Duchess Kate only did 115 events in 2021, but William had 227 events for the year

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‘Tis the season for end-of-year event numbers for the royal family. Most of the time, royal event numbers are calculated using the official event calendar, the Court Circular, which can be (and often is) fudged after the fact. The royals will “add” events to the Court Circular after they’ve happened, and in the case of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, their event-numbers are fluffed up by “private meetings” and double-counting. Still, the numbers show that Prince William actually is doing more “work,” even if it doesn’t feel that way most of the time. William had 227 events this year, while Kate only had 115 (which is what happens when someone “takes off” for more than two months for the summer, plus other month-long holidays). Some analysis of the numbers:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have steadied the ship in a rocky year for a monarchy running out of working royals, a study shows. A combination of Covid, an increasingly elderly generation of royals and the loss of senior members of the Firm has meant the Windsors have undertaken less than 60% of the engagements they were honouring two years ago. In total, the Royal Family fulfilled 2,065 duties in 2021, a 35% rise on 2020 but just 59.5% of the 2019 tally.

Prince William is the only royal to have completed more duties (227) this year than in 2019, analysis by Canadian researcher Patricia Treble shows. And while the Duchess of Cambridge might have attended one fewer event than last year (115), hers was the smallest duty drop from 2019. She has been widely praised for stepping up to the plate with some high-profile projects and campaigns that required detailed planning over the past 12 months.

Ms Treble said of William and Kate: “Sure, their overall level of engagements hasn’t changed that much but that’s actually news, as the other senior royals have experienced large drops in their tallies during the pandemic.”

The Queen, who lost her husband Prince Philip and has been plagued by ill health and worries over Covid, undertook 182 engagements in 2021. This was compared to 127 in 2020 and 291 the year before.

In the past few years, Prince Charles has tended to do the largest number of engagements but Princess Anne has worked the most number of days. This year Anne took the top spot for both, doing 10 more engagements at 381 But even she was down 22% on her pre-pandemic total of 486, with Charles’ tally of duties falling by nearly a third to 371.

[From The Daily Mirror]

I mean… it’s sad that even with A) the pandemic and B) losing her husband of 73 years, the Queen still outworked Kate significantly. William has actually done more of the “boring” bread-and-butter royal events, making appearances here and there around the UK, beefing up his numbers by making trips to football clubs and “doing events” like “watching the Euro final.” Kate continues to just be the laziest f–king person. As for Anne and Charles… their numbers were actually affected by the pandemic and the slowing down of the calendar in general. They’re trying to make it sound like Charles and Anne are slowing down, but really, their travel was restricted for much of the year, and even then, Anne more than tripled Kate’s event numbers.

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  1. SnarcasmQueen says:

    That lazy social climber didn’t even have a baby this year.

    Good gravy.

    • Chic says:

      Yes. DF is lauding her for spend huger education in her clothing budget!

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      That’s a tad unfair. Don’t you know that Duchess Middy Pianilli is the top CEO who asked 5 questions, capitalised on a poor girl’s murder, tried to bask in a tennis champion’s reflected glory and pre recorded her piano playing? How very dare you suggest Mutton McMumbles doesn’t pull her not so significant weight.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Elizabeth Regina, lmao.
        Kate also came in first this year in the categories of: humiliating herself with the FLOTUS, getting caught rolling her eyes on camera (“WHAT ELSE”), and successfully turning the funeral of the Queen’s 99-year-old husband into her own personal photo shoot/catwalk. She’s also #1 for mentions of being the “savior of the monarchy” in the press for 2021, with William at a distant second.

        This is fun, I could do this all day!

      • Nyro says:

        I have to correct t you, Lorelei. It was “WHAA ELSE?!” No “t”. She forgot to put on her fake accent.

      • Christine says:

        TO CHILDREN. How is anyone in England buying that she gives a fcuk about the early years, when she scoffs at children, because she is a duchess?

        I’ll stick with Madam Duchess. AS EVER.

    • Tessa says:

      She can play chords on the piano. LOL.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      And there’s no way she did 115 events. They just pulled that number from their @sses. Although to be fair, maybe she wanted to do more but William didn’t her around him?

      • BothSidesNow says:

        I agree @ Mrs. Krabapple!! There in NO way she performed that many events, unless she included her trips to her plastic surgeon and riffled though the 1P bin for wigglets!!

        Give us a look at her “events”, as 115 is not a number that Mumble McMutton could pull off!! They must have multiplied her actual numbers!! That includes that dog she is married to as well!!

      • Dollycoa says:

        10 minute phonecalls count as ‘ engagements’. Going to watch a film is several engagements- walking the red carpet=1, watching film=1, talking to Daniel Craig=1. They rack up when you count leisure activities as work!

    • Emma says:

      At what point are they going to admit that Kate simply doesn’t want to work?

    • BeanieBean says:

      The spin on this was dizzying. Her numbers are so low anyway the pandemic didn’t affect them? And that’s news? And anyway, her stuff takes lots of planning, don’tcha know, so of course her numbers are low. Good gravy, indeed.

      • Christine says:

        It really is quite the statement on just how lazy she is. A pandemic didn’t affect her numbers, it’s mind-boggling.

      • Debbie says:

        Kate’s events take lots of planning? Hmm! While I grant you it does take a lot of time to come up w/ 5 questions (last time I heard, it took a full 8 years), Kate only began doing “projects” after Meghan’s cookbook. So, what (or whaa) was Kate’s reason for low numbers before Meghan’s advent, pray tell?

  2. lanne says:

    I’ll echo the queens original question:”what exactly does she do?”

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      10 years later and we are asking the same question.

      • Nic919 says:

        That comment came out when they were dating and not engaged and then kate got the part time job at jigsaw for a few months, having to be on call for William throughout. So it is closer to 13 or 14 years later with that comment.

      • Come on guys. Sitting on your butt watching tennis matches is absolutely exhausting work. Especially when you were exposed to covid and shouldn’t be out anyways, but ya know it was for the good of the people she exposed at those tennis matches.

    • STRIPE says:

      I ask that of the whole family

    • Tessa says:

      Belle Robinson the owner of Jigsaw was interviewed admitting Kate got “flexible” hours for the part time job. Belle gave Kate “compassionate leave” when Will broke up with her (how many working women can get compassionate leave after a breakup with a boyfriend?) and Kate never returned to Jigsaw.

      • notasugarhere says:

        3 days a week first, then quickly down to 2 days a week. And admitted Kate ‘wasn’t exactly committed to the job’. Total of nine months of ‘work’ including the paid compassionate leave.

      • Isabella says:

        She sounds like a trust fund baby, the kind of person who finds work embarrassing–a humiliation. So she set up a part-time system that was flexible–meaning no responsibility or expectations and she didn’t have to come in if she didn’t feel like it.

      • Nic919 says:

        Even trust fund babies aren’t on call for a man like kate was. They have their own inherited money and don’t have to make themselves available for a rich man like she did.

      • Tara says:

        It’s so pathetic especially when you think about Chelsy who worked and studied FT when she was dating Harry, even though they were on and off. Her family is far wealthier than the Middletons so she easily could have just relaxed but she didn’t.

