Last week I wanted to focus on the European royals having focused so heavily on the Royal Holy Trinity the two weeks before and then this weekend/Monday was all about Remembrance services, so I ended up not posting about an announced appearance and several articles about Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry. Just the other day another Kate appearance was announced, and so I decided to do a round up of those announced appearances and those articles so that we could chat about them. Before that, though, I think a trip down memory lane is in order…
This ^^ photo is the last time Kate did anything with her patronage, Place2Be – she recorded a video message for Mental Health Week in February 2015.
This ^^ is the last time Kate supported Place2Be with an actual appearace – she attended the Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards in November 2014 (which took place at KP).
This ^^ is the last time she supported the children of Place2Be indirectly – she visited a school which had the M-PACT Plus program (only partly related to Place2Be) in July 2014.
And this ^^ is the last time Kate actually visited a school with the actual Place2Be program in it – she visited in November 2013 (please excuse my excessive use of the word moron in that post).
BTW, Place2Be is a mental health charity focusing on early intervention in young people. So basically the exact thing that Kate is supposedly super excited about and focusing on now. Kate has been patron of Place2Be since April 2013. You would think that someone who is super excited to focus on the mental health of young people and who has been patron of a charity that does just that for over two years would have actually taken the time to visit said charity sometime in the last year, but especially since the mental health kick kicked in (in September). Well, Kate decided to finally visit Place2Be again. She will be attending Place2Be’s Headteacher Conferences on Wednesday, November 18th.
The day before the long-overdue Place2Be visit, Kate will attend The Fostering Network’s annual Fostering Excellence Awards. Kate visited The Fostering Network back in January of this year.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about those articles:
- The first article I want to talk about is from the Daily Beast. The article is a compare and contrast between the Cambridges and the Beckhams (David and Victoria) about their use of social media. It has a lot of good points, many of which we’ve been discussing here for months. Here’s a few I liked: “[The Beckhams] make tantalizing glimpses of their family life public, allowing them to keep their private life truly private—it’s a canny sleight of hand. Because Victoria and David’s Instagram feeds feel so authentic, when they do use their feeds to promote causes or business, the fans don’t resent it.” Whereas the KP Twitter account “has been utterly bewildering and completely non-uniform. […] the account usually majors on official announcements, or tweeting out snippets of Prince Harry’s latest speech, then it does something really weird, like post a picture of Prince William and Kate when they were at university.” And this one we’ve been saying for months: “Will and Kate’s solution to the problem of photographer harassment—going into solitary family confinement—is only making things worse. The price payable for the first candid picture of George, Charlotte, William and Kate climbs every day they lock themselves away from all lenses in their Norfolk palace. […] Allowing lots and lots of pictures of your kids to be published on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter—whether taken by yourself or your pals or other punters at the National History Museum—doesn’t harm them. It doesn’t make them commodities. It does the exact opposite. Indeed, deployed cleverly, it could help the Royals publicly and privately.” Really, KP’s social media strategy is in shambles. Let’s not forget that they mangled the release of Kate’s photos of George and Charlotte and the press got pissed off about it. William, Kate, and Harry really need to get over their hatred of social media. Yes, there are negatives there, but there are also a lot of positives to social media. William, Kate, and Harry just see the negatives. Hence the second article I want to talk about.
- Kensington Palace confirmed via the Express that William and Kate will meet with Facebook and Twitter bosses in the hope of a “constructive dialogue” about online bullying. Look, I’m all for taking a stance on online bullying considering how rampant it is across social media platforms. But seeing as I got a comment (that I did not approve) yesterday that called us all bullies for daring to criticize Kate, I must say that there is a huge difference between criticism and bullying. A difference that I think has gotten so muddled in the last several years. Even the slightest criticism is considered bullying and “shaming” now. Saying someone is overweight and unhealthy is criticism, calling someone a fat whale is bullying, saying they should died because they are fat is not just bullying but an outright threat. The latter two are the ones the social media platforms need to address. And in terms of William and Kate, oh please. They just care about how social media platforms affect themselves; and since they aren’t actually on social media, what they really want is the social media platforms to take down photos of them, posts about what the did (ie. shopping), and quite possibly any users who are critical of them. I know how damaging bullying can be, I myself was bullied in school, but I can’t help but feel like with William and Kate their interest is just so self-serving. Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox now.
