To my parents, who gave me everything, and the man who gives me nothing but trouble
ContentsCoverTitle PagePrefaceChapter 1 - The Harrisons 1837–98Chapter 2 - The Harrisons 1901–53Chapter 3 - The Goldsmiths 1837–1918Chapter 4 - The Goldsmiths 1918–53Chapter 5 - Dorothy Harrison and Ronald GoldsmithChapter 6 - The Middletons 1838–1914Chapter 7 - The Luptons 1847–1930Chapter 8 - Noel Middleton and Olive LuptonChapter 9 - The Glassborows 1881–1954Chapter 10 - Peter Middleton and Valerie GlassborowChapter 11 - Michael Middleton and Carole GoldsmithChapter 12 - A Little PrincessChapter 13 - At MarlboroughChapter 14 - A Florentine Interlude Photographic InsertChapter 15 - A Catwalk QueenChapter 16 - A Royal FlatmateChapter 17 - Cold Hands, Warm HeartsChapter 18 - Graduates at LastChapter 19 - The Real WorldChapter 20 - A Look of LoveChapter 21 - The Break-UpChapter 22 - The ReconciliationChapter 23 - Back in the Royal FoldChapter 24 - Out of the ShadowsChapter 25 - A New PrincessAppendix: Kate Middleton’s Family TreeAcknowledgementsAbout the AuthorCopyrightAbout the Publisher
Chapter 1 - The Harrisons 1837–98
Chapter 2 - The Harrisons 1901–53
Chapter 3 - The Goldsmiths 1837–1918
Chapter 4 - The Goldsmiths 1918–53
Chapter 5 - Dorothy Harrison and Ronald Goldsmith
Chapter 6 - The Middletons 1838–1914
Chapter 7 - The Luptons 1847–1930
Chapter 8 - Noel Middleton and Olive Lupton
Chapter 9 - The Glassborows 1881–1954
Chapter 10 - Peter Middleton and Valerie Glassborow
Chapter 11 - Michael Middleton and Carole Goldsmith
Chapter 12 - A Little Princess
Chapter 13 - At Marlborough
Chapter 14 - A Florentine Interlude
Kate’s grandfather Ronald Goldsmith (front) with (l–r) his brother-in-law Henry ‘Titch’ Jones, his sister-in-law Emma Goldsmith, his sister Ede Jones, his brother Charlie Goldsmith, his mother, Edith Goldsmith, and his sister Joyce Plummer.
Kate’s great aunts, Ronald Goldsmith’s sisters (l–r): Hetty, Ede, carrying Joyce, and Alice.
Kate’s grandmother Dorothy Harrison and grandfather Ronald Goldsmith on their wedding day, 8 August 1953, at Holy Trinity Church, Southall.
Kate’s great-great-great-grandfather Frank Lupton. (Courtesy of Arthur Lupton)
Kate’s great-grandmother Olive Lupton. (Courtesy of Arthur Lupton)
Kate and Fergus Boyd at the Don’t Walk charity fashion show in St Andrews, 2002. (© Getty Images)
Kate on the catwalk in St Andrews. (© Getty Images)
Kate at the wedding of Hugh van Cutsem and Rose Astor in June 2005. It was the first time she and Prince William had attended a high-profile social event together. (© Getty Images)
Kate at her graduation ceremony, St Andrews, 2005. (© Getty Images)
Kate and William photographed kissing for the first time, Klosters, 2006. (© David Parker)
Kate at the Cheltenham Gold Cup, 2006. (© Getty Images)
Kate wearing BCBG Max Azria at the Boodles Boxing Ball, 2006. (© Alan Davidson)
The look of love: Kate and William gaze adoringly at each other as they leave Boujis, 2006. (© Matrix Syndication)
Kate, with her father, attends William’s graduation from Sandhurst in December 2006. (© Getty Images)
Kate and William at the 2007 Cheltenham Festival, shortly before their split. (© Getty Images)
Kate (third row, far right) and William at the Concert for Diana in July 2007. (© Getty Images)
Kate and Chelsy Davy at the wedding of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly in May 2008. (© Goff Photos)
Kate in an Issa dress at the 2008 Boodles Boxing Ball. (© Davidson/O’Neill/Rex Features)
Kate watches Prince William’s investiture into the Order of the Garter in June 2008. (© Getty Images)
Although during her time in the city Kate attracted a great deal of attention from Italian men, notorious for chatting up British girls, she steered clear of any romantic entanglements, maintaining the modesty for which she had become known at Marlborough. ‘We were all pretty well-behaved girls,’ a friend remembers. ‘She was rather shy around boys. She never seemed really comfortable with the attention. She would get embarrassed if they approached.’While some of the other students took advantage of their new-found freedom, dating boys, drinking heavily and experimenting with drugs, Kate gained a reputation amongst the other students as a demure English rose. ‘Kate would like a glass of wine – and always had a few glasses with dinner – but she couldn’t really handle her drink,’ one fellow student recalled in an interview with The Mail on Sunday. ‘She would get giggly and silly after a few glasses, so then she would stop. She was never interested in getting really drunk or letting herself lose control. While others were doing drugs around her, she wouldn’t be judgemental – in fact she was quite interested in what they did to you. It was simply that she did not want to try them. I never saw her smoke either.’When Kate was halfway through her course, her devoted parents, Michael and Carole, flew over to the city for a long weekend, staying in a nearby hotel. But while her father melted into the crowd – a trait his daughter appears to have inherited – Carole made much more of an impression. ‘Kate was never someone who sought the limelight,’ one fellow student recalled in The Mail on Sunday. ‘She was sociable and fun but a bit of a wallflower.’ She went on to say: ‘Her mother was very different to Kate. I think Kate very much takes after her dad.’Towards the end of the course, before she returned home for Christmas, Kate attended a fashion show held by the American Johns Hopkins University. While the other students revelled in the opportunity to drink themselves into oblivion, Kate nursed one glass of wine all night. ‘It was held in a small club and everyone sat on the floor on cushions,’ her friend reported in The Mail on Sunday. ‘It was quite a drunken affair with everyone downing shots, cocktails and all sorts of concoctions. This was a typical example of when Kate made a glass of wine last the whole evening. It was clearly most people’s intention to get hammered, but not Kate’s. She didn’t like getting out of control, but this didn’t mean she wasn’t sociable. She would mingle and she loved to dance.’Over the next eight months, Kate did some more travelling. Some reports indicate that she had been in Chile during her gap year, although when or what she was doing there is not known – and nor is whether this was definitely the case. She did go on a summer holiday with her family, to Barbados, staying at the exclusive Sandpiper Hotel in Holetown, halfway along the west coast of the island. The hotel, which has its own sandy beach, is surrounded by lush gardens brimming with tropical flowers, where Kate spent many hours sunbathing and reading.‘They went to Barbados on holiday pretty much every summer,’ a friend reported, ‘but interestingly they would go at the beginning of the season – the end of July or the beginning of August – which is when it is cheaper. The seriously wealthy do not go at that time of year – they tend to go around Christmas.’It may have been to Barbados that Kate went on holiday with Ian Henry. That summer, Kate, who loved sailing, had crewed a yacht around the Solent. It was while she was in Southampton that she met fellow deckhand Ian, from Taunton in Somerset, with whom one tabloid claimed she had conducted a brief romance, going on a secret holiday to the Caribbean. ‘We are very good friends,’ he admitted to the Daily Mirror after news of her relationship with Prince William broke, ‘but I have not spoken to her for a while. We met a couple of years ago through sailing. I was crewing on a boat at Southampton and Kate was on another. Occasionally, we would sail together. She is a fun girl. I would call her bubbly, outgoing and down-to-earth. I did not know that she and William were an item. She is very reserved and does not like being in the spotlight.’After their summer romance, the two were headed in different directions, Ian to oxford and Kate to St Andrews. It was there that she would meet her prince.
Chapter 15 - A Catwalk Queen
Chapter 16 - A Royal Flatmate
Chapter 17 - Cold Hands, Warm Hearts
Chapter 18 - Graduates at Last
Chapter 19 - The Real World
Chapter 20 - A Look of Love
Chapter 21 - The Break-Up
Chapter 22 - The Reconciliation
Chapter 23 - Back in the Royal Fold
Chapter 24 - Out of the Shadows
Chapter 25 - A New Princess
Appendix: Kate Middleton’s Family Tree
AcknowledgementsThere are so many people I would like to thank for helping me in the course of researching and writing this book, but a special thank you must go to journalist Simon Trump, without whose support I would never have got it written, and members of the Harrison, Goldsmith, Middleton, Lupton and Glassborow families who have been so kind and generous towards me in researching their family history.I am extremely grateful to Sian James, the assistant editor of The Mail on Sunday, George Thwaites, the editor of the Review section and Marilyn Warnick, the books editor, whose advice has been invaluable and without whom I would never have got my first book published. I must also thank my solicitor, John Polsue, a partner at Alen-Buckley & Co., who has been incredibly supportive when I have needed legal advice.I am also indebted to the journalists Laura Collins, Ian Gallagher, Jo Knowsley, Liz Sanderson, Daniel Townend and Edward Black, and the photographers Jason Buckner, Paul Macnamara and oscar Kornyei for their generous help.And I would like to thank the following researchers, whose attention to detail is second to none: Andy Kyle; Peter Day; Patricia Irving; Tony Whitehead, author of Mary Ann Cotton: Dead But Not Forgotten; Vanda Hall, customer services assistant at Maidstone Library; Louise-Ann Hand, information librarian at Leeds Central Library; Michele Lefevre, local studies manager at Leeds Central Library; Richard High, team librarian in special collections at the Brotherton Library, Leeds; Leeds University archivist Liza Giffen; Adam Bull, webmaster at The Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods; Lyn Aspland, a historian at the Gledhow Valley Conservation Area Group; Neville Hurworth; Jane Powell, search room assistant at Berkshire Record office; and Caroline Liggett, senior archives and local studies assistant at the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies.Finally, I would like to thank my publisher, Bill Campbell, editor Claire Rose, editorial coordinator Graeme Blaikie, marketing and rights executive Amy Mitchell, designer Emily Bland, publicity manager Fiona Atherton and publicity consultant Sharon Campbell.To donate to the Children’s Hospital, oxford, home to Tom’s Ward, referred to on p. 257, call 01865 743 444 or go to www.oxfordradcliffe.nhs.uk/getinvolved/charitablefunds/children/intro.aspx.
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CLAUDIA JOSEPH was a pupil at Cheltenham Ladies’ College and was trained as a fashion journalist at the London College of Fashion before becoming a news reporter. She has worked at Tatler, The Times, and the Mail on Sunday, and regularly contributes to a number of national newspapers and magazines. She lives in London.
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