Kate Middleton was branded out-of-touch for wearing an expensive silk shirt while begging Britons to donate to children in need.
Middleton, 41, opened BBC’s Children in Need annual fundraiser wearing a Lisou Betty Rainbow Print Silk Shirt in a pre-recorded clip.
The shirt, which isn’t any longer available to buy, reportedly went for a cool £315, or roughly $400, in line with a fan.
Similar styles range from around $225 to $400.
The longer term Queen of England – who married right into a family estimated to be value around $30 billion – was asked to open the fundraiser.
“Tonight is all about helping to support, champion, and empower all children to be the best they might be, which is crucial for his or her future health and happiness,” the Princess of Wales said within the clip. “It’s critical that we nurture early childhood and why the form of projects supported by Children in Need are so necessary.”
BBC’s Children in Need is an annual fundraiser that sees a bunch of celebrities participate to lift money for disadvantaged children across the UK.
Despite the noble efforts, critics were quick to attack the mother-of-three.
“A billionaire opening the Children In Need show on BBC. Asking society for donations. Tone deaf, @bbc…” one X user wrote in a damning tweet.
One other identified the variety of homes she and her husband Prince William own, writing on X: “@BBC So Kate Middleton who owns several homes just popped up on #ChildrenInNeed, last yr it raised about £20m. Or £354m lower than we gave the royals to tart up Buckingham Palace. The hypocrisy is [sickening].”
Author Dan White wrote: “I do know families of disabled children who’ve gone without meals so their child can eat. So I take offense when Kate Middleton appears on @BBCCiN wearing a £315 shirt.”
“I hope Kate Middleton goes to announce a ten% cut in Royal funding from public taxes. Think how much that might raise for charity!” one other one X user wrote.
Nevertheless, not all was bad as some fans identified the princess had previously worn the shirt in 2020.
Middleton has not publicly addressed the backlash. Although, she did post the video of her speech to the couple’s official Instagram.