Monday, 30 June 2014

UPDATED: William and Kate Attend Place2Be Conference, Pippa's First Interview & Resort 2015 Collections

Happy Monday dear readers, we're back with a selection of updates today.

Recently we've seen and heard of private engagements undertaken by William and Kate. This morning The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended Place2Be's annual conference at The Royal Society of Medicine. Photos of Kate leaving the conference can be viewed at Just Jared.

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The Duchess is patron of the organisation and tomorrow she will visit Blessed Sacrament School in London to view the progress of the charity's M-PACT programme, designed in collaboration with another of Kate's patronages Action on Addiction.

Plac2Be Twitter Feed

As mentioned above the media were not informed about the visit as it's deemed 'private' and I expect Kate particularly attended to improve her knowledge and learn more about Place2Be and its projects. A good patron needs to be well informed and it certainly shows dedication on her part to attend this morning's conference. This is a prime example of some of the behind-the-scenes work which goes alongside patronages.


Kate looked summery and stylish in the Tory Burch 'Chrissy' Printed Jersey Dress from the Resort 2014 Collection. The multicolour dress features a detachable buckle fastening waist belt, button fastenings at the front and it hits just above the knee. It's a very pretty piece and perfect for the season.

Tory Burch

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Today another member of the Middleton family is making headlines both at home and internationally. Pippa Middleton gave her first interview to Matt Lauer from TODAY; the first part aired today and the second will be available tomorrow. Following three years in the limelight we were all eager to hear Pippa's thoughts, so what did she have to say? You can watch all the clips from the interview's first part at TODAY.com.

TODAY Screenshot

On the royal wedding:
'It sounds funny to say, but we saw it as just a family wedding. And actually, I didn't realize, perhaps, the scale until afterwards. We all took roles as any family would.'
On public reaction and bullying:
'I have felt publicly bullied a little bit just by, you know, when I read things that clearly aren't true or that, whichever way someone looks at it, it's a negative side. It's quite difficult because eventually I'm just paving my way and trying to live life like any 30-year-old.'
On her relationship with Kate:
'I mean, obviously she has pressures that she's taken on and things. But we spent a lot of time together. We still do a lot together as a family. We have a very normal, sisterly relationship. We're very close. And, you know, we support each other and get each other's opinions on things.'
And Prince George:
'He's amazing. He's a very dear boy. And he's brought a lot of pleasure and fun for all of us, the whole family. I love children and babies so I would happily have one.'

Pippa also spoke to Hello! Magazine about her cross-country bike ride in America and other topics quite similar to her Matt Lauer interview. For those who enjoy the publication it features in this week's issue.

Hello! Magazine

Why is Pippa suddenly speaking to the media? There's different theories doing the rounds including talk of a presenting career in the US. Listening to her speak about feeling 'publicly bullied' prompts me to think she may have felt it was time for her voice to be heard as opposed to the consistent untrue stories we see in the media. She came across as perfectly nice and very down-to-earth, however, I do feel this isn't a beneficial move for her and it would have been better to remain silent. It's a double-edged sword for Pippa because ultimately the media are primarily interested because of Kate and the Royal Family. What do you think?

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Moving on to our fashion portion of the post. Kate's love it or hate it Lela Rose Circle Lace Peplum Dress is available to pre-order at Neiman Marcus for $1,595.

The British Monarchy

The ivory dress features circle-raglan short sleeves, a peplum waist and round neckline. Its form-fitting silhouette and knee length make it an elegant evening choice. Interestingly the dress is from the 2012 RTW Collection, so it's obviously been reissued due to demand following Kate's appearance in it. It's certainly a nice frock but I still haven't quite warmed to it. What about you?

Lela Rose

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What could be better on a Monday afternoon than taking a look at gorgeous party frocks - even better when they're by the one and only Jenny Packham. The designer recently debuted her Resort 2015 Collection and it has Kate written all over it.

Jenny Packham

Ang Lee's 2007 thriller Lust, Caution, which is set in China in the late thirties and early forties, was the starting point for the exquisite collection (Ms. Packham has previously taken inspiration from other movies including Picnic at Hanging Rock).

Jenny Packham

Ms. Packham said:

'I was inspired by the idea of presenting a collection of eveningwear that fused traditional Far Eastern style with Western fashions.'

The collection is adorned with jewel-studded illusion tulle and divine embellishment, a trademark of Ms. Packham's design the Duchess has come to favour.

Jenny Packham

Here are endless possibilities for Kate (now, all we need are some evening engagements added to her calendar). One has to appreciate Jenny Packham's attention to detail and her innate ability to stay true to her signature designs whilst offering new and exciting elements for her Resort Collection; a real crowd pleaser.

Jenny Packham

Next, Erdem's Resort 2015 offering.

Erdem

When designing the collection Erdem was "mulling over codes of femininity. The polka dot, the ruffle, the flower", all elements he's used repeatedly in the past and ones we would consider his signature today. The designer insists the collection is the most straightforward for him thus far: "It's where I really got an opportunity to explore who my woman is."

Erdem
The collection doesn't scream Kate for me, however there are several garments I could see being customized for the Duchess; the dress below in the middle is a beautiful garment.

Erdem

As we mentioned earlier in the post, Kate is visiting a school in London tomorrow to view the progress of Place2Be's M-PACT programme. We'll see you then! :)

117 comments:

  1. Sarah from Calif.30 June 2014 at 17:18

    Personally I think Pippa did a brilliant job on her interview. I think the use of the word Bullying was very appropriate. I'm quite sure there will be a lot of negatively concerning her doing an interview at all, but she is well grounded like Kate and will move forward through it all. My best wishes for a successful future for her :)

    Oh Charlotte lovely choice of dresses! I have about 3 weeks left to make a decision about a dress for our son's wedding.
    Still haven't found one.
    I will say it has been a beautiful summer here on the Central Coast of Calif. Charlotte fly out and I'll show you around. I have a guest room now!!!!!

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  2. I was so looking forward a new post thank you very much.

    I must say you chose my two fave designers, they are really talented ones, I hope we see Kate wearing one or two pieces. I cant say the same about the Lela Rose dress.

    I think Pippa is not the person who the media is interested in but the RF. She is a kind of celebrity without merit. I totally respect her what she does for charity but personally she is the least fave person of the Middelton family. She is so not right when she says she lives her life like any woman in her thirties. She earned jobs and opportunities because of her connection not because she is talented in any. Her book was awful a huge flop,full of childish explanations. Now this interview full of nothing. I like her voice though it is nicer than Kates but thats all.

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  3. I'm with you on the staying silent approach. The Jenny Packham dresses are lovely, Erdem I cannot warm too - I would much prefer to see Kate in a Mary Katrantzou outfit....here's hoping!

