They may be very happy in private, but public goodwill to them is dwindling. For their fifth anniversary, they need new advisers.”>
William and Kate celebrate 5 years of wedded life today, and while there is little doubt that they are fulfilled and happy in their private lives, and are enthusiastically enjoying parenthood and their kids as no generation of royals has done since the days of George III, on the public front things are less rosy.
There have always been those who have had a problem with William, but criticism of Kate, once the preserve of a few rabid royal-haters and( to be fair) serious and committed republicans, is increasingly becoming part of the daily diet for the piranhas of the British and global press.
The complaints are, dangerously for Kate( and, by extension, William) becoming all-too familiar; Kate is lazy( because she doesnt do as many personal appearances as former generations of royals have done ), Kate is dull( she never does anything that appears to be instinctive or unscripted ), Kate is a dowdy, excessively middle-class dresser( the British manner press are very much over-praising Kates thrifty recycling, and it can only be a matter of time before one of them wonders aloud how anyone can make a daring label like Alexander McQueen seem so much like Hardy Amies ).
Five years after she and her Prince sailed out of Westminster Abbey on the metaphorical shoulders of her people, these criticisms are increasingly being aired in public by the media, which perceives a public begin, perhaps, to tire of royal spin.
And how the royals are spinning. The ultimate aim of William and Kates youthful team of press handlers appears to be to cut out the papers altogether and communicate immediately to the public through social media. All too often, reporters are being briefed about events after they have happened, or after they have been announced on social media by the palace.
This pisses reporters off because it induces them appear stupid to their editors.
And, as Mark Twain said, its never wise to pick a fight with a man who buys ink by the barrel. Even if you are the future king of England.