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Kate Middleton labelled a 'disappointment' by former Vogue editor

The Princess of Wales has been slammed for her approach to jewellery.

Kate Middleton has been labelled a 'disappointment' in her approach to jewellery by a former Vogue editor.

The comment was made on the Creative Conversations podcast, which is hosted by Suzy Menkes, who was awarded an OBE by the late Queen for her contribution to fashion journalism.

Kate Middleton has been labelled a 'disappointment' in her approach to jewellery by former Vogue editor Suzy Menkes. Photo: Getty
Kate Middleton has been labelled a 'disappointment' in her approach to jewellery by former Vogue editor Suzy Menkes. Photo: Getty

Suzy invited British Vogue's jewellery editor Carol Woolton to discuss the Princess of Wales' outfits.

The former Vogue editor claimed Kate is seemingly indifferent to the collection of rare and precious jewels she is able to wear and doesn't seem as passionate about them as her mother-in-law Camilla.

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"The Princess of Wales is a bit of a disappointment about jewellery. She gives the impression that she only puts it on when she absolutely has to," Suzy said. "I imagine her looking beautiful in one of those gowns behind the scenes and then pulling a face as if to say, 'Do I have to wear this?'"

"She doesn’t give any sense of adoring jewellery and being pleased to put it on."

Kate has been known to wear jewellery from Zara, as she did here at the BAFTAs earlier this year. Photo: Getty
Kate has been known to wear jewellery from Zara, as she did here at the BAFTAs earlier this year. Photo: Getty

Suzy added that Queen Camilla seems much more interested in jewellery, referencing a recent visit to Monica Vinader headquarters.

"She doesn’t seem to have Camilla’s joy at wearing jewellery," she said, adding she doesn't know whether Kate will change her tune once she becomes Queen herself.

"We now have a new Queen, so presumably, she has a first opportunity to look at the jewels. We can imagine that the next in line to the throne’s wife would be something that was very special, so will we see Catherine wearing jewellery that is more dramatic, that is more personal to her?

Kate is also known to pay tribute to Princess Diana and the Queen with pieces from the royal collection. Photo: Getty
Kate is also known to pay tribute to Princess Diana and the Queen with pieces from the royal collection. Photo: Getty

"I don’t know. I can’t help feeling with things of beauty, you either love it or you don’t."

Kate appears to be a fan of wearing jewels from the royal collection as well as from shops like Zara.

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Suzy didn't stop there, however, and criticised the royals for not being open about how certain jewels were acquired.

"It’s one of these strange secrets. It’s not discussed, and I can see why because some of the pieces are dubious. They came from India," she said. "I won’t say they were stolen but they were perhaps given and taken by the British Royal Family, they weren’t stealing it but they were taking over a country at that time and thought and taking jewels they thought were an attractive thing to take back to England with them."

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