Kate Middleton has been criticized for not attending a stately event.

The criticism came from royal author and commentator Daniela Elser.

Elser warned that Kate's absence could put the event in jeopardy.

Elser suggested that the press release about Kate's attendance was wrong or that she went to pick up her children from school.

Elser blamed Kate for not prioritizing her duties.

Elser pointed out that Kate has enough staff to handle the school pickup.

Elser acknowledged that Kate's desire to do the school run is admirable but her priorities were off in this instance.

The event was deemed of dire importance.

Kate's absence has caused controversy and debate.