It’s been a week full of slights against Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, something we all knew would happen once the initial gleam wore off. However, SOCIALITE LIFE still thinks very highly of Her Royal Highness, going so far as to ask a royal source to set the record straight on the very hot button issue of royal protocol.
Earlier this week it was reported that Catherine’s wardrobe cost Prince Charles roughly $55,000 (or maybe even more) this past year - The Prince of Wales funds The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry‘s Royal Household. Naturally the press went bonkers about the price tag of various designer duds Catherine wore to red carpet events and royal engagements.
I have a problem with this, as you can imagine. First off, Catherine recycles a lot of her items, many of which she purchased before marrying Prince William. Secondly, she’s a notorious high street shopper, keen on mixing the high with the low in keeping with austerity measures the royal family has stuck to since Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne.
Let’s not forget that Catherine does not accept discounts or freebies from designers, as many editors and celebrities are know to do. As the Daily Mail‘s Liz Jones put it: “Kate has to remain above such bribery.”
So let Catherine wear those gorgeous gowns that will go on display 10, 25, 50 years from now. They are the mark of royalty, a concept that adds a bit of magic to today’s society.
PS-I doubt that William helped Catherine’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton buy a new home in their little village of Bucklebury. They’re doing quite well with their online business and I find it hard to believe that Michael would ever accept a handout from the Duke of Cambridge.
Click here for a breakdown of Catherine’s purchases since marrying into the royal family.