Star: Duchess Kate was worried when Prince William met model Bar Refaeli

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For whatever record, I don’t believe most of this Star Magazine story. But I wanted to talk about it anyway, because it’s one of the funniest things I’ve read about the royals in a long time. A few weeks ago, Prince William went on a “Middle East tour,” visiting Jordan and Israel and doing some tourist things and some soft-diplomacy things. It was a politically sensitive trip, and from what I saw of it, William behaved himself and didn’t commit any minor or major gaffes. Israel rolled out the red carpet for him, and in Tel Aviv, he attended a big party with several Israeli celebrities and luminaries, including model Bar Refaeli. Bar got on her social media to rave about meeting William, calling him “Prince Charming” and saying, “He is very, very charming. I think both he and his brother are good looking — but he is the best looking prince in the world.” Laying it on a bit thick, right? That’s what the Duchess of Cambridge thought too. From Star:

Not even three months after welcoming son Louis into the royal family, Prince William was jetting off on official business to the Middle East – and he left Duchess Kate worried sick when she caught wind of an eyebrow-raising Instagram Story from Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli!

Meeting with William at a private party in Tel Aviv, Bar bragged on social media with videos of the two rubbing shoulders, dubbing William “Prince Charming.”

“Bar’s comments about Will being so handsome raised several red flags for Kate,” a source tells Star. “He’s rarely known to be charming. In fact, he’s had to work on his gruff, guarded manner since he was a young man beginning official public life.”

And while Kate may see her own husband as a looker, it’s not every day the balding aristocrat is thrown a bone! “No one has called Will ‘handsome’ since he was a teen,” says our snitch. “Kate wanted to know what went on behind closed doors to make Bar say that.”

Kate is apparently mistrustful of Will when he’s overseas because he’s surrounded by “yes men” and could get away with anything.

“It’s hard for Kate, She’s juggling three kids while her husband is off meeting supermodels!”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

I laughed so hard at “Bar’s comments about Will being so handsome raised several red flags for Kate.” Kate’s Red Flags, according to Star Mag: any woman who compliments William for being charming or handsome. Star’s version of Kate knows her egg-husband well. They’ve been married for more than seven years, and they’ve been together for most of the past 18 years. She knows Egg is not handsome OR charming and she’s prepared to fight any bitch who thinks he is. LMAO.

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  1. Pandora says:

    Looking at their portraits, they do share several features. No wonder Bar thinks of him as handsome.

  2. Zapp Brannigan says:

    Bar Refaeli’s pr people will be getting a nice bonus this month! Well played pr.

    Also “No one has called Will ‘handsome’ since he was a teen,” says our snitch. “Kate wanted to know what went on behind closed doors to make Bar say that.” I may never stop laughing at this story!

    • Jegede says:

      LMAO. Exactly I’m more inclined to believe Bar’s people happily planted these stories.

      Her mother goes hardcore for any Stateside PR to get her daughter attention.

      And William may not be techinically hot anymore but his body is still banging 100% for me.

      Him and King Felipe I’ll happily have one to ones with.

      • Rhys says:

        Of course it’s just a PR piece. I don’t know why anyone would take it seriously.
        I think Kate doesn’t care either way. She has everything she wanted, why should she worry about some silly supermodels? She is living THE life.

      • Oh wow, Rhys, you’re taking this pretty hard. Of course no one believes William is charming.

  3. Who ARE These People? says:

    “Get your hands off my ugly, doltish husband!”

    “He may be a clod, but he’s MY clod!”

  4. AnnaKist says:

    I made a big, but pretty dismal-looking, meringue for pavlova yesterday, that resembled the frou-frou headpiece the duchess is wearing. Some whipped cream, strawberries, passionfruit and kiwi fruit on top and it was delicious. Eh, what’s the big deal? Will is going to meet all sorts of beautiful women in his lifetime.

  5. Loopy says:

    Haha the shade is this post is Hilarious. I remember when Will started his Uni what a he just looks like a barely younger version of Prince Edward. Why doesn’t he get some top notch hair transplant.

    • Olenna says:

      Agree! That “snitch” was seriously having a good laugh while making this sh*t up.

    • Lizabeth says:

      Where Edward has hair @Loopy, it looks pretty thick. I’m not sure that’s true for Will’s remaining hair. So I kind of doubt Will has enough areas that could be harvested to provide donor hair for the top without leaving noticeably thin areas in the back.

      • perplexed says:

        I think William is better looking than Edward even without hair. Something about Edward’s face is really bland.