  3. Lauren says:

    I just don’t get why they don’t do more. Is opening a new hospital wing or toasting a pub’s 100th anniversary or attending a charity meeting really that bad? It seems like so little for so much gain. I’d do all that in a heartbeat in exchange for that wealth.

    • Kalana says:

      Yes but what if you could have the wealth and behave like you were too snotty to work for it? Wouldn’t you be even more special then because I think that’s the way Will and Kate’s minds work.

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Lauren: According to the Royal rota, these are the type of events William and Kate are supposed to do but they’re not doing them and the press is not attacking them for not doing them.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      Kathmandont the Catchaman’s work ethic extends to gleefully toasting Jason Knauf and posing in front of meaningless pie charts while her charities close down. She has no discernible skills required for a modern monarchy and being lazy to boot doesn;t help. I pretty sure the BM will continue to embiggen her with puff pieces though.

      • Tangerinetree says:

        Kate publicly laughing and toasting with Jason Knauf shows us who she is. Would a normal person joke and make a public display of being pals with the person who teamed up with the fail to try to take down their own SIL? Seriously? That’s the CW service behavior 2.0. I don’t care about k’s role in the monarchy – don’t do any Any events in 2022. Who really cares? Just leave H&M alone. That’s it.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Tangerinetree, yes!!! Just leave Harry and Meghan TF alone!!!

        Harry and Meghan WON, you guys on Salty Island of Petty and Jealous lost!! Now take it and STFU!!

        As to those living in Britain, my comments are directed purely at the BRF, RR and the Men in Grey. All of you that are on the Island, are probably very lovely people as I have learned and read your comments. In fact I treasure your comments as they give me the opportunity to hear from those on the Island.

        I do hope that things for you are better in the New Year! I know that you have been hit hard by not only the Omicron but also the supply chain, many of you cannot get access to certain necessities each and every day. I do hope that the supply increases and that the Omincron is kept at bay as well.

    • notasugarhere says:

      They made it clear from the start, they have no intention of doing these bread and butter engagements. They want to pretend to spearhead a big initiative or two, then do nothing else. They announced two years ago they were going to partner with 2-3 charities a year, ‘help’ them fundraise, then dump them and move on to others. That has been the plan all along, to do the least amount of ‘work’ while stealing as much false credit as possible.

    • Jan90067 says:

      I STILL can’t believe he gets “work credit” for attending sports matches and drinking. And the one time he was asked to actually DO something at the match (the Italian one where he snubbed the owner because his own team lost), he stormed out on a cloud of petulance. Yet it still counted!

      Honestly, I don’t know why the populace, esp. the *young* populace doesn’t rise up! Worked in France ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 😉

  4. Dee (2) says:

    So roughly 2 events per week for her? How is this considered working? I know people say that a majority don’t really pay attention to the royals, but come on! If I hear that someone did 115 engagements in a year, even if I considered one engagement a full day of work ( which it isn’t), that’s still significantly less than any other person works. How do you not feel hosed?

    • SarahLee says:

      How do the other members of the Firm not come down hard on her? I like how they say that Kate’s events “required significant planning” like that’s why she only did 115 because they were so complex and much of her time was spent planning them. Please…

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        To be fair it does take a lot of work to find the right buttons for a coat dress and the right wiglets to match her hair. She also has to practice that rictus grin to make sure it’s picture perfect.

      • Becks1 says:

        The part about her events involving more planning made me laugh bc Kate makes sure she gets credit for the planning. Meghan was the one who didn’t take credit for those kinds of behind the scenes planning meetings etc. Kate meets with Jason Knauf or talks to him on the phone and it goes on the court circular. So that’s 115 events WITH that kind of thing being counted. I’m sure if someone picked out the public events it would be even lower.

      • Becks1 says:

        The part about her events involving more planning made me laugh bc Kate makes sure she gets credit for the planning. Meghan was the one who didn’t take credit for those kinds of behind the scenes planning meetings etc. Kate meets with Jason Knauf or talks to him on the phone and it goes on the court circular. So that’s 115 events WITH that kind of thing being counted. I’m sure if someone picked out the public events it would be even lower.

      • WithTheAmerican says:

        “Planning” : word used to describe the “work” of leaving it to staff to sort while getting a blow out.

      • AmB says:

        Hey, those hair bits don’t put themselves in!

      • Lucky Charm says:

        @ Elizabeth Regina, it takes a LOT of work to find just the right color coat or coatdress that you don’t already have in your closet! Each one has to be a slightly different shade or have different buttons or trim. That kind of work is exhausting, no wonder she can’t work more than two engagements a week. Poor little sausage.

    • anotherlily says:

      Many of these events were short zoom sessions, sometimes 2 or 3 in one day. Many were joint events, usually with William. She probably averaged no more than one working day per week.

      • L84Tea says:

        Phone calls count as work too, which is how I am betting William got the numbers he had. They’re trying to spin it as the Cambridge’s overall percentage dropped less than all the other royals, therefore they were the hardest working of the bunch. But they fail to highlight that despite percentage drop, Ann, Charles, and even the queen to a degree, still ran circles around them in numbers, i.e. the number of times they got off their royal behinds and actually did an engagement.

      • Lorelei says:

        William is really having to thread the needle here…for now, his numbers have to be somewhat decent in comparison to his father’s and grandmother’s— but at the same time, he’s diligently making sure that gradually, expectations for him and Kate are being lowered over time. By the time he’s on the throne, they’ll be praising Kate for merely existing, and brushing her teeth each day will count as engagements.

      • gruey says:

        @anotherlilly this has to be how they are working the numbers. I’m also guessing they squeezed 10-20 events out of those quick travel weekends.

        On this very site, how many times this year were we asking where she had been for a week or more??

        And that’s not counting the huge summer disappearance or the official vacations.

      • Harper says:

        The Express had an article this morning about the royal work numbers that said: “But William, 39 – helped by a series of phone calls he made to NHS staff which were all counted as individual engagements by his staff – was up five per cent to 227 on his 2019 total of 216.”

        One phone call = one engagement. What a scam. I went back to find the Express article now and I couldn’t find it. Maybe Burger King is having it re-written because it exposes his lazy scheming. It also said that Kate had one less engagement this year than last year, and thus crowned her the Royal with the Lowest Percent Decrease From Last Year. BONKERS.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate got five engagements for calling up five nurses to thank them in one day. And even with bullshit numbers like that she could only get 115. This is epic levels of laziness.

    • gruey says:

      I’m very VERY confused by the math here. This would be one event every 3 days. She didn’t even do one per week. I’m saying 25-30 events this year, tops.

      • Jan90067 says:

        They are literally scraping the bottom of the barrel to include phone tag with Knauf, choosing which window casing to stand in front of for a couple of those zoom calls at the beginning, also, most likely outfit fittings, hair appointments to try styles, shopping and “coordinating” her badly accessorized outfits, etc.

        I’m sure every take of her faked piano playing counted as well.

      • Kalana says:

        One event is counted as multiple engagements. None of the royals work that hard.

  5. Lili says:

    Well they probably need to look at the number of Jobs they take on, with an increasiling aging work force the number are going to drop even more next year. and someone needs to have a word with kate, for every glammed up job she does she needs to do 6 unglam jobs LOL

    • Debbie says:

      @Lili: Why should W&K bother doing more when any low yearly work numbers they do will be excused and explained away by the BM? So, why bother?

