Duchess Sophie wore a surprisingly good Erdem while out with… Prince William!

The Princess of Wales has not been seen since she was sent out to provide some counter-programming to Prince Harry’s two-day testimony in a London court last week. Kate stepped out on consecutive days to perform these half-assed skits at hastily thrown-together events, like “Kate wants to meet low-income moms in Windsor” and “something about mental health, early years and rugby!” Kate also hasn’t been seen since the extent and breadth of her mother’s financial catastrophe was revealed last week. Maybe that’s it – Kate is in hiding, Kate was told to simmer down and stay quiet.

Whatever happened, it looks like Kate wasn’t invited to last night’s screening. Instead, William brought along a blonde date: the Duchess of Edinburgh, his aunt. They attended the Royal Foundation’s screening of Rhino Man, a documentary about the wildlife rangers in South Africa, and the documentary is also about Anton Mzimba, a ranger who was murdered by wildlife traffickers. You can read more about the screening here. The screening was either co-hosted by United for Wildlife or the screening profited the NGO in some way.

Is this a new era in royal pairings? Perhaps. I have to say, Sophie is positively glowing in these photos, she was so pleased to be invited to this screening. She chose a great dress too – while the ruffle at the shoulder is tedious, the color and print of this Erdem dress is gorgeous. The dress retails for £1,350. She looks ten years younger standing next to William. This also makes me wonder if something is being left unsaid about Prince Edward, who seems to have lost some weight recently, and he’s been looking like he’s in poor health. Hm. A missing Edward and a missing Kate.

PS… I cannot WAIT for the dozens of stories about how William and Sophie are the new “power duo” of the monarchy and how they should be paired up for glitzy events all the time.

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. Tulipworthy says:

    Sophie does look great in that dress. William does not look as angry as he usually does.

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      He’s looking at her and smiling! Kate is probably home wondering what fresh hell is this.

      • Murphy says:

        Yeah…what is with all this smiling? Did Sophie teach him how to do it on the car on the way there? Was that all it took?

      • Ginger says:

        It’s interesting how happy they both seem. William actually looking at Sophie and smiling…..wow

      • Smart&Messy says:

        It looks like he is actually making an effort to be nice and make her feel included in the event that is his pet project. He even looks nicer with this kindness on his face and in his gestures. The difference compared to his treatment of his wife is so glaring. Just look at the photos from the Jordan wedding that they posted themselves, my god.

      • VivaLasVirgos says:

        This is the most attractive and happy I’ve seen her look, and this is the most charming he has ever appeared.

      • Jensa says:

        It looks as if he likes her more than his wife. And Sophie looks like the cat that got the cream (this is kind of a “promotion” for her, I guess, being William’s plus one).
        Some of her looks lately have been a bit frumpy but this is much better – nice dress and lovely colour (but still could do without the ruffles).
        I’ve also wondered about Edward lately as he hasn’t looked that great. It could just be weight loss I guess (which can be quite unforgiving as you get older).

      • Debbie says:

        All I know is that since both William and Sophie are married and they were seen at an event without their respective spouses, by process of British media reason, it must mean that they have each separated from said spouses. At least that they logic the BM applied to the fact that the Sussexes weren’t together during Harry’s book interview tour.

    • Flower says:

      It’s odd because he looks mildly nervous (fiddling with his tie) yet happy and relaxed all at once ?

      Where are all those body language experts ?

      • Princessk says:

        William is very uncomfortable in public he is not a people person.
        He has to strain himself to appear interested. Left to William he would just prefer a quiet upper middle class lifestyle, beyond motorbiking and football he has no interests.
        I doubt if he still allowed to motorbike around London at night like he used to.

      • TeamMeg says:

        I think Wills should wear longer sideburns, at least an inch longer. Pull the eye away from his blank dome, and frame his face.

    • SarahLee says:

      I don’t know when I’ve see Sophie look better. I typically hate Erdem, but maybe I only hate the way Kate styles it typically??? Don’t know. They both look pleased as punch, so yeah – I’m here for it.

      • Princessk says:

        Yes, she looks very nice overall.

      • Tacky says:

        She’s recently lost weight. Could be she is on a new health regime and feels great.

      • BayAreaGirl2000 says:

        This is the first time I’ve seen her look decent and I don’t recall when I first learned of her. 2019 or something. There isn’t a better outfit of hers. It’s surprising really.

    • Kim says:

      This is the happiest William’s looked in months, I think.

    • Barb Mill says:

      I think Sophie looks great and I think both her and William look good together. Notice how he isn’t walking 3 feet in front of her. Do you think they are pairing her with Willy to drum up more interest in her?

    • TheFarmer'sWife says:

      Can shorter hair be in Sophie’s future….

    • Princessk says:

      She looks great because she looks healthy and the dress enhances the shape and curves on her body.

      • Becks1 says:

        I was thinking the same thing. This dress enhances her figure, it doesn’t overwhelm it or hide it.

    • Jojo says:

      The criteria for a successful RF outing is so low that everyone, here & on Twitter, is utterly amazed that she managed to wear a non-hideous dress and that he managed to look like he’s not in a murderous rage or petulant sulk. I mean, both things are fairly basic really and taken as read for the Sussexes.

      • kirk says:

        Ditto Jojo. Ditto.
        “Non-hideous” to describe a pleated, printed AND ruffled dress worn by a matron might be a bit over generous though.

    • KFG says:

      Sophie needs a decent bra with this dress.

