During pre-Olympics outings alongside Princes William and Harry yesterday, Kate Middleton played table tennis (ping pong), wore a $55 (£35) dress with her $225+ (£144+) per week hairstyle, welcomed the Olympic torch to London, and made the ghastliest revelation of her royal life to date (1;2). As she helped launch Coach Core, an organization aimed at helping underprivileged athletes become sports coaches, it was apparent that regular stiletto wear has taken a horrible toll on the Duchess of Cambridge’s feet (3).
Brace yourself, these aren’t the pedicured beauties expected of the (usually) immaculately groomed future queen consort. From a distance, they’re not so bad. They just look unpolished and irritated from a day in too-tight heels. However, the close up is truly shocking (Thanks to “just a serf” at Royal Dish for revealing the close-up and to arlie for bringing it to light here at Enclave 24).
Was the Duchess Unprepared?
Two major elements define the public side of the Duchess of Cambridge: Her marriage, and her physical appearance. She is highly image conscious when it comes to her looks, so it is incredibly unlikely she would have forwent the extensive pedicure her feet needed if she knew there was a chance she’d be photographed barefoot. Was this mortifying display a consequence of Kate’s failure to research her potential activities ahead of time? It would not be surprising if it was. She has seemed unprepared for charity involvement before: not knowing what activities she might encounter, being relatively unfamiliar with the cause, and even sounding clueless about the purpose of her own participation (A major example: Missteps of 2011 Part II, the UNICEF interview). If she takes as much pride in her looks as she seems to, it only makes sense that she did not expect to be prompted to remove her shoes and participate in such an activity. There is a chance she had no way of foreseeing the need to kick off her wedges; but if she could (and should) have known, hopefully this humiliation has taught her once and for all how important it is to be ready for anything through cognizance.
Kate has company: Other heels-obsessed celebrities have feet in far worse shape than hers, as shown in this bunion-full article on the Mail Online (Warning: strong stomach needed!). Among the foul photos is an example of Kate’s dogs in pedicured form, along with a not-so-flattering shot of them in 2007.
Has Kate found her calling?
Aside from Kate’s barefoot bombshell, the visit to Coach Core appeared to be her best charity visit to date. She is known for her affinity for sports, and yesterday, it looked like she was in her element. She hasn’t seemed very enthusiastic or sincerely interested in other types of charity involvement, but she gave a different impression in this instance. For one thing, she was visibly comfortable and delighted and was abnormally hands-on. She kicked a ball around in a dress and wedge heels (not something expected from one of the UK’s most high-maintenance women), and despite the gnarly condition of her tootsies, did not flat out refuse to kick off her shoes and help judge a judo match from the mats (assuming she could have if she was desperate enough).
Perhaps it would be a good choice for Kate to make one or more of her next charity patronages sports-related. Athletics and fitness are genuine interests of hers, areas she is experienced and likely knowledgeable in, and potentially beneficial to children and adults from all walks of life. There are many possibilities like charities for promoting sport and active lifestyles for disadvantaged youth in the UK and abroad, supporting athleticism among those with special needs, and encouraging the involvement of women and girls in sports and fitness programs. Kate has been very hesitant to dive into charity work – presumably because it doesn’t interest her – but she doesn’t have to limit herself to helping the homeless, addicted, or terminally ill if those causes are not good fits for her. No one expects her to be a clone of Diana, and if following her own personal hobbies is what it takes to turn her on to charity work, then she should definitely run with it. -And leave the art gallery nonsense behind (Does anyone still honestly believe she studied art history for any reason but to cross paths with William?).
Kate’s skinny jeans revealed… too much information!
Following the Coach Core visit, William, Harry and Kate welcomed the arrival of the Olympic torch at Buckingham Palace. Through color-coordination, Kate attempted to blend in with the many present Team GB coaches and athletes, yet managed to stand out anyway because of her towering platform wedges and second-skin jeans. It was a new level of tacky and unflattering inappropriateness for the Duchess. The Zara “Satinhose“ were so tight that they vulgarly revealed every inch of her derriere - much like her nude hosiery in her “Marilyn Monroe moment” in Canada last year. Truthfully, it doesn’t matter whether her dress flew up over her head or her jeans were too tight, because the result has been the same: Kate’s body was revealed in an offensive amount of detail. The important difference is that the Canada incident was an accident, and these figure-clenching leggings were deliberate. What makes her think the world wants to be so well-acquainted with her rear or that this type of attire is even remotely appropriate for a future queen consort? And furthermore, why wear pants at all when all but a precious few lower body features can be seen anyway? The pants may as well have been opaque, footless tights. Overall, this woman-child has a lot of growing up to do before she becomes the Princess of Wales – and a higher level of taste to develop at that.
(1) English, Rebecca. “Cut-price Kate sports a £35 dress from Hobbs as she joins the country in countdown to Olympic games.” Daily Mail. 7/26/2012.
(2) Finlayson, Ariana. “Kate Middleton Gets Blowouts Three Times a Week!” US Magazine. 6/19/2012.
(3) Braswell, Molly. “Royal Trio William, Kate and Harry Launch “Coach Core” Program.” All Media NY. 7/26/2012.