      If you were talking about anyone else, any working person, the answer would be: For pride in oneself, for a sense of accomplishment, to justify living in utter luxury on the taxpayer… Well, when you have no work ethic, and the taxpayers just don’t care, then I must go back to “Why Bother.”

  6. Ginger says:

    I still have a hard time believing Kate had over 100 engagements this year because we have barely seen her. She must have had a bunch of private meetings.

    • ShazBot says:

      Same, I don’t believe this for a second. Someone needs to do an actual impartial analysis and see what that 115 is made up of, because I think actual appearance wise she was only seen maybe 25-30 times?
      I wonder if she counted every single practice session on the piano as work?

      • DuchessL says:

        You must be right. She probably counted every piano lesson, that day where she had a walk in her courtyard to leave her books in the park (to nobody), the night she went out “incognito” WITHOUT her mask to attend a vigil, all the fittings for her engagements, all the meeting she had with CarolE talking about her plans must have counted in there too.

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        I agree. I knew she would include every rehearsal and practice in her numbers. If she could have included every note and syllable she would have.

      • Lorelei says:

        It would be fun to see the true breakdown; she counts lots of “meetings” with Jason in her numbers, and I’m convinced that at least half of those consist of texts. It’s hilarious to see them grasping at straws so desperately, trying to make it sound as if her projects are so intense and complicated that she’s working her finger to the bone behind the scenes.

        How do these people not realize that lauding her for having the “smallest duty drop” (that’s a fun new phrase 😂) from 2019 is not a compliment, and that all it does is remind everyone that her numbers were ALWAYS this low, even pre-pandemic?

        Meghan is gone, and that competition was her only motivation to be seen more, so she’s just back to the status quo.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        LOL @ ShazBot. Each piano practice session was an event along with everytime she had to look down at her notes when publicly speaking was counted too.

      • Becks1 says:

        I will take one for the team and break it all down for you CBers this weekend or maybe on Monday when I’m back at work (lolol). I’ll report back.

    • Tessa says:

      The classic excuse for Kate not working much is : “she works behind the scenes.”

  7. Noki says:

    Now hear this out..KP has an office for the Keens right? No i dont expect that Kate clocks in Monday to Friday 9- 5 ,but what if she prefers doing some research and clerical work that is not counted? Maybe she spends office hours too,we have seen how awkward and cringe it is for her to do public events. I know if my office was connected to my house i would be spending time there easily.

    • MsIam says:

      You’re joking right? KP staff said the Keens only showed up once a month, that’s why they hated Meghan, how dare she ask for weekly meetings! Kate’s spending her time at fittings for those horrible custom coat dresses she loves, that’s my guess.

    • ML says:

      @Noki, The reason I find this difficult to believe is that there is no evidence of it. Not everyone thrives in the spotlight, and I would include Kate in this. However, most conscientious behind-the-scenes, busy-bee workers usually show their work. Kate does not.
      For example: She worked for YEARS on early childhood development and came up with a 5-question survey (!!!). Whenever she’s placed in a position to show what she’s learned, how what she’s learned is important, what information has changed and why over the past decade… she just doesn’t do it. She’s still murmuring about how the first 5 years are important, but she ignores focussing on children who might have birth defects, a different background, differences between rural and urban lifestyles, etc, which gives the impression that if you don’t have a certain background, you’re doomed as a child.
      Most of coverage is not work-oriented at all. I mean, her buttons and wiglets are mocked here, but there’s a huge amount of coverage on what she wears instead of what she does.

      • windyriver says:

        Don’t even bother wasting time trying to analyze Kate’s early years schtick. Catherine Quinn gave it a go, but instead of Kate developing a significant interest and a worthwhile project all it ever amounted to, to Kate, was a PR front to make it look like she was doing something, to pull out when she needed to compete with coverage of Meghan’s work (remember the announcement just a couple of days before Meghan launched her Together cookbook?). Didn’t that five question survey use work by another organization? Whatever happened to the supposed new early years center in KP? Not another word, no indication it was ever established. And Quinn was out of there ASAP once her contract was up.

        What’s become clear this year is that Kate only does forward facing/public appearances when there’s an opportunity for a photo op. And the photo op is pretty much all she does on a visit. Have to disagree with your thought that Kate doesn’t thrive in the spotlight – she craves it. Hence her preening at Philip’s funeral, her maskless memorial attendance, and most recently, the multiple stories about the concert, supposedly in support of various people and organizations, but which only show, and mention – what Kate is doing.

        There’s no work oriented coverage at all, because she isn’t doing any work.

      • equality says:

        But where is all the help from that survey now? Wouldn’t early development be even more important during a pandemic when children can’t socialize as much? Is the whole ball of wax down to links on a website?

    • WithTheAmerican says:

      But, even if and I don’t buy, she can’t be the only royal to plan. Why is no one else counting “planning” as the reason they don’t “work” much.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      😂 No.

    • Jaded says:

      @Noki – Any office she might have use of is actually for the staff — Jason et al — who do her *work* for her. She’ll waft in once in a while to sign her name to something then go back to her lavish suite at KP or helicopter back to Anmer. If she does have a dedicated office for herself it’s probably buried under an inch of dust and a million cobwebs.

      • Lorelei says:

        When it comes to Kate, if there aren’t any photos, it didn’t happen. That’s the only reason she does anything.

  8. The Duchess says:

    She is the laziest person on earth. Even influencers put in more work. Shameful.

  9. Merricat says:

    Kate has never been up to the job. She spends all of her time and energy trying to dress for it, but that’s as far as she can go.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Merricat, and she even fails at dressing appropriately or well for it. She does excel in spending money, however.

  10. Sam says:

    When 5 minute calls, meetings, sport gigs, premieres and private party are counted as work,there’s no reason why their numbers should be this bad.

    • Christine says:

      I’m suffering from second-hand embarrassment. They couldn’t even come up with phone calls to fluff her numbers to a remotely acceptable level. She is almost 40, I cannot with anyone coming up for excuses for her anymore.

  11. Porsha says:

    Please please tell me why, what is it with the buttons, I need to know, I always click on her story just to check if she is wearing buttons and YEP she always is what is the reason or theory, my mind is going round and round, cause who would go out of their way to make sure the outfits had giant buttons, sometimes a couple and then sometimes wtf

    Does anyone know why why

  12. Nic919 says:

    Is there a breakdown of how many meetings with Jason? Because there is no way she did over 100 actual engagements.

    Even the stuff she did do were mostly jokes like movie premieres and tennis matches and visiting art galleries.

  13. Amy Bee says:

    Palmer and Treble tried but these numbers are not great for William and Kate. A deeper dive into William’s number will show that it’s been inflated by the large number of private meetings he had. Both have not stepped up and can do better but the invisible contract says that the press can’t criticise William and Kate for this. Apparently 5 minute phone calls are considered work.

    • Nic919 says:

      I want to know how many meetings with Jason to plot against his own sister in law were included in this count.

      • Lady Digby says:

        Exactly all that plotting, planning and smearing doesn’t get done by itself!

