Princess Kate’s 41st birthday today seems pretty muted, which is… weird

Today is the Princess of Wales’s 41st birthday. Happy birthday, Buttons. Last week, I kept waiting for the keen birthday stories to begin, although I wasn’t expecting the three-week buttons propaganda we got last year for Kate’s 40th. What I also didn’t expect was for Kate to be completely silent – usually, we get at least one or two stories about how Kate is the greatest Top CEO to ever keen, and this year will be the year where she really gets down to work. There’s been none of that. Which is notable, right? Her first birthday as Princess of Wales and there’s just… nothing. William even arranged for an unhinged story in the Sunday Times this weekend and there was barely even a mention of his wife or her birthday.

It could be that Kate is mad that Prince Harry’s Spare and his promotion have made it clear that Kate was a complete a–hole to Meghan from the word go, and Kate is simply saving her keen PR until the Spare stuff dies down. In last night’s ITV interview, Harry even said that Kate “stereotyped” Meghan, which I believe. (I also believe Kate was racist AF.) Kate and William are due to make a joint appearance together… on Friday. LOL, could they really not arrange for a busy-work event before then?

Buckingham Palace wished Kate a happy birthday, as did the Irish Guards. I’ve seen some bot-farm tweets too. But mostly, things seem very muted around Kate right now. Curious.

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  1. ThatsNotOkay says:

    She’s waiting for Spare to come out, so she can blame Harry for the fact that she got older.

    • Nem says:

      Now the audience has been warned about the absolute BTS nightmare she is, in the awful post brexit inflation unpoverished britain era,she needs to make herself forgotten.

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        She will relish the opportunity to be forgotten as out of sight is out of mind. She can then sit on her ass doing nothing as usual. Never have I been so glad to see a woman have exactly the husband she deserves.

    • Renae says:

      Perhaps Harry caǹ send her a copy of Spare as a birthday present….. autographed, of course.

    • Jane says:

      Who cares about Bling bling Katey the muted Princess. She should go to therapy- she’s passive aggressive.

  2. Tessa says:

    The daily fail of course has an article about harry ruining keen birthday.

    • erika says:

      I was LOLing hard at that article.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      Really? I say this with pride as a Brit that I ignore the news and most mainstream channels as much as I can. Some over-privileged and lazy woman’s birthday should not be national news. People are cold and hungry with the system broken. We don’t need to be reminded of Katie Antoinette.

    • Cessily says:

      How did he ruin it? She never did get her big joint 40th birthday party with Peggy last year as was reported to be “in the works” maybe she is still waiting for that?

    • purplecupcakes says:

      Literally saw a tiktok where someone said that Harry “ruined” Kate’s birthday and how unfair that is to Kate and I literally rolled my eyes. Like WHO actually cares about this middle aged BORING woman’s birthday. It literally is so inconsequential. She will live, it’ll be fine.

  3. Noki says:

    It’s not like some big milestone birthday. After a certain age who cares unless it’s the big ones.

    • kelleybelle says:

      I know, big deal. She is 41 and looks 57. End of. The shot of her in the blue coat dress, look at the chest/ribs. Zero body fat.

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        As much as I do not like this woman, I’ve repeatedly said that people around her do not like her as they are not concerned for her well being.

      • Weetzie says:

        @Kellybelle I’ve thought the same about her in that blue coat dress. Years ago I was in a yoga teacher training course with a woman who was clearly in the later stages of full-blown anorexia and it was painful to watch how she interacted with food and pushed herself physically when she clearly had no energy and none of us knew how to best handle the situation. Over the last several years Kate looks more and more like this woman. I’m no Kate apologist, but it is painful to watch her waste away to nothing while apparently no one cares – or even rewards her – for being so clearly ill. No one can tell me she’s just naturally thin or is super fit.

      • Sugarhere says:

        @Weetzie: Could it be that William’s philandering has been causing Catherine’s self-hate and foods rejection?

      • Emily says:

        I don’t like her, but she doesn’t look 57. She looks her age.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate is a very old looking 41. Let’s not pretend that everyone at 41 looks like her. Many look far more youthful even without botox and fillers because they have healthier habits, didn’t smoke or spend so much time in the sun and have better genetics. And dieting down to little body fat ages someone exponentially.

      • HowRude says:

        This is body shaming.

