Friday, 17 July 2015

New Engagement Announced for Kate, Media Coverage of William's New Role & More

We're back with news of an engagement announcement for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Kensington Palace Twitter Feed

On Sunday, 26 July, Kate in her role as patron of The 1851 Trust, accompanied by William, will spend the day supporting the America's Cup World Series in Portsmouth. More from the official press release:

'Their Royal Highnesses will:
 · Tour the team technical areas at the Royal Navy Base before the day's racing begins, where they will meet the six international team skippers and their crews.
· Visit the new BAR team base, to see their state of the art facilities, meet staff and families and learn about BAR's investment in developing maritime and design skills.
 · Watch teams from the USA, France, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden and Great Britain compete in two races, and later present medals to the teams at the Waterfront Festival Arena.'

The Palace said Kate will "take the opportunity to learn more about how the charity is using this exciting time for the sport in the UK to inspire a new generation into sailing and the marine industry". The 1851 Trust shared their excitement ahead of the royal visit via their Twitter Feed:

1851 Trust Twitter Feed

William and Kate will join huge crowds to enjoy the spectacle of the final day's racing on "Super Sunday".

America's Cup

More from the America's Cup World Series website:

'The America’s Cup World Series is a racing circuit featuring the best sailors in the world, competing on foiling, wing-sailed 45ft catamarans. The America’s Cup World Series is the first stage of competition in the 35th America’s Cup and begins in the summer of 2015, culminating in the America’s Cup (Finals) in 2017 in Bermuda.'

Kate last visited the home of Ben Ainslie Racing in  Portsmouth in February following an announcement she had chosen the charity as her latest patronage. The Palace released this statement from Kate at the time: "I am delighted to be Royal Patron of The 1851 Trust.  I feel very fortunate to have enjoyed sailing from a young age and I know it is a great way of providing young people with the opportunity to develop skills and confidence."


The news follows Richard Palmer's report Kate would carry out a handful of engagements over the next month or so. How many engagements can be we expect to see? According to People: "Aides are stressing that she is still principally focused on motherhood and this is not a return to full-on royal duties".

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There's good news for fans of Kate's L.K. Bennett Cayla Dress.

Wimbledon

The cardinal red dress is available in all sizes at retailer Next. The £250 dress is described this way: "Make a statement with the Cayla Cardinal dress in a fiery red and updated silhouette. Adding length and flare to a classic skater dress". It retails for £250.

Next

With thanks to Food, Fash, Fit for the tip!

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Prince William's new job as a pilot with East Anglian Air Ambulance has been generating quite a few headlines in recent days.


First, news on the prince's first rescue mission from the Telegraph:

'Prince William has flown in to assist on his first successful air ambulance mission after a man suffered a heart attack. The man, in his 50's, had collapsed with chest pains in Felixstowe, Suffolk.
 Medics dashed to the scene, including the East of England Air Ambulance being flown by the Duke of Cambridge, 33, on what would become his first completed rescue mission since starting his new job this week. A crowd of people who gathered were left gobsmacked when they realised the rescue was by royal appointment.'

In his an interview on his first day Prince William described the role as a "follow on" from where he was "with the military with search and rescue and described the role as "in essence a similar type of job". What is remarkably different compared with his time at RAF Valley is the media coverage, particularly that concerning a female colleague, Dr Gemma Mullen.


Mail Online

I've been rather shocked by the intrusive publicity Dr Mullen has had to deal with. A couple of tabloids decided she bears a resemblance to Kate, which was quickly followed by articles sharing details and personal photos form her wedding and holiday snaps.

One imagines working with the air ambulance can be an incredibly stressful job for the crew involved without media attention focused on individual staff. In fact, the EAAA were clearly upset about it releasing a statement saying it trivialised the focus of their work.

The statement in full:

'We are disappointed that the focus of our work has been trivialised in this way. Gemma Mullen is a distinguished pre-hospital clinician doing an important job. In any case, the stories are factually untrue – she is coming to the end of a six-month placement and will be moving on in the next week or so.
 She won't be flying with the Duke, moving forward. She added: "Dr Mullen does not wish to engage with this non-story: she is a dedicated clinician whose focus is on her work.'"

Also, as seen in the Mail Online graphic above, onlookers are seen taking photos of Prince William landing, and professional photographers were present too. It's very much early days, but it appears the media element will be much more prevalent for William (and thus his colleagues) than during his time in Wales. What are your thoughts of the coverage this week?

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Finally, Kate and George were spotted at Sandringham House and gardens enjoying an outing.

Sandringham Gardens

There's plenty of tourists visiting at the moment, for anyone interested in doing likewise you can view the website here.

294 comments:

  1. I hope for the sake of everyone involved that the media will back off. Firstly, the patients lives are on the line. Secondly, Prince William should be allowed to do his job. Lord knows if he has to stop people will complain about him not having a real job. Thirdly, the other medical and rescue personnel probably don't want their lives messed up by the media attention.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden17 July 2015 at 12:13

      I agree! I don't know how it was when he started with RAF but I hope it will soon calm down and this is just due to the newness of the situation!

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    2. Victoria, Oregon18 July 2015 at 04:01

      I hope so, too! Wish he could work in disguise. But that probably wouldn't work.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden18 July 2015 at 13:52

      Yeah Victoria. My dad said "Why doesn't he just have his helmet on?" :P

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  2. Wait...so why can't William focus on fatherhood? God they live like people in the 1950s did and for the aide to say that Kate wouldn't return to her full time role is a hokwt...what she was doing was maybe considered part time work...she would still have a lot of time with her kids even if she only did two engagements a week
    I do feel bad for that doctor.... She actually has a full time job and its insultkng to compare her to Kate
    And people need to stop saying Kate is on maternity leave because that is only for people who work full time
    My mom and dad both had a full time jobs and I'm super close to them
    Plus Kate has a nanny and housekeeper its time she pulled her waot outside of the home..this isn't the 1950s anymore

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    1. No its not the 1950's. Some people actually choose to stay home with their children instead of having others raise them. its 2015 and folks can do what the choose and should not be judged for it.

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    2. Robin in Ontario17 July 2015 at 17:16

      So people who work part time are not entitled to maternity leave???
      The fact that we no longer "live like people did in the 1950s" means that parents have more choice; they have the choice to work different schedules, be full time parents, work part time outside the home, be single-income families, be dual-income families, etc. We all, know that there are many royals who take on more official engagements than Kate, but KP is not pretending she has full time royal duties. There are also not many royals who have full time jobs like William does.

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    3. I truly believe that if Kate wants to be a full time mother and not do many royal duties, that should be her right. At this point, they don't receive any monies from the Crown Estate, and raising their children should be a priority.

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    4. Julia from Leominster18 July 2015 at 01:05

      I've said it before and will say it again, terms relating to leave - maternity leave, sick leave or holiday leave, should not be applied to the royal family. These are terms which have specific definations that most working people are attuned to, and royal lives are too different to make such terms easily applicable.

      No, Kate isn't entitled to maternity leave as a legal right - she hasn't work anything close to the required hours during the time period allotted. This doesn't mean I think she needs to be working. She does have a job - being a royal princess - it doesn't say housewife on the birth certificates and that princess job does come with benefits - especially publically funded security. My feeling is Kate needs to balance public expectation for her role - against the time she feels needed to spend with her children - and then simply have the palace saying she will not be taking engagements at this time. Personally, I think waiting until autumn would be about right - although there have been very important events where I think an exception should have been made (whoever's decision is was) especially given that Kate won't go back to work full time.

      It's worth remembering royals aren't celebrities - one of their main roles is to seem relevant to the public and in a day when most mums have to work, whether they want to or not - and this covers a large amount of income levels - this needs to be taken into account. This is far from an exact science but royals who don't manage this balance tend not to be very popular and weaken the monarchy. At this point, the young mums I know all work and have relatively little interest in Kate - there was much more interest around the time of the wedding, but now she seems out of touch with their lives - just another privilaged rich woman.

      As for the present, the trouble came when it was announced Kate would take on a few engagements this month. I'm still hoping this may yet happen. But the World Cup seems to most people more like Wimbledon than it does a real engagement - such as Centrepoint or hospices. Most people would be thrilled to be around such a sailing event -( much like the Olympics (where there was very bad feeling because tickets proved so hard and expensive to get.) I'm not saying Kate shouldn't go but that it probably should have been treated more like Wimbledon than a working engagement. While there is a charitable aspect of getting disadvantaged children involved with sailing - this is likely to benefit very few and doesn't really equate with hospice work for instance.

      I'm not getting excited about Kate writing a letter because we know this is mainly done by staff and she only signs her name.

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    5. I know William donates his income to his work, but is there any consideration (I live in America) for the thought that he may have taken a job away from someone else who might have needed it? No haters, please. I am truly curious what is the UK opinion on this, if any.

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    6. I think we can all agree on that she has the right to stay at home with Charlotte, we can disagree of course whether you call this mat. leave because of her unique position and because she never really worked.
      But last time I checked nobody made Kate do anything she didn't want. My problem is if she leaves her mat.leave for few hours why not trying to do some charity with "substance". Sport is great, sailing must be too, for a few who can afford it. But who am I kidding she is never gonna change the world simply not that type. Maybe this is her fate.

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    7. I agree with most of the above comments. In particular I also had the same thought that William is taking a paid job that someone who needed it could have had. This does not sit right with me..OK if he was working as an extra but he's taking a required job. I'm glad his tax payer funded RAF training isn't going to waste (as is now the case with Harry).