      • windyriver says:

        Speaking of Jason, I wonder where he is; tomorrow is the end of December and he was “supposed” to be gone after that, right? Of course, that was announced months ago, and could have gone the way of the diversity tsar. You’d think other members of the family would have major issues with a staff person who voluntarily turned over confidential royal correspondence to a court and be happy to see the back of him, but then, seeing how Charles hung on to Fawcett through the years, with his various questionable activities, maybe not.

    • Becks1 says:

      It’s kind of funny that the defense is, well Kate has never really worked a lot, so it’s actually impressive that her numbers didn’t drop all that much!

      It makes sense that Anne’s numbers dropped, since I imagine she was doing a lot less of her normal bread and butter events, esp in the beginning of the year before everyone was vaccinated etc. plus, she is 71. Maybe she wants to slow down anyway. And she still outworked Kate significantly.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Becks, it seems like we’re both making the same exact points in different replies at the same time, lmao

    • Lizzie says:

      How many of these were football games?

  14. Margaret says:

    Mostly fun events, you call that work, and private meetings. When will they visit commonwealth countries?. I for one don’t want them to visit the usa. For what real purpose, but to attempt to outdo the Sussexes.

    • Surly Gale says:

      I for one don’t want them here in Canada, a Commonwealth country. We cannot afford to host them AND send money back to the rest of ’em.
      But mostly, I just don’t want ’em. I have no respect for them. I do not admire them. As my 80+ y.o. British mum says: She’s a pretty girl….

      I have no need or desire for a 40 y.o. “pretty girl” ~

    • Nic919 says:

      I don’t need them to return to Canada but it is interesting to note that they had the time to visit Jordan for a family vacation but they did not do a small tour for “ work reasons”. It actually looks quite bad that they could not find time in their busy dogging and buttoning schedule to visit a commonwealth country but they could go on a trip and pose for professional family photos.

      • Gina says:

        Maybe they are both too dumb to do “soft diplomacy”, and this is a known fact? Not known to us – we can only guesstimate it, but in the political circles?

      • Jaded says:

        @Gina – that is correct. Both of them have failed badly when it comes to soft diplomacy — the round table with Dr. Jill Biden? A complete embarrassing fail. Wills sneaking into a meeting with former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who has been very vocal against Scottish independence? Not good optics. Wills congratulating the Italian football team on their win and leaving, ignoring the English team? Really stupid move.

    • Haylie says:

      Exactly. We are not a commonwealth country. They don’t even go to this school. Let Will and Catherine Doolittle, Duke and Duchess of Dogging stay in their own lane.

  15. Lauren Too says:

    It really says something when a 95-year-old woman who was recently widowed has dine more events than the 39-year-old keen in waiting.

    • Becks1 says:

      Recently widowed AND has been sick.

    • Over it says:

      It’s pathetic. And ridiculous that two young able people get away with it year after year.she won’t ever change because she sees that the media excuses and praises her whether or not she does any work.

      • EllenOlenska says:

        During a major pandemic no less….which her age group was the primary target of the disease…

  16. Jay says:

    “Sure, their overall level of engagements hasn’t changed that much but that’s actually news, as the other senior royals have experienced large drops in their tallies during the pandemic.”

    Translation: These two always have pandemic- level work engagements, the numbers were so low they had nowhere to drop!

    You would think with being the modernizing future of the monarchy, using such advanced technology as “a computer with internet” and not one but two home offices, they could at least have gotten to 250.

    • Nic919 says:

      Alternative translation : these two are so fucking lazy they really couldn’t do any less than they already do could they?

      It’s embarrassing to try to spin Kate’s bs numbers as anything other than that.

  17. BayTampaBay says:

    Love her or hate her, one must tip one’s hat to Princess Anne for the amount of work she puts out.

    • Lark says:

      I LOVE her.

    • Lark says:

      And her hot husband too!!

    • notasugarhere says:

      None of these work numbers are great when you look at the reality of it. Anne packs engagements in to single days. 300 engagements a year, at 3 engagements a day, is 127 days of work a year. Five engagements a day is 76 days a work a year. Wowee. And she doesn’t do any of the outside work Charles does like Prince’s Trust, Duchy, Dumfries House, etc.

      ‘The Windsors are very good at working three days a week, five months of the year and making it look as if they work hard.’ – Mark Bolland, former press officer to Charles

      • Lark says:

        Actually Anne does plenty of work outside.

      • notasugarhere says:

        That work outside is all on her private property for her private money. The estate bought privately and fixed up illegally with Crown Estate funds (5-10 million in today’s money).

        She recently shut down the horse trials there. They reopened under new management of Peter and Zara, branded with Zara’s paid gig for a horse race company in Australia. A tax dodge, because if they prove they were the ‘estate managers’ for X amount of time, they don’t pay death duties. Anne isn’t any cleaner than the rest of them.

        She’s no longer active with Save the Children, and all those engagements were counted as part of her engagement account. And anything related to the Olympics I consider vanity on her part.

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        @notasugarhere – thank you for your post. My own image of Anne as a hard worker is formed/skewed by the royal press. I know there must be more than meets the eye (because that whole family is corrupt), but unless I read posts like yours I tend to forget that. Thank you for the reminder.

    • MissMarirose says:

      I suspect the whole thing is going to fall apart when she dies (because I doubt she’d ever retire). The amount of work she does translates to a lot of Britons who have seen her in person and for whom she is the RF connection. There’s no one to take up the tremendous slack she’ll leave.

      • notasugarhere says:

        LOL. The monarchy won’t fall apart because Anne isn’t there to tell people they wasted their time making floral arrangements for the ailing queen. Yes, something incredibly rude she actually did.

      • Nyro says:

        Funny you say this because I have two friends who grew up in the UK and they both met Princess Anne through events at school in the 80s and 90s. So yeah, I suspect when she passes it’ll be a huge blow because she really does get out there and meets people face to face.

      • equality says:

        @Nyro But does she get out there and do anything that brings younger people in to be royal fans? The school children didn’t act all that impressed with meeting Kate face-to-face so are they really impressed with Anne?

      • notasugarhere says:

        I doubt it, equality. Anne is old school, frosty, and if often rude to the people around her. Old Little Englanders might like her but not anyone younger.

      • Nyro says:

        @Equality, I doubt it. My two British friends live in America and aren’t royalists at all, so there’s that.

  18. AVEA says:

    115 sounds fake but okay.
    The “hers was the smallest duty drop” is doing A LOT of work here.

    • Merricat says:

      lol, +1

    • tamsin says:

      This excruciating embiggening is so disgustingly obvious I don’t know how anyone can swallow it. Kate had much smaller numbers to start with. A small drop from say 10 is still not the same as a bigger drop from 100 say. So Kate did 8 events instead of say 60? Kate did less of what was already little.

      Frankly, I think most of royal “work” is just PR. Only the Queen has a “real” job. If they didn’t insist on themselves as being a working royal FAMILY, and putting almost everyone on the payroll, there would be a less costly monarchy, and no one would question how little anyone other than the Queen did.

    • Over it says:

      She didn’t do 115 , I had her down for under a hundred.I say more like 89 events this year.

    • Lorelei says:

      We’ll never know the truth about any of it since KP lies and pads her numbers (and even with that, she’s still so low!!). If I cared enough, I could go back and count the number of engagements that people actually saw her at in 2021, including Zoom calls, but I do not, lol.

