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Wardrobe Malfunctions? Tempests in a Teapot

Monday, June 2, 2014

I have the sense I am going to draw unparalleled ire on my head for this post, but I think Kate is being treated very unfairly and I am annoyed enough o briefly touch on an issue that none of us should even be talking that much about: Kate's wardrobe "malfunctions.". I am surprised by the dust-up over the wind picture that Bild published and a little confused. I guess, and this is where the shocked gasps are going to come in, I am not that worked up over them. I am worked up over the fact that they were published, which strikes me as entirely common on the part of the editors who ran with these, but in terms of pulling out the pitchforks and storming the palace over Kate's indiscretion, not so much. I think the situation has been blown (pun not intended, but totally accepted) out of proportion. I am particularly perturbed by how we have ballooned the number of times this has happened. To hear most people talk, you would think Kate is flashing us every other month. There are two questions to my mind: How many times has Kate had a legitimate wardrobe malfunction that she should have contained, and what is the reasonable solution to these incidents. Let's just run through this to get a handle on the real situation. 

Her first foray with mother nature came in Canada in 2011. Kate made some tactical errors on her first tour. That yellow Jenny Packham was too light and delicate to handle the high winds of the Calgary Airport, although, different weather conditions obviously would have likely left this a flawless appearance. Nevertheless, it was undeniably a mistake. She was still new to the whole royal thing, so I give her a pass on this.

Kate in Canada. (Not the actual wind photo...)

When pregnant, Kate wore this polka dot dress on a visit to Warner Brothers. It was a blustery day and I thought it a little short, but thankfully the fairly pregnant Duchess avoided a Marilyn moment. This dress did blow up a little too high (not pictured) when she wore it to a wedding around the same time, and this is accounted by many as another indiscretion. To me, it was a private event and the photos were taken from a long lens camera. I don't think this is a fair example to use against the Duchess. It could have happened at Warner Brothers, just as it could have happened to any number of the dresses we have oohed and aahhed over. Salient point: it didn't. For this argument, the line between public and private really has to be held because she is being blamed for inappropriate princess choices while in public. I don't consider that incident a wardrobe malfunction we should take into account. 



The Daily Mail was running an article in which they also cited the belly baring photos from a SportsAid event as inappropriate. I am flabbergasted by this double standard. People want her to be real and natural, but we see some belly button and everyone is hunting for their smelling salts? I don't remember anyone being offended at the time! I think we all saw that she was wearing a loose top, probably because she had very recently given birth, and when she popped into the game, her top caught some air. If you were shocked you may want to check and see if you are actually a time traveller from 1800. This was a casual event, it wasn't scripted, and it was shocking to no one, not even The Mail. It is now being co-opted into this whole wardrobe debate and is obviously not a fair or even relevant example. 


Also cited as a shameful was the windy skirt moment when Kate dropped in on a Place2Be forum in November of last year. The wind did play with her Orla Kiely skirt, certainly, but I do not consider this a wardrobe malfunction. You may stretch it to one if the news is slow, but it just isn't. Sorry. I am not going to admit this as evidence. This was not that revealing. Her skirts were shorter when she went to Mahiki and I am still nostalgic for those days. 



Then came Kate's exit from the plane in Wellington. This is around the time I really start to lose my patience. Can Kate do anything right? She is either boring and too conservative or she is two steps from a Scarlet Woman with her blowing skirts. This was an entirely appropriate outfit! The cameras caught the briefest of moments, which is one of the drawbacks of the high def still shots, and you would have barely noticed had you watched the film. Furthermore, although her skirt caught some wind, we actually can't see much at all, and every photo I have seen run has obviously been put through a photo processor to lighten the shadows so as to get as much definition as high as possible.  That kind of deliberate manipulation to sensationalize and essentially take advantage of an innocent moment, falls at the door of the papers, not at Kate or her fashion choices. In this case, even with this digital help, nothing explicit is visible. I do not find this as a wardrobe malfunction, either. 


Lastly, the star of this show, the recent Blue Mountain photo. I know some people want to argue they are photoshopped, but I am not so sure. A photographer I believe to be pretty competent swears they are real and I think it unlikely someone could get away with a photoshop like this. I appreciate the push to defend Kate by saying these are fake, but I prefer a more straight-forward defense: it happens. Kate is not a super-woman. She wears skirts and sometimes you make a bad calculation on weather and fabric weight, and sometimes the wind is just weird! Remember, it isn't just wind that creates these puffy skirt moments, it is specific up-drafts that are very capricious. Why are we still talking about this?!


