Nicholl: Prince William was ‘quietly delighted’ by the ‘great success’ of his NYC trip

Katie Nicholl at Vanity Fair was tasked with putting a bow on Prince William’s New York flop. We knew all of this would happen, even before William landed in Newark on Monday. We knew that most of the rave reviews of his trip had already been written by Kensington Palace and passed out to the friendliest, most sycophantic royal rota reporters. This is Nicholl’s entire wheelhouse, although I’ll give Nicholl some credit: she was getting briefed about William and Kate’s newfound keenness for America well before the other royal reporters. Nicholl leaned into lavishing praise on William for his “popularity” in America, given that atrocious Gallup poll, which was (I believe) bought and paid for by Kensington Palace. Some highlights:

A successful New York trip: Prince William’s two-day trip to the United States to promote his Earthshot Prize has been deemed “a great success” by sources close to the royal, who was recently voted more popular than President Biden by Americans in a Gallup poll. As William leaves the US following the Earthshot Summit, sources told Vanity Fair that the prince and his aides believe the tour has been “really successful” and he is quietly delighted by how well he was received.

William is obsessed with America: Largely focused on domestic engagements and issues, William has only carried out a handful of overseas engagements since inheriting the title, and it is significant that he has traveled to America twice in the past year. “America is important to the Prince and Princess of Wales,” said an insider.

A royal historian speaks of the royals’ interest in America: “America matters to the royal family, they enjoy great support in the States and it’s important that they continue to do so,” said royal historian Gareth Russell. “For William to come top of the [Gallup] poll is impressive indeed. When you consider that he has had quite a lot of controversy aimed at him by his brother who of course lives in America, it’s quite a coup to come out tops. Many thought the Oprah interview would decimate him but actually his popularity has increased… We are seeing William put front and center on the international stage.”

This is false: Russell went to say, “Charles was very active as Prince of Wales—setting up the Prince’s Trust, etc.—but he only emerged as a statesman later on once he had carved out a role for himself. There was a sustained campaign to make him a more visible public prince, but as Charles was entering his 40s, his marriage was falling apart, which was very obvious on his and Diana’s final overseas tour to South Korea. His private life overshadowed foreign visits. That isn’t the case with William who has a very happy married life and a very supportive loyal wife in Kate.”

William’s support: “William has the full support of his wife and his father which is very important to him. The king has given him a lot of freedom and is allowing William to carve his own identity as Prince of Wales,” an insider revealed. Part of this has been allowing William to flex his muscle when it comes to soft power. In recent years, he has carried out politically sensitive trips to the Middle East and earlier this year visited the Polish Ukraine border to see Ukrainian troops. “He certainly is not afraid of visiting difficult locations. He went to a war zone, he went to America where there was a perception about him based on his brother’s memoir and in all of this he has emerged very well. People see him as a man of substance and gravitas which has made him very popular,” said Russell.

[From Vanity Fair]

I can’t believe these people are making me defend Charles, but here I go – while Charles and his mother rarely agreed, she sent him all over the world as her representative and diplomat since Charles was in his 20s. While Charles made some messes along the way, he was perhaps the most consequential Prince of Wales of all time, and a statesman in his own right from a young age. William, on the other hand, is the laziest and dumbest PoW of all times, needing a steady diet of ego-stroking, embiggening campaigns and ridiculously obvious bought-and-paid-for PR, and even then, he just bumbles along, pretending to be big and important because he paid people to say it’s so.

“America is important to the Prince and Princess of Wales…” They’re showing that interest in all things America all the time now, at the expense of the Commonwealth and every other country. I suspect if Harry and Meghan had moved permanently to Canada, suddenly Canada would be “important” to William and Kate as well.

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  1. Shawna says:

    Oh yes, flex those very soft power muscles. They’re so good at making jazz hands.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      Poor egg! This has to be the most deluded statement ever. He does nothing and achieves even less. Even his handler in chief didn’t have the stomach to put him on the front pages so it’s back to the mouthpieces. The timing of this trip and the agenda was pathetic. They really need that egoless CEO ASAP!

    • Marivic says:

      William is so terribly weak he needs to be propped up by articles undermining Harry so he can be uplifted. The rotas claim the crowd was there for William when in fact the crowd was there NOT FOR WILLIAM. How dare they claim them! These rota clowns are not only boot lickers but ass lickers as well. His NY tour was obviously a flop ergo the need to embiggen him nonstop.

      • Lorelei says:

        So someone my friend works with knows an employee at that Oyster organization William visited, and sent me a link to a NYT article about it (she knows I’m a royal watcher).

        As usual, I found the comments way more interesting than the article itself. There were fewer than 200 comments and the comments were closed pretty quickly – before I even saw the article – but the number of people who seemed to admire William was depressing.

        A couple of posters did bring up what kind of person he *actually* is and what he did to Harry and Meghan, but overwhelmingly, the comments were positive and it annoyed me so much. (Also irritated that comments were closed so I couldn’t respond to any of them with some truth!)

        One person complained that the story was filed under NYT’s “Style” section rather than “Science” or whatever, so at least that’s an indication of how seriously William is taken. But the comments showed how truly clueless most Americans are when it comes to the BRF. So much praising of Bill over Harry.

        (I guess I should add a tinfoil tiara disclaimer here, but it felt like they closed the comments before too many people even saw the article, and before people like us who actually follow the BRF on a regular basis could respond to all of the comments talking about how humble and wonderful William seems with some facts.)

