Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Mustique Photos Published, Kate's Letter of Condolence, Prabal Gurung Target Collection + More

As you may have heard photos taken of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Mustique have been bought by Italian magazine Chi. The photos show Kate and William walking the surf and the Duchess in a blue bikini. Pippa Middleton was also photographed in a bikini. The photos were taken from a boat offshore with a long lens camera.



Following discussion with regular readers via Twitter and Facebook, I have elected not to publish the photos on this occasion. As a blogger who strives to bring you all the latest news and photos while showing due respect and consideration to William and Kate, it's always difficult making these choices but my decision reflected the opinions of readers I spoke to and the publication in question, Chi, published topless photos of the Duchess last year and photos of Diana moments before her death. These actions caused great upset and distress.

As I know this opinion does not reflect my entire readership, the photos which have been published so far you can do so by clicking here. St James's Palace have released a statement expressing their 'disappointment' and describing it as a 'clear breach of the couple's right to privacy.'

Victoria  Arbiter Twitter

More from The Mirror's story:

'Pregnant Kate Middleton was facing fresh paparazzi agony after being pictured in a skimpy bikini. The photos taken on of the world's most private islands, are said to clearly show her baby bump. They could fetch more than £250,000 if touted around the world. It comes just five months after intrusive snaps of the Duchess topless caused an outcry. 
An exasperated Royal Aide said: "This is unfortunate. They get absolutely no     privacy whatsoever."'

William and Kate jetted off to the paradise island last week and have been keeping a low profile whilst enjoying a quiet break at a £19,000 per week luxury villa before the birth of their baby in July. It is the seventh time the couple have visited the island.

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A four-year-old boy, Mackenzie Cackett, who stole Kate's heart during her visit to The Treehouse Hospice has tragically died following a series of NHS blunders. Doctors dismissed Mackenzie's symptoms as unrelated to a tumour he previously had meaning his diagnosis and treatment was severely delayed. The hospital is currently under investigation over its death rates.

Daily Mail

Duchess Kate sent a heartfelt letter to Mackenzie's parents James and Danielle, and wrote she will "fondly remember his love of Spongebob Squarepants and his gorgeous smile, which never seemed to leave his face."



This heartbreaking news reinforces the importance of organisations such as EACH, and I do hope they continue to receive the funds and resources they need to continue providing their vital services.

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Prabal Gurung's much publicised collection for Target has arrived (with many thanks to Brooke). Items from the eagerly anticipated collection have already sold out. Pieces are very affordable and, true to Mr. Gurung's signature style, the collection features vibrant colours and prints. You can view all available items here.

Target

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I have been thoroughly enjoying including Spring/Summer looks from Kate's favourite designers. It gives us a glimpse into sartorial possibilities for the Duchess and a little fashion inspiration for ourselves for the coming season. Today we look at three styles from ALICE by Temperley, a sister brand to Temperley London which was launched in 2010, targeted at a younger demographic and containing more affordable pieces.

The Ballanchine Embellished Tulle Gown features bursts of sequins and beads, and a lightly gathered waist. The Angeli Lattice Dress could easily be modified for maternity wear as could the 1950's Pavan Print Crew Neck Dress.

ALICE By Temperley

Next we look at Spring/Summer pieces by South African-born designer Collette Dinnigan.

Collette Dinnigan

Collette is one of my personal favourite designers. I adore her use of lace and her designs are always so elegant and striking. Kate never fails to look stunning in Collette's dresses, and I do hope we see the Duchess wearing more of them. The black peplum suit would be perfect for formal engagements.

Collette Dinnigan

On another fashion related note, Ashley from What Kate Wore shared some exciting news for US shoppers! L.K. Bennett are launching a USA/Canada website very soon with prices in USD. If you wish to be alerted when the webiste launches you can register here.

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As it's Pancake Tuesday, also known as Shrove Tuesday. I'm off to make some (or rather observe my fiancé :)) Are you making some this evening? I wonder if William and Kate will enjoy some in Mustique!

157 comments:

  1. Glad that William and Kate are not letting opinions of what they should do or should not do interfere with their lives. They are probably disappointed that the pics were published, but that is no reason that Kate shouldn't wear what she likes.

    One of my favorite sayings by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross is: "The opinion which other people have of you is their problem - not yours"

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    1. "The opinion which other people have of you is their problem - not yours"

      What a great way to shrug off constructive criticism aimed at inspiring her to be a better royal!

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    2. MariBy, I love the quote. Thank you for sharing it. :)

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    3. It's not anyone else's job to "inspire" her to be a better royal. She's doing just fine on her own.

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    4. Criticism aimed at Kate to make her a better royal is rarely constructive and quite useless considering that Kate will most likely never see it. Besides it's rather difficult for a non-royal person to tell a royal person how to be better at being royal.

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    5. Respectfully, I can't agree. Criticism is not only constructive, it is vital to anyone in public life. No one suggests that Catherine herself is monitoring this blog but hopefully advisors are paying heed to what the overall public feeling is. With no wish to raise this debate again, sufficient people and press have suggested that his holiday was ill-advised to make the matter a concern. Public opinion can swing very quickly as the royal family had become all too aware in the last couple of decades and have made changes accordingly. Even the queen is not immune to it. Anyone who listens entirely to yes-men and women and uncritical supporters are likely to find themselves in difficulties sooner or later.

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    6. How isn't it constructive to suggest that she should do more charity work so her patronages actually benefit from her support?

      On another note, I think it's kinda odd for Kate to never have worn anything by Victoria Beckham, considering that William and David Beckham are good friends and they attended Will and Kate's wedding.

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    7. Blake: I think Kate would look great in Victoria Beckham. After she has the baby, of course. :) Victoria's bags are great too.

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    8. bluhare: going back to my original message at top that Kate should wear what she likes, perhaps she doesn't think Victoria Beckham's designs suit her.



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    9. MariBy: I was responding to Blake who indicated s/he thought Kate would look good in VB. I agreed, as I think she has the body type that would look good in VB's designs. If you don't think so, that's fine with me.

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    10. Sarah from Calif.14 February 2013 at 01:17

      Perhaps she has but, we haven't seen it.:)

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    11. As bluhare has pointed out, Kate has the body type and size to fit in VB designs.

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  2. Great post yet again - thank you!

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  3. Charlotte,

    Delighted you chose not to show the photos. They pay a great deal of money to try to get some privacy.
    I think it was on Mustique where Diana was also photographed when she was expecting William---so things don't change much.
    This time next week we should have photos of her at Hope House--meantime I hope they continue to enjoy their holiday.
    Like many of the dresses, but love the stripey shoes---unfortunately I am way past the age when I could wear that height of heel and can't even hope to see Catherine in them--at least, not until after the babe is born.
    Ah well!

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    1. Thank you Jean,

      Decisions like these are always the most difficult. William and Kate are in the public eye and naturally candids are to be expected and I often show candids. However, I just felt after the year they've had (topless photos, Kate's illness) they deserved a little privacy on this holiday. My decision did reflect the opinions of readers I spoke too and as I said the publication.

