Last month when news of Prince William's boozy day on the ski slopes broke, the story was that Kate was in Bucklebury with her parents. It turns out that was not quite the case. Her kids were, I think, which is probably why the story circulated she was there, too. In reality, Kate joined Pippa and a few close friends on a ski weekend in the run-up to Pippa's wedding. That's right, the Hen Party (for my UK fans), aka Bachelorette Party (for all you Yanks) was the same weekend that William had his guys' weekend.
|Kate in Klosters in 2008|
In a sweet exclusive, Emily Andrews of the Sun has broken the story of the wedding weekend getaway. Apparently, the Middletons paid for the private jet that ferried Kate, Pippa, and her girlfriends, and William, and his pals, to France. Once they landed, the group split, with the boys heading to Verbier and the ladies trekking south to Méribel.
The Middleton family has traveled to a number of exclusive ski resorts, and Méribel is particularly notable for the year after William and Kate's marriage when the couple joined the Middletons on a ski holiday there. That was certainly a popular Hello! spread:
Kate wore the same ski ensemble for the Hen Party trip that she has worn on multiple occasions. She was snapped in her red ski pants and white E+O ski coat she has been sporting for years and her red ski pants that are also favorites. This is the same get-up she wore in 2016 for the little family's first holiday together.
According to Emily Andrews, the girls stayed at a very exclusive establishment where they were absolutely pampered by maids and a private chef, as you'd expect. They were even gifted lots of goodies by the owners, who were doubtless pretty jazzed to score the Middleton party:
“They were given Swatch watches, Ugg slippers, leather-bound notebooks and bespoke fragrances. It was a very small, private party and they had an amazing time.”
Andrews also revealed that William had enough to drink at his boozy slope-side lunch that he was not permitted to ski, but was escorted down the mountain instead. I don't think we have to leap to the conclusion he was entirely trashed. Skiing the Alps can be a dangerous game at the best of times. I will say that there have been times when I have gotten off the lift and surveyed the striking and beautiful expanse of white snow sloping down in front of me and thought, "dear God, is there some alternative way you can get me down this hill?" So now I know, find a little watering hole and preclude yourself from the pleasure. :)
There has been chatter that this news "absolves" William of his lunch date with the 24-year old. If you held all along that a guys weekend wasn't the problem, but the luncheon was, then this news doesn't change the facts. I do think that is throws the boys weekend into a more sympathetic light. Even though everyone said they didn't have a problem with William taking a weekend away, somewhere deep down many were probably feeling it was odd that William got a vacay while Kate watched the kids. Of course, there was no reason to think at the time that Kate doesn't have the occasional girls weekend, but, well...we certainly haven't heard of any. So, discovering that both spouses were enjoying some downtime with their respective pals does shift the balance toward a more equal playing field. Happily, I think the Verbier incident is in the rear-view, so we don't have to over think it.
I didn't report all of the details that Emily provided, so you'll have the pleasure of reading for yourself. You can pop over and read the article here.