Friday, 15 February 2013

Feedback Time!, Bikini ID, Jenny Packham Fall 2013, London Fashion Week + More

Following my decision not to publish the photos of William and Kate holidaying in Mustique and the mixed reaction it received (many of you supported the decision, while others strongly disagreed expressing their opinions on other blogs and social media pages), I thought it an excellent time to hold a feedback post.

It's roughly a year since we held the last one and to reflect the growth and change in readership since then, it would seem an appropriate time to do so. I'm primarily interested in getting your feedback on candids. Do you think I should publish photos such as the Mustique ones as they're all over the internet? My goal has always been to provide you with the latest news and photos and I plan to continue doing that :) Whatever the majority of you are in favour of, I will support.

On the subject of the Mustique photos, I have been interested to read articles by royal reporters such as Richard Palmer who wrote:

'The photos are not as damaging or embarrassing as the topless and totally nude shots that were taken of her beside a swimming pool in France in September. There was no argument in my book over those. I could see no justification for publishing those.
These are slightly different though. Mustique is often described as a private island but it doesn't seem clear whether whether it is unlawful for people to take photographs of other holidaymakers on a beach used by everyone. Some people, I suppose, will say that if Kate was worried about people seeing her baby bump and bikini on the beach, then she shouldn't have gone out in view of other holidaymakers.'

The Mirror's Victoria Murphy echoed Richard's sentiments in her story:

'There is no doubting William is not happy images of pregnant Kate in a bikini have been taken and published. But I don't believe he has been screaming down the phone to his private and press secretaries and demanding legal action be launched, or that his anger at this will be etched on his face the next time he appears in public.'

Another interesting point of view was shared by The Telegraph's Cristina Odone:

'The Duchess of Cambridge has become a national treasure, accessible to all. Yes, there are a few rules - you have to show some respect; but the idea of anyone thinking that Kate in the privately-owned island of Mustique, could keep the public at bay is laughable. 
The Windsors - post Diana, must feel wary of so much attention. Kate is a strong woman, thank goodness, because it is now too late for the Windsors to keep her away from us: they cannot withdraw the people's Duchess any more than they could sideline the people's Princess. No island, even one in shark infested waters, at the end of the world, could keep Kate from us. We love her, after all.'

Take this as an opportunity to make any suggestions you would like. Your favourite posts? What you would like to see more of? It is greatly appreciated, essential for growth and I take all of your opinions on board. Thank you very much in advance for sharing your thoughts!

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I have received multiple emails enquiring about the brand who made Kate's bikini and a lovely reader named Shantel kindly let me know the Duchess wore the Vix Bia Logo Bikini Top and Bikini Bottoms in Jade. The bottoms are currently reduced from €106 to €73 at Matches. The bikini ties behind neck and back and is fully lined with padding in cups. Actress Halle Berry was also photographed wearing the bikini.


The Bia logo Bikini is very popular and comes in an array of colours including: RedRoyal BlueBlackNavy and White.


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Have the fashionistas among you been enjoying Fashion Weeks? I was particularly excited to see what one of Kate's favourite designers Jenny Packham had to offer in her Fall 2013 Collection which she showcased in New York, and, as expected the British designer didn't disappoint.

Jenny Packham

The collection has been described as 'downright dreamy' and 'achingly beautiful'. Packham was inspired by 17th century Paris Salons that served as virtual women's clubs where 'strong minded women met to discuss arts and culture'. Jenny chose beautiful jewel tones such as teal and midnight blue.

Jenny Packham

The collection was all about evening wear with not one single daytime look included. The gowns literally breezed down the runway and were quite simply made for royalty. The knee length dresses were equally as glamorous and the inclusion of sequinned coats was a stylish touch.

Jenny Pakham

Four black evening gowns from the collection which would be perfect for Kate with slight modifications.

Jenny Packham

I thought the collection was beautiful and look forward to seeing the Duchess wearing pieces from the designer; there are so many possibilities which would be perfect for evening engagements. As it's always nice to put a face to a name we share a photo of Jenny backstage preparing for the show (those of you from the UK will be familiar with Jenny's brother naturalist Christ Packham).

Jenny Packham Facebook
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Moving on to London Fashion Week, we take a look at four looks from McQ's (Alexander McQueen's Diffusion line) Fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection. 

McQ

More on the collection from WWD:

'McQ appears to be answering the call of the wild for its fall collection, with a strong emphasis on tiger prints, tempered by strong nipped-in-silhouettes inspired by historical references gleaned from the McQueen archive. Heritage fabrics got a big cat makeover, which was especially fetching in a black lacquer tiger overlay on a Prince of Wales check jacket'.

Ralph Lauren's collection included jewel-toned shirred taffeta gowns, fitted knits,  A-line midi skirts, tapestry embroideries and Russian velvets.

Ralph Lauren
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Kate graces the cover of Hello! Magazine this week.

Hello! Magazine

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To commemorate Valentine's Day a floral portrait of William and Kate was unveiled outside the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. The portrait stands over 8 ft tall and was created using almost 2,000 flowers. On that note, I hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful Valentine's Day! :)

159 comments:

  1. Hi Charlotte, I think you should not publish on your blog anything that the British press does not publish, no matter if it appears on Internet or on foreign magazines.

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    1. Stell, I totally agree with you.

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    2. How silly! ALL paparazzi shots are not allowed to be published by the British press as a 'gentlemen's agreement'. It's actually strong arming by the palace. If you say no to these bikini because the British press wont print them she has to delete all the ones of her out shopping and out to dinner. Don't see those on the Daily Mail do you? The ones of her leaving the Church on Christmas were forbidden by the British media to be printed too. That means you can only see her when she's at official engagements. Which means you get to see her once every few weeks to a few months. It's already 45 days into the new year and if we are fallowing 'your' rules you would have only seen her once for her official portrait. So much for 'Kate Watching' at that rate.

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    3. I agree with Keyvie. The royal family's influence over the British papers is quite strong and I think adopting the press's "agreement" with the palace would severely restrict the content of this blog.

      Zora

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    4. Sarah from Calif.16 February 2013 at 03:32

      But the people of England are free to publish if they want to or not. They are a free country. Maybe some are choosing to respect William and Kate's privacy.
      I don't think it would restrict the contents of this blog, It's just a matter of choosing the right photos.

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    5. Sarah the papers could care less about their privacy they are a business who wants one thing...$$$. They hate that they are being restricted but they recently had something called the Leveson Inquiry. You should read up on it because it's the only reason Kate is actually getting it quite easy by the media and the palace is able to control them so much. Look at Prince Harry's naked photos. The media was salivating to publish them but only The Sun finally would stating 'the media is to scared of it's own shadow after the Leveson inquiry. This isn't about Prince Harry this is about freedom of speech'. The palace 'strongly recommends' to the press not to do something because they are controlling them, period. (take the christmas church pictures of Kate for example, the palace made one call and said 'take the down' even though it was in the public) The media has already stated that they are at the whim of the palace, which is a shame. you never know if you are getting the whole story or just a lot of PR. For instance during the time Charles was cheating with Camilla they had 'freedom of speech' but they were actually forbidden to call Camilla his mistress instead always referring to her as 'his personal or close friend'. They try to hint at things and you have to read between the lines a lot to see what they are trying to tell you.

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    6. Sarah from Calif.16 February 2013 at 14:06

      Keyvie, I do find this topic very interesting but, have limited time to devote to it.
      So The Sun did publish the photos -is anyone going to jail because of it? Is the risk the newspapers take, losing favor with the palace or actually being put in jail?
      Bottom line for me, I wish Will and Kate could have some time without photos, but I guess that's not going to happen.

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    7. I agree. It seem ridiculous that the Christas pictures were published in magazines like People but not Hello! In a sense, it says that the British public are less entitled to see them than the international public, although from a practical view, everyone can see them on the Internet.

      This has never been a good idea. For instance information that led to the abidication, were published internationally before in Britain and there was a lot of anger afterwards. With the Internet, times are very hard for the press and it's clear the mainstream press is tired of being bossed by the palace. One of these days, the palace will go too far, and the whole agreement will collapse and everything will be published.

      As for William and Kate, there is a simple dividing line. When they are in public, photos are acceptable. When they are in private, such as the nude pictures, they are not and publication on this blog and elsewhere should be restricted. Since this wasn't clear at the outset with these bikini pictures, the decision not to show them was correct. If William and Kate want privacy, they could follow the old idea of one set of "official" photos, in exchange for being left alone, although in these days of camera phones, that may only go so far.

      Once Kate appears in public frequently on engagements, interest in many of these candids will be diluted. Already, fewer of the "shopping" photos have gotten wide attention during the time she was actively working. The paucity of material in the last months is focusing attention on candids.

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  2. With regard to the Mustique photos: I believe you handled the issue perfectly, not publishing the photos, but providing a link for whomever wished to see them. I confess to peeking, and although I regret that this lovely couple cannot have privacy, I must say Kate looks wonderful, and if i had looked so lovely while pregnant, I'd have wanted to show off a bit! If we didn't know already she was expecting, we'd never be able to conclude same with any certainty.

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  3. Ana B. from Brazil15 February 2013 at 23:03

    Hello, my friends!
    Charlotte, you have really great ideas for the blog. I enjoy reading every post, but the series "Kate Loves" is my favourite! I think Kate is a stunner (such a classic and delicate beauty) and a woman who can change peoples lives. And that is why I like her. So I try to help people as much as I can and I am always after tips from her possible beauty routine. People can say she is this or that, but I can say she is, now, one of my main role models. I am sure some readers will disagree with me, but that is my opinion.
    Keep up your excelent work! I will be more than happy to keep following your blog!
    A great weekend to you all!
    Hugs...

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    1. Ana B. I say Amen to your comment!

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    2. Sarah from Calif.16 February 2013 at 21:12

      Hi Ana B. and Pauline!

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    3. I have the same feelings of Ana B.!

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    4. @Sarah from Calif.- Hey girl how are you? Enjoying the warm weather?

