Prince William won’t do stuff just ‘because the Daily Mail says he should’

The people who work at Kensington Palace could not find their asses with both hands and a map. They could not crisis-manage their way out of a wet paper bag. While different people are (nominally) in charge these days, this is the same kind of stubborn wrongness which we saw in 2022, as Prince William and Kate staggered from one crisis to the next during their Caribbean Flop Tour. They just refuse to be capable. They refuse to be effective managers. So, why am I ranting about this again? The Daily Beast’s Tom Sykes has a humdinger of an exclusive, in which multiple “sources” close to Prince William swear up and down that everything is going perfectly to plan when it comes to the Princess of Wales’s recuperation and 64-day-plus disappearance. They swear up and down that Kate’s disappearance becoming a global joke is perfectly fine! They even swiped at the Daily Mail!! Oh, there will be hell to pay. Some highlights:

Kensington Palace will not be pressured into answering the peasants’ questions: Friends of William and other royal sources told The Daily Beast the palace would not be pressured by “toxic” speculation into changing their carefully planned approach of saying as little as possible about the princess’ recovery. One friend, asked about media commentary suggesting that the palace should be more open, such as an assertion in the Daily Mail that “by saying nothing, (the royals) invite speculation,” said: “The newspapers are always telling the family how to run their press operations. This time—surprise surprise—they seem to think it would be a good idea for the royal family to give them more information about Kate. William isn’t a big one for doing stuff because the Daily Mail says he should.”

William is sticking to his guns: When The Daily Beast pointed out that similar appeals are also being made not just across broadcast and print media but on social media by ordinary people too, the friend said: “If William has read any of this stuff, it will only make him more determined to stick to his guns and keep his wife out of the limelight while she recovers. The stuff people are writing is toxic.”

KP will not give any updates on Kate: A former royal staffer who still has friends and contacts inside the palace said: “Anyone who expects the palace to suddenly start giving lengthy updates on Kate will be disappointed. The principal aim of her being sequestered is to guard her privacy. I’m sure the press hate it because it is working. There is a really, really small bubble of people who know exactly what is going on.”

Sources claim that William & the Middletons have been doing the school runs: Fellow parents at the couple’s school told The Daily Beast that William has been sharing school-run duties with the couple’s nanny. “He seems the same as ever,” one shrugged. Kate has been convalescing at the couple’s home in Windsor, Adelaide Cottage, and has also made a trip up to their country home on the Sandringham estate.

Kate’s situation is less dramatic than the online speculation: Kate’s office at Kensington Palace did not respond to a question from The Daily Beast asking if they were likely to provide more information about Kate’s health in light of the recent media clamor for them to do so. However, conversations with sources suggest that is very much not going to happen. While unfounded theories as to what is “really” going on” with Kate are ten a penny on social media, friends of the royal family are united in believing the truth is simpler and less dramatic. “They just want her to be able to recover in peace,” said another friend of the family. “The idea that they are going to be swayed by the idiots on social media saying she has been abducted by aliens is laughable.”

William doesn’t answer to the Daily Mail or the British people! Asked if it was not reasonable for the citizens of a constitutional monarchy to worry about the health of their convalescing future queen when their future king had canceled a high-profile public appearance with 46 minutes notice, the friend said: “That’s total bollocks put about by the media to justify their outrage at being denied private information that would sell papers. It’s very simple. William is putting his family first. That’s what a ‘personal matter’ means.”

Case closed: The friend added that they had no special insight into Kate’s condition but said, “The whole world knows what’s ‘going on’ because they have actually been remarkably open: she had abdominal surgery, it went as planned, it wasn’t cancer, she is keeping to herself until after Easter and she is doing well. ‘Case closed’ in my humble opinion.”

[From The Daily Beast]

They really are this stupid. Make no mistake. You can tell that all of the speculation really bothers them too, especially with this: “The idea that they are going to be swayed by the idiots on social media saying she has been abducted by aliens is laughable.” The idiots on social media are actually suggesting very different scenarios, as KP well knows. And this is so weird too: “That’s total bollocks put about by the media to justify their outrage at being denied private information that would sell papers.” My dude, you were in the memorial program and Constantine was your godfather. You didn’t even give people one hour’s notice before pulling out. That wasn’t the Daily Mail or the local British media turning it into a big scandal – it was the global media jumping on the news because Kate has been missing for over two months and there’s a wealth of evidence that William’s office has blatantly lied about many different things.

Also: this kind of posturing from William’s side/Kensington Palace shows that King Charles and Camilla aren’t even trying to talk sense into Peg anymore. This is basically a C&C experiment: how badly is William going to f–k this up, and how much mileage can we get out of it?


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  1. Ana Maria says:

    I’m dying to know what really is going on

    • Pinkosaurus says:

      Me too! The Daily Fail must be entirely co-opted by Camzilla/BP. I’ve been very surprised at the tone they’ve taken with Will’s laziness and pointing out the inconsistencies with the stories about Kate. I can’t wait to see how the Fail responds if KP really starts to push back on them.

    • TigerMcQueen says:

      According to this, we should know:

      “,…The whole world knows what’s ‘going on’ because they have actually been remarkably open: she had abdominal surgery, it went as planned, it wasn’t cancer, she is keeping to herself until after Easter and she is doing well. ‘Case closed’ in my humble opinion.”

      Yet in the same article:

      “…There is a really, really small bubble of people who know exactly what is going on.”

      And also:

      “…friends of the royal family are united in believing the truth is simpler and less dramatic.”

      Believing, y’all. They don’t know the truth apparently, they just believe.

      No one is clamoring for wall-to-wall updates from Kate. They’re just wondering why Billy is acting so messy lately, why the standard embiggening briefings about Kate have stopped, and why the absolutely radio silence is in place. It took two months to thank hospital staff for taking care of Kate FFS! And note the official statement wasn’t issued from Kate herself, instead it was “The prince and princess wish to thank” rather than “I’d like to thank.” Will just released a statement on Gaza in his own words. Why couldn’t Kate do that to say thanks for the well wishes.

      I’d love to know the truth.

      • Becks1 says:

        So we all know what’s going on, except only a small bubble know what’s going, and the friends don’t think she’s on the masked singer.

        Sure, that makes sense, lol.

      • Concern Fae says:

        People have a right to privacy. But this is so far out of the norm for Kate that people are starting to get worried. It’s not so much her health, but it feels like her silence (and the Middleton’s) can only be explained by William controlling her access to social media and the press. If she were our most awful co-worker with an even worse husband, we’d be be considering asking the police to make a wellness check.

        This has reached the coverup stage. The obvious departure from norms is basically demanding the press to break their protocol and start monitoring school runs, have reporters follow Will everywhere he goes, stake out their various homes. William has more privacy than he thinks. And he’s thrown it away. Hopefully over something very stupid.

      • Jay says:

        @TigerMcqueen you put it very well. Giving very little information and then doubling down with “We said what we said!” is the worst possible way to go.

    • Jais says:

      “The really really small bubble of people who actually know what is going on” is interesting. Should we take that to mean that Becky English does or does not know what’s really going on? She does write for the DM who William apparently doesn’t take orders from. Funny that. Pretty sure I remember the DM telling William they needed help in their court case against Meghan. Next thing you know, William’s top aide Jason Knauf is voluntarily giving the DM doctored evidence to hurt Meghan’s case. But sure Willaim isn’t in the habit of doing what they want.

    • Yes many people want to know what’s going on and that because they handled it so poorly and left so much room for speculation.

      • Liz says:

        Exactly Susan. They are so arrogant and high handed. A sincere, humble message would have been so much better.

    • Liz says:

      Isn’t it interesting that Kate’s disappearance has generated more interest than any of their appearances

  2. equality says:

    Too bad KP doesn’t feel this way about all the toxic articles still being written about H&M in the name of W&K. Even IF (big if) it isn’t actual leaks by KP staffers or W&K themselves, it is still being done with their names attached. Anyone with any decency would put out public statements denying or defending a sibling being attacked under their name. And, yeah, interesting that they only mention the “abducted by aliens” scenario. If she returns and nothing is ever said about causes, many people will believe that it was abuse related and that she is just putting up with it for a crown.

