Monday, 13 March 2017

The Cambridges' Paris Schedule & Style Possibilities, March Engagements & Merci Maman's Mother's Day Discount!

Good evening dear readers,

We are just days away from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's two-day trip to Paris. I had anticipated an official itinerary would have been issued by now, via Kensington Palace's Twitter account. Presumably it will come at some point, however, it seems the media were issued with a more detailed itinerary last week, which was shared across several websites, but wasn't widely written about in the mainstream media. As we are so close to the trip, I thought it appropriate to share what news is available from reliable sources.


Friday, 17 March

It all kicks off on Friday, before William and Kate fly to Paris. William and Kate will visit the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow. 350 soldiers will march to the Parade Square at Cavalry Barracks led by their mascot, the Irish Wolfhound Domhnall. Kate will present the shamrock to officers and warrant officers. The parade will conclude with a march-past where Prince William will take the salute.


William and Kate will likely be with the Irish Guards until around lunchtime and will travel to Paris afterwards. What's on their schedule for day one?

UPDATE: Kensington Palace has announced the Duke and Duchess will meet President Francois Hollande upon arrival at the Élysée Palace.

Kensington Palace Twitter

Whilst all the details are not available Royal Central has shared relevant information from last week's press release. They will then attend a reception at the British Embassy Paris to mark the launch of "Les Voisons" which will celebrate cultural ties between the United Kingdom and France.


More from Royal Central:

'According to the official press release, Their Royal Highnesses will meet young French leaders from the arts, sports, fashion, business, and voluntary sectors, as well as young military award winners. The reception will be hosted by the Queen’s Ambassador to France.'

That evening, the most glamorous event of the trip takes place - a black-tie dinner hosted by the Ambassador at the British Embassy Paris. I would imagine we'll see Kate in a gown for this one. It will be interesting to learn more about the guests and potential speeches.


Saturday, 18 March

Saturday will see the Cambridges visit Les Invalides - a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, France, containing museums and monuments, all relating to the military history of France, as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans, the building's original purpose. This is an incredibly important part of the visit which will see the royal couple meet survivors and first responders involved in the terrorist attacks at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris as well as the lorry attack in Nice on Bastille Day last year.

Wikipedia

William and Kate will then attend a Six Nations Rugby Match between Wales and France. This will mark Prince William's first engagement as Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union since Her Majest stepped down as its Patron in December 2016. As my other half is quite the rugby fan, I'm reliably informed the match will be live on the BBC at 2.45 pm.


At this point, we do not know if the couple will have any engagements after the rugby match. Regarding Friday's schedule, with the reception and dinner it looks pretty full. As I mentioned earlier, I think a more comprehensive press release will be forthcoming, and this post will be updated as soon as it is available. What do you think of the itinerary thus far?


Paris is not only the city of love, it's also one of the fashion capitals of the world and since the trip was announced you've all been discussing some excellent potential designers for the Duchess. What will Kate need in her suitcase? I would imagine Kate will change her outfit from the St Patrick's Day parade for her Paris arrival. I think this would be a fabulous occasion to debut a classic Chanel suit. Not only would it pay homage to the country but a timeless Chanel look would be the perfect choice to carry Kate from the airport, to meeting a government representative, and to the reception at the British Embassy. Below, we see suits by the iconic brand through the decades.


In signature fabrics like tweed and bouclé, Chanel suits are a perfect mélange of femininity, polish and timelessness.


Below, we see the late Princess Diana wearing Chanel for a 1988 visit to France.


Another iconic brand discussed was Lanvin. The oldest existing French couture house was founded in 1889 by designer Jeanne Lanvin after the birth of her daughter, whose likeness is featured in the label’s emblem of a mother and child. Celebrated for a refined sense of Parisian elegance, the women’s ready-to-wear and accessories lines focus on monochrome colour choices, luxurious fabrics, and fluid silhouettes. For more than a decade, Lucas Ossendrijver has been designing the brand’s menswear collection, bringing his sportswear sensibility to impeccably tailored suits and separates. Three Parisian looks that would work with the itinerary: the gorgeous Draped Satin Gown, the classic Silk Tieneck Blouse and Tweed Skirt and the Crepe Shift Dress.

Lanvin

The Duchess may choose to give a nod to France through an accessory such as a clutch or handbag. When one thinks of such, Hermés is the first brand that springs to mind. The French high fashion luxury goods manufacturer was established in 1837. Among its most well-known items is the highly coveted Kelly bag. Named after Grace Kelly who fell in love with the brand's bags on the set of Hitchcock's Rear Window. The bag is a trapezium closed with two straps. Four studs on the bottom, itself made of three layers of leather enable it to stand on the ground. The construction of each Kelly bag requires 18 to 25 hours of handicraft, with each item being created by a single artisan, resulting in high retail prices.


Below, the Kelly Bag in crocodile and a Hermés silk scarf, another iconic item which would be a perfectly chic accessory for the Duchess.


Hermés

When considering French designers already worn by Kate, Roland Mouret is very much top off the list when it comes to potential possibilities for the black-tie dinner on Friday night. Kate has already worn two gowns - working directly with the designer. Could we see a third for the dinner? Browsing through the designer's website there's an abundance of possibilities for Kate. What do you think of the Gildin Gown featuring the off-the-shoulder look Kate's been enjoying? We also see the very pretty Pritchard Gown.

Roland Mouret

Looks from Paule Ka's Resort 2017 Collection.

Paule Ka

Do you have any style predictions for Kate in Paris? As Audrey Hepburn said in Sabrina: "Paris is always a good idea." I'm very much looking forward to seeing what the visit brings both in terms of events and style.


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Having personalised and wearable jewellery to commemorate special occasions is always an important addition to one's jewellery box - and no doubt this caught Kate's eye following the birth of Prince George. Kate was spotted wearing her Duchess Necklace during a shopping trip in London in October 2013. Founder Béatrice de Montille was thrilled when she discovered Kate wore one of her pieces and told Hello!: "I was so delighted to see Kate wearing it. I see her as the most inspirational woman of our generation. Pippa sent us a lovely email in early 2012 thanking us for one bracelet we had sent her. So when Prince George was born, we asked her to pass on this gift for Kate and we are so thrilled she has worn it."

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A closer look at Kate's gold plated necklace which has three charms: a disc engraved with 'George Alexander Louis', a heart engraved with 'W' for William, and the figure of a little boy.


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We also have news of additions to Kate's March calendar. On Thursday, 23 March, The Duchess of Cambridge will attend the launch of a series of educational films created by Best Beginnings, a charity partner of the Heads Together campaign, to raise awareness of maternal mental health challenges and start conversations about the wellbeing of parents and their children. The Duchess will speak about the importance of maternal mental health at the launch of the 'Out of the Blue' film series, just a few days before Mother's Day. Kate will then join a parent support group similar to those featured in the 'Out of the Blue' series, to talk with mums and dads about how becoming a parent affected their mental health and how open and honest conversations with family, friends or other trusted people helped them get through the tough times.


And on, Tuesday 28 March, Kate will will attend the 2017 Portrait Gala, held at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Kate will view the newest exhibitions during the reception, and meet a selection of guests, many of whom will have contributed to this important event, before attending the gala dinner.You may recall Kate attended the gala in 2014 wearing her ink-blue Jenny Packham gown and the Queen's Nizam of Hyderabad necklace. It will be very interesting to see what Kate wears on the night.

NPG Facebook Page

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And finally, for those asking about Prince William's ski trip, details are just coming through, however it's been reported the Prince enjoyed a boys weekend in Verbier with friends Guy Pelly, James Meade and Thomas van Straubenzee. There's images from the trip available on the Mail Online. TMZ has published a video of William dancing.

We'll see you on Friday :)

428 comments:

  1. Charlotte I'm sure you've seen the news about William in Verbier. Absolute colossal lack of judgment, and terrible optics not just for Commonwealth Day but this upcoming trip as well.

    I honestly don't know what he is thinking.

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    1. Sarah Maryland USA13 March 2017 at 23:46

      100% agree with you it is such a joke I have no words for this. Prince Andrew went skiing this weekend but made sure he was back for the commonwealth service something William should have done and this further cemented to me William just wants the perks of being royal and none of the duty

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    2. If I were Kate I would be livid. Partying and drinking jagerbombs with some 24 year old model? And that doesn't take into account the fact he stood his grandmother up.

      William should be ashamed of himself, both personally and professionally.

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    3. Charlotte I'm sorry this was a very nice post, I should have commented on it first! But I was absolutely floored when I saw the front pages, I really thought William had turned a corner here and am truly stunned by such self sabotage.

      Yes Sarah there are no words, Charles should fire every advisor at KP. Boozing it up with some bikini models while his wife is home is bad enough, doing it as the future heir while the Queen and Charles are at Commonwealth services, especially in this time of Brexit, and doing it ahead of an important trip to Paris... honestly it's just unbelievably arrogant.

      I saw a lot of people saying they weren't surprised, William at it again that kind of thing, but while I've faulted him for decisions in the past, I was really stunned by this, jaw on the floor. And Verbier, a royal hot spot? Did he think no one would notice him?

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    4. Claudia, I understand what you're saying; I had the same thought once when one of my not so glowing comments hit the top of the comment section. That being said, you aren't the one who let himself be photographed partying hard with the boys and two randoms!!

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    5. I have just skimmed articles and it's a terrible shame to see another PR disaster especially so close to Paris. William is of course entitled to a weekend away with his friends and privacy. It's the optics of the situation that are so dreadful here. Rebecca English reported all other members of the royal family were either at the Commonwealth Day service or on duties.

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    6. The timing is staggering.

      I think he very narrowly escaped during the "workshy" crisis, and yes it was a crisis when even the Telegraph and Sunday Times are asking if the man once seen as the future of the monarchy even wants the job. (there's a reason he did that BBC interview) It will all come roaring back with this.

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    7. Thanks bluhare :) Charlotte works so hard I hate to not acknowledge that first, but the news of the day really got me here.

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    8. I read a comment that said he had actually returned at least a day before todays activities and it was just a skewed report of the trip. I do not know the details of his coming and going but it would not surprise me if the press was leaving some details out. But even if they were not I have no issue with him being out of town and there may be a very legitimate reason for the no appearance of the two of them that is not being reported.

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    9. Claudia, I respectfully disagree regarding a "workshy crisis".

      The timing and PR aspect of the trip may not be ideal, to say the least, but I don't believe William deserves to be roasted for taking a ski break that would have been discussed with Kate...and the Queen. Nor does the trip negate everything he HAS done, and will do.

      This reminds me of one of Kate's shopping excursions; similar reaction to something that is NOT a regular occurrence. It's unfortunate but, generally speaking, I do think there's a bit of a pounce-factor where William is concerned. Likewise for Kate.

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    10. P.S. I sincerely doubt that Charles is about to have anyone fired. Heck, the photos are a breakfast table gift as far as CH is concerned.

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    11. Diana ain't smile at this right now. William is a PR disaster, lacks any proper judgement. I can't believe nobody warned him, which I am sure or hope they did but he went anyway.*applaud*

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    12. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 08:35

      I'm a bit torn on this. On the one hand, all royals don't go to the Commonwealth Day events every year. They seem to take turns, other than the Queen and Phillip. And William going away with his guyfriends is nothing wrong in my eyes at all.

      On the other hand, it does LOOK bad, even though it's a normal short trip with some friends on a time where he maybe wasn't even planned to work. It is very bad optics, and on that I agree. I think an uproar is making a mountain of a molehill, but I also agree that it wasn't the smartest thing.

