Kate Middleton was NOT prepared for royal life just like Meghan Markle: 'There's no school for princesses'

'It's not like there's a school for princesses where you sit there and go through the procedures from A to Z. You learn it at the knee,' Princess Diana's biographer Andrew Morton said


                            Kate Middleton was NOT prepared for royal life just like Meghan Markle: 'There's no school for princesses'
It was widely reported that Meghan Markle had made Kate Middleton cry in a 2018 dress fitting incident but Meghan said 'the reverse happened' (Getty Images)

Tabloids and newspapers are almost always pitting Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle against each other. But the latest reports reveal that the two women might be similar in more ways than one. Princess Diana's biographer Andrew Morton has recently revealed that Meghan was not the only royal woman who entered the family unprepared.

Kate Middleton, as it turns out, was equally clueless and had a difficult time adjusting to the royal lifestyle. 

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Last week, during his appearance on the Royally Obsessed podcast, Morton said that Markle's claims that she did not receive, or was offered, formal training when she entered the royal family weren't surprising. During her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan had said that royal training "might exist for other members of the family," but "that was not something that was offered to me," adding that she took it upon herself to learn the British national anthem and hymns sung in church services. Morton is best known for the biography, 'Diana: Her True Story'. Published in 1992, the late princess had provided the author with secretly recorded tapes to use as material for the book.

"During the interview, she said, 'Nobody told me about the national anthem.' Quite frankly, they don't tell you," Morton said during his appearance on the podcast. "It's not like there's a school for princesses where you sit there and go through the procedures from A to Z. You learn it at the knee. You learn it from experience." 

He points to Kate Middleton, who also wasn't given any training as such although she might have been aware of what is expected out of her. "Even Catherine Middleton, the point I'd make about her is that yes, she had the support of her family, and yes, she was British and knew what was expected, but nobody can prepare you for the level of intensity and the level of interest in you," Morton said. It was also noted in the episode that she was assigned very mean nicknames just before the wedding – from Lazy Katie to Waity Katie, as she had reportedly quit her job before tying the knot with Prince William.  

Meghan Markle (Getty Images)

Morton added on the podcast it took the duchess of Cambridge "quite a long time" to be "in control and in command of what she's doing." Middleton married into the royal family on April 29, 2011 - almost a decade, in comparison to Meghan's almost 3 years of having married on May 19, 2018. "Even Diana, it took her years, and she was an aristocrat," he said. 

On the podcast, Morton also criticized Markle's revelations that she had no freedom at Kensington Palace. In the tell-all interview to Oprah, Meghan had said that her passport, driver's license, and keys were taken away from her when she joined the royal family. "She didn't have any keys, she didn't have a car, she didn't have a place to live," Morton said on the podcast. "She was able to go to New York on a private jet to celebrate a baby shower and make eight overseas trips without wearing handcuffs," he added.

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