      Sorry Charlotte but had to give a shout out to my other Calif. girl. This is another reason I love your blog. We meet so many good people here and become friends even though we have never met in person.

      Keep up the good work you do for us fans.

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    5. Ana B. from Brazil17 February 2013 at 05:47

      Hi, Sarah! I hope you are enjoying a sunny weekend in California!
      I am done with Summer now... Waiting for the Autumn/Fall with high levels of anxiety ;)
      This blog offers so many possibilities for us! It is a pleasure to read about the Duchess and as a plus, make new friends from around the world! And it is fun to imagine how do you all look like in person !

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    6. @Ana B- Hello to my friend from Brazil- Hope all is well with you. We here in California are still in winter but we do get warm days. But now we are to get rain & snow where I live in California. I can not figure out our weather at this point.

      Hello Ms Charlotte- Thanks for bring us this great blog and a place where we can connect with people all over the world.

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    7. Ana B. from Brazil17 February 2013 at 21:30

      Hello, Pauline! Everything is fine over here, thank you! How are you, my dear?
      I thought it did not snow in California! Seems to be a place where the sun is always shinning!
      Finally our wait is almost over! Cant wait for tuesday!
      A great week to you, without snow and rain! I wish I could send you some of the warm weather we are getting here! Even though I live in one of the coldest areas in Brazil, our summer can be really hot!
      Hugs :)

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  4. I look to your blog for Kate's fashion, newsworthy events like EACH and her visits to college, sports or military ceremonies. I disagree with posting photos taken by the paparazzi. They are not scheduled to take photographs with official press photographers. Rather, they hunt and hound a person until they get a photograph for the Almighty Dollar. I think the website is great fun when you post official photographs and those snapped by lucky passers-by who see Kate out-and-about, but I would rather not see photos here that were taken by paparazzi, who have no respect for Kate nor for anyone else.

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    1. I totally agree with you Melanie.

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    2. I totally agree with Melanie and Pauline and it was great for you Charlotte NOT to publish those photos not because they were controversial or indecent by no means but because those paparazzi are nothing more than hunters, seeking money and dramas to publish what they call "their work" and even blackmailing celebrities. Also please remember that the same tabloid published a picture of the Princess of Wales dying. It was not published in the British media but the photo was there for all to see. I was lucky enough not to see it though and I hope I will never see it. But princes William and Harry and even Kate certainly saw it. Hence their hatred of tabloids, which is all but normal when your own mother is concerned. As for the paparazzi they said on TV that "it was a nice picture as her face was very little bloodstained at the forehead and her eyes were open wide as though she was calmly looking at them". See how cynical and disgusting those people can be. They would always find the most unhealthy reasons to sell and publish their rubbish.

      As for the freedom of speech, I would say that "one freedom ends where another's begins". The royals do have a right to a little privacy too.

      Can you imagine some years ago, the public requiring a proof of a queen or princess's pregnancy and wanting to see her baby bump so much that they would not hesitate to spread evil rumours of a surrogate mother at the point that the paparazzi would stop at nothing to get a photo of that person in bikini just to please that public?

      Soon, they will be publishing photos of them taking a shower in KP or even in the powder room. And the public will think that to be all normal. And of course, the fault will lie with Wills and Kate. I am also thinking of the little one they are expecting. What will he/she think of those constant instrusions?

      I agree that Kate is strong and I am sure she can bear much. But to what point? Sometines, things turn bad and it all ends up in tragedy. This is my wiewpoint.

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    3. Sarah from Calif.16 February 2013 at 20:31

      Monica, I had no idea there was such intimate pictures of Diana as she passed away. WOW so people published them without permission, that is down right sick. No Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick. A private moment for only those you want there. The key word is published.
      Well William and Harry hate (not a word I use lightly) paparazzi. No wonder. :(

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  5. Dang tablet! Sorry, I forgot yo sign my name and to say those Packham dresses are great and many look as if they were designed with Kate in mind.

    I want to return to earth tall, thin and rich. ;-)

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  6. I love this blog so much!

    It gets better and better. I have to say I wish you had posted the photos, we all looked anyway and I would love to have heard your insights on Kate's bikini and more about Mustique.

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  7. I hardly ever comment but wanted to say you do an amazing job with this blog. Please publish candids in the future you write in a classy way and I hate looking elsewhere for photos.

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  8. Im glad u didnt post the pics but I saw them..i cant lie. I still feel its wrong, but I guess we live in a voyueristic, vicarious world.

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    1. We all looked bonnieux... we might not agree with them but we look all the same. I for one think it would be great to have one of Charlotte's great posts accompany them rather than reading a site I don't like looking for them.

      As for feedback. Keep doing what you've been doing! I love replicate's and Kate Loves most, the London Sole giveaway and the black discount was fab. I used both!! Oh and hearing little details about your own life included here and there is so much fun.

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    2. Ana B. from Brazil16 February 2013 at 01:08

      Bonnieux, please, do not feel guilty! I believe most of us saw the pictures... Well, I did... My curiosity was just too big...

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  9. Ms. Charlotte- I want you to know that this blog is the best. You put so much work into it for all of us. What I love about it is that you respect the Duchcess & William. YOu can have posted all of the pictures that have been taken of them while on thier "private holidays". I don't believe you should post pictures of them while they are on their own private time. That to me is an invasionof their privacy. There are enough photos taken of them during their offical engagements when it is ok to take pictures. And also while the Duchess is out and about doing her whatever. Yes many would say what is the difference. The difference is that she is not on holiday with her husband. I would like to see that you contiune to post the internet sight where who ever wants to see the pictures can on their own time. I for one will not look at the pictures. If I did I feel I have invailed their privacy.

    I also would like to see that you keep the discussion regarding what the Duchess does or does not do to be off limits. It get's to heated here and things get said to one another which is not right. You know how I feel about that subject and so does many of the friends I have made here.

    I love the way you cover their royal engagements. You give us a history lesson regarding the area where they are. And what the Duchess is wearing. Even though I am not a dress person I still enjoy seeing what she is wearing.

    So to close I want to say again thank thank thank for this great blog. It is some place where the fans of the Duchess can come and enjoy what is happening in her daily life (royal one). And now with a new baby on teh way it is going to get really exciting in the very near future.

    Also I read where the Duchess has 4 more engagements coming up. Have you heard anything regarding this? And would they be solo or with William. I just love seeing them together. There is just so much love there.

    Thank You Charlotte.

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    1. Charlotte, I have to say that I disagree *strongly* with Pauline's request to "keep the discussion regarding what the Duchess does or does not do to be off limits." I respect that you want to keep nasty/pointless debates off the blog. However, in the last round of discussions about the wisdom o the Cambridges taking a vacation, the debate was interesting and mostly respectful. It also garnered a lot of replies (and probably page views) which made for a more interesting blog experience than the posts which simply receive a handful of "oh look, Kate looks so pretty!" comments.

      Ultimately, it's up to you, but I think that there will be many readers who will be disappointed if you agree to requests to ban criticism and debate of Catherine and her activities.

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    2. I like that you published the link and left it to each of us whether we looked or not. If you had published them it would be fine as well since you have good judgement.

      I like when you allow respectful discussion and get highly amused when your vocal readers tell you to cut off the discussion. Coming from Americans it is evenmore amusing since we are taught in school our country is founded on freedom of speech. I do not know about GB but feel from what I see they also value free speech.
      Thanks for listening to all not just your most frequent posters.
      Nancy

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    3. I totally agree with Pauline 100%!!!!

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    4. Agree publish the photos

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    5. I agree with Anonymous 02:32. I think that constructive discussion about WC is not a detriment to them at all. Personally, I can have respect for someone without having to love every single thing they do.

      I do like the fact thaat you keep things civilised.

      I only have one (I hope constructive!) criticism. I really don't like most people posting as anonymous. It isn't hard to pick a name and use it to post. It's what I do! I own my words and think other should as well. My comments will not be posted under any other name than mine.

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    6. @Zora- I did not mean everything regarding the Duchess. But when an event get's beaten into the ground and the comments start to get nasty then it is time to limit what that subject. And Charlotte know's what I mean because I have had several conversations with regarding my comment.

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  10. As for the photos of Kate with her baby bump, it's not really different than 30 years ago when Diana was photographed pregnant with William in a pink bikini. I didn't think the shots of Diana were bad nor do I think the shots of Kate are bad either. That's not the same as the nude shots of her in France from last year. Though having said that, if you're going to go topless/nude outside and you're the DoC, you're going to have to deal with a determined press and proceed with caution.

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  11. Jane from New England15 February 2013 at 23:58

    I think you could have published these without any harm, but I respect you for not doing so. I would agree with the response that a good rule of thumb is that if the British press do not publish then you might want to hold back, too. Thank you for the wonderful photos of fall 2013 evening wear. Looking good!

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    1. You're very welcome Jane. The Jenny Packham collection is divine :)

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    2. Yes Divine fit for a princess

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    3. Agree with you re Jenny Packham, Charlotte. The second row of photos -- the second dress in is DIVINE. Kate can't pull that one off right now, but it is gorgeous.

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  12. Hi Charlotte,

    Your blog is the best - you do such an outstanding job!

    With regards to the photos - the photos on Mustique were not taken by paparazzi to my understanding, but by other paying holiday guests on the island and on a public beach. The only way to stop that would be to confiscate everyone's phones and cameras on the island. I don't see why the Mustique pictures are different than showing photos taken from people who "bump" into Kate. If I saw them on the island, I would probably take a picture too but then again, if I was vacationing there I wouldn't think I would need the money so bad as to sell the photos...That is rather tacky.

    The thing is that they are public people - whether William likes it or not. They are not like the rest of us. I do draw the line with the paparazzi tactics of hounding, lying, stalking, flying helicopters over events, hiding in cakes or whatever they do to get a picture. I think that when they are within a private property, then their privacy should be respected. I don't think that it was proper to take nude pictures of Kate, let alone sell them to the world.

    I don't know why the palace would even announce where they were going anyway until after they got back. Then the newspapers start to research and give all sorts of information... Did we have to know what and how much the holiday house they were staying in cost?

