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Old 06-20-2012, 10:37 PM
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Not actually. Its a bit of an odd photograph as the perspective is askew - but I believe Harry and the team mate are sharing a joke. The team mate is further forward and is not looking at Kate imo.

I would think that anyone around Kate in public knows of all of the paps and the tabloids. Nobody will be "checking her out" in public.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:44 PM
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There are a few other photos in this set and Harry is talking to Kate (not sharing a joke with his teammate). As for the teammate, he appears to be looking at the ground.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:48 AM
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I bet they are getting some pretty good experience with Peter Phillips' two girls.
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Agreed, the body is photoshopped. Catherine does not have abs like those.
Well, here I have to disagree. I think it's very possible that Kate has abs like that. What threw me off was the face on the cover picture.

First, some context - it takes a woman a lot of time and very particular effort to get 'abs like that.' I'm talking serious work-out time daily. I know - in my storied career - I have been boff. A woman does not get muscle definition easily - it's the way we are. Not saying Kate can't have abs like that - just that it takes a lot of effort and time.

So when it comes to that - what else does she have to do with herself? Recall that when William returned from the Falklands he announced that Kate would not be doing any more engagements until the Jublilee. The master had spoken (wonder how happy she was about that little bit of male dominance?) We all know that William 'has a job' and is 'very busy' - but what has he relegated his wife to? If we are to believe that they do not have servants, then Kate is 'busy' in her days squirreled away in Wales (where she knows no one) happily (we are to assume) cleaning the house, doing the laundry and cooking the meals for 'her man'. We all know how all that contributes to getting abs - not much.

So she goes to the gym - probably on the order of 2 to 4 hours a day, I would guess - with those abs. As someone said - what we are seeing is an athlete's body. It takes serious working out - daily. And as it happens, Kate has far more time than even her mother has who runs a business. Poor Kate - I don't envy her - relegated to non-work (outside of housework) while her husband is 'working' and 'busy'. Kate's only prospect of 'work' is public engagements - for William to have shut that down for her - well, she has very little choice but to either watch television eating bon-bons or going out for runs and work-outs. More power to her - if that's her body, them's her abs - and she is doing great!
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:29 PM
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These coming out a year later is suspicious. The resort where they stayed has their reputation riding on the fact that A-Listers can be guaranteed privacy. Highly unlikely that anyone got as close as this photo indicates - unless we are seeing a friend's/bodyguard's snap shots, or an unscrupulous employee (though I suspect there are protocols to ensure that employees are not on-site with personal cameras). Somehow, given William's radar on this sort of thing - I find it highly dubious that someone slipped the fence, though it's not impossible, of course - but then, why wait? These would have been hot-hot snaps a year ago - why wait? British tabloids would have paid mountains of money for such (legitimate) pictures.
I watched the Aussie video and they speculated that these could be palace-sanctioned photos due to the extremely tight security, isolation of the island and the late release date. But you never know if some enterprising photog scubaed his way in, but those photos would have been released in a hot flash if that were the case.
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Wow, since when is William dictating to Kate what she can and can't do? Have I missed something? I'd heard that Kate doesn't really socialise with the wives of William's RAF colleagues, but I hadn't realised she knows literally no-one on Anglesey. I thought there was more to Anglesey than RAF Valley.

One of the Middletons needs to hold an intervention to free Kate from this selfish tyrant she's married to, who's imprisoned her on the wind-swept island of Anglesey, using her as a kind of 1950s housewife and only letting her out to spend 2-4 hours a day at the gym in the search for defined abs.
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You forgot to mention locking her up in a chastity belt too while he's away.

I don't remember reading anything about who Kate socializes or not socializes with while she's on Anglesey. We do know that they do go out to the local cinema and pubs. We really don't get much information about their time in Wales as its their own private time and that's the way it should be.
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The people of Anglesey are also very protective of them and clearly don't go running to the papers with stories. Although, given Kate apparently does nothing there except work on her defined abs, maybe they just don't see her?
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:11 PM
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One of the Middletons needs to hold an intervention to free Kate from this selfish tyrant she's married to, who's imprisoned her on the wind-swept island of Anglesey, using her as a kind of 1950s housewife and only letting her out to spend 2-4 hours a day at the gym in the search for defined abs.
This literally made me laugh out loud.
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One of the Middletons needs to hold an intervention to free Kate from this selfish tyrant she's married to, who's imprisoned her on the wind-swept island of Anglesey, using her as a kind of 1950s housewife and only letting her out to spend 2-4 hours a day at the gym in the search for defined abs.
Right-on! They may have to one day. I don't envy Kate her life right now - unless she is able to travel under the radar and visit family and friends elsewhere - which maybe she does. For her sake, I hope she has that kind of freedom. I hope all the BRF has that kind of freedom.

