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William & Kate's Full Radio Interview

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Saturday! Yesterday's post got a little messy, almost live blog fashion, as I added clip after clip from the Cambridges' interview on BBC Radio 1. This morning when Cara W (thank you!) sent me the full YouTube video of the couple's time on air, I thought a fresh post was in order.



I know Kate's ensemble has caught some attention. She wore dress slacks for the first time in her royal career, I believe, and the fans are going wild with joy. She also wore this new Temperley top which has left me straddling the fence. I like it, but I also find it...unusual.

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The couple posed for some promo shots that are really cute, but the lighting threw the ruffles of Kate's top into sharp contrast with the rest of the top that appears a little more transparent. I don't know if this was a deliberately edgy look to match the hip/cool vibe of the radio, or if the shirt looked   different in the studio than it did when Kate tried it on at home.

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It is certainly a classic Temperley--busy, boho, and a little edgy. I would never pick this top, but I kind of liked it on Kate. Bikini vibe and all. 

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Don't miss the part of the interview when William references how he has been in trouble recently for his dancing, and Kate's hearty laugh in reply. He really is a very witty guy and they seem like a fun couple. I also enjoyed how their whole "we are normal and love to watch telly and eat take-out" kind of fell apart as William was like, "ok, we don't order it directly to the Palace..." and then clarified further, "we pick it up." And then just a little more, "and we aren't the ones who pick it up..." They are normal, but they are still royal. ;) 

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Tomorrow, the trio will be at the London Marathon and I will be here with a quick post to let you know how it goes. 


48 comments:

  1. Love Kate, but detest this top. The ugliest yet. Like granny curtains at a thrift store. What is it about lace? Why so much lace, all the time? High-necks, longsleeves, peplums, tiers, ruffles you name it these lace/boho/Brady Bunch items are horrible. She is sooooooo lovely, why does she hide behind all this busy lace? I just don't get it! Plus, all that white lace just looks cheap - like you would snag a fingernail in it every time you turned around. Yuck. I think Kate might have gone crazy. It's the only explanation for the last two years of bizarre, unflattering fashion.

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    1. I tend to agree, these ruffles are the worst yet. I don't think she's gone crazy, I have another vibe, lately she chose too many girlish outfit, maybe she feels she is growing older and she compensates. Just my theory.

      Amazing day and video and radio interview which is the most important today.

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    2. Why do the folks with the nastiest things to say always end up being the first comment. Yes, this shirt isn't my style but really she's gone "crazy" because her taste in style is different from yours? That's a huge leap.

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    3. At least they are allowed to comment on this blog. Another Kate blog is so rigorously censored even comments that don't agree with those of a favored few get edited out.
      Unfortunately, I think some of the pot-stirrers trot over here when their comments aren't accepted elsewhere. It amazes me that anyone finds a basis for claiming Jane doesn't allow unfavorable remarks about Kate's fashion. She not only allows it, she does not mince words herself when an outfit strikes her as lacking in some way. If other commenters disagree with their unfavorable fashion remarks, those commenters are the first to whine. Opinions are freely allowed here, as long as they are respectful to Kate and avoid name-calling. For the most part.So are replies to those unfavorable statements. It doesn't mean unfavorable remarks aren't allowed just because someone disagrees with them.

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    4. Nobody has complained about Jane not allowing a variety of comments to go through. Complaints have been about people attacking other commenters they think aren't saying the "right" things about Kate's fashion choices.

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    5. Just to be clear: it is ok to be critical of Kate's outfits, grooming, work ethic, commitment to her charities, relationship with her husband, health , confidence level...but not ok to object to those criticisms? It is ok to criticise commenters approving and enjoying Kate and her choices--sycophant?- but not ok to criticise comments that do not approve Kate and her choices?
      Just trying to understand your rationale, SL.

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    6. Just to be clear Anon 10:09 my comment at 8:08 was in response to Anon 2:14's comment that suggested people were complaining that *Jane* was trying to censor people. She isn't, and that isn't what recent comments have been about - recent discussion about people trying to control other comments has been about *commenters* attacking other people. I referenced comments about fashion in particular because my own comments about fashion have been attacked (by another commenter attempting to claim I was actually attacking Kate's confidence - which I wasn't).

      My comment was NOT about what comments are appropriate or what names it is ok to call other commenters. I was NOT stating a "rationale" or attempting to make any statement whatsoever about what is 'ok" to say or what is "ok" to object to.

