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Prince William Has Flown to Kenya for Jecca Craig's Wedding

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Speculation has been circulating for some weeks now on whether or not Prince William will attend the wedding of his close friend Jecca Craig this weekend in Kenya.  It has now been announced that Prince William has flown solo to Kenya. The Duke wisely made the long flight count doubly by incorporating some official duties with his personal trip.



The Palace press release states:

THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE WILL UNDERTAKE A PRIVATE VISIT TO KENYA

The Duke of Cambridge will visit Kenya over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend between 24th and 27th March 2016, on a private trip.


At the start of his short visit to the country, on Thursday 24th March, the Duke of Cambridge will attend a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta. The meeting is taking place at the request of Her Majesty's Government, and His Royal Highness is pleased to have the opportunity to meet the President while he is in Kenya. They will discuss the relationship between the United Kingdom and Kenya, to deepen relations between the two countries on a broad range of topics including defence and security, and conservation.

The Duke, who is President of United For Wildlife, will spend the remainder of the day seeing first-hand some of the longstanding conservation and anti-poaching initiatives taking place in Kenya, which are supported by Tusk Trust, the charity of which he is Royal Patron.


His Royal Highness will witness vets at work in the field as they fit radio tracking collars to elephants to help with research and conservation. The Duke of Cambridge will also spend time with a team of highly trained rangers in Lewa Conservancy, to learn about their work protecting one of Africa's significant rhino populations from poaching.

The remainder of this short visit to the country will be private.


Pictures were released today of the Duke with Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya, in the meeting during which they discussed anti-poaching measures as well as some of Tusk Trusts' initiatives. Interestingly, William also was tasked with discussing security and defense issues. In December, BBC news reported that Prince William does occasionally receive Cabinet papers, and today's inclusion of two very weighty topics underscores that the prince is slowly being prepped for his ultimate role. 


The "private" part of his visit is, of course, Jecca Craig's wedding, and much has been made of William's decision to attend, but ultimately it shouldn't be surprising. A wedding is generally (hopefully) a once in a lifetime event. William and Jecca have been close friends for many, many years, and more than that, William is close to the entire Craig family. It makes perfect sense that he would attend, and that given the long flight and upcoming tour of India, that Kate and the children would stay home. 



It is important to remember that William spent some months at the Lewa Reserve in Kenya during his gap year. The reserve was formed by the Craig family, who owned and ranched the property since the 1920s! The time William spent working at the conservancy obviously had a profound impact on him and solidified what will obviously be a life-long bond with the Craigs. In 2008, Prince William skipped the wedding of his own cousin Peter Phillips, to fly to Kenya for Jecca's brother's wedding. 

Kate Middleton with Harry and Chelsy at the 2008 Wedding of Peter Phillips

Suppositions that this trip is in anyway a snub to Kate are unfounded. To review, William married Kate. He dated her, he broke up with her, he came back to her. William chose Kate.  In 2010, William brought Kate to Lewa to propose to her, highlighting just how important both Lewa and Kate are to the prince. There is no competition here and there is no cause for residual jealously. Not only did William marry Kate, but he is going to Kenya to celebrate Jecca's choice to share her life with another man! The idea that there is tension between Kate and Jecca is largely the fabrication of tabloid magazines. The more mundane reality is that Jecca and Kate have been socializing happily for many years.  Here they are whispering away at Boodles in 2008:


And celebrating William's birthday at a polo game:


In recent years they ladies have continued to be pictured at weddings around Britain. The three (Wills, Kate, and Jecca) see one another at many different social events and William and Harry have flown overseas to hunt with Jecca and friends since William's marriage.  Stories that William and Jecca may have shared a high school crush are hardly relevant well over a decade later. Everyone has experienced youthful infatuation or even more serious romantic inclinations, that are never realized. Once the intensity of actual infatuation has passed--sometimes completely undetected by the other party--it isn't unusual for a warm friendship to remain, particularly when the connections are as strong as William's are with Jecca's family. The idea that Jecca and William are like boxes of dry tinder, ready to ignite and explode in romantic chemistry at the slightest provocation, does not square with the vast majority of human experience. Seriously, think about it for a second. 



It will undoubtedly be hard for William to miss Easter with his own family, and to miss Charlotte's first Easter, but he and Kate obviously decided that it was important to represent at this milestone in Jecca's life, and I frankly would have made the same decision. The Craigs obviously hold a position akin to family for William, and he treats them accordingly. People and relationships are important and although blood is thicker than water, some of the most important familial bonds we have in life can be those we create ourselves. Given some of the dysfunctional elements of William's clan (I'm thinking mostly of the Spencers right now...) it isn't shocking that William has formed this alternate alliance. Kate, George, and Charlotte will celebrate Easter with the Middletons and assuredly have a second Easter Egg hunt when Daddy gets home. 

173 comments:

  1. Thank you for your levelheaded post. People are really running amok with the sillies things!

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  2. The voice of reason! Thank you Jane. Also, I don't think Jecca and William dated AT ALL! Both William's office and Jecca herself denied the stories. What's more, JECCA HAD A BOYFRIEND the whole time the British press was linking them! He even attended William's 21st birthday. Read this old article -
    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/80090/Superkings-or-Regals.html

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    1. I actually agree! I don't know that the Palace denying their relationship means anything, but yes, the evidence is not conclusive and although one or the other at varying times might have felt attraction, I don't think they had any kind of crazy romance as reported in the press. I doubt they were ever an official item.

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    2. I don't think the Palace would have denied if it were true. Jecca was the first girl ever linked to William and the Palace did not yet know at that time how to handle love life questions. And of course the British press went crazy with the stories knowing the young prince was now of dating age!

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    3. I don't think that William and Jecca had been a item when the palace denied it. At St. Andrews were rumors that William is dateing one of his flatemates.
      It's said that Jecca sat beside William so people wouldn't notice that he is with Kate and thsy would be able to enjoy their romance without the press knowing.

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  3. Of course, once again you have put to right all of the craziness!

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  4. I don't post often, but I do read your blog daily (or rather, I look for new posts daily!) for good reason - which is so well articulated here. You are a great writer, with a very practical and yet affectionate approach to following the Duchess, and this is such a great post. Thanks for making my day - yet again!

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    1. I second this! I do love pictures of Kate but your writing is fantastic!

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    2. Ladies, your comments made my day! Thank you so much.:)

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  5. My ex-husband had to work an 18 hour shift over Easter the year my daughter two ( her birthday is also in July). We simply had our Easter 'morning " hunt the day after. When children are that small it is easy to rearrange the days as needed.

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  6. Thank you for your common sense. The press keeps looking and hoping for scandal but I don't believe they will find any with William!

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  7. I am sure Prince William would much rather not have to have security with him all the time and it takes 3 to cover 24 hours.
    Besides the wedding of an old friend, he has engagements with one of his patronages and a meeting on behalf of the government. He returns on Sunday, so in time to give an Easter egg.
    Could never understand why the newspapers still call Ms Craig his ex girlfriend---as far as I can remember she is the only girl he has ever denied as being anything more that a good friend.

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  8. Well said! You know, I feel ultimately they know the press wants a battle, and they know the press will make a battle given most any opportunity. The Royal Family versus the press is nothing new, and no matter where you are speculation creates gossip and sells papers.

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  9. I think in the early days it's fair to guess Kate may have felt insecure about some of William's close female friends - that is very common in young relationships and they spent a lot of time apart during summer (just implying the mind can become worried). However, where they have landed over a decade later is what matters. William keeps a close connection to his loyal friends - the only ones I have known to leave W&K's circle are the Branson girl and Cressida's sister (and oddly those two families now have a marriage between them). Otherwise, his isn't surprising. Even without India I doubt Kate would have attended.

    I'd love to see a photo of the bride, but she's so private I doubt it. Time will tell though if something is released.

    ~ A

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  10. Sonja from BavariaMarch 24, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    I am not sure what to think about this trip.
    First of all, he's going to miss Easter with his Family, probably the 1st year George is really gonna understand what it is about... and he, as the future head of the church of England, will also skip Easter Sunday Service, the most important Event for Christians.

    However, These rumors about William cheating on Kate with Jecca or whatever are just ridiculous. Nonsense. They may or may not have dated as Teenagers, but that was more than ten yrs ago. Yes, Meeting his high School Sweetheart again could be confusing, but Wills and Kate are a strong couple heavily in love. You can clearly see how fond they are of each other during Joint Engagements. It is just riduculous and stupid to think that William would cheat on his wife after what his father did to his mother.

