The Prince & Princess of Wales talked about rainbows with Windsor staff

Here are more photos from the Prince and Princess of Wales’s outing yesterday at Windsor Castle. I say “outing” like they actually went somewhere – they technically live at Adelaide Cottage in the Windsor estate, so they just had a brief drive over to the castle to greet castle workers and volunteers who worked on QEII’s funeral. There was some kind of meet-and-greet inside the castle, which is where these photos come from. Honestly, there’s a tone problem and there’s been a tone problem the whole time? Not to tone-police the Windsors, but can they actually look sad about QEII’s passing? Kate and William were yukking it up at this event, and they’ve had the same cat-that-ate-the-canary look for two solid weeks.

Meanwhile, I guess we have to talk about the rainbows? Ever since QEII passed, there have tons of rainbows all over Scotland and England. When the first one appeared, I argued that it was Princess Diana hollering “gay rights!” But Kate thinks differently:

Kate Middleton is sharing a personal moment following the death of Queen Elizabeth. While meeting with volunteers and operational staff who helped organize the committal service for the Queen on Monday, the Princess of Wales, 40, said the royal family felt the late monarch’s presence when five rainbows astonishingly appeared over Balmoral Castle the day after she died.

“In Scotland, how many rainbows turned up?” Prince William asked his wife at Windsor Guildhall on Thursday. “You hardly ever see rainbows up there, but there were five.”

“Her Majesty was looking down on us,” Princess Kate replied.

Rainbows similarly broke through the crowds at two other historic U.K. landmarks in recent days. Shortly before Queen Elizabeth’s death was announced on Sept. 8, a double rainbow broke through the clouds over Buckingham Palace. The day before her funeral, on Sept. 18, another rainbow ignited the sky over the Palace of Westminster, as the Queen’s coffin was lying in state.

[From People]

Sure. People can believe what they want, I’m not the Rainbow Police. I do believe it was more about Diana though!

Additionally, William and Kate have made zero plans to visit Wales? I think that’s weird, especially for the new Prince and Princess of Wales. No one is expecting the palace to organize the investiture in a week, but surely William and Kate could stop by Wales?

Photos courtesy of Cover Images.

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139 Responses to “The Prince & Princess of Wales talked about rainbows with Windsor staff”

  1. PaperclipExtraordinaire says:

    Oh God the buttons. THE BUTTONS! I can’t.

  2. girl_ninja says:

    “The rainbows you guys! Not to mention the Queen’s jewelry case I raided! Did you guys see me on the telly as I gave my more talented and more beautiful SIL the side eye?!?!?” Kate said and then threw her head back and laughed manically.

    These two are clowns. I wonder when they are gonna get theirs?

    • Aidevee says:

      Prince Will – I am from Scotland and can confirm that we do actually get rainbows up there often, thank you very much. It’s because light shines through raindrops in the same way they do in England.
      I will not have you alleging that Scotland is crap at rainbows in order to satisfy your haunted Queen vibes!!

      • Jais says:

        Omg so apparently only England gets rainbows? What a diss to Scotland. Who told them this? Yeah, if I was Scottish, I’d be like wtf dude. Justice for Scotland’s rainbows!

      • Carolind says:

        I too am Scottish. We get loads of rainbows.

      • equality says:

        It doesn’t even have to rain. Rainbows appear anywhere there is sunlight and water droplets in the air that are at the right angle to refract the light. That college degree is really paying off for him.

    • Lizzie says:

      Finally a topic Mumbles can talk about! Good for you KKKate!

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Lizzie, is it a win when you can barely understand her through her mumbling??

        Though I could clearly hear Prince of Incandescent Wailing though….maybe they should offer CC when Mumbles speaks, otherwise I need to invest on lip reading.

    • Georgia Walker says:

      I thought they were supposed to be morning due to the death of the Queen. It looks like they are very happy she is dead. Every picture of Willy and KKKate, have big smiles and happy laughter. How odd.

  3. Brassy Rebel says:

    After Charles’ reception a week ago, I wouldn’t be surprised if W&K put off going to Wales indefinitely. It was ugly in Cardiff.

    • Laura D says:

      I came on to post something similar. I would also add there were protests in Australia with banners “Abolish the Monarchy” and “Black Lives Matter”. Chatting about rainbows isn’t going to cut it on the world stage.

      • Lurker25 says:

        @Laura D, William wanted an anti-Diana who wouldn’t cause him trouble and here she is!
        Diana was chastised by the RF for being involved with AIDs and landmines. In The Crown someone (the queen?) tells her to stick to activities that are “pleasant”…
        So… Rainbows.

    • Pam says:

      The news really sanitized his visit. On BBC news there was NO mention of the protesters.

