DM: Prince William showcased his ‘evolution as an international statesman’ on D-Day

I know French people have very mixed opinions about President Emmanuel Macron, but I’m consistently impressed by his administration’s staging for international events. Thursday was the 80th anniversary of D-Day. For 80 years, French presidents have staged commemorative events for Allied troops who fought on that day. This year’s event was gorgeous, and the Macrons behaved impeccably, from Madame Macron personally greeting the WWII veterans on their arrival, to the Macrons’ individual memorial visits. If anything, this anniversary drew attention to Macron, to President Biden, and most importantly, to the last of the WWII generation. But according to the Mail’s Becky English, the 80th anniversary of D-Day was all about a temperamental, 41-year-old man-child playacting his idea of a “international statesman.” The Mail’s headline: “Standing with seven presidents, three kings and too many prime ministers to count, Prince William steps up for his most high-profile role on the international stage yet.” Eyeroll. Some highlights:

Primetime Huevo: Standing shoulder to shoulder with seven presidents, three kings, a grand duke and almost too many prime ministers to count, Prince William yesterday undertook his most high-profile role on the international stage yet. The circumstances were not ideal: deputising for his father, who had been advised to miss the international D-Day commemorations at Omaha beach due to his ongoing cancer treatment. But a proud King Charles was, I am told, ‘delighted that the Prince of Wales attended to represent the nation’. As for William, an aide adds: ‘He has a strong sense of wanting to support his father, both at home and overseas.’

William only cares about the optics: In royal terms, as in politics, optics are everything and it was lost on no one – doubtless including William – that this was a glimpse into his future; hopefully one that is still many years away, but his future nonetheless. He was by terms dignified and regal but also warm and friendly, laying a wreath with solemnity but greeting the veterans he encountered with an air of approachable camaraderie.

William has HIS coronation medal, unlike Harry! Wearing a suit with his Army Air Corps tie and decorations including his Great Master of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath neck order and his Golden, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee medals, along with his new Coronation medal, William met Mr Trudeau who told him: ‘There’s a great crowd here.’ He also went into the Juno Beach visitor centre for an impromptu private chat – a bi-lateral in diplomatic terms – with Mr Trudeau and was warmly clapped by the crowds as he left, with many shouting out: ‘William, Prince William. A picture s’il vous plait!’

William is stepping up the plate! Talking to insiders, there is no doubt that William is more ready than ever to step up to the plate. ‘Yes, we have seen his evolution as an international statesman, particularly since he became Prince of Wales,’ one told me this week. ‘What’s always remarkable is the sense of comfort and confidence he has in these big moments… And he feels a huge sense of responsibility in telling this story and marking such an important anniversary.’

Kate’s illness has been tough on William: A source tells me: ‘Since the start of the year you’ve seen a real strength of character from the Prince of Wales. He has really tried to strike a balance of supporting his family – his wife, his children and his father – but also continuing to go out and work. At no point have you seen him falter in that. That speaks to his strength of character. And he has stuck to his guns about doing it his way. Everyone’s cancer journey is different and everyone has to handle theirs in the way they see fit. But what the prince does have is a strong sense of commitment to duty and service. And that will never change.’

[From The Daily Mail]

There we go: “Yes, we have seen his evolution as an international statesman.” That’s what William got out of it, that it was all about him, that he gets a gold star for standing with elected leaders in his father’s absence, that he is now an “international statesman.” The thing is, yesterday wasn’t a bad day for William at all although, admittedly, the bar is in hell. He wasn’t a gaffe machine, his behavior was respectful, he gave a speech and didn’t make a horse’s ass out of himself. It would have come across as “of course, this comes naturally to me” if he had just left it at that. Instead, Huevo and his people immediately ran to brief all of this childish embiggening to Becky English. Imagine having to brag about your big-boy statesman day at the age of 41 (nearly 42).

Huevo is currently the only senior royal at Hugh Grosvenor’s wedding, which is happening as I write this:

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  1. Tessa says:

    Oh yeah kates illness is tough on huevo. Yet Kate is the one sick and has not been for months.

