Kate Middleton’s outfit details will no longer be shared by the Palace

They want to focus attention on Kate's charitable engagements, not her wardrobe

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Palace staff are said to be "routinely refusing" to share details of Kate Middleton's outfits in an attempt to refocus attention onto her charitable engagements.

Whenever Kate Middleton steps out on a royal engagement, family outing or simple trip to the shops, you can bet on the fact that everyone will want to know what she is wearing and where they too can buy the outfit.

Her good taste, enviable budget, and the fact she has a personal stylist, means that a lot of attention is paid to Kate Middleton's outfits - there are even entire Instagram accounts devoted just to cataloguing what she has been wearing. 

Up until now, the Palace has provided outfit details for "every official engagement", except less formal visits to farms or gardens, so Kate Middleton fans can get their hands on whatever Kate has been wearing. But now, they've introduced a new rule that has made it much harder for people to ID the Princess' looks. 

Kate Middleton

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As reported by The Express, Palace staff are now "routinely refusing" to provide the details of Kate's outfits "amid frustration that so much media coverage is focused on what she wears."

They will still provide details if the event is an especially important one. The Palace uses the example of a state visit or overseas royal tour where Kate is "deploying fashion diplomacy" by wearing an item designed by someone in the "host nation."

This move has been seen as an attempt to more focus attention on Kate's charitable engagements and away from the Princess' wardrobe. But while Palace officials believe this to be an important step in garnering more media around Kate's charity efforts and away from her clothing, there's nothing wrong with supporting Kate's causes while also enjoying her fashion.

Kate Middleton

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Back in 2014, a source told Vanity Fair that "initially Kate was a reluctant fashion icon, but now she enjoys it. Tash [Natasha Archer, who has worked with Kate Middleton as her stylist for years] helps source some of the clothes. She shops a lot for Kate online, and calls in hundreds of dresses for Kate to try on. 

"She has persuaded Kate to take some more risks. The hemlines are shorter and Kate’s really pushing the boat out in the fashion stakes."

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Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse
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Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse is royal news and entertainment writer for Goodto.com. She began her freelance journalism career after graduating from Nottingham Trent University with an MA in Magazine Journalism, receiving an NCTJ diploma, and earning a First Class BA (Hons) in Journalism at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. She has also worked with BBC Good Food and The Independent.