Kate Middleton Can't Even Begin to Compete With the Queen

kate middletonIn the wake of Queen Elizabeth II's hospital stay, a whole lotta crazy rumors have been flying. Like how her Royal Highness is sooo not a fan of her granddaughter-in-law, Kate Middleton, because she thinks she's a "do-little spoiled brat." Uh-huh, suuuure! Isn't she just about the most charitable royal we've known since her late mother-in-law, Diana?

Well, the truth is: Sort of. If you're judging just by numbers ... she is currently only officially the Patron of five charities -- Action on AddictionEast Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH), The Art Room, National Portrait Gallery, and the Scout Association -- while the Queen is the Patron of more than 620 charities and organizations. On paper, then, I suppose it would follow that Kate isn't doing nearly as much as she could or should be, but let's be reasonable!

Kate has been a royal with charitable duties for a little bit less than two years now. Do we really believe Queen Elizabeth II was the Patron of more than 620 charities at that point in her "career" as Queen? It's absurd to think that Kate should have to take on as much as or her work should even be compared to the Queen's, someone who is in a significantly higher position AND, what, 55 years her senior? And what about being spread too thin? Maybe she actually has had the chance to get to know the people involved with and the issues affecting all five of her charities!

Not to mention that Elizabeth was born into the royal family, so she was probably wracking up charitable points from the time she was a kid. Kate likely didn't realize she was going to be under the microscope for her charity work until Wills put that sapphire ring on it.

That said, her actions speak volumes about her commitment to the charities she has committed to already. Apparently, even while battling terrible morning sickness back in January, she kept doing charity work for the children's charity East Anglia's Children's Hospice (EACH).

Seriously, this doesn't even feel like a topic worth debating. Whether she's officially signed up to patronize 4 or 1,400 charities, as far as most of the world is concerned, Kate Middleton is most likely the huge-hearted Duchess she's cracked up to be. Anyone who would say otherwise is just grasping at straws to tear her down.

How do you feel about Kate Middleton's charity work? Do you think it's fair to compare her to the Queen?


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Simpl... SimplyEnchanted

"Charity, if you have the means, is a personal choice, but charity which is expected or compelled is simply a polite word for slavery."

Maybe she wants to be involved with a fewer amount of charities so that she can make more of a difference than simply being a name on a paper

carole76 carole76

Really, wow she's prego, and dealt with illness and bringing up charities.  Give the girl a break

Nelli... NellieAthome

"Seriously, this doesn't even feel like a topic worth debating" says Ms Brown - yet you blather over 400 words on a subject that, as far as I can research, you totally made up out of wholecloth  to begin with.

OTOH, you would know, if you did any research, that the Queen spent the first few years of her married life as a naval wife more than as a royal.... something she wanted for her sons  and daughter to experience with their spouses and something she is well in favor of for her grandson and his wife.


Todd Vrancic

And you heard this opinion from HRM Queen Elizabeth II herself?  Otherwise drop it.

Todd Vrancic

BTW, my earlier comment was directed to the OP, not any of the commenters.

Crystal Mcknight

no its not fare,but she has a great rolemodel in the queen there both great women

Norma Lincoln Yactzak

i think what she does is wonderful..keep up the good work, and don't listen to anyone but William

Aunt Denise

Why call her Kate Middleton? I think we can all agree she is married and should be addressed with respect. Then why call her by her maiden name?

Lorena Jordan

People are starting to compare for two important reasons: one she is over 30 years old, and two she will be in Prince Philip's position one day. THAT is the fact, jack! She has not ever really worked, her appearances are few, she has little we can judge her on, and taking the whole "but you're like, totally unfair cause she is rockin it wit her tru love will" crap out, she is a loser. No, I am not jealous, I am not fat, I am not in denial. I am a young business owner working on a masters who considers a shopaholic for a duchess as a joke, and I know I am not the only one.

stara... starandseen

I have no idea why the media continues to call her by her maiden name either.  

Queen Elizabeth is the lateon of 620 charities? How much time or money can she possibly devote to all of them? My guess is that Duchess Catherine can at least spend more time on each. Quality over quantity. Besides, when Prince George is older, she'll probably take on more charities as time passes.   But who really knows what she'll do.

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