General News for the Wales Family 2: March 2024-


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I'm baffled at the stupidity of those people. I'm sure they were offered a massive financial incentive by someone, but honestly, how on earth did they think they could get away with it? Ridiculous.
I agree - and it is going to be very, very interesting to see who offered that financial incentive if indeed there was one.
 
Today the Princess of Wales announced that she is undergoing a cancer treatment. Posts have been moved to a new thread, which you can find HERE.
 
Interesting and, I think, very insightful long read by Jenny McCartney on Catherine and the reactions her person generates.



Some extracts:

Grace under consistent pressure is an admirable quality. Were a ballet dancer to execute a string of flawless performances, or a pilot to conduct numerous flights without incident, it would not be deemed evidence of an absence of character: quite the opposite. Yet in Kate — especially for those who increasingly conduct their lives online — serene self-possession seems to drive a proportion of onlookers insane: what lurks behind it, what dark secret is waiting to destroy it, how best might it be disrupted? The uncomfortable truth is that what many people deeply crave in a young and beautiful royal wife and mother is not competence, but crack-up....

The increasingly bizarre treatment of Kate, or the idea of Kate, is connected to the most dominant phenomenon of our age: a cultural prioritising of drama over duty. The supply of drama has spilled beyond the confines of the novel, theatre, cinema or television to become a commodity on which our public figures are judged. When Mantel spoke of Kate’s apparent absence of emerging “character” she was assessing her primarily through the hungry eyes of a novelist. In books, central female characters often generate dramatic tension by chafing against their circumstances, by the intensifying dazzle of their discontents, something that Kate refused to transmit. In contrast, Mantel described Diana as a “carrier of myth”: Diana, publicly trapped in the disappointments of her marriage, certainly carried more plot twists than any author had a right to expect. Unfortunately for her, the final one was her shockingly premature death.

...the Princess of Wales exists at the opposite end of the feminine spectrum from Jean Rhys. Pinned firmly in place by her royal obligations, her wealth, her marriage and three children, she belongs to the realm of the respectable and dutiful rather than the erratic and dramatic. She is not a “character” in the artistic sense, nor does she desire to be, but both a survivor and upholder of an institution: hers is the territory of the prompt thank-you note, the kept promise, the commitment to public service, the uncomplicated pleasure in children, the stoic endurance of difficult times in the hope that better ones will come along soon. The public senses an emotional solidity in her, and it is partly why she is held in broad esteem. In this age of insistent self-definition, duty to others might be an unfashionable concept, but it is nonetheless one that keeps families and institutions from chaos and collapse.
 
Interesting and, I think, very insightful long read by Jenny McCartney on Catherine and the reactions her person generates.



Some extracts:

Grace under consistent pressure is an admirable quality. Were a ballet dancer to execute a string of flawless performances, or a pilot to conduct numerous flights without incident, it would not be deemed evidence of an absence of character: quite the opposite. Yet in Kate — especially for those who increasingly conduct their lives online — serene self-possession seems to drive a proportion of onlookers insane: what lurks behind it, what dark secret is waiting to destroy it, how best might it be disrupted? The uncomfortable truth is that what many people deeply crave in a young and beautiful royal wife and mother is not competence, but crack-up....

The increasingly bizarre treatment of Kate, or the idea of Kate, is connected to the most dominant phenomenon of our age: a cultural prioritising of drama over duty. The supply of drama has spilled beyond the confines of the novel, theatre, cinema or television to become a commodity on which our public figures are judged. When Mantel spoke of Kate’s apparent absence of emerging “character” she was assessing her primarily through the hungry eyes of a novelist. In books, central female characters often generate dramatic tension by chafing against their circumstances, by the intensifying dazzle of their discontents, something that Kate refused to transmit. In contrast, Mantel described Diana as a “carrier of myth”: Diana, publicly trapped in the disappointments of her marriage, certainly carried more plot twists than any author had a right to expect. Unfortunately for her, the final one was her shockingly premature death.

...the Princess of Wales exists at the opposite end of the feminine spectrum from Jean Rhys. Pinned firmly in place by her royal obligations, her wealth, her marriage and three children, she belongs to the realm of the respectable and dutiful rather than the erratic and dramatic. She is not a “character” in the artistic sense, nor does she desire to be, but both a survivor and upholder of an institution: hers is the territory of the prompt thank-you note, the kept promise, the commitment to public service, the uncomplicated pleasure in children, the stoic endurance of difficult times in the hope that better ones will come along soon. The public senses an emotional solidity in her, and it is partly why she is held in broad esteem. In this age of insistent self-definition, duty to others might be an unfashionable concept, but it is nonetheless one that keeps families and institutions from chaos and collapse.
 
I will only say that there is something bizarrely fascinating and painful in that since Catherine has not been a source of any drama, the world decided orders of magnitude were available to be made up around her, instead. Like Diana through the looking glass.
 
Is Prince William wearing a different uniform than that he got married in? Wasn’t he wearing a different one that day?
 
Is Prince William wearing a different uniform than that he got married in? Wasn’t he wearing a different one that day?
Yes he is wearing a different uniform in this photo. He was married wearing the Irish Guards red tunic, but he changed later.

Here's video of William and Catherine driving Charles' Aston Martin from Buckingham Palace to Clarence House. He's wearing his Blues and Royals black frock coat.

 

Kate Middleton has been 'driving force' behind new early years project as she continues cancer treatment: Kensington Palace shares update on 'excited' Princess's work as she remains out of the public eye until she has 'green light from doctors'​

 
I'm never sure where to put articles about the Waleses, so apologies to the mods if I've selected the wrong thread; my wrist is available for a gentle tap ;)

This is an interesting "in depth" article that looks at Prince William's changing and future roles.


I think he is a good man and his heart is definitely in the right place. The pressure he must be under, as the article says, is tremendous. My continued prayers and wishes for Catherine to get well soon.

I also think that due to the election it is a shame that he has had to curtail certain projects. We should be doing all we can to help the homeless, not putting it on hold just because of an election IMO.

On a lighter note, if he and his dad wanted to support a rollercoaster-ride claret and blue team, they should have chosen the Hammers! 🤣
 
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A wonderful photo shared for the British Father's Day today:


And starting with a photo for King Charles:


 
'Papa'? I thought that went out with the Ark, even in upper class circles.
 
It’s a very nice and casual photo! Love the setting, but I really dislike these coy back of the head shots. I suppose if you release photos every year, you have to play around or else they all look the same.
 
That’s a lovely photo of the family, so natural and loving.

One of my favourite photos the Princess of Wales ever took and released was the one of the King hugging Prince Louis. I’d love to see another candid of him with one of his grandchildren.
 
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