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Princess Charlene posted another IG from South Africa, she’s still not in Monaco

About two weeks ago, Princess Charlene had what was described as her “final procedure” in the long-running medical saga of her ENT infection. Charlene managed to travel to South Africa while in late April/early May, and she’s been there ever since. She’s had multiple hospitalizations and multiple surgeries. At one point in September, she reportedly collapsed and had to be hospitalized again, just after Prince Albert visited with their kids. Albert has only gone to South Africa to see his wife a few times, and each time, he’s come out of the visit saying that Charlene is on the mend and she’ll be back to Monaco as soon as possible. Charlene’s timeline for returning to Monaco has been “late October.” We’re getting closer, but it really doesn’t seem like Charlene is making many moves to return.

Charlene posted the above Instagram over the weekend. The man beside her is Misuzulu kaZwelithini, the reigning king of the Zulu nation. While she’s been in South Africa, Charlene has been getting involved in local Zulu politics, which I think is a bad idea but whatever. The thing most people were talking about is her appearance, and words like “frail” and “sick” appeared in headlines around Europe. I think… she looks like a woman who is still recovering from six months of medical drama.

Is anyone interested in a friendly wager? I don’t think she will be back in Monaco by Halloween. I’ve got ten bucks on it.

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William Hague is leaving the House of Lords to work on the Cambridges’ foundation

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I remember William Hague from back in the day, when he was the British Foreign Secretary, a member of David Cameron’s government, and he was very friendly with Angelina Jolie. Jolie and Hague did good work together, and they organized the London summit on sexual violence in war and conflict. In 2015, Hague even stepped down from his parliamentary seat because he wanted to do more work in that area, preventing rape and violence against women in conflict. He was eventually given a title – Lord Hague of Richmond – and he was then a member of the House of Lords. Except he’s giving up that position now, because he wants to spend more time working on The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Foundation. Interesting. This whole Eden Confidential column is fascinating:

Let no one be in doubt over the scale of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s charitable ambitions. I can reveal that one of Westminster’s most experienced figures has been inspired to quit politics to concentrate on his work for their Royal Foundation.

William Hague, who was Foreign Secretary and de facto deputy prime minister for four years, as well as being an ex-leader of the Conservative Party, has vacated his seat in Parliament.

‘I’m taking a leave of absence from the House of Lords,’ he tells me, confirming that he will be ‘working on charitable things including with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’.

Prince William and Catherine appointed Lord Hague of Richmond as chair of their foundation’s board of trustees a year ago. But at the time, it was assumed by many that he would simply be a heavyweight name to add to their charity. In fact, he’s determined to play an active role in helping our future king and queen achieve their ambitions for the foundation, which enjoyed a surge in income last year, to a staggering £11.78 million.

That’s almost double the £6.68 million raised in 2019, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were still involved. Some royal watchers had predicted that the foundation would struggle after Prince Harry and Meghan quit in 2019 to create their own charitable organisation. They called their new foundation Sussex Royal but were ordered to drop the name by the Queen after they quit royal duties last year. They have created a new body, Archewell, which has been seen as a rival.

Lord Hague, 60, doesn’t appear to be in a hurry to don his ermine robes again, telling me: ‘I do not feel sorry at all that I’m not involved in politics.’

He formed a warm relationship with Prince William and Kate while he was Foreign Secretary, working with them to combat the illegal wildlife trade. As chair of the foundation, Hague replaced Prince George’s godfather, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, who was William’s right-hand man for 15 years.

[From The Daily Mail]

Going into full-time work for the royals is something people tend to do at either the start or the end of their careers. They’ll start their careers working for the royals and then use those connections to leave royal work for better pay and better jobs. Either that or people – like Hague – will go into royal work at the tailend of a successful career so that they can be a professional “wise man” and consigliere in a position with a fancy title. That’s what this sounds like: Hague wants to influence the future future king, become a trusted advisor and help beef up William and Kate’s charitable bonafides. Plus, it’s always interesting to see the revolving door between Kensington Palace and the Conservative Party. I don’t think anyone working for the Cambridges has ever come from Labour or left to work with Labour. Fascinating, isn’t it?

Now, as for the money stuff… William and Kate have gotten more donations because of the National Emergencies Trust. The NET was launched in 2019, but William didn’t become patron of NET until 2020. Which is when he and Kate got access to the private NET donor list. They’ve been using the donor list to fundraise for their foundation, promising donors that they would parcel out money to worthy causes. I will keep saying this: something very shady is going on with their foundation’s finances. I’ve also felt like the Duchess of Sussex saw some sh-t at the foundation and she realized how scammy it was/is, and that’s one of the big reasons why she and Harry wanted to set up their own foundation.

