Duchess Kate ‘just gabbled and didn’t make any sense at all’ at a 2012 reception

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We’re coming to a close on Keen Birthday Buttons Week. The Duchess of Cambridge turns 40 years old on Sunday, and we can likely expect a new “portrait” of Kate on Saturday or Sunday. It will be interesting to see if she pulls a photo out of the archives or whether she actually sat for a new photoshoot. Like most of Kate’s solo PR campaigns, Keen Birthday Buttons Week blew up in her face. Kensington Palace clearly sent out bullet points and guidance for friendly journalists to blow smoke, only Kate has come across like a childish, infantilized, coddled, lazy and insipid Mean Girl. They really captured her essence! The Mail has another big piece about Kate today, and I think it was meant to be a photo essay interspersed with some light commentary from friendly royalists. The problem is that Phil Dampier messed it all up, hilariously:

Meanwhile royal author and commentator Phil Dampier said: It’s incredible to think Kate is reaching 40 – her wedding to William seems like yesterday to me!

‘But we must remember that they dated for eight years before marrying and she became known as Waity Katie. She has done everything at her own pace and William has supported her throughout. He made a vow to her parents when they got engaged that he would protect her and make sure that she never suffered like his mother did.

‘When Kate first became a royal she was incredibly nervous. I remember talking to her at a reception on a tour of Canada in 2012 and she just gabbled and didn’t make any sense at all. Ten years on she has become an accomplished public speaker and is full of confidence. She comes from a stable family background and I think that is key – her mother and family have always been there for her.

‘Being a mum of three children has given her a good insight into normal everyday life and she has made the happiness of children in their first five years a priority in her work, with very much a Freudian approach. She and William have played a blinder during the pandemic and haven’t put a foot wrong. They have sympathised and empathised with everyone suffering during the last two years and I would say they are now more popular that ever.

‘There is of course a tendency for people to compare them to Harry and Meghan, and it’s sad that the Sussexes are now so unpopular in this country, but they have brought it upon themselves.

‘Kate has focused on a small number of causes and done them well. But inevitably she will now be asked to do more. With her children growing up rapidly and going to school I’m sure she will find the time to increase her duties – and how the royals need her!

‘With Harry and Meghan off the scene and Andrew out in the cold, as well as Charles and Camilla and Anne in they seventies, the whole future rests with William and Kate. Fortunately they look up to the task and I’m sure her best is yet to come.’

[From The Daily Mail]

First of all, if you can’t talk about Kate’s keenery without disparaging Meghan in the same breath, all you’re doing is obsessing over Meghan as much as Kate does. Secondly, between the “Waity” name-check and the “she just gabbled and didn’t make any sense at all,” something tells me that Dampier didn’t get the full Kensington Palace memo, or he didn’t read it completely. So much for never putting a foot wrong, eh? Pretty soon they’ll have to admit that Kate bungled a lot of sh-t in her early days. And still, to this day. As for the Freudian reference… um, is that about the Diana cosplay?!?!

And finally, “With her children growing up rapidly and going to school I’m sure she will find the time to increase her duties…” How dare you! She couldn’t even be bothered to do an event between her piano recital and her birthday, why would she need to increase her duties??

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  1. Lala11_7 says:

    I can’t with this….

    • L84Tea says:

      Because her family is there for her, she’s a master public speaker?…what in the what???

    • Beloved says:

      Lol, the whole royal reporting is so delusional.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      The other day we were reminded of Kate’s meeting with Dr. Biden. Kate mumbled how we need to give parents tools to have children, and education can be part of that journey. And this was a planned discussion, on a topic Kate claims to care deeply about and be very involved in. If THAT is what the British consider a good public speaker, than that says a lot about British “standards,” which apparently are rock bottom. Kate does not reflect well on Britain.

    • Moxylady says:

      Her “stable family life” is a dig at Meghan’s family

      • Merricat says:

        Lol, Meghan’s mother is ten times more stable than the entire high-maintenance Middleton clan, and that is an understatement.

      • Debbie says:

        Have they heard about Kate’s uncle Gary? I understand he’s never “put a foot wrong” either.

      • Nic919 says:

        Is throwing your daughters in the path of rich men at the expense of their self respect what happens in a “stable family”?

    • Mustang Sally says:

      What IS she wearing in that first photo?! It looks like a red and white Christmas onesie.

  2. Noodle says:

    Tell me you don’t know ANYTHING about psychoanalysis and its view of human development without telling me you don’t don’t anything about psychoanalysis and its view of human development: “… a Freudian approach.”

    • Laura-Lee MacDonald says:

      For real!!! I hope he just said this as a dummy, because hooooooo boy if her ridiculous Five Questions are based in FREUD?!?! I would laugh, but only to stop from crying if it’s true.

    • Concern Fae says:

      I was dying if laughter. Must now lie down quietly in a darkened room before I write a rash fanfic about Kate giving a speech about “Freudian motherhood.”

      “I know that in these modern times some deny that all sons want to sleep with their mother…”

    • Jules says:

      This is all I picked up on as well, lmao.

    • Watcher says:

      Probably a reference to Anna Freud and child development.

    • Ronaldinhio says:

      Bowlby Ainsworth, Wynacott – all good early childhood theorists
      Freud? Oedipal complex anyone?

      Also – I keep seeing this new theory that the Sussexes aren’t popular in the U.K.- everyone I know thinks this was the biggest drop of the ball misread situation since when they thought Diana would be a compliant teenager and dull pea hen to Charles’s peacock POW

      • This is what I’ve heard from my own British friends.

        I’m guessing when they say “Brits don’t like Meghan (and Harry)”, they actually mean “conservative/racist/monarchist/poorly informed by the tabloid rags” Brits.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Yeah, definitely one of the talking points, how ‘unpopular’ H&M are. That’s the trumpian version of truth–just keep repeating it & eventually people will believe it?

      • PrincessK says:

        The Sussexes are popular in the U.K. which is why the media continue to work overtime at the behest of royal courtiers to embiggen Billy and his wife.

  3. Jais says:

    Some of these RR just seem addled in the head. Like years of sycophancy has consequences and they can’t even get something as basic as a birthday tribute right.

