Monday, 18 February 2013

Kate Returns From Mustique & Shops In Waitrose, Engagements & Patronages, London Fashion Week + More

I want to begin tonight's post with a "thank you" to everyone who commented on our Feedback Post, emailed and tweeted. It is wonderful so many of you took the time to share your thoughts and to let me know what you enjoy most about this blog. All of your opinions and suggestions have been taken on board, and I have always felt feedback is vital to ensuring the growth and sustainability of any site. Having spent a number of hours reading through all the comments and messages it reinforces the fact that I am incredibly lucky to have such a supportive readership!

The main points I picked up on were:


  • Candids - The primary purpose of the feedback post was to gauge opinions on publishing candids. The majority were in favour of publishing candids once they were respectful and when unsure to use my own discretion.
  • Kate Loves - I had no idea the series was so popular and due to demand we will be continuing with the series sometime in the coming week.
  • Repli-Kate - Another popular request which I will be working on. 
  • Navigation - To make the site easier to navigate please see the 'Labels' dropdown menu on the sidebar with a list of tags (I will be completing it within the next couple of days to include a number of other tags).
  • Giveaways & Discounts - Always so much fun and I cannot thank the brands who work with the blog enough. We will most certainly have more of both this year :)
I generally hold one big feedback post annually but feel free to make suggestions/requests at any time, they are always most welcome.

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Now back to Kate :) The Duchess has returned from Mustique after a relaxing holiday on the paradise island with William and the Middletons. Kate and Carole Middleton were spotting shopping in their local Waitrose in Newbury. One shopper noted Kate purchased a magazine she was on the cover of.

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And (a very excited) employee assisted Carol with her queries.

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Meanwhile, Daily Mail reporter Charlotte Griffiths reports we can expect to see plenty of the Duchess shortly:

'At four months pregnant, Kate will attend a string of public engagements starting next week with a visit to one of her charities: Action on Addiction, in London. Kate, who will announce she is taking on three new charities next month, has drafted in best friends Natasha Rufus Isaacs and Lavinia Brennan (Beulah London) to design maternity wear for her. "She's determined to remain fashionable between now and the birth and doesn't want to be seen as frumpy," says a friend.'

Beulah London would seem a perfect choice for the Duchess, as their garments are very forgiving and flowing; ideal for Kate, particularly in her third trimester. I would expect to see bespoke pieces similar to the Sabitri Dress Kate wore in Malaysia.


Speaking of maternity wear, sketches of clothes created for Princess Diana are to go on display, showing how she personalised designs to stamp her own style on her pregnancy wardrobe. The exhibition will include the 'fairy princess' dress she wore shortly before announcing her first pregnancy and the designs will feature a retrospective of the fashion house Belville Sassoon. Designer David Sassoon worked closely with Diana for years.

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The exhibition will take place at the Fashion and Textile Museum from September 20 to January 11, 2014.

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I have spent a shameless amount of time a generous portion of the weekend following London Fashion Week and have been paying special attention to Kate's designers. My personal favourite thus far has been Temperley London's Fall Collection.

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A selection of stunning black and white evening gowns graced the runway, all perfect for the Duchess with minimal modifications required only for look three, I also see maternity wear possibilities. Alice Temperley continues to evolve and surprise with her designs, we can safely assume she will continue to be a firm favourite of Kate's.

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Kate has chosen Emilia Wickstead's designs for formal events, primarily bespoke coatdresses. There was quite a buzz surrounding the designer's show today, with Downton Abbey's Laura Carmichael and Olivia Palermo sitting in the front row. The collection was very much in keeping with Ms. Wickstead's signature style: smart tailoring, skirt suits, checked wool coats and swing jackets. All in all a very polished collection.

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Five looks from Jonathan Saunders.

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Mulberry shared a look at their venue before the show.

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It was a fine collection, but nothing show stopping (apart from the dogs who strutted their stuff on the catwalk) but a solid offering all the same featuring a number of very wearable coats and knits.

