Monday, 29 September 2014

Kate to 'Resume Engagements Next Month', Would You Like to be Kate? & L.K. Bennett AW14 Coats

Hello dear readers, we hope you're having a great weekend!

We begin with apologies for the lack of posting on the blog over the past week, as an unexpected family event came up. We'll be remedying this with an additional post over the coming week and thank you all for commenting with news on interesting articles and sharing your thoughts as always!

What's been happening in Kate's world over the past week and most importantly how is she doing? Following a very difficult three weeks suffering with Hyperemesis gravidarum, it would seem, thankfully, the Duchess is on the mend and beginning to recover.


A Palace spokesperson told the Mail Online:

'There will be engagements in October and November. We just haven't announced them yet.'

The news follows the same pattern as Kate's first pregnancy. The Duchess began to take on a few engagements here and there once her health had improved and it would appear that is very much the plan this time round. There have been no confirmed sightings of Kate out and about as there usually would be and that would suggest she's still convalescing at Kensington Palace and her parent's home in Bucklebury.

Meanwhile, Prince William and Prince Harry attended the wedding of childhood friend Victoria Inskip on Saturday. Victoria, who wed Robert Davies-Jones is said to have taught Harry to play video games. Kate was noticeably absent from the celebrations - a wedding I think she would have liked to attend - meaning, while the announcement of engagements is clearly encouraging, she isn't out of the woods yet.


The happy couple.


We'll more than likely hear about the engagements closer to the date.

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We often see Kate's name associated with polls, be it in praise of her glossy locks or elegant style. Now, Newsweek Europe has commissioned a survey containing some surprising and not-so-surprising points on the British public's attitude.

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Newsweek's article shares the results:

'Astonishingly, only 1% of female respondents wish they could be Kate. A staggering 89% of women have no interest in being Kate even for a single day.
 Meanwhile, among male respondents, only 6% wish they were married to Kate and - even more surprisingly, perhaps - only 6% wish they were dating Kate. (Imagine the answers to these same questions in 1984).'

When asked what interested them about Kate, her views on parenthood received 13% of the vote, her clothes 6% and make up 1%. Below we see responses from female participants in a pie chart.


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When the results were shared on twitter, they prompted some pretty heated responses from those who still ardently believe in 'the fairytale'. Following Diana and Charles' very public marriage breakdown and the years that followed, I  doubt very many people still believe in marrying a prince and happily ever after... William and Kate have a strong marriage, unlike his parents, however, if I were asked, would you like to be Kate? Without hesitation I would answer not for all the Alexander McQueen gowns and tiaras in the world (and you all know how your faithful scribe feels about tiaras). 

Kate's role comes with so many different elements one might find undesirable: the lack of privacy, constant media intrusion, public scrutiny (only last week we had many comments questioning whether or not Kate was suffering from Hyperemesis gravidarum and if the pregnancy was planned to avoid the Malta trip). Every element of her appearance is discussed, critiqued, praised and criticised each time a photo emerges. It takes a strong personality with plenty of support from friends and family to get through that. Of course there are many perks to the role too, the opportunity to make such a meaningful impact for charities, living in a palace, though I for one would certainly not like to be in Kate's shoes. How would you have voted? Would you like to be Kate?

Other poll results found only 21% of voters believe Kate has a lot of influence over her own life while 25% think the Duchess plays an important role in the Royal family.


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Prince Harry was chosen as the most popular member of the British Royal family, Her Majesty second and William and Kate third and fourth respectively.

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From a list of nine successful women, Kate ranked as the second-highest role model for women, with only Olympian Jessica Ennis ranking higher.

Newsweek

What are your thoughts on the poll results? Do you agree with them? You can view them in their entirety here.

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We do love seeing old photos of Kate we haven't previously come across and I was very interested when Anna from My Small Obsessions stumbled across two candids of the Duchess taken in December 2011 by a fellow shopper who was also searching for presents for the festive season.

Pinelopi

The Duchess who was accompanied by a royal protection officer looked effortlessly stylish in her L.K. Bennett Darwin Jacket and Aquatalia Booties, and carried her Mulberry Polly Push Lock Bag.

Pinelopi

Fans of Kate's L.K. Bennett Darwin Jacket will be interested to hear the piece remains available in brown and black for £795. Crafted from luxurious shearling, with feminine seaming and a nipped-in waist it's a great Autumn/Winter piece which works with jeans and boots.

L.K. Bennett

These candids very much reminded me of the festive season, which is not too far away now!

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Speaking of L.K. Bennett, I was browsing through their website the other day and noticed a fabulous selection of Autumn/Winter coats are now available and they have Kate written all over them. Below we see the Bette Double Breasted Peacoat.

L.K. Bennett

The Heidi Bouclé Coat comes in red and burgundy for £475 and taps into the textural trend the brand is embracing for AW14. We also see the Portia Jacquard Cocoon Coat in navy.

L.K. Bennett

The stylish vibrant mustard Perugia Cocoon Coat with dropped shoulders and upstanding collar is a versatile piece and could be something Kate would choose to wear with jeans when out and about. It also comes in a great ballerina pink colour.

LK Bennett

Two new shearling coats have been created for this collection - the dark-navy Brooke Shearling Coat and the grey mink Casper Shearling Coat.

LK Bennett

The Jules Double Breasted Coat, Hayley Luxe Belted Coat and Wessex Mac are well crafted pieces which would work for a number of appearances. The brand has produced a great collection of wearable, comfortable and chic outerwear again this season.

LK Bennett

Those interested in the new season can receive a 20% discount by entering AW20 at the checkout.

L.K. Bennett

With engagements scheduled for October and November we can expect to see the Duchess wrapped up in a stylish coat such as those shown above and her Aquatalia Rhumba boots. I'm a big fan of Kate's style at this time of the year.

Aquatalia

Next, we'll be continuing with our Kate Loves posts :)

118 comments:

  1. I would love to be kate! I wouldnt worry about putting food on my table or making rent! I would have access to such historic sites! So what if i had less privacy? SHE GETS TO LIVE IN LUXARY!

    Heck I would be doing a lot more things for charity if I were Kate. I would never be sastified for just being housewife because thats basically what she is, this isnt the 1950's and she is in such a good position to bring attention to some worthy causes so its so frustrating that she doesnt when she isnt sick.

    I am sick of the royals complaining about privacy. I think they all need to listen to good charolottes "lifestyles of the rich and the famous."

    Sarah

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    1. But our kate has always been independently wealthy, before even joining the royal family. I don't get why someone would say..."oh she doesn't have to worry about food or rent " blah blah. what rubbish..!!! Her background going back a generation is from industrial mining stock. Her family worked hard obviously to change their circumstances. You only see her now in royal circles and assume negative media about her.