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  4. I think that Pippa is a person, and deserves to have a voice. She's not royal, or under any rules that tells her that she cannot have a public opinion. It's true that the press is primarily interested in her because Kate is her sister, but she brings some humanity to herself, by the things she talks about, and perhaps then, to Kate as well. William and Kate have been receiving very negative press; for taking their positions for granted, and using taxpayer funds to make their lives cushy, without giving back. Pippa's interview drops a bit of humanity, in a place where the royals seem immune to the feelings of their "subjects". Will & Kate have put out that they are just like the rest of us; and then spend money on homes and vacations with taxpayer monies, showing us that they are not.

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  5. IMO, this is not a good time for any of W&K's engagements to be private. A photo of them arriving or leaving would have provided an ideal headline to counter their kitchen counters (pardon the pun!).

    Charlotte, I agree that the interview was not the best move on her part. It will not minimize the "bullying" she referred to, but it *will* make those who have been sympathetic wonder if in fact she isn't courting the attention. Her family's business does require networking and I understand that Pippa's career path sprang off from that; she is not a 9-5 employee in a gray cubicle, but the interview crossed the line. At the very least, any questions related to her family should have been off the table.

    Regarding Jenny Packham...very nice. Regarding Edrem....no...just no. ;)

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    1. Royalfan totally agree with all that you said, especially being out their to counter some bad reports. I think this will definitely hurt them unless they show that they are working for it even though they have paid for 2 of the kitchens themselves.

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    2. I agree, royalfan. Not the best time for private engagements, but W&K do seem to have the attitude of doing whatever they want for the time being, and if people don't care for it, oh well.

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    3. i'm a little more cynical about the private event, esp when attended by the 2 of them. i think they decided to attend at the last moment to counter the recent articles about their homes' renovations. public or official events are announced about 2-3 weeks ahead of time, and the renovations stories are only about a week old.

      plus, attending an informational session type event together, when they have made a point in the last year or more to keep their separate patronages separate? fishy. i think they both wanted to look busy, and, maybe, will wanted to show his support of kate as she is singled out for extravagance.

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    4. I think it is positive that they are doing what is right for them and their charities, and if it is a private engagement so be it. I can see what it would be in their favour to have a photo taken dashing off to an event however, it would certainly help their image. It seems the Danish Royals have this down pat, and are rarely criticised for not doing enough work. I do think that both William and Catherine are putting in a lot of effort at the moment, and that is positive too.

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  6. Oh no, when I clicked the "comment as", my post went away. Hopefully I can recall what it said :)

    Short version - this collection is grogeous! And you are so right, it is perfect for lovely Kate. The white evening dresses also reminded me of Princess Grace, she had several white gowns that were so beautiful that she wore to the Balls.

    I found you on the royal forums, I just signed up there. I am nervous about posting so I just said hello :0)
    You have excellent taste, I am just coveting those gowns. I think my eyes turned green at one point! I will have to be happy admiring from afar!

    A very nice Blog! Have a beautiful day! Oh, I am SarahGrace on the royal forum, and that is just my real name, not very creative!

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    1. anon from Leominster1 July 2014 at 11:10

      Hi Sarah, glad you are posting. Hope you feel welcome to do so often. We have a wonderful interational group here.

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  7. Hi Charlotte,

    So glad to see you addressing Pippa's interview, as it is a very interesting topic. Being "discovered" at Kate's wedding may have sparked her fame, but three years later, her personal brand has certainly grown. She does seem to be making strides toward finding her own voice/her own causes - something she is determined to do.

    At this point, I believe it's more than the Kate connection that drives "Team Pippa", and I look forward to seeing how she will choose to leverage her popularity.

    Just my two American cents,
    Best regards!

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  8. anon from Leominster30 June 2014 at 18:38

    Pippa has not tried to live her life like any thirty-year-old. She accepted a book deal no average inexperienced thirty-year old would be offered as well as other lucrative writing projects. If she wished to remain out of the public eye, she could easily have done so but she didn't. She has put herself forward constantly. I have no onjection to her but I have no sympathy for her either. Traffic does flow two ways.

    She is not the only sibling or child of a royal to benefit, Camilla's son has also done so. (Although he is a much better writer. I had no issue with Pippa's pleasant book but Tom Parker-Bowles were more interesting and original.)

    Siblings that want to stay out of the glare of publicity can do so. We have heard little from Diana's sisters over the years or Sophie's brother. (I believe she has a brother.) You reap what you sow.

    Delighted to see that William and Kate are working for Place2Be.

    I didn't care much for that Lela Rose dress, particularly on Kate who it didn't flatter. (I did like her hair though.) I would love to see Kate in any of those Packham gowns - there are several lovely ones but I'm not holding my breath.

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    1. Anon from Leominster, siblings (such as those you cited) who do not have amazing bottoms that go viral on the day of their sister's wedding have the option to stay out of the limelight. She didn't. The spotlight found and followed her ever since.

      The paps' and the public's hunger for more of Pippa is what drives the frenzy and puts her in the glare. Pippa is not tweeting the press from the dinner table so that she can be photographed leaving a restaurant. That would be 'putting herself forward.' Besides, what law says a girl/woman has to be quiet and retiring to be admired?

      As far as being offered projects that no other 30 year-old got, I don't know a single 30 year-old who would have refused a similar offer had they received one. At 30 you often don't know what your limitations are. But at 30, most of those flops don't get global attention as Pippa's do.

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    2. Ana B. from Brazil1 July 2014 at 01:56

      Philly, I agree with you.
      I adore Pippa and think her book may have sounded childish to many people but I've learned a lot about British culture from her book. However, I'm not sure about the interview. I think I sort of have this belief that relatives of the Royal Family shouldn't give interviews. But I'm not comfortable judging her. I don't know what is like to be her.

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  9. Charlotte, You said: She came across as perfectly nice and very down-to-earth, however, I do feel this isn't a beneficial move for her and it would have been better to remain silent. It's a double-edged sword for Pippa because ultimately the media are primarily interested because of Kate and the Royal Family.

    That's an understandable and very British response: Say nothing and carry on. However, there is another way of looking at it. Because she is nice and down-to-earth, ultra-polite about being harassed, and regally vague; I'm not sure it is better to remain silent. Any choice Pippa makes will be a double-edged sword whatever the reason for interest in her. Like any 30 year-old who is trying to find her way to the realization of ambitions and dreams she sometimes struggles. Not everything she tries is an immediate or astounding success. However, unlike the majority of her peers, she doesn't get to do that privately because she has a very, very famous sister.

    By speaking out in her understated way, Pippa begins to control the narrative about her life that is in her power to control: This is who I am. Like anyone my age I have dreams and aspirations I want to fulfill. I also want to use my influence for the greater good through charity work. Yes, I have a famous sister. Of course, that makes it difficult to have a private life--especially in this era of social media which permits anonymous negative spew all over its platforms. Spew that isn't necessarily true. But I'm dealing with it as best I know how. All the time I walk that high wire between glorious opportunity and spectacular public flop. I'm ready to take on all the challenges that come with being who I am and who my family members are.

    I think that's pretty amazing and I'm all for it. I wouldn't be at all surprised if a move to America were on her radar. There are so many ultra-famous people living in NYC that it's rather ho-hum for the inhabitants.

