Kate, Princess of Wales may be deliberately choosing to wear less expensive jewels in an attempt to appear more relatable during a cost of living crisis.
Recently the Princess was accused of not enjoying or appreciating the privilege of having access to some of the most stunning gems ever worn as a senior member of the Royal Family, getting to wear stones favoured by the likes of Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana.
Fashion editor and author Suzy Menkes said on the podcast If Jewels Could Talk: “The Princess of Wales is a bit of a disappointment about jewellery, isn’t she?
“She gives the impression that she only puts it on when she absolutely has to. I imagine her looking beautiful in one of those dresses or gowns … and then sort of pulling a face [as if to say] ‘do I have to wear this?’
“She doesn’t give any sense of adoring jewellery and being pleased to put it on.”
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However, writing in The Telegraph Tamara Abraham suggested that there be a different motive at play when Kate makes her jewellery choices.
While some of her earring selections are very high-street, being from shops like Zara and Accessorize, others are slightly more high-end from retailers such as Sézane and Missoma which sell for somewhere between £100-£200 normally.
This is still a far cry from how much the royal jewels are worth, with the emerald choker worn by the Princess at the Earthshot Awards in Boston last year worth a staggering £15.6million.
Ms Abraham points out that such an extravagant display of wealth may make the royals seem more out of step with those currently struggling financially.
Kate is aware of her status as a style icon to millions across the world and will one day set an example as Queen of England, which explains her desire to appear relatable.
The founder and CEO of jewellery brand Missoma, Marisa Hordern, stated that the Princess likes to wear jewellery very much like anyone else does.
She said: “Whether it’s fine, demi-fine or costume jewellery, what you wear reflects how you feel and what you want to project – and the Princess of Wales shows us time and time again how to wear all three seamlessly and effortlessly.”
Morgane Sézalory, founder of Sézane, added: “Her timeless and classic style resonates with all women.”
The royals have also gotten into hot water before with her jewels, as back in 2018 Meghan Markle was criticised for wearing diamond earrings that turned out to be a gift from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, who was accused of ordering the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Earlier this year Queen Camilla made the decision not to wear the Koh-i-Noor diamond during the Coronation due to cultural sensitivities, as countries such as India, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan all lay claim to the stone.