by Ifreke Inyang
Everyone says the Duchess of Cambridge always had impeccable manners. Unfortunately for the then girl-next-door Kate Middleton, a handwritten letter to the All England Club has revealed that perhaps spelling isn’t her strongest point: at least not according to a note thanking club officials for a visit in July 2008 that the British media is up in arms about for contains all of two mistakes!
In the letter, just unveiled in Wimbledon’s museum, she writes ‘quite’ instead of ‘quiet’ and confuses ’till with ’til. Kate, whose brother James suffers from dyslexia, is a former pupil at Marlborough College, whose current boarding fees are £29,000 a year, and went on to study at St Andrews University.
This is a rare example of her handwriting before she joined the Royal Family, where she has flunkeys to check, or even write, letters for her.
In the two-page letter displayed in a glass cabinet, she wrote in looping script: ‘Dear Sir. Thank you for your kind hospitality at Wimbledon last week. My friend and I had such a fantastic time and it was great to be able to enjoy the day knowing that we could have a little peace and quite if things got a little too hectic.
‘It was a wonderfully relaxed day and we even spent part of it on the “Henman/Murray Hill”, which was great fun. I really was not expecting to be looked after with such hospitality and I certainly wasn’t expecting to see any of the Centre Court games.
‘Thank you again for making it such a fun and easy visit.’
The note, whose address is covered by a strategically placed Union Jack flag, is signed off: ‘Best wishes, Catherine Middleton.’
It is believed the duchess was consulted and gave her permission for it to be revealed to the public – perhaps unaware of her errors. Sorry Kate, even your letters face the royal test now!