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People have been fawning over Kate Middleton’s style since she first came under the public eye when marrying Prince William.

But there’s a common element people recently have begun pointing out: she often is holding clutches with her dress.

Although others often opt for strap purses, the Duchess of Cambridge always has a clutch.

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Why is that?

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Action on Addiction, attends the UK Premiere of "A Street Cat Named Bob" in aid of Action On Addiction on November 3, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 03: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Action on Addiction, attends the UK Premiere of “A Street Cat Named Bob” in aid of Action On Addiction on November 3, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Pohle – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

According to a fashion expert, there’s a very good explanation.

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“When the Duchess is at an event, she holds her bag in front of her in both hands when shaking hands might be awkward,” royals fashion expert Myka Meier tells Good Housekeeping.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for her visit to the Child Bereavement UK Centre in Stratford on January 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/ Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 11: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for her visit to the Child Bereavement UK Centre in Stratford on January 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Matt Dunham – WPA Pool/ Getty Images)

“Or she can place it in one hand to have the other free. It never gets tucked under an arm or placed on the ground or table,” Meier points out.  “If there’s not a stool available, slip it between your back and the back of the chair.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 22: The Duchess of Cambridge attends Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards at Mansion House on November 22, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 22: The Duchess of Cambridge attends Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards at Mansion House on November 22, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

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There you have it. One interesting theory as to why she is perfectly accessorized with clutches in most of her public appearances.

GLOUCESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 4: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves the Nelson Trust Women's Centre on November 4, 2016 in Gloucester, England. The Women's Centre was set up in 2010 and is designed to support women who have vulnerabilities, particularly those who have experienced abuse and trauma. Along with a second site in Swindon the Women's Centre supports over 500 women annually, across Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. During the visit Her Royal Highness will meet with members of staff and will also be introduced to women who have accessed the centre's vital support. (Photo by Richard Pohle-Pool/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – NOVEMBER 4: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves the Nelson Trust Women’s Centre on November 4, 2016 in Gloucester, England. The Women’s Centre was set up in 2010 and is designed to support women who have vulnerabilities, particularly those who have experienced abuse and trauma. Along with a second site in Swindon the Women’s Centre supports over 500 women annually, across Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. During the visit Her Royal Highness will meet with members of staff and will also be introduced to women who have accessed the centre’s vital support. (Photo by Richard Pohle-Pool/Getty Images)
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