Princess Kate spent £159,040 on clothes & glittery headpieces in 2023

This was Kate’s first full year as Princess of Wales, carrying the same tortured title as the late mother-in-law she never met. Diana was a humanitarian icon, an iconoclast, the proverbial mouse who roared. Diana was also a fashion icon who went from prim English rose to big-shoulder Dynasty ‘80s through the cleaner, more minimalist ‘90s looks. Kate has tried cosplaying Diana, cosplaying QEII and cosplaying her sister-in-law, all to no avail. Kate simply doesn’t have her own style, her own look, and she spends hundreds of thousands of pounds every year trying to figure out what her style should be. Except this year, she ended up wearing tons of repeats, which caused some lowkey discussion about whether Kate’s husband cut her clothing budget now that it’s coming out of his Duchy of Cornwall pockets. All of which to say, Kate really did spend less money on clothes this year than she did in 2022.

The Princess of Wales saw the value of her wardrobe decrease during 2023, after showcasing an extravagant collection of garments worth £176,664 in 2022. Kate, 41, has worn new clothing and accessories totalling £159,040.28 over the past 12 months, including a host of ball gowns and glittering jewels for royal engagements.

It marks the royal’s second most expensive year to date, with a host of new outfits on show – beating 2017 when she wore £119,000 of new outfits.

The future Queen has also continued to recycle some of her old favourites, as well as donning pieces from affordable high street stores, such as Hobbs, Zara and LK Bennett.

As expected, she displayed her most expensive outfit while attending the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla, opting for a bespoke Alexander McQueen dress and headpiece, made in collaboration with Jess Collett – estimated to be worth £3,000 and £32,000 respectively.

The King is understood to cover the costs of Kate’s closet for ‘work-related’ engagements through his official household budget, but it is not clear whether the Princess always pays full price for outfits or receives discounts.

In 2021, the royal slashed the sum of her new wardrobe, wearing just £48,845 worth of new clothing. This year’s total has also increased from 2020, when she wore £93,914 of new clothing, and 2019, when she wore £103,075 worth of clothing.

[From The Daily Mail]

It’s funny that she spent that much because she didn’t go on any royal tours this year, and to many of the red-carpet events, she repeated evening gowns which were already in her closet. That coronation headpiece should not have cost £32,000 either – that’s insane. It was some Home Ec project made with a glue gun and glitter. It’s also an insane number considering how many times she just wore pantsuits or somewhat casual clothes. Hm. Also: I don’t think Charles pays for her clothes anymore? William should be paying for her stuff from the Duchy of Cornwall funds, just as Charles did when he was PoW.

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  1. seaflower says:

    Funding her parents maybe?

    • Jais says:

      Right? Does she have to provide receipts or can she pocket some of that money?

      • Snuffles says:

        Had the same thought. I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s been skimming off the top for years. Embezzling money.

    • acha says:

      You’ve got it in one, seaflower. I was really wondering how her parents are getting by, and despite the clothing expenditure that is more than my yearly salary, she’s not showing the results. Bet you anything half that budget went to her parents.

      • Daisy says:

        We were thinking the same thing about the money ..
        In todays world its a disgrace so much expenditure has gone on her ill-fitting clothes and they do not look like they are done with good material.
        Peg obviously does not think of world outside her own bubble…
        All this going for few minutes with talk that means absolutely nothing with young children.. We also find her speech difficult to understand .We say what does it achieve …nothing seems to happen from these outings..
        They should do something of actual substance not just talk the talk.

    • Unblinkered says:

      That’s what I’ve been saying for months. What’s Carol Middleton’s take been, directly or indirectly?

    • ,Libra says:

      I have read that she charges all her purchases and they are paid through Williams office. Neither one of them handles cash. No way can she funnel money to her parents without the financial office and or William knowing about it. She is kept on a pretty tight leash as far having actual pocket cash or fun money, it appears.

    • Lady Esther says:

      I read rumours that Kate gives her clothes to her mother, who then promptly sells them secondhand (through various shops) for the cash. Which I assume she shares with her mother, and then pockets the rest for a rainy day. It also explains why we don’t often see repeats, because they’ve been sold on…

      • Tara says:

        Well if that’s true and also known by the British RF reporters, that would explain why they made such a big thing out of her “repeats” and “thriftiness”. Interesting take.

  2. All that money to look bad. Some fashionista she isn’t. She could have donated half and still dressed bad.

    • Smart&Messy says:

      Allocating some of that money to pay a good stylist and tayloring would go a long way for sure.

      • paddingtonjr says:

        @Smart&Messy, this is what annoys me the most about Kate’s clothes. So many stores in the US offer stylist, personal shopper and/or tailoring services for their (normal, everyday) customers. Certainly, someone who is spending more than $200,000 on clothing and accessories could find someone to help her find clothes that are appropriate, fit well and are flattering. Even if she brought in her lookbooks, a competent stylist could help her find outfits that are influenced by Diana, QE II and Meghan, yet totally Kate. Even Diana and QEII, and I suspect Meghan, had someone (a friend, a stylist, magazines) that helped define their styles. Kate could have been a fashion icon like Diana or had a signature look like QEII, but she’s too lazy to put in the work and too vapid to have her own sense of self.

