An envious mum has revealed how the Kate Middleton and younger sister Pippa made other families feel 'hopeless' when they were schoolgirls – because they were so perfect.
The mum, whose daughter was at the same school as the sisters, told Tatler: "There was always something slightly galling about having your child at school with the Middletons.
"Every pristine item of their clothing would have a beautifully sewn-in name tape, for instance.
"There were huge picnics at sports day; the smartest tennis rackets, that kind of thing.
"It made other families feel rather hopeless."
The Duchess of Cambridge and sister Pippa are said to have been popular pupils at Marlborough College boarding school in Wiltshire and both excelled at sport. Kate was once captain of its hockey XI.
But the green-eyed mum said: "There was always something slightly galling about having your child at school with the Middletons."
The pair no doubt owed their enviable appearance to their mother Carole Middleton, who is described as very 'family-minded' by a friend.
She said: "The thing that no one seems to get about Carole is how cosy she really is. Yes, she looks quite intimidating, but no one could be more family-minded. More of a homebody".