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    2. Sarah Being "just" a housewife is hard work. I take it you are not married? Try raising children, getting up all hours of the night to feed, change etc witha baby. When she had Prince George she did not have a nanny. Futher more William was at work for long shifts and she was alone alot. Thank goodness once William starts his new job he will be home every night or morning depending on his shift.
      So saying jsut being a house wife is incorrect.

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    3. A housewife is hard work when the kids are little...BUT SHE HAS A NANNY AND A HOUSEKEEPER/COOk. I mean come on. Also her family worked hard for the money, kate has never shown the ability to work hard ever.

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    4. Being "just" a housewife is incredibly hard work. However, I would understand that marrying into the royal family comes with duties and representation, which I would respect and carry out.

      Anon 19:30 - Kate did have a nanny when she had Prince George, Jesse started almost immediately after he was born, before which Kate lived with her parents directly after leaving the hospital.

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    5. i applaud her for being "just" a housewife. taking care of your family is the most important job a person can have and she chooses to devote as much attention as possible to it. Good for her. she has wonderful priorities and i wish people would show more respect for her choices. a lot of our problems would be solved if people paid more attention to their family.

      Annie
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    6. Let's not be incorrect about Kate, though. She had a "mother'a help" housekeeper in Antonella, whose duties ranged from cooking to cleaning to running errands to even walking Lupo. Then she added Jessie, William's former nanny, and then hired Maria. Kate does not do the regular housewife stuff. She just doesn't.

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    7. Annie, I too wish that people would respect her choices, but your last sentence, in particular, is the understatement of the year. :))

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    8. Women can be more than housewives today. I wouldn't like to be One with all the opportunities around today. We can be anything we want, at least if you're a Western woman, even a housewife. But I would never want to be one, it's too much work and you can rarely take a rest... And people always take you for granted.

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    9. Same old same old same old .... Do we really have to go back around the "she doesn't work enough" routine .... Charlotte even says in her introduction that whether Kate works enough is not a topic for the blog .....
      It's just boring subject matter now.
      None of will ever understand what goes on behind the scenes in the British Royal Family - it's like an iceberg that we only see the tip of ....

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    10. Unfortunately Kate does not have the choice of being "just" a housewife in the long term. She knew that going in. As the future Queen consort, "just" a housewife is not an option for her. I wish people could get THAT through their heads as it gets boring explaining it over and over.

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  2. I would be Kate, happily, as long as I had a strong marriage as she does because I think that makes all the difference. Yes, there are sacrifices and things she can't do, but I think she gains more than she loses.

    I agree with Harry being up there but thought that the Queen would have topped the pops on that one. Harry's bad boy turned good (not totally) makes him seem more accessible, especially as he seems to have quite a down to earth personality. I think Ennis shows that women can today can get any goal they want to if they work hard. Kate, does have that housewife effect to her, which is not bad, but for a modern career driven women she may seem a little backwards perhaps (maybe not quite the right expression). In regards to her importance in the royal family, anyone who married William was going to have a significant status and influence, especially when he steps up to being the next in line.

    Roll on October and November. Am looking forward to seeing some new maternity clothes - hopefully.

    KiwiNic

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  3. Great post as always, Charlotte!

    I would not want to be Kate either......but she is doing a fabulous job of dealing with the constant scrutiny.

    I hope Kate is feeling well enough to (and is invited to) attend the upcoming state visit......and give us a great shot of her wearing a tiara!

    In regards to her tiaras, I noticedar both Diana and Camilla only wore/wear 2 tiaras each. I wonder if Kate will only wear 2 until she is queen. On the flipside, Sophie has been seen in several different tiaras, so who knows.

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  4. I enjoy reading and following Kate, but would never want to be her. Charlotte I agree with you. No amount of luxury or clothes or perks will ever be worth it for the lack of privacy, constraints and lifelong scrutiny. It is of course different if you do it for love as Kate has done when she married William. But for the life per se, I think majority would rather not. That poll is not surprising at all. I also think the poll is promising. If you look at the entire poll, it shows the British public think Kate has the qualities that could play an important part for the future of the monarchy.

    Liza

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  5. I hope your family event ended happily. I love Kate's style in colder weather, too. Boots and warm layers and a variety of outerwear -- my favorite time of year!

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  6. Yes I would be in Kate's shoes as long as I had a happy marriage like she does. Think of all the people you could help.
    Ohhhhh love the coats!

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  7. Charlotte, you said, "I for one would certainly not like to be in Kate's shoes." I imagine there will be quite a few posters here would agree with you--especially those who would not be caught dead in her much maligned wedges or nude LK Bennet pumps. (Wink: I could not resist that!)

    I wouldn't want to be Catherine either. But if I were to be counted among her friends as 32% in the poll indicate, that would be fine with me. We have a number of interests in common. That proximity to her would give me control of my own life and privacy--especially the ability to come and go as I please alone. I couldn't do without that. However it would also include life's artful graces and luxuries (not to forget splendid shoes). Best of both worlds.

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    1. Philly, I enjoyed your reference to "her much maligned wedges or nude LK Bennet pumps." :)))) Thank you for putting a smile on my face this early on a Monday morning!

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    2. Amy, Detroit Michigan29 September 2014 at 20:46

      LOL...those stupid wedges!!

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  8. I am intrigued by the DoC's life, but I would not want to BE her, quite simply bc I'm happy w/who I am. The fact that the public does not want to be her, I think, is neither a sign of not liking the monarchy/DoC but can, instead, simply be interpreted as people collectively having a better sense of self and a more realistic assessment of the royals than what existed 30 years ago.

    What I DO wish I had is the DoC's economic stability (and I most decidedly don't...no retirement in sight and complete economic ruin if a meaningful medical emergency happens). To be sure, if that economic security meant a level of astronomical wealth such as hers well, I wouldn't complain, either. :)

    Bottom line, again, I would just like to have a guaranteed economical stability and I guess that's one reason why I find her life so alluring and liberating (even though I'm well aware of the tradeoff constraints, as elaborated on this blog). There are serious reason why I'm interested in monarchies, but much of my interest in the DoC, I'll admit, is that it offers me a fair amount of fun fashionable escapism. S

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    1. Your first paragraph is probably a great analysis of the poll. The press ran off with it in a million directions, but I find your read the most convincing.
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    2. Well said! I hope we can all. Enjoy our lives as they are - each is a wonderful gift given to us! I also hope Kate enjoys hers. She (like any of us) deserves a chance to live her own life - as she likes it.

      So, in case you're still wondering where my vote goes - here it is: ii say "No, thanks"!
      Cheers!

