Lingerie brand, Rigby & Peller, has been stripped of its royal warrant after 58 years of fitting and designing underwear for the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
It’s no secret that we’re all fascinated by what goes on behind closed doors at Buckingham Palace. One look at our last watched section on Netflix shows our obsession with The Crown, so when June Kenton, director of royal lingerie fitters Rigby & Peller, released a book which mentions her appointments with the Queen, it caused quite a stir.
What Kenton wasn’t counting on, however, was the negative attention it would receive from Buckingham Palace, who have banned the brand from working with the Royals again, seemingly because of the book release.
Storm in a D Cup was released in March last year and is a memoir about Kenton’s life, taking readers through her transformation of Rigby & Peller, the building of an impressive career, raising a family, surviving breast cancer and of course, working with the Palace.
The book’s blurb sums it up, saying: “From fitting and supplying bras to Her Majesty the Queen to campaigning on the streets of London for justice and liberty, June has led a quite extraordinary life.”
BBC News reports that Kenton is not only “very sad” by the Palace’s decision but also taken aback, saying that she found the removal of the brand’s warrant “unbelievable” and that her book contained “nothing” to “be upset about”.
“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,” she said.
Kenton continued, “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.”
Elle reports that Kenton talks about fittings with the Queen in the book and describes how her Majesty’s corgis would be present while she was half dressed. She also spoke about William and Harry as teenagers, reminiscing that their mother, Princess Diana, would let them pin pictures of underwear models to their walls while boarding at prestigious school, Eton College.
According to BBC News Kenton admitted she didn’t submit the book to the Palace for approval before publishing because she didn’t think anything “would be required”.
Kenton said, “I’ve been honourable throughout my life - it’s unbelievable they don’t like the book, there’s nothing in it that they could remotely be upset about.
Rigby & Peller have released a statement sharing the brand’s disappointment in being removed from the royal warrant list, saying it was “deeply saddened” by the decision but was “not able to elaborate further on the cancellation out of respect for her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Warrant Holders Association”.
Although Buckingham Palace have been asked to comment on the reason for Rigby & Peller’s warrant removal, a spokesperson simply said it won’t “comment on individual companies”.
Kenton bought Rigby & Peller with her husband in 1982 for £20,000 before selling a majority stake in 2011 for eight million. The brand has stores on the Kings Road, Mayfair and Chelsea with bras that range from £60 to £248. Although Kenton no longer owns the company, she has remained on the board and is heavily associated with the brand.
Although the action taken by the Palace does appear to follow the release of Kenton’s book, The Royal Warrants Association says that 20 to 40 Royal Warrants are cancelled every year with a similar number of new ones added, so there is a possibility the two aren’t related.
As well as being a dab hand at fitting bras, Kenton has an inspiring story to share as a strong female businesswoman, and Storm in s D Cup is definately worth a read.
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