Duchess Kate ‘will come into her own even more’ during ‘a tough year for the royals’

Her Majesty The Queen, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge attends the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on Sunday 10 November 2019

I hope everyone has been enjoying Keen Birthday Buttons Week over here. The week-long celebration was unexpected but not entirely unwanted. Throughout the week, we’ve been gifted with so many special stories about the Duchess of Cambridge and her historic laziness and inability to do anything but mumble, flap her jazz hands and be a Mean Girl. We’ve also heard that her mother deserves all of the credit for those meager accomplishments. But hey, at least she’s not Prince Andrew, I guess. That’s what Katie Nicholl said in a new interview – the Queen appreciates Kate because she’s boring and she stayed in the UK.

The Queen will rely on the Duchess of Cambridge ‘more than ever’ as she braces for a ‘difficult’ year with Prince Andrew’s legal woes and Prince Harry’s upcoming memoir, a royal expert has claimed. The Queen, 95, already ‘hugely values’ Kate’s work for the Royal Family, which has become increasingly high profile in recent years. The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, has ‘stepped up’ and taken on more responsibility in the wake of Megxit and will play an even more important role in 2022, it is claimed.

Speaking to Closer, royal author Katie Nicholl said: ‘In recent years, we’ve seen her leadership in the wake of Megxit, throughout which she’s kept calm and carried on. I think this year she’ll come into her own even more, especially as it’ll be a tough year for the royals. Harry and Meghan’s interviews this year have caused chaos for the royals, and Harry’s new memoir – due out next year – will likely reveal even more intimate details about the royal family, and cause further issues.

‘And Andrew’s court case will too. Kate will step up and I know the Queen hugely values her support, and will rely on her more than ever.’

[From The Daily Mail]

I go back and forth on what I think about the Queen’s relationships with both Prince William and Kate. The Queen clearly knows that the Keens were largely responsible for exiling the Sussexes, just as she knows that the Keens were a huge part of the smear campaign against Meghan. While I don’t believe QEII was on board for the “let’s exile the popular royals” train, I also think that she was probably unsettled (and perhaps even jealous) of Harry and Meghan’s popularity and charisma, just as she was unsettled by Diana’s popularity and charisma. So, again, Kate IS what the royal establishment wants: boring, stable, mean, lazy. Congrats to Kate.

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  1. Chill says:

    “will likely reveal even more intimate details about the royal family, and cause further issues.”
    Well, if you didn’t want your “issues” broadcasted to the world maybe, just maybe, you should have treated Harry and Meghan as family members. If you had loved and respected them this would not be occurring.
    Just remember that we usually reap what we sow.

  2. equality says:

    Complete fiction. There is no evidence of Kate taking on more and no evidence of any special closeness with the Queen. Interesting that Sophie PR about that closeness has been shut down. Wonder who did that. Also interesting that Kate, the great supporter, wasn’t at Christmas with the Queen.

    • Jan says:

      Did Vanity Fair let lying Katie Nichol go?
      Rota Rats killed off a good thing, no leaks for them, so the £60 for TV appearances are down.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Katie Nicholl is the one Kate used to phone from holidays with William, to tell her where they were and that they were ‘still together’. Nicholl wanted Harry for herself, which is part of why she hates Meghan so much.

      • Jais says:

        How did Nicholls want Harry for herself? Do you mean she just really fan-girled over him or for real thought she had a chance? Sorry, I’m just confused as to why she would think he would date a journalist?

      • Noki says:

        @Jan they get paid £60 for a tv appearance!!??

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        It’s my understanding there was a one sided crush from Katie to Harry. Harry being charismatic can be interpreted as flirting to a young reporter with access to the prince with other reporters.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Katie also used to party with W&K, she was around the club scene with them. Odds are the Midds used to leak negative things about Harry whenever they wanted some deflection (from kate’s laziness, a breakup, Uncle Gary, etc.)

      • Jais says:

        Ah okay, thanks Wiglet Watcher, that makes sense. I could see that happening and Katie Nicholls was probably not the only one with a crush. It does explain some of the bitterness over Meghan, I guess? Meghan really stirred up some inner things in people.

    • Sofia says:

      Yup. For all the talk of Kate doing more, her numbers have remained similar year after year.

      • Amy Too says:

        Her numbers never ever go up, so I guess that’s why all these “Kate is doing the most!” articles have to be couched in terms of “more impactful, more high profile work than ever.”

    • swirlmamad says:

      Who has the link of the Queen icing out Kate AND Will at the Magnificent 7 Christmas parade last year? “Special relationship” with the Queen, my foot.

      • Lizzie says:

        I feel like Bill and Cathy really were not invited to Christmas with the queen when she moved it to Windsor.

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        The queen makes Kate curtsy to Ann, Beatrice, and Eugenie, even though she *should* out-rank them.

        I can maybe believe the queen is close to Sophie, but not Kate. And the queen surely cannot respect Kate, which is more important (due to Kate’s laziness, idiotic public statements, dresses flying up, etc.). That yellow conformation ribbon Kate won from the queen as “best of opposite sex,” was merely to reward her for putting up with Will’s wandering wang.

      • notasugarhere says:

        No, Mrs. Krabapple, she shouldn’t outrank them. Kate has no rank herself, she does not outrank any born royal.