    • StellainNH says:

      If they had any working brain cells, they would have released photos of Kate looking at cards or an occasional message. The people running the office are completely incompetent.

      I wonder if Kate is having a psych issue and is at some facility. That could be why William is behavior is so unhinged. He has no coping skills whatsoever. Obvious that he could not handle any kind of crisis.

      • Tessa says:

        He may have told her he does not love her and met someone else and wants a divorce

      • CC730 says:

        Be it mental or physical, her state prevents them to talk / lie in her name because they fear getting caught. The funny part is that if they really don’t know what’s going on, they assume the worst…..
        They do know the RF indeed.^^

  3. Digital Unicorn says:

    Oooh thats fighting talk and yeah they ARE answerable to the British people – we pay for you you lazy AF pair of grifters.

    Peggy is under pressure from literally everyone and he’s lashing out which will have consequences. We’ll be seeing snarky almost revealing articles about them soon enough.

    My take on the situation is that something went down at Christmas which resulting in Kate being hospitalised (there are many reasons why) and I think that while she recovers he’s being back into a corner by everyone. I think they are trying to get him into rehab but he’s not having – it could be the family are planning an intervention with him and are looking to hide him away at Balmoral to dry out and get help.

    As for Kate – i don’t think she will return to any sort of public duties, if they don’t divorce she will be pushed into the background citing health issues. And yeah I still think Pegs will never see the throne – I think Chuck is trying to setup some sort of regency with Harry. They cannot hide how unfit Pegs is to sit on the big chair.

    • theoriginalrose says:

      Yes i agree with all this, maybe not the regency bit, only because i don’t think Charles would have the confidence to actually go through with it, i think he’d rather have his reign and let everyone else deal with it after he pops his clogs.

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      I really doubt that this family would do something as “touchy feely” as stage an intervention. And Charles is never going to set up a regency for George which involves Harry in any way. And Harry wouldn’t want him to.

      • Tessa says:

        Charles never gave them back frogmore and only about a year ago told harry not to bring Meghan along to Balmoral after the queen died
        I doubt harry word want to be regent

      • Christine says:

        Agreed. Harry and Meghan are never going back in any role dictated by the firm.

      • WiththeAmerican says:

        Agree, they would never do an intervention. That’s for the peasants. They’re superior by blood, as we can all see.

    • Becks1 says:

      I agree that something happened around christmas. The lack of fanfare around her bday was a clue in my opinion. What that “something” was – it could have been any number of things.

      Something big is going on behind the scenes and William’s hissy fit to Tom Sykes doesn’t change that.

      • Lucy says:

        I agree about the lack of fanfare around her birthday. It was notably low key at the time.

        This might be nothing, but DeauxMoi just posted a blind that claims Will missed the funeral because of an upcoming affair bombshell. It’s the same tone and style of writing as the blind that put the pegging rumor out there. So I don’t know if it’s true, but it’s so much better written than most of the deranged fan stuff she posts that I think at the least a professional writer sent it in.

    • Jules57 says:

      I agree with everything except the regency. There’s no reason for pegs to be removed unless it’s egregious. And even if it is, would anyone find out about it? Pegs is incompetent, stupid, lazy, drunk /drug addled but none of that prevents him having his ceremonial, rubber stamp role. He’s not running anything other than the money he controls.

      It’ll be interesting to see what happens with pegs and Kate. There’s been so much fanfic posted here recently (yeah, she’s not taken off to be with H and M. As if.) but the silence is deafening. She’s crap at her job, she’s a personality vacuum, everyone knows it. Maybe she should retire to online shopping, Wimbledon and movie premieres.. She’s useless at anything else.

      • Esquire says:

        William is not going to be removed from the line of succession. Where is this coming from? It would cause another constitutional crisis worse than in 1936. People seem to be getting carried away with theories that William has harmed Kate. It’s wild. *If* he did, which I don’t believe because he’s not that stupid or lacking in restraint, the public will never know about it.

    • The Duchess says:

      I’m leaning more towards this theory as being the most likely situation. It’s the only one that makes any logical sense with all the facts we have at hand. She won’t return to duties because she won’t have the mental or physical stamina to just carry on as if nothing has happened. It’s not until now I realise how sick she looked towards the end of last year. It’s like her entire body was slowly inverting on itself, not to mention the awful wigs!

      Pegs spiral is nothing new, but something feels different this time round. Bring in the complete silence from the grifting Middleton’s and we have one big problem. If there is no divorce, then they will say doctors have advised her not to return to her duties with still no explanation to why that is. Whatever happens after is anyone’s guess.

      • Robert Phillips says:

        The monarchy is still in place strictly because of apathy. No one even including the royalist care whether they are there or not. Which is why all of this infighting and covering everything up. Could be the reason to push to get rid of the monarchy. The more William makes more and more people angry. The more they just might say they don’t need a king anymore.

      • TigerMcQueen says:

        You put it very well, that Kate’s body seemed to be slowly inverting on itself. She also, frankly, looked well medicated at some events in the recent past.

        Whatever happened to her, it was happening before Christmas IMO, but for whatever reason, the holiday was when things broke down.

    • GDubslady says:

      None of the royals make the decision on the Regency except the spouse of the monarch. It is totally dictated by the Regency Act. It’s not up to Charles, William or Harry. If Charles dies, Camilla will have no input into this decision. It’s not a question of what Charles, William or Harry want. If Charles is deemed unfit, William will be Regent until Charles passes. Once Charles dies, William will be King. If William is deemed unfit, Harry will be Regent. If Kate is still his spouse when William ascends to the throne, Kate is one of five people who can determine the fitness of William to continue as King. In addition to the Spouse of the monarch, the Lord Chancellor, the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Lord Chief Justice and the Master of the Rolls decide the fitness of the monarch. If William is deemed a major security risk, he will be deemed unfit especially with Kate out of the picture. Only three votes are needed to declare a monarch unfit. Follow the law and you can figure out what’s happening behind the scenes and why William, Charles & Camilla have been attacking Harry, taking the house away and making Harry’s Regency politically unpopular idea that might cause a revolt. Everything they do is in response to that law. Charles even said He wanted to change it but he doesn’t have the political clout to change it. There has been a major battle brewing with Charles and William totally in the grip of the Brexit Putin crowd who now own large parts of the media and the traditional UK centrist crowd that ate fearful that William cannot be trusted with State. secrets. Apparently William can’t be trusted otherwise the years of trying to marginalized the Sussexes would not have happened. A Harry Regency has always been a real possibility. Otherwise William and KP would not have gone through all this effort. Unfortunately for William, his main support, Kate is out of commission. Someone doesn’t want her to have a vote and that same group want to expose William’s ineptitude for all to see.

      • WiththeAmerican says:

        I made that Brexit Putin royal connection here a while ago and it made someone from another country super angry. But as we can see happening in the US too, the Russians have co-opted conservatives in high places all over the west.

        I do hope, if what you’re saying is what’s going on, that they can get someone trustworthy in. William is obviously an easy kompromat target.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        GDubslady, I don’t think Harry wants to be Regent, so I don’t think anyone should worry about that. Besides, as I understand it H would need to be domiciled in the UK. He no longer has a residence in the UK, so I THINK that would rule him out. The question I have is: PA is next in line to be Regent, so what will they do about that?

      • Lulu says:

        If Harry would want to be domiciled in the UK, he will. In fact, he could have quietly taken care of this already.

      • sid2 says:

        “Follow the law and you can figure out what’s happening behind the scenes…”

        GDubslady, I am saving your post for reference. TY!

      • GDubslady says:

        Saucy & Sassy. It does not matter what Harry wants. He is going to be Regent if George is under 18 and William is deemed unfit. Its the law. No ones is about to change the Regency Act because KP & BP got a lot of Russian bots to attack Harry and Meghan for five years The law is fixed. Plus Harry’s supported by NATO, the UK and US military and probably MI6. William makes the case against himself w each passing hour and is compromised. I’m not saying it will happen. The law just informs us as to why the players behave as they have. Meghan’s not even a player under the Act but Kate is and she’s effectively been removed from the board. Also if Harry’s service as Regent is only temporary it makes sense for him to have another country to flee too and his own source of money when George becomes King. If everyone thought William would be a suitable King why would William go after Harry. It only makes sense if Harry is an actual rival for power. Harry’s lawsuit was to expose how deep the kompromat goes inside the Firm.Since 2020 BP and kP PR teams only goal has been to make people to revolt against Harry’s return let alone a Regency. William & Charles dont hate Harry. Their handlers hate Harry.

