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Was the future Mrs Prince William a kindergarten tough? Well, no. The News of the World has news:
ROYAL bride Kate Middleton suffered a devastating ordeal at the hands of a gang of vicious bullies, the News of the World can reveal.
It was those Palace flunkies that did for Diana, we’d wager?
Her teenage tormentors even put excrement in her bedsheets at posh Downe House school and hounded Terrified Kate, 29, was hounded for being “too perfect”.
That’s her story and she is sticking to it – literally.
School pal Jessica Hay said: “She told me she was very, very badly bullied.”
This might not be the best advert Downe House, that school where gels are processed into young ladies, has seen published.
We are told that Kate was “too nice for her own good“. Her two terms at the Berkshire school were a “tears-filled nightmare”.
The story is rooted in a new book by Sean Smith, authour of Cheryl, (a book about Cheryl Cole) Robbie (Robbie Williams), Jennifer: The Unauthorized Biography of Jennifer Aniston, Kylie: The Biography (Kylie Minogue), Britney: The Biography (Britney Spears), Victoria Beckham: The Biography, Justin Timberlake: The Biography, J.K.Rowling: A Biography and Royal Racing: The Queen and Queen Mother’s Sporting Life.
His books are published by Simon Schuster, and distributed by Harper Collins, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. Mr Murdoch also owns the Sun. This front-page news looks a lot like an advertorial.
Here’s the blurb about the book:
Kate’s journey begins with her remarkable mother, Carole, a true rags-to-riches story. Sean Smith examines Kate’s early life, her unhappy time being bullied at school before finding her feet at Marlborough College where she was transformed from an ugly duckling to a swan. He travels to St Andrews in Scotland where she met Prince William.
Yep. It’s a modern fairytale, in which the normal “ugly” girl suffers to become a swan.
As for that headline-making bullying… Well, the stories are rooted in Smith’s interviews with some of Kate’s “closest friends”. You may suppose that Kate’s closest friends would not talk to the media and writers of unofficial biographies. But you’d be wrong, apparently.
“The bullying was far worse than just knocking her schoolbooks out of her hands or pushing her to the back of the lunch queue.”
Worse than that?!
“Poor Kate was lonely, homesick and frequently in tears.”
So. It wasn’t just the alleged bullying that made her time at the school trying. She was homesick at boarding school at age 13.
And if there was bulling there must have been bullies. Will those girls now grown up bridle at the accusation?
“She had run into a pack of bullies who reduced her to an emotional wreck. Until then she had been at mixed schools and had no experience of how bitchy girls could be.”
Because girls at mixed school aren’t bitchy? Who knew?
This is followed by news of Kate being too perfect, her, er, eczema, and:
Kate’s parents went to see the then Marlborough headmaster, Ed Gould, to plead with him to take Kate in the middle of the summer term. Mr Gould listened sympathetically to their story and found her a place in the school’s all-girl house Elmhurst, renowned for its sporting excellence.
But what about girls being bitches when they are in one school?
Get a load of these alleged bitches, or as the paper puts it: “Famous old girls who survived.”
As Kate won the trust of her new pals, she told them how she “absolutely hated” her time at Downe House, which numbers BBC sports presenter Clare Balding, TV sitcom star Miranda Hart and model-turned TV chef Sophie Dahl among its former pupils.
And then we read the clincher: Kate Middleton is just like the caring News of The World:
She has never publicly spoken about her bullying ordeal – but has asked the 1,900 guests at her wedding to donate to charity Beatbullying, which has campaigned with the News of the World to stamp out the national problem.
Hurrah for Kate! Hurrah for the NoTW! Bully for them!!