    I blame the media for the ballyhoo around this Story/friendship. They only hurt Kate (and Wills). I think it's sad that he won't spend Easter with Kate, George and Charlotte, but the media (and also several severly critical anti-Kate Blogs! They are the worst!) should stop gossiping about a possible other love interest of Williams. I guess the tabloids will always gossip, but People often ignore that bc they know they just have to write anything. But those heavily anti-Kate Blogs? They Keep calling her out all the time for being lazy, dumb, whatever, and then they imply that her husband has an affair?!
    Jecca is just a friend from the past. He loves and is married to Kate and they have 2 adorable children. Period.

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  11. I think it is a little weird to get married on Good Friday myself, especially if the wedding is a Christian religious ceremony not a civil one. I expect though the couple knew their guests would have to travel so that's why they chose a holiday period. I just would not have chosen Easter week myself because it puts ALL the guests, not just Will in a sort of awkward position.

    I understand Sonja's point re: the head of the Church of England but it seems Will rarely goes to church so even though Easter is the biggest deal of them all, I'm not surprised he would miss. I can't remember if we've seen Will attend church on holidays except for Christmas when he has gone with the other members of the BRF (and that's not every yr)

    Think the whole ex-girlfriend stuff is silly. Part of what MAY be fueling it though is Will and Kate going on vacation earlier this month and not attend that other wedding. That may make this one look different by contrast.

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    1. I can't say it's the only occasion, but the only instance I can recall of him being a married man attending Easter Sunday service was in New Zealand. Kate had a lovely grey outfit, and we saw the pap shots of W&K dressed up and doing an Easter egg hunt with baby George.
      ~ A

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    2. Sorry they were in Sydney, Australia.
      ~ A

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    3. William and Kate often go to church on Easter Sunday privately. Even so, Easter is more about being thankful of Christ's love and William is honouring good friends who treated him like a son during his gap year. Maybe the celebration in Lewa incorporates Easter with the family and all their conservancy workers in the mix. I agree that the press is just ridiculous.

      I agree that him meeting the president is a very good move. He needs these officials and is gaining influence for his causes.

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    4. All that may be true, Anon 12:56, Will and Kate MAY go to services privately on major holy days (I'm curious though....how do you know?) but the rest of the BRF is seen doing it publicly. Regardless, Good Friday is typically not felt to be a time for celebration for Christians...it's often a time for quiet contemplation. So I stick by my original comment that holding a wedding on Good Friday seems quite odd to me.

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    5. The wedding is on Saturday Lizzie...

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    6. Thanks Diane. I had read it was on Friday several places.

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    7. The Easter weekend is a four day weekend in Kenya - the only one on the calendar that I'm aware of. Lots of people in the region take this as the longest extended bank holiday (apart from Christmas) as an opportunity to travel and the Craigs are capitalizing on that. It's not weird or strange timing.

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  12. Jennifer from the SouthMarch 24, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    So, unpopular opinion of the day - Kate does NOT care for Jecca. We all know (those of us who have been following Kate for ages and ages) that Kate froze out her competition, those who were not already in the circle. But, Jecca is not one that Kate can freeze out - so she has to play nice. William adores Jecca (and no, I am not jumping on the affair bandwagon), but the friendship is with William. Kate is friendly to Jecca when she is around. But I am absolutely not surprised that Kate is not attending this wedding, children or no children. Being cordial to your husband's ex, who he treats more like a sister, is of course required. But being a BFF - not required, and definitely not the case here.

    It's very very telling, isn't it, that Jecca appears to be William's very best friend - he skipped his own cousin's wedding to attend her brother's, and the two have gone off hunting and other trips - and she is not a godparent for either child. I firmly believe that Kate put the kebosh on that. She doesn't mind Jecca being part of her husband's like (because we all know she doesn't and can't control that), but she has not allowed Jecca to be part of her children's lives.

    My two cents!

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    1. I politely ask just how do you know this to be true? It's all press yellow journalism for many years. I seriously doubt that Kate is not going because of some crush years ago. He took her to Lewa to propose.

      I do not know how you can say that she cannot stop William from going and maintaining the friendship with the whole family and also say in the same paragraph that she does not allow Jecca in her children's life. I doubt William would alow that and this is just gossip tabloid fodder.

      I wish people would give it a rest with the negative comments and assumptions. We have decided a lovely post going.

      My two cents! And Bless your Heart Jennifer I think you have bought into the gossip mags.

      Kate is a very confident woman and I really do not think at 34 she is worried about Jecca or any other woman. That is for high school girls.

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    2. Ugh autocorrect. . *****We have a lovely post going

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    3. Diane, I am not insinuating anything about W&K, but in terms of speculation a spouse/partner can absolutely allow their spouse/partner to maintain relationships OUTSIDE of the family/home. I see if happen with my friends, and to some extent my own relationship. There is one friend in particular I am fine with my husband hanging out with, but I've said this guy isn't welcome in our home. I have two friends that never invite their inlaws over to their house, and only rarely visit themselves, but their husbands are free to visit his parents when they want.

      Spouses and their friends are a slippery slope. I do not like the wife of one of my husband's good friends, so I avoid them as a family/couple but on their child's birthday I swallow my pride and go over to support my husband.

      People can absolutely set boundaries, and can also be pleasant and respectful the rare occasions they interact.

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    4. Well Anon 2.29 my comment was for Jennifer so. Maybe you are her as Anon?

      I think the written word says lots. I think that when we post anything that is gossip or speculation or assumption then we are insinuating to some degree.

      You are putting your worries and assumptions about relationships onto others here.

      I just think if we all would stop sharing the gossip and speculaturn about the Cambridge marriage and relationships they have with people past, present or future we could do a lot to stop the constant sometimes vilification and or mean spirited articles that keep coming. The more the masses buy and read and keep sharing those same negative gossiping opinions the more the yellow rags will write them.

      I just don't know how attending a longtime family friends marriage should dive off into how Kate feels about Jecca or that Kate won't allow Jecca around the children or that Kate is allowing him to go. Or that by the very fact that he is going alone somehow leads to a thread on boundaries and slippery slopes. I think it is going off in a gossiping arena.

      That is just my opinion. I refuse to speculate on this year's old story that has no basis. I agree with Jane. It's really ridiculous to make this into a mountain when we haven't even got a molehill.


      We all need to be careful of not placing ourban personal worries and moral codes on these two or anyone.

      Happy Easter All ~

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      Agree with your post.

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    6. Jennifer, with all due respect, unless you know them personally there is no way you can say that. On the contrary, as Jane showed, Kate is quite fond of Jecca and probably fond of her parents, too. I see nothing wrong in this arrangement and many are just too quick to judge.

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    7. Jennifer from the SouthMarch 24, 2016 at 5:48 PM

      No, the anon post was not me. I do not post anonymously.

      For all the Kate Fans who apparently have their claws out over my admittedly unpopular opinion, I am a cheerleader of Kate. While I do not know her personally, I do know people who know her personally. I think she is like so many of my friends in personality and I am proud of the wife and mother that she is. I also think she would do absolutely anything William told her to do, and that includes working for the firm, so I absolutely do not think that this recent PR debacle is her fault at all.

      That however does not mean that Kate is Mother Teresa as so many of her fans seem to think. (Cue eye roll in New York which I find hilarious and actually makes me like Kate even more.) I do not know about William's and Jecca's relationship. Nor am I one to immediately say that William is having an affair. What goes on behind closed doors is no one's business but those involved and I do hope that Kate has a happy marriage.

      That does not mean she has to be friends with Jecca. Which she is not. Goodness those circles require a certain amount of decorum and acting, and Kate is brilliant at playing her part. No doubt she can chat with Jecca and be civil and even share a laugh. But they by no means are they close. He can and William are close. I am of the opinion that Kate will feel infinitely better once Jecca is safely married. She has also excluded Jecca from being a godparent to her children.

      Kate absolutely excels at playing the game. I am proud of her for it because it takes gumption and drive. Kate is one of the most driven people on this planet. But, that does not mean she loves everyone and is best friends with everyone. I think she has quite a sassy streak in her, and William and Carole are the only two who tell her what to do.

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    8. I do agree, wholeheartedly, with Jane (Barr).