      • Innie says:

        There are lots of Regency Acts. I’m assuming you mean the Regency Act 1937. If Harry hasn’t changed his domicile then yes, he would be regent under that act. But Parliament has many times passed other regency acts, such as the Regency Act 1910 that stated that Queen Mary would be regent, the Regency Act 1953 that stated that Prince Philip would be regent, etc. If Kate recovers, Parliament might well pass a similar act naming her as regent.

      • @GDubslady Your theory is interesting except for one thing, they have NEVER made a decision that any King/Queen is unfit to rule -EVER.

        They were pushing poor Betty around for photo ops until nearly the day she died.

    • Agnes says:

      Maybe William knows about the planned intervention and that’s why he showed up at the bar to down shots for a photo op. Big egg-headed FU energy. Still, I doubt anybody cares enough to do that for him. Though I love the idea of Rishi and Chuck cornering him. He’d never go voluntarily, they’d have to taser him. It’s like a scene from Cold-War Steve. Bojo has to be there too, just for fun.

    • Pajala says:

      I also think Chuck will set up a regency, but that the regent will be Beatrice.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Pajala, that would because Harry refused it (which I think he would) and PA was probably paid to refuse it (which would do it), and then it would be Beatrice next. Now that’s an interesting thought. But what about William? Wouldn’t he be in line BEFORE Harry?

      • ML says:

        I honestly don’t know the answer to this, which is why I’m asking: Can the king designate a regent in the event of his passing who is not his son? If W can’t, H won’t, then the next in line is technically Paedrew. Is it legal to skip him?

      • Innie says:

        Charles can’t do anything on his own under the terms of the Regency Act 1937. But Parliament can pass another Regency Act naming someone else as regent, as they did in 1910 (Queen Mary) and most recently in 1953, naming Prince Philip as potential regent, replacing Princess Margaret.

      • ML says:

        Thanks, Innie.

  4. sevenblue says:

    Interesting strategy, let’s see how well it is gonna go. lol.

    • Agnes says:

      I actually feel sorry for the entire salty isle having to put up with and PAY FOR that ass for the rest of his life. They’ve just opened an investigation into Thomas Kingston’s death, wouldn’t it be great to see Baldy doing a perp walk in handcuffs.

      • AlpineWitch says:

        Unfortunately us less salty and on H&M’s side pay for these people anyway, and more unfortunate is that we’re stuck with them.

      • Agnes says:

        It’s a terrible archaic useless burden, especially when the wrong person is King. Chuck is weak but Baldy is scary.

    • beautifully broken says:

      The idea that tearing down the sons makes the father and side chick look good doesn’t make sense to me. Can’t they see that it just makes them all look bad?

      • Gigi23 says:

        I wonder about that too. It was all very well having PR wars between different senior Royals when the Queen was still alive to bring a bit of stability and dignity to the whole institution. Now it just looks messy.

    • Carmen says:

      He reminds me of a tantrummy toddler throwing his toys out of the pram screaming “I DON’T WANNA AND YOU CAN’T MAKE ME!”

  5. Dee(2) says:

    For your last point, right now they shouldn’t try to talk him out of it. He’s going to be the king. The buck is going to stop with him ” supposedly “. If he doesn’t know how to handle a major situation like this without making it a train wreck how is he going to do everything that he supposed to do as part of his ” duty”. He thinks he’s the smartest in the room let him find out live in color He’s not.

    ETA- they think it’s a good idea to act like it’s only outlandish ridiculous claims on social media, and that they have been very upfront because they know it’s not true. It’s not case closed I’m giving you information, when the other person is acting squirrely, and you literally haven’t seen someone for months, and they haven’t issued any statements. That’s weird and would not happen to any other major political figure that was dealing with any sort of illness.

  6. MSS says:

    I have to ask, if Kate was in a coma or dead like the speculation going around, then why wouldn’t Kensington Palace use that to garner sympathy? They can use that has a reason for William canceling events or withdrawing from public duty. Even if William was somehow involved with her hospitalization, they could still milk it by saying that something went wrong with the surgery. Meanwhile, everyone’s carrying on like normal and I haven’t seen stories of other members of the family rallying around the Wales’.

    • sevenblue says:

      It feels like K&W treats illnesses the same as QE. Maybe, it is because the firm groomed Will that way since they always preferred Will to Charles. We didn’t know much about QE’s health struggles either. Will also hid he got covid for some time.

      • ShazBot says:

        Yeah, I agree. I think she has something fairly regular, they’ve upped the timelines so she can have longer off probably to get back in shape and do all the beauty upkeep, they’ve spent literal years framing her as a perfect princess so they aren’t going to come out and share any vulnerabilities because perfect princesses don’t have vulnerabilities, so she’s hidden.
        She’ll pop back up like nothing happened and nobody will answer any questions.

      • Misah says:

        Maybe because the reasons why she’d be in a coma or worse would bring disgrace over the family?

      • sevenblue says:

        @Misah, the coma story was reported by Spanish reporter. She said it was because something went wrong during the surgery, so they had to put her in a medically induced coma. That seems more plausible to me, also it fits the official storyline that it was a planned abdominal surgery.

    • Dee(2) says:

      That’s weird to me too. We know from previous paparazzi shots that the Tindall’s, and maybe the Phillips’s kids do hang out with the Wales’. It wouldn’t be “giving out personal medical information” for an article to be written about how the cousins are all hanging out with each other and how they’re providing the sense of normalcy. We know he’s not seeing the king, he doesn’t appear to be seeing his cousins who normally have absolutely no problem being in article’s mentioning how close they all are. He’s very isolated, they aren’t saying anything about why you haven’t seen or heard from his wife in 2 months, you haven’t seen his kids who they were ALWAYS trotting out, and they think it’s just perfectly reasonable and people want too much information? People are just asking why normal behavior that you had no problem in the past shoving down people’s throats to “snub” H&M isn’t happening now .

      • Pinkosaurus says:

        Right? Imagine the coverage if Mike Tindall could say during his dumb podcast that they’ve see Kate, she’s doing just fine, and they all had a good laugh that’s she’s rumored to be on the masked singer? Will has Kate somewhere with two Filipino nurses and the kids, Ma Midds and Nanny Maria 🤷‍♀️

    • Shawna says:

      Because the truth won’t garner sympathy.

  7. Ohwell says:

    Bill and Cathy are lazy as ever and are using this opportunity to do as little as possible. I believe she simply had surgery and is taking an extended recovery.

    The BBL memes on Twitter are hilarious.

    • RRN says:

      This is the only thing that makes sense. She might have had a complicated surgery and is taking an extended holiday along with the recovery period. There’s literally nothing else going on.

    • MaryContrary says:

      I agree. The conspiracy theories are amusing but I don’t think it’s anything this dramatic. I also think William is per usual being totally petulant and will not appear to be caving to the demands for them to be transparent.

  8. Amy Bee says:

    I love this for William and Kate. This piece just confirms that the Palace takes its orders from the press.

  9. Yup, Me says:

    It’s funny that after years of moaning and complaining and pushback about reporters invading Harry and Meghan’s privacy (and the toxicity of social media) and now William/Kate’s teams are trying to take the same tactic and icing reporters out.

    Good luck with that.

    • Jules57 says:

      Exactly! Except the media have loads of dirt on pegs and can’t unlike H and M. Good luck, guys.. You’ll need it. I’m. Dying with laughter at this shiz show.

      • JT says:

        All of a sudden W&K have something to say about how f*cking awful the Daily Mail is or how sick conspiracy theories on Twitter are. H&M have been dealing with this very thing, that William, Kate, Charles, Camila, BP, KP, CH, and the BP fostered and fed for years. I hope the Daily Mail treats them like they’ve treated Harry and Meg. Let’s see how the Keens enjoy the media trying to destroy them. Those two couldn’t take 1 day of scrutiny before lashing out but H&M are weak? What happened to stiff upper lip and keep calm?

