Duchess Kate wears Temperley in London for SportsAid benefit: cute or budget?

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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and if you’re not wading through the Black Friday deals, come and check in with today’s gossip. These are photos of Duchess Kate last night (Thursday night) at the SportsAid gala in London. You might remember, Kate is a “patron” of SportsAid, which raises money for young athletes. Prince William was not in attendance – it’s believed that he was at home with Prince George while mama got a night out.

Kate wore Temperley and… I do not like this. And I’m saying that as someone who usually likes Temperley gowns and dresses – Temperley is usually girly, feminine, soft, sugary and somewhat conservative, which makes the label perfect for Kate. So I have no idea why she chose this rather plain and uneventful cocktail dress. Kate tried to jazz it up with a red clutch (which just doesn’t work) and black Jimmy Choo pumps, which are probably my favorite part of the ensemble. Mostly, I’m just relieved she’s not wearing those damn nude LK Bennetts.

Us Weekly also had a story about the Duchess and how she’s super-normal:

Kate Middleton is doing motherhood her way! The 31-year-old Duchess of Cambridge is reinventing royal traditions to give her son, Prince George, a normal family life. She and her husband of two years, Prince William, are determined to keep their home a (mostly) nanny-free zone.

“Kate doesn’t want George to be more used to the sight of the help than to his own parents,” an insider told Us Weekly. All the sleepless nights and soldiering through events when duty calls are worth it in order for Kate to spend precious time with her son, said the Middleton family source. “George has given a whole new meaning to Catherine’s life.”

Middleton’s mom routine would appall 19th-century monarch Queen Victoria, who saw her children only to supervise their baths. And it would even come as a shock to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, who had to miss William’s very first birthday because of a long-scheduled official trip with Charles to Canada. The duchess’ rules: Her duties cannot take her far from London, and overnight trips are forbidden.

Middleton and Prince William, 31, realize the important of rearing their own son. “They look at their friends and see how they have managed raising a baby while having careers,” explained an insider. “They don’t see why it should be so different for them.”

The goal, said the insider, “is to keep a normal environment around George.”

[From Us Weekly]

This part bugs me: “And it would even come as a shock to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, who had to miss William’s very first birthday because of a long-scheduled official trip with Charles to Canada.” I feel like someone (“a Middleton family source”) is throwing Diana under the bus in an effort to praise Kate. You can say what you will about Diana in the larger sense, but she was a great mom and she completely (and single-handedly) changed the way the royal family thinks of their parental duties. And Diana was not only a hands-on mom, she managed to do hundreds of charitable trips and events every year. No one begrudges Kate and William this time with George, but I’m side-eyeing the hell out of the royal propaganda effort to make it seem like Kate is so much more involved than Diana.

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Photos courtesy of WENN.
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