A young, pretty brunette with a lithe model’s figure and a Prince for a husband – naturally, Kate Middleton i.e. the Duchess of Cambridge is a media darling. Her gracious demeanor and brilliant smile have won the hearts of people around the world. Young women, like myself, lust after her vast designer wardrobe and glorious array of shoes.
It seems to be proven true that attractive people get a free ride in the media. The fact that the Duchess only has 5 patronages (it took her a year to decide which ones) is slightly disconcerting. She also performed significantly less engagements than other royals over the past year, yet is continually given the spotlight. Don’t even tell me that “she is new to this” or whatnot, she KNEW this was coming and is at a spritely age for some minor “work”.
Did you know that the Princess Royal (aka Princess Anne) has about 500 engagements per year? Yet, we see little to no coverage on these events. Because…she is substantially older, and therefore “less appealing”? Were you aware that Sophie, Countess of Wessex, has over 66 charity patronages and roles to her name?The Countess is quite pretty and stylish, in my opinion, but she is married to a less visible royal, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex.
So despite having been a hard-working royal and career woman (she formerly owned a PR company) the Countess has not been given as much credit in the media, unlike her niece-in-law.
Of course, there is also that cute little Queen, who at the ripe old age of 86, is still plodding along every day and representing the United Kingdom at many an event. Did I mention she is 86? A great-grandmother, still serving her country.
I wonder if she takes a break during the day to knit dog booties for the Corgis, or maybe have a spot of tea with one of her dearest, ever hardworking grandpoppets. Alas, she may not be able to, with the whole representing her country and whatnot. Must be a rather time-consuming position, I imagine.
Tragically, the Corgis suffer chilly paws as a result.
You could say that it’s not Kate Middleton’s fault that she is discussed so often in the media. Unless you were completely naive and weren’t aware of the “Royal PR Machine”. How else do you think we would hear about them so often? Point is, Duchess Waity has a team behind her, planting stories in the media about her good deeds and contributions to the firm. Or lack thereof, in my opinion.
I mean if you’re going to spend upwards of hundreds and thousands of dollars, supposedly around $200,000 (I am not sure of the exact figure, having seen different numbers from different sources) on outfits in a year, I believe that you should be justifying that by giving back to the country that keeps you.
Obviously, Cathy Cambridge has the dough to buy all of the sleek Prada belts and tacky Cartier necklaces she pleases! However, it does not reflect well to be representing a country knee-deep in an economic crisis.
Alas, Kate Middleton is an attractive woman, and therefore can do the bare minimum while still winning over the media. Because if you’re pretty, you can do no wrong, right?
Your past will be whitewashed, to make it appear as if you were always a career girl who worked in fashion and then in the family business. Even though you spent the majority of your twenties stumbling out of nightclubs and appearing to cater hand and foot to a wandering prince.
Your current activities will be magnified tenfold into Mother Theresa-esque (or dare I say, Diana-like) projects. Even though the events merely involve shaking some hands and you pretending to be interested in a cause, while appearing glassy-eyed and vacant.
In the midst of thrice-weekly hair appointments, you will be hailed as the next great Monarch, all because of those flowing locks and your gleaming
Is it really fair that it doesn’t matter what you have or haven’t done in your life, and only the aesthetically pleasing qualities of your features dictate your “worth” to the public?
Take that irritatingly smug, tragically tweaked celebutante Kim K. DAMN, get out of here. I’m sick of that extraterrestrial face and ever looming badonkadonk that could host a small African nation (We know it has. Ouch). Yet, she is continuously popping up everywhere, because she may possibly be considered “attractive” in a sub-standard kind of way. She also has the benefit of a pushy PR team and pimp momager, who’s name I wouldn’t want to taint this blog.
It really appears that looks will always get you farther than anything you have done that is worth merit. No matter the good you have done for your country and the world, it will always be overshadowed by the supposed “good” done by someone perceived to be more attractive. All because that someone shows up to an engagement in an Alexander McQueen ensemble, to demonstrate their empathy (or lack thereof) to victims of brutal riots. You aren’t fooling me, Princess of Pageantcurls.
You know, the ones who truly honor their work probably don’t care about or need to take credit for publicity’s sake. They are most likely satisfied with what they do and are content with helping others without all of the hoopla.
Fantastic for them, but I demand JUSTICE!
Kate, darling, you may be pretty, but unless you get your skinny jean-clad behind out of the salon and start doing the job you were hired to do (yes, she was HIRED, in one way or another) than daddy-in-law dearest might have to (gasp!) suspend your High Street privileges. What ever will you do without that little black card? Work? Oh, the humanity! Cue the itty bitty violins and weeping children.
Let’s show some respect for the ones who genuinely help other people, and not just because they have to. People such as -
Queen Rania of Jordan (look Kate, you can be beautiful AND still accomplish great things)
Moira Kelly, humanitarian
Olga Murray, founder and president of the Nepal Youth Foundation