Princess Kate’s new ‘ballbuster’ private secretary quit before she even started work

Last December, we learned that the Princess of Wales’s private secretary had “quit” months beforehand. That private secretary was Hannah Cockburn-Logie, and she was with Kate starting in May 2020. She oversaw a lot of Kate’s Early Years busy-work. Kate then went without a private secretary for months, because (big surprise) she does f–k all and her staffers get unbelievably bored. Then, in February, there was suddenly a big push – Kate hired someone named Alison Corfield, who was then described as “loud” and a “ballbuster.” Corfield never started work in Kensington Palace. She opted to keep her job with Jamie Oliver. Ouch. Interestingly enough, the Telegraph got the exclusive on this, only they changed the headline after (presumably) a bitching out from Kensington Palace. The headline went from “Princess of Wales’s new private secretary rejects job, opting to stay with Jamie Oliver” to “Princess of Wales’s new private secretary rejects job to ‘stay under the radar’.” Guess Kate didn’t want to sound like she came up short compared to Jamie Oliver? Or maybe Kate doesn’t want to sound like she also can’t keep staff longer than a minute.

The “straight talking” PR guru hired as the Princess of Wales’s new private secretary has opted to stay with chef Jamie Oliver rather than take up the role, The Telegraph can reveal.

Alison Corfield, 51, is understood to have been uncomfortable with the prospect of having such a high-profile position and decided instead to remain under the radar.

The mother of three, a branding and marketing expert, has worked with Oliver for eight years. A source said: “She loves the work and is an integral member of the campaigning team. She decided she just wanted to keep her head down and get on with the job she knows so well in the background. She didn’t want the publicity that comes with working at that level for such a well-known institution.”

The decision means that Kensington Palace aides have had to return to the drawing board in their search for the ideal candidate who will play a large part in shaping the Princess’s role.

[From The Telegraph]

The bar is in hell: “Kensington Palace aides have had to return to the drawing board in their search for the ideal candidate who will play a large part in shaping the Princess’s role.” She’s 41 years old and she’s been married to William for almost twelve years. Kate shouldn’t need a staffer to “play a large part” in SHAPING her role. It should have already been “shaped” years ago. We heard, endlessly, for years and years that Kate was preparing to be Princess of Wales and queen consort, that she was so keen to finally do and be something and… nothing ever came of it. She’s Princess of Wales and she’s still dependent on hiring some private secretary who will – through sheer force of will? – suddenly make all of the lazy, incompetent pieces fit together.

Speaking of, Kensington Palace’s editing elves couldn’t make Kate sound like an educated, competent woman in her 40s discussing her life’s work. This is Kate speaking to Iceland Foods’ Richard Walker about “the science” behind Early Years. Walker even says, directly, that people are really struggling financially and Kate just breezes past that, like it would never f–king occur to her to use her position and use this time and effort to… help out struggling families. It’s insane. I have to ask again, and I know I’m a broken record about this, but Jesus H., you guys: how is she not embarrassed? Are palace staffers embarrassed about this?? I guess they are, because Alison Corfield took one look at this sh-tshow and noped out of there in a hurry.

Photos courtesy of Kensington Palace, Cover Images.

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  1. ThatsNotOkay says:

    No discipline. No intellect. No curiosity. No business sense. No business “leading” anything. She’s a sham, it’s all a sham. And no one with an ounce of self respect would want to be affiliated with this sh*t show of elephantine proportions.

    • Tessa says:

      Kate never had a career or full time job not any degree in the subject
      She plays dress up and gets photo ops.

      • Tarte au Citron says:

        Yes. I watched this clip of her wittering on about “ehly yahs” and it is SOOO obvious that she doesn’t really understand what she is talking about.

        She does not have the life or work experience to give this initiative some nuance or context. What would she know about soft skills in the workplace? She either worked for Mummy or part-time gigs through connections. Her children won’t be in regular jobs either. There is nothing authentic about her, she is unrelatable.

      • Sugarhere says:

        The point is not to be mean here, but to be fair. When someone tells us who they are and what their limits are, we have to acknowledge that at some point, and believe them.

        15 years ago, Catherine Middleton sent signals to the world that:

        – she was unwilling to be a modern working self-reliant individual. Even the Queen queried William about whether his future wife had any skill or job experience or discernible talent of her own, which led Lazy to pretend to hold a job for a few weeks before quitting.

        – She was fit to be a mother only, and a matriarch down the line. She showed the cameras of the world how swiftly she could recover from labor and child birth, and that she expected way more than 3 children from her marriage.

        Once again, Catherine’s innate predispositions and outright wishes were disregarded both by her husband, and probably by us as modern feminists who are still reluctant to face the reality that not every woman is cut for the work place. There’s still that low percentage who takes comfort in simply breeding and counting the days leading up to their crowning. Kate was raised and Carol-programmed to be one of those king-waity, crown-waity baby makers. Why do we refuse to see it and keep judging her through the idealistic lens of what we know a future queen should be?

        The assistant bailed out because she was smart enough to grasp that Catherine Middleton’s inner aspirations will never ever meet with the modern exacting work requirements. That video with Kate speaking like an out of breath she-duck unaware that the English phonetic system does comprise consonants, says all we need to know.

      • Tessa says:

        Sugarhere. Kate should have read about her predecessors. Diana could be a mother and have a work ethic her predecessor Alexandra princess of Wales had many children and health issues but did charity work and was beloved of the public. Kate imo is lazy and she does not exactly have 40 hour work weeks and has lots of help

      • notasugarhere says:

        Kate chose to hound William from the time she was 17. She chose this. It wasn’t William, it wasn’t Carol(E), it was Kate driving her goal to marry The Prince. No one else is responsible for Kate’s choices.

        Kate stans insist she should *just be allowed to be a mummy* and anyone who says otherwise is anti-feminist. It is not anti-feminist to think Kate should work for her royal supper, five homes, and 2 million pound ugly ‘work’ wardrobe.

        It is not her natural inclination to raise kids, she doesn’t seem to like kids even her own. Having your children raised by four nannies does not make Keen a SAHM. She spends most of her time at the salon, shopping, working out with her personal trainer. She’s not raising the kids, she’s not a hands-on mummy.

        You’re right Tessa, she’s just lazy. Lazy and filled with excuses. All the other married-ins manage to raise kids and work, it is only Keen who is infantilised on this issue.

      • Nerd says:

        @Sugarhere As a feminists the expectation for women is that they choose the path that they want and is hopefully right for them. Being a feminist isn’t necessarily pushing that all women are in the workplace, but that all women have the right to decide if they want to be in the workplace or not; or have children or not; or marry or not. The list goes on and on. The issue with Kate is that she chose to marry into a family that requires both a woman who bares children and “works” so that the public funding that pays for her to live the lavish lifestyle that she does, is justified. She wasn’t born into this family at the bottom of the line of succession. She married the future king of England who had to have an heir and a spare to continue this century’s long farce. They had two nearly 100 year old people continue “working” on behalf of this family and somehow this 41 year old is supposed to be the only one who gets to sit back and kick her legs up because working is hard and isn’t for everybody, no that’s not how this works. She wanted the titles of duchess, Princess of Wales, queen consort and eventually queen mother, so she has to do the “work” just like all of the others who came before her and will come after her.

      • HamsterJam says:

        @ Sugarhere – you left out (presumably) pegging

      • Lady D says:

        “it wasn’t Carol(E), it was Kate driving her goal to marry The Prince.” Come Nota, Carole gets a lot of the credit for this. Probably as much a driving force as Kate.

      • Tacky says:

        Kate is good with things related to sports and the elderly. Both completely noble causes. I don’t get why they keep pushing her out of her lane.

      • Lorna says:

        Kate pushes herself out of her lane. This is her idea. It’s a good idea working with issues regarding children she just doesn’t do anything with it. The elderly?

      • Jais says:

        Listen, I’m just here for this quote from @sugarhere: “Kate speaking like an out of breath she-duck unaware that the English phonetic system does comprise consonants” 😂😂😂

      • notasugarhere says:

        LOL at ‘Catherine’. That’s a dead giveaway.

      • AnnaKist says:

        For me, the thing is, she, like the rest of them, is so transparent. We have been reading about her and watching her for how long now? We have eyes and ears, and memories and technology, and we’ve built up a picture of her; a pretty accurate picture I’d say. In all these years, she has done nothing to show she is anything different to that picture. I think she just doesn’t give a shit what the plebs think. She probably doesn’t even consider what other people think as long as she has a healthy clothing budget, beautiful jewelry that she owns or can borrow at any time, has lovely children that she really doesn’t have to attend to if she doesn’t want to, holidays in exotic places whenever she wants – paid for by the plebs, of course, a rarefied position in the kings, Inner Circle, and titles galore.

        The only reason she needed a shit hot private secretary / PR person, is because she has opened her trap about the early years nonsense. She’d be lucky to be able to do the filing for such a project. Enter Alison. Exit Alison. Unless one is completely indispensable or has some brilliant talent for running the palaces, staff are not at all paid well. The Royals live well, but to those who see you to their every need a lowly paid. They still expect staff to see that working for the Royals is an honour and a privilege.
        I’d bet money that Alison is paid a bit above the going rate by Jamie Oliver. He does his job and she does her job. She is not expected to run the restaurants, cook the foods, right the books, etc etc. I suspect Alison probably worked out that she would be running the early years program with Kate, taking all the credit, and all on an measley wage. I don’t know about anyone else, but I know which employer I would rather have.

      • Bee says:

        A “she duck” is just a duck. The male ducks are called drakes.

        Other than that, I agree with both Sugar and Notasugar.

        She’s in an impossible position. Of her own making. But hey, to be charitable (ha!) I’ve found myself in impossible positions of my own creation.

        Her sister does have a degree in Arly Childhood! Maybe Kate just needs some Pippa Tips.

      • aftershocks says:

        @Tacky said: “Kate is good with things related to sports and the elderly. Both completely noble causes. I don’t get why they keep pushing her out of her lane.”

        ^^ Because of the obsessive need for Khate to try and ‘compete’ with Meghan in a one-sided competition. Apparently, none of them realize that Khate “can’t compete where she doesn’t compare!”

        Honestly, the main royals have all made a practice of trying to copy M&H — their ideas and initiatives, etc., but without any of M&H’s sincerity and effectiveness. As we’ve witnessed too, the royal ladies have consistently attempted to emulate Meg’s style and fashion, especially Keen Khate.

