Duchess Kate posted a photo of Charlotte for the UK’s Big Butterfly Count

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Back in June, the Duchess of Cambridge visited one of her patronages, which is always a rare and notable event. She visited the Natural History Museum and made an appearance to promote the museum’s Urban Nature Project. It’s basically a little slice of country life for all of the city kids in London, although there seems to be a “working outdoors” aspect of it too, interactive stuff to teach kids about pollinators, beehives, gardening, etc. For the visit, Kate brought a treat for the kids: a jar of honey from what she described as her beehives. There was some confusion as to how we never heard about Kate-the-beekeeper before now, and why Kate’s sudden interest in beekeeping, honey, hives and apiaries? No one really knew.

Well, they’re doing some kind of follow-up so at least the whole “I keep keen bees!” thing wasn’t a one-off. The Cambridges’ social media posted these photos of butterflies and Princess Charlotte holding a butterfly to highlight the Big Butterfly Count in the UK. The nonprofit organization Butterfly Conservation has urged people to “count butterflies” on their properties as a way to highlight the importance of pollinators like butterflies. They also want people to post photos of the butterflies in their gardens. The group is trying to help parents teach kids about Lepidopterology. The Keens posted the photos with this message:

We wanted to share these beautiful Peacock and Red Admiral butterflies as part of Big #ButterflyCount initiative taking place across the UK.

@savebutterflies are encouraging us all to count these incredible creatures because not only are they beautiful creatures to be around but they are also extremely important. Butterflies are vital parts of the ecosystem as both pollinators and components of the food chain.

Hopefully you can beat last year’s total, @savebutterflies

[From The Cambridges’ social media]

Kensington Palace staffers are getting better at organizing some of this stuff for the lazy Cambridges, aren’t they? The first time I realized that there are a few people in KP who are somewhat good at their jobs was when Kate was attached to the Hold Still project, which was fantastic and she barely had to do anything to get a huge amount of credit. This is the same – who doesn’t love butterflies and pollinators? Who doesn’t want to teach their kids about fun science and task their kids with “counting butterflies”? It fits perfectly with the Cambridges’ narrow interests.

(Should I even say it? This Butterfly Count thing has been happening for weeks. KP posted these photos on Saturday, August 7th… the day before the “count” ended. A day late and a dollar short! I mean, they weren’t late, but they certainly weren’t early.)

PS… Did Kate take the photos of the butterflies? If so, she’s gotten better at photography. But the IG doesn’t credit her with the pics, so I don’t know.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Instagram.

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  1. Chic says:

    I thought they were holidaying. Keens offered up pic because they have to feed the RR. Doesn’t seem like the HM hate was as profitable for DMail as other stories in past. Even Thomas nd Samantha comments flamed out pretty quickly. Sorry, I just think the timing of the kiddies pics are linked to invisible contract which is probably why there is no actual date for photo. . I’m sure Keens enjoyed how tastefully they handle access of kids to media.

    • VS says:

      so the british media got their picture of the kids, why didn’t they ignore H&M? I actually didn’t know there was something like which is normal as this was aimed for the british public
      What I don’t get is why the carnival of royal gossipers didn’t focus on this initiative instead of babbling about Meg and the #40X40 initiative….. weird!

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        BM wants conflict. Not kids. They want to write trash and cause chaos in lives for headlines. H&M are proving to be harder targets to attack because they live a quiet life and are well respected in their professional and private lives it seems.

        It’s already showing. The York girls and other lesser royals from The heir bloodline are becoming targets.

      • notasugarhere says:

        They don’t just want pics of the W&K kids, they want the ability to take those pics themselves and make money off them. W&K posting pics of the kids doesn’t make tabloids money, therefore it doesn’t get the beast off their back.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Timing is everything. Meg’s 40×40 happened first, Kate’s post just hit the interwebs. And as Kaiser noted, she’s pretty late to the game–if anything, this post should have happened at the beginning of the butterfly count initiative, not the end. And I don’t think she took the photo with the two butterflies.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        The day the BM can get away with taking pics of those kids on their own is the day the Cambridge’s lose their leverage they fought for in that secret meeting year’s ago.