      • Lily says:

        A decent bra being needed is a theme with Sophie. She can get a bra fitting and as you age and the girls head south, it is a good idea to have a refit.

      • PrincessK says:

        Why do boobs have to sit up? Especially when she isn’t 16.

      • TheVolvesSeidr says:

        Yeah, @ what PrincessK says, I’m ahem older and “good bras” hurt like hell now. I’m at the point of binding when I exercise. It’s not fun aging with big bewbs.

    • Isabella says:

      I like the purple wrap and the purse too. She should always wear her hair like this. We’ve only seen it loose and down since the Queen died, so perhaps there was a rule. I cannot believe I’m saying this, but I would love to own Sophie’s dress. And Will looks good.

  2. Kay says:

    What sorcery is this? I actually love this dress, minus the ruffle at the shoulder.

    • Pinkosaurus says:

      Agreed! No notes and a worthy cause.

    • JanetDR says:

      Agreed! And William doesn’t look unpleasant for once.

    • Josephine says:

      agreeing about the ruffle on the shoulder. i do not understand why so many styles for women these days are better suited for toddlers – all of the puffy shoulders and ruffles, it’s all so terrible.

      My favorite part of the look is the shoes, which seem decidely un-royal.

    • acha says:

      Wasn’t there some nonsense about not being allowed to wear open-toed shoes, and everyone yelling at Meghan for it? I sense hypocrisy, or a relaxing of rules in the enlightened reign of KC3, or … no it’s hypocrisy.

      • Lorelei says:

        Open-toed shoes WITH dark nail polish! But Sophie will be hailed as glamorous, not breaking “protocol”

    • Barbie1 says:

      I love it! Why can’t she do this more often. Finally a flattering look.

  3. Tessa says:

    Lady Louise would look great in a similar style outfit.

    • Chrissy says:

      Maybe Sophie borrowed it from her daughter. It make her look a good 20 years younger. The shoes don’t go with the dress though.

      • Bee says:

        They do not. Nor does the toenail polish.

        I will never understand using fabric with a print for pleats or ruffles. Either show off the print or show off the tailoring. Pleating it does it no favors. But she does look happy and it is a good color on her.

  4. Brassy Rebel says:

    Well, they certainly look chipper and happy. This is unexpected. I have seen Sophie with her hair down before, and she definitely should always wear it that way. But she’s still trash.

    • MsIam says:

      Her hair looks like she used some conditioner. It doesn’t have that dry straw look like it usually does. She looks good here. But yeah, still trash, both of them.

      • Josephine says:

        she does not have nice hair. is the rule that only kkkhate can use the wiglets? sophie looks like she needs a better haircut, maybe a blunt style to give her some volume and movement

      • Brassy Rebel says:

        Maybe so but Kate’s long hair worn down makes her look older. Sophie’s hair down makes her look younger.

    • Mary Pester says:

      @brassyrebel, yup, they are BOTH still trash, and Katie dear, how does it feel to see your husband walking CLOSELY with another woman and smiling, looking at her rather than 3 foot away with a big sulky grimace, come on now, chop chop. 😏

    • acha says:

      Hair-up brand Sophie looks like she’s from the 50s, which I figured was the point with the whole sister-wife cosplay

  5. MsIam says:

    I actually like this dress and I don’t mind the ruffles. But damn, William stands closer to Sophie than he does to Kate, lol. At least he’s not walking three feet ahead of her.

    • Smart&Messy says:

      Yes, hi5 Sophie. The dress is great, the hair and shoes too. And they both look like they don’t hate each other or the event they are doing. It could also serve as a screen test for William’s next wife. There might be a blonde mistress in the pipeline for wife2. This pairing also looks like another bad sign for Kate. Peg doesn’t need her for anything

      • B says:

        Yes- agreed. This appearance was about messaging to Kate and messaging to the British public.
        See how great he looks paired with (not Kate?)? See how revitalized he is?
        Now see how dour he looks with Kate? It’s proof she’s not good for him right? And look, it’s right before your eyes.

        These people are as subtle and sophisticated as a four year old.

    • Nic919 says:

      The difference in chemistry with his aunt versus his wife is really obvious. He’s looking at Sophie and not walking away leaving her in the dust. If you watch the video of them exiting the vehicle, William even walks over to Sophie so that they walk in at the same time.

      They really couldn’t make it more obvious that there are serious issue going on between W and K, especially when we compare that to the recent wedding in Jordan.

      • Jensa says:

        The difference between how he is here and how he is with Kate is quite striking. It’s pretty clear Kate’s presence puts him on edge for some reason.

  6. Flower says:

    So it seems we’ve reached that point in the Wales marriage where they can’t even be in the same room together.

    I am guessing the Middleton family grifting trip to Jordan was the final straw.

    Nothing like desperation and money woes to put the final blows into a crumbling marriage.

    EDIT: The gaping hole left by the absence of H&M becomes more obvious and loud each day since Charles became the tampon King.

    • ML says:

      Whereas I loathe W and Sophie, they are selling this visit together. In these pictures, they are clearly smiling, energized, and have chemistry. Both are well-dressed as well. And they’re still trash.
      The Middletons in Jordan: when W visited a few years ago, the Jordanian royals honored him with a huge photo of Kate with her father and sister from when they lived there. King Abdullah’s mother was born in Britain (originally Toni Gardner), and crown prince Hussein attended Sandhurst in 2017. I think there might have been/ is a personal tie between the Middletons and the JRF, but the latter meant this as an honor being unaware of the looming scandal. The worst info was only dropped after the wedding.
      Kate is awful and I have no issues with a potential divorce. What worries me is that Meghan was fenced in by the RF, and now it looks like K is being controlled in where she can go. Divorce is one thing, but this looks like there might be a ton of red flags to me.