      • Agnes says:

        It’s a shame H&M had to leave the country to get some peace and privacy. I’m so happy William and Kate won’t and can’t. There’s not enough popcorn on Earth for the the shit show that’s about to begin.

    • Ginger says:

      Agreed. And the creepy Kate Middleton “fans”‘are demanding privacy for Kate when they invade Meghan and Harry’s privacy all the time. One of them was trying to get the floor plan of H&M’s house ( I think it was Taz)

  10. Jay says:

    “William isn’t a big one for doing stuff because the Daily Mail says he should.”

    Oh, there’s going to be hell to pay! It’s not just the columnists at the DM, and It’s not just about Kate. This is TOB’s core constituency demanding to know why he’s cancelling events, and no, they don’t particularly like being called “idiots on social media”.

    I do think that C&C are watching this trainwreck with something like glee – they have a media strategy that is working, and they’ve never looked more competent.

    • Christine says:

      I am hopping onboard the Oppositional defiant disorder train some CBers have joined in the last week. His strategy can best be described as “fuck all of you and the horses you rode in on”. This is wild to watch in real time!

      • Brassy Rebel says:

        William is arrogant enough and unaccountable enough to flip the bird to the general public, but calling out the Daily Mail (by name!) strikes me as a very dangerous tactic given the amount of dirt they must have on him.

    • Jay says:

      Can someone please tag or send this to the daily mail. lol
      Just making sure they see it…. 👀

    • Jemmy says:

      Maybe William has decided to switch sides and join forces with Harry

      • Yup, Me says:

        Only an idiot would want William on their side and Harry is no idiot.

        Also, I sincerely hope Meghan has let Harry know that she is unavailable to lend her beauty, charisma, charm, intelligence to anything related to his family ever again.

  11. Sydneygirl says:

    You know… the last 4-5 years has seen the word “unprecedented” used ad infinitum. Covid, the 2019/20 Australian bushfires…Trump’s actions and then it was used to describe EVERYTHING – so much so I started rolling my eyes.

    But this scenario deserves the rebirth of the word.

    I’ve never seen this degree of mishandling – ever.

    It doesn’t smell of an organised coverup but more of a vague, DISorganised one.

    I can’t wait to see the next chapter of the fall of the house of Windsor.

    • Pinkosaurus says:

      Agreed @Sydneygirl about the unprecedented incompetence, although it also has the air of the epic fail tour of ‘22 when they refused to course correct after the first day or two and it just kept getting worse and worse through the week. KP has made a decision and can’t read the room and adjust – they are just going to keep plowing down this bad road no matter what happens.

    • Bad Janet says:

      It’s amazing to consider that this entire institution, which has survived for 1200 years, may not survive the Windsors.

    • Nuks says:

      I’ve never seen such a preventable disaster like this either. And I’ve seen some messes behind the scenes. Everything here is self-inflicted or an unavoidable injury that just has become infected and deadly far beyond need.

      Where are the professionals? My feelings aside, there is serious value destruction going on. The Queen is gone, there’s no backboard any more, and if this crew doesn’t feed the press, the press will eat them, even if it destroys the international value of the royal family.

  12. Tessa says:

    The middletons and the nanny are helping prince keen with the school runs now. I think he does not do many . I can’t wait what the consequences will be to William from the media

    • MelodyM says:

      I thought Nanny Maria quit??

      • Feeshalori says:

        They have more than one nanny, if that is indeed the case of nanny Maria quitting. So any one of them can step in if that is true about the school runs.

      • Berkeleyfarm says:

        The children likely have other nannies but it would be bad for them, continuity wise, if Maria quit because she has been with them forever.

        If she left fairly suddenly, it could lend credence to the DV rumors because she might have experienced something that gave her credible fears for her own safety.

        I doubt she’d talk, though.

  13. Etha says:

    They won’t be pleased. No wonder they published that he should give back the duchy of cornwall money. He’s not Harry. He doesn’t have the guts to go against them.

    • windyriver says:

      I wonder if that’s part of what this is though. Yet more competition with Harry. It sure sounds like it. Will taking his own stand against the media. He’s not smart enough to understand the difference in situations though, or assess the consequences of his behavior. As usual.

      • Etha says:

        Oh just give it a moment only. He will be back to doing his master’s bidding. He’s in their hands. There’s no escape.

      • WiththeAmerican says:

        I thought the exact same thing. He’s literally trying to imitate Harry standing up for his wife to the media, but of course Kate has only gotten a few days of the years worth of abuse hurled at MM and William is no Harry, so he sounds like an angry teenager instead of a loving husband.

  14. Jas says:

    Kate’s disappearance and William’s no show at the memorial service made the evening news here in New Zealand and is being covered by our public radio station and newspapers. It’s gone way past a few cranky people on social media.
    I can understand them not wanting to talk about their health stuff, but they’ve been so ham fisted that they’re creating an international mess for themselves. And saying I won’t do it, you can’t make me, you’re not the boss of me, to the media and the public isn’t exactly going to help their cause. All it does is make it clear that William is a very immature and petty man. And that’s what millions of people who don’t usually follow the royals are seeing as their first impression of him. Not a good look.
    I can’t even make a good guess about what’s happening with Kate, but I do know that the longer this goes on, the harder it will be for them to course correct.

    • sevenblue says:

      I see a lot of people commenting about Diana & Meghan as well. The firm doesn’t have a good track record when it comes to women marrying into that family. That makes people more worried about Kate. She was treated better so far, but you never know with these people.

      • Kel says:

        THIS is what Meghan fans need to highlight on social media. The blatant differences between the firm lying to protect Will, Kate, etc but not telling the truth to protect Harry and Meghan.
        That video clip of Meghan needs to make the rounds and same with Diana talking about the men in grey suits.
        People need more aha moments

    • CommentingBunny says:

      Hell, a Marvel recapper/theorist I watch on YouTube mentioned that we need proof of life for Kate. It was an aside while talking about Deadpool and Wolverine. The weirdness has escaped the confines of royal gossip.

    • Jan90067 says:

      It’s made the LOCAL news stations in L.A. as well! Repeatedly. I think it’d be hysterical if one of them had an amber alert chyron going: “FUTURE CONSORT KATE MIDDLETON IS REPORTED MISSING. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON MS MIDDLETON IS ASKED TO CALL AUTHORITIES”.

  15. Friday says:

    The thing is its already gone beyond just internet jokes and memes (and the memes are plentiful and golden). People who are not royal watchers are openly commenting on how this secure privacy tent has been erected around Kate while Meghan did not have that. I’ve seen so many people have ‘A HA’ moments where they are remembering how mad the press was the Meghan took like a day to herself after giving birth and yet Kate is given months with no pushback. Lots of people are also pointing out how you can’t believe anything that comes from the Palace considering how much they just blantantly lie. This is not a good look and we might have 4 – 5 more weeks of this? Just wild at how bad they are at this. They are really acting like its 1950 and the modern social media world does not exist. They will be forced to do something (I have no idea what considering we don’t know whats wrong with her) and it will make them look even worse because it will be too late.

    • TN Democrat says:

      The BBC posted a pro-Wales “keep Kate hidden because the pressure will be unbearable when she returns” fluff piece on Instagram and at least half the comments pointed out how disgraceful Meghan was treated in comparison or how ridiculous it is that tax payers support these dolts. The Wales bot budget isn’t keeping up with the changing public opinion on all the social media sites.

  16. Sunday says:

    Between “Kate’s rep” speaking to Page 6 and Will’s “friend” namechecking the Daily Fail, seems like the Wails are getting a bit frustrated with their rota pals. This won’t end well (but it will be fun).

    • Interested Gawker says:

      Murdoch paid William an undisclosed amount of money (which may have had certain strings or agreements attached) over the phone hacking with a network of assistants working in and around KP who are so wound up in whatever is going with that the palaces put Christian Jones’ privacy in higher esteem than Harry, a blood prince. Maybe William thinks (or News Corp thinks) they can push DM and Mirror Group around in this situation and not get burnt but I’m not sure that’s a bulletproof fact…

  17. Eurydice says:

    This isn’t really about Kate – it’s about William acting like a rabid squirrel.

