Princess Kate made a surprise appearance at the Children in Need telethon

One of my biggest complaints about the Princess of Wales’s Early Years busywork is that it would be so easy for her to attach herself to a couple of big children’s charities and really commit to fundraising and raising the profiles of those charities. Instead of doing anything like that, Kate has wasted a lot of time, money and energy on a five-year “awareness raising campaign” which amounts to “the early years are important.” The lack of substance is even more glaring given the palace’s insistence that Kate is somehow doing groundbreaking, landmark work over there. Anyway, someone finally told Kate that she should actually try to help some kids at some point, so here you go:

Kate Middleton popped up in an unexpected place on Friday: the telly! The Princess of Wales, 41, made a surprise appearance on BBC to open their annual Children in Need telethon. Since it began in 1980, the broadcast has raised over £1 billion for disadvantaged youth in the U.K.

Speaking directly to the camera, Princess Kate said she was “delighted” that she was invited to kick off the festivities.

“Tonight is all about helping to support, champion and empower all children to be the very best they can be, which is crucial for their future health and happiness,” she said. “Our relationships, surroundings and experiences during the earliest years lay the foundations that shape the rest of our lives. And yet sadly, we know that for too many people, stressful and traumatic situations in early childhood can cause harm and it can take many years to overcome.”

The mother of three continued, “It is vital, therefore, that we nurture every childhood and why the sorts of projects supported by Children in Need are so important. They help the very youngest, most vulnerable members of our society feel safe, secure and loved in these important, formative years so that they can enjoy their childhoods now and grow to reach their potential and thrive in the world in later life.”

“I hope you enjoy this evening’s show and best of luck to all those taking part in challenges and the incredible fundraising effort,” she finished.

Although the appearance was unannounced, the Children in Need telethon fits perfectly with the Princess of Wales’ key work surrounding early childhood.

[From People]

An annual broadcast you say? A fundraiser for disadvantaged youth rather than an awareness-raising campaign featuring a creepy claymation video? What is this sorcery? So, I won’t criticize Kate for doing this, but I will criticize her for doing this for the very first f–king time this year, for a telethon fundraiser which has been happening since 1980! I’ll also criticize her blouse. It’s not Kate’s fault that this style of blouse has grown ridiculously popular in recent years, but she’s not helping matters by trying to legitimize the business-casual pirate look.

Photos and screencap courtesy of Kensington Palace.

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150 Responses to “Princess Kate made a surprise appearance at the Children in Need telethon”

  1. Eurydice says:

    She should be doing these things and I hope she continues. The blouse is not my style or taste, but I don’t mind it on her.

    • Chloe says:

      I wonder if kate regrets going the scientific, spreading awareness route instead of doing what kaiser suggested; attaching herself to a charity and simply fundraising and elevating said charity. It’s much simpler but would have been so much more effective than whatever she’s doing now.

      • Eurydice says:

        Well, there are lots of people in need and she’s only 40, so there’s much more time in her life to be effective. She can leave behind what doesn’t work and move on.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Chloe, I don’t think she regrets it because it seems like she (like William) sees herself as above this kind of thing, unless it’s associated with a big initiative she created that she believes will be her legacy, like Harry and IG.

        I agree with everything you said and imo she *should* regret it, because clearly she’s in way over her head when they try to push “intellectual Kate” who’s been reading scientific papers (I still can’t get over that one), and as you said, there are so many simple yet more effective ways for her to actually make an impact— but I doubt she does. Because remember, if what we’ve been told is true, she wants to be seen as (lmao) “a serious leader.” 🙄

        @Eurydice, you’re not wrong, but I don’t think she’d ever be able to admit to herself that something “wasn’t working” and move on. She needs to feel like she’s doing something super important, even if it’s clearly just busywork.

      • Eurydice says:

        @Lorelei – eventually, continued failure will cause her to admit something to herself. It might not be the truth, but I can see her easing into the more conventional “work” that we’ve come to expect from the royals in the past. That is, if she’s still married by then.

    • StillDouchesOfCambridge says:

      This is doing much more than her early years scientific study that early years are important DUH. Love the shirt style, but not the color or pattern.

    • sparrow says:

      I don’t think she should do these things at all. The UK public really didn’t like it much. I’m saying this for her sake as much as anyone else’s; popping up, talking about people needing money when you’re at the apex of wealth, doesn’t chime. She should cross this kind of thing off her list – many people found it insensitive and rather offensive.

      • Jais says:

        Absolutely get why people found this vid offensive. Like why should they give money when this rich lady who lives off tax-payer money isn’t donating. But we’re always saying on here she should help fundraise for charities but now that’s not going well either. Early years feels like a money-wasting vanity project. So what should she be doing😂. Obv, abolish the monarchy but at the moment it’s not abolished and this person is wandering around and just not able to get anything quite right. I’d say maybe nothing could be gotten right within the monarchy system but then I think of Meghan and the cookbook and smartworks. They just really lack the creativity and drive to land anything.

