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Old 10-28-2010, 06:37 PM
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Saying you are going to tell someone something and actually doing it are two different things. How many of us, have been told to tell someone something (like so and so called and told you blank) and we have never told that person because we know that it doesn't matter in the scheme of things.

Unfortunately, I don't think we will ever know the truth.

What I do know is if this is true (any of it really) no one looks good. Not Kate and/or the Yorks if they did get an invitation and didn't respond nor the charity for speaking about it. I know that I would personally put the charity on the list of do not donate --- its a lack of discretion on their part. If necessary there are other organizations available to assist the vets.

What again is disturbing are the DM comments. People are not reading the article, making assumptions about Kate and the York girls. Really the Daily Mail is just horrible sometimes IMO. Totally off topic but now people are questioning on whether or not the Rooneys (Wayne and Coleen) are entitled to take ANOTHER vacation.
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:41 PM
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I remember some time ago, there was a DM article that was pretty scathing about Kate. It said she had a reputation of being invited to charities to work for them or to attend their functions, but she never replied. Someone was actually quoted as saying so.

So, perhaps there may be some truth to the story?
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:43 PM
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I have not heard of that Sonjapearl but really with the Daily Mail I take things with a grain of salt.

Here is the question...I get invites to certain events (alumni and charity events), I have never attended any of these and yet I still get them. Should I decline them?

I wonder how many invitations Kate receives...to think nothing of the William/Harry/Beatrice/Eugenie. They must get tons that they never see or heard of. I would expect some PA goes thru them and decides which ones to bring to their attention.
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Old 10-28-2010, 09:42 PM
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If they received the invitations are were specifically asked for an RSVP, it's rude not to respond. OTOH, "there's many a slip 'tween the cup and the lip." They might have responded by phone and the message not been passed on, or Kate and Pippa might not have received the invitations in time to respond in time. Who knows????


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What I do know is if this is true (any of it really) no one looks good. Not Kate and/or the Yorks if they did get an invitation and didn't respond nor the charity for speaking about it. I know that I would personally put the charity on the list of do not donate --- its a lack of discretion on their part. If necessary there are other organizations available to assist the vets.
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:06 PM
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My first question was - what is this "Fashion for the Brave?" This is what my searching gleaned - It hopes to raise money for charities such as Help for Heroes. The 'charity's' first event was the 10/26 dinner, auction and fashion show which the Princesses and the Middleton sisters failed to RSVP regrets. It has 2 employees. It's literature promises that the auction, fashion show and dinner "[w]ill provide millions of pounds worth of media exposure, giving increased brand value to the sponsors, supporters,..."(emphasis added.)
In looking at the pictures of the 'celebrities' who did attend, it didn't look to me like it was quite the A list event the promotional material promised. Having a Princess or Kate show up would certainly have increased the media exposure the event was seeking.
I personally do not feel obligated to respond to unsolicited requests that I attend fund raising auctions from people I have never met who do not even know me well enough to send my invitation to my home address - no matter how 'formal' the actual invitation has been made to appear. My local department store can send me a 'formal' invitation to an auction and fashion show, but that does not make it a 'formal' occasion requiring my RSVP regrets. Perhaps in Britain it is different and one is expected to respond to opportunists such as this 'charity,' but I cannot believe that it is good manners for the auction, etc. organizers to publicly criticize invitees who chose to not RSVP regrets.
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:11 PM
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I think this charity thought it was going to have high profile members of the royal family there, or people connected to the royal family (Kate and Pippa) and is resentful that none of them showed up, so it spilled the story to the press.

I assume that Party Pieces and Buckingham Palace didn't forward the invitation, which is why none of the girls showed up. Although in defense of the Duke of York's office, it seems no one there said that Beatrice and Eugenie had received this invitation...just that they were at university. As for Party Pieces, they shouldn't say the invitation had been passed on unless it really was. If it was passed on, and the girls didn't reply, then I would have to agree that they were being somewhat rude.

I find it amazing that the Daily Mail can make a whole story out of this, though. It seems like nothing which could possibly make the royals look bad falls through the cracks.
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Old 10-29-2010, 04:09 AM
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Really I think you are presuming too much.
Anyway the charity got some publicity and so did Kate Middleton. but hers was quite negative. The Prince was polite enough to send a refusal, or his office was, obviously Party Pieces needs to brush up on manners. If we can believe any part of this story then we have to believe that Party Pieces confirmed they had passed on the invitation.
BTW I really can´t see any connexion between a Department Store sending out invitations and a Benevolent Fund. I am surprised at the Princesses not answering but then they are still supposed to be learning to be royal princesses.
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Old 10-29-2010, 04:27 AM
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The article does say that BP, who handle the Princesses invitations, didn't receive the invitations so if the invitations weren't received you can hardly blame people for not replying.
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Old 10-29-2010, 08:05 AM
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Well, that makes two young ladies with a good excuse.
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Old 10-29-2010, 08:09 AM
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Kate Middleton ignores charity invite - National Royal News | Examiner.com

