Prince William & Kate met with Apple CEO Tim Cook & got new iPhones

Well, I was wrong! I wrote on Friday that Prince William had not done a thing since returning from his big 36-hour “I Wanna Be A Global Statesman” trip to New York. That trip ended on September 19th. It was September 28th before William did a stitch of work again. This happened on Thursday – William and Kate had a meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Kensington Palace. Notice that Kate wore her “top CEO” outfit as well – a pinstripe suit with shiny gold buttons and turtleneck!! Curiously, Kensington Palace didn’t publish these photos – they allowed Cook to post them on his Twitter. I’m also including an additional tweet:

Just judging from the photos, it’s clear that the CEO of Apple breezed by Kensington Palace to personally drop off some new, free Apple merch. So much for “the royals aren’t allowed to accept freebies,” huh. I mean, we always knew that was a convenient lie – Kate has been accepting free sh-t this whole time, and the only time anyone complained about royals accepting gifts is when Meghan got some perfume or something. While this is clearly just some Apple promotion, please allow the Times’ royal stenographer to tell you what the meeting was really about:

Hot on the heels of his encounter with Bill Gates in New York, the Prince of Wales has held a meeting with the Apple boss Tim Cook at Kensington Palace. The meeting is seen as part of Prince William’s strategy to position himself as a significant player on the world stage. It comes after the palace confirmed that the princess would not be joining Prince William when he travels to Singapore for the Earthshot Prize ceremony in November.

William and Kate met Cook on Thursday, when they discussed the environment and the prize ceremony. They also discussed mental health and early years.

Cook wrote on Twitter/X: “It was a true honor to meet with the Prince and Princess of Wales. We had a wonderful and wide-ranging discussion about the environment, mental health and other issues that mean a great deal to all of us.”

[From The Times]

LMAO “when they discussed the environment and the prize ceremony. They also discussed mental health and early years.” Pray tell, what did Tim Cook have to say about early years? What did KATE have to say about the early years? Did she say “the early years are very important” and Cook stared at her blankly, paused and then said “yes, I agree.” And that was the end of that. Apparently, William isn’t really interested in becoming a “global statesman/significant player on the world stage” as much as he’s interested in hanging out in America or hanging out with Americans. Peggington’s vision of his global statesmanship is “accepting free iPhones from Tim Cook and being financed by Michael Bloomberg.”

Photos courtesy of Tim Cook’s Twitter & Backgrid.

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  1. My name is Peg and I want to be pictured with men of power and wealth and to chit chat and get free stuff cause I’m a Prince. Look at me Harry I’m a statesman too.

    • Chloe says:

      I could be wrong here but my guess is that they probably tried to reel him/ apple in as a donor to the royal foundation.

      • @Chloe. No you are right I lumped it in with free stuff. Free phones and free money for whatever. I think the photos for him was the real prize so he could say look at me.

      • Eurydice says:

        People says the meeting was listed in the calendar as being about Earthshot – so, maybe Apple is a sponsor of something during Earthshot Week? I know the awards are shown on Apple TV. Or maybe Tim Cook made a big donation and part of the thank you was a visit with William.

        But I have to laugh at how emphatic the article is about KATE NOT GOING TO SINGAPORE!!!

      • Megan says:

        At least it wasn’t Elon Musk.

      • Jay says:

        But were these two really hitting up Tim Cook for donations in the room? Or did they just say, thanks for the swag bags, yes of course you can use our palace for your sponsored content, sir, happy just to be associated with your brand!

        If they were somehow eliciting much needed funds, why would they wait until they were “in the room” to try to do that?

        My understanding is that you would work with a large organization like this beforehand and ask them to make a specific contribution that you can then announce. And yes, we’ve seen the Sussexes do this well plenty of times.

      • Eurydice says:

        @Jay – I think any solicitation for funds happened in NY, maybe through Bloomberg or Bill Gates. In any case, Apple TV streams the Earthshot prize ceremony, so maybe they’ll be a larger sponsor now that it’s a week-long event.

    • vs says:

      That woman is trying to be Meghan….this is creepy! I wonder how Meghan feels seeing this; a woman who hates her literally copying & pasting her style
      As for W, he is useless and he knows he is useless….so why not pretend to meet important people? I just wish their supporters will 100% focus on them and stop paying attention to H&M

      • Eurydice says:

        With that turtleneck , it’s more like Steve Jobs.