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    2. They've got that shoe as a flat...just in case you are interested. I just had a look at the collection.

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    3. Diana and Charles were in Bahamas.

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    4. Also, photos were not taken by paps with long lenses. It was a fellow tourist on the island.

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  4. Hello Charlotte, I'm not commenting very often, but this time I wanted to congratulate you fort the decision you made not to publish the photos of pregnant Duchess. This is an important decision that honors you ; I just hope many people will adopt the same behaviour. We don(t need to see the Duchess in a bikini ; we need a serene Duchess who performs well, because she's allowed some privacy. Laure

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  5. I really like the Prabal Gurung for Target collection - I don't think we have Target in the UK though :-(




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  6. Thank you for your responsible journalism, and respecting their right to privacy. You will be rewarded and well respected for knowing where to draw the line. Thanks again!

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    1. I second this! Thank you discretion speaks well for you!

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  7. I don't think they should be so annoyed or disappointed. Paparazzi exist and they (Will+Kate) intrigue us... or draw us to them.

    As long as they are not pestered and chased, I don't mind. Quite frankly, I feel better at pictures taken from a great distance. I say this bc I have seen photos of Kate as Will{s gf (her 25th birthday) where there are like 20 photographers/paparazzi at a min. distance from her. They almost poker her eye with the lenses. Those pictures annoy me. Those pictures I find incredibly intrusive and disrespectful. I've seen pictures like that of Jennifer Garner too. That I find unbearable. If the paparazzi aren't even seen by the subject I put my conscientious at ease (I'm a bit embarrassed to accept that, but it is true). I am also bothered by pics of her which are totally unflattering (such as boarding a car or shwing her panties at the tarmac), or even of her making goofy and unflattering faces :p Yes, vanity!

    They are subject to paparazzi due to their high profile, as are they entitled to their privileges.

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    1. In no way am I defending aggressive paparazzi, but at least if William and Kate are confronted as they leave a restaurant, etc., they know what they're dealing with. Being photographed secretly from a distance is a very different story. I cannot imagine being on vacation with my husband and not knowing if/when a simple kiss, hug, or silly tickle will make headline news. Short of having a camera in the bedroom, it doesn't get more intrusive than that IMO.

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    2. I understand what you are saying. I understand how uncomfortable it would be if all pics were made available by sneaky photographers. But even you and I are subject to prying eyes. We are watched everywhere by security cameras. Sure, our images won't be published worldwide but we are seen.
      At any venue we can be photographed and later find our pictures on social networks. It is just life now.

      Somehow is this case I'm happy that their "personal space" wasn't invaded, as opposed to when Kate was Will's GF. I do think the paps are more respectful now, but it could just be due to the security guard that now accompanies her.

      Will and Kate have to live with the reality they could be photographed EVERYWHERE. Specially nowadays where any citizen carries a ph with a camera. I would certainly photograph her if I saw her at my local Starbucks. I would just not put my phone in her face in a rude matter.

      That any intimate moment could possibly appear on the cover of a magazine is just a reality they have to live with. Fair? Gee I don't know. What about all the privileges? Are those fair? I don't know... I do know that even at official events even when they touch hands it could be a headline. But they are not robots. They are a young couple in love and as such they will behave. There is nothing wrong with showing that to the world.

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    3. I just don't see what the difference is of W&K having pap pictures taken of them and all the celebrities out there that have them taken, often with their kids in tow. Isn't it an invasion of Jennifer Garner's privacy when she is photographed with her kids like every day - yet it is only the royal family complaining. W&K are in the public eye -and this is the state of the world that we live in - for better for worse. It feels like all we ever hear of W&K is about their privacy. While I agree that the topless photos were an invasion - I don't feel that these pics are. She's wearing a bathing suit, on a beach - which she has been pictured doing prior to her wedding. I really feel that they need to stop all the complaining and just deal with it.

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    4. I have no issues with the palace statement. Magazines and articles often ask the Palace for comment before printing pictures or running a story, hence the statement. The words they used is "disappointed," and "clear invasion to their right to privacy." No legal action has been taken. To me, it's a general, consistent statement to their beliefs. The overreaction came from the press - undoubtedly to sell the story. To dismiss the incident with a "no comment" would mean condoning the act, which I'm sure they do not.

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    5. Jusy wanted to chime in here to make the point again that it was a member of the public who took the pictures and not a pap with a long lens as was initially thought.

      As they are in the public eye, members of an institution that requires they show themselves and sell us snippets of their lives, these are the hazards and reality of it.

      The RF as a whole understands this equation which is why they submit to their private moments like weddings [as an example] being made public because truthfully, that's as much an invasion of privacy and serves no purpose except to sell themselves to us.

      For the record, Mustique isn't as private an island as for example Necker. I has 74 cottages that are available to rent to the general public. That's 74times they are risking of being photographed by a member of the public as happened this time. If they had gone to nearby Necker, they would have had all the privacy in the world because that would have been truly as invasive as the France pictures because Necker is 100% private. no areas open or rentable to the public if Richard Branson doesn't want them there. We know Harry vacations on Necker, and so far no pics have ever leaked.

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  8. So beautiful and moving letter that Kate wrote to little Mackenzie's parents!
    As for the photos taken by these paparazzi, you did well not to publish them, Charlotte.

    A big hug to you!

    PS: I hope you this comment will not appear several times as I had difficulties in posting it.

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    1. It would have meant more if she'd have hand written the whole thing. It wouldn't have taken more than a few minutes to do and a handwritten note from the Duchess would be something to treasure forever.

      This is one thing I'm surprised about. Everyone knows what a stickler Diana was for notes, and she hand wrote all her personal ones. I know Kate isn't Diana, and it was nice of her to send a condolence at all, but I think she could have written it rather than have her office type it.

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    2. I think it was wonderful that Kate took the time to write the note to the grieving parents. I'm sure it meant a lot to them.

      Incidentally, the little boy, Mackenzie, tragically died at the end of May.

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    3. I'm with Bluhare on this one. Kate should have handwritten that note rather than Rebecca. We all know that it's Rebecca typing up the notes. She accompanies Kate to her engagements and makes notes on everyone they meet so that note in my view came from Rebecca. despite the Kate signature.

      Diana [since we went there!] would have sent a hand written note.

      Although it seems that Kate can send a handwritten thank you note to Wimbledon and have her secretary type up a condolence note.

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    4. I,too, think the note should have been handwritten.

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  9. the media is going too far.. people have a right to their privacy, and we shouldn't expect that it's our right to know private details/ lives of others. I hope it will stop, this intrusive media.

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    1. It wasn't the media. It was a private citizen and William and Kate were on a public beach. Long lenses at their villa? That's another story.

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    2. I believe that William Kate and Pippa aren't all that upset over bikini pictures on the beach.

      And even SJP has only said that royal family is 'disappointed' - very mild language when compared to the French villa incident.

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    3. but bluhare, it is the MEDIA , that published these photos, is it not?

