Duchess Kate is ‘committed to supporting greater in-depth research’ in early years

Duchess of Cambridge visits University College London

Here are more photos of the Duchess of Cambridge’s trip to University College London’s Centre for Longitudinal Studies yesterday. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, this trip had something to do with the Keenwell Institute for Buttons and Early Years, aka The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood. The Keenwell center is merely a desk inside Kensington Palace. It’s probably just some guy tasked with creating all of this busy work out of thin air. That’s the thing though – although we can all safely say that Kate’s Early Years initiative is busy work, Kate really, really wants us to believe that she’s a self-styled expert, that she’s pretty much a child-development scholar, and that none of this is a “vanity exercise.” That’s why she’s cosplaying ‘80s secretaries and wandering around universities. Because she’s already an expert and she wanted a briefing from the experts, her peers!! Plus, I think she’s going to take credit for the university’s work at some point:

The Duchess of Cambridge has made the area focusing on the first five years of kids’ lives as a key part of her public work and said today, “Our early childhoods shape our adult lives and knowing more about what impacts this critical time is fundamental to understanding what we as a society can do to improve our future health and happiness.”

Her visit to University College London’s Centre for Longitudinal Studies came as the institution launched its Children of the 2020s project, which will track the holistic development of children from 9 months to 5 years. In a statement, Kate called it a landmark study that “will illustrate the importance of the first five years and provide insights into the most critical aspects of early childhood, as well as the factors which support or hinder positive lifelong outcomes. I am committed to supporting greater in-depth research in this vital area and I’m delighted to be meeting all those behind the study at this early stage.”

During her visit on Tuesday morning, Kate viewed some of the historic research into early childhood dating back to the 1940s — including a ‘Birth Questionnaire’ given to new mothers in 1958. That survey included questions about pregnant women’s smoking habits, which enabled researchers to track the impact that smoking during pregnancy had on a baby’s birth weight and how it continued to affect different aspects of a child’s life into adulthood. This led to a public health campaign to stop women smoking whilst pregnant, Kate’s office said.

During a roundtable discussion, the duchess, 39, was shown graphs charting brain development from early childhood to early adulthood and how the environment plays a crucial role, as well as how a higher socio-economic status correlates to a greater amount of gray matter in a young child’s brain. Another slide explained how the study would look at factors like parental mental health, trauma, life events, stressors and regional and neighborhood characteristics in relation to child development.

[From People]

One of the professors with the UCL Centre told the press that Kate “asks the most pertinent questions. … It really shows that she is really interested in the subject because she is extremely knowledgeable. It’s like speaking to a colleague really.” Oh lord, give that poor woman a raise. Throughout People’s piece, you can tell that Kate’s office was merely briefing the press on what the UCL Centre is doing and describing their work almost as if Kate is responsible for it? Which is very strange, that the university didn’t want their own people briefing the media on what seems to be a UCL-exclusive study.

Anyway, I’ve said this a million times and I’ll say it a million more times: Kate’s busy-work around child development actually offends me. She’s trying to simplify reams of research into little keen soundbytes, but she already has the talking points she wants, negating the importance of actually collecting data and doing the groundwork of this kind of huge research project. She wants to breeze in and say “look, this is why the early years are important, no one knew this before me!” Plus, Kate continuously equates two-parent, affluent upbringings as the only “right” way to raise healthy children. It’s a f–king mess.

Duchess of Cambridge visits University College London

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  1. Haylie says:

    Lies.

    • MMadison says:

      Are the Brits that far behind the USA in understanding the importance of Early Childhood Education? Seriously we can save them a lot of trouble, money and resources. What more do they need to understand . YES….the sooner children are introduced to education the better. YES…certain factors have an impact on the development of children and if we improved those variables the better off the children will be in adulthood. The British have been studying this issue since 1940 and have learned very little so Kate the Duchess of Keenbridge is going to solve the problem??

      • Eurydice says:

        Well, clearly, *one* Brit is that far behind. Imagine if Kate was told she should be interested in astronomy – she’d be telling us it’s time we sent humans to the moon.

      • MMadison says:

        @Eurydice: Please take a look at the Keenbridge twitter site. There’s a picture of Kate listening to a lecture (I presume) on total grey matter over time as demonstrated by a graph. When I read your comment my first thought was Kate sitting in lecture listening to NASA Scientist explaining gravitational escape velocity and Kate making corrections on their equations.

      • Cessily says:

        Just read this.. she might want to address the reasons unicef is feeding hungry British children.. you know the exact age group she is such an expert on. UNICEF is feeding the most vulnerable, I’m sure she looses no sleep over this. By her behavior she shows she will make a perfect British Queen (consort)🙄

        https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/unicef-to-help-feed-british-kids-for-the-first-time-in-history-213261/

      • Becks1 says:

        Honestly if I was British I would be so embarrassed by her. She does make the Brits look really far behind in this area, which I’m sure is not the case. Her “roundtable” with Dr. Jill was also embarrassing. The future future queen consort is a total lightweight and everyone has to know it at this point, hence the desperate embiggening every year (around this time.)

      • Marilee says:

        @MMadison She had to look at graphs? Were there no pie charts available? I hope she understands the data.

      • Minnieder says:

        😂😂😂 @MARILEE “I hope she understands the data”

      • MMadison says:

        @Marilee: This one is a line graph instead of the infamous pie chart. Keen Duchess is looking at the graph with much interest with pen in hand and paper at the ready….I wonder what she actually wrote on that paper? Personally, I think she counting the minutes to her next tic tac snack.

      • Couch potato says:

        I doubt any country are as far behind in knowledge of the importance of early years as Keen clearly have been. The problem isn’t the lack of research or knowledge in Britain, the problem is that to many children grow up in powerty. As @Cessily link shows, UNICEF are feeding children in Britain ffs. She can be as keen as she want, but nothing will change unless she grabs her husbands tory buddys by the balls and tell them to change their politics. Hungry children with bad starts i life are mainly the result of shitty political decisions, but Keens can’t possibly say anything about the REAL problem, because royals are beond politics.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Marilee her dependence on pie charts and graphs, etc., and the deadly serious “I’m concentrating very hard right now!” face she makes while “studying” them will never not be funny to me. I’m only surprised that they’re not in color.

        This is *exactly* what Trump’s aides had to do: break down extremely complicated briefings into one or MAYBE two pages of bullet points— basically what people do when you say to someone “explain this to me like I’m five years old.”

        Except Kate did not say that; it’s just obvious to everyone that she’s only doing this because she has to do *something* and her m.o. for years has been to spout a few talking points that have never and will never change. She cannot grasp the complexity of the issues she’s discussing and they know it.

        All of us here could probably recite one of her speeches by now because it’s always just a recitation of the same exact phrases (many of which are highly problematic!! which is the reason why this professor’s quote is dangerous, imo).

