Duchess Kate ‘intentionally’ paid homage to Diana at the James Bond premiere

No Time To Die World Premiere Red Carpet Arrivals at Royal Albert Hall, London

Are we still talking about the Duchess of Cambridge’s appearance at the No Time To Keen premiere? I guess so. Kate will be “dining out” on that for months, probably. All of her favorite royal commentators will cite Kate’s gold dress as “the moment” she became the keenest, hardest working royal woman ever. Nevermind that even Kate’s biggest defenders say that she’s just copying Meghan and competing with the sister-in-law who lives rent-free in her head. Speaking of, Us Weekly has a story which is supposed to be about how Kate was simply homage-ing Diana, I guess because it’s less creepy to cosplay your dead mother-in-law than your sister-in-law. This Us Weekly story is actually pretty funny:

Kate intended to cosplay Diana: The duchess, in particular, seemingly paid tribute to her late mother-in-law by wearing a gown resembling one Princess Diana wore in 1985. And now, Us Weekly has new details that confirm her similar-looking ensemble was, in fact, intentional.

Her Bond Girl moment: “Kate had her own Bond girl moment at the No Time to Die premiere,” a source close to the duchess star tells Us Weekly. “She oozed confidence and old school Hollywood glamor. William was in awe of Kate as she led the way down the red carpet, interacting with fans and Charles and Camilla – giving a sense of unity and showing the world that the royal family is still thriving. She dazzled in the Jenny Packham gown and made front page news and headlines all over the world because every one was talking about how amazing she looked.”

Why she homages Diana: “Kate admired Diana’s taste in fashion before William came into her life,” the source continued. “During her school days she’d tell friends that Diana was her style icon. It would be wrong to say that Kate is trying top Diana as the royal family’s best dressed. A more accurate description is that she is taking inspiration from the late Princess and wanted to pay homage to on the night of the No Time to Die premiere by channeling the dress Diana wore at the View To A Kill premiere.”

[From Us Weekly]

First of all, William was NOT “in awe of Kate as she led the way down the red carpet.” He barely looked at her as she stared at him and their body language was incredibly awkward. I don’t even think it was a case of “they had a big fight on the way over.” As depressing as it is, I don’t believe William even pays attention to Kate at all at this point. He just ignores her completely. She’s white noise to him.

As for the stuff about the Diana homage… obviously, Kate has been doing her (creepy) Diana homages for years. This one was fine with me because she didn’t look for an exact copy of Diana’s dress and she changed up her styling enough to make the look her “own.” And how could Kate ever top Diana’s style when Kate is merely a pale, button-covered, lazy imitation? I don’t even believe this Diana-homage thing is solely Kate’s fixation, I think a huge part of it is Carole Middleton’s obsession with Diana.

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No Time To Die World Premiere Red Carpet Arrivals at Royal Albert Hall, London

World Premiere of No Time To Die on Tuesday 28 September 2021

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  1. mindy_dopple says:

    I might take some time today and look at the pictures for the event because…. Does he really not look at her? That’s mean compared to how she looks at him. She’s been practicing and at least she has that down.

    • Belli says:

      There is a video of her turning to look at him with a beaming smile for a long time, waiting for that “loving couple” photo moment. He doesn’t even glance her way, she turns back, her smile drops.

      • Pao says:

        Like I commented below: i’ve only seen one clip and that is the one that is probably circulating the most. Its from People? I think? I haven’t seen any footage other that that one but was the chemistry really that awkward?

      • ABritGuest says:

        This has getty video where Kate seems to signal Bill for a pose but he ignores it

        https://twitter.com/panquequereal/status/1443926745166585873?s=21

        Also someone mentioned in one of the posts last week that there was probably some promotional deal between the designer, EON and the palace and from this Twitter thread it really wouldn’t surprise me. I think even CNN had an article about why royals love bond. Of course the Fail was getting a commission from linking about the gold dress.

        https://twitter.com/ladyrocksavage/status/1446188745468923914?s=21

        I think Kate references Diana sometimes in clothes or jewellery as nostalgia seems to be her thing and it is guaranteed clicks. But find it hard to believe that she idolised Diana. She was also specifically presented as the anti Diana until recently.

      • swirlmamad says:

        I looked up a few videos of the event yesterday because I really wanted to see if there was ANY evidence of him acknowledging her at all. From what I could tell, the photos are accurate and there is no footage of him speaking to her, and only one instance of him looking in her direction for a few seconds. It was from the slowed down clip that the stans were trying to turn into a “moment” of him licking his lips looking at her lustfully, and in the non edited version it’s clear that’s NOT the case at all. They were all moving on from posing for a pic, and he simply put out a hand to shift her to his other side, his eyes happened to look in her direction but it was a fleeting moment and it was over. I seriously think she is a non-entity to him at this point, just part of the furniture and someone in his orbit that he tolerates. No evidence of a loving husband who is still “in awe” of his wife’s beauty after all these years. These people are fiction writers, not journalists.

      • Becks1 says:

        That slowed down video ABritGuest posted is so desperate….she’s staring at him, practically begging him to look at her and smile, and he keeps his head down and refuses to look at her and she finally looks away and her smile changes. The slow motion makes it more obvious IMO.

        Yikes. This is a man who does not want to be around his wife.

      • locamg says:

        That’s really sad for Kate if he is that indifferent to him and she doesn’t feel the same indifference towards him. Hard to know the true dynamics of the situation. If it is mutual dislike and Kate is a better actress, nevermind. However, if she really genuinely still loves him and wants things to work and he’s THAT dismissive of her, that’s truly heartbreaking. We can criticize all we want, but basic human empathy should make you feel a little something for someone who is so utterly ignored. This site hates Will and Kate, and that’s justified, but I think I’m such an empath that I’m commenting what I’m commenting. Yeah, yeah, she’s made her bed, but still. If you’ve ever been ignored by someone you love, you’d get why I’m commenting.

      • Over it says:

        That video is painful to watch even she herself smiled eventually faded out to r replace by hurt. Loveless life is not for me

      • Plums says:

        yeah, the more I think about it the more it’s obvious the brain trust at KP want there to be a photo of Will and Kate all glammed up and smiling at each other because the umbrella photo was so indisputably romantic and iconic that of course the firm and the british media needed to one up with their own version they could point to and crow over, but the fact that William clearly isn’t willing to play along AT ALL, even for the sake of his own PR, is so telling. Even if he was indifferent to her, I can’t imagine deliberately not going along with something that has probably been talked about with him and planned. He must despise her.

      • Mumzy says:

        @ABritGuest thanks for those links. I was stunned watching the first one — when she turns her head to look at him her expression is an absolute, obvious sneer.

      • Nic919 says:

        I don’t think anyone believes that Kate deserves to be treated with such disdain by William. But she can divorce him and get out of this situation. She is not trapped and her own mother in law got a divorce when she couldn’t tolerate it anymore. Kate is choosing to stay in this situation and pretend that they have a love story. She has some responsibility here in remaining in this situation where William can’t even pretend to tolerate her in public.

      • GRUEY says:

        There’s a theory around these parts that Bullyiam was recently shut down by Granny on a divorce request. So now he’s sulking even more than usual.

      • Lorelei says:

        @LocaMG I’m with you…one would need to be heartless to watch a video like that one and not feel at least a little bit sorry for Kate. Obviously this site is generally pro-Meghan, but many comments I see about Kate here aren’t inherently cruel. The press is making it seem like looking good in a gold dress is all that was needed to prove she could fulfill her position and do it well, which is laughable. The commenters here aren’t all the hateful witches that Kate fans like to paint us as!! I’m not a fan of Kate at all, but I do genuinely feel awful for her if she’s still completely in love with William while it’s obvious that he’s totally checked out of the relationship.

