Discount Duchess! Kate Middleton’s Bicester Village Sales Shopping Tactics Revealed

Kate Middleton's Bicester Village Shopping Tactics Revealed

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by Grazia |

If you've got a visit to designer outlet Bicester Village planned, don't be surprised to find yourself sharing the rails with the Duchess of Cambridge. The Oxfordshire bargain mecca has been known as a favourite with Kate since a Bicester sales assistant told us last year that the Duchess had picked up a M Missoni single breasted collarless coat there for an official visit to Fortnum & Mason with the Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Kate also confessed to Sadiah Bte Shahal, the wife of Singaporean senior parliamentary secretary for the ministry of defence, Maliki Osman, when the pair met during her and William's nine-day tour of the Far East last September that she 'loved' Bicester as a shopping destination because 'everything is so contained'.

Kate Middleton in M Missoni [Getty]

Now journalist Mark Ellwood, author of the book Bargain Fever: How to Shop in a Discounted World, has revealed some interesting facts about the Duchess' Bicester Village shopping habit that he unearthed during his research. Apparently on visits to Bicester Kate heads straight for the 60% off section in the Reiss discount store where she's regularly spotted by staff and customers having a low-key shop with her close friends.

Ellwood explained, 'I went into Reiss to buy a sweater I bought at retail in navy, and they had it in brown for £20. I got chatting to a beautiful English rose behind the counter and asked why they were so many Chinese shoppers in the store - there are no Reiss stores in China - and she said: "Oh, it’s Kate Middleton – she’s in here all the time." She said, "You look up and there’ll be Kate and her same two friends going through the 60 per cent off rack. You have no idea she's there and security must be outside, but she comes in all the time. And she's totally different to the Prince of Thailand, who I heard shut down a restaurant and brought his own staff when he visited Bicester."'

The DoC is a big supporter of Reiss and back in 2011 the so called 'Kate Middleton Effect' was cited as being in part responsible for the high street brand's profit success. She wore the Reiss 'Shola' dress to meet Michelle Obama at Buckingham Palace and a silk cream Reiss dress for her official engagement photo - worn a second time on an official tour of Canada. We're guessing the savvy shopper didn't pay full price though!

Take a look at Kate Middleton's wardrobe hits in our Duchess of Cambridge look book below...

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Kate Middleton Style - Best Dresses & Outfits

1 Kate Middleton style green coat
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2 Kate Middleton style wimbledon 2014 dress
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Kate Middleton at the mens singles final of the Wimbledon Championships - July 6, 2014

3 Kate Middleton style pink dress
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Kate Middleton visits an M-PACT Plus Counselling programme - July 1, 2014

4 Kate Middleton style anzac day coat
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Kate Middleton at the ANZAC Day commemorative service - April 25, 2014

5 Kate Middleton style d day blue coat
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Kate Middleton at a service during the D-Day 70 Commemorations - June 6, 2014

5 Kate Middleton style military outfit
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Kate Middleton during an official visit to Bletchley Park - June 18, 2014

6 Kate Middleton style prince george jeans
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Kate Middleton and Prince George of Cambridge at the Royal Charity Polo - June 15, 2014

7 Kate Middleton style white black dress
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Kate Middleton at the Ben Ainslie Racing America's Cup Launch Event - June 10, 2014

8 Kate Middleton style jonathan saunders
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The Duchess of Cambridge wearing Jonathan Saunders in Scotland - 29th May 2014

9 Kate Middleton style hobbs
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The Duchess of Cambridge in Hobbs at Ayers Rock - 22 April 2014

10 Kate Middleton style lela rose dress
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The Duchess of Cambridge in Lela Rose in Canberra - 24 April 2014

11 Kate Middleton style pink dress alexander mcqueen
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The Duchess of Cambridge in Alexander McQueen at Adelaide - 23 April 2014

12 Kate Middleton style green dress
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The Duchess of Cambridge in Catherine Walker in Canberra - 24 April 2014

13 Kate Middleton style yellow dress sydney
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The Duchess of Cambridge at Taronga Zoo in Sydney - 20 April 2014

14 Kate Middleton style grey dress
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The Duchess of Cambridge in Roksanda Ilincic in Uluru - 22 April 2014

17 Kate Middleton style white dress manley beach
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The Duchess of Cambridge in Zimmerman at Manley Beach - 20 April 2014

15 Kate Middleton style alexander mcqueen
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The Duchess of Cambridge in Alexander McQueen at Easter service, Ausralia - 20 April 2014

16 Kate Middleton style white blue dress l k bennett
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The Duchess of Cambridge in L.K. Bennett at Amberley Air Base - 19 April 2014

18 Kate Middleton style red outfit
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The Duchess of Cambridge in Christchurch, New Zealand - 14 April 2014

19 Kate Middleton style yellow dress roksanda ilincic
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The Duchess of Cambridge in Roksanda Ilincic arriving in Sydney, Australia - 16 April 2014

20 Kate Middleton style prince george rebecca taylor
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The Duchess of Cambridge in Rebecca Taylor leaving New Zealand - 16 April 2014

21 Kate Middleton style diane von furstenberg
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The Duchess of Cambridge in Diane Von Furstenberg in Blue Mountains, Australia - 17 April 2014

22 Kate Middleton style zara new zealand
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The Duchess of Cambridge in Zara wine tasting in New Zealand - 13 April 2014

23 Kate Middleton style jonathan saunders
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The Duchess of Cambridge in Jonathan Saunders at rugby in Dunedin, New Zealand - 13 April 2014

24 Kate Middleton style erdem green coat
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The Duchess of Cambridge in Erdem at Avanti Drome in Hamilton, New Zealand - 12 April 2014

25 Kate Middleton style emilia wickstead blue dress
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The Duchess of Cambridge in Emilia Wickstead at Dunedin - 13 April 2014

26 Kate Middleton style zara
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The Duchess of Cambridge in Zara and J Brand at Auckland harbour, New Zealand - 11 April 2014

27 Kate Middleton style jenny packham new zealand
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The Duchess of Cambridge in Jenny Packham at State Dinner, New Zealand - 10 April 2014

27 Kate Middleton style prince george tory burch
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The Duchess of Cambridge in Tory Burch in Wellington, New Zealand - 9 April 2014

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