      • Becks1 says:

        @Lorelei I was going to say, I wonder if they closed the comments bc too many anti-william comments were coming in.

      • MSTJ says:

        @Lorelei – America is huge (300m+ people) compared to the UK (60m+ people). Not many people are frequent royal watchers to be fully aware that the shenanigans directed at the Sussexes are coming from within the royal family. The toxic royal family/institution works to maintain the propaganda with the lies in the British media. For people who are not frequent royal followers but readers of the NYT, mention of a Prince who is involved with something in their area of interest will likely be admired. It’s superficial and the royals are counting on that in order to promote their public persona. They probably don’t even know very little about him. The other European royals are not covered often in the English language press. If they were, the British royals would not seem as interesting by comparison. There are more young European royals that people would be interested in and admire for the initiatives they promote versus lazy William.

        Don’t let it get to you. As long as Harry and Meghan are able to maintain financial independence and continue to be physically and mentally well you can relax. They are not in a constant feud with the toxic royal family/institution. They’ve moved on. They look happy, relaxed and contented.

        While we observe the shenanigans from the toxic royal family/institution and their propaganda press, we should not let it consume our attention or wellbeing. Fill yourself with contentment by revisiting what the Sussexes have accomplished in such a short time and are continuing to do since moving to the US. I visit the Archewell website periodically to revisit some of the content there about the work they’ve done or see what’s new and with the recent Invictus games having just wrapped up there’s a treasure trove of content and articles from local publications in various countries around the globe about the veterans who participated and their experiences at the games, their injuries, their family and community support, their accomplishments at the games as well as their experience meeting Harry and Meghan.

        There is just so much positive information out there now about the Sussexes following the invictus games that my joy in their success is overflowing. I do hope others who support the Sussexes would also take the time to enjoy it and celebrate. 🤗🤗

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        MSTJ, I agree. I had no idea there was IG info now on the Archewell website, but I’ll be checking it out. Military service members/veterans are important to me personally, and I am thrilled that IG is making such a difference.

        The cynic in me has only one thing to say about this article. If America is ‘important’ to the brf it’s because of money. That’s it. They want American money.

      • MSTJ says:

        @SAUCY&SASSY – IG content is on IG website, YouTube, social media and online local newspapers articles from several countries around the world. And of course there is Heart of Invictus on Netflix.

        Archewell has content about other initiatives they work on – African Parks – protecting the ecosystem in Africa, Sentebale – HIV/AIDS in Sourthern Africa, Travalyst -sustainability, online misinformation and security, women and girls empowerment, and much more.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        @Lorelei, I’m pretty sure/confident, that the positives about William are coming from bots/paid for posting people. Would love C Bouzy to analyze.

        William is not more popular than Harry in the UK/USA and pretty much everywhere outside of his own mind and his paid polls.

      • Chelsea says:

        Lorelei if youre talking about the same NYT article i saw i have to say i was surprised how shady it was towards William. The comments about the rat at the fire house and the parts about most people he met just being tourists were pretty pointed. As for the comments i didnt read them but at the end of doesn’t really matter. The Sussexes have never posited this as a zero sum game where you have to hate the other to like them(Meghan even explicitly said this in the Oprah interview) and despite what the UK tabloids scream about they’ve been hesitant to publicly lay the blame of what happened to Meghan fully on WanK- the closest theyve come to it is a few comments from Harry in the docuseries and Spare and he still didnt fully go there.

      • BQM says:

        @chelsea yeah Harry seemed to lay the majority of the blame on Camilla and her leaving bodies in the street.

      • Nanzi says:

        As an Australian, the Monarchy is irrelevant since the Queen died. I was born to British parents just as her reign started. I waved many a flag as royals passed by. Charles and especially Camilla are irrelevant although Charles did have some following through the years. William really needed to come here for the Women’s World Cup. He is even more irrelevant despite make a splash around the corner from me 2014 re the horrific bushfires. I think crosses to royal reporters on breakfast tv and occasional appearances in the monthly Women’s Weekly is the only profile William has. Harry and Meghan are loved thanks to Invictus Games in Sydney and their newlywed tour here. We are caught up in a referendum about a Voice for our First Nation People’s, next month. Once that’s done I think Australia as a Republic will take wings

    • bisynaptic says:

      They’re making his jaw expand. 😆

  2. heygingersnaps says:

    Does he really believe that? If so, what a deluded fool.

    • Snuffles says:

      Sometimes I wonder how detached from reality he is. Like, his people constantly tell him lies about his popularity and he believes it. Or is he completely aware of how much he sucks at this job but thinks he can fool the public into thinking he’s great and will go to great lengths to do that. Then I wonder if he believes his faking it is working.

      • ThatsNotOkay says:

        Hasn’t that been true of kings, in general, since God sent the Angel down to whisper to the commoners that the king was better than them and was meant to rule over them forever? (Paraphrasing and being facetious at once.) They employ people and keep people at court who tell them how great they are and how well they’re doing, and how smart their plans to kill and conquer others are, no matter what idiots they are. I mean, show me an historical book that says otherwise.

      • WHAT says:

        God didn’t do that and they don’t call it hells angels for nothing

    • Josephine says:

      I don’t understand how they are measuring that. Is it that no one threw anything at him? I feel like almost all of the US didn’t even know that he wasted all that fuel for a tiny little trip and photo op. There was so little coverage in the real media and even then it was only local.

