I guess I should also post an explanation of their methodology:
When we calculate costs we break down the numbers into 3 categories:
-Pieces that remain UFO (Unidentified Fashion Objects)
-Pieces that are identified and costs can be found
-Pieces where the designer is known but the design is custom or a price us unknown
In very few instances, we will estimate a price of an article of clothing. This occurs when the piece is similar to a “base model” being sold and there are minor details changed (color, neckline, sleeves, etc). Out of 1,661 new pieces debuted this year by these ladies - only 34 of these pieces did we estimate a price. We mention this in an effort to convey the most transparent and accurate view of the costs.
**At face value our calculations are what the royal’s clothes are worth, and in theory, what they would cost for you or I to buy. However, we are not saying that these calculations are what the royals ladies specifically spent, as we cannot verify that. We fully recognize that royals may receive discounts, shop sales, or be gifted some of these pieces. However, in order to stay objective, we made the decision to only use the full retail value of the pieces so that we do not show bias. These numbers should be viewed as the retail cost of their new pieces, rather than the exact number they personally spent.**
I liked that they're working on these numbers each year, they seem more objective than the Daily Fail or other newspapers for example. I don't envy them counting the numbers for so many people during the whole year though lol