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While the clothing didn't blow me away the bags were stellar and stole the show. My personal favourite was the the brands latest piece, the Suffolk, a softly-constructed number which comes in a number of sizes and finishes. I could easily see Kate adding it to her collection in the not too distant future.

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Models backstage carrying a selection of fabulous bags!

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In our last posted we included a link to Kate's Vix Bikini, since then there has been a considerable amount of interest in Pippa's. Ashley Marie kindly shared news that Pippa's Mustique bikini is the PilyQ Calusa Bikini. It is currently available at Bloomingdales.

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That's it for tonight. We'll see you on Tuesday when Kate visits Action on Addiction's Hope House. Are you all looking forward to seeing the Duchess again? :)

60 comments:

  1. Not being critical of you at all, Charlotte, but I have yet to figure out how one engagement equates to "a string of public engagements" by Kate. Nice to see they're back from vacation though.

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    1. IF you read the blog carefully, you will see that Charlotte was quoting the Daily Mail.

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    2. The DM article also said that there was going to be an engagement on March 5.

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  2. Looking very much forward to seeing her at her charities! Hooray for your blog!

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  3. @Elizabeth- I think you did not read Charlotte's post correctly. Here is what Charlotte posted:"At four months pregnant, Kate will attend a string of public engagements starting next week with a visit to one of her charities: Action on Addiction, in London. Kate, who will announce she is taking on three new charities next month". Now I believe you owe Charlotte a "Big I am Sorry".

    And it goes on the say that the Duchess will announcement 3 more charities she will become involved in next month.

    Charlotte thanks for the update. Can't wait until Tuesday and to see what she sill be involved in.

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    1. Not at all Pauline :) :) I believe Elizabeth was just referring to the fact only one has been announced thus far :)

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    2. Pauline, Elizabeth's comment wasn't rude in any way- she stated that her comment wasn't intended to be critical of Charlotte at all. I think it is you who owes Elizabeth an apology. Your comments are often very harsh.

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    3. I took her remakrs as being disrepectful to you. Most of your readers here are very protective of you so that is how I saw it. CP even thought that same way as I.

      I did not read her comment as only one engagement as being annouced. Sorry.

      Keep up the good work.

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    4. @Gracie- It was in my opinion that she was being disrespectful. So since I read her comment as such I don't beleive I owe anyone a apology. We are all entitled to our opinions here.
      There was another reader here that thought the same thing as I. So it was not just me.

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    5. @Pauline - I have been a loyal reader of this site for a very long time and though I don't often post (I have only posted a few times in the past), I have noticed you are often very critical of others. I do not believe you speak for Charlotte or that you are tasked with the duty of moderator. It's one thing to have an opinion on what Charlotte has written on the blog and quite another for you to scroll through comments and snipe at anyone whose view you disagree. You are often demanding they apologize to Charlotte or calling them out for your perceived offense. I think you need to take a moment to think about why you feel the need to critique and "stand up for Charlotte;" and also, whether it is appropriate for you to act that way in this forum.

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    6. I respect Charlotte, too, and immensely enjoy the "fruits of her labors"! However, I do agree with Sarah's observations, just as I champion Elizabeth's right to express her civilly stated misgivings. I do think that all of us need to think carefully before firing off our comments. Pausing a moment or two and rereading a blog before submitting it would also give the composer time to proofread for grammatical/spelling errors and typos. Many bloggers whose first language is not English have commented that they participate partly in an effort to improve their English language skills. We native English speakers need to set a good example for them, I think. (They often do a much better job than we!)

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    7. I agree with the comments from Sarah P and others that having individual posters assume the role of moderator can lead to a chilling effect on the discussion. I would prefer if all moderating decisions were left to Charlotte, and posters refrained from demanding apologies on behalf of Charlotte or policing comments for criticism of Kate and insisting that such critiques were not allowed on the blog.