    • Tessa says:

      Not been seen for months

    • swaz says:

      And she also save Kate for last, I surprise she even mentioned her 😏 I guess William is the one paying Becky English for this article. I’m just happy she left Harry out of it 🤣🤣🤣

      • Where'sMyTiara says:

        Only mentioned her to bang on about “William’s strength of character” – I’m sorry, but in what universe does that feckless idiot manchild possess any glimmer of “strength of character”? His wife – hidden, possibly in a coma at one point, her narrative and voice literally taken from her – and instead of supporting her he threw her under the bus for his/KP team’s Frankenphoto blunder. And that’s before we look at “all the work” he’s undertaken, which mostly consisted of day drinking, or blowing off royal European relatives after overindulging in drink.

        I think D-Day is the first time I’ve not seen him hung over this entire year, and that’s probably b/c the BP handlers on whip for this assignment were under orders by Cluck to ‘keep the Egg from pickling itself’.

      • Barb Mill says:

        I was surprised she didn’t mention that Harry didn’t wear his coronation medal at the recently. Was it the IG ceremony?

  2. As I said yesterday he is a terrible global statesman. The only thing he did yesterday was appear sober at an event but that doesn’t make him some fabulous global statesman. He wore a business suit with his fake medals and read a speech he for sure didn’t write or even look at till he got to the podium. He is only a great global statesman in his mind.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      William is getting praise for literally doing nothing but stand upright. How is Britain not embarrassed by this?

      • Isabella says:

        The coronation medal comment is the funniest. Imagine a medal for just showing up. Hilarious.

  3. HeatherC says:

    This is such a joke. But the Wails and Fails stenographer understands her assignment…blow as much smoke up his a$$ as often as possible so people start to believe it through repetition.

    As a side note, did everyone see President Zelenskyy’s interaction with a DDay veteran? That’s a statesman rising to this occasion.

    • Agnes says:

      Yes. There were too many genuinely good brave people at yesterday’s D-Day events for Bulliam I to look like anything but a constipated, cosplaying cardboard caricature, just like his old man and beloved step-mother.

      • SquiddusMaximus says:

        I’m so effing irritated at those stolen-valor medals. Here’s one for being born a prince! Here’s another for being born a prince! Not a single one for actual merit or service. The whole BRF and their self-congratulatory smugness makes me want to puke.

    • Smart&Messy says:

      They are hammering it in by repetition and listing his chocolate medals of the most highest order of the secret girdle.

  4. Neeve says:

    Did Harry also get a coronation medal?

    • Anance says:

      Harry has real medals, he doesn’t need fake ones.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Neeve, I’ve wondered if Harry even got that hat party medal. The fact that the bm make such a deal about Harry not wearing it and now saying that Billy Idle is makes me think he did not.

      Anance, very true.

    • Barb Mill says:

      Yes he did. They always comment when he doesn’t wear it.

      • kirk says:

        Pix or it didn’t happen. Your comment (crediting tabloids as truth tellers 🙄) is focused on the ABSENCE of the badge, not proof that it was ever given to Harry. When did Harry supposedly get the crowny badge? Did one of the courtiers send it to him? Def wasn’t Chuck who gave it to him because he was briefing the press about how he was snubbing Harry when Harry showed up in UK for lawsuit in March 2023 before Chuck’s Big Day. And Harry touched down so briefly, and hid so effectively behind Anne’s headpiece, that there wasn’t time or space to give it to him in May 2023. AFAICT there’s no proof Harry ever got one of Chuck’s crown badges.

  5. equality says:

    So he is a statesman because he sat in the same row with world leaders and managed a meeting with Trudeau (the leader of a country that still retains the monarchy)?

    • Seraphina says:

      He’s hoping that through osmosis, he becomes one too.

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      I came here to say how ridiculous this is. Statesmanship is not contagious. It usually requires more than not appearing drunk in public and reading some words someone else wrote.

    • Yvette says:

      @equality … He probably only met privately with Trudeau to ask that he not attend Harry’s Canadian Invictus Games in winter 2025.

    • Jan90067 says:

      He’s as much a “statesman” now as that Blowup Doll, Ivanka, was standing on the outer ring of all the world leaders, pretending she was part of the conversation. Blech~

    • Well Wisher says:

      He is royal, a statesman is ” is a politician or a leader in an organization who has had a long and respected career at the national or international level.”

      William will be the head of the government, a non-political position, for the constitutional monarchies including Canada.

