Sunday, 2 April 2017

UPDATED: Kate in Pretty Print Somerset by Temperley Dress for Dinner With Pippa & James Matthews' Family & Skiing for Pippa's Hen!

We don't often see candid photos of the Duchess these days, so it was something of a surprise when I checked Twitter and saw photos of William and Kate arriving at the Kensington home of Pippa Middleton's fiance James Matthews. It's hard to believe it's just seven weeks until the big day (20 May) and the evening provided the perfect opportunity for the Cambridges to meet James's parents David Matthews and Jane Parker on Thursday night. You can view several photos on the Mail Online.


The get together was also attended by James Middleton and James Matthews' brother, reality television personality Spencer Matthews (those in the UK will likely be familiar with his various television appearances on the likes of Made in Chelsea...). It's obviously an incredibly exciting time for Pippa and James, who likely planned the evening to chat about the big day with their siblings and ensure everyone was well acquainted ahead of the event.

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More from the Mail Online article:

'With her own big day just seven weeks away, the bride-to-be hosted a pre-wedding summit to introduce sister Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and husband Prince William to future in-laws David Matthews and Jane Parker.
Perhaps mindful the Royal couple enjoyed their own nuptials in the glare of worldwide publicity just six years ago, Pippa was also keen to pick up some tips. The Cambridges arrived for dinner on Thursday night at the £17 million West London home Pippa shares with her hedge fund fiance James Matthews.'

James and Pippa's engagement was confirmed in July with a statement from Michael Middleton who said he and Carole were "absolutely thrilled". He continued: "They make a wonderful couple and we wish them every happiness together."  Kensington Palace followed with: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are absolutely delighted." James Matthews is the co-founder of Eden Rock Capital Management Group, an investment advisory firm with expertise in credit and structured finance. The financier serves as the company's chief executive officer. His parents bought the luxury Eden Rock hotel in St Barts in 1995, and it is currently one of the top 100 hotels in the world. He and Pippa have known each other for years and are said to have bonded over their love of outdoor pursuits and challenges.


The ceremony itself will take place at nearby St Mark's Church (where the Cambridges and Middletons attended Christmas Day service) with a reception for 150 planned at the Middletons' home in Bucklebury afterwards. It is thought George and Charlotte will play a role in the ceremony. Kate left carrying a white package - quite possibly fabric or plans for George and Charlotte's outfits. 


Kate and Pippa enjoy a very special bond. Pippa was by Kate's side every step of the way in the run up to and during the royal wedding in 2011. Six years later, the Duchess will obviously be returning the favour and I imagine is very much involved in helping with planning and preparations. As we previously discussed the general consensus is Kate will not serve as matron of honour. Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter noted on Twitter it is "not so much about protocol more Kate wouldn't want to upstage the bride & in some circles married women aren't bridesmaids".


Back to the Mail Online article for more on Pippa's choice of designer for the wedding:

'Swimwear designer Melissa Odabash, who has designed a special bikini for Pippa, says Pippa and James will head to the family’s Caribbean resort for a pre-wedding honeymoon so they can top up their tans ahead of the May 20 wedding. Pippa is determined to keep the name of her wedding dress designer top secret. However, Giles Deacon sparked speculation when he was seen leaving the townhouse carrying dress bags in November.'

Meanwhile The Sun reports Kate enjoyed a skiing hen weekend for Pippa, the same weekend William was in Verbier - about 100 miles away. More from the article:

'The Duchess of Cambridge went on sister Pippa’s secret skiing hen do — on the same weekend husband Wills was away partying with his pals in the Alps. The two groups even shared the same private jet as they hit the slopes last month. But while the Duke’s gang headed for Verbier in Switzerland, Kate and Pippa were around 100 miles away in Meribel, France.
A friend told The Sun: “Pippa loves skiing so it was her first choice for a hen weekend. “They stayed in a really exclusive catered chalet with maids and chef, who ensured that they were totally spoilt. The private jet was paid for by the Middletons ahead of 33-year-old Pippa’s wedding next month to tycoon James Matthews, 41.
Wills and his group returned to the UK later that day with Kate, 35, Pippa and her hen party. Meribel is a favourite resort for the Middletons. Wills and Kate skied there together in 2010 and 2012.'

It's always a treat to see Kate 'off-duty' style and her chic look was very much reminiscent of her pre-wedding style with the print dress, heels and hair worn in a casual ponytail. The dress proved a challenge to identify but the eagle-eyed Middleton Maven believes the Somerset by Temperley Peony Off The Shoulder Dress is a right match. The £99 dress from Alice Temperley's diffusion line for John Lewis is described as "Channel a chic bohemian vibe in this Somerset by Alice Temperley dress. Decorated in an all-over floral pattern, this dress features an on-trend off-the-shoulder design, a nipped-in waist that flatters the figure and a flowing midi skirt." It's available in limited sizes at John Lewis.