      • HeatherC says:

        @paddingtonjr That’s the worst part. So much of her stuff is bespoke which means it was altered just for her and she still can’t get it right. She could have THE best stylist and THE best tailor but if she and her pimp momma overrule them, it’s all for naught.

      • goofpuff says:

        I agree, all that money and she can’t hire a stylist, makeup artist, and hair stylist to properly dress her for the public appearances? Someone who can make sure her wiglets are well hidden, her makeup doesn’t age her 10 years, and her clothes look appropriate and stylish?

        Its like she takes a good piece and then screws it up with bad styling. If she does have a team, she needs to fire them. They are doing an awful job or they need to quit on her because she is ruining their reputation.

        I think she thinks she’s a stylish person who knows fashion and beauty, but she really is bad at it.

    • LivingDesert says:

      But even good “dressing bad” takes knowledge of style & fashion & what one can get away with (or not). I hope that makes sense. In this case… there’s nothing there. It seems to be a combination of no sense of style and some deep seated repulsion to use (professional) help in getting dressed in a way which is at least flattering with a hint of personal style.

      Which by the way can be achieved for much less than the budget mentioned here. We all know it, because we all do it.

      • Anonymous says:

        Simple answer: nobody can stand her long enough to help chose a dress that have style.
        Remember that Kan’t have been burning people off working for her.

    • BeanieBean says:

      She could not buy clothes, not even used, for the next five years & still she’d be set. This is gross, particularly in economically hard times. And I had to re-read that sentence about the coronation dress (covered by an ugly cheap-looking robe, so total waste) & headpiece, thinking surely, somebody misread something. But no, that head-piece was the more costly of the two. How is that even possible??

    • Zee says:

      Gosh, I think she looks pretty darn good. Would love to have her clothes budget but alas I don’t have her model body.

      • Duchess of Corolla says:

        Zee, I agree with you. Not trying to be snarky, but what exactly do people want to see her wear? She looks appropriate for her role. I do agree that her makeup ages her and could be changed, but her clothing is lovely.

    • Barnabus says:

      I think Kate does a have a sense of style but she’s too inconsistent in her choices. And while she has worn some very nice and flattering outfits, she is always, always, always let down by her hair and makeup.

  3. Kristen from MA says:

    I’d expect the bespoke McQueen dress to cost £32,000 and the headpiece to cost £3,000 (still a rip-off).

    • SAS says:

      Yeah, it drives me nuts when they estimate her bespoke outfits with a similar off-the-rack look from the designer. There’s no way she’s getting bespoke McQueen (or any of her other faves for that matter) for less than £10,000 a piece.

      • Megan says:

        And she had multiple coronation dresses. You can see from the photos the neckline of the dress changes from the church to Buck House photos. And I’m guessing the dress with the embellishment matching the Strathmore tiara was also a coronation option.

      • Harper says:

        We have no iconic photos of Kate in the coronation dresses because one was covered by robes and the second was only seen in a far away group shot. I have to hand it to Camilla for neutralizing Kate on Coronation day.

    • Sam says:

      Thought that too…

      BTW DM just outright lies!!! The “research” is just ridiculous!
      Only clothes that were identifiable were counted and all costume made clothes were NOT counted. Her 2 coronation dresses were costume made and fashion bloggers say that one dress cost at least 75,000 € / $ / £ !!!!
      So together about 150,000 €!!! And she probably wore a lot of other costume made clothes this year and that’s a total of at least €200,000 more.

      Can you believe these lies?? And I don’t even want to get started on how DM reports on Meghan’s clothing costs.. just disgusting.

    • seaflower says:

      I had a look on the milliners site and there was a bespoke “crown” in gold leather for approx 4,000GBP.

      • kirk says:

        Jess Collett golden leather leaves looked fairly similar to the actual silvered thing Kitty wore. Noticed people are selling $78.25 Kitty facsimiles on Etsy.

    • Smart&Messy says:

      £32000 for the tinfoil tiara??? What the hell was it made off? I do have a glue gun in the junk drawer, I should start a side hustle.

      • B says:

        Their excuse for journalism is pretty sloppy. I think it’s entirely possible the numbers got switched and no one caught it before it went to press.

        But also, the reported total, for someone actually doing a lot of appearances, and in labels that most of us can only dream of…… I suspect the Kardashians exceed that each by a significant portion.

    • First comment says:

      I can’t believe that this headpiece costs £32, way…there must be some sort of agreement between Kate and representative of McQueen to share the money…it’s not gold!!! Where’s the indignation? Anyway, this year’s budget was heading to a new record till the coronation (remember, two identical white dresses for it, that I’m sure aren’t both calculated, not to mention the bespoke items).. obviously, someone advised her to tone down her spending, that’s why she wore mostly repeats after summer break (you know, economical crisis)…we would probably see her new 🛍 next year…

    • Anon says:

      Why didn’t they just let her wear an existing tiara from their jewelry collection instead?.

  4. Amy Bee says:

    Kate’s total is only lower this year because she didn’t go on any royal tours and the DM has it wrong, her wardrobe is funded by her husband not Charles.

  5. Inge says:

    Second most expensive year to date, and still lazy AF.

    How many of these are near identical white dresses or different colour versions of the same thing?

    • Chloe says:

      She has worn near identical pieces that we bought completely new which is a waste of money and i don’t understand why she does it. Also, if you take the amount of money she spent and divide it by the total of her engagements this year she spends nearly £1300 per engagement.

