Princess Kate made another video for this year’s Addiction Awareness Week

Halloween is the first day of Britain’s Addiction Awareness Week, and surprise surprise, the Princess of Wales was actually prepared for it. In years past, Kate half-asses her “support” of these kinds of dedicated awareness weeks. Kate was the patron of Action on Addiction, but it merged with the Forward Trust last year. Even with the name change, Kate barely does anything more than an occasional video or a visit once a decade. Considering Addiction Awareness Week comes right after Kate and William’s two-week no-work holiday, I’m shocked that Kensington Palace staff even convinced her to do this video. She posted it on social media, and the Forward Trust also posted it online.

Some of what she says in the video:

As patron of The Forward Trust, the Princess of Wales shared a video for the “Taking Action on Addiction” campaign, launching for the second year on the first day of Addiction Awareness Week on Sunday.

“Addiction is a serious mental health condition that can happen to anyone, no matter what age, gender, race or nationality,” Kate, 40, said. “As Patron of The Forward Trust, I have met many people who have suffered from the effects of addiction. Attitudes to addiction are changing. But we are not there yet, and we need to be. Still the shame of addiction is stopping people and families asking for help and people are still tragically losing their lives. We as a society need to recognize that the only way to help those suffering is to try and understand what has led them to addiction, to empathize with them and to be compassionate to their struggles.”

“Please know that addiction is not a choice. No one chooses to become an addict. I want you to know that this is also a serious health condition. Please do not let shame hold you back from getting the help you so desperately need. The charities leading the Taking Action on Addiction Campaign, along with others, are working across the country delivering life-changing work to help people recover and move forward. They are here for you. So please ask for help,” she continued. “I know this was not a choice. Recovery is possible.”

[From People]

Sure. She made similar sentiments last year for the same awareness week. While I believe in everything she’s saying – and addiction truly ravages families and communities – I also feel like it’s fair game to critique her lack of substantive engagement with one of her biggest patronages? Remember when she took a virtual Zoom tour of Clouds House, a rehab center, in 2020? They people who operate the center even pointed out that she hadn’t been there since 2012. She still hasn’t visited it in person in ten years.

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  1. Southern Fried says:

    Wow she followed the teleprompter. Wonder how many takes it took.

    • Jan90067 says:

      Honestly, her voice sounds like me, trying to do an English accent lol. Her voice is so *flat*, so void of *any* inflection, they might as well have a computer voice saying those likes.

      • Emily_C says:

        It sounds like a fake English accent because it is. That immensely posh accent she tries to do is a put-on.

      • VoominVava says:

        It’s such a hard accent to place. My takeaway though, was that she said “reckanize”. In Ontario, our Minister of Education pronounces recognize like that and – especially in his position – it drives me NUTS.

      • PrincessK says:

        Her failed elocution lessons letting her down again.

      • goofpuff says:

        Hearing her speak is so rough. You would think after years of practicing that fake posh accent, she would be better at it. Does she only use it for public speaking? Is that why it doesn’t sound natural? Its even weird when you hear William or Harry speaking or any of the aristocrats because her fake posh accent stands out as even more bizarre. Her siblings do NOT have this accent whatsoever.

    • Sugarhere says:

      I would like to seize this special opportunity to thank Meghan Markle, Princess of the United Kingdom, for teaching whomever is willing to emulate her out of jealousy, boredom and lack of personal initiative, how to empathize with life’s victims, using digital technology.

      Along with Lady Diana, the Duchess of Sussex has pioneered a royal method to be close to people. So it’s a good thing some wannabes – who aren’t exactly the brightest crayons in the box – dedicate a few hours of their state-funded opulent lives caring about others.

      This is all the more commendable as the Meghan impersonators are actually taking time away from treating themselves the full monty facial surgery-wise, as if the Queen’s death had been liberating. Not to mention the full red Meghan-borrowed ensemble which equates sartorial stalking.

      Thank you, Meghan.

  2. Woke says:

    That red ensemble is one of her best Meghan inspired look. She actually managed to make it her own.
    To the point of the article, she just does what is expected of her. Her fans don’t demand more, the institution don’t demand more, the general public doesn’t care. What incentive she has to do more ? At least she highlighted the organization.

