Over the weekend, The Mail’s Katie Nichol, one of the few celebrity journalists with lots of access to Duchess Kate and the Middleton family, reported that Duchess Kate wasn’t “allowed” to work with a charity close to her heart. That charity was The Blue Heart Campaign, a non-profit advocacy group working with issues of human trafficking, sex slavery and more. The Blue Heart Campaign has ties with the United Nations, and that “tie” or “affiliation” was cited as the “reason” why Kate couldn’t work with the charity – something about how Kate is now a member of the royal family, and The Queen doesn’t want her family members working with the UN…? It was all very hazy, in my opinion.
Anyway, it looks like Kate’s attempt to throw the Queen under the bus for her (Kate’s) own laziness has just backfired: Kate and William have just announced that they are making a trip to Copenhagen to do a photo op for UNICEF. Gulp. Don’t they know that UNICEF is affiliated with the United Nations, even more so than The Blue Heart Campaign?!?!?
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got engaged in Kenya this time last year. Now, they’ve pledged to help the region they hold dear.
The pair, both 29, have announced they will visit a UNICEF center in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Nov. 2, where they will learn about efforts to distribute emergency food and medical supplies to East Africa.
Famine is afflicting more than 13 million people, and some 320,000 children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition and are at imminent risk of death without immediate assistance.
William and Kate are hoping their visit, along with the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark, “will seek to maintain global attention on the crisis in East Africa, an area well known to the Duke and Duchess, where the situation is getting worse,” their office at St. James’s Palace says in a statement.
During the visit, they will help pack food and medical provisions and be briefed by UNICEF staff about the situation in East Africa. William also backs charities like Tusk Trust and the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund that work to help the causes of conservation and education on the continent.
Good for them for doing the UNICEF trip and drawing attention to the ongoing crisis in East Africa. Now, Kate-defenders, tell me why she can’t be a UNICEF goodwill ambassador? Tell me why she can’t actually sign on to do long-term work with any organization affiliated (however loosely) with the United Nations?
The countdown has begun too – all of the palace spokespeople have set the date for “January” – that’s when we’ll hear about all of this “research” Kate has allegedly been doing (in between getting her hair done and shopping and dieting) and when she finally becomes a patroness to a list of charities. Do you think the date will change again? All of a sudden it will be, “Oh, she needs more princess training! Wait another six months.”
Photos courtesy of Fame & WENN.