      I also happen to believe that the Lewa-factor (in W&K's engagement) speaks volumes. If there was anything at all awkward about it, William could have proposed somewhere (anywhere!) else.

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    9. Jennifer, you consider yourself a "cheerleader of Kate", but you went on to make rather suggestive (NOT supportive) statements regarding William and Jecca, and the Cambridge's marriage.

      And IF you do know people who know Kate, how loyal is it (to them) to even go there?

      Hmmm...

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    10. Agreed royalfan!

      I doubt seriously that friends of friends of Kate are telling how she really feels about Jecca or anyone for that matter.

      As to not making Jecca a god parent? Aren't we getting ahead of things now? I can name many close friends that have not gotten the 'part'.


      This train of thought with all due respect is not logical dear.

      Agreed to the proposal royalfan. I cannot imagine William proposing at Lewa if there was any bad blood. Kate may be a team player but she is not stupid. That would be so low for William to do if in fact it was an issue between them...which it is not in my opinion. It's speculation...

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    11. "A friend of a friend" . . . it seems to equal the tabloids claiming "a source close to the palace" in validity. Sorry, Jennifer from the South, but meeting a royal or meeting someone who knows a royal does not make you an expert or give you an inside track. Nobody close to Kate would tell anything personal about her to someone so wholly unconnected with her as you are and leave themselves at risk of being left on the outside of that circle. If someone is telling you tales they are probably making you the fool for believing them. One thing is for sure, you certainly haven't made yourself an advertisement for trustworthiness by commenting in a public forum such as this is.

      As to your godparent "proof" let us not forget that neither Harry, Pippa, or James are godparents either and they are far more closely connected than Jecca.

      Compliments such as "I am proud of the wife and mother that she is" followed by hints at what may or may not go on "behind closed doors" and your "hope that Kate has a happy marriage" are backhanded compliments and are hardly appropriate. Those types of comments are not very becoming to the person who makes them.

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    12. Lewa is over 6600 miles from London. It seems rather unrealistic to expect William and Catherine to name Jecca a Godparent when she is so far removed from the child's life.

      Also, that's a long way to travel with two babies, so a family trip to Lewa was out of the question--especially so soon after the flack they received for their other little family vacation (700 miles away)...

      They will both be away from their children when they travel to India, so it's understandable if Kate did not want to leave them twice in such a short space of time--and to such far away places.

      Tabloids and movies suggest that there is friction between Catherine and Jecca, but given all of the facts of the matter, I doubt any of it is true.

      So I'll stay on the high road with Jane Barr :-)

      Belle

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    13. I just love your analysis. That is exactly how I would feel about my husband and his female friends. Keep your friends close, keep your enemy closer. So play nice and be friendly. But yes, as you said.. Jecca is NOT involved with the children. It speaks volumes.

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    14. I have no idea why Jecca isn't a godparent. I suspect Kate might not have wanted her described as William's first love whenever godparents were listed! There is no reason Kate should feel close to her but I agree, Robin, we don't know.


      It is not traditional for a child's aunt/uncle or close family members to be named as godparents so leaving out Pippa, James, and Harry makes sense. The assumption is those people will already be involved in the child's life and will look out for his/her religious upbringing as do godparents. 




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    15. Jennifer from the SouthMarch 25, 2016 at 8:29 AM

      For heaven's sake. I am bowing out of this conversation after this post. Let me again reiterate that (1) I am a cheerleader of Kate; (2) I have zero knowledge about her marriage; and let me further clarify that (3) no one is being disloyal to Kate from her circle. I said I know people who know her. Never did I say that these people were her best friends or closest confidants. They did not tell me any of her secrets and if they did I would likely not believe them as these people haven't seen her in ages.

      It is further my own opinion (there's that word I keep using but no one has bothered to look up the definition, apparently), about what I've posted about Kate and Jecca. Let me again clarify that someone's inner workings of marriage is no one's business but the participants. As only those with long stable marriages will know, marriage is a lot of hard work and is not always easy. Those who think the Cambridge's marriage is all rainbows and butterflies and traipsing through fields of flowers is sorely mistaken, but that does not mean that they don't have a strong and happy marriage, which it seems like they do. It seems to me - quite in my personal opinion since its apparent that I need to clarify that - that they both work quite hard at marriage.

      Let me further clarify that Kate does not have to be best friends with everyone, nor is she expected to be. She is expected to be cordial and nice. Which she seems to do beautifully. What I have repeated several times and seems to have fallen on deaf ears is that Kate can dislike someone or not care for someone or just not want to be that person's BFF without that person automatically having an affair with her husband.

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    16. Excellent points RobinfromCA!!

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    17. So if the wedding is on Good Friday, couldn't he be back with his family by Easter Sunday if he wanted to? What reason would there be for hanging around afterward? I think it is weird.

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    18. Per reports he will be back Sunday afternoon.

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    19. Jennifer is just stating an opinion you don't need to tear her apart.

      Rebecca

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    20. Jennifer, I agree with you. I'm a supporter of Kate but how silly to think that W&K are immune to the very normal relationship dynamics. I doubt that those dynamics matter much at this point since they have more important things to focus on but I think it's probably likely that Kate is friendly enough to Jecca but doesn't invite her into their intimate lives more than she must.

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  13. He's not missing Easter with his kids! The palace confirmed that he will be back Sunday morning! Chill out people!

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    1. Carmen, The NetherlandsMarch 24, 2016 at 2:52 PM

      That's exactly what I was thinking. He could easily fly back home in time to be with his family on Sunday!

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    2. Where did you read that he will be back for Easter morning? The press release saying he was going to spend 4 days in Kenya does not say he will be back in time to spend Easter with his kids.

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    3. Anon 11.27. He returns Sunday afternoon per all reports. Leaves plenty of time to do Easter with Daddy!

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    4. Not the same as being there Easter morning.

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    5. The press release said 24th - 27th so he was not back this morning.

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  14. Thanks Jane. You do express yourself well. I wish the Cambridges and all you fine posters here a happy Easter. I'm sure George and Charlotte will not be in any way neglected.

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  15. Hi Jane!
    I would like to add my two cents if I may. I'm not surprised that William is goin gto attend Jecca's wedding, on the contrary. I think the point is something else: I'm slightly bummed that he will do so during Easter time, missing this important celebretion with his family. What is even more bewildering and clear to me, is that William held that meeting with the kenyan president just to avoid criticism of another private trip. This is pretty clear to me. If he hadn't gone to Africa, I doubt very much he would have taken on this day of engagements.

    JMO.

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    1. How do you know that? I read that he was asked to meet with the President of Kenya at the REQUEST OF Her Majesty's government. That doesn't mean he just did this to make the wedding trip less negative as another private trip. I would think that he was going and they asked him to do the meeting. He said 'ok' because he is not the spoiled do nothing Prince that the press is hell bent on making him out to be!

      I don't know about you but I have very often mixed business with pleasure on trips and I think many do so.

      JMHO

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    2. I don't know that, I'm stating my opinion, just as you are stating yours. To me, it is pretty naive to say that he got the invitation and it overlapped with Jecca's wedding I see it as a attempt from the palace to avoid further criticism. A pr move. It's also clear to me that we'll have to agree to disagree, as you are not going to change my mind.

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    3. Martina, I think the Cambridge's will adjust their Easter celebration accordingly and may even enjoy two celebrations. How many nurses, firemen, etc. have no choice and do exactly that? Many.

      And I do agree with Diane regarding combining business and pleasure. For weeks now we have read about William's work ethic and, now that he is meeting with the President of Kenya, there must be SOMETHING less than Kosher about it.

      I have read comments about W&K being deaf to the public's feelings, but sometimes I think they need to keep the volume down in order to remain sane. They will NEVER please EVERYONE, so they really do need to do what they think is best and let history judge them farther down the road.

      Hope this helps, Diane. :))

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    4. Multiple sources have reported the "official" part of the visit was arranged *after* William already had plans to go to the wedding. Some sound pretty official because they mention this is why Will paid for his own airfare. That all makes perfect sense to me as it does defy logic to think these two events just happened to coincide. What is open to debate is whether the meeting with the president was arranged to deflect criticism for Will not working and to deflect complaints about the need for tax-payer funded bodyguards. (Yes he'd have protection even in the UK but there is now the need to fund the guards' travel, meals, etc) Or was it simply a way to take advantage of his being in Kenya anyway to get UK business done? My opinion is we can't know either way so I would tend to give the benefit of the doubt.