    • ML says:

      Yeah, I think they’re trying to put some distance between Charles’ visit and their own as well. I still suspect that KC picked September 16 (Prince Owain Day) on purpose to make life difficult for William and to lessen support for skipping over Charles’ reign. Also, Charles and his son are supposedly multilingual according to the internet and they both supposedly speak Welsh. I can find that C the t’ird took a 10-week course (no one learns a language in a couple of months!), but I found nothing on PW’s Welsh abilities. I think PW will brush up on those before they visit as well.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ ML, you actually believe that KCatastrophic would intentionally to cement his reign as well as making his potential upcoming visit just to make trouble for PoIW?

        I personally think that KCatastrophic is utterly inept as well as unbothered by the date as he intended to make his presence known, let the peasants know that his was THEIR new king.

        As for his chosen date, that was outright a sign of spitefulness and selfish. It’s an apparent sign that he doesn’t care regarding their important history, especially Prince Owain, who was a significant warrior for the country of Wales.

      • ML says:

        @BothSidesNow, Yes I do. The Prince of Wales title/ designation/ whatever is one of the most prestigious in the British monarchy. Charles held it for 60-something years, took a course in Welsh which he attended at university and studied up on Welsh history. His grades in history were not poor. I’m pretty darn sure he knew exactly which day September 16 was in Wales and he made an active decision to go there then. He took that decision just days after making his son the PoW, which he knew was unpopular. The instant QE passed away, the Welsh began advocating for the title to NOT go to William. KC is a snob, rancorous, petty, insensitive, etc, but I do think he knows his history and how unpopular his Welsh moves were. Plus, he had to contend with a sizable amount of the population venturing KC be skipped over in favor of his son, William.

      • TEALIEF says:

        William has known most for of his life, and his wife has known for 10+ years that they were going assume these Welsh titles. How about showing some respect and learning the language, at least conversational Welsh. They – the Windsor family – are always professing their love for all things Scottish, Welsh and Irish, by which they mean they love the titles, the landholdings, and the money derived therefrom. Do they know any of the Celtic languages? At least learn the languages, so when the people cast them off, it will be with a measured or grudging respect that they spoke their languages. They will be cast off, but the English will make it as difficult for them as they did for every colony and territory they have ever held, because these are the “home territories” of the United Kingdom.

  4. Tessa says:

    The exaggerated laugh is back

    • sparrow says:

      As is the concerned look if I tilt my head this way, compassionate look if I turn it that way. The gurning has made a quick come back because it helps pull her face up. Again, photoshop is her best friend. I loved the DM comments yesterday about how rested she was looking and how it must be due to having a good sleep and fresh make up ideas. Or dear lord!

  5. juliajane says:

    Hm, that’s a really good point about the stop in Wales–though I wonder if they are concerned that going might expose his lack of Welsh language knowledge. I have no idea what his proficiency is but I feel like if he spoke it well, we would know.

  6. MK says:

    When the first one appeared, I argued that it was Princess Diana hollering “gay rights!”

    ☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️

    I love you

    • SIde Eye says:

      Omg that line brought me so much joy! Thank you Kaiser!

      • BothSidesNow says:

        Me as well!!! Diana, the Peoples Princess!!

        ❤️ Your content Kaiser as well as your photo choices!! Chefs kiss 💋!!!

    • blacktoypoodle says:

      My first thought: Many other people died in England/Scotland/World same day as the queen. How do we know the rainbows aren’t for them? Or a very very good dog? Or hedgehog?
      the narcissism. Geez.

      • SnoodleDumpling says:

        I think the rainbows are the Royal Unicorns campaigning for Scottish independence (they are the national animal of Scotland, after all).

  7. Eurydice says:

    My theory is that there have always been rainbows, but people had stopped noticing them.

  8. Bambilee23 says:

    She needs hair help. The constant flipping to get it out of her eyes was giving me a twitch!

    • BW says:

      It’s like Kate has a twitch. It was driving me crazy, too.

    • Yvette says:

      Yep, the problem with copy-keening Meghan is that it’s natural for Meghan but not for Kate, and it’s SO obvious. When Meghan smiles and laughs she does so with her whole face, especially her eyes. When Kate imitates her with that horsey laugh she looks rather scary because it’s forced and her eyes just look wild, and not in a good way.

  9. Noki says:

    Does anyone know where i can see a clip where Kate apparently rolled her eyes at Pegs from this event day?

      • Becks1 says:

        Damn.

      • swirlmamad says:

        It’s also at the very beginning of the video embedded above. Admittedly, it doesn’t look quite as bad/noticeable there as it does when it’s edited down to the single clip, but it’s still astonishing how Kate really can’t fix her face these days. Girlfriend is cracking and it’s clear as day. William might be done with her, but the days of her making eyes and cackling in his face are long gone. As I said in another post…the wheels are coming off, y’all.

      • Jais says:

        Right? She does not hold back. But it looks like William said something asinine to her about walking too slow? Like he prob fully deserved that look but that it was in full view of the cameras is the issue.

    • Siobhan says:

      TBH, it just looks to me like she’s had fresh botox and is heavily botoxed at the moment. She has a very expressive face when unbotoxed, and I think that she looked like she was kind of trying to race her eyebrows in a facial expression and it just comes out in the eyes because she can’t raise her eyebrows.

