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These Pics Show Something Very, Very Wrong With Princess Charlotte

In 1852 Emma Snodgrass was arrested when she arrived in Boston because she was wearing pants. In the late 19th century, suffragette Susan B. Anthony had to be rescued after “a wall of men and boy” surrounded her when she wore bloomers in public. During World War II four female fighter pilots in Georgia were arrested for wearing trousers, according to historian Gail Collins.

There is a long and galling history when it comes to women being penalised for wearing breeches.

Yet here we are, more than a century after Susan B. Anthony and her bloomers caused a sensation, and there is another female who is seemingly barred from wearing pants – one HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.

This week the British Army released, via Twitter, a shot of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridges’ three children, along with a wolfhound, their father and two awkward looking blokes, to mark Prince George’s sixth birthday. It was received as another charming snap of a charming family with charming children.

The Army In London, including @irish_guards Wolfhound mascot Domhnall, is wishing HRH Prince George a very happy 6th birthday today. Our Soldiers are always on duty, ready to serve! #PrinceGeorge

— The Army in London (@ArmyInLondon) July 22, 2019

The shot was taken during a family day out at the polo last week. (You know, the one where Aunty Meghan introduced cousin Archie to life as a perpetual target of the long-lens paparazzi.) For the outing, Princes George and Louis were dressed in the sort of sensible, green cotton pants perfect for an afternoon of gamboling around a big, grassy lawn. Charlotte, by contrast, was wearing a pale-pink dress that looked like it could have been ripped straight from the Shirley Temple collection, circa 1939. (‘Only a thrupence to make sure your girl looks like a girl!’)

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It is impossible to find one picture of Charlotte, dating back to when she was a baby, not in some sort frilly, very girl-y sort of frock, leaving us with a truly bewildering, dumfounding question: Why doesn’t the little girl EVER wear pants?

Throughout her four-year career as a royal (and make no mistake, even the tiniest HRHs are put to work to further Brand Windsor) the youngest Princess has ceaselessly been presented to the world in prim little get-ups. From the official images taken by her mum Kate in 2016 to mark her first birthday, the tiny tot has only ever been seen in a succession of expensive frocks and skirts. (Did Kate once buy up big at a Laura Ashley fire sale?)

Her outfits stand in direct contrast to the much more practical, and normal, outfits that George and Louis normally wear. (Yes, even those Von Trapp-esque shorts.)

When Kate unveiled her garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in May and her kidlets turned up to see their mum’s handiwork, Charlotte played on a rope swing and paddled in the creek – in a dress. (The boys wore shorts.) The Cambridges’ Christmas card last year had Charlotte, up a tree – in a skirt. (The boys wore pants.) Her official birthday photos this year show her running around the garden – in a skirt and a dress! Double whammy!

Even with a frolick around the garden, no pants. Image: Instagram @kensingtonroyalSource:Whimn

While we definitely need to consider the possibility that these are the sorts of clothes Charlotte might want to wear now, that does not explain her wearing this sort of look since she was a baby. Also, based on an exhaustive sample size of all the four-year-olds I know, if this was simply a case of her parents letting her choose her own look, chances are, we would be seeing far more bright pink, tutus and unicorns.

This most recent photo of Charlotte was taken on a day when she and brother George were photographed playing a very spirited game of soccer. While he was able to enjoy the relative freedom that comes from taking to the pitch (AKA polo sidelines) in comfy shorts, she was left to show off her sporting skills while dressed in an impractical floral number that made her look like some sort of four-year-old Miss Havisham. (It had a Peter Pan collar for gawd’s sake.)

It is aggravating that in 2019 a little girl is seemingly being denied the same freedom in childhood as her brothers.

You tell ’em, Charlotte. Image: GettySource:Whimn

Even the Queen occasionally (VERY occasionally) puts on a nice pair of slacks for a day out.

Because, while the royal family might still follow something of an antiquated dress code at times – such as women being required to wear nude hose during official events – they have grudgingly joined the 21st century, stylistically at least.

Which is what makes the Charlotte situation is so infuriating and confounding. The question I can’t stop asking is “WHY?”

It’s worth considering how keenly the royal family, especially for those in the line of succession manage their public image. Starting from around the time the Cambridges went, en masse, to Germany and Poland for a royal tour in 2017, we have repeatedly seen the family in colour-coordinated outfits with the kids being dressed up in basically Victorian-era shorts and dresses.