    • Yvette says:

      @Woke … Well, at least she isn’t using that fake ‘hoity-toity’ sounding impersonation of Queen Elizabeth’s voice/speech style. I just can’t believe after all these years and numerous lessons that Cate isn’t any better at public speaking.

      Speaking of Cate’s copy-keen red dress, wasn’t Meghan always criticized for wearing bright colors at public engagement? Didn’t her critics say it wasn’t proper and that she only did it for attention? Where, oh where are those critics now? Or perhaps Kate is ‘borrowing’ the Queen’s use of bright colors in a crowd. Shouldn’t that now be Camilla’s steez?

      • MsIam says:

        Meghan was criticized for wearing bright colors? I saw criticism that she was always wearing beige and navy blue. The poor woman could never win, she was stuck in one mode which was “wrong!” Thank god she’s free to fly now!

      • Lemons says:

        I don’t recall any widespread critique about her color choices but I do think KP and BP told her to dress more “conservatively” OR she made a conscious decision to wear more muted colors so as to not draw any ire (it didn’t work). I noticed the change in her dress as well and while I think she is also drawn to more neutral colors, she obviously stopped trying to dress to “shine” in a way. And yes, thankfully she now can wear w/e brings her joy.

  3. Amy Bee says:

    I think Kate should always do a visit during these awareness weeks. The video shows that she hasn’t done anything with the Forward Trust for a year. That’s terrible. I get she doesn’t want to be political but I think she could have added something about the need for the community/society to help addicts. Just telling people that there’s no shame in addition doesn’t go far enough to me and she refuses to say that addition is an illness.

  4. SussexWatcher says:

    I guess we know where she spent her vacation – getting plastic surgery. She looks so smooth and frozen in that video. And was there Vaseline on that camera lens? So blurred.

    Anyone else think her words are an admission/cry for help? “Addiction is not a choice” “be compassionate to their struggles” “it can happen to anyone”

    Methinks she’s admitting to her own struggles and wishes someone *coughPeggingtoncough* would be sympathetic to her.

    • novaroux says:

      That would mean she was actually the one who wrote these words, which I don’t think is true for two reasons:
      1. I’m pretty sure we can’t expect that amount of work from her at this point
      2. You can really tell from the way she was reading them off the teleprompter she was not familiar with the text. I wonder if she’d actually even read it properly beforehand.

    • sparrow says:

      You’re right. She looks smoother. But I really do think it’s the camera and the edit. Whatever she does in terms of cosmetic work has little effect, as we see from her outdoors photos. I think this is why she is happier doing these broadcasts from home.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Kate is addicted to not eating. I’m not trying to make fun of people struggling with an illness, but to point out how hollow her words are, “Please do not let shame hold you back from getting the help you so desperately need” — it’s always OTHER PEOPLE who need help, right? But not her, she’s perfect, right?

  5. mia girl says:

    Frankly, I applaud her for making this video to stress there are ways that people can get help, even if they can’t travel to a wellness center in India to get it.

    • Sugarhere says:

      – 2011: kate could have made such video but didn’t.
      – 2012: kate could have made such video but didn’t.
      – 2013: kate could have made such video but didn’t.
      – 2014: kate could have made such video but didn’t.
      – 2015: kate could have made such video but didn’t.
      – 2016: kate could have made such video but didn’t.
      – 2017: kate could have made such video but didn’t.

      2018: Meghan enters the picture, and all of a sudden …

      2019-2022: Catherine the Great philanthropist’s reign

      Where had she been for 7 years 🤡? Seven years a sluggard and an eternity later, we must applaud?

      • mia girl says:

        @sugarhere – my sarcastic comment was pretty dry and i guess the joke didn’t land. 🤷🏼‍♀️

      • Debbie says:

        @Sugarhere: I guess we should “Thanks Obama” Meghan for being an inspiration to Kate.

    • Sugarhere says:

      “even if they can’t travel to a wellness center in India to get it”: I should have known you were being ironic. Lord, did I miss this! 😣

      • mia girl says:

        Honestly, I could have made a better joke of it. LOL
        Serves me right for trying sarcasm before coffee!