        QEII has always changed the Order of Precedence to make the married-in curtsy to the born royals. Always. Kate is not in the line of succession; Anne, Alexandra, Beatrice, and Eugenie are. QEII changed the OoP so Diana, Fergie, Sophie, Camilla, Kate, Meghan would all have to curtsy to any born royal when the formers’ royal husbands are not present.

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        I guess I meant to say that Kate *should* out-rank the others (other than the Queen and Camilla) under what is traditionally the order of precedence. But I do concede that the Queen changed that order because of Camilla’s messy history with Charles. When William got married, the Queen COULD have kept Kate’s traditional place above the royal-born women (with Camilla still singled out for demotion), but she didn’t. Kate was also demoted below the royal-born. Again, I use the word “should” out-rank them based on tradition, not merit or how the Queen views them.

      • notasugarhere says:

        The Queen doesn’t put any married in above any born royal, that’s fan fiction. She has never done that.

        Kate ‘ranks’ where she does in the traditional Order of Precedence – as the OoP is set by the Queen herself. She is the one who sets the tradition, therefore Kate’s place in the OoP is according to tradition. Kate never would have been ranked above a born royal, never.

        The Queen has always put married-ins as rankless unless their spouse is with them. The Queen didn’t alter the OoP because of Camilla, she changed it back with Diana and Fergie too, because Anne and Alexandra pitched fits. And she changed it again with Sophie, to make Sophie curtsy to any born-royals unless Edward is with her, and then only if the born royals rank below Edward.

        It has nothing to do with Camilla herself or how she and Charles came to be married. It is what the Queen has always done.

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        @notasugarhere, Diana was above Anne, even when Charles wasn’t around. Diana was listed in the court circular as below the queen, and right after her was Sarah. I know the queen changed that — and can change it at any time according to her whim — but she didn’t do so until after Diana’s death and Charles married Camilla, in 2005. Then Camilla was put into fourth place (rather than second place like Diana).

    • Cady says:

      Right? She’s so close with the Queen and the first Christmas after that 95 year old woman lost her husband of 70+ years she’s not there? Please…. I don’t get the sense that Regina George speaks to the Queen outside of public functions. I think their people likely speak to each other to coordinate schedules, like when the Queen visited that one garden thing she did pre-pandemic. I do, however, buy that the Queen sees/speaks to Anne and Sophie (aka Gretchen Wieners) regularly.

    • Sarah says:

      It’s always jam tomorrow with the Keenbridges.

      • Jan90067 says:

        If I was “working” (HA! Yeah, I know!) for 10 years, and someone said I was *still* learning on the job as to what to do, that I would *soon* “come into my own”, I’d either have to be related (closely) to the boss (as in this case), or I’d be out on my designer (paid for by my FIL)-clad rear!

        I would be MORTIFIED if at 40 I hadn’t “arrived” yet!

      • Lady Digby says:

        More like chutney or larvae!

      • Merricat says:

        Lol, yes.

    • what's inside says:

      Kate is doing exactly what she wants to do and has no intentions of doing more of anything. Maybe after her kids are grown it will change because she will be an empty-nester with William long gone emotionally as well as physically.

  3. kelleybelle says:

    Balls. Can they not think of something more original? Anything? Here’s hoping Kate has a cheeseburger with fries for supper tonight.

  4. JD says:

    There is only one woman the BRF consistently relies upon to carry the weight and that is Meghan — specifically how they can bash her publicly and privately to deflect from their own pathetic lives. You can’t keep calm and keen on post-Megxit when you caused it.

    • dc says:

      It would be great if people don’t use the term “Megxit”, made up by the racist misogynist tabloid press as a toxic term to malign Meghan. Thanks.

  5. Couch potato says:

    Keen’s stepped up so many times she should’ve reached the moon by now.

    • anotherlily says:


    • Shawna says:

      Comment of the week’

    • Teddy says:

      Lol! Came here to say the same thing but not as funny. The ‘Kate is coming into her own’ headline is a decade old.

      • Marivic says:

        Coming into her own? What’s that? She’s there 11 years and she’s still not come into her own?

        She’s wasted 11 years for doing nothing. So on her next birthday the headline is still she’s coming into her own. Wow. Nothing is ever accomplished.

  6. The Hench says:

    Come into her own what?

    This “come into her own” nonsense gets used ad nauseam about Kate and has for years. It’s as pervasive and as meaningless as being “keen” and “ready to step up”. It strikes me that the stories about Kate’s accomplishments are as vague as the stories about Meghan bullying staff – and we all know why that is.

    • Becks1 says:

      Right??? My first thought on seeing this headline was “oh FFS. Again? How many times can she come into her own?”

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Kate has done so little with her life and her role that the press is left to write the same story over and over again – that she’s finally coming into her own (redux) and that she has finally found her voice (again again). There really is nothing positive to write about her and they are not allowed to write negative stuff.

      • Sofia says:

        Every year apparently. Every year we get articles about how THIS year is the year Kate steps up and when she predictably doesn’t, it changes to next year.

      • Amy Too says:

        It’s like she’s a malfunctioning caterpillar who keeps going into the cocoon only to come out as……..drumroll, please……. a caterpillar again. But every time she goes into the cocoon we get a thousand “this is it! This is the year! Kate is stepping up, coming into her own, finding her voice, preparing to be queen,” and then oops, she bursts out of the cocoon and she’s just a slightly smaller version of the caterpillar she was last time.