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    8. Jennifer-if you have read this blog awhile, you know there are certain commenters who have used this
      premise to criticise William for having a job other than prince. You also will realise these same people have
      seemingly blamed William for all the attention that has been focused on this charity with his employment.
      I think any detriment from his taking the job is more than made up for by the awareness of the charity
      brought by his employment. The fanfare will die down. Co-workers will soon accept him as their own-I
      think the use of the term, "guys and girls," I believe it was- may have been an attempt to express that
      camaraderie.Soldiers working alongside soldiers, airmen who were well-known--Jimmy Stewart comes to mind- during
      WWII soon found that in life-or-death situations, titles don't matter.

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    9. @Jennifer Stumpf Your normal guy guess can not walk in and apply for a position like William's. I read where mostly the one's that fly with companies like the one William works for are retired service members who has the flying experience. So I would say he is not taking a job away from someone who might need it.

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    10. In the 1950's, men were telling women what was expected, acceptable, etc. In 2015, *women* appear to be doing it. Amazing progress, isn't it?

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    11. Jennifer you have a point but that argument applies to many people who work. Many of us married folks could have one partner not work and still survive, and the job we take to improve our standard of living is being denied someone for whom that would be there only source of income. I do not disagree with the argument only that it is a tricky one.

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    12. Anon 16:51 Well Said!
      Becca USA

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  3. In my own opinion, I do not think they are concerned whatsoever about official "royal duties". How can all the other royals be full time, but William being third in line is practically showing that he can do whatever he would like. I really am interested in knowing how they can have their cake and eat it too? I admire Kate, but it seems very offensive to other mothers who have to work their bottoms off while having a FULL TIME JOB and raising s family... But Kate gets to do whatever she would like and have "all the money" for several not needed things.

    By all of this.... It should be so nice being them.

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    1. Meant to say second in line*

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    2. "Offensive to other mothers who have to work" wow are we really back to this?? she is not just anyone she is a future queen and face it if you didnt have to work, would you??

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    3. Colour Moving and Still17 July 2015 at 21:33

      Anon 16:56, she does have to work.

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    4. I really believe that the Queen learned her lesson from the experiences of Diana and Fergie. Face it, the press concentrate on the youngsters and don't even talk about the work that The Princess Royal does. The Queen is more than happy to let William and Kate ease into royal life. Their lives could change in an instant if the Queen were to die. She knows that the press would do nothing but follow William and Kate around on their engagements. No one wants a repeat of the past.

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    5. Julia from Leominster18 July 2015 at 01:14

      I tell you this, if I was a royal princess, I would be working like mad. I would see it as employment and feel I had an obligation to the public. I would be utterly miserable if I was being called Duchess Dolittle.

      And yes, many people work who may not have to. A lot of extremely rich people work full-time. Bill Gates' wife could stay home with her children - and let others handle his foundation for tax reasons but instead she has become very involved and no one says she is a bad mother.. And there are many other examples.

      Being a royal princess is an employment - with benefits, some of which come from the public purse.. The rules may different and no, most royals will never work the hours most of us have had to - but something still is expected and Kate, at thirty-three, has already had a huge amount of time to do as she wishes. Once Charlotte is older, Kate setting an example for her children by taking on a reasonable amount of work seems completely reasonable and healthy.

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    6. No one wants a repeat of the past in what way? The press following William and Kate around on their engagements? That's exactly what they want! Why wouldn't they want the press following them around publicizing what they do?

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    7. Why does Kate's working or not working always is an issue. A few years ago I thought Chjarlotte has asked us not to go there anymore. But nobody listens to the owner of this blog.

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  4. Yay! I'm so excited for another Kate engagement! I think it's great she's taking on a few engagements.

    I for one was shocked and disgusted by all the articles about William and his new work colleague. They were very insulting to Kate, intrusive on Gemma's personal life. And just downright nasty. I think the worse were from DM. I found this quote to be especially insulting to Kate.
    "Bad enough that William gets to go back out into the real world while she remains under house arrest, lactating like a prize Friesian."

    What's worse is they've basically made this other women, an innocent woman into a home wrecker. Somehow implying that just because she's a brunette and the same age as Kate that William will obviously be attracted to her. They even went so far to call her a more "fun version" of Kate.
    I think it's sad that in 2015 society still has to make a non story out of two beautiful women and try to pitt them against each other. I really hope Kate paid no attention to those stories, especially after the first few months after having a baby the last thing you need to hear is how your husband is working with a more fun version of you, and how you're on lactating duty. A mothers mental and emotional health is crucial in those first few months and even though Kate knows those are just stupid made up trashy stories it can still make you feel bad. I also feel bad for Gemma I can only imagine how she felt seeing her face on newspapers and websites. I agree with EAAA they really did trivialize Gemma and her great accomplishment as a doctor. It's so sad that people still feel the need to compare and judge women. And what's even sadder is that half of those articles were written by women.

    Here's the article that the insulting comment to Kate was from:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/columnists/article-3161664/SARAH-VINE-foxy-flying-doc-makes-pity-Kate.html

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    1. The daily mail has generally great photographic coverage of events but their articles can be ridiculously nasty. I know this blog isn't focused on Pippa but the article DM wrote about her after Princess Charlotte's christening was unbelievably mean- that because Pippa isn't married with children, her life is stagnant.

      I couldn't agree more with how upsetting the coverage of women is! The doctor did not deserve to be trivialized like that- as other commentators have pointed out her job is incredibly emotionally demanding and the last thing she deserved was this media attention because she happens to be a brunette. And while I of course recognize that the resources at her disposal put Kate in a better position than most mothers, hers is not an easy task either. Being a mother to two young children is hard. The news coverage was beyond disappointing.

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    2. The press has become extremely obnoxious to William and Kate. They pick on the Middletons to go after William because they know that is the one thing that is sure to get his goat. Now this absolutely horrible article almost victimizing a young doctor, who by the way is nothing like Kate.

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    3. A great example of just why William hates the media. DM has already had to retract the story about Carole. I guess they never learn. If you read the comment section of this article DM readers are also upset about this ridiculous article. Kate looks nothing like this young doctor. You can hardly blame William and Kate if they go back to not giving the media access since this is the Thanks they get for giving them access to any of Charlotte's Christening.

      I am also convinced that if this job does not work out, William will be the one blamed by the haters on this blog and the media's role in it overlooked

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    4. The press is hoping by pushing on William and Kate that they will be pressured into more public appearances. No one believes the dribble that the DM spills. Men and Women work together everyday, there is nothing new in that story.

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    5. I agree Heather the DM really is going too far with some of the articles they are writing.
      Did anyone see the article comparing Zara and Kate. It said something about how Zara still had a "mummy tummy" after having Mia. And was praising Kate for fitting into skinny jeans 6 weeks after giving birth. But failed to mention that they were maternity jeans. Zara had on a dress that wasn't the most flattering for her figure and the DM started saying she was pregnant again, they actually contacted her and asked and she had to put out a statement saying she wasn't.
      That's crossing a line. Shaming a woman for not loosing her baby weight as fast as another is horrible.

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    6. Just for accuracy's sake, the only thing that the DM retracted about Carole was the state of her marriage and that she was moving in after the baby was born. Nothing else. But I agree with everyone regarding some of those articles, especially throwing William and the doctor together and Zara/Kate. That was really awful.

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    7. A medical condition involving abdominal muscle injury was also given as a possible reason for Zara's tummy.
      Not every woman has this problem after birth. I actually think the information about this was given either
      in that story or next to it. The DM usually hedges its bets. I have not read the DM since their coverage of
      Zara. It was the last straw.

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    8. PS- I would so love it if Zara really were pregnant and had been trying to keep the news private. All the ugly
      remarks...laugh in their faces. They seem like fantastic parents. And what a Granny! (Anne)

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  5. First i don't think the doctor looks at all like kate the media are just trying to stur up trouble, i think the press should leave will and the doctor alone and let them do their job saving lives and thanks for the post charlotte looking forward to seeing kate & will at the world cup

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  6. To be honest, I am a bit disappointed that from a handful of engagements she/they picked another sport event. Noone can say this time it is not official because it is. I suppose I need to live it.

    I wonder how the media crew got there on his first day. They were invited right?!

    Thank you Charlotte for the update.

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  7. Maryland Moxie17 July 2015 at 05:53

    William's job is all well and good until patients start suing because of the media attention and breach of privacy or poor medical care because the staff is distracted and taking photos.

    As for Kate - is anyone really surprised she is "officially" going to a sporting event? I believe last July it was the Tour de France and the Commonwealth Games.

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    1. So what? William, Kate and Harry too are all know to be very sportive and very nothing bad in that.

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    2. The staff that were taking photos were all on their breaks, not on duty. No ones medical care was compromised.

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    3. Mayrland Moxie18 July 2015 at 07:31

      Be sure to follow my blog called "Watching Kate Watching Sports". That's so what!
      http://watchingkatewatchingsports.blogspot.com/

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden18 July 2015 at 14:00

      Uhm, Moxie... Are you trying to be rude or are you self-promoting? Either way is not really nice.

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    5. LOL! Seriously Moxie?

      As to so what? It's fluffy, that's what. Although there is Ben Ainslie, so there is that. I'd go watch him too.
      Did I see somewhere they're touring a Range Rover facility as well?

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    6. I am sorry but I will not waste my time reading your blog. I still do not understand why you have such a hard time with Kate and her sports charities.

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    7. It seems you might as well have a “watchers blog” which your list so far is record keeper’s blog. Your past post s included the details of RF’s number of engagements. I used to wonder if that “passion” was for research, a thesis, a book writing in process, or at one time even commented here if you are a history major with a focus on BR/monarchy especially because you did it supposedly from the US.