    William is going to have to learn to pick his battles - I say draw the line on paparazzi antics and annoymous phone calls asking for information from the hospital - complete violation of privacy for anyone. You can't stop regular folks like ourselves from snapping pictures and for some rather tacky ones, selling them for money.

    In short - if the blog posts pictures then they should be the official ones from events and no paparazzi photos that compromise Kate. The ones in the middle - well, to be honest, I am not really that interested. I feel badly when I see the poor woman grocery shopping and the store employee is taking pictures as she is taking a chicken out of her cart...

    If they really want to go somewhere alone, perhaps Richard Branson's island would be better...

    CJB from Minneapolis

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    1. From my understanding, and the understanding of other photographers, these pictures were most definitely taken by telephoto (paparazzi). They were syndicated abroad to multiple countries through an international agency. Sorry, but it's not from another holidaymaker. I say it makes a big difference in whether or not something is posted.

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      I agree with your point about Richard Branson's Necker Island - especially as W&K were invited to his daughter Holly's wedding etc. they have a relationship that they could use for mutual benefit.

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    3. Dash, I have posted a link on the prior thread that says these photos were NOT taken by paparazzi, but sold to a photo agency (which the paparazzi work for, granted). But in this case, the photos were not taken by employees of a photo agency.

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  13. Sarah OMG sunny in Calif.16 February 2013 at 00:03

    This will be so interesting to see the out come. I say what the heck go against the flow (don't post)
    what would Kate want?
    No big deal a young lady in a bikini. Bigger deal they would like some privacy. We all know where to go if we want to see a pic.

    Oh my gosh! The Jenny Packham dresses are divine. The colors are scrumptous. Romantic, flowy, ..... I could even wear them at my age. Ha

    Loved the Valentine floral portrait!

    Beautiful post Charlotte! Out of curiosity which of all your posts have the most replies?

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    1. Hello Sarah :)

      I believe the Discuss/Debate post on the honeymoon photos received the most replies. It's still one of the most popular posts actually.

      Thank you all for your feedback, it's greatly appreciated.

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  14. Found your site about a month ago. I admit in this case to being curious enough to go look for them on other sites. For me it was a curiosity thing, "Oh she's so skinny how is she going to look pregnant?". I did not want to see the topless ones nor did I want to see the ones taken as Princess Diana was dying. But in this case she was clothed and while "private" there are plenty of pictures taken of the Royals there.
    For me I like the pictures of her out and about in London, it's my favorite part, a chance to see her in her down time.
    Thanks for great content!

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  15. I think you should publish the photos that are legal. The ones in France were on private property so those would have been a no but there is no legal reason not to put up the bikini ones. How are they different from the ones you posted of her out shopping? Less clothes? If so how much less clothes are okay? Is it only been she's pregnant and in a bikini? so it's okay to print paparazzi shots but not bikini ones? In my thoughts it's all fair game as long as they aren't illegal.

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  16. I think you handled the Mustique photos perfectly - I would not have minded if you had posted them, but it is ultimately your decision whether or not to post them.

    These two (perhaps mostly William) have really tried to take a hard line in the press regarding when they can/cannot be photographed. Personally, I think that in the age of smartphones and the Internet, they're fighting a losing battle and should try to work with the press and not react so angrily when photos are taken of them out in public. I really liked Jane's discussion of this issue: http://fromberkshiretobuckingham.blogspot.com/2011/08/paparazzi-pictures-harassment-or-right.html

    Zora

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  17. I love your blog, and always look forward to new posts! I would love to hear something of Kate and Will's living arrangements as I can't imagine driving between Wales and London and Berkshire all the time -it must be such an unsettled life! I also heard something about Amner Hall, and the thought of driving between there and London all the time with a little child/children is awful (if ther little one is anything like mine)! I know when I am away from home, my hair is always a bit awkward, and I never have the right clothes with me! How does she always look so good when she is away from home?

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  18. Hi Charlotte,

    I agree with your decision to not publish the Mustique photos. While paparazzi shots of the Duchess out and about shopping in London are one thing, shots taken while on a private holiday in a bikini are stepping, even if ever so slightly, across an undrawn line.

    That being said, I also see the other side of the coin. I understand from other articles that the photos were taken by another guest on the island and not a known paparazzi, which might be why there has not been such a fuss made by the Palace in regards to the photos being taken. It's one thing to request and seek out privacy, it's completely another to hope that everyone around you at all times has the class and decorum to not take the photos in the age of the smartphone.

    So again, while I respect and applaud your decision (our website made the same judgement call) I can see the other side of the issue as well.

    Keep up the great work!

    xo,
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  19. As a frequent reader and sometimes responder, I think you made the correct decision at the time, not publishing the photos but posting a link. At the end of the day, with what we know now, I think publication would have been fine, since Kate was on a semi-public beach, but this wasn't clear at the outset. In general, I favour the publication of respectful candids published in reputable publications in the international press.

    I don't approve of the royal family's attempt to control the British press. For instance, I thought the demand that the British press not publish those Christmas pictures at the church was wrong and alienating. Those were published widely in other papers all over the globe, so to banish them from the British press was controlling and thoughtless. On the other hand, the nude photos should clearly not be published. (Although Kate, like all people in pblic life, should take more precations than the rest of us might need to. She is presumably a future queen and should not be going topless outdoors.)

    I'm sorry to hear the suggestion of stifling polite debate. Offensive ones, certainly, but we can all be interested in Kate while having differing opinions. Those who don't wish to read such remarks, don't need to. (I often look at the excellent pictures in the Daily Mail, but never read the remarks.) I'm startled to hear American readers suggest censoring remarks just because they don't like them. As long as the language is appropriate, all remarks should be made public.

    I love your blog, including all the fashion postings and also have enjoyed your new royal blog as well. Keep up the excellent work. We may not agree on all points but we are all looking forward to seeing Kate's development as a princess. We appreciate all the time and effort you take to produce this outstanding blog.

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    1. Very well said! I am in complete agreement with the above poster re the influence the palace appears to have on the British media; the distinction between pictures which clearly invade privacy (nude) and those candid pics of her going about her daily business; and, the fact that it would be a shame if debate (provided its not offensive) was discouraged.

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  20. Regarding the publishing of controversial photos, I think any situation where a person (Kate or otherwise) has a reasonable expectation of privacy should not be published. If she's at an official engagement, well, duh, that's fine. If she's out getting coffee or shopping and someone posts a picture on Instagram, fine. But anything that encourages stalker paparazzi I think is too much. I don't support that aspect of the media whatsoever, and I don't buy magazines or go to websites that regularly publish these types of photos. If more magazines/websites drew the line there, these stalkers would be out of business. But unfortunately it sells, a lot, so it perpetuates the cycle. Where does it end?

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  21. I think you handled the Mustique photos perfectly fine. It does feel like there's a big difference between the French photos and the Mustique ones - and perhaps it lies in the titillation of "nude" versus "bikini-clad." Personally, I was not interested in seeing Kate topless (mostly because I felt that, as a woman, I don't really need to see another women's breasts, I've got my own), and was only mildly/idly curious about the bikini photos/baby bump.

    I'm sure the Cambridges feel strange that the entire world is so focus on Kate's body parts (breasts! uterus!), and they will be fighting that battle forever. I think it's admirable not to make it harder for them, by not posting what the British press won't do in the extreme cases. I agree that photos tweeted/instagramed/etc. are probably okay, because being out and about as a public figure happens sometimes. Hollywood celebrities get coffee, go to yoga, take their kids to school and get pictures taken, and they probably don't like it very well either, but don't really put up a fuss about it as they are out in public. I'd say, for a general rule of thumb, as long as the candid photo in question is freely offered, complimentary (I've never seen any of Kate where the photographer was like "isn't she awful?" and I don't think we ever will!) and not compromising in content it's probably okay to publish.

    I'm a new-ish reader (3 months or so!) to this blog, but I really do adore it, and it's one of the top 5 blogs I read every day. Thanks for all of your efforts!

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  22. I've been away from my computer for several days and wow! What a brouhaha!

    In my opinion,you did exactly the right thing by not publishing the Mustique photos but supplying the link for those who wanted to view them. I so appreciate your delicate handling of situations such as the latest photos, and treating people with dignity and respect. Everyone should take a page from your book!

    Charlotte, your blog continues to be the *premiere* site for all things Kate, and I hope you never get discouraged dealing with feedback and comments. Your writing style is wonderful, the content is so informative and interesting, and I truly believe you must never sleep with as fast as you get news out to all of us! :o) I think you're doing a fantastic job and look forward to reading more of the same!!

    Hugs from Hawaii,
    Julie

    P.S. The Jenny Packam dresses are gorgeous!

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  23. Look, I understand not posting the topless photos of Kate. They were taken illegally, and on a moral note, the wrong thing to do. She was naked, on private property...just wrong on so many levels (smh). On the other hand, Will and Kate have been photographed candidly for the entirety of their relationship by both regular folks and by paparazzi. Photos of them on a beach/boat/shopping/hunting/skiing/etc are fine to take and fine to publish. They were in public. They are adults. It's fine.

    I love this site and check it regularly for the latest and BEST coverage of Kate news, so it was sad (because of loyalty to this site) to have to check other blogs for the Mustique photos. Again, I love your site, and since you asked for your readers' opinions...I hope you post legal and candid photos in the future.

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  24. First of all, I think you do an excellent job with this blog, Charlotte. I'm especially happy that you take the trouble to research on charities and information that do matter most.

    In the subject of posting pictures, I think it should be taken case to case. I would never post pictures if there were a complaint from the palace (like the ones from France; I wouldn't necessarily call the Mustique ones a complaint, but rather a statement). The palace don't just send out complaints randomly. Usually they've been harassed or prior agreements were made (e.g. Klosters 2004 photocall) and broken. For the rest, personal judgement. For Mustique, example, I'm glad you did not post them because, having followed Kate for several years, I know they go to Mustique mainly because they want privacy. And these pictures were clearly taken by paparazzi to me for fat money. Moreover, Kate is pregnant and has asked for privacy. That in itself should hold weight.