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It is nearly as if Kate and Wills are trying to peddle some sort of Leave It To Beaver-esque, nostalgic version of family life ad nauseum. Once was lovely, twice cute but after years and years of it, it is starting to feel a bit cloying and forced.

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I wonder if perhaps it is in aid of this image that Charlotte keeps ending up in dresses for outings where there is a good chance the press will be.

The sad fact is, when and if the little girl does front up to a public event wearing jeans or pants, it will be a news story. And all of which goes to show, things haven’t changed that much since Susan’s day have they?

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  • Prince George and Princess Charlotte have reportedly been arguing of late. The royal siblings are said to have clashed over something super relatable.

    • Prince George and Princess Charlotte have reportedly been getting into a lot of arguments recently.
    • Despite their royal status, the young siblings have apparently been clashing over something that we’re sure a lot of parents and siblings with understand.
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    Prince George and Princess Charlotte have reportedly been quibbling recently.

    The young prince and princess may be a part of the most powerful family in the country, but it doesn’t stop them from getting into little spats here and there like normal siblings do.

    And it turns out that these royal siblings have been at each other’s throats about something that’s pretty relatable for most of us.

    Prince William and Duchess Kate are parents to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis (Credit: Getty)

    The Cambridge siblings, who are the children of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, have apparently been battling each other over toys and TV shows.

    Royal expert, Kaitlin Menza revealed that six-year-old Prince George and his four-year-old sister squabble over little things like what TV show to put on.

    “Charlotte and George apparently argue,” she said on the Royally Obsessed podcast.

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    “It’s usually over silly little things like toys or what TV shows they want to watch.”

    “They’re four and six. Royal feud,” added host Lisa Ryan

    Kaitlin also went on to reveal that the pair’s younger brother Prince Louis, who turned one back in April, is apparently a bit of a mummy’s boy.

    The pair are older siblings to one-year-old Prince Louis (Credit: Getty)

    “Even if it is very stereotypical, Charlotte is extremely confident and loves attention,” she continued.

    “Whereas George is more reserved although he’s started to come out of his shell.

    “George is always looking out for his younger brother and sister.

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    “He’s already showing traits of making an excellent leader.

    “Louis is a real mama’s boy.”

    Prince George and Princess Charlotte Make Their Christmas Day Debut Alongside William and Kate!

    Kate Middleton, Princess Charlotte, Prince William and Prince George Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty

    Merry Christmas from royal siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte!

    Royal fans got an extra special treat on Christmas morning when George, 6, and Charlotte, 4, took part in the royal family’s annual walk to church services in the English countryside for the first time.

    The brother-sister duo joined parents Kate Middleton and Prince William and grandpa Prince Charles on Wednesday as they walked with the rest of the royal family to the Church of St. Mary Magdalene on the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, about 100 miles north of London. The royal parents held their children’s hands as they made their way into the church service.

    Princess Charlotte excitedly looked on as they passed well-wishers during their walk. The young royal wore a dark green coat by Amaia, which coordinated with mom Kate’s green hat and green suede pumps (Kate also wore a long gray coat with a faux fur collar by Catherine Walker & Co). Prince George wore a navy blazer over a blue sweater and collared shirt, which matched dad William’s blue coat and pants.

    Image zoom Prince Charles, Kate Middleton, Princess Charlotte, Prince William and Prince George Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Image zoom Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Image zoom Prince George Samir Hussein/WireImage

    Prince Louis, 1, who is too young for the excursion, is likely being looked after by the family’s trusted nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, at the family’s nearby home of Anmer Hall. Both Prince William and Prince Harry made their royal Christmas debuts at 5 years old.

    Also notably missing from the festive event are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who are currently on an extended break from royal duties and spending Christmas in Canada with their 7-month-old son Archie and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland. The royal parents previously announced that they would be skipping the festivities at Sandringham this week.

    George and Charlotte delighted well-wishers who lined the route surrounding the 16th-century church to catch a glimpse of the royal family. Following the church service, the royals greeted eager fans to wish them a merry Christmas.

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    Image zoom Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Image zoom Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Image zoom Princess Charlotte Samir Hussein/WireImage

    Charlotte and George weren’t the only ones making their Christmas walk debut. Princess Beatrice‘s fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi accompanied his bride-to-be to the church service. Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank also attended. The royal sisters’ father Prince Andrew, who is dealing with the aftermath of his friendship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, skipped the public walk and attended an earlier church service with Charles and the Queen.

