Princess Kate’s Early Years busy work is even getting called out by Americans

This week, it’s been a real pleasure to watch as the Princess of Wales’s button-covered busy work keeps getting gently exposed. Kate launched Shaping Us, her latest Early Years rebrand and the campaign includes a 90-second creepy claymation video, a billboard, tons of videos of a preening Kate (and her wonky eyebrow) and a lot of nothingness. No plan, no call to action, no fundraising scheme, no actual program. It’s not just Omid Scobie calling her out, however gently. The royal rota have started pointing out that there’s no there there, especially in an era where nursery schools are closing and early-childhood programs are being slashed. Even worse, even the American magazines – the ones normally on the monarchy’s side – are starting to publish critical pieces. Town & Country covered the recent criticisms of Kate by that group of credible experts. T&C went even further by publishing some very critical social media comments too:

Some critics are saying though the Princess of Wales’s intentions are good, and early childhood is important, awareness is not enough.

“We are well accustomed to MPs and royalty visiting early years settings, praising the invaluable work of practitioners from David Cameron to Gordon Brown and the Queen Consort,” Dr. Mine Conkbayir, a member of the Practitioners of the Early Years Sector, said, per Sky News. “But nothing is done. The time has long passed for ‘awareness.’ We need action — long-term investment and funding in the early years. Childcare providers are having to turn to food charities to provide nutritious meals for children while stagnant government funding still is not being directed to the sector. The paltry government funding of early years that is provided does not cover the provision of any food.”

Many pointed out that the programs necessary to make children happy and healthy adults, as Kate is advocating for, have been cut in the UK, like Sure Start, an initiative launched in 1998 with the aim of “giving children the best possible start in life.” In the past few years, hundreds of Sure Start centers have been closed.

As one UK resident, Chloë Reeves, tweeted, “The Princess of Wales looks to be launching a sincere & thoughtful campaign, but it’s kind of wild that Sure Start was an evidence-based solution to the problems she’s raising, was evaluated and found to be wonderfully successful, and we’re sort of pretending it wasn’t cut.”

Another, SJ Howitt, wrote, “I’m curious whether The Princess of Wales knows that all our sure start centres and family centres have been closed and whether she is aware that was a political decision?” Yet another user, Carole Britton, who writes in her bio she is a “wife, mum, gran,” tweeted, “Seeing the Princess of Wales at the launch of her ‘Shaping Us’ campaign, highlighting the importance of years 0 to 5, irked a little. We knew these were vital years in child development and ‘Sure Start’ was an initiative to try and address this. It needed work not scrapping!”

There’s a difference between Kate’s message and Sure Start, Naomi Eisenstadt, the first director of the Sure Start Unit in 1999, said. “Sure Start to begin with was explicitly aimed at families in poverty. It became universal because everybody wanted it, which was great,” Eisenstadt told Newsweek. “She’s trying to do something slightly different which is to say that there are some things all parents can do, should be doing, which are good for children. That’s right and you can’t argue with that. What’s missing from the campaign is the political side of it. Everyone can be a good parent but there are circumstances that make it much harder for parents in poverty.”

[From Town & Country]

I would have thought that the timing would be the opposite, that American publications would be the first to poke holes in Kate’s busy work, then the Brits would follow. But it’s been the opposite – UK social media has been highly critical and it definitely feels like the royal rota and “monarchist factions” of the British media feel emboldened to criticize Kate’s childish keenery. And now the Americans are following suit.

Kensington Palace posted this video on Thursday. This is actually the most we’ve heard Kate speak without a script in front of her. Putting her with a half-dozen squirmy kids and trying to show them a 90-second claymation video… and the kids could not have given less of a f–k. Yikes. This video is absolutely not doing what she thinks it’s doing. Yet another example of Kate using children – especially children of color – as props.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. equality says:

    Maybe I’m just cynical but I wonder if the mild criticism she is getting is so that the BM can claim to not just go after Meghan. Or is it being orchestrated so that she can drop the project as “too political”? Or to make it look like she is such an activist.

    • Snuffles says:

      I personally think they are mad because she can’t compete with the type of projects that Meghan has put together with tangible results. This is Kate’s big effort that she allegedly spent years developing and it’s just hollow and pointless.

      • Becks1 says:

        I think they’re mad too. They’re stuck with the boring Waleses and Charles and Camilla. Now that’s the fault of the british press (in large part), but they were definitely told it was okay to go after Meghan the way they did. I don’t think anyone ever expected that the Sussexes would actually walk away. And now they haven’t just walked away, they’re successful, and they’re calling out the British media and the RRs and their abusive tactics, their lies, their collussion with the palace, etc. And the RRs are stuck with Kate showing up in another designer coat to do absolutely nothing and yet they have to churn out glowing article after glowing article about it.

        If I’m a RR, I’d be really really ticked at the Waleses right about now. No one to blame but themselves obviously, but I can see how they thought they would be able to ride the Meghan hate-train for years, and instead when they try to pump out the Meghan hate stories they just look sad and stalkerish (the bookstore in Montecito, Oprah’s “birthday party” story etc.) And there is nothing left to fill that void.

        Well they’ll find something eventually, so WanK better be careful.

      • DouchesOfCambridge says:

        Kkkhate definitely does do it the same way as Meghan. Meg’s the example of effectiveness. I’m glad they called out that we’re way past the. “awareness” level. All this campaign is acting like all the other campaign didn’t exist and nobody knows that early years are important. Like, if this is really her idea (lightbulb + finger up) this is how disconnected she is from the real world. Guys, early years ARE important! It shapes who we become! DISCOVERY! (after 3 reboots) DUH

      • Christine says:

        The Oprah they just used as a cudgel to beat Meghan, but was a lowly American talk show host that no one had ever heard of in the U.K., until she was suddenly thrown the birthday soiree of the century that Meghan wasn’t invited to, and they had suddenly heard of her again and she was the most important American of all?

        You can’t even make up their levels of BS, at this point. It’s sad.

      • Mel says:

        What projects has Meghan done that’s so fantastic? The cook book? That was just a foreword and that’s it. smart works? What a disappointment that was. Little substance.
        Perhaps you are speaking of her podcast which was all about herself. ( her favourite subject!)
        Either way…Meghan roses on the coattails of the donations given to them via archewell ( which is registered in Delaware for those cheap tax breaks and loop holes.)

    • lleepar says:

      It could be any of the things you mentioned. I also hope part of the motivation is that royal reporters are starting to worry that their own credibility is at stake, and continuing to play the mindless sycophant isn’t necessarily a good career choice in the long term.