      • Daisy says:

        Yes I agree with your comments.
        It hasn’t gone down well with public as they have so much ..
        We feel she in over her head and saying all about scientific papers …
        We think she good at copying ..
        Far better she attached herself to a big charity and helped that.

        Also it’s not going well about her parents owing millions to people with small businesses ..
        It’s a huge disgrace. They should pay their debts.

      • sparrow says:

        I sounded very much “come the revolution” there. What I mean is this. Other royals have popped up on shows from time to time, they’ve read from scripts or sounded very autocue, the Brits loves a well intentioned tryer, but there’s something about Kate that reminds people she’s an over privileged child who’s never grown up. I don’t know whether it’s because she’s never had a job, trailed after William all her young adult life, or faked a poshed up voice along the way, but the public don’t like it when she tries to be serious and put her unwelcome print on nationwide events. It’s very odd. All the senior royals, and Harry in particular, manage to talk well, even when they’ve got a script in their hands. Diana was very shy but people listened. Meghan would unfairly be seen as too polished. But Kate really, really fails at this kind of thing and I think she shouldn’t do it, for all our sakes.

      • StillDouchesOfCambridge says:

        To have opened the show without a donation from her own foundation is kinda really super cheap. When are they gonna stop thinking that their presence is sufficient? Bring a bag of cash lady

    • 1960tlm says:

      I am not a Kate fan, the abuse she caused Meghan is unforgivable. With that being said, I don’t mind the blouse. As long as she is not copying Meghan I could care less about what she is wearing. I don’t care for the blouse myself, but she looks good in blue and it’s an original look for her. As far as the charity is concerned, if this will raise awareness & get money to the charity then that’s good too. We have to give Kate credit for at least trying, otherwise she just goes back to stalking & copying Meghan in the most unhinged & disturbing manner.

      • AC says:

        After all these years of hardly doing anything, K needs to desperately redeem herself.

      • jane says:

        we should give credit for trying????????? what is she a kindergarten kid, how much money is spent on her flamboyant lifestyle with 60 staff members, she has been in the RF far too long and she in her early forties too late, how come meghan got it that she was there to work the minute she got the ring gosh!!

  2. I read some of the comments on the BBC site that were put on Twitter and they were anything but good. They weren’t happy with one who has so much being the one to start the telethon. I was glad to see her being called out.

    • Scooby Gang says:

      I was reading the comments, and she is getting dragged for being “out of touch.” Finally. People are saying it.

      • Lady Digby says:

        PoW great wealth being cited here and yet she doesn’t say anything about putting her own hand in her pocket to donate to Children In Need!

      • sparrow says:

        Thing is, they can keep their billion. You couldn’t pay me all the money in the world to want her life. The constant round of ribbon cutting; the scrutiny; the hovering security detail at all times of the day; bringing up your kids with the threat of kidnap and the empty prospect of inheriting this goldfish bowl nonsense; the restrictions on life choices, career, and even popping to the shops; the lack of anonymity. I’m not being flippant; for most people well enough off in the West, her life is more a form of imprisonment than something worth envying. She has all the money in the world but little physical freedom. She doesn’t even have the ability to enjoy the finest produce in the world, which she can more than afford, because of the constant pressure on how she looks.

      • Cairidh says:

        Kate doesn’t have restrictions on popping to the shops. Shopping is what she spends most of her time on. It’s her main daily activity. She travels abroad for holidays far more than any average person, so I think she has more physical freedom than most people. She doesn’t have an endless round of ribbon cutting. She’s supposed to, all the royals are supposed to, but she doesn’t.

      • Missskitttin says:

        Bet she came with empty hands as usual

    • Jay says:

      Good! She could have started off with a donation to get things rolling.

    • nic919 says:

      Children in Need is a well known annual UK event and Kate would have been aware of it from her childhood. They do things like spoof Doctor Who videos and other British tv stars. It is comparable to how Jerry Lewis did the annual telethon in the States.

      That Kate is only doing this now at age 41 shows how little she ever cared about this issue.

      Also that wig is back.

      • Flower says:

        “Also that wig is back.”

        ^^ I am guessing this was filmed weeks if not months ago.

      • sparrow says:

        Yes, we Brits have grown up with it, and now the next generation kids are raising money doing daft things. We don’t need Kate Middleton telling us about it in such a stilted way. It hit badly with people. One of the reasons being she is so unnatural. (The spoof videos you’re thinking of are usually more associated with Comic Relief, but there is cross over of course.)

      • Emme says:

        Yep, the return of the wig!

        Also, I’ve never noticed before how thin her lips are. It’s particularly obvious in the first pic, but also when she’s talking. Perhaps that’s why she’s always gurning to the camera?

      • Ewissa says:

        Vernon Kay completed ultra marathon and raised £5m this year for children in need so yes Kate comes as empty and shallow as ever.

  3. Kokiri says:

    Is it me or is her face crooked? Off centre?
    It’s always a lumpy bumpy mess but her smile is completely out of centre.
    Hair is a mess, bad colour, she’s looking old & awful.
    Guess her inside caught up to her outside.

