Princess Kate & William are in the middle of a ‘we’re not racist’ charm offensive

Here are more photos of the Princess of Wales on Tuesday, as she opened a new Children’s Day Surgery at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London. In the comment section yesterday, someone freaked out that I didn’t name the CEO of Evelina London, Gubby Ayida, a name which was not included in any of Kensington Palace’s media briefings, nor was it a name included in most of the coverage of Kate’s event. Probably because to the palace, diversity props’ names are not important. The point of the event was explicitly to get Kate photographed with as many people of color as possible, as you can see from these photos.

The point, as the Daily Mail reports, was to have Kate and the rest of the royals go on a “charm offensive” to prove that they’re not racist, although it comes across as “we were only racist to Meghan, not anyone else.” The Mail’s headline was seriously this: “Harry who? Royals will put on a united front at Buckingham Palace Christmas Diplomatic Reception tonight as they brush off Omid Scobie racism row – after Kate delighted youngsters at new children’s hospital and William sold the Big Issue.”

The Royal Family has embarked on a ‘charm offensive’ as they brush off the fallout from Omid Scobie’s racism row – with William taking to the streets to sell the Big Issue, Kate visiting a children’s hospital and King Charles preparing to host a Buckingham Palace banquet.

The Prince of Wales left shoppers stunned this morning after he was spotted selling the magazine outside a Tesco in Hammersmith, West London. The beaming royal, 41, appeared relaxed as he chatted to vendor Dave Martin, 61, who has been a friend since they hit the streets to sell the magazine together 18 months ago.

Kate was also out and about today, receiving a warm welcome as she opened a new Children’s Day Surgery at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London before reuniting with fundraising amputee Tony Hudgell and his adoptive mother.

[From The Daily Mail]

The fact that these people have to go on “we’re not racist” charm offensives in the year of our lord Beyonce 2023 will always be funny to me. The fact that they’re this ridiculously obvious, that their comms offices are explicitly briefing the Mail about their intentions too. “Will and Kate are going on a charm offense, yes, please use those words, we’ll make sure to send a Black child over to hand flowers to Kate.”

William’s poverty tourism isn’t helping matters either.

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  1. Neners says:

    Us: They’re totally going to make sure there’s a black person in every one of her photo ops now.

    Them: *ensures there is a Black person in every single Kate photo*

    Forget chess. This is Candyland level of strategy.

    • GoldenMom says:

      Candyland strategy makes sense for these halfwits. What makes it even funnier is that they genuinely think they are successfully stealthy and everyone believes it! Just like her hair, why yes, it IS all real!

      • Neners says:

        What kills me is that they’ve known the entire time that Kate was one of the RRs. That means they have had literal years to come up with damage control — and THIS is what they came up with. The incompetence is extraordinary.

    • Snaggletooth says:

      If I were obsessed/doing my dissertation on this/presenting the facts to a jury, I would look at the rate of POC in a week following the word “Racist/racism” appeared in the headline with TRF vs. all other weeks. I’m guessing it’s 10:1 POC in the week immediately following such headlines vs. lik .3:1 in every other week.

    • vpd4 says:

      @ Neners: LOL

  2. equality says:

    The people in the photos with them don’t look that “delighted”. What’s up with only showing the back of the child’s head? Did the parents not agree to a photo? If not, why have their child doing this? Or is the child only important as a prop and only Kate must be highlighted? It’s weird.

    • Rapunzel says:

      The black children Kate has posed with like this before were not impressed and made it obvious. My guess is they’re showing the back to avoid showing this kids giving Kate the side eye.

    • Snuffles says:

      I’m guessing the child was looking anything but “delighted” at meeting Kate. So they only chose back of the head shots.

  3. Oya says:

    There aren’t that many poc let alone black in the UK for that much “colored” folk to be in those pictures. Are we sure these aren’t models that ubered in? I’m just saying. 🤣🤣 ridiculous

  4. SIde Eye says:

    I hope that child recoiled from her touch and that’s why they didn’t show their face. Lol the title of this posts chef’s kiss.

