Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Kate Supports Children's Hospice Week: "Every Moment is Precious"; Charlotte's Bonnet & More!

Hello hello,

Can you believe it's been over a week since the arrival of Princess Charlotte? :)

It was amazingly fun to cover with all of you and incredibly memorable. For those asking, we expect to see a family photo of William, Kate, George, Charlotte - and quite possibly Lupo - in a few weeks time! It will most likely be an informal family snap, similar to the photos taken by Mike Middleton in Bucklebury shortly after Prince George was born.

TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Now, we have several topics to cover. First, in her role as patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices the Duchess of Cambridge has shown her support for Children's Hospice Week with a letter of support.


East Anglia's Children's Hospices

Kate praised the work of the hospices and said: "Every moment is precious and every memory needs to be cherished and celebrated". This year, Children's Hospice Week takes place between 11-17 May. It is the UK's only awareness raising and fundraising week for children's hospices week. There are 49,000 children in the UK living with life-limiting conditions.


Together for Short Lives

Supporting children's hospice week has become something Kate contributes to in one form or another annually and it's an area in which she's said to be eager to work further later this year. Last year the Duchess paid a private visit to EACH.

EACH

In 2013, Kate recorded her first video message to mark the week. The message was recorded at Clarence House when Kate was expecting Prince George. Kate eloquently spoke about the vital work carried out by EACH and other hospices.


The full text from the message:

'I have been fortunate to see first hand the remarkable work that they do for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. It is simply transformational.
 Children's Hospice Week is a time to recognise, celebrate and support the inspirational work of these hospices, and those who provide palliative care to these children and families.
 Children's hospices provide lifelines to families at a time of unimaginable pain. The support they give is vital.
  In order to carry out this wonderful work, our help is needed. With our support, those providing children's palliative care can continue to offer these extraordinary service. It does not bear thinking about what these families would do without this. With your support, we can help ensure that these children and their families can make the most of the precious time they have together.'

As time progresses, I feel working with young people and specifically supporting children's hospices will become something very much associated with Kate, similar to Diana's work with AIDS victims and Prince Harry's support of military charities. I know many of you donate to charitable endeavours and if you feel so inclined again, I would urge everyone to consider donating to Together for Short Lives, East Anglia's Children's Hospices or your local service.

Together for Short Lives

Another way to support Children's Hospice Week? Spread the word! This year's theme is 'Making Every Moment Count' - focusing on how precious time is for families by capturing moments in time. People are encouraged to share their unforgettable moments by using the hash tag #momentscount You can also use this badge as your Twitter/Facebook photo to spread awareness.



It would be a lovely way of celebrating Princess Charlotte's arrival. :)

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Speaking of the little princess, as I'm sure you've all seen, there's been quite a bit of coverage regarding Charlotte's "backward bonnet".


It turns out the cream woollen bonnet worn by the princess as she was introduced to the world was a gift from the mother of  Nanny Maria Teresa Borrallo. Maria Teresa's mother sourced the present from Spanish boutique Irulea in San Sebastian, Northern Spain.

Irulea Shop Window

More from the Telegraph:

'Susana Villar, 57, who runs the boutique - founded by her grandmother 82 years ago - with her sister Ayago, said: "We had no idea the clothes were for Princess Charlotte. It was a complete surprise and we're obviously delighted.
 "Some clients of ours phoned us to tell us they'd just seen the new royal leaving hospital wearing one of our bonnets.
"It was bought as part of a matching outfit that included a little coat and shoes. The woman who bought them...was very discreet and never gave anything away.
"All she said was that she had a daughter who was in London."'

Irulea confirmed the bonnet was worn back to front :)

Splash News / Irulea

A look at the pieces sent to Charlotte from Maria Teresa's mother.

Irulea

Maria Teresa has become an enormously important part of Team Cambridge and has played a vital role in caring for Prince George, and will with Princess Charlotte, too. I thought it a lovely gesture for Kate to choose the gift for her daughter's debut. Judging by the media coverage, I expect the Spanish boutique is going to be very busy.

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Our next topic concerns Prince Harry. We don't usually tend to cover topics relating to the prince but due to his latest interview in New Zealand, we thought it too good not to share. Speaking exclusively to Sky News's Rhiannon Mills, Harry gave an interview filled with honesty, frankness and adorable quotes about the royal baby. You can view it in full at Sky's website.

Sky

On meeting Princess Charlotte, Harry spoke about seeing photos, her late arrival and excitement on meeting his niece:

'He sent me two photos; one before everybody else, which was nice, and then another - one with her back with George back home. So, as I said, I'm so looking forward to seeing her, to meeting her and to holding her. She was a little bit late, hence I missed her. So she'll have to work on that!  But apart from that, it's fantastic news for both of them. So I'm thrilled.'

Interestingly, Harry revealed he and William feel a strong desire to earn a wage away from their royal roles:

'This part of the role is fantastic but William and I - both of us - feel as though we need to have a wage as well; to work with normal people, to keep us sane, to keep us ticking along. In the future, from our point of view, if we want to make a big contribution, or a valid contribution and be taken seriously, then we need to work alongside other people.'

On a more personal note, the prince spoke about his desire to have kids and meet the right person (OK, ladies, I repeat, "meet the right person", I know Harry has a few female fans here :))

'There come times when you think now is the time to settle down, or now is not, whatever way it is, but I don't think you can force these things it will happen when it's going to happen. Of course, I would love to have kids right now, but there's a process that one has to go through and... tours like this are great fun. Hopefully I'm doing all right by myself. It would be great to have someone else next to me to share the pressure. But, you know, time will come and whatever happens, happens.'

I thoroughly enjoyed the interview and unsurprisingly it has been received enormously well. Interviews such as this one show us a glimpse of the real Harry, his personality and off-the-cuff remarks. Harry interacts incredibly well with people, and I've found, despite his and William's feelings towards the press, this translates very well in interviews.

It would be wonderful to see William and Kate undertake a similar interview in the near future. In an informal, relaxed setting it would be splendid to see them talking candidly as Harry did. It was so refreshing and Harry is the embodiment of a modern royal. From motherhood to William's new role with the East Anglian Air Ambulance there are a range of topics we'd love to hear them speak on. With the royals, there's so much false speculation and inaccuracy, hearing them speak first hand is really invaluable.


I hear talk of a tour for the Cambridges in spring 2016; would you like to see them give a similar interview to Harry's? Personally, I doubt it's a likely possibility but one I would love to see come to fruition someday.

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 Next, fashion updates. Do you all remember the Hobbs Wessex Dress Kate sported a couple of times, most recently in Australia last year?


The pretty tea dress has now been re-released in cornflower blue (perfect for the summer season). It is described as a "flax, linen dress featuring a cool windowpane check in cornflower-blue, with a relaxed fit-and-flare shape". It's available for £129 at HobbsHouse of Fraser and John Lewis.

Hobbs

Kate's ASOS polka dot maternity dress has also been re-released and renamed the 'Kate'. Featuring the same wrap-style, skater-dress silhouette the actual dots on the dress are now positioned differently. Below we Kate's dress, alongside the new piece.

Asos

Kate's popular Stuart Weitzman Minx Wedges are now available at Nordstrom with free shipping. The lanyard braid wedge sandals feature an adjustable strap and buckle closure.

Nordstrom

We very well may see Kate sporting them at one of William's polo matches this summer if she attends. :)


And Kate's much loved Aquatalia 'Rhumba' boots remain on sale at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

Rhumba

We'll be continuing on with our 'Kate Loves' series next. A big thank you for all your suggestions lately!

335 comments:

  1. Usually nurses dress babies to go home from the hospital, or at least that's what happened when mine were born. I think it's about insurance, as they also carried the infants to the car. As for the bonnet, it would have looked very plain put on the right way. Maybe the reversal was deliberate, in order to show the pretty cable stitching. If Charlotte was wearing the rest of the lovely gift, she must have been comfortable, even though Kate worried about her being cold.

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    1. I don't know which country you are from and when you have your children Anon 01.40, but usually the parents bathe, dress and change nappies on the baby whilst in hospital. This way the midwife can ensure that the parents know what do do when they come home. As new mothers these days stay in hospital for such a short time, this part of the baby's care is very important. The parents must be fully empowered before they leave hospital, and they would then carry the baby in a baby carrier that goes straight into the car.
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    2. I've never heard of nurses dressing newborns for their ride home. I dressed all three of mine myself. As far as Charlotte' s bonnet I never would have guessed it was put on wrong except for the shop mentioning it. It certainly looked fine.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden12 May 2015 at 14:19

      Same here, Henrietta. The parents change nappies, train breastfeeding, dress and such all under the watchful eye of the midwife so that they learn but still have the comfort of the midwifes knowledge. William was said to have changed Georges first nappy.

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    4. I agree Henretta
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    5. Yes, Henrietta, I was taught to bathe and change my baby, especially the first one. And yes, my children's babies were placed in carriers before they left the hospital. They have also needed instruction in correctly fastening those car seats into the car! Anon 1:40

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    6. Maryland Moxie13 May 2015 at 02:08

      Yes, but you didn't have your hair and makeup done by a stylist before walking out the door. It is very plausible that Kate did not dress Charlotte herself as she was getting ready for her appearance.

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    7. Many moons ago, in the U.S., babies were dressed by the mom only on the day leaving the hospital. In addition, the baby stayed in the nursery down the hall from the mom for the mom’s entire stay so that the mom could rest & recuperate. The baby would be brought to the mom for feeding, & the mom was taught a few little tips on how to care for her child. Only adults, 1-2 at a time could visit the mom, but they had to look at the baby through the thick glass at the nursery. My sis did her own hair & make-up & looked as pretty as the Duchess because my sis didn’t want to look like the average mom in sweat pants. On the day to take the child home, the mom with baby had to be rolled outside in a wheelchair & the mom, holding the baby got in the car & left. No seatbelt or carseats were even on the horizon. Much simpler times.

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    8. Catherine is the Duchess of Cambridge. Do you deny her a stylist Moxie? Most women do not have 100's of cameras pointed in their face when they step out of hospital having had a baby less than 12 hours ago. Unless you were personally at the Lindo wing, how can you even speculate in who dressed Charlotte? And does it matter who dressed Charlotte? It might have been Michael Middleton for all we know.
      With all due respect.
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    9. How many children do you have Moxie?
      Henrietta

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    10. Rebecca - Sweden13 May 2015 at 11:34

      That is true Moxie... But I have a shocking thought, maybe William did? He's the father after all :P

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    11. Maryland Moxie13 May 2015 at 16:22

      I passed no judgement on the dressing of the baby... I simply pointed out that it may not have been Kate who put the bonnet on backwards because I noted Kate had showered, had her hair and make up done, and put clothes and high heels on and therefore was not attending the baby at every moment. She was in a suite that I believe includes a chef, so it is plausible that someone other than Kate dressed the baby while she herself was getting dressed. I made no speculation as to who dressed the baby, only noted that it is possible that it was not Kate.

