OMG you guys. This one made me laugh out loud. Literally. Camilla Tominey has an exclusive in the Sunday Express about how Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is finally ready – after 4+ years of royal life and many, many people calling her out – to give actual speeches in support of her causes. The quotes from “sources” are amazing. Let’s do this.
A ‘well-placed source’ said:
“The Duchess hasn’t given that many speeches and when she has, she has felt the pressure as a newer member of the Royal Family in the spotlight. That has sometimes unfairly led to suggestions that she doesn’t have much to say. In fact the opposite is true.
“The tone of some of the reporting of the Duchess has not always chimed with the woman she really is. She is highly intelligent, well-briefed and does her research, including reading scientific papers. She is very engaged with all the issues concerning young people and is at the heart of a great many conversations behind palace gates.
“When it comes to her charities, the Duchess has always read up but now she feels it is time to speak up too. We have already seen her leading the conversation about children’s mental health and she has taken great confidence from that.
“This is all coming from the Duchess. She is going to be making more speeches and we will be hearing her voice coming through on a lot more royal engagements from now on.”
A ‘friend’ chimed in, saying:
“Catherine is a confident, self-assured woman. She is impeccably well-mannered and genuinely interested in what others have to say. People say she is ‘nice’ as if that is a bad thing. She is kind. She is caring, but she isn’t a doormat. She knows her own mind and can give as good as she gets.”
So basically the people at KP read our comments and tailor made quotes countering them, right? That’s what this reads like. I mean, that ‘nice is a bad thing’ comment they are referring to is something I’ve said several times in the past – that being called ‘nice’ is an insult because it means there is nothing more substantive to be called. I doubt they are actually reading this blog, but damn.
BTW, Kate’s ‘friends’ can say she’s confident and self-assured all they want, her body language when out in public says the opposite. Also, it does not matter what she says behind palace gates, it matters what she says in the public sphere.
Of course my first thought was “about damn time”, and my second thought was “I’ll believe it when I see it”. There has been a ton of things written about what Kate plans on doing, what she’s excited about doing in the future, etc., and those things never come to fruition.
Kate has two solo engagements this coming week as well as a day of engagements with William on Friday. After this article, if Kate does not give at least one speech that is more than one minute long, and where she doesn’t constantly look down at her notes and take long random pauses every other word, there will be some major side eye.
In all honesty, though, I want Kate to do well. I want her to have gotten a good speech coach and really done the work to become a better speech-giver. I want her to give more speeches. I want something more to write about than just her clothes. We want something more to talk about than just her clothes. If KP wants the media to stop focusing too much on “Kate’s clothes and occasional off-the-cuff remarks, instead of the real substance of what she is saying” then Kate has to actually say something!
Hopefully Kate actually steps up to the plate and this isn’t just another PR fluff piece.
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