Earlier this week, Time Magazine released its annual list of the world's 100 most influential people.
Few readers on this side of the pond were surprised to see Meghan Markle and Prince Harry cover the issue, but apparently the news came as much more of a shock overseas.
In fact, one royal expert has described the unexpected cover story "as a stab in the heart to the royal family" that will only serve to deepen the existing divide between the two factions.
And insiders say that no one is more upset than Kate Middleton, who was infuriated by the cover for two distinct reasons:
1. Kate is currently in campaign mode, as William could ascend to the throne within a few short years, and she's well aware of the damage that the entire family suffered as a result of Meghan's Oprah Winfrey interview.
2. It seems that Middletion has reached out to Markle several times in the months since the latter welcomed baby Lilibet, but her attempts at burying the hatchet have not been reciprocated.
Yes, Meghan and Harry are feuding against the entire royal family, but it's Kate and William with thom they're compared the most -- and recently those comparisons have not been flattering to the Cambridges.
Now, it seems that Kate is very cognizant of the fact that she and her husband are losing the contest.
According to a recent YouGov poll, Harry and Meghan are now more popular than Will and Kate on a global level.
(Harry and Meghan are still not particularly well-liked in the UK -- ironically for many of the same reasons that they're so beloved elsewhere.)
This is of particular concern to Kate, who is well aware that the future of the monarchy has never been more uncertain, and who feels that it's her duty to win the hearts and minds of the international community.
Royal expert Duncan Larcombe recently spoke to OK! Magazine about the situation, and while he was unable to confirm the reports that Kate fell into a rage when she saw the Time cover, he did verify that Kate feels it's her responsibility to beat Meghan at her own game by cranking up the likability factor.
"Kate and William are in danger of being dragged into a transatlantic popularity contest," Larcombe said in a recent interview with OK! magazine.
"They will feel anxious over the cover and everything Harry and Meghan do as it always seems to reflect on them."
Larcombe says it's almost as though dueling election campaigns are being fought in two different countries.
"William and Kate are concerned about absolutely everything that comes out of America in regards to Harry and Meghan, especially Harry's tell-all warts and all memoir that's gonna hit the shelves sometime next year," Larcombe said.
"They have no control over the narrative."
Part of the fury among the royals seems to stem from the fact that Meghan and Harry gave the world the impression that they were moving to America in order to get away from the spotlight.
Instead, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are receiving more attention than ever, and in the States, the coverage is overwhelmingly positive.
At first, Kate took an "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" approach to the situation, but in recent weeks it seems that she's been getting the cold shoulder from Meghan, and has decided to give up on the idea of burying the hatchet.
"I think it's wishful thinking when we see people say that Meghan and Kate are going to work on a Netflix project together or they're talking on the phone," royal journalist Omid Scobie told Entertainment Tonight this week.
"I even read a story about how they're Zooming whilst making cakes or something, quite recently."
Sadly, it seems that collaborative, cake-making conference calls will not be taking place anytime soon.
At this point, the royals reportedly view Meghan and Harry's growing popularity as the greatest threat to their institution's continued survival.
And since Meghan has apparently rebuffed their efforts to join forces, you can bet that the Queen and company will soon resume their efforts to discredit Meghan and undermine the reputation she's worked so hard to build.
We will have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.
Earlier this week, Time Magazine released its list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
The magazine released several editions of this week's issue, each featuring one -- or, in this case, two -- of the movers and shakers who make an appearance on the prestigious list.
But to the surprise of no one, Harry and Meghan's cover has been the most widely-discussed, and the most heavily-scrutinized.
The criticism began before anyone even had a chance to read the short article about the Sussexes contained within the issue.
Jokes about the heavily air-brushed photo of Harry and Meghan have been circulating non-stop on social media for several days now.
To be fair, it does look as though the photo has been retouched -- but that's certainly not the fault of the duke and duchess.
Since Twitter and the British tabloid media take no pleasure in criticizing the editors of Time, the dialogue quickly shifted to perceived offenses that could plausibly be blamed on Harry and Meghan.
And so, we've now entered the stage of the discourse where the UK press is finding fault with an American magazine piece in which the Sussexes are praised for their humanitarian work.
First, the Daily Mail blasted Meghan for allegedly wearing $384,000 worth of jewelry in the cover photo.
As with all things Daily Mail, that report should be taken with several grains of salt.
But even if it's true, it's not uncommon for women in the royal family to wear jewelery that's valued in the seven-figure range -- and yet we doubt yoiu'll ever see the Mail criticizing Queen Elizabeth or Kate Middleton for this reason.
Anyway, it seems that it's not just the British media that's weirdly outraged by Harry and Meghan's cover story.
The royal family is said to be furious with what they view as Meghan and Harry's latest publicity stunt.
"Meghan and Harry landing a cover spot of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People will be seen as a stab in the heart of the Monarchy's reputation because of the greater implicit credibility it affords them and their previous claims against the crown," public relations expert Eric Schiffer told Newsweek today.
"The strategy Harry's built is to out gun William and to be seen as the authentic prince on a global stage and it's been beautifully executed."
Yes, Harry and Meghan seem to be well aware that their greatest competition comes from Prince William and Kate Middleton.
No matter how much their paths through life diverge, these two couple will always be compared to one another -- and it looks as though the Sussexes have finally taken the lead in this never-ending contest.
According to a YouGov poll, Meghan and Harry's popularity in the UK crashed following their controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey back in March.
But the couple became more popular in the US, as well as in several commonwealth countries, such as Canada and Australia.
And in the months since, the Cambridges' popularity in the UK has declined, while the Sussexes' has risen slightly.
In other words, Harry and Meghan are dominating the contest globally, and they might soon take the lead in the UK.
No polls have been conducted since the Time article was released, but despite the best efforts of the British media to undermine their good works, Harry and Meghan are likely to enjoy another boost as a result of the piece.
"They're very disciplined at it," Schiffer said of Harry and Meghan's PR strategy.
"The combination of the leaks and the framing of themselves in part as victims of certain behaviour and on top of that connecting in such authentic ways with global Gen Z and Millennial audiences and allowing them to actually feel what it's like to interact with a member of the royal family, that on a human level has been powerful."
Yes, it seems that those who look at the two couples as four individual humans prefer Harry and Meghan, while Brits who have politicized the feud continue to favor William and Kate, at least partially due to nationalistic pride.
Of course, the royal family is less popular than ever these days, so it's unclear how long the Cambridges will remain propped up by patriotism.
At this point, another season of The Crown might be all it takes to sink the Windsor clan for good.
As you've no doubt heard by now, Prince Philip passed away last week at the age of 99.
For obvious reasons, the death didn't exactly come as a surprise, and sadly, the response from the British tabloid media was equally predictable.
Yes, Meghan was blamed for Philip's death, despite the fact that she was thousands of miles away when it happened, and he was just a few weeks shy of his 100th birthday.
Now, in a display of brazenness that's stunning even by the standards of the British tabloid media, the question of Meghan's attendance at the funeral has come to overshadow the story of Philip's passing and what it means for the future of the royal family.
As soon as the news of of the death nwas made public, Meghan found herself in a no-win situation:
If she had attended the funeral, bad-faith critics would've blasted her for blatantly disrespecting the Queen.
In the end, she chose to stay home, and to the surprise of absolutely no one, a smattering of vile trolls criticized her for disrespecting the Queen by doing so.
This, despite the fact that Meghan is pregnant with her second child and was not cleared by her doctors to make the trip.
