Duchess of Cambridge
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The Duchess of Cambridge
makes stylish statements over and over again – often literally
Not one to shy away from recycling her favorite pieces
or shopping her closet
, she's been photographed in familiar and envy-worthy fashions since before her wedding
But sometimes her high-end attire can come with a price tag – a $55,000 one, a new U.K. report suggests. And, the story says, her father-in-law, Prince Charles, foots the bill.
With Charles due to make his spending records available to the public this week – the first time since Kate married into the Royal Family
– the Daily Mail
reports that Prince William
doesn't actually handle his wife's designer bills because of his income of about $69,000 a year for his work in the Royal Air Force. (He did, however, come into his $15.5 million inheritance
from his late mother Princess Diana when he turned 30 June 21
Charles, the Daily
explains, made about $30 million last year from the Duchy of Cornwall, a private estate of land and property holdings he uses to fund his public work. His official expenditure budget rings in at nearly $18 million, which he applies toward the Duchess's wardrobe – for work-related affairs only, of course.
So what were some of the Duchess's big purchases? Celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in style
, Kate, 30, donned a pleated red Alexander McQueen dress and a long-sleeved nude lace McQueen sheath, which were reportedly about $1,850 each. Then there was her suddenly sexy
emerald Jenny Packham gown she dazzled in at London's Royal Albert Hall in May, which reportedly set Charles back about $3,200.
And that Emilia Wickstead pink coat dress she wore
for a special lunch with the Queen at Windsor Castle earlier this summer? $2,000. (But she did wear it twice in less than two weeks!)
Whether or not the math is correct, the Duchess still gets major style points for her honeymoon ensemble
, an $80 dress from Zara.