  3. In his mind this trip was a success. What’s with the Prince and Princess stuff? They love America. No he wants America because Harry lives here. He has been leaving Can’t at home and claiming to be sexy to America women 🤢🤢 so what’s with the they? The trip was so bad that the land of make believe is working overtime to sell this 💩.

  4. Harla A Brazen Hussy says:

    “America is important to the P&P of Wales” because they give us lots of cash that isn’t as problematic as Middle Eastern cash. There Katie I fixed that line for you.

  5. Islandgirl says:

    As someone who has little respect for William’s Comms team, I must say that they did well with this visit.

    They got just enough photo ops that people who weren’t really paying attention would think that it was successful.
    It wasn’t though, but since these people are all about optics they will be happy.
    Deep down inside William must be incandescent..but who knows? His bar for success might be how well he can camouflage and make it look succesful.

    • Jane says:

      Trouble is that it didn’t get much coverage so a lot of people don’t even know he went. My British Mum had no idea about the trip until she saw some tweets making fun of him. I think many people don’t know this trip happened.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      I actually think he should sack his comms team. Not one good quote, and the first photo op of him wading in the river Hudson was the worst ever. None of the front pages of the UK papers talk less of the international papers featured him. He is toast.

    • Laura D says:

      I agree @Islandgirl the Comms team got the photos they needed and will be able to spin them for content right through to the Singapore summit. However, his father’s visit to France is showing him how it’s really done. Pomp and ceremony coupled with glitz and glamour sprinkled with just the right amount of gravitas. I can’t stand what Charles has done to H&M and I’m not keen on his duplicitous wife but, credit where it’s due the visit looks to be a huge success.

    • Lulululubro says:

      That’s where the problem lies. People who did not pay attention to the optics two days ago won’t later, and that’s why the trip was a flop. He didn’t get much buzz from the trip. It was the mute challenge from the UK press as well as the US press. When he did get a little press, it was about the Mayor Canceling on him or the tourists disappointed it wasn’t Harry or Kate. Trust, he and his Communication team are not happy. They
      Put up the same front when they toured the Caribbean and later admitted it flopped.

    • Becks1 says:

      So I sort of agree with you, sort of disagree with you. If I was looking at pictures on the Waleses’ social media, then I agree – he got the photo ops he wanted. The british press can write about the crowds meeting him outside the firehouse, even though they had no idea it was going to be him there. They still got the photos of that. They still got photos of William meeting the Sec-Gen, even though it was part of a long line of meet and greets for the SG and not an individual meeting with William, they didn’t even sit down together.

      But, the reason I disagree is because those pictures aren’t getting shared anywhere besides their social media. He’s not on any front pages. The NYT write up about his oystering was not that positive. Even the DM article comparing him to Mr. Darcy was so over the top it read like satire.

      so I think at the most, if anyone does think of him and this trip who is a casual royal follower or not even a royal follower at all, they’ll probably think it was boring but fine.

      William doesn’t want boring but fine though. He wants it to be a GREAT SUCCESS. And to most people, this visit was just…..fine.

      And then you have the people who thought it was amazing, and then you have the rest of us who laughed at him.

    • Marivic says:

      The British tabloids didn’t even have him in their front pages during his NY visit. Not one front page cover. His wife was the one who had about two front page coverage during her Royal Navy visit. Didn’t he get angry with Kate who “hijacked” his NY visit ? Seems like these two really hate each other. Don’t see any love there.

  6. Jais says:

    So what’s next? He’s been to Boston and nyc. Can he be down bothering us now? I’d say focus on the UK but it’s Singapore’s turn after this. Has he been to Germany in a while? He’ll need a photo-op with NATO now.

    • Laura D says:

      @Jais – he won’t be satisfied until he’s ‘conquered’ California and in particular Montecito. We all know it’s coming but, the big question is will he visit when the H&M are home so he can ‘snub’ them? 😉

      • Jais says:

        Oh no, you’re right! He’s probably planning his polo charity event in Santa Barbara as we speak 🙄

      • Becks1 says:

        He’s going to go to DC. I bet he and Kate are angling for a White House invite a la Diana and Charles, Kate is going to make sure she’s photographed dancing with a movie star.

        Basically he’s just going to work his way down the coast. Maybe Atlanta next. Orlando. Remember Harry went to Disney for Invictus, William has to go there as well.

      • Lorelei says:

        Didn’t Will go to DC for a day the first time he and Kate visited NY? I could be wrong, but I feel like that was at least mentioned as a plan at some point. Kate was pregnant, so she was going to stay in NYC.

        Anyway, it doesn’t matter— I agree he’ll probably hit up DC next, because none of his trips have no purpose or make any sense whatsoever, and he probably wants an ACTUAL sit-down photo with the POTUS. (Even Will has to know deep down that his “meeting” with Biden in Boston was a joke…right?)

        But Harry hasn’t gone to DC, right? So maybe Bill won’t care about going there again; I guess it will depend on his mood after he finishes reading all of the coverage of this NYC flop.

        A trip to DC is a check in the “statesman” column, yet if Harry hasn’t been there, it’s probably not on Bill’s checklist. Time will tell!

      • BeanieBean says:

        @Lorelei: yes, he did visit DC, not sure if it was that visit or some other. He had a brief sit-down with President Obama, where he made inane remarks about infant George’s genitalia. So statesmanlike.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Lorelei I think harry has been to DC. Isn’t there a picture of him at Arlington National Cemetery? remember that one that was featured fairly prominently with Biden….I can’t remember. Maybe at the inauguration? The bidens were waiting somewhere and the picture of harry was on the wall? It may have been at Arlington itself.