      • Flower says:

        I’ve always said that I don’t really see these two getting divorced, rather just separated.

        William does not want to have to do the same PR rehab as his father with a future partner.

        But at the same time, making a clean break now and then finding a partner later makes sense as that partner will not be hated like Camilla is.

        That said men only typically tend to push for divorce once they’ve found someone else.

      • ML says:

        Flower, Honestly, I also believed that they were separated, but were not interested in divorcing. Though downsized, K has the title she coveted and a small home near her children’s school (snd away from W). W doesn’t need to change any aspect of his lifestyle and has the benefit of being married (on paper) to the mother of his children. Every so often they appear together and otherwise lead separate lives: very royal and traditional. Little downside.
        For whatever reason, W seems to think this set-up isn’t working or K (who doesn’t look entirely healthy) is in a very unhealthy situation isolated at Adelaide.

      • Smart&Messy says:

        or Peg has someone else waiting in the wings. As you explained, why would he pull the plug on an arrangement like we suspect they have? Anyway, this is my guess as to why he might want out of the marriage. It definitely feels like they had an arrangement which he agreed with initially, and now things are shifting again. He has something going on. The deafening silence from the palaces while Kate’s family is exposed is such a red flag. No friends of William or trusted aid of KC said anything to support Kate and her fam. If he does pull the plug he’ll try to go for a clean break and a light smearing campaign against the Midds so he is not tainted by leaving Kate for a side chick like his Pa did.

      • Tiny says:

        I’m not concerned for the racist

      • ML says:

        Smart&Messy, He definitely could have someone waiting in the wings. You could be right that he’s fallen in love (whatever love means to him). Logical that he would want to divorce in those circumstances 👍
        The only other reason I can think of is that he feels K has done something that he feels is unforgivable.

        If this is not about divorce, but control, that has me feeling squeamish. I dislike K, but since the queen’s death we’ve had stories about W’s anger, them throwing (pillows) at each other, K is isolated, and given Harry’s stories, she’s possibly got little access to cash to escape.
        Lots of red flags whatever is going on.

      • acha says:

        I think Kate is also suffering due to her mom’s grifting being outed. So she’s having a rough year, between getting forced to work, no friends, no husband, hiding in a little house, and her family going to heck.

        I wonder how much Kate knew about the family business being a speculative front for laundering her uncle’s drug money? Hm.

      • Jais says:

        Even if William doesn’t have someone waiting in the wings, he is used to having a scapegoat nearby. Harry and Meghan are gone so why not Kate? Let’s just say they separate or divorce, the BM will protect him as the single father while denigrating Kate in the press. William needs cover for something and all of a sudden there will be an article about how Kate is coping as a newly single mom. Idk, I can see it.

      • BeanieBean says:

        According to Wikipedia, 13 members of the Jordanian royal family are graduates of Sandhurst, beginning with the late King Hussein. And yes, King Abdullah’s mother, Princess Muna, is English. Those are the ties. And royals support other royals. As for the Middletons, there is zero reason to believe an employee of British Airways would run in the same circles as the royals or the royal-adjacent in Jordan. I think if there’s a personal tie, it’s more James Mathews’ family than Pippa’s/Kate’s.

      • ML says:

        Beanie Bean and KD, I don’t believe that the Jordanian royals would invite the British Airlines Middletons to their wedding either. However, given the connection to England, the fact that Prince Hussein was at Sandhurst in 2017 when W&K still had a good relationship, and because the British royals have a connection to Jordan. W&K went their on holiday at some point—remember the olive green/ blue themed Xmas card? The JRF seems closer to the BRF than any of the others in Europe and I get the feeling that they got to know the Middletons during better times. The Middletons are grifters, but they’re not going to show up at a royal wedding uninvited, and they wouldn’t get an invitation unless there’s some sort of relationship.

      • Debbie says:

        @Tiny: “I’m not concerned for the racist.”

        Me: Which one, @Tiny? I mean, when you’re talking about the British royal family you really must be specific.

      • TheVolvesSeidr says:

        Didn’t the middletons briefly reside in Jordan? I read that somewhere.

    • Lizzie says:

      I think the queen bluntly told Willy prior to marriage that he should emulate his grandfather, not his father. He probably has a few mistresses at all times. However, it worked for QEII and Philip because he (seemingly) was always a gentleman who treated her with utmost respect. For sure Will does not treat Cathy with respect. There are stories that Camilla left Diana notes in her bedroom when Diana was in London and Camilla was the lady of Highgrove. Camilla really rubbed Diana’s nose in it. Same or similar could have happened with Cathy, it’s one thing to pretend to not know but it’s entirely different when the mistress laughs in your face and lets everyone else in your circle know. I think that would explain the ‘freeze Rose out’ stories and the continued frostiness between the wales.

      • Seraphina says:

        If that theory were true, the only reason it worked was because Elizabeth was Queen – blood born and he was not. And he was no gentleman. I read in one of the books that he kept boasting how much Liz loved being bedded by him as newlyweds and caused quite an uproar with those men around who were aghast that their Queen like to have sex. The horror!
        In this scenario, Will outranks Kate and Kate is dispensable.