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    8. Oops that previous comment was from Zora - meant to sign it at the bottom but I forgot.

      Zora

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  4. Ana B. from Brazil18 February 2013 at 02:48

    Hi!
    I just love Mulberry bags! I hope I can purchase one soon :)
    So very excited for Tuesday! I think it is going to be an awesome visit!
    Thank you for the update, Charlotte!
    Hugs!!

    Ps: Lynn, are you there? I am truly missing your comments! Hope you are fine! Hugs :)

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    1. Ana, you and me both. I love the bag in the photo. I also want a Bayswater in the worst way!!!

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    2. Thanks so much for missing me, Ana B.! I really enjoy your comments, too. I have chosen to remain quiet for a while, but actually I just left a post--one that I hope you'll appreciate.:) I'm looking forward to Tuesday, too. I can't wait to see what Catherine will be wearing!

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    3. Ana B. from Brazil19 February 2013 at 01:39

      Bluhare: Oh, God, I am crazy about the Bayswater Cookie! But I love all of them! I would be happy with any Mulberry bag :) But now my biggest dream is a Céline Lugagge! I am saving my money because it is waaay too expensive!!

      Lynn: You are always very kind! Of course I appreciated reading your comments! I hope you can post more often, but I understand your choice of keeping quiet. Sending you my besr wishes and lots of hugs!

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  5. "Beulah London to design maternity wear for her. She's determined to remain fashionable between now and the birth and doesn't want to be seen as frumpy".

    I have strongly disliked all of the Beulah dresses she's worn, for they ARE frumpy and often shapeless. And don't get me started on the sleeves.

    I think before Kate announces her new patronages, she should freshen everyone's memory by visiting her current ones, starting with the event on Tuesday.

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    1. Ana B. from Brazil18 February 2013 at 17:41

      Hi, Blake! The red dress from Beulah is the most hideous dress Catherine has worn so far, in my opinion! Those sleeves were awful!
      But the blue one, she wore in the Pacific tour, is one of my favourites ever! She was a vision that day :)

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    2. I actually thought the light blue during the tour was so unattractive and matronly. All those little buttons, only to measure half way up, and the faux belt. Way too much fuss. It was also yet another shade of blue, which is to tiring with her.

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  6. Excited for the few weeks ahead. As the reporters hint, we'll be seeing quite a bit of Kate. Thanks for rounding up the suggestions, Charlotte. I agree with them very much and in your effort to keep the blog respectful of Kate at all times.

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  7. I well remember Diana and that dress! She looked stunning. I believe she fell asleep during that evening, still sitting up straight, with her head to the side. The Palace announced the next day or so that Diana was pregnant and that is why she fell asleep. Completely possible scenario as many women have learned.

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  8. Theresa, from Paris18 February 2013 at 08:17

    I'm really looking forward to seeing the Duchess tomorrow. Happy to see her looking well and relaxed, after the bad scare at the beginning of her pregnancy. Let's hope all goes well for her until the birth.

    Great work and posts, as usual, dear Charlotte ! Thank you...

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  9. I would love to see the Duchess carrying one of the fabulous bags you posted above! During her official engagements, the Duchess always carries tiny clutch handbags, but I liked very much the grey Tod's she had some weeks ago during a shopping day, it suited to her so much!

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    1. There was a candid a few years ago of her carrying a black Tod's tote, and I was very proud because I've got the same one!!

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    2. Oh, Stella! How I love that grey bag! It would suit me, too! Charlotte is on the "lookout" for a RepliKate that I can afford. (I hope she hasn't forgotten!:))
      P.S. This is my third blog today, and I really think we bloggers should limit the number of times we comment on any given day. I apologize for hogging the blog, but I just couldn't help myself when you brought up the grey tote!

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  10. Thank you for the update. :) I look forward to seeing Kate at her next engagement.

