On Wednesday, Prince William and Kate Middleton returned from a month long break looking positively lifelike while engaged in synchronized royaling with three events in Luton.
At Youthscape, Prince William and Kate chatted with youths who I guess were at risk for not speaking with a duke and duchess that day and somehow it helped. At the very least, the visit was newsworthy for the unlikeliest of reasons.
My cursory search yielded little on Youthscape other than it being a drop-in centre, but there are sweets and video games there so whatever it is exactly, it has to be good.
At Keech Hospice which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the crowd greeting the Cambridges looked a bit thin with no school children to pull from classes for flag-waving.
Interestingly, the crowd pic of the Cambridges leaving which was posted on Twitter by @KensingtonRoyal appeared significantly more filled-out than the arrival, so maybe a casting call went out for crowd extras or maybe the masses just get more excited by their departure and feel its worth lining up for.
Both Prince William and Kate continued to look chillaxed at Keech Hospice. This is the first time I’ve seen Prince William hold a knife and not been secretly worried he’d turn and use it on the press.
Crazy, right? Rebecca English even got close enough on Wednesday at the first engagement to take these pics of Prince William without spooking him.
Watching the events unfold on Twitter, I started wondering if the Cambridges were stoned or if I was stoned or if we collectively as a society were stoned.
At Keech Hospice, Prince William had moments of humanity and compassion that made me like him more.
Normally those who have dealt with terrible tragedy are the ones who look like they’re trying to put Prince William at ease about having to be there. But to Prince William’s credit, he attempted to pull a Prince Harry and be all human and stuff.
I mean, obviously he’s no Prince Harry but Prince William did well considering he’s not used to the whole being all human and stuff thing.
At the third event of the day, Prince William and Kate presented the Queen’s Award for Enterprise to Hayward Tyler.
It looked pretty Dullsville so I didn’t pay much attention but it’s supposed to be a prestigious award.
On Thursday, Prince William and Kate looked less chillaxed than the previous day at a YoungMinds visit. YoungMinds provides hotline support to parents whose children have mental health issues. Prince William and Kate met with volunteers and listened in on some of the calls.
While Kate provided the sartorial interest, it was Prince William’s comments that dominated the press.
During the YoungMinds engagement, Prince William admitted he had feels.
I can relate.
In writing about these events, I often struggle to find the point. While visits from the Cambridges do get the charity names in the papers to be read and quickly forgotten, it seems the same level of awareness could easily be obtained if they were photographed wearing a t-shirt with the charity’s name. This last event seems unnecessarily invasive for those who use the hotline. If I called somewhere for help, I would be very upset to discover that Prince William and Kate were possibly listening in as part of an official royal engagement, it would feel like a betrayal of confidentiality and privacy that would make me hesitate to reach out again for help. Can anyone just listen in like that? I really hope callers were made aware their conversations were being listened to and used for educational purposes. Additionally, while Prince William’s statements about feeling emotional do humanize and create empathy for him, they also make it seem like some of the issues faced by those who call the hotline might be too great of a burden for some volunteers. A lot of people don’t reach out for help because they have reached a state of hopelessness where they don’t want to burden others with the issues that are dragging them down while conversely others feel their struggles are too insignificant to bother others with. All mental health issues are equally important just as all people are equally important.
These past two days of engagements undoubtedly benefitted Prince William’s image but still leave me questioning the ultimate impact on the charities.