      • vs says:

        @Eurydice — the stripped suit is another Meg’s look from last year IG. The turtleneck is another part of Meg’s look. I am not Meg, yet this creeps me out! How is she ok doing that? does she have any shame?

      • Moondust says:

        Well she did cosplay Jecca a lot before. She has no shame and no personality.

      • RoyalCommoner says:

        @eurodice that’s exactly it. The turtleneck: She’s copykeening steve job because Apple you guys. So amateur first grader.

  2. Tessa says:

    Wide ranging discussions with those two.hilarious. Kate would say oh the children will love these phones and William will preach about how he will end global warming

    • ML says:

      Considering how polluting mobile phones are (mining, difficulty recycling, batteries, only usable for a few years…), I would love to hear what they would have said about the environment…

      • Steph says:

        Came here to say the same thing about phones being really bad on the environment.

      • Lux says:

        Yup. Not to mention the fact that they change the phone size every year so you have to create new accessories (iPhone cases, cords etc) while the outdated, useless products are left collecting dust in warehouses. Capitalism at it’s finest.

    • kirk says:

      “Wide ranging discussions with those two” could also mean they’re so shallow an in-depth conversation would be impossible. Or that it was just a photo op and they rushed him out to avoid conversation at all. But, sure, I could see Tim Cook giving free phones to a couple with loyal UK following for advertising purposes. As long as the majority of UK ppl who are subjects of the crown are ok with it, then this American won’t object.

    • Mary Pester says:

      Ah come on, the WIDE ranging discussions were “and if we give one each of these to the three little people who live with us, will we be able to message them that they are needed for another photo op? Yes, oh thank goodness, now we won’t have to actually like, talk to them.then keen says” yes arly yars are so important and they can watch so many Attenborough documentaries now, so I will have more free time for, well what ever I want free time for “.
      Billy says” thanks for the goodies but where is the cheque, cos after all, I’m a statesman now, just like my father, and you have now had your picture taken with me, the heir, the bigliest statesman in the world “.
      Cook looks round for the nearest exit and thinks, FK this they are nutters, I’m out of here. Oh and Billy, stop waving at lampposts, we all know there were NO HOARDES

  3. Polo says:

    Yeah he’s gonna be taking so many pictures with American CEOs and celebs in the next few months. It’s clear they’ve been reaching out to whomever will accept just like with Dolly.
    Charles already did this with the coronation.
    It’s part of trying to rehab their image.

    But I also think it’s about getting funding for Earthsht. He would much rather spend other people’s money than his own.

    • Magdalena says:

      “Yeah he’s gonna be taking so many pictures with American CEOs and celebs in the next few months. It’s clear they’ve been reaching out to whomever will accept just like with Dolly.”

      THIS. The Dolly Parton invitation immediately came to mind when I saw this. His PR people have clearly told him that the best way to “win” America in his one-sided competition is to be seen with as many wealthy and influential Americans as possible. And there will always be bigwigs who will accept their invitation. They are clearly also targeting Americans who have large social media followings – anything to get their names in front of a GLOBAL audience. Just like the fake Eurovision piano playing. Notice that they made sure to have Cook’s Twitter account post it, with the buzzwords they usually use when they post stuff like that on their own accounts.

      It’s still clout chasing, whichever way you look at it. No substance.

      • Wannabefarmer says:

        And just like their bot farms, this too will die on the vine because tim has his photo and that’s about it for him. I bet he walked away thinking, ‘what a bunch of duds, can I meet H&M now?’ Because lets face it, the emperor has no clothes, and I mean this in reference to them and everything they (try to) do. A profound lack of substance, just fakery. These are serious times for serious people.

      • Steph says:

        @wannabefarmer Tim Cook probably already met H&M when Harry was working on The Me You Can’t See. I’m thinking that’s a big reason Pegs wanted to meet him so bad.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Steph, brilliant observation!

        These two know nothing about the what it takes to be in the same room with CEO’s and the American elite as they bring nothing to the table. Peg certainly thinks that he is a statesman in all of its aspects but everyone is a fool to think so and Cook probably walked away shaking his head in confusion and disbelief that he wasted his precious time stopping to meet with them.

      • aftershocks says:

        @Magdalena: “Notice they made sure to have Cook’s Twitter account post it.”

