The real cost of Duchess Kate’s style over one year: $163,000

Earlier this week, we discussed the Duchess Kate story about exactly WHO pays for her wardrobe, and how much she’s spending. As it turns out, Kate’s public style (the clothes she wears for public appearances) is being entirely funded by Prince Charles through his Duchy of Cornwall estate. Sources claim that Kate has already spent $45,000 on clothes – in just this year. I discussed my issues with this – go here to review. Once again, I think that number is probably in line with what a fashion-forward princess/duchess should/could spend in six months… if only Kate worked a little bit more, she might be seen as “deserving” of that kind of wardrobe and extravagance. However, this is a woman who has barely held a real job EVER, and who barely makes one public appearance a week on average.

But the anal retentive math geniuses at The Mail decided to review a different set of criteria – how much has Kate spent over the course of the past 12 months, including the cost of new jewelry, hats, fascinators, clothes, purses and shoes. They have an honest-to-God LIST, broken down, of all of the stuff Kate has worn – go here to see it. The price tag for The Year of Waity? More than $163,000. For real. Of course, this harsh accounting came with a pro-Kate propaganda piece:

So it’s estimated that Kate’s clothing has cost Prince Charles £35,000 just since the beginning of the year. It is a princely sum. But Femail has delved more deeply into the Duchess of Cambridge’s wardrobe, and discovered that the ensembles she has worn over the past 12 months come in at just over £105,000.

While Prince Charles will have footed the bill for the outfits Kate wore to official functions, it is unclear who will have covered the cost of the rest, though they will include items she owned before she joined the Royal Family. But, whatever the answer, it’s still a staggering amount to spend on clothes, jewellery and accessories — especially in a recession, when so many are going without more basic day-to-day requirements.

Yet I maintain that we shouldn’t accuse Kate of unnecessary extravagance. She never accepts discounts or freebies, and nor should she. This is the practice by which most celebrities and fashion editors manage to look so good: Kate has to remain above such bribery.

Besides, we haven’t asked Charles to sell his Aston Martin; nor should we ask William and Kate to move into a Barratt home so that Kensington Palace can be made into a dorm for the homeless. Clothes may seem frivolous, but what Kate wears is so much more visible, and vital, than where she lives and what she drives. She is now — like it or not — an ambassador for Britain. What she wears is not about being attainable on the High Street; it is about being breathtaking. She needs to have the ‘wow’ factor. So to those members of the PC brigade, who presumably wear sackcloth, eat only gruel and insist Kate should not be spendthrift in a time of need, I say: ‘Poppycock!’

We need our morale raising, and our biggest industry — retail — needs boosting, especially as it is the largest employer of women in this country, and it is women who are being hardest hit by the downturn. During the Thirties’ Depression, people turned to the cinema and the likes of Carole Lombard, dressed in liquid satin, for escapism — a hit of much-needed glamour. Today, Kate is that superstar. Not a style-setter, but a nation-saver.

I actually wish Kate would spend more of her father-in-law’s money, and develop an intimate relationship with one or two couturiers, so all her clothes are made-to-measure, not off the peg. I also wish she would experiment more with colour: too often, she is in dove grey. She can afford to inject frivolity into her wardrobe, and add zing to her choice of shoes: I beg her to abandon those nude LK Bennett ‘Sledge’ courts at once. Above all, I’d like Kate to remember she is still a very young woman, with a fabulous figure. She needs to abandon the Chanelesque wool coats with no shape: I see her as a new Grace Kelly, not following in the footsteps of Carla Bruni, the Queen or even Diana. She must be her own person: a goddess and, yes, a clothes horse. There is no better boost for the economy, or our national psyche.

[From The Mail]

Carole Lombard actually worked for a living. She bought her own clothes, or borrowed them from the studio (and returned them later). I’m just sayin’. Anyway, this was just to let you know – months ago, I was joking that the royal propagandists were going too far by praising Kate for the most mundane things. I joked that people acted like Kate’s hair style was “The Hair That Saved A Nation.” But really, that’s what it’s come to. I can’t believe someone is falling all over themselves to praise Kate for spending all of this money, none of it her own, and with so little to show for it with, you know, actual WORK.

And we’re still not talking about how much she spends on hair, makeup, skin care, dental work, “princess training”, voice lessons, etc, etc.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Megan says:

    And she still manages to dress like a woman twice her age…. For the most part, at least on the Canadian tour she dressed her age. Those clothes looked by far the best on her IMO… Minus the red coat dress

  2. Gary says:

    Her legs are thin but not nicely shaped, almost manly and her face is really hard for someone her age.

    • GreenTurtle says:

      Being that skinny is naturally going to make her face more gaunt and hard-looking.

  3. AnneOriginal says:

    So this is still just an estimate, not the actual number.

  4. thinkaboutit says:

    All those belted 80s-style dresses are just so wrong for her “job.” On the red carpet she is admittedly dazzling, but her day to day look screams “pretty young secretary sleeping with her married older boss.” She’s just a pair of shoulder pads away from Melanie Griffith in “Working Girl.”

  5. marie says:

    If she owned the items before she joined the Royal Family, then why are they counted? Are they just trying to soften the blow and downplay the amount? Does this amount include her hair styling?

  6. Jaime says:

    She’s damned if she does, damned if she doesn’t. I swear.

    • Susan says:

      Exactly! If the budget was lower they’d say she looks cheap and embarrasses the family. They donate a fortune to charity and can easily afford this wardrobe. It’s not like those guady Real housewives that spend on designer clothes while their bills are unpaid.

      • Jaime says:

        Exactly. If she looked anything less than a princess, they’d call her common and like she doesn’t know better. It’s textbook.

    • kay says:

      I totally agree.

      It is what she signed up for though, so she has to take the clothes and the criticism.

      I would find the constant scrutiny work. The constant maintenance would be agony, I hate having my hair done- love it once it is but sitting there is terrible. Forget manis and pedis, I do them myself fast as I can.
      So for me, that is work, always having to be “on” and looking her 100% best (make up and all).

      She made the choice but damn, it would not be worth it to me.

    • Chickenlishus says:

      Seriously, this is the last I read here about Kate. She can’t win either way!

    • LAK says:

      Letizia of Spain is rumoured to have a clothing budget of £15,000 FOR THE YEAR.

      And she’s a working royal, Crown Princess.

    • Lisa says:

      Agreed. I love Celebitchy, but even here, half the posts are “Gasp! She wore the same coat!!” and half are “OMG! She spends so much money on clothes!”

      • PikkG says:

        I agree. I think the KockROACH family now owns this site. They bash everything Kate, yet praise everything the vulgar, filthy family does.

    • LeManda says:

      I agree! How many times, on this site even, has a big deal been made of her ‘recycling’ an outfit. All everyone does is comment on her clothes, don’t now start commenting on the amount she spends as well. This is her job!

    • ThirdChris says:

      I completely agree! There have been posts ON THIS SITE denigrating her for wearing a repeat. So which is it? You know damn well if she was buying clothes off the rack people would STILL have a problem and find something to criticize her for.

      • Mich says:

        The most noticeable repeat she wore was the pink dress during a seven day high-press period. Honestly, it was so PR transparent that it deserved mocking.

      • HME says:

        @mich-yeah really. Even Princess Anne who still wears clothes from the 80′s for the love of god doesn’t wear the same outfit 2 events in a row. I do like that Kate repeats for example I loved that she wore the white McQueen coat from last years trooping of the colour to this years garter event. Some of her clothes reallu are lovely and i WANT to see them again, like that beautiful McQueen 3/4 length sleeve navy blue coat. But yeah that pink dress repeat was such an obvious PR stunt.

    • HMW says:

      Agree. She will never be able to do anything right. We would all do the same thing if we were in her shoes. To be honest I would own more shoes. I think she is beautiful, lucky and I wouldn’t want to live under the pressure she live under every day. So haters will hate.

    • DuBarry says:

      Reminds me of Marie Antoinette, really.