        I just watched that slow-motion video, and all it did was make me feel sorry for her. I have no idea how her fans could possibly try to spin that one as a positive; William’s treatment of her was blatantly terrible and it made me really sad for her. I said the same thing last week about that photo of her in the red & white dress looking at a slightly blurry William…that one makes me feel sorry for her every time I see it. The way Kate treated Meghan was unforgivable and I’ll never be a fan of Kate’s, but I think I’d feel sympathy for anyone in her position in a situation like the one those videos show.

      • Seraphina says:

        I watched the clip posted by ABritGuest. It looks like Kate said something to him and he smiled at it or acknowledged it but did not look at her.
        But I agree, he does not look at her once. Would be interested to see if he did at all for the entire walk up/

      • February-Pisces says:

        @gruey wait is that an actual rumour? Did Willie ask for a divorce?

      • swirlmamad says:

        In the slow-mo video, she turns to him and either smiles or makes a comment to get him to interact with her and he just smirks like an a-hole. Not even a genuine smile or nod, a condescending smirk….forget eye contact. That is the action of someone who has no positive feelings for the person they are with. This is so far beyond being with someone for 20 years and you’ve just settled into a comfortable relationship — they don’t even like each other, or at the very least he sure as hell doesn’t like her. If you can’t even bring yourself to look someone in the eye…you know it’s bad.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Abritguest
        Great twitter thread! She makes some excellent points with proof.

      • Marivic says:

        William is very rude to his wife. And he’s not bothered if he showed it to the world. Not at all considerate about his wife’s feelings. I’m shook by his iciness. He clearly humiliated her before the world. Mean and bully William.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Gruey if that’s true, it helps explain why he is so, SO disproportionately angry at Harry. He probably figures that if Harry hadn’t “caused all of that drama” and the resulting instability, he’d be divorced by now. But Andrew and Sussexit had already been big shakeups, then Philip, & TQ didn’t want to rock the boat with yet another scandal, let alone one with their only “happy” young family.

        The fact that a 40-year-old man needs to ask his grandma if it’s okay with her if he gets a divorce is batsh!t insane. I get that she’s also his boss, but his marriage should involve only him and Kate and only they should be the ones making the decision, ffs. The royals are still human beings, and if he needs to get out of this relationship, he should be able to. *Nothing good* will come of forcing him to stay with her if he doesn’t want to be there. It’s unfair to him, to Kate, and to the children. Even if his anger is directed at TQ or the “system,” Kate is the one who will have to bear the brunt of it.

        Seeing how happy & successful Harry has been since he left is probably like salt in the wound. William deserves it; his behavior toward H&M was reprehensible- but he might see them as the one thing standing between him and his own happiness/freedom.

        The fact that Harry flat-out said on Oprah that his father and brother were “trapped” probably angered him even more, if he knows it’s true. What a sh!tshow.

        ETA Maybe his plan is to act like such a d!ck toward Kate in public that there’s really no other option; that’s really the only way he can force her hand.

      • Virginia says:

        Thank you @ABritGuest l am not a Keen Guevara fan but that video of her trying to get a picture of a loving moment with PWT really was hard to watch, l felt sorry for her. Burger King really doesn’t want to be around her!

      • aftershocks says:

        @LOCAMG said:
        ” We can criticize all we want, but basic human empathy should make you feel a little something for someone who is so utterly ignored. This site hates Will and Kate, and that’s justified, but I think I’m such an empath that I’m commenting what I’m commenting.”

        Good for you. Personally, I feel absolutely no empathy for either of the Lamebridges. Let W&K roast in the hell that they made for themselves, and that they tried but failed to make for Meghan & Harry!

        Plus, why waste your empathy on either of the Keenbridges? They are doing fine in their gilded cages, propped up by the firm and by the royal rota rats, at least for now.

        I don’t think there is much hate here against W&K. Nope, it’s more indifference, mockery, and calling them out for their petty, clueless, insecure meanness, which is what they deserve! There are plenty of social media sites that falsely prop-up and fawn over W&K. It’s a good thing that Celebitchy calls out all the BS and the salty fcukery for what it is.

        This site is fair, honest, reasonable and realistic in supporting the Sussexes against the undeserved vitriol that is constantly thrown at them.

      • aftershocks says:

        Thanks to Abritguest for the slowed down video. It seems to support that W&K currently have a zero loving dynamic. But so what! I wouldn’t read so much into the clip either way. Their frosty dynamic is what it is. They are both feckless and clueless, and they deserve each other.

        Kate wanted to marry Will, and she hung-on for 10 years at her mother’s behest, to make it happen. She has what she deserves. I wouldn’t be surprised if her modicum of love for Will is more about loving his FFK status than anything else.

        Kate freely bended to her mother’s claustrophobic pushing, and to her own selfish desires. Kate is in a hell of her own making. She could have made the choice to call it quits with Will when he dumped her after college for Isabella Calthorpe. That was the perfect time for Kate to get some gumption and carve out her own life by going after a rich aristo, and leaving Will in the dust. She’d have been better off. Yes, she would have been an anonymous aristo and not FFQ, but one’s soul and one’s happiness and authenticity are huge prices to pay to end up enduring a toxic, salty existence in the gilded cage.

        I have empathy for the Cambridge kids. I have zip concern and zero caring for W&K, after all the nasty gaslighting and smearing they have thrown at Meghan, during all three of her pregnancies. That, I personally will never forget. W&K’s mean-spirited, selfish behavior is unforgivable.

        The fact that both Keens blame the Sussexes for their own selfish choices and misdeeds is pitiful. Let the harm W&K have caused continue to boomerang back onto their petty selves.

    • Courtney B says:

      I looked around a bunch at the time because I liked the dress. I didn’t see one photo of him gazing at her. Her at him? Yes.

      • L4frimaire says:

        I think she would love for him to acknowledge and appreciate her. She’s still very much into him but he won’t even put on his game face in public.He barely looks at her. He is very much like Charles in that regard. It’s very lopsided and obvious. I don’t know if it’s boredom or what, because he specifically chose a partner he thought would not outshine him, but she still gets more press than he does. As for her, whatever issues she had with William, she piled all that anger and insecurity onto Meghan and we see where that led. Before all the “ Meghan made Kate cry” headlines and Meghan correcting the record, the was a press article on the fitting where they said Kate firmly put Meghan in her place because she didn’t like what Meghan was doing at the bridesmaid fitting, and it implied she wasn’t nice about it. There was no mention of tears. It was more like “ good for Kate”, so the crying was not part of that narrative. Anyway, their marriage is what it is, Kate got the attention she wanted from that dress, it necessarily the attention she craved, but whatever, she did the job that night.

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ L4frimaire, I think Kate was simply playing to the cameras at the Bond premiere. None of us can know what W&K’s actual relationship is behind-the-scenes, but based on their public behavior, any true intimacy or friendship and good communication seems non-existent.

        I doubt that Kate is “still into” Will. It just looks like this is all she’s got for herself, and she’s stuck-in for the lifestyle perks, and for all the energy and emotional investment she put into chasing FFQ status since college. Kate is not going to give up this shell of a marriage easily, because she has nothing else. It appears that palace p.r. and perhaps Charles and the Queen’s advisors are in Kate’s corner, at the moment.

        Will probably felt affection for Kate in the early years, but he never treated her well. She was more like a convenient call-girl and an enabler of his cheating. He also apparently enjoyed being around the purported stable, close-knit family he saw in the Midds. Plus, Carole and Michael flattered and enabled him too.

        W&K’s engagement interview, especially in hindsight holds a lot of warning clues that theirs was never a deep, loving relationship. They are both jealous of what M&H have together, but Will has always been jealous of Harry. It’s jealousy to a new level now that Harry found and has built a happy, normal life with such a classy, sexy, accomplished, smart woman in Meghan.