    The Queen arrived to the 11 a.m. service by car. She was joined by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Anne. The monarch also attended an earlier service with son Prince Andrew, who avoided the public walk to church for the later service.

    The Queen’s husband Prince Philip, who was recently released from the hospital, remained home at their nearby Sandringham home.

    Image zoom Queen Elizabeth Stephen Pond/Getty Image zoom Queen Elizabeth, Princess Anne, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty

    After church, the royals will gather at the Queen’s Sandringham home for a lunch of roast turkey followed by steamed fruit pudding, before they all sit down to watch the Queen’s annual televised address to the nation at 3 p.m.

    In lieu of expensive gifts, the royals exchange silly presents. Kate reportedly gave brother-in-law Harry a plastic Grow Your Own Girlfriend kit one Christmas — something he won’t be needing now with wife Meghan by his side!

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    William and Kate prioritize outings with their children, including a pro soccer game in October, where George could be seen exuberantly cheering on his dad’s favorite team Aston Villa. The royal parents also brought their older children on one of their first royal outings this summer when they attended William and Kate’s sailing race.

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    As they prepare their children for their own future royal roles, William and Kate are also making sure their kids have a “normal” childhood. George and Charlotte attend the same school with other kids their age, where they are simply known as George and Charlotte Cambridge. They also have the same interests and hobbies as many other school kids. Charlotte loves unicorns and ballet, while George is a big soccer fan and loves to draw.

    “They know what’s coming and want to give their kids as normal a start as possible,” an aide tells PEOPLE.

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    They’re known for their modern approach to parenting, but it seems the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very traditional in other ways … as revealed by photos of the family during public appearances.

    Prince William always looks after Prince George while Kate Middleton takes care of Princess Charlotte.

    The arrangement is certainly no coincidence, according to parenting expert Jasmine Peters who told the Daily Mail that it’s all part of setting George up for his role as future King.

    “Fathers are typically responsible for the disciplinary actions, redirection, protection and provision of the family,” she explained.

    “It is not uncommon to see a father with his son to set the foundation of what his role and responsibilities will be in life with a family. It is often believed that it takes a man to raise a boy to be a man. If you look at the pictures it clearly reflects this common belief.”

    She added that having boys with Dad and girls with Mum is actually a sign that William and Kate are instinctive and loving parents.

    “Yes, it could reflect that Kate and William are traditional, but it also reflects the importance of the bond created between father and son and mother and daughter that they both treasure and hold dearly as responsible and loving parents,” she explained.

    “Children often equate their worth to the parent that looks like them.

    “And any parent that understands how their bond will affect their child in the future when they become adults understands the importance of creating a strong bond early on in their childhood and youth.”

    She added that William and Kate clearly understand the responsibility they have to their children.

    “Although these pictures can look a bit traditional, William and Kate may also understand the importance of a son bonding with his father and a daughter bonding with her mother,” she said.

    This goes beyond gender roles and extends into the creation of the very essence of a human – being able to share stories and experiences with someone that looks just like you.

    “They realise the importance of bonding with them early on and training them up from their youth into adulthood, so establishing a solid foundation which is created early on in parent-child relationships.”

    Lucy Shrimpton, The Sleep Nanny and expert at The Baby Show added that George may naturally gravitate towards his father because he’s the older child.

    “The children are close in age and when the new baby depends heavily on Mum, it is natural for the toddler to gravitate towards dad who can provide more attention when mum is busy with the baby.

    “If George has spent extra time with dad because mum has had her hands full with a new baby, they may have built a father-son bond that has stuck.

    “I believe the same would have happened even if they had a girl first and then a boy or even two girls. I imagine you would still see the older sibling with dad more and the younger with mum at this sort of age.

    This article was first published on Daily Mail and is republished here with permission.

    • The royal family has released a new portrait of the Queen and her three heirs to mark a new decade.
    • The monarch stands alongside Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George in the sweet picture.

    A new royal portrait of the Queen with her three heirs has been released to mark a new decade. The sweet picture was taken at Buckingham Palace, and shows the monarch alongside the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and young Prince George.

    The picture captures the Queen in a white dress carrying one of her iconic handbags, while her son and grandson look smart in suits. Six-year-old Prince George looks adorable in a white shirt with tartan trousers and smart shoes.

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    🎉 Happy New Year! A new portrait of The Queen and The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George has been released to mark the start of a new decade. Wishing all of our followers a happy and healthy 2020! Photo 📷 by Ranald Mackechnie.