    • ABritGuest says:

      Normally I’d be inclined to think the same but I think the campaign is receiving criticism because a) it has come at such a bad time in the uk with the cost of living crisis, rising inflation & interest rates, rising food banks & even warm banks use that just “raising awareness” instead of doing something tangible to help is genuinely irritating some in the public b) i think Spare & interviews harry did means that the public may be looking at the media machinery around the royal family more critically so that’s why there’s more criticism about obvious palace PR. But also maybe some in the media want to appear to be more objective & less like obvious propagandists c) there was a lot of pre launch hype so to see Kate come up with same old same old is disappointing even her stans & not exciting enough for the media to sell. K&W helped drive moneymakers H&M away but aren’t really giving them anything dynamic or impactful in return. Earthshot didn’t bring the ratings & seemed to be quickly forgotten & this early years campaign is a boring rehash. for the media its like trying to put lipstick on a pig. I think that’s why Rhiannon Mills & Russell Myers said her messaging & speeches need to be stronger.

      • First comment says:

        All of this, @Abritguest..👆👆👆

      • Not a Subject says:

        This above NAILED IT. The media has been exposed and in light of this incredibly underwhelming (frankly pathetically sad, what is wrong with her for real??) project they are just calling it (gently) like it is.

        I hope to see more of this realness from the British media but I do not think we will.

      • Mel says:

        It seems in the minds of Meghan fans every thing Kate does is bad.

    • Amy Bee says:

      She has been barely criticised by the press. Except for the one critical article by Rhiannon Mills, the British press has been supportive of her efforts.

      • Chloe says:

        I have to agree with Amy here. She’s barely been criticized. Even in this article most of the blame is being put on politics. Nobody dares to say what really the issue is here: that kate has an opportunity to do real good work here if she were only to actively (and financially) support charities that focus on childrens wellbeing. She’s actively refused to do so.

      • ABritGuest says:

        Yes- it’s mainly the public that has been critical of what she’s saying. But even that is a shift because I found people were either royalists who swooned over her, casual watchers who like her hair or cute kids or were completely indifferent to her. Criticism of Kate on her own (without will) is extremely rare. Her fans openly voicing disappointment in this campaign is pretty unheard of since Meghan came along & suddenly Kate could do no wrong. Her fans were arguing the Caribbean trip was a success.

        In recent years any hint of criticism about Kate & her work is just dismissed as trolling. However the rota are responding to public criticism by either fighting hard & claiming she’s drawing attention to need for shift in government policy on early years (Richard Palmer) or saying her messaging isn’t dynamic enough (Rhiannon). For Russell Myers to say on a podcast that Kate still struggles with speeches etc tells me they will still do the most to hype her up but they are kind of showing their disappointment that she really isn’t their great white hope.

      • Becks1 says:

        oh, for sure, its the bare minimum of criticism. But its still notable IMO that its even that much. That’s how much the BM has been kissing her behind over the past 5 years, that even saying “welllllll this sort of falls flat…..” is noteworthy.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Amy Bee, I agree completely. CopyKeen hasn’t faced one iota of criticism.

        As for her visit here, what was the point of her showing these children her claymation video??? I was cringing the entire time. And how is she SO BAD when speaking with children??? Of course she had to visit a center with POC. 🙄🙄🙄🙄

        At least she took her coat off.

      • Mel says:

        What rot. She was harassed and had topless pics taken of her.
        After the levesen inquiry it was against the law for paps to stalk celebrities or royalty. Before this law was passed she was stalked like prey. Google it.
        As far as headlines go she like any other new female royal member had her share of negative press.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Mel, really? Then why was H&M’s home away from London photographed inside and outside? the topless pics of Kate were removed, weren’t they? Tell me if any of the racist, sexist, xenophobic articles written about Meghan were ever removed. Tell me if any of the racist comments on the brf’s social media accounts were ever removed. Tell me how many in the bm said that Meghan was NOT suicidal, when she was? This is the wrong site for you to come to and try and drum up sympathy for Kate. She’s been part of the brf cult and bm that has done whatever they can think of to harm Meghan and now Harry.

    • JJ says:

      Great point! She has spent 10+ years of doing busy work and they are only saying something now after Harry’s book is a bestseller and it calls out the media’s preferential treatment of certain family members. Also, they want Harry to come back for the coronation so they are sort of making nice.

      • Mel says:

        Charles wants his son there. The public do not. Harry will get booed like he did at the jubilee.
        It it’s a state affair not a family one.
        Harry’s book is comedy gold. Only a fool would take it as gospel.

    • Caribbean says:

      The Royal family without the Sussexes is like golf without Tiger Woods

      • Mel says:

        It’s funny. They have spent the time apart from the royals criticising the institution.
        And yet before they left they were very keen to have half in and half out.
        Amd golf is fine with out Tiger Woods. Who’s cheating scandals and drink driving arrest was an embarrassment.

      • Carolind says:

        I am only interested in the older generations of royals – Duke of Kent, Alexandra, the Gloucesters, the new King, Princess Anne, Edward and Sophie, Princess Margaret’s children. I could not care less about the next generation and that includes the Sussexes, the Yorks, Zara, fake William and Kate. The only two I rate are Louise and her brother.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      I’m not fully aware of the reportage from the BM of government funding for Early Years stuff. What I do know is that the palaces are informed of what’s going on in parliament/government. Isn’t that what the red box is for? genuine question

      What, if, Kate’s current campaign, is based on information they already know that’s going to happen? More funding for the stuff she’s supposedly bringing awareness The messaging is very vague. So, if further funding is given…OMG, Kate’s made changes with her campaign. Her Royal Hormones of Wails is such an influence. Our future Queen is such an activist! She’s distancing herself from the ‘Early Years’ phrase to Shaping Us? Did Kate’s team borrow from Lily Bernheimer’s book The Shaping of Us?

      There have been a number of petitions to the UK government for funding from groups/organizations that need it. Long before Kate said boo. This past weeks of OTT stuff is suspicious. Too much at once.imo (an examination of Kate’s life of its own eyebrow and wiglets might tell us the timetable of when the videos were done). It’s like she’s competing against Meghan’s paid family leave bill work.

      I’m questioning that she’s being mildly criticized for something she might be later praised for in the BM. Coincidence or conspiracy as Lainey would say?

      Interesting read. December 16, 2022.

  2. Lady Esther says:

    Remember “The Cambridge Way”? After the Caribbean Flop Tour, it was reported by William and Kate’s camp that they were going to focus on, IIRC “big impact” events (focusing on glamour and celebrities), focus on “positivity” (so no poverty talk! No one wants to get all gloomy and such!) and blahblah. It boiled down to 1) less events/less work and 2) only doing things with celebrities where attention is all on them. No impact, no results, just photo ops in between vacations and other private activities.

    It appears that the Cambridge Way is as big a flop as everything they’ve done….

    • Lucy says:

      Yes! And they were going to start coordinating local charities to work together in local issues. They did it once (coordinated donations from a local foundation to whatever the other charity was) and said, we’ll do this every now and then! And then they became the Wales and ta da, never heard of again.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Lucy, I guess once they reached the higher level their work was done. Now they don’t have to beg and belittle Charles for more money and they are content now.

        Again, a pair of duds with no desire or compassion for helping others, just themselves.

