Courtiers ‘feared’ that Duchess Kate’s shopping trips & laziness would not play well

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The Duchess of Cambridge’s 40th birthday – on January 9th – is clearly a moment for the Royal Rota to dust off Kate’s Greatest Hits. The problem is that there really aren’t that many greatest hits. How many times can an infantilized 40-year-old be praised for “wearing a dress” or a ridiculous five-question survey? It’s actually more interesting to watch the Rota reporters twist themselves in knots to justify Kate’s expensive existence. Emily Andrews wrote a lengthy piece in the Sun which is supposed to serve as another glowing “Kate is keen at 40” piece. Kensington Palace clearly sent out talking points to their favorite reporters, and bless their hearts, they’re trying to deliver those lines with a straight face. Some highlights from this piece from the Sun:

Kate’s public speaking: An early speech at her new patronage, the National Portrait Gallery, in 2014 saw her stuttering and apologising over her closing lines at a glittering gala evening. And on a tour to Australia with Prince George and William a couple of months later, she kept looking at her husband for reassurance during a heartfelt speech at a Sydney hospice. But she persevered, and now she is making her voice heard through campaigning on mental health issues, her formative work on early childhood and addiction issues.

Kate just wanted to be a country wife: As one family friend told me: “All Catherine ever wanted was a house in the countryside, loads of kids, dogs and an AGA. She wasn’t interested in having a big job or becoming famous. Family life is incredibly important to her, and motherhood has been the making of her. Now that she feels she’s achieved that, there’s time to turn to her public role and what she wants to achieve there.”

Kate the Millennial Queen: While the Queen has embodied the very English stiff upper lip throughout her long reign, the millennial queen-in-the-making has chosen a modern path – feelings are to be validated, mental health is to be prioritised and laughter is to be encouraged.

Kate won over reluctant courtiers? Along the way, she’s also managed to win over the Buckingham Palace courtiers, who’d feared that in the early days too many shopping trips and not enough charity visits wouldn’t play well with the public. However, mindful of past history with royal brides such as Princess Diana and the Duchess of York, the Queen was happy to let William’s bride take her time. Now, Kate and her grandmother-in-law enjoy a close relationship. Sporty Kate loves the great outdoors as much as the Queen does, and Her Majesty has bestowed both public and private recognitions of her favour.

The Keen Peacemaker: The Duchess has also emerged as a palace peacemaker within the family, proving instrumental in helping to improve the often-strained relationship between William and his father – ensuring that Charles, 73, spends as much time as possible with his eldest son and grandchildren. And she has kept communication lines open to California with Christmas and birthday presents for Harry and Meghan, including gorgeous clothes on the birth of their second child, Lilibet, in June last year.

Fairy dust: “People love William and Kate,” said former royal press secretary Colleen Harris, “because we see them as ordinary people with fairy dust.”

Robert Lacey chimes in: Historian Robert Lacey says that Kate’s ability to be uncontentious is key to her success: “She is very cautious, and with good reason – she lets very few people in. We never really know what she’s thinking – and so she can always be one of us.”

[From The Sun]

Let’s do this. One, Kate is still a terrible public speaker, because she doesn’t care to improve and she doesn’t practice. She only made a slight effort to improve when Meghan came around and was so effortless in her speeches. Two, Kate’s keen country wife dream… that’s an old quote, but I do think that Kate’s backup plan was always “marry a rich guy and live in the country.” Her mother pushed her to wait around for William for more than a decade.

Three, “she’s also managed to win over the Buckingham Palace courtiers, who’d feared that in the early days too many shopping trips and not enough charity visits wouldn’t play well with the public…” Funny how she only won them over to her “it’s fine that I’m lazy and all I do is shop” persona only after she and William bullied Harry and Meghan out of the country. That was exactly what happened: instead of actually doing some work and being challenged by the charismatic Sussexes, Kate and William just plotted to remove H&M so that they would be the only ones left. The courtiers were not “won over,” it’s just that the courtiers have no other options.

As for Kate the keen peacemaker… I still believe that Kate probably sent Lilibet an old button-covered smock or something. Ugh.

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  1. Tessa says:

    I hope Lacey does not write a book about Kate that overpraises her.

    • Commonwealthy sounded witty at first says:

      Eh, I wouldn’t worry. He could barely spin William as a caring leader hurt by Harry, he won’t be able to over-praise Kate. The tabloids struggle to do it in their articles (she struggled with public speaking but now she uses her voice to campaign for good causes? Um, what?), imagine attempting a *book* praising Kate.

  2. Tessa says:

    If Kate wanted the man in the country, she would not have tried to “win back” William in 2007. if it had been anybody other than a future King, she probably would have moved on. She wanted to be Queen.

    • Paloma says:

      Who knows, maybe at that point she was very attached to him? Not every woman (or man, or person) is emotionally capable of moving on, she could have made an irrational/emotional choice at that point, what ever you think of his feelings for her we don’t really know how she exactly feels about him now or before.

      • A says:

        I don’t disagree with this. I do think Kate’s motivations in pursuit of William are largely mercenary, but people can be emotionally attached to mercenary aims, or confuse them with actual feelings.

        Kate has the emotional maturity of a shrimp, so it doesn’t surprise me that she doesn’t want better for herself.

    • Kalana says:

      Kate stalked William all the way to Chile. She loved living in London and going clubbing and shopping every day. Even after getting married, William would be in Wales and there would be Twitter sightings of Kate in London.

      I wondered why the Twitter sightings of Kate stopped but after the #PrinceWilliamaffair debacle, I wonder if Twitter somehow removes them.

    • notasugarhere says:

      If he was Billy the Plumber, she and her family wouldn’t have spent a decade and Uncle Gary’s money trying to land him. She wanted the title, the position, the lifestyle. All of this ‘she’s just a simply country wifeypoo’ business is another attempt to excuse her abject laziness.

      • Truthiness says:

        Kate is doing what a commoner thinks is royalty. Birthing heirs, wearing gems and buttony couture, having a staff, and doing a few events. Charles, Anne, and the Queen do what (successful) royalty really is, tons of events even if you are bored to tears because that is what the job is and it means something to the public. I’ll always wish Anne could succeed her mom. She’s tough and just gets on with it, remember the kidnapping attempt? Kate shops, needs embiggening when her husband cheats, and keeps trying for an “Umbrella photo” she’ll never get.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Maxima, Letizia, Mary, Daniel – they’re all commoners married in to royalty. They’re out there doing accomplished work.

  3. The Hench says:

    Yep. Not ONE. SINGLE. ACHIEVEMENT listed in this piece. It doesn’t even say that she won the courtiers over via more charity visits and less shopping.

    And please – women who just want to be a quiet, private, country wife do not spend a decade mercilessly clinging to the Future Future Monarch to become Queen. The logic of “I’m so private and humble that I actively pursued one of the most high profile/famous roles in the entire world” does not add up.

