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Video: Catherine’s see-through dress in ‘The Crown’ v/s real life

PHOTOS: Catherine's see-through dress in 'The Crown' v/s real life
PHOTOS: Catherine's see-through dress in 'The Crown' v/s real life

The Crown” recreates Kate Middleton’s infamous university fashion show in season six, episode nine.

In the episode, actor Meg Bellamy wears a recreation of the royal’s see-through dress.

In 2002, Kate — now known as Catherine, Princess of Wales — famously participated in a student charity fashion show at the University of St Andrews in Edinburgh, Scotland. She walked the runway in front of the prince in a sheer black dress, wearing a black bandeau top underneath.

The moment is recreated in episode nine of the final season of “The Crown,” which depicts Kate, played by Meg Bellamy, deliberately wearing the see-through dress to impress Prince William (played by Ed McVey).

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‘The Crown’ implies that Kate wore the see-through dress specifically for Prince William

Before the fashion show in episode nine, Kate calls her mother, Carole Middleton (played by Eve Best), to tell her that Prince William is attending the event. Carole encourages her daughter to look her best, specifically telling Kate to “make use of the assets God has given us.” Next, Kate is seen backstage at the fashion show and spies the prince in the crowd before picking out the sheer dress.

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“The Crown” costume designer Amy Roberts told Netflix’s Tudum publication that she believes that the real Kate picked the dress to impress William. “That was deliberate,” Roberts said. “She wore that to catch William’s attention — that dress is not hiding anything.”

Bellamy, who plays Kate, told Tudum that she was initially nervous about recreating the famous runway moment, but she received a lot of support from the cast and crew. “It was a really liberating experience, and it was so great for the self-esteem,” she said.

The real dress was sold for over $125,000 in 2011

While we do not see her in the episode, the dress was designed by another St Andrew’s student at the time, Charlotte Todd. Todd, who studied fashion and textiles, told People in 2011 that the dress was made for a class project “called ‘The Art of Seduction,’ which is quite apt, really.”

Todd added: “I didn’t know who Kate Middleton was and I didn’t put her in it. It was just pure chance.”

British Vogue reported that the dress cost £30 (around $38) to make, and was originally meant to be a skirt rather than a dress. In 2011, the dress was sold as part of an auction for £78,000, which was just over $125,000 at the time, according to CNN.

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CNN reported that the buyer was only identified as “Nick from Jersey.” Jersey is an island between England and France. Todd told People: “Everyone says that the fashion show was when the romance started, so a small part of me will always be part of royal history. It’s madness.”

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What will happen if Catherine chooses to disclose details of her health issues?


The Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Catherine, have revealed very few details about Kate’s hospitalisation.

Little is known about why the Princess of Wales, Catherine, had to undergo abdominal surgery in January.

In the wake of Catherine, the Princess of Wales, recent hospitalization and subsequent discharge, questions loom regarding her potential choice to disclose details about her health journey. The announcement of her “planned surgery” by Kensington Palace prompted widespread speculation, but the palace urged against further speculation, leaving the public to wonder about her condition and potential future revelations.

While Catherine’s return home marks an optimistic step in her recovery, the lingering curiousness encircling her health has led to introspection about the implications of her potential disclosure. With the media spotlight on her every move, the Duchess faces the weighty decision of whether to share her diagnosis with the world.

One key consideration is the immense platform and influence that Catherine wields. As Emily Nash, HELLO!’s royal editor, aptly points out, the Duchess’s decision to share her health journey could have far-reaching effects. With her status as a prominent figure in the public eye, Catherine has the power to raise awareness to unprecedented levels and spark important conversations about health and wellness.

Also read: The real reason why William & Catherine decided not to name Charlotte after Queen Elizabeth.

Catherine’s disclosure could have an effect that goes beyond merely increasing awareness. Her candour may act as a spark for change, encouraging people to put their health first and fight for easier access to medical treatment. In addition, her choice to open up about her personal troubles can strike a deep chord with others going through comparable difficulties, promoting understanding and solidarity among communities.

