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Video of Prince William Dancing in Swiss Ski Resort

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Well it was a messy Monday for the royals' public relations department as news broke that Prince William spent the weekend in Verbier where he was photographed partying it up over lunch with a 24 year old who works in hospitality at one of the resorts.  This morning the headlines featured full sized photos of the young woman (Sophie Taylor, who modeled for Chadwick for a time and seems to have a penchant for topless shots) in various stages of undress juxtaposed against small insets of the royal party drinking and eating with her at a ski slope restaurant.  To be clear, the photos of Ms. Taylor were from her social media accounts and from previous vacations, not from this trip...obviously. Hopefully obviously.

Via Emily Andrews Twitter



How did we get here? Prince William jetted to the Swiss resort on Friday for a "Lads' Weekend" skiing with pals Guy Pelly, James Meade and Thomas Van Straubenzee while Kate took George and Charlotte to Bucklebury to spend the weekend with Mama Carole and Papa Mike. The Duke and Duchess did miss the Commonwealth Service on Monday, which neither was scheduled to attend and which they have never attended annually. Althoughthe headlines first latched onto the fact he missed the Commonwealth Service, they have quickly shifted to focus more prominently on the young woman and the terrible, terrible inferences (right or wrong) that can be drawn from three men in their thirties, on a holiday without their wives, laughing and drinking with girls a decade younger. 


Then today, this video of William dancing in one of the clubs surfaced. This is one of the few times in life when you are grateful for a cringe-worthy and sink-through-the-floorboards-embarrassing video.  William appears to be in an alcohol induced world all his own as he dances it out by himself toward the back of the room. Awkward video of the usually dignified future king? Yes. Good thing he is doing it alone? Double yes. 



A succession of possible diversion announcements have been released by the Palace in quick succession. It was announced this morning that the Duchess of Cambridge will attend the National Portrait Gallery's black-tie Portrait Gala on the 28th, followed closely by the news that Charles, William, and Harry will head to France in April to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Vimy on behalf of the Queen. Although it likely was not coordinated with the Palace, the royals are lucky that CHI has predictably picked up the pap shots of Harry and Meghan Markle in Jamaica and their first cover hit the stands today, showing one image of Meghan smooching Harry and another of the couple enjoying the beach.  



The Palace has used its influence in the past few weeks to suppress other photos from this same holiday that show Harry and Meghan passionately embracing on a hotel balcony, but the spare might have to take it on the chin for the heir. I could see the Palace giving the green light to steamier shots of Harry with his beautiful girlfriend to cover over William's weekend indiscretion.

[Update: One reader has (rather aggressively :)) noted that the young woman's boyfriend was a member of the lunch party. If this is true, it changes the situation. If William and his guy pals lunched with two blondes it is indefensibly inappropriate. If William and his pals lunched with blonds and a boyfriend, it opens the door for more appropriate explanations. There was absolutely no mention of a male companion to the girls in the report I read. Which is not to say that there wasn't one, but there was no report of one.]

Update II: Emily Andrews of The Sun has reconfirmed that her initial story is accurate and that the BFs were not present at the lunch.

I have posted my complete thoughts on this mini-scandal. You can read that post here

144 comments:

  1. I've taken the day since this broke to try and formulate my thoughts on this kerfuffle, and all I've got is

    Yeesh, Wills.

    -TMM

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  2. "terrible, terrible inferences (right or wrong) that can be drawn from three men in the thirties on a holiday without their wives, laughing and drinking with girls a decade younger."

    And the model's boyfriend. Even the DM admitted that, though they buried it halfway down the story.

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  3. I think the media is slut shaming that girl - they were fully clothed in ski suits no less when they met up, had a beer on the slopes; then they plaster her sexiest photo shoot all over the story? Not fair to either of them. I get that William has a higher standard to live up to and I'm not sure if this lives up to that but I don't appreciate how the media are portraying this woman.

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    1. Mich I don't see this as slut-shaming. I see it as showing how gorgeous she is. How could a guy not be tempted or want to get with someone who is toned, tanned, pretty, and can give a sultry look like that? I think it emphasized William's lack of judgment. Not that it would be better if she was (conventionally) unattractive, but it went from lunch & high-fives, to the girls at the bar, to her being so "hot & sexy". It looked bad on his part, now it looks worse.

      I think it shames William, and further embarrasses Kate.

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    2. I can understand your point, but I don't see it as slut-shaming since the press is shaming William for potentially being a cheating dog, not the woman for doing nude modeling.

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    3. The model has done nothing wrong by being hot and attractive which is where the media has come in and "slut shamed" her for being hot and talking to a married Prince. (There is no sin in that) I think Will should be allowed to talk to people of the opposite sex without it becoming about infidelity and shaming Kate. I think it's just unfortunate that Will lives in a world where he isn't able to do that without the media and public being up in arms about it. If any normal guy was to make friends with someone deemed to be hot it wouldn't be a big deal. It only is cause he's the prince. So maybe bad judgement on his part because he lives in the public eye, but no one did anything "wrong".

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    4. It's not slut shaming, these are all easily accessible images that were taken from her social media accounts. These pictures were already publicly available.

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  4. Well he is dancing alone at least, and really do not see how why this is causing such an uproar. Many of us need some time out.

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  5. I really have two questions here. First, what the heck was William thinking? Surely he knew when he was out frolicking at lunch, he realised there was a reasonably good chance of paparazzi lurking? While I totally get that he wanted a weekend away with his friends, and while pictures like this were fine when he was both younger and unattached, they are totally not fine now.

    Second, and perhaps more importantly on this blog, how must Kate be feeling and did he give no thought to that? While I hope that she has full confidence that nothing untoward happened, it can't be pleasant for her to know that her husband spent the weekend out and about with a group of other girls. And, finally, if William had to have a weekend away of any type (let's pretend here that it didn't involve the Aussie Babe), surely it could have been planned for a time when the Royal Family didn't have a major public engagement, even if that engagement isn't one William and Kate regularly attend?

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    1. Well said. Has this family not learned that the most embarrassing things can be shared with the world? He didn't just embarrass himself, he embarrassed his wife. I think he owes her a public apology.