        When Harry was in the royal bubble, pre-Meghan, struggling to find balance and release from his debilitating grief, lazy W&K were perfectly content piggybacking on Harry’s ideas, and giving him scant credit. They took H completely for granted, like everyone else did in the BaRF and BaM.

      • Annalise/Typical Virgo says:

        @Notasugarhere- I think people here need to stop making certain assumptions every time someone here calls Kate ‘Catherine’. The commenter who referred to Kate as Catherine in no way seems like an undercover deranger, she made certain criticisms of Kate that I personally do not think a deranger type would make.
        it just seems like simply referring to Kate as Catherine is hardly evidence that the person is one of the many jealous, racist, and/or xenophobic twats who have devoted their lives to the single goal of getting Harry to dump Meghan so they can marry Harry. lol

    • Nic919 says:

      No common sense either. There is currently a food shortage in the UK because of Brexit and massive inflation making food expensive and she decides to film a nonsense video about early years and “soft skills” in that environment? Is she that utterly cutoff from the real world? No one on her staff was aware how bad this looks?

      • Lisa says:

        See to be fair to her and I can’t stand her, the Tories are closely aligned to the royal family. The Tories don’t want her to talk about food poverty therefore she will not

      • TigerMcQueen says:

        Some people on her staff may not like her and want her to look bad. I’m convinced sometimes that’s the case (see the yellow monstrosity she wore on the colonial tour ‘o doom).

      • notasugarhere says:

        IMO the yellow monstrosity was all Kate. It was her attempt at 80s cosplay of Diana meeting the lifeguards + a similar Fergie outfit.

      • Sugarhere says:

        To my recollection, the dress color was sour mustard, kind of 👀.

      • Nic919 says:

        If she needs to protect bad Tory policy she should be smart enough not to film videos at a grocery store.

      • Dilettante says:

        +1 TigerMcQueen

    • Couch potato says:

      I’d be embarrassed to work for her. Keen might be a more high profile employer in the UK (for all I know), but I’m pretty sure there’s more people who’d recognise Jamie Oliver than Kate in my country.

      • Chrissy says:

        No to mention that Jamie Oliver seems like a nicer, more down-to-earth and hardworking guy who actually gives back to his community (see concern about healthy eating in schools etc.). One couldn’t say anything like this about Cannot. She should be ashamed by how little she’s accomplished but given her focusing only on getting and keeping her position in the RF, I’m not holding my breath on her having a epiphany at this stage.

      • Nicki says:

        Plus Jamie Oliver takes tangible action and does things that actually help people. He’s not just nattering on and on. No wonder she bailed on the emptiness that is Princess Cathy.

        And omg that phony posh accent! It’s so over-the-top I couldn’t even finish the clip.

    • Why is this not surprising? Dolittle is who she is and she isn’t going to change. Why be paid so little to do her work for her? No thanks.

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ Yes, exactly @Susan Collins. It makes me wonder how Corfield was scouted anyway. Maybe someone mentioned her name as a good prospect. KP then possibly contacted her, and she was considering the position, and actually negotiated an acceptance? I wonder if the gun was jumped on the reporting end, before Corfield fully signed off on accepting the position? That’s a likely scenario because it seems she never left Jamie Oliver. Perhaps Corfield accepted on a trial basis and then she got a whiff of the nonsense around Kate, and the nonsense that is Kate. That, plus the low salary was surely enough to change her mind in a hurry.

    • Talie says:

      @Sugarhere – yeah, I think you’re right. The best position for her would’ve been the wife of a standard aristo to get the elevated social position, the country pile and as many babies as she wanted.

      To be a modern Queen requires a lot these days. If you compare her to her contemporaries like Mary in Denmark or Letizia in Spain, she is lacking. I mean those women go to conferences and can speak on anything in panels. Kate would never sit on a panel and free-talk. Her biggest asset is that the British monarchy is shaky and is being propped up by the British tabloid media and by extension, they are propping her up as its savior.

      • Sms says:

        While I agree that Letizia is more impressive and had a fantastic career before becoming queen, she is probably the least popular queen in Europe. Even Maxima who has brains and amazing charisma has lost popularity in the last few years while Kate Middleton retains fairly high approval ratings. I think the most popular is probably Princess Mary even though I feel she comes across as a bit of a mean girl towards her sister in law.

      • Sugarhere says:

        @Talie: In other words, Catherine would have been better fitted in Pippa’s shoes 😬, exactly. Which raises the question of the rivalry between the sisters, and of Carol’s role as a buffer to placate Kate’s jealousy.

      • Sugarhere says:

        @Tessa: Had Diana been alive,I’m not sure she would have encouraged her son to pursue the relationship. Kate would most definitely have been ruled out as a wife.

        So can we say the Catherine symptom is the result of the Windsors (mis)taking over an orphaned heir’s (mis)education in Charles’ deplorable fashion? I regard Kate’s shallowness and mediocre achievements as both a Windsor trademark and comeuppance.

      • The Old Chick says:

        We have no idea about Kate’s true approval numbers a) because the media lies about her daily to make her look good and b) the media and youGov make up the numbers.

    • BeanieBean says:

      You forgot one: no shame.

      • Sugarhere says:

        Thanks, ladies. The common denominator of your posts revolves around the inconsistency of Kate’s trajectory. I don’t get either how Kate’s ferocious social ambition aligns with her elaborately minimalistic work ethics. Still pondering over the discrepancy 🤔…

        Did William Internalize his father’s frustration at being overshadowed by Diana’s social advocacy, and choose a blatantly underachieving wife accordingly?

      • TigerMcQueen says:

        @Sugarhere, I don’t think William chose Kate, necessarily. She was just the last one standing and he was feeling pressured to marry and get the heir and spare out of the way. Some of the women he was much obviously more enamored with had loads of charisma. They just didn’t want to marry him.

        But given that, I wouldn’t be surprised if — when William was pondering what to do — Kate’s lack of work ethic/ambition and blandness was seen by some as a large bonus. Not TQ of course, re: the work ethic part. But Chuck probably was of the “look, if you marry middle class, at least she’s not going to outshine anyone” mindset.

        I guess I don’t think it was something William internalized. I think her dullness (and willingness to do anything including not rock the boat) was openly considered within the firm.

      • Sugarhere says:

        @TigerMcQueen, “She was just the last one standing”: 😂🤣. I forgot the suitable aristo girls were so unimpressed they let William know their parents thought being his wife would be considered an unfortunate downgrade in their circle.

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ Not only that @Sugarhere. Many modern day young aristo ladies have interests in forging independent careers rather than lazing around schmoozing with the jet set, or marrying into gilded cage royalty. Also, aristo parents know what happened to Diana — they were real time witnesses. It makes sense they would warn their daughters against getting involved with the Windsor princes.

        Harry describes in his book just such an occurrence that happened to him with an aristo girlfriend he was really into. When the tabloids learned they were dating and began harassing the young lady, her mother immediately warned her off continuing the relationship. Although Harry was devastated, in retrospect, maybe it wasn’t meant to last, since Harry ultimately met his soulmate in Meghan.

        However, Harry was extremely lucky in finding someone as accomplished, beautiful, career-minded, and caring as Meg. Significantly, she’s also someone who is not a British aristo, and thus she had little inkling of the horror show existing behind-the-scenes of the royal firm. William was not as lucky in love and marriage. But he’s also not as smart, attractive, hard-working, and charismatic as his younger brother. Needless to say, neither is Khate as hard-working, charismatic, and accomplished as Meghan. That’s why all this ‘Shaping Up/ Ahrly Yahrs’ embiggening is necessary.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate tolerates a lot of demeaning behaviour from William and this was their relationship from day one. When all the other aristo ladies didn’t want to be with him, he figured that kate would do anything he wanted including letting him have side pieces.

        This was working well for him until Harry found a woman who was better at the job than kate could dream of and who was beautiful, intelligent and loved by Harry. Then Kate got mad because she saw that a Windsor boy could treat a woman respectfully and that also made his interactions with Rose even more worrisome.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Nic919, I think Meghan’s arrival caused enormous issues for William. IMO he was ready to set Kate aside in 2016. The Harry/Meghan romance made that inconvenient, so William acted out with the dad dancing (meant Kate got unwanted Child #3). Ongoing relationship with Rose. Now his plans to scupper Kate had to be put on hold.

        Wm is embarrassed by Kate, by her incompetence, how her unprofessional behavior reflects poorly on him. Also Wm is furious that Harry pulled someone as amazing as Meghan.

    • Lisa says:

      He mentioned menopause. Is she going to go whining to Willy that he talked about hormones in her presence like she did about Meghan and her baby brain comment?

      • kirk says:

        Yes! How dare he talk about hormones in her heightened presence! Hope her biz council has her Easter baskets ready to go! 😂😂😂

    • PrincessOfWaffles says:

      She is a sham. Her lack of life & work experience shows: she has nothing to offer in shaping her OWN path. They will be searching for a “candidate who will play a LARGE part in shaping a role that she is unable to figure for herself. Completely incompetent. After so many years, you would think that she would have taken a real interest in fckn something, but no, just Zara and empty handed awareness campaigns that lead to absolutely nada.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      It’s an absolute effin sham. How they got the guy to say he saw ‘the science behind it’ is mind boggling. Is/are Iceland Food Stores looking for a royal warrant? (anyone who had a royal warrant previously-lost it(some temporarily) when the QE2 died).

      There is a a difference between statistics and data science. Statistics are what they are based on statistics. Data science incorporates statistics into their business. Hunger and early years is based more on statistics than science. I’m terrible at explaining things. So, I asked my magna cum laude sibling-science, biology, chemistry, for fun, about this and shared the video. LOL-I have no words and no explanations for what this video means. What is the science that man is looking at? Me: I don’t know. Sister: I don’t know either and he also doesn’t because he didn’t share any further explanation. Sister: Are you f*cking with me? Are you still trying to get back at me when I made you play the ‘who’d you rather game with 20 years ago?’. I’m like nooooo..but I wished I thought of it.

      Alison Cofield had enough respect for herself to walk out of the shitshow of the Princess of Wails/palaces. Within weeks a couple of months. The BM won’t tell you that. It IS what is IS.

    • Kathleen says:

      Am I the only one whod found this rather wide of the mark? I am really struggling to connect this grocery store £1 specials to the cognitive development of children 1 to 5 years old. Is the accent on better nutrition for the mother and child? Is it the mental health of store workers who may be parents? Where is the link between the grocery store and the development of critical thinking in the very young. You could drive a truck through the gaps in her logic. My God this was bad,

  2. equality says:

    Sorry, but standing in his store surrounded by tons of food, all he can come up with is posting emojis that children can see every day on SM?