      • Jais says:

        Aren’t some of her engagement numbers just phone calls or bts meetings? That would change that number.

      • Becks1 says:

        @chloe I was thinking of the cost per engagement as well. If you figure some of those engagements are phone calls or non photographed meetings, then she really did spend more than 1300/appearance. That’s without factoring repeats.

        That’s a lot of money to look that bad.

      • Harper says:

        If Kate was constantly traveling the world to meet with foreign dignitaries as a valued representative of the Queen/King who would grumble? But when most of her outings in 2023 were only twenty minutes from home and were typically a child care center or school, baby bank, food bank, or faux round table discussion on baby brains, it really spotlights what a shallow, vain dress-up doll she is.

  6. Steph says:

    She did less events than thousands spent on clothes. Brits are crazy accepting that.

    • Mei says:

      I don’t accept it at all. She and the rest of the RF in the UK are beyond pathetic and the monarchy should absolutely be abolished so we don’t have to fund their lifestyles and their BS excuse for ‘working for the country’.

  7. Nikomikaelx says:

    Eh, theres lots of fashion talk on this site, so we all know that custom / one of a kind clothing etc can cost ridiculous amounts for us mortals.

    But i dont think we should mock the designer just because we dont like Kate.

    But yeah, im just saying that if i had that much money for my ONE YEAR supply of clothes i would look much better. You can tell That Kate doesnt really know her style so she just throws lots of money on it hoping that expensive = stylish.

    Hope everybody had nice holidays and will have, even a little bit better year on 2024. (2023 was pretty bad for humanity as a whole.)

    • ShazBot says:

      But I don’t think this total accounts for all the bespoke pieces does it? I thought they just added up the costs of what they could identify, so it’s actually more when you add in bespoke.
      Wild that she spent that much when she repeated so many gowns and didn’t go on a tour. That’s actually embarrassing considering she knocked it out of the park once the whole year?

      • Nikomikaelx says:

        Completely agree with you!
        I was talking specifically about the cost of the headpiece in my comment.
        The total amount is ridiculous, even if it would have been more “work” busy.

        Its funny that they always remind that Kate wears zara etc once in a while as if shes saving money?

  8. kirk says:

    DailyFail thinks Zara is high street fashion?

    • seaflower says:

      High St in UK is mall in US.

      • SarahCS says:

        I did not know that! So what would ‘high street’ refer to in the US?

        I used to travel to the US regularly for work and I loved the subtle language differences (I had a few looks of horror when I asked where the toilets were before I knew to ask for restrooms).

      • seaflower says:

        I think the word high would translate to a top end/high end designers.

      • SarahCS says:

        Oh! Yes, definitely the opposite to the way we use the term, thanks @seaflower.

      • February pisces says:

        High street is like the shops you would find in a shopping mall. Affordable and mass produced, like H&M or forever 21.

      • Mei says:

        ‘High street’ here is typically affordable, mass-market/mass-appeal/trend-driven that you find in most towns with multiple branches in big cities. Whereas ‘high fashion’ or ‘high jewelry’ is the opposite, means very high-end items that you may find for example in places like Harrods or Selfridges. It’s a fairly dichotomous term!

      • BeanieBean says:

        @SarahCS: you may not see this today, but ‘High St’ (UK) = ‘Main St’ (US).

  9. hanna says:

    i loved her coronation outfit and headpiece. she looked like bitchy regal queen personified. if there’s any time to spend money i don’t have problem with is the coronation, bc it’s literally the reason they exist…to do these pomp and circumstance events for the country and marks a cultural event. whether the UK needs that and the institution is another discussion. if she looked shabby and didn’t wear expensive stuff, that would literally defeat the point. the rest of her wardrobe was half hits and half misses so I don’t get the cost.

    • Chloe says:

      No shade to the designer of the headpiece but in my opinion it looked like a tinfoil mess on top of her head and it was a waste of money. Had she simply worn a tiara from the royal collection the look would have been more regal. And it would have cost nothing

      • Lulu says:

        No kidding, that headpiece looks like it was from Clair’s Boutique.

      • krik says:

        A tiara from the royal collection would require approval from QConCam, likely verboten since it was her big day.

      • LRB says:

        It was billed as a no tiara event… no one should take any air from the awful Kween… so instead Kate wore a fake tiara… she looked ridiculous.. I really like trouser suits and wear them a lot for work… when they fit… but hey the new year diet starts in a few days!! But Kate’s body doesn’t seem to fit them to my mind. The gap between crotch and waist seems huge and puts the whole thing off. Not body shaming, my body is a whole way off perfect, but learn what works for your shape and these smart trousers suits don’t suit her.. imo.

      • Mosie says:

        Agreed – the consolation crown was a big ole mess!

    • Haylie says:

      Oh, yes. Kate’s Koronation Kkanrobe in white suited her well. All she was missing was the hood.

      It takes so little to whitewash this racist. So very little.

    • Lemons says:

      If Kate had any plans to rewear that coronation headpiece…why not? But it was likely spent for that one day and is too cheap to be put on display as if it were a work of art. They’d be forced to admit that it’s rhinestones glued to stencil leaves!

      And sadly, Kate looked very much like a woman desperate to look regal because she herself is not.