      And tbh, it’s all such BS; this thread shows how little impact the royals even truly have on their “charities.” It’s all a big, fake show they put on to justify their continued existence.


  19. girl_ninja says:

    This lazy get really thought by becoming a princess that she could cruise by on her “looks” and get away with being a do nothing. My goodness she must have been seething with jealousy at the way Meghan jumped right into work BEFORE she and Harry even got married! And she’s still clearly miserable with a unhappy marriage and no friends.

    • Jais says:

      Who knows what kind of agreement there is between William and Kate and the rest of the family. Is not having to do much work a reward for putting up with William’s infidelities anger and arrogance? The rest of the family seems to avoid him so maybe they don’t care how much she does as long as she sticks around and puts up the facade?
      Agree @girl_ninja, Meghan entering the picture meant she had to really do work bc it would highlight that she hadn’t been. It seems like it was her ego and competition with Meghan that got her doing more stuff and not necessarily anything else.

      • gruey says:

        @jais there does seem to be something to the fact that the other family members avoid him. But then, do any of them spend time with each other at all? I can’t tell if it’s any different with Wills.

        We know Charles and Edward hate each other and no one wants to get near Andrew these days. I dunno, maybe the amount of time they spend with Will (none) is normal for this family.

      • equality says:

        Maybe each time she has to calm down incandescent Will counts as a work event?

      • notasugarhere says:

        Kate’s not calming him down, Rose is. Or the lawyer. Or the gymnast. Or a yummy mummy. Or whomever.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Jais, I don’t get the impression that the rest of the family are very fond of Kate. In fact, I think they avoid her right along with PW. I think that’s part of the problem. They should be taking her along on engagements to teach her how to do them. Keen would hate that, but it would put her in her place in some respects. They need to do the same with Keener, because he hasn’t a clue. Put him with Anne (I wonder if they would come to fisticuffs?) Since they act like children, they need to be treated like children. People need to just ignore the anger/rage from BOTH of them and make them do their jobs. I hope they get divorced, because that would make each of them more interesting. Geeeeeeez, what a thought.

  20. OriginalLala says:

    What a waste of money and resources these people are… throw them out and use that money to fund social programs and Healthcare.

    • Fabiola says:

      If I were Kate I wouldn’t do anything. What exact is gonna happen if she doesn’t do anything? She’s still married to William and has plenty of money. I hope all the royals copy Kate so that the people of Europe can see how dumb and wasteful it is to still have a monarchy in this day and age. I hope all the monarchies are abolished. Come on people wake up.

  21. Mina_Esq says:

    I thought Kate was upset that she had to pick up the slack after the Sussexes left? I guess she was too busy complaining about it to actually do the work lol I’m embarrassed for her. She averaged less than 3 engagements per week, which is bad when you consider that even making a 2 minute phone call counts as an engagement.

    • Nic919 says:

      The hilarious part about the top ceo comment was that kate never boosted her numbers after Meghan left.

      • Lady Digby says:

        Yet the I newspaper yesterday in their round up of the year awarded them a gold star for “reportably doubling their workload”! I was waiting for this annual engagement summary to email the newspaper with to ask them to justify this claim.

    • WithTheAmerican says:

      Yes where is the doubling of the workload? Omg it looks like none of them are actually worth much (except the 2 they kicked out). Shocking!

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Right? All that whining about exhaustion and yet she became an even lazier mess.

      • Lady D says:

        Remember the screaming headlines, “Meghan threw my children under a bus” back when they left the country? It was all about how much more work poor beleaguered Kate was forced to do, yet nothing changed.

    • windyriver says:

      Not to worry. With Lili’s birth and associated leave behind them, I anticipate Meghan (and Harry) will be more active and visible next year. And judging by past experience, Kate won’t be able to help herself from trying to compete – so we’ll likely see more of her too. Can’t wait to see what she pulls out of the hat this time – top CEO and early years are getting old – I guess it depends on what M&H give her and Will to copy.

  22. Maggie says:

    She did her job. She had the heir and the spare and (barely) sells the happy family image. The engagements …. that is ALL Burger King. She is royal by marriage only…. He should be doing more. How many events did FFK George do?? That would be more interesting since future king tampon wants a slimmed down monarchy. Get ready Charlotte for “Anne work” and the third one…..you were born to be thrown under busses for your dad and brother.

    • Alexandria says:

      Let’s be real here. Burger King sets the tone. If the kids don’t pull in Anne numbers, the public can’t do anything until and unless the government and press criticizes them. It’s not like you can vote them out. These 3 institutions control the narrative and it would take a hell of a lot for British taxpayers to get over their apathy.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Nope, you don’t get to excuse Kate by blaming William. She chooses to be completely inept, unprepared, and ridiculous on the world stage. If she cared about working, she would have worked solidly through their 10 years of dating. And she would be on point and perfect at the pathetic handful of engagements she has each year. William is not responsible for her behavior, she is.

      • Lady Digby says:

        I am exasperated by Kate’s lack of mastering the basics of her role. She is meant to be promoting charities and thus needs to learn how to master public speaking and being interested in others for successful networking and soft diplomacy. So far it has been silent movies complete with manic smiles and jazz hands, tennis and some piano forte with Xmas tree dressing. Mediocre Middleton receives rave reviews from a fawning press but one can’t polish a turnip!

  23. greenmonster says:

    Is that Daily Mirror article meant to be sarcastic or are they for real? How come a 39 year old woman has done far less events than a 95 year old who lost her husband and had health struggles? I don’t understand why the papers aren’t shouting it from every rooftop how lazy the FF King and Queen are. William still had less engagements than his father and his aunt but somehow managed to “work” more in 2021 than he did pre-Covid and no-one wants to question that?

    • Amy Too says:

      Especially since they keep telling us that William, and Kate specifically, have been helping out the Queen so much by taking up her slack. Shouldn’t we have seen Kate’s numbers go up by the exact amount that the queens numbers went down then? And they did the same thing with the Sussexes, they’ve been telling us for the last 2 years that will and Kate have had to “step up” to cover for the Sussexes since they left. Then shouldn’t we have seen their numbers go up by hundreds of cover all those Harry and Meghan engagements? But nope, Kate has worked less this year than 2019 and she’s got the lowest numbers out of anyone.

      I am so sick of reading in every single article that mentions the Cambridges something like: “William and Catherine—who have admirably stepped up to the plate and dutifully taken up the slack caused by ‘Megxit’ and the Queen’s ailing health—…” “Duchess Catherine, who has been working harder this year than ever before to make up the royal work left by Harry and Meghan’s abrupt abdication from the royal family, and to assist the poor ailing, mourning Queen in her duties…” “The Cambridges took a much-deserved break from their busier than ever royal schedules. Along with working hard behind the scenes on their own massively impactful royal projects, they’ve been covering for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who petulantly Megxited last year, as well as for the Queen who hasn’t been seen in public since October, and for Prince Philip who died in May.”

      It continues to bug me that “journalists” are allowed to write “news articles” that are full of flat-out, easy to disprove, blatant lies.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate has not done an event in the last year that would normally have been done by the queen. And she likely never will since she will at most be a consort.