      • Nic919 says:

        Come on that is some spin for someone who is making a face after William turned away from her. And it just happens to look a lot like the time she rolled her eyes after a black woman in New York told her to get back to work.

        It’s an expression of disdain, botox or not.

  10. Jay says:

    Oh please. If the Queen could be reincarnated as anything, it’s not gonna be a freaking rainbow – she would come back as a corgi or one of her beloved horsies, or a bottle of gin.

    And check out these two with their totally real banter of people who absolutely live together and have conversations all the time:

    In Scotland, how many rainbows turned up?” Prince William asked his wife at Windsor Guildhall on Thursday.
    “Her Majesty was looking down on us,” Princess Kate replied.

    It’s like watching a particularly awkward middle school play.

    • The Duchess says:

      They have absolutely no chemistry. On the rare chance they do actually speak to each other on engagements, they speak like it’s the first time they’ve seen each other in weeks. Very bizarre.

      • Pam says:

        BINGO! Probably because they’re most likely living separately and only seeing each other at engagements.

      • Becks1 says:

        They have no chemistry with each other. There’s no cute back and forth, nothing to indicate they are anything more than strangers. And again, as we’ve been saying, other royal couples aren’t like this. Charles and Camilla don’t live together FT but they still interact like a relatively normal couple when out and about at events. So do Edward and Sophie. so did the queen and philip. Like you could tell there was some sort of relationship there besides SPACE.

    • Steph says:

      @jay didn’t Charles go out of his way to say she wasn’t there and that’s why Meghan couldn’t go? So, how would she know better than William who was there? These stories are so asinine. They have no quotes about a sincere thank you for the staff and VOLUNTEERS?

    • Nic919 says:

      There is a video clip of this event before they are at the tables and William is ahead, turns around to tells her something, she responds and then after he turns back and keeps walking, you can see Kate do a massive eye roll and say something.

      It is arctic between them right now.

      • Noki says:

        @Nic where can i see this vid ?

      • Nic919 says:

        Liz in A posted a link to the Twitter account with the video in the comment above.

      • K-law says:

        A few things:

        1. I cannot make out 75% or more of what Kate is saying when she talks in this video.
        2. The closeups of K and W’s faces while they talk are so strange
        3. The video does nothing to actually hilight the staff’s work, it’s pretty much only W and K’s faces and the back of people’s heads
        4. William is more of a natural at the meet and greet than Kate. I’ve seen them/shaken hands with W twice in person (on tour) and was struck with how warm he can come across. If he actually put in some sincere effort he could be likeable. He at least has the training for it. There is, however, nothing that can cover up disdain and entitlement, which he seems to operate from these days.

        Also a thought I’ve been having on coverage of M&H – the position in the British media seems to be that since Megan was a “bully” and/or didn’t know her place, any foul treatment of her and/or Harry was her due, including any racist remarks, actions, etc. Even if this premise were true, how does it excuse or justify terrible treatment? Is this the tone we want to set for society? Is this really the way the BRF wants everyone to operate? It’s an appalling leadership standard.

    • EPLFan says:

      Early in the video there was a point where Kant turned to Wont to engage him in the conversation and he made the same face I make a work when someone I can’t stand starts talking. It’s something I didn’t even realize I did until I had another manager point it out to me, and seems to be some instinctive thing that fortunately no one else notices. But that nose crinkle and flinch when she turned to him… been there.

  11. Layla says:

    But @kaiser, going to Wales will mean more work. Poor souls are oVerTireD! Also, K needs some time to plan her outfits around Meghan’s latest appearances so you’ll need to wait a bit for that. It was okay the last time, she had Meghan’s Time Magazine shoot to look for inspo.

  12. Cathy says:

    “Louis really likes rainbows”

    Princess Kate (🤮) pauses for a moment then adds ” no, it’s George (fiddles with ear bub hidden in her hair) yes, it’s GEORGE, George really likes rainbows”

  13. Laura-Lee+MacDonald says:

    As I scrolled down this article to read the always hilarious comments, the trailer for the movie ‘Smile’ started up right underneath Kate’s smirking face. Perfect ad placement. Utterly, terrifyingly, perfect.

  14. Becks1 says:

    I think they’re putting off Wales bc they’re afraid of protests etc. It was one thing to go to wales when they were sort of the future prospective Wales’ (like in June for the Jubbly) but I think now they’re a little worried. Honestly they should have gone with Charles when he went to Cardiff.

    We’ve been talking about Kate’s facial expressions over the past two weeks and I honestly can’t figure them out. She clearly has a prepared mourning/sad expression that looks very bitchy (see: Westminster Hall, funeral), but then we’ve seen her on the walkabouts and such looking very….well, Dark Kate like someone put it yesterday, lol. and then at times she looks happy and relaxed and like she’s enjoying her promotion and its perks (for now at least.)

    I think the latter two are her real expressions but its hard to tell.

    • Harper says:

      Her eye roll at William when they entered the room is her real expression. Kate isn’t bothering to hide it in public.