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    5. Your the best royalfan!

      Happy Easter to you and yours :) :)

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    6. Exactly! Just like very few engagements this year, then the backlash re: W work hours and three engagements so far this year...... BAM! 11 engagements in 2 weeks pop up!

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    7. Thank you, Diane. And a very Happy Easter to YOU also. :)

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    8. When William (or any royal) leaves the country they have to notify the Government, Security forces and the Queen. Not necessarily in that order.

      It is perfectly reasonable, once the trip was approved, that the Foreign Office arranged the meeting with the President for diplomatic purposes, ie if he wants to go, lets make use of it. Meeting the President would not be Williams decision, hes too far down the pecking order.

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    9. In William's defense about choosing this weekend to be gone from his children . . . he didn't choose Jecca's wedding date! He is going to the wedding of a friend. HM saw an opportunity for him to do some business since he was going to be there anyway. He paid for the trip himself. Yes, his PPO is there with him but I would bet that they are both staying with the Craigs. I hope Jecca doesn't release one single photo to the press. It would serve them right!

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    10. I truly believe that the two events coincided, and that William managed to combinie pleasure and duty. It's hardly a novel idea. It makes sense in fact. Good for him.
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    11. Royal Watcher 6:05 am-agree. The Queen does it. The Cornwalls do it when vacationing at Birkhall. Why shouldn't
      William? For example,for the first time in many years, the revolving Good
      Friday services (Maundy Thursday?) were held at Windsor. That allows the Queen to
      weekend at Windsor as usual, as well as conveniently attend services publically.
      When she is vacationing at Balmoral, multiple events are scheduled in the
      surrounding area. Convenient, but not contrived.
      It just makes sense.

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    12. Robin, RW and 9:20, I do agree.

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    13. Wow!! Let's not forget that Kate rarely goes to weddings... It is said that she realizes it is the brides day and when she attends focus turns to Kate and what she's wearing etc.... I don't see the problem at all unless he totally misses Easter with his children. All of the rest is just crazy and none of our business... Thanks Jane for making me laugh as this article was very well written!! Happy Easter everyone!

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  16. Very articulately presented, Jane. And, for heaven's sake everyone who is on the "affair/jealousy/not really friends" bandwagon, stop reading the tabloids! Their current agenda is to make Kate look bad and to imagine a rift in their marriage so they have something seedy to report. If one thinks logically, why would you take a toddler and a baby on a long flight to Africa for a one day event? It's a 9 hour flight and would be a nightmare!

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    1. Thank you RobinfromCA!

      My thoughts exactly :)

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    2. No problem, Diane. Doesn't the mind just boggle that people find a hidden agenda in everything?

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    3. I am completely "boggled" the last week or so. For one thing I do not understand why some people read this blog or others when they have nothing but negative gossiping comments to make. Not the once in awhile comment. I too have thought there are some issues with PR but these people tend to stay in the negative mode 24/7 365. That is ALL they discuss and I am really annoyed that it takes away from the real post. If this was my personal FB page I would be doing some house cleaning bahahahaaa :) :)

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    4. Diane, I couldn't agree more with your observations.

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    5. I've never understood why people will not only read but comment on articles regarding someone they dislike!?!? I just don't understand.. I don't waste my time with articles about people or subjects I don't care about.. Just let it go folks!!!
      #teamwillandkate!

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    6. In all honesty Diane I would say that I am now negative when it comes to William and Kate but it hasn't always been that way, I thought Kate was a breath of fresh air when she first came on the scene and until recently I thought highly of Will too. I found this blog when I liked Kate and I enjoyed Jane's style of writing and seeing what her opinion is and due to that I will continue to read this blog. Everyone has the right to express their opinion, whether it be positive or negative. And just because its negative does not mean its gossiping.

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  17. I simply don't understand why he would want to miss Easter with his family. Especially since the Cambridges constantly tell us how important their family is to them. Easter is a MAJOR holiday after Christmas.

    And for those who say they have to work on Easter, so this is no big deal. Completely different. This was fully William's choice, he did not have to miss Easter with his family, choose to miss it with his family, major difference.

    It makes no sense that Kate can't do the St. Patrick Day event because of the kids, but William can miss Easter with them?

    This, to me, is the issue. Not high school gossip about Jecca/William/Kate.

    And even if he returns on Sunday, he has still missed Easter. Easter morning, the celebrations, etc.

    This is a bad decision on William's part. I do not think Kate is happy with it.

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    1. I don't know what Kate thinks, of course. But I think at the ages their children are they won't know the difference if the bunny comes the next day unless adults make a big deal about it. And for years the White House held an Easter egg hunt on Monday. Of course, I sort of thought that about Christmas too (in terms of when their kids opened presents)

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    2. I think the children will be fine too, Lizzie. As I stated before, they can adjust their Easter celebration accordingly. Life happens...to ALL of us. :)

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    3. As a wife and mom, Kate knows William isn't there on Easter morning. They have made quite the hoopla about their family time. Leaving them for the second largest holiday is interesting, to say the least.

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    4. Does anyone think that William had a say in the date of the wedding? Of course he didn't. People marry on all kinds of dates, X-mas eve, Easter, NYE... As a working mother I can tell you that I have worked numerous Christmases and Easters. Do my children suffer? Of course they don't. We are flexible and celebrate when we can. And so will the Cambridges. No biggie. No impact on family time at all.
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    5. Does anyone think that William had a say in the date of the wedding? Of course he didn't. People marry on all kinds of dates, X-mas eve, Easter, NYE... As a working mother I can tell you that I have worked numerous Christmases and Easters. Do my children suffer? Of course they don't. We are flexible and celebrate when we can. And so will the Cambridges. No biggie. No impact on family time at all.
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    6. I really have to say I feel that all this negativity about William missing " Easter Festivities" with the children is missing the true meaning of Easter. Easter Sunday is a Celebration of Christ's Reserection after 2 days of reflection on Christ's death. It is not really a celebration of the Easter Bunny. At age 2 1/2 and just under 11 months the children will have absolutely NO ability to comprehend the meaning of Easter. If you want to find fault then find it with a wedding being scheduled over this sacred time frame, NOT with William. Since we do not know all the reasons for the scheduling, I suggest we just accept there were reasons for the decision.

      As far as Kate not attending the Wedding, let me just point out Kate has also not attended Weddings in England when it would not have meant a long air flight plus being away from the children for four days just a few weeks prior to a week long tour. I can just hear/see the criticism if Kate had gone especially after missing St Patrick's Day. I guess I just do not understand some people not being able to accept that there were probably logical reasons behind both decisions.

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    7. Eva B-3:24 pm- Of course you are right. It isn't about bunnies and eggs. The
      Christian holiday somehow got mixed up in a pagan Spring rite. Rebirth.

      I imagine Aunt Pippa might have a few ideas for holiday fun for the little ones.
      No worries.

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    8. Well said Eva B... I say it's a fuss about nothing. Some people just like the negative.

      Happy Easter ☺

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    9. The comment "No impact on family time" is true and I actually don't begrudge William going on this holiday, but you could say that Kate going to the St Patrick's day event would also have had no impact on family time, but of course its a different story when it comes to leaving the kids to work.

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    10. Great point, Rebecca. I hadn't thought of the "family time" argument in that way. You've given me food for thought. I suspect that KP won't be as thrilled as I am by the interesting comparison that you've offered.

      Fantastic blog, Jane. Even though my opinions of the Cambridges often don't align with yours, I truly enjoy the way that you present yours.

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  18. I have three kids, and let us be realistic, it's impossible to be there in every single holiday, occasion or school play. William can have a lifetime of Easters with his family, but a good friend's wedding could be a once-in-a-lifetime event. If you read back articles in the past, you'd see how much a comfort Ian Craig and his wife were to William during his gap year. They are all very, very dear friends. I am sure both William and Kate were invited and Kate perhaps even persuaded William to go. Doing this does NOT mean his family is of lower priority. It does NOT mean he loves his kids less.

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    1. I still think he was wrong attending on a holiday. So yes he was not putting his family first

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  19. Well said, Sammy.Emma Bridgewater factories will be working overtime to keep up with the
    demands for teapots for press to stew their brew in.