To my mind she has had two major wardrobe malfunctions. The first in 2011 in Calgary when she was new to the game, and now this most recent incident in the Blue Mountains. It is easy to be a back seat driver, but here is the major problem that I think most people seem to be overlooking. Almost every dress that Kate wears, with the proper wind conditions, could be THAT dress.  Weighting the hems of these dresses enough to stop the kind of wind that has produced Kate's two major wardrobe malfunctions would ruin the dresses that she wears, or simply wouldn't be possible. If that fluttery Jenny P had been weighted down enough to battle that gale, it would have looked ridiculous at rest. Kate shouldn't have worn it in those weather conditions, but to wind-proof her style entirely, as her elder counterparts have done, she would have to shift her style pretty significantly. Styles that Kate has worn that are pretty wind-proof?

The straight shifts. Check. Love them, no doubt.


Pencil skirts. Veritable wind dominators:


Straight and often heavy coat/dresses. beautiful, also very Queen-esque:


I think that is categorically fairly exhaustive, which eliminates a significant chunk of Kate's wardrobe that we know and love. I believe that Kate can avoid, and frankly has avoided, most tricky moments. If she wants to dress her age, with delicate fabrics and contemporary silhouettes, there will sometimes be a very slim margin of possibility.

Gorgeous. Also, totally NOT wind-proof. 



My take? This is a risk of the job. Can you do anything to diminish that risk? Yes. Kate should be mindful of obvious danger zones. She should not have worn that polka dot dress to Warner Brothers, even though she got away with it. She should check weather conditions and take super blustery scenarios into account. But it isn't fair to act as if this is a usual occurrence and she is brazenly flaunting her assets at us. That just isn't the case. Twice in three years is not a regular event.


Should she be wearing full underwear vs thong? Seriously, we are not going to get into that kind of a discussion on this blog. Kate's underwear preferences are absolutely none of my business. It is a personal preference. Really personal preference! It also isn't really relevant. The point is not that this is more flesh than we have ever seen before, hello Mustique photos, it is that the time and place are inappropriate. By these guidelines whether she was wearing full coverage underwear or a barely-there thong is not the primary point. That we see too far up her skirt is the issue.  Let's be honest, we see almost this much in any bikini shot, so I personally do not feel like my eyes are burning, and if you are honest with yourself, neither are yours. It is the principle of the situation, not the actual content that makes it a problem. To be clear, I believe that principle should be maintained, I think these pictures were an invasion of privacy and embarrassing, and I hope this does not happen again. But, we cannot argue that is is a regular occurrence or that Kate is carelessly or worse, deliberately, allowing these few incidents to take place. There is no evidence to support that theory and it is offensive to Kate, to say the least. Mostly, let's not over think this. Above all, decorum demands that we not spend our days wondering about our princess's panties.







67 comments:

  1. I know why you were nervous, but this had to be said. Thank you for just coming out and stating the fact. This is not a national crisis. We all experience the occasional moment with the wind, and this is no reason to change your entire closet. I don't want to see Kate look like Camilla or the Queen. Not because I dislike their clothes, but it isn't her style and far too old. Well done, Jane, as usual.

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    1. I am glad we agree. :) I think Camilla and the Queen look lovely, but I also agree that they are different generation. Glad you picked up on that. :)

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    2. Totally agree with everything you have said Jane.

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  2. Interesting article, but so what if she wants to air it out. As far as the Australia photo published by the tasteless tabloid, in her defense, she was wearing hose. That particular undergarment is designed to be worn to avoid panty lines! Can't you just see the headlines...'princess panty lines!'
    My goodness Kate is such a spot on addition in this world. Give the woman a break.

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    1. P.S. I am sorry, but little weights in her skirts are NO match for helicopter turbulence!! Get Real.

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  3. I absolutely agree with every word here! I am losing patience with all the snarking about Kate - she really cannot put a foot right for some people.

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    1. I just don't thinks e can blame her for two wardrobe malfunctions in three years. These winds are brutal and strong. Hard to foresee or overcome.

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  4. I happen to agree. This wasn't a big deal to me and isn't, quite frankly, for any other royal who has/had a wardrobe malfunction. Life happens and these incidents must be kept in perspective. If this is the only major complaint people have about the Duchess, it's a relatively minor one. I for one am happy that she seems happy in her marriage, has a very healthy and outgoing baby, and continues to carry out her duties--picking up her profile a bit this summer as she and William find their way into their roles.

