Last year, the Duchess of Cambridge and I did the same job: blog writer and blog editor. We were practically twinsies, although I’m pretty sure that I wore sweatpants and flip-flops to my job while Kate wore a cute “blogging outfit” that consisted of a short skirt and a ruffled blouse which probably set her back more than $600. Another difference between us was that after Huffington Post UK published her pre-written essay on mental health, Kate skipped off for some retail therapy. She probably spent more time shopping that day than she spent blogging.
Why this trip down memory lane? Because apparently Kate does like to read some blogs. Specifically, she might enjoy some mommy blogs. In Britain, there’s a popular mommy-blog forum called Mumsnet and “sources” claim that Kate is a regular reader and commenter.
Kate Middleton may live in a palace and be married to the future king, but apparently she’s just like millions of other mums out there, relying on the internet for childcare tips. According to a new report, the Duchess of Cambridge is no stranger to mummy forums online and has registered under an anonymous name to swap stories with other mothers. The royal is mum to son Prince George, three, and daughter Princess Charlotte, who celebrates her second birthday in May.
“Kate has turned to websites like Mumsnet and BabyCentre for guidance,” a source told Reveal magazine. “She has adopted an anonymous name, and mainly posts questions about issues she and Prince William disagree on, like watching cartoons before bed. Using these websites has really helped Kate, although she’d never admit to using the web for advice – the Royal Family tend to ‘just get on with it’ when it comes to raising children. But, since mums on the internet generally agree with her point of view and not Will’s, she will go right on posting!”
If true and Kate does use internet forums, we can’t help but wonder if Kate ever ventures on to the Royal Family thread on Mumsnet?! Of course, it’s not the first time Kate has been linked to Mumsnet; back in February, when husband Prince William presented a CBE to the website’s co-founder, Justine Roberts, he joked that Kate may well be a user.
Roberts said: “We speculated as to whether the Duchess of Cambridge was a Mumsnetter.”
[From The Daily Mirror]
As much as I would enjoy the idea of Kate-as-mommy-blogger, it’s far more likely that A) this story is total bulls–t and B) if Kate does go online for non-shopping-related activities, she’s probably just lurking and not sharing stories. There’s no harm in lurking and God knows, I wouldn’t want my browser-history lurking to be made public. And if the story is true and she’s chatting with mums online? Meh. We’ll never know for sure. But wouldn’t that seem too much like actual work?
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