    A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on Jan 3, 2020 at 2:06pm PST

    The image was captured just before Christmas, when the Queen hosted her annual royal family lunch.

    Of course, it’s not the first time a picture of the four royals together has been released. The palace shared a portrait in April 2016 to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, with the picture then printed on commemorative stamps. It featured the older royals sitting on chairs, with a teeny Prince George standing on a step and holding his dad’s hand. Cute!

    Ranald Mackechnie

    And last month the four royals were snapped making Christmas puddings together at Buckingham Palace. George seemed to be having a ball, prodding at the mixture with a spoon while his family looked on.

    What a royal treat, eh.

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    Abigail Malbon Abbi is a freelance journalist for various magazines and websites.

    Kate Middleton captured an adorable family photo of Prince William and the Cambridge kids

    • Kate Middleton is known for capturing official photos of her family.
    • The Duchess of Cambridge photographed Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis for a Christmas picture posted on the Kensington Royal Instagram account on Wednesday.
    • The black-and-white portrait, taken at the family’s home in Norfolk, shows Prince William kissing Prince Louis on the cheek.
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    Kate Middleton isn’t afraid to step behind the camera.

    The Duchess of Cambridge is the first royal mom to capture official photos of her family. She first broke royal tradition by taking the first official pictures of Princess Charlotte after she was born in June 2015.

    On Wednesday, the Kensington Royal Instagram account shared the latest photo captured by Middleton herself: a black-and-white portrait of Prince William and the Cambridge kids.

    🎄 Merry Christmas! This photograph of The Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis was taken by The Duchess of Cambridge in Norfolk earlier this year. We wish all our followers a very happy and relaxing Christmas Day ⛄️

    A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on Dec 24, 2019 at 4:01pm PSTDec 24, 2019 at 4:01pm PST

    “Merry Christmas! This photograph of The Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis was taken by The Duchess of Cambridge in Norfolk earlier this year,” the caption read.

    “We wish all our followers a very happy and relaxing Christmas Day.”

    In the expertly captured picture, Prince William is seen planting a kiss on the cheek of Prince Louis, while Princess Charlotte and Prince George are looking charming as usual.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their kids are spending the holidays at the Queen’s Sandringham residence, where the royal family traditionally celebrates Christmas.

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    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released a new image of William and his three children today as they wish everyone a Happy Christmas. The family chose this adorable snap of the Prince kissing his youngest son Louis while George and Charlotte subtly smile for the camera. It was taken by keen photographer Kate at the family’s Norfolk home, Anmer Hall, earlier this year.

    The image was tweeted to the 1.9 million followers of @KensingtonRoyal and also posted on their Instagram account where they have a further 10.5 million followers.

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    🎄 Merry Christmas! This photograph of The Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis was taken by The Duchess of Cambridge in Norfolk earlier this year. We wish all our followers a very happy and relaxing Christmas Day ⛄️

    A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on Dec 24, 2019 at 4:01pm PST

    An accompanying message read: “Merry Christmas! This photograph of The Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis was taken by The Duchess of Cambridge in Norfolk earlier this year. We wish all our followers a very happy and relaxing Christmas Day.”

    The image comes after the Cambridges decided not to release the photograph on their Christmas card this year. That picture, showing the family of five posing on a vintage motorbike, was seen after it was posted on Twitter by one recipient.

    The Cambridges will join the royal family today as they attend the 11 a.m. service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. It is hoped that this year may see George, age six, and Charlotte, four, walk to church with family members for the first time. Other royals in attendance will include Prince Charles and Camilla, Princess Anne, and Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex and their children.

    Also expected to make an appearance is Prince Andrew who will still be attending family occasions despite standing down from public life earlier this year following a disastrous television interview about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not be there as they are spending Christmas in Canada with son Archie and Meghan’s mum Doria.

    Prince Philip was released from hospital on Christmas Eve, after spending four nights receiving observation and treatment for an undisclosed condition, to join the royals as they celebrate Christmas.

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    Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Leaked Christmas Photo Had a Secret Message

    Leaked images of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Christmas cards have officially hit the internet, and royal experts believe there may be a secret message in their holiday greetings. The card features the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge alongside their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. So why do royal experts believe there is a hidden message in such an innocent photo?

    Kate Middleton, Prince William, along with Prince George and Princess Charlotte | Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

    Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Christmas card gets leaked

    Kensington Palace has not released William and Kate’s Christmas card for 2019. The card was leaked, however, by a fan who was lucky enough to receive the card in the mail.