      • Becks1 says:

        oh man I’m going to have to find this!!

      • First comment says:

        I saw the clip and it was hilarious…I guess William receives from her the same treatment as Meghan (remember, “what else?”). She can’t stand neither of them for different reasons… so classy and dignified 🙄🙄🙄

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Harper, I watched it and it looked more like KHate eyes became bigger and I didn’t see an eye roll. I could be wrong though as I happens often.

      • Becks1 says:

        @BothSidesNow, that’s her eyeroll. That’s the one from the “what else” video with the kids. It’s what my husband does too instead of rolling his eyes and I HATE it lol.

      • That’s why Harry never looked at Kate in the eye when they met at the viewing of flowers at Windsor and at the funeral mass at St George’s Chapel when he and Meghan went past by her to go to their seats. She has the villain eyes and that the minute you engaged contact with her she’ll just eat you up like a vampire.

      • sparrow says:

        I saw really hard stares – like get on with it, you fool, and keep the pointless chat to a minimum. Can you imagine H&M like this? I think the BRF and negatively minded public were shocked by how loving they are, always have been. Not all over each other, but he opens the car door for her, he reassured her when they walked separately in the church etc.

      • Siobhan says:

        I think she just is very botoxed at the moment and naturally when people go and try to make expressions (she has a very expressive face when she doesn’t have botox) and can’t, it comes out with the eyes bulging out or looking like you’re trying to make a facial expression through the eyes. I think it’s just heavy botox making her facial expressions look like that.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate just happened to time her eye roll after William turned away. Who would she be trying to express to?
        Botox is not the reason she did an eye roll. She’s annoyed and not hiding it anymore.

    • Betsy says:

      Her expressions really have been something else. William looks smug and at peace (for him), the cat that got the cream. But Kate looks… the cat that got the canary. Everyone else at that funeral looked like they were aware that someone had died. Charles and Anne looked sad, like their mother had died (I didn’t care to notice Andrew or Edward). Camilla and Meghan looked like their MIL and GMIL had died, respectful and sad for their spouse. William and Kate looked like they could barely contain their glee.

    • C-Shell says:

      Dark #KKKHate, indeed. More and more pics and gifs are coming out showing her looking absolutely **menacing**, at Meghan mainly, but she’s got some hate for W, as well. She’s never been good at schooling her expressions, but she seems to have totally thrown any effort to do so to the wayside. I hope M/H never have to be in her physical company ever again. She’s a threat, and now she’s got a tad more influence.

    • Jay says:

      I think their best bet is to pull out the only strategy that worked on their terrible colonial Carribean tour – find a much more popular Welsh person to bring on their event that people will come out for, then pretend that the cheers are for the royals.

      • SnoodleDumpling says:

        Well, at least we can cross Michael Sheen off the list. He’s not going to stunt for the BRF after giving an OBE back, OR that lovely video explaining why Charles III making his ‘New King’ visit on THAT DAY of all days was quite the slap in the face. And I don’t think Rob Brydon would do it…

        I can’t think of any other famous Welsh people, darnit. Well, if the BRF can rustle up a real red dragon to accompany the new Waleses it might be worth the effort to watch.

      • Kit says:

        Seriously all l saw was water bottles, don’t they get a lunch, morning tea or something ???

        Has Kates face changed a bit , she looks different, anyway all l heard was car parking and amazzzzzzing, God they would bore you to tears !!!!!!

        Can you image Kate speaking Welsh lol

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ Becks1, your interpretation of KHate is always well throughout and spot on!!! As for their “delay” of skipping off to Wales is a conundrum, for me. I think that neither is prepared for the visit to Wales along with the potential of being boo-ed, and rightly so. These articles of how “dear” Wales is for them as they spent a measly 2 years there is nothing but lies. I don’t recall them endearing themselves to the locals, or did they??

      Given the avalanche of KHates various facial expressions for years, it isn’t a stretch to label her facial expressions as dark, as you so well pointed out.

      Yet Dark KHate isn’t afraid to show it either, more so now than in the past, I think. Dark KHate is using it to weaponize her disdain publicly, to those that she deems as a threat of dislike, and yet no one bats an eye.

      How she is able to cross the doors of any church boggles my mind, given her past aggressions in two church services. I would think KHate would melt or catch on fire.

      • SnoodleDumpling says:

        This new ‘Dark KHate’ nickname is giving major Sith vibes. Darth Kate?

        I mean, she certainly follows the Sith code.

    • sparrow says:

      I think there is an unhealthy undercurrent to their marriage – she won, he lost. Whichever way they cut it, and heavens the DM has tried but even their readership isn’t buying it, this was never about two people falling in love. William is a man who wanted to be with other women but was stalked and gave in. That dynamic is endlessly rippling. I suspect there is a lot of tension generated by William feeling he had other options but resigned himself to the pressure of Kate and her mother. He is angry and she is controlling it all the time.