    • purplecupcakes says:

      Even if it were a milestone birthday, who flippin’ cares? It’s just a birthday. She’ll live with it lol.

  4. Becks1 says:

    I think there was pushback last year from William and maybe even BP after her 40th birthday press extravaganza, which was so over the top and ridiculous; we didn’t get half as much press for William’s 40th bday, the actual heir. I mean three separate portraits!!! It was just ridiculous. I think she was told to sit a few plays out after that one.

    • Nic919 says:

      Showing the Victorian ghost photo right now would definitely not make her look out of touch and as snotty as Harry has described her. 😄

    • Chloe says:

      @becks1: i think they’ll follow the talking point of it all being harry’s fault that she couldn’t celebrate properly

    • Dr Mrs The Monarch says:

      I actually expected the opposite to happen this year. I was sure we would get new portraits of the Princess of Wales covered in old lady jewels to drown out Harry’s interviews.

      Of course, that would mean a public unveiling and questions from the press. I’m sure she doesn’t want to do any speaking engagements right now.

  5. Clarissa says:

    I know this isn’t a useful comment, but that pic in the blue and yellow polka dot dress she looks so much like pippa! Threw me off it was with TOB

  6. CidySmiley says:

    I have a theory that Kate is going to step back for quite a while and try and reinvent herself. She wants to be the Princess of Wales and one day, Queen.. its her whole identity and right now she has to wait for the heat from Spare to die down.

    • kelleybelle says:

      A good thought but poor Kate doesn’t have much to work with intellect-wise, does she? The 5 Questions nonsense is just that, she is aging badly, can’t dress herself, and is a horrid public speaker. She is raising three kids with a LOT of domestic help. She has done nothing else except to chase a man for 10 years. She only got him because he gave up and no one else wanted him.

    • MaryContrary says:

      “Re invent herself”. Oh yes, she’s keen to do that. Eyeroll.

  7. Deanne from Canada says:

    Rationale for the B Day “Stand Down”:

    @cidysmiley – YES. Reinvent Kate could be in the works IF KP and KC3 really have a hoot about her. I suspect she has limited power influence other than hair flips and mom duties.

    Back to my thoughts:
    Twitter – fawning seems to largely bot driven (yes she has a fan base but still).

    “Spare” has linked KP PR + BM= Fluffing her image. So KP is letting her “work” associations regale her with Birthday wishes. Look at all my connections!!! (kinda quiet)

    Last year’s 3 glam shot fanadango with a nixed “UK Portrait Tour” was a giant Thirst Trap that was most likely mocked extensively behind closed doors. Reminding the public that all Kate offers is $$$ clothing & photoshop & fillers during an Economic Crisis will garner ZERO favours.

    So it’s stand down. Possibly pop up somewhere doing something charitable for a “surprise photo op” (pap walk!) and poof she gets good headlines.

    Right now.. they’re painting the picture of Harry looking thirsty. It plays to this narrative.

    • Layla says:

      Oh God we’re going to have the fake keens visiting mental health charities ad infinitum with K continuing her gaslighting of Meghan through her copykeen outfits aren’t we?🤦🏻‍♀️

  8. Iris says:

    Was anyone else shocked that Harry said they were very close in the ITV interview? That he *did* see Kate like a sister? I was surprised because like many of us here, I thought that was all Middleton PR

    • OriginalCee says:

      I’m just glad he keeps calling her Kate, putting to rest the ridiculous idea she’s always been “Catherine”

    • February Pisces says:

      I was thinking about that, and my theory is that he knows exactly what Kate and the middletons are, but then so did Willie and that didn’t stop him marrying her. However once kate joined the family he didn’t have a reason to hate her because she was literally like a giggling school girl around him. She would literally hang on every word. I think he knew she was bitchy towards other women, had very few people who actually liked her and clung on to willie for dear life, but Kate would still bend over backwards to be liked and noticed by him, like she is with willie.

      Remember he used to call her limpet and also issued a press release denying dating Pippa (because he was so mad at the middletons).

    • Nic919 says:

      She was probably fine with him until Meghan came along and he saw how snotty she was toward his fiancée and then wife. I think because he treated her well he expected that to be returned, but she didn’t. Hence the behaviour being aired out now.

