The Daily Mail suffered backlash from readers following an article about Kate Middleton deemed as cruel and unfair. Daily Mail columnist Sarah Vine mocked the Duchess of Cambridge’s tired look after Christmas shopping, blaming the princess for being a perfectionist.
In the article titled “No wonder Kate looks shattered,” Vine claims that having Prince George and Prince Charlotte on top of Royal engagements made the Duchess look older than her actual age of 30. Vine went on saying that the Duchess has no one to blame but herself for attending to roles of both a mother and a member of the royal family. The writer based her conclusion from a paparazzi photo of the Duchess coming from her Christmas shopping.
Readers were furious. Many slammed the Daily Mail for the cruel depiction of the Duchess of Cambridge. Some said it was unfair to be judged that way when Middleton was only attending to the responsibility only normal for a mother. A columnist for The Guardian said, “To put it kindly, it was one of the most risible and childish pieces of journalism I’ve ever read, even by the low standards of royal ‘reporting.’ But it was also unnecessarily personal and nasty.” Morning News USA lifted quotes from the controversial article:
“With her normally lustrous and bouncy hair scraped into an updo and her eyes puffy and lined, the 33-year-old Duchess of Cambridge looked absolutely shattered as she left Peter Jones, the Sloane Square department store.”
“Some online critics unkindly suggested that Kate – wrapped up in a £325 houndstooth coat from Reiss – looked closer to 40 than 30.”
“The idea that she might cut herself some slack after an exhausting week and curl up in front of the telly with a plate of crumpets and a cup of tea is inconceivable to someone as personally uncompromising as Kate.”
“These pictures might just show her – and be the wake-up call she needs to finally do what everyone is probably begging her to do: slow down, stop being such a perfectionist and have a well-deserved rest.”
The Telegraph, meanwhile, used the same photos of Middleton in one article. The feature, however, drew attention to the fact that the Duchess bought many wipe-clean PVC table cloth, suggesting that the mother might be preparing for the chaos that overly excited Prince George might make for their Christmas dinner. The article also noted that Christmas is the time that Princess Charlotte starts to munch on her own solid food. “Duchess appeared relaxed, if a little tired, as she shopped on Friday,” The Telegraph said.
Prince William and Middleton decided to have a traditional Christmas celebration at their family home at Anmer Hall. The Duke said they would just spend the day watching Prince George unwrap his Christmas gifts.