Princess Kate ‘wrote’ a Telegraph editorial about ‘shining a light’ on Early Years

The Princess of Pie Charts “wrote” an “editorial,” you guys. Kate, the Princess of Wales, is leaning in so hard to her Early Years work. 2023 is going to be such a huge year for the Royal Foundation’s Centre for Early Years/Buttons, it’s going to be her very own Earthshot. In that Kate’s crack team of Tory operatives will put together something vague and Kate will slap her name on it, the same way she slaps on a wiglet to the back of her head. Here is Kate’s Telegraph editorial in all of its glory:

Over the past 10 years, talking to a wide range of experts about how we deal with societal issues like poor mental and physical health, I have become more and more sure of one thing: if we are going to create a healthier and happier society for future generations, we must start by understanding and acknowledging the unique importance of the first five years of life.

Early childhood, from pregnancy to the age of five, fundamentally impacts our whole lives, establishing the core foundations which allow us to go on to thrive as individuals, with one another, as a community and as a society.

Over the past three decades, the body of evidence to support this has grown substantially. We now know that in the first five years of our lives, our brains develop faster than at any other time and that the impact of those years is hugely significant. It is the way we develop through our experiences, relationships and interactions at that very young age that shapes everything from our ability to form relationships and succeed at work, to our mental and physical health as adults.

There are fantastic examples of what can be achieved when we recognise the unique potential of early childhood and build a safe and loving world around a child.

But not enough is being done. If we are going to tackle the sorts of complex challenges we face today like homelessness, violence and addiction, which are so often underpinned by poverty and poor mental health, we have to fully appreciate those most preventative years and do everything we can to nurture our children and those who care for them.

We have an incredible opportunity, armed with all we now know as a result of the work of dedicated scientists, researchers and practitioners, to make a huge difference to the mental and physical health of generations to come. That is why I am determined to continue to shine a light on this issue and to do everything I can to secure much greater focus on those first crucial few years for the youngest members of our society – they are, after all, our future.

[From The Telegraph]

Whenever I actually sit down and read the statements prepared for Kate about Early Years, I’m always left feeling a bit unsettled. Yes, I think the early years of one’s life are important for development, and yes, of course we learn more all the time about how little kids are sponges in their environments, soaking in all of the bad and good influences. But lord, that’s true of kids of all ages, not just the under-5s.

What bugs me about Kate’s work is how she’s consistently limiting her focus. Kate’s argument is never “young children need a solid base of support/education/role-modeling good behavior, a base which needs to still be in place into adolescence, the teen years and young adulthood.” Like, I genuinely believe that KATE believes that if a kid has a screwed up home life when they’re 3 years old, everything is hopeless thereafter. Kate’s limited research doesn’t actual focus on… life in all of its complexities, and how different kids react differently to different stresses and life changes, nevermind the kids who (gasp) grow up in single-parent households or in economically disadvantaged households.

This issue was given to her as something easy, soft and uncomplicated, because who’s going to be “against” Kate turning up somewhere once a year and holding babies. But as the years go on and Kate has nothing to show for her decade of Early Years keenery, it does feel like she’s actively wasting people’s time.

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  1. Noki says:

    Maybe Pippa is going to be her ghost writer now.

    • Jan says:

      I remembered when they were trying to make Pippa happen in the U S on channel 4, and she was just as thick as her sister.

      • Noki says:

        Oh really I remember people saying she was slightly more confident than Kate. But what is clear with the Mids sisters is that publicense speaking isn’t for everyone.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        Pips is like her sister in that she’s a terrible public speaker however its always been said that she was smarter than kHate. Uncle Gary once said that ‘kHate had to work much harder’ than Pippa and everyone else. There have long been rumours that she used tutors to get through both high school and St Andrews. Nothing wrong with that but don’t pretend to the world that you are some sort of genius.

        Pippa has a masters in the very subject her sister claims to be an ‘expert’ in.

        kHate is the thick one in that family – even Peggy once called her that. And coming from him that says everything. Even James seems a bit smarter than her.

      • AnnaKist says:

        Jan, i’m in Australia and I remember that very well! I saw three or four interviews on American programs with Pip, and thought at the time that she was as thick as two short planks. It would not surprise me one bit to discover that CarolE is working behind-the-scenes, as we speak, to make her daughters a double ac t. And then there was James…

      • Nic919 says:

        I think Pippa’s issue is that she doesn’t have charisma. I mean kate doesn’t either. But Pippa was said to be the one who was better at sports and school. And she did get her Masters which doesn’t mean she is a genius, but it’s still more than her sister with the basic undergrad degree who claims to be an expert.

      • DouchesOfCambridge says:

        @digital unicorn you’re right. They’re trying so hard to push that she’s a genius, when we all know the main reason why she was chosen is because she IS thick, with no real opinions, no true competence, no real working ambitions, no desire to eclipse her husband, etc. Her being lazy was a freakin bonus to them and a match made in heaven for Burger King.

    • Lex says:

      Hahaha do you remember Pippa Tips¡!

      • Lux says:

        And her party planning book, “Celebrate”?

        “A really late start warrants brunch, in lieu of lunch.”

        “Turkey is perfect for large gatherings.”

        Kate’s “article”=Pippa’s tips, where the obvious is worth stating ad infinitum. Carole really raised these robots right.

      • Noki says:

        @Digital Unicorn William called her thick!? When and where ?lol i recall stories that SHE was the reason he passed his degree and she convinced him not to drop out.

      • C says:

        That was Charles who convinced William by allowing him to switch courses instead of universities.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        @noki – i can’t remember exactly but I think it was during one of those many times pre marriage that he was drunk and loudly slagging her off to anyone within earshot.

        Re: While it was Chuck who persuaded him to stay and also change course, she apparently used to go to his classes and take notes for him. The other students at St Andrews were forever leaking to the press – I don’t think either were well liked by the rest of the student body.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate was also called out for literally copying from her seatmates in class during tests. One states they put in fake answers when they saw she was looking and then out in correct answers when she turned away. This was found in the comments section of a Jezebel article about them.

