The Cambridges ‘didn’t respond’ when asked if the Queen needs protection

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Disasters Emergency Committee office on Thursday, in a subdued appearance where they were trying to highlight DEC’s work in Ukraine, and DEC’s work with Ukrainian refugees. As several commentators noted, it felt like the kind of event which probably should have been just Prince William and not Kate. But I suspect William knew that the event would get more attention if Kate came, and he was right. But God help us if Kate is sent somewhere solo, I suppose. The vibe these days is that she needs a babysitter and she’s incapable of doing solo events. Not so keen for a 40-year-old woman whose biggest achievements consist of cosplaying flags and dressing like an Edwardian colonialist. Meanwhile, as William and Kate were leaving DEC, someone in the royal rota shouted out a question which the Cambridges ignored:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today dodged an awkward question about the Duke of Sussex’s claim he came to Britain last week to ensure the Queen is ‘protected’.

As the fallout from his incendiary interview continued on Her Majesty’s 96th birthday, a broadcaster called out to William and Kate when they left the London headquarters of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) as the organisation announced its fund total for its Ukraine appeal had passed £300 million.

Harry, who met with British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace in The Hague today, appeared to issue a veiled warning to those closest to the Queen when interviewed by a US network, saying he wanted to make sure his grandmother was ‘protected’ and had ‘the right people around her’.

The duke did not elaborate on whether he was referring to royal aides or members of his own family, but his comments may have deepened his rift with his father the Prince of Wales and his brother William and perplexed palace officials.

As the Cambridges stepped into their car a female broadcaster shouted: ‘Sir, does the Queen need protecting?’ The duke and duchess did not respond and continued into the vehicle before being driven away.

[From The Daily Mail]

My favorite part of this is “Harry, who met with British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace in The Hague today, appeared to issue a veiled warning…” It makes it sound like Harry is an exiled king, issuing ominous threats and warnings from abroad, even as he meets with high-ranking emissaries from his abandoned kingdom. It also makes it sound like Harry is taking up the issue of the Queen’s protection with the actual g–damn defense minister. When you know Harry was actually just talking to Ben Wallace about veterans and the military. Anyway, as for the Keens ignoring the question… what were they supposed to say, “we are very much not a Murdering-Our-Grandmother family?” Or perhaps: “We are very much not an Elder Abuse family.”

PS… I sort of forgot about this earlier in the week, but the Daily Mail got “exclusive” photos of the Cambridges’ Flop Tour from William and Kate’s private photographer. As in, they “privately” paid the guy to follow them around during the Flop Tour, taking glamour shots of them as they made asses out of themselves and cosplayed colonialists. What’s hilarious is how many photos were taken of their backs! The Keens are still desperately trying to recreate several iconic Sussex photos.

Photos courtesy of Instar, Avalon Red.

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  1. ThatsNotOkay says:

    Is it possible to fail at your job before you even have it? Because if it is, these two…

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      That’s what happens when you are not qualified and you do less than the bare minimum as an apprentice. Not to worry though, they have at least 20 years to catch up if all goes well.

    • Maggie says:

      At least she closed her mouth. I was concerned that she could not make anything but a maniacal joker face.

      They are very much not a necessary tax payer expense.

    • QueenB says:

      Look at this lump of a woman, trying to look relevant, interested, and valid, when her forehead won’t even move.

  2. Noki says:

    Lol after William blurted the ‘very much not a racist family ‘ comment i doubt he will ever be caught off guard again.

    • Ronaldinhio says:

      I keep remembering that picture of the Queen Mother and Queen practising their Nazi salutes – each and every time someone quotes William about this.
      Above PPhilip’s racism
      Above Andrew’s racism
      Above Princess Micheal of Kent’s racism
      Above the rest of the Queen Mother’s racism
      When anyone says the BRF were not racist to the Duchess of Sussex…
      I remember the nazi salutes.

      Here ends my TED talk.

      • Carolind says:

        Yes, they did that and they were asses. You are aware of the fact though that Britain and Germany fought on opposing sides in WW2 and that many British ports were bombed night after night as was Buckingham Palace on more than one occasion? No play Nazi Salutes then.

