Kate Middleton's Royal Training Included Watching Footage of Princess Diana

When Kate Middleton was still dating Prince William, she underwent media training to navigate life as a royal. The training included watching footage of Princess Diana.

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Becoming a member of the royal family takes a lot of work, in the form of intensive training. Before she married Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was reportedly kidnapped as part of her royal training. For Kate Middleton, royal training apparently included watching footage of Princess Diana.

In her book Kate: The Future Queen, royal expert and biographer Katie Nicholl describes how the Palace trained Kate to deal with the media back when she was still dating Prince William:

The first test of Kate's media training came when she attended the Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park. Even though Will wasn't with her, the press still tried to get her pose for pictures. Kate replied, "If I do it now, then I'll have to keep doing it."

And that diplomatic response was our earliest proof that Kate was going to absolutely crush it as a royal.

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Kayleigh Roberts
Kayleigh Roberts

Kayleigh Roberts is the weekend editor at Marie Claire, covering celebrity and entertainment news, from actual royals like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle to Hollywood royalty, like Katie Holmes and Chrissy Teigen. She’s a Ravenclaw who would do great things in Slytherin. To learn more about her, google “Leslie Knope eating salad GIF.