The Mirror: Princess Kate really is refusing to go to Singapore in November

The Earthshot Prize ceremony in Singapore isn’t until November 7th, so there’s still a lot of time for gossip about who’s going and who’s not going and why. In fact, it’s pretty clear that this Singapore trip is “the next big thing” for the British tabloids’ soap opera storyline. They must be bummed that they can’t find a way to make it about Prince Harry or Meghan! Anyway, for months, we heard that the Princess of Wales would join her husband in Singapore, just like she joined him in Boston for last year’s Earthshot mess. Then, rather suddenly, Camilla Tominey suggested that Kate would not go to Singapore. The Mail’s Ephraim Hardcastle column doubled-down on Tominey’s reporting this week, claiming that Kate is “a reluctant overseas traveller” who prioritizes the school run ahead of any requests from Britain’s Foreign Office. Kate (or her mother) then ran to Tom Sykes with a delightfully unhinged and panicked rant about how Kate is not too lazy to travel. The latest update is that the Mirror’s Russell Myers seemingly got it confirmed that Kate will not go to Earthshot:

The Princess of Wales will miss Prince William’s third annual Earthshot Prize awards in a huge blow for organisers.

Kate has attended every awards since they began two years ago but it can now be revealed that she will not be travelling to Singapore with her husband for the 2023 event in November.

Instead, she will remain at home with children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, who will be at school as the event coincides with term time.

It is believed Kate does not want to disturb the youngsters’ schooling and works hard to ensure the trio have a stable home life in preparation for their royal careers later down the line. Kensington Palace is poised to release further details about the 2023 Earthshot Awards soon.

[From The Daily Mirror]

All of these newspapers and tabloids are just flat-out refusing to speculate or investigate what’s going on here, meanwhile how much ink was spilled over “the Sussexes are separating” or “Meghan isn’t coming to London with Harry” or “Meghan didn’t go to the coronation.” It’s always projection. Whatever they say about the Sussexes, it’s always really about (P)Egg and Buttons.

Also: Sky News Australia suggests that Kate is refusing to do anything resembling a tour after she made an ass out of herself during the Caribbean Flop Tour last year. That was her last “tour” if we don’t count Boston (and I agree that Boston doesn’t count). The Wiglet Is On Strike, y’all. Kate’s gonna picket outside Buckingham Palace with a sign reading “Wiglet Rights Are Worker Rights!”

Update: Becky English is confirming it too.

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  1. YeahRight says:

    Willy doesn’t want her there, it’s that simple.

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      They lay it all on her because they can’t say that. And she goes along with it because she can’t admit it.

      • B says:

        There aren’t many times I feel sorry for Kate, but it would be hard to accept that your public figure spouse is making a very public display (again) of not wanting you and then it’s in all the headlines.
        He would look classier if he just ended the relationship with dignity. He and his dad are the ones that holds all the power there.
        For a normal couple, I would say oh one of the parents is afraid they won’t get to see the children much at all after the custody order, but, as much as they diss her, I have to wonder how much unsupervised time they would allow her with the kids (“the future of the monarchy”) anyway.

      • notasugarhere says:

        They would both be classier if they would end this. Don’t absolve Kate of her agency in chasing and marrying a man who never wanted her. For agreeing to a business arrangement in exchange for title, money, lazy life.

        It is almost 2024. No, they would not remove her access to the kids. They would stay with her at least 50 % of the time at Adelaide while William continues to live wherever it is he lives at Windsor.

      • Couch Potato says:

        The Windsors aren’t exactely known to be hands on parents. They’d probably prefere her taking charge of the daily rutines (overseeing the nannies), while Willnot spends a few hours once in a blue moon playing super dad for the rota.

      • Smart&Messy says:

        Kate’s dignity is (as ever) a small price for all the publicity this saga gives to boring Keenshot Prize. They didn’t have to leak the tidbit about her not going this early. It’s either Peg’s doing to get the stupid awards show more attention or Carole to try and shame Peg into taking her (which won’t work).

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate can initiate the divorce too. She just doesn’t have any dignity and will cling despite the fact she’s keeping her kids in a bad situation for her own access to tiaras and titles.

        A parent who cares about the best interests of the children would have separated from that toxic environment years ago. Diana had the courage to make that decision but Kate does not have any interest but her own. Diana even set the precedent for her so we know she wouldn’t be tossed out with no access to the kids.

      • B says:

        This is just speculation, but, you don’t think Diana and Chucky needed some level of the crowns permission to go ahead with the divorce? I mean, they tell the family members where to live, Meghan said they took her passport and didn’t they take her drivers license too, they keep such tight control on the money for the second prince that hottie had to shop TJ Maxx sales for clothes, we’re already dogging on how William cut Kate’s beauty maintenance and clothes services…..
        Kate has no money of her own. Her parents couldn’t pay 250k for loans from their failed business, Pippa’s probably doesn’t want her and the kids there…..

      • notasugarhere says:

        No Windsor, William included, wants Kate around. Charles and Camilla benefit from a William divorce, they aren’t standing in the way.

      • Rebecca says:

        The Queen ordered Charles & Diana to divorce following the Panorama interview. Diana stated publicly that she did not want a divorce.

      • Nic919 says:

        Regardless of whether or not Diana or Charles sought the divorce, the divorce still happened and Diana ended up with access to the kids as well as a settlement payout. So the precedent is set and there is zero excuse for Kate to remain in this situation except for still wanting the prestige and titles. Either William or kate can get a divorce and Charles cannot legally stop it. (He wouldn’t anyway).
        The stories of the queen “ordering” Charles and Diana to divorce was not because of some royal prerogative but because their separation was very messy as it was and pretending they could simply remain separated was intolerable.

    • therobinsons says:

      True Dat

    • GMH says:

      Something is fishy. I suspect Wills will be spending time with a friend or sympathetic staffer in Singapore and does not want Kate ruining things.

      • Couch Potato says:

        Ding ding ding! And the rota knows who, but they can’t write about it!

      • Lady D says:

        I’m thinking the exact opposite. Kate is refusing to go because her hubby’s new valet will be accompanying him on this trip. I think it’s an ‘it’s her or me’ situation and she’s refusing to go if the valet is.

      • Nic919 says:

        The valet is a man. William has already travelled with women because that’s what got one of Kate’s staffers fired after mat leave. He won’t bother to hide women because he hasn’t before. The rota cover for him and he knows it.

      • B says:

        Does the valet as man change our theory about the true valet job description?

      • Nic919 says:

        Not necessarily. But that’s not why kate isn’t going. She’s been benched.

      • Gabby says:

        Yeah, the new valet set Willie up with a hot date for Singapore. Booked and busy indeed.

      • Carolind says:

        Kate is not up to the job. She is the most useless “working” royal ever.

    • Truth says:

      Yup he wants all the attention for himself that he won’t get now. It’s also why he hired a “valet”
      Please someone report back on the reactions from Kate’s rangers.. lol

    • Lux says:

      His side already laid it out there that she’s an unserious mannequin who dominates headlines for the wrong reasons. He really doesn’t want her there.

    • Mel says:

      Exactly, they’re trying to make it seem like she’s drawing some line in the sand when more than likely he told her that she ain’t going.

    • westcoastgal says:

      Using their children in their excuses has now begun, expect the kids to be thrown under the bus whenever they need cover.

  2. Inge says:

    Using the kids to get out of things, again.

    I’m thinking he does not want her there.

    • L84Tea says:

      It has to be that he doesn’t want her there. Aren’t these kinds of trips the sort of thing Keen lives for? If nothing else, it would give her the perfect excuse to wear some hideous new gown.

      • Becks1 says:

        It’s absolutely bc he does not want her there. Using the kids is their desperate attempt to stop speculation about it but their marriage is clearly in very very bad shape.

      • Bettyrose says:

        Right? In her position I’d be aching to go somewhere as glamorous as Singapore to wear gowns and jewels and not even be hassled with the sight of poor people. Pretty sure the kids routine with Carol and the nannies would barely be impacted. This narrative is ridiculously transparent.

    • SURE says:

      What’s the point of having kids if you can’t use them as an excuse for anything and everything?

    • SarahLee says:

      Using the kids will not work forever. At some point they get too old for the “I need to be with the children” stuff. George is almost there now. I wonder if this is why Kate keeps wanting to have babies – so there can always be little ones around to use as a shield?

      • Bettyrose says:

        At some point they’ll all be at boarding school and the excuse river will run dry.

      • Jay says:

        You would think they would be too old now for this excuse – plenty of working parents have children at school, even children who are sitting major exams, and they aren’t staying home with them!