John Lewis

The dress looks quite different on Kate as she opted to pull the shoulders up instead of wearing the 'off-the-shoulder' style. A closer look at the print.

John Lewis

Other pieces in the collection with the same print include the Peony Tie Neck Shirt which is described as "The long tie neck ensures graceful detail whilst the all-over floral pattern adds plenty of vibrancy in a high-impact look whilst pleated cuffs and shoulders create the perfect amount of volume." We also see the matching midi skirt.

John Lewis

We'll see you Tuesday!

108 comments:

  1. Love candids! :D I also love Kate's dress...very nice. She looks so chic, even for family dinners :) Cannot wait for the wedding & to see what Pippa wears...& also hopefully get pics of wee George & Charlotte!

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    1. She does look chic. I hope they had a nice evening and I look forward to seeing some wedding photos. :-)

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    2. Agree about the chicness! This dress suits her. She looks happy:) Excited for the wedding.

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  2. I love the casual dress a she looks she having a nice dinner cant wait and looking forward to their wedding

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  3. She looks so pretty 😊.

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  4. They look great. Kate looks lovely, what else is new!

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  5. I wonder sometimes how Kate feels about the fact that Pippa has a doting husband, a nice place in London, a private jet, a family resort getaway, a home in family getaway in Scotland, and all with no media hounding them or secret service around or Royal protocols.
    Of course she's happy for Pippa, I think. The two lifestyles are quite different. I wonder if Kate misses that freedom.

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    1. I think Kate and William are psyched to have in-laws with their own private jets and Caribbean hideaways. Not that they lack for friends with these things... it's just kinda handy to have family that are able to whisk you away without anyone knowing. I wonder if when William and Kate get to throne if Pip and James Matthews will get titles so George and Charlotte's cousins can be Lords and Ladies.

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    2. Pippa won't be in the history books..

      Anon2

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    3. Courtney Texas2 April 2017 at 18:54

      It would probably cross my mind....but then I'd remember I'm a princess and future queen. The thought would then pass.

      Lol! ;)

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    4. True, ya'll. Plus her son and his firstborn will reign. Everyone on the throne in the future will be related to Kate. Definitely food for thought. 👑

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    5. Some salient points Moxie. More clandestine fun family get aways possible, and the possibility of titles. Certainly might happen particularly as a way for Kate to give her future nieces or nephews a little somethin' somethin' special. Titles. :)

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    6. I wonder that, too, sometimes surfer girl. I agree with you that I am sure she is happy for Pippa, but maybe she also just thinks about how you can't control the people you fall in love with, and she loves William, even if she pays a hefty price at times in terms of the media patrolling, criticism, loss of freedom, etc. I do feel like one has to give Pippa credit for the strength she has in following her own path and not getting lost in her sister's shadow or all the media attention about her after Kate's wedding...

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    7. I'd choose Pippa's freedom any day of the week.

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    8. Agree royalfan. I think Kate knows that too.

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    9. Pam from Boston3 April 2017 at 14:56

      I would choose Pippa's future life over Kate's.....tons of money without the extreme fame and pressures of Royal Duties. I've always said I would love lots of money but would hate to be famous. Pippa gets to be married to a billionaire, does what she chooses when she chooses, raise her children without having to work. (although, her children run the risk of being spoiled growing up with a silver spoon in their mouth, while Kate's children will grow up with a sense of duty and responsibility).

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    10. That's an interesting question. I'd choose Kate's life but Pippa's husband ;-) I don't care much for the history books (you mostly end up in there when you're dead and then what does it matter?) but I would very much enjoy the travel, the meeting of interesting and powerful people and the chance to make a real difference in causes that are dear to my heart.
      If I had Pippa's life, I'd find myself a job (this is absolutely not meant as criticism of her, she's free to choose for herself), I'd be so bored without one.

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    11. I don't believe there is any "pea green envy" between these sisters at all. I think they have a wonderfully healthy sister relationship and each will have the life they have chosen from their heart. My grandmother once told me the age old adage "be careful what you wish for, for you may get your wish"...because with love "if you follow your heart, be sure that you love enough to either live by or walk away from your destiny because each path has its own obstacles". Fame and wealth can be fleeting and doesn't always bring happiness. I feel Kate has married for love and its a brave path she is taking, all things considered. I believe that Pippa is following her heart as well (it doesn't hurt that he has money though), but above all else, I think each sister is genuinely happy for each others happiness. cc

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    12. CC, I agree with you. I've always believed that Kate and Pippa have a great relationship and are very supportive of one other. IMO, they both want what is best for the other; a character trait to be admired for sure.