    • LaTiDa says:

      It’s absolutely true she will never please everyone. I honestly wonder how much the Blood Princesses Beatrice and Eugenia spend on clothing in a year. Actually it would be interesting to know what Princess Diana’s wardrobe would cost if adjusted for today’s inflation.

      And I do not want to hear anything about how much more Princess Di worked than Kate. Clothing is clothing ladies. Don’t get it twisted.

  7. Bernice says:

    If she wasn’t “working” you wouldn’t see her dressed up every day. That is her work. And it’s not easy either. The Kate bashes on this site have no sense of what she has signed her life away to do. it’s not even worth wasting words on because you all are so short sighted.

    • AnneOriginal says:

      Most posts about her are some event she attended, which is part of the royal job. Yet in each post there is bitching about how she doesn’t work, even though those events are part of her work.

      Haters look forward to Kate posts so they can lash out about how she is not doing enough. However it was made clear before the wedding, that she would not be a full time royal for some time. And it should be clear that she does not choose her own schedule. And while the Queen/Queen’s advisers probably don’t oversee Kate’s schedule, it is very likely that Charles/Charles’ advisers do.

    • Me says:

      Totally agree.

      I smell lots of jealous americans.

      • kay says:

        I love the jealousy card!

        It’s what people say when they sit on the fence and never chose an actual opinion, yet love to jump into the conversation with absolutely nothing to contribute.

        “never mind, they are just jealous!!”

        and I am Canadian.

      • Suzie says:

        Are you “jealous” when you find fault with your politicians? Do you have certain expectations of them? What if you didn’t like the way they raided the public coffers?

        Wills is the future HEAD OF STATE. Waity is his wife.

        Stop being so narrow-minded. This has nothing to do with jealousy.

      • arlie says:

        This jealousy card really bothers me too. Just because we are critical of a human being’s work ethic doesn’t make us jealous. I wouldn’t trade my life for hers in a million years. What I’m critical of is someone — anyone who is not physically or mentally handicapped — not pulling their weight in this world. This woman has been lazy and virtually jobless all her life, yet she spends money as if just burning it. And please don’t tell me that going to a movie premiere is “work.” Getting dressed up and going to a gala event is what we normal people view as pleasure and leisure, something we work to make money to afford to do. I really could go on and on about this, but I have to get back to real, paying work now.

    • Me says:

      Totally agree.

      I smell lots of jealous americans.

      • TheOriginalTiffany says:

        Really? Hit up the royal dish if you want to see people slag on the DoC everyday in the most demeaning way possible.

        The Brits cannot stand her.

      • GoodCapon says:

        Eep – do you really think only Americans post here?

      • Amelia says:

        TOTiff, I wouldn’t say all of us Brits hate her. I’d say it’s more a 33/33/33 divide. There’s those who can’t stand her, those who think the sun shines out her butt and those who simply don’t give a s*it so long as she doesn’t rub salt into our financial crisis wounds by always going on holiday …. Oh wait -_-
        I wonder how many more times this figure is going to change? I’m getting confused about which number to quote.

      • The Original Mia says:

        Jealous of what? Do tell? I await with bated breath why Americans would be jealous of the British Disney princess?

      • TheOriginalTiffany says:

        Amelia, I know not all do, but many do. I’ve lived there two times in the last 15 months, once right before the wedding and once this winter leading to the Jubilee.

        I just don’t think it is Americans, she gets way more hate on Brit sites, especially royal dish, the gifs. They use are really hilarious/ mean. I think she gets hated on over there MUCH harder than this site.

        I love London, but the shopping is so pricey! Especially when you convert it into dollars for you like they do at Harrod’s. Gulp, still didn’t stop me, damn cirque for working at the RAH so close to all the good stuff. I could spend 105k pounds easy peasy.

      • GoodCapon says:


        You should know by now that Celebitchy is mostly a anti-Kate site. If you want to be surrounded by like-minded people–those who think the sun shines out of Kate’s butt anyway–then you should go check out theroyalforums. They would fall all over themselves to defend Kate, but they’re also quite the history buffs. A pity they’re so uptight and serious all the time.

      • Liz says:

        Why in the hell do all Waity Katy posts on here end up with Brits yelling about “jealous Americans”? We’re not. Most of us think the entire notion of royalty and nobility is ridiculous. If we’re paying attention, it’s because we’re waiting for the inevitable trainwreck. And with Waity’s trashy family, it’s only a matter of time.

      • Mich says:

        @ Liz

        The non-Americans (and/or those who have lived overseas) aren’t yelling ‘jealous’. They are saying that Americans are ignorant and insultingly dismissive of something that matters to the people of the Commonwealth Kate now represents.

    • maemay says:

      Interesting enough when Kate does work she gets dinged for that also. These are all clothes she was photographed in doing official work…you may not like or respect what she does but that is her job. Seeing how other marriages crashed and burned people are so jealous they can’t even give her one year to adjust to being married and in the firm.

      • ANGELIC 20 says:

        maemay . it’s been more then a year and she still can’t talk like an educated adult , can’t get simple protocols correct ( curtsying on the balcony , walking ahead of charles and camilla ) ,have made no substantial contribution to her charities or awareness , how much slack are we supposed to give her ? it is been 10 years now and she has done what ? ahe often looks bored when she at a charity event , she can’t speak more then 3 words without reading, she goes shopping right after meting really sick children , she sounds like a bimbo whenever she opens her mouth , she is still flashing her underwear and inner thigh and it has been one gala or party or a social event after another . how much time a 30 years old adult woman need to do the basics , no one is making her do anything that is difficult or takes a lot of time or energy .most of her engagements include walking beside william , smiling , waving , shaking hands , making small talks and yet she can’t do that . it is been more then a year and 10 years that she has been with william ,stop treating her like a delicate fragile Disney princess . please grow up and except the fact that we expect more from a grown 30 years old educated woman who will be our state head one day and stop calling others haters because guess what there are a heel lot of people who do not like this child woman .

        carol . i like her to do more engagements that do not include galas or parties ,where she stays more then an hour or so and then flies back to a polo match in a helicopter or go to shopping , i like her to be sincere while talking to people who are suffering and not play with her hairs and shirt buttons while doing so ( riot victims ) , i like her take more charities and spread awareness about those causes , i want her stop laughing in all the inappropriate places , i expect her to get at least simple protocols correct ,stop looking for cameras to smile and look more interested in people around her , i want her pr to stop selling her as a frugal ,normal woman , i want her to stop acting like a total spoiled snob and at least talk to the raf wives of william co workers , i expect her to talk like a grown woman and not like a bimbo and be able to speak more then 3 words without looking down .she is not a child ,she is a grown woman ,she wanted this job and worked hard for it , so now it is time to preform because it has been more then a year and there is no excuse for her really stupid mistakes and comments .

      • Sachi says:

        Oh, yes, the jealousy card once again.

        Are all the people criticizing Kate divorced, lonely, jealous people, then?

        Surely you can do better than calling everyone who doesn’t adore Kate as jealous?

        This “they’re so jealous” line is utterly juvenile and doesn’t invite proper discussion.

        Then again, you’ve said once before that you don’t give a sh*t about Kate’s spending since you’re most likely not paying for her and the rest of the royal leeches, so arguing with you is useless.

        Carry on, then.

      • maemay says:

        I like kate but seriously I don’t monitor her every move reel by reel for every flaw. She is doing FINE. When she is with children she is always on their level and speaks to them individually. Her public speaking needs to be more natural but again I dont look at her reel by reel for every flaw. She just is’nt that serious.

