Kate Middleton ‘reinforces worst image of Royal Family as work-shy’ says critic

Kate Middleton’s light workload "reinforces" negative images of the Royal Family being “work-shy” an expert has claimed.

According to Daniela Elser, News.com.au's royal correspondent, the Princess of Wales carries out relatively few royal engagements and is more expensive to the British taxpayer per event than others in the Firm.

She said that in October Kate only worked eight royal engagements yet this still counts as full-time service.

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Writing in news.com.au, she said: “There was a good two-week chunk in October, loosely covering the British half-term school holiday, and Kate often takes off chunks of time at school break.

“On one hand I have great sympathy for any parent who is able to do that but on the other … she has a 1000-plus-year-old institution to keep ticking over.

“Situations like this only reinforce the worst image of the royal family as overprivileged and work-shy.”

Her comments come as part of a discussion about the relatively very different workloads seen across the board among the senior royals,

Daniela pointed out that while Kate and William managed just eight royal engagements last month, Will’s aunt Princess Anne got through 37.

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While Kate and William took a trip to Northern Ireland, the Princess Royal headed to both the US and Uganda.

According to Elser, this is “a problem. A serious problem."

She wrote: “Kate’s very modest workload constitutes full-time royal duties. Let that sink in.”

But according to the columnist, this isn’t just bad for the British taxpayer, but the monarchy itself.

She claims this is because: “Once the misty-eyed affection for the late queen has dissipated and some fresh scandal hits His Majesty, not only the 73-year-old but the whole monarchy are likely to come in for a period of public reappraisal and re-evaluation.”

In other words, as the nation comes to terms with the new-look Royal Family, it is vital they appear to be pulling their weight.

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