Kate Middleton's £35,000 wardrobe paid for by Prince Charles

Eleanor  Young
by Eleanor Young
Kate Middleton
Rex Features

Kate Middleton may be a fan of fan of recycling her style and shopping in high street stores, but we've often wondered who foots the bill for her dazzling designer dresses. Now it's been revealed Prince Charles has paid for Kate's working wardrobe, which has cost an estimated £35,000 in the last year.

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According to the Mailonline, Prince Charles has agreed to pay for the Duchess of Cambridge's 'work-related' wardrobe, and anything she wears to official engagements or while out and about with the Royal Family.

It's thought Kate's father-in-law has offered to take the cost of the Duchess's designer dresses out of his official Household budget.

Which is quite generous, since it's estimated Kate's shopping bill totals up to more than £35,000 in 12 months alone.

According to insiders, Kate has gone to great lengths to keep her clothing budget down, recycling dresses where she can, and shopping on the high street.

But as she returns all free samples sent for her to wear, and insists on paying full price for all her clothes, Kate's still totted up a substantial shopping bill.

In an effort to keep costs down, Kate's reportedly refused all offers of a stylist or dresser, and still chooses all her clothes herself.

‘Catherine has an innate sense of style and, almost as importantly, knows what is appropriate for the occasion,' one insider told the paper.

‘She might not choose the most cutting edge designers, but she know what looks good on her and that’s what counts.

‘Plus she is acutely conscious that she is not yet a full-time working royal and feels it is pretty pointless, as well as extravagant, to have her own dresser.’

Earlier this year, Kate Middleton surprised workers in a French Connection store, when she arrived unannounced for a spot of sales shopping.

According to staff, Kate was 'very polite' and even asked their opinion on her potential purchases.

After browsing the rails, Kate headed to the changing room, where there were no diva demands there, either. 'She didn’t ask anyone to fetch it for her, she just seemed to want to be low key,' the worker said at the time, adding: 'she was very cheery, very smiley.'

What do you think of Kate Middleton's £35,000 wardrobe bill? Should she shop on the high street, or is she right to wear designer? Let us know in the comments box below…

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