      • ANGELIC 20 says:

        maemay , if you don’t follow her that much then how can you say that she is doing fine ? i am also not spending my whole day following every photo of her , she was seen doing the things that i mentioned in the videos very clearly , her stupid comments are written in the newspaper , you can clearly see her making the most stupid mistakes on the balcony and on the boat , her shopping photos were on the internet (only the pro kate tabloids ignore those photos and her very obvious mistakes )so no you don’t have to look very deep to see her mistakes and how immature and vapid she is at least for the moment. you can choose to see whatever you want to but i expect more from my future state head.she made these mistakes which were covered by tabloids .

        if you really think that she is doing fine then tell why are we always talking about her clothes , make up, hair , weight , pregnancy , and nothing about her charities or her contribution in society in any way or her work ? since you think she have a lot of substance and do not deserve the criticism then please tell me why it is always about her looks or appearance . even after more then a year (discount the waiting years ) there is still nothing more to her then her appearance or how william spoils her , she is most glorified clotheshorse wag that i have ever seen and now she is a tabloid role model , as if we didn’t have enough clotheshorse wag already .

      • maemay says:

        Kate is doing fine. Again some people who do not like her spend so much time on her every nanosecond movement that is their prerogative. I can’t stand the kardashians and spend zero time on them. I just don’t get devoting so much time and energy on someone you don’t like a respect when others could use the support.

        I like Kate just fine!

      • Hmmm says:

        Jealousy as an ‘argument’? Bwah! Shocking intellectual sloth! Waity would approve.

      • maemay says:

        Hmmm LOL. This is fun.

    • Carol says:

      When people keep complaining that she doesn’t work, I keep wondering what they want her to do: wait tables? Prince Edward’s wife tried to continue working, and she was excoriated for it. Kate is attending public and charitable events, exactly like Princess Diana did. Somehow Diana was turned into a saint on par with Mother Theresa while Kate is slammed for it. Color me confused.

      • Sachi says:

        Who said anything about waiting tables?

        I want Kate to work more and be sincere about it, stop looking disinterested and stop asking vapid questions that reveal she doesn’t research the events she attends and she doesn’t give a damn about the purpose of the visit.

        She’s nothing but a clotheshorse at this point, with no substance and no work ethic.

        Do you know how much time she spends in an event? 1 HOUR. She only has to attend an event once a week but she can’t even bring herself to spend more than an hour with the “lowly commoners” lest she be required to actually socialize with them.

        That’s right. 1 HOUR per charity event and then she leaves and goes shopping. Where is the genuineness in that? You want me to praise Kate for doing the bare minimum of her job, which is just showing up for an event, but failing at the other aspects of being a patron of her charities that include being empathetic and genuine? You want me to praise Kate for essentially wearing nice clothes?

        You don’t meet sick children and then buy 2 big shopping bags worth of new clothes right after the event, like Kate has done.

        You don’t meet under-privileged children at a campsite like Kate did, have a private lunch away from them and the camp counselors like Kate did, and then leave them riding in a helicopter to show how special you are that you get to go on such a ride to attend a Polo match. It’s insensitive, rude, and unfeeling. She’s not genuine and sincere. That is what I criticize about her. She’s fake.

        With the way she looks every time she goes to an event: fully blown-out hair, thick makeup, her ever-present eyeliner, very expensive clothes, etc. it’s obvious that she spends a lot of time on her appearance and she cares a great deal with her looks.

        This is her job, to look good? Fine. But at least do a better job looking like she cares and she’s “present” at the event. Often she looks bored out of her mind and doesn’t know how to interact properly with the commoners. Are they a new brand of species for her? Is that why she’s so awkward and standoffish with them?

        Seeing her dressed to the nines and looking like she spent 5 hours in front of the mirror, only to stay at an event for 1 hour and look bored and disconnected with the people is ridiculous.

        And stop with the Diana comparisons. Kate is not Diana. She never will be, no matter how hard she tries. Diana had warmth, she had sincerity and genuineness, and it was clear that she loved doing her work as a royal and she was passionate about helping others and contributing.

        I see nothing of Diana’s passion for charity and dedication as a royal in Kate.

      • GoodCapon says:

        It’s a combination of two things, IMO. People see her laziness as a mere continuation of her Waity Katie days. You could say she has a lot more to prove to the public than Diana who was barely out of her teens when she married Charles yet managed to work a couple of jobs, or Sophie, who worked right up until her marriage to Edward.

        The OTT media coverage is also at fault. She does 1/10 of the work of other hard-working royals yet she gets 1000x the accolade for it. It seems to me that the media is really pushing for Kate to be the next Diana. They’re trying to hard and it’ll never happen. Diana had “it”. Kate doesn’t.

      • Mich says:

        again, a post posted in the wrong place.

      • Lisa Turtle says:

        @ Sachi

        OF COURSE The Duchess needs to take her meals away from the prying eyes of the poor unfortunate children she bestows with her blessed favors.

        The children cannot be trusted. Lest they divulge to the DailyMail, or The Telegraph that The Duchess drinks only the blood of the innocent and eats nothing but lettuce. A lady must keep her diet and beauty secrets to herself and her caretakers.

      • Sachi says:

        @ Lisa Turtle – LOL yes. :D Being a royal like Kate is such a tough job. Privacy is always key, especially when you’re like Kate who only eats lettuce for lunch.

    • ANGELIC 20 says:

      oh bernice please educate me with your insightful knowledge about royal engagements . (eye roll)

      i am very well aware how royal family and royals work .i know she is there on a public engagement .i also know that all her appearances have been strictly for photo oops , she comes in all dressed up spend an hour or two maximum and off to shopping or palace or whatever she do all day long. also most of her and william’s engagement has included gala or parties or some social event .she neither talks about her , or raise awareness or even make tolerable small talk . every time she opens her mouth she sound like a bimbo and no this is not jealousy or hatred ,you can actually see videos of her talking . so yes i know that in all those photos she is working , we have a newspapers that actually keep track of total no. of engagements carried out by each member of royal family and guess what dear do little did 34 engagements (a fact calculated by media annually ) in 2011 which includes Canada tour , so please do not say that people don’t know how many engagements she do . we know exactly how much she works and what she is supposed to do as a royal .

      original anne , really you are going back to jealous or hater ? how old are you exactly ? because i really can’t believe that a mature adult cannot except that different people have different opinion . it really shows your maturity and nothing else . why don’t you go and count all the posts and tell me exactly how many engagements she has done , because they are not much .if you have something productive to say in her defense ,please do so but don’t call others who don’t agree hater or jealous because it sounds very childish .

      • Ponytail says:

        Your comment would be so much easier to read and agree with if you could use capitals occasionally. A little more grammar would be nice. And maybe you could get to know some articles – ‘a’, ‘an’,'the’. I managed to understand that you meant ‘accept’ rather than ‘except’ but as they are two different verbs, it could be confusing to non-native English speakers.

      • ANGELIC 20 says:


        My English is not that strong (it is not my first language )but i try my best to express what i am saying , so i hope you understood what i was trying to say . Any way thanks for the help , i appreciate it and i will take your advice and start writing in a better way starting now.

      • Mich says:

        @ Ponytail

        What is the point of your comment EXCEPT to try to shame a non-native English speaker?

        What she was trying to get across was perfectly clear.

      • bluhare says:

        angelic 20: I think your English is just fine. Matter of fact, I applaud you for taking the effort to comment here.

      • angelic 20 says:

        thank you.

    • LAK says:

      Pony tail….really?

      @Angelic 20 has made it very clear on a number of occassions that though she now resides in England, she is a non english speaker.

      She is from a common wealth country so understands what the royal family stands for. And she researches her points. Why don’t you talk to her about her points, whether you agree or disagree rather than being so rude as to point out her gramatical errors.

      AND she is writing from her ipad or phone which as we all know ‘autocorrect’ on Apple products is a law unto itself.

      She is prefectly clear in what she says.

      • mayamae says:

        I think your response is a little strong. Just because we daily post on these threads does not mean everyone does.

        I can honestly say I don’t know which poster is English as a second language and which poster posts via phone or ipad. I think that’s a little unreasonable.

        I’ve seen far nastier attacks on people who use imperfect grammar. I’m sure that now that she knows, Ponytail will not criticize Angelic 20′s grammar again.

        In memory of Rodney King – can’t we all just get along?

      • LAK says:

        @Mayamea – I agree with your sentiments, but @Angelic 20 has mentioned those three things in many previous posts.

