Kate Middleton is universally acknowledged as the brightest jewel in the British royal family. From her decade-long courtship with Prince William, to their fairy-tale wedding and rejuvenation of the monarchy, Kate has enchanted the public and media alike. Now, as her dreams of being a mother have come true, she and William face the challenge of bringing up their son under the watchful eyes of the world. So how has this once shy, middle-class girl made such an effortless transition from commoner to royal? Who has shaped her and what attributes has she brought to her role as the Duchess of Cambridge? Using her unrivaled contacts, royal biographer Katie Nicholl brings her fascinating story to life. Nicholl has spoken to the people who know Kate best, from her birth to the present day, in order to reveal the truth about her past, her friends, her family, and, most crucially, the decisions she has made along the way that have radically shaped her future.--From publisher description.