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  20. Alejandra RamírezMarch 24, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    Amazing post Jane! Really super excellent written!
    Great objective point of view!
    Like one of the comments said "the voice of reason" :)

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  21. If the trip is planned to perfection what I'm assuming, William might fly home over night and arrive in the morning or around lunch time.

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    1. Yes and if Catherine is with her parents, then it is a much easier (and quicker) journey for William to join them, that it would be to get to Norfolk.

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  22. It's almost laughable to think that if William had not gone to the wedding it would spun that Kate kept him home. She put her foot down! Yadda yadda yadda.... much ado about nothing !

    They cannot win! Which to me supports the whole view that the press and the naysayers will find something ANYTHING to sell a paper an keep a job! So professional. .. ethics out the door :(

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    1. They never win. The press learned one thing during the break up of his parents. The marriage of the heir to the throne in crisis sells. WK marriage seems to be more than just in tact it seems like the perfect one. Love sucked cuple after two children won't sell as good as a relationship in troubles. It seems like they have no problems (we don't know what happends behind closed doors) so let's make some up. Media wants to sell papers but if theirs so make a problem where non is.

      I don't want to insult any journalist or any one working for news papers but it seems to be like this to me. This is my personal view. That's what it's to me.

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  23. It's obvious that William loves his kids more then any thing.
    The way he acts around them. Remember the tour down under constantly checking if George is all right and giving him tonnes of kisses. Or when Charlotte was born and Geroge got back in William's arms because he was distrected by the press. Or when his little boy got fussy at Charlotte's christening and Will picked him up and showed him the dogs, the birds. George kept close to his fafher on that day alwaysholding his hand. A child in his age can't fake closeness.
    And William shas always that smile when taking about them. His eyes sparkle. He can't hide is joy about them. You see him light up when taking about them.
    He loves his little family it's clear to see.

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  24. Just added information: Jecca is marrying Prof Jonathan Baillie, a director at ZSL (Zoological Society of London) who is a world authority on endangered species. ZSL is a partner in William's United for Wildlife.

    So I would think that William is also a friend of the groom as well.

    I so prefer facts to gossip.

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    1. Interesting, and makes me wonder if William might have introduced them!

      That would make it very difficult for him to miss their wedding, aside from the fact that he obviously values his friendship with Jecca very much.

      Belle

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    2. The Craigs have been William's friends for a long time. Much like an exchange student, he was their adopted son while on his gap year. And with kids about William's age, the Craigs naturally looked on him with great affection. If you had the means, wouldn't you go to a good friend's wedding? I would. He and Kate have worked out the logistics. She would probably enjoy a Middleton Easter with the kiddos anyway. Might explain why they spent Christmas with the Queen instead of alternating the years between families. I know if I were in the media scrutiny such as it is now, and a big high profile tour on the horizon, I would prefer a quiet holiday with Granny Carole and Grandpa Mike.

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  25. and I hope the Easter Bunny is kind to them all.

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  26. I personally think it's great that he is attending the wedding of one of his closest friends and getting to make a few conservation appearances too...however, Kate and William have made a few major press blunders lately. After he was labeled work shy, the ski photos (as cute as they are) were not going to be received well by the press ("oh, look, the wealthy family holiday"), then for Kate to miss St Patrick's Day when it wasn't far from home (with a vague explanation of wanting to be with her kids) shows William handing the duty alone. Now he's off in Africa on an important holiday for the Church of England and Kate will reportedly be spending the day with her children with the Middletons. For a normal family, this would be no big deal, but as future queen and king, to have neither with the royal family is not going to play well with the press. The press is inevitably going to start questioning their marriage. It's unfair and I know they can't please the press all the time, but small things back to back like this add up into a press blowout, and of all people, William must know that. If I were in their shoes, I would have had Kate attend St Patrick's Day with William, and I would have her make an appearance with the the royal family at sometime during Easter to show the press that any questions of duty or unity were unnecessary. I hope the India tour will make the past few weeks bad press just become a brief blip on the radar.

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    1. I see what you mean, Anne. I think many timings are unfortunate indeed. But at the same time, you can't totally change all of your plans and adjust your life to pander to the press. They exist to make a profit. Diana made the mistake of this, thinking the press was her friend and taking comfort in them, and it turned out quite badly. She was very hurt many times. I think William and Kate knew the trips were going to attract negative press and did what they can to soften the blow by releasing photos (never done in this generation) and adding some official work to the Kenya trip. I would have done the same. Holidays with family and honouring old friends in weddings are just as important in the holistic well-being of a person, royal or not. I hope too that India will turn things around but I am not so sure. Negative narrative sells these days and the press will target that, unfair as it is.

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    2. I guess I do not see it the same way. I do not see it as Kate and William making a few major press blunders, but as the media "manufacturing headlines". Just because the media want to portray William as being "work shy" does not mean it is true. The Cambridge's passed up their usual trip to the Carribean and substuted a skiing trip, why should they give in to the press? I have a feeling the press are the losers except in the eye of those who want the Cambridge's to fail. I sure give the British public more credit (except of course those in the republican movement).

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  27. Royalfan: I understand where you are coming from, but denying the obvious won't help; and all the PR in the world won't help William right now. Another wrong move, again.

    Martina

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    1. It was the right move for HIM. I'll never understand this desire the British have to command and condemn the Duke & Duchess' every move?

      Belle

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    2. I believe the ski photos weren't received well by some media outlets because
      1)they were taken by a lone photographer in private circumstances;
      2)they were released on a KP site;
      3)some of the press are pursuing a vendetta and nothing the Cambridges do will be received well.
      Part of the hype.

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    3. Sorry Martina, it is only "another wrong move" if that is what you choose to believe. I am in total agreement with royalfan and they will never make everyone happy and they should continue to make decisions based on what, in their judgement, is best in their current roles and situations. In no way should they allow the media to tell them what to do or how they should live there lives. I am sure you would not allow this to happen if you were in their shoes. I surely wouldn't.

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    4. I'm not denying anything. While I do believe that their PR could be better, overall, I see reasonable decisions being made.

      And as I just stated elsewhere, I do not see hypocrisy in W&K's actions. They are prioritizing family and I see both SPD and this weekend being consistent with that. William handed out shamrocks as the Colonel of the regiment. Kate did not accompany him as she was never scheduled to do so, and was at home with the children.

      I'm sure that BOTH W&K were invited to the wedding, but here again, the couple considered both family and other "obligations". If they both attended the wedding, we'd never hear the end of it. They made a mature and reasonable decision based on their circumstances, AND William's trip included business as well.

      When he returns, I'm sure the family will have their special Easter celebration just like many other people around the world who tweak their holiday plans due to other commitments.

      How many times have I read comments here about how Kate knew what she was getting into and she should expect this or that. Well, W&K had no control over the timing of the wedding and I think this is a good example of how this couple handles this and that.

      There is no reason to vilify William, nor is there reason to express over the top sympathy towards Kate which, in reality, sounds more judgmental than anything resembling kindness or compassion.

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    5. Martina I agree with you.But I am afraid after reading these comments, this is not the place where you can discuss this any further.

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    6. I know, it seems that royal fans are desperately trying to convince those who don't share the same opinion. Thank you for the support

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    7. Martina, with all due respect, where is the desperation you speak of? This is a blog devoted to the Duchess of Cambridge and the majority of us come here because we are supportive of her. There is a difference between following someone and being supportive vs. needing to prove a point. What do we need to prove? Some of us followed Diana, kept up with her sons, and here we are on a Kate blog.

      But if you are as disappointed in Kate and William as you have stated here more than once, why do you continue to follow them? May I respectfully suggest that it seems to be the non-fans who are anxious to prove something. Otherwise, actively following someone who disappoints you seems like a waste of valuable time. Maybe it's me, but I'd rather devote my downtime to something I enjoy. I imagine most people would. So if you do not enjoy the subject, may I ask what it is that *you* have to prove?

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    8. What's it to you royalfan how Martina spends her free time and moreover on what subject? Her opinion is as valid as yours. If you don't agree with it fine, but I see no reason here to question her interest or motivation.

      Martina

      I understand the meaning of "desperation" now. But it is not convincing some do but rather bullying. Pop in with your comments because they are yours and as valid as others.

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    9. Royalfan I am disappointed in Kate and William but I will continue to follow them because I am still interested in seeing what is going to happen next, in the hope that one day they will prove me wrong.