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Noki: I don’t believe that was unscripted moment. The question was asked by a Sky reporter who doesn’t work the Royal beat. It seemed a little too choreographed to me just like when another Sky reporter just happened to film Kate going to the Sarah Everard memorial. With William and Kate nothing happens spontaneously.

      • Becks1 says:

        that question and answer about being racist was DEFINITELY scripted. That’s the whole reason William went along to that event – to get the question and give the prepared response.

      • Noki says:

        Oh you guys think it was planned? Lol never occured to me.

  3. Yup, Me says:

    Kate should refrain from wearing clothes that remind us that she is, essentially, a human bowl of unflavored oatmeal. Poor little bland thing.

    • OriginalLaLa says:

      That blazer is the embodiment of her personality – colorless, bland, boring.

  4. What else says:

    These two are boring as hell.

    • Linda says:

      And yet there are up to three stories about them here daily attracting the most comments. For people who are boring they curiously get so many reactions on this site. Interesting.

      • Abigail says:

        Wrong, Harry and Meghan gets the most comments on this website.

      • K says:

        Really isn’t that interesting if you read any of them. The articles are posted as a comparison to the Harry and Meghan stories published by the British media and the comments tend to reflect the same. Why compare them? Because that is the narrative being pushed. The good white royals versus the “always put a foot wrong” black sheep. What this site is commenting on and what we are all watching almost in disbelief is how far the concept of white superiority will go to preserve its self despite the mediocrity of its representatives in this case, and the obvious superiority of the non-white (Meghan) and non-white loving (Harry) “competiton”. I use the word competiton only in the context that this is a competition created by the British media and not one in which I think any of the four believe they are participating.

  5. Chic says:

    These shots give a better view of the blazer issue from yesterday. The fit is off.arms and sleeves are too big.

    Keens are still “learning” every single thing

  6. Christine Wilkinson says:

    Maybe they thought the Disaster Emergencies Committee would help them with their own lives and that is why Khate went along too?

  7. The Hench says:

    I don’t think Harry’s concern is specifically about William or Charles personally. I’d like to bet it’s absolute chaos amongst the Grey Men in the various Palaces right now. We can all see that the Queen is not robust and well so a change of leader is coming. All those many people, who for, in some cases, decades, have been at the top of the courtier tree lording it over others, are facing the end of their power and influence when ‘their’ royal, TQ, dies. Charles’ people will be trying to grab hold of the reins and those on the way out will be jockeying for survival/payout/influence. Do I think that those people will be trying to manoeuvre an old lady around to get what they need? Yup. Do I think that those people will be putting her welfare above their own? Nope. Are we therefore surprised that Harry is expressing concern about those people???

    • QueenB says:

      Finally someone hit the nail on the head: Harry isn’t barking about Charles or William…surely by now you all realise Harry is private and independent when it comes to his family; despite fallout, he doesn’t mention them, only speaks kindly of them. It is absolutely the people surrounding the Queen that Harry is concerned about. I mean, think about it: with Philip gone, she is ALONE, at the mercy of those men in grey who Philip kept at bay. She is 96 and ailing, and a prime target for manipulators to get in and twist things, even to the extent of keeping the family out. THAT is why Harry went with Meghan to visit TQ: to show them that they are NOT in control of her, and that at any moment he can return and have full and complete access to her, and, if he so desires, completely take over her life, to the exclusion of all of them. He is NOT speaking of his family: they are, no doubt, under the same blind reign of these men in grey; they think that these people are “protectors” or “assistants” or “staff,” when they may very well have dubious intentions, and Harry blew them ALL outta the water by showing up and showing who’s boss.

      • Nic919 says:

        I agree with this. He was referring to the courtiers and Angela Kelly not the family itself.

    • what's inside says:

      That makes absolute sense. Someone is not sleeping well worrying about the future and what will happen. Charles certainly will be moving the pieces on the chess board to get what he wants.

  8. Becks1 says:

    “We would never ever time the death of a monarch to make it more convenient!”

    oh wait….

    Like I said yesterday the best part about Harry’s comment is that we really don’t know what he meant. Maybe he meant Andrew, maybe he meant that he wants to make sure she has the best healthcare workers, maybe he meant his father and William, maybe he meant Angela Kelly…..we don’t know. but it clearly rattled the royals and the press.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      That there are so many interpretations of what he said that our minds jump to is concerning.
      TQ’s family gains power as she declines. They gain wealth. It seems as if only Harry loves her enough to check in without motivation from personal gains. I’m sure Kate is counting the hours until she gets upgraded is position.