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    4. bonnieux: Yes, the media published the photos. The media also gives publicity to causes William and Kate care about. William and Kate use the media for their purposes, which is what they're supposed to do. Sometimes it works against them, and this is one of them. The old "live by the sword, die by the sword" adage. No one knows that better than Harry!

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    5. Bonnieux, do you feel this strongly at all the pictures of celebrities that you look at? Everyone from Hollywood stars to Presidents has been papped during times when they aren't strictly 'on'. They all seem to understand that it is better to ignore the intrusion because reacting to it simply makes it bigger.

      As a rule the royal family tend to ignore everything thrown at them....except perhaps the feuding wales AKA CD, and as a result, the mud never really stuck. Except for WK. And by reacting to every little thing, including these pictures, they make it bigger. And look like they are crying wolf. Time will come when they will need the media and no one will be interested because they would have cried wolf once too often.

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  10. I don't know what Pancake Tuesday is but it sounds wonderful! Here on the Gulf Coast in the U.S. we are celebrating Mardi Gras, and I've been stuffing myself with King Cake. As usual, thank you for blogging. I love hearing the little details you sometimes include like Pancake Tuesday!

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    1. Hello Ruha,

      Mardi Gras sounds exciting, it's interested how different countries have different traditions. Over here on one Tuesday every February (Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday) it's tradition to make pancakes annually. I think it goes back to using up ingredients before lent but it's always fun.

      I do enjoy cooking and preparing the batter but I leave cooking the pancakes to my fiancé, I never get it right :)

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    2. Ruha, Shrove Tuesday is the same day as Fat Tuesday.....day before Ash Wednesday. The name coming from the term shrive meaning to confess. I had a discussion with a friend and she educated me. :) Sometimes it falls in March, depending on when Easter is. I know it was in March in 2011 because Will and Kate were in Ireland that day flipping pancakes with the crowd. Enjoy your King Cake! Did you find the baby?

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    3. My mum made pancakes for Pancake Tuesday (we're in the US) and for those in the US, you would describe them as crepes. They are not like US pancakes. And they were absolutely delicious. Thanks, mum!!!

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    4. Kate, Charlotte, thanks for explaining! It is funny how these things come to be named differently in different cultures... I did find the baby, and in keeping with tradition I brought in the next king cake. :)

      Bluhare, what I fun tradition - I absolutely love crepes.

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  11. Thank you so much for choosing not to publish the photos and thereby put yourself above these crazy people who have no respect for the Royals. The Royals deserve our honor and respect. I love your blog and appreciate the care you take to be respectful.

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  12. The Queen has always been a great example of not letting "intrusions" of her privacy be a big deal. She (at least to the public) appears to shrug things off and move on with what is important to her. I hope that Catherine will take a page from her play book and do the same. I think she does a pretty good job of it. In time, if they don't make a big deal of things, and keep a certain amount of discretion in the way they live, all the "grubbing" for photos will die down. They, their children, their family will always be in the limelight. It is part of the sacrifice of who they are. I believe they know and accept that, and are doing a good job of growing into their roles as senior royals.

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    1. Oh, I agree - for the most part. The queen has never been photographed nude. That would be tough for anyone to move on from.

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    2. Elizabeth - ROFL. Now i can't get image of nude HM out of my head.

      here is my tip the lady's sister: If you don't want to be photographed in your bikini, don't wear a bikini #pippatips

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  13. As Anonymous said in other discussion that "PR is going to handle the Mustique Holiday critique by leaking some pictures of royal baby bump. Kate will be photographed in bikini. Just wait and see..."
    Well, we didn't wait long, did we?

    Sorry girls, I do not believe any more that those pictures were taken accidently by paparazzi. I do believe that pictures were taken by official photographer and "presented' as sneaky paparazzi snaps (same as honeymoon photos).
    It is all thought and done by PR department. As there is so much criticism of this holiday they had to "throw a piece of meat to angry dogs"...

    At the moment we can only see one photo, it's hard to judge, but once more photos will be released we might see that they were staged.

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    1. Hmmm... I don't see how people whose knickers have been in a twist over this vacation will be appeased by seeing these photos. If anything, I can see the "angry dogs" (to use your phrase) singing the "she asked for it" tune without a shred of compassion in sight.

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    2. this is such complete rubbish! No way do these 2 need to create PR - Catherine in particular is one of the most published women on the planet.

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    3. Oh please. According to you, everything is staged, which is just ridiculous. There are absolutely no reason to think that the pr department would stage something like this and there is no reason why they would. Only a very paranoid mind can come up with such thoughts.

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    4. Hmmm that's a bit (conspiracy theory) sounding to me.

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    5. To CP:
      "Those 2" do have a PR team that takes care of their public image. It is just as anything you see on TV has to be well presented in order to create image of perfect couple so that people do fall in love with them. It is a purpose of monarchy in now days and that will keep monarchy: the love of people.
      If you read the books and watch documentary there are few authors and few journalists talk about that. I entirely agree and support that view. My own opinion and view of monarchy has been build over the years. I did experience very wealthy lifestyle (for a very short time) with servants and butlers (who were devoted even when I was left with nothing). Along with money comes the power and you can never imagine what an experience it is. That is when I understood the psychology of reach people. I can tell you the only thing you care while living that lifestyle is how to keep this power and lifestyle and pass it to your children. That is why they use everything to keep monarchy alive. Not because they care about country or people, but because of power and wealth that this family wants to keep.

      It is just a short explanation and I don't think I can actually persuade anyone to change their mind (it is not a purpose anyway). When you are FAN of royal family you can hardly change your mind unless you step in their shoes yourself and that's when you understand everything. Even if you have a small power, lets say you are a politician, or you own a blog for example(wink), and you have many fans, it is a power in a small way. Once you experience that, you will always want to keep that attention, the letters that come to you with compliments, or even a critique. You appreciate it and you become addicted to attention. Same with royal power.

      Interesting enough that my husband is very keen fan of royal family. He used to have portraits of Queen and Queen Mother in his living room when I first came to his house (we don't hang them anymore). He is still a strong supporter, and he also founded the league in support of monarchy. He often writes articles in papers and magazines about history of monarchy, and very defensive when it comes to royal family (also in papers or magazins). But then of course he never experienced what it's like to have enourmous power and wealth, and he still doesn't understand the inside and motives of royal family.
      I am on the other hand is not a supporter, nor the republican. I would say I'm a watcher who (more or less) can understand what is inside their mind and what their goals are.

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    6. To royalfan:
      It is simple as 2x2. When they went for holiday everybody became a little nervous. Why is that they go on holiday while not working a pint in a last months saying Kate is unable to go public. It was bad timing as many people said here. The couple also knew it is not the best time, but they wanted a holiday as it was Carole's birthday, Kate needed a recovery after three days in hospital, etc. So the couple left as they couldn't care less. Once the public knew, a lot of extremly negative opinions arose. The PR department had to do someting about it, they did not expect so much negativity about this holiday, and PR advised to take photos and publish them as paparazzi photos to smooth the bad reaction. And you know what? It works.