    • Lurker25 says:

      “child, turn towards me. We need to get your hairstyle in detail – so ropey! We also need MY face on camera, not yours. Look at my expression. It’s warm, right? Friendly? I’ve been practicing.
      Ok. I’m going to touch you now. Here comes my hand. It’s coming closer, closer… Don’t flinch! We don’t want skin to skin contact now, do we? No, the answer is no.
      Here we go… Closer, closer, touching t-shirt! Firm grip, right? They said not to look like I’m touching ‘gingerly’… Honestly you’d think after all the effin drama that ashhole redhead and his fat wife caused they’d never use ‘ginger’ in ANY context every again!
      … Where were we? Ok that’s been long enough right? Got the photo? Great thanks bye”

  5. Tursitops says:

    We should almost pity them for being so cluelessly transparent. Almost.

    • Cessily says:

      They all look like horrible evil monsters, even calling it a “charmed offense” is beyond horrifying. Do any of them not see that?

      • Debbie says:

        I know, right. They should just call it what it is: “The ANNUAL We’re Not Racist Follies.” (Because you all know that it’s getting to be an annual event now.)

    • Justwastingtime says:

      If that was my child, Kate was touching I would go tiger mom to the nth degree.

  6. Oh look at her with all the women of color in that first picture. How could I be a racist when I stand near people of color? She also touches a child of color. Well there you have it folks this family is not racist at all lol. My god they even admitted it’s a charm offensive. Just when you think they can’t get any lower they prove they can.

    • Anners says:

      In that group photo, she’s still standing closest to the women with the lightest skin tones. Maybe just coincidence, but these pics aren’t the flex Kensington seems to think they are.

      • BlueNailsBetty says:

        I hate to drag her into it but the Duchess of Montecito would have her arms around the ones closest to her and the group would have actually looked happy to be hanging with one of the loveliest people on the planet.

  7. samipup says:

    Is it me? I see an extra hand on the hip of one of the Nurses on Kate’s left. Also, maybe just me, but I don’t like random people patting myself or my children on the body. Offensive.

    • HeatherC says:

      OMG there is an extra hand! It can’t be from the lady behind her unless that lady has extra long arms….who did they edit out? #ReleaseTheNegatives!

    • sparrow says:

      Wow, yes! You’d be so good at those “find this tiny part of a tiny animal in the massive zoo” board games I used to play with the kids. Whose hand is it, though? I don’t like being touched randomly, but wonder whether it was a naturally accepted gesture by close colleagues? But I can’t work out who it belongs to at all.

    • SarahCS says:

      I see it! And don’t see how it can be from any of the people pictured.

      • sparrow says:

        If it were from the woman behind to her right, I can’t’ see how it would land so low without looking like an uncomfortable stretch. But then again who knows.

      • Harper says:

        That woman would have to have octopus arms to do that. How weird. Plus those three women are packed in close; there is no room for the arm to be outstretched. There’s also an obvious line on the floor… I wonder if they photoshopped those three women in. Even so, did they put the hand there as a joke?

        When Louis was photoshopped into that photo of the great grandkids at Balmoral, the tell was that the light was hitting all the faces from the left except for Louis. His face was lit from the right. The black woman in the back row whose hand is in question has spots of light on the right of her forehead which aren’t replicated on any other faces.

      • sparrow says:

        Harper. I went back and had a look and you’re right, there’s something off. Not just the hand. Look at the feet. Where are the relevant feet?

      • windyriver says:

        That looks like it might be a child’s hand on her hip. Looks too far to be the woman standing by the door. Also something looks off in relation to the woman directly behind her, among other things, their feet are so close. Wouldn’t put it past them to photoshop her in for a little extra “diversity”. Funny if they used a picture of her posing elsewhere with a child and didn’t notice the extra hand, but KP was probably in a hurry to get these photos out in public.

    • Becks1 says:

      I think its just the hand from the person standing behind her. She doesn’t have to stretch far at all to get her hand on her hip like that.

  8. Amy Bee says:

    This is embarrassing. Camilla was also seen today taking a black child to see the Christmas tree at her annual children’s Christmas party. If the Palace wants people to believe they’re not racist, they need to do more than taking photos with people of colour. Plus, has William invited his “friend” Dave to his house for tea yet?

    • Amy Bee says:

      Plus, has William invited his “friend” Dave to his house for tea yet?

      • Jay says:

        I’m sure they are the very best of pals, working together behind the scenes to combat homelessnesd, @Amybee, we just only hear about their “friendship” every…18 months or so, and particularly when TOB needs to be seen doing something. That’s nearly two hours of work over two years, thank you very much (if you count putting his name on the self-congratulatory editorial). I hope you feel embarrassed for even questioning this obviously real long-term friendship! 😜

    • Laura D says:

      Exactly @AmyBee. All KCIII has to do is make a point of flying over to Monticetio and meeting his grandchildren. He could also invite Harry and his family over for a quiet week together so, they could all get to know each other. The sooner ‘they’ get it into their thick skulls that the way they are treating Meghan, Archie and Lili is only serving to reinforce the racism narrative the better.