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    12. Marci-being-silly14 May 2015 at 17:53

      I agree, Maryland Moxie. If Kate had put that bonnet on, it would have been put on right-side up, stitching in the back. So you’re making me construct a scenario in my mind:

      W. But Poppet, HOW does this thing go on?

      K. [stepping into tights, being helped with the dress] I really can’t attend to you just now, Wills. Dressing her is just like George, really.

      W. [wrestling with bonnet] I need only one second of your time, Kate.

      K. [hair over her eyes, stylist working furiously] No, no, it’s simple, really, William. The bonnet strings tie under the chin. That’s all there is to it.

      W. [growling from sleepiness] Right. That’s what YOU say, Catherine. [Suddenly anxious again to be Supportive] Is this right?

      K. [adding finishing touches to makeup, getting more stressed about the Appearance] Right. Beautiful. It’s perfect. [Suddenly seeing the baby clearly.] Oh. [brief pause] Yes, that’s fine. Let’s go.

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    13. This is cute. I reall can see this happening to them...lol

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  2. Great post as always Charlotte. Thank you.

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  3. Sarah from Calif.12 May 2015 at 02:09

    I agree with Anon.1:40. I like the bonnet on Charlotte the way it is :) what a sweet gift.
    As for Harry, he does have a lot of more room to speak out freely...I wish and pray the best for him :)
    William and Kate are under mega microscopes so it doesn't bother me at all if they don't give free for all Interviews.
    As for William and Harry's thoughts on working with normal folk in the real world. I say Brilliant!!!!
    Looking forward to a family photo with the new arrival :)
    Hope momma and baby are resting well.

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  4. Wonderful post as ever! I'm just wondering, why don't Kate and Wills do more interviews? It seems like before he was married William did (selected) interviews for big milestones. I'm just perplexed as to why Harry can so easily continue to do this but Kate and Wills not?

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    1. Maggie - Minneapolis12 May 2015 at 05:08

      It seems like William has been less public in many ways since getting married. It may just be that starting a family has made him want to "settle down" completely, versus before, when he led the "typical" bachelor life, if that makes sense. My other guess is that maybe Kate doesn't feel comfortable doing interviews yet, but if William does interviews, people may clamor about why she doesn't as well. The answer would be obvious (he's been doing them for years and she hasn't), but still could be a consideration they take into account.

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    2. Maggie - Minneapolis12 May 2015 at 05:10

      I do think Kate needs to be nudged into it, because she's not had very much public speaking experience at all, and while yes, they are not next in line to the throne yet, the Queen is quite old (and hopefully will get much older!!) and they should prepare for the possibility that they could be Prince and Princess of Wales in 5 years or less. She should start with more speeches since they're completely scripted; before doing interviews, imo.

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    3. Yes I completely agree that Kate needs to be (gently) nudged into it. I'm loving how much "Harry" we have gotten lately and even though this is similar to when K & W went to Australia, we didn't get the interview he gave. I'll take anything at this point :)

      Thanks again Charlotte for including Prince Harry. It's always fun to compare and contrast!

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden12 May 2015 at 14:20

      Well, William has done interviews. Both clips and also the interview after Georges birth. I think it might be that Kate isn't comfortable with it yet, as well.

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    5. William's done a couple, but Kate hasn't. I suspect she's uncomfortable if the wedding interview was any indication. She said she was "no good at this".

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    6. Bluhare I heard rumor Kate said that during the engagement interview, but I have never found it. It must not have been in the aired version. Do you know anywhere that has that part? I have seen memes of it and she looked way more relaxed at that point than the rest of the interview so I actually wanted to see it :)

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    7. I remember watching it right before the wedding. She sort of threw her head back. It's not on any of the You Tube versions? Wonder why; I thought it was a nice natural moment in amongst William talking for her. :)

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    8. I also remember Kate saying she was no good at this. I was surprised, since she is a well educated lady who has no doubt given reports during her courses in school and university. The same for public speaking. She speaks well, clearly, and sincerely, but the pauses between sentences made me wonder since she must have done oral reports.

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    9. No bluhare i have searched for it and never found it :(. It seemed like a nice natural moment, so I wish I could find it. I like it when we see more of her natural personality instead of her Royal one :)

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    10. CuriousKat,

      It is in the engagement interview video title included at the end, but not necessarily in most. I found it long time back randomly. She did not say it in the official interview. It is one of the media videos which carried that part.

      Once the interview ended, W&K must have thought it was off the record and the following took place. Kate leaned over William’s shoulder with a sense of relief the interview was over. William said, “take a deep breath” to which Kate replied, “I am not good at this”.

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    11. Oh thanks Anon 15. I appreciate you telling me more about it:). I love those moments because they are unguarded and natural. To me those sides make Kate and Will very endearing. I didn't know that bit happened at the end of the interview, I will try and see if I can find someone that has it :). Thanks again!!!

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  5. A very feminine gift from Nanny Maria's mother! Do you think Kate knew she was having a girl and let it slip??

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    1. Teresa's mother was quoted as saying she didn't know the sex of the baby and therefore chose ivory garments.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden12 May 2015 at 14:21

      It's a hat, a shirt and boots. Very gender neutral. God, what do you need for it to be masculine? Blue and skulls?

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    3. LOL Rebecca.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden13 May 2015 at 11:36

      Sorry :P But I'm getting sooooo tired of this :P Like when there were some white and beige oxford shoes bought by Kate people somehow saw that as feminine?!??!

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    5. From the shape of the bonnet, it seems designed to cover a good part of a baby’s face from wind and cold. They might have dressed her head the opposite side since it could have covered a good part of her face may be except her eyes, nose and mouth. Some babies are allergic to wool and surprised that was the first item on her head. It seems to have shaded a dot or two on her face in the picture inside the car seat. It is a beautiful and good quality bonnet that agreed the baby well.

      Whether it was a gift from Maria’s mother, herself or W & K bought it, it says something about the possible stable relationship they have with their children’s nanny/governess ( Are governesses a higher grade of even a nanny of child care college graduate? in some cases, governesses might have provided tutoring?).

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    6. Rebecca, IMO, a baby is a baby and I'm do like whites and neutrals. But in the US many people tend to dress babies in gender specific colors practically from the moment they are born. Perhaps that's where some of the questions come in.... :)

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    7. Julia from Leominster14 May 2015 at 03:00

      I was just reading (on the Daily Mail site) about a photographer in Russia who has taken beautiful snaps of her children. (William and Kate could do worse than seek her out - many of the children are posed with animals and the lighting is fantastic.) One thing she says that I would never have thought of is that the best photos are of children in very neutral coloured clothing rather than the bright things that are so popular today. So having the baby in these lovely neutral ivory things could make for quite wondeful photos. George's clothes have been quite classic and have photographed very well - but even more neutral might be good. Of course, I have heard in general that bright colours are good for small children - when they aren't a subject for the camera.

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    8. Rebecca - Sweden14 May 2015 at 17:09

      Yes, I know that royalfan. But it seems like such a foreign thing to me. Like 50s housewife stereotyp thing :P

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    9. LOL. Like wearing a strand of pearls while vacuuming? :)) And I don't disagree with you....

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    10. Maggie - Minneapolis15 May 2015 at 04:10

      Ugh I hate it when people only dress their babies in pink if it's a girl and blue if it's a boy, etc. I think a lot of people may have also thought that the white shoes were for a girl because Kate and William do seem to dress George in blue a lot, and he's a boy, so maybe people thought they do the whole gender color thing. That being said, I think they may just dress George in blue because they both really, REALLY seem to like blue :P

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  6. Julia from Leominster12 May 2015 at 02:29

    MM, Anon and others - some questions rose about my use of scheme - I put more information in the previous post but it is apparently a difference of British and US English - in Britain it is an organised plan - such as a pension scheme (Collins Dictionary example.) So there is nothing negative about an awards scheme - quite the opposite.

    Lovely items for baby Charlotte - very classic and elegant. It does look like it would require hand laundering - I'm sure Teresa takes care of that. Truly lovely things and so nice of her mother to choose them.

    A very nice interview with Harry. I do feel there is a separation between earning a salary and actually having to live on one - but I hope William and Harry actually take the opportunity to find out how "normal" people really live. After hours, not just at work. It often seems as if royal family members are in touch with those in need and the very privileged - but have less insight about how people in the middle live and manage on their salaries. Kate too, has never really faced such concerns although her parents have.

    I believe I'm dreaming but I would love to see someone other than a toff as a godparent to Charlotte - it didn't happen with George - I was hoping William might have chosen one of his fellow officers from a more "normal" background. Maybe with Charlotte there might be more opportunity.

    Delighted to see the letter about Hospice Week. I remember how much enthusiasm there was about the Baby Cambridge scheme - (fundraiser - there I go again...) It doesn't seem like a year since the last Hospice Week. Time does fly.

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    1. Hi Leo, I agree with pretty much everything you said. Harry continues to show everyone how it's done. There's a lovely article in the DM (full of lies, I'm sure) about how he ran into his old Matron from Ludgrove who has moved to Christchurch.

      Maybe I should apply for the role of godparent. I did an excellent job with my godchildren . . . I'll submit my resume. :)

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    2. Well, yes, there is a difference between earning a salary and having to live on one, but they can't change who they are. So perhaps we could give them credit for wanting and trying to be more relevant. Half full vs half empty. :)

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    3. Maryland Moxie13 May 2015 at 02:16

      To be clear, William hasn't been doing a job. He's been "training". So until he actually performs duties he's not been working for almost two years now. And Harry is leaving his military career without having another job to go to. I don't know anyone with a job, who has time to trek the South Pole like Harry was able to do. They have a very different relationship with the job market than the rest of the world.

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    4. Moxie, nice to see you again!! And you're right., They do have a very different relationship with the job market.

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    5. Maggie - Minneapolis13 May 2015 at 03:59

      Royalfan - yes they can't change who they are, but they CAN, for example, change how much they spend on renovations for a home they don't plan on using much for the next few years. It's really not a big deal - they have the money to spend, but I do think it's insulting to non-royals to say that William and Harry are really trying to be relevant. It's pretty easy to work a "real" job when you don't actually have to worry about money, etc. And it's certainly not relevant to take a year off (and actually two since training isn't a job) when you are in your thirties AND your family just added a member that you have to be able to afford to provide for because your wife just gave birth. I do think that William and Harry honestly THINK that they are trying to be relevant - but that really just proves how out of touch they really are.
      Again, they have money and they can spend it. I'm not complaining about that. I'm just saying - they live lives of luxury - and yes, while they can't help who they are, they CAN help things like what apartment they pick, how much money they spend on it, etc. Maybe they could make a donation to a hospice instead of spending millions renovating the largest apartment they could find. Again, their choice. But the way their choices have been so far are not really actually being relevant at all.

