A New Zealand woman who designed a special baby gift for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been royally rejected.
Katrina Ward, owner of parents-to-be clothing label Outie, made a "royal baby" T-shirt for the duchess to wear while pregnant with her first child.
Last week Ms Ward received her gift back along with a "nicely written" rejection letter which said the duchess could not accept gifts from people she did not personally know.
"I sort of just thought what the hell, what have I got to lose, I'll just make her one," she said.
"It wasn't going to cost me too much to make, and I also thought of the publicity element, of course. I mean, how cool would it be if she was to wear my T-shirt?"
Now based in Auckland, the 32-year-old former New Plymouth Boys' High School teacher said she packaged up the present to ensure it was fit for a royal and sent it off in January.
"I spent way too much on packaging. I did it really nicely with gold tissue paper and a beautiful box with a card. I kind of went all out and sent it off."
The rejection letter thanked Ms Ward for her kind thoughts.
"It was probably never even seen by her but I'd like to think, if she did see it, she would have kept it because it's so cool.
"But I'm sure she has thousands of minions who sort through her mail, and she probably receives rooms full of gifts."
Although slightly disappointed with the rejection, Ms Ward was excited the package had come back via Royal Mail complete with Buckingham Palace stamps.
"I just think you've got to put yourself out there sometimes. My brand's all about having fun and it's quite amusing to say one of my T-shirts went all the way to Buckingham Palace and came all the way home again.
"It's been on quite the adventure."
Ms Ward was now looking to turn the rejection into a positive by auctioning off the size 10 (pre-pregnancy) T-shirt, rejection letter and envelope, complete with Buckingham Palace stamps, on Trade Me.
Proceeds would go to Early Buds, a not-for-profit organisation supporting premature babies.
She had also printed a limited run of 10 similar T-shirts for those wanting to show off their own royal babies.
- The Dominion Post
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