      • DouchesOfCambridge says:

        Another classic Pippa tip from the Celebrate book: ‘Enjoy a glass of water by getting a clean glass and pouring in water from a tap or bottle.’

      • Lauren says:

        She described, in detail, how to make ice in her book.

        I really don’t understand how that book was allowed to be published.

  2. equality says:

    So she is going to continue to “shine a light” on this? How about a plan of action? Donations to charities doing more than “shine a light”?

    • caitlin says:

      Exactly!!!! Meaningful action, sprinkled with a bit of generosity is what she can do. “Shine a light” my ass.

      • Smart&Messy says:

        She must shine all the light now, because she is going to Harvard in a few days. Now she can say she is a published author on the subject, just like them!

        The pictures are so funny. I lol every time I see the pie chart photo.

      • Dee says:

        Her next genius idea will be to add headlamps to the Heads Together headbands and launch “Shining Lights Together”

      • DouchesOfCambridge says:

        @Dee LOL those headbands were the most horrible things LOL

    • SquiddusMaximus says:

      Right?! That was an x-hundred word editorial that ultimately took no substantive position on anything. So what does society need that it currently lacks, Dr. Buttons? Fucking use that massive platform and endless pit of stolen wealth to actually DO something. Open local, non-profit, women-run centers to institutionalize the policy recommendations put forth by actual experts. Organize and sponsor a series of TedX talks on this subject. Start a grant foundation!

      This “dress-up-and-do-nothing” monarchy pisses the heck out of me. The equivalent of “The climate is important, guys. LOOK AT ME” William.

      I am working myself into a frenzy.

      • BVB says:

        Same! As an anthropologist and academic I’m infuriated by it.

        This is so short, provides no solutions…

        I hope Harvard eats her alive.

      • ThatsNotOkay says:

        Hollow, empty words with a shallow understanding of the words she uses, let alone the context in which she’s using them. She’s not just vapid. She’s categorically, incontrovertibly dim. Useless, pointless, repugnant individual.

    • Cessily says:

      She offers no practical insight on anything, anyone can tell you how important early childhood is but what are the solutions?

  3. ChewieNYC says:

    The time “shine a light” is over- she’s been doing so for two years now. Time to actually DO something if it’s your passion.

    Also, agree with the statement that the focus so much on under-5s is frustrating. I would argue that kids from all households and home environments develop more of their future selves and personalities in their tween and teen years. How their parents react to them during THAT emotional period is likely more telling on their lives going forward. You can have siblings raised the same way and yet their paths in life can go wildly different, usually starting in those ages.

    • Noki says:

      The Early Years could have broadened by now to tween and teens. She certainly has the resources and experts on hand. Why she is clinging to this is beyond lazy,so by the time she reaches teens she will be in her 60s ?

      • SquiddusMaximus says:

        Yes to this, and yes to Chewie. 100%. Dr. Buttons has been unforgivably lazy with all she’s been given — she can’t rely on her pie chart for legitimacy indefinitely.

      • Pam says:

        I suspect she’s sticking to this age group because she’s not great with older kids, from what I’ve seen in videos and pictures.

      • Jais says:

        Just so @pam. I believe it looked to be middle school aged students that continuously asked her about Meghan and Harry to the point that she uttered the infamous “what else” Everything about that was hilarious and I haven’t seen her with that age again. Or at least not often.

    • Tacky says:

      I studied early childhood neurology in college and the first five years are critical to brain function. It’s not about emotional development, but rather executive function. Kate’s not wrong that it’s essential, I just think her assumption that you need to be middle class for full brain development is wrong.

      • Ginger says:

        Everyone knows it’s essential. My pediatrician told me this when I had my kids. She isn’t saying anything groundbreaking and she isn’t offering any solutions. It’s just more, “ the first 5 years are important and more needs to be done” and then crickets. She can do more she is just choosing not to.

        William and Kate are good at lecturing and blaming everyone else but they offer zero solutions.

      • Pam says:

        EVERYONE knows the first five years are the most important for brain development. No one is arguing otherwise, nor did Kate invent this, or have anything to do with it, other than repeating it. A parrot could do what she does.

      • Lux says:

        @Tacky (love your handle btw, especially followed by a serious/not tacky comment!)

        You’re absolutely right in that it’s about executive function, but it is also crucial for emotional development (which, as I’m typing this, feels like another “duh Keen” moment). The emotional development for the child corresponds directly with physical touch, stimuli and having/expecting to have their physical needs met. It fully affects how they form interpersonal relationships and attachments. It affects how (and how early) they communicate and impacts every milestone and life stage.

        That’s why I mentioned Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in an earlier comment; a child deprived of basic needs and in starvation/survival mode will neither have the emotional maturity nor the executive functions of one whose needs are met. I remember a study I read on a Romanian orphanage where the researcher was stunned to find an eerily silent roomful of infants. The babies simply stopped crying after their cries were ignored and accepted that no one would come to their aid. And yes, all these things: human touch, being spoken to, read to, challenged, physically, cognitively and emotionally stimulated…they all play an important role in those first five years.

        But you would never learn any of that from Keen.

    • DouchesOfCambridge says:

      Kate intentionally chose to focus on the under 5 because she doesnt have to truly engage with them when she goes on events, meet and greets with them. Kate rolls her eyes and gives attitude when the older children really talk to her (like when older kids said something about Meg & Harry being their favorites lol) She doesnt have to have real conversations with them, she doesnt get to talk and prove anything to them, it won’t show how empty and charmless she is. The pictures will always be cute and the job will keep being as easy as a breeze. In, hand shake, smile, 10 seconds jazz hands, pic, go down the slide, smile, thank you, out.

  4. Jan says:

    I would be worrying about children getting food, shelter with heat because if they’re not alive what is the purpose of worrying about their mental and physical health.

  5. Lux says:

    Oh man! I “read” this article and was just waiting with bated breath for Celebitchy to cover it!