      Other version: the couple went for holiday to use it as a way to show a baby bump. It is done purposely at this time when the pregnancy is still at early stage when there is no obvious baby bump, but if you band down slightly or eat a good lunch, you can actually present a roundish stomach as a baby bump. Think of rumors that surrogate is used to provide a heir, the rumors that Kate was infertile, the rumors that Kate was in hospital to pretend she has a morning sickness, and rumors that the hoax call victim knew about real purpose of Kate staying in hospital, and she could or was going to leak that info. It is a version that noone on this blog would believe, but it is just as an answer to your comment:)

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    7. Emily I believe your first case scenario. The bad press + negative reaction from the public has now been forgotten and replaced by OUTRAGE at the violation of their privacy.

      Well done PR team .

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    8. Emily I believe you are correct.
      The bad press + negative reaction from the public has now been forgotten and replaced by OUTRAGE at the violation of their privacy.

      Well done PR team .

      I don't find it least paranoid. I think politicians and royalty SELL the image and story that they want the masses to be happy with. Certain monarchies specially given the current world economy and the bad press they get. I say this because I have somewhat followed the Spanish Monarchy, the British Monarchy, the case of Nicholas Sarkozy - Carla Bruni, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and now the soap opera love story of Mexico's current president and the actress first lady. It is all crafted. There is a reason and a purpose behind every PR team.

      Someone below said that Kate is one of the most published public figures and of course! The job of the PR team is to MOLD public opinion about Kate, not help her get attention. Kate is popular and interesting but we have to admit that while she has millions of fan, many people are not fans.

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    9. Emily, If you are not a Kate fan, I'm curious as to why you read this blog ? ?

      yes power and prestige can go to a persons head but, some people still have a heart and will also be using that.

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    10. Emily gets her ideas from Republican sources, where many of these stupid rumours are concocted.

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    11. Paula, What is wrong with some constructive criticism? I'm in No Man's Land when it comes to William and Kate blogs. I don't dislike them enough for the hate blogs and I don't like them enough for people on blogs like this.

      I do want them to do well, and I've said that a million times, but they are alienating people with some of their actions. I do not think it unfair to point those out. And, frankly, I place the blame squarely on William. He has the pants on in their relationship.

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    12. Sorry Emily, but your theory doesn't add up. People with "extremely negative opinions" (the only potential audience for this "PR" move) regarding the trip to Mustique are highly unlikely (I'm being kind) to become sympathetic over the blatant invasion of the royal couple's privacy. And the suggestion that William would allow his wife to be exploited in this manner is rubbish. He has been beyond protective of Kate because of what his mother endured and I suspect he is feeling a combination of anger, frustration and helplessness all at the same time.

      And as far as surrogacy, infertility, or fake morning sickness is concerned, well, that's right up there with Elvis faking his death. Heck, it may even top it.

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    13. Sarah from Calif.14 February 2013 at 00:43

      bluhare,
      Great for William choosing to protect his wife. Even though he will make some mistakes here and there.

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    14. Anyone who doesn't believe these two people don't have a pr team truly deserves to be lied to.

      The very fact that you believe things about WK that are not founded in the reality is testament to the powers of their PR team. PR is about perception. You change the public's perception of a person or event to whatever you want them to believe irrespective of the facts. It can be subtle or hamfisted, but it is there.

      Personally i would be super alarmed if they didn't have a PR team given that their position relies on public goodwill. Any public figure in the world from China to Timbuktu has a pr team.

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    15. To Paula:
      I like clothes, just as any woman. I love to dress beautifully. Kate's style is feminine and elegant, not always though, and I use some of ideas (without copying). This blog proved to be super fast in providing the latest news and photos. That's the reason I read the blog. Also, this blog is addictive:) I like the discussions and read all the opinions. Sometimes it's funny how people are naive here, and sometimes there are very good and very wise comments.

      Am I fan of Kate? NO. I'm fan of beautiful clothes!

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    16. To Paula:
      As to second part of your comment, you are absolutely right, and that was the case of Princess Diana. She had the most kind heart and nothing could change it.

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    17. Emily, fashion is so fun. How things come and go around again. Actually shoes crack me up, pointed, square. Hang on to them.
      Diana had a huge, loving heart, I believe from personal pain as a child. I just really want to give William and Kate the space to grow (mistakes and all)

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  14. lalala, tnere are places in the US where Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday is celebrated. Liberal, Kansas has an annual contest going in conjunction with a British town.

    Glad to see the LK Bennett site will soon be up. I tried to order something before Christmas, and the site was temporarily not accepting American orders for some reason. I missed out on the item I wanted.

    As for the now-notorious photos, the stark reality is that this couple will be photographed wherever they are; they cannot ever expect any privacy. However, a photo of a 4-5 months pregnant woman in a bikini is by no means offensive in any way -- it wasn't offensive when William's mother was photographed pregnant in a bikini -- so I think this is something of a tempest in a teacup.

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    1. Jane from New England13 February 2013 at 00:04

      I agree, Vittoria. I, too, think the press is trying to make more of this than it is. Bikini's are a way of life anymore, especially for young women who are in good shape, as Catherine is. I can't imagine that this is bothering them too much. I think it will pass without any "furor" as one newspaper called it!
      But having said that, I greatly respect you, Charlotte for taking your stand and not playing into the media's hands. That's just what they want. It makes money for them to keep this thing stirred up. You have done the right thing even though, in my opinion there really is nothing to "stir up" this time. Thank you for such a great job.

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    2. I agree with Victoria...
      The press just loves scandal.

      The most annoying thing when it was reported that these pics were going to be published was the fact that they described a "SKIMPY" bikini. How ridiculous! A bikini is a revealing garment - for crying out loud it a bra + panties - and it is perfectly acceptable for the beach.

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    3. Actually, at the time Diana was photographed while pregnant with William, it was a huge scandal. Those were the days when women didn't flaunt their stomachs.

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    4. Diana did feel great distress when she was photographed pregnant with William 31 years ago. The Queen ended up issuing a statement to press editors saying it was "the blackest day in the history of British journalism."

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  15. It's sick they get no privacy but I'm glad to see ten looking so happy and in love on the beach.
    May the little angel rest in peace.

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  16. Ana B. from Brazil13 February 2013 at 00:53


    Hello!
    Well, I guess the photos do really exist... How many are they? The only thing I've seen is the cover of the magazine, which someone posted on tumblr.
    What I think is a real shame is the fact that someone rented a boat just to catch a glimpse of the royal couple. It shows us how sad life can be for some people. Really, the best thing you can do with your day is to hunt someone? C'mon, sometimes I guess the world is upside down.
    However, I don't think neither of them is so naive to think it wasn't going to happen. It happened last year and with this frenzy caused about the pregnancy, certainly would happen again. I'm just sorry for it.
    Charlotte, I respect your decision. I don't know you in person, but this is exactly what I would expect of you. This is one of the reasons your blog is the greatest one when it comes to Catherine. And one day I hope you'll recieve an OBE.
    What a nice thing, Pancake Tuesday! In Brazil, we're celebrating Carnival. I'm not a fan of the music, but the energy that fulfills the Country and the parades are something completely out of this world! I think it is brilliant!
    I hope you enjoyed your pancakes! I love it!
    Hugs to you all!

