Prince William believes that his two children have different personalities. During a visit to the Cambridge College of St. John’s where he finished a 12-week agriculture course last year, Kate Middleton’s husband talked about Prince George and Princess Charlotte. As per Us Weekly, Prince William made the remarks when Professor Christopher Dobson gifted him a children’s book entitled “Fitz and Will.”
It seems that Prince William’s daughter is following the footsteps of her mom who is often commended for her impeccable fashion sense. Just like the “Kate Effect,” the royal baby has her own “Charlotte Effect,” which according to Brand Finance, has brought a huge uplift to the British brands associated to her.
A notable example of the effect is the strong sales of the lacy shawl Prince William and Kate Middleton used when they first introduced their daughter to the press. Director of GH Hurt & Sons Gillian Taylor told The Sunday Express that the brand saw a “big increase in orders from all around the world, thanks to all the media coverage.” The same thing happened to the vintage pram that Princess Charlotte used during her christening. Restoration company Prams with Pizzaz claims that they were flooded with calls following the Sandringham ceremony.
Nonetheless, despite being seen by her father as ladylike, Princess Charlotte won’t be donning frilly dresses anytime soon. Rachel Riley, Kate’s favorite designer for children’s clothing, told People that the royal couple’s daughter will only start wearing dresses “only when she’s walking.”
“Because they’re a traditional family, I’m sure that she’ll wear babysuits for the first year, and then only when she’s walking will she then move into dresses. Even in terms of separates, I don’t think she’ll be wearing separates until much later.”
Rachel also revealed to The Daily Mail that the late Princess Diana inspired many of her designs. One of her standout pieces was the set she created for Prince George at the christening of his sister. The set consisted of an embroidered shirt paired with red shorts. Royal supporters pointed out the striking similarity of Prince George’s ensemble to the outfit worn by Prince William himself in 1984 when he first met Prince Harry.
“I look at old pictures of William and Harry as boys because the outfits are beautiful and a wonderful inspiration. Princess Diana had a great sense of style. She was a nursery teacher so was a natural with children and knew how to dress them. She dressed William and Harry in clothes that are appropriate for children.”
She went on to praise the boys’ mother for choosing comfortable and classic pieces for her sons while making sure that they were properly dressed. Rachel said that for Prince George, it seems that his parents are always aiming for a “very classic but suitable for today” look.
Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently topped a poll conducted by British cable station Sky1 to determine the world’s most influential couple. The station conducted the poll to celebrate the new season of The Muppets. More than 2,000 voters pushed the royal couple to the top of the list.
David and Victoria Beckham nabbed the second spot followed by the royal couple’s grandparents, Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth. Other couples which the royal couple defeated included Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Barack and Michelle Obama, and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
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