Kate Middleton’s love for Bicester Village, the discount shopping outlet near Oxford, is no secret. The Missoni coat she wore last winter was purchased from the complex, and she has been quoted as saying she liked shopping there because "everything is so contained".
Now sales guru Mark Ellwood has penned a new book in which he divulges more of Kate’s shopping habits. In Bargain Fever: How To Shop In A Discounted World, Ellwood reveals that it’s the Reiss sale rail that she heads to first, and that the Duchess is never seen with an entourage, unlike other Royals.
A Reiss shop assistant told Ellwood: "You look up and there'll be Kate and her same two friends going through the 60 per cent off rack. You have no idea she's there and security must be outside, but she comes in all the time. And she's totally different to the Prince of Thailand, who I heard shut down a restaurant and brought his own staff when he visited Bicester."
Kate is a dab hand when it comes to mixing her designer pieces with high street buys, so we’re not surprise she’s is a thrifty shopper with an eye for a bargain. It just makes us like her more.
By Olivia Marks