        But even before the Cambridges had kids, they made excuses: they certainly couldn’t work in until they were officially engaged, then they would start working once they got the wedding out of the way, then they were still learning the ropes, don’t expect too much from them in the first few years, but everything will be different later once they start a family and on and on. I am only half joking when I say that next we’ll hear that after all three children have all completed their master’s programs at university, then finally it will be time for Kate to get down to business.

      • Lily says:

        I expect Kate to be busy with grandmother duties as soon as possible.

        The excuses never end.

      • Minnieder says:

        I wish I was wealthy via an entire country’s tax money AND could choose not to work whenever my children are in school!!
        Real people work EVERY day, not 1 hour max per week, and our bosses don’t give a toss whether we have children or if they’re in school 🙄🙄🙄 Break up with Peg and Keen!!!

    • Nic919 says:

      What 10 year old has exams anyway? This is such a lie. He’s not doing the Eton entrance exams because those aren’t till age 12 and even if he did fail them, Eton will take him. None of the senior royals will ever be refused admission to elite schools in the UK.

      This is such a sad excuse. Can’t believe it took a week for this. Also a reminder that Camilla Tominey had accurate information.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        Well, they have them. Apparently, some Brits need to make the 11+ exams more important than they are. I’ll admit, I spent 15-20 minutes down that rabbit hole because it smelled like bullsh*t. The 11 plus exams are basically what we call in the USA, aptitude tests. A lot of us Americans have gone through them on a yearly basis. Never, at any point in my life, have I’ve known a parent needing to be present for their child to take a test to what they know or study? for what you know.

        I’ve read where it’s recommended that you start the child to prepare for this test 12-18 months before. Which, is still funny to me. Interestingly enough, most independent/private UK students take this test in January.

        So, is this relatively basic test an excuse? Of course. Quite handy the early 11 plus tests happen during Earthsh*te and not when the majority takes them.imo

        To your point @NIC919, these, lol, “exams” have zilcho to do with an entrance exam to Eton. George is already accepted. Just like his father was.

    • Bromptonviewer says:

      Can’t believe I’m defending her here but I just checked. That’s not just any exam, it’s Prince George’s 11+ common entrance exam. What absolutely BONE HEADED planning by the palace. It’s such a stressful time for little ones and SUCH an important milestone even if as a royal he’ll always get in anywhere. The palace definitely didn’t want her to come as those dates are scheduled years in advance. She would lose ALL mum credibility bouncing to another continent the week of 11+.

      • Lumbina says:

        Yes the 11 plus is a massive deal here. Even if he’s sure to get into Eton, he’ll know where he stands compared with his peers possibly for the first time in his life.

      • Delphine says:

        As a parent I feel some sympathy here. Yes I know she has nannies but raising children is a JOB. I don’t think it benefited William and Harry as children when both of their parents were constantly leaving them. I think Diana was an amazing mother but I’m sure she must have struggled with balancing her role as princess with that of mom, and Charles was basically an absent father. Considering how important these exams are I think it’s completely appropriate for Kate to stay home.

      • Nic919 says:

        Let’s not pretend any academic assessment of George even matters. He’s going to any UK school he wants.

        And is Kate writing the test for him? She won’t even be allowed in the room with him so why can’t she provide support over the phone? And why is it only important if kate is there and not William?

        If this was the real reason then it would have been provided months ago when this was first scheduled. This was a response following the Tominey story.

        These 11+ exams are scheduled well in advance and for this conflict to come out now is just scrambling for a good excuse.

      • Kingston says:

        For godsake! LOL
        The exam excuse is about the 4th or 5th iteration in their arsenal of excuses for why kkkHATE isn’t being allowed to go to Singapore wth bully.

        This is why the britshidtmedia aren’t going anywhere soon……..too many gullible consumers.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        LOFL. Seriously. Are people truly pretending that George’s 11 plus exams are the be all to end all? Best comedy ever. I’m dead over the pretense of this. It’s like watching Baby Boom (Diane Keaton movie). IYKYN Such gobshite.

        IF, W&K, truly wanted to modernize the monarchy & be relateble, they would have George take his 11 plus aptitude tests in January. Using the kid as an excuse is sad.

      • Becks1 says:

        If the testing dates are announced years in advance, then it would have been announced at the outset that Kate couldn’t go to Singapore because of the exams IF that’s the reason she’s not going.

        Again, she’s not going bc she was benched. That’s it. That’s the reason.

      • Monlette says:

        If the test is truly that important, George should be spending time with a tutor. He is ten, not four. He doesn’t need his mummy helicoptering over him while he practices his multiplication.

        I am sure his psyche can survive his parents being away for two or three days. He and the other kids should be used to them traveling for appearance by now. That is the whole point of a full time nanny, to provide stability when the parents can’t always be there.

        Kate is not going because William doesn’t want her there. It is really going to hurt the Earthshot Prize that she is not there, since a lot of the buzz will be around what she is wearing. Without her, the viewing numbers will be even more dismal than last year, as William is about to discover.

        There is simply no way he would allow her to wiggle out of this if it is her idea and not his.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        OMG @Bromptonviewer, it’s Prince Georges’ common entrance exam! Just his! No one else’s. Never mind most 11 plus testing is done in January. Most 10 year olds kind of don’t give a sh*t. Most 10 year olds are not a FFK, whose future “job” is already secure. If your post was meant to be sarcastic. Props. If it was meant to be serious. Sad face.

        “The last thing to bear in mind as well is that other criteria can exist to get a place in your most coveted school such as: faith, siblings, distance to the school, talent in sport/music …”. Being royal born whose dad skated through school.

        IMO, Charlotte would be a better tutor/support system for George’s test taking. It’s obvious the future headlines will be that George excelled on his 11 plus exams due to Kate not going to Singapore. LOFL

  3. Tessa says:

    Kate does not work hard. William did not want her there

    • I agree she doesn’t work. I think it’s one of two things. 1. It could very well be that Peg doesn’t want her to go because he is working on his bachelor statesman persona or 2. Can’t is not going because she wants a better house than Adelaide and a better payout should there be a divorce.

      • Smart&Messy says:

        If it is 2. then Kate and Carole are in for a faceplant. Her absence in NY didn’t make any difference for Peg. I believe it was his test run to see how the Single Dad Statesman shtick would go through and realized that the BM paint any picture he wants. So bye bye Keen and Ma.

      • Snaggletooth says:

        As far as these trips go, I would even say NY was relatively successful (relative to disasters in Ireland and the Caribbean, getting booed in Boston, etc). Yes, close observers could see it was farcical but I’m sure the British Public thought the NY trip was fine and was probably left with the impression that Wills spoke at the UN. And obviously keen didn’t make it all about her.

  4. Shawna says:

    If Kate can’t work when the kids have school, and she won’t work during their holidays either, then British taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for all those nannies. There’s no justification if she won’t work.

    • JT says:

      This right here. Kate works something like 60 days a year or so, if you count days worked rather than engagements. Using the kids as reason to not go is wearing very thin, especially with all of the help she has and how old the kids are. George is about to be a teenager soon.

      • Moondust says:

        Besides when they are at school, what does she do? It’s not like she has to clean the house(s), do some ironing, cooking, etc. Plenty of time to do some bread and butter engagements.

    • Unblinkered says:

      Let’s see a detailed breakdown of their household expenditure, all of it, and what is paid to Carol debtor Middleton for her styling work on KM?

    • Minnieder says:

      There’s no justification for her period. She lives a 100% free and privileged lifestyle that costs the hardworking people of the UK millions of pounds per year, and in exchange, she does…..not a damn thing

  5. Miranda says:

    What will be her excuse once the kids are all shipped off to boarding school? Or is she going to keep Charlotte and/or Louis at home to aid the half-assed illusion?

    • PEARL GREY says:

      The excuse will be “the children are coming home from boarding school that week and Catherine wants to be there to greet them” and “the children are leaving for boarding school that week and Catherine wants to spend as much time with them before they go” Etc, etc…

      • The Duchess says:

        That excuse can only run so far and I think it already has with George. He’s 10. What exams does a 10 year old do in the UK in November time? Keen has well and truly been benched yet again. Her husband clearly doesn’t want her there. If I was her, I would tread very carefully.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Miranda, we’ll start hearing about how she needs to start preparing to be a “hands on” grandmother

  6. Tessa says:

    William wants to be the cool single dad and has a valet to guide him on the right wardrobe.

    • Demonstrative Foo Dogj says:

      Listen, if that’s indeed the reason, I’m 100% behind her. The RF doesn’t work for anyone but Willy and Chucky, and given Willy’s temperament, I’d be working overtime to keep my kids happy as well.

      But as with anything W&K related, there’s spin to make the BRF look better and more functional than it is.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Those kids don’t seem happy to me. They seem happier around William which is an interesting twist.