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    1. I think that is a great way to put it. Life happens. And it does, :) whether we want it to or not. Everyone has moments they cringe over WEEKlY and wish they could redo. Kate has to live a significant part of her life in front of the camera and some of those cringe moments will be rerecorded. The best we can do for her is gloss over them.

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    2. Kathleen and Jane, well done! Tempests in a Teapot is so very clever, Jane! LOL

      Someone above also said it well when she commented she's losing patience with the snarking. I'm impatient with unethical media people who "catch" Kate and photoshop anything as in the red Walker coat in Australia. Let's not forget that Diana's first media op showed her legs silhouetted as if her skirt were too sheer, no petticoat. She had been asked to position herself by the media because they knew the photo they'd get; their motives were clearly unethically sensationalism and money. I agree that should Kate weight her hems more, wear full underwear, beautiful petticoats, or even the pettipants as suggested, the result will be, "Too much lace, shameful color, too short." And, the photoshop op makes her plight impossible. Some photographers are entirely unethical. I agree that we should gloss over a mere 2 malfunctions in 3 years (so glad to have that clarified, Jane). I'm very uncomfortable defining "proper undergarments" for Kate even if she is a public figure; she maintains a very high standard. And, finally, yes, Kate is a sexy young woman because of her beauty, carriage, and poise along with her genuine interest in those she meets and the historical context of her public appearances. I hope the lack of ethics of some photographers will not change who Kate is, will continue to be handled wonderfully by the Prince, and can be glossed over by more of us.

      Thrilled that we'll see more of William and Kate in the coming months! They are doing a marvelous job in "finding their way into their roles," and they've clearly had a positive influence in Australia and now in Scotland where a vote in Sept is something the Cambridges show they care enormously about in maintaining an undivided UK.

      Jane, your blog is the best! Thanks!
      Katherine in the US

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  5. Thank you Jane!



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  6. I agree its a tempest in a teapot and infrequent...but an image is an image, this is the internet age, and the monarchy is, in good measure, all about image. Plus, it was not the first time. I guess I would call it: the no big deal big deal. And, precisely because the DoC's underwear choice is none of my business...she should take some measures to ensure that that is indeed the case. So, bottom line (no pun intended), I politely disagree. Silvia

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    1. I forgive you for disagreeing because of your clever pun. :) I am joking, although I do love puns. I see where you are coming from, and I know there is an argument to be made, but I just don't think that two mishaps in three years is cause for comment. Not with how difficult wind and skirts are. I don't think it would be better were she wearing larger underwear, that would still make headlines. But, I appreciate your willingness to weigh in with your perspective. I love hearing from all sides!

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    2. I agree that it would not be better if she were wearing larger underwear. Then the headlines would be all about the "granny panties" she wears!

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  7. Excellent, excellent, excellent. Thank you.

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  8. As usual, you take what is rolling around my head and put it forth so beautifully.

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  9. Thank you Jane. It is going to far. Remember when the tummy baring shots from playing volleyball came out? Everyone was amazed she had gotten her figure back so fast. Now all of a sudden its "OMG! Her tummy is showing! How unroyal!"
    She is a beautiful woman, very well dressed, trying IMO very successfully, to fill the role she has. To me its, shame on the media for trying to make a buck from all the publicity they cause.

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    1. I agree. The double standard is glaring. I don't know how people can reconcile the injustice in their head! Thankfully, I think most people see it and reject it.

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  10. You recently wrote about what a true lady Duchess Kate is. I agreed wholeheartedly.
    I believe if your readers and all who comment around the web were true ladies (and possibly gentlemen) like Kate, we would not be discussing this at all.

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    1. Kate is a lady, and to be fair, I think there is a certain element in the media pushing this and the rest of the world is moving on with their lives.

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  11. Right on as usual! Like it or not, there are cameras EVERYWHERE and those pictures WILL be shared. It's very possible that moments like this happened to Diana but were not captured because not everyone had a cell phone at the time.

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    1. Yes. Absolutely. The pictures are there, but I wonder where the balance is. Because, if every moment of your public life can be preserved so flawlessly, then do you have to change the way you live? Change the way you dress and act? Where is the balance? I think it is a hard question. We all have the occasional windy moment. I had one just in the last month. It is entirely unexpected...and uncomfortable :) and you get through it it. I think Kate should be allowed to get through it and continue on as normal.