      • Nic919 says:

        Whatever win kate may have is short term. William is the prince of wales and future king. Kate is disposable if he so wishes. And his father has shown that you still get the throne even if you aren’t with your first wife.

        William won’t have to deal with the people’s princess either. And kate has acted very horribly toward Meghan in public so there is already a portion of the public who don’t like her very much.

  15. North of Boston says:

    So these staffers the Waleses regaled with a recount of rainbows … are they some of the people who received notice that they might be fired?
    During QEII’s funereal pageantry?

    “Yes, peasants, thank you for your service. Here’s a parting performative cackle and grimace for your trouble.”

  16. Amy Bee says:

    I remember when Harry said that he felt that Diana has been guiding him the last 2 years the press implied that he was crazy. So how come the press is not saying the same thing about William and Kate with this rainbow stuff?

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ Amy Bee, that’s an excellent point as well as the usual with the deluded minds of the British RR’s, as well as the royal “experts” as well.

      Always a different set of rules for Harry as opposed to his vile, history denier backstabbing son who is willingly trying to publicly destroy his mothers truths.

  17. Merricat says:

    Time to face the music. The monarchy needs to give up the PoW title to the Welsh.

  18. susan says:

    you would think someone would clue them in that they seem a bit jolly given that they’re still supposed to be officially in mourning.

  19. Shawna says:

    Stimulant v non-stimulant attitudes…?

    ETA: meant to be response to @Becks1

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Shawna, or the opposite. Perhaps she takes some kind of anxiety meds? Or, it might be both. There was one of the numerous church appearances where I thought she might have been medicated. I think something is going on with her. I cannot believe that the Firm wants her to show her inner self the way she has the last couple of weeks. She doesn’t appear to care. I keep thinking something is going on with her and not in a good way.

  20. Still In My Robe says:

    I’m SOOOO glad they had photographers for this “event.” Very important stuff, must make sure the public is made aware they, the Future King and Queen of England and possibly other countries that don’t defect in time, spoke to non royals upon a day.

  21. Rapunzel says:

    So these poor volunteers and staff worked their butts off for TQ’s funeral and what’s their reward? Money? Gifts? Leisure time? Nope. It’s being forced to gather and bend the knee to a couple idiots prattling about rainbows.

  22. Brassy Rebel says:

    If Harry and Meghan were yucking it up like this during the official mourning period, all the tabloid reporters/columnists would have the vapors. They would be calling for fainting couches and Meghan’s head.

    • Blue Nails Betty says:

      I saw a tweet blasting Meghan for “smirking” when her facial expression didn’t have a turned down mouth. She wasn’t smiling, she simply had a neutral mouth set that wasn’t tight or turned down.

      • Roo says:

        I thought that, at times, Meghan was trying to process all the terrible treatment of her and her husband by mentally going to her “happy place.” She seemed stoic and as if she was telling herself to make it it the next minute, and then the next. I just wanted to give her big mom hugs, draw her a bath filled with lovely scents, and let her be alone for an hour or two.

      • Jenny says:

        Later they changed the story where Megan was blasted for staring straight ahead. These reporters of scum.

  23. SueBarbri says:

    I’m glad CB posted about the Rainbows thing–and that Kate and William actually had the poor judgment to bring it up at this event. I still peek into hardcore RF forums and twitter threads occasionally (for a laugh!), and they’ve been pushing this rainbow angle since the first one appeared on the day she died (or after? or whenever it was?). At first they were pushing the old/obvious “That’s Her Majesty smiling down on us” line that Kate used on this engagement. Then I saw it mentioned that there were, in fact, four rainbows, which means that “We Four (George the 6th, the Queen Mother, Margaret, and QEII) had finally been reunited in heaven blah blah blah.” Then someone must have realized that this little metaphor left out Philip, so last night I saw a few RF supporters say, no no no, these rainbows were representing the “Rainbow Queen”. Because the queen was known for wearing so many different colors and….well, you get the idea. It was pretty hilarious to watch the palace PR team (which I always picture as an entire gaggle of Mister Belvedere’s) cycle through all these flops and dumb ideas in real time, and still come away with nary a nibble from the public. It was sort of pathetic, watching them try to make this rainbow thing “go viral.” And also hilarious. But mostly pathetic.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ SueBarbri, if it looks like a clown and pulls shit out of their sleeves like a clown, it’s a clown!!

    • Chaine says:

      I don’t want to give the Daily Fail clicks, but they published a news article about how shortly after the Queen’s death someone spotted a cloud formation that looked like her, and the Fail of course posted numerous photos and quotes about this cloud, stuff like “we witnessed her entering heaven” or some such nonsense.

      • SnoodleDumpling says:

        Wow, okay, the DM is SERIOUSLY sweating bullets over how the monarchy looks right now. All the shit going on and they’re trying desperately to make some inane ‘the rainbows are a sign from God/the late Queenie’ nonsense into a big deal.

