Kate Middleton: Getting her purse out for her trip to the US

22 June 2011

So, we know that Kate Middleton has a commendably frugal attitude towards fashion, buying a mix of high street and designer and re-wearing her favourite outfits, yes? Well, for her upcoming Canadian and American tour (which we alrady know she's sourcing outfits for herself), Kate is intending to purchase ALL her outfits herself according to a report in People, which states that ‘Royal officials say she may be striking "private agreements" with designers to help build her tour wardrobe’ but that as a rule, the Duchess of Cambridge ‘has a policy not to accept any free offers of clothing’.

Now, call us shallow but as probably the best ambassador the British fashion industry (and Britain as a whole) has ever had, Kate would totally be entitled to call in a few freebies, in our humble opinion. Plus, we imagine most designers would be so keen to have the Duchess snapped in their designs that they would literally be throwing them at her the moment she walks into their studio. Also, of course, we’re not talking about a capsule wardrobe of separates for this official trip -  it’s going to require a massive number of formal outfits with which to wow those people over there. Costing a lot of money, unless those ‘private agreements’ involve prices being slashed lower than the H&M sale.

So what do you recks? Is it commendably frugal that Kate won’t accept freebies for her Canadian tour? Would she be absolutely entitled to use the state purse to pay for them? Or is Kate’s decision to buy her own clothes actually about something else? Discuss.

- Alex Butt


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