February 27, 2012
A Fur Lined Royal
The Palace has defended the Duchess of Cambridge over claims that she wore a real fur jacket. The International Fur Foundation (ITFF), posted a note on its Facebook page praising the royal for her "classy fur-lined coat", while animal rights charity PETA contacted the Palace showing their disapproval of the look. As a result, the Palace sent a letter to the anti-fur organisation, which was in turn forwarded onto IFRR.
"Her Royal Highness was not wearing fur," the letter read. "The coat was not lined with fur. We therefore insist that you remove the photo from your social media page and issue an immediate public retraction of your claim."
PETA was quick to show its appreciation for the Duchess' decision not to wear fur.
"[Duchess Kate's] decision not to wear fur puts her in the company of public figures such as Michelle Obama, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, and the late Princess Diana, all of whom swore off fur because of the cruelty inherent in the fur industry," the company told TODAY.COM. "This was a poor and desperate attempt by the International Fur Trade Federation to promote its products."
Fur issues aside, the Duchess has also hit headlines this morning with the announcement that she is to host a reception at Clarence House to celebrate the Southbank Centre's Women of the World Festival. The lunch will take place on Tuesday February 28, ahead of the festival which starts on March 7. Guests are expected to include Bianca Jagger, Jo Brand, Annie Lennox, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Angela Hartnett, Baroness Scotland and Amanda Wakeley.