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    13. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 09:23

      Also, the whole "blond woman" thing is just ridicolous. Appearantly her boyfriend was there and said William was a great guy. Not that a woman should need to be in the company of her boyfriend to be allowed to talk to married men...

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    14. Charlotte, You are Spot On! It's The Optics! This is like Nursery School PR 101! It's beyond missing The Event, it's magnified by where he chose to be instead & how he chose to behave while not in attendance. Actions speak Very Very Loud..... :(

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    15. Sarah, I Completely Agree & I've Never Wanted To Be Critical of William..... but sadly he's showing us where his priorities lie!.... :(

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    16. I fully agree ladies! It's terrible timing to go on a ski break. In my opinion, it's no use embarking on glamorous tours of the Commonwealth when he can't attend such an important event.

      Also, is there a reason that Kate can't attend such an event without William? If she stayed back, I dont see why she couldn't have attended on her own, it would ha e contributed something to the damage control.

      Love Avee in SA

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    17. her boyfriend? I didn't see any other men around in any of the photos except William's friends. They may be saying that but I would like to see the photos of her boyfriend with the group.

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    18. Royalfan this is bad for Charles too, this undermines the entire monarchy. It's hard to put this in context unless people understand everything that's happening in the UK right now, with Brexit, and trade concerns, and budget cuts and NHS problems.

      Rebecca is right. Photos of William having lunch with a mixed group are no big deal. BUT photos of him doing it at one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, while others are at Commonwealth services, then staying out till the wee hours of the morning, frankly it also puts a dent in his whole "normal guy trying to be a pilot spend any free time with my family" line.

      This will go over like a brick through a stained glass window at church, make no mistake about it. The timing, context and optics are beyond awful. This is Uncle Andy antics.

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    19. I've been following the blog for some time now - Charlotte you do a great job! But honestly is anyone really that surprised about William? I think the work-shy attitude comes more from William than Kate. I think Kate "follows" a lot of the time. And of course she's happy to be a part time royal and be home with the kids (which is fine). William is the monarch in the end. All the PR blunders over the years have really highlighted William as stubborn and arrogant. That BBC interview where he addressed the issue of his work? He came off really fake - the fact that he even needed to defend himself said it all. And actions speak louder than words anyway, right?

      Even if he wasn't going to attend Commonwealth Day duties at least put your ski trip on another weekend! Surely anyone could see how it looks. None of us are going to know how he truly feels about his royal duties deep down, but at least give the APPEARANCE that you care about them. If there is a "pounce factor" as Royalfan points out, why not just avoid the scandal and put the trip on another weekend? There's two answers here. Either he's stupid and doesn't understand how it looks. Or he doesn't care.

      I don't mind that he took a break or was with a model while Kate was at home - that's their business. But deliberately putting a skiing trip on when there's an important duty he could be performing is ridiculous. At least stay home that weekend. Don't get photographed holidaying with a model. Seems simple, right?

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    20. Vicki, I couldn't agree more. I think you just verbalized my own opinion!

      I also think the workshy is more William and that Kate follows along. I don't think William would accept anything else, and I totally agree that what he did or didn't do while on that trip is their personal business, not ours. But it looks bad. Very very bad, and when comparisons are made between William and Edward VIII . . . that's not good either.

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    21. Vicki

      +1

      The most embarrasing part is whether he is really that stupid or he doesn't care. I am afraid the latter.

      I totally expect photos of the kids, him working hard at the coming weeks, to kill the negative vibe.

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    22. Here's how Tom Sykes put it this morning which may help with context, saying "the vacation feeds into a persistent and damaging narrative".
      He says "The decision to skip the Commonwealth Service this year in favour of a "1 percenter" ski holiday to one of the most expensive ski destinations on earth is also bafflingly bad optics as it occurred just days before the UK is due to formally announce its intention to withdraw from the EU, and much has been made by Brexit supporters of reviving and enlarging trading relations with the Commonwealth"

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    23. As usual I suspect the media are making more of a story than there is. But having said that, it was a complete lack of judgement by William, a gift to the press.
      But personally I am not sure what is worse, missing an important event because you are out of the country on holiday or missing an important event because you are having a lazy at home day? Just wondering.

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    24. There are so many separate issues here with the William drama.
      1. He went away on a boys weekend and was around women in a public place. I feel like this is not a big deal. Some women are going to hang around a group like that for the attention. If my boyfriend were to go on a boys weekend and a few girls were around them at the bar, I really wouldn't think of that as a big deal. I wouldn't expect him to leave the table or anything. People of the opposite sex are allowed to socialize and it doesn't mean a vow was broken. It's not like they came back to their room, or that anything inappropriate happened.
      2. William missed Commonweath service. This is a big deal. I haven't ever thought negative things about W&K before and tend to give them the benefit of the doubt, but it really is becoming apparent how sad their work ethic is, and they just can't seem to grasp the reality and responsibility of their roles for adults in their mid 30s. William was born into a monumental role and a duty that few others on the planet could comprehend, but he just doesn't seem interested. He is very entitled and I think quite lazy. I do fault Kate far less, since he is the future monarch and she married into the family. He needs to be a leader.
      3. William is shockingly unaware of the perception these actions cause. Him and his wife are about to do a tour representing his position to another country, and he didn't think that a drinking trip, being photographed with other women, and blowing off a major royal event was a big deal? Nobody would notice? It is quite baffling!

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    25. Courtney from NC14 March 2017 at 19:55

      N from USA - Your third point it where I keep ending up. He is not new to the press game. He has been around it his entire life. He should know better, he has to know better. So then what does that leave us with? To me it leaves us with him just not caring at all. Basically saying screw all your views or opinions to the Commonwealth citizens. It speaks of an arrogance you don't much encounter.

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    26. Courtney from NC14 March 2017 at 19:57

      Anett - I am really beginning to believe it is also the latter. The arrogance of it all rubs me the wrong way and I have made excuses over and over and given them the benefit of the doubt. It is getting harder and harder to do.

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  2. Sharon - Washington state13 March 2017 at 23:32

    The Gildin gown with some serious jewelry would be a sensational look.

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  3. What a lovely post Charlotte, with so many surprises between the itinerary and the give-ways! I think a bespoke Chanel would be a perfect arrival outfit and a nice nod to the host country. The Gilden Gown by Roland Mouret is smashing and I think Kate would look lovely! Lanvin is very elegant and am particularly fond of the Paule Ka line! Any of the three you picture would be wonderful, love the print of the first one and the red coat dress (although maybe too similar to the New Zealand dress IDK). In the last post the mention of Catherine Walker led me to look at the website and think her designs are impeccable from the materials to the workmanship...another very good choice. Excited that it will be a jammed packed three days with the great news of the attendance of Kate and William at the Irish Guards to an eventful/successful Paris tour. cc

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  4. Ready to see some fun fashion this weekend!

    Maybe it's because I am American, and while it's a PR blunder, I am not super offended that William went skiing. He was gone over the weekend and was back on Sunday afternoon. Maybe he had to fly on Monday? Maybe one of his friends was having a huge crisis and he was being supportive. Maybe this is an annual trip and it just fell on this weekend and since he was not planning on going to the ceremony so he went. Or maybe is super workshy and selfish.

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    1. I believe he was back Monday, you may have been reading articles for Tuesday papers which said "yesterday" meaning Monday.
      Nothing wrong with a boys weekend, incredible timing though and the optics here are absolutely awful.

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    2. It was a boys trip and he was partying and drinking with them and two blondes. Two blondes a lot younger than his wife. Not planning on attending a Commonwealth day service shouldn't be an option for someone in his position. Everyone else (except Sophie who was overseas on a Commonwealth trip) was there.

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    3. And Anne. I don't think she was there either, because of another WORK commitment. She wasn't out partying in the barn with the grooms.

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    4. claudia I read this in Mondays papers and it was referring to him being back before Monday.

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    5. Claudia, Sophie Taylor is not just any blonde, as Emily Andrew's article clearly illustrates. If you were Kate, would you be worried? lunch, drinks, another venue, more drinks, nightclubbing, more drinks, all with Sophie. Honestly, it's incredible.

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    6. Bluhare, 100% Agree!!!!!!

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    7. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 12:47

      With Sophie and her boyfriend. I have no issue what so every with William hanging out with women and partying with them. It's wasn't Las Vegas strippoker! It was skiing and some after-ski party! And dear lord, a HIGH FIVE! Silly, silly, silly. BUT William would know what the press would make out of it. My guess is that Kate is laughing at it. Not at the bad press, but at the speculations.

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    8. Thank you, Becca!

      Rebecca, at least Harry was single and was not missing a yearly event. He was having his pre-deployment party. I think that's a bit different, to be honest. He was in a private suite and those photos shouldn't have been allowed out of the room.

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    9. Julia from Leominster14 March 2017 at 14:49

      If Kate is laughing at this, she's much more of a food than I think her. Whether there is anything in it or not - and most likely it's just a bloke kicking up a lark - a wise husband, if he feels the need to go off for a lad's weekend, makes certain once women come in the picture that he excuses himself at once - and doesn't hang about flirting and high-fiving. And heavy drinking and dancing when your wife isn't present are strong signs of immaturity.

      We have no public persona thank goodness, but I would be furious if Leo behaved this way. I would not be laughing, I assure you.

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    10. I don't think she's laughing I remember readingbhow embarrassed she was in past years ago when William was on front pages with his hand on a girls boob at a club.
      And she's smart enough I think to know this looks really bad for him. That's what I think anyway.
      MM

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    11. Rebecca, I understand where you are coming from. It's just a meal and some drinks and a high five. Kate and William of course have a solid marriage, or so it seems. But putting myself in her shoes, if my husband, as devoted as he is to me, were spending a weekend with his pals and ended up spending extended periods of time with beautiful women I think it would raise a shackle or two with me. I say this completely rationally and as an independent woman- there is nothing wrong in principle with partying with beautiful members of the opposite sex, but there is such a thing as optics, as unsaid boundaries and I don't know.. something intimate about giving all of that up when you commit to a person. That does not mean that my husband doesn't hang out with his colleagues at conferences etc. But usually it is work, dinner, chatting and then everyone turns in to catch up on their sleep - luxury when you have small ones at home. Hypothetically speaking, if hubs were to go to a conference or work meeting, and choose to party after dinner or go to a bar with several beautiful colleagues and spend hours and hours there, I think it would really shake me up.
      But that's not the man I married and maybe that is why I would be shocked. I tend to feel that my husband would feel the same way about me .. when I travel it's usually work, gym, dinner or room service, face mask, tv, sleep. Can't imagine partying. Having a hotel room to myself without people pulling me in different directions is such a luxury.
      Maybe Kate doesn't feel the same way because William has always been like this. And she is used to him paying attention to beautiful women other than her. So I don't want to presume how she feels. But yes, it's absolutely bait for the press - they must be salivating over the chance to run this story for several days now.

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    12. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 16:25

      I can see that view Julia. But not everyone share that view. My generation in general don't make such a big difference/deal out of the gender of people. Probably alot because of we are used to hanging out in mixed groups (and are also aware of that people aren't always attracted to people of opposite gender).

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    13. Maybe your generation needs to get married and have two kids and then talk, Rebecca. You seem to think that all of us are old fogies here. I am not THAT older than you. It was not that long ago that I was falling out of clubs in slinky tops. Ten/Twelve years ago. Human beings are not all that different from each other and the idea of marriage and monogamy has remained *constant* for the last 2 thousand years of human civilization. Who knows how you will feel when you are lucky enough to find a person to commit to and raise a family together.

