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Mystery Sighting: Princess Kate Spotted With Prince William

Thursday, October 1, 2015

We have a bit of a mystery this evening. Prince William made two public appearances today, at neither of which did Kate join him, and yet it seems princess was spotted traveling with him in his Range Rover. In an Instagram post, Rachel Jordan shared a snap of the Duke and Duchess ostensibly on their way to the rugby game Prince William attended. It is disputed whether or not it was Kate sitting next to Prince William in the car, and the Duchess was not next to him in the booth.

@RachJordan

This is not the first time this situation has come up. I am fruitlessly racking my brain for other instances, but I know there have been several where Kate has been supposedly spotted with William before an event at which she was not publicly visible. I think that public events are very taxing on Kate. The scrutiny she is under is intense and, for better or worse, when Kate is out she IS the news. It seems like a bit of a balance for the royals to use their star so that she can be active, but also I think they are careful that she does not feel over-exposed and that the headlines aren't always dominated by "what Kate wore!" 

It has been suggested that the two may have been coming or going from another private event. I don't know what the timing of this photo is--whether it was five minutes before William showed up at the game, or if there were several hours between this photo and the rugby game. So, it is hard to deduce whether Kate was with him at the stadium or if this was a separate event. I will update if more details emerge. 

Wales Rugby Online


Meanwhile, if it is the duchess, what did Kate wear? Red, apparently, but beyond that it is hard to say. It looks like a draped neckline and relatively formal. I don't think I can think of anything in her closet that resembles this. Again, updates will be forthcoming as I dig a little deeper. 

Earlier in the day, William was in Cardiff, Wales launching the Coach Core Welsh Rugby Union program.




The Royal Foundation heads up the Coach Core Program, and William, Harry, and Kate officially launched it in 2012.


If you didn't hear, William and Kate announced a joint-engament today. They will visit Mind, a charity that works in mental health, on October 10th. Kate seems to be making good the promise her team made that she would be spending her autumn working in the mental health field. I can't wait for the 10th! 

Big thanks to Ashley, who alerted me to the photo of Kate!

As most are probably aware by now, Rebecca English of the Daily Mail has denied the woman next to William is Kate. There is a single feature of the photo that makes me think this might be the case. The resemblance is remarkable, and makes me suspect that it is Rebecca Deacon sitting next to William. I saw a lot of comments thinking this was a case of lookalikes, but I assure this is not the case. It is William, and all that remains to be definitively determined is whether or not the woman is Kate. The balance right now is against it being Kate, which would explain the mystery of why she didn't show up next to him at the game. 

53 comments:

  1. Interesting! Maybe they have a joint private engagement (like a meeting), or a lunch date, or Kate has her own plans and they carpool.

    I'd say it is possible Kate is wearing a nice sweater/top. Her hair could just be pulled back casually. It could be a nice, casual look. Or something more forms like a dress and an updo. Probably depends on what she was coming/going from.

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  2. Jane, a mystery indeed. Perhaps a joint meeting in the area, with Kate not making a public appearance for exactly the reason you suggest; not turning it into another "what Kate wore" moment. (How wonderful that someone shares that view! :)

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  3. Thanks for another lovely post Jane! You are the best! On a different topic, regarding the upcoming state dinner...I found this pinterest board and wanted to share...it's a GREAT resource for admiring royal jewels!

    https://www.pinterest.com/gardenbella/jewels-of-the-rich-and-famous/

    Enjoy fellow Kate/royal fans!

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  4. Kate looks a tad casual to me. Not sure William is wearing the same clothes in the car and at the match?

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  5. Or does it look like a scalloped edge with something black underneath? Maybe they had been visiting Granny or attending some sort of private gathering. The last time this happened it was a bit more confusing as it was when William attended a wedding in Devon (?) and Kate wasn't there but had been seen out with him earlier in the day. Then again, Kate may not want to take attention away from the bride. Whatever, they're both smiling and happy. Thanks for the tip on the Pinterest board, Unknown 8:06. Heading there now to see the bling!

    Now for the important question: Do I reschedule my trip to Bath on the 10th and try to catch a glimpse or go ahead as planned? Decisions, decisions!

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    1. It does look like a scalloped edge, but I don't see black... And I confused the seatbelt with her hair for a brief moment. :)

      Regarding your scheduling dilemma... You reschedule and try to catch a glimpse so you can be the eyes and ears for those of us who would LOVE to go but CAN'T. **

      **no guilt intended (lol)

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    2. You two besties:)

      Yes reschedule! We need you!

