looking at times. His face is gaunt and discolored around the eyes. He looks drawn and tired (when not clenched or enraged). I wonder if his experience with covid left him depleted and his health still compromised?

  32. M says:

    I think William’s appearance took a decided dip during covid. He’s thinner and even frail looking at times. His face is gaunt and discolored around the eyes. He looks drawn and tired (when not clenched or enraged). I wonder if his experience with covid left him depleted and his health still compromised?

  33. M says:

    I think William’s appearance took a decided dip during covid. He’s thinner and even frail looking at times. His face is gaunt and discolored around the eyes. He looks drawn and tired (when not clenched or enraged). I wonder if his experience with covid left him depleted and his health still compromised?

  34. Carolind says:

    Not a fan of William but thought he was very good looking about 18 – a male version of Diana.

    I think it fairly certain they were in the Scilly Islands and they will be at Balmoral in a week or two to have their compulsory few days with the Queen.

    I was in California, mainly SF but a day or two in LA in midish June 2014. I was surprised it was so much cooler than New York and Washington.