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    2. Well said by several of you here. Very poor judgment on the part of William. Such conflict in how he self-righteously says he wants to protect the privacy of his family from paps. HM has said, "if you don't want it, then don't go where you'll be photographed." This display doesn't protect the privacy of his wife or his children, who may well one day see these very photos. Now Will doesn't care? Bad form that a Lads' Weekend gives him license to act like a stupid teenager in public where anyone can photograph him. It's as much his duty to show up in life honorably (even if he was born to the role) as it may or may not have been for him to be present at the Commonwealth event. Birthright is not under his control. His public behavior is; and with photos out here from everyone, he has foolishly betrayed his young family and the BRF. Do this in a private home if you must. I appreciate the views here about this. I'm stunned and saddened by Will's mistake. Katherine USA

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  6. Sarah Maryland USAMarch 14, 2017 at 11:34 AM

    I the thing is why isn't the commonwealth service something the Cambridges attend annually? Prince William is the future head of that commonwealth and with British leaving the EU it doesnt seem like a good time to snub some good PR with other nations
    And even if William went on vacation why didn't Kate go to the service? The issue I have is that he should have been going to the service in the first place

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    1. Thats how I feel about this too, Sarah. Ok he went skiiing with his buddies. Ok, he does not always attend this service. However, as eventual heir to the throne, shouldn't he be attending? After having attended for the past two years, it just LOOKS better if Kate and William continue to attend annually unless they are working elsewhere. It shows the Commonwealth that this is an event of importance as it rightfully should be. At the very least, don't schedule a ski weekend right before the service and then be absent (even if you were not scheduled). If not scheduled ( although he should be regardless), ski another weekend. Also, for someone who hates his personal life to be documented by the press, he sure gave them a bunch to talk about last weekend. Surely, he must have known this would have been splashed across the papers.

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    2. Why has Prince Charles missed the service in the past for a vacation as well? If Kate had gone without William and given that William was on holiday, it would have looked even worse for William. Don't believe anything untoward happened on the weekend, but it does make for bad optics. But as always, time moves on and this too will pass.

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    3. Except when others missed CW service they weren't pictured minus wives partying with topless model at a pricey ski resort

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    4. Sarah from Maryland
      William is not the future Head of the Commonwealth.
      After HM, the members of the Commonwealth will decide.

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    5. Agree Jean, it's not even a certainty that Charles will be head. Members decision entirely.
      Storm in a teacup driven by media. WK will appear on Friday and carry on as normal.

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    6. Sarah Maryland USAMarch 14, 2017 at 6:19 PM

      Did I say I'm giving Charles a pass? No. But from what I've read the queen wants Charles to be the next head of the commonwealth and William after. So this would have been a good opportunity for him to go and make nice especially since Britain is leaving the EU

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  7. I sure hope Kate gets to go let her hair down on a girls weekend after this!

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    1. Haha Pippa's hen party?! ;-)
      ~ A

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  8. This is really surprising, but I'm hopeful it's a one-off, and he will not repeat this kind of thing. It was probably just an indiscreet moment of letting his (ahem) hair down, the kind of thing you think you are missing when you are a father of two young children. I'm sure it was no more than dancing, and I'm sure he regrets it. He probably had a hangover this morning, and feels properly chastised. If he repeats this kind of thing....then we're in trouble.

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    1. I completely agree. Especially with the last two lines! Hope he does not repeat this.

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    2. Diane, what I miss (and how can one not?) is has something similar happened on past boys' trips since marriage that never made news?
      ~ A

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    3. Unfortunately, this is not a one-off from William. He has taken at least three trips without Catherine that I know of: in 2014, in 2016, and in 2017.

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    4. I don't believe William was at the wedding weekend of their friend in the Caribbean. Harry was. A few shots taken there could have easily included Harry with a couple of blonds. My point is-any set of circumstances could have lead to those ski trip pictures . We don't know the whole story. By the way, I see the usual visitors are here who drop in when tabloid fodder is being discussed. Any opportunity to press an agenda- the actual facts of the situation are not considered-just the tabloid take. Maybe Kate was supposed to go with William- a sort of echo of the Harry/Meghan getaway-leaving the youngsters with her parents. Maybe one of the children got sick...I could list many possible variants of this story, but I doubt they would generate the clicks this lurid, rather vulgar spin has.

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    5. I can't imagine Kate was ever planning on being the only spouse to tag along on a boys weekend. I for one done think Will did anything wrong *except* for being incredibly oblivious(?) that he was teeing up what could only be a PR disaster. It's been slow on the Cambridge news front so any spotting would have made news and Will drinking and laughing with younger women allows for juicier headlines than if Kate had been snapped picking up groceries or having her hair done. If Will wasn't aware that he should have been mindful that even innocent behavior could set tongues wagging well then I think that raises a legitimate question of how thoughtful the Cambridges really are about how they manage their image or to what extent the advisors they surround themselves with are up to doing their job.

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  9. There are so many thirty-somethings I know that needs a weekend with their friends once in a while. Most of them are men because theire wifes can't leave the kids. The mommy feeling/instinct is in their early years too strong and they would stay with their kids. I can't imagine Kate in a club anymore. Boys will be boys and they need a break from the pressure somethings. Relive some old times and have fun with friends. That is fine. But a future king would think more about his behavior. Skipping Commonwealth for a weekend with your friends. He is already slammed workshy and this wil not make his image better. Lunch with blond, young girls? He know he is the most photographed men in the world. I feel sorry for Kate. Step up and behave yourself William!

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    1. I agree nothing wrong enjoying time with your buddies. But all three are very married men. And it is not ok to be photographed with very young ladies. It seems William did not give a damn how his action would hurt his wife. There again William only cares about himself

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    2. Yet both girls had their girlfriends present which one tabloid fails to mention and the other buries it way down in the article. Not the best move by William, but tabloids are pressing their usual agenda on this.
      Kate has two upcoming engagements which should be fun. A gala and a speech.

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    3. Should be boyfriends

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    4. I cannot stand the "boys will be boys" garbage since it is only ever used to excuse terrible behavior from men. And BTW women need breaks from the pressures of life and children, too.

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  10. I love Harry and Meghan! They are so adorable.

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    1. I think a lot of photos look like he's giving her the cold shoulder. Like a couple on the outs or after a fight. It makes me nervous so I hope things are ok!

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    2. I got that feeling too, 1:41. It looks like she is way more into the relationship than he is. He doesn't like the paps to get shots like this and it seems she is thriving on it.

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    3. One interpretation from someone who has seen the racier pics was that he was upset about the intrusion, and she seems to be trying to cheer him up. The yet-to-be-seen pics make it clear they aware very much ok.

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  11. I have no issues with people taking holidays and breaks with our with out there partner sometimes a family weekend is great and sometimes a no kids weekend is great. sometimes a girl or guys weekend is great,(I dont care who hes with ill give him the benefit of the doubt he is being true to kate) sometimes a getaway is good Even more this year as they have done a better job then past years so far. My issues is that he should have planed this for a different weekend or at lest been back early so that he could have been at the commonwealth service. It happens every year so he knows when it is and With everything going on it was bad timing.

