Sign up to our free daily email for the latest royal and entertainment news, interesting opinion, expert advice on styling and beauty trends, and no-nonsense guides to the health and wellness questions you want answered.
Thank you for signing up to . You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.
As a teenager, Kate Middleton left her boarding school, Downe House, in the middle of the term—and reportedly this was because of a very sad reason.
- Kate Middleton used to attend Downe House, a £28k-a-year all-girls boarding school in Berkshire.
- It is thought that the Duchess of Cambridge left the boarding school mid-term in favor of a less hostile environment.
- In other royal news, royal fans slam ‘silence’ over Prince Andrew compared to Prince Harry and Meghan—‘this won’t go away!’
It has been reported that Kate Middleton left her all-girls boarding school, Downe House, in the middle of the term after she struggled with bullying.
It was suggested by former students that the Duchess was picked on and became 'thin and pale' before she left Downe House for greener pastures. The Daily Mail (opens in new tab) reported that when the Duchess arrived at the mixed private school Malborough College, her peers were aware that she had been bullied at her previous school and she had somewhat of a rocky start.
A former student at Marlborough College named Gemma Williamson revealed, "Catherine arrived suddenly during the middle of the year."
"Apparently she had been bullied very badly at her previous school and she certainly looked very thin and pale. She had very little confidence."
Although Kate struggled with confidence, it was then revealed that she blossomed one summer and became the beauty that we know today.
"It happened quite suddenly. Catherine came back after the long summer break the following year an absolute beauty. Although she was sporty, Catherine was very feminine too. She always had a lovely, willowy figure but now she had filled out and the color was back in her cheeks."
Gemma added, "With that adorable, cheeky little grin of hers, she was a totally different girl—and every boy in the school fancied her rotten."
As an adult, Kate and her husband Prince William have both supported various anti-bullying charities and used their platform to give a voice to charities that campaign to help children's mental health.
In partnership with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge set up Shout, a mental health text line that helps people who are suffering from a mental health crisis.
Since Meghan and Harry stepped back as senior members of the royal family and moved to their $14 million Santa Barbara mansion, Kate and William have taken on more of the work to do with this charity.
It has since been reported that Prince William and Kate Middleton's children are suffering from the ramifications of Meghan and Harry's royal departure as the Cambridge's are pressured to take on more responsibility and have less time with their young family.
Laura is a news writer for woman&home who primarily covers entertainment and celebrity news. Laura dabbles in lifestyle, royal, beauty, and fashion news, and loves to cover anything and everything to do with television and film. She is also passionate about feminism and equality and loves writing about gender issues and feminist literature.
Laura loves drinking and eating and can often be found trying to get reservations at London's trendiest restaurants. When she's not wining and dining, Laura can also be found travelling, baking, and hiking with her dog.
The 11 best natural-looking mascara options for every budget
Natural-looking mascara is ideal for those days when you want more of a low-key look. Here, our beauty editor rounds up her favorites
By Rhiannon Derbyshire • Published
Why King Charles won't sit on the Queen's throne at his coronation
This is the real reason why King Charles won't sit on his late mother's throne at his coronation in May
By Laura Harman • Published