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Meet the Middletons


"Credit to Channel 4 for swerving sensationalism.

As we toured Kate’s family tree we instead got people who were smilingly normal.

Take 99-year-old great-aunt Alice.

A lovely bundle of pink and mauve knitwear, the traditional attire of the elderly female relative, she also had that gift of slight indiscretion — declaring that her brother (Kate’s grandad) was probably “a mistake” and that Kate was “too good” for the Queen and co.

There was talk of Kate’s grandmother being aggressively aspirational: known as Lady Dorothy, or just “pushy” to Alice.

What family doesn’t have one of those? And what family doesn’t have houses like these, as quirky camera shots (traditional attire of such documentaries) took in deeply naff ornaments?"