Duchess Kate & Prince William’s Has Sparked Anger In UK Women

The announcement that Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton are expecting another baby should have been a joyful one.

And for most people the news was definitely something to celebrate.

Fans rushed to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as Kensington Palace confirmed the pregnancy, revealing Kate is suffering again from the debilitating morning sickness Hyperemesis Gravidarum .

Baby number three will make the Cambridges a family of five (Image: AFP)

We can look forward to a day in the near future where the whole world’s eyes are trained on one tiny door of a London hospital, waiting for the couple to carry out their blanket-wrapped bundle of joy.

But for many, the announcement was a bitter pill to swallow.

It came in the same year the Tories introduced a cap on the number of children for which struggling parents can claim child tax credits to help with the cost of raising them.

Mums and dads can now only claim the credits – which can be worth up to £2,780 per year for each child – for their first two kids and not their third, nor any subsequent sons or daughters.

There are a few exceptions – regarding adoption, multiple births and kinship care – but one was branded ‘disgusting’.

If a single mum can prove she has been raped or was in an abusive relationship at the time of conception, then she will be excused from the ban.

A woman can claim for a third or subsequent child if it was conceived “as a result of a sexual act which you didn’t or couldn’t consent to” or “at a time when you were in an abusive relationship, under ongoing control or coercion by the other parent of the child”.

Dubbed the ‘rape clause’ by campaigners, the controversial caveat has been criticised widely ever since it was introduced in the Budget in 2015 and especially when it came into effect in April this year.

The main concern is that a woman who has been subjected to such horrendous abuse should not have to justify receiving the credits by filling in an application.


Now that Kate and Will have announced their third, the issue is being brought back into the public consciousness again, sparking a wave of anger on social media.

Many are questioning why taxpayers should shell out money for another royal baby when people in struggling households don’t receive help for theirs.

There’s a small issue with that, though, as the Cambridges aren’t funded by the Queen’s Sovereign Grant – Her Majesty received £41.9million in the 2016-2017 period – but rather receive their income from the Duchy of Cornwall, run by Will’s father Prince Charles.

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry do both receive support from the Queen’s Grant-in-Aid funding for assistance with official travel and property.

Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William with their newborn baby daughter Charlotte (Image: PHILIP COBURN)

But they also have full-time military roles, for which they receive a salary.

Instead of directing anger at Will and Kate, perhaps we should be questioning the Tory government on their decision.

Prince William Awkwardly Disses Stepmother Camilla

Uh Oh!: Prince William Awkwardly Disses Stepmother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in Princess Diana Documentary. Well, that was a bit uncomfortable! Prince William and his younger brother, Prince Harry, candidly spoke out about their mother, Princess Diana, in a new documentary about the late royal — and in one of the TV special’s scenes, William awkwardly dissed his stepmother, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Prince Harry with Camilla Parker Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

In Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy — which aired on HBO on Monday, July 24 — William, 35, was candidly asked by an interviewer how he is keeping Diana’s memory alive for his two young children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. “We’ve got more photos up around the house now of her and we talk about her a bit and stuff. It’s hard, because obviously [my wife, Kate Middleton], didn’t know her, so she cannot really provide that, that level of detail,” he began.

Camilla’s popularity suffered after it emerged Prince Charles cheated on Princess Diana with her. Credit PA

“So, I do regularly when putting George or Charlotte to bed, talk about her and just try and remind them that there are two grandmothers — there were two grandmothers — in their lives. So, it’s important that they know who she was and that she existed,” William continued. Interestingly, William seemed to emphasize that his children only have two grandmas, his mother, Diana, and Kate’s mom, Carole Middleton. But what about Camilla?

More Britons are ready to accept Camilla as Queen – but a most would prefer Diana. Credit PA

We’re guessing William’s awkward exclusion of his stepmother, Camilla, as a grandmother-figure in his children’s lives was not intentional — especially since the father-of-two and Harry have spoken out in the past about their admiration for Camilla. “She’s a wonderful woman, and she’s made our father, [Prince Charles], very, very happy, which is the most important thing. William and I love her to bits,” Harry once said in a 2005 interview.

Camilla and Princess Kate at the Trooping of the Colour Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

According to PopSugar, William’s wife, Kate, also gets along just fine with Camilla. In fact, when Kate tied the knot with William in April 2011, Camilla reportedly gave her new stepdaughter-in-law a special bracelet inscribed with both of their first initials. How sweet!

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 09: (L-R) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the Observance for Commonwealth Day Service At Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by John Stillwell/ – WPA Pool/Getty Images)