Princess Anne ‘boring as batshit’, says NZ designer
‘No wonder Diana left them for dead’, says Denise L’Estrange-Corbet after meeting HRH
Princess Anne's plan to have a low-profile holiday in New Zealand has been scuppered after she fell foul of the local fashion police.
Designer Denise L'Estrange-Corbet, whose label World has shown at London fashion week, called HRH "as boring as fucking batshit" after meeting her at a cocktail reception on Friday night.
Until then Princess Anne's visit to New Zealand had been so low-key that the local media were unaware that she had arrived in the country in mid-March. On March 19 the state broadcaster Television New Zealand reported on its website that: "It is understood she is on a private trip alone and has been in the country for a few days." It added: "It is not known how long she is in the country for."
The Princess (pictured in February) had planned the odd official function while in Auckland. She met with Britain's Team Origin yachtsmen - in town for the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta – and had dinner with the city's mayor John Banks. On Friday night the 59-year-old Princess Royal was the guest of honour at a cocktail party to launch a new campaign for the New Zealand branch of the Save the Children charity, which she is president of.
L'Estrange-Corbet, a flamboyant designer known for her avant-garde outfits, was invited to meet the princess along with other New Zealand VIPs including former Governor-General Dame Cath Tizard.
Later L'Estrange-Corbet, the wife of British-born designer Francis Hooper, did not hold back when she was asked by Herald on Sunday diarist Rachel Glucina what she thought of the princess.
L'Estrange-Corbet, whose designs have been praised by Daily Telegraph fashion editor and Italian Vogue writer Anna Piaggi, said: "She was as boring as fucking bat shit, is what she was! The world's hairdressers at your beck and call and your hair looks like a cottage loaf!"
She added: "And personality minus! No wonder Diana left them all for dead".
Glucina was equally sniffy about the princess, describing her outfit as "a patterned dress and an ill-fitting jacket in the unflattering shade of neon tangerine, with a matronly hair-bun set so rigid it appeared like a beret". ·
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