    • swirlmamad says:

      They’re like my mother-in-law…harping on the SAME sticking point over and over again, which only serves to annoy everyone in earshot.

    • AmelieOriginal says:

      lol you could play a very dangerous drinking game with repetitive key words found in articles written about Kate. Drink every type you read the work keen, stepping up, future Queen, come into her own, supporting the Queen, more responsibility, mother of three, etc.

      • Jay says:

        You could black out if you merely did a shot every time you see “she’s never put a foot wrong!”

      • Feeshalori says:

        Every year, there’s a published list of the most irritating and hackneyed words and phrases that should be banned for overuse. I so nominate these, along with top CEO and never putting a foot wrong.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      “Coming into her own” and “stepping up” are probably euphemisms for, “Kate is ready for the Queen to die so she can move up a step in the order of precedence, get new titles, and access to more jewels.”

    • YVR says:

      Even when Kate’s 90, she’ll still be ‘coming into her own’.

  7. Heidi says:

    “Keen Birthday Buttons Week” LMAO

  8. Amy Bee says:

    While reading this, I remembered the Queen and Meghan’s first engagement together and the Queen going up to talk to her at Ascot. I genuinely believe that she likes Meghan and enjoyed her company but she was advised that and more likely she viewed Harry and Meghan’s popularity as detrimental to Charles’ and William’s reign. In her world, only the heirs must be popular so Harry and Meghan, if they were unwilling to dim themselves, had to leave.

    I have a question, will Harry talk about Kate in his book? I’m going to guess that she’s barely mentioned.

    • notasugarhere says:

      In her world, she had no problem with her fav Andrew being more popular than the heir for most of his life. Openly continuing to embrace Fergie through all her scandals, because Fergie supports Andrew and keeps his secrets.

      QEII is a tired old ostrich. She did her part trying to get Harry and Meghan away from William (letting them lease the private farmhouse, offering Frogmore Cottage instead of next door to W&K). In the end, she and Charles are both afraid of William’s mercurial nature, so they went with appeasing that ManChild.

      • Amy Bee says:

        @notasugarhere: You might be right about the Queen’s and Charles’ eagerness to appease William. I do think she tried to help Harry and Meghan by separating them from KP but she did nothing about the press harassment. I understand why she chose to remain silent. It is because she and family are afraid of the press but I don’t think she understood how harmful it was to Harry and Meghan’s mental health. I think she could have done more to protect them from the press and William.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I don’t think she understands the concept of mental health TBH.

      • Amy Bee says:

        @notasugarhere: No, she doesn’t. She believes in the stiff upper lip, keep calm and carry on.

      • Becks1 says:

        I do think the Queen liked Meghan a lot and I think she loved Harry. I think she could not see/understand their value to the monarchy , so while I really don’t think she saw them as a threat like William did and charles to a certain extent, and I think she was really proud of Harry’s individual projects like Invictus (her appearing in that video with Harry and Michelle Obama tells us that, she has never done anything similar for W&K besides a statement on social media once in a while, like BP released for Hold Still), but I don’t think she understood how impactful those two were overall.

        And because she didn’t understand their value to the monarchy, and how important they were to the world at large (namely, that POC all over the world were watching how Meghan was treated), she allowed William to drive them out of the country because I don’t think she realized the loss it would be. Like, I think she loved them as a grandmother, and liked their work as the head of the Firm, and thought their exit was disappointing, but didn’t fully “get” the ramifications of it. I don’t know if she thought they would go quietly into the night or what.

        So here we are.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Amy bee
        Exactly. Anywho, who cares of the mental health of the spare and his wife? They exist to prop up the heir.

    • equality says:

      I think, despite KP propaganda otherwise, H only saw Kate in a working capacity. I don’t think he and W&K hung out in their spare time. If he was around anybody in his free time, it was friends and Eugenie.

      • Amy Bee says:

        @equality: I agree that Harry and Kate being so close was KP propaganda, just like William and Harry’s supposed close bond. I think Harry and William were close when they were younger but grew apart when Harry joined the Army. I once saw a video that included a former member of the British Army and he said that the Army really does change a person. They come out of the Army either becoming a hardcore patriot or lefty radical. I think the Harry came out of the Army being the latter which caused problems for his relationship with his brother who is a Tory bore.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Harry spoke truth about that several times, making it clear he didn’t spend time with them outside of work. KP and W&K sources tried spinning stories but he shut them down.

      • Tessa says:

        Brothers grow up and get married and Harry had every right to marry and not stay with his brother and sister in law.
        . Even when they got to be teens, I doubt they were that close. Especially since Harry was scapegoated a lot.

      • notasugarhere says:

        They haven’t been close for two decades. William alternately ignored and bullied Harry at boarding school, when Harry had just turned 8 and their parents were splitting up.

    • ABritGuest says:

      I think the queen was one of the few who was relatively welcoming to Meghan & think they got on which is why Meghan’s dog was allegedly driving in her car pre wedding & why she did an engagement with her so early on.

      I think once things went wrong at KP & the smear campaign started, the queen & Charles tried to keep Harry& Meghan inside by moving them to BP. but with someone like William wanting at least Meghan out & with palace staff like Edward Young& press that were hostile to Megan due to lack of access etc, the queen wasn’t going to rock the boat by openly supporting Meghan. The heirs & the monarchy were paramount.