    It is unclear who leaked the image, but Camilla Tominey, an expert on the royal family, believes the photo contains a hidden message about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

    According to Express, Tominey revealed that the card contains a holiday theme and that someone posted the card on Twitter without the royal family’s consent.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have released/had their 2019 Christmas card leaked. It shows the gorgeous family sat on a vintage motorbike…what do we all think?#Royal #TheCambridges #William #Kate #Christmas

    — Royal Family (@Royal_FamilyUK) December 24, 2019

    “I can’t tell you what is in it but there is going to be some lovely festive imagery released in the run-up to Christmas day,” she stated.

    Royal staffers have not reacted to the leaked image of Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children, though Tominey says the palace has not released the image because of what happened on social media. We cannot confirm that the card in question is the real deal, though Tominey believes it contains a hidden message.

    Is there really a hidden message?

    Tominey argued that the Cambridges’ Christmas card was meant to put forth a theme of unity. The royal expert says that Prince William and Kate Middleton did their best to act completely normal in the photo to show fans that nothing is amiss.

    “This lady is not in any trouble. This is a relaxed shot,” she stated.

    Although Kensington Palace has not shared the couple’s card, Tominey believes William and Kate will post more endearing photos in the coming days.

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    Merry Christmas! This photograph of The Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis was taken by The Duchess of Cambridge in Norfolk earlier this year. We wish all our followers a very happy and relaxing Christmas Day ⛄️

    A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on Dec 24, 2019 at 4:01pm PST

    The Christmas card fiasco, meanwhile, comes amid a drama-packed year for the royal family. In recent months, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle opened up about their struggles with the media and Harry’s ongoing feud with Prince William.

    To make things worse, Prince Andrew has been in the hot seat over his ties to the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew was forced to step down from his royal duties a few weeks ago after a disastrous interview about the scandal.

    The Cambridges set to make an important announcement

    Prince William and Kate’s Christmas card is certainly up for interpretation. While we wait for an official release, royal expert Omid Scobie believes the Cambridges are about to make a big announcement.

    Scobie was recently at a briefing inside Kensington Palace where he was informed of the couple’s intention to release some news.

    An announcement from the royals is rare during the holiday season as most of them are taking a break from official duties.

    Baby Archie taking centre stage in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Christmas card this year. Cutieeeee

    — Nola Thee Journalist (@NolaMarianna) December 23, 2019

    “Next year is going to be busy for the Cambridges,” Scobie shared. “There was a briefing at Kensington Palace just this week where they gave us a number of new announcements that will be coming out over the holiday period.”

    Scobie did not release any details about the announcement, but he did assure fans that 2020 is going to be an important year for Prince William and Kate Middleton. The couple has been swamped by a number of different rumors in recent months, including pregnancy talk, so there is no telling what they are preparing to announce in 2020.

    Prince William and Kate Middleton fight bad optics

    Until we learn more, William and Kate have been working hard to repair their image after an awkward scene unfolded on television earlier this month.

    The two, who have faced rumors that their marriage is on the rocks, got a lot of backlash when Kate seemingly shrugged off Prince William’s attempt at affection during a TV special. William was shown putting his arm around Kate, who quickly gave him a shoulder shrug to avoid PDA.

    The awkward scene drew comparisons to when Melania Trump swatted Donald Trump’s hand away during a public event a few years ago.

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    Happy Christmas! This morning The Prince of Wales, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte joined Her Majesty The Queen and Members of @TheRoyalFamily for the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. Photo by PA

    A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on Dec 25, 2019 at 6:04am PST

    Although fans were convinced Kate was wanting zero affection from William, sources claim that the clip was taken completely out of context. Kate apparently gave William plenty of affection prior to the scene in question, though it is hard to defend her apparent shrug.

    Considering all of the rumors the royals have fought in 2019 alone, it makes perfect sense that Prince William and Kate Middleton would take a completely normal Christmas photo. That said, Princess Diana did the same during her holiday photos with Prince Charles, and the couple was anything but happy.

    Harry and Meghan: No other option but to step back, says duke

    Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPrince Harry says it is “a great sadness that it has come to this”

    The Duke of Sussex has said he is “taking a leap of faith” in stepping back from being a senior royal, adding: “There really was no other option.”

    Speaking at an event on Sunday evening, Prince Harry said he and Meghan had hoped to continue serving the Queen, but without public funding.

    “Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible,” he said.

    It was his first speech since the couple said they wanted to stand down from being full-time working royals.