    • Isabella says:

      Agree. She did a good job on an important issue and it felt sincere. Baby steps.

  6. hangonamin says:

    you can tell this was a patronage she’s not that into and was forced to take as part of some “portfolio” of charity work she’s supposed to do. meh…the usual “patron” making some statement around some x awareness week that so many celebrity socialites do. only nice thing i’ll say is that red dress (?? or is it skirt and sweater separates) is great and she looks great in it.

  7. Julia K says:

    Whoever scripted this for her did a nice job. It’s well written.

    • sparrow says:

      I’ll take your word for it. I can’t listen to her speak. Second hand embarrassment!

    • Anne says:

      Too bad whoever wrote the script didn’t tell her how to pronounce “recognize” correctly. There’s a “g” in there, Katie, and it’s not silent.

    • tammi says:

      Sorry but I disagree @Julia K.This sounded as if it was written by a earnest 14-year-old who has no life experience with adversity and knows about drug addiction only from cheesy after school specials and scared straight movies. All of the quick cuts of “real people” look like the film version of clip art. Having a famous person bring attention to a problem is supposed to get you to pay attention. But Kate couldn’t even be bothered to look with feeling into the camera for all of the one minute and 39 seconds that this awareness lasted.This was an on brand lazy half-assed output from beginning to end whose sole craven purpose was to check a box. And someone who cares about Kate needs to be aware that this woman is playing a dangerous roulette with her heart that botox cannot fix.

  8. SarahCS says:

    So she raided Megan’s wardrobe for the in-person event and Charlotte’s to shoot the video?

    • Alice says:

      This an Alexandra Rich dress. The first person I ever saw wear it is Abigail Spencer, a friend of Meghan, to Meghan and Harry’s wedding.

      Abigail wore jt better.

      • Becks1 says:

        This isn’t that same AR dress. The collar and buttons are different. I think this might be either a sweater and blouse combo or its a one-piece meant to have that look of a combo.

      • BeanieBean says:

        I thought it was that dress too, at first, but it’s different, as Becks1 says. That piecrust collar & cuffs, plus she seems to be wearing trousers.

  9. C says:

    What with her uncle being a noted cocaine trafficker I guess she would know.

    • Jaded says:


    • Cessily says:

      while awareness is important, this was the one of the worst and most boring psa videos I have ever watched, but at least she did something I guess. (What is with her one eyebrow, it is very distracting 🤨)

      • BeanieBean says:

        ‘We’re not there yet’. Not where? Aware of addiction issues? Reducing shame that some people may have? Getting at the core issues of addiction, which are no doubt multivariant? Funding for treatment?

  10. Rapunzel says:

    Hot take: I am kinda glad Kate doesn’t do in person visits for this. She would just get in the way at a rehab center. It’s kinda good mental health professionals don’t actually have to take time out of their day for her. And I’m actually really glad she isn’t subjecting recovering addicts to her inane grin and mindless platitudes.

    • tolly says:

      I agree. The Christmas photo op with recovering addicts and their children (because Kate looooves kids!) was excruciating and cruel. I think it was part of the Mary Berry special?

    • SIde Eye says:

      @Rapunzel you are so right. Your last line is everything”inane grin and mindless platitudes.” Lol

    • The Hench says:

      A friend of mine has a story about Fergie visiting cancer patients at The Royal Marsden. Apparently they asked the patients who wanted to meet her in advance and who wanted to be left alone. One young guy who was literally waiting to go home to die requested that she not be bought anywhere near him. Enter Fergie and like a cat towards someone with an allergy, she made a beeline straight for this lad and would NOT be persuaded that he didn’t want to talk. She plonked herself down on his bed and literally asked how long he had left. The guy was furious and upset. Some royals are much better sticking to a video and staying the hell out of people’s way. I’d say Kate the ‘Great’ fits into this category…

  11. Joy says:

    I’ll never understand why it’s so hard for her to have good posture. Didn’t they teach that in princess school?

    • Woke says:

      I don’t get it either. She’s always praised for being so regal, the perfect picture of a princess and she has such a bad posture. Sometimes she dress really well and stylish but her posture just ruin the look. Her two last red carpet outfits were great but with that posture it was just meh.