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    1. My thoughts exactly, Ana.
      Charlotte keeps this blog a very respectful place, and it is always nice to read it because of that.

      I wish you a good Pancake Day (I don't know this tradition, Charlotte would you like to explain it to a portuguese girl?) :)

      E bom Carnaval, Ana! Muito samba no pé! :)

      Hugs,
      Z.

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    2. They didn't rent a boat. They were on the same public beach as William and Kate.

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    3. Ana B. from Brazil13 February 2013 at 19:33

      Hi, Bluhare! I have just read this information on twitter. And apparently, the pictures were taken by regular people and not by the papparazi.
      Thank you for sharing this information!
      Have a nice day!

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    4. The pictures were taken from a boat with a long lens

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    5. Anonymous: The photos were taken by a couple on the same beach and sold to a photo agency who then took bids.

      http://www.examiner.com/article/who-took-the-kate-middleton-pictures-paparazzi-not-to-blame-for-baby-bump-pics

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    6. Ana B. from Brazil14 February 2013 at 22:44

      Hi,Z.!
      For some reason I can't explain, your comment appeared just now for me.
      Carnival was great, thank you! Do you celebrate Carnival in Portugal too?
      A part of my family came from Portugal to Brazil! The city is called Viana do Castelo, if I'm not wrong. My father dreams to visit this place someday! I believe Portugal must be a beautiful country!
      Well, have a great friday!
      Hugs :)

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    7. Sarah from Calif.15 February 2013 at 01:32

      So the question I have is who took the picture? Someone with enough money to be on the island (that is weird if they have nothing else better to do)
      or perhaps someone who isn't being paided enough by wealthy folk and is disperate for some cash ?
      Just a thought.

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  17. I have to admit that I didn't see what the big deal is with the pregnancy photos - afterall, we saw the same with Diana. But then I read this from another website:

    "A source told Us Weekly that the couple was upset about yet another use of unauthorized photos.

    'It's been a real sour note for the end of their trip,' the insider says.

    'For Catherine, it was the first time she had shown her baby bump, and so for it to be exposed so quickly has shaken her up a little. They thought with the privacy laws on the island they would be able to spend a moment outside of the house without this happening.'

    Now, I feel so bad for her! =(
    On another note, I did look at what I could find -- and she looks GORGEOUS! I want to be Duchess Kate when I grow up (and I'm 41)!

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    1. I follow the Duke and Duchess because I am glad to see a royal couple who are role models for today's youth in the respect they show for each other and for other people, for their monogamy and for the fact that William has a real job and Kate does chores. I do have to say, with all respect, that they have to realize that giving up their privacy is the price they pay for being able to take extravagant trips about every month and live on some of the British taxpayers' dollars. They enjoy the perks of their lifestyle. Just as with everything in life, there is a price. They could choose to give up living on other people's money and then have their privacy. Hey, we all anxiously wait for pictures of them :)

      And, I agree, she looks gorgeous! She should be very proud of how she looks in a bikini! For me, the pictures show a couple who are good role models in this messed up world...

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  18. Charlotte,

    Thanks for taking the high road. We have our great niece for the week and we are teaching her about William and Catherine (she adores Catherine -- goes ga-ga over William) and the royal family. John and Joan.

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    1. Enjoy your stay with your great nice John and Joan :)

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    2. Sarah from Calif.13 February 2013 at 03:39

      You are giving her a love of world events and history, which will increase her learning skills (how precious) I work with children.
      best of all the beauty of family :)

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  19. Sarah from Calif.13 February 2013 at 02:11

    Thank you Charlotte for not showing the pictures. Yes that speaks volumes to your character.If I was a photographer sitting around waiting for a pic.of Kate in a bikini, that would drive me up a wall. ( really how boring-not that she is boring but just sitting there all day.) What about nature, humanity, children in need., the arts., environment ect..oh well ....

    Mackenzie looked like a beautiful precious child. My love to his parents .

    The fashion pics are lovely. So feminine :)

    Ejoy the pancakes sounds yummy! I like putting banana and walnuts in mine.

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  20. I would like to thank you for your restraint in showing those photos also. I seldom comment on anything but I did want you to know that so many of us agree with you and appreciate your decision.

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  21. Sorry for not comment busy at work i love the sweetest of the duchess who wrote to boy who touched her heart from the bikini picture are not published i know that celebs or a royal who vacation in private island with their family and enjoy should be private times their time when will be the duchess will be photograph with their official outing or enagement i love charlotte not posing pics on their private holiday know your character

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    1. I was so sad to see the actual note was typed and simply signed by the duchess :( I don't know why I thought the complete note would have been handwritten. Maybe because I saw a thank you note for Wimbledon awhile back?

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    2. You're right. That bothered me too. Still, it's better than no note at all.

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    3. Bea: I'm very surprised the Duchess would type a condolence note yet send a hand written note to thank Wimbledon for membership. She really did that?

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    4. I must say I really like your blog and you do a great job with it. I also have to say that I will never stop being amazed on why some people spend time on something or someone they clearly don't like and will use every given opportunity to spread negativity.

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    5. Unfortunately, the link is too long for me to cut and paste, so I hope I get this correct.

      dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2006615/Kate-Middleton-Wimbledon-letter-Thank-note--spelling-mistake.html

      I prefer to think of it as spreading facts. If the link doesn't work, use google and it's the first or second article there.

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    6. @ Anonymous 13 February 2013 19:53 Well put - I couldn't agree more.



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    7. It's most likely because the note was written by someone else employed by the Cambridge's and signed by her before it was sent off. I'm willing to guarantee it was. Besides doesn't anyone find this suspicious that it was released the same week people were fussing about their vacation when months went by without a peep about her and her charities? Come on, it's a little suspicious don't you think?

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    8. Just call us the YES men. here to spread the truth so we can Praise the Lady for her achievements rather than superficiality.

      And given her position, The Lady could achieve so much more. we want her to achieve so much more.

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    9. Anonymous 19:53. If I told a child of mine, he wasn't working hard enough and he needed to get out there and fullfill his potential, would you assume I didn't like him or even hated him. No, you would assume (I hope) I did love him, but felt he could do much better. It is very clear from most of the printed responses, that's all that's happening here. We had high hopes for Kate, still do, but don't want to see her go the route of Princess Margaret (who had a lot more to be unhappy about) who never really lived up to her early possibilities. No Kate won't read this blog but some advisor (and I think they need better advisors) might. We all learn from mistakes and I am concerned about the somewhat heavy handed timing of some of this, like that note. The public, overall, is not as stupid or gullible as sometimes advisors may believe. We love the idea of royalty and want to see Kate become a princess to be remembered.

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    10. But Catherine is not your child, so why should she follow your instructions?
      Whether you, or in fact any of us, like it or not, the one constitutional duty of the wife of a direct heir to the throne is to provide the next heirs, which at present means following her doctors' advice, which I am sure she is doing.
      When she and William become full time working royals---after he leaves the RAF, I am sure she will do a superb job---though I doubt some of her critics ever admitting that.