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    14. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 18:33

      Uhm.. I didn't say anything of the sort Rosman. And for your information, I've been married (and no, the divorce had nothing of the sort to do with anything in this discussion). I am basing my comments mostly on my parents marriage and relationship. They do things separatley and trust eachother.

      I was just speculating that it might be a generational difference in the view of men and women hanging out together.

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    15. Courtney from NC14 March 2017 at 19:52

      Should appearances matter in these situations? Maybe no. Do they for normal couples? TO an extent. Do they especially matter for someone in the public spotlight? You bet they do. He is old enough to know better. I am not even implying anything untoward happened but he is not new with the press game. He should have 100% known better. Cause and effect. Bottom line. I have made excuses many times for lack of engagements and what not but to me this is just a no brainer. After the way the press skewed things with hit mother and father he should know better. It reeks of arrogance and not caring about the people he is supposed to serve. Whether or not he did anything with those women doesn't really matter at this point. The appearance of impropriety has already occurred. Damage control is all that can be done now.

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    16. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 20:41

      I agree Courtney, to an extent. He SHOULD know better. But I don't like everyone playing into the medias hand either. So I DO think he was stupid in choosing this weekend.

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  5. Julia from Leominster14 March 2017 at 00:09

    I don't believe the Commonwealth Service should be missed for such a reason - it is very bad form. I do wonder sometimes what sort of king William will be. Surely, there are other times he could be skiing.

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    1. Julia, I've quit wondering. Unless he smartens up -- or someone smartens him up -- he'll be pathetic.

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    2. I have to agree with you.
      I think it is across the board.
      When you look at the royal duties both the Duke and Duchess attend it is in the minority.
      As you say nothing is wrong with a boys weekend but you must been seen to be making more of an effort.
      The work ethic with both the Duke and Duchess is very minimal.
      So much could be achieved and support given to so many needy causes.
      There was so much promise when the Duke and Duchess got married, but a pattern soon developed and it hasn't changed since.
      A very big disappointment.

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    3. Emily Andrews noted "Prince Andrew was also skiing in Verbier (separately) this weekend with Fergie. He returned to London to be at CW service"

      I mean, what's wrong with this picture ;) Andrew made it back but William kept partying! When you're being outdone by Andrew something is seriously amiss...

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    4. I can't believe what I am reading. Even if this was just a "boys" event, and totally innocent, the lack of judgment is monumental. This from the future King, or maybe not the future King.

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    5. It is so disappointing about William's ski trip. It just makes me sad, because it seems like such an utterly oblivious flaunting of privilege, most especially with respect to his incredibly hard-working and dedicated grandmother. And also oblivious as to how this may negatively affect the serious tone of the Paris trip, because of the distraction of media coverage and outcry around this ski trip. On the other hand, perhaps the French won't feel so strongly about it, maybe it won't be a big deal to them, and the engagements will be just as effective in that sense. Still, shame on William. He is too old and with too many responsibilities now to be making this kind of mistake.

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    6. Claudia I am literally Laughing Out Loud! :) The New Bar Has Been Set...... "So Are You Being Outdone By Andrew?" LOL Funny!...... But Sad! :(

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    7. Julia, Spot On! Ditto Ditto Ditto!

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    8. Zora from Prague14 March 2017 at 09:54

      I agree. This shouldn't have happened. Very inappropriate and disappointing. Surely, William could and should have come back in time for the service, knowing how important it was.

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    9. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 12:48

      I kind of don't get this uproar over not going to the Service. I don't think it has been any year that all the royals were there. And no, they weren't always working. Charles and Camilla wasn't there a few years ago. Harry was on vacation one year for it. Is it only a big issue when the Cambridges doesn't go?

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    10. Rebecca-yes. If there is a way to blast the Cambridges and potentially missing an engagement that they were not scheduled to attend, it will be done,

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    11. And that's a low bar Becca! :)

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    12. Rebecca and Katie, I agree and have to laugh. Very slanted press comments, not any actual facts about actual returning home dates, etc. etc. The blond comments were hysterical but also so demeaning to women (both blondes, Kate and Women in general) IMHO. Frankly stereotypical of Men also.

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    13. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 18:35

      Exactly Ali! It's so sexist that it hurts. It's the same thing as William and the woman he worked with. Just him being in the presence of women makes the media spout stories. And yes, William should know that. And in this case I think he was rather... dumb. But should the poor man stop hanging out with women?!

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  6. I don't think she will wear Chanel on this trip. Just a hunch. I feel like Mouret could be a distinct possibility, and I expect a Catherine Walker suit or coatdress (similar to the Netherlands trip).

    Aside from fashion, I must say I'm super disappointed in William. Regardless of the reason why they didn't attend the Commonwealth Service, it looks terrible to show him out partying while literally everyone else in the family (except Catherine) is out working or at the service. He is third in line to the throne. He should be at every single major event. Without fail or excuse.

    Also, there is no reason why he couldn't have flown back even early Monday in order to attend (get on a 6am flight, for goodness sake). I really don't get it. I felt like we were making some headway PR wise, and this just takes several steps backwards for me.

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    1. Sarah Maryland USA14 March 2017 at 01:11

      Prince Andrew flew back from his ski trip to go so I 100% agree with you

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    2. Have to agree with you, Nina. It's like two steps forwards, one step back re. William's PR strategy. Very disappointing indeed.

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    3. *sorry, ONE step forward, two steps back, would Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton let this happen on his watch?

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    4. The articles stated William came back on Sunday. He could have attended if he wanted to do so. I've also ad that not every role attends every year. Per Gert's Royals PC has missed years too.

      "The Commonwealth Day service usually has a few royals, not everyone. In the last 5 yrs Charles & Camilla have attended 3 times. Cambridges 2."

      I think the article was written in a way that purposely put William in a bad light. I would have no issue with my husband going on a guys weekend with friends because I am not a jealous woman and completely trust him. In fact, he was talking to friends to plan one soon. As to the people around William, he will always be surrounded by people because of who he is.

      We don't know the reason the Cambridges didn't attend this year. Did William have to work? Was it decided that they wouldn't attend ahead of time for some other reason? Was the trip a last minute thing? We don't really know. It provides an opportunity for this type of story and for a bad PR incident.

      Why couldn't Kate attend without him? Is it a requirement every royal attend every year? Was his absence used to shine the light on someone else?

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  7. I love the Mouret Gildin gown...hoping to see Kate wear something like this.

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  8. Becca - California14 March 2017 at 00:23

    I'm looking forward to coverage of the tour! It will be interesting to see what designers the Duchess selects. I have wondered if perhaps she has thus far deliberately steered clear of Chanel because of a rather rude comment Karl Lagerfeld made about Pippa not long after the royal wedding.

    In any case, I love your blog, Charlotte! Keep up the great work.

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  9. By the way, well done bluhare, you were right about those Harry & Meghan pics! From what I understand Entertainment Tonight in the States was going to run them Monday night then the piece was suddenly pulled. (If they were on private property there may be a legal issue, but someone will take the chance) Several of the royal correspondents say they've seen them as well, they've been shopped around all week looking for the highest bidder apparently.

    I imagine if they come out this week they'll take the heat off William for a bit ;)
    Alright that's me for the night, nice chatting as always!

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    1. That would be Lainey Gossip out of Toronto. Harry and Meghan fans should watch her column. I think she's clued in to some Meghan sources there.

      And Harry's probably breathing a sigh of relief!!

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  10. Courtney from NC14 March 2017 at 01:33

    I am hoping we will see Kate in Nina Ricci in Paris. Many of the looks would have to be adapted to Kate's position but that is true of many designers.

    This purple coat is fab:
    http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/resort-2016/nina-ricci/slideshow/collection#22

    Love the skirt and jacket here:
    http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/pre-fall-2017/nina-ricci/slideshow/collection#12

    Skirt suit
    http://assets.vogue.com/photos/55c6514108298d8be21e34ae/master/pass/Nina_Ricci_008_1366.1366x2048.JPG

    Tweed skirt suit with a skirt reminiscent of the Paule Ka she has:
    http://assets.vogue.com/photos/55c6514108298d8be21e33e0/master/pass/Nina_Ricci_002_1366.1366x2048.JPG

    Two other skirt suits -
    http://assets.vogue.com/photos/55c651c608298d8be227ca5e/master/pass/NIN_0667.jpg
    http://assets.vogue.com/photos/55c651c608298d8be227ca52/master/pass/NIN_0470.jpg

    A modified version of this would be lovely for the black tie occasion:
    http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/resort-2015/nina-ricci/slideshow/collection#23

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  11. I love the gown you post charlotte I hope she should hope wearing that I love the post too they are rumors that Meghan and pippa are fueling about the pippa wedding

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  12. Courtney from NC14 March 2017 at 02:24

    As far as the designers in the post, since Ricci is just a dream, I love the Gildin gown and I would love to see Kate in the Abella gown, which is in the white collection, in a different color.

    https://www.rolandmouret.com/whitecollection/abella

    Not sure I love the hem but this could be something different that might work:
    https://www.rolandmouret.com/product/resort-2017/martindress/navy-blk

    As far as optics go, I think a Hermes bag would not be the best plan at this point.

    I would be upset with my husband if he pulled what William did. Not that he did anything wrong but the appearance of the possibility of it is bad enough when someone is not in the spotlight but in the spotlight it makes it so much worse. We have both made a conscience effort to never put ourselves in situations, together but especially apart, that would end with us being in a compromising situation or in a situation which could appear in any way compromising. One reason is because he is gone so often due to the military and trust is a must especially when we spend half our time worlds apart. I really think, especially here on this blog, Will and Kate have been given a ton of leeway and it is beginning to seem like they just can't stand people having consistently positive thoughts about them. That if they start to look good they must do something to sabotage it. It could just be that I am grumpy but I don't know.

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    1. If you are grumpy Courtney, I am way grumpier. Who knows what happened between a boozed up William and a boozed up blonde nude model after a day and evening of partying. Don't think his friends will tell you. And, if Kate puts up with this again then I don't know if I can ever take either one of them seriously again. Did his parent's situation teach him nothing? Character matters. I feel so sorry for George and Charlotte.

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    2. Your reaction is exactly what the tabloids want SG. Sure he was wrong to miss the service and go skiing, but to assume that anything happened with another woman is pure speculation and Rebecca English has clarified that in her tweets today. Unfortunately society always wants to assume the worst.For those suggesting Kate should have gone while William was away. I would say that would create worse optics than there already are. I don't think this will impact the French trip at all. British media will most likely report respectfully.

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  13. Ryan from Texas14 March 2017 at 03:32

    If Kate wears Chanel, I'll eat a shamrock!

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 12:50

      She has already worn Chanel. A pink jacket on the first tour of Canada.

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  14. Thank you for the wonderful post, Charlotte. The Cambridges' itinerary sounds very well rounded & packed for a two day trip. It will be an emotional visit to those that responded to & were affected by the terrible Bataclan & Nice terrorist attacks.

    Looking forward to the fashion possibilities of the Paris trip. I would like to see Kate in Roland Mouret again, the Gildin & Pritchard gowns are both stunning. I especially like the latter, the colour & cut would look gorgeous on Kate. I also think we will see Chanel/Paule Ka/CW for day looks. Hope Kate surpises us with something unexpected, though!