    For random shots in the street with no complaints and the subject doesn't look harassed, sure, no problem. You do have a blog audience to serve. And it's nice to see the less formal side of royals.

    Bottomline is: people who'd like to see pictures will have no trouble finding them elsewhere. It will not compromise the blog if you decide not to publish. In fact it speaks highly of your integrity.

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  25. rachael in phoenix16 February 2013 at 01:32

    I just discovered your site and I think it is great. I think you did the right thing by not posting those pics. They may be royal but will and kate are entitled to their privacy too.

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  26. Charlotte.
    After the fervor of the wedding subsided, my wife and I went looking for a site to see updates of William and Catherine as they started their royal life together (we still remember the great times from two military tours in UK). Your site stood head and shoulders above all others because it was fresh, whimsical, informative, and about William and Catherine; the blog did not become an extension of the tabloids nor did it invade the boundaries of common and reasonable privacy. You have taken the high road on the subject of the “pictures” and on unnecessary crude commenting. In the vernacular of today’s world – Charlotte you and your blog rock just the way it is. John and Joan-TN

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  27. Please, I don't think the Cambridge's concern is getting caught in their swimsuits. It's not about Kate being seen in a bikini- its the NATURE of how the pictures were taken. They were taken by a paparazzi with a long lens camera staking them out in a boat for days, probably spying on them endlessly. It's not a fellow tourist who happens to have a camera taking seaside pictures. Paparazzi is a synonym forstalker stalker! . Good on you Charlotte for not posting!

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    1. Exactly my feelings. It's not that it's beautiful and she looks blooming and lovely that matters. Or that it's not damaging. It's the fact that photographers go after to spy on them knowing fully well they yearn for privacy. All and only for money. Chi, Star and Woman's Day are gutter magazines. But as you can see, more reputable ones like People steered clear and explained why they did not publish. Even Good Morning America chose not to show the magazine cover on air. I am personally glad there are still websites and magazines that have some restraint.

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    2. They were taken by another couple on a beach, not by a long lensed paparazzo.

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    3. Since multiple people are claiming that they were taken by tourists, and multiple people are claiming that they were taken by paparazzi, could someone provide a link that clarifies? I would like to know, thank you.

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    4. @Anonymous 20:23 I really don't think anyone really knows who took the pictures. If they were taken by a tourist, then where were the royals security people? Again they were not doing there job. But if they were taken by the paparazzi from a boat then they should have part of their security team in the water patroling.

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  28. Charlotte, your blog is informative, classy, and you post with lightening speed. :) It doesn't get better than that, IMO. I believe you should continue to post whatever pictures and subjects YOU are comfortable with.

    And while I respect *polite* debate, I wish that people who clearly do not like Kate and have no use for her (to put it bluntly) would be respectful of YOUR time and effort and perhaps find another way of relieving their unhappiness.

    Regarding Jenny Packham: I absolutely love some of these gowns and dresses. Romantic, feminine and classy...SO Kate! :) I'd love to see her in a midnight blue gown...with sapphires to match!

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  29. Dearest Charlotte. Everything I want to say has been said in the previous comments, but I do want to highlight the fact that you rock. Thanks for your lovely posts, which are always informative, tasteful and considerate. You are so popular because of the way you do things, so don't change too much.

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  30. Charlotte so many of us love this blog don't change a thing.

    Please do publish candids we all missed out what would have been a great post about the holiday. I love William and Kate but they must accept their in the public eye and candids are very rare anyhow.

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  31. I vote YES for candids! Hated having to go to other sites/blogs searching for the pics. The holiday photos come about every year and Will + Kate know it's inevitable.

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  32. Charlotte, I have been following you from the very beginning in Australia. You do a superb job and you are my go to site first thing. I think you should be publishing the Mustique photos and any other occasions where she is photographed "out of work".

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  33. I trust your choice- tough gig with so many opinions. I enjoy this blog as light relief following a beautiful couple in a unique role with your thorough & professional approach you are very rare! Well done hope you can sleep easy tonight what ever you decide it's still small decision in the scheme of things!
    Tess, Australia

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  34. Long time reader, first time poster. I admire this blog for its sensibility and thoroughness. I also admire it greatly because of its professional morality, especially in this age.

    Do unto others what you would want others to do unto you. That is why I vote against posting delicate pictures such as the honeymoon or from Mustique. We all know Kate and William will be more sensitive about these than the candids in London. Especially when the photographers and magazines so evidently ignored their privacy pleas for the sake of money. Please don't be forced to post them just because many other sites do. Instead, do what you think is right. Thank you.

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  35. As a Kate fan, I am willing to protect her as much as William protects her. If that means no candids, so be it! If we Kate fans cannot protect her now early in marriage, paparazzi shots will become the norm and I'm afraid herlife will not be her own. She might go down the path of Diana and be miserable.

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  36. Theresa, from Paris16 February 2013 at 09:09

    Dear Charlotte,
    Your blog is always a pleasure to read. Respectful, informative, and great fun... I think candid pictures are perfectly all right, as long as they are tasteful. I was happy to use the link to the Mustique photos, but I wouldn't have been shocked if you had shown them like on other blogs. They were perfectly respectable. I don't for a second think Prince William could have doubted there would be a photographer out there on a public beach. Come on !
    Of course the dreadful photos of the French week-end were awful and you did well not to publish them, but to my mind it just needs a bit of common sense and decency. Both Kate and William are aware of their extraordinary lives, how priviledged they are, and if they suffer some disadvantages, of course, I'm sure the pleasure outweighs the pain ;-)

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  37. I only learned this week on Wiki that Jenny Packam is the sibling of ol' misery guts (when co-presenting with happy Michaela Strachan) Chris Packam of Spring Watch fame. The second row of dresses in midnight blue second dress from left is reminisent of a style of dress Princess Diana wore, she wore it well-always did.

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  38. Love the new Jenny Packham-Collection! What would I do to wear one of these pieces!! :-)

    To the candids... I think unfortunately you cannot draw the line between official engagements and real privacy for the royals. Unfortunately such pictures (especially today with the internet etc.) belong to the royal (public) life.

    I have to admit that I like seeing candids but I don't like the way they were taken (like hunting the people etc.)and I don't want to see a duchess topless-I think THAT was tooo much!

    Because of the debate at the moment I ask myself how the other royal families deal with it? For example the swedish royal family? I remember that there were a lot of pictures from the past at Christmas etc.

    I think a main problem is also that William wants to protect Catherine so bad that it is the wrong way. I understand he act because of the past. But I think when they would deal with it more easy and not hiding everything (the cape looked great but come one....it's so clear that everyone want - and want to see- a picture from her baby bump!).

    At the end it's up to the individual if you want to see a candid or not and if Charlotte doesn't want to show them here I totally respect it! It was completely okay how she published the news-very diplomatic! Keep up the good work!

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  39. Hi Charlotte

    I love your blog and check it almost daily for any updates but I think you have done the right thing. Yes I can see what everyone is saying about it not being as bad as the topless ones and that it's not that big of a deal but I could fully imagine that Kate would have been quite upset especially so recently after the other pics being published. If anyone wants to see them I'm sure google would oblige it doesn't mean you would need to publish them too..I think it's a very delicate time for Kate we haven't even really seen her clothed with a bump yet. I think you have done the right thing on this occasion certainly and I really enjoy the blog keep it up : )

    Becca

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  40. I find it quite interesting that the British media appear to have one rule for the Duchess and another rule for other "celebrities". For example, the Daily Mail have been running almost daily pictures of a pregnant, bikini-clad Coleen Rooney on a beach with her young child this week. Now while we don't know if Coleen feels the same way about Kate about the invasion of her privacy, I think does highlight the control that the Palace can exert over the British media, who freely print similar pictures of other people of public interest, but are unable to do so with Kate. (I'm excluding from this category the numerous reality stars etc who appear to set up photographs).

    I find the reaction to these recent pictures of Kate to be somewhat disproportionate. If the lovely Charlotte had printed the picture of Kate in her blue bikini, I'm sure she would have been subject to alot of (in my opinion, unfair) criticism. Whereas a picture of Halle Berry will probably not provoke any such criticism. Yet both are figures in the public eye, who surely both deserve their privacy, so why is a picture of Halle/Coleen/the numerous other public faces ok, but Kate is not?

    ps Charlotte, I absolutely love your blog and the little tit-bits you provide, and for the record, I think that you handled the situation around these pictures excellently by providing a link to those who would want to see them, but not publishing them for those of us that don't.

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    1. I don't understand why people think the duchess is a celebrity. She is a memeber of the royal family. So if people think she is then all the other memebers of the royal family are too, even the Queen.

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    2. Because given that the definition of "celebrity" is a well-known public figure, the Duchess, and all other members of the Royal Family, obviously fall within this definition.

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    3. Kate's life my fit the *dictionary definition* of a celebrity, but treating her like the typical Hollywood celebrity is inappropriate and disrespectful IMO.

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    4. The post did not suggest treating Kate as a Hollywood celebrity. The point was merely that it is unfair that other public figures who would presumably also not wise to have their privacy invaded whilst wearing a bikini on a public beach (such as Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston) are not afforded the same luxury as Kate because unlike Kate, they do not have the Palace on their side making demands of the British press.

      Additionally, I think that one of the most endearing points about Kate is that she is such a down-to-earth lady who obviously does not see herself as better or above anyone. Therefore I do not think that she would find it disrespectful to be compared to other hardworking and beautiful woman of today.

