The Cambridge family was attacked on social media after a special Christmas outing together at the Palladium in London to give thanks to essential workers during the festive season.
Supporting the National Lottery’s event, Pantoland, Prince William, and Kate Middleton finished off their busy week by taking all of their children — Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis — along with them to watch the show.
However, although the royal children seemed to be enjoying themselves as they walked into the theatre holding their parents’ hands, some social media users were not happy about the outing.
The royals were criticized for not wearing masks outdoors, even though Prince William and Kate Middleton donned their masks when going inside the theatre.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were shamed for appearing at the event with the children with no masks.
“Why are events like this being held during a pandemic? So irresponsible,” wrote a critic of the royal family.
Others did not agree that the royal family should be taking their children to events and mixing with others while the coronavirus pandemic is still present.
“There are ways of showing support and giving thanks that don’t set a bad example for public health practices; why did Kate bring her children?” wrote this social media user.
Prince William was criticized for his appearance, (the fact that he has started to go bald), by a person who dared to ask: “Why he doesn’t wear wigs?”
However, others on social media thought it was an excellent way to bring some Christmas cheer to key workers at this time of year.
Many fans of the royals were delighted to see the whole family going out together for the first time in months.
“They are setting an example by following UK guidelines and supporting the arts and theatre. This was a fully Covid safe event,” said another observer.
“Beautiful family! Kate is so thin after three children!! I hope she takes some time for herself after all of this for some self-care & pampering! 💕💜💕” a commenter said.
The panto was a thank-you event for key workers who have been working throughout the pandemic this year. It was just one of the engagements the Cambridges have been involved in this week to show support for NHS staff and all essential workers.
Their week began with a three-day tour of England, Scotland, and Wales by train, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stopped at various locations to show their appreciation to frontline workers.
On Tuesday, they joined the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, and other senior royals at Windsor Castle for a special outdoor reception.