    • Jaded says:

      You say “bitchy regal queen” as if it’s something good and aspirational. Not in my world, she’s an unkind, vapid, manipulative, self-obsessed, lazy beyotch who brings nothing to the public she’s supposed to serve and who pay for her wanton spending and luxe lifestyle.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Yes and no. One coronation gown would have been sufficient, but Kate had two, brand new gowns made for her. And one was covered by that ridiculous robe, so we never saw it. Why two? What was the point?

    • Lady Esther says:

      I agree. Once the edict went out that it was a “no tiara, ermine robes or other aristocratic gear” event, I lost interest so I was pleased that Kate at least rocked the Roman laurel wreath of triumph, however badly made.

      Personally I have never believed it was Kate’s own initiative to don that headpiece, first and foremost because lazy. Second, Kate, Sophie and Charlotte all wore varying versions (according to rank) of the same headpiece. Only Camilla got to don the real jools. I do agree that because it was all a kerfluffle until the last minute that it looked like crap though!

  10. Kittenmom says:

    That tacky coronation headpiece is the gift that keeps on giving. Makes me laugh every time I see that piece of crap. Somehow highlights her vile “evil queen” persona to a t.

  11. Nic919 says:

    There is a royal fashion blog saying this total is under valuing things and that a few custom pieces aren’t even included. There was a new dress for the coronation portrait not included along with the low balling of the bespoke outfits, which are many.

    She’s always spent like crazy but they pretend it’s ok despite the fact she does nothing of substance.

    It was only low in 2021 because many things were still in lockdown.

    • SAS says:

      Do you know of any sites that do their own research/ estimate? So many of them have catalogued every public outfit- they would surely get a lot of attention by posting a more well researched estimate than the DM.

      But of course, what fan page would ever do it.

      • Nic919 says:

        I think it was royal insta blog who pointed out the missing amounts. There are screen caps below the tweet from Kaiser about this post.

        Some of the fashion blogs are simply mouthpieces but a few of them dig deeper.

    • Becks1 says:

      And look at how much she spent in 2020 when she spent half the year in lockdown.

  12. equality says:

    Rewearing clothing is NOT recycling. It’s not even that thrifty if you rewear only every few years.

  13. L84Tea says:

    I could have easily predicted this. Now that QE2 is gone, it’s a free for all in that joint. What little shame any of them had while she was still living has evaporated.

    • Seraphina says:

      Exactly this!

      • Anonymous says:

        Indeed. Imagine the Queen seeing Kkkhate going out of the car for the SK visit….after it was published multiple times that Kate must be respectful of the basic decency.

    • LRB says:

      I wore a coat to work today… had so many compliments, I swear it is more than 20 years old.. and I don’t think I am recycling just wearing my clothes. Every time I think I will give it to a charity shop I wear it one more time and people say it is lovely, so I keep it. It is Laura Ashley, probably cost not a lot… and that is why I have money to give to a homeless charity to give meals for NY Eve dinners…. I am no hero, nothing special, just human.

  14. Nikomikaelx says:

    ALSO, i dont know if this has been done, or if it is even allowed by their “rules”, but it would be cool if they auctioned some of the old gowns, jewellery, especially one of a kind custom thins she doesnt wear anymore and give the money to charity.

    I personally have never understood the love for royals, but im sure there would be huge amount of people willing to pay crazy money to own something Kate has worn.

    • Lemons says:

      I learned on a French channel that Diana was one of the first high profile “celebrities” to auction her clothes off like this for charity. I thought that was crazy, but she was very smart in her day. I can’t imagine Kate doing anything like this…Camilla doesn’t have the wardrobe for it. Maybe Beatrice and Eugenie, but they aren’t high profile enough. Kate is the only candidate among working royals but she would probably hate the idea of parting with her clothes.

      • Nikomikaelx says:

        Yeah, i wouldnt hold out my breath with Kate haha. It would be so easy basic good pr for them too, i swear to god that their pr person (if they have one) hates them.

      • Cairidh says:

        It was Prince Williams idea for Diana to auction off her dresses. She picked out the iconic pieces to sell. Kate doesn’t have any iconic outfits. The only one that’s famous is the blue dress she wore for her engagement interview, and that’s only famous *because* she wore it for her engagement interview. If she’d worn it any other day, nobody would have looked twice at it.

      • equality says:

        @Cairidh Actually there is no direct quote or documented instance where Diana specifically attributes the idea of the auction to Prince William. She said that both H and W encouraged her to clean out her closets.

      • BeanieBean says:

        I vaguely recall seeing that Beatrice auctioned off her crazy hat from the K&W wedding.

      • Cairidh says:

        At the time of the auction Diana said it was Williams idea. She even wrote it on the auction pamphlet.
        Here’s a link to William talking about it.

      • equality says:

        @Cairidh I guess after her death PW can say anything was his idea. What pamphlet? A link to it? Or a link to Di saying it? Everything I have looked up on it says that the catalog from Christie’s has NO such quote. So Diana can’t even have credit for her own charitable actions? PW even takes credit from her?

    • Couch Potato says:

      I know CP Mette Marit of Norway gave a dress (I think) princess Ingrid had grown out of to a charity auction many years ago. The other CPs and queens have likely done the same, but the british RF has their own way of doing things.