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  9. Penny, 14 yrs, USA29 September 2014 at 03:02

    I am only fourteen ... I would not want to be Kate. I would like to know Kate and be her friend though! To be Kate would be hard; especially how she is criticized for every single thing she wears and does. Her parenting skills, her selection of shoes, her new hairstyle. Leave her alone! If I was her, I would probably break down and cry every day - not fun! Also to have HG :( Poor Kate.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.2 October 2014 at 00:37

      Penny, love having you here. The thing about Kate is although no one is perfect, she has had a wonderful home life with a lot of support. I hope you do too! If not, surround yourself with people who are positive and supporting!
      HG Yes that sucks :(

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  10. It might surprise everyone to know I would not enjoy living Kate's life. She may have a good marriage and a lovely baby, but I couldn't handle being muzzled like she is. I also wouldn't like knowing my family couldn't really let their hair down either. Big price she paid for the life she has, and I hope she thinks it's worth it.

    The people polled do have excellent taste in favorite royal though. :)

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    1. Do you really see me as someone who could just sit there and not express an opinion, royalfan? I'd explode. The BRF aren't supposed to weigh in on the topics of the day; they're supposed to be above it all. Me, I like it in the trenches. :)

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    2. True bluhare, but just because she may not be able to express it in public doesn't mean she doesn't have one. And to a degree, don't we all have to be politically correct at work?

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    3. Politically correct is a bit different than muzzled, though, don't you think? If you're taking a paycheck (which she is, in effect) then you don't slag your employer, that's for sure. But most employers don't use gag orders while not working. It's not that it's Kate in particular; none of them are allowed to express opinions on what's going on. One of the reasons I'd make a crappy royal.

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    4. Sarah from Calif.2 October 2014 at 00:44

      Haha bluhare,
      Noooo muzzle for you!!!!!!!!!!

      Dang I could have used one last year at work though. Sometimes it's better to zip the lip, because the repercussions are so painful and you find out that, maybe you were wrong :(
      I just wish I could help more people.......

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    5. LOL, Sarah. :)

      I really agree about helping people. And animals. If I were Kate that's what I'd be doing. I dont' know what I'd do and I don't know with whom but I'd be doing something. I would also be doting on my baby and husband. Who says you can't do all three? I know I could, and I don't think anyone would suffer. And when I was done with all that, I'd come on here, subscribe to the comment feed and email ones I didn't like to my friends with very rude remarks. :)

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  11. Harry did not look happy in any of the photos from the Victoria Inskip wedding. William looked somewhat more cheerful as he talked to people, though in some pictures he was also quite sober. Meanwhile, the bridegroom with the Welsh name looks a lot like the Earl of Snowdon. I wonder if they are related.

    Hopefully it is true that Kate is on the mend. It will be good to see her a bit in the coming months.

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    1. I agree about Harry. Maybe this is just a more serious, blend in with the crowd look in contrast to his somewhat "Tom Cruise-like" appearance in Italy...??? Just a thought. :)

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  12. Kate is blessed with good looks (she never takes a bad picture), great family upbringing, and is naturally regal. she also has good sense and behaves appropriately for every occasion. Even with all this, she still seems to lack confidence. I have seen videos of her during her royal visits and she fumbles her words and sounds very nervous at times (I'm sure she will improve with practice). I can only imagine how hard it would be to live your life under a microscope. So would I want to be Kate? Only if I had all the attributes already mentioned and if I had the support and love of my family and husband to balance the constant scrutiny.

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  13. I like looking through a window at Catherine's life, but I would never, ever want to be her. I like who I am and the people in my life waaaay too much to trade them for anything! Not even for one day. I admire what she is doing with her life so far, with a few caveats, but overall I enjoy watching what she does and what she wears--but mostly, I just hope she has a quarter of the happiness in life that I have. (Smug, ain't I? ;-) ) No, truly, I hope that the "fairy tale" comes true and that she has great happiness in her life and rears actually HAPPY children. You know, I think that even if she does not do as much with charities and causes as some of us hope, if she does rear well-adjusted children, that will be a unique and much-needed contribution to the British Royal Family that may be of more importance in the distant future than we can clearly see today.

    I'm glad to hear she may be improving and that plans for engagements are being made for the next two months. That would be great!

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    1. @ Marci. I don't think that's smug at all. As another happy and well-adjusted person (in spite of challenges life has often thrown my way), I think it's quite alright to say that. Nor does saying so tempt fate to do a big nasty. I concur with your reasons (as well as others) for not wanting to be her. I also think that it's no slight to Catherine as some media want to spin it. That women in general don't want to be someone else and don't entertain unrealistic, girlish princess fantasies is probably a sign of well-adjusted and self-determining women.

      Bluhare mentioned the price Catherine has paid for her choice. So true. Whether it's worth it or not will depend much on how happy her family life is. People often mention the ability to travel as one of the perks. One huge price that I would never be willing to pay is that Catherine's travel is largely a frenzied series of photo ops under the wraps of security and protection officers. Snipers on buildings while she poses or walks around.

      Catherine will never know the simply joy of walking a Tokyo street alone at night (it's perfectly safe to do that there) sussing out a mom & pop sushi joint in one of the narrow side streets. She will never be free to wander about as she pleases or change her mind about her itinerary, stay longer in one place without her handlers nudging her along. Her life is on a very short leash.

      Fortunately, she will have some privacy and space (but not without ever present staff & security) at Anmer Hall. Still, however posh, it's a life that is fenced.

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    2. Amy, Detroit Michigan29 September 2014 at 20:53

      Girlfriend, I find no smugness in your post. With so much negativity in the world, it's never a bad thing to be happy and share that with the world. I, too, am blessed with much more than I deserve despite having some hardships. But seeing happiness in our lives helps keep things in perspective.

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    3. So good to see someone genuinely happy with her life and the people surrounding her! Great attitude and very inspirational!

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  14. nice post charlotte how are you been long talk since i talk how are you hope nice week
    yes i would be in duchess shoes as long as i have a happy family and some good places to travel its will lessen my privacy but its ok i can get the perks for a lifetime she will do public again it would be nice too see bump by then hope the duchess will be ok
    i dont know when is these wedding
    http://www.popsugar.com/Prince-William-Prince-Harry-Victoria-Inskip-Wedding-35819241

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  15. Annie from Maryland29 September 2014 at 06:12

    Wanting to be in her shoes is a no brainer for me.
    My life is currently not fulfilling and I have tons of financial problems that have led to major stress. My family is not close at all and very disfunctional. All of these things led to my life being pretty damn hard. No college was set up for my sister and I and we always had to work crappy jobs in order to afford a roof over our heads.

    This past June I lost my major source of income due to a company closure and I currently cannot afford to pay my bills. So my attempt at having a steady source of income that is not hourly has failed, leaving me unable to pay my bills.

    When I think of how close Kate and her family are and how she never has to worry about a light bill ever in her life, it is easy to want to be her. When I see her wearing a dress that is worth two months of bills for me, I wouldn't hesitate to swap places.

    Being in the spotlight is hard, I am sure. Being under enormous pressure to be perfect must be hard and stressful too. But Kate chose that life and she was prepared for it all. Her family loves her and she can call her mom day or night for support. Some may say she has the perfect life. Family, love, status and financial freedom.