        Plus, i take it that there will be many people from different countries, even the english speaking ones who express themselves differently.

        Otherwise i could be really judgy about y’all not using the Queen’s English ;)

      • Mich says:

        @ Mayamae

        Do you usually post as “maemay”? If ‘yes’ then you interact with Angelique enough to stand up for her on a thread that has seen more than one snide, arrogant take down for reasons that have nothing to do with the story being discussed.

      • ANGELIC 20 says:

        LAK , MICH

        Thank you both for standing up for me. I recognize that my language is not perfect and i try to work on it even in my regular life . I find people complaining about my language and not commenting on what i was saying very amusing because i think they don’t really have anything to say in Kate’s defense . Everybody in my life have no problem in understanding me but only some posters here but it doesn’t really matter because i think they can read and understand what i am trying to say ,they just want to defend her and can’t because of facts . Anyone who can understand me ,are welcome to response to what i am saying about Kate .

      • mayamae says:

        Mich –

        I am not maemay – she’s another poster. Posting under 2 different names is against the rules, and EVE a fellow poster, has explained to me (with benefit of hand puppets) how to tell the difference.

        I have no idea who Angelique is and I do not memorize people’s opinions. I come on here for fun not work.

        I know all about snide, arrogant take downs having been the subject of a few. I strive to snark without offense and sometimes feel the need to defend others if I feel they need it. No offense intended. I don’t really care who is American or British – I post my opinion.

        I have discovered this thread bares no love for Kate Middleton and that is fine. I have nothing but a passing interest in her but I do enjoy watching the back and forth on her threads.

      • mayamae says:

        Mich – no, maemay is a different poster.

    • Lilla says:

      Yes, you’re right. She’s a Princess for God’s sake. Isn’t she supposed to spend money to look good?
      At least she does look good, you see celebs every day getting freebies and having loads of money to spend on clothes, and I look at what some of them wear and think WTF?
      Maybe it’s a European thing, but I expect her to spend that much on clothing and acc. It goes with the territory.

    • Jen says:

      Bernice is right . . . she’s always dressed up fancy because being out there in public IS her job. Sure, it’s different than my job, but I’d still call it work. And if the palace is not robbing anyone to pay for her clothes, who cares?

  8. Cathy says:

    She does seem to favor dull color clothing. She needs to add some color and maybe some brighter color prints to her wardrobe. Also they’re right about the shoes, she needs some other brighter ones.

    • p says:

      I think she chooses solids because they photograph better (and makes one look slimmer – and we know how important looking slim is to her) and in terms of looking back in archived pictures, they also age better will look more classic. I also prefer color and print, but then I am also not photographed daily either.

  9. pebbles says:

    I’m a U.S. taxpayer, so I don’t care, really. Now if I lived in London, and was recently made redundant, now then, I would be incensed.

  10. Jackie O says:

    i am getting more and more turned off by waity and wills.

    when they got married, i thought they may be able to turn the image of the monarchy around. i guess they are just too out of touch for the task. also, i don’t think they really want to. their sense of entitlement runs too deep.

    • Lisa Turtle says:

      William sees his privileged position as a burden, a cross to bear. Poor little rich boy.

      Kate sees her new position as the culmination of years of starvation and servitude. She would probably be more ostentatious with her publicity seeking if her husband would let her make her own choices once in a while. She’s achieved her life’s ambition. I have no doubt she is fame hungry but he’s holding her back.

  11. Agnes says:

    for that much money, you’d expect something more… spectacular, with more “umph”. her style is rather non-descript, blah, and matronly.

  12. Justme says:

    I can’t see why all the fuss myself. Prince Charles is seriously wealthy. If he wants to pay for his daughter-in-law’s wardrobe, then let him. He spends plenty on himself. As the Duke of Cornwall, he is wealthy in his own right. Is it fair? I dunno – most things aren’t fair. Wives of wealthy men frequently don’t work, but get lots of pretty dresses.

    • Seagulls says:

      “In his own right”? Being born to the next in line to the throne helped more than anything.

  13. dorothy says:

    I like her. I like her style. I like her and William together. Sue me.

    • mary simon says:

      Sue me, too. I like her and William, as well. I think she always looks pretty, pleasant, and appropriate – which is what she signed on for. I guess I just don’t understand enough about royal protocols to pick up on all of her alleged faux paus. I don’t think $160G is that extravagent for a duchess who is expected to look impeccable at all times.

      I also think that being the wife of the future king is a full time job in itself and that a year is not enough time to become the perfect royal. Why on earth would she want to be working some unrelated full time job/career during all of this – what does she have to prove? She’d be completely run down and frazzled, and what’s the point? Soon she’ll have the children that she has agreed to have and then she’ll be a full time wife and mother, as well as a duchess. I don’t have a problem with stay at home (or stay at palace) moms. She and William seem happy with this arrangement – he knew what he was getting into and so did she. Did Diana continue to teach young children after she got married?

  14. ANGELIC 20 says:

    it is more then that , the exact amount is 105,000 pounds not dollars .here is a link that show exactly how much she spent on clothes :


    • TheOriginalTiffany says:

      CB got it right. 105k in pounds is about 163k in dollars.

    • love_Walnuts says:

      Interesting link.. My new favorite term about waity is FULLY FUNDED WAITY hahaha :D
      Read this there:

      A fully-funded Waity would easily cost say 5m pounds per annum at a guess, that’s about 100k a week I think.

      For example, if she spends a (generous) average of 10 hours a week (visits, preparation, study, correspondence, work-related travel time), that’s 10k per hour.

      If Princess Anne does an average of 40 hours a week (all year round average) and she costs 2.5m p.a (lifetime average, including Gatcombe Park), then her weekly fixed cost is about 50k and the Anne Index comes out at just over 1k per hour. She’s almost as cheap as a business consultant or top barrister.

    • Zelda says:

      I’m not slamming your opinion or trying to be a nitpick here, but:

      When you post in all caps, people tend to skip reading it (I know I do), perhaps because it comes of as a little unbalanced, but mostly because it is awfully hard to read.

      Reccomendation: avoid all caps if you want people to read your posts :)

  15. GoodCapon says:

    Comparing the price to other rich people, it’s not that much. But it’s a bit steep considering she’s only a part-time royal.

    Articles like these does nothing for her ‘vapid, social climber, royal WAG’ image whatsoever. But hey , they really have nothing to discuss about her except her taste in cheap-looking clothes, hair, teeth, eyeliner… when are they going to talk about the serious stuff when it comes to Kate?

  16. GoodCapon says:

    Is she really a full-time or part-time royal though? The official statement was that she’s only working part-time (for several years, but I’ve never seen a part-time royal do a full-blown US/Canada PR trip because part-time royals usually stay more low-key, no?

    It was only when the public backlash started months after the wedding that they finally decided to have her announce her charities (“Hey look you guys, she’s WORKING!!!”)

    For now, William and Kate are having a ‘let them eat cake’ moment. The press loves them and they get all the perks of full-time royals without giving back anything in return.

    • Sachi says:

      Kate is a part-time royal who gets full-time security (24/7) whether she’s only shopping, on holiday, or she’s actually attending an event. From the looks of it, she gets full-time clothing budget as well.

      She’s a full-time royal for the perks.

      The only part-time royal about her is her work. She’d only work once or twice a week, an hour each for her charity events and whatever ‘secret visits’ she does, but manages to spend upwards of £5000 per week on her appearance.

    • LAK says:

      The way her working schedule is reported on makes it seem as though she is out every week. Even Kaiser has written it in the same way. When she actually works, it is in bursts eg last year she did 34 engagements but that includes canada so something like 20-25 of those engagements would be the Canada appointments. Not days but actual appointments eg 3 appointments a day = 3 engagements. She did 4 engagements before the wedding That would be 4 in six months of the engagement period. Trooping the colour is also considered an engagement. The rest were randoms scattered though rest of the year. That would be 4-9 appointments in another 6 months depending on final Canadian Tally.