      They are doing thee most with the fluff pieces about Kate. I doubt even William will have as many when he’s turning 40. It’s interesting after projecting Kate as the anti Diana for so many years, some are claiming her as the new Diana now. I just don’t understand why after all the hype for things like the research centre, hold still, the carol concert etc- these pieces don’t seem to even highlight them.

      • SueBarbri says:

        Exactly! I’m surprised that these articles are all such vague rehashes of things royal watchers already know. They keep *telling* us about Kate’s personality and work, but they’re missing so many obvious chances to *show* us how she interacts with people and is growing into her role. I’m not looking for hard-hitting journalism, obviously. But details and examples of how she’s learning to lead her foundations would make sense in this context. That Christmas concert was comical, but it’s also another missed opportunity to make her interesting and relatable. They could have shown her rehearsing, they could have demonstrated her keeness, they could have done a great many things to generate good will. But instead they gave us a grown woman playing chopsticks and the famous festive glance and the awkward, unhappy extended family gathered around the cold cathedral. It’s so wasteful that it has to be intentional at this point.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Re: Harry mentioning Kate in his book — my guess is “no.” And I’m just speculating here, but for all the public focuses on Kate because she self-promotes so much and tries to grab attention, I suspect that *within that family* Kate is nothing, or next to nothing. She is not high born, she is not well-spoken, she is not fashionable (despite thinking she is), she is not committed to anything, she doesn’t seem to know how to make friends, etc. She has her titles, but I don’t think she has anything beyond those titles. Unless Harry is going to write fashion critiques, I don’t think he will mention Kate.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate is irrelevant to Harry’s life. When their engagement was announced Harry said he looked forward to getting to know her. And that’s after almost a decade of dating.

  9. KFG says:

    Kate was only selected to extend the monarchy. But the problem with Kate is she is an oxygen robber and has no redeeming qualities. She’s much like petty Betty, a person who is very self-centered, lacks any real interest in people, needs fawning. Betty’s work is bs. She pushes the antiquated sexist values and class structure to justify her existence. Betty and Kate are boring, inhospitable people. She’s jealous just like Kate is jealous and she raised a passel of useless, rude, entitled, rapey, racist kids.

    • notasugarhere says:

      IMO William married Kate to piss off his family. A selfish, narcissistic, lazy partygirl – his perfect match. But now, he wants to be a global influencer and he’s embarrassed by his choice of wife.

      • teecee says:

        Hmm…I’m not sure I agree with this. I think he married what he thought was the opposite of his mother because he (like his father) did not want to be upstaged. He married a trophy who would do whatever he wanted. His family at first were probably relieved because they also didn’t want another Diana. They probably thought he could have found an anti-Diana that wasn’t a commoner, though. I don’t think they care about work. If Kate were a lazy aristo (which most of them are), we wouldn’t even get the semi-snarky asides that Kate gets.

        I also think had William managed to marry Jecca or Rose or someone like them, he would still be unhappy and thinking it was his wife’s fault. William is built to blame other people for his own bad nature. He did this to Harry, now he’s doing it to Kate. Sometimes he does it to Charles or Diana. Some of these people deserve some blame, but the common factor is always Will.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        William married Kate because 1. She showed he could walk all over her and she would stay. 2. There was pressure from his family to marry or break up. 3. The BM started to get nasty towards William’s treatment of stringing Kate along and Sympathetic towards Kate. It was a bad look from any angle. He had no other choice.

      • notasugarhere says:

        He could have chosen to walk away from her, but he didn’t. None of the royals thought he’d ever marry Kate, they certainly weren’t looking forward to having to deal with Kate and her fame-loving family. William figured marrying Kate would give him an excuse not to work, and he’s milked that for 10 years. But in the end, he doesn’t like the choice he made and wants a different wife.

    • Connie says:

      I agree 100%. QE is no saint or fragile old fart. There’s no way in hell granny would allow the British press to bully any of her granddaughters or Kate. I can’t find any British royal wife who was bullied pre/post pregnancy and maternity leave. I can’t find and royal wife who was chased out a home in her 1st pregnancy and trimester to a dilapidated home. Is it customary to insult royals newborn? Is it customary to sabotage someone with great American work ethics. There’s a picture of QE looking at Meghan; she’s a horrible person. Why remove Meghan’s name from Archie’s birth control and give a copy to Lady Corpse Campbell? The staff at KP was allowed to bitch about Meghan to the press. KP recruited Deadbeat Tom to mess up the wedding. The QE holds all the power as a sister, daughter, mother, aunt granny should have told the press to back the fuck off a pregnant woman. Valentine Low knew Meghan was struggling. Stop making excuses for this witch. Andrew pedo behavior is taught. It’s common knowledge that the monarchy and elites are children molesters. The naked boy that fell to his death from a BP window. Missing indigenous children from a orphanage in Kamloop Canada. Massive gravesite of indigenous children in Kamloop and South Africa. I remember reading how William was pissed that the QE give the Sussex the Commonwealth. After hat report it was stated QE and William banned Meghan from wearing any royal Jews once worn by DI. I think William and Kate have more power then what’s being reported. They had to give the brat something to stfu about the commonwealth. No one can control William. He’s unhappy and he hates his life. I believe Kate is Elizabeth but dumber and lazy. The Middletons have their agenda and it’s working. Kate and Carol are in Williams head with BS. How can first cousins not drool of a baby at a polo match. Kate knows exactly what she’s doing. The Sussex isn’t the problem it’s Kate and her family.DDOC. Charles a pussy. The future king is pushing lazy ass William. Charles and the Middleton are backstabbing each other. The dried up caroling all the brown nose royals had the support that last minute BS.