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  22. Charlotte, thank you for not publishing the photos on your blog. It speaks volumes of your character and integrity. I just feel so bad for them that they cannot go on vacation and have some privacy. How in the world do these people find out exactly where they are? Ridiculous. Despite the intrusive photos, I hope they had a lovely holiday and enjoyed time relaxing together.

    My heartfelt sympathy to Mackenzie's parents. I cannot even imagine losing one of my children. How precious that Kate remembered what was important and dear to his heart. I know that letter will be treasured forever.

    Thanks for the fashion posts! I LOVE the Pavan Print Crew Neck Dress. So pretty and classy! I am a Target shopper, so I will be on the lookout for Gurung collection. Great post, Charlotte!

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  23. Ms. Charlotte- Thank you for not posting the photos. It just show's how much you respect the royal couples privacy. I have not nor will I look at the photos. I my mind if I did I would be violating their privacy.

    And why do people always have to bring Princess Di into anything that goes on with the Duchcess. People they are two very different people that William loved and loves today. William made a statement during their engagement interview that Cahterine is her own person and not to be compared to his mother.

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    1. That is NOT true. William said,' She was someone very special to me and now so is Kate and i want the two of them brought together.' Direct quote from the press conference held to announce the engagement.

      Every time there is a less than flattering story/images of Kate, Diana is invoked by The Palace of friends of. meaning that at this moment, Kate is very much wedded to Diana, first via her ring and by her handlers. She hasn't done anything to break out of that mold and until she does, the Diana comparisons will continue.

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    2. @ ANONYMOUS 14 FEB 07:26

      I don't recall William stating that he wanted the two of them "brought together". His comments were very loving and respectful of his mother's memory, but he wanted to make it clear that Kate will be her own person and establish her own identity.

      FROM THE ENGAGEMENT PRESS CONFERENCE:

      Prince William said the ring "was very special to me" as was his bride-to-be. Giving it to her was "my way of making sure my mother didn't miss out on today".

      FROM THE ENGAGEMENT INTERVIEW:
      "It's my mother's engagement ring. So I thought it was quite nice because obviously she's not going to be around to share any of the fun and excitement of it all - this was my way of keeping her sort of close to it all."

      "No one is going to try to fill my mother's shoes, what she did was fantastic. It's about making your own future and your own destiny and Kate will do a very good job of that."

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    3. Sorry, Anonymous, but Pauline is right. In the sit-down engagement interview the Duchess was asked what it will be like to follow in the footsteps of Diana, being such an iconic figure. William at that time interjected a comment about Catherine taking her own path and being her own person, not to be compared with Diana.
      Kim from Arizona

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  24. I am really sorry that once again this Italian magazine is responsible for the publication of private photos of William and Kate! And I am also sad and sorry for all the worries this magazine is causing to the Duchess right now, during her pregnancy!

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  25. I feel sorry for Kate. I check out comments frequently on other news sites, and I get the feeling the British public thought their winter break was ill-timed with all the austerity, double-dip recession news and all.

    On the other hand, if you were Kate and had these on your plate since coming back from the Asian tour:

    a.) throwing up frequently on your first trimester, to the point of hospitalization
    b.) a hospital nurse committed suicide because of a prank call, that had been linked to your pregnancy (I'm sure Kate would have been affected by this too , in a way)
    c.) the result your first portrait ended up largely being criticized--even if you weren't the artist, I'm sure Kate would have still felt a little bit bruised...

    Wouldn't you want to have a vacation after all this on your mind if you had the resources? I certainly would take a vacation if I had some money. And she was with her family so the expenses to the villa were paid for privately, except perhaps for the security.

    But I guess criticism and loss of privacy comes with the territory when you're a royal. I just feel sorry for her about this part of her life---that you're not really free to spend some private, intimate time for yourself without attracting comment and criticism.

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    1. b.) I find it quite UNFAIR to say that the nurse committed suicide because of the prank call.

      It was later published that the nurse had attempted suicide in the past... and even if she had not, you have to be a troubled person to commit suicide solely on that.

      To now say that this was an event which W&K were probably affected by is to contribute, as did the media, to sensationalize this tragic event.
      I'm sorry.. but I was upset that the media wouldn't drop that headline...

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    2. I'm sorry I didn't know about Jacintha's previous attempts.

      But I didn't also mean to sensationalize.

      I was just pondering how stressful it must seem to be so high-profile, on the level that Kate is today. She may have had a 10-year practice run by being William's girlfriend, but expectations for her are set so high now, that she is not easily forgiven when she wants to spend some time for herself and with her family, to away from it all.

      I just pity her that her vacations are now never her own. Apart from worrying about paparazzi lurking, and tabloids that are willing to pay for photos, she has to contend as well with a general public who either loves her one minute, and then hates her the next.

      I still like her though :) She seems nice :)

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    3. I'm sorry, I'm not trying to be mean or rude but you are trying to make people feel bad for a princess who lives in a palace with servants, unlimited money and anything at her finger tips. Calling her life stressful is I believe an insult to real women who work sick through their pregnancy while taking care of their children, job, bills, husband, home and more without any help. Let's get a grip here. She got photographed in a bikini on a vacation that cost more then what most people make in a year. Lets take 'feeling sorry for her' into perspective. I'm sure she weeps herself to sleep at night in her palace next to her prince. Other pregnant women are up worrying if they can afford to buy groceries or their heat bill, that's stress.

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    4. A lot of Kate's fans, or royalists in general, remind me of Mr. Carson of Downton Abbey. He takes those living upstairs far more seriously than they take themselves. Mr. Carson thinks of them more highly than they think of themselves. His Lordship once told Carson, "there's no need to be so melodramatic."

      "I just pity her that her vacations are now never her own." Seriously? Pity?

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    5. Ha ha Blake - so true.

      It's pretty cringe-worthy to read some comments.

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  26. I've seen the photos as far as i am concerned they are a fuss over nothing. The problem with the royal family is that they only want publicity on their terms. Good for the Italian and Australian press for publishing them the Duke and Duchess were on a public beach and the photos were taken by a tourist. If they don't want to be photographed then they should avoid public beaches. I have no sampathy for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I am sure they are enjoying their taxpayer funded holiday like all the others they have had in recent years.

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    1. I agree that all this is a great deal of fuss over very little, but I do have to point out that they were not on a public beach. Mustique is a private island, not open to the public. That's why the photos had to be taken from an offshore boat. Their holidays, by the way, are not taxpayer-funded any more than their clothes are. Security coverage is paid for by the taxpayer, but considering that the state now gets 85% of the Crown Estate income, which comes to about 200 million pounds a year, I think I'm safe in saying that the taxpayer comes out ahead. Annual security coverage for the royals can't possibly cost 170 million pounds per annum, especially now that some members of the family no longer get coverage.

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    2. Vittoria: The beach is public. Not all of Mustique is private. Parcels have been sold off, and those are public.