    • Miranda says:

      It’s not just you! Actually, it kinda looks like she just had oral surgery and the anesthetic is still lingering.

      Also, my God, she is REALLY starting to look like CarolE.

      • The Duchess says:

        The curse of Carol(e) was always going to catch up to her. Now I know why Keen is so terrified of aging.

      • SarahCS says:

        That was all I could see in the remembrance Sunday pics. I thought CarolE might be doing a stint as her body double.

      • Roan Inish says:

        Carole looked better in her fifties than Princess Cant does in her early forties. Being married to Prince Pegs must be an absolute hell for her.

      • 1960tlm says:

        @Miranda, actually I think she looks older or at least the same age as CarolE. It’s really sad she used to be pretty. Hate & jealousy has aged her 20 years.

    • Isa says:

      It’s why she has so much hair in her face.

      • Lorelei says:

        When I first scrolled quickly past that photo last night, hand to god I thought it was a Duggar. Or one of the “Sister Wives.” Between the hair and that top— which looked like a dress in the thumbnail— it was uncanny. I was honestly surprised when I realized it was Kate.

        I can’t believe this is the same person who I thought was so pretty and stylish, and with such gorgeous hair, back in 2011-2012. What happened, Kate!!

        Anyway, ITA with Kaiser…it’s good that she’s doing something like this, but it shouldn’t have taken a decade, ffs.

  4. Avonan says:

    I deplore the overly long, sausage curl ringlets framing/masking Keen’s insincere face. With the wig/wiglet dog ears and the schoolgirl puffy blouse, Keen presents herself as not at all serious about the early-childhood bolstering cause, and belies those very serious, very good words someone wrote for her. I like the sapphire color on her.

    • Josephine says:

      The hair is just outrageously bad. It’s awful, horrendous. I agree that wearing her hair in her face makes it look like she isn’t taking her job seriously. And it is just so, so unflattering to boot.

      And that blouse. No. Make it stop. Why are designers making shirts suited for a child for a grown woman? Stop the puff, stop the shoulder pleats. We deserve real shirts with on-seam shoulders. We deserve clothes that fit and flatter.

      • Ang says:

        Yes to everything in your second paragraph. Those stupid dolman shoulders are in everything, then it’s cropped!??! I hate puff-sleeve, frilly, cropped everything.

    • ales says:

      She needs to study marketing and PR, she is either severely mentally challenged or bone lazy to be this bad after 20 years. The color is nice. Her masculinity is becoming more and more obvious. She does not seem to be sincere about helping others, it has always been all about more photos of herself. It is difficult to understand how she has managed to avoid learning anything other than being able to scan for a camera lens. Her photo shopping is becoming more and more unrealistic.

    • Dee says:

      My first thought: Why is she wearing Charlotte’s blouse? Is she going to start cosplaying her daughter now?

  5. equality says:

    OK, I guess. She read a speech off the prompter with no emotion or expression. Does she really care about the cause? Who can tell?

    • nic919 says:

      She moves her hands to every single word and it is so annoying. Anyone with a few seconds of public speaking training would have been told to stop doing that.

      • Athena says:

        At least she stopped bobbing up and down, which she used to do. Also noticed a few seconds in her speech slowed down and the hand movements got calmer, my guess is someone off camera must have signaled her to slow it down.

      • Nic919 says:

        It is still massively unprofessional to release a video with so many hand movements like that. They could have had her do a take where we don’t see the hands bobbing away.

        Can anyone imagine the Queen gesticulating like this in a video speech? She would have been laughed at as a joke. That Kate gets away with substandard stuff like this a decade in remains a mystery.

      • Unblinkered says:

        No, I can’t imagine The Queen gesticulating like that while making a speech, nor P DIana, it would have been utterly bizarre!
        I guess it’s been suggested to KM as a device to manage her nerves.

  6. Seraphina says:

    Thank goodness for the subtitles because there were times I had no idea what she had just said.
    Also, that hair is aging her and making her look awful. Not only does she desperately need a cut but a total redo as well.
    As far as her message and her work, lack luster and lack of depth – just like C.

  7. Iris says:

    This has nothing to do with Kate really, but I’ve been seeing a lot of criticism of Children In Need online. The first being that Torys are supporting it while they’re simultaneously creating the situation where a fundraiser for children in need is required in the first place.

    The second is from people with disabilities saying they find it deeply offensive how these children are used as sob stories and entertainment, and the stereotypes that are reinforced as a result.

    Again, nothing to do with Kate but just found it interesting.

  8. Jais says:

    While I’m not in love with this shirt, there’s no reason to call out a business-casual pirate look😂. Just binged the second season of our flag means death so I’m feeling partial to pirates right now. Business-casual pirate could work….just not on Kate.

    • BeanieBean says:

      ‘Business-casual pirate’ is such a great phrase! And one of these days I’ll watch OFMD; I just can’t add another streaming service to the four I already have. Am currently enjoying Waititi’s ‘Reservation Dogs’.