    • STRIPE says:

      “Not one single achievement listed in this piece”

      Which is so rude. They had space for “her staff made a website with 5 multiple choice questions, they made pie charts about the unscientific results, and Kate looked at the charts one time”

    • Kalana says:

      Kate is so private and humble, she was on the cover of British Vogue telling people how private and humble she is.

    • Becks1 says:

      Its so sad – I don’t feel sorry for her, bc she could have done something with her life for the past 10 years – but she’s 40 and the only achievement they can say about her is that she has kids. Not that being a good mother is the most important thing for her – that having kids and a big house in the countryside were her goals. Well she got them, so I guess she’s done now.

    • WithTheAmerican says:

      It’s such a load of crap. The women who didn’t want to marry a king decline Bill. They didn’t live with him, sleep with him whole being treated like crap, and cling to him no matter what.

      Also this country woman narrative is hysterical, that’s the Queen’s true self and it’s been said about her forever. Keen stealing, Cathy.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        It is truly reaching the delusion levels at this point!! All of these talking points of what Kate wanting to be, how she is the modern millennial, spearheading mental health as well as the “peacemaker” is all utter lies. This reads like delusions of grandeur through and through!!

        Kate was active, with William, to smear Harry and Meghan as well as Monarchy skipping Chuck. Baldingham doesn’t want to wait 20-30 years, and uncle Gary wants his payout now.

        You can put lipstick on a pig to try and disguise him as something else, but in the end he’s still a PIG!!!

      • anotherlily says:

        @ WithTheAmerican , Yes the ‘countrywoman with children, lots of dogs and an Aga’ is recycled from the Queen’s girlhood ambition to be a countrywoman with children, lots of dogs and horses. The Queen is noted for her love of corgis and horses and of course her skill as a rider and knowledge as a racehorse owner. Kate can’t ride and hasn’t shown any out of the ordinary fondness for dogs.

      • A says:

        Even the story about the Queen reportedly wishing she could have been a plain and simple country wife out of the spotlight is a clever bit of PR messaging. It drives home the belief that she really does sacrifice soooo much to be Queen, and we should all thank her for it. In reality, she grew up the same as everyone else in her circle, and would never give up her rank and privileges that come with it.

      • Dollycoa says:

        If any of them decided they really wanted to be country landowners they could do it. They could, at any time announce that Monarchy is outdated and ridiculous and they were going to encourage a transition to a Republic, but they don’t. All of them- the Queen, Wills, Charles maybe to a lesser extent cling to Royalty and are desperate for their privilege to continue through the generations. The whole family is only there to make sure the Monarchy continues. The rest of them are just spate parts.

  4. Bettyrose says:

    The older I get the better a quiet country life with lots of dogs sounds.

    • Mac says:

      Yes, I want a house in the country with lots of kids and dogs. The only difference is my idea of kids is goats.

      • Bettyrose says:

        I discovered not long ago that goats smile back at you when you smile at them. ❤️

      • Eurydice says:

        Same here, only my idea of dogs is cats and instead of goats, lots of books.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        Books, cats, and a massive garden for me.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Mac, be sure to tuck in your shirt. From my experience, goats will chew on any trailing piece of fabric they can reach.

        Miss Jupitero, I recommend raised planting beds. Makes all the difference in the world when weeding, trimming, harvesting.

      • BrainFog 💉💉😷 says:

        Years ago I would have gone with what Miss Jupitero said, but cats wake you up too early in the morning and I am old and lazy, so:

        Same here, only my idea of dogs is ferrets and my idea of kids is music instruments. And a massive garden, thank you.

      • Nick G says:

        I love everyone’s fantasy lives.

    • Harper says:

      Kate doesn’t even do “dogs” the way the Queen does dogs. I mean, those Corgis are everywhere–you see them in the background with the Queen. Betty walks them, she is the one who feeds them, and they are attached to her. Dogs take time but they give back tenfold with unconditional love. Plus, Kate only has one dog– even though she has the room and grounds to have more. Now her brother seems properly obsessed with dogs, but I haven’t seen any evidence that Kate is a dog person like the Queen.

      • notasugarhere says:

        His ‘obsession’ with dogs is mostly about promoting his and Mummy’s dog breeding for profit.

      • Tessa says:

        I also notice Kate does not have the interest in horses that the Queen and Princess Anne have.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Tessa – she def doesnt, I think at one point it was put out that she was allergic as a way of explaining why she’s not into them, which is weird to me because….lots of people aren’t into horses. It’s fine if you’re not. But they wanted to make sure that we knew that Kate WOULD be really really into horses, she would be the champion of all champions, except for the allergy.

        You know that this is a sticking point bc it was put out a year or so ago that Charlotte loves horses and rides the horses at Sandringham on a regular basis etc.

      • L84Tea says:

        @Tessa, this is the one and only thing I will defend Kate for. I have read she is allergic to horses, which might explain why we never see her ride or get near them.

        ETA: You beat me to it, Becks!

      • Mac says:

        I’d love to have as many dogs as the queen, but my house is considerably smaller than hers and I don’t have anyone to scoop the poop.

      • Nic919 says:

        I want to know how someone allergic to horses can attend polo games and not be a sneezing mess. If she is afraid of horses that’s fine, but this need to say she’s allergic because otherwise she would be the keenest equestrienne ever is over the top, as it all praise of kate.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        Thank you @Nic919. I want to know that too. Like you said, if she is afraid, that’s a different thing. It’s okay. Polo fields, racetracks are not friendly towards people with allergies.

    • Deering24 says:

      Books, parrots, computers, a garden with hammock, unlimited iced tea…and I’m good. 🙂

    • The Recluse says:

      Me too. And I would plant massive plots of wild flowers for the pollinators and live with rescued horses and cows and chickens.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        If we had more than ( a lot more than) 2/3 of and acre we would probably have horses too. Lots of plots of flowers for the pollinating bees and traveling butterflies are in place. Flower/vegetable gardening.

    • MerlinsMom1018 says:

      gimme ALL the cats and books!! Gimme!!!!!

      • Mary Kidd says:

        A dog, a couple of cats, 5-10 acres, chickens, and bees. Want to run an apiary. Also, a craft shack all my own.

  5. equality says:

    She won over the courtiers by running off Meghan since they didn’t want to take orders from her? So her big skill isn’t charity, it’s running off the unwanted? I thought Charles previous complaint was that he didn’t see the children often. And now Kate sends gifts to the ones she helped drive away? How utterly sweet of her. I’m sure the “gift” H&M would appreciate is her correcting lies about them instead of spreading them. If she and the Queen are so close it sure doesn’t come across in any public videos or photos of events where they’re together.

    • Jan90067 says:

      Wouldn’t surprised me if she boxed up some of Char’s old clothes for Lili and sent them.