    • Christine says:

      That was the same week they let people call them Will and Kate, like the normies, right? God, I just read that sentence. How do they look at themselves in the mirror?

  3. Snuffles says:

    I’m sure the KP courtiers thought it would be cute and charming to have Kate speak to under 5s, but this ain’t the audience she needs to reach. What does she expect? For the kids to go back to their parents and demand more cuddles for the sake of their future?

    • Seraphina says:

      Thank you Snuffles. I could not exactly put my finger on it but I guess 5 year olds are what she can handle – which speaks volumes. Kate can not handle adults or teens. So they correctly placed it her with 5 year olds – no offence to the 5 year olds.

    • sunny says:

      This is exactly it! The kids are adorable and Kate is sweet with them here but they are not her audience(parents are). If either her team or any member of her staff was competent, they would have filmed the intro teddy bit with the kids or had a few shots with them, and shown Kate talking with parents/a focus group about their needs, or even their general approach to these years. However that would be too political so the Duchess of Dolittle is going to show a bunch of 4-year olds a video not even meant to entertain them.

      • Tessa says:

        Nothing sweet about keen. I remember her saying next at another school appearance when children asked about harry and Meghan

    • Amy Bee says:

      Yeah, it should have been a talk with parents and carers. She also should have done an interview with one of the morning shows.

    • Becks1 says:

      This was such a stupid photo op. I watched the first like 5 seconds of it, up until where she says “oh I’ve brought something for you too! its a video!” and I was like, NO. She did not show up to this daycare/nursery school with that damn claymation video and is going to show it to small children to…..what, tell them they better make the most of these years because they’re SO IMPORTANT?!?!

      • dee(2) says:

        I didn’t get that either. That little girl with the black hair lit up when she said she brought a film, like they were going to watch Encanto. You know something a kid might actually care about. For someone who has three kids she seems to really have a disconnect on what they like in general. Then again they dress their kid in suits for sporting events, and make them hug strangers on walkabouts so yeah not that shocking.

      • minnieder says:

        It also realllllly bugged me that at the end she said to the kids “thank you for inviting me”. I would have loved to see one of the employee’s face at that moment, like “bitch PLEASE we didn’t invite you, you informed us you were coming and swooped in with cameras to fu*k up our entire day!”

      • BothSidesNow says:

        OMG, I loved that!!! We didn’t invite you…I nearly spit out my coffee 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    • First comment says:

      Didn’t you know? Kate herself had said (during the meeting with Dr Biden, I think,) something about giving parents the tools to have babies, so when the babies became parents themselves would be better parents with these tools (I don’t remember exactly the words but the meaning was something similar)….soooooo, by speaking to these 5 years old, she ensures that when they become parents (in 20 years from now) they would have the tools to “shape” happy, healthy children… see, she has a vision, hasn’t she? /s

    • Lux says:

      She reminds me of when I was teaching and we would invite parents into the classroom to read a book or talk to the kids about their jobs and careers. Most parents loved interacting with the children but rarely did they know how to direct or engage them in a group. They let some conversations go on for way too long (kids LOVE tangents) and always talked too quickly. They felt the need to address every comment so it was up to us to guide/move things along.

      That’s what I see happening here: why did Kate have to ask EVERY child if they’d ever dropped their ice cream cone? Why did every child have to admit to getting cuddles? More awkwardly, what if they don’t?

      Her questions in response to the video were scattered and showed a lack of preparation. The squirming children indicated that the session went on for way too long and yes, they were never supposed to be the target audience. If Keen actually knew what she was doing, she would get them to stand up at some point (or as soon as they started wriggling) for a bit of role play or movement. She sounds gentle and reacted engagingly, for sure, but that’s not enough to hold their attention.

  4. Tessa says:

    I am wondering why keen was given the ok to do this. Especially since she has no qualifications to advise. Meeting with children and showing a plantation video is more smoke and mirrors. And it’s also a time for Kate to play dress up and play to the cameras

  5. Noki says:

    I don’t know if this is a new development but I went to the comments on their instagram to see what the tone was like, and a lot of comments are ‘ we love you from America’, ‘you have our support from US.’ etc

  6. Hummingbird says:

    That was cringe-making. I actually, stupidly,thought that as a mother herself she would be better at this.
    The script writer needs firing too And that hair!
    What the actual factual does dropping an ice cream have to do with this?
    My eyes are bleeding now.

    • Miranda says:

      I think it went just about as well as could be expected, by Kate standards. Sure, she’s a mother, but we all saw during the Jubbly what her own son around that age thought of her. None of these kids put a hand over her mouth, at least. Success!

      • Mary Pester says:

        Miranda, yes she is a mother, but does very little mothering, that’s what she is missing. It’s called REAL EMPATHY and she doesn’t have any. It’s all very well when children are with nanny most of the time to say children between 0 to 5 need xyz, but did the nanny tell her this?0hitu ops and walking into school with your children a couple of
        Times a year (photographers present), is NOT about giving the children what they need, it’s about giving the press what THEY want. It’s easy to smile in a classroom full of children and mess around with them, who wouldn’t, I used to love it, but let’s put her in a room full of parents asking her questions about how SHE would improve THEIR lives to be able to give the children everything they need. 5 years old is right for her level of intelligence, or better still, she should just tell the parents and media that if they want to see a real study on this, they should go look at the one already done by Durham University.

      • tamsin says:

        I agree that this visit went well for Kate. There was some engagement with all of the children. I don’t know why the film was shown to children, though. I think the conversation to have with the children is important, and Kate did good job with that. At least she managed to elicit the key points.

      • Lemons says:

        I am not a mother and would have known that showing up to a school empty-handed to show a claymation video would have been a major fail.

        Like…I would have at least been like…”SNACKS! (and movie time)”

      • Miranda says:

        Oh, I’m definitely not defending her at all! I just meant that Kate lacks the self-awareness to sense just how awkward and futile the whole thing was, so I’m sure she marked it down as a personal success, when a less oblivious person would’ve been mortified.

      • Nic919 says:

        This was an edited video so I am sure there are some interesting outtakes.

        But kate has always been terrible with kids and the best example was when she was supposed to be the kid wrangler during Pippa’s wedding. The amount of photos of her scolding her own kids or giving dark looks to the other page boys and bridesmaids is hilarious. She has no natural ability to interact with kids, even if she has three of her own.

        She lacks empathy and most kids pick up on that and her lack of sincerity pretty quickly.

    • Tessa says:

      True scholars in the field study and present meaningful studies. Kate had no qualifications and being a mother does not qualify her to be an expert in the field. It’s also saying that men being father’s make them instant experts in this as well.

  7. Chica says:

    Why is there always these POC folks in these videos? They are NOT props!

    • kirk says:

      I’m guessing that parents sign a generic release form at beginning of school year that allows photos of children to be released for publicity events. Either that or Britain is not only ok with children of royal family being contractually required to perform for public without their consent, but also regular children.