        ETA it was in May 2013 that he was there, and yes the picture of Harry was at Arlington National as Biden was waiting for the Clintons or vice versa as he laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

    • Chantal says:

      @Becks Definitely not Atlanta – home base of Billionaire Tyler Perry and his studio and too African-American centric. Someone should tell Mr. I’m Bringing Sexy Back that DC used to be known as Chocolate City bc of its large African-American population. I’m not sure if that’s still true but he won’t know that and his team doesn’t do research so….
      But if that will discourage him from harassing the White House, then…

      “Conquering” California is definitely on the agenda. Maybe he will start with LA for the celebrities. There are some we’d happily exchange! And someone should gift him a copy of the Declaration of Independence and a box of tea the next time he decides to pesters us with a “visit/photo op”!

  7. Tessa says:

    If William has support from his wife as the writer says wht did he leave keen home. Also before he got married Charles was doing work for princes trust and it was not interfered with even through separation and divorce

  8. Amy Bee says:

    They said the same thing about the Boston trip only to admit this year that it was a failure. This NY visit wasn’t successful.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      Exactly! The worst thing about the trip that it was aimless and had no impact. It made the few people who did pay attention wonder why he had to go all the way to the US to make an announcement that could have been an email. Worse still it did not promote his charity and it further damaged brand UK. So sad.

      • Steph says:

        @elizabethregina yesterday I commented about how this whole trip was supposed to be about ES but it got zero coverage and no one knows who the finalists are. Someone said their names went up on the ES website. I don’t know why at the the Tybee I didn’t think about that point, but literally it should have been an email. It was never publicly announced. No need for an overseas trip to update a website.

    • MsIam says:

      I guess they consider being ignored instead of booed a step up so….success!!!

  9. Brassy Rebel says:

    Wait! I think they unintentionally made news here. Why would they worry that “the Oprah interview would decimate” William unless he was the one questioning the baby’s skin tone? They just outed the royal racist.

    • equality says:

      I would wonder if a lot of PW’s “slow down with Meghan” talks with PH involved more than just “be careful because she’s American and an actress.”

      • Tessa says:

        William should have been firmly put in his place by the queen when he gave harry unwanted advice about Meghan. Bad idea to try to break up a couple.

      • Laura D says:

        @equality – you may have hit on something there. I know it’s a reach but, is there a possibility that Harry marrying a POC was something-else William raged against? Not because he was particularly interested in anyone of colour but, because it was something-else he perceived he couldn’t have/do! We know he didn’t want Harry to have a beard and didn’t think it was fair Harry wore the uniform William wanted. I think for the first time in his life William realised that as the spare Harry has a life with fewer restrictions. William may be the FK but, that all he has over Harry. What’s more, it must be gnawing at him that he’s thrown the whole weight of the establishment behind bringing Harry (and his wife) down and they’re still standing!

      • windyriver says:

        I wouldn’t be surprised if that were an additional thought that (later) went through his mind as an objection, but I’m still inclined to believe William’s simple, basic, underlying motivation was jealousy. He knew Meghan from Suits, heaven knows what fantasies he may have had about her, but she is beautiful, sexy, famous, would outshine Kate, etc., and he didn’t want Harry having that anymore than he wanted Harry allowed to wear a beard or uniform.

      • jemma says:

        @equality – it probably was more than just been an actress & American. I think the real objection is that MM being an American, biracial and her personality would mean that PoW’s aim to enjoy the undiluted admiration from the Americans and possibly from the Commonwealth would be greatly diluted, almost to the point of extinction as most people would gravitate towards her and harry and not PoW. MM & Harry are a dynamic duo & tick all the boxes – young, vibrant, relatable.

        The BM know this & hence the fury in wanting to tear them down by spreading lies thinking that telling the false narrative long enough would change the perception & reality of their minions . ie where the lies become people’s reality. Ask most of haters about how the Feud began and they will tell you the one sided story that it was because MM& Harry decided to step down from the front lines. They would not mention the fact of the neglect and abuse suffered by Harry & later by MM.

    • Jay says:

      Yeah they absolutely did! Unless they think that Harry’s relationship with his brother being defined as “space” was likely to decimate William’s popularity.

      It just goes to show that the rota all know exactly what William is and what he said and did. They know! They just don’t have the courage to say it.

  10. Gossipgirl says:

    As they flew over America to get to Canada. William is concerned about one thing and one thing ONLY…..Beating Harry. The question is how much harm will William do to the Crown in his rabid purist to beat Harry?

  11. Tessa says:

    William has his lackeys telling him how great he is.

  12. escondista says:

    Agreed, he should be working in the commonwealth – there are plenty of countries that England bled dry and the social work in those places could use some elevation. But no… peg needs a photo across the street from the UN in Harry’s backyard. We’ve said it a lot here but Harry actually loves social work, philanthropy, and people. He was so good at that job. Astounding how they threw him away.

  13. Jensa says:

    Good grief.
    “We are seeing William put front and center on the international stage”?? He wasn’t even front and centre at the UN. And he won’t have been “quietly delighted” about that.
    But again, why this obsession with America? He’s not going to be king there, so he’s pretty much irrelevant.