No ring, No announcement, No wedding, No need for a privaite person to respond to invite to a charity function ....Miss Middleton may not even know these people can we even think how many people would like to use her to get news attendtion. Oh what a shock Now they have...
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Old 10-30-2010, 01:05 AM
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One question is whether the invitations were mass mail-outs or whether they were formal invitations that asked for a formal RSVP. That makes a difference.
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Old 10-30-2010, 02:09 AM
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One question is whether the invitations were mass mail-outs or whether they were formal invitations that asked for a formal RSVP. That makes a difference.
What gets me is that in order to even contact Kate or Pippa, they had to rely on the business address of Party Pieces in the first place. I'm sure they're not the first to try and contact Kate that way. How formal of a response do you ever expect from someone when you have no real clue how to contact that person personally in the first place?

I bet we here at TRF could come up with the fanciest formal invitation ever imagined inviting Kate to participate in an open forum chat and even include one of those formal RSVP cards that are self addressed and stamped and mail it to Party Pieces and it'd just go in a big bag along with all the other well meaning communications from all the other like us with the bright idea of using the family's business address as a way to get to Kate.

I do believe it was well meant when the employee said that the mail had been passed onto the girls, but I also could see why it was perhaps never even glanced at too. Employees at Party Pieces also are most likely not paid to sort through personal communication to the family either... they're there to work for the company.
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Old 10-30-2010, 04:11 AM
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I agree that perhaps even though someone at Party Pieces said the invitations had been given to the girls they may not have received them. One point though that always irks me is when the not very large (although it seems from what we have heard to be making the family a lot of money) mail order company is spoken about as though it was Ford Motors in its heyday. It is a smallish family business and that is probably how it is so successful, it seems to have few employees and seems to be run from their home.
I am a bit at a loss why the charity invited Pippa, Kate I can understand as it was an attempt at making Prince William accept by including his girlfriend - but her sister?
Perhaps they should be given the benefit of the doubt about receiving the invitation but Prince William´s office did as they answered but that doesn´t mean that he even heard about the event, in a royal household correspondence is handled by staff.
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Old 10-30-2010, 04:53 AM
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What a storm in a teacup !!

Okay, so Wills has a girlfriend (NOT a fiancée).
She has no official standing in society, but is escorted by Wills at some weddings, and other occasions. Let's not turn her into the next Diana.

Wills has his job in Anglesey to think of, and he is a serving officer. He likes Anglesey, she doesn't (so we're told).

Everyone should leave Kate and her family alone, to get on with their lives.
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Old 10-30-2010, 09:14 AM
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A frightening lack of decorum for a charity to go public about who was invited and who did or did not respond. What was their intention in inviting Kate? It appears they tried to use her to bring attention to their event, and by not contacting her beforehand and discussing her attendance they showed poor planning and class. Kate is most likely inundated with invitations due to her relationship with P William by companies that would not have been the least interested in her otherwise. Would they have made it known that she would be attending if she had said yes?
If you have no relationship with an organization and you simply end up on their mailing list it is not rude to ignore an invitation even if it requests and RSVP. If the organization had not put any effort in to building a relationship with Kate prior to this event then she was perfectly proper in ignoring the invitation. If the organization deems someone important to their cause then spend some time in making them a supporter. To simply be a name on someones mailing list is not enough.
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Old 10-30-2010, 11:03 AM
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I agree, and the they just announced that she did not repley to get their story in the papers.. which is a shame in my opinion but you know what they say in bad attention is still attention.. to bad they did it by hurting kate's name.
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Old 10-30-2010, 09:15 PM
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I know its the Daily Star, which is not reliable, but what if it got it right for once?

Daily Star: Simply The Best 7 Days A Week :: News :: Royal wedding talk as Kate Middleton quits work
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Old 10-31-2010, 12:20 AM
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Shock development: Journos change Christmas script!


Forget about the "quitting work" part, there's something much better.
Instead of dusting off the tired annual "Kate for Christmas at Sandringham" story, this year there's a more inventive angle: delete Kate, insert Carol!
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Meanwhile, Kate’s parents Carole and Michael are said to be joining the Queen for a New Year break at Sandringham in Norfolk.
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Express.co.uk - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | Columnists :: Palace plans for wedding
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Old 10-31-2010, 02:21 PM
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If the Express can't even get the date of Diana's 50th birthday correct (it would have been July not August), they won't get much credit for predicting future wedding plans -- at least not from me!
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