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Posted at 7:05 AM ET, 02/11/2011

Lingering over Kate and Camilla's lunch

By Autumn Brewington

British media have rehashed pretty much every angle of Kate Middleton's lunch this week with her future stepmother-in-law, Camilla, the duchess of Cornwall.

Three Daily Mail reporters collaborated on a story on Kate's alleged appetizer, saying a waiter told the paper that Prince William's fiancee ordered foie gras, a politically incorrect duck liver pate that Prince Charles, her future father-in-law, has reportedly banned from his residences.

"Despite her slender figure, she is believed to have had a £15 terrine of foie gras with baguette, followed by £28 roasted sea bass with fennel and black olive sauce, and a £14 pistachio souffle with ice cream for dessert.

"Camilla, perhaps bearing in mind her husband's feelings, went for the safer option of a salad and roasted rabbit with Dijon mustard."

The paper noted that animal-rights activists, predicting that "Charles will be 'very disappointed,'" were criticizing Kate "for behaving in a way that is 'unbecoming to the future Queen.'"

A separate Daily Mail column pores over Kate's lunch outfit and speculates that she has gotten highlights.

Meanwhile, the Telegraph says that it was not Kate's sister, Pippa, but a friend who joined the royal bride-to-be, Camilla and Camilla's daughter for a very public lunch at the Berkeley Hotel on Wednesday. This piece starts by summarizing the Daily Mail column that originally detailed the meal but goes on to assess Kate's clothes (Diane von Furstenberg dress, Whistles jacket, Smythson notebook), figure ("It cannot be long before some tabloid christens her: "Add Some Waity Katy") and the ways in which this royal fiancee differs from Diana, William's famous mother, ahead of her own wedding:

There could be no more powerful symbol of Miss Middleton's embrace into the Firm's fold than this chummy lunch with her future stepmother-in-law. The scene was rendered still more poignant by the fact that, 30 years earlier, Camilla had another such lunch with a young bride-to-be sporting that same sapphire ring.

How times change. The engaged Lady Diana was a bashful, cowering presence: the startled fawn whose doe-like eyes were forever filling with tears. Where the young Diana bolted, head down when she saw a camera, Kate is a woman in her element, regarding the five or so paparazzi with a gimlet eye.

Ten years older, and with several years prep, this is a woman who knows exactly what she is getting into. The Berkeley could have entertained the party in a private dining room, and most celebrities escape via the private garage beneath the hotel. When Julia Roberts ate at Koffman's recently, she left through the side entrance. ... Privacy is part of the five-star remit.

The princess-in-waiting, however, was content to go public, opting for a table bang in the middle of the restaurant, with a view of the open kitchen. She waved jovially at chef Pierre Koffman as she exited.

By Autumn Brewington  | February 11, 2011; 7:05 AM ET
Categories:  Kate Middleton, Media coverage, Royal family  | Tags:  Autumn Brewington  
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