        William did the visit to Scotland which is something the queen has done in the past, but his uncles have done that event too. That’s the only thing he did that can be remotely linked to the queen.

      • Tangerinetree says:

        Amy Too that is hilarious! You nailed about a million article intros, lol!

  24. ABritGuest says:

    A real disgrace. the trend for us working plebs has often been working MORE during the pandemic as with many working from home, commuting time has been cut.

    How many of Kate & Will’s numbers include meeting with own staff or those 5 minute thank you NHS calls? What happened to working like a top CEO & having to pick up slack from royals who stepped back from royal duties? I can see why the firm desperately needs the tabloids & invisible contract to push idea that they work hard & the U.K. needs them.

  25. Nic919 says:

    The Queen lost her husband of over 70 years, was at high risk of death with Covid before the vaccines came out and had several health scares and still she did more than Kate. It is quite pathetic really. And whether or not kate has her own health issues, there is no way they are the same as what the queen is dealing with at age 95, so it is time for buttons McGee to start acting like an adult and showing up to the patronages that aren’t as fun, like hospices and other non entertainment type events. Did she even go to any hospital this year? There are a ton of sick people with Covid and girl got vaccinated so there is no excuse here.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Remember her three year campaign supporting nurses? Of course you don’t, because she did nothing. Oh wait, she posed clapping once with William and kids. So exhausting one needs another foreign holiday in the middle of a pandemic.

  26. Harla says:

    And this is one of the reasons why KP staff had such issues with Meghan, who showed up to the office daily expecting to work on causes and with charities when they were used to bosses showing up once a month if that. KP staff became unhinged at the thought of a royal who actually worked and expected them to do the same.

  27. Lolo86lf says:

    Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex as opposed to Kate, does not have to do any royal duties and she is left to care for her two kids and that beautiful mansion they live in Sunny California and of course, she has to tend to her handsome husband prince. If I were Meghan I would not trade places with Kate. I even dare say Meghan is prettier and better liked than Kate but I confess I am biased.

    • Tessa says:

      And Meghan’s husband is a nice guy.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      100%. The only reasons Kate’s considered “pretty” are the wiglets (how often has she been lauded for her hair over the years?) and her obsession with being as thin as possible. I’ve always thought she was rather plain and had terrible taste in makeup.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate was compared to women decades older to her which is why she was called pretty.

      • Lorelei says:

        I do think that Kate is very pretty, but the press has done her such a disservice by photoshopping and editing her pictures so heavily, because now, as she ages, people are shocked to see what she actually looks like.

        She has no control over the ridiculous photoshopping some trashy magazines or sites will do — there was one People magazine cover where she was so unrecognizable, people thought it was Princess Mary — but we know that she purposefully works with Chris Jackson, who does it constantly (he’s one of the worst offenders, imo), so she knows that the image being sold to the public is a mirage.

        I can understand why she started off consenting to releasing Jackson’s heavily doctored pictures— if I was under the kind of scrutiny she was from 2010 on, I’d want to do everything to look my best in photos, too.

        But it was too much for too long, and as the difference between the real Kate and the image of Kate grows greater and greater, she’s got a problem on her hands. Which is a shame because I really do think she’s beautiful. One would think that as a professional, Jackson should have known how to tone it down gradually over the years, so the difference between her and the photos wouldn’t be quite so stark, but he doesn’t appear to have done that.

        I wouldn’t want to leave the house either, if everyone’s obvious reaction to meeting me was barely concealed horror at how different I looked from what they’d been expecting! (Absolutely not excusing her laziness, just imagining how much that must suck, in addition to all of her other many issues.)

      • Tessa says:

        Kate is attractive but I don’t think she’s a “great beauty.” Kate puts too much eye makeup on, she would probably look better if she did not use as much eye makeup.

    • Gubbinal says:

      I think the Duchess Meghan has “brains” and enthusiasm. I have seen no sign of WigWigButt
      having any real interest in anything or having any curiosity about anything. She is probably very simple-minded; CarolE managed the entire operation beginning in 1982. Her goal was reached but there was nothing else to follow.

  28. Eurydice says:

    This is an interesting way to measure work, and kind of shameless, really. Going to the movies, to a museum exhibit, to a football match, looking at airplanes, attending a family funeral, counting up photo ops and phone calls. No mention of effectiveness – did any of this “work” achieve anything? Such a ridiculous fiction.

    • Lady Digby says:

      That is a very good point and I expect once TQ has died certain leftwing newspapers will start asking how effective the monarchy is and what exactly is its role in 21st century. The age of deference is dead and really as an institution they need a top to tail review to modernize and prove to the tax payer that they still have a role to play?There are many Brits like me who want an elected hear of state who we can vote out if they are NOT delivering.

    • notasugarhere says:

      And padding every month with fake ‘early years’ meetings.

  29. Izzy says:

    I had more Zoom meetings and events than those two freeloaders combined – and I’m not even counting my online Pilates classes.

    • WithTheAmerican says:

      And if we count “work” emails/slack/DMs sent as “planning” – wow. I have lost count.

  30. apollocat says:

    This one being lazy is not a surprise. Does anyone have a link to rose Hanbury’s daughter’s photo because someone on Twitter said that she looks like charlotte’s sister? I want to see it and I can’t find it.

    • Emma says:

      There’s a post on the Houghton Hall Instagram from May 5 that shows Iris from the side. I don’t think she looks *at all* like Charlotte there.

      • Emma says:

        Also, Iris was born in March 2016. That’s before William’s reported affair with Rose, which was supposedly in 2017 while Kate was pregnant with Louis (of course, who really knows).

      • Nic919 says:

        I don’t think Rose would risk a baby from an affair. There are plenty of easy ways to ensure that doesn’t happen and the aristo set avoided that as much as possible even before the technology existed.

      • Emma says:

        Kings have had illegitimate children for centuries in England. As have aristocrats. I’m just saying in this case, I’m not seeing any evidence.

      • windyriver says:

        @Emma – an interesting piece of related trivia concerns the DNA testing on Richard III’s remains. On the maternal side, his mitochondrial DNA matched that of two living descendants of his sister. Researchers wanted additional confirmation of identity by matches on the paternal side, i.e., via the Y-chromosome. Five living male descendants of Richard’s relatives (he had no known surviving direct male descendants, legitimate or not) gave samples. Four matched each other, one did not – and none of them matched Richard. An article at the time said the outlier was from a fairly recent “false paternity event”, while the other four were the outcome of a false paternity event in the distant past, exactly when, unknown. In an effort to fix the timeline, researchers tested a sample from a sixth descendant. His DNA matched neither Richard, nor the other four, leading to the conclusion there was yet another false paternity event somewhere. This last test was in 2015, don’t know if more was done since. Several colorful articles at the time questioned whether, depending on how far back the breaks went (the men tested had family trees pre-dating Richard, going back to Edward III), this impacted the legitimacy of various generations of rulers.


    • Margaret says:

      Side profile reminds me of George as a baby, not Charlotte. I have other ideas about charlotte and louie. And it is not william.
      While william favors diana, he looks nothing like Charles, people ask who is harrys’ daddy, well he looks more like Charles than silly willy. He could be part of the windsor clan, but I don’t believe it is Charles. IMHO, but then where that family is concerned I do. believe in conspiracies. Saying goes facts are stranger than fiction.