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    6. Maggie - Minneapolis13 May 2015 at 04:02

      And don't get me wrong - I'm not knocking on their military service. Harry served in Afghanistan and that is an incredible thing to do for his country. William has also served his country and good for him for that. But doing good things doesn't make them anything like anyone else.

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    7. royalfan the few here do not want to give them a break. All they like to do is put them down for wanting to be somewhat normal.

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    8. Maggie,
      I agree with most of what you said. I do find it somewhat insulting when they talk about working. It is more like a hobby to them, that is not work. Take the 6 weeks off that William is getting now. Many are saying that he should have had to work a year to qualify for paternity leave. I think it would be more honest to say they have part-time jobs plus their royal roles.

      Take for instance the two weeks off in the spring when he went to Mustique. The reason he could go was supposedly that he was in "training" and taking his exams, which he had said needed to be done by Dec. 31. It always seems to be an explanation that just works out for him to take this vacation or that time off. No one else's "work" ever goes like that.

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    9. Moxie - Harry was in the British Army which gives 30ish days of annual leave, blocks of leave for adventure training, blocks of leave between job training, blocks of leave between relocation (sometimes coinciding with training leave), and blocks of leave pre- and post- op tours. That's why Harry was able to go around so much.

      I'm sure this is because I live in a big city with a healthy job market (so people are enticed with generous leave packages) but I do know people who have taken leave to go on a cruise for 30 days or hike the Appalachian trail for the summer! My current job has lots of leave which won't roll over so we are encouraged to take long vacations, just preferably not all at once around the Christmas holidays.

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    10. I really wonder how familiar people are with military life. It's very common for people to leave the military without a job lined up. Most service members in the US have their homes paid for by the housing allowance, healthcare paid for the government, so they have some funds and are encouraged to take time off to think about what they will do next (military even builds in 30+ days of "Terminal" leave before discharge). When I switched jobs a few years ago my military coworkers thought I was crazy for taking only a week between jobs. This year I planned months of time off between jobs. You de-stress, see the family you ignored working long hours, and keep busy with volunteering etc. Men are encouraged to finally grow beards! More common with military folk than you think especially with transition to civilian life.

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    11. thanks for clarifying that. most people, like me, didn't know.

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    12. Courtney from NC13 May 2015 at 22:36

      The trek to the South Pole was done for a charity, to raise money. It was not just a spur of the moment jaunt to the snow. Walking with the Wounded is a wonderful organization and it isn't surprising that Prince Harry is involved due to his tie to the military. I am not saying Prince Harry is normal but throwing out accusations about his side trips and using a charity race as the example misses the mark.

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    13. Julia from Leominster14 May 2015 at 03:04

      William did end up taking much longer leave than it was anticipated he would. It's said because of a natural break in his assignment but is unclear that it would apply to other pilots.

      It's not a question of putting anyone down but it isn't quite comfortable either to see "normal" only go so far as it suits William and Kate - after all, that really isn't normal.

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    14. Hello, this is my first post though this blog is my everyday favorite! Charlotte thank you very much for all you do! I totally agree with Maggie Minneapolis about Harry William and all of them ready! I am a big royal fan but i can't understand why they want to act, pretent to be simple and common. They are royals with luxury lives, homes, vacations, cars, clothes and there is nothing common about that, no matter what they pretent to be.
      Love to everyone from Greece.

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    15. When I have been hired for a job and then put into a training program, I was paid for it. Then every year I was usually sent for further training for a week or two weeks at a time, for which I would be paid. It was part of my job description, the training. So I think that William's training probably qualifies as "work." It is not the same work he will be doing when he returns from paternity leave, but it is work to learn all the nuances of the job he is to do, and to learn everything about how to fit exactly into their team. I wonder if he is being paid for his on-the-job training. That would be interesting to learn and might help us understand whether what he is doing right now is in the category of "normal" for a person hired for the job he is to do, or whether he is being given more special treatment than his co-workers. I would think if he gets too many breaks, there would be resentment and the team would be unable to function safely and efficiently. For that reason I doubt he is being given treatment with too many privileges not extended to the others.

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    16. Maryland Moxie14 May 2015 at 21:33

      I see Harry's trip to the South Pole the same way I see Pippa and James biking across America,,, the pass times of idle rich folks who do not have to worry about how to pay their mortgage and provide for their families. Besides taking the trip.... they also had time to put in all the hours of training necessary, pay for the equipment and travel. I threw out that example because it exactly hits the mark. He could strip down in Vegas for "charity" too. You can do any activity and say it's "for charity".

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    17. Moxie, I agree . . . to a point. I mean, if we're all so concerned about charity all we have to do is give them money and volunteer our time, right? I've been to my share of gala fundraisers and I'm always struck by the time, effort and money put into them, just to get people tipsy so they'll donate more. If people would just open their wallets without all that, it would be a lot more cost effective.

      But they don't. So people like Harry walk to the South Pole (with Alexander Skarsgaard!!) and a lot more people know about what Walking with the Wounded does to help rehabilitate soldiers. I don't think running in a race or biking in a race counts. I've done a zillion of them; they were all for charity, but that's not why I did them. I did them because they were a good goal to achieve the level of fitness I wanted. So I think there's a fine line between vanity projects and actually doing something that matters.

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  7. Charlotte, I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of Harry's comments. What a lovely young man he is. For everyone fussing about the young princes not giving enough attention to royal duties- William and Harry are mapping their futures quite intelligently and will be the better leaders for it. It could be 25 years before William is king. Of course he never will be treated just like everyone else but routine contact with ordinary folk will make him unique as a monarch. Diana would be proud of her sons.
    Love the baby bonnet story. How thoughtful of Nanny Maria's mother and for Zkatr to select that cap for the first of a million photos of her daughter.

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    1. I agree wholeheartedly Greybird.
      The boys are turning out nicely,
      aren't they. Let's pray Harry finds
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    2. I like the polka dots on the ASOS
      dress much better now. Such a classic style. Love it.

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    3. And I like the version Kate wore much better! To each her own preferred scheme of dots. :-)

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden12 May 2015 at 14:21

      I liked the old version much better as well :)

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    5. The original polka dots dress is engaging to the eyes making shapes of circles etc. Small polka dots dresses were popular items of the distant past especially for kids and youth. May be in some parts of the world, they might be trendy. If worn in current times, in association with children, maternity or fun looks ok, but for serious occasions? Large circles (polka dots?) in a solid and see through fabric can be more appealing for adults.

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  8. Thanks for the lovely post Charlotte. Sharing a link to an article about the local ACT Embroiderers' Guild stitching the baby blanket for Princess Charlotte that's part of the Australian Government's gift.
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/princess-charlottes-new-baby-blanket-ready-for-delivery-20150511-ggyv07.html

    The letter for Hospice Week is a nice touch. There was a lot of coverage of Harry's month long visit in Australia & he comes across as a very grounded & nice individual. My grandmother says that Prince Charles spent a couple of decades moping about his role (or lack of it) as Prince of Wales so I'm glad that William & Harry are so proactive about finding a meaningful way forward that balances making a contribution to a 'job' with progressively taking on more royal duties.

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  9. I find it interesting that for William and Harry a benchmark of having a "normal" life and a "balanced" life is to work alongside others in a salaried occupation. Working on the public dime fulfilling royal duties isn't a "normal" situation, and doesn't seem enough to provide self-fulfillment. I can understand that. However, the way Harry articulated that shows a tremendous amount of self-knowledge and aplomb.

    Sadly, Charles's upbringing was quite different. There was no option to carve out a career role beyond the usual military stints for himself. Nor did he have the desire or the self-confidence to want a "job," I suspect. And wasn't one of his parents quoted as saying that he was hopeless or useless? That doesn't help anyone.

    In so many of his photos throughout his life, Charles looks painfully anxious. His "job" was being the Prince of Wales and producing an heir/spare. The rest of his destiny depends on the lifespan of his mother. That's a pretty uneasy life no matter how privileged.

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    1. Julia from Leominster14 May 2015 at 03:10

      Actually, reading the release of Charles' notes - he has made quite a bit of his role. I don't like Charles because of what happened in his marriage but I would never suggest he hasn't been a good Prince of Wales - the Princes Trust alone is an amazing achievement. He accomplished far more at the same age then William has done. There is much to made of a role royal - if the person bearing the title chooses to do so. And there is nothing "normal" about the life William is leading. He has one foot in sea and one at shore - I don't think he would at all care for a truly normal existance which would restrict his life considerably.

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    2. I wonder whether William's dedication to rescue work should be considered a calling rather than a job. And from that perspective, Charles found his calling in work to protect the environment, foster organic farming, and save old buildings. The newly published letters and the Court Circular also show him concerned with many issues and meeting with people from a very wide variety of organizations. I don't think my comment about his university education was ever published in the preceding thread, but Charles, like William and Kate, is well educated. Knocking about with others at university or in the military is surely useful, but I think it is fallacious to expect 9 to 5 jobs from those very close to the throne.

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    3. Goodness Philly. Are we thinking about the same Prince of Wales? Charles has accomplished a tremendous amount in his role and was already well on his way by the time he was William's age. Perhaps you should pay a visit to his wikipedia page, eh ?

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  10. Great tid bits Charlotte, thanks. May I ask what kind of nicknames the name of yours have? I heard Charlie, is it correct?

    It is great to hear from Harry. I am sure there is certainly SOMEONE called bluhare who would be haapy to be the ONE for Harry;) Am I right or am I right?:))
    I adore him, he is so much Diana was, really a great person. His mischievous personality is so refreshing after Will's seriousness. I find him more relateable than William.

    On fashion note, I prefer the original Hobbs dress, I realised the prices of certain items that Kate wore seem to go up but business is business, why I am suprised?:)

    Hospice Week is a nice way to help reaching out to more and more people. I wonder when she will be able to attend any events in the future, I suppose it is a long way from now.

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    1. Hello!

      Of course! I have a cousin named Charlotte and she's known as Charlie, my nickname growing up would have been Lottie but generally everyone calls me Charlotte now apart from a small few from childhood who still use Lottie.

      Charlie, Char and Lottie are the three I've seen used generally :)

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    2. Lottie is soooooo sweet, thanks for answering!:)

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    3. You're very welcome!

      It will be most interesting to see if Charlotte receives a nickname! There's great delight following her arrival. Her Majesty told guests at a Garden Party today that she was "pleased to have another great-granddaughter".