  6. SunshineInFiji says:

    Who’s a good boy? Who’s a good boy?
    *Hands him a treat, a pat on the head, and sends him home*

  7. Becks1 says:

    Again, as we have said before – if you have to constantly run to the papers to insist how much of an international statesman you are, then you’re really not.

    I wonder if he has any shame standing among all those elected presidents and prime ministers. They earned their positions and were voted in by the people. He did not. And my god the medals for the jubilees and coronations are stupid.

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      Not to mention the one for the Great Master of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath. I had to check three times to get the wording right. These titles are so cringey.

    • Beverley says:

      Pegs has no shame, feels none. He’s the firstborn and appointed by God, doncha know.

  8. Khate’s Mourning Wig says:

    I wish I had a whole PR machine to prop me up so I could exist in glorified mediocrity.

    • Genevieve says:

      I’d love it. “Genevieve is really finding her voice with the photocopier and stepping up with emptying the dishwasher in the staff room. Fellow teachers are inspired by the energetic example she sets, after 20 years in the job.”

      • SA says:

        @Genevieve – you made my morning!

      • OliviaOne says:

        Ohoh! I want to play! Please?!

        Kevin was finally managing to use datasheets with efficiency: He now uderstood how to sum a column and add new sheets in a file.
        He was also showing promise that in the next five years he would be able to do some conditional formatting like colour coding cells depending on their content.

        HR was so proud it only took him twenty odd years that he has been named Employee of the century and his photo is now displayed in everyone’s lockscreen.

        His dad, the CEO was concerned he would be outshined by all these fancy new skills but could not easily move his desk to the basement, behind the janitor’s room, where the flickering LED light was mysteriously never able to be fixed.

      • Minnieder says:

        Go Genevieve! You are dominating that staff room, and showing everyone you are the bestest teacher on the planet! It’s amazing that you are able to use the copy machine, you’ve only worked there 20 years!!

      • Jais says:

        Good job, Genevieve! What a big girl you are😂. Fr, your post was gold.

      • Brassy Rebel says:

        Bravo, Genevieve and OliviaOne! You also are ready to function as adults. 😆 But your jobs sounds much more difficult than William’s.

      • Christine says:

        LOL! This is perfect!

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Genevieve, you are now known as the Most Supreme Master of the Copier! Congratulations!

  9. Josephine says:

    Here is a man who has every advantage in the world and has done . . . nothing. Not a thing. No job, no dedication, no work ethic. He’s the world’s prime example of living off the public dole. He and his entire family should be deeply ashamed, and the even bigger problem is those who still believe in and support the monarchy.

    • OliviaOne says:

      I remember very vividly a statement made of KHate early on in her career as brood mare for The Firm (we are talking ten years ago at least I believe):
      They were attending an event with Bulliam, and a little girl asked her “What is the best thing about being a princess”?
      You would be right to think that if it was Diana or any sane person with half an understanding of PR would have said “Being able to help people” or “Being able to focus on what matters to me like environment, early years..” HAHA sorry.. “.. food safety and given tools and means to do so”.

      But no.

      Khate being Khate replied to the question “What is the best thing about being a princess?” with

      “Being taken care of”.

      I sh1t you not.

      And not a journalist bat an eyelid or posted negatively about it.

      This has stuck in my memory as a character portraying moment not just of what it is she desires, but also how stupid she was to utter it outside her head.

      • HRH Miss Scarlett says:

        Yessss I remember this and being so appalled! She said the best thing is how well William takes care of her!! To a child she was meeting at an event! I about fell over, and the entire media just glossed right over it. I don’t think you can even find it on the internet anymore, but it was shortly after the wedding, 2011 or 2012.

        KP did realize how awful it sounded though because she has had a similar question in more recent years, and she responded “getting to me lots of lovely people like you.” So at least she can learn, but I am still horrified at what her initial response was.

      • Square2 says:

        I’m afraid she has not grown in the past 10 plus years. Didn’t she say, “I am married to William.” or something similar when a teen/ kid asked who was she LAST YEAR?

  10. Innie says:

    The bar is in hell for William, but this won’t get any attention because Rishi Sunak idiotically left early and is now rightly being raked over the coals for it.

