Kensington Palace sent out thank-you notes in reply to cards for Princess Kate

The Princess of Wales is still recovering at Anmer Hall, in Norfolk. Part of me still believes that Kate has been in Norfolk for much of the past four months, but who even knows at this point. Kate and Prince William’s staffers are still based at Kensington Palace, not Windsor and not Norfolk. Back in the day, sources used to let it slip that William and Kate would often disappear for weeks and months at a time without checking in with their office, and I believe that’s probably the case at the moment as well – during Kate’s months-long disappearance, we heard that Kate’s staffers had not been told about what was going on with her health-wise, and staffers basically hadn’t spoken to her since 2023. Well, the KP staff are managing to fill their time in the absence of their Top CEO – they’re sending out thank you notes to anyone sending get-well cards to Kate.

Kate Middleton could be your royal pen pal. As the Princess of Wales, 42, receives cancer treatment, fans may want to send the royal a letter or card filled with well wishes.

On April 6, X user AllexmarieHoll1 shared a short note they said they received after sending a card to Princess Kate following the palace’s announcement that she had undergone abdominal surgery in January. The fan’s royal reply on Kensington Palace stationary said, “Thank you for your kind well wishes to Her Royal Highness. The Princess of Wales. Your thoughtful gesture is very much appreciated.”

Many royal fans have been sending members of the family mail for special occasions such as birthdays, holidays, wedding anniversaries and major events like last year’s coronation. (Prince William and Princess Kate’s team even reportedly responded to a young girl who invited Prince George to her birthday party!)

AllexmarieHoll1 shared they sent their latest correspondence to Princess Kate at:

“HRH The Princess of Wales
Clarence House
London SW1A 1BA United Kingdom.”

Although Princess Kate, Prince William and their three children live primarily in Windsor, their London base is Kensington Palace. According to other royal fan sites, mail can also be sent to them there by using the address: “Kensington Palace London W8 4PU.”

[From People]

Why are you, a royalist and Kate fan, sending get-well messages to Kate at Clarence House, a place she has never lived in her entire life? Surely royal fans know that her office is in Kensington Palace. Anyway, I was curious about what the messages looked like, and I found a photo here at Hello – it’s the most basic print-out using a large font, with absolutely nothing personalized to suggest that Kate has actually replied. They don’t even have an autopen for her signature and no one would handwrite “-C” at the bottom of the thank you. The Waleses’ flunkies are truly just phoning in their jobs.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Kensington palace.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

68 Responses to “Kensington Palace sent out thank-you notes in reply to cards for Princess Kate”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. equality says:

    Is this some sort of plea to get more cards? Is KC outdoing her in the get well cards area? And send a card so you can get a generic looking reply that resembles any mass mailing you might already get?

    • BeanieBean says:

      Exactly my thought! They’re drumming up support letters for her & they’re using Clarence House (’cause Charles is in charge) as the main mailing address, and oh yeah, you can also send your letters to Kensington Palace–you know, where her office is actually, supposedly, located. Oh, so pathetic!

    • SarahCS says:

      Yes. 100%, that’s exactly how it reads. ‘You too could get a note from KP!!’ At least they’re not asking you to send a stamped, self-addressed envelope I guess.

    • Honeybee says:

      Please don’t call it a card. It is just a paper. A thank you paper.

      • equality says:

        I wasn’t calling that a card. I was saying she wants cards sent to her. I called that thing a mass mailing.

      • Lorelei says:

        A paper that was rushed to be printed and out the door so quickly that the ink smeared! Pathetic that they couldn’t even bother scrawling a “C” on there, like Kaiser suggested. Or used actual notecards. That’s just an impersonal looking flier. Not even any embossing! Cheap and embarrassing.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        Right @Lorelei! So messy. This comes across as fake as f*ck. Clarence House isn’t even the proper address to send things to for KC3.