      “Lotte barely wore these, she had so many outfits to choose from! I thought Lili might like some of her cousin’s “gently worn” designer clothes!”.

      • Nic919 says:

        You know she included some tights in her gift to Lili.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I doubt she’s do something so personal. She’d have loaned those to her niece via Pippa, but want them back for ‘history’. If she sent anything at all, it was something cheap picked out by a staffer and sent without a handwritten note.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ notasugarhere, I don’t think she would have even sent a gift, as that is a stretch in my estimation. Harry and Meghan probably received a congratulatory email, knowing how petty and jealous Mumble’s McMutton is. Hell, even a student rattled her cage with the very mention of Harry!!

      • JaneBee87 says:

        @NIC919 I see what you did there 🙂

      • Charm says:

        I’m sure the address tht the cambitches, chuck & betty hv for H&M is the same tht us fans hv, i:e their business address in LA. Then H&M hv their staff do the sorting wth H&M looking on via camera & tell them which charities to send the stuff to.

      • Liz Version 700 says:

        I totally could see this! Each used outfit with a coordinated pair of tights.

    • The Recluse says:

      Poor Charles. Those are Middleton children, not Windsors. They are Ma Middleton’s reward and investment.

  6. Scout says:

    So they hide her shopping trips and lie about her work efforts…..problem solved!

  7. Still In My Robe says:

    Have you ever looked at the main page of the AGA website? The PR for that appliance strikes an awfully familiar tone when it comes to comparisons: “ AGA-cooked food tastes better simply because an AGA cooks better. Unlike most American luxury ranges, AGA uses gentle, radiant heat circulating through the ovens and hotplates, AGA creates dedicated cooking zones at pre-set temperatures for ease, convenience, and full-flavored results. This radiant heat cooking is an altogether gentler process than the fierce, hot air of conventional ranges.”

    Damn Americans and their fierceness in everything. Don’t you want the gentler, better, British version?

    • Bettyrose says:

      Is that the actual product description? 🤣🤣🤣 I mean sure the Brits are known for their cuisine so go off AGA.

    • The Hench says:

      I own an Aga. It is indeed quintessentially British in that it’s old, unpredictable, requires servicing every six months, inevitably goes out inexplicably *just* before you need to cook, say, Christmas lunch, loses heat AS YOU ARE COOKING with it and yet is held in huge regard for no solid reason.

      PS I am also British BTW before my compatriots come for me.

      • Eurydice says:

        In the British novels I’ve read and various Agatha Christie’s, I always had the impression that an AGA was aspirational for those who wanted to become middle-class. It’s just an impression, but, if true, this isn’t a compliment to Kate.

      • MerlinsMom1018 says:

        @The Hench
        American here and your AGA and my electric glass top Frigidaire could be cousins and mine isn’t even that old.

    • Becks1 says:

      I didn’t even know what AGA was, lol. It’s an oven?

      • The Hench says:

        Yes, it’s an oven. Comes in various forms but basically has either two or four ovens at different temperatures and hot plates that are permanently on. Mine is half a century old.

        I think it’s seen as aspirational because it’s the kind of thing found in old country houses. Very English middle class.

      • Lorelei says:

        I only know what it is because I Googled it the first time Emily ran that same exact sentence a while back

    • notasugarhere says:

      The focus on her wanting an AGA is another excuse for her ripping out the £38,000 kitchen at Anmer.

    • EBS says:

      AGAs also eat oil and are terrible for the environment, and are a nightmare if it’s hot outside. But yes, they are a sort of lifestyle signifier.

    • Millenial says:

      I only know AGA’s from Instagram. It’s very much a lifestyle signifier amongst the new-age homesteaders who would like to (at least visually) recreate the frontier times out West. I’m sure someone has written an essay on the whiteness and privilege of it all. It does not surprise me that Kate finds that aspirational.

      • SenseOfTheAbsurd says:

        There used to be a whole genre of romances(?) about extremely white and middle-class Englishwomen called ‘Aga Sagas’.

    • Shawna says:

      An AGA is also an old-money kind of signifier, in a similar way that the dog-hair-covered sofa and ratty furniture signify “too well-bred, too county to care” in big manor houses. Even if Kate hadn’t ripped out Anmer’s AGA, hers would never have been a heritage AGA proving that she’s got good breeding.

    • purplecupcakes says:

      Sounds like they orchestrated this story to show “hey look Kate the EnGlisH rOsE wants an AGA oven because it’s so quintessentially British and old money” to make a comparison to Meghan the American.

      Also remember that Meghan made the comment about roasting a chicken with Harry during their engagement interview. Of course Kate has to one-up that.

  8. Jill Hayes says:

    “ All Catherine ever wanted was a house in the countryside, loads of kids, dogs and an AGA.” who doesn’t?

  9. Woke says:

    This quote by Lacey sums up Kate perfectly her and William tbh that has always been the plan model themselves after the queen it’s only because of H&M they started to realize they have to show a bit of personnality too hence the piano recital and the Apple podcast.

    • Tessa says:

      BUt the problem here is, they do little actual work. especially Kate. The showiness of Kate and making things about her, is not an ideal scenario IMO.

  10. Jill Hayes says:

    “ the millennial queen-in-the-making has chosen a modern path – feelings are to be validated, mental health is to be prioritised and laughter is to be encouraged.” not exactly reinventing the wheel here, are we?

    • Kalana says:

      Only Kate’s mental health is to be encouraged. For anyone else, it’s throwing her under the bus because she needs to do the school run.

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        Kate’s treatment of Meghan shows what utter bullsh-t those words are. To Kate, it’s ok to put out a false story about Meghan the bully driving Kate to tears (or, giving Kate the benefit of the doubt that she does not deserve, at best, *allowing* that story to fester without correction). And it’s ok to stand by and smirk when your sister-in-law is driven to suicidal thoughts by the racist and unwarranted attacks on her. And to “finally come into her own” by driving her brother-in-law and his family from the country. And to play power games with women Kate is jealous of (Meghan, Rose). Kate is TOXIC and is the last person who should be talking about mental health.

    • Deering24 says:

      Um, didn’t yesterday’s paean to Her August Keenness praise her Queen-Mother-worthy stiff upper lip and just getting on with things instead of “emoting wakeily?” and having feelings at all? Come on…🤮🤮

  11. Jais says:

    Well, this writer never brings up Meghan. At least not in these excerpts. Robert Lacey says she is very cautious and with good reason…well, she does live in a nest of vipers and knows first-hand how people can backstab and lie. At this point, she is just one of the many vipers, wary of the other vipers.

    • Tessa says:

      She is no innocent herself. Maybe he means she is a conformist and no matter how badly she saw William behaving towards Meghan and Harry, she goes along with it no matter what.