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    2. I'm just jealous that I wouldn't look as good as Kate if I had a "windy moment". LOL!

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  12. Has no one heard of pettipants? I hate slips--just hate them--but I teach, wear dresses, live in a sunny climate, and frequently have to bend over. Pettipants (very short length) don't ride up or cause tell-tale lines on smooth dresses. They also provide some opacity when wearing a shear skirt. As a bonus, my hubby finds them sexy.

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    1. Hahah, I loved this! "My husband finds them sexy." I am in favor of anything that husbands find sexy. ;) I have to admit, I have never heard of them, but I will utilize Google now...

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    2. here's a link with an example: http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-c7353/vanity-fair-petti-leg-slip.jsp

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  13. The odd gust of wind showing a pair of panties up her skirt is no big deal. The odd gust of wind showing nothing up her skirt IS a big deal. Especially when it is repeated. I respectfully disagree with you, Jane, when you say that her undergarment choice isn't relevant. It is exactly the point.

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    1. Absolutely agree. Even as a teen in the miniskirt days of Carnaby Street, this would never have happened to the Princess Royal Anne. And the fact she hasn't learned in over ten years, or at least hired a professional advisor, is not in her favor.

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  14. Great article! One point to add: Harry did an event last week where he was playing soccer with some young kids and in some of the photos his shirt is up exposing his belly and no one has been out criticizing him (or even saying anything about it)! These things happen and there's definitely a double standard and the media loves to tear famous women apart, particularly the royals.

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  15. A great article and one that needed to be written! Has anyone been on a cruise and stepped out on deck to walk off a diet killing baked Alaska and find you just bared almost everything from a quick wind gust? You put my thoughts on paper over this whole kerfuffle – thank you.

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    1. No, never has happened to me. In fact, I changed clothes from the skin out after an inner tubing adventure, in a parking lot (no choice of an inside venue), in full view of everyone, and everyone saw nothing. It's choice of garment and plannign ahead.

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  16. Hi, Jane - lots and lots of discussion has happened over this - and it seems clear that Kate needs to remember that airports are usually very windy so, if a full skirt is worn, then a lovely petticoat under it will certainly help to avoid embarrassment. However I have said it before & will say again - anyone who takes & profits from a photo that could possibly cause someone embarrassment - or humiliation! - should be required to learn how that feels by having an identical photo published around the world.

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    1. I completely agree with this. The person who took this photo was apparently a lay person, not media. He or she should have deleted it as soon as she discovered it. Selling it for money is shameful and bullying.

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  17. These "malfunctions" ARE a big deal! She has many advisors to help avoid these situations, I find it hard to believe that they could/would overlook simple things such as proper undergarments to weights in the hems of her dresses and coats. She is the future Queen of England! She is and should be, held to a higher level of standard.

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    1. Shw still hasn't really gotten the dressing royal part down yet, still looks like a somewhat fancier version of a college kid. THe problem is she doesn't have a good advisor -if she did, we wouldn't be seeing the extreme cleavage at a children's event and up photos at airports.

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  18. Amen! Kate can no more control the weather than she can control anything else. She is elegant and gorgeous..and sometimes things happen. Lets be honest..if each of us wore a skirt EVERY time we went out in public, we too would have malfunctions from time to time. Let us just be happy that Kate is not living the horrid nightmare that her late mother in law lived...William has forged a lovely life for his Princess and ensured that she and George and any others babies to follow will have as 'normal' a life as they can have, given their situation.
    God love them all.

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  19. Who is the real villain in this whole thing? Oh yes, that would be the press. Of course, Kate should check the weather and should never wear a full skirt at an airport, but the real issue is the people pointing the cameras up her skirt and those who write about it, publish it, and, quite frankly, buy the publications. It happened to Diana too except her early mistakes were forgetting her slip when she wore sheer fabrics. She learned and Kate will learn but, in the meantime, the poor girl needs a break. Anyone who thinks she's doing this on purpose obviously think it's fun to live in a fishbowl and have people sling arrows at you all day. All that being said, when she was on tour her staff should have been advising her on such things. Somebody fell down on the job there. OK, done with my rant. Like you, Jane, for some reason this really irritates me.