        Right. Another one-sided competitive copykeening of H&M. SMH! 🙄

      • Gayle says:

        It is really CRAZY that they are taking an exact playbook from the Sussexes. The Sussexes do not post their collaboration, work, or donations. They simply allow the charity or organization to post the RESULTS of the collaboration oftentimes because of the derangers stalking, harassment, etc. Nit and twit, aka peg and buttons, are using the same playbook. However, the Sussex squad have no time to be bothered with nit and twits PR stunts!

  4. Loretta says:

    They’re so embarassing

    • JT says:

      They really are. At this point, they’re probably planning to move part time to America to help their Foundation for Kids That Don’t Read Good and Keenshot (I Travel by Helicopter Almost Exclusively). Their obsession with us in America should be seen and talked about as a problem by the BM. The future king and his wife don’t actually give a damn about the UK. They would rather be in the US just like H&M. Commomwealth be damned. Americans have nothing to do with the monarchy and we don’t pay for their upkeep. Their attention should be on their own country.

      • slippers4life says:

        Is this a Zoolander reference? Because I’m here for the “princess of wales centre for kids who can’t read good” being a thing, and then Kate smacks down the model created by Apple while wearing a button clad Meghan copy and yelling, “What is this???? A centre for ANTS?”

    • CQ says:

      Lol, at Cook assuming the pose.

    • AC says:

      @JT- Exactly. I’ve been also thinking about that for a while. I’ve even made a joking comment before that he seems to want to live in the US part of the year. But I think this is partly true.

  5. ML says:

    Kate is not great; she’s awful. However, can we go after William: Sure they have accepted free stuff. Look at the Royal jewelry collection, watches, art, suitcases, etc,… this family has been accepting free stuff for hundreds of years. I actually think K’s better dressed than her wrinkled husband in these photos and I truly question what Peggington had to say about mental health.

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      IPHONES are very expensive. Just like accepting bags of cash from a dodgy Middle Easterner, this is not a good look. If there’s no rule against accepting expensive gifts from virtual strangers, there should be. Not just for Meghan.

      • B says:

        Well at least they’re accepting a gift instead of taking it out of a country by force (I’m thinking about one particular diamond a certain country would like back).
        I’ve always been partial to apple products myself, but, I do resent tht part of my purchase goes to fund garbage like this.

      • Jaded says:

        A good suggestion for the Wails and their crack PR team if you’re reading this — donate the phones to a couple of charities who are so strapped for donations that they’re probably using a Maxwell Smart shoe phone to communicate with their staff.

      • Kingston says:

        @brassy rebel
        Meghan makes her own rules for her own life. The managers of the cult she escaped from have no say in what M does or doesn’t do.

        Folks need to get these facts in their head & stop mentioning M in discussions abt the leftovers squatting in dilapidated palaces.

        H&M and their nuclear family’s life in the here-and-now has NOTHING to do with the leftovers on Shidthole Isle.

      • B says:

        Kingston, do you not feel at least partially compelled to acknowledge the hypocrisy they have committed? And especially against someone who is so likable?

      • kirk says:

        Kingston – Thank you for pointing out “H&M and their nuclear family’s life in the here-and-now has NOTHING to do with the leftovers on Shidthole Isle.” It bears repeating, Meghan’s life has NOTHING, and I do mean NOTHING at all to do with the leftovers at BRFCo. NOTHING. So why do they keep invoking her name? They lost control; they have NOTHING on her.

    • Whyforthelove says:

      So basically the only way these two fools will work is if they get presents. OK got it

      • BothSidesNow says:

        Don’t forget the chance to show “proof” of Pegs being seen and treated as a statesman for his country. Plus his ability to bring the elite to his inner circle of “work”.

        Such an embarrassment to all that actually do THE work all for it to be wasted on these 2 dullards….

  6. Cathy says:

    If you come to my house, especially if you bring me a free iPhone, I offer tea or coffee and will invite you to have a seat. But these photos we see of William and Kate look so sad and uninviting. I hope they invited Tim Cook to sit? The same when the Obamas came to visit. There were photos of Kate and Michelle standing and talking right next to some comfortable sofas. Is Kate so bad at hospitality that she doesn’t understand how to make her guests feel welcome? To ask if they would like a seat? It looks to me like the guests are shown in one door, quick photo op then shown out a door at the other end? At least the Zelenskyys were offered a seat when they visited but where was the hospitality? No sign of any cuppa seen?