      Thank you for all your replies on interviews, really interesting to read through. I think as time moves forward and the monarchy will inevitably modernise with the times, we'll see a change in how the younger royals communicate with the media. I know Kate is very nervous when it comes to public speaking and interviews but I think with a little experience she'll find it considerably easier.

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    4. My 3 year old is named Charlotte. I think Lottie is the cutest nickname but we ended up just calling her Charlotte, Char, or Baby Char Char. That's what her older sister called her. Maybe George will come up with something easy for him to say :)

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    5. Lottie is an endearing sweet name. Depending on the age gap of siblings, the older toddlers who can’t articulate their words/vowels and sounds, come up with their own names for the babies the way they hear the names. I wonder what G will call C.

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    6. Laurie - New York14 May 2015 at 23:00

      Agreed. I bet little George will come up with a nickname for his baby sister based on something he can say easily. My daughter's name is Sophia, and when my niece was young she couldn't say her name that well so she called her "Ophia" or just plain "Phia". To this day, most family members and close friends still call her "Phia", and she'll probably always be that :-)

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  11. Eve from Germany12 May 2015 at 07:40

    Charlotte, I TOTALLY agree with you on the subject of an interview. We´ve seen so much media coverage of Prince Harry during his life, often not necessarily to his advantage. One interview like this one - and so much is put into perspective!!! Unfortunately, I totally agree with you on the subject of Kate and William giving such an interview, too - I don´t think it´s going to happen. Which really is missing a great opportunity. You can care a great deal less about any media coverage after such an interview because it has much more impact than any photograph or report (it´s more "real", right?). If you´re doing that on a regular basis, people will lose interest in any paparazzi photos or trash reports... Just look at Crown Princess Victoria. She gives an exclusive interview every now and then and gives the media regular opportunities to see her and her family - including adorable little Princess Estelle. Effect? A lot less "need" for paparazzi photographs and other harrassment from the media!
    Sunny greetings from Germany!

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    1. I think a nice candid interview would be worth it's weight in gold.
      They are due for one. They haven't done that together since their engagement interview.
      Come on William and Kate,
      pretty pleeeeeeease? :)

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  12. What a sweet post! The boutique looks like a precious place to shop.What an honor for Nanny's mother. It does show the thoughtfulness of the Duchess. I thought the bonnet was supposed to be like that. Hehe.

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  13. I have a general question for all of you. As I was getting ready for work this morning, I was thinking about Prince William and Catherine and considering how I would do in their roles, i.e. how would I do as a royal. My conclusion is that I think I could rise to the challenge, but I don't have the personality for it. I am very much how I perceive Catherine to be: a homebody that enjoys most spending time quietly with my family. While I do a good job public speaking, enjoy traveling as well as meeting new people and learning about new things, and I suppose one adapts to one's responsibilities, I don't think I would enjoy constantly being on the go. So, my question to you all:

    How do you think you would do as a royal?

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    1. That might make a great post.

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    2. Not well, I'm afraid. I like my privacy and independence. :)

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    3. Maryland Moxie13 May 2015 at 02:31

      I think I could manage relaxing at Anmer Hall for the summer with a household of staff to handle all the chores after doing 11 days of engagements in 2015, attending church twice with my in-laws and spending 2 weeks in Mustique with my family. I have all the grit it takes to be a member of the royal family.

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    4. I'm dying over here, Moxie. I'm a big fan of wry and that was an excellent example. :)

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    5. Well, my attempt at humor may not be quite the hit here, but with said household of staff, perhaps you could have one change the record. ;)

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    6. Rebecca - Sweden13 May 2015 at 11:45

      I would not be able to do it. I'm battling anxiety as it is over expectations. I would be a broken mess in their situation. No matter how much money and servants I would have.

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    7. For the purpose of this discussion - eh hem Moxie ;) - let's consider a full-time royal role including regular duties equivalent to a full-time job.

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    8. :), lol
      good point

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    9. Wow. Good question. I would say that to try to make a positive difference in the world I would truly welcome the opportunity. But weighing that with all the media circus on a daily basis for the rest of my life, eh, I just don't know.
      I guess it would depend on the stability snd warmth of my core support group,
      family, work teams. Lots of variables to consider. Definitely food for thought when discussing the ones who are already in that position.

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    10. My problem with being a royal would be the restrictions on my activities, combined with the goldfish bowl. And I am not sure I would enjoy having security around all the time, or even the staff needed to operate a royal residence and royal duties. I would like the opportunity to make a difference in certain aspects of life.

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    11. Moxie you are funny! And Anon from New York, what a great question for discussion :).

      Honestly I could do it and I think do it well! I am very comfortable around people and small talk. My profession requires me to be. Plus, I hate speeches, but I am good at giving them. Also, I would love to travel so much and the luxuries that they have would be amazing! And it would be nice to have staff and nannies when I just don't want to clean :). To also have someone make me look amazing each time I go out would also be a perk-I would never have to worry about a bad hair day!

      The media attention would get annoying, however, at least it is mostly positive and people adore you, so that helps. I think the downside would only really be the stuffiness of protocols and traditions:). Otherwise, I actually think it would be fun to be Royal and the opportunity to make a difference would be enough to keep me going. I think the positives far out-weight the negatives.

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      I wholeheartedly concur.

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    13. I think I should have said I could be a Royal today-in modern day. I would not have wanted to be a Royal back in QE childhood or even Charles's childhood. No thank you! It would have been too strict, stuffy and confining. I think the Royal family is more of a family unit now, though they will never be like the Middleton's type of family, but much closer now and less of a business. It is still "the Firm", but not quiet as uptight. I wouldn't have wanted to be Royal when it was less about being a family unit.

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    14. Awh Rebecca. Hugs to you sweetie.
      You sound like such a positive, sweet person. (You'd make a great Royal).
      :)

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    15. Maggie - Minneapolis14 May 2015 at 01:08

      I don't think I could do it. I think I could do about 90% of it, but I would struggle with not being allowed to have opinions on really important causes/speak up for them. For example, everyone thinks that child hospices are a good idea, so it's not controversial for Kate to speak up for them. But what about the important, but controversial issues that most royals (Diana being the obvious exception) have always shied away from? Issues such as gay marriage, or abortion/other types of feminism - those are the kinds of things I'd want to speak up for. Child hospices are a very important cause, but a royal family member coming out in support of something like gay marriage would be a much bigger game-changer/make much more of an impact than saying that something so obviously good, is good. I also would HATE being a female in the royal family, especially one who married in. Every time I read that it's Kate's job to support her husband, it makes my blood boil a little. If that's the role she wants to take, fine. But I'm not sure she, or Sophie, really have ever had a choice. If I married William, I don't think I would be okay being told that doing more appearances than him would overshadow him, and thus I can't. Yes, he may be a future King, but he should earn that deference, i.e. do more appearances if he's worried about being overshadowed (this is all hypothetical in my royal life world, not real life). I'd obviously want to support my husband, but it makes me uncomfortable because for the royal family, I think support for female spouses means losing much of your individuality/personal star power (i.e. why Chelsy and Cressy ended up leaving Harry). I don't like that many of them think of a female spouse succeeding individually as being overshadowing, rather than helping build up the royal family.
      The rest of it? I could do. Yes, they have to travel a lot and go to a lot of different places even in England. But unlike most people, who have to worry about traffic and drive themselves, they get to do it (for free) in first class and on helicopters. And yes, many senior royals do a lot of appearances, but their numbers are hugely inflated by the fact that sometimes, one working day on a tour (as long as a 9-5 job for most people) can be counted as up to 10 individual appearances. And so, they still get entire months completely off. They never have to worry about money, feeding their children, providing for their families, affording housing, etc. They never have to worry about being fired from their jobs. For goodness sake's, the media has called Kate's 3 sentence "letter" from this week as a "touching and emotional plea." They've said that despite having a new child, "she's taken time out of her busy life to write" what they make sound like a 2-page, heartwrenching letter. I'm not knocking on Kate - good for her for doing something for hospice week. But the expectations for royals are incredibly low. Another example - Kate was touted as incredibly busy for doing 3 engagements in January before going on vacation for two weeks. I'm not trying to get into a debate about whether she's doing enough work. My point is just that royals don't have to do much in order to retain their status or popularity. They can cheat on their wives, be tied to a sex ring, use their positions to get inside info for their jobs, and say/do incredibly racist things, and still retain their free housing, security, and other benefits. Yes, there is media intrusion, but I'd much rather have that problem than having to worry about affording medical school and paying off loans.

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    16. Maryland Moxie14 May 2015 at 01:46

      Ah! Anon New York -- there is no such thing as a full time royal equivalent to a working person's 8 hour, 5 day a week work schedule. The most senior royal, Elizabeth, does not undertake that type of schedule. You can actually follow her schedule at From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault. That fun blog chronicles what jewels Elizabeth is wearing.. and by following that you learn what she does - it is very educational. Both on the history of the jewels and what events Elizabeth attends. Today we got a look at what she wore to the races. Elizabeth takes a two month summer holiday (Balmoral) and a two month winter holiday (Sandringham). She spends 3 days at Buckingham during the week and takes a 4 day weekend at Windsor Castle when she is in London. This has always been her schedule - it doesn't come close to an average work schedule.

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    17. Julia from Leominster14 May 2015 at 03:25

      I am quite reserved - yet have had to step out to help my father and husband and in my own career. There would be great things to the role - imagine being able to walk in the gardens at Buckingham Palace or to stand on the Balcony with crowds cheering or attend a coronation. Unique opportunites.

      I could never be like Kate - I would have to be active in the role most of the time or I would feel guilty. I think Sophie would be my ideal model - she doesn't get an undue amount of attention and seems to have a good balance of private and public life. After a rocky start, she has made quite a bit of the role - and has had some exciting opportunities in the past - attending royal events abroad - which would be quite amazing. (Not so much lately.) It would be nice to have the chance to be part of royal life without having to be right at the centre of it.

      Sophie seems to be much respected by the queen and has a good relationship with her. And liviing at Buckingham Palace while have a lovely country house to go back to, would be rather wonderful. And should Charles decide to reduce the family -there would be retirement to the country but I imagine Sophie will stay active with her charities.

      The one bad part would be having people say nasty things about your husband - that would bother me much more than they saying things about me - but I suspect you learn to ignore it. I'm quite happy with whom I am - and certainly with hubby and my pups - but if I could live Sophie's life for a week or two - I wouldn't mind just to see what it was like. Kate's - not so much.

