Gold ring, £1,200, Gucci, as before. Wool-cashmere sweater, £1,450, and cashmere knickers, £450, both Ferragamo
Besides their glossy girl-next-door good looks, the Princess of Wales and Bellamy have a few remarkable things in common despite their 20-year age gap. Both women were brought up largely in the Royal County of Berkshire, and both were enthusiastic all-rounders at school.
Bellamy, who attended St Crispin’s school in Wokingham, tells me she loved team sports, while Kate is known to have dabbled in lacrosse, hockey, tennis and netball during her time at St Andrew’s prep school, near Pangbourne, and Marlborough College. Drama played a big role for them both, too; Kate starred as Eliza Doolittle in one school production of My Fair Lady, while Bellamy was cast as Sandy in Grease. They both like to be as private as possible, with Bellamy preferring to keep mum about her family and relationship status.
Bellamy depicts Kate during her time at the University of St Andrews in Fife, from 2001 to 2005. This was the early stages of her relationship with Prince William, a time when the now world-famous couple could fly relatively under the radar. We’ll see her recreate standout moments in their trajectory, such as the university fashion show at which the history of art student wore a sheer black skirt hoiked up to create a dress that reportedly made Prince William in the audience exclaim, ‘Wow, Kate’s hot.’
Now hot property herself, Bellamy discusses her rise to fame, her style and the Princess of Wales memory she’ll never forget…
How was your shoot day with Luxury?
I had my own stylist, Felicity [Kay, who also works with young stars including Paul Mescal and Ncuti Gatwa] doing the styling, which makes a huge difference. I’m still figuring out what ‘me’ is in terms of style, but when you put something on and you feel confident, like it’s an expression of yourself, then it must be right. We threw together layered shirts with a Gucci coat over the top – it felt really ‘me’.
How has it been discovering your personal style while in the public eye?
I’m now lucky enough to have the opportunity to wear brands that I never would have dreamt of wearing before. When I had my initial meetings with Felicity, she asked me what kind of things I like wearing and I didn’t really know, just good old H&M and Primark. I really love tailoring, which I never thought would be me. I love a masculine look just as much as a glam dress.
What was your style before you got your role in The Crown?
I used to describe my style as like a grandad, because it was high-waisted trousers and baggy knitwear. That’s just comfort for me.
What are your most treasured pieces of jewellery?
I didn’t wear a lot of jewellery up until I was 16, when I no longer had to wear school uniform. My first watch was by Armani Exchange, I just loved the simplicity of it. I love simple, elegant jewellery. I’m a gold girl right now.
style-normal”>Whose style do you admire?
I love Villanelle from Killing Eve – she’s my go-to style icon. I love her boldness and daring and the big colours and shapes. But then Audrey Hepburn, with her pearls, is definitely up there as well.
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