    • Moira's Rose's Garden says:

      The Obamas are black and Cook is gay. Certainly they wouldn’t want to mar the furniture by offering a seat and certainly the dishes would have had to been thrown away after being used by either of them. I’m surprised they didn’t put up a chain link fence when Barak and Michelle visited.

      These two remind me of the folks who would drain swimming pools after black people were in it in the 60s.

      • windyriver says:

        Let’s be fair. The Obamas did get to sit down in Will and Kate’s Apt. 1A when they visited the UK. That’s how we got to see the massive painting including the young black page that dominates their living room – you know, the one with the big plant conveniently hiding the painting’s name plate (it’s on the wall directly opposite where President Obama is sitting).

        I’m linking to a later Vogue article that includes a picture taken during the visit, because the article includes the line “It’s said that Kate Middleton did much of the decorating for Apartment 1A herself, rather than enlisting professionals.” Translation: Ms. Art History Major is responsible for selecting that racist painting, and KP is dumb enough to think just covering the nameplate makes everything okay.

        On the plus side, Harry is sitting with them, so hopefully the Obamas had at least a little intelligent conversation during the visit.

      • Blithe says:

        @windyriver – that’s an excellent point: Ms Art History major either chose that painting — or wants people to think that she chose it. I wonder if it was already there from Princess Margaret’s time, and William, Kate and Carole decided to just leave it up? Either way, the painting prominently displayed in their home says a lot about their values.

      • notasugarhere says:

        No the painting wasn’t left from Margaret’s time. Everything Margaret had, including any artwork, was removed as Historic Royal Palaces was using 1A as office and display space for years.

        W&K gutted the historic interior, ripped out historic fixtures, removed walls, installed four kitchens (staff, catering, family, and nursery).

        The gutting of the historic interior exposed asbestos which doubled the cost of the reno. If they had left the existing walls in place, no asbestos abatement would have been required.

        Kate then personally chose artwork from the Royal Collection for their ‘official home’ at KP.

      • Blithe says:

        Thanks for the detailed info @notasugarhere.

        That reno sounds wildly extravagant— at best. So Kate had access to quite a lot of incredible art — and that’s the one she picked to live with. And to show off to guests. Wow. Odder still is that a quick and dirty search suggests A Page with Two Horses as an alternate title for the painting. Given that Kate / they chose the painting in the first place (insert eye roll), did no one in their household and very-much-not-a-racist family have the social intelligence to suggest at least getting up a label with the alternate title? Wow. Just: Wow.

      • windyriver says:

        @Blithe – if you think about it, the title really is a minor point (except as a potential clue to the larger issue) which is why sticking a plant in front of the label plate is so silly. Obama wouldn’t see the label from across the room, he saw the picture. And the Obamas didn’t just stop by, they had dinner at KP. In any case, a lot of planning would have preceded the Obamas UK visit and there would have been sufficient lead time to exchange that picture for another one. That they didn’t suggests 1) they didn’t want to; or 2) it didn’t occur to anyone until very late that it was problematic, at which point, it was too late to do anything except stick a plant and a few lamps around it.

      • Madi says:

        @windy kate is an idiot. She always look dim.

        She is technically a minority in Britain herself. I believe she is racist because she thinks it makes her look more aristocratic.

      • Nic919 says:

        With all the Rembrandts and Turners and other great works in the royal collection, ms art history major picked the painting labelled the N**** Page for her personal living room. She did this in the 2010s so the only explanation is that she’s very racist. Who wouldn’t see that label and think “oh maybe I don’t want to have a painting with that label”. Not kate. She didn’t do anything and only hid it with a plant when the Obamas visited.

        I can only imagine the racist micro aggressions she did to Meghan if this is how racist she can be on something like a painting.

    • Kittenmom says:

      I’m sure they didn’t want the Obamas to sit on their furniture 🙄 for…”reasons.”

  7. Ginger says:

    Everything they accused Harry and Meghan for, they do themselves. Always. It’s really sick.

    William will never be on Harry’s level. Harry is well respected and William just isn’t. Harry truly cares and William just wants his photo op.

  8. ShazBot says:

    The Times is making fun of him right?

