- Fashion commentator Suzy Menkes said Kate’s jewellery is a ‘disappointment’
- But angry fans insist there is nothing wrong with using modern pieces, too
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The Princess of Wales has come under fire for her modest taste in jewellery.
Certainly, it’s true that Catherine is willing to wear high-street and her jewellery is understated for anything other than state occasions, banquets and so on – which led fashion commentator Suzy Menkes to suggest that she has been a ‘disappointment’ in her approach.
Worse, Ms Menkes, suggested that the Princess seems indifferent to the fabulous collection to which she has access and lacks the sort of passion that her step-mother-in-law, Queen Camilla, shows when it comes to wearing sparklers.
Yet Catherine makes full use of the royal jewel box when the occasion is suitable – and is by no means the first royal to choose ‘costume’ over more ostentatious sparklers.
The three simple discs on Catherine’s simple, modern necklace are inscribed with the names of her children
Diana, too, wore a simple gold disc with the names of William inscribed – a gift from Charles. She is pictured here with Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones in 1983
Charles bought this military style star brooch for Diana in Chicagon n 1986. It cost £70
Indeed the previous Princess of Wales, Diana, loved to dress down and could think of little better than sneaking into costume jewellers Butler & Wilson in South Kensington.
And what she picked out would inevitably get the royal watchers scratching their heads about the provenance of