    • Red Weather Tiger says:

      Princess Amelia Mignonette Thermopolis Renaldi would like a word.

  12. Janey says:

    recovery services are drowning through lack of funding in the UK. She would have been better off doing an actual visit to raise awareness to a recovery centre, maybe sit down and actually speak to people about their experiences of recovery, point out the work they do and how monumentally underfunded this sector is or just give some money via the foundation. oh, that’s what H&M do… sorry

  13. Harper says:

    Her energy is so low in this that I doubt anyone in distress would be able to sit through the whole message. I find myself distracted by her slow careful reading of the prompter and her ultra deliberate pronunciation. Then I start to wonder if this was filmed pre-vacation and that’s why she’s dragging?

  14. CindyP says:

    OMG, she is so painfully thin. She needs help

    • Lucy says:

      Something that came to mind the other day seeing her pictures – I know three women in real life around her age who have died from the combo of alcohol and eating disorders/disordered eating. I hope she’s healthier than she looks.

      • Jaded says:

        My sister died of alcoholism and eating disorders. It was devastating and I still get very triggered when I see how painfully thin Kate is. I don’t understand why she apparently isn’t getting some kind of therapy, although you can’t force therapy on someone who doesn’t want it. My sister refused it even though the family and her husband begged her to. I’m no Kate fan but this is just sad.

      • Lucy says:

        @Jaded, I’m so sorry to hear about your sister. I wish there was a way to help people seek help. I’ve had ED in my past too, and it’s just luck that I realized I had a problem.

      • The Old Chick says:

        A friend’s daughter died of ED and alcohol addiction aged 32. It had been a life long battle with years of expensive treatment. But at the end, they could not live her life for her. I won’t presume what’s going on for Kate other than an ED which seems pretty clear. I suspect she’s on some meds but that’s just looking at her (who knows) but no one seems to be helping her. Also though she seems very strong willed, and I wonder if she’s refusing help? The ‘stressed and anxious in new role’ article could be a pointer to something behind the scenes.

    • kelleybelle says:

      Yes, very much so. Her head almost appears too big for her body. She needs at least a 10-lb. weight gain. Her eyes are so empty. There is no light in them. Hasn’t been for years.

    • Alice says:

      I’m glad someone said this. She’s gone beyond model thin at this point.

      • sparrow says:

        As an ex ED sufferer I think a factor in Kate’s weight is internalised stress, plus diet and exercise. I think she finds her life hellish – it isn’t right for her and she struggles, particularly with meeting people and public speaking; constant anxiety and being on edge keeps a lot of weight off. I also wonder how happy her personal life is and how much support she gets. I see a very nervous woman who has taken on a role that was never meant for her. I don’t know what she expected. She has done so much harm to her brother and sister in law, so my sympathy doesn’t lie there, but I hope she is getting help. If she is getting support, then it’s not working for her and someone needs to re think their approach. She has looked worse than Diana ever did IMO for a long time.

    • TeamMeg says:

      I think Kate may be addicted to dieting. Process addiction is as real as substance addiction. A great book on the subject is Dopamine Nation by Anna Lembke. Current thinking suggests addiction is a result of impaired dopamine signalling in the brain—activated by continued exposure to the drug/behavior, combined with an innate biological or genetic tendency, and often, a trigger such as trauma or loss. For many, sugar is the gateway drug, so it’s interesting to me that Addiction Week kicks of on Halloween.

    • Candy says:

      I’ve been saying this since the wedding. This video really shows how small she’s become. I saw an old photo of her, around the engagement, and even though she was already so slim, she’s much thinner now.

    • Cessily says:

      One thing I learned from painful experience is when you have no control over outside events in your life, sometimes the only thing you can control is your body/weight. Not saying that is what is happening to her exactly but it does come to my mind when I see her. I find it hard to have sympathy for her even if this is the case because of how hateful she has treated the Sussex’s and their children.

    • The Recluse says:

      This is going to affect her health when she gets older. Someone really should stage an intervention.

      • Emily_C says:

        If she gets older. Her fillers are masking it, but she’s in Karen Carpenter territory at this point.