    • Rapunzel says:

      Did they mess up the tribute? Or was it never meant to be a real tribute at all?

      • Jais says:

        A shady tribute from an addled mind then. So much of this stuff reads as bizarre parallel universe illogical bs.
        There’s some good fan fiction out there in the world but what’s happening with the royal rota is not it.

    • HeyJude says:

      If they take drinks as frequently and early as queenie did until the medical intervention they may very well be truly addled in the head.

  4. Lorelei says:

    JFC, not a single one of these people can manage to write so much as a paragraph about Kate without bringing up Meghan. Not one. It makes Kate look beyond pathetic, and the reporters continue to do Kate a disservice by constantly bringing Meghan up just so they can… checks notes… point out how unfortunate the repetitive comparisons are.

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Lorelei: As I said on another post, I think Kate has sanctioned the attacks on Meghan in these “Kate at 40” pieces.

      • Nic919 says:

        All of them were sanctioned by KP, at least those from the rota royal reporters. They probably didn’t directly get involved with the mess that was written by one of Boris’s mistresses, or at least they won’t ever admit to it now.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Amy, but do you think Kate possibly could have anticipated how poorly she would fare, and how condescendingly these pieces would come out sounding? I mean, yikes, each one is more cringeworthy than the last!

      • Jais says:

        Good question, Lorelei. I’m assuming they put out their talking points but did not know how bad it would come out. I do wonder if they actually mentioned Meghan at all in their talking points. KP made it clear a while back that bashing Meghan was a-okay so now the reporters just keep doing it. Kate didn’t, probably still doesn’t, mind but when it gets done in overdrive all at once it becomes farcical and she looks ridiculous and petty. Diminishing returns on the initial investment of smearing Meghan in the press in order to prop herself.

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Lorelei: Probably not but Kate and KP don’t live in the real world so they what they think sounds good is actually bad. It happens all the time.

      • Nic919 says:

        @Amy Bee I agree with this. They have been in such a bubble for so long and surrounded by boot lickers like Knauf that they have no idea how regular people live and what they consider impressive.

    • Selene says:

      there’s this tiktoker named Matta of Fact that highlights this uncouth habit of the British press all the time and how it’s inevitably linked to racism, classism and anti-Americanism. They have this Regina George view of it all, its so embarrassing.

    • Lily says:

      This really made me chuckle – this article is a subtle snobby put-down, a coded insult for Kate. Most of the royal reporters are very snobby towards Kate who is considered firmly petit-bourgeois and her family nouveau riche. Do you remember the Catherine the great article from Tatler, a lesson in English irony!). Kate Fox a great anthropologist has deciphered this in her book « watching the English » – I have to say this is a very entertaining British trait! The references to Freudian, Meghan, her garbling are subtle but undoubtedly part of a put-down pièce. Love it!

      • BothSidesNow says:

        I did too!! I absolutely grinned from ear to ear with reference to her well deserved title of Waity Katey!!! As well as him mentioning how Mumbles spoke to him in 2012, as she garbled on and on, not making any sense that he could decipher! I especially loved the dig with regards to the fact that the Lambridge children have grown and now she can get to work!

        Oh, how the many wiglets will be thrown about today at Amner Hall!! I bet the neighbors can hear Waity Katey screeching like a hyena today!

        It’s all well deserved to Mumbles as she brought it on by herself!

        Though, he should STFU with regards to Meghan as he isn’t worthy of speaking her name. No one is on that Salty Island of Petty and Racists.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      I hate to admit this (because it’s not fair to Meghan), but I find it amusing that EVERY article about Kate has to also mention Meghan. Meghan being more popular, intelligent, successful, fashionable, engaging, etc., than Kate will always be a thorn in Kate’s side. Every time Meghan’s name is mentioned, it affirms that Kate is nothing by herself and people want to hear about her sister-in-law. Kate will never escape from Meghan’s shadow.

      • joan says:

        Oh my god,, enough with the comparing of Catherine and Meghan.. We are not in kindergarten.. Grow up ladies..

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        @joan – Ok, I will grow up . . . when Kate does. After all, she is the future queen and a role model, while I am a nothing American.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Joan, shouldn’t you be telling that to the BM? They continuously compare them. I agree with Mrs.Krabapple. This nothing American will grow up when Kant does.

      • Nic919 says:

        Maybe direct that message to Kate because all of the articles commissioned to celebrate her 40 years of doing nothing include comparisons to Meghan. Seeing as how Kate has shut down articles in the past, and how none of these articles including attacks on Meghan have been pulled by request of KP, we have confirmation that she approves of this. It’s a sad indictment on her weak character, just as she still remains quiet on correcting the false story about crying.

        Funny how Meghan managed to celebrate her 40th without even mentioning her sister in law. But then she’s done something of value with her life. Despite far more obstacles.

      • Christine says:

        Bye, troll joan, your Catherine is showing.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        @Nic919, you are spot on. The Duchess of Sussex celebrated her birthday without needing to say one word about her SIL-the US non tabloid media didn’t have to mention her SIL either. I remember from Meghan’s birthday, the excitement o fsomeone wanting to help other people along with inspiring people to help other people.

        Meghan also managed to help sell out a lot of pieces from the UK Burleigh Pottery Co. with her being seen with the Black Royal Peacock tea cup & saucer. *cough* shocking for someone who isn’t very popular. Meghan/Meghan & Harry have probably done more in the last 5 years for England’s eonomy than others in the last 5 years. Without actually living there for the last 2 years.

  5. Lady Digby says:

    Any chance we are going to get an honest appraisal of Kate at 40?

    • Indica says:

      OOOH, I can do this:
      Kate is a 40 year old woman whose only positive accomplishment has been giving birth to the heir.
      There, if we stop there, we have… um… not much. As near as I can tell, that’s her only positive accomplishment.

      • Lady Digby says:

        I would have added nice hair and good with chutney maybe?!

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        She can still fit her clothes from when she was 30. That makes her “classy” and a “great future queen.” Britain is safe in Kate’s extremely thin hands.

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        Oh wait, here’s an accomplishment that was actually recognized by the queen (who gave her a yellow ribbon for it, like the one my papillon won at her last conformation) — Kate is STILL married to William.