    Buddha said that a wise person is not thrown off balance by honour or abuse. Ohmmm, Pippa. You only get one life. It's incredibly brief. Live it.

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    1. philly, you put into words what I was thinking too - Pippa was "regally vague." Of course she requested and was given a list of interview questions. That's not unusual and is the norm for such high-profile interviews and of course that list was vetted by the Palace and by Clarence House and Will and Kate's PR people and answers to the questions were suggested.
      I applaud Pippa for stepping up and trying to life as normal a life as she can, despite the very extraordinary circumstances she now finds herself in.
      I find it odd that people react fiercely when Kate is accused of not working and not wanting to work or undertake a regular schedule of royal duties and then they turn around and attack Pippa for WANTING to work, for taking the opportunities offered to her and have a job and a career and do something with her life.

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    2. Well said Philly. I completely agree. Go little sis Pippa. :)

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    3. I agree with you both, philly and Elizabeth. I am actually cheering Pippa on. You go girl! Grab all of the opportunities presented to you and run with them. I don't know if that is more of an American way of thinking, but there it is.
      People are talking about her anyways, so she may as well control the narrative, as philly so nicely put it.

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    4. Wow Elizabeth you sure know alot of what went on before the interview. Are you working for thr family now?

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  10. Kate, Texas, USA30 June 2014 at 18:45

    Charlotte, thanks for the update on news! I think it's great when Will and Kate do private engagements to support their charities. While we all love to see them together, there's obvious reasons to have private engagements and meetings. I do hope no pictures will be published because of that. I hope the meeting was beneficial to all involved!

    The Pippa interview.... I will say I was up early this morning to watch it! I think she did a great job and answered the questions well. I LOVED her responses about the wedding. "Just a family wedding"...haha! Well, not too sure about that dear Pippa. She seems very kind and down to earth. I do believe she is taking the position she was thrust into with grace and making the most of opportunities put before her. She is giving back to others and supporting great charities, as she said, "just a 30 year old paving her way". I personally think from what little I know that she is doing a great job "dealing with" the new found fame and position. I am eagerly awaiting the second part of the interview. I guess we'll wait and see what kind of attention...positive or negative it brings. I truly feel the Middleton family have done a fabulous job with just carrying on with life despite the extraordinary circumstances.

    The Jenny Packham collection above is absolutely GORGEOUS! Love, love, love! Oh to don a lovely gown and tiara! The Erdem collection did nothing for me. Not a fan, but that's just my opinion. Wonder if there's any approaching engagement to see Kate in another lovely gown? Something to look forward to!

    I hope everyone has a lovely Monday afternoon!

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  11. Agree that Pippa comes across as a very nice person–and yet we are all interested in her bc of the Royal connection. I, too, think that it was, and will be, in her and the Royal Family's best interest not to make use of such a public platform. Granted, I am sure that the Royal Family, if not happy, at least did not disagree with her decision to speak to the public. I think I would quietly and privately take opportunities that were presented to me if I were her–but avoid the limelight. Honestly: I do think Pippa is trying to "make it big" somehow, but I don't think she will and that she is playing with BIG FIRE that should best be avoided. Now, why don't I think she'll "make it big"? NOT for lack of skill or talent, I am not bashing her. Simply, she seems more of a private person, a gregarious introvert, not a "mass media" personality. I am NOT saying that she is not professional or talented...not at all. Again, she strikes me more as a private, successful professional type, not a "public media" hotshot and this courting of mass media does not bode well for anybody. Yet...perhaps I'm wrong–for all the criticism her book Celebrate took, it continues to do quite nicely on the Amazon sales rank (I've glanced at the sales ranks over the last few months). Still: her success or failures are inevitably going to impact the Royal PR machinery. Silvia

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    1. Thanks for the tip on the Amazon sales ranks of Celebrate, Silvia. Often people read the critics and not the book and are content to parrot someone else. I have not seen or read it, and would prefer to make my own judgement. I have read many admirable books which were not favourably reviewed. We must always remember that. There are those who would be prepared to trash it only because of her inexperience and/or her family connections.

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    2. I would think Pippabdid not do this interview without the approval of Kate and William. It also could have been ran by the queen. Pippa would not do anything to hurt her sister and her family. She did a great job.

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  12. Jean from Lancs30 June 2014 at 19:10

    I suspect the Duke and Duchess do many private visits which we never hear about.It seems eminently sensible to learn as much as they can about the charities which interest them.
    Pippa's interview seems fairly harmless, and it must be hard not to correct untruths written about them, but the family as a whole (Uncle excepted) have sensibly resisted the temptation to speak out.
    Love the Jenny Packham gowns---but, in my opinion, Catherine would be better resisting dresses with long splits.
    The Erdem collection is awful except for the one you mention Charlotte--though the yellow skirt seems odd.
    I liked the ivory dress when Catherine wore it on the tour--but beginning to think I liked her in it, rather than the dress
    She looks beautiful in it.
    Saw a piece in The Express on line about research at a New York University--measuring the angle of noses , Seems Catherine has the perfect female nose!! Seems an odd thing for Uni research, but I suppose it would be useful for cosmetic surgeons!
    Seems impossible that it is a year tomorrow when all the world's reporters started to camp outside the Lindo Wing. I suppose it's a sign of old age that the time goes so fast.
    Thanks for the extra post and looking forward to tomorrow. Have to do some ironing, so hope there is something about her visit on TV .

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  13. now we just need Kate to wear a new evening gown for once! it's been ages since she's even done a public evening engagement, let alone wear a new dress to one. *crosses fingers and hopes*

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  14. now we just need Kate to wear a new evening gown for once! it's been ages since she's even done a public evening engagement, let alone wear a new dress to one. *crosses fingers and hopes*

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  15. So good to see a post from you Charlotte! I miss them when we at least don't get 1 a week!! It is interesting that some of Kate and William's appearances lately have been private. I wish it weren't that way. How do you think it is determined whether a visit is private or not? I think it is great that Pippa agreed to an interview!! I really enjoyed watching the 1st part. I was surprised when I found out she was being interviewed on tv. I guess I thought it would never happen and while I am glad she did I certainly don't think it will be something she does regularly and I am sure it will be quite sometime before we see her on tv again. Maybe there is hope then that one day Kate will be interviewed for tv. I sure hope so. I have not warmed up to that Lela Rose dress either Charlotte. I have to say that it is the my least favorite of all the dresses Kate has ever worn. I really don't think it does anything positive for her. On the other hand, the Jenny Packman dresses you showed us are exquisite!! I love them all, but especially the yellow gowns and the ones inspired by the movie set in China. They would all look amazing on Kate!! So very opposite of the Lela Rose dress. I really don't care for the Erdem dresses, but if I had to chose which I did like it would be the black dresses with the blue, yellow and white flowers. Thank you Charlotte!! Looking forward to tomorrow's post :)
    Jen in USA

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  16. Rose from Montreal, Canada30 June 2014 at 20:34

    Thanks a million Charlotte. It is so nice for the public to see our favorite couple doing behind the scenes work. I am definitely a Jenny Packham fan. Loved all of her dresses. Erdem not at all. The only Erdem I liked was the white lace. Have a great day.