  8. Seraphina says:

    I loved the kids looking at the video like HUH????
    I will say that I could not connect with her here. The energy was off. Yes, she interacted with them but something was off. Watching it twice, and I know we get slices of the event, it all seems like it’s superficial and forced interaction. If that makes sense.
    And her discussing “talking about feelings” is complete BS. Knowing what we know about her, her platform is very hard to swallow. I guess that’s why she is shoveling it to kids.

    • Hummingbird says:

      Did you see their poor wee faces when she said she’d brought something for them?
      They were likely expecting a cake or some sweets and they got Morph.

      • Seraphina says:

        I know right?!?!!? I bet they were like: a Princess comes to visit and THIS is what she brings us?!?!?!

      • Looty says:

        That’s when I had to stop, does she really have insight into children of that age if she can say “I brought you something…(pause)…a film to watch” poor wee faces indeed

      • SourcesclosetoKate says:

        It’s like when Sophie and Edward gifted a picture of them on their tour/vacation like who are these strangers where am I supposed to put this??

    • AmB says:

      I wouldn’t call it “interacting” as much as “lecturing”.

      As an adult, how would you react to being addressed in that tone?

      • Seraphina says:

        AmB I have to disagree, I do not think she came across as lecturing. Forced or cold, yes but this is who she is and she cannot connect with people – even 5 year olds. I think it has to do with lack of emotional intelligence, not caring and laziness all mixed together.

    • TB says:

      Exactly right. The hubris and irony is thick. Yeah, Khate, I’m certain you and your entire family are real good at talking about your feelings. Everything in this awareness razzle-dazzle of hers is the exact opposite of how the royal family treats its own children. Qualified expert, indeed.

  9. Tessa says:

    Kate got a university degree in art history her acting like an expert on early childhood is wrong on so many levels. She had plenty of years to pursue another degree in her life interest or so she calls it.

    • Imara219 says:

      What’s truly tragic is that art therapy strategies in the classroom, especially with younger grades, are a beautiful tool. It’s bizarre that Kate does not even try to utilize her natural skillset to do good. It’s all just smoke and mirrors. Imagine if the twist of her foundation was to provide legitimate funding and opportunities for these early-grade arts programs or community connections.

      • Chaine says:

        Idk I would not call a degree in art history a skill set, she may have the educational background to be a museum curator or assess pieces for an auction house (neither of which she ever bothered to try since she never planned to use her degree for anything) but it doesn’t mean she has any artistic talents or any ability to transmit an appreciation of art to others.

      • Imara219 says:

        @Chaine Art History as a discipline is a useful tool in the classroom; I know people like to put down Kate, as they should, but we shouldn’t diminish Fine Arts academic discipline. Lateral Entry educators use their tangible transferable skills in educational spaces. My BA is actually in English Literature and African American Studies, but I actually use my knowledge base from my Arican-American Studies major more than my English Literature as an educator. Art History is the study of art; she can most definitely transfer that knowledge to tangible goals and products.

      • Becks1 says:

        No one is diminishing Fine Arts as an academic discipline. Chaine is saying that having a degree in Art history does not mean she has a “natural skillset” as an artist, which is what I think she (and I to be honest) thought you were implying in your comment about that.

        If you just meant more that she could use her background in art history as a springboard to get more involved in some of her charities like The Art Room then I do agree with that.

      • Imara219 says:

        Then perhaps you misinterpreted what I stated. I didn’t say or imply that having an Art History degree means you are a natural skillset as an artist. Mainly because I don’t believe only artists can contribute in that space in that manner. That will only be needed if I’m stated Kate or anyone can use Art History degree to become an Art teacher– not the point I was making. Being knowledgeable about art therapy in an educational setting or recognizing how the Arts can be supported in the classroom are most definitely transferable; it’s not the finite knowledge that helps but the soft skills and knowledge required to move in spaces. There are a lot of roles in education that need these skills that are not direct. I’ll provide a disclaimer because it’s clear that my statement needs it by stating this is possible with essential acclimation strategies and studying to know how to use those skills best. That’s how lateral entry works. Also, being an artist isn’t the only requirement for those who participate in providing some form of assistance with the arts in classrooms, especially in early education. That’s just not how it works. There are several ways for those with other disciplines could pivot their knowledge in an educational space.

      • C says:

        I get what you mean but she only chose Art History because that’s what William chose at first, he then switched to geography, she just didn’t bother to.

        If she cared about art therapy she would have done something about the Art Room closing.

      • Imara219 says:

        @C well I mean clearly, which is why I’m being critical. She could literally do anything with this topic, my finer point is that her degree could be finagled into a cool interesting, and useful entryway to produce some tangible products or resources it could serve as a connector in resounding ways for this pet project but she isn’t. All of it is just fluff, which just verifies her hollowness of self. I’m not understanding, did you believe I was “defending” her?

      • Becks1 says:

        @Imara24 that’s why I said “its what I thought you were implying” in your comment. If you weren’t, then no big deal; trust me, I understand the rest of what you are saying as its actually something I consider and deal with constantly in my job.

        But despite all that, the point remains that this is Kate. There are of course many things she “could” do with her background but that would involve……effort.

      • Nic919 says:

        The reality is that kate went to St Andrews to get her Mrs degree and so the purported subject assigned to that degree is fairly meaningless.

        There are plenty of art history graduates who have developed skill sets and while not all are artists they used what they learned for something more.

        Kate’s goal in attending St Andrews was to ensure she was in William’s social circle and integrated in such a way she could not be removed. She was successful in that goal. Anything relating to academics is secondary.

    • Concern Fae says:

      People don’t need a degree to become knowledgeable. They just have to do the reading and put the time in listening to the leaders on the subject.

      The idea that you need a master’s to open your mouth on a topic is why we have the student loan crisis in the US.

      Meghan hasn’t gone back to school. Harry famously is not into reading. They manage to know a lot and do useful work.

      The Prince’s Trust was just sitting there, already up and running. The toxic dysfunction of this family does so much harm.

      • equality says:

        How on earth would you know how much PH reads? They seem to have a lot of books in their house. And when he speaks and writes he is articulate. That would seem to indicate a reader. If Kate has put in the time and studied some it doesn’t come across in her speaking.

      • Chaine says:

        @equality he literally discusses in his memoir that he is not a reader, he says is “not really big on books” or something to that effect

      • Hard disagree @concernFae. If your work is to educate children and you are even advocating for how important that education is, you can put the time into getting that degree. Especially considering money isn’t an issue in KKKate’s case.

      • Tessa says:

        Harry is bright and articulate i don’t doubt he reads. Meghan is not posing as an expert like Kate is.

      • Tessa says:

        There are true scholars of early childhood who do put in the work and get the degrees they take time to write scholarly articles and give presentations. Kate is a lightweight and her maybe reading textbook or saying this is important is not scholarship.

      • equality says:

        @Chaine Is that an exact quote? And what is the context? Because that could refer to a lot of things. A lot of people aren’t big on reading fiction but read nonfiction. He could mean not really big on writing books or books written about him by people who don’t know him.

