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The Duchess of Cambridge is being given a series of private briefings on the workings of Britain’s national institutions to groom her for a lifetime of Royal duties, aides have disclosed.
n recent weeks experts on government, the arts and the media have been asked to visit St James’s Palace to give the Duchess one-to-one tutorials to ensure she has a thorough knowledge of the Establishment. Since she returned from her tour of Canada and the US with her husband in July, the Duchess has carried out only one official engagement, when she and the Duke visited riot-hit areas of Birmingham last month. But behind the scenes she has been kept busy with a programme of meetings designed to prepare her for everything that her official life will throw at her over the decades to come.
The highly structured approach to preparing the Duchess for life as a senior member of the Royal family is in marked contrast to the experience of the Duke’s late mother, Diana’ Princess of Wales, who complained of being thrown into royal duties with no coaching at all. The Princess told friends that no forethought had been given to her future role when she married the Prince of Wales, and that Palace staff “basically thought I could adapt to being Princess of Wales overnight”.