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  17. Here are some photos of Kate :http://www.justjared.com/2014/06/30/kate-middleton-steps-out-after-pippas-today-show-interview/

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  18. Wonderful post Charlotte! I love seeing William and Kate together! And I really love the Lela Rose Circle Lace Peplum Dress. It's beautiful.
    As for Pippa, I never had much interest in her.
    O by the way, Charlotte could you please add a new rubric concerning Prince William who worked much that year and many he attended were not reported. That would be nice.

    I can't wait to see Kate tomorrow!

    Cheers,

    Monica, France

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    1. I love the Lela Rose dress too, it was the event where Prince William looked so in love with his wife. It has special meaning in a way!
      I also really like the dress Catherine wore to the conference, it looks lovely on her. Great to see them working. I hope that will put some of the criticism at bay. But for some people it is never enough. I think Catherine is out and about plenty for a mother with a young child. Much more than I was, when my children were babies. I think the DM would have eaten me alive, lucky I am not a princess haha

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  19. I was shocked when I heard Pippa was doing an interview on the Today Show! I like Pippa but I too think this was a bad choice. Considering the Royal family's approach to interviews, and considering even Kate has still only done the one engagement interview, I don't think it was a good idea for Pippa to do this one. Even if she discusses various charities, etc, it's obvious that's not why they wanted to interview her! After the party planning book, and the various (rather random) magazine and newsletter columns, I think a pattern is starting to emerge! I hope for her sake that this doesn't backfire- she seems lovely, and I doubt she wants to find herself called "the next Fergie!"

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  20. Thank you so much for your comments. A couple of photos have emerged of Kate leaving the conference in a pretty Tory Burch dress. The post is now updated :)

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  21. The "Today Show"??? I hate Matt Lauer, he is such an asshat. They must of offered a lot of money, because for the life of me I do not understand why she talked to him of all people when she could of sat down with....maybe a female interviewer. The production aspect and presentation of the interview was awful! Pippa seemed very shy and tongue-tied as well. IMHO She should of stayed silent. Pippa also needs to be educated on the affects of pro-longed sun exposure. I wish her well.....it must be hard to be known for "that dress" and to be the sister of Duchess Kate when she's a lovely woman in her own right.

    And "that dress" WAS amazing.....shows how much Kate loves her sister Pippa.....bridesmaids dresses are usually awful, even ones for royal weddings.

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  22. Great to see the ID of the Tory Burch dress. I love Tory Burch, her designs are pretty and classic. I'm really glad to see Kate wearing some designers that are more approachable and affordable by more people. It won't erase the stigma of "Two Kitchens Kate" but at least it's a start.
    As for Pippa, if anyone things for a single second that she didn't get permission and approval, as well as a list of approved topics, questions and answers, from her own family - especially Carole - as well as from the Palace and from Will and Kate's PR people, sorry but you're crazy.
    Of course they've approved these moves or she wouldn't be doing them.
    Pippa is not stupid and this is a close family.
    Pippa wouldn't - and I don't believe that Carole Middleton would let her - undertake anything like the NBC interview and job without a nod from the Palace and from Kate and William. Nor will she spill any secrets or reveal any information we don't already know concerning the royals. The networks are idiots if they think she's going to.
    Keep in mind that the Windsors themselves have no problems themselves cashing in on their status. Keep in mind Fergie's antics as well as Prince Andrew and his favors from his Middle East buddies, Zara and Peter selling photos of themselves and their families as well as Will and Kate and their little jaunt to the uber-expensive resort in the Maldives, which may or may not have been free for the publicity value.
    Pippa is the daughter of millionaires but even she has to work. I think she seems like a very pleasant person, very likeable and approachable, definitely the more outgoing of the sisters.
    The same people who fiercely insist that William and Kate and their routine of extravagant spending with little in the way of royal duties is the "modern monarchy" bash Pippa for taking work that's offered to her, for enjoying the benefits of fame as she puts up with the disadvantages. It's absolutely ironic and hypocritical.
    This IS the "modern monarchy" in a digital age, the siblings of the much-praised "regular girl" are doing what most regular people would do if put in a similar situation and with similar offers.
    As soon as William becomes the heir to the throne, things will change, we're assured, in his and Kate's workload. Things also will change for Pippa. While these offers may still be around, I would expect that what Pippa will be able to do and say as far as public appearances will be drastically limited.
    Did Diana's siblings do the same? Her brother did to an extent. Her sisters were already married and well-to-do by the time Diana married Charles. Also keep in mind that they were already members of the aristocracy so that sort of thing wasn't "done," although Diana very much used the media and her place in the spotlight to her advantage.

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    1. I do not see why it is hyprocrital to bash Pippa for accepting offers, she cashes in constantly. She is not royal but having a connection to them. In an ideal world she said no. But she likes spotlight no reason to deny this, she was flattered by many people after the wedding. Now she feels bullied? Yes you are right I expected more from W and K because I remember her first interview in which she said she will make a difference. Work as such has a pretty different meaning for the girls in the Middleton family. She has lots of time on her hand as someone pointed out a bit down because she is in Wimbledon, goes on a bike tour as so on.

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  23. Is it me? I can't get excited about the "Chrissy" dress. Not the shape or the pattern. :(

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    1. You're not the only one. I don't like it that paisley looking print reminds me of something from the 70's or something a grandmother would wear.

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    2. I agree, not the pattern nor the shape do any good to her, it is rather something which Pippa might wear.

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    3. I am with you Royalfan and Blair, Chrissy doesn't do anything for me. Can't quite explain why, but I find it boring and confusing at the same time. Saw the photos of Kate wearing it and it doesn't get any better.

      Most of the Jenny Packham's are breathtakingly beautiful. In my opinion. Especially those in magenta and teal/blue. Strong colours would make a nice change in Kate's evening wardrobe. Oh well, 30s style is a true catnip for me, completely irresistible.

      Charlotte, love how you call the Lela Rose the "love it or hate it" dress. You have inspired me to call it the "I hate to hate you but I really really do" dress :)

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    4. I am with you Royalfan and Blair, Chrissy doesn't do anything for me. Can't quite explain why, but I find it boring and confusing at the same time. Saw the photos of Kate wearing it and it doesn't get any better.

      Most of the Jenny Packham's are breathtakingly beautiful. In my opinion. Especially those in magenta and teal/blue. Strong colours would make a nice change in Kate's evening wardrobe. Oh well, 30s style is a true catnip for me, completely irresistible.