        It’s honestly really gross and dangerous that a professor would make that comment, imo…to give Kate legitimacy that she absolutely did not earn— especially since, as I said above, a lot of what she says is incorrect and biased and just plain wrong. Idk if they did it for attention or to try and kiss Kate’s ass or what, but it will cause that person and others at UCL to lose credibility, which is unfortunate. All because everyone needs Kate to look good no matter what the consequences.

        I laughed out loud at “her peers” — but is it possible that even Kate genuinely believes that?!

        Also, I would pay money for someone to ask her, live on camera, how to spell “longitudinal” without looking it up.

      • Isabella says:

        Plus, she has nannies. How can the average person possibly relate?

      • Lyds says:

        Literally, we ALL know why children from affluent backgrounds have more brain matter…early engagement, parents who are available and able to interact with, read to, and provide for their children, better diets and lifestyles etc…and I only have an MA in education (not that you even need that to understand it).

        Kate, Kate, Kate…forget trying to “understand” the research, especially if you can’t apply it in any way.

      • PrincessK says:

        @MMadison, if you look closely the pen still has the cap on, it’s just a prop.

      • UCLstudent says:

        No, the UK aren’t that behind in terms of Early Years Research but we have two obstacles here: no one listens to academics, and early years is sadly on the “less respected” end in terms of education research. I’m sure it’s not that UCL “didn’t want their own people briefing the media on what seems to be a UCL-exclusive study” but trust me, as someone who goes to UCL and is in Education research, a lot of what we do goes unnoticed. I’m not a big Kate fan, and I think her 5 questions was the dumbest thing alive – all she had to do was a lit review and come with the same bloody answers – but here’s where the royal powers can be useful – shining a light on things that don’t otherwise get noticed.

    • DuchessL says:

      At least 8 years in, on early years “research”, after laying that bogus early years survey with absolutely nothing coming out of it and they says they’re still “at this early stage” point. I feel she’ll wanna get to 15 years of “exhaustive” research, demand credit for other people’s expertise and will want an legitimate title like “doctor” because she’s totally embarrassed to meet those grand people from all over the world without any real world work experience, no past professional position or no serious education. On the other hand, she cosplays good and is a ceo king maker. She profusely gives the vibe of lack of confidence, which is such a turn off for me and for William. He knows he married a no personality lazy robot that needs an upgrade.

      • JMoreno says:

        If Kate really wanted to do something she would ensure that every child in a government ran school would receive 2 meals for free paid for by the Sovereign Grant.

      • BeanieBean says:

        She’s not embarrassed by this, but she should be.

  2. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    Wiglets Says Words again. Well done, Wiglets.
    Perhaps a bit of research into the effects the £20/wk Universal Credit cut will have on hundreds of thousands of young children wouldn’t go amiss. Think about that when purchasing your newest coatdress.

    • LaraW” says:

      +1

      She epitomizes “let them eat cake.”

    • goofpuff says:

      Yes! There are real problems for young children and she doesn’t bother addressing them or even trying to help solve them. Probably because she’s a Tory and supports the Tory government. We all know William is.

      • TEALIEF says:

        On this thread because it’s spot on. Gimme a break with the freaking words, supporting research, and hand gestures. How about some food! How about a healthful breakfast to activate children’s brains and bodies, improve their cognitive function and memory. A decent hot lunch, and an afternoon snack just in case they don’t get a healthful dinner. Hungry and undernourished children can’t learn. Give up the wardrobe money for one year and sponsor a kitchen that caters to underprivileged parents with young children. Re-wearing a dress to prove like you’re just like everyone else – we see you and you know you are not – doesn’t cut it. Get your father in law with his sustainable farms to donate to the kitchen. Farm to the table of those in need. OMG these people are useless. They have the tools, money and access to make a real difference and improve their brand.

  3. Jezz says:

    She could go work at Goop. Ticks all the boxes: rich, bored, and taking credit for inventing ideas that have been popular for millennia.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Jezz, it’s funny that you say that because just yesterday, I read that GOOP has been hemorrhaging so many employees recently over low pay and poor treatment. It’s actually a perfect job for Kate, since god knows she doesn’t need the money, and she’s on about the same level as Gwyneth, intellectually speaking.

      (Actually, I take that back; Gwyneth is smarter. Kate could never create a company that would grow to be this size and considered fairly successful. My apologies to Gwyneth.)

  4. ModeratelyWealthy says:

    “asks the most pertinent questions. … It really shows that she is really interested in the subject because she is extremely knowledgeable. It’s like speaking to a colleague really.”

    Errr- Dr Jill Biden begs to differ.

    Theory: Her mini institute just exists to train her to appear knowledgeable, not to actually do research. Whoever came up with this visit, is good at his/her job. If Kkkate goes to visit a university per semester, and release something akin to a ” yearly report”, it would be a low effort/high gain for her. the RR would go bonkers about KKKate saving the children

    • JT says:

      Interesting how nobody knows what exactly those pertinent questions are. Why not film the discussion showing Kate being knowledgeable about her landmark work?

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        This! We get people telling us all about her, but if she was half this competent we should see it. When she is on camera… it’s a disaster and she says the most detached statements that are often insulting.

      • Lorelei says:

        Is it just me or did some of the articles about this visit imply that there’s yet ANOTHER survey on the way? Not conducted by Kate, but it will still reinforce how important surveys are in her mind. 🙄 She’ll probably consider herself ahead of the curve since she’s done a LANDMARK survey already, groundbreaking in its depth…how could any survey done by UCL possibly compare?!

      • ModeratelyWealthy says:

        @Lorelei oh no! another survey? a survey about the survey perhaps?

      • LMR says:

        Seriously, another f@cking survey? At what point to they use their findings and take action to help the kids? Two generations from now?

    • BeanieBean says:

      You know, when I gather with others in my profession–say, at annual conferences–we’re not standing around asking each other questions. We’re talking about our work, commenting on that, arguing, etc.; there’s really not a whole lot of questioning, comparatively speaking. This just reinforces the KP party line–Kate is learning. Always learning.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Ok, come to think of it, there are questions after presentations. But still, no doubt plenty of people were irked at the notion Kate could be considered a colleague in this arena.

  5. Merricat says:

    It offends me, as well. It is offensive for people to treat her as an “expert” when she has literally done nothing to deserve it. There are lots of people who have actually spent years studying these issues, and her “findings” turned up nothing new–”we need to study these issues in greater depth,” well, that’s what the actual experts have been doing. For years.
    What Kate knows about anything would fill a thimble. If you have the intelligence of a flea, you might be impressed, but in the U.S., we celebrate hard work, which includes research. Kate didn’t even have enough information on her “specialty” to contribute meaningfully to the roundtable that Dr. Biden had so anticipated.
    This soft-serve royalty isn’t worth the taxpayers’ money. Abolish the monarchy.