  7. Murphy says:

    You know Sophie was absolutely THRILLED about this. Now watch for stories about how she’s not just the late Queen’s favorite and KC3’s favorite but now she’s William’s #1 Backup as well!!

    • PrincessK says:

      I want to know why Sophie is at this event?
      Was it planned?
      Was Sophie originally supposed to be there or was Kate unable to come?
      Why couldn’t William go alone.
      Look at Sophie smiling at William, if Meghan had done that she would have be labelled as a temptress.

    • MaryContrary says:

      There’s already a huge story on the DM about what an asset Sophie is-that was quick.

    • MrsDarcy says:

      I would wager all the wiglets in Kate’s closet that she was originally scheduled to go to this event, and Sophie was a last-minute substitute after the bad Carole press this weekend. Kate was SUPER busy last week, and since the Carole press – nothing. She’s in hiding.

    • Green girl says:

      I don’t know why Sophie attended the event but the royal family should consider mixing and matching for some of the future events. It was different and added an interesting element.

  8. SIde Eye says:

    Hmmmmm secret weapon indeed! Just kidding people. I kid. She’s still super basic, but now basic in a decent dress. He looks way more comfortable with Sophie than his own wife. Notice he makes direct eye contact! His jaw isn’t clenched and he isn’t walking five paces ahead of her. He isn’t rolling his eyes or doing the Al Bundy about to walk into the house after work sigh. Maybe this is your dynamic duo England! It’s blah but it’s what the RF and the media deserve.

  9. Alexandria says:

    I’ve not seen Sophie glow this much. Quite interesting pairing. Don’t like the dress but she looks relatively better than her earlier looks.

    If W wants more attention he should start the single father trying to date narrative.

    • Smart&Messy says:

      We have been tossing this idea around since last year. PR wise he could generate some much needed interest with the single father on the dating scene shtick. He needs an Amal now. Someone who has a bit of natural charisma and is supremely interested in using their platform for a tangible cause. I know Peg is by far not the prince Charming we imagined him to be 20 years ago, but there are many women out there who could handle a dumb bully like him just to get that platform. Plus this is what he wants now. To show the world he can have an intelligent and driven woman too.

      • Alexandria says:

        An Amal wouldn’t go for him. I think George has respect and adoration for his wife. I can’t say the same for W.

      • Smart&Messy says:

        I know that Amal and George actually like and respect each other, and that is not the kind of relationship Peg can sustain. I just bring up Amal as an example for actually using George’s fame and the image he cultivated in advocacy to further her career ( I say that as a fan of Amal). I had the feeling she actually liked that aspect of becoming George’s wife. The status, fame and image of a power couple. Someone with a similar interest might go for Peg and since I suspect he also wants this power couple dynamic he could make an effort to be … not that awful to be around? For a while at least?

      • Nic919 says:

        I don’t think it’s a case of William never being able to respect a woman I think it is that he just never respected Kate from the outset. His interactions with Jecca even in his early 20s didn’t show him treating her as an appendage as he always did with Kate. Kate was prepared to accept anything in order to get the ring and title and that has translated to William’s level of respect for her.

        I don’t know if there is someone waiting in the wings, but it would not be surprising if he did end up with someone else that he would treat her much better. I mean this is what Charles did with Camilla over Diana.

      • Seraphina says:

        @Nic919, exactly. He treats that way because he always treated her that way because she allowed it.

  10. Shawna says:

    Sophie getting her reward for taking the fall for William’s motorcade?

    • Flower says:

      Interesting – if that were the case wouldn’t that be a fraudulent Police report ?

      • Shawna says:

        I have no idea how the logistics would work, to be honest, or if it’s true. Just to say this could be a piece of evidence the tinfoil tiara conspiracies that were going around earlier!

      • Smart&Messy says:

        Flower, I don’t think this would be the first of the kind. Imagine what obfuscation must have been necessary to cover for Andrew in the Epstein years and even outside of those circles throughout his many disgusting dealings. The RPOs have been witnessing suspicious shit and outright crimes being around this family 24/7.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        @Flower, I don’t think the London/Met? police concern themselves much when it comes to the royals and fraudulent police reports. Remember Kate’s Sarah Everard’s Memorial maskless Covid protocol breaking appearance? People were arrested not Kate. The police report named the Duchess of Sussex in the report. Not, the Duchess of Cambridge. So, lots of questions there. Will was in London that day for an Investiture. He would absolutely have had a motorcade in London that day. Sophie, not so much.

        Sophie and Will look comfortable together. She looks good and I like that dark fuchsia? color on her. We have a hanging basket of flowers in that color that the raspberry finches love-little biased here. Will looks less constipated and that’s the nice thing I’ll say.

    • SueBarbri33 says:

      This! She looks overwhelmingly happy to be there. As if she’d won the lottery. A strange pairing. Is there any video of this event?

    • ML says:

      Shawna, I didn’t dare write this, but I thought it as well.

    • Nic919 says:

      With the police office responsible being charged, it is unlikely that they could cover up which motorcade he was assigned to. It’s not that i don’t think they could cover up things, but this will come up as evidence. I think Sophie was likely running late from doing some personal event in London and they had to head to Windsor for an engagement later in the day.

    • Lizzie says:

      Seriously, this makes so much sense. I did see on twitter the day of the accident that there was no reason for Sophie to be in that area of London and keep an eye on that. It explains why no one stopped. Meghan: ‘they wouldn’t tell the truth for my husband, but they would lie for his brother’.

