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William's PDA is a Sign He is a Perfect Prince

Saturday, April 12, 2014

We have been discussing in the comments whether William and Kate deliberately try to not physically interact when on public engagements. I think they do and they don't. It seems they are mindful of keeping a certain professional exterior, which they are fairly successful at in the UK. Moments of just restful togetherness may be something they try to avoid now, given the attention even the slightest gesture can illicit in papers and on, I don't know, crazy blogs by crazy people who like to zoom in on that sort of stuff. :) I think by limiting their PDA, they are attempting to set boundaries on their private life, which is something William always struggles to balance. 




PDAs tend to occur on tours when the relaxed nature of the constant exposure allows their vivacity together to pop out, which is one aspect that makes tours all the more fun. They are more natural on these long hauls and they let their hair down just a bit.



Their two most famous hugs were both spontaneous. The hug in Canada that so delighted royal watchers around the world, started as Kate teasing William. She was pretending to push him off the pier after he defeated her in the dragon boat race and it morphed into a hug at the end, because, hey, she wasn't actually going to chuck him in the lake. It was very cute and made big headlines.



The second and probably best hug from the two was a very, very spontaneous moment from William as Team GB won gold at the London velodrome. It was quite quick, although still photos make it look like they were publicly embracing for an indefinite period. I don't think it detracts from the "aaww" factor, but I am sure William didn't realize that his action would literally cover magazines around the globe within days:



They may want to keep those to a minimum, but I don't think they are paranoid about it or they would have to look frozen constantly. Their frequent touches are both professional and intimate and actually very usual. William has always been particularly attentive to Kate's comfort at these events, since I think he is quite protective of her. We had more "helping-hand" photos in the early days of their marriage than I can count. We don't see it as often now because they have done quite a few solo engagements. 



But, the "helping hand" is almost always there when the two appear publicly and is certainly back in top form on this tour. It is a protective gesture and a guiding one, as we saw yesterday. During the walkabout, she started to the right, hesitated, and he sort of gently pushed her toward the left. Most simply it is thoughtful, without being suffocating. William is a consummate gentleman. He really is. The more I actually take note, the more I see that he really has impeccable manners, as a prince should, I suppose. He is a very impressive man.


If Kate gets behind, William often stops and escorts her once she catches up. I feel like this habit of his is basically his way of telegraphing to her that his concern is for her comfort.





That's my spin, at least. :)  I will be back in a few short hours and I am going to respond to all your lovely comments! Keep calm and fan-girl on!

19 comments:

  1. I think William is a wonderful man. I think he has his mother's easy grace and natural way with people. She was the people's princess and he is the people's prince. From countless photos of them together it really is easy to see how much he adores kate and how proud he is from her, and also how he wants to protect her. I think it is incredibly sad Diana did not see William grow into the man he is and never met kate, she would be so proud of him. They are a beautiful couple and although they act professional when do engagements together, some of their genuine affection shines through. In all pictures they are smiling and laughing together and seem so deeply in love and at ease with each other. I love seeing them together and I think George has only strengthened their bond. O hope they have a long, happy and successful marriage.

    This post was lovely Jane a nice thing to reflect on. I have been loving checking this blog and commenting and reading everyone else's comments. So excited for the next events! :)

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  2. Do you have any thoughts on why we have not seen William carrying George during this trip?

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    1. Because if he had carried George, all the bad thoughts would have been "Kate isn't able to carry her baby herself"...
      Also, they're "on duty", and I believe he thinks that he is due to their hosts firstly. That's also the reason why he is not very demonstrative with Kate in public. He is professional. One can't greet the Governor General with a baby in his arms...

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  3. Most likely it is because at that age babies get a bit fussy if they aren't held by their mums. I am sure that in private he holds George all the time but perhaps for these public moments they don't want the baby to cry etc. So mummy's arms are probably the best bet.

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  4. Great post Jane!! You really must be a mind reader, knowing just what we are all interested in and writing an excellent post on it!

    I agree with you that their affection for each other really comes through on these longer tours as opposed to the single engagements. At the time I wasn't a fan of their pretour trip to the Maldives, but in hindsight I can see that it was probably very necessary for them to reconnect as a couple before beginning this long tour. Right after George was born I felt that they were experiencing a bit of a wobble, the stress of a newborn that isn't settling in well, William away working, the move to KP, hormones, etc. It is a joy to see them so happy together and now that George is sleeping better, poor hungry guy, it's great to see them as a happy family.

