There are people who are simply in love with the Duchess of Cambridge.
Kate can do no wrong in their eyes — her hair is perfect, her fashion sense is impeccable, her life is a fairytale — and anyone who criticizes her is in for a tongue-lashing. Heck, say you don’t like one of her outfits and it’s like you’re personally attacking some fans (I got some pretty nasty comments about my own looks and opinion after I dared write about her outfits from 2011 and – in perhaps a failed attempt at humour – rated them as like, dislike and meh).
I’ve seen it on Twitter, Facebook and fansites – there are those who question Kate, and those who fiercely defend her, no matter what (even if there’s no real criticism in the first place).
But is Kate worthy of such unquestioned love and adoration?
There are some who do openly point out Kate’s flaws. But do they love to hate Kate?
“I wouldn’t say I hate Kate, that’s much too strong a word. She just hasn’t done anything worthy of my respect yet,” @HMtheRedQueen told me via Twitter.
@RoyalForumMoron is another account that appears to take shots at Kate, but the writer says it’s not hatred or jealousy — it’s a case of looking into her past and understanding Kate is far from perfect.
“There are extremists in both camps” when it comes to love and hate, @RoyalForumMoron told me as we chatted via direct messages on Twitter.
“I really don’t hate her or anyone else, but what most logical people saw before the wedding were several red flags.
“The broad themes were she had problems with work ethic, waiting around for a man, being at their beck and call,” @RoyalForumMoron wrote. “Her values are questioned by some, including why a university-educated woman would choose to wait nine years for a man that showed no real commitment (all documented in the press), no charity work, except if able to offer booze and wear a tight outfit.”
@RoyalForumMoron notes “there are many documented stories of Prince William blowing her off, yet she waited.”
And, “She snagged him in a see through dress, so what does that say to a Jersey Shore generation, sexy outfits, no commitments will get you? Untold titles and riches.”
While some might say @RoyalForumMoron can be harsh, the writer said that’s not the case.
“My feed has many a jest in it! But my underlying theme is why is she the best? What has she achieved?”
And I think there is no harm in questioning this.
No doubt, this post will generate some hate for this Kate – as any time something is said about the duchess that isn’t favourable, die-hard fans come out and leave comments.
“You will notice the people that do like her attack the people that don’t while the people that don’t like her will attack the opinion,” @RoyalForumMoron said.
For the record, I did ask a few Kate lovers to comment on this story. None of them got back to me.
I’m wondering, though, in a world of celebrity obsession, is it OK to hate Kate? Is it OK to say, “She’s not as fabulous as she’s made out to be?” Or are we all so starved for the good news stories, that we look to stories about her and Prince William, and maybe the Royal Family to some extent, and say, “These people bring us good news. Don’t tarnish them.”
Am I saying I hate Kate? Far from it. I got up and watched the wedding. I went to Ottawa on Canada Day to see her and Prince William – and I will openly admit they are the reason we went to the 2011 event.
But I don’t think it should be sacrilegious to question why she has done so little on her own yet, and why she’s only taken on four patronages.
So, you tell me:
NOTE: Point taken – there was a commenter who noted my poll and headline should match. You’re right – I should have tried to do that and I didn’t. But thank you for commenting and taking part in the discussion.