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Becks: I think he’s talking about both the family and aides.

    • C-Shell says:

      That comment coupled with his statement that his grandmother talks to him about things she doesn’t say to anyone else, definitely spooled them up. I think it’s telling that she spent her birthday on her own without any family around.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        C-Shell, I don’t check with any of the tabloid media, so can you or others tell me if any of the UK papers have leaned into that part of what H said? That’s the part that I found the most interesting. I’m left wondering what she confided in him that he’s put this statement out to let them know he knows what’s going on. It’s a hell of a strategic move on his part. I suspect that whatever was going on will stop or be toned down. I wonder what was going on?

    • Eurydice says:

      Sure, it could mean “physically protected,” or “mentally protected” or “protecting her legacy” (which would be Andrew).

  9. Margles says:

    It’s so weird because, just before Invictus, they were running tons of articles about how Kate and William were moving to Windsor because Andrew is “too close” to her and spending too much time with her. So does TQ need protecting or not? Heck, maybe Harry is equally worried about Andrew?

    • Galisteo says:

      Yes, I thought of Andrew’s influence, but could also be about Angela Kelly, the Queen’s dresser. She wrote a book and I think another may be in the works. Prior to Angela, staff are not allowed to write books. Royals have others must steer clear of, in the past, Backstairs Billy who worked for the Queen Mum, Michael Fawcett who worked for Charles.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Margles, I wonder if he’s also worried that if W&K are close, that she needs to be protected from them? I’m sure Clueless wouldn’t stop at much to get money from her, too, right along with Uncle Randy Andy.

  10. Purley Pot says:

    “Incendiary interview”. I guess I watched a different interview.

    • ILady Digby says:

      Exactly concerned grandson asks Granny if she’s alright and being well looked after is somehow problematic? But according to the unhinged Richard Kay Harry is NOT her favorite grandchild so there!! Can you imagineTQ phoning up Mr Kay to explain who she likes best of her 8 grandchildren??

  11. Sofia says:

    I definitely think keeping quiet was the best thing they could have done. Especially since no-one needs another “we’re very much not a racist family” comment. Sometimes, keeping your mouth shut is best.

    • The Hench says:

      Traditionally the Royals NEVER answer any questions shouted at them by reporters. Indeed it’s considered infra dig amongst the RR to shout out at all. That’s why, when Wills had the ‘racist family’ question yelled at him AND HE REPLIED, insiders commented about the fact that it must have been set up – both question and answer.

      The fact that reporters are now shouting stuff at them more often is an interesting one. It indicates a creeping erosion of the deference between media and royals. That reporter would have known that an answer was highly unlikely but they got the question yelling on tape, keeping the story alive and giving them another angle to report on.

      • Becks1 says:

        Yeah they are not supposed to yell questions at the royals like that. I think the idea is to keep every event from turning into a press conference or something, maybe? But remember when Harry was in Botswana in 2019 and Rhiannon (Mills, I think?) from Sky News was yelling questions at him and he turned around and said something like “Rhiannon dont do this” or “dont be like this” because she knew that was against “the rules.”

        so William getting a question and responding definitely meant it was set up.

      • ChillinginDC says:

        And remember when the RR went after Harry for saying that to her when they all knew the rules? Bah. I was so mad about that.

  12. CC says:

    Who had to break the news to Kate that not only did she have to accompany her husband to this but she had to do it dressed as oatmeal?

    • Relly says:

      I think it’s more, who broke the good news to Kate — maybe she had to go to an event (ugh) but she’d get to dress up as buttoned oatmeal!!!

      • MsIam says:

        That was my exact thoughts yesterday when I saw the picture, bowl of oatmeal. And I’m some who likes neutral colors like camel, khaki, brown etc. But this is just, hmm, needs a scarf or jewelry, something.

  13. Amy Bee says:

    This should have been a really interesting engagement but it was just boring. Both of them didn’t really look enthused to be there. I think this engagement was hastily arranged because Harry and Meghan were stealing the spotlight with the Invictus Games.