      Ditto her engagements for this year. The only ones scheduled into her diary before the wedding were Jubilee and Olympics and Trooping the colour. Every other one was a bonus [in waity terms] and again only done in bursts of activities eg When William was away she did something like 8-10 appointments in 6 weeks. Jubilee, Trooping the colour and Olympics will bolster her tally as will a random premiere/gala with William.

      The royals have a tradition of touring a commonwealth country immediately after their weddings so Canada was already in her diary.

      • littlestar says:

        Do you think Kate has any idea of what the public really thinks of her? Does she realize a great percentage of people think she is lazy, self-entitled, and vapid? And if she does know all this, does she even care? I ask my last question ironically, of course ;) .

      • LAK says:

        Whether or not Waity herself knows is questionable because people who need personal staff tend to get the ‘yes’ people who pander rather than criticise or do their jobs or foster the idea that the critics are uninformed jealous haters – see Lilo for this assessment.

        Nothing like a salary dependant Yes to martial one’s opinions.

        That said, i do think that the Palace is aware otherwise they would not go to this extent with her pr. That article is so hyperbolic in it’s defence of her clothing budget as to border on hysteria….nation saver!!!!This from a paper that was her number one critic of her until the engagement.

        I stumbled on an old article about her written in 2008 which was written in a very positive way but which makes me think that The Palace and William probably really believed that she would be different once she married. Her attitude then is the sme as now except then the line was that as she was a GF not a wife, she couldn’t possibly work. And it was very clear that she didn’t care what people thought of her so i suppose that attitude is the norm for her. Her ambition in life is achieved, the rest is inconsequential.

      • littlestar says:

        Part of me wishes that the PR people at the palace would say to her, “Hey, Duchess Dolittle, it’s time to get your *ss in gear and start doing some work – few people out there like you!”

        I like the comparison to Lilo, because it probably truly is exactly like her situation. These enablers need to start realizing that saying NO every once a while would do a world of good for these two wasteful women.

  17. Mimi says:

    It’s entirely possible that I’m ignorant, but it just doesn’t seem like that much money to me considering, and I’m po’ folk.

    • TheOriginalTiffany says:

      No kidding, you could easily spend that much in ONE shopping trip in Harrod’s, on Sloane street or in Selfridge’s.

      Every designer in the world in one spot at the highest imaginable prices. I think the leather Burberry trench from last year with the studs was half that price alone.

      Not my budget, I’m just a peasant too.

    • ANGELIC 20 says:

      i agree that it is not a huge amount for a working royal but there are two main problems with Kate.

      First :she is not a full time working royal . She do the bare minimum and with zero efforts or interest unless it is a gala or a party . She now have full time security funded by taxpayers , a new apartment in Kingston Palace also renovated by tax payers money and such a huge amount of allowances for only clothes . So she got all the perks and no work . IMO there should be a relationship between her spending and the no of engagements she carries out .

      Another problem is her pr and the tabloids ,who are desperate to push her as someone out of this world . From the very beginning we are hearing about how down to earth she is , how frugal she is , tabloids called her the discount duchess , she is just like the rest of us . These were her selling points but as you can see that she is not frugal or a discount duchess or anything like a normal woman.I never expected her to be just like “one of us ” but the tabloids and her fans keep pushing this image which is very contradicting to the reality . Most of her clothes are branded and high end , she only recycles her outfit once , even HM recycles her clothes more often then her and she is not “one of us” . It is the lies and the fake and untrue image that annoys me. The fact that her PR are trying to make a fool out of me or at least trying very hard to do so ,is very very annoying .

  18. Zoid says:

    Can we talk about the way they presented her in the article? Is anyone here looking to her fashion and and being grateful for what er spends, or inspired? I’m American so she isn’t my business, but I did laugh when they talk about her being a fashion symbol for people to look towards. Whenever I read her posts, people seem upset she is spending money, not falling all over themselves in awe. A boost for the national psyche? Really?

    • Suzie says:

      No kidding. It’s so over-the-top, it’s almost sarcastic.

    • rumbleseat says:

      Yes but “here” is the meeting location for the various branches of the International I Hate Waity Katie Society, TM. This is where haters of all nationalities (they don’t discriminate… against each other) meet to discuss every blasted occurrence in this woman’s life, which obviously aren’t many since they rehash every “topic” in at least ten blog posts.

      If you look to other sites, a lot of people actually do like her and the rest of the royal family. It’s like cable news shows; you’re getting one side’s perspective or the other’s. Never both.

      • LAK says:

        …..various branches of the International I Hate Waity Katie Society…hahahaha that is funny. LOL

      • bluhare says:

        I’m proud to be a member of the I Hate Waity Katie Society.

        But if you think Celebitchy is bad, I won’t post the links to others that make us look like dreamy eyed teenagers.

  19. garvels says:

    I really don’t think people hate or are jealous of waity..I think they are just fed up with the palace PR machine and spin. The palace trys to build her up into something she is not!

  20. Mich says:

    Kaiser – these posts are my new fave. Keep them coming!

    Unlike Lilo, Beyonce or the triangle created by Slimeball Cibrian, Kate chose to climb her way into the spotlight of national identity and history. Only a complete and utter moron would think that such a position of privilege comes judgement and responsibility free, particularly in hard times.

    The last crisis to hit Britain as hard as the current recession was WWII. The Queen (then a Princess) led from the front and won the heart of her country.

    The days of divine rule are long gone and the existence of the Royal Family today rests on the will of the people and the perception of value delivered. Many countries sent their royals to the dustbin of history in the early 20th century and if the Windsors want to escape that fate then Kate and Wills need to raise their game.

  21. blonde on the dock says:

    I think ppl need to give her a break. They dont want a Diana repeat. Who knows what goes on behind palace doors in regard to what she wears or how often she appears in public. She always seems down to earth and sincere to me. I think she’s gorgeous

    • LAK says:

      Of course she’s down to earth and sincere….as long as you are not an RAF wife!

      • blonde on the dock says:

        She has to set herself apart obviously. It could simply be she’s more reserved which could come across as snobbery.

      • LAK says:

        Which would explain her lack of girlfriends, no? She’s too good or apart from anyone and everyone so it is right that she should refuse to mix with them….

        The Queen never shunned her local military wives club as a young wife nor did she refuse to join in with local activities as a princess even though she was brought up more secluded than Waity.

        I am not saying that she must join the club, i am saying her reasons for not joining them when invited to do so are suspect and they point to fact that she is not down to earth.

        Do you know how awesome military wives are? They tend to be more protective and supportive of their own than socialites.

      • bluhare says:

        LAK: AAARRRGGG!!!! You would have to mention that, wouldn’t you?

      • LAK says:

        Bluhare – how else are we going to vent over the RAF wives???!!!;) maybe Kaiser will post on this next. She seems to be teasing out each story one by one that they tried to bury under the curtseying story.

  22. Lisa Turtle says:


    Catherine Elizabeth Middleton did not wait 10 years, starve herself into a size 2, and avoid ever becoming a common British taxpayer just to wear H&M, Topshop and Zara.

    The lady doesn’t pay taxes, she spends them. To the victor belong the spoils. The rest of y’all are just jealous poor people who need to get real jobs and buy things within your budget. Too fat, ugly and impatient to marry a dithering meal ticket, I mean prince….


    • iseepinkelefants says:


      Side note reading the list, Waity really is Lily Allen’s “The Fear” in human form.

      • Lisa Turtle says:

        Duchess Catherine settled for a used Sapphire, because umm, you know, ummm there is a crisis, ummm blood diamonds, ummm, you know people are dying, and not wearing a diamond is bringing attention to that, ummm, that cause.

        Now that William’s come into a bit of his own money, I have a feeling The Duchess would like “clothes and a fuckload of diamonds” to upgrade her status and to go along with the new manor house he’s buying her parents. Its only fair.

      • Mich says:

        @ Lisa Turtle

        LOL!!!!!!!!! You nailed it!

