Duchess Kate is keen about brains & how brain development connects to health

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge Visits Nower Hill High School

Last Wednesday, the Duchess of Cambridge did a “surprise” visit to a school. Since it was happening as America was headed out for their Thanksgiving holiday, the photos and the visit did not get that much play in the American media, or the British media (as it turned out). Considering how hard Kate was posing and keening, she probably expected the photos to buy her at least a week’s worth of headlines, but that’s not the way it worked out. Kate wore a coat and matching sweater from Hobbs, at a retail cost of £299 and £75 respectively. I don’t have an ID on her trousers but they’re not great. This is her new style though, the trousers and matching sweaters and coats. It’s her new keen uniform. I’m more curious about the new wavy hairpieces she’s been wearing, but no word on that. Anyway, I was interested about what this event was actually about and thankfully, Kensington Palace packaged it nicely for People Magazine: it was about Kate being keen about brains.

Kate Middleton showed her deep enthusiasm for the science backing up how a child’s early development can influence a person’s potential and mental wellbeing. Joining a class and teachers at a school piloting new learning materials on Wednesday, the royal mom of three saw how kids are being helped with new tools to understand the brain in some of its earliest stages.

Kate, 39, has made the early years a key part of her public work and recently set up a department of the Royal Foundation dedicated to it. As she digs deeper into the subject, she is immersing herself in the science about how the building blocks of the brain are vitally important to determine someone’s mental health. On Wednesday, she saw a new project in action at a school in northwest London. Drawn up by the Secondary Education around Early Neurodevelopment project at Oxford University, it has been taken by around 3,700 pupils in the U.K. so far.

“She completely understood how we need to give more gravitas to this and that everyone needs to understand and make that connection between your brain development and your future long-term health. She repeated that a few times back to me,” Dr. Elizabeth Rapa, Senior Post Doctoral Researcher at the SEEN Project, tells PEOPLE.

Kate went around the classroom’s tables one-by-one, seeing projects the 12- and 13-year-old students were undertaking including a look at slides showing neural connections at different ages of a baby’s brain. One pupil said that they were “building a brain” when they spoke with their younger sibling or baby.

“She was really impressed about that,” Dr. Rapa adds. “That’s the connection she wants everyone to make. This is not just scientists talking about brains — it’s that actual real life change of practice and behavior that’s important.” Adds Rapa’s colleague Dr. Louise Dalton, Consultant Clinical Psychologist: “She was genuinely excited to see how much the students had learned and understood about the science.”

The Duchess of Cambridge was keen to see the classroom in action because it closely aligns with the work on early childhood and its influence on future outcomes for a person’s health or mental wellbeing or their potential. In a roundtable chat at the Nower Hill School, Kate “was saying we need to change the conversation about how we think about adults in respect to what happens to everyone during the early years,” Rapa adds.

“It’s not what’s wrong with you but what’s happened to you — that’s quite a common phrase but it was one of the first things she said to me,” she says. “She clearly gets it. It’s clear to see how enthusiastic she is about it and how we all need to have this level of understanding — from the police to solicitors to teachers to people who work with children. It’s obviously her absolute passion to get that out. This has really hit a chord with her.”

[From People]

Duchess Obvious strikes again! You mean to tell me that brain development is linked to long-term health?? THIS IS NEW INFORMATION!! I mean, I get it and I actually respect the fact that KP is using these dumb busy-work events to highlight the work being done by competent professionals. But again, for the millionth time, all Kate is doing is showing up, halfway taking credit for the work of professionals and getting them to compliment her and act like she’s their peer. In this case, it was just an excuse for Kate to wear some new clothes and make faces at multicultural children.

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge Visits Nower Hill High School

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge Visits Nower Hill High School

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge Visits Nower Hill High School

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  1. Snuffles says:

    There is a clip going around on Twitter where one of the kids brings up Harry and Meghan and Kate rolls her eyes, drops that fake posh accent and snips “What else?” Then the kid brings them up again!