        It’s the deal they all made for the life they live. I’m sure the Cambridge’s thought Harry would stay and his children would take the fall, but he’s gone and they need shields from bad press.

    • Sarah11 says:

      @ winglet : the British media has always loved conflict. And certain royals have always supplied it. Ah, Princess Margaret in her post-divorce heyday jetting off with her boy toy Roddy something-or-other to frolick in the Caribbean Sea. Prince Philip making inappropriate (racist) remarks in public. I miss the seventies royals.

      • Nic919 says:

        The biggest problem for the British media is that they all know they have to sit on something about William right now (which was confirmed by someone from the financial times of all places) so these stories are just games for the real story waiting to be reported. So they are resentful of this and the Cambridges can only give them so much before the media decides to go ahead with what they have. And since it seems like they are waiting for the Queen to pass before they report on it, it looks to be more than just an affair, as they didn’t hold back on Charles when his dirty laundry got aired.

  2. Aurora says:

    “ (Should I even say it? This Butterfly Count thing has been happening for weeks. KP posted these photos on Saturday, August 7th… the day before the “count” ended. A day late and a dollar short! I mean, they weren’t late, but they certainly weren’t early.)”

    That’s because this was thrown together last minute to compete with a certain other duchess’s 40 x 40 initiative. Everything the Keens do is reactive to the Sussexes. Nothing is organic or reflects true passion.

    • MMadison says:

      100% correct……and used their daughter to do it. Charlotte’s background looks pretty tropical.

    • harla says:

      This is exactly how it felt to me as well, very reactive.

    • Nic919 says:

      Yeah this is too obvious a reaction to the video that they never expected was going to be made nor the extreme positive reaction to it.

      Also you can see that Charlotte’s hair was highlighted for that earlier photo because the top of her head is now more brown which makes no sense if these were natural highlights from the sun, especially because we are still into summer and her hair should be even lighter.

      • Jan says:

        That’s what I noticed first, her hair was bleach, some kids hair get natural streaks in the Summer, but this was not the case.

      • Ginger says:

        I agree Nic. This photo was a reaction to the Sussex’s birthday video. They got so much positive coverage and so many influential people on board.

        I don’t think the Cambridge kids get as much attention as they did in the past. I had no idea a “new” photo of Charlotte was even released.

      • TheOriginalMia says:

        It’s a cute pic. First thing I noticed, though, was her hair. Her highlights are growing out. Knew they weren’t natural.

        I agree the timing is suspect and amusing. If they thought this was going to draw attention away from Meghan’s 40×40 initiative, they were sadly mistaken. It’s too far-reaching and empowering than a picture of Charlotte holding a butterfly. The BM will demand more from the Cambridges, but they know nothing about the Sussexes and never will again.

      • Andie says:

        Hair darkens with age as well.

      • Nic919 says:

        Hair doesn’t darken in literal months over the summer.

      • pookie says:

        To be fair, we’ve had a terrible summer in the UK. It’s been raining for weeks with only a handful of hot and sunny days so far. So perhaps her highlights (or lack thereof) are just a byproduct of this miserable weather

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        I’m with you trying to find a logical reason for her hair naturally adjusting to these colors from those colors. Unfortunately, a few weeks of rainy or cloudy weather wouldn’t impact her color that much and to that amount of growth. Plus, we need to remember the kids are with Kate as she vacations on beaches and sunny locations. This happens about as frequently as whenever she isn’t seen in public. There’s always sighting of her Boarding to a getaway that aren’t covered in the BM.

      • Nic919 says:

        Her hair was highlighted and we need to stop pretending any of this has to do with hair getting lightened or darkened by the weather. First hair lightens over the warm summer months, and the picture of the blonde hair showed up in May. And now in August it is darker on top. That’s not possible naturally because the top of the head is the part of the hair that is the one that lasts paler longer since it is more exposed to the sun than the ends. I doubt her hair somehow breaks the laws of science.

        Her hair looks exactly like anyone growing out their dyed highlights, of which I am sure there are thousands of us when we were unable to maintain them because of closed hair salons.

    • DuchessL says:

      They tried to find just anything to associate with to try to break the Megz news cycle. Lame. A day before the end of the butterfly count, with old pics that aren’t hers, showing her kid, while on vacation. I’m embarrassed.