  23. iseepinkelefants says:

    No one caught that the clothes have to be the ‘wow’ factor? We all know she can’t do it on her own with her dull personality so they have to dress her up to make her into some Diana-esque clone (but of course a better more submissive version. Hmmm maybe William has a bit of a Christian Grey type of personality, that explains it).

    Anyway even with the clothes she’s severly lacking.

    But judging by some of the empty headed iditots who praise her as their new Queen I guess it appeals to the vain and shallow women of the world. Perhaps it is working! *eyeroll*

  24. Apsutter says:

    Read an article the other day that estimated the cost of all her beauty treatments & products based on the brands she prefers. I I don’t remember the exact cost but I think it was in the 40-50 thousand a yer range. Also, did thy really just say that Kate is a “nation-saver?!? Exactly how far do they have their noses up her ass?

    • June says:

      and she still looks old, has wrinkles and her skin doesn’t seem that elastic… *eyeroll* bad girl ;) ))

  25. idk says:

    I don’t understand why she can’t have a career as well as do charity work. Her husband has a career and still does his duties as a Prince. She came from a wealthy family and has never had a real job for more than a few months. All that higher education and money spent on private colleges for what? There is no reason why she can’t work at least part time…isn’t that what being a “modern” woman is about? How long will her father-in-law pay for her clothes? I have nothing against her, and think she is a great wife/human being, but I just don’t get what her “duties” are. She’s not seen very often. She really needs to step it up a bit and make “charity work” her full-time career then.

  26. ladybert62 says:

    I like Kate
    I like her hair
    I like her clothes
    I like her eyeliner

    I have no complaints against her.

    • Bren says:

      Me too ! And if my father-in-law wanted to spend that kind of money on my clothes I would let him. And most of the people posting here today would too. And yes I am an American who spent 5 yrs abroad but am now state side

    • LAK says:

      It’s the very same reasons i love about Michelle Obama. I can’t wait for her to do another term in the white house.

  27. Kiyoshigirl says:

    She needs to find a “cause” and find it quick. Until she does she is only going to be judged on the minimal appearances she makes per her Royal obligations (contract). I’d rather see her in jeans and a t-shirt, down on her knees in the dirt working towards a common goal. She will never gain public respect until she does that. Even Angelina Jolie, who has committed many a sin against public opinion, is now admired for her work with the UNHCR. Do we comment on her attire when she’s at a red carpet event? Yes. Do we care what she’s wearing when she’s in Africa working for human rights? No.

  28. Ginger says:

    IDK if that’s the real total I thought it seemed pretty reasonable for a royal. But I agree that she could be doing more with her role. Maybe it’s because she’s young and new at this?

  29. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    I see money can’t buy good taste. She always looks so OLD, and it’s mostly her own doing. Yes, she has bad skin; but still, she doesn’t HAVE to pile on the cake make-up, over-use the black eyeliner, and pick out fashions a 60-year old would wear.

    I am tired of her being pushed onto us as some fashion icon when she really has a poor (as in OLD) sense of fashion. Just because Diane turned into a fashion icon doesn’t mean EVERY princess has to, or is even capable of being one. But judging from the way Kate was made to wear that cursed wedding ring, I think there was a concerted effort to evoke Diana whenever we look at Kate. And it failed miserably.

    I will, however, give Kate credit for all of her accomplishments: (1) she has nice hair; and (2) her eating disorder means she has a slim figure.

    Yep, that’s about it.

    Edited: After thinking about it, there is one more “accomplishment” I should give her credit for — the teeth bleaching seemed to have worked. Her smokers’ yellow teeth are much whiter now than before the engagement. Way to go, Kate! You are my role model, and the savior of your nation because you learned how to successfully whiten your smokers’ teeth.

  30. Reece says:

    So these figures do not reflect things we haven’t seen yet…I retract my comment from the previous post on this subject. Her only salvation is the fact that she repeats.

    For that much money you would think her clothes would be, better. Better tailored, styled, everything.

  31. benny says:

    You know what a timeless sense of fashion looks like? This:

    That’s Carolyn Bessette at a black-tie event in the 1990′s. Her hair is not “in-your-face” and her make-up is understated.

    Somebody really needs to give Kate lessons on how to look classy and fresh.

    (Btw, Carolyn was the same age as Kate when she got married, so I don’t buy the excuse that Kate is still “learning.”)

    And the only reason I judge Kate on such superficial bases is because she has done nothing to impress the public other than superficially (her clothes, hair, phony accent, etc). I have never criticized Princess Anne for her appearance.

    • LAK says:

      it’s amazing how timeless the CBK outfit is. And hair and make up.

    • Jackie O says:

      now, that was a person with style! either you have it, or you don’t.

      good point about anne.

    • Sachi says:

      CBK was so beautiful.

      Another problem with Kate’s wardrobe is that most of her clothes won’t stand the test of time. 5 years from now, I doubt she can still wear those peplum skirt-suits or the many A-line, ’50s-inspired skirts she’d worn to events because they would be out of fashion and she’d look even more old-fashioned than she does now.

      That would mean that as the years go by and trends change, she’d be considering her “fashion effect” and since she’s only a trend follower, never a trend setter, that might result in her keeping up with the trends season per season and buying new clothes to keep up with the press’s label of her as a fashion icon.

      Another poster previously asked: what if Kate’s clothes from last year don’t fit anymore because she gained weight?

      How much weight did she gain? 5-7 lbs? The clothes she wore from last year were all tight, form-fitting clothes that would only look good on someone size 0-2.

      It would be a terrible waste of money if she can’t wear last year’s wardrobe anymore because she gained a bit of weight. She had some beautiful dresses from last year. It will make Kate look wasteful not to think long-term and not to have bought clothes that would still fit her 6 months-1 year later.

      • Jaxx says:

        Jesus H. Christ! Last year Kate was getting ripped apart for being so thin. Now she’s gained some weight so she’ll get ripped apart for wasting money on clothes she can’t wear now because she gained the weight everyone was screaming at her to gain. If this isn’t a perfect example of how this girl can never win I don’t know what is. I hope she never reads any of this crap that gets written about her.

        For all the venom that is poured out on this woman every single day of her life, how much of it do you actually think she has one bit of control over? Do you think she can tell The Firm that she’d like more appearances? That she will be staying longer than scheduled? Do you really think she has any say over how her life goes?

        No wonder she slinks off for some retail therapy?

      • Sachi says:

        Jaxx – I suggest you go over the other posts about Kate here on Celebitchy to find out more about why I and other posters here criticize her.

        And why is it wrong to say it would be a big waste of money if she can’t wear her clothes from last year?

        Do you buy a whole new wardrobe every single year? When you buy clothes, do you only think of your body for the next 3 months, and you never think, “Hey, I need to buy something that will still fit me until next year.”

        So what is wrong with questioning Kate’s expenses if it turns out that she can’t fit into last year’s clothes? If her clothes this year are just right for her body, and she gains weight next year, is she gonna spend another $100,000 on new clothes?

        Do you do the same?

        Do you think it’s practical to only buy clothes that you can use for the next 3 months?

        And please stop with the BS about “Kate doesn’t have any control over her own life”. If she wants to work more, she can. If she wants to learn more, she can. If she truly wants to care about the people she meets at the events she attends, she can.

        What is stopping her? The Queen? The Palace? William?

        Is she being locked at the Palace and only let out when she has to attend an event?

        How come she can go shopping every week, get her hair blown-out 3x a week, but she can’t work more?

        Are you saying that the Palace only condones her shopping and encourages her to be lazy? If she doesn’t have any control over her life, why is it only the work aspect that she can’t control? Shouldn’t every aspect of her life be controlled, including her shopping trips and vacations? And yet she’s photographed almost every week shopping in London. So how much is her life really controlled if she can go out to indulge herself for hours at a hair salon or on shopping trips whenever she wants but she can’t even spend 2 hours at a charity event?