  15. Becks1 says:

    It’s so sad that my first reaction to this was “at least she did something?” And my second reaction was “so I bet this means she isn’t doing any in person events this week either, this video counts as her work event for the week.” I guess we’ll see about that one though.

    • Woke says:

      They have something planned for November third I think. Yep that’s my reaction too the only people that want her to do more are her “detractors” it’s ironic.

    • TeamMeg says:

      I had the same initial reaction as you, @Becks1. At least it’s something. But why is she patron of this particular organization? What is her connection to addiction? I suppose Kate is attempting to project somber compassion by her tone, but she seems so divested and detached. Plus, I find the polka dots and Peter Pan ensemble at odds with the seriousness of the message. The whole thing is very confusing.

      • Becks1 says:

        I think this was one that was sort of chosen for her bc it tied into mental health (remember that was supposed to be their “signature cause”) and also made her seem more modern…, look, she’s a royal who’s not afraid to talk about addiction!!

        I think that was the idea behind it anyway. I don’t think it quite played out that way. The problem with her is that you can’t make someone care about something and she can’t fake it.

    • C says:

      I commented this below but will do so here for visibility- she wore this outfit down to the same earrings and hairstyle for Mental Health Awareness week a year ago and I’m wondering if this is an old video they are just releasing now because she’s still not doing anything.

      • TeamMeg says:

        Wow – if so, how budget can you be?

      • ShazBot says:

        That would be weird but also explain why all the photos are older (not recent school or Christmas photos).
        But looking through their insta, she wore this outfit in May 2021 and she looked way healthier back then, with better hair. So maybe just zero effort this go around and none of their staff bothered to update the picture frames.

      • C says:

        Yeah her hair was less wavy then, and slightly different earrings. But I’m leaning towards it being old, because she really doesn’t repeat outfits like this (with all the elements the same) and the background setup is old too. Possibly her “second day” blowout hair, lol.

  16. Dee says:

    Holy cow she looks more haggard every day. I wonder if the turtleneck will become a regular feature. I still cannot believe this hypocrite has the nerve to talk about mental health after all she has done to destroy that of her SIL. I despise her and her kinky-ass not-for-long husband.

  17. Julia K says:

    Is the background Anmer or Adelaide?

  18. EasternViolet says:

    I find the picture of her an Will in the background to be interesting — they are wearing the Kalash hats from their trip to Pakistan. Interesting note that this was their 1st instagram image posted after the trip. I guess they want us to subconsciously remember a successful foreign tour?

  19. AnneL says:

    That was fine. Good message, reasonably well delivered. I doubt she’ll be doing much about addiction but it makes sense to have the Princess address it.

    As for the clothes, the polka dot ensemble is classic Dowdy Kate. I like polka dots but she looks like a schoolgirl from another era. The red one is quite nice, though the skirt is a bit too long.

    She is so thin and it truly is concerning.

  20. novaroux says:

    Her pronunciation is completely insane. Ok, we get it, you want to sound “posh”, great. But is there literally no one around that woman who can teach her how to enunciate like a human person? She is almost unintelligible. And this was better than most other instances we’ve heard her speak.

    • Eurydice says:

      Yes, “we as a society need to reconize…” Still, in general, she did something, using appropriate words and at an appropriate time. It seems like a low bar, but it fits the RF brand of jewel-encrusted blandness.

  21. Ameerah says:

    Who wrote that mess of a statement ?! It’s awful. No real warmth, understanding or even care went into it. Whoever wrote that – and we know it wasn’t Kate – wrote it in five minutes. Tops.

  22. JennyJazzhands says:

    Why does there appear to be a cut/check mark shape in her cheek? I’ve never seen anything like that on anyone else. No shade, just curious if it’s something she was born with or procedure related. Or if I’m the only one who sees it?

    • Jan90067 says:

      The “round” part is her dimple. The “line” is BADLY put on makeup (ie: contour that hasn’t been blended at all, and *heavy* blush). She has NEVER known how to do her own makeup properly, and she doesn’t have good skin.

    • tolly says:

      My guess: too much filler in the lines around her dimples. When she isn’t grinning, she has doughnut-shaped lumps in her cheeks.

