Philip Treacy Defends Princess Beatrice's Hat
07/13/2011 AT 09:00 AM EDT
"She is only 22, and there was a little bit of bullying going on," Philip Treacy tells Britain's Observer. "In the future, we'll look back and think she looked wild."
The hat has been likened to everything from an octopus to a pretzel to a toilet seat. But Treacy, 43, has a simpler description. "I thought I was making a hat with a bow on it," he says.
Treacy adds that he viewed Beatrice as a "beautiful, exotic, Victorian doll," and that the hat suited her look. "Princess Beatrice is Queen Victoria's great, great, great, great granddaughter and looks like Queen Victoria," he says.
The saga did have a happy ending, however, as the hat was eventually sold on eBay to an anonymous bidder for $130,000 – with all that money going to charity.
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