      If they wanted somewhere truly private, there's Necker Island owned by Richard Branson. Harry went there before his Vegas fiasco and the only photos that got out on that one were ones posted on some participants' Facebook pages.

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    3. According to Taylor Wessing, the international law firm: Mustique is a private location. There are NO public beaches.

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    4. For anyone reading this, an excellent report on royal security expenses can be found in an article, I believe published last year.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/9417699/Royal-family-members-may-lose-guards.html It does make it clear that decisions made by William and Kate have cost the taxpayer money. As for the pictures, if William and Kate simply ignored them and let the press publish them, magazines that are encouraging this sort of thing by paying big money like Chi would be diluted and make less profit.

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  27. It is a sad fact of modern life that wherever there is a celebrity, you can be sure that someone will be close behind to take a photo. I am not saying this is morally right but it is true. This isn't like the topless photos which were clearly intrusive and inappropriate. Kate and William were on a public beach and it was almost inevitable that someone would take a photo, even if it was another holidaymaker. Every day, photos are taken of celebrities on holiday without threats of lawsuits etc and like it or not, Kate & William are no different. I think they are just going to have to get used to it as part and parcel of their fame and for the most part, ignore it.

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    1. Again, this is not a public beach. Mustique is a private island, open only to paying and/or invited guests.

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    2. Vittoria - Mustique has currently 74 houses and a hotel that sleeps minimum 18people. All are available via the Mustique company to rent to the general public. heck if i had the cash i would book a holiday there. no security vetting is done.

      That gives 92 random people [assuming single occupancy] a chance of rocking up on Mustique and taking pictures if they so chose.

      They may be 92 incredibly wealthy people, but wealthy people are just as venal as us poor people.

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    3. Why are poor people 'venal'?

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  28. Dear Charlotte, Believe you did the right thing by not publishing the photos but providing the link. Understand they are now going to be published in Australia. The cover is completely inoffensive (unlike the French photos) so there really doesn't seem that much to get excited about. I have a husband who worked in aerospace and when they were going to have a launch, they had patrol boats out there to warn people away. Slightly surprised Mustique, which is very wealthy, doesn't have patrol boats off the beach to at least monitor what is going on, especially since they "put the island in lock down") as one resident noted. In internation waters, they could't prevent someone taking a photo but they could get between them and the beach. Also could warn royal security. Also if it was really a public beach with others present, not sure how much privacy is warrented. It's okay for you to see us if you're wealthy enough to holiday on Mustique but not the rest of the public. Sounds wrong somehow.

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    1. I agree with your comments. We holidayed a few years ago and unfortunately for us our hotel was the venue for the President of the countries child's wedding...there were Police patrolling in the waters to keep unwanted parties away - given everything 'Mustique' promises you'd think they'd do something. BUT I agree with you even more about SJP being up in arms about this photo on a public beach etc. the PR machine works in mysterious ways - I find the letter of condolence far more private/personal but they seem fine with that.

      Incidentally Charlotte - do you know if the taxpayer is paying for the £1m refurbishment at KP and if so, why????

      PP

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    2. Hi Penelope, I don't know the details regarding the refurbishment.

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    3. Penelope/Charlotte: If I remember correctly, the taxpayer is paying for the structural improvements and WC or the royal family is paying for the interior decor.

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    4. Penelope,
      The state--that is the taxpayer and money from entry to Royal Palaces is paying for removal of asbestos and repair of the fabric of the building.
      The interior refurbishment is at the Royal Family's expense.
      . They also pay rent for the apartment--in this case I believe the Queen is paying for it.

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    5. Dear Bluhare & Jean,

      Thank you for the information regarding the refurbishments, makes sense.

      Charlotte,

      Thanks for letting me know. Sorry if it felt like we expect you to know everything!

      PP

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    6. No problem at all Penelope, I did a quick search and couldn't find anything definitive. I understand there were issues with asbestos and the taxpayer paid for that but interior design will be funded by the family as Jean and Bluhare said.

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    7. To answer your question, yes, there are patrol boats in Mustique, and there are strict rules against photography in the island, especially when the royals are around. Which goes to prove that these pictures were taken by very long lenses from paparazzi who probably got away.

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    8. Dash, I posted a link above which says exactly the opposite. They were photographed by other tourists who then sold the photos.

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    9. Dash, please see the link I posted above. The photos were taken by another couple on the beach and then sold to photo agencies. They were NOT taken by the paparazzi, who didn't get away because they weren't there.

      If I were on that beach, would I have sold those photos? No, I don't think I would. I would have kept them for myself though. And other people were on that beach, it was not cordoned off just for William and Kate.

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  29. On a different note, I am so lo in love with lace. I love all of the dresses. Lace is so romantic and feminine :) I am so happy that it is so "in" at the moment.
    My wedding dress was a lovely lace gown (a couple years ago, yes, prior to W&K). But other than my wedding dress and intimate apparel it was hard to find lace items.

    I'm curious to see the PRABAL items at Target. I don't necessarily want something but I am curious to see the collection in store and inspect quality, etc.

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    1. With you on the lace, Bea. I thought Kate's wedding dress with the lace bodice and sleeves was gorgeous. She seems to like it as well, judging from some of the dresses she's worn.

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  30. One has to be incredibly naive to believe and expect not to be photographed on vacation after having been photographed on every single one in the last years.
    I give the Duchess more credit than that.

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    1. They have been photographed in Mustique before, but in all my years of royal-watching, I've only ever remembered 2 incidents when pictures came out of Mustique. One was on a boat, with some shots of Kate wakeboarding. The rest were from last year. The other tropical pics we often see (white bikini, etc) were taken from Ibiza & other arguably more public beaches. So you see, they have slipped unnoticed a few times before.

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  31. Charlotte.
    I applaud you for choosing not to publish Kate Middleton pictures. In reality we are not learning anything from those pictures and most of us have seen what a women looks like when they are pregnant. At the end of the day the only reason the pictures were taken is for money and for some one to make money. In other words for greed. Just by reading most of the comments on your post , it appears that most of us are tired of the useless garbage that seemed to be printed on people for sake of making money.We need to stop being use by the media for nonsense stuff.
    I enjoyed reading you webpage. I am also a fan of Kate, but I enjoy reading about her style of clothes, her charitable work and all the positive things that she has brought to Great Britain. I think the people of Great Britain should feel proud to have someone like Kate to represent them to the world.
    I also have to commend you on your work for I have learn so much about Great Britain on your post. Thank you. :))

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    1. Agree with you Anonymous, at the end of the day those pictures were about invading someone's privacy and making money out of those pictures. Gosh Im totally out of sync with the news, Im sorry been busy with personal issues. How was pancake day, Charlotte?and I LOVE that picture of Kate with Mackenzie,,very precious moment between them.,The dresses you posted are gorgeous,although we have seen Kate in lace(Alice Temperley, War horse premier),it would be interesting if she could pick on lesser known designers.Gosh, Im waiting for the weekend to read all the comments! Pauline, hello to you if your'e around!:))xoxo

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    2. Hello Siddhii, it was tremendous fun and today we have Valentine's!