      • VS says:

        It is ok to release stuffs when the Sussexes are in the news cycle; I would say the same thing when H&M released their stuffs with the cambridges in the news cycle…..the problem is H&M just overshadow the rest so much that the Sussexes haters (or cambridge fans) ramp up the hate even more…..there is racism, sexism, classism , xenophobia but a lot of jealousy/envy as well…

    • Yvette says:

      @Aurura … Came here to say the same thing. Kate competes with Meghan for attention at odd times. Honey from Keen beehives? Can you say eggs from Archie’s Chick-Inn? LOL! No, seriously though I think Kate competes with Meghan most after an appearance or photo in which Meghan looks damn good. Meghan looked damned good in the ‘BD’ 40 x 40 vid. I even think that’s part of Kate’s mean-girl performance at Common Day after Meghan’s fabulous ‘You Coulda had a Bad B$tch!’ weekend. I’m just saying.

      • Lorelei says:

        Honestly though, I can’t wait to see what they do for Kate’s 40th birthday now.

        You know that up until a few days ago, it had definitely never occurred to them to tie the launch of an initiative like Meghan’s to a milestone birthday, but now they’re going to have to come up with some “landmark” project (which will amount to maybe one day of busywork for Kate) so that Kate looks as busy and important as Meghan, lol. They’ve probably been in crisis talks at KP since Meghan’s birthday. William is probably livid.

        That wrecking ball photo…so regal 🙄

      • Amy Too says:

        Maybe the Keen Center for Buttons will come out with a report that summarizes all of the things the Duchess of Cambridge has learned about early childhood in the past decade. “Now that I’m 40, I want to share with you the top 40 most important things I’ve learned about under 5s in the past decade. My 30s were for research, my 40s will be for planning, and my 50s will be for action! Check back in a decade when I post the 50 most impactful things that I thought about maybe doing for under 5s in the past decade on my 50th birthday! And in 20 years, on my 60th birthday, I’ll post the 60 initiatives that I’m actually for real, totally not kidding, seriously going to do for under 5s this decade!”

      • BlueToile says:

        Lorelei, I though Kate looked cute and happy in the picture of her swinging on that ball-thingy. Not regal, of course, but she always seems happiest when she is being active outdoors in casual clothes. Kate has not turned out to be a great person or example to others, but I can’t help but wonder if she has serious regrets about her life. I actually hope she does because that would mean she is not completely a lost cause.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      @Aurora, I agree. (my first post may have disappeared in the internethers-apologize if a duplicate comes out). Meghan does a video and peacock tea cups sell out. Cambridge’s post a photo/message with Charlotte and a peacock butterfly after that. Very curious. It’s a sweet photo and I support the butterfly efforts. If the Cambridge’s really had intentions to support the program, they could have put out a 15 minute video (that’s all the group asks for) of them or the kids and butterflies. Unless, of course, they are not in the UK to count butterflies.

      It is probably an older photo. Had this been something they thought of ahead of time, they could have purchased t-shirts from the butterfly conservation group for themselves or kids to show support. The BM are making a bigger deal than what their SM message implied. Though the timing is suspect.

  3. Cathy says:

    Good for kate doing something. Charoltte looks way better than her birthday photo. She also looks younger than other photos of this year. Maybe this was from years ago , now cambriges are releasing it . They have the habit of doing things in a row and releases later which suits their need.

    • Over it says:

      Your right about her looks, she does look younger than the birthday photo and her hair is also darker.

      • Becks1 says:

        @overit and @cathy those were my thoughts – that this is an older pic, not a recent pic. If the bday pic was taken around her bday, and this picture was taken fairly recently, her hair seems to have grown out a lot and its only been 3 months.

        Weird though – i just went on their IG to find Charlotte’s bday pic and it doesn’t seem to be there. Can anyone else see it?

        ETA never mind it’s bc they didn’t post it on IG, they just released it to the press to get around the SM boycott that weekend

      • Over it says:

        Becks, if I had to venture a guess, I would say these pictures were taken last summer because her looks are closer to what she looked like last Christmas.