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  12. He is a total idiot- gone right off him big time

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  13. Kind of a tempest in a tea pot. I think the worst that could come of this completely silly video of William dancing alone is the witty teasing he will get from both his wife and brother. That high five looks anything but suggestive. The royal family is still balancing the need to showcase Charles and Camilla as the next throne couple. We have seen far more of William and Catherine but I think the courtiers are still quite concerned that Charles and his wife are overshadowed by the youth and fun of the younger royals. They stole the show at the Afganiztan dedication just by attending. I doubt Charles could stomach it two weeks in a row.

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  14. Same anon as before -- I apologise for aggressive tone; was typing on the phone and being overly brief.

    I do feel emily is being disingenuous. Daily Mail article says:

    "Last night, Ms Taylor's boyfriend Aaron Goodfellow said he was also present as the prince enjoyed drinks, calling the royal a 'great guy' and 'very down to earth'.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4310506/William-skis-rest-royal-family-attend-service.html#ixzz4bKC9qo7v

    So we're left with the fact that Sophie's boyfriend was present in Verbier and at least on one occasion socialized with William, Sophie et al. Emily says there was at least one meal where the boyfriend wasn't present. But her story makes absolutely no reference to the boyfriend at all, an insinuates that there were shenanigans between William and Sophie. Still not cool, because even if the boyfriend was absent from one of the meals, he was still around.

    Splashing the woman's topless pictures all over the story and drawing an inference about a topless model's presence with William, without mentioning that the BF was around and met William is still dishonest reporting on Emily's part, IMHO.

    Further, Emily's cover of "well, the boyfriend wasn't at the *lunch*" in order to defend her story is disingenuous at best.

    The DM has done a subsequent story on the other blonde: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4312874/the-blonde-pictured-partying-Prince-William.html which reveals that she was also in Verbier with her boyfriend/possibly fiance.

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    1. Should we blame reporters or William who knows how these things can be reported and misconstrued? He has learned the hard way many times, but obviously not enough. He is not a normal person and needs to be more careful sometimes. He knows the media will do this sort of thing, then will walk around scowling about it.

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    2. This strikes me as incredibly bad judgment on Will’s part, at best. At worst, Will is acting passive-aggressively out of some sort of resentment for “demands” placed on him. Verbier is not a place one is likely to choose to go to avoid attention.
      While it may be true that others have missed CW Day for weak reasons, since Will is supposedly “stepping up” now it does seem he could have attended. The excuse “well he went 2 yrs in a row” sounds suspiciously like the excuse for St. Pat’s last yr. (Last yr Charles missed CW Day but he and Camilla were in the Balkans—not exactly on vacation.) Given Brexit and his upcoming “soft diplomacy” Paris tour as well as other developing issues likely to affect the Commonwealth, it doesn’t seem this is the time for Will to look like a “playboy prince.”

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    3. anon 1:12-wise words, but people believe what supports their own beliefs, rational or not. I thought William's dance sequence had an uncanny resemblance to Kate and William's SE Asia dance, which I thought was adorable. Those who are so quick to imply that he is unfit to be king have no idea what goes on in aristocratic and royal circles. He fell in with a rowdy group at Eton, but they are likely the rule rather than the exception. The women are more discreet, but they have their adventures, too. Sometimes it leads to divorce. It is not new in this family. The spouses either join in, over look it, or call it quits. This may be William's farewell to the sportin' life. I think it was a heck of a lot tamer than that island wedding Harry enjoyed.

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    4. Lizzie-the point is, this is an annual event. Charles and Camilla, and this year ,Sophie and Anne made their plans knowing they would miss Commonwealth Day. In the end, it does not matter where they were instead. Either they chose whatever over CW Day themselves, or HM did it for them. I think it is the latter.I think it is a little like Ascot and the State dinners, which Charles has also missed. I think the Queen orchestrates the events like the ringmaster I once compared her to. She is trying to keep a balance and give everyone a chance to shine, while keeping peace in the family. This year for CW Day, it was her sons' turn and Camilla's chance to shine without the detraction of the younger royal women.

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    5. I say good for William. He did nothing wrong and he isn't going to live his life around the paps. He went on a trip with his friends and talked to people of the opposite sex and danced at a bar. Who hasn't done that? It is 100% innocent. If he was supposed to be at the Commonwealth service he would have been there. He has to love so much of his life by "shoulds" (when he didn't ask for it...it isn't like he is an actor) in glad he isn't letting the paps rule him. I hope he and Kate are having a giggle about this silliness. I know my husband and I would.

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    6. He also didn't ask for a castle and a crown but he got those as well. Even if his actions were innocent he should have anticipated that photographs or stories would leak and attempted to minimize any appearance of scandal. He didn't. That's on him.

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    7. Anon1, big difference. Harry isn't married with kids. Secondly, even if William was not supposed to be at the CW service, it was super bad judgement to be somewhere else where photos like these could be taken and plastered across the papers. It took all the attention away from his grandmother at that service and put it directly on his antics. I mean, wow! How incredibly stupid!

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  15. I'm still trying to figure out what the scandal is. Prince Charles doesn't even attend the Commonwealth service every year, but William should?

    As far as the ski trip, shame on this blog and others for trying to stir the pot. Are we really saying that married people can't talk or socialise with some of the opposite sex?

    William is able to get away for a once in a few years holiday with friends, two of whom are Princess Charlotte's godparents and the first thing everyone say is he's cheating.

    Sad state and it's a shame that so-called "fan sites" do so much to try and ruin the Cambridges' marriage.

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    1. William has taken at least three vacations without Catherine, one of them just last year. So it's not a "once in a few years" thing for him.

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    2. I love this blog but I have to agree.

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  16. As a happily married person in my 30s with children, as we all seem to often agree that William and Kate are, I would have no issue if my husband was on a weekend trip with his buddies and had lunch with younger blondes (or brunettes or redheads!). If you are in a good secure marriage (which is different than just having a significant other) you should have no issue with this. I honestly would doubt that Kate does at all.

    I can see both sides of the was this the right weekend to go out debate and am not sure where I fall on that.

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    1. There are those in secure relationships who don't care if the guy goes to a strip club for lap dances, and there are those in secure relationships who wouldn't want their partner doing that. We can only speculate so much on how Kate feels.

      For me, what is more important is the "scene" William created and the doors he opened for wild imaginations and scrutiny. That is where I feel he failed to protect Kate and their relationship. Knowing what can happen with their roles and status and the media, he knew better.

