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RICHARD EDEN: Waspish interior designer to the stars (and Queen Camilla’s pal) Nicky Haslam, 84, blasts Prince William and Kate’s ‘so dull’ fashion choice of ‘endless blue’ for them and their children

Born to one of Queen Victoria’s goddaughters, Nicky Haslam socialised with Princess Diana, has worked for King Charles, is a good friend of Queen Camilla and once sang in front of Queen Elizabeth.

The waspish interior designer is, however, not impressed by the Prince and Princess of Wales. Haslam, 84, accuses the heir to the throne and his wife of being ‘childish’, unsophisticated and dressing like dummies in a department store window.

So disappointed is he that he’s included them on his ‘Common List’, his playfully snobbish compilation of things that have caused him distress over the past year. 

The list is printed on a tea towel, or ‘drying-up cloth’ as he calls it, which is sold to his friends at £40 a time.

The family are included as ‘The Waleses in blue’, referring to the way that they have worn colour co-ordinated outfits. ‘You see endless pictures of the whole family in various shades of blue,’ he tells me. ‘It’s common. It’s so odd to see an entire family dressed in blue. Wouldn’t little Princess Charlotte like to wear white?

Nicky Haslam is not impressed by the Prince and Princess of Wales (pictured with their children in April 2023) Nicky Haslam is not impressed by the Prince and Princess of Wales (pictured with their children in April 2023)

Nicky Haslam is not impressed by the Prince and Princess of Wales (pictured with their children in April 2023)

‘It’s supposed to suggest a calm upper-classness, which is so dull. If you look at pictures from the old days, the royals had wonderful exotic clothes. But now they look like dummies in Peter Jones’s window.’

He adds of William and Catherine: ‘They do childish things, like play football and games. They couldn’t be less sophisticated. They don’t go to literary lunches and read extraordinary books or go to the theatre.’

The Old Etonian also includes ‘fly-pasts’ on his list. ‘They come at every single opportunity, they even happen in France now,’ he tells me. 

‘The royals must also find them common. Wouldn’t you after the 100th fly-past? Wouldn’t you rather get inside and have a drink?’

Haslam, whose clients have included Sir Mick Jagger and Sir Rod Stewart, also condemns Wimbledon, telling me: ‘The people who go to it, the whole atmosphere, is now common, there is no glamour whatsoever. It’s no longer elite.’

Haslam, 84, accuses the heir to the throne and his wife (pictured wearing matching blue ensembles) of being ‘childish’, unsophisticated and dressing like dummies in a department store window Haslam, 84, accuses the heir to the throne and his wife (pictured wearing matching blue ensembles) of being ‘childish’, unsophisticated and dressing like dummies in a department store window Haslam, 84, accuses the heir to the throne and his wife (pictured wearing matching blue ensembles) of being ‘childish’, unsophisticated and dressing like dummies in a department store window Haslam, 84, accuses the heir to the throne and his wife (pictured wearing matching blue ensembles) of being ‘childish’, unsophisticated and dressing like dummies in a department store window

Haslam, 84, accuses the heir to the throne and his wife (pictured wearing matching blue ensembles) of being ‘childish’, unsophisticated and dressing like dummies in a department store window

United in blue: The Prince of Wales poses for Father's Day surrounded by his children, Princess Charlotte, eight, Prince Louis, five, and Prince George, ten United in blue: The Prince of Wales poses for Father's Day surrounded by his children, Princess Charlotte, eight, Prince Louis, five, and Prince George, ten

United in blue: The Prince of Wales poses for Father’s Day surrounded by his children, Princess Charlotte, eight, Prince Louis, five, and Prince George, ten

Kate and William attend Easter morning service at St George's Windsor, 2019 Kate and William attend Easter morning service at St George's Windsor, 2019

Kate and William attend Easter morning service at St George’s Windsor, 2019

The interior designer adds of William and Catherine (pictured in October 2023): ‘They do childish things, like play football and games. They couldn’t be less sophisticated. They don’t go to literary lunches and read extraordinary books or go to the theatre.’ The interior designer adds of William and Catherine (pictured in October 2023): ‘They do childish things, like play football and games. They couldn’t be less sophisticated. They don’t go to literary lunches and read extraordinary books or go to the theatre.’

The interior designer adds of William and Catherine (pictured in October 2023): ‘They do childish things, like play football and games. They couldn’t be less sophisticated. They don’t go to literary lunches and read extraordinary books or go to the theatre.’

He insists that the Queen will be amused by his list: ‘I think she’ll have a laugh about it. She is sophisticated, she’s well-read, very funny and very quick.’

In 2018, Haslam described the Duchess of Sussex’s family as ‘frightfully common’. Referring to the absence of Meghan’s father from her wedding in Windsor, he said: ‘It would have been awful if that huge lump [Thomas Markle] had been there.

‘The royals probably don’t quite know how to deal with them.’

He did make an exception for Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, saying: ‘One person who wasn’t common was her mother.’

He also criticised Meghan’s £200,000 Givenchy bridal gown by British designer Clare Waight Keller.

‘I didn’t very much like her dress – it didn’t fit, among other things,’ he said. ‘It should have been made of thinner stuff, it seemed to be made of concrete.’

Nicky Haslam (L) and Queen Camilla, then the Duchess of Cornwall, attend Fortnum & Mason's Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon for the launch of Tom Parker Bowles' book Let's Eat Meat on October 21, 2014 in London Nicky Haslam (L) and Queen Camilla, then the Duchess of Cornwall, attend Fortnum & Mason's Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon for the launch of Tom Parker Bowles' book Let's Eat Meat on October 21, 2014 in London

Nicky Haslam (L) and Queen Camilla, then the Duchess of Cornwall, attend Fortnum & Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon for the launch of Tom Parker Bowles’ book Let’s Eat Meat on October 21, 2014 in London

So disappointed is he that he’s included them on his ‘Common List’, his playfully snobbish compilation of things that have caused him distress over the past year. The list is printed on a tea towel (pictured), or ‘drying-up cloth’ as he calls it, which is sold to his friends at £40 a time So disappointed is he that he’s included them on his ‘Common List’, his playfully snobbish compilation of things that have caused him distress over the past year. The list is printed on a tea towel (pictured), or ‘drying-up cloth’ as he calls it, which is sold to his friends at £40 a time So disappointed is the interior designer (pictured in 2019) that he’s included them on his ‘Common List’, his playfully snobbish compilation of things that have caused him distress over the past year. The list is printed on a tea towel, or ‘drying-up cloth’ as he calls it, which is sold to his friends at £40 a time So disappointed is the interior designer (pictured in 2019) that he’s included them on his ‘Common List’, his playfully snobbish compilation of things that have caused him distress over the past year. The list is printed on a tea towel, or ‘drying-up cloth’ as he calls it, which is sold to his friends at £40 a time

So disappointed is the interior designer (pictured right in 2019) that he’s included them on his ‘Common List’, his playfully snobbish compilation of things that have caused him distress over the past year. The list is printed on a tea towel (pictured), or ‘drying-up cloth’ as he calls it, which is sold to his friends at £40 a time

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