  23. Plums says:

    … that’s it? I knew she had given a speech about addiction and some of the things she said because someone posted the article covering it from the BBC to r/worldnews, and for some bizarre reason it was the most massively upvoted and commented on post on the sub for a few hours. And absolutely nowhere to be seen in the UK sub. This is such a brief, anodyne statement that basically just checks off the list of addiction awareness talking points, read from a teleprompter. There’s nothing here but run of the mill royal patronage work. I’m so thrown that it was a huge story for any length of time on reddit. I assumed she must have said something significant enough to warrant it, even knowing how unlikely that was, but nope.

  24. AmelieOriginal says:

    Ugh another repeat of that awful Alessandra Rich dress! She can wear whatever she wants but it’s so hard for me to take her seriously when she wears these dowdy unflattering outfits. When’s the last time she actually did anything meaningful for those affected by addiction?

  25. Steph says:

    I mean… I guess? This was so basic.

  26. Linney says:

    I still can’t undertand her very well, but there is little chance of her getting rid of her “posh” voice now. We have a friend from England who is very upper class; my son has several from a semester abroad. NONE OF THEM TALK LIKE THIS! As a matter of fact, our friend says her speech is laughable and people in his circle (none of them snobs, LOL!) make fun of her. More interestingly, she is getting slammed on various newssites for this video. What happened to the new era of the wonderful Prince and Princess of Wales who can do no wrong? I guess that lasted all of five minutes.

  27. Long Thyme Lurker says:

    “Hello, my name is Kate and I’m addicted to buttons/smiling and cackling at inappropriate times/bullying my sister-in-law.”

  28. Monlette says:

    I’m not sure if the people who think that red dress is flattering are look at the same dress I am. That dress is very aging, the red drains all the natural color from her face making her paint-by-numbers cheekbones especially garish. And the turtleneck is doing her no favors since it looks like it is hiding sinews, crepeing and a chin wattle. It doesn’t make her look old so much as puffy and haggard. Like she has been crying herself to sleep and wants to cover that up with bold colors, which may be the truth of it, but she should have gone with polkadots and a widebrimmed hat if she was looking for camouflage.

    • Dee says:

      Agree. There’s nothing “there” with her, so the dress (or set) is wearing her. She has to have tailoring and structure in her clothes to make it look like there’s some substance.

    • HeatherC says:

      IMO that shade of red makes her look incredibly sallow and tired. It just drains the life out of her coloring. She can do strong jewel shades so she may have been better off going with a garnet shade

      • Sugarhere says:

        ” that shade of red […]drains the life out of her “: 🤣😂🤣

      • HeatherC says:

        @Sugarhere it just doesn’t complement her complexion. I have colors I just cannot wear because they make me look downright sick and anemic.

    • Candy says:

      That orange/red color doesn’t really look good on anyone imo. Going full monochrome is quite bold! Kate has always been ostentatious but especially lately. These frilly Alessandra Rich dresses are the WORST.

  29. Mamasan says:

    She looks so bad. I think Kate needs a Welfare Check. If she was my daughter, I’d be very concerned about the obvious weight loss.

    • HeatherC says:

      Her mother probably figures any weight loss will be made up for with the weight of the consort crown.

      • Becks1 says:

        This is the one thing about her that makes me feel sorry for her. Imagine being so visibly unwell and no one in your life gives a damn, because I really don’t think they do. For Carole, this is part of the price to be paid for Kate to be princess of wales and eventually QC. And I imagine the actual royals don’t give two damns about her as a person. The latter doesn’t make me sorry for her, she knew that going in. But for not even your mother to care about your health is really sad.

        I wonder if the firm would even allow her to get serious help, since they wouldn’t let Meghan.

    • sparrow says:

      I agree, Mamasan. I find it odd and upsetting actually (and I know I shouldn’t feel any pity because she brought the whole damn lot down on her own head) that this woman is sitting on her sofa talking about mental health issues when it is obvious she is suffering. Does the RF think we can’t see this? Whatever help she is getting isn’t working. As the years go by the worse she looks. Something is wrong in that marriage, her family, and her role in public life.