        The Wails have been disappeared as royals to contact. lol

        Prior to this, mail for the Sussexes and WanK’s was sent to KP. When H&M separated from KP, their mail went to Clarence House and eventually BP. Might be wrong.

        If(big IF) Kate/KP are sending out thank you notes, it would be on letterhead with her ‘C’ underneath the crown. Similar to the Christmas invite Becky English shared.imo Someone screenshot this. The Duke & Duchess of Edinburgh are listed right after The King. Nothing to see here. /s

  2. Lady Esther says:

    The picture selections are giving me life! Office Barbie FTW

    • ML says:

      Lady Esther, I saw the film. Barbie(s) (this covers lots of people) are competent! Not sure if that’s what you were referring to.

    • Becks1 says:

      YES I was trying to think of how to describe it – Office Barbie is perfect.

  3. Eurydice says:

    I have to laugh at that thank you card with the gray schmutz going down the page . It looks like they’re having some problems with their ink cartridge.

    • MsIam says:

      And the article says”Princess Kate sends out thank you cards” lol. I’m sure Waity-Fakey was working hard running that printer too. #WhereisKate

      • Underhill says:

        Don’t stop believing, Crunchie. If you believe hard enough and clap real loud, your fairy princess will surely appear

    • BeanieBean says:

      Oh, wow, that is bad. It’s particularly messy up by the crown thingie. The letters aren’t crisp, it’s a piece of paper not a card, there’s no color, no signature, no stamp, there’s way too much blank space between the ‘Kensington Palace’ and start of the message. All around crap effort. Actually, there was no effort, none at all.
      And @CaptainCrunch: because she hasn’t been verifiably seen since Christmas 2023.

      • Msiam says:

        @ CaptainCrunch look at you ignoring the fake pictures and videos. Is that standard procedure when one goes on vacation or sick leave? And maybe we haven’t been seeing Charles at all, maybe it’s a body double! #WhereisKate ?

      • Feebee says:

        I agree. So bad. And anyone could probably whip that up themselves.

      • Nic919 says:

        The alternative is that she is pretty rude in not signing her thank you cards or at minimum using an electronic signature.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        @CaptainCrunch, the video has been flagged by Getty. Time may or not tell. There is no concrete proof the video is real either. BBC studios is being pretty tight lipped. No one wants to put their name to it.

        It’s not a ‘rabbit hole’ when the WanK’s/KP have put out a lot of false stuff before. Hello Flybe!

        Do you believe it was Kate in the Windsor Farm video and the Frankenphoto was real?

    • Truthiness says:

      The printer smearing ink is perfection ☠☠☠

      Maybe KP got a good deal on some Brother printers from Party Pieces.

  4. SussexWatcher says:

    Seems fake. Anyone could create that. Plus why does it look like it has a printer smear on it and why doesn’t it have a crease from being folded? Is KP being run by a bunch of angry hedgehogs? Fake photos, cardboard cutouts in cars, and now thank you notes that look like a clip art special? Sure, Jan.

    • Eurydice says:

      I think the X user is trolling the media.

      • Fifty-50 says:

        Lol my first reaction to your comment was “we will never know!” This is what KP gets for their frankenphoto and multiple fake videos. Anyone can claim anything and people will believe it because who’s to say it isn’t true? I totally believe this is the kind of useless and inept busywork KP’s comms team would do. I totally believe a twitter user is trolling the media! I totally believe that Carole is the troll using a sock puppet to disseminate the lie that KP sent thank you cards in an attempt to solicit funds to pay off her creditors and it’s ultimately all part of a small Russian psyop! Who the hell knows! The earthshot sky is truly the limit.

      • Eurydice says:

        @Fifty-50 – Lol, it could also be a plot by Camilla to make W&K look even more inept.

        But what makes me think it’s a troll is that, with all their entitlement over being PoWs, I can’t imagine W&K wouldn’t have ordered expensive embossed thank you cards. And with all their clownish behavior, I can’t imagine they would think to send any of them out.