      Based on some of your opinion on your posts regarding Kate and whatever your intention, I doubt if this puts her in a bad light ultimately. Regardless, you might be doing a good thing to favor her for those who benefit from sports. Sports had been not only part of her passion and patronage, but also her extended family members are very much involved in it. If you weight out the pros and cons by listing her other engagements, balance it out and write a commentary in what ways the ratio of her "sport watching" against her non profit organization patronage engagements carries out, may be makes some purposeful sense.

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    8. That is just too much Moxie. Can someone do something about this poster. It is offensive..

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    9. Moxie has never played nice here. It just proves when she suggest Charlottes readers to go to hetr blog if it really is a real one. But I will never read anything pertaining to her.

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    10. I find some of these personal comments about another person here reprehensible. You should be ashamed of yourselves, and pot meet kettle when it comes to "playing nice" and being offensive.

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  8. Eve from Germany17 July 2015 at 07:25

    Well, I sometimes hate when what I suspected in the first place, turns out to be true (or come true). William certainly searched for a similar job (and life) like he could enjoy in Anglesey. But the difference is: Norfolk is not Anglesey and a search and rescue pilot serving on an army base is not a rescue pilot working for the EAAA. So this is what´s going to happen during as long as he is going to work there: People taking photos, working colleagues harrassed by the press and all in all a whole lot of additional strain for the teams working with Prince William (as if they needed that!).

    I can understand William in his search for a "private" life as long as possible - but this job in this area certainly won´t give him "Anglesey" back.

    I just sincerely hope that none of the people he has to rescue will suffer because of everything that "comes with him" - his working colleagues certainly will. I wonder how long they will put up with this. A relative of mine was serving as a doctor on one of these helicopters. He sometimes talked about what he experienced every day - and I can assure you, that´s not what either of us would want. It´s about life and death every day and the things you see can haunt you for the rest of your life. You just DON`T need ANY additional stress from anything or anybody.

    Perhaps the novelty of it all will disappear eventually and things go back to normal - I sincerely hope so for his colleagues` sake....

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    1. I wonder about the safety of others involved, such as patients and colleague's of William, with so much press around. I'm sure that was well thought through before he took the job, but it could still pose a huge problem.

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    2. So are you now going to blaming William and Kate for the miserable excuse for the media. If this job fails the blame will be squarely placed on the media's shoulders.. They never leave this couple alone.

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    3. Sadly, Sue, it doesn't seem like very much about William's presence with them was thought out at all.

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    4. Julia from Leominster18 July 2015 at 01:20

      There are some huge problems that will always be lurking, but I do think the press attention will die down - at least until something happens they see as news.

      I do think the whole exercise is very risky for all involved and that is was unfortunate that William announced that he planned to do this for several years. If it doesn''t work out, especially for the charity and patients and co-workers, it makes the situation awkward.

      Willliam might look like a quitter if he didn't follow through and that leave the charity in a dificult position if it isn't working out and too much accomadation might have to be made at the expanse of others. Treating this job as an experiment with no specific times set one way or the other - would have seemed better.

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  9. I'm excited for another Kate appearance. But I am not going to lie that I am a bit disappointed in her. She has made it clear she wants to focus on her family and not 'work'. Yet she has no problem going to Wimbledon or meeting Brad/Angelina, but can't go to a Veteran's lunch or 7/7 bombings? Now, she is making a visit to a 'charity', but its not for sick kids or those with addictions, but another sporting event. So, since May she will have made one Royal family appearance, 2 sporting events and lunch with celebrities. I am a bit disappointed in her and it kind of fuels the articles that say she is work shy and only cares about the privileged life. I'm sure I will be attacked for this, but honestly I don't know how anyone can spin this any differently. I have been hopefully for Kate with the platform she has, but she is not doing much with it.

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    1. The problem is that even had she chosen something else you and the other usual Kate blaster's would find something to complain about and put her down. Not sure what you and the others in this Clique do not understand about the stated fact that Charlotte published at time time SHE WAS NOT INVITED !!! Give it up you have all beaten it to death.

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    2. But we have no indication that she was invited to those events. Do you remember when Diana attended the State Parliament opening in November , 1981 - it was a fiasco. The papers had pages and pages of pictures of the princess in her gown and tiara, none of anyone else and you would have been hard put to find the Queen's speech! The Royal Family has learned from those mistakes....you won't see Kate at these events until she is either older or the Princess of Wales.

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    3. Julia from Leominster18 July 2015 at 13:48

      Actually, I don't remember the opening in 1981 being a fiasco at all. Diana attended as expected but there wasn't undue fuss. Where it did get silly was after Harry was born in 1984, and Diana changed her hairdo slightly (a small updo) and was accused of taking attention away from the queen - which I thought at the time was a load of tosh - much like that young doctor being put forward as some kind of temptation to William. Diana continued to attend until the end of her marriage and it was very far from a mistake.

      It's easy to forget but Diana did enough that the press didn't even cover many of her engagements all that closely - today with the Internet there would probably be more but because Diana was out a good deal that level of excitment wasn't therefor each and every event. She also attended a number of memorials without calling too much attention to herself.

      People back then saw her as a lovely, warm-hearted hard-working young woman who represented the heart of the royal family where the queen was seen as representing the dignity and prestige and Charles the intellect while Andrew and Sarah were seen as having a youthful vigor. It was a very different time with wide royal appeal at all ages and while I'm sure there were republicans, they were muttering in the background. The royal family was seen as working hard for the nation. Today, there seems much more question about what their role is, other than the queen.

      But I suppose Kate can be kept under wraps more or less indefinately until the public completely loses interest in her - maybe she should skip Charles' cornonation as well since she would draw too much attention.

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    4. You're right. Kate won't be at the opening of Parliament until she is Princess of Wales. No one is talking about the opening of parliament or any other state occasion here. My recollection is Diana attended more than one opening of parliament and her first one was November 1981.

      Kate was not invited to the balcony flyover for the Battle of Britain. That is not the same event as the 7/7 commemoration or the lunch for the veterans.

      And, for what it's worth, I think you're wrong. I think reactions would have been much more positive had she chosen something else.

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    5. Anon @ 21:56, your comment looses any creditability because I am not one of the 'usual Kate blasters'. I actually really like Kate, but now I am starting to question her. I think the fanatical Kate worshipers, like you proved yourself to be, can't handle that fact that some of us fans are now starting to question her so you put us in the complaining group. Good try, but I do not usually bash her! And the only thing Kate was not invited to FOR SURE was the flyby on 7/10. We don't know for sure about the rest!!! But your whole comment is wrong so I wouldn't expect anything different.

      Had Kate made her first appearance the Action on Addiction fundraiser that happened a few nights ago, I would have been very pleased. Especially since she has not visited the charity since 2013! She went to a gala in 2014 for it but has not gone to the actual charity since 2013. I think it says a lot that she is choosing to watch sailing, but making it clear that she is not back to work yet. So this is an exception. Sailing is worth the exception, but not a charity for addiction. Again, that says a lot and makes me start to agree with those who normally complain as you say. It shows her priorities, especially since the 1851 trust was one of her last engagements while pregnant as well.

      Anon @23:14, thanks for making a logical and mature comment. I had not thought of that with Diana. So thank you.

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    6. Bluhare-15:09- Re: your last sentence-We'll see what the remarks are next time with a non-sport activity.

      I realise the anti-sports-for-Kate is the new mantra, along with William- doesn't-need-a-real-job mantra-now that some people actually are embarrassed to gripe about how many engagements she has. I guess
      now the focus is what kind she does.
      Anyone who thinks it is not a worthwhile charity and project for that community and for Catherine has not truly read and
      understood our Blogger's descriptions of their work. Far from fluff. And you wouldn't claim that if you
      lived in that community or if your child were one of the participants. Not everything the royals do has to
      benefit every resident of GB.

      7/7- William was personally invited by the families and survivors. Also,
      What part of newborn and toddler is hard to understand. Mothers understand that having a nanny doesn't make time spent away less wrenching for either child or mother. We've seen what maternal deprivation
      brought about. Time to try a different approach for a future monarch, or contributing member of society, for
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  10. I know the duke of Cambridge do his job to save people I don't bash the media but I think its best not to put their camera to snap pictures the duke trying save lives I think the doctor is annoyed by all the media circus that he been taken my mom worked full time although we are older I think that would the duchess do I love her but these is not good yeah I agree with you eve from Germany

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  11. So thankful that Gemma is moving on.

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      Agreed! She sounds like a very strong lady.

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  12. I think it is nice that Kate is doing this engagement. It coincides with her leave but it is such a big event for one of her patronages that she decided to take time for it. William too.

    I think the commotion on William's job with die down in a while. The Daily Mail is just vile. I don't read it unless absolutely necessary. They cause their subjects nothing but misery. I applaud William for this job. You can't fault anyone who is trying to save lives. And I'm sure if he's really needed by the royal family now, he would not be doing it. The Queen knows the situation and knows what is best. Good luck, William and stay safe.

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  13. I just saw an article about Kate's next engagement and honestly I'm a little disappointed. Since we haven't seen her in a while, I wish that we could see her at engagements that focuses more on her patronage and less on sports. Even though trust 1851 is one of her patronages, I think that it would have been more beneficial to have an engagement related to EACH, the national portrait gallery, etc. While sports are important, the only time we've seen Kate since having Charlotte (besides the christening) is to watch a sporting event. And honestly it makes it seem like all she wants to do it watch sports but not go to other engagements that are more boring (or not as exciting). What are y'all's thoughts on this?

