Kate, Princess of Wales' most affordable fashion items ever worn

The Princess of Wales often reaches for more affordable items, over designer clothes. (Getty Images)
The Princess of Wales often reaches for more affordable items, over designer clothes. (Getty Images)

The Princess of Wales might have the fashion world at her fingertips, but sometimes all she needs is something cheap and cheerful from the high street.

Being photographed wherever you go has its own unique set of issues, and one of them is what to wear so that your outfit feels fresh but still approachable.

Kate, 41, has worked hard to reshape the distance between the working royals and members of the public, and one way she’s done so is through her clothes.

Opting for cheap and accessible items have afforded her the image as ‘one of us’, whilst pairing with high-end designer items to keep the fashion crowd happy.

Not only are some of her cheapest items affordable, but Kate reaches for them time and time again, showing her versatility and sustainable values in practice.

Here are five of the princess's most affordable items worn under £50.

The Princess of Wales' most affordable items

Mango Dress - £35

Princess of Wales visits Colham Manor Children's Centre in Hillingdon, west London, on November 9, 2022.
The Princess of Wales wearing a Mango knit dress as she visits Colham Manor Children's Centre in 2022. (Getty Images)

The Princess of Wales' forest green knitted dress fell victim to the 'Kate Effect' at the end of 2022, selling out within minutes. And its not hard to see why.

The knitted dress was from none other than high-street hero brand, Mango, and comes in at £35.

The long-sleeved fitted Mango dress featured a wide rib knit and a turtleneck collar. Plus as a dress, it was basically a whole outfit for under £40.

Accessorize earrings - £5

Princess of Wales visits 'The Street' community hub during an official visit to Scarborough on November 3, 2022 in Scarborough, England.
Kate chose Accessorize earrings to visit 'The Street' community hub in November 2022. (Getty Images)

The Princess of Wales demonstrated her ability to mix high-end and high street once again in November 2022, when she wore a pair of Accessorize earrings with a MaxMara camel coat.

The MaxMara coat came in at £465, but her high street earrings were a remarkable £5. Not only that, but she's worn them on several occasions - think of the cost per wear value on them!

Marks & Spencer trousers - £29.50

 Duchess of Cambridge wearing Marks and spencer trousers
The Princess of Wales chose Marks & Spencer trousers while spending the day learning about the importance of parent-powered initiatives, in September, 2020. (Getty Images)

Kate's Marks and Spencers pink trouser suit, from the brand's Autograph collection, was one of her most worn outfits of 2020, wearing it no less than on three occasions throughout the year.

The trousers got a final outing on 22 September 2020, when Kate met with parents and their children in Battersea Park, London, to discuss their experiences of being helped by peer support networks during the coronavirus pandemic.

The blazer and trousers were available separately, and the cigarette-style bottoms came in at under £30.

Orelia earrings - £18

Princess of Wales laughing
The Princess of Wales opted for the Orelia earrings for a farm visit in Durham in 2021. (Getty Images)

British jewellery brand Orelia London is a relatively new favourite for Kate, but one she returns to time and time again. Kate was first photographed in a pair of the brand's gold-plated Chain Huggie Hoop earrings during a video call with nursing students in February 2021.

With a very reasonable price tag of £18, the earrings have become something of a staple for Kate, having been seen in them even as recently as 7 June, during a visit to Maidenhead Rugby Club.

Gap trousers - £21.99

Prince William and Kate on the Island of St Martin's in the Scilly Isles in 2016. (Getty Images)
Prince William and Kate on the Island of St Martin's in the Scilly Isles in 2016. (Getty Images)

Kate looked to another high-street stalwart when she opted for a pair of black and white patterned trousers from Gap during a trip to the Scilly Isles with Prince William in 2016.

It was long before her style included high-end fashion designers, and the trousers came in at £21.99.

She paired them with a navy blazer (some things never change) and a pair of wedges.