      • Tessa says:

        Diana was in her first pregnancy when the royal women did not “understand” why Diana got morning sickness and did not come down to the formal dinners. But it was not nearly as bad as the way Meghan was treated. When she was not around and on maternity leave, all these nasty articles came out about how she “redecorated” the engagement ring Harry gave her (when it was actually Harry who redesigned the ring). And her not getting any peace and feeling total despair with no help from the family to quell the nasty comments and stories. And Kate not denying the crying story and letting Meghan take the blame. I think William was and is allowed to run rampant. Kate goes along with it and makes it worse by enabling William. Kate could not even walk a few steps to see baby Archie or bring Louis over (he wanted to go) to visit his cousin.

      • CQ says:

        Connie seeing an outline you gave of the abuse Meghan endured and the silence of the royals – no one gets a pass! I’m disgusted all over again for how long I kept expecting a line in the sand to be drawn and for the media to be rebuked. Never happened! The lies , abuse ,and fabrication continue while the royals want to celebrate longevity! B*tch please!

  10. Over it says:

    In that jazz hands garden photo with the keenbridges and petty, is Kate and Liz wearing the same dress? Or at least the same print? If so that’s hilarious. Also,Katie Nicholas I see is still using the dirty word referring to Harry and Meghan leaving, I also like how a child rapist is on the same level as writing a memoir about yourself. Katie just mad that she can’t write more stupid lying books about Harry because he is putting a full stop to that by writing his own. These people are all pathetic and deserve the dull, lazy boring racist keenbridges.because they are all the same

    • Tessa says:

      And the thing is Prince Charles himself commissioned an authorized biography and caused controversy by complaining about his parents. But that seems to be forgotten by those who criticize Harry.

    • Athena says:

      Now they’re speculating that Harry could delay the publication of his memoir because Charles said something nice about him the other day. As if that acknowledgment of Harry’s work is all it will take for Harry to forgive and forget. A reconciliation will come when Chuck apologizes to Harry and Meghan. The book is still coming out this year, the publisher is going to strike while interest is high.

      • Tessa says:

        I would say If he apologizes and it would have to be a public apology for it to have any meaning IMO. He would also have to have words with William and not let him run the show.

    • HeatherC says:

      The hilarious thing about the dress that Kate is wearing in the garden photo is that the exact same dress was worn by the Duchess of Kent (aged 85 at the time) to Harry and Meghan’s wedding before that! Such a trendsetter and fashion icon, our Kate.

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        I went and looked it up — LOL, it’s true. “Fashion trendsetter” Kate copied an 85-year old woman. I’ve said for a while that Kate alternates between Nancy Regan and Barbara Bush, Sr. — but I guess she has other influencers too!

  11. Kalana says:

    The military nipple tassel coat. Kate has such bad taste.

    Why does she keep trying to do a take on a Prussian officer? Just wear a nice smart coat and stop the child’s dress-up costumes stuff.

    • Chrissy (The Original) says:

      It seems she always does military Cosplay for Remembrance Day. Like she cares about the military – see the Irish Guards. Ugh!

    • Nic919 says:

      The military cosplay for Remembrance Day is offensive and yet she does it every year. She never served and she sure had some time in her 20s where she could have. None of the other women who show up to the ceremony do this and so she stands out, which is of course what she always wants. A black coat is all she needs instead of these silly costumes.

  12. Ray says:

    It is 2022, will we ever have an article about Kate where Harry or Meghan are not mentioned at all? I thought Kate and William were the real deal, savior of the monarchy and made of the real ingredients. Can the focus be solely on them now?
    The obsession is too much….. then again…I digress.

    • kelleybelle says:

      No you don’t, you’re right on. It needs to be said!

    • Marivic says:

      @ ITA. These UK rotas know that they have to piggyback the names of Kate and William onto the more popular and famous royals Harry and Meghan to attract attention and readership. Without the famous Sussexes they know the Cambridges on their own merit would not get clicks. Pathetic UK rotas and RF.

  13. notasugarhere says:

    They don’t want Kate lazy. They’re fine if she’s boring, but being lazy and unprofessional while filling her days with shopping, visiting her awful family, and taking luxury foreign holidays isn’t what they want.

    • Nic919 says:

      They made it a point to let the media publish the queen asking “but what does she do?” during the dating years when the queen is rarely quoted in the media. They were sending a message that Kate was lazy AF and not long after that the jigsaw part time job was arranged.

      The queen has known kate for around 15 years and she’s been her granddaughter in law for over a decade. She has only done two solo engagements with Kate and one with Philip and the queen. There is a reason for this. If kate was accommodating like Sophie or Anne there would be far more engagements, especially now that the queen doesn’t have Philip around. But kate isn’t someone the queen makes an effort to be around. And seeing as Meghan had a solo appearance with her in less than a year of marriage, it tells you that the queen prefers Meghan over kate.

      • Lady Digby says:

        Exactly the consort role is demanding and full-time both Queen mother and Duke of Ed worked way past retirement age and did way more engagements per year than the Limpest Limpet of the Land. From now on this UK tax payer expects her to show up fully prepared to around 250-350 engagements each year to justify her status as senior working royal and future Queen Consort

  14. No thank you says:

    You can tell this came from the Keens because their favourite filler word was used – “hugely”.

