Kate Middleton’s Children In Need appearance did not sit well with many BBC One viewers earlier this evening.
The future Queen of England, aged 41, kicked off the annual televised fundraiser at 7 pm with a pre-recorded video message. In the message, the mother-of-three stated that Children In Need is “all about helping to support, champion, and empower all children to be the very best they can be.”
Numerous individuals took to social media to argue that Kate, who wore a £315 Lisou blouse for the segment, wasn’t the best choice to open the show. Critics online tonight branded Kate, who briefly worked part-time as an accessories buyer with British retailer Jigsaw before Prince William proposed, as “tone-deaf” and “out of touch.”
“I hope Kate Middleton is going to announce a 10 per cent cut in Royal funding from public taxes. Think how much that would raise for charity,” one BBC viewer expressed on Twitter (aka X) following the royal’s speech, with another adding, “What the hell is Kate doing opening Children in Need? So out of touch. Not a good start.”
Many others agreed, with one unimpressed viewer criticizing the BBC on Twitter: “A billionaire opening the Children In Need show on BBC. Asking society for donations. Tone-deaf, @bbc…” Another disappointed social media user raged: “@BBC So Kate Middleton who owns several homes just popped up on #ChildrenInNeed, last year it raised about £20m. Or £354m less than we gave the royals to t**t up Buckingham Palace. The hypocrisy.”