    • JT says:

      I saw the clip too, so anyone thinking that William is simply telling Kate how to behave towards H&M, this should dispel all of that. There should be no more “but Kate is just following William’s lead.” He wasn’t even there. She was an active participant in the smears from day one and she can’t stand them to the point where she is acting like an a** in front of kids. I also love how those kids have no time for Keen and didn’t mind blowing up her spot.

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        The silence, when she was on her way out of the classroom, spoke volumes. Keen the Kosplay Kween was not liked by those kids.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        This x1000. I mean…Kate could barely hide her contempt in those first few months post-Sussex wedding. She made sure to be front and center at family events, to the point where *William* had to tell her to move to allow the Sussexes room. The fact that William could at least pretend to be polite in those first few months while Kate couldn’t speaks volumes.

      • Jaded says:

        Oooooohh – do you have a link? Would LOVE to see that!

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Snuffles: Is that video real? I have my doubts.

      • Snuffles says:

        Looks real to me! Why are you doubting?

      • JT says:

        I believe the video is very real and it’s actually in line with how Kate normally behaves. I even saw a tweet from one of the kids saying that she wasn’t very nice either. She came, “chatted” for a bit, and then left. So a typical Kate engagement.

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Snuffles: Because the audio is not great and you don’t actual see anybody saying Harry and Meghan. It could of easily been dubbed.

      • superashes says:

        It is real, but I can’t tell if she was actually being shady, or trying to be funny. Wouldn’t be surprised at either. It is also hard to hear the conversation before and after. Just search #kittytheteacher to find the videos.

      • Soapboxpudding says:

        This clip clearly shows Kate’s response of an eye roll and “what else?” https://twitter.com/jozzzaphen/status/1465214000434712580

      • Erin says:

        Thanks for the link! Lol that’s great that this is making the rounds. Even if the kid isn’t saying anything about M&H if you think it’s dubbed, which I don’t, you still have to wonder why she is pulling that face and annoyed attitude with a kid since children are supposedly the most important thing to her, her life’s work.

      • Myra says:

        You can clearly hear someone say Harry and Meghan, but not what Kate mumbled before that. But that eyeroll and the “What else” can’t be missed. How does that help children’s development if one is so dismissive of their interests?

      • NewKay says:

        The comment about whether the video is real or not, is a great example of the benefit of the doubt given to white women that is denied Black women.

      • LaraW” says:

        You can clearly hear her say “that is key to,” then the kid says “it’s like Harry and Meghan,” followed by Kate’s “what else.”

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      I just came on here to say that. Also there is a clip of a boy sitting at a table behind her copying her jazz hands. She is the gift that keeps on giving. She simply cannot be let out on her own 🙂

      • Amy Too says:

        Does anyone have that clip or the silence as she’s leaving? I’ve seen the “What. Else.” eyeroll clip. That was crazy. It’s almost like she thinks that these kids are all going to know that she hates her sister in law and agree with it and find it a funny little joke that she responded how she did. She tried to recover by smiling and acting like it’s funny that she can’t stand to hear the name Meghan.

      • Nic919 says:

        The clip with the kid doing the jazz hands at the other table cracks me up. These are teens and they can see through the bs pretty clearly here.

      • Tris says:

        The silence when she’s leaving is actually really hilarious. These bored pre-teen voices droning, “byyyye” and not looking up at her. haha

    • Chica1971 says:

      When she walked out and the kids barely acknowledged her. It was weird respoo to royalty

      • GRUEY says:

        @amy too here’s the clip of her walking out. The kids sound almost hostile to her lol. If a bunch of middle schoolers sent me off like this, well just get my coffin ready cuz I would roll over and die lol omg this event i cannnnooootttrr


      • Becks1 says:

        Those kids….were not engaged or interested in her at all. yikes.

      • BeanieBean says:

        I think those kids got on her nerves–which says to me she doesn’t like kids as much as her PR machine says she does. She was trying to work through the lesson with her table & said it was hard to hear the teacher because other people were talking etc. If I were one of those kids, I would feel as though she were criticizing me for speaking. They’re doing group exercises at each table, there’s supposed to be talking.