The Duke Of Cambridge Hosts The Signing Ceremony Of United For Wildlife's Financial Taskforce Declaration

The Duke Of Cambridge Hosts The Signing Ceremony Of United For Wildlife's Financial Taskforce Declaration

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The British public would prefer Prince William as king rather than Charles

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The Mail on Sunday spent some money doing a “poll.” The Sunday Superpoll, the Mail insists, used “a sample more than twice the normal size to act as the barometer of the state of the nation.” Ah, hard numbers! I would desperately love to know what the Mail considers “normal size” and what constitutes “more than twice the normal size.” I suspect the poll was taken of the current crop of British royal commentators. Anyway, this poll-takers have overwhelmingly spoken: they think “the line of Royal succession should skip Prince Charles and pass straight to William.” They also “blame Meghan for her husband Harry’s estrangement from the family.”

More miserable reading for Prince Charles, as a Mail on Sunday poll confirms that Brits would rather—when the queen dies—that the crown bypass him and land on son Prince William’s head instead. Forty-one percent of Brits surveyed want William to succeed the queen, compared to 30 percent wanting Charles.

Brits also have strong views about Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s civil lawsuit against Prince Andrew, alleging he sexually assaulted her three times when she was a minor, a claim he emphatically denies. Half of those surveyed, 50 percent, say Andrew should answer the lawsuit against him in America, with only 29 per cent saying he should answer it from the U.K. Forty-eight percent of Brits say the case has damaged the queen’s reputation.

Around half of the poll respondents think Meghan Markle was behind Prince Harry moving to America; 7 percent say it was Harry’s decision, with under a third, 30 percent, believing it to be a joint decision. Asked how they viewed members of the royal family, positively and negatively, the queen scored well (61 percent positively, 12 percent negatively), as did William (same as the queen), and Kate Middleton (53 percent positively to 12 per cent negatively). Prince Charles did OK (42 percent positively to 24 percent negatively). But Harry and Meghan: ouch. Harry scored 30 percent positively, to 40 per cent negatively, while Meghan was perceived positively by 22 percent of respondents, and negatively by 46 percent.

[From The Daily Beast]

The funny thing, to me, is that they even bothered to do any polling whatsoever on Meghan and Harry. This isn’t the first time, obviously – royal reporters have been crowing for a year and a half about the Sussexes’ “bad poll numbers,” and how every poll suggests that the British public is overwhelmingly disgusted with Harry & Meghan. My thought has always been: “And?” Harry and Meghan aren’t playing that game anymore. They’re in LA, they’re not receiving money from British taxpayers, they’re not beholden to the British public or British institutions. Why does the Mail on Sunday and the British public continue to act like they still have any “ownership” or say in Harry and Meghan’s lives, or that the Sussexes’ lives need public approval? Basically: who gives a sh-t? And of course Salt Island thinks everything is Meghan’s fault. Shocked that the Mail didn’t do a push-poll on whether Andrew’s criminal behavior is Meghan’s fault too.

As for the other numbers… I don’t doubt that William is a more popular prospect than his father. But that’s not the way any of this works. And besides, people vaguely support William… until they don’t. He’s popular compared to his father. That’s not the same thing as being a popular figure in the UK.

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Duchess Kate wore red to the Forward Trust event: copykeening strikes again?

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The Duchess of Cambridge had an event this morning, or I guess mid-day in the UK. She made an appearance at the Forward Trust’s launch event for Taking Action on Addiction. Kate was made the royal patron of the Forward Trust by default, because they absorbed her old patronage Action on Addiction. Kate barely did one event a year with Action on Addiction, and she’s barely done anything with the Forward Trust. So here we are.

Kate rolled up to this event in a red ensemble which… I mean, CopyKeen strikes again. Sometimes I don’t actually “see” the comparisons with the Duchess of Sussex, like the “copying” is so general, it’s not really that meaningful or notable, like “oh, she’s carrying a bag in a similar style as Meghan!” Granted, I do think that Kate has a Meghan look-book and she absolutely copykeens Meghan whenever possible. It’s usually not bash-us-over-the-head obvious. But holy sh-t, Kate really threw out half her closet to make room for her Meghan-copykeening styles, huh? I’ll say this though: she looks nice. I’ve always said that she looks great in red.

Kate delivered the keynote speech at this event, it will be interesting to see if we get any video of it. She’s not good at delivering prepared remarks (or unprepared remarks), so who knows.

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Addiction is not a choice. No one chooses to become an addict, but it can happen to any one of us. None of us are immune.#TakingActiononAddiction @ForwardTrust pic.twitter.com/CkTf4mjrAQ

— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) October 19, 2021

That is why I am so passionate about the work of @ForwardTrust, an organisation I am so proud to be patron of.

This is the work that you and so many other charities provide day in, day out. And it is needed now, more than ever.

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— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) October 19, 2021

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Prince William & Kate are ‘very focused on America’ & want a ‘high profile’ there

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In yesterday’s story about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s appearance at the Keenshot Awards, I noted that Prince William said that next year’s awards ceremony would be held in America. That was one of his big announcements at the event. I said that Will and Kate were being “super-obvious” and then I wrote this: “Those salty people have been rabidly anti-American about all things Harry and Meghan, and then wait a minute, they need American donors, American financing, American tourism, American media and American interest in their lil’ white supremacist family, whoops!” It’s all true. The British royal family isn’t *just* committed to selling their racist fairytale to British people and Commonwealth countries. They need the support from America, American wealth, and American media. Well, in case you needed that point underlined, here’s a little excerpt from Vanity Fair’s coverage, co-written by Katie Nicholl:

William also announced Sunday that next year’s Earthshot Awards ceremony will take place in the United States. According to a source close to the couple, Kate and William are setting their sights across the pond. “Team Cambridge is very focused on America and making sure they have a high profile over there,” the source said. “The possibility of them making a high profile visit is very much on the cards for next year.”