      Charlotte, love how you call the Lela Rose the "love it or hate it" dress. You have inspired me to call it the "I hate to hate you but I really really do" dress :)

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  24. To be absolutely honest. I've never been a fan of Pippa. She has always seemed like a shameless social climber who used her connections to the royal family to get what she wants. I understand that she and Kate are very close but I always saw Pippa as being the jealous younger sister who wanted what Kate had. For example: when she dated a Duke. For some reason she's very off putting to me. But of course that's just my opinion. I feel she shouldn't have done that interview. If Kate was not married to a prince no one would care what she had to say. Which would be the same for Kate as well if she and Will had broken up and never gotten back together, she would have quietly settled back into a private life probably married a wealthy gentleman who ran in some of the same social circles as Will and would have just been the girl that almost married a prince. There would be the occasional photo here and there but nothing major. Much as how Prince Harry's ex gf Chelsy Davy is.
    I do wonder how Kate feels about this. I always hear the occasional rumor that Kate and Pippa butt heads over Pippa and her attention in public. I guess only time will tell how this interview is received.

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    1. I'm speculating here, but I suspect that Kate is very supportive of her family because she may feel guilty for putting them in the spotlight and opening them up to criticism simply because she fell in love with and married William.

      I've read the other comments here and it seems that the majority of you think the interview was a good idea. Gosh, I just can't get past the fact that the family has enough to deal with when Uncle G's needs to gab and they don't need another family member following his lead. Despite all the criticism, and much of it has been cruel and petty, the one thing they (Kate's parents and siblings) have had on their side is silence.

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    2. As the old saying goes "silence is golden".
      Uncle Gary is just a shameless publicity seeker so anything he says goes in one ear and out the other. At least for me it does.
      I think it made the Middleton family classy that with all the years W&K dated, got engaged, then married the press barely heard a peep out of them. Now that seemingly that silence is broken, they or rather Pippa seem like they want attention.
      She said she felt bullied, I have read some of the comments about her and on other sites they are pretty nasty, but I think instead of doing an interview with an American morning news show. She should have taken her "celebrity" and put it to good use. This is the perfect opportunity for her to start a charity or connect with another to end bullying. That shows she's using her status in life for something positive rather than just furthering her own career.

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  25. Also not a fan on the dress Kate wore. The print is a bit too old fashion to me. Reminds me of the dresses a grandmother would wear.

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    1. I'm a grandmother, and I couldn't wear this dress! The print is pretty but a bit busy. It's not bad on Kate, however.

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  26. Hi charlotte, I am new to your blog and dont normally comment. However I felt I had to say something about pippa. This move has me confused, I thought she didn't want to overshadow Kate?. I really would like to know if William and Kate thought this was ok. I think this is very smart in appropriate and irresponsible. I am quite shocked at this, and I Have been an avid supporter of pippa and have disagreed with many negative comments have been made, but this is a really bad move.
    This is a wonderful blog thank you! And thanks for mentioning these extra details! :)

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  27. I am having problems with the JustJared site - a message comes up that there is a long-running script. So click on the site with caution

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  28. The Lela Rose dress is one of my top favorites for Duchess Kate!

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  29. I thought Pippa did a wise thing by speaking up and speaking out. Where silence rules, misconceptions arise, and so do
    conjecturers. By speaking up, she is taking the control of her life and her image, and saying "This is who I am." She is addressing directly the questions and suppositions we have had, and clarifying them herself. I say, well done, Pippa! We have a hunger to know these people we only see photos of, and when they actually speak up, and are heard, yes, some of the mystery is dispelled, but much greater understanding is gained.

    I only wis that Kate would speak up more often. We feel we know her, from her photos and her goings about, but it is only when we hear directly from someone's soul that we can really gain greater understanding of who they truly are.

    You do such a lovely job! Love this blog!

    Loralee from Atlanta

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  30. Pippa has never been physically bullied. I don't feel the least bit sorry for her. Her life is not hard- aka the royal box at Wimbledon. It's never been hard. She does not have a conventional job . This allows her to head to tennis and America for a bike ride. She has taken her Kate connection to the bank. I don't want to hear her complaining about people taking her picture.

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    1. Anonymous 00:05, Pippa referred to cyber-bullying (as did the interviewer when he mentioned many younger people who struggled with negative online comments). Not physical bullying. As for judging how hard another person's life is, money and connections and privileges don't make for an 'easier' life than anyone else's. As a general rule, it's probably indicative of some wisdom to view other people--even very famous and rich ones--with compassion.

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    2. Anon 00.05... I think most people these days know that psychological bullying is the worst form of bullying, that can lead to depression, anxiety and even suicide. We do not know Pippa Middleton, therefore we do not know what she is experiencing, or what is difficult for her. You might have been Happy as Larry in her situation, or you might not have been.

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  31. People are forgetting that although Pippa's sister is Royal, Pippa is not...she does not need approval from the Palace to do interviews. She is entitled to do whatever she wants to do whether it's to further her career or let her views be known. She is very discreet, as is her entire family, and I am sure Kate knows she would not do or say anything to embarrass her or William. She seemed very shy and humble to me - yes, she does have perks that come with being the sister of the future Queen, but who in their right mind would not take advantage of sitting in the Royal Box at Wimbledon! She still needs to make some sort of living - she also was promoting her new ambassadorship for the Heart Association (or whatever it's called there) and her ride across America - which I think is a great thing.

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  32. I was surprised to see she did an interview she handled herself well with Matt.

    I love the photo of Catherine at JustJared. I adore that dress Charlotte!

    Thank you for everything Charlotte.

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  33. I think the interview was a mistake and I agree with most of your comment, but bullying doesn't have to be physical. (Pippa didn't mean it in that sense.)

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  34. I think Pippa is testing the waters to see if where she can go career wise and I think she's smart to test the international market. If I were her, I would look outside of England where such ugly things are said, for no good reason and every family success is attributed not to hard work but to social climbing and royal connections. Good for her for broadening her horizons and making her way in the world.

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  35. I don't understand the reasons for Pippa's interview. Just an end in itself; well paid? Or, possibly, to further her career? (in the media, working for a US station etc.?) She didn't need to answer her critics: silence/discretion would have been the best policy. She's articulate and well-spoken. But, sadly, I don't think it reflects well on Kate (being a member of the royal family) or herself to speak out like this. (it appears as though she's using her connections)

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  36. personally, i have always found the "private event" concept odd and a little delusional. your charities want your royal patronage and attendance for the media and public attention, and, ultimately, donations, you bring with you. they don't need another interested person in the audience or at a board meeting.

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  37. I have always believed that staying silent and ignoring negativity has been a good policy for the royals. As pointed out, we have not ever heard much from Princess Diana's family, whereas the Middleton's are drawn into the spotlight all the time.
    I do not envy Pippa, it would be a nightmare being sister to the future Queen of England.
    I am trying to think of what I would do, and I would definitely have stayed silent, worked for my parents, hung out with my boyfriend and not put myself out there with books and newspaper columns and now the interview.
    But, then I am not Pippa Middleton, and if she thinks that is what she wants to do, then I guess she has to live with the consequences, that no doubt will arise. This interview marks her relationship with the media in a way, she has officially accepted her 'fate" now, and has said "ok" to media involvement and opinion on her life. I think that is a shame, as she seems down to earth and nice. Look at Princess Diana and her interview, I don't think that was a brilliant idea either...
    It's a tricky one...

