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Old 05-06-2011, 04:36 PM
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IMO, that is a rather cynical interpretation on what might just be a simple stop at a supermarket to buy some groceries!
Sometimes its rather cynical what the BRF is trying to sell to the public when trying to influence opinion to their favour or closing ranks when trying play down various scandals of family members.

I fully agree with Al_bina, it works both ways. A down to earth dutchess doing her own shopping is great PR after all. Apart from the "normal" life (not sure how "normal" it is in comparison to Joe Average) the BRF lives off selling a fantasy, first and foremost, William and Kate being the protagonists in that respect.
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AND a "not down to earth Dutchess" would be a snob and an elitist etc. It looks like one of those no win situations to me. I always wonder why people who so clearly dislike the BRF would even bother or want to follow their activities ... unless it is only for the reason to criticize.
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Old 05-06-2011, 05:20 PM
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I think there is a fair amount of jealousy going on (among posters who don't even realize it). I caught myself being a tad "green-eyed" in one of my posts. Criticism of the new Duchess is a way of making "wanna-bees" feel superior. We all do it, some better than others.
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Old 05-06-2011, 05:37 PM
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AND a "not down to earth Dutchess" would be a snob and an elitist etc. It looks like one of those no win situations to me. I always wonder why people who so clearly dislike the BRF would even bother or want to follow their activities ... unless it is only for the reason to criticize.
Well Said!! I've never understood such postings either.

As for the Five Protection Officers for one person...Remember what happened in Pakistan on Sunday night? I'm guessing Security's on High Alert for any one in The Royal Family and Government right now in Britain.

Sad to even think it, but you've got to think some type of revenge is in plan at the very least right now. Yes, it was the US that did the mission, but the UK is also a major ally to the US w/it comes to Military Action in Iraq/Afghanistan.

Just my two cents on it...
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Old 05-06-2011, 05:49 PM
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now...if it were HM doing the weekly shop then i'd say it was PR.
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Old 05-06-2011, 06:31 PM
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now...if it were HM doing the weekly shop then i'd say it was PR.
Somehow I can't see the Queen pushing a trolly around a grocery store.
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Old 05-06-2011, 06:34 PM
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No, but when Princess Elizabeth first married, she lived an 'ordinary life' as a Navy wife in Malta. So there is prescedent.
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:07 PM
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The only photos taken were of her returning the empty cart after unloading it into her car (that's what the article says). This leads me to believe that someone called and told the media that she was there and by the time the media arrived, they caught the tail end of her trip.

Had they know ahead of time, they would have had more photos of her shopping.
I tend to agree- although it would also work this way if a PR stunt, the agreement would be a few pics, maybe no groceries in the shot (as that may seen too personal) but honestly I feel this one could go either way....I mean yes she's shopped here before but how come no pics of her doing it before? Don't say no interest bc we know that's not true.....it's hard to say IMO so I'll give benefit of doubt and say no PR stunt :)
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:14 PM
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It's unfortunate that Kate doesn't look perfect in fuzzy pictures with abysmal grey lighting....

I bet if we all saw her in person she looked great, considering I'm pretty sure her natural color isn't brownish grey and she shops with her eyes open. Also, even videos of her engagements were better than the pics. Kate can't pose at all times.
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Sometimes its rather cynical what the BRF is trying to sell to the public when trying to influence opinion to their favour or closing ranks when trying play down various scandals of family members.

I fully agree with Al_bina, it works both ways. A down to earth dutchess doing her own shopping is great PR after all. Apart from the "normal" life (not sure how "normal" it is in comparison to Joe Average) the BRF lives off selling a fantasy, first and foremost, William and Kate being the protagonists in that respect.
If it had been staged, I'd have to think she would have made sure she didn't appear "rough and old". You aren't likely to have it both ways.

People think her life is not hard? Not physically hard, certainly, nor financially hard, but how would you like to be criticized in your looks, your clothes, your hair, and your intentions of "staging" something every time you poked your nose out of your house for a bit of shopping?