  9. sunny says:

    Hahahahah at the notion that they discussed anything significant. This seems like a photo op. But Kate is at least dressed like an adult in the picture. She actually looks like a professional so congrats I guess?

    • Tessa says:

      Kate copied other people. I give her no credit.

    • MF says:

      They just had to work in that Early Years mention so Kate can keep pretending like she’s doing something for that initiative. (In her world, taking to a random person who’s expertise has nothing to do with infant or kids counts about this topic counts as “work.”)

      • LDMiddx says:

        Kate’s pretence at ‘raising awareness’ about Early Years really makes me sick. British five year olds are up to 5cm shorter than their peers in other rich nations due to poverty and poor nutrition, which is utterly shameful (I say that as a UK citizen). So we are quite aware enough thank you. But of course Kate has no interest in addressing the real issues as that would take courage and actual work.

  10. Chloe says:

    This is what kate wore to meet an actual tops CEO?

  11. Tina E says:

    I think this is in direct response to Meghan being seen at the Beyonce concert with the CEO of Netflix and Jeff Bezos.

    • Nick G says:

      @Tina E, that was the first thing I thought too.

      • Wannabefarmer says:

        I JUST dont understand. Do they not think people see through what they are doing? I mean, geezus, celebrating BHM? All of a sudden running around begging Americans to take pictures with them? Do they not realize people know its because Harry is here and killing it? That this clearly demonstrates the competition Harry talked about? I am seriously embarrassed for them because I’m sure people are looking at them side eye about this. Someone needs to call this out in an article or something. Ask why he’s suddenly so interested in Americans, whom he clearly has distaste for.

  12. Addie says:

    People are starving and unable to pay for the basic necessities of life….. this is the wrong meeting to take. Useless and clueless.

    • TurbanMa says:

      For real. It’s such a slap in the face. These two (all three really) are in a position to do so much good in the world and this is what they choose to do. Blah

  13. TurbanMa says:

    So heartwarming to see the needy receiving gifts to help level the economic playing field. /s

  14. Jais says:

    Get that she’s dressed like an adult but I really don’t like this pinstripe and cream? turtleneck look. Again, it’s fine, whatever. But its so blah.

  15. SAS says:

    Lol at the Steve Jobs Barbie cosplay. She honestly cannot help herself. Side-eyeing Tim Cook just as much for the silly attempt at greenwashing Apple frankly. And hilarious of the palace to tack on “mental health and early years”, these people truly have no concept of PR. It was supposed to another keen Earthshot story dummy!

    The RR has been pretty rabid recently, surely they’re going to bring up the “no gifts” rule and seek some kind of statement of confirmation that they were NOT gifts, they were actually educational items donated to local children (aka George, Charlotte and Louis).

    • Eurydice says:

      Lol, I just said Steve Jobs further up – sorry I didn’t read all the way down before posting.

    • Kittenmom says:

      LOL at the donation to local children (aka Wales spawn) Sadly, I’m sure you are correct.

  16. RoyalCommoner says:

    WRONG! kate has in her sentence the words she always uses in all her other sentences: “I suppose early years are sort of important” and then, Tim did say “Yes, I agree”.

  17. Lemons says:

    Truly unhinged PR from these people. They took a 1-hour meeting and turned it into a summit to discuss 4 separate but major issues…none of which will be solved by w/e is in those Apple swag bags photographed in the back.

    Tim Cook has nothing to lose since he’s just discussing things and can (and has) thrown money at these issues (and makes products that, on a large scale, may have some positive impact) -> Yes, I realize they also have a negative impact, but I want to emphasis that this man has a legit job and can, at the very least, avoid being photographed with a moose knuckle.

    These two have accomplished nothing. This discussion has accomplished nothing. H&M would share photos or host an event to announce that they will be working with Apple to donate money or products or software towards a cause…not just a photo about talking over tea and crumpets. Cant and Cannot make me tired.

    • Christine says:

      They make me tired too. I have to laugh at the gift bags in the photo, though.

      They are, once again, SO BAD AT THIS.

  18. Wannabefarmer says:

    Is this really the hill tim wants to die on? To align himself with racists, colonizers, bigots who hate Americans (dont want them in their family) and only want to use them as props and for PR? Did he not hear what willy said about Americans, or does he think it only applies to black American women?

