As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge jet off on yet another holiday – they are said to be in the Maldives – it’s no surprise that many people are asking if this royal couple are working hard enough.
But as it’s revealed they’ve also gone on holiday without eight-month-old George – when many mums would surely find it difficult to leave their baby for a matter of hours let alone for days on end – we would also ask whether their publicity and media entourage are working hard enough.
Unfortunately it seems their PR team leaves much to be desired. For a start, Kate is clearly no longer breastfeeding (recommended for the first year and most breastfeeding mums would still be giving feeds at night even if they’ve cut them in the day) if she is happy to leave George like this – and a quick look at general comments on these articles show the majority of people complaining the pair ‘don’t seem to do anything.’
Contrast this against the average British couple with a new baby. You won’t find many of them – even very well paid professionals – popping off on so many breaks (it’s pretty difficult to both get the same time off for a start) let alone abandoning their firstborn when he’s not even a year old.
Maybe the head of PR has explained to Kate and Wills how bad this will all look – already they are being compared to Marie Antoinette and the Russian royals Louis and Alexandra – both couples as one comment on a news website has pointed out, ‘eroded the public’s trust and respect for them.’
But if they have been warned by their PR team that there are too few public outings, they are remaining too hidden and too private for a public couple, then they clearly have ignored it.
If they haven’t been told then shame on the PR and Media team. And in any case, that team must take some of the blame for the shambles this is making of their credibility in the public eye.
Presumably it must be quite hard being on the media team of Kate and Wills. Because while most media teams are there to promote someone or something, this one is kept busy turning down invitations and trying to stop as many unofficial photos appearing in the press as possible.
But all it would have taken is a few well timed and photographed outings (preferably with baby George in tow for a change) before they got on the flight to the Maldives to at least give the impression Kate and Wills were doing something. They could have even tweeted the odd family photo – anything that shows this pair doing something, even if it’s just being adoring parents.
Even least impressive is the fact that William was apparently due to be on a course in agricultural management right now. Instead he will be sunning himself with Kate next to a 41ft infinity pool with a tropical villa in a place where dinner without drinks costs £350 per couple.
Some might say the royal couple are surely entitled to such privacy and that Kate did only give birth to George last summer.
But the fact is they are a public couple. If they wanted to be like the rest of us, they could always relinquish the Crown and work in jobs as everyone else does.
Meanwhile, many working mums would be back to work full time by now out of necessity and if Kate if recovered from birth enough to fly thousands of miles away to this island, she is clearly well enough to do more than the odd outing occasionally.
But to my mind the biggest error is not taking that little boy with them. That tells me despite Wills clipping the baby seat into the back of the car and driving Kate and George home himself after having the baby, they are not like most of us at all.
Even if they hadn’t wanted to take George with them, the media team should have told them it would look better if he did go too.
We can only hope that the press and media team ensure this royal couple’s official trip to New Zealand and Australia in a month’s time – when they are due to take baby George – is absolutely jam packed with photo opportunities showing them as the normal parents they seem to want to appear to be.