Cambridge Confidential – Duke and Duchess Struggling for Normal Life, but Alienating Subjects
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have all but alienated their subjects with their determination to live as ‘normally’ as possible and keep exploring new ideas and taking ‘transitional years’ and has caused their subjects to become horribly alienated from them. Each time the ducal couple makes a series of appearances, it is only overseas and it has left charities and businesses seeking promotion and fundraising, the dearth of assistance has been having a negative result. It’s no secret that Prince William has an antipathy of press, but his dismissal of his British subjects has made a lot of them resentful. William and Kate are living a low-key, ‘normal’ life, but the more he and the Duchess refuse to cooperate with courtiers who are invested in the success of the monarchy, it is certain that soon even the courtiers will be resigning their positions en masse and leave the royal family exposed and unguarded. The courtiers are the backbone of the monarchy, determined to protect the royals, but as of late their patience has been strained to the limit and they are currently coming to a consensus that William might not be salvageable.
As a rule, the courtiers often have one view of the born royals, but a much different one for people outside their social class entering the royal family. Kate was quietly considered improper as consort for a future king and the courtiers were completely blindsided by the engagement announcement in 2010, having made it clear to the press that there was no chance of an engagement, only to be blindsided a mere week later. Courtiers were shocked mainly since despite her near ten year relationship with William, Kate had not shown any real initiative towards building any real structure in her life, always making it a point to be ‘on call’ for when William wanted her to travel or appear with him either on an exotic vacation or going out on the town to the clubs. Despite the life of an idle socialite, there was some hope that her exposure to royal life as a result of her relationship with William and occasional society invitations would have made ensured that she would have absorbed the etiquette and left her trainable. Her seemingly compliant adherence to William’s schedule sent a signal that the future Duchess would be amenable to a regular work schedule and would allow herself to be guided easily into the new environment of royal life.
Yet, the worst fears of the courtiers were confirmed by 2013; despite a formerly complaisance to William’s schedule as a long term girlfriend, she was oddly balking at becoming a full time royal and making regular appearances at William’s side. This began to cause irritation in palace offices and triggered memories of Fergie’s (Sarah Ferguson, former Duchess of York) work-shy history, but it wasn’t just the light workload, but Kate’s demanding behavior and constant refusal to help William overcome his phobia of interacting with the public. As a consort and commoner without allies already in the royal court to help her out, she has (in the eyes of courtiers) actually exacerbated his phobia and created a whole new level of paranoia in the troubled prince. He was at one point becoming a regular feature on the pages of the newspaper for his appearances, but at this point in time, the prince has ended up becoming oddly beleaguered by personal demons that the palace is helpless to deal with because they don’t know what is going on in his head. Kate has not been helping the courtiers, she has in fact in the view of many isolated himself from his family, friends, and the prince has only recently begun leaving her at home when he is invited to various functions involving friends.
Instead of helping William make connections, holding parties inviting many important people, the Duchess has in fact been withdrawing herself. She has not been making it a point to participate in receptions, or make even the most basic appearances at private state events or sit in on meetings with her charities. Her involvement with her charities has fallen by the wayside and it has infuriated members of staff that have worked hard to ensure that the Duchess would be able to attain patronages. In spite of media hype and fawning articles, it was not easy finding the Duchess charities that would like to have her as patron. Kate has been stigmatized by her work-shy reputation and courtiers worked hard at giving her charities where she could counter her reputation that built up over the years during the time when she was William’s official girlfriend. To the shock of the courtiers and the charities that trusted her, she ended up disappointing all of them with her indifference to working with them and at this point in time, has not lifted a finger to work hard at promoting them and fundraising.
Despite the open mockery on public forums and in the comments section of the most popular online newspapers and tabloids, the Duchess has neglected even trying ot maintain credibility with the public. Kate’s behavior has regressed to pre-marriage idleness and William has drifted into doing nothing but enjoy the occasional trip to Spain to hunt and discreet trips to various private clubs. It’s galling to the courtiers who work constantly to spin their idle life; what is particularly infuriating is how Kate spent so many years pushing her way in, promising to work hard and learn quickly, has in fact been a blatant lie, bordering on a slap in the face to the patience of the public and the respect she has been given by the media. Her former supportive columnists are becoming more and more strident in their criticism (Amanda Platell has been borderline mocking in her denunciations of Kate’s recent ‘wardrobe malfunctions’) and the press has gone from fawning, to diffident, to indifferent and now the coverage is moving to hostile and mocking. By proxy, this leaves William vulnerable; even the aristocrats look at William as a weak prince who might become a weak king. Aristocrats are notoriously domineering in the marriage dynamics and William’s refusal to make his wife work hard has been causing disdain by even his closest friends.