While everyone around the world waits for Kate to jump the next hurdle in her public life and announce her royal pregnancy, it seems the British have found increasingly silly ways of keeping the Duchess in the headlines. Like when it was “big news” that Kelly Osbourne thought Kate was ridiculous for re-wearing her J Brand jeans or her favorite coats. Osbourne believed that the future Queen of England …
… ought to wear a different outfit every single day, otherwise what was the point?
Then there’s this story, from a number of outlets, including Metro Online:
Punk fashion icon, Vivienne Westwood, believes that Middleton has a “problem with eyeliner.”
Westwood explains that the sharp black liner that Middleton wears on nearly all occasions makes her look “hard” and “ordinary” and that Kate really ought to try harder to look “extraordinary,” saying:
‘It seems to me, that her image is “ordinary woman”. Therefore, High Street shopper. And I just think that she should be an extraordinary woman, wherever she gets her clothes from.’
Is there anyone in the world who wants to be Kate Middleton right now? It feels as though she both has a duty to appeal to the common British subject because she’s the first commoner in hundreds of years to marry into the Royal family, but then there’s an opposing expectation that now that she’s made it, she needs to act like she’s been royal all along.
I suppose I find it fascinating that people are desperately trying to tear down this pretty girl whose only crime was getting married, while leaving her balding and increasingly less attractive husband alone.
What’s your take? Is the coverage of Kate’s many failings, flaws and shortcomings sexist, or is the British media just bored and using her as a general whipping girl?