    Amelia

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    1. Colour Moving and Still17 July 2015 at 21:35

      There was an event for either EACH or Action on Addiction or something, a big event (fundraising I think?) but she elected not to go, unfortunately.

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    2. I think it would be strange if she didn't go to this engagement. Its a huge event and she is a patron. She already had to cancel an engagement with this trust when she was pregnant with Charlotte, so I'm sure she doesn't want to disappoint them again.

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    3. I'm sad to say it because I have been defending Kate for a long time now, but I agree with you completely. It is disappointing, it looks bad, and to be honest I'm shocked that W&K's PR people either don't realize just how bad it looks or they (or W&K) don't care. It is a horribly tone-deaf move, IMO, and makes Kate appear totally work shy, feeding into every single thing her detractors have been saying about her all along. It had already aggravated a lot of people that Charlotte's birth was counted in the court circular as an official "engagement" (which, as a Kate fan, even I find utterly ridiculous!), but when you add the Brangelina visit and then Wimbledon, it is pretty insulting for her first official "work" appearance to be a leisurely afternoon of watching a sporting event - something that many other people are actually PAYING to attend - and calling it work. I realize there is more to the visit than simply the boat race, and that she will be doing some behind-the-scenes...observing? but come on - you can't tell me her other charities don't need her help more, but she picks the "fun" engagements to do. Fine if she wants to go to this event, but please don't call it work, that's flat-out condescending. People aren't stupid and many of us who loved Kate are at the point where even we can't deny it anymore - we can see right through the statements put out by the palace. It is just too blatant that she simply wants to do the bare minimum, and even then, chooses events she would likely want to attend as a spectator anyway. This might be the straw that breaks the camel's back in terms of me losing respect for Kate and how she chooses to utilize her position. Very disappointing to say the least. (And I am also interested to see what others think!)

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    4. Was it this, Colour? http://www.actiononaddiction.org.uk/News-Blog/News/The-Brink-to-Host-Merseyside-Recovery-Awards.aspx

      I think something like that is amazing. A dry bar and restaurant staffed with recovering addicts and alcoholics offering locally sourced food? That's not too far from my hometown and next time I'm back I'm going to go! We have something similar here, operated by an organization that helps the homeless, and the food is absolutely delicious. I go every time I'm close by.

      About The Brink
      The Brink is a revolutionary social venture, which opened in September 2011. It is the UK’s first dry bar and restaurant, serving locally sourced fresh food, an imaginative array of non-alcoholic drinks and hosting events to showcase the talent of local artists, musicians and performers – creating a thriving social hub where people from all backgrounds and walks of life can socialise and relax.

      The bar is staffed by people who have had problems with alcohol in the past, providing those in recovery with an opportunity to re-enter the workforce.

      As a social enterprise, all profits go directly back into the community to support the recovery of those who have suffered as a result of alcoholism and addiction.

      The Brink was visited by Action on Addiction’s patron, The Duchess of Cambridge, on 14 February 2012.
      www.thebrinkliverpool.com
      @BrinkLiverpool
      (Above from their website)

      If this is what you're referring to they hosted an event last night and they gave awards to nine people.

      You and I just did more to promote it than Kate did. Too bad we're a bit late. :)

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    5. OMG are they not entitled to enjoy a afternoon out as a couple???? They have attended Wimbledon for a few years together now and nothing has ever been said about them going. But now she has a baby, takes leave to stay home with her children for awhile and everyone has her butt in a sling.
      She was not invited to the fly over and lunch with the servicemen because she is not an member of the military nor a involved with a branch of the service. Prince Phillp invited who he wanted.
      So her visit to Wimbledon nor her tea with Bradgelin were not royal engagements. I guess they are not to have a personal life as husband & wife.

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    6. Erika she actually made up for the cancelled event from when she was first pregnant with Charlotte. The make up event was when she wore the white coat and painted some stick men on the wall. She also was wearing a sail boat dress when she went inside. It is posted above. She made up for it near the end of her pregnancy. So it wouldn't be odd for her to miss this event even if she was patron. She missed the Action on Addiction gala this week and she is also patron of that. She has done more things with the 1851 trust than action on addiction in the past 1-2 years, so honestly it would have been better to attend that event.

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    7. Anon-06 Of course she can have an afternoon out with her husband! I'm not saying she can't, what I am saying is that it's disappointing that the only time we will see Kate when she is on maternity leave is at sporting events, which I think is bad PR. It's all about balance, and since she already attending a sporting event this summer it would be nice to see her at an event suporting one of her other charities. Considering that she elected to miss the Action on Addition fundraiser this week, it really makes it seem that she only wants to do "fun engagements." For the sake of fairness, maybe she had a reason for missing the gala. But I feel that her presence at the gala would have helped action on addiction enormously, which as curiouskat says, Kate hasn't visted in many years.

      Amelia

      Ps: I do believe Wimbledon was counted as an official event along with princess charlottes birth, which makes me think the palace is trying to boast her numbers

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    8. Luckily, no one on this blog,as far as I know, would have to clear an activity with complicated security
      protocol, complicated royal engagement protocol, among other requirements. So, everyone is free to
      visit The Brink at their leisure. It sounds like a great place.
      By the way, if people complain about her supporting an event that promotes GB, helps build up a community, and offers youngsters employment opportunities, what would they have to say about
      the Cambridges going to a nightclub, alcoholic or not?
      Did anybof the other royals attend? Not the Queen? Not Sophie?

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    9. Does anyone know whether Kate was actually invited to the Action on Addiction event? It is variously described here as a fund raiser, a gala, or an awards event. Some of these descriptions sound more likely than others to involve the charity's patron. I also wonder whether Kate wants to attend evening events at this point, since her children probably need her then.

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    10. Well, I see a degree of tone-deafness when folks ignore the fact that she is still considered to be on maternity leave.

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    11. I wasn't aware of the Action on Addiction event CuriousKat but before we all condemn her, perhaps, she should be given the benefit of the doubt. We aren't
      in her PR office and don't know why
      some events are attended while others
      aren't. She is still on leave so, maybe, she is doing this as a favor or, perhaps, she couldn't make the date for the Action event. Imo, she is showing up to things right now that can be scheduled without much notice as she did during her pregnancy.

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    12. Amelia Wimbledon has never been an royal engagement. And she just gave birth 3 months ago. So why can't she stay home for awhile and be with her children. It is people like you that thinks she should be back doing engagements the day after giving birth. Give her sometime to be a mummy and a wife.

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  14. I sincerely hope so , too, Eve! That sentence from the DM truly made me cringe. I will not add to the hits on that article and raise its popularity! This press furor is even worse than the attention which collapsed the careers of the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

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  15. What a beautiful picture from the Sandringham gardens! Different from those I have seen previously, which were of the floral borders. I love this cozy, Oriental inspired area.

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  16. I hope the Palace goes after the Daily Mail again!!

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      I think the Sun is in the Crossfires right now. Not sure they can really do much about either but I do hope and think press attention will settle down as long as things go normally. Attention from the public and hospital staff is more of a concern because that is so much present these days even when no celebrity or royal is involved - people taking selfies at tragic occasions.

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  17. Yay! I will get to see Kate on an engagement for my birthday July 26th! Well at least pictures of her! Thanks for the info. The gardens at Sandringham look so beautiful!

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    1. Colour Moving and Still17 July 2015 at 21:35

      Happy early birthday! Will be a nice treat to wake up to :)

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  18. As soon as I saw this post, I knew I was going to hate it. I only have two things to say: First, I think the coverage of this doctor on Will's team is disgusting. Does Britain not have any privacy laws at all? This coverage is just plain insulting. Second, Kate is patron of The 1851 Trust. They are having an important event. She would be expected to be there. She is capable of being there, hence she will be there. Just after giving birth to Charlotte, there was a children's mental health campaign and Kate, as patron of EACH, published a letter of support. She did so because she is patron and would be expected to. Even though she had just given birth, she did something for her patronage. This is exactly the same thing. I know many of you will disagree and that's your right, but I don't think there is any reason to disparage this particular event just because it strikes some of you as elitist or unimportant.

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    1. You know, I think you made an excellent point here. Thanks for helping me see it in a different way!

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    2. Thank you, Marny, for your level thinking! I very seldom read the comments here, I just come to see what is going on with the D&D of C, but I wanted to see where this thing was going here. It hadn't changed, but your post was a breath of fresh air. I watched the interview with William and you can tell he is uncomfortable with the press and I can truly understand. They will throw something out there (i.e. Carole Middleton keeps Prince Charles from seeing his grandson) and the Royal Family responds with a picture of George and PC planting a tree in his next broadcast. The frenzy that goes on in his life must be horrendous, yet he tries to be as polite as he can be. I love the comment a "Full time Royal" when is he not a royal? He knows what is coming, he will be King one day and a chance to be "normal" will be out of the question. In regards to the Dr., this is why William asked for privacy during college and his time with Catherine. He knows the treatment anyone associated with him gets - case in point. In regards to Catherine, to have received the treatment she has, i.e. photos in France, Waity Katy, etc, she has shown tremendous grace and politeness. In a situation like that I believe you have to look beyond the press and see the people, hence the public openness with Charlottes christening. The "fact" that she "doesn't work" is beyond me! I won't get started on that one. She has suffered hyperemesis gravidarum again with this pregnancy, delivers a second child and then is criticized for not being back "at it"! Two children under two, a husband and home to take care of PLUS the things that go on that we don't even know about. Yes, she has help but she also has responsibility that most do not, i.e. patronages. How about all the flowers for Charlotte's christening being donated to EACH? What a bit of advertising/recognition that was! Isn't summertime and lots of sporting activity is going on, seasons will change and other organizations with get attention where as the sporting will not. Again, so much goes on that we have no idea. Yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I just think they are doing a great job. Do they make mistakes, Yes, welcome to life!