    • Christine says:

      Agreed, this all boils down to the hubris of William.

      • Brassy Rebel says:

        For all this talk about Kate, she has no agency here. We really have no clue what she wants or doesn’t want, assuming she’s in a state where she can exercise agency (that may be a big assumption). All we’re hearing about is William and what he wants or doesn’t want. He’s clearly making all the choices. The Middletons have all been silenced too. The centering of William, not just as the key decision maker, but as the sole decision maker (implying Kate is okay with it all), is in itself pretty alarming.

      • Jan90067 says:

        Wouldn’t surprise me if William bribed the Middletons with paying off all of their debts (and kids’ mortgages, at least James’) for their silence and to stay incommunicado with the press and stay in hiding for the duration of whatever this is. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    • Lady D says:

      Do you suppose Willie’s blonde lawyer ‘friend’ dumped him?

    • Berkeleyfarm says:

      Absolutely. If William was “keeping calm and carrying on”, doing engagements, and more or less hitting his marks, AND there was a more “usual” press strategy from KP (thanks, regular updates), nobody would really give a ****. Well, there would be people out there pointing out that all of a sudden The Firm COULD turn the press pressure off and let someone heal but we would be seen as cranks.

  18. theoriginalrose says:

    This is all William hunkering down. The ‘friend’ has been given Will’s script and you can tell by the wording ‘…very much not…’ those 3 words pop up time and time again ‘we’re very much not a racist family’, yesterday ‘that’s very much not the case’ and today ‘However, conversations with sources suggest that is very much not going to happen’ ….it really bugs me on a wording level, can’t explain it

    • Kokiri says:

      It’s redundant phrasing.

      Not is complete. It doesn’t need descriptive words, you can’t make something more negative.

      He’s an idiot.

    • Shawna says:

      They think that intensifiers make a statement more believable. That can be maddening if you expect the truth, not doubling down on weak-sauce, jazz-hands pretense.

      It also bugs me when they use “massive,” as it’s the same empty intensifier. “Keen on” is the verb version of an adjectival intensifier. Just repeats without proof.

    • Concern Fae says:

      It’s just a common British phrasing. The “very much” turns it into a personal assertion, rather than a simple factual statement.

    • Christine says:

      It drives me bonkers as well, and has since “very much not a racist family”.

      I imagine there were days of deliberations, and that sloppy wording was the best they could do.

    • Feeshalori says:

      I’ve often imagine how the whole context would change if they accidentally dropped the “not.” “We’re very much a racist family.” “That’s very much the case.” I’d really love that omission to happen.

  19. Kokiri says:

    A battle between willy & the press is what 2024 needs.
    Entertainment at its finest, whining willy meets the press.

    And yes, he will do what they say. He doesn’t have the goodwill or clout to take on the UK press.
    He’s about to find out.

  20. Shawna says:

    Maybe William should have supported his brother’s efforts and lawsuits against the tabloids. Talk about chickens coming home to roost.

    • Magdalena says:

      He can’t. A) He’s a coward. B) He jumped into bed with them and they know all his little secrets. They’ve got too much on him so they can yank his chain whenever they want. It’s what he deserves. IF he hadn’t spent years leaking about H to cover up his own deficiencies then things might have been different (slightly), but he made this bed, he gets to lie in it. Long may it continue.

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ True, but palace courtiers and p.r. began throwing Harry under the bus for Will when both boys were still teenagers. 😒 Thus, this is what Will learned very early on: Spare Harold is his shield, his scapegoat, his wingman, and “his liege man of life and limb.” It has surely been ‘very much’ an adjustment for Willy to find out in his late thirties that none of this was ever true.

        Gracious, accommodating Harry has always been his own person, and a valiant soldier willing to fight for what’s right! As Harry told Tom Bradby in the South Africa documentary: “My Mum taught me a certain set of values which I will always try and uphold… I will always protect my family. And now, I have a family to protect.” 🫡

  21. Cessily says:

    Sounds like Peggy is throwing a temper tantrum again and his “close friend” seems to be quoting the same complaints as the Sussex’s.

  22. ML says:

    Dear KP, Kate has a right to privacy; that’s fine. However, it’s highly unusual to stay in hospital two weeks after an operation. William is only known to have visited once—it’s fair to question that! In addition, most people who are very vulnerable and need a long hospital stay are incredibly grateful to the staff for their care afterwards. The London Clinic staff were not praised to the heavens and royally thanked afterwards for saving Kate’s life and providing her with excellent care. This would have headed off several questions about her health.
    KP, we’ve been told that William has become a stay at home dad. Most of us cannot stop working when a loved one is very ill, especially when we have children. That was odd. Worse, he’s apparently been caring for his children and he was filmed looking unhealthily swaying on his feet. This doesn’t inspire confidence. William also did not show up to do a reading for his beloved godfather and announced this less than an hour ahead of time.
    KP, please realize that your own actions have led to people assuming the worst. Thank you.

    • Misah says:

      They know, now. But they can’t backtrack without telling the truth and so they’re heading forward with full force, hoping to scare everyone out of the way.
      Which might have worked 40 years ago, 20… but now?

  23. Mslove says:

    It’s the Cambridge Way, y’all. This reminds me of a Britney Spears quote: “This seemed like a fantastic idea to them because they were idiots. “

  24. SarahCS says:

    Any time someone uses the phrase “in my humble opinion” you know 100% they are anything but humble and believe they are completely right while everyone else is utterly wrong.

  25. A says:

    What’s so hilarious about this scenario is the original sin has nothing to do with Kate, but Williams refusal to attended his godfathers funeral in the first place! Now a year later with his memorial service being held literally down the street, he still can’t be bothered, and there’s no clear way for even his biggest sycophant’s in the media to spin it without a little more info from the palace ( which they just won’t/ can’t give for some reason). My personal take is William is lazy as hell, and simply doesn’t care enough about some deposed King to show up and pay second billing to his stepmother and the rota doesn’t have any power to stop it! I think for now everybody will simply brush it aside, but if Kate doesn’t show up until long after Easter, both parties will have a big problem and Williams laziness won’t be so easy for everybody to overlook🧐.

    • ML says:

      I wonder if anyone would dare print an article about what William “will have been doing” at Adelaide while his godfather was eulogized very close by. This would be the H&M treatment. It’s odd that no one is touching on William being literally minutes away from the whole event, and what his personal issue could possibly have been.

  26. SouthernCrone says:

    Man, Wills’ arrogance and stubbornness are going to be end of the monarchy. This is what happens when you raise someone to believe they are the very best and above everything. It’s also what happens when the media decides to make an heir and his wife untouchable and above reproach – they have made it acceptable for the Wales to behave like this. The British media created this monster in the last five years now they have to live with it. Writers like Sykes are benefiting because they are willing to be a mouthpiece for that arrogance.

  27. Jais says:

    William’s contempt for the masses oozes out. Bashing Harry and Meghan for wanting some privacy and protection from the press is combing back to bite him. And now it’s more clear than ever that it was a fucking choice not to protect Meghan.

    • SouthernCrone says:

      This is the thing. He hates his life and most things in it. And he absolutely hates the people he is meant to serve. He certainly won’t be known as William the Benevolent. I almost feel sad for him – to be so bitter and hateful. Then I have a snack and nap and the feeling passes.

      • Jais says:

        Ha! Same. I feel sorry in a general sense. Who is the monarchy even for? It’s for the papers and the people to have a royal soap opera. Everyone in the actual monarchy seems so miserable. Well, except maybe Camilla😂

      • Concern Fae says:

        I feel sad in the tragic sense. That this is something that should have been fixable if people took it seriously when he was young, but Royal protocol and Charles’s inability to make a decision meant that nothing happened. Everyone is going to pay the price.

      • windyriver says:

        Part of the problem is Charles expected (tradition) other people were primarily responsible for raising the children. Early on there was Diana (however non-traditional her involvement was), later Tiggy, eventually, as they grew older, various mentor/role model men appeared. We know Charles’ own parents were remote during his upbringing, but despite his own awareness of this, and self-admitted rocky times, hey, he turned out alright in the end didn’t he?