        Kate isn’t a SAHM, they have four nannies, a cook, a housekeeper, cleaning staff. Neither William nor Kate is doing the day to day work of either the household or the child rearing.

        Kate spends the majority of her time working out with her personal trainer, going to the salon, with her Meghan lookbook, and shopping. William spends the majority of his time looking for Wife #2.

  7. Alexandria says:

    We want Taylor Swift pls, not this empty vase. Of course Khate will use her kids, she’s a user just like her loving hub. I hope Pegs has a good night out eating satay while being incandescent about Harry’s something something. Don’t poke yourself accidentally Pegs. Oh wait.

  8. equality says:

    What has ES got to do with the Foreign Office? It’s not even under the royal foundation anymore. “Kate has attended every awards since they began two years ago.”? All two of them.

    • Eurydice says:

      Yes, I had to laugh at that. I also love the idea that by not working Kate is training her kids for their royal careers – nice role model.

      • Christina says:

        I doubt it has anything to do with her. Kate doesn’t get to choose. This is Bill’s baby, and he wants all the press. He doesn’t know how to be grand or regal by himself, and he can’t allow the consumers of tabloids, who want to see pretty women in pretty dresses, to be distracted, lol. Not that Kate can be regal. These two don’t have the discipline or brain cells to understand what grace really means.

        All of this is bullish/t to protect Peg’s decision to ice out Buttons.

      • Eurydice says:

        @Christina – well, it has everything to do with her if Will doesn’t want her, but yes – it’s not her call.

        If Will thinks he’s going to get a lot of press because Kate isn’t with him, he better think again. The tabloids don’t care about the environment, they want sensational stories and photos. We saw this with Invictus – the tabloids had no interest in the veterans and the competition – they wanted to see what Harry was going to do and what Meghan was going to wear. A week-long environmental conference, however worthy, is so much blah, blah, blah – lots of well-intentioned people nobody’s ever heard of. He’ll find out that Kate and her dubious wardrobe are necessary.

      • Jais says:

        To some extent, William is likely aware that Kate gets more attention with her wardrobe. And yet he still doesn’t want her to go. Getting less attention on his own is apparently worth not having her there. That’s the issue.

      • Nic919 says:

        If it wasn’t for the ugly green dress than became a meme, did Kate really bring any attention to Earthshot? That dress was mostly a joke and the fact that none of the winners attended. Kate doesn’t bring international attention in any more significant way than William. The UK press covers her a bit more and the tabloid and fashion mags cover her outfits, but legitimate news sites, especially outside of the UK, don’t give a toss about her.

    • Jay says:

      I laughed out loud at this blatant attempt to embiggen both the awards and Kate’s presence – you can feel them working and reworking the line to try to make it sound better. Both of them? All? Every? As Meatloaf says, two outta three ain’t bad!

  9. Lady Esther says:

    Exams? Isn’t George 10 years old? Do 10 year old kids have exams now? My goodness….

    Also, this bit is interesting: “works hard to ensure the trio have a stable home life in preparation for their royal careers later down the line”. Emphasis that all of the children will have royal jobs, not just George? So much for spares being unimportant…

    • Cate says:

      Not sure about UK, but my kid is 7 and while he doesn’t have a big “school exams” period yet, standardized tests to determine eligibility for the district gifted program can be administered as early as kindergarten, and state subject area tests begin in third grade (age 8-9). I honestly don’t care much how my kid does on the state tests in elementary school but for the gifted assessment, if I felt getting that designation would help in getting my kids needs met I would certainly try to make sure home routine around test day was calm and normal (so I probably would avoid work travel if I had the option). That said, given that George is the second in line to the throne and all, I don’t think his exam results matter all that much…

      • Seraphina says:

        Our state administers the gifted exam beginning early in grade school. Their mantra is that they try not to putt pressure in the kids and so the parents are told they kids should go on as a regular day and no stress put on them.
        And I agree, George is heir to the throne so does it really matter? Look at QE2 and her education. But she was loved and did a good job. I believe she WANTED it- Wills does not and it shows.

      • JanetDR says:

        So to keep things calm and in the normal routine, Nanny Maria should take care of things?

      • Jm says:

        Gifted assessment can be done at any time by request of parents. My youngest had his done the second to last week of school last year at my request because he wanted to be tested early. Otherwise, imo, there is nothing super important about exams for a 10 year old past managing stress. But, maybe that should have been considered when they scheduled the awards since school standardized testing doesn’t have a wildly unpredictable schedule.

      • Lorelei says:

        I see where you’re coming from, but imo this just doesn’t wash for W&K. Not only do they have Maria who all three of the children have known for their entire lives, but Kate’s parents are retired, live nearby, and are in good health. That makes a HUGE difference (at least to peasants like us). To act as if *only* Kate can be there for the kids is ridiculous.

        Also, Russell Myers is basically trash, but he is fed UP with these two — he went on a rant about W&K on a podcast yesterday, calling William boring, saying that Kate needs to go to Singapore, that neither one of them are doing enough overall, they’re taxpayer-funded and need to be accountable as to how they spend their time, not just drop off the radar for weeks at a time, etc. Basically every single thing we say here.

    • Pumpkin says:

      Some 10 year olds do especially if they’re doing the 11+. Which could mean George is changing school (again) next year. I don’t know if Lambrook goes beyond 11 but maybe it doesn’t therefore he’s doing exams so he can get a place at a private secondary school (doubt he’s going to a state grammar).

      Or it’s just regular teacher tests. Or Sats prep.

      • anotherlily says:

        George has almost certainly been registered for Eton. He visited the school in June this year. Eton requires that any boy intending to apply to Eton must register by the end of June in the school year in which he turns 10. George turned 10 in June. Registering doesn’t automatically mean a place at the school. That depends on passing the entry exam and other selection processes. Ludgrove is one of the ‘feeder’ schools for Eton so he is probably already pteparing for the exams.

    • Olivia says:

      Yes, 10 years is when you do the 11+ (I know, I know..) which are exams mostly to determine aptitudes and if you are moving on to other schools it is required to do per school (the more niche and top10 school it is, the more tests.
      I find it hilarious though that they are pretending as if that would matter for any royal child to pass any test.
      It was widely known at St.Andrews (where William went) that he hardly set foot in classes and I read (apologies can’t recall where) that a whole class was created for him to just pass it quickly and get his final degree.
      We have all been there, right? Suddenly at finals, this politician’s daughter shows up out of nowhere to take the final, never been in class, asks you to slide the paper over with the professor looking angry and insulted.

      Also, to add a fun twist: Singapore humidity in November is a killer for any hair and hair pieces and clothes stick on you like glue.

    • Layla says:

      If he’s preparing for the 11 plus, he’ll be sitting it in September the next year and if not, if he’s in year 6 by now, he’ll be preparing for KS2 SATS.

      • LRB says:

        You don’t do 11+ in private schools… this is primarily an exam for entry in to now almost non existent grammar schools. Is Eton going to turn down the future king of England because his mother was working when he took a test at aged 10? Harry went to Eton. I love Harry he has a huge heart and is very intelligent but he is NOT academic by his own admission, and would never normally have got a place.
        Prep school ( private) schools do common entrance at aged 12+ for entry to public (private) school at 13+. This whole issue is ridiculous… I don’t know what else is going on,but this excuse is rubbish.

    • HennyO says:

      Another easy to verify, self-serving lie. School exams are in April, not in November.

    • notasugarhere says:

      It does not matter how any of these kids do on exams. Ever. They will be admitted to any school they want. See Charles, Edward, William and their ‘academic’ careers.

      • Seraphina says:

        THIS. Especially when one is tied to the aristocracy. Imagine being FFK. I once read the rich usually send their kids to certain school more so for the netwoking/friendships that will be developed.

    • Nic919 says:

      George was accepted into Eton the second it was confirmed that Kate gave birth to a boy. It’s insulting to pretend his academic abilities matter.

      Also aptitude tests aren’t something kids study for so all of this is to cover for the fact that William didn’t want Kate to attend, just like she didn’t go to the statue unveiling.

    • D says:

      I was thinking the same. I have a 10 year old (albeit, in America) and there are no “exams.” Some tests, but the state level ones are way later in the year. I can’t imagine he has midterms in what, 6th grade?

  10. Ariel says:

    So do we think will simply does not want to be near her
    Or is he petty and vain like Charles and can’t stand that all the focus is on her (ignoring the fact that without her there will be less attention and headlines on this project he considers so important)

    • Whyforthelove says:

      Oh I think it’s both. The attention she gets is grating for him since he is the special one and he hates her. She is a vile person, but living with him (or in the vicinity of him) can’t be fun. What a terrible situation for the kids.

