Becoming a princess wasn’t an easy task for Kate Middleton, who reportedly went through extensive royal training to prepare for the media attention she would receive due to her relationship with Prince William.

While Kate was dating William during their time at St. Andrews University, the couple was protected from the press. However, according to Katie Nicholl’s book, “Kate: The Future Queen,” Kate was not given her own protection officers like William. Instead, she was forced to deal with the paparazzi on her own whenever she left campus.

“At St. Andrews, the media agreement had meant the coupe was sheltered, but out in the real world, Kate found herself in new territory,” the author wrote.

“She was polite, but she never posed for the cameras, having been told by courtiers not to engage with the media.”

Due to the amount of unwanted attention, Kate was given access to the St. James Palace press office and was also given the phone number to Prince Charles’ head of press, Paddy Harverson. The advisors were told to give Kate whatever support she needed.

Some of the advice encouraged Kate to observe Princess Diana’s life. “Bizarrely, she had been advised to watch footage of the late Princess of Wales in order to learn how to deal with the paparazzi, notorious for being aggressive in their pursuit of a picture, taunting their prey in order to get a response,” Nicholl wrote.

“At the Palace, there was a concerted effort not to allow Kate to be exposed to the same ruthless treatment.”

While life as a royal girlfriend was difficult, Prince William eventually proposed to Kate and made her his wife. Along with her new title, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate got her own protection officers.