Kate caught in Facebook fur flap

It’s not often you’ll see PETA coming to the aid of a royal.

The animal-rights group is most often sniping with the Royal Family, chiding it for promoting things pheasant hunting, or -- in the case of Kate and William last summer -- attending the Calgary Stampede, where horses have been known to die in competition.

IFTF FacebookPETA was talking about the royals again this week, but this time it was to defend Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge against statements by the International Fur Trade Federation.

The fur flap began with a picture of Kate back in London after she and her family (including Prince William) had returned from a vacation in Mustique. The photo showed her wearing what appeared to be a fur-lined coat.

The IFTF, quick to seize an opportunity to promote their product (they regularly show off pix of fur-clad celebs) posted the picture on their Facebook page (right), noting the “a classy fur-lined coat with an urban twist.”

Enter PETA, which wastes no time in wagging its finger at celebrities sporting anything fur-ish. Seeking clarification on the Duchess’s outerwear they contacted her office, who told her that the coat contained no real fur.

So, the Duchess was off the hook. But not the IFTF.

PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk turned her sights on the fur federation, sending a letter to IFTF boss Mark Oaten, threatening legal action unless the photo be removed and a retraction be published.

"To state that the Duchess is wearing fur is not only false but offensive,” she said in the letter to Oaten, a former British MP. “To portray the new Duchess wearing something so blatantly cruel and contrary to her country's values is insulting."

The letter goes on with its spanking: “For future reference, you may note that we have good reason to believe that The Duchess of Cambridge never wears real fur: This coat is the only furry-looking garment she has been spotted in since becoming a member of the Royal Family, and her office's very encouraging response to our letter indicates that Her Royal Highness may now have joined the growing list of public figures and style icons who never wear fur, including Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.”

There has been no official response from Oaten, though the offending post has disappeared from the Facebook page and this apology was posted: "The photograph of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was removed from our Facebook page as soon a we were made aware that the coat she was wearing was lined with fake fur."

Still, we’re betting it’ll be a while before Kate wears that coat again.


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Anyone who saw the beat down that PETA took on the John Stewart show last week knows that PETA has become nothing more than an irrelevant laughing stock.

What Kate does wear though are endangered bird feathers on her head. Just as bad.

But I do love the leather bag and boots. (for those of you who don't know, leather is an animal pelt with the fur scraped off - for some reason PETA have no problem with this)

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