    • Elisa says:

      Yep, I recently saw an old picture of William and did a double-take because he really WAS good-looking. Now, not so much. Some men just age badly I guess.

      • Green Girl says:

        He was incredibly hot when he was in university and I think he really resembled his mom’s side of the family. Whenever I come across the photos of him at C&C’s wedding, I always think “Whoa, who’s that?!?”

  6. perplexed says:

    I thought Bar Raefeli is married.

    “…best-looking prince in the world.” Compared to Prince Albert, I guess he is.

  7. JaneDoesWork says:

    Ugh Bar has no shame. I’ve found her vile ever since the stories of her not paying taxes AND skirting military service came out. She just strikes me as feeling very entitled.

    • Rhys says:

      If I was told by my government that I must do military service I’d find a way to avoid it and do it. To hell with the idea that regular people should take up the responsibility for politician’s inadequacy.

      • JaneDoesWork says:

        But she didn’t avoid it because she didn’t believe people should be required to perform two years of military service, she avoided it because she believed SHE shouldn’t be required to because she’s pretty. If you don’t believe in military mandatory service thats a whole different thing than just skirting it (cough Donald “bone spurs” Trump cough cough)

  8. lobbit says:

    Best looking prince in the world? Has she SEEN Prince Carl Philip of Sweden??!

    • anna says:

      Oh, no, no Prince Carl is so sleazy! looks like std to me. Or drugs.

      • Lobbit says:

        He goes heavy on the hair product but idk what “looks like std is supposed to mean. And how is he sleazy? He’s been linked to two women – one of them is his wife. Idgi.

    • LizB says:

      Yeah, seriously. And Haakon is a hunk of delicious. Daniel is not bad either. Even at 50, Frederick has something William doesn’t. Gravitas? Character? I dunno.

      • Jessica says:

        Agreed on Haakon and Frederick. Both still have a full head of hair.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        Haakon still has it going on, I prefer him with the beard – same with Felipe. Frederick has a cool salt and pepper look going on which i like.

      • Lobbit says:

        Agreed. Haakon is aging like fine wine – so is Felipe. And Frederick is sooo attractive – boyishly handsome at 50. Love it.

    • Lady D says:

      Carl Philippe enjoys big game hunting. Made him really ugly, really fast.

  9. Jay says:

    OMG this is hilarious!

  10. Shambles says:

    Eh. I think it’s a little rude to be THAT openly flirty/gawky over someone you know is married unless their partner is in on it. If Kate was there and she was gawking TO Kate? Better. If she and Kate were friends? Better. But I think this is rude. Not the worst thing in the world, but rude. Do I think Kate cares? No. She got her crown and her babies and her royal life. So that I don’t believe.

  11. Vicsy says:

    Bar’s husband also looks like an egg (and very much similar to her dad) and she is crazy in love with him and has 2 baby girls. I think she was just gushing, Israel is not used to uk princes visiting and Wills was an icon back in the day. All the media and celebs sounded shocked that he is actually a nice human!

  12. Red says:

    Wow Bar has not aged well, just like Wills. She was really pretty when she dated Leo DiCaprio. I know when I want inside true dirt on the royals, I go to Star. They obviously have all the inside sources.

    • minx says:

      Yeah, what happened to her? Looks like too much sun.

    • Killjoy says:

      I recall her as being super pretty when she was dating Leo too, but looking at old photos, I think she just fit the popular mid-2000′s aesthetic of bland, athletic, highlighted blonde. And she was like 20 when she was dating Leo.

      • Leigh says:

        I’ve always thought Leo’s “girls” have had nice “model” bodies, but I’ve never thought any of them were that pretty, at least not compared to others in their world. Probably because Leo doesn’t bother spending any time looking at that area on their body where words issue from.

  13. liriel says:

    Tacky on Bar’s part.

    • minime says:

      ye…that’s my only take on this story…super tacky and embarrassing.

      • Carrie1 says:


        As an aside, I’ve legit wondered if Will recently had his jowls removed or something because he’s starting to resemble the attractive young face he had pre-jowls. Maybe I’m the only one seeing this, I don’t know.

  14. ks says:

    I guess I stand alone, but I think he is handsome.

    • I’ll come sit with you on the bench of shame. I think he’s pretty hot too.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        With his scanty hair and yellow teeth? Lol…..Yeah….. I’m going to take that bench you’re sitting on and slowly push it into the overgrown, cobwebby section of the garden

      • Because mocking people because their preferences differ is totally ok. I am sure women with baldness and yellow teeth appreciate the vote of confidence…

      • Leigh says:

        @talkingEd calm down, @belledupont was clearly just joking around. Man, even lighthearted gossip blogs are filled with people getting all pissy with each other.