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  19. Julia from Leominster17 July 2015 at 16:22

    I think it was a bit naive of the charity to put a pretty young woman on William's first mission but this is silly stuff that will give them a good eye-opening to more serious problems they could face - missions that don't have a happy outcome, especially where blame may be put (rightly or wrongly) on the helicopter crew, disgruntled employees who feel William is getting advantages they aren't - people trying to get involved with rescues (already just today we had someone in the states- I think - filming the occupants of a tragic crash and trying to sell it to the media) - the public tangling with royal protection officers and the ambiguous obligations those officers might have between patient safety and protecting William (since the former must always come first) These are all risks.

    And the risks are to William and the royal family, patients, and their families, employees of the charity, and to the reputation of the charity itself. I assumed the charity had a fairly good grasp on these potential issues and am a little surprised they seem so surprised.

    Not really sure what you can do. It would not be fair to take William out of normal crew rotations. The press can be warned about people's privacy, hospitals likely to see victims can be warned about keeping their staff from making a fuss, but there's not much to be done about civilians. I imagine there will have to be extra screening (and expense) to weed out false calls from people who just want to see if they get William or from people with worse intent. Hopefuly, it will be impossible to tell which crew will be called out - although people are endlessly clever.

    There are some jobs left best to anonymous helpers. My feeling has been all along that this is one of them - but it's happening now and hopefully will be sorted as much as possible. Eve is right - it's not Anglesey which was out of a military base in a remote location doing mostly ocean rescues.

    I think William will certainly do more interviews - in these media days, there's no going back to the queen's no interview policy and interviews tend to happen when the royal family wants attention (for a tour for instance) or have an agenda, as William did here, to explain about why he is doing this work.

    Interviews will always be subject to varying intrepretations - royals are just lucky they don't get cut and pasted as much as most people do to suit the particular media's agenda. "That wasn't what I meant!" is a common complaint when dealing with the press - I've even seen this at local levels where people don't have press offices to guide them.

    Even so, royal family members aren't always spared. The last gaff of Philip's shows how easily things are taken out of context by the press.

    The problem the family has, and has always had, is the only thing worse than an intrusive press and misinterpreting public is an absent press and an indifferent public. Like so many things in life, it's a situation where balance is almost impossible to obtain - and the royals are fortunate in being treated more gently than many in public life because unlike political sorts - there is a long-term relationship with the royals and the press.

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    1. If what is printed about royals is gentler than for many in public life,including on this blog, then this world
      is truly headed down into the abyss.
      Again, just because something happens a lot doesn't mean it should happen or is right To actually justify
      mis-quoting , out of context remarks, and just plain made-up stories...
      . I don't understand the
      "it happens;deal with it" attitude. It must be depressing to have such a mind-set.
      And to add to the doom and gloom remarks about possible negative outcomes for William's activity,
      what about the Queen's riding horses without a helmet-a new picture of just that has appeared; what about
      her careening around without a seatbelt while driving her car? Possible outcomes?
      What about positive possible outcomes from William's job?
      The "trash" media is only feeding us what the catastrophe-loving public seems to crave.
      If some mishap were to occur-not unheard of in a high-risk occupation-imagine the gleeful "I told you so's." In fact, there have already been triumphant I-told-you-so's with this female co-worker story (fabricated though it was) Of course, if William and his team complete their assignments without serious mishap, we'll never hear a "Well done, William." Those folks will be looking for their next opportunity to demean and trivialize.

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    2. Julia, that was VERY naive of that charity to put Gemma on William's rotation. THAT made me angry.
      what did they expect the media to do with that? Also, having the media anywhere near their work environment is ignorance gone to seed.

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    3. How is an air ambulance considered a charity?? Here in the states,at least, it would be considered a private business enterprise, or funded by the county or a hospital, not from charitable donations.

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    4. Victoria, Oregon18 July 2015 at 03:57

      Your insight is good food for thought, Julia. Thank you for all your well thought out comments.
      On another note, I wonder if Gemma, the pretty doctor, is moving on because of the media, or if that happened to be her last day anyway.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden18 July 2015 at 14:06

      Victoria, they said she was in her last days on a 6 month rotation so that's the official story at least (that I hope is true, would be very sad otherwise)

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    6. Julia from Leominster18 July 2015 at 14:07

      I do think there will be some "well-done William" moments when something exceptional happens (and hopefully for the rest of the crew too who are doing it to make a living) Hopefully, not every time. However, the press is about negative events and should something happen, there will be huge attention. So let's hope nothing negative comes to pass. We're dealing with the same reasons that William couldn't serve abroad and Harry had to cut things short - worry about other soldiers as much as them because of the attention they draw. (Harry is even facing some backlash in Africa for his enviromental work - being accused of it being a publicity stunt and not enough attention on people over animals.)

      As for the queen have to say, I never approved of her not wearing a helmet but at least she could only hurt herself and Hermes headscarves didn't become a fashion statement among the young. I really do think she should wear seatbelts though, even on her private estates. I'm no health and safety fanatic but certain things such as wearing helmets when riding and wearing seatbelts are simply sensible.

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    7. Apparently EAAA runs on donations, Barbara. I was surprised too.

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    8. I am so sorry but that is just utter bull!!!! What you are suggesting is for the charity to not only alter their employees working rotations just to suit William but to cover his ass all the time!! That defeats the entire purpose of William's goal of having a normal working job! The better question should be why did Daily Mail decided to write disgusting articles about a woman who is simply doing her job! The best solution to all of this is for William to stop with this charade of being normal (something he will never be) and pick up the goddamn slack for his royal duties!

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    9. I've read nothing to lead me to believe EAAA is a Charity? As said before, In USA it's always part of a Hospital or a Privately run & outsourced company! Is it different in The UK? Also, over here we have HIPPA! This Protects The Privacy of The Patient & The Care They are Given! No Press/ let alone friends or relatives are Allowed Any Information (let alone Filming via The Press or via Observers Cell Phones) Without The Express Permission of The Patient.... Which is a de facto Non Starter in the Case of An Emergency Requiring A Med- Evac Service such as Will is a part! Thoughts & Feedback?
      Appalled at Invasion of Patient Privacy (ergo Will's by proximity)
      Becca USA

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    10. Dr. Gemma has came to the end of her 6 month rotation. That is why she is moving on, or at least that is what they are saying. But let's face it any woman William works with the media will make it out that he will have an affair with her or take her as his mistress. All this is completely wrong to him and it must make Kate very angery.

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    11. The Queen's sudden death or serious injury(-usually head or spinal injury with horse-riding)..would affect
      no one but herself? You must be joking.

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    12. Gosh, a young doctor happens to be rostered on when Prince William is rostered on, and people think that she should have to change her roster around? Has the world gone mad?

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    13. Oh come on, it's quite obvious that is moving on because of this and not because it was planned all along. It's incredibly unfair to her. William and Kate know what their positions entail. They signed up for it (well Kate did but William could theoretically give up his place in line for the throne if he absolutely didn't want to deal with these things). This doctor, however, has done nothing to warrant any kind of publicity and should therefore be left alone by the media.
      I also think that out of consideration for his colleagues and the patients, William should not have taken this job. Julia pointed out various conflicts that might arise and I agree. Frankly, it's just unfair to everyone involved.
      The reason why the charity is so keen on accommodating William might very well be that they're hoping for an increase in donations.

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  20. A few things bother me with the comments. Kate had a baby less than three months ago. Why should anyone expect her to be making public appearances already. That she is says a great deal about her sense of duty to her country. The standard maternity leave in England is 26 weeks and an additional 26 weeks is available. The outing to Wimbledon was, in my eyes, a date with her husband. It just happens that everywhere they go attracts press attention.

    I hope that the attention on William dies down soon so that he can do his job and go home at the end of the shift.

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    1. Maternity leave is for people with full time jobs and she doesn't have one she was doing the bare minimum

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    2. Sarah from Calif.18 July 2015 at 00:32

      Anon 16:38. Well said!

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    3. You are exactly right! Thank you!

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden18 July 2015 at 14:09

      It amuses me that people are saying "maternity leave is for people with full time jobs". It's so odd to me since here in Sweden EVERYONE that had a baby get's the same amount of paid maternity leave (with a minimum amount to those who don't work and then a percentaage of your salary for the rest) since it's seen as a right to be focused on your kid for a year after birth without working OR lookig for a job. So to me I think Kate has the same right, but I can see how people have another view based on the laws in their country. It just doesn't seem as clear cut to me.

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    5. Maternity leave for people with full time jobs is simply a way of recognising what their priorities should be during the first months of a baby's life. These priorities do not change for people who do not have jobs, Anonymous at 22.18.

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    6. Kate's job right now is to be a wife and mother. It seems to be ok with the queen and Charles. If it was not then you would see Kate out doing more engagements. So stop complaining.

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    7. I cannot believe that people are STILL discussing "to maternity leave or not to maternity leave". SURELY there must be something more interesting to be thinking about. Kate will turn up when she turns up. A lot of the time it will be sport, and sometimes it will be something that has to do with the wellbeing of children and young people. I cannot see the difficulty in this. No matter how much Fergie worked, she was still
      Duchess of Pork" and Diana got accused of being mentally unstable. Now Kate is Kate wait and dolittle. For heavens sake people, the media makes a living out of this rubbish.