    • Pao says:

      The funny part about people portraying her as an “expert” is that in the years she did absolutely nothing she could have actually gone to school and gotten a degree in this field.

      • The Hench says:

        Also it sounds as though somebody keeps pressing the reset button on the Kate bot. Not only is this a pile of nonsense in that Kate has done nothing to further the cause but she keeps on parroting the same soundbites. It’s been like three years since she launched this initiative and she is still saying exactly the same things.

        Will there ever be any results? I think we know the answer to that

    • Noodle says:

      There are a couple of avenues to becoming an expert in anything. The first, and most recognizable, is to pursue an advanced degree (preferably terminal) in the field. The second, which is a valid pathway although not as revered, is to have a unique and/or deep experience within the field. She has neither.

      Being a mom, while critically important, is not a pathway to early childhood education (ECE) expertise. While my doctorate and relevant experience is not in ECE, I am an expert in the field of K12 education and have published and presented as part of my tenure at my university. I have many colleagues who have decades worth of research, experience and publishing within ECE, and even they would probably claim that they still have a lot to learn. What we know about early childhood changes rapidly from decade to decade. The “true” experts know there is always more to learn, and they have to stay engaged and in the trenches in order to maintain currency, and more importantly, humility. It chuffs me to see someone acclaimed as an expert, when she has done nothing to create, maintain, or share any sort of real insight. It diminishes the hard work of those truly contributing to the field.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Noodle, the word “expert” seems to be thrown around quite liberally in the UK. I can’t even count the number of people who are self-described “royal experts” even though there’s no clear definition of wtf it even is; it seems that a few of us on CB could make some $ by selling ourselves to the BM as “royal experts” …none of the people who go on tv shows to opine about the royals are ever asked about their credentials or what exactly makes them an expert in the area.

        (I also agree with what you said about how it diminishes the work of the actual professionals; I used the word “credibility” instead, but we were making the same point and I think it’s a valid one considering a lot of what Kate says is extremely problematic.
        I wonder if that professor was reprimanded in any way, for those exact reasons, after that quote was published.)

    • Eurydice says:

      The weird thing is that she doesn’t have to be an expert and nobody’s asking her to. There are plenty of experts around – all she needs to be is interested. What there’s not plenty of is money – and that’s where she can give actual help. She’s got a foundation; she can fund some research. That wouldn’t even take any work on her part – just get her minions to scout out likely recipients and then she can swan in as Lady Bountiful.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Eurydice, exactly. Her role is to call attention to some of these issues and highlight the work the actual experts are doing. The end.
        Pre-Meghan, she didn’t seem concerned with being known as one of the “thought leaders” in the field (lmao).
        IMO Meghan made her feel so insecure that she felt she had to have a big “thing” like this, just as Harry has Invictus, etc.
        But imo it’s time for them to admit that this little experiment —which we all know was thrown together quickly just so it appeared that Kate also cared about something, and to grab some headlines when Meghan’s cookbook was released — was a failure and let her go back to just doing random engagements for the sole purpose of upping her numbers; she can now go back to her Pre-Meghan days and not have to keep pretending to be passionate about anything.

  6. Amy Bee says:

    I agree. The way the visit was promoted almost made it seem like Kate’s research centre was involved in UCL’s project. I wonder if KP have realised that they’re in over their head with this busy work. I think an easier project for Kate would have been encouraging children to take up a sport.

    • Pao says:

      Kate could actually do a lot of tangible work with this topic. The reason why this is just a fail is because she and her team are focusing more on propping keen up, than actually highlighting early childhood research and fundraising.

      • Amy Bee says:

        Pao: People already know the answers to the questions she’s trying to solve. More funding, more support for parents and building a more equitable society. Kate as a member of the Royal Family is incapable bring about these changes as they will directly impact her way of life. And like her husband’s project, it needs political will. The Tory Government haa made drastic cuts to early childhood care and education. Is she going to call out her Government for doing so and advocate for more support? I think we know the answer to that.

      • Pao says:

        @amy bee: you are absolutely right and i agree with you. But still she could do more tangible work than what she’s actually been doing. How about working with charities that support lower income families? The baby banks drive she did last year comes to mind. We can say a lot about this woman, but i’ll never trash on her for fundraising for charities. That certainly would help a lot more than playing pretend scientist.

      • PrincessK says:

        There are so many things Kate could do to make an impact. With that garden play thing she supported, l thought of a dozen things she could have done to make it more meaningful. She is just toeing the line given to her and doesn’t seem to have any desire to push boundaries. In the 21st century she needs to do more.

    • L84Tea says:

      What I find offensive is that we know there is no research center. I think their center is the equivalent of someone on their team looking around the room, pointing at a desk, and saying, “There. That one. That’s the research center.” It’s all a complete joke that they’re trying to pass off as ground breaking.

  7. Millennial says:

    I mean, research is good, but it’s also already pretty clear. Things that alleviating poverty will help children in their early years the most. But I’m guessing she won’t tackle that issue.

    • Esmerelda says:

      Yep – this conclusion, “a higher socio-economic status correlates to a greater amount of gray matter in a young child’s brain”, is super alarming in the wake of rising income inequality, but Kate cannot take the findings and turn them into recommendations for government policy. The university can and should issue recommendations, but its association with the “apolitical” Royal Family might stifle its language or make it subject to criticism (aka “drawing the Duchess into the political fray”).
      It’s sounding like a Conservative stitch up, where it looks like the issue is being handled, while making it inappropriate to ask for direct government action.
      Sit down Kate, you’re not helping.

      • Becks1 says:

        Sometimes I feel like Kate just wants to know that she is doing everything right. The point of this research is to validate her life choices. Her children have a very high socio-economic status obviously, so therefore she’s right and she’s a good mother and her children are going to be fine. She and her husband are still married, so therefore they’re good parents. etc. This seems to me to be more about making Kate feel good about herself as opposed to actually helping others.

      • LaraW” says:

        I suppose she has to get validation somewhere. She’s certainly not getting it from William, we all know she has no friends, and she was completely invalidated by the Mushroom Mob. Is she even still close to Pippa? I haven’t seen them together in a while.