The point of the little bit above is that Kate has to be working out substantially in order to get abs like that - and I was just saying that she has a lifestyle that makes it possible so people shouldn't be surprised.

As for the master thing - I thought it was generally conceded that William is a controller? And not just in a minor way, either. It seems very clear that he is calling the shots - though I am also given to understand that Kate can give as good as she gets - so maybe the intervention can wait - for a few years.

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Well, that's 'the sell' that's going on - remember William wants a 'normal life' - and without servants the set-up seems to suggest that Kate very much would have to be and is the '1950's style housewife'. Remember, it gets mentioned that the Princess Elizabeth did this on Gibraltar in her first years of marriage - when in fact she didn't, actually - she was usually in London when Phillip was not 'free'. That would be nice if it's happening that way for Kate (being elsewhere when William is 'busy') and she doesn't have to while away her time in a gym. (The Princess Elizabeth certainly didn't do her own housework as a general rule, either - I doubt Philip would have required that of her).
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I think E & P only spent 3 months together on Malta (he had office duty or something like that, where he was in port). Otherwise, E was in London.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:21 PM
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We really don't know if William outright told Catherine that she couldn't work and HAD to stay at home and keep house. It's very possible that Catherine actually chose to stay at home, in order to make things easier. If she did get a job, it may have turned out that she couldn't live with her husband, because her place of employment wasn't near their current home. We know that she has chosen to volunteer with the Scouts, so that has got to keep her not only busy, but also in shape. Camping trips and hikes can certain provide excellent workout (I've done both, and definitely 'felt' the effect). I've read somewhere that Catherine enjoys exercising and prefers to run or walk for couple of hours a day, so that helps her body shape too.

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...One of the Middletons needs to hold an intervention to free Kate from this selfish tyrant she's married to, who's imprisoned her on the wind-swept island of Anglesey, using her as a kind of 1950s housewife and only letting her out to spend 2-4 hours a day at the gym in the search for defined abs.
Yes! She's a little better off than those poor wretches that were shipped off to GULAGs during Stalin's regime . For the love of God, someone save the poor, innocent Catherine, who's being terrorized by her dominant husband .

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You forgot to mention locking her up in a chastity belt too while he's away.
Absolutely LOVE the 'chastity belt' comment . I think some people tend to forget that maybe, just maybe, William and Catherine are choosing to be a bit reclusive. William's job is quite demanding, so more than likely, when he comes home, he's in need of down time and relaxation (and a bit of TLC if he had a rough shift that involved a tragedy). Being able to come home to a warm house and a cooked meal lets him know that he's cared about and has someone that is willing to be there. It was mentioned several times that they don't care for going out too much, but prefer to stay in, and watch television/DVDs and just spend time together as a couple. Catherine may feel that that's enough for her, and doesn't want to socialize with anyone else (also, there's the factor of feeling a little awkward and I'm sure she understands that members of the public may feel a little uneasy if she tried to befriend them). I can understand her not wanting to socialize with other wives on the base. Sometimes keeping to oneself is better in the long run (less chances of someone yapping to the press [or to a friend that may take it to the press] about something that was said in confidence).

As to William being a controller, I don't know how we'll possibly know that. Yes, it may have been mentioned in the papers, but in reality, none of us are there, in the Anglesey cottage, observing these two on 'candid camera' if you will. Someone pointed out that it won't be surprising if William makes decisions concerning the royal aspect of their lives, because he's lived it for much longer than Catherine has, and he will be the future King, however, from what I have seen, it would appear that on the domestic front, they prefer to decide together. William strikes me as a person who is very protective of those he loves, and it may appear that he's being a control freak, when in reality, he's just making sure that they're being taken care of and not harassed by the media, or what have you. These are just my thoughts of course. Like I said, we'll never know the truth, because we're not in the inner circle.
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Jiminies, some of you guys are sensitive. You are behaving like fan(atics).

If some of you think that the life that Kate is living in Wales is some sort of idyll - that's great - it's your opinion. Maybe it's a kind of life you would find satisfying. I wouldn't. To me, it sounds brain-numbing. It's William who has a life there - he's got quite a deal, in fact. I'm sure he's happy as a clam.

Whether Kate is happy - well, there are ways of figuring that out.