  9. Emily says:

    listen not gonna criticize her for doing work. god knows getting her to do stuff is already a win. BUT that blouse is a crime. fashion crime. she’s somehow achieved looking both 15 yo and 80 yo at the same time.

    • Her Again says:

      Not sure which is the bigger crime, her hair or her blouse. This is some of the worst I’ve seen her look. And what is with her inability to choose tops to wear with jeans??? It’s always some weird dated, button-down, tucked in mess.

      Also her jaw looks weird. In fact her whole face looks weird. And those plastic surgery scars on her temples are taking quite a while to heal, surely she knows the healing miracle that is oxygen treatments…….

    • This is not work. It was an appearance on a telethon. Just a photo op on tv nothing more nothing of substance.

    • nic919 says:

      She can be criticized for not offering a single penny from the foundation. This was only to boost her appearances, it is an empty message and that’s why she is being called on it. The woman has multiple homes and never worked in her life and she’s asking people with far less to donate? nope, charity starts at home and she could have easily donate somthing. It’s not like the foundation money is her own money anyway.

      • Emily says:

        eh…i feel like what u mentioned is a broader criticism of the monarchy in general. they’re not private citizens in my mind…their finances are inexplicably tied to the monarchy bc they have no private enterprises and their money is made from their generational wealth. any donation is just a poor attempt at making a bland gesture while having the most land of any family in the country. i also wouldn’t say she’s never worked in her life…i would say she’s worked minimally in her life. honestly just abolish the monarchy…distribute their wealth/lands

      • B says:

        I seriously doubt that William lets her write checks from the Duchy.
        And we’ve already covered her lack of ability to legitimately generate skill/talent based income.

      • Nic919 says:

        The royal foundation is separate from the duchy. In theory they are supposed to have money there to use to donate to causes. But they didn’t bother offering anything to Children in Need.

      • windyriver says:

        There was an article here two days ago about William’s Thursday visit to Manchester, where he announced a charitable donation from the Royal Foundation. The overall “scheme” (being done jointly with the mayor of Manchester) sounds unnecessarily convoluted, but KP was proud to announce the overall total is 100,000 pounds.

        Given the very big deal they made over Kate’s “landmark” speech to whatever national early years symposium she was at, it would’ve been a no brainer to announce a donation of, say, 5,000 pounds, to Children in Need to coincide with that event and her appearance here. Showing up empty handed is a slap in the face from the foundation and KP, and she should have stayed home.

        Have said it before – that the former BAFTA head is now the foundation CEO, replacing Jason Knauf, tells me this position pays well. They have five other listed directors (presumably paid), and 9 trustees. What the heck are they accomplishing?

  10. Em says:

    That shirt is a crime to humanity plus the wig that looks like it was planted on her head

    • KFG says:

      It’s all so wrong! The hair makes her look 50 and the shirt is trying too hard to look young and ages her. She looks pathetic like one those women who competes with their daughters to look young. Just sad. The Tories are trash and she could have gotten a huge bump by giving the charity 100k. But no, it’s beg poor ppl

      • Lux says:

        It’s nothing short of tragic….mutton dressed as lamb, indeed. Which I don’t understand, because if Queen Letizia wore something like that (which I can actually see her doing because she loves prints, color, and feminine silhouettes), she would somehow make it professional and ladylike, with neat hair and good jewelry. That shag…somebody who loves her needs to tell her—please, as a favor for humanity.

    • Lorelei says:

      I can’t get over how bad the entire look is. The hair + that shirt = YIKES

  11. Tessa says:

    I am surprised she was not playing piano chords for this telethon.

  12. Amy Bee says:

    I saw Kate getting criticised by a host on GB News for doing this. He believes she’s moving in the realms of politics and that KP should be blamed for putting her in this position. He did point that people on twitter were saying she was tone deaf and a billionaire like herself shouldn’t be asking the public for donations. I think she could have helped her cause by actually doing some fundraising. Different celebrities do challenges to raise money for Children in Need. It would have been great if she had done one.

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      Kate and the grifting royals are taxpayer supported. Now she’s on tv asking said taxpayers to kick in for poor kids. If I was a Brit taxpayer, I would suggest that abolishing the expensive monarchy would free up lots of money for those in actual need.

    • Nic919 says:

      Things won’t get any better when they provide a raise to the royals in 2025 during austerity times for the rest of the UK. Kate should be donating from the foundation at minimum instead of asking people who have a fraction she does to give more.

  13. Nanea says:

    Her speech writers should be fired.

    Can she be anymore tone-deaf?

    How about honored – or just start by highlighting the cause instead of making it about *her* support?

    How about donating, and publishing where to donate on KP’s social media?

    And, finally, isn’t there anyone who can teach her professionalism after all these many years? How breathing, posture, hand gestures work? It’s telling that she’s not even able to read fluidly off a teleprompter.

    Mumblina McButtons is so bad at this, and it’s getting worse.

    It’s sad that she couldn’t care less, and can’t be bothered to sound as if she’s truly, genuinely supportive of a cause that she is said to care about.