    Being a part of the daily grind in the real world makes Kate's life look like a party. Try not being able to take a hot shower or getting your bills stacked up to where you cannot afford them. That stress really sucks and is a bastard of a life, especially when you did not choose it.

    I would've loved to have been sent to private schools and expensive universities. Shopping with my mom and clubbing with my sister during college years sounds great. Hell, getting dumped by Wills would have been an honor compared to the douche bags I have had to deal with.

    As much as I love who I am deep inside, there is no doubt Kate has lived a more fulfilling and exciting life than I have. I would trade any old day of the week.

    Living without family support is the hardest part for me. She is so lucky to have a loving mother and father.

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    1. Ann, I know you are going through the hard time. Sometimes others lives seem so lucky for us and we wish we were them.

      I get up at 5 o'clock, leave my three year old children, travel an hour to my work, spend there eight hours, dealing with nervous people, coming back home, picking kids up from the nursery, then cooking, washing, cleaning, ironing.... I get to bed around midnight. I wish I didn't wait for medical care each time when they are ill, somebody look after them when we are exhausted, do the housework or shopping. It could be nice. My parents died few years ago. They didn't meet my children. I am a shadow of a man. So when the weekend comes it's like a blessing. But I know it all won't last forever.

      None life is perfect but you must try to improve it. When it's really hard I think there are many people who cannot live in a safe place, dealing with war, gangs killing your kids, family. People who suffer hunger, thirst, fear, whose children die from simple diseases. After all - nobody shoots at me, my family is safe and not hungry, we have place to dwell, so even if I have to get up early morning, work hard and cannot afford exclusive things - I am happy. Nobody calls me lazy or a social climber.

      And I am lucky. None of my children have to live in a golden cage and one day they'll become who they choose to be. Nobody will decide for them. We can safely walk our town, nobody bothers. I don't afraid my kids are kidnaped or we get assassinated... Nobody wishes my death or harm. My life is completely private. I don't go for a romantic diner with husband accompanying by four bodyguards... A bodyguard doesn't go with me to gynaecologist, when I buy my underpants or bra.

      I do hope You find the strength, idea, and your place on this planet. There hard times and good times. Hard times make us stronger and make us appreciate good times. If we were lucky all the time we wouldn't even notice that. I make You sure: one day You will use Your story above to comfort another person in troubles. And that's the way life is. Good luck! May God bless You!

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    2. Annie from Maryland
      "Be the change you want to be"
      Everyone has choices ..... And whether you are of the super rich set or the normal or downright "don't have a lot right now" has problems, highs and lows in life and it is a choice about whether you deal with those and whether or not you are happy. Happiness is a state of mind and not something that is purchased with money.

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  16. Wouldnt want to be her but I do believe we could be the best of friends! Friends that share clothes that is - well maybe just me borrowing hers! Love your blog. Love Kate. Love her style.

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  17. Aren't those boots she's wearing the brown ones from her first engagement post-engagement?
    They're ankle-lenght boots...

    I think I would be at ease in Kate's shoes. I love formality, and rules. The only thing I would miss wouldn't be privacy - it would be freedom.
    Freedom to take a train and go anywhere I like, for example.

    Camilla

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  18. Yes, I would want to be in her shoes. I would love to have the platform that she does, and to be able to dedicate my time working with charitable organizations. She is in a very privileged position; charities want to work with her and people want to listen to what she has to say. She can make a real difference in the world and I would love to have that power. Plus, she has no financial concerns: she will never have to worry about paying the mortgage, she will never live in fear of interest rates rising, she does not need to save for a pension. She is in a very lucky position and I hope she appreciates it.

    Oh, and she doesn't have to worry about parking tickets lol: http://www.sunmotors.co.uk/news/one-rule-for-one-prince-george-is-let-off-1st-parking-ticket/

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    1. There is no amoumt of money that you could give me to be Kate. Yes she is set for life with no worrie. But I could not sit back and watch my husband go odd to wedding and drink like he does and parties like he does.
      There is an article just out stating that last June 2013 while Kate was home very pregnant with George, William attended a wedding andf got a tooth knocked out on the dance floor. He was so worried what Kate would do or say that he ran off to get it fixed before going home the next day. Now why was he at a wedding while his pregnant wife was at home lone, dancing wild on the dance floor with god only knows how many different women. Also this weekend while Kate is at home sick with baby George William is out at another wedding drinking and partying and again god only knows how many women he was dancing with. And if he even went home on Saturday after the wedding. This is the kinda of srtuff Kate has to put up[ with. Charlotte states they have a very solid marriage but I sure would not want a marriage where my husband goes off to weddings drinks and carrys on with other women. And you can not tell me that he does not dance and drink with other women. Wiliam is known for his cheating ways but Kate married him because she loved him. He is supposed to love her to but he sure has a funny way of showing it. But William always does what he wants and nobody will tell him what to do, not even his wife.
      So no way would I like to be in Kates shoes.

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    2. What article, anon 19:19? The accusations you're making sound like something The Enquirer would pause over. Unless you've been in their company, how do you know this? I'm curious. It sounds like a lot of wishful thinking on the internet.

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    3. Google Prince William and several websiter has the article.

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  19. I would have a problem with the lack of privacy, public scrutiny, and safety/security. The rest I think I could deal with. :)

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  20. My God, what a question! I wouldn't want to be anyone else. Like most folks, I could do with greater financial security, but to BE Catherine? Then I wouldn't have MY husband, MY children, and all the history of challenges overcome, of success and failure and trying again. I'd maybe trade my health for hers -- even with the HG, she's been far more fortunate there overall -- but honestly, it's kind of a meaningless question. In a straight choice between all or nothing, which is all the survey asks, I'd take nothing. Or rather, I'd keep my own all. I think a fairer question would be, Do you envy the Duchess, and are there specific aspects of her life that you wish you could have. Wanting to actually be another person seems like quite an extreme idea.

    -juni

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    1. It really is a pretty extreme idea. To be a person that I admire... that's the kind of thing I wished for when I was 12 and didn't foresee all the consequences that would have.

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  21. Wanting to be someone else seems extraordinary, ignoring your own family and welcoming another---not for me thanks.
    Would I like Catherine as a friend? She seems a very nice person, so possibly, though that has its drawbacks. You might wonder if other friends were only trying to get info about HRH, or if she might hold you responsible when private information became public--when her phone was hacked, she must have wondered who was passing on information.
    Half the world seems to think it OK to tell her whether or not she should have children and when she should have them.
    Wealth cannot make up for all of that and anyway having money brings its own concerns.
    A close and loving family is a gift beyond price, but poor Catherine gets criticized for that and even worse gets slagged off for wanting to care for her own child.
    I admire her guts for sticking with it.

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    1. Very well said Jean!