  19. The Old Chick says:

    Um, Kate heard Apple and slapped on a turtleneck? Omg she’s so weird.

  20. Amy Bee says:

    This is embarrassing. Don’t the Royal stenographers feel stupid writing pieces like this?

  21. aquarius64 says:

    This photo op is more for Apple’s promotion. Note the shot shows the Apple merch and the post from Cook. William and Kate got played. They were used as an ad for Apple. US power players know how desperate they are for attention and validation (and no match for the Sussexes) and they take advantage of it. Kate has been outed as a copy from a Meghan look from 2019 thanks to Twitter. Note to KP: the internet has the receipts. And when did William meet Bill Gates?

    • Steph says:

      Bill Gates is said to have been at the ES summit in NYC last month.

    • windyriver says:

      Possibly. On the other hand, this is how we often find out about what H&M are doing, a photo and description is posted not by them but by a receiving organization or agency. We just had an article about how W&K are “learning image curating” from H&M. Could just be another example of straight up copying. Both parties here are using each other.

      But – it’s impossible for any accomplished person with half a brain who meets Will and/or Kate not to come away with the impression they’re shallow (both) and useless (especially Kate). That’s at least one positive from these PR interactions KP is setting up. W&K aren’t winning anyone over the way Harry and Meghan would.

      Bill Gates was at last month’s ES summit. He was there last year also but Will didn’t go because of TQ’s passing.

      • Chantal says:

        @WindyRiver Yep, “image curating” = copy and paste. They’re trying to keep up with the Sussexes but keep falling further behind. Who’s up next on Burger King’s carousel of American big wigs? Gotta keep the “Bill the global statesman” propaganda going…

      • SURE says:

        @WindyRiver “On the other hand, this is how we often find out about what H&M are doing..” That’s because H&M are not on social media whereas WanK are on twitter, instagram and YT.

      • windyriver says:

        @SURE – actually, it always seemed a conscious choice by the Sussexes to let a recipient organization have the privilege of making any announcement themselves, when they want, selecting their own pictures, etc., to draw attention to additional information available via the agency’s own social media. Of course, these days that’s become a double edged sword, as anti-Sussex hordes usually descend en masse on the SM of any group having even a hint of Sussex involvement.

        Usually W&K like to post their own pictures and publicize everything themselves…

    • BeanieBean says:

      Yep, it’s an ad for the new iPhone. Ha! They got played.

  22. Chaine says:

    So that is her real hair, right? It looks much better and also more professional than what she normally does with all the extra pieces/wigs.

    • Lady D says:

      Comment #6 above has a link leading to a picture of dumb and dumber with the Obama’s. Her hair is shoulder length in the picture and looks so much better, she actually looks like she’s part of the 21st century.

  23. Jay says:

    The way I’m laughing at ” they discussed the environment and the prize ceremony. They also discussed mental health and early years.” It’s like a word cloud for the keen keywords. So they “discussed the environment”? Which bit, did they mention mining rare minerals for iphones that the company encourages people to throw away every two years? Those gifted iPhones must be for research purposes…

    Apple is literally using these two for spon con and it appears they didn’t even have to make a donation to any of the “causes” W and K purport to be so eager to discuss.

    • MY3CENTS says:

      Maybe also how unhealthy and addictive mobile phones are for children (early years)?

      • Nerd says:

        I don’t know if that’s a discussion the creator of the iPhone would be having about early years. That’s basically arguing the need for less phones and their using in households. That might benefit Kate with early years, but it wouldn’t benefit Cook with iPhones.

    • windyriver says:

      Have to wonder why Apple would bother; having Will and Kate associated with Apple would make me inclined to switch to Android.

      But if that’s what Cook wanted, I wonder if someone else (e.g., part of Bloomberg) got a funding deal from Apple and the perk was to get Cook a brief photo op with W&K. Because I question if Will is capable of managing to secure funding himself.

      On a related note – Apple isn’t currently listed on the Earthsh!t website. But there are a large, wide-ranging number of “Global Alliance” partners/members listed there. It looks very impressive, like the organization is doing something important and major. But I still must be missing exactly what they’re accomplishing. Five finalist per year, whose prize is paid out over three years? Ten additional finalists – do they get anything? Same thing with the Innovation Summit last month. Big names were apparently there, but the actual sessions were 10 minutes long? What was the point?

