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Duchess Kate’s photos of her kids ensure that there’s no market for pap pics?!

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I forget that this happens every dang time, but here we go again: every time Kensington Palace releases a new photo (taken by the Duchess of Cambridge) of one of the Cambridge children, we have to hear stories about how Kate is the most amazing Future Future Queen ever. Because she’s a keen amateur photographer. But it’s not just “Kate takes cute pics of her kids.” It’s “Kate is a brilliant PR mastermind for dedicating herself to taking photos of her children!” This is what happens when a duchess is lazy as hell and a huge media operation has little material with which to embiggen her.

The Duchess of Cambridge has ‘taken ownership of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis’ public image’, a royal expert has claimed. Kate Middleton, 39, is a keen amateur photographer and has become known for releasing candid snaps of her children for special events, including their birthdays each year. Royal expert Camilla Tominey said the model is ‘unique’ for the Duke, 39, and Duchess of Cambridge and helps the family maintain a level of privacy for Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three.

Speaking to The Telegraph, she said: ‘The paparazzi – there’s no market anymore because the Duchess comes out with her own family photos and they’re far more valuable to the press than images taken at a long lens. That’s how The Cambridges are going to strike the balance, they’re going to give in order to receive a degree of privacy back.’

Speaking as the Duchess released a beaming snap of her eldest son George on his eighth birthday, Camilla said: ‘George’s childhood will be very different from the royals who have gone before him. His generation is the digital generation and the challenges for the Cambridges as time goes on is how to manage public interest in their son with their own privacy.’

She said she thought Prince George’s recent appearance at Wembley was because the little royal is ‘genuinely’ a football fan, but added: ‘Equally the Cambridges do want the public to see their children and have some degree of access to them. You’ve got [to] balance the private and the public of their lives and there’s an expectation of seeing George grow up because he will one day be King.’

She added that parenting through the royal generations has become ‘more hands on’, revealing: ‘We’re told the Cambridges very much plan their diary around the fact someone needs to be there in the morning and for bedtime. We know the Duchess does the school run herself and drives the children in – that they’re there for the key events in the school term. They want to be parents first and foremost. There’s a sense for both of them that they know what their destiny is…but before then, they want to try to preserve as much family life as they can. Prince George is a child of the new digital generation – unlike when Prince William and Harry got into trouble. I think Prince George will have to be quite careful to preserve his own privacy as he becomes a teenager and his parents will be acutely aware he’s vulnerable.’

However she added that Kate had ‘taken ownership’ of her children’s image in the press by releasing photographs of them each year, adding: ‘The interesting thing about the Cambridge’s model, and it’s kind of unique for the royals, is that the Duchess in particular has almost taken ownership of the children’s image. We had a situation when the children were first born when the couple were worried about pap shots…Kate now saturates the market with her own imagery of the children. And I think we’ll see that continue.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Kate does not “saturate the market.” She used to only release one or two images of her children a year, although in recent years, she has been posting more photos. It’s still not “saturating the market” though. Besides, some of the most popular photos are the ones shot when the kids attend an event, or when the kids are in public in some way. When George was a baby, the photos of him on the Australia tour went all over the world in a way that Kate’s sanctioned portraits just don’t. When the kids go to polo games, those photos are much more popular than Kate’s photos of her kids. People were more interested in seeing George at the Euro football matches than seeing his birthday portrait. So I have no idea what Tominey is talking about. I do think it’s notable that Tominey basically makes it sound like the photos are all Kate. William doesn’t have a say, I guess. I actually think William wanted to skip releasing a portrait of George this year and Kate was like “I do what I want.”

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Are the Cambridges still buying bot-followers on Instagram? An investigation.

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In February 2020, Caity Weaver wrote a brilliant analysis piece for the New York Times. What was she analyzing? The numbers behind the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Instagram-follower growth. When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex launched their SussexRoyal Instagram in 2019, they immediately got millions of followers. Their posts out-performed every other royal account in likes and engagement. As soon as the SussexRoyal IG grew by leaps and bounds, speculation arose that it would soon eclipse @KensingtonRoyal with follower numbers. SussexRoyal never did, because suddenly, KensingtonRoyal’s follower numbers increased by tens of thousands every day for no real reason (as in, KP wasn’t even putting out exclusive content). Which led to speculation that Will and Kate were buying bot-followers to compete with the Sussexes. Which is petty and a waste of money.

I will always, always believe that William demanded that Harry and Meghan shut down their Instagram in the Sussexit. In any case, Meghan and Harry stopped using SussexRoyal as of the end of March last year. So why are the Cambridges still buying bot-followers?