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  6. I also wonder how the media happened to get those photos. Do they stay in the vicinity of William and Kate 24/7?

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden2 April 2017 at 18:06

      I doubt it. My guess is that some neighbours of Pippa or something like that gets some cash to call reporters.

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    2. The wealth of the people who are Pippa's neighbours make James seem like a pauper. Selling her out would be the equivalent of receiving pennies. That neighbourhood is full of extremely wealthy people. As for famous ones, Tom Ford, the designer lives there too. Much more catnip for paps than Pippa and her fiance.

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden3 April 2017 at 13:43

      Fair enough Anon 00.33. Maybe it's just a general hunting ground for paps.

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    4. Well, I'm not sure a photo of Tom Ford arriving at home would make the headlines across the globe in quite the same way as Pippa manages to (through no fault of her own).

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  7. Love seeing them like this. :)

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  8. When I see William with his glasses I think of Marilyn Monroe in Some likes it hot LOL

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    1. lol, that is so funny, Paola. If he only knew. :) now I won't be able to see him in those without thinking the same thing. lol

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    2. James was there without Donna. Are they still dating?

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    3. The Hotel Del Coronado is here in San Diego. That's where they filmed a lot of that movie. Now when I drive by there will I think of Marilyn or William? lol
      When showing visiting friends the area the hotel is usually on the itinerary. And, so is the mention that Marilyn Monroe was in that movie filmed there. Most of our friends know that already though but still enjoy seeing the landmark hotel. Their Christmas decor and brunch is something special, btw, for anyone thinking of traveling in this area during that season. (Reservations need to be made early on.)

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    4. Oh, I've been there Surfer Girl, their Brunch is indeed memorable. Happy times from my California days xx

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    5. SG, I don't know if they're still dating, but I doubt that we will see ANY "James +1" scenario on these occasions unless/until he puts a ring on it.

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  9. Cheers to the Pipster!

    I completely respect their wishes of privacy. I'd sure love a picture of George and Charlotte that day though.

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  10. There have been conflicting reports about the role Kate will have at the wedding and whether or not George and Charlotte will participate. One report said that Kate was going to take care of all the children attending the wedding, instead of actually serving in a role at the ceremony. Quite frankly, I am puzzled how any press report can truly know any of these details with reliability. I imagine the family will keep it as private as possible, which is as it should be. George and Charlotte are both very young, and I'm not so sure they will actually be a part of the wedding party. As William and Kate say frequently, both children are very active and into everything, so it might be difficult for them to stay still for any length of time at the ceremony. Of course, I guess Kate and/or their nanny could take them to a different location for most of the service, if they are going to have a part at the very beginning. Regardless of any reports or conjecture, Kate knows her children best and any decision made will be the right one for them and the family. I'm delighted for Pippa and James and I hope they not only have a wonderful wedding, but an even better life together.

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    1. Sarah, I believe it's just a lot of press speculation just to keep their names in the headlines.

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    2. I agree. Their names sell the papers regardless of whether something is a lie or the truth, which is exactly why it is so important for everyone to be wary of these articles. Many of them have a slant and questionable sources. As someone who only seeks truth and the facts, the desire of some publications to add innuendo and baseless claims really angers me.

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    3. Very true.

      I don't know who leaked the story, nor do I care. But I will say this ... if I loved William as a husband, brother, son-in-law, etc., I'd be most anxious to set the story straight and take the sails out of some of the harsher criticism of him by making it known that he had the blessing of his wife AND in-laws. He did NOT run away from home and leave his poor wife at home.

      People can still disagree about him not attending the service, but that is nothing new; some people cannot and will not accept that this is how the BRF operates and it isn't William calling all of the shots. Ha! Doesn't he wish.

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    4. Why did William think it necessary to go party hardy just because Kate was attending a hen party? And not attend the Commonwealth event at a time such as this? Maybe he didn't leave the kids and wifey at home but he left his other significant responsibilities there. No offense.

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  11. Hello,

    The Sun reports Kate was with Pippa on a skiing weekend for her hen party, the same weekend William was in Verbier. The post is updated with information from the article which can be read in its entirety here:

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3238658/kate-enjoyed-skiiing-hen-with-sis-pippa-middleton-with-on-same-weekend-prince-william-partied-with-pals/

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    1. Ahhhh...the WHOLE story. Thank you.

      I doubt that William is holding his breath as he waits for apologies, but it would be nice!

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    2. How can we be sure this story is true ? Emily Andrews plays willy nilly with the truth when she feels like. And Kate was laughing that William was drunk after lunch ? Really? How on earth would she possibly know this?
      I am wondering exactly how much, if not all of this story is a figment of Emily's imagination.

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    3. Why would William deserve an apology? This doesn't change things, if anything it makes it worse.