        What many people fail to see and to learn lessons from, is how M&H never took their love for granted. They made a commitment to each other. They made sacrifices for each other. They put in the necessary work to nurture their relationship. They understand who they are as separate individuals, and who they are and what they can accomplish on a grand scale as a couple with a strong, sound, equal partnership.

        What M&H have together in their personal relationship, took time to build. It didn’t happen overnight. Because what they have is solid, truthful, authentic, and hard-earned, all the hate thrown at them, with the intent of driving them apart, has only made their union stronger.

    • PinkestSlip says:

      He didn’t look at her once, except with contempt or disbelief that he was with this creature.

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ Exactly @pinkestslip!

        @Lorelei said:
        “Seeing how happy & successful Harry has been since he left is probably like salt in the wound. William deserves it; his behavior toward H&M was reprehensible- but he might see them as the one thing standing between him and his own happiness/freedom.”

        William has always been jealous of Harry, but doubly and triply so now. It’s got to burn TOB that Harry has escaped from being his third wheel scapegoat. But the jealousy and anger of TOB is even greater that Harry has built a happy, successful, private life with an amazing woman like Meghan. A beautiful, smart, sexy woman whom TOB surely lusts after, but at the same time knows he will never have. And moreover he surely recognizes that Meghan is someone whom he is undeserving of having.

        At the same time, Will was bred to feel that someone of Meghan’s background is lesser than and beneath him. So FF Burger King must be conflicted and very incandescent with rage about Harry finding Meghan, falling in love, enjoying a whirlwind courtship, becoming his own man as a result, and having the balls and the guts to marry her, to stay by her side and to protect her, and then to leave Salty Isle with her against heavy odds.

        Harry is a badass, straight-up, kind, tough guy soldier. William pales in comparison. Inside, William must know this too, and so he’s in denial. TOB needs to grow up, read the Biblical story of Cain and Abel, learn some lessons, and get over himself. Stop trying to piggyback on his brother’s ideas and successes. Stay in his own wheelhouse and deal with the life choices he settled for. Above all, Will needs to tone down the rage and the egregious sense of entitlement.

    • notasugarhere says:

      The photos in the car show them not speaking, both frosty expressions. Fight before hand?

    • BeanieBean says:

      He really doesn’t.

    • Sarah says:

      @ABritGuest : Thanks for the video because it’s hard to find them on Youtube (I’ve found one and he just looks constipated). In the video that you posted, she is mouthing to him “are you ok”.

      • Mumzy says:

        Ok now I’m wondering if her super posh enunciation and the resulting minimal jaw and lip movement requires specially trained lip readers? What would that niche specialty be called?

      • swirlmamad says:

        Like on their wedding day when she asked him, “Are you happy?” Yeesh.

    • bluhare says:

      I am no Kate apologist but, while I think she doesn’t have an original bone in her body, I do think she did well that evening. She wasn’t expected to do anything except smile, wave, and look good and she did all that. So yeah, this once she gets a two thumbs up from me.

      I am surprised no one has said anything about the sheer illusion on that dress. Had someone else worn it that’s all we would have heard.

      But I did not think their body language showed two people in sync. Their PR is polishing a turd on that one.

      • Feeshalori says:

        Bluhare, good to see you!

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate tried to make it look like they are a couple, but William cannot even be bothered. That really should be a huge concern behind the scenes. Whatever happened to make him not even bother in public really shows something serious has happened.

      • Jaded says:

        It’s bad when he can’t even be arsed to look at her or respond when she spoke to him. I think he’s got major regrets that he married an empty vessel hoping she would become a bit more professional and make him look good, but clearly he’s lost all respect for her. She really tries hard to put her game face on and he should at least f*cking acknowledge it publicly but no, he’s too selfish and narcissistic to even bother. She’d be better off without him but I guess the FFQC is her only end goal.

      • Dilettante says:

        Nic919, I think it started with her reaction to his Rose gardening, and him seeing the Norfolk crowd’s reaction as well

      • Harper says:

        William might be under pressure from his current side chick to prove his commitment by icing out Kate when he appears in public with her. If he is involved with someone that isn’t Rose, then we don’t know if she is married or single. We don’t know what the side chick wants from the arrangement. She may want more than she is able to get right now, and at the least she expects a certain kind of fidelity from the Burger King when he is out with Kate. The Burger King obliges by not interacting with Kate AT ALL, and that keeps the side chick happy and in line.

      • Charm says:

        Wow. In the real world, 2 thumbs up signifies a recognition of achievement….i:e a A+ as against the average C. But this is the Firm, rt? All smoke and mirrors, full of mediocres and nonsense signifying not a d@mn thing. Pfffttt.

      • bluhare says:

        Hi Feesh!!

        Jaded, I agree, but this time I think she did make him look good. It was him who shat on his own parade.

      • dj says:

        @ Harper Pressure from his side mistress was my first thought as well. It reminded me of how Charles was near the end with Princess Diana.

      • Feeshalori says:

        Say what you will about Kate, she does know how to put her game face on even if it’s manically grinning. William shoots himself in his own foot by not playing along in public. Maybe if he gave some response and paid attention to her, she wouldn’t need to be so OTT with her expressions. No matter how he feels, he needs a good slap on the upside of his balding head as a reminder to put a good face on and give his wife a modicum of respect in public. I think he came out of this event looking like the spoiled petulant little boy that he is who throws his toys out of his toybox because poor little diddledums doesn’t want to be with her.

      • notasugarhere says:

        She manically grins at every event, from movie premieres to hospices. Doesn’t make it appropriate.

  2. superashes says:

    I wish I had a job where I got this much praise for getting dressed.

    • Vivica says:

      I tell my boss that every day I come to work with pants on is a victory. Create your own award. #Iworepantstoday

    • Dandun says:

      this really made me laugh!

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Well at least she was properly dressed for the event in a dress that actually made her look good. We do not get many of these moments.

      • Courtney B says:

        It would probably help her. People tend to look at the royals, save the Queen, and in a positive way, not a critical or critical thinking way, for two things. Work and clothes. That gets the eyeballs and positive press. She’s never going to bring the first (she’s no Princess Anne) so the only way she can get any hype in coming years, especially as the kids get older, is with her wardrobe. Diana managed to combine the two and create a supernova but that’s never happening. I mean, there are exhibits to the clothes of Margaret and Diana at KP. That’s not going to happen with Kate unless it’s merely pro forma.

      • notasugarhere says:

        It didn’t make her look good. It made her look like a try-hard starlet begging for the spotlight. The photos of the dress on a curvier model look much better.

    • Lorelei says:

      They’re all basically saying that her highest accomplishment to date has been looking good in a dress! (Personally that dress is heinous imo, but not the point.)

      She didn’t do anything, or create anything, she wore a dress, and all of a sudden that’s the iconic moment in which she somehow proved she’s ready to be FFQ? That’s good enough for them, that their future “leader” looked good in a dress one night? Okay then. Must be nice to have standards that low.

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ Right @ Lorelei. Like @Kaiser said, the overreaching in this article is completely laughable! To act like the dress Kate wore and the event are some kind of proof that the royal family “is thriving,” is so roll-on-the-floor LOL!!! These rat rota and grey men clowns are acting so desperate, it’s hilarious. If they have to keep telling us how everything is so great, we know very well that it’s NOT!

        They did what they did in their smear campaign against Meghan, and they have still been trying and failing to tear down the Sussexes. I don’t see them ever stopping with their nasty, clueless smears and gaslighting. By this point, they all realize (including TOB and KP) that they need M&H, and that they overplayed their hand in trying to chase Meghan away. They lost Harry too! They lost them both. Harry and Meghan are the stars, are the real deal, are the pot of gold. But M&H now reside in Montecito, with the world as their oyster. M&H are in this advantageous position because they truly care about uplifting others and making the world a better place.