      May be they should talk to their Diversity Tzar to see what they say. Oh I forgot……..

      • Snuffles says:

        I know, right!? Like how hard would it be for the fucking KING to see his grandchildren. They could even meet on neutral ground somewhere in Europe where Harry can have his personal security.

        And as much of a dick Charles has been, Harry and Meghan would absolutely do it because they want their children to know their grandfather.

      • jemmy says:

        @Laura D & Snuffles As painful as it may sound, I’m GLAD KC3 is taking the stance of not visiting Harry or his Grand children as it really shows him up for how things really are . NO need for any PRETENCE. That way it is clear where KC3 stands . He should only visit if he can stand before HisCreator and say that his visit truly reflects his acceptance of his son’s family. Otherwise , there is no point.

        It also helps Harry & Meghan not to be fooled / distracted. Better the enemy you know than the one who pretends to be a friend / with you and then stabs you in the back .

        This is what Wilnot did when he pretended that he was going to look into the allegations of leaking stories to the press when all the while HE was the main person behind those leaks. Imagine the sense of hurtful betrayal Harry felt when he realised Willnot’s duplicity with the ongoing saga.

        Of what use is it if KC3 decides to play ” the nice father/ grandfather ” whilst secretly supporting and promoting the continued ostracisation?

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Laura D: I think they have do a lot more than that. The Royal Family has to end its exemption from anti-discrimination laws, issue a statement condemning racism and admit that they created a hostile environment for Meghan and commit to hiring a more diverse staff.

      • Laura D says:

        Totally agree with everything you say @Amy Bee but, making amends with his son and his wife and actually listening to what they have to say would be a start. Everything that Harry has said and advised has proven to be true and yet the king and his heir still stick their heads in the sand and choose to listen to their so-called advisers and the parasites in the media.

  9. Rapunzel says:

    Will in that Twitter pic looks like he’s grabbing that man to use as a human shield. Or, he’s going to take him home to kill him. It’s creepy af.

    • BlueNailsBetty says:

      Will is more affectionate with Dave than he is with Kate.

      • Christine says:

        You aren’t wrong.

        The bloom is all the way off this rose, “royal family”. You need to recognize when you are a disaster, and this is it.

  10. Eurydice says:

    Another charm offensive? We all know how well their charm offensive in Boston went. In any case, this doesn’t sound as positive as they think it does. It sounds like they got a kick in the pants and were told to get out there and do some work. And it sounds like the DM is calling them on it in a very sneaky way.

    • Amy Bee says:

      And the one in the Caribbean too.

      • Eurydice says:

        Was the Caribbean Tour actually described as a “charm offensive”? I can’t remember, but the US trip certainly was. But yes, that was also not charming.

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Eurydice: Yes it was.

      • SarahCS says:

        It was indeed and set up lots of comments here about them being extremely offensive and in no way charming which they then demonstrated fully once they got out there.

  11. cazzie says:

    That ‘homeless’ friend of his has been pictured with William 3 years in a row now. Is he still on the streets then? What happened to William is going to end Homelessness??? Not the Fail and KP staging pictures at ALL snort!!

    • Tessa says:

      William is such a phony.and the galling part is William invokes Diana this after calling her paranoid.

    • Matilda says:

      What a sham! Wouldn’t you feel like a hypocrite if you are shilling out these papers to “help” the homeless then go back to one of your many large estates? The optics!!!

  12. EasternViolet says:

    Someone else pointed this out, which bears repeating. Kate is working here; Kate does not see these nurses as her equal.

    But lets not forget how she and Wills were fired on camera in Jamaica.

    • Nic919 says:

      She also showed up in ridiculous stilettos where she towers over everyone. This is a children’s hospital and it makes even less sense to do this.

    • The Duchess says:

      He has zero intention of doing anything about homelessness. How can somebody with multiple properties stretching over vasts amount of land really commit themselves? He doesn’t care. He’s shameless. So is his wife for still using people of colour as tokens to squirm at when they dare to touch her. The nerve of her.

      These two are living in a fantasy world and they seriously believe they’re winning the PR war. I would be laughing uncontrollably if it all wasn’t so offensive.

