Princess Kate Apparently Wears “Very Little Makeup” and “No One Gives Her a Second Glance” When Picking Her Kids Up from School

When off duty, Kate tends to avoid airs and graces.

Kate Middleton smiling, running a hand through her hair
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It’s hard to imagine the Princess of Wales going anywhere and not being immediately spotted, but The Daily Express reports, when Kate does the school run, she typically goes incognito. When she drops off and picks up kids Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis at their school, Lambrook, the outlet reports she usually forgoes makeup so “no one gives her a second glance.”

“There are no blow-dries—it’s always hair up in a ponytail,” a friend says. “She’s either in her gym clothes, or a dress and sneakers, very little makeup, apologizing as she’s late for the school run before dashing off.”

Kate Middleton on a hill talking to Prince George

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Yes, she may be royal and have—how shall we say—a different type of job than the rest of the moms picking up their kids, but still, the friend says, “it’s the life of a working mum with three young children—just a different sort of day job to most.”

The Daily Express reports “it has been said that parents seldom glanced at Kate during the drop-off and pick-up times when George and Charlotte were students at St. Thomas’s School in London,” the outlet reports. The reason why? There was apparently another mother whom folks were much more eager to see. 

Kate Middleton in a field of flowers

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“No one really gives Kate a second glance when she does the school drop-off,” a parent told The Daily Mail. “We have a Victoria’s Secret model doing the school run, too, and the dads are far more interested in her.”

Well, then!

According to a friend, Kate is “very chilled at home” and avoids “airs and graces” in favor of a less formal parenting style. “It’s a normal, busy family home with kids running around and knocking things over,” the friend said, per People. “There’s no airs and graces. She is doing that to help her children be more grounded and keep their reality in check. That’s what really matters to her.”

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.