Earlier this week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reached 13 million followers on Instagram, making their account the most popular among other members of the Royal Family. The Royal Family’s official Instagram account has 10.3 million followers, while Prince Charles and Camila Parker-Bowles’ Clarence House page consists of 1.5 million followers.

Additionally, Princess Eugenie’s personal account has 1.5 million unique followers.

Back in May 2021, William and Kate changed their Instagram account name from @KensingtonRoyal to the more personal @dukeandduchessofmcambridge handle. This major change came shortly after the royal couple launched their official YouTube channel.

[From ET Canada]

Just so we’re clear, KensingtonRoyal had 2.7 million followers in the fall of 2017. In April/May 2019, SussexRoyal launched and suddenly there was a HUGE spike in followers to… KensingtonRoyal. By February 2020, Will and Kate had 11.3 million IG followers, just barely ahead of SussexRoyal. Many of those KensingtonRoyal followers were bots, even though they were demanding (at the time) that Harry and Meghan shut down their IG. I guess my point is this: why are Will and Kate still buying bot-followers if they’re not “competing” with the Sussexes anymore? There’s no way they got 1.7 million new, unique and real followers in the past 15 months of terrible headlines. Where is the accounting on this? Is this where their foundation donations go?

PS… I still find it so fishy that they changed the “name” of their social media accounts. On Twitter, they still use @KensingtonRoyal, but their account is “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.” They actually changed their Instagram handle away from @KensingtonRoyal and somehow retained (and grew) their followers even with the bulky new IG handle?

PPS… And another thing! The KensingtonRoyal Twitter only has 2.2 million followers! Such a wide discrepancy in follower numbers between the two platforms says, to me, that they’re finding it harder to buy bot followers on Twitter, and/or they’re not worried about competing with the Sussexes on Twitter, given that Harry & Meghan have never had any presence on Twitter.

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Prince William & Kate are ‘definitely on the charm offensive right now’

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As I’m writing this, Kensington Palace has not offered any official or unofficial response to Prince Harry’s upcoming memoir. Let’s please take a moment and pray for the poor crisis manager who is likely sitting on Prince William so he doesn’t punch through a wall or explode with fart-soaked fury. If William continues to blank Harry for the time being, I will consider it a great success from KP. The mature thing for William to do is nothing, just let Harry exist and thrive while William tries to do the same. Which is why this story is kind of mixed bag – it shows that William and Kate are still focused on defining themselves around Harry, but it also shows that they have some idea of a way forward for their clownish PR.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are ‘on the charm offensive’ to prove to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that they’re happy and ‘not trapped’, a royal expert has claimed. Royal biographer Duncan Larcombe, who wrote Prince Harry: The Inside Story, told Closer magazine: ‘William and Kate have kept a dignified silence but now they’re letting their actions do the talking. It’s almost as if they’re sending a secret message to Harry and Meghan saying, “We’re going to keep going, we’re still here, we’re not backing down, we’re carrying on”. It’s a message to Harry that life continues – with or without him.’

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 39, recently attended the European Championships final at Wembley, where they brought along their eldest son George, who turns eight on Thursday, which delighted royal fans. Candid photos of the trio embracing the emotional rollercoaster of the match offered an intriguing glimpse of their warm family dynamic, and commentators said they came across as ‘full of love and affection’.

‘William and Kate are definitely on the charm offensive right now – and it’s working,’ Duncan told Closer. He called the Duke’s statement about racism in football ‘really powerful’, adding that there is ‘no doubt’ William and Kate have taken Harry’s allegation that his brother is ‘trapped’ in a role he doesn’t want and are ‘determined to show that isn’t the case’.

He suggested the Duchess in particular had appeared ‘all smiles’ on recent engagements to show Harry and Meghan she is ‘happy and fun’.

Meanwhile royal expert Katie Nicholl told the publication that the Cambridges have ‘solidified themselves as the nation’s sweethearts more than ever recently’ in a ‘quiet, dignified way’.

‘They’ve upped their game,’ she added.

[From The Daily Mail]

See what I mean? It’s good news/bad news. The good news for the Cambridges is that they’ve finally learned that the best way to “combat” the Sussexes is to NOT engage and just do their own thing, look happy together and try to be affectionate, even though William mostly looks at Kate like her buttons are getting on his last f–king nerve. The bad news is that they are still defining themselves against Harry and Meghan. I guess it’s also bad news that Will and Kate wouldn’t have to try so f–king hard if what Harry said had zero truth. If Will and Kate’s marriage was fine and there were no cracks in the union, they would be confident enough in their marriage to not perform for the cameras, you know?