      • Amy Too says:

        I don’t think these pictures are older. My theory is the birthday photo with the highlighted hair was taken a couple of months before Charlotte’s birthday and since then, her hair has grown out (the couple inches of darker roots) and maybe she’s also had a trim (the bottom of her hair has some pretty straight edges like she had it cut recently) and that’s why the hair looks the same length as the birthday photos. It’s kind of hard to compare the hair length between the photos, though. Birthday picture she’s standing up and the hair is falling straight down to her armpits. This photo she’s leaning forward and the front pieces are tucked behind her ear but the hair we see (coming forward over the shoulder from the sides and back) is beyond armpit length. Hmmm. Now I’m thinking she hasn’t had it cut much at all since the birthday picture if the hair from the back can reach over her shoulders and still be longer than the front pieces from the birthday photo. You can definitely tell that her hair was probably highlighted at some point previously since she has pieces that are brown from root to tip, meaning her entire head of hair was never all that blonde color that we saw in the birthday pics. And then the root growth as well. I really wonder what happened there. If her bday pics were taken before her birthday, they would’ve been taken in March/April so it doesn’t really make sense that she would have had naturally summer lightened hair at that point, especially if this picture was taken this summer and the hair on the top of her head is so dark.

      • Lorelei says:

        @OverIt, ITA with everyone saying this isn’t a new photo, but if they seriously used one from over a YEAR ago? Balls of steel! But I wouldn’t put anything past the Cambridges at this point; they’re growing more and more desperate. And she really does look a lot younger here.

    • Jegede says:

      I think it’s a previous photo session too.

      Charlotte looked older, with longer hair, in the pics with William for Father’s Day.

  4. Cessily says:

    Cute child, cute butterflies and fun initiative… and a blatant “look at me”. Hopefully it will keep the media occupied.

    • Jais says:

      Yeah, I think it’s a cute initiative. It’s the fact that they posted right before the last day that really annoys me. Why not at the beginning to inspire others to participate? Waiting till the end just makes it keen publicity rather than publicity for the organization.

      • Cessily says:

        I believe they were scrambling after the 40×40 video and the public support of the initiative by celebrities, activists, politicians, the public and North American news..
        They wanted to shift the focus, while it’s a cute photo the delay in highlighting the initiative just shows the incompetence of KP and the Cambridge’s.. if they just focused on the events and patronage’s they represent instead of the tit for tat game they are playing everyone would be happy.

      • Amy Too says:

        I think it was probably posted so late in the butterfly count initiative because they just got back to Amner from wherever they were vacationing and decided to find something they could do that would compete with the 40×40 and include the kids that could tie in with some kind of good cause. I think this is a quick layover in Norfolk between the main vacation and leaving for Scotland, which I’m sure they’ll do soon.

  5. Becks1 says:

    She didn’t take the photos, they would have given her credit and added something about the duchess being keen to photograph more wildlife on the estate or something.

    I wonder if their social media person has been on vacation or something, bc they also just posted something about the Olympics but nothing else over the past two weeks.

    Either way it’s clear the Cambs are actually on vacation, it’s been almost a month since they’ve been seen and their last public events were Wimbledon and a soccer match.

    • Nic919 says:

      I agree they always credit her for the photos. Plus the ones with the butterflies on the plants would require some effort to capture, which she only reserves for shiny pated princes.

    • Amy Too says:

      It does have that same look as “Kate’s” photos though, with the subject in sharp focus and the background all blurry. I’m wondering if all of “Kate’s” photos are actually her usual photographer setting up the shot, adjusting all the camera settings, and then Kate coming up and clicking so she can say she technically took the photos. I’m wondering if this little butterfly thing was rushed so that they could get it out before the counting initiative ended so they didn’t have time to fuss around with Kate taking the pictures and just sent Charlotte out with the photographer and the nanny to supervise.

      My theory is they’ve been on vacation somewhere (and all their office people have been off as well which is why they haven’t posted anything to social media but now they’re posting these and the Olympics thing), came home to Amner real quick to unpack the international vacation bags and pack the Scotland bags, decided they needed to do something NOW to compete with 40×40 while they were home and their people were also here, came up with the butterfly thing because they could *just* get these photos up before it ended (whereas if they planned to support this all along, they would’ve done this at the beginning of the butterfly count), and now they’re going to rush off to Scotland for that vacation.

