Kate Middleton, adored for her impeccable fashion sense, faces critical scrutiny from former Vogue editor Suzy Menkes over her approach to jewelry. The candid assessment was unveiled during an insightful exchange on the Creative Conversations podcast, where Suzy hosted Carol Woolton to unravel the intricacies of Kate’s style choices.
Drawing comparisons between Kate, the esteemed Queen Consort, and the beloved Princess of Wales, Woolton implied that Kate’s enthusiasm for the remarkable collection of jewels at her disposal pales in comparison to that of her mother-in-law, Camilla.
Suzy Menkes did not mince words, expressing her disappointment, “The Princess of Wales doesn’t fully embrace the allure of jewelry. It often seems as though she wears it out of obligation rather than genuine passion. One can almost picture her adorned in those exquisite gowns behind closed doors, only to exhibit a subtle grimace as if questioning, ‘Must I wear this?'” The former jewelry editor maintained that Kate fails to emanate the adoration and delight one would expect from someone adorned in such precious treasures.
In contrast, Suzy heaped praise on Camilla’s unfeigned ardor for jewelry, citing a recent visit to the Monica Vinader headquarters as evidence of her genuine interest.
Speculating on whether Kate’s demeanor toward jewelry might evolve once she assumes the role of Queen, Suzy pondered, “Now that we have a new Queen in place, she has a unique opportunity to assess and perhaps reinvent the use of these regal jewels. Will we witness Catherine embracing more daring and personalized pieces? Only time will unveil the answer. With matters of beauty, it’s often a matter of personal connection.”
Suzy also questioned Kate’s lack of transparency concerning the provenance of certain jewels, remarking, “The mystery surrounding their origins raises eyebrows. One can understand the reticence, considering their questionable history. Some pieces are believed to have originated from India.”
Elaborating further, Suzy clarified, “While I wouldn’t go as far as to insinuate theft, it is believed that some jewels were obtained by the British Royal Family during a time of colonial expansion. These acquisitions were perceived as alluring tokens to bring back to England.”
As Kate Middleton continues to navigate her role within the royal family and the ever-watchful gaze of fashion enthusiasts, opinions remain diverse regarding her stance on jewelry and its significance in her life. The unfolding chapters of her journey may reveal whether she embraces a deeper connection with these precious adornments.