    • Lorelei says:

      @LadyDigby, what’s incredible is that they *could have* done just that — it wouldn’t have been super easy, but these reporters absolutely could have cobbled together a few decent articles about Kate without a) humiliating her for basically doing nothing, or b) referencing Meghan at every opportunity.

      They could have focused on her “formative (🙄) early years work,” the Hold Still project, how she’s a talented photographer who releases all of her own photos of her children directly instead of hiring a photographer the way the BRF usually did, her garden “design,” her three beautiful children and hands-on parenting style, her touching pictures of Holocaust survivors, etc.

      It would have needed some embellishment (to put it mildly!) to come across as substantial, but there are ways the reporters could have done it without all of the pieces being so infantilizing. But they chose to make incessant comparisons to Meghan and put the emphasis on how Kate is still “listening and learning,” ten+ years in.

      What I can’t decide is if they had to include Meghan’s name in order to get any interest/clicks, whether they were intentionally shady & snarky toward Kate because they’re bitter and resentful that they’re left with the dull duchess who won’t make them any £, or both. But it was unnecessary yet every single publication did it.

      • MF1 says:

        This is a good point. Both KP and the Rota are so focused on building Kate up as something she is not that they totally forgot about all the stuff that’s actually *real*, that would actually come off as authentic.

      • Lady Digby says:

        Thanks that is a very positive summation which is superior to all the snarky guff being emitted by RR,

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Lorelei, I do think that the RR and these so called royal experts include Meghan, and Harry as well, to generate clicks. I can’t imagine anyone being interested in Mumbles “contribution” 10+ years on. Mumbles McMutton can’t carry and article on her own unless the Other Brother or TQ is mentioned. Mumbles McMutton has to have someone carry her into an article in order for their to be interest, due to the fact that she has nothing to offer on her own merits.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      @Nic919, you are spot on. The Duchess of Sussex celebrated her birthday without needing to say one word about her SIL-the US non tabloid media didn’t have to mention her SIL either. I remember from Meghan’s birthday, the excitement o fsomeone wanting to help other people along with inspiring people to help other people.

      Meghan also managed to help sell out a lot of pieces from the UK Burleigh Pottery Co. with her being seen with the Black Royal Peacock tea cup & saucer. *cough* shocking for someone who isn’t very popular. Meghan/Meghan & Harry have probably done more in the last 5 years for England’s eonomy than others in the last 5 years. Without actually living there for the last 2 years.

  6. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    I’m sorry, but what????!
    “…sad that the Sussexes are now so unpopular in this country, but they have brought it upon themselves”
    He said that with a straight face, did he?????

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I don’t think he was able to make that comment with a straight face. I have an inkling that he was encouraged to bring up Harry and Meghan as it would be an advantageous to do so for the article to generate clicks.

      • Debbie says:

        “I have an inkling that he was encouraged to bring up Harry and Meghan as it would be an advantageous to do so for the article to generate clicks.” Hm, that’s some country they have there.

  7. kelleybelle says:

    William has supported her throughout, has he? lol Sure, Dampier, you lamed-assed hack. You had to steal Meghan’s accomplishments and hand them to Kate over SmartWorks, didn’t you? Now William is a supportive husband, is he, when he can barely stand to look at her?

  8. Becks1 says:

    She just gabbled?? I mean maybe she was nervous (I think he means 2011, not 2012, I don’t think they went to Canada in 2012 but could be wrong) but still, that clearly left an impression for him to be bringing it up 10 years later.

    And even if she did ‘gabble’….so the only achievements we have for her are that she’s thin, she’s had three kids, and she used to “gabble” when talking to RRs and now she can talk coherently.

    Baby steps, I guess.

    I do think it was kind of a veiled threat about her working though. she needs to work more so the RRs have more to talk about, and I think they’re getting tired of covering for her, especially with the Queen MIA.

    • Lorelei says:

      I am *dying* to see a video of this, but if one ever existed, I’m sure KP burned it. (Or William locked it away for possible nefarious use in the future!)

      • Debbie says:

        Are you kidding? I’m sure that if there was a video of this the BM would cover for her as always. They would say how nice it was that she was proficient in a second language. Look, she speaks both English and gibberish. Isn’t that nice?

    • Nic919 says:

      They went to Canada in 2011 and the pictures they normally show of that tour are them in Ottawa on Canada day, which is normally a huge event every year. So anyone pretending the crowds were just for them are delusional. There are large crowds every year outside of last year when gatherings were reduced because of the pandemic.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Nic, 2011 is the *one* time I would actually believe that they might have pulled crowds, since they were still such a novelty and had tons of goodwill. At that point, lots of people liked Kate and were excited to see what the two of them would do together. Even celebrities were thrilled to meet them. But it was all downhill from there. They quickly squandered all of that goodwill pretty much immediately.

      • Nic919 says:

        People weren’t going to ottawa on Canada Day to see them specifically though. It’s an annual thing many Canadians do.

    • blackfemmebot says:

      I was just thinking the same thing. Surely these veiled criticisms and backhanded compliments are the RR yanking the chain a little? Like please tell me no one actually thinks any of this makes keen look good? I took a sneak peek at the DM comments on some Keen birthday week stories (I know, I know, I couldn’t resist!) and they aren’t having it with this drivel either. So maybe Waity is being pushed by the RR to step it up and get it together because these sycophantic stories are not generating the praise and clicks needed to fulfil the contract.

    • Gabby says:

      Yes, agree that this is a “time’s up – now get to work already” warning to Waity. How will this message be received?

  9. The Hench says:

    Yep. RRs are randomly shoehorning in the shade. Dampier, out of nowhere, “But we must remember that they dated for eight years before marrying and she became known as Waity Katie.” BURN.


  10. Bea says:

    They really can’t write an article about Kate without mentioning Meghan and Harry…
    I love how these people seem to live in an alternate universe… accomplished public speaker? Okay, if you say so…

    • kelleybelle says:

      Good lord, she can barely say good morning without reading a cue card. Just comical at this point.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      In 2021, Kate still just gabbled and didn’t make any sense.

      Credit to poster Harper for managing to decipher the words that came out of Kate’s mouth at the event with Dr. Jill Biden.

