Freebies. If you are a celebrity, you’re used to getting a certain amount of free gifts from designer labels, who want you to wear their latest outfits and give their company a boost in the fashion stakes. So no doubt it was this that canny business woman and reality TV star Kim Kardashian was banking on, when she sent the Princess of Cambridge a selection from the Kardashian Kollection. Trouble is, although our Kate has been known to step out in High Street brands and champions retailers such as Hobbs, Whistles, Reiss and labels such as Orla Kiely, we can’t ever remember seeing her in a Dorothy Perkins creation.
So it was perhaps not surprising that the Duchess of Cambridge sent the freebie items straight back. Our Kate is known for her impeccable taste in clothing and once she has chosen an outfit and the world’s press has gotten hold of the pictures, the item tends to sell out within hours. This phenomena is known as ‘The Kate Effect’ and has seen pieces such as an Orla Kiely coat dress and a chocolate brown Hobbs coat sell out online and crash company servers. I guess you can’t blame Ms Kardashian for trying her luck but one look at the Duchess would maybe suggest that she is not the type of person to wear over-the-top leopard print bodycon dresses and leather leggings.
Apparently, a palace insider told The Examiner: “Kate is hardly going to turn up for an event with the queen in a cheap leopard-print miniskirt or gold sequined jacket.” The insider also let slip that Kim Kardashian invited the Duchess over for a cuppa, presumably to talk business, but again, the Duchess politely declined the offer. However, a close friend of Kims said this was complete rubbish and told the MailOnline: “Kim never asked Kate to lunch. She was there (in England) working for a few days.”
The Kardashian sisters are huge TV stars in the US and it is thought that they want this type of success over in the UK. Being associated with royalty would certainly get them some free press and much needed exposure over here. Another insider told the Daily Star why Kim wants to get to know Kate: “She hoped Kate might be seen wearing one of the designs out in public, which would give their fashion credentials a huge boost,” the source explained. “The Kardashians want to be as big in the UK as they are in America, and think associating themselves with the Royals, especially Kate, will help them achieve that.”
Kim Kardashian has long been a fan of the Duchess and in a recent interview with Now magazine, spoke about how much she admired her style: “Kate seems like a really sweet person and she’s a princess. We love her sense of fashion. She could wear our looks and team it with one of her hats.” It does appear that the returning of Kim’s goods are nothing personal however, as a representative of Kate Middleton told MailOnline: “In general terms, the policy of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is not to accept any unsolicited gifts unless the sender is known personally to His or Her Royal Highness. Any such gifts are returned to the sender with thanks and an explanation of Their Royal Highnesses’ policy.”