      • Lorelei says:

        @AmyToo I think you hit the nail on the head. I wonder if they realize how transparent it is, though. It was obvious to all of us immediately!

        Meghan has trained the public to expect more and better than just an endless series of photo ops which result in…absolutely nothing, and it doesn’t look like the Cambridges got the memo yet.

      • Becks1 says:

        It does have the same look with the object in focus, but that’s easy to get with a stationery object (I should know, I use the “portrait” mode on my phone all the time for that, lol) but its harder to get with a moving object, especially one like a butterfly where you are going to need a good zoom camera etc (again I should know, ask my dogs how often I make them pose to get a good pic, lol.) So I definitely think these pictures weren’t taken by Kate, they were taken by someone who actually knows what they are doing. Maybe the Charlotte pic was by Kate?

        That said I think you’re onto something with the idea of them coming home from vacation, scrambling to get something out (so Charlotte is sent out to the garden with the nanny or someone) and then we get these pictures released in a hurry before they go to Balmoral for a few days (because we all know they stay the bare minimum.)

  6. Merricat says:

    Right. I guess the Duchess of Dull gets a “work” credit for this, so good for her team for creating the appearance of…something.

  7. Amy Bee says:

    I think the posting of a picture was to keep the media satisfied. KP is no longer able to leak information about Harry and Meghan and so they’ve been forced to put out a photo of Charlotte. If KP were really concerned about the butterfly count they would have talked about it earlier in the campaign. It also probably means that the Cambridges will not make any appearances in August.

    • Snuffles says:

      Cute pics of the kids won’t appease them for much longer. I doubt it’s appeasing them much now. August is traditionally slow for royal news. When September rolls around, they’re going to want more. And when the Keens can’t deliver, they’ll become the target.

      • Lorelei says:

        I know this is how they operate every year, but I’m a little surprised that William and Kate are okay with being totally invisible for months on end while the Sussexes continue to make headlines.

        On Meghan’s birthday, they were probably screaming “In this family we take summers off!!” They will be irate if the Sussexes work year-round (while still on maternity/paternity leave no less!), making them look terrible in comparison and forcing *them* to actually do something over the summer when they’re used to disappearing for ungodly amounts of time with zero pushback or competition.

      • swirlmamad says:

        @Lorelei, maybe things in the Cambridge household are really starting to implode behind the scenes now, and taking shots at the Sussexes is beginning to take a backseat. They definitely seem to have lost that tit-for-tat energy they’ve had going for a while now…even the past few summers they’ve managed to pull some kind of shenanigans while keeping their normal laziness in play (see: Flybe stunt)…

  8. equality says:

    I wonder why they didn’t give Kate credit for the photos. Since photography is what she uses to get attention, my bet is she didn’t take them. Perhaps this was an outing of Will and Charlotte?

  9. Over it says:

    Whenever the school reopen is when the keenbridges will return to pretend work

  10. Calibration says:

    Using their child! It’s a lovely pic but can you imagine if it were the CA royals. Meanwhile we all know where this is going. Poor kid.

  11. Sofia says:

    Charlotte looks lovely and the pics are quite nice. I was surprised that other than the Telegraph, the photos didn’t make a single UK front page. Normally photos of the kids are on the front pages even if it’s a corner so yeah, surprised.

    • Pippin says:

      Oversaturation. We see the Cambridge kids all the time, in terms of media currency they’re old news.

    • Cessily says:

      I saw a screen shot of an article.. they credited the Duchess of Sussex in the headline. The obsession is real and truly creepy.

      • 2cents says:

        I saw this headline with the Duchess of Sussex in stead of Cambridge and in my opinion this is an intentional insult from the editor towards Kate, sending her a message that her “trivial content” is not on par with Meghan’s high quality content. They expect better, salable content from Kate. The UK tabloids are now getting really frustrated supporting Camp Cambridge! They get too little in return for their efforts.

        And another point the UK tabloids want to make is that the Cambridges should reconcile their rift with the Sussexes in the hope that the tabloids may get more Sussex content.

  12. Lizzie says:

    Well what else was she gonna do after Meghan grabbed worldwide headlines? Of course releasing a pic of the kids was going to happen.