      “Actually the focus isn’t you know um sort of on on parenting itself but actually how we could give them the tools so that they are having their babies and and raising their children with these greater tools and I think that’s the way that education all the way through the system I think would be really um really powerful.”

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Agreatreckoning, please decipher what Mumbles McMutton was actually trying to convey in her discussion as I can’t make heads or tails as to what her point is.

      • LaraW” says:

        What the what.

        Actually the focus isn’t […] on parenting itself but […] how we could give them the tools so that they are having their babies […] and raising their children with these greater [sic] tools[,] and I think that’s the way that education […] through[out] the system […] would be really […] powerful.

        Maybe? I have no idea what these “tools,” “education,” and “system” are and what they’re meant to help.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        @BothSidesNow, I don’t know. It would have been hard for Turing’s Bombe to figure out.

        I’m impressed Harper was able to transcribe it from the actual video. Outlets (like People) cleaned up the mess as much as they could.

        How hard would it have been to say, even without preparation,. Our goal is to help children in developing confidence in themselves that will hopefully enable them in positive decision making for a healthy future. That is a pretty simple statement on my part-hopefully it makes more sense than Kate’s.

  11. MsIam says:

    “He made a vow to her parents when they got engaged that he would protect her and make sure that she never suffered like his mother did.” Diana suffered primarily because she had a jealous, cheating husband who didn’t love her. Not because of royal duties, I got the impression that Diana enjoyed that part. Looks like William got the assignment wrong.

  12. Haylie says:

    Kate is a big birthday loser at 40, and the Rota know it.

  13. Ariel says:

    These people are twisting themselves into pretzel to make “logic” and “facts” out of their racist abuse of Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Sussex.
    But there is always a kernel of truthfulness in their Kate coverage. They play along with the pr fluff, but it is a tribute to their “journalistic integrity” or their pettiness that they always end up saying something truthful and therefore deeply unflattering about this middle aged, dull, unaccomplished mean girl?

    • KFG says:

      I think the RR are upset because they thrive on classist, racist systems to uphold the monarchy. MM came in and blew that up by just existing. The only supporters Kkkate has are unattractive, middle-aged, unhappy white women who hate that MM showcases how mediocre they are. Kate is a less than mediocre white woman who has accomplished nothing of merit. This is why they have to attack MM, she shows how useless the inbreds are and how most of the wealthy aristocracy are unintelligent, grifters. She destroys their supposed superiority. Without that belief, none of the established systems can retain their power.

  14. Rapunzel says:

    “He made a vow to her parents when they got engaged that he would protect her and make sure that she never suffered like his mother did.”

    Oh, this is a desperate shot from the Middletons me think. “Remember, you promised you wouldn’t leave! Promised there’d be no divorce or cheating scandal, like your parents!”

    Makes me wonder if the 10 year contract talk was legit. And the Midds wanna renegotiate.

    • the duchess says:

      Deep down, I believe this too. The Keens just reached their 10-year milestone last year, and despite the overtly photoshopped anniversary photos, the forced hand-holding and the commercial-like video they released of the family all on a stormy, dull beach, it all went down like a fart in an elevator. Nobody is interested in them and that has been the ugly-truth for many years now. It was only Harry & Meghan’s presence and subsequent departure that exposed this for what it is.

      I can definitely see this extract being the Middleton’s classically pulling Willy’s chains. The ’10-year deal’ has run its course and I’m sure Willy is tired of constantly losing with his inadequate wife, whom he married for all the wrong reasons. As Harry & Meghan continue to excel in California, it must sting.

    • Tessa says:

      I wonder if William really said that. It could have been a matter of Carole asking William what he was going to do now about Kate after she was living with him. What about her reputation and she loves you and so on and so forth.

    • notasugarhere says:

      I doubt William ever promised to do anything to protect her. He finally married her when Mummy Carole threatened to withdraw the coddling cheese-on-toast and free holidays. They all knew the deal – Kate gets the wedding ring, he gets to live as a single man. The only time the Middletons act out is when he’s openly caught cheating. As long as he keeps it quiet, they stay quiet about it.

  15. Ann says:

    . . . “she comes from a stable family background. . . .” huh? Some of us are, some of us aren’t. Some of us (gasp) including William and Meghan have, dare I say it, divorced parents. But of course only Meghan is ripped to shreds for that.

    • Couch potato says:

      “She comes from a stable background”, but in the next pharagraph he continues with “Being a mum of threechildren has given her a good insight into normal family life…”. Is he insinuating the Midds stable life weren’t normal?

    • Tessa says:

      And then there is Uncle Gary…

  16. Lauren Too says:

    She has done so well by her causes that when they aren’t closing down due to lack of funding they make snippy comments about her lack of visits. Kate has wasted over half her life after a title and has done nothing with it.

  17. Janethetrain says:

    Stable family background is key?! What is this 1985?!? Parents remaining with each other is in no way an indicator of a stable family. Carole’s seemingly only card left to play is outdated and offensive to say the least.

    And this gabbling thing makes me have a pinch sympathy for William for the first time…a pinch. It makes his anger towards Meghan make so much more sense. Narcissists feel that their family and spouse are a representation of themselves. Which is not fair to Kate. However, if you are not able to have meaningful conversations with a spouse, forever starts looking a lot longer.

    All of their attempts to save the marriage, continuously make them seem stronger, more interesting and happier apart. No one wants a child for a spouse.

    • Nic919 says:

      And yet Carole and Mike not getting divorced still didn’t stop James from openly admitting mental health issues. So I’m not sure what point they are trying to make with that nonsense.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Nic, her whole “a stable family growing up is the key to having a basically perfect life” schtick was *always* misguided, offensive and just plain wrong from the very first time she ever uttered it, but you’d think that after James went public with his own mental health struggles, she would have realized how inane and meaningless that particular talking point was (??) and dropped it. Or, if she was too dense to see it, that someone on her staff might have pointed out that it wasn’t making quite the point Kate thought it was.

        (Or for the love of god, her BROTHER could have mentioned it!?)

        How she, in the year 2022, is till retreading that bullsh!t line of thinking is beyond me. Who will she blame if one of her three children doesn’t turn out to be exemplary in every way? It’s an insanely simplistic way of looking at things. Yet I literally read this week that her “work” w/r/t the early years was “formative.” Formative!!