      • Lorelei says:

        Agree that it’s a combination of both. William knows he needs Kate (and her clothes— mostly her clothes) there in order for his “work” to get the amount of coverage he wants, but he’s like his father, he’s too jealous to allow/admit that.
        Plus it’s been obvious for a while that he absolutely cannot *stand* being In her presence.
        And I can’t imagine that the article mentioning her “iconic bum slaps” (or whatever) helped her case at all!

    • Nic919 says:

      If Earthshot is supposed to be about the environment then having someone known only for wearing expensive dresses once or twice isn’t exactly sending a good message.

      But it’s mostly because William is fed up and doesn’t want to have to spend any significant time near her.

      • LRB says:

        But but but… that green thing she wore last year was rented don’t you know 😂

      • Christine says:

        AND it was green, for the environment!!! Cannot is a global icon, for her ability to dress for any occasion, and never put a foot wrong.

        She looked like she was about to sing a duet with Kermit, about how it isn’t easy being green, which was on point!

  11. JP says:

    I mean, on one hand I do get it, but on the other hand, it’s part of the gig she signed up for. Even my middle class parents would occasionally go away for a few days, and my grandparents would stay at our house to watch us if it was during the school year.

  12. E.A says:

    I mean she went to Boston with him, I think it’s reasonable to have one parent at home especially because it’s not a tour. If we are honest mums do not usually follow dad for a “work trip”. I really don’t have any issue with this.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Not necessarily. I have a friend whose husband worked as a civilian for the Navy shipyards, and whenever he got sent to Honolulu or Japan she went along with him. She didn’t show up to work with him, but she got to explore on her own during the day & in the evenings they’d visit places she had found.
      These two, however are the Prince & Princess of Wales. It’s sort of a two for one job as it is. She already has a ‘streak’ (😏) of attending these things with him, not going is odd.

      • Jaded says:

        Agree. When I was younger I was married to a law firm partner and was expected to go to retreats and annual conferences with him. They were always held in resorts like Whistler, the Bahamas, etc. I actually hated it, I’m not a lawyer and felt like a third wheel most of the time.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Kate. Married. A. Job.

      They have four nannies, a housekeeper, a cook, cleaners, and her interfering family minutes away.

      There is no logical reason why she cannot get off her lazy ass and work more, including working out of the country the same time as her husband.

      Remember, she has no problem being out of the country on holidays with her sister at the same time her husband is also out of the country on a separate holiday. It is only for ‘work’ that she uses this excuse.

    • Feeshalori says:

      This is why they’re subsidized by the taxpayers and government, so that they go out and do their job. Kate walked into this with her eyes wide open and she can’t cry foul at this point now. You either take the heat or get out of the kitchen.

  13. Ginger says:

    Can someone in the UK explain how the exam period works? It seems way too early to have exams (at least to me, but I am from the U.S.)

    I hate that they use the kids as shields. It’s not fair to them. We all know why Kate isn’t going, and it’s because Will doesn’t want her there.

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      It’s not like she’d be any help to George even if he was having highly important “exams” which I doubt.

    • Rainbow Kitty says:

      Depending on when they went back to school it would be mid-term exams. I didn’t think exams started this early but it may be different in the UK. My kids went back to school the third week of August and mid -terms are next week. If her kids went back in Sept the mid-terms would be weeks away.
      For his age group it is probably something like state testing. They don’t really study for that though. It’s more like the instructors/teachers have to prepare them in class. And I don’t know that it counts toward their final grade. It’s more to show the BOE where different counties/states/provinces are with learning. It’s not something a parent would have to help a child study for.

    • Pumpkin says:

      He could be doing the 11+ which is a test taken at age 10 to determine if a child gets a place at certain schools based on academic performance. I think the private schools do them around November.

      • Nic919 says:

        This would be a mere pretence anyway. The future future king is going to be accepted to any elite school in the UK. Louis will be as well. The only reason why Charlotte won’t go to Eton is because it isn’t coed.

    • Harper says:

      If it is really that big of a deal that Kate be there for exams, then wouldn’t Lambrook understand and make an exception to allow Kate to go to Singapore and then let George take the test when Kate can hold his hand before and after? Yes, their cakes taste of nothing, but they know what side their royal toast is buttered on and making occasional allowances for George, who is now the future future king, would be expected.

    • anotherlily says:

      Schools like Eton set their own exams. Ludgrove is one of the ‘feeder’ schools for Eton and George will have been registered for Eton as soon as he turned 10. Entry to Eton is at age 13 and so George will now be preparing for the entry exams.

      • Nic919 says:

        Those exams aren’t taken until he’s 12. And kate won’t be in the room with him anyway. Besides William would be the one who took Eton exams not kate so she can’t help anyway.

      • Bromptonviewer says:

        Sorry to correct but you keep saying he goes to Ludgrove which is a traditional Eton feeder. He does not. He goes to Lambrook which sure sends some boys to Eton but is far from a feeder. It is the type of school that will publish 100 percent pass rate at Common Entrance (CE) at 11+ though it goes to 13. The whole class will have been through much prep for it and the date directly conflicts with Earthshot. If she wanted a traditional Eton feeder near Windsor with flexi boarding in the younger years she would have chosen Papplewick.

    • LRB says:

      Public exams are taken in May/June. The important ones are taken at age 16 (GCSE) and 18 (A levels). Children in private schools do take entrance exams at either 11 for day schools or 13 for boarding schools for entry to the next school. If George has some tests to do they are not important enough for the POW to refuse to work.

  14. Tessa says:

    William can arrange to get photographs take pictures of him jogging.

  15. Brit says:

    I listened to the Russell Myers podcast last night, Pod save the King, and let me tell you…that man is over the Wales in particular William. He called him dull and that Kate and William need to get out of their comfort zones. He said their causes are great but they’re basically surface level. Jumped on William for not knowing Welsh. He described New York as being under the radar essentially and that if Kate didn’t go to Singapore, it would be dull because essentially her “star quality” would be needed, lol. You can tell he wanted to say, “ Why can’t they be like Meghan and Harry”. These people have buyers remorse like you wouldn’t believe and are angry that they aren’t getting a return on the saccharine, over the top PR they give that couple. They hate that they are stuck with those two. Kate is the only one that has any “interest” but that’s because of her fashions and not for her work. They had a couple that had glamour and hard work and they lost it because the press wanted to pick sides and they chose the wrong one. It’s delicious Karma is you ask me.

    • SURE says:

      I listened too and thought his criticisms were extraordinary given he’s W’s man but he did backtrack somewhat after his initial pile on. Perhaps W hasn’t been throwing him any bones and this is way of milking W for a scoop.

    • Nic919 says:

      They really are desperate if they think Kate has star quality. She couldn’t save the Caribbean flop tour and she was as much of the problem as William in being tone deaf. Going to Singapore to show more new dresses kind of blows the whole environmentally conscious thing.

  16. Tina E says:

    My Mom is a sadly a hardcore monarchist who loves the Cambridges and hates the Sussexes, and we’ve debated about Kate’s work ethic for years. She took the usual position that Kate wants to be at home with her kids while they are young, and I got her to admit that she should absolutely start working much more once the kids were in school. I’m not sure this excuse is going to work for everyone who accepted it up until now.

    Interesting that apparently she was fine touring and leaving the kids when they were in those precious “First 5 Years” but not now 🙄 anyone who accepts this excuse is delusional.

  17. Roo says:

    I can’t believe people aren’t offended at their excuses about watching the kids and taking them to school. These people have hundreds of staff to feed, watch, and drive their children. They are NOT waking up early, making school lunches, slogging down coffee while getting ready for work and then rushing out the door with kids and briefcases. It’s so insulting to every person to say that these knuckleheads can’t handle a career and kids. They’re just lazy pampered poodles.

  18. Jais says:

    Hmm. A lot of us have suspected that it’s bc William doesn’t want her there but now it’s being suggested that she’s refusing to go…bc of George. So which is it? Was she banned and this storyline is to help her save face or is she refusing to go?

    • Nic919 says:

      It took over a week to come up with an excuse so I think Kate worked hard to save face. There is no way she would refuse another opportunity to wear a new dress.

  19. Nikomikaelx says:

    Eh, she has three kids i get it. But if she wants to stay home with the kids, William should really be putting in more effort and do more tours, etc but i think we all know that’s not happening

    • Becks1 says:

      As has been said on here countless times, if she wanted to be a SAHM, she shouldn’t have married William.

      • Tina E says:

        Or she shouldn’t be using tax-payer-funded nannies/staff. She can’t have it both ways, both having full-time help with childcare and be at home full-time, while the kids are in school during the day.

        The kids are in school most of the day and won’t suffer her absence for what I’m sure will be less than a week.

      • Anna says:

        I am able to bring my child to kindergarten, travel 150km for a meeting, go back just in time to pick her up and carry on being a parent and taking care of shopping/house otc and this lazy ass with unlimited time cannot? Please.