  24. AOC says:

    Why are William’s trouser knees always so baggy in photos. Does he spend so much time sitting on his a** when around Khate in case she grabs him there, that they are permanently baggy.
    The free phones rather gives away the gifts myth.

  25. Mslove says:

    Where is Pegs new valet? His suit is wrinkled. It also appears that Pegs didn’t shave. This photo-op feels very last minute.

  26. Lizzie says:

    Counting grifting as work for each of the lazy duo?

  27. TheWigletOfWails says:

    It makes sense that Tim Cook would discuss the environment, but why would he be talking about early years? He has no children and he hasn’t been linked to any causes or charities involving children (that I know of). H&M would’ve used the opportunity to partner with Apple to get an underfunded school some tech supplies, and probably involve experts in the field to tackle cybersecurity issues and how to combat the spread of misinformation and disinformation online but these two knuckleheads used it to score some free apple products. Fucking grifters.

  28. Steph says:

    I’m just noticing that W&K have the same body. They both get all their height in their torso and have short legs. I think that’s why they both always have crotch issues with their pants.

    • Ponchorella says:

      Speaking of the royal crotch watch (ewwww, sorry!), the hand placement of all 3 of them is almost identical, and looks awkward as hell. It looks like they’re all protecting their bits. Perhaps Kate grabs more than bums, lol.

  29. Nikki (Toronto) says:

    Could they take them? they’re still the government/office of the head of state. Crazy security risk taking tech directly from Tim.

  30. MsIam says:

    The Sussexes have been pictured with a lot of important people recently, so time for the Wails to play catch up I guess. Enjoy your new phones.

  31. tamsin says:

    So, possibly William secured more funding for EarthShot and got gifts for themselves at the same time. Again, William and Kate directly benefit. Earthshot is still all about William’s prestige. I expect we will see him running around during Earthshot week imitating Harry’s commitment to Invictus. Harry’s Invictus is a week long and so must EarthShot. At least, William will be doing more work in a week than he has ever done. He would get a lot of credit if he got apple to sponsor some technology at a needy school, but that’s not how William and Kate roll.

  32. Lauren says:

    Maybe I’m really out of the loop but does Apple even have a good reputation on any of these topics. Like when I think about companies that care about the environment or their environmental footprint Apple doesn’t really spring to mind. I don’t think they been involved in any mental health initiatives either

  33. LTanya Spearman says:

    Just another step to infringe himself on his brother accomplishment (Prince Harry & Oprah) created successfully “The Me You can’t See” on Apple TV… Dealing with with mental awareness/illness…

  34. L4Frimaire says:

    It seems like William just wants to meet all these celebrities and billionaires to show he has more influential contacts. Thats why he’s obsessed with America and even trying to get people the Sussexes know or have met on his Earthshot board. Look how he has his “star studded” Earthshot event, or having this or that billionaire backing him. How many celebrities were at Invictus other than the performers on stage? How many times were Archewell or the Sussexes bragging about who may be backing them in the press? Thats not the point of why they do what they do, nor where they want to have impact. To William this is still his one -sided competition. Meanwhile the Wailses make these limp appearances and photo ops as part of their royal duties.

    • Heather says:

      You are so right. And if Pegs keeps on courting Americans, he is going to end up with questions he doesn’t want from the US press…

  35. tamsin says:

    BTW, the first time I saw this photo on another website, it was a close-up and Kates’s left eyebrow is shooting for the moon and her face seems newly rounded. Overall, though I think she has styled herself well here. She looks conservative and well-dressed and fitting in with the big boys in her pin-striped suit.

    • BeanieBean says:

      She’s better dressed than the ‘big boys’. She’s far less wrinkled & more put together than either Tim or Billy Boy. And I’m never really sure about the fuller-looking face. Sometimes I think it’s the turtleneck, other times I’m not so sure. She’s so thin otherwise.

  36. Kingston says:

    Stagecraft, my dear. Its all in the stagecraft, as we heard directly from the horse’s mouth. (Spare/PH)

    This is the thing that the windsors and their descendants hv done for a thousand years so of course, next to looting & pillaging, it’s what they do best.

    And it’s what they’re counting on to “crush” the Sussexes in this unprecedented but one-side, transatlantic competition, i:e their ability to create a glittering facade and get their targets to buy-in to what it suggests, but which discerning onlookers know is all hat, no cattle.

