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Kate Middleton Allegedly Rejected a Cute Gesture from Kim Kardashian Returning Her Gift in 2012

Joe Akins
Oct 20, 2021
04:30 P.M.

Kim Kardashian is undoubtedly the queen of reality television. She is also a renowned businesswoman, but the Duchess of Cambridge rejected her baby gift almost a decade ago despite her fame.


Since she joined the royal family about a decade ago, Kate Middleton has been largely known for her calmness, impeccable style, and love for privacy, making her one of the most admired royal figures.

Middleton made waves in 2012 after reports emerged that she returned a load of free clothing sent to her by reality star Kim Kardashian. Kardashian had just launched a fashion collection with her sister and hoped to make a friendly gesture to the Duchess.

Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton makes an official visit to the Guildhall with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on November 28, 2012 in Cambridge, England [left]. Kim Kardashian attends a photo call to promote the Kardashian Kollection on  November 10, 2012 at Westfield [right]  | Photo: Getty Images

Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton makes an official visit to the Guildhall with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on November 28, 2012 in Cambridge, England [left]. Kim Kardashian attends a photo call to promote the Kardashian Kollection on November 10, 2012 at Westfield [right] | Photo: Getty Images


Kim and her sisters are widely known for their famous family show, "Keeping Up With The Kardashians." After venturing into fashion, the sisters hoped to replicate their TV success as businesswomen.


The 40-year-old TV star and her sisters Khloe and Kourtney had high hopes for their Dorothy Perkins range. Consequently, they decided to strike up a marketing plan which involved gifting the Duchess of Cambridge a few items.

Surprisingly, Middleton turned down the warm gesture from the Kardashians, however politely. The free clothes sent to Middleton included several figure-hugging silhouettes, with leopard print and studs that were inappropriate for a senior royal family member.

Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, during a visit to the European Marine Energy Centre on May 25, 2021. | Photo: Getty Images

Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, during a visit to the European Marine Energy Centre on May 25, 2021. | Photo: Getty Images

A source within the palace noted that Middleton, who the best designers worldwide often dress, could hardly be pictured on official duty with the queen, wearing one of Kim's cheap leopard-print miniskirts or gold sequined jackets.


Aside from rejecting Kim's clothes, a royal insider revealed that the reality star invited Middleton for a tea date, but the Duchess politely turned down her request once again.

Sources wondered why Kim was keen on forging a relationship with Middleton despite having several celebrity friends. Some sources believe the star was trying to get Middleton to wear one of her garments to boost her brand's credibility.


In America, the Kardashians are almost worshipped, but they do not have the same fame in the UK. A link with the beloved royal family would have been the best way to cement their entrance into the UK market.

Kim did not hide her admiration for the Duchess of Cambridge's fashion sense and style in an interview. She described her as a sweet person who would look good in one of her brand's clothes paired with a hat.

A royal family representative later explained that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a policy of not receiving unsolicited gifts from people who do not have close ties to the family. They explained that they returned such gifts with explanatory notes.



Kim's camp quickly dismissed claims that Middleton returned her gift as rumors geared at generating unnecessary strife and publicity. They claimed the reality star did not send clothes to Middleton, as was widely reported.

Later, both stars were heavily pregnant, and rumor had it that Kim had sent baby clothes to the Duchess only to have them returned. Once again, the "KUWTK" star denied that such ever happened.

While Kim's camp denies any embarrassing event with the Duchess, the TV star's admiration of Middleton is public knowledge. Ahead of Middleton's 30th birthday, Kim shared a video of her wishing the Duchess a happy birthday alongside a shoe gift.



The 40-year-old mom of three is a known fashion guru and knows how to send tongues wagging when she walks into a room. Since joining the royal family, Middleton has had several iconic moments showing the world her taste for luxury.

The Duchess of Cambridge's style has an easy charm about it, not to mention a fondness for unique silhouettes and show-stopping Alexander McQueen ensembles.

Royal family fans can recall the red dress coat she wore on a December visit to Cardiff and the custom white-and-gold embroidered gown that stole the show at the BAFTAs in 2020.


Another iconic moment would include her wedding gown, complete with a 9-foot train, that elicited gasps as she entered Westminster Abbey to marry Prince William.

The Duchess's aptitude for merging high-street brands and high fashion and her passion for reusing favorite outfits convey a staunchly down-to-earth approach. Consequently, fans cannot get enough of Middleton.

Middleton is among the most photographed women globally. As a result, her charm and charisma guarantee anything she wears would be sold out a few hours after it spreads across social media platforms.


The Duchess has a sweet taste, and not even motherhood has stopped her from looking charming even at 40. Affordable basics like LK. Bennett and Reiss, Erdem, Philip Treacy, and Emilia Wickstead are some of her favorite designers.

Despite her love for designer gowns, there's one outfit essential she always reaches for when she wants to appear put-together but relaxed: a pair of well-cut tailored trousers.

Middleton alternates between slim-leg and wide-leg trews, with an ability to look simple but enchanting in them. To show her love for trousers, she has sometimes rocked only the trousers of her two-piece suits.


For instance, during an engagement in Battersea Park in September 2020, the Duchess wore her pink Marks & Spencer pants with her Superga trainers.


The year has been difficult for the royal family, who have seen themselves exposed to the public following various explosive revelations made by Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex.

As William and Harry's relationship continues to decline, the press reported Middleton's efforts to give peace a chance and keep the family together. Allegedly, she sent gifts to Markle following the birth of her second child, hoping to calm the storm.

Additionally, following Prince Philip's death, Middleton, who has been relatively silent in the family, has stepped up to the task. She is reportedly filling the void left by him and bailing her family out when they need help the most.

And as expected, seeing the Duchess become a pillar for the royal family has been a delight to her fans.

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