Posh Spice pips Kate Middleton to post in powerful women list
She’s the Duchess of Cambridge and her child will become heir to the throne, but judges rating the UK’s 100 most powerful women failed to include Kate Middleton while finding room for 90s pop star Posh Spice.
The list, compiled by Radio 4’s Woman Hour and topped by the Queen, has sparked controversy, with many questioning its omissions.
The Duchess, who married Prince William in 2011, is one of the most talked-about women in the World. She dominates fashion pages for both her style and thriftiness, and has been credited with helping change Britain’s attitude towards the Royal Family.
She boldly refused to take the vow to "obey" her husband, and said she will break with years of Royal tradition by looking after her child without the help of a full-time nanny.
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British opinion of the royal family is higher than it’s been in years, and the Duchess is reportedly worth £1 billion to the British economy.
She’s the patron of Action on Addiction, which assists drug addicts and their families; the Art Room, which aims to increase children's self-esteem through art; the East Anglia Children's Hospices and the National Portrait Gallery.
She volunteers at the Scout Association and is Patron of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, a grant-giving foundation which focuses on the Armed Forces, young people and conservation.
Explaining the decision not to include the Duchess of Cambridge, the chairman of the judges, author Eve Pollard, said: "Inevitably, not everyone will agree with the 100 we have chosen. There are some omissions. For example, we had long debates about the Duchess of Cambridge. Is she influential? Hugely. Is she powerful? Not yet."
Other controversial omissions from the list include Olympic golden girl Jessica Ennis and top Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds.
The top 20 women in the list are ranked and the rest are detailed alphabetically. The list includes Home Secretary Theresa May (number two); author JK Rowling OBE (number 13); pop star Adele, poet Carol Ann Duffy CBE; sports presenter Clare Balding; comedian Dawn French; campaigner Joanna Lumley OBE; business guru Karren Brady and comedian Sarah Millican.
Spice Girls star Victoria Beckham, who is now a fashion designer, is listed alongside fashionista Stella McCartney.
Do you think the Duchess of Cambridge should have been included in the list?