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    3. Kate and the Devon wedding was heavily debated. I don't recall us even remotely agreeing on it. My personal opinion is upstaging a bride isn't the reason to miss wedding after wedding, as weddings are a HUGE milestone/event/celebration that you hope only happens once in each person's life. I can't put my finger on my theory for Kate and wedding absences, but I don't think it is upstaging brides...

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    4. OK, I've got to convince my traveling companions!

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    5. Upon further review, I mistake the seatbelt for the "black" underneath the red. Drat that seatbelt and it's interference in the fashion detecting business!

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    6. You definitely reschedule! Don't pass up a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Kate!

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    7. OK, have officially moved Bath to Friday and we will visit KP, Bucky, Hyde Park, and "whatever else happens to fall in our way" on Saturday the 10th. I'm playing tour guide to a couple of family members who have never been to the UK so, you know, changes are bound to come up! Now, what iconic monument is near where the Cambridges will be visiting? Time to research!

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    8. *sigh of relief* I knew you'd come through for us. :)) Have you been to The Orangery? It's a nice setting for tea...almost in W&K's backyard.

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  6. I forgot to add that I saw an article earlier today saying the Queen has already given the Royal Family Order to Kate. There was no byline on the article so I don't know who wrote it and now I can't find where I read it.

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  7. Are we sure that's Kate? The bangs are gone plus not exactly sure that looks quite like her.

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    1. I think it is Kate. However, you bring up a good point about the bangs. I was wondering if it was an older photo, but with the fans outside I think it was recent. Maybe she pinned them back?
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    2. Call me crazy but are sure that is William? He looks a bit ..not himself? They almost look like stand ins? Something is off here.

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    3. He does look a little off. But it's so hard to tell with the reflection/glare going on here. If it is Wills and Kate I'd bet she's pinned the bangs back.

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  8. I agree that this picture could be old, where is the new fringe?

    Could this be the pair that pose as Will and Kate in mock photo shoots? Wills doesn't quite look the same. He's also not known to be one to smile to photographers while being driven.

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  9. It sure looks like Kate and Wills to me. And it looks like she has something holding her hair back. Could be sunglasses or a hair thingy. But it's them IMO. It may have been they were at a meeting regarding the October 10th engagement. Some prep work or something. Or for another event. The state dinner perhaps? Then drop Kate off at home before going to the game? Oh, the possibilities....

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  10. I don't think it is really Wills and Kate. "William" looks like the lookalike guy that does the mock photos abd videos - does anyone else remember the wedding video with the royals dancing down the aisle? And the bathtub photos?

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  11. Jane, do you think it might be either the red Mcqueen from the Jubilee boat pageant or the red dress/top that was worn under the red Catherine Walker suit from Canada?

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    1. I wondered that, too. But both seem too structured. This looks like a draped neck or at very least a scoop. Is it rolled just slightly? I'm not sure, but it's looser than either the Walker or McQueen...I think.

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    2. It's not the red Katherine Hooker either, based on the neckline.

      In all honesty, she looks dressed down to me - her hair isn't as sleekly pulled back as it often is when she wears ponytails to either official engagements or, I suspect, work-related private events. Do you think I'm right in punting that she was pretty much hitching a ride somewhere while William was en-route to the rugby and is a dressed-down sweater we've never seen?

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  12. General comment for those wondering. This is a legit sighting. This car was part of the security motorcade. It is most definitely HRH and not lookalikes.

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  13. I viewed a clip on Instagram of the motorcade. It was quick and looked more like William. Really couldn't see Kate. Not convinced it is her IMO. Though read some reports that she did join William in Wales for game. Quite the mystery.

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  14. Jane, the Duchess Kate sight is reporting that that was not Kate in the car.

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    1. Sorry, site. Did that orally during school drop off :-)

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    2. I have read that too. They are saying it is not Kate. My question then who is the woman William us with? It doe not look like Rebecca Deacon. And if it is her what is she doing with William on his engagements?.

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    3. I heard one suggestion that it was Katrina McKeever but doesn't really look like her either, and I'm not sure what she would be doing on his engagement either.

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    4. Who is she. Never heard get name before.

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  15. It has been confirmed she's not Kate.