    The prince said he had found “the love and happiness that I had hoped for all my life” with Meghan, but he wanted to make it clear they were “not walking away”.

    “The UK is my home and a place that I love, that will never change,” he said.

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    Prince Harry said it was a sign of the pressures he was feeling that he would “step my family back from all I have ever known” in search of “a more peaceful life”.

    Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond gives his five takeaways from Harry’s speech

    Earlier this month, Prince Harry and Meghan said they intended “to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent”.

    On Saturday, Buckingham Palace announced that from the spring they will stop using their HRH titles and withdraw from royal duties, including official military appointments.

    And on Monday Prince Harry was pictured at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, where he held a number of private meetings, including with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted an evening reception at Buckingham Palace for heads of government, ministers, business leaders and members of NGOs attending the summit.

    It was the first time the duke and duchess had hosted a reception for world leaders on behalf of the Queen.

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    Prince Harry did not attend, with BBC royal correspondent, Nicholas Witchell, saying he is believed to have left on a flight for Canada from Heathrow airport.

    Prince William and Catherine were joined at the reception by senior royals including the Princess Royal and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

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    Beginning his speech at a fund-raising reception in central London for Sentebale, the charity he co-founded which helps children living with HIV in southern Africa, he said: “I can only imagine what you may have heard and perhaps read over the past few weeks.

    “So I want you to hear the truth from me as much as I can share, not as a prince or a duke but as Harry.”

    ‘A powerful force’

    During his address, the prince said he would always have “the utmost respect for my grandmother, my commander in chief”.

    “Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth, and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible,” he said.

    “I’ve accepted this, knowing that it doesn’t change who I am or how committed I am.”

    Image copyright Stefan Rousseau/PA Media Image caption Prince Harry met the prime minister at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London

    Prince Harry and Meghan have both spoken about the difficulties of royal life and media attention, with the duke saying he feared his wife would fall victim to “the same powerful forces” that led to his mother’s death.

    He told the audience at the reception for Sentebale, which he founded to continue Princess Diana’s legacy in supporting those with HIV and Aids, that he felt they took him “under your wing” after she died.

    “You’ve looked out for me for so long, but the media is a powerful force, and my hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful because this is so much bigger than just us,” he said.

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    Sentebale held an event on Sunday 19th January 2020, hosted by The Caring Foundation, to raise funds for Sentebale’s vital work supporting young people affected by HIV in southern Africa.

    — @Sentebale (@Sentebale) January 19, 2020

    End of Twitter post by @Sentebale

    As part of a deal finalised on Saturday between the Queen, senior royals, and the couple, Harry and Meghan agreed they will no longer formally represent the monarch.

    However, the statement by Buckingham Palace said they would continue to maintain their private patronages and associations.

    Prince Harry said in his speech that he and Meghan “will continue to lead a life of service”.

    “I will continue to be the same man who holds his country dear and dedicates his life to supporting the causes, charities and military communities that are so important to me,” he said.

    Johnny Hornby, chairman of Sentebale, said the new arrangements would not affect the prince’s work for the charity. “We don’t need – from Sentebale’s perspective – his title, we just need his time and his passion,” he told the BBC.

    There are two big messages in this speech. The first is to deal with the “Meghan myth” – the idea that the Duchess of Sussex is at the root of the couple’s desire to lead a different life.

    Harry speaks of “many months” of discussions over how to deal with the challenges of “many years”; he’s making it clear that he was unhappy with his role long before Meghan entered his life

    And he talks about the decision that “I” made, a decision “I” did not make lightly. He stresses that this was his call, though it was clearly one that they came to together.

    The second message is that he wanted to continue in some sort of a royal role; “unfortunately,” he says “that wasn’t possible.”

    Both sides – the Sussexes and the Palace – thought at the beginning of negotiations that such a half-in, half-out role might be possible. But the tension between a royal life and an independent life was too great; the contradictions and possible conflicts of interest were too many.

    Harry may or may not believe that to be true. But he wants to let people know that his desire, at least, was to continue to serve.

    Former Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker, who is the author of a critical book about the Royal Family, said the public could end up paying for part of the Prince of Wales’ ongoing financial support for his son.

    Mr Baker told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the Queen already offset support for family members against the tax bill for the Duchy of Lancaster, the sovereign’s estate.

    Much of Prince Harry’s funding comes from his father’s estate, the Duchy of Cornwall.

    Mr Baker called for Prince Charles to say how he will support Harry and to publicly guarantee there would be no loss to the taxpayer through a reduction in his tax liability.