    • Lady D says:

      Is reading from a teleprompter easy? It actually sounds easy, but how many have done it? How close are you to the teleprompter? I’m curious if anyone here has, and what it was like. It can’t be that difficult, right? (as long as one has the right glasses on)

      • Lily says:

        It is not a very difficult skill to master, but it is akin to public speaking in that you will benefit greatly from being familiar with the script or bullet points ahead of time. I find it much easier than a speech written on paper because you don’t need to distribute eye contact, you aren’t looking up and down, and you won’t lose your place on a page. There are virtually no distractions.

        Kate simply doesn’t care to do the bare minimum.

      • I never thought about not having to look at my notes. That would make it easier to give a somewhat flowing speech. With a little practice, one could give a great speech. How is Kate not embarrassed by her own actions?

    • Roan Inish says:

      Maybe she has PTSD from living with a rage monster. That might explain her public speaking actually getting worse.

  14. The Duchess says:

    This is the bare minimum she should have been doing years ago. The fact this is her first appearance, like Kaiser said, for a telethon that has been going since the 80s is so tasteless. Especially when they are so centric on children and the “arrrly yars”. The blouse makes her look meek and small. Much like her soul.

  15. Kylli says:

    With all of these arm and hand movements she makes she could have learned sign language

  16. Mamasan says:

    Her left cheek is swollen. She has a lot of make up on. I have history there. Though I’m not familiar with botox and fillers and such.
    It could be the lighting.

    Just an observation.

    • Lady Digby says:

      Will got away with knocking his brother to the floor as it was “dismissed” wrongly as horseplay. Punch a pillow if angry William but no one else and certainly not your wife!

      • Tessa says:

        Thankfully harry mentioned the episode about his brothers resorting to violence. There are probably other episodes but William was protected for years

  17. Kingston says:


    What work? Her handlers bulldozed her into this 40+ year old event, FOR THE FIRST TIME, after belatedly realizing that the plebs are not impressed wth their attempts so far to mass-hypnotize them into forgetting that the laziest snr royal has done NOTHING of value that could be considered a legacy project that benefits anyone in britain after 12 years as a married-in and over 20 yrs of stalking & waiting to be let in.

    The palace Machiavellians are used to forcing their version of reality onto history and to see the pushbk they’re now receiving as a result of the fact that more and more ordinary people are seeing behind the curtain, is alarming to that bunch of bloodthirsty criminals who are not used to opposition.

    • Macky says:

      I think she has backers. I think they told her to just hang in there. And NOW they are panicking because of what you wrote. Those people have money but they are just stupid. They just wanted her to get in. They just want her crowned queen and then the whole thing can fall apart.

      Like Camilla said Kate isn’t fit to be. When it comes times for a vote to kick out the windsors Kate name will be brought up.

  18. Jan says:

    Is Unable the only royal they use close captions for? They don’t even use CC for the cockney accent.

  19. Beach Dreams says:

    A hideous blouse to match the hideous woman.

  20. Midnight@theOasis says:

    I wonder if she drops that fake posh accent behind closed doors? It looks like it hurts her mouth to talk that way…her jaws seemed clenched.

    • Roo says:

      You know was soon as she gets home, she drops it. I have this image of her sounding like Eliza Doolittle behind closed doors. Hahaha

    • sparrow says:

      I had to stand around a group of teenagers doing this at a school event last week. Long story, but private school kids can really ramp it up. It’s awkward to hear because it slips around and is pitched wrongly to hold it. You can tell when people do this to their voices because at moments of shock or surprise, or intense emotion, when they’re not monitoring their word hold, it goes beyond their control and falls apart. So, no doubt she sounds like her lower middle class mum when she’s mid slanging match with William.

  21. paddingtonjr says:

    Once again, too little, too late, Kate. As others have pointed out, she could have been doing something with Children in Need for years now. Think of the chances she had to put the spotlight on this charity when she was pregnant, when she needed to use her children for PR, when the media asked about Christmas traditions/gifts. She, as usual, squandered a perfectly good PR gift: she could have had a photo op of her and the kids fundraising for the charity, maybe with a lemonade stand or something kids do. How cute would it have been to see little Louis putting an envelope containing some coins in a bucket for Children in Need at Kate’s Christmas concert? How do they not get this?

  22. TIFFANY says:

    Why can’t she pronounce ‘early’, correctly? I wonder how many takes this took to get this barely passable footage.

  23. Elizabeth says:

    I hate to praise Camilla but one of the best things she ever did is to start working with the Osteoporosis Foundation. Even Sophia was smart enough to start a charity before marrying Prince Carl-Philip of Sweden. Kate had ten years when she could have been doing this kind of work before she married in.

    • Tessa says:

      Camilla is required to do charity work and spent time with bol land to help her prepare for her work as a consort. Sophie did work pre marriage. Kate did not. Kate was too busy waiting for williams calls and trying to win him back when he broke up with her.