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  41. Dear Charlotte,
    I believe you have taken the right line on which photos of the Duchess to publish.
    By anyone's standards, the ones taken in France were a gross invasion of privacy, I cannot understand how anyone could consider anything differently.
    I have chosen not to try to see the Mustique ones, but newsagents do have them and it did seem to me that they were taken from the sea, so almost certainly with a long lens. The adverts for Mustique stress the privacy aspect, that is why they are so expensive. They therefore had a right to that privacy.
    The photos you have published in the park or at the shops are obviously taken on the phones of passers-by. They are not intrusive(often taken from the back); different from the paparazzi shoving their cameras in her face.
    The dresses are lovely. I hope at some time she will be able to attend British Fashion week, as these designs earn a lot of money for this country and she would probably like to go.
    Thank you for asking our opinion, but please continue to use your own judgement, as you do an excellent job

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  42. The best thing about this blog is that it updates very fast! It's your greatest asset. I enjoy reading about Kate at work and Kate and Will's private life. However I don't need to see pictures that are private. I think it is disrespectful to do to the royals and they do not deserve that. keep up the fantastic work.

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  43. I like seeing Kate go about her daily life and hearing about Twitter posts from people who bumped into her - in public. To me, it makes her more relatable.

    We loved Diana because she wasn't afraid to show that she was human. She cared and showed it. From a marketing perspective, Kate is a much more effective royal if we see her as more than just someone who wears pretty clothes and poses at official functions. I like knowing that she's a real woman and does her own shopping, has her own opinions, etc.

    As for privacy, overhearing Kate talk about skinny jeans in Gap is completely different than hacking into mobile phone voicemails, and pictures of Kate on a beach are different than pictures of Kate at home through a window.

    We share our lives online. If content about Kate is not something most of us would be embarrassed about, what is the harm?

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  44. I love your blog and think you did a great job of handling these recent photos!! We all love Kate and that means we owe her some respect. One of the reasons I follow your blog is because of your high standards. THanks for all your work!

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  45. Sarah from Western Australia16 February 2013 at 13:47

    I've been following this blog since W&K married, and I love coming here. Legal photos, not taken by paparazzi or stalkers, fine. Illegal photos (France, for example) or photos taken by people who are harassing them, not fine. Photos taken by ordinary people at the beach, cafe, shopping centre, okay. (I find them rather cute, actually, as these types tend to be accompanied by something like 'OMG, I just saw Duchess Kate! So excited!')

    The thing is, Kate isn't a private citizen. She's a possible future queen, technically a princess (Princess William), so I think it's pretty much expected and accepted albeit however unwillingly that she will be photographed in public. I don't have a problem with that, and I doubt Kate is particularly bothered with that either. It's the scum of the earth (guess who) whose photos I refuse to view. I don't support paparazzi and stalkers, and I'm glad your blog doesn't support their work either. I wasn't sure whether the bikini/baby bump photos were taken by paps or not; some say they were, so I have chosen not to view them.

    So three cheers for Charlotte and Duchess Kate blog, and now I'm off to Jenny Packham's website to dream about gowns and await Kate's next public appearance.

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  46. Dear Charlotte,

    first of all I'd like to thank you for your wonderful work on the blog. I check in at least once a day and always love to read about the Duchess.

    When it comes to snapshots of the Duchess, I think you showed exemplary behavior and you displayed a really british sense of decency. In the past you published photos of the Duchess when she was in public - such as shopping in London and Anglesey - where the Duchess had to anticipate such photos were to be taken. And these photos weren't in any way compromising. This is why I strongly supported your choice not to publish the photos taken of Kate during their holiday in France - they were really embarrasing for the Duchess. Concerning the Mystique photos I think it is a choice that isn't easy to make: their origin is doubtful (paparrazzi hunting Kate and Wills?), they show Kate in a bikini (do they satisfy voyeurism?) and they are published obviously against the wish of the couple itself. On the other hand, the photos don't show any situation the Duke and Duchess should be ashamed of. This is why I suggest you, Charlotte, should continue the blog as you've done it before and make a individual choice every time a comparable situation arises. A choice that you can take responsibility for!

    Regarding the blog in general: I like that you include voices from royal experts via Twitter, I love the 'Kate loves' section. General information about designers that Kate likes are less interesting in my opinion nevertheless I really enjoy ready what Kate wears. I would enjoy reading some background information maybe some historical facts or maybe about the charities Kates supports?
    I love that you post as many photos - they illustrate your stories. And I highly appreciated your up-to-date coverage of the royal tour!

    Read from you soon, I hope :-)

    Regards,
    Veronica

    P.S.: A technical question: is it normal that I can't open the tabs "Kate loves", "Fashionably Kate" and so on?

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  47. Apropos of the Mustique photos: some people have claimed that the couple were on a public beach, citing apparent information that parts of the otherwise private island were sold off, so that the beach is available to the "public". My information is that "public," in this case, means paying guests, renting one of the villas, not just anyone who happens to show up and wants to sunbathe. In my view, then, the Cambridges had a reasonable expectation of privacy, so that the photos, if for no other reason than good taste and manners, should not be published by media organs and blogs that care about taste and manners.

    If they are on the street, in a shop, anywhere else that is truly public with open public access, then they are fair game, as long as photographers are not impeding them or anyone else in such a manner as to threaten anyone's safety or ability to move freely.

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  48. Charlotte, I have been following your blog since the royal wedding and it is the only blog I look at on a daily basis for updates. I for one LOVE seeing candid shots of the royals, because it lets those who support them have a feel for their everyday life, to know them as people outside an official capacity. Interestingly, in the interview with the artist who painted the Duchess's portrait, he stated that she asked him to portray her as she really is, NOT in an official, posed manner. I was horrified with the topless photos and did not want to look at them because it was a clear invasion and wrong on every level, but I did look at the Mustique photos and it did indeed look like they were taken on the beach by perhaps another guest. Many, many photos of her on boats and beaches have been taken in the last several years. I did not see anything wrong with these photos and would support seeing them on your blog. I think if we use common sense and integrity, as you do Charlotte, it is easy to determine what is okay and what is not. I disagree with the suggestion of limiting respectful debate, though. This blog would not be the same if we were limited to discussing how lovely Catherine looks at her engagement. I think many of us come here with intelligent opinions and love this blog for its perspective, freshness and insight.

    Sorry this is such a long post! Lastly, the Jenny Packham collection of gowns is unbelievably elegant and beautiful! Kim from Arizona

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  49. Dear Charlotte,

    I respect your judgement and that it's your blog so whatever you decide is fine by me. However, generally speaking I don't think it's right that the Palace restricts the British Press - the people of Britain pay for our Royal Family and as such I don't think it's fair that we don't see what is readily available elsewhere.

    As for the Bikini photos this time, I don't see what all the fuss is about. I do like the candid, everyday around London shots as they are more outfits that we can replicate, should we wish.

    I can't imagine the scrutiny but as another fan has said Kate's intelligent and knew what she was marrying in to....speaking of which you mention your fiance a lot and I often wonder if you are planning your own wedding yet (recognising that you've got a lot on with studies etc.)

    LOVE the Jenny Packham collection - DIVINE, had NO IDEA she was Chris's sister!

    PP

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  50. Charlotte, I honestly have no complaints on your blog. I follow many Kate blogs, and yours is my favorite. I also love your other blog for the rest of the royals, as well as your Twitter. The quantity and quality of your updates are superb. You have a perfect mix of news, fashion, opinion, and background on Kate's life and work. And not only do you include great things, but you write very well.

    I have mixed feelings on the candids. I hate that they're followed and I think we should respect their privacy. But also, let's be honest, very very of us just look at the photos elsewhere. I would support your decision either way. Posting candids is practical. Not posting them is respectful. I don't think there's a wrong action here.

    I give your blog 5 stars. Thanks for all that you do!



    PS: I've been dying to ask this- and you may have mentioned it elsewhere, I don't know. But the name Charlotte is being thrown around by royal watchers as a possible baby name because it fits both a mix of traditional royal background and modern popularity. Are you secretly wishing for this? I am for you!

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    1. It would be fun wouldn't it? :) However, for a girl, I think William and Kate will consider names from the family tree such as Alexandra and Victoria!

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    2. I will admit (and this is *not* sucking up, Charlotte) that my pick is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Although I think Alexandra would be lovely too.

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    3. Sarah from Calif.16 February 2013 at 20:58

      I do admit as much as I want them to have a boy. I think baby is a girl. Those are all lovely names :)

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    4. I completely agree and there is a historical precedent for using Charlotte. George IV daughter Charlotte should have been queen in her own right (which would have been before William IV and Victoria) but she died tragically in childbirth, in part from bad medical treatment. So it would be a choice of name very much connected to history. However Earl Spencer named his latest child Charlotte. That shouldn't affect the decision but might. Victoria will be queen of Sweden so there could potentially be two overlapping Victorias out there. Alexandra seems the safest bet, although linked with the sadness of the Tsarina. Princess Alexandra has always been very popular.

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    5. Anonymous: I had not thought about the overlapping Victoria's. Nor did I know about Earl Spencer's latest child. You are on top of things! :)

      I have thought that Mary would be lovely, but now I'm remembering Mary of Denmark after you've mentioned that. I have also thought about Alice or Caroline. They aren't prominent names, but have been in the Royal Family before. I haven't thought much about boy names (I guess because I'm rooting for a girl!), but I think James would be nice, after Kate's brother. Probably Arthur or Phillip like many are suggesting makes more sense though.

      Charlotte: Thanks for the reply! Can't wait to see what they choose :)

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  51. I love your site and follow it regularly. I personally approve of your decision on this matter. I find your blog informative and tasteful. I did not search out those photos and see no need to do so. I love Kate's sense of style and enjoy seeing the choices that she wears and learning more about the fashions. The choices of each one of us creates the community that we live in. I think of how Diana died and know that the excessive interest in her fueled the circumstances that led to that tragedy. I know that this was not intended but regardless, our choices of what to read and what to purchase have consequences. I wish to live in a civil society, where men and women respect each other. It is up to each of us to help to create the society we wish to live in. It all starts with a choice, each choice made by each one of us. Thank you for your blog. Sincerely, Marie

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      Marie, well said.

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  52. I totally approve of your line, and appreciate it very much!

    Marie-Hélène (Scandinavia)

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  53. I've always loved this blog's way of being positive. I feel if Kate read this blog, she would enjoy what she finds. I think it should stay that way. No intrusive photos please :)

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  54. Charlotte,
    I think you are doing the right thing about the candids--don't publish them. I ADMIRE your thinking/writing, and feel I can depend on you to get the viewpoint of Catherine that is respectful yet very informative. If Mustique is in lockdown, then I appreciate you following their wishes for private time.

