Monday 22 January 2018

Kate Middleton receives apology from high street chain over posters

Tim Walker

Russell & Bromley has apologised for posters in its stores 'exploiting' Kate Middleton.

Kate Middleton’s engagement to Prince William has helped to generate much interest in her parents’ mail-order firm, Party Pieces, but it has led to embarrassment for one leading high street chain.

Russell & Bromley has apologised for “exploiting” the future princess by putting up pictures of her wearing a pair of brown suede boots that it sells.

The firm sent its branches a large print of Kate wearing the ankle boots when she made her first official public visit with her fiancé, to launch a lifeboat in north Wales.

The poster went up at outlets including its flagship store in Oxford Street, London, where it was hung in a frame. No one from the company sought permission from Kate or the Prince.

“We are very sorry that the posters went on display,” a Russell & Bromley spokesman tells me. “They were never meant to be displayed in public areas. The stores were given them so that staff would know which shoes Miss Middleton had worn, if customers asked for them.

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