British Royal Family

Kate Middleton is never without these four affordable items in her purse

Her handbag is full of not-so-secret-secrets.

By Jess Pullar
There's no denying Kate Middleton is always the image of primped, proper and poised.
Even with her every step being documented, lamented and captured by thousands of royal fans the world over, the Duchess is never a hair out of place.
So what's her secret, you ask?
The answer, it seems, is hidden in her handbag.
There's more to Kate's purse than you might think... (Image: Getty)
Many of us normal folk might be a little embarrassed to admit the contents (and straight up debris) that lies within our handbags. Sure we've got our basics: wallets, mobiles, perhaps a backup concealer and lippy.
And then comes the receipts, bobby pins, maybe even a couple of Cadbury chocolate wrappers... ahem.
But Duchess Kate's bag? Well, we've got quite a different picture here.
In fact, the bag (or bags, because Kate certainly has plenty to choose from in her personal collection) hold only four items according to a new book Kate: A Biography by Marcia Moody.
Indeed, each item is crucially important, and make complete sense when it comes to her not-so-normal day job.
First on the list is a compact mirror - fair, we all like to double check our lipstick hasn't smudged after demolishing a smashed avocado out with friends.
Her next item is a handkerchief, again very practical in case of a runny nose emergency - either involving her or one of her adorable little tykes.
Next up is lip balm - and we can't blame her. The feeling of chapped lips on a windy day is nothing less than torture.
And finally, the Duchess rounds out her go-to handbag products list with blotting paper. And while this one is probably not as commonly used among non-royals, it makes perfect sense for Kate to use the product given a shiny forehead stands out loud and clear in photographs, and she's certainly not shy of featuring in many of those.
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The royal mum-of-three has been front and centre of the beauty-world's coveted elite since her wedding to Prince William in 2011, and earlier this year, royal fans lapped up new information from Kate's hairstylist who revealed which products she uses to secure those perfect tresses.
While packing for the royal tour of Sweden and Norway earlier in 2018, Kate's hairstylist, Amanda Cook Tucker, took to her private Instagram account sharing an image of the laid out products along with the caption: "Think that's everything! #worktrip #packing."
Tucker, who has worked with the royal since 2012, revealed no less than 13 brushes, six combs, three hair tongs, two hairdryers and seven different hair products - all for one woman!
Excuse us as we justify our next Sephora purchase!
Duly noted! we'll take whatever the Duchess us having. (Image: Getty)
Furthermore, there's another accessory Duchess Catherine dons on a regular basis, although it's not quite as glamorous as you'd think - bandages.
Indeed, the Duchess is often spotted sporting a bandage on her perfectly manicured hands - most recently was earlier this month when she stepped out for a charity event in a stunning blue recycled gown.
Kate is often spotted wearing a bandage on her hand. (Image: Getty)
But they're always in different places! (Images: Getty)
There could be a number of reasons as to why Kate's fingers are donned with plasters as often as they are with dripping diamond rings.
One could be because of her three children, who might tend to get a little too excited when grabbing her hand to cross the road.
Another could be nerves. It's not the nicest of habits but it's common response to pick at your fingers when you're feeling slightly anxious.
Or perhaps it could simply be plain clumsiness. Who knows - the usually perfectly postured Duchess might be keeping this feat a very well-kept secret from us all!