Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has a King Midas effect on items she wears and places she goes. Most of what she touches turns to gold. But don't leave Prince William out of the equation. Remember back last year, when the Royal Couple made a whirlwind tour through Canada and California? Part of that trip was designed to raise money for charity, reports Entertainmentwise, and the prince on a polo pony was a definite part of the draw. Together, that afternoon at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club, they pulled in $1.5 million in just a few hours.
Members of the clubÂ—and other wealthy CaliforniansÂ—donated big bucks just to view the spectacle. Sources say $400 was the cheapest seat to watch the polo match. And sitting anywhere near Kate Middleton drew in far more. Most of the money went to a world-wide charity Princes William and Harry have established, but some will go to help local children.
This is a far more useful Kate effect than just selling out dresses for high-street shops. Raising money for charity is what the royals doÂ—it's their mission in life, as established by Her Majesty the Queen. Let the glamour of Kate Middleton and the rest of the royal family rub off on the wealthyÂ—dislodging money to help those in need. Everyone is happy.
''Everyone that interacted with the Duke and Duchess thought they were so thoughtful, caring and welcoming," said one of the organizers. "They did a marvelous job and these charities are charities that Americans are very much in favor of.'' Kate Middleton and Prince William are being encouraged to make the polo event an annual match.
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