    • First comment says:

      His obsession with America is really weird…I mean, he should focus on commonwealth countries where his popularity has definitely been in tatters…

    • Debbie says:

      That’s the perfect word for the P & P of Wales in this country: “irrelevant.”

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      And to think that princes and royalty from other countries were present at the UNGA. That must smart!

    • Jay says:

      It’s also recent! The then-Cambridges visited America just once sometime in 2011, then didn’t come again until last year’s “charm offensive” in Boston and then TOB’s solo stint in NY. That’s almost a whole decade between visits!
      So obviously it hasn’t always been a top priority.

      How odd. I wonder why winning over the U.S. suddenly became so darn important? Did something change recently?

    • zebz says:

      he is not obsessed with “america” he is obsessed with an american —meghan, his sister in law. he has made any excuse possible to come to her home country when it doesn’t even make sense for him to do so. this whole “statesmen” shit is to impress meghan and show her he is better than harry. harry had invictus, sentebale, was touring in the usa, lived in arizona, meeting obama, biden and bush all before meeting meghan. and william didn’t care. he didn’t care about the USA when meghan was living in the uk for a reason. last year, meghan was scheduled to give a speech at the un at the same time william scheduled his summit, which he obviously found out via bloomberg. there was also leaks that he would fly from boston to new york and meet up with harry and meghan, who was there for the ripple of hope awards, which was obviously shot down.

      kate’s obsession with meghan is a reaction to william’s behavior. in the original “shape up” press release kate’s reasoning for the campaign was to get revenge on meghan and “see her off”. the question nobody asked is, see her off from what? meghan left her life years ago. copying her hair, makeup, clothing, jewelry, shoes, mannerisms, photoshoots, marketing and branding, website, home decor, language, archie’s name, saying george has lilibet’s eye color, etc etc. all of these are to prove to herself and william that she can be like meghan in his eyes, and she never could.

  14. nutella toast says:

    Zero pap or cell phone shots of him running with “hordes” of people in CENTRAL PARK. That’s how unpopular you are William. You had security with you and the paps knew you were in NYC – if there isn’t even a regular bloke picture from someone also running, you aren’t popular here.

    • Steph says:

      What’s this about running through CP?

      • nutella toast says:

        He was asked about it in an interview on TV or I wouldn’t know about it either. I googled and there isn’t even a candid shot of him running so…yeah, not popular. Imagine if H&M went on a run in the middle of NYC – zero chance there wouldn’t be pics.

    • MsIam says:

      Yeah, you would think someone would post it on their IG that they saw a royal and took a snap. Problem is William looks more like that creepy bald dude that used to work for Trump than any kind of royal celebrity. He needs to just get on with the work and stop trying to be the next best thing. He’s an ingrate who has more than 99.9% of the world but still he’s not happy.

      • Lorelei says:

        I only knew about this alleged CP morning run because someone mentioned it in the comments of the NYT article I referenced somewhere else on here— it said something like, “And he was able to go for a run through the park without anyone even recognizing him!” in a praising way, like, “how down to earth is he! Not a publicity-seeker like all of our politicians, and his awful brother!”

        I laughed because if he has security with him, he’s going to be noticed, obviously someone DID notice since here we are talking about it 🙄, and Bill would only be angry if in fact no one noticed him, lol.

  15. First comment says:

    ” That isn’t the case with William who has a very happy married life and a very supportive loyal wife in Kate.” This is why I believe that there won’t be a divorce for Kate and William…the only thing that he has achieved compared to his father is a “happy married life “, no matter how fake or hypocritical… and Kate is supportive and loyal to the crown and she will put up with everything to become queen consort…

    • Tessa says:

      If William wants to remarry and falls in love with another woman Kate Will be out. Divorce is easier now Williams parents set a precedent.

    • Jais says:

      At the same time, this is coming from Katie Nicholls who has always had sources with camp Middleton. Characterizing William this way, as being in a stable marriage with Kate, as oppposed to his father’s POW tenure, could be a warning to William. It’s just interesting that all the other articles have made Kate seem inconsequential except this one from Nicholls. But yeah, it just depends on whether William truly does value that stable marriage image or not. He can be a “global statesman” without it. He can be anything really as long as the sycophantic press repeats it enough.

      • Lorelei says:

        I know that Katie has been pro-Middleton since forever, but I wonder how long she’ll hang in there in Camp Middleton, though, before she has a Camila Tominey moment and realizes that’s a dead-end, career-wise. That she’s likely being lied to, and at the end of the day, there’s simply not enough content. Kate is only out so much recently because of the IG; she’ll disappear again shortly.

        Even Katie must have seen the fact that William didn’t bail the Middletons out of their financial troubles as a very bad sign. Especially since he’d JUST come into all of that Duchy money. It would have been pocket change for him to pay off the debts and keep all of those negative stories about the small businesses CarolE screwed over out of the press, yet he made a Choice not to.

  16. Steph says:

    I somewhat disagree with “the Queen sent him.” I think he (Charles) was more proactive about it and didn’t necessarily wait for assignments from her but planned them and got her blessing. Being “somebody” through work seemed important to Charles. William wants to be “somebody” bc he says he is.

    But yeah, I’m laughing at all the pandering. Nobody was happy to see him here
    I also kinda giggled at Biden’s tweets. Immediately upon meeting various heads of state plans were put in place, not just discussions. It made William’s pr trip so much more pathetic.