      • nic919 says:

        Mark Bolland might be a cynical mofo, but he was not dumb in getting Camilla to do charity work pre marriage to Charles. Kate just assumes that becuase she is the first wife she doesn’t need to? She did nothing but vacation until 2011 and then continued more of the same until Meghan showed up.

  24. Chantal1 says:

    Special K is an expert at doing the barest bare minimum and since effectiveness and tangible and positive results for these charities aren’t the RF’s goal, at least they’re finally getting her to do more charity related “things”. Why isn’t her foundation for early years highlighting this? She could also put her stalking skills to good use and track Willy Nilly down and ask him and/or the Royal Foundation for donations for this telethon.

    Everything about her is lackluster and boring. I guess the RF would have to pay her extra money/perks to show actual interest and enthusiasm in these events

  25. Mrs. Smith says:

    It’s so frustrating to see her do this video about the importance of funding a children’s charity that is helping kids get the very stability she’s championing with her Early Years/Shaping Us busy work … and not announce a donation from the Royal Foundation. It’s not hard. What else is that money earmarked for?? And, while I’m loath to criticize her appearance, she just needs to give that busted wig to the gopher. A fresh new haircut would do wonders.

    • Lorelei says:

      How is she not embarrassed to do something like this yet not make her own donation?!

      For the people who will point out that William controls the £ and won’t “let” her, my response is that he must not realize that it only reflects poorly ON HIM if this is the case. Greedy idiot

  26. kelleybelle says:

    Surely because Meghan made a surprise visit days ago to Power of Women I’m sure. She is always lauded for standing there and reading!

  27. LRB says:

    So one of our BBC radio presenters ran an ultra marathon… 116 miles this week for children in Need… he has raised around £5m… imagine what would happen if super fit and healthy Kate did something like that? She could raise so much more. Sophie did a bike ride a few years ago… I can’t remember the details but she trained properly for a long time and raised a lot of money. This is the sort of thing Kate could do…does she think it is beneath her? She turns up with her sausage curls and teenage blouse and her jazz hands are out of control… why doesn’t someone advise her to do things that are within her comfort zone? Charlene of Monaco clearly struggles with her mental health, but she concentrates on water safety/ swimming related charities because that is her comfort zone, especially as a former professional swimmer. Although I despise her, I can’t doubt Kate has the power to raise funds… but she needs to find her lane… and after so long, she should have found this. As things stand she is just an embarrassment.

    • Cecile730 says:

      Or maybe, just maybe the only lane that Keen is interested in is Keen.
      We don’t know after 20 years anything about her except that she likes to take care of herself…and being mean to others.

      • Nic919 says:

        What is that Toni Morrison quote “ when someone shows you who they are believe them. “.

        Kate has shown us since the early 2000s that she does not care about anyone but herself and improving her social status. This is who she is. Even Hillary Mantel took shit for calling out that she was a mere mannequin. And she never changed. This empty shell is who she wants to be. She only uses PR to pretend she works more, but she never will.

      • Beverley says:

        Dr. Maya Angelou once said, “When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.”

      • Nic919 says:

        My bad. It was Maya Angelou who said that.

        So expecting a 41 year old who has lived a selfish existence from day one to change is expecting the impossible.

  28. Lady Digby says:

    The fact that she has showed up now for this 30 year tradition gives me pause for thought as in , why now? Did Chuckles laid down the law to both of them about doubling their workload to two afternoons a week instead of just one? Or is she “doing more” in her understanding of those words, to justify her continuance as PoW? Or have the men in suits directed more visibility to quell rumors of a split because if she were being phased out, wouldn’t, gulp, she be doing even less? Surely her pianoforte is indispensable to the continuity of the RF?

  29. Jensa says:

    She’s so bad at this. Stiff, clearly reading something someone else written for her, hands flapping about.
    At least, I’m glad to see, the majority of people watching didn’t buy it.

    • Nic919 says:

      I’m actually surprised that both the Mirror and the NY Post did a story about how much she was criticized on social media for this video.

      It’s been obvious for years to those who choose to look that she does nothing, but the media is not protecting anymore it seems.

  30. Berkeleyfarm says:

    That blouse is very pretty material and the color suits her well but the puff sleeves make it look too juvenile/too casual to me.

    I realize it’s very much a la mode but it reads more schoolgirl to me.

    • sparrow says:

      I hate the sleeve length. It makes me itch just looking at it; where it touches at the elbow, on the inside and outside skin, is so sensitive and annoying when you’re wearing it.

      • Berkeleyfarm says:

        Yeah if those sleeves were wrist length it would still be a la mode but definitely more suitable for a grown up lady.

        I’m sure it’s been said many times here but she should have hired a public speaking coach when she got engaged. Those skills can be learned.

  31. Athena says:

    Kate has no money of her own, it’s William’s money and his not sharing with his wife as a husband would. She also has no say in the Royal foundation and how funds are spent.

    It’s rather sad that she wasn’t smart enough to plan pass the wedding. Not smart enough to secure her financial security, not smart enough to carve out something of a live for herself.