        @Jane, since we’re talking about Kate, I’d make that 1885

      • notasugarhere says:

        The convenient mental health issues that were mentioned only after he lost 100, 000s in investor money AND was caught selling Nazi party supplies.

      • Debbie says:

        Also, divorced parents or not, Meghan never flashed anyone. So, I’d say that Mr. and Mrs. Mike staying together is way overrated. And Meghan can actually speak in complete sentences, which makes that “stable” family thing seem less and less meaningful if all it produces is a Kate.

  18. Amy Bee says:

    “if you can’t talk about Kate’s keenery without disparaging Meghan in the same breath, all you’re doing is obsessing over Meghan as much as Kate does.”

    Exactly. All week, these “Kate at 40” pieces, have done the same thing, bash Meghan in praise of Kate. The truth is in her 40 years and 10 years in the Royal Family all she has accomplished is provide a male heir, buy a lot of clothes and Meghan’s presence has served to highlight that Kate is a lightweight and has been invisible.

    • Lorelei says:

      @AmyBee: real question— has anyone here seen a single “Kate at 40” article over the past week or so that did *not* mention Meghan in any way? If it exists, I missed it, but would love to read it!

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Lorelei: The Hello Mag piece doesn’t mention Meghan by name but when you read between the lines, it alludes to her. For example, Jason Knauf talks about Kate’s passion for early years he says she’s going to the highlight the importance of early year but she will never lobby for it.

  19. Merricat says:

    No one will every accuse Kate of having opinions. That’s her personal accomplishment, successfully hiding any semblance of independent thought or curiosity. It’s supposed to make up for her lack of motivation for anything beyond her hair and wardrobe and jewelry.

    • notasugarhere says:

      She has plenty of opinions about Harry, Meghan, and any other woman who has been around William in the past 20 yeas. And she’s made them clear through her mummy’s and uncle’s constant leaking to their friends at the Fail.

      • Lorelei says:

        She is so passive-aggressive, smh.

      • Merricat says:

        Nota, I think all of her opinions have been told to her by Carole and William. The only thing Kate knows is how to Mean Girl whomever she thinks is the competition, and her mummy taught her that.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I disagree. Kate is no victim, she has agency, she has the ability to form her own opinions. She’s been a bullying meangirl since early teendom, she felt free to go after the much-younger York sisters while dating William. She makes her own choices.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ notasugarhere, you are absolutely right!! Mumbles McMutton had no issue with regards in attacking the York sisters. She also had no issue in regards to attacking women that would seek out the Other Brother during their college years or the women that he sought after they were married. Mumbles is a woman who has no regard in attacking women that she finds threatening, which we all saw play out against Rose Hanbury!

      • nic919 says:

        Kate doesn’t have opinions on matters that don’t affect her directly. She does have opinions on women who take her spotlight even if they aren’t trying to do that. And she was certainly fine with not supporting Meghan on her choice not to present her baby like the lion king. Kate made sure to be the “pick me girl” on that one while the media was criticizing a woman who had just given birth and who Kate knew had been suicidal during pregnancy. That’s pretty evil to do that to your own sister in law. A huge sociopath trait showed itself in Kate that time.

      • Merricat says:

        I think I am well documented here as someone whose opinion of Kate is fairly low, and it surprises me that I should have to write that. I have never thought she was a victim, and have often said so. My point here is that she does not and will not publicly express any opinion that has not been sanctioned by the palace or her mother.

      • notasugarhere says:

        And I’ll continue to disagree. She has plenty of her own opinions, which she does express without palace or mummy approval. Carole is her stagemother, but Kate was the one who picked out the Prince above other aristos and went after him full-on. Carole is thrilled at that, but Kate isn’t a puppet or victim of her mother. Kate makes her own choices, has for decades now.

  20. Linney says:

    I am starting to agree with posters who think a lot of this “kate the great” stuff is being done to showcase her shortcomings. I mean, these writers must know on some level these embiggening pieces make her look like a useless dolt. Then, if William decides to divorce, he can use her negative qualities against her. I can hear it now: He needs someone up to the task, someone who can help him shoulder the burdens, etc, and since Kate falls short, she needs to go. There is something fishy about the whole thing beyond the usual PR garbage that surrounds a famous person’s birthday.

    • Feeshalori says:

      These articles aren’t complimentary at all, obviously the reverse. To bring up the Waity Katy moniker as well is such a burn. I would be so humiliated if these were written about me and there’s definitely an agenda going on with this stream of fulsome garbage pieces. But, hey, Kate is probably so conceited that she’s lapping all the articles up and doesn’t see them for what they really are.

      • swirlmamad says:

        Didn’t her stans get all up in arms when Meghan referenced “Waity Katie” directly in the Oprah interview? But now Dampier feels the need to repeat it in print here, yet that’s OK? There’s definitely something shifty going on.

    • Tara says:

      He’s also probably going to blame her for Harry and Meghan leaving, saying Kate was jealous of her so she started a smear campaign.

  21. Sarah says:

    It feels like they just have all these stock phrases with keyboard shortcuts that are regularly wheeled out, ‘never out a foot wrong’, ‘Sussexes made themselves unpopular’ etc. I’d say he wrote all that without about 15 keystrokes.

    A bit like cards against humanity but Royal.

  22. Lady Digby says:

    A fellow Cber cited a cousin’s comment that Limpet Kate struggles to be interested in others which is a real handicap for anyone, let alone someone in a high profile public engagement role!

  23. thaisajs says:

    Kate’s entire job as a member of the royal family was to pop out some babies. That’s it. That’s the job. Anything else is icing on the cake, I suppose. She did her job. She seems to put up with quite a bit from William. If she likes to wear buttons and wiglets, I mean, if it makes her happy, go for it. There’s no need for embiggening or tearing her down for not being a public speaker. That isn’t her job. I wish someone would just tell her mother that.

    • Jennifer says:

      Agreed. She makes sure she blends in and isn’t a tall poppy, which ensures her survival in the family. If you marry in and stand out, you get the boot. Blandness as a survival strategy.