    • Cara says:

      The privileged few are once again deaf and blind to what they could actually do to fix problems that hurt the children she purports to care so very much about helping … or perhaps she isn’t really interested in helping the sort of children who need an advocate?? Just maybe, to someone who thinks as she does, it is only middle class children who can be helped because all those poor children are too hard to help.

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ I agree. If there was purposeful interest in helping real people in need, rather than blathering on inanely about science, why didn’t they use these wasteful minutes to announce the collaborative launching of a food drive to help struggling families?! Something tangible and actually beneficial. Of course, the logical tie-in for Khate’s ‘Ahrly Yahrs,’ would be pointing out the connection between learning and young children having full bellies/ adequate nutrition.

        Oops, I guess we’re doing the thinking and strategizing that Khate and her enablers seem to be incapable of.

    • kirk says:

      To be fair to him, he did talk about certain package sizes that lower income ppl found helpful. I kinda wonder how much pressure gets put on people to get roped in to these royal things, or if they consider particular campaigns a good fit for their marketing.

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ Yep, surely this company’s interest is about marketing, and not just about forging ‘relationships’ with customers in the immediate community. The royal institution still wields status and influence, despite its numerous problematic failings in the modern world. Overall, it’s great publicity for this grocery chain, with the fact this video is being seen around the world. The business owner conducts himself reasonably well, and he makes a good attempt to keep the preplanned, heavily edited discussion on track. This, despite being in the company of a lightweight, self-interested, pretentious snob like Khate.

    • Puppy1 says:

      My emoji chart for how I feel about Kate

      😡 😖 🙄 😑 🤦🏻‍♀️ 🤢

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ LOL! 😂🤣 👍

        I also noticed that the discussion of the store creating emojis on aisle posts at a child’s height, strikes of being another way of excusing Louis’ tantrum-like behavior at the Jubbly! 🤭 “It’s okay for young children to feel and express their emotions!” LOL, sure. But there’s no excuse for W&K not thinking ahead and making more of an effort to address Louis’ needs. With the help they have, it was possible to make different choices ahead of time.

      • kirk says:

        Puppy1 – How I feel about your kate emoji chart
        😀 😆 🥳 😄 😃 👏

  3. Tessa says:

    Kate’s campaign is an embarrassment
    If her father in law was not so dense he would pull the plug on the early years campaign which is all smoke and mirrors and just shows how vapid Kate is

    • JT says:

      This what the palace needs to do with Kate AND Will. They should stopped this farce years ago. Those two are not visionaries. They don’t have skill set or work ethic to come with these big campaigns or foundations. They can’t create their own Sentebale, Invictus, Archetypes, or Prince’s Trust. Just pull the damn plug on trying to be Harry or Meg. Sit their asses down, make them do 500 bread and butter engagements a year and get on with it. And if they won’t do what they’re told the first time, I’m sure they could be blackmailed into getting the picture.

      • Lorna says:

        Charles had a ton of advisors work with him on Prince’s Trust and he hired a ton of people to oversee the Duchy of Cornwall when he got it. William and Kate could do this. They just don’t care. I agree on the engagements part. That’s what he should do. William has money now. He can’t be blackmailed so easy and his temper made it hard when he didn’t have money. They’re just two lazy people propped up by media and bigots who hate Harry and Meghan.

      • Jais says:

        William is gonna spend money going to Poland and trying to look like a statesman. Conveniently right before his dad goes on his trip. Clearly, he was willing to spend duchy money on Kate’s claymation videos, but for how long? I’m curious about how William will divvy out that money.

      • Christine says:

        They had two options to slot Willnot into existing places that are already established, the Prince’s Trust and Philip’s DoE awards. He couldn’t even be bothered to care about things that would prop him up that he had to extend zero effort for, he and Kitty are beyond worthless.

      • JT says:

        @Lorna I think William could be blackmailed quite easily. He doesn’t have a super injunction in place for no reason. Agree on all other points though. W&K aren’t built for the big projects and don’t even need to be. They need to stop trying and failing to reinvent the wheel and just be content to carry on like the typical boring royals that they are. They would be better off keeping their heads down with the ribbon cutting, rather than trying to attract too much attention pretending to have substance.

      • Mary Pester says:

        @Jt Charlie won’t do that, he needs them to keep falling over to make him look good, likewise camzilla

      • JT says:

        @Mary that’s a good point. W&K looking terrible makes C&C look better, but I just keep think that nobody is looking good right now. Both couples look greedy and grasping between C&C’s expensive Chubbly nonsense and the Keen’s 5th home, Early year PR. Nobody is coming out looking good and to top it off, the entire BM is obsessed with H&M anyway. Everyone is failing right now.

      • Nic919 says:

        The link between Giles Coren and Tom Parker Bowles has come up recently. I think that puts a whole new spin on how and why the Rose trimming stories were released.

        I.e. Camilla knows it all.

  4. Chloe says:

    The only one who should be in charge of shaping the PoW role should be kate herself. Figure out the kind of PoW she wants to be and then find the staff that will support that.

    And am I the only one that thinks that kate being on the search for the 5th private secretary in the equal amount of years might also have something to do with the fact that she just doesn’t get on with women?

    • Tessa says:

      Kate never had any real interest pre wedding other than getting the proposal. She never used her art history degree. She could not get an early years degree in all the time she had before the proposal lest she miss wills phone calls. She made herself an expert in early years because she had children.

      • kelleybelle says:

        Yep, Carole made sure she worked part-time so she would “always be available for William.”

      • Christine says:

        I will spend the rest of my life wondering why Cannot didn’t jump on using her art history degree. She could have curated exhibits from the private collection of the royal family, one a year even, and she would have been hailed as a savior of the arts.

        A little children’s exhibit alongside the actual art would have been fantastic for kids. Something along the lines of what the LA Philharmonic does with their concerts for kids, and I assume other orchestras around the world do the same thing. Kids would go home with a piece of art they created, and parents would be equally thrilled.

        Instead, crickets.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Christine, Kate used her art history degree to personally select things like the racist painting hung in their family space parlour at KP. Imagine what damage she could have done with ‘exhibits’ given her personal penchant for that type of art? They would have had to use the dozens of office staff to constantly change/moderate every thing she chose.

      • windyriver says:

        @Christine – not hard to understand. You’re assuming that 1) Kate has a real interest in art history (just like Will was deeply interested in what – geography?); and 2) she really worked for that degree (rather than just being passed through because she was known as Will’s girlfriend). I doubt either one is true. After all, how could she put in the work, but still be available whenever she needed to, to keep track of Will? Most likely, her behavior after uni – lazy, unfocused, frivolous, dropping everything else in pursuit of Will – was no different than how she behaved as a student.

      • Christine says:

        Kitty already has a team of people who make her….into Cannot. They could have hired 3 people who are passionate about art to select things that wouldn’t offend anyone, and she wouldn’t have to speak to the public in her jarring self-dialect. She could cut a ribbon once a year in front of her curated efforts, and obviously flail about, in a wiglet.

        How would it be any different than this early years passion project of hers, except for she has a degree in art history? We all know she doesn’t give a shit about anything.

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        @Kelleybelle – there is something disgusting about Carole always making sure Kate was available for William. It makes Kate sound little better than a prostitute.

    • Becks1 says:

      @chloe that could be it, but then she can hire a male private secretary. Who is William’s current PS? Why can’t she just share his, it’s not like they are doing an obscene amount of work between them.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Because Kate wants a separate PS who will spearhead the anti-William, pro-Kate embiggening articles we’ve gotten for the last few years.

    • Zappy says:

      I think its more about her work ethic. Working with someone as lazy as her would be very tiring.

    • Fawsia says:

      Is she allowed to have a male private secretary? Maybe her lick will be different with male private secretary.
      Also, why does she have to reinvent the wheels. So many crown princess was and queen consorts in Europe are envoys for UN or other international humanitarian agencies.

    • Sunday says:

      I think the issue has less to do with her not getting along with other women (although there’s certainly plenty of evidence that’s true), and more to do with these hires not fully understanding what they were being asked to do. I think they were all more than willing to set Kate up as the figurehead to get all the credit while they do all the actual work behind the scenes – that wasn’t the problem, plenty of celebrity initiatives work that way, basically ghostwriting but for business/philanthropy. I think the problem was that they did not initially understand that the “work” they were being asked to do would all be this hollow, word-salad, treading water, running in place BS, and with a principal who can’t even string a sentence together. They thought that at the end of the day, there would be actual substance to show for their efforts, and when they figured out that the goal wasn’t actually to grow her initiatives but rather to give the illusion of growth while sticking to vagaries and mimicry, they bailed in favor of actual substance.

      • Chrissy says:

        I think you’re on to something Sunday. It seems that there is no actual goal setting for any of Kate’s “work”. Everything she pretends to be interested in is so vague. See last week’s meeting with business leaders…she didn’t even have any specific ideas to put forward to those assembled. Besides repeating the importance of “Airly Yahrs”, what did she want them to contribute their time and money to???

      • Debbie says:

        @Sunday: I think it’s everything you said plus being asked incessantly by Kate, “Yeah, I heard what you said but, seriously, how do I look?”

      • aftershocks says:

        ITA with your take @Sunday! 🎯 How you describe it makes a lot of sense. High-achieving, competent and productive ‘ball-busters,’ have no time for nonsensical pretend ‘makework’ repping for an airhead, whether royal or not!

    • Klaw says:

      Or that she just won’t work or participate. These ppl probably get flack when Kate gets criticism and the plan “doesn’t work”. They can’t actually do their job when it depends on her.

    • JaneBee says:

      @Chloe Technically, there is nothing stopping her from hiring a dude for this position? The Queen’s private secretaries were all men 🤷🏼‍♀️

      • Nic919 says:

        The Queen had a legitimate position within the government. Kate is not important to government at all and while the Windsors created this whole work thing to not get removed like the romanovs, the reality is that kate has no function at all and no serious person wants to work with her.

  5. Izzy says:

    That video has been edited to a ridiculous degree. How much dithering and blathering did she do that it required so much cutting? And ENOUGH WITH THE JUMP CUTS. Shifting perspective four times in ten seconds doesn’t make it more engaging to viewers, it’s jarring and distracting from whatever they’re trying to say.

    • Eurydice says:

      I stopped watching after the 10th time they used the word “important” – basically, it’s important that it’s so important. And I don’t believe for one second that this guy had a sudden epiphany about helping people after having watched Kate’s video.

