Well Played, Kate Middleton


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Kate Middleton was WAY more busy this Valentine’s Day than most of the rest of us.

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  1. Ameliateca
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    Perfection.

  2. kee325
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    Beautiful, inside and out.

    • megs283
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      yes. :-) She seems so lovely. I saw a post-interview with a pre-teen boy who she stopped and talked with in his hospital bed… he looked so happy and his mom was so touched. Was Diana like this? If so, I sort of get the appeal now.

      • Kris
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        Yes Diana was like this -except when she did it it was partially scandalous because no one in the royal family had done anything like that before. Touching a commoner without a wearing gloves was UNHEARD of. Diana was much younger and unsure of her footing in many areas except as a humanitarian.

        I’m quite sure Diana would have liked Kate.

      • Sarah
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        That was lovely [To Kris]

      • Claire L
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        @ Kris… I had dry eyes till I read your post. Yes….said so well.

  3. Candy
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    I want that dress in my closet now.

  4. Tracy
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    She wore a sweater dress with a belt and a coat on top of that with another belt? How does she do that without being uncomfortable?

    • Sarah
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      I wondered that too. And, she still looks like a twig. She must be so tiny in real life.

    • Debby
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      When you’re a size negative zero, I don’t think bulk is an issue. She has never worn anything that I don’t LOVE!

    • jeez
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      Yes! That was my first thought. I became obsessed with the logistics. Like, how many belts must be undone to use the little duchess’s room? In general, not sure I can get behind putting an unnecessary belt on a coat. I mean, if it’s a trench and comes with a belt, I’m ok with that. But adding a skinny belt to a coat? Seems weird to me.

      • jeez
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        Oh wait, I see now that the belt probably was an original part of the coat, since there are matching little belts on the sleeves. It bothers me less now that I can see it was an integral part of the coat design. Odd that two belts felt like too many, but four belts (including the sleeve belts) feels just right…

  5. AM
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    Can’t argue with that. I need that coat.. Also, have you seen the pictures of the older kids who aren’t too cool to visit with her and looked happy to see her? My eyes might have watered too.

  6. AM
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    I meant you can’t argue with perfection.

  7. theotherjennifer
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    LOVE that coat, love her hair, love her.

  8. Lynne
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    I love how she always finds a way to show off that ring. “Oh nothing. Just tucking my hair behind my ear. Oh, this? Just a trinket my husband the prince gave me.” Because I would absolutely do the same thing in her place.

    Some day, a royal museum needs to do a fashion design retrospective that consists entirely of Kate’s coats. And then they should donate said coats to me.

    • Stefanie
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      When I first got engaged I would do the same thing. And my ring is no where near impressive as that. I also really appreciate the fact she wears it. I mean how often do you see women in her situation (meaning she has a ginormous rock on her finger) and she only pulls it out for special occasions? (Not that visiting sick children isn’t a special occasion. – You know what I mean!)

      • Sabina
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        I couldn’t stop staring at it in the picture where she is drinking the shake. It’s just so long (and so are her fingers – it would never work on my stubby little fingers) and of course, it sticks up so much. But I love it. I like the idea of a sapphire or ruby or emerald engagement ring, always have. Probably because I liked Diana’s when I was little.

  9. debra
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    What is not simply smashing on this girl?? she can do no wrong…beautiful inside and out and simply a princess…what every little girl dreams about she is…love her on this side of the pond…excellent choice William job well done!!!

  10. Gigi
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    STOP TOUCHING YOUR HAIR, KATE!

    • annmartina
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      It could be nerves.

      • Kris M
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        I have long thick hair and am constantly tucking it behind my ear because it moves. If you turn, bend over, it moves out of place, that’s just the nature of long hair.

    • jean
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      She’s flashing her ring for the cameras! I’m so terrible that if I met her, I would probably insist on taking a picture of the ring and not her! Hee. It’s so iconic and yet she’s making it hers by just wearing it all the time. I thought maybe because it is so expensive (even for royalty) that she would put it away after a month and just wear her second best engagement ring.

  11. Stefanie
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    I just love her. I love her hair, I love her coats, I love her dresses, I love her hair (did I say that twice? Thats how much I love her), but most of all I love her because she genuinely seems like a good person. She makes me want to do something nice for people. (Which says a lot because in general, Im quite lazy.)

  12. tara
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    That coat looks very dull- color like rusted nails…that is the worst coat I have seen her wear…does not suit her at all!

    • Sabina
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      I love the cut, and the embellishments. I do actually quite like the colour (I like browns), but you are right – it is a bit dull on her. It would work better on me (red hair).

