No, Kate Middleton is not working on a clothing line.
But the foundation bearing her and her hubby’s name (along with her brother-in-law’s), The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry has registered for a trademark for a variety of goods including clothing, footwear, and headgear, the Telegraph is reporting.
The charity, formerly called The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, changed its name last year to incorporate Middleton’s new title and since then donations have increased nearly tenfold. (We guess the “Kate Effect” applies to more than more than just pretty dresses.) Now, the foundation wants to ensure the protection of that new (awfully cumbersome) name.
“Since the name change of the foundation last year, we have been registering our new name and logo in different territories around the world,” a spokesman told the Telegraph. “As part of that process, we have to choose any categories under which we might conceivably operate in the future. This also protects the foundation against other people using its name illegally.”
But while the trademark extends to the clothing category, don’t expect any Duchess of Cambridge branded fascinators anytime soon.
“We included clothing in case we choose, for example, to make T-shirts in years to come, for marathon runners, etc,” the spokesperson said, adding that the foundation “currently” has no plans to come out with any clothes.