    Can't wait for St. Patrick's Day too :)

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  15. I vote for Chanel! Just so iconic. The black suit the blonde model is wearing looks very Kate. Other than that I say go British. One nod to the host country is fine but otherwise i think it gets gimmicky which is what I hated about India.
    MM

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  16. I haven't read post yet but William is in trouble!!!

    Kate needs a girls night!!!

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    1. Emily, Kate wouldn't do that, would she? Party hardy with some random handsome young guy on a weekend away? She would consider her children first, if not William. At least while she and William are married.

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    2. Kate has every right to go out. As a mom myself, if I don't priotize and put myself a head of my family then I go crazy! She is to smart to party hardy with some young good looking guy, but she does need a weekend to her self!
      Don't forget last year or two, William went on a weekend shooting with his friends and a old girlfriend!

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  17. LOVE the "Paris is always a good idea" poster. Great page as usual Charlotte. Love the sale. So excited that Kate will be handing out shamrocks and will most likely be wearing an evening gown in Paris. "An evening gown in Paris" sounds so good. :) The two gowns you chose are lovely.

    Did anyone see the coverage of Meghan's 90210 appearance in the Daily Mail, etc?

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  18. Julia. I agree. I am astonished that William is up to his old tricks. Simply astonished. Shades of a boy's weekend away in Spain with Jecca Craig while Kate travelled with George alone to Mustique. If I were Kate I would be livid also, as someone else said. Couple that with Meghan's X-rated appearance on 90210 and it is enough to make you consider becoming a republican. How can William be taken seriously cavorting with blondes while his wife and children are home being a family. And, in addition to that, he partied during the Commonwealth ceremony and missed the ceremony. Kate wore that huge diamond necklace after William's weekend in Spain. I doubt that will appease her this time. Honestly, this is appalling. And yes, maybe the cameras just caught the moment and it just seems wrong. But that moment should never have happened in my opinion. Just like after his weekend in Spain, to be honest, I am so angry at William. When you mess around even casually with other women you are not just offending your wife but also your children. And what a tacky example to set. And I truly wonder what the Queen thinks of Meghan's front seat X-rated performance and William's behavior.
    Just when she thought things might be going smoothly.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 12:52

      Cavorting?! Seriously?!

      I get the optics, I do. But dear lord. He was hanging out with some friends and acquantances. The blonde lady was even there WITH her boyfriend!! And even if she wasn't.. who cares?! And Jecca. Sure, it does look bad. But this isn't victorian times. Maybe Jecca loooooves to hunt and is really tight with the boys. You do know that men and women can hang out as friends?

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    2. Meghan did that in 2008 and she is an actress. Which part do you think the royal family don't get? I think it has nothing to do with William's case here.

      I am totally stunned how people try to throw more and more dirt on Meghan, either because she is an actress or she is a royal girlfriend. Although, I try to get why it is happening. If they marry, they will outshine the Cambridges at a blink of an eye.

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    3. It is all optics, Rebecca. Whether he was innocently cavorting or not does not matter. He missed an event that *as a future leader of the commonwealth* he should attend if he is not otherwise engaged with work. His grandmother thinks it's a big deal. If I were her and I found out my grandson missed an event because he was too busy skiing and drinking there would be hell to pay.

      William gets a lot for doing very little. It is NOT too much to ask that he show up at yearly events that directly impact his future. No one cares about the commonwealth much anymore, and if a future leader of it doesn't either, why bother? What a slap in the face to his grandmother. He *should* be publicly shamed for it.

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    4. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 13:45

      I agree Bluhare. It's optics. And as I said above, he screwed up. But that doesn't mean he was cavorting and that people buying into what the media is saying is OK.

      And again. Do we know William was "missing" the event?

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    5. Well the technical answer is if he wasn't there, he missed it. :) My opinion? It's a yearly event that the queen values. He should be prepared to attend every year unless (like Sophie) he's on a trip for the Queen or has another engagement (Anne). It's only a church service, and takes a couple of hours out of the day. He should have been there if he had nothing else going on.

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    6. Where there is smoke there is usually fire.

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    7. Anonymous in Colorado14 March 2017 at 15:09

      Exactly, Rebecca!! EVERYONE, CALM DOWN.

      Let's also give Kate more credit here...I'm sure she gets her own girls nights or whatever (granted, we don't see the pics so that right there indicates more discretion). She is fully aware of the sort of ahem, "company" these privileged guys might attract. What's wrong with high-fiving an attractive person over drinks WITH YOUR FRIENDS even if you're married?! Granted I'm not the future king of England so.... ;-)

      And let's not forget that the guys William was with are also loyal to Kate as well!! I know the bit about "guys code" & secrets or whatever but I would think that group of friends care about Kate, too, so I doubt anything scandalous would've gone down!!!! But yes, it does come off as a terrible PR move.

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    8. The Queen, Prince Phillip have put in decades of work to build the Commonwealth. I agree, Bluhare, that William not attending the Commonwealth Ceremony was the height of arrogance and irresponsibility and an insult to the
      Queen and Prince Phillip. With the Brexit situation it goes beyond irresponsible.

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    9. "Cavorting". Yes, seriously.

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    10. I have to jump in to agree with Anett, what Meghan did was hardly x-rated, it doesn't even rise to Koo Stark levels. I've seen the clip, and you see her head coming up from a boy's lap. They're both in the front seat of the car so you only see shoulders up, behind dashboard. You see her from the shoulders up, fulling clothed, for a matter of seconds. It's not a very tasteful implication but hardly x-rated surfer girl. And let's keep in mind, it's acting, it's a role, an imaginary character. Some very nice people often play very nasty characters, and vice versa.

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  19. I am really, really disappointed with Prince William - he is either stupid, arrogant or both and it does not sit well - Linda

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  20. Cara, Australia14 March 2017 at 05:40

    Really looking forward to Paris and your excellent coverage Charlotte!

    As for Prince William's ski weekend..... Can we give the guy a break! We know nothing of the circumstances. Perhaps he had the Queen's blessing? Perhaps he went against her will? He has been accused of being work shy but has been out and about quite frequently on Royal Duties while still maintaining his pilot job. What an uproar over one weekend. The howls of derision are severe. It's not like he's partying all the time.

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    1. Oh, Cara, has it occurred to you that this was leaked by someone and may be more of a regular occurrence than we think? Guess who else was skiing at Verbier last weekend? Hint: He was at the service. And probably is laughing himself silly right now.

      Full disclosure: Total speculation

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    2. Cara, Australia14 March 2017 at 19:37

      oh bluhare, your disclosure did make me laugh!!

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    3. Thank you, Cara. I've wondered if this isn't some Machiavellian plot by Andrew to discredit Charles and his sons, but then I've been wearing my tinfoil hat a lot lately. :)

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  21. What pictures?! Linda

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  22. Ok attempt #4 to post! I was trying to say that I've always been supportive of William (my kids are same age ranges) except for how he handled himself & Kate in 2007! :( My point also was that even in a regular family, if we had a big family firm event honoring others & hosted by The Grandparents... you better believe all my grown up kids would be there! None of my Sons would Blow Off The Event & leave their wife & kids to go on a ski trip with their 30something buddies! So magnify it to The Royal Family & The Event & WTH Was He Thinking!!!??? You go on Any other open weekend! I'm not registering this as "workshy" but Worse! Blatenly Selfish Irresponsible Disrespectful & Immature..... & Right before He is to leave on a Diplomatic Mission with His Treasured Wife? Who's going to take him seriously? You can't turn Respect & Gravitas on/off! I'm just GobSmacked! No way to spin this! He just handed himself up to his critics on a silver platter! It's mind boggling!
    Becca USA

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    1. Becca, I am with you girl. I find his behavior arrogant and appalling.

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    2. I disagree. Yes, family is important and yes when my grandparents would have an important event I would have tried to be there, BUT Williams grandparents have important events almost weekly and for sure monthly. I know this is part of the deal, however he has a royal duty next weekend, he has done more engagement lately and let's not forget: he is there with 3 other friends. These guys might have agendas too....

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    3. What I just don't get is, doesn't William realise that "Prince catches red-eye to be back in time for service" look so much better than "Prince bunks important service for druken skeing weekend". Same weekend, same friends, different public image. It's not hard to get.

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  23. Charlotte, Your Post was just Lovely & I was so excited to jump in about Kate, Paris & Fashion, but The William Thing just took the wind out of the sails for me. I will go back later & re read the Post, so I can come back & comment with the focus it deserves! :) Sadly William has tainted The Sparkle & Significance of The Impending Trip. I feel bad for all those who are invested in This Trip & in William. I'm sure he has let a great many people down, including Kate. What doesn't he get about the fact that his Disrespectful Actions & Choices Hurt Others, Not Just Him!

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    1. I agree with what you said Becca. I truly thought that William had matured and could be trusted. As Bluhare mentioned, this, and William's previous antics, makes me question just how much William and Kate are together in their off hours. I don't know that I will ever be enthusiastic about their future efforts. I think their whole lovey-dovey stuff might be a facade. I think William again showed his true colors in Verbier. He himself said he didn't know if he could be faithful to one woman. I don't know that he went all the way with the girl after drinking all day and clubbing. I don't know that anything happened between he and Jecca in Spain. But in the normal course of things, particularly with alcohol involved, the probability is more than 50/50 I think. I hope very much that I'm wrong about that but his behavior both those times doesn't look good. Why didn't he just play polo with the guys or take Kate with him and let off some steam on the slopes and let her do the same. I'm going to re-focus. Take a long brisk walk, then make a big batch of chicken vegetable soup and think about anything but William.

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    2. Orange County Grandma14 March 2017 at 18:43

      I don't think William cares who he hurts including Kate. He has always been for himself. And he has always done what he wants when he wants it.
      He should have known the press would been on him, so IMO he just did not care it would hurt Kate.
      I pray she can get over what he has done younger and the marriage and move on. But insure would keep him on a short leash.

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  24. So while Prince Harry is "allowed" to take holidays every week with Meghan, Prince William is NEVER permitted to take one day free with his friends. I'm sure Catherine was ok with it.

    By the way, I would add that giving the Royals positive or negative feedback is somewhat ridiculous.


    Elisabeth Anne (France)

    Something to ponder on before attacking anyone:

    “We judge others instantly by their clothes, their cars, their appearance, their race, their education, their social status. The list is endless. What gets me is that most people decide who another person is before they have even spoken to them. What's even worse is that these same people decide who someone else is, and don't even know who they are themselves.”
    ― Ashly Lorenzana

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    1. Well said Elisabeth Anne! We don't KNOW the Cambridges, we only know what pictures and the media show to us....the optics if you will and perhaps what we want to believe of their life and thoughts. This instantaneous judgement without having all the facts is becoming something of a worldwide epidemic. cc

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  25. Zora from Prague14 March 2017 at 10:03

    Thank you for the lovely post, Charlotte! I absolutely love the Roland Mouret Gildin Gown. Sublime! And I also like the Draped Satin Gown by Lanvin.
    What a pity that the joy of seeing all the fine fashion is spoilt by the bad choice of activity on William's part.
    I imagine he will have to try very hard indeed to make amends.

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  26. A boys trip is one thing. A boys trip with young women who are not significant others present is quite another. If that were my husband I would be absolutely furious. I can't believe people are actually defending his behavior. This is not the way a 35 year old man with a wife and young children should be behaving. Also, why didn't the Duchess attend the Commonwealth Service if she was in the UK? Very odd. As a Canadian, why should we continue to have the Queen as Head of State if the future heirs show such little respect for us.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 12:56

      Honestly. WHAT BEHAVIOUR!?

