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Posted at 6:38 PM ET, 12/21/2010

More on the William and Kate books

By Autumn Brewington

I don't think I'll be rushing to get Christopher Andersen's book, nor another one mentioned with the USA Today article: "William & Kate: A Royal Love Story," by royal reporter James Clench. The Sun excerpted that book, by one of its reporters, online last month.

A big error in the first-day article gives me pause. Clench writes that in 2005 Kate Middleton "had also, most significantly, been invited to dine with the Queen and Prince Philip for the first time."

"The dinner at Balmoral was daunting for Kate but she sailed through. A source later revealed: 'The Queen and Prince Philip think a lot of Kate.

" 'They admire the way she has conducted herself while being such a part of William's life over the past few years.' "

But the day they announced their engagement, William and Kate told the world in their first interview as a couple that the first time Kate met the queen was at the 2008 wedding of William's cousin Peter Phillips.

Middleton: "Well I first met her at Peter and Autumn's wedding and again it was in amongst a lot of other guests and she was very friendly."

Prince William: "She was very welcoming, she knew it was a big day and everything was going on with Peter and Autumn, she had wanted to meet Kate for a while, so it was very nice for her to come over and say hello, we had a little chat and got on very well."

It's not clear whether Clench thinks the royal couple fibbed or whether his sources led him astray. [UPDATE: (I find the latter more likely, particularly since the book was probably finished before the engagement was made public.)] And if a royal reporter gets wrong something as big as when Kate Middleton first met the queen, why should we think any of the little things are right?

By Autumn Brewington  | December 21, 2010; 6:38 PM ET
Categories:  Kate Middleton, Media coverage, Prince William  | Tags:  Autumn Brewington  
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