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    10. I have to agree with royalfan Martinaand Anim 1:06, this IS a FAN site and this is where we wish to participate so while you do have a right to your opinion when it is stated in a negativity fashion you can expect to get responses in support of the Cambridge's and one must question the motivations of someone who visites this site who is not a fan. It is one thing to not like an outfit Kate wears, but it is a different case when you make a statement like "another wrong move" and all "the PR won't help William right now" that are unsupported except in trash media then you can expect push back. Ka and William can't speak for themselves so I for one will defend them.

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  28. That's what they said about Charles and Camilla. Once vilified by the press, they now love Camilla. Diana also had her troubles with the press and public and that also passed as this will in time. Meanwhile it is giving everyone a chance to sit on their own perfect pedestals and cry foul of people they think they know but really have no clue about. Problem with royals we place our own values on them, but at the same time are we true to our own values?

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  29. A wrong move because he may not make it home for Easter morning to hand out chocolate to his kids?
    I don't understand the dire predictions.
    OR
    The official part of the trip was manufactured strictly to provide PR cover for William?
    Seriously? All the officials, vets, guides-the President of Kenya, for goodness sake- all
    dropped everything so William could go to wedding?
    Or is the wrong move the trumped-up, wholly imagined illicit romance with Jecca the teapot gang are
    brewing?
    If one wishes to malign and undermine William's judgement and therefore ability to be king and
    tangentially, the foundation of the monarchy, one must come up with something other than chocolate bunnies and friends' weddings (both he did and did not attend labeled a "mistake"
    at times)
    William is young and learning and may sometimes trust advice from sources who may not have
    his best interests at heart, but the "mistakes" mentioned in this discussion are laughable.


    It amazes me also that anyone could think that this teapot crew has somehow dictated William's schedule; that somehow their steaming outbursts have forced him to pad his
    schedule.These engagements must be in the works for weeks, sometimes months. He can't just
    whip up a PR event at the drop of a hat. (other than trips to flood victims , where he and Harry actually assisted,wearing the appropriate outfits, not suit and tie) Far too many people and variables involved.
    It is one thing to deny the obvious; quite another to not even see it.

    I agree with a previous commenter-stop reading the tabloids, or at least stop believing everything that's put out.

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    1. My 12:03 comment was placed under and meant to be a response to Martina 7:18.

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    2. My 1:50 pm comment is meant as a response to Anne,5:41, who actually referred to the ski trip.
      Blogger must be having a bad day.

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    3. I left a general response,so please look for it as soons as it is published. Bye.

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  30. They are married they talk.

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    1. They may talk but foes William listen to what Kate says. I doubt it.

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  31. What you forget is tgat William can walk away from the royal life if he chooses. Would live to see him do just that. No obe should have to put up with this speculation and silliness. Hope he tells them all to go to hell.

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    1. I do not believe William will walk away, but the more his (and Kate's) decisions are criticized, the more determined he (they) will be to stand by them. And I wouldn't blame them.

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    2. I agree, royalfan. William is dedicated to the duty he was raised for - not that he gets much credit for that. He will not walk away. But, he could become far more reclusive as Duke of Cambridge and just let the press stew in it for awhile until he and Kate become the Prince and Princess of Wales. No more photos of the kids (no matter who took them or where they are released), no more advance warning when they are going to visit a charity, no more anything. If the press think they can bully William and Harry into doing anything, after what their mother went through, they are kidding themselves. And those tabloids don't want to lose the money the Cambridges bring to the table in terms of the sales of those rags.

      Stick to your guns William, Kate, and Harry. Do what you do the way you want to do it. But get someone new in your PR department who will stop speaking out of turn and making contradictory statements. If KP doesn't have an official statement from the royals about something they should do what BP does for the Queen and just say nothing at all. It's better than putting the family in a bad light or having to pick the soles of their shoes out of their teeth. Where is Dickie Arbiter when they need him? According to the lists, The Duke & Duchess and Prince Harry share a household staff of 7.5 people between the three of them. They have to share their "Official Spokesperson" with Clarence House. Could be part of the problem. BTW, Charles and Camilla have a staff of 121 people. Talk about overkill.

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    3. I agree with you Robin 12:54. Today's article in the DM really is unbelievable. I don't really know who Catherine Ostler is, but the only adjective for her that I can think of after reading that trash is "bully". She gives a litany of reasons for stating that "commentators and courtiers" say that Kate does nothing, but then gives a whole list of things she does to prepare herself for her role as Duchess and future Queen - voice lessons, wardrobe fittings, etiquette lessons, how to walk, talk, curtsy, hand shake, the list goes on. Hardly a "do little". This poor woman has done nothing but work hard to ensure that she makes William and his family proud of her. And she is being vilified for it. A very Middleton characteristic it would seem - work hard to better yourself.

      There are those who hope that W&K will have another baby. I hope they do as well, if that's what they want, but I hate the thought of what the naysayers will say when she takes the time off that she will obviously need to do so, both at the start of her pregnancy, and after the birth.

      This is just another in a number of hate articles against W&K by the press. Overkill here too Robin. Enough really is enough.

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    4. Jane (Canada), did you notice some of the readers' comments in response to the article in the DM? Some were quite supportive, basically saying enough is enough and leave her alone.

      There's a very wise Anon here who has made the point more than once... When the criticism is over the top, it does tend to backfire.

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    5. I sure hope it backfires soon royalfan. It feels like all the so called reporters/commentators are each after their pound of flesh and then when the negativity posters on certain site get going I just want to put my arm around Kate, give her a hug and say "hang it there I love and respect you". I hope she sees that there are those who do support her.

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    6. If DM commenters are being supportive of Kate, Eva, as royalfan suggests, I think
      the backfire has begun.
      I hope Kate knows, too.
      I understand what you are saying about other sites.On at least one site, the blogger tends to encourage negative comments.The tone of a comment section is the direct
      responsibility of the blog owner. They have a choice and a difficult one it can be
      at times. I am very grateful for Jane's taking responsibility for the tone of
      her comment section-even if it means some of my comments get weeded out or
      repositioned.
      There's a whole lot of playing fast and loose with the known facts going around.
      One commenter has even based a whole argument on the "fact" that Kate missed the shamrocks in order to drive her son to school.Seriously.How is that anything but
      conjecture?

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  32. What you forget is tgat William can walk away from the royal life if he chooses. Would live to see him do just that. No obe should have to put up with this speculation and silliness. Hope he tells them all to go to hell.

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  33. A well reasoned article, but doesn't it seem that all the speculation would be rendered moot it Kate went with him to the wedding? If he's gone for only a night or two, I'm sure Nanny Maria or Grandma Carole would be fine watching the children for that short amount of time. After all, it has been said the children will not be going to India with them so a night or two would probably not be traumatic for them. And it would put all the wagging tongues to rest.

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    1. Kathy, I am certain William and Kate are secure in their relationship and therefore do not need to put "wagging tongues to rest." Anyone who has followed them closely through the years are quite in agreement that there had been no romantic liaison between Jecca and William, and it is all press speculation. In that regard, they are dividing their time as parents to represent both important aspects of their lives - their children and their friends. It is a good partnership.

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  34. I don't know why i can't reply to single people. Anyway, I do not try to change the mind of the die-hard fans, so please, don't try to change mine. I'm not talking about the tabloids, but about the general attitude of William, who has been a dissapointment for me (yes, for me, not for everyone of course). He has done so many wrong moves, since he decide dto take that infamous "gap year". And please, it is so ridicously obvious that the meeting with the president of Kenya was arranged to accomodate William's trip. I was one of the enthusiast royal fans when Kate and William announced their marriage and subsequentley married. But I've becomed totally disenchanted with them as the years went by. I'm sorry, but I think the both let me completely out. William wants to have the cake and eat it too. It doens't work like that. I know that many here adore this couple, and I respect your opinion. So please, don't try to change my mind, as I see things in a completely different way from you.

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    1. Kathy 9:39 pm-why would parents make their decisions based on what "wagging tongues"say?

      The royals have a public life and a private life. This fact was clearly presented by the
      KP press release.Catherine does engagements on her own; so does William. Catherine
      no doubt has friends she is closer to than William is, as well.I truly feel sorry for
      a married couple who does not.

      Care for a cuppa? There's always a pot brewing on the back of the stove. Of course, it's made from leaves and grass found blowing in the wind. I prefer the true
      blend. That's available, too.