    • Sid says:

      You can be bland and still work without standing out. Sophie and Edward pull it off. So does Anne. So in that sense, no, the Top CEO hasn’t done her job.

      • Nic919 says:

        This is it all the other royals have figured it out and while not as charismatic as Diana, they managed to get in hundreds of engagements per year. It’s just kate and William who can’t do that. And kate in particular is bad because she doing less than elderly senior royals.

    • OriginalKeri says:

      Nah, I’m glad people are tearing her down for her lack of public speaking skills. She has had access to all kinds of help at her fingertips, not to mention unearned propping for 20 years. I would be less snarky about Mumbles McMutton if she and her family hadn’t attacked Meghan for excelling at everything she’s failed at. Making a speech is the least of of her duties as she’s on the public dole and yet she gets away with being lazy AF. She deserves all the scorn she heaped on Meghan. You reap what you sow.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ thaisajs, but you seem to forget that as a member of TRF that IS her JOB!!! Mumbles McMutton married in to the the Monarchy which requires her to perform public engagements AND support her patronages. Unfortunately her patronages have suffered due to her laziness and utter refusal to work, many of which were shut down due ti her refusal to work.

      I am certain that where you work you had certain skills and experience that you needed to be hired. And if your employer required you to become proficient in a certain specialty, you would have completed that task, wouldn’t you?

      So why should WE give Mumbles McMutton a pass for NOT doing her job? Why should WE not expect her to carry out engagements when there are 4 elderly royal family members, some of whom are twice her age, out perform her? TQ out performed Mumbles McMutton this year and TQ lost her husband of more than 70 years!

      Why is it that everyone else in the RF are able to conduct their duties effectively and consistently while having greater responsibilities than Mumbles?

    • notasugarhere says:

      It is 2022, it is not her job to have children. Plenty of thrones go sideways, including the BRF one in two recent examples. Her job is to show up a minimum of 500 engagements a year and pretend to care about other people, since she has no ability to actually care about others.

  24. equality says:

    But her mother prepared her to be “accomplished” and she had those years of dating to supposedly be sure she was up for the job, so why wasn’t she prepared for it right after marriage? Isn’t part of being “accomplished” being able to converse in public?

  25. lanne says:

    The Shade, the shade the shade. Waity Katy, gabbled and didn’t make sense. Wow. “Hey Kate, you aren’t Waity Katy anymore, and you actually make sense when you talk now! You go, girl!”

    Seriously though, I get all these ratchets mixed up. They all look and sound alike to me. Is this the guy who tried to claim that Kate was responsible for Meghan’s Smartworks collection? Which then spawned all those lovely, lovely Kate memes?

    • KFG says:

      I think Will is pushing this to make her look bad. Like this will be used to say she is the reason H&M are gone and that Will was trying to hold the marriage together to this jealous, lazy, stalker. They’re not able to show anything she’s done and she tries to take credit for Heads Together and Smart Set when she didn’t have anything to do with either. She’s contributed nothing and now people are reporting on her accepting freebies and how Will couldn’t afford to pay for her clothing addiction. Like this is KP and CH prepping for the separation.

  26. Teddy says:

    Meanwhile, Meghan was all of 11 years old when she wrote to Procter and Gamble about their sexist a advertising campaign and persuaded the behemoth to change its ad copy. Kate is such a lightweight.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Teddy, Meghan literally accomplished more by the time she was 11 years old than Kate has at 40.

    • MerryGirl says:

      The 15 year old Spanish Princess is running circles around Kate. Delivering amazing speeches in front of dignitaries while Kate can’t mumble a sentence without a cue card.

      • nic919 says:

        Letizia can also give speeches in English, which isn’t her native language. Kate cannot manage to sound comprehensible in the only language she knows.

  27. Che says:

    In all the extravagant wording all the articles really say is ” a nobody stayed nobody” so we the royal institution are satisfied. Now insert a history of photos. There is no real story here.

  28. Mslove says:

    You know, Phil Dampier said one right thing. Everyone is getting old. So who is going to do the work? The incompetent & lazy Cambridges? Lol.

  29. TeamMeg says:

    Woot! I spy “haven’t put a foot wrong” .. *drink* 😉

    P.S. “She grew up in a stable” lol Would that be a trophy wife stable?

    • Lorelei says:

      In honor of Kate’s birthday, we should create a drinking game, lol (with sparkling grape juice as an option, of course!).
      Something like, “take a shot whenever Kate ‘never puts a foot wrong’ or ‘is finally coming into her own” etc.

      • TeamMeg says:

        Yes!! 💯 🥃

      • MY3CENTS says:

        I’ll add stepping up to that list.

      • The Hench says:

        Excellent idea. We could have shots for any of the below:
        stepping up
        shouldering more responsibility
        coming into her own
        never puts a foot wrong
        future queen
        the royal family needs/relies on her
        increasing her duties
        focusing on a small number of key projects
        ‘aaarly’ years

      • Lizzie says:

        … growing in confidence.

      • LaraW” says:

        Let me try to write a story using all these phrases consecutively.

        Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is stepping up and shouldering more responsibility as she comes into her own. The future queen has been increasing her duties, focusing on a small number of key projects such as her Early Years initiative.

        “The royal family has really come to rely on her. She never puts a foot wrong,” a source said. “You can see how she’s gained confidence as the mother of three children.”

        Ever mindful of the fate of Princess Diana, she slowly grew into her role. Ten years after joining the royal family, Kate has become the rock of the monarchy and has a close relationship with the Queen.

        “The Queen appreciates that Kate doesn’t draw attention to herself.”

        I couldn’t find a way to include coatdress. And didn’t to take part of Meghan bashing.

      • TeamMeg says:

        @LaraW” Superb piece of writing… And now we’re all plastered!! *hic*

      • MerryGirl says:

        @LaraW great job indeed but let me expand:
        Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is stepping up and shouldering more responsibility as she comes into her own. The future queen has been increasing her duties, focusing on a small number of key projects such as her Early Years initiative.

        “The royal family has really come to rely on her. She never puts a foot wrong,” a source said. “You can see how she’s gained confidence as the mother of three children.”

