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Posted at 9:34 AM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Princess training for Kate Middleton

By Autumn Brewington

As the wife of the future king, Kate Middleton must undergo formal training in diplomacy and royal protocol. (Reuters)

What's involved in being the wife of the future king?

A top British diplomat is going to make sure Kate Middleton finds out.

David Manning, a former British ambassador to the United States, is to mentor Prince William's fiancee on foreign affairs, diplomacy and royal protocol, according to the Daily Mail. Manning was a foreign policy aide to Tony Blair in the run-up to the Iraq war, the paper reports, but was appointed to advise Princes William and Harry in 2009. His work with the princes suggests he is "already well-rehearsed in matters relating to charity work, official functions and how to find the back door at Boujis," the paper snarked, referring to a nightclub popular with young royals.

The British heir to the throne traditionally receives lessons in protocol, history and other aspects of royal duty -- but as the marriage of William's parents, Charles and Diana, dissolved, it became known that Diana had received little instruction on how to manage royal life. Presumably, this is an effort to help William's bride make a better adjustment.

A palace spokesman was quoted as saying: "Prince William's private office will organise a series of private meetings with key individuals -- including senior members of the Royal Household, key advisers to Prince William and Prince Harry and representatives from some of Prince William's charities and other affiliations -- for Miss Middleton to meet both before and after the marriage."

By Autumn Brewington  | February 9, 2011; 9:34 AM ET
Categories:  Kate Middleton, Media coverage, Monarchy, Royal family  
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Comments

So the first lady of the United States isn't invited to the wedding of the future head of government. I knew these racist swine would show their true colors someday. Look at their history - a bunch of anti-semetic, old world Germans, sitting around on their lazy a$$e$ drawing welfare - the public dole!

Posted by: Misty630 | February 9, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Our little Moochie should be sitting in class next to Kate Middleton learning diplomacy and royal protocol. Maybe then she will learn not to paw and manhandle the royals. It's considered the height of rudeness especially in their own country.

So spout the usual lame racist rants on why everyone hates the Obamas. While in reality Moochie has no one but herself to blame for not being invited. That huge faux pas of touching the Queen has come back to haunt her. I love it that she isn't invited and that she threw such a fit when she learned she wasn't invited. God save the Queen for putting Moochie in her place!

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | February 10, 2011 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure an American would have said, "..before and after the marriage ceremony."

Posted by: JohnS16 | February 10, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

What is this whining about Mrs. Obama not bing invited? It's not a State wedding--she wouldn't be. End of story.

Stop trying deperately to spin this as anything more than protocol, and learn something about royal weddings before commenting again.

Posted by: NYC123 | February 14, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

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