It’s Time The Media Gave Pippa and James Middleton a Break

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On July 10th, the Daily Mail published yet another story criticizing Pippa and James Middleton, calling them “nearly royals” and questioning their usefulness to society.

What started Richard Kay‘s rant was the family christening photo taken by Mario Testino inside Sandringham, the Queen’s Norfolk estate.  Kay pointed out that the Cambridges have, for a second time, foregone the tradition of a photo with godparents only in favor of including the Duchess of Cambridge‘s family.  It’s a move that shouldn’t come as surprise to anyone, given how close William is to the Middletons.

And yet, Kay expresses his disappointment at seeing Carole, Michael, Pippa and James Middleton posing alongside the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales and the Mountbatten-Windsor patriarch, the Duke of Edinburgh.

“Noting the family’s ‘expensively tailored clothes’  worn for Charlotte’s christening is an obvious example of Mr. Kay’s low blows,” What Kate Wore‘s Susan Kelley told me via email.  “It’s irrelevant whether he approves of the Middletons inclusion in the group photo; that wasn’t his call to make. And as they were included, would he prefer the family don tattered remnants for the photo? Of course not. It’s a mean-spirited aside intended to illustrate his distaste for commoners being part of the picture.” Continue reading

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Royal Rewind: A Nervous Michael Middleton Speaks About The Royal Engagement

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For all the royal video watching I do, I’ve never taken the time to watch this candid footage of Michael and Carole Middleton on the day of their daughter’s engagement photocall.

The Duchess of Cambridge‘s parents held a small press conference outside their Bucklebury home on November 16th, 2010, the same day William and Catherine announced the news at Clarence House in London.  Continue reading

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24 Times Carole Middleton Showed She Was The Winningest Mom In Maternal History

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Not since Lady Margaret Beaufort has England seen a woman so sharp, so clever and so focused on her family’s success,.

Carole Middleton, she of coal miners descent, has managed to marry off one kid to a future monarch, and the other to a financier who has not only made a lot of money, but is also very protective of his privacy.

You want to resent Carole, but it’s difficult given that she’s great at keeping quiet and is quick to silence/cut off any family member or friend who gives away too much goss about her brood.

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Plus, she gave Catherine the best advice ever when William broke up with her in 2007: Don’t sit at home and cry into a pint of ice cream.

Get a spray tan, hit the nightclubs and show him what he’s missing.

And it worked, damn it.  Continue reading