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    4. It only makes it "worse" if people were determined to condemn him in the first place. William may be a future king, but he is still a human being. And for all the talk about Kate needing to be her own woman, I wonder if the couple's harshest critics have stopped to consider that she and her husband are making personal decisions that work for them.

      If an evening out with the boys has caused this much fuss, I am shocked that more folks don't chime in when Julia and I discuss a "certain subject". Let's get real here.

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  12. So much for all the assumptions and tsk-tsking and wrist-slapping here and elsewhere over bad prince/dad Wills skipping the Commonwealth Service and leaving Kate at home alone with the kids. Glad the girls were smart enough to keep it all behind closed doors. No doubt they had their tiddly moments, too. Wills could learn from Kate & Pip!

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    1. Well... the two of them leaving the country to play separately and leaving the kids with others (nannies or grandparents) and failing to attend the Commonwealth Ceremony ain't exactly winning them points with the peasants...

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden2 April 2017 at 23:42

      Haha, indeed. And a smaaaaaall part of me (the tinfoil hat part) wonder if William maybe made a scene so the girls could have their time away in peace without being found. Probably not. But this gives way more context to the situation!

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    3. Queen of the Sun3 April 2017 at 00:01

      Rebecca, that was my thoughts exactly. But as this has highlighted, after all the comments and speculation about William leaving the wifey and kids at home to go and play, that now have to be backtracked, we seldom have the whole story.

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    4. With his history? Uh, don't think so, Rebecca. No offense.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden3 April 2017 at 00:54

      People always says "he cheated". I have never seen any probable facts for that. I've seen stories. But as we know, stories does not mean truth! And even if we say he slept with the women in the stories, we have no clue what William and Kate's relationship was at the time. For all we know they weren't even exclusively dating, or dating on-and-off. It's not uncommon nowdays. So sure, he might have been and still be a cheating pig. Or it's just stories.

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    6. Rebecca. I hear what you are saying but after studying about the aristocracy, I doubt William's courtship dalliances were casual ones.
      You tube, with Chelsie Davies, Pippa wrapped in toilet paper doing shots of whiskey at a house party, William groping two women by his side in photos prior to William and Kate's breakup, Harry stripping in Las Vegas, etc., etc., all that stuff seems to substantiate my opinion. ("Aristocratic house parties" in the country are, I guess the term would be, infamous, actually.) And since he "split" with Kate officially in 2007, it seems they were not "split" prior to that but were actually boyfriend and girlfriend in those previous years.
      No offense at all. Just clarifying. :) I stopped studying about the aristocracy because of what I was finding.

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    7. Philly I was more concerned about William the Prince and I still think it was a mistake on his part, regardless of his wife's whereabouts. I understand others disagree!

      And I have to agree with Moxie that I'm not sure this makes it better, or worse. The royals are in a funny spot, everyone knows they have wealth, jewels, live in palaces, but they're not supposed to flaunt it :) This is very out of touch with the lives of most Brits right now. There's a tone deafness about how they approached this whole thing in the midst of Brexit etc, and that's still very concerning.

      Kate is certainly entitled to a celebratory weekend with her sister, but again, now that the Verbier thing has dominated the story not sure this saves it. Basically it gets back to my first point, this was awful press management combined with poor behaviour. They should have gotten out in front of this, and frankly the Pippa thing makes it a perfect excuse "The Duchess has a family commitment this weekend."

      The greatest irony to me in all of this is William is so eager to avoid his mother's mistakes he's inadvertently repeating them. Diana tried to control the press by feeding them, William's trying to do it by starving them. Extremes never work. He needs to find a balance, a middle ground, and right now he's nowhere close.

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    8. Pam from Boston3 April 2017 at 15:13

      I had given William the benefit of the doubt on his ski weekend, because if there's one thing I've learned in my life is that no one knows the whole story of any situation except the people involved. People assumed Kate was upset but I had though maybe, but probably not, that there's more to the events than the public knows.

      My guess is that the hen party was scheduled taking into consideration the availability and schedules of Pippa's friends and the individuals in the bridal party. Being an big event when your sister, who is very close to you, is getting married, I'm sure it was important for Kate to attend. She likely didn't feel she alone should dictate what date was chosen. And she chose to attend the party rather than the Commonwealth Service. And William decided he might as well enjoy a guys' weekend at the same time. Florida Moxie, please don't make it seem that they are bad parents because they have a weekend away from their children! Are you a parent? Have you ever had two very young children close to the same age? Parents need a break! My husband and I went away for an entire week and left our then 2 year old with her grandparents, and we enjoyed every second of it and did not feel guilty one bit!

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    9. Rebecca-Sweden, I was amused at your tinfoil hat theory. And it made me think of another......why is this hen trip just being reported now, several weeks after the event? With the way that the media, royal or otherwise, works so diligently to dig up any potential 'scoop' on the BRF and those in their orbit, you'd think that at least one media member would've had a source that alerted them to this trip as it was happening. Thoughts, anyone?