It's beginning to look as though Meghan's every action will result in further slander from the British press for the remainder of her life.
But if there's an upside to all of this, it's that the funeral might provide an opportunity for Prince William and Prince Harry to make peace.
The feud between Harry and William has been making headlines for years, and according to the British media, it began right around the time Meghan entered the picture.
(The official position of the British media is that all misfortunes that have befallen mankind in the past five years are the fault of Meghan, the 21st century Eve.)
Insiders say Kate Middleton is planning to help broker a truce between Harry and William, something that might not be possible if Meghan were present.
(The rift between Kate and Meghan is even deeper than the one between William and Harry.)
One source tells the Daily Telegraph that the time is right for a settling of differences, as the two princes are completely on the same page for the first time in a very long time.
“They know it is not about them on Saturday – it is about honoring their grandfather’s memory and supporting their grandmother,” a royal source told the publication.
“I would be extremely surprised if that wasn’t front and center of both their minds. They will be keen to spend time together as a family, in the same time zone for once," the insider adds.
"The entire focus is on the Queen. No exceptions. A family unified.”
As for Kate, sources have indicated that she's just as focused on the Queen -- but she's aware that the best thing she could for Elizabeth at this point would be to bring about peace between William and Harry.
Not coincidentally, it seems William and Kate are preparing to take their place as second in line to the throne.
While this will not take place until Prince Charles is crowned following Elizabeth's passing, it seems arrangements are already being made.
Sources say the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have already begun preparing for their relocation from Anmer Hall to Kensington Palace.
While it may seem, at times, that Elizabeth -- who will turn 95 next week -- is immortal, the death of her husband reminds us that that's sadly not the case.
And Kate has been in the royal spotlight long enough to know that it's a bad look for a future consort to be taking part in petty feuds.
Guys, drop everything you’re doing, a princess is sad that another princess didn’t do what she wanted. Kate Middleton is reportedly “mortified” that Meghan Markle brought up an argument the two had that left Meghan in tears during her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
If you’re a fan of media about the royal family, like Netflix’s hit show The Crown or Helen Mirren’s film The Queen about the days after the death of Princess Diana, you’ll know they all have the same basic message; that the monarchy is woefully out of touch and adheres to antiquated principles out of a sense of propriety. Most of the dialogue about common people is tinged with a bit “don’t these bloody peasants know that it simply isn’t how things are done?” Sure, the dialogue is fictionalized, the writers weren’t in those rooms, but it’s not as if there’s much evidence to the contrary.
These “leaks” from the palace are all pretty much planned, because addressing it publicly isn’t the proper protocol, and it continues to show how much they royals are missing the point here.
Why wasn’t Kate “mortified” when the story that Meghan made her cry, the opposite of what actually happened, came out in the press? Her objection isn’t about the accuracy of what Meghan says, just that Kate is “very discreet.”
The story was already out there, and the story was “Horrible Bridezilla Meghan Markle made good, sweet British girl Kate Middleton cry for no reason.”
It doesn’t seem to have sunk in that Harry and Meghan feel that they were wronged, both by the royal family and the British press, and that the palace’s response to that seemed to be “well, good, keep taking the blame so people hate you and side with the heir. You’re just the spare, who gives a f**k about you? Stiff upper lip and all that rot.”
Harry and Meghan say “well, maybe not everything was our fault” and suddenly William and Kate go paler than basically every single relative on both their family trees. If the monarchy wants to keep existing, and really, they shouldn’t, they really should modernize how they deal with these things. “Oh talking to the press simply isn’t done” may have been okay when Churchill was Prime Minister, but we have a 24-hour news cycle now and doing nothing is essentially the same as throwing members of your family to the wolves.
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“Ever since the Sussexit was announced in January, it truly feels like all of the British media has wordlessly and relentlessly pursued a new agenda: Bring Harry Home. That’s it. They bullied and smeared the Duchess of Sussex for two years, hoping that they could chase her off and that she alone would grow sick of their abuse and simply leave.” [Celebitchy]
The Royal Family tryna guilt trip Harry to come back to England and ditch Meghan and his kid. Classy.
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Well, a lot of events are being postponed or altogether canceled these days, but it seems that one long-awaited occasion will still take place right on schedule.
We're talking, of course, about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal retirement!
Yes, Meghan and Harry are still stepping down from their roles as senior members of the royal family, and far as anyone knows, the preparations are proceeding apace.
The event the global media has dubbed #Megxit is scheduled to take place on March 31, which means that on April 1, Meghan and Harry will officially be relieved of their royal duties.
Sources close to the royal family have stated that they've long been hopeful that tensions between Harry and his family will ease once he and his wife and son are permitted to relocate to Canada full-time and escape their fishbowl existence in London.
Unfortunately, as the date draws nearer, it seems that the longstanding feud between William and Harry is alive and well.
In fact, insiders tell The Daily Mail that tensions between the brothers are at an all-time high.
"William is said to feel insulted by his brother’s recent comments, including the stream of remarks on Harry and Meghan’s Sussex Royal website, which many have taken as implied criticisms of the Royal Family," the newspaper reports.
"William feels his brother has ‘disrespected’ the institution of the monarchy and – most woundingly of all – their grandmother the Queen."
Insiders say the relationship began to deteriorate back in 2015, when Harry was essentially strong-armed into leaving the military so that he could join Will and Kate in their humanitarian work, which quickly became a source of tension.
"It didn’t help that whenever [Harry] asked the shared staff at Kensington Palace to do something, they were often busy with ‘more important’ work for the Duke of Cambridge, who, after all, will one day be King," says one insider.
Yes, apparently the fact that William will one day be king and Harry will not -- a fact the brothers have been well aware of since childhood -- has become a source of escalating conflict in recent years.
"When Harry gave the interview about being on a different path to his brother, I don’t think anyone in the Palace was surprised," an anonymous aide tells the Mail.
"One [brother] is going to be King and the other is not and therefore has to figure out what that [life] looks like."
"It didn’t help that William never let Harry forget which of them was going to be King," adds another royal source.
The difference in duties and expectations has apparently led to increased feelings of alienation for Harry.
"Harry has always been looking for signs that he belongs, but soon all he could see – I think wrongly – were signs that told him he wasn’t needed," says one insider.
"He should have taken his father’s advice and stayed in the military. Leaving the Army was the worst thing he could have done.’
The source adds that Harry essentially blames his brother for his forced military retirement, as he feels he was forced to return to royal life in order to lighten William's workload.
The British media has been quick to blame Meghan for the bad blood between Harry and William, but it sounds as though this royal feud has been a long time in the making.
For centuries, the members of the British Royal Family prided themselves on their ability to maintain a "stiff upper lip" in the face of adversity.
Be it the death of Princess Diana or rumors of marital discord between Prince William and Kate Middleton, the royal response remained the same:
Any public display of grief was regarded as a sign of weakness; any acknowledgment of an unflattering rumor was seen as stooping to the level of the tabloid press.
This week, however, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have forever altered the relationship between the Royals and the global community.
Sunday night saw the premiere of Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, a documentary that chronicled the couple's recent 10-day trip to Africa.
As expected, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared their thoughts on the ongoing humanitarian crises in Africa as well as the many cultural and geographical treasures the continent has to offer.
But what came as a surprise was the blunt fashion in which both Harry and Meghan opened up about their various personal struggles.