    • minx says:

      I think there are times he can look very handsome, sometimes less so.

    • homeslice says:

      I don’t think he’s bad at all. The only problemo I have are the teeth. I love me some good straight, white teeth on anyone.
      I know everyone is gaga over Harry, but I don’t think he’s all that either. Both Windsor men definitely married up.
      As for Bar, why does she look greasy in that picture??

      Btw if had to pick a royal dude, I’d take Felipe. He looks like a gentleman.

      • minx says:

        Harry doesn’t do all that much for me either. Hopefully he doesn’t go completely bald, don’t think that would be a great look for him.

      • magnoliarose says:

        Felipe IS a gentleman. He used to come to New York back in the 90s with his Spanish aristocratic friends and visit the Greek prince. My older sibs used to hang out in the same places and their circles overlapped. I have even met him and I can only say good things. He’s gracious and nice. He kind of reminds me of Keanu Reeves in that he doesn’t rush people who fawn or are excited to meet him. Letizia is very lucky and I am not surprised he married someone he loved outside of his class.

        W and H’s looks aren’t my thing. I like Harry better based on charm and he puts in an effort. I like his persona better.

      • homeslice says:

        That’s good to know about Felipe! I’ve always gotten a good vibe from him…and yes, Letizia is very lucky!!

      • Carrie1 says:

        Same here about Felipe. He’s the only one of all of them I like and find incredibly attractive. After him, Colin Firth, who is my pretend royalty 😊

      • Bella DuPont says:

        I’ve seen Harry in person on a couple of occasions (never spoken though, sadly) and i don’t think his pictures do him justice. He’s a lot better looking in real life. (iMHO of course)

      • liriel says:

        Magnoliarose, what a cute story! I love such gents.

      • Leigh says:

        Yes, I feel like I’m missing something when everyone falls all over themselves about Harry. He does nothing for me and I’m actually quite into redheads!

    • perplexed says:

      I don’t think he’s unattractive. He’s fit and in shape. I’m not convinced a lot of men his age are. It’s just that he was so startlingly handsome when he was young, it’s hard not to notice the difference, Though to be fair, I think he might have the same face, just with no hair.

      People say Kate wanted him for his status, but he was so attractive when he was 20 I can believe she could have wanted him for his looks too.

    • Tigerlily says:

      He’s definitely not dropdead handsome as he was as a uni student but I do think he is still a good looking man. I guess a head of hair isn’t super important to me. My 65 year old hubby has been balding since he was in his late 20′s so….shrug.

      • Bella DuPont says:


        Yeah….on paper, I’m aggressively shallow, but in real life, it’s always the tall, quiet, bookish guy sitting alone in the corner I end up falling hard for.

    • Scram says:

      He looks like a beaver. Cute beaver with a hat on, distinguished beaver with glasses on, and standard beaver when it’s just his face.

  15. Eve says:

    Lol @ this story.

    But I have to say, it’s really quite remarkable how much William’s looks have changed in just a decade. He was so cute as a young boy/student, and now he truly resembles an egg. And he’s not even middle-aged yet.

    By the way, I wouldn’t put it past him to cheat. He IS an entitled manchild who treated Kate like a doormat for much of their courtship. But he would never cheat with someone like Bar Refaeli. It would be someone aristocratic, someone in his upper class environment who would never leak the story to the press.

    • minx says:

      IMO he doesn’t have the greatest head shape for a balding guy…hence the egg look.

    • magnoliarose says:

      He would cheat with someone “like” Bar but not long term. She is too eager for attention that she would never be able to keep it to herself. Discretion is not her strong suit. Bar would be all about it if she could pull it off.

    • liriel says:

      Yep, Bar wouldn’t keep it law key. I remember when William was gorgeous. A decade later, he didn’t gain weight that much, yet is bold and totally opposite the persona.

  16. Miss E says:

    It sounds like something a 12 year old girl would say.

    • LizB says:

      I did say it when I was 12 years old LOL

      Like, 20 years ago…

    • perplexed says:

      That’s why I found it odd too.

      The way she worded it was rather funny, and maybe Kate was wondering why she sounded 12, not that she called William handsome.

  17. LizB says:

    Best looking prince in the world? Girl, you must not know any other princes besides William and Harry, because Europe has some good lookers, even into middle age. William? He was hot when he was younger and he’s not ugly now, but really.