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    2. I have to agree...I see nothing wrong with these 3 guys lunching with 2 ladies or why he should be embarrassed about it. It's not like William was eating alone with one of these women. He was sitting outside, in public, with his guy friends and these 2 ladies. There is nothing to say that one of William's friends didn't already know one of these 2 or their significant other and they just wanted to stop by to say hello and grabbed a bite to eat. There have been 0 pics of them together at the club so that just seems to be trying to make something of nothing.

      I can see the argument about this being the right weekend in light of the Commonwealth Service on Monday. I had been wondering why William and Kate weren't attending but figured they are going to be in Paris this weekend and both have really stepped up their engagements this year so they were given a "pass" on this one. I fully expect that we will continue to see an increase in the number of engagements from them especially once they move back to London this fall.

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    3. I completely agree with everything you said. It's unfortunate the media has to make it something it's not and blow this way out of proportion.

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    4. Agreed Ellen! I think William deserves a bit more credit

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    5. And it should be known that the ladies had a fiance and a boyfriend who were there in Verbier and met William and his group! The boyfriend even said William was "a great guy" from their encounter! That some publications hide these important details to further their agenda that something more could have happened is disingenuous and very wrong. And it is equally wrong to fan the flame by buying into the story.

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  17. Oh goodness! I think this is much to do about nothing! Despite Williams position, I think people are holding him up to a magnifying glass and looking for any old excuse to cast the first stone at him. And his dancing? Not so bad either, especially in comparison to all the other party goers in the room. What a motley bunch they all are! William is the only one that looks to have any spirit of fun in the room. AND hopefully, he went on this little vacay for some fun. These little get-aways can be healthy for a marriage. And Kate and William are rock solid!

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  18. First, I feel for Kate. Regardless of his level of innocence he has embarrassed his wife and allowed for people's minds to wander.

    Second, he should know better regarding paps, being an heir, and being in love with his wife.

    Third, one important thing I believe about marriage/committed relationships, is that you don't want to even create the image that you could be tempted. You PROTECT your marriage. Whether it is publicly or secretly, if you give off some signals someone will judge you or think they can try something. Especially given the affairs in the BRF he should want to protect his marriage from even rumours.

    I have also read the girls were at the bar/club with them. Glad he's dancing alone.

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    1. I completely agree with this. William is so childish. He knows that he's followed by the paparazzi everywhere he goes yet he shows no consideration for his wife and children by allowing these photos to be taken. He also must have known about them and unlike the photos of Harry & Megan made no significant efforts to get them stopped. Unfortunately, he's a product of his privilaged upbringing and it shows in spoilt behaviour like this.

      I also think this is a horrible situation for Kate. There's nothing she can do except come out and smile graciously the next time she's in public. Unfortunately, as she's decided her primary role is to be wife and mother, it means she's completely dependant on a man who gets himself into these situations and doesn't protect their marriage as he should. I was really struck by the contrast between her and Megan Markle last week. Megan wrote a very powerful article about how girls in third world countries are falling behind in education simply by virtue of being female for International Women's Day. Kate, arguably one of the most prominent women in Britain, was completely silent either because she doesn't feel that she can be political - or that she simply doesn't see it as her role.

      While that choice is understandable perhaps, when you see William behaving like he's "off the leash" for the weekend, it makes you wonder if it's a wise one.

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    2. Anon 2:30 - the difference between Meghan and Kate also struck me. There has been (way too late of course, in my opinion) a surge in talking about women's issues, and even if people comment that Meghan is positioning herself as a "political princess-to-be" she was absolutely doing a very purposeful thing, a very important one. It's even better now as more people are reading it and caring about her thoughts.

      But Kate is simply stuck with a very strange, not at all "normal" (as in: looking at women around the world, nearly no-one can afford to be a stay-at-home mum) position. I wonder how she feels about women's issues? I do not now a thing besides mental health where she stepped up and has spoken out. Really strange to me. There is a stage, there is no stigma attached to women's issues (thankfully!) and she sticks with the 1980s.

      (This, of course, has nothing to do with William etc., which is a matter I would not like to discuss.)

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    3. Kate presented one of the most memorable statements on women's issues I have seen simply by appearing outside the hospital without attempting to disguise her post-birth figure. I'll never forget it. I believe she started a new line of thought and helped start a conversation on what unrealistic expectations some societies place on women. There are many more examples of her quiet way of promoting women's issues- one of them being living by one's stated values ( the marriage statement she and William made) as well as her refusal to let someone else tell her how to dress.Sne does not need to stand on a stage or write articles. To me, actions speak louder than words. Many can write about a subject; fewer lead by example .

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    4. Well said anon 1. What Kate can say is limited because of her role - she cannot be seen as political. But her actions can speak volumes.

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    5. anon 9pm- Thank-you. for the kind remark and for pointing out the limitations in Kate's role. A new engagement was announced for the 23d, I believe. It has to do with the concerns of new mothers. It is around the time of Mother's Day in GB and elsewhere. Speaking of women's issues...

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  19. Jane I forgot to thank you for addressing this. I'm glad we can have a place to share our thoughts.
    ~ A

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  20. I hope we get more photos of Harry and Meghan, because these ones do nothing for me. I read that the rumored photos were quite sexy, but these aren't. So I'm hoping for more, sexier photos.

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  21. OR: William likely took his vacation with at least the knowledge, if not approval of his father, Charles. He was known for a few adventures of his own during his married thirties, probably beyond William's letting off of steam. Catherine and her FIL may realise that it is better to let him have the occasional boy's night out than carry on a serious affair. It is possible that those revealing photos of Harry were being circulated prior to William's trip. These photos as presented by the tabloids certainly trump the Harry photos. Who tipped off the press about the ski trip or managed to shoot and transmit the photos? The photo of William skiing in the blue jacket looks a lot like a photo from another trip. Especially since William does not usually change jackets during a weekend ski trip and current photos show a darker coat. Too many questions. Commonwealth service- as someone mentioned, it happens every year. The royals all know this and have an opportunity to plan their schedules accordingly. Yet both Anne and Sophie were absent, whatever their activities. Charles and Camilla have missed significant events as well. William and Catherine weren't scheduled -that left HM with her sons and Camilla without a younger royal woman to claim the spotlight. The release of engagement information is-usually done around two weeks before an event, unless there are security issues. Today is the 14th; Kate's new event is the 28th. I doubt it was timed to cover up news of William's getaway. In my opinion, this story was not only click-bait but also part of the usual tabloid tripe that precedes and follows a W&C tour or heavier schedule of activities. I say this every time because it happens every time. The only difference is William conveniently provided the gossip morsel that was made into a tabloid banquet. I do wonder if the instructions below for commenters to be polite, respectful, and avoid vulgarity also apply to posts. I think that is a fair point and deserves consideration.