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    1. Having said that, I think that Pippa handled the interview very well. She came across as a very honest and decent human being, she also has a good sense of humour. She does not come across as a "social climber". The interview itself is not a problem, but the headlines that are now created all over the world's media can become a big problem for her. The media will pick out words such as "bullying", and her royal relationships, and blow it out of proportion, that's what they do best. In big waters swim big and sometimes nasty fish. I would like to say, be careful Pippa!!

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    2. Diana's days were preinternet so today it may have been different for her siblings. Charles Spencer used his sister's fame to get a job at Today. He covered Andrew's wedding.

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    3. thank you for the reminder, skippyboo! charles spencer had a number of media jobs following diana's wedding to charles, as well as selling wedding pics and other family events to hello magazine. not to mention the annual opening of his estate clearly tied to diana, AND world tours of diana memorabilia, for which he raked in money for years (until will and harry asked for the return of many of the objects).

      the middletons have never done interviews (other than this one), even thru 10 long years of knowing william, even when he basically denied or downplayed his relationship with their daughter/sister.

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  38. I think it's a positive that everyday meetings and even private charity visits are going on without photo calls and advance/day-of publicity. If we subscribe to the school of thought that Royal Patrons aren't celebrities, it stands to reason that every engagement doesn't have to be a press documented event. If the message is the cause and people being helped, let that be the focus on occasion. While it is true that patrons and publicity are vital for support, good public relations are much, much more than an in-person visit or event; that should be but one element.

    This Tory Burch dress has me torn. I like the print and the sleeves and most of the cut. I keep tilting my head at odd angles, though, trying to figure out the waist. Perhaps it's the Duchess' stance or the look of it in motion?

    I like the Lela Rose dress - the whole look is a win, to me. My eyebrows haven't quite recovered from seeing the price, though, and may well be frozen in midair until there's an end-of-season sale.

    Packham gowns are bliss. I like Numbers 3, 5 and 7 and will take them in a size (cough) please.

    I can see possibilities in the Erdem prints here, not so much the designs.

    Is anyone else itching to toss a few other designers' names in the hat for The Duchess to peruse? My list would include Erin Fetherston, Marchesa, Carolina Hererra ... I'm sure there are others.

    I don't know how to feel about Pippa. I don't think she has the writing chops to capitalize on the opportunities she's being given by the publishing world or Vogue. And I don't think she'll be happy confined to Waitrose's in-house publication. Maybe broadcasting could be her niche, with some coaching?

    I finished two more books on the British Monarchy this weekend as I recover from a shingles outbreak. I'm developing huge respect for The Princess Royal as I learn more about her. I'm sure she would give me a good telling off for being a lazy bum and to toughen up.

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    1. Summer- 03:18- Sorry, but I can't get your eyebrow description out of my visual memory. Remember Carol Bernnett doing her Joan Crawford "Sunset Boulevard " spoof? Funniest thing I 've ever seen. Old actress with one too many facelifts. Eyebrows up to her hairline and front hanging around her knees. Hysterical!

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    2. Oh my goodness, I am a huge Carol Burnett fan!! Marg, that character/spoof was some of her best work, too. I'm going to have to go troll YouTube now and find it!

      But first I'll rip the emerald velvet curtains off the wall with the rod still attached and fashion myself a nice wrap dress to wear ...

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    3. You saw it in the window and couldn't resist it, right? It makes me smile just thinking about it. What a gift she has! And Mrs. . Wiggins, with Tim Conroy. I hate to say this, but a certain reality person reminds me of Mrs. Wiggins, at least her lower half, and I am off on another Carol Burnett nostalgia trip.

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    4. OH SUMMER!! like Scarlett O´hara and a hat with the reading lamp.........My mother says that the fashion nowadays is terrible and I am in my middle forties, Charlotte, who is in her early twenties, must be think that we are all gone of fashion...

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    5. Tim Conway. The old neural pathways weren't firing. Carol Burnett. Good grief!

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    6. ESTI- I had forgotten about the lamp-shade hat! Fashion only has meaning to me in reference to other people. My go-to outfit scrub-pants and top depending on the weather. Sometimes I mix it up with a jungle- inspired-print muu-muu. ( go-to means first choice; mix it up- change things around)

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    7. ANNA from NZ, named that as "comfort fashion"..so has meaning too...

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    8. Thank-you for that, Esti. u u u u u

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  39. I rather like the first part of the interview. Pippa comes across as a nice young lady. Her voice and accent are a bit nasal, but she responds charmingly. I don't think it is the place of the Palace to direct Pippa's life or what she says. She seems naturally discreet, and she is her own person. If she talks about her family and her charitable interests in an engaging way, why criticize her for it?

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  40. I wrote two messages that did not show the usual 'to be posted' note. I'll see if they post. If not, it might be because I had the page open for some time while I was reading something else. Keeping the page open could be a problem to be aware of if your messages are not showing up.

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  41. Anon 00:05---Many, many people experience bullying in many forms:
    Physical abuse, mental, sexual, verbal, psychological, through neglect--and I'm sure that bullies abuse people in lots of other ways--ugly teasing, for instance. When someone is the target of cowards taunting and lying about them under cover of anonimity it is painful and frustrating that people may believe it. Pippa is a natural target for this kind of viciously insecure jealousy. You wouldn't want people bullying you that way, I'm sure.

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  42. hi charlotte i love your post first a comment on pippa middleton she did a great job doing interview for matt laurer she adress the answers know hold bars she posed in answering the question i don't think she in bad position to duchess and duke family i do believe she ask her sister or her family this permission if she do these interview in today show . here the interview in youtube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcvoJGZeFiY

    i think prince william and his duchess do a lot private outings visiting their charities its fine we dont see pictures they doing their things helping people on charities they do the best to help others they don't nee cameras to pose and tell reporters hey shot me i helping every time they do quite private outings its OK but i think they have the negatives vibes in public about their 2 kitchens sometimes public outings helps them to gain positive outcome
    i love the tony burch dress love the dress the colours are living enjoying vibes to wear them looking forward to the duchess engagement tomorrow with nice dress or a recycle dress would be nice

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  43. Well, I know that will probably cause a lot of negative feedback but I really don't understand all the interest in Pippa. I am sure she is a great person and yes she is Kate's. However she is not royal and while she does do many charitable things I just don't understand the attention she gets when there are thousands, millon's of others who get no attention. She only gets the attention because of who she is related to, not because of who she is or what she is doing or why. In my opinion, right or wrong, I think she needs to fade into the background abit. Sorry but that is how it seems to me.

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  44. What a delightful surprise to have the opportunity to read about and discuss sibling Pippa. It has been an interesting life journey that Kate marrying into royalty put a spotlight on her family. The adult wedding party consisted only of Pippa and Harry which would result in the furry focus on Pippa. There would have been nothing that Pippa could have done differently to deter the heavy paparazzi following she immediately received. The Middleton family need to be praised in their superior handling of the greatest changes anyone could have as commoners entering into royal family connections where everything no matter how small a detail if known will be made public. Pippa and James could have chosen to act differently against the new rules of this life's game but both have tried hard to do all the right things which shows the excellent rearing skills their parents imposed. Little George is so fortunate to have these wonderful grandparents.

