Even though all was certainly not quiet on the Kate Middleton front over in England, it looked like the royal couple’s Diamond Jubilee tour of the South Pacific went off without a hitch. Not so, apparently!
One night during their visit to the Solomon Islands just over a week ago, Kate and Prince William gamely sported some of the locally-made apparel that was gifted to them upon their arrival. As it turns out, however, the duds they chose for their evening of revelry were not in fact made in the Solomon Islands, but rather were pieces of traditional garb from the Cook Islands some 3,000 miles away. Uh-oh, #RoyalProblems.
Initially the plan was that Kate would wear a dress she had brought from home, while Wills would don a local creation, however the couple arrived in their room to find numerous articles of clothing and, easygoing kids that they are, each selected a piece for the night. Unfortunately, it seems that Kethie Saunders, one of the officials in charge of bestowing the gifts was a little overzealous and left quite a few unplanned items. The Solomon Islands Government House is seriously displeased, according to a statement published in the Independent:
“We are incredibly frustrated that this situation has come about and see Kethie as entirely to blame. It was completely inappropriate for her to go to Their Royal Highnesses’ room, which she filled with various things, causing confusion.”
Harsh words for a seemingly innocent mistake, don’t you think? Luckily Clarence House, presumably with bigger fish to fry, reassured the press that the islanders had no harsh feelings over the sartorial gaffe and are still on perfectly good terms with the royal couple:
“It was not learned until later in the evening that the clothes weren’t from the islands. But it was understood that the Duke and Duchess intended to wear traditional Solomon Island clothes and this was appreciated. No offence was caused.”