    • MSTJ says:

      @Shawna I’ve been suspicious about the details surrounding that accident as Sophie having escorts while she was off duty seemed odd (no event on the court circular reported for her during the accident timeframe). No one saw who was being escorted but it was reported by the tabloids that she was being escorted and we now know that the tabloids do not always report the truth as they occurred. When the facts are effectively scrutinized there is usually something amiss with the way their stories are reported, especially where the royals are concerned. Thus, yours is a curiously interesting thought on the unusual pairing for this engagement.

      • kirk says:

        Re: Sophie being ‘off-duty’ — Someone here pointed out we have to look up stuff on the Court Circular involving the ‘family’ as a group entity, as well as the individual “working” royal in order to get a true picture of all the arduous “work” done by any single BRFCo member.

    • Shoegirl77 says:

      @Shawna, that was also my immediate first thought as well.

  11. girl_ninja says:

    Why isn’t Sophie wearing hosiery??? She looks fine but she’s still a racist slag, so it’s no wonder Will was so comfortable with her.

    • Cairidh says:

      We were in the middle of a heat wave. People were struggling not to get heat stroke. It did used to be considered disgustingly common to wear shoes with bare feet in the uk, even working class people in the supermarket. That still applied in the 80s, 90s, but maybe things have changed now. Sophie comes from a common family so maybe not as conscious of etiquette. If it was never an issue in America maybe that was because of the heat.

  12. SussexWatcher says:

    But but but, she’s wearing colored nail polish on her toes AND nails! Where are all the breaking protocol articles? All the headlines proclaiming she’s vulgar? Disrespecting king chuckles? Not a peep from the rota rats, I see.

    I’m not still angry and bitter about the way Meghan was treated. Not at all 😒

    The only thing about Ford Fiesta I want to know is where she was going when her detail killed someone. Or was it actually William in the car, rushing to/from someone not named Keen’s bed? Is that what this pairing is about? Fiesta getting what’s owed her for taking the blame for that crash?

    • SIde Eye says:

      Exactly @SussexWatcher! Thank you for pointing this out as it needs to be said every time that double standard rears its ugly head – which is always. I loved when Harry said in the Netflix special that “they just invented protocol” when it came to Meghan. All of it is just so gross. Not a peep about the open toe sandals or the colored polish – and a bright color at that. But she’s White! And we know as far as the BM is concerned White folks are always “classy” “never put a wrong foot forward” and they can teach us Brown folks “a masterclass in how to keep our hair straight” in humidity, which is a skill every POC should learn (eye roll). They are all so racist and vile. They can go pound sand. These two basic bitches is exactly what they deserve. Mediocre, basic, boring AF, and vicious as hell.

    • Barbara says:

      Yeah, I’m wondering if there’ll be Rota rats crying and gnashing their teeth over her bare legs and exposed toes. *gasp* The scandal! lol

  13. Chaine says:

    I saw more photos and videos of this event and William looks so relaxed and freakin HAPPY with Sophie as opposed to his wife. And Soph was grinning like the cat that are the canary to be in the spotlight with him. Kate didn’t have any conflicting event and African conservation is one of Wills pet causes so why wasn’t she there with him?? What message is being sent?! Idk but something is DEFINITELY up.

    • Jais says:

      From what I can tell, he looks more relaxed and smiling, actually making eye contact with Sophie. The difference from when he’s with Kate is stark. Yeah, something is up.

    • Ang says:

      Or maybe she wasn’t “presentable” enough for public events? Take that however, but maybe a huge fight prior?

    • Cairidh says:

      William probably looked happy because Jecca was probably there and maybe he had an appointment with her afterwards. If not, the appearance would earn him brownie points from Jecca. And maybe Kate refused to go because it’s a jecca cause.

    • ales says:

      Love it how Sophie is not loaded up with bling or buttons. Keen has probably gone shopping and maybe her botox/fillers went wrong. Perhaps she is hiring an entire new PR team and more techies to photoshop all her photos past and present, also to enhance her social media presence. A lot of postings on twitter that do not praise keen or the midds appear to be deleted very quickly.

  14. Plums says:

    she was allowed to not hide the fact that she’s naturally the best looking married in wife (post sussexit) for once, and wear an outfit that’s main defining characteristic isn’t “frump” in I don’t even know how long, so she must have been thrilled.

  15. Tessa says:

    If William and kate divorce then Sophie could be matchmaker and be mentor to the second wife. Though she and kate are both mean girls no matter what.

  16. CuriousCole says:

    Hmmm is this the reward for Sophie taking the fall for William’s motorcade running down that poor woman? That entire incident reeks of William’s entitlement and gardening pursuits.

  17. Lizzie says:

    Wow, I didn’t realize anyone other than Charles could appear to be happy to attend an event. Genuine smiles, no fake gawping and posing or jazz hands, also no obvious heavy photoshopping needed. These photos prove Keen is flat out not up to the job. Leave her at Adelaide and move on.

  18. Harper says:

    After the Middleton bankruptcy news, I suspect Keen is in hiding mode until Trooping this weekend where she can appear regal but distant. But why did Willy bring Sophie, as he is used to doing these conservation events stag? Her dress is nice; I don’t love those clunky shoes.