      • Jais says:

        Well, she is cautious because everyone in the palace is horrible(imo) and so she thus has good reason to be.
        But she is also cautious because she knows what she herself is capable of and assumes that others are the same. This is a woman capable of leaking(imo) and allowing a lie about her SIL to fuel racist misogynoir for years. She is cautious because she believes others will do the same. Meghan must be very confusing to her because she is actually kind and not about competition.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Kate is cautious because she knows William can kick her to the curb whenever he wants. That is why she is willing to be his doormat, and become the worst possible role model for women. Every time she is forced to look at Diana’s cursed ring, it is a reminder of what will happen to her marriage if she ever puts her foot down with William.

      • notasugarhere says:

        She isn’t his doormat. She’s getting exactly what she wanted, while she and mummy manipulate William and others behind the scenes. Kate is no victim.

    • A says:

      Is she cautious because of that though? I honestly don’t think that’s what Robert Lacey is referring to here. What he’s referring to is the fact that Kate rarely ever speaks in public, let alone takes any sort of public stance on anything, particularly matters that could be conceived as controversial.

      That type of silence, particularly in the face of prejudice, injustice and systematic inequalities, is harmful. She doesn’t talk or take a stance on any particular matter bc she doesn’t want to be criticized in her position as a public figure. She doesn’t want to suffer any unpopularity, so she says nothing, does nothing, and makes no waves.

      But this silence and projected blandness is calculated. She knows if she projects a completely blank slate, people can project their own ideals onto her. So she will become whatever the audience wants her to be.

      • Nic919 says:

        That approach might have worked pre Meghan but it won’t anymore. Sure the racists love her because she’s white, but there is also a whole other section of people who saw what Meghan tried to do with the position and see how little Kate does. Meghan will always be a point of comparison even if she isn’t a working royal anymore. There were already rumblings that kate was lacking pre Meghan, but it is just more obvious now.

  12. Shawna says:

    “Laughter is to be encouraged?” Yes, dahling, one is to laugh, isn’t one?

    2 Keen 2 Kween

    • Eurydice says:

      Ooohhhh, so that’s why she tosses her head back and shows all her teeth, she’s encouraging laughter.

      • Nic919 says:

        The horsey veneers are too big for her mouth. She should have gone for a slightly smaller size because they are so incredibly fake.

  13. Busyann says:

    Can someone explain to me what an AGA is. Is it a stove or the other “A Great A…” because with her, it could be either and she only succeeded if it was the stove.

  14. Eurydice says:

    What’s this about playing peacemaker between William and Charles? Strained relationship? When was this?

    • El says:

      As someone with strained family relationships, sending gifts instead of actually trying to talk to someone sounds on point. They can pat themselves on the back for sending big, impersonal gifts, without actually making an effort to reconcile. With our newborns, exquisite clothes (which are grown out of quickly and only really god for a picture) weren’t thoughtful gifts.

    • Nic919 says:

      She better watch it with the peacemaker stuff because tried that with Harry and William and William kept her away from the statue unveiling. Charles will only put up with so much himself. He protects Camilla and only her.

    • Tessa says:

      I don’t think there is love lost between Kate and Charles. She cannot play peacemaker.

      • Nic919 says:

        Charles tolerates kate but she’s let the Middletons control too much for him to ever like her. And he’s not going to give Carole a title during his lifetime.

    • A says:

      Since always, but particularly as William became a teenager and started going to St. Andrews.

      The rumour I always heard around that time is that William sincerely wanted to give up his position in the line of succession, and not become monarch at all. He wanted that bc he was deeply resentful towards the royal family, reportedly for what had happened between them and Diana. I’m guessing this is the strained relationship between William and Charles that’s being referred to here. IIRC, some of the reports said that William held Charles as the one responsible for Diana’s emotional state, and that their relationship suffered as a result.

      Where Kate reportedly comes into this is that when William started going to St. Andrews, he wanted to drop out after the first term and go back home and not finish. She apparently managed to single-handedly convince him not to. She also reportedly managed to convince him to not give up his succession rights. It’s rumoured that both of these things (if they happened) are the reason why the suits at the palace let it slide that Kate was from a common, middle-class background. They figured that if she’s able to keep him on the straight and narrow, that’s good enough.

      You can take all those rumours with a grain of salt obviously. If there’s some validity to them, it’s in the fact that Kate convinced William of one or both of those things purely out of self-interest. William dropping out of St. Andrews, or giving up his succession rights, would mean that she can’t be queen. But the larger point is that this is likely where the whole story that she helped Charles and William patch things up comes from. She apparently convinced William to not give up his succession rights, which he would have otherwise out of resentment towards his father. Convincing him to not do that means he no longer carries that resentment.

      • Tessa says:

        I read variations of this story. One was that Charles talked him into staying. The other that it was Kate. And another that if he left, Kate was going to leave too. I doubt William was ever going to give up his place in line of succession. Especially how he would have those “teas” with the Queen to talk about his future role. I don’t think he was confronting Charles over Diana. Less than a year after Diana died, he met with Camilla.

      • equality says:

        All this supposedly happened years ago and is just now coming out? Will could have given up his place and still had a relationship with his father. He could have quit school and still been king or not. Not giving up his place doesn’t mean he gave up resentment toward PC (if there was that much resentment). The story doesn’t hang together cohesively. And what made it Kate’s business to talk him out of something that might have made his life better for all she knew?

      • A says:

        @equality, the rumours were reported on or implied in the royal news coverage over the years before he married Kate. So none of it is new, it’s just old gossip that’s largely faded away and become less relevant.

        Will wanted to give up his place out of resentment for his father and the RF. He reportedly didn’t want anything to do with him or the institution, bc he of how they treated his mother. He felt trapped in his destiny to become monarch. Or so the story goes. How true any of those details are, or how sincere he was in giving up his place in the line of royal succession is up for debate.

        He wanted to quit school after one term bc he found the coursework too challenging. He was reportedly all set to do that after he went home for break after the first term or something. I’ve heard the story where Kate talked him out of it. I didn’t know there was a story out there that Charles might have done that too.

        Both of these are Kate’s business bc she chose St. Andrews with the intention of being with William. And the reason she wants to be with William is to be FFQ consort. If he were to drop out of his course at St. Andrews, or if he were to some how give up his succession rights and go off and live as a private citizen, those would affect Kate’s own personal ambitions. There were some stories going around that the royal courtiers were ok with William marrying whoever he wanted, as long as it meant he wouldn’t give up his succession rights. But again, take these with a grain of salt.

        I think the story about Charles and William is relevant here, bc this particular news story is reporting that things have improved greatly within the family. I don’t think this is bc of anything Kate herself did. But I do think William’s resentment towards the institution and his father was quite real. He just wasn’t prepared to give up all of the privileges he would get from being a part of it. That resentment, I do think has ebbed off somewhat, although not completely. Either way, William is staying with the RF and is determined to preserve the institution and doesn’t want to rock the boat too much. That, I think, is where Charles, William, the Queen, and all the grey suits are aligned in their goal and pulling in the same direction.