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A Right Royal Podcast host Emily Nash explores the nuances surrounding Catherine’s possible revelation in a recent episode. As conversations progress, more information becomes available about the rationale behind the royal family’s selection of healthcare providers and the value of openness when handling medical matters.

Renowned royal photographers James Whatling and Arthur Edwards are among the participants in the programme that provides insightful analysis of the subject. Their perspectives offer a nuanced understanding of the situation, ranging from stories about their dealings with the royal family’s medical team to thoughtful reflections on the wider ramifications of Catherine’s possible disclosure.

Catherine’s health declaration raises issues that go beyond the immediate concerns and illuminate the larger picture of royal health and transparency. The announcement made recently by Sarah, Duchess of York, is a sobering reminder of the difficulties related to health issues in the royal family.

Also read: Kate’s ‘household rule’ is so strict George, Charlotte and Louis can’t break it.

There is still no word on whether Catherine will decide to provide specifics about her health problems when she gets ready to return to her royal duties after Easter. However, regardless of her decision, one thing is certain: the potential for her influence to effect positive change and raise awareness is unparalleled.

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The real reason why William & Kate decided not to name Charlotte after Queen Elizabeth

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Kate and Prince William decided not to name Charlotte after her grandmother Princess Diana or great-grandmother, the Queen.

Obviously, there’s a big reason why Kate and William didn’t name Charlotte after the late Queen.

The royal naming game—is always a topic of interest and speculation. When it comes to deciding names for their little ones, William and Kate surely caused a stir with their decision not to name Princess Charlotte after her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. So, what’s the real reason behind this royal naming mystery? Let’s dive in and seek the truth.

First things first, let’s address the elephant in the room: Queen Elizabeth. As the longest-reigning monarch in British history, her influence was unquestionable. So, why did Prince William and Kate Middleton opt to forego such a big name name?

Also read: Royal expert explains how Prince William is fulfilling parenting duties while Kate recovers.

Well, it turns out, there’s more to this story than meets the eye. While it’s correct that Charlotte’s middle names—Elizabeth and Diana—pay homage to both her great-grandmother and her late grandmother, the decision to omit “Elizabeth” from her first name wasn’t a snub.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William declined to think of naming Princess Charlotte after either Princess Diana or the Queen out of security fears. This decision distinguishes the Cambridges with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who named their daughter Lilibet Diana after both the Queen and Diana. Instead of her first name, Charlotte was named after her grandmother and great-grandmother with her middle name – Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

A new Channel 5 documentary, ‘Secrets of the Royal Palaces’ debated the naming decision by the Cambridges. Richard Kay, a Daily Mail royal journalist and columnist, said: “I think he very wisely chose not to give Charlotte his mother’s name as her first name. “Everything she did and said would have been compared with her. “By giving Diana as the middle name, it means Diana is still there.” Emily Andrews, royal editor of the Mail on Sunday, added: “William has spoken about the loss of his mother and the effect it had. “He thinks about her pretty much every day and he wants to keep his mother’s memory alive.”

When Harry and Meghan’s first daughter was born, the Sussexes chose to name her after the Queen’s family nickname – Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.

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The documentary also revealed that Charlotte, born in 2015, was christened at a small church in Sandringham in the glory of Diana. Unlike her brothers Prince George and Prince Louis, who were christened at St James Palace, Charlotte’s christening was held in St Mary Magdalene’s Church on the Queen’s Sandringham estate. Ms Andrews explained: “It has the history through William’s mother, Diana Spencer, as she was also christened there.”

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Royal expert explains how Prince William is fulfilling parenting duties while Kate recovers

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Prince William ‘is not at all fazed’ by full-time parenting duties while his wife, Kate, recovers in hospital.

Prince William proves his prowess as a ‘hands-on’ dad, confidently caring for George, Charlotte, and Louis.