        Where is the consistency? If it’s fun, Kate is as free as a bird to do what she wants. But if it’s work, Kate is controlled by the palace, held back by William, they don’t want another Diana, she overshadows the Queen blah blah blah…so many excuses for Kate, the poor woman-child.

        Is the Palace also controlling her boredom and disinterest? Are they telling her to look cold and stiff when meeting ‘commoners’? Is she being instructed to look like she doesn’t give a damn about the people she meets?

        She can’t work all the time but she can go shopping whenever she feels stressed out by all the meanies on the internet? Poor her. She needs some retail therapy after seeing sick children. She needs to go shopping 2x a week because her life has taken a turn for the worse. Spending $163,000 on clothes is just what she needs to help her through the harsh reality of chasing after William’s title and some people are so mean to her. Boo hoo.

        I hope she never reads what is said about her, too, because God forbid she gets her poor feelings hurt and spends $500,000 on retail therapy to make herself feel better.


        I am one of the taxpayers who pay for the royals’ existence. If I want to criticize them, I will. If you can’t handle comments such as mine, then feel free to scroll on. I’m not forcing you to change your opinion of Kate.

        Be as adoring of her as you want. I’ll be as critical of her as I want.

    • mayamae says:

      Please tell me that Carolyn Bessette is not a British icon. She was very much like how you Brits describe Kate. Complete social climber. The best part was how her parents sued and got a huge payout for the plane crash.

      I won’t mention the cocaine problems. She did work though – I’ll give her that.

      • LAK says:

        No she’s not, but I do admire her style and fashion sense. And I think she was very beautiful however, that doesn’t mean that I consider her a role model in anyway, and I doubt there was/is a propaganda machine behind her telling me that she was role model material and or possibly the saviour of american fashion and the best thing to have happened to American public life like there is for Kate.

      • JulieM says:

        mayamae: Off topic, but yes, C. Bessette did have issues, including drug usage. But the Bessette family was justified in going after the Kennedy family. They lost two daughters in that crash and the plane went down due to pilot error. JFK Jr. was in flying conditions way over his skill level and did not have the certifications to be where he was. Very, very tragic.

        Full disclaimer: I am not a pilot but my husband is and we have a plane. A cute little old rust bucket! So I do have some knowledge.

  32. benny says:

    I should have added that I’m not 100% against Kate. At first, I thought it was a good idea for William to marry a commoner to add some new blood into that inbred family (yesterday I called her a peasant, which is a little mean, so I’ll say “commoner” instead).

    But the royal family have, intentionally imho, tried to “push” her onto the public as a fashion icon. They COULD have chosen another role for Kate to play, but they selected paper-doll, to dress up and impress people.

    The problem is Kate doesn’t have the fashion sense to pull it off. Or, whoever is selecting her clothes and styling her doesn’t have the fashion sense.

    Instead, the royal family should regroup and try a different approach. Why not try to gain acceptance by presenting her as a hard-working royal like Princess Anne? Or as an empathetic person who visits dying people like Diana? I really think the “fashion plate” approach is not working, and it’s time to try something else.

    Although, I wonder whether the royal family realizes Kate just isn’t capable of anything else.

    “Can you, . . . um . . . test the, . . . um, . . . smell of the tea . . . by smelling it?”

    That was a planned visit to a tea shop, and that’s the best Kate’s mind could come up with.

    Maybe paper doll IS the best she can do. I hope not.

    • jenna says:

      How much of this is TRF’s deliberate PR and how much is the making of the tabloids, though? In my opinion, although there is plenty to dislike about Kate, there is also plenty of this whole “image” that is not really her doing. The tabloids are DESPERATE for someone who will sell papers like Diana did. So, they are trying to make her into that. I believe Kate is extremely interested in her appearance but I actually DON’T think she’s all that interested in fashion. If she were, she would be managing to dress a bit better–her look is not terrible, but it is quite old and dated. And I also think that if TRF really wanted to sell her as a fashion icon, she would be doing a more convincing job of it. Instead, I think she has grasped that she has to look “appropriate”, she’s shopping for that, and the tabloids are trying to spin that as “fashion icon”. If she really wanted to be a fashion icon, she would know to do things that are a little edgier, or to patronize younger designers. She doesn’t do that at all, which makes me feel that it’s more likely she has internalized an idea of “I must look like X” and then she is rigidly sticking to it at ALL times because she hasn’t figured out that there’s more to her “job” than looking the part.

      I don’t think it’s especially lazy of her to do just 1 event a week or so, I do think it’s lazy of her to put the bare minimum in at these events and seem so incredibly un-engaged. Maybe she is painfully shy (which I don’t believe, she wouldn’t have bagged William if she was!), but even so she needs to suck it up and put herself out there a bit more at these events. Stay for a couple of hours, show a little more interest or evidence of having done research on the organization, etc.

      I do find the rumored cost of her beauty treatments to be a little nuts (moreso than her clothing costs, actually). If she’s only doing 1 appearance a week, she can’t possibly justify THREE blowouts a week, for example. And no wonder she needs extensions, all that heat plus her starvation diet are probably doing a number on her hair!

      • LAK says:

        Just one tiny thing i must point out. her work schedule. It’s reported on as average per week in 12months as though she is turning out every week. She is not. She does engagements in short sporadic bursts every few months and certain protocol events eg Canada, Trooping the colour, Jubilee are included in her final tally when all RF have to turn out for these events or are tradition. What i mean eg 20-25 appts in Canada [Early July]. Then one appt in mid August [London riots] followed by one appt in November [UNICEF]. this works out as 22-27appts over a 6month period. Which if you average it out is once a week. But she wasn’t out once a week. She was out 3 times over the 6month period.

  33. rumbleseat says:

    Relax everyone. At this rate, William could support the clothing budget on his inheritance money for over 92 years. And yes, I did calculate that for your reading pleasure.

  34. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    “The problem is Kate doesn’t have the fashion sense to pull it off”

    That is “a” problem, not “the” problem. “The” problem is that it shows the royal family is absolutely out of touch with reality and modern times.

    First, the notion that a woman should be judged solely on her appearance (and we are supposed to admire Kate solely on her appearance) is insulting to women in this day and age.

    And second, the economic climate is much different from Diana’s day. Back in the 80′s, excess was acceptable. I’m not sure anybody cared back then how much Diana’s clothes cost. But excess is no longer acceptable, and I think this is just a small example of how utterly out of touch the royal family is with reality and changing times.

  35. RobN says:

    Whatever the clothes cost, at least she wears them. If I were British, I’d be a lot more pissed off at the fact that they’re spending millions training William and Harry for military jobs they will never really be allowed to do.

    Yeah, Harry went to war for a few weeks, and William has been involved in a couple of rescues, but the British public are never going to get their money’s worth out of all that training, and that money actually does come out of the taxpayer’s pocket and not Charles’.

  36. Feebee says:

    Yes but the people LOVE her, okay the idea of her, okay the warm feelings of a royal wedding, the possibility of a royal baby? Does the tanglible cost of her outweigh the intangible “income” she brings in?

  37. Dena says:

    I don’t like her but I get the expense for the clothes and that’s to say that I don’t think the cost is over the top. She probably didn’t have anything “appropriate” to wear when she joined the Firm. Also, Prince Charles could be looking at the expense in several different ways. The first could simply be as a wedding gift to her. The second could be as a way to help get her up to “spend,” if you will. Third, the $163,000 is a negligible amount to spend on clothes for someone with his wealth. Fourth, as a man who has had lady birds in the past, he probably just looks the other way at petty expenses like that. Fifth, it probably looks better coming from his pocket or pot of money than it does from the Queen’s (and therefore, directly from the taxpayer).

    The test for Waity comes down to how much value she adds to the House of Windsor and the British public as well as the Commonwealth. Frankly, I don’t think she does or ever will.

  38. blonde on the dock says:

    Carolyn Bessette….havent heard that name in awhile. But agree,her sense of style was timeless.

  39. Lilla says:

    Actually I don’t see what all the fuss is about. What do people expect? A princess that buys her clothes from Nordstrom or something?