      As for me, I would not like to be in Kate's shoes but I can't help admiring her strength and courage. She is a BRAVE lady. And I really enjoy to follow her steps throughout the joys and difficulties of life, enjoying the first and overcoming the others with such distinction and grace. Beauty does not last forever but bravery and charm do. And that's why I consider that the so-called "fairy tale" is NOT dead. As long as she will grace the world with her smile and kindness, sharing this mutual love with William, doting on her children and family, the magic will remain engraved in our thoughts like a fond memory to preserve. God bless you Kate!

      Thank you for the fantastic post Charlotte! You made my day.

      Monica, France

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  22. Thank you for your post! I hope your family is well and it wasn't anything too serious. I agree with you, I prefer my more quiet tiara-less life :) Looking forward to Kate Loves! Thank you for all of your posts, this is my favorite blog to read.

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  23. I wouldn't want to be her either but I do admire her because she has really dealt with the overwhelming media pressure with grace. I wouldn't mind being her just for a few hours I f she was allowed to look the Queens jewelry vault. I bet it is just stunning. I am with you Charlotte I love tiaras! Hehe.

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    1. I have to agree. I admire her never letting out a single thought. Think...

      Trying to back your car out for work (trying not to hit the paparazzi while not looking to focused (translation in paper: KATE IN TEARS! ROYAL BREAKUP!)). All this while battling that oncoming cold and to top it off you have PMS, cause yes. It's that time of the month.

      I would have said something. Or maybe even screamed (and believe me, I'm not a screamer at strangers). I would NOT have smiled at them that Kate has managed to do. I admire her strength in herself! Good job the Middletons!

      Oh, and can I ask you for a favor? Wanna soul-roommate that hour in Kates body? Wouldn't mind accompanying you into the jewelry vault! ;)

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  24. I have to wonder how this poll would differ if folks from across the pond could've chimed in. I absolutely agree with the healthy sense of self that's reflected by the pollsters, but my goodness, nearly 20% of Brits don't think she has an important role in the Royal Family?! Have mercy. Does she come across as only a pawn or the means for a royal heir? She (and her realistic love story) has astronomically elevated the Royal Family in my eyes.

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  25. I have to wonder how this poll would differ if folks from across the pond could've chimed in. I absolutely agree with the healthy sense of self that's reflected by the pollsters, but my goodness, nearly 20% of Brits don't think she has an important role in the Royal Family?! Have mercy. Does she come across as only a pawn or the means for a royal heir? She (and her realistic love story) has astronomically elevated the Royal Family in my eyes. -Lacy from Massachusetts

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    1. Well, I think there's the kind of influence she's got on the clothing industry due to people admiring and attempting to emulate her choices.
      Then there's the role that she plays within the Royal Family. Do you think she has got a lot of influence there? We cannot know for certain, but I for one do not think so. How much of an important role can she actually have there? There's the Queen and then there's Prince Philip who no doubt is quite influential within the family, then there's Prince Charles, Prince William... and then there might be other people who have held some kind of influence long before she came along.

      Make no mistake, I think the Royal Family must be delighted with the kind of popularity she has brought them, for the most part. But delighted they will only be as long as she does not step out of line. Not that I think she will.
      My impression is that she is a very adaptable person who will do what's asked of her. She and William will go to Norfolk where she'll mostly be a housewife and she'll happily do that. If they had been asked to stay in London or had William wanted that, she'd probably happily have done that.
      She was supposedly told to lower her hemlines and down they went... She'll do what it takes, for the most part.
      Personally, I think she's got more influence over her life than Diana did during her marriage, but it's probably still quite limited. She'll certainly make some choices in regards to raising her children but ultimately I do think that within the Royal Family they're regarded as heirs to the throne first and as her children second.
      Still, I don't think she'll suffer greatly from all of this, the way Diana did. And that's because she must have known all of this and chose to accept it.

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  26. OK, so the Palace press office has essentially confirmed that there WILL be some engagements by Kate in October and November. We'll see. I think most people and many media have started to really, really question any pronouncement uttered by the Palace press office and to regard anything they say with a doubtful eye.
    It also tells me that there are some in the media - and keep in mind that many of the seasoned royal reporters have some VERY good sources within the palace - who are really starting to wonder about the state of Kate's overall health, not just physical but mentally and emotionally too.
    The tone of that announcement seems to me a tad bit defensive and/or insistent.
    Results of the poll? Not surprising. But it continues to amuse me that everyone conveniently ignores the tremendous "perks" and privilege that go along with "being Kate." There is wealth and a level of security in every form - financial security, personal security, knowing your children are safe - that those who aren't aristocrats can't even imagine.
    Kate never has had to worry whether or not she'd lose her job if she called in sick due to her HG. She never has had to worry about struggling in to a job suffering from those symptoms or trying to find a doctor who actually believed it was HG and not just a pregnant woman's overreaction, as we read that Shannon did.
    Nobody begrudges her that but I think we need to recognize and acknowledge that Kate's got it pretty good.
    That being said, I think it's very telling and in line with this survey that the two women Harry has dated, Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas, don't seem to have any big desire to give up their lives and careers to be molded into mute royal clotheshorses. I think both of them saw what happened to Kate after the Palace got hold of her and don't want the same thing for themselves.
    People also conveniently ignore the fact that Kate held on for seven years to be where she is today.

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    1. Elizabeth, I'm not sure I'd call it "ignoring the tremendous perks and privileges". Perhaps people recognize them, but they don't think it makes up for all the negatives. You mention security, and everyone can relate to that *as it pertains to their own lives*. But for Kate (and her family) this issue includes being a target for kidnappers, snipers, bombs, intruders, etc. I'd pass on the tiaras and the anxiety I would face every time my child was driven to school, thank you very much.

      Regarding Harry's old girlfriends. I find it interesting that for the most part people say the young ladies didn't want any part of the royal lifestyle and instead chose their careers. Well, this would imply that they had the opportunity to marry Harry if they wanted to and something tells me it didn't exactly go that way. Of course it's possible that they wouldn't want to live and breath the restrictions that come with the lifestyle, but there's another side to this that is often forgotten about as the preference leans towards undermining Kate and the decisions she has made.

      Maybe, just maybe, we should consider that **Kate** has what it takes to make it as a member of the royal family and be the supportive wife and devoted mother that the monarchy needs, not only for this but future generations. I think Kate is just the type of rare gem the royal crown was missing.