        I suppose some of their new desperation is due to the fact that they got unprecedented pushback on their usual ‘everything wrong in this world is because Meghan Markle exists’ approach to distracting from problems, so now they need to distract from the distraction and they’re reduced to stupid rainbow nonsense and ‘but what will happen to the Corgis?!’.

  24. Lady Digby says:

    Both restrained themselves from happily confiding that GanGan would have been cockahoop at them grabbing more royal real estate with countless loos, big ass titles, loot, jewels galore and fawning press while us peasants get rainbows! Much gets more, twas ever thus!

  25. Blue Nails Betty says:

    These two are so lazy and pathetic. I realize some people struggle making small talk but this is a Future King and his Future Queen. They are supposed to be leaders. They were literally there to show gratitude and they couldn’t even do that effectively. How have they not learned how to talk to other people?

    A simple “yes, the rainbows were lovely and a reminder that even in the darkest times there is beauty to be shared” which could have led to “which is why we’re here today, to thank all of you for the hard work you did to help send off our queen with the care and respect she deserved. Sharing this historic event with people who truly cared about her majesty has been a bright bit of beauty, like the rainbows, in this sad time.”

    But “the queen is looking down on us” is all they could come up with.

    • First comment says:

      I have a feeling that Kate practices certain lines for each engagement made by her team due to her inability to interact properly with the public (and that’s all the preparation she does before her engagements with the exception of dressing and make up).

      • Blue Nails Betty says:

        I have no doubt this is correct. They give her phrases and slogans and she repeats them as best she can.

      • The Duchess says:

        I have to agree. There’s no doubt in my mind that she’s given suggestions by her staff to strike up a conversation because she’s incapable of talking to anybody who isn’t a part of her immediate family. That’s how isolated she’s made herself.

        Then when she strikes up the conversation line she’s been practicing in the mirror or in the car, it falls flat because it’s all artificial. I really don’t understand how she’s made it to 40 years of age with 3 children and she still can’t make small talk. It’s like her presence is enough for the plebs to eat up, but it’s not and it’s getting really embarrassing for her now.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ Blue Nails Betty, though you are spot on, you can’t give out too much PR guidance as I am certain that Dark KHate has her staff, of some of the RR’s that actually read this website as one of them used the tagline of “escapism is smart”.

      They should hire you to “guide” KHate but as she blatantly displayed that she has no desire nor intent to learn. KHate is unwilling and too lazy to step-up to her duties. Which was apparent from before their marriage. KHate thinks that providing heirs was all she needed to do, and it shows.

    • LizaLou says:

      They both seem bored and faking that they’re glad to be there when they actually hate it. I think Willie is restless and sick of Kitty and she is miserable. They don’t actually give an eff about their work and just want the perks. Entitled, callow, immature brats. QE2 at least seemed to take her work seriously as did Diana and as H&M do now. That is what will be the downfall of W&K along with their obvious coldness and total lack of charisma.

  26. Mooney says:

    Imagine the headlines if Meghan was pictured laughing like this so soon after the funeral.

    When Archie was born there was a rainbow over Windsor too. Just saying the difference…

  27. SIde Eye says:

    I’m starting to think she farms buttons. She (well her staff) plants them in the fields of all 4 residences, then has staff water them, pick them when they are ripe, and bring them to her. She has a separate staff that sorts through them then sends the best one to dressmakers that create entire outfits around the buttons. It’s a good thing there was enough rain this season to water the soil to ensure the buttons grew – hence, the rainbows.

  28. Kokiri says:

    That video of Willy snapping at someone & then Katie snapping “yes” at Willy is purely awesome.
    It’s from this event, their true colours were on full display. Willy really does have Charlie’s temperament.
    They are so over it’s like they never were.

    I can’t wait for more of this karma gossip!

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ Kokiri, I must have missed that. I will have to find it.

    • sparrow says:

      Was he snapping at someone? I thought he was questioning something and looked at her and she said “YES” as if he knew already and shouldn’t need to ask again. I’m going to have to re watch. I’ll say something for him, in the later film he seems much more natural than she does. I know the bar is low, but he looks more engaged.

  29. ML says:

    Does talking to staff count as work?
    Rumor has it that W&K are set to move into Windsor Castle in the future. Perhaps this visit is meant to smooth the way with future staff. For anyone close to the queen, the rainbows message probably landed differently (I share your loss message).

    • Carrot says:

      ML, you could be onto something. My mum would’ve called that farce a pimple screen, they do a quick visual on which faces they want around for their move. And I can see them doing all of their moving by mid November, because Christmas is coming.

      I wonder how many staff are worried for their job security?

  30. Lucy says:

    They went to measure for the new curtains and figure out who gets what wing, if you ask me. Look, I’m a Royal reporter now/s. But for real, this feels more like getting to know future staff, than anything else. And I bet they are picking which wing they get to claim.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ Lucy, do you think that PoIncandecent Wailing is wanting for KHate of Darkness to move in?? Though I know it’s enormous but he won’t be able to bring his many, many mistresses either.

  31. Lizzie says:

    Diana would have written personal thank you notes. But a 15 minute pr stunt with personal photographer is so much easier.