      Happy Valentine's Day everyone :)

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    3. Sarah from Calif.15 February 2013 at 01:42

      Hi Siddhii, I did wonder where you were? Hope you are okay :)

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  32. Sarah sunny :) today Calif.14 February 2013 at 01:54

    Having read all of this, if I was William I would buy a small private island for my family to escape to. (Can you imagine the outrage? ) but to h :'"" with it
    . I M O.
    Wow I bet when the little one is born we will see the true wrath of protective parents. That will be great !!!!

    So what are the beans on toast I hear William and Kate like? (I like to cook so can someone please fill me in?)is it a sweet bean as in Boston baked beans or what?

    My dog is snuggling up to me so it's time to give him attention.
    Gorgeous day :)
    Love to all !

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  33. Good night Charlotte :)

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  34. Jean Washington DC14 February 2013 at 02:59

    OMG just to think that William and Catherine are using a suggogate to carry their baby is just out of this world. Where in the hell did that one come from? And to thik tht they brought along their own set of photograhers to take pictures of them on their holiday again is just out of this world. Why on earth would they do that? They wanted privacy not to have pictures of Catherine all over the world.

    There is nothing wrong with William being very ptotective of Catherine. That just show's how much he loves her. I just hope that their protection officers step it up and does a better job protecting Catherine as her pregnancy goes forward.

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    1. I agree. Sometimes, people put those tinfoil hats on and create all sorts of conspiracies like Kate's too thin and vain to get pregnant so she must be using a surrogate so that's why she doesn't want us to see her baby bump. That kind of stuff gets ridiculous.

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  35. Beans on toast don't really involve any cooking. You heat Heinz canned beans and pour them onto toast. The UK Heinz beans are not exactly like US baked beans. I can buy imported Heinz beans at Wegman's in upstate NY. British expats must really love them. My son lived on them when he studied in the UK, cheap and filling.

    P.S. Does anyone else see a grinning face on the bodice of the print Alice by Temperley dress on the right?

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  36. Thank you, Charlotte, for choosing not to post the said photos. I know it's always difficult on your part, being an informative blog, but I applaud the decision. While I'm not certain on the legalities (Mustique is after all a private island, but bits of it can be rented), the bottomline, for me, is this: just because you CAN do it does not always mean you SHOULD. Kate is pregnant and the couple has asked for privacy. I respect that by not tweeting, purchasing or spreading those uninvited photos. Followers of your blog who truly wish to see them won't have difficultly finding them elsewhere. It shouldn't harm your following and is in fact a credit to your integrity.

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    1. Followers of this blog who go looking for the photos are as bad as anyone else for invading WC's privacy. And before, you ask, no I have not gone looking for them.

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  37. Just looked at the pictures. Yes, she does look pregnant. Her breast is looking fuller too.
    The beach seem to be crowded, there is a unknown man standing in few meters away, and it looks like photos were taken from the beach, not from the sea. Were the snaps taken by tourist, I doubt so. What the army of bodyguards where doing then? Sunbathing?:)

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  38. Sarah from Calif.14 February 2013 at 14:27

    Carolbee, thank you for the beans and toast info. :)

    Happy Valentine's Day to all!

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  39. It seemed only right to post for the first time on V-Day. I wish that Kate could be my valentine:) #obsessed. I fully support you not posting the pics. I adore your tact. Thanks for all the updates! This is the best blog EVER!

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  40. Hello Charlotte- Happy Valentines Day to you & your fiance. Hope he treats you well today.
    Do you have any idea if William & his Duchess are back in London or Wales? I hope they get to spend Valentines Day together since they missed out last year.

    @Siddhii- Hello my friend. Yes I have been hear everyday. Not commenting right now. If I did I would be in trouble with my comments. Hope all is well with you. Happy Valentines Day.

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    1. Hello Pauline,

      I am not sure if they have returned from Mustique yet but I'm quite sure they spent Valentine's Day together!

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  41. Happy Valentine's day to all of you!

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  42. I think it's sort of ironic that there's a debate going on about a handwritten message vs. a typed one when in this day and age so many people find it completely acceptable to communicate via text messages or Face**** in a manner that would make an English professor cringe.

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    1. I don't have a problem with just checking in with someone via text or Facebook to say hi, how are you doing, especially if it's a close friend or relative.

      But when someone dies? Yeah, I send a handwritten card or note.

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  43. I have a couple of thoughts about the photos, for whatever they're worth. I'd guess that the reclusive nature of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (which is creepily reminiscent of the reclusive nature of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor) is making any photos taken of them that much more valuable. That's a simple law of supply and demand - the less supply of something there is, photos of them in this case, the more demand there is for them and the more expensive those photos become. My second thought is that not everyone in the world worships the British royal family, William and Kate in particular, as demi-gods, as some seem to do. I have to wonder if William's attitude toward the media - and the public in general - doesn't have a little to do with the attitude some of the media have toward taking and publishing these photos. He's made it clear he doesn't think much of the media (and, sadly, the public in general) and I'd guess the non-UK media, especially paparazzi, share the same feeling toward him. Maybe not but it's worth considering. My final thought is that the photos, even if they are intrusive, are still great. Kate looks wonderful, William looks wonderful, they look very happy, casual and very in love. She's expecting a baby and she looks great, more healthy than she's looked in months and months, since before her marriage, actually. As far as PR value goes, these photos do them more credit than many of the photos taken last year at formal events. William rarely smiles at public events, often is scowling or pouting, and he's smiling in these so the best pictures of William we've seen in a while.

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    1. Kristin, San Francisco15 February 2013 at 20:53

      Hello Elizabeth - completely agree with you! This media thing should not be a 'game' but it seems like it is in real life. Perhaps William and his handlers should work a bit with media: perhaps some reverse psychology would produce a better relationship with the paps...I believe a poster or two alluded to this idea previously. I sincerely hope this 'game' does not escalate going forward.

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  44. @Elizabeth- I believe the reason that William hates the media so much is he blames them for his mothers death. I am sure he is very upset with the fact that these pictures were taken of his wife, sold & published (I for one have not seen them nor will I.

    I do beleive they deserve some privacy while they are on holiday. But some of you don't and that is fine, everyone is entilted to their own opinions.

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  45. William needs to grow up. Diana's death was a tragedy, yes. But she is partly responsible for playing cat and mouse with the media. She was very insecure. Not a great role model. He needs to realize he is a person of privilege and that doesn't meant he can control the whole world. Photographers work for a living,too, and if they can get photos in public places, they will. Pictures of Catherine topless in a private villa is one thing. Strolling on a public beach in what most people consider perfectly appropriate beach attire is quite another. If they don't want to be seen then don't do it. Pure and simple. When does the vision of sacrifice and humility for country set in. Not yet, apparently, for him. Still self-absorbed and whingeing. Interestingly, you don't hear a word out of Catherine. Perhaps she is taking a que from the queen and will come out as the powerful one in the end. It will be interesting to watch.

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