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To think the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge need to work on their PR strategy?

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SamanthaBrique Wed 09-Mar-16 08:47:55

In recent months they've been accused of being work shy and what's their solution? To release photos of them and the children on a luxury skiing break! Now I don't begrudge them a holiday, but why make it so public? If they wanted to release photos of the kids then they could've just released a few shots of George and Charlotte at Kensington Palace or Anmer Hall. I don't know who is advising them on their PR but AIBU to think they need to engage someone a bit more in touch with public sentiment?

maydancer Wed 09-Mar-16 08:52:02

Yep because Kensington palace is really slumming it!

EdithWeston Wed 09-Mar-16 08:52:18

They'll have released holiday photos in return for a deal that the paparazzi leave them alone during those holidays.

Pix at Anmer wouldn't Achebe that.

Not much fun to be surrounded by cameras, and I can see why they'd put their DCs interests ahead of a bit of bad PR for them.

BoboChic Wed 09-Mar-16 08:52:24

The Royals always take skiing holidays. Totally standard. Why is this suddenly an issue?

sparechange Wed 09-Mar-16 08:53:40

The only people 'accusing' them are the readers of the Daily Mail, so I'm not sure that warrants a full PR strategy re-write.

Clearly their priority is to maintain privacy and normality for their family, so if the way of doing that is to draw a line in the sand on not wanting to hold mass photocalls on their holidays, then good for them.

We don't know they went on a 'luxury skiing holiday'. We know they went to the French Alps for the weekend. You're filling in the gaps with speculation.
And why shouldn't they? They are both independently wealthy. The vast majority of people with their sort of money would be skiing every year.

None of the Daily Fail readers who take pops at them were doling out the same criticisms to their beloved Lady Di, who had just as many holidays.

pinkcan Wed 09-Mar-16 08:55:05

no, I don't think so. I think the press need to learn some respect. Printing such garbage as them being work shy. In fact princess Charlotte is not even a year old, Kate (if in a normal office job) could still be on Mat leave. But she's done engagements/duties in that time.

Plus no amount of money or luxury clothing/holidays would make me want to swap places with them and the horrid constant intrusion into their privacy or judgement of them. They can have all the luxuries in the world, a yacht and a private plane for all I care, they have to life their life under ridiculous scrutiny. Plus money spent on them is dwarfed by the money brought into the country by tourists who love those photos.

SantanaBinLorry Wed 09-Mar-16 08:56:21

yabu. Fools guided by fools. The more foolish they look the better in my book smile

19lottie82 Wed 09-Mar-16 08:58:29

No, because no matter what they do there will always be people moaning. They can't keep everyone happy.

I think they do a great job in representing our country and I wouldn't swop places with them in a million years!

LyndaNotLinda Wed 09-Mar-16 08:59:21

They're arrogant. They made a deal with the press and reneged on it. They're now learning that you can't do that without it coming back to bite you on the arse, hard.


Farahilda Wed 09-Mar-16 09:01:26

'They're arrogant. They made a deal with the press and reneged on it.'

What deal?

formerbabe Wed 09-Mar-16 09:03:33

I think public opinion will really turn once the Queen is gone. Many people have a lot of respect for her and think she does a very good job. I don't see the rest as being able to command the respect of the public like she does.

ToastedOrFresh Wed 09-Mar-16 09:04:11

Good on you, William is what I say. He probably doesn't want his family life to turn into the media circus that his family life turned into when he was growing up.

sooperdooper Wed 09-Mar-16 09:06:22

I think the papers are annoyed because instead of being able to stalk them with wide angle lenses like they wouldve done years ago they've had to make do with the photos they've released - so they're pissed off and write negative stories

They'll love them again next week, it's all a game and people who fall for it as just as bad

EssentialHummus Wed 09-Mar-16 09:07:56

What deal Lynda?

I think (based on nothing but my own speculation) that it's Priority No. 1 for William to keep the press at bay in light of how his mum died. So we can expect these orchestrated photo calls for years to come. I think this is fine and fair, really - I wouldn't want them or anyone else hounded daily for photos. Annual xmas cards are just fine.

Interestingly there was a letter from a retired (?) helicopter pilot in the Times recently to say that William's shifts are standard - they can't work beyond X hours a week/month without extra tests or checkups. So the whole "work-shy" thing may also be baseless.

acasualobserver Wed 09-Mar-16 09:08:28

Get rid of the monarchy. Problem solved.

BombadierFritz Wed 09-Mar-16 09:17:07

I think people need to stop obsessing about other peoples lives and being so bitchy about every little thing

If you oppose the monarchy, fine, but campaign on that instead of bitching

BoboChic Wed 09-Mar-16 09:17:41

Diana courted the media, gave them masses to print and sold zillions of papers. Of course Diana got good press.

William and Kate aren't courting the media and therefore get lots of unpleasant digs.

BombadierFritz Wed 09-Mar-16 09:18:04

Sorry, a casualobserver, that comment was for op/dailyfail readership, not aimed at you

acasualobserver Wed 09-Mar-16 09:30:56

No offence taken.

Eminybob Wed 09-Mar-16 09:32:15

I think it's all the negativity is very unfair.

William didn't choose the life he has, he was born into it. I think he's presented himself very graciously in all he has done. You could argue that Kate chose the life she has, but at the end of day she met a man and fell in love. I don't think there's nothing wrong with that.

I personally love seeing the photos they release and I don't have any issue with them enjoying a skiing holiday. Millions of "normal" people do so every year too.

Eminybob Wed 09-Mar-16 09:33:47

*anything wrong with that
That was supposed to say

LemonBreeland Wed 09-Mar-16 09:34:02

I don't understand the workshy hatred comments. Royals have never really worked hard. They went on holiday for 4 days, not a big deal.

William wants to try and give his children as normal a life as possible, he should be commended for that.

LyndaNotLinda Wed 09-Mar-16 09:35:07

Farahilda - see LeanneBattersby and BillSykesDog's posts at the end of this thread: which explain it very clearly

Astrophe Wed 09-Mar-16 09:37:40

Why shouldn't they be 'work shy' if they want to be anyway? I would be if I had as much money as them.

angelos02 Wed 09-Mar-16 09:37:48

I think the resentment comes from them doing very few royal engagements compared with the other senior royals. Also, apparently William only did 80 hours at work (RAF) last month so its not as if he is grafting very much there either.

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