        I have always felt that W&K are boring, but at the very least, I used to respect them. Once I realized how petty, insecure, bullying, selfish, and mean they both are, I can’t unsee it. I have absolutely no sympathy for either William or Kate. They can continue to reap what they have sown!

        All of the Lamebridges’ OTT preening and keening will never make me forget what they tried to do to Meghan, and how they took Harry for granted and cared nothing about supporting his happiness with Meghan. This, after how much Harry previously sacrificed his own desires to be supportive of William and Kate, and of the firm. Their hateful treatment toward Harry alone is reprehensible. But their horrific maligning of Meghan while she was pregnant, and the ongoing tactics against her, are completely unforgivable.

        Kate and William, along with the firm and the rota rats are hoist by their own petard, and they can continue sinking in their putrid BS. I don’t have a kind thought for any of them.

  3. Imagine accomplishing so little at your job that this is deemed newsworthy. This month in review…
    Meghan: Meet with dozens of world leaders and use your voice for change.
    Kate: Wear a dress.

    • Lorelei says:

      Speaking of Meghan, it says in that article, “as Kate led the way…” so WHERE is all of the outrage at how she doesn’t know her place, squawking that she should always be at least a step behind William, blah blah blah?

  4. Pao says:

    I haven’t seen any footage of these 2 on that red carpet except 1 clip. Was the chemistry between them really that awkward?

    Can i just say that the way this woman is being praised is over the top? Its incredibly annoying. She puts on a nice dress and is deemed the savior of the 21 century.

    And also please note how being Hollywood is all of a sudden not a bad thing anymore. My God.

    • Becks1 says:

      I’ve said this on here before, but I think the over the top praise actually hurts Kate, especially now. We’re still in a global pandemic. the UK is in an economic crisis. And we’re getting told how amazing Kate is because she put on an expensive dress and went to a movie premiere? Like….if i’m worrying about my paycheck, or how my kid is going to eat this week, or whatever – that would just enrage me. Her dress cost more than some families make over the course of several months. But we’re supposed to praise this woman to the heavens bc she did her duty and walked the red carpet?

      It has a very “let them eat cake” feel to it like LaraW said the other day and I think it could backfire on Kate and the royals

      • Pao says:

        It doesn’t hurt kate because people will never hate on kate. They project themselves on kate which is why she is so popular and meghan is so hated.

        She is the epitome of a mediocre white woman. If she can get a prince than so can the rest of them. She embodies all their fantasies come to life. Criticizing her would be like criticizing themselves and admitting what they don’t like about themselves.

        And the people that don’t fawn over royals simply don’t care enough about her to hate her. So she gets fawning press. And a lifted profile.

      • Becks1 says:

        Oh no people will definitely turn on Kate. That’s the point of the fawning praise – because she needs the help in being propped up. She’s a nonentity for many many people which makes it easy to turn on her.

        People don’t care about the royals until they do; there were enough negative comments on Twitter about her gold dress given everything that’s going on, especially in comparison with Harry’s vaccine speech.

      • Amy Too says:

        You mean you don’t find it comforting to see Kate sauntering around in a glamorous expensive dress proving that *the royals* are “still thriving”? Is your biggest concern not whether THE LITERAL ROYAL FAMILY are “thriving” enough for Kate to buy an expensive dress? I found that line to be so tone deaf and insulting, very Marie Antoinette. Whoever is giving the quotes to these magazines is living in their own little world where only Kate and how kate is doing is important. Her gold dress is a “spreading unity,” they wouldn’t necessarily say that Kate is “trying to top Diana as the royal family’s best dressed…” but they would just like to put that idea out there for our consideration.

      • Lorelei says:

        @AmyToo the way these two are written about is so completely out of touch, it’s as if someone in a different decade is writing it, unaware of everything going on in the UK and the world right now.

        I understand people wanting to see a little glamour after such a sh!t couple of years — needing one night of escapism — but the praise for her hasn’t just been along those lines. It has been so unbelievably over the top that it’s become embarrassing (Kate is so vapid that idk if SHE is embarrassed, but she should be). I wish Carrie Fisher was still around to snark about that dress/hair on Twitter.

      • GraceB says:

        I don’t think theres many people who look up to Kate. People have as much of an issue with her as they do any other royals. This is the press praising her, not the average Brit. They only do that because they have to play the good vs bad thing with Meghan.

        I honestly don’t get how this is a homage to Diana though.

        We keep hearing how out of touch both Kate & Meghan are for wearing expensive clothes or how they’re paying some sort of tribute to Diana. Most of the “paying tribute” thing, I think it just the press looking for another excuse to write a story.

        Maybe I’m alone in not liking Diana’s style. I get it was a different time but 80′s fashion just doesn’t hold up. I can’t decided whether Kate’s fashion choices are sometimes deliberately to copy Diana, or whether she really does like awful 80′s style clothes.

  5. Ros says:

    Real Houswives of Windsor vibe that dress is.

    • Betsy says:

      I actually like the dress but it was a sparkly dress at a movie premiere. It’s not like she was solving childhood hunger or even trying to.

      • Ros says:

        Too much Showgirls in Las Vegas, the hairdo made it worse.

      • Kfg says:

        I don’t like the dress and why would any well-adjusted man want his wife to look like his mother? Shits weird! Like that would be a huge turnoff to any man. Look at how Jecca and Rose dress. They don’t cosplay Diana. It’s weird and gross and it is contemptible bc it makes TOB look even weaker than he already does. He needs his wife to dress like his mummy to be safe. Gross

      • Lorelei says:

        The problem I have now is that after witnessing the way the media has trashed everything that Meghan did over the past few years, so constant that it got lodged into my head, I’m at the point where I’m incapable of NOT making a comparison between K&M at times like this. Their criticism on Meghan is so unrelenting that even though my brain knows we shouldn’t always make things a competition with those two, I can’t help it.

        My first thought was “if Meghan had worn that dress…?” can you *imagine* the reaction from these same exact people?! “Tacky! Gaudy! Literally needs to cover herself in sequins to get any attention! So gauche! Too Hollywood! Too try-hard! There she goes, copying Diana again, how creepy!” complete with a graphic breaking down the cost of everything she wore.

        They have broken my brain to the point where it automatically goes into defend-Meghan-mode whenever Kate so much as breathes.

      • Christine says:

        Lorelei, that is exactly it. It’s Pavlovian, at this point, and the British media is completely to blame. I see Kate, my brain immediately imagines how Meghan would have been treated in the same exact situation, and it’s never good.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Christine I’m so glad I’m not alone! It IS Pavlovian. And I hate that it happens constantly but I can’t help it; my brain is on autopilot.

  6. L84Tea says:

    Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but I can’t help but feel that they’re still glomming onto her wearing this dress as a way to “compete” with the fact that Meghan is currently having a big fashion moment with Dior because of the bag she had and its association with Diana. Dior announced that the bag is sold out and called Meghan the epitome of Dior elegance, and those Kate stans are losing their minds over it. I don’t know, just feels that way to me.

    • Lizzie says:

      I think you’ve nailed it.

    • Haylie says:

      Yup. They’re trying desperately to tie Kate to Diana through that dress, meanwhile, Meghan carried a Dior bag, it sold out, and the brand mentioned Diana’s legacy.

      Kate and her nutty stans are so sad.

      • Pao says:

        They way they got so upset at that tweet was hilarious. Im sorry but i had a good laugh about it.

    • Betsy says:

      Because this site is the only royal “news” outlet I read, people reference things and it’s brand new to me. Between what you wrote here and what Belli wrote above, I wish links were part of the routine of posting here.