  15. Lulu says:

    A headpiece costing 30-40k should come from a jeweler, not a clothing designer. Something seems off.

    • SarahCS says:

      Everything about these people is off. Grift thy name is royalty.

    • MinorityReport says:

      Re-read that passage. Ugly dress was 32k, ugly headpiece was 3k.

      • Jais says:

        I did go back and read that section and it still seems to say the dress is 3,000 and the head piece 32,000 based on the sequence in the sentence. Maybe it’s incorrect but there’s no way of knowing based on the writing.

      • kirk says:

        “bespoke Alexander McQueen dress and headpiece, made in collaboration with Jess Collett – estimated to be worth £3,000 and £32,000 respectively.”
        dress = 3k;
        headpiece = 32k

    • FancyPants says:

      You’re right, smells like the Sarah Huckabee Sanders $20K podium situation… so who owns the company that spray-painted that headband?

    • Lulu says:

      I was actually thinking it’s a bit of enbiggening as Keen looked foolish in that craft project.

    • Lauren says:

      You can buy actual diamond tiaras for less than that at auction. Not the truly historic or huge tiaras but still something with actual diamonds. The tiara CP Mary of Denmark bought for herself was something like 15K

    • Concern Fae says:

      Let’s be honest. A good part of the blame for that headpiece is on Camilla. Kate should have been wearing something magnificent from the vault. I want to read the story about how and why that didn’t happen.

      And Kate is loathsome and her clothes are ugly, but this seems a fairly normal clothes budget for a woman at her level of wealth. All this talk about the RF being normal people is just bullshit. It feels like the press pushes it just to be able to hammer them for how much it actually costs to live the sort of life that they do.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate spends more than the others and has for a very long time. And yet she does the least. What doesn’t help is her sickness of getting similar outfits in multiple colours and dozens of outfits in the same colour. How many new blue and green coat-dresses does one need?

        The jewels may cost money, but they aren’t new costs. Kate’s never ending new wardrobe is just her being wasteful to make up for her empty marriage.

      • equality says:

        Or Kate could have sucked it up and gone without a head piece like all the actual crowned monarchs of Europe who attended the coronation.

      • Lady Esther says:

        @Concern Fae, +100 for your comment….totally agree

  16. SarahCS says:

    I totally agree that this is a low ball estimate of her wardrobe costs and we’re not even touching on her wigs and ‘maintenance’. Granted the wigs look cheap AF but it all costs (taxpayer) money.

  17. Eurydice says:

    Yeah, I don’t know about these numbers. Even when wearing a specific designer dress, Kate will have it changed in some way. Like the recent blue dress with the cape sleeves – they changed the neckline completely and added the sparkly “collar.” You can’t do that to an existing dress – a whole new one has to be made to her specifications and that’s got to cost.

    • SAS says:

      Exactly. The amount of custom clothes she wears (has to be at least 15 appearances per year), along with the rest of her designer stuff, I don’t believe she’s had a wardrobe under $500,000 a year for a while.

  18. FancyPants says:

    Whether the true price might be slightly lower or higher, no matter how you slice it this doofus costs the UK more than £10000 per official engagement.

  19. M says:

    I just came to laugh at the Cousin Itt wig again. That thing is ridiculous.

  20. Dr. Mrs. The Monarch says:

    So much money spent on hats and wigs that hide her face. At public events. Where she is representing the monarchy. Using taxpayer funds.

    Piles of money spent on designer clothes that are hidden beneath cloaks and coats. Money wasted on new jewelry by a family that has a dragon’s hoard of gold and gemstones.

    Sure, she rewears a few things here and there, but at this point a family of five could probably comfortably live in the space dedicated to her clothes.

  21. Jay says:

    It’s interesting that the DM is claiming Charles is still funding her wardrobe! Even William’s biggest supporters think he’s stingy with that duchy money, heh.

    My theory is that the tinfoil tiara may have cost so much because it was a rush job – until a few weeks before the coronation, there was still confusion over who would or wouldn’t be wearing crowns, and there were likely negotiations going on behind the scenes. I still don’t see the point of wearing it – it made her look like a queen in a pantomime.

  22. Ameerah M says:

    Royal Stylewatch on IG actually shows that she spent MORE this year than in any other year in recent history. The Daily Mail fudged the numbers! They omitted MULTIPLE Couture pieces that were bespoke – which costs 20-40k EACH. So yeah…she has been spent TONS of money on individual custom made items this year.

  23. Laura D says:

    The Claire’s Accessory tiara is the only time I thought Kate looked remotely regal. It showed the whole world that she was ready to take on her role of the evil Queen of realm. She really did look scarier than anything Disney could have conjured up. I could picture her looking in the mirror on Conanation day and demanding to know “who is the fairest of them all” and being relieved that Meghan’s image didn’t appear back at her.

    • Nic919 says:

      The hilarious thing is that she looked so self satisfied wearing that craft crown. But at least now we have more evil Disney queen memes to add to the list.

    • Jais says:

      The evil queen was just relieved that Meghan didn’t attend the coronation bc she would have looked 10 years younger.

  24. A Guest says:

    That peach pantsuit with a white belt and white heels is very “ladies of a certain age who live in The Villages in Florida”.

  25. Barbara says:

    She should wear flats or lower heels once in a while. Her feet look positively tortured.