    Vagueness and platitudes don’t even cover it. “Fantastic examples?” Like what, please do elucidate? Also making the leap from “sad” early years to “bad” addictions, mental health and violence…the line is not linear. Poverty and mental illness underpin these things but do all poor people mistreat their kids from zero to five years old? Draw attention all you want but please, let these sentences say SOMETHING.

    • Lux says:

      Wanted to add that I actually have an MA in education and her glossing over developmental stages, her inability to make the slightest reference to Erikson (trust vs mistrust), Gardner’s multiple intelligences, or Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, or the fact that she sent her son to a Montessori school and cannot even tout some of its benefits Is. Just. Astounding.

      Apologize for the huge run-on sentences, but I have said more in that than what she’s implied in her fourth grade filler article (double-spaced, font size 14).

      • Nic919 says:

        If kate had been serious about this issue she would have done more than hire a company to prepare a poll asking people if they think early years are important. And the fact they claim she was working on this for five years, and then eight years is even worse because that survey would not have passed scrutiny in any undergraduate psychology research methods course. It doesn’t measure anything of value and it is simply an opinion poll.

        But she’s an unserious shallow person with Tory operatives writing political doublespeak while passing it off as her own.

    • ShazBot says:

      I’m pretty sure they just copied and pasted a past speech of hers.

      Agree with Kaiser, she’s pigeon-holed herself here because it sounds like once you’re 6, oh well, so sorry.

      Also, she stands for literally nothing – no concrete suggestions on how to actually support families, caregivers and kids. Zilch.

  6. Woke says:

    It doesn’t take 10 years of hard hitting research to come up with anything she is saying. 20 years ago it was already known that the early years are important.

    All Kate advocacy is early years are important do some about it then she visits few organizations listening and learning then rinse and repeat. No metrics, no goals just vibes lol.

    • Nic919 says:

      Nothing she has said is a new discovery but I would say a lot of it was known and measured by the 80s, by the time she was born.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      But it doesn’t really matter what she says, just so long as she says *something* (anything) about the subject, so this can be added to the list of “evidence” that Kate cares/is an expert on early childhood development. Just like William can continue to fly his private jets and helicopters and still be viewed as “caring about the environment” because he gives out an award once a year and tells black people to not have so many children. The bar is so low, that certain members of the public who already adore their great white imperialist family will absolutely accept the “evidence” that William and Kate are working on important issues. Those are the people William and his wife are pandering to, and this editorial checks the box.

  7. Neners says:

    FGS, we all know early childhood is important for development. I’m sick of her bleating on about this but not actually doing anything to support the people trying to help!

    • Green girl says:

      She and her team probably thought this would be a low effort way to get the public to like her. But it really does need effort to do this well. Is she making sure young children have access to nutritional food in the face of economic hardship? Or finding ways to ensure kids have green spaces to play and explore?

      Look I just thought of two examples that could give her campaign a boost and it took me like a minute (and I am no expert on early childhood). Why is this so hard for her and her team? I know it comes down to her resistance to working but she could still do a fundraiser and cut ribbons to open a new playground and have plenty of time to do whatever else she wants.

      • Neners says:

        Exactly. And all of these things would take minimal effort from her with a competent team doing most of the planning. Whether the Waleses actually have a competent team is the crux of the issue.

      • Ginger says:

        I think people are sick of her early years talk. She didn’t get good feedback from her article. They realize she is just talking and not offering anything and with the cost of living crisis going on in the UK they are just sick of her empty words.

      • Emily_C says:

        I don’t think Kate approves of food.

  8. Roo says:

    To quote the late Lizzie, “but what does she do?” What is she doing with this “research”? Is she going to policy makers and local organizations to make changes to how they handle homelessness, hunger, and crime? Is she helping schools hire social workers and engage community resources to mitigate these challenges for their students?

    • SarahCS says:

      She ‘justifies’ the millions she costs taxpayers every year. Those palaces and staff don’t pay for themselves.

  9. Laura D says:

    A word salad. If I handed that over to my tutor they would have asked for examples of the evidence cited in the essay. She also says we must “tackle” homelessness, addiction and violence without telling the reader how this could be done.

    This is a typical “safe” editorial which says a lot but, doesn’t really offer anything to help solve underlying societal problems which can affect child development.

    D+ Must try harder!

    • Lux says:

      I say F. Zero references and citations of any credible sources/evidence. Illogical reasoning and flow. Filler declarative sentences/call to action unsupported by sufficient argument.

      And WTF is the meaning of the term, “preventative years”? Are we looking at zero to five as key developmental phases (because yes, it is not just one, singular block as Keen would like you to believe) or are they now preventative, which has an entirely negative connotation? This is not preventative medicine, where you can prescribe some exercise and healthy eating habits to avoid illness later. And if she is talking along these lines, WHAT is she prescribing? People DO go bad after five, Keen, and some people go good after a crappy first five years. Please do better.

  10. Jais says:

    Yay, she’s shining a light on the importance of early years! How groundbreaking. Bc previously people had been just walking around thinking who gives a fuck about the little kids.

  11. Amy Bee says:

    The editorial was disappointing. It lacked substance and said nothing about her plans going forward. And as Kaiser said, Kate citing a person’s poor upbringing as the reason for their issues as an adult is just infuriating. It says alot about how she judges people who don’t come from the same background as her and it shows why she was unable to get on with Meghan.

    • Nic919 says:

      She’s also ignorant because many people raised with privilege have seriously disturbed upbringings, including the one she married into. No family is known to be more dysfunctional than the Windsors.

      • Deering24 says:

        Nic919, yep–a classic case of projection. Funny how so many rich people love to point fingers at the poors–but their own upbringings were nightmare alley.

    • ShazBot says:

      She didn’t even highlight any organizations or charities doing any actual work!!