        IMO a big part of the problem was that during the vulnerable years when he might have had some influence Charles – with no doubt the impetus and enthusiastic cooperation from Camilla – was focused on running down the reputation of his former wife, elevating his long time sidepiece, and raising his own profile. Camilla could care less about how Diana’s two boys turned out. Realistically, it wasn’t unreasonable to expect after some wild years Will would eventually settle down and take on the responsibilities of his position, like everyone else did. It’s easy to forget Will (and Kate) are the exceptions – their behavior now raises serious questions about the ultimate value of the “royal work” any of them do – but the other members of the RF accepted their roles.

        By the time it was clear Will and Kate were major problems, it was too late. TQ was known for sticking her head in the sand when it came to serious issues; Charles is famous for dithering when something needs to be decided. Hot headed, jealous, arrogant and resentful, Will grew into a person that would present a challenge for anyone.

      • sid2 says:

        SouthernCrone, Lol! Same here.

      • aftershocks says:

        Exactly @WindyRiver! 💯 🎯 Great assessment of the character issues and passed down family dynamics. Plus, the everpresent interference in BRF domestic issues by palace staff and by government officials, has been anathema! How dare old conservative men in Parliament have a say in who the Queen’s sister could and could not marry, for one horrific example! 😳 🤦‍♀️

  28. Harper says:

    The natives are restless. Angela Levin almost slipped and said Kate will be coming out of her coma. Tom Bower is now saying he knows what is going on and Kate is seriously unwell. The Mail is printing articles that the Wales have to come clean. I’m divided; I want to know, but then I also want to enjoy another week or two of watching William’s carnival of experts implode trying to keep his secrets.

    • Sunday says:

      Your comment made me think – imagine if Kate really has been in a coma all this time? She is going to be MORTIFIED with the chaos Will has managed in her absence, but most of all Ms. Who Are You To Talk About My Hormones is going to lose it at the whole internet debating whether she has a colostomy bag or a BBL. If she wasn’t there already, THAT would be enough to have her committed.

      • WiththeAmerican says:

        Her arrogance is so off putting, especially since she married in and according to that system she is not divine blood, but her own family can’t make a comment about the impact of pregnancy hormones without her becoming enraged and resentful for years.

        Good lord, think of the fights W and K must have. They’re both such bitter grudge holders.

      • BeanieBean says:

        So true! But that’s one of the things that bugs me about all this–we’re not hearing directly from Kate, we’re hearing from William only. Is she incapable of speech? Is she really in that coma? Because otherwise, in this world in which we live where women have agency is she not making public statements for herself? And I don’t believe for one second that yesterday’s joint statement was really a joint statement; we know from ‘Spare’ that William will speak for others & sign their name.

    • ML says:

      If K is seriously unwell, I do believe she has a right to medical privacy. Thank the people who are taking care of you, provide vague updates—I am fine with that.
      William on the other hand? No. Why hasn’t he been “working?” Why did he appear to be inebriated in public? Are his children safe? Why didn’t he regularly visit his wife and father in the hospital? Why did he cancel his reading at the memorial? He has no right to privacy there.

      • Becks1 says:

        I think there is a way to walk the line between medical privacy and being responsive to public interest when you are supported by taxpayers.

        Maybe she didn’t want to be as open as Charles was about his prostate – but lets look at how he has handled his cancer. We got a statement that he has cancer (no details as to where, what stage, etc), and that he is undergoing treatment (no additional information). We have seen him attending church so the public knows he is still alive, still fit – we’ve seen him meeting with Sunak so the public knows he’s still carrying out his duties – we’ve seen him reading his cards so the public knows he appreciates the well wishes.

        It’s hard to have a good idea of what KP should have said without more details of what’s actually going on, but I have to believe a competent and skilled PR person could have come up with something that provided more details while protecting her privacy.

        No one is demanding to see her medical charts, but the way this is going, the tabloids are probably a few days away from that.

      • WiththeAmerican says:

        I’m getting so tired of the narrative that she has a right to medical privacy when literally no one is demanding access to her medical charts.

        Where is this coming from? The woman disappeared from her job and life.

        Normal people have to send a note to their job if they don’t show up months after surgery. This isn’t asking a lot. Proof of life and the least anyone would have to do for their job.

      • ML says:

        My husband’s culture respects privacy more/ you get far less info about public people’s personal lives.
        I think if it were the Dutch royals, if they wanted to say as little about Kate as possible, the spouse would go on TV, say exactly what was said about K and no more, but it would hit differently because you would see how emotional the spouse was. I’m thinking of how WimLex and Max went on TV and explained how Amalia was in danger and couldn’t attend university. Few facts, but a direct emotional appeal.
        William shouLd have been out and about afterwards thanking people for their support (and telling them nothing except that it’s been hard, means so much, thank you…). So I see W as the issue here. He and KP have totally mishandled the situation.

      • Harper says:

        I dipped into the Fail comments today about the Wales needing to come clean. Someone posted that when Ronald Reagan was shot he came to his hospital window and waved and that calmed the nation’s nerves.

        That is all the public is asking for. Mumbles in a ponytail and tracksuit waving from her car window or a shoulders-up indoors shot of her with a wane smile but plenty of blusher and eyeliner so we know she’s still Kate but just resting.

      • sparrow says:

        ML I read your comments with interest and yes William could’ve done a personal thank you on her behalf. That’s a good idea. If we take Bowers seriously re Kate, it may be she doesn’t want to be seen even from waist up – she may be so ill it has affected her face or ability to be upright. Who knows. William could do something to express his/her gratitude and update in a more personal way, as you said.

      • ML says:

        Sparrow, My experience is that royals go on TV at certain times of the year (ie, Christmas) and when they have big announcements to directly address the people. They control the narrative and if necessary field (softball) questions that establish the boundaries. I think this would have worked with K if they had done it in January when she entered the hospital. In her case, brief news (thank yous to all the hospital staff, she’s healing slowly) combined with lots of emotional impact (it’s been tough and frightening , we are so thankful she’s receiving excellent care and we thank everyone for their support and understanding…) from W. Maybe he can’t. Then this should have come from Camzilla.
        W has been sort of absent and has been behaving oddly. If he has had a mental breakdown, he should also have time off to recover and the royals should announce that he’s also ill! Instead he appears to be an uncaring, lazy (this may/ not be wide of the mark anyway) fart. If he’s depressed, he’s also not capable and they (especially since he himself has taken the stigma of mental illness away) should say that he needs time to recover.
        Otherwise, get him in that 12-mile radius around Adelaide, have him zoom, keep him away from alcohol and make sure he’s doing his job. It isn’t K, it’s W who’s weird and either he or another (QCC?) royal needs to fix that messaging.

      • aftershocks says:

        Absolutely @Sparrow. Either that or the fact that if Kate has indeed been in a coma for a period of time, there would have been no good opportunity to ‘show her face.’

  29. sevenblue says:

    OMG, that is awesome. And the tabloids were making fun of Harry for that request, saying he was begging the government. lol

  30. Misah says:

    They are really scrambling. The incompetence is in full display.

    I believe that whatever happened to Kate is deemed potentially disgraceful to the RF (aka Bill but even Charles &co) if it ever comes out.

    I will ignore the darker scenarios (darker in terms of other people being involved) and say that she might simply be burnt out*: yet they’d never admit it because they have ridiculed mental health for decades now, Bill himself has called his mother crazy, they have all mocked Harry for being mental health aware, etc.

    Mental health is for the lower classes, y’all!

    My heart is heavy for the children, I hope they come out of this unscathed.

    • Rnot says:

      Didn’t some expert say something a few years ago that “it starts to look like an institutional problem” about Megan’s mental health struggles after Diana’s? If Kate had a breakdown then it’s going to get out eventually, and then the whole world is going to ask WTF is going on because the third time is a pattern, not coincidence.

    • Jessica says:

      I also think it’s a mental health thing, my money is on her ED taking over. I can’t figure out why that would require surgery though. I genuinely hope it’s not something like they had to repair self inflicted damage, you know?