  37. QuiteContrary says:

    I agree with Jaded. They should donate these phones to charity. Better yet they should have talked to Cook about donating phones to maybe a domestic violence shelter or some other nonprofit whose clients need phones.

    They’re such grifters.

  38. JMOney says:

    Of course both Billy and Katie were all to happy to pose for new iphones. How very Hollywood of them to do so. Its similar to how celebs back in 2000’s would “pose” with either the phone or the company and in this case with Tim Apple himself.

    I know some ppl think Billy is phasing out Katie but I don’t think so. I think he wanted her at events for a while to portray the happy couple image but once he realized Kate’s “star power” was fading he was all to happy to do events by himself. Katie refuses to do events outside of England and has for ages unless she was obligated to. She did this one b/c Tim came to KP.

    • Tessa says:

      Kate did many events outside the UK I think William does not want her on tours with him.

    • AC says:

      I think he still wants the idea of having a “power couple” status similar to what HM are. And he’s not able to do that with Kate still being tied to him.

  39. Madi says:

    Queen Elizabeth 2nd was called a beggar and extortionist as well.

    William I believe is doing a royal begging tour. It’s actually not uncommon for English royalty to beg. I think Elizabeth father was one of the first modern royals to not beg and that’s probably because he didn’t travel much. Charles doesn’t really beg but he has his trust to get gifts.

    William is trying to pull a historic begging tour but it won’t work because the English have little to offer. I’m sorry to write this but that’s the reality. Look at your prime minister and home secretary. Look how cheap Mrs sunak is. Look at the English industries. The English parliament wants their citizens to be poor. What can you offer the outside world.

    • kirk says:

      “Charles doesn’t really beg…”
      Chuck definitely begs. It got outed in his leaked journals years ago. Wasn’t it the Annenbergs he was hoping would fund mummy’s Mey Castle. You know, one of the castles he sleeps in, thereby disqualifying donation as true charity since it would inure to benefit of particular individual aka Chuck.

      • Madi says:

        I didn’t know that. I thought the older generation did all the “regular” begging and Charles just begs through his charity. Ah ha. So all that prince philip talk if being useful was just a way to cover for the begging.

  40. Nerd says:

    Reading this headline and then reading the article, my only thought was “Why was Late there if this was for Earthshot?”. Then they cleverly tried to make her presence there make sense but failed miserably at it. What does Cook have to do with mental health or early years. That was the dumbest sentence of the whole ridiculous article. An American media mogul traveled all the way to the UK to discuss with Kate about early years in the UK, when in all this time the only thing she has learned is that they are important… how does that make any sense? Then on top of all of this, she isn’t even going to Singapore, so why was she even there?

    • AC says:

      She looks more like a prop for the photo- what would she possibly talk about with one of the most powerful CEOs in the world(except clothes).

  41. Edna X Mode says:

    pretty sure that room with the beautiful womens portraits is The premiere” drawing room for the royal family at Windsor Caste. (Ha! typo and it stays 🙂 This White Drawing room is where the “Closest/ best” family members get to do pictures at weddings and christenings. ( Harry and Meghan did not get this room for pictures; they were given the Green Drawing room at Windsor….another mark against the royals).. Eugeneis pictures for wedding were taken in the white drawing room.

    —- Also I don’t think its a coincidence that Won’t and Kan’t made Tim of Apple stand with them so that beautiful portrait of Queen Charlotte (supposedly has some African ancestry) is in this Photo op behind them.

    • Lady D says:

      I don’t know if the Green Drawing Room was a snub for Harry and Meghan,(I hope it wasn’t) but it went beautifully with the colours of the wedding party and the flowers the children carried.

      • SURE says:

        Agree @ladyD. The green drawing room had an incredible air of warm sumptuousness in H&M’s wedding photos as well as A’s christening photos.

  42. ness says:

    Is that bruising under her cheek?

  43. RoyalBlue says:

    Has austerity hit the UK that badly that he could not find one UK billionaire? Are there any? Maybe he will hit up the Saudis next.

    • Macky says:

      Hahaha. Something must be up. I had somewhat the same though about his new york trip. “Why is he scrounging (to use a UK term) around here. India is way more next to England and has a ton of rich people. Why is he over here.” I guess William is trying to rope in new rich people. He can try, but once they visit England a few times they will get offended and go home.