A royal super fan who is ‘addicted’ to dressing like her idols has revealed she has spent $30,000 on their exact outfits after falling in love with Kate Middleton’s style.
She now allocates $1,000 (£800) of her annual salary as a physician for royal clothing, and seeks to replicate outfits worn by Kate, Meghan Markle, 38, and even Queen Letizia of Spain.
Keeping a close on the Royal Family calendar, Danielle purchases up to 15 ‘affordable’ items of clothing per month and has a dressmaker on speed dial who will make a replica for a fraction of the price.
Danielle Magness-Wellmann, 41, from Hanska, Minnesota, became obsessed with the Duchess of Cambridge, 38, after her engagement to Prince William, 38, was announced in 2011, and now spends about $1,000 a year copying her style (pictured left, Danielle wearing L.K.Bennett Addison dress which the Duchess wore while hosting the president and first lady for dinner at her Kensington Palace apartment , and right, the Duchess in April 2016)
The mother-of-one said: ‘I started paying attention to Kate Middleton’s clothing when they got engaged and fell in love with her style.
‘I think Kate serves as an incredible role model of both substance and style.’
She explained: ‘When she wears something that is accessible to the public it is a chance to own a piece of sartorial history.
‘There’s no way I can wear a Givenchy ball gown but some of her clothes are from Reiss, Hobbs and even Zara.
While she most-often copies Kate’s style, Danielle also revealed she is open to trying out other royal outfits, including Meghan Markle’s, 38. (pictured left, Danielle in a S T A U D dress worn by Meghan in South Africa , and right, the Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Heritage Day at Bo Kaap area in Cape Town in September 2019)
Meanwhile the royal enthusiast also revealed how she manages to find items worn by Kate within moments.
She explained: ‘I keep on top of her wardrobe by looking at the Royal calendar and Twitter – within minutes, someone online is able to recognise where an outfit is from and point me in the right direction for purchase.
‘But if it is $500 (£400) then I will contact a dressmaker who can make a replica for a tenth of the price.
‘However I have previously purchased expensive garments.
Other royals that Danielle looks to inspiration for her outfits include Queen Letizia of Spain (pictured left, Danielle wearing Hugo trousers worn by Queen Letizia and a white blouse inspired by the royal, and right, Queen Letizia in April 2018)
‘Sometimes, I may invest a little more because I know they’re going to last longer and I am going to wear it a lot.’
Danielle’s purchases rely on how ‘busy’ the Royals are and where they are in the world.
Danielle was unable to make any purchases when The Dutchess visited Pakistan in 2019 – due to the different timezones.
But she explained that hadn’t deterred her from her passion, saying: ‘It is quite an addictive hobby.