  13. Rachel
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    She looks lovely but… you have to wonder if she photographs almost too skinny in a sweater dress, how can be possibly be normal/healthy size in real life?

  14. Susu
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    Sister needs a cheeseburger or ten. She’s too skinny!

  15. Sabina
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    I just love her, and William. They are both such class acts. I’ll even admit to buying the stamps and one of the (cheaper) coins that the Royal Canadian Mint and Canada Post created in honour of their engagement and wedding. I am the same age as them, and I’ve just always responded to William’s cool poise, humour, intelligence (and looks, of course) – now I love the two of them together. I saw them (from a distance) at Canada Day last year!

    I’d say I love about 95% of what she wears. The other 5% I like, but maybe not love. I do love her hair, but wouldn’t mind seeing her do something else with it sometimes.

  16. Linda
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    I love her to death, but she does look awfully thin. Even more so now than when they were married.

    I love that coat, and the dress.

    • Kris
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      She does. But just last week she looked less thin when she had on that grey pleated dress at the gallery opening.

      • Megan
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        I think her face looks different at this event, too. Look at the first picture – it seems much fuller than it did in the months around her wedding.

  17. Megan
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    I think she looks great, as usual, but I wish she’d worn something with color instead of black from head-to-toe. To a children’s hospital, too! That’s just too somber for me, and I think it’s inappropriate for the occasion. I said this on another site that follows Kate’s fashion, and I’ll say it here – I wish she’d at least worn a pop of color, like a bright accessory.

  18. Jen
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    Personally I find this coat a little blah and boring but for those who want to own it it’s in the sale at Hobbs and I saw a few instore today.

  19. Kris
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    She looks lovely!

  20. Kristin
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    Girlfriend’s got it going on that is FOR SURE. We need more women like this.

  21. Stephanie in Oz
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    I really like her style, even though it’s obviously far from couture. But I really do wish she’d tone down the dark eyeliner, especially during daytime appearances. I wish she would leave a little something to differentiate her face at night.

    Also, could she EVER put her hair up.

    She’s lovely, but could vary these couple of things ever so slightly to make her look less monotonous.

    • Kris M
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      I heard someone wonder whether she got that eye-liner tattooed on. It would make sense, she’s super consistent with it…

  22. CathyB
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    Yes, she looks perfectly nice, but dear god, she’s still in her 20′s!!

  23. Eva
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    She seems nice and to enjoy her job, which is great to see and generally I like her style. Without being daring, it’s kind of interesting, absolutely appropriate and it suits her. However, her posture (which I think has changed since a few years ago) reflects that she’s way too thin. I find it distracting and I would like her whole wardrobe better if she filled it out a bit more. I’m not trying to criticize very thin people. It just doesn’t seem natural for her and she used to be a very different weight until about a year ago.

  24. TaraMisu
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    *sigh* She looks so lovely, very rarely makes a mis-step…. I still covet her hair!

  25. Leah
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    She better gain a couple pounds so she can pop out an heir. No wonder she’s infertile.

    • pinkcheese
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      Seriously? Wow. Just, wow.

    • Jessica
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      Don’t go there.

    • Faye
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      As someone who is very thin and who’s had a lot of infertility problems, I can tell you that is one of the most hurtful things anyone can say — and I’ve had someone say it to me (it wasn’t true, FYI). I know Dutchess Kate doesn’t know either one of us and never will, but seriously, I hope you don’t go around saying things like that to people you actually know.

  26. Wordphreak
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    You’re a professional writer; the word is “busier.”

    • jeez
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      Thank you for writing this.

      • vandalfan
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        Oh, no, I find their excellent wordplay WAY more expressive and pleasing to the ear. Also, you missed a perfect opportunity for a semi-colon.

  27. Jo
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    Where did you get the infertility bulletin Leah? How bitchy and inaccurate. Girlfriend is too thin but no reason to be a c u next tuesday about it!

  28. vandalfan
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    My sister is four years older than me and I idolize her, especially as a young teen (she was 16 when I was 12, formative times indeed). Ami is a brunette who wore her lovely thick hair just like Kate here, and I really must telephone her some time soon to tell her that every time I see Kate, I think, “Hey, my sister is just a beautiful!”

  29. neiges
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    I hate to disagree, but I find her wardrobe a bit boring, dressing too old for her young age and verging on anorexic (when one compares her body with before the wedding) – in that shake picture, she seems to be counting the calories.

  30. pinkcheese
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    I loved the camera phone picture, um, picture. She seems so genuinely happy to pose with those girls; can you imagine showing that picture to your kids one day?!? She’s either really as lovely as she seems, or an Oscar/BAFTA/Tony worthy actress.