  11. Laura D says:

    I honestly felt like the DM were trolling him yesterday. It was almost like they were talking to a 12 year old telling him what a good job he done by behaving himself at an important event. Then when they included what his medals were actually for was the “icing on the cake.” They knew what they were doing when they wrote this article and it was damining him with faint praise.

    I said this countless times yesterday but, it’s worth repeating. Out of all the PMs, Presidents and kings in attendance, it was only the BRF who thought it was a good idea to wear “faux” medals and costume uniforms. Their inflated sense of importance was there for everyone to see. It was also notable that there were no pictures of William shaking hands with any of the other royals in attendance.

    • The Hench says:

      They were so trolling.

      “Wearing a suit with his Army Air Corps tie and decorations including his Great Master of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath neck order and his Golden, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee medals, along with his new Coronation medal, ”

      100% of his medals are for attending events. Let’s just think about that. This man got given A MEDAL for going to three jubilees and a coronation and he has the utter ignorance to wear those medals in front of genuine veterans, many of whom have only one medal – for outstanding bravery in the battlefield. It is INSULTING.

      • Magdalena says:

        AHHHH. NOW I understand why he was given that Order of the Bath title. It’s the only way he could get to wear a medal around his neck so people would think it was one like Prince Harry’s KCVO medal. Cosplaying his little brother to the bitter end.

    • Parsley says:

      Great catch @Oliviaone.
      Love when something lodges in my head like that, sometimes I don’t even understand why, and then one day it all makes sense.
      Even before this recent troubling sequence of events, she was a sad figure to me. Vapid, superficial , yes. But also a bit tragic (the mother, the chasing of W, the obvious insecurity …)

  12. Jais says:

    It’s the over-embiggening that makes it all so embarrassing and actually diminishes the royals. Makes them seem like absolute fools. One day at a D-day ceremony does not prove William has been stepping up to the plate. It’s one day. Presumably, William is going to be doing all of this stuff when he’s king. Will we get breathless reporting every time he does anything? The propaganda🙄

  13. Snaggletooth says:

    The halo of puffy friz on top of his head…just why? It’s not fooling anyone. Better to shave it than to have the posture and hair of Mr Burns.

  14. ShazBot says:

    Commitment to duty and service is what rankles me the most. I hated it when they said it about the Queen because what? She did 500 engagements a year into her 90s and threw her family under the bus to protect the institution? Fine, I guess? We have different definitions of duty and service. But to put those words anywhere near William? Come the f*ck on.

    • OliviaOne says:

      Agreed.. service and duty is being tossed around for decades now by the firm very very loosely.

  15. Cassie says:

    Dear lord , make this woman go away , what an embarrassing article .

    William is not a friggen global statesman .

  16. Digital Unicorn says:

    He’s being dragged on UK twitter for comments he made in his speech – ”Too many never returned. They remain in some corner of a foreign field that is forever England.”. He seems to have forgotten all the Scottish, Irish, Welsh, African, Indian and other nations that fought as part of the British forces.

    He truly is the epitome of the Tory little englander and he in particular has me supporting the movement to abolish the lot of them.

  17. Harla A Brazen Hussy says:

    Boy for someone struggling to take care of his sick wife, ferrying the children to school daily, plus attending, maybe, 1 work event a week he sure does look tan and has for some time.

    • OliviaOne says:

      It’s cause he ploughs the fields in Westminster daily to make a living… poor Bulliam and his loud breathing horse.. so much to do.

  18. Julia says:

    I watched the BBC News coverage of D Day last night and William was just mentioned as an afterthought along with other European royals. It seems it’s only the tabloids and celebrity magazines who are buying the ridiculous’ ‘global statesman’ nonsense!

    • equality says:

      ABC World News in the US focused on (imagine this) the actual veterans.

    • Well Wisher says:

      As he should, he is not a politician nor leader of an organization on an national or international level….

  19. Lau says:

    Did he get a sunburn or is he starting to turn as red as his father was before he got sick ?
    On the Macron thing : his capacity to host international events is a good illustration of his entire presidency as he is all about show and no substance. Most of the state visits he host go well because he only cares about being seen with rich and important people. (I speak as a French person who is really really tired of his sh*t)

  20. Nanea says:

    So — at the most inopportune instance of a “bring your child to work” day — he managed to find his seat that someone pointed out to him.