      I am totally honest. What did he do? He highfived a woman? He skied with her. Talked with her? I don't see the issue!! Do people in 2017 really expect married people not to hang out with someone just because they have a different gender?

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    2. Rebecca, I am with you. William went skiing with his longstanding close guy friends and while they were there they talked to people. Who happened to be girls. There are no pics of him doing anything inappropriate or over the line. And he went dancing? Once in how many years? It's just too bad it occurred on a more highly attended Commonwealth service year(for the optics).

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    3. Wait until you're married, Rebecca. Wait until you're married and have had two children. My coworker is going through it right now. She's Kate's age, Kate's size, and had two children at the same time as Kate. She was also born right after Kate. And she's as pretty as Kate is. It's a bit weird actually. :)

      She's wondering where the old person went now she's a mother with two children. Her focus is totally changed, but she doesn't want her husband to see her as just a mother either. It's complicated. You want to be your old more sexual self but being a mother at home makes that a lot more difficult. I can tell you that if my coworker saw her husband (a very nice looking man) out with the boys with two blondes following them around, she'd be insecure at best and furious at worst. Add alcohol to the mix, and you've got an interesting combination. What's the first thing to go when you start drinking? Judgment.

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    4. They were doing Jagerbomb shots together. I would not be happy with this behaviour. My husband goes away on boys trips every few months but he would respect me enough not to drink and party with another woman. It's also a little odd that the Duchess didn't attend the Service on her own.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 13:49

      And your friend has every right to feel like that and have such an arrangement with her husband, Bluhare.

      But that doesn't mean everyone does. And, to me, people away skiing going to after ski is very, very normal, no matter the age.

      It's not like he's out every weekend clubbing. It's a few times at max a year that we know of. Usually at a wedding, away on a holiday etc. Very, very normal behaviour. One that I don't participate in, but have no issues with other people doing.

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    6. Don't get me wrong, Rebecca, I'm not saying they spend all their time together. He goes on boys trips, and she (very occasionally) goes on a girls' weekend. My point was that when you have children, it can mess with your psyche and create insecurities in the physical side of your relationship. However, that isn't really the issue. As I said above, that's between the two of them even though having it play out in public can't be particularly fun.

      We don't know William's social life. Do we ever see him? No, we really don't. I think he's probably careful about being photographed and it's pretty obvious he didn't see the camera in the newspaper photos. But I also don't know that he isn't out every weekend either. I think William goes to house parties a lot -- if you recall when Kate was first pregnant with George and got sick enough she went to the hospital, they met up to go as she was at Bucklebury and he was at a party.

      Even that is their business. What is the public's business is paying him to represent his country and he's doing a piss poor job of it.

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    7. Rebecca, if William hadn't gone on a weekend in Spain with Jecca Craig while Kate flew alone with their baby to Mustique (when he supposedly was to have stayed behind in England "to study for exams"), if William hadn't treated Kate like he did when they were dating, even then drinking all day and evening with the woman photographed in Emily Andrew's article would still not be okay. Divorce courts have awarded wives sizable settlements for such scenarios. Do you think William's friends will tell what really happened? Did they in Spain? Would they ever? This man is to be King of England, Head of the British Commonwealth, Head of the Church of England, Head of the Armed Forces, and father of a future king and a Princess who is fourth in succession to the throne, a seat on honor, dignity, responsibility and Influence, ostensibly. He blatantly partied during the Commonwealth service instead of attending as he should have. Is that the behavior of an adult family man who happens to be a future king.

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    8. Katie, Guy Pelly. Have you ever read what kind of clubs he owned and what went on in those clubs? He left his wife and new baby behind.

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    9. If William is going to party in nightclubs (and I am all for it not during an impt engagement), it should be with Kate there too, not left behind taking care of the children. If it is Kate's choice to stay behind, William should consider going another time when Kate can also.

      I think the idea that married men and women can be friends is true of course, but in the presence of your spouse, with rare exceptions. Going off with your guy friends and hanging out with other women in a partying situation (even if they are NOT single) is risky at best. I think CERTAIN kinds of men can have platonic relationships with women who aren't their wife, but it depends entirely on a) context (work, theatre or concert, cocktail party, and nightclub are all VERY different), and b) the personality and character of the man. Some men just aren't going to stray even if a gorgeous model is flirting with them, but in my experience they are the exception, and I am not sure that William is that rare exception. Not a criticism of William as a person, just that if you are not that rare exception, clubbing with women not your wife is rather sketchy, I think.

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    10. Anonymous in Colorado14 March 2017 at 15:14

      @BLUHARE: I'm married with a young daughter. Have been with my guy for 20 years. We have confidence & trust in each other. This would not bother me because it's just SOCIALIZING. As far as these pics show anyway. Let's not forget, those close male friends William's with are also Kate's friends, too. She's probably rolling her eyes at all of us right now ;-)

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    11. Anonymous in Colorado14 March 2017 at 15:17

      PS. @bluhare: I don't mean to single you out personally, but with all due respect, please understand that your comment really generalizes the relationship between a husband & wife. That's not how it is for every married couple!

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    12. bluhare you are projecting alot of issues from a few photos. You keep mentioning the girl's age and looks. Would it be ok if William was talking to two average looking 40 year old women? Looks rarely have anything to do with man and faithfulness. Prime example being Charles and Camilla.

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    13. Pics or it didn't happen!

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    14. Rebecca please don't take this the wrong way. I don't want to come off as patronizing. I don't want to offend you. Do you have a long term marriage/live-in boyfriend? The reason I ask is long term relationships - you need to be in one and go through the trials and tribulations of one to understand where people are coming from, on this. Having a long relationship, where you are committed to one person for years and years and years, and then you choose to have children with that person ... all of that changes things. It is one thing to stand outside one and comment on one, but when you are in one then you tend to view things differently. Perhaps you could speak to your mother and ask her how she would feel about your father doing this?

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    15. Julia from Leominster14 March 2017 at 17:14

      I question whether Kate would call these men her friends. She notably did not attend any of their weddings. For Tom's marriage she was heavily pregnant which served as an excuse but she was seen out shopping on the day of it - which could be a hint of how she felt. (The marriage to Melissa Percy was short-lived.)

      For that Meade lad, she could have attended the wedding - it was almost two months after George's birth but she chose not to.

      For Pelly, she used the excuse it was in the States and they had just returned from a tour. It has been noted Kate avoids any event where Pelly is present.

      It's my opinion though that she doesn't view them as her friends - although two of them are Charlotte's godparents. I wonder how much say Kate had in those choices.

      It's certainly true that men and women can have friendships with the opposite sex - William does with Jecca, although when she was the only woman at that hunting party, it looked odd. (Another wedding Kate didn't attend.) But there is no reason when you are a person in public life (or frankly even in private life) to encourage even a flirtation with two giggling blondes.

      As I said below, there is a simple thing to say. "Sorry ladies, this is a private party."

      One thing I noticed about this was ironically how happy William looked. Much happier than in any recent photos, even with the children. He has that particular grin he gets. But I'll put that down to being on his own time, without worry of appearances.

      Guy Pelly said himself he was getting out of clubbing because he was now a family man and too old for that sort of partying. Maybe all these gentlemen should take that advice.

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    16. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 18:40

      My mum would be 100% ok with that. My dad after buissness trips always come home with stories about all the annoying clingy women and how he get's hotel room keys and things like that. He also talks about how some of his collegues are creeps and take them. My dad is a VERY social person and that leads to people thinking he's flirting. Do you know what he does then? He says "No, I'm married".

      My dad goes on skiing trips and other things. My mum is ill and if he would have to take into consideration if she can come along or not he would be tied to the house. But even before she became ill, they both did stuff with their friends. And my mother ALWAYS hung out more with guys than with girls. So I base my thoughts on my parents stable and long lived relationship.

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    17. I was talking about my friend's issues, and she is Kate's age with children the same age and a man who's gone a lot. And she's not the only new mother to feel a bit insecure about herself. Perhaps Kate does as well. I don't know. I would be willing to bet that she's not too crazy at seeing the photos all over the paper though.

      Everyone is different, and it's their issue and not mine and not anyone else's. But William's non appearance at a traditional royal event is definitely an issue and, in my opinion, shows us who he is. And it's not a man dedicated to his position and what he can do with it. It shows a man who cares more for his own pleasures than doing his duty. And I don't pay British taxes as I don't live in Britain, but if I did I'd be livid at the thought of some of my money going to support someone who doesn't appear to give a thought to anything beyond the end of his nose.

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    18. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 19:30

      I know alot of women with young children are insecure. And that is OK. If your partner don't wants you to go to that event or party with those people (within reasonable, non controlling lengths ofc) you should not do that. A relationship is based on mutual respect and if your partner is uncomfortable with things like that you don't do it. But not all couples or people forming couples are uncomfortable with it. THAT is my point. We don't know if Kate is comfortable or uncomfortable with it. Maybe she is really relishing some alonetime with the kids at her parents or whatever she is doing and pushed William and said "make sure to really cut loose". Or she's super mad and angry and he's really mean and went even if she didn't want him to. We don't know that. But why assume that she IS uncomfortable with it?

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    19. Julia, I noticed William's smiles and expressions in those photos also. I have never seen those expressions before actually. Non-mannequin-like expressions.

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    20. Rosman, I find your comments to Rebecca slightly patronising. There are as many types of relationships/ marriages as there are types of people. Sometimes someone outside of a situation can see things more clearly.
      I have been with my husband for 25 years, married for 20 and we have four children. I have no problem with him going away for boys weekends (very rarely), when my children were small I preferred to stay with them. I would have no problem with him and his friends socialising with other people. At present that is all we know William did. I think the video of him dancing just shows how old he is getting and how he is unable to hold his drink these days!!!! Not that I am saying that I am an expert.

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    21. You're right, Rebecca. I don't know if Kate was uncomfortable with it. However, I do know that what most people will put up with in private is a lot different than what they're OK with if it's public.

      Mr. bluhare was totally drunk and embarrassing once when I had a friend over and we had a real blow up over it. He was supposed to be cooking dinner and had over sampled the wine and beer. I was so embarrassed and dinner was ruined. I would have cared a whole lot less if she wasn't there. But she was, and she saw him like that. I would have ignored him if it were just the two of us. I couldn't when she was there. Magnify that 10000000 times, and it's similar to what Kate is facing. You know I don't have a ton of sympathy for her, but I do today.

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  27. Lovely designers, I am looking forward to seeing the pictures from the trip and reading all about it here! I so enjoy your blog Charlotte.

    I am disappointed in the timing of this trip William took. While I wouldn't begrudge my husband a trip with his guy friends, I would be uncomfortable with him out at a nightclub without me. Not to mention, we are you get than w and k and I don't think either of us think nightclubs are a fun night out anymore. And I know 100% that my husband would not do something that would create a bad public image that could negatively affect his work and family. It might just be different lifestyles but I wonder about the maturity of the future king if he wants to go clubbing in his 30s instead of spending time with his family and going to an important event. I do feel if he had kept it to a skiing trip only it would not have been so bad, still not good but the club brings back playboy worries.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 13:04

      I'm not a clubber, drinker or a partyer what-so-ever. But here it is VERY normal to go out to a club with your friends even when you are at their age. After work, after ski etc is VERY, very common and not a big thing at all. I would never do it, because it's just not my scene (and I'm in my 20s), but I don't see an issue with it at all.