      PS I can take this analogy as far as it needs to go and I apologise to our non-English
      speaking commenters. However, some of you express yourselves better than a few of
      the English first language folks. Maybe you'll catch my drift.
      Sorry, Jane, but you started the teapot thing. You inspired me.

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    2. Not trying to change your mind. This is a Kate fan site. Of course there are Kate
      fans who will object to rumor, supposition, and gossip. If I commented on a Cornwall
      couple fan site and someone said Charles is cheating and the marriage is in
      danger, I'd object to that, too. unless they were living apart, her rings off, and thpey had filed for divorce. That's fact.
      I certainly don't "adore" him nor do I "adore"
      Kate. That term is used to denigrate Kate supporters when the gossip and speculation
      offered is proven false . The scheduling details of the trip will probably never be
      known. Conjecture is just that. The facts are as Jane and KP stated:William went to Africa
      annd had engagements as a public person and attended a wedding as a private person.
      That is fact. How it all came about and why Kate did not go-all. speculation. To expand
      that to speculation about the Cambridge marriage is gossip and, frankly, becoming a
      tiresome ploy.
      Stick with the facts, tone down the speculative rhetoric.
      Fair is fair.

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    3. Martina, no one is trying to change your mind. Everyone's opinion is valid. Rather many here are equally wary of how tabloids spin the story to attract emotions. I stick to facts. And while not all of William and Kate's decisions of late have pleased me, I try not to be swayed by sensationalist media. I do not think that makes me a die-hard fan. As for William's meeting with the President of Kenya, I think you are right that it was added after knowing about the wedding. But the arrangement would have been made early, at least few weeks in advance. And there is nothing wrong with that. Add an extra day or two to hit two birds in one stone -- why not?

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    4. We're in the minority here, Martina, but I agree with you 100%.

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    5. I think we shouldn't judge anything they do or don't do until he becomes POW.. Of course the meeting with the president was arranged to accommodate Wills.. Of course it would shut everyone up for Kate to go to the wedding as well.. But William does as he wishes and so does Kate.. Why? Because they aren't P&POW.. Do other things like being spoiled rotten add to it of course! We are talking about royalty, either you love them or hate them.. I see their faults, and yes they have them, and love them anyway.. That doesn't mean I agree with everything they do or don't do.. Missing Easter is sad.. Idky they are doing things this way but they are and if it works for them then who are we to judge??

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    6. Many sources report the mtg WAS arranged after Will made his plans to go to the wedding. The official KP statement reads in part 

      “The meeting is taking place at the request of Her Majesty’s Government, and His Royal Highness is pleased to have the opportunity to meet the President while he is in Kenya." I think the only logical way to read that is that the mtg is an add-on. Whether it is to "cover" for Will's trip to make it partly work we can't know and I give benefit of the doubt. Since it is official though sources have reported he has to take a sec'y whose airfare is over $6400. And this poor person will stay only one day. Hope he/she can sleep on the plane!

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  35. Martina I agree with several of your points. But unlike some who are posting I do think some of the problem relates to bad PR statements. The staff may not be large as Robin points out but that's probably a good thing...think how many more contradictory statements we'd probably get if there were more staff involved! (Plus as is frequently pointed out, Will is not next in line as Charles is so his staff should be smaller) 


    Recall the points Jane made in her "tempest" article....While I don't think W&K should kowtow to the media, ANY of us who has ever had a job knows that sometimes how something appears is very important. The efforts of Will's staff have been clumsy at best (those photos of Will holding a patient's head-- nice I guess but he also rode in the ground ambulance to the hospital. What if a call came for the helicopter?  Leaving the scene can't be usual procedure) Plus those photos always seem to come out before a vacation or after Will has returned to work after not being at that job for many many weeks. In other cases the PR seems to have a stick in the eye to the media flavor that I think has to come from Will. Even the ski trip photos seemed ill-timed. I think it was fine to avoid photographers and have a private trip but the way it was handled seemed to backfire and not only with the media.

    And the whole shamrock ceremony debacle...Is the media over the line too often? Of course. But I think Will, while not kowtowing,  IS sometimes acting in a way that fans the flames as the tempest article also suggested. He's not just making choices independently but is reactive in a way that likely prolongs the conflict.

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    1. I think William's PR is in a situation where anything they say or do will be turned negatively against them. This is because negative sells more than positive at this stage. The ski trip is a perfect example. A case of offering an arm but the press wanting the leg too. I wouldn't be surprised if W&K forego of holiday handouts altogether in the future the way they were judged. As for his recent rescue, holding a patient's head is often necessary to stabilise someone after a suspected cervical injury, and it does need an extra set of hands. That he is helping his team is to be commended.

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    2. Helping the medical team transfer the pt if requested..very helpful. Helping the team place a cervical brace assuming they want help...again good. Helping transfer the pt to the ground ambulance..fine. But getting into the ground ambulance and riding to hospital and accompanying the pt to the Emergency Dept..very odd. I will say again, what if an urgent call for helicopter rescue came in while Will was gone? Would they just leave him meaning he must have been taking a salary (albeit one he will later donate to an unnamed charity) to be  an extra ride-along that day? If not would they have to wait possibly endangering the next pt? The ground ambulance also had to drive him back later. In the US ambulances aren't used that way. And immediate responses services like the helicopter have to be staffed at all times. So it just seemed like a PR attempt to me (and luckily paps just happened to be at the rescue site) 

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    3. Sorry, but he could not take off without the doctor--who could not leave until the patient was handed over to another doctor.
      This job is not the same as the Air, Sea Rescue. Unless things have gone downhill since I retired , the person who had given treatment, must hand over.

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    4. With all due respect, lizzie, you are reading too much into the situation. William and his team responded to an emergency situation and they successfully did so. Who did what and who rode in the ambulance is purely conjecture. Similarly which pilot is on backup and what happens when this or that happens is purely the air ambulance's business. Without knowing their staffing or structure, you cannot presume to know best what they should be doing.

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    5. lizzie 8:11- What if, indeed.
      What if people took the time to determine what actually
      happened in any given Cambridge activity instead of conjecturing and creating a whole
      line of attack that is based upon supposition. What is the purpose, other than to malign William? You don't know that he wasn't asked to ride along. You don't know
      that he was the only pilot on duty or even if he was working past his duty hours on his own time. I am a health-care professional and I have clocked out and gone
      back to help a number of times. Why create a worst-case scenario?

      I don't know what others were taught, but I was taught to assume the best about a
      person until proof is found otherwise.

      Guilty until proven innocent-that seems to be the teapot gang's mantra.

      I wonder if that is how the teapotters wish to be treated by others.
      By the way, cameras were certainly around to record William taking time off duty to eat lunch-which caused a mini lunch-gate itself.
      I think the ones doing the spinning in this case are the ones trying to turn a positive into a negative.

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    6. Still think it was very odd for the co-pilot or pilot (assuming Will was in the role of one or the other that day) to ride in the ground ambulance. Are you saying Jean Will wasn't allowed to turn the pt over to the ground ambulance crew? Or that the helicopter doctor had to ride along too? Mighty crowded in the back of that ambulance to have the doctor, Will, a crew member and the pt! The idea his shift was over and he just stayed to help doesn't make sense. Wouldn't the entire crew have the same shift?  And if he wasn't actually working but was staying "after hours" and handling the pt isnt that a potential legal  liability? Articles are saying he went "beyond the call of duty" by accompanying the pt so far and I agree. Just don't necessarily agree why and don't agree it was necessarily a good idea. (The school cafeteria story is different and probably was broken because students had cell cameras IMO so it isn't the same.) The ambulance co is supported by donations from the public so public perception in the UK about how it is run does matter.


      I have been supportive of what Will does (and think going to the wedding was fine) but not always so supportive lately. And I think Jason has NOT been a good advisor. (A letter including the statement photographers might be shot probably wasn't the best thing to do even though some were definitely over the line.) And its amusing to me that **all kinds** of speculation is tolerated here unless the speculation suggests Will (or Kate) might have handled something poorly! Then it's zero tolerance mostly BECAUSE its "speculation."

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    7. Jean-10:48 am- exactly so.I and other staff could be prosecuted for abandonment if we
      were to leave a patient before hand-off and report.Even if the on-coming staff were present. A written report won't suffice. There must be an opportunity for face-to-face questions about the patient's condition.There have been many times when
      bad weather delayed my on-coming replacement. No matter who else showed up, my
      corresponding staff member must be present for hand-off or I must not leave the patient.