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Reminder: No one knows if the Cambridges are actually moving to Berkshire

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Last month, a curious story popped up on the Daily Mail. You know it was important and significant because there have been no follow-ups on it. According to the Mail’s well-informed sources, Prince William and Kate have been “house-hunting” in and around Berkshire, which is where Carole and Mike Middleton live, and where Pippa and James have also bought property. The claim was that Will and Kate are perhaps bored with Norfolk and bored with London, and they’re looking to relocate. They’ve also been inquiring about schools in the area. It felt like the story was a precursor to Kate setting up her own separate life (with the children) near her parents while William goes and does whatever he wants. Taken with Prince George’s birthday this week, there are more conversations about schools and the Cambridge kids. Which led to this story:

Princess Charlotte “will miss” her big brother if George goes away to boarding school, Royal experts have said. But the “independent and outgoing” princess, six, who is a “little leader”, will ultimately be fine without her big brother beside her, they added.

With George set to turn eight later this month, the same age William was when he left London to board, speculation is mounting that the young prince could follow family tradition. Both George and Charlotte currently attend Thomas’s Battersea, which goes up to the age of 13. But Princes William and Harry both moved to Ludgrove School, Berkshire, from the age of eight – before studying at Eton.

Gertrude Daly, who runs the Gerts Royals blog, told the Daily Star: “Princess Charlotte will of course miss her big brother, as any child would. But she will be fine when Prince George heads off to boarding school. She seems like a very independent child. I would probably be more concerned about Prince George and how he would cope being away from his safety net. Being in with new students who haven’t grown up with a Prince as a classmate and who are used to see Prince George and the Cambridge Family on the news.”

Brittani Barger, Deputy Editor of Royal Central, agreed, saying of Charlotte: “She’s very independent and outgoing, so I don’t think she needs her brother beside her. She may miss not seeing him at school, but she’s not going to be upset that she’s alone, I don’t think. From what we’ve seen, she’s a little leader so I think she will be fine.”

Last month, The Daily Mail reported the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had been enquiring about schools in Berkshire for their children, as well as nearby homes.

[From The Sun]

It’s basically a journalistic feint – they’re talking about how Charlotte will handle the possibility of George going to boarding school, but the real point of the story is to remind everyone that Will and Kate are being very squirrelly about their living arrangements and whether George (the future future future king) will be going to boarding school in a few months’ time. If George ends up going to boarding school, will the Cambridges package that information with news of a “move” to Berkshire, “to be close to George,” if necessary? And will we find out that it’s merely Kate doing the moving and William’s whereabouts are still unknown?

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Were the Cambridges being shady or supportive with Camilla’s b-day photo?

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, turned 74 years old on Saturday. I forgot her birthday was so close to Diana’s birthday (and both were/are Cancers). Clarence House posted the above photo on social media. I mean, good for Camilla and the Clarence House team for choosing a photo where she’s smiling and genuinely looks happy, but also a photo where she looks like an old wine bag. That’s Camilla’s royal brand. Personally, I think William, Kate and their team were a bit shadier with their photo selection:

Wishing The Duchess of Cornwall a very happy birthday today!🎈

— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) July 17, 2021

An unflattering photo, right? She looks very Grinch-y here. Kensington Palace only posted this on Twitter, not Instagram. Apparently, it’s the fifth year in a row where KP has noted Camilla’s birthday online:

A public message of birthday congratulations from William and Kate to Camilla was posted on social media on Saturday. It may seem a small thing, but in the carefully choreographed world of the royals, where nothing happens by accident, it’s worth attending to.

This is the fifth year in a row in which the Cambridges have sent Camilla birthday wishes, despite the fact that William is said to be, along with his brother, implacably opposed to his stepmother taking the title of queen when Charles ascends the throne. Charles, as The Daily Beast has previously reported, is said by some sources to intend to unilaterally declare Camilla queen when he is named king, despite having previously and publicly pledged to make her a mere Princess Consort out of deference to Diana’s memory.

Of course, Charles has shown readiness to completely and ruthlessly reverse course on the titular fate of another member of the royal family in recent days. His brother, Prince Edward, will reportedly no longer be getting the title of Duke of Edinburgh that was promised to him by Charles and the queen in a public statement made on the occasion of Edward’s wedding in 1999.

William and Kate’s ongoing warm words for Camilla on her birthday must give Charles hope, however, that his heir can be won round to his Queen Camilla dream.