  31. Melissa
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    I heart her, but she needs a few more smoothies. Her weight stresses me out a bit.

  32. FashonFopah
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    Kate is very pretty, but is most definitely suffering from anorexia. I’m not saying this to be mean or catty. She has probably lost 30 or more lbs over the past year. Getting pregnant will be nearly impossible.

    • Sajorina
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      OMG, you’re ridiculous! This is seriously uncalled for!

      • Jessica
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        Nicole Richie got pregnant. Twice. Plenty of thin women get knocked up, lots of women without weight problems struggle to get pregnant. We don’t even know if they’re trying. Let’s PLEASE not go there with either the eating disorder thing OR the infertility. SERIOUSLY.

    • Guerra
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      Definitely!! Huh!? Yeah that’s not catty at all! My god people are ridiculous. I want to list the ways of how this comment was so ignorant but I really don’t want to go down to your level (or some of the previous ones before)

  33. Sajorina
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    I’m not usually a fan of black & brown together, but I love this! That coat is FABULOUS and I want it!

  34. mary lou bethune
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    She is lovely, warm, does her own shopping. I think she is great.

  35. catherine
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    good evening to all of you kate middleton fans. i do appreciate that all of you appreciate the clothing, makeup and lovely hair extensions she does wear at the cost of me and the other residents of england. as far as a job, she has no job a patronage is similar to what in america as buying a brick in a hospital for the sick, your name is attached but no work is involved, make any sense.
    back to her visit to the children’s hospital. would it not have been more appropriate for her to wear something of color? minus the 4 inch heels? her hair pulled back? something more than a photo op. so as a woman i so not want any woman be like kate middleton. i want her to be involved, especially for how much we the people of england paid for that dreadful coat and clown makeup

    • Robyn
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      For a resident of ‘england’ your use of the Mother Tongue is horrendous.

      • Sajorina
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        @catherine: You’re catty & your comments are petty! Jealous much?

    • Fiona
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      O, ignorance.

      You do realise that ‘the people of england’ (wot, no Wales or Scotland or North Ireland?) pay about 60p a year for the royals, don’t you? And that William and Catherine aren’t on the civil list – ie, they pay their own way? Honestly. Get your facts straight before you start whinging.

    • Melanie
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      Catherine makes an excellent point. How well she typed it out is irrelevant. It has nothing to do with being petty or catty or jealous.

  36. Maretha2
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    If you’ve ever had a child in the hospital for any length of time, as I have (he’s ok now …) you know how much these visits brighten their day. It might not seem like much — unless you are the sick child who’s being visited.

    I kind of needed an ALLERGY ALERT WARNING since my eyes got very watery, too.

  37. augogo
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    This is a really dark, dull and drab outfit that is not at all appropriate for a visit to sick kiddies! Why is she wearing a black dress to visit these kids? Why couldn’t she wear colour?! Maybe even something pretty?! Why not? She could brighten up those kiddies’s day and everyone elses’ too! Those awful tights suck out what ever life there is in that coat. She doesn’t have to be pseudo-corporate and old before her time. It’s just so sad…

  38. Claire L
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    Oh, I know I’ve posted this before…and I will again ( and mostly because I had a bad day at work and it’s so much easier to be mad at an idea than actual people)…….. I hate hate hate the “Too skinny” snark. Am I too skinny? No. I’m the opposite. I’m too fat. I’m a size 12 and I have a feeling the same women who say ” would it hurt for her to have a sandwich” would look at me and say “hey heifer put down the burger” not knowing my life ( wife,mother,caretaker), not knowing my issues (thyroid) , not knowing my routine ( 4 hours of HARD circuit training a week), or my accomplishments ( -35pounds tyvm)…I hate hate hate it.
    It’s degrading to her but most of all it’s degrading to the women who make these comments. We are W O M E N. Good Lawd! We have enough poop to deal with without shoveling it out to each other. It’s anti woman and it’s ugly…uglier than anything you’ll find on the Fug of the fug pages.
    The fun of poking at the cray cray fashion choices made are one thing….but putting down the WOMAN is outfriggenrageous.
    As for Kate…. she is, obviously, a naturally thin woman. If you were to REALLY look at her proportions ( and not through the eyes of an anti woman who has it better than herself woman) you could see that. Pippa is thin, she’s more athletic, but she’s also thin. Kate’s mother is thin…and they all have similar frames. Kate just appears longer, which adds to the idea of even thinner….. But the truth is…… even if, God forbid, she DID have an eating disorder…the last thing she needs is to have people hating on her for it. Any woman suffering through anything that even closely resembles self esteem issues/eating disorders/falling into the pit of self mutilation deserves for her sisters to offer her support….not this awful thinly veiled jealously fueled bile.
    I HATE that we are our own worse enemies.