    • Erin says:

      Honestly! This is one of her worst videos because even with all of the obvious editing they couldn’t edit out her looking totally bored/eyes glazed over, awkward with her weird hand gestures, and her speaking is so unclear. JUST GIVE IT UP! This is not it, it’s not going to get any better when after all of these years this is the best you have.

  6. SussexWatcher says:

    They could have at least come up with a better excuse, because saying a literal PR expert didn’t realize a job with the royal family would be high profile ain’t it! She sounds like a fool. And once again, the frequent KP/Kkkeen’s personal staff turnover is met with crickets by the same media that had a field day when someone from the Sussexes’ staff left.

    I am so glad the Sussexes are out of that hellhole (even though the RRs and British media STILL cannot keep Harry and Meghan’s names out of their mouths 🙄)

    • Becks1 says:

      She does sound like a fool and I’m wondering if there might be some pushback from her in some way. Someone who is a ball busting PR guru or whatever isn’t going to want it out there that she didn’t realize working for the princess of wales would be high profile.

    • Ginger says:

      The narrative of people leaving the RF because they want to fly under the radar or don’t want the attention is ridiculous. It’s the RF, of course you will get attention. That excuse will never work.

    • Nic919 says:

      The “afraid of publicity” also seems to be the rewrite that happened less than an hour after the first time the article came out.

      • Christine says:

        I suppose it isn’t more unbelievable than a woman who bumbled into being the Princess of Wales, without realizing she would have to do things, to the idiots that buy KPs press releases.

    • Debbie says:

      That excuse does seem farfetched, doesn’t it? It makes the PR person seem unprepared and as incompetent as the KP staff usually act. So, they used her name and reputation months ago to make her “ball busting,” big girl persona seem like it’s associated with Kate from now on, then they paint her as an unprepared public relations person who is afraid of publicity on her way out the door. Boy, they don’t miss any trick these palace people.

  7. Chica says:

    Why buy two almost identical coats?

    • BeanieBean says:

      I marveled at her outfit! I went back & forth between the grocery store photos & her meet the business people roundtable. Similar jackets, similar tops, similar earrings, similar necklace, similar trousers, etc. I thought at first she’d changed into her comfy jeans after getting home then dashing to the store to do this, but no–it’s the same outfit but with entirely different pieces.

  8. Nanea says:

    How do you announce that you’re beyond hopeless without saying anything?

    If a pro rejects a prestigious job, even if it doesn’t pay market rate, with the kind of write-up we got in the Torygraph, it proves that Keen’s degree isn’t worth anything, that her princess training didn’t amount to anything, that she’s not interested in actually doing anything other than parading clothes inspired by the SIL she openly hates so much while showing the world she couldn’t care less about the problems the UK is facing.

    As long as KKKhate gets all the titles and tiaras, buttons, wiglets her heart desires, Mumbelina Wails won’t do anything of substance. Ever.

  9. Louise177 says:

    Does anyone know what the Early Years is supposed to do, their objective?

    • Nic919 says:

      Currently I guess five year olds are supposed to have soft skills to be ready to work when the “businesses” require it of them.

      Also standing in a grocery store where food prices have skyrocketed over inflation and yet not doing anything about that issue, which clearly affects the early years, is no tone deaf and blind to the reality of the world.

      • Ginger says:

        It is very tone deaf. She isn’t in the grocery store to talk about food security ( which is a MAJOR issue regarding early years) but to hang posters with emoji’s. I swear this woman is SO bad at her job. Also, Richard gets to the heart of the issue regarding early years by talking about financial issues and Kate breezes by it like ‘doesn’t concern me, I have 4 homes’ . This whole thing is ridiculous.

      • LaurieLee says:

        Yeah, the implication that kids need to develop soft skills because that’s what businesses want from workers (actually they say it straight out, don’t even hide it) is really creepy. So we only care about this stuff so that we can grow a workforce? Gross.

    • BeanieBean says:

      I couldn’t listen to the entire video linked here, it’s just too inane, but I listened to bits & pieces and I still can’t say what it’s all about. I couldn’t quite understand what Kate’s going on about this guy’s workers & customers had to do with the early years initiative. Doing something right in the first five years makes us all caring, kind people & this leeches over into our everyday lives like grocery shopping? Is that it? Also I cracked up at their leading with Kate saying she loves the science & asking the guy if watching the video (her claymation video??) sparked an interest in the science for him too. What–?

      • Jais says:

        I watched the first third maybe? The second-hand cringe makes it so I can rarely watch. I think she was trying to say that parents and grandparents also need to eat healthy food so they can be healthy and able to raise the early years kids. Maybe that was the intention? But obv it wasn’t clear. And the guy was really trying to talk about how many customers they have and how they’re offering deals for people who are struggling. I couldn’t make it through the rest. But her refusal to really acknowledge the cost of living crisis while in a grocery store is what makes this so baffling. She sounds like her usual empty jargony-self but it’s such a disconnect when the person she is speaking to is willing to bring it up more than she is. Everything about this is a massive disconnect and even the royal reporters know it. They’ve literally said she means well. But she only really means well for herself. She does not come across as really caring.

  10. Josephine says:

    I think she is not embarassed because she was raised to think only of herself and how she can best situate herself at all times. And she has been unable as an adult to move past that.

    • North of Boston says:

      Josephine, then I think she must have a VERY limited, insular and narrow definition of “best situate herself at all times”.

      Because as a human being, adult, parent, and whatever excuse the BRF are claiming for their existence, lifestyle funded at the expense of others, she is not situating herself well at all.

      Like as long as she gets to keep all the houses, can buy a new dress, coat and /or coatdress when she wants and no one is questioning her character, decisions, statements to her face, she considers it a job well done.

  11. Princess Planky says:

    There is nothing more dismal than working for and trying to direct and inspire someone with the intellectual curiosity of an old sock. And I bet the lunches are better at Jamie’s.

    I couldn’t spend more than two minutes with that ridiculous brittle fake accent, it’s hilariously bad.

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      While watching this video (which I could not watch all the way through 😞), it suddenly hit me that she is trying to talk like Diana! But failing miserably. She must sit around in all her spare time studying videos of Diana speaking proper English.

      • Tessa says:

        Only Diana never spoke like Kate does now. Kate makes exaggerated faces when she talks. Diana got public speaking lessons. I don’t know who shes trying to emulate but it’s sure not diana.

      • Brassy Rebel says:

        I did make clear that she is not succeeding, but I believe even from the intonation that is what she is TRYING to do. She would be trying to sound like Meghan but that would require an American accent. Diana is her fall back position. It’s really an awful attempt. And Diana didn’t flap her hands around.

      • Tessa says:

        My point was she could not have used Diana. She is glaringly different. Maybe she watched old movies about the aristocracy. She should sign up for speech lessons.

      • bisynaptic says:

        Brassy Rebel, interesting point!

      • A says:

        That Tatler article about Kate said that she was getting elocution lessons from the Duke of Richmond, Lennox and Gordon’s younger brother. Bear in mind, that title has THREE dukedoms in it, so this person was the poshest of the posh toffs that you could possibly find in Britain at this time.

    • Wesley says:

      That accent! What is that all about? She never used to speak like that, what is going on with her? She was raised to marry well, breed children, control the servants & make small talk at company dinners. Being responsible for a project wasn’t part of her training – & it shows. She’s not entirely stupid, she knows not to appear more intelligent than her husband, but she lacks the warmth & personality to do what Diana did.

    • North of Boston says:

      Princess Planky, yeah I can imagine that any normal person would nope out of that. Why spend a moment of your life or any of your work effort in service of that. Especially when there’s no “there” there.

      And that’s even before you get into the moral and societal issues of putting your skills, efforts etc in service to embiggening and supporting something that is causing suffering, deprivation, injustice in other people’s lives by sucking up public resources that could be better used to feed, house, care for, employ thousands, and adding to the miasma of lies, bigotry and smoke and mirrors that the BRF and RR pump out every day in a very 1984 lies are truth, selfish leeching is public service kind of way.

  12. Brassy Rebel says:

    Yeah, the “ballbuster” found out in a hurry that she would be the work horse and Kate would be the show horse. And that Kate is really incapable of anything more than photo ops in supermarkets. She probably suggested strongly that Kate needs a speech coach. Clearly, that’s never happening.

    • Nic919 says:

      I think it’s more than that because someone in her position would know that the “face” doesn’t do the bulk of the work. It’s probably more likely that Kate was unwilling to do the minimal part expected of her.

  13. Ginger says:

    Just love how Kate still wants to appear brand new at this job. When she visited the food bank (empty handed of course) she said she is still learning and now she wants someone to shape her. Kate, you are 41 and have been at this job 12 years. You should already know this. And going through 5 private secretaries in 5 years should be talked about more. It shows that Kate is the problem.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Yeah, 12 years on the job & the person she’s hiring is supposed to help her shape HER position? That makes no sense. Twelve years in you should know what you’re doing. Unless of course they’re still pretending that the bump up in titles means it’s a whole new job & she’s starting fresh? I still don’t see how it’s the private secretary’s job to help you shape your own job.

  14. JCallas says:

    Kate seems like someone who can’t tolerate any criticism whatsoever. I doubt many serious professionals will sign up to be her “yes-man” /scapegoat.

    • Snuffles says:

      None of them can. Literally none of them. They are surrounded by sycophants.

      • Debbie says:

        Ah, but Kate wasn’t “born this way” so to speak, as they (Charles and William) were. She came from “common” stock, so what’s her excuse for not knowing how to deal with people from regular walks of life, or not knowing how to take criticism like a normal person?

  15. HamsterJam says:

    Because everyone knows that PR people are notoriously publicity shy.

  16. Becks1 says:

    I mean Kate is such a…..I don’t know, incompetent boss, horrible boss, bully, lazy person…..whatever it is (maybe a combo of all those things) that her new private secretary didn’t even start working for her full time before quitting based on what I can tell.

    Let’s talk about that more British press, rather than some 5 am emails.

    • Nic919 says:

      It’s a very bad look that the “ballbuster” hire who “tells it like it is” basically noped the hell out there before she even started to work for Kate.

      • Jais says:

        I’m really curious what happened that she said no before even starting. So she didn’t even work one day? Did she do a walk through at KP and then said yeah no? Or were there emails before she started that gave her a clue? Did someone who worked there previously advise her to stay far away?

      • windyriver says:

        I don’t understand why she even accepted this position in the first place. As an experienced professional she presumably would have done due diligence and had a sense of what she’s be walking into. The basic information is out there and she undoubtedly had other non-public sources. The reporting is so vague. Something is very weird.

