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Kate ‘had royal lessons’ before marrying William ‘unlike Meghan’
April 24, 2021
Kate Middleton was given etiquette lessons to learn all the royal protocols before she married to Prince William, a royal correspondent has claimed.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be marking their 10th wedding anniversary on April 29 and a documentary into Kate's journey into the Royal Family has shed light on how she received support from the Queen to become a royal wife.
In 2017 documentary Kate Middleton: Working Class to Windsor, journalist Ashley Pearson said that the Duchess had received training "from the beginning" – something that Meghan Markle claimed she did not get when she spoke to Oprah Winfrey last month.
She said: "From the beginning, Kate Middleton had a great deal of support from the Royal Family, which was really instructed by the Queen, to make sure that she knew as much as she could possibly know in what to do in every situation.
"Bearing in mind, of course, she didn't really grow up in this world where there were things like learning how to get out of a carriage without exposing your modesty, learning how to bend down and receive flowers from a young girl without exposing your modesty and things like that that you would never think you would have to learn."
Prior to her Royal Wedding, Kate was said to be given lessons on royal etiquette on simple matters such as "how to weigh down the hem of the dress" to make sure it didn't blow up in the wind.
"There were all kind of small details, little bits of etiquettes – how to sit, who to curtsy to, who not to curtsy to, what fork to use – whatever else that they felt she needed to know," Ashley continued.
"She was actually given lessons on how to be a royal wife."
But, according to Kate's sister-in-law Meghan, it was a completely different scenario when she joined the Royal Family as Prince Harry's wife.
Last month, the Duchess of Sussex spoke of the struggles while living in the palace in the tell-all interview with Oprah and revealed she was not given any formal training on how to a royal.
Meghan said: "Unlike what you see in the movies, there's no class on how to speak, how to cross your legs, how to be royal.
"There's none of that training. That might exist for other members of the family. That was not something that was offered to me."
Meghan said she had to take it upon herself to Google the British national anthem and learn various hymns because she "didn't want to embarrass" the Royal Family.
"No one thought to say, 'Oh, you're American. You're not going to know that'," she added.
When Meghan attended the Trooping the Colour ceremony in 2019, cameras appeared to capture Harry teaching her royal protocol as they stood at the Buckingham Palace balcony.