    • Blue Nails Betty says:

      Dear ______________________,

      Thank you for your service. Rainbows!

      Sincerely,
      William, Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge, Future King, and Catherine, Princess of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge, Future Queen Consort

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ Lizzie, not only would Diana have written personal notes, she would have arrived bearing gifts. Nothing too fancy but a show of appreciation as well as speaking with each of them independently as well. Diana would have hugged or shown empathy as well as spoken admiration for all of those that worked tremendously hard in executing the funeral.

      Just saying…..

    • sparrow says:

      Hi Lizzie. For some reason I assumed these videos were done by news channels! Like my question below, who actually films and produces these things? Are they palace staff? Thanks in advance.

  32. Roo says:

    Did they simply go and talk at these folks, or did they arrange a catered breakfast or lunch, and gifts? Because I suspect they thought their presence was thanks enough? 🙄

  33. sparrow says:

    And this is the thanks they get! Always been tight fisted. Do you remember that QE gave her staff something like a book token or pot plant for Christmas. And, like something from thousands of years ago, once the monarch dies so does his/her staff. Some of QE’s staff are done and dusted with, out on their ear (literally from accommodation, some of them), and with crap pensions.

  34. CC says:

    Maybe the rainbows were sent by William Wallace to say, “Now! Now my Scots brethren! Freedom!”

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ CC, I have to give an enormous thanks to Michael Sheen for having the balls in calling out the hypocrisy of not only KCastrophy, but also his lack of compassion for choosing the date of his visit with Cowmilla! Had he never voiced his displeasure, I never would have know about the significance as well. It was a very poor judgment for them to not honor that day and the significance that it holds.

  35. Flower says:

    “Soft Diplomacy”

    I am howling.

  36. swirlmamad says:

    What was it that K claimed Louis oh-so-philosophically said upon hearing of the death of his great-grandmother? That she was now with Great-Grandpa? And she can only comment that “Her Majesty is with us” upon seeing a rainbow? How is a 4-year-old deeper than you? Lol.

  37. Ed2022 says:

    Kate wasn’t even in balmoral to see any rainbows!!!! Funny the little things that slip through

  38. B says:

    I just got the school nurse a $20 Starbucks card and all she did was give my kid an ice pack.
    You’d think those staff coulda gotten a cup of coffee and a macaroon…..

  39. Em says:

    I can hardly understand what she is saying…can anyone let me know what she said? God the way she speaks is so incredibly meek. She has zero confidence and presence. Also did anyone else notice her crazy eyes – for lack of a better description. Her eyes have changed. I don’t remember them being this way when she was younger.

    Something is definitely going on with her. She is not okay. I think the hatred inside of her heart is showing.

  40. sparrow says:

    I don’t normally watch videos of her because her public speaking is awful. She’s tossing her hair around like it’s uncomfortable. I think it must be because there’s a huge clipped in section right at the crown that makes the fall of her hair uneasy and like a burden. Probably why she wanted William to shut up and get on. It must be such a relief to take it out, like kicking off your heels at the end of the day.

  41. sparrow says:

    Who does this filming and production? Is it done by their staff?

  42. Well Wisher says:

    She probably read my comment about their upcoming trip to Australia.
    Rainbows are a combination of a ray of sunshine and drop of rain.
    Symbolism aside, it has gone over her head.
    This is about nature, the only perfection.

    Titles and money aside, eg. the rose does not care what humans think about it, what is important is pollination.

  43. Elsa says:

    I thought the rainbows were lovely and it’s cool that they happened when they did. Lots of people take comfort from natural phenomena that occur around the loss of a loved one.

    • sparrow says:

      I thought they were lovely, too, Elsa. The one over Buckingham Palace when the news was announced was amazing. Someone above mentioned there was a rainbow when Archie was born. When these things happen, people take them as signs and find them very moving. I think the renewed backbiting of Charles towards Meghan and Harry has overshadowed the moment.

  44. aquarius64 says:

    The Wailes should have the country they “inherited” in mind not the country that rejected his family over two centuries ago.

  45. Amie says:

    I watched all 6 minutes of William and Kate meeting with Windsor Staff from the Youtube clip and I agree with the “Dark Kate” moniker but mostly because Kate seems like she has no idea what comes next in the absence of the Queen’s former stabilizing presence. But I don’t agree that she seems self satisfied or like the cat that got the canary in any of the pictures. I rarely watch video footage of them at events but Kate seemed exhausted, tired, haggard, and like she’s barely keeping it together which is the vibe I’ve gotten ever since the Queen died. She smiles at times but the smile never reaches her eyes or lasts long, it’s like a light has gone dim, I dunno how to explain it, it’s very clear when you watch the video. And while it was hard to hear her and William in a lot of the clips, she seems so tired and over it that she isn’t even keeping up with the fake posh accent it seems. Her accent here sounds more natural and low key, I think this is the first time I’ve ever heard her natural cadence! I think the Queen being gone has really uncentered Kate—not sure why but she seems completely overwhelmed every time I’ve seen her since the Queen died or like a block of ice whenever she is near the Sussexes. Now that she can’t distract herself with how much she despises Meghan as the Sussexes are back in CA, she looks like she’s hanging by a thread.