      • Aidevee says:

        It’s very vague. The big buzz in Early Years research is currently Talk and the importance of emotional literacy. Children’s abilities to articulate themselves forecast their attainment throughout school and into adulthood. Her article needs to be this:

        Kate has highlighted the importance of children’s early language skills during the early years. Research shows that children who are read stories, taught a wide range of vocabulary and language to articulate emotions are statistically more likely to graduate from university and earn more money during their working lifetimes.
        For more info, go to any library, preschool, health visitor or nursery and literally all the staff will know this and tell you about it exhaustively. It’s not new.

      • Lexistential says:

        @Shazbot That would mean sharing “her spotlight” with organizations doing actual work and being compared to them. (And it’s a shame she doesn’t collaborate with any.)

    • Athena says:

      Her brother struggles with mental health issues, has not been able to hold down a job for more than a second, is this due his poor upbringing? Did Carole do something wrong in James early years?

      Kate had been repeating the same stuff for years now, she should be ashamed of herself.

      • Nic919 says:

        James isn’t the only one in that family with mental health issues. Kate has physically shrunk since her engagement and we are always hearing about her shyness or anxiety and maybe it’s just being lazy, but she is not a well rounded adult herself.

  12. Ceej says:

    In her 10 years learning and realising these are key years, an entire generation has aged out of being helped by the “under 5” initiative. So… when does she start helping kids under 5?

    • Amy Too says:

      But also, wasn’t it 10 years of learning and researching when the pie charts came out 2 years ago? Shouldn’t it be 12 years now? Or has 10 years always been a BS arbitrary number she made up that she will stick to forever?

  13. Lady Esther says:

    As we’ve all said many times on this site, give it until Louis turns about 10 years old and we’ll never hear about this subject again – this is all to give her something to do that interests her because it’s about HER kids. Once they’re grown…crickets.

  14. Sascha says:

    hey Princess buttons… you have noticed that there is an influx of hunger in your country, right? Housing instability? rampant royal racism? If you care about kids so much, maybe don’t put them behind steel fences. This is 1000% about keeping William within the family machinations. She is just strumming that insecurity he has that he will be a bad father if he leaves when his children are young. She doesn’t care about anybody but herself .

    • swirlmamad says:

      This is an interesting take! What IF the only reason she’s incessantly going on about this topic and how important it is that young children are brought up in a 2-parent, loving, perfect-white-picket-fence home life is to guilt William out of public leaving her and the kids?!?! Wouldn’t put it past her at all.

  15. M says:

    How embarrassing to be 41 and put out this drivel. It’s like she’s in high school trying to fulfill a word count requirement for an English paper. Lots of words, but no meaning. Sums up her whole life.

    • Nic919 says:

      To be fair there is no way she wrote this. It was a staffer. And seeing how she barely reads the cue card for her brief engagements, she’s unlikely to have read this because is longer than usual.

    • C-Shell says:

      ITAWY. She’s a vapid, hypocritical and empty vessel, and this “editorial” was in no way written by KKKHate who helped to drive pregnant Meghan to suicidal ideation. It’s offensive that her implication is that poverty, housing and food insecurity, mental illness is all the FAULT of those trapped in their circumstances and offers not one single proposal for dealing with any of those issues (in the face of a harsh winter in economically busted UK).

      • Harper says:

        I truly believe Kate thinks that if good mothers told the under 5s not to end up homeless, they’d avoid being homeless. Or if they impressed on the under 5s not to do drugs or binge drink, that would solve addictions. And if you stress being happy, for example, smiling like a hyena even when it’s not appropriate, then there’d be no mental health issues later. Like it’s all some type of mental hypnosis where life doesn’t come at you and pull the rug out from under you ever post-the magic years of 0-5. Her understanding is so simplistic and mistaken.

        This is a chick who was lauded by the media for coming from a stable family, making her think her family did something special, correct and unique, and as a reward, she got noticed by a prince and he married her! When instead, there was nothing else for the media to hang on about Kate except to say that her family was intact. And, the intact family was only emphasized by the media because William grew up in such a broken mess. This is so embarrassing and almost delusional. Someone should really pull her aside and tell her to stop and switch to promoting physical activity or reading or art or something real.

    • Layla says:

      @M I couldn’t help but read this through the lens of a teacher ( I tutor children from ages 6-15) and all I kept asking was “good, you’ve made your point but what are the examples to strengthen this argument?How will this be achieved? It’s pretty clear that K and her team are still on the “fact-finding” aspect and nothing really substantial will come from this because she’s only trying to compete with Meghan. If this truly is a well researched topic where (apparently according to her boot licker Jason Knauf) Kate has done “extensive research” and “spending hours and hours reading through research material”, it would show, but it hasn’t. Then I thought, imagine submitting this as an essay in university, you’d be laughed out the room.
      This genuinely is a good topic to explore (except for the part where she keeps reiterating that issues such as homelessness and addiction are underpinned by poverty) but it’s not one that can be completely achieved by Kate because she’s in a position where she can’t (and probably won’t because these people are most definitely Tory supporters) criticise the government. We’re nearly in 2023. It shouldn’t be taking 10 years to “fact-find” and then another 10 years to create tangible results.

      (Sorry @kaiser bit of a long one here)

    • sunny says:

      I mean, this effort is embarrassing not just for her but her whole team. I cannot get over the fact that her entire team is also terrible. It is not just the vagueness of this letter but also it is both badly written, based on problematic assumptions and it seems(in places) incorrect.

      How are they still so bad at this?

  16. Tessa says:

    She needs to just stop this. It is embarrassing for her to pose as an expert

    • New.Here says:

      But her poses are beyond description, and I hope she never stops!

      All the above photos show her with children who appear to have normal expressions on their faces. Kate, on the other hand, defies words.

  17. Shawna says:

    As usual, no solutions are being offered.

  18. Becks1 says:

    her comments and “work” on the Early Years always bother me because its so vague and not helpful. This editorial reads like something I would have written in high school when I was writing a research paper and needed to add another few paragraphs but didn’t have any more sources etc, so I would just string some sentences about nothing together (and my teachers always gave me an A, LOL.)