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  11. Hi Charlotte, Are there going to be new posts soon on The Royal Digest. Was really enjoying it, especially as likely to be more lean Kate times in the coming months. Love the fashion too.

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    1. Hello, There will indeed, I'll post a link on the sidebar as soon as I get one up :)

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  12. Another great post, dear Charlotte.
    Not much to say: this blog is an unusually respectful, mature and diplomatic place: congratulations!
    Can't wait to see our Kate tomorrow!
    Your biggest fan in Portugal, Z :)

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  13. @Gracie- I have to disagree with your comment regarding Pauline being "harsh" as you call them. As of late she has not posted anything negative about anyone else who has made comments here. Yes because she was taking a stand on a comment someone made regarding Ms. Charlotte, it was in her own opinion I beleive.

    I have read many comments regarding Catherine that have been down right nasty and none of them have come from Pauline. I think Pauline is very passionate regarding Catherine and that is OK.

    I live in the UK, have been reading this blog for a while now but do not comment much. I have to sit back and laugh at some of the comments. People do not know what goes on here regarding Catherine and even William. They both do alot and that is not even talked about.

    Charlotte has brought the fans a great place for the fans so let's all be nice to each other.

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    1. Kathy, I think the comments would go smoother I'd folks made comments like CP did which are to dispute the issue and end it there rather than suggest an apology is needed. I believe Charlotte does not publish the harsh comments and let's the ones go through that are respectful that add to the discussion. I like differing opinions but feel if Charlotte let's them go through it is not appropriate to suggest an apology is needed. To suggest an apology in my opinion it is not nasty and might be respectfully stated but is unnecessary.

      Happy week all
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  14. Great post! I thought the comments from those in Waitrose were too funny, especially the one about her hair in corn rows. :) I think I would be speechless if I ever just casually bumped into Kate or her family!

    I love the Beulah dresses Kate wears and think it would also be a good choice for the "in between" pregnancy stage where there's just a little baby bump. I remember Diana and that dress. She fell asleep during the performance and was later announced that she was pregnant with William. :)

    I hope you enjoyed some of all the time spent on fashion week! I know you will have GREAT upcoming posts for us!

    On a side note, the season finale for Downton Abbey aired here last night. Oh my goodness. I was completely shocked and in tears. I am so, so sad and wonder where Lady Mary will go from here? :(

    Can't wait for Kate's engagement tomorrow! Looking forward to seeing her glowing and happy, wondering what she'll wear, and can't wait to maybe see a little bump! Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Oh there were many tears when I watched the finale. Losing two strong characters in a season is a challenge for any show. I know the writer is planning to introduce a new love interest for Lady Mary, but I don't think viewers will buy it. Matthew and Mary's love story has been the backbone of the show. Terrible pity, Dan Stevens decided to leave.

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  15. I have just read on another website that after the engagement tomorrow, Kate will not be undertaking another engagement until 5th March when she will visit Grimsby. If this is the case, then this doesn't bode well for the "string of engagements". I really feel that it is getting to the point where SJP has to either formally state that Kate will not be undertaking a full schedule of engagements for the forseeable future or stop issuing statements which are making her look foolish and undermining public opinion of her. Such as the statements about how she had returned to work behind the scenes just before she jetted off to Mustique and now, the 'string of engagements' - I don't think 2 engagements in a fortnight constitutes a string. I have commented before that whoever is behind Kate's PR is not doing her any favours. Public opinion of Kate in the UK seems to be spiralling downward alarmingly and I really think she has to up her game if she is to salvage the goodwill she enjoyed around the time of her wedding.

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    1. Are you referring to this article here? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2280543/Kate-Middleton-pregnant-Duchess-Cambridge-baby-bump-embark-series-public-engagements.html

      I was VERY surprised by some of the lines in this piece from Rebecca English - I thought she was an ardent royal fan and that's why she gets assignments like accompanying Will & Kate on their royal tours. But then you see lines like this: "Since then she has only been seen officially in public once, when she viewed her first official portrait at the National Portrait gallery in London in early January, leading to questions being asked about her commitment to public duties."