        Despite the turmoil of the past two years with Harry & Meghan stepping down, she has become the Royal Family’s secret weapon to modernizing the monarchy. Always regal in her coat dresses, she has finally found her voice and as the family brace for Harry’s upcoming memoir, Catherine’s role as peace maker, indeed king maker, is hugely valued by the Queen as she can be relied upon to keep calm and carry on.

      • LaraW” says:

        Lol brilliant MerryGirl. Do you think the Daily Fail is hiring?

        Team Meg— we are toasting Her Royal Highness Catherine, Duchess of Mutton, Lady of Buttons, Patron of Mumbles, Guardian in Tartan! A worthy occasion to get hammered.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        Oh my LaraW & MerryGirl, you did so well that the BM are ready to hire you. I’m wanting to to throw down a Bobby Flay like challenge between you two or anyone else except – along with using The Hench’s criteria you have to include/intersperse:
        (like it’s a good thing):
        hyena grins
        Cruella DeVille behavior/looks at Commonwealth service
        smear campaign against Meghan
        unintelligible speeches
        jazzy hands
        collusion with a comms person
        justification of the Buzzfeed comparative stories.
        funky piano performance

        Ack, h3ll, that’s a lot of work already. I would not be surprised to see a “royal expert” plagiarizing your posts.

    • Tessa says:

      She is Perfect and Classy. Another catchphrase of her stans.

    • Jais says:

      I’m in🍺

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ The Hench, you forgot king maker and peace maker too!!!

      My gawd, we will all be hungover come Monday!!

      And the future of keeping the The Monarch steady too!!!

  30. Deedee says:

    What? No royal portrait of Duchess McButtons for her 40th birthday? I really expected the unveiling of an artistic treasure.

  31. Amy Bee says:

    The royalists can’t be happy about all these pieces constantly comparing Kate to Meghan.

  32. Shawna says:

    A FREUDIAN approach?!

    Oh my god….I don’t think that means what you think it does, Phil Dampier.

  33. AmelieOriginal says:

    I won’t do this on every Kate post but since it’s a snow day, here is my Kate article drinking game for today. Drink every time you read:
    – full of confidence
    – mom of three
    – hasn’t put a foot wrong (double shot due to inclusion of William in this)
    – Meghan comparison (double shot because Harry is included)
    – increase her duties/more responsibility (any allusion to increasing her workload works)
    – best is yet to come
    – bonus triple shot for Waity Katie (we don’t often see that too much anymore)

    Happy snow day yall!!!! (For those in the NYC area, we don’t get a lot of snow like other places before anyone further north lectures me on what is a snow day haha)

    • TeamMeg says:

      Great way to spend a snow day! I’m in! 🥂

    • Lorelei says:

      *Add “coming into her own”

      (whatever that even means)

    • The Hench says:

      Ha – just posted similar above before I saw this. Looks like anyone playing will be VERY drunk in a small amount of time!

      • AmelieOriginal says:

        I didn’t even see the similar comment above mine haha! I had posted something similar on a Kate thread yesterday with other examples. We should have an official Kate tabloid glossary.

    • Jais says:

      Add “growing into….”
      Growing into what idk?
      …a jewel
      …her role
      Bottoms up🍺

    • BothSidesNow says:

      You guys are getting pounded @ AmelieOriginal! I know as I keep abreast as to the weather in NE since my sister lived In Massachusetts, but she passed away in July from pancreatic cancer.

      • The Hench says:

        Hey @BothSidesNow – you probably won’t see this as it’s several hours later but I saw your comment about your sister and I extend love and sympathy. I lost my mother to pancreatic cancer a few years ago and I miss her every day. It’s a horrible disease. Sending big hugs 🤗

    • Jay says:

      @Amelie, are you trying to kill us lol? Enjoy your snow day!

  34. MY3CENTS says:

    But she’s thin and tall and has lots of buttons, are those not accomplishments?

  35. Chill says:

    The bar is rather low for expectations about what Kate is capable of doing. Really, if most moms behaved like her the families would collapse. So sad.

  36. Shannon says:

    The use of the phrase, “never put a foot wrong” when discussing Kate has always struck me as odd. I know it’s a relatively common phrase in the UK, but not so much in the US where I live, so it would stand out to me anyway. But it’s always seemed like such an obvious, heavy-handed PR trick where the more they repeat it the more we will believe it when it’s so clearly not true. Do they think we all have collective amnesia?

    But on a deeper level, it’s such a backhanded compliment. Really? Never making a mistake is something to strive for? Mistakes are how we learn! The fear of failure paralyzes so many people (women in particular) from taking chances and pushing boundaries. Show me a person who’s never made a mistake and I’ll show you a person who has never tried to do *anything*. If Kate has never put a foot wrong in the past 10 years it’s only because she hasn’t taken a single step. It’s the accomplishment of a coma patient.

    • Nic919 says:

      It’s not even true though. She’s done a ton of things wrong they just don’t cover them anymore now that Meghan is an easier target.

    • yinyang says:

      According to them if they yell the loudest and the longest they win. Really I think only a certain type of young women might fall for this, I think women in the mothering age wouldn’t be so easily duped. One thing I remember about Diana was people of every age really liked her. Also she spoke for herself and the people spoke for her and her work spoke for itself too, she didn’t need a narrator like this one.

  37. Tessa says:

    Focused on a small number of Causes. I’ll say. ANd she did none of them “well” unless it could be counted that watching sports and hitting chords at a concert is hard work.

  38. Cg2495 says:

    Gosh ! Her face is so rough for a 40 yr old. I’m the same age as her and dang my face looks better ( and that’s without all the money and access that she has ) 😂

    • Nyro says:

      But haven’t you heard, her skin is the envy of “dermatologists” the everywhere, unlike those other royal women.

      • Cg2495 says:

        @NYRO lol! Yes! Girlfriend needs to stop this mess and just enjoy her bday! All those stories are really sad and honestly not nice. The media must secretly hate her 😂

  39. Lizzie says:

    So apparently NOBODY likes Keen. But they have been ordered to write embiggening lies so they throw in the shade too.

  40. JHo says:

    Does Freudian mean something different in UK than US? Because if some said as a mother I was taking a very Freudian approach that would an insult

  41. Eurydice says:

    Wow, the WHOLE FUTURE rests on William and Kate. We’re doomed.

