The negligee that was rumoured to have played a key part in bringing Prince William and Kate Middleton together is to be sold in London next month,
Kate Middleton wore the piece, originally intended as a skirt, over black lingerie during a 2002 charity fashion show at the University of St Andrews when the two students were just friends.
It has been widely reported that Prince William paid for a front-row seat at the show, with the romance between the two starting shortly afterwards.
The dress, designed by Charlotte Todd, is expected to fetch over £8000 at Kerry Taylor Auctions on March 17.
Charlotte Todd, who did not pursue a career in fashion and now works in an aquarium, said: ”If it is true that my design helped change the Prince’s interest in Kate from platonic to romantic as has been reported, then I am pleased to have played a part, however minor.
”I never would have imagined as I sat knitting this piece that one day it would be so important.”
The auction will also include two gowns worn by Prince William’s mother, the late Princess Diana. Kate Middleton and Prince William will be married on April 29 in Westminster Abbey.