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    1. Diana only had 2 "malfunctions", the sheer skirt on her first photocall and the low neckline on the black velvet on her first formal event as fiancee. And even as not bright as she was (as she would later attest to), she learned.

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  20. What I don't understand Jane, is how can a women who puts so mych time into her outfits that she has the national emblem of New Zealand sewn into a custom Jenny Packham, not have the forethought to put weights in her skirts? It just seems like such a dichotomy. She simultaneously puts in lots of thought and effort and then makes a thoughtless mistake...Which is it?

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  21. This was too much for me. I can see how most of your examples are harmless. But not the sunbathing or the most recent thong picture. How naive does Kate think the public is? She knows so many other things about Diana, so Kate surely knows how well those telephoto camera lens work. I think Kate wants to be sure she is immortalized in certain famously spicy shots while she is still young. Just as Diana was shot on camera disrobed in a distant boat, Kate sunbathed topless facing a distant public road. Just as there is an iconic picture of Marilyn Monroe with a blown skirt, we now have Kate's version. Anyone with her money knows her options. Kate could have worn tap pants/petti pants with that dress. Or just a stretch brief. As the picture shows, Kate and William has ear plugs on--because they are going to have to withstand turbulence, and Kate knew her skirt did too. The only other alternative is to conclude Kate is stupid and so are her advisers. I do not believe that is true, so I conclude Kate is deliberately seeking attention.

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  22. If this was happening to royalty all over the world I would see your point. But it's not. It's just happening with this one person who can't seem to dress herself for these occasions, even though she spends incredible amounts of time and money on her appearance. It makes her appear immature and amateurish. She is representing a family who represents a country. These photos become news and that takes press away from other matters the royal family prefers to focus on. There is only so much inked spilled on UK royalty - and Kate's lack of underwear is sucking it all up.

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  23. Sorry but I'm again the negative here. If you were a journalist I would say a big NO NO of this article. These photos you have chosen do not even show what it is all about but I understand you need proof to justify your theory.I would suggest google.com frankly you were really nice to Kate and her bum gate. I think all of us have different opinions and views on how to do things whether like it not. But what is more disturbing for me as someone earlier mentioned it if it happens once it is fine but she keeps on wearing clothes which either not fit the event or can cause the same problem. Finally Thank you for the ride and have the opportunity to read you blog it WAS a great experience.

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  24. Hurrah for this site and you Jane.
    The person at fault here was the woman who chose to take a photo from the back---why? Catherine's face s lovely.
    Also it seemed obvious to me that the Duchess was wearing hose--couldn't have been stockings or the photo would have shown---so it must have been tights.
    When a lady goes on board a ship of the Royal Navy, the gentlemen never go below her on the ladders. It is time photographers stopped lurking behind any woman, with their cameras held low.
    Got that off my chest!

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  25. I dont think this is a big deal at all and thank you Jane for putting it down on paper so clearly. I hope Kate see's it and pays more attention to the positive people vs the nay-sayers. I completely agree that discussing her underwear is so not our business or anyone else's. Plus, I agree with you when you said she's young - she wants to wear pretty dresses in light fabric (especially when its hotter as heck outside) and I'm glad she does! I couldnt care even a tiny bit about any of these "malfunctions".

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  26. I'm curious as to how much weight do hem weights add? Would they really prevent a 20-25 mph wind gust from blowing up a skirt? If they're that heavy, they're going to ruin the way a garment falls.

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  27. I posted yesterday, Jane, about the disturbing pattern of these mishaps. I think my comments show a definite parallel. Disappointed you chose not to post them, since you chose to address this issue. It is fair to assume that most photographed woman in the world has more than enough experience and knowledge to anticipate and prevent these photos. She need only wear the proper underwear

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    1. Hi there! No, it wasn't deliberately held back. The blog has been having some technical issues for the past 24 hours, and I have just been a little too busy to deal with them. Yours was not the only late comment. Some were going live and some were stalling. Sorry about the hitch! :)

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  28. Thank you! So well put. I completely agree.

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  29. Hi Jane great post an really well put. But the question I really want to ask is why do us women hate each other so much? Why are we so judgemental? For me the whole incident was a non- issue, aside from the fact that somebody chose to publish them. These things are going to happen, nobody needs to have a go at Kate about this. Have a go at the kind of money hungry, greedy and misogynistic media we have today. Kate is the absolute model of grace, elegance and class. If it can happen to her it can happen to anyone! :)

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  30. I don't think it's a big deal either way - but I do know that if I'd been photographed once before having a hem in the breeze moment near a helicopter, I'd think about wearing larger underwear the next time, or possibly a petticoat. If I knew the world's media would be on hand, I'd make sure that even if the breeze incident happened (which I don't think is possible to prevent) all that was revealed was undergarments not what appears to be bare skin in nude tights.

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  31. Also would like to add that although the daily mail sometimes has good pictures they are a veryw spiteful newspaper and have written many rude and snobby articles about Kate, so they will always twist something into a big drama so they can be hyper critical as they love to be.

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  32. I think it might be a big deal in the media and they are taking the criticism a little too far, but Kate is now mother to the heir and considered pretty seasoned. I think the outfit that she arrived in NZ w/ was supposed to be regal but the effect was ruined by the wind. I'm not saying Kate has these mishaps on purpose but I think the overall point at this stage is that she should know not to take those chances by now. It also distracts from her charitable ventures. Remember how quickly Diana took action on this issue when she had it.

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  33. Methinks you doth protest too much :) My mother taught me to be a lady and wear a slip. We all own one! How many planes has Kate gotten off of in the past year alone? This is happening way too much! If the Queen was having upskirt moments, would you say "life happens" to that? No! Surely she knows that tarmacs are windy! Its clear that she either does not care, or wants the attention.

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  34. Sorry Jane, I disagree. Kate needs to conduct herself with a level of decorum which she is not doing. Period. She is not a victim of the press -- as one member succinctly put it, if Kate is not willing to protect her own privacy, why should we? I for one am getting tired of these incidents. She needs to grow up and dress like a lady should and that includes making sure that her private areas and anything around them are covered at all times no matter what the circumstances. I am rapidly losing respect for someone who clearly doesn't learn from her mistakes. These things only "happen" once. They don't continue to happen as they do to Kate. She is failing to take appropriate action(s), ie, weighing down her skirts, wearing pencil skirts or wearing pants. Why not branch out a little? Why can't she wear some nice slacks or some cropped slacks? Cropped slacks with the SW wedges and the comparable DVF blouse would have looked just as nice and she wouldn't have had the issue with the helicopter. But at the end of the day, this is Kate's problem and Kate's fault. She knows pictures are going to be taken, so it is up to her to not show her bum to the world. Grow up Kate, please! She is 32 and Diana was more of a lady at 20, she needs to conduct herself with some respect and be a role model for other young ladies by keeping herself covered appropriately.

    How many pictures of Princess Letizia, Princess Mary or Princess Charlene do we have with their skirts blowing up? Any of Princesses Eugenie or Beatrice? Any of Sophia, Countess of Wessex? Let me see these for comparison....are there even any? And yet in the last year, we have multiples of Kate....The Queen has obviously gone soft because she needs to come down on Kate like a bag of bricks on this and get it to stop once and for all. She's becoming a joke -- it's no longer a Marilyn moment -- it's now a Kate moment!

    Sorry for the negativity ladies, but I am really very angry and disappointed with her over the continuation of these episodes. I am rapidly losing all respect for this woman.

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    1. I agree with some of your comments. While I would not like to be a public figure, since I would dislike everyone watching my every move and people documenting minute to minute with various media, this is H.R.H. Catherine's life.

      I am old enough to have read about Diana and Sarah when they first came on the scene. Times were more conservative, and every error they made, was looked at with a very critical eye in the media. Diana was extremely young, but was careful not to make this type of "full skirt in the wind" error twice.

      Catherine needs to wear pencil skirts at windy airports. She wore a coat and probably thought she would be safe. While she has had only a couple of problems with the wind catching the hem of her skirts, it does appear some of the other royal ladies, have never had a single problem. I don't think this is good luck v bad luck.

      We should not be hard on her, but it may be time for her to give up full skirts in certain environments.

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  35. I think it is getting to the stage where Kate can't do anything right in the eyes of the media. Even many of the articles about her which appear to be complimentary inevitably have some snarky lines slipped in somewhere. Why such vitriol is levelled against this young woman is beyond me. No she's not perfect, she makes mistakes, she doesn't always conform to what many people expect of royals and her and William seem to be trying to carve out a different kind of life for themselves. But she seems like such a genuine person, yes with many of the traits and foibles that come from having had a normal life outside the bounds of the royal family but that all adds to her charm, I think. The skirt incidents are silly mistakes and yes, she's made the mistake more than once but come on people, it's hardly a cardinal sin and has been blown up to much bigger than it actually is by a media that are all to quick to criticise Kate at every opportunity. For goodness sake, can't we focus on something other than hem weights?!

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  36. She just can't do anything right in this situation. Skirts get blown up b wind ever day all over the world. The fact that she is a duchess does not make her immune to this fact. As far as her choices in "unmentionables", she can't win there either. If she wore something other than a thong then people would be talking about panty lines. The fact that she shows off a bit more leg than planned once in a while is really nothing to get upset over. As far as the shot of her bum, oh well, it is a nice bum. When she is on vacation at a private estate they use long lenses to take a topless photo so there is not a whole lot that she can do. The paps will take these kinds of shots anyway and she hasn't shown us anything in a public event that you wouldn't see in a bathing suit.

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  37. It is absolutely distasteful and humiliating for Kate that the picture was published and pictures before this and the same will be said about the pictures to come in the future. And there will be pictures of all sorts in the future. Her life is on display for all to see and camera's and technology and the paparazzi will only become faster, more defined and more scrutinizing with each passing year.

    No one is perfect but Catherine however, being a naturally perfectly poised and polished lady should no better and she has several years of experience behind her.

    Even I would never wear revealing underwear under a free flowing dress especially to an official event. I am extremely paranoid about these types of situations and would rather die than have anyone see my so exposed in this way. I try my absolute best to make my outfit work with the weather. Yes, I am not perfect and don't get it right all the time but I am aware of what I wear and what can happen if I am not.

    I don't get why she does not hold onto her dress, ever so slightly when she feels it fluttering about.

    Same goes for the hair. It needs to be kept back when its windy. Its ridiculously detracting and she fiddles with it all the time and to no avail.

    I still like her, like her outfits and am totally against weighting down dresses but she must must MUST check the weather forecast before she steps out again and her public speaking needs some serious work.

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  38. I think the whole problem would be solved if the ageing Queen, and her ageing heir, would ease up on protocol and permit the use of tailored pantsuits, trousers and blazers, all things which most other European princesses wear. It would seem that in Great Britain, trousers, as they call them, are only permitted at sports events--when even skinny jeans are allowed--and when visiting the sort of mosque which requires the legs to be fully covered. If not explicitly prohibited, pantsuits, etc. seem to be frowned upon since we rarely see them worn at official events.

    Further, William and Kate, unlike the Queen and Prince Charles/Camilla, often travel by commercial airline--in other words, their arrivals and departures are always under media scrutiny. And William and Kate often use helicopters when travelling in-country, on tour. Does the Queen? Do Charles and Camilla? I am unsure, but my hunch is that they hire private planes to squire them from place-to-place, ensuring that no skirts get blown up by the draft caused by helicopter blades.

    Before we rush to judgement, iets have a level playing field, and that would include a larger clothing budget for Kate.--I noted that today, June 5th, the Queen changed into five different couturier outfits. Five, for an elderly, 88-year-old woman, who would not be caught dead in high street clothes on Tour. Kate had no such luck, on her recent tour Down Under; she wore a lot of repeats, including those L.K.Bennet sledge heels. Maybe she simply didn't have the scratch necessary for slips.

    This tempest in a teapot, is, in my view, both silly and unfair. Interested Canadian

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  39. I'm getting tired of this whole evaluation thing. I'm sorry that all these accidents happened to Kate and that it is captured on pictures. I don't think she should be criticised for it. But there will always be a risk and there will always be a tabloid publishing such photos. So maybe Kate should find a solution to avoid situations like that - maybe bring underskirts back to be fashionable. Or she risks that photographers get more on their shots than Kate wants to show. Kate has to know and she has to decide how to handle it!
    There's nothing we can do - just being gracious and ignore exaggerating media!

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  40. Kate like all of us is not perfect so it is unfair to focus and rehash these "mistakes". But Kate (and her ardent defenders) need to realize that the media and some of the public are not gracious and forgiving and they don't forget. This is a dog eat dog world and it's only going to get worse. Kate had years to prepare for and should continue to expect this sort of unwanted attention. She should take steps to prevent as much of it as possible even if doing so may inconvenience her or is not her preference. Granted even if she does take steps they'll find something new to criticize but she chose this life and all that came with it. The Royals need the media to a certain extent and the press will build her up and then tear her to shreds and there's nothing anyone can do about that.

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