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Kate was ‘miserable from the start’ at ‘cliquey’ school – Duchess 'desperately sad'

Royal biographer Katie Nicholl describes how the Duchess of Cambridge was tormented at her girls' boarding school. As a schoolgirl Kate Middleton attended Downe House and her old classmates report that she faced a certain amount of bullying. The royal biographer claimed the Duchess of Cambridge was desperately miserable and bullied by mean girls at her "cliquey" secondary school.

Speaking to royal biographer Ms Nicholl, a former schoolmate of Kate said: "Everyone wanted to be the best.

"Everyone wanted to be the fittest, the prettiest.

"I think Kate was miserable from the start."

According to the royal author the Duchess of Cambridge stood out at school as she was slender and a head taller than the other girls.

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She joined the school at 13, so missed out on two years of bonding with the other girls.

And it is believed her social experience was made worse because she was a day boarder.

Ms Nicholl has also said how Kate didn't make the school lacrosse team and because of this she felt left out and was "teased for being gangly and lanky".

Speaking to the Sunday Times the royal author added: "It does make a difference going from eleven.

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"You have two years of bonding, your first time away all together.

"Even some of the most popular girls in my school had a hard time when they came in at thirteen.

"Being especially slender and a head taller than her peers, she stood out for the wrong reasons and was teased for being gangly and lanky."

One of Kate's schoolmates told the royal author: "It is a very cliquey school and there was a lot of pressure.

"The girls were all high achievers, and there were lots of girls with eating disorders.”

In 2019, responding to The Sunday Times story, the school’s former headmistress Susan Cameron said : “She may well have felt like a fish out of water , or unhappily not in the right place.

“Certainly, I have no knowledge of any serious bullying at all. But there's what everyone calls bullying, and there's actual, real, miserable bullying where someone had a dreadful time.

“That certainly didn't happen. Yes, there would be teasing. It's all a part of the normal competition of growing up, of establishing a pecking order.

“Girls are cliquey by nature and they can be rather cruel. If you're attractive, too, that can be seen as rather a threat.”

The Duchess of Cambridge ended up leaving and moving to another school.

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