If you still had doubts about whether or not Kate Middleton would appear on the cover of American Vogue any time soon, let us lay them to rest: A source at Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth would be most displeased if she saw her granddaughter-in-law on the cover of the world’s biggest fashion magazine.
The source told E! Online that the Queen hasn’t expressly forbid Kate from having any particular interaction with the press, but she has made it clear that she doesn’t want the newly minted duchess to be seen as a fashion plate. According to the source:
“Kate is keenly conscious that her new grandmother-in-law may not chide her for appearing on a Vogue cover,” a palace source close to the swanky sitch tells us. “But she would definitely not be amused, and Her Majesty is a real genius at making people squirm with simply a look or a ‘tut, tut.’ “
But the Queen isn’t the only one who doesn’t want the world clamoring for Kate’s styling tips — even if they already are. Prince William and Kate herself are still trying to run away from the crown Kate doesn’t want: Queen of the runway. The palace says the newlyweds are a lot more focused on their philanthropic efforts and their role of supporting the United Kingdom than they are on what Kate puts on her back for every public appearance. This despite the fact that magazines and fashion sites light up every time she steps outside the palace gates. To be photographed on an official public occasion is one thing, but to actively participate in a highly produced shoot is quite another.
To be brutally honest, a request to sit down with The Times, the BBC or one of the major American networks to discuss the monarchy in general is one thing … For Kate to be photographed draped in the latest creation of a couture house to, knowingly or otherwise, self-promote her status as some sort of fashion horse is something quite different. I’d say Architectural Digest might have stood a better chance.
Architectural Digest, huh? Well, if Anna Wintour can’t get Kate, maybe one of her counterparts at another Conde Nast title can.