  13. Becks1 says:

    Kate made sure she was photographed touching the child who brought her flowers, didn’t she?

    someone really needs to tell them that not being racist doesnt mean you’re photographed with Black people. I mean I guess they think this is a win because Kate isn’t visibly recoiling in these pictures, but you can be photographed with a Black woman and still be a racist.

    But their lives are one big photo op so I guess this counts as not being racist in their mind.

    you know how they could have shown they weren’t racist? by not driving their black SIL to the brink of suicide.

    • Jais says:

      That’s really it. The whole world knows how they treated Meghan so these photo-ops feel even more contrived. It’s overkill and obvious.

  14. Tessa says:

    The comments for William on dm are scathing. That man david posing with him should refuse if will tries this again. William rewarded the man by sending him a Christmas card last year. And there are comments about William wearing a Trump hat.

    • MrsCope says:

      What’s the point of being buddies with the future king if you can’t get access to the resources you need to support yourself? That man shouldn’t be in the same position this year as last year. Can your staff get him connected with a work training program? Like what is even the point?? Can you help ONE person? Forget eliminating homelessness wholesale (a ridiculous promise).

      • Christine says:

        Seriously, he can’t even help ONE PERSON, who he uses for publicity yearly.

        You shouldn’t have an anniversary with a homeless man, you fucking moron!

  15. ML says:

    Pictures are important. I’m living in a country, in an area where the biggest election winner is a really scary dude named Geert Wilders. This ahole likes cats and posed with kittens and the stupid media in this country kept running those pictures. Since he’s been elected I’ve been told I speak good Dutch for a foreigner and a cashier asked me if I had a green card.

    In these pictures, Keen in supposedly there to open a children’s wing. She’s surrounded by the experts in child care, the POC who work there. Looking at the pictures included in this post, I am disturbed by the “let’s take pix with as many POC and K as possible” AND “let’s make K look like the person in charge.” Get your pointer finger out of our faces, K!

    • Jay says:

      This is an excellent point, @ML! The way that these healthcare workers are arrayed like they are nothing more than Kate’s bridesmaids and not named, not acknowledged for their work in Kate’s supposed wheelhouse, not even asked to provide a quote about the importance of caring for children during the early years.

      And I’m sorry, I have heard some scary things about this guy Wilders, and I hope your adopted home kicks him and his ideology to the curb!

  16. Tessa says:

    William invokes Diana. After calling her paranoid. William is using the homeless person for photo ops. William should never mention Diana ever.

  17. Bluenoser says:

    Charm offensive?? Here, let me correct it for them. It’s simply offensive.

  18. Libra says:

    How is it that they can squeeze in these ” charm ” meetings on short notice when we’ve been told their schedules are made out a year in advance?

  19. James says:

    Is the term “Karen” considered so offensive now that the mods keep deleting my comment? I’ve seen other posters use it and worse. This is my third attempt to post the same comment.

    • BQM says:

      I know sometimes if you make another comment during the editing period for the first one it can result in a deletion of it. You need to check the ‘save my name….’ box to prevent it.

  20. James says:

    She still seems to be glaring or recoiling when looking at that little girl. Middleton’s charm really is offensive. I wish they shipped her off to tour Antarctica where the emperor penguins could “freeze her out” instead.

    • Lady D says:

      I was wondering about the look on Kate’s face too. It is definitely not a friendly look. I wonder if the kid asked her where Meghan was?

  21. Brassy Rebel says:

    I swear to God, the palace really did send a memo to the children’s hospital instructing them to only have POC from the staff greet Kate. They may have even gone out on the street to drag in random Black people to surround her at this event. And Kate has been ordered to hug as many as possible. Try not to look uncomfortable, Girl!

  22. Harla A Brazen Hussy says:

    So when will the “charm” start? So far it’s just been “offensive”.

    • jemmy says:

      @Harla A Brazen Hussy – the charm will TRULY start when both our White cousins PoC here are given opportunities not based on colour but on merit.

  23. Nicole says:

    I guess the Windsors have never heard of the word “tokenism”.

  24. Beverley says:

    I cringe, deeply recoil when I see Triple K touching a Black child. I want to shout warnings about staying away from that viper. I want to tell the child that the royals touching them have an agenda and that they dislike those of us with darker skin. I wish I could tell every child about the high drama and societal pushback that comes by being non-white in a society that bases every aspect of daily life on race, skin tone, and privilege.