The Prince of Wales, Prince William, is a contemporary, “hands-on” dad who “won’t be daunted” by the possibility of taking care of his three young children full time, while his wife Kate remains in hospital following her major surgery. A source who knows the Wales family well exclusively told THE ROYAL UK that Prince William is more than capable of solo parenting.

He is already well used to dropping the children – at Lambrook School in Bracknell. “He is a regular at the school gate and events and he’s very hands-on as a dad, so being in charge while Kate is away won’t faze him,” the source said. “They often do things as a full family unit and he’s very confident looking after the kids. 

Also read: Kate Middleton’s health update: Said to be working from bed after surgery.

“Everyone was very stunned and concerned when they heard about Kate’s health. The Lambrook parents are a close-knit group and William and Kate have become part of it, so I’m certain their class groups will be rallying around to offer any help they can.”

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Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, also told THE ROYAL UK: “William is extremely supportive as a husband. It’s pretty uncommon for the Prince of Wales to cancel meetings because his wife isn’t well – that undoubtedly wouldn’t have happened in the past – but he’s a modern man whose family is more important to him than anything else.”

Prince William and Kate live in a four-bedroom property, Adelaide Cottage, on the Windsor royal estate. They used to have a live-in nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, when they lived at Kensington Palace but since downsizing in 2022, Maria – who has worked for the royals since Prince George was eight months old – lives out of the family home, but remains a constant helping hand. 

Prince William can also, sometimes, depend on Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton, who live in Bucklebury village about a 40-minute drive away, to help with the children.  Carole and Pippa Middleton have been visiting Kate in the hospital frequently since surgery. Nonetheless, the Prince’s presence at home will be essential and it’s comprehended that he will be taking a step back from public royal duties while his wife continues with her recovery at home. 

Also read: Kate’s ‘household rule’ is so strict George, Charlotte and Louis can’t break it.

Kate is anticipated to leave the hospital later this month and return home to Windsor, although she’ll be out of action until at least Easter. The Princess had major surgery on her abdominal area and while the planned operation was a success, a long recuperation awaits her.

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Kate Middleton’s health update: Said to be working from bed after surgery


The Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, is recovering from a planned abdominal surgery.

The future Queen, Kate Middleton, has decided she will not abandon her duties to her subjects as she works from home under doctor’s orders.

Middleton is expected to remain in the hospital for 10 days to 14 days as she is nursed back to good enough health to return home before she then recovers to optimum capacity. A source told The Royal UK that she is to stay in the hospital before being discharged and when she returns to her home, she will continue her duties as expected.

Her surgery was announced by Kensington Palace although they made it clear that it was unrelated to cancer before providing additional details.

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“The Princess of Wales appreciates the interest this statement will generate,” a statement read. “She hopes that the public will understand her desire to maintain as much normality for her children as possible; and her wish that her personal medical information remains private.

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“Kensington Palace will, therefore, only provide updates on Her Royal Highness’ progress when there is significant new information to share. “The Princess of Wales wishes to apologise to all those concerned for the fact that she has to postpone her upcoming engagements. She looks forward to reinstating as many as possible, as soon as possible.”

Kate’s health is important to the future

The daughter-in-law of King Charles III is a key component in the future of the Royal Family as she is married to the heir to the throne, Prince William, and is the mother of their children.

All of her children will be directly in line to the Crown until Prince George grows up to have his own children, then they will shuffle down the order as happened with King Charles’ other siblings, who fell behind William and Prince Harry and their children. Thus, if the family ever lost the future Queen of England, it could be thrust into chaos as they attempted to navigate life without her.

Also read: Kate’s ‘household rule’ is so strict George, Charlotte and Louis can’t break it.

The death of Queen Elizabeth II, in 2022 exposed some weakness and fragility once the matriarch passed away, notably between King Charles III’s two children, Harry and William, who are distant over the former’s decision to abdicate royal duties.

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