William and Kate Celebrate 5th Anniversary

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.

They criticized Kate remorselessly for failing to bring pizazz to the tour, blamed Will and Kate for demanding alone time( implying that the trip to India was basically a taxpayer-funded vacation ), and depicted unflattering comparings between Kates professionalism and banal interactions with members of the public, especially sick people, and Princess Dianas emotional impulsiveness.

Camilla Tominey, a royal reporter with impeccable pedigree at the Sunday Express, slammed the couple, saying, When Princess Diana visited Mother Teresas Hospice in Calcutta in 1992, she held the hands of leprosy victims. By comparison, although the Cambridges eagerly shake hands and even accept the odd warm embracing, they often appear to conduct sessions at arms length.

Veteran Sun royal photographer Arthur Edwards recalled the same event, saying: Diana handed out sweets to the dying at Mother Teresas hospice in Calcutta. All the bottom of her dress was covered with clay as shed sat down next to them. It was incredible. Diana broke the mould. Kate and William have a long way to go to catch up.

It was the Sun royal reporter Emily Andrews, however, who really went for the jugularrevealing that halfway up that steep hike to the Tigers Nest monastery, Kate brought her stylist Natasha Archer, 29, with her to touch up her hair and make-up before facing the cameras. Those natural pictures of her seeming fresh-faced, despite strenuous exercise, were anything but.

She stuck the knife in by reporting that when Kate was speaking to charity employees helping Indias street children, who the hell is mutilated to make money beg, she managed to utter: Gosh, so interesting.

When you look at it from the outside, the increasing antagonism towards Will and Kate in the UK press is slightly baffling.

After all, they havent truly done anything wrong.

Or have they? The fact of the issues is that Will and Kate have committed one very serious error: They have totally failed to maintain anything approaching good relations with the broad masses of the sweep of the press. Undoubtedly, this percolates down from the top, and Williams loathing of the press is well known.

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