        I hope she doesn’t try to put the burden of emotional support on her children. But I kind of wouldn’t put it past her to constantly project her insecurities that she relies on Charlotte and Louis to alleviate. Maybe George? It’s just a toxic situation all around.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Laraw, lmao at “Mushroom Mob” 😂

        IMO, if in fact Kate is genuinely passionate about the Early Years, she should look to someone like Michael J. Fox as a sort of blueprint. He was so popular and so young when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s that he actually DID raise awareness of it. He does everything he can do to raise $, then hands it over to the scientists through his foundation. He’s constantly (well, pre-Covid) making appearances at those Comic-Con types of events (somehow Back to the Future qualifies?) and sits there for hours and hours posing for photos with fans and signing autographs. I took my son to meet him once at one of those and we were on line for *hours.* And he did stuff like this constantly, all over the country, and really does raise a substantial amount of money that goes directly to Parkinson’s research. Not once ever has he tried to pretend he’s any sort of expert, or post photos of him sitting in on meetings, taking notes on the latest research or whatever — he knows that his value is making people aware of what Parkinson’s is and raising as much money as he can by using his popularity in that way. People want to meet him, so he uses it to raise $ for his foundation, his fans are happy, win-win all around. It must SUCK to do these events as often as he did, for years, but it was effective and his foundation is now seen as legitimate within that community.

    • Truthiness says:

      If she held fundraisers for early years food insecurity, early years clothes/essentials, and early years books she could start making an impact immediately. Read books and more books to little children! Affordable daycare for low income workers. There is so much she could do TODAY. Gaaah this family.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Truthiness, my ridiculously long comment above this one was meant to be a reply to yours, but somehow it ended up there.

        And re: everything I said, I’m sure she considers herself above all that; the whole family would probably find it tacky. It’s totally fine when it’s done at a higher level and kept quiet about (see: Charles 🙄)

        I’m not even suggesting she actually sign autographs or whatever, but if she would agree to be the “Guest of Honor” at a gala and they auctioned off signed copies of Hold Still, that would raise a decent amount. They can charge much more per table if her name is on the invitation.

        I’m talking more broadly about how she views her role and thoughtfully considers the most effective way to help her patronages.

        They are always insisting that they’re “not celebrities!” even though they very clearly are.

      • Nic919 says:

        I think we are putting too much time in analyzing why Kate is doing this. None of her life choices show she cares about any of this. It is simply a topic that gets a free pass since she gave birth so it’s assumed she knows about parenting and it fits with the traditional expectations of women. If Kate cared about this topic she would have done more than she has. As it is she just does the most basic things and she is not smart enough to fake it. She got caught out at the meeting with Dr. Biden, where you see what someone who has worked on a topic for years really sounds like.

        It’s a PR exercise and nothing more for Kate to try to cover for the fact that she is a valid selfish shallow person living a luxurious lifestyle at the expense of taxpayers.

      • Truthiness says:

        I agree with both of you Lorelei and Nic. It’s like that tale of The Emperor Has No Clothes, except it’s a Duchess who aspires to be some kind of Queen. Look posh, talk posh, do nothing and stand for nothing. Oh and when your husband has left you, the Queen gives you a prized medal for pretending nothing has happened. That’s her calling, pretending when there is nothing behind it.

  8. Pao says:

    “The Duchess of Cambridge has made the area focusing on the first five years of kids’ lives as a key part of her public work and said today, “Our early childhoods shape our adult lives and knowing more about what impacts this critical time is fundamental to understanding what we as a society can do to improve our future health and happiness.”

    Im going to start counting the amount of times she says this

    And also this: “ as well as how a higher socio-economic status correlates to a greater amount of gray matter in a young child’s brain”

    I’m wondering if kate will start advocating how we can end poverty and inequality and I wonder if she’ll hold the UK government accountable (i already know the answer to these questions)

    • Eurydice says:

      Best not to make it a drinking game – counting is safer.

    • Jan90067 says:

      Did THIS stand out to anyone else???

      “Another slide explained how the study would look at factors like parental mental health, trauma, life events, stressors and regional and neighborhood characteristics in relation to child development.”

      Apparently this part of her “education” didn’t stand out to the FF Keen Kween, since she didn’t seem to take this into account when dumping on her sister in law during both her pregnancies.

      • terra says:

        @Jan90067: Any reaction to that quote would require her to care even a bit about her brother-in-law’s part-black baby, and – as her behavior clearly illustrates – she does not.

        I’m entirely certain that the hypocrisy goes right over her head.

      • Jan90067 says:

        Oh, Terra, I *know* that! The hypocrisy and the disconnect are what I’m talking about. It didn’t even faze her/them to put that part of the statement out.

        Then again, the people that follow her drivel and play act wouldn’t connect the dots either.

  9. Eurydice says:

    It doesn’t say she’s committed to actually doing any research herself, but OK. So, she’s committed to supporting in-depth research done by others – how is she doing that? Is her Keen Foundation donating any money to this project? Or is her support just showing up with a photographer and making researchers give her a presentation? How will a piece in People do any good for early years whatsit or for UCL, which has been doing this kind of research for 75 years?

  10. Noki says:

    Do you guys remember the Friends ‘pivot’ episode where Chandler has had enough of hearing ‘pivot’. Thats what it feels like hearing ‘early years’ on a constant superficial loop.

  11. The Duchess says:

    I don’t think anymore research is necessary, especially when it comes to the field she’s so keen in right now with her Arrrrly Yars. The answer is staring her right in the face and it’s the elephant in the room. Tory austerity and cuts have a lot to answer for in why the children of today are suffering so much. Kate would never actually confront this issue because that would mean she would be getting political and way too above her station. This is why she keeps towing the “I’m off to do some more keen research” line because what else can she do for this project without actually confronting the rotting core of it? A mess.

  12. Zebz says:

    Funny I saw a video from this visit and Kate was completely unintelligible. It’s impossible to understand her even in a relaxed setting. Masked or unmasked. It’s not just speeches. She can’t speak period. There another video of her visit with the tarantula and she was trying to speak but nothing was coming out. William looked totally humiliated by her. The way he looked at Kate was simply wow. No wonder he doesn’t look at her anymore.

    • Noki says:

      Yes i saw that vid,i was rather surprised. She was tryng to ask if it takes time for the tarantula to do……???? I think she gets stumped,its terrible. Its like an emotional stutter ,she knows she has eyes and ears on her. She over thinks even the most basic of conversations,if she would just relax and be casual then conversations would flow more naturally.

      • Zebz says:

        It’s uncomfortable to watch. She is totally out of her depth where ever she goes and it’s becoming hard to hide. Hence the press trying to embiggen her. The videos of these events tell the true story. She didn’t used to be like this. In her engagement video she spoke fine. I wonder what happened to her to cause this. It’s like she got worse over time.

      • IRISH EYES says:

        No Kate apologist here, but I have noticed that she is more relaxed without William around. Perhaps she said the “wrong” thing a few times in the early married years and William made such a song and dance about it, that she is now “rehearsing” every sentence in her head before saying a word. Or saying nothing at all beyond the platitudes accepted by her husband. Kate seems to be a sporty person, and when left to her own devices, enthusiastic and fun. Why could the courtiers or advisors not steer her in the direction of advocating sports or at least outside activities that don’t cost a fortune, to help children stay healthy, look after their mental health and foster a team/community spirit? Its still part of her Heads Together/Early Years remit, but in a way that she can contribute without making herself so tense and miserable that it all looks set to fail before it gets off the ground?