      • Becks1 says:

        The story I have heard about him wanting to drop out of St. Andrews was because it was too hard (so it was not tied in any way to his role as FFK) and that he asked charles if he could transfer to a different school instead(I forget which one, but I have heard the specific school mentioned) and Charles wanted him to stay for another term and that’s when Kate convinced him to switch majors/areas of study (not sure if that’s how its called in the UK). Or something like that. But Kate isn’t the one who convinced him to stay at St. Andrews.

        for the line of succession….lol. I think it is something William has always threatened, I think he threatens it to this day to be honest, and I think its why no one took Harry seriously when he talked about stepping back. they figured it was another tantrum like William has all the time. My guess is that the Middletons put it out there that Kate convinced him to stay in the line of succession as a way to make her seem like the savior of the monarchy, when it was never really at risk anyway.

        As for that being the issue with William and Charles’s relationship – no. I mean I’m sure they didn’t have a great relationship 20 years ago, but they didn’t have a great one even 5 years ago. It wasn’t something that was a problem for a few years after Diana died and then was fixed because Kate convinced William to stay in the line of succession.* We have heard way too many leaks over the past several years about Charles’s resentment towards the Middletons, William’s resentment towards his father’s work habits, etc for me to think that their relationship was fixed when he was in college.

        *I mean the more I type that out the more I laugh at it. SUCH a Middleton plant of a story that fits in with everything we heard around the funeral – Kate is the lynchpin of the monarchy, the future of the monarchy rests on Kate, etc.

  15. Scorpion says:

    I call bull on open lines of communication with the Sussexes and her sending gifts. She knows that the Sussexes don’t engage with the tabloids to correct her lies.

    They had to contact the embassy to get someone to tell Harry that Phil the Greek had passed, which means Harry has changed his number.

    • Chloe says:

      She also admitted publicly that she hadn’t seen lilibet but “hopes she was well” (roundtable with jill biden ). If she really wanted to keep the lines between them and California open, she would have made sure they jetted of to Cali instead of Jordan during the kids’s half term

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Same. I doubt that she ever sends them or the kids anything.

  16. Guest says:

    “And she has kept communication lines open to California with Christmas and birthday presents for Harry and Meghan, including gorgeous clothes on the birth of their second child, Lilibet, in June last year.”

    😂😂😂🤣😂 what utter nonsense. They really need to stop making up this ridiculous crap.

  17. kelleybelle says:

    That side shot of her with her hair up at the movie premiere? I would put that woman at 55. That hairdo didn’t help that uber-glitter look in the least. The dress wore HER.

    • Kalana says:

      100%. What you see is the dress and Kate’s tan and bad hairdo. The dress overwhelmed her.

    • Lizzie says:

      She was also quite ‘shiny’ at that event.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Seriously, it was so ‘mother of the bride’ mixed with ‘aging Las Vegas showgirl’. Just an awful look all around, and Kate fans flooded the premiere post screaming about how amazing she looked (and they haven’t posted since then, lol).

      • Chrissy says:

        As someone else described it: From the neck up she looked like Princess Margaret circa 1965, and from the neck down she looked like Cher circa 1981.

    • Tessa says:

      She looked older than her age, it actually was rather dowdy despite the flashy gold. And it was ill fitting.

  18. Sarah says:

    Is this supposed to make her look good?

  19. Case says:

    “Feelings are to be validated, mental health is to be prioritised and laughter is to be encouraged.”

    LOL. Not the vibe she gives off. She’s a mean girl.

  20. Rapunzel says:

    The Courtiers weren’t won over. They were worn down. The steel marshmallow has dug in her heels and held on for dear life, clinging to her position like the limpet Harry always knew she was.

    Now, the Courtiers are forced to put lipstick on a pig and make due.

    • Becks1 says:

      Exactly. The courtiers learned that she just would not work and wouldn’t do anything besides what she wanted to do, so they had to figure something else out. And these puff pieces from Emily Andrews are what they figured out. If they write enough about Kate’s accomplishments as a general topic, they hope people won’t ask “what accomplishments?”

      Also, side note – EA is back at the Sun? I knew she left the DM, didn’t realize she was back at the Sun. Emily Emily, where is your tell-all? for some reason I think she is the RR most likely to crack and spill the beans on the whole operation.

      • Nic919 says:

        Wootton ended up at the Mail and I strongly suspect Emily had left the Sun in the first place because of him. There are reports that he is toxic and awful to work with. So I don’t blame her for leaving the MoS if he was there now.

      • Becks1 says:

        @nic that was my thinking – that she had left the Mail bc of Wootton after leaving the Sun because of him. It must not have been an issue with the Sun itself as an entity if she went back.

  21. girl_ninja says:

    I didn’t pay any attention to her back before she was to become the “Millennial Queen” All I hear about her was that dating Will and then she was single and then dating Will and then single and then dating again. This all lasted until their engagement. But what a absolute lie to say that all she wanted was a simple country life with some kids and a dog. She wanted a country manor with a guy who tolerated her and that’s what she got.

  22. Over it says:

    Well we know that’s a lie. Kate only buys ugly buttons. Her ass is even lazier. Than she was. Before children who are these people kidding. You bet your ass Kate still wants her country life and she has it too only it’s on the tax payers dime

  23. death by bacon says:

    Whewww these comments are savage and so on point. And limpet she always was🤣🤣🤣

    • TEALIEF says:

      I LOL @ Rapunzel’s comment also. She climb down from the tower, let her hair down and went farmyard and marine life, honouring Kate’s love of the outdoors, country living, and regatta. The limpet analogy made me think of remorae and barnacles.

      Here’s and cheers to you, Rapunzel!

  24. Lizzie says:

    They keep trying to drum up interest in her. Blanketing her picture all over the tabloids didn’t stop her concert from being a dud and a flop. No one cares. They say you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression and apparently Keen impressed no one, now they tune her out.

  25. Denise says:

    If Kate just wanted a quiet life in the countryside, where are all those comments saying she knew what she was getting into by marrying Will and becoming Future Queen?

  26. Darby says:

    Kate has been so incredibly disappointing. When it first became apparent she was actually sticking around with William (his Sandhurst graduation?) I was so excited for the possibilities. She seemed like the opposite of the panty-flashing starlets, crude culture and the death of manners. I thought she would be a strong, educated, properly dressed and well mannered example for girls to look up to. I thought as her profile increased she could help turn society back to elegance, manners and respect. She had the biggest stage in the world to become someone little girls looked up to and she’s done absolutely NOTHING admirational.

    • Tessa says:

      I had my doubts about her. I was disappointed he was not getting serious with Jecca. I found her off putting when she strode down the runway in the see through outfit to get William interested. No other prospective consort did that in recent memory. I got even more disappointed when she did not get any employment for many months and spent her time vacationing and clubbing with William. I did not see her as elegant in the least. And she never really changed. She also never used the degree. I thought they were over during the 2007 breakup and found her campaign to “win him back” offputting.