  18. Iknow says:

    When did William begin to bald? It’s like one day I blinked and his hair was gone

  19. Grace says:

    Beaver teeth…bald eagle ….surly attitude … yep a real catch

  20. Alexandria says:

    Bar really sounds fake here.

  21. Shannon says:

    This is too funny!!! And I can totally see this – I remember some chick going on and on about my husband (at the time) having such a banging body. I was like, “Uh. Yeah. Except he doesn’t.” So I was pretty pissed off and wtf LOL

    Honestly, pretty tacky of Bar, and I wouldn’t blame Kate for being miffed.

    • Kirsh says:

      It’s just a weird ass comment, dude you are married Mother of 2, why would you choose this expression?!

  22. Cerys says:

    Bar may need to get her eyes tested if she thinks Whiny Willy is the best-looking prince in the world but each to their own. I would prefer Felipe or Fred but I doubt they would prefer me to their own lovely wives. Lol
    If another woman ever comes along, Whiny will do what he wants and Kate will be expected to look the other way. That trait runs in the Windsor family.

    • homeslice says:

      That makes me super sad given all that Chuck and Di went through…

    • magnoliarose says:

      Maybe she doesn’t care anymore. I picture Kate being somewhat over it. I know it would shock everyone but maybe she, like Diana is developing her own separate love life. I wouldn’t judge and I wouldn’t blame her if she did

      • homeslice says:

        I don’t know. I think she really loves/loved Will. I would guess that even if you accept something, there is still a part deep down that would bother you. I feel the same about TQ. She loved Phil, and accepted his shortcomings, but I believe she was terribly hurt by him.

      • Carrie1 says:

        I feel same as you @homeslice. The thing Kate has is solid family of origin she can turn to. They appear to remain respectful and strong together despite their own other relationships. That’s a rock solid family. So I don’t worry about Kate but will really not like Will much if/when he cheats. I’ve got a feeling he might but really hope not. She deserves better and his kids do too.

      • perplexed says:

        I keep wondering who want to cheat with William. With Charles, Camilla wouldn’t let go. She was as determined as Diana to keep hold of him. Seriously, they were like two sides of the same coin. They both wanted him and didn’t want the other one to “win” him. I can’t picture anyone today being as determined as Camilla was. Or wanting to put up with press scrutiny if it all came out. I think Camilla is built differently. That scandal with that level of humiliation would have broken other women.

        And if no one wanted to marry William because of the press, why would they want to run the risk of being outed by the press as a mistress (which would be worse).

        I’m not saying someone wouldn’t be willing, but the question of who and why pops into my mind. He might want tp cheat, but who want to cheat with him is what I don’t get. The fall-out wouldn’t be worth it

      • magnoliarose says:

        Since we are all being gossipy…lol
        I guess I think of Kate as being like a lot of women with difficult husbands. She has matured and motherhood(for her) has probably been a big part of that. It can help someone see their partner a lot clearer when they see how they parent. Children can fill a lot of gaps in someone’s life and they can add extra reasons for getting on with things.
        At a certain point, it can’t be all about him anymore and he doesn’t even pretend to be besotted or loving. After all these years she knows who he is and in public, she doesn’t try to look so cohesive anymore. They stand next to each other without interacting much and she doesn’t look to him like she used to. He never helps her along or touches her or behaves with her like he used to either. I know some will say well they have been married 7 years but then Charles and Cam have been together longer and they still look slap happy to be together.
        I don’t think there is any animosity or anything I just think they are friends in a marriage without romance. The stories about them leading separate lives have been around for a year or so I guess and the ones about him cheating for way longer.
        Possibly she isn’t hurt at all. Odd as it sounds sometimes people just make peace with things like this. It always fascinates me when someone doesn’t care that their partner steps out.

        She just seems lighter and happier than she ever has and I don’t think it is just Louis. It will be interesting to see how many engagements they do with just the two of them from now on. Doesn’t she just seem more together? I can’t be imagining it. It isn’t like I am an ardent fan.

        I think if we ever found out who he skulked around with it would probably be a woman from his class who is also married. I would bet it would be someone he already knows with some flings thrown in and I would bet William thinks it is just done. That is what royal marriage is.

      • liriel says:

        I believe she loves her kids more and she has 3 of them so that’s plenty.
        She’s beaming around Louis, you can’t fake it. With William passion is probably gone but when their phones were hacked he was surprisingly nice to her. Maybe she’s over William, she wouldn’t be the only one in such a marriage. But it’s all speculation. I also believe she’d be very discreet about it.

    • Aurelia says:

      Get her eyes tested … should have gone to spec savers.