  31. Cathy says:

    “Prince William won’t do stuff just ‘because the Daily Mail says he should’”

    Kaiser writes the best headlines. But seriously, of course William does what DM tells him to do… until now that is. As for his no show at the memorial? I think that was more about not wanting to play second to Camilla?

    And all of these ‘explanations’ from a ‘friend’ are just making me think of Lady Macbeth… “methinks the lady doth protest too much”

  32. Crickets says:

    “If you believe it’s absurd for William to act just to appease the British tabloids, there’s no reason for Harry to do so either, right? Right?”

  33. WiththeAmerican says:

    “sources suggest that is very much not going to happen.”

    William: “We are very much not a racist family.”

    Sources = William, very much

  34. lanne says:

    Just when you think the Wales can’t get any more incompetent. Will-di Amin is seriously biting the hand that deedshim. The tabloids ahve kept his secrets and done his dirty work for decades now. It’s time to pay the piper, but his ass has written a check it can’t cash. “Push out Harry and Meghan and I’ll give you your Proper White Royal Picture Perfect Family,” the promise was. But now we see the whole lot at KP are a bunch of clowns, jokers, and idiots, led by an even bigger idiot who’s volatile and undisciplined.

    The arrogance of thinking they could just do whatever they wanted because they were the “future king and queen” and white is astounding. This is why enterprises built on racism ultimately fail. Racism is predicated on entitlement–the idea that the subject doesn’t have to answer to anyone or anything by the nature of who he is. William of Wales is practically a case study.

    In the age of social media, can one of the most high profile women on earth simply disappear with only the flimsiest of excuses? I believe that if they could show her now, they would have done so before this time. Even as idiotic as the team is, if Kate were truly fine, the easiest course correction is a proof of life photo: “see, nothing to worry about, folks!”

    The silence is telling, and the defiance is silly. Surely someone at KP knows what the tabloids are capable of. Someone’s going to talk. Too many people know, or know little pieces that can be all put together. I think the story breaks soon.

    They are still pretending the school run is happening. Very interesting. That’s super easy to disprove if false.

  35. Steph says:

    Is he sharing futures with the nanny and the Middleton’s? Regardless the admission is just pointing out his last he’s been and looks terrible. The whole reason he’s not doing his job is the kids, yet here they are saying “well, actually, he’s not with the kids.”

  36. aquarius64 says:

    Charles, Camilla and BP should not have let William go rogue like this. He should have been reined in decades ago. He’s giving a constitutional monarchy a bad name. He’s showing he never prepared for the throne and he’s certainly not prepared now. This KP clapback I think is in response to Harry’s fight in court with UK media and William the future king now has an image he is owned by the BM. What’s worse IMO William is a national security risk. Enemies of the UK are watching this mess unfold and thinking we can get krompromat or any leverage with the Kate situation to have a future British sovereign as a puppet, or control the current ailing one. The red boxes have government documents and this is a way to get Charles to let them take a peek. I wouldn’t be surprised this didn’t cross British Intelligence’s or No 10’s minds. Tin foil tiara off.

    • Lauren says:

      There are historians who believe, based on the few available documents, that the British government used Edward VIII’s desire to marry Wallis Simpson as a tool to force out a king they didn’t trust. There were concerns about the security of the red boxes to the point the government actually started leaving documents out.

      • Dee says:

        They also tested Edward VIII’s loyalty by showing him stuff (not the actual plans, but a mock-up) that landed in Nazi hands fairly quickly.

      • lanne says:

        I hope that info is shouted from the rooftops if William’s idiot enough to try to take the Sussex titles when (if) he ever gets the top job.

      • Jaded says:

        Edward VIII told the Nazis that bombing London was the way to win the war. No wonder he and Wallis were bum-rushed out of England to the Bahamas.

      • bisynaptic says:

        Wish the US intelligence community had been equally smart about Trump.

    • Rnot says:

      William has almost certainly BEEN compromised since his “gap year,” if not earlier. He’s stupid, arrogant, and destined from birth for a position where he’ll have power, influence, and inside information. Remember how Andrew thought the Newsnight interview had gone so well? Imagine if Emily Maitlis and her team were agents of a foreign power and Andrew was destined to be king.

  37. Midnight@theOasis says:

    Well, the Wails have finally gotten the international attention they crave, but for all the wrong reasons. W&K have been jealous of the international attention H&M garner just by stepping out of their front door. Bully Idle has decided to dig his petulant heels in and pick a fight with the media so let the games begin. Squaddies should be shouting from the rooftops how the media and the derangers have shown IT’S A CHOICE to constantly attack, stalk and invade H&M’s privacy. But suddenly, W&K have a right to blackout level privacy.

    Also, the memes are golden:

  38. Lulu says:

    William and Harry both retain their dislike of the rr, William will leak info and take money but he has always kept his life secret. The Wails take multiple vacations every year and no one knows where they go for the most part. So I think this is on brand for William, also he is dumb and stubborn and won’t fix this.

  39. BeanieBean says:

    First thought: Game on!

  40. Laura D says:

    William will do exactly what the Mail tells him to do! There was an article in yesterday’s on-line edition likening the Duchy of Cornwall to that of medieval slush fund. This was not The Guardian or the Byline Times this was the MAIL! It went into great depths about how much William is coining in from the Duchy.

    The article felt like it was a warning shot! The Mail helped William to get rid of Harry and Meghan and it feels like this is payback time. Unless he starts telling them what they want to know they are going to start scrutinising him. Unlike Harry who told us all his embarrassing secrets in Spare, William has a LOT to hide. The Mail won’t think twice about printing every sordid detail of his private life if he doesn’t tell them what they want to know.

    • Angie says:

      I don’t feel sorry for him and his missing person one bit. He stabbed his brother in the back to side with his employee an the tabloid media so they both deserve all of what is happening to them. They both can rot in hell for all I care. The missing person was particularly vile to Meghan. Meghan and Harry are nice people I’m not. It’s called karma. Someone said that Harry and Meghan should be supporting them and the royal family and I say hell no. Stay away from that sinking ship. Both of them are getting exactly what they wished for Harry and Meghan.

    • Water Lilly says:

      @LauraD, that’s a good point. By publishing all his embarrassing secrets Harry outmaneuvered them.

  41. Lauren says:

    I hadn’t considered this before but part of the problem is that the BRF has form when it comes to lying about family members health, the List did a whole youtube video on it

  42. sparrow says:

    Goodness. How quickly has the relationship soured. Two months in and the DM has gone nasty.

  43. OriginalMich says:

    The tactic of standing up to the tabloids would work with the public if it wasn’t so well known that he crawled into bed with them to torture his sister-in-law and slander his brother every opportunity he got. You don’t get to do that and then pull this. They own his ass, and he is playing with fire if he thinks they won’t yank his chain to bring him to heel. Dirt sells, and the tabloids would make a mint if they started dishing.

    And if this was a straightforward issue of Kate dealing with a serious health problem, why be so cagey? Getting the info out would garner almost universal sympathy and goodwill.

  44. Lulu says:

    This week has been as much fun watching KP clown show as the flop tour.

  45. Mary Pester says:

    @KAISER, I love you, the way you break it down 😂
    Hey Billy idol those dogs you took great pride in laying down with to torment your brother and sister in law, those fleas are really starting to smell blood aren’t they,
    See your friends are lieing for you, but people in the know, know you haven’t been doing ANY school runs because the kids are being home schooled, no the middletons aren’t any where near adelaide cottage, because neither is Kate. Are your friends really that thick that they haven’t taken into account how open Windsor is, the MIDS WOULD HAVE BEEN SEEN! Because Carol would have made damn sure of it.
    A week ago your friends admitted they were being home schooled 😂😂. Now it’s not bullocks and your not palming us of with this bull, because Billy your mere existence as a royal family depends on us the tax payer. You never know, maybe we will take “French” lessons! And calling out the DM, that is just stupid with all the dirt they are holding 😂😏

  46. drgnflyathome says:

    It’s going to be a loooong month for KP.
    Whatever W&K promised the press for the silence isn’t going to cut it much longer.
    I’m sure the press is offering up a lot of money for the scoop if they don’t already have it. And the price is only going to go up the longer KP fumbles this. Someone’s going to leak.