      • Züri says:

        How do you explain the striking similarity between Edward and William if you question his Windsor genes? Also, Charlotte resembles both the queen and Princess Margaret’s daughter Sarah Chatto, so your theory doesn’t really hold in that case, either. I think Louis looks a lot like KM’s dad.

      • Tessa says:

        william looks a lot like a Windsor and to me has a lot of features of Hanoverian kings (when he is in profile)

      • Margaret says:

        Yes he looks more like Andrew than Edward, and they say Beatrice favors Victoria, and so does Charlotte. I personally don’t see all that she favors the queen. Start looking again. Besides if she does well they are all part of the windsor clan. Wiiliam looks nothing like charles. I still say straits, remind me more of Andrew, not charles, don’t let Edward’s balding fool you.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        @Margaret, I will slag on William about a lot of things. Both William and Harry have the same father. I cannot subscribe to that disservice to Diana. Don’t do that dirty to her. William looked more like Diana in his youth. He looks more like a Windsor now and resembles his Uncle Edward now and in his youth. Not a fan of Kate, but I won’t do dirty to her regarding their children. If William has extra children it’s not with Rose.imo

        Charles is oddly attractive to me in this links comparison. Eugenie does look like the Queen Mother and outside of the outfit George does not look like William-he is still William’s son and not Louis Anderson’s.

        If the BM/BRF want the monarchy to survive and and not be abolished. They need to stop now with their angry/smear tactics regarding Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry. By the time George is of marrying age, what loving parents (outside of CarolE ilk) would want their daughter to marry into THAT family. There were enough aristos saying no. William didn’t marry his college sweetheart. He married the woman and family who were willing to say yes after 10 years.

      • Dollycoa says:

        Wills is a Windsor through and through. He has nothing of his mother in him and has chosen his path, as the person who will do the Windsors work of clinging onto their unearned privelege for as long as they can. He was born less than 11 months after their wedding, and she was checked for virginity just before so it’s unlikely William is not Charles’.

  31. mariahlee says:

    Would you work if you could still get paid millions to not and have the country’s sycophantic media spin that your abysmal numbers are actually the most impressive thing ever? I would because I have imposter syndrome and need to feel I’ve earned everything I receive lol. But I know a looot of others that are happy to free ride at work, and this gig is the single best one for that.

  32. Slippers4life says:

    I think it’s more that this is likely the number of events her lawyer negotiated for her to attend in the separation agreement so that she can still be crowned Queen Consort.

  33. Lucky Charm says:

    “Ms Treble said of William and Kate: “Sure, their overall level of engagements hasn’t changed that much but that’s actually news, as the other senior royals have experienced large drops in their tallies during the pandemic.”
    While I’m sure she was complimenting them for not having significant drops like the other senior royals, that quote just proves how little work they did before, if COVID restrictions and lockdowns didn’t actually affect their numbers.

    • Eurydice says:

      Is it a compliment? Or is it “news” that they’ve been doing so little that Covid didn’t affect their calendar.

    • Jay says:

      I found that rather shady, but it’s hard to tell, honestly. One thing that sticks out to me is that no matter how little the cambridges work, Will always manages to do “slightly” more.

      This must be coordinated, right? So he doesn’t get even slightly outshone by his spouse? There must be someone at KP whose job it is to fluff up their yearly numbers (adding meetings, etc) and ensure that Will gets that sad little ego support. It keeps the expectations low, and allows Will to outdo “somebody”, even if he still gets regularly outflanked by his elderly relatives.

    • Lorelei says:

      Treble considers herself a royalist, so why isn’t she concerned with how the Cambridges’ laziness is negatively affecting her beloved monarchy? They’re all working so hard to cover for her instead of questioning why she needs so much help to appear useful in the first place.

      • Nic919 says:

        She’s Canadian and wanting to be included in the royal rota club she’s not going to be critical of the bs of the system. Most Canadians could give a shit about the royals in any form so someone who is specializing in counting the court circular dates would be a royalist of some sort to want that info published in a British paper. It’s not going to end up in the toronto star or globe and mail and certainly not with the spin it got here.

  34. Moderatelywealthy says:

    “The Queen, who lost her husband Prince Philip and has been plagued by ill health and worries over Covid, undertook 182 engagements in 2021”


    “KKkate, who sadly did not have a baby this year, as usual, never puty her foot wrong…despite all the difficulties with her posh accent, she once again managed to have the lowest numbers in the FIRM, proving. once again, she is QUEEN MATERIAL”

  35. Jaded says:

    It’s obvious Kate is utterly incurious and unmotivated to learn anything that could boost her image on the world stage. She is an anachronism and an embarrassment, and takes no interest in broadening her knowledge base. She desperately needs some public speaking training, and a “coach” to take her through talking points before each and every public engagement she performs so she doesn’t come off dumber than a box of mall hair. She’s going to Queen Consort someday (that is if Willnot doesn’t shake her off) and yet to those of us in the know she’s pathetically inept at the simplest of tasks.

    • Merricat says:

      If the monarchy expects to survive, William will have to change a lot, including his wife. She has made it clear that she’s a Marie Antoinette sort, with no interest outside herself. She exhibits no more than basic intelligence. She is not an asset.

  36. Margaret says:

    Next time she plays the piano, she needs to play by herself, no professional cover. And play live no hocus, pocus behind the scene play acting. This woman is unbelievable, I gave her unmerited credit, mores the fool me.
    As noted before, how many credits did she get for the show, all the practices, and ribbons on a tree, of did she light some of the candles for the show. This could go on and on as there is no way she worked twice a week.

    • Tessa says:

      I think she should play piano for fun like Princess Margaret did. But she may give up the piano playing after this stunt and move to something else.

    • equality says:

      Or if she wants to be pre-recorded, do it at home and maybe have the kids sing along or something more appealing than fake playing. With cute kids in the video, people wouldn’t even pay attention to any playing mistakes.

  37. Over it says:

    Okay, so I need to understand why Kate needs to be financially supported by the tax payers if she won’t work for the tax payers? If she wants to be a lady who lunches, fine by me , but then she needs to give up the tax paying perks. She can have big homes , lavish wardrobes and fancy cars and security as long as she and her husband are willing to pay for it themselves.

  38. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Why do William and Kate do so little? Because they can. There is no minimum amount of work that they have to do to become king & queen consort. There is no minimum level of education, or intelligence, or work ethic, or accomplishment — William simply has to be the first born, which he was. That is ALL that is required of him. (Well, that, and he has to out-live Charles). It’s why monarchies are so stupid. But as long as the British want to have a head of state who gets the job based on birth order and nothing else, this is what you end up with. A part of me intensely dislikes William, yet another part shrugs and says, “this is what the people must want.”

    • Tessa says:

      I think it’s a lot worse with William. He IMO does not like working and Kate does the minimum. Will’s problem is his bad attitude and his sense of entitlement and his trying to “control” even trying to stop the airing of Diana’s Bashir interview,etc. He also very obviously worked against Harry and Meghan.