    • The Duchess says:

      Kate’s face is always the dead giveaway. She’s never enthused to be working on an ordinary day, but when she’s forced, her face paints the picture for us. As for Baldy’s face when she speaks … has anyone informed him it just looks awful? Or doesn’t he care anymore?!

  14. Relly says:

    Unrelated to the topic, but in the second picture, I love Will’s fake “I’m very concerned about what you are saying, a lot” face.

  15. JFerber says:

    A lot of politicals got salty about Harry’s comment, too. Boris Johnson, when asked if the Queen needs more protection, said “No.” And a former minister? of Theresa May put out a nasty message about the Sussexes.

  16. C-Shell says:

    God they’re dull.

    The pics released BY THEIR PHOTOGRAPHER are so unfortunate. The image of the Jamaican woman kissing Bulliam’s hand over a fence (I assume to offset all the genuine love Harry’s getting at the IG) was an extraneous nail in the coffin of the Disaster Tour, as if it needed one. They really need to stop reminding people of how racist they are.

  17. Gina says:

    When I see the phrase that Keens “visited A, B, C… to learn about” I know immediately it’s just photo-op and has nothing of substance. Dull, boring, waste of time. Even if they’re really learning something, what is the further use of that information?
    One more thing: Kaiser mentioned Keen’s private photographer published photos from the Tour Offensive. I saw them. One was with local woman kissing Will’s hand. I wish they’d think about optics before posting it.

    • NightOwl says:

      Can you imagine if they DID consider optics and that was the best of the lot? Or if this is somehow their preferred optics?

    • Belli says:

      They thought that photo would say “See?! People of colour like William so he can’t be racist! And he’s even letting her touch him without pulling away, so he’s double not-racist!”

      Proving once again how skewed and narrow their view of the world is.

  18. Gah says:

    Omg the photos by their private Photog are a scream!!! Made my morning.

    First they are mostly objectively terrible shots- bad framing, bad lighting, and the subjects?!?!

    In the one w Kkkate and the black older woman and the child? Neither human prop is even looking at Khate. Lolz.

    Another shot from the back displays William’s severe wedgie to perfection.

    Hahahaha they are just so objectively terrible even if you like those two. Everything they do is incompetent.

    • Becks1 says:

      Why are they being released now? It’s not like the photographer released one or two for Earth Day or something, which would make sense. This really does seem like they decided this was the best way to prove everyone wrong about the Caribbean Flop Tour.

      but its been a month now, the tour is certified as a Flop, people have moved on to the next likely Flop – Sophie and Edward’s tour.

      • First comment says:

        I believe it’s their way to be constantly on news without actually working. Side note, Kate’s photo with the older woman and the child was taken after the terrible comments on their racist behavior. Definitely damage control

    • Eurydice says:

      Omg, I let out a screech at Will’s Severe Wedgie. Wtf? Why would anyone want that released?

    • booboocita says:

      That pic of Khate holding the old woman’s and child’s hands makes her look so desperate. Her hands are grasping, holding on to keep them from withdrawing. The old woman’s hand is loose, and the child’s is balled. If anyone were looking for a pic of Khate as a warm and caring person, this one ain’t it.

  19. Crowned Huntress says:

    Ooh I do so love the image of Harry as an exiled King, bidding his time, setting wrongs to rights and planning to reclaim what’s rightfully his.
    Not that I think Harry ever wants to return to this disorganized dumpster fire but it’s exactly how they treat him.
    I love the ring of Good King Henry IX, don’t you?

    • aquarius64 says:

      Queen Consort Meghan too.
      Throw in Prince Archie, Duke of Sussex and Princess Lilibet of Sussex (future Princess Royal)

  20. equality says:

    She had Covid and some sort of vague injury. She went for a birthday drive and was nearly in a car crash. She gets trotted out despite this for good PR for the rest. The security at Windsor was so poor that somebody could video her family getting in their cars after a visit. PA is allowed to visit her often to collect millions for pay-offs. Her loving heirs put out PR about being FK and F POW or FFK which is basically looking toward her demise. If it were my granny I would have questions.

    • Nic919 says:

      The filming of the Cambridges was a set up because even locals from the Windsor area confirm that there is no way paps could get such a clear video shot even with long lenses. It is a fortress after all.