      • Amy Too says:

        Oh wow. LOL. “Byyyyyeeee.” And she seems to hesitate a minute like she’s waiting for applause or for everyone to get up and curated to her or something. She also sounds like she’s super over this little school trip when giving her speech.

        I’d love to see jazz hands mocking too but haven’t been able to find it. Ill keep looking though.

      • Roslyn says:

        That clip of the students’ reaction to her speech and as she was walking out is priceless. They were bored witless and happy to see her go, yet still polite enough to actually say “Bye!” It could have been worse. 😀 I suspect this age group is not her favourite. They are old enough to have made up their own minds and can see through the hype and aren’t dazzled by it or influenced by her “mummy” vibe like the young ones are. I wasn’t as impressed with the “What else” clip because I couldn’t hear what was being said around her and it was a bit ambiguous, but there was nothing ambiguous about that leaving scene.

    • Mich says:

      That clip is hilarious! Especially the one that has been slowed down to show her rolling her eyes. I wish the sound was better so we could hear what prompted the kid to bring M&H up.

    • Sofia says:

      You can tell from the tone of her voice and her facial reactions that she was absolutely annoyed at H&M being mentioned.

      Oh well.

    • Cessily says:

      I saw it too, her mean girl definitely was in full view when she snapped at that student then rolled her eyes looking at a student closer to her in an obvious peer pressure “agree with me” smirk. This woman is treated like a child because she has not matured beyond childhood, the students were more mature and better behaved than her, she is an Absolutely disgrace.
      Maybe the zombie 🧟‍♀️ duchess should examine her own brain.

    • Tara says:

      The Royal Family Channel on YouTube edited out that part too. I used to like Kate but now that I know more about her, she’s just beyond awful.

      If Meghan had done something like that she would be crucified by the BM.

  2. Amy Bee says:

    I do wonder if KP regrets choosing early childhood development as Kate’s main focus when she and her husband did everything they could to undermine the mental health of a pregnant woman and the development of her unborn child.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      Such a massive own goal for them. Karma works in mysterious ways 🙂

    • GRUEY says:

      @amy bee what a good point. Adults know how to be polite and diplomatic. Kids will straight up ask if you’re pregnant after you ate a burrito. And the kids are gonna keep bringing up Harry and Meghan lollll.

      They gave her this issue because it connects with her perfect mummy image. The problem is, it takes uninhibited, authentic excitement and love to connect with kids. And KKKate ain’t got that.

      • Dee says:

        I think the age of this group matters. When you’re five or six someone doing a super exaggerated voice and facial expressions is something that is engaging to you. Not so at 11-13. Plus, rightly or wrongly this age group is very social media savvy, so they see all the same things a lot of adults do regarding Sussexit, and are probably a little more hip to what’s going on than most may think. As others have mentioned too, at this age you can definitely suss out BS. At 8 I may have been like ooh, a Princess! At 12, I would have been doing my best Bruno Mars’ “This B***”

      • Sure says:

        @Gruey the clip below is from Getty and shows K being even nastier when she moves to another table. She exchanges a mean girl laugh with the English Interloper from the Daily Hate before introducing herself to the students. I can’t decide whether the mean girls were laughing at the teacher or the previous group of students. Regardless, it’s clear that K and the English Interloper have a conspiratorial bond.


    • Jay says:

      I mean, she could change it if she had any other interests or ideas – she might have to if she has any more events like this one;) She’s limited to the subject of early childhood only by choice.

      I actually thought the focus of this event was perhaps meant to add a different (“science!”) element to the early years, as opposed to the struggle survey and heavy mommy shaming she was doing before.

      Notice how many of these paragraphs are not quotes from Kate, though, but simply the researchers reiterating their findings prefaced with “The duchess understands…” or “She finds it interesting that…”

      I also had sympathy for the prof who talked about Kate repeating some finding about the brain “a few times back to me.” I just had the sudden image of someone trying desperately to get Kate to memorize just a few talking points by having her repeat them back over and over. Grim.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Or what if you’re that scientist & you’ve got Kate repeating several times over the course of the visit something that you told her at the outset? Is that a true discussion? Is that real understanding? She should know how to take what she learns & build on it, making new connections & etc.

