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The Middleton double standard

2 June 2014

8:21 PM

2 June 2014

8:21 PM

I imagine there are very few people who haven’t heard about the Duchess of Cambridge’s clothing catastrophe in Australia. And, of course, this isn’t the first time that the duchess has had clothing issues. The wind has caused her to come a cropper at a variety of events – and who could forget the furore when the French edition of Closer ran pictures of her walking around topless while on holiday in the South of France.

But can you imagine what people (and the press) would be saying if, rather than it being Kate, it was her sister, Pippa, whose pants (or lack thereof) had been on show for the cameras? Rather than arguing that the pictures were a gross invasion of her privacy, it’s far more likely that the complaints would be targeted at Pips rather than the paps. Talk of the heir to the throne’s aunt being ‘tacky’, or not knowing how to behave, would be rife. Which, by my reckoning, is a pretty unreasonable double-standard. Why should two sisters provoke such different reactions, simply because of who they have (or haven’t) married?

More to the point, I can fully appreciate that a weighted hem might ruin the line of a dress, but at the same time, I think in this case it might be worth it.

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  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW5pPXGrdTY Puss in Plimsolls

    So now we all see where George emerged from. But really: have the people writing of ‘no underwear’ ever heard of thongs? And I thought *I* was conservative about fashions. Have been wearing thongs for years. Wish I’d had ’em aged 4. So much more comfortable!

    P. S. William’s bum is a B minus: not a natural eye-catcher; could use work though it’s probably hopeless.
    P. P. S. My bum’s better than Kate’s.

  • La Fold

    In reality when it comes to comprimising photos of royals, a picture of Kates bottle and glass is tame compared to what her auntie in law used to get up to.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW5pPXGrdTY Puss in Plimsolls

      Who?

      • La Fold

        Princess Margaret. Theres a conspiracy theory that MI6 organised a bank robbery in the early 70s because Black Power radical Michael X had comprimisng photos of her in Trinindad if i recall correctly. Most likley complete hokum of course but there are photos of her with her paramour John Binden who was a cockney villian.

  • john

    Has the rot finally set in for the Windsors? They are Kardashians without the talent. Nobody can explain their role other than as a fount of unbelievable conspicuous consumption. What does the Queen, Charlie and now Kate and Willi do that is of national value? Their entire function seems to be that they show up at major events and wave to the plebs.

  • La Fold

    The best thing about the middletons is they gave us a new bit of rhyming slang.
    “Where did you end up at Dannys stag do?”
    “We went off to the middletons?”
    “The middletons?”
    “Yeah, the kate and pippas, the strippers!”

  • ADW

    Maybe the next edition of Pippa’s legendary book could include something like “gusts of winds can blow up your skirt, so be sure to wear pants if you’re going near a helicopter”

  • callingallcomets

    Polly Filler is alive and well at the Speccie….

  • Nigel Korwin-Mikke

    It shows how corrupted newspapers are in this country. Why they would not print the photo of her bits?

    • Airey Belvoir

      The British press was far too respectful and tasteful to show us the royal bum photo. Happily, they all managed to steer us towards the correct website (Bild, if you have not been there already.) In truth, she seems to have gone commando, or has a serious case of ‘taking in laundry.’

      • Hexhamgeezer

        ‘taking in laundry.’ Chapeau! What a wonderful language we have!

  • jjw101

    It’s not because of who they have (or haven’t) married, it’s because Pippa’s tacky (don’t ask me to list my evidence, we’d be here all night). OK, Kate’s a bit off, but it’s all relative (mot juste).

  • rubes love

    Strangely Kate didn’t show these exhibition qualities before she bagged a royal husband. In hindsight the uni fashion show was a portent.

  • Grey Wolf

    Kate and Pippa. Pippa and Kate. How cute.

    Now can we move on.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW5pPXGrdTY Puss in Plimsolls

    I’m with the Marilyn Monroe gust-up-skirt voters. But I’m a bellydancer so can’t be trusted.

    • girondas

      “But I’m a bellydancer”
      You never let on.

      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW5pPXGrdTY Puss in Plimsolls

        Meow… there’s a great deal about me you don’t know, G ; )

        • girondas

          Well obviously!
          I’m sure you’re very good at it too!

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW5pPXGrdTY Puss in Plimsolls

            That’s because you have a generous heart.

            • girondas

              Only for some!

              • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW5pPXGrdTY Puss in Plimsolls

                :^0

    • Kitty MLB

      You’d better watch Kate’s father-in-law then. He dated a
      belly dancer, when young.Until his mother and the Corgi’s
      put a stop to it. If you dance around Highgrove watch your
      step.

      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW5pPXGrdTY Puss in Plimsolls

        Thanks for the warning, though somehow I don’t think an invitation is in the mail!

  • john

    They are a pair of low rent scrubbers, Both totally focused in finding some rich dumb guy to fund their lifestyle. Kate has done the impossible – make the Windsors look even sillier than we though possible.

    • Wessex Man

      oh dear.

    • girondas

      So they turned you down then.

    • Fergus Pickering

      I think that is rather offensive. I am never rude about women. You should follow this golden rule.

      Harriet Harman is not a woman.

      • john

        It is sexist not to treat women in the same way we would treat a man. I am not a sexist. BTW my comment is quite valid.

        • Fergus Pickering

          What do you mean valid? I take it you do not mean true.To me a scrubber has always implied a woman of low social class and rather ugly..