Speaking with journalist Tom Bradby, Meghan spoke candidly about her feelings of isolation and the difficulties she's faced in trying to assimilate to life as a member of the world's most famous family.
"I think I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip," Meghan said.
"I tried, I really tried. But I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging and the biggest thing that I know is that I never thought this would be easy."
For his part, Harry opened up about the challenges he's overcome in the past year, including reports that he's feuding with his brother, Prince William.
"Inevitably stuff happens. But we're brothers, we'll always be brothers," Harry remarked, somewhat cryptically.
"We're certainly on different paths at the moment. I'll always be there for him and as I know, he'll always be there for me. We don't see each other as much as we used to because we're so busy but I love him dearly."
This is not the sort of commentary British royals typically offer with regard to their private relationships.
So perhaps it's not surprising that Monday morning saw media reports that William was "furious" about the documentary.
Speaking with the BBC, a palace source downplayed those reports, but admitted that William is “worried” about Prince Harry and hopes he and Meghan “are alright.”
Harry and Meghan were likely well aware that their decision to speak so candidly would be met with a mixed reaction.
But it seems that after weighing the pros and cons, the Sussexes felt that they were left with little choice but to speak out.
Harry has made it quite clear, after all, that he regards this as nothing less than a matter of life and death.
The Sussexes' comments come on the heels of a lawsuit that Harry filed against a UK journalist whom he accuses of violating Meghan's privacy.
The suit was accompanied by public remarks in which Harry dressed down the British media for what he feels is relentless mistreatment of his wife.
Only time will tell what sort of difference Harry and Meghan made by speaking so bluntly about the poor treatment they've received from the press.
But they made one thing abundantly clear throughout the documentary -- they felt the need to clear the air so that they can devote the bulk of their time to what they see as their true calling:
"The rest of our lives, our life's work with be predominantly focused on Africa on conservation," Harry said.
"So there's a lot of things to be done, there's a lot of problems here, but also a lot of solutions."
We wish them all the best in those efforts.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have made it official:
They really despise Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Okay, maybe not. That may be an exaggeration.
But William and Kate have taken a major step in a direction away from their rumored rivals.
Just over a year since Markle joined her husband, Wiliam and Middleton's royal foundation, the organization's name has officially been changed to reflect Harry and Meghan's departure.
The charity -- which was previously known as The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex -- will be simply renamed as The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The change was reflected on Tuesday in documents published by Companies House.
Back on June 20, Kensington Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were leaving The Royal Foundation and going off to form their own charity.
Read a statement from the official Palace spokesperson/account:
The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex has today announced the conclusions of a review into its structure, and how it will best support Their Royal Highnesses with future charitable activity.
Later this year The Royal Foundation will become the principal charitable and philanthropic vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will establish their own new charitable foundation with transitional operating support from The Royal Foundation.
On its own, this change to a foundation (that most readers likely didn't even know existed previously) of this type would not be seen as a big deal.
And, you know what? It may not be a big deal in any way, shape or form.
But you're probably aware of the ongoing rumors of a riff between Kate/William and Harry/Meghan.
Just a few days ago, Markle and Harry were (stupidly) dragged for taking a private airplane, while William and Kate then flew commercial, seemingly as a jab at their relatives.
This followed several months of chatter over the status specifically of Kate's relationship with Meghan, which has never seemed like an especially close one.
The charity split, in fact, marked the second separation between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
In March, Kensington Palace confirmed that Harry and Meghan had created a new royal household separate from William and Kate.
“[Queen Elizabeth II] has agreed to the creation of a new household for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following their marriage in May last year,” the palace said in a statement at the time.
“The household, which will be created with the support of the queen and The Prince of Wales, will be established in the spring.
"This long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for the duke and duchess’ work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage.”
Still, despite rumors of a constant rift between these Royals, the pair put on a united front when it came time to explains the news of their organizational break-up in June.
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are incredibly proud of what they have achieved together through The Royal Foundation," another statement read back then, concluding:
"They are especially proud to have established a charity that has had, and will continue to have, significant long-lasting impact, changing lives for the better."
Earlier today, several media outlets (including this one) reported that Meghan Markle might be in labor.
It remains to be seen if that was the really the case or if it was merely a false alarm originating in the British tabloids -- and it could be several weeks before we find out for sure, as Meghan and Harry have made it clear they plan to protect their newborn's privacy.
But if there's any truth to the rumors, and Meghan did welcome her first child, then she may have just completed the most productive week in the history of the British Royal Family.
(Yes, we're including the week in which Edmund the Penitent defeated the French at the Battle of Chesterfordshire just days before he resolved the Yorkford Grain Crisis of 1681 -- and yes, we just made all that up.)
Because in addition to bringing a new prince or princess into the world, Meghan might have also ended a rivalry that's been raging for at least the past year.
At first, it was reported as a feud between Kate and Meghan.
As more information became available, however, it began to look as though the bad blood was really between William and Harry.
Currently, it looks as though the brothers may have cut ties as a result of William's alleged affair with Rose Hansbury.
Sources say Harry was upset that Will was commenting on his marriage while cheating on his own wife, and the whole thing dredged up painful memories of their father cheating on their mother, etc.
Basically, the world's wildest soap opera is unfolding behind the walls of Buckingham Palace, and the Royals are looking to keep the whole thing to themselves. Stingy.
But now, the beef between the Cambridges and the Sussexes may have finally come to an end.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Harry and Kate were spotted hanging out, and now it looks as though the two couples recently spent time together at Harry and Meghan's new home, Frogmore Cottage.
According to Harper's Bazaar the unexpected visit happened on Easter Sunday.
“William and Catherine visited because Meghan was unable to attend the service,” a source tells the magazine.
“They wanted to be supportive and see how she is doing. It was a lovely afternoon.”
It was William and Kate's first visit to the quaintly-named estate, which Meg and Harry have apparently made very much their own.
“Meg and Harry are really settled in now,” a friend of the couple tells Bazaar.
“It’s truly a lovely home and they have done such a great job with the space.
"So much light and positive energy. I couldn’t think of a better place to start a family.”
So it remains to be seen if Meg really welcomed a child today, but if she did, it sounds like the royal tyke will be entering a very peaceful environment.
Earlier this month, news of Prince William's alleged affair with Rose Hanbury shocked royal-watchers the world over.
This week, the dust has settled a bit, no doubt thanks in large part to William's efforts to bury the story.
In an almost unprecedented move, Will directed the full wrath of his legal team at UK media outlets who carried reports about the affair.
But while Will may have had some success with keeping the story out of the press, he's had less luck when it comes to mitigating the damage that this latest scandal has done to his family.
Insiders say the royals are reeling amidst a full-blown feud between William and Harry.
Already, Harry and Meghan have put a considerable amount of distance between themselves and the Cambridges by moving out of Kensington Palace and settling into Frogmore Cottage, nearly 25 miles away.
Now, it looks like the Sussexes may be planning to go to even greater lengths to separate themselves from Will and Kate and all the messiness that's currently throwing the London branch of the family into a state of disarray.
Shocking as it may seem that they would be content to live so far from Harry's family soon after welcoming their first child, it seems there actually might be some truth to reports of Harry and Meghan moving to Africa in 2020.
If they go through with the move, no doubt many will view it as a bold rejection of the hollowness of royal life in London.
When you live under the same roof as your brother, but you suddenly move 25 miles away before moving a continent away, there's really only one way to interpret it.
When all of that happens in the midst of an intense feud (Harry and William reportedly did not speak at all during this year's Easter celebrations.), the truth of the situation is abundantly evident.