      I know the DailyMail comments tend to be incredibly nasty and anti-Kate lately, but I thought the paper itself was quite pro-monarchy and known for publishing very positive pieces about the royals (in fact, its abrupt transition from calling Kate "Waity Katie" to publishing glowing stories about her once she became the Duchess of Cambridge was kind hilarious). So, I was surprised to see some borderline critical language in the latest piece. What do the UK readers think? Am I overreacting, or does the tone of the latest DailyMail article on Kate also strike you guys as subtly critical?

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    2. I agree that the language used is subtly inflammatory. Not that this is surprising in itself, given that we're talking about the Daily Mail, but I was also surprised to see it was Rebecca English who had written the article. I suppose it could have been edited after she'd submitted, but I do find it surprising that the papers appear to be being more openly critical. I'm not sure if anyone remembers, but around the time that there was the furore about the super-injuctions and freedom of press, a lot of newspapers, and not just the Daily Mail, were writing quite similarly worded articles, seeming to praise the person who was being reported on, but with some not so subtle hints or criticism in the article. I agree therefore that the Palace PR seems to be handling the media quite badly and it is worrying that the public opinion appears to be turning.

      I do have to say though that I really enjoyed the detailed information given in the article about each of the charities Kate will be visiting!! Perhaps Rebecca English has been picking up some tips from Charlotte!!

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    3. Perhaps you all missed the articles in the daily mail and in the express newspapers telling the world that William had insisted that the media write ONLY positive stories about Kate. The result? These seemingly fawning articles that are actually very critical or written in a way that absolutely inflames the readers resulting in negative comments. This way the newspaper is following the letter of the law as dictated by William, and disclaiming the public comments.

      Further, The Daily Mail, despite it's usual xenophobic little Englander stand, is the most Royalist paper of all the tabloid in Britain, with a readership that is primarily Middle-class, the so-called home counties set. They love the royals and will always try to put a positive spin on anything royal until or unless they gauge public mood and decide that negative stories are a better sell.

      If they are start publishing negative stories about William or Kate, it's not a good thing because where they lead, others will follow. And the Daily mail rarely backtracks from a stance.

      If i were their PR, I'd advise them to find a way to reach out to the Daily Mail and other newspaper editors to get them on side. It worked for Charles and Camilla, it will work for William and Kate.

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  16. I didn't find either Elizabeth or CP as rude with regards to their commments. I found no offense... Charlotte was gracious as usual in her response.

    It takes a lot for me to get the courage to write my thoughts in the group - I am assuming the same for others as well. Wouldn't we all lose if our fellow DK blogmates didn't write because they felt that others would shame them or be unduly critical? Writing is difficult because the reader has much more slack in deciding how to interpret the message. Probably better to try to err more on giving the benefit of the doubt...

    Charlotte - you are a wonderful roll model for tact and diplomacy. I enjoy reading this blog. Thank you for all the time you put into this to make it enjoyable for the rest of us!

    CJB in Minneapolis, USA

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    1. Hi CJB,

      You assume correctly, I often don't comment for fear of retribution. I have commented in the past and the response was such that I felt so bad for expressing my opinion in a non-offensive way (e.g. I thought (and still think) it was naive of Kate to, as my future Queen, sunbathe topless)that I was quite upset. I often caveat my comments with IMHO now...

      I now think twice or more before commenting and have also developed a 'thicker skin'. Heaven knows how Charlotte copes as she sees the all the comments!

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    2. Penelope, in my opinion, this blog is one where retribution is rare. Charlotte doesn't let the inflammatory comments through. She will let comments that disagree through, as long as they aren't insulting. So please don't let fear of someone being mean stop you.