    The former MP also called for the Commons public accounts committee to investigate royal finances.

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    Journalist and royal author Robert Hardman said the agreement with the Queen meant the duke and duchess’s Sussex Royal brand, which they applied to trademark last year, is not “sustainable”.

    “The whole thrust of what has been agreed with the Queen is they won’t be trading on their royal credentials,” he said.

    In Prince Harry’s speech, posted on the couple’s Instagram account, he said that when he and Meghan were married “we were excited, we were hopeful, and we were here to serve”.

    “For those reasons, it brings me great sadness that it has come to this.

    “The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly,” he said.

    “It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges and I know I haven’t always got it right, but as far as this goes there really was no other option.”

    Image copyright PA Media Image caption The couple, together with their son Archie, spent time in Victoria over Christmas

    The couple said they plan to divide their time between the UK and Canada, after they spent six weeks on Vancouver Island with their son Archie over Christmas.

    The prince told attendees it was a “privilege… to feel your excitement for our son Archie, who saw snow for the first time the other day and thought it was bloody brilliant!”

    The duchess is currently staying on Canada’s west coast with her son, after briefly returning to the UK earlier this month.

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    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (C) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) talk with guests (Picture: Getty)

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have hosted a Buckingham Palace reception for world leaders from Africa.

    The event followed a day of meetings for the prime ministers and presidents attending the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London.

    Prince Harry was present at the summit earlier in the day but missed the reception and has since flown back to Canada to be with his wife Meghan and their son Archie.

    It was the first event William and Kate have hosted since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they would be stepping back from royal duties.

    Also at the event were the Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Princess Royal, who mingled with the heads of state and government and their partners, Boris Johnson and UK and African business figures.

    The royal couple welcome a guest (Picture: PA)

    A group photograph showing the royals and world leaders (Picture: PA)

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome guest to the reception (Picture: PA)

    The world leaders met at Buckingham Palace (Picture: Getty)

    It was claimed today the Queen and Prince Charles decided to let the Sussexes keep their titles because they did not want to seem ‘petty’ and remove them.

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    Harry and Meghan retained their HRH titles, which they will not use commercially, and their Duke and Duchess monikers.

    A source told the Evening Standard the Queen considered calling the Sussexes the Earl and Countess of Dumbarton.

    This would have made them equal to the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Edward and Sophie.

    A source told the newspaper: ‘The Sussex title is one of the ancient royal dukedoms given to him ahead of his wedding to Meghan, along with other titles.

    ‘Removing it was seriously considered and discussed at the highest level.’

    The Duke of Cambridge making a speech at the reception (Picture: PA)

    The UK-Africa Investment Summit reception at Buckingham Palace (Picture: PA)

    It was the first reception the couple had hosted since Harry and Meghan’s decision (Picture: PA)

    The royals were back at work (Picture: PA) Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex arrive at the reception (Picture: Reuters)

    Harry gave an emotional speech on Sunday night where he told the ‘truth’ about leaving royal duties behind in a bid for a ‘more peaceful life’ for his family.

    His comments came after Buckingham Palace released the outcome of talks between the Queen, Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge and Harry over the future role of the Sussexes.

    Harry and Meghan had wanted to remain as working royals, although not prominent members, and drop their public funding so they could become financially independent – a dual role many commentators said was fraught with problems.

    Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, meets Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of Malawi, during the UK-Africa Investment Summit (Picture: Getty Images)

    But in a statement issued on Saturday after royal family talks concluded, the Sussexes announced they will stop carrying out royal duties from the spring, no longer use HRH and will repay the taxpayers’ millions spent on their Berkshire home.

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    Earlier today, the Duke of Sussex carried out what is likely to be one of his few remaining official engagements when he met some of the leaders for audiences – one-to-one meetings.

    The Prime Minister and the duke had an informal ‘catch-up’ chat, meeting for 20 minutes one-to-one without any aides present.

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    Your complete guide to Royal baby fashion

    With three royal children, we can imagine the Duchess of Cambridge has a wardrobe full of cute children’s clothes, and she is already dressing Prince Louis is some of her favourite brands that she’s shopped for Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

    Kate has famously always opted for traditional clothes, including lots of shorts for Prince George (there is a good reason for both of these, if you follow those links), and the general public loves it, with many items selling out as soon as the royal children wear them (what Kate effect?).

    So here’s your ultimate guide of the baby and children’s fashion brands Kate and William love the most, and where you can shop them.