    • notasugarhere says:

      They have three kids, so what? Other heir couples have two, three, four kids and still show up and do their jobs. Have from day one.

      p.s. Look at all the new names on here defending Kate’s laziness. We see you, Carol(E).

    • Jaded says:

      Yeah. She has 3 kids, 4 nannies, multiple housekeepers, chefs, and doesn’t have to shop for groceries or do laundry or hustle the kids to the dentist or to extra-curricular activities, all while juggling a full-time job. This is all propaganda to cover up for the fact that she and Mr. Statesman are separated and he can’t stand the thought of being cooped up with her for a few days.

    • Feeshalori says:

      As long as they’re piggybacking off the taxpayers, she needs to get out there and work for her pretty titles, jewels, homes, staff, clothing, wigs, etc. Being a SAHM is not an option for her. She and William have to accept that despite the state of their marriage or separate if they can’t fulfill their duties and he can’t tolerate to have her with him. End of story.

  20. Harper says:

    The rota knows why she isn’t going.

  21. Libra says:

    I don’t think it’s the Caribbean flop tour, it’s the Boston flop tour. She certainly heard the boos and saw the small turnout and the embarrassing Presidential handshake on the fly which made William look like an ass. I think it embarrassed the sht out of her.

    • Jais says:

      I’m sure it was embarrassing but what are the chances of something like that happening in Singapore? They went to a Celtics game in Boston. What did they think was gonna happen😂?

    • Lux says:

      I think Will saw her frozen face and the green screen dress with his mother’s jewels and said, never again.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate didn’t add anything to the Boston trip other than a bad dress which became a meme. She really doesn’t need to be there.

  22. Talie says:

    It is odd that she is missing this since this whole event hinges on press coverage of the “green carpet” where she trots out a nice dress and maybe a piece of heirloom jewelry for the press, preferably something worn by Diana.

    I don’t know what’s up with these two – if articles really do start appearing hinting at a separate lives narrative, I think that will spell the beginning of the end, even if they do come to some kind of arrangement. We are in modern times with social media – it’s not like everything can be hidden for long.

  23. Inge says:

    btw they planned this during term time. If it wasn’t term time Kate would probably be to busy because of the kids holidays.

    W doesn’t want her there, and Kate is trying to portray herself as a good mother. For if the separation/divorce comes?

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      She can’t leave them during school term and she can’t leave them during school holidays. How convenient! That rules out the entire year as times Kate can’t be bothered.

  24. DaniB says:

    Exams in the first week of November?

    The school term only just started in September.

  25. TurbanMa says:

    I believe they don’t want to give media opportunity for comparison to H+M. Invictus was a huge success, there was even a beautiful Netflix series to go along with the games. They finally know how much better the spare and his queen are than them in every aspect and they are running scared from their one-sided losing competition. Kompetitive Khate can’t compete so her only choice is to sit home as a poor loser.

    • MsIam says:

      I think this is the reason too. Harry and Meghan are really into each other and the Wails are not. Especially him, he seems like he checked out years ago.

    • Brit says:

      I actually think it’s the opposite. They want the competition and comparisons but the problem is that William is a non entity. Kate is more interesting than him but that’s because of what she wears. They’ll put Kate on a cover before William. Also, they’re copying the Sussexes because Harry has been more active, while Meghan is doing her own thing. Harry has been taking an active role. The issue for them is that they can’t act like the Sussexes because they are the heirs. Harry and Meghan left and are living lives on their own terms. The Wales’ can’t do that. If anything this feels like he’s trying to copy Harry again because of his jealousy.

    • Nic919 says:

      Kate didn’t get to decide this one. William doesn’t want her there. Part of me wonders if Tominey was told of this to test the waters and see if William would change his mind. It’s clear he didn’t and then suddenly Becky English is given the exam excuse. For a 10 year old well before end of term.

  26. Digital Unicorn says:

    He does not want her there its that simple – she’s being phased out of the public eye starting with the big international events/tours.

    The divorce announcement roll out has begun.

    We KNOW she wants to go, she and Ma have been shrieking about it for the past 2 weeks.

    • Southern Fried says:

      I was thinking something else as I mentioned down thread but I bet you’re right. Divorce.

    • Cali says:

      This is the big freeze out. William does not want to spend time with her. At all.
      I don’t think a divorce is imminent but he will absolutely avoid Kate as much as possible from now on. And Kate will be stuck doing non glamorous events by herself.
      The royal rota will be furious though that Wills isn’t going to live up to the invisible contract.

    • Gabby says:

      Maybe a divorce is not imminent because they have to be separated for 2 years if they both agree and 5 (!!!) years if one party doesn’t want the divorce. I would say this couple falls into the second category.

  27. Eurydice says:

    If I were Kate, I wouldn’t go, either. She clearly has no interest in Earthshot and her only added value would be to wear a lot of outfits and provide photos for the tabloids. Let Will go play global statesman, she can stay home, wear her pantsuits and sensible shoes and visit the charities she likes.

  28. Southern Fried says:

    Kate’s proven herself to be a complete dullard. All she does is make a fool of herself. Even her appearances are dull, cheap looking wardrobe, crappy hair styles and distorted smushy face. Is she really that insulated and believes she looks good or is she abusing drugs, alcohol?

    • Jaded says:

      She’s not abusing drugs or alcohol but I do think she’s medicated — maybe antianxiety meds coupled with uppers when she has to *perform*.

  29. Em says:

    George has exams early Nov? When the term literally just started? I call bull. William doesn’t want her there maybe so he can spend time picking out clothes with his valet.

    • Nic919 says:

      The pre test can be scheduled anytime starting in October and these are aptitude tests not entrance exams. That’s on the website too.

  30. Mads says:

    Charles had a miniscule amount of control over William through money and that has gone now W has access to the Duchy funds. He is flat out refusing to play happy families with Kate and the rota is being complicit by ignoring the problems in the marriage; I can’t see any whispers making it into column inches until William gives the go ahead. The press seem to be in thrall to him than they ever were to Charles.

    • Nic919 says:

      It is probably more like Wootton style blackmail against some media to keep them quiet. Knauf was buddies with Wootton so that wouldn’t be hard to get.

  31. Amy Bee says:

    Nah William told her she can’t go. Does this mean she will be missing the State visit as well?

  32. JMoney says:

    Never thought I’d see the day where Kate did something remotely relatable, using the kids to get out of work events.

    I do think her and her sister aren’t as close as they once were bc it must be so triggering to see her sister get everything she wanted plus a husband who actually wanted and pursued her rather than just settled for her.

    • notasugarhere says:

      I disagree. First Keen tried to grift a role for Pippa as LIW. Royals refused. She tried to grift an apartment at KP for her mummy. Royals refused. Now she and Billy take repeated freebie holidays at the resort owned by Pip’s (alleged) rapist FIL.

      Then there’s Pip’s ‘degree’. Look more closely. It is a series of videos and light exams, all online. A certificate not a true Masters degree. Her ‘project’ was a Keen-style survey asking parents of young children if they think sports are important. IMO all as a setup to get Pip a grifter job and office space at Keen’s Early Flop ‘centre’.

      • missSixer says:

        FINALLY… somone gets it. All those comments about Pippa outdoing her sister, blah,blah. did not make sense. Always felt that P’s “credentials” would justify her appointment to EY to give K some credibility. The Mids stick together…

  33. Lizzie says:

    Maybe Will has another friend quietly traveling with him? I wondered the same when he went to NY. That would explain why Kate isn’t going.

    • Lucy says:

      That was my thought as well. Staffer, consultant, somebody is going on the trip that makes it awkward for Kate to go.

    • Well Wisher says:

      He leaked to the Fail earlier that he is confident doing gigs on his own. She is aware of the fact.

  34. Belli says:

    “Kate has attended every awards since they began two years ago”

    This phrasing is hilarious. That’s two awards, my dude. It’s seriously weird to try and have an “every” to try and make it sound like a regular longstanding thing when it’s just two.

    • Lucy says:

      That also made me laugh. Maybe it’s like the St Patrick’s day shamrock thing that she didn’t go to because she didn’t want them to feel prioritized, breaking a hundred year tradition. Jk. It’s because they’re getting closer to the separation announcement.

  35. Arralethe says:

    Lol at “Kate has attended every awards since they began two years ago”, making it sound like she’s been consistently working SO HARD, y’all. As opposed to “Kate has attended both previous awards ceremonies”, which clearly outlines how little either her or her wooden doll have been doing.

  36. Pumpkin says:

    So I’ve said it above but I think George having exams is genuine. The 11+ is a thing in the UK and while state schools do their exams in September, private schools tend to do theirs in November/December. So again, it wouldn’t surprise me if he genuinely had exams.