      Just trying to understand your position Anon 10:09 - are you saying it is ok to intentionally mis-read other people's comments so you can attack them for something they never said?

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    7. Shoe Lover

      The person who you are having this conversation, loved commenting on the other blog, but when she read something less pleasing she went on attacking the commenters on personal level. As you can see she loves complaining about her situation and her unpublished comments. I could write down her name but I won't. Better to avoid her, believe me:)Anon from OOOH

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    8. I agree. Personal attacks (see above 12:03 and "sycophants") are rude and unacceptable in a friendly blog discussion. Let's avoid that. Better to persuade by using reason and debate skills, not innuendo, supposition, and insults. I have helped put some anon visitors in the spot-light with falling for the baiting. That ends now. Unfortunately, when I step back the focus of these visitors shifts to other commenters. But I am out of it.anon1

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    9. Anon 1, you are the one doing it. Seems like you're deflecting guilt onto other posters.

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    10. anon1 I didn't bait you - you completely made up a criticism I never made and then self-righteously "debated" a fabricated insult.

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  2. Though I would not choose this top for myself, I think Catherine looks lovely in it and I think it suits the occasion well.

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  3. I don't care for the top myself. It does have a boho hippie vibe and normally that is a style I like but I've never been a big fan of all over lace or tops that are overly transparent. Honestly it resembles the top of a nightgown to me.


    Many people have wondered where Kate's pre-engagement/early marriage style has gone, why she buys so many similar items (e.g.; nude shoes, white blouses, lace dresses, multiple coats of the same color) and why her style picks sometimes seem "uneven." Unlike Anon 8:12 I don't think she's "gone crazy" but I do have a theory that pulls together points others have made. While Kate was wealthy before (well, her parents were) and she could buy expensive clothes (like $600 blouses) without having to "save up", I expect back then *most of the time* she expected to wear most things she bought multiple times. So like most of us, before plunking down a credit card she thought about how items fit her personal style, fit with other items in her closet and so forth. (Of course, we've all made impulse buys we regret.) At the same time, pre-marriage Kate did not have a job that required professional dress (as working for her parents co would not have.) So she had no need to develop a professional style. Now, at 35, she has a changing royal "job" to dress for, really the first visible "professional" role she's ever had and she has small children who require her time. Along with all of that she isn't just "ordinary wealthy" as she was before but now has (essentially) unlimited funds to spend on clothes. And while she "recycles" some items it doesn't matter if she wears many of the pricey items she buys only once. So sometimes what we see her wear may be more like the items we liked well enough to try them on at the store but found we couldn't quite see how those items would work long-term. Or we decided the item wasn't needed because it was so similar to something we already owned. So we left the items at the store. But Kate doesn't. 

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    1. Interesting theories, lizzie. I think we also need to remember that her wardrobe funding does not all come out of the same pot. She is re-imbursed differently for clothing, depending whether it is for UK official use (Charles) or Commonwealth or other countries ( I think the FO) I imagine there is also personal use clothing which the Cambridges pay for. I wonder if we haven't seen some of the more iconic outfits again because they may end up in a museum display, such as some of the clothing from the Queen's and Diana's wardrobes. I doubt we will see any of William's blue suits displayed, however...;+]...However-wasn't that a new snazzy blue pin striped jacket he was wearing this week? And Harry's shoes! He must be a shoe person. anon1

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  4. Kate looks amazing -- love the blouse with its Victorian/boho vibe, which she can really rock. I'm scratching my head and looking for the logic in your post Lizzie. She's now dressing for her "job" which happens to be with the BRF. Just like how we change our clothing when we transition from university to a professional office. And I hate the work "recycle" - she's shopping her closet as we all do. People would be screaming about waste and expenditure if she had something new every time she stepped out.

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    1. I see your point but I didn't invent using "recycle" in terms of Kate's wardrobe Anon 12:31. It is frequently used on this blog.