  26. JanetDR says:

    I keep wondering who is responsible for getting her clothing from where it is kept? No way is there enough room at Adelaide. There must be whole rooms of nothing but coat dresses somewhere.

    • Libra says:

      I have had the same thought! With her multiple homes how does she know what pieces are where? Could this be why she appears to have multiple outfits that all look alike?? Is there a mistress of the wardrobe that catalogues it all?

      • Cairidh says:

        Traditionally the chief lady in waiting was called the mistress of the robes. However in recent history she hasn’t been involved in organising the clothes. The royal ladies had/have paid dressers instead. Men have valets.

        Kate declined to have any Liw, probably because she didn’t want any competition around her. It’s always been reported carole picks out her outfits, and used to often pick out Williams ties. Which is why there were scenes of Kate wearing an outfit copied from a photo of Diana at the same place and same event – with William wearing a tie that matched Charles in the photo.

  27. Chantal1 says:

    What bs! The truckload of glitter for Special K’s con-anation tin foil tiara alone cost that much. Unless KP “forgot” to include an extra zero – or two.

  28. Lisa says:

    She could have paid for a real tiara for that price! There are some great fake ones on Amazon.LOL

  29. Lisa says:

    She could have paid for a real tiara for that price! There are some great fake ones on Amazon! I thought it was homemade, A craft project for her and Charlotte!

    • Jaded says:

      The women attending the hat show were told no tiaras so Khate defied the request and had that ridiculous silver mistletoe concoction created at the last minute so she would stand out. Talk about thumbing your nose at the BaRF…it was very poor judgement any way you look at it.

  30. TN Democrat says:

    All that money to look that bad when so many people are suffering because of inflation. If you are gonna live a life of excess funded by the public, at least do it with style and have aome sort or work ethic. And. I agree that she is probably funneling money from her wardrobe, but her uncle/sister probably keep her parents afloat.

  31. Holly says:

    Am I the only one who think she looks fine?

    She’s never going to be a style icon but that’s not a crime and she doesn’t need to be.

    If the worst that people can say about her is that they don’t like the way she dresses then she’s probably doing okay.

    People should be able to wear what they want.

    • Jais says:

      But that’s not the worst thing they can say about her. The worst is that she told a lie that Meghan made her cry, planted it in the Telegraph, and then sat back as it flourished and played into the racist trope of the angry black woman. The worst is that she had concerns about the skin color of her unborn nephew. So yeah she can wear what she wants but when she’s cosplaying the woman she actually did those things to, people are going to notice and comment. So the issue is not about whether she wears stylish clothes or not and wearing clothes that some deem unstylish is nowhere close to the worst thing she’s ever done. Please.

    • kirk says:

      Scrutinizing cost of the “work” wardrobe of people who are publicly funded is completely appropriate. As long as majority of taxpaying UK public is ok with cost of her “work” wardorbe relative to her “work” for UK, your comments make sense.

    • Beverley says:

      Oh no, the worst I can say about KKKhate is not about her ridiculous clothing spending, it’s her vicious racism, her embarrassing grasping for relevance, her copykeening of the SIL she despises…yet wants to be, and her cynical use of children of color as diversity props.

    • B says:

      If we look at what their social media team presents as her future queen substance, it’s her “glamour” and her concern for the early years and that she’s raising the Royal kids, right?
      Well, there’s not a lot of academic credibility in her slide deck, and, um, idk how much the BRF are going to want her steering the ship w the next next king, and that leaves us with her glamour.
      Personally, I literally get dressed in the dark and work my arse off all day long as a technically married but functionally single working mom. If I show up looking like she does, people aren’t going to bat an eye. They might even think I made an effort if I match (enough) and don’t have any coffee spilled on my shirt.
      But when her glamour is presented as a pillar of her merit as future queen, that’s different.

    • Jaded says:

      Her crimes are numerous — flashing her privates repeatedly, terrorizing her biracial SIL, spreading lies, her lack of work ethic, and her total disinterest in learning anything that could make her relevant to the British people who are truly struggling yet pay for her through their taxes. She’s a leech, a grifter and as useless as a rubber crutch.

  32. Lady Digby says:

    Forgive the nosiness of this UK tax payer but one wonders who ever is paying for her wardrobe, whether Chuck or Mr Incredible Sulk, is her wardrobe tax deductible if it is “work related”?

    • Lauren says:

      That would require their money to be taxed, which it isn’t. Supposedly they pay some tax on duchy money but given that its voluntary who knows if its even close to what they would have to pay if actually taxed.
      As a UK tax payer you should know that if its work related her wardrobe is covered by the Sovereign Grant. Also the Sovereign Grant isn’t based on how much money the royal family actually needs for their “work” which is just ridiculous

    • Lady Esther says:

      Kate’s work wardrobe is ABSOLUTELY tax deductible. You can see it in the Duchy of Cornwall accounts. Not only does the RF expense any clothes used at an engagement, when they go on tour the host country pays for that wardrobe. And whenever they do something on behalf of their “Royal Foundation” or the “Earthshot foundation”, those clothes, makeup/hairstylists, etc etc are also expensed (as well as travel!!)

