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Does Kate do enough?

- July 4th, 2014
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Kate and William at Wimbledon on July 2. (Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters)

On Friday, there was an interesting debate taking place in my Twitter feed.

Blogger Marilyn Braun was discussing the Duchess of Cambridge’s volunteer work with other royal followers and questioning whether the good will people show Catherine might wear thin if she doesn’t do things.

Kate has been out this week attending Wimbledon and visiting workers at the M-PACT Plus Counselling programme at a London school.

Coverage of both events highlighted how great her curly hair looked.

One person argued: What is the point of telling people about her volunteer work when all the media seems to care about is what she is wearing or what her hair looks like?

Braun (correctly, I think) responded, “Because working more, taking on serious causes would combat that. It would show substance.”

I quote Braun here because I fully agree with her. While Kate does do some charity work, she is far behind many other royals (and I’m not just talking about the Queen, the hardest working royal in the bunch).

Yes, she has an (almost) one-year-old son and she and Prince William may be planning to add to their family (which may prevent her from taking on new volunteer tasks), but Kate needs to be much more vocal about what she is doing.

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Kate with son Prince George in New Zealand. (Photo: Saeed Khan/AFP)

We learned after she publicly visited a hospice in June that she had been visiting different hospices quietly for a week before letting the media know about it.

Some will say why let the media – people salivating to get their next shot of the duchess – know about anything she does?

Because it’s the only way people will take her seriously.

If the only media reports are about Kate attending events, going shopping or spending even more money on renovations (the recent Two-Kitchens Kate debate comes to mind, with one columnist calling her and Wills “spoiled kids”), then people won’t think she’s anything more than a pretty face in lovely clothing.

They wouldn’t think she’s lazy, boring or a “spoiled kid.”

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The duchess meets with Nick Booth (left), chief executive of The Royal Foundation during a visit to an M-PACT Plus Counselling programme at Blessed Sacrament School on July 1. M-PACT Plus provides early support for school children affected by a parent’s drug or alcohol misuse. (Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/AFP)

Kate does much more than she tells the world, but she keeps it quiet either to shy away from media attention or because she wants to quietly go about her business and pursue her interests.

That would be fine for anyone else – but not a member of the royal family who lives off the public’s purse.

The duchess released this video message in support of Children’s Hospice Week in June:

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1 comment

  1. Weaver | July 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    what’s the big deal about 2 kitchens??? I have 2 and love it. Three ovens and 9 burners, Christmas dinners are easy peasy!

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