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Royal rumours

I had to round up a few of these headlines after I read them, they were too hard to resist. I won’t provide any additional commentary, just let you chime in with your take. 😉

Thoughts?

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Germany’s BUNTE Sparks Pregnancy Rumors About Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

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It’s unfortunate that one unflattering photo can cause some people to run rampant with pregnancy rumors. BUNTE.de did just that yesterday after Crown princess Mette-Marit was snapped in a less than stunning photo (above) on Friday while presenting a 2014 Talent Award.

Do I think she’s pregnant, though? No. I think we all can point to a picture of ourselves we have untagged or deleted for being less than flattering. Unfortunately, Crown Princesses don’t get the chance to scrub their Facebook’s like we do.

And let’s be honest, BUNTE is always claiming somebody is pregnant. It’s beginning to be a bit “the tabloid who cried preggers” around that site…

Royal Rewind: Week of May 30, 2014

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Note: Let’s skip to the good stuff. If you want day-by-day rundowns of what the royals around the world were up to this past week, this site is far better at keeping up than I am.

This week in Royal news…

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh attended Household Cavalry Standards Parade.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended World MS Day.

Crown Prince Frederik turned 46.

Princess Anne, the Queen, Prince Philip, and Prince Harry showed support for Blues and Royals regiment at garden party.

Spanish royals attended ‘Rey de Espana’ and ‘Don Quijote’ Journalism Awards 2014.

Queen Silvia of Sweden attended an international conference for children’s rights.

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene announced pregnancy.

Kate made first appearance since tour (pictured above).

Around the web…

Rumors abound after Crown Prince Frederik and Mary celebrate ten years.

Prince Harry has had a busy month. The latest including playing rugby with little kids, and flirting with a mystery blonde.

Mayor declined charity donation from profits of Kate’s bum photo.

The Daily Beast had two takes on the Kate Debate: one in defense and one not impressed.

The Hollywood Reporter did a piece on the not-so-glamorous side of Monaco royals.

Gone with the Wind(sors): A Tale of One Duchess and her Derrière

Privacy: The Duchess of Cambridge is at the centre of a new privacy row after Bild in Germany published a picture of her bottom, alongside images of reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her sister Khloe
Privacy: The Duchess of Cambridge is at the centre of a new privacy row after Bild in Germany published a picture of her bottom, alongside images of reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her sister Khloe

Pixelated Princess

The Daily Mail blurred Kate’s bum. I seriously think they may have a member of the design department dedicated to blurring these indiscretions.

Yet another pictures has surfaced featuring the Duchess’s bum. One bystander of the event came forward recently with the photo. This “breach of privacy” happened literally days after Kate’s infamous landing in New Zealand first thing of the tour.

And, as I mentioned long ago, this wasn’t her first “Marilyn Moment.” For pete’s sake, there are enough moments like this that some sites have compiled slideshows.

The Ingenious that is ‘Underwear’

Here’s the thing: upon Kate’s first incident–of this tour–she should have either inserted weights in her hems, or worn a slip. Or maybe, I don’t know, a pair of underwear (call me crazy)... Heck, had I been her I would have put on Spanx over a pair of underwear–and most likely I would now be a never-nude a la Tobias Fuenke.

Royal DishI think that’s the reaction many would have after such incidents.

But really, she should have had such reactions after the first time it happened on tour, in Canada. The fact that those are among the first photos that pop up when you search “Kate Middleton Canada” should be a wake up call. And the fact that when you type in “Kate Middleton Dre…” it autocorrects with “Kate Middleton Dress Blows Up,” would make you think she’d be a bit more thoughtful about her undergarments in the future.

Breach of Privacy or Breach of Wardrobe?

So was it a “breach of privacy?” Firstly: I’m against the selling of such photos that someone has snapped, accidentally or purposely… but I do think calling this incident a “breach of privacy” is a stretch. It was at a public event. She was aware of the task at hand and the appropriate thing to wear. She decided against protecting herself from such incidents and decided to take a chance.

In fact, it wasn’t even a “wardrobe malfunction.” Everything functioned correctly. Her dress was made to flutter should there be wind. Her lack of underwear (or whatever she did wear) kept her bum uncovered, and voila. It’s not rocket science.