  9. Athena says:

    I’m surprise they didn’t release a picture of Kate and William going to church yesterday with her “friends “ walking six feet behind them, as protocol dictates.

  10. Lolo86lf says:

    Had not been for Harry’s Spare Kate would have thrown a big bash party as being the new princess of Wales but Harry threw a big bucket of cold water to Kate’s plans. He rained on her parade and the British media won’t soon forget. I hope I am good at sarcasm

    • Laura D says:

      Talking of birthday bashes. What happened to the joint 40th birthday party? The one where the papers took great pleasure in telling us “Harry wasn’t invited.” Did it ever happen?

    • Surly Gale says:

      Brits should be thanking Harry because he has obviously saved them some money by tossing that bucket of cold water onto Kate’s plans!!!

    • February Pisces says:

      I remember how much a big deal the press made of Kate’s 40th and her civil war portrait, but I don’t even remember willies at all. I’m assuming his 40th happened, I just can’t remember it.

  11. HeyKay says:

    My guess is that everyone is behind closed doors, staying out of sight during Harrys PR tour for Spare.
    All next week, it will be “sightings” labeled as X breaks cover for first time since Spare release.

    We’ve seen it all before.

    • sparrow says:

      Really good theory, HeyKay. Charles has been out and about, chatting and laughing with some crowd, somewhere. I think he can manage it pretty well and is adroit enough to keep going. W&K are another matter. IMO serious discussion is going into how they will behave. I foresee huge cheering and positive crowd response to their first few events, but any boo’ing or pointed question shouted out by a newspaper reporter, and William could go mad. I think the fear is William. He is such a hostile character and therefore unpredictable. How would Kate react with him in explosive mode, publicly? It would reveal so much about their marriage.

      • Becks1 says:

        So far everything that Harry has said about Charles (which has been relatively little in what I’ve seen/read) hasn’t really been surprising. like Charles is a cold father who can’t control William and just sort of mopes about “my boys don’t ruin my later years”? I’m not really shocked or surprised and I think even casual royal followers aren’t either.

        The stuff about William is a LOT more damaging IMO. So its easier for Charles to just get out and about and do his thing than for William I think.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      They are definitely intentionally laying low. Reminds me of the scene in the Godfather, when there is wartime, the family goes into lockdown.

    • K8erade says:

      At this point, Harry exposed the BRF’s entire game. So it’s pretty predictable they’ll spend this week laying low. I’m just not sure how much good it will do them at this point. I don’t think they’ll ever be able to outrun this. The jig is up.

    • Jennifer says:

      Yeah, obviously she’s gonna have to hide this week after the book comes out.

      Also, 41 is not a milestone birthday so if she had the same hype for it, come on.

    • Gabby says:

      Each year now on, the new Princess of Wales will honor the former Princess of Wales by taking time out between Christmas and Diana’s birthday to reflect. Mutton McButtons will return to royal work after July 1.

  12. Annalise says:

    Kate WOULD have the same birthday as my sociopathic mother

  13. Lucky Charm says:

    Happy Bitchday indeed, Kate! Lol that her first appearance is on Friday the 13th!

  14. The Duchess says:

    It’s nearly 3pm GMT and KP’s twitter and insta account haven’t even bothered to put a post on for her birthday. Very strange indeed! Unless they’ve forgotten, which is easily done when it comes to her.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      Very strange indeed. Separation announced in 3…2… then new wife roll-out begins. The arch-nemesis of Meghan will be rolled out. Blonde, accomplished, multi-lingual, lawyer, low 30’s, aristocrat, english rose,

      • Chrissy says:

        IDK. Anyone with half a brain, a life or any self-esteem would not want to marry the Rage Monster IMO. Who would be so desperate?

      • RoyalBlue says:

        Certainly not a love marriage, but if Margaery could marry Joffrey Lannister, I am sure it could be arranged. She would have her own home and just show up for appearances sake.

      • The Duchess says:

        They didn’t even bother to put on a wedding anniversary post in April 2022. I thought something was up then, but now no birthday post for Keen? You in danger, girl!

      • purplecupcakes says:

        As much as William would LOVE to bag an accomplished aristo, I can’t imagine any intelligent woman to go for him. He also has obvious rage issues he needs to work out.