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    1. Sophie is in Malawi on royal business. I don't know where Anne was but unlike Will she's not going to be the monarch nor has she been accused repeatedly of being "work shy" for doing few royal engagements. Regardless, trying to make others look bad doesn't make Will look better. He brought this on himself IMO.

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  22. I am a great defender of William but this is wrong in every way. He has to hold himself to a higher standard than most because of his position. I don't think anything happened between him and these girls but the appearance of impropriety should be avoided at all costs. Drunkenness is no excuse. Exercise some self control YRH! He's embarrassed himself, the BRF, and most importantly of all, Kate. If I were her I'd be hopping mad about this. Does he think his children will never see this? These photos will last forever in the press and they'll be dragged out whenever they want to make William a goat. No class here, William, no class.

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  23. Jane, I love your dry writing style...by far the funniest, most informative take on this I've read. Will needs to accept that his is not a normal life and never will be. Maybe he should watch The Crown :)

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  24. Hear, hear. Thank you for this! For DuCam: you hate the press, don't give them any ammunition. For Jane: I like your blog a lot, however I do think this is not the right way forward. You might want to address these topics but with these magazine covers copied? In my humble opinion you border DM; not my cup of tea. Sorry!

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  25. It's not just be honest, but look honest.

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  26. First reaction? Yawn... I mean seriously? "Future King of England has meal with member of the opposite sex (no relation)" is that really worth a headline (or blog entry for that matter)? I think there are many more serious matters we can worry about in this world...
    The only reaction the Duchess will show is tease her husband mercilessly about that cringy dance video.

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  27. First reaction? Yawn... I mean seriously? "Future King of England has meal with member of the opposite sex (no relation)" is that really worth a headline (or blog entry for that matter)? I think there are many more serious matters we can worry about in this world...
    The only reaction the Duchess will show is tease her husband mercilessly about that cringy dance video.

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    1. Denise, any royal watcher knows it's not as cut and dry as that.

      William has made repeated excuses about why he can't do more royal work. He wanted to be an aa pilot, then it turned out he wasn't there as much as we were led to believe. Then there was the bizarre line that he couldn't work because Brussels rules mandated time off. A claim which was quickly refuted and made KP look pretty stupid. Then there were the stories that he's just trying to be the best family man he can be and give his children what he didn't have, more time with their father.
      But we've seen he has no problem taking off from family and air ambulance when it suits him.
      He's done a lot that he deserves credit for, yes, but that doesn't mean he doesn't deserve blame here.
      It's ok to be critical of him at times. When he wasn't going to be at commonwealth day people assumed he'd be working. Or maybe holed up in Norfolk. Nope. About as far away from all of that as you can get.
      This is a PR disaster, incredibly poor judgment, a pull back the curtain moment, whatever you want to call it. It's bad. And I'll admit it's just bad luck for William that the waitress or bar tender he was lunching with happened to be a topless model which is making great stories for the tabloids.
      But William brought this on himself and it's much more damaging than you think or are trying to believe. He is losing credibility fast. Not to mention I'm sure Kate is doing more than cringing at his dance moves. The entire family's been embarrassed here.
      It's not the greatest crisis ever but it is very damaging to William and his public persona. And will completely overshadow Paris.

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  28. I tend to agree that the pictures likely make things appear worse than they actually were, however, this must be embarrassing for William and for Catherine as well. William is entitled to a weekend with his friends, however, the timing of this just isn't good. He is already criticized for being work shy, and missing the Commonwealth ceremonies on the heels of a boys' weekend is terrible from a public relations perspective. William should know better, and certainly, his advisors should have foreseen the potential damage here. He's not the average thirty-something father juggling a full time job and responsibilities at home. William needs to think more carefully about such things. Honestly, what poor planning. Duty and responsibility first when you are the heir to the heir to the British throne.

    At least William and Catherine will both be at the St. Patrick's Day ceremonies this year. They've learned from last year's public relations blunder when Kate missed it. Perhaps this situation will prove to be good learning for William as well.

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  29. I tend to agree that the pictures likely make things appear worse than they actually were, however, this must be embarrassing for William and for Catherine as well. William is entitled to a weekend with his friends, however, the timing of this just isn't good. He is already criticized for being work shy, and missing the Commonwealth ceremonies on the heels of a boys' weekend is terrible from a public relations perspective. William should know better, and certainly, his advisors should have foreseen the potential damage here. He's not the average thirty-something father juggling a full time job and responsibilities at home. William needs to think more carefully about such things. Honestly, what poor planning. Duty and responsibility first when you are the heir to the heir to the British throne.

    At least William and Catherine will both be at the St. Patrick's Day ceremonies this year. They've learned from last year's public relations blunder when Kate missed it. Perhaps this situation will prove to be good learning for William as well.

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  30. Am I missing something here? First of all, do you honestly think that Prince William was on holiday without his wife knowing about it? Or without his grandmother knowing about it? And secondly, he had lunch with two women and two male friends. As far as I am aware, he's not breaking the law. He's a grown man who is allowed to go on holidays and enjoy himself. Leave the man alone!! I agree that Commonwealth Day is an important day on the calendar of the BRF, but I think you're being overly harsh on Prince William.

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  31. Once again, I think this is creating a mountain out of a mole hill. The decision to go on a lads holiday is not wise, however, the uproar created by the often disingenuous press is hilarious. William was on holiday with three of his best chums - all but one are married with families. They were photographed sharing a table & high fiving two girls - who were also in a relationship and had their boyfriend/fiance with them in Verbier. Where's the scandal? Aren't married men allowed to talk to girls anymore? I'm sure Kate knew about this trip, and TRUSTS William. My own husband has been on lads' holidays over the years. Buying into the sleazy story that something more happened between the lads and the girls would mean buying into pockets of the press who care nothing for the truth and care nothing for families and children who they can potentially hurt.

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  32. Jane I know you've had a tough day and as usual conducted yourself so well in response, hang in there :)

    It's odd to me how many people showed that their own judgement and commentary can't really be taken seriously anymore because they have such blinders on where William & Kate are concerned.

    There is a serious issue here, about how William conducts himself, and the choices he makes. Any reasonable person can and should see this was a most serious lapse in judgment. And he should know it would create tabloid fodder. It was incredibly foolish and the timing was terrible. And he just doesn't get it, I worry if he ever will.

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    1. Your sweet words of encouragement made my night. Thank you for thinking of me and coming to add your thoughtful remarks. They lifted my spirits.

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    2. Well said: There is a serious issue here, about how William conducts himself, and the choices he makes.