    She needs a good therapist and a life coach to plan the way forward because all she is now is stuck and angry.

    • Macky says:

      I guess her parents was funding her? Which; why didn’t anyone have a plan? They really should’ve protected “party pieces” more.

      I think Kate maybe blew through her “I’m with William give me money” money and now she is broke. Like all those renovations, I always assumed she got a kickback. But that kickback well must be dry cause the middletons can’t payback a few million.

    • anotherlily says:

      @Athena I think this is a significant point. The Monarch uses the Sovereign Grant to fund the royals who carry out official duties, with the exception of the Prince of Wales. The POW uses the Duchy of Cornwall income for his own expenses and those of his immediate family. He would have paid for Kate’s staff and also made an allowance directly to her to cover all her working expenses which in her case would include a constant supply of new designer outfits.

      Now that William is POW Kate appears to have had few if any new outfits. She has accumulated an extensive wardrobe including numerous black coats and it would be ‘tone deaf’ to have appeared in yet another new ensemble on Remembrance Sunday. However , it seems significant that she has been wearing repeats for almost every outing. I can think of one new outfit but this was a low cost skirt and top. If Kate had been included in the Singapore visit at least some new clothes would have been expected.

      William has a reputation for meanness and he’s a bully. Kate has few resources of her own. It’s not a situation the Middletons would have thought possible.

  32. Mslove says:

    Ahoy, me hearties. I am not a fan of the blouse, but I do like pirate talk. For example, Keen’s mother hornswaggled the vendors after the collapse of her party supply firm.

  33. Gabby says:

    This is almost like a hostage video. Some consultant long ago must have given her a few hand positions that portray “engagement”, and she has blindly followed since. The only interesting thing to see here is the blouse and the tectonic plates shifting under her face.

    She could have made a donation or offered to match donations that were over a certain amount. DUH.

    • Talia says:

      Since she has no money of her own and I strongly suspect very, very limited access to money (I wouldn’t be surprised if she gets bills paid not access to cash), I actually don’t think she could personally make a donation or offer to match donations.

      William has no interest in making her look good (hence the ‘protection’ in the press being withdrawn) so he’s not going to donate either.

  34. Jaded says:

    Wearing a $300 blouse, fake hair and too much makeup does not a great orator make. Every damn time she does something stilted and performative like this it makes the BaRF look worse and worse. Why doesn’t she kick off the telethon with a big fat cheque from the Royal Foundation? Why doesn’t she ask for matching donations? Why doesn’t she auction off Children in Need merch? She just comes off as being insincere and sanctimonious.

  35. Kingston says:

    “Special K”

    I’ve seen this used before but it’s just now struck me as funny and apt as h3ll.

    Now I’m torn between my favorite: “kkkHate” and “Special K.”


  36. Mary Pester says:

    Fk of keen, just fk the hell of. This is just the usual performative CRAP from her as usual. She is doing, and I mean actually DOING absolutely NOTHING! She has latched on to a charity that raises money every single year, so where has she been till now? She is trying to Co opt it to her early yars rubbished
    Keep your eyes open for keen trying to rope in Emma Willis. Emma is a television presenter who has done a lot for midwives and mums going through traumatic births, she even trained for the job before she went on to make the last series. Now keen has decided to do a Carol service for nurses and midwives! So, children in need tic, NHS tic, next week we will see her actually holding a baby (, no I don’t mean Charlie) I mean a baby that she can hand back and STILL not put her hand in her pocket to support anyone or anything.

    • goofpuff says:

      Just watch. Suddenly Kate will say that this charity couldn’t happen without her. That she is the keen maker that makes this charity work. That this is her legacy. Watch her co-op it without any shame whatsoever.

  37. Lucky Charm says:

    “Anyway, someone finally told Kate that she should actually try to help some kids at some point”
    Yes, Kaiser, everyone here at CB did! And have been for years.

  38. anotherlily says:

    The Mirror headline was critical, calling the appearance ‘tone deaf’ . The comments were overwhelmingly negative. Several comments referred to her rigid posture and tortuous accent. After 12 years as a senior member of the royal family she still can’t make a simple speech. Others picked out the overly heavy hair and odd eyes.

    I’m guessing her inclusion in this annual show was hastily arranged following the criticism of her ‘keynote speech’ at the Aaahly Yaahrs Symposium.

  39. Beverley says:

    The blouse looks like something I made and modeled for my high school Home Economics class. We had to sew a basic blouse with set-in sleeves with cuffs and buttons. I agree, this look is too casual and immature to appear in a work video.

    Poor KKKhate. She tries so hard, but with no innate sense of style, she rarely hits the mark. She really lacks basic talents and has zero creative style.

  40. Greeneyedgirl says:

    Kate is really starting to look like Carole! I really like this blouse…the color suits her and this is her style. She should stick with it. For once I can actually say she’s wearing something, I would actually wear myself. She needs to get rid of the wig and cut her hair. A bob would suit her.

  41. Beech says:

    That mane, those claws! *Looks around*. Sotto voce, I like the blouse.