    Neck & Neck

    Prince Louis took his first steps (in public at least) at the Chelsea Garden Show last month, and looked adorable in red stripe dungarees by Spanish brand Neck & Neck, which used to belong to his big brother Prince George. Weirdly, Prince George was also photographed taking his first steps in them.

    Shop now: Red stripe overalls for £35 from neck & neck

    Elfie London

    London based childrenswear brand Elfie is behind the knitted jumper Louis wore in his first birthday portrait, but it’s thought the Duchess bought it before even Prince George was born as it’s from their first collection seven years ago.

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    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share these new photographs of Prince Louis ahead of his first birthday tomorrow 🎈 The photographs were taken earlier this month by The Duchess at their home in Norfolk.‬

    A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on Apr 22, 2019 at 2:30pm PDT

    Shop now: BLYTON CARDIGAN for £68 from Elfie


    Another shot released for Prince Louis’ first birthday featured the tot in an adorable blue puppy jumper, by childrenswear brand Trotters. That particular jumper has sadly now sold out, but there are loads of other animal options including bunny rabbits and sharks.

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    Happy Birthday Prince Louis! 🎉 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share this new photograph of Prince Louis ahead of his first birthday tomorrow.

    A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on Apr 22, 2019 at 2:31pm PDT

    Shop now: Little Bunny Jumper for £25 from Trotters

    G.H. Hurt & Son

    The family owned brand saw a huge spike in visits to their site (and by huge, we mean 100,000 in less than 24 hours) when Princess Charlotte was presented to the world outside the Lindo Wing, swaddled in its traditional knitted shawl.

    Photo: Rex

    Shop now: Super-fine Merino Wool Christening Shawl for £54 from G.H.Hurt & Son

    Cath Kidston

    Photo: Kensington Palace

    Who can forget THAT picture of Prince George in his toy soldier tank top for his last official Christmas portrait before the arrival of Princess Charlotte (he was 17 months at the time)? The tank top was possibly one of the most popular Cath Kidston items ever, and has been re-issued in one form or other ever since.

    Shop now: KIDS London guards shirt for £28 from Cath Kidston

    Rachel Riley

    Photo: Rex

    British brand Rachel Riley is Kate’s go-to for traditional designs for George. He wore a smock shirt and red shorts for Princess Charlotte’s christening, prompting many comparisons with a similar outfit Prince William wore when he was a child.

    Shop now: RACHEL RILEY Baby Boys Ivory Cotton Shortie for £75 from Children Salon

    John Lewis

    Photo: Kensington Palace

    To celebrate Princess Charlotte’s 2nd birthday, her parents released a pic of the tot wearing a pastel yellow Fairisle jumper from John Lewis, which obviously sold out instantly. A fashion influencer or what?

    Shop now: John Lewis Cardigan, for £12 from John Lewis

    Pepa & Co

    The Spanish kidswear brand won Kate over with its pretty embroidered designs, and both Princess Charlotte and Prince George have a few of the brand’s clothes hanging in their Royal wardrobes. They both wore it to Pippa Middleton’s wedding, Prince George sported a whale jumper for an official 3rd birthday portrait, and Charlotte wore a pretty dress on her tour of Canada.

    Photo: Rex

    Photo: Rex

    Shop now: TRADITIONAL HAND SMOCKED DRESS for £84 from Papa & Co


    Remember that adorable picture of Princess Charlotte wearing a pie crust dress and playing with her cuddly toy? Yep, that was M&H.

    Photo: Kensington Palace

    Shop now: Sandra smock dress for €29.95 from M&H

    Amaia Kids

    Prince George wore an Amaia jumper to meet his sister for the first time, and Princess Charlotte wore a pink dress for the Queen’s 90th birthday. She also wore an Amaia coat for her first day of school.

    Photo: Rex

    Photo: Kensington Palace

    Shop now: Burgundy coat for £140 from Amaia Kids

    My 1st Years

    Remember that cute customised robe Prince George wore to meet President Obama? That was by My 1st Years. He teamed it with velvet slippers and silk pyjamas, and the internet did the rest. Cue 100,000 memes.

    Photo: Rex

    Shop now: My 1st Years Baby Personalised Prince Gingham Robe for £26

    With Meghan and Harry now first time parents to baby Archie, they’ll definitely have plenty of chic hand-me-downs to start off with, including the outfit Prince Louis borrowed that was once owned by Prince Harry.

    One heck of a stylish family for sure.