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    3. If William's ski weekend causes this much furor, what about the indiscretions of a 35year old married Prince of Wales? The husband of a Queen? This is the British aristocracy. It is almost required behavior. Sure, in a perfect world, kings and princes would be pillars of righteousness. Last time I looked, the world was far from perfect. The difference is, back in the day, there wasn't a 24 hour newscycle.

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    4. In an age of cell phone cameras, social media and 24 hour news coverage, William should know better, anon 1. He can not get away with anything in the public sphere and he needs to adjust his life accordingly. He can't be serving material like this to the press on a silver platter. It reflects badly on the Crown especially at these tense times.

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    5. I'm pretty sure there are people who are still worked up about Charles' indiscretions so no it wasn't just shrugged off before the 24 hour news cycle.

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    6. Another vigorous defense for the irresponsible tabloid press. Blame their victim. Those who sell photos to the highest bidder are in the same category. In their world, a person hit by a drunk driver is responsible for getting in the way! It is revealing that the defenders of the tabloids attack those who feel public people have rights to privacy by calling their supporters naïve or casting doubt on their "judgement, reason, and commentary."

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    7. "Irresponsible tabloids" are part and parcel of having a free press. The glare put on persons in public roles by the press is part of a functioning democracy. Are there reasonable lines to be drawn? Of course. One might take the position that the press should be stifled and persons in power should have complete privacy but be honest about the downsides of that option too.

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    8. I do not like tabloids and don't defend them. Their handling of the facts has been disgusting. But the issue here is the fact that it was a public place, British tourist took the pictures and videos. It cannot reflect positively on the future king to be known he can be very drunk in a public place, giving strangers the spectacle of his lack of control. He brought it on himself. The reaction of the tabloids was to be expected.

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    9. Agreed Anon 3:48. There are thick castle walls and dense hedges for a reason.

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  33. I've always hoped this wouldn't happen...hope it's a fluke :( it may well have been innocent, but come on...when you're in your 30s, you have kids, unless you're kind of a douche, you aren't really going to even WANT to go clubbing with kids in their early 20s. Go ski and get tanked with the boys...but why bring inappropriately young girls into the mix? So selfish. Now I have to wonder how much of the William we've seen in the last few years is just an act.

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  34. Jennifer from the SouthMarch 14, 2017 at 7:31 PM

    Hmmmmmmmm

    You know, I don't think Kate minds what actually took place over the weekend - and I really don't think she has any reason to be embarrassed. William was behaving respectably enough for a boys weekend. He wasn't making out with models in the corner. He was actually behaving rather appropriately and I am honesty surprised he wasn't caught out doing something inappropriate. My respect for William the Husband just went up.

    However my respect for William the Heir continues to go down in a downward spiral. He just seems to basically spit on his duty and role every chance he gets. He has absolutely no sense of duty. I really don't care that he went on a holiday, but the optics are terrible as timing goes. It's like he gave a big middle finger to the Commonwealth because he couldn't be bothered and had something better to do. He and Kate do this all the time. They skipped out on the Queen Mother's memorial to ski. They skipped out on part of the Paraolympics to frolic in France when they said they were "preparing for a tour." When they didn't appear on Commonwealth Day I figured they'd taken a mini break before their working holiday, but together. William just ends up looking like a total cad in this situation, similar to Edward Viii who quite frequently chose fun and self over duty. William has been headed down a very rocky path for quite some time. He just doesn't seem to care at all, but wants all the perks that come along with the job - without actually doing the job. Honestly I think Kate would do as she is asked and work as much
    Or as little as William allows. If William had said they would be at the CW service Kate would have shown up. She is here to play ball, but William just doesn't want to play. In fact sometimes I get the feeling he is trying to throw the game.

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  35. I just find this silly and so sexist, to both men and women.

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  36. I find it so ironic that any time he is asked about the Queen in an interview William talks about what a great role model she is, yet he consistently fails to model his behaviour and work ethic after her. I still consider myself a fan of the Cambridges, but am increasingly disappointed by them. I am equally appalled by the place response that his schedule is private. His private schedule may be private, but work schedule and his failure to do his job is entirely within the public scope.

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    1. Andrea-welcome to this forum. Do you consider a person who tolerates and stands by as a person is beaten a role model because he didn't participate? Think about it.

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  37. I think it's a bigger issue that he didn't attend the event vs. the lunch. He is going to be king, at what point does that matter???

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  38. Were the girls at lunch only or the club too? I think that matters. If it was just lunch or part of lunch.... many things could explain that. If it was longer than that, there's a problem.

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    1. They were at the club, too. The group had lunch first, then met up at the club later.

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    2. Ouch. Stupid move for married men.

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    3. Was William staying at Andrew and Sarah's resort home? Andrew was there and I am sure very aware of William's being there with his friends. I think W&C should hire Andrew's PR people. His holiday weekend was only publicised because it interfaced with the William story. Andrew could have been up to anything in a private home. Or he could have been a model of princely behavior. I am trying to understand the rationale of some of the (anonymous) William critics here. Are you saying William should not socialize with his friends? socialise , but in private? socialise in public but don't get caught? I'm confused where the moral focus is with some. It is ok for Andrew's daughters to miss CW Day because, although the Queen's grandchildren, they are father down in the pecking order? Inquiring minds want to know.

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    4. Anon 1- I think the trouble is that William, as a future king, wasn't at an important Commenwealth service. Andrew is certainly no role model, but even he attended the service- I think that makes William's absence even more glaring. I'm less concerned about B and E's whereabouts- they are not future monarchs and are not even considered "working royals", so there is not a public expectation that they attend.

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  39. Remember all those pics of William groping (literally) girls' boobs at clubs when he posed knowingly for pictures while dating Kate? There were tons, Google it. This is nothing. I'm sure much worse is out there.

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    1. So because William did worse while dating Catherine, his behavior should be excused now? None of that behavior should be excused.

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    2. No, Leslie, that's not what I said. My point was, since William was ready to grab every lady's chest that simply wanted a pic with him, I am surprised that people are shocked about this.

      If my serious boyfriend was grabbing all those women (and it wasn't just one or two) I would have drop kicked his butt. Kate looked the other way. It went on for quite some time. And they were out of college, old enough to know better.

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  40. The timing may not have been ideal, but I am saddened by some of the condemnation I have read on the internet in the last two days. William is such a magnet for the papps and I feel for him. Had this been a Cambridge family holiday, I suspect some of the same criticism would appear.