    • The Old Chick says:

      Just looked – they still haven’t. RF did but not KP.. maybe they’re too busy leaking to all their friends

  15. Layla says:

    The fact that there has been to total silence on this, that is essentially part of the proof that the royals collaborate and leak/plant to the media right? The fact that last year we got weeks and weeks of comments about how “k is keen” and “k is great” and “Meghan is terrible” vs total silence this year? If they weren’t in cahoots with the media then surely, the media would’ve at least thrown out one or two exxaverated pieces about how k is keen or whatever but it looks like they’ve been instructed by KP to be completely silence and just focus on ripping Harry (and Meghan (because we ALL know Meghan will get blamed (honestly the U.K. has become such a huge joke around the world now because of this))) to shreds

  16. K8erade says:

    While Harry’s talked about Camilla at length over using the tabloid press to rehabilitate her image, I also think he’s going soft on Kate but also includes her in that category. I mean before Meghan came around the press was regularly lampooning her for being lazy and then all of the sudden Meghan shows up and Kate’s an English Rose.

    Kate has become pretty muted since becoming Princess of Wales in general but I think both Charles and William are behind that. I think whatever “new arrangement” that came with her moving into Adelaide Cottage also covers how she engages the press as there has been far far less keenery since the move to Adelaide. She was even pretty muted during the QEII’s funeral. Uncle Gary is a loose cannon but even Carol(e) has quieted down quite a bit.

    • Rnot says:

      I’ve often wondered about how much control Kate and/or Carole have over Gary. He’s obviously Team Kate but I wonder about how much they actually direct what he says or when he shuts up. His comments are so frequently less than helpful.

    • Nic919 says:

      Harry thought Kate was going to Balmoral with the rest, but she didn’t and the school excuse is pretty bad since the kids would have been done class that day or very close to it.

      William likely told her to stay back, which then caused the confusion about Meghan going.

      • Becks1 says:

        I found that interesting in the 60 minutes interview. It’s clear Harry just assumed Kate was going as well, and William didn’t tell him otherwise. Maybe Charles told Kate to stay home as well.

      • Jais says:

        I wondered if Harry was being shady there. Pointedly saying what time are you and Kate traveling up when he knew full well that William didn’t want Kate to go. Or he was at least being pointedly shady by phrasing it that way in the interview. It’s possible though that he truly thought they would put up appearances for the monarch’s death and was surprised she didn’t attend.

  17. Harper says:

    I imagine Kate is feeling some things today. Mostly, all that work she put into smiling like a hyena while accompanying her rage monster husband. All that energy put into pretending things are great. The forced touching of his back, arm, etc., pretending William was as great a guy as Meghan got. I wonder if she’s relieved the truth is out? It’s got to take some pressure off her, if she was internalizing it or telling herself that it was worth the price. The silence is loaded, IMO.

  18. Jk says:

    Kate has what I call a gormless idiot grin. She pulls her lips back so much so that the upper lip completely disappears, baring as much teeth as possible, big gaping mouth and a jaw that doesn’t quite align. Sometimes her chin is pulled back, sometimes, it juts forward.

    • TheVolvesSeidr says:

      Incandescent Baldimort just grimaces for a smile. He does the teeth baring thing worse the khateful imo. Like peeling his lips back from his yellow teeth is a smile in his book.

  19. JMoney says:

    The more Harry speaks about the institution they more I understand why the RF fiercely defend Kate.

    Kate was exactly what the firm wanted (not want bully wanted but he knows what he wants vs what he needs are two diff things) and still wants. It’s not what the public wants but the RF don’t care about the public they only care about themselves.

    Kate is the blueprint what the firm are going to look for when it comes time for the younger generation to marry.

    • Nem says:

      No, they only defend her, because like will she is the future face of the british monarchy.
      And they can’t allow their reputation to sink too low, as Charles and camilla are already despised and have done their best to destroy any public goodwill.
      When the brf was able to choose (in an already reduced pool as charles wasn’t a prize) , they took Diana in, and she delivered amazingly, and she established an new standard and a legacy the brf continues shamelessly to exploit.
      kate was will last standing woman, when all eligible girls had escaped because upper classes people knew will was awful.
      They were looking for madeleine of sweden or cressida bonas.
      George, Charlotte and Louis are going to have it hard in finding a right partner, with hellish (grand) parents in law from both sides,and an infamous greatly documented 2 generations old marital story.