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    2. It's honestly not normal for married men pushing 40 with 2 small children at home. Frankly most are too tired ;)

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    3. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 14:08

      Haha, fair enough. It's not normal behaviour to do every weekend. But 2-3 times a year, on a skiing vacation, for after work, meeting old school buddies or something of the sort, it is normal.

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    4. 34 is hardly pushing 40. This is the first time William has been spotted in a club in how many years? If this was a regular occurrence then there would be cause for worry.

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    5. It is perfectly normal, and in my relationship with my husband along with most of friends and family the females would be appalled at this idea that the woman would be worried about her hubby being at a nightclub without me or any of the other comments made about this weekend. Nothing wrong about either a man or a woman out with friends clubbing, skiing, enjoying a weekend with friends no matter why the age.

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    6. Rebecca, it is really *not* normal. Maybe you should ask the average working parent with two kids under five. It is normal to jump on a hotel bed, turn on the tv, order room service, put on a mask, take a shower and pop off to sleep for ten long hours.

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    7. Rosman, yes the night you describe when having the luxury to be off is often the norm for those of us without live in help. If you have live in help the norm is a bit different and frankly even for us without help the once a month or week evening outing of fun or the 6 times a year weekend off "playing" is pretty typical and often rather necessary with multiple kids under 5. I have many a friend who believed in the having a kid every 18 months and who were aiming for 4 or 5 kids and they still managed many an evening out or weekend skiing with friends while the kids were young.

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    8. Rebecca, I agree with you. Even thought I am older and probably would not have liked my husband going out alone, the younger generation (twenty and thirty somethings!)definitely have a different approach to how they spend their social time. My son is 35 and he and his wife each can spend time with their friends, without each other and without any suspicion. Granted they don't do it all the time, and my son is not a future king, but even as a husband, his time away from his wife does not mean he disrespects her. They value all relationships, including friendships and don't believe that their marriage should exclude their friends. And to the point about age and maturity, they are only still in their mid thirties....since when does that make somebody eligible for the rocking chair. No matter how much somebody wants to make me believe that William is a playboy or looking for a mistress, I am just not buying it. He is not Charles and any innuendo to that effect is purely speculation. Even the Queen and Prince Philip had their share of the press trying to interfere in their marriage when they were younger. I think I remember reading something that Prince Philip was away on a yacht spending "too much time away" from his wife. There was much speculation then about their marriage as there appears now about William and Kate's.....the Queen and Prince Philip persevered and proved everybody wrong. I am confident that William and Kate will do the same and weather this storm. cc

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    9. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 18:43

      Exactly Cece!

      For all we know he's a stupid, arrogant playboy. But why would that be our first guess based on these small facts?!

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    10. Because that's exactly what he looks like, Rebecca, minus the playboy descriptor. Selfish too. The man who can't be bothered to read his briefing papers, who thinks that attending annual royal events "creates expectations", and doesn't support his family as he should.

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    11. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 19:17

      I happen to think the briefing papers was a bad attempt at a joke. He's known for thoughtless, fall-flat jokes.

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    12. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 19:18

      And I don't agree Bluhare. I think he looks like a man that at times are very caring, and at times selfish. I think he can be a bit arrogant, but I also think he can be really kind and driven and passionate. I think he's a human being that does good things and bad, feel good things and bad. I think he can be both, just like most of us!

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    13. Ali, I so agree with you. I feel bad for Kate that people come up with ideas that her husband is unfair to her, that he does things he shouldn't do. There is nothing in these pictures that would upset me if I were Kate.
      Maybe the timing wasn't great (however, next week he is in Paris on royal duty, they both did more engagement lately and he still flies right?), but in my opinion he didn't do anything I wouldn't want my husband to do.

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    14. Not sure I agree about the briefing papers being a joke, Rebecca. He said it regarding a charity that his mother worked with. That being said, you're right about some of his jokes falling flat!

      We're all human, and we all make mistakes. William just made a big one.

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  28. His behavior does raise a lot of questions, Brina.

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  29. Loving the designers. There a new enagement on march. 28

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  30. My thoughts and prayers are with those facing the major snowstorm in the US midwest and east coast.

    My thoughts and prayers are also with Princess Benedikte and her family as her husband of 48 years, Prince Richard zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, died on Monday night.

    On the Paris trip: Not even Chanel could survive the 80s. Not a great look on Diana and possibly one of her worst hats (though not as bad as the one she wore with her bumblebee coat in Germany).

    I suspect Kate will probably wear 3-4 outfits-arrival and luncheon, dinner, morning events with survivors, and then bundled up for the rugby match.

    On William's Trip: Another tempest in a teapot. It will blow over quickly except on the internet with a few (1000?) people who even care.

    And, of course, the problem with responding too quickly is you miss all the facts: William was back in Great Britain on Monday, the Royal Family don't consider this a major event, the only member whose attended all of the past 5 years is the Duke of Edinburgh (even the Queen missed in 2013), Harry was on vacation during the service in 2015, etc, etc.

    Looking ahead: March 28, Kate will be attending the 2017 Portrait Gala at the National Portrait Gallery, so hopefully another cocktail dress.

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    1. Thank you for the good wishes, Purple Fields. There is nothing particularly unusual about this weather (half a foot of snow yesterday) in the upper midwest, except that it is now March. Today the east coast is having a strong nor'easter which is the result of two storms meeting, but they also know how to cope. We all hope spring will follow! The worst effect, other than traffic pileups and some power outages, may be to damage blossoms in the east. That may include the famous DC cherry trees, given unseasonably warm weather that brought the buds out in February.

      William should have known the claws would come out, not to mention the paps, if he spent a weekend that way. He has given his critics an opportunity to dredge up all of his immature behavior of the past. I was a bit surprised by the male weekend, given the family ski trip last year. Hopefully, Paris and the Portrait Gala will take our minds off of this brouhaha.

      If Kate had appeared at the Commonwealth service, it would have made for a week when all attention was on her, sandwiched as it was between the dedication of the monument and the Paris trip. On the other hand, she visited two major Commonwealth countries last year, and perhaps she would have found it appropriate to attend this year. Probably her time instead has been spent with the children and her preparations for Paris.

      Prince Charles and his sons will attend a centennial of a WWI Canadian battle in France, no mention of Kate.

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    2. I really like your thoughtful post. Thank you for giving more insight!

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    3. PurpleFields, thank you for putting things in perspective. I think it was the initial shock of seeing the pictures of William with his friends skiing/letting loose, then missing the service where nearly all the other royals attended, that made me judge him harshly.

      I don't have a problem with him having a boys' (in this case, gals' also) weekend away, but I definitely think the timing was off, even if he wasn't expected to attend the service.

      But I agree, it does seem like a storm in a teacup & will all blow over. Also, the red Chanel with the hat was not a good look for Diana, unfortunately. She doesn't look particularly happy in that photo either. That outfit really epitomises the 80's for me...shudder.

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  31. Honest question, shouldn't we assume the Queen knew William's plans and was fine with it or else he would've been there? If she was okay with it, why is everyone else so outraged? Obviously if he did not have her permission that's another story......

    As for the trip, I think it's insulting to Kate that people feel she's been mistreated. In a strong healthy marriage you trust your husband and don't care if he is hanging out in a group that includes women. I think Kate has more confidence in herself and her marriage to make a thing out of this.

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    1. I totally agree with you Brien and Bluefire. A tempest in a teapot. So sad for William. He is always the scapegoat. I am sure that due to their trip to Paris neither William nor Kate were expected to attend this year.

      Monica (Carcassonne)

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    2. Julia from Leominster14 March 2017 at 15:05

      Well, do we assume, Andrew had the queen's permission to mess about with young girls, that Charles did to turn to Camilla, that Harry did to wear that Nazi uniform?

      I can't think that the queen is happy for a moment that a major event with the Commonwealth which most people believe she considers the most important institution during her reign - is overshadowed by an heir to the throne engaging in crude conduct in a public forum where the press will be bound to find him.

      I just don't think the queen keeps tight control over her family. Why, I don't know. Whether it is simply her nature, whether it dates back to being accused of interfering with Margaret's happiness, who can say. But she has a long record of not stepping in or only stepping in long after the damage is done.

      As far as Kate, I don't know, but I feel I have the strongest possible marriage, yet if I was shown a photo of Leo flirting with a couple of pretty blondes when I was not present and heard he was clubbing and dancing, I would be livid - and when someone drinks heavily like that - there is no certainty.


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    3. Agreed, Brien! I wouldn't doubt if the Queen knew of Williams plans and allowed it ahead of time. Also, I think it's obvious Will and Kate have a wonderful marriage and she trusts him completely. I don't think this particular outing looks good for William, but if the Queen and Kate approved then who are we to disapprove?

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    4. Again with the "pretty blondes"! Are all young blond women femme fatales ready to sleep with married men? The idea that no married man should acknowledge or speak to an attractive woman is unrealistic and slightly controlling.

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    5. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 19:16

      Exactly Courtnee.

      Drag William for going on holiday, critique him for not being at the service. Do all that. I'm fine with all that.

      But it's the "blonde ladies" part that annoys me to no end! Leave the women out of it.

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    6. "Speaking to" and drinking with during the day and into the evening at a club is more than "speaking to". No offense.

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    7. Yes, leave the 'blondes' out of it. Such a sexist way of reporting (DM). I almost burst out laughing when I read the article & how the DM was insinuating that William was 'flirting' or whatever.

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  32. Julia from Leominster14 March 2017 at 13:23

    First, if Kate wears Chanel on this coming trip, we must have a video of Ryan from Texas eating a shamrock.
    As for William, it's called appearances of impropriety. Probably there was nothing between him and these nubile blondes, possibly there was a boyfriend there although he seems a bit after the fact and he managed not to get photographed. Maybe the queen thinks it's all right - after all she didn't do anything about Charles running about with Camilla. Maybe Kate's all right with it (Julia wouldn't be - she would kill Leo, which is a bit hypocritical because she's gone off with girlfriends, although no one caught us wasting time with handsome blokes.) But it looks bad - no that is too mild a word, it looks terrible.
    Several factors add to this. A skiing holiday with the lads would be one thing. A skiing holiday during one of the few days of the year - and I emphasise few - where there is a set royal event - the Commonwealth Service, is another. Even if William isn't concerned that Commonwealth nations are shedding the queen as their leader - and a couple of the largest ones are hanging on by a thread (Did he forget that's why he and Kate went on that tour of British Columbia recently... - of course, he did say, he didn't read the briefings.) Even if he has recognised the Commonwealth's importance for Brexit... Even if he didn't notice it was the fortieth anniversary of the service... you would think he would realise that his absence would make it a certainty the press would seek out where he was. If nothing else, the wretched headlines detract from the event, and are an insult to his grandmother.
    But even if there was no Commonwealth Service, even if we accept a lad's holiday for skiing, why is a thirty-four year old father of two going to clubs, drinking to excess and dancing - and who the hell is he dancing with? The stag night is supposed to put paid to such activity. This is no longer cute. It is childish and ridiculous, not what anyone wants in a future leader. I suspect I know why it happened. Guy Pelly's wife just had or is having a baby. Pelly has always been a provocateur - and this is no doubt his way of saying, I'm going to leave the missus with the little one - off we go.
    But with all these troubling things, partying well beyond the expiration date for such things, winking at the Commonwealth - one thing more troubles me. That stupid - and I use the word intentionally statement that William and Kate went the last two years to the Commonwealth Service and would simply love to go again sometime if they can manage to find the time. We're back to the Irish Guards, just when we were hoping we could forget that whole misstep. It's almost as if William is a petulant child saying well if Kate and I must do the Guards - then I won't do the Commonwealth, I just won't! I will throw a tantrum if I have to, and I'm once again showing saying to the public - expect nothing from us.
    It is an absolutely terrible attitude to a family where duty is it's last remaining purpose - I can hear William paraphrasing Charles - of course I believe in duty - whatever that is.
    I'm mindful of the old Brel song Brussels "he had no brains, neither did she, how bright could I turn out to be." William learnt this attitude of do what you wish and try to ram it down the public's throat from his own dad and uncle. Charles after all is the one who allegedly told Diana that all royal men have mistresses - and whether he said that or not - demonstrated it. But the public is starting to lose its sense of humour with this sort of conduct - and the public feels its strength to question as never before. William would do well to take note. For now, the queen is keeping the monarchy on course but that will change and when it does the public will want a man, not a lad, as Prince as Wales.


