Kate of House Cambridge covers the latest issue of PEOPLE, just in time for the Christmas break. As we’ve been discussing the last couple of weeks, the timing with Will and Kate has been interesting after The Crown controversy and their three day royal train tour that was…medium-received. Since then the thirst has been real. They stepped out with the kids the other day and released a video from the event and now this PEOPLE “exclusive”. Which includes “friend” quotes and other “sources” talking about how Kate parents their three children which is basically a “just like us” story of a “working mom”. Seriously. 


“Whether in Norfolk or the family’s London residence at Kensington Palace, Kate is “very chilled at home,” a friend tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “It’s a normal, busy family home with kids running around and knocking things over. There’s no airs and graces.”

At the same time, the friend adds, “when you see her behind closed doors with the children, she’s a very confident mom, and she’s no pushover. The children get told off if they act up.”

For a woman whose signature blowouts and perfectly coordinated ensembles are emulated around the world, the school run affords an opportunity for a lower-maintenance routine.

“There are no blow-dries—it’s always hair up in a ponytail,” says the friend. “She’s either in her gym clothes, or a dress and sneakers, very little makeup, apologizing as she’s late for the school run before dashing off. It’s the life of a working mom with three young children—just a different sort of day job to most.”


Is the use of “mom” instead of “mum” pinging you? I have a British friend who texted me today and said, “What Kate friend says MOM?” 

It’s usually “mum” in England so it’s interesting the use of “mom” not once but twice here and “mum” is actually not used at all. So it’s either the copy editor on the American side of the magazine changing it or maybe whoever was transcribing the quote heard “mom” when it was “mum” that the friends and the sources were saying, which can happen to an American ear assuming certain sounds, which brings me to my next point…

Friends and sources talking to PEOPLE, an American magazine, about Kate’s home life – why? Americans, as we know, process royal drama differently from the British. An example of this is reaction to The Crown and the renewed disappointment many have in North America for how the royal family treated Princess Diana and, in general, what a weirdly uncompromising family can they can be, and relate that to Meghan Markle’s experience. So you know, if the Cambridges were so inclined to do some PR in America, PEOPLE wouldn’t be a bad place to go with its MiniVan Majority readership. 

What? Never. Prince William and his Catherine would never, ever, ever participate in PR shenanigans, right? I’ll keep saying it – please, they all participate in PR shenanigans. It’s the holiday season and everyone is parched.