Olivia Palermo thinks Duchess Catherine is boosting British designers.

The former 'City' star is a big admirer of the duchess' "timeless" sense of style and is particularly appreciative of the way she champions UK talent, both established and emerging.

Olivia said: "The duchess is a wonderful role model. She has her own sense of timeless style and it's lovely to see her wear some of Britain's most well-respected talent, such as Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, and also bring awareness to younger brands like Erdem, who brings such an elegance and femininity to his designs."

Catherine is one of just a few famous faces whose style Olivia admires as she feels most people in the public eye rely too much on being styled by other people.

She told Hello! magazine: "I find I look less to celebrities and more at models for being more fashion forward.

"Models usually dress themselves whereas a celeb might have a helping hand."