    • Alexandria says:

      KP regrets nothing and clearly shows this because they have doubled down on the attack on HM by being involved with a trial they have nothing to do with. They’re a cesspit of snakes convinced they’re the true saviours of the white monarchy instead of Chuck. KP is helmed by 2 bullies, what do you think they would be like. Somebody even left to pursue more charity work. Bonkers.

  3. MF1 says:

    Her poses continue to be hilarious. She looks like an overenthusiastic stock photo model.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      This made me LOL. I think it’s exactly the look she was going for. She’s all about how things look for the camera anyway.

    • Nyro says:

      That is exactly what she looks like! You can tell her team knows that she’s useless so it’s all about the pics. It’s clear the game plan when it comes to Kate is to encourage her to gesticulate, and even randomly pose, in order to piece together some kind of visual narrative. She said nothing of note and the kids had no time at all for her, but the pics show her “engaged” and “working with up the kids”. It’s pathetic.

    • kelleybelle says:

      While copying Meghan’s hairstyle … again.

    • The Recluse says:

      Once someone mentioned her hyperactive ‘jazz hands’ that’s all I can see in those photos!

  4. Keri says:

    I love that practically every public event they have done lately has failed miserably. The kids see through you, KKKhate.

    And she’s keen about brains y’all. If she could somehow steal Meghan’s she would. All this talk of brain development? Please! Why develop ones’s brain when you can copy keen, stalk, and single white female your way into pretending to have one? The jokes just write themselves.

  5. Woke says:

    OMG the phrase “it’s not what wrong with you but what happened to you” is used a lot by Harry in his documentary with Oprah it’s actually the basis of the documentary. Their PR is always based on how great they are for doing whatever they are doing I understand that it’s like that for any public figure but with them it’s always so heavy handed. The entire article is the professor praising Kate.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      It’s not as glowing as one might think. The phrase ‘she repeated that back a few times to me’ sounds like Kate the auto bot repeating whatever a human says to her. No processing or additional input from her.

      • Amy Too says:

        And the bit about how that’s kind of a common phrase nowadays that one hears a lot, but it was one of the first things Kate said to her. lol. It sounded like the teacher was basically saying “Kate isn’t terribly smart, but she sure is keen! She doesn’t add much to class discussions, but she’s excited just to be in the room.”

      • Nic919 says:

        They basically said that Kate repeated talking points to them a few times. That’s not the sign of someone who understands to topic.

      • Becks1 says:

        I agree with you all – it didn’t strike me as glowing at all; rather, she was saying that Kate is very good at parroting talking points back to them. Someone who was actually interested in this would be able to take that talking point and then ask more about it, or expound on it, etc. Not just parrot it back.

    • Myra says:

      I saw somewhere that they were going to reclaim their causes from Harry and Meghan, as if a cause can be owned in the first place, so it’s not a surprise that they are saying similar things. Even Camilla is starting to sound like Meghan.

    • CC says:

      The professor has to be diplomatic. She can’t say, “It was like talking to a sentient gelatin mold just back from shopping on the High Street. Please don’t cut my funding.”

      • Beloved says:

        Omg, 🤣

      • Greywacke says:

        This is such an odd article. It is about how impressive Kate is from beginning to end. The cause is clearly a prop for Kate rather than something she is shining a light on. If I was your average person reading this article and not someone super interested in the royals, I would be really put off by it.

        But if I were said person, I wouldn’t blame Kate’s embiggening machine because I wouldn’t know that existed. I would have blamed the author and People magazine for their poor reporting.

        But since People’s editor is British, is this more British shade in disguise? “If I am forced to embiggen you I will, but it will cost you.”

      • Demi says:

        The article gave me take your daughter to work vibes with the professor being the parent ..the parts about how kate was enthusiastic to be there, kate sat, observed& listened while actual teachers taught kids about brains. it’s not about the kids it’s about kate being a good girl lol

  6. Digital Unicorn says:

    The Meghan cosplaying is real and sooooooooooooo obvious!!! The clothes, hair, jewellery – she showing her stalker ass again. See she’s ditched the blonde highlights and the big sausage curls are back. Looks like the wiglets are back as well.