      Since the Duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster are publicly owned, when they deduct the cost of the RF’s clothes including Kate, this means the taxpayer is getting less in taxes. Now, supposedly the RF pay “taxes” on those Duchies which are arbitrarily calculated and voluntary. Believe you me, anything that moves they will expense it. And THEN pay whatever “taxes” they deem suitable to escape any scrutiny.

      tl;dr yes, taxpayers pay for Kate’s sky-high clothing budget

      • kirk says:

        Verification please: “when they go on tour the host country pays for that wardrobe.” You’re saying USA pays to clothe Willy, Sophie, Chuck and Kitty when they come begging for $$$ for their putative “royal work” projects?

  33. Queenie says:

    Still love that last look, the green with the matching wide brimmed hat. And I agree, @hanna, I loved her coronation look!

    • kirk says:

      Ugh! You like gigantic rhinestone buttons that kinda color-match the dangly daytime sapphire earrings? Weird that she didn’t try to coordinate the dangly earrings with the gold pin. Nah, what this selection is missing is a pix of Kitty miraculously stepping out of car with her inside leg first in order to hike her skirt up to show off ALL her legs+ to anyone’s view!

      • Nic919 says:

        That green dress did confirm she had plans to go to Singapore since we all heard it was a designer from Singapore who made that dress. But then William told her to stay home

  34. JaneS says:

    Donate them to charity like Diana did.
    At least that would make it make sense.

  35. Mary Pester says:

    Now now, we should all thank Kate……
    .for proving Dolly Parton correct, it really does take a lot of money to look that cheap!!?

  36. Nadia says:

    I watched a TikTok and that’s not even the true total because a lot of them they marked as being “custom” and didn’t have an amount for.

  37. Lolalola says:

    Whatever she spent on wigs, it wasn’t enough.

  38. February pisces says:

    If she’s spending that much on clothes in one year, it works out she’s spending just under £450 a day on clothes. That’s like one designer item a day. I feel that’s impossible to that much on ‘work’ clothes. I think she’s definitely slipping her family some cash on the side. It’s a shame she won’t put that money towards paying out the small businesses the middletons stole from.

  39. QuiteContrary says:

    I really don’t understand how the Brits put up with such excess on their dime.

    I just don’t get it.

    • Beverley says:

      It truly boggles the mind! In these difficult financial times, when British folks are struggling to heat their homes and feed their families, these Left Behinds – the “slimmed down” royal Firm – continue to spend vast sums of money unchecked. I can’t understand why there’s not more pushback from the public.

    • LDMiddx says:

      We don’t get a say on it QuiteContrary, there is literally no mechanism for removing them. the Government is ‘His Majesty’s Government’ and all MPs have to swear an oath of allegiance to the monarch – so how can there be any serious debate about the merits of monarchy and whether to retain it?

      I do feel very strongly that we would be better off without them, like many other people I know – though it is just one of several issues about the way this country is run. A lot of people here in the UK do resent all this but short of public demonstrations (at which we are liable to be arrested – as has happened several times already) there is nothing much we can do about it.

      The relentless propaganda used to build up the royals plays its part of course. Also, I believe that the ferocious hate campaign against H&M has a further subliminal message for all of us: ‘If you fail to give the royals unquestioning support you deserve to be despised’.

  40. Murphy says:

    She has her own style, it’s jewel toned pencil skirt suits with tiny hats. But 6 years ago someone decided that’s not good/special enough.

  41. Saucy&Sassy says:

    I didn’t think the Duke of Cornwall (Wont) would take any sovereign grant money because there are millions a year of income that he has access to. If they are still getting any of the grant money, the taxpayers should revolt.

    I wonder why they aren’t being honest about the amount that KHate is spending? Are they afraid if the UK taxpayer knew the real amount it would be a problem? I think they’re right.

    I don’t know why she has to have so much of what she wears taylored or remade. She needs to start buying things that fit her. I think she LIKES spending huge amounts on clothes. Perhaps it one way she knows she has value.

  42. Jensa says:

    I am baffled that she spent £32,000 on that headpiece thing and it still looked so cheap. Just so she could score some ridiculous point about tiaras. She’s completely clueless.

  43. MadamNoir says:

    The tally of her clothes is not accurate. I read the Daily Mail article, and many of the clothes if they couldn’t identify them weren’t priced. They didn’t count her engagement ring, her wedding band Diana’s jewelry like they do with Meghan. Additionally, they have all her bespoke coats at only $3000 eventhough we all know a bespoke Burberry coat would not cost only $3000.

  44. Eenie Googles says:

    it’s an unpopular take but I never liked Diana’s fussy clothes or frozen hairdo.

    And don’t @me with “well at the time”…” because she showed up on plenty of worst-dressed lists in her day. I remember.

    • Tessa says:

      Diana varied her hairstyle through the years. She wore It wavy and curly. Kate wears her same tired hairstyle

    • Tessa says:

      Those dresses did well at auction and they still do.

      • EenieGoogles says:

        Auction sales are a marker of style? lol they sell not because they were good outfits—because they were Diana’s. No one is buying those dresses to rewear

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        EenieGoogles, which says something about KHate. Do you believe that people will be as excited to buy KHates donated clothing?

  45. JaneS says:

    Diana donated her clothes to be auctioned after her divorce, for charity.
    Raised a good amount too.
    Because Diana was admired for her charity work.