          • john

            Ferg: You are obviously a chap who is rather comfy slotting your fellow citizens into social classes. I find this to be a very depressing British disease – are the Midds your idea of nice upper class gells?
            Scrubbers are active in every sector of society. Royals have always been quite partial to them – how about the lovely Fergie?

            • Fergus Pickering

              The word means lower-class amateur prostitutes as far as I can see. Yu are using it to mean something else. Do you deny the reality of class? What class are you, in your judgement. Yes, to me the Middletons seem upper middle class gels. Are you suggesting they are prostitutes?.

              • john

                No it doesn’t mean prostitute – rather a dodgy young woman using her sexuality to get ahead (Very accurate for the Midds). Let’s drop these class designations – in Britain they are used to keep the plebs in order. The only reality in class in Britain (and its a curse) is the continued existence of titles of “nobility” which effectively debase 99.9999% of the population to second class status.

                • Fergus Pickering

                  With the greatest respect, old chap, you’ve been readig too many books. Titles are a rather delightful link with the past. And my uncle is the Duke of Somerset.

                • Kitty MLB

                  You also told me once that you were related to
                  kings of Ireland ( Brian Boru) and now we learn
                  you are also related to English aristocracy.
                  Good Heavens, Fergus, such blue blood and
                  I suppose green blood, for Ireland, I’ll probably
                  get sent to a tower for saying that..
                  but good heavens, need to practice the curtsy.

                • Fergus Pickering

                  I am also related to Rolf Harris and Doctor Crippen.

                • Kitty MLB

                  I’ll go into hiding I think, it will be safer,
                  in the spectator attic. Away from the black
                  sheep of your family, in case they turn up.

                • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW5pPXGrdTY Puss in Plimsolls

                  Every woman ‘uses her sexuality to get ahead’. It’s one of the only tricks we’ve got. Nature (the b*stard) gave most of the goodies or advantages to men.

                • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW5pPXGrdTY Puss in Plimsolls

                  So thought the American Founders, which is why titles of nobility are explicitly forbidden by our Constitution.

      • john

        It is sexist not to treat women in the same way we would treat a man. I am not a sexist. BTW my comment is quite valid.

  • Ted Cunterblast

    Apparently the Palace has hired a female “minder” to accompany the Duchess of Cambridge to ensure embarrassing incidents like these don’t occur again.

    As a staunch supporter of the Crown, I herewith offer my services. I am perfectly willing and able to watch her bum 24/7.

    You know where to find me.

    • you_kid

      Harry, is that you?

  • Kitty MLB

    Pray tell me, this is worthy of a thread because of what reason?

    • girondas

      Imagine the furore around here if I forgot to put my trousers on in the morning.My tattoo of George Clooney’s face would be visible for all to see.

      • Kitty MLB

        It will be even worse now he’s finally getting married.
        I suggest you sit down more often so that they can’t
        see it.
        Don’t know what all the fuss is about George &Brad,
        they are hardly Johnny Depp and Cary Grant.

        • girondas

          So you’re a Depp and Grant man eh Kitty.
          One of life’s little tragedies is that men and women have different ideas of what constitutes attractiveness in each others s**.
          I
          would have settled on being a (young) Jack Nicholson, on the grounds
          that women can’t resist a handsome rogue, but all the women I admit this
          to turn their noses up in disdain.

          PS. I had to re-post changing the s** into s** , (if you see what I mean), because the Spectator’s censor has an intellectual age of five and sniggers at three letter words beginning with s irrespective of the context.

          • Kitty MLB

            Yes. Its a mixture of humour, hidden depths, strength, intelligence and
            gallantry( a bygone word).With the addition of the Scottish accent of a theatrical actor named Hilton McRae.
            Jack Nicholson..Hmmm! Handsome rogues are fine for some
            I suppose, but the unreformable type, not too sure about that.
            These issues with a certain word. Maybe some should use,
            Othello’s- Making the Beast with Two Backs.

            • girondas

              “Its a mixture of humour, hidden depths, strength, intelligence and
              gallantry( a bygone word).With the addition of the Scottish accent of a theatrical actor named Hilton McRae”

              I can manage all those except the Scottish accent.
              Shall I book a hotel Kitty?
              (sorry!)

              .

              • Fergus Pickering

                A lot of women used to fancy Vivian Richards. Perhaps they still do.

            • girondas

              Kitty,
              My last comment to you was meant to amuse. I hope you weren’t offended

              • Kitty MLB

                Oh no, I do recognise humour. Also if you had
                all those attributes above, then you’ll have plenty
                to keep you company when they lock you
                in the Spectator attic.

                • girondas

                  I’d practice my Scottish accent.

                • Kitty MLB

                  O, it’ll always be fruitless in that attic a braveheart wins the approval of fair maidens,
                  not. Watch whilst in attic Braveheart with
                  Mel Gibson and perfect his Scottish accent.

    • Mynydd

      A worthy subject of a thread would be, in this day and age is it democratic to have Head of State for life, and a string of others waiting to take over, First Charles, then William and after him George. I have a vote for my local councillor yet cannot vote for the head of state, am I not trusted to do the right thing for the country.

      • Fergus Pickering

        Who would you vote for, my love? Give me a name.

    • Terry Field

      Because our forelocks are in need of pulling.
      All hail the power of the flatheads.
      But they are infinitely preferable to a squalid little ‘president’ a la Clinton, Obumma, Hollandesauce, Poootyn.

  • Charles Htavani

    What else would most of the girls be interesting for?

  • Ted Cunterblast

    Bring back weighted hems!

    • HenryWood

      Bring back real journalists!

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