When the Princess of Wales steps out on royal duty, she must look smart, sophisticated and stylish. In her early days as a royal representative, she would often attend to royal duties carrying simple shoulder bags or compact clutches. These days however, the princess is embracing the top handle trend and has joined the mini bag movement. Gone are the days of the conservative clutches, and now is the time for a royal revolution.

The princess has carried the tiny and perfectly petite DeMellier Nano Montreal bag in deep toffee smooth leather on three occasions. She carried the bag for her Hold Still book release in May 2021 clad in a red Eponine jacket and pleated camel skirt and later in October 2021 for a Forward Trust event in a Polo Ralph Lauren cashmere turtleneck sweater and Christopher Kane pleated fringe skirt in red. She also carried the mini bag in November 2022 in a Max and Co Longrun wool coat in camel.

The princess has toted the DeMellier Montreal Nano in navy on two occasions — once in her red Eponine coat in June 2022 for a visit to Cardiff castle and in October 2022 in a powder blue longline coat and Winser London blouse in Northern Ireland.

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Here are 15 Reasons Kate Middleton Loves Her DeMellier Nano Bags:


  1. Structured Silhouette

A tubular top handle and structured body plus a envelope front flap, give these petite handbags plenty of vintage minded magic.

2. Gold Bar

A gleaming gold pushlock closure and signature bar hardware confer these posh purses with a bit of shine.


3. Foiled Logo

Barely visible but showy enough for scoring style points, the DeMellier Logo is brushed in gold on every beautiful bag and is also featured on the interior.

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4. To Crossbody or Not Crossbody

A removable and adjustable crossbody strap give this mini bag plenty of options for wear.

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5. Vegan Bags with Luxe Leather

Made from leather sourced in Northern Italy from leftover apple waste, the vegan Nanos are rendered in a smooth buttery soft leather. The exterior of the Nano is crafted with a bio-based material and is made of soft, smooth leather. (Kate’s bags are designed with a cowhide leather).


6. Serious Sustainability

Constructed from pulp and peel from apples, Vegan DeMellier bags are designed with the environment in mind. The bags are created in Italy from 40% apple waste and the vegan leather is assembled from apple waste powder.


7. Lifetime Repairs

The handbags offer a 12 month guarantee and lifetime of free repair service.


8. Monogram Options

Most DeMellier bags including the Nano can be embossed with initials, words, dates or shorts phrases. Each bag becomes more unique and special when personalized with the brand’s free monogramming.

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9. Fully Recyclable Packaging

The company boasts ethically and sustainably made goods with packaging made of natural cotton and thus, fully recyclable.


10. Promoting Female Talent

Kate is likely a proponent of the award-winning British handbag house for their work championing women. 95% of the DeMellier headquarters team is female.


11. Family Owned Factory

DeMellier bags are handcrafted by skilled artisans in a family-owned factory in the South of Spain.


12. Petite Properties

These small statement bags are perfect for royal duty and carrying only the essentials like a lipgloss, keys or a regular sized phone.


13. Celebrity Appreciation

Actress Kristen Bell owns the DeMellier Nano bag in brown, black and toffee as well as the brand’s Mini Los Angeles bag. Other celebrity fans include Hilary Duff, Emily Blunt and Sofia Richie.

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14. Sophisticated Size

Princess Kate loves her practical and portable petite bags for their ease and elegance. On royal duty, Kate can easily carry the lightweight 12 ounce bag.

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15. Ladylike Look

Perfect for a refined and regal aesthetic, Kate’s top handle bags are a must for pairing with her Windsor workwear wardrobe. The chic mini bags elevate any royal style statement.