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Old 02-05-2013, 02:59 PM
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Just how much "work" is someone who is officially only a part time royal and primarily resident in Wales supposed to do? I suspect this is more about fullfilling a desire by some in the public/press to see more of her so comments can be made about fashion & jewels that it is about charity & public duties. So far I haven't heard any charities crying about lack of involvement or complaining about cancelled engagements.
I wonder if there were the same kind of complaints when Elizabeth, the heiress presumptive, went off to live in Malta with the Duke of Edinburgh or when Katherine went off to live in Hong Kong with the Duke of Kent.
I agree. I'm not sure how much work people expect a part-time royal to do. It's not like the Palace didn't let everyone know that William and Kate were only going to be part-time. It was actually one of the first things they announced after the engagement.

I do have to concede that perception is reality, but since Kate's hospitalization in early December, she's only been photographed shopping 4 times (3 last week and once the week before). So I'm not sure how people think that she's been spending these last 2 months shopping up a storm. With the exception of a few sightings at Starbucks and the gas station, she actually hasn't been seen out much.

I don't really understand the argument that William hasn't earned a vacation. He works full-time as a rescue pilot, so he's entitled to take time off.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:12 PM
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Wouldn't it make more sense for a person who is responsible for operating some rather large machinery with very sensitive equipment to rescue individuals in danger (sometimes in inclement weather) to be well rested and have a positive attitude?

I'm of the opinion that more military people (in any country) should have more time off. Perhaps the rather frightening rise in suicides and post-traumatic stress disorders would be turned around if soldiers got more rest. Just saying.
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If the issue is perception rather than actual work then the couple can't win. A photograph of Kate on vacation on a beach somewhere is always going to attract more attention than a more "boring" picture of Kate showing up at one of her non glamourous official events. And we won't see any pictures at all of the behind the scenes work she does with her charities, or of her meeting with her staff regarding long term planning, or of her sitting in her living room going through paperwork or reading a book for research on a cause she's considering taking up. And it's the same with William - there aren't going to be any pictures of him performing the daily routine of either his job with the RAF or the non-public parts of his royal duties.

Also, they don't need to justify or clear their holidays with anyone other than William's superiors at work.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:21 PM
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Whilst I agree nobody needs to 'deserve' a holiday, this couple haven't earnt it at all. William and Catherine clearly have no idea about public perception.
According to newspaper`s Catherine have been working with here charities for a while now, ( from home) isn`t that "proper" work?
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:24 PM
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So she can have a year off then ....

But no doubt with a maternity nurse , 24/6 ...and a stand in for the seventh day . Like all the other women in kensington ..lol.
I am sure Kate will have a long time off. She will be too exhausted to work and only manage to board a plane that takes her on holiday or hop on a car that takes her shopping. And she'll be pregnant again as soon as the work-free period of time threatens to be finished.
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I am sure Kate will have a long time off. She will be too exhausted to work and only manage to board a plane that takes her on holiday or hop on a car that takes her shopping. And she'll be pregnant again as soon as the work-free period of time threatens to be finished.


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Old 02-05-2013, 05:26 PM
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I am sure Kate will have a long time off. She will be too exhausted to work and only manage to board a plane that takes her on holiday or hop on a car that takes her shopping. And she'll be pregnant again as soon as the work-free period of time threatens to be finished.
Well I took 12 months maternity leave with my first, I just had a desk job. We also took holidays during that time.... just saying, is all. Why the H E double hockey stick should she take any less? Feminism was always about CHOICE!



Oh yeah, I fell pgs with number 2 before my maternity peace for number 1 finished so I ended up not returning to the paid workforce until number 4 was in primary school.... it's called choice....plus we' 're old fashioned enough to believe in the importance of a stay at home parent, a luxury seemingly unavailable to the Duchess.....
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:54 PM
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But is your every movement followed by photographers and tweeted about, are their internet forums to allow people to critique you hair, jewels and fashion choices and how much they may have cost? Do newspapers regularly write about your parents or your siblings or remote ancestors? Does the general public follow you about and take pictures of you on their cell phones and then send them around the world?
My point is why should she be treated any differently than me just because she is watched by soooooooooooo many people.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:15 PM
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All the royal ladies take maternity leave. Mary, Victoria, Letizia, Marie, etc. Catherine will be no different.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:34 PM
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My point is why should she be treated any differently than me just because she is watched by soooooooooooo many people.
I think you answered your own question.....she is different from you and her every move is watched by sooooooooooo many people.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:43 PM
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Perhaps William should have gone without her?
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:10 PM
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I wonder if there were the same kind of complaints when Elizabeth, the heiress presumptive, went off to live in Malta with the Duke of Edinburgh or when Katherine went off to live in Hong Kong with the Duke of Kent.
This point is overlooked by so many people. The then Princess Elizabeth and her husband undertook very few public duties in the first 2-3 years of their marriage. Not only that, they lived abroad for large chunks of that time. We must also remember that George VI was seriously unwell during this time and Elizabeth was not the heir to the heir as William is, but next in line.