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    10. Rebecca - Sweden3 April 2017 at 22:05

      Right Pam. And even not taking the parents into consideration, haven't you guys had sleepovers at the grandparents? They can be sooooo much fun. I didn't realize until I was a teen or something that mum and dad probably had us at them for their sake as well. I just had super fun!

      USA reader, it is slightly odd. Can't come up with a reason why.

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    11. Well leaks can come from almost anywhere, honestly I'm surprised more doesn't leak when you consider all the different people involved, from staff to security to clerical workers, not to mention extended family and friends.

      I believe there's at least one set of loose lips in the Matthews family :)
      I think Donna Air has some tight media friends and suspect she's traded a few details for positive coverage of James before. (my opinion)
      I've always believed Uncle Gary was the go between for the Middletons, though I sense he's really out of the picture now.
      I'm sure the owners of this exclusive chalet were bursting at the seams to tell who their special guests were and finally let it slip.
      And even William could have mentioned it in passing recently, maybe at work someone teased him about the Verbier headlines and he said "well the boss was off partying too" or something to that effect. For that matter Carole Middleton could have let it slip to a neighbor, it's really an innocent story, especially well after the fact when it's all done and they're safely back home.

      What's the old saying - if you tell one person a secret you've already told the world! Most people who have juicy details will spill them to someone eventually, not a question of if but when ;)

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    12. Rebecca - Sweden4 April 2017 at 00:19

      Very, very true Claudia :)

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    13. Rebecca, I also wonder whether William's partying was intended as camouflage for Pippa's hen party! How noble of him and his buddies if true. ;-) On the other hand, if the ladies were out skiing, did no one see them on the slopes? Were the ski runs private? This is a cute story; I wonder how true it is.

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    14. I think that one major reason for the he cheated stories is that it's yet another way of undermining Kate. And by that I mean "she may be married to a future king and live in a palace, but the poor dear....."

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    15. Rebecca - Sweden4 April 2017 at 14:18

      I saw someone say that if they lived in a private chalet and did "helicopter skiing" (Who knew something like that existed?!) instead of taking lifts they would not really be seen. I mean, someone swooshing by in full skiing gear is pretty hard to make out who they are. :P

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    16. If they indeed did helicopter skiing, I would wonder why they were going to such lengths not to be seen skiing while William was partying in plain sight. Seems strange. And no, I don't buy into the 'William did it to distract from them story'. He's much more keen on privacy than Kate is.

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    17. Me neither Caroline. Yet he went to a celeb place that's known to be crawling with paps. It was bizarre I still don't get it.

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    18. What a tacky diversionary tactic that would have been. lol No, those kind of headlines ("slut-dropping topless model", heavy drinking,etc.)
      SLIGHTLY counterproductive to keeping good PR for the family. He wasn't covering for Kate, in my opinion.

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  13. Interesting their PR team allowed William to be thrown under the bus on that one. I thought it was poor form; however, I thought it poorer form that he missed that church service. Now I know Kate was off skiing as well, I extend that poor form to her too.

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    1. Kate was off skiing? wow. Where and with whom?
      They didn't ski together? I find that odd.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden3 April 2017 at 00:11

      Attending your sisters hen party seems like a pretty good reason though. Especially for an event that they aren't regular attendees at!

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    3. Bluhare, excellent point.

      Acquitaine.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden3 April 2017 at 00:55

      It's not odd Surfer. Pippa had a skiing hen party. The Middleton family rented a jet for the girls to go skiing. William and his friends shared the jet to go on their own trip. What, was William gonna tag along on the hen party?!

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    5. Exactly, bluhare!

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    6. I think her sister's bachelorette party gives Kate a pass. Its hard to schedule a weekend like that when it involves other people. However, I agree it was bad form on William's part and, in addition, their PR team could have done a much better job with this whole thing. Apparently, William can't be alone with the kids for the weekend.

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    7. No, Rebecca. I extend the poor form for her skiing when she could have got back for the church service. Apparently neither one of them think duty is part of the job description. I said in the last post that their private life is their private life, and I still think so. Where I draw the line is when it interferes with what they're supposed to be doing for their country.

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    8. Rebecca - Sweden3 April 2017 at 15:14

      I understand that bluhare. And I can see the view that they should be at the service. BUT, this has not been a heavily attended service usually. It's not unusual for the royals to "rotate" the attendance. Even among the more senior ones. Sure, it would be nice and good if they were at the event. But I don't think it's fair to make an event out to be something bigger than other years just so it can put down the cambridges. It doesn't seem to be a "every year event" for them, yet. And that is a discussion of it's own but I don't think it's a sign of them avoiding duty.