    Also, here, I feel like she’s going at it backwards. She’s talking about how if we focus on the early years we’ll see a decrease in homelessness, violence and addiction – but she’s not talking about how those things impact someone’s early years. It’s hard to have a successful childhood if you’re the victim of child abuse, or your parents are addicts, or you’re homeless. (its not impossible, but its hard.)

    Finally, what is she actually doing about this? At least here she mentions poverty. So what is she doing about that? Shining a light is no longer enough Kate. BITCH, DO MORE.

    • Nic919 says:

      I don’t disagree that this editorial says a lot of nothing, but there is also no way she actually wrote this either. That would be work and she doesn’t do that.

      • Becks1 says:

        True!!! This was 100% from a staffer, who probably wrote it thinking “I am not paid enough for this BS.”

    • Layla says:

      @becks1 @nic919 this reminds of something @celebitchy said in one of the podcasts where every year all K does is announce something about having big ambitions for the following year to support whatever she’s doing now

      • Nic919 says:

        It is exactly what this is. The annual announcement that she is going to think of doing something. It normally happens in late September early October to cover why she disappeared for months in the summer, but with the death of the queen in September this was delayed a few months.

    • Lux says:

      She’s going about it backwards, frontwards, sideways and upside down because there is no there there. “Researchers, scientists, and practitioners”? How about parents, teachers and neighborhood communities and programs? Environments and people with which the children actually come in contact on a daily basis. Keen is a joke and the joke is so far from funny.

  19. Amy Too says:

    So vague, always so vague about this issue.

    “We must start by understanding and acknowledging the unique importance of the first five years…” you’ve said this so many times before. No one is doubting this! “The early years are important and impact our whole lives”: how/why? “We now know…that ours brains develop faster than at any other time….” Why and how? And isn’t that something we’ve known since the 80s at least? “There are fantastic examples of what can be achieved…” without listing any examples. “It is the way we develop…that shapes everything…” how/why? What are some examples? And what can we do to ensure proper development? What are the “proper” ways of interacting and learning and experiencing? “We must do everything we can to nurture our children and those who care for them.” How!? What needs to be done differently? What is missing? No one is out here saying “yeah no, I don’t think kids under the age of 5 need raising or nurturing. They’re fine. We can stick them in closets and bring them out when they’re old enough to learn to spell.” “We have an incredible opportunity…” to do what? “That’s why I’m going to continue to shine a light on…” what? What is the solution that you’re shining a light on? Again, no one is arguing that young children aren’t important and their care is something we can just ignore. No one disagrees that children learn to be who they are going to be during those years. What is the solution!?

    • Lux says:

      I’m impressed because you’ve done what I couldn’t bear to do: revisit the article and go line by line, questioning the vapidity of her every statement. And they’re all statements. No where does she ask a question, real or rhetorical. All your questions are valid and spot-on: your comment needs to be published alongside her article, highlighted in red.

  20. SAS says:

    Jesus she thinks everyone is a simple as her. Isn’t she a head of this foundation- name some of this research you’re taking about! Even a regular non-scientific news article or opinion piece would say “Martin and Short discovered that buttons were hazardous in their 2022 Cambridge University study of 1000 toddlers.” Which then allows us PLEBS to find the damn article and learn more.

    THERE IS NOTHING THERE! And I continue to find the way she speaks about this stigmatising to those who have Adverse Childhood Experiences. Why are you talking about how damaging poverty, abuse and addiction is on children’s brain development without including comprehensive interventions in these areas via the foundation? Like?????

  21. Nutella toast says:

    …did someone say they were unimportant? This is like saying water is wet.

  22. ML says:

    Erm, this was a total waste of space. Personally, IF Kate were to actually actively focus on pregnancy through age five, that would be laudable IF she actually actively put in the work. What works? Where is money being spent that could be better used? What exactly leads to homelessness, poverty and addiction later in life that can be mitigated by focusing on the early years? Hoe often does Kate show up and hands-on work with young children and expectant mothers? What interventions has Kate been a part of over the past decade and which have helped? How much money has Kate donated to her various charities?
    Since her mother-in-law, armed with teddy bears, just failed spectacularly at interacting with Kate’s target group, is this article meant to throw shade on the QC?

  23. Digital Unicorn says:

    This whole issue doesn’t really need her – its was doing well on its own without her dim bulb ‘light’

    Re: that the palace has now said that they won’t be briefing the press on her clothes anymore and that titbit in the tabloids about how the palace/courtiers always encouraged her to dress like Diana got me thinking to a previous time when she was still waiting – I remember when the press kept asking ‘what does she do?” and Ma ran to the tabloids and said ‘she can’t work as the palace has told her not to’ which was then shot down by said palace. I think the ‘no clothes’ briefing is in response to the dragging she gets for the Meghan/Diana cosplaying. Ma was trying to deflect blame onto the courtiers.

  24. Nic919 says:

    Going to bring up Hilary Mantel again because she nailed it by saying years ago that kate was a mannequin, nothing more. This editorial written by her staffer doesn’t change any of this. It is propaganda enabled by the British establishment to cover for the fact that kate is just there for the jewels and the expensive clothing and she will pretend that she’s doing more to keep getting access to the money and privilege.

    • BeanieBean says:

      I’ve feel for the staffer tasked with this editorial. Imagine being hired to arrange the schedule of a do-nothing duchess & getting told to write an editorial on a subject neither you nor your boss really know anything about. And how does such an editorial in the Telegraph come about? Did they contact her office, or more likely, did her office contact them?

  25. jferber says:

    She over-promises and under-performs. I thought she “shone a light” on the early years by her 5 question survey? She’s always about to do something because she does nothing or close to it.

  26. Tessa says:

    Kate can write this stuff but I doubt she will do anything to help homeless and disadvantaged in any meaningful way. She of the four mansions can just preach.

  27. Linney says:

    I’m sorry, but this is a statement from an “expert”? Is this a joke? Yes. Thank God for Kate. Because until she came along, no one understood the importance of early development. This is downright embarrassing.