But not surprisingly, the royals are already attempting to put a positive spin on the situation.
An insider tells People magazine that Harry and Meghan may soon be "dispatched" to a foreign territory, while Will and Kate remain at home in preparation of one day ascending to the throne.
“This is a 1000-year-old monarchy overseeing a Commonwealth of 54 territories. Lots of people depend on its existence and continued success,” a source tells the magazine.
“Eventually Harry and Meghan will be dispatched somewhere.”
The insider continues to pretend this is all part of the plan by claiming that Will and Kate are being kept home in London in order to prepare for life as king and queen.
“William and Kate are completely in transition as he prepares to take over as the Prince of Wales,” the source adds.
“Their life together is all about preparing to be in charge, which is a significant reason for the wall between them and Harry and Meghan.”
Right. Will's been "preparing to be in charge" his whole life, but it never impacted his relationship with Harry before. Just sayin'.
If you've been tracking the royal gossip these past few days, you know that Kensington Palace has been working hard to bury a story that simply refuses to go away.
It all started with reports of a feud between Kate Middleton and her former friend, Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley.
This developed into reports that William was having an affair with Hanbury.
And there's no greater indication that a piece of royal gossip has at least some basis in fact than a royal campaign to make sure it never sees the light of day.
In that sense, William shot himself in the foot when he appealed to his journalist friend Richard Kay to print a story denouncing the rumors.
In the week since, he may have made the situation worse by taking legal action against British media outlets who have continued to cover the affair.
The Daily Beast is reporting today that at least one UK publication has received a sternly-worded letter from William's preferred law firm of Harbottle and Lewis.
"In addition to being false and highly damaging, the publication of false speculation in respect of our clients’ private life also constitutes a breach of his privacy pursuant to Article 8 of the European Convention to Human Rights,” the letter reads, in part.
“The use of a legal letter by William as a future king is very much a move of last resort,” says Duncan Larcombe, former royal editor of the Sun.
“If the stories of Kate freezing Rose out are true then whatever caused the falling out must have been very serious."
In his comments to The Daily Beast, Larcombe adds:
"While traditionally, the British royal family would not take specific legal action -- he old saying was ‘never complain and never explain’ -- William and Harry are willing to do it in their own way.”
Further complicating the situation is the fact that the British tabloid press is apparently in the habit of using coded language so as to convey privileged information to those in the know, while at the same time protecting themselves from a legal standpoint.
“If you’ve been following the latest Kate Middleton hoo-hah but have been at a loss to understand what a ‘rural rivalry’ is, it’s Fleet Street’s way of hinting at the long-standing society rumor that Prince William has been caught [having an affair]," says a writer for Popbitch, which the Beast describes as "a showbiz industry newsletter."
Meanwhile, a report from Grazia claims that Kate is deeply upset to find her personal life the subject of continued gossip.
"Kate doesn’t do arguments. If you upset her she freezes you out," one insider claims.
"There are very few leaks about what really goes on in the Cambridge household or their marriage, other than to say it’s a solid and happy one," the source adds.
"All of the speculation about this alleged falling out between Rose and Kate will have been upsetting for Kate. She won’t like being the subject of gossip, and neither will William, who is a very private person."
The insider adds that Kate and Will were initially able to laugh at the rumors, but are now finding it difficult to do so.
"For the most part, Kate pays no attention to gossip and rumours and while I think they laughed it off at first, the fact this is still being talked about will, I imagine, unsettle them," says the source.
Another tipster adds that Will and Kate selected Norfolk -- home to Rose Hanbury and her much older husband -- as the center of their social circle specifically because it's "a very ungossipy place."
We think it's safe to say that's no longer the case.
Folks, we have reason to believe some very ugly business is taking place within the royal family these days.
As is so often the case with this sort of thing, the truth probably isn't as wild as some of the most over-the-top tabloid reports would have us believe -- but if even half of what we're hearing is accurate, Buckingham Palace had better brace itself for a generation-defining scandal.
As we reported last month, there's been talk of an affair between Prince William and Rose Hanbury, a socialite who, until recently, was a close friend of Kate Middelton's.
As the Marchioness of Cholmondeley (this is a very British scandal), Hanbury occupied the upper echelons of Norfolk high society -- until recently that is, when a falling out with Kate seems to have made her persona non grata in certain influential circles.
Prior to the rift, Rose and her much-older husband were Will and Kate's favorite double date duo.
Now, there's reportedly zero contact between any of them.
Given those circumstances, it's not hard to see how an affair rumor might have gotten started.
But until this week, most outlets were relying on hearsay from sources who had gleaned second- or third-hand information about Will's philandering.
Now, however, the whole royal mess is receiving the cover story treatment from In Touch Weekly, who claims to have spoken with an insider with direct knowledge of the prince's infidelity.
The tipster cites the fact that Will has contacted multiple journalists in hopes of covering the scandal up as evidence that there's really something to this story.
“The royals rarely let the press ruffle them and much worse stories have been written about them,” explains the source.
“So many royal watchers have speculated that their reaction means something is up.”
The informant says the consensus among insiders is that Will and Kate are in the midst of a worst-case scenario:
“There are rumors that William had an affair and could have cheated on Kate while she was pregnant,” he says.
The source notes that the first whispers of a cheating scandal began just months before Kate gave birth to her third child, Prince Louis, back in April of 2018.
“It’s not surprising the rumors about William and Rose finally leaked to the public – something as big as this can’t be kept a secret forever,” says the insider, adding that the whole ordeal is “Kate’s worst nightmare.”
The source adds that Kate was "humiliated" when she “was told William has carried a torch for Rose for years."
"He’s raised eyebrows with his comments about her grace and beauty and even confided to pals that she was ‘the one who got away,’" he adds.
"Kate immediately confronted him, demanding to know the truth about his relationship with Rose but he just laughed it off, saying there was nothing to it.
“Kate is suspicious when she thinks about him flirting with Rose, and envious.”
And it seems the scandal has already embroiled the entire royal family.
Queen Elizabeth II has reportedly spoken to both Will and Kate separately about the matter.
It's even been rumored that the long-simmering feud between Kate and Meghan Markle is actually a feud between Will and Harry that was prompted by Harry's disgust over Will stepping out on his family.
The theory goes that Will cautioned Harry against marrying Meghan, which put a strain on their relationship that was exacerbated when Harry learned that all those dire warnings were issued by a man who was conducting an affair with his wife's best friend.
Can someone please start a petition to have the royals star in a 4h-reality show?
We'll continue to monitor this situation and keep you apprised of any new information.
Something tells us it's just getting started.
Stodgy? Stoic? Serious?
More like... playful! Fun-loving! And totally adorable!
In a pair of candid new photos, the most prominent members of Great Britain's Royal Family aim to put to rest all rumors of them as very serious and even unusually cold and distant.
See what we mean right here:
This picture and the one we've also shared down below were snapped in the gardens of Clarence House by photographer Chris Jackson.
They were released in honor of Prince Charles‘ 70th birthday on Wednesday and they include pretty much everyone:
Charles, Duchess Camilla and grandkids Prince George and Princess Charlotte are on a wooden bench, comfortable and cozy.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle are standing behind them sharing a big hearty laugh... while Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton - who is cradling Prince Louis - are grinning at their side.
This really could be any family on any important occasion, couldn't it?
We've never seen this well-known group looking so candid and relaxed before.