      While Kate IS dressing for her job, some people think her choices over the last few years have been uneven. That seemed to occur after she had children (and she presumably had less time) and after her number of official appearances increased (and presumably she needed more clothes.) In others words it wasn't at the time she left uni in her early 20s. (I agree that is a time of transition for most women who enter the workforce then.) Some days it's mini skirts recycled from earlier years, other times we'll see a period of midi dresses often with high necklines, and then we'll see a spate of lace dresses or a run of full-sleeved print dresses. That sort of pattern seems to suggest to me Kate has not fully developed her essential *professional* style. Some who think that have explained it by saying she isn't much interested in fashion. Maybe she's not but I don't think that's it. My explanation is that because many of her outfits can be *and are* one-offs (unlike what is true for most women who suddenly need a professional wardrobe at age 30 or so) she may not feel as forced as other professional women do to focus in on finding that essential style and that can work to her disadvantage. Having a large clothes budget means she doesn't have to wear clothes she's bought but later decides are mistakes or at least doesn't have to wear them more than once. We've also seen her wear clothes for the first time in public that are several years old, something most women who have recently entered the workforce can't *often* do with a professional wardrobe. Things pretty much have to be worn because one's wardrobe isn't yet that large. Certainly when I was younger and bought something for work that after one wearing turned out to be a mistake I learned something about my developing style from the situation. I also either had to keep wearing the mistake anyway or wait to replace it later when I had the money. Isn't that at least in part how many women develop their professional styles? Kate doesn't have those particular pressures and that's fine. But also unlike Diana she hasn't yet decided to work with a professional stylist. She's had some really great looks but also had alot of less than inspiring ones that I expect won't ever be "recycled" (the poppy "dressing gown" for one as well as some other altered "semi- bespoke" garments)

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    2. Regardless of her pre-wedding styles vs. her post-wedding and post-motherhood styles, I think we can all agree that Kate loves lace. It may not be to some people's liking but it is obviously a favorite of hers. Since she has many places to wear lace clothing and a budget to support buying a great deal of it in many colors she can indulge her preference. Tastes change, styles change, Kate will move on to other things she loves but, in the meantime, she's wearing what she likes. I'm OK with that. Although, I will confess that the hideous poppy/skulls McQueen "dressing gown" belongs in the rag bag no matter what it cost. I have to say that it was one of her biggest fashion missteps.

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    3. She was wearing black lace when she caught William's eye
      She wore that poppy/skulls dressing gown dress to a reception at KP for BBC Radio1
      Today the Boho/nighty/bikini for BBC Radio1. Maybe she enjoys a bit of the wild side from time to time, but reins it in otherwise. Maybe there is a method to her "madness." anon1

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    4. Part of me hopes that poppy dressing gown does end up in a museum some day only because it has to go down as one of the most infamous dresses Kate has worn ;) Gorgeous woman but hideous dress!

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  5. I liked the ensemble (dress slacks!) And thought the Victorian/boho vibe of the blouse worked well. I wouldn't wear it myself, but I liked it on Kate. Yay for all the great work she's been doing lately!

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  6. I doubt that Catherine has "unlimited" funds.
    The top isn't something I would wear myself, but then I'm old enough to be her gran, but i like it on Catherine. It may have a Victorian vibe, but, with it's see-through parts, it is certainly not frumpy.
    Seems very suitable for a visit to Radio 1.

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  7. Wow. I can't express fully how much I loved this video. The Cambridges have such a good sense of humour, and quite obviously really enjoy each other's company. I was surprised that the Radio 1 announcer called them William and Kate, but everyone seemed comfortable with the informality of the address. I don't know what to make of Kate's shirt. I would never wear it, but Kate seems to like it, so kudos to her! I love all the interesting tidbits that we learned about the couple during the interview. This whole video has put a spring in my step today! Thank you, Jane, for posting it!

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  8. Having a hard time getting through to comment on new posts. Finally made it and now Jean has said what I wanted to say and probably said it better.
    I will add that I especially enjoy the photo Jane left us with-William and Catherine sitting on a bench, gazing into each other's eyes, lovingly-and somewhat humorously, I think. There are various versions of the bench photo out there, but I think this one is the sweetest. anon1

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  9. I think this radio appearance was great. We've been waiting for them to do a more personal interview and we just got it. Actually, I never thought they would sit down and answer any "glimpse into our life" questions, so ths was a nice surprise for me.

    On to the polarizing blouse- I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! I like your Victorian/ boho assessment, anon 12:31. I think that sums up its vibe quite well. It's opulent and edgy which fits in well with the venue. The mix of different degrees of sheerness plus the tailored trousers! and pointy toe spiky heels! save it from any resemblance to nightgowns or prarie dresses imo. This works because it is a top. Had we had a matching skirt or a dress, then it would have gone the great granny path. Not very many people in the world can get away with this blouse but certainly Kate can. Really hope to see it again.