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    18. Rebecca - Sweden14 May 2015 at 13:53

      Aww, thank you anon 21.04. :) I try my best :)

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    19. Even Her Majesty's Jewel Vault cannot catalog what Her Majesty wears inside her palace while she is doing her daily work. Her work includes reading and signing all state papers and meeting all incoming ambassadors, as well as her prime minister and other cabinet members, and holding councils of state. She and Prince Philip also entertain people from a wide variety of public roles to luncheons which are not photographed. And of course she has frequent planning sessions with her staff. The Queen's visible activities are like the tip of an iceberg, Moxie! You should read some of the books about her.

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    20. Maryland Moxie14 May 2015 at 21:40

      I have read books about her -- I believe we see 3/4ths of the work she does --- and even adding the unseen portion would still put the total at part time.

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    21. Yep, I reckon i could totally do it, and do it well (with practise!)

      A few others have mentioned it already, but for whatever the gilded cage aspect of life, wherever you go people fawn over you. And that would make it easy. So as long as you can be approachable, friendly and able to speak to a wide variety of people, I think most of us would do a stellar job.

      I watched them on their tour here in NZ, and crowds came out to see them, hoping for a glance/smile/handshake/chat. Dignitaries were bending over backwards to be nice and welcoming, Will, Kate + George + entourage were taken to stay in lovely places, with fun activities to do. The work schedule is not demanding compared to a full time job. You have a team of people to ensure you look lovely - that would be helpful! And a team of PR people to help write speeches and brief you on situations. Public speaking and interviews can be practised, and you can learn to handle the heat of public engagements and the high levels of interest in you.

      Politically, there would be HEAPS to learn, and you'd have to be careful about your words when at fundraising galas and meeting high-powered people. But that is no different to the corporate world.

      And the fact that you would never have to worry about the basics of life - housing, food, money, safety (you have the best of the best security paid to care for that!) It all means your life is a great deal less stressful. The royals use their 'celebrity' status to draw attention to whatever they choose, and then their 'royal' status to escape off in private to their grand homes.

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  14. Jean from Lancs12 May 2015 at 13:41

    Great interview with Prince Harry. he and William seem to have the same wish to do a useful job now, which will stand them in good stead later
    Keeping fingers crossed that we get to see the photo of George and Charlotte together.
    Hope Harry soon finds the right girl, able to cope with the press---not easy.
    Thanks for another great post Charlotte

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      In so far as it is the job of the Head of State to entertain other Heads of State --- how does working a job with fellow citizens prepare him for this role? William will not be and is not allowed to influence government decisions regarding domestic policy.

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      It will help with perception from the public, plus we have enough of politicans having done nothing but been around other diplomatic people. It is really refreshing that the UK will have a future king that have had a regular dose of working alongside (and not just meeting) his future subjects.

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    3. Thanks to Diana, William and Harry
      are the very first to have had that kind of exposure to everyday situations like even going in and paying for goods and services. Really meeting the needy on a personal basis. That has to make a positive difference. And I do not think I could visit hospices. I couldn't. And particularly with the world press present. It would be way too hard for
      me. Kudos for Kate for even showing up.

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    4. Being around other people can help immensely and intrinsically in dealing with other PEOPLE who heads of state. Social experience on any level is always a boon across the board.

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    5. Moxie, how can interacting with
      fellow workers in everyday life help when entertaining Heads of State?
      Influence can be a subtle yet powerful thing. The more experience with people the more nuances of that influence. Entertainment is by definition influential and shapes social mores around the world on a daily basis. The more social interaction the better. From my experience, most major business alliances and decisions are not in the boardroom made but in social situations, like entertaining, formal and formal.

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  15. I definitely think Will and Kate should do more interviews. Especially Kate. Sending out video messages, doing speeches, and statements is not going to to be enough. Not in this day and age. I always wondered why Pippa and James are comfortable with giving interviews but not Kate. I'm sorry, I'm not trying to be rude or mean, but Kate really needs to be given a nudge. This is part of her job. I've seen Pippa do more with her charity work (and give interviews) for the British Heart Association, than Kate does with her charities and she's not even royal.

    I hope Will and Kate do give more interviews, like what Harry did. They need to be a bit more opened with the press, like how the Swedes do it with the Princess Estelle. I know the press situation there is probably different, but somehow it works. They have to work with the press, they can't simply cut them off whenever they feel like it.

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    1. Pippa and James are free agents. They are not outranked by two older generations in "the firm". And now that W&K have two children, Harry too is freer to speak out.

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    2. Maggie - Minneapolis13 May 2015 at 03:07

      William and Kate outrank the Wessexes, yet Sophie has done more interviews. Yes, she's older, but if your argument is going to be that rank matters, then that is irrelevant. If age matters, and not rank, then fine, but we should be able to compare Kate to Princess Mary for example.
      And lol if rank matters - then that is a reason Kate should be doing more than Pippa or James, since she is a Duchess, and they have no royal title!
      Also I really don't understand why Kate being outranked by the Queen and Camilla means she can't do more interview. William does interviews, despite being outranked by two people.
      She may be uncomfortable doing them and I totally sympathize with that. But she isn't going to get better at public speaking by doing one speech a year and one interview in 4 years. Some gentle nudging would definitely be good.

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    3. Rank has nothing to do with speeches, it is their personal choice.

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    4. Jean from Lancs13 May 2015 at 09:19

      Why does she need to be compared to Princess Mary?

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    5. Maggie, you twisted what I wrote and applied it as you saw fit. :) I was comparing the freedom James and Pippa have (and now Harry) compared to William and Kate.

      And folks like to bring up CP Mary, but the circumstances within the two families are not the same.

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    6. I totally agree with you Royal fan.

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    7. Ya know, to me, for Kate to bring happiness to William and keep him balanced in a good marriage and for her to bring some joy to a previously dis-functional Royal family makes her worth her weight in gold to me. There were years there where I wondered if Harry and William could ever overcome the tragedies and chaos of their youth.
      That they are is amazing and I credit the stability of kate (that so many see as laziness, etc.) as a vital part of Williams recovery. And knowing her and seeing the stability she has given William has perhaps helped Harry in many ways also.

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    8. Actually Royalfan you did contradict yourself :). Taking Pippa and James out of it since they are free to do what they want to a degree. You said that Will and Kate are 'outranked' by 2 older generations in the Firm. I am assuming by this that you mean since they are third-tier right now in line to the throne, that they should not give interviews since there are 2 generations above them. But then you say that Harry is freer to give them now since Will and Kate had 2 kids. That makes no sense. He is still technically in line to the throne. So, therefore he as well is still 'outranked'. By your philosophy being outranked means you should not give interviews and defer to those above you, so therefore, with that logic Harry should not give them as well. I am sure that is not how you meant the comment, but that is how is seems contradictory and confusing and probably why Maggie said what she did. Does that make sense? I am sure you mean that since Will and Kate have 2 children, it then bumps Harry down even more, so that he is fairly far from the throne. Therefore, since he is not considered the next King of England, he has more freedom then William and has more allowances to do as he pleases, like interviews. Harry doesn't have to consider as much as William. Where as Will and Kate have to consider those in line to the throne above them and try not to take away attention from them. Especially Charles since he will be King in the near future (though hopefully not too near :) ). With Will and Kate having 2 children, Harry is now freer, like Pippa and James. I am assuming that is what you meant.

      I agree though with others. I think rank has nothing to do with giving speeches. It is more about comfort level. Will and Kate are not comfortable giving them and Will hates the media (I don't want to start a convo about why). Those aside, they should do more interviews as modern royals. It sadly is the best way to stay current.

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    9. Anon 17:05. OMG. Exactly my feeling. On the day Diana died, I thought "her boys" lost the sunshine in their lives. I am very happy that William found it in Kate. :)

      Curiouskat, rank DOES matter. If William and Kate went around giving speeches left and right, Charles would have to double his PR budget. :)

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    10. Maggie - Minneapolis14 May 2015 at 00:20

      I don't really get it when people say Kate and William are outranked, Despite being outranked by some, they are still senior royals, and outrank many of the harder-working royal family members. And, do they really seem concerned with overshadowing Charles? When Charles and Camilla were on tour in the US this year, Kate had at least one, if not several, appearances in the UK. That would certainly hurt their coverage, but she did it, even though it wasn't a long tour and she probably easily could have scheduled the engagement for a few days earlier or later. If the royal family was concerned with the Cambridges overshadowing the Wales, I don't think they would have sent William to China. I know that Charles obviously couldn't go, but that doesn't mean William HAD to go, or that there needed to be a tour at all.
      Or what about Harry, who is arguably more popular than the Cambridges and the Wales? Why would Charles feel threatened by William and Kate but not Harry? Yes, William is the next king after Charles, but overshadowing is overshadowing. And yes, Harry isn't married, but clearly that fact isn't hurting his popularity any. In fact, I'd say that bachelor princes probably have an easier job of capturing hearts. If Charles was concerned about overshadowing, I think Harry would be shut down.
      If anything, Charles probably wants William and Kate to do more because without that, his argument for slimming down the monarchy seems silly. As long as his sister, brothers, and in-laws continue doing large numbers of engagements, it'll be hard for him to justify seriously slimming the monarchy down, and will only make him look bad if he tries to yank their security or reduce their benefits. Just some thoughts :)

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    11. Maggie - Minneapolis14 May 2015 at 00:27

      I also agree with CuriousKat, about it being a comfort thing, especially for Kate. Unfortunately, the only solution is to practice, which requires doing interviews. If they are worried about needing to be careful, then that is especially a reason to start now. Making a gaffe now is not nearly as big of a deal as doing it when they are Prince and Princess of Wales, or King and Queen of England. I also think William genuinely resents having to divulge any bit of his life ever to the media/public (and I can't entirely blame him for this). I think he wants to do the bare minimum to make sure public opinion doesn't turn against them, but nothing more. I can totally understand why he might feel this way, but I also think that it is hypocritical of him to manipulate the media when it suits him, but be angry at them at all other times. Think of how little he has to do to raise money for a charity or cause - all he has to do is add his name to a guest list at a dinner reception, for example, and that alone ensures tons of donations. That is because the media has kept up public interest in him. The day they decide to stop caring and stop reporting about him, the day he loses his most important tool to remain relevant. Interviews are a great way to make sure that never happens. But obviously these are assumptions because I don't have a direct line to William's brain (shocking, I know :P).

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    12. Julia from Leominster14 May 2015 at 03:38

      I don't have a lot of opinion about more or less interviews but I don't think there are any restrictions about rank. William and Kate could easily be full-time active royals - many further from the throne have been so and have given interviews - whether this is completely their choice - or how much Charles is involved, is impossible to say -but ordinarily the third in line would be expected to be taking on royal duties.