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    1. SO well said!! Thank you for putting into words what many of us are thinking.

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    2. Julia, I agree. I, obviously, am appalled at such arrogant behavior. I mention Spain and Jecca once again. If Kate puts up with it that is her problem. But it is not just Kate anymore. They have children. And, what do you think other nations think of such behavior. Britain's enemies are probably pretty happy about it. A future king doing stupid things. They must love it. As I have said earlier. I am seriously considering becoming a republican. Such a special platform for profound change to improve the world, but now, who can take William or Kate seriously? I no longer can. I find it difficult to compartmentalize character. You either have it or you don't. You don't leave it at the door when the children are crying or your wife is feeling a little underwhelmed or overwhelmed. It is a big deal and it does speak volumes about William's thoughts on propriety, duty, and family. And, it also says a lot about what Kate thinks of herself, just as it did in the days of their courtship. You are known by the company you keep they say. Some of William's buddies have been very questionable to me over the years and for good reason.

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    3. I take my hat off to you Julia; you have summed up exactly how I feel about the latest shenanigans from William. Just when we thought he was settling down and accepting the responsibilities of his position, he goes and pulls another one of his utterly thoughtless, desperately embarrassing episodes out of the bag.

      As many posters have said, a skiing holiday with his mates is not, in itself, a problem at all. Everyone needs to get away for a break now and again. However, a holiday with the lads is no longer a holiday with the lads when 'the lads' suddenly include young, attractive blondes who aren't the wives or girlfriends and at least one of whom appears to have posed for raunchy underwear shots. Even if nothing actually happened, surely William cannot be stupid enough not to realise that this crosses well over the line into gossip territory?

      And the timing could not possibly be any worse. Go on a skiing holiday by all means; go with your mates instead of your family if you must, but for goodness sake don't do it when you should be attending a big royal event with the rest of your family. And don't do it just before an important diplomatic trip when your poor wife will now have to plaster on a smile and pretend that she isn't at all concerned about what might have happened with those blondes.

      This is another sad example of William acting like a spoiled, entitled child who wants all the perks of being a member of the royal family whilst taking on the bare minimum in terms of responsibility and having a go at the Press when they dare to question his workshy attitude. It's simply not good enough, and by his age he should have long grown out of it.

      On this occasion I can understand why Kate did not attend the service on her own. If she had attended and this had come out, William's actions would have looked even more reprehensible. I think in this case she was stuck between a rock and a hard place - she didn't want to heap more shame on her husband if she was working while he was off partying, but if she chose not to attend she would be accused of being workshy again. I really hope that she can bounce back and knock everyone for six in Paris - bring on the Chanel, the Mouret, the Jenny Packham and the Catherine Walker and go for it girl! Retail therapy always helps after an upset!

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    4. Well said, Julia. I think you are very possibly right that part of this is William's stubborn side retaliating because of pressure to do the Irish Guards engagement. William understandably may have very complicated feelings about being a member of the BRF, but he needs to find private and better ways of managing those feelings than publicly acting out. I remember an incident in the press from when he and Kate were dating about how Kate had to steer him away from partying excessively one time which I think involved riding a motorbike around loudly in a way that disturbed others. There is a known history of William at times partying inappropriately and needing to be reined in by Kate. And Kate should not have that responsibility at this point.

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    5. I just deleted my draft after reading yours, Julia. You captured my feelings on the matter perfectly and stated it better than I ever could.

      All h*ll is going to break loose within the royal family when the Queen passes. Charles doesn't have the respect of his family needed to keep the them united in purpose.

      I gave up on William a year ago, but still have hopes for Kate. I'd like to see her establish her own strong identity within the royal family, separate from her husband's. Let's see more charitable works beyond a brief chat and photo op, more speaking engagements, and possibly her own foundation. I think Kate has it in her, but she has to shake loose the "heavy presence" of her husband.

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  33. On July 2016 my first child was born, a daughter named Marianna.
    Thank you Charlotte, I just bought a necklace (a little star with her initials) to celebrate my first mother day and I used your code discount duchess15!

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    1. Zora from Prague14 March 2017 at 17:19

      Hope you have a lovely first Mothers' Day, Cecilia! :) What a treat you could buy the necklace! Enjoy every moment with your sweet little treasure (says a mother of 3 very grown-up boys who used to be babies.... just a while ago!

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  34. While I understand that William's ski trip does not look good from a PR perspective, I am not going to pounce on him like a lion. There is far too much insinuation, both from the public and from the Daily Mail article, regarding William's weekend. Have you seen the strength of love and security in William and Kate's marriage? You can tell by the looks that pass between them and his protection of her, that William deeply loves his wife. The idea that he is cavorting or involved with these females in an inappropriate way is ridiculous to me. The man is allowed to have a weekend with friends without everyone jumping to conclusions. I am sure he had the full support of Kate and the Queen, and there is no requirement that he must be present for the Commonwealth Service. He has attended the last two years. There is nothing wrong with him needing some personal time. It doesn't mean that he is shirking duty, or being unfaithful to his wife, or that he's not being a good father. He is committed to some very worthy causes and does a tremendous amount of good work. I'm sure Kate wanted to spend some extra time with the children before their trip to Paris, and there is nothing wrong with that. From a public relations perspective, should William have chosen a different weekend to ski? He probably should have, but I am not going to judge him for this ski trip. I am not going to accuse him of behaviors, based on unsubstantiated insinuations. William has shown himself to be a loving husband and father. He has demonstrated commitment to his role and strives to build on his own vocational call. He is passionate and motivated to help others, especially those living with mental illness. He honors, respects, and deeply loves his parents and grandparents. I believe in William and will be supportive of him. He may need to re-evaluate how personal time is planned, but he does not deserve the vicious criticism being thrown at him.

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 14:14

      Exactly. It looks bad, he made a stupid choice. But to make it any bigger than that is playing right into the mediaas hand!

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    2. Sarah, William has treated Kate badly during their courtship. He spent a weekend in Spain with Jecca.
      Choices matter. He spent the day and evening with two blondes, while his wife and children were not there. Remember the photo of William with his hand on the chest of a woman and his arm around another woman during his courtship of Kate? Remember William's cruise with an all female crew without Kate? The "vicious criticisms" are merely observations of what William actually did. Lunch, drink, and go clubbing with two blondes, one that is a nude model, no less. If he didn't want the comments he should have stayed home with his loving wife and children. There are more family-oriented, wholesome ways to let off steam and get some relaxation. Families do that all the time.

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    3. William is full of controversy: Kate goes on a holiday alone, then William goes on a hunting trip. She basically does not attend any weddings/social events close to William's circle. He wants to spend quality time with his family, but he spends Easter far from them. There are no pictures of them as a family, Kate is always alone. And people are surpised why she spends time with her family.

      I suppose the last word in this family is not Kate's. Never was.

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    4. Julia from Leominster14 March 2017 at 15:56

      You put it nicely but I'm mindful of my late mum who said - those who show the most in public often have the least happening in private. (You can tell she was very much an old timer like the queen.) I don't say William is a bad father or husband but he seems very immature for his age.

      Even if William needs personal times with the boys - there is an easy thing to say when a couple of young blondes happen along "Sorry ladies, this is a private party."

      If it was private life when there was no conflicting royal duty - that might be one thing. But this is a vital time for relations with the Commonwealth which Britain is expected to turn towards more following Brexit. It was not a year to miss a Commonwealth event. Allegedly, the whole reason William and Kate are being sent to Paris (all right, we know William wants desperately to see that match) is for diplomatic reasons. That applies at home too. If Andrew saw the importance of being at home - William should have as well. Every royal who wasn't otherwise on business should be there.
      One of the great arts of being royal (and working in general) is to appear to WANT to do events such as the Commonwealth Service. That is where both William and Kate are failing. They are giving the impression it is an onerous duty that they will show up for occasionally but can't bear to take as a yearly commitment. It is an exceptionally poor attitude. Yes, we know there is an element of fiction to this - even the queen might rather be home watching the telly - but much of royal life is a fiction, a show, and when the actors don't have full keenness for what they are doing - the show risks being closed.

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    5. Sarah I share your sentiments exactly! If you read the article from the Daily Mail, they repeat several times about "boozy lunch, drinking after hours", etc. like they are trying to drive home the point they want to make. The lunch was in broad daylight and looked like friends getting together, it did not look clandestine in the least. As for the young lady involved, looked more to me like an opportunity to cash in on some publicity (someone in another article called it "celebritomercial". In the article there is a statement from Kensington Palace which would leave one to believe that William and Kate were not expected at the Commonwealth Services. So am inclined to think that the Queen as well as Kate had no issues with him going on a ski trip and the trust of all was given. I have every faith that William and Kate have a strong marriage and that they will survive this even in spite of all the efforts to throw dirt their way and malign them. I do not begrudge either Kate or William vacations or time away with friends. However, with that being said, I think William certainly does need to rethink situations from a PR perspective. For whatever reason, the critics are so ready to pounce on these two with the slightest provocation. Any hint of negativity is what the press would like the public to believe as the standard for this couple. It certainly does detract from what they are trying to achieve as a couple and as royals. William does not deserve the vicious criticism thrown at him, but he does need to take away his critics reasons for attacking him. It just really is a shame that the focus is on "this" especially with their role in the upcoming trip to Paris and their participation in the Irish Guard event. cc

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    6. As I've said, William's public relations advisors need to help him plan personal time differently, and this weekend was poor judgment from that perspective. The poor judgment was in the timing, and not in the weekend itself. William makes mistakes sometimes, as all of us do, but the judgment rendered here is undeserved. Yes, I realize William made some poor choices when he was dating Kate, but I believe much of that was driven by fear and insecurity: the fear of what happened to his parents' marriage happening in his own as well. He stumbled at times with Kate, because he wondered if he had chosen the right person as his soul mate. He wanted to be sure that she was the one (for his sake and hers) and he was terrified of making the wrong choice. He wanted to have a loving and stable marriage, and provide the same stability for his children. I don't believe he would do anything to jeopardize his marriage and family. If the public would stop desiring salacious rumors and gossip, the media wouldn't be successful at twisting stories to meet those desires for intrigue, innuendo, and exaggeration. Choices do matter, including the choice to speak only the facts, without twisting a situation into something it is not.
      William has grown a lot as a person over the years, and he is going to make mistakes sometimes, but that doesn't take away from his compassion, generosity, loving nature, open-mindedness, service, sense of duty and vocation, and devotion to family.

