Not everyone is thrilled that the Duchess of Cambridge has posed for her first magazine shoot.

The Duchess appears on the cover of the historic 100th anniversary issue of British Vogue.

Vogue editor Alex Shulman says the shoot is ‘a fitting tribute to a young woman whose interest in both photography and the countryside is well known’.

But as Liz Jones writes for The Daily Mail, “you only grace the cover of Vogue when you want to become an icon and have your ego massaged. You are joining the fashion elite.”

“Like Diana, who wanted to be a mother, a Princess, a charity worker, an everywoman, a pin-up, Kate has sold her soul to the devil that is vanity and elitism, and those fashionistas who judge others only by their BMI.

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Kate, who up to now has protected her privacy and that of her children ferociously, has opened the floodgates to the sort of forensic scrutiny her late mother-in-law endured.

There is no going back. Pandora’s dressing-up box has burst open.”

A spokesperson for The Duchess said: “Since 1916, Vogue has been a leading champion of British portraiture. The Duchess was delighted to play a part in celebrating the centenary of an institution that has given a platform to some of the most renowned photographers in this country’s history.

She is incredibly grateful to the team at Vogue and at the National Portrait Gallery for asking her to take part.” Two of the images from the British Vogue shoot were installed this evening in the National Portrait Gallery’s Vogue 100: A Century of Style. The Duchess will visit the exhibition on Wednesday 4 May and see the two portrait’s on display in the gallery for the first time #Vogue100″

The questions raised by Liz has sparked some discussion around the web with one user on Mumsnet saying – “I’m ambivalent to the Royal Family but like the way Kate has taken a relatively low key approach since marrying William. I think it’s a shame she’s decided to pose for Vogue.”

Another commented – “Has the Queen ever been in Vogue? I wonder what she thinks of it.
Kate married into royalty, not the Kardashian family. If this is the way the monarchy is headed I don’t think it will last.”

Another wrote – “I’m disappointed, but not surprised. The royals are becoming more like celebrities than royals. They shouldn’t be giving exclusive access to one magazine, and selling pictures of themselves. Its also wrong that she’s happy to sell pictures of herself to the highest bidder but then whinges about privacy. If Kate wants to be a celebrity, then fine…but be self supporting like other celebrities. If you want to be a royal and get taxpayer funding, then be a royal and don’t sell access to yourself.”

Has Duchess Kate sold her soul?

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  • shes beautiful, who cares really!


  • Personally I can’t see any difference between a photo in say woman’s weekly too vogue …live your life the way you want Kate and stiff biccies too all that criticise.
    BEAUTIFUL woman inside and out. :-)


  • I completely disagree with this article! She hasn’t sold her soul.. Sounds like jealousy to me!


  • I can understand why she was tempted. I’d probably feel more comfortable, though, if she’d requested a “modelling fee” – to be donated to charity.


  • I’ve never bought an edition of Vogue, but THIS one, I’ll buy!!

    • Vogue has some interesting articles and usually a sample of a new and beautiful perfume.


  • The comments by Liz Jones and others in the article are very unkind and unpleasant. The photos are quite lovely and positive and spread happiness.


  • There will be always people who have their opinion ready, without even knowing the other person or their motives…wow !


  • Omg there is nothing wrong with her posing for Vogue. Be grateful it wasn’t a trashy magazine.


  • Women talk about how there needs to be more support for other women all the time but women themselves are a huge part of the problem. There’s TOO much judgement. Her being on the cover isn’t hurting anyone so why have a negative opinion on it, jealous? Be happy for her and move on.


  • I certainly don’t think she has sold her soul. She is gorgeous, those photos are beautiful


  • Yes, she is beautiful – but she is Royalty and that comes with certain expectations. The critics are not over thinking it.

    I don’t like female politicians in magazines either – they are politicians and should be treated like other (male) politicians. Just imagine if the men were treated in such a way – image a celeb spread on Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, David Cameron, of John Key – we would think the magazine had lost the plot!

    Women should be respected for their intelligence, integrity, contributions to society, successes and other such achievements – not just beauty or a need to be beautiful to have their achievements glorified by a magazine.

    How can equality exist if we only provide glorification to beautiful women?

    • How do we know if there are photos of the “celebrities”” in Mens Magazines or don’t they exist any more?
      For all we know Kate may be donating any money she is paid to charity.


  • I don’t think she’s sold her soul. It’s a lovely refreshing shoot & she is a style icon.


  • I actually really love these photos of her. It’s relaxed and doesn’t have that “glamour shoot feel”


  • Wow, people can be narrow minded, be open minded. I think kate has done a fantastic job for her children, sometimes its nice to have a little fun for kate. Im pretty sure she knows how far she can go, how quiet she can go. Its not often we see kate doing a modelling pic for the magazine. The clothes she wore was a good choice too, think queen would approve that. Everyone lives once, she’s living a life and doing what best for herself and family.


  • It’s the royal family’s job to be seen in public. I’m sure if given the choice, they would prefer to live quietly with their loved ones, having a normal life. Wills and Kate have been very strict with how much access the public have to their children. Princess Charlotte is soon to be 1 and has been seen in public twice, once when leaving the hospital and again at her christening. Diana disliked the paparazzi and the intrusion in her life. She died trying to avoid them! I think the young royals do a fantastic job, they’re always smiling and friendly, you can’t say that about most people


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