I figured it wouldn't take long after the wedding for people to start being hypercritical of her, but it took less than a week -- sad.
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:40 PM
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I figured it wouldn't take long after the wedding for people to start being hypercritical of her, but it took less than a week -- sad.
Well to be fair, not everyone liked her before the wedding either. And some of us are just being honest w our opinions based on these pics, that's all.... I like her but will still comment if I think she looks ''harsh'' or gorgeous , either way
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:46 PM
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If I'm honest with myself... she still looks much younger, fresher, slimmer, sleeker, prettier and shiny-haired than I do when I pop into the grocery store! Staged or not- this is ONLY a visit to the grocery store. Not exactly worthy of front page news, is it?
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I tend to agree- although it would also work this way if a PR stunt, the agreement would be a few pics, maybe no groceries in the shot (as that may seen too personal) but honestly I feel this one could go either way....I mean yes she's shopped here before but how come no pics of her doing it before? Don't say no interest bc we know that's not true.....it's hard to say IMO so I'll give benefit of doubt and say no PR stunt :)
Was she living in Anglesey full-time before the engagement? I thought she was only spending weekends there. I imagine, the lack of photos could have been because the paps didn't really care to hang around hoping to catch a glimpse of her. Now that they know she's living there full time, they figure it will be easier to find her.

And according to someone on tumblr, the paps have descended on Anglesey. So it appears the grocery store pictures are not some PR stunt.

http://sixfeetunderatl-.tumblr.com/post/5224001328

I definitely agree, AnnEliza.
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Was she living in Anglesey full-time before the engagement? I thought she was only spending weekends there.

And according to someone on tumblr, the paps have descended on Anglesey. So it appears the grocery store pictures are not some PR stunt.
I believe they did live together before the engagement ....pretty sure at least. Good point! She is a hot commodity so of course non PR stunt and pap's makes sense, I'm just surprised there are no pictures of her full cart with headlines ''Eat like the Duke and Duchess'' ......

But for me I'm just happy to see her!
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:44 PM
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Its pretty clear the picture was not a pr stunt. They need to eat lol and do lots of things. The media knows that they live there and they simply play the waiting game. It wouldn't surprise me though if someone complains about her privacy being invaded. I've read of the Prince's deep dislike of the media bothering Catherine when they were dating. But probably nothing can be done.
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No, but when Princess Elizabeth first married, she lived an 'ordinary life' as a Navy wife in Malta. So there is prescedent.
Princess Elizabeth lived far from 'an ordinary life' as a Navy wife when she was in Malta! She certainly didn't do the weekly grocery shopping and didn't do household chores. She and Philip lived in a large rented estate with servants. A few years back for a documentary on Elizabeth and Philip's anniversary, the man who had lived on their estate and had been their chauffeur was interviewed. His wife had worked as their cook and housekeeper, there was other staff was well.
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It's great to see her out and about, enjoying some well-deserved rest and (relative) freedom. Hopefully the real honeymoon is around the corner.

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People think her life is not hard? Not physically hard, certainly, nor financially hard, but how would you like to be criticized in your looks, your clothes, your hair, and your intentions of "staging" something every time you poked your nose out of your house for a bit of shopping?
Agreed. I really dislike how some people automatically equate access to money with an easy life, a life of privilege with arrogance and feelings of entitlement, and a celebrity status with a desire for attention. Knowing that there are people who don't fit those preconceptions, though, is hard for sure.

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I figured it wouldn't take long after the wedding for people to start being hypercritical of her, but it took less than a week -- sad.
It would be complete folly to expect anything better, but I do agree. Criticism isn't a bad thing, but it's got to be done within the right context. For example, given what we do know about the Duke and Duchess and their attitudes toward paparazzi and the media, it's hard to imagine that these photos were staged for PR purposes. Even if this supermarket jaunt was staged by the RF, it's quite understandable given that its continued existence depends somewhat on good PR.
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Why is everything about PR? :rem:
Cant they live a normal life for now & enjoy what they use to do because they want to & can.
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This is hardly a PR stunt. We know she and William have gone grocery shopping before, just like regular people. Catherine is probably also aware that the paparazzi have descended on their town to get pictures of her. So what if she took a little extra care to make sure she didn't look schlubby when she went to the store? At least the paps waited until the shopping was done and they were getting ready to leave to take their pics.
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Why is everything about PR? :rem:
Cant they live a normal life for now & enjoy what they use to do because they want to & can.
I totally agree, however some people who don't like her will think of any reason to criticise her or make her look bad.
That is part of why I admire her for her poise, she really seems to have a stable background and that is so important.
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