- According to the Daily Mail, Kate wants to have her own organic food line called Anmer Organics. A source says of Kate’s plans: “It’s a concept for now but it will happen – just give it 18 months or so. And it’s natural that it should do so. One day Prince William will want to have a profitable business attached to his estate to generate funds – both charitable and otherwise – just like his father does. It’s also important for William to promote his home, Norfolk, in the same way that Charles promotes Cornwall with the Duchy range. You can just imagine the labelling – ‘home-grown organic produce from Norfolk, home of Prince William’.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA yeah right. If this is even true, in 18 months Kate will have forgotten all about this idea. Also, no way William would want to promote his home. Nor would he want all of the people it would take to make that happen hanging around his home. Also, William doesn’t even want to take on anything to do with his father’s legacy so why on earth would he want to copy an idea from his father? Oh, this line from the article is hilarious: “I also hear Kate has been practising by bagging up walnuts in decorative bags for staff at the Anmer estate.” LOL
- The Daily Beast has an article about the stage fright/fear of public speaking Kate developed after her wedding. Before the wedding she was not nervous about acting or walking the runway in a see-through dress or even about the interview she did with William after the engagement, but suddenly once she became a Duchess she developed a huge fear of public speaking and is so incredibly terrible at it because she’s just so nervous. Kate doesn’t even do TV interviews like William and Harry do. And even though Kate has access to the best media and public speaking coaches money can buy, she hasn’t bothered to get over her nerves. Even though Harry has the same fear of public speaking and yet is able to give speeches in front of thousands in the stands and millions watching at home. Yeah, sorry Kate, it’s been over four years, you should have gotten over this by now. Or at least have tried. Harry did.
- Keep Kate’s lack of speech-giving in mind when you look at this People article titled: “Princess Kate In Action: She’s Not Just ‘Smiling and Nodding’ As She Tackles Kids’ Welfare”. The article is basically a fluff piece with quotes from the executives of the charities Kate has visited lately. I’ll quote one: “‘This isn’t someone smiling and nodding,’ Chance UK’s chief executive Gracia McGrath tells PEOPLE. ‘She is asking intelligent questions and knows what happens when children go off the rails and go off the rails early.'” Why is the chief executive of Chance UK using the phrase “off the rails”. I know that’s a common phrase but I would expect the chief executive (!) of a charity dealing with children with behavioral difficulties to use a phrase that is much more diplomatic and less a-hole-y. Like, “get into trouble” or “suffer from behavioral difficulties” or anything that’s not “off the rails”. That seems like such a low-brow, a-hole-y comment to come from the chief executive (!).
- Here’s an article with Ben Ainslie talking about Kate. He says both Kate and William have been really supportive. Also, he says Kate hasn’t gone sailing with them yet: “Unfortunately we haven’t been able to get the Duchess out on the water yet but I know she is very keen to come out on T2, our latest testing boat, perhaps in the new year when the weather gets a bit warmer, she’s obviously a very keen sailor.” Of course Kate hasn’t taken him up on the offer to go sailing. She never actually takes up anyone on their offers to do anything even though she agrees to them when they ask.
- Here are more photos of Kate and Prince George out at the Natural History Museum on October 22.
- According to the Daily Mail, Camilla is helping Harry find a wife because all Harry wants is to “settle down, have his own family and be like his brother.” Harry “wants to have some kids and get a dog and be ordinary” and dreads “becoming the new Prince Andrew.” Honestly, though, most of the article reads like a hit piece. Like, whoever gave these quotes clearly dislikes Harry. The article came out on October 30th. Two days after Harry’s highly successful trip to the US where he met with President Obama and charmed Michelle Obama. Coincidence? I think not.
- Speaking of hit pieces on Harry. Life & Style, a US magazine, claims Harry is going to be a dad after knocking up a 19-year-old in a one-night-stand. I saw the magazine while in line at the grocery store the other day and didn’t bother to look at it. Here’s a link to the Mirror quoting L&S. Yeah, so stupid.
I’ll leave you with this quote from President Woodrow Wilson on November 11, 1919 when he proclaimed the first Armistice Day (now Veterans Day):
- “To us in America, the reflections of armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”
If you see a veteran or someone currently in the military, give them a “thank you” today.