    • Becks1 says:

      I’m not getting into a lot of what you said (elegance, manners and respect? for whom, rich white people? let’s not look at the past as an epitome of all things positive) but I admit I was excited when they got engaged/married bc I bought into the BS about her – she would be the breath of fresh air, she was going to use her platform to really make a difference, etc.

      Instead…..she had three kids and turned 40. And drove her black SIL out of the country.

      • Christine says:

        I fell into that same trap as well. It stuns me that there are still people who defend this woman.

    • teecee says:

      I think we should also remember that era of “panty flashing starlets” was largely driven by both tabloid and mainstream media and their sidekicks, the papparazzi. Middle-aged men would lie on the ground with their cameras pointed up as teenagers and young women in their early twenties got into and out of cars. It’s disgusting to think about how society as a whole sexualized and consumed images of these girls and then called them “sluts.”

      And most of these starlets actually had to do some kind of work, as opposed to “classy” Kate.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Really? My friends and I always saw her and Pippa as the British Hilton sisters back then because the antics were pretty similar. All four of them pretty much embodied the same issues you thought Kate was the opposite of.

    • equality says:

      That’s funny considering Kate has flashed her panties plenty of times and supposedly her bare bottom when she was at school.

  27. ABritGuest says:

    Kate didn’t want a big job but just decided to marry a future king.. right. I can believe she wasn’t ambitious to do much work though.

    I also believe she is contained so people project what they want onto her. Great trick Elizabeth has done too.

    Kate has actually done things recently like the baby bank donation drive, hold still, the early years research centre & her carol concert. Hold Still & baby bank donation drive were actually great projects- why don’t these articles actually go into these? It’s amazing how much the buzz for the research centre especially died down given all the hype.

    Who’s buying that Kate has kept lines of communication open with California given that she had to admit she hadn’t done FaceTime etc with the parents when Lili was born? We also likely would have heard about presents she had sent Harry & Meghan. Plus example of how the press want to have it both ways- they claim H&M are lying traitors so why is it a good thing for Kate to be keeping up with them. Shouldn’t she keep her distance if they are as bad as the press claim?

    • Tessa says:

      The problem I have with Kate is that she did not “do things”, she capitalizes on the work of others. She wrote the preface (only) for Hold Still when the real winners were those who voted and the subjects of the photos. The Carol Concert was made about HERSELF and the constant images of her gleefully throwing her head back in triumph playing the chords over and over, were annoying. And in second place were pictures of the Middleton clan photos. It was the same with the Garden, it was “her” Garden when she had nothing to do with the real work planning and creating. She latches on to others work and then makes it about HER; She knows really nothing about “Early Years” and instead of making it about HER, could have showcased real experts in the field and promoted their papers and research.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Exactly, Tessa. It is never Kate doing anything, simply showing up to pose and take credit for the work of others.

      • Becks1 says:

        And the thing with those projects – the baby bank, hold still, the concert, the garden – they could have all been (and some) were really good projects. But Kate and her camp were so desperate to make sure she got ALL the credit for them that the focus of the projects was lost. The garden was all about Kate posing on a log. the baby bank was all about Kate in shiny heels and a nice dress with some boxes. And so on.

        There is nothing wrong, IMO, with a royal showing up to lend some publicity to a good cause or event and that’s it. That’s what most of the older royals do and did. But Kate tries to take credit repeatedly for the work of others and to act like these significant, huge projects are her ideas etc. And we all know that’s not true.

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        This is part of why I have such dislike for Kate and William. Their public relations job should be to show up at charities and say, “Look at this great project that is happening. We should all support it.” It is NOT to show up and say, “This is MY project, look how great it is, and how great I am (and imply they did the work themselves).”

    • equality says:

      She should keep her distance. After all, M is the one who said something to Charlotte and made Kate cry and then Kate had to apologize and M didn’t. (sarc)

    • Amy Bee says:

      Abritguest: You’re so right. If Meghan is a bully and such a terrible person why is Kate trying to keep the lines of communication open? You would think that Kate wouldn’t want to have anything to do with Meghan. Emily Andrews, if you’re on the blog, please help us to answer this question.

  28. Ennie says:

    If ahe were low profile, she could be doing quiet events a-la- Anne, but she is. 1) too lazy/ bland 2) does not want to improve, decades have passed and she does not improve / does not care to in what it takes for working in public relations, which is her job. 3)even if she were a hard worker, she cannot be seen doing more that William, both their number of events are ridiculously low.
    They seem to be in a loooong extended vacation until they become P and p of Wales, they are saving their energies for then to start working, it’s my guess.

    • notasugarhere says:

      They’re never going to work, no matter what titles and positions they have. It will be more of the same. Posing, taking credit for the work of others, and doing far less than the bare minimum.

  29. Amy Bee says:

    Does this mean that Emily Andrews is back with the Sun? Anyway, the courtiers were not won over they chose a side and that was the wife of the heir to the throne. She’s absolutely not a peacemaker. The sole aim of her actions towards Meghan was to smear her. These Kate at 40 pieces are annoying. And just a heads up for everybody, Hello Magazine has their own piece which is bonkers and too long.

    • Lizzie says:

      The courtiers can work with someone dull and unaccomplished but they have no idea what to do with a star.

  30. Izzy says:

    “And she has kept communication lines open to California…”

    With what, Morse code? Calling utter BS on this entire piece of rota fiction.

  31. Sofia says:

    If she wanted a quiet life in the countryside then she should have married a quiet man and have gotten it. She wants to be the queen, she just doesn’t want to work.

    And hey guess Emily Andrews is back at the Sun.

  32. Blujfly says:

    Andrews’ article has been edited and changed over the last few days – the tidbit about Jate’s composure when the European tabloids were going to run photos of her “topless and smoking a cigarette” wasn’t there yesterday. The fact that those photos showed Kate smoking (which was the least of what they showed) has never been publicly acknowledged or much focused on by the media.

    • Jais says:

      The smoking part was in the original article? It’s funny how a photograph of smoking seems worse than a nude one to the palace. I say that just because it’s usually reported as a photographer invading her privacy as she sunbathed topless. I never knew she was also smoking in the photo because it’s never written about. Does anyone have a screenshot of this in the original article?

  33. Constant says:

    I look upon Kate as a glorified WAG. Always have.

  34. TabithaD says:

    It seems to me that they’re settling on this “country wife” narrative because they are finally coming to accept that this woman is never going to step up and work. It’s a disgrace really – with her profile, she could have done so much. (Look at all the causes Diana is still remembered for more than 20 years on – and she was 4 years younger than Kate when she died.)