    • swirlmamad says:

      Yes, I saw the Dior tweet yesterday and I think you’ve totally right. Meghan effortlessly nailed a fashion moment without being over the top AND got a glowing Diana comparison. I’m sure that irked “Catherine” to no end.

      • JT says:

        And then the derangers had the nerve to say they are boycotting the bag! I’m like for starters, it’s already f*cking sold out you morons. And as if you could even afford Dior in the first place. Neither can I, but damn Kate’s fans are dumb. I’d be embarrassed.

      • Becks1 says:

        Well, I am boycotting Ferrari. So there, take that, world.

      • Lorelei says:

        Can someone post the tweet you guys are referring to? I’m curious now!

        Wait so Kate stans are “boycotting” Dior now? They’re specifically boycotting the bag which was named after Diana, out of sheer Meghan-induced spite?? LMFAOOOOO yeah and I’m “boycotting” Cartier and all private jet services.

      • Feeshalori says:

        As one Twitter user commented, show me what you’ve bought from Dior.🤣

      • Eurydice says:

        @L84Tea – love that comment. Also loved that further down they mention how BetterUp has tripled its valuation since Harry came on board as chief impact officer.

    • Vivica says:

      https://www.instagram.com/jennypackham/

      JP highlighted another star wearing her dress on the 007 red carpet. She has ZERO mention of Keen. #hmmm

  7. Belli says:

    “She oozed confidence and old school Hollywood glamor.”

    Hollywood good now?

    “William was in awe of Kate as she led the way down the red carpet”

    Where?

    “During her school days she’d tell friends that Diana was her style icon.”

    Another thing they projected onto Meghan.

    • JD says:

      Snoozed confidence…

    • SarahCS says:

      Yes, yes and yes!

      These are the points I was coming here to make. These people are nothing to do with my life (well, apart being my ££ being used to fund the Real Housewife of Windsor here – thanks to @Ros up-thread for that), but the hypocrisy just makes me angry!

      So in awe he couldn’t even bear to look at her right?

      Or maybe they mean ‘old school’ as in when only the white actors were featured and paid properly?

    • BeanieBean says:

      Yep, she was walking in front of him again. He doesn’t like that. Maybe that’s why he was in such a mood.

      • Amy Too says:

        Maybe that’s what he was “in awe” of: “This b**ch right here, who does she think she is?”

      • Lorelei says:

        @BeanieBean thank you! I was wondering where all of the outrage about her daring to walk in front of him was. 🙄

        So when Meghan walks slightly ahead of Harry, she’s breaking protocol and being disrespectful because she doesn’t know how to do ANYTHING right, and Harry is a pathetic little puppy dog- who Meghan has wrapped around her little finger- trailing behind her?

        But William is “in awe of” Kate —sorry, “Catherine” — as she “led the way down the red carpet?”

        Okay good, glad we cleared that up.

  8. Noki says:

    Generally speaking I must say i never like the fashion comparison slides because when you put two women who are always pictured at events for decades ofcourse you are bound to find similar outfits at some ppint.

    • Pao says:

      Especially woman who had similar roles. And im just going to say it. In this case the diana comparison is a stretch. But the way she’s praised for it is simply ridiculous.

    • LaraW” says:

      But the same key structural components of the dress at the same event? I’ll give you that comparing generic, standard gowns that have the same silhouette (foofy, slim, etc) can be a stretch to compare. But the midsection of these gowns are pretty distinctive and not your regular fare.

  9. Eve says:

    Why am I always seeing her teeth?

    ETA.: First and (hopefully) last comment about the the BRF.

    • L84Tea says:

      And why is her mouth always gaped open like she’s a fly trap?

    • Noki says:

      When her and William were still dating she rarely smiled, could have been due to the pressure. I remember i thought she was like Posh Spice,very serious,looked unapproachable and very cold.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Except when she was posing for paps, falling drunk and grinning out of cars, and at any event where she could get in the same frame as William.

    • Becks1 says:

      Don’t let it be your last comment! It’s a funny one, we need more funny here.

      • Eve says:

        @Becky1:

        That’s because I don’t usually give two shits in a bottle about the BRF! Or any other royal family for that matter.

        I’m like the woman who’s with “Dennis” in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, remember?

        King Arthur: I’m Arthur, I am your King!

        Woman who’s with Dennis: Well, I didn’t vote for you!

    • WithTheAmerican says:

      She learned one pose, she uses it all of the time: mouth open like caught in a moment of pure joy and laughter. See literally every photo shoot she’s done over the past year at least.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      She’s auditioning to be a a crocodile in a Romancing the Stone remake?

      “Look at those snappers, will ya!”.

      https://vimeo.com/237928461

    • Jan90067 says:

      She paid a LOT for those veneers! She’s damned well going to show them off!

      I remember the interview/article that told us before the engagement, she went to FRANCE to get them done, and she also had the tip of her nose made smaller as she was going to be “the most photographed woman in the world” after the engagement went public.🤢

  10. Miranda says:

    If she really wants to copy Diana, how about, I don’t know, maybe doing something actually philanthropic? She was more than just a clothes horse, for God’s sake! She was a woman of genuine warmth who tried to use her position to help others. I think I know which daughter-in-law she would’ve preferred.

    • L84Tea says:

      Because Kate is a simpleton and that never, ever would have occurred to her.

    • Betsy says:

      Yes, the main things about Diana were that 1) she worked. She did, she got out there and worked. She was seen, a lot. 2) she cared. And if she didn’t actually care, she was did a good job of pretending.

      Kate just wears her dead mother in law’s clothes.

    • Giddy says:

      I think back to Diana visiting a hospital and shaking the hand of a man with HIV when people were afraid to touch them. In that one moment she changed perceptions worldwide about how AIDS was spread. Later she took on the land mines and showed tremendous courage. That type of warmth and caring can’t be faked for pretty photographs. Kate is just an empty vessel in comparison.

  11. Lady Digby says:

    Wootton tries to persuade us a rather unremarkable woman — elevated to celebrity by marriage to a former royal heartthrob who increasingly resembles a novelty painted egg — is, in fact, a ROCKSTAr!

    Still my favorite quote from Mic Wright, media commentator , on ordinary woman expensive dress to film premiere with uninterested husband. They are all doing the equivalent of shouting SQUIRREL loudly instead of asking why Will has a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp when his lovely wife is giving him fragrant glances. Can it be there is trouble in their castle loveshack?

    • Lizzie says:

      +1.

    • Layla says:

      I still can’t get over the fact that he refers to Dan Woottoon’s “writing” as “Alphabetti Spaghetti thrown on the side of the fridge”
      I will always refer to Wootti as Alphabetti Spaghetti henceforth 😂😂

  12. Jasper says:

    So it’s ok for Kate to idolise Diana all through her high school days, but Meghan wearing a tiara ONCE as child is a clear sign of devious ambitions since childhood?

  13. Esmerelda says:

    Kate wishes she was in the same league as Diana, style wise. Diana’s outfits were over the top and worn with sprezzatura and a broad wink at the audience. Poor Basic Kate was terribly earnest in her gold sequins. She has the body, but she doesn’t have the flair.

    • Becks1 says:

      This part made me laugh:
      “It would be wrong to say that Kate is trying top Diana as the royal family’s best dressed”

      It would be wrong to say it because she can’t top Diana. Maybe she’s trying, but she’s failing and it reeks of desperation.

