Princess training for Kate Middleton
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."
| February 9, 2011; 9:34 AM ET
Categories: Kate Middleton, Media coverage, Monarchy, Royal family
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