      • First comment says:

        I’m also very curious! I had the Impression that the new private secretary had already started judging by Kate’s constant presence during the last 2 months after the “new” lancing of her arly years initiative. I’m aware that she didn’t work more but she certainly seemed to be working more with the small videos, mini interviews etc. I thought that the recent campaign of “shaping us” was the result of her efforts (the private secretary’s) because she had found a way to confront Kate’s laziness and in capability of talking through those mini videos. She was definitely “hired” according to the reporting and the great aspirations they had from her… that means that something happened that made her to back off…

      • The Hench says:

        I suspect she may have told it like it is to Kate – and that would have been the end of that. Or even just proposed a proper schedule of work and Kate said ‘nope’.

        The exposure excuse is entirely see-through as well. These people can’t even cover their tracks vaguely competently.

      • Lizzie says:

        She read Spare, possibly privately spoke with one of the prior private secretaries. Kate was never been known to to get on with women, to put it mildly.

      • Kingston says:

        Excellent questions. If only there were real journalists in Britain who diligently covered the royal beat, given that, like the executive, the legislative & the judiciary, the royal institution forms a fundamental part of the british governmental framework*.

        But no. Like their ancestors, the royals (or rather, the goons that run that institution) are allowed to run amok.

        Everyone who comes in contact with the goons who run the royal institution, including married-ins, as well as staff at all levels, hv their life and their professionalism/real-world training, etc. undermined. They generally bear it for varying periods of time but then, those with self-esteem eventually feel impelled to leave.

        Like M. And like his latest, would-be private sec’y to k8, who was sooooo hyped by KP & their tools in the britshidtmedia that this “ball-breaker” was gonna help k8 get her “revenge” on M.

        As M wd say:……..”I meannnnnnnn!!!”

        Clearly, based on how the interviews went and based on her experience during the couple of weeks she apparently worked there, the new PR guru said nope!

        The goons must hv been interfering, trying to tell her how to do her job. Just like they interfered with Suits, telling them what M (Rachel) could and could not do & could and could not wear. Did u peep Rachel’s work-wear after M got with H? Every Suits fan could see the stark before-and-after looks that Rachel wore.

        *[Who am I kidding……the britshidtmedia spends more time making excuses for & covering up the tory govt corruption than doing the job of the 4th estate!]

      • Jais says:

        Yep Kingston, if only their were journalists diligently covering this beat. The reporting on this has been really weird.

      • Klaw says:

        Or she was doing a more behind the scenes test run. That’s my guess. She knew enough that if Kate/courtiers couldn’t live up to the vision they were casting, she didn’t want to be linked.

      • Debbie says:

        I agree with @The Hench. I suspect that the PR person already started and found out for herself that this was untenable. I think they put out this BS story because it sounds better to say she never started, than to say that she quit after a few months of working closely with Kate, or that Kate butted heads with her. This way, it’s all, “Nothing to see here.”

        Either that, or Kate made the same face she made in the uppermost photo, and the so-called “ballbuster” said, “That’s it, I quit!”

      • Christine says:

        My best guess is the ballbuster tried to get Kitty to confirm a coffee date, before her start date, to discuss their epic plans to make Kitty a thing, and she didn’t bother to respond.

        There’s nothing remotely personal in any of this, this woman was all the way out before she had anything in.

      • Anne says:

        I wonder if they pulled a bait and switch on her — telling her she can come in and “shake things up” and then on Day 1, said “oh, btw, you’ll be working on this Early Years “campaign” and arranging photo ops every 6 months. She probably realized that having that failure on her resume would be a non-starter for her career.

      • Mustlovedogs says:

        Maybe she came here to CB one night… I can see her sitting up in bed, turning to her partner, and doing this emoji 😱

    • JD says:

      She prob read this site for recon and realized she was doomed.

  17. Nic919 says:

    More confirmation that the British media don’t have neutral journalists because it is not normal for someone to lose a private secretary in this way and so soon after the hire was announced and yet it isn’t a story blasting headlines everywhere. If Alison Corfield had a sudden unexpected personal issue she had to take on they would have said that. Instead we have a flimsy excuse that a person who worked for a famous chef with a global profile doesn’t like publicity? But who is also going to keep working for said famous chef?

    It’s obvious she didn’t want to work for Kate. And she didn’t even give it 2 years like Catherine Quinn did. Hannah Cockburn Logie only worked 2 years as well, but she benefitted from the pandemic lockdowns so kate was doing even less work for a good portion of that.

    There is a serious issue working with Kate because William doesn’t have this same issue of losing private secretaries so often. In fact if we look at the staff turnover, most of it is linked to Kate directly and not William. Even Knauf leaving was more because of his own actions in the Sussex lawsuit and he is still hovering around in another and better position. But people who work for Kate are simply gone for good.

    • First comment says:

      “Instead we have a flimsy excuse that a person who worked for a famous chef with a global profile doesn’t like publicity”..exactly @Nic… James Oliver, with his cooking television shows and his initiative for school meals (no matter how much successful or not) is far more famous globally than Kate.. a person who worked with him can’t be afraid of the limelight. There’s certainly an issue with Kate’s constant change of secretaries… but nobody seems willing to dig a little further… Let’s accuse Meghan of bullying, instead. These people!!!🙄🙄🙄

  18. Amy Bee says:

    I think Alison saw how she was being portrayed in the press, which was done with the approval of KP, and said thanks but no thanks. I don’t blame her for quitting before she started. When is press going to start talking about how Kate has problems keeping her Private Secretaries?

    • Jais says:

      Hmm, yeah I could see it. Leaking that she’s a ball-buster might not have been the right move.

    • Nic919 says:

      I agree with this. What woman with an actual career likes to be called a ball buster when in reality she is just a woman being assertive and competent and not taking garbage. There were misogynistic tones from day one.

      Also perhaps the competing with Meghan directive was not just something the tabloids stated but and actual expectation from Kate.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        “Also perhaps the competing with Meghan directive was not just something the tabloids stated but and actual expectation from Kate.”

        YES. I remember in that initial post, several posters were chastising others for thinking that was actually a statement/motive coming directly from Kate and KP. I had to wonder if these people hadn’t observed the last several years of actions and PR coming from Kate’s camp, because she has demonstrated in countless ways that she is fixated on Meghan. Of course she wants to continue this one-sided competition and continue looking like the jackass she is in the process.

      • windyriver says:

        I wonder though if, in trying to move ahead with that idea, Corfield ran into the same problems Meghan did. We have seen a lot more re: Kate in the last few months, as @First comments notes above – small videos, mini interviews, a couple of task forces. Meanwhile, people here previously commented Will by comparison didn’t seem to be visible much, for a while there. Possibly whatever PR plan Corfield had devised got shut down or derailed by TPTB because Kate was getting more attention than Will, and especially, more attention than Camilla. The palace apparatus suffocated hard working, ready to hit the ground running Meghan, but as Harry’s wife she was stuck. Corfield could walk, and did.

    • Snuffles says:

      I was going to say the same thing. And if shit went sideways, she would be the first one blamed. The press were already setting the tone before she could do anything. I’m sure she didn’t appreciate that one bit.

      ETA: Agree about competing with Meghan. I can imagine her asking Kate what her goals were and Kate saying “To outshine Meghan, steal all of her ideas and outfits but not actually do any of the work she does. Can you make that happen?” And the lady realized she was cuckoo for coco puffs

  19. JP says:

    Her accent is impossible, I have never had a problem understanding the Queen, Charles, William, or Harry- but I have to replay her speeches multiple times. Did she refer to the findings of her multimillion dollar campaign as “stuff”, lol? That’s a dead giveaway that she has invested no time or energy in this. When you work hard on something you do not refer to your work as “stuff”.

  20. Chaine says:

    It sounds like they made a job offer and the woman never accepted it, and now they are trying to back down all the ridiculous information they jumped the gun on leaking. Otherwise, I don’t understand how a “ball buster” is also trying to “remain under the radar” and “didn’t want the publicity” of working with a royal. You’d think that would be the dream of an ambitious person who has already worked for a number of years with a somewhat toxic lesser celebrity.

    The supermarket video is awful. There is really no explanation of the early years concrete mission, they both just keep talking about how the early years are so important and he keeps fawning about how he had no idea before seeing her presentation. I mean, really? And also who set them up so that she is towering over man like a giant?

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      I read the first few comments on the video and KP had all their bots working overtime yesterday.

    • Eurydice says:

      Yes, it sounds like this to me, too. And maybe Oliver offered her more money not to leave.

    • MaryContrary says:

      I guessed the same. In their usual incompetence, they announced they’d hired her before she’d ever officially agreed to the job. And yes, he probably offered her more money. At this point, I would imagine that anyone worth their salt would not only see what a lightweight she is, but she how she can’t keep staff-that’s a major red flag.

      • Feeshalori says:

        I just love that the cachet of working for the royals is no longer as prestigious as it once was, given the revolving door environment working for Kate.

    • notasugarhere says:

      That’s how it reads to me. Or KP wanted to hire her, she declined, KP refused to accept it, and ran with the news publicly to try and force her acceptance.

  21. Eurydice says:

    Hahahahahaha! Since when have any of the PR people been “above the radar”? The only time we know who they are is when they’re hired and when they quit – and that’s only if the RF wants it to be known.

    But that’s ok, Kate – you can putter around until the Chubbly and then it’ll be time for a holiday, and then i’ll be summer break, and then you’ll have to renovate Royal Lodge and then it will be time for your Christmas concert. By the time 2024 rings in, no one will even remember Early Years.

    • Ariel says:

      And then in 2024 they can “launch” the early tears initiative yet again!

      • Feeshalori says:

        Ariel, lol maybe you meant early years but early tears is so appropriate since I’m sure a lot of them are being shed over this wasted initiative.

  22. Amy Bee says:

    I tried to watch the video and it really shows that Kate doesn’t know what she’s talking about. It is interesting to see the Royal rota’s response to the video which was most of them ignored it. I only saw two reporters tweet about or retweet the video and none of them spoke about her piece in the FT. I don’t think they’re happy about how this is being rolled out and that they are being excluded from the pr strategy.

  23. Digital Unicorn says:

    I suspect the ‘ballbuster’ had a taste of what was to come when she started working for Keen i.e. kHate and Ma were being their usual charming selves and she is like ‘nope am outta here’.

    • ThatsNotOkay says:

      Kate refused to listen to the ballbusting, PR guru. That’s when they fire YOU. When you ignore their well-seasoned, expert advice. And we know Kate refuses to season anything.