Wrote Jackson as a message along with the images:
“I’ve travelled all over the world photographing the Prince of Wales for the last 15 years from Durbars in Nigeria to the Galapagos Islands, Pakistan, Japan and many more as well as covering numerous domestic Royal Engagements so I was delighted to have been asked to take these official portraits of The Prince surrounded by his family to celebrate the important milestone of his 70th Birthday.
"It was particularly special to capture such an informal and relaxed family portrait over a fun afternoon in the gardens of Clarence House.”
Amidst rumors that Markle is a diva and there's division within the Royal Ranks, these photographs could not have come out at a better time.
Charles turning 70 years old has placed the once-controversial prince (the dude cheated on Princess Diana!) squarely in the spotlight for the first time in years.
There's a new documentary coming out about him and a recent screen grab from the program gave us a rare glimpse at the youngest member of his family.
Hello there, Prince Louis!
The Duke of Wales tries to spend as much time as he can with his grandchildren, with his wife saying in the aforementioned documentary of Charles and the young ones around him:
"He will get down on his knees and crawl about with them for hours, you know making funny noises and laughing and my grandchildren adore him, absolutely adore him.
"He reads Harry Potter and he can do all the different voices and I think children really appreciate that."
William has also said his father is "brilliant" with George, and you can kind of see how close the two are in the first two photos featured here.
Of late, of course, all attention has turned from Kate and William's kids to the growing tiny person inside of Markle.
She is pregnant, in case you haven't had an Internet connection or access to a television in many weeks.
Although she and Prince Harry have not yet revealed Markle's due date, it is widely believed that she's expected to give birth in early May.
She may even welcome her son or daughter on May 2, which is Princess Charlotte's birthday, which would just be so darn cute all around.
We'll keep fans posted.
In the meantime, how about these glorious Royal Photos, huh?
Never thought we'd see the day where these famous and important folks looked so... normal, you know?
Earlier this week, the royal parents of three hosted the Radio 1 Teen Heroes finalists at Kensington Palace ahead of this weekend’s Radio 1 Teen Awards ceremony, which will feature performances by Little Mix, Liam Payne and 5 Seconds of Summer.
Kate, 36, wore a red polka dot dress for the occasion, while William, 36, opted for a blue suit with a white button-up sans tie.
Each of the eight finalists have been recognized for their service to others — each in their own way. Lily, 14, is an advocate and wheelchair motocross competitor, while 14-year-old Junior is a dancer who campaigns against bullying. Siena, 16, supports students with autism and learning disabilities.
“To be recognized as making a difference to other people’s lives by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will inspire them to carry on the extraordinary work they already do,” Radio 1 DJ Greg James told the BBC.
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The royal couple have made some of their most candid confessions on BBC Radio 1. During a surprise interview in April 2017, they opened up about their life at home with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, including lounging in their “comfy clothes” while catching up on TV.
When DJ Scott Mills asked how the royal couple likes to relax, they revealed they order takeout and watch their favorite shows, including Homeland and Game of Thrones.
“Absolutely and curry — definitely!” Kate said, while William added that the order doesn’t get delivered to the palace.
“Normally someone goes and picks it up,” he said.Can’t get enough of PEOPLE’s Royals coverage? Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more!
Last year, Prince William and Prince Harry were joined by singer Rita Ora to host the inspirational teens at Kensington Palace.
“See the biscuits lying around?” a smiling Prince William joked with the winners midway through the reception, before pointing to a pile of cookies in front of a signed photo of himself and Kate. “This plate is full behind you. That means you have not been trying hard enough!”
Simply put, photographs may not get any more adorable than this.
On Saturday afternoon, Prince William and Kate Middleton surprised their many millions of fans by sharing two new photos of their precious new bundle of joy.
In the first image, Prince Louis is being cradled and kissed by big sister Charlotte and the resulting image is nearly too cute to handle:
Little Louis, of course, came into the world on April 23.
Following months of excitement and even speculation that Middleton was pregnant with twins, the Royal Couple announced on a Monday morning that Charlotte and Prince George now have a brother.
“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101 hrs,” read the official Kensington Palace statement at the time.
It then added two key pieces of information:
“The baby weighs 8 lbs 7 oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.”
Louis was born in Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London - where the couple’s other kids were also born - and is dressed in all white for his pair of new photos.
In the one below, Louis is on his own, giving social media users their first true and clear glimpse and his angelic face:
This second photo was reportedly snapped on April 26, when Louis was just three days old.
(And on which Charlotte turned three years old.)
In the past, William and Kate waited about a month before dropping similar professional pictures on the world of their children.
“Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank members of the public for all of the kind messages they have received following the birth of Prince Louis, and for Princess Charlotte’s third birthday,” Kensington Palace announced this week.
Back in early June of 2015, Kate and William unveiled this snapshot of George and Charlotte in a similar pose.
Seriously, do these two know how to make beautiful babies or what?!?
In a brief statement to the media shortly after his second son was born, William said Louis is sleeping about as strongly as one could expect and that his mother was doing pretty "well."
We're so very glad to hear it.
Along other Royal lines, we recently learned that Pippa Middleton is also pregnant; while Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle on Saturday, May 19.
It is unlikely that we will see Prince Louis in public until his christening, however.
Kensington Palace has confirmed that the newborn royal will not be attending the royal wedding.”
Still: Wow, huh?
Talk about crazy and exciting times for all involved.
We wish the very, VERY best to Kate, William and their three kids.
"I don’t know how I’m going to cope with three. I’m going to be permanently tired," William has said prior to Louis' birth, echoing the sentiments of nearly every parent out there.
But if anyone can do it, we think he and Kate can pull this off.
And if they ever need babysitting help... hey, we're just a phone call away!
As you've likely heard by now, Kate Middleton welcomed her third child this morning.
The newest member of the royal family already made his big media debut, but thus far, Kate and Will have kept mum with regard to his royal moniker.
But that's not stopping the UK's most problematic gamblers from betting their paychecks on the little lads name!
Most of the wagering took place before today's delivery, but don't worry - it's not too late for you to get in on the ridiculous action!
Check out our full gambling guide in the gallery below:
1. Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
2. When Will the Announcement Take Place?
3. The Royal Precedent
4. No Jaden, Caden, or Braden
5. No Jack City
6. Arthur: 2/1
Feud between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton?
In honor of Christmas on Monday, the former USA Network actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry walked to the Church of St. Mary Magdalene with Prince William and Kate Middleton.
This marked the first time all four have been seen in public since Markle and Harry announced their engagement.
And we're got the photos to prove it!
1. Royal Foursome
2. Off to Church
3. A Very Happy Christmas
4. The Mark and the Midd
5. Fan Favorites
6. A Classic Couple
Perpetual rumor has turned into enthralling reality:
KATE MIDDLETON IS PREGNANT WITH HER THIRD CHILD!
No, really: KATE MIDDLETON IS PREGNANT WITH HER THIRD CHILD!
You've likely read that sentence so many times in the past that you started to doubt whether it would ever be legitimate.
But it wasn't a supermarket tabloid making the gigantic announcement on Monday morning... it was Kensington Palace!
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child,” the statement read, referring to Kate and Prince William and adding:
"The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news."
Middleton once again is suffering from a condition that causes severe morning sickness, just as she did during her first two pregnancies.
As a result, she approved the reveal of this news early (Middleton is not even three months along) and was forced to cancel an appearance in England on Monday.
Explains The Palace:
“As with her previous two pregnancies, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
"Her Royal Highness will no longer carry out her planned engagement at the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in London today.