    • Mrs. Smith says:

      @MagnoliaRose–ITA. I think now that Kate has weathered the Waity years, became a mom of three, has a secured place as the (eventual) POW/queen, the scales have fallen from her eyes. She knows her man. She knows the deal. And she doesn’t really care anymore, especially if it’s a two-way street with dalliances. Perhaps Ben Ainslie (or similar) will become available to her as the years roll by.

      • Spicecake38 says:

        I’m late to comment but here to agree with Mrs Smit and Magnoliarose.For various reasons I am happier in my marriage than ever and we have a gorgeous,brilliant teen daughter-she is our l❤️Ve,my husband and I are faithful and both successful and quite attractive people.We know where we stand with each other,and neither give a damn what people say about either of us,physical,educational ,monetarily or otherwise related.We aren’t physically affectionate in public but our friendship and love and devotion has only increased over 17 years together.When I battled breast cancer a few months ago he was my biggest supporter.I wouldn’t care what super model said he was great looking (far better and very Italian good looks)He way out does William or any other royal IMO.One may not see our love and commitment and devotion based on our daily communication physical or otherwise but it’s there ,and nobody else intimidates us.Certainly we are not in the eyes of the international community,but we have our life together and have our own interests as well.Not a big Kate and William fan ,but sometimes comfortable is the true meaning of love and happiness I know we’ve got there as regular people and think William and Kate are there too.She has her life and her babies I think Bar Refaeli is far from her radar.And Bar is looking a bit rough around the edges IMO but def still a beautiful lady,and I doubt she really wants William in any way.

    • Or they have a solid relationship?

      Kidding…I know that defies every narrative and secret glee espoused herein…

  23. D says:

    Vapid bish thinks he looks like her so she’s trying to make him out to be gorgeous they could both be 8 balls for Halloween and with those epic RhiRhi shaming chrome domes

  24. Jayna says:

    William was always so handsome. Then he began seriously balding and went through an awkward stage. He’s come out of that now and he looks good. I think he’s handsome, with a really nice physique. He’s tall. He has nice legs for a man. I find him charming in several video clips or interviews I’ve seen. But he’s not the best-looking prince.

    My sister has always thought he was handsome, even thorough his balding.

  25. magnoliarose says:


  26. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    Bar dated that flubby sack of STDs Leo so I don’t exactly consider her the pinnacle of good taste. William looks better when he’s doing things solo. His face brightens and he appears much calmer and open. But he’s still not the hottest prince out there by a mile. Frederik, Felipe, Haakon… Yep, there are better options in the middle-aged men.

    Kate’s been cheated on, at least during the dating years, and she was told what to expect after marriage and she went with it, anyway. William ditched his family over Easter to attend Jecca’s wedding and has been spotted on his men’s trip dancing and whatnot and Kate’s still putting up with it so it is what it is. She still looks at him like a puppy needing praise so she must be getting enough of it to to stick around. Whatever arrangement they have is working and that’s between the two of them.

  27. Mia at Home says:

    Well people lets all remember that it is a time honoured tradition for all males (and some females) in the Hose of Windsor to NEVER EVER be faithful to their spouse. This includes the lot that came before the Windors changed their German name. Don’t get blinded by the palace publicity machine of happy families they are just people but people with access to great wealth and privileged and flunky’s who will accommodate their wants and desires if required.

  28. Ms says:

    Kate is aging terribly.

  29. Bitsy says:

    Oh ish!! The hilarity of that writer…Thank you! That was a much needed laugh today.

  30. Jessie Mendoza says:

    kate will always be a thousand times prettier than bland bar

  31. fan says:

    He is good looking.

  32. Miss Gloss says:

    C’mon! He’s kind of cute, right? He’d be downright hot if he rolled up his sleeves and did some manual labor though. 😂😂😂

  33. Claire says:

    I’ve seen him in person. He has great skin and is rather handsome. Harry however is not that great looking. He’s going to end up looking like Charles unfortunately.

  34. Leigh says:

    Ouch, lol! I also laughed at Star referring to Rafaeli as a “supermodel”.

  35. Original T.C. says:

    The shade of it all! LOL.

    I’m not sure why people are taking it serious. Bar’s comments to me seem like a famous pop culture person from Israel flattering a famous guest to her country. I highly doubt she speaks like that. I can see a minister of culture begging her to take one for the team. LOL. Didn’t she skip out on her military service? This can be considered her duty to her country.

    I mean when we had the young royals here, Hollywood stars did the same. Reese Witherspoon gushed about Kate online. I think the source speaking for Kate was just poking at Wills.