So I was correct - if she's running/hiking for 2 hours a day, she'd be in shape. She'd have to be doing strength training for the abs, though, at least an hour or more a day. Perhaps they have a gym set up in the house. That's a lot of hours to be in training - but clearly she has the time. She has to do something. If I were her I'd be putting that Art History degree to use - maybe visiting castles and stately homes - looking at artifacts and art. There could be a book - she could write a book - or at least do research - now that would be interesting - that I could understand. But at her age (she's not a 20 year old when we do that sort of thing) to be satisfied with a life of fetch-and-carry for a man - I dunno - I'm not convinced.

As for William - it's being stated endlessly that the guy has a thing about controlling his situation. How this is suddenly new news, I don't get. It was talked about regarding the engagement and regarding the wedding - and it goes on. In fact, that level of control would be a positive factor in the kind of work he is doing. That kind of intensity would be needed in that line of work.

However, as we all know - those of us who are women and have had experience with such men - the dominance issue can be kinda cool in some ways, but can be not so cool in others. Hey, I am projecting - just like you are. You project your analysis and surmises - as I do mine. Why you would think your 'take' is the superior and truer one baffles me. Have I made fun of what you think? No. Have I exaggerated your pov? No. (sniff, sniff, hiccup, sniff).

P.S. Shouldn't this whole conversation be over on the Cambridge's Marriage Thread?
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So your assuming that William is happy yet at the same time assuming Kate isn't. Both assumptions have no evidence only your personal preferences to go by. Nobody knows what Kate does in Angleseey and who her friends are or aren't. But jumping to the conclusion that she has to be some brainless slave to live there is harsh and people are going to call you on it. Kate is not you and it is quite possible she is content living there.
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So your assuming that William is happy yet at the same time assuming Kate isn't.
I assume William is happy because he chose to do what he is doing - no one made him choose. As for Kate I have no idea whether she is happy and have not assumed she is unhappy.

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Assuming William is happy with his work is a fairly safe bet. As I have said - I do not assume Kate is unhappy - I don't know what she is. You assume she is happy because of your personal preferences perhaps?

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We know she works out for at least 2 hours a day, takes care of the house and cooks the meals. We know she does not socialize with the wives in William's unit and is doing some work with scouting.

I expressed the opinion that I hope she is able to visit her friends elsewhere, perhaps take jaunts here and there - is that such a bad wish?

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It's you - and others - who have jumped to conclusions. I did not say she was a brainless slave. I said her life as it has been described sounds brain-numbing to me. Working out between 2 to 4 hours a day is pretty intense - combine that with housework and preparing meals - well, it's not what one usually envisions for oneself when one makes the effort to attend university for 4 years. That's an observation.

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that she has to be some brainless slave to live there is harsh and people are going to call you on it.
First off, as stated, I did not call her a brainless slave so there is no reason for 'people' to 'call me on it'.

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No, she is not, I agree.

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Yes it is. It is also possible she is not. We don't know - so we surmise. That's what is going forward on this Board everywhere. You surmise she is happy. I wonder about it - since the whole set-up looks a bit one-sided to me. I'm wondering how much William takes Kate's wishes to heart - as I watch the choices he makes. Is it all about him - or does Kate have some say in it all other than agreeing, going along? There is evidence that it's all about William. Just an observation.
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Some posters have imaginations that seem to get away from them. We really don't know a whole lot about William and Kate's day to day life, which I'd say is exactly how they want it. Living in Anglesey has its advantages and its drawbacks. It means they're well away from the normal London madness which gives them much more privacy and protection from the press. We know that Clarence House organised an agreement with the press that they'd be left alone when on Anglesey, which is why we see so few pictures of them out and about there.

But, equally, being there has its drawbacks. It's easy to say that Kate should be researching stately homes and art galleries, or working full-time for charity. The difficulty with that is, both those things would take Kate well away from Anglesey which is simply too far out of the way for those things. William's shifts are apparently 12-24 hours long. My dad works 12 hour shifts and while my mother was a civil servant working 20 minutes away from our home they rarely saw one another. It was only when she retired that they were able to spend some real time together, because she's generally free to fit in with his bonkers schedule.

Both William and Kate seem to be pretty comfortable with their lives right now (although someone will no doubt pop up with a picture of William and/or Kate not smiling and say it's evidence that they're unhappy). They both know, William especially, that their days of privacy in Anglesey are very much numbered and that when it ends they're never going to have the opportunity to enjoy this kind of life again. I hope they make the most of it.
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People say that William is very controling, how do we know? Or is that just the DM talking.
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