      Royal interviews are generally quite deferential and often relate to a particular subject of interest - hence William has given ones about his environmental work. At this point - Kate isn't that fully involved with her work - I don't know she would yet be at the point of making ad hoc statements about her hospice charities - and so far her couple of statements have been quite controlled. I think it may be a while before we see any interviews with her - if ever - but would be delighted if I'm wrong.

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    13. Oh Royalfan, I try to give your comment the benefit of the doubt and clarify what you were trying to say and you turn around and prove the confusing comment is what you meant. That is the last time I try and help. So, your comment really does make no sense. Harry is outranked since he is fifth in line to the throne. According to your logic he should not be giving interviews then since he has so many people above him. And yet you say it is okay for him to???? You completely contradicted yourself and when Maggie pointed it out using your logic, your only defense was that she 'twisted it and applied it as she saw fit." Maggie did not actually! She used your rationale regarding rank (even though you gave Harry a pass), and proved your comment made no sense. Instead of clarifying your comment, which I regretfully tried to do for you, you blamed her for trying to make sense of what you said. All Maggie did was prove your theory of rank and interviews was not logical at all considering which Royals give interviews currently. She merely proved her point by giving examples of how rank does not work. She took your logic and showed the wholes in it-not twisting it at all. You blamed her instead of trying to back up your comment. Sorry but rank doesn't have anything to do with interviews. I think Julia is spot on. I think you are just trying to give an excuse for Kate when there isn't one and at this point doesn't need one. Royals don't have to give interviews, it is just a good idea that they do. And please pry tell how Will and Kate giving interviews, like on tour, would cost Charles PR team money? Interviews are free. That makes no sense at all!

      Julia I agree with everything you said!

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    14. With Kate, I think she is just a really shy person, which is easy to forget since she is in the spotlight. I am sure that she finds interviews quiet daunting and nerve-racking. Hopefully with some practice they will become easier, but her shy personality will always be a characteristic of hers, so I don't think she will be totally relaxed like William is in interviews. She is also probably afraid of saying the wrong thing and knows how easily things she says can be misconstrued. I am sure she also remembers what the media was like when she was dating William. They were pretty mean calling her whore and b**** just to get her to turn around. I think that probably made her even more nervous in regards to the media and I can't blame her for that. I would love her to do more interviews, but I also can see how for someone who is more shy, how that can be daunting. I just hope she can find a comfort level that works for her.

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    15. Leo@03:38-"ordinarily the third in line would be expected to be taking on royal duties." I'm wondering-
      which previous "third in line" "full time royals" do you refer to ? You indicated it is ordinary and
      thetefore usual. Who were they and what duties did they perform? Also, I'm not sure what the official
      definition of "full time royal"is. Right now, George is third in line. Is he expected to take on royal duties?
      Maybe frequent photographs would satisfy that requirement. Some are calling for that.
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    16. Maggie - Minneapolis15 May 2015 at 04:06

      Thanks for the defense, CuriousKat! :) You know what I always wonder? If Kate would be more comfortable with royal engagements, interviews, and such, if she had worked outside of her family's firm for more than that part-time stint at Jigsaw for a few months. I'm not trying to make this about whether or not her work with Party Pieces was a real job. Let's say it was. Still, her parents were her bosses. Her coworkers worked for her family firm and probably were mindful to be respectful, if they interacted much at all. As everyone keeps saying about William and Harry on this page, there IS real benefit to having an outside job and learning to interact with others, who won't be as forgiving as your family and their employees. Even things like being worried about saying the wrong thing (which I totally get). That's all practice! Learning how to respond to odd or rude questions, or how to not say weird things accidentally - all of that can come about through conversation, especially in the workplace. But if your parents are your bosses, you don't have to worry about having to learn to communicate in that same way. Just a thought :)

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  16. Jean from Lancs12 May 2015 at 19:03

    Just read that Prince William is going to Switzerland on the 18th May to a meeting of "United 4 Wildlife".

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  17. Now the women will really be chasing Harry. I hope he finds love.

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    1. I hope so too. A nice, grounded lady with a good heart.

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  18. Tedi in California13 May 2015 at 01:41

    What a wonderful cause Kate supports. I can't imagine the pain those parents go through. Harry's interview was great. He seems like a terrific, down to earth guy. A real tribute to his Mother. Thanks Charlotte for including him in your wonderful post. P.S.I thought the bonnet looked perfect!

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    1. In time, with consistency and longevity the causes Kate had picked not only would make a difference in making awareness, but could turn her into its champions. From what I remember they are interrelated as cause and effect for adults and children. Being in her child bearing years and taking such painfully sensitive causes could be emotional. I believe she has inner strength, faith and peace among qualities beyond appearance. The arts is of course in her back ground of studies she pursued.

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  19. I think Prince William's interview about saving animals after George was born was very, very candid and showed so much personality. Not sure why this blog is written as if that hadn't already been done quite awhile ago.

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    1. Because it was just William. Not William & Kate as a married couple.

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    2. Very difficult for William or Harry to talk about animal welfare. They go on huge hunts in Spain where hundreds of animals are killed in a bloodlust hunt. I was truly horrified at the reports. I'm not talking about managing wildlife either. And hen Harry goes on hunts in African. That's why William had a hard time getting support. It is laughable.

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    3. Culling wild boars, which have had a population explosion and are dangerous and damaging, is not a bloodlust hunt!

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  20. There is a nice little article on yahoo news where the cook from Prince Williams childhood has written a cookbook. I dont know how to post a link fromy smart phone or I would!

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  21. I think many people liked Harry's first girlfriend, Chelsea. I wasn't one of them. I think either she or Cressida would be a train wreck reminiscent of Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. I hope for his sake he finds someone a bit like Kate, who truly loves him and is ready to settle down, not a party girl or someone who just wants to marry a prince.

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    1. You are not alone. :) I keep saying I hope he finds a gal with a good heart.

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    2. This might be a very unpopular thought and I really don't intend it as a criticism of Cressida or Chelsea or Harry, but William spent 4 years at University. Harry was a party boy and in the military. University is a great place to meet people from all walks of life and interests. Harry hasn't had that opportunity. He had other opportunities and interests, but it might have narrowed his ability to meet a wide range of women. Also, William and Kate had 4 years of relative anonymity to forge their bond and love. Harry has not. Just a thought. P.S. I think Chelsea is the one for Harry. Whether they can make that work or if it's too late is something we might never know.

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    3. Both Chelsea and Cessida went to college, although Cressie might have been a drama school??

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    4. Both have attended private schools and college. Chelsea has attended law school and is working in that kind of capacity as far as I know. Chelsea did have some fairly wild videos show up on you tube. (yucko). Don't know if they are still there. Cressida's mom was a "wild flower child" in the 60's and her sister or half sister is married to Richard Branson's son. Cressida has a fairly dysfunctional family structure although they all seem to be close. She is an "aristocrat". Chelsea might have a problem as prospective Royal as her father has some questionable collaborations. I think both those ships have sailed. Perhaps for the best.
      No offense to them or their families.

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    5. Chelsea is an attorney. Both those women preferred their careers to life as a princess.

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    6. Sorry, Anon 22:07: I guess you missed my point or I wasn't clear. It isn't about them going to college, its about being at college. Harry didn't go to University like William did and so didn't have the opportunity to get to know a lot of different women over a 4 year period out of the camera's eye. I wasn't insinuating that Cressida or Chelsea (or Harry) are uneducated. I'm sorry if I gave that impression.

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    7. Julia from Leominster14 May 2015 at 03:50

      Hard to say about Chelsy - she was actually quite ambitious - working on her law degree - yes, she liked to party hard but so did Kate - by her own admission. I actually think Chelsy might have been all right - had she wanted the role. Unlike Sarah, she came from a stable family life - but there was a fair amount of rowing with Harry. That would be the main drawback - she may have been a bit too opinionated.

      Cressida's family background and connections were less stable -- I also tend to think she saw Harry as useful for her acting career and may have been pushed by her mother and family connections.

      I don't think Harry to our knowledge has met the perfect girl but it will come. And there could be more we don't know. (At one point he was linked to Caroline Flack - but that seems terribly unlikely to resume.

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    8. I married an afghan vet and I agree with Julia - "there could be more we don't know"...killing people changes a person. For all we know Harry has night terrors or something. I do think it will take a very special woman to be with Harry. Special in the hence that she needs to be able to handle loving someone who has gone to war and come back again. I personally would love to meet Harry and hear his war stories. I bet he was just like the lads my hubby was over seas with :) heros. all the them.

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      oh. oops. :)

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    10. Maggie - Minneapolis15 May 2015 at 04:01

      I get the feeling that Harry is just having a really hard time finding a woman who is willing to put up with the royal family (i.e. giving up her individuality). Also, since Harry is a Prince, I'm sure he has certain relationship issues that pop up for royalty, and women aren't willing to put up with that either. William was very lucky - not only did he meet Kate in college, but he treated her pretty poorly at many points, including leaving her for other women, yet she always took him back. Kate was also willing to give up a real career so that she could adjust her schedule/life to be with William whenever possible. I can't see Chelsy or Cressy every being okay with any of these things. Harry, I think, is stuck in a tough place, because the monarchy is very old-fashioned in how it treats women, but he seems to like modern women, who wouldn't ever want to marry into a monarchy like that. Yeah, Chelsy and Cressy partied a lot because they were upper class. But they also were very invested in continuing their own lives apart from Harry's, something that is almost impossible to do as a royal wife. I always wonder, if Kate had met William after college and had already started a career outside of her family's firm, if she would have still been willing to sacrifice so much of her life to be at his beck and call. And then be willing to sacrifice her entire career if she married into the family. Who knows!

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  22. Those who are for Prince William giving more interviews, I am curious as to what you would like hear him talk about? Because, it seems to me that many royals including the BRF do interviews but only when it is absolutely needed--like promoting a popular cause which to me is sufficient. I think royal watchers at least this one, are very comfortable with the "mystery" for lack of a better phrase that surrounds royalty. Because, whether we admit it or not we know more about them than we do politicians for example, whom we elect to do a particular job and who should be accountable. Royals are out and about among the people and talking to them in their walkabouts or during the normal course of their work.

    Perhaps, this "wanting more interviews" is an out growth of the current culture that in my opinion are fed "news" about celebrities daily whether the stories are true or not, or whether they care to learn more about these individual. It seems with all the soft news outlets and the mainstream media, in all its' forms peddling soft news stories, literally forcing these stories on the public, we have a huge appetite for the salacious. Which brings me back to the my opening comments, what if anything about Prince Williams that you don't already know, that you would like to know, and think you will learn should he give an interview?

    We hear all the time of children, writing to the Queen and asking her questions, and receiving responses. Perhaps we should take a page out of these children's books, and write to William and Kate or any royal for that matter and present them with a list of questions we would like answered.---I think, we would be get the answers we seek!