The source added that William, Kate, and their staff were sensitive to the aftereffects of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s March interview with Oprah. “[They] are aware that their popularity took a bit of a dive post the Oprah interview, and that the focus now is on getting that support back. America is a very important audience for them.”

[From Vanity Fair]

These short-sighted dumbf–ks should have thought about that before they orchestrated one of the most racist character assassinations I’ve ever seen in my life. The smear campaign against Meghan was largely spearheaded by William and Kate, because (again) they were and are jealous, petty, lazy, small-minded and short-sighted. If the American market was so important to them, they shouldn’t have behaved the way they did for YEARS.

It’s also kind of funny to think that the Cambridges are going to really push themselves forward to American audiences and presumably American media. The American media won’t play the same moronic games as the British media. Meghan and Harry’s presence in Montecito changes the way all of this will be handled in American media markets too.

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The EarthShot Prize awards

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Prince Charles is ‘very proud’ of William’s ‘growing commitment to the environment’

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The day before the Keenshot awards, Prince Charles issued a statement about Prince William and his efforts. Charles has always been the environmentalist, and he was heavily criticized and mocked for years for his environmentalism, although he’s currently regarded as somewhat of a pioneer when it comes to sustainability, green farming, solar power and more. I personally think Charles is in his feelings about his incandescent son’s sudden performative keenness for the environment. Charles must feel like William is more of an environmental tourist, but of course Charles can’t say that. So Charles said this:

Prince Charles is also using Earthshot Prize Awards to express his pride in son Prince William, who will present the awards on behalf of the Royal Foundation, as part of his and wife Kate Middleton’s ongoing environmental advocacy efforts.

“I am very proud of my son, William, for his growing commitment to the environment and the bold ambition of The Earthshot Prize,” Charles said ahead of the event. “As a world, we need to come together to inspire, reimagine and build the sustainable future we so desperately need.”

“Over the coming decade, with future generations in mind, The Earthshot Prize, and its inspirational nominees, will help us find the innovative solutions. In parallel, through my Terra Carta and Sustainable Markets Initiative, we will work to mobilize the trillions of dollars required to transition the global economy onto a more sustainable trajectory. Together, with all those who join us, we have a real opportunity to deliver a brighter future for humanity while restoring harmony between Nature, People and Planet,” he added.

[From People]

A little bit of a wig-tug with “his growing commitment” and “in parallel through my Terra Carta…” As in, Charles thinks Willy hasn’t always been committed to this cause, and Willy still isn’t at Charles’ level. Not only that, Charles wanted to remind everyone of his Terra Carta thing, which I honestly don’t even understand. The point is: Charles is proud of his lazy, helicopter-riding son for at least showing a little bit of interest in something Charles has been doing for the better part of five decades.

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Levin: The Earthshot Awards were ‘much too celebrity rather than royal’

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It’s the morning after the Earthshot Prize Awards and I can’t help but think that there’s a real lack of drama or excitement about the inaugural awards. This is supposed to be Prince William’s big legacy project, it’s the thing he’s been hyping (in his dull way) for more than a year. Keenshot is supposed to be HIS big keen thing, like Harry’s Invictus Games, Travalyst, Sentebale and Archewell. And now that the awards ceremony is done, people are just like “… And?” Even Angela Levin – who normally only has her knives out for the Sussexes – was super-critical about all of it:

Speaking on talkRadio, royal expert Angela Levin said: “I’m afraid I thought it was a bit of a cross between X-Factor and the film awards, I thought it was much too celebrity rather than royal and over the top with saying ‘you must not buy new clothes’. Of everyone sitting there with black suits and bowties, I can’t see that that worked very well, I think it should have been much more casual.”

When asked by Julia Hartley-Brewer if she thought the awards ceremony was too “gimmicky”, Levin continued: Yes, I did actually, and I thought the green velvet jacket looked horrific on Prince William, but that was an ‘I am green’. I do think that the clothes make a very important image for something that you’re doing and I felt it was completely over the top.

“As you said, Catherine is somebody who wears her clothes several times and we don’t make a fuss, but then suddenly last night, everybody was making a huge fuss about it. What I thought was extraordinary is that she wore it last in 2011 and she’s still the same size, having had three children!”

[From The Daily Express]

Wow, gimmicky and too celebrity? Criticizing the future future king for looking like a jackoff in his twenty-year-old trousers and Bond villain velvet? Yiiikes. If the Keenshot ceremony had been more casual, then what would have been the point? The whole point of this was that William has a big environmental thing and that HE is keen. I guess Angela Levin didn’t get the memo.

The London 2021 Earthshot Prize Award Ceremony

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