And had it been a “wardrobe malfunction,” she is still responsible. When Janet Jackson coined the phrase, she and the CBS network faced large fines…

How to stop your Marilyn moments, Kate

When articles are dedicated to informing you of how not to flash your bum, it’s time to take a hint.

 

Kate: Part-time Royal; Full-time Interior Designer

Anmer HallThe good news is the Duchess of Cambridge has been accounted for. The bad news is that her excuse for having not worked at all since the tour is rather ridiculous…

You see, she’s been MIA from working because she’s redecorating not one, but two royal palaces she, William and Prince George will soon call home–Kensington Palace and Anmer Hall. Those palaces–one being called a ‘fancy farmhouse’— aren’t going to decorate themselves, after all… The people Kate hires will do all the heavy lifting. But those various shades of purple for the palace walls will need to be hand-picked by an art history graduate, right? And after all that paint picking, showing up to a charity event or ball would be extreme for even the hardest of workers.

I’m trying to give Kate the benefit of the doubt, but report after report, or lack thereof, makes it hard to take her seriously.

What do you think: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Solo Strategy

Kate and William go soloPrince William hosted a gala this week at Windsor Castle to honor the work of the Royal Marsden Hospital. One of the hospitals donors Ralph Lauren helped turn the castle into a “Windsor Wonderland.”

‘Spreading their influence’

Allegedly Kate didn’t show to the event because of the couple’s wish to ‘spread their influence.’

I read that in two ways:

Prince William is worried about Kate overshadowing him at events.

Things are rocky in paradise, the pair must only be together when absolutely necessary (royal tours).

It just seems so suspicious.

I understand in matters of, say, a doctor receiving an award and them not wanting Kate’s hair to steal the show, but when it’s a celebrity ball… isn’t it all about everything Kate brings to the table? Picture perfect gowns, snow-white teeth, dazzling jewels? Isn’t that half the fun of being a Princess? And isn’t that the kind of thing you look forward to doing with your husband (prince or not)?

Color me confused.

What’s your take?

 

Bonus: Emma Watson looked stunning, and knowing this made her meeting with William that much better.

 

The Latest Buzz: Prince William flew among peasants; Prince Harry wants Cressida back; Where are Kate and George?

William and Kate Harry and Cressida

William and Kate Harry and Cressida

 

Prince William and economy (seating)

Prince William Flies Econony

People are praising Prince William after a US reporter tweeted a photo of the Prince flying ‘coach’ (a term Americans use for economy seating) on an American Airlines flight from Memphis to Dallas. In the words of Doge, Much brave. Nice save. Such peasant. Very relate.

At first, I was actually impressed. I may have even been among those in appreciation of the Prince’s gesture, flying among the peasants and all… until I started looking into the whole thing. Here’s the thing, it was a flight from Memphis to Dallas. A flight lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes at most. Also, he’s sitting at the very front, and boarded privately from the rest of the passengers. Ok… but such domestic flights, especially when such a short distance, don’t even have options for First Class seating… the first couple of seats are merely considered First Class. But hey, after a trip that cost UK taxpayers a reported $84,000 for security of the young royals during their jaunt to the Memphis wedding. But footed the bill for the trip–aside from the security–themselves. Had Kate been with him, I highly doubt we’d have seen them fly coach, unless, of course, for PR purposes.

Had William flown among us peasants in economy from Dallas to London, well then I’d be rather impressed. But he obviously didn’t, or we’d have that being shoved down our throats, too.

As for Prince Harry’s travel arrangements back to the UK? I think Vanity Fair said it best:

Harry, however, was nowhere to be seen on William’s flight, which means it is still possible thetwerk-happy, newly single redhead returned to London on a gold-plated private jet piloted by Snoop Dogg, populated by the casts of the three most recent Real World seasons, and D.J.ed by an Avicii-Skrillex collaboration. 

Prince Harry plus Cressida equals?

Cressida and Harry

Drama. Lots of drama. The amount of conflicting reports, sometimes from the same news source (hello, Daily Mail!), what are we really to believe? Was she ‘too needy’ or not? Is Prince Harry ‘bombarding‘ her with 15 texts a day? Does this have Kate’s fingerprints all over it? (Spoiler alert: probably.) Is it not over for the two? Who knows. I certainly hope so. I’m still pulling for Chelsy Davy… but that’s a story for another post, maybe later this week?