    • Kat
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      Thank you. All the body hate needs to stop. Are you her personal doctor? No? Then stow the casual infertility and anorexia diagnoses, please. Even if those were true, they’re not conditions to be mocked.

      • Sajorina
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        Bravo, @Claire L! And, thank you, @Kat! I agree with you wholeheartedly… The cattiness & pettiness is uncalled for! Like Heather & Jessica say: “We don’t know their lives”!

      • Guerra
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        Thanks claire!!! I completely agree!! I am one of those very skinny ladies, naturally it’s all genetic & I have a very small frame (narrow shoulders& hips) but I’m lean with long legs. I’m always getting the ano thing. It’s very frustrating!! Even if i do gain weight it goes straight to my belly but my arms & legs stay super thin!!! We are all different no need to be so critical!

    • Fiona
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      Well put!

  39. mochaleet
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    I really appreciate this blog, because I often am working and waiting for my animations to render while reading it. I also appreciate that the site isn’t incredibly lurid, the commentary funny, and the pictures beautiful. I actually find the most absurd outfits really exciting and dazzling because so much work goes into their construction. (or not, I guess.) That said, it is a visually oriented website, and with Kate, her weight issue is noticeable. I notice her weight with each picture, as I also notice her beauty and grace. It just is the way it is. I agree the extraneous commentary about her personal issues is inappropriate, but for people to notice her thinness is a natural observation, and of course what they do with that observation is subjective.

  40. Jules
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    No comment.
    I don’t really know what I’m supposed to look at, here, anyway.

  41. Lillibet
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    Such a beautiful, beautiful, compassionate young woman. I’m looking forward to everything she does in her lifetime!

  42. Elspeth Too
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    I adore Kate. Seriously the best thing to happen to the British royal family in decades. I also adore GFY, deeply. However I confess to some confusion about the dos/don’ts of body commentary.

    Shortly before she split from her husband I recall several Katy Perry ‘bump watch’ posts scrutinizing the precise swell of Perry’s abdomen. As it turns out, she wasn’t pregnant. That made me a little uncomfortable.

    If we’re not going to speculate on a woman’s figure and possible too-thinness/infertility, shouldn’t we also refrain from pointing out every new swell and curve – and then extrapolating a pregnancy? As a woman with both an eating disorder and pregnancy weight gain in my history, I wonder if speculation in either direction isn’t equally cruel.

    What if we really just stick to the clothes?

    Kate’s jacket is sublime : )

    • Heather
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      I hear you — and look, we are never going to have a perfect policy; there are too many gray areas. But for sure, for me, a difference lies here: Anorexia is a disease. Pregnancy is not.

      I do agree that we should always try to be careful about bumpwatches, and that Katy Perry was on the line for me (and I wrote it). As I said, we aren’t ever going to be perfect, and sometimes we will cross the blurry line without meaning to or without realizing it. But throwing around accusations of anorexia are a big, big deal — people use that word too casually, I think.

      Kate Middleton was never working from a large place. She lost some weight before her wedding, before beginning a life on the most public of stages. Stress + wedding = weight loss for almost every bride; she was just starting from a place thinner than most. I think she has her head on straight and will be just fine — and I hope so.

      • Elspeth Too
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        Thanks Heather, well said. It’s always going to be a grey area, and I suspect our personal histories have a lot to do with our individual sensitivities around body talk.

        I really appreciate the Fug girls taking the time to address these topics and have an opinion. Another reason why I’m such a fan.

  43. neiges
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    I am a bit late, as I this post was a long time before so perhaps no one will read this. I really don’t understand why this is taken so personally. The infertile comments are strange I concurr, as for myself, I wrote “verging on anorexic”, like someone would say she is a “little schizophrenic”, meaning acting crazy. These are just expressions. My mother-in-law constantly said I was anorexic because I am thin (even after four kids) so I know what it is to be accused of something that has just to do with your metabolism or personnal discipline. Give it a break, this is just becoming like Angelina posts. One way or the other. Not funny. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, even if it is about how to dress proprely (with colors) while doing humanitarian deeds. Come on. Make peace. After all I decided to defend Erin Wasson and everybody was wildly going at her. Can’t we feel abused by Middleton’s attitude and camera consciousness?

  44. Laura
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    I don’t understand why were not supposed to go there with the anorexia thing? I think it’s fair to say that Kate has lost a lot of weight over the past year. If this column is just for roses and smiles, then why bother asking for comments at all? I personally believe that for Kate to be that thin, she’d have to be eating less than 1200 calories a day. I’ve been there, and it’s very sad AND unhealthy, and often, it’s a cry for help caused by emotional stress.