    • TigerMcQueen says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised if a foreign outlet breaks more news soon. And this time, instead of mostly ignoring it after a terse denial (aka, the coma), they go all in and basically admit the foreign leak is correct (aka, the royal racist). The rota rats are restless.

  47. TN Democrat says:

    He needs to be grateful he hasn’t been subjected to the kind of treatment his parents and extended family received in the 70s, 80s and 90s. The media has been much gentler to him and much more respectful to his kids than they have been in previous generations and to his own brother. His arrogance is going to cause a firestorm that finally expose his dark secrets. He can have a totally private life by giving up the SG money, paying ALL taxes at the same rate as all other citizens and giving up perks, like world class security and helicopter/private plane travel, funded by tax payers struggling to pay bills.

    • Rnot says:

      On that point alone, I’ll defend him. Harry gave up the money, pays for himself, and moved to the other side of the planet. He still doesn’t have a totally private life. They were born into a public role they can’t escape, regardless of what they do.

      • Ennie says:

        Harry (and Meghan) needs to work to pay for the kind of security they need due to him being notorious since birth. he cannot escape who he is, and doesn’t have the money bags his father or brother do. if the monarchy stopped, the king and the heir would get A LOT of money and to get by, they would not need to work or show their faces at all. they would lose a lot of privileges and use of mansions, tho, there are huge benefits for the, that is why they keep on with this monarchy charade,err tradition.

      • Christine says:

        Harry would have much more privacy if his father and brother hadn’t told the British media to attack his wife relentlessly.

        Oh, the irony.

    • Tessa says:

      The Wales children may not have it easy when they are teens. With the media. They are children now but already being stereotyped.

  48. LynZey says:

    I think that Kate had some type of involved surgery like a bowel re-sectioning and therefore doesn’t want that out there for public consumption. She is having a lengthy recovery so that she can come back looking fresh and impeccable. William is just angry that anyone has the gall to have expectations of him so he is stomping his feet and refusing to play along. He only plays along if it’s to brief against H&M. He knows his coms team could put out better info but now he is simply refusing to do it. His attitude is “Make me if you can.” He may work with the DM to serve his own H&M agendas but he hates them.

    • BeanieBean says:

      I’m not sure how rampant speculation & BBL memes is better than people knowing about an ‘icky’ procedure. Seems to be a miscalculation on the Wales’ part. If true, of course.

  49. LisaE says:

    The way Kate Middleton’s disappearance/illness has been dealt with, it feels like she is being phased out or is phasing herself out while figuring out her next move as she recovers from something big. Interesting how 30 minutes after their announcement that Kate was entering the hospital for planned surgery, they announced the King’s diagnosis. Diversion. They have not been telling the truth. The behavior of the royal family has been acting unusual and strange, like they are dealing with major crisis. Maybe she wants out. If William was known to treat his brother violently, how can anyone assume his wife escaped his temperament? Wondering if they’ve been separated for quite awhile…

  50. Vanessa says:

    The Hypocrisy Kate went on a podcast talking about how it was important for the public to see her after she gave birth . Basically throwing Meghan under the bus because she didn’t want to be parade around two seconds after she gave birth . But now that Kate is dealing with something she and William are demeaning absolutely privacy are basically calling out the public for asking questions. William and Kate were absolutely fine with the press’s when they were getting all good press when all the actions were seems as good and they were held up as perfect.

  51. Arhus says:

    So delusional. As has been said before, just a “she is recovering well” or any small update is fine. Not “lengthy” updates with all the details. Ay yiyi it doesn’t have to be all or nothing

  52. Trix says:

    just putting this out there, but let’s just say William and the dead guy had some kind of relationship that Kate stumbled upon over Christmas. Would explain a lot.

    • Liz says:

      Blimey! Though it has been said if the truth was known it would make your eyes water. Who knows….

    • MollyFlanders says:

      @Trix I don’t know if you are onto something, but it would make a lot of sense…probably too far fetched, but who knows. I believe everything’s been handled so amateurishly that it will blow up soon, at least in part

  53. Saucy&Sassy says:

    So, Bone Idle had surgery and perhaps post-surgery complications. I can believe that. I also believe that she is, in fact, recovering. The one thing I can’t quite shake is wondering if she’s finally starting to take stock of the institution and whether she wants to remain in it. The reason I say that is I have more than once wondered about what the people behind the scenes, who have made her an animated doll who they dress up like Princess Di or Meghan or some other fashionable European royal, and have managed every move she makes. Can you imagine that kind of pressure? Adding to that pressure is a husband who makes it rather clear to the world that he hasn’t much use for you. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the best thing she could do for herself–and her children–is to divorce and make a peaceful life for herself. This would be a good time for her to really consider her future. Will she? Who knows.

    Please don’t think that I have suddenly become a Bone Idle sycophant. Nope. She chose this life. She worked hard to get it. I don’t think she had a clue what the life entailed. About the only thing we know about her is that she chooses to be a mean girl, particularly to Meghan. Oh, and we know she’ll use the bm to do whatever harm she chooses. Let’s not forget that she’s racist, too.

    • Kit says:

      I think it’s called grooming. But then you have to go way back to Carol and Kate’s pursuant of FK. They want a part of FK and all the trappings. Trapping is the word here.

      The old adage holds true: Be careful of what you wish for.

    • Rosie says:

      I think I missed something but what does Bone Idle mean? I get Billy Idle but not Bone!

    • Rnot says:

      For her own sake, I hope she’s having an existential crisis. That’s the best chance for her to stop hurting herself and other people. That’s the only way I can see her GTFO that family and find real happiness or peace. It’d be great if the Wales kids could have one non-miserable parent.

  54. therese says:

    I do believe that William didn’t want her anymore, and he felt that she was making him look bad. I think divorce is in the mix somewhere. I wondered if that was part of why William is not keen on being head of the Church of England because he wants to get rid of his wife. I think it may happen that sooner or later we may hear something to the effect that back a ways Will and Kate quietly divorced. To let it be known after the fact. Also, who has had time to miss Phillip and his gaffs, with Will making even bigger blunders. Bigger Blunders. That is a very nice hypothesis that Charles and Camilla have let Will out to dry.

  55. Cheat says:

    I know deux moi can be wrong most times but they rarely have blinds about William and Kate. Last time I saw one was when they said William likes pegging.
    Anyhoo apparently someone posted that William had “personal reasons” for not attending the funeral because a cheating scandal is about to erupt. Let’s see what happens…

  56. QuiteContrary says:

    Willy’s “friends” just made this exponentially worse.

    And LOL at William “putting his family first” — if that were true, he would have stood up to the BM like Harry did. He and Kate wouldn’t be offering up photos of their kids; they wouldn’t be trapped by the invisible contract.

    He made his messy and tangled bed. Now he gets to lie in it — both versions of the word “lie” apply here.

  57. Unblinkered says:

    Any other couple with their recent history – random but clear bruising, appearing to be under the influence while at work, dipping out of very serious work commitments, no sign of the wife or children for two months – wouldn’t Social Services be involved ?

  58. CM says:

    There will be hell to pay and I am here for it. Sounds like William will be coming to understand that his invisible contract is not so easily broken- he’s got to pay up or they will eat him alive. Whatever is going on with Kate, whether its serious or not, It sounds like she is going to be just fine after all is said and done- but it will be interesting to see how Karma works its magic.

  59. Nuks says:

    I also think Kate’s royal career is over. It seems impossible since that’s her one and only goal, but this mess has taken away the (admittedly shaky) halo she had. She’ll be asked about this crisis going forward and mistrusted unless she does a full rehab tour, i.e. reveals what really happened, humbly takes lumps for the fallout and viral sensation or has to point the finger at whoever decided she was right to disappear vs. let some difficult truth leak out.

    This has gotten to a scale she can’t manage. I think back to the bandaged fingers and the bullshit excuses. And the sloppy alternative hair transitions. Things were way out of control then, and now? There’s no way she can navigate this or deftly win back trust. Whether it’s her fault or not, she can’t go back to the way things were.

  60. AC says:

    I mean Who are they kidding. What high profile family would be OK that they are portrayed as a global joke. If they weren’t so concerned about their reputation they wouldn’t even make a statement about K to the global media this week. Or monitor SM posts.