  15. windyriver says:

    TQ’s obvious snub of Kate at the Magnificent Seven presentation in what, Dec 2020? when they returned from the Choo Choo Covid train tour says everything about what she thinks of Kate.

    • Becks1 says:

      Yup. that was SO obvious and the queen knew the cameras were on her, the whole thing was a photo op- she knew exactly what she was doing there.

      • swirlmamad says:

        She knew she was showing the world that Kate is a non-entity to her and that was fine by her. You love to see it. They manipulate photos to high heaven, but video never lies.

    • Jais says:

      It was really something how the queen just looked away from Kate. She just looked away… and then warmly greeted Sophie. The contrast!
      @ Becks1, I never thought about the queen knowing exactly what she was doing there and that she wanted it to be caught on camera. Just thought her natural feelings came out but wow if so, she was sending a clear message about how much she values Kate. To me, she sent a message that she doesn’t like Kate. Period.

  16. equality says:

    Funny how the monarchy just keeps having “tough” years. Maybe if they learned to treat other people with respect and showed some of the “class” they supposedly possess things could be different.

  17. SnarcasmQueen says:

    I cannot fathom what the private sector would say about serving in a role for ten years and so not coming into your own, whatever that means….

  18. Mslove says:

    Gee, why don’t we dispense with all nonsense and just crown Kate Queen of the world already, since apparently everyone relies on her so much.

    • Cado says:

      The thought of Kate patting the queen on the back as the queen complains about her rapist son is so touching! Thank goodness for Queen Kate!

  19. MsIam says:

    “Come into her own this year” Finally? Are you sure? Oh wait, it said “even more” so I guess that means will be reading this same b.s. next year, since apparently Kate is inching her way to maturity now. Maybe by the time George is grown she’ll be there.

    • The Duchess says:

      Kate has no intention of working, like ever. If she did, she would’ve proved than when she was stalking Egg for 10 years. When her kids get older and start to ‘work’, then she will simply ride the coattails of their achievements (however low the bar is for them). She will hail herself as the mother that raised them (poor Nanny Maria). It’s as simple as that.

  20. Jan says:

    I wonder if the Queen understands milli Vanilli.
    She must be called Catherine and speak in an unintelligable posh accent, says burger King, who can’t bear to look at her without cringing when she open her mouth or not.

  21. WithTheAmerican says:

    I wonder if TQ sees Kate like she presented herself and M and H as her flamboyant more popular and dangerous sister.

    If she does, she’s letting her experience color reality because M and H aren’t drunks and they are actually good at the job. And late has no work ethic, unlike TQ.

    I’ve never seen any indication TQ likes Kate other than not putting her in her place as she ran M and H off. I suspect TQ knows Kate is a mean girl and a manipulative schemer, which while she’s got a lot of faults, TQ is neither of those things. (Derelict as a mother? Yes, but not a petty mean girl climber)

  22. Yinyang says:

    That’s because you make it tough kate. You have triangulated yourself with every woman in your life, you brought attention to the royal family when you, who is not as beautiful as Diana, could have easily flew under the radar.
    You keep this ‘fued’ going with your sister in law by allowing the press to write about her, even though she has clearly moved on. It’s your own doing.

  23. Bendy Windy says:

    If this 35 year old, SAHM of four has to hear any more about a wealthy 40 year old SAHM who’s finally coming into her own, I’m going to vomit. We grown. We’re not “coming into our own,” we here. This is it. She’s never going to do or be more than what she is now. Embrace it, UK. Celebrate her for who she is, not who you want her to be. Damn.

  24. Rapunzel says:

    I’m telling y’all: Kate’s messaging is getting desperate. This “coming into her own” nonsense is coming from too many articles not to be from her camp.

    Why so desperate? Is someone constantly telling her she needs to grow up? The courtiers? William?

    I wonder if “I wish you’d grow up!” or “I wish you’d grow into this job!” are things William yells at her? Maybe he also yells, “If you can’t grow into this role, I’ll find someone who can”?

    This is starting to sound like, “Baby don’t leave me, I can change, I promise!” from Kate to Will.

    • The Duchess says:

      I have to agree. I mean, I know we get annual keening season and the “coming into her own” line gets thrown around each year, but this is getting beyond the joke now. It’s a predominant point in every single article. It has to be coming from her camp.

      • Christine says:

        LMAO @ “annual keening season”. It’s so right!

        I’m with you both, this is like the El Nino of keening season.

  25. Tessa says:

    I with that Megxit term would disappear. They both left, so it’s Sussexit.

    That said. Heaven help the Queen if she relies on Kate for ‘Help.” I think HM relies more on her daughter and Sophie.

  26. s808 says:

    I wonder if these journalists just pull up last years (or the year before that’s) “coming into her own” article and just change a few stuff before hitting send

  27. jferber says:

    Funny, she is always “just coming into her own” despite 20 years of “just coming into her own.” Will there ever be a point when she has actually “come into her own?” I don’t know about the Brits, but as an American this reeks of failure to me. Either you can and will do it or you can’t and won’t. Kate falls into the latter group.

  28. tamsin says:

    The word “hugely” is used a lot- it’s starting to have the same resonance as “bigly.”

  29. Tessa says:

    Maybe she’s planning to sing and play chords at the next concert. To come into her own. LOL.