  19. Chantal says:

    I like the dress and she looks good and modern in it. Don’t like her nude heels though but kudos to her for being able to walk in them. And W isn’t walking 5 paces ahead of her like he doesn’t know her? Is this her reward for possibly being the fall guy/gal regarding that recent poor woman’s death? Maybe Sophie is the new secret weapon. At least she she’ll reliably show up for scheduled play dates (I refuse to call it work). She might even get some of that Cornwall money…

  20. Well the plot thickens. Can’t not in attendance. Peg quite happy and no fake smile and relaxed. Sophie out with Peg for this function. What will happen next?

  21. equality says:

    If he has another woman he is meeting up with at the event, Sophie is good cover.

  22. Cletly says:

    I am just baffled, this is so flagrant!

    The Middletons getting killed in the press, Kate struggling to make diversion and then William happily out with a glowed up Sophie for the whole world to see and for absolutely no reason at all.

    If it isn’t Charles’ making a point, then I don’t know what it is.

  23. Eurydice says:

    Wow, they almost look like real human beings – all fresh and happy. Not a fan of the platform sandals, but I imagine they’re necessary so William won’t tower over her.

  24. Pinkosaurus says:

    Hey, can we continue to get completely random pairings of royals at all events, spin-the-bottle style? How about Camzilla and Princess Anne at a metro station opening? Kate and the Duke of Gloucester visit a library? The King and Princess Alexandra fall out of a pub and sit on a bench?

  25. The Duchess says:

    Keen’s absence is startling. Has she been given the final bench in light of her mother’s grifting all coming out? Not only does Baldy look happy and relaxed, he’s actually making an effort with Fiesta to make sure she’s comfortable too. Compare this to the display at the Jordan Royal Wedding and these two look more like a married couple than when Keen is around. Keen, you are in so much danger girl!!

  26. Nikki says:

    I like the dress a lot: shocker! I’m ENVIOUS.a woman her age can wear heels that high. I can’t.

  27. Mrs. Smith says:

    Sophie does a lot of appearances (which are never covered by media), but she is pretty good at this kind of thing. The difference with W is remarkable. He seems relaxed and energized—a key piece of his personality that’s been notably absent. Considering how good he is at faking it for appearances sake and the fact that he can’t fake it with K only serves to underscore how…happy (??) he seems here?

    • Pinkosaurus says:

      Agreed, Mrs. Smith. She’s no “secret weapon” but I think Sophie is highly competent at bread and butter engagements and speeches. Depending on what is up with Edward, she and Princess Anne might end up picking up all the foreign engagements unless William is visiting a girlfriend or picking up a bag of cash.

    • Nic919 says:

      Sophie has many faults but she’s good at speeches and can do substantive events and tours. She was likely very happy to be invited to attend with William because she knows it will get her more media attention and it is a sign of approval of the future king as well.

      The real story is how different William acts with his aunt present. He seems pleasant and affable which we do not see when Kate is around. That the media plays the “new pairing” story instead of the obvious “where’s kate” angle shows they know what’s going on but are keeping quiet as per invisible contract. The usuals were quiet on why Sophie was there instead of Kate. Not even a “needs to put the kids to bed” excuse, although that may come up today.

    • Flower says:

      “Sophie does a lot of appearances (which are never covered by media)…..”

      ^^ I think you might be onto something here.

      Maybe they’re promoting Sophie to plug the gap during the transition period whilst W&K sort out their marital issues.

      The DM is a sh!tty paper but it is full of farmed and manufactured comments so it’s usually a good gauge of what the Rota want the gammons to think and what you’ve said above seems to jibe with that i.e. Sophie being the only other reasonably presentable working Royal wife below a certain age.

  28. S808 says:

    While she looks average imo, this IS the best look she’s worn in a while. She looks like the cat that got the cream and Willie looks like he unclenched his jaw for once. He really just does not seem to like doing this things, or anything it seems, with Kate.

  29. Lexistential says:

    Both of them are trash, but they are selling this together and both look fresh, great, and animated. Sophie looks younger and the Erdem is a gorgeous choice. William is a total 180 from his general misery and rude, hypervigilant seething around Kate- he is none of that around Sophie and actually seems pleasant, easygoing, and like he’s enjoying what’s happening.

    (Is this a test balloon for the future? Probably, but they’re still both trash tho.)

  30. Amy Bee says:

    Sophie was practically giddy to be there with the heir to the throne. Royalty is so warped that an aunt has to defer to her nephew because he’s more senior to her. Apparently she was invited because she has an interest in wildlife conservation. I guess she’s the replacement for Harry.

    • Nic919 says:

      I also saw that she was invited because “she’s been to Africa”. A totally flimsy reason, but then again Sophie has attended countries in Africa for tours whereas Kate 12 years in still has not.

      William could have attended this screening on his own and no one would have questioned it. Inviting Sophie was a message.

      • MsIam says:

        That’s what I was thinking, that Sophie could offer a more knowledgeable conversation about the subject than Kate. Although that hasn’t stopped Kate from attending stuff with William before, like Earthshot. It does seem like something is up.

      • Christine says:

        What, “George loves rhinos!” isn’t scintillating conversation?

        Seriously, Sophie talking about anything at all would be more intelligent than anything Cannot regurgitates while changing the nouns out.

  31. HeyKay says:

    At least Sophie looks happy. She does look great in this photo.
    I hope Edward is not ill, their kids are still in their teens.
    I don’t honestly care who the RF sends out in public, they are useless and wealthy.
    Stay home, send a check instead.