      • Snarkle says:

        I choked on my coffee reading “ And we know Kate refuses to season anything.”
        Brilliant @thatsnotokay

  24. HennyO says:

    I think when Kate opens her mouth to speak, there’s a big disconnect between her brain and the words that come out of her mouth. I don’t know if, after all these years in the ‘job’, this has to do with nerves, fear of failure or downright stupidity and disinterest.

    As for her mumbling about “the science” behind Early Years. That’s just chanting sentences she’s prepared with her staff to say, regardless of whether they’re appropriate or fit in the “conversation.”

    • kelleybelle says:

      Yes, good question. What IS the “science” behind early years? Because, er … there is none.

      • Cecile730 says:

        And don’t forget that they all are saying that nobody knew how important the early years are….
        We must be true genuises to know about it!

  25. Miranda says:

    Wow, we all knew it wouldn’t last, but I didn’t actually expect that Alison would leave before anyone got a chance to even BUY the damn head of lettuce (assuming heads of lettuce are even available in the UK right now).

    And I honestly don’t know how the hell Kate doesn’t see what an absolute embarrassment she is and how pathetic it sounds to be stalling for time and “learning on the job” at this point in her life. Whatever the opposite of imposter syndrome is, she has it.

  26. Snuffles says:

    Well, as a professional who’s really good at her job, she probably took time to meet with her principal and the staff that would support her to see what she was working with. And quickly realized she would not be able to do her job well at all with someone who was uncooperative, lazy and ignorant. And had staff that were equally so.

    • ThatsNotOkay says:

      You said it. This, right here.

    • Well Wisher says:

      Maybe ask one pertinent question and did not fundamentally agree with the answer ;-
      What is stated goal for this PR position?

  27. ML says:

    Ouch. Presumably you wouldn’t announce Alison Corfield as Kate’s secretary without being quite sure she wanted the job?! That PR, no matter how they frame it, is a disaster for K. I do wonder how Jamie Oliver feels about it.
    That video is also a complete disaster. First of all, KP needs to stop trying to make the latest talent in Elevator Music a thing. The musical aura of a dentist office waiting room will not improve any video message they wish to get across. Seriously. Next, Richard Walker and Kate are as far from each other in the FROZEN foods aisle as they can get. This woman does not exude warmth nor empathy (ironically a word which Richard Walker uses). Kate also looks as though she’s advertising frozen pizzas as well. She often doesn’t look RW in the eye or the camera when she speaks. And the content: RW seems to understand poverty, food insecurity and childhood better than Kate. Why on earth did they release this? She really needs to attend classes on presentation at the very least.

    • First comment says:

      “She often doesn’t look RW in the eye or the camera when she speaks.: Somebody mentioned that she probably uses a teleprompter in the back or some sort of ready made placards with her lines. I can definitely believe it…The whole conversation wasn’t a conversation..I mean there’s no real interaction between them… Kate’s tells her lines, RW responds but she drops another line/idea as if she’s incapable of a coherent thought… she tells her piece without really paying attention to whatever her interlocutor says. He spoke about food insecurity and she ignored him…and did I understand correctly at the end that she said something about “inspiring him”? I just can’t!

      • Puppy1 says:

        @FIRSTCOMMENT, I agree 100%. I watched the whole video (god help me) and while totally distracted by her typical mumbling and hand gestures, all I got was that she had her prescribed talking points she was required to spit out. What really caught my attention at the end was when she said “thank you for letting me chat “AT” you!

    • Lizzie says:

      Oh, I think she’s had plenty of coaching, this is her best. They just do a lot of creative editing.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I doubt she has subjected herself to hours of coaching. Kate wouldn’t be willing to put in that amount of work *preparing for work*, she’s not even willing to ‘work’ more than 100 hours a year.

  28. Alice says:

    For real life reasons I was going through the Save the Child archives on their website. I’m anti-monarchy, but sometimes we forget that Kate (and Pegs) are ineffectual even in terms of other members of the Royal Family who aren’t named Harry or Megan.

    Anne got involved in STC when she was 20. She gave an interview talking about how she spent the first ten years taking trips and “listening and learning” and how valuable that was because then she was prepared to participate in debates and public discussions advocating for STC and the work they do. And she does do a lot of work for them. She shows up for thrift store openings and vaccination events in deserts.

    Kate still wants to pretend she’s a newbie. She doesn’t want to do this kind of work, because to some extent or another Prince Charles (Prince’s Trust), Prince Philip (Duke of Edinburg Awards and his work with WWF) and Princess Anne have laid a path she could follow.

    • Miranda says:

      As an aside, I have to say that Anne showing up for thrift store openings just seems so…on-brand, I guess? And I mean that as a compliment; I respect that she often appears to wear clothing that she’s owned since the ’70s. She clearly understands the value of having at least a few simple, timeless, well-made pieces in your wardrobe. With Anne, there’s no buying completely new ensembles for trivial events, and certainly no buying the same expensive pieces in multiple colors.

      • Lorna says:

        Princess Anne has an incredibly large wardrobe. She’s also been the same size or close for two decades and that helps a lot. Her popping up in her favorite pieces she’s had for a long time leads some to believe that she has a few pieces. She doesn’t. She has a ton of clothes. She keeps them for a long time I’ll give her that.

    • Nic919 says:

      Kate and William have always been the exception to the rule for royal work. Well before Meghan showed up, Anne, Sophie and Edward were doing hundreds of engagements per year, with kids, and we had Sophie give speeches and not sound like a Buffoon or do solo overseas trips with substance. And people who work with Anne always say she shows up having read her brief and knowing the organization she’s attending.

      The problem is because of the order of succession that William and Harry got the most press attention and their spouses. Kate was always lacking in doing the royal work. And while it was brushed off in 2012 when she gives a speech bouncing her head so much it was a childish joke, it is hard to ignore that a full decade later she is still very bad at all of it.

      William also didn’t want to work a lot of engagements so he made up the idea of large projects, but the problem is he and Kate don’t put in the extra effort for the larger topic. It’s all a vanity project for them.

      • Alice says:

        That’s the point I was trying and failing to make. Anne, Charles, and Philip all did a lot of bread and butter appreances but also all carved out long lasting relationships with organizations and issues and that were long lasting and went deep.

        William, even before Kate, acted like these things were mutually exclusive.

  29. MsIam says:

    I don’t see how she can talk about ” the importance of talking about mental health ” with a straight face. I guess mental health is only important during the first five years? And she seems super awkward talking with this guy. Kate’s people should invest in some time of public speaking/ interviewing training if these type of videos are going to be a big part of her campaign.

  30. Cathy says:

    That has got to be the strangest conversation I’ve ever seen. First there’s Kate looming over that guy, making him look about 12. If he is short then it would have been a courtesy for Kate to wear flat shoes so the height difference wasn’t so bad. I do wonder if they were even in the same room at the same time as there was no rapport between the two? Kate was driveling on and it seemed like she wasn’t listening at all to what he was saying? I just get the feeling that Kate doesn’t understand her subject? She keeps talking about how the arhly yars are important but does she understand why? It seems like she is just reeling off a bunch of buzzwords? It comes so close to something that could make a positive change but with Kate at the helm I fear it’s just likely to crash and burn?

    • tamsin says:

      To crash and burn something has to have taken off first. This project strikes me as never even getting off the ground. How many decades can you go around raising awareness before admitting that nothing has progressed.

      • Cathy says:

        Sadly I think you are correct Tamsin. Maybe I should have said “failure to launch”?

        I don’t even get why they are standing in a supermarket either? Kate probably wouldn’t know what one was? Food doesn’t just come from Farmer’s markets Kate. Yes, I know she’s been seen in supermarkets but she’s never been in one counting her pennies in her purse and worrying that she had enough to cover what was in her basket? I realise they are trying to link big business with the arhly yars so I guess it was this guy doing his best? Though getting back to the main topic of this post… did someone jump the gun and announce this lady was taking the job before she signed on? That’s a PR fail! Or did she start and noped out once she realised how difficult Kate is to work with?

      • Maremotrice says:

        Cathy: “I don’t even get why they are standing in a supermarket either? Kate probably wouldn’t know what one was?”

        Perhaps it’s a homage to the Britpop classic “Common People” by Pulp:

        I took her to a supermarket
        I don’t know why but I had to start it somewhere
        So it started there
        I said “pretend you got no money”
        And she just laughed and said “oh, you’re so funny”
        I said “yeah…
        Well, I can’t see anyone else smiling in here
        Are you sure”

  31. Pennchie says:

    For the Cambridges, above all else their image comes first.
    I bet Corfield realized Kate doesn’t have a vision or actionable plans for the “Shaping Us” beyond “raising awareness” by talking about it. Kate wants to pull a Jamie Oliver w/ his healthy lunch initiative, but without actually taking the necessary steps of lobbying the government and asking businesses for funds.

    Kate’s campaign is deliberately vague because she wants to stay inoffensive and mild. How is she going to keep business leaders engaged with this initiative if her only strategy is to keep making videos and have photoshoots? And what’s the purpose of it beyond making her look busy? She’s hoping everyone will just read between the lines and she won’t have to get her hands dirty by asking for money or policy changes and the institutions will just do the right thing out of the goodness of their heart based on her high level talking points. Kate’s making her campaign toothless and dooming it for failure. I wouldn’t want to work with that mess either. Can you imagine creating a whole campaign on an idea of encouraging the business community to “think a little more radically” and not having any concrete examples of what that means? 😬

    • Nic919 says:

      While the task force with the government people (where nothing happened) was potentially something that could have lead to improvement for kids, the idea of helping kids under 5 develop soft skills for business is a capitalist’s dream come true.

      Children should be provided the tools for the best early years for the sake of decency and humanity and not asa business goal. Children should not be considered as future workers which commodifies them and really is a dystopian view of society. Especially when the main person selling this has never worked as an adult and whose families directly benefits from the work of actual workers in the UK.

    • notasugarhere says:

      ‘Kate’s campaign is deliberately vague because she wants to stay inoffensive and mild.’

      It is that way because like Kate, there is nothing there there. Kate isn’t trying not to offend people, she’s just going along with a basic idea that was selected for her in a last minute PR panic.

      All this is is a PR exercise, a shopping opportunity, and a PR posing game for Kate.

      Kate doesn’t care about early years, she obviously doesn’t care about offending people (see the six years of abuse she heaped on Meghan). She has no empathy or sympathy for anyone. This project is useless because Kate is useless.

  32. Shawna says:

    So now it turns out that Kate was sent to Iceland, not M&H.