      • Imara219 says:

        @ConcernFae I agree with your overall point. Much like medicine (for example), there is a need for constant continuing education because of the constant shifts, changes, and knowledge to address needs in the classroom successfully. The education field needs academic support continually to facilitate real change or implementation. Some fields require that degree or certification some do not.

      • Becks1 says:

        @ConcernFae, I agree with you generally that you don’t need a Masters or ph.D to be knowledgeable on a subject, but if you are putting yourself out there as some sort of credible expert than I do expect either some advanced learning/education OR some extensive hands-on work/research/work experience etc.

        But, I’m laughing at this sentence of yours:
        “People don’t need a degree to become knowledgeable. They just have to do the reading and put the time in listening to the leaders on the subject.”

        Like I said above I agree with it, but I’m laughing because we’re talking about Kate here. “do the reading”….”listening to the leaders….” I don’t think any of that is happening when it comes to her, LOL.

      • Tessa says:

        I admire people who get advanced degrees and doctorates. They are the ones who are the leaders in the field and they publish and do research. It is not the same as what Kate is doing. A scholar and practitioner would speak intelligently not in platitudes like it is important. It is not the same to read up on something than really working to get somewhere and be a leader in the field. Kate can’t even do that. if she picked up a book to read, all the sentences in said book would not say this is important.

      • Chaine says:

        @equality it’s from when he’s first dating Meghan and she is telling him about a book she read expecting he would know what one she was talking about, and he says “Sorry, not really big on books. “ To me that would have been a complete turnoff tbh but I guess he has other redeeming qualities so she wasn’t put off by that remark. And there is another point where he quotes William Faulkner but admits he didn’t know who that was, that he was just looking for meaningful sayings on google.

      • equality says:

        @Chaine But he could have meant popular fiction or anything when saying that. My nephew isn’t big on fiction but reads non-fiction.

      • windyriver says:

        @Chaine, you’re correct. it was Eat Pray Love. Meghan was doing an EPL summer and Harry hadn’t heard of the book. He said, “Sorry, not really big on books” and remarks further, “I felt intimidated. She was so the opposite of me. She read. She was cultured.”

        It’s very clear he had a lot else going for him – Sentebale, Invictus, his conservation work – plus as per his Instagram he’s a pretty good photographer. I’d have stuck around just for that!

        Obviously he has to do a lot of reading for the work he does. Remember Oprah joking during production of TMYCS, that Harry was always ready first with his comments and feedback? It’s not an awful thing for someone not to have reading as a hobby or specific interest, which is what it sounds like.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        Yes @windyriver, page 276 of my hardcover of Spare. Harry not really being big on books, to me, isn’t a slam on his intelligence. I happen to be married to someone who isn’t big on books. Last IQ test was 138. He will fervently watch history documentaries and recite timetables of war with accuracy. He’s a big favorite to have on Trivial Pursuit teams for his Sports & History knowledge. When I told him about Will’s dumb@ss comment about wars in Europe..he was like WTF, and went on about England’s participation of wars in Europe over the past 100 years. Patiently listened.

  10. SomeChick says:

    perhaps the tides are turning! it’s about time.

    • Amy Bee says:

      The tide will turn when William and Kate stop playing the game. They have benefited by colluding with the media at the expense of Harry and Meghan and don’t see them ending the game anytime soon.

    • Mary Pester says:

      Somechick I would love to think so, but I think the reality is that the press have realised the only couple that did do REAL work for good causes was driven out by them and the Royal family. They are left with the mediocre couple who want celebrities to be at their every whimsical flight of fancy, and know a lot about nothing. Then you have cowmilla keeping it on the down low at the moments, I wonder why? No, the media have realised they have fkd up big time, because the real workers are in the USA, happy and thriving and they can’t even write about it for fear of upsetting the ones left behind.

    • KP says:

      Eh people have been saying this since Harry and Meghan stepped down and nothing much has changed. I even thought it at once but now I’m more realistic or maybe jaded.
      But a crumb is a crumb and it’s nice to see even an inkling of criticism that has been almost non existent since Meghan came along outside of the colonial cosplay tour.
      If we start to see some consistency in real unbiased analysis of the royals from royal reporters and British media then I’ll finally start to believe the tide is changing.

    • Pat gaddess says:

      Harry must have real love for books He gave Louis a very expensive first edition book for his christening and he is the one who reads the bedtime stories every night I think he is talking about not reading in a different way than we are I don’t think he reads the classics and maybe bestsellers but he does read

  11. Ginger says:

    Another thing that probably turns people off on this is that Kate is acting like she is the only person ever to come up with the first 5 years. She makes is seem like she thought of this all on her own and it’s been well known for a while.

    • Jais says:

      Also, the way it’s described does it no no favors. Landmark. Revolutionary. As you say, @ginger, she is not the first to come up with these ideas so saying it’s revolutionary is silly. The over the top hype is patronizing to the audience.

    • Polo says:

      This!! They did the same with Earthsht as if they are the saviors of the universe. Very off putting

  12. ThatsNotOkay says:

    Wow. That video was so pointless. “Who treats you nice?” “My mum.” “Well, my work here is done.”

    Her decades-long work has and will always accomplish nothing. Why doesn’t she feel like an abject failure and why isn’t she humiliated, driven to do better because of the deep shame? That’s some caucasity and undeserved self esteem and privilege, that.

    • Seraphina says:

      To her defense these are 5 year olds so the intellectual and groundbreaking theoretical questions will not be in this dialogue. Thus, she is paired with 5 year olds to have discussions that are thought provoking for 5 year olds. I think they absolutely paired her with the level of thought she is capable of. NO ONE in that audience will be able to throw a question at her that she won’t be able to answer. I just wish a kid would ask: THIS is what your surprise is????

  13. Mslove says:

    As long as the poverty stricken people of her country support her lavish lifestyle, that’s what she cares about. It’s so obvious.

  14. Lise says:

    The “groundbreaking” report Kate put out in Fall of 2020, based on her Big 5 Questions survey, clearly states that only 31% of people think the period between infancy and age 5 is most important for health and happiness in adulthood. So she identified the problem 3 years ago. What is that number now? Has it changed? Has her work (?) since then had any positive impact on raising awareness? What a waste of time of money.

    • First comment says:

      I don’t know the number now but in 20 years time, I’m sure that the number would be up at least by six persons, judging by her “work” here in the video with those children. /s

  15. Lady Digby says:

    This has landed very badly in UK given standard of living crisis and ongoing strikes including school teachers in certain regions on Wednesday. Okay we all get that she has had a fat promotion to PoW and needs a big project to look like she is a major player as FQ. This feels like more window dressing for HER using children as PROPS. It is insulting for all us women who live in the real world who cope with demanding jobs, family responsibilities and paying the bills to have PoW as a show pony with nothing substantial to offer repeatedly state the obvious.