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      TabithaD, I can’t help but wonder if this is setting her up for being in the country and out of sight when their separation becomes public. All of these recent articles are working very hard to make everyone believe that she is a wonderful mother and country wife. In fact, George isn’t going to boarding school, right? I think that has more to do with her rather than George (setting aside the conversation about how old a child should be for boarding school). It gives her more reason to stay in the country. This article says she has a close relationship with TQ? Does anyone believe that? They didn’t spend Christmas with her, they spent it with her family. When TQ was in the hospital, she and hair went on vacation. Riiiiiight, they’re really tight. Someone is working very hard trying to convince people that she’s integral to the brf.

    • A says:

      I don’t think that’s why. The “country wife” narrative, complete with the whole 3 kids, dogs, and an AGA is actually deeply insidious messaging to its audience. It’s not something they settled on bc she refuses to work.

      The whole “country wife” who “just wants to be a mum” and “be out of the spotlight” are honestly just a bunch of dog whistles to a racist white audience. It’s similar to the whole “white picket fence” ideal in the United States. That’s not to say that being a country wife, a mom, or having an AGA are indicators of someone being a racist. But the elements taken together, and the image that they project to the audience, is intended to appeal to nostalgic white British racists, the ones who voted for Brexit, who long for the days of the Blitz and Winston Churchill and the empire.

      I know it sounds like a stretch, but it’s not. Especially when you see how often they compare and contrast Kate with Meghan, implying that Meghan, by virtue of being a biracial black American woman, and an actress on top of that, is inherently suspicious in her intentions and motivations. Meghan is portrayed as an attention seeking social climbing gold digger, bc she uses her publicity to take a stand and make a difference on issues that are important to her. She’s coded as inherently negative and bad and wrong, in contrast to the “good” “white” “maternal” Kate, who “just wants to live in the country” with “lots of dogs and an AGA.”

      Kate’s PR should honestly be ashamed of what direction her PR is going in, and for what purpose. There are worse examples out there of her basically adopting the tradwife aesthetic for her PR, but long story short–this is not an accident, and not something they settled on for want of a better narrative for Kate. This is the narrative that Kate, and her enablers, have consciously chosen for her. The intention is to signal to the British people that William and Kate are going to be royals that are inclusive in their outlook and ideology. They are purposefully seeking to represent a very specific, very white ideal of what it means to be British, and that is on purpose.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        A, Thank you for putting it together for me. All I can say is that’s incredibly short sighted of them. Doesn’t this speak to the died in the wool Royalists–the older generation in the UK. Let’s not forget the MAGAs in the US. How can they think this is the way to go?

      • Tracy says:

        @ A says, I agree with your sentiments, i don’t think it’s a reach at all. Shame on her her PR team .

      • Becks1 says:

        It’s not a stretch. We’ve discussed on here before how that messaging is specifically used to appeal to a certain audience.

      • Tangerinetree says:

        @A Thank you for all of your posts under this article. I understand the situation a lot better now.

  35. aquarius64 says:

    I’m laughing at these puff pieces on Kate and everyone else. When Harry puts out his memoir and it contradicts what the rota rats have put out it will make them more idiotic than usual.

    • Jais says:

      Yesterday, I was thinking about how we will never know the true crying story, even though I believe Kate said and did something truly terrible in that moment. I don’t believe Meghan will ever speak on it again and I love that for her. She so graciously said her piece. Now, Harry is another story. In the interview, he was really the one willing to spill the tea on the invisible contract. So I wonder if in his memoir, or in an interview about racism within the press someday, he’ll ever address the story. Because he knows. He knows what that story did. Meghan called it a turning point. He might just reveal some more details one day. That’s just my wishful thinking, but at the end of the day, we will prob never know but I’m just glad H and M and their fam are now peaceful under a tree somewhere.

      • Rebecca says:

        I wonder about the Kate story, too. Prior to the airing of the Oprah interview, the Daily Mail ran this quote from an unnamed source: ‘This is Meghan’s nuclear option. If she has chosen to speak candidly about her time with Kate then the damage that could be done to the monarchy is vast. She has the power to lay bare just how bad things really were between her, Harry, William and Kate.”

  36. Gubbinal says:

    I wonder if Her Keenness looks back on the history of others who have had her situation. Prince Philip did a look, was active, opinionated, and openly racist.

    Queen Elizabeth, the “Queen-Mum”, had a few iconic moments during WWII and cultivated a public persona that was mostly pleasing. She could shift gears instantly and transform herself from tickling trout and being high camp to patriotic icon.

    Queen Mary got away with it by having her starchy ramrod personality and her not-so-secret kleptomania. She did not pretend to be anything less than Queen.

    Queen Alexandra apparently accepted the many mistresses of Edward VII and gave in to his every whim. She was probably warned that he would be an eternal playboy. She truly was a boon to her mother-in-law, Queen Victoria by taking over many public duties and performing the kinds of things Princess Anne does today.

    and then we have Prince Albert.

    They each were distinctive in different ways and they all had a personality.
    Aside from the buttons and looking as if she’s doing a shampoo advertisement, what is she giving the BRF?

    • Tangerinetree says:

      The Queen mum is always a figure I remember for something she did to Diana: There was some sort of high profile event, outdoors at a stadium. It was reported in the news that the Queen Mum had invited Diana especially to this event and she was to sit with the QM in the stands (after the marriage troubles with Charles was public knowledge). I remember thinking to myself, “Oh, how nice! An older person knows to keep good will between family members – that’s the right thing to do!” And then Diana showed up, and the Queen Mum wouldn’t even look at her and wouldn’t move her purse or sweater, whatever, so that Diana had to sit with an empty seat between them. In full view of the public. Diana had been set up, and she knew it. She had to sit there for the event and try not to show her hurt and disgust. I have never forgotten that – I felt so shocked and sad for Diana. I remember I talked with my mother about it, and she said some people never grow up and wasn’t the QM horrible for what she did.
      If anyone remembers that, I would love to know what the event was.

  37. Nyro says:

    That James Bond premiere look of hers just gets more and more matronly every time I see it. Mrs. Roper out for the evening in Las Vegas, circa 1976.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      Agreed. For all of the praise she got for that look, it seemed clear it wouldn’t age well. It looks awful from every angle except perhaps head on, where the dress looks ok.

      • Nyro says:

        It took the designer practically a full week before she posted Kate’s photo on her Instagram. It looked awful. And the styling was atrocious.

    • Blujfly says:

      To paraphrase Dorothy Zbornak, she looked like the mother of a Solid Gold dancer

    • Tessa says:

      It did not fit her properly either. And the “see through” part at the legs was not a good look for a royal.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Tessa, I had to look twice before I accepted that it was see through at the legs. I put it in the same column as her see through “dress” she modelled for Hair in college, and the many times her skirt blew up and everyone saw way more than they ever wanted. Isn’t it interesting this is popping up all of a sudden? People may say she’s shy; she is not nor was she ever shy. Why is she doing this all of a sudden?