      • Becks1 says:

        She is definitely more comfortable when William is not around, which tells you a lot about their marriage.

      • JT says:

        @Irish Eyes Kate could steer herself towards more sports related activities but she chooses not to. This entire early years business was cooked up to compete with Meghan, as has been said here many times. These major projects and huge initiatives were never on her radar, or William’s for that matter, in the seven years prior to Meg coming along. The palace doesn’t even care about things like Invictus, they would be perfectly fine with Kate doing a few hundred bread and butters a year like Anne does. Kate wouldn’t make too many waves and she would be reinventing the royal business model either. This all about KP PR trying to make it look like she is doing something, anything, substantial just like the other duchess. If the British press wasn’t working overtime to prop her up, she would be laughed out of the room already.

      • Amy Too says:

        Could you imagine if Kate became a whatever the British equivalent of Girl Scouts is troop leader? Or if she coached a kids soccer or softball team? That would give her multiple engagements to count towards the court circular each month, those engagements would be fun for her and she wouldn’t have to pretend to be smart around adults, it could be framed around how important it is for kids to be involved in sport and team activities (plus outside plus exercise plus community building), and it would probably encourage tons of moms to want to be a troop leader/coach as well. She could start her own little league! It could become a big thing, with the foundation funding equipment and any fees. A big “Get out and Coach” campaign would inspire so many parents, and thus their kids, to do these sort of outside, team building, community spirit things.

        If it’s successful, it could branch out to all kinds of other stuff if you’re not a sporty person: painting group, chess club, gardening club, math club, whatever else. A nation wide push for people to invest their time and energy and expertise is young kids, giving them a fun, safe space to go, forming those community connections, could be super effective at improving many of these risk factors that lead to problems in adulthood that keep being mentioned.

      • JT says:

        If the courtiers were actually competent advisors, they would advise Kate to give up on this early years mess and get to doing the royal work she is actually capable of: handing out plaques and cutting ribbons. Enough of wasting everyone’s time and money, because that’s where the Royal Foundation money is going, on trying to be an expert in a subject that is completely out of her depth. I think the palace needs to shut down this expert stunt she’s got going on and make her fulfill her actual duties beyond having babies. And get the girl some public speaking classes goddamn it. Enough is enough.

      • The Duchess says:

        They can’t shut it down because Meghan still exists point plank. This one-sided competition has been all of their own making and Kate is struggling to compete. It’s been 2/3 years since her Arrrrrly Yaaaars has launched and what does she have to show for it? The moment they shut it all down is the moment Meghan has won in a competition she’s never been competing in, in the first place. That’s something they can’t afford to do because that would prove:

        1) The courtiers are seriously deluded
        2) Kate isn’t worth the propping up she gets
        3) Meghan has been right about them all this time

      • Blessed says:

        Amy, they probably don’t want that, it might actually improve the mental health of parents AND kids, and I don’t think they want that. People may wake up to how they’re being conned and their right-wing base might see it as the RF telling them what to do, being political, woke, etc. The reason they haven’t accomplished anything is they’re doing exactly what the government & media want them to do, which is nothing. I’m in the U.S. but to me it looks like they want to keep people miserable so the Q & RF come to the rescue by giving them ‘hope & a sense of pride.’

      • JT says:

        @ The Duchess I totally get your point but would anybody even remember the Early Years mess if they shut it down? It’s that unremarkable. They could just pretend it never happened like they do with everything involving the Keens. It’s just so embarrassing at this point.

      • Amy Too says:

        Blessed, it certainly does seem that the RF get inordinately pissed at any initiative that provides actual results. So maybe you’re right. In which case, just abolish the monarchy.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      @Zebz, I agree with you about the engagement video. My opinion, she was speaking more naturally. It seems like how (the work on the posher accent) she says something is more important than what she is saying. It’s part of the reason why she is bad at off the cuff questions. She hasn’t had time to practice the answer in an upper crusty accent. Her brain can’t multi-task the two things or retain all that “research”. It can’t just be William making her nervous, right? Because they are the perfectest of perfect in their marriage and just totally gel with each other in modernizing the monarchy. *snort*

  13. Roserose says:

    Oh goody. Another opportunity for a rich white lady to tell non rich non white purple how they’re doing it all wrong.

  14. OriginalLala says:

    I can assure you all that none of those profs take her seriously. I’m an academic at a national research institution and we sometimes have to deal with rich, powerful folks like this who like to think of themselves as academics with real bona-fide expertise and it’s always all kinds of fun (sarcasm) to deal with them since they inevitably think they know more than you, the person with the actual PhD in the field…*sigh*

    What a waste of time and money Kate is…

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      @OriginalLala, honest question, are the words ‘gray matter’ used often in research you’ve seen? I know some people involved with early childhood development and don’t recall them saying that. My memory of those words being used is associated with Hercule Poirot and being interchangeable with little gray cells. (slightly confused-isn’t gray usually spelled grey in England and Americans usually spell it gray?)

      Based on things the BRF in England have done over the years, their higher socio economic status doesn’t reflect a greater level of gray/grey matter. But, they have some grey men.

  15. Becks1 says:

    Yes, it is offensive. KP needs to pick a lane. This visit, in itself, would be fine. Kate is visiting a university that is launching what truly IS a landmark study, as opposed to the 5 Big Questions from last year etc. The study seems like its going to bring in some new information and the researchers seem excited about it. It’s a good visit in itself.

    But then the PR veers into how this aligns with Kate’s own “work” and how talking to Kate is like “talking to a colleague really” – I don’t even think her stans actually believe that.

    These are actual experts who are actually working and researching on this subject. Kate is just playing at it and you know they all know that.

    What I did find interesting is how the statement from KP is about how Kate is “committed to supporting greater in-depth research.” Not a peep about her own Early Years center which SHOULD be doing that greater in-depth research, right? I wonder if that’s just going to disappear for another two years.

    • JT says:

      I think the Keenwell center has already disappeared and it would be easy for it to just fade away into the distance. That little center was DOA even at the time of its announcement and it’s not like there was any engagement on that story anyway. I think that’s why Kate is trying to attach herself onto this university’s research and “claiming” it as her work, because her project is being swept underneath the rug where it should be. The only losers her are the actual experts whose work is being touted as Kate’s.

      • Zebz says:

        That center was and is ridiculous. I would like to know who is working there, what are they studying, what are their qualifications. Or even just a picture that the center actually exists. They are make things overly difficult for themselves when it could be so easy. Meghan didn’t try to reinvent the wheel she kept it simple with her projects while fulfilling specific needs. This is what they all should be doing. Not just raising awareness” but actual help. I don’t mean just Kate, I mean the entire royal family.