  30. Blujfly says:

    I find it incredible how even real news organizations like the BBC regurgitate this video and the exact statement in it as if it is real news. No questions for the Princess of Wales of course about when and where it was filmed. No questions about why the Prince of Wales, part of the same wishy washy mandate on “mental health,” did nothing and released nothing. No questions about what prevented either from appearing in person. No questions about the efficacy of such statements. No questions about where they have been for 2 weeks. No questions about how to tangibly and materially support these organizations and people in crisis.

  31. The Old Chick says:

    The look in her eyes, I’m only on my phone so the image is small but her eyes look dead and /or drugged tbh. I’m not saying she is but it looks like no one is home.

    • Serenity says:

      From *another* Old Chick 😉 ITAWY. I suffer from Bipolar Disorder and when I am in a severe downswing, my eyes look like that. Obviously I don’t know her problems but based on this video I would feel very concerned about her if I loved her. I feel very sad for the three children forced to live with her.

      • sparrow says:

        Exactly. If I were William or her mother etc I’d see this and think, what are we doing wrong? She looks ill. Has done for a long, long time. If you cared for her, why aren’t you caring how she looks up front in the public gaze? It’s possible she’s got to the point where help is seen as hostile.

      • The Old Chick says:

        I don’t know what’s going on with her but she really looks something, I’ve seen people wasted look more engaged. It’s a genuine concern that they put this out as though, yep! This is THE take. Gold standard advisors and all. Maybe put together with a ‘Kate is stressed and anxious in her new role’ story that came out over the weekend and there’s something going on. I was on anti anxiety meds, the ones from the old days that turned you into a zombie, and this was pretty much me back then.

      • The Old Chick says:

        Sparrow and her public behaviour at the funeral, lunging at Meghan, daggers stares, that she can’t control those feelings in public is also concerning. Aside from her weight which still gets praised.

    • QuiteContrary says:

      Like others here, I can’t get past her obvious ED to even take in her message. I had an ED too; she looks nearly as underweight as I was — so she’s probably tired, anemic and cold all the time. She needs help.

  32. The Duchess says:

    This whole appeal reeks of irony. She’s withering away in front of everybody, whilst her eyes become more deceased as time goes on. If she was honest about her own evident struggles, she would bring far more awareness to whatever cause she’s ‘championing for the moment’.

    • sparrow says:

      Exactly as I said above, The Duchess. Whatever we think of Kate’s behaviour, I think it’s fair to feel alarmed that something is up with her. She may be internalising huge levels of stress, not just because she can’t even do the basics of her job but perhaps living with that man is a nightmare. We hear a lot about his temper. We suspect a lot about his affairs. There was the deer stalking trip that was revealed on the back foot a week or so ago. The strange thing is, there have been articles saying they want to take on America. This ambition and drive doesn’t fit with the woman we see on this video, who seems to be struggling. Maybe William is pushing this global agenda. Or her father in law. She looks knackered.

  33. Unblinkered says:

    Another depressing outing from KM: tight mouth, sour face, and ridiculous hair extensions are all I got. Any addiction message was subsumed.
    Part of me wonders if this is part of an attempt to soften-up the public for her in advance of when Harry’s book hits.
    Also, Mike Tindall, Zara’s husband – and known to be in W&K’s camp – starts on a UK reality TV show this week ‘I’m a Celebrity’, as soon as I heard of his involvement my thought was he’s there to use it as a forum to do a bit of live TV stirring…….

    • Debbie says:

      I don’t know whether you live in England but were there any stories in the BM about Mike Tindall’s starring in a reality show stealing Kate’s thunder, or whatever the expression they usually use is?

      • Unblinkered says:

        Debbie – the UK expression that you’re possibly after is ‘beating Kate’s drum’ ie there to promote her & W’s cause. I haven’t read anything to this effect so far about Tindall’s involvement other than one columnist writing that he’s abusing his position within the RF by taking part, as contestants on that show get paid handsomely for appearing. One wouldn’t have thought he needed the money, he lives rent-free on P.Anne’s estate and seems to do well with his own professional promotions. It’s strange that he should want to be in I’m a Celebrity…….