  38. Rapunzel says:

    This whole “Kate is a country loving gal who just wants to play with the dogs and cook in her AGA” is such BS.

    Kate is such London city girl. She wants to shop and get her hair done and lunch at fancy restaurants. It’s extremely strange they’re trying to make her out to be something she’s obviously not. Or maybe I’m wrong and she does want this because she thinks it’s what aristo women are.

    Oh….or could this be more laying the groundwork for a Berkshire move!? Yeah, I’m betting that’s what it is.

    • A says:

      No. The messaging in her PR has been pretty consistent for the last few years, particularly since Meghan came onto the scene. The whole, “All Kate really wants is to be a hands-on mum to her children!! She TOTALLY didn’t stalk and marry William for mercenary reasons, nooooo.”

      I don’t think we’d see any indication from their PR on any separation. I honestly think that for all intents and purposes, they are already separated. Kate already has a country pile in Anmer Hall up in Norfolk. She’s already living that high flying English country life. Trying to justify a separation and a move to the Berkshires on that basis would honestly be bizarre.

      And like I said, they’re already separated, and they’ve hinted as much before. They’re hinting at it right now by talking about how Kate is such an involved, hands-on mum with her kids. No mention of William here on that issue at all. I also distinctly remember how there was an article from before that basically said that William and Kate’s marriage is pretty “old-fashioned”. The hints are already there that theirs has pretty much settled into a quintessential aristocratic marriage, where they’re only together for the title and the sake of appearances, and nothing else (see also: the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, Prince and Princess of Hanover, etc.).

  39. Beach Dreams says:

    I know the British media has been furiously rewriting numerous aspects about Kate (and William) over the past 3-4 years, but trying to claim that all she ever wanted was a simple country life is laughable and going a few steps too far into the blatant BS category. Everyone and their mother knows how desperately she chased after William.

  40. olliesmom says:

    All I got out of this was a bunch of praise for a mediocre white woman doing nothing special that the rest of grown womanhood do everyday of their lives. Except she doesn’t really do it. She has nannies, housekeepers, cooks, drivers, gardeners…. do it for her.

  41. EllenOlenska says:

    Is it possible that all these really thin puff pieces…which all seem to have some backhanded slaps in them…are the lead up to the “cut Kate loose in a divorce scenario?” That wandering Willy is just letting the “damning with faint praise” do the work for him so he can say how hard he tried to make it work but she just wasn’t up to Queen standards and the country deserved better?

    (So far the royals have been a clown car of PR so I am def reaching here)

  42. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Low profile? Every story about Kate, and everything Kate does, is a cry for attention.

  43. Yinyang says:

    “People love William and Kate,” said former royal press secretary Colleen Harris, “because we see them as ordinary people with fairy dust.”

    Robert Lacey chimes in: Historian Robert Lacey says that Kate’s ability to be uncontentious is key to her success: “She is very cautious, and with good reason – she lets very few people in. We never really know what she’s thinking – and so she can always be one of us”.

    *Looks sideways right, looks sideways left, is anyone really falling for this?

    • Tessa says:

      That former Press Secretary is way off base.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Yinyang, Robert Lacey is wrong. Rather than someone thinking “she can always be one of us” they are left with the opinion that she’s just an incredibly boring person with no personality. That’s what she wants to project, because she doesn’t want people to know who she really is: An entitled mean girl. She’s played herself.

    • Feeshalori says:

      They’re trying to blow that fairy dust in our eyes.

    • A says:

      it’s amazing to me to see Emily Andrews trying to link those two entirely different quotes together to try and prove a single point. What Robert Lacey is referring to is something entirely different to what Colleen Hurst is saying, and as usual with anything Robert Lacey says, it doesn’t actually make any of the royals look good. Particularly not Kate. He’s basically saying that Kate is Aaron Burr, taking a stand for nothing to appeal to everyone and everything. Another word for that is called being a spineless coward.

    • BUBS says:

      All that nonsense from Lacey just to say “the woman can’t speak. She can’t string a sentence together intelligently, that’s why she stays silent!” Sheesh!

  44. Yinyang says:

    Funny how when Meghan joined the brf all those teethy smiles stopped.

  45. Tessa says:

    Mental Health is to be prioritised? Yeah right Kate. She of the glares and eyerolls about her sister in law.

    • KC says:

      I’m glad several posters mentioned the mental health piece. Last week I stumbled on this interview with the Fabulous Four in their first interview. I think I wanted to know what Kate was like in an interview, then if she and Megs had done one together and it led to this. I was struck by how they were discussing their foundation’s aims and priorities for MENTAL HEALTH?!!!, how excited Megs seemed to be teaming up with Harry and joining his family in work they both were seriously interested in, and using their platform to further a legitimate cause. Several times I heard Will or Kate speak about their value of mental health and Megs listening on and nodding in agreement and I felt so sad for her (and Harry) realizing she was later to receive such a shock of cold water it must have been to experience the opposite of that as a member of this family.

      I can’t even imagine how much more painful it might have been for Meghan to have shared this sweet and hopeful experience only later to discover that these same folks claiming these interests and fervor along with others in her new family refused to display the same courtesy and compassions towards her and her mental health in some really basic ways (like telling the truth in the media when they were willing to lie for others). Worse still to be carrying her first child amidst the racist character and media attacks that ensued and sent them packing their bags for some measure of peace, sanity, and hope. I so wish they had been able to stay and this generation been able to lead their country forward with fresh insight and passion.😔

  46. Misskitten says:

    So THATS why I dislike Kate so much!!! She has the same birthday as my Ee-lah-ria Baldwin clone of a mother!!!
    Well that and EVERYTHING else that’s wrong with Kate.

  47. Lizzie says:

    Maybe the only interesting thing about Keen is that it seems like no one in the rf likes her. Even the queen snubs her.

  48. Silent Star says:

    There really is literally nothing new to say about Kate, is there? And why are they still taking about how well she fits in with the royal family or has “won over” the courtiers? After 3 children and all these years of being part of William’s life, shouldn’t that be moot?

  49. Rea says:

    Kate can’t outshine William or Charles. Look what happened to Diana with Charles or Harry with William when they outshone the future kings.

  50. Dillesca says:

    “we see them as ordinary people with fairy dust”??! 🤮

    … isn’t it bizarre that none of these talking points focuses on the one achievement she HAS made in the past 10 years– popping out an heir and two spares. Especially as she only wanted a country life anyway, apparently…

  51. Bread and Circuses says:

    “All Catherine ever wanted was a house in the countryside, loads of kids, dogs and an AGA.”


    All Kate ever wanted was to marry royalty.

    But, serious question, is the slight souring on Kate that’s happening now because — with Megan and Harry gone and never coming back — she’s the best target to savage? She’s a woman and a commoner, so she’s the bottom of the pecking order now.