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Pretty faces and serious causes

- February 12th, 2015

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge accepts a Ben Ainslie Racing sailing shirt with Prince George written on the back during a visit to the construction site of the new Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters and Visitor Centre in Portsmouth, southern England on Feb. 12. (Photo: Christopher Pledger/AFP)

The Duchess of Cambridge has been in the news this week for visiting a children’s mental health hospital (privately – it was only announced after she had gone) and a public engagement to visit a sailing team Thursday in Portsmouth.

The news reports focused on her pregnancy and her lovely tan, having just returned from a family vacation to the exclusive Mustique resort island.

Again, we were reminded how pretty Kate is and how well she dresses – and what a good person she is because she visits children and athletes. And there’s no doubt her visits bring joy to those people and their supporters.

But as I see the reports about her out and about this week, I can’t help but feel like Kate, and to some degree her husband Prince William, really only want to focus their attention on the easy topics – nothing even remotely controversial.

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Kate’s magazine disaster

- January 27th, 2015

What. The. Heck!

Australian magazine Woman’s Day has a cover featuring the Duchess of Cambridge, but they made some changes to the photo they used – and made Kate look downright weird.

They changed her eyes, hair and added a strange “sparkle” to her earring.

The magazine has been called out by readers on its Facebook page (where an improved version of the cover has been posted) for the terrible Photoshop job.

“What on EARTH have you done to Kate? Looks sick,” one person wrote.

Another person suggested an intern was to blame.

What do you think?

The original printed cover: 10940623_10153122297169047_3193747117459109710_n   The fixed version on Facebook

Andy’s controversy not a good start to the year

- January 13th, 2015
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Prince Andrew speaks at the 10th anniversary of Harrow International School Beijing, in an October 24, 2014 file photo. Buckingham Palace stepped up its denial that Prince Andrew had sex with an underage girl and named the alleged victim who had sought to preserve her anonymity, according to British newspaper reports on January 4, 2015. Buckingham Palace had already denied on Friday allegations made in Florida court documents by the woman, who said she was forced as a minor to have sex with Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth, as well as with other figures linked to a disgraced U.S. Financier. (Photo: Reuters)

Prince Andrew has been named in an alleged sex scandal – the first royal problem of the year, and the first headline-causing controversy the royals have had to really deal with in a while.

But, he has an ally in the palace, which took the unusual step of actually addressing the allegations, as well as his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson.

The reports claim Prince Andrew may have lobbied for an American convicted of soliciting a prostitute to receive a lighter sentence after himself being given an under age “sex slave.”

A woman has filed a case in the U.S. against Jeffrey Epstein – an acquaintance of Andrew – alleging she was Epstein’s sex slave and that she was forced to have sex with the prince three times. Another man named in the woman’s suit called the allegations “totally made up,” the Guardian reported.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Normally royal officials ignore such claims, but this time the palace has publicly denied all of the allegations.

Ferguson, who is still the Duchess of York and remains good friends (maybe more?) with her ex, went on the Today Show Tuesday to defend Prince Andrew.

She was on the show officially to discuss weight loss, but Matt Lauer quickly delved into the scandal.

She called him “a great father and a humongously good man.” and she, “as his best friend,” called the allegations “salacious lies.”

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Kate’s nightmare hair?

- December 17th, 2014
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (with lovely looking hair) learns sign language as she meets with children at the newly established 23rd Poplar Beaver Scout Colony in east London on Dec. 16. (Photo: Ben Stansall/Pool/AFP)

He might be in trouble for this comment …

During a visit to Centrepoint, a charity for homeless youth in the U.K., Prince William joked a hairdresser in training should try working on his wife’s “nightmare” hair.

Ouch.

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Prince William may want to rethink how he phrases things … (Photo: Twitter/Centrepoint)

British media have pointed out the “nightmare” may be that the Duchess of Cambridge’s hair gets “frizzy” in humid weather.

He also talked to a young woman who just got a construction job about his trip to NYC and meeting Jay-Z, and apparently ate some sweets as the charity tweeted the hashtag #whoateallthechocolate following Wills’ informal visit to the charity (media was not invited).

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Prince William has a sweet tooth? (Photo: Twitter/Centrepoint)

He looks like trouble

- December 15th, 2014
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Prince George poses in a courtyard at Kensington Palace in London in this one out of three official Christmas photographs of him taken in late November and released on Dec. 13. (Photo: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/Handout via Reuters)

New photos of Prince George have been released and, well, he looks like a mischievous little boy, doesn’t he?

I have no doubt from the glint in his eye and his smile that he gives his parents and caregivers a run for their money. He is, no doubt, a little royal terror.

But darn it if he isn’t cute as a button.

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Ohhhh, those cheeks! (Photo: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/Handout via Reuters)

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