  32. L84Tea says:

    Well don’t they look like a happy couple. 😀

  33. theRobinsons says:

    There is a cold wind stirring in the North… someone with whiglets cries carried on the bed of the winds… whispers, never more never ever more…

  34. Layla says:

    I thought “Africa” was W’s thing? Didn’t he scream and rage at his adult friends about this too?
    The insecurity of this man is incredible

  35. Nx2 says:

    Hmm, they do both look happy, relaxed and glowing – what a difference it makes. Salt Island is mad bc Harry & Meghan look like this with each other, as a married couple, not only when they’re away from their spouses! 😂

    • aftershocks says:

      Yeah. Let’s remember too that Willy always takes his cues from Harry. Thus, Willy is trying to keep up with how clean, stylish, tanned and sartorially decked out Harry has looked for his court appearances in London! Willy is simply following in Harry’s footsteps, trying to look relaxed, tanned, and wearing an impeccable suit, with shoes shined and all. LOL! Willy has always tended to look messy with ill-fitting pants, loafers, and boring suits. For sure, Willy is now trying to clean up his sartorial act, in order to keep up with Harry.

  36. Elizabeth says:

    After this engagement, the Daily Mail has yet another article up on the website about Sophie as the Royal Family’s secret weapon. They both look happy, and Sophie looks great. The protocol was that the women in the Royal Family wore pantyhose around the Queen because it was her preference. Sophie once wore these same platform sandals to a royal engagement with the family wearing hose.

    • Bee says:

      Guess Anne didn’t last long as “sekret weapon” lol. What was it, a day? A whole day? LOL.

  37. IRONE says:

    This reminded me of April 2019 when Harry did that Anzac Day engagement with Kate and the comments here were talking about how “relaxed” they were with each other and that maybe she wasn’t the “problem” 🤪.

    • Nic919 says:

      That’s hilarious because I recall a video clip from that Anzac event where Harry is very abrupt with Kate when it comes to getting in the car to leave. And she was pouty because the Duke of Gloucester outranked her.

      Whereas Sophie and William were relaxed with each other here and the difference was noticeable.

      • Jais says:

        Yeah, she was trying to linger for more photo-ops and he was like bye. He curtly motioned to the car and walked away. He went, did what he needed to do, smiled, was a gentlemen and then got the hell outa there.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      @IRONE, I went back and looked at that post. The majority of comments WERE not in effect that way. Some yes. Most was about Kate’s fashion and someone blaming the Rose Hanbury story on Meghan because of a dumb f*ckin’ blind item.lolz Harry has admitted to being gracious when he was sent out to do a job. It didn’t mean he was having a grand ole time.

      What we know now from April 25, 2019. The Sussexes had separated from KP. William had knocked Harry to the ground by this point. The Sussexes were living at Frogmore. The Sussexes and Cambridge’s had their December meeting regarding the falsity of crygate. Harry would do whatever he could to serve his granny well. Harry was eagerly anticipating the birth of his & Meghan’s first child. Won’t list everything. I’ll say, Harry has always performed when called upon by the BRF. imo There were plenty of people in that post that were like, nope. The videos really do so much more. You would think that after the tending Rose bushes stories that the WanK’s would have gone to New Zealand together. Solidarity. But, nope.

  38. dido says:

    These two are horrible, but I hope they’ve got Kate fuming. William smiling at Sophie, Sophie seriously looking thrilled. It’ll show Kate can’t get along with any women: Meghan, then Camilla, and now Sophie.

  39. B says:

    Is it just me or does William actually look decent in these photos??! Sort of tanned and relaxed? Does the presence of his wife literally drain him of vitality and color? Such a weird marriage.

    Also is William stepping out with Aunty supposed to be a show of support after her motorcade killed the 80ish grandmother and she fled the country? Similar to when the old Queen would be seen with Andrew?

    • Lizzie says:

      Aha, tanned and relaxed you say. As if he has recently been on a vacation, possibly not alone and not with his family or friends? Hmm? Honestly his recent absences have me going back and forth between a. he just goes away with girlfriends all the time and b. Chuck and Keen have teamed up to get him in some kind of anger management therapy.

  40. Digital Unicorn says:

    A rare good look from Sophie and yeah this will be interesting for the future – another reason why is that they are ramping up to a Keen separation/divorce announcement.

    Also if it was in London could also explain why Mumbles wasn’t there – too far for the snowflake to travel.

    Somethings afoot.

    • atorontogal says:

      What is it with Kate’s not being to travel further than 12km from home?

      • Lemons says:

        I honestly see this as being a sort of punishment from Charles and Camz for her garden party stunt. If she just NEEDS to get a photo op in, she can do so locally. At some point, those events are unlikely to really matter while everyone else is traveling to do work.

        I see THIS particular event as a test to see if a single William can match up with other remaining royals for these events instead of being left on his own. And this works…they’re selling it! Which is bad for Kate because she was supposed to be the lynchpin of the monarchy. But Sophie is doing a better job at it right now than Kate ever has.

  41. J. Ferber says:

    Don’t like her, but shocked how good she looks! Dowdy is a choice. Does her husband’s new title bring them money? Then maybe she’s spending some of it on clothes. Her daughter should buy nice clothes, too. I’d love to see Sophie compete with Kate on the clothes front. Sophie looks better than Kate here!

  42. tamsin says:

    I’m literally gobsmacked when I saw this duo. It is strange and sudden. If I recall, William generally attends Wildlife events solo, ever since Kate suddenly cancelled one time?

