Kate Middleton may be working hard to get her home ready for the new baby but it isn’t likely that she’ll have a baby shower.
Why? Well, it’s pretty safe to say that the Duchess of Cambridge will be able to afford her own strollers and onesies. According to ABC, royal experts say that it would be bad form for Kate to accept presents for the baby.
The Hollywood Life reports that Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria didn’t have baby showers and that it wouldn’t be very royal of Kate to accept presents.
Victoria Arbiter, ABC News’ Royal Expert, said: “(Kate won’t have a baby shower because) there’s the added pressure that they are clearly very wealthy, and a lavish baby shower would be seen as highly inappropriate … There’s nothing they can’t go out and buy themselves.”
If Kate does end up getting gifts she’ll probably end up donating them to charity. Middleton and Prince William did the same thing for their wedding registry. Instead of having people buy them presents they asked for people to make a charitable donation.
Turning down a baby shower will also give Kate the opportunity to do some baby shopping on her own. According to Arbiter, Middleton will probably head to local British shops like Mamas and Papas for her newborn needs because she wants to help the British economy.
Buying a stroller may not sound like a big contribution but Middleton knows that whatever she buys is going to fly off the shelves.
Arbiter said: “They don’t necessarily buy the top of the line products. They’ll buy something practical and useful … Kate will likely shop for British products. She’s well aware of the ‘Kate effect’ and knows whatever she buys will sell out. If a product does sell out from a British store, it’s good for the economy.”
A Middleton baby shower isn’t likely but it still could happen. Pippa was reportedly planning a small gathering for her sister last week. If Pippa does throw a little party, it will most likely be a small affair with close family and friends.