  42. Jay says:

    The best. Is yet. TO COME….

    ( Voice echoes ominously in a cavernous republican convention hall)

    Again, saying “but she’s getting better!” is probably not the glorious birthday celebration that Kate had hoped for. I feel like the reminder that now her children are school age, she had better step up and take on more duties is pretty pointed.

  43. Tessa says:

    I can’t wait until the birthday is over with all the PR avalanche about her. But I think it will continue weeks after the party with “coverage.”

  44. Sofia says:

    the British media is just writing fan fiction these days…Petronella claims Kate is so wise it causes the wisdom in others. What sort of crack do they smoke before writing that rubbish

    • TEALIEF says:

      The British Media singing praises to and about Kate’s manifold accomplishments:

      Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo
      Put ’em together and what have you got

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      Was that writer really being serious? LOL They all must be drinking absinthe by the gallon in one sitting.

  45. VitaVitaBanitaBANita says:

    What a joke.

  46. They know it! says:

    This is very telling and shows they know Meghan is popular everywhere else!

    “…..and it’s sad that the Sussexes are now so unpopular *in this country*…..”

  47. Julia K says:

    Damn with faint praise. Cutting someone down while appearing to build them up.

  48. SenseOfTheAbsurd says:

    Why on earth would anybody trust Petronella Wyatt’s opinion on anything, when she admits to the appalling lack of taste and judgement that is sleeping with Boris Johnson. Was she kicked in the head by a horse, or what?

  49. Yinyang says:

    Is she trying to look like a news broadcaster, is that the look she’s going for. And ” Harry and Meghan, and it’s sad that the Sussexes are now so unpopular in this country, but they have brought it upon themselves”. They make me want to rip my hair out. Gah. Boycott DM

  50. Lizzie says:

    Top CEO Mumbles is now, ten years later, an accomplished speaker. Well dude thanks for telling us because nobody, and I mean nobody, has actually heard this accomplishment. We still hear babble and mumbles and an accent no one understands.
    So how much went in your bank account to tell that whopper?

  51. WithTheAmerican says:

    “sorry I’m so late but I was busy coming into my own.”

    This is going to be my excuse at work from now on.

  52. Marilee says:

    There’s nothing particularly wrong with her – she’s just milquetoast. But an interesting comment about her not drawing attention to herself. It reminds me that the term “the Firm” used to describe the British Royal Family is a misnomer. When a real ‘firm’ hires a new, dynamic member, they often put them front and centre. The RF has a hierarchy which is, Harry is not allowed to upstage William (he was doing this before he met Meghan; they were all freaking out because Harry was the most popular Royal in polls); William and Kate aren’t allowed to outshine Charles and Camilla, and nobody is allowed to outshine the Queen, even if the Queen only makes one pre-recorded speech a year. It’s just one big popularity contest but follows the order of succession. While Sophie, another intelligent and articulate woman who could write her own speeches was happy enough to sacrifice her career and her identity to marry Edward (who I have met a few times and is a genuinely nice guy), the press laid off because she and Edward didn’t sell papers.

    • notasugarhere says:

      IMO Sophie was angry she wasn’t allowed to be a working royal from the start. She ended up over a million in debt with that business, money she never paid off. She’s more than happy to live off the tapayers, and had no problem kissing up to W&K and meangirling Meghan to get on W&K’s good side.

    • Tessa says:

      The thing is when they had that Film Premiere, Charles was the senior royal in attendance, next in line to the Queen. Then William. Yet the media made Kate “the star” in the GOld Gown. I don’t get it. How come it was “OK” for Kate to get more attention than the Prince of Wales? I guess there are exceptions to this rule then? Kate has been drawing attention to herself for many years.

  53. Tessa says:

    Some heavily airbrushed photos of her for her 40th birthday have been released One with her hair blowing in the wind, and very very photoshopped. The DM comments (or some) have over the top praise comparing her to Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. The PR seems very desperate.

    • Anon says:

      I am sure CB will cover those photos. OMFG. The first 2 look nothing like her, the side one at least looks like her face more………..

    • Lizzie says:

      But I thought she would never draw attention to herself. She is begging for attention.
      You have to look twice to even know it’s Keen. Very photoshopped.

      • Bea says:

        RIGHT?! She wanted a fuss-free birthday because she is so shy and humble but she made sure to do a glam session and THREE new portraits to celebrate HERSELF for her birthday… I mean… tell me again how she doesn’t like the spotlight.
        Can you just imagine if Meghan did three portraits for her birthday??

    • PrincessK says:

      I have just seen the photos. They are awful. Photographers are supposed to make ordinary looking people look good. I couldn’t stop laughing when the photographer said:
      ‘With her ‘positive energy’ she can ‘bring hope to the whole world’.

    • swirlmamad says:

      Those photos are shopped to hell and back. The one in the red (cough) dress….she has a completely different face.

    • Nic919 says:

      I’m sure the wife of a plantation owner look will send a modern message for the future of the monarchy.

    • Kkat says:

      Omg I saw those and was so excited see what this site has to say about it!
      My god they are bad 😂
      They are so airbrushed I wouldn’t have known they were her, except for the side view one.

  54. aquarius64 says:

    I went on Omid’s Twitter and saw the pics. Look like glamour shots. But the comments were a hoot. Gentle reminders of wearing a one shoulder gown is vulgar, complete with the article that said it. This is SM’s gift to the birthday girl: every KP sanctioned media hit piece on Meghan is going to be thrown back at her face. The Cambridges’ website is going to do a lot of scrubbing tomorrow.

  55. Karla says:

    They remind me so much of the German/Austrian Sissi movies with Romy Schneider. Every young girls princess dream-until 15 years old 😂

  56. Over it says:

    I am dead. This was hilarious.

  57. Britney says:

    I never realized how gray her natural hair is… like her roots are completely gray!!! She should embrace that and rock silver hair, but we all know she’s too vane for that.

  58. LotH says:

    O the irony of this author complaining about comparing Kate & Meghan constantly. Pot meet kettle.

  59. susan says:

    doesn’t she have someone whose job is taking care of her hair? can’t believe she was photographed with roots like that..