  17. Sarah says:

    I don’t think I would have even known about the NY visit if it weren’t for this website. It was not covered by any of the news I read/watch, local or national. Not even a blip!

    • Lucy says:

      Same! And I live in NYC. The street closures around his visit didn’t even register as being William-related, because Biden was just here too.

  18. Harper says:

    Burger King took zero risks on this trip so of course he is quietly pleased. He landed privately, he did his UN photo op privately at night, he was completely buffered and isolated in his sexy waders in the East River, he went to the British Consulate for a private meeting, he did not give a speech nor did he take any questions from the American press.

    He was terrified of anything that wasn’t choreographed to the last second–no comparable Melba’s restaurant lunch or vaccine equity speech before a large crowd in Central Park. This NYC trip/photo shoot is a re-enactment of that video of Willie wearing a hard hat with 23 spotters holding out their arms to catch him while he grimaces and makes his way across a balance beam. It is all stagecraft and not real.

  19. Slush says:

    If I didn’t read this blog, I wouldn’t have even known he was here. CNN, social media, etc? Crickets on William.

  20. girl_ninja says:

    All the press that I have seen even in the states about this useless trip has been positive. However the tone is less than effusive. There isn’t any gushing the way the press normally gushes about a royal visit. I also saw a post from FDNY about his visit. I saw positive comments under a CBS news clip on YouTube and I could see that they were bots. They are doing a LOT to stoke his ego and it is so pathetic to witness. Will has been spoiled rotten and the behavior he is displaying shows this.

  21. Maxine Branch says:

    You always know when a trip by this man has been a failure. All you have to do is read the number of gutter print articles telling you how successful it was. Major tell.

  22. Debbie says:

    “America is very important to the prince and princess of Wales,” KN says. Usually, these people can’t wait to use Harry’s name in their articles, but the first time it would actually make sense to insert Harry’s name because that’s the real reason it’s suddenly important for William to be noticed in the U.S. is because Harry is here and is happy and is well-like here. But this time, it’s “crickets” and not a word about Harry living here and William’s sudden interest.

    • Lorelei says:

      Why don’t more people question this? (I mean, I know why, but still.) Why isn’t their focus on the UK and the Commonwealth countries? If my taxes paid for them, I’d be pissed that they’re so blatantly talking about how “important” the US is to them, while they do squat for the countries that actually support them. I mean, FFS, this isn’t hard, William!

  23. Amy says:

    TOB is on par with David the Nazi King: horribly racist, arrogant, and whiny little bitches when they don’t get their way. Only thing in favor of David is that he had a personality.

    • Mary Pester says:

      William, pay attention, you need to learn how to spell this word. F. L. O. P, there, nice big letters for you. Flop, describes your Caribbean trip. Flop describes your American trip, flop describes you as POW, Flop describes you as a son, Flop describes you as a brother, Flop describes you as a husband, so maybe on your birth certificate under “boy or girl” it should just say born a flop. William dear you will never be Harry, and NO America isn’t important to you, HARRY is the ONLY attraction it has for you, because you can’t get past your infantile obsession with trying to grab everything he has. You won’t, because you can’t, and PULEEEEESE can someone tell ms Nicholl that William went to Poland it was HARRY who went to, and served in a war zone. I sometimes wonder if Harry sits at home watches his insane brother on the news, puts his head in his hands and thinks “oh willy, willy, willy, what the hell are you actually DOING with your life!!

  24. Eurydice says:

    Once again, a lot of empty words and no information. What were the goals of this trip? How was his trip a success? What did he accomplish? Why is America important to the RF and what kind of support do they get from Americans?

  25. Mslove says:

    Soft power? Gravitas? He was wading around in a muddy river. Sigh.

  26. Ciotog says:

    Were Americans even polled by Gallup about Harry and Meghan? I can’t imagine they were.

  27. Turistops says:

    And when my kids were babies they would giggle contentedly when you shook a key ring in front of them. Same principle.

    1. Make them feel as though they are the centre of attention, even if they aren’t.
    2. Dangle a shiny object in front of them.
    3. Clap when they are done.

    Hell, if he’s “quietly delighted” then it gives everyone a temporary respite from regular rage mode.

  28. HeatherC says:

    This would be emperor in waiting is not wearing any clothes. Nicholls and her friends aren’t fooling anyone except for those that want to be fooled.

    • Jk says:

      Will is easily fooled. He has zero self awareness, zero integrity, can’t read the room, and probably believes only what his sycophants tell him.

  29. aquarius64 says:

    The only reasons the Waleses are interested in America is that their reputations took a massive hit here: Oprah was punch one and Spare was punch two. They got a roundhouse kick in Boston, especially from the press. Although not in America the Waleses were thrown in a hurt locker during the Caribbean tour and the US press reported it. As long as the Sussexes live in the States they will always be seen as a threat to the BRF, especially when US media will not trash them everyday and do straight reporting on their projects unlike the BM. CBS News threw William a bone because the Invictus Games got good coverage. NYC shows William doesn’t have the gravitas to be in the UN Assembly Room and is insecure about his standing because of the one sided fused with Harry.

    • jemma says:

      @aquarius64- The US will always be important to the UK . It’s about the only country the UK truly respects politically and economically . The RF need the gravitas and adulation from the US given US’s standing in the world . This is the reason why you would see UK born actresses , actors, other professionals have a go att cracking the US market. If a person makes it in the US ,then a person has truly made it .