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    1. I don't think it would have. A family vacation is one thing but a lads trip while a high profile royal event is happening coupled with a light public-facing workload that not only becomes public but includes much but younger beautiful women... that's a recipe for a PR disaster no matter how innocent or otherwise understandable the underlying circumstances of the overall trip might be. It's bad for the Cambridges and it's bad for the royal family particularly when Will and Kate's are about the be deployed as soft diplomacy as Brexit moves forward

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    2. I think there may have been some comments about skipping the Commonwealth Service from some people, but I don't think the story would have blown up the way it has had it been a Cambridge family vacation.

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    3. William is a jerk, royalfan. Yeo, it's hard to swallow, but best you get used to it, for your own sake. He and his brother have been riding on their mothers goodwill for two decades; take that away, and what's left?

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    4. I agree, Leslie

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  41. His total lack of judgement is appalling. I am sure nothing untoward happened, but it all feeds the media, and their love of salacious headlines. He certainly had to know that.

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  42. I kept asking myself when I saw these photos - would I be happy if I saw my husband in the same situation - the answer is probably not -

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    1. Exactly! At the BEST I would be rolling my eyes and wishing he'd behave like a grown father of two children and at worst I'd be furious. If you consider the press coverage as further embarrassment, I'd bet Kate is leaning toward the latter.

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  43. I agree with Tedi's comment that it the 'total lack of judgment is appalling.' Still, I have to wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that there is an underlying tie to the upcoming 20th anniversary of his mother's death? If you remember on the 10th anniversary of her passing in 2007, William and Catherine parted ways that spring for a few months, and he was said to be partying too much and not ready to settle down. I cannot help but wonder if now, fast-forward, another ten years, and William may be subconsciously dealing with the anniversary of his mother's death again. Let's hope that it is simply just a weekend with his friends where he letting loose and it will not escalate to more behaviors which could be viewed as questionable.

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    1. That is a very plausible explanation, Julie. I think we all feel sympathy for him where the loss of his mother is concerned. In the future, hopefully instead of acting out, he will avail himself of the very same mental health services he has been promoting for the past year.

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    2. I think you're spot-on. In light of the fact that William, Catherine and Harry have recently been promoting mental health therapies to deal with various issues, including loss of family members, I think this is relevant. Again, it may all be speculation that William may be having a difficult time, but we all do deal with our emotional past in different ways, and perhaps, as with his mother, he could use issues in his own life as an example to help others deal with their problems.

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    3. Orange County GrandmaMarch 15, 2017 at 7:22 PM

      If he is having some type of issues then practice what you preach. Talk to,your wife. Don't go out and acted like an ass. He has the world at his finger tips get help.

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  44. William needs to grow up. He is the father of 2 small children, and a husband.
    Not to mention he was leaving the Air Ambulance service to be more of a help to the Queen and official duties. Missing the Commonwealth service for this, not acceptable.

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  45. To Jane Barr. I realize your dedication to this site, your willingness to open it up to more interesting debate, and your determination to keep your site civilized--and I thank you for that. But, to support William in this case, after his many solo weekends away from his wife and children strikes me as a lapse in judgment. He is married. He has two children, thanks to Kate, who suffered through each pregnancy--lest we forget. He has a responsibility as a husband and father, to protect all three, and when he diminishes himself, as he recently did, in Verbier, he diminishes Kate and his kids.

    So why come to his defence? Obviously, he has made a jackass of himself. --Guess I just expected
    you to lend more support to Kate , and a whole lot less to William, emotional idiot that he is.

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    1. JC, I am a little confused. I think I gave a pretty thorough raking to HRH. I pointed out the scandal he caused, the potential hurt to Kate, and I even went so far as to point out that although I am sure he wasn't unfaithful or had any mind to be this weekend, this kind of relaxed behavior could lead to marital problems in the future. What more is there to say? I think that is pretty rough stuff on its own.
      What do you mean about lending support to Kate? William is her husband and she loves him deeply. How does gratuitous belaboring of his mistake help Kate? I am sure more than anyone she wants this all to go away quickly. I believe the lunch with or without cameras (that is, even had we never known about this, I believe this was inappropriate and disrespectful of his marriage vows) was wrong. I assume and hope it won't happen again, because I think it was a mistake. The best support I can give to Kate is to point out that we all make mistakes and that William will grow and move forward. You never want to pit two spouses against each other. William and Kate are married, I support her when I reasonably support him.

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    2. Orange County GrandmaMarch 15, 2017 at 5:14 PM

      Jane. We'll have you seen the new Vedic being posted all over social media. William is dancing pretty close to a woman in a black dress. Also one of the photos really looks like he is kissing her. This was the final blow. Now I feel he was unfaithful to Kate. He has disgraced his wife, children and his marriage vows. Not to say what he has done to the royal family.
      Sad part of all this, his buddies will cover up his cheating. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if he did not take her back to his room. He was so drunk he wouldn't know what he was doing except get a little on the side. I am sorry to be so blunt but he does have a history of getting so drunk and taking young ladies to his room. He has not grown up nor taken his marriage very serious.
      And so much for his wife and kids being his top priority. He just shot that out the window. Also his statement that he learn from the past. What did he learn that it is ok to cheat on your wife in plan site. He just gave Kateva Diana moment.
      Finally I have to say I have lost all respect for this man or kid as he was acting like. My heart bleeds for poor Kste. She does not deserve this Kind of treatment. She lives this man with all her heart and he goes on and breaks it into small pieces.
      God help him. I just st hope the Queen and Carole hold of him and give him the what not for his behavior

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    3. The full video makes it look like they are talking and he leaned in to hear her over the nightclub din - no dancing or kissing in the video I have seen

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    4. No, No. He is super drunk, but I watched the video and it isn't as bad as the headline makes it look. He is drunk and the woman taps him on the back. He turns and steadies himself and leans in to hear her comment. He isn't groping her or nuzzling her or hugging her. He is just plain drunk. A good reason not to get drunk.

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    5. Jane, I couldn't agree more with your comments @4:02. Perfect summary to my feelings on this subject. How DOES any of this help Kate?

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    6. Sorry, he may have been drunk but really, why assume the worst in these shots...cause that is the way the media portrays/posts them? I just am not sure what world most of you live in, sorry, but I am not young and this blog I feel like I am back in what the 1880s? It may be a an awful creepy weekend with cheating etc etc going on, but too assume the worst from some phone video shots is insane. Let William and Kate deal with all this. FWIW I have been married for a bit of time, and both my hubby and I have been known to flirt a bit with a few too many drinks in us, did it mean anything absolutely not! Did everyone understand the drink and the setting, YES.

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    7. Understandable 12:28 but you and your husband are not the future King and Queen of England, are you.

