The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released a new family photo for Mother’s Day (in the UK, which is March 30 – in the US, Mother’s Day isn’t until May). The photo features Prince William, Kate, Prince George, and Lupo at the window of Kensington Palace. William has his arm around Lupo, and Kate is holding George. George is looking at Lupo, and Lupo looks like he’s thinking, “Stop staring at me kid, you’re freaking me out.” Or he could be thinking, “Don’t touch me, please don’t touch me. It’s my tail/ears/whatever, leave me alone.” I wouldn’t be surprised if George was a tail puller.
I have to say, I’m not liking this photo. I mean, it’s nice that we got a new photo, but it’s not all intimate and loving and natural like the press is claiming. To me, this photo reads cold and distant. Is it a coincidence that we are viewing them through the window? It’s not an invitation into their intimate family moment—as other royal baby pictorials have been—it’s giving a peek into their family, but still blocking the viewer out. There is literally a wall there between the viewer and the Cambridges. It’s like they’re saying, “We’re in here, you are out there and you don’t get to come in.” It’s a reflection of William’s attitude toward the press and public.
Also, the photo is not a natural moment, it is very staged. The only one who is natural in that photo is George. Both William and Kate are overly posed. Kate’s expression is almost pained, like she can’t even muster up enough energy to fake her manic smiles she usually does (seriously, something must be really wrong with her if she can’t even pull out her manic, fake expressions). There is a disconnect between William and Kate. Had it not been for George looking at Lupo, I would say that the two halves (William and Lupo/Kate and George) had been taken separately and photoshopped together to form one picture. It’s very strange.
Also, this is more a criticism of the photographer, the picture is washed out; the color has been de-saturated. Jason Bell did this with the Christening photos, too. It’s an awful look. It makes the photo look even more dreary and lifeless.
The whole photo is cold, distant, dreary and lifeless. Why they went with this one to release is beyond me. If they were trying to show a happy family moment, they failed. You know what’s a happy family baby photo? This one. And this one. And this one. And this one. Oh, and this one, too. And those are just the top Google searches. There are plenty more. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting that from George.
Here’s the Daily Mail article about the photo. Everything I’ve said, they’ve said the opposite. The sycophancy is off the charts. I don’t know what photo they’re looking at, but it sure isn’t this new one. Oh, lol, I just realized who wrote the article: Katie Nicholl. No wonder it’s so sycophantic. Here’s the Express article. The Mirror article. People’s take.