      • Esmerelda says:

        Exactly. ;)
        Kate’s “paint by numbers”, style wise… her whole “never put a foot wrong” attitude just doesn’t work here. She’s never casual or relaxed, even her sporty outfits are tight and match-y match-y.
        True style icons have some terrible outfits in their curricula, precisely because they’re not afraid to take risks, and have the self assurance to shrug off the inevitable blunders.
        If I had to use one word for each woman’s style, they would be:
        - Diana, FUN
        - Kate, AFRAID
        (and that’s why she’s copying Meghan, too – she’s painting by numbers from M’s palette now, too)

      • Lorelei says:

        @Esmerelda, “paint by numbers” is such a perfect way to describe the way Kate dresses and acts. Just doing as she’s instructed, staying inside the lines, and never drawing her own original picture.

      • Seraphina says:

        I can’t recall which article I read last night, but it was American sourced, stating that Kate is speaking to the audience like Diana did through her fashion. I thought to myself, all she does is copy Diana so what exactly is she trying to say????
        It’s been a hard pill to swallow, all these sugar pieces trying to rewrite the narrative.

  14. Southern Fried says:

    That rat’s nest on her head is all I see.

    • Miranda says:

      That is exactly what my hair looks like the day after I have a heavily hairsprayed and pinned updo for an event, where I get too tipsy to dismantle it before bed.

  15. Eurydice says:

    Oooooh, that’s his “awe” face – glad we cleared that up. So now, every time he leans away from her like she’s wearing Eau de Skunk, it really means he’s in awe.

  16. Amy Bee says:

    The hype around this bond dress is just weird to me. But I know the reason why Kate felt that she had to be super glam was because of her one-sided competition with Meghan.

    • Snuffles says:

      They’re trying to sell the dress but it doesn’t seem to be working. There was a Twitter thread about it. To make matters worse, the Dior bag Meghan rocked in NY has sold out worldwide and Dior is gushing about her.

      • WithTheAmerican says:

        I really want to read Dior gushing about Meghan. Everything is making sense now.

      • Feeshalori says:

        Poor Kate, such a wanna be. She must be so exhausted playing catch-up to someone who does it so effortlessly.

      • Sid says:

        WithTheAmerican, if you go to the Dior twitter account there is a tweet from them about Meghan and the bag. Suffice it to say, Mrs. Cambridge’s “fans” were big mad. LOL. And yeah, everything does make sense in light of the tweet.

        https://twitter.com/Dior/status/1445872898795786240

      • Seraphina says:

        @Sid, thank you. It all makes sense now. And it’s deep. Poor little Kate, can’t win when in competition with Meghan. BUT this was a part of Kate’s doing (H&M leaving) and it is proving it may also be her undoing too.

  17. Zapp Brannigan says:

    “During her school days she’d tell friends that Diana was her style icon”

    Wait, would Kate have been of an age where Diana, a divorced near middle aged mother of two, would have been a big style influence on a teen girl? Surely Kate Moss or grunge baby doll dresses or Brit pop would have been more likely?

    • swirlmamad says:

      Lol, right??? I was 17 when Diana died — I followed her, really liked her, and was super sad when she passed. But in no way was I looking to her as a style icon. I call BS on this one (or maybe not…because we know Kate’s fashion sense is pretty questionable).

      • Becks1 says:

        I remember thinking Diana had awful style when I was old enough to really know who she was, so like 13, 14, 15 – I liked her “revenge” dress and a few things she wore at the end of her life, but when I would see pictures of her, especially from the 80s, I thought “omg she wore that??”

        I just completely missed the context and I was judging her 1985 style by 1995 standards, you know?

        Now as an adult I look back at her style and I appreciate it so much for what it was and for her overall charisma and personality. But in no way was Diana a style icon for me at the time. Kate and I are the same age so I’m assuming it was the same for her.

      • Tessa says:

        Diana had some great fashions in the late eighties. She had some great gowns, like the one shouldered white gown she wore (Hachi gown), the “Elvis gown,” the one she wore when she danced with Travolta andothers. Her engagement and early years as bride showed her trying to emulate the royals and it did not work, so she sought out new designers and found her footing as a fashion icon.

    • Laura-Lee MacDonald says:

      This is wild, right? I am now 46, so I got a lifetime of Diana, and I feel I owe her a debt for showing up for important issues I did not think enough people knew about (I was a soldier in the 90’s when Canada was all about peacekeeping in places like Croatia where even playgrounds were mined so her work with getting rid of land mines was massive to me, and of course, all the rest.) I never held her a PERSONAL style icon. Except for the sweatshirt and bike shorts look – so comfy! What is interesting to me is my teen and early 20’s children and their friends and peers hold up Diana as a style icon. THAT’S fashion legacy. Kate will never have that, I am quite sure.

    • Eurydice says:

      Kate wasn’t even born when Diana married Charles and she was 15 when Diana died. So which school days are we talking about? Did she want to wear big shoulder pads in kindergarten? Did she want to wear mom jeans when she was in grade school? Did she want to wear brightly colored skirt suits when she was in middle school?

    • Lorelei says:

      I mean…it sort of depends on how it’s said, I think? Back when I was a teenager I would have said my fashion inspirations were Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, but it wasn’t as if I was *actually* walking around in the 1990’s trying to literally emulate them! So it’s plausible that Kate could have said something like that at one point because Diana was iconic, and even moreso after she died. But to try and make a whole “thing” out of it is stupid because most teenage girls say things like that at some point.

      • Jaded says:

        Exactly. I knew who the style icons were and, to some extent, it helped me envision what I liked about certain styles. However being able to actually dress like my icons did was so far out of my financial reach that I just had to make do with inexpensive alternatives. All that to say is it’s a real stretch to say that Kate emulated Diana back then. You see early pictures of her and she dresses nothing like Diana, especially in her clubbing days when she wore flimsy, revealing dresses, mini-skirts and skin-tight jeans/tank tops. Chica loved to show off the goods.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      @Zapp Brannigan, Diana may have been a style icon. It’s hard to see her as one for a teenager.imo I’ll be honest and say the models on the covers of Seventeen magazine had more influence to style to me back in the ’80s when I was a teenager. And Madonna to some extent. Borderline video was a favorite.

  18. Kit says:

    That whole red carpet event must have been a huge red flag to Kate ,.William doesn’t care anymore, he really doesn’t care enough about you to care, !!!l lm just wondering by his body language is he in another relationship , a steady one.?? And maybe that’s what all this Media, PR BS is about??

    • Kfg says:

      I agree! I think his lawyer girlfriend is putting pressure and he is waiting for keen to eff up one more time then he can really get rid of her. Her photoshoot with Dr. Biden was so abysmal especially once MM and H showed their muscles in getting funds and actually making a difference. He’s done with her and she’s clinging bc she has no identity outside of FFQC

  19. Lizzie says:

    Her face is quite shiny.

  20. Digital Unicorn says:

    I think the name in this story should be changed to Carol(e), she cosplay’s Diana more than Kate and I think its Carol(e) that’s pushed Kate into dressing like her dead MIL. Kate had her own style during the Waiting years.

    There is only one Middleton who is obsessed with Diana – Carol(e).

    Someone needs to tell her to stop trying soo hard to sell the fairytale as that turned into a nightmare long ago – it’s too obvious now how bad their relationship is.

    • notasugarhere says:

      During the waiting years she still cosplayed Diana at some events. The red coat with wide black belt for William’s Sandringham event? Copy of a Diana yellow outfit.

  21. MsIam says:

    I thought that dress was a “homage” to Cher, not Diana, lol.

    • Chrissy (The Original) says:

      Me too! Cher always wore eye-catching dresses but she had the personality to go with it. Cher has charisma and a quick wit. Kate is, and always will be, dull and try-hard. That dress was wearing her and she I thnk she knows it. Even her own husband couldn’t care less it seems.

      • SnoodleDumpling says:

        Yeah, Cher is one of those few people who can tell ANY outfit to sit down and shut up because Momma is TALKING now.

        Kate takes marching orders from her wardrobe with a quiet “Yes, sir”.