[From The Daily Beast]

It’s interesting to think about the complicated dynamics at play here. Clearly, Charles and William are attempting to be more closely allied, especially in the wake of the Sussexit. Clearly, Camilla’s place as the Queen Consort is of the utmost importance to Charles. Clearly, William and Harry have always withheld their support of Camilla’s queen-consort status. For William to give Camilla his full blessing, what would he get in return? It does feel like there’s bargaining happening behind the scenes. Perhaps William gets a life separate from Kate, with the full support of Charles. But even then, I don’t even think William goes to his father to talk about those kinds of things.

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The Cambridges might not release new photos of Prince George for his birthday

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Prince George turns eight years old on July 22nd. Every year, on or around his birthday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge release some photos of him. It’s their thing! Or Kate’s thing, since she’s usually the one taking the photos of her children. Every Cambridge kid gets new photos around their birthday, it’s just the way it goes. Only this year, we just saw George laughing like Mr. Monopoly at the Euro final. The Cambridges were apparently big mad that people were like “lol George laughs like a rich guy” and “why is George wearing a suit, he’s a kid FFS.” So to punish everyone, William and Kate might refuse to release a new photo of George.

Prince William and Kate Middleton are reportedly considering not issuing an official photograph of Prince George to mark his birthday this year, a royal expert has claimed. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s eldest son turns eight on July 22 next week. The couple usually share a portrait of their children to mark special milestones, often taken by keen amateur photographer Kate.

However royal biographer Angela Levin has suggested they might break with tradition this year due to previous attacks from online trolls about George’s appearance. Speaking on True Royalty TV’s Royal Beat, she said: ‘There are rumours that we might not see the photograph [of Prince George] when he’s eight, because they’ve been so upset by the rudeness of people mocking a little boy aged seven, and I hope they can overcome that.’

During the programme royal correspondent Roya Nikkah praised the Cambridges for easing their son into a life of service by bringing him along to watch the European Championships at Wembley. She said the young prince’s appearance was ‘a very clever way’ of introducing him to public duties at such a young age’.

‘This is an official duty for Prince George at the age of seven,’ Roya explained. ‘It’s lovely and happy and there’s a lot of emotion. Getting him used to big crowds and knowing that he is being watched by millions of people – it’s quite a clever way of doing it.’

[From The Daily Mail]

“They’ve been so upset by the rudeness of people mocking a little boy aged seven…” Imagine what it was like for Harry and Meghan when racists attacked their son when he was just hours old? I’m sure there were probably some not-nice comments somewhere on the internet, but again, most people just commented on George with observations like “oh, he’s wearing a suit” and “he seems to be very keen on football.” The comments were 99.9% complimentary or simply observational. At some point, we really need to talk about how “going to a football game” is NOT devoting oneself to a life of service. It just isn’t. Especially since William acted like such a petty, undiplomatic douche as well.

Anyway, I hope we do get new photos of George. I bet we will – the British media will yank Will and Kate’s chain pretty hard if we don’t get new photos.

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Prince George will be ‘kept out of the limelight’ following his Euro appearances

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Hello Magazine claims that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s appearance at the Euro Final was their last appearance before their summer holiday. I thought so – usually the weekend of the Wimbledon finals marks their final appearance, and that’s exactly what’s happening this year. I wonder where they’ll vacation? It will be necessary for the entire family to travel to Scotland at some point, but I suspect there will be some squirrelly, no-media vacations abroad as well. It will also be fascinating to see if there are “separate” vacations for William and Kate. I bet there are.

Still, it’s interesting that William and Kate would leave for the summer on that awful final note, of William being called out for being a racist hypocrite and everyone talking about how undiplomatic he was at the Euro final. So it’s time for a deflection! Did you know that Prince George got too much attention online?

Robert Jobson told Sunrise that Prince George got a lot of attention on social media after he was pictured celebrating England’s opening goal in the Euro 2020 final. The royal commentator that while the young prince has been popular with the public, the Royal Family is trying to keep him out of the limelight.

Mr Jobson said: “With George, he got quite a lot of social media attention. Some were critical about him wearing a shirt and tie like his dad which I thought was very harsh. He has been very popular but I think they are going to try and keep him out of the limelight a little bit. They are very conscious of that. The pictures were great with his dad when he was celebrating for that all too brief moment.”

[From The Daily Express]

I mean, the kid apparently loves football and he desperately wanted to go to all of the Euro matches. I think that part of it is fine, and I’m not questioning Will and Kate for bringing George out for football matches. But… people obviously know that there’s interest in George and all of the Cambridge children, and so when they are at events, people will talk about them and their outfits. The Cambridges wanted George to be seen in his little suit. They wanted George to be their little deflection. And now that he’s gotten all that attention, William is probably angry that George has pulled focus from him!

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