    • swaz says:

      It’s obvious she’s obsessed with Meghan. She’s even trying to walk like Meghan, hand in hair like Meghan and imitating all Meghan mannerisms. That’s exactly why she isn’t connecting with the kids, she’s not her authentic self 🤢

      • The Duchess says:

        Kate doesn’t have an authentic self to show. That’s the problem. She spent the dating years trying to copy Jecca Craig, then she spent the first few post-wedding years imitating Diana and The Queen, now it’s all about Meghan. This girl will never be her true self because she’s never been taught how.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate’s authentic self is being a mean girl. She just copies the surface of other women to cover for that.

    • This looks like a combination of Meghan’s black 9/11 and red Harlem outfits.

  7. A says:

    From what I saw most of these kids just seemed completely uninterested in her being there. And who could blame them! Your in class working and then have to explain exactly what your working on to someone who most likely couldn’t even be bothered to read there briefing notes. Again I’m not sure why she picked this theme instead of something she actually likes such as sports in school/ physical pursuits etc.

    • Miranda says:

      This. And as a teacher myself, I can’t imagine that the teachers of these classes are all too pleased, either. Many of us are annoyed on days when we have schoolwide assemblies and things like that, because the disruption results in many kids being distracted for the rest of the day (especially in the lower grades). Can you imagine how intrusive a royal visit, with all the photographers and security people in addition to some vapid posh woman, must be?

    • Kfg says:

      First they changed the classroom from a French class to an art room, then she was being overly jazz handsy with the kids and condescending. They know she was trying to make them her “brown” im not racist pawns and she didn’t even know about the subject. Plus her problem with them asking about H&M to the point her fake accent dropped was gold. POC are not decorations and these kids were not with the shits.

    • Amy Too says:

      One thing I noticed, is she’s going from table to table, but she keeps telling the kids “let’s start with question one.” They’ve been working on this while you were at the other tables, they’re probably on question 3, 4, or 5 by now, but rather than ask “alright, what question are we on?” she insists on starting at 1 again. Is that because she learned how to answer question 1 from the last table she was at, so that’s the one she’s comfortable with? Or does she honestly think that all of these children fail to exist unless she’s at the table with them? It just seemed so dumb, like does she never help her own kids with homework? Has she never been in a classroom before? Does she assume all children are very lazy and there’s no way they would have been working on their own answering questions until she sat down and made them begin? Did she think all the kids were busy staring lovingly at her while she was at the other tables, and she’s just such a big distraction and such a special treat that of course everyone was too distracted to begin the assignment?

    • Sid says:

      This looks like one of the most swkward engagements ever. The way the kids were like “yeah, sure, bye” when Kate left was…yikes.

  8. Matthew says:

    kids have a great BS detector so in retrospect maybe her focus on kids wasn’t the best idea – they just don’t feel the need to kiss up to her in the way adults do.

    • Betsy says:

      I don’t think kids do, actually. What with their being kids and all and new to the grifts of the world, they don’t know, but I think people of all ages just know who they don’t like.

  9. AmelieOriginal says:

    I don’t mind her outfit here, I actually think these are some of the best professional pants she’s worn and they fit her well, not too long nor too short. The magenta on magenta is a bit much for me and I wished she had worn a neutral colored top.

    • JT says:

      It’s a decent outfit for Kate because it’s more Meg cosplay. Turtle neck, coat, and trousers is very Meghan and this is probably the most Kate’s ever worn a turtle neck in her life. That said, I like the color.

      • Amy Too says:

        It’s pretty much the exact same wine red color that Meghan wore to the Harlem school.

      • JT says:

        I notice that too but I didn’t know if I was being extra by pointing that out as well.

      • Becks1 says:

        this is a nice professional outfit for Kate and works well for these events – she’s wearing a coat but it doesn’t give the vibe of “refusing to take her coat off” and these are some nice basic pieces that she can mix up with other pieces in her wardrobe for years to come.