    Thank you for another awesome blog, Charlotte.

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  45. I just watched the Pippa interview and came away a little more impressed by her. She is taking an unreal situation and making the best of it. Wonderful opportunities have come her way and she is taking advantage of them not only to further her life but to help others as well. I dare anyone else to say "no thank you" to the ability to do the things you have always dreamed of doing and being able to help others along the way.

    I don't believe that she did this interview without the knowledge and support of both W&K. I have read that Kate feels bad for the upheaval all the media attention has caused her family so I don't see her begruding her sister for making something positive out of it. Also, the way she handles herself makes me wonder if the Palace has given her some media coaching.

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    1. I would say that the Middleton family knew "exactly" what they were in for when Kate was dating William for so many years.
      If Kate didn't like it, or thought her position would "inconvenience" her family, then she could have left the chase to someone else.

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      I don't think so, Kate wouldn't leave William because she loves him and I think her family respected that. Plus, when your daughter/sister is dating/marrying the future King of England you can probably put up with a lot. :) I was refering more to the intense media attention on Pippa after the wedding, I don't think anyone expected that.

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  46. Well, I dont know about the interview; she seems nice but somehow I was never really interested in Pippa.

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  47. I would not have done the interview. I would continue my charity work, work at Party Pieces, and stay quiet. Also, it's time to stop the tanning. You need to use sunscreen everyday. Also I have been observing the smile every time a camera is around. I also noticed this during the interview. I'm not say to be sad, but what is with the smile all the time?
    If the cameras were following me all the time, I would not be so happy! Good Luck Pippa!

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    1. In potentially threatening situations, human beings (like chimps) smile. It's an unconscious reaction. With a camera pointed at them, people automatically pose. It's predictable that anyone would smile in that situation.(If she were Japanese and not British, she'd make a 'peace' sign, too.) When people see the photos of themselves not smiling they're mostly dreadful. You can imagine what the headlines would make of that. Pippa depressed. Pippa furious at camera. Whatever. One candid of George on the recent tour and the whole international press had him as grumpy. It's completely unintelligent. Anyone can see that.

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    2. philly- astute remark! Anybody remember the "selfie" photo of the queen the other day? Her security were alarmed, but she gave us a quick, nervous little smile. She has probably the prize for number of grumpy pictures, but apparently saw the camera and reacted spontaneously. I'd like to think she has a soft spot for children, too.
      PS- dogs do it, too. Those "guilt" pictures all over FB. My son just posted one of my grandpuppy with the toothiest grin you've ever seen when discovered with a treat in a big pile of crumbs.

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  48. I saw the entire interview on T.V. The clip shown on the Today site was probably chosen because it showed Pippa at her best, verbally, and because it hit upon a controversial subject: internet bullying.

    Other parts of the interview were not so favourable. When asked about the Royal wedding, her vacuous or disingenuous reply--take your pick--as reported on this post, was mind-boggling. Just a family wedding--who does she think will buy that claptrap? As for the dress she chose to wear at the ceremony, well, as she put it: it was meant to be insignificant. Right. That probably explains why it struck me as a dress one might find a lady-of-the-night wearing in an exclusive bordello. Of course, we all have our own take on that dress; mine just doesn't match that of Pippa. But check it out on video--the skirt of her dress made it quite difficult for her to give a proper curtsey to the Queen.

    Pippa was also asked about her recent American bike ride, and the two charities she and her brother were biking for were given a passing mention. She was then asked if she had been recognized en route, and if people had called out to her. She admitted that some had called out to her, then added gratuitously, that this had upset her brother. The inescapable conclusion was that James had been upset that she, and not he, had been praised. My question is this: what sort of sister digs/mocks her brother on international T.V.? It struck me that Pippa was unnecessarily boastful, at the expense of brother James.

    With any luck, Pippa will have the sense to be more careful in her interview tomorrow, when she will apparently be giving us her take on Kate and George. I don't expect the truth; I expect the Pippa-World-View, whatever works to her best advantage.

    In the end, I think this shallow interview will work against Pippa--and I do wonder how much she got paid for it. Just when does Pippa step off Kate's wedding train, and try to make a go of it on her own?

    To other matters. Love those evening gowns by Jenny Packham. Intensely dislike Erdem. Adore the Lela Rose cream dress, and look forward to seeing Kate wearing more from this designer--and a whole lot less of Erdem!

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    1. anon 06:02- OR- James saw his sister being heckled or yelled at, however it was meant, and reacted as any brother would: protectively.. Our attitudes and emotions affect our body chemistry, as well as the other way around. At some point in time, our faces become a roadmap of our souls. Look at Camilla. Then look at Alexandra.

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  49. royalfan- nun's shoes on the Erdem models!!! Maybe Louise is fashion- forward! ( obviously, am still trying to make sense of it)
    I thought the sleeveless, long , black tulle/organdy? gown was elegant and might work with Kate.-for Erdem.
    Jenny, Jenny, Jenny- who needs dessert with all that froth and yumminess. I cannot and will not choose a favorite.
    Haven't watched the Pippa interview, because it would probably make me mad. Who is that lovely former View hostess that just did that poignant program on stem cell transplants- Meredith Vierra.Why couldn't she have done the interview?
    I'm with those who said she's young, you pays your money and you takes your chances. Many younger siblings turn into embarrassing disasters. I don't think she is close to being that.
    The meeting..Catherine does not look prepared or happy to see a photographer. William is probably livid. I kinda like the dress. She is definitely toning down the fashionista image.

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    1. marg, if that is fashion forward, I'll eat one of Camilla's hats. Lol.

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    2. Hey, royalfan!! Those hats of Camilla's are awfully big---you may need to fast for a few days first! HahahHa!!!

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    3. Yes, Jo, how true!!! :)

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    4. Would you like fries with that, royalfan?

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  50. I saw this T.V. interview in its entirety. The clip shown on Today.com was probably chosen because it showed Pippa at her verbal best and because it touched upon a hot topic:internet bullying.

    The rest of the interview was less than stellar. When asked for her take on the Royal wedding, Pippa disingenuously replied that she saw it as just a family wedding. Give me a break! When asked about the dress she chose to wear for the wedding ceremony, she stated that it was meant to be insignificant. Right. That explains why she had great difficulty curtseying to the Queen, in her less-than-full skirt.--Check it out on the wedding video.--And it explains why I thought the dress would be a hit at any high-class bordello.

    Pippa was asked about the two charities she and her brother cycled for, in the USA, and these were given a passing mention. She was then asked if she had be recognized en route and if people had called out to her. Pippa admitted that some had called out to her, and then added gratuitously, that it had annoyed her brother--ie, that he had been ignored. True or not, what kind of sister points this out on an international T.V. show? The boastful kind, I am thinking; the kind who puts herself first at the expense of her brother.

