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2016 is turning out to be a pretty bad year for the world's most celebrated couple.
Over the past few weeks Prince William and Kate Middleton have found themselves embroiled in their first royal scandal, thanks to a number of revelations about the lavish life they lead. First we learned that William did fewer public appearances last year than his 94-year-old grandfather. And then it emerged he only works half the hours of a regular job (in his role as an air ambulance helicopter pilot). His public appearance today is only one of a handful of official engagements this year.
The release of new pictures showing William and Kate on a skiing holiday in the French Alps hasn't helped. While here at E!, we were busy gushing over 10-month-old Princess Charlotte's baby teeth, and Prince George's cute red nose, the powerful British press instead asked whether William is getting "too big for his snow boots" and if he's been "sloping off" fulfilling his royal duties. There's been a definite change in tone and the criticism is starting to snowball (ahem…). One newspaper was so outraged about the unannounced vacation they cropped William out of the cute family picture released to the public.