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    1. Funny, I used the word edgy elsewhere to describe this blouse. Kate does look good in it! Loved the video and how nice to see them in sync no matter what they take on.

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    2. Did you? Well, that makes you, me, Jane and a couple of posters over on WKW:)

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  10. Just watched the video: I love that watch, and so enjoyed Kate's face when she put on the headphones; you can really see her get excited sometimes and that was cute. Really great they went on the radio and had a little chat about the charity, etc.!

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  11. Ugh that top is awful. Maybe just maybe in black it would be better. It's so fussy and frilly and see-through. But very impressed with the trousers and the fact they actually did the radio session.

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  12. It's a lovely top, but just doesn't look right with the rest of the outfit - something that frequently happens to beautiful Kate. Apparently she is resistant to a stylist - ok, no problem - then when you pick an item you like, think about wearing it in a very similar fashion to how the designer styled it on the model - that should help. She and William are a nice, if slightly boring couple - really, quite perfect for their future and current roles. Megan and Harry will be equally fun to follow, perhaps with a little more "sparkle" due to their secondary status, and also to the fact that they, particularly Megan, are very comfortable in the public eye. She will shine in her new position.

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  13. A brief addition, I just wrote and submittted a comment in which I suggested Kate copy how the designer styled the article of clothes she selected. Look at how Moda Operandi styled that white Victorian blouse - stunning! Have a lovely weekend, everyone.

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  14. Is the blouse actually see through, other than perhaps the arms? Maybe lined in the torso part.

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  15. What a simply charming interview. I was a bit surprised, although they didn't seem to be, that they were called by their first names right off. Another common touch that would never occur even one generation up. Can you see PC allowing a radio DJ to say "So, Charles, what did you get your mum for her birthday?" They were refreshingly candid.

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    1. To be fair, when they walked in he announced them as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. But you are right, when directly addressing them he did not use titles.

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    2. He used their titles each time he referred to them in the third person. He only used their actual names when addressing them directly. I thought it seemed totally natural and appropriate. Using "Duke/Duchess" in such a modern and casual setting would have been awkward and broken the flow of their conversation.

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  16. I adore her top and even more her in it- I like Victoriana and the idea that it is a knit pullover instead of woven sounds fun- of course I love most of what Temperly does- she is different and really has sensual taste in fibers and colors and puts things together in a very unique way- this top is tame-
    Fun couple- can't imagine being in the spotlight enough that a kooky Californian is interested in your fashion sense though- yikes! What a trooper she is:-)

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  17. PS, I am the kooky Californian not Robin-

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    1. LOL!! I was thinking "I represent that statement!"

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    2. Robin, It is so nice to know I am not alone in California reading about Kate's clothing-

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  18. I loved this interview. Usually we get sound bites or quotes relayed from those they've met on walkabouts. I also liked the discussion between Will, Kate, and Harry about mental health. I was surprised to learn that it was Kate's idea to put Heads Together. Very clever of her. And it made me realize that William and Harry went through a rough time when their mother died and the residual is still there. I think the Heads Together was a good way to help them get this out.

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    1. + 1 to Kate Fitzgeralds comment. NLopez

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    2. +1 to Kate Fitzgeralds comment. NLopez

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  19. I was on the fence over this top to begin with...but I have hopped over onto the 'dislike' side, unfortunately. I normally like the Victorian/boho vibe, & Kate usually wears it well...but the ruffles aren't doing it for me here. The sheer appearance of it is a no for me, too. 'Bikini vibe' is a good way of putting it Jane! Regardless, she looks cute & I love how young & carefree they seemed during the broadcast. Such a lovely couple :)

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  20. Another blogger mentioned the Goat 'Binky' blouse being a better option with these slacks, & I agree, I really liked that blouse.

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  21. What a fun interview, and they were great on the mic. William was a natural, and his sense of humor is terrific. Their comments gave us a glimpse into their private world too. An adorable couple.

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  22. I loved her look! I think she looks fun and young! Finally, dress slacks! I would love to see them on her more often. Perfect outfit for a great interview! She looks vivacious and lovely. Perfectly elegant and appropriate but also a bit edgy and fashion forward! A win for me!

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  23. I agree, Tedi-----anon1

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  24. I can't say I mind the outfit at all, because finally she is wearing a nice pair of trousers! Not skinny jeans, not jeggings, not a dress - just plain, appropriate trousers. I hope we see more of them!

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