    While much is made about Diana's influence on William and Harry, please let's don't forget Charles' influence as well. He did an excellent job shepherding them through those difficult teen and young adult years, when we are sure we know it all and are generally horrible to be around. :) I feel that both William and Harry have been lucky to have received the very best of both of their parents attributes. Diana's warmth and compassion and Charles' impeccable manners and sense of duty and responsibility and it seems none of their individual neuroses. Kate and Cressida are certainly a pair of very lucky ladies!

    Thanks again Jane for all your hard work, this is far and away my favorite Kate-centric blog!!

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    1. Totally agree with you.
      I've got a 18month-old child myself and I know about the changing in partnership. Everything is new and exciting and having some time together as a couple is so valuable!! It seemed they got through that time very well.

      Like your evaluation about Charles very much!!! You're absolutely right!

      Kind regards
      Vicky

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  5. Thanks, Jane, for this great post!!! (It's one of my favourite one's :-) ) Love your respectful attitude and writing!

    I agree with you in every aspect.
    I love, love, love those "helping-hand" gestures!!! It's so protective and affectionate.
    Had to smile about the "crazy people" writing crazy things. Thought of countless pregnancy rumours, now and then, even in german magazines, because of holding her belly, etc - ridiculous!

    Thanks for the add-on!! Chapeau!! You find some extra time writing about extra topics. WOW! The tour is not enough. Are you bored?! ;-)

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    1. Hi Vicky,

      Get ready for more pregnancy rumors, apparently William told a woman that made the shawl for George that she might have to make another one soon. I've already read about it 4 different news sites! I can't imagine what would happen is Kate ate a very large breakfast and had a little bigger belly, the news would come to grinding halt for all the speculations! LOL

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  6. What an interesting post! Just wanted to say "thanks" and I enjoyed reading it. I love how you pick the perfect pictures to compliment what you write about.

    Victoria, Oregon

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  7. Just wanted to add that I'm intrigued by royal protocol, so these posts are very interesting to me.

    Victoria, Oregon

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  8. Hi, Jane. Do you know anything about the brands that Kate wore in that picture she is landing on Canada? This is not about William's PDA, sorry for that.

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    1. Hi Kate! No need to apologize. I am always excited to talk clothes, and I actually chose these pictures both for the point I was making and because of what Kate was wearing. From top to bottom, she is wearing her Smythe jacket, j brand skinnies, and pied a terre wedges. You are probably wondering what label her blouse is, but to me it remains a UFO, although another Kate blogger may have identified it by now. It looks very Temeperley to me, although I remember there were whispers it was a Burberry. I am a little swamped with today's activities, but I will dig around when I get a chance and let you know!

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    2. Thanks for your reply!
      Well, I personally do not think her blouse is Temeperley's. Comparing the Temeperley blouse she wore at the official family photo with George and at Canada cowboy themed engagement, the blouse she's wearing when she landed on Canada has elegant frills. On the otherhand, Temeperley's got laces. Anyway, Kate's zara skinny jean looks quite familiar with j brand skinnies! I love her look when she matches jeans and stuart weitzman wedge heels:)

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  10. Oh please post more pictures of them touching. It's so cute!

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    1. Just for you, I have put this old page I made back up. It isn't updated, but there are some great old photos. Enjoy!! Cambridge Couple: Looks of Love and the Helping Hand. http://fromberkshiretobuckingham.blogspot.com/p/looks-of-love-helping-hand.html

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  11. I want them to touch. It shows them to be a loving married couple. I don't know why the British royal family feel they can't show affection to each other in public. The Danish and Swedish princes and princesses often show affection and it certainly doesn't make them seem unprofessional. It is so unusual for the British to see this affection in their royalty that when Kate and William held hands at Christmas it was a big deal. I don't expect anything over the top. Just the little signs of affection that you've pointed out.

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    1. Part of the problem rests in the exposure that William and Kate have as opposed to the exposure of the royal families you just mentioned. World wide interest in the Swedish or Danish families just isn't that strong. You can ask just about any American male if he knows who Kate Middleton is and he will respond, "Duh, yes." It's almost offensive to ask. If you followed up with asking the same man who Princess Madeleine is and you will get a blank stare. So, the microscope under which the BRF lives is much much greater and I think that makes them more sensitive to keeping their personal life to themselves. I think they guard those signs of affection jealously to try and make a separation between their public life and their private life. Nevertheless, just like Christmas and on tour, etc, they do show public affection, so we get to see peeks. But, i think it is just their way to try and hold the line somehow in a world of instant media and manic attention.

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  12. I was wondering if they are not allowed to show a lot of affection? I noticed in 2015 it seems William is barely near her, sparking pesky divorce rumors :(

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