"The Duchess is being cared for at Kensington Palace."
We can't say for certain when Middleton or William will speak on the pregnancy themselves, but Prince Harry has officially become the first family member to do so.
"Fantastic, great, very, very happy for them," Harry said in a video shared by The Daily Express' royal correspondent several hours ago.
When asked how Kate is doing, Prince Harry responded as follows:
"I haven't seen her for a while but I think she's okay."
A Clarence House spokesman, meanwhile, has said that Prince Charles and Camilla are "delighted" with the news.
Kate and William are already parents to a precious four-year old named George and an adorable two-year old named Charlotte.
Despite the young ages of these children, fans have been wondering for months and months just when Middleton would get pregnant again.
The impending birth will relegate Prince Harry down to sixth in line to the throne.
But he doesn't seem too bothered over that fact, does he?
At this point, we do not know when Kate is due or whether she'll have a boy or girl.
We don't know whether the beloved couple will even find out the gender ahead of time or not.
And we definitely do not know the names Middleton and William are considering.
But do you have any suggestions? What about Clarence for a boy and Roxanne for a girl?
Share your ideas below!
How is THIS for an appropriate announcement on Labor Day?!?
Kate Middleton is pregnant with her third child!
Chatter over the state of Middleton's womb is incessant overseas and within the United States, of course.
There's been talk over whether or not she was expecting baby number-three pretty much since she gave birth to baby number-two.
But questions over whether or not Middleton was pregnant have grown stronger of late, with this being one of those rare occasions on which the tabloids got it right.
(After, like, 679 times of them getting it wrong.)
Kensington Palace has confirmed that the parents off four-year old Prince George and two-year-old Princess Charlotte have another bun in their beloved oven.
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their third child,” the statement from reads, concluding:
"The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news."
We don't know for certain just when Kate or William themselves will speak on the news.
During her first two pregnancies, the 35-year old dealt with acute morning sickness, also known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
She has this same condition now and therefore canceled an appearance scheduled for Monday morning.
“As with her previous two pregnancies, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum," says The Palace.
"Her Royal Highness will no longer carry out her planned engagement at the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in London today,” the statement said.
"The Duchess is being cared for at Kensington Palace."
Due to this illness, and how it may effect how often we see Middleton going forward, the Royal Family confirmed this big news early.
It is believed Kate is still in her first trimester.
One half of this cover claim is finally true!
She is due some time in the spring of 2018.
This must be an especially emotional time for Prince William, whose recently gave a number of interviews because his mother, Princess Diana, passed away 20 years ago late last week.
The birth will relegate Prince Harry down to sixth in line to the throne.
If the baby is a boy, he will actually NOT displace big sister Charlotte in the line of succession, due to a measure that passed just after Will and Kate’s 2011 wedding.
Up until this change, a younger son would usurp his older sister’s place when it comes to inheriting the throne.
But all that business is for another day...
... the important thing to announce here is that KATE MIDDLETON IS PREGNANT!
We are so very happy for her and we wish her nothing but the best.
We hope she rests up and we hope the press gives her and her loved ones some room to breathe over the next few months.
Hooray for the famous couple!
UPDATE: Talking to reporters on Monday, Prince Harry (who may soon be expecting his first marriage!) said the news was, “fantastic, great. Very, very happy for them.” Asked about Middleton, he added:
“I haven’t seen her for a while but I think I she’s okay.”
She's more than okay now, we bet!
Let's forget the silly rumors for a second, shall we?
Let's focus instead of something far more real and serious: The death of Princess Diana.
The Royal Studs sat down for an interview with BBC One as a part of the upcoming documentary Diana, 7 Days, which commemorates the 20th anniversary of this icon's tragic death on August 31, 1997.
About a month ago, for a different TV special, her sons opened up about their final conversation with their beloved mother.
In Diana, 7 Days, they think back to learning about her death for the first time.
"One of the hardest things for a parent to have to do is to tell your children that your other parent has died. How you deal with that, I don’t know," Harry says in a released clip from the program, referring to his father, Prince Charles.
It was Charles who told his kids that Diana died in a car crash after he vehicle was chased down by members of the paparazzi.
"[Our dad] was there for us - he was the one out of two left, and he tried to do his best and to make sure that we were protected and looked after," Harry adds.
"But he was going through the same grieving process as well."
At the time of Diana's death, William was just 15 years old and Harry was 12.
The kids were on vacation with their father and grandparents at the family's Balmoral Estate in Scotland when the accident took place.
"At the time, my grandmother [Queen Elizabeth] wanted to protect her two grandsons and my father as well," says William, adding:
"Our grandmother deliberately removed the newspapers and things like that so there was nothing in the house to read.
"We didn’t know what was going on. Back then there were no smart phones and things like that, so you couldn’t get your news.
"Thankfully, we had the privacy to mourn and to try to collect our thoughts and have that space away from everybody.
"We had no idea the reaction to her death would be quite so huge."
Diana was killed in a car accident as she drove through the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris while being chased by the so-called "press."
It was later determined that her driver at the time was drunk.
"One of the hardest things to come to terms with is the fact that the people who chased her into the tunnel were the same people who were taking photographs of her while she was still dying in the backseat of her car," Harry says in the documentary teaser below.
"William and I know that. We've been told that numerous times by people that know that was the case."
"She had quite a severe head injury, but she was very much alive on the backseat, and those people that caused the accident, instead of helping, were taking photographs of her dying on the back seat.
"And then those photographs made their way back to news desks in this country."
William, meanwhile, has speaks in the special about how herefused to let his mother's death "break" him.
"When you have something so traumatic as the death of you mother at 15 - which sadly many people have experienced, and no one wants to experience - it will either make or break you. And I wouldn't let it break me," William says.
"I wanted her to be proud of the person I would become...
"I didn't want her worried, or her legacy to be that William or Harry were completely and utterly devastated by it, and that all the hard work and all love and all the energy she put into us when we were younger would go to waste."
Diana, 7 Days airs Sunday at 6:30 p.m. EST.
Note: Take a quick glance at the image below. You might just be looking at your soon-to-be King and Queen of England right there.
Note: You are indeed looking at a photo of a smiling Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, not a photo of Prince Charles.
Call it a historic change of plans ...
In a stunning turn of events, a palace source reports that Queen Elizabeth II has decided to pass down her royal duties to her grandson.
This marks a groundbreaking change in the line of succession, which would typically make her first-born son, Charles, the heir apparent.
Why would Her Royal Majesty - who has yet to make any sort of formal announcement to confirm this - make such a drastic decision?
According to the insider, the Queen believes installing a younger generation will be vital for the House of Windsor to continue to thrive.
That means Charles, who turns 69 this fall, is SOL.
“Her Majesty realized that William and Kate are the future,” said the palace insider, noting that her royal legacy hangs in the balance.
“She has spent 65 years making sure that the House of Windsor survives," which is what ultimately led HRM to this bold idea.
The long-ruling monarch "sees William and Kate as having the energy and star quality to do the job in a modern world."
It's not personal to her son, but "Queen Elizabeth will always do what is best for the long-term health of the monarchy.”
In a surprising admission, she also reportedly does not believe the monarchy has the “respect and power it once had.”
We would have to agree, but it's still surprising that she believes this - and is willing to go this far to change the trajectory.
“In her eyes," the royal family has lost a lot of influence, but "William and Kate are the two people who can turn that around.”