      One more thing... stating that Kate "held on" or waited for however many years to be where she is, well, isn't it just as possible that a mutual goal was in place and an "unofficial" decision was made along the way and *we* were the ones waiting (for the news)....??? :))

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  27. anon from Leominster29 September 2014 at 16:27

    I would tick "don't know. Does being Kate mean being William's wife? I lvoe Mr Leo and can't imagine life without him. And I'm happy with my life although we have worries, health care,,money running out, that Kate won't face. We all do. if I were to pick a prince it would be Haakan, or Felipe or Philippe, not William who I watched grow up.
    To put things in perspective, Kate is a target but she also has fabulous security. We all live with danger; she doesn't have to worry about dark carparks, or being knocked down for her mobile, or attacked by a madman in her garden. We can be at risk of a terrorist attack at work or on the tube. We don't think about it and I doubt she does either.
    Yes, Kate faces criticism but so do people taking complaints in call centres and they don't get handed flowers. And I would rather be Kate surrounded by glowing crowds than Samantha Cameron or Justine Thronton or any political wife. All famous people face criticism -most harsher than Kate.
    There is a loss of privacy but Kate does get out to the shops, without more burden than the odd camera phone and people wanting a smile. She does need to look nice but so do most of us heading to work.
    The rewards are so great for Kate. For me, it isn't just the money, although that's nice, or being able to take on causes that interest me, with copious free time to boot. It would be being able have the royal palaces at my disposal - and their grounds; to live history, not just watch it, to wear jewels that are historic, to see the world in a way few of us do, even if I had to wear heels (and that's a Kate choice.) To have a jubilee with the world cheering. It would be such an incredible ride, it would almost be worth giving up being ordinary.
    What I don't do, is feel sorry for Kate. I find that whether well-meaning or Germaine Greer, incredibly patronising. There was some excuse for Diana, but Kate was an adult educated woman with a supportive family. She made her choices with her eyes open and knew what was expected of her. Why anyone should pity her - especially just because she's a woman - is beyond me.


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  28. So glad to hear she is on the mend!

    Thanks for the great post Charlotte

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  29. I really hope that she is feeling better and that it's true that she will resume engagements soon. I also hope the Singapore state visit rumor was and is true, but that might be too much to hope for... Tiara AND baby bump *swoons*.

    On the question if I want to be her. NO! Nein! Nej! Negatory! Njet! No thank you. Ok, yes she has much privileges and money. But I could never walk in her shoes. I am batteling anxiety right now and also had depression earlier as a result of (among others) having to high standards and trying to do everything correctly. Now I know why I had to fight harder than everyone else (got an Asperger diagnosis) but no money in the world would have lured me into putting all those pressures Kate have on her. William would have to be a DARN fine and perfect man, and maybe not even then I would choose the life. Seeing as I divorced my husband so I could get better, I highly doubt I could marry someone knowing I would be getting into that life. One of the only things I would like to have (except the funds...) is the arena to do good. But I don't know... I think THAT would be pressuring too. Knowing how much you could do would make me catatonic and make me go around with a feeling of never doing enough... At least now I have excuses... If I was her I wouldn't have and I think that would brake me too.. Sorry for the personal rant. Just saying, I'd rather worry about money than all that pressure.

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  30. Amy, Detroit Michigan29 September 2014 at 20:50

    I would never want to be Kate, and the RF would never want me...I'm quite opinionated and would be a PR nightmare, lol.

    That being said, since I am mostly interested in the Duchess for her fashion...I DO want to go shopping with her!

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  31. Philly there is a way around all that attention - what the Hollywood makeup artists can do to transform a person so they are unrecognizable is amazing. The clandestine forces are trained in the art of disguise as well. So, yes she can have the experiences you describe. What she DOES experience as a VIP traveler is incomparable and I am sure she would be offered the best sushi the country has to offer prepared by the best chef. She can also experience Wimbledon from the Royal Box and any other cultural experience in her home country as a VIP.

    As for the constant scrutiny folks have mentioned - she can choose to not be aware of it - one is not required to read the media - newspapers, magazines, TV and blogs all have to be sought out - she does not have to take the time to seek it out.

    I would say she's had a pretty private August and September - except for a blip at a restaurant and on a train - no one knows where she's been and what she's been doing. The palace issued a reason for her continued absence from the public and I hope she does get out there soon because the longer the wait in between sightings, the harder folks try to get an "exclusive".

    I agree with those who say the poll was badly worded - The questions "would you like to be Kate" and "would you like to have Kate's privileged life" are two different questions - I don't know too many people who want to be someone different and give up their own self and identity, but they would like to live in different circumstances. There are parts of Kate's life that are highly desirable - the economic security being one of them. However in her case, she does now become a target for anyone who has a beef with the UK and their policies. So economic security - yes! People plotting to kill you - no!

    I find the muzzling comment interesting. Why should we assume Kate is not expressing herself freely in her private life as we all do? She only has a public platform because of who she married, she was not an activist with strong opinions suddenly being silenced on the important issues of the day. She can share a thought with the Queen of the country who can pass it along to the Prime Minister - why is saying something in the press/public more preferable to that?

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    1. I wasn't talking about being muzzled privately, Moxie. She can't express an opinion publicly, can she? Not without a firestorm. Maybe she doesn't care, but speaking for myself I'd have a very hard time sitting there quietly watching something I strongly disagreed with. She can't even say "bollocks" to all these articles about her or to commenters like me. I'd hate it.

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    2. Personally, I wouldn't want to exchange my travel experiences for hers. I like the authentic, the spontaneous far too much for that. I wouldn't want to be photographed all the time, I wouldn't want to have everything planned out for me and I wouldn't want to have a large security detail tagging along.
      I'm a student, so I'm definitely on a budget. But I don't mind having to stay at cheap places. I don't mind flying economy or taking the night train and sleeping in a seat. In fact I rather enjoy it. I like speaking to different people and knowing that they won't behave in a certain way because of who I am and I like them not knowing anything about me but what I choose to tell them.
      I rather like anonymity. And having the best of everything doesn't equal happiness. Not to say that Kate's not happy, just that having her kind of position wouldn't make me happy at all. I'm happy backpacking. I'm happy trying to find the little hidden gems of the places I visit. I'm happy that my life is no one's but my own and that I'll be able to try and build my own career. And I'm happy that my children (should I have them) will be able to do the same.

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    3. Really? You *do* surprise me Bluhare and here was me thinking that you were the model of self control :-)

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    4. Opining and exhibiting self control are not mutually exclusive, Anonymous.

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    5. Thanks for the giggle this morning, bluhare. Don't worry, there's plenty of people here saying "bollocks" on Catherine's behalf whether it's you or anyone else. (Nice to have a stable of champions. Too bad Catherine doesn't get the chance to drop a handkerchief to any of her favourites. Ah, for the good old days.)

      Anonymous 01:59, I agree with your take on anonymity, meeting people spontaneously, and travelling the way you do. We are of similar minds. Someone mentioned elsewhere in response to my earlier comment that Catherine would get the best sushi prepared by the best chef. She wouldn't have to search it out for herself.

      Thing is, she wouldn't necessarily get the best that way. The most famous, certainly. But that does not equate with the best. Nor does it equal the pure joy of being able to move about without any restrictions whatsoever or being more authentically yourself and interacting with people who do not respond to your position ahead of your person.