  20. girl_ninja says:

    The funny part is that from what we have seen so far she’s barely in it. She helped torture Meghan and it may be that Harry didn’t think she was worth talking about and has paid her dust. You just know she wants to be included in the performative outrage. I love that for her.

    • Well Wisher says:

      A fair point.
      She is so desperate to be seen.
      Kate is aware that her husband comes alive when he is outraged, if it is about her it allows his to be a good husband in a performative way .

      She gives him stuff to quarrel, e.g. ‘Meghan made her cry’. An obvious lie.
      Harry is aware of this so she is only included to move the narrative.

      She is overshadowed by the last Princess of Wales who was departed two plus decades ago.

      Well played Harry..

    • Flower says:

      I think Harry has gone easy on Kate bc it’s a trigger point for William and that’s not what he is trying to achieve here.

      Also in the grand scheme of things Kate IS invisible, she has no discernable carved out role.

      There is also a third possibility where he feels sorry for Kate and sees her also as a victim, despite knowing she has been unkind to Meghan.

      Essentially I think Harry cares more about the way Chuckles, Bill and the Consort have treated him – because they are the ones who have villanised and marginalised his family. They have truly treated him awfully and deep down for all of them it’s because he became more like Diana as he grew older. Their guilt is eating them up and they can’t even see it.

      • Tessa says:

        I think the way Kate treated Meghan would negate any pity. He rebuffed Kate when she tried to stand next to him at the walkabout

  21. February Pisces says:

    To quote Wendy Williams “happy birthday kate… no one cares”

  22. Agnes says:

    Thank you for all the wonderful photographs of our Birthday Girl, Buttons!

  23. Amy Bee says:

    I have no doubt Kate took a birthday photo. I think the Palace told her not to put out the photo so that the press will keep their attention on Harry.

    • Harper says:

      Over the weekend one of the Rota on Twitter said Kate would be releasing a birthday photo. But then again, the palace also said Kate and Will were having a joint 40th birthday party that Harry and Meghan were not invited to. So, more lies.

  24. QuiteContrary says:

    In the photos posted by the Irish Guards … what the hell is going on with Kate’s hands in the photo of her clutching a Guinness? She is really unwell.

  25. Plums says:

    I think they made a big to-do around her 40th because Meghan made news around her 40th with her 40×40 mentorship initiative. The lack of press and just general happy birthday messages on social media from the official accounts seems more standard than any major coverage, imo.

  26. HeatherC says:

    She needs a couple of days to strengthen herself up so she can take pictures with POC. She may even TOUCH one.

  27. MY3CENTS says:

    I’m thinking Irish guards shouldn’t wish her happy birthday every year, just so she dosen’t get used to the idea and expect them to do it every year.

  28. SIde Eye says:

    Once again the photo array is just perfection. Thank you for this! The chain linked fence is always a classic – but every now and then the pic of the lobster claws shows up and it’s glorious! I just wish there was a pic of her downing a crack baby in her Scarlett O’Hara dress – let’s face it that dress is perfect for a trip to the Caribbean /s

    No photo shoot this year. Oh well, we’ll always have those severely photoshopped pics from her grandfather in law’s funeral which she turned into her personal runway with a private photographer – coupled with bullshit peacemaker stories and narratives to boot. Perfect for the occasion. We all know she was thinking of others and orchestrating peace talks with the brothers as she sat in her car being photographed staring into space.

    Such a hero!

  29. Colleen says:

    Have the day you deserve, Kate

  30. JP says:

    It occurred to me today that I’ve been in so many weddings and never once thought to involve the bride in my dress fittings. Kate should have had her mum take Charlotte to get her dress altered…or her nanny…or (gasp) she could have taken Charlotte herself. She should never have bothered Meghan with the fitting at all!

    • purplecupcakes says:

      Also I firmly maintain that it was likely Kate who made Charlotte cry. I don’t buy for a second that a 3 year old wore a dress that didn’t fit and then “burst into tears”. She’s 3 & most three year olds could care less about a dress, they most likely just don’t to be in a fitting and would rather play outside.

      KKKHate probably hated the dress because she hates Meghan and then likely said something mean when Charlotte tried on the dress.

  31. CC says:

    This reminds me of Patton Oswalt’s stand-up bit about how many birthdays people are allowed to have (NSFW).