  34. Beverley says:

    You’d think with all Keen’s financial resources and free time, she’d get a speech coach or take a Toastmaster class. She always comes across like she’s hesitant to speak, with zero self-confidence. She’s had 11 years to refine herself and learn how to effectively communicate with the public. Jeez, she is difficult to watch and very hard on the ears!

    • Chrissy says:

      Beverley, I’ve mentioned it before but even a nineteen-year-old Diana recognized the need to get help with her her speechifying. She hired a speech coach and blossomed from the shy young woman into a confident speaker. Kate is twice as old as Diana was, married to the heir to the throne for eleven years and royal adjacent (i.e. chasing the ring) for another decade. The only excuse is laziness as far as I can see and “she’d rather be shopping”. She should be embarrassed as she is now part of the new “Fab Four”/s, and, together with her “husband”, is the definition of a royal slacker to say the least.

  35. Flower says:

    Meghan really ran so Kate could crawl… eek


  36. Candy says:

    I don’t want to make light of it because she clearly needs help. I do hope she’s OK. But her hair is a pathological blanket.

    I think she’s very unhappy in her public role, which is why this video is so dour just like everthing she’s done lately. I know it’s a serious topic but geez, lighten up a bit! She’s got no light left in her.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Candy, I wish she would cut her hair–in this photo it makes her face look longer. I don’t know why she is so determined to keep long hair.

      If someone doesn’t get her some help, she’s going to break.

  37. Mtl.Ex.Pat says:

    I watched the video waiting for jazz hands and there they were! Kate did not disappoint ! (one of the stills where she’s wearing the red dress).

  38. C says:

    So this is the exact outfit she wore for Mental Health Awareness week last year. And I’m thinking they recorded this then and she is still MIA.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Very likely. I’ll bet they record several things at one time, but space them out for release to make it look like they are “consistently” “working.” That is obviously not true, but some people will believe it.

    • SAS says:

      Omfg of course. Yes, she repeats outfits (veryyyy occasionally) but not normally within a year and not for the same appearances. Ffs.

      So they’re still on holiday. I’d like to say I’m disgusted but I just feel… nothing.

  39. TheOriginalMia says:

    Not much to add except I hate her hair color. Why is she trying to go blonde? It doesn’t work with her coloring. Just makes her look more sallow.

    • Blujfly says:

      It’s my belief she suns herself so much, on vacation, by the pool in anmer, etc. and her hair has gone almost completely naturally gray that the “bronde” is to try to hide how washed out the color usually is

  40. esline mills says:

    Now she is wearing all red?

  41. EveV says:

    I haven’t read all of the insightful comments yet, but I just had to say, for the header picture, Holy Vasoline-Lens Batman!! She literally looks a little blurry from them filtering her so much. OK, now I’m ready to read the less shallow comments…

  42. clare says:

    Blink, blink, blink, blink.

  43. Jean says:

    Good message, I sincerely hope she’s okay…..

  44. tamsin says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with the message or how it was written. it seems pretty straightforward and clear. Most of the time when I read comments about how unwell Kate looks I’m asking myself what is everyone talking about? But even I see that Kate doesn’t look well here and her their is a vacant feeling emanating from her. And she looks like she could snap in two- so thin.

  45. Likeyoucare says:

    Her hair. Is she emulating someone? His husband mistress? Or worse camilla. Gasp!!!!!
    How many filters did she used to get that cheap looking video?
    So many questions.

  46. Seaflower says:

    Could she look any more bored?

  47. Over it says:

    For a woman who has been on vacation more than she works, she always looks exhausted and just completely I don’t give a f about anything.

  48. Tessa says:

    Her mouth, cheeks,and chin look different

  49. Jay says:

    So do we think she blocks out an afternoon and just records a batch of these milquetoast videos all at once to post while she’s on vacation, or ???

  50. PrincessK says:

    This will be put down as an engagement.
    Nobody will remember it tomorrow. Meanwhile Meghan is getting worldwide headlines with her podcast.

  51. Beverley says:

    “My name is Kate, um Catherine. And I’m addicted to Botox, wiglets, buttons, and smearing my sister-in-law when I can’t get close enough to scratch out her eyes.”