Anyway, I wanted to post this solid point from a comment I got about the whole debacle (and my saying I think Prince Harry’s camp should apologize for the ‘too needy’ accusation):

I don’t think his camp needs to apologize for calling her needy because her camp has been treading on him in the press as well. She would have been a major headache had she married in because that family of hers has been doing nothing but courting the press and leaking since he started dating her. Notice how there are only paparazzi photos of her and engagement rumors when Harry is out of the UK. She also has been represented by StuartWattsPr since they began dating. Those were her intentions from the beginning. I don’t feel sorry for her she tried to play the game and she lost.

*Slow Clap* Great point.

(I love your all’s comments! Keep them coming. I had hoped this site would start discussions!)

Royal roll call

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand - Day 1

Though I’d be lying if I said I expected to see them for months after their vacation grueling tour and all their work, I wish we could see a little bit of George in the country he will someday rule… but, seeing as how they pretty much hid him for 7 months after his christening, I’m an idiot to expect anything else. Maybe we’ll see him on his sixteenth birthday if the media continues to play into all of Prince William and Kate’s requests, maybe.

Many are speculating that the ducal couple headed straight from Australia to yet another holiday, perhaps even Switzerland to ski. (Prince William was seen in the Swiss Air lounge in Chicago.) Love, Lola has a really good post about just this topic.

I think skiing is anything but a vacation–holy workout!–but I also think the Royal Tour was anything but ‘a lot of work.’ But then again, I’ve never had to have my hair and makeup done every morning, don custom dresses, and collect dozens of bouquets from doting fans for a few hours everyday, so who am I to know the stress Kate must endure each day on behalf of the monarchy.

So much gossip to process. I don’t even really know how I feel about it all. What are your thoughts?

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Royal Rewind: Week of March 21, 2014

Harry smiles at William

Harry smiles at William

This past week in Royal news…

The Duke of Cambridge knighted the doctor who delivered Prince George. (He was also the doctor who helped in the delivery of Prince Edward’s daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, in 2003 when she was delivered a month early to Sophie, Countess of Wessex, saving both of their lives.)

The Countess also visited the hospital and met the staff that helped in her care during 2003. It proved to be an (understandingly) emotional visit for Sophie.

Prince Harry played soccer with friends. Hotness ensued.

Prince Charles and Camilla visited a children’s hospital where Camilla remarked about the children reminding her of Prince George.

Cressida moved, now just two Tube stops away from Prince Harry’s apartment.

The Queen is a fan of the children’s series Peppa Pig.

William and Kate donated £5,000 to flood victims. Critics point out this amount is not even the total cost of their Maldives trip…

The Queen and Prince Philip visited the Rambert dance company.

Around the web…

A bit dated, but I just found out what Pippa gifted her nephew, Prince George, and I’m pretty creeped out.

This collection of Royals photographed at Sochi is awesome. Note: Princess Anne.

Prince Harry and Cressida may be related.

Prince Harry turned down chance to present an award at Heavy Metal awards show… allegedly ‘big fan’ of metal music.

Otherwise, it’s been pretty quiet on the Royal front.

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Royal Rewind: Week of March 14, 2014

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This past week in Royal news…

Prince Edward turned 50 (and I discovered this candid photo from after his birth).

Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium met with Queen Elizabeth II for an official one-day visit.

Some members of the Royal Family attended the Cheltenham Festival and the races were nearly overshadowed by the amount of fabulous hats and fascinators. (Who doesn’t love a perfect fascinator? If only I had more occasions to wear one…)

Prince Harry’s trek to the South Pole will be aired on television. (I’m assuming British, unless the US stations pick it up.)

The latest in the hacking scandal is that Princess Diana supposedly leaked important phone numbers to the press in order to gain allies.

And, of course, more Cressida gossip. It’s being reported that she is “not ready to marry“… which I can understand, although personally, if Harry can’t wait to marry, I volunteer. I’ll have my things pack up and ready to ship to Kensington by morning.

Around the web…

What it would look like if Prince Harry had married Kate. (You can’t unsee this, just a fair warning.)

And, on that topic, apparently Kate might be on Prince Harry’s last nerve.

The Jecca Craig debacle from last month still boggles the mind.

William and Kate will take a mid-tour vacation next month, leaving George again, but only for a two days.

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