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  32. I thought one of the most interesting parts about the Newsweek article was the contention that Kate is the the smartest (best educated, most intelligent) person of the to-be court (Charles, Camilla, Will, etc. ) and because of her intelligence has the potential to shape the future of the monarchy.

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    1. Whether she is the most intelligent member of the BRF I don't know, but she is not the most educated. Her husband has a college degree, as does her father in law.

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    2. I thought was interesting also. If we could only see what the future holds for Kate as the future queen.....

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    3. I think she might be more intelligent than people give her credit for. I think she is that kind of non-bossy person that anyways seems to get her way while the other person think it's their idea. I think she is clever in a non assuming way. Like in the background...

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    4. Well, Kate is the first future Queen to have a college degree. But I wouldn't take anything away from the Queen or Princess Diana for not having the degree! :)

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    5. No offense to Kate but I'm quite sure the Queen is the best educated member of the British Royal Family.

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    6. I agree that education is not the best measure.. Both because generational differences, the queens (probably) vast private education + you can't measure smarts by education at all. I was not comparing her to other royal ladies. Just saying that I think she is much smarter than people think!

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    7. You're right, Rebecca. It is difficult to compare the education of people coming from different generations. Let's take the Queen and Kate, for example. The Queen has no doubt received an excellent education. She may not have received a University degree but she was privately tutored by some of the most knowledgeable people of the time. She's fluent in French and is said to have a vast knowledge in a variety of different areas.
      Just think of the kind of life she has lived! How many milestone events of modern history she has experienced first hand. The unique insights she must have gained through meetings with prime ministers and experts of a variety of different fields. That is a priceless kind of education!
      That being said, I think it's unfair to compare Kate's or anyone else's knowledge to that. Kate's of a different generation, from a different background, at a different point in life etc.
      Also, we cannot know what subjects Kate chooses to study privately. I find it rather hard to make an accurate assumption on the matter.

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  33. I would rather be Amal Alamuddin.

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  34. I would not mind being Kate , a non pregnant Kate though, for a few days maybe . She does have access to some fascinating people , the Queen , and most anyone else she so desired to meet . I hope your family event was a happy one , but if not , your family is in my prayers .

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    1. See, when I think about it, her being close to the Queen and all... well, they are just regular people, like everyone else. Of course they are different due to their position but once you spend enough time with ANYONE the novelty and excitement wears off and you just see a plain human being.

      By the way, I don't think Kate is seeking out company of all the famous and interesting people she's so close to. She seems to do the minimum of required work and really prefers to spend time with her family.

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  35. Loralee from Atlanta30 September 2014 at 02:16

    I would LOVE being Kate. She is young, bright, beautiful, is generally very healthy ( except when pregnant) is much loved by her husband, has beautiful homes, clothes, a warm family, a ton of money, and the amazing opportunity to do a lot of world changng good. A charmed life. Scrutinized, yes, but if I was Kate, I wouldn't read the papers... I believe she is well insulated, protected, so that the negativity of a few wouldn't have to touch her at all. Be Kate...absolutely! She is set for life, will be married to King, and raise a King. An amazing life.

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  36. Very interesting article and poll results. I read it last week and my first thought was "no way I would want to be Kate!" After thinking a bit, maybe I would love to be her for a day. I'm fascinated by the inner workings of the Royal family. I believe William and Kate work hard, despite what other believe. As I have always said, we do not know the workings, research, and time given behind closed doors. I would love to see how "the machine" works on a day to day basis. I would love a day in the life of a Royal....A DAY. Kate endures so much criticism and takes it with stride and grace. Having my every move watched by the world, no thank you. Yes, the "job" comes with many privileges, but Kate was obviously strong enough and truly loved William to take it all on. Her parents did a fabulous job raising her and she carries herself with strength, courage, and dignity in a sometimes ugly world. She just carries on.

    I read another article last week about the difficult position Kate is in. When the Queen passes away (hopefully not any time soon), Kate will be the central female figure in the Royal family. She will be daughter in law to the King, wife of the heir to the throne, sister in law to the heir's brother, mother to the future king, and will eventually be grandmother to the future king or queen. It's a powerful, yet overwhelming position and I think she will fall into all her roles beautifully. I need to google it again and see who wrote the article. It was interesting read.

    I hope and pray that Kate is feeling better to start up with engagements again. Hopefully this pregnancy will be like her first with the sickness seeming to subside after the first trimester. Fingers crossed.

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  37. I forgot to comment on the coats....LOVE. I wish we had the cold weather here in south Texas to actually own a wardrobe of coats. I would love it. Since there's no need for me to own so many pretty coats, I'll ohhh and ahhh over Kate's. Sigh. The Darwin is one of my favorites! Yea for fall and winter approaching!

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  38. Hi Charlotte, just to let you know this blog is using the images you purchased on tumblr. http://heavyarethecrowns.tumblr.com/post/98761209631/prince-george-spam

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  39. It's kind of hard to say whether I want to be her or not, because we really don't know much about her life. Who didn't want to be Diana during her first years of marriage? Everyone knows how that turned out.

    I'd say I would love to be Kate pre-wedding with William. I like her family and lifestyle back then. The fact that Middletons are successful, well-off and seem to be close-knit.

    I'm not sure about the whole royal thing. Judging by the way she has changed since the wedding and looks consistently thin and frail I would be cautious about wishing to switch places with Kate. I'd first want to find out what her life is REALLY like.

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  40. I'd love to be Kate. One poster mentioned living history and oh yea that would be amazing. I could be Harry's Kate. :) I already do well with public speaking and making small talk with strangers, as well as have a real love for veterans and charities who help them. Yup...sign me up. As long as their are horses still involved too! LOL I think Kate is living the dream life and is incredibly lucky as well as blessed.

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  41. Am I the only one alarmed by the 13% who think she is a good role model for young girls? Nothing against her personally- I agree with everyone that has said she carries herself beautifully, but I have a serious problem saying that marrying a prince is the best role model for young girls. What about being a scientist? Or president? Or being a mom? There are so many other things to aspire to in this world that are more attainable and equally valuable.

    Are we not setting an unrealistic precedent by saying young girls should aspire to marrying the future King of England?

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    1. Kate is a wonderful role model. It's not about who she's married to, but how she is a strong woman, with family values and who is always well dressed without showing too much skin (like many Hollywood celebrities). Plus, she's smart and has a college degree, and is in a long-term loving relashionship which is rare now a days. I'm not saying she's perfect, that's not the case, but I'm 19 and she's my role model. She is a class act all the way and I'm thankful for that. By the way, Charlotte this is my first post after a year following your wonderful work, you make my days better so thank you :)

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    2. By the way, I'm in Medical School so your point is not really that good. Also, how many girls turn out being president? For real. Hating gets you no where and neither does jealousy.