    As so many have already lamented, these dark skinned people don’t deserve this weak second-hand validation, arranged by those who want “the coloreds” to stay in their place and allow the Left-Behinds to use them as props for their Imaginary nonexistent “diversity czar” training.

  25. Tisme says:

    This is so painfully obvious, it’s actually offensive.
    Question…did anyone else see that Meghan went out yesterday wearing a bracelet that was given to her by Charles? She is giving him a nod of support?? I’m so confused…

  26. B says:

    The Windsor charm offensives always manage to give offense and can usually ignored but I find Willy with Dave the vendor really sad. Dave has known the future King for 18 months and looks worse! There is no mention of increased business, improvements to his life or anything. Dave is purely a prop who get no benefits while being used by Willy.

    I think of people like Keith Lee who can laterally and immediately change lives just by highlighting a food truck or restaurant. Hugh’s life being exactly the same really emphasizes how little influence the Windors have.

    • Tessa says:

      William is shameless. Dave should say no next time William wants to use him for photo ops.

    • MrsCope says:

      So true. Service is universal. If Keith Lee can change a life with one video, and the future king of England can’t…. who is the change maker??

  27. MinorityReport says:

    KP really needs to stop briefing about the Waleses’ “charm offensives.” It continually blows up in their faces, mostly because neither W or K are charming.

  28. Over it says:

    If these people like Kate and wank and chuck and cowmilla , had bothered to educate themselves on people of color years ago and spend time getting to know that we are no different from them , then they won’t have to try so hard to show us their are not racist because they won’t have been racist. All these years pass and not one of them can truly be relaxed around us . They had the perfect opportunity to educate themselves and make space for the black woman who came to join their family . And they treated her worse than sh—-it . Meghan was trying to belong within that family and they could not let go of their hatred and ignorance for anyone who doesn’t look like them long enough to get to know the amazing person that I am sure Meghan is . Now look at them out here calling up 1800 rent some blacks for their racism sh-it show .

  29. JaneS says:

    These 2 lack charm. Period.

    • kelleybelle says:

      Being ugly and ingenuine doesn’t help either, especially when everyone can see through it.

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  32. Eating Popcorn says:

    Why isn’t she hugging them KATE IS HUGGER, KATE ISN’T A RACIST, KATE LOVES TO HUG!

  33. AC says:

    They still can’t fool many people.
    Literally Everyone knew they were going to take photos with POC and try to make people believe they love diversity lolZ when their Own actions before this photo Op speaks louder than words. When one is awful, you know what they’re going to do next.
    Also not sure if the workers were forced for the fear of losing their jobs.
    (Btw.. I loved how the coach of the Boston Celtics last year wasn’t going to play their game and wasn’t going to lose his integrity to say nice things about WK during the media conference).
    Kates image is still taking a hit no matter what their propaganda machine is doing. They can’t hide what a lot of people all over SM is saying about her true colors. WK definitely lost the narrative of being perfect to a lot of people.

  34. wildrose says:

    Greetings Everyone,

    My humble opinion:

    Saw this coming a week back when the story was first posted. Schedule all changed, 20 appearances before they skive off for Christmas, colour coordinated, appearing frail like she needs protection from the big bad wolves. Two seconds of “sympathy” photographs with Bill and in one of the photos just before the entry into the Variety Performance, her 70’s bangs or whatever they are hid her face and so it should, Middleton should hang her head in shame as the whole lot should.

    Disgraceful in any language – the slithering through this is as transparent as the Emperor’s new clothes.

    Absolutely Pathetic.

    Wild Rose

  35. ales says:

    Wow she actually had an east asian person in the photo. Same old stuff, K wearing 12 inch heels, have to dominate all the peasants and flashing big blue. what a trashy, classless person. Diana was taller than her yet she did not seem loom over people, this one has to always be the centre of attention. Its pathetic. More photo opportunities of her doing nothing, and being the tallest in every photo.

  36. QuiteContrary says:

    Even the way she’s touching that child is weird — like she arranged her hand to make sure big blue was in the shot. And she looks so stiff.

    Like I said, this is cleanup in Aisle KKKhate. And it’s doomed to fail.

  37. phlyfiremama says:

    What they think passes for charm is offensive to others, so mission accomplished?!

  38. bisynaptic says:

    This is HILARIOUS. Charm offensive! Homeless people! …an amputee!