Critics have called her a fashion fuddy-duddy, but Now reveals her saucy side
Kate Middleton showed off her baby bump in all its glory for the first time last week in a baby blue 50s-style Emilia Wickstead cocktail dress.
Notably, the expensive outfit wasn’t from a maternity range and so far the Duchess of Cambridge, 31, who’s almost seven months pregnant, has refused to wear anything that is.
Close friends reveal: ‘Kate doesn’t want a frump-bump.’
This is because, despite reassurances from Prince William, 30 – who thinks she looks stunning – Kate‘s been panicking about her changing figure and fears she no longer looks sexy for her husband.
In fact, as the pair celebrated their second wedding anniversary yesterday, Now can reveal K-Midd‘s even been secretly stocking up on sexy maternity lingerie for her husband.
British designer Lorna Drew exclusively tells Now how the Duchess had said she was thrilled with a slinky £39 blue satin bra and matching £19 briefs she picked up from her collection.
Lorna reveals: ‘I couldn’t believe the response we got when we sent Kate the underwear.
‘We actually received an email back from her office saying she was ‘delighted’ with it.’
This bucks tradition for Kate, who normally sends a polite note and returns items when she doesn’t personally know the person who sent them.
Our insider says: ‘William has always fancied very sexy women and that’s what attracted him to Kate in the first place.
‘He was hooked from the moment she slinked down the catwalk at university in 2002 in a see-through black slip.
’She’s admitted to friends that she’s struggling to balance dressing for her pregnancy and looking young.’
Kate‘s being especially cautious about what she’s wearing after being blasted by renowned novelist Hilary Mantel in February as ‘a shop-window mannequin, with no personality of her own, entirely defined by what she wore’.
were made worse when broadsheet fashion journalists described Kate as
looking ‘matronly’ wearing an ‘ill-fitted, faded’ Armani coat and dressing like someone ‘past child-bearing age’.
Our source says: ‘Kate‘s particularly upset that some people have said she’s been dressing like a granny.
‘Her mistake is that she’s been trying to appear quite formal in order to impress the Royal family, but in private she really isn’t like that at all.’
Kate has a £39 Alexa blue bra with extra lift and shape, with a pair of matching £19 briefs.
Both are from celebrity designer Lorna Drew, who specialises in maternity lingerie.
Lorna Drew is giving Now readers a 20 per cent discount off all products at Lorna Drew Nursing Lingerie.
Go to www.lornadrew.com and enter NOW20%OFF at the checkout. Offer ends May 31 2013.
Read more about Kate Middleton in Now magazine dated 6 May 2013 – out now!