      MM coming on the scene puts a “spanner” in the works for PoW especially now that fallout has happened and negatively reflects on PoW & his wife, with this negatively extending to the carribean and African nations , who by themselves form the majority of the commonwealth nations. This was seen in how PoW & his wife were treated . Had they been nice to Harry & MM, they would have gotten a warmer reception.

      Until the issue with Harry & MM is resolved , the BM will be in a state of limbo as the days of blind deference is over. Some needs to make them realise this.

  30. Lau says:

    Even the daily fail didn’t talk that much about this trip. They can polish it however they want, it’s still a flop tour.

  31. Scm154 says:

    Unfortunately our local newspaper reprinted the misleading and exaggerated AP story. People who are not aware with what really happened during his trip will definitely come away with the idea that he is a statesman and that the trip was a success. I’m really disappointed. I thought that the AP news source was reliable and could be trusted.

    • Snuffles says:

      I took a journalism course once and learned about how syndicated news content works.

      (Courtesy of ChatGPT)

      Syndicated news content refers to news stories, articles, columns, or other forms of media content that are produced by one source (often a news agency or content provider) and then distributed or licensed for publication or broadcast by multiple other media organizations.

      Here’s how it typically works:

      1. Content Creation: A news agency or content provider creates news articles, features, or other media content. This can include written articles, photographs, videos, or even audio segments.

      2. Distribution: Instead of keeping this content exclusive to their own platform, the content provider syndicates it. They offer it to various newspapers, magazines, websites, radio stations, or TV networks for a fee or under a licensing agreement.

      3. Publication/Broadcast: The media organizations that acquire syndicated content can then publish or broadcast it under their own brand. This allows them to provide a wider range of content to their audience without having to produce everything in-house.

      4. Crediting: Media outlets usually credit the source of the syndicated content, acknowledging the original creator or agency.

      Syndicated news content is a common practice in the media industry. It helps media organizations access a broader range of stories and perspectives, especially when they don’t have the resources to cover all topics themselves. It also benefits content providers by allowing them to reach a wider audience and generate revenue through licensing agreements.

      Outside the UK, there are no royal correspondents. So, other outlets get their “royal news” from the extremely biased, propaganda spewing British tabloids.

    • MsIam says:

      How many people really care about William though? So even if AP puts a positive spin, probably based on a press release from KP because William wouldn’t do any interviews, will it really matter?

  32. L4Frimaire says:

    Such a sad article trying to make it all better when it was just bad. The only thing in this article that stands out is William’s obsession with America. No idea what exactly he hopes to do here but maybe he’ll make his way down the Eastern seaboard. This trip fizzled and was so unfocused. He never learns and will just keep coming back to be further ignored. He was sandwiched between the Invictus Games and the kings France state visit so will be forgotten. Bad timing, bad planning, made himself irrelevant.

  33. Iz_Q says:

    I’ve never seen a royal needing this much propping and pimping after any trip! Wow! Ir really does take several villages. The trip was unfocused. It lacked a central theme. The Earthshot Summit fell totally flat. He was not part of any major meeting during the UNGA either.

    Meanwhile you have all these other royals running around the UN having important meetings, attending events. Queen Rania was on the Today show this morning. Queen Mathilde was part of important meetings. CP Hussein. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume.

    CP Frederik has given speeches. Engaged in soft diplomacy and attended all sorts of meetings including the Climate Ambition Summit. Today he was at meeting I believe at the UN related to the Summit of the Future. I saw a post on X showing him having a chat with the UN Secretary General.

    Now. Why wasn’t William invited to any of this? Other royals are there. Why wasn’t he included in these important meetings? Why wasn’t he part of the UK delegation? He literally was just there trying to get attention and attach himself to the UNGA. But it just reekes of desperation and self aggrandizement.

  34. Marivic says:

    When I was reading the article, I changed all names of William to Harry. And then it becomes an apt description of the brother. William and the UK media are really fooling themselves. William and the UK media surely are suffering from mental health. They couldn’t even write an article without mentioning Harry. They know deep within them that any William article will not get clicks without Harry’s name there because their William is a big FAILURE. And how they know it.

  35. Vanessa says:

    Just like the Boston trip William solo trip bomb the British establishment can tried to spin this trip into gold all they want. The mayor cancelled on William William wasn’t invited to speak at the UN like Harry was there were no crowds rushing to see William .

  36. Em says:

    William is the original bubble boy

    People have forgotten about Boston trip, people will forget about this ny trip. Unless he plans on moving to America he can forget courting American attention because our news cycle is so crowded.

    I love his delusion though

  37. Lady Digby says:

    I wonder how wading Willy thinks of his little trip compared to the extravaganza that his dad and stepmother are enjoying in France? They are being feted by the elite and enjoying loads of coverage which Willy Wonka can only dream of, of course he only has to wait 20 years and then he can go kinging to France himself!

  38. GDubslady says:

    The Windsor Royal Family is important to the Western powers as is a unified UK so the majority of Western Press will support the fraud of a POW but that doesnt mean they will attack the Sussexes like the royal rota. The constant need to abuse Harry and Meghan doesn’t help the Royals but only succeeds in making them look petty and out of touch. Eventually Charles, William and Co will have to cave and publicly end their feud with Harry and Meghan as well as embrace the Sussex children.