    • LAK says:

      i think you should research Letizia of Spain. She’s a Crown Princess, no less.

      • Sachi says:

        Exactly, LAK. Letizia of Spain puts all other Princesses to shame when it comes to being a “modern” princess in the face of economic crises.

        She buys many of her clothes from ZARA and Mango, her clothes and shoes are 90% affordable Spanish brands. She even wore a Mango long-sleeved shirt to an official event that cost only 24 euros. She rarely wears thousands of $$$ worth of designer outfits to a 1-hour event.

        She recycles her clothes more often than any other royal save Princess Anne, and her clothing budget must be reasonable, seeing as her husband, Prince Felipe, only gets about $70,000 per year as salary according to the accounts released by the Zarzuela Palace to the press. Letizia doesn’t get her own allowance, so her money for her wardrobe comes from Felipe’s salary. Felipe’s yearly salary is much less than what Kate has spent on her wardrobe, and Kate has only worked 50-60 events this year, while Felipe and Letizia must share the $70,000 between them and pay for their household and the schooling and needs of their two small daughters.

        Even doctors make more money than Spain’s future King.

        Letizia works 150-200 events a year. Very busy for a royal.

      • LAK says:

        If this level of cost is an indication of how she intends to spend when she is a full time royal, she better hope that Charles or William or HM are willing to pay up indefinitely.

        This is how Fergie got herself into debt. Spending without consequences until HM finally refused to pay off her bills.

      • Sachi says:

        And this was what led me to another question in one of the previous posts:

        When Kate becomes a full-time royal, will her taste for expensive clothes increase? Will her clothing expenses double and triple as she increases her workload?

        I don’t know how much she’d be recycling in the future. Many of the outfits she’s recycled were worn when she attended an event with the same people: for example that Missoni tweed coat that she wore to the Mason and Fortnum store with the Queen that she wore again for another activity with the Queen 3 weeks later.

        Most of her outfits look like they came straight off a catalog/mannequin. She’s not mixing up her outfits, she shows no style of her own, so I don’t know how she’ll successfully recycle her outfits without buying something new every time. Again, if she’s truly stylish and fashionable, she’d be able to look great no matter the price of the clothes. She doesn’t have to rummage in thrift stores, but there are a lot more brands out there than McQueen, Jenny Packham, Rouland Mouret, etc that don’t cost almost $1000 for one piece of skirt (McQueen skirt worn during the visit to riot victims).

      • LAK says:

        @Sachi – that is a very good point. NOt just cost but the fact that her items are so fashion season specific and one of a kind [even if they are dull]. Maybe the fact that she spent her entire life shopping, she simply bought cheaper and often rather than learning the art of classic clothing, tailoring and accessoring.

      • Sachi says:

        @ LAK – Yes, you are probably right in that she doesn’t know how to choose clothes with classic, quality tailoring.

        Many of her outfits are too short, too long, or ill-fitting (coats). She needs to have them tailored specifically for her. Waste of money to wear clothes that don’t fit properly or puts her in danger of flashing her privates (too short hemlines) when getting out of a car.

  40. Angie says:

    Well, this American happens to love Kate and the rest of the royal family. I wish my ancestors hadn’t decided to “cross the pond” all those years ago.

  41. Jaxx says:

    So they finally got around to adding in her eyeliner tally?

    • LAK says:

      not yet, but an american beauty website had a go at working out her hair/makeup costs and came up with an estimate of $37,000pa. This in addition to $163,000 brings her rumoured personal expenditure to $200,000pa

      excluding her unmentionables of course.

  42. anne_000 says:

    I don’t see why Kate needs to wear expensive clothes in the first place. There are plenty of stylish clothes that costs far less, so I don’t know why she has to try to be expensively ‘fashionable.’ Does it help the charities for her to wear the more expensive designers’ clothes? No.

    I think her charities would get more recognition & donations IF she actually showed up more often rather than if she attends them only once in a long while wearing the more expensive clothes.

    I think the issue isn’t jealousy or that she’s required to wear expensive clothes & spend loads of money on her appearance, because there’s nothing to say she’s required to do so. I think the issue is that she’s not worth all this money she spends on herself, especially when so many people are facing financial hardship. The time & money she spends on her appearance rather than doing her work makes her look bad, PR-wise, imo.

    Also, someone posted that it’s all Prince William’s fault that she’s not fulfilling her expected workload. I disagree. IF she TRULY wanted to attend to her charities more often, then she would get her way. But I believe that she’s not all that interested in them in the first place. I sincerely doubt that a grown woman who wasn’t interested at all in such things before her marriage would suddenly become interested in them now. Marriage doesn’t automatically change a person if they don’t want to change.

  43. angel says:

    I don’t get it. I can’t understand why she makes it into the spotlight. Is she considered the princess of america? Does she represent this country? Why the fascination?

  44. K says:

    I liked most of the outfits Kate wore in Canada but since then her clothes have been rather bland. I was wondering if there is some sort of “fashion protocol” for the royal ladies – Kind of a guideline for them to follow? They all seem to dress in the same manner. Even those adorable daughters of Andrew sometimes dress a little matronly (except for those fascinator things – I love those). If there is such a dressing guide, it definitely needs to be seriously updated.

    • LAK says:

      There are guidelines but the interpretation is left to the wearer.

      Certain items must be worn at all times at court and or when carrying out engagements eg Closed toes,Tights [hose], skirt lengths on the knee, covered shoulders.

      Conservative dress is recommended. Trousers are discouraged except in private or carrying out personally affliated engagements. Definitely never when attending HM, in public or private.

      men are encouraged to wear suits at all times with emphasise on conservative. meaning suit and tie.

      The only time they relax their clothing is in Scotland but that’s probably because HM is more relaxed there and they follow her lead with regards relaxed clothing.

      Hats and Gloves are recommended but not strictly necessary except for certain occassion. They follow HM on this, but do not always wear Hats.

      I do not have a hat face, so fascinators work brilliantly for me. I like that fascinators have revived the hat wearing tradition.

  45. DuBarry says:

    I really do wish people would leave this lovely girl alone.

    • Dena says:

      That’s not going to happen until that “lovely girl” begins to come off as a lovey woman. She’s 30 and she’s still refered to as a girl. That’s very telling. Don’t you think?

  46. Diane P says:

    For goodness sake! Who cares how much Kate spends? It’s not like she can’t afford it (or her husband, or father-in-law). She is continually in the public eye and what she wears, be it designer duds or something “off the peg”, is obviously scrutinized by one and all. Kate, so far, has more often than not, managed to look terrific, no matter what the occasion. Leave her be — she is the best thing to happen to the Royals since Princess Diana. And one day she will be Queen.

    • LAK says:

      Clearly you missed the memo where she’s supposed to be a frugal, thrifty, recycling high street princess! And hard working, independent and modern. And a fashion plate who is a nation saver.

  47. Confused says:

    With absolutely no sarcasm intended, I’m really, genuinely confused as to how this young woman is being touted as the best thing to happen to the British royal family since Princess Di.

    I barely follow the royals (except for Prince Ginger Hottie — more posts about him, please!), and I’m not especially for or against the monarchy (I have no business being either, as I’m not even a British subject), but the overall impression I get of Duchess Kate is that though she’s put together and comfortable in front of the camera, she’s not that interesting, intriguing, or charismatic. That’s a totally objective observation, btw.

    I realize it’s only her first year as a royal. I realize she’s being kept on a tight leash. But from whatever I’ve seen, I just don’t get why so many people are so enamored and impressed with her. Explanations are most welcome. :)

  48. laura says:

    Are the royals allowed to borrow clothes? I don’t think they’re allowed to take freebies but couldn’t they just borrow something from a designer and return it later?

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  50. marlio says:

    Well I think it was good that she got to experiment with clothing from thrift stores and on high street. But , I too, think I would start using the services of the coture designers, since she is a role model and she can afford it. She could still wear thrift clothing or high street for lesser events. I havent been crazy with all her ourfits but my favorite was the long, rose coloured gown.