      • BeanieBean says:

        I think this. It’s fake. I hadn’t even noticed the lack of a fold mark, but yes! It’s a full piece of paper, not a single note card that fits in an envelope, therefore it would have been folded. Or are they wasting money on large mailing envelopes?

    • Turkeylurkey says:

      The article says it is a “postcard” so it wouldn’t have a crease. Probably put in a small envelope.

      • BeanieBean says:

        You may want to check out the link to the Hello article. That’s not a postcard.

      • Eurydice says:

        @BeanieBean – I have nothing better to do with my life, so I measured the note in the Hello article – it’s the 4″ x 6″ ratio for a standard postcard. It looked extra weird to me because I’m used to seeing postcards printed landscape rather than letter.

    • Miranda says:

      I actually hope it IS fake, because if not, that note is extremely half-assed even by Kate’s standards. Hell, it’s not even quarter-assed. Surely they could afford some quality stationery. I’ve seen the card that a friend’s grandparents received from QEII on their 60th anniversary, which was simple but elegant and had an expensive look to it, so I know the RF can do better.

      • Eurydice says:

        Really, it looks like standard postcard stock that’s been run through a home printer.

      • Fifty-50 says:

        That was QEII though. Terrible printer postcards with smeared ink sounds about right for the level of KP’s staggering incompetence.

        Hey! Maybe KP could have helped Carole by buying out Party Pieces’ stock of “Thank You” cards!

        Ah, well, too late for that.

    • Interested Gawker says:

      ” Is KP being run by a bunch of angry hedgehogs?”

      OMG, the internecine war between the hedgehogs loyal to William and the Wiglet Gophers loyal to Kate in KP is the Wind and the Willows/Watership Down mash up I didn’t know I needed!

  5. ML says:

    The Clarence House address is very interesting. So are BP’s staff forwarding these letters to KP or answering them themselves? It does seem to indicate that BP took control of the K narrative to mitigate the damage.

    • StillDouchesOfCambridge says:

      I think it’s the main receive box- i remember seeing somewhere (here??) even to send to meg & harry it was to Clarence

  6. FancyPants says:

    The impersonal thank you note feels like just the right touch to me- as if Kate has deigned to glance at a single one of those cards herself!

  7. Cessily says:

    And this is news why? Can’t imagine how desperate they will be for content by June..

    • Dee(2) says:

      Which is why they’re stressing about Harry and Meghan attending weddings and church services. You haven’t seen William more than 15 times this year, and haven’t seen him in about 2 weeks period. And the last time we saw Kate in a universally accepted appearance was Christmas. Rehashing the same stories doesn’t hit the same way. Even for the haters.

      • rosa mwemaid says:

        Yes they are getting worse and worse and sillier and sillier, I’m amazed that even the haters believe them.

      • Underhill says:

        I am agreeing with those who say he is in rehab for out of control drinking. And he is apparently a mean drunk

  8. Amy Bee says:

    Bare minimum. I’ve seen Kate stans tweeting out the Clarence House address but that doesn’t make any sense given that they don’t live there and now would be responsible for their own mail. Charles used to be responsible for their mail before the Queen died.

  9. SCAR❤️❤️❤️❤️ says:

    Circling the wagons.
    Consolidating the easily fooled.
    Feeding chum to the willing trolls of the Duchess of Sussex.
    Rewarding her fellow liars the Derangers.

    • Interested Gawker says:

      It does all seem intentionally deployed strategy. This letter/card seems too careless looking to be real but Hello is a proper periodical…

      KP can try to buy time but roping in the participation of Getty, who do not want to be a party to disseminating false ai information and partnering with a red top like The Sun, who already said on the record they were in contact with KP about the farm video, makes circling the wagons less easy to do. Some new release of the facts beyond the BRF’s control can erupt again.

