The threads dealing with royalty have reminded me of a news story I read recently. Prince William's girlfriend, Kate, was accused by the press of snubbing the royal family by not accepting an invitation to spend Christmas with the royals. She declined as it was the first Christmas her family would be spending without both grandmothers, as they had died during the year.
I don't think she was "snubbing" them at all. She made a decision based on what was more important to her at the time, ie spending time with her family. If she does marry William she will be expected to spend every Christmas with the royals anyway, so this may have been the last chance she has to spend Christmas with her own family. Simply turning down an invitation does not indicate a "snub"; sometimes it is intended that way, but I don't think it was in this instance.
I also think good on her for knowing her own mind and having the balls to say 'no' to the royal family.
What do you think?