    • sparrow says:

      Yes. I thought she was speaking quickly for her and not so deeply. It means she isn’t trying to hold her fake voice so much, which needs placing. She also, horror of horrors, has an uprising terminal at one point!

    • Beach Dreams says:

      I also haven’t seen much, if any, satisfaction from her, which is odd considering that this is part of what she’s “worked” towards for 20 years. She now has her beloved MIL’s title and is one step away from achieving what she and her mother have schemed for. Why has she seemed so angry and detached lately? I usually don’t watch these full videos either, but I did after reading this comment and I agree: she seems very off-kilter, especially in comparison to William. She couldn’t be more apparent with the “I really don’t want to be here” vibes. This is a problem because she’s going to *have* to do more of this, regardless of her claiming to want to ‘forge her own path’ in the role.

  46. jferber says:

    I see Kate is photoshopped to the max. She no longer has dimples. She has jowls. At 40.

  47. tolly says:

    Watched the video and, you know, their job is not hard. Wills does an adequate job of remembering his prepared questions and remarks, and listening without looking bored. Kate doesn’t really speak in sentences; she just dithers, mumbles and repeats phrases, then lapses into silence. Even her prepared question “how are you doing emotionally?” peters out awkwardly and leaves people wondering when/how to answer. I thought either her parents or the Windsors sent her to finishing school?

  48. jferber says:

    Kate can’t SAY, “How are you doing emotionally?” because the question was written for her, she doesn’t give a fuck and she doesn’t even have the emotional intelligence to ask the question as a ventriloquist’s dummy.

  49. Margaret says:

    I reckon Kate is so happy because she got her paws on the button box. They both should tone down their merriment though as it’s been less than a week since the Queen’s funeral.

    There has been a lot of talk about Kate getting access to the Queen’s jewels. I want to know how she managed that because I would have thought the new Queen Consort would be the one with the key to the baubles at first instance, not Kate.

    As for the Welsh language, I reckon these two should have been learning Welsh for some years. It has been no secret that one day William would be PoW, so why hasn’t he been preparing? They should both have a basic level of conversational Welsh and be able to deliver short speeches in that language, and also have some knowledge of Irish and the main languages of Scotland. I think it is insulting for the Prince and Princess of Wales to not be able to speak basic Welsh. They are both university-educated and know how to study and learn so there is no excuse, IMO.

    The long term game plan is for William to be king of the UK one day, and I think he and his wife should be concentrating on matters affecting their homeland and the people over whom he will one day reign instead of worrying about how they are perceived in the USA and elsewhere in the world that are really none of their business. There are plenty of local conservation matters they could be taking an interest in.

  50. Elise says:

    What is going on with Kate? She looks like she’s mad and just over it.

  51. Paulkid says:

    In terms of learning the Welsh language, I have to wonder if William is unable to learn it. Perhaps he has some learning disability that underlies his anger and why Harry was appointed his wingman on the world stage. One never heard of Elizabeth needing Margaret, or Chawlz requiring a sibling to perform his role. I am thinking William is not capable, Harry’s purpose was to disguise it and Sussexit left him both angry and vulnerable to failure.

  52. sparrow says:

    Thinking about this event. For about half an hour of blah blah blah, there will have been hours and hours of planning; what to talk about, what not to talk about; security; personal photography and then production. There will have been quite a long time getting her hair fixed and make up done etc, worrying that she doesn’t look like her photos. Then they make some small talk with people who don’t want to be there or find it as uncomfortable as Kate does. What a constrained and restricted way of life – you couldn’t pay me to give up my freedom and anonymity to do this. And let’s face it, they never retire. If you’re above a certain level of income, the appeal of this rich and glamourous life is nil, because it’s neither of those things in reality. Apparently, William is a billionaire, but he doesn’t have the freedom to spend it. It’s just a constant whirl of engagements, where you spend ages turning up, gurning, possibly making a speech you find torturous because you are no good at public speaking, leaving and never thinking about those people again. Everything they do and say is scrutinised. Why on Earth would you connive with your mother to marry into this form of imprisonment, in which you and your children are constantly under security threat and in the public gaze. Kate will never be able to go to the pub, pop down the shops, get drunk with her friends, or even put on a bit of weight. I can’t imagine she fully trusts any friendship or employee, which means her world of true social contact is tiny. And she passes this on to her children. Carole Middleton, you’re a fool.

  53. jferber says:

    Paulkid, I wonder if William also has dyslexia, like Harry does. Harry has said it was undiagnosed in him as a boy. It often runs in families. I wonder because the Future King has no flaws whatsoever and never could, if he too has dyslexia and just won’t reveal it to the world? It’s possible. I do believe it’s unusual for an older brother to rely so much on the younger. It’s usually the other way around.

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