    That said, I also think Kate isn’t wanted there for whatever reason and the exams are a convenient (even if genuine) cover.

    • MaryContrary says:

      And Nanny Maria and Carole and Mike will be there I’m sure-just as he’s used to. What a crock.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Exams are irrelevant when it comes to these kids and their schooling. They will be passed out of classes, they will get into any school their parents choose.

      That’s why Harry’s (alleged) dyslexia was not discovered until he was 18. Not only was he neglected by his parents and abused by his brother? All his teachers failed to look past his defensive class clown act to see what was going on.

    • Rebecca says:

      Their schedules are prepared well in advance, no? Presumably, they could have forseen & avoided this conflict if they wanted to.

      Maybe that says something.

      • Nic919 says:

        These tests take place every year around the same time so they knew prior to this November thing was scheduled. Also the pre tests can be taken at various times starting from October. There is no need for them to conflict with Earthshot. They could have chosen dates that aren’t an issue. So kate didn’t plan to skip out on Earthshot when they first booked George’s pre test or else she would have found another date for him.

  37. Noor says:

    It is okay if Kate wants to be a non working royal spouse on the same basis as Princess Anne’s husband so long as she is not funded from the sovereign grant and the income from the Duchy of Cornwall. William should bear the cost for Kate from his own private funds.

    Remember Charles offered Meghan to continue as an actress as he got no money to pay for her security. This arrangement that he offered Meghan, he should offer to Kate to be a stay at home mom without taxpayers funding. I think Kate would be happier with this arrangement.

    • Tessa says:

      Traditionally senior royal wives are required to work . And the children are in school and Kate has lots of staff to do work for her.

    • notasugarhere says:

      No, it is not ‘okay’. Anne was fourth in line, her husbands would never be working royals. She was only a working royal because Andrew was so much younger. Otherwise, only Charles and Andrew would have been working royals. Edward and Anne wouldn’t.

      Kate married the (potential) future monarch. That comes with a requirement to work. All the others who married future monarchs worked From Day One. They moved to new countries, learned new languages, started foundations, had international trips, had international UN work assignments, showed up and did their royal jobs. All while having children and raising children.

      There. Is. No. Excuse. For. Kate.

  38. ales says:

    W does not want her there, what use is she, other than posing for photos. Kate is too narcissistic to refuse any opportunity to wear new clothes and pose for photos. No personality, no conversational skills , no interest in anyone other than herself, there is no other royal anywhere as incompetent as Kate. If W wants to be a global statesman he will never become one whilst he has a total dunce as his partner. A mean girl bully and a racist who believes she is superior to everyone, mumbles unintelligibly with a freakish accent, is not an asset for any public figure. She is trying to use their children as an excuse for her absence in Singapore, what about all the multiple servants, multiple nannies, the Midds. I feel very sorry for the children.

  39. zinjazin says:

    They always freak out at the accusations like”Kate is not to lazy to travel abroad, or, she is not to lazy to work more, that is outragous how dare you say that” And then she just continues to not work more or travel or whatever it is..

  40. Amanda says:

    Completely superficial comment: Kate looks really cute in that ponytail picture!

  41. Jasmine says:

    It’s actually great if she wants more time with the kids but the rota is really leaning into it as a reason anytime her absence from anything is brought up. Meghan never got this kind of understanding,especially when she admitted to struggling postpartum

  42. QuiteContrary says:

    The Wailses’ marriage is over, it appears. George’s exam is such a weak excuse for Kate not going to Singapore.

    I’m sure they love each other, but I can’t imagine that the high-strung Princess Jazz Hands is a calming influence for her kids. Nanny Maria probably plays that role.

    • QuiteContrary says:

      To be clear, I meant that I’m sure Kate and the kids love each other.

      I’m not sure William EVER loved her.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Well Kate never loved William, she loved The Prince. She wouldn’t put up with any of this for Billy the Plumber.

  43. HennyO says:

    Since Kaiser cites the name in this blog, a like to bring this up (are we aware ?)

    After it was recently revealed that The Fail uses black journalists to black-face their racist articles, it has now also been revealed that the ‘writer’ named ‘Ephraim Hardcastle’ does not exist at all. It’s a name any Fail writer can hide behind to write bile. This is sickening.
    No wonder that Google has labelled this paper as an untrustworthy source, and that the EU Media Watchdog has branded it as the worst of all Europe’s written press since years.

    However, in a wider perspective, It is unprecedented that these disgusting Pravda-like practices can occur in a Western country with a right-winged press, that has been waging a brutal culture war for years, without proper press regulations and without consequences.

    • Eurydice says:

      Ephraim Hardcastle has been a gossip column pseudonym for decades (I think going back to the 70’s?). It’s usually written by one person. The name comes from a gossip writer from the 1800’s, who also used the pseudonym.

    • Lady D says:

      If you go back to page #3 on this site, you will find an article about EH, and how they come up with its columns. It’s in the ‘Harry inheritance tax drama’ story.

    • BeanieBean says:

      I agree with your wider point, but it’s not uncommon for gossip columns to be written by multiple writers under a pseudonym. Cholly Knickerbocker comes to mind.

  44. Cassie says:

    Has Lil Willie actually been sighted since his New York debacle ?

    • tamsin says:

      Not to hi-jack but just saw photo-op of Wills and Kate meeting with Apple CEO at Windsor Castle. Kate is wearing a pin-stripe pant suit with grey turtle neck sweater and looks terrific- the best ever imo. Would love to hear Kate’s side of the conversation.

      • Ann says:

        Beige turtleneck I would say and if this is the best Kate’s looked good heavens. It’s not. The pantsuit isn’t good. Probably Chris Jackson photo. Her face looks smooth and her hair is pushed back. Just the ugly suit that’s the problem.

  45. aquarius64 says:

    The kids are old enough to not need Kate around so much. William doesn’t want her there and Kate is trying to save face. So is the BM because they backed the Crown and it’s paying for it financially. I believe divorce is nigh and won’t be announce in Parliament until after Charles’ 75th birthday.

  46. JM says:

    “ Kate has attended every awards since they began two years ago”

    So two. She’s been to two. They act like it’s some long tradition lol

  47. BeanieBean says:

    ‘Prince George has exams that week’. That’s a new one!! That’s pretty darn lame. How old is he again, 8, 9? How tough could these exams possibly be? Why not just use the excuse she used for the Irish Guards, she doesn’t want people to expect her every year.

  48. MinorityReport says:

    I’m surprised they’re not doing a Harry and Meghan and having Kate show up halfway through the week to keep up interest.

  49. Petty says:

    They are not getting a divorce anytime soon. They need to keep the pretense of perfect happy family but this is William CLEARLY separating his brand from Kate. ; )
    But for real this is William not wanting any attention taken away from him in his quest to become a “statesman.”
    He will not be getting any headlines that’s for sure by himself so look for him to try and book some celebs to help.
    Funny is that didn’t work in New York but oh well.
    They will continue to play house while living separate lives as long as Kate stays mute and William has no other love interest. For now they NEED to maintain the status quo because they’ve had a rough few years.
    What I’m wondering is how Kates fans are taking this. I’m not on Twitter and they must be devastated.

    • lanne says:

      Does Kate have fans in her own right? Or does she have Meghan-hating racists who glommed onto her as Aryan Barbie? Kate is a blank slate upon which the racists hang their white supremacist hopes and dreams. Her silence in the face of this is approval and complicity.

      • Christine says:

        She definitely has fans that have entirely bought into the fairy tale bullshit, despite the fact Diana taught all of us that it isn’t remotely a fairy tale.

        The racists are the squeakiest wheels, though.

    • Unblinkered says:

      Replying to Petty above – I’d say that’s pretty accurate. There won’t be a divorce, for the time being anyway, as the RF are desperate to maintain the heir’s perfect family image. And KM and her debtor mother are desperate to maintain her status, and will dig in to resist a divorce.
      W himself has no choice but to go along with it. KM, I reckon, loathes him for slipping away from her control and for getting away with whatever it is he’s getting away with.
      Whatever you think of the lot of them, the scandal of a divorce now and the ‘perfect family’ collapsing would be unsurvivable for the RF.
      They’ll stay living separate lives for some time, aided by the UK media’s compliance.

      • Lee says:

        Totally agree

      • Christine says:

        I have asked this question repeatedly, ad nauseum.

        Who will give a shit if these two divorce? Name someone, ANYONE, who will suffer if the two least in love people I’ve witnessed, since Chuck basically kidnapped a teenager to marry him.

        The un-survivable part is where they finally got someone in the family that didn’t meet their lily white goals, and they shit on her over and over and over again, until the best part of the Windsors beat a trail to N. America, to save his Princess.