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  36. Most couples have times when one must stay home and the other go alone to some function.
    I clearly remember the Easter my husband went to a friend's wedding, whilst I stayed home, with a son completely covered in chicken pox. One of us had to stay and it was his friend.
    Fortunately, most of us have no idea who our husband, or partner had previously fancied. Sadly for Catherine it is stuffed down her throat by newspapers looking for a story. We cannot know if the stories are true or just made up by the paper, or by anyone else.

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  37. Lol.. Lol.. Lol.. I love it Jane!!! Where can I go that is a platform like this that I can get questions answered? Such questions as.. Why did a private secretary HAVE to fly out and attend at least the meeting with the president? Is that protocol for all visits? Just curious! Thanks!

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    1. The Duke had an interview with the President of Kenya, at the request of the government. He would have been told what to discuss and a record is kept of all such interviews---hence the secretary.

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  38. This whole debate about William attending a wedding is silly in my opinion.:) I commented on another site that the idea that if one says they are putting family first means you only do family stuff and noting else is crazy. That term arose out of those crazy years where people put in 80 plus hours a week at a job and never saw the family. Today that term really just means I will at times say no to my job for the sake of family or say no to seeing the Grandparents for the sake of my immediate family or say no to doing one more thing for my kids school re volunteer work for the sake of my family. Plus who cares if the the meeting in Africa was before or after the commitment to the wedding, if you have to fly somewhere the smart and economical thing to do is to try and combine anything else you can in that trip. This whole discussion is incredible and really should be beneath any of us.

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  39. If you have noticed, I didn't mention the "jeccagate" the tabloids want to spin. Frankly, I don't believe waht they are trying to milk, and that is is Jecca= Camilla. It's silly. I don't even object to William attending the wedding, even though I find it weird that he has chosen a wedding of a friend over spending easter with his faily, but still, that'a his and kate decision. But I think it's annoying that the palace wants me to but the hands-on daddy story and the superhero pilot tales that have been going on for some time. I just think the Cambridges are harming themselves and making their own bed. Maybe they won't see the effect now, but I wonder what it will be like in the long run. Needless to say again that IMO they turned out to be a total dissappointment, and, for some incindents, even an embarassment. Sorry for my bad english.

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  40. I agree with you 100%, Jane. It is one thing to acknowledge the opportunity for improvement, and it is quite another when there is hyperbole and a degree of bullying. I am glad the readers here are cognizant of the workings of the press. Build them up and tear them down. A tabloid trick as old as time. No royal has not endured it. The Cambridges aren't the first and they will not be the last.

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    1. We can only hope, anon 11:34, that the Cambridges will be the last to be bullied and
      mis-represented by the royal writers. Other species evolve. Homo sapiens seems mired in the caveman era.

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  41. Let's hope K and the kids went to her parents' home. Her siblings will be there and the entire M family can have a happy Easter with the nephew/niece/grandkids. If she was thoughtful, K's nanny and staff were given the weekend off too so they could have a small holiday with their families. The maternal family can take care of the kids, play games, do some cooking and make happy, joyful and precious memories for all. You make the best from the situation you have.
    ~Nita

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    1. Excellent thought about the Nanny, Nita. Of course, she would want the time off.
      How thoughtful and gracious of William and Catherine.

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    2. It was reported that Kate and the children were in Bucklebury with the Middletons. I'm sure that's where William went when he got home. You're right, Nita, that they should be able to enjoy making some memories with the other grandparents.

      Prince Harry extended his trip in Nepal to help rebuild a school that was destroyed in an earthquake. Charles and Camilla should have been there but the press gave them the day off because they just returned from a trip. Why do they get a pass when the headline surrounding the younger royals is "Kate and Harry skip Easter with the Queen while William is in Kenya at the wedding of his former girlfriend." Not exactly fair reporting. What do we call them? Oh, that's right, not journalists, sensationalists!

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  42. The optics of these recent events are concerning. W&K are in high profile positions and are in direct line of succession to the British throne. While it is important they also spend time with their very young children, and it's quite natural and normal that W wishes to protect them from the world's press, W&K behave like minor members of the Royal Family when they are anything but. Their advisors surely must be either a) ineffective at influencing their decisions and actions or b) too inexperienced to be advising them effectively relative to the seniority of their positions within the BRF. Skipping the St. Patrick's Day/Irish Guards event (Kate) and missing Easter, the most important Christian holiday of the year instead of publicly (and privately) supporting the Queen (W&K) at the service, are poor decisions in terms of public relations and demonstrated commitment to their unique (and privileged) positions as senior royals. With great privilege comes great responsibility and dedication to duty. It's not clear if W&K have understood and accepted this. Their recent behaviour seems to indicate otherwise.

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    1. As much as the press has focused on Kate not attending on SPD (something she was not scheduled to do this year), the reality is that William handed out shamrocks as the Colonel of the regiment.

      And as far as Easter is concerned, I am not aware of Charles and Camilla accompanying the Queen to Easter service at Windsor (not once, unless I am mistaken).

      It's very easy to suggest or accuse W&K of being disrespectful of tradition, but the bigger picture tells a different story.

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    2. Anon 8:46- Anne was apparently the only one of HM's actual children that "supported the Queen at the service." Why then expect grandson William and/or Catherine when Edward, Andrew, and Charles and spouse were missing? Same with the shamrock ceremony-where were Anne, Beatrice, Eugenie, if the media demanded a royal female? Actually, William, as honorary Colonel, was completely adequate and appropriate.
      By the way, your use of words and style of writing- including entire sentences-are
      quite familiar.At any rate, glad you decided to comment on this blog again.

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  43. the queen at 90 - watch the full documentary:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD7dAsNxmrQ

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    1. I watched it last night. What stood out to me (especially as far as the Cambridge's are concerned) was the focus on the RF's connections with the military, including William's current job. And it mentioned how much the Queen's life changed overnight when she was a young mother forced to put duty first, ahead of other responsibilities.

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    2. I quite enjoyed watching that. I found it quite interesting that William, Harry, Beatriz, and Eugenie had a bigger role almost than Prince Charles. Andrew and Camilla just a brief appearance and Edward and Anne had none. But, Kate and Sophie were featured quite a bit. I'm sure Her Majesty had final approval on the final cut so it says quite a bit about her respect for her grandchildren and two of her daughters-in-law. I love that Kate was so real about still learning her way.

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  44. What jumped out at me was Catherine was presented as a Princess who will be Queen-this
    appeared prominently, in the introduction over the title, I believe. Her being presented at the reception ,with William, immediately after HM also makes a statement. I realise C&C were not present, but obviously,a decision was made to highlight W&C.I don't actually read the tabloids anymore, but otherwise I don't recall any source making much of all this.The Queen had to have approved it, if not suggested it, as it referred to the Queen's mentoring a
    Princess in training-to be Queen. This raised her above the blood princesses. Could this
    possibly explain a few of the absences and brief appearances? A bit of a boycott?

    Anyway, I like to think it possible that, through this, HM was speaking loudly and clearly
    about her attitude toward and confidence in Catherine. It may even rule out a favorite teapotter's litany that the Cambridges choose their path and the Queen does not
    interfere. She obviously keeps her hand and voice in even the slightest details, which
    was also emphasised.

    As far as voices go...Harry's was the strongest and clearest.He spoke eloquently, spontaneously, and clearly about causes close to his heart. Sophie was lovely, as usual.
    Charles was nearly unintelligible to me, as always, which is a shame, as he would probably
    be a fascinating dinner partner. Kate and the Queen were at times impossible to understand.
    In fact, I noticed Kate had similar speech patterns to the Queen. Perhaps the pressure of many thoughts trying to get out, combined with perhaps a certain natural shyness. The Queen seems to rarely complete a sentence, instead stating phrases that end with an upward
    inflection-as though waiting for assent before continuing on.

    All this,my initial thoughts, certainly my opinion.

    Question-was this documentary available somehow nearly live, slightly delayed, online? Apparently, some in US viewed it before utube was up.

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  45. Does anyone know who made the jacket Jecca Craig is wearing with the red gown? I think Pippa Middleton has also been spotted wearing a similar jacket
    - Ruby

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