    • Merricat says:

      You can set a clock to Her Keenness. Lol.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Lizzie ITA, but personally I think doing this three days after Meghan’s birthday might actually be worse than if they’d stuck to their MO and done nothing at all? Because it seems that all this did was invite comparisons, and they do not fare well in those comparisons.

      They are so out of their depth; doing something like this — which was so obviously thrown together quickly in a poor, last-minute attempt to grab some headlines back from Meghan and Harry — only reinforces that it’s still amateur hour at KP.

      There was no way that they could actually compete with 40×40 so they shouldn’t have even tried.

      (Meanwhile, the rest of the world is on day five of analyzing screenshots of a blurry photo on Meghan’s desk, because even that is more interesting than whatever the Cambridges are up to, lol.)

  13. Barbie1 says:

    Great photo, Charlotte is adorable as are the other kids.

  14. Giggles says:

    Beautiful photos. However 13 million followers caught my eye, no way that’s the case.

  15. UnionSnack says:

    Meg: let’s help women who suffered through the pandemic period
    Kate: LET’S COUNT BUTTERFLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Note: I honestly DO think it’s a good initiative. But 1) had Kate and co ever done this before? Had they ever asked for help with butterflies before? 2) I guess there are a lot of other problems in UK, which deserve attention from a duke and duchess more than counting butterflies.

    • Jules says:

      this comment is from no understanding of nature and pollination.

      • Ursaline says:

        As previously stated above, if there had been a genuine concern about the butterflies and the environment, they could have planned something useful. This is pandering to the BM.

      • Jaded says:

        It’s a useless ploy to counteract the success of Meghan’s 40×40 which actually DOES something. If she wants to save the butterflies and highlight the important role they play in pollination she should DO something like use her useless YouTube channel to promote organizations in the UK like the NHBS, the Zoological Society of London and Butterfly Conservation and the work they do. But she can’t move her lazy ass to do anything more than post a picture. Now Meghan, on the other hand, would do something worthwhile like design a special line of butterfly jewelry, record a video promoting it, and I guarantee it would sell out overnight and fund new initiatives for these organizations.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Jaded lmao until I just read your comment, I’d forgotten they even have a YouTube channel

      • UnionSnack says:

        I did note that I believe this iniative is good, my comment was only about I’ve never heard of kate and Will as of the ones who demonstrate strong interest towards the theme. 10 years in a row and I never heard of it. She could post something to raise money for her charities or whatever.

        Or, if this theme is SO important for keenbridges, let’s wait for them to post the results of the campaign – they definitely will share it in their social media (spoiler: there will no results cause they don’t give a heck about butterflies, pollination, enviroment etc)

      • ennie says:

        Jaded, Shhhhh! don’t give them ideas, let them stay in Cluelesstown. Their brainstorming sessions are pretty much brain dead.

  16. WithTheAmerican says:

    Not a peep about Kate’s wrecking ball moment? Sad. If MM posed like that…

    • Lurker25 says:

      This is an underrated comment.

    • Nic919 says:

      I never understood why they thought it was a good idea to put an almost 40 year old woman who has never worked a solid job in her life and barely does royal engagements much less any with substance in a pose reminiscent of Marie Antoinette and her faux pastoral play acting.

      The garden was supposed to be for kids so sticking her there was odd when having the kids play with this would be a better photo.

      • Lorelei says:

        So regal! I guess she can’t everput a foot wrong if she’s swinging from a tree and those feet never touch the ground.

    • nina says:

      @WithTheAmerican. Now I can’t get Miley Cyrus’ video out of my mind. Their PR is clueless and dumb. They’ve never seen Myley’s Wrecking Ball video? But maybe that was the intent or it was for PWT.

      • Ursaline says:

        The old Kate would’ve repeated the yellow Canadian flash dress and given them another eyeful of PR.

      • Jaded says:

        @Ursaline – god that was embarrassing, almost as bad as her bare butt moment in Australia. Chica’s had more skirts-up moments than I can remember. *SMH*

      • notasugarhere says:

        Which bare butt moment, as there were at least three on that tour. And the full-frontal nude to waist exiting the plane in the red outfit when first arriving. There were multiple flashes on that tour, most because of her wearing floaty short dresses at airfields.