    • notasugarhere says:

      No one cares if W&K divorce. Three out of four of QEII’s children divorced, and no one cared. 50% of marriages in the UK end in divorce, it happens all the time. Less than 30% of people in the UK are members of the CoE, no one views divorce as immoral or a failure here in the modern world.

      They’ll divorce when William wants her completely gone, when he has found Wife #2.

      The BRF sees no value in Kate, she gives no value. She’s an international laughingstock and lightweight. Plus Charles and Camilla look better if William and Kate divorce.

      As for Kate ‘fans’? They’re 99% racist Meghan haters. Once William dumps Kate and marries again? All ‘fans’ will switch to the new wife.

      • Renae says:

        W&K are so boring that it matters not one whit if they are miserable together or miserable apart. They are boring and miserable period!

  50. C says:

    Personally I think she just doesn’t want to go and he has no opinion on it.
    She’s done this kind of thing before and they’ve written criticism about it. It’s just people forget how it was before Meghan came on the scene and the tabs could apply all their negativity to her.
    I think things are settling back into the pre-Meghan groove.

    • Ann says:

      Yeah right! I wish! They should focus on themselves and their role but continue to fixate on Harry and Meghan.

      • C says:

        Well, I’m referring to how before Meghan the tabs would write critical articles all the time about William and his wife. Not on the level of Sussex harassment of course.

  51. Moondust says:

    Khate is grounded lol. I can picture her totally wasted in her Meghan inspired closet wearing her fake tiara and her eyeliner dripping on her face during eartshit awards.
    I have a question about the jewelry she wore in Boston last year. Is this the one that is missing from the Royal Collection?

  52. Lala11_7 says:

    If y’all think that Kate wants to miss the pomp & circumstances of going on a GLORIOUS trip to Singapore…I got a LOVELY bridge in Brooklyn to sell! That’s what Carole molded her daughter to do…marry a future King & travel the 🌎 first class so I know they are BOTH LIVID that Kate is being sidelined like a potted 🪴 that dosen’t get enough 🌞 William being a hater regarding his Wife …JUST LIKE HIS TRIFILING ASS DADDY…is just too DROLL 🙄

    I wonder though…..if William is PISSED at Kate for “Cryingate” regarding Meghan which showed Kate over playing her hand & bringing William MORE trouble when he ALREADY has WAY TOO many issues & jealousies regarding his brother and if he compares Kate to Meghan and STAYS lowkey MAD AF…because there IS NO COMPARISON!

    To quote “The Smiths”….”Well I…wonder…” 😲

  53. Libra says:

    What if William said there is no money available for a new wardrobe. Use what you have. ” No new clothes no travel ” she says!!

  54. Jaded says:

    William has realized he married down to someone who hasn’t got one iota of intelligence, drive, or ability to take on the role the wife of the heir should have. She’s an albatross around his neck and now that he’s one step away from becoming the monarch, he understands that she’s not queen consort material AT ALL. Mark my words he’s on the search for someone with more smarts, charisma and work ethic now that he’s trying to become a *global statesman* (good luck with that Pegs) and she’s just an embarrassment. She’s been stuffed away in Adelaide Cott which will likely be her divorce home. It wouldn’t surprise me if a separation/divorce announcement is coming in the near future. That was probably one of the first things discussed at the Balmoral summit with KFC.

    • notasugarhere says:

      ^ This.

    • wellyaknow says:

      Well Will fails to remember one thing. So is he. So then what get a charismatic dynamic woman that will always outshine you by breathing. A woman like that has to much self respect to be his shield. Also he would then get mad about it. Kate was always in the background but with Meg out being her fab self Kate HAD to try and now is getting punished for it. That is all both of them have to get headlines … Kate’s clothes and hair. He is nothing.

      • notasugarhere says:

        It depends on whom he chooses as his second wife. An intelligent woman he values would play the role the UK needs while also getting William to step the hell up. See Jecca, for whom William continues to drop anything and everything.

    • Ohwell says:

      You give Will way too much credit. He is the problem.

      Kate is a lame duck but he married her for that reason and because no other woman in his group wanted to be with him.

      • Well Wisher says:

        He was told to marry her……Due to the time she had invested into the relationship.
        She hung in there..
        It paid off??

      • notasugarhere says:

        Lord no. William was not told to marry her. None of the royals wanted William to marry Kate, that’s why he announced the press conference for the engagement before he even told his father or grandmother it was happening. Gave them less than two hours notice so they couldn’t call it off. Charles gave him multiple outs, but William wanted freebie holidays and Sex Waiting while he was out chasing other women.

        I maintain he married her out of spite, because he knew she’d be terrible at royaling. That and his weird relationship with Carol(E). Now he regrets it because his choice makes him look like even more of an idiot. Kate’s a millstone around his neck on his (failed) climb to ‘global statesman’.

      • Tessa says:

        William was probably turned down by j e c c a and Isabella. And he settled for Kate. He had a chance to make a break in 2007 but Kate waged a media campaign to do win him back. He was not forced to take her back he could have ignored her campaign. Kate enabled Williams laziness which was an incentive for him to marry her

      • Nic919 says:

        William was fine with his choice because he was still doing what he wanted with whoever he wanted to. He only really started to show disdain openly for Kate when he saw what was possible looking at Harry and Meghan. Kate managed to use William’s jealousy for the first few years of the H and M smear campaign so they got along for a bit, but around the time of the Oprah interview, William stopped hiding his disdain of Kate.

        Being exposed like that on a global basis seemed to flip a switch and that’s when he started making moves to exclude kate, like at the statue unveiling.

        Someone mentioned how divorce in the UK takes 2 years of separation on consent and 5 years separation without consent. I strongly suspect William moved to wood farm in spring 2021 so he could start the 5 years clock running.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Nic919, I think he moved to Wood Farm in Spring 2020 not 2021. As soon as Philip was forcibly moved out at the start of lockdown. No way in hell was William spending lockdown trapped in Anmer for months with Kate.

  55. Kel says:

    Watch out for the we are removing the titles headlines this weekend to distract from Kate officially not going. Yes I know what it takes to remove titles but that doesn’t mean everyone else does. It’s a perfect distraction.
    I normally refuse to click on daily mail but there’s quite a few comments pointing out the double standards and saying trouble in paradise/divorce happening soon…. I’m happy to join the trolling party.

  56. Amy Bee says:

    The royalists believe that the exams that George will be taking in November are the Eton entrance exams.

    • Amy Bee says:

      If that’s the case, it makes me wonder why William would schedule the Earthshot Awards while George is taking such an important test. I don’t believe this is the reason for Kate skipping the awards.

    • Nic919 says:

      Eton has exams for 13 year olds. He’s not writing this at age 10.

  57. Over it says:

    When you look at this dead eye woman and how terrible she is actually looking compared to the Meghan who seems really happy and in a good place. You see the one who is just barely surviving versus the one who is thriving. I am happy every day that Meghan got out and gets to have her happily ever after life . Kate , well she made her bed .

  58. wellyaknow says:

    Will will play polo, try on sun glasses, bring some random guy as his (Nacho) and buy something for his kids and wife on camera. Kate needs more Meg out in public because is just following every single literal step that Harry takes.

  59. roooth says:

    I had to laugh at “Kate has attended every awards since they started two years ago”.

    So she went two whole times. Are we supposed to take that seriously?

  60. Moira's Rose's Garden says:

    “My understanding is that Prince George has exams that week and she wants to be at home to support him.”
    They really need to come up with a better reason because as apathetic and intellectually incurious as she has shown herself to be, there’s no way she’s supporting anything but her What Meghan Wore Pinterest mood board.

  61. Flower says:

    Okay so hear me out – we know that Bill doesn’t what Kathy around….

    But there may be a ‘sprinkling’ of truth in what the Wails are claiming here.

    Everyone was surprised when W&K moved their family to Windsor and enrolled the kids into Lambroke, which coincidentally has a very well established special needs dept.

    So it’s possible that is why Kate is staying behind to help George or Louis with some sort of educational needs.

    I am by no means a W&K fan after the way they have treated Meghan, but the special needs angle seems very plausible.

    Lambroke apparently it has a unit which has specialists for children with dyslexia, dyspraxia and they’ve recently beefed up their staffing in this area. We also know that dyslexia runs in both the Windsor and Middleton clans and has a genetic component. And it’s the fact that both Kate and William have close relatives with the condition that makes their children particular susceptible.

    • LRB says:

      Why can Kate not leave George because he has dyslexia – if he does. I don’t understand the argument.

    • notasugarhere says:

      ‘Can you test the smell by smelling it?’ is helping a child with exams? The one referred to by former teachers as ‘incredibly dim’ and ‘never opened a book’? Wow, that’ll really help them achieve. LOL

      One of the children of the Belgian royal family has dyslexia. Never stopped Philippe and Mathilde from doing their work including foreign trips.

