Do you think Prince William is upset by the fact that his engagements this week have gotten outshined by not only his brother, Prince Harry, but also his father, Prince Charles? There was no press at all for William’s United for Wildlife meetings in Switzerland on Monday while Harry got lots of glowing press for his appearance at the Chelsea Flower Show, and William’s Women’s Football Team visit got little press while Charles got a ton of press for his visit to Ireland (which I’ll cover later). William attended a Tusk Trust 25th Anniversary Dinner at Windsor Castle last night, and still he got little coverage. Granted, most of the royal reporters are in Ireland with Charles, but still. I wonder if William notices how little coverage he gets when he does events solo, and I wonder if that bothers him.
Anyway, William the Petulant attended the gala, which consisted of 300 guests, where he gave a (rather long, actually) speech. I can’t find a video of the speech, which is a bummer. I always like seeing The Petulant read his speech from his giant sheets of paper.
The Petulant said in part (full transcript here):
“Tusk’s story, of course, does not end with it’s twenty-fifth birthday – far from it, in fact. The plunder and destruction of Africa’s natural endowment remains one of the greatest challenges facing the world – and it is growing worse by the week. Over the last 100 years, the abundance of the world’s species has decreased by almost a third. But the picture in the last few years has seen a genuinely unprecedented rise in the numbers of animals being slaughtered for their body parts.
“With the illegal trade on the rise, our response to it must rapidly evolve. The time for words has long gone – we must see action. And we must do so with urgency. There is no doubt that strong political leadership and real, sustained commitment from the international community is the key. […]
“International cooperation is our strongest defence and all of this is a step in the right direction, but there is so much more to do.
“This is where the crucial diplomacy carried out by Tusk is so important, as they who work tirelessly on the ground – often behind the scenes – to help address this complex and multi-faceted problem.”
I don’t want to be negative because this is one of The Petulant’s better speeches – with no “We must protect the wildlife so my son, Prince George, can see the animals when he goes on safari” – but… It’s kind of ironic that The Petulant talked about how the time for words is over, because all The Petulant ever does for Africa’s wildlife is say words (ie. give speeches). He’s no Harry – who’s actually getting in there and spending three months working with animals and three weeks shadowing a top vet in Africa.
Even though Duchess Kate did not attend this event, several ladies brought the fashion to liven up this post. Most notably among them was singer Katherine Jenkins, who wore a navy Grecian-inspired gown. Much like Ellie Goulding, Katherine Jenkins attends royal events as often as she can. I’m surprised she didn’t make a play for Harry – because she’s beautiful and blonde enough for that to have made sense – but she didn’t. She is now married to an American artist named Andrew Levitas, and is four months pregnant with their first child. Katherine looked very beautiful, and I thank her for bringing some pretty fashion to this otherwise boring event (I think the photographers took more photos of her than they did of The Petulant).
The other lady whose fashion I’d like to highlight is this woman on the arm of Steve Tisch. I don’t know who she is unfortunately (she’s labeled only as “partner”), but she wore one of Duchess Kate’s favorite designers, Jenny Packham. She wore a blush pink version of the Bardot dress from the 2015 bridal collection. I think she looks very pretty. I’ve looked at Jenny Packham’s website, and I must say I really like a lot of their designs. Sadly, Kate always wears the most boring dresses from Jenny Packham.
The Petulant went to see Mad Max: Fury Road in London the other day. I think it’s funny that a mere two weeks after the birth of Princess Charlotte, The Petulant is already spending four days away from his wife and babies.
The Petulant hosting a gala dinner at Windsor Castle got me thinking to last May when he hosted a gala dinner there for the Royal Marsden Hospital, which got me thinking to the last time The Petulant did anything for the Royal Marsden Hospital (it was that gala dinner). The Petulant has not done anything for the Royal Marsden Hospital for an entire year, with nothing on the schedule. It’s one of his oldest patronages (he’s been president since 2007), and given how light his royal work load is, it’s sad that he can’t find the time to visit them (but can find time to go to football matches and make them count as “work”).
In a Prince Harry update: Harry joined his friend Guy Pelly, Pelly’s wife, Lizzy Wilson, and her parents for dessert at a restaurant in London. Is it a bit weird that a single man went to dinner with a married couple and her parents? I would feel like a fifth wheel, but maybe that’s just me.
Let’s end on a high note: