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Kate and William Snapped Attending Her 12-Week Scan Appointment with Dr. Farthing

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wow, this has been quite a wait. Long, long weeks have slowly passed since we last saw Kate, so I think the entire Kate community was over the moon to see the New York Daily News' three photos of the Cambridges at an evening appointment on October 15th. The two were visiting Dr. Alan Farthing in London.




Perhaps the best part was Kate's big smile. She looks so happy and healthy--these photos skyrocket the likelihood that we will see her next week for the Singapore visit. This was almost assuredly her 12-week scan, and William was pictured as he left holding an envelope that probably contained the snaps of the future little HRH. I noticed that Kate once again had her hair dressed very casually and pulled back in a super relaxed half-do, as she did on her date-night with William six weeks ago.

Date-Night


The photos were dark and grainy, but Kate was wearing jeans, what appeared to be a turtle-neck topped poncho/cape top, and mid-height, comfy boots. Could those be Uggs? Kate has worn Uggs before... It is also possible she was wearing her Aquatalia ankle boots. I feel about the furry Aquatalia ankle booties much the way I feel about the tartan Moloh coat. But, Kate is sick and pregnant, she can do whatever she wants. Sit down before you read this, but: today, I would sign off on the Dreaded Moloh, that's how pleased I am to see Kate up and smiling and happy.



I don't know what the top is yet, although she is a Temperley fan, so it could be their Honeycomb Poncho in Wildebeest--yes, Wildebeest. I have heard other guesses, @livelovelaughlvr suggested to me it could be Libélula. The fluted sleeves seem to suggest it is not Temperley's piece, while I am not convinced the the high turtleneck in the photos would match the Libélula. Unfortunately, due to the grainy nature of these long lens shots, we may not be able to come to a definitive conclusion.  This will be updated if we do.

Libélula & Temperley 


This sighting...and the sweet promise of public engagements to come in the near future...softens the blow of the evening's 100 Women in Hedge Funds annual evening of glitz and glam. Kate has attended the mid-autumn event two out of the three years of her marriage, as The Royal Trio are patrons. On October 16, 2011, William and Kate attended the 100 Women in Hedge Funds' evening in support of Child Bereavement Charity, of which William is a patron. This is assuredly a charity close to the Prince's heart, as he personally experienced the loss of a loved one as a child when his mother was tragically killed in Paris. Kate left a lot of jaws hitting the floor in this stunning Beulah evening gown:



If you cast back to this month last year, our radiant princess was the guest of honor at a Kensington Palace event where she debuted the ink blue Jenny Packham and wowed us all with her post-baby glow. That night, 100 Women in Hedge Funds was raising money that evening for Action of Addiction, one of Kate's charities.



Last night, Harry was on hand as the women raised money for his charity Well Child. With Harry on the scene, humor reigned supreme. The cheeky prince remarked:
I'm not entirely sure who made the seating plan, but I am sitting between two men. I thought it would just be 100 women and myself.
Oh, Harry. You never cease to charm me. You thought you really had it in the bag when you accepted this invite. C'est la vie, kiddo. Next time...


The Palace will not release a due date...ever. They didn't release one for George and you should not expect one on this pregnancy. They do announce the due-month once the first trimester has been completed, so I think we can safely assume we will be hearing very soon that the second child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is due in April of 2015. Since Kate should be over the worst of her hyperemesis gravidarum by her 13th week, I think we have well and truly made it through and that Kate will be rejoining us all and back in her regular swing very soon.

It has been a good day, a very good day. 




53 comments:

  1. Jane
    Just wanted to say really enjoy your upbeat positive reporting style! It's very refreshing and your enthusiasm always makes me smile :-)
    Like you I was thrilled to see that Kate seems to, like Arnie, "be back!"
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    On next week with fingers and toes crossed ......
    Simone

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    1. Thanks, Simone!! Your comment certainly made me smile. I am thankful you come by and read the blog, enjoy it, and took the time to comment! Much appreciated!

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  2. Delighted with these pics, Jane; thanks for putting them up. Really hope that the worst of the HG is behind Kate and that we will see her on the 21st.

    JC

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    1. I feel so much more hopeful about the State visit now that we have seen these shots. She looks great!

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  3. Dear Jane,
    just a general "thank you" for being a great blogger. I am always fascinated by how much you know and how very well you predict certain events and the monarchs behaviour. Your respectful and detailed way of telling us about around everything about Kate makes me love this blog even more.
    Greetings from Germany ! - E.

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    1. Hey there! Thank you so much for this very sweet note! I so pleased that you and so many others come by and read! That's what makes this fun. I hope you continue to royal watch with me! xoxo, Jane

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  4. I hate to put a damper on a happy moment as it is nice to finally see Kate. However, does this seem staged to anyone else? Something just seems off. In the first pregnancy Kate never visited the doctors office or at least was never photographed. In this pregnancy the doctors have come to her. So why all the sudden is kate going out in the rain at night to an office? Where there happened to be one photographer sitting out in the rain at night waiting just in case Kate stopped by? None of it fits. I know Diana used to call photographers to a certain place when she wanted a photo op captured. So maybe they are doing the same thing but I'm not sure why? It seems staged that the doctors always come to her except this one time and there happened to be a photographer there even though she had not visited the office before. I think if she had in her first pregnancy there would have been photos. Something feels off.

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    1. I am going to have to jump in and disagree. There are multiple factors as to why she may not have been photographed during her first pregnancy, but the supposition this was staged or a tip-off could not be more unlikely. It makes perfect sense that a photographer might stake out Dr. Farthing's office this week, and there are myriad of reasons why a photographer may not have last time. William and Kate are fiercely protective of their privacy and would be nuts to do the same thing Diana did...for any reason as any time. I can't think of a scenario where William would be tempted to do such thing, but even if he were, he would remember how terribly that behavior backfired on his mother.
      These pictures are a case of a photographer and the press getting lucky, that's it.

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    2. I completely agree with Jane. There is no way William & Kate would ever tip off a photographer when they are so fiercely protective of their private time. There are two things that stand out here. First, these photos are not taken with a photographer's professional, long lens camera. Too grainy and blurry. I think someone just got lucky. Maybe they saw them go in and waited around to take a photo when they left, knowing they could be sold to the press. Second, if they had an ultrasound done ( and especially if it was a 3D ultrasound) it makes sense they would go to the doctor's office where the equipment is. Just because nobody saw them when she was pregnant with George doesn't mean they didn't go. I think the fact that they went at night is an indication that they were trying to keep it private.

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    3. A long lense would be used either way to make it appear like it was by chance. An up close photo would be too obvious. It does make me wonder now that you said it. Maybe they are going on vacation soon and they need good press before hand. Especially since Kate is supposed to be sick with HG. And if she is really sick with HG it makes even less sense for her to go out to an office at night. I see why this feels staged. These two are in need of good publicity. And I bet they are going on vacation within the next few weeks

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    4. London and Anon, please do not start to rabble-rouse on this positive blog site !! "And if she is really sick with HG"- please, this comment only show up your dislike of a popular Duchess and makes you look pretty naive. There is every reason for her to visit her OB at this point. U/S equipment would be difficult to transport especially if it as, Robin points out, the new 3-D U/S . By going after dark show her thoughtfulness as to not inconvenience other patients as well as their desire for privacy. Hopefully it also indicates she is beginning to feel better.

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    5. Do we know it was actually a photographer and not just someone with a cell phone who happened to be outside?

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    6. This is for Anon at 6pm. I think it is funny that a comments section is where people are allowed to voice their opinions. And in this case someone thought something seemed off, so they merely asked if anyone else agreed. They didn't say anything mean or personal against the Duchess. There was no attack made. Just an observation. I do not necessarily agree with the comments, but they do not offend me either. I like Kate and following her, but that does not mean I love everything she does and thinks she is perfect. I think people who put her on a pedestal and think she can do no wrong take any comment that is not to their liking personally. They are blinded by their own fondness and obsession sometimes. I don't think it is a big deal that someone thought it 'looked staged'. It is one person's opinion. They did not say what a horrible person Kate was or something vicious like that. It was an observation and I think it is fine to have different opinions. Sometimes it sparks in interesting conversation. And someone questioning the HG does not make them look naïve. There are many things that make people really wonder. Again, I am not agreeing, but merely pointing out both sides. People have a right to opinions and are allowed to question certain things and not just accept what is being told to them. Nothing was a personal attack against the duchess, so you should not take them that way either. Unless people turn nasty, they are allowed their opinions. And you don't have to comment on their opinions if you do not agree. Everyone is different and sites like these allow people to come together and have a mild discussion. I appreciate the different opinions!!!

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    7. London: interesting, I wonder if they will be going on holiday shortly?!

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    8. London: interesting, I wonder if they will be going on holiday shortly?!

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  5. If Catherine was there for a scan, then presumably it was more convenient to go to the doctor's office.
    I just cannot see the Duke and Duchess informing a photographer they had an appointment. Of course someone else in the know may have informed, bu it is possibly just one lucky photographer.

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  6. Maybe they needed some good publicity afterall those events were cancelled and there was no substitute to take over. If any of this true, They use press when it is needed. Anon from WL.

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    1. Why do they need good publicity? Any caring person understands she has been ill and not able to attend engagements. I am just happy that she could get out a little and she is feeling better.

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    2. I do not for one minute believe William or Kate tipped off the press. First off William is very protective of Kate & George. Second thney are fighting with a guy who is stocking George. I think there is someome in the royal family doing the tipping. Who else would know that Kate had a dr. appt. on the 15th, what time the appt. was and where it was. There is word that Kate & William are afraid there is a spy and are tipping off when George is going out and now this.

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  7. A staged photo op seems unlikely. Why stage a photo op and then have the photographer using a long-lens from 10 metres away, at night while wearing dark clothes?

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  8. Thanks for the great news Jane! It's nice to see Kate up and about and looking pretty good. I don't know if this was a "staged" photo op or not but I've heard that Kate's catching a lot of flak for her patronage of the 1851 Trust, so if this is staged it might help deflect some of that. Many are wondering at the wisdom of her being a patron of such a elitist, wealthy sport, when she hasn't done much with her other charities in some time.

    So I wonder, is the spare a little girl, twins?? Any thoughts on that Jane?

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    1. You know, when she was pregnant with George everyone was saying that HG was x times more likely with a girl, and for this, this, and that reason it was obviously going to be a girl... Now they are saying her prolonged illness means more hormones and so probably twins, etc, etc. Haha. I have absolutely no idea. None whatsoever. :)

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  9. she looks healthy and happy to me, not sick... hope to see her nest week

    I'm still saying another boy and if that's a 12-week scan she is due in the very last week of April (first day of may at best)... The second one usually comes earlier though... Maybe he or she will share the Queen's birthday! :-)

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    1. She looks pretty healthy to me too. Most women with HG lose a ton of weight and Kate looks normal. Very healthy indeed...

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    2. Unsure how you can tell from these pictures!! Pretty grainy.

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  10. WEEE I was so happy to see these pictures. My first thought wasn't "staged" but I wondered if it was that same photographer who has been stalking their routines and stuff... I wonder if we will hear anything from William about being angry over these pictures. But I agree with Jane - someone just got REALLY lucky and probably a nice fat pay cheque.

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  11. These pics are pretty fuzzy and the lighting is off; doubt if they were taken by a pro pap. Maybe they were taken by a passerby with a camera phone--anyone else know enough about photography to enlighten us?

    JC

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    1. I think they could have been pro. We have seen pro-shots of similar quality in the past...plus, they were taken as the entered and left, so I suspect it was someone who knew what they were watching for. :)

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  12. Your recent comment, while admirable in its sense of justice, also makes clear to me you do not understand the situation...For various reasons, I am unable to respond to you publicly, and since you posted anonymously, I am unable to respond privately, although even had you left an email, it is doubtful I would have. This was not an issue and I honestly do not have time for even the well-intentioned to foment faux problems. I have absolutely no interest in blog in-fighting. The community of Kate bloggers is very close, and all is well with us. You may take me at my word that it was not what you suggested, or not...but, as I say, for a number of reasons, I do not feel an explanation is warranted. That being said, I wish you well and hope you have a lovely day

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    1. Jane, Thank you for writing this blog. I have only recently found it and have enjoyed your posts. I am not sure which of the comments you are addressing, but I would like to applaud your comment "The community of Kate bloggers is very close, and all is well with us". I have followed on another blog for some time, but have gotten so very weary of a few consistently negative posters constantly tearing Kate and William apart over and over again. This site was a breath of fresh air. I am here as a supporter of Kate and do not appreciate people posting negative comments about her. It only shows up the poster(S) as uncaring with what appears to be an agenda to get rid of the Monarchy - How sad.

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  13. So I know everyone thinks Kate is about 12 weeks pregnant. Though I am still not positive. However, if she is that far along that means she would have been pregnant at the last public event we saw her at, August 5 when they were touring the poppies. I noticed back then but didn't think anything of it. But Kate had her roots showing (they were a darker color). I thought maybe she just didn't have her hair done in time, which is odd for her, she is normally on top of that. But now it makes sense, because when you are pregnant or trying it is not good to dye your hair. Did anyone else see that? So maybe she was pregnant by then or was at least trying. Who knows for sure:)

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    1. If she is 12 weeks as of October 15th, then she would have conceived around George's birthday.

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    2. Mmm, I did wonder, at the time, if she was pregnant then when I saw the photos at the Tower, her body shape looked a little different, also at the Games. She and William were very publicly affectionate with each other then, as well.

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  14. I hate to damper on a nice moment, but if Kate is 12 weeks along, that means she was 5 weeks and likely knew she was pregnant when she was on date night with William on August 27th. In those pictures, he is drinking a glass of red wine - and she is holding the neck of a whole bottle of white. She was clearly drinking more than a piddly "white wine spritzer" as originally reported.

    Not good. I only hope that she sincerely was unaware she was pregnant at the time.

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  15. Oh my gosh, I was thinking the same thing and I was surprised no one had commented on that yet. The media said Will was not even drinking since he was driving which is an obvious lie. There is a photo showing him drinking wine. I agree it looks like Kate is holding a full bottle. I would like to believe she didn't know but with the hair comment above, it kind of seems like she might have. Especially at this point she would be almost 8 weeks along. It would be strange not to know. But I'm hoping she didn't. It's all speculation at this point until the palace gives the month due. Then we will have an idea of when she conceived. :(

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    1. Well, it was always reported that they were both drinking. Specifically red for him and white for her. Some stories may have been mixed up, but I don't think the initial one was incorrect.

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    2. Jane where did you read that? Because every report I read (and I just checked) said William drank a tonic (or soda) with lime and Kate drank a white wine spritzer. Both are not true looking at the above photo. I never saw any article that said he drank red wine.

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    3. I just looked back at what I reported and I reported a lime & soda. While I cannot remember where I saw it, I knew he had consumed red wine long before I saw the actual pictures...I just can't remember where. I see so many reports on the Cambridges it can be hard to keep up. I apologize that I cannot remember, but I can assure you that someone somewhere had the report correct fairly soon after the initial lime and soda story.

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  16. Before we all condemn Kate for drinking while pregnant, please remember that for thousands of years women drank wine while pregnant. Thanks to our culture of over-indulgence, we have ricocheted in an opposite direction and now it is entirely taboo to drink at all while pregnant, but plenty of women moderately drink, one glass, or two small ones, throughout pregnancy and all is just fine. As it was fine for women and children throughout the ages. Kate didn't stumble out tipsy. This is a personal decision, that she has every right to make no matter the public bias of our time. I believe she knew was was pregnant and I am sure she did not drink excessively.

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    1. Well said Anon. For many years prior to the invention of other drugs to stop premature labor, we used IV alcohol to stop PTL without ANY ill effects to the fetus. The initial March of Dime campaign was related to pregnant women who were alcoholics. Since it is difficult to research on "how much was too much" when a fetus is involved the NO ALCOHOL motto was adopted.

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    2. Ditto ladies. Its for Kate to decide whether and when she drinks, not for us to judge.

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    3. William is drinking red and Kate is holding an entire bottle, not one glass, of white wine. I am going to just hope she had one glass herself and took the bottle home. Of course small amounts of wine usually end up leading to no problems - but sometimes a small amount IS enough. Why would you even want to introduce a pea-sized fetus to ANY alcohol, which is technically a poison? Why even take that chance? Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a terrible gift to give your child.

      And this is coming from someone who does quite enjoy her wine ;)

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    4. It DOES seem hard to understand this couple. Nothing is straightforward. On our part, a lot is guesswork & speculation.

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  17. I have looked at the picture again, and it is quite conceivable that that is a bottle of water - they are also that shape, and it is impossible to tell if the contents are wine or water. If it was water it is entirely consistent with someone who is pregnant.

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    1. I wondered that, but after reading all the earlier comments here attesting that it was definitely a wine bottle, thought that it wasn't possible.

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    2. Unless there are other photos out there showing different, I can't see a label or the colour of the water. Most glass bottles of water are that shape.

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  18. Wow! Delighted to see your photos of William & Kate's dining date, I had only seen the exterior photo before. Charming photos, thanks for posting! It is more difficult for us in the UK to see photos such as this!

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  19. Jane,

    While I agree that these pictures aren't staged, I think some of your comments regarding Princess Diana are harsh and based on a view from someone who is too young to remember everything she went through. "Staging" photos with some members of the press was Diana's only way of communicating with the public. She had a husband and indeed a whole palace press office that was constantly working against her. She needed the press. Although, for many years in the beginning, she didn't court them, they were simply attracted to the first young and pretty member of the royal family in years who sold tons of papers, magazines, etc.

    You also mention that Diana's behavior "backfired" horribly on her..... I assume you are talking about her death. The press hunted her for years. She had nothing to do with her own death and to imply that she did, is very, very distasteful. Using the press to let the public know about her pain, her husband's affair, etc. doesn't equate to blaming her for the accident. The press followed her no matter what, not because she sometimes used the attention to make a point. Indeed, she used much of the attention to push her causes too. Did that also play a part in her accident? I don't think so.

    I also think it is naive to believe that Will or Kate would never use the press to make a point with the public through a staged photo op. Of course, they have a full press office to do their dirty work for them, something Diana never had. And the support of the whole royal machine, also something Diana never had.

    I can remember when Camilla was pelted with fruit at her local grocery when their affair was first revealed. Now she is set to be queen at Charles' insistence. The royal press machine is good at rewriting history.... please don't let that happen on your blog too.

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    1. I am certainly too young to have witnessed personally what Diana went through, but one o the very difficult aspects of that whole situation was how every detail was so meticulously recorded by the press. So, history is able to learn about and study the station via the same conduit that the public followed along at the time.

      Just to make this fast, and I am not saying it was unreasonable to misinterpret my comment, but you have misinterpreted it. Had I chosen to address Diana's tragic death, I would have done so explicitly.

      Diana herself, as chronicled by more than one source at the time, almost immediately regretted the interview she did with Martin Bashir, and for good reason. It was a mistake, and she knew it once it aired.

      Her actions hurt her boys very much, damaged the royal family of which she and they were a part, and directly led to the Queen's advice that the couple divorce--an outcome I am not entirely sure Diana had foreseen or for which she was prepared.

      Ultimately, the entire situation was enormously complicated, certainly far more than I could address in one post or would attempt to address in a comment. Charles bears the the fundamental fault, and there were reasons that Diana felt her only recourse was to play it out publicly with the press and public opinion, but Diana made mistakes along the way, and some of her actions ended up hurting her and her children. That's pretty clear. As a royal, as a mother, as a woman who cared about other people--Diana's games with the press horribly backfired. You can't make this situation good. It was terrible--it should never have happened and it is heartbreaking that it did.

      You would be wrong, however, to read any kind of judgement into that. Everyone makes mistakes. Some are quite large some very small. You cannot rewind and change what you have done wrong, but you can move past them. Unfortunately, Diana didn't get that chance.

      I don't know if that changes your mindset, but I have to stand by my comment. Diana's games with the press horribly backfired and hurt people she loved. William was one of the injured--if there is one redeeming thing, that doubtless Diana would be so comforted to know--it is that William will not repeat the mistakes his parents made. He will surely make his own mistakes, in his own way, but history won't repeat itself.

      So...the pictures weren't staged, a photographer wasn't tipped off by the palace.

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    2. From your comments about Diana, I was pretty certain that I understood your feelings about the situation. I see now that I was right. Diana wanted the divorce, she wanted out, she wanted to remarry and have more children. This is well documented. That's why she pushed for her story to come out, so the public would know what she had gone through. Your assumptions about what happened are grossly uninformed. Diana needed everything to come out, that's why she approached Andrew Morton to write his book about her, at her full and complete cooperation, along with her friends. She simply couldn't be silent anymore. The abuse that she suffered from Charles, emotional, mental, etc., relied on his actions being kept in the dark. He could call Diana crazy, etc., deny his affair and continue to abuse her. It was a horrible cycle that she needed to break.

      And she didn't "hurt" the monarchy, she changed it for the better. She is why Will and Kate can be so different from previous generations, because of the work Diana did. She changed the monarchy. Will continues that.

      I guess your blog isn't for me.... Your comments really just parrot the royal party line and certainly don't reflect the public's opinion, especially those old enough to remember what happened. And you don't have to be that old to remember, I'm in my 30s.

      Diana wasn't perfect, but she doesn't deserve your kind of revisionist history. Good luck with your blog, I hope you stick to stories about Will and Kate and leave Diana out of your comments.

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    3. It seems there is more bothering you than my one sentence comment on the repercussions of some of Diana's actions. Whatever those elements might be, none would fall within the realm of my purview. If there is only one point on which we can agree, it would be that this blog doesn't seem to suit your taste, and given how upset this thread has made you, it is likely you would be happier reading your royal news elsewhere. I certainly hold no ill will on that score; royal watching is supposed to boost the mood not the blood pressure. So, without reservation, I wish you an amicable goodbye. Jane Barr

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