Belfast Telegraph

Duchess to ‘dress quirkily’

Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge is apparently being advised to wear more “colour and pattern”.

Catherine is apparently getting style advice from a close friend that she went to school with. Interior designer Emilia Jardine-Paterson has known the brunette since they were 13 and was chosen to be one of Prince George’s godparents. Emilia has been advising the royal couple on decorating their apartments at Kensington Palace – and has also been giving Catherine style tips.

“Kate admires Emilia’s style. Emilia has become increasingly important to her and Kate always uses her as a sounding board. Kate is trying to move Kate away from the Middleton neutral palate and push her towards colour or pattern,” a source told British magazine Grazia. “Emilia loves vintage and tries to get Kate to be a bit more quirky.”

Catherine and Emilia became close while attending Marlborough College in England. It seems Emilia has never been afraid to give the royal her honest opinion when it comes to fashion.

“When they were at school she used to tease Kate about her prim Jigsaw shirts and hated those fur gilets Kate wore,” an insider revealed.

Catherine and her husband Prince William are said to be thrilled with their newly decorated home in Kensington Palace. The couple are happy they listened to Emilia and introduced some vibrant shades into the apartment.

“Emilia has kept to the same ethos when advising Kate on interior décor. Kate wanted it all muted beiges and neutrals, but Emilia has encouraged more colour,” a source revealed.

Emilia’s husband David has been friends with William since they went to school at Eton. It has even been claimed Emilia introduced Catherine to William when they were 17.

“Emilia has become an integral part of Kate and William’s life, so she was an obvious choice to guide George in his future,” a source said of her role as a godparent.

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