    "I've been reliably told it was not Kate who was photographed in Cardiff yesterday. (with thanks to @RE_DailyMail)

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  16. CONFIRMED It WASN'T Kate. Check What Kate Wore and Duchess Kate.

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  17. Sonja from BavariaOctober 2, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Some say it was not Kate - maybe a press secretary, an assistant or someone from a charity organization?

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    1. I think the only person it could be if it is not Kate is Rebecca Deacon.

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  18. Hi all! Rebecca English has purportedly said it isn't Kate. It still looks like Kate to me, so I would want o know a) who is was, or b) why Rebecca says it was not Kate. Usually reporters are right, and I assume Rebecca has info I haven't heard, but right now it still looks very much like Kate to me. There is only one lent that seems off, but other than that, it really looks like Kate. I will see what I can find out, and hopefully post an update tonight!

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    1. Hi Jane! I don't want to say nonsense, but as soon as I saw the pic I recognized William's look-alike! So maybe they are the impersonator? Have a look at him. If you closely see him he 's not William.

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    2. Ehem, those are William and Kate look-alike! How can anyone have not noticed it ? LOL

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    3. A day later I now definitely agree it was the lookalikes wanting to get attention.

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    4. I also think that smile from "William" is too big and friendly for how he normally interacts with the press, especially when he's in cars. The shot is blurry enough that I think it could be the lookalikes.

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    5. Not sure I agree, Anon 5:31. In that situation, he would be acknowledging the people waiting to see him (and Kate).

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  19. Not sure who it is who but does not like Rebecca Deacon to me. Ali

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  20. Jennifer from the SouthOctober 2, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    I agree - it looks like Kate, but whoever she is - it is definitely not Rebecca Deacon.

    Honestly I would not be surprised if Kate went to the game and watched from a private box.

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  21. I don't think it looks that much like Kate...the woman in the car seems to have broader shoulders than Kate and her hair is in a ponytail which Kate rarely wears.

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  22. I do not have the answer to the mystery, but it did redirect our attention to another photo.

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    1. So true! No more controversy on Nanny Maria's judgement. I don't have the answer to the mystery either but why would all those people be standing around if it wasn't them? A better question is - Who is the guy on the tall chair and why does he have a megaphone? I popped over to What Kate Wore and didn't see anything that said it wasn't them. I went over to Duchess Kate and there was just one sentence. I'm with Jane, I'd like more proof than one person just saying so. BTW, over at Duchess Kate there were some fashion updates from the runway. 95% of the Emilia Wickstead line looks hideous. Goat, on the other hand, had some great things we could likely see on Kate.

      Now, the all important can I see Kate while in London question... Research done. Harrow is way the heck out there passed Wembley and beyond. I wish they were going to the Mind in Fulham. I'm not sure I can get my family members to spend a day of their first time in London standing around in the middle of nowhere on the off chance of seeing Kate. If I were by myself - no problem! I can, however, hope to catch a glimpse of them leaving KP if I had a slight clue as to the time. I may need to console myself with some of that Victoria Sponge.

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    2. Robin, Victoria Sponge will work every time! :)

      And I did the same research (regarding the mystery) and did not find the answer. But at the end of the day, do we really need to know? I began to ask myself this question when I clicked on a couple (and I do mean a couple) of twitter sites and saw a few selfies that people had posted from the rugby game. With all the cell phones and social media (I don't participate), is there any reasonable expectation of privacy left? Do I sound old? :))

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    3. Thank goodness I am not the only one who does not participate in the Twitter/Instagram craze! I do have a FB page, though, because I can keep in touch with our family all over the country and see pictures of all the new babies. I agree with you, we don't really need to know. It looks like them, they look happy, I'm good.

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    4. Emilia Wickstead line? Blech! Hideous. Jmho

      Again I just don't think it is Kate and William looks odd. That smile is... freaky! Seems so unWilliam. Have we dropped ino the new season of AHS? Haaa

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    5. What talk of Nanny Maria's judgment? I haven't heard any. And numerous pap photos have emerged while George was under Kate and/or Carole's care. If anyone is pointin the finger at her it's like the pot calling the kettle black.

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  23. The Brits are famous for having impersonators running around, even at formal events and for the royal family. I don't think this is Will orKate.

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  24. I just don't think it is them. I haven't seen William smile like that since he was 14.

    Kates neck and collarbone looks too broad. Plus when has she ever worn a shirt that low?

    It is just all off for me

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