In my head, meals with the royal family revolve around whatever THE QUEEN is babbling about (depending on where she is in her daily gin progression) along with Duchess Kate and Meghan Markle throwing verbal daggers at each other, largely focused on which one was able to cause J. Crew’s website to crash that day over her respective coat selection. Alas, the real aggression might not be coming from the commoners. It could be from Prince Charles to his son Prince William.
People says a new book by British journalist Tom Bower doles out nuggets like how Charles feels neglected in favor of Kate’s parents. The next in line to the throne apparently feels “isolated” from Prince George and Princess Charlotte and “usurped” by the Middletons. William and Kate apparently prefer to spend Christmas with her parents instead of holing up Highgrove, an estate from the 1700s where Charles and Camilla live during the holidays. Granny can play this game, as Tom writes that THE QUEEN’s courtiers have “decided to ignore Carole Middleton on social occasions” when they sniffed out Charles felt like he was being upstaged. I don’t know why Carole would be calling the royals since The Crown (obviously the most reliable take on the royal family) implies the conversations I have each morning with a barista at Starbucks are more enjoyable than any of those Buckingham Palace stiffs.
William called his grandma to say his little feelings were hurt, so THE QUEEN tried to do everyone a solid and extend an olive branch to Carole by offering to drive her around Balmoral Estate and even let a film crew follow their antics.
While QE2 clearly knew how to offer a fun time as an apology, Charles really knows how to be a fun sponge. His way to bond with Kate was inviting her out to her first opera. Apparently, the night at the opera was about as enjoyable as you would expect a night at the opera between a non-paying 69-year-old and 36-year-old gal. The production was allegedly a “disaster.”
Robert Higdon, the chief executive of Charle’s charity in the U.S., said, “Charles saw Kate and William as the new stars and feared he’d be in trouble.” Well, Robert was the chief executive until he said that on the record, I’m sure. I don’t really get where all this outshine anxiety is coming from or the need to write a book on it. I’m pretty sure we all assumed William and Prince Harry hid behind the curtains anytime their father and Camilla skipped through the palace du jour, and as for Charles getting nervous about being outshined? HAHA. Oh, henny, nobody has given you a second thought since Princess Diana decided to bare cleavage!