Here are some tidbits (and a few more photos from Kate’s Place2Be awards appearance) in the lead-up to Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s trip to New York City December 7-9. I’ve been largely ignoring the pre-visit stuff because I didn’t care too much, but here are some things that are a bit funny/dumb.
Let’s bullet point!
- People has an article that quotes a “friend” quoting “someone” who said Kate would like to see the Statue of Liberty or the Rockettes while she is in NY. Because this NY trip is basically a glorified tourist’s vacation. The article also quotes someone named R. Couri Hay – who happens to be a New York society publicist – who says, “[Kate] is so relatable, but has that glamour and sparkle. They will create a frenzy that could match Princess Diana’s [past] visits.” I thought the new American PR guy didn’t start until the New Year, but apparently he put in a call to talk up Kate a month early. I hope he’s getting the big bucks for that job.
- People has another article (this one even more dumb) about what Americans should call Will and Kate while in NYC. It claims the formal address for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is “Your Royal Highness” and then “sir” or “ma’am”, but Will and Kate are oh so relaxed and down to earth that people can “address them in whatever way [they] feel most comfortable.” This from the publication that insists on calling her Princess Kate even though that is so far off base and completely rude to real blood princesses. Eye roll.
- The NY Post has an article about all the stars and rich people Will and Kate will be hobnobbing with while in NY. They say Princess Eugenie will attend the reception for American Friends of the Royal Foundation on Sunday, because she’s a New Yorker now – having moved there last year. Does Eugenie still live/work in NY? She’s been partying in London for a lot of the summer. Anyway, celebs, rich people, blah. But some St. Andrews graduates aren’t thrilled [quote giver wished to remain anonymous]: “I’m not shelling out that kind of money, and none of my peer group is going. St Andrews prides itself on being understated and devoid of pomp and circumstance — that’s why William went there in the first place. This is about St Andrews boosting its profile on Wall Street.” LOLZ. But Euan Rellie, a British banker and socialite based in NYC, thinks, “They’re fantastic ambassadors… They’ve been the best thing for the royal family brand and they’ve yet to put a foot wrong.” LOLZ even harder.
- Time has an article about the difference in how the UK and US media treat Will and Kate that has no point that I can see. I get the difference and blah blah blah, but there is no thesis and no true conclusion – so it’s basically pointless. BUT, there is an amazing line in the article that I MUST bring up, for all the conspiracy theorists out there. The line reads: “Kate is frequently said to be ‘flaunting’ or ‘showcasing’ her ‘bump’, as if she has the power to detach it when she leaves home.” [emphasis KMR] I busted out laughing when I read that line. I know there are conspiracy theorists out there who believe Kate faked her pregnancy with Prince George, so reading anything involving a detachable bump in an article from a major, well-respected paper (while purely coincidental, I’m sure) is just hilarious.
- William and Prince Harry attended a charity carol concert in honor of their late friend, Henry van Straubenzee, who was killed in a car crash in 2002. Chelsy Davy was also there. As were Princess Eugenie, Pippa Middleton and Ellie Goulding (she’s showing up at a lot of Will’s things lately). Kate sat this one out, because reasons.
- Apparently, the people who own Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey is filmed, will also be going to the St. Andrews gala Will and Kate are going to. I only bring this up because apparently in 2011, one of the Downton Abbey actors said, “[Will and Kate] spoke very highly of Downton Abbey,” Jessica Brown Findlay said in 2011. “They told me they were huge fans of the show.” Will and Kate say they are huge fans of EVERY show whose actor they are speaking to. William recently told Damian Lewis that he and Kate are huge Homeland fans. I’m pretty sure that’s just something they say. They want to say something nice and relate to whomever they are talking to, so if it’s an actor on a TV show, they says they’re huge fans of whatever show it is.