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    9. What's odd to me Bluhare is that they could have defused the William story so easily when Emily Andrews asked for a comment for that Tuesday paper. KP could have responded quite easily with "The Duke and Duchess unfortunately already had personal commitments this weekend, with the Duchess attending a pre-wedding party for her sister." That would have taken a lot of the air out right away perhaps, so really poor response, on top of already bad message management!

      Let me know when you read the new book by the way! I'm reading also, I've read most of her biographies. She's quite excellent and deserves her reputation and credentials, very focused on history and most of her sources are *named* sources, which always helps when people stand up and stand by their statements and information.

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    10. It was the 40th anniversary of the Commonwealth, Rebecca. I know it's not a hugely publicised event; however, William will one day be head of it, so I think he should go when possible. And I think it definitily could have been possible!

      Claudia, I totally agree. I don't know why they handled it that way. I still would have complained they didn't go to the service, but it certainly would have been a much better way to handle it.

      I'm looking forward to reading the book. It's not yet available here; I think it ships today or tomorrow!

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  14. Philly, I think the wrist slapping was for him being seen dancing with Sophie Taylor and hanging out with her and her makeup artist, Rosie. There were also pictures of him with his hand on Taylor's waist. Which I think is inappropriate of a married man. Like another commenter said earlier, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, although we knew that from the cheating in their dating relationship. I also think he shouldn't have missed that service, considering his position. Poor guy probably won't live it down for a while though. Still reports on it lol

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    1. William could have stayed home with the children. He didn't have to take the opportunity to do what he did. Still think it was not a good thing, at all. Honor your wife's time out. Man up.

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    2. Or better yet, since they have a nanny, William could have attend the Commonwealth Services.
      People then might better receive Kate being at Kate's hen party, although they could have even easily scheduled that on another day since it was such a "custom" hen party. As it was it was all around carelessly planned.

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    3. I do hope they have learned even a little something from the whole scenario. They are going to be King and Queen one day. Surely they must realize how this was inappropriate on so many levels, even the timing of the hen party. I hope they do anyway. It isn't rocket science. And if it was just irreverent arrogance then I don't know how that could be changed really. This isn't the first time something like this has happened.
      Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, where are you?

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  15. hmm somehow they have reason for not attending for hen or bachelorette party its normal to attend I guess that duchess doesn't want to upstage her own sister her big day instead asking some matron of honor in wedding I think will see the Cambridge's in pippa and james big day maybe wills and kate will be a guest and prince George and her sister charlotte will have the role in terms of an kate being envy her younger sister pippa I think they are differ I think being a royal doesn't restrict being normal the difference its they have protection officers and pippa and james have don't or vice versa William and kate can whilst them if they one in ters William skiing with his friends with those female models I think he knows his restriction as man and as husband with two younger kids the media twisting it make him a responsible husband and a father

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  16. Curious - why is the consensus Kate won't be bridesmaid? I would think the Middletons of all people wouldn't be concerned with that. Surely Pippa wants her only sister by her side?

    It would seem to me Kate's pic will make front pages alongside Pippa regardless, definitely pics of the children if they're involved. I would say be with your sister, in the future you'll regret it, and the overshadowing reason won't mean a thing. And after all, Pippa did steal a little thunder at Kate's wedding so maybe it's payback ;) Just teasing of course!

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  17. I always enjoy these candid pictures and the tiny glimpse into the private life ofthe Doc. I wonder if she will release any birthday pictures of Princess Charlotte? My grandson shares her birthday so it's even more special to me.

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  18. I agree, Claudia. If Pippa wants Kate in her bridal party she should by all means go for it. She is Pippa's sister first, future Queen second. I think they would both regret it if they don't follow their hearts regarding that.

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  19. Charlotte and everyone how do I do a link? Sorry do I sound stupid! I've tried to put one in my comment box before and it was just gibberish, am I doing something wrong?

    There's a nice blog post by Chris Ship I thought I could share, it's about Charles but applies to William too I think. Ship discusses the difficulty of "waiting" for a job, that the top job is very structured but there's no daily diary for someone waiting in the wings. It's called "King to be: His personality and priorities" - I should add he's very impressed with Charles so maybe royalfan should not read ;) X

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    1. Hello Claudia,

      Right click the address bar click 'copy' and then right click and 'paste' in the comment box here. Sometimes the links to articles seem very long.

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    2. Rebecca - Sweden3 April 2017 at 22:07

      Talking about this Chris Ship, I am very impressed by him! He's great fresh blood to the royal reporters. He has come from political reporting and he seems way less gossipy than alot of the standard bunch. I'm sure, if he needed, he would be the one to dig up the biggest dirt, but he doesn't (so far) seem to sling mud around just to see what sticks. AND he works for ITV that the royals already seem to be more friendly to. I wouldn't be surprised if his "new tactic" within the royal beat might help smoothe out some issues.

