Queen's bra fitter sacked after revelations from tell-all book
What with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's upcoming nuptials, the world can't seem to get enough of the British royal family. One topic, however, that no-one thought would come to the table was that of the royal bosoms.
Now, of course, the women in question purchase their bras from Rigby & Peller, and the owner of the British luxury lingerie brand, June Kenton, has personally seen to it that the regal knockers have been perfectly supported and fitted since 1960. She has worked as the official corsetiere to Queen Elizabeth II since the 1980's, as well as having fitted bras for other senior royals including the Queen Mother, Princess Diana and Princess Margaret.
However, the publication of her controversial new book has caused the renowned lingerie company to lose its royal warrant. Kenton's autobiography, titled Storm in a D-Cup, chronicles her career in luxury bra fitting and describes her visits to Buckingham Palace. And it's safe to say that the palace is not too pleased with her latest literary endeavour.
Richard Palmer, royal correspondent of the Daily Express, has confirmed Rigby & Peller has lost the royal warrant, writing "June Kenton has now confirmed that Rigby & Peller lost the Queen's royal warrant because the palace didn't like her book."
And June Kenton has admitted that she's rather distraught about it all. Speaking to the BBC she said,
"I'm very sad Buckingham Palace took exception to the story – it’s a kind and gentle story about what went on in my life, I only ever said I went there, not what happened. I have never, ever spoken about what I do there with her, or the Queen Mother or Princess Margaret. I think it’s unbelievable. It’s just upsetting at the end of my life, but what can I do. I can’t fight with Buckingham Palace and I wouldn’t want to, but it’s hard."
While Kenton has asserted that she believes that she has been perfectly "honourable" throughout the course of her career and that she doesn't believe that there's anything in the book which could have caused offence, others have found several passages within the book which may have overstepped the mark. Certainly, in one chapter Kenton discusses how she once gave the Queen a bra fitting in front of her corgis:
"Suddenly there was an enormous thunderclap. Her Majesty calmly flicked on the main light switch, looked out of her window and said she hoped it wouldn’t rain as she had 8,000 people coming for tea. Eight thousand! All I could think was that if I were her, I’d be busy cutting sandwiches rather than bothering with a bra fitting. However, even the grandest ladies in the land need to be well-supported.
"Her Majesty’s thoughts were obviously elsewhere as she ordered the dogs be brought in from outside and only then did we settle down to the business in hand.
"Pipe Major MacRae’s bagpipes were still droning on when I finally retraced my steps to the tradesman’s entrance. I was in a dream. Who could have predicted that I, June Kenton, a little Jewish lady who used to sell clothes on a market stall, would one day be fitting the monarch for a made-to-measure Rigby & Peller bra?"
While this doesn't read as particularly explicit or hair-raising material to you and I, it's understandable that the Royal Family wouldn't want the public talking about their breasts. As this tweet cogently surmises, "Don't think it was about what the book revealed, more maybe to do with that it has inspired people, especially the media, to discuss the Queen's boobs."
It seems like the #FreeTheNipple movement may have to wait a bit longer to get the endorsement of The Palace.