    And he read something off a piece of paper that he had never looked at before, and stumbled badly over the pronunciation of a handful of French words. It’s not like they don’t have an Institut Français, where people would be able to help, within walking distance of KP.

    Other than that he seemed lost, and in over his head.

    I’d be so embarrassed to be British, with having Horsemilla, CIII, 🥚, and the disappearing Rishi representing the country.

  21. Mslove says:

    According to the Fail, Peg greeted the veterans he encountered with an “air of approachable camaraderie.” How big of him, wow! Peg thinks the veterans should be thankful he graced them with his royal presence. After all, he’s an International Global Statesman. I hope the veterans felt honored, despite Peg and his arrogance.

    • Unblinkered says:

      Don’t forget the ‘comfort and confidence’ he displayed. Things really must be bad if drivel like this is being fed to the public.

      In all Prince Charles’s years as PoW when ever was such daft nonsense written about him? Never, because no-one ever needed to.

  22. Amy Bee says:

    And we’re back to the global statesman narratives as predicted. William wants a cookie for doing his job.

  23. Hihello says:

    More like D-Bag day.

  24. Eurydice says:

    Omg, he’s such a non-entity.

    • Parsley says:

      The word that best captures him, I realize, now that @Eurydice has said it:
      He’s a nonentity. 🎯

  25. Charfromdarock says:

    “ continuing to go out and work. At no point have you seen him falter in that. That speaks to his strength of character. “

    This has to be satire.

    • Lady Digby says:

      Q@Charfromdarock agreed because “strong and stable” statesman took to his bunker for weeks then eventually made a limited number of shambolic appearances and presiding over disastrous comms. Oh and let everybody down especially his unwell wife who he threw under the bus.
      At yesterday’s event at least he didn’t prance around showing off his TOP GUN2 shoes but he did flaunt 4 medals that were given to him by his gran and dad!

  26. aquarius64 says:

    D Day 80 was about the fallen and surviving veterans who played an important role in history. It’s not a dress rehearsal for W5. I’m surprised UK Twitter is cooking Willie; you wouldn’t know it with the fawning press coverage. I hope the board of Invictus Games is taking a look of the royals’ performance and comments, especially after the anniversary service.

  27. Blujfly says:

    Never faltered? He disappeared off the face of the Earth for weeks, has barely been seen with his sick father, and has presided over one of the worst PR bungles in years. Even the British tabloids were writing about his inability to step
    Up and handle this. There’s been reporting about him and his wife being panicked about his dad’s illness not because his father will die but they will have to appear more.

  28. Jaded says:

    As a Canadian I am behooved to say to the DM that it’s “Prime Minister Trudeau”, NOT “Mr. Trudeau”. Dumb twats.

    Furthermore, Willbur’s comment ”Too many never returned. They remain in some corner of a foreign field that is forever England.” really rankles me. As others have mentioned, countries from all over the world fought on D-Day. Allies suffered 209,000 casualties, including more than 18,700 Canadians. My father wasn’t involved in D-Day but he was with the RCAF as a bomber pilot in North Africa fighting Rommel’s troops and nearly lost his life there after being shot down.

    For the love of Dog, will somebody get Willbur a proper speech writer — D-Day and Normandy wasn’t just about England, it was about the entire world beating back the threat of totalitarianism and fascism.

  29. QuiteContrary says:

    William wore “his Golden, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee medals, along with his new Coronation medal.”

    He wore PARTICIPATION MEDALS to an event honoring actual war heroes???? How is this not mortifying???

    And his “sense of commitment to duty and service” is as deep as my respect for the monarchy.

  30. martha says:

    Rebecca English really thinks she and William are best mates and she wants everybody to believe that.

    To quote Romy & Michelle: What a deludinoid!

  31. Isabella says:

    The coronation medal comment is the funniest. Imagine a medal for just showing up. Hilarious.

  32. sammi says:

    His speech was how he could not believe the courage it took to march into the battle. It made the headline in one uk paper. Well,,,,,ask your brother Harry who fought on the front line in a modern war.

    He takes his son as a Plus One to a wedding…? On what planet is he a statesman or even a real man?

    Poor Uk….Not United and not a Kingdom but it has a King and substitute Queen now and Prince in waiting…waiting…waiting……..