      • The Hench says:

        Yes, the whole castle complex is surrounded by a huge stone wall and the buildings the video was shot in front of are well inside it. People don’t get just to wander about inside the compound – especially not anywhere near the royal family.

  21. Over it says:

    Kaiser your last sentence made me choke on my tea. Lol

  22. MsIam says:

    What I think is weird is how they attacked Harry for his statement about the queen being protected when just a few months ago the whole rota was up in arms when that “ninja assassin” (lol) climbed the fence at Windsor Castle. The guy never got within 500 yards of the castle but they were freaking out about whether the queen had adequate security. Now I don’t know if Harry was referring to that or a more direct threat but it’s hypocritical to bash him when they were having similar concerns earlier. Of course they were trying to imply that the guy getting past security was somehow Harry’s fault too of course.

  23. Agreatreckoning says:

    Laughed hard at the underwater photo. That fish didn’t want them there either. Meme potential is strong.

  24. Roseberry says:

    Just when the RF and the RRs thought they were winning big in dragging Harry over his remarks about TQs safety – Sky news sent a freedom of information request to the Met Police and revealed the following: * A total of 470 crimes were recorded at Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, St James’s Palace and Clarence House – either inside or immediately outside the grounds – between 2019 and 2021, the Metropolitan Police reveals.* I hope this unraveling continues 😄

    • Oona says:

      Vatican City has the highest crime rate in the world. You may want to check why. The devil is in the details, like they say.

  25. Debbie says:

    Why does William always look like he was offered the floor polish as an aperitif?

  26. Poppy says:

    Did you see this article in the Daily Express, “Meghan and Harry ‘pushed out’ to stop clash with ‘lazy’ Kate and William”? A few cracks are starting to show in the Rota’s Cambridge-worship…

    • JaneBee says:

      Thanks for heads up, @Poppy! Will check it out.

    • MerryGirl says:

      Also that lady who’s on the Palace Confidential show with Weasle face Eden saying out loud on TV that Meghan looked glamorous in her white Valentino suit compared to Kate in a boring 1940’s Emilia Wickstead coat on Easter Sunday. Because of her laziness and lack of charisma, the only thing Kate got raves about was her clothes so when the Rota starts saying she doesn’t cut it in the clothes department, you know the end of embiggering coverage is near.

  27. HarleyB says:

    DECEASED at ‘We are very much a not murdering our grandmother family’… perhaps not but elder abuse? Most definitely. Harry has expressed concern TWICE.

    • JaneBee says:

      I accidentally snorted reading Kaiser’s “We are very much not an Elder Abuse family” line 😆

      I mean, objectively, it’s a horrible situation and if Harry publicly expressed concern there is clearly some basis to it. But that original retort from William was so incredibly stupid, and is going to be a refrain re: his many future gaffes for the next fifty years.

  28. [insert_catchy_name] says:

    I always think her eyebrows look wonky.

  29. JFerber says:

    Noki, William will always be caught off guard because he doesn’t care enough to prepare for any of his seldom work engagements.

  30. LoryD75 says:

    All I see with pictures of them is their body language and how they really dislike being in each other’s company. What a way to live.

  31. Tessa says:

    He looks irritated and there she is with the face making and jazz hands.

    • Nic919 says:

      She honestly looks like she is on something when she makes those faces.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        I thought that too. But her high school and college faces are the same. I think she’s just so vacant that developing reasonable interactions with others is not something she achieved. It’s like her cousin said. She just doesn’t care.

  32. MerryGirl says:

    Never mind boring, whih is a given…I’ve never seen two more desperately unhappy looking people than these two. He is angry in every picture (incandescent again?) and she is glum and disinterested in what’s going on.

  33. BeanieBean says:

    Clearly amateur divers, both of them–their knees are bent rather than straight. When diving you’re really just tootling along, not swimming per se or doing water aerobics; bent knees are a waste of energy & simply poor form.

    • Nic919 says:

      The photos also show many many instances of people standing in between kate and William or much space when they do things like receiving lines. If these are supposed to be behind the scenes and impromptu photos, they show two people who can barely stay in the same photo frame much less show affection.

      Two strangers on a trip would show as much interaction.