    I love your blog, and go to it regularly. This is the first royal I have really admired (I'm in northern California), and at first it was hard to decipher the real UK opinion out there and what would happen with all this pent-up emotion over royals v. no royals. But now I see there will always be much opinion in this internet world. I need a place to go to read about those we look to for inspiration (Catherine) and where we can trust the voice (yours). Your blog does that for me. BRAVO and thank you, Lydia

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  55. Charlotte,
    I rely on your viewpoint, and really like your writing. It is important to me that you give a respectful, interesting view of Catherine. If there is a lockdown on Mustique and privacy is requested, I think you should honor it. BRAVO and thank you,
    Lydia (northern California)

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  56. My opinion on photos pretty much lines up with everyone else. If they are in public and photos are taken, no problem. The French photos were definitely out of line, in extremely poor taste, and, well, just awful. People arguing that the pool area was visible to a public road lost me when I realized the photos were taken from 1/2 mile away! They did expose the fact William was lying when he said he was working at that time, but that's not the point here.

    If this blog considers WC should have privacy when not working, then no photos other than officially sanctioned ones should be published. However, in this day and age, that's probably not realistic. Everyone forgets that when Diana married Charles, there was no internet, and there were no computers in every home. So they could go about without nearly the scrutiny modern day royals have.

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  57. I can go to TMZ if I wanted to read mindless gossip. I come here because I find your blog classy. Please don't degrade it by posting pictures that are not meant to be shared. I salute your decisions so far. A suggestion. is there an easier way to navigate through your site? Tags and categories perhaps? How about an opinion post from yourself. I would like to see.that happen.

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      I will definitely look into categories and tags! At the moment we have the Blog Archive and Search gadget but I like your idea a lot!

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  58. I enjoy your blog most especially for the fast updates, the fashion, the conversation, the background information, and the history. I check it daily. I think you should just follow your instincts. We all have choices about what we want to view or not view. The only thing I would say is that I personally would never do anything that contributed financially to Chi Magazine. Publishing pics of Diana dying and Catherine nude is disgusting, disreputable, and disgraceful.
    The Jenny Packham collection is inspiring. Really beautiful.

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  59. Sarah from Calif.16 February 2013 at 21:10

    bluhare, I have been thinking the same thing about the fact that there was less Internet acsess 20 years ago. I am reading a book about Queen Elizabeth now. I was also thinking Philip and Queen Elizabeth had a small down time without so much (photography drama)
    Technology has its perm's but it also has a lot of draw backs. Peace :)

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    1. Thanks, Sarah. I'm old enough to remember those days and the royals back then (think Princess Margaret and her coterie) could not have got away with the things that they did if the internet were around back then. I found it most interesting that the Queen would not give Mick Jagger his award due to her opinion of him influencing Margaret, so Charles did it.

      William and Kate are under much more scrutiny than their predecessors were, in part due to their position and in part due to his who his mother was. And there's both good and bad to that. This time I think William is overreacting to a couple of basic holiday photos of a couple enjoying their vacation. Personally, I'd hate it, but then William didn't ask me to marry him. :)

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  60. My vote is to publish whatever is in public and tasteful. What I like about your blog are your links to where to buy the fashions and the good quality photos.

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  61. Dear Charlotte,

    First, a tremendous vote of thanks for your blog. I enjoy it so much, considering it the best source for news on Kate. I've never seen another site or news source beat you for the right mix of information and comment. Your content is always respectful of Kate and William while showing a real warmth and concern for how they grow and adapt in their roles. Your intelligence and dedication is evident but so is your sense of fun.

    I also appreciate the community of fellow readers and enjoy their comments and insights. Even those with criticisms of the royals have interesting viewpoints. They're unlikely to change my mind but I respect their opinions as long as they remember that William and Kate are just human beings with a challenging job to do while trying to maintain their love and happiness-just like the rest of us (but with a bit more spare change obviously!).

    I think you have been spot on in the choices you have made of what to include. The candid photos from the London/Welsh/Berkshire outings are a treat for those of us outside Britain as our media would be unlikely sources for them. Your tour coverage has been outstanding.

    I don't approve of the inclusion of questionably acquired paparazzi shots. I agree with your stance on these. There are other places to view them if one wants to.

    Finally, the Jenny Packham gowns are gorgeous! Thank you for including them. Kate would look splendid in any of them.

    I didn't know about Ms.Packham's brother but will look him up. Obviously, they are a very talented family.

    Thank you for all your hard work, Charlotte!

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    1. Canadian Friend, I agree with your post, and I thank you for acknowledging those of us who may have dissenting opinions from time to time. I don't want to offend or antagonize anyone, and I appreciate your statement. And, you are right; they do have a challenging job to do. It's not my intent to change minds or anything, but I do follow Kate, want her to do well, and hope that when I disagree with her actions and say so I'm not tarred and feathered for it.

      It's like looking at a painting. I take one thing from it and you may take another. I may like it, you may not. But that doesn't take away from the fact that it's still art.

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  62. A very interesting and thought-provoking post and great follow-up comments! I agree w/Palmer on the confusion over the status of what exactly Mustique is, is the entire island privately owned or is it a territory with private estates and then public hotels, beaches etc.? It's my own opinion that if the Windsors had a modern-day PR team and if William and Kate had anybody with a grain of media and PR savvy advising them (which, clearly, they don't), they'd turn the tables and use the Mustique photos to their own advantage. William and Kate look great, tanned, happy, relaxed and actually touching each other (something we rarely see them do in public). Kate looks better and more healthy than she has since before she was married. Someone mentioned that William and Kate and the rest of the royal family are public figures and that's absolutely right. I don't believe they should be expected to give up all expectation of privacy but to expect the same degree of privacy that a non-public figure has, and to expect to be able to totally control who takes pics when and where is absurd.

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  63. I think you have chosen a respectful position. I'm glad you have so much reader support for it. It did occur to me that you might one day have occasion to meet the Duchess. If that were the case I suspect that you would be glad to have chosen not to publish certain photos.

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  64. I think that you should stay within your own comfort zone - if it makes you uncomfortable to publish something, don't. You've done a great job with this blog and have many loyal followers - thank you.

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    1. Marion from Germany17 February 2013 at 07:54

      Dear Charlotte,

      I completely agree with Anonymous. You have shown in the past that we can all trust your "comfort zone" (I like that expression).

      Personally I think that William and Kate should not make such a fuss about Bikini-pictures, which show a beautiful couple, and just ignore them and live with that. They both are sportive and look good, so the photos are not unflattering at all (that would be my biggest fear, if I were in their position).

      Regarding the intrusion into the Royals’ private lives, I think it is because of everyone having mobile phones, access to the internet and social networks that make their lives more difficult. But this in not only true for the Royals but for everyone else nowadays. I am a teacher and when I go to the local swimming pool with my children, I always take care of looking proper and not showing too much. I have never been photographed by my students, but I know this could happen any time.

      I remember that I once saw the mayor of our town drunk, he did not behave badly but I could not understand him then. It was good luck for him that no one took a photo and published it.

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  65. I boycott all if these live obtained by some idiot lurking offshore. The Duke and Duchess give 99% if their lives to public life. They ask for three private moments to themselves, on a private beach, or boat, yet some photographers feel its their right to invade celebrities private time. And the magazines who publish and republish the pictures are stirring up the same disasterous senario that got Diana killed. I will not post, or pin any photos of stolen moments. Disgraceful!!!

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  66. Charlotte this blog is the best and this is coming from an avid Kate blog reader :) :)

    You come across as so nice and classy and write with so much respect and tact. I love everything about this blog especially the replikate posts and I vote yes to candids.

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  67. Charlotte,

    I first wanted to say I love your blog and check it daily. It really is the best Kate blog I have come across.
    With regards to candid pictures, I do like seeing pictures of Kate out and about, shopping etc. Like people have said above, I think that is what makes her seem so accessible. However, I agree that I don't think that extreme invasion of privacy photos (such as the topless photos) should be published. I can see both sides of the Mustique photos. I think you did the right thing by not publishing them, but giving a link to those who wished to view them.
    I do hope you continue to publish tasteful candid photos, because I think you always post them with a high degree of respect.

    Keep up the good work!

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  68. Love your blog Charlotte. Voting yes to the candids too :) I trust your photo choices. You've put up a very balanced blog. :)

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  69. Sarah from Calif.17 February 2013 at 04:09

    Well well it is the end of the day here.
    great chatting with all. Great back and forth conversations and very respectful. :)
    It is so good to agree to disagree respectfully .
    Good night. _ _
    ____ zzzzzzzz. (That's Charlotte sleeping)

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    1. guess who? good night17 February 2013 at 04:42

      Your funny :) zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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    2. That's so cute!!! ;)

      As for this blog post: I am paralyzed by the beauty of Jenny Packham clothing. Just spent about 40 minutes, transported, at her website. Silvia

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  70. Thank you for seeking your opinion on this. From my standpoint, your blog is top notch. I see the effort put into it, but more importantly, I feel the love and kindness throught the posts. That's the real difference.
    I love candids, but my suggestion is when in doubt, DO NOT publish them. William and Catherine will be in public all their lives. Surely we can afford Kate days of peace and quiet when they so clearly yearn for it. Shopping in streets, polo, outside friend's wedding, no problem. Seychelles, Mustique, generally anything with long lenses, never. I also feel it's more humane to post pix taken by civilians as opposed to papparazzi because you know they don't aim to profit. I am happy you steered clear of Mustique pix. They showed a beautiful, happy picture, but that's not the point at all. The point is this couple did not want their picture to be taken and yet a greedy photographer flew halfway across the world for the sole purpose of making a profit at their expense. I will never stand up for that. We all get excited, and I'm sure we'll even be more impatient when the baby arrives. But they are all human and we need to know our boundaries.