    • Dilettante says:

      Tell it like it is!

  22. BeanieBean says:

    ‘…showing the world that the royal family is still thriving.’ Was anybody worried they weren’t? I know I wasn’t.

    • Amy Too says:

      “Oh no, I can’t get petrol for my car, I won’t be able to go to work or get my kids to school, but what would really make me feel better—‘unify the country,’ really—is to know that the RF is still ‘thriving’ enough to be able to fill their helicopters and private planes and their parade of SUVs they’re always traveling in with petrol. Oh they can? Good. But are they ‘thriving’ well enough for Kate to wear a $5k custom made dress and a minimum of 5 wiglets to the movies? Yes? Oh thank God, then! I feel very reassured about the future right now.”

  23. Nic919 says:

    It’s not really a Diana dress here because Kate wore the Goldfinger dress from the capsule collection that Packham designed but added more sparkles to the shoulder area. And coincidentally that dress cannot be found in Packham’s IG account with all the other Bond inspired dresses.

    Not to say that Packham herself might not have been inspired by Diana in making the dress, but what really happened here is that Kate decided to wear the shiniest dress in a collection of Bond girl inspired dresses. And now they are trying to hide that connection so it doesn’t look like obvious merching.

    And William was not in awe. Not sure how dumb they expect their readers to be here.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      When I saw this dress, it dawned on me that Kate seems to associate formal/evening events with “shiny.” And I don’t hate this dress, necessarily, but off the top of my head, I can think of a ton of shiny/sparkly evening looks she’s chosen. There’s the ill-fitting satin reception dress with the sparkly belt, the pink Jenny Packham she wore a few times, several evening outfits for the India & Pakistan tours, the green Vampire’s Wife dress from the thrown-together Ireland tour, plus I recall a sparkly red long-sleeved number for a palace reception not too long ago.

      It’s odd because most other women in a position like hers have more nuanced evening looks. Plus, all the shine & sparkle of her dresses takes focus away from whatever jewelry she wears.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Lizzie I saw two side-by-side photos of Kate the other day: one from a formal event (possibly another movie premiere?) in 2011, and then the gold one from the other night and it was trying to illustrate how far she has come, fashion-wise.

        And all I could think was that I liked the “before” look — which they were trying to tell us was boring —so much better than the disco ball nonsense. It was the black velvet dress and a stunning ruby & diamond necklace. Not only did I think she looked prettier and more natural, but it actually looked like “Kate” — it looked like something she genuinely liked and would have picked out herself, and she didn’t look unrecognizable compared to every other photo of herself.

        Because back then she was just getting dressed up for a formal event, not trying to prove to the world that she’s more glamorous than her SIL. I thought she looked so much better then.

      • Lizzie Bathory says:

        @Lorelei, I agree. That black velvet dress was one of the best looks she’s had. It was even sexy, which is not a word I usually associate with Kate. One of my other favorites when she avoided a sparkly dress was the red dress she wore in Canada that had an interesting neckline & was slightly above ankle length.

    • TEALIEF says:

      @NIC919 When I saw that dress all I heard in my head was the soaring then swooping four bar brass intro, followed by Dame Shirley Bassey full contralto sliding in with precise enunciation singing “Goldfinger”. String section, then Dame Shirley, piping “he’s the man, the man with the Midas touch. The spider’s touch.”  I thought, Dame Shirley at 84 can carry that dress and she does.

      https://www.vogue.com/article/dame-shirley-bassey-gold-gown-mask

  24. Over it says:

    Lololol. Kaiser, by this point I should know better than to read your words standing up. I nearly fell over with the white nose comment. Lolol.
    The only reason anyone would think Kate was dazzling in that dress is because she looked like a disco ball wrapped in tinsel. I stand by my original comment. I hated that stupid costume because it’s not a dress.
    Kate is a kopy cat everyone knows this except for the work part

  25. rawiya says:

    I wish we could post the videos, because another commenter mentioned how awkward she looked in video compared to the photos and it’s true. The “oozing with self-confidence” person they’re talking about wasn’t there. She took good photos, but the reality wasn’t that at all.

    • JT says:

      I feel like Kate’s whole life is Instagram vs reality. The videos always tell a different story. W&K looked “in love” in photos but in the video he’s completely blanking her. The queen looks like she’s happy to see Kate in pics, but in actuality she’s trying really hard not see Kate and gestures towards Sophie instead. Keen is smiling enthusiastically at….something, but the video reveals that nobody else is smiling and they also looked confused at what the hell she’s doing.

  26. Lilpeppa40 says:

    Genuinely no shade meant but was Kate really on the front covers of newspapers all over the world with this dress? I don’t recall that at all but hey, I don’t read newspapers from all over the world so there’s that…

    • MsIam says:

      Well the UK tabloids feel they speak for the world so go figure. And honestly I’m not seeing much buzz about the dress anymore. I think Kate and the spider story had more legs, literally, lol.

    • Haylie says:

      Nope. And here in the US, their big People cover was usurped by that guy who hired a hit man to kill him so his son would get an insurance payout. Willie got a sad corner. Brit media has to lie to embiggen two total failures.

  27. Noor says:

    Why is the British media still crowing over kate middleton ‘s over the top hollywood diva, transparent sequinned gold dress as though it is a great accomplishment on Kate’s part to outshine the Hollywood stars.

    Have they forgotten the harsh words they said over Meghan’s engagement dress complaining that it was more Hollywood than royal. Some quotes are reproduced below :

    1.”Nobody minds a Hollywood ‘A’ lister behaving hugely extravagantly, or advertising clothes, members of the Royal Family must balance looking the part with avoidance of being too commercial or opulent.”
    2.The British public tends to like a little more decorum and dignity from their royals.”

    The blatant double standards when reporting on Kate and Meghan’s dressing are depressingly familiar.

  28. Catherine says:

    Now that I’ve seen pictures of the dress as originally designed by Packham and Catherine’s customizations. I realize why I dislike the dress so much. Her changes ruined the designed. The higher waistline the squared oversized shoulders, the floor length draping and the excessive gold beading ruined the dress. It was a soft flowing designed. A liquid gold feel as opposed to the statue gold that Catherine created. She often IMO ruins designs with her customizations. I absolutely hate when she wears McQueen because she often eliminates the McQueen aesthetic from the design. I think this article came out because increasingly people are finding her Diana cosplay disturbing. It’s just too blatant. Especially when you don’t pull off the look. She looks uncomfortable and uneasy in the dress. It’s wearing her. So their trying to justify it for her. I totally believe that the Diana cosplay is a Carole obsessions but I also think the courtiers are involved. They are constantly trying to capitalize off if Diana’s popularity even though it bothered them when she was alive. They want to transfer Diana’s magic to Kate because for all the propping up they do she has no magic of her own.

    • kelleybelle says:

      They have to do what they can to add bulk to her frame because she’s too thin.

      • SnoodleDumpling says:

        Agreed. The flowing gold look of the original design would NOT look good on someone as unhealthily skinny as Kate. That may have been the motivation behind the alterations, give her more visual bulk with the structure and the elongated sleeves.

    • Nina says:

      That makes sense then why the designer never put her on her Instagram. Because she felt Kate ruined the dress

  29. Rapunzel says:

    Will not acknowledging Kate is par for the course, and that video of her face falling is sad because she was doing her job (such as it is) and he, the born royal, wasn’t.

    The royals are in serious trouble if they can’t even smile and look pretty (or in Wills case, less like an angry penis) in pics.