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  21. I'm a little disappointed with this engagement. It's a sporting event and doesn't seem like a very worthy cause. I'm hoping she'll make a speech though - anyone think she will?




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    1. I don't think she will. She seems uncomfortable with public speaking and probably won't do any speeches unless completely necessary.

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    2. Sailing can heal a world of hurt.
      Perhaps you have never been sailing?

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    3. It is a cause to let children be able to compete on team sports... Nope not worthy at all

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    4. Perhaps she hasn't been sailing. Not everyone can afford it especially on the level this is. I'm curious how many of the children this charity helps is able to pursue sailing or something in the sailing community outside of it.

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    5. Kate will not make a speech, but she will meet the teams, the charity workers, visit the site and present the medals. Definitely official work as their patron! I am sure the Trust will be thrilled!

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    6. This is an admirable program that gives chances to youth who otherwise would be shut out of this sport. I think if just one kid's life is changed from finding a passion in sailiing, Kate's involvement is worth it.

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    7. "Worthy Cause"? Do you know the level of Independance, Responsibility & Confidence Kids can garner from Sailing? Rigging their boat (ie lifting a Mast weighing almost as much as they do & taller; Gathering & Sorting all The Gear; Rigging The Sails etc etc! Then Taking it All Down Again & Putting It All Back! Being In Charge of Washing & Keeping The Boat et all in Tip Top Condition! Then there is the Fear all Feel as they undertake a Sport that can seem at first So Daunting Out on The Unpredictable Waters, but Learning New Skills & Feeling The Thrill of Success When They Can Do it! Experiencing watching the previously flapping sail Finally Catch & Fill With Wind! Not to mention The Long Standing Benefits of Sports Competition! Whether Sailing alone or with a crew, the competition can be hard but invigorating at the same time! Sailors form a Close Bond All Over The World! For Kids who Haven't Felt a Part of Anything, They are Immediately a Part of a World Wide Brotherhood & Sisterhood of Sailors! Who knows what doors Sailing can Open for Them! I've seen kids who were high risk or depressed, that just Came Alive Through Sailing! We All have different interests & experiences, but I find it So Sad, when people Rush To Judge that a given Sport or Activity has No Valuable Worth or Ability To Make a Difference to a Child, Adolescent, or Adult's Life! Sailing is one of The Few Sports One Can Enjoy & Actually Compete in for Their Whole Life! Whether 9yrs old or 90! I Know that I am Not Alone in Seeing Sailing & The Promotion of It for Anyone, Especially Children, as A "Worthy Cause"!
      Fair Winds To All,
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    8. Anon 17:27 Why are you complaining about her charity she is supporting? Most of her charities are in support of children. This sport does alot of good for children. Maybe you should try it then you would understand. But no all you and a few others here do nothing but complain.

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    9. Bluhare, that is a question I have also concerning how many children are actively involved, from what social strata and what kind of broad scale benefits are derived. Is it just an upscale group, already uber privileged kids they are mentoring. Or, is it to revive interest in sailing for kids in general?
      And, it is amazing to me that Carole and Michael were able to help Kate become skilled at sailing, tennis, skiing, theatre (somewhat) and even rollerblading, etc. and still start and grow a very successful business and raise two other children. How did that happen?
      I was also astonished that she had had sailing experience at a young age. And,
      I was also surprised that Carole and Michael had the Rothschilds on their wedding invitation list for William and Kate's wedding. And, that Pippa somehow managed to be roommates with two of the most eligible aristocratic bachelors in Britain. How did that happen? (Didn't mean to digress.)

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  22. Yeey new engagement! I am curious to see what she will wear. Something white and or navy blue or more original...!

    I do hope the novelty of our helikopter man will wear of for his sake and his collegues. It's a taxing job, thats for sure and they don't need problems around their pilot. In a way PW is also raising awareness about their Jobs and gives it a higher status, for what thats worth.

    The kate gemma comparison is silly and very well said Blair about the diminutive tone and suggestive assumptions for all involved!

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  23. I honestly don't understand the venom people are spewing at Will and Kate. It is entirely unwarranted. William is working a FULL TIME JOB, saving lives, in addition to taking on a multitude of royal duties. Kate is taking her maternity leave while taking on engagements that are important to her. For people to undermine the work that William is doing as a way to escape royal duties (which is, in itself, ridiculous), is entirely disrespectful to the job he is doing and the people he is helping. I really hope people stop commenting when they don't know the details.

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    1. William is working a part-time job. The Air Ambulance announced he is working two-thirds of a shift and the Palace confirmed it.

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    2. If she bounced right back and started full time duties, other people would judge her and say the nanny is raising her kids! She can't win.

      She's a mother first, and I applaud that. No one can replace her as George and charlottes mom, but there are other royals who can do that work for now. I think it's great she's chosen the path of motherhood as first priority!

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    3. The full time job will be reduced to 2/3 time to allow William time for some of that multitude of royal duties..

      If you know details we don't, I'd love to hear them. Seriously.

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    4. I wouldn't say that, Anonymous. I wouldn't say that at all. Because even a full time royal schedule gives her plenty of time with her children. More than most mothers working 40 hour weeks.

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    5. Bluhare and mm: William is working full time at the moment to get his feet wet and it will last several months. That was clearly stated. Eventually his pattern will be 2/3 of a regular pilot to account for his royal duties.

      I applaud William for his passion and dedication to his job, obligations and family life.

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    6. Anonymous 22:49, Kate could do an event a week or so, and no one would think nannies were raising her children. Many, many women are working mothers and do a fine job of it. William is a working father, why is not more said about that? Is he just letting Kate raise the children?

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    7. Colour Moving and Still18 July 2015 at 21:30

      Alexandra:
      William is working a made-up job of co-pilot, which the EAAA doesn't actually have, to accommodate his wishes. He is not the actual pilot, nor part of the actual emergency medical team.

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    8. @mm you are incorrect. William is a full time pilot. in a few months he will work at times a 2/3 schedule do to his royal duties. The company knew this when they hired him. So if it ok with them why is it a problem for you.

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    9. 2/3 plus the royal duties he has been doing equals a full time job to me.

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    10. Apparently you missed the part where I wrote "will be reduced" Anonymous.

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  24. Wow the Sandringham Gardens are stunning!

    I am annoyed with the media for taking things too far with William's job. I don't think Gemma Mullen looks anything like Kate and it's not like her or any of the other staff want to be famous. Shame on the media for this.

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  25. Colour Moving and Still17 July 2015 at 20:51

    I am furious that the media is trying to take a private citizen, or anyone really, and make a drama of it. Gemma is an accomplished doctor. The only thing she and Kate have in common is they are brunettes.
    This is so incredibly direspectful to this woman, her husband, and to Will and Kate. It makes me so angry :(

    It is nice to see William supporting Kate at one of her patronages for a change.

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    1. I am really happy that William is supporting Kate by attending one of her patronages with her, even if it is sailing. Who wouldn't want to be there for that? :)

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    2. I agree about the physician who works with William. Not fair to anyone involved. I wonder why no one's mentioning the pilot. Gemma works with him too yet that's not splashed everywhere. Poor guy probably feels left out. :)

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    3. Wait, isn't William the pilot? Or is he a co-pilot now?

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    4. From what I understand William is a copilot. He doesn't have the training to be a full pilot.

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    5. William is the co pilot

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    6. He will be full pilot when he has logged the required flying hours. There will always be two pilots flying. This was reported.

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    7. @bluhare William has all the training he needs or he would not be a co pilot. He just needs the hours in that chopper. Maybe you shouild learn what it takes to be a pilot. My husband flys recuse choppers for our US Coast Guard

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    8. I recall that William was a co-pilot in the military until he undertook more training in the Falklands. After that, he was promoted to Captain and flew as a pilot. With this background, will he move into a pilot's position with the EAAA?

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  26. The media are incredibly intrusive and mean spirited in their stories regarding Will's co-worker compared to Kate. It was very unfair to both women and trashy reporting. That is the type of news we don't need and is all too prevalent in society right now. hope Will can enjoy the job he has chosen and his co-workers enjoy working with him.

    I don't understand the negativity about Kate choosing a sports engagement. Wasn't her first appearance after George a sports engagement with SportsAid? Isn't it well known she enjoys sports and is a 'keen sporting woman'?

    Great post Charlotte, fast and filled with interesting info as usual.

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    1. Colour Moving and Still18 July 2015 at 21:45

      It isn't that she is patron of a sports-related thing. It is that this month, she could have chosen to leave her maternity leave for a few hours to do an event for one of her patronages related to people in need. Instead, she chose a fun sailing event. That s the issue at hand.

      I believe the same thing happened with her return from mat leave with George. Earlier in October 2013, another of her patronages had an event she turned down. Instead, she made her comeback by attending a fun event where she played volleyball in 5" wedges, and spent the hour flicking her hair and yanking up her jeans.

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    2. Julie The few that always complain have always complained about the Duchess and her involved with Sports charities. They must not like sports and know what it does to help children and adults. Some of the other royals support sports charities but they don't complain about them,. Just the Duchess which would mean to me that they really don/t like her so they pick on her no matter what she does.

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    3. Thanks Anonymous for your comments. You are right, people will always find something to complain about.

      Colour Moving and Still - she could have chosen to do nothing, no events. It's still a charity that provides services to young people in need. The method that they chose as sailing shouldn't diminish the work that they do and the effect that it has on the children it impacts.