  39. Busybody says:

    I work full time and made more “appearances” than that for the various causes I support (nonprofit board, kids’ schools, political causes, food bank, collective giving circle, etc.). It’s a joke to report such ridiculous piddling numbers from adults with such outrageous wealth.

  40. Chelsea says:

    This framing from Palmer is absurd. When he talks about how Kate had less of a drop off from 2019 to 2021 than other working royals it should be noted that outside of her husband and the Wessexes all other working royals are SENIOR CITIZENS..Golly gee: I wonder why a bunch of people in their 70s, 80s, and 90s would have done less this year than in 2019? Not like there was a pandemic which disproportionately affected the elderly these last two years.

    And yet still with that multiple people in their 70s and a 95 year old widow who had to go the hospital and cancel her engagements at the end of the year did more engagements than Kate.

    • Nic919 says:

      Palmer used to be critical about how lazy the Cambridges were, but that was in 2016 prior to the arrival of Meghan. It must kill a bit of his soul to have to pretend that these two have improved when the sad reality is that they haven’t. And anyone with eyes can see that.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Nic I feel like a lot of them probably feel that way- they know deep down that what they’re saying is bullsh!t. For now they have to take their marching orders and write what they’re told, but imo many of them are doing it through gritted teeth and waiting until the day the tide turns and they can let loose with the truth.

  41. jferber says:

    Margaret, are you suggesting that Charlotte and Louis are not William’s children? If so, I need to hear a lot more about your thoughts. A lot more!

    • Margaret says:

      Just my opinion based on observations over the years, with activities and disappearing articles going way back. Sometimes people forget what was seen and heard regarding that family. Lots of info has been erased to protect the members involved. I think it is called scrubbing. But two and two still equal 4 in my book. However don’t mind me investigate and form your own opinions.

    • Becks1 says:

      I’m going to say that I find a lot of these speculations kind of gross, they’re children, we don’t need to be examining their profiles to determine their parentage.

      That said, no way would Kate mess up her position by having children who aren’t William’s. NO WAY. Especially Charlotte as the spare.

  42. Isabella says:

    Remember when they said that Sussexit was going to cause a terrible increase in their workloads, so terrible that “There goes the school runs”? Instead, they did practically nothing, the status quo.

    • Tessa says:

      I doubt they even do a lot of “school runs.”

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      Lol @ Isabella. I remember. The hard working Sussexes were going to make others to have to work more-poor sausages-yet, they didn’t work more, possibly less? It seems to support that the Cambridges were threatened by the Sussexes work ethic.

      When Harry spoke about the Australia/Oceana tour and things changing, I’ve never believed it was about Charles being jealous. It was W & K’s jealousy. Charles & Camilla would be like, cool, they’re making the monarchy look good-we don’t have to go anywhere. The sheer numbers of people to show up and see Harry & Meghan, demonstrated the uninterest in W & K. It’s why Rebecca English’s story from Oct. 2018 of the over crowds creating a security concern to something something Meghan in November 2018 when KP/BM unleashed their bullf*ckery.

      • Harry said that they ALL became jealous after the Oceana tour, with the exception of the Queen and Philip. Charles has done his fair share of smearing the Sussexes as well, he’s just not as heavy handed or obvious about it as William is.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        I’m going by the Oprah interview. He didn’t use the word jealous/jealousy anywhere I could see in the transcript. He didn’t include or exclude anyone in that part of the interview. He did say ‘my grandmother has been amazing throughout’ earlier, though apparently stopping a smear campaign wasn’t on her/courtiers to do list. Harry did say the tour brought back memories from C & D’s tour there.

        My belief that it’s W & K’s jealousy from that tour doesn’t absolve Charles. I’ve posted on threads he wouldn’t win father of the year, he’s pulled d*ck moves and other things. I believe it was W & K’s jealousy that was the driving force of the smear campaign against Meghan to run her out without a care to the physical/mental damage they and their cronies were doing.

        It was fun looking back and reading this article after the tour.

  43. MangoAngelesque says:

    115 times that she NEVER PUT A FOOT WRONG! You hear me?? Not one single piggy wrong, over a hundred times! That’s SUPER queenly! Keenly Queenly!

  44. Nic919 says:

    So some people are examining the numbers a bit closer and kate got 5 engagements on one day by calling 5 different nurses. How pathetic.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Nic one silver lining to their disgusting smear campaign, imo, is that more people are taking a closer look at what they actually do. People who never cared before, but now see how much the Sussexes are doing with zero taxpayer dollars.

  45. MsThang says:

    Martha Maccallum once said that all the royals combined engagements equals 81 days out of the year. Most of the royals are in and out of most engagements, anywhere from 15 minutes to 40 minutes. The men in gray as Diana called them do most of the leg work, they do have to know what to say and how to say without being offensive, really not as easy it looks. That said, still a cushy job. Still, that is close to 300 days out of the year, what the hell are they doing? That’s why when they say Anne does 544 engagements a year, like wow that comes to about 4 months of work and that is if she is at each one for an hour a piece which we all know she isn’t. If they all worked as much as Anne did, I would cut them some slack, but that ain’t gonna happen! Waity works out 5 or 6 hours a day, sounds like and exercise bulimic to me, so I guess that is her excuse!

    • Carolind says:

      I would not knock Anne over engagements. She really does work. When I used to look at the lists of royal engagements carried out she had something on nearly every day. One of the columnists in our local paper (not the type who would like royalty) was around when Anne was doing engagements locally a couple of years ago. Columnist said Anne was polite and good humoured. She overran her time everywhere, ending up with no time for lunch. She bought sandwiches in the student cafe of the local uni which she was visiting to eat in the car between engagements. She is an office bearer for our local riding disabled club and visited that fairly recently. At meetings (not recorded) she is said to be very professional. Years ago when younger she went on a lot of trips to Africa etc for Save the Children. She often slept out on the field in tents and not the glamorous kind. Diana said at the time she could not, in a million years, do what Anne was doing.

      Charles, too, does loads and loads of behind the scenes work as well as the official duties. He is a well known workaholic and he has lived with ordinary people when younger, on the Scottish Islands. Never, too, forget his Prince’s Trust which has helped thousands.

      Knock the younger royals all you like but not Charles and Anne. Also the Kents and Gloucesters who are turning out in their late 70s and 80s. Remember too, it is easy to knock them from thousands of miles away. It sometimes takes the local British press to show what the less flashy royals are actually doing.

      • MsThang says:

        Carolind, It still only comes to 81 days of work a year, add all their efforts combined it’s not what it appears if you figure 8 hours a day and a 40 hour work week. She’ll do 8 or 9 engagements a day for 2 or 3 days, so it looks like a lot, I can assure you lots of holidays in between!!!

  46. Carolind says:

    Kate is a disgrace as regards work. She and William should be spending most of their time doing bread and butter engagements the length and breadth of butter. Amazing how many glamour engagements she does. I do remember reading that after Louis was born she asked the Queen if she could get off doing all but the most important engagements but the answer was “no”.

    A couple of months ago at the COP summit in Glasgow the 9 year old granddaughter, a cub, of a friend of mine did meet them. The kids were given letters to ask permission to get off school but not told who they were meeting. Turned out it was them. Kid liked them. Said they were ordinary and nice. Kate helped her make something.