      How will this be resolved? Kate hasn’t been seen for months. Easter, a traditional outing in the royal calendar for the children, has passed without seeing them too. Can they truly not show Kate for four months? May? Five months…? June? Six months…?

      Every attempt to pretend she was outside was fake, they can’t even point to a BBC Studios producer and camera crew who can vouch for having worked with Kate, with B-roll footage to prove it. Can they remain like this six and seven months on? Will what few Catherine fans on SM who are human rather than amplifying bots demand proof of life at six months or will they pretend this BS is normal?

  10. ML says:

    After clicking on that Hello link and reading the thank you, the article further clarified, “In a break with tradition, no photo accompanied the note, which was instead left blank on one side.”
    Reader, I chortled. Now why on earth did they break with tradition 🤔

    • Christine says:

      LMAO!! Not a break from tradition for never puts a foot wrong keen lynchpin!

      I swear these people have a dart board with their favorite phrases. They toss, and that becomes the daily article they absolutely must produce.

    • Interested Gawker says:

      They were stuck with their backlog of manipulated photos and didn’t have any new ones to replace them…

      Edited to say I clicked through Hello to see the picture, were they linked by somebody?! That too look official at all! It’s smeared, unsigned and had no initial crest!!??

      • Interested Gawker says:

        Were they punked by somebody…? not linked…

        were they punked by somebody?! That doesn’t look official at all! It’s smeared, unsigned and had no ‘C’ initial crest!!??

        My phone is feral…

  11. Brassy Rebel says:

    Sending cards and letters to people you know will never see them is a choice. A stupid one.

  12. They never learn. They just keep fueling the theories and questions where is Can’t with this thank you note scheme.

  13. Harla A Brazen Hussy says:

    Is it just me or has the press found any and every situation to refer to Kate as The Princess of Wales? I realize that it’s her title and is how she is known now but it feels to me, like they are beating us upside the head with it. IMHO, the BRF and press are desperate to no longer have Diana as the PoW of people’s memories, plus the added bonus of trying to make Meghan look “less than” because she’s “only” a Duchess. Just my random thought this morning.

    • Lulu says:

      The derangers leave comments every single time they call her Kate Middleton saying there is no such person anymore, ‘Our Catherine is the Princess of Wales’. Same wording most of the time too.

  14. Lulu says:

    And there it is. The fail has an article about Rose sending a handwritten thank you note to a fan. Suddenly Kate has sent out a form letter called a thank you note.

  15. Lau says:

    I don’t think they “are managing to fill their time”, they’re just used to having nobody to supervise them and also used to not doing much during a day of work.

  16. KC says:

    My older sister was a big, big, big Diana person. She was at just the right age, 11, when they married. When she was 12 our family had a rough year – my parents got divorced, our house burned down, and just my mom, my sister, and I moved across the country from small-town rural Kentucky to Denver. We were super poor living in a strange big city and my sister was awkward and nerdy and had a southern accent so was bullied almost to death.

    She wrote a letter to Princess Diana about her life and all the hard things going on, and it breaks my heart to think of my sister as a little girl writing all that to a stranger.

    The crazy thing though is that one of Princess Diana’s ladies-in-waiting sent her a handwritten, personal reply. My sister, who is now in her 50’s, still treasures that letter and gets teary talking about it.

    Regardless of what I think about the monarchy (abolish it) it matters to so many people and to exhibit this lack of care and thoughtlessness in their responses kind of pisses me off. No, I don’t expect Kate to personally hand write responses for every card, but Kensington Palace has the resources to design a nice looking card/form letter that shows they give a little bit of a shit, even if they don’t.

    • Berkeleyfarm says:

      That’s a really sweet story and I am so glad that Diana and her staff responded to your sister’s call for help to give her a little encouragement. And that it helped your sister out.

      Pre printed thank you cards are most definitely A Thing in Royal circles (I’m sure that BP has sent thank you cards to well wishers as well) but that one does look double-plus phoned in.