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  27. This is not just a sporting event, it is an international gathering. Who better to represent the UK and promote international goodwill than the Duke and Duchess? I am sure the air ambulance service will weather this rough start for their new pilot, but it is more b

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden18 July 2015 at 14:12

      I agree. This is probably the event planned since she started with the charity since it's the culmination (spelling?) of the race that they are supporting.

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  28. I don't normally post but yeesh. There are so many people (including the person responsible for the blog) stating that Kate was not invited to these other important events. But commenters keep stating that they are "disappointed in her as a person and she is lazy" Does anybody read anymore? I guess everyone is entitled to opinions, but when there are facts and then people glaze over them to tear someone down is weird. That's it. Reading the post and no more comments.

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    1. Colour Moving and Still18 July 2015 at 08:40

      There is no evidence that she was not welcome at the 7/7 event, or the event by one of her patronages (I don't remember which) earlier in July.

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    2. Bonnie, southern USA18 July 2015 at 20:46

      I am with u anon00:02, if folks are interested they would be reading the comments, but it seems that even here, postings are allowed to cut down TRH. It seems it did not used to be this way, I am done myself with reading these comments and adding to them. No one will miss my apparent "misguided loyality" but at least I won't run for the tums everytime I read something unfair.

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    3. Aon you hit the needle on the head. Some here don't want the facts, all they want to do is complain what the Duchess does not do. I myself was wondering why she did not attend but then I read the reason. It makes sense. And she is still on leave. Going to the tennis match is NOT a royal engagement, it is a personal day trip that a husband and wife took together.
      Then have tea with another couple also is not a royal engagement, it is a personal visit, not matter who it is.
      So I really wish these people will get off their high horses and read the facts before they start mouthing off.

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    4. Bonnie, me, you, ANON, and KP is four now.

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    5. The tea with Brad and Angelina had a purpose. They share William's concern for slaughter of endangered wildlife, and came to discuss that with William and Catherine. It was not just a meeting with celebrities.

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  29. Sarah from Calif.18 July 2015 at 00:41

    Looking forward to the next event with Kate :)
    Well done William and team! Whoever the man is he is going to have a great story to tell his family for generations,( I remember the day King William helped to safe my life!)

    Kensington Gardens look lovely, I'm adding that to my Bucket list.
    Hope your having a lovely summer everyone!

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  30. Beverlee Utah
    I agree with Julie from NC, give Kate a break her interests in sports may encourage others.
    Charles is next in line for the throne and from his past behavior does not like to share the spotlight .
    I am sure the Queen would step in if she felt Kate was not making herself visible enough.

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    1. Thanks Beverlee. There's a lot that we don't know about that goes on behind closed doors.

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  31. I thought the nurses taking photos and acting like groupies was unprofessional and out of place. Yes, he is a prince. He is a married Prince, father and member of the emergency team. And, whoever paired him with Gemma on that team and allowed such media presence needs to rethink things IMO.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden18 July 2015 at 14:13

      Meh, I understand them. When something out of the ordinary happen at your work it hightens the day. And appearantly they were on break.. So, it will calm down after he shows up again and again.

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    2. I actually was surprised by the nurses also, agree very unprofessional. ali

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    3. Colour Moving and Still18 July 2015 at 21:27

      He is in a made-up position of co-pilot, which the EAAA doesn't actually have. The position was designed for him.
      Why should people in actual roles of pilot and Dr etc have to tip toe around this issue. They are doing serious work and shouldn't have to worry what the media may or may not do while they accommodate a Prince.

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    4. And how do you know this? I think you just slapped William in the face with your comment. And I don't think they are tip toeing around. Man you just puit his crew down too.

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  32. Interesting how the Daily Mail has united us! Too bad it wasn't something positive that brought us together.

    I think it's nice that summertime brings Kate to sporting events. Polo, tennis, sailing - and with the latter she has said how much she hopes more children can be involved. She herself loved sailing when she was younger, and she still does. In this case, she is patron of the organization, and it's normal for her to be there. She has all winter to attend to her other causes.

    I suppose the d,,,n DM will say that William is attending the America's Cup event because otherwise Kate gets to stand alone beside one of the world's more handsome men!

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  33. William highlighted exactly what he thinks Kate should be doing now by saying she is an amazing mother and that he is very proud of her.

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  34. In William's press interview I was not over impressed yes I fully agree that there is no need for him to be a full time royal at the moment I am not sure how many there are but in my view rather more than necessary but he also came across as a man who intended to lead the life he wanted possibly at the expense of others.
    The press coverage of his being paired with the very attractive female doctor was appalling and must have been very upsetting for both the doctor and Kate. We don't know who put them together but it was stupid as most of the medics are male let us hope the EAAA have learnt from their mistakes although to be fair I don't think for one moment they expected what happened. Thankfully it would seem that she is now moving on so that will put an end to press speculation. We know Kate worries when William is flying so suggestive articles like this will only add to her stress
    It was good that William praised his family especially Kate who is getting so many adverse comments some quite vitriolic.
    As anyone who reads a factual publication will be aware she was not invited to the 7/7 memorial service and was not able to attend the fly past as she is not an Hon. Air Commodore it would seem that in 2008 William, Harry Camilla and Edward and Sophie were appointed air commodores the other senior Royals already being one it is time the nasty comments in the press stopped.
    I am delighted that William will be with her at the Sailing event. As someone has already said this is an International event and although yes it is one she will enjoy why not she is a keen sportswoman Charlotte is not yet 3 months old most mothers would still be on maternity leave and even though she has a Nanny they are not on duty 24hours a day 7 days a week I am sure she is very much a hands on Mum that was obvious from the way they both handled George at the christening and Kate & George at the Polo. I fully support her in being a hands on mother but do hope that towards the end of the year and next year she does increase her public engagements she sadly is rapidly losing support from the public but what no one knows is how much work she does behind the scenes

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    1. Well if you read some of the comments on other post, working behind the scene does not happen. But how does Kate get ready for an engagement if she do not do her home work. And it has been stated that she does all her own research and I would believe it.

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  35. As other commenters have stated, I'm not surprised at all by the virulence of many of the readers of this blog. I am continually surprised that they continue to visit this website. If you are so disgusted with the behavior of William and Catherine, then why in the world would you waste your time on this website? I sincerely hope that Catherine never knows this blog exists as I would hate for her to read such negativity regarding her personal life. I think it is time for me to take a break from the site or from the comments and visit a blog that has a commenting policy restricted to fashion and events as opposed to character attacks. And one that is perhaps a little less like high school. Have fun girls!
    KP in KY

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    1. I agree and will be reading only the blog, not comments.

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    2. You will be joining many more that have left this blog because of the way it has gotten way off base. I really thought Charlotte would have kept a better handle on all the crap being written here regarding Kate & Williams private life. But I feel she has let some control this page. It was a great place to come and learn abut Kate & everything she was doing.

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  36. Rose from Montreal, Canada18 July 2015 at 13:57

    Hello Charlotte,
    Thank you for all the hard work you put into this blog.
    Kate had a baby less than 3 months ago. Thinking back I can remember breastfeeding every few hours and lack of sleep. Having 2 children under two is tiring in and of itself. This precious time she is spending with her children will not come again. Her charities will still be there.
    I find it strange that everyone has an opinion on how she should live her life. She is Duchess of Cambridge but has CHOSEN to be a hands on mother. Anyone can hire help to bring up their children. She should be commended for wanting to give her child a solid grounding in life knowing the pressure cooker life they will eventually have to live.

    The Queen, Prince Charles and senior members of the Royal Family are obviously supporting her decisions. I know everyone has an opinion, but are we fully aware of all the facts? If Her Majesty wants her to be more visible she is more than able to make it happen. Maybe the Queen, who has seen 3 of her 4 children divorce, wants to give William and Kate all the assistance and chances they need to succeed. One thing we can say about Her Majesty, she is no fool. We have seen Prince George how well behaved he is and seems to be well grounded, obviously Kate wants the same for Princess Charlotte. TRAINING A CHILD TAKES TIME.....LOTS OF TIME. Give her the time she needs. The time when her children are young will be lost to her forever. One of William's challenge is to produce an heir and a spare.. Give them the time to get well grounded children. Nannies are not mothers. Imagine the criticism if she spent all her time on her charities and ignored her children?

    If the Palace is okay with Kate doing limited engagements at this time, it should be okay with us. Newspapers want to sell their gossip rags and will report anything that sells. People buy into negativity.

    Pray for William and the team working with him who are doing a great service, saving lives. Pray for Kate and the children and wish them well. I am sure juggling public and family duties is a delicate balance. She is doing the best she can. I am sure she is in touch and keeping up with her charities. People don't think doing behind the scenes work is work.

    Well that is all for now. I don't usually comment so long but this was definitely bugging me.
    Thanks Charlotte and have a great day everyone.

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    1. Rose, I agree.
      Training her children is paramount.

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    2. Rose you are riight on.. I was talking to a good friend of mine today who lives in England and I was asking her about Kate and her work. She said to me that if Queen or Charles was not happy with Kate staying home b eing a mother and wife she would be out everyday doing engagements with her charities.
      But it seems like they have learned from the past and want to give William & Kate all the time they need to raise their children before things get really busy where they are requried to do more engagements.