  30. Lizzie says:

    If it’s January expect multitude of ‘This year will be Kate’s year!!’. Blah, blah, blah.

  31. Lucky Charm says:

    All of these “Great Kate is all that and a bag of chips” articles are working harder than Kate herself has ever done! Is this her new tactic to get her annual numbers up? Lol

  32. Eurydice says:

    I just don’t understand this royal pity party. Everything that’s happened to them is either self-inflicted or just the natural passage of time. Everything is handed to them, everything is managed for them, there’s a centuries-old system in place for how they’re going to proceed through life. All they have to do is keep themselves occupied and not pee on the carpet in public.

  33. girl_ninja says:

    Kate isn’t interesting now and will never be interesting. She was even outshined by her younger sister bum on her wedding day! So it was no surprise that Meghan in all her gorgeous, brilliant and chic glory that she outshined Kate as well. She’s still out shinning Kate while no longer being on the same continent. How sad and embarrassing for this jealous, lazy racist.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      girl_ninja, oh, I don’t think Kate is embarrassed at all. I think whenever Meghan is in the news, she’s incandescent. I’ve often wondered if Willi was incandescent alone. I think both of them have anger issues. It’s just that no one reports about it. Well, we did finally hear that she fired someone because they helped arrange a flight/trip for Willi and girlfriend. Anyone wants to place bets on how many houses could have been lighted from her incandescence?

  34. Lory says:

    Right, so when exactly will this happen? They’ve been married over 10 years. She is almost 40. She has had ample opportunity to show us what she can do, and has. Unfortunately it amounts to very little.

  35. Catherine says:

    The most interesting thing about this story is that it highlights the fall of Katie Nicholl. She was one of the primary drivers of the duchess difficult narrative. He job clearly was to package up all the tabloid rumors into tidy stories for the American market. She was a constant presence on TV (ET) and writing for vanity fair. Then she basically disappeared. And is now giving quotes to magazines like Closer. Something had to have happened BTS. Either they caught her in a blatant lie or they knew all along she was lying and but realized they could no longer platform her because of the increased scrutiny on British reporters.

    The fascinating thing about the weeklong media barrage for Kate’s birthday is how little buzz it has generated. They clearly thought this was going to be a moment. That they could manufacture the buzz Meghan received when she announced her 40×40 initiative. If they are doing all this for Kate. I can’t imagine the shenanigans they have in store for William’s birthday. The question is what are the Cambridge’s going to do to pay back all this media glorification now that they don’t have the Sussexes to sell out anymore. Their

    • Greywacke says:

      Great point. From the four “reporters” who gave a post Oprah interview before it even aired, to this Katie clown, to the unhinged royal rota, its really become clear now that all they do is make stuff up or report palace propaganda. Especially after the Harry exposed the invisible contract. These unethical idiots are the equivalent of US magazine or the Enquirer. Even People has higher standards. Who in the US media wants Harry and Meghan to provide receipts for crap British reporting that leads to lawsuits. Also, the propaganda that the issue with Meghan as being a problem was because of her nationality rather than race was pretty freakin stupid if the American market was so important the BRF. These people can’t see in front of their own noses.

    • Rebecca says:

      I’m in the UK. There was no buzz here for the 40/40 announcement.

      • Becks1 says:

        Are you active on social media? It was all over twitter. Maybe it took off more in the US because our press actually talked about it in a positive way.

        (is it just me, or is “the 40 x 40 was a flop” the new keen talking point?)

      • Seaflower says:

        There might not have been anything in the tabloids and gossip mags, but across LinkedIn and business networks it was and still is big news.
        I suppose that’s the difference between the Cambridges (tabloid newspaper and gossip mags interest) and the Sussexes (business and innovation interest).

      • @Becks1: It’s not just you.

  36. Drusilla says:

    If I have to hear about Kate ‘coming into her own’ one more time… 😂. What was so tough about this year again? Like they have more than one huge roof over their heads, a full staff, private helicopters…etc.

  37. Jaded says:

    She’s going to be “coming into her own” home soon away from Willnot and the BRF if she and Ma Meddlesome keep up with these burnishing a turd articles.

  38. Nyro says:

    Article after article about how Kate handled “Megxit”. Smh. Meghan’s two years as a working role is now the central narrative of Kate’s ten years as an official royal. I saw someone on Twitter refer to the PR surrounding Kate’s 40th as being a reminder of the “profundity of her nothingness”. She is literally nothing without Meghan. Kate is a complete non-factor in her own life. She’s merely a guest star in Meghan’s.

    • sunny says:

      This comment is amazing and bang on. She has so little in her own life, so little to recommend herself that the narrative is all about Meghan.

  39. Yinyang says:

    The more articles DM writes about her the more I dislike her. I wonder how many people at the DM Carole’s been sleeping with to get these gloating stories.

  40. RedWeatherTiger says:

    Imagine with me, years in the future. King George’s third child is being baptized, and HRH Grandma Buttons is photographed holding the beloved royal infant. The write-up in the papers:

    Queen Mum Kate is coming in to her own at last! We expect she’ll be learning to knit in the coming years, and plans are in place to teach all the royal grandchildren to dress themselves and smile for the cameras. She’s an ongoing asset to the Crown!

  41. Jay says:

    So, there’s lots of the same old same old Keen “coming into her own”, just like always, but my eyebrows are slightly raised at how much Andrew made it into this article.

