Prince William and Kate Middleton, known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are “ridiculous” and should lose their public funding, the lawmaker who represents the royal couple’s West London district has said. Emma Dent Coad, elected this spring to represent Kensington as a left-wing Labour Party member of parliament (MP), laid into her two famous constituents and the “whole system” of the British royal family at a party conference event, Sky News reported.
“Their MP thinks the system is ridiculous,” she told an audience at the event on the fringes of her party’s most important annual meeting. “We should not be funding them.”
Dent Coad also said that it was “disgusting” that the Duchess had bought jumpers for the sum of £150 ($201) each. “That’s a food bill for a family of four,” she said. “That’s absolutely outrageous.” Dent Coad also criticized Britain’s national broadcaster, the BBC, calling it: “A piece of the whole propaganda machine.” She lashed out at its “sickeningly gratuitous coverage of anything royal” and accused it of being “very heavily directed by right-wing politics and the monarchy.”
The royal couple are based in Kensington Palace, which falls within the Kensington parliamentary constituency. Unlike the queen, the pair do not actually receive a direct “sovereign grant” from the government. Instead, they receive income from the Duchy of Cornwall, which is a private royal estate established by Edward III in 1337. But some sovereign grant funding is used to pay for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official travel, and to maintain Kensington Palace.
An area with much extreme wealth, Kensington also has pockets of deprivation. Grenfell Tower, an apartment block that left dozens of poor residents dead and hundreds more homeless when it burned down in a huge blaze this summer, is also in Dent Coad’s constituency. Dent Coad’s victory in the area was a surprise, as the constituency is normally represented by the right-wing Conservative Party.
Did Kris Jenner Force Kylie To Get Pregnant?
As usual rumors about the Kardashian-Jenner family are flying, and this time they’re saying that momager Kris Jenner may have orchestrated Kylie Jenner’s pregnancy.
Given the that ratings on her daughter’s TV spin-off tanked despite hyping what turned out to be a fake marriage ceremony, some believe the 20-year-old’s latest pregnancy news is an attempt by the momager to get “Life of Kylie” another season.
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“There is a very good chance it will continue because Kardashian pregnancies always do well,” a source told Radar Online of the maternity news.
According to Forbes, Life of Kylie’s premiere garnered about 1.1 million viewers — the smallest premiere audience for a Kardashian-based series since 2008 — which paled in comparison to the 2.1 million viewers who tuned into the premiere of Rob & Chyna.
As fans know, Kourtney and Kim Kardashian’s pregnancies were documented on Keeping Up with the Kardashians and the storylines tended to play very well with fans. The show recently celebrated it’s 10-year anniversary, and continues to be the highest rated series on the E! network.
“Many believe that Kylie’s motivation for getting pregnant with Travis Scott’s baby was to get back at Tyga, but that is not actually the whole truth,” another insider says. “Kylie was devastated by her spin-off’s ratings, and knew that she needed something big if she was going to get another season.”
While E! has yet to make an official on statement about whether or not Kylie’s show will be renewed, those close to the family claim it was a shock to the clan — especially to the Kylie Cosmetics founder — that Life of Kylie failed to reach expectations.
“She was really hoping that this was going to be her big break and that it would land her a huge future in reality TV,” an informant dishes. “She was hoping for spinoff’s as well!”
“After reading some of the reviews, Kylie just realized how far removed from reality she really is,” the source adds. “She didn’t know how detached she was until she saw how people reacted to her show. She is not a happy person to begin with and all this show did was solidify that to her fans.”
Though Kris says her youngest daughter is “not confirming anything” about the pregnancy at the moment, Caitlyn Jenner’s rep recently told The Sun the Olympian was informed about the baby “some time ago.” The family is said has to have not taken the news very well when Kylie told them she was pregnant.
“Her first reaction was, ‘Seriously?’” a source close to Kim, who is currently expecting her third child via surrogate with Kanye West, tells People. “She didn’t respond well at first. It’s like she and Kanye had gone on this whole journey to get pregnant for months, and now this happens to Kylie. She teared up. It definitely took a lot of time for her to process it.”
“It came out of nowhere,” the insider adds. “It was the last thing on their radar. Kylie is just 20 and hasn’t been with [boyfriend Travis] for very long. So no one saw this coming.”