      • HeatherC says:

        The Keenwell Center isn’t ready for photographers. It’s still being decorated with buttons sourced from around the world to represent poor POC who made the buttons just for her.

  16. lanne says:

    Kate doesn’t need to pretend to do research. She doesn’t even need to highlight the research that’s being done. If she really wanted to leave her mark on the issue, she would be considering what the research means for parents. She would be focusing on policy initiatives that aid parents and support young families, and she would be highlighting specific practices that could help parents support their young children through their important milestones.

    She had a pandemic where children were stuck at home with parents. Without much work on her part, she could have talked about coping strategies, engagement with children, active play, healthy and easy meals, any number of things. This could have been her moment where she actually showed some leadership in a way that was important and where she even had some authority as a parent. It could have been a space she could claim for her own, without messy and awkward comparisons to Meghan. (Indeed, the ratchets could crow, “eat your heart out Meghan! Kate has a work ethic too!” for what it’s worth).

    Instead we got a pie chart that George could have made in his primary school class. (Perhaps George did make the pie chart).

    This is a no-brainer for Kate and for her staff. Which tells me that neither she, nor her staff, have any brains. If Kate really wants to be as beloved as the Queen Mother, she has to earn that love from the public. Looking pretty in a dress isn’t going to cut it. Neither she nor her husband seem to understand that love has to be earned. It isn’t something you’re entitled to, even if you have a title.

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Lanne: Kate could have really leaned into that image of being a mother and done short YouTube clips of activities for children and other tips for parents. I think people would have been receptive to that and she would have had an opportunity for the public to get to know her better.

      • Courtney B says:

        Early on I thought she, and William, might do this. They seemed more active for awhile on zoom. Then poof. It could’ve been perfect. Get numbers up, no real pressure, no getting ready or traveling. Focus on what you’re (supposedly) interested in. Get positive pr, bond more with the public (‘we’re in this together’). Win-win. But nope. KP never misses a chance to miss a chance.

      • The Duchess says:

        @CourtneyB: Because KP has a serious laziness issue. They proved that when they kicked off over the alleged 5am emails that Meghan sent them.

        W&K will never truly understand what hard work entails and how you have to earn your love from the public. They are surrounded by lazy sycophants who don’t even have a shared brain cell between them. Kate could do so much more, with examples like @AmyBee perfectly stated, but she won’t because she can’t. The moment she does, she will be viewed as a productive royal and that will put a huge target on her back. We all saw that from the moment Meghan walked in there with her brilliant ideas. The only difference is, Meghan’s man had her back. Kate’s man will be the one shoving her out the door.

      • Becks1 says:

        They could have done so much and tied it into raising money.

        Example: Show us a video of the kids and parents making the homemade pasta that they delivered. People get to see them interacting, not just in pictures, they get to see one of their kitchens, and then show us the pasta being delivered and THEN include a link to a charity that was working to provide food to seniors during the pandemic or something similar. that would have been a massive hit, gotten them huge headlines, and probably raised a lot of money.

        But instead we got pictures of Charlotte and George walking in the rain with William while only one child is under the umbrella.

      • Amy Too says:

        Or like a little podcast that would harken back to the Fireside chats of FDR or whatever the equivalent was in the UK during the war, when people would gather around their radios to hear their leaders inspire them, give updates, tell them what was needed right now from the people, and basically just reinforce the whole “we’re all in this together!” type of thing. A pandemic where everyone is locked down at home is a BIG deal, and people were scrambling and stressed, not knowing what to do with themselves, with their kids, when it would all end, etc. A weekly chat where she could talk about how she and her family were dealing with it all, pass on resource information on where to get food for your kids, how to apply for this type of monetary relief or that type of rental assistance, a call to action where she tells people who can donate time or money where their efforts are needed, and then a few fun crafts/recipes/activities so people are sent off with some kind of idea for what they and their children can do that week. It would have been interesting to have it Nanny Maria be her cohost. She’s a Princess living in a palace and we all know it, so including the nanny and other people who work for her could be interesting/aspirational. Aspirational in that British aristo way that so many Brits seem to look up to. That almost patronizing way where they seem to feel better knowing that their Duchess cares enough about the little people to have her own little people come on and connect with the rest of the plebs. Very Downton Abbey. She could interview her gardener about what’s easy to plant at home with kids, or her housekeeper about the best ways to sanitize things.

        Or if not a podcast, since she’s the worst speaker in the history of speaking, a newsletter or blog.

    • sunny says:

      This is way too smart and practical advice for Keen or her team to be interested in. I know we talk about how dim TOB and the Duchess of Buttons are but what always gets me is how bad their team is at working!!! Like how are you so incompetent? My only answer is that people are hired to keep the Keens pleased as opposed to delivering on any other objectives.

  17. Killfanora says:

    So tell us something we DON’T know Kate! It’s bloody initiatives to solve the problems we all know exist that’s needed, not regurgitating the same reasons they do exist, FFS.

  18. Scorpion says:

    Aaaahhhh Arrrrly Yarrrss….😂

    Crowing about her dedication to the issue when we have Tory government is a waste of hers and everyone else’s time.

  19. cathy says:

    She definitely had a facelift. The recovery time for a facelift is 3 to 4 weeks which explains her absences. Is William’s new side chick is blond? Because kate’s hair is becoming blonde day by day which is unusual because he used to dye her hair dark browns like rose or jecca. Early childhood depends upon lots of factors like race, country, social status, and parents’ marriage. Kate needs to take her own advice because her own son Prince George looks sad always. He might know about their parent’s marriage and look miserable. heck, even William and harry look a lot happier when they are younger, given their parent’s shenanigans. In 20 years we will see how Cambridge children behave and whether fake marriages save these children from the Windsor curse.

  20. Layla says:

    It’s so interesting to see the differences of round table discussions of Meghan and Kate. Their behaviour, their attention span, the amount of cooperation towards the discussion.

  21. swirlmamad says:

    Dammit, this woman and her keenness is so tiresome. JUST DO SOMETHING ALREADY instead of constantly telling us how committed you are to do it! It’s like wash, rinse, repeat for these idiotic RRs.

  22. Aurora says:

    The gesturing hands crack me up. I was looking at older pics of her at engagements and she always carried a clutch and her hands remained still. It’s clear someone told her to emulate Meghan’s gesturing.

    • Zebz says:

      I think it was William. Or she felt compelled to do so to keep Williams attentions. The behavior of Kate gives away Williams true feelings for Meghan. No way would his wife be trying to alter her face (eyebrows) to look like Meghan if he wasn’t in love with her. She tries to dress like her, move her hands like her, give speeches like her, have projects like her, pose for pics with William like meghan does Harry. The problem is she is out of her depth and can’t pull it off. Hence Williams disappointment every time he looks at her. She has form for doing this to other women he is interested but this has been the most extreme example. It’s getting into psycho territory.