  42. sparrow says:

    This fell down with a thud in the UK. Why do they keep wheeling her out? Her voice is so unnatural to her and makes her speaking very uncomfortable. The hands have largely replaced the manic bouncing she used to do; she keeps making these gestures as a rhythm setter and relaxer to pace her speaking.

    • Lilly (with the double-L) says:

      @sparrow thank you for the perspective. I’m often curious. It looks like she practiced and, to me, attempted some Princess Diana mannerisms. Again, to me it looked like she was thinking about it and trying a lot with certain head tilts. And, I hope lots of money was raised.

  43. Sunny O says:

    Who would know the early years of a child’s development are important if it weren’t for Kate?

    Yes. I am being sarcastic.

  44. Lady Digby says:

    Is this the best she can do? Surely as never putting a foot wrong examples these two could have donated a huge amount to encourage us plebs to donate in the midst of a cost of living crisis?

  45. Macky says:

    I laugh and make fun of Kate alot. I decided to click on this video to give her a view on the meter. You know to help out. I don’t see how people listen to her. She sounds terrible. I think anyone of us could do better. For her to be around these people most of her life you would think she could pull it off better. The last time I tried to listen to her it was just as bad but less clear.

    I’m really starting to think her and William have been leading seperate lives for years now. Maybe way before louis was born. Why doesn’t William help her with her accent/speech. Can’t she ask Charles to practice her speech infront if him? He seems like the type to welcome a laugh. I know people say he likes Kate but I don’t think chuck does. No one helps her.

    • Tessa says:

      William has bad speech too. He is able to be understood but has bad speech. Kate and William should go get speech lessons by someone qualified.

  46. Confession I read the comments on the daily fail and they were mostly negative towards khate

    • Jaded says:

      Numerous publications are dragging her. If shaming the royals is the only way to get them off their lazy, well-paid a$$es then so be it. I don’t feel one whit of pity for her or any of them, they’ve proven themselves to be nothing more than high class grifters and exploiters.

    • sevenblue says:

      Tabloids like DF highly moderate their comments. In the past, they would just delete negative comments against Kate, positive ones for Meghan. If they are now letting Kate get dragged, there is no doubt that either Kate is chosen as the sacrificial lamb or they want to decrease her popularity so it is easier to get rid of her. Either way, it is not a good sign. She has been raised to the level of sainthood since Meghan joined the family, it will probably take some time to turn her into a lazy, useless member of the family again.

  47. Ewissa says:

    Her pictures looks like created in 70s for a yearbook (Hair,blouse)

  48. slippers4life says:

    I see Carol.

  49. paddingtonjr says:

    Does Kate add anything to the world? I mean, she is supported by taxpayers/her parents (Uncle Gary)/the Duchy; she’s never worked; she only leaves the house to shop or to occasionally flail her arms, grin and mumble; and when she does visit a charity, she never gives a donation or gift or announces a fundraising plan. She has been an “early years expert” for how many years and this is the first time she has publicly acknowledged this charity. And by “acknowledge” I mean gives a mumbling speech but doesn’t bring a donation or announce a partnership. She doesn’t even promote the British fashion industry or tourism. She did give birth to three children, who, unless they buck the system and get real educations and jobs, will continue their parents’ tradition of grifting. She simply exists, taking and taking, but not giving anything except hateful, jealous looks towards her SIL.

  50. LDMiddx says:

    All these ‘surprise appearances’ are just irritating. And she really does not come across well in that clip. She is not a good speaker and does not display warmth or sincerity in what she is saying; either it is not there, or even if it is she can’t project it.

    She does not have charisma. That in itself is not the end of the world, charisma is a gift not everyone can have. But if she had become somebody known to work hard and tirelessly on behalf of the children she purports to care about – if she had long made it evident by her actions that she really did care – I think that, and her shortcomings in public speaking, would be largely forgiven.

    But there is no sense of that. The impression she gives is that she is out for herself and wants to look good.

    And frankly I deeply resent being told to contribute to charity by this hugely privileged person whose husband inherited a vast estate and benefits from an enormous income, all tax-free. Someone who has barely done a day’s work in her life and certainly doesn’t know what it is to struggle. I just don’t want to hear it from her.

  51. Adequate okay says:

    The videographer did her a solid by pulling in tight so her hands are not in the shot. I use my hands when I speak, but will try and be mindful of it in the future because that is really distracting!

  52. Lovely Rita says:

    Everyone has covered it well: the sister wives’ hair, the tortured, unprofessional and insincere speech, and most of all, the APPALLING idea of fronting a telethon without deigning to make a donation!!

    The whole thing is an embarrassingly poor effort.

    But what hasn’t been mentioned is they are calling this a “surprise” appearance right after Meghan did her “surprise” appearance at the Variety event. Is there nothing she won’t KopyKeen?

  53. Maremotrice says:

    Princess Diana never appeared on the Children in Need telethon. Should she have done?
    (She didn’t leave any money in her will to charity either, but that’s a subject for another thread…)

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