    • Lucky Charm says:

      Hahaha good catch, Shawna! It always turns around and happens to them instead of Prince Harry and Meghan lol.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      LOL @Shawna. It’s more embarrassing than that. Sussex fans thought Iceland was way better than the Chubbly! Kate thought walking the aisle of Iceland Foods beat them to the punch.

      Don’t know if it has anything to do with anything. When QE2 die, so did royal warrants. I don’t know about Iceland Food Stores, others have to reapply. Like Unilever (business taskforce). And Heinz.

  33. I can’t believe how many people are falling for the lies the UK press prints. Do you all believe Colfield was hired in December, and here we are at the end of March, and she didn’t start work yet? It sounds better for KP and the press to lie and say she never started versus she quit the job after a few months and was rehired by Jamie Oliver. Jamie most likely told her the door is always open if she didn’t like the job.

    • SAS says:

      FINALLY something that makes it make sense. Great theory, I think you’ve probably hit the nail on the head. Wouldn’t be surprised if the story morphs again to “started but didn’t complete a probation period” or something.

      I’m very curious to see if she responds to this as a PR person.

    • Jais says:

      Definitely possible. Maybe she’s embarrassed by the whole shaping us campaign and wants to exit asap from the mess.

      • Exactly. Allison Colfied quit after the Shaping Us campaign flopped, most likely because Kate was too lazy to take her advice so Allison was like, I’m peacing out of this bullshit.

    • Kelly says:

      Thank you! She most likely did her probation period and said no thanks I’m out.
      It didn’t help that they were framing her as someone there to elevate Kate over Meghan!
      If I saw those headlines as a professional woman I would peace out too. If she was even a bit aware of what happened with Meghan she would have said oh sht this is what she was going through. Yeah I’m good with Jaime.
      I just wish all these secretaries would leak what really goes on behind the scenes. We need an expose on Kensington palace. Clearly it’s a toxic environment considering they’ve had all new staff multiple times in a few years. I’m pretty sure over a dozen people have come and gone since 2017. Why hasn’t jack royston wrote about that. Hmm

    • Meh says:

      Thank you. Exactly what I was thinking. The BRF is just trying to save face, because it does look much worse if she started and then left, rather than if she never started, never saw the inner workings, never worked with K, never was privy to the actual situation. So yes, this is all a lie, and I cannot believe than anyone would fall for this given the December-March timeline and all other factors.

      • Unlike most people who know how much the tabloids lie but still repeat what they print as gossip. There are still a few of us that knows what the print should be taken with a grain of salt and read between the lines.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        I’ll say..when the UK media/tabloids report something – it’s usually opposite day. I don’t believe what they say automatically, if ever. The likes of Tominey, Eden, 5 minute Levin, etc,… I am gobsmacked how many people in the BM/RR lie. And double down on their lies. Really. Mom/Dad/Grandma/Grandpa, what do you do for a living? Oh, love, we lie. Young child: Isn’t lying wrong? RR: Uhmmm..not when it comes to Harry & Meghan. Young child: What did they do? RR: They left after we lied about them. Young child: Why lie?. RR: Lying signs our paychecks.

    • First comment says:

      I wrote something similar above! She was definitely hired and she had started to work if the new campaign of “shaping us” is an indication! Something definitely happened but everyone is reluctant to find out what…😔😔😔

    • Sunday says:

      This makes sense to me, because my biggest question has been if she *didn’t* start yet, and if Kate’s previous private secretary already left, then exactly who has been handling all the new Shaping Us nonsense? Because we know damn well it’s not Kate. The meetings, the billboard, the “task force” – these do seem like a deviation from Kate’s past businesswoman cosplay and a more C-suite approach, so now if we’re being told it wasn’t Colfield at all, that she had never even started, then who’s been doing all this?

      I can totally see how a professional would get frustrated by the lack of substance in all Kate does – she’s not actually helping anyone or doing anything, she’s just giving the appearance of doing so. It’s workwashing, it’s ghostworking. And that can get really old, really fast for someone who actually wants to be able to put quantitative achievements on their CV, instead of vagaries and fluff.

      Also, no PR person worth their snuff would agree to a media blitz 3 months before they were actually going to start working. None of this cover story makes any sense.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Yup. She obviously worked on Shaping Us and was clearly hired for the purpose of helping Kate mimic Meghan during that embarrassing campaign, right down to copying the motif of Archetypes. I think she left for a number of reasons:

      1) She saw the ugly truth of how lazy and incompetent Kate and here people were. I’m sure there’s already knowledge of that environment in Alison’s circles, but to see and experience it firsthand must’ve been a shock

      2) She was probably taken aback by that ridiculous article calling her a ‘ball-buster’ and focusing on attacking Meghan.

      3) She realized that the one thing Kate and her people cared about was sticking it to Meghan in any way possible. She came there to work and Kate hired her to perpetuate her obsession with her SIL. Realizing that THIS would be the foundation of her “work”, Alison left ASAP.

      • Well Wisher says:

        Whereas as a professional, Alison may have wanted to emphasize Kate’s assets as a Royal in Public Service and discover that they are nonexistent.
        Instead she found of a silly one sided competition with the Duchess of Sussex is the real agenda,and went back to a healthier working environment.

    • Roo says:

      This makes so much sense! Thank you. I would love to have drinks with Alison and Jamie and hear how it really went down. I can believe the business task force was Alison’s idea and she proposed tangible projects and goals, but Kate was all about the rooftop photos and Eliza Doolittle accent (forgive me, Eliza) and nothing else.

    • Eurydice says:

      It can happen. Maybe she had a project she wanted to finish first. Maybe she wanted to take a couple of months off to relax before starting a new job, maybe the position didn’t start until March. Or maybe she quit back in December and we’re just now hearing about it. But your scenario is also plausible.

    • Jojo says:

      That she started work & quit after a probationary period sounds much more like the truth of the matter than the narrative being peddled.

  34. Noor says:

    How unusual and awkward for Kate and her aides. The palace over the top hype on her appointment via articles in the tabloids must have scare her off or she was turn off by the Kensington palace setup and staff.

  35. Melissa says:

    I got involved in the Mrs pageant circuit a few years ago. (It’s actually loads of fun and everyone is really supportive!) All of the Queens and title holders I’ve met do so more work as part of the requirements of holding their titles than any of the British Royal family. The dress requirements are way more strict as well—biscuit flashing is not tolerated!

    • antipodean says:

      Good on you @Melissa! When people are there for the right reasons, and full of general love and good will, these things are so positive, and probably achieve more charitable goals than the whole of the useless RF put together!!! Power to the people, in the immortal words of Wolfie of the Tooting Popular Front.

  36. HeyKay says:

    We all know the Monarchy is on the way out.
    I would think this person met with Kate and others and realized that it is near impossible to work in that situation.
    They are looking to hire a scapegoat.
    Good for getting out.

  37. TheWigletOfWail says:

    Isn’t this the “ball-breaking” girl boss KKKate was going to use to finally see off Meghan? How are you in a competition with yourself and STILL losing??? 😂🤭

  38. kelleybelle says:

    I still struggle to understand her, still the “sort of” lame speech fillers. It’s not sort of, it IS. “You know,” “sort of,” ugh? If I hear “sort of” one more time I’ll scream. So very vague and surface. Her accent is so clipped. Project your voice! “On a, um, day-to-day basis” with the busy hands. “Our emotional worlds?” Is that what she said? It came out “warldz” to me. Messy and very shallow.

  39. tamsin says:

    A campaign with Jamie Oliver about nutrition in the early years would be useful. Oliver would probably love to to do a campaign like that. Mind you, he’d have to carry Kate, which he could easily do, but the more she dithers in nothingness, the more weight she will become to anyone who is unfortunate enough to work with her and willing to do anything substantive.

  40. Mary Pester says:

    The answer is obvious really, Khate is a very lazy, entitled woman, who thinks her title and having 3 children exempts her from any effort. Corfield WORKS, Khate wants.! She wants everyone to believe it’s her ideas, her efforts, her words, her objectives, christ she was talking to the head of Iceland, a company that is closing stores and didn’t know it!! No, no one with ANY kind of work ethic or decent business experience is going to want to work with this vapid woman, well that’s not true, she will employ a “yes” woman who will flatter her and tell her she’s wonderful, until they see what the press is saying. Lazy Khate will always be lazy Khate, but why when I read this headline did I keep hearing Queen singing “boom, boom, boom another one bites the dust lol. As a final aside, remember how they said meghan couldn’t keep staff 🤣🤣🤣😴😴😴

  41. Jaded says:

    If how Khate treated her SIL is anything to go by, can you imagine how badly she treated Alison Corfield? Alison is a seasoned professional, used to dealing with a very high-profile celebrity, and seems to be running things just fine for Jamie Oliver. But Khate was undoubtedly rude, arrogant, wouldn’t take advice or guidance from her, and basically treated her like the help. It would be like trying to deal with a spoiled, bratty little toddler.

  42. Patty says:

    My take away on the Kate early years campaign is . They have nothing . No priorities, no recommendations, no plan , no path forward to help children in their early years to evolve into the best possible humans . Her communication personnel have resorted to the science of nutrition.
    This woman is not even a good puppet . Talking ,no walking .

  43. Silent Star says:

    In the end it’s Alison who comes out looking the best in all of this. I can’t help but wonder if she used this potential job opportunity as leverage to get a better deal with Jamie Oliver and display her value in a more public way. I mean, if you are in a position to say no to royalty, you must be good!

    I think this is a masterclass in Alison’s own PR. Her skill speaks for itself!

    • windyriver says:

      Funny, I think just the opposite. This was always going to be the outcome, it wasn’t hard to foresee (especially given what sounds like her dynamic personality), and it was a mistake for her to take the position. Either she was overconfident that she’d be able to make a difference, was told she’d have more autonomy and support than turned out to be the case, or didn’t have much interaction with Kate herself when discussing the position, and didn’t do enough prior investigating, to fully judge what a lost cause Kate would be. Or was offered a boatload of money. And I don’t think working for royalty has the same cachet as it might have some years ago. The smart thing she did was to get out fast when she realized it was a mistake.

    • Unblinkered says:

      I’d say the announcement is purely to save Kate Middleton’s face. And for Alison to quit so suddenly one has to wonder if KM turned on her. She may have instantly regretted it, apologised, but unacceptable behaviour is unacceptable and people now will vote with their feet.
      Downing Street need to put someone in fast to straighten out the situation at K.Palace, sounds like things have finally come to a head there.