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    8. I am commenting here as my comments from last night have not appeared and the "load more" function on this site has never worked for me or my friends who read this blog. I appreciate Jane's explaining that the tab headlines mis-represented the video in question. The fact that the video was used as a tease that did not live up to the hype is typical tabloid tactics. I think it pertinent to add that at least one of the women in question was known to at least one member of the party as , from what a commenter has said here or elsewhere, she is Guy Pelly's employee. These were not totally unknown women. One commenter remarked about security issues in taking up with strangers. My answer is that, not only were they not total strangers, but there is no way William was there without at least one RPO . who is not about to let any dangerous people close to him- no matter how casual-looking the scene.Add to that the hotel and club security, which must have been on special alert with Prince William and guests there. Apparently Andrew was part of the group at one point, which begs the question-did Andrew even attempt to discourage William? People have commented this actually makes Andrew look good. Just a thought.-----I don't know if Eugenie and Beatrice were there, but they usually spend time with their parents at Sarah's resort area residence this time of year. I don't believe they were at CW Day services either.It wasn't exactly a random night on the town. It is an exclusive resort. .---Another point-there are some rather snide remarks made here about "super Kate fans" being in denial or finding the news difficult to process. I think it may be difficult for the anti-Kate fans to process the fact that by clicking on the tabloid stories and videos they are supporting (literally!) and validating the tabloid brand of sleaze journalism.---- There is no doubt in my mind that partying with his chums was an opening of a pressure valve for William, but an unwise choice to do so in public. Prince Phillip was praised for keeping his activities behind closed doors. That seems a little hypocritical to me-either the behavior itself is acceptable or not, regardless of where it is done or whether it is publicised.. I am sure he is already regretting his choice of venue for celebrating with his friends The only good news is that tabloid coverage of Harry's getaway was pushed into the background.----Finally. for those readers capable of empathy, imagine returning in full official , media-saturated view to the city where your mother died . Not a quiet, peaceful death at that, and especially in a significant anniversary year. It must be almost unbearable . I agree that, from what I have read here and one other blog, this particular means of stress relief was a mistake. My concern is that the tabloid press has capitalized on this, as they have many other times, giving the story the most sensational slant possible. Yes, the tabloids will do this and it may be a consequence of a free press, but we don't have to fall for their tactics. I don't appreciate and will resist being told how to think by the tabloids. They manage to manipulate public opinion quite successfully. And that is a fact some super anti-Kate fans (to paraphrase a commenter's words) apparently find it hard to face.

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    9. Anon 1, AMEN.

      I think this whole episode has shown exactly what the "press" is capable of producing...and how willing and able the public is to consume every last morsel. William enjoyed one night of dancing; meanwhile, the editors haven't stopped.

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    10. Sorry anon 1 and royalfan but you can't blame this all on the press. William didn't just enjoy one night of dancing. He drunkenly caroused with women who are not his wife in a public place where he had to know photographs and videos would be taken. He then publicly dined with some of the same women also in a place he knew he would be photographed. The headlines are on him.

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    11. The load more button never works for me either no matter what device or browser I use. Works for any other site I visit. So frustrating because I can't follow the conversation here after a certain point. Glad to hear its not just me.

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  46. In light of the new video.....just when I thought it couldn't get any worse! I don't think he was being inappropriate with that woman, I agree with Jane that he was leaning in to hear her. At the same time, his hand IS on her waist and she is holding on to his arm. He is super drunk. But this would make me very mad at my husband. I am sure Kate is furious, and this will totally change the tone of the Paris trip, in my opinion.

    The videos of the dancing are hilarious. The video of him talking to the woman is not hilarious. I really hope that exchange is all that there was.

    He needs to get himself together. Honestly, I know it breaks protocol, but I feel like he needs to issue a statement. Apologize to your wife and grandmother. I agree with other posters that this makes him lose total credibility. All of that nonsense about putting his family first. Unless you're in Verbier, right?

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  47. This just makes me sad. William did not honor his wife. Kate has done nothing BUT honor William since they met and to her credit, has never put a foot wrong. I would be furious if that were my husband and had only one witness to the club incident. The whole world knows and Kate, I can only imagine, must be hurt and humiliated for her husband's lack of regard for her feelings. Team Kate all the way! And from a "normal person's" standpoint, as a mother/father-in-law, if I were Mike and Carol Middleton, I would be furious to have my daughter humiliated this way. Nice one, William, for paying their kindness back like this. I hope he learns and Kate forgives him and things just move on.

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  48. I am in no way condoning William's behavior or suggesting that it should have been swept under the rug but he must have had protection officers with him. I'm kind of surprised that they didn't prevent people videoing and photographing William as much as they did. Maybe that's just not part of their role.

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  49. Ok, all, I change the comments section. I don't know that it is an improvement beyond the fact that you can now read other's comments, but it has kind of messed with the ability to reply to individuals. The truth is that I switched to Disqus some time ago and people didn't like it, but to really give the best user experience, we will probably need to switch to that. In fact...I will be switching the comment section in the next few months. I will try to post a tutorial on how to get the hang of it. I know we hate change, but if everyone can learn the new system it will be a much better user experience for all.

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  50. Same here regarding the comments section. Thank you, Jane, for addressing it. 🌞

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  51. I may be missing something, but with this new format I am not able to reply to a specific post at the source. I find that difficult as it means who ever reads my reply at the end of the posts has to scroll back and find the post I am referencing. If there is a way to post at the source point let me know.

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  52. I had posted earlier that I did not find anything to be upset about in Williams behavior, and as said it is highly suspect what really happened as opposed to what some of the media implies happened...I said that my husband and I were known to dance and have a good time while out with groups, including, drinking, touching, etc etc. and it was jus a non issue. Someone said well that was all well and good, but that my husband and I were not the future King and Queen, I actually do not think that has any bearing on the issues being discussed at least for me. Since I do not find anything wrong with what I have read or seen about Williams weekend then the fact that he will be King is not a factor. I also do not think most of the general public will be up in arms either. I have not read everything about this story but has the Guardian or The Daily Telegraph published any stories about this? Did not see anything on BBC or in The NYT.

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    1. Except Will and Kate weren't out together with a group. I think every couple has their personal boundaries but I think it's not a "non-issue" for everyone.

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  53. @Ali, no this is the format for the moment. It doesn't nestle or embed or however you want to describe it. It is frustrating. We will be moving back to the old way soon, and shortly after that a permanent move to a new format. The blog is undergoing some growing pains, but hopefully it will be a better user experience when complete.

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  54. So, what I am saying is, I know it is ugly and annoying. We have to suffer for a bit and then I think it will change for the better.

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    1. So Jane, should I now be able to access the load more comments?

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  55. Ok Jane, I see the new format. It comes up if I use my laptop, not my cell.

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