The Queen and DoE were given what William and Kate have been given - a few years to enjoy being married to one another before they step into the glare of public scrutiny which will follow them to their graves. Clarence House and BP were open and honest about the fact that Will and Kate would not be full-time working royals for at least the first few years. We have plenty of working royals as it is.

This Mustique trip seems to be an important Middleton family tradition when the whole family gets together. Good luck to them.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:25 PM
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QE2 should have worked something out with VL to keep the villa as a little beach hut. Would work out for Wills now.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:38 PM
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BTW it was 31 years ago, not 20, that Diana was photographed pregnant in her bikini. I think it was in the Bahamas.
I hope W&K have learned their long lens lesson.
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I fail to understand why my last post was deleted(as I said I was not speculating) but anyways not the point. Many people have been wondering what type of behind the scenes work could Wills and Kate be doing in there down time well here's one example from Hello Magazine
http://i47.tinypic.com/10htze1.png
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:56 PM
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i know this is a silly question. but is there any chance, even if so tiny, that W&C might attend WA and Maxima's investure as King and Queen in April?
i know that its usual that only the heirs are to be present that day, so its highly possible that Prince Charles will go...but since he was at Queen Beatrix investure in 1980, maybe he would let his son and daughter-in-law go in his stead this time? could it be possible to happen?
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:14 PM
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I suppose anything is possible if not necessarily probable. Catherine would be 6-7 months pregnant by April 30th.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:16 PM
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It would be nice to see them there, but I don't believe they'll attend. It will more than likely be Prince Charles and the Duchess or Cornwall or the Wessex's.

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Wouldn't it make more sense for a person who is responsible for operating some rather large machinery with very sensitive equipment to rescue individuals in danger (sometimes in inclement weather) to be well rested and have a positive attitude?

I'm of the opinion that more military people (in any country) should have more time off. Perhaps the rather frightening rise in suicides and post-traumatic stress disorders would be turned around if soldiers got more rest. Just saying.
I agree.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:19 PM
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I fail to understand why my last post was deleted(as I said I was not speculating) but anyways not the point. Many people have been wondering what type of behind the scenes work could Wills and Kate be doing in there down time well here's one example from Hello Magazine
http://i47.tinypic.com/10htze1.png
Thank you for posting this link. It does go into detail of what Kate has done behind the scenes keeping up with her charities and the people that she has met. This goes to prove that its an ongoing thing and not just a publicity walk the red carpet photo op grand affair where a royal shows up and smiles.

I think we all have to realize that when royals take on patronages and charities that there is actual work involved that is ongoing between them constantly and its not a flash in the pan public occasion for us to gawk, stare and muse about the current fashion trends nor is it geared for the media to sell papers. Kate is genuinely involved and concerned about her patronages and we, as the public, only get to see a small percentage of what really goes on.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:26 PM
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^^ I agree, Gracie Giraffe. Mee too!

That's why I think that If it's true that Kate works that much in the backstage, something is wrong with her communication/RP team.
Even if she works a lot, if we don't see , there's no way we can check if she's really working or not, so one starts to doubt it a bit. That's why I think she shoud appear more often with her charities. Working with your charities is important, but letting the public know you're working is equally important in her case, IMO. And she's failing to communicate it
Has anyone wondered if there is something wrong with Kate? SURELY they DO know that this would be a PR nightmare!? What if her adjusting to life in the RF is not going as well as we think? Perhaps she has been having anxiety issues? I know I probably would have. Consequently she may be having to take more and more time off, and time away to cope?

I cannot believe they are not aware of what the public think. I also don't believe the PR machine is not working overtime to try and explain the holiday, etc. Either they really don't care what we think or there is something going on...
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