      • Nic919 says:

        My theory is that these mistakes kept happening because she thought it would keep William’s interest. It wouldn’t be the first time she was known for exhibitionist tendencies since it happened at Marlborough too. And then it stopped because Meghan had arrived and William basically moved on to Rose / London lawyer or banker and it was pointless.

  17. Marivic says:

    “Duchess of Sussex captured Charlotte’s wonder as she cradles fragile insect “ That’s the headline of Express . Why Meghan?8

    • Amy Too says:

      This isn’t the first time, even rather recently, that a paper has referred to Kate as the Duchess of Sussex, right? I remember another one vaguely—it might’ve been an Australian paper or even an Australian news show?—where they wrote Duchess of Sussex when they meant Duchess of Cambridge. Do you think they “accidentally” do it on purpose to increase clicks, or are the Sussexes really just such huge stars that everyone assumes if a British Duchess is doing something newsworthy it MUST be Meghan?

      • Lorelei says:

        @Amy I’m so curious about this too!! These trashy articles are always filled with errors anyway, so it could really go either way.

      • equality says:

        Autofill? They write so much about Meghan that when they put Duchess it assumes Sussex?

      • nina says:

        Click bait. They doing it on purpose. The rabid racists will click quicker and more often if they see Sussex instead Cambridge.

      • Nic919 says:

        There is a documentary clip floating out on Twitter where it shows the Cambridges in their carriage after the wedding, but the narration says Sussex. It’s a bad mistake to have kept in there.

  18. Southern Fried says:

    I just want to hug that darling child! So dang sweet.

  19. Sunnyvale says:

    I expected them to post old pictures like this especially of the kids to feed off the beast(tabloids & hate followers) 😒don’t expect anything meaningful just the usual selection of PR pics. It’s also a distraction so the peasants don’t question their absence & their general uselessness

  20. Likeyoucare says:

    Will the kids in the future rebelling againts the monarchy like harry?
    Harry hate to be the scapegoats and a shield to cover for willie and kate lazziness.

    Harry took a lot of heavy lifting tasks, now the children have to do appearances because kate and willie are lazy and their outing so far cause negativity to the BRF.

    Good luck kids, you all really need it because your parents are two piles of shit.

    • Steph says:

      Louis has the same glint in his eyes that Harry had as a child so i think he’s going to naturally take over the Party Prince title. Unfortunately, he’ll definitely end up being George’s scapegoat. Cuz you know god forbid George makes any mistakes like a normal human being.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Louis = Edward, Charlotte = Andrew. Charlotte will be the one facing the heir vs. spare mentality from the press. Louis, the forgotten child, won’t be a working royal. Odds are, Charlotte won’t be either, if there is a monarchy left by then. Harry has set the path for all the younger siblings – only the heir will be a working royal.

  21. jferber says:

    Jesus, highlights for a six or seven year old? I’d bet money that wasn’t Charlotte’s idea. This reminds me of the insane stuff Michael Jackson used to do to tamper with his kids’ appearance, including dyeing Prince Michael’s hair blond at 4 or 5 years old. I do believe Kate is exploiting her daughter to raise keenness for her own royal brand. I think Kate is that cynical.

    • Amy Too says:

      The only somewhat okay reason I can think of for why a child that young might have their hair bleached is so that they can then dye those bleach streaks pink, or blue, or purple, or rainbow or something fun like that. But just lightening it so they can have blonde highlights at the age of 6 makes me uncomfortable.

      My hair used to go white blonde in the summer when I was little but it was my whole head of hair, it didn’t show up in streaks like that. And then when it started to grow out and darken in the winter, there was a very gentle transition from the blonde to the light brown/dark blonde at the very top of the roots because the new growth from July would get more sun than the new growth from August which got more sun than the new growth from September and on and on into the fall and winter. There wasn’t a stark and obvious cut off point where my hair went from blonde to brown.

      I’m really trying to think of another reason for why her hair looks like this because I don’t want to believe that they actually gave her professional blonde highlights at that age. Maybe she wears a hat a lot during the summer so the hair on the top of her head doesn’t get sun and doesn’t lighten? Maybe the light parts are from a time when she sign a lot of time in a chlorinated pool (for a three month swim lesson session?) and when she stopped swimming the new growth just came in as brown and that’s why there’s the obvious cut off between brown and blonde? Maybe she got her hands on some sun-in one day and that’s why it’s blonde in a streaky way mostly towards the front of her head and then she never used sun-in again so that’s why the hair is growing in brown?