  16. Amy Bee says:

    I’m not sure about the royal rota and monarchists being embolden to criticise Kate. I mean the majority of the rota is still in lock step with Kate repeating the KP talking point that this is her life’s work and stating that she can’t be political. I’m waiting for the rota to be outraged as they were about Meghan’s work. I’ve seen a few royalists say that they were expecting more but they’re still hopeful that soon Kate would be announcing projects. I think they are going to be disappointed. The reason they hated Meghan’s work was because it wasn’t Kate doing it. As for this new video, it’s boring and does nothing to promote early years. It’s just a video of her talking to children. She has no chemistry with them and she doesn’t seem to know how to talk to children. It also seemed like she had trouble maintaining her posh accent.

  17. Eurydice says:

    I think the reason the US “royal media” is lagging on this story is because it’s not about celebrity – it’s about policy in the UK.

  18. CC says:

    Has anyone posted a video with Kate where her audio has been cut out and replaced with the voice of the little girl, Molly Wright, who gave the TED talk?
    “Wow, Kate’s saying some impressive stuff – and I never knew she did a killer Australian accent!”

  19. Becks1 says:

    The Sure Start director is also giving her too much credit – “she’s trying to do something slightly different, which is to say there are some things all parents can do, should be doing, which are good for children.”

    Is she trying to say that? If so, WHAT are those things that all parents can do, should be doing, which are good for children?

    That’s what’s missing from this. There’s this big open ended question she’s just not answering. Yes, the Early Years are important. Yes, all society plays a role in shaping the early years for everyone. but how? How do we make it better? How do we improve?

    There is no answer to that and it is infuriating me. I am also really mad at all the “well she means well but…..” comments. Does she mean well? Does she really? Or is this just busy work to make Kate look like she is working hard when she is really counting down the days to her next vacation?

    • Elizabeth says:

      What was so great about Molly Wright’s TED TALK is that she gave practical advice for what parents could be doing.

    • Polo says:

      The hypocrisy is so frustrating isn’t it. Didn’t Meghan mean well when she worked with HUB women or did the vogue cover, or went to Harlem or wrote on the banana or supported paid leave, or gave out gift cards for workers etc etc.
      so much grace for Kate always fake outrage and unhinged criticism for Meghan

    • Jais says:

      Right? How do we know she means well? Bc she and her team tells us she does? They also told us Meghan made her cry soooo….

  20. Noor says:

    Kate is doing a huge, glitzy and expensive PR blitz on her early years campaign. At what costs and what is the impact. The royals are performing public service, so they should be open to scrutiny and audit.

  21. Jessie Quinton says:

    She has nannies (funded by the British taxpayer) to take care of her children. She has, nor has ever had, a job. She has a degree in Art History. Her family comes from money, have attended the best private schools, have access to the best medical care, have multiple homes, have never known poverty or the effects of those on a family. I can’t think of any hardship she or her family has ever had to face that we face as “regular” folk.

    I can’t think of anyone less I’d like to hear advice from when it comes to my children’s upbringing, I am sorry/not sorry.

    • Blujfly says:

      Her mother spent her childhood living in council housing (public housing) in a working class area of London before moving to a slightly different area of London and dropping out of school when she was 16. (She returned after a year I believe.) and yet, in every interview Carole Middleton gives, she never ever ever acknowledges that. She never credits it for her work ethic or drive to succeed. She never mentions it. She has completely converted herself into a lifelong country squire and is obviously ashamed of it. And that’s where Kate is coming from.

  22. tolly says:

    I think that politicians and royals should pay a million-pound fee per preschool photo op, and that would solve the funding crisis right there. As it stands, the stupendously wealthy adults get all the benefit of posing with adorable little kids, without having to make any meaningful contribution to the programs.

  23. Imara219 says:

    Who is she paying that they are so out of touch as to recommend her big program is ONLY to raise awareness? That’s silly. There is already an awareness of this issue. In the US, we are having a crisis moment with the early years of education. CBS News, or the New York Times, did an article this week about the dire circumstances of these programs. They are out of funding. Smaller childcare daycares that can help are closing. PreK programs are vastly underfunded, and parents cannot afford to send their children to PreK programs and Kindergarten curriculum is so fast-paced that children are falling behind on Day 1. Kate is in a position to really do something, anything, and this is all she’s producing. Infuriating.

  24. Hail says:

    Saw a tweet recently that said that courtiers like to start problems just so they can be seen fixing it later. Don’t be surprised if in a month, Keen helps build a playground or starts a baby clothes capsule or donates her children’s old clothes to charity, or writes a children’s charity cookbook or book about the bond between William and George. We know her fans will never donate or start fundraisers because they’re too obsessed with Meghan so that’s out of the question.

    • SarahCS says:

      I can see her putting her name on something someone else has funded, organised, and delivered but I’m afraid I think you’re being overly optimistic that SHE would actually do some work. WanK and proven themselves lazy too many times for me to believe it will change.

    • Tessa says:

      Kate is a dabbled i doubt she would write a book. And just including the bond between will and George would leave out the other two children.

    • Kel says:

      Yes I can see this happening. They will follow the blueprint of Archewell and then be credited for modernizing the royals.
      Just like they did a few months ago with their “impact day.”

  25. Lee says:

    Cute video, I hope it translates into something positive…..and not just the usual “awareness “

  26. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve noticed that she’s dropped her super posh accent in this video and is talking in her normal voice. But what is the purpose of showing the kids this video? How does it help them? Basically, what is the point?

    • QuiteContrary says:

      YesI I noticed this, too. I actually could understand her.

      She should try speaking like a normal person more often.

      This was a photo op and nothing more.

  27. Slush says:

    I believe Kate truly loves kids and believes early years support is important. I will give her that. But royalty has outlived its usage. To quote John Oliver, they’re the human equivalent of an appendix – we have evolved past them.

    Time for the money that is used to support this family go to the actual causes they pretend to help with their photo ops.

  28. jane says:

    yep the only thing mumbles is aware of is copying meghan markles , style, mannerisms her whole persona ugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. PrincessDemandyPants says:

    It was so incredibly thoughtful of them to make this an accessible video for the hearing impaired, like myself. I very much appreciated the subtitling. Oh, wait. They didn’t consider that, did they? The Palace strikes again.

  30. BW says:

    Did she really bring that video to show to children? She is truly clueless. It’s not for children. The message is not for children. And the claymation has NO color. It is the whitest white of claymation I’ve ever seen.

  31. BeanieBean says:

    She wearing that backward blouse again, although I think the first one was blue & now she has it in green? So this was doubly intentional, just to let us know she really meant to wear it backwards that first time. As for the rest–nothing more to say.

  32. susan says:

    when I read this I realize that Harry and Meghan would have left eventually, even if they (she) hadn’t had to endure so much abuse.

    Neither one of them would have been willing to settle for such pablum when they could actually get out there and make a difference.

  33. Elizabeth says:

    I just looked at the website of the Royal Foundation for Early Childhood. They brought government officials and senior civil servants together with Early Childhood Experts last June. Isn’t that political? Also, there is a great deal of information about what they are doing that is not being highlighted enough. Instead, all the focus is on this awareness campaign.