    • jenny
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      I’ll tell you why…because the fug comments are usually hilarious and witty and this set BLOWS. You know why? Because all it is is a bunch of people working out their own very, very complicated body and/or political issues by projecting crap on someone they don’t know, and taking it all far, FAR too seriously. So that’s why. There are laughs to be had and silly and ridiculous commentary to be shared an this dime-a-dozen US Weekly patter is drowning it out. The end.

  45. Melly
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    Well, that dress sure does put the lie to the pregnancy rumors.

  46. Julie
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    First off, she is lovely for spending Valentine’s Day making a difference in the lives of these sick children as I am sure it will be something they hold onto for a long time. She is beautiful and well put-together and seems to have a lovely personality.

    That being said if we are simply critiquing the outfit, I too am a little tired of her belting the sweater dresses. To me, she is so thin that the sweater already gives her a defined waist, that the belt almost emphasizes how thin she is through the middle. I would like to see a funky necklace or scarf to jazz up the all black sheath vs the skinny belt. I have a similar frame and I find whenever I emphasize my waist with a belt, people always feel the need to point out how tiny you are and how you need to eat something. To avoid some of the criticism, give the people something to talk about up near your beautiful face :)

  47. Heather
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    If you have problems with Kate Middleton as a part of the monarchy, you may want to take that up with the nation itself — Kate Middleton didn’t invent the monarchy. She just married into it. She’s allowed to do that. He’s allowed to get married. And it’s extremely unlikely that it’d be secure for her, as his wife, to turn around and get a job in advertising or at The Gap or whatever. So instead she’s using her station to bring a little joy and raise a little awareness. I don’t see anything wrong with that. She’s playing her hand with class. She’s not costing people money on purpose.

  48. ChristieLea
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    That coat is the colour of chocolates. And as she wore it on Valentine’s Day, it is particularly apt. DELICIOUS.

    And yes, she seems so genuine and lovely :) There’s never any sense that she finds these walkabouts so dreadfully tedious, or that she’s feigning interest. Love her.

  49. katkin74
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    I love this kid. I find her a delight. I think she’s handled herself with grace and class. Before marrying William, she was just a girl who could be accused of looking “above her station” and he could be just a guy dating “down”. But they’ve proven the lie to that by marrying. Dating a guy you like, and marrying into the royal monarchy, are two very different things. For a girl to come up against so much pressure of hundreds of years of tradition and what I imagine could be stiff Royal snobbery, and handle it so well publicly – and with what appears to be genuine pleasure – amuses me to no end. I hope she never stops being what appears to be a nice, normal, down to earth, caring and genuine individual who loves a guy who happens to be a Prince of England. How’s THAT for some snark. Anorexia and infertility indeed. Silly twits.

  50. Shiitake
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    Always lovely.

  51. gisela
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    She looks great and everything but OMG, where are her hips??

  52. Kiti
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    This thread is SO three days ago but while it’s pointless to beat a dead horse, I couldn’t help weighing in (no pun intended) on people throwing around the “anorexia” and “infertility” labels. I’m one of those naturally thin people, and it always bothers me to be accused of having an eating disorder, particularly because it trivializes the true struggles of those who DO have eating disorders (and people who have eating disorders are often even MORE sensitive to any criticism of their bodies). In addition to being slender on a regular basis, I lost A LOT of weight before my wedding, due to stress, and so I was quite skinny as a bride and newlywed. My thinness wasn’t the problem, it was a SYMPTOM of the problem (the stress). And for the record, I had no problem getting pregnant, and then post-baby, I was very thin again, due to exclusive breastfeeding several months.

    My point, if I have one, is that people can lose weight for a variety of reasons, and it is the place of health professionals to determine what is and isn’t healthy. Kate here is the Duchess of Cambridge, and I’m sure that she has all the doctors and dieticians that she needs. I can observe that Kate does look rather thin, but it’s not really my business to diagnose her or state what she should or shouldn’t eat. I don’t know her–heck, I’ve never even met her–and I’m certainly not a qualified health professional.

    Just as it would be considered rude and hurtful to tell a larger lady, “Hey fatty, you eat too much,” please be mindful of hurt feelings before criticizing a thin person for his or her appearance. It doesn’t help a person who has a psychological or physical illness, and it REALLY doesn’t help a person who can’t help being a certain size because that’s just how his or her body is.

    This comment comes from the heart of a person who still remembers how it felt to be nicknamed “Miss Skinnybones” in high school!