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Aurora: I think Kate was told that if did a lot of hand gestures she would look engaged and intelligent. But in terms of her not carrying a clutch, I agree with you she’s taken that from Meghan. At a lot of engagements, especially those in London and on tour she didn’t carry a bag.

  23. Belli says:

    By doing… what?

    This supposed passion for early years child development is all about propping up Kate. How do we know? Because when someone has a passion, they do something with it. Oh wait, her team (I don’t think the PR ever even tried to say it was actually her?) wrote a 5 question survey that had the same depth as what a 12 year old might come up with if they’d forgotten about their “Write a questionnaire” homework until they were on the bus to school.

    Her PR team need to stop the “she’s been working towards this for 10 years” line. Not only because it’s not true, but because if it was it would mean that a woman with who has been passionate about this subject for 10 years and has 10 times the resources and time of anyone else has achieved… erm… nothing. That’s so embarrassing.

  24. mariahlee says:

    It’s interesting they’re making this play so hard in American publications, considering all the political action occurring in the US with the child tax credit and increasing momentum for child care and ECE funding. That’s the real significance of this kind of research, but as others have stated, Kate will never go there. Also, she has even less power to influence policy in the US, since we’re not obligated to recognize her “work” as “service” to the country. In conclusion, the purpose of this PR is to make her appear serious and substantive to an audience that only knows her for what she wears.

    I wonder if it’s working?

  25. Margaret says:

    I would appreciate hearing what the intelligent questions were?. I wonder if she was parroting, Dr.. JILL Bidens questions regarding early childhood development.

  26. Square_bologna says:

    “Committed to supporting, blah blah blah …”
    Reminds me of a summary of the procrastination mindset (can’t remember who said it) … “Commencing to proceed to get started.” 🙄

    • Amy Too says:

      The Kate version would be “keen to keenly commence keenly preparing to keenly get started in a very keen way!”

  27. Noor says:

    Why no questions asked by the Parliament or the press on the need for and usefulness of the Centre for Early Years set up by Kate in Kensington Palace .

    Is it redundant or in competition for scarce resources and funding with other existing centers or organisations ? Is she doing the research work best left to professionals and early childhood experts who are trained and certified experts in the field of early years of childhood.

    It is so befuddling.

  28. El says:

    “ It REALLY shows that she is REALLY interested in the subject because she is EXTREMELY knowledgeable. It’s like speaking to a colleague REALLY.”

    Trying too hard to convince us. I’m yet to hear information from this vanity project that offers true insight.

  29. ChattyCath says:

    Nothing about derisory Benefits and support when a child is sick. Nothing about the closure of Sure Start Centres, provision of safe outdoor space in urban areas, the astronomical cost of good shoes, warm clothes for school (not supermarket see through) rising cost of fuel… its POLITICAL so she cherry picks others’ research and comes up with the old upper class trope ‘the poor are to blame for their own situation’. That’s not deemed ‘political’? Give me a break I’m incandescent.

  30. Jay says:

    So the benchmark for Kate is a survey from the fifties, when it was groundbreaking information that smoking while pregnant is harmful? That sounds about right, actually.

    But it sounds like at least that questionaire collected a range of vital info directly, rather than a glorified survey monkey poll without any parameters. Anybody could have answered those 5 questions, and they weren’t even well designed. It’s continually infuriating, the gap between what a competent person of Kate’s position could do, and what she actually does. She’s always keen to someday support a commitment, someday.

  31. Over it says:

    Never mind, my iPad refuses to write what I said.lol

  32. LaraW” says:

    I know she had that ridiculous story about being a Royal Revolutionary and we started calling her Keen Guevarra, but at this point she’s copying another iconic royal female: Marie Antoinette. Her perfomative concern about children’s early years, especially given the huge psychological effect covid has had and will continue to have on children, and now the fact that Unicef is feeding UK children— this is like her going about dressed as a shepherdess.

    • Becks1 says:

      It really is. Kate showed up to a movie premiere in a new $$$ dress and that was supposed to “lift spirits” or whatever while the UK is in the midst of an economic crisis.

      • Tessa says:

        And the way the media goes on about that gold dress, one would think Kate won the Pulitzer Prize or something like that. She just dressed up for a movie premiere and as always nothing of substance. And right in the middle of a fuel shortage too! That would not “warm the heart” of people needing fuel to drive to work.

    • Maria says:

      I don’t know, Marie Antoinette established a home for unmarried mothers, gave liberally to the Maison Philanthropique, adopted peasant children and paid the food and medical bills of many families. She never actually dressed up as a shepherdess. When Marie Antoinette outshines your philanthropic work you know you’re in trouble.
      Unfortunately Kate’s model is that of the Queen and the other British royal women – lip service to important causes, and then they get in their cars and go home.

      • Emma says:

        Marie Antoinette dressed up as a peasant at a play farm. Polonaise style.

      • Maria says:

        I understand where you would think that, but no, she didn’t. She did dress “En gaulle” in muslin dresses which were meant to be simple and were mocked in the “libelles” of the time as being shepherdess costume (meant to deride her for acting low-class), but it wasn’t a shepherdess costume. En Polonaise was a different style with draped, more elaborate overskirts.
        As far as the play farm – it was an actual dairy and animal farm where she employed and paid the residents/workers. The products were served with fruit grown on the grounds of the Petit Trianon to her guests. It’s actually really neat, if you visit it today the ducks, geese, rabbits, and chickens are still there!
        The point of it was simplicity, not cosplay. Of course, it still was naive and massively privileged, but she wasn’t actually trying to be something she wasn’t, is my main point if that makes sense.
        She did *play* a shepherdess in the private theatre of the Petit Trianon though in theatrical productions, though, so that’s probably where the legend arose.
        Sorry to ramble, lol.

  33. Nyro says:

    She didn’t make the cover of a single British paper for this stunt. She even rewore an ill-fitting Zara dress and you know the BP love when she does that. Instead, nothing. But someone else did make the cover of the papers yesterday, Boris Johnson’s wife. And boy, are the Keen stans livid. They’re accusing Carrie Johnson of copying Keen and some are even saying she paid someone to knock Keen’s very important, unprecedented, and history-making research visit off of the front pages. LOL, it just goes to show how no one actually buys into Waity and her busy work when there’s no Meghan to compare her to. That’s the only time she really gets any attention now. She solely exists for the British media to say, “see, Meghan?! This is how a real duchess behaves!!” Other than that, she’s such a non-factor that even Carrie Johnson overshadows her.

    • Lady D says:

      Did her and Bojo get married? I thought they were living common-law.