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    3. Agreed, I'm very much enjoying his take on royal reporting. He brings facts with researched background information and looks at the events from a different angle, be it the role of the royals as Brexit unfolds or the future of the monarchy. He was a deputy political editor for several years before starting on the royal beat recently.

      He regularly updates his Facebook page:

      https://www.facebook.com/chrisshipitv/

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    4. Normally, this should work:
      1. Click the field where you can see the internet address you want to share, e.g. www.itv.com/news/2017-04-02/the-king-to-be-his-personality-his-priorities-and-yes-his-pleasure-in-talking-to-trees/
      2. The address should look white letters on blue background now
      If not, press Ctrl and at the same time the letter A
      3. Then press Ctrl and at the same time the letter C
      4. Now go to the Duchess Kate Blog click the Reply box as if you wanted to write something
      5. Press Ctrl and at the same time the letter V
      6. This should make the link appear

      www.itv.com/news/2017-04-02/the-king-to-be-his-personality-his-priorities-and-yes-his-pleasure-in-talking-to-trees/

      This is called "Copy & Paste", if you google "Copy & Paste" you can find more useful info.

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    5. Thank you Charlotte :) Maybe that's it, I'm just not scrolling up enough!

      Charles and Camilla seem to be a big hit on tour, I have to say I wasn't expecting it to be such a success! In part I think it's due to the very varied and "interactive" schedule that's been set, it makes for great copy and images. As I've said before, you need a variety of different engagements to keep a royal schedule interesting.

      Even William and Kate's favourite photographer Chris Jackson tweeted "I haven't been on a tour for ages that has generated so much interest. Police have had to hold back crowds of Italians everywhere we've been."

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    6. Thank you *so* much Helping Hand! You've well earned your handle :) And you even included the link I was talking about!

      And will the link only appear "live" for me once I hit "publish"? I should do a few test ones... though Charlotte will think I've gone mad...

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    7. Well, royalfan Googled Chris Ship & Prince Charles and found a fuss being made over Charles hugging a boy. Apparently, PC broke with protocol.

      I'm glad that Mr. Ship is impressed, but royalfan recalls Diana doing this 30+ years ago and her husband NOT being impressed. I mean seriously, is he in need of such delicate PR?

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    8. Julia from Leominster4 April 2017 at 16:08

      That tour is a doodle as far as Camilla is concerned - I looked at the itinerary for her and it is ninety-eight percent sight-seeing for her, only one important issue about trafficking raised to justify what is otherwise a jolly Camilla holiday. And I will be a cat and say she looked simply awful in that red dress she wore.

      As for William and Kate, no idea whether than hen party bit is the truth or not but if so, it does stand against the reasoning that they often don't attend evening events together because one stays with the children. I have no issue with Kate attending a hen night and the private part is between her and William but I agree with bluhare - it was wrong to miss the Commonwealth Ceremony at such a crucial time and in an anniversary year - and one where they have no Commonwealth tours.

      Although it sounds ironic, if royals are to skip important events, it is vital they stay out of sight which gives a neutral interpretation to their absence - to look to be holidaying and partying looks disrespectful.

      I doubt Kate will be a bridesmaid - in those circles, married women usually aren't.

      As for Pippa, I hope and am certain it is a love match - for to marry because of fancy resorts and holidays and planes is folly, such wealth doesn't bring marital happiness as so many divorce cases show - and such wealth can be lost in the blink of an eye. So hopefully, the material aspects have no bearing at all. He seems a very nice chap.

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    9. I'll go see Charles & Camilla either tomorrow or the day after tomorrow and will report back if you guys are interested! ;-)

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    10. Thanks for the bridesmaid info (and the rest of your comments Julia). :)

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    11. Zora from Prague4 April 2017 at 20:41

      Yes, Caroline, please let us know how it all was! I saw them both several years ago when they were in Prague, there was quite a crowd of people near the theatre where they went to see Don Giovanni.
      I've seen pictures of them with Pope Francis this evening. I think it was nice of Charles to reply "I'll do my best" when the Pope asked him to be a messenger of peace. I hope he means it.

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  20. I am surprised that everyone is taking Emily Andrews' words as gospel truth. Wasn't she the one that wrote a few weeks ago that Meghan Markle met Kate and Charlotte and that Kate gave her a journal? How could she know that? I am sorry but I think that this "journalist" specializes in spinning yarn and this is yet another prime example.
    I don't believe her stories unless two other people confirm it.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden3 April 2017 at 22:08

      I generally don't belive Emily either. She ran with a Harry and Juliette story a while back and stuck with it way longer after it was disproven. So maybe it isnt even true?