    Especially given how desperate the royals are to deflect attention from Andrew and his unpleasant association with human trafficking and rape. So unseemly, you know.

    So, did the Middletons miss the memo – exnay on Andrew’s legal troubles? Maybe they just see this as an opportunity to make Kate look good in comparison (in comparison to a rapist of trafficked minors, yes)? Or…it’s on purpose? A “screw you” to the Yorks with the rest if the family as collateral damage?

  42. Nick G says:

    “If she had had any compassion for ME,” cried NickG impatiently, “she would not have written about Kate Middleton half so much! For God’s sake, say no more of her writings. O that she had sprained her wrist in the first place!”
    (Feeling Mr. Bennet-ish about these g.d. Royal reporters)

  43. Linney says:

    This nonsense about Kate and the queen is absolute….nonsense! They have barely done any engagements together. The Queen appears at the least, indifferent to Kate. I remember one engagement the Queen did with Meghan and she seemed really happy to be with her. I don’t recall her ever being that excited to be around Kate. This idea that the Queen views Kate as a ‘rock” or the savior of the monarchy is laughable. Are there people who really believe this drivel?

    • swirlmamad says:

      That’s what stuck in Kate’s craw. That the Queen so clearly enjoyed Meghan’s company, found her intelligent and companionable and WANTED it to be known that she was bringing her into the fold from day one. She never got anything close to that treatment from TQ and it was just one more thing for her to be jealous of.

      The Queen definitely dropped the ball down the line as far as showing Meghan support, but I don’t doubt that she liked her when she met her.

      • Lizzie says:

        The queen was nice to Doria too. She invited her to Christmas, something she hadn’t done for the Middletons. I’m not sure if they were not invited at all or if it was just before marriage. I read that caused sore feelings for Keen.

  44. Pentellit says:

    AS IF Kate has anywhere to go except Berkshire. At least Meghan has California… It’s amazing how they are building her up as the savior of the monarchy. Wow! She ain’t all that.

  45. Ania says:

    I am waiting 20 years to see articles how 60yo Kate is finally ready to be keen… or something.

  46. Mina_Esq says:

    Remember the days when the monarchy was starting to feel fresh again because Harry was out there, hanging with the Obamas and bringing out big crowds? And remember how things only got better when he married a smart, sexy, progressive American woman of color? Yeah, BRF really effed that up. Kate can’t even get through a round table with Dr. Biden without completely embarrassing herself. These people are their own worst enemy.

  47. Lizzie says:

    Has there been a photo op since Christmas? I image they are on vacation in Mustique.

  48. Züri says:

    Exactly how many times can a person come into their own? This feels like an annual narrative.

  49. Merricat says:

    Well, if she is continually “coming into her own,” she never has to actually arrive, does she? What an absolute waste of time she is.

    • windyriver says:

      @Merricat – BTW, your comment on the April article about Kate coming of age at Philip’s funeral is one of the best in all the years I’ve been reading CB…was reminded of it here, as we hear yet again how she’s coming into her own…

  50. The Recluse says:

    Prince William’s closed off expression in that one photo – wowza. There stands his smiling granny while his wife does her over-enthusiastic jazz hands routine and he stands behind them with an expression that suggests he’d be happy to shove either or both of them off a cliff.

    • swirlmamad says:

      He often looks like he’d rather poke his own eyeball with a fork than have to pretend to be interested in Kate and whatever she’s saying.

  51. Bex says:

    Andrew’s civil case being positioned as an afterthought really is something. That man is linked to sex trafficking of minors, and that’s not worse than a memoir.

    That family is trash.

  52. MerryGirl says:

    Oh sweet Jesus, not again! Coming into her own, finding her voice, stepping up, never put her foot wrong, keen to do such and such, Monarchy’s secret weapon, peace maker, King maker…. all this and she still can’t produce a single worthwhile project or make a decent coherent speech or work more engagements than her elderly in-laws…isn’t she embarrassed?

  53. TEALIEF says:

    The RR and her dear mama need to just stop trying to Rumpelstiltkin spin this woman’s barn full of straw into gold. It’s not going the happen. It’s straw and it’s not even baled. It’s dusty, flying all around, irritating eyes, and choking people out. Even she knows it’s just straw, and it’s not going to alchemize, or as she says, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo into gold. After ten years of stepping up to, looking under and climbing rocks. After all that research, and coming up with 5 big questions (none of which were answered) she gave up. She gave up, bought herself a gold dress and went to the movies where met Daniel Craig. Daniel, surprised her by turning up sartorially in pink, cerise pink.

  54. MangoAngelesque says:

    I swear, this woman’s headstone is going to read, “Keen to find her footing as an angel…”

    How can she not be utterly mortified at being a 40-year old woman who has had the SAME JOB for more than a decade, and still being patted on the head and told she’s a good girl for trying.

    I’m no fan of Wandering Willy, but honestly, I can’t blame the guy for being done and dusted with her ineptitude. Not that he’s accomplished much of anything, but at the VERY least, he can pull off the aristocrat-who-occasionally-has-to-speak (in an accent people can understand without subtitles) thing. She can’t even do that.

  55. Tessa says:

    Her Birthday portraits emerged on the DM. She has the flowing hair blowing in the wind, in a red dress and another in a white dress. SHe is heavily airbrushed. PR has become desperate.