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    7. Couple of last things to say :
      1. I am shocked *shocked* that Guy Pelly left his wife home with a newborn. I am sure other couples feel differently but after giving birth, both times, I relied on my husband so heavily for support, for help, etc. etc. It would not even strike us to go on a "boys" trip or a "girls" trip so soon after a newborn joined the family. 2. Whether or not anything happened with the blondes, to me, the fact that William would choose to go dancing and drinking instead of sleeping or playing pool or some kind of boy thing is sort of strange. And by the way, women can't just join their party - no doubt they were invited to sit at their table, ski with them and continue to party afterwards. You can't just intrude on people's vacations - they were asked. It may be my own limited experience but honestly I don't know anyone who has gone to a club or dancing after they turned 30 and had children. I changed and my priorities changed. I would suffocate if I had to go to one now. So the fact that William at 35 still feels that is his preferred form of entertainment is very odd. I never used to believe those reports like William lost his tooth from drinking and falling at Guy Pelly's wedding and so on.. but maybe there is some truth to it. Maybe he is a bit immature.

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    8. Kate, what you are saying dovetails with what Bluhare and others have said about their private time. We really know very little about it. His behavior has changed my perspective on Team Cambridge greatly.

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    9. Anonymous in Colorado14 March 2017 at 19:16

      @SARAH FROM US: I wish I could insert an applause emoji here in response to your comment! it's exactly my feelings about this over-blown situation. Too many people believe what the Press dishes out to them, too. Thank you for articulating it better than I ever could!

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  35. I've been reading the articles about William's trip and all of the comments on here and keep seeing the same word used in regard to the trip: "optics." Assuming it's a British expression for how something looks or appears, but I've never heard it before today!

    Also want to make a comment about the possibility of Kate wearing Chanel - I don't think she will. It's such an iconic French brand, I think Kate will wear some more obscure French labels. Also, Chanel to me screams "old".

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    1. Pam, you're not alone in never having heard the word 'optics' used in this way before. I'm a Brit and I've never heard it before today either, except in my birdwatching circles when talking about binoculars, telescopes and so on! Like you, I'm assuming people are using it as a synonym for appearances.

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  36. Fashions. I love Channel and Hermes. If I had buckets of money I would spend it there. I often love Mouret but not crazy about the two gowns shown. Lanvin is wonderful but seems a bit more difficult tow wear. The Paula Ka shown I love and hope we see her in one of those pieces.

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    1. I agree if I had boatloads of money I would only wear Chanel. I do have a Lanvin shirt - navy blue silk and it is dreamy. One of my favorite pieces that I wear every month at least.

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    2. I love it when you find a piece like that. Your Lanvin shirt sounds wonderful.I do not spend much on clothes but I do try to spurge on a bit nicer items when they go on sale. I have two St John knit skirts I bought at 70 percent off that I love and expect to be able to wear for the next 10 years.

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    3. If money was no object I would Tom Ford Gucci and YSL. And Tomas Maier for Bottega Veneta. I think it was Bottega Veneta. I can't remember; there was a few seasons where he put out some amazing clothes. Plus Alexander McQueen when he was at the helm.

      Today I'm not sure who I'd wear. Victoria Beckham? It might be fun to go shopping at Net a Porter!

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  37. I think you have to look at William in the context of his social group, they are aristocratic, wealthy and live in a world very removed from the average middle class person going out to work and raising a family. They do not see life like we do. They live in a bubble and William is surrounded by advisors from the same social group . I would imagine he finds all this drama amusing. I do think the Middleton family would have a more realistic view of normal life but would not dream of criticising William. I believe William and Kate have got to take on a more active role with their royal duties and get involved with other issues other than mental health as worthy as is , they need to be active with a broad range of charities and issues affecting the ordinary person . The queen understands this and has been able to appeal to so many people in the UK and around the world.

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  38. The appearance of impropriety can be as bad as impropriety itself. Anybody with a job in the public eye learns this lesson early. William has no excuse.

    Having said that, however, I think this points up a problem no one really wants to face. By his actions William has been signalling for a long time that he either doesn't want to be king or doesn't expect to be king. Those are two very different issues with the same result.

    Again, by his actions, he has repeatedly demonstrated that he would rather not spend his time doing all the boring and routine public duties that his role requires. He wants to pick and choose a few things to work on and then spend the rest of his life doing his own thing. Can we sympathise? Yes. Can we blame him? Yes, because he accepts money and privileges for those "duties". Most people spend their work lives doing things they would rather not. It's called life and most of us don't have William's wealth and tax payer supported life style which allows him to pick and choose.

    I do sometimes feel sorry for William. He has to be so careful in what he does so as to not overshadow his father. I suspect this may be one other reason for his "workshy" appearance. Also, however, I suspect he knows that Charles will become a controversial king whose refusal to remain neutral and willingness to meddle in governmental affairs will lead to the end of the monarchy. That puts William in a position where he has to seem to be preparing for a role he will never have.

    If William himself either doesn't want or doesn't expect to be king, then he can gracefully remove himself from the line of succession, give up the taxpayer funded privleges and funds and go off to live the life he seems to want. Otherwise, he needs to quit acting like a spoiled rich kid and take up the life he's being paid for.

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    1. mari vale, I have thought about that. It does sometimes like William doesn't think the monarchy will be there in the future. He, in my opinion, should fulfill his current role with gusto and dependability though in honor of his heritage, including the dutiful Queen and her Prince, and in honor of the lifestyle that that all affords him. If he knows or believes that the royal houses are on the wane, he should do his part properly up to the end. And I agree "that the appearance impropriety is can be as bad as the impropriety itself".

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    2. Totally agree that the appearance is as bad as actually doing it. That's why this looks so bad and why I'm so gobsmacked William didn't show more sense.

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  39. Friday is going to be an exciting day, I hope she wears a new green outfit for handing out shamrocks. I don't think Kate will wear chanel, I think she is going to wear Alexander MaQueen, Catherine Walker, and Lanvin

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  40. Hello All, I am posting today before I have read the additional responses that have posted over night. I posted last night about William, because I couldn't even think about fashion once I read about his ill chosen trip. I have not yet watched the video/it'll only make me..... I did however have a thought/question/theory & I'd be interested what anyone else thinks of it, it may already have been discussed? The first thing that came to mind when I read the article & saw the pics, was "2007"! It made me think of how badly he was behaving during that time he broke up with Kate. He was "Acting Out" Then & I Believe He was "Acting Out" Here! The nagging thought I had was, that if The Queen & The Powers that Be had Wanted to Stop The Trip, They Could Have! He had his PPO's with him for pete's sake!? So I thought "Why" would he do this/he's got a working brain (?) & "Why" wasn't he Stopped! So what's the same now to 2007? In 2007 he was cruising towards The Marriage Decision & felt Rushed! So He Sabotaged His Relationship with Kate! 2017 he's cruising towards The End of His Life as a Part time Royal/working a normal job & living as normal a life as possible & Cruising Right Up To The Start of His Life as a "Full Time Royal", which by All accounts & actions... He's been Putting Off as Long as Possible! Basically "The End of His Life as He's Known It or Wanted It To Be!" So what does he do? He "Acts Out/ Sabotages Himself & All The Hard Work He's Done" (With Kate Too) To Be Taken Seriously as An Adult, A Husband, A Father & A Working Royal! So then The other, "Why" did HM let him do this? As a Parent & Grandparent I'm wondering if She felt that the only way to get through to him, was to let him do what he was going to do & suffer the consequences.... because sometimes we can Only learn from our mistakes, no matter how much our friends & family try to get through to us!? Boy, does he have a Hole to Dig Out From!!! & This from someone who's Only Ever Supported Him & his Choices during his Whole Life (except when he botched things up in 2007!) Also it kills me at how much he's botched things up for Kate Too! She's been steadily evolving into This Amazing Woman who will One Day Be Queen (?) & Now she's left standing by this Irresponsible ......! Not even a mature adult!..... Thoughts......?
    Becca USA

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    1. Becca, that makes sense. Not the best way to process change, obviously. The children now have those headlines as part of their current family history. Just great, William.

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    2. I think that's a pretty good analysis, Becca. The timing does seem right to verify your hypothesis.

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  41. I guess I'm different, but while everyone else seems to be concerned about poor William, I am dress shopping for Kate. I love the gorgeous blue Gilden gown you suggested. I pulled it up for a close-up, and it is a rich navy with a satin finish. It looks to have large satin flowers of the same fabric. She would look absolutely stunning in this gown.

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    1. Courtney from NC14 March 2017 at 20:19

      I am doing both! Lol. Multitasking at its finest. I posted a bunch of links up post somewhere about what I would like to see her wear by French designers, mainly Nina Ricci because I think Kate would look smashing in some of her designs.

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  42. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 19:54

    Sooo... I think it's time to talk about the MAIN part of the post, and not the footnote. :P


    The mini-tour seems very nicely balanced. Am very happy to see that they will meet with the people affected by the recent attacks!

    And I know people will say it was planned around the game. And it probably was... But I've been thinking about it. Tours might usually be planned around games, conventions and other more "frivolous things" because those events are fixed points that won't change their scheduel for the royals. A meeting with charities (while more important) is usually way easier to plan around a date than a big game. So it makes sense that such things are a starting point in planning of tours and engagements.

    My frivolous side am very much looking forward to the black tie event.

    I think we will see at least one french thing on the tour. A Roland Mouret gown would be very possible. There are alot of good possibilities. I often like to look at possible repeats and from those I would like to see the cape she wore in Buthan (by Paul & Joe), maybe the Cartier hoop necklace and/or earrings?

    On her other upcoming engagements, I'm very very happy to see the Mothers Day adjacent event. Perfect thing to tie in with heads togehter!!

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    1. Haha, Becks! Trust you to try to turn the narrative into more of a positive!

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  43. I have to say I think everyone is making some very valid points on the William issue, on both sides. Also doing so in a very civil fashion for the most part :) which I'm sure makes Charlotte happy!

    But I think we have to remember, the issue isn't the details, or whether it's being overblown, or if it was innocent or not, or whether husbands should go on trips or not, the biggest issue for KP and BP in my opinion is the fact that this is all in the news in the first place.

    I have said many times, the press are not without sin, certainly not the tabloids. But love them or loathe them, William *has* to deal with them, and *has* to understand that most Brits still form opinions and get information from them. That he still doesn't understand that this would make the front pages is what truly makes me speechless. It's very hard to comprehend.

    It was Verbier, a known hotspot for royals and some celebs, and where royals and celebs go, paps follow. This is well known.

    He was there without his wife. He chose to put this trip on his schedule instead of the Commonwealth service. He chose to party till 2am.

    That he didn't think someone would spot him is unbelievable. That he doesn't understand how this would play is absolutely baffling.

    It's the fact that he *still* puts himself in these positions that just boggles the mind. He either *still* doesn't get it, or doesn't care, and if it's the latter it's deeply, deeply concerning.

    This is now overshadowing many things, knocking the Queen and the CW service off the front pages today, distracting from his Paris trip... he should KNOW BETTER BY NOW!!!!

    That is why I was so shocked by this last night. Protecting your image and your message and your "brand" is important. He created a story where there absolutely did not need to be one. It has dominated online and on social media, more pics of the girls in question (which doesn't help) and even comments from their families. Awful.

    And the press are digging quite hard at this which makes me wonder, is there another shoe to drop? I'm waiting to see what the papers will look like tomorrow.

    (Also, Rebecca and others were right that referring to the two women as "blondes" was pejorative and I was guilty of that, I'm sorry.)

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    1. Rebecca - Sweden14 March 2017 at 20:44

      Exactly Claudia!!

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    2. Hear hear for civility, Claudia! Huzzah!!

      I also called them blondes. If anyone was offended I apologize.

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