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    3. Thank you Fernanda and welcome to the blog!

      It's been so interesting reading all of your replies and thoughts on the survey and your personal take on it!

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    4. Wow, Fernanda. 19 and in med school; I'm impressed. Do you have a specialty in mind?

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    5. PS I agree with you, Anonymous. If nothing else, the odds of any of the girls who admire her actually having a realistic option of marrying a prince are slim to none.

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    6. Whoa Fernanda- that seems like an overreaction. I'm not 'hating' and I am most definitely jealous of Kate but the fact that you think a female president is less likely than becoming royal proves my point. Admiring her poise and family values are very different than telling young women to aspire to becoming her as you would a 'role model.'

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    7. Yes, I have a problem with people saying she is the best role model for little girls.

      I find professional women are not tacky, do not dress like hookers, are smart, are driven, are educated, are strong, etc. I do not find them disappointing at all :P I have seen some AMAZING TED TALKs, I have read some inspiring biographies, the most interesting articles. Women have achieved so much.

      Jeez, I even think Ms. Carole Middleton has quite a biography herself (isn't she the one with the entrepreneur spirit in her family? )

      So while Kate shouldn't be hated for her career choices (as a wealthy citizen, nothing wrong with just spending her money and working pt at the family business, plus she was going to marry a wealthy man) I don't know about role model.

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    8. Fernanda, Brazil1 October 2014 at 14:55

      Well, I want to be an ob/gyn but first I have to graduate. Sorry, I didn't mean to be unpolite, I know it's extremely rare to be part of a royal family and to be honest I wouldn't be able to do it. I think Kate can be a role model despite the fact that she married into the royal family.

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  42. I think that creating such a poll about anyone is rather insensitive. Sorry, but no matter what your station in life no one has the right to judge you.

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  43. We have read some searing accounts of HG, but here's one more that I think everyone should share with all the doubters:

    http://tinyurl.com/o35dw67

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    1. No one doubts that HG is real, anonymous.

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    2. I believe that's true here, bluhare, but there are still some people elsewhere who could benefit from education. I see it as part of getting them to take women, and what we say, seriously.

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  44. Kim from Washington1 October 2014 at 03:01

    It is amazing to me to read your October 1 posts...and I'm still struggling thru September 30. Best wishes to all, where ever you are. The respect and insight found here are greatly appreciated.

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  45. I agree with the poster who talks about the idea of becoming a princess being a role model.
    Prior to becoming a royal, she didn't really have any career inclinations. It's fair enough to say that she has a degree - but so do lots of people nowadays, for instance Prince William, who never needed to, and had the tough job of studying under the glare of public scrutiny. She may be a good ambassador - well-dressed, polite, etc - but that does not automatically make somebody a good role model. I personally am more impressed by doing something concrete eg. Prince William trying to do something truly worthy with his life with his air ambulance and search & rescue work. Or Angelina Jolie with her humanitarian work. Or Malala speaking out about education rights.

    I'm sorry - most ordinary people can be well-turned out. Most people have family values. I had hoped to see Kate show some passion for something & to really hear her voice. Maybe it's early days yet, but it just seems a shame that she garners so much attention, but it all centers on superficial things such as her appearance - feels like a waste of energy!

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    1. I agree on all counts. She is not a great role model as far as personal accomplishments go.

      But I also feel that she didn't set out to be one. I think Kate is one of those women who just aspire to be a wife and a mother. What was she supposed to do, refuse Will's ring because of his position? He's quite a charming man.

      I feel like she didn't really sign up for the Role Model role. She is human at the end of the day.

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  46. Would I want to be Kate?
    Absolutely not. I love my husband and wouldn't give him up... plus, if I were to choose a prince it would be Felipe (now king) or Prince Carl Philip! nah, too much of a playboy. I'll stick with my hubby ;)

    Anyway, so much is talked about Kate's current life: constantly being photographed, analyzed, criticized, etc. but in my opinion, this is part of what she was expecting/looking forward to/being prepared for. She was an official girlfriend for soo long. Now she is finally married to her prince, finally having children, finally a part of the royal family, finally officially recognized by the family and the world as William's companion/partner/mate.

    If these years are now hard, can you imagine prior to being his wife?
    I could not handle 7-10 yrs or whatever waiting to be the fiance. I could not handle just being at home or with my parents waiting for my boyfriend to have time for me. I can't imagine working at the mom-pop shop was her dream when she entered college. She must have had some desire, some dream, some aspiration. I really want to believe it wasn't to marry PW. Although, the latter now would make her life a success.

    She had to give up her dreams, her interests, hobbies... wasn't it that after the break-up in 2007 she was involved in a rowing charity event and had to PULL OUT OF THAT TOO.

    I think Kate has given up so much of herself to be with William... waiting for him, following his decision making.

    Not to long ago people were talking about how good it was for William to continue flying, having a career, following his passion, etc. WHAT ABOUT KATE?
    I wonder if her dream was to marry a prince and have a nice family. Sure, we all want a nice family, but what about the rest???

    To me, she has gotten the bad end of the deal.
    I started working (after college) months after my friends. I knew never in my life would I be able to travel with my mother and sister without a care, for the whole summer etc. and I can remember when I came back and started the job hunt. Most of my friends employed, enjoying a first job or back in college for a master's degree, etc. I felt so behind. So sad. I can imagine her friends being successful, following their passions, changing jobs, getting more degrees, achieving... and I do feel sad for Kate.
    I wouldn't have wanted that position (waiting, sheltered, yeah loved, but not free to be), not for me, not for my sister and probably not for any daughters of mine.
    Sure, she got to travel in luxury, access to palaces, a prince... but I don't find that to be enough.

    I do not see her as a role model. Sorry. She is a beautiful lady, polished, loved by her family, I also think she is loved by her husband, but he has it easy, comfortable. I think had Kate held a job, not had to worry about stepping and the wrong side of the royals (while dating and now) she would be a more confidant woman. Yeah, she didn't die when William broke up with her and she even said she noticed she was stronger than what she thought, but IMO she wasn't allowed to "blossom"... Perhaps she will. I believe maybe in 10 yrs or so she will go FT with royal duties and be allowed to do more, after having children and once they are older...

    So no. I would not want to be Kate...

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  47. By the way, has anyone noticed how Sophie Wessex looked like Kate in her latest engagement?

    A coat that's a mix between the blue cornflower and the Belgium one, hair half-up half-down, earrings so like the citrine ones, and the nude Sledge pumps.

    Camilla

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  48. Being reported that the Duchess had to cancel an engagement with her Art Room charity. She was not fit to visit but sent a massage. The HG seems to be continuing longer than it did last time.---but it is never the same twice.

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  49. I saw that too Jean. I was hoping she was getting better.

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  50. Quite concerned by today's news. It sounds like she is not recovering as well as they hoped she would.

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