  43. Jaded says:

    Khate is an albatross around Willnot’s neck. She’s a liability, especially now that all the dirt on Party Pieces is out. She’s nothing more than a walking photo op with little to nothing between her ears. She can’t speak knowledgeably about anything and it clearly makes Willnot fuming mad. I’m sure he’s at the point now where he realizes she’s an impediment and embarrassment, that’s why he’s all jaw clenching, curled fists and sullen faced when he’s with her. Being with Aunt Sophie means he’s with someone who is good at public speaking and can engage much more easily with people, and most importantly who makes HIM look good.

    • Princessk says:

      Willy knew that she was not suitable before they got married but nobody else would have him.

    • Smart&Messy says:

      Jaded, I have the same impression. She is an albatross around his neck. He thinks he could be just like Harry or even better if it wasn’t for dumb Kate holding him back.

      Princessk, Peg knew she was dumb, but he liked that initially. He wanted to avoid his father’s mistake of marrying a charismatic woman who only causes trouble and steals attention. But later he probably realized that Keen often embarrasses him and got mildly annoyed by her dumb uselessness. Then came Meghan, and he learned how her charisma, skills, and intelligence elevates his brother too. That’s what turned the mild annoyance into rage and hate. He wants what his brother has and Kate is in the way. It’s aggravated now by the fact that the public can see a bunch of grifters played him.

    • Seraphina says:

      @Jaded, it must be a breath of fresh air for Wills to attend an event where the other half can hold their own. He is getting a taste of what Harry has.

  44. Andrea says:

    Wow, she actually looks nice for once. What a shock. Clearly someone hired a stylist whose initials aren’t SDE.

  45. J.ferber says:

    Finally William is next to a woman he doesn’t hate. He actually looks good in this picture!

  46. DOC says:

    Kate is hiding out especially since it has come out some jewelry is missing and she was the last one wearing them. Hahaha! Karma Baby and I’m here for it. Send her packing William.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      DOC, where did the story of the missing jewelry get written? Would Fails be stupid enough to hang on to any jewelry that she wasn’t supposed to? Would she have given any of it to Ma Mids? What’s up with that?

      • First comment says:

        I’ve read it and I was shocked with What it was implied…mind you, implied, not written. It makes you wonder…. is this a smear campaign?is it Kate’s turn to be thrown to the wolves?

  47. WhatKateHerselfSaidOnPageSix says:

    This is weird

  48. Lily says:

    In regards to Catherine, I have suspected her turning herself inside out to make herself accommodating to William resulted in him taking her for granted. It is common for men to lose respect for a woman who doesn’t have her own life outside of the relationship and is always available. I also suspect Catherine didn’t lay down standards for how her boyfriend treats her. I have known men who will take advantage of the girlfriend’s low standards but breaks up with her later because he loses respect for her letting him get away with so many behaviors. Catherine very much is an anomaly in that William returned and married her. Most men move onto another woman.

    • MaryContrary says:

      Yes-she definitely went along with Carol’s plan by letting William treat her like crap and going along with it so she could bag “the big prize.”

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Lily, I think it goes way past being taken for granted. Wails got the ring and that was her goal. Her only goal. I’m not sure that Fails wanted to marry but realized that he had to in order to have an heir. I think they started with a business relationship–an understanding on both sides what was wanted. The problem is that their goals aren’t the same. Wails refuses to do the work to be better at the events she does. She got what she wanted, and she really dosn’t think she needs to go beyond that. At this point, even if she decided to do the work to get decent at the events, I think it’s too late. Fails has nothing but contempt for her at this point. Who know what’s happening between the two of them? I know there were many people here who thought there was a ‘rewriting’ of the contract at the 10 year marriage mark, which was 2021. Frankly, I don’t think Wails has any feelings for Fails that are positive. These are just two miserable people.

  49. Saucy&Sassy says:

    This is what Sophie’s wanted. To be a full time working royal with more of a spotlight. If she’s going to be making more of these engagements with Fails, then she is going to be happy about it. I have to wonder if she’s getting more money for clothes. I’ve often thought that she hasn’t been spending huge amounts on her clothes, because she has two children she needs to dress, too. Who knows? This is the best that I’ve seen her look. Instead of something that adds 10 years to her, she’s wearing something stylish and subtracts years. If she and Fails can work well together, I think this is a pairing they’ll keep. I have no idea if Edward does much in the way of engagements, because we ever hear about them if he does. I could see him continuing to do whatever it is he does, and Sophie pairing up with Fails more often.

    Things are getting interesting.

  50. ales says:

    Love this. Regardless of Sophies and Williams personal lives, this is how it should be done. Both look smiling and happy and pleased to be there. Khate should take some lessons from Sophie on how to behave in public. Khates autocratic persona and her distaste about being around ordinary people shows, its quite ugly. Her style of dressing, wiglets, maniacal facial expressions and inability to string more than a few words together, must make her extremely embarassing to be around. Sophies dress looks great instead of matronly, like her usual choices, though I wonder if it has been a case of Khate demanding that no BRF woman in her company outshines her in any way.

  51. QuiteContrary says:

    I am more convinced than ever that Kate’s on her way out.

  52. Moo says:

    If anyone is interested, looks like that Erdem dress is in the sale section, slashed from $1400, to a measly $600. The rich, they’re just like us!

  53. Patricia says:

    Nephew by marriage only! He seems to have a thing for the mommy types.Also,she’s not that much older than he is?She knows winning PR when she sees it.