Okay, I’m only going to agree to half of that. ALL royals know where the cameras are and ALL use that to their advantage. That is why you see them slowly turn their heads from side to side when walking the red carpet. They are not supposed to stand and pose like some celebrity so this is how they stay in connection with their “good side” and the cameras. QEII does this, Camilla does this, William does this, Harry does this, etc. Additionally, celebrities do many things like this as well. I recently read a book about stars and the red carpet, and it detailed how some celebs get there before the event starts so that they know where the cameras are and how their positioned so that they can walk the carpet gracefully and always be in the proper position for a good photo. It’s just how things are.
Now with the last part of your statement, I do not think she was trying to “manipulate them to capture how sad she [was].” I think she was trying to really portray how “moved” she was by the ballet dancers’ performance. Like I said in my post from last night, many public figures will exaggerate their emotions or responses to an engagement so that the photogs can get a good picture (or many good pictures). I think Diana was trying to give the photogs a good shot of her enjoying and being enraptured by the performance.
I was actually talking with a few people about the glitzy engagements. They all say something along the lines of William and Kate not listening to their PR team. Because really, their team is the best in the business and are professionals in their fields. So with that in mind, they had to of known that going to only glitzy events (even if there’s some sort of charitable endeavor behind them) would not go over well with the public and/or would not look good on paper. So, I think (and others agree) that William and Kate just do what they want because the thought of an entire PR team not thinking something like this through is just completely unheard of.
I don’t think it’s a big FU though. If anything, I think it’s a more of “I know what I’m doing” and/or “let’s just try to up our numbers before the numbers of the Court Circular are published!” I think like many people they think they know everything and have everything under control. It’s when something bad happens, numbers slip, and/or they hit rock bottom that they will find out that they don’t know everything. I don’t think that’s going to happen for a while since SJP and the media has been trying to always make William and Kate the victims to something instead of holding them responsible.
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