  28. Amy Too says:

    “Over the course of my ten+ years of listening and learning, I have discovered that Christmas always falls on December 25. It’s very important that everyone knows that Christmas falls on December 25 so that they can participate in Christmas. Research shows that children like Christmas and many life-long memories that shape a person’s feelings for Christmas can be made on that day, but only if we actually know the date on which to celebrate. A look back at several years’ worth of calendars shows that December 25 is consistently the date for Christmas. It is my hope to continue to shine a light on this important issue, and to raise awareness amongst the people that Christmas falls on December 25 this year and always.”

    • Lady Esther says:

      Cackling out loud…hilarious!! I needed that laugh today, thanks @Amy Too

    • Unblinkered says:

      That totally nails it. Very very funny but, depressingly, very very accurate.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Don’t laugh too hard — I can totally see Kate trying to make Christmas all about *her* (with an annual church concert and pre-recorded piano playing), and then ostensibly tie it in to “family” and “children.” It seems too ludicrous to believe, but this is Kate we’re talking about.

    • Nic919 says:

      After ten years of research I have confirmed that oxygen is really important for breathing and health. I am shining a light on this because I need everyone to know this because it’s important.

  29. dee(2) says:

    All of this is because she knows, and the courtiers know she is lacking in comparison. I don’t think it’s even one particular situation, but any time she is compared to another woman and found wanting. They are coming to the US, and they know they have to have something to fluff her up, because actual news organizations will set people to do write ups, and not their usual isn’t her outfit or hair so pretty she gets in the typical magazines. There will be nothing for them to write, and so what they will write won’t be flattering. She is a 40-year-old woman with a ton of privilege and there are literally teenagers who have had more impact than she has.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Kate is never the smartest, most accomplished, most beloved, most respected woman in any room, and I think she knows it. But by God, she does her very best to be the thinnest and have the longest hair, lol.

  30. Aurora says:

    They ret-conned Kate’s early years involvement to 10 years. The first mention of this project came a few days before Meghan’s Hubb Cookbook launch.

    • Nic919 says:

      I never understood why they keep pushing back the date of when she started to pretend to care. It is easily shown how little she did on early years (nothing) prior to the Friday before Meghan launched the Grenfell tower cookbook.

      The longer this alleged time of research goes, the worse it looks. And we are now 4 years from a basic announcement and there has only been a survey which tells us things we have known since the beginning of the study of child psychology. Others have mentioned Maslow, Piaget, Dr. Benjamin Spock. That kate makes no reference to their early work suggests she is unaware of the foundational texts in the area of child psychology. This is basic first year undergrad psych knowledge which apparently expert kate does not seem to know.

  31. Nanea says:

    Too bad Kate never seems to have heard of Sure Start, a Labour initiative which centered on the early years of childhood development.

    The initiative aimed at giving children the best possible start in life through better childcare, and support of early education, improving kids’ health, emphasising on outreach and community development.

    The Tories – that the RF, especially the Incandescent Bulliam, are so friendly with – have all but killed the program in the past 10 years by closing more than 1300 of the centers in the UK.

    • SAS says:

      Holy shit, of COURSE there would be real-world example of how meaningless these words (and subsequent “awareness) are.

      #RestartSureStart assholes!

    • A says:

      Ding ding ding ding ding!!!! Thank you, @Nanea, for pointing out something incredibly relevant and important to note. The fact that the subject of early childhood development, much like a lot of other things in society, is as much a political cause and issue, as anything else.

      Even Kate’s attempts to take a non-political tack on this is impossible, bc she’s either knowingly or unknowingly regurgitating a very political pile of bile, written for her by people with a clearly Tory bent.

      So all that huffing from the royal reporters on how royals have to stay above politics is just bunk. What they mean is that royals have to stay above a certain TYPE of politics. They can’t be too socially progressive, or “woke”, but they can absolutely support Tory politics in a sly and underhanded way like this all they want, bc this isn’t going to be viewed as political. How convenient.

  32. Miranda says:

    If all she’s going to do for the rest of her life is “shine a light” on this issue, maybe choose an aspect of it that hasn’t been displayed in neon lights for DECADES? Like, why not shine a light on kids who have succeeded in a given area despite experiencing homeless or a mentally ill/addicted parent? Maybe create an award of some kind for people who mentor such kids. Do SOMETHING, just stop being so fatalistic and help kids by showing them that their situation isn’t hopeless.

  33. The Old Chick says:

    They’re so racist they don’t care how dumb and useless Kate is, she’s a, prop for the establishment and the telecrap will push the narrative

  34. AuntRara says:

    All of that time and money and no plan of action. No concrete steps. And no context, really. I’m worried that without proper context, people are going to look at her big chart and think that if they do their best for the first five years, the rest of the years don’t really matter. The people who are not going to want to adopt older children because their personalities and futures are already somehow “set” by living in less-than-ideal situations. The people who have been through terrible loss in their families (and far too many children have lost parents and grandparents during the on-going pandemic) and now are carrying extra guilt that their young children haven’t been living their best lives through their family’s struggle. As my critical-care nurse cousin says “Sometimes helping is hurting.”

  35. Jen says:

    I fully believe she wrote this nothing-burger herself.

  36. Eurydice says:

    Sadly, what we’ve learned over the past 10 years is that the Princess of Wales and the future Queen is an idiot. With this kind of writing, how in the world did she make it through university? Is the standard so low or did they pass her through because she was William’s girlfriend?

    If she wrote this, how did her staff let it go through? If one of her staff wrote this, how did she let it go through? Maybe it’s just the general apathy about the monarchy’s doings. Maybe everyone expects the RF to be dim and useless and profligate and corrupt. Maybe there’s no use in asking anything because they think she’s fine the way she is – a harmless babbler. (Except when it comes to Meghan)

    • Maremotrice says:

      “With this kind of writing, how in the world did she make it through university?” At university Kate would have been expected to meet essay deadlines, turn up to a minimum number of lectures and pass exams with a particular grade requirement in order to enrol in the next module. As a princess she is not subjected to any expectations at all, other than giving birth to an heir. That’s it.

