British royalty, they’re just like you! They also find themselves reaching into the back of their closet from time to time, rummaging around to see what old ensemble they can dust off and repurpose for an event. Sure, the event is usually black-tie and invite-only, and the closet is a climate-controlled storage hall, and the ensemble in question is too expensive for you to even breathe near. But aside from all that, totally relatable! Like Duchess Kate who gave everyone a case of déjà-vu at the 2021 Earthshot Awards yesterday when she re-wore an old Alexander McQueen dress from 2011. She probably even threw it in the Dryel bag herself!
Prince William and Duchess Kate’s current royal pet project is The Earthshot Prize, which awards five million-pound prizes every year to people who come up with smart ideas benefiting our Earth, in the following categories: Protect and Restore Nature, Clean Our Air, Revive Our Oceans, Build a Waste-Free World, and Fix Our Climate. They’re looking for award-winning ideas to help solve climate change or suggestions to do the opposite of using your billions to fuck off of this planet and go colonize Mars with the other rich assholes. The ceremony was held yesterday in the UK. In addition to William and Kate, there were also a number of celebrity guests, like Ed Sheeran, Emma Watson, Emma Thompson, and Coldplay. William and Kate took their eco awards seriously and instructed all guests to forgo the time-honored rich person tradition of single-use fashion, and wear something they already owned. via Glamour:
Celebrities were all in attendance and asked specifically not to purchase any new clothing for the ceremony. Actor Emma Thompson shared that detail while presenting at the event. “On our little notes, they said, ‘Please do not buy anything new for this.’ Can you imagine? The relief! So I got my dame suit that I wore when I went to the palace,” she said, per People.
Kate really dug into the archives for her look, which isn’t something that weird for her to do. Kate has been known to recycle outfits (she reportedly re-wears old clothes at weddings to take the focus off herself). That light purple dress was first worn to the BAFTAs back in 2011.
The Duchess in the Alexander McQueen gown first seen at the BAFTA Glas in Los Angeles in 2011. The second photo is from 2011. Prince William in dark green (I think) velvet. pic.twitter.com/QhlDYHHU3H
— WhatKateWore.com (@WhatKateWore) October 17, 2021
William is wearing a green velvet suit jacket by Reiss, which he first wore to a charity gala in 2019.
I’m sure plenty of people are pleased with William and Kate’s commitment to the environment and our planet, but one person who thinks William is wrong on one thing is oldest man in space, William Shatner. After 90-year-old William Shatner blasted into space with the help of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space company, William implied that billionaires should be using their wealth to work on shit back here on Earth, instead of flying into space for fun, or possible colonization efforts. Captain Kirk has issued a response to that, and he accuses William of not understanding. via Entertainment Tonight:
“He’s a lovely, gentle, educated man, but he’s got the wrong idea. The idea here is not to go, ‘Yeah, look at me. I’m in space,'” Shatner added, claiming that trips such as his represent a “baby step” toward relocating polluting industries to space. The 90-year-old “Star Trek” actor said that a power generating base could be constructed 250 miles above the Earth and used to supply homes and businesses below. “The prince is missing the point,” he added. “All it needs is…somebody as rich as Jeff Bezos [to say], ‘Let’s go up there.'”
William is a senior royal, and higher up in line for the crown are known for avoiding conflict like experts. So we probably won’t see William sit down with Oprah and accuse William Shatner of gaslighting him just now. We also haven’t gotten a response from Jeff Bezos regarding William’s anti-space waste comments. Will Jeff make a crack about how easy it is not to buy anything new if you don’t formally hold real jobs or do your own shopping? Who is to say. But all jokes aside, William and Kate’s stance on saying no to superfluous space travel and public acknowledgment of outfit recycling is great news for Queen Elizabeth. Maybe more of her royal spawn will continue to commit to not spending money in the name of less waste. That sure would save her a whole lot of money for other expenses, like legally bailing out her accused sex abuser son.