    This woman strikes me as a horror show, consistently willing to do in her siblings if it is to her advantage. And I do wonder how much she got paid for this interview, and whether the proceeds went to those charities she and James cycled for. One can only hope that in part two of this shallow interview Pippa has the sense to guard her words--she apparently discusses her relationship with Kate, and her take on George. I don't expect the truth; I do hope for a measure of modesty; after all, her sister is a Princess and her nephew is a Prince and future king.

    Quick change of topic. Love Jenny Packham when it comes to evening gowns. Immensely dislike Erdem. Adore the Lela Rose cream dress. Hope to see more of Kate in Packham and Lela Rose and a whole lot less of her in ugly Erdem.

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  51. I love the Lela Rose cream dress and hope to see Kate in more of this designers clothes.

    Caught the NBC interview with Pippa. Thought she came across as an egocentric liar.

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  52. Theresa, from Paris1 July 2014 at 07:52

    I love the Packham dresses, but not at all the Erdem collection this time.

    About Pippa. I think she should have stayed silent. It makes me smile when she says she is "like any thirty year old". Not at all true ! She has been offered jobs she never would have got if she hadn't been the Duchess' sister. And she is not very good at them, as we know - the book, the column in a newspaper. Sure, it must be difficult for her to be in the limelight, but I do think the pros of the situation largely outweigh the cons. It is normal, "human", for her to use her connections to work and get around. We all would, wouldn't we ? I'm sure she is quite a sweet girl. But I have a feeling all this is going to sour as she gets older and doesn't achieve much thanks to her own abilities except do sporty things. She doesn't seem to have a very clear way of seeing what life has brought the Middletons. "A family affair" ? THAT wedding ? Come on .... Prince William said it as a joke at the altar. None of them could believe it or experience it as such. Pippa is showing off, or not quite getting the picture ;)

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  53. I love Jenny Packham evening gowns and Lela Rose on Kate. Hope she continues to wear both designers.

    I saw the Matt Laurer interview with Pippa and thought Pippa came across as an egocentric liar.

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  54. I must be a "pink gorilla" (here we say a green dog..) because I like the dress, althoug very much on the picture that Kate in it, sometimes that happens. I´m going shopping this afternoon, sales have started..:)))
    On the other hand , I love Jenny´s dresses but Erdem not at all..

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      We'll make this Lela Rose dress our "red herring." That means a distraction that you insert into an argument to divert attention elsewhere. :)

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  55. Jo from USA
    I certainly understand there are many forms of bullying. My point is Pippa has chosen many different venues many different times to make herself a public figure. People will say mean things. That is just the way it is. She needs to understand it comes with the territory.

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  56. I meant Tory Burch, Lela Rose´s is horrible..

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  57. I am thrilled with the Pippa interview. If for no other reason than I could read Kate's fan blog without wading through unending stretches of Kate-picking.
    Unfortunately, Pippa became the "whipping girl." ( there were actually cultures where a substitute would take a royal's punishment. China, for one?)
    WARNING: soapbox ahead- Sometimes it seems to me that some posters on this blog are stuck in a time-warp or " Groundhog Day" existance, when no matter what new information is presented, the response is knee-jerk the same. I'm not talking about DM 3 kitchens; ,.....private visit unannounced must be suspect ;......there was a photographer or there wasn't a photographer- "information." Opinions formed in another time in other circumstances prevail for them. Like a wind-up toy-automaton- always the same reaction. It disturbs me when politicians and others in the public eye are criticized for changing their minds. New evidence requires new examination, and yes, sometimes new opinions. I once worked with a doctor whose favorite game was guessing a diagnosis before the test results were back. Which is fine and fun. Problem was, he refused to change his diagnosis when everything pointed in another direction. He would not admit he had been wrong. (that last sentence is for your English efforts, ESTI)
    Kate has had many, many engagements this year.But if she has engagements, it is said they are done to cover-up (manufactured) wrongs, or they are just family activities; if she doesn't do engagements, she's not working. She is apparently changing her fashion image. She is not hitting the shops. She is evolving and changing. Hopefully, DK posters, mostly the anonymousi (anonymousae?) will, too.

    Off the box- CAMILLA-, I miss your comments. I am sure you have just been busy.
    SIMONE- Melbourne, how's the old back holding up? Physical therapy What a drudge! Unless, the therapist is David Beckham. Or Harry. Actually, there was a time when Paul Newman would have been tops on my list of favorite therapists.
    And ESTI, I liked the concept of the Lela Rose. It just needed either a floor-length skirt or a pencil skirt, as has been mentioned before. As it was, it did not hang properly on Kate. Wasn't it an older design? She might have lost weight.....oh,oh! Forget I said that last sentence.

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    2. ESTI- I understand..But I am saying that I, unlike you, like the Lela Rose, with the changes I noted. There. Everything "clear as mud." (means isn't clear, or easily understood)

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    3. MARG: now all is as clear as day (whether there are no clouds.....uuuuu)

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  58. GILS!
    Ihave bought a dress....and I´m like a barking mad, because it is a wrap dress (like Kate), middle knee (like Kate) and any malfuntions due to the wind but not very tight ....finally cream and navy......I´m ready for next charity...
    The best 20€ =$27,37..........

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    1. Sounds wonderful, Esti!

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  59. Congratulations Esti!
    You are now perfectly equipped to start your philanthropic career. Although I can't believe how it is possible to find a dress for EUR20 ?!?!?!?!?!??!?!? I am green with envy (feel free to picture me as a jealous looking green kiwi fruit if you like).
    About 8 - 10 years ago I went to Barcelona a few times and I remember it was shopping heaven. Amazing clothes, shoes, accessories for exceptionally good prices. Back then I was a huge fan of Camper shoes and Skunkfunk clothes. So yes, Spain is great for shopping..... what brand is your dress? Maybe you can send us a link? : )

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  60. ANNA; Skunkfunk is from Bilbao!! you have a store very near...in Australia!! ;-))).I bought the dress in "El Corte Inglés", the meaning in English is ( The English Cut...:)))), now you see.. I don´t know if the name rings a bell, it is a department store similar to Harrods..........You can see the dress here, the model is taller than me, it fits middle knee in myself..

    http://www.elcorteingles.es/tienda/moda/browse/productDetailCulturalClothes.jsp?productId=A9638071&categoryId=999.1390825543&isProduct=true&trail=&pcProduct=&trailSize=&navAction=jump&navCount=0&brandId=

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    1. Oh, the translation on El Corte Inglés is very enlightening, Esti. I always thought it would be "The english Court" ,but now it all makes sense. Thank you!

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  61. Oh yes Esti, now I remember, Skunkfunk is from Bilbao!! Your dress is really nice. Thanks for sharing. I can totally see the Duchess wearing it as a casual-hot-summer-day outfit. Enjoy!!!
    Of course I know "El Corte Inglés". You can trust it's everywhere in Spain and it's so big you can find absolutely everything. I went to Tenerife once and El Corte Inglés in Santa Cruz was almost as big as the rest of the city, ha. Absolutely humongous! And I got my Camper fix:)

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  62. Thanks Anna, that´s very kind of you....you know Spain very well....

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