Bitch Air Mail: Prince William and Kate ‘are more private and can be very stubborn’

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While Graydon Carter’s air mail definitely has an anti-Sussex agenda, the outlet did a pretty good analysis of what’s happening at Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace in 2024. As it is, BP appears competent, modern and straight-forward, while KP has wobbled from one self-made disaster to another, largely because Prince William and his staff are all incompetent. John Arlidge wrote This analysis excerpt from the last three months From a communication point of view: “A tale of two royal families; When King Charles received the bad news, his communications chief held a master class in damage control. “I wish Kate had done the same.” Arleigh provided great help to Charles and Camilla’s senior communications staff: Tobin Andreae, who was editor of the Mail for years. Some key points:

crisis management: It’s also clear that the PR game has changed. Buckingham Palace, where the king and queen’s press team works, and Kensington Palace, where William and Catherine’s spin doctor works, are much less involved in the everyday business of engagements and royal tours, and increasingly embroiled in crisis management. Have been done… is even the work done on the palaces excellent? You might think that the younger, more digitally native royals and their advisors would be more adept at handling the modern media environment, while nerdy Charles and Camilla would not. But one of the most surprising subplots of the medical drama that has played out in London over the past few months is how well Charles and Camilla have coped compared to William and Catherine.

When Charles and Camilla hired Tobin Andrea: This is even more remarkable when you consider that when he was hired as communications director a year and a half ago, many wondered whether Tobin Andrea was the right person for the position. It wasn’t just that he was the former co-deputy editor of the Daily Mail, a title whose respect for the institution of the monarchy does not prevent it from being bootlegged. Prince Harry is suing the newspaper’s owner, Associated Newspapers Ltd., over the invasion. of privacy, and it was the Daily Mail that coined the term “Wettie Katie” to describe the then-Kate Middleton’s long courtship of Prince William, a nickname she apparently despised, given her “social-climbing” family. There was no mention of making fun of. It was also said that Andrea did not have a proper contact for the head of communications. A member of the royal press pack said, “He was too chic to guess the mood of any man or woman on the street.”

Charles looked stoic: Nevertheless, guided by Andrea, Charles demonstrated a clear understanding of what the public needed in its hour of need and at a moment of crisis for the monarchy. In a statement released along with a prime-time broadcast news bulletin, he told the world that after his recent treatment for an enlarged prostate, tests revealed that he had cancer. He will step back from royal duties to receive treatment with the support of his wife and family. To calm fears over the seriousness of his condition, footage of him working from home was released. Doctors and cancer charities praised King for doing what most men do not: reacting quickly to the symptoms of the disease and speaking out.

KP’s team messed everything up: Welles, directed by Lee Thompson, who worked at Freud Communications, a PR agency, before moving to CNBC and NBCUniversal, where she was praised for her digital and social-media skills, was less convinced… Kate’s amateur Her family photo, released on Mother’s Day in the UK after being photoshopped, reignited a global online guessing game about her health. His apology for the “confusion” caused by the image, but his decision to correct it did not make him and his family an object of ridicule. By now the distrust towards Kensington Palace was such that when Wales allowed newspapers to publish a blurred image of her during a visit to a farm shop in Windsor, many wondered whether it was not her at all, Rather they were look-alikes.

Other forces at play: It appears Thompson and Welles are no match for Andrea and the King and Queen, but people close to both Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace say other forces are at play. Paddy Harverson, a media strategist who has worked with most of the senior royals, explains that Catherine and William needed time to come to terms with their diagnosis and explain it to their three young children. True and fair. But with 20/20 hindsight, waiting weeks and weeks for the truth to come out was too long. People close to Wells also criticized newspapers for reporting on social-media speculation, saying “They knew it was crazy, but ran with it anyway because it generated headlines and clicks, which generated revenue.”

Charles and Camilla are more experienced in crisis-management: Some observers point to differences in the attitudes of Wales and the King and Queen towards the press. A veteran royal correspondent explains that Charles and Camilla are “far more experienced in crisis management than any other member of the royal family.” They’ve seen it all and have the scars to prove it and as a result, they’re more relaxed these days about how much information they share.

William and Kate are naive: In contrast, “William and Kate are more private and can be very stubborn,” he says. “When they get a thought in their mind – for example, ‘We will not share any medical details’ or ‘This is a photo we want to release in the media’ – it can be hard to get them to move.” He adds that “Thanks to Harry’s endless court cases in London, people assume it’s his brother who hates the press, but, if anything, William hates the media more. He naturally wants to protect his family, but that doesn’t mean he and Katherine always make the right decisions. For example, some observers say it was a misstep to not follow Charles’s lead and release some private photos of Catherine at home reading a “Get Well Soon” card.

[From Air Mail]

One thing that Arlidge didn’t mention is that Kensington Palace courtiers apparently believed they didn’t need to provide an explanation or provide proof of life because William and Kate are not king and queen. Like, this was repeated constantly for months – Charles must be watched and do these things because he’s the head of state, while Will and Kate are just students and so no one needs to know what they’re doing. That was an argument that failed, at least for me – William and Kate are next in line, they’re the Prince and Princess of Wales, and the 75-year-old king has cancer. Due to constitutional and state issues, he should have received more information about his privacy and dealings. William and Kate display ego, emotion “How dare the farmers know what’s going on with Kate’s health, why can’t they believe all the fake pictures we’re giving out?” But yes, I agree – Charles and his team have handled the comms side of everything very well this year.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Kensington Palace.


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