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    1. I don't know about ya'll, but I think it takes courage for those walkabouts.
      Just think how many phone cameras are pointed at them during those things. They will always be safe, but how could the security truly monitor all those phones and people's stuff? So, I give them great kudos just for the courage part of it. As we know, not everyone knows, not everyone is their fan.
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  23. well i think the duke is very candid in his interview i love nanny maria mother gives princess Charlotte bonnet what a sweet gesture... about prince harry interview its quite natural that he wants a family on his own and about charlotte seems he wants to meet her and i see prince william closeness to his younger harry told sky that he brother send two pics of princess charlotte and said she can wait to meet her

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  24. wow thank you so much for this excellent post Charlotte. it was nice to see harry's interview too.

    God bless baby Charlotte!

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  25. Rebecca - Sweden13 May 2015 at 11:50

    A thought I had about them working now:

    Stuff they do now might seem a little PR-clumsy at the moment but in the long run will help. These things will be brought up as a positive argument in the future. Just as the queen driving an ambulance/being a mechanic is put forward as a very positive thing now, so will their work. Small dips in popularity doesn't matter in the long haul. When the queen was a young mother (I heard this from a blogcommentors grandmother) there was a lot of gossip and bad publicity over her not bringing up her kids, and leaving them when going to malta. But nowdays the picture is that over all the queen is an impressive person that managed to balance her role and family. William, Kate and Harry are still in the beginning of their "Big picture", so it's not fair to judge them as if the picture is done. After all, the BRF are renowned for their long term thinking.

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    1. I agree Rebecca. It ain't over until it's over, and their nicely on their way to a new and refreshingly positive legacy, just beginning. IMHO

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    2. No, the Queen is still seen as a bad mother, good queen, there is a difference. Charles' crazy stems from his upbringing.

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    3. You bring up an interesting point because I think that most people like and respect the Queen, but do not consider her to be a good mother. In fact, she is considered to be a rather poor one by many. And most people I know would say that they adore her, but she did a poor job of balancing work and family. So, no, people don't forget everything, even if they forget most. The mechanic tidbit : yes it is trotted out now and then to paint her 'normalcy' but I think that most see it for the PR that it is.

      There is an interesting story that most people don't know. When Kate Winslet went to BP to get her OBE or some such honor the Queen asked her whether she likes acting. Kate W said "I do, but the role I like the best is that of a mother. That's the best one - won't you agree" - I paraphrase. The Queen nodded and gave her usual mona lisa smile. I wonder what she thought. I've always wondered why KW said that.

      I believe that if you search you may find the video or the article somewhere.

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    4. Maggie - Minneapolis13 May 2015 at 23:45

      The Queen is seen by many as a bad mother and I don't think it's fair. She became Queen at an incredibly young age, and even before that, had to take over many of her father's duties because he was so ill. If she had been a man, people would have been fine with her parenting (or perceived lack thereof), and would have just expected her spouse to help out. They would have admired her commitment to the job without mentioning that it hurt her children. But because she's a woman and Prince Phillip is the man, she gets a lot of the blame, even though, as everyone says here about Kate, the job of those marrying into the royal family is to support their spouses, so arguably, this should be more on Prince Phillip. I'm not saying that Prince Phillip hasn't done a good job of supporting the Queen. But if the gender roles were reversed for him and the Queen, I think the Queen would have gotten much less blame over the years and Prince Phillip would have received much more. And that doesn't seem fair to me.
      Also, there is only so much one can do to help their children turn out to be fine people. Charles has his faults, but can we really put that on his parents? There is no way to know! And for all of his faults, Charles has also inherited a great work ethic from his parents. And from all accounts, he seems intelligent and well-informed.

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    5. Who are we to judge the Queen's as a mother? Because her children made mistakes and hopefully learned from those mistake does not mean that she was not a good mother. Adversity is a tool used to hone us--and thank God for those adversities because it seems the Windsors' have learned a thing or two. As for Kate Winslet--in my opinion she was rude and way out of her league, that is if the story is true.

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    6. Julia from Leominster14 May 2015 at 03:53

      Actually, the queen was said to be much more involved with Andrew and Edward - for better or worse - many books also point to some of Charles' problems as coming from his relationship with his father - who much preferred Princess Anne. The recent book on royal children had a good section on that.

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden14 May 2015 at 13:58

      I agree that people don't forget. (Although that mechanic tidbit does more good than you might see). But in the whole as a monarchy and in the Queens image it is a small thing.

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    8. Excellent point, MM@23:45! ..."the job of those marrying into the royal family is to support their spouses."

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    9. Here is the video of KW talking about receiving the CBE. She talks about the mother bit at the very end.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fu_rF1JzN6Q

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    10. I agree that Kate Winslet's comment was brash and judgmental. She was way out of her league. Her PR team and agent probably cringed when she did that.

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    11. I watched the video and I did not see anything wrong with what Kate Winslet said. Not at all.

      Yes, the Queen did take a lot on at a very young age and, in hindsight, perhaps she would do some things differently. And maybe, just maybe, her own experience makes her happy to see W&K enjoy some time as a young family before they will be faced with greater responsibilities down the road.

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    12. As far as Kate Winslet's comment, I didn't see anything wrong with it. I guess it is all about interpretation, but I didn't see anything judgmental about it. She seemed very respectful, especially with her comments to the Queen.

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    13. Maggie - Minneapolis15 May 2015 at 03:53

      I'm okay with Kate Winslet's comment. It doesn't seem like she meant it in a snarky way. She probably had no idea that the Queen was once criticized for being a bad mother. She was probably just trying to find something in common with the Queen to talk about :)

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  26. I was struck by a word in Harry's speech: "sane". Having a job - a "normal" one - is seen by both brothers as a way to stay in touch with the real world. It means to go out from the fish bowl in which their birth put them; to have a mental sanity, so to speak. It's a very interesting word, I think it means a lot. To live in a fish bowl is never sane, also when it is a golden one.
    Well. they will never be "common people", they will never be "like us": we all can agree with that. But they know the danger of their position, and also the responsibility. Yes, they will never have the political power of a prime minister: but when king, William will have the opportunity, and the duty, to meet very often the British prime minister. I would like to be a fly and listen to the dialogues of the Queen with her prime ministers. Who knows how much her opinion is listened to? I don't think the answer is "zero".
    In past times, the good and caring kings used to disguise themselves as commoners, going in the streets to listen from the people's mouth what they were thinking about him and his government. In our times, there is no need of that: but having the habit of staying daily with working commoners, sharing their duties and seeing what kind of problems they have, how they trust it, how do they live is a very good thing to do for a future monarch. His career is not as a diplomat, it is something more: as king George VI said, a king is the voice of his people.

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    1. very nicely put. The naysayers will never ever agree with you for long but I do. I think that both William and Harry are sincerely and thoughtfully trying to take in the whole picture and do the very best they can. They can't please everyone obviously, nor should they. They just have to be true to themselves and try to do the very best they can. I love the saying'
      "Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle." even the smallest light can help dispel darkness.
      I pray they let their lights shine brightly unfettered by the nayssyers.

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    2. Really, the king is *not* the voice of his people anymore. What George VI said is rather romantic whitewashing of the monarchy. I don't believe that it applies anymore.

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    3. Maggie - Minneapolis14 May 2015 at 00:53

      I agree with Anonymous at 18:08 - now, especially, I think the King is the opposite of the voice of his people. Remember, the royal family isn't supposed to have opinions on most things, and can't get involved in many important movements. I'm not sure how they can be the voice of their people if they can't speak up, for example, for legalizing gay marriage (just a random example). In fact, I feel uncomfortable even thinking of the King as the voice of "their people", because why should a person be considered that simply because of the family they were born into? People who are elected can be considered more the voice of their people, since the people (I'm assuming) voted for them at least in part because they represent their beliefs.

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    4. If a king is no more the voice of his people, what could be the meaning of a monarchy today? I think that in war time the voice of people is more dramatic and screaming, so to speak; a war can make a people feel very compact. In peace time, to be the voice of the people could mean to pay attention to the weak ones, let them be heard (what else are the charities indeed?), show a great attention to whatever is needed and unheard. Diana understood it so well, with AIDS illness, landmines and so on. She was successfully the voice of weak people. William flying to rescue people in danger and in illness look so meaningful to me, I will never be tired to say.

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    5. Paola, no offence, but there IS no meaning of a monarchy today. Look around you. ISIS, genocides, children dying around the world or hunger, disease, poverty. There is no WAR anymore. War is conducted stealthily through drones. Revolutions happen secretly. Hundreds of women get kidnapped overnight without the rest of us batting an eyelid. What sort of a scenario do you imagine in this world where the king would stand up and the world would be blown over by the words he says ? Why would we listen to such a person who is nothing but a figurehead - who purpotedly has no power, no influence, no ability to bring about change? What exactly gives the the king the kind the halo that you imagine? Nothing in today's world. Nothing whatsoever. That halo is earned today, not given by birth.
      You are a woman of the past, clearly and I imagine that you are a fan of the classics. Hence the romanticism.
      That is not our reality unfortunately. The world has changed in the last 50 years drastically. And what kings and queens of yore said many eons ago are not relevant, not because of age, but because the world is simply a very different place with hardly any resemblence to those times.

      And it's funny you bring up Diana because the royal family think she was a horrible royal and are doing all they can to distance themselves from her memory. She *was* indeed the voice of the deprived, and have you forgotten what the family thought of that voice ?

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    6. Hey, I put on the table some very tough question :) I see your points, Maggie and Anon 18:23, I see it very well. Maybe one reason for William and Harry to have a real job is that they are themselves doubting about the future of the monarchy? I don't think Britons would be so wise becoming a republic. There is a great strength in this strange mix of past and future, the British monarchy. It makes Great Britain very special all over the world; and my God, there must be a meaning in it, don't you think so?

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    7. Anon 18:23, I don't dispute the harsh realities you speak of, but IMO they are exactly the reason society needs some "romanticism", as you put it.

      And Diana's relevance, her contribution cannot be judged by what the royal family thought of her. It should be (and I believe is) judged by what the people thought of her. Yes, the firm has done their best to sweep her memory under the rug, but in the big picture, it is nothing more than a PR dance. Her legacy is alive and well...look at William and Harry. William choosing Kate to be his wife, and setting the boundaries and priorities he has so far, has Diana's fingerprints all over it. Ditto for Harry's actions/decisions.