    • Nic919 says:

      William almost failed out of his original program which is why he switched to geography. There was no way St Andrews was going to fail out the eldest son of the prince of wales. Kate was openly known as his girlfriend especially in the later years and so it’s more than likely professors knew to give her decent grades as well.

      Neither has shown they have any intellectual prowess since their basic undergraduate degrees either.

      • Eurydice says:

        Yes, that’s what I figure. We rail about how she should do better, work harder, be smarter – but those are our standards. When it comes to the standards under which the royals operate, all that matters is being royal. It’s ok to be a dimwit and produce gobbledygook like this because she’s royal, and the public won’t care that she makes no sense, just that she said something that sounds like she cares.

      • Nic919 says:

        It’s why Meghan was called the smartest because she had to earn her way to Northwestern and keep up her grades while there.

        William and Kate got the rich kid degree which isn’t the same.

  37. Belli says:

    This ‘article’ could have been one sentence long.

    “Early years are important, guys.”

    Yes, and? So what? What are you going to DO about it?

  38. Claudia says:

    Just words, preening and pretending to be keen when she hasn’t done nothing meaningful, never visits charities with clothes, food or toys to really help and do something, just spends thousands on fug dresses!

  39. Pumpkin (Was Sofia) says:

    She’s just repeating what she’s been saying for the last 5 years or so. We know EY is important, again, she’s been saying that herself for literal years now.

    And while the EY are crucial for future development, you’re not doomed if you don’t have the most stable life during ages 0-5. Similarly, you’re not going to be “problem free” if you have the happiest, most stable life till the age of 5.

  40. Pam says:

    They REALLY need another pie chart…

    • New.Here says:

      Agree to disagree?? Kinda looks like something Kate would work up herself. Hoping she takes it to Harvard.

  41. aquarius64 says:

    On this subject Kate is all hat and no cattle. Nothing to back up her assertions. The problem is the US media may be more critical than the sycophantic UK one if this is repeated in American media.

  42. sparrow says:

    What her team has written for her here is so basic, so obvious, that it’s an insult. If anyone else had written this, it would have been binned. If I were working in this field, from classroom assistant to professor of child development, I’d be wringing my hands at her entry level crap. Mums and dads across the globe know this stuff. Those around her really had to go out on an easy limb to find something, anything, for her to do. She’s a mum!!! Kate can be a child expert!!!

    As to her gurning (which is in overdrive here). Have others noticed how the kids around her are not equally animated? The little girl with the mask is totally not responding and looks a bit taken aback. I think Kate has this idea that pulling her face into huge reactions is what people do around children. Yes, babies and toddlers love it, but at this age??? The kids around her look much more muted and considerate of what’s being shown/said. Is this how CEO of Child Development thinks adults behave around children of this age, as if it’s a toddlers’ birthday party rather than a class of older kids? Extraordinary.

  43. Lizzie says:

    Was Kate ever interested in any child, or early years, before she had children? I remember Diana worked in a nursery school, she clearly loved children before she had her own. Kate’s interest is in only her own kids. She wouldn’t walk 10 minutes over to Frogmore Cottage to meet her niece and nephew.

  44. Maremotrice says:

    That second paragraph, beginning “Early childhood…”) reads like an exercise in how to use as many commas as possible in a single sentence. Ugh!

  45. Andy Dufresne says:

    Kate’s article sounds like an essay written just before the deadline lol. Where’s the meat??

  46. Temple says:

    Reads constantly, academic papers, parenting books, meetings and yet can’t hold a simple conversation without sounding like 5 year old child at her big ass age of 40.

    • Nic919 says:

      She reads all these alleged papers and she can’t name a single foundational work on this issue either.

  47. Gabby says:

    Bitch, how about if you and your (for now) husband volunteer to pay taxes on the Duchy funds? Those resources could actually provide needed early years resources for your country’s children.

  48. QuiteContrary says:

    Adding to Amy Too’s line edit:
    — Over the past 10 years, talking to a wide range of experts WHICH EXPERTS? about how we deal with societal issues like poor mental and physical health ….

    — Early childhood, from pregnancy to the age of five, fundamentally impacts our whole lives, establishing the core foundations which allow us to go on to thrive as individuals, with one another, as a community and as a society. HOW PRECISELY IS THIS FOUNDATION LAID? WHAT ARE THE LASTING IMPACTS OF ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES, FOR INSTANCE?

    — Over the past three decades, the body of evidence to support this has grown substantially. We now know that in the first five years of our lives, our brains develop faster than at any other time and that the impact of those years is hugely significant. <<< YOU SAID THAT ALREADY.

    — There are fantastic examples of what can be achieved when we recognise the unique potential of early childhood and build a safe and loving world around a child. NAME AND EXPLAIN ONE OR TWO EXAMPLES.

    — But not enough is being done. If we are going to tackle the sorts of complex challenges we face today like homelessness, violence and addiction, which are so often underpinned by poverty and poor mental health, … HOW DO WE ADDRESS THOSE CHALLENGES, SPECIFICALLY? SHOULD WE, FOR INSTANCE, SCREEN CHILDREN FOR ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES?

    — That is why I am determined to continue to shine a light on this issue and to do everything I can to secure much greater focus on those first crucial few years for the youngest members of our society – they are, after all, our future. CUE WHITNEY HOUSTON SONG.

  49. A says:

    There is so much that bothers me about this op-ed, that I think if I ranted about everything, my comment would just be a novel.

    First, of all, this line: “If we are going to tackle the sorts of complex challenges we face today like homelessness, violence and addiction, which are so often underpinned by poverty and poor mental health, we have to fully appreciate those most preventative years and do everything we can to nurture our children and those who care for them.”

    Notice the way this is written. Problems like homelessness, violence, and addiction, are UNDERPINNED by poverty and poor mental health. Even though poverty is the single biggest, most impactful factor on homelessness and violence, Weasel Wiglets and whichever Tory stooge her husband hired to write this puts the bulk of the problem on a person’s early years, and on THOSE WHO CARE FOR THEM.

