In 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 Addiction, East 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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