    • Truthiness says:

      What a wonderful story KC. There are so many things Diana got exactly right.

  17. Mary Pester says:

    This is just a “, PLEASE don’t forget the white princess! Well thanks to the British rags we haven’t forgotten the lazy bone, but we have realised that we don’t need her, her husband, or her father in law. GB hasn’t tumbled into the sea, the castles haven’t fallen and the world is still turning 😂, let’s hope the people of the UK have had a proper light bulb moment and tell them all to jog on! Abolish the monarchy should become a full on battle cry

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Mary Pester, I still think people should stop talking about Bone Idle–we would forget about her in little time. I now think we should stop talking about Billy Idle–I wonder how long it would take for people to forget about him?

      • Mary Pester says:

        @Who?? Lol, now I have had my visitors (I’ve had quite a few) but none of them have said a word about bone, and as they know that I’m in late (I refuse to say end, even though it’s coming to fast) stage cancer, you would have thought they would!
        I asked my nurse Rachel who does the home visits what she thought of Billy and bone, and, without me having to explain she knew EXACTLY who I was talking about, she just gave a little frown and said Billy and bone? I replied yes Billy and bone idle, and straight away she said, “do you mean William and Kate” lol

  18. QuiteContrary says:

    I sent out better thank-you notes to volunteers at PTA functions.

    • Lorelei says:

      I give my mail carrier and the men who pick up our trash nice cards at the holidays…I’d never send anyone a cheap flier like that! It shows _zero_ care or thought. And the people writing to K are the ones they need to keep supporting them…you’d think they would put a shred of effort in.

  19. Rnot says:

    If this was really put out by KP staff then I’m back to wondering if she’s even alive and conscious. This feels like a placeholder for when you can’t say anything else.

    • Interested Gawker says:

      For real, it’s not even proper stationary, not embossed or anything it looks like it was printed at a copy shop and devoid of Kate’s input even as office staff meant to work in her stead.

  20. tamsin says:

    If the Hello article is showing a screenshot of the thank you note, then it an exceedingly unprofessional and tacky. Should the letter not at least show Kate’s monogram or royal cypher?

  21. TB says:

    Google is your friend:
    The Correspondence Section at Clarence House will continue to handle the Waleses (formerly the Cambridges) mail for the present, as that is where the dedicated space, equipment, and staff for handling mail is located. This may change in the future, and we will update you when that happens.

    • Nerd says:

      As the main place for correspondence for the Wales (formerly the Cambridges) shouldn’t they have her cypher and embossed letterheads that at least distinguish between Cate and the other royals when sending thank you cards, letters or postcards? Shouldn’t they also be more professional and experienced to end any correspondence with at least her signature or the letter C to give the letter more authenticity and sentimental value? Where the correspondence comes from isn’t as relevant as the personal nature that should have been expressed with a cypher or signature.

  22. martha says:

    My aunt, Alice (executive secretary and civil servant, Washington, DC) volunteered to handwrite thank-you notes to the writers of condolence letters Jackie Kennedy received after JFK’s death. (I’m not sure what those notes said, but, I believe Alice signed her own name with an added “on behalf of Mrs. Kennedy”) It was important to Jackie that the thank-you notes were handwritten even if she couldn’t answer them all herself. Afterwards, my aunt received a personal note from Jackie thanking her. (Jackie actually wrote and signed these notes herself)

    That sample note in Hello is worse than nothing! Kate could really use some Ladies in Waiting to write these kind of notes. Surely there are some posh hangers-on who’d do it in exchange for a future garden party invite!

    Auto-signature would be a mistake because they’re already having problems being caught out for fakes. What a stink that would cause!

    • martha says:

      ETA – Or, at the very least, have a nicer looking card. You’re not poor Kensington Palace. Yeesh. You could afford hardstock and embossed professionally printed cards. Maybe even throw in a photo of Kate or William or the children or their dogs or their garden! How about a tiara?