  34. sen says:

    Kate could have done so much with Early Years by tackling the subject in small bitesize pieces. After George was born she could have ghost written a children’s book to encourage reading at a young age and set up a book club on Instagram like Camilla or an initiative similar to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. She could have said that becoming a mother inspired her to write the book . Proceeds from her own book could have gone to fund EY initiative’s already set up.

    She could have worked with a celebrity chef to come up with cheap, easy and nutritious recipe’s that children can eat. Film a series and put it on YouTube so everyone can watch it. Hungry children find it difficult to concentrate in school.

    She apparently likes to draw so she could have drawn something and auctioned it off to charity and used the proceeds to buy and send children art supplies during the pandemic or fund the Art Room. She could have encouraged celebrity and artist to auction their own art off to fundraise for The Art Room.

    These are just 3 suggestions where she could have made a bigger impact than what she is currently doing right now.

    • Tessa says:

      Meghan already did this. Kate should stay away from working with school children and lecturing them. There are people hired to do this in the school system. I don’t think Kate has any talent as an artist or even drawing things. She never really used her art history degree. Kate should step back and let the real experts talk. It’s like that fake piano playing she did at the concert.

      • Mica says:

        I could tell the piano playing was fake by the way the cameras was set up. Before she even attempted to play. I can’t believe how embarrassing she is. No one wants to marry a Windsor. None of them married well.

  35. Beverley says:

    Why does KKKhate insist on posing with children of color as props? It chaps my hide because she’s demonstrated on various occasions that she abhors Black and Brown folks. Children can pick up on insincere vibes. Her handlers/managers would do well to limit KKKhate’s official interactions to white English children. Her fake camaraderie with these innocents gives off sinister vibes, knowing how virulently KKKhate despises non-white people…especially her niece and nephew.

  36. Noodle says:

    I am a professor of elementary education. While my expertise does not extend into pre-K, many of my colleagues work tirelessly to research, publish, and present about what we know about the most up to date cognitive, behavioral, and developmental data we have on young children. Kate comes across as a BA student just starting her early years education, and seeking expertise on the backs of people actually doing the hard work. It’s insulting.

  37. Jay says:

    “Hello children. I’m here to tell you how important the early years are. Many of you are already 5 years old – according to my research, if you haven’t had a great upbringing by now, you’ll probably be criminals or drug addicts as adults. Enjoy this terrifying film I brought!”

  38. Pam says:

    My spouse, who’s not privy to any of this, came up to me and declared that the morning shows were touting Kate’s project—not sure if it was the Today Show or the CBS one. She went on to say, “they’re saying this is her LEGACY…but what exactly IS this???” I answered, “EXACTLY!” So, even the average person who’s not in on all royal goings-on thinks this is a big nothing…

    • Polo says:

      I believe the today show did a little blip on it but that’s all I saw.

    • Jais says:

      Camilla Tominey on GMB called this her legacy project. She was kind of muted about it though. Thinks it’s bc the guy next to her had just said something about how he hopes Kate talks to more parents who don’t have the privilege of a lot of money and help. He was pretty nice in how he said it.

  39. Robert Phillips says:

    It’s February. Brexit is still crippling Englands economy. The rota and all the other journalists who usually make extra money during the holidays because of the royal family didn’t. They couldn’t afford the extra toys and presents for their own families. And now they are starting to wake up to the fact that they aren’t going to ever go back to making the kind of money they did with Harry & Meaghan there. And a lot of them are starting to get pissed off about it. It’s still their jobs so they can’t go really bad yet. But as more and more of them have to get other jobs and things they will leave with more and more hit pieces out on them. Kate is just the first and easiest to go after.

    • Wack says:

      @ Robert you’ve the nail on the head..
      Dare I say since Spare has come out things in the royal world have gotten boring. It all feels repetitive and Harry and Meghan are in their quiet period.
      For 6 years Harry and Meghan have been the driving force of royal reporting so it all feels a bit final now that we know they aren’t doing anymore projects royal related.
      All those US interviews are dried up until the coronation. Harry’s book has diminished the need for “royal experts” it must be dawning on the rota what they’ve lost. They need a new money maker especially when the Sussexes are quiet. Right?

  40. Izzy says:

    EVERY PHOTO. All I see is that one brow trying to escape from her forehead.

  41. Isabella says:

    The trotting out of new outfits to visit the poor is really creepy. Shades of Jane Eyre, the wealthy over-dressed family that would visit her lowly, tuberculosis ridden school.

  42. Lionel says:

    Eh, I don’t think this clip was so bad. Kate sure is better at interacting with kids than with adults. Agree that showing the video was kind of dumb, but in general she spoke to the kids in an age-appropriate way and introduced key concepts of Social Emotional Learning. (Talking about feelings, identifying trusted adults, friends helping each other, etc.) I don’t know if SEL is an explicit part of British school curriculum, but if it’s not and she’s trying to promote it, then that’s a good thing.

    • Tessa says:

      Kate is in no position to introduce key concepts to little children, She knows nothing about the topic. IMO. There are real professionals who speak to the children.. Kate is not good at interacting with her own niece and nephew, and would not even walk a few steps to see Archie who was an infant. Kate should stay out of it and let the practitioners do the work. Every now and then her “mask” comes off and she dismisses the children like saying “next” when some children asked about Harry and Meghan.

  43. diANNa says:

    I was happy to see Town & Country publishing this piece. I check for hard news on MSN’s site and have noticed (but ignore) all the items posted about royalty. Many of the articles are from the trash BM tabloids, but troubling to see was/is also that many N.American publications — Cosmopolitan, ET Canada, Toronto Sun (is that a Murdoch paper??) are frequently regurgitating the garbage promoted in the propaganda against H&M. Town & Country also fell into this group – I never click on the stories because the headlines they publish already make it clear that it’s repeating another smear or insult.
    I don’t know what it means that T&Country published this. Too many times i have thought the tide is turning, only for it to crash back and revert to the usual vile coverage. But maybe the editor has been waiting for a sanctioned opportunity to print something negative about Kkkate and the mild criticisms combined with the negative social media commentary provided it.
    I’m still optimistic that SPARE and Harry & Meghan doc may be/ is effecting change in opinions and coverage though.

    • Nic919 says:

      Toronto Sun is Postmedia and not owned by Murdoch however they are a trash tabloid paper and parrot the talking points of the conservative politicians who are copying the GOP handbook. They also have a columnist shacked up with the press secretary of the current conservative premier, but of course they still pretend his opinions aren’t a huge conflict of interest.

      Because they have decided that Meghan is on the other side of the culture war, it is not a shock that they would report on this nonsense.

      Meanwhile in canada our federal government and provincial governments are working on providing $10 per day daycare across the country. Unsurprisingly the conservative provincial governments are the last ones to implement it.