      • notasugarhere says:

        They’ve dyed her hair lighter for years.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Amy too
        I want to believe they’re not chemically changing a child’s hair color, but It’s tough.
        Her hair went from light to dark so suddenly even as a child in the sun that vacations on beaches. Her hair should adjust more gradually if it’s natural.

        And the chlorine pool? That still adds a greenish tint to hair while Charlotte has blonde.

    • India says:

      They bleach all three children’s hair.

  22. Steph says:

    I agree with most comments saying this was released to compete with 40×40 bc it was done on the last day. If they cared about the project it works have been hyped before hand and posted ave the beginning.

    I don’t think the pic was taken last minute though. You can’t just go out and demand a butterfly to let you hold it on command. It’s an older cutesy photo they had and found a reason to use it.

    Also, I’m annoyed by the gender roles they are projecting with their children. Boys- football. Girls- butterflies

  23. Slippers4 life says:

    “I.keep keen bees!” Bahahahahahahaha. I’m dead!

  24. Isabella says:

    Charlotte looks adorable and nice to see her in comfortable children’s clothing for a change.

    I wish we could photograph butterflies but we seldom see them in our garden (in the U.S.). When I was a kid, they were everywhere. Don’t know if that’s because of climate change or loss of habitat or what, but we have to hike into the forests to see them.

    • ennie says:


    • Antonym says:

      It’s probably a combination of all of those things. We planted some flowers that attract butterflies and pretty quickly went from rarely seeing them to regularly having multiple flitting around the yard. Sitting and watching them was a nice escape during the pandemic. We recently moved and I miss our little butterfly garden.

  25. Redhead says:

    Sweet picture of Charlotte

  26. Nev says:

    Gimme a break.

  27. HeatherC says:

    My theory.

    This was a rushed picture because as said above, everyone is on day 5 of analyzing blurry screenshots to see if there was, indeed, a picture of Lilibet on Meghan’s desk.

    Cambridge response? Hurry up and post a picture of Charlotte. Nothing to see over there! Come see the ‘real’ Windsor princess, unlike that other child of THAT WOMAN.

    • Layla says:

      @heatherc that was what I was thinking too. I was expecting this sort of response from Cambridge camp. They always show their hand. Every single time Meghan and Harry do something, these lot have to jump up and down to try to get the public’s focus to remain on them. “ Big Butterfly Count 2021 runs from Friday 16 July to Sunday 8 August ”. They chose three days after Meghan’s birthday to “raise awareness”. Why would these people choose the last minute to contribute. If you really cared you’d do it almost every day. But what’s more disgusting is almost every time, they use their kids in their pettiness. (So naturally, I won’t be surprised if they don’t do anything against that stupid animation show everyone’s shouting about)I mean if that’s not proof of jealousy and insecurity I don’t know what is

  28. Lorelei says:

    How long before Kate rocks up to an engagement wearing this?


  29. Cottage Cat says:

    English Brit here. It always struck me how the Middletons prostituted themselves to “fit-in”, all the controlled and allowed Press photos of them loading guns, etc. in their shiny, brand-new “country-wear”. Now then, horses, the Royals’ other obsession: that’s a different matter. Having been around these unpredictable critters all my life, can throw you off, fart, and drop their load at random. No doubt the image-obssessed Middleton PR firm are giving these critters a proper swerve, lol

  30. Cottage Cat says:

    The Middletons have been interfering with their naturally-dark children’s hair for years “Oh look! They’re blond, just like Diana!”, when in fact Diana highlighted her own hair from natural auburn.

  31. Merricat says:

    By all means, tell me how much the RF of the C has invested in projects and charities. And how are you defining “big money?”

  32. ennie says:

    More than many others for sure, and they are not living splendidly using taxes.

  33. Wiglet Watcher says:

    I would also love to see some concrete data on the money they raise and how it’s put to use. The Royal Foundation on its own raises a lot, but never seems to have any for its struggling charities.