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  71. Hi Charlotte ! Thank you for asking us for a feedback. As to the photos, I think we should respect the Duke and Duchess's privacy. We don't need to see the Duchess on a beach, or shopping. I can't undrstand why it is so interesting, and it puts a tremendous pressure on her. I'm very pleased to follow her public engagements, but for the rest my opinion is : DO NOT DISTURB. I'm reading another blog about the Duchess, a french one, which boycotts any stolen photo. The blog is still very interesting to read. I wish more and more people will follow that line.

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  72. Charlotte
    I am such a huge fan of your blog. Being a lover of Kate and Will, I truly appriciate your posts and the way they are not malicious at all. t is enjoyable to see the pictures and details of Kate doing normal activities like shopping and going to the salon. As well as doing her public duties as well. On tge other hand I hate the way the horrible papparazi intrude on her alone time with her husband. I read a quote one time by Princess Diana likening it to sexual assault. I imagine that is how Kate felt after the nude or topless photo scandal. While the bikini shots in Mustique are nothing near that extreme i wish they'd be able to enjoy thier time together without worry. On a lighter note I too absolutely adored Jenny Packham's beautiful designs and would love to have the figure and funds to wear them. Oh to dream... until later here's a thank you from a little town in Texas:-)

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  73. Love the blog, I say don't publish (unless YOU personally have decided that you want to publish). Here in America everyone makes a big deal about freedom of speech, but I think it's important to remember that freedom of speech includes the freedom NOT to say things that you don't want to say. Your editorial discretion is your own prerogative! Sincerely, Ruth in California.

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  74. Charlotte,

    I am of the opinion that the way that William is trying to control the media will soon fall under the definition of censorship. I think that he is not entirely unjustified in asking for some privacy, however, he is asking for extreme control. Moreover, the way he goes about it gives the public the impression that he feels he is entitled to it because that is only 'fair'. Unfortunately life is not fair. And William does not seem to have gotten the memo. Life is not fair to millions of children who are born and die in poverty each day or to the children whose parents are druggies. It was only an accident of birth that William was born into Buckingham palace and not into his charity Centerpoint or as an orphan in Kenya, which he so dearly loves. William has access to enormous wealth and power in exchange for his privacy. Yes, it is not always fair that his wife is hounded for pictures. But again, life is not fair.
    The sooner he realizes this and starts acting like a mature adult instead of a sophomoric teenager, the happier he will be. He wants to have his cake and eat it too. This attitude enrages people. In particular those whose lives and jobs depend on pictures and articles on the royals !

    The world media has caught on to his sense of entitlement. This is the reason I suspect that they are EXTRA cruel to him. He is EXTREMELY unpopular among the European media. The Danish media would never have published anything untoward about CP Mary - topless pictures would be out of the question. Yet, look at how they disdain DofC - the future British queen. It shows lack of respect, on top of extreme irreverence. Is this the attitude that William wants to invoke in his subjects ? If this is not a huge DISS, I don't know what is. William should realize that kindness and compassion is the way to win people over, not threats.

    The British media, being largely under the thumb of the royals cannot come out and say nasty things about him. Instead what they have started to do is publish insidious articles about his wife, all under the cloak of "being nice". They write things like Kate is "returning to work with a vengeance" - what is the purpose of this? To inflame people - to get thousands of nasty comments on her. AND it is working. Daily mail published close to 1700 comments on the Mustique article, 99 percent of which were negative. These negative comments were green arrowed -- sometimes these nasty comments had thousands of green arrows. This is how they are slowly swaying public opinion on Kate and William. By inserting language that they know will provoke people, while keeping the palace at bay.

    William strikes me as a particularly unintelligent individual. He did not pay much attention to academics. One of the Kate books has a little excerpt on Kate and William as students, in which one professor describes the one lecture he gave on the relevance of British monarchy. WIlliam was sitting on the last bench with his head on the bench - asleep.
    For the past decade William has been subtly and not-so-subtly giving the British public the middle finger. It is clear from reading this blog that there are still many people who are yet to pick up on that, though.

    My opinion is that you should publish candids. Not doing so is censorship. Of course there is judgement to be exerted. The France photos crossed the line, and there is no question that they should not have been published. But others, tastefully taken - yes, they should be shown.

    It is the duty of the royals to the horse and the pony in the horse and pony show called the monarchy. Let them earn their keep.

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    1. PS: Correction: The last line should read "It is the duty of the royals to BE the horse and pony in the horse and pony show...."

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    2. Wow Portia you really dislike the royal couple don't you? How do you know that William was not a good student? He did graduate with honors. So did his wife. Everything you have said in your post is really just hear say. EVERYone is entitled to privacy when they are on a hoilday. You might not think so but this is how things work. This couple give alot to the people of the UK but you again might not think so.

      How would you feel if you had a camera in your face 24/7? You could not take your wife on a vacation? William has all the reason to hate the media. He has all the right to protect his wife and unborn child. And we all have the right to privacy in our lives. But you don't think so.

      Most of the Bristish people love this couple. They do alot for their charities and raise alot of money for their foundation which in turn gives to the charities. But you don't think so.

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    3. Well said Portia!!!

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    4. Poria, I love your comment. Thumbs up, or in the facebook era "LIKE" :)

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    5. Sarah from Calif.17 February 2013 at 23:34

      Portia, I don't agree with the word censorship. Charlotte can post what ever she wants. She was simply asking for a general opinion of her readers.
      I have no doubt in her ability to continue to write a classy blog, whatever she decides.

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    6. Portia, what a brilliantly articulate comment. I agree with every word.

      The way the European press published those topless photos was, in my mind, and sign of their lack of respect for her. An action they would never duplicate were the victim Princess Victoria, Mary, or Letizia.

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    7. With all due respect Portia, I think William is one of the last people you should preach to about life not being fair. I think he and his brother found that out in the cruelest and most public ways possible. In addition, the newspapers made tons of money by dissecting his family's private life from the time he was a young boy. Naturally, he was influenced by that, but he seems to love and respect the Queen and have her support in the approach he is taking to his public role and private life. His mother would be very proud of the young man he has become and kudos to him for managing it despite everything he had going against him.

      There will always be resentful people ready to arrow away in response to articles that seek exactly that mentality. I see the same being done on other blogs/sites regarding Princess Mary. Such is life.

      Finally, if nodding off in class is an accurate reflection of intelligence, let's ask the world's top ten most educated and accomplished individuals if it ever happened to them.

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    8. Very well said, Portia. You made some very intelligent and accurate observations. I, too, think that William's arrogance, his obvious disdain and dislike for the public in general and for the media is playing an enormous role in all of the recent photo controversies and how the couple - and Harry - are treated by the non-UK media. There's an old saying that to be respected, you have to earn it and William clearly has not earned it from the media. Whether or not you agree with any or all of it, the biography of Will and Kate by Christopher Andersen offers some glimpse of that - chronicling William's oft-repeated "Do you KNOW who I am?!" in demanding special treatment in different situations. William appears to have inherited little of Diana's sensitivity or ability to connect with the common people and, I think, a sad consequence of that is the mad dash to get pictures of Will and Kate, but especially Kate, in private situations. I also think the oddly reclusive nature of this young couple, at least since they married, is a big factor. Since this blog is private, it's completely up to the blogger to censor as he or she desires, whether comments or photos critical of William and Kate or whatever. Like high prices, too much censorship eventually has the same effect - people simply go elsewhere for the same product. Hopefully that won't be the case here.

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    9. Royalfan: You really think that nodding off in any random class is as innocuous as Prince William - future King of England nodding off in a history class where the topic of the day was on the relevance of the monarchy?

      Really?

      As for intelligence: My earlier post elucidates the sheer silliness of his conduct and why a far better strategy would be to befriend the media, the way his mother did.

      Diana may not have had degrees - his son has more, yet she must have had a genius level of emotional intelligence. She was brilliant at interacting with people and conveying a non-sexual yet magnetic allure. There aren't that many people who did not like her or at least respect her. How did she do it? There simply aren't that many people who have successfully done it - are they ?

      Degrees don't mean intelligence, obviously. But one's conduct at university sometimes can give insight into one's state of mind, as well as one's basic level of intelligence, or common sense, if you will.

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    10. I most utterly disagree with your words, Portia. But I'm not going to fuel the flame or this is going to turn ugly again.

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    11. May I humbly suggest that people who are hell-bent on spreading bad word on William and Kate please stick with the Daily Mail.

      Christopher Andersen? Isn't he the writer who insisted on US television that the Queen will abdicate? Right, authority indeed.

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    12. Alice from Wonderland18 February 2013 at 13:07

      I'm sorry Portia, but unless you were in that particular class where the Prince was said to be asleep, you simply can't know what really happened.
      So the question is, were you or not in the History class?

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    13. Alice, Portia stated she read it in a biography of Kate. If it were not true, it would be libel and probably treated as such.

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  75. Good after noon (here in the states) Charlotte- Have you heard anything regarding the up coming additional engagements the Duchess is going to have this month? Will they be solo ones or with William? I hope we see at least a few with William, I love seeing them together. Also any news on what his plans are? They sure are keeping us on pins & needles. I am sure whatever he decides it will be the best for his Duchess & unborn baby.

    Thanks for this blog. It is the best.

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  76. Portia-a very interesting point-well made!

    I do think that William and the Firm as a whole should be attempting to learn from previous mistakes and ensure that Kate is afforded the opportunity to find her feet, as it were, without constant media intrusion.

    That said, they do not appear to have handled matters as well as could be expected, and I agree that the media appear to be very subtly turning against them as the inflammatory language that you highlight suggests.

    I'm sure it must be a constant balancing act, but ultimately I think it should be remembered that the media are only meeting the interests of their customers...the public. Therefore the annoyance and distain that is shown to the media must also in a way extend to the British public who are interested in learning and supporting Kate, William and the monarchy, which surely can be no bad thing. To continue down this road with censorship will surely just turn the media and ultimately the public against them.

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  77. Charlotte, I believe you should publish candids. Quite frankly, you and I are the reason why the paparazzi are so interested in obtaining pics of Kate. This blog is also a big contributor. It is our interest in her, our desire to "follow her" for whatever reason, that fuel the paparazzi.