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    2. Personally I think Harry himself had someone leak that story, with the blessing of William and Kate. He was said to be quite annoyed by the article that William didn't approve of his first "leave Meghan alone" statement, and William took the rare step of publicly addressing that. I think acknowledging the significance of Meghan in his life is very important to Harry, and it would be nothing for him to mention to someone on staff "it's ok to let them know Meghan is meeting the family." That's been done often on condition that the "source" is identified as "someone close to the couple" or something like that. Meghan Markle is certainly much better versed in these things and it would be a piece of cake for a close friend to leak that info on her behalf as well. After all no harm came from it. That story only cements the seriousness of their relationship.

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    3. I think that it is partly true - Pippa had a hen party somewhere and Kate went to that. But that is about it. I think that the date place and time are all her imagination. A bunch of well-known women went skiing down the slopes of a well-populated ski resort, even rented a chateau where the owners lavished them with gifts, yet no one comes out and confirms this? No peep from anyone other than Emily. I don't believe the whole story for one second. Not unless there are pictures or another real corroborating source.

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    4. didn't even think of that. Humm. some photos to corroborate the story would be nice, or a comment from someone who actually saw them on the slopes.

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    5. I just commented on the hen party in another thread so I won't repeat it here.

      But as far as Meghan and Harry are concerned, perhaps she was behind the leak. IMO, she has been quite proactive in the PR department and it would be to her benefit to be seen as meeting the family. Also, I suspect she put pressure on Harry to issue the "leave her alone" statement as it not only publicized the relationship, but it implied a level of significance that may or may not be there (any longer).

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    6. Well, even if Meghan cared that much about publicity (which I don't think is necessarily true), it would be quite stupid of her to leak something that only William, Kate, Harry and she know. It would be obvious to the other 3 where the leak must come from.
      As to the seriousness of it all: who knows. If the articles claiming that Meghan's moving in with Harry are true, it's certainly serious. I suppose we'll find out.

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    7. I agree with you Anon 18:04, I have never been an Emily Andrews fan. When I read her comments or articles I take it with a grain of salt, hoping someone else will disprove her. It speaks to what Rebecca states in another thread that her reporting borders on tabloid gossip (where great license is taken to "fill in the gap with seeds of innuendo"). This type of reporting keeps her relevant as a reporter because IF we are to believe what she writes, SHE has insider information no one else has! I believe that Kate went on to a hen party (hope she enjoyed spending time with her sister), but don't believe all the filler comments. It appears a little more like a reporter trying to make a story now for missing the scoop and real story weeks ago!

      I also agree with royalfan and IMO think Meghan knows her way around PR spin, but it would seem she might have her hands full with the latest coming out about her sister publishing a book, link below. It appears that Meghan doesn't share the same great sister relationship that Kate and Pippa do. cc

      Caution, read with a grain of salt though...its yahoo :( https://www.yahoo.com/celebrity/978462-224053085.html

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    8. I'm not aware of any actor or actress who is not very aware of his/her publicity. It's part of their DNA. :-)

      As for the stories about her meeting Harry's family, well throw in a fake detail (like a journal for Kate) and it's just as easy to dismiss it as tabloid nonsense. And only time will tell if she does move in with Harry, but in the meantime, it does make for an entertaining read during the silence.

      Time will tell, but the photos from the wedding spoke volumes IMO.

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  21. Does anyone else think the print on this dress is absolutely hideous? Looks good on her from a distance in fuzzy photos, though. Would love to see a clearer photo to see if she really did pull the print off well.

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  22. This comment is not directly related to the above post, but it does relate to our discussions on mental health in some capacity. An independent study was recently done in 3 countries: the US, UK, and Mexico. The focus group of this study were men, ages 18-30. The study looks at what it means to be a young man in these 3 countries. I have read it and the content is illuminating. When you have a chance, I encourage you to take a look at it. Here is the link: http://promundoglobal.org/2017/03/30/promundo-axe-launch-first-ever-man-box-report/

    I hope the Heads Together campaign and William, Kate, and Harry learn about this study and read through it. I believe the information it contains could prove helpful in their work with young people, mental health, and breaking down stigmas.

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  23. 'Midi' means middle of the lower leg, between knee and ankle. On the model, this dress ends just below the knee, and is not midi. The separate skirt might be. I think the print is nice enough, but maybe more appropriate for throw pillows. My husband told me long ago that I should wear solid colors even though I liked to wear prints. Vivid prints are certainly everywhere in clothing now. For casual wear, they seem acceptable. I have questioned some of the prints Kate wears for public engagements.

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  24. I don't think this dress is the Temperley. The color palette is wrong, and the neckline doesn't look as though it's elasticized. Even when an elasticized neckline is pulled up, you can usually identify it as one.

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