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  37. Rose from Montreal, Canada18 July 2015 at 14:03

    Sorry another thought:
    If I am not mistaken, there was a link to one of her charities to make a donation when she gave birth to Charlotte. Let is not forget that the asked for the flowers from Charlotte's christening to be given to the hospice. In my humble opinion those who want to complain will always find something to complain about. I just wish this blog would go back to when it first started and have less negativity. I do realize that people are entitled to their opinions, I just wish they would take all factors into consideration. Here in Quebec maternity leave is 1 year. Oh my, could you see the steam rising if Kate took a whole year off?

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    1. Rose I totally agree with you. Kate will never please everybody here. Most do not understand how the royal family works. I am one who do not and don't say I do.

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    2. So if you don't know, and don't say you do, how come you're so vehement in your comments? If you don't have a clue how come you're so sure you're right?

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  38. Rebecca - Sweden18 July 2015 at 17:36

    A article that shows a little positive side of Williams preparaations for the future and might shed some light on the behind the scenes preparations.

    http://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/adam-helliker/592119/Prince-William-future-farmer

    It talks about how William already goes to go to meeting and banquets concerning the duchy of Cornwall and have met alot of the farmers plus is regulary briefed and consulted on matters of the duchy, especially projects that will be going on long-time.

    This is exactly what I have always thought was going on, as a part of a smooth change but also in his training. But it's nice to have it told :)

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    1. Good Job Rebecca,
      It is nice to have it told. William is no slacker and he is no dummy.
      I doubt that Kate is either of those either or William would never have married her.
      Ann from San Diego

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    2. Amen but there still are people on this blog that do not believe things go on behind the scenes. This just proves they do.

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    3. Sarah from Calif.20 July 2015 at 01:44

      Thank you Rebecca for that information. William is playing his cards nicely IMHO.

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    4. No one ever said that nothing goes on behind the scenes. We have said that not enough goes on in front of the scenes.

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  39. Just because a charity also happens to be a sport does not, inherently, make it less worthy than a charity that serves dying children. Not all children are dying; some need and will be served by a chance to take part in sailing. Yes, EACH may get more emotional supporters than the 1851 charity. But Catherine has always participated in sports herself and knows first-hand what value they can give an insecure young person. Judgments on which charity is worthy and which is not are illogical at best, and it is actually insulting to say one involves work and the other none.

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    1. There is nothing wrong with a sports charity, I agree. However, a sailing charity that really is more focused on getting the British sailing team the Cup is. Lets be honest, even if this charity helps kids learn about sailing, what are they going to do after it? These kids will fall in love with sailing, but then find out how expensive sailing is and not be able for continue it after the charity. Sailing is a rich person's sport and this charity honestly just seems like a cover for the America Cup. Also, most people's problem is that Kate is putting this sporting event above her other charities because this is the fun event. That is where the problem lies

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    2. Well said Marci. I completely agree with you. Both organizations serve a purpose and provide opportunities to children with different needs. Just because a child is not on their deathbed doesn't mean they don't have needs to be met.

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    3. This charity is not only providing opportunities for young people to take part in sailing, it is also providing apprenticeship opportunities and training in the marine industry. Finally it is bringing renewed industry to an area which suffered because of the loss of their naval building industry. This is not just a nothing sport charity and this article makes an interesting read about the charity: "Sir Keith Mills: How the 1851 Trust will win more than the America's Cup"
      Anyway sport is a wonderful healthy area for youth to learn and acquire valuable life skills such as integration, fairness, responsibility, accountability and respect to name of few. So any opportunity to encourage and provide opportunities for those who otherwise cannot participate in any given sport can only be beneficial in the long run.

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  40. She does not work.

    HM, Philip, Charles, Anne - between 600 and 800 engagements every year

    Kate - less than a 100 and most of those are parties and premieres and she barely visits any of her charities.
    Anne is Patron of over 600 charities and she can visit them all at least once a year!
    Kate has less than 10 and does not even visit all of them once a year?

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    1. I fully agree with you.
      I like Kate and that is why I am here.
      But swearing blind that she is hardworking is pointless. She is not. If her family is OK with this fact, I am as well.

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    2. Right now Kate's job is to be a mother and a wife. If the Queen was not happy with Kate staying home she would be out just like the rest.

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  41. Tammy from California18 July 2015 at 18:36

    Ahhhhh Mr. Ainslie. I always enjoy seeing him ;)

    DARLING picture of William in the helicopter. Media: they always have a knack of turning non-news into something they can make money on. Pity. I hope the best for all involved and hope that in spite of all the invasion of money-hungry-paparazzi, that they can continue to do some good.

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    1. Do you think the new clip of the Queen will adversely affect William and Kate in any way?

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  42. I think we tend to forget that Catherine and William are raising not just any children, but a future king and his sister who will be his lifelong aide and supporter. Of course they want to give their children their focus and care, and they also recognize the parental duty to their country. I also think it is very smart of Kate to give George some time alone with her on a regular basis. I like that, just as I like the President of the US taking his daughters to New York for a special weekend with him.

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  43. The reasonably fair time to transit from her inactivity of engagements is at least after a minimum of three months. This is also the same woman who suffered severe morning sickness the first trimester of both pregnancies in a span of three years. Much can be involved in a woman’s life during an entire pregnancy and including within the first trimester after child birth. Add a toddler and a number of other factors, the calculation is reasonably a minimum of three months.

    BR family including her and husband have been patron of one sports or another. It supports bringing attention to the sport activities carried especially in her country, good transition to public appearances, a fun outing after some confinement.

    It is easy to make statements from a distance when one is not a citizen or resident of that country, and with all due respect, I empathize with how some of those commenters, who with good intention feel certain ways about some issues. It is in the core of theirs and families while they had lived their lives in the UK.

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  44. if the duchess of Cambridge bounces back more engagement they will said they will leave the kids to nanny media will attack her about being a mother I think the duke and duchess knows that the duke tells his wife is amazing mother and wife the dr gemma thing I think t silly good thing is moved on

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  45. Simmer down, now, just simmer down, ladies. Love the blog, try to love the commentary, but some of ya need to dial back your intensity and just enjoy a little bit.

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  46. Beverlee Utah
    How can you compair Kate to Ann,Charles and HM Philip they do not have young children as far as I know.
    Prince George, Charlotte and William are Kate's priority and her main focus. Kate and William are raising the future
    King of England! Back off haters!

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    1. Back off haters? LOL. If people want to voice an opinion they should be able to do so without being subject to that.

      Please remember this blog is *moderated*. That means that comments are not posted until approved. If you don't care for the way the blog owner moderates her own blog I suggest you let her know or, better yet, vote with your feet. And if you are also going to criticise people by name, might I suggest you quit hiding behind Anonymous? The vast majority of comments today are by Anonymous posters. If you're so proud of your opinions that you feel compelled to criticise others then at least have the intestinal fortitude to use a posting name. Otherwise some will just think you're a cowardly bully trying to shut down opinions that don't match yours.

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  47. On a light hearted note a friend of mine showed me an article written yesterday in the Daily Mail which was quite good.
    Referring to William's remark about George being a little monkey it then went on to recall William's escapades as a toddler and young lad some with photographic evidence if George follows his fathers escapades the Cambridge's are in for a hectic time!! It also referred to the different environment that George and Charlotte will enjoy being raised at Anmer Hall and finished with the comment that George and Charlotte have the singular advantage over William of being raised within a marriage that is happy.
    Yesterday it was announced that the Queen will be coming back to London on 15th August to attend a service to commemorate VJ Day and stated that The Wessex's and Gloucester's will accompany her. Charles & Camilla will be at another service also in London there was no mention of William attending any thing but sometimes information on other Royals comes later I very much hope that if he does Kate accompanies him to my mind there would be no excuse for her not to. I hope the weather is good for the Portsmouth engagement it is rather unsettled in England at the moment.

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  48. So much anger. The comment section is just not readable anymore, for me. I don't worship Kate, or really think much about her one way or the other -- which is mainly why I was following a couple of Royalty blogs. Because I don't care all that much, I'm mildly interested, so it should be a low-stress activity. Now it's not. Bye, y'all.

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  49. The hands that rock the cradle rule the world. Raising/grooming her children for their very unique future is of utmost importance. When they start to school she can do more with charities. Charity begins at home. Before the schools have their influence she has hers. Train up a child in the way they should go and they will not depart from it. These foundational years of William and Kate's one on one training of their children is crucial. Then, they can see more of Kate's charity work when they are in school.

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  50. Colour Moving and Still19 July 2015 at 20:44

    I for one a, genuinely excited to see what she will wear! I am thinking she will genuinely surprise us. I was betting she would wear a striped top, jeans and wedges, OR a nautical themed dress... but I think she is going to do something different. I think it will be a repeat outfit. I think it will be a white eyelet dress (from Australia), or yellow eyelet dress (from Southeast Asia) she has worn. I am unsure what she will wear for shoes... maybe the beige pumps? I don't think we have seen those in a while!

    I think she will wear her hair down, though I am crossing my fingers it is worn up :)

    What do you guys think?

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  51. I'm a little upset and confused about the criticism of Kate preferring "fun" or "exciting" events involving sports. Does this mean visiting hospices or other non-sporting engagements are less "fun"? I've enjoyed volunteered at a children's hospitals and have had a lot of fun. It can be emotionally draining, but it is also incredible to see how resilient and strong the kids are. I think balance is important and would like to see more variety in Kate's patronages and events. I agree that it was a bad PR move to do Wimbledon and then a sailing race. However, I think its dangerous to rank charities.

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    1. I agree with you. I do think that working with an organization which helps sick and dying children has more emotional stress that can go with it, and I think that's what people are thinking about with those comparisons. There's light and there's heavy, and sports related things tend to be viewed as light.

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