      I visit political blogs, and the responses I've received there would curl your hair, and probably a few other things! :)

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    3. Thanks bluhare, your support is much appreciated.

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  17. There is indeed an engagement on March 5, details are on 'Kate's Upcoming Dates' on the sidebar :)

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  18. Anonymous, I felt the same way about the Daily Mail article. It honestly feels to me that if William and Catherine don't start working on their relationship with the public the support for them is going to rapidly disappear. I know that many readers have discussed and debated candids and to me the connection the royals make with the public IS their job. William, I believe, has been seen for years as a sympathetic figure and viewed affectionately because of Diana, but now is it possible that he has gone too far overboard in avoiding Interaction with the press and is going to be seen as distant, arrogant, or overly-indulged? Charles and Diana used to grant interviews and even invited cameras and an interviewer into their home when the boys were young. They gave opportunities to the press for some photos when on vacations. I am so saddened reading Daily Mail articles where literally thousands are willing to "green-arrow" the idea of a republic for Britain. I fear that unless the Cambridges figure out how to generate a warm relationship with the public by visibility and good works, this is exactly what will happen once the Queen is no longer on the throne.

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    1. Anonymous, I agree. I think it's William calling the shots here, and it makes them both look bad. And Kate usually gets the worst of it, which isn't fair.

      He comes across as spoilt and petulant, and always wanting his own way. If I recall their engagement interview, he interrupted her all the time. Maybe she was nervous (I would have been!), but it made it look like she couldn't string a thought together. It's like he's used his marriage as a stick to beat everyone over the head with. And I actually resent his implication that Kate's too fragile to take care of herself. She played field hockey, for heavens sake! That's not for the faint of heart.

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    2. I recall the interviews that Charles and Diana granted and I don't disagree with the beneficial PR aspect of it. I'm just NOT convinced that William and Kate's approach is completely up to them. William's love of the press is well known, and quite understandable, but I also believe (quite strongly) that the royal firm is fearful of these two overshadowing Charles and Camilla. Diana's popularity was seen as a threat and now her son and his wife offer DOUBLE the star power. It's a double-edged sword for the royal family.

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    3. bluhare, where and when did William implicate that Kate's too fragile to take care of herself? I've never heard that before, so I hope you don't mind me asking where you have that from.

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    4. bluhare, I took another look at the engagement interview after reading your comment about William often interrupting Kate and I can't say he did that very much and certainly not all the time. I would say he interrupted her twice, which was 12 and 17 minutes into the interview. He did sometimes follow up on questions directed to Kate, but that was after she had finished speaking. If it looked like Kate couldn't string a thought together, as you put it, it was probably because of her own nervousness, which was quite evident. Of course, this is just my perception after having just seen it and I'm generally a positive person who try to see the best in people, which could cloud my judgment. I would recommend seeing it again if it's been a long time since you saw it and see if you still thinks he interrupts her all the time.

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    5. RoyalFan: I think you meant to say William does NOT like the press. :)

      I took a look at the interview again, and I did exaggerate the "all the time" part of my comment. Oops! There was one part, though, and I should go back and look at exactly when, where he interrupted and she had one of those micro expressions of looking annoyed, then smiled again. I noticed it the first time I saw it and was surprised to see that little chink showing through.

      As to the Kate is fragile part, I think William has made many statements about how he doesn't want Kate hounded and things like that. Of course, he doesn't, who would? But his reactions are a bit over the top sometimes, and we never know what she actually thinks. I'd like to think that she has a voice, and I, for one, would like to hear it. She is her own person and has to define her own role. Understanding it takes some time to do all that, but I wonder if William is such a control freak he doesn't want her speaking on her own behalf. Which I think is sad at best and indicates he doesn't think she can do it.