    ETA: That Jenny P seemed to have created that dress for Bond promotion, and not Kate specifically, yet didn’t acknowledge her in it at the premiere on IG is….😂😂😂😂😂😂

    • Lorelei says:

      @Rapunzel “an angry penis” just took me OUT

    • Dee Kay says:

      William learned it from his father. Charles could not bear to stand next to the most charismatic woman in the world and just pretend like he liked her. All he had to do to be beloved or at least a little well-liked by the masses was not be cruel to Diana, not snub her in public, pretend that they were a team, put on a good face for show when he was with her. And he could not do that. William is the same with Kate. Charles and William think refusing to fake emotional attachment to their wives means they’re honest or something, but in fact half their role as royal princes, at least as far as the public is concerned, is to pretend to like their princesses, and they were/are both miserable failures at the job.

  30. Jay says:

    Well, Diana probably wouldn’t be caught dead in that prissy milkmaid goes to the prom hairdo, that’s for sure. What a waste of a good dress!

    You’d think that for his own image, if nothing else, William would pose for a photo of him looking appreciatively at his wife, or at least pose together. Nobody’s asking them to show PDA, but if you want to be the new, modern power couple, you should at least look like you arrived together.

  31. Queen Meghan’s Hand says:

    The more I look at this spangle gown the more I think it is inappropriate for a future-future Queen consort. It is too blingy and loud. Too “look-at-me”. She thinks she did something but it’s no black dress moment a la Diana.

    • Dee Kay says:

      Agreed. It’s the very definition of “try hard.” There’s not an inch of confidence or authentic style to be found in the look.

    • Jaded says:

      It looks like something a beauty pageant contestant would wear. And the hair…don’t get me started on that, it looks like there’s an animal nesting in it.

  32. Athena says:

    Did she really make front page news and headlines all over the world? Can this statement be fact check? I would think a big portion of this world doesn’t even know who this woman is.

    • lulubrown says:

      Remember, this is US Weekly; they lie or embellish most of their stories, that girl and her people couldn’t get that darn dress to trend on Twitter, let alone Making headlines worldwide. Hell, they couldn’t get it most like on their Instagram, even with them buying bots for views, likes, and comments. That alone ought to tell you how much that tabloid junk paper lies.

    • Lizzie says:

      Definitely not front page outside UK.

    • Likeyoucare says:

      @ATHENA
      Not sure which world is that?
      I am in commonwealth country. This dress or even Kate is not mention in Asia.
      Maybe in Kate imaginary world she did solve uk brexit problem by wearing cheap looking clothes.

    • Jaded says:

      Nothing in the Canadian press.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      @Athena, I did a search and looked at 5 pages of results. Most were UK/Australia/Murdoch owned, fashion and general Kate friendly sites. No front page news of major legit papers that I could see. One result that did come up, which I’ve read about here but never saw the story before, was the DM reporting on the Germany’s Bild reported story/pictures about Kate’s dress fly up in 2014(Australia tour). Had to laugh. That story included Kim & Khloe K’s butt pics too. It also mentioned the Canada yellow frock flare up and how Kate hadn’t learned to put inexpensive weights in her hems like the Queen. The article also talked about how Charles was photographed nekkid in ’94 on a balcony. He was compared to a Greek statue. That imagery will stop me from reaching for another cookie or something. Eww.

      At best, Kate looked like a wealthy socialite at a debutante ball.

  33. Nyro says:

    I finally saw the version of this dress as it was originally designed and Kate really did take all the ethereal sexiness and modernity out of the gown by raising the neckline and squaring the shoulders of the cape. She made the dress severe looking when it was soft glam. And then with the hair and big earrings, she styled it in a frumpy way. She looked like a Las Vegas mobster housewife out for a shady charity event in 1978. It’s no wonder that Jenny Packham did not feature Kate on her Instagram after she wore this dress. Keen totally changed the whole vibe and look of the dress for the worse.

    • Lizzie says:

      Terrible styling, shades of middle age Elizabeth Taylor or Princess Margaret.

      • Nyro says:

        I tihink they added more gold embellishments onto the dress as well. It was originally much lighter and airier looking. It looks like a gold suit of armor after Kate and her team got a hold of it. Clunky, severe, and old-fashioned.

    • kelleybelle says:

      Yes, she ruined it, and all it did was emphasize her bone-thin frame and lack of bust-line. And the dress wore Kate, not the other way around. The hairstyle? Sorry, it was hideous. The earrings were the final nail in the coffin.

    • SnoodleDumpling says:

      I was thinking Evil Queen, a la Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman, or Julia Roberts in Mirror Mirror. Vegas mob wife at 70s charity gala hits in the same general area, I think, if significantly less fantastical. It’s hard to keep sight of reality with the BRF and their tabloids.

  34. ennie says:

    Can’t. Compare.

  35. Misskitten says:

    It’s funny how Meghan is positively villified for supposedly “copying”/taking inspiration from Diana, and accused of being “obsessed” with Diana (in a scary, negative way, of course) and of being a royal stalker prior to meeting Harry (ive even seen people claim that Meghan embarked on a “royal campaign” that began when she was 13 (!!!!) and visited London with her family. The pic of her in front of Buckingham Palace is proof!! 🤮🤮) but Kate is applauded for looking to Diana for inspiration (IF that’s even true) and that it’s TOTALLY OK (admirable, even!) that Kate was (supposedly) obsessed with Diana prior to meeting Will. I’m not surprised by any of this, but it incenses me nonetheless.

  36. Wala says:

    It seems to me someone wants all attention on Kate (good or bad, who cares) instead of William. Could it be because William has no redeeming qualities of his own to offer? At the end of the day, your actions speak louder than words, and we all have eyes.

    • Kfg says:

      I think mom midds sees that her daughter will not be princess of Wales or queen consort and is trying to force will to keep Keen. This is going to be so bad

  37. Joan says:

    I thought royals were suppose to highlight the work of others and not take or try to take center stage (a criticism I’ve often seen leveled at Meghan.) How does wearing this dress fit with the royal role? Surely the actors and movie should have been center stage?

    • kelleybelle says:

      Meghan’s Dior bag got too much attention and they’re miffed. The “me too” is thick beyond words.

    • Tessa says:

      Diana would dress in lovely gowns but never tried to overshadow the actors and actresses and was very gracious and did not go in for the exaggerated grins Kate goes in for.

  38. Mads says:

    Man, her recent proceedures have noticeably damaged her facial muscles and even heavily photoshopped pics can’t disguise it. She needs to lay off the Botox.

  39. Mcali02 says:

    OMG Celebitchy enough of the Royals! I don’t mind an article a couple times a week but multiple posts every day? There is far more interesting gossip going on to cover.

  40. Marivic says:

    “She oozed confidence and old school Hollywood glamor. William was in awe of Kate as she led the way down the red carpet, interacting with fans and Charles and Camilla. She dazzled in the Jenny Packham gown and made front page news and headlines all over the world because every one was talking about how amazing she looked.”

    No to all claims.

    • Tessa says:

      SHe seemed to me to be trying too hard. The exaggerated grins and the awareness of the cameras. William did not look in awe. Charles and Camilla after a brief greeting did not seem to be around them a lot. She was hardly front page news. Such overpraise for her.

  41. Melly says:

    The DM is reporting that the Duchess of Keen will do a TV series on Early Years. She’s currently being dragged in the comments with posters comparing the gushing reporting to the nastiness Our Madame Duchess has received. Yes I am a petty woman, but I’m living for it!

  42. Likeyoucare says:

    Next time, if i was the movie maker, i will not call on these clowns to advertise my film premier.
    The BM had hijacked the movie, it was all about kate.
    Such a waste.

  43. Sonia says:

    I’m thinking if she really idolized Diana, she is doing it well. She’s in a loveless marriage with a tool who despises her.
    William should look back at the pics of his parents and think about what he’s doing. For God’s sake man, cut her loose!

  44. Britt Mezher says:

    William looks like he’s constantly irritated by everything and everyone.

    He’s got zero charm and zero personality.