  39. VilleRose says:

    My parents were in NYC on Tuesday and when I told them Prince William was also there too on the same day as them, my mom was like “I had no idea he was even coming to visit NYC?” Granted, they were nowhere near any of the areas he visited but just in general most people are clueless he even came to NYC. Very successful trip indeed lol.

  40. Libra says:

    Last night on ABC news it was briefly mentioned that Prince William went for a run in Central Park and no one stopped him for a photo, not even the paparazzi. He attracted no attention at all. Bet he was not quietly delighted.

  41. BeanieBean says:

    They actually talked about William’s bravery & used as examples—equal examples—visiting a war zone (Ukraine border) and the US (home of Prince Harry!). I have no words. Just, I’m done. I am topped out on stupidity.

  42. ACB says:

    How is our country important to them? Because Harry lives here? Also, wasn’t it Kate who said she had nothing in common with Megan because she was American? That translates to, you don’t have anything in common with any of us. Just the hopes that we will help your narrative of being liked. It’s not going to work; we have Prince Harry. We still remember how you treated Megan.

  43. QuiteContrary says:

    “People see him as a man of substance and gravitas which has made him very popular.”

    That made me LOL. He’s such a man of substance and gravitas that the New York mayor stood him up and the U.N. secretary general only gave him a photo op.

  44. Well wisher says:

    This is serious, William actually believes this about himself.
    In a word – tragic…

  45. Jojo says:

    If he went for a morning run in CP then so did I. As if there wouldn’t be pictures of him (with appropriate landmark in background). I call total BS on that. I bet he doesn’t know what mornings even look like.

  46. AC says:

    Looking at Twitter or X comments yesterday it wasn’t very positive.
    The mayor canceling meeting with William last minute.
    No one noticing him at Central Park.(and many asking why not go jogging in London’s own parks – are they not good enough for him).
    William can have the time to meet our NYC firefighters but doesn’t bother to meet with British veterans during the Invictus Games.
    And some commenting he’s not a new sex symbol lol.
    I’ve heard that the mindset of a variety of New Yorkers had thought it was Harry in town and not William.
    Here in the west coast, no one I know except me realized he’s in the USA. When I told my mom yesterday, she asked why is he here. No coverage at all from any of our local media sources.
    “America is important to the Prince and Princess of Wales” – OH Really. Since when. (Answer: since Harry has lived in the US and is more known here than William).
    William did mention yesterday he wants to come back to NYC so looks like will see him more often in the US. And prob make his way to the west coast sooner or later. The next thing we know, he’ll be living in the US 1/2 of year. 🙄

  47. kirk says:

    Merriam Webster: “Statesman:
    1: one versed in the principles or art of government
    especially : one actively engaged in conducting the business of a government or in shaping its policies
    2: a wise, skillful, and respected political leader”

    Collins American English Dictionary: “Statesman:
    A statesman is an important and experienced male politician, especially one who is widely known and respected.”

    Cambridge English Dictionary: “Statesman:
    an experienced politician, especially one who is respected for making good judgments”

    Oxford English Dictionary: “Statesman:
    1592→ : 1. A person (esp. a man) who takes a leading part in the affairs of a state; a skilled, experienced, and respected politician. Cf. stateswoman, n.
    1603-65 : 2. A subject of the States of Holland (see state, n. II.ii.21a); esp. a member of the States of Holland army.”

    NEITHER Chuck nor Willetante are actively engaged in government or affairs of state.
    They are not allowed.
    So, gender specifics aside, please stop calling them statesmen (or statespersons).
    They may be used as diplomats by the people actually charged with governance, but that doesn’t make them statesmen.

  48. L4Frimaire says:

    Does quietly delighted mean he’s off sulking somewhere and blaming the Sussexes once again for his utter blandness?

  49. Sunny says:

    Imagine describing America as being so important to TOB….she’s the one that got away, his Jeccae if you will.

    He’s trying to compete against Harry and Meghan and failing because he doesn’t have the charisma of a potato, and they are dynamic, empathetic, sexy, hardworking, and focused on their own goals. And you know, based in America!

    Meanwhile, every day William runs a race in his own head against his brother. It’s giving evil queen and snow white. It is just so pathetic and unhinged.

  50. jferber says:

    He looks so out of place in New York City. Small fish in big pond. He just doesn’t get it, does he?

  51. ales says:

    What a joke ! Doesnt anyone in the UK look at the media outside of their own country ? W barely rated a mention in the USA. In the UK his “meetings” were embellished into major events. One day when he grows up he might become a statesman but he has so much learning to do and a very long way to go.

    • kirk says:

      Willetante won’t become a statesman unless he gives up his ceremonial royal role and becomes an actual political leader.

    • Jane says:

      I’m in the UK and his trip barely registered here either. If you don’t read tabloids you would not see any of this sycophantic nonsense. Outlets like BBC barely mentioned it but gave extensive coverage to Charles’s trip to France. This is KP spinning for Will’s base. Most of the UK are not bothered about this pointless trip.

  52. Hooops says:

    Umm as a NYer I had no idea he was even here. All the local news is talking about is the UN General Assembly & how they started a new toll for driving in mid-town. He has made zero headlines. I didn’t know any of this until I read this article. LMAO

  53. MizzEliz says:

    Vanity Fair does a lot of celeb fluff/stuff but also a lot of reported journalism. I am surprised they pay her to rewrite KP’s press releases in such a fawning and uncritical way and then publish it as reporting. It’s bizarre.

    Also does 36 hours and 3 visits/photo ops now constitute a “tour”?