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    8. I agree Royal fan

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    9. Maggie - Minneapolis15 May 2015 at 03:49

      I don't know if I think that William choosing Kate or his priorities has Diana's fingerprints all over it. She thought her family was very important, but she was also very serious about her royal duties. I know she felt overwhelmed herself, and I'm sure she would have been wonderful support for Kate in that regard, but I don't know if she would have approved of William taking the opposite extreme approach from how Diana was handled. Diana was pushed in too fast and too deep. Sometimes I feel like Kate is being held back too much. There IS a middle ground, and Diana seemed to always be trying to find it. Also, it really seems like part of William's attraction to Kate is her family, and maybe if Diana had remained alive, he may not have had such a need/desire to find a substitute loving family. Yes, his parents would have still been divorced, but he may have still found the loving environment he needed with his mother. I'd also be interested in what Diana would have thought of how Kate spent her twenties.
      In fact, I feel like in so many ways, Kate is the absolute antithesis of Diana. A lot of commentators have said they think Kate is taking the Queen Mother approach, which Diana thought was horribly old-fashioned. Diana also didn't shy away from controversy, i.e. landmines or hugging AIDS victims, whereas I really can't ever see Kate do that. Kate is probably the "better" royal wife in many ways (based on royal expectations) - she is very private and would probably never go to the media to fight her husband, is willing to just take a supportive role, and is seen but not heard/avoids controversy. But none of these things remind me of Diana, except for wanting to be a good mother and caring about her family, but I know a lot of women who want/do that. And this isn't necessarily a bad thing! Diana's personality is not the only good one, and she had her issues, as everyone knows. I just don't know if I agree that William's choice in Kate is invoking Diana.

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    10. Maggie - Minneapolis15 May 2015 at 03:52

      Paola - I don't think there's no meaning for the monarchy! :) I absolutely agree it is a special institution. I just disagreed with your take that it is the voice of the people. I think it represents a tremendous amount of important history, and I think it's nice to have a branch of "leadership" that doesn't get involved in all of the messiness of politics. Ceremony and tradition are nice things to be able to hold on to, and are important parts of any culture. So I think we mostly agree :)

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  27. The queen has her own kind of wisdom that fit very well with the expectation of being a British monarch. She was also a war time off spring and post war queen cherished in her own time. If Prince Charles did not have that turning point of being torn between his parents’ expectation of marriage and his own youth, he could have made an interesting king. I think William’s disposition is rooted in some humanitarian, knowing what he wants and country life. Harry might have the interest in the military, but neither brothers nor recent, past predecessors and current siblings of Prince Charles stand out as competent as Charles in many ways. His letters to different government agencies are now released. Whatever the interpretation including self-interest, his involvement is interesting.

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    1. Maggie - Minneapolis14 May 2015 at 00:49

      I absolutely agree with your take on Charles. I like that he gets involved in things. He's shown interest in many interesting and important subjects, and I think that's important. I like it when people try to care and have opinions about things/get involved, and that's what Charles does. He is also a hard worker. He needs to work on being less insecure, and of course cheating on Diana was a horrible thing to do, but I do wish people would consider his childhood more when giving him so much flak even now about all of that. Prince Phillip pushed him/gave him bad advice about how to choose a wife, and was also rather rough on him when Charles was a child. But now, because his love life has been sorted out, etc., I really think he could make a good King, if people would just give him a chance.

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    2. wow. you surprised me Maggie.
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      the Royal family and I agree.
      I think Charles will be a good and effective king when the time comes.

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    3. Anonymous14 May 2015 at 18:38,

      I agree with you regarding Maggie’s commentary. From her blog of “being a royal” the thread above /under this blog’s title (Maggie - Minneapolis14 May 2015 at 01:08), the more I read her post, the closer I found her comment in the spirit of Diana.

      Here, to separate Charles’s personal life from his potential to become a competent king is refreshing, but it also takes forgiveness to come to that conclusion as well as believing in his accomplishment etc.

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    4. Maggie - Minneapolis15 May 2015 at 03:39

      Wow, being told one of my comments is in the spirit of Diana is one of the highest compliments someone could pay me! Thank you! :)

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  28. I was never a big Harry fan, but my gosh, I am becoming more and more impressed by him! I find him quite endearing now. I really hope he finds a sane woman. I loved that interview and he came across very natural. So, I know what he was saying when he said he wanted to work with 'normal' people. But it always makes me cringe when the Royals say 'normal people'. I know it is not meant as an insult, but something about it makes me feel like 'the little people'. I know they are Royals, but it comes across as elitist. Please do not get mad, I know that is not how Harry or other Royals mean it, but I still hate the use of it. I know Harry is saying it as more of an insult to himself. I just don't like the term personally :)

    As far as the Hobbs dress, I am with others and prefer the original version better. Its funny, I actually have that same dress as Kate's. Mine is the same print, but instead of grey it is in a grey/blue. Seeing this new version, makes me happy I have mine :)

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    1. Maggie - Minneapolis14 May 2015 at 00:10

      I totally get your problem with royals saying "normal" people. It differentiates them from others. Unfortunately, I think this is a lose-lose for them, because many would probably get offended if they tried not to differentiate and didn't acknowledge that their lives ARE different. That being said, everyone's life is different in one way or another, so maybe he could change his terminology a little to be specific to how his life is different, rather than perhaps making it sound like he's the special one (although I'm sure that's not how he meant it). But yeah, not a big deal but I totally get where you are coming from!

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    2. I agree re: the new edition of the Hobbs dress. I really liked Kate's grey one, and was excited when I saw they re-released it. But the new grid pattern is too sparse and orderly for my liking. The original print seems more flattering for the form of the dress, which is a great design. Now the new blue grid pattern takes over (somehow?).

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    3. So true leafyNZ! The grey pattern I feel like it is more subtle. It definitely compliments the dress more than the new pattern. The new pattern is a little more jarring, I guess. I can't quiet put my finger on what I don't like about the new one. All I know, is I love the original :)

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    4. Maybe because it looks like a tablecloth, CuriousKat? :-)

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    5. It really does. no offense.

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  29. Courtney from NC13 May 2015 at 23:22

    I can understand why the Duchess of Cambridge would be hesitant to do more interviews. Even if the questions are submitted beforehand and the entire interview goes off well she would still be criticized and the public would pick and choose phrases and use them to tear her ten ways from Sunday.Look at the way people are on the comments section here, which is mild compared to many places. She cannot win. If I were her I would be petrified, no matter how much public speaking experience she has it would horrible.

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    1. excellent points Courtney.
      some of the comments here can be so disparaging and it seems sometimes that no attempted interjection of reason dissuades the naysayers. none. So I can readily understand why Kate doesn't even bother.

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    2. Maggie - Minneapolis15 May 2015 at 03:38

      Have you read the general media about Kate? She almost NEVER gets criticized since marrying William, and even if she does, it rarely sticks. I talked about this in a different comment, but like, she (maybe) wrote 3 sentences about hospice week, and every article is calling it a "letter," an "impassioned plea," etc. They're all lauding her for taking out "so much time" to write 3 sentences. I'm not criticizing Kate - good for her for doing something for hospice week. But aside from blogs, the general media is VERY complimentary.
      The other thing to remember is - the longer she waits to try, the more likely it is the public love for her dies and then she really WILL get disparaged for tiny mistakes. If she makes a small mistake while still adored, then people will forgive her, and she gets practice. If she waits and makes it impossible for the public to remain interested in her, then when she DOES give a speech or interview, it is more likely that they will be less forgiving.
      Look, none of her speeches or videos have been all that great so far. But every time she's done one, she's gotten huge amounts of praise just for doing anything at all. Royals are lucky - people have much lower expectations for them than they do for politicians, etc.

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  30. Maggie - Minneapolis14 May 2015 at 00:39

    In the many discussions in this comment section, I feel like many people are making the assumption that working a "normal" job means that royals are interacting a lot with non-royals in a helpful way. For Harry, this may be the case, given his experiences like deploying to Afghanistan or the trek to the South Pole. William obviously couldn't do some things like that because of his proximity to the throne, but even when William was in the RAF, he never lived on base, even when he was a bachelor, Kate didn't join the wives' club, and by all accounts, they never socialized with William's co-workers or their families outside of William's actual work hours. All of George's godparents were upper-class/nobility/royalty and any friends they are pictured with are the same. So yes, William goes to work and talks to his co-workers there. But that's it. I'm not sure that is the kind of genuine interaction that helps him understand how other people live or think. Can him working this kind of job help anyways? Sure, but only as long as he's being honest with himself about how much he's actually interacting with people not in his class/social group/being normal.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden14 May 2015 at 17:18

      I don't know all facts. But I remember storys about Kate coming with brownies to the base etc.

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    2. Great point Maggie - I hope you don't get dragged over the coals for it.
      As much as I like Harry, I think that what he said was rather thoughtless. Was it PR generated or was it off the cuff ?
      Even if they work in a factory making buttons, it would be impossible for Wills and Harry to understand anything about people unless they reach out, talk, make friends and try to come out of their lofty castles, and I mean that metaphorically.
      The two boys are not exactly known for their intellect, even in the circles they move around in. So I can see how they would make this false equivalence, but let *us* not fall for this.

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    3. Anon: 19:35. I so agree with you. By the way, William and Kate invite 40 of his fellow works to his wedding!

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    4. I agree with you Maggie and 18:36. Even Harry, as personable as he is, lives in a bubble.

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    5. oh brother............. give the guy some slack. This is approaching absurd.

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  31. I love Harry. I wish someone did a blog about him and his works. I think he is so interesting, charming, loveable. Not that it would ever happy but I bet I'd make him a good wife. I hope he finds someone similar to Kate but not exactly like her.

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  32. And how would anyone ever realistically be able to quantify that one way or the other?
    I say that that social veil is not as hard to penetrate as you indicate, nor does that in anyway preclude or negate vast benefits of interacting with various people's from different social stratas. I respectfully disagree with you. I applaud William and Harry's efforts to try to relate to as many people as possible to the best of their ability.
    I think that will have far reaching positive effects.

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    1. Paola @ 23:07
      There IS a great strength in the mix
      of past and future of Great Britain
      as you so eloquently put it. Just for the continuity alone. If they would ever do away with the monarchy
      most of what Britain represents would be gone. It is part of the British fabric. It definitely does have meaning. It definitely does count for something. Don't let the naysayers wear you down. :)

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  33. Anon @ 18:36
    What you described is EXACTLY what they are reaching out to do. And who exactly says they aren't intelligent? How do you know that their "circle" feels that they lack intelligence? Can you fly a fighter helicopter? can you fly a rescue helicopter?
    Did you successfully complete degree work
    at a highly academically ranked university?
    With all due respect....

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    1. I remember reading that Kate
      did take brownies to William's colleagues. And, they not only invited William's colleagues to the wedding but also the butcher, the convenience store owners, their local pub owner. Those Royal snobs William and Kate. NOT.

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