    You decided not to publish them, yet you did look them up. I chose to look them up as well. So there we have at least 2 clicks to that page. Many people applauded the fact that you didn't publish them. I am curious as to how many of them abstained from looking at them.

    I am no better than the paparazzi. If I were to encounter Kate somewhere I would surely snap a picture. How many blog readers wouldn't? I would just hope I got the chance to quickly snap the shot with our newly acquired full frame camera (my husband is photography aficionado) vs my cheap phone camera or Ipod.

    So many have mentioned they deserve to holiday in private. Do they not deserve to visit the local Starbucks while enjoying their privacy? What about Kate's birthday celebration? She seemed pretty relaxed (I would say she surely let her guard down at the cirque du soleil show) believing it was a private celebration with her family. I wondered about that video, given the lighting at the theater the video had great quality. How close was the person recording? Was it really an amateur video? Was it a "normal"/simple camera? What about Kate & William walking Lupo on the beach? (those pics were also part of the year end review). Will & Kate appear to be having an intimate moment (she is kissing him on the cheek). Why are those any different from the pics of Mustique? It appears to me they were taken from a distance. Maybe another photolens? Why didn't we respect their privacy there? The point I am trying to get to is, we don't really stick to OFFICAL engagements, so yes, we feed the paparazzi and the fans with the cameras. I respect your decision not to publish the most recent pics, but forgive me if I find it a bit silly. Those pictures were not in the least disrespectful to them (as were the topless pictures). And I don't find them any different to other private moments they have had while out and about in the world.

    I only wish the paparazzi do not invade their personal space (which happens with certain artists leading to physical altercations), something I did see them do while she was "just a girlfriend" and they do not chase them in a dangerous irresponsible manner.

    An article that I recently read and completely agree with: Don't be a whinger like your Dad, Wills
    By Amanda Platell on the daily mail.

    This might be a very dumb comment, but if William hates so much what the royal life and the "demands" of his subjects, why not just abdicate? If he really wants to be just a regular Joe, why not pursue that? Could he do that? Walk out on everything? Move away with his beautiful wife and live a completely normal life with his and her fortune $? Prince Harry is there and he is quite loved from what I read. This is something I honestly wonder.

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    1. Bea, good point and one that I ask more and more as William and Kate seem not to want a life in the public eye and become more and more reclusive and private. Even though the British monarchy is only a constitutional one, I believe abdication is a political option but not a practical one unless there would be some extreme reason. Elizabeth II (and her father) only obtained their places on the throne due to an abdication that was said to have rocked the royal house back on it's heels. I'm sure Elizabeth II has made it clear that she is not abdicating and that she won't allow it as long as she is alive and on the throne. But William's actions of late are eerily reminiscent of the behavior of Edward VIII.

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    2. Precisely why you should exercise caution! Blogs like Charlotte's allow people to think before they do things. If fans of the Duchess are allowed to think they're entitled to see everything and anything she does, we are subjecting her to a horrible, horrible life. A statement alone saying someone chose not to post this-and-that conveys a message of respect. Regardless of whether or not the reader finds the pictures elsewhere.

      And no, I DID NOT look at the pictures. Some people choose not to.

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    3. Thank you for stating that point of view, as it really makes good sense. Why treat these 'private' pictures differently to other 'private' pictures? For argument's sake you could say that they travelled many miles away for seclusion, but at the end of the day, it's still as private as all the other times outlined by BeatriX! So if you're going to publish one, bit silly not to publish the other.

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    4. @Elizabeth, I think we all know William is very protective and stubborn. I'm just wondering if he could possible shock the world by abdicating. Crazy questions I ask myself. I understand why he would wait, not wanting to hurt Queen Elizabeth and instead waiting for his father to be king. At that time, I would think even more pressure would fall on him and Kate to be working and visible royals.

      @Anon 1. Wow, so you stick to photographs of official duties? That is "self control" xD I just read Kate has had about 100 engagements for her 2 first years with official engagements (strange, but yeah, they started before she got married with the christening of the boat) so then that is about 50 per year.
      And yeah, people do feel entitled to see them, inquiry, follow (I don't mean literally, I mean online) but I thought that was just normal in a monarchy. The royals are entitled to things as are the commoners. I see it as a belonging relationship. The royals *belong* to the people as the people belong to the royals as their subjects. I don't think everything should be available. I'm annoyed by people and celebrities sharing absolutely everything,but definitely more access. At least visibly.

      @Anon2 :) yeah, for me it's the same "private" xD

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  78. Something I absolutely love about your blog:
    * The background information and additional pictures. Specially for someone who hasn't visited the UK and enjoys learning about life abroad.
    * The fashion ! I love when you share the collections. I follow some fashion blog so I love when you include that in your posts.

    I normally don't comment as to how good your blog is (do you get tired of reading that? :P LOL! Sometimes I do) but I hope you know that by continuously visiting your page I am giving you the thumbs up and showing how much I like it :)

    I also can't leave without mentioning I LOVE THE LIBERTY YOU HAVE GIVEN US IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. I have never experienced any censorship and I honestly believe you do not practice it. I am happy to read that while we all have various opinions there is a nice and respectful climate.

    I sincerely hope you do not have to block any comments due to language and verbal abuse and that we are all truly nice to you because you deserve it.

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    1. Hello BeatriX, It is absolutely lovely to hear you (and others) enjoy the blog. I will never tire of hearing it :)

      I adore sharing the fashion collections and do firmly believe in constructive discussion!

      Thank you all for the feedback x

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    2. I agree with what Beatrix said. I appreciate your generosity in providing a forum in which we can share our opinions respectfully yet candidly.

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    3. Good to know :) - Loving the blog as usual ♥ I stop by as much as possible...
      Just another suggestion I recently remembered; is it possible to have an option that notifies us of follow up comments? That would be nice. Sometimes I forget and I don't follow up on my previous posts, and you have quite a number of followers and many reply/comment on previous comments.

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  79. Hi there! I visit your blog pretty much exclusively for DoC news and updates! I do have a strange OCDish request though - can you please stop calling Catherine 'Kate' :)
    Don't know why but it bugs me that she is still referred to as that when it's not her real name. The Palace tries to diminish its usage too as all Royals are clearly instructed to refer to her Catherine.
    Sorry about the pettiness, just needed to put it out there.
    Thanks for your time

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    1. Hello, thank you for your request but I will continue to refer to the Duchess as Kate, it's her name. William uses it, the Palace are starting to refer to Harry as Henry for official purposes but he is very much Harry.

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    2. I agree! I am Katherine, but also go by Katie and Kate (depending on what family member or friend I am with). I am used to hearing all three names used. We just happen to have a name that could have many nicknames derived from it. William used "Kate" in their engagement interview as well as a couple interviews aired here in the states. I think you are very much right Charlotte, Kate is her name. For official purposes she will be Catherine, but she is still very much Kate. :)

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  80. Charlotte......Ahhh! We have had horrible internet problems and I feel like I have missed so much. For some reason I couldn't bring up comments or post from my iPhone either. SO happy to finally be able to log on!

    I wish I could sit and read all the comments, but I think there are right around 150. My opinion is that you by far have the BEST blog around! You always provide the latest information be it a sighting, new fashion, or calendar dates of great importance. You do an amazing job of putting together information together to present to us. You are ALWAYS kind and respectful, while encouraging discussion and welcoming opinions. You are always courteous when needing to end a discussion. :) I love the variety and that you touch on every aspect of Kate's life.....Kate Loves, recent news, latest fashion, royal tours, and I love news and pics from her pre-married life. You provide the BEST! Thank you for ALL your hard work!

    As far as the Mustique pictures, I feel you handled it nicely. Those who wanted to see the pictures were provided a link to peek. If they had been anything like the pictures taken in France, a definite line was crossed...breech of privacy and lack of decency had been crossed and I completely agree those should not be published. As much as I think William and Catherine desire total privacy, it's just not realistic in this day. With the media hounds, internet, and a cell phone camera on every corner (along with crazy paparazzi photographers), it's just not realistic. They are one of if not the most famous couple on the planet and everyone wants a piece of them. I am not saying it is right, but reality. It started with Diana, and I think will continue. Just imagine if there was all this media and the internet when Princess Margaret was young with all her shenanigans. William and Catherine are in a tremendously difficult position that they will have to learn to pick and choose their battles. As far as posting candids here and there, I love seeing them, so YES!

    LOVED seeing the Jenny Packham gowns! They were gorgeous! I didn't care for the McQueen as much. Looking forward to who will be designing her maternity wear!!!

    Thank you again for your wonderful blog and all your efforts!!!

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  81. Hi Charlotte- reading for a few months now, first-time commenter. I very much enjoy your blog, and appreciate how much work you put into it. I think you run your comments section fairly and handled Mustique-gate well. Kate style is what I drop by for. So I especially love your candid posts, with pictures a passerby snapped at a place like Pret. They let me see bits of her off-duty style. For that reason, I'll also echo the call for more "Kate Loves" posts.

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  82. Hi Charlotte - I love the blog, thanks for doing such a great job with it! I tried to read all the comments on this post but couldnt. Here's my two cents: I love Kate and thinks she's awesome! I love to see the candids, and I think you handled the vacation ones perfectly (I knew I'd see the pics SOMEWHERE eventually - like at the grocery store this morning on the cover of OK magazine) so I didn't mind not seeing them here. I agree with a previous poster about the fact that perhaps the palance shouldn't tell people where they are going while on their own private time. I want to see her out and about in London and such (and of course I want to track the baby bump!) but I want her to enjoy her life and time away from work. I realize my reply isn't very black and white on the issue but basically - for me - there is a difference between her grabbing a coffee in town and being on holiday in the middle of no where. Perhaps it's the level of effort one has to put in to get the photo? Someone mentioned earlier that the pics came from another tourist on the beach...I agree that it was extremely tacky of you to sell those pictures. CLEARLY if you can afford to vacation on that island you don't need the money so why be a sell out? That's just plain rude.

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