Update/amendment to my amendment at bottom of post.
So it looks like other media outlets are running with the Kate and George airport vacation photos. Popsugar has a ton of them, and full photos, too, that show surroundings and add some context. Upon viewing these photos, I would like to amend my previous comments about the photos. However, since my previous post was so long, I decided to go ahead and make a whole new post so it’s easier to read.
Now, one thing I know I mentioned was how Kate seemed to be staring directly at the camera and laughing and smiling. I suggested that it may be because she knew the camera was there (don’t hate people, that is a valid suggestion given the number of celebs who call the paps on themselves and then stare directly into the camera so the paps can get their shot), but upon viewing the full-view photos I now see that the reason Kate’s head is turned that direction, and why she is laughing and smiling, is because she is talking to a security person who is walking with her. Clearly the photos I viewed previously had cropped the security person out. And maybe James has his head turned to the camera because he’s… listening to Kate and the security person talk? Sure. I’ll give them that one. So, no harm there.
Another thing I mentioned was how Kate was holding George seemed odd to me. I got some criticism for that, and I really don’t have any defense for why I criticized it in the first place, other than it just seemed odd to me. There are arguments for why she would carry him that way, and my argument for criticizing it has no real backing, so I’ll back off that one.
Regarding George seemingly not moving at all during the whole time on the tarmac, which seemed odd to me also: maybe he does kind of move a little bit? Having seen more pictures, I detect a bit of movement from George in some of the pictures, but not a lot. I think this issue was the biggest for me. It just seemed odd that George wouldn’t look around or squirm or anything, but maybe he was tired; it was a long flight. Eh, I don’t care enough to really put together a defense of my initial criticism–also, there really isn’t one–so whatever.
Like I said in my original post, I may be overanalyzing these photos and seeing a negative because of my preconceived view of Kate. I try to be objective–or at the very least, more objective than some–but I do hold a general dislike for Kate and how the media presents her (which has come from all the hypocrisy, from Kate, and sycophancy, from the media), so my judgement may be clouded here. The fact that I do want to be somewhat objective in my criticism, and give credit where it is due, is why I am writing this post amending my previous statements. I made a judgement call based on cropped photos I had seen, but once I saw the seemingly uncropped photos, my criticism wasn’t as valid, and I don’t mind saying that.
However, I do stand by what I said about the inconsistency of how they handle paparazzi photos in my previous post.
UPDATE: Goodness, I really need to stop flip-flopping my opinion on these photos, but I just did a search for “the Queen” on Google and have a thought I’d like to share. First, if you Google “the Queen” and click over to “news” (if you leave it on “web” it comes up with the movies) it comes up with a bunch of links to articles about how the Queen thinks Kate’s hemlines are too high. Nothing about the Queen’s finances, and her planned trip to Rome in April where she will meet the Pope is down at the bottom of the page. And that got me thinking about something I said when they announced a Kate appearance the same day that finances report was released. I said: “Kate Middleton will distract because she gets more attention in general and people will talk about her clothes and whatnot instead of talking about the lack-luster royal finances and the “crumbling” palaces. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we got new pap shots of Kate shopping or something. Or if they really wanted to distract the public they’d release new pics of Prince George.”
Now, it’s been about a week-ish since that report came out, right, but we did get new pap pics of Kate, and George (!). And now all anyone can talk about is the new pics of George–and the hemline thing, which was released a few days ago. (Also note, these pictures were from the beginning of the Mustique holiday, so they would have been taken around the same time as the Queen’s finance report, but they weren’t published until now.) I did rethink my position on these photos a few times now. At first I thought she could have totally called the pap since she was staring into the camera and laughing, smiling, and holding George for the nice “happy family” photo op that the palace has deemed not important enough to pursue. Then I saw that Kate was talking to someone, which made me excuse her expression and seemingly staring into the camera. But then I did that search, and now I’m thinking that maybe she did know the pap was there, and planned the photo op not only to get her some nice “happy family” pr, but also to distract from the Queen’s bad press. It would explain why the palace has decided not to pursue these photos when they are no better or worse, and in the same type of public forum when taken, than the other photos they’ve pursued. I don’t know, it may be reaching, but it was something I thought of (that I kind of totally predicted a week ago) and thought I’d share.