Mary would like the Duchess of Cambridge to model her lingerie line

TV’s Queen Of Shops Mary Portas wants Kate Middleton to model her new underwear range Kinky Knickers.

Mary, 51, thinks 30-year-old Kate is the perfect person to promote the lingerie, which is made by unemployed Manchester locals in a bid to bring clothing manufacturing jobs back to Britain.

Kate Middleton would be ideal. I would absolutely love it if she wore them,’ says Mary.

‘I would love to see Kate getting behind British creativity and manufacturing.

‘I’m going to try to get in touch with her. I really think she could make a massive difference.’

Mary – who describes Kinky Knickers as being ‘for the finest bottoms’ – taught her unskilled staff how to sew the underwear from scratch.

They’re now stocked by London department store Liberty.

‘This is the biggest and most emotionally involving project I’ve done so far,’ Mary tells TV Buzz.

‘It is about giving a sense of belonging back. It’s about bringing something back, economically, and bringing self-esteem back to communities.’

See Mary create Kinky Knickers on Mary’s Bottom Line – Thursdays, 9pm, Channel 4.

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