      • diANNa says:

        Thanks @Nic919. I forgot to mention the National in that group sliming Harry & Meghan, and Trudeau, and looked it up and it too is owned by PostMedia, but was founded by Conrad Black – no wonder it’s so foul!

    • Wack says:

      It has a little. Cosmo I think ran the article clarifying that Oprah didn’t have a birthday party and the Sussexes were not banned. Usually they just repeat the BM talking points so I guess that’s progress. Even TMZ in their article about Ellen were like Harry and Meghan are liked by their neighbors. They are also one of the few that wrote about Buckingham palace lying about the best men.

      Hopefully that means journalists are being more critical of the information coming from the Uk. I would hope.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      diANNa, it’s possible that some of the media has recognized that if they print the same stuff as the bm, their readers are going to be more critical. That’s a direct result of Spare. I’m not sure how far it will go, but this is a start. Now can they sustain it?

  44. Sooky says:

    Absolutely nothing about this woman’s upbringing has prepared her for genuine work, problem solving, engagement with or empathy for others, or critical/creative thinking. Her life before marriage was entirely fixated on nailing down a royal husband – it’s grossly self-absorbed, limited, and stunted as a way of being. She doesn’t seem especially bright and while that’s not her fault bc ya can’t help being born that way, you’d think her staff would be intrsted in producing something of substance. Then again, that means work, eh?? Her immaturity also means she’s utterly incapable of doing anything truly useful within the confines of her situation. A woman who saw the reality cdnt exist like that, which is why Diana and Meghan left. Kate is constitutionally incapable of that kind of thinking/action bc she’s not a person of real substance. Harmless had she never married Willy, but in this life with the BRF she’s soooooo in over her head and at this point, can never leave.

    • Tessa says:

      The royal advisers need first to tone down the avalanche of Kate promotion and the “she knows everything” spin. She doesn’t. Kate needs to stop playing expert and being so patronizing. Just do the bread and butter work, visit hospitals, cut ribbons and open parks. Kate also needs to stop making things about her and her clothes. Even those who comments on DM or some of them are getting sick of the ton of Kate stories.

  45. sparrow says:

    I remember when W&K got married. A commentator said over the broadcast that Kate Middleton would be a breath of fresh air for the BRF; that she would bring some middle class, down to earth modernity into the family. But she had nothing to bring. Her life had been spent chasing William and achieving nothing else than running a successful stalking campaign. The only things she brought were an ability to do what she’s told by her mother, her husband, his family and so on. It has taken her years to come up with this stupidity, and it warrants being ridiculed for the lack of genuine belief in it on her part.

  46. Iz_Q says:

    At this point, she should just use Google Translate to read the entire website for Crown Princess Mary’s The Mary Foundation and rip-off what CP Mary is doing via said foundation, including the latest project under the Domestic Violence focus area of the foundation. It would probably save some funds and she might actually learn how to run a foundation and actually produce tangible initiatives/projects/programs and measurable results.

  47. Birdie says:

    “Everyone can be a good parent but there are circumstances that make it much harder for parents in poverty.”

    This has been my complaint and what has bothered me the entire time. The entire “Shaping Us” awareness campaign just stinks of privilege. Yes, the first five years are important. We all already know that. What Kate doesn’t get is that not everyone can afford the nice, fancy nursery schools that she is so accustomed to. There’s no doubt every mother would love to send her kids to one, but they frankly can’t afford it. What is the UK (and frankly the US) doing about those from lower socio-economic backgrounds? How are we helping them? Simply raising awareness is worthless when there’s no money involved.

  48. Houlihan says:

    What gets me is that Kate seems to genuinely like and click with children. Of all the royals (other than H&M), she’s the only one who doesn’t act like kids are some sort of undesirable creature (cough cough CAMILLA cough cough). There’s so much she could have done around that — listening to kids, teaching them art, volunteering at hospitals and shelters, actually meaningfully supporting art therapy and children’s programs. Kate interacting with kids actually makes her seem likable and human.

    Instead we get “awareness.” Lordy.

    I think she really wanted to marry someone moderately wealthy, move to the country, volunteer occasionally, and raise lots of babies— but her mother had other plans.

  49. Annalise/Typical Virgo says:

    A prayer for Kate

    God, grant Kate the serenity to accept that pussybow blouses haven’t been fashionable since 1981
    The courage to change her look from 80s secretary to literally ANYTHING else.
    And the wisdom to know that Meghan would NEVER wear a pussybow.

  50. MsDoe says:

    Kate is utterly vacuus, as is her campaign. It cannot be otherwise. And William has no more substance to add, just rage.

    It really begs the question of the value of the monarchy.

  51. VoicefromtheUnderground says:

    Ugh how many articles about this … If it is nothing and meaningless it is nothing and meaningless and that is that. No need to have the same discussion five times a day, the discussion in the comments is deja vu trauma.

    There are interesting things happening around the world, new shows and movies and what not. When was the last time a Netflix show was discussed – I loved the new Bling Empire season for example.

    • KassandraTX says:

      Totally! Just don’t care about any of this. We have similar problems and projects stateside, I wish there was more light stuff around here like it used to be.

      And hey fellow Bling fan 🙂 I loved the show too. Dorothy Wang was so fun and blunt. Wondering why some of the others are on it though, they came off so shady and embarrassing, like the Hungs. Can’t wait for the Love is Blind episode next week..

      • BlingBlingHK says:

        LOOOOVE Dorothy!!! The Hungs are sketchy AF, here in Hong Kong it has been known for a while. Sketchy business, I choked when it said on screen they were worth two billion dollars. Yes, I also vote for a Bling article.

    • Tessa says:

      It’s not over the dm has an article a out keen having the bestest childhood ever. Not mentioning her lack of work ethic.

    • CourtneyB says:

      So many stories not being covered. The balance is out of whack.

  52. Tessa says:

    The heavy handed Kate promotion will have the opposite effect. Now there is an article about the perfect keenest parents will and Kate are. The irony is that bill and Kate don’t let them shout in the house. The irony of that was addressed by some in the comments section
    And the lifelong work of keen will continue to be promoted

    • Nic919 says:

      The outburst Louis made at the jubilee certainly exposed the weaknesses in the Cambridge parenting skills. Most parents with a four year old would not have tolerated what he did to Kate. So they really should keep away from topics where this can be brought up.

  53. HumbleMinion says:

    She needs to give that poor child it’s stuffed animal back. If it has to sit next to her the whole time, the child should have it’s comfort animal to hold just like the other kids.

  54. L4Frimaire says:

    No comment on this campaign because it screams or and vanity, even if there are those trying to see the good in it. I can’t get over how she’s taken a lot of the graphics and visuals of Archewell and Archetypes to use in this project of hers. It’s tweaked just enough in fonts and colors to be slightly off, but the layouts and visuals are so similar, and being repurposed. Is stealing intellectual property because they could do something much more original, but like Khates wardrobe, they copy to get more attention.

  55. Mary Pester says:

    Because you obviously have no bloody idea