      • JT says:

        @Windy I agree. I don’t think anybody just quits a job as high profile as working for Jamie Oliver, to work for the royals, and then end up right back where they started in the first place just 3 months later. Working with Keen was clearly a mistake. It’s also interesting that she wasn’t even concerned with trying to put in her 2 weeks or leave with any impression that it was an amicable split. It appears that she just noped out of there.

    • Rackel says:

      That’s what I took from this. The woman quit to fast. Talking to kate for a hour would show there wasn’t an actual campaign. So, Either Kate’s people jumped the gun on the announcement or this woman Alison used Kate to get press for herself.

  44. one of the marys says:

    I listened to the video. Her speech is very hard to understand it’s as if she’s speaking through gritted teeth. It was also a rambling conversation I wasn’t sure where it was going

    • Debbie says:

      Maybe the PR guru just couldn’t understand what Kate was saying. And you just can’t go around hiring an interpreter when you’re both speaking the same language, allegedly.

  45. MJM says:

    The woman quickly figured out she would be leaving employment with a person who has built a $500 million empire to one with a complete idiot. Her decision would have been a no brainer.

  46. Mary says:

    While the article is indicating that Alison had not yet started working for Kate, the gossip is that she had already been working there for several weeks and quit. Which, if true, is even more damning.

    Or, maybe the Waleses are trying to make room to welcome Simon Case back into the fold! 😂

  47. girl_ninja says:

    I’ve read the comments and I honestly can’t think of waft to add to the discussion. She’s such a dreadful woman and I’d add scammer to this. Pretending to care about a cause and not putting any effort that moves it forward in any way. All because Meghan is better than you in EVERY way. Lazy, racist bum with only her interests at heart.

  48. Mrs. Smith says:

    Pure speculation here, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Alison and Catherine Quinn know each other professionally. If I were Alison, I would have wanted to meet with a respected peer to get their take on what the job would REALLY be like. After a tour of the Buttons Child Development Office/Closet at KP, meeting the “staff” and realizing that CQ was not exaggerating about the situation, Alison was smart enough to back out.

  49. Ohmygawd says:

    The messaging they came up with is just off. It’s vague (we know that already) but it’s also pushy in a weird kind of way. „Make sure the people have enough food so they can raise the children in their aaarly years.“ „after that they can die I don’t care – but the aaarly years!!!“ „Lets all stop doing what we do now, like heart surgery or building houses because from now on only the aaarly years count!!!““

    That’s a bit exaggerated, but this is the narrative that, for me, comes across.

  50. Jay says:

    I thought she had already started with the launch of the “shaping us” campaign touted at the beginning of the year?

    The explanation of somehow staying under the radar by working for Jamie Oliver as opposed to working for Kensington Palace doesn’t make a lick of sense. First, I find it hard to believe that someone who has worked in PR this long and cultivated a reputation as a “ballbuster” would shy away from such free advertising. Certainly she didn’t seem to mind back in February when she was touted as the hardworking, loudmouthed former air stewardess who was swooping in from the private sector to lead Kate’s big campaign. That doesn’t sound like someone who would be uncomfortable in the spotlight. It does, however, sound like someone who would expect to be both compensated and credited for the work she does. Not only is KP notorious for underpaying workers (the prestige alone should make up it, we are told) but we are also often reminded that Kate comes up with all the ideas for the Early Years campaigns. And she doesn’t have a stylist and does all her own hair and makeup, don’t cha know. I wonder if the idea that any success she had on the “Shaping Us” campaign would mostly be credited to Alison, the marketing guru, was a sore point for Kate? Or did she realize that all of the marketing schemes in the world couldn’t put lipstick on this pig?

    Does it make sense that working for Kate would be any more high profile than working for Jamie Oliver? I know a few of Kate’s previous secretaries because they’ve been written about here, but they are hardly household names. It strains credulity that working for such a public personality as Jamie would lead to less public attention, even if that were desirable for a person who makes their living in PR.

  51. Mary Pester says:

    Wouldn’t it be WONDERFUL if the British media concentrated on reporting NEWS, like the cost of living crisis, people having to chose between eating and heating, children going to school and bed hungry, hospitals falling apart and gp’s leaving in droves, rather than acting as a bloody PR machine for princess lazy and her equally useless husband. Maybe if they actually DID report news, they wouldn’t have to keep spinning their own bloody stories like a whirling dervish on speed

    • Well Wisher says:

      That will expose the short comings of the present government with integrity.
      They’ll have none of that.

    • Mary Pester says:

      So Khate is stood in the chiller section, and I’m looking at the picture and all I can think of is
      “LET IT GO, let it go, can’t take this sht anymore, let it go let it go, or for our sake find the door, Here we stand and here we say, we know your thick and you never really care enough anyway

  52. Savvy Sue says:

    I could only do 48 seconds of the video. My cheeks were burning too much with second-hand embarrassment.

  53. HeyKay says:

    Mary Pester, Very well said!
    I think you are correct. Rather than report on actual news we are fed distraction stories.
    i.e. The House is on Fire! Oh, Look over there a Puppy!

    In the UK the BRF has been turned into a soap opera.
    In the US we have the 2 party systems going at each other, like idiots.

    I’ve no idea when the US Government will actually move forward and work on fixing the current, growing list of problems. Including but not limited to raise in inflation, cost of heating, medications, food prices, homelessness, senior care, disabled care, mental health care, Veterans issues, race problems, banking crisis, weather related devastation to entire cities, on and on.

    JMO, but the Governors are already spending their time looking to either get re-elected or setting up their party candidate, so we the citizens, are stuck in a holding pattern again.

  54. Mary Pester says:

    @HEYKAY, agreed, isn’t it funny that we only exist for politicians and the press on the run up to an election, and in the UK we only exist to prop up an institution that is falling flat on its ugly face every bloomin day. They want our tax money, the press want us to pay to buy their “fan” sheets, not actual news that is meaningful to US or impacts on our lives. I have become very clear visioned over the last few years, One, I served, but I would never enlist again, Two none of the Royals left in this country are worth keeping, Three, they threw away their only chance of redemption when they drove Harry and Megan away. FOUR Harry told the pure, unbridled truth in his book, Five, Khate will never match Megan’s work ethic, compassion, or innovative ideas and finally, the Royal family, the press in both our countries and the politicians treat us all like mushrooms, they keep us in the dark and feed us bullsht

  55. L4 Frimaire says:

    Wasn’t this woman supposed to be Kate’s revenge on Meghan? How’ was that supposed to happen? I bet it was a combination of Kate’s laziness and Meghan obsession, as well as the inflexible and nasty staff who don’t want to work with real professionals.

  56. QuiteContrary says:

    Kate is the most frozen item in that freezer aisle — no warmth at all.

    And maybe Alison sent early morning emails…

    • Anna says:

      Maybe Alison called her to talk about their work strategy, to be prepared for day 1 and had a few suggestions what Kate could do. Kate responded with “you seem to be getting a bit ahead of yourself, I am the future Queeen!” And Alison realized it really is as bad as they write on Celebichy.

  57. Grandma Susan says:

    She’s almost unintelligible. And, if you want her to be quiet, tie her hands.

  58. Emily says:

    Why was this person’s role announced publicly with a full PR rollout when it doesn’t seem like job was firmly accepted?

    KP is a mess.

  59. jferber says:

    If you want to know why the poor woman quit, just look at the header picture of Kate. Imagine dealing with that mess every day of your life? It triggers an anxiety attack in me just looking at that picture right now. How could you possibly deal with her on ANY level? How would you connect with all the tics, fluff, lies, vapidity, dgaf attitude clearly conveyed WITHOUT wearing Melania’s “I really don’t care, do u?” jacket? Kate is a slim, walking billboard for IDGAF attitude. There really is no working with Kate, period.

  60. Nic919 says:

    She was okay with letting her own sister in law be suicidal because of fake stories she could correct but still hasn’t. That’s evil.

    When you can’t be human to your literal sister in law, you don’t deserve grace for being really bad at video edited speeches after 12 years of the job.

  61. Jais says:

    Lordy. You said it yourself. If Kate had shown compassion…but she sure as hell didn’t. There’s a large group of people who have Meghan’s back and Kate could have been a part of that. But she very specifically chose to mean-girl Meghan and smear her in the press. I’m sorry for what Kate’s possibly gone through but that doesn’t absolve her of everything she’s been a part of. And it’s a lot.

  62. Bread and Circuses says:

    Kate got where she is by fitting herself into whatever mould they wanted her to fit.

    She never showed any personality or passion beyond getting William to put a ring on it. So it’s not surprising she hasn’t got much below the surface; her only genius was having no substance to get in the way being the perfect prop.

  63. Monlette says:

    My personal theory is this has nothing to do with Kate and everything to do with the palace staffers being upperclass snobs who won’t take kindly to being barked at by a commoner.

  64. Linney says:

    Bottom line, you can’t make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear (terrible expression!) and that’s what Kate wants. She is looking for someone who can figure out how she can do a minimum amount of work but appear amazing to the public. At this point, it can’t be done. And I am so tired of people talking about Kate as if she just took on the job. This is a 41 year old woman who supposedly is amazing at everything she does and just can’t wait to take on more!!!! Really? It’s an absolute joke. Even if Kate were the nicest person in the world, who in their right mind would want this job? Her only strategy is for the media to talk about how keen she is, she is hitting the ground running, etc., and to compare her to Meghan. Great plan…

  65. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    My view of Will and Kate is that he doesn’t respect her, screams at her and throws things at her. She compensates by taking it out on other women. They must both be a nightmare to work for.

    • notasugarhere says:

      She screams at him, throws things at him. They both abuse staff for many reasons, not the least because they are in a miserable business arrangement marriage.

  66. alexis says:

    Subtitles/captions needed with her accent please. No one has told her that her ridiculous accent is not upper class, its definitely a wannabe speech pattern. Nothing natural there. Then as usual , she has to wear over the top 6 inch heels to tower over everyone else in the room, including trying to dominate all the European Royal women who are the same height or taller than her. Diana was taller than her, yet she never seemed to loom over the top of other people or to behave as their superior. Kate definitely needs lessons in how to behave, she has the title but not the dignity and is totally clueless when it comes to communicating with others. She is robotic, mumbles repeatedly and it appears that it is always about her photo opportunities and desperate need to dominate every photo. Whatever the subject and whoever the person, they always seem to be irrelevant in her world, dont feel she is stupid, just an extreme narcissist who must be the centre of attention.

  67. Amaranta says:

    Hooboy — an emoji board in every community business establishment… (?!?!?!). Kensington Palace is not sending their best.