      I hope this is coming out right. It feels all mixed up in my head. :)

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    6. Bluhare, I was being sarcastic when I used the word "love" regarding William's attitude towards the press. :)

      As far as the engagement interview is concerned, I believe William only stepped in when he felt Kate was handed a tricky question and he did so in a supportive way. I think she did a great job under the circumstances, but it was clear that she was nervous. I know I would have been! :)

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  19. The Daily Mail is hardly a reliable source for anything in my opinion and it would be wise to take their articles with a big grain of salt. The Daily Mail also likes to cause a stir when they can and this also shows in their articles. I don't think the Royal Family and their PR advisors are worried about the popularity of Kate and William and I don't think they have a reason to be. And even if their popularity is declining at the moment, it will rise immediately after the baby is born. I don't trust anything that comes out of the Daily Mail and I avoid it as much as I can. The people commenting there are also generally negative towards everything and everyone.

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    1. Well, as someone whose best friend works at the daily mail, i can assure you that their royal stories are to be trusted. What she did say though was that you had to watch out for the angle in order to figure out the agenda being pushed and by whom. i have learnt quite abit from what she has told me.

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  20. Well, I think there is great difference between the people of the UK and the public. Stars (singers, actors) have a public. And this public (or fans) would expect the wildest rumours from the paparazzi. Royalty is at the service of the people and as least should be granted a little respect. One can hardly say that that is the case nowadays. I have no doubt that Wills and Kate have a genuine love and interest for the people. I am sure that in the near future they will grant to the serious media as Charles and Diana did before.

    As for the Daily Mail it has always mean a site for republicans and haters. I am not surprised at their comments.

    By the way, II cannot wait seeing Kate tomorrow morning.

    Hugs!

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  21. Dear Charlotte,

    I'm sorry I wasn't able to take part of the feedback, I haven't visited your website in a while, I had to much work to do for the university (I'm sure you know what I mean ;)).
    I totally agree with what I've read above, I love to see candids with Kate doing her shopping, it is an opportunity to catch a glimpse on what she is wearing when she's off-duty.
    I really love your blog, I wish I had the time to comment more often! I've created my own blog recently, talking mainly about films, one of my passions, unfortunately I don't even have enough time to update it on a regular basis.
    Well, to sum up my novel: you're doing a really good job, just keep it that way! :)

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  22. Sarah from Calif.18 February 2013 at 20:44

    Wow people are replying as I watch...... technology....... fast ....good in some ways
    Dont have time to write but, I will.agree Charlotte is veeeery patient.
    Let's all be patient with Will and Kate we are moving in a veryyyyyy fast paced world :)
    Peace. :))

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  23. People seem to forget that William has a full time job and carries out royal duties in his time off and Catherine has been ill the last couple of months---although according to DM bloggers they of course know better.
    We obviously don't need a Health Service or doctors when bloggers can diagnose from afar.
    As for holidays---they were skiing almost a year ago and then had 3 or 4 days in France and then this holiday. Quite honestly many of my family and friends take more, as do most of the other European Royalties.
    Most of the royal brides have undertook only engagements with their husbands for the first few years, not expected to do much on their own.
    The press always behave like this---build them up and then start to knock them down.
    Please give them both the chance they deserve.

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  24. Elizabeth in Colorado ; )18 February 2013 at 22:11

    Hello everyone! I have a suggestion. I love reading this blog, and also love the comments section, good, bad, indifferent, off topic, spirited, whatever. I comment infrequently, but I stopped using my nickname because I noticed someone else with the same name and didn't want to be confused with that person. Not because I agree or disagree, just because I want my own identity. I started using my given name, which is Elizabeth, and today the first comment I read was from another Elizabeth, and that comment obviously caused reaction. The reactions are fine, but in order to keep everyone straight, I like how some commenters give their location-state or city or country. Anyway, I'm going to do that now, and I hope others will too.

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    1. Beatrix in New York19 February 2013 at 04:29

      Elizabeth that is a great idea. I have liked when I see where people are from in t heir names :)

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  25. Thanks for including my favorite picture of Princess Diana in that amazing fairy-tale dress!

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