    Would no one buy Kate’s clothes for charity?
    It is appalling the amount she spends on clothes. Her figure hasn’t changed much.
    She SHOULD be rewearing many outfits, Princess Anne certainly does.
    Anne rewearing clothes and hats from 20-30 years ago, is part of the reason I like Anne.

    Aren’t the designers giving Kate clothes?
    I thought lots of them did just for the PR.
    Isn’t Kate supposed to be “supporting” UK designers and businesses?

    If I was stinking rich, in support of charity, I’d be thrilled to buy anything of Princess Dianas’ and I’d double the donation. Kates’ items? I’d join the bidding but I sure would not be fiercely trying to win anything.

    • Barb Mill says:

      Anne rewearing all those vintage clothes is one reason she is usually one of the best dressed. They are classic looks that look good on her.

  46. JaneS says:

    Kate needs a new and better hairstyle as soon as possible in 2024.
    She has had pretty much the same hair since her college days.

    Diana had lots of different hairstyles thru the years.
    She looked fashionable, stylish, beautiful in each.
    I think Diana only had hair about collar length, at the most.
    Folks forget or are too young to know, that Diana was a huge trend setter in hair and fashion.

    Btw, reading the comments… You guys are pretty interesting!
    I had not thought about it but, your comments re: Is Kate using her clothing $ to support the Middletons?
    Ooh, Intereting! Maybe. Maybe.
    Or, is she building herself a war chest in case William tries to divorce her?

    • equality says:

      The war chest in case of divorce would be a smart move. Or then something she could pass on to her children who are “spares” and won’t inherit the big money. That is assuming she is allowed to get her hands on actual cash and doesn’t just have an expense account that is billed to the palace.

  47. TuxieCat5 says:

    What’s going on with the tip of her nose in that photo–looks doughy and two-toned? Is that a photoshop mistake? I’ve never seen that before.

  48. LoryD75 says:

    That’s an average of 1242.50£ for every one of her 128 royal engagements. Disgusting.

    • JaneS says:

      Good grief. I did not realize the average cost.
      She averages a new outfit that costs over $1,500 x 128 outfits.
      I’m working class all my life, you could add up the cost of my entire wardrobe for the past 2-3 years and not get to $1,500 total.
      Including my beautiful Calvin Kline black, dress coat which I got on sale from $400 marked down to $75. My only designer label anything in my 62 years of life.
      I wear it with my comfy sweatpants to go run errands. LOL

  49. LDMiddx says:

    The blonde woman in the green blouse in one of the photos looks so much better than Kate imo. And stilettos on a lawn….really??

  50. Leslie says:

    What really sickens me is that it seemed, from the moment Queen Elizabeth died, Kate immediately had an entirely new wardobe…literally, within the same week. And she and Camilla were pictured on several occasions laughing and having a jolly old time. So much for mourning the Queen. Their insincere grief disgusted me then and it still does.

  51. Anonymous says:

    The amount seems reasonable. Its quiet luxury. Get good quality pieces that you can rewear 20 years from now. Charles and Anne do this.
    Also when Meghan was a working royal, her clothing budget was higher than Kate, all paid for by Charles of course.

    • Cassie says:

      Meghan paid for her own clothes .

    • Lady Esther says:

      Hi Carole!

      1) “The amount seems reasonable”
      According to what metric? As many have pointed out here, divide by the amount of “work” Kate does and it does not seem reasonable at all. Not to mention all of the same dresses in different colours that she would have in her closet (unless they were sold on to secondhand shops for the cash, cough cough)

      2) “It’s quiet luxury”
      Quiet luxury has been discussed at length on this site. Nothing that Kate wears is “quiet luxury”, which usually denotes neutrals in rich fabrics with designer labels known only to the rich. Kate is not known for that style of dressing

      3) like Charles and Anne, rewears, 20 years from now yada yada yada
      We’ll see if Kate is still around 20 years from now, and we’ll see what she wears and what her clothing budget is at that time. Until then….

      4) When Meghan did something!
      Meghan unlike Kate wasn’t given the grace of several years of building a wardrobe as a working royal. Comparing a startup year as Meghan had – and facing criticisms from courtiers and Charles about how much she “cost” from the Duchy of Cornwall, imagine! – with years and years of Kate’s annual spend of well over 250,000 pounds….these things are not the same.

    • Nic919 says:

      The budgets did not show a significant decrease when Harry and Meghan left meaning the clothing Meghan wore was never in the budget. And the charts always include the cost of the dress she wore for the engagement photo which was likely worn only for the photo shoot.

      Besides that Kate wears over 100k of clothing every year. We are now well over a million in terms of clothing and if any of it was quiet luxury she would be rewearing it. What does Kate currently wear that she wore in 2011 and 2012, over a decade ago? Basically nothing

      She is a wasteful spendthrift who buys for the sake of buying and she doesn’t know how to buy basic staples.

  52. Oswin says:

    Proof that money can’t buy taste. Or class. Or a work ethic. Or a soul.

    She’s so embarrassing. So, so wretchedly embarrassing.

  53. NM mountain fir says:

    With that amount of money spent on wardrobe, one would think she could dress better

  54. Berkeleyfarm says:

    The figures seem reversed for the coronation gown and the headpiece (presumably even with Charlotte’s smaller one included in the bill). It’s still a lot (minus this special event expense) given her low work hours and her closet full of possibilities.