Kate Middleton and Prince William
spent a quiet evening at home to celebrate Wills 29th birthday earlier this week. We suspect that the real reason they didnt go out is that Middleton is mired in outfit-planning and packing for her impending US state visit.
Reports say that Middleton will take 40 outfits on the 11-day US trip, and that she will maintain her policy of declining freebies from designers and fashion brands as she assembles her travel wardrobe
. A spokesperson for the Duchess of Cambridge said that the royal has a policy not to accept any free offers of clothing. We would never discuss the prices paid for individual itemsthese will remain private between the Duchess and the designers. She will not receive any special clothing budget for the Canada and California tour.
Nevertheless, officials have said that the Duchess of Cambridge may reach private agreements with designers. Private agreements could refer to borrowing fashion items or accepting considerable discounts on retail prices, both standard practises in the industry that dont step over the line into free territory.
That said, we have a question: considering that her North American tour wardrobe is project to cost as much as $40,000, why shouldnt Middleton accept discounts? We know, she wants to show that she identifies with the normals, etc., but civilians dont spend $40,000 on state visit wardrobes. Surely, anything that reduces the sum that the public purse forks over to fund her adventures in fashionlong may they continueshould be applauded. (Note: We get that we don't know all the details regarding how royal-funding functions. Feel free to correct. Or just go with us for the broader argument.)
So why the indignation over our beautifully d