        So, this is clearly inspired by Meghan, lol.

  10. Aa says:

    The videos when the kids keep asking for Meghan and harry and she rolls her eyes is the funniest 💀. Even the kids knows she bad vibes!

  11. DCLite says:

    I stopped and laughed so hard at “She repeated that a few times back to me.” What amazing subtle shade. She has one talking point and by God she will be heard!

    • Eurydice says:

      I know, I was screaming with laughter. And it isn’t even her own talking point – “She repeated a few times *back* to me” means she was repeating what Dr. Rapa said to her, back at Dr. Rapa – not just once, but a “few” times.

    • goofpuff says:

      LOL I know – that was probably the professor trying to let her true thoughts show through outside of the talking points she was supposed to say.

    • Roo says:

      Me, too! And imagine that that was the nicest thing that the poor doctor could think to say! 😂

  12. Lizzie Bathory says:

    “She repeated that a few times back to me.” I see you, Dr. Rapa.

  13. Gabriella says:

    “And… yeah. Well done.” Look, I’m not super into comparing her with Meghan, mostly because it just doesn’t seem fair, but does she try at all?


  14. Andrew's Nemesis says:

    Well, the Kate-bot usually gets her information directly uploaded from her mother, so this is an interesting turn of affairs: she’s actually seeking information on her own!

  15. KW says:

    Kate is keen on brains because she hasn’t gotten one. She’s like a zombie going in for snacks with her distracting and menacing hands and facial expressions while she drools over 12 year olds knowing shit tons more than she does. I just watched that clip and her bitch comes out in full force. LOL. Busted Brainless Bitch.

  16. CC says:

    “Moving on to the next slide, you’ll see from the pie chart that not only do many people not realise that brain development is linked to long-term health – a statistically significant number of people surveyed within my family did not realise you need a brain to live.”

  17. Jaded says:

    Those kids are hilarious — they’re so not impressed with her. I’m sure Kate thought they’d all stand up and give her a round of applause when she left. They all just looked bored, uninterested and basically were “bye Felicia”.

  18. Over it says:

    Didn’t Harry say something similar on Dax Shepard podcast? When he said something Along the lines about what happened to you to make you behave this way in regards to the media?
    I wish she would impress me with something. I would take anything at this point

  19. Janice Hill says:

    You can see her dropping her Ts when she says, “Wha else?” And the eye roll and sneer-smile. It’s hilarious.

  20. Athena says:

    If it was Meghan they would have surrounded her, hug her, try to keep her longer. The tone of the “bye” was teen gold, you could almost hear the unspoken good riddance , don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

  21. MsIam says:

    I didn’t see the eye roll video but I did see the part where the kids told Kate good bye. Dang could they sound anymore dry and disinterested? There’s one kid’s voice that very loudly says “Byeeee” at the end and its hilarious. These kids seemed totally disinterested in Kate being there.

  22. BeanieBean says:

    And there she is, Mean Girl Kate. That should be the response to her every utterance, ‘what else’?

  23. Alexandria says:

    The clip where she mumbled something (with the energy of let me get out of here) and then walked out to an unenthusiastic bye was glorious. Even I’m taken aback. Please Khate stop embarrassing yourself and just carry babies and open community centres!

  24. HarleyB says:

    I’ll just leave this clip of schoolkids saying goodbye to Duchess Meghan’s without comment…


  25. Tessa says:

    She has no experience in this subject. She majored in art history. Typical Kate pretending to be an expert.

  26. Tara says:

    The Royal Family Channel on YouTube edited out that part too. I used to like Kate but now that I know more about her, she’s just beyond awful.

    If Meghan had done something like that she would be crucified by the BM.

  27. CrystalBall says:

    What is wrong with Kate? In the video at the first table with the children she can’t keep her hands still for even one second.
    One can only hope she will soon learn some pscho- social techniques to control her nervous response.
    It is very painful to watch someone so artificial interact with children being their authentic selves – Kensington Palace, please do an intervention!