    • Marivic says:

      The royal rota clowns will now be after Carrie Johnson. They will tear her apart and take her down for competing with and overshadowing Kate.

      • Jaded says:

        They’ve already gone after her for over-stepping her boundaries as BoJo’s unofficial “influencer” and overspending on redecorating. The PM’s office is strictly limited to a certain amount of public monies in order to decorate but she’s gone hog-wild.

  34. Over it says:

    I wish Katie keen would just listen to you Kaiser and just commit to full time button research. She would really excel there.

  35. Lizzie says:

    She’s committed to photo op’s. Nothing more.

  36. Izzy says:

    “ asks the most pertinent questions. … It really shows that she is really interested in the subject because she is extremely knowledgeable. It’s like speaking to a colleague really.”

    Really, it sounds like she’s really keen about this. Really.

  37. February-Pisces says:

    Everything kate does regarding ‘early years’ is just smoke and mirrors, entirely performative. Her dumb AF 5 question survey was for what purpose? Where did her “research” actually go and what did it achieve? Absolutely nothing, because that would require more work.

    She’s a joke, and you only have to look back to the polo match when kate saw archie for the first time to see just how much she really cares. She couldn’t even be bothered to meet her own nephew for the first time. She didn’t give AF about the mental well being of a pregnant woman she she helped make her suicidal by spreading lies about her.

  38. Jaded says:

    There has been a 62% increase in food bank usage in the UK. That is staggering. Why doesn’t she address the very serious problem of food insecurity for children? No, instead she shows up at a movie premiere dressed like a Miss Universe contestant. Why doesn’t she organize food drives? Why isn’t she doing charity auctions and fund-raisers for food banks? Because she can’t. She’s too stupid, unmotivated and selfish to begin to realize what it must be like for kids to go to bed hungry. To wake up hungry. To get their one meal of the day at school. No f*cking wonder kids are suffering from a myriad of mental health problems. They’re scared. They’re hungry. That kind of stress isn’t something a pie chart fixes Kate. Get off your bony ass and do something constructive. You don’t need a PhD to raise money or donate money.

    • kelleybelle says:

      This!!

      • kelleybelle says:

        How many shots do they need of Kate “talking” with her hands to show she’s “really keen.” Kind of a turnoff because we know how phony it is.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      Exactly @ Jaded. Having food helps develop gray matter too.

      World Food Day is Saturday, October 16th. Kate could have been announcing some kind of charity event to raise money-give directly to food banks, shelters, programs not through their foundation. Something instead of flouncing around pretending to be an expert.

      Empty Bowls (I think is global) is an event I’ve participated in for a long time. A 4/5 hour event in may area alone raised 40 – 50k. Money that went to people & groups in need locally.

    • Kalana says:

      Kate’s not going to do anything to mess up her money. Her comfort comes first.

  39. PoppedBubble says:

    “One of the professors with the UCL Centre told the press that Kate “asks the most pertinent questions…” The fact that the professor isn’t named is suspect to me. Like I can imagine the profs calling each other going, “Did you say that? No? Me either.”

  40. EllenOlenska says:

    So what’s her excuse for the Queens own children?

  41. Ania says:

    This „research” is brillant, it sounds like corporate „we are analysing it to plan a strategy….” which usually means „we still have nothing”. So Kate will endlessly research sth that has already been researched and nothing will come out of it.

    All her projects are only about her, how she’s keen to learn and nothing about what she can do to help the cause. I wonder if she realises how useless she is. She should buy the infamous Melania jacket and wear it everyday.

  42. Kalana says:

    Kate is a deeply cynical person. The emptiness of her Early Years “work” is a bit shocking. There is nothing there and she just keeps lying with a big smile on her face. And it’s all unnecessary! She could choose to do real work but she prefers to lie. It’s so weird and dysfunctional. Kate is bonkers.

    At the very least, Earthshot will actually give money away. William was mildly charming during the investiture ceremonies. Oddly enough William actually might be more sincere about royal work than Kate.

    • Tessa says:

      I don’t think either of them are sincere. If William appreciated work, he would not have married Kate. I think she enabled his essential nature of avoiding full time royal work, or for that matter doing little work.

      • Jais says:

        Hmm that’s true that it’s just a nameless professor. Suspicious. I believe just about every person that met Meghan in nyc and spoke about her afterward put their full name out there. This is not that.
        Whatever she does is always going to be whatever. She is not Meghan. She’s just a basic royal. Honestly, here she does say she’s supporting others’ research, which I very low key appreciate bc she didn’t claim it as her own. That’s progress, of a sort, maybe? But the bar is still in hell. The real issue I have is that her team and the media feeds and builds this image of her as the expert doing landmark things that are just so landmark. It’s all tell with no show. We are constantly being inundated with how amazingly landmark she is. It’s f*cking propaganda. And it really didn’t start until Meghan. So it’s all about promoting “white tears crying” Kate in the image of and at the expense of Meghan. These articles that fawn over her are doing her no favors. Kate really is Amy Cooper. By leaking the story that Meghan made her cry, she released a media lynch mob and put Meghan and her children in danger.

  43. Haylie says:

    Imagine doing actual work on early childhood development, but having to put together basic ass research to prop up your dummy future future queen (consort). Kate already told us what her “research” would find: kids need to come from wealthy families and have two parents who can at least try to put on a happy marriage act. Everyone else is SOL.

    Things that might actually help kids and won’t waste money trying to reinvent the wheel: make sure they aren’t starving and make sure they aren’t watching their families starve too. And maybe reward the people who do that while Keen buys a new outfit and pretends like a big solution isn’t in plain sight.

  44. Likeyoucare says:

    I like what they do trying to uplift kate.
    She is keen.
    She is trying.
    She is learning.
    She never put any side of her foot wrong .
    She wears clothes that solve UK Racism.
    She makes pie chart.

    But if you asks any rotas or cambridge staffs
    What did she really do?
    No one have the answer.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      She poses for photos so people can see how thin she is, and view/comment on her fashion and jewels. That is her real job. She is a paid dress-up doll.

      But it’s not just Kate. The entire royal family exists as “mascots” of a former empire. Like a University mascot to get the crowd cheering and say “hoorah for us!” But they don’t do anything substantive — mascots don’t actually play in the football games, and royals don’t do tangible work. The royal are simply very, very expensive mascots.

  45. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    By the way, what resulted from her dumb questions poll? Wasn’t that going to inform on how she moved forward on the early childhood issue? After all, it took 7 years to come up with those questions. So what did her analysis of the result show, and how is it informing her future actions?

  46. Tessa says:

    Kate majored in art history and had to ask about Faberge eggs on a visit to a museum. She has no background in education or psychology to be any sort of “expert” on early childhood. There are others who have done really serious work. What I found funny is that her fans buy into her being an expert and some claim she will “get a doctorate.” Laugh of the day.