      Next excuse?

    • Nic919 says:

      Kate was moved to Berkshire to be near her parents because the separation was starting.

      There is no way Battersea didn’t have the capability to handle dyslexia. And there is no way that London does not have schools near KP that can help with that issue.

  62. Sandra says:

    I have worked in an office with women. Some of us had to go on convention/educational trips over the weekend. Our flight and hotel was paid. Our childcare in our absence was not. Who did we rely on? HUSBANDS, Grandparents and caring friends. That’s a family unit. With all the nannies/household help Kate has no reason to hide behind…. Oh, but my kids….

  63. Rosalind says:

    It seems pretty normal to me that she would stay back and watch the kids. I have three kids, and my husband and I never travel at the same time. I wish we could once in a while! It would be nice. But not when they’re this young. There will be lots of time for that later.

    • C says:

      Well, leaving aside the question of nannies, that seems weird to me because she’s left them behind when younger for further distances. But hey, maybe she wants to enjoy the last few years of them being “littles”. In any case I personally think she just doesn’t want to go because she doesn’t like to work, lol.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Kate has four taxpayer-funded nannies, a housekeeper, a cook, cleaners, and her grifting family within minutes of Adelaide Cottage.

      Kate has no problem leaving them behind for frequent foreign holidays (and plastic surgery touch-ups) without them.

      Next excuse?

      • Carolind says:

        Kate is not up to the job. She is the most useless “working” royal ever.

      • Carolind says:

        I cannot stand Kate but where did you read she had four nannies? I have only ever read about the Norland one who they employed when George was about eight months.

      • Nic919 says:

        She definitely had three Nannies when Louis was born because there was an overnight one, and one that helped nanny Maria who was present wrangling George and Charlotte at the wedding while Louis was not there.

    • Nic919 says:

      Even if we ignore the reality that no Windsor child will be rejected from Eton, the pre tests are aptitude tests that can be scheduled at multiple times. They are also online tests that take place at school, somewhere kate won’t be allowed to be when George writes a test.

      Kate is also not a qualified tutor so she’s not doing the prep work there either. At best she would give him a kiss and drop him off that day? Does George fail the test if she’s not there? Unlikely.

    • Harla A Brazen Hussy says:

      Let’s not forget that WandK went to Seychelles, an 8 hr flight, when George was 10 months old and Nanny Maria had just started her position as the nanny. Yeah, Kate has no problem leaving the kids for vacations but work trips, never!

  64. Nina says:

    The British Press bends over backwards to try to make this Perfect Power Couple narrative work even though all evidence points otherwise. It will be interesting to see how the ‘never puts a foot wrong’ talking-point in relation to Kate changes once the two of them get divorced.

    And honestly? I’m here for it.

  65. Saucy&Sassy says:

    I think there is something that hasn’t been mentioned. Harry went to Singapore alone. He played polo and was seen shopping with Nacho. He was also greeted by quite a crowd at the airport.

    Here’s my thinking on all of this. Does anyone else remember when things got so bad between KFC and Princess Di that QE2 told them to divorce? That’s what KFC and the Escort wanted. I think Princess Di would have been fine with being separated and working.

    Well, Cant has patted Wont’s butt one too many times. Does anyone want to see that in Singapore? Girl is very passive aggressive. I believe she deliberately never weighted her dresses or skirts for the same reason. She’s not shy, and she’s quite calculating (or Ma gives her this advice). She might be an exhibitionist–who knows?

    People say that Cant gets the photos because of how she dresses and what jewelry she wears. How does that help the monarchy? She isn’t known for anything else. Nothing. Cant is as bad or worse at the soft diplomacy part as Wont is. Adding her to the mix doesn’t help and hinders if the colonial tour is anything to go by.

    Frankly, if Wont would actually apply himself and listen to someone who is experienced and capable, he could become better at this stuff. I’m not saying that he will ever be great at it, but he could become acceptable. Will he do this? Time will tell.

    Their marriage? I think how the interact when doing engagements will simply get worse. They can’t hide the fact that they don’t like each other and don’t want to be around each other. Oh, and Cant really needs to learn to keep her hands to herself. Other than annoying Wont, what is she accomplishing?

    • tamsin says:

      I’m beginning to think that Wont actually Cant either so with a Wont who really Cant and a Cant together, the UK is stuck with a couple who are Hopeless. The government might realize that they are useless as soft diplomats, so they will just be doing ribbon cutting and opening museums and doing investitures which confines them to just interacting with the island which has cut itself off from the continent anyway. But I think there will be a monarchy. Someday, a government might wake up and cut them off from living high on the hog, but I can’t see the British monarchy going away for several lifetimes at least.

  66. Plums says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s an acknowledged separation, but at this point I think a divorce only happens if William forces the issue, and I don’t see him doing that if he can just ignore Kate as much as duty allows and fuck around on his own time. Being Queen one day is a sunk cost for Kate. It’s the reason why she waity’d for 10 years and the reason why she’s sacrificed all sense of self and self respect to the Firm her entire adult life. She’s not divorcing William even if they hate each other. Best thing that can happen for both of them is that they agree between themselves that the marriage is a public performance and resolve to be coworkers when they have to be but otherwise just co-parents, and hopefully in time they can settle into cordial indifference. At least it won’t be screaming and throwing things.

    • Nic919 says:

      William has already started the process by not living with her. After five years of not living together he can divorce her even if she does not consent.

      I would argue the zoom room change signalled his move to wood farm to get the clock ticking. But if not then, it was definitely when Adelaide cottage happened.

  67. Emma says:

    In South Buckinghamshire where I grew up (about 12 miles from Windsor) there was 11+ in year you turn 11, which is in this autumn term to get into grammar schools. But only a few counties and odd other schools have this.

    I think common entrance is taken traditionally at 13, such as for Eton. But also is available at 11 now too, which some public schools offer to fit in with state school age to change school. My niece and nephew both had option at prep school to do either or both.

    As they were bright and expected to pass 11+ and didn’t need to board, they didn’t do common entrance, just 11+ and went onto to grammar school instead. Which was common route for most middle/upper middle class families in the area. It was only if you failed 11+ or needed to board you went to public school after 11. Most prep school in area sell themselves on their percentage pass rate for 11+.

  68. AC says:

    All I can say is Wow. If she is a nice person I would really feel for her. But she’s a manipulative and envious mean girl. And you know the saying- what comes around goes around.

  69. Libra says:

    William will never let Harry one up him. He is jealous of the attention Harry received in Singapore and wants it for himself now, thus the reason he is going it alone, to prove to himself and the world that he can outshine Harry. Bad idea to force a public comparison. He will lose. Kate should thank her lucky star that she is staying home and away from the fallout.

  70. Marivic says:

    Even if William knows that his Singapore trip will get more coverage and attention if Kate was there, he’d still rather be by himself than be with Kate. That’s how much he doesn’t care about her. He won’t miss her at all.

    All the alibis about Kate staying with George because of school, is just that: alibi. William doesn’t see any added value in Kate. He wants to be free and away from her even for a short time. Breathing space much needed..

    @Libra. Agree with you. William wants to prove to Harry and sundry that he will get more attention than Harry did.

  71. JB says:

    …every awards since they began two years ago.”

    So, two?

  72. Claire says:

    Who knows what’s actually going on here, but if she is actually in an abusive relationship, good news she’s not going and living increasingly separate lives, whether it was her idea or his. Should they divorce? Probably if any of the rumours out there are true. But in the meantime, keep your distance girl.

  73. Allison says:

    I’m totally on board with her staying home for the kids like any (affluent) wife would….it my dream world, it’s the first step toward the monarchy ending. While I’m not sure if she made that actual decision, this is kind of the Kate I was hoping for….doing things on her terms, rather than the palace’s. May she copy that trend from Meghan too.

    • notasugarhere says:

      So many trolls, so little time.

      Every penny used by W&K comes from the taxpayers, not their own pockets. If you truly were against the monarchy, you’d know that. W&K are required to work for their supper, both of them, minimum 500 engagements each per year.

  74. Libra says:

    Maybe George is more a momma boy and needs her around more. In
    public he has always appeared anxious so I wonder if she’s staying home because he asked her to for that extra support.

  75. AC says:

    I agree with @jaded above. I’ll definitely mark those words. 🙂
    I agree that he’s looking for someone who is intelligent/well spoken/etc(basically what his younger brother has). This is William we’re talking about and he’s very competitive with Harry.

  76. Bad Janet says:

    Yup. Kate is pulling the plug. Waiting for separate press reps between her and Egg, a la the Sussex division, and more slander against her before they roll out an eventual separation/divorce announcement.