    What this is essentially saying is that yeah, sure, poverty and mental health issues are a factor, but the REAL problem is bad parenting by bad parents who badly parented their kids between the ages of 0-5. So it’s not the responsibility of government to solve things like poverty by creating more robust social welfare networks, or to solve mental health crises by creating more robust services. No, it’s the job of individual people in society to solve their own problems themselves, by raising their kids right. And if you f-ck that up, well, that’s too bad.

    This is an incredibly damaging idea to peddle, for one. For another, this is a fundamentally Tory idea to peddle. Putting the responsibility for solving issues like homelessness and addiction onto individual people and their parenting, rather than on the govt and how Tory austerity measures are directly responsible for people being unable to keep a roof over their heads.

    And I love how she harps on about how the early years are so important, and that a child’s caregivers should be supported in order to help their children have the best start in life. You know what really f-cking hinders a child’s ability to have the best start in life? When the govt refuses to help the parent make sure that they can have a home at all, let alone keep that home heated, and keep food on the table. Bc the one thing that hugely impacts children is when they have precarious housing, and go to bed hungry and cold.

    To say nothing of the fact that she talks openly abt how pregnant people should be supported during their pregnancy, all while she was going out of her way to lie and feed the outrage machine that was cranking away against her own, pregnant SIL, who was suffering a mental health crises, that she directly had a hand in creating. Weasel has zero shame, truly.

  50. Tess says:

    I feel she means well, but until she can take the podium and speak about this with the confidence of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, it’s just text on a page.

    • Jais says:

      I’m not sure she does mean well, to be honest. It doesn’t feel like something she truly cares about. I mean maybe she does. But mostly it just feels like something she has to do. Has to look like she cares about something and is working on something. When in reality, there’s more work being done to make it appear like work, which doesn’t suggest actually she means well at all.

    • Nic919 says:

      She first announced this on the Friday before Meghan released her cookbook with the Hub ladies at Grenfell Tower. She never meant well but wanted to take away attention from her sister in law’s wonderful project.

    • Emily_C says:

      I don’t feel she means anything, and not just because she did not write this. She doesn’t care. Even one of her cousins said Kate struggles to care about other people. And the cousin was trying to defend her!

  51. AllBlackEverything says:

    I take umbrage with the fact that she is trying to act like the impoverished people are the addicts, miscreants, criminals and plagues on society. I’m not saying that being poor or lower middle class makes you a saint, but I can count on one hand with a couple of fingers how many people I grew up in the ghetto where we were all lower middle class to impoverished, who became a druggie, criminal or a miscreant.

    The vast majority of us became professionals and had professional parents and grandparents who were sharecroppers who came from enslaved Africans.

    We turned our lives around in one to two generations without colonizing other people and terrorizing other races to do it.

    She has some nerve to act like all these so called problematic people are coming from team POOR, when the majority of us who made it to lily white suburban schools (this includes poor white kids)n experienced seeing people taking drugs for the first time around RICH white KIDS. Rich WHITE kids having sex. Rich WHITE kids snorting coke and smoking weed in the back of the school and cheating on tests.

    That type of ish was not going on in MY ghetto school and if by chance it did, it was stomped out IMMEDIATELY and that child and family were given support by local mosques and churches. And we did all that being depressed because our being oppressed which caused us to be stressed.

    So she can kick rocks acting like the people she spent her whole life trying to be around got anywhere in life off of hardwork and merit and coming from loving homes. You live in THE home of England and your family is trash with trash values.

    The nerve.

    • Beverley says:

      Every. Damn. Word.

    • Mustlovedogs says:

      Is there a way of sending this comment to that newspaper as a letter to the Editor? Beautifully, intelligently, thoughtfully written, @Allblackeverything. In fact so many of these comments would be brilliant replies to that insulting load of rubbish. I would love to see this happen.

  52. ChattyCath says:

    This is another version of ‘blame the poor’. Life is never easy but helping early years charities with money to ameliorate the poor life experiences of some kids would be a positive step. What about all the Royal ladies last century and the ‘flag days’ they organised. What about all Queen Adelaide’s endeavours? The Wales’ are just being insulting.

  53. Deering24 says:

    It speaks volumes that the Telegraph has no comment section for this. 🤣🤣🤣

  54. Beverley says:

    Oh puh-leeze, Mute couldn’t read this editorial aloud if she tried. Who do they think they’re fooling?

  55. Noor says:

    After !0 years of learning about early year, Kate response is to set up a Royal foundation center to highlight the issues, a bureaucratic response to social issues. No new initiatives and real actions that impact the ground.

  56. Solidgold says:

    Kate does not care one bit about her charity work. All these years and she STILL cannot speak eloquently or spontaneously on the subject! That is weird!

    The Wales PR is so insulting with “she reads scientific papers”, photo-ops at hospitals and her sitting at a desk looking at graphs. LOL. It’ so cringe!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. Candy says:

    That last line is actually a line from Bridget Jones Diary where she’s pretending to give a sh*t 🤣 about KIDS.

  58. Janice Hill says:

    When I got to the last line, all I could think about was Bridget Jones’ Diary when she is interviewing for a job. She has no idea what to say and tells the the guy that children’s issues are important because after all, they are the future.

  59. Well Wisher says:

    She is allowed to have a vanity project as long as it does not involve any governance from the ruling tories.

    She dare not mention any of their misdeed.

    Meanwhile, they are closing centres that offered social services, closing libraries.

    A lady in Manchester had to be admitted to hospital twice for blood transfusions due to malnutrition.

    No heat at home.

    She eat one meal a day so her children can have two, her crime losing her job after a bad case of COVID due to improper regulations under Matt Locke, and Boris.

    I cannot understand why anyone will allow these people to use their children as props.


  60. Tessa says:

    That chart. How does Kate know that many people don’t understand the early years when she has no clue.

  61. Liebrelunar says:

    There are no sources, there is no plan. Nothing is concrete. She has such a platform and resources and all she can come up with is a light call to action to “do something”.