What's not surprising is that the 91-year-old Queen's alleged decision to pass the crown on to William has led to inner family turmoil.
William and Kate, both 35, are now enduring a strained relationship with his dad, who has already waited a lifetime to become king.
For Charles, it's a bitter pill to swallow.
"Things have been a bit strained between William and his father since the Queen’s decision ... but they are slowly getting used to it."
Interestingly, Charles' wife of 12 years, Camilla Parker Bowles, is taking it well. In fact, she's "secretly thrilled about the Queen’s decision."
"At 70, she’s had enough drama to last a lifetime. [But], it’s hard on Charles. He has been unlucky as the man with the longest wait for a job ever."
As for how this bombshell news will impact the lives of William and Kate's young kids Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2?
Middleton has some mixed feelings about it, to be sure:
"Kate wanted to keep a low profile for a few more years. She’s desperate to remain a hands-on mom and worries about being in the spotlight more."
"She’s concerned about the added pressure on her kids."
Apparently the royal shot-caller isn't concerned about anointing a former commoner to such a lofty position, though ... racy photos or not.
Luckily, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may have time to process all of this, because Elizabeth isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
Says the source of the Queen's future plans:
"It’s well-known that the Queen will never abdicate the throne, and at 91, she is in great health. She intends to live to at least 100!"
Here's hoping that intention comes true!
There's cute, like when dog owners turn their best friends into precious memes.
There's really cute, like when little kids express love in adorable, innocent fashion.
And then there's super duper extraordinarily so-very-endearing-we-just-want-to-scream-all-day-in-delight cute, like when Prince George turns four years old and his family releases the following photo in celebration:
Altogether now: AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!
The very sweet child, whose birthday is on July 22, is smiling from ear to ear in the picture above, while wearing a cute striped button-up shirt.
“The Duke and Duchess are delighted to share a new official portrait of Prince George to mark His Royal Highness's fourth birthday tomorrow,” Kensington Palace shared on Instagram on Friday afternoon.
Added the Royal Family in this statement:
“The photograph was taken at Kensington Palace at the end of June by Chris Jackson.
The Duke and Duchess are very pleased to share this lovely picture as they celebrate Prince George's fourth birthday, and would like to thank everyone for all of the kind messages they have received.”
Prince William and Kate Middleton are parents to George and a two-year old daughter named Charlotte.
They have made a point to keep the children far away from the spotlight, rarely exposing them to a curious public and/or an irritating group of paparazzi.
Every now and then, however, around the holidays or around their birthdays, the beloved couple will unveil a new official portrait such as the one featured here.
George arrived in 2013 at 4:24 p.m. local time and weighed 8 lbs 6 oz at the time of his birth.
His proud parents carried him out to meet the press a day later for his first set of pictures, figuring they might as well get the deed over with on their own terms, lest anxious photographers try breaking down the gates of their home.
Shortly thereafter, as depicted below, the Royal Family posed for a set of memorable portraits as a unit, George included.
Later this year, George will start pre-kindergarten at a private school in London.
He had previously attended nursery school at Westacre Montessori School near his family's home in Anmer Hall in Norfolk, England.
“George is very lively and Charlotte is very ladylike,” Prince William has said of his kids. “They’re both delightful of course."
As for whether or not William and Kate will soon add to their brood?
Give the rumors a rest, will ya, people?!?
Let's just focus on the precious kids they have right now!
It may seem like Kate Middleton never has a care in the world.
She's freakin' royalty, after all, which means she can snap her fingers and have you beheaded for showing up someplace wearing the same outfit as her.
According to the people who keep track of such things Kate and Prince William are lazy even by royal standards, which we assume means they refuse to lift their heads to make things a little easier for the people who feed them grapes for a living.
But toddlers are toddlers, and they care not for your titles, tiaras, or cozy relationships with the Illuminati lizard people who control the weather.
Which means that when it comes to disciplining 3-year-old Prince George, Kate has the same problems as every mom.
Well, maybe not every other mom.
She doesn't have to find someone to stay with her kids overnight because she got stuck working a double at whatever the UK equivalent of Wal Mart is, but you get the idea.
The first clear indication that George could possibly be anything other than the prim and proper offspring he's been depicted as came during Pippa Middleton's wedding last month.
Kate was spotted losing her temper with George and Princess Charlotte, and we imagine Kate Middleton getting pissed is either hilarious or pants-wettingly terrifying.
It was tough to tell from the photos.
Anyway, around this time Will and Kate lost their head housekeeper, reportedly because she quit over their excessive demands.
So there's a vacancy in the house of Windsor, and at least one of Will and Kate's two kids is turning out to be a royal pain.
What to do?
Why, this is England, so the answer is to bring in a proper nanny, of course.
And we're not talking some spoonful of sugar, flying umbrella type.
No, sources say Will and Kate shelled out 250,000 pounds (about $320,000 or 5 Chris Christies) for a so-called "supernanny" who' sworn to whip their kids into shape.
"The new nanny is a graduate of Bath’s prestigious Norland College," a source tells Grazia.
"She’s fluent in six languages and will speak to the children in French and Spanish, as well as using her skills as a qualified child behavioural specialist to help Kate and William deal with tantrums and other issues."
Yes, she may speak six languages, but she doesn't understand sass talk, ya hear?
Anyway, that's how we like to imagine her introductory speech to the kids going.
Naturally, they'll fight back with various hijinks, up to and including ingenious booby traps.
We basically stopped learning new things about the world around the time Home Alone came out.
Today in England, Prince William helped a gentlemen off the ground after he took a tumble.
It was like something out of a fairy tale (minus the dragon-slaying and riding in on a white horse).
William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge had arrived for a mental health event at Steward's Academy in Harlow, England, when Vice Lord Lieutenant of Essex Jonathan Douglas-Hughes unknowingly backed up to a bollard and fell down.
What happens in the following photos is nothing any decent human wouldn't do, but the fact that it was a prince helping out makes it...so dreamy.
1. Vice Lord Lieutenant of Essex Down!
2. Ready, Steady, Up You Go
3. You Good, Bro?
4. Prince Williams Makes Sure Lord Lieutenant OK
5. Nothing A Pint Won't Fix
6. My Hero
34 years ago today, Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, England.
Details on how the Duchess of Cambridge celebrates her birthday are never made public by Kensington Palace, since it's a personal occasion.
However, in years past, Catherine has reportedly kept things low-key on her big day. For her 31st birthday, Catherine and Prince William were spotted watching Cirque du Soleil at the Royal Albert Hall with friends and family.
This year will most likely be spent with her own growing family at Anmer Hall. And no, I don't imply any bun in the oven when I say "growing."
1. Royal Film Premiere of 'Spectre'
2. A New Duchess Emerges From Her Carriage
3. HRH Inside The Met
4. A Ceremonial Welcome
5. THE Wedding Dress
6. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving
The throne shalt not be occupied by any King Cue Ball!
'Tis the battle cry of Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth, who are positively beside themselves with humiliation over Prince William's ever-growing bald spot, according to Celeb Dirty Laundry.
The Duke of Cambridge endured a bit of ribbing about his hair loss from a former colleague during a visit to Anglesey earlier in the week.
"It was nice to see him again. He hasn't changed much apart from he's lost a bit more hair. Hey, we're all getting older!" said former Royal Air Force winchman Rik Maving.
Bold chap, he is, insulting a royal like that. Lucky for him the prince didn't order his beheading.
