Why did Princess Diana hold her clutch to her chest, and Kate Middleton holds her purse with both hands
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Elizabeth II gave the first example of communication using accessories.
Accessories used by members of the royal families, in addition to their direct function, are often a way to send a certain signal to others. Everyone knows that, for example, Elizabeth II was very masterful in this method of communication and with the help of her handbag she could clearly make her mood and intentions clear. However, such techniques were successfully used not only by Her Majesty, but also by other members of her family. Princess Diana and her daughter-in-law Kate Middleton were especially successful in this. Designer Anya Hindmarch, who for a long time sewed handbags for the first wife of Prince Charles, and now King Charles III, even came up with the name “cleat clutches” for the Princess of Wales' favorite accessories.
Princess Diana treated each of her appearances very scrupulously, thinking over the outfit, style, choosing shoes and accessories. A known rebel, she didn't care too much about sticking to royal protocol, which discouraged bodycon dresses with bare shoulders and deep cleavages, for example. One of them even got the name “revenge dress”: in a black mini with a lowered shoulder line, Lady Di beautifully avenged Prince Charles for treason. Nevertheless, Diana was still careful not to embarrass herself, since any oversight could cost her reputation or at least gossip in the media.
To prevent photographers from capturing her too bold outfits and showing more than what was permitted, when she got out of the car, the Princess of Wales pressed a small clutch to her chest, which fully corresponded to the outfit in which the royal was. Moreover, as a rule, they were of such a size as to cover the chest and not illuminate what was not allowed to be shown.
Miniature satin clutches very quickly became Diana's calling card.
Many years later, Kate Middleton, wife of Princess Diana's eldest son, Prince William, also began to use accessories to avoid embarrassing situations. In particular, when Katherine wants to avoid awkward handshakes at an event, she holds small handbags with both hands. The same goes for clutches.