Well, the Cambridges posed for a family photo for Prince William’s GQ article and the family portrait that was released is… well, it’s just bloody awful.
It’s like The Addam’s Family on acid. I’m not sure why George is crawling into the photo, he’s going the wrong way. Run George, run! And take your sister, who is presumably looking at her nanny out of frame, with you.
Remember how creepy and lifeless the family photo taken for Kate Middleton’s first Mother’s Day was?
It’s like the photographer for this GQ piece, Norman Jean Roy, looked at that one and said, “Hold my beer.”
I’ve got an inner goth girl and would describe my personal aesthetic as Haunted Bordello, but even I wouldn’t have this copy of GQ in my home for fear the maniacally grinning Kate would crawl from the pages and attempt to devour my soul. More hair has been PhotoShopped on Prince William, but his head still looks like a menacing floating orb, his grimacing smile that of a demonic Bugs Bunny.
How are they finding these photographers, do they say “Beetlejuice” three times and ask him for a recommendation?
In the Daily Mail article, there is a quote from Prince William reflecting on his mother’s death: “I still find it difficult now because at the time it was so raw. And also it is not like most people’s grief, because everyone else knows about it, everyone knows the story, everyone knows her.”
To be fair, one of the first things grief counselors are taught is that no two people grieve the same but quite a few people took issue with Prince William’s choice of words in comment sections and on social media with one cherished member of this community summarizing it on Twitter as “elitist”. I have tremendous sympathy for Prince William and can’t imagine what it was like for him at such a young age, but the phrasing makes it seem like he’s saying his grief is special because his mother was famous.
Prince William was also quoted as saying, “I want George to grow up in a real, living environment, I don’t want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there. I will fight for them to have a normal life.”
Does Prince William mean the normal life George has at the Anmer Hall Fortress of Solitude and occasionally Kensington Palace from which he only ever seems to escape when accompanied by Nanny Maria or sometimes Carole Middleton? And that normal life, that’s amongst the taxpayers who are threatened with lawsuits should they dare take a photo of George despite it being perfectly legal, right? Or will actors be cast and sets made to create charming little plays about real life as Marie Antoinette enjoyed doing? Normalcy is such a lark. For a really good time, Prince William should try giving it a go without all the taxpayer-funded perks. The rest of us are having a blast.
If Prince William truly wants George to grow up in “a real, living environment”, the first step would probably be putting an end to the spooky family portraits that make the Cambridges look like menacing specters. Even poor Lupo looks like some black shadow figure hunting for ghost prey.