Apparently, Kate, who was with him at the time, was mortified, as was his grandmother Queen Elizabeth.
They are of the mind that the smooth-n-shiny look is not one befitting a future king and are spending $30,000 on a hair transplant to restore William's "royal mane."
"The future King must look younger and vibrant, and this will be achieved only if William has a full head of hair. Experts in hair transplantation have been dispatched to Kensington Palace – in secret of course Royal courtiers reveal."
We can hear Kate's voice now.
Care for a spot of tea, darling? And while we're at it, why not a spot of Rogaine? Oh, blimey, just get the bloody transplant surgery already!!!
I think its safe to say we're calling bollocks on this entire story.
While it's true that Will's scalp is revealing itself more and more, we're fairly certain Kate and the queen would rather have the prince bald than looking like Donald Trump.
Naturally, Prince William isn't the only one getting flak for his appearance. The duchess has also come under fire recently for her horrible eyebrows.
It's no wonder Kate wants to ditch royal life and move back to Wales. (Not really, but we'd totes understand.)
Kate Middleton, Prince William and their children pretty much make the perfect family ... but was their perfect Christmas portrait doctored?
Yes, this is a serious debate happening on social media.
Many Royal Family fans feel that Princess Charlotte, or at least her head, was somehow altered in the official photo released last week.
Charlotte's "recycled" ensemble in William and Kate's Christmas portrait was quickly noted, but whatever, all babies re-wear clothes.
However, people started "observing" that Charlotte’s head is clearly defined in the picture, yet the area around her head is a bit fuzzy.
Supposedly. The rumors began to swirl, in any event, and Elliot Wagland, Photo Editor of Huffington Post UK and AOL, weighed in.
“Something is wrong with this (photoshopped) picture of the royal family,” he wrote on Twitter, taking the "scandal" to a new level.
Then BuzzFeed did a whole story on this in BuzzFeed fashion. “We’re not the only ones to notice something is afoot," the site declared.
"Why is her head so clear and the area around it so blurry?”
The Christmas photo has been dissected, enlarged and analyzed countless times, and frankly, the "evidence" is flimsy at best.
For one, the supposed blurriness around the cutie's neck is only visible whilst zooming in so far that the whole image is blurry.
Secondly, there are other imperfections, if you will, such as Charlotte adorably losing a shoe and William not looking at the camera.
Any family of four - particularly ones who own humans under the age of three - know it's next to impossible to get everyone to look.
If they cared, they would choose a different picture, no?
Finally, even if there were airbrushing, filtering or Photoshop involved ... this distinguishes the royals from exactly no one in this era.
You don't even need Photoshop proper these days, as technology on every mobile device lets you enhance and edit photos in 20 seconds.
A Palace spokesperson told BuzzFeed that the royal family had no comment ... but reportedly laughed out loud when asked about it.
Today, Kensington Palace released two new photos of Princess Charlotte, who is now 6 1/2 months old.
The photos were taken by Catherine in mid-November, according to the palace's social media account, at the family home in Norfolk, England.
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to be able to share two new photographs of Princess Charlotte," the palace said in a statement.
"The Duke and Duchess continue to receive warm messages about Princess Charlotte from all around the world and they hope that everyone enjoys these lovely photos as much as they do."
William and Catherine did the same thing with Prince George last year, as a thank you to the British media for allowing their children to grow up out of the public eye.
Those photos were taken at Kensington Palace by photographer Jason Bell, who also shot the young prince's christening.
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very grateful for the support they have received when it comes to their children and wanted to share these very charming pictures taken by the Duchess," a royal aide told the Daily Mail. "It is something they intend to continue to do."
Catherine is an amateur photographer, having taken photos of George and Charlotte about a month after the princess's birth.
The very foundation of a royal marriage - nay - any marriage is built on the time spent together between man and wife. So how the devil are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expected to keep their union strong if Her Majesty keeps filling up their calendar!
JK JK, this story is a bunch of crap;
OK! has it on
made up good authority that the Queen "has approved more romantic dates" for William and Catherine.
WAIT! Her Majesty isn't just going to hand over permission for alone time without demanding something in return. Do you think Ursula just gave Ariel human legs?
The Queen wants William to take over the couple's public speaking duties, since Catherine sucks at giving speeches.
Her Royal Highness "hasn't quite mastered the confidence necessary to properly represent the royals when speaking in public."
The Cambridges are so excited about their court-approved date nights that they're planning a vacation to Mustique in late November!
“[Kate and Wills] are determined to keep the romance alive and put their love first," a source told the magazine, according to Celebrity Dirty Laundry.
The story also alleges that the Queen can't stand Carole Middleton and wants her kept away from Prince George and Princess Charlotte ("there are plenty of nannies to help care" for them), and is popping antacid over news about Prince Harry's forthcoming love child.
Hokay, so even without speaking to any source from Buckingham Palace or Kensington Palace, I can say with full confidence that this story is something out of a poorly-written Hallmark movie.
First of all, William has made it crystal clear with palace courtiers and his family alike that no one, but no one, is to meddle in his private affairs. Following the untimely death of his mother, the Princess of Wales, those in his inner circle have obeyed the Duke's requests.
It's been well documented that the Queen gives her grandson the amount of space he needs in order to build a successful marriage with Catherine. In 2012 William told biographer Robert Hardman that Her Majesty told him to forget whatever wedding invite list aides had drawn up (full of stuffy royal relatives and the like), start from scratch and invite his and Catherine's friends first.
Secondly, if there are any "fractures" in the royal marriage, then let's take a look at William and Catherine's body language at engagements. A friend of mine commented that they had "eye sex" during every engagement of their 2013 royal tour of New Zealand.
As someone who's made a living studying the British royal family, I am finding it very, very difficult to believe any of the quotes pulled from this story. The Cambridges may have spent a "romantic" minibreak in Dundee, Scotland, but they also had a day of events there on October 23rd. And with their alma mater, St. Andrews University about an hour away, it's very likely they spent the night.
As far as a vacation to Mustique, that's not likely to happen until January or February; for the past few years Catherine has joined her family on the island for a private holiday. No tropical vacations are believed to take place from now until the end of the year, since the royal diary is always jam-packed through the holidays.
The quote about "plenty of nannies" being able to care for George and Charlotte is false because they have one nanny, Maria Borrallo, who graduated from the prestigious Norland College.
As for Carole, what the Queen thinks of Catherine's mom is anyone's guess. The Middletons have been included in everything from the planning of the royal wedding to Christmas Day church service, so if the Queen is not in love with Carole, she's not showing it.
To summarize, the Queen is almost 90, and upon her death, Prince Charles becomes sovereign. All of these facts mean that William and Catherine will need to take on more royal responsibilities, leaving them with less time to lead a more private, normal life that they prefer.
This is likely where OK! started sniffing around for some sort of a "scoop."
Kensington Palace knows Prince George is adorable and everything.
But the higher-ups within the Royal Family have issued an open letter to those who continue to snap pictures of the famous cute toddler. And its message can be summed up in just a couple words:
Granted, the two-year may be very mature for his age. But that doesn't mean he's open game to the paparazzi.
As described by the BBC below, the Palace says the Prince is the "number one target" of so-called journalists around Great Britain, as they employ covert surveillance